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Kiosk Fri. Apr. 19- Fri. Apr. 26 “My One and Only” Santa Catalina School Various Times, $12/ $8/ $4 655-9341 •
Sat., Apr. 20
Earth Day Planting Asilomar Conference Ctr. 10 AM- 1 PM. Free 646-6443
Sat. Apr. 20
Lecture on Exhibiting Artwork PG Art Center 2-4 PM, $30
To Nicaragua with love - Page 7
Glow little Glofish - Page 23
Sat. Apr. 20
Dorian Young jazz piano & vocals The Works 667 Lighthouse Ave. 7:30 - 9:30 PM ~ $12.00 cover 831-372-2242 •
Mon., Apr. 22
Pt. Reyes Travel Potluck Monterey Hostel 6 PM, Free 372-5762
Dance away the aches- Pages 17-19
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Mon., Apr. 22
Apnea Lecture Community Hospital 6:30-8 PM, Free 649-7210
Spring Haiga for Pacific Grove
Mon., Apr. 22
Nuclear Threats Lecture World Affairs Council Rancho Canada Golf Club 11:30 AM-2 PM, $25/ $35 643-1855 •
Mon., Apr. 22
Central Coast Art Assn. Monterey Youth Center 7-9 PM, Free 920-8130 •
Mon., Apr. 22
Spring Gala one-strap silk chiffon on consignment
Breast Health Lecture Monterey Library 6-7:30 PM, Free 646-5632 •
Tue. Apr. 23
Photo by Elaine Whitman Poem by Neal Whitman
Kernes Pool Open House 15 Portola Ave., Monterey 4:30-6:30 PM, Free 372-1240 •
Wed. Apr. 24
Historic Homes Seminar Homescapes Carmel 5:30-7 PM, Free 899 9055
• Thu., Apr. 25
Senior Housing Meeting Monterey City Hall 7-9 PM, Free 646-1739
“Giving for Melody” Benefit Art Auction The Works 236-2064
Sat., Apr. 27
Mirth’O’Matics Golden State Theatre 8 PM, $12
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School stadium use hearing ends in wary consensus By Marge Ann Jameson Pacific Grove High School’s $7 million stadium has become one of the most coveted spots on the Monterey Peninsula. Everyone wants to play there, and that appears to be the problem. Scheduling conflicts, garbage, noise, unruly fans, lights staying on too late at night as well as bicycles being used on the track are among the complaints voiced to school administrators. Skateboarders using the pole vault pit cover as a jump have broken it and concrete steps have chips out from skateboards. The school board set up a hearing for Wed., April 17 to learn what the problems are and to plan how to go forward to protect the community’s very expensive asset. The stadium, now four years old, was built with Measure D bond funds which come from property taxes as part of a district-wide upgrade of many school facilities, including science labs and home economics classrooms. Soon ground will be broken for a new pool as the current one leaks and is not in use. Assistant Superintendent Rick Miller pointed out that fees charged “outside”
groups to use the field were reserved in a special fund for repairs to the stadium and replacement of the artificial turf on the field and the all-weather track that surrounds it. He suggested that there is plenty of money in the fund and that overuse of the track and field doesn’t seem to be the issue when it comes to wear and tear. He said that ultraviolet rays are the main culprit and pointed out that Pacific Grove does not seem to have an overabundance of those. . . He believes, in fact, that maintenance may be postponed beyond what was originally expected. Parents of Pacific Grove High School soccer team members pointed out that the “fund-raiser” soccer teams gave thousands of dollars – by one account, $53,000 – to support the school team and made it possible for them to return budgeted funds to the district. Speakers defended “pick up” games and assured the school board that it was not they who were making a mess. It was suggested that sea gulls digging in the trash and the ever-present wind may be factors. The LaCrosse players, both school and intramural, and track-and-field coaches said that they respect the stadium as well and feel privileged to have it available.
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Volunteer of the Year
Jean Anton, known as the leader of the “Gardening Angels,” was feted as City Volunteer of the Year at a gala reception held at Chautauqua Hall on Tues., April 16. After a light buffet and thanks from the mayor to the many volunteers in attendance, Jean cut the celebratory cake. Photo by David Concepciòn
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Forest at Lighthouse opening ceremony
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Groups wishing to use the facility go first through Matt Bell, principal of the high school, and his staff and eventually to the district. A calendar of scheduled events, which had been under the purview of a staff member who has since retired, has been drawn up as of April 17 and will be available on the district’s website. Participants at the meeting suggested that free time be blocked in, too, for members of the public who don’t belong to any organized group. Though maintenance doesn’t seem to be a huge issue, and everyone is happy to be there, there were plenty of other things to complain about: Who’s leaving the garbage, not putting the soccer goals away, and climbing over the fences to retrieve balls (because the gates are locked)? Who’s “scratching out” when leaving the area and parking in front of neighbors’ houses? Who is it that is teaching new Spanish swear words to local people? Is that mountain lion feces on the track, or dogs’? Why are the bathrooms locked so that people use the backs of buildings as latrines? Why are people allowed to use the stadium when school teams are supposed to have priority in scheduling and need the time to limber up? There may have been a lot of fingerpointing at the beginning of the hearing – mostly at people who didn’t seem to be at the meeting – but by the time the special school board hearing ended there appeared to be agreement on a number of points, the main one being that people will respect the rules if they know what they are. School district staff will now explore ways to more closely control the use of the stadium, including hiring of a supervisor to be on-site during open hours, prominent placement of a list of rules, and the potential of security cameras, which was already under discussion from previous meetings as part of a security measure for the entire district. The plan will be brought back to the board at a future meeting. Fees for the use of the stadium are under review as a separate item and under the ongoing budget discussion. It is suggested that Pacific Grove’s fees are too low, which probably adds to its popularity, compared to other stadiums such as Monterey Peninsula College and Monterey High School.
Sat. Apr. 27
Heritage Music Festival Black Box Cabaret, CSUMB 7-10 PM, Free 582-3009 •
Sat. Apr. 27
Currents Symposium CSUMB Univ. Ctr. 9 AM-3:30 PM, Free 582-3653 •
Sat. Apr. 27
Labor Film Festival Museum of Monterey 1 PM, Free 726-2006
Sat. Apr. 27
Comedian Dave Lippman MPC Lecture Forum 102 7 PM, $15/ $8 484-5845 •
Sat. Apr. 27
Women’s Frock Swap Monterey Inst. of Foreign Studies 11 AM-4 PM, $10 375-3955
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Taelen Thomas Performance Carmel Indoor Forest Theatre 7:30 PM Sat., 2 PM Sun., $10 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thu., Apr. 25
Cetacean Society Whale Photography Hopkins Marine Station 7 PM, Free www.acsmb.org/
Thu. & Fri. May 2 & 3
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles CSUMB World Theater 7:30 PM, $40/ $29 582-4580 •
Fri., May 3
Small Bites for Big Hunger All Saints’ Church 5:30-8 PM, $45/ $50 238-0316
On Wednesday, April 10, the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Improvement District hosted the opening of the Forest at Lighthouse infrastructure improvements. Mayor Bill Kampe rode with Tom Frutchey through a ribbon to symbolize the first car going through the intersection, although it has technically been open to traffic much longer. Chamber president Moe Ammar, Mayor Kampe, Jeanne Byrne (who along with Rick Steres and Scott Hall donated all of the hours and expertise necessary to design the project), and Tom McMahon provided context and congratulations during the ceremony. The City of Pacific Grove Public Works crews were recognized for providing all of the finish work on the sidewalks. Tom McMahon made a special effort to thank the local businesses that, in his words, “took one for the team.” Each of their businesses suffered during the construction project, in what amounted to a substantial loss leader for all of them, in anticipation of the results of this project and other efforts currently underway and being planned to improve our downtown. Above: Waiting for the cookies Below: Staying out of the range of the speeches was the Public Works crew.
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Services for PG’s ‘Garbage Man’
Last night, April 17 at the City Council meeting, during public comment, I shared the unfortunate news of the passing of Pat Harmon, long time “garbage man” in Pacific Grove. He started his service in Pacific Grove on Jan. 21, 1980 and retired this past December 2012. He spent his entire career in Pacific Grove and considered the residents on his route and his fellow drivers his family. Waste Management will hold a memorial service for him at our facility in Castroville next Tuesday, and we would like to extend this invitation to anyone who knew Pat. A BBQ meal catered by Famous Dave’s will follow. Date: April 23 Time: 3:30 Location: 11240 Commercial Parkway, Castroville CA
Sincerely, Joe Cadelago Government & Community Relations Representative Public Sector Services
Sheriff’s Office reports major incident involving wanted car thief still at large
Suspect Dimitri Storm was under the influence of alcohol or drugs about 0730 on the morning of April 16. He caused a disturbance in the Big Sur General Store, threatened to fight the clerk at the General Store and then left in a dirty gray Lexus 4 door. While attempting to contact the suspect, officers received reports of other peace disturbances caused by Strom over the past several days. A records check of Strom determined he has outstanding felony warrants. About 1240 hours, the suspect vehicle was spotted driving at high speed northbound in front of the River Inn. The officer attempted to catch up with the vehicle, but it fled northbound on Hwy. 1 at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle drove at high speed through a construction site near Andrew Molera state beach. The vehicle nearly collided with other vehicles and construction workers. It continued at high speed northbound until stopping for the construction site at the road closure north of Bixby Bridge. He then moved into oncoming traffic drove into the construction site and stopped. The pursuing officer activated the patrol car’s emergency lights and siren and the suspect fled at high speed northbound through the construction site then into oncoming traffic again nearly causing traffic collisions with vehicles and construction workers. A records check of the suspect vehicle determined it was a stolen vehicle from the Carmel area. The vehicle continued north to Palo Colorado Road. It turned east onto Palo Colorado Road. Concerned citizens told us the vehicle turned up Garrapata Road. The vehicle was located unoccupied at the end of Garrapata Road. After several hours of an extensive search of buildings, vehicles and the forest; the suspect was not located. The suspect vehicle was collected for evidence and deputies cleared the area. Thurs., April 18 a grey Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen and was spotted traveling west on Palo Colorado Rd. It has since been spotted in Carmel Highlands but remains at large. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dimitri Storm is encouraged to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
Pacific Grove Police Department to host collection point for DEA National Take Back Initiative event
The Pacific Grove Police Department will host a collection point at the Pacific Grove Police Department for the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative event on Saturday, April 27, 2013 between the hours of 120:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Police Department is located at 580 Pine Avenue in Pacific Grove. The goal of the program is to allow citizens to deliver all of their unused, unwanted, or expired medication to law enforcement officials who can in turn dispose of these controlled substances in a safe, secure, and non-hazardous manner potentially saving lives and protecting the ecosystem. Guidelines and rules: • The program is anonymous. You are encouraged to remove your personal information from the prescription labels. • Participants may dispose of medication in its’ original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. • All expired or unwanted controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter medicines are accepted. • Liquid products, such as cough syrup should remain sealed in their original plastic container. The following items are NOT accepted: Glass containers, Intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, and illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines.
Firefighters get an update
On April 5 and 6, 2013, Monterey Fire Department personnel held a special workshop regarding the changing dynamics of firefighting tactics in a variety of situations. A fire captain from the San Jose Fire Department, who holds a master’s degree from Stanford, presented the course. He provided updated fire science techniques acquired from successful use in fire departments including Sweden, Ireland and England. The workshop covered lecture, science, videos and dynamic models, as well as thought provoking discussion. “While this was a great ‘check-up’ on our practices and procedures, it also provided our personnel with updated information for making tactical decisions when responding to fire emergencies,” said a fire department spokesperson.
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Cop log Cop log Week ending 12 April 13
Reporting party received nasty texts calling her names from a former friend, out of the blue. She was advised to tell the friend, with whom she'd had no contact for a number of months, not to text her again and that she had advised the police.
Some low-life cut down, stole and/or damaged signs warning people not to bother harbor seals.
Next time try duct tape
Vehicle debris was noticed on David Ave., and when the officer went looking around a vehicle was found parked with the front bumper missing. It was under the car, having fallen off the night before. It had been tethered to the car with canvas belts.
Bark bark bark x 3
Responding to a complaint of a barking dog, the Animal Control Officer discovered three small dogs which had free access through a doggy door were barking inside as well as outside. The owner, when contacted, said the dogs bark when people walk by the house. Ummmm... A rental company sent a letter complaining of a barking dog. A person on 1st St. repported barking dogs from a residence behind him. Owners contacted and said they’d try to resolve the issue.
Dog off leash
A driver said she had struck a dog on Sunset which was off leash and being chased by a male. A woman yelled at the driver and then ran after the dog, too. The driver said she didn't know if the dog had been injured.
Lost and found and found and lost
Purse with child's toys and iPod at Lovers Point Park. Returned to owner. Cell phone found at school. Returned to owner after police called “recent calls.” Knife found on the Rec Trail. Titleist golf clubs lost. There are serial numbers available. Credit/ATM card found. Owner located and picked up the card. Drivers license found near Hopkins Marine Station. Property letter will be sent as no phone number was found. Drivers license found on Lighthouse. Phone number located and message left for owner. Owner reports leaving purse on bench. Owner reports finding purse still on bench. Case closed.
Credit card fraud
Items were shipped to a Pacific Grove address.
Vehicle vandalism and theft
Drivers side headlight shattered. Vehicle window broken on Jewell Ave. Front and rear paper plates and vanity plates taken from a vehicle at County Club Gate. A motorcycle license was taken n 3rd St. A person reported someone had broken the lock and taken several items from his vehicle. Another person reported that someone had attempted the pop the lock on her vehicle.
Owner incarcerated, animals unclaimed
On Laurel Ave.
Two women co-workers were fighting and had been having problems with each other for a while. One of them went to the hospital for a smashed toe.
A person reported she had left her window open on Gibson and that when she returned, she noticed several items out of place. Later she discovered several items were missing. She knew someone had been in her house because the doors were closed.
An entertainment center with a blue tarp was taken from a porch area on Lighthouse Ave. Gonna be hard to identify that blue tarp, however. We don’t repeat reports of sexual violence or domestic violence where the name of the victim could be discerned. We do not report on mental illness or dementia. We do not report on deaths by natural causes.
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Pacific Grove High School
Young Writers Corner Enough with Inane Analogies by Maya Mueller My existence, like the puzzle of a maze— Not because of the intricacy, you understand, Or even the frustration. But more because So many paths are walled, cut off, selective The realms of my Earth contained within the ignorance Of parallel, ink black lines I could always shock the audience, Drawing hoards of swallowed gasps As the insolent graphite scratched beyond The firmly printed boundaries. But that—to the synchronized sigh of relief from onlookers and policeman alike—would Meddle my reality. And that would be too exhilarating For my delicate, pretty red heart.
Volunteers needed for planting at Asilomar Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds will host its 2013 Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This year’s activity is planting native vegetation and eradicating non-native plants in the dunes and forest. Volunteers are needed for the planting and can register at www.volunteermontereycounty.org or by calling the park office at �646-6443. Volunteers are asked to bring outdoor gardening gloves and knee pads, if necessary. Shovels, spades, and other gardening tools will be provided by State Parks. Participants will meet with the park staff on the deck of the Hearst Social Hall. As part of the State Parks’ mission to protect natural lands and preserve the environment, plants and trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food and habitat for wildlife. Trees filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change. “Earth Day has been about people and how they interact with environment,” said Eric Abma, Asilomar Superintendent, “It’s a way the local community can make a difference and focus on ways to exist more harmoniously with the earth.” Asilomar’s concession, ARAMARK Parks & Destinations, will provide a complimentary lunch for registered volunteers at noon. They have also provided support for the 2013 Earth Day project by purchasing plant containers.
Comedy benefit for Peace Center April 27
Progressive comedian Dave Lippman will appear in a benefit performance at Monterey Peninsula College on Saturday, April 27. Proceeds will go to support the Monterey Peace and Justice Center. The performance begins at 7 p.m in Lecture Forum 102. General tickets are $15 and student tickets are $8. Call 484-5845 for more information or email email@example.com.
Flaws by Josh Massey Our ancestry has put us in a loop Although we may heal, we use the same crutch Something keeps sending us to jump through hoops Man’s experience has grown out of touch Developing new methods to old goals Man has kept himself in an endless rut Activities repeat for newborn souls Multi-floored mansions mimic clay built huts Cycling backwards, blinded by the ego Closed minds deafen us to sounds of progress A species shackled, throughout time we go Forever in grade school without recess Ignorance holds us back like cancer Some talking monkeys searching for answers
Forest Hill United Methodist Church 551 Gibson Ave., Services 9 AM Sundays Rev. Richard Bowman, 831-372-7956 Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue, 831-372-1942 Peninsula Christian Center 520 Pine Avenue, 831-373-0431 First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove 246 Laurel Avenue, 831-373-0741 St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Central Avenue & 12 tsp.h Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-394-5712 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church
146 8th Street, 831-655-4160
Frock Swap to benefit the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center
Saying that a woman deserves to be raped because of what she was wearing is one of the most prevalent myths about sexual assault. That belief shifts the blame from the offender to the victim. On Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. there will be a community Frock Swap benefiting the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in the Digital Learning Commons. There is a $10 suggested donation and the cost includes one raffle ticket. This event is in conjunction with Denim Day on April 24 which promotes a woman’s right to dress how she wants knowing that no one ever deserves to be raped. Denim Day began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian High Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. For the Frock Swap, women bring gently or never used clothing or accessories to exchange and share with other women. Leftover clothing is donated to local women’s shelters or goes to consignment stores with proceeds going to Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. The event is sponsored by Monterey County Young Professionals Group, the MIIS STOP Club, the Anti-Human Trafficking Club and the MIIS Women for Women International Club. Call 375-3955 for more infromaiton. The Frock Swap will also be a drop-off point for Free the Girls!, a charity that sends used bras to developing countries to help women who are survivors of sex trafficking start their own businesses selling the undergarments. The FBI and the Journal of Traumatic Stress estimate that one in three women, one in four girls, one in six boys, and one in eleven men in America will be victims of at least one sexual assault in their lifetime. Monterey County Rape Crisis Center has offered comprehensive support services for survivors for over 35 years. In 2012, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center provided sexual assault crisis intervention services to more than 400 individuals in Monterey County and accompanied 85 survivors to area hospitals for forensic exams. These statistics leave little doubt that most Americans know at least one sexual assault survivor.
Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Pacific Grove 442 Central Avenue, 831-372-0363 First Church of God 1023 David Avenue, 831-372-5005 Jehovah’s Witnesses of Pacific Grove 1100 Sunset Drive, 831-375-2138 Church of Christ 176 Central Avenue, 831-375-3741 Lighthouse Fellowship of Pacific Grove PG Community Center, 515 Junipero Ave., 831-333-0636 Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705 Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207 Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818 First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove
915 Sunset @ 17-Mile Dr., Pacific Grove - (831) 372-5875 Worship: Sundays @ 10:00 a.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015 Chabad of Monterey 2707 David Avenue, Pacific Grove (831) 643-2770
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Peeps Now and then...
Stevenson School Honor Roll Winter Term 2012-13
Pebble Beach Campus Grades 9-12 High Honors (4.0 or above) Seniors Erin Astin, Kevin Chan, Yan-Yu Chen, Li-Kai Chi, Won Hyuk Choi, Sierra Garcia, Miles Law, Alan Li, Connor Loken, Bryan Louie, Hunt Ma, Karsen Melgard, Sophia Newman, Chi Nguyen, J. Nickerson, Garrett Oldani, Kayla Riparetti, Benjamin Vierra, Alexandra Welschmeyer, Anna Wilcoxon, Abigail On the recent occasion of Debbie Williams’s birthday, four women who have Woolf, Wanzhou Zhai been friends since high school got together, as they do often. Back row L to R: Juniors Sheri (Stillwell) Hauswirth and Debbie (Nair) Williams. Front row L to R: Sandi Rebecca Bruemmer, Yoonyoung (Dix) Eason and Teri (Kier) Kuhle. What a thrill to see their picture (below), taken in 1970 at a Methodist Youth fellowship event published in Cedar Street Times! Cho, Michael Gao, Zilu Guo, SeungMin That’s blonde Sheri in the middle (next to the big hair girl) and Debbie Williams Ha, Benjamin Hyman, Jessica Jones, is next to her to the right. Teri Kuhle is seated right in front of Debbie and Sheri Kidong Kim, Austin Kwon, Chung Chuen Lam, Jack Levitt, Yibei Li, Sawith the white sweater with blue stripes. Photo courtesy Sheri (Stillwell) Hauswirth. myuktha Masilamani, Alanna McEachen, Elijah Meckler, Catherine Moran, Tatihana Moreno, Tatiana Myers, Yuri Nakamura, Huy Nguyen, Anna Shokareva, Kelly Skeen, Wanming Teng, Emily Termotto, Jie Yin, Kexin Zhen Sophomores Sharon Chen, Rebecca Chu, Aidan Donohue, Brenden Fannin, Benjamin Gerber, Ji Hoon Han, Fangjian Hu, Yijin Hua, Lin-Ya Huang, Lok Yin Lee, Xiecun Li, Yichun Li, Yuanyuan Li, Angela Meng, Yu Qing Min, Linh Nguyen, Youngjun Oh, Khoa Phan, Lan Phan, Zhiyuan Ping, Emily Quinn, Tivon Sadowsky, Ruhani Wijewardane
Middle School and Community High School collaborate for the trees
Freshmen Charlotte Bairey, Teeger Blasheck, Alice Bruemmer, Anne Goldsmith, George Hutchinson, Hyung-Chul Kim, Chieh-Chun Liu, Jack Margolis, Bailey McEachen, Emma Morgan, Kaleb Pattawi, Noor Selleg
Honors (3.7 to 3.99) Seniors
Pacific Grove Middle School Lorax Club members took a field trip to Washington Park last week to get a first hand look at the condition of the Monterey Pine forest growing there. The students accompanied with their teacher Becky Ohsiek and class aide Bonnie Pieper were given a short talk and tour of the park by a former member of the Natural Resources Commission .The students armed with notebooks asked numerous questions and were able to get a first hand look at the ravages that pitch canker has brought to our local forest. The Lorax Club is now considering what they can do in the remaining weeks of this school year, and the beginning weeks of the next school year to address the problem of our dwindling urban forest. Assistance with their future project will be provided by students and staff at the Community High School involved in their own forest restoration project. One thing is for certain. This dedicated group of Middle School Students takes their stewardship of the environment seriously. How could you believe otherwise? As members of the Lorax Club, they speak for the trees! By Al Saxe and Brad Woodyard
Andrew Arnold, Emma Bhaskar, Begüm Birsöz, Kaitlin Brennan, Diana Chu, Savannah Di Vito, Olivia Gibson, Kelly Gilson, Jordan Goodman, Nicholas Gouw, Katharine Hedbabny, Suzanne Hierl, Stephen Hotta, John Jackson, Jeffrey Jones, Chi-Hsuan Kan, Bit AhLem Kim, Courtney Komar, Oleg Kozel, Jaemin Lee, Joshua Lee, Sarah Lino, SiYu Long, Danielle Marangoni-Simonsen, Daniel Matsumoto, Matthew McCarthy, Jeong Su Park, Sang Yun Park, Monique Raynaud-Loughead, Richard Senegor, Kaitlin Sheppard, Suchun Shi, Ji Hye Suh, Jennifer Symmons, Taylor Thaxton
Cleone Abrams, Zachary Anglemyer, Kendra Calhoun, Chin Shiang Chang, Katherine Chen, Haoyang Dai, Duc Dang, Robert Dean, Isabella Efstathiou, Austin Gillespie, Jackie Goldsmith, Brandon Huelga, Emily Jaye, Madlyn Kammerling, Min-Chul Kim, Sarah Lehman, Victoria McKimmey, Esther Miller, Jie Mu, Arianna Negri, Nicole Paff, Grant Peszynski, Dominic Piccinini, Dalton Pick, Isabel Silverstein, Tova Simonson, Trang Trinh, Jinhee Yoo, Ji Sung You, Xin Yu, Aijing Zhang, Zixuan Zhao Sophomores Jianqi Chen, Alexis Codd, Julianne De Visser, Julia Dreher, Angelina Fung, Jessi Goodman, Julia Grossman, Jeffrey Guenther, Alethia Halamandaris, Jack Hewitt, Min Ji Jung, Yannik Kaiser, Huy Le, Soo Yeon Lee, Kalea Palmer, Minsu Park, Natalia Poehner, Jun Qiu, Morgan Rector, Rachel Rothken, Kevin Shi, Nicholas Simmons, Chin-An Sun, Connie Sun, Gabriel Tao, Cassandra Trosset, Madysen Washburn, Auriana Woods, Yutong Zhou, Xiaoqi Zhu Freshmen Nicholas Chancellor, Dooroo Chung, Julia Farley, Madeleine Fox, Ryan Hayes, Jichang Kim, Sunhyok Kim, Jae Seung Lee, Kevin Matsumoto, Jacob McCarthy, You Young Min, Seonho Park, Sarah Pokelwaldt, Bradford Powers, Dominique Seva'aetasi, Emma Strand, Aditya Vohra, William Wilson
Carmel Campus Grades 6-8 High Honors (3.8 to 4.0) Audrey Bailey, Alexander Brody, Samantha Hiura, Fauve Koontz, Gunnar Kozel, Seung Hyun Kwon, Natalie Lobo, Alexander Meredith, Maeve O'Connor, Robert Percell, Steven Pintar, Dara Pokelwaldt, Julia Sexton, Alyssa Stegall, Rushil Vasant, Grace Wagner, Primrose Waranimman, Kira WatesWilliams, Hunter Wenglikowski, Rahul Wijewardane, John Yeager
Honors (3.5 to 3.79) Connery Adams, Kyle Alessio, Tatjana Atcitty, Hannah Barr, Cyrus Barringer, Lillian Coming, Alexander Eales, Theresa Franscioni, Hannah Hayward, Skyler Holm, Imogene Johnson, Asha Johnston, Tristan McCallister, Colin McEachen, Jessie Merenda, Lene Mjelde, Helen Nickerson, Ryan Nielsen, Grace Padgett, Ji Woo Park, Kenny Pich, Sylvie Pratt, Maxwell Rosenblum, Vickrambir Sahni, Chloe Scheid, Kira Scheid, Lauren Smith, Quynh-Van Stanoff, Thai-Van Stanoff, Braxton Stuntz, Olivia Wagner, Rylend Young
Celebrate local heroes in Monterey County
The American Red Cross Monterey Bay Area Chapter will recognize local individuals whose extraordinary acts of courage have made them heroes at the annual Monterey Bay Area County Heroes Dinner on Saturday, May 18 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To get a full listing of Heroes awardees and to purchase your tickets, please visit www. arcmontereybay.org. RSVPs are due May 10.
