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Carmel Del Mar Jogathon

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:28
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Carmel Del Mar held its annual Jogathon on Oct. 21.  Kids ran the track for an hour and earned over $41,000 in pledges for the Extended Studies Curriculum consisting of science, music, art, technology and PE.  This year raised 30 percent more than any previous year! Photos courtesy of David Wojtkowski.

Earl Warren holds ‘Dance-Off’ during Red Ribbon Week

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:25
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Earl Warren Middle School students wore red to school and participated in a lunchtime Dance-Off Oct. 22 as part of the activities held during Red Ribbon Week.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign promoting drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse prevention and awareness in youths and their parents. This educational campaign encourages students of every age to choose to live healthy and positive lives and provides parents with the tools to help. Photos by Jon Clark.

Inspirational speaker kicks off Red Ribbon Week at Solana Ranch School

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:24
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Samuel Nehemiah, a double amputee Paralympic athlete from Nigeria who rose above many challenges, was the guest speaker during Red Ribbon Week at Solana Ranch School.  He delivered an inspirational “never give up” message to the students.  Nehemiah crawled a mile to school and back because he was determined to get an education.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign promoting drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse prevention and awareness in youths and their parents. This educational campaign encourages students of every age to choose to live healthy and positive lives and provides parents with the tools to help.

Photos by Jon Clark

Solana Ranch School receives healthy Jimbo’s donation for Red Ribbon Week

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:22
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Jimbo’s donated almost 500 organic red apples to Solana Ranch Elementary School in Pacific Highlands Ranch in honor of Red Ribbon Week. The Jimbo’s donated apples were handed out to students Oct. 23.

Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign promoting drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse prevention and awareness in youths and their parents. This educational campaign encourages students of every age to choose to live healthy and positive lives and provides parents with the tools to help. Photos by Jon Clark.

Solana Beach Fire Department Open House

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:20
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The city of Solana Beach Fire Department held its annual Open House Oct. 25 at the Solana Beach Fire Department Station.

The event included a safety trailer to promote safety in the home, Halloween Safety Kits for kids and live music, as well as fire prevention tips and information, an auto-extrication demonstration and live fire demonstrations.

Photos by Jon Clark.

National Charity League San Diego Del Norte Chapter presents ‘The Great Gatsby Fashion Show’

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:18
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The San Diego Del Norte Chapter of National Charity League (NCL) hosted its annual event, “The Great Gatsby Fashion Show,” Oct. 26 featuring the Class of 2017 Sophomore Ticktockers at the La Costa Resort and Spa.  Co-chairs of the event were Diane Dale and Lauren Grizzle.

National Charity League, Inc (NCL) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters who join together in community involvement within local chapters throughout the United States.  NCL’s goal is to foster a sense of community responsibility and strengthen the mother-daughter relationship,  Daughters participate in a six-year program of philanthropic work, educational activities and cultural events.  For more information, visit

Photos by McKenzie Images.

Miracle League Celebrity Pitcher Day & Halloween Costume Day

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:16
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The Miracle League of San Diego celebrated Halloween on Oct. 25 with Celebrity Pitcher Day and Halloween Costume Day.  All players, coaches, volunteers and buddies were invited to wear Halloween costumes. Celebrity pitchers were also on the mound for all of the games at Engel Family Field, a Little Padres Park in San Dieguito Park and at Coronado Green Field.

Miracle League players had the rare opportunity to come face to face with some of their favorite Big Leaguers and local celebrities. Expected at Engel Family Field were Brad Ausmus, All-Star catcher and currently manager of the Detroit Tigers; Heath Bell, former San Diego Padres; Bud Black, manager of the San Diego Padres; Mark Loretta, former San Diego Padres All-Star second baseman.

Photos by Jon Clark.

Del Mar Foundation’s Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Competition

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:14
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The Del Mar Foundation held its Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Competition Oct. 26 at Powerhouse Park.

Prizes were awarded for best costume in categories including Most Glamorous, Most Spooky, Best Combo-Dog and Owner, Best Combo-Multiple Dogs, and more.

Photos by Jon Clark.

Guitarist leads Girl Scout Sing-Along

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:12
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The Carmel Valley Girl Scout Service Unit held a Sing-Along for all Girl Scouts and their families Oct. 25 at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center’s grass amphitheater.

Miss Terri, a favorite Indian Hills camp guitarist, led interactive songs for the entire family to enjoy. Photos by Jon Clark.

Carmel Valley Recreation Center celebrates 15th anniversary

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:11
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Carmel Valley Community Park and Recreation Center celebrated its 15th anniversary with a party held Oct. 26. The event included music from Atomic Groove, inflatable jumpers, snow cones and kettle corn, face painting and crafts, and, of course, birthday cake.

Photos by Jon Clark.

Solana Beach City Council agrees to reduce speed limit along Highway 101

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:52

By Kristina Houck

Solana Beach City Council members decided to slow things down in Solana Beach, voting unanimously at the Oct. 22 meeting to reduce the speed limit along Highway 101.

The move to reduce the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph and 40 mph is the result of a speed survey conducted in conformance with the California Vehicle Code, which requires surveys every five years, or after significant changes to the city’s roadways. Because the renovation of Highway 101 was completed after the last citywide survey was conducted in 2009, the city updated its traffic survey for that and other segments in Solana Beach.

The speed limit is currently 45 mph along Highway 101. According to the survey, which was conducted by Darnell & Associates, the roadway, median, striping and crosswalk improvements, have reduced highway speeds. Therefore, the report recommended the city reduce the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph along Highway 101 from the city limit to Cliff Street, Cliff Street to Lomas Santa Fe Drive, and Lomas Santa Fe Drive to Dahlia Drive. The speed limit will also be reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph from Dahlia Drive to Via de la Valle.

“[The project] was very successful,” said City Manager David Ott. “You have not only lowered the speed limit in the core where the work was done, you actually lowered the speed limit the whole length, which is great.”

The survey also looked at Highway Drive between San Lucas and the northeast city boundary, as well as Stevens and Valley avenues between Via de la Valle and Nardo Avenue, and found that the posted speed limits for those segments should remain the same.

With the council’s vote, the speed survey was also extended another three years.

“When we started out to do the Highway 101 project, we had specific goals in mind — to increase parking, make it more bicycle-pedestrian friendly and make it more business friendly,” Councilman Mike Nichols said. “Another big goal was to reduce speeds. As a result of the project, we were able to reduce speeds 10 mph and achieved it with all these other goals. It’s a great thing.”

Del Mar Union School District board approves method to build Torrey Hills childcare facility

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:51

By Karen Billing

The Del Mar Union School District board Oct. 22 approved using a lease-lease-back method to construct the new Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) at Torrey Hills School.

Lease-lease-back is a method that school districts are opting to use — the district used the method to build the after-school childcare facilities at Ocean Air School in 2010. Cathy Birks, the district’s assistant superintendent of business services, noted the project was completed in 57 days and under budget.

Birks said with the lease-lease-back method the district has more control of the project, giving them the flexibility to select a contractor not just by the lowest bidder but on their ability to complete the project. The property is then leased to the construction firm in exchange for the facilities.

The contractor has the opportunity to select subcontractors to bid on the project and once the bids are awarded a guaranteed maximum price is delivered to the district. This provides the district with the most qualified and competitive project team, Birks said.

In plans approved at the Sept. 17 board meeting, nine classrooms and two portables at Torrey Hills will be reconfigured to house the ECDC, moving the facility from its current home at Sycamore Ridge. The plan also includes a new 30-space parking lot.

Construction could begin after winter break in early 2015 and the project complete for students to occupy in fall of 2016.

The project is now out for bid and the district will select a few construction firms to interview and bring their recommendation forward at the November board meeting.

Carmel Valley board wants to clarify One Paseo position before council weighs in

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:50

By Karen Billing

One Paseo is tentatively scheduled to come before San Diego City Council on Dec. 15.

At its Oct. 23 board meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board members approved sending Chair Frisco White to the council’s hearing to speak on the board’s behalf as they feel their motion on the project was “misrepresented and misunderstood” by the planning commission.

The board’s September motion to reject One Paseo included the note that they would support a reduced alternative. Rather than the proposed 1.5 million-square-foot project that includes 198,500 square feet of retail, 484,000 square feet of commercial office, and 608 multi-family residential units, the board said it would support a reduced version of 140,000 to 198,500 square feet of retail, 267,800 square feet of office and 304 residential units.

White said due to the fact that the motion left the retail square footage as high as the proposed project, the commission interpreted that as a blessing for that much retail. However, the intent of the motion was to find a workable solution where Carmel Valley would still get the community benefits should the project be approved.

Miracle League of San Diego honors graduating seniors from Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe for volunteer work

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 01:00

L-R: Jordan Engel, Jamie MacDonald, Ari Lew, Molly Stead, Ethan Rappaport (Malia Rappaport accepting Ethan’s award) and John Schade

The Miracle League of San Diego recently awarded scholarships to seven local students recognizing their exceptional service to special- needs athletes.

All seven graduating seniors were awarded the Outstanding Service Award for their leadership skills on and off the field, and their commitment to Miracle League.

The Miracle League of San Diego provides the opportunity for special-needs children to experience the fun of playing organized baseball at two locations in San Diego County: Engel Family Field, a Little Padres Park, at San Dieguito Park in Solana Beach, and Coronado Green Field at Coronado High School in Coronado. Students and adults serve as coaches and buddies, assisting the athletes in the dugout, around the field and at bat.

Recipients for the Outstanding Service Award are Olivia Angelino, Jordan Engel, Ari Lew, Jamie MacDonald, Ethan Rappaport, John Schade and Molly Stead. In addition to the award plaque, each of the Miracle League scholarship recipients received a $250 check.

Olivia Angelino is a senior at Coronado High School. She has been a buddy for Steven Dixon and Camden Hauer at Green Field since spring 2013.

Jordan Engel, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, has been a buddy for each of the Miracle League’s 16 seasons, all but two with Jenny Wolford, with the exception of one year when Jenny moved to Texas and Jordan buddied for another player. She volunteers after school at Solana Highlands as an aid in the Learning Center, in a kindergarten room and with the reading coach.

Ari Lew has been a buddy for five years and on the Rays team for 8 seasons. Not only has Ari committed himself to countless Saturdays with MLSD, he has also started and runs an Organization called Orphanages in Tijuana.

Jamie MacDonald has been involved with the Miracle League since it started eight years ago, and has been a buddy every season since.  Jamie is active outside of school and the Miracle League. For over a year, she has worked as a volunteer on the Orthopedic Floor at Scripps Hospital.

Ethan Rappaport has been a buddy for the Miracle League since inception. He is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy, where he has been the Creative Director of Pulse Magazine for the past two years. Ethan has also been part of the student run coffee house, The Nest, since his freshman year, and served as COO last year. He volunteers with the San Dieguito Alliance for a Drug Free Youth, and received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award for outstanding school and community leadership.

Steven Dixon, Olivia Angelino, Camden Hauer

John Schade has been a Baseball Buddy with the Marlins every season since the Opening Day of Miracle League of San Diego in May 2007. He was a player in the Solana Beach Little League when he started volunteering as a baseball buddy for Miracle League. John is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy were he is a multisport athlete in water polo and soccer and a 2014 Union Tribune CIF All-Academic Team member for soccer.

Molly Stead is a senior at Santa Fe Christian school. She has been a buddy on the storm team for six years. Molly is also a dedicated member of the Del Norte Chapter of National Charity League where she has donated over 400 hours of service.

Del Mar residents embark on Roosevelt Centennial Expedition to Amazon

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 01:00

Jeffrey Lehmann

By Kristina Houck

It’s been a century since Theodore Roosevelt explored the uncharted River of Doubt — a journey that nearly killed the former president. To mark the centennial, two Del Mar residents recently kicked off their own scientific expedition of the Amazon River.

“We’re paying homage to that expedition,” said Jeffrey Lehmann, a fourth-generation Del Mar resident, who left for the trip on Oct. 15. “It’s a tribute to the incredible sacrifices they made to go down that river 100 years ago.”

Roosevelt and renowned Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon explored and mapped the 1,000-mile-long river in 1914. But because the region remains relatively unknown, Lehmann and Marc Meyers, an engineer and professor at UC San Diego, plan to retrace the route, celebrating the first expedition, conducting science experiments and comparing the changes that have occurred over the past century.

