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Del Mar Hills Academy World Festival

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:19

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Del Mar Hills Academy students and parents celebrated global cultures at the school’s World Festival held Feb. 28.

Photos/Jon Clark

The Beach Boys, actor John Stamos perform at benefit for Cathedral Catholic High School

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:48

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Iconic American rock band the Beach Boys, along with special guest actor John Stamos, performed a concert March 1 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn to benefit the art and music department at Cathedral Catholic High School.

Original Beach Boy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame recipient Michael Love and the Beach Boys performed classic hits such as “Surfin’ USA,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “Be True to Your School.” The evening included dinner, a silent and live auction, and dancing to America’s most beloved band.


Annual Solana Beach Ball now the Solana Beach Bash

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:29

The Solana Beach Ball has gone Belly Up as this year the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning’s annual fundraiser won’t be a ball, it will be a bash. The new Solana Beach Bash will be a casual, fun happy hour-style event scheduled for Saturday, May 3, from 4-8 p.m. at the Belly Up featuring the band Atomic Groove.

The event will still have the popular children’s art auction and promises to be a fun time, but the idea is for it to be a little less formal and more open and inclusive than the ball, according to event chairperson Mary Dodd.

Proceeds from the event fund instructors and supplies for art, PE, science and technology at Skyline and Solana Vista Schools.

Keep tabs on the event by liking them on Facebook at Learn more about the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning at

— Karen Billing

Solana Beach CERT members to discuss how to prepare for disaster at Solana Beach Library event

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:56

Are you or your neighborhood prepared if a disaster occurs?  Do you know what the risks are?  Join Solana Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Members) residents Vickie Driver and Linette Page on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Solana Beach Library when they show attendees how to prepare in the event of a local disaster.

They will also share basic information on how to distinguish if your fire extinguisher is expired and how to use it; how to prevent a fire in your home; and how to prepare a home disaster kit.

CERT team members train and attend a 24-hour program with the Solana Beach Fire Department’s EMTs and are certified through the Solana Beach Fire Department.

Because the Fire Department may be overwhelmed with the extent of damage in the event of a natural disaster, there will be a need for all residents to engage in helping themselves during a fire, earthquake, terrorism or a flu pandemic.

Carmel Valley planning board green lights stop sign for problem intersection on Worsch Drive

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:51

By Karen Billing

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a stop sign for a problem intersection on Worsch Drive where it turns into Carmel Park Drive at Santa Nella Place. The board voted 12-1, with one abstention, at its Feb. 27 meeting and the sign could be in place within the next 45 days.

The sole dissenting vote was vice chair Manjeet Ranu who said this problem exists throughout Carmel Valley and they can’t continue to just throw up stop signs.

“A stop sign is one way to deal with calming traffic, but there are many different ways to solve this issue,” Ranu said.

Ranu said they should aim to solve these issues through design, such as necking down a street or creating a pedestrian refuge island that can actually enhance the look of a neighborhood as well as slow traffic. He said he knows those design solutions cost money and take some time but he suggested that it is perhaps time to put Carmel Valley’s big, wide roads on a “diet.”

Planning board chair Frisco White agreed and proposed that the board form a subcommittee to take a comprehensive look at design solutions for Carmel Valley’s streets. He said the community does have available Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) funds for those kinds of improvements.

Neighbor Joe Rossettie spearheaded the effort for the Worsch Drive stop sign and presented a petition last week signed by 105 people, 85 of them residents and frequent pedestrians, and 20 who have a vested interest in the issue, such as Carmel Del Mar Elementary School Principal Eileen Delaney.

Rossettie became serious about pushing the issue after a December 2013 accident at the intersection that almost resulted in children getting hit by cars.

The portion of Worsch Drive features a downhill and a curve going south and Rossettie said people can pick up speeds there very quickly. Many families use the Santa Nella cul-de-sac as a drop-off spot for children as the court abuts a pathway that leads right into Carmel Del Mar School.

Pedestrians on the west corner of Santa Nella face a completely blind corner due to the curve. They have to venture out nearly halfway into the lane of oncoming traffic to see if any cars are coming up the hill.

“It isn’t just about kids. Residents cross the street to use the trail or to go shopping,” Rossettie said. “It’s just not a safe intersection.”

During public comment at the meeting, a married couple (the Hornblowers) who have lived in the community for 28 years, said they do not feel it is a problem intersection. They said the majority of the people do not speed and there is not a need for a stop sign.

Another resident who spoke up in favor of the stop sign agreed that it is a small community and speeding isn’t constant but the cars that do speed, paired with the line of sight issues, create enough of a danger to warrant a stop sign.

The board’s approval of the stop sign included that some signage be posted ahead of the stop sign to help residents adjust to the change initially and continue to serve as a reminder moving forward.

City to apply for funding for River Path Del Mar extension

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 10:50

By Kristina Houck

During a special meeting Feb. 28, the Del Mar City Council authorized the city manager to apply for grants to extend River Path Del Mar.

In a 3-0 vote, council members permitted City Manager Scott Huth to apply for a $150,000 grant from San Diego County’s Community Enhancement Program. Funded by a portion of the county’s transient occupancy tax revenues, the deadline to apply for the grant was March 1.

In case the application is not successful, the council also authorized Huth to apply for funding from the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. There is no application deadline for NRP funding.

“They say opportunity — you’ve got to be prepared to take advantage of it,” said Councilwoman Sherryl Parks, who led the meeting. Mayor Lee Haydu and Deputy Mayor Al Corti were absent.

The existing trail runs along the south bank of the San Dieguito River from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the coast. The project will develop the portion of River Path Del Mar from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the Old Grand Avenue Bridge.

To provide parking for the extended path, Del Mar has secured a long-term lease of a parcel from the North County Transit District at the corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. The city has also worked in partnership with the San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy on the development of the trail.

The project is estimated to cost $470,000, Huth said. The council has already budgeted $20,000 for the project.

“We’re happy to lend support however we can,” said resident Bill Michalsky, chair of the San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee. “This will be a great step forward.

“I wish us luck … I hope we strike gold.”

Abartis Chemical Company offers effective treatment program for the restoration of abscisic acid in plants, especially the Canary Island Date Palm

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 13:08

Rancho Santa Fe-based Abartis Chemical Company offers an effective and economical treatment program for the restoration of abscisic acid in plants. (Above, after treatment below, before treatment.) Courtesy photos

By Kristina Houck

Living in snowy Minnesota, Alfred Alyeshmerni dreamed of living in a sunny paradise. He finally got the chance when he landed a job in San Diego.

“I came to Southern California because of these palms,” said Alyeshmerni, who moved to San Diego in 1978. “I love these palms.”

Equipped with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and inspired by his love of palm trees, Alyeshmerni eventually decided to leave the laboratory. Founded in 1989, Abartis Chemical Company has pioneered a number of cutting-edge treatments for plants.

With a background in science, Alyeshmerni designed and refined an effective and economical treatment program for the restoration of abscisic acid in plants, especially the Canary Island Date Palm.

The treatment has proven to be most effective in palms affected with Fusarium disease, a fungus found in plants. Symptoms include wilting, premature leaf drop, browning of the vascular system, rotting, stunting and damping-off. Infected pruning tools, poor soil and other environmental stressors may infect palms with the disease.

“I’ve really dedicated most of my time in trying to save those palms,” said Alyeshmerni, who noted “abartis” means healthy and strong in Greek. “I was determined to find a solution.”

Alyeshmerni has focused on reviving palms in the San Diego region and throughout the state for nearly two decades, since developing the long-lasting treatment program in 1996. Initially, he developed the product and sold it to farmers. Today, he mostly works with professional tree care associations, landscapers and homeowners.

“Nothing is as great as watching customers so happy when their palms turn around,” he said.

The Rancho Santa Fe-based company offers free onsite evaluations. To request an evaluation, call 858-472-2003 or 800-243-6476, or email

“I love to help people get their tropical paradise,” Alyeshmerni said. “They spend a lot of time and money and build this beautiful palm, but don’t know how to care for it. We can turn it around and make it look like the tropical paradise that they dreamed of.”

For more information about Abartis Chemical Company, visit

Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito names Solana Beach resident ‘Volunteer of the Year’

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:27

Terry Lingenfelder / Courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

By Kristina Houck

Solana Beach resident Terry Lingenfelder will be honored as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito at the second annual Youth of the Year Gala Aug. 8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Lingenfelder, 87, has volunteered with the nonprofit organization for more than 40 years.

“It is a big honor and was a big surprise,” said Lingenfelder, who moved to Solana Beach from Del Mar in 1983. “There’s other people probably more deserving. It’s an honor they selected me.”

A member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s board of directors since 1971, Lingenfelder served as board president 1979-1981 and 1999-2001, and has served as chairman of the foundation board since 2012.

“This award is in recognition of Terry’s outstanding leadership, dedication and tireless efforts in sustaining and expanding our mission at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito,” said David Crean, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. “He is a strong promoter, supporter and major contributor to all programs and activities that we offer. We could not have been as successful as we are without his vision, involvement and hard work for over 43 years.”

Lingenfelder has played a mayor role in the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito’s financing and fundraising initiatives. In 1974 — just his third year on the board — he helped launch the organization’s longest running fundraising event, Bucks for Boys & Girls.

“It was kind of a scary situation at first, but we had a lot of great accomplishments,” said Lingenfelder, owner and president of Terral Investment Company, which launched in 1963. “We were very successful. We had that party for just over 40 years and we earned over $4 million over that period.”

Lingenfelder also helped lead the board’s first major capital campaign in the mid-1980s to build a swimming pool at the organization’s Harper Branch on Lomas Santa Fe Drive.

“Swimming pools were nonexistent in North County, at least in our area,” Lingenfelder said. “We live on the water and the whole idea was that it would be great to teach kids how to swim.”

The organization broke ground on the project before it had raised the $350,000 needed for construction and maintenance of the pool for two years, Lingenfelder noted.

“We wanted to show the public that we were going to build the pool and complete a project they could be proud of,” he said. “If that pool saved one life, one child’s life — there’s no amount of money that could equal the value of that life at all.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito has since built a nationally recognized aquatics program. In 2005, Lingenfelder was instrumental again in securing major donors for the Share the Dream Campaign, which raised more than $8 million to renovate the Harper Branch and Pardee Aquatics Center in Solana Beach.

With his company’s offices located across the street from the center, Lingenfelder is reminded every day about the programs Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito offers children and teenagers in the community.  Founded in 1966, today the organization serves more than 21,000 youth in the San Dieguito community through its seven branches.

“I think the best part is to watch some of these young kids start out from nothing and 25 years later, come back and say, ‘The Boys & Girls Clubs helped make me what I am today,’” Lingenfelder said. “That’s why we do what we do — so all young people can have a chance.”

The gala will take place Aug. 8 at the Infield Pavilion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event will feature horse racing, silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing and entertainment. In addition to Lingenfelder, the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will honor its Youth of the Year.

Proceeds will benefit programs at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.

“It’s more fun to give than receive,” Lingenfelder said. “It makes you feel good inside when you give somebody the advice or help they need.”

“Get involved and become a doer,” he encouraged others. “Help your community be better.”

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito and the gala, visit

Del Mar school district receives nutritional services update; lunch sales continue to increase

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 10:24

DMUSD board member Alan Kholos tries some food from Choicelunch. Photo/Karen Billing

By Karen Billing

At their Feb. 26 meeting, the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board members munched on the herb-roasted chicken, sushi rolls and jicama sticks that their students enjoy as they received an update on the district’s nutritional services department and lunch vendor Choicelunch.

Choicelunch has been the district’s vendor since 2011, offering up healthy and quality food options that families can pre-order on their computer or smart phone. The district is one of 270 that Choicelunch caters to statewide and in San Diego, DMUSD is one of Choicelunch’s few public school clients.

As the board heard in the nutritional services department update, lunch sales continue to increase in the 2013-14 school year as compared to 2012-13. As of Jan. 31, lunch sales have increased from 887 in 2012-13 to 904 in 2013-14, bringing the total year-to- date meals served to 87,719.

The average  lunch price is $5.15 and the district also offers free or reduced price meals for lower income families and foster children. Of the lunch participants, 18 percent receive free and reduced lunch in the district.

Choicelunch now offers 17 entrée options to DMUSD and each comes with a choice of organic fruit or vegetable, snacks such as Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies or Pirate’s Booty, and drinks of milk, juice or water.

Not only are the kids loving the healthy food options, they are also producing less waste.

“Because we use the offer versus serve model and the children are allowed to choose, there’s not as much waste because they’re not being forced to take what they don’t want,” said Carissa Iwamoto, the district’s child nutrition specialist.

Iwamoto has set food allergy policies, conducted site audits and overseen policy changes such as mandatory glove use for all food handling, even pre-packaged items. A new food allergy policy requires the school to contact parents for permission if any student makes a substitution to their pre-ordered lunch.

“She has made a difference in our program,” said Cathy Birks, assistant superintendent of business services.

Keith Cosbey of Choicelunch said they are projecting flat pricing for the 2014-15 school year and some items may go down in price. They are also looking at offering a subscription discount for their most loyal customers, families that order lunch five days a week. They are also exploring the creation of an Android app to match their iPhone app that allows families to order up chicken tikka masala or sandwiches made with sunbutter, a safe, peanut-free alternative to peanut butter.

Carmel Valley planning board approves high school district’s new configuration plans for PHR Middle School

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 09:48

By Karen Billing

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved the San Dieguito Union High School District’s (SDUHSD) new configuration plans for the district’s Pacific Highlands Ranch Middle School at the planning board’s Feb. 27 board meeting.

The board voted 11-1 in favor of the school district’s plan with one abstention. Christian Clews voted against the proposal and Hollie Kahn abstained. Planning board chair Frisco White recused himself from the vote as his architectural firm is working with SDUHSD on a future project.

The original Pacific Highlands Ranch community plan was for the community park to be joint-use with the middle school and be a total of 20 acres. The proposed layout on Village Center Loop Road was Canyon Crest Academy, the middle school, the middle school fields and community park, and then the residential community of Airoso.

The school district now plans for the 15-acre middle school campus to be in the center of the proposed park, with 7.8 acres of facilities open to the community on the other side of the school, adjacent to Canyon Crest Academy. That would leave the community park at 13 acres with a shared parking lot with the middle school.

John Addleman, SDUHSD director of planning services, said rather than having the middle school have joint use of the community park, they were able to purchase seven additional acres by the Pacific Highlands Ranch Fire Station to supplement CCA’s ballfields.

The new orientation provides for a buffer between the middle school and high school campuses, as well as provides a more economical way for the district to maintain its fields.

Addleman said a nice connection will be made from the park to the middle school’s track and field and hardscape courts (including basketball courts) that will be open for public use.

“We’re trying to give parks and recreation the biggest park they could have by giving up some of our visitor parking. We wanted to create the community connection between the park and the middle school and provide the park some relief by having access to that as well,” Addleman said. “I think this really is the best solution.”

Resident Ken Farinsky said he worried that the park is losing something because the middle school field is so disconnected, but he was glad that the field would be open to the public as CCA’s field, tennis courts and track have not been.

Karen Dubey, who lives in the Airoso community, said she liked the plan.

“I’m usually a community plan purist but I like how you’ve honored the intent of the community plan,” Dubey said.

Dubey also commented that a big concern for the community is school traffic, especially with the two schools side by side and the addition of the Solana Beach School District’s new Solana Ranch Elementary across the street.

Addleman said they do not intend for CCA and the PHR middle school to have the same start times and that they will also utilize a “zero period” option which allows students to start and leave a period earlier.

Addleman said the plan is for the campus to begin construction in May through August of this year, with the first classroom building expected to be ready for students in fall of 2015.

Pacific Highlands Ranch (PHR) has long been in need of field space for residents and PHR’s first park, recently renamed Solana Ranch Park (formerly Gonzales Canyon Neighborhood Park), is set to open at the end of this year.

The park’s playground was also recently named The Scott Tillson Playground, in honor of Tillson, a long-time Carmel Valley planning board member and advocate for the Pacific Highlands Ranch community’s growth. Tillson passed away in 2011 after playing a big role in the 2010 passage of Proposition C that untied PHR’s development from the completion of the Interstate 5/SR-56 connectors.

XiMED At Home provides free non-medical support services to oncology patients

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 09:30

With the support of the XiMED Foundation, XiMED At Home provides free non-medical support services to oncology patients. Pictured: Caregiver Jeff Mitchell, John Wyckoff, Ramona Ferreira and XiMED At Home Operations Sue Harris. Photo/Kristina Houck

By Kristina Houck

Suffering from head and neck cancer, John Wyckoff has trouble eating. Now using a feeding tube, his wife had trouble preparing meals he could eat.

“We had hit a bad spot where John was not really able to eat much of anything and I was in a panic about how to get him fed properly and then get our daughter and myself fed,” said Ramona Ferreira, Mitchell’s wife. “Out of the blue, I had a message and the message said, ‘We’re from XiMED At Home, and we wondered if you needed any help.’”

The staff at Wyckoff’s doctor’s office had recommended XiMED At Home contact the family. From companionship to meal preparation, the company provides non-medical support services for post-operative, acute and terminally ill patients of physicians inside and outside XiMED Medical Group.

“We are there to do whatever we can do to help the family live comfortably at home,” said Ellen Brown, executive director of XiMED At Home, which launched in May.

XiMED At Home paired the family with caregiver Jeff Mitchell, who previously served as a chef in the U.S. Navy. Mitchell prepares meals for Wyckoff and his family, sends medication reminders, and provides companionship and transportation.

“We like to go into the home and help with anything the patient needs to improve,” Mitchell said.

“It was wonderful to get home from work and to not have to worry about rushing to get to the grocery store or even think about having to plan a meal. All I had to do was put it in the oven,” Ferreira said. “It was a perfect match. I didn’t have to worry. I knew Jeff was coming.”

Wyckoff and his family receive support at no cost through XiMED At Home’s oncology program, which is sponsored by the XiMED Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the delivery of quality healthcare to patients through clinical practice, education, research and technology.

Made possible by a private donation to the foundation, the oncology program launched Jan. 6 — Mitchell’s first day with Wyckoff and his family.

There are currently eight oncology patients receiving free support through the program, said Sue Harris, operations of XiMED At Home.

“It’s been so well received by everyone,” Harris said. “The people who have needed the care have just been thrilled.”

“The services for our patients are free,” said nurse practitioner Susan Klein. “That’s huge because there are very few resources available at no cost to patients, and there’s a hole in the system for this short-term need that patients and families have during the time in which they’re receiving treatment.”

Mitchell used to work with Wyckoff and his family Monday through Friday. With Wyckoff’s health improving, he is now only needed one day per week.

Thankful for the support, Wyckoff encourages others to give to the foundation so XiMED At Home can expand its oncology program.

“When you’re sick, you’re not thinking straight. You need someone who is thinking straight around to point you in the right way to do the right things at the right times,” said Wyckoff, who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in August. “It is really, really helpful.”

For more information about the XiMED Foundation or to donate, visit Donations made to the foundation can be specifically directed to XiMED At Home for the non-medical support of oncology patients and their families at home.

“There is a whole group of people out there that would find it financially difficult to obtain such services,” said Dr. Pushpendu Banerjee, a XiMED physician and board member. “So far, it’s been the physicians who have been contributing and keeping this program alive. We are hoping that the community will help so that it becomes a self-sustaining program.”

For more information about the XiMED Foundation or to donate, visit

CCA Wrestling Team shines in competition, wrestler advances to Masters Tournament

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:30

Correy Carrillo, Matthew Gillicist, Greyson Olep, Coach Connor Nessler, Tournament placer Sean McDowell, Kenton Olep, Anthony Carrillo.

The Canyon Crest Academy Wrestling Team competed in the CIF Division III at Olympic High School on Feb. 22. Several athletes won matches and one wrestler, Sean McDowell, at 115 lbs. placed 5th place, receiving a medal and the opportunity to participate in the county-wide Masters Tournament on Feb. 28.

Solana Pacific 5th and 6th graders in Carmel Valley earn Public Speaking Graduation Diploma

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:30

Class 1: Front row (L-R): Ruchi Agashe, Sonia Yan, Erica Solberg, Emily Gao, Armon Amini, Duncan Hong; Middle row (L-R): Mona Alamar, Isabelle Monroy, Olivia Wong, Daniel Li, Carson Williams, Elad Anbar; Back row (L-R): Jason Han, Nigel Chang, Audra Carronggelo, Isabel Heaton, Dennis Hong, Megan Union, Cole Foster, Matthew Lim, Matt Keeble, Jonathan Hsu, Mrs. Mojgan Amini.

What do grandmothers, snake bites, talent shows, donuts, dark chocolate, electricity, and homework have in common? They were the subjects of the inspiring and entertaining speeches delivered at a recent graduation ceremony for Solana Pacific’s Speechmasters program.

Speechmasters is based on the Toastmasters International public speaking and leadership program (, but caters to the 8-12 year old age group. Forty-two 5th and 6th graders eagerly show up an hour before the start of school to deliver prepared speeches, give evaluations, and respond extemporaneously to impromptu questions. Each meeting is entirely run by the children, including the Toastmaster (M.C.), Speakers, Evaluators, Table Topics Master, Timer, Vote Counter, “Um” Counter, and elected officers.

Public speaking and leadership competencies are essential skills that can help a child communicate clearly, listen effectively, and think on their feet. For these reasons, Mojgan Amini and Anne Peterson, Solana Pacific elementary school moms, help run the Speechmasters program at their children’s school.

Class 2: Front row (L-R): Michael Wu, Kai Hartman, Christopher Caligin; Middle row (L-R): Eric Oh, Sophia Yu, Lana Kabakibi, Carrie Su, Riya Agarwal, Matteo Gristina, Myles Hecko, Sai Nerella; Back row (L-R): Mrs. Fregoso, Ellie Yan, Katie Wang, Sopie Camilleri, Joost De Jong, Frank Gelfman, Sarah Golts, Mrs. Peterson, Dennis Li. Not pictured: Helen Xu.

According to Anne, “Communication is so important in all aspects of life. Students will need good communication for success in academics, personal and professional relationships, and eventual careers. Speechmasters gives them a chance to practice building skills in a fun, supportive environment.”

“It’s amazing how enthusiastically the students embrace these valuable lessons that will no doubt help them become more accomplished adults,” states Mojgan. “Toastmasters has been instrumental in my life, and I’m glad these kids are getting a taste of it at an early age.”

The 12-week program ended with a graduation ceremony in the Solana Pacific auditorium showcasing the participants’ new skills and recognizing their accomplishments.

For information about the Solana Pacific Speechmasters program, contact the school,

Big 8 South wrestling team places third at tournament

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:00

The Big 8 South wrestling team, comprised of students from Solana Pacific Elementary School, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Earl Warren Middle School, snagged the third place team trophy for their efforts on the mat Saturday, Feb. 22, at the annual Big 8 Wrestling Tournament sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito and held at Santa Fe Christian School, where five teams and approximately 100 students competed.

Back row, left to right: Sebastian Carpenter (2nd place@145#), Ryan Schlesier, Coach Daniel Berman, Assistant Coach Jessie Ralph, Drake Taylor (3rd place@135#), Luke Pisacane, Garrett Chamberlin (5th place@122#). Front row, left to right: Eli Blaskiewicz (2nd place @135#), James Freedman (5th place@95#), Sean Barry (2nd place@115#), Shankar Torres (3rd place@95#), and James Ralph (3rd place@105#). Not pictured: Brett Boren (1st place@128#).”

San Diego Musical Theatre presents local resident Susan Farese with 2013 ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:00

Susan Farese

San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT) recognized board member and local resident Susan Farese with the 2013 SDMT “Volunteer of the Year Award” on Feb. 9. Farese was honored at a surprise dinner, presentation of a plaque and floral bouquet and Mariachi serenade at Cafe Coyote in Old Town San Diego.

Farese, president of SJF Communications, Legal Nurse consultant, veteran and SAG-AFTRA actor, has been a SDMT board member since 2012. Farese is responsible for SDMT’s public relations and marketing.

Producer/Executive Director Erin Lewis stated: “Susan has been such an asset to San Diego Musical Theatre.  Marketing and PR for an organization is a full-time job and to find someone to volunteer to do it is quite rare.  We so much appreciate her hard work in getting the word out there about SDMT.  She has done a fantastic job!”

For more on San Diego Musical Theatre, visit

1st Annual Canyon Crest Academy Mixed Doubles Tennis Fundraiser

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 08:00

Canyon Crest Academy Tennis Boys’ Team mom Laurie Schmid organized the first annual CCA boys and girls mixed doubles tennis interchanging-partner round-robin fundraiser, held Feb. 22 at the CCA campus courts.  Team captains Austin Schmid and Evan Sheng spearheaded the event.  In addition, Robin Goldberg assisted with scorekeeping.  Twenty-six players participated, including Coaches Larry Belinsky, Christopher Black and Kate Jolson.  A pizza and prize party occurred in “The Nest” immediately after the round-robin.  The event was a huge success! The Boys Team kicks off its season on Thursday, March 13, at home. Photo/Stephen Burd

Carmel Valley Breakers win the San Diego Classic 13U Open Division Baseball Tournament

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 07:50

Pictured: Back Row (L-R): Coach Todd Glick, Ryan Sanborn, AJ Mattingly, Arjun Nichani, Max Isaacman, Nolan Rogers, Manager Jim Joyner. Front Row (L-R): Colin Myers, Charlie Miller, Michael Stearns, Parker Williams, Jason Heine. Missing: Jake Pearlman.

The Breakers, a local competitive travel baseball team with players all from Carmel Valley, won the prestigious “San Diego Classic” Division 1 Open baseball tournament, featuring some of the best teams in Southern California. In pool play the Breakers lost a close game to the So Cal SKLZ elite travel ball team (11-8), and then beat the highly regarded Del Mar Powerhouse team (7-4) to finish pool play as the 5th seed out of 10 teams entered.

In the quarter-finals bracket the Breakers battled to beat the super elite Eastlake Bombers all-star squad (5-2), which included five players from the Chula Vista Little League World Series National Champion team, and three players from Mexico’s National Little League World Series team.  In the semi-finals game the Breakers beat the undefeated #1 seeded Irvine Dolphins (9-2), ranked as the 8th best team in all of Southern California by USSSA.

The Championship game saw the Breakers triumphantly win over the undefeated #2 seeded RIP Baseball (6-2).  By virtue of the Breakers tournament win, the team qualified for the highly coveted Triple Crown Sports National World Series tournament to be held in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in August, where only qualifying teams from all across the U.S. will compete for the national title.

Manager Jim Joyner commented, “It was a TEAM effort with every member of the team playing and contributing to the team’s success.  Defensively, all our pitchers were exceptional, and showed tremendous strength and poise under pressure, especially throughout all three of our bracket games on Championship Sunday.  Our pitchers out-dueled some of the best hitting teams anywhere, who were averaging close to 10 runs per game, limiting each of them to just two runs.  Our fielders also contributed immensely as they played almost error free baseball the whole weekend, making many “ESPN worthy” plays.  Offensively, every single player contributed with key hits and heads-up base running.  We can’t be prouder of the boys for putting the team first, and winning together.”

Information on Covered California Enrollment Assistance to be presented at Del Mar Library

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 07:20

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline on March 31, Covered California and the San Diego County Library are partnering to provide crucial information about this law and the services people can receive from Covered California. The Del Mar Branch of San Diego County Library will host two events during March.

•March 1: 10:30 a.m., Covered California:  Educational Session with Q&A

•March 8: 10:30 a.m.,- 1:30 p.m., Covered California:  Individual Enrollment Assistance

On March 1, certified Covered California program educators will present a one-hour informational session about the program, including time to answer questions from the audience.

On March 8, enrollment counselors will be available to help individuals enroll for Covered California.  In order to complete their applications, individuals should bring proof of income and proof of residency.

Covered California is the health insurance marketplace in California, providing millions of middle class Californians and uninsured workers with high-quality, affordable health insurance. These presentations are aimed at answering any questions that might arise from the implementation of this new program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is the most significant overhaul to the country’s healthcare system in decades. This law is designed to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance and lower the number of uninsured by expanding public and private insurance coverage.

The Del Mar Branch Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar.  For more information, call the Del Mar Branch Library at (858) 755-1666.  For information about San Diego County Library and other events, visit

The Del Mar Foundation invites community to a Meet & Greet March 10 at Poseidon Restaurant

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 07:00

The Del Mar Foundation is holding its first no host Meet & Greet of the year at Poseidon Restaurant on Monday, March 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Organized by the Foundation’s Special Events committee, this event offers an extended Happy Hour to 7 p.m. Meet & Greet events bring people together in a casual setting to connect with one another in the community over a drink and optional dining. Poseidon Restaurant is located at Coast Boulevard and 17th Street.  Reservations are requested at or by calling 858-635-1363.

The Special Events committee organizes a number of events in Del Mar including the popular DMF Talks and the annual Earth Day Clean Up. It has recently completed a revised Guide to Del Mar, which will soon be available to residents.

The Del Mar Foundation promotes community cohesiveness, raises and grants funds, preserves open space, improves beaches and parklands, sponsors diverse cultural programs, and manages nearly $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community and the San Dieguito Lagoon. Programs include the Summer Twilight Concerts, Cultural Arts concerts and First Thursdays, diverse Children’s events, Meet & Greets and DMF Talks speaker’s series. For more information about the Del Mar Foundation or to make a donation today visit

Expert to speak on ‘propagation of plants’ at Solana Beach Garden Club event

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 07:00

The Solana Beach Garden Club will explore the topic of propagation of plants at its next meeting on Wednesday, March 5.  Anyone who has a favorite plant and would like to multiply it by propagation will want to hear Jim Horachek, general manager for Del Mar Armstrong nursery, speak at the meeting. He will explain the best time and method for the various plants to be propagated.

The club meets Wednesday, March 5, at the Center for Healthy Lifestyle behind the Boys and Girls Club.  The address is 533 Lomas Santa Fe Drive. A short business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program speaker. New members and interested gardeners are welcome.