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Times • April 19, 2013
What did you do Valentine’s night?
By DiAnna Gamecho Here’s how we spent our Valentine’s night: T.A.S.K 4 U & ME – Together Achieving Successful Kindness – along with members of Monterey Pacific Rotary traveled to Nicaragua for the fourth year taking eight students from Pacific Grove, and contributing to five cities in six days. In a four-year period these two programs together connected hearts not just in Nicaragua, but right here in our own country, Luisa Bolen’s 8th grade class at San Antonio Academy of Texas, for the second year, raised funds for projects to share with Nicaragua. Their $1,600 donation made a tremendous impact on many children. Also, with kind donations of sports equipment from P.G.H.S. basketball and baseball coaches, “Breakers” were visible in San Marcos and Granada. Together with the physical presence of the T.A.S.K and Rotary group, lifelong connections were made. This journey was packed with goodness, delivering 200 backpacks with school supplies to children and through the “magic of Rotary” the team of eight students and three adults also took the international language of music to Jinotepe, Nicaragua as they received a grant to provide instruments for a music academy. They led and participated in interactive educational activates with the children of Los Quinchos Orphanage and was a part of a cultural experience that could only be embraced by stepping outside of Pacific Grove. What did you do Valentine’s night? We went on a life changing adventure and made magic happen! Please visit the Facebook page at T.A.S.K 4 U & Me ~ Together Achieving Successful Kindness Participants were Killian Koestner, Jake Matthews, Tori Lis, Samantha Wagner, Haley Walker, Sydney Thompson, Katie Phillips, and Taylor McMackin. Founder of T.A.S.K and Rotarian, DiAnna L. Gamecho along with fellow Rotarian John Mims and Janet Light, Adult School teacher, lead this team in a joyous journey of goodness.
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Clockwise from top left: Pacific Grove High School staff member and Monterey Pacific Rotary Member DiAnna Gamecho was one of the founders of the T.A.S.K. venture. Nicaraguan children celebrate the backpacks they were given. The backpacks were full of items such as school supplies and tools. Breakers athletic department donated sports equipment for the Nicaraguan children. The T.A.S.K. team and Nicaraguan school children pose together. Expressions of friendship were rampant. Rotary member John Mims with one of the students. Cards and mementos were exchanged. Photos courtesy DiAnna Gamecho
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Peeps Dentist to speak on snoring, sleep apnea
Dr. Mark Abramson will talk about the science behind sleep apnea at a meeting Monday, April 22 of AWAKE, Alert, Well, and Keeping Energized, a free sleep apnea support group that is open to the public. Abramson, a dentist who practices in Monterey and Redwood City, specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. He is the inventor of the OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System, a device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat snoring, sleep apnea, and breathing issues. AWAKE meetings are sponsored by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Sleep Disorders Center, accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Monday’s meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. in conference rooms A and B of the hospital, 23625 Holman Highway, Monterey. No registration is required. For more information, call 649-7210.
Monterey history camp registration is open
Monterey State Historic Park invites children entering third through sixth grades to “step back in time” to experience the Monterey of the past. “Los Ninos de Monterey” history camp registration is now open, offering four camp programs from June 17 to July 19. Los Ninos uses interactive hands-on learning techniques to teach children about life in old Monterey. Through the years, this week-long, halfday program has become one of the most popular and loved programs for children interested in California history and the lifestyle of the Mexican Rancho Era. Children’s programs for students entering third through fourth grades are
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‘Pastor Pam’ has a ministry of community involvement By Peter Mounteer Pam Cummings has been with the Pacific Grove First United Methodist Church since July, 2011, and her parishioners know her as “Pastor Pam.” A native of California, Rev. Cummings grew up in Redlands, and was raised in a progressive American Baptist Church. Her great grandfather and great uncle were both American Baptist pastors, while her father was at one time president of the University of Redlands. She says she felt a “call from God” to the church while in high school, but put off going forward with the idea because so few female pastors were running ministries at the time. Instead, Cummings enrolled at the University of Redlands and majored in sociology, graduating in 1973. She then worked as a counselor at the juvenile hall and deputy probation officer with the Riverside County Probation Department for three years. She recalls “At the time, I felt that my efforts at the department weren’t having posi- Rev. Pam Cummings tive effects. Over one particular weekend something went off in my head that I needed to pursue a ministry. My parents were very supportive as soon I told them that that was what I wanted to do.” She could no longer ignore God’s “call” and decided to pursue pastoral ministry. She enrolled in a Masters of Divinity Program at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She completed the program and received her Master’s Degree in 1979, and was subsequently ordained in the same year. On why she didn’t choose to pursue a ministry in the religion of her upbringing, American Baptist, she said that a major theme in her life is community involvement, something the Methodist Church had more of in terms of a global perspective, than her own church did at the time. After her ordination she then served as an Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Manteca from 1979-1981, after which time she became an ordained elder and moved on to be Pastor at Sunnyhills United Methodist Church in Milpitas until 1989. She served at the Davis United Methodist Church from 1989-1996, as Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Loomis from 1996-2005, and as Pastor at Sonoma United Methodist Church in 2005 until leaving in 2011 to join us here in Pacific Grove at what the community calls the “Butterfly Church.” She is a member of the Ministerial Association in Pacific Grove and currently serves as the Circuit Leader of the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula Circuit Churches. Pastor Pam says that the highlights of her ministry have been the times the congregations she has served have stepped forward with intentional efforts to be inclusive and reached out to offer help and care to those in need. She mentioned one of the most challenging aspects of her ministry here in Pacific Grove is also one her greatest joys; the presence of the military community in her congregation. “Our military community is very active, and I love that, but members are always changing, so we have to say goodbye a lot, which is hard,” she elated. Rev. Cummings states that her goals at First United Methodist Church include further developing the Children’s and Youth Ministry and she hopes to facilitate that goal with classroom refurbishment. Cummings is heavily involved in the community. Her approach to ministry involves making the church an “open community where all people feel welcome. We’re all on different spiritual journeys even within the same church, I think it’s nice to know that we can all have that journey and be held together by the love of God.” First United Methodist Church runs The Church Mouse Thrift Shop on 17th Avenue in Pacific Grove. Cummings also participates in Monterey Peninsula Voices, out of a lifelong love of music and singing. Cummings was with the Davis Chorale for a Central European tour, a tour of Italy and a tour of Great Britain.
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Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association announces Board of Directors
The Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association has announced its 2013/2014 Board of Directors, including: Mary Alice Cerrito Fettis, president, owner of Concession #33 on the Wharf; Ben Balester, vice president, owner of Coffee House; Rick Beidoun, treasurer, owner of Crab Louie’s Bistro; Elizabeth Elves, secretary, owner of Carousel Candies; Sherri Tuioti, Harbor House; Dennis Joshi, owner of Crabby Jim’s Seafood Restaurant; Chrissy Chonacki, Randy’s Fishing and Whale Watching Trips; and Joe De Lecce, owner of Monterey Bay Silver Company.
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop seeking volunteers
The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is an upscale benefit shop located at 198 Country Club Gate in Pacific Grove. Profits from sales go to cancer research, patient services, and education. They are currently looking for volunteers to work in varying positions in both the main shop and the newer annex. No experience is necessary--just a willingness to work towards a good cause. For information, call (831) 372-0866 or apply in person, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., or Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:30 p.m.
All Saints’ Church presents Small Bites for Big Hunger
One in five Monterey County residents needs food assistance. To help respond to this need, the All Saints’ Outreach Commission will host the second annual Small Bites for Big Hunger on Friday, May 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Seccombe Hall at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Carmel. Complimentary valet parking is available at Lincoln Street and Ninth Avenue. The evening features local celebrity chefs who will offer signature small bites paired with wines from local wineries. Chefs include: Chef Bagley, Cypress Inn; Chef Briske, La Balena; Chef Huber, Le St. Tropez; Chef Kimmel, Tarpy’s; Chef Peters, Basil; and Chef Wood, Patisserie Boisserie. Winery partners include Chesebro, Cima Collina, Trio Carmel, Ventana and Wrath. “We are enthusiastic about our array of local chefs, wineries and action items that will fund our outreach programs,” said Nancy Jones, event chairperson. “We hope to see the whole community support our food programs. Come eat and drink at Small Bites.” Additional funds will be raised from silent and live auctions at the event. Proceeds will fund All Saints’ many outreach ministries. In 2012, these included the following: • Bags of non-perishable food distributed daily by the church to anyone in need, with larger boxes of non-perishables distributed at Easter and Thanksgiving/Christmas • Monthly dinners for Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program guests • Outreach efforts at Epiphany Lutheran and Episcopal Church in the Marina area, including the Thomas Carmen Food Pantry, which provides food to several hundred people every month; and the Marina Senior Market that provides fresh, high-quality produce on a weekly basis • All Saints’ Day School’s Bean Bags for Migrant Farmers program • The Food Bank for Monterey County’s provision of food at discounted prices • The Rice Plus Project, to feed, clothe, and help those in need in our local communities • Nancy’s Project, a ministry to Monterey County farm workers Tickets are $40 if purchased before April 25, and $50 thereafter or at the door. All but $10 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. In addition to purchasing tickets on the website, you may consider a financial sponsorship or donation of an auction item. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Nancy Jones, at 238-0316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PGPD officer Eva Rasul back from boot camp, teaching D.A.R.E.
Officer Eva Rasul, who had taken a leave to attend boot camp, is back on the job – and back volunteering as the area D.A.R.E. Teacher. She reports that they have completed lesson four at Robert Down, about peer pressure and personal pressure. They discussed the consequences of their actions if they succumb to peer pressure and acted out skits to practice coping strategies. Officer Rasul is the former School Resource Officer.
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Opinion Full-on merger would be the most costeffective for all police forces concerned
Henry Leinen writes in response to a guest commentary in the Monterey County Herlald written by Gregory Lee of Pebble Beach. He points out to us that his letter to the Herald was redacted, and has asked that we print it in its entirety. “Carl Miller and Darius Engles make very good points [in guest comments they wrote for Cedar Street Times].” says Leinen. “My point is that these small departments should merge, share assets and provide a higher degree of public safety to the communities at a lower cost.” Editor: I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Lee's assessment of the current situation regarding the Pacific Grove Police force. Pacific Grove has "contracted out" for police services before, Carmel supplied the city with a motorcycle officer for some time. Now the city has contracted with Seaside for a chief. Citizens can and still do call the department to complain about parked cars, barking dogs, and loud music. These calls are not handled by the chief of police , but rather by clerks and office personnel. In a true emergency the call would be transferred to the Monterey County Emergency Communications System (911). Marina, Seaside, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, and Carmel are a very close knit community. They share common emergency services such as a SWAT team that has its response vehicles based at the Seaside Police Department. Mr. Lee's point that the city has had a police force since 1889 is one of the key issues with each of the above names cities. Each department wants its own Chief, commanders, captains, lieutenants, and sergeants. In today's environment one chief could be utilized by all of the cities. I would recommend that each city maintain its minimum staffing of patrol officers, and create an investigative unit made up of at least one officer from each city. The investigations unit would also provide internal affairs investigations and would report to a single commander outside of the patrol division. The Del Rey Oaks police building is ideal for an investigations unit. It make good business sense to combine all the departments. The costs saving would be immediate, the rank and file officers would be able to work assignments currently not available to them, and they would have more opportunities to advance in a much larger police department. The administrative work would be standardized by a joint team of clerks and office personnel. I am a retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer. The ratio for staffing a supervisor is one to every 20 officers. When the Border Patrol, INS, and Customs were combined into one agency the transition was not that difficult. The only real problem I witnessed was that high ranking managers within the three organizations fought for supremacy. The Honorable Thomas Ridge, who will be a guest at the Panetta Institute, promptly dealt with that issue at the onset. Now our borders are much more protected than they have ever been in the past at less cost. Henry E Leinen Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove covers 15 watersheds not just one Editor: Your article "Dissent, name-calling clouds Greenwood project meeting Project put on hold by the city the next day" in the April 5, 2013 issue has several serious misstatements of fact. 1. You wrote "Nearly all of Pacific Grove watershed drains into Greenwood Park." That is so wrong. Anyone walking along our waterfront might wonder how there can be so many streams into the ocean when Pacific Grove only has one "watershed" (singular - not plural). Any schoolchild reading that could be mislead for decades. Truth: Pacific Grove is a part of at least 15 watersheds according to the maps I made in the 1990s. Starting with the two that drain at Point Cabrillo (Hopkins Marine Station), all the way around to Sawmill Gulch that drains part of Del Monte Park. Only one watershed drains into Greenwood Park; the one that goes under the Community Center and Robert Down School and originates on Monterey's Huckleberry Hill. That watershed at most covers 10 percent of Pacific Grove, and it is probably not even the largest one. 2. You wrote "David Dilworth threatened to sue the city over the issue." Truth: No, I have never threatened to sue the city over the issue and I have a recording of the meeting to verify that. I did say the city will obviously get sued by the highly informed, organized, passionate and now angry residents. That the residents will win, that I will help them, and three years from now we would starting over again -- "so it is time to pull the plug on this project." David Dilworth Pacific Grove
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Otter Views Did all that really happen? Visitors who hit town Monday morning can be pardoned for not recognizing Pacific Grove as the site of a weekend extravaganza that filled the streets with fairgoers, stilt walkers, Zumba dancers, music fans, straw hat vendors and countless kettle corn kernels. By Monday, all evidence had vanished. This seaside town may be economically strapped and pension-challenged, but it sure throws a heck-a-fine party. Several yearly, in fact. Let’s see: Good Old Days, Fourth of July, Feast of Lanterns, Christmas Parade . . . am I missing any? When’s the butterfly parade? After many decades of this, PG has developed a crack, well-drilled SWAT team of party planners, parade producers and set strikers. It’s almost like a repertory opera company. No sooner does the curtain fall on one massive production than the next one is rolling out from the wings. Even after witnessing a couple of evolutions of this, I’m still amazed at how smoothly and swiftly everything seems to go. I say “seems” because nothing this complex is ever entirely trouble-free. There are always cancellations, no-shows, late or missing deliveries, scheduling conflicts, PA system flameouts, antique fire engines that won’t start, you name it. This town party business generates a lot of heartburn and hair loss. That said, it surely looks like PG has this event thing grooved. Look at this most recent one. It was beset by complications and logistics challenges, not to mention an incipient marine mammal crisis. Yet Good Old Days purred through town all weekend like a well-tuned Hupmobile. There isn’t space or time here to enumerate all the kiddie rides, food booths, music shows, dance troupes, street buskers and merchandise vendors who turned the town into a mile-long block party. Suffice it to say, there truly was “something for everyone,” even if that meant inflatable Star Trek women and baseball bats. Also inflatable was my favorite attraction, the “Bubble Ride” at the white gazebo park near the library [Jewell Park]. Watching Friday’s set-up for this, I was puzzled to see a large fresh water pool confined within four puffy orange pontoons. Was this to replace the decommissioned children’s pool at Lover’s Point? Would kids swim and wade in here? Saturday brought answers. As kids stepped gingerly onto baggy neoprene sacks, ride workers gunned their leaf blowers through sealed intake ports. Presto! The sacks inflated into giant transparent spheres with one rider zipped inside each. Workers then rolled the spheres up a ramp and onto the water, where the delighted occupants flipped, flopped and tumbled trying vainly to stay upright. It was better than the flying bubble scene from “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Strolling amid the countless vendors’ booths and food tents lining the Lighthouse Avenue “midway” reminded me how close that came to not happening. A generous private gift had funded a handsome facelift for the town’s major intersection: custom brickwork, new signage and drainage, landscaping popouts, masonry rings around the trees. All top-shelf, and all topped off just days before the Good Old ones. Talk about your town manager heartburn and hair loss. Worrisome in another way was a “big event” at the shoreline: the first live birth of a harbor seal pup at the Lovers Point beach in living memory. In all, five seals could be seen on the beach at some point in the hours preceding Good Old Days: two mothers, one yearling, one live pup, and one stillborn pup its mother would not relinquish. Bay Net volunteers reported that the bereaved mother lay beside her dead pup for two days on the beach, then carried it in her mouth when swimming. Seeing the little flat pup beside its mother on the sand saddened me. Others were saddened for another reason. What if the seals were to commandeer the Lovers Point beach on the biggest human weekend of the year? When I posed this to the mayor on Friday, he didn’t hesitate. “We’ll have to close down the beach,” he said. As it happened, the seals seemingly departed before the people arrived, thus averting a conflict of rival mammalian beachgoers. It made me wonder, though. Visiting San Francisco’s Pier 39 and the former “children’s swimming beach” at La Jolla has left me with a sincere regard for what seals can do when they take a place over. The recent appearance of a four live seal vanguard at Lovers Point may presage a rookery to come. Meanwhile, a few blocks upslope, the G.O.D. festival spun busily on: colorful parade units, flying tea cups, wheelchair dancers, 240 food and craft vendors, 60 musical acts, glossy vintage autos, kiddie pony rides, the hemisphere’s most adorable petting zoo. And lastly, the wonderful jam band Moon Alice. They gave out two different posters this year.
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Art auction to benefit young cancer patient
“Giving for Melody” is the theme of a silent art auction at The Works in Pacific Grove, April 24-29. Proceeds benefit treatment costs for three-year-old Melody Jane Holloway, who suffers from liver cancer. The Works is located at 667 Lighthouse Avenue and is open open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Original artworks by members of the Central Coast Art Association are offered for sale, with proceeds donated to Melody’s family. This auction is jointly sponsored by The Works and Central Coast Art Association. For further information contact Debbie Griest, exhibit coordinator at debbie.griest@ yahoo.com or 236-2064, or Leela Marcum, exhibit host and CCAA president, at email@example.com or 642-0260.
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Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles to perform In a musical genre dominated by men, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles has been breaking stereotypes and shaping new cultural traditions since 1994. The 12-member all-female group brings sensitivity, beauty and warmth to Mexico’s musical heritage and has earned a reputation in the industry as a pioneer. Back by popular demand after thrilling sold-out performances the last two years, Mariachi Reyna will return to CSU Monterey Bay’s World Theater for two performances May 2 and 3. Both shows will start at 7:30 p.m. Now there are other all-female mariachi groups, proving that when maestro Jose Hernandez created Reyna de Los Angeles, it wasn’t a novelty; it was a genre. Reyna has expanded the role of women in mariachi from singers to a full complement of musical performers. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men and about male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history. “I knew there were enough excellent female musicians to do it, and I didn’t want guys to say, ‘They play like girls,’ ” Hernandez said. “Now guys from other groups come up to me and tell me that they can’t get over how these girls sound so amazing. It’s because they sound like angels, and that’s why they are named after the City of Angeles.” Under Hernandez, the group has released three albums: “Solo Tuyo” (Yours Only), ‘El Mejor Mariachi Feminino del Mundo” (The Best Female Mariachi in the World), and “Companeras,” which was nominated for Grammy and Latin Grammy awards in 2009. The group will be on stage at the World Theater in time for Cinco de Mayo. The booking wasn’t an accident. “Each year, the World Theater hosts a production commemorating Cinco de Mayo,” said Joe Cardinalli, executive director of university performances and special events. “Besides presenting memorable music and song, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles’ performance follows our mission to educate and enlighten our campus and local communities through diverse entertainment and performances,” Cardinalli said. Tickets prices are $40 Gold Circle and $29 for general admission, with discounts available for senior citizens, students, military and children. They can be purchased by calling the World Theater box office at �582-4580 or online at csumb.edu/worldtheater. The World Theater is located on Sixth Avenue between A and B streets on the CSUMB campus. Driving directions and a campus map are available at CSUMB.edu/ map.
Laura Lockett opens new art exhibit A new exhibit of watercolors by Laura Lockett will show at the Pebble Beach Post Office during the entire month of April. The post office, open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, is located at 1491 Cypress Drive in Pebble Beach. Call 624-3016 for more information. Lockett also continues to have a rotating display at Juice and Java at 599 Lighthouse Avenue and will have two watercolors at the Pacific Grove Art Center in the Central Coast Art. Association’s 68th SemiAnnual Juried Show in the David Henry Gill Gallery, opening April 12. Call 373.0631 for more information.
Roianne Hart to demonstrate at art association meeting Noted Pebble Beach artist Roianne Hart will demonstrate her impressionistic watercolor style at the regular monthly meeting of the Central Coast Art Association on Monday, April 22, starting at 7 p.m. The Central Coast Art Association meets from 7–9 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl Street, next to Dennis the Menace Park in Monterey. Attendance is free and open to the public. Hart will paint a series of three-minute gestures by a costumed model, with a halfhour following pose. Her purpose is to show the freedom that watercolor allows in figure painting, and to have fun. She welcomes attendees to paint along with her. She is inspired by local landscapes and the jazz world. Her work is in collections throughout the United States. She is an exhibiting member of the Carmel Art Association. Learn more about Roianne Hart and her art at www.lyonshead.com/our_artists/ detail.php?id=13. For more information, contact: Deborah Russell at divadeba@ gmail.com or 920-8130.
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Jazz it up
Annual Heritage Music Festival set for April 27
The Village Project, Inc.
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$99.00 Per Player Entry Fee includes 18 holes (Shotgun /Scramble) at Monterey Pines
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The community is invited to an evening of jazz on the campus of California State University, Monterey Bay as the annual Heritage Music Festival returns on April 27. The free concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Black Box Cabaret, located on Fourth Street near the intersection of Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard and InterGarrison Road. The concert features John Santos and his sextet; and the CSUMB Jazz Ensemble, with special guest soloist Don Pendergrass on piano. Santos, a five-time Grammy nominee, is a San Francisco Bay area mainstay, a musical anchor and outspoken ambassador of the city’s active Latin jazz scene. He is an exponent of Afro-Latin music through innovative use of traditional forms and instruments with contemporary music. The John Santos Sextet appeared at the Monterey Bay Festival in 2011. Pendergrass, a pianist and vocalist and longtime member of the Roger Eddy Band, has four appearances at the Monterey Jazz Festival to his credit. He is a stalwart of the local jazz scene. The concert is sponsored by CSUMB’s Music and Performing Arts Department, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the university’s Special Event Fund. While the concert is free, a parking permit must be purchased from a nearby dispenser. Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.edu/map. For more information or disability accommodations, call 582-3009.
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Pacific Grove will welcome 3,500 runners at Just Run! 3K race
Pacific Grove Mayor and Monterey County Superintendent to start race
Three thousand future marathoners and 500 parents and teachers will be taking to the streets of Pacific Grove on Saturday morning, April 27, to run the JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K. The semi-annual fun run is part of the Big Sur International Marathon’s weekend line up of events. Pacific Grove Mayor, Bill Kampe, and Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Nancy Kotowski, will be on hand to start the race and help present awards to the participating schools. Staging and activities will be held at Lovers Point Park, with the race beginning at 8 a.m. on Ocean View Blvd. near Forest Avenue. Runners head down Ocean View and turn around at Hopkins Marine Station with a return leg on the Recreation Trail. All participants receive a finishers’ medallion, a “Jelly Jog” T-shirt, and post-race food and entertainment at the finish area. The spring JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K draws students, teachers and parents from 35 schools throughout Monterey County. Each year, an annual Schools’ Competition is held, awarding cash prizes based on the level of participation from each school. Top school winners can take home as much as $1,300 for their school from the $14,000 total purse provided by the Big Sur International Marathon and its sponsors. Additional activities in Lovers Point Park include movement games organized by the Monterey Sports Center, a post-race show by children’s entertainer, T-Bone, and hands-on activities from MY Museum. Participants are encouraged to stay in town after the race to celebrate their accomplishment at the park, beach, local restaurants, and museums such as the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Local residents and visitors are welcome to come out and cheer on the thousands of kids running, or to sign up for the event and run or walk with the students. Pre-registration is available online at www.bsim.org until April 20, at the Marathon Expo on Friday, April 26, or on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. Costs are $5 for children 4-17, and $20 for adults. Street closures will be in effect beginning at 6 a.m. on Ocean View Blvd. between Eardley and Sea Palm. The Recreation Trail will be closed to bicycles and pedestrians during this time. The race will conclude at approximately 9 a.m. and post race festivities end in the park by 11 a.m. For more information on the JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K or the JUST RUN youth fitness program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 831625-6226.
Breaker Scores: April 11-17 Girls Softball: Monday-King City; Home Varsity: 3 Breakers, 1 King City Boys Baseball: Monday-King City; Home Varsity: 5 Breakers, 1 King City Wednesday-King City; Away Varsity: 1 Breakers, 0 King City Lacrosse: Thursday- RLS; Home Varsity: 5 Breakers, 6 RLS Tuesday- RLS; Away Varsity: 4 Breakers, 3 RLS
Breaker of the Week Brianna Harris Junior Varsity softball Pitched 7 innings in April 16 win against King City
Breaker of the Week sponsored by Central Coast Silkscreen & Embroidery 215 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove 831.372.1401
Breaker of the Week Taylor Dunbar
Golf Tips Ben Alexander PGA PGA Teaching Professional, Pacific Grove Golf Links, Bayonet Golf Course PGA Teacher Of The Year, No Cal PGA 831-277-9001 www.benalexandergolf.com
Junior Varsity LaCrosse 19 saves in Pacific Grove v. Palma game
Thank you to the late Pete Drakos for sponsoring Breaker of the Week
Breaker of the Week sponsored by Pete’s Autobody & Glass 214 Fountain Ave., Pacific Grove 831.372.2755
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Make this a golden age Free writing workshop offered The Creative Writing Workshop, a six-week course taught by San Francisco playwright/critic/actor Lee Brady, welcomes new and experienced writers of all ages who want to write fiction, non fiction, poetry or plays. The workshop will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays from April 11 to May 16. The stated goal is for students to discover or renew their passion for writing. Contact Lee at 869-0860 or email@example.com, or contact Kathryn Kress, coordinator of MPC’s Older Adult Program at 646-4058 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The workshop is free and will meet at the Sally Griffin Center at 700 Jewell Avenue.
Monterey Library offers program for Boomers
Van Buren Senior Housing The Monterey Public Library presents ‘Boomer Education 101: A Two-part project community meeting Series’ with Bob Petty, an advisor with Partners for Transitions, LLC on Mondays April 8 and 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., a program designed to help members of the Baby Boomer Generation prepare for some major changes that are just around the corner. Topics covered include Medicare benefits, Social Security, and continued employment after age 65. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The Monterey Public Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. For more information call 646-5602 or see www.monterey.org/library.
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A community meeting will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Orca Room at 735 Pacific Street, Monterey, to discuss a proposed city senior housing project on Van Buren Street. The public will hear about the initial concept and goals for the project and contribute ideas for the design. The City of Monterey Housing and Property Management Office is preparing a concept design for a senior affordable housing project. In 2002, the City purchased adjacent properties totaling 20,954 square feet (0.48 acres) located on the east side of Van Buren Street south of Madison Street with funding provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The property currently contains a portion of a city parking lot and three singlefamily dwellings, one currently being used as a city office, which have been determined to have no historic value and will be demolished. The project area is bounded by Van Buren Street to the west; the Monterey City Hall Annex to the east; Madison Street to the north; and a residence and the Monterey High School parcel to the south. The design process will involve the surrounding residential neighborhood to ensure that the resulting design is compatible with the neighborhood. To keep track of the project schedule and to review draft documents as they become available, please visit the project website at �www.monterey.org/en-us/departments/ planspublicworks/planning/planningprojects/vanburenseniorhousing. Call 646-1739 for more information.
Student massage now available at MPC
Students in the Massage Therapy Skills Lab at Monterey Peninsula College are providing massage to MPC faculty, staff, students, and members of local communities for a reasonable fee. The lab is in session at the college during spring semester in PE 205 Monday evenings 6 - 9 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. Massage Therapy Skills Lab is part of the school’s massage therapy program, now in its 19th year of offering training for a career in an ancient healing art that helps us deal with the stressful effects of living in our modern world. For more information contact Janet Jacinto at 646-4232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Inaugural Earth Day Challenge Bag ban proposal outlined The City of Pacific Grove is considering a ban on single use disposable bags modseeks sponsorships eled after the ban recently implemented by the City of Monterey. This is in response
The Village Project, Inc. is an established non-profit organization providing culturally specific services to our communities, helping families and individuals reach a greater state of well-being. Our goal is to strengthen families through delivering services to every child and adult who requests assistance. The Village Project is committed to providing our services to anyone who needs them. We offer: Individual and family counseling, groups for boys and girls; educational tutoring, interviewing skills, emergency financial assistance, life planning skills; and much more. In order to reach our goal of “Every child and adult who requests assistance,” on May 3, 2013, the Village Project will host the inaugural “Earth Day Challenge.” The Earth Day Challenge is a multi-functional team competition fund-raising event, consisting of combined games of golf and bowling. First, competitors will enjoy a round of golf at Monterey Pines Recreation Complex, followed by three games of bowling at Monterey Lanes. With your partnership, the Earth Day Challenge will successfully help us help others to help themselves. We are asking for YOUR help. Will you join with us in this fund-raising event by providing a tax-deductible sponsorship or donation? This year, 2013, we will celebrate five years of hard work and dedication in successfully serving the needs of marginalized households in the Monterey County area, and with your help and support, we look forward to serving the needs of our communities for many years to come. Thank you for your time and support, and remember “It takes a village to raise a child.” Mel Mason, MSW, LCSW Executive Director/Clinical Director EIN: 61-1562515 The Village Project, Inc. 1069 Broadway Ave., Suite 201 • P.O. Box 127 Seaside, CA 93955 831-392-1500 • Fax 831-392-1501 www.thevillageprojectomc.org
to concerns about the impacts of single-use bags on the environment and the growing interest among local citizens and governments to develop a prohibitive ordinance. The proposed ordinance would eliminate the common use of plastic single-use bags, encourage the use of reusable bags by consumers and retailers, and reduce the consumption of single-use bags in general. Paper versus plastic is not the issue addressed by the proposed ordinance. Rather it is intended for Pacific Grove residents and visitors to avoid single-use bags altogether in favor of reusable bags when purchasing goods. Proposed Ordinance Requirements: • Ban the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags • Potentially implement a fee of up to 25¢ in all retail stores for paper bags (bag revenue is retained by stores). Paper bags would be required to contain at least 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber and display the content on the outside of the bag Exemptions from the Proposed Ban on Plastic Bags: • Plastic bags used in stores for bulk items, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, frozen foods, flowers, deli foods, and similar items • Dry cleaner, newspaper and door hanger bags • Restaurants or take-out food establishments that receive 90% or more of its revenue from the sale of food that is prepared on premises • Non-profit charitable organizations that re-use or recycle donated goods and receive more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of them • Customers participating in the California Special Supplement Food Program for women, infants and children Encouraged: • A reusable bag made of cloth or other machine washable fabric that has hands OR a durable plastic bag with handles that is at least 2.5mm thick and is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse ** Don’t forget to regularly wash your reusable bags! **
Santa Catalina presents ‘My One and Only’ beginning April 19 Santa Catalina School will present “My One and Only,” opening Friday, April 19. On Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, showtime will be 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, April 21, showtime will be 2 p.m. On Friday, April 26, showtime will be12:15 p.m. Set to be the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Captain Billy Buck Chandler gets sidetracked by his romantic pursuit of international aquacade swimming star Edith Herbert. As they travel around the world, their romance is nothing less than a series of unfortunate mishaps and calculated sabotage attempts. Are they destined to be apart forever or will they navigate their way to a happy ending? Come find out in Gershwin’s classic singing and tap dancing spectacular featuring the songs “’S Wonderful,” “Funny Face” and “Kickin’ the Clouds Away.” The performances will be in the school Performing Arts Center, 1500 Mark Thomas Drive, Monterey. For tickets, call the box office at 655-9341 or reserve tickets online at www.santacatalina.org Advanced reservations are recommended. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for seniors, students and military and $4 for children 12 and under. Call for group rates. For more information call Roger Thompson at 655-9341.
Speaker focuses on innovation
Lumina Foundation executive visits CSUMB April 25
The President’s Speaker Series at California State University, Monterey Bay continues April 25, when Jamie Merisotis of the Lumina Foundation visits campus. With the theme of “Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education,” the series focuses on the challenges facing higher education in an era of increased demand, changing demographics and declining state support. The speaker series brings nationally recognized leaders in education theory, innovation and policy to campus to discuss these issues. Mr. Merisotis is an expert on a wide range of higher-education issues. He is president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. Long a champion of the idea that higher education enhances both society and individuals, he has worked for decades to increase educational opportunity among low-income, minority and other historically underrepresented populations. Under his leadership, Lumina has embraced an ambitious and specific goal: to ensure that, by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high quality degrees and credentials – up from the current level of less than 40 percent. All of Lumina’s efforts and activities – grant making, communication, evaluation, policy advocacy and convening – work toward achieveing that goal. His talk will start at 3:30 p.m. in the World Theater, followed by a question-andanswer session moderated by CSUMB Provost Kathy Cruz-Uribe. The World Theater is located on Sixth Avenue near A Street. Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.edu/map. The community is invited to this free event. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are requested. Please RSVP before April 22 by calling Jeannie Lopez at 582-3530, emailing email@example.com or going online at csumb.edu/rsvp.
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Mirth’O’Matics are good to go in April The Mirth’O’Matics, using their quick wit, turn audience suggestions into scenes made up on the spot. The spot is the Lobby Stage at the Golden State Theatre. April’s show will be on Saturday, April 27, starting at 8 p.m. The Mirthers perform a variety of challenging theater games in which the actors have to meet the game objectives as the scene develops. A favorite is a game they’ve recently added to their menu, “Informercial” is a take off on special products sold on TV or a mall or a fair in which the inventor enthusiastically demonstrates how its use will quickly solve a problem, saving time, work and money. In the Mirther’s case, they get three unrelated items from the audience and ask for a problem needing to be solved. Someone shouts out a problem and two of the actors take on the characters of the high energy inventors and explain how these items
will solve the problem. “This is a fun game that challenges our creativity and spontaneity,” said Maria Dawson, who often gets to play one of the sales people. “I love to play the character and the audience interaction.” The troupe also performs song improv, such as in the game, “Sing It.” During a scene the emcee will yell “Sing it!” and the actors continue the scene in song. “One minute you’re dialoguing and suddenly you have to start singing the scene,” said cast member Alison Yant. “You just go for it as if you were the best singer in the world,” adding, after a pause, “Okay, maybe not the world. Mostly in the theater.” The Golden State Theater is located at 417 Alvarado Street in Monterey. Tickets are $12 and are available on line at GoldenStateTheatre.com, or at the door 30 minutes prior to the show. Call �402-8940 for more information.
Narayan and Janet release album
Narayn and Janet, a Seattle-based duo, will perform in concert on Saturday, May 11 at the Center for Spiritual Living on 400 West Franklin Street in Monterey. As they embark on their west coast tour their new songs focus on love and community. They say their purpose, beyond just a music performance, is to provide an uplifting and enriching musical experience that will build community. “Isn’t it time we give ourselves a treat and come together with the resolve to usher in the golden age? “ says Narayan. “We think so, and we’ve created this music as a perfect instigator for this sort of an intention.” Vocals, keyboards, trumpet and exotic percussion fill their blend of jazz, Motown, Beatles and world music. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information please call Narayan at 206-200-9509 or e-mail email@example.com.
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No Handwriting Please!
Animal Tales and Other Random Thoughts
Kyle A. Krasa, Esq.
Another Time, Another Place
My former husband and I lived in Germany. Here are some experiences of that time: Larry and I married in Carmel Valley on August 29, 1959. It was a small pretty wedding; Uncle Sam gave me away, my cousin, Mary Osborne, was my matron of honor. The reception was at the River Ranch. Larry’s parents, Hazel and Justin, had retired to The Sea Club in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. They rented a condo for us on the inland waterway. After two weeks, he went off to Germany, I to San Francisco. We had thought we would reunite in the spring in Europe to better accommodate finances and schedules. However, Lady Fate intervened: I was pregnant. One morning in mid-December, surrounded by friends and family, I boarded a pole vaulting plane which would, after stops in London and Frankfurt, unite me with my new husband. He had bought a car, an ancient Opel Olympus and found an apartment in the bowels of Stuttgart, several stories above a store, on a dank, dark street. In Europe the streets fell silent early and, due to the expense, very few house lights were on at night. The apartment was daunting. We shared with the landlady, Frau Kohler, whom we never saw. She had the bedroom, we the living room, an alcove in which to sleep, the kitchen and a daunting bathroom, somehow squeezed into the end of a screen porch, so small that a sitz bath and a hand-held shower were the bathing facilities. The heat was provided by a pot-bellied stove. Coal and wood fueled our oven and burners, with no thermostat. We were on the third floor; the stairwell was dark and musty. Floor lights came on occasionally, if at all. The old men trudging up the stairs reminded me of Van Gogh’s “Potato Eaters.” To obtain fuel one needed to go one flight further down to the basement. It was the dead of winter and very cold. I was three and a half months with child, would arise a few times at night, blindly feel my way out the kitchen door and onto the generally icy porch into the freezing bathroom. If Larry wasn’t home to obtain the coal, it could become rather chilly. After we retired and, very rarely, during the weekend we might see Frau Kohler. We celebrated Christmas and invited Larry’s friends, most of whom were bachelors. I learned to determine the temperature of the oven by feel. Larry was stationed at the Counter Intelligence Corps at Wallace Barracks, in the former GrosReiter Kaserne in the Hallschlog neighborhood of the Bad Connstatt section of town. Those bunch of jolly ex-college boys called it Hallschlog U. They even had a motto “Hallschlog U If you schlog me” which demonstrates the mindset of the short-timers protecting our country. Stuttgart, in those days, was grimy during the dark days of winter. The natives had not recovered from the intense bombings. It was not a happy city. We did not, however, remain long. We were evicted. Our friends enjoyed visiting, having a home-cooked meal, much beer was consumed and there were times of too much frivolity. Even for the money, the good Frau could not stand it and we were out on our ears. Again, Fate intervened; we found a wonderful apartment not far from Stuttgart in Obertuerkheim. It was also a third floor walkup, but sunny and cheerful. We later discovered that we were paying the utilities for the entire building, but it was warm and there was a communal telephone in the hall. Opel was on her last legs when Larry purchased her. She was good to us for a few months, a real work horse, who held as many as 10 people roaring through the night to a party. The stress was too much and she died on one of our weekend trips. We had set off on a Saturday adventure of exploration. In a tiny little town, Zusmarshausen, Opel gave up. Pondering our next step, we ventured into a Gasthaus. It was twilight. Everything was monochrome, smoke filled the room, men enjoying the last beer of the work day stared at us in a very unwelcoming manner One had a milk eye. We had either stepped into a Brach painting or one of the horror movies popular at that time. We buried Opel in a junk yard, and hitched a ride with a trucker. That, also, was unsettling as the cab was plastered with pornographic photos. Germany had no restraint when it came to rapacious enjoyment. He was aromatic and loud, as he shoved closer to me, I almost pushed Larry out of the passenger door, but we finally reached the train station and traveled back to Stuttgart. My mother had given us a wedding gift and, being without transportation, we purchased a new black Volkswagen with a sun roof for $1,600 and set off points south. One of my friends, Wade Matthews, who had been stationed in Monterey before Larry had, was now a junior state department official in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It was May, the weather was glorious, and after a visit with Wade, we headed for the Alps. While the enlisted man was not paid enough, the amenities while traveling were remarkable. Gasoline was inexpensive. The accommodations generally were opulent, old castles or converted manor houses, In Garmisch-Paratenkirchen we were on a lake and took side trips to Berchesgarden. On that trip we stopped in Salzburg and Kitzbuhel, Austria. I wish I had paid more attention and had absorbed the history as well as the beauty. Perhaps that is youth.
Planning for Each Generation Most people understand the importance of seeking the counsel of a qualified attorney to draft their estate plans. The law is complex and estate planning involves everybody they love and all the assets they own. Furthermore, after death, family members might get into disagreements about the intent of the plan. It is therefore definitely worthwhile to make sure the estate plan is drafted clearly and correctly, carefully navigating tax, legal, and practical pitfalls. Most estate plans are revocable, meaning that the testator can make changes to the plan at any time, provided that he or she is living and has mental capacity. After investing a significant amount of time, expense, and effort into creating the estate plan, it might be tempting to simply write in “a simple change,” such as switching the designation of a trustee, altering the amount of a cash gift to a particular beneficiary, or even removing a beneficiary all together. One might reason that while it was important to initially seek the counsel of an attorney in drafting the original estate plan, it is not worthwhile to invest additional time, expense, and effort to make a minor modification to the plan. However, writing in a change – even if it appears to be simple and straightforward – can create a whole host of problems and litigation after death. “Interlineations” is the legal term for handwritten notes or modifications to an existing estate plan. The quickest way to a lawsuit over the interpretation of an estate plan is to make interlineations in a document. The first question to be explored would be whether or not the testator was actually the person who made the interlineations. There are hundreds of examples of disgruntled beneficiaries who – after the death or incapacity of a testator – attempted to make changes to estate plans to better suit their wishes or expectations. While the handwriting might look like
that of the testator’s, it might not be clear whether that handwriting was forged or not. Second, even if it is clear that the testator in fact made the interlineations, the next question will be whether or not the testator intended that the interlineations be legally binding. Often, people will examine their existing estate plans and think about possible future changes, but never make the final decision to actually effect the proposed change. The interlineations could simply be the notes of a brainstorming session but the requisite intent to actually make those notes legally binding might be absent. If the testator did not take the notes into an estate planning attorney for review and final drafting, it is reasonable to doubt whether the testator intended for the proposed changes to be legally binding. Third, an additional question will be whether the testator was under duress, menace, fraud, or undue influence when making the interlineations, or whether the testator was even of sound mind at all. If a testator makes changes on his or her own, it is not clear what the circumstances were. Was the testator alone when he or she made the interlineations? Was the testator influenced by a mischievous third party? However, if a testator met privately with an attorney, there is less chance that the testator was not acting of his or her own free will and volition as the circumstances of the execution of the modification are clear and controlled. In addition to the aforementioned uncertainties that interlineations often cause, meeting with a qualified attorney to make changes to an estate plan can ensure that the testator has covered all bases. Often an estate plan includes many varied parts that work together. The testator might recognize the need to change one part of the plan, but fail to identify other parts of
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Taxes? I’m in Key West! Travis on Taxes When this paper hits the newsstands, I will hopefully be far from thinking about itemized deductions, dependent exemptions, and the IRS. This tax season tended to be compressed for many tax professionals due to the last minute changes by Congress which delayed the release of many common IRS forms until early March of this year. Of course we tried to get the information from clients and prepare the returns except for the remaining forms, but it still had an effect of creating additional late night hours! That is now over, however, and it is time to take a breather! My wife and I and one-year-old son are headed for the southern-most point in the United States - Key West, Florida. When I was 16 my family took a trip to Key West, Florida. My father enjoyed taking us around to go Key lime pie tasting and to show us the sites he was familiar with from his younger days. My grandfather was an architect in Key West for a number of years and both my uncle and my father were “Conchs.” This term, derived from the shell of the large sea snail, is affectionately given to anyone born in Key West. My dad’s aunt, Peggy Mills, also lived on the island. She was a collector of orchids from all over the world and received special permission to import unusual orchid varieties into her growing gardens. Over the years she tore down over a dozen buildings in the heart of Key West to make room for her gardens and then made them open to the public. She also imported special bricks and four “tinajones” from Cuba. The tinajones are basically large clay pots weighing about 2,000 pounds each and were used for rainwater collection by Spanish settlers They are the only ones in the United States. She was friends with President Batista of Cuba at the time, which was her connection to obtain these artifacts. When she passed away
in 1979, my grandfather sold the property with the pledge from the new owners that the gardens would remain. Although the property has changed hands several times, you can now stay at The Gardens Hotel, arguably the nicest spot in Key West! Perhaps we can get a tour when we go as The Gardens Hotel only accepts guests 16 and over, and I don’t think we can fudge that with our one-year old, even though he is “very advanced” (as all parents like to say)! I remember we went into the reception area during our trip when I was 16. My dad was telling funny stories about how the room used to be his aunt’s dining room and the chandelier had an active bee hive that dripped honey onto the table. She was eccentric, but I think the concierge thought we were nuts! Prior articles are republished on my website at www.tlongcpa.com/blog. IRS Circular 230 Notice: To the extent this article concerns tax matters, it is not intended to be used and cannot be used by a taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding penalties that may be imposed by law. Travis H. Long, CPA is located at 706-B Forest Avenue, PG, 93950 and focuses on trust, estate, individual, and business taxation. He can be reached at 831-333-1041.
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Relay for Life will be held May 4
The American Cancer Society will sponsor the Monterey Relay for Life on Saturday, May 4 at the Monterey Fairgrounds. The event begins at 9 a.m. and continues for 24 hours. Volunteers will walk to raise money and hope for cancer victims. Music and food will be provided. A silent auction will be held during the event. Walkers can sign up as teams by visiting www.relayforlife.org. Watchers are admitted free. Cancer survivors will receive free coffee, breakfast and lunch, goodie bags and t-shirts. The event will raise money for cancer research.
Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130576 The following person is doing business as: D'ANGELO MANAGEMENT SERVICES and D'ANGELO MANAGEMENT HOUSE, 335 El Dorado St., Suite 10E, Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940: CLANCY D'ANGELO, 1174 Rampart Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 21, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 4/1/13. Signed, Clancy D'Angelo. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10/13
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130575 The following person is doing business as: MONTEREY PENINSULA ENDODONTICS, 333 El Dorado St., Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940: JON DEAN, 26317 Camino Real, Carmel, CA 93923 and JEFFREY MECKLER, 2970 Congress Rd., Pebble Beach, CA 93953. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 21, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 4/1/13. Signed, Jeffrey Meckler. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10/13
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130574 The following person is doing business as: MONTEREY PENINSULA DENTAL GROUP, 333 El Dorado St., Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940: Chad Corriveau, 1162 Chapparral Rd., Pebble Beach, CA 93953; Michael Falkel, 80 Corona Rd., Carmel, CA 93923; Albert Grosnick, 3 Forest Vale, Monterey, CA 93940; Stephen Ikemiya, 2 Oak Knoll Way, Carmel, CA 93921. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 21, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 4/1/13. Signed, Stephen J. Ikemiya. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3/13 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130640 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: ALL-STAR ENTERTAINMENT; 831PARTY; and VERSA STYLES, 321 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950. RYAN WHITE, 321 Asilomar Blvd., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on April 2, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on April 1, 2003. Signed Ryan White. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/1/13
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130568 The following person is doing business as: FORA, 1904 Hartford Street, Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93906: EVAN ANDREW HUSSAR, 1904 Hartford Street, Salinas , CA 93906 and STEVEN ANTHONY LEMOS, 1246 Cherokee Dr. #1, Salinas, CA 93906. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 21, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name listed above on 1/1/13. Signed, Evan Hussar. This business is conducted by a general partnership. Publication dates 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/1/13
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File Number 20130612 The following person(s) is (are) doing business as: TFD North America, 80 Garden Court, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940, County of Monterey. Full name of Registrant: Systems Exchange, Inc., a California Corporation, 80 Garden Court, Suite 200, Monterey, CA 93940. This business is conducted by a corporation. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on May 1, 2008. I declare that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) Signature of Registrant: Christy Goade, Title: Chief Financial Officer. This statement was filed with the County Clerk of Monterey County on March 27, 2013. Notice - In accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 17920, a Fictitious Name Statement generally expires at the end of five years from the date on which it was filed in the Office of the County Clerk. Except, as provided in subdivision (b) of Section 17920, where it expires 40 days after any change in the facts set forth in the statement pursuant to Section 17913 other than a change in the residence address of a registered owner. A New Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed before the expiration. The filing of this statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state of a Fictitious Business Name in violation of the rights of another under Federal, State, or Common Law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business and Professions Code). CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that the foregoing is a correct copy of the original on file in my office. STEPHEN L. VAGNINI, MONTEREY COUNTY CLERK BY: Deputy Expires: March 27, 2018 New Filing - with Change(s) Publication dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26/13 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20130588 The following person is doing business as TAYLOR JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY, 2405 David Ave. #4, Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA 93950. CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR LOPEZ, 2405 David Ave. #4, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 25, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on N/A. Signed: Christopher Lopez. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19/2013
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20130465 The following person is doing business as LADYBUG CLEAN TEAM, 222 Carmel Ave., Apt. B1, Marina, Monterey County, CA 93933. ROSALINDA HERNANDEZ, 222 Carmel Ave., Apt. B1, Marina, CA 93933. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on March 08, 2013. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or name(s) listed above on 2/23/13. Signed: Rosalinda Hernandez. This business is conducted by an individual. Publication dates: 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26/2013
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Cetacean Society focuses on whale photos
Bryant Austin, a photographic pioneer, will talk about his life-size images of whales Thursday night, April 25, when he addresses the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Cetacean Society. Austin, a Carmel Valley resident, snorkels with whales to get detailed photos he then displays on panels to show precisely how the gentle giants look an arms length away. He’s received international acclaim for his large, detailed photos and has won audiences even in Japan and Norway, nations that still hunt whales commercially. His new book, “Beautiful Whales,” displays his spectacular photos, including whale eyes in full size. Austin’s presentation to the American Cetacean Society, the oldest whale conservation organization in the world, will feature seven individual whales that have spent many hours underwater with him. He patiently waited for them to come to him on their own terms so he could photograph them just six feet away. The meeting, free and open to the public, will be in the Boat Works building at Hopkins Marine Station, 120 Ocean View Blvd. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program starts at 7:30.
Pacific Grove Art Center gives Open call for artists working in 2-D and 3-D
The purpose of the Pacific Grove Art Center is to Educate, Appreciate, Exhibit, Encourage, and Inspire. Since 1969, the PGAC has been a community based nonprofit seeking to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art. With the desire to have art available to everyone, PGAC has held low cost classes, free exhibits to view, low cost gallery rental fees, and has also offered reduced rent for artists' studios for over 40 years. Emerging and established artists are professionally shown in our historic galleries, and large group shows can provide the first step into the art world for many. Through generous donations, grants, and hundreds of volunteered hours, the Art Center continues its mission today. Apply for a SOLO SHOW by visiting our website and downloading the submission form. Submit required materials and submission fee by May 5, 2013. $15 for PGAC Members. $40 for non-PGAC members. ($30 Individual Membership). www.pgartcenter.org Submission materials will not be returned. Accepted artists will be notified within one month of submission deadline. They will exhibit in either late 2013 or in early-mid 2014, as decided by the PGAC Selection Committee. Gallery fees will range from $145-$250 for those artists selected under this May 5 submission deadline. Artists earn 60 percent of the sale price. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up of their work. Please see submission form for additional details. Good luck! Note: Unsolicited materials not accepted. Applicants not following application procedure will not be accepted.
Breast health lecture offered at library
Daya Fisch will present a lecture, “Breast Health: Four Simple Methods” on Monday, April 22 in the Library Community Room at the Monterey Public Library. The presentation attempts to provide useful, proactive information about acupressure, lymphatic massage, breathing techniques and the latest research in prevention. Simple changes that will take no more than a minute can have profound effects on body and breast health. Daya Fisch is passionate about health and empowering people to heal their own bodies to live vibrant, awake lives. She is trained in many therapeutic modalities and is a specialist in Lymphatic Massage. Daya has also studied traditional Ayurvedic healing, Yoga and numerous other massage techniques. Learn more at breasthealthproject.com. The lecture will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Adults are invited to attend and admission is free. Reservations are required. Call 646-5632 or email thongchu@monterey. org. The Library is located at 625 Pacific Street, Monterey. The event I sponsored by the Friends of the Monterey Public Library and the Monterey Public Library Endowment Committee.
April 20 lecture covers exhibiting artwork from proposals to sales
There are many talented artists and few exhibition opportunities. How does an artist win one of those coveted spots? Presenting artwork professionally may increase prospects for selection. A lecture to be held Saturday, April 20 will serve as a guide through the exhibition process from submitting proposals through selling artwork. It will cover exhibition opportunities; submitting to Call-For-Entries; writing an exhibit proposal and statement; selecting images for submission and reproduction; installing exhibits; pricing art; postcards and publicity and more. Emphasis will be on practical strategies any artist can adopt. The Pacific Grove Art Center at 568 Lighthouse Avenue will host the lecture from 2-4 p.m. The fee for the lecture is $30. Pre-registration is required. To register contact Eva Bernstein at 332-1200 or email@example.com. Santa Cruz artist Eva Bernstein has exhibited extensively over the past decade. Her work is held in private collections nationwide. She is the exhibitions coordinator for the MPC Printmakers, a group of more than 80 artists. She has secured and curated annual and biannual exhibits for the group in Monterey Bay area galleries for the past seven years. To view her work go to www.evabernstein.com. Limited Scholarships may be available. Contact Pacific Grove Art Center by April 10 with a written request for scholarship, explaining need.
Taelen Thomas performs “Inside of a Galloping Buffalo” and “The 11” Taelen Thomas, the bard and biographical dramatist of Carmel Bay, will provide a two-part show on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 at the Carmel Indoor Forest Theatre. First Thomas will perform poetry and quick stories from his new book, “Inside of a Galloping Buffalo,” and will recite classical poetry by major poets, including Sappho, Burns, Yeats, and Dylan Thomas. Thomas says he loves the rhythms, the music and magic of poetry, especially when known by heart and spoken aloud. He delivers these works with a voice that has been described as “rumbling,” “ringing with passion,” “worn copper” and “mischievous.” His performance will be accompanied by the music of Steve Mortensen, singer/
songwriter/bandleader, on guitar. The second act is a production of the award-winning one-man, one-act play “The 11,” about the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and the eleven who died there. The play is written and directed by Tim Altwies, who was a “roughneck” in the early 1980s, working the oil fields on and off shore. Thomas portrays a survivor who tells the stories of the heroes, victims, and villains of this disaster. The Saturday performance is at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. The theatre is located at Santa Rita Street and Mountain View Avenue. Admission is $10. For information email �chroberts@ hotmail.com.
Art in service of science
Science illustration students exhibit work
If you’ve ever wondered about the artwork that illustrates science textbooks, field guides, and interpretive signs in parks and nature preserves, you have the opportunity to learn about it at an exhibit in Pacific Grove. Illustrating Nature, the fourth annual exhibit of work by students in the CSU Monterey Bay Science Illustration Program, will be on display at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History May 4 through June 16. The museum is located at 165 Forest Ave., Pacific Grove. The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3. The 65 illustrations and several field sketchbooks in the exhibit depict subjects ranging from our local kelp forest to life on Mars and using media including pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic and digital media. A demonstration of science illustration methods and techniques will be held at the museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11. In 2009, the science illustration program relocated from UC Santa Cruz Extension to CSUMB. One of the most prestigious programs of its kind in the nation, it prepares students who are sought after by scientific institutions and publications around the world. Graduates are working at the Smithsonian Institution; New York’s American Museum of Natural History; the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History; the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and National Geographic, Scientific American and Nature magazines. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. More information about the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is available at http://www.pgmuseum.org/
Annual sanctuary symposium set for April 27: ‘What would Ed [Ricketts] do?’
Public invited to free lecture
The public is invited to learn about changes occurring throughout the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the drivers of those changes, from experts who are seeking to understand them at the Sanctuary Currents Symposium. Observations on the Shifting Ecology of the Sanctuary is the topic of this year’s symposium set for April 27 at California State University, Monterey Bay. The presentation will provide insights into the changing face of resource management in the region. Among the speakers is Dr. Stephen Palumbi of Hopkins Marine Station, who will talk about what Monterey Bay tells us about climate change, and what climate change tells us about the future of Monterey Bay. Dr. Mark Carr of UC Santa Cruz will deliver the Ricketts Memorial Lecture at 2:15 p.m. His topic: “What would Ed do? Innovations in science and management of kelp forest ecosystems in the 21st century.” The event, lasting from 9 a.m. Until 3:30 p.m., will include presentations about local research efforts from marine scientists and policy experts, and exhibits, displays and information provided by marine organizations such as the Institute for Applied Marine Ecology at CSUMB and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It will take place at the University Center on Sixth Avenue at B Street on the CSUMB campus. Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.edu/map. The event is free; no tickets or reservations are required. Sponsors include NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; CSU Monterey Bay and its Institute for Applied Marine Ecology; and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Call 582-3653 for more information.
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GMO agriculture continues to raise concerns By Cameron Douglas How natural is the food we eat? Is organic produce grown from all natural seeds? How much independent research is being done on the long-term effects of GMO’s? Consumers are asking these questions as genetic engineering continues at a rapid pace. The issue of crops grown from genetically modified organisms came to a head in California last year with Proposition 37, an initiative to create mandatory labeling of all food sold to consumers that has been made from plants or animals with specific changes in their genetic material. Prop. 37 did not pass, but the movement against GMO’s is pressing on. The term GMO applies to instances where genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. To date, these organisms include insects, plants, fish, mammals, and microorganisms such as bacteria and yeast. GMO’s are the source of genetically modified foods. The U.S currently leads the world in genetically modified crops by at least 50 percent across the board with the exception of soybeans, 77 percent of which are now genetically modified throughout the world. Plants are genetically altered in several ways. The two main methods are to either infect the plant with a virus or bacteria, or to fire tiny pellets into the plant cells with a special gun to attach new DNA information. Monsanto is a leading producer of genetically engineered seed. It is a publicly traded, American multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation headquartered in Creve Coeur, Missouri. They offer “high-yield conventional and biotech seeds”; “advanced traits and technologies that enable more nutritious and durable crops”; and “safe and effective crop protection solutions.” Brands featured on their product page include Dekalb, Genuity, Asgrow, Deltapine, Seminis and De Ruiter. Before it was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell, Monsanto manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, Agent Orange and PCB’s. They were the first company to mass-produce light emitting diodes (LED’s). They were also a major plastics producer.
GloFish, the first genetically modified animal to be sold as a pet. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Colleen Ingram is a GMO activist living in Pacific Grove. Her chief concern about genetic alteration of food is a lack of non-biased study and regulation. As it stands, the Food & Drug Administration is the governing body for GMO experimentation. And while the FDA requires research and testing, such testing does not have to be done by an independent organization. The test data can be provided from the company putting in the request. On their website, Monsanto describes itself as, “A Sustainable Agriculture Company.” Those opposed to genetically modified crops dispute the sustainability claim. “Farm yields can increase initially,” says Ingram. “But it needs exact watering and soil conditions. It’s not really sustainable. The soil breaks down. It requires continued use of chemicals. GMO seeds only grow well under ideal conditions.” While plants are being altered to resist chemicals that would otherwise kill them, the use of those chemicals also causes problems. In the Argentine town of Cordoba, criminal charges were brought against individuals in the agriculture industry for the first time in South American history. The charges were brought after 169 cases of cancer including 30 deaths were connected to the legal but unauthorized agricultural use of two known
carcinogens, glyphosate and endosulfan. The cases ended in convictions of two of the three defendants. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, kills plants by interfering with the shikimate pathway in the plant, which in turn blocks the uptake of essential amino acids. Glyphosate raises health concerns among critics because it is now being used to alter seeds, making them, “Roundup Ready.” After using Roundup to kill weeds in the field, Roundup-resistant seeds altered with glyphosate are planted and become crops for human consumption. Ingram notes that between 1997 and 2002, there was a 265 percent increase in emergency room admissions for food allergies. Commercial sale of genetically modified foods began in 1994, when Calgene brought out its “Flavr Savr” delayed ripening tomato. Ingram adds that in the 16 years since GMO crops were introduced there has been an increase of 404 million pounds of pesticides, according to a peer reviewed paper by research professor Charles Benbrook at Washington State University. Pesticides are both herbicides and insecticides. Benbrook’s study shows that while insecticides are down by 123 million pounds, herbicides like Roundup have increased by 527 million pounds. Proponents of GMO agriculture argue
Baby seals adorn our beaches By Thom Akeman More than 50 baby seals have been born on Pacific Grove beaches during the past month – including one historic birth that closed the main beach at Lovers Point for a week – and more are expected in the next few weeks. As always, the best place to see them is alongside the Coastal Trail next to Hopkins Marine Station, where a chain link fence protects the harbor seals and babies on the beach from people and dogs on the trail. At one time this week, 41 pups and their moms were on that beach – nursing,
sleeping, recovering from swimming lessons and playing. A couple of signs on and behind the fence help explain the animals – and ask viewers to be quiet and not disruptive except for the natural ooohs and aaahs. There are frequently Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary docents there to answer any questions. While the 41 pups were on that main birthing beach, another and its mom were on the small, spillover beach at the bottom of 5th Street. There have been as many as eight pairs in that area this season but they haven’t stayed long, probably because the beach wasn’t very secure and uninformed people went onto it almost daily. Barricades and more signage put up over the weekend is helping.
Two of the harbor seal pups born in PG this year are now in the Marine Mammal Center hospital in Sausalito and are reportedly doing well. One was born unusually early in February and was taken from its mother at 5th Street by intervening humans. Another was abandoned by its mother and was languishing on a beach near 13th Street when rescuers picked it up. Others orphaned for whatever reason haven’t been so lucky. Please remember to not disturb seals and their pups. If you see a problem, call the Marine Mammal Center at (831) 633-6298, or the NOAA hotline at 1-800-853-1964, and let trained rescuers assess the situation and take action.
that this is necessary to feed a hungry world. Ingram disagrees. “The issue is not that we don’t have enough food, it is with the distribution…if it isn’t sustainable, it is not a solution.” The real objective, says Ingram, is patents, and the continued use of patented products. In other parts of the world, growers are working with more natural methods. A young farmer in the Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar, grew a world record 2.24 tons of rice on 2.5 acres of land, using only farmyard manure with no herbicides. Other farmers in that country had similar success with wheat and potatoes, some using a technique called System of Rice Intensification. A GMO protest rally is scheduled for Monday, April 22 at the Salinas offices of Seminis, Inc., located at 590 Brunken Avenue. Seminis is the largest marketer, developer and grower of fruit and vegetable seeds in the world, with several locations around Monterey County. Monsanto purchased Seminis in 2005. Mark Sarchet of Occupy Monsanto of Monterey is organizing the rally. “The main idea of Occupy Monsanto of Monterey is to be more organized,” says Sarchet, in reference to previous Occupy movements. “We want to effect change in a reasonable length of time.” On his blog, Sarchet alleges that Seminis is experimenting with genetically modified lettuce in the Salinas area. Representatives from Seminis did not return calls for comment. “Studies are proving that pesticides are destroying soil and causing disease right now,” says Ingram. “When unsafe GMO’s and pesticides have finally destroyed nature, people will wonder why something wasn’t done about it sooner. We are trying to be that change.” For details on the rally, contact Mark Sarchet at 831-224-5732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/ For more information on GMO’s and genetically engineered food, contact the following organizations or visit their websites: www.labelgmos.org www.nongmoproject.org www.occupymonsanto360.org Send comments and suggestions for future Green Pages to: email@example.com
Monterey Audubon Society will hold their county-wide Birdathon 2013 from Fri., April 26, 4 p.m. through Sat., April 27, 4 p.m., followed by a catered lasagna dinner at Wild Bird Haven at Del Monte Shopping Center, Monterey, 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Birders from everywhere and of all skill levels are invited to attend the event and spot as many birds as they can in the 24-hour period. Bring your own binoculars and dress for changing weather. Registration is preferred by contacting Cooper Scollan at 831 241-1422 or firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. Cost is $30/person, $50/couple with kids/ students free. All proceeds to Monterey Audubon’s May Gong Tenney Youth Scholarships. A silent auction at the dinner will also benefit the scholarship fund.
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Pacific Grove Spacious 4 or 5 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home 2 minutes from Pebble Beach Gate. Great floor plan with three ground floor bedrooms, refinished wood floors down, new carpeting up, jetted tub, major closet space, fenced yard.
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Ricardo Azucena (831) 917-1849
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Pebble Beach Wide open light and bright, well cared for 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath classic Pebble Beach home. Cathedral ceiling in living room, fireplaces in living room and master bedroom, built-ins, wet bar, Zen-like grounds and decks.
Bill Bluhm (831) 277-2782
Pacific Grove Super cute Pacific Grove cottage amid the oaks in quiet neighborhood. Two bedrooms, one bath, double paned windows, one car garage and a fully fenced, tiered backyard. All appliances included. Great starter!
Marilyn Vassallo (831) 372-8634
Pacific Grove Great downtown P.G. Location. Ideal live/work commercial property. Beautiful showroom with a dramatic, urban feeling. High ceilings, wood floors. Kitchen and bath, loft area for additional work/retail/living area. Small basement.
Offered at $474,000 Pen
67 Paso Hondo
Carmel Valley Surrounded by Carmel Valley’s beauty and rustic neighborhood charm, this 3/2 home is perfectly updated with all the right touches - wood floors, skylights, media room, stainless appliances and double paned windows. Dreams do come true!
Arleen Hardenstein (831) 915-8989
Helen Bluhm (831) 277-2783
Pacific Grove This charming, historic 4-plex is located on an oversized, street to street lot only two blocks to downtown and has unlimited potential for the person with imagination. Convert units A & B into a beautiful owner’s unit and rent out the other two!
165 Via Gayuba
Monterey Sunny Monterey neighborhood with a peek of the bay. Hardwood floors throughout this 3 bedroom 2 bath home. New paint, bonus room off of light ad bright kitchen. Close to schools and Via Paraiso park.
Pebble Beach Great chance to own a beautifully updated one level turnkey jewel. Spacious, light filled rooms with wood, tile and marble floors. Master suite oasis with dream closet and elegant bath. Sunset views from living room and front patio.
Offered at $805,000
T.J. Bristol (831) 521-3131
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Pacific Grove $800,000 4BR/2.5BA Open Sun 1-4 1115 David Ave. X Clark Ln. Shawn Quinn 831-236-4318
Bill Bluhm (831) 277-2782
3051 Larkin Rd.
Pacific Grove $800,000 4BR/2.5BA Open Sat 11-1 1115 David Ave. X Clark Ln. Joe Smith 831-238-1984
Pacific Grove $800,000 4BR/2.5BA Open Fri 2-4 1115 David Ave. X Clark Ln. Piper Loomis 831-402-2884
Offered at $550,000
213 Grand Avenue
1111 Lincoln Ave.
Shawn Quinn (831) 236-4318
Monterey Secluded 3 bedroom, 2 bath hidden treasure located just a few blocks up the hill from downtown Monterey. Fireplaces in living room and master bedroom, plenty of decking and a low maintenance yard. Se Habla Español Ricardo Azucena
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Offered at $428,000
988 Madison St.
Pacific Grove Impeccably remodeled 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,123 sq. ft. house ready to be moved into. Fireplace in living room. new kitchen, baths, flooring, lighting and windows. Freshly painted inside and out. Newer roof, corner lot, two car garage, low maintenance yard.
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2900 Colton Road
Pacific Grove $800,000 4BR/2.5BA Open Mon 2-5 1115 David Ave. X Clark Ln. Ricardo Azucena 831-917-1849
Joe Smith (831) 238-1984
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