“There’s lots that we don’t know about that river still,” Lehmann said. ‘We can see its path from a satellite, but we don’t really know what’s down there.”

Lehmann and Meyers met through friends in 1991. Lehmann had just graduated from UC San Diego when Meyers started teaching at the campus.

Meyers, a native of Brazil and Del Mar resident, specializes in biomimicry, designing synthetic materials inspired by nature. His passion for the field stems from his participation in the Rondon Project, when he explored the Amazon rainforest in 1969. Since then, Meyers has conducted extensive research on biological specimens from Brazil, including toucan beaks and piranha teeth. He will further his research of the rain forest’s flora and fauna during the expedition.

Lehmann, a former engineer at San Diego-based General Atomics, is the host of “Weekend Explorer,” an Emmy-award winning travel series that airs on more than 220 Public Broadcasting Service stations. While he isn’t filming the trip for the show, he is capturing footage for a planned documentary.

“When Marc asked if I wanted to be a part of this, I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” Lehmann said.

In preparation for the expedition, the pair crafted a 175-page guide of the river and studied Roosevelt’s “Through the Brazilian Wilderness,” which details the first expedition.

“What they did was so amazing,” Lehmann said. “We’re going to be facing incredible dangers and risks. It’s phenomenal what we’re going to be facing. But what they faced was 10 times worse than what we’ll face. We have a packed kayak that’s built on modern technologies. We have all these inoculations.”

Lehmann and Meyers will explore the river, now called Rio Roosevelt, along with two Brazilian colonels. Their journey should take about a month, Lehmann said.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” Lehmann said.

Del Mar Powerhouse 11U finalists in XDS Battle of the Bats tournament

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 01:00

The Del Mar Powerhouse 11U players were finalists in the XDS Battle of the Bats tournament.

Del Mar Powerhouse 11U boys battled through a deep field of competition in Chula Vista last weekend in the 2014 XDS Battle of the Bats tournament.  Outscoring opponents 35-2 in pool play, the Powerhouse boys earned the No. 1 seed heading into elimination brackets. A semifinal win earned the boys a spot to play in the Championship Game and an eventual runner-up finish.

Pictured: bottom row (L-R): Soto Irie, Ryan Jackel, Luke Hollingsworth, Bryce Grudzielanek, Burke Stratton.

Middle row: Matty Allen, Zach Rowell, Carson Williams, Max Schreier, Jagger Filippone.

Back row: Coach Larry Jackel, Coach Mark Grudzielanek.

‘Hallow II’ nightclub-style fundraising event to be held exclusively for high schoolers

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 17:41

Calling all high school students in San Diego for a nightclub–styled charity event on Nov. 1! NL Productions presents “Hallow II,” a one–night nightclub from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, with a Halloween theme that’s exclusive to San Diego high school students. The event fosters a safe, drug- and alcohol-free environment while maintaining an exciting and energetic club-like atmosphere.

Hallow II will bring together high school students throughout San Diego. One-hundred percent of net profits will be donated to Just in Time for Foster Youth, an organization that aids foster youth transitioning into young adulthood by providing a network of caring and supportive adult role models.

Professional performances will include some of San Diego’s top club and EDM DJ’s, such as ElezD, Preston Morrill, Ayla Simone, and Mr. Dee Jay. Event sponsors include Audio Design Rentals, Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, and 2nd Street Printing.

This event is only for high school students. Attendees must present a valid school ID or drivers license to show they are ages 14 through 18. The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is at 5970 La Sendita, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067. Enter parking lot at intersection of La Sendita and Avenida de Acacias. Parking is available right outside venue, and signs will direct where to go.

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/729561497099705; Twitter Updates: @theHallowII

Home of the Week – 16862 Stagecoach Pass Rancho Santa Fe

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:00
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16862 Stagecoach Pass Rancho Santa Fe

“Swinging on a Star” (Bing Crosby hit song) is how you will feel in this classic Crosby Estate El Encanto home. Great floor plan with master on the main floor, 2 good sized bedrooms and baths plus  bonus room up, and attached guest casita with separate entrance. Three car attached garage tandem plus single. Travertine floors in most areas with wood floors in master and casita. Inviting firepit, BBQ area plus just enough grassy area. Located on a lovely cul de sac.

Offered at $1,357,000

Orva Harwood


CA BRE Lic #00761267

Students can have school choice and boundaries

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:35

I attended the recent superintendent’s forum at Canyon Crest Academy, and I think those sorts of opportunities for the district to communicate directly with parents are invaluable.

But I feel it is not necessary to characterize the school choice issue as either we have choice or we have boundaries. That limited, two-sided view is polarizing the situation and now requires a facilitator to solve. You can have both.

Students who are in the Torrey Pines boundary area, for example, can still choose to attend whatever school in the district they want. If there is no room at the school they choose, then their default is to attend the school closest to them, which is Torrey Pines.  That is all that the parents who live near San Dieguito Academy are asking for. If they don’t get into their first-choice school, let their default school be the one closest to them. If the district draws boundaries, it does not mean that every student must go to their boundary school. It does not mean the lottery or choice process has to stop.

That would be sad if it were the case, because our district prides itself on the unique school environments available to their students. I have three kids and I could very easily see them attending three different schools.

The district can draw boundaries and then proceed with the system as it is now. Keep the lottery in place and use the inter-district transfer process (as is done with the middle schools) to allow students to choose their schools. Only on the rare occasions (according to the district’s own statistics) when demand exceeds capacity will geography come into play, allowing priority for those students within the boundary of the school to attend first, and then admitting others if there is room.

I look forward to the task force examination of the issue. I believe there is a solution that will preserve the character of the district and offer true choice.

Rimga Viskanta

Patriotism is in my DNA

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:34

Dave Roberts

By Supervisor Dave Roberts

About a year ago, I told members of the Escondido Rotary Club that I was a 11th-generation American, a descendant of English immigrants who crossed the Atlantic in the early 1600s  in search of better lives.

After my speech, a cheerful Rotarian asked whether the name Samuel Roberts meant anything to me. He was one of my great-grandparents, I said. He lived in the colony of Connecticut in the mid-1600s and was a politically connected patriot.

The Rotarian, a community volunteer named Arlene Schuster, said she, too, was related to Samuel Roberts. Thus began a great friendship with my eighth cousin.

Among other interests, Arlene is a skilled detective of our family’s genealogy. She told me she happened to be investigating the Roberts branch of her family tree when I met her at the Rotary luncheon.

Since then, we have talked often about our common bloodlines and the latest findings of her research. Earlier this month, as part of my semi-annual trip to visit my parents, the two of us met in Connecticut for some in-person sleuthing.

We spent many hours exploring cemeteries in Windsor, Hartford and Middletown. We took notes and photographed the headstones of our forefathers.

To gain access to the Riverside Cemetery in Middletown, our first stop was at the larger Union Hill Cemetery, where the keeper sent us to a fire station to ask for the key. We did that. We then parked at a diner and walked around back to find a trail that cut through the woods to the Riverside Cemetery gates, which turned out to be open.

A groundskeeper was tending to a newly seeded lawn. Riverside Cemetery — like so many others throughout New England — is a point of pride for the community and is very well-kept, even though a railroad crosses right through it.

In short order, we confirmed that between the two of us, nine of our great-grandfathers were interred at the Riverside Cemetery.

We also confirmed that at least 20 of my direct antecedents served in the Revolutionary War. Their ranks ranged from privates to generals.

I have clear memories of my grandparents holding elected office when I was a boy. With Arlene’s help, I discovered that politics run much further through my family tree.

One of our great-grandfathers served as the first colonial governor of Connecticut. Later, a second great-grandfather held the same position.

Arlene’s earlier research proved that one of our antecedents, Oliver Walcott, signed the Declaration of Independence. Other relatives had served as cabinet members to early presidents of the republic.

Members of the Roberts line were founders of towns. They served as magistrates and held other important positions.

“Our ancestors were distinguished people all the way back,” Arlene said. “I didn’t find any murderers.”

That’s good to know!

Earlier this year, I was proud to be inducted officially as a Son of the American Revolution.

I love my country. I often feel as if patriotism is stamped into my genes. With Arlene’s help, I can now say proudly that that is the case.

Dave Roberts represents the Third District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.