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Kiosk Friday, August 27
9:00 a.m. BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2 Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey Information: 324-0357 •
Saturday, August 28
10 – 12 a.m. YES on “Q” Grassroots Rally Pacific Coast Church 522 Central Avenue Info: www.yesonpglibrary.com •
Citizens’ Academy - See below
El Carmelo - Page 7
Treating autism - Page 5
Sunday, August 29
7:00 p.m. Tarquinia Trio Concert 6:00 p.m. Wine Tasting Coastview Vineyards Wave Street Studio Courtyard 774Wave Street, Monterey $28
• Sunday, August 29
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jewish Food Festival 5716 Carmel Valley Road Information: 624-2015 carmelbethisrael.org •
Monday, August 30
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PG Farmers’ Market Event Armenian Pickling & Salad Cooking Barbara Ghazarian Central at Grand Avenue •
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8:30 p.m. Thurs., Fri., Sat. 3:30 p.m. Sunday Broadway a musical Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater Wharf #1 Reservations & Info: 649-2332 0r 372-1373 •
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Wed., September 1
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Geological Origins of the Monterey Peninsula Ed Clifton, Geologist Emeritus Monterey Peninsula College Lecture Forum 103 980 Fremont Street, Monterey Free but Charge for Parking 831-646-4224 www.gentrain.org •
August 27-Sept. 2, 2010
Pacific Grove Community News
Darlene Billstrom is back in charge
Vol. II, Issue 49
PG P.R.I.D.E. is rightfully proud
Darlene Billstrom has resumed her administrative position with the city of Pacific Grove for the El Carmelo Cemetery on Asilomar Avenue. The cemetery office moved from the Corporation Yard to City Hall, where Billstrom, a former business manager, works part-time. Billstrom worked for the city in this capacity from 2004-05, entering records into computer files. “Some of the records are really old,” Billstrom says. Her goal is to build a relational database. Her other tasks include scheduling burials and interments, selling plots and public relations — more than enough to fill her day, she says. She works Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Darlene Billstrom can be reached during those hours at (831) 648-3172.
Thursday, Sept. 2
7:00 p.m. Friends of the PG Library Meet the Author Brad Herzog Turn Left At the Trojan Horse Pacific Grove Library 550 Central Avenue Fundraiser Event Donations •
PG P.R.I.D.E. movers and shakers (L-R) Linda Jones, Jan Lippert and Jane Durant-Jones addressed the schooll board meeting to announce that the group had earned $100,000 for Pacific Grove schools through the volunteer efforts of some 600 parents, teachers and community members at the recent U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. The trio accepted awards from Superintendent Ralph Porras.
Saturday, September 4 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. “Simple Pleasures” Concert Paul Cox, Singer/Songwriter Original/Folk/Hawaiian Music The Works Café 667 Lighthouse Avenue $10.00 •
Thurs., September 16
4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Pacific Grove Chamber Community Business Expo Chautauqua Hall for info call Heather Hubanks (831) 373-3304 •
Now- September 28
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Liturgical Arts of E. Charlton Fortune 1885-1967 Mora Chapel Gallery 3080 Rio Road Sundays are Complimentary •
Dance Jam Chautauqua Hall Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: A relational database matches data by using common characteristics found within the data set. The resulting groups of data are organized and much easier for many individuals to understand.
The board, which met as usual in the library at the high school, found themselves amongst the boxes and chaos of the recent construction. There was no American flag to be ad for the customary salute, so an intrepid member found a flag on his cell phone and placed it on the overhead projector for all to see -and salute.
Citizens’ Police Academy log: Week One By Cameron Douglas When the idea came down for me to attend the Pacific Grove Police Citizens’ Academy I jumped at the chance. A good friend went through it several years ago and had only good things to say. Cedar Street Times publisher Marge Ann Jameson and Police Chief Darius Engles agreed that an ongoing, inside report of these classes would benefit both the community and the department. Here is the first of ten installments that will chronicle a reporter’s experience of this unique class.
Former police Chief Carl Miller (before he was chief) and former Commander Tom Uretsky (before he was a commander) put together the first Citizens’ Academy in the fall of 1996. Since then, 211 people have graduated. In 1997, Carmelita Garcia, now mayor of PG, graduated from the academy and established a team to pursue the concept of an alumni association. Garcia continued the work and on Sept. 13, 1999 the alumni filed papers to become a non-profit. After a 5-year probationary period, that non-profit status was officially granted in 2004. This year is the first time the academy has been offered since 2005. The classes run
from 6 to 9 pm on Thursday evenings — in case you’re wondering about the odd string of cars parked near City Hall at those hours. Each class is done in threes, meaning that each hour has its own topic. 6:00 pm, August 19 Pulling up at 5:45, I saw people already walking towards the training room at the rear of the police station, each with a sense of purpose in their expression and stride. At 6, Chief Engles welcomed the class and introduced some other officers: Administrative Commander John Nyunt, who will guide most of the course; Patrol
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Travel author to talk
Last blast of summer
Dick Robin’s Ragtime Stompers regaled the crowd at the recent Summerfest with Dixieland music. The band appears often at Art Walks and other Pacific Grove events. Photo by Cameron Douglas.
Brad Herzog Popular Pacific Grove author Brad Herzog will present his latest book, Turn Left At the Trojan Horse, with a discussion and book signing on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pacific Grove Library, 550 Central Avenue. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The book has been described as On The Road meets Eat, Pray, Love and was named an Indie Next “Great Reads” recommendation as chosen by independent booksellers across America. With humor and humanity, Herzog carries the reader along on his personal and philosophical crosscountry journey to classically named towns reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey and the everyday heroes he meets there. Herzog has authored two previous travel memoirs. His first, States of Mind, was named one of the 10 outstanding books from small publishers and was number 2 on Amazon.com’s best seller list following his appearances on “The Today Show: and “Oprah.” Herzog has also authored several children’s books. For more information call 648-5762. For more on Brad Herzog and his books visit www.BradHerzog.com.
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The City of Pacific Grove Traffic Safety Commission will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, September 7 at 5:45 p.m. To take public input on the proposed Pine Avenue Bikeway, striping and potential intersection reconfiguration. The meeting will be held at the Community Center, 515 Junipero Avenue in Pacific Grove. The agenda calls for discussed about the conversion, which includes two through lanes instead of four, two bicycle lanes and parking on each side. Also up for discussion are potential traffic control improvements for the intersection of Pine Avenue and forest Avenue. Options could include keeping the existing traffic signals, a fourway stop, roundabouts or other traffic-calming strategies. The public is invited.
Friday, August 27th, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm & Saturday, August 28th, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Cop log PG Dog Gone Dog Report: Dog Almost Gone
1)A women reported from the Piedmont Ave. area that she let her two dogs out in her back yard to do their doggie business and her male Yorkshire Terrier was attacked by an animal. She noticed what she thought was a brownish looking stray but when the Yorkie ran after it, he was bitten and dragged through the yard. The woman began screaming, and as her neighbor started to come out of his home the intruder jumped the fence and ran off. She stated that she knew it was a mountain lion because of the way it moved. The Yorkie was taken to emergency for vet treatment, and the vet reported that the wounds were consistent with a mountain lion but with a raccoon.
Wish the Dog Were Gone
2) In the area of Beauford Pl. a man reported a barking dog. He did not know where the barking was coming from but wanted information on codes and procedures for barking dog complaints.
Bumper Bikes, Bumper Cars
A man was south bound on Cedar when he saw a woman riding her bike north bound on Congress. The man in the vehicle thought the bicyclist had made a hand signal so he continued through the intersection without stopping and the bicyclist wound up colliding with the rear wheel of the car. The woman on the bike said she hadn’t intended to make a hand signal -- she’d been waving. No one was hurt.
I pruned but I didn’t trespass
Around the Shell Ave. area a woman reported that her neighbor trespassed onto her property to cut ivy and a Camelia bush without her permission. She stated that the plants grow along her back fence and that they were cut in such a way that they were damaged. She asked that the officer speak with the neighbor and request that she contact them if the plants become a nuisance so they can properly trim them. The officer contacted the neighbor and she denied coming onto the property. She agreed to contact the first neighbor in the future rather than taking matters into her own hands. Or shears.
A rash of vehicle entry and/or tampering involving juveniles with flashlights has been reported, including cars parked in 11th, 15th, Junipero, Grove Acre. . .and the Salinas Train station. A pair of juvenile males has been interviewed but they said they had the flashlight so they could walk home in the dark, and that they weren‘t using it to snoop through unlocked cars. Hmmm.
Smile For The Camera
A suspect entered the garage of a hotel in the area of Dennett St. and took an unlocked bicycle from within, the suspect was recorded by surveillance camera.
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p CITIZENS From Page 1 Commander John Miller; Officer Angelo Dimarco; and Officer Maureen Roddick. Miller recently arrived here from Vallejo and reiterated he is “not related to any local Millers.” Dimarco is an ex-Marine and a veteran of Operation Freedom. Roddick worked at the Monterey County Herald before following her path into law enforcement. She works in the records division and made great ID tags for everyone. In fact, the accommodations were pretty impressive overall. Place cards. Refreshments. Cookies. Even donuts. It was nice to meet the “other kids in the class.” Mayor Garcia was present along with Academy Alumni president Tony Prock. Council members Alan Cohen and Ken Cuneo sat nearby, clearly excited. Chamber president Moe Ammar told us his son had trained in law enforcement and now runs a detective agency in Southern California. Traffic Commissioners David Terry and George Shayne were on hand. I recognized three Canterbury Woods residents. We were introduced to Melanie Rogers, whose experience in the District Attorney’s Office will be shared later in the course. We filled out our official registrations. It’s a bona fide college course through Gavilan College, good for half a unit of credit. Nyunt assured us it wouldn’t be
Multiply that out and it comes to 8,736 hours. The chief talked about “reality versus perception.” All of us receive input from books, magazines, newspapers, television, movies, video games and the Internet. We gather many perceptions from these sources about how things are. But how accurate are the stories about police work? How many of us can say we really understand it from experience? The Citizens’ Academy works to break down false perceptions and replace them with reality. “When you find out how things really are,” said Engles, “you become an advocate for the truth.” Engles showed several charts. He explained that when Pacific Grove implemented deep budget cuts in 2006, our crime rate — mostly property crime — went up while the rest of the nation went down. When staffing falls behind, any community can have a rise in crime. This year, said Engles, the department is just about caught up to where it needs to be. The chief noted the recent change from white police cars to black-and-white. White cars blend in; and while that’s great for writing tickets, it also presents the illusion of diminished police presence. Engles wants the bad guys to see that PG is well protected. Some questions were asked about
It’s all in here: weapons, paraphernalia, you name it. want to move around. When you’re in, you’re in. As I took photos, the two officers continued their presentation. Dimarco worked the slide on the big Remington shotgun. My head snapped up. “That’s a sound people recognize,” he said. We walked around the front of the station to the open roll-up door. This is where patrol cars pull in to unload individuals for processing. We walked inside the brightly lit room and the big door came down behind us. No windows, nowhere to run. Cameras watching from above. When you’re in, you’re in. We saw the group of mailbox-looking slots where the officer locks up his or her sidearm before letting the subject out of the car. Then we went inside. More cameras. The bright, clean processing room has a bench, a counter and a Livescan fingerprint machine. “Most people are cooperative in here,” Nyunt says. A sign near the ID camera reads, “Look here.” The holding cells are surprisingly clean. Bars and metal fixtures painted a sort of baby blue. A thick pad on the metal bed. “If you’re getting arrested,” said
Chief Engles (L) and Cdr. Nyunt (R) in the ready room with Academy students: “Be CAREFUL out there!” like going back to school. “It’s a small snapshot of what we do,” he said, adding that he has a passion for teaching.
After a short break, Engles gave his overview of what the Pacific Grove Police does. Some facts and figures: In Pacific Grove, only Police Academy graduates are hired as officers. Sworn police officers are authorized in their actions by state law. PGPD handles more than 15,000 calls, called “events,” each year — one every 40 minutes on the average. Overall, our police department receives approximately an additional 21,000 phone calls per year beyond the calls for service, plus another 4,000 walk-ins. 4,500 records entries are made. Engles talked about budget. Looking at the portion of a city’s budget that goes towards its police department, that portion is large. But that isn’t just because of the value of protection. It’s really the hours, plain and simple. Engles used Public Works as an example of a typical city department. Public Works usually operates on a 40-hour week. Multiply that by 52 and you get approximately 2,080 hours per year. Its percentage of the budget is allocated accordingly. On the other hand, the police department works 24/7, 365 days a year.
911 calls: Q: When you place a 911 call from Pacific Grove and a dispatcher answers in Salinas, are you relayed you to a dispatcher in PG? A: No. That same dispatcher stays with you until help arrives. It’s important to communicate your location well, as your dispatcher may not know all the landmarks such as Lovers Point, Berwick Park, etc. Q: If you call 911 on a cell phone, can your location be pinpointed by the phone’s signal? A: Yes, if it’s digital, but not as quickly or precisely as a landline.
8:00 — Station tour
Outside, Sergeant Jose Figueroa stood next to a running police car. While Dimarco pulled out some of its weapons, I got a good look inside the unit. This is the “officer’s office.” Up front, a computer screen and swing-out keyboard connects to the police database. The radio and other controls are right at the fingertips. A case sits on the passenger seat with forms, papers, a heavy flashlight and a nightstick. The upholstery is durable and thick for long hours on the street. Things aren’t so nice in the back. The contoured rear seat is molded from a hard black material, probably plastic or fiberglass. You can sit on it, but you don’t
Above: Inside a PGPD holding cell. Right: A poster that clearly shows the ravages of methamphetamine and other drugs. Destructive chemicals literally pour out of the body, destroying teeth and skin. At least two Academy students agreed these images should be posted in every middle and high school in the world. Photos by Cameron Douglas
Nyunt with a touch of pride, “this is the jail you want to be in.” He emphasized that all officers take a serious responsibility to make sure prisoners are safe and do not harm themselves. We traveled down the hall past the soundproof interview room, through the main area and on past displays of vintage weapons, hats and badges. A long case full of confiscated items: brass knuckles; every imaginable kind of knife; “Saturday Night Specials;” scales; and dozens of pipes for smoking, well, anything that will burn. Finally, we gathered in the ready room where officers come and go as shifts change. It is here the most important information is exchanged. Who saw what? Who are we looking for today? What did we learn? How can we do things better? What are the risks out there right now? At 9 o’clock sharp, we returned to the training room, gathered our belongings and headed home. As we did, some officers upstairs continued their day’s work — a long day’s work. Am I looking forward to next week? Man, I can hardly wait.
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A New You in 2010
Health & Well-Being
You can change your life The mind, which is not in the head, but in the entire body, is divided into the Conscious Mind and the Subconscious Mind. It can be compared to an iceberg, where 10% is above water (conscious mind), and 90% below (subconscious mind). If the 90% wants something different than the 10%, who will win? Any time you decide to do something (stop smoking, clean your closet, lose weight,...) and it doesn’t happen, it means that the subconscious had another agenda. Even though the subconscious is potentially your best friend, a source of great power and assistance, often it becomes a source of misery and tension, because old childhood trauma is repressed in it. If you know what is in the subconscious, then you have the choice to leave it there, or to change it. The subconscious is your memory bank, it stores everything that has ever happened to you. All your habits (brushing
Self discovery our teeth, tying our shoes, getting dressed, driving a car,...) are in it. And, deep inside, hidden from everything, is a locked trunk—our repressed memories. From the moment of birth—sometimes even before birth—any painful experiences, deep traumas that didn’t find resolution and healing, go into the trunk. As children, we don’t have the capacity to handle heavy emotions. If we are confronted with abuse, loss, and any deep wounding to our being, we can’t deal
with it. If the grown ups around us aren’t available to help, those memories and the feelings connected with them go into the trunk as a self-preservation mechanism. When we are born, we are utterly helpless and dependent. Because we are highly intelligent and sensitive beings, we realize very early on that our survival is dependent on somebody outside of us. From that moment on, all of our energy starts going to our caretakers (many times mom and dad), to make sure that they
will continue to take care of us. The most intense and ongoing emotion an infant feels is survival fear. Out of this fear, and the build-in impulse to survive, the infant starts experimenting with strategies on how to survive in this particular family. By the time we are 4-5-6 years old, we have a set of strategies (behavior mechanisms), all based on survival fear. In our culture, unworthiness seems to be one of the deepest feelings the child carries. Then, we grow up. As grown-ups we don’t realize that these strategies are still running our life, because by now they are in the subconscious, and we forgot all about them. Now, as an Adult, you do have the choice to go into the subconscious and transform the negative beliefs that got stuck there. Deep healing occurs. The healthy YOU steps forward, and your life becomes more joyful and relaxed.
Treating autism: New kids on the block
Autism is a developmental disorder which affects the brain’s normal developmentof social and communication skills. It can present as sensitivity to light, hearing, touch, smell or taste; children with autism may have unusual distress when routines are changed, perform repeated body movements, or show unusual attachments to objects. They may have difficulty with pretend play, social interactions, and verbal and nonverbal communication. “Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. . .Current estimates are that in the United States alone, one out of 70 boys is diagnosed with autism.” - Autism Speaks
By Katie Shain Families First Occupational Therapy specializes in autism spectrum disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in children. Using Parents as their guides and their team members their mission is to train families and classroom staff of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The founder, Tammy Modisette OTR/L, owner and parent, chose Pacific Grove for the site as a result of demand from surrounding community school districts. Initially established in 2003, more than 450 children have been served under the supervision of Tammy Modisette, OTR/L and her staff. According to Modisette, “This venture was truly a labor of love due to my own son’s diagnosis of autism in 2002. Upon researching my own options as a parent – and professional – I was saddened to hear from my Occupational Therapist colleagues that yes, they worked with children, but really did not take students with autism because of the behavioral component of the disorder and need for intensive services. In other words, the autistic children did not work well with other children, (which is a key deficit in children with autism – their lack of social skills and communication challenges). “After many tearful nights, in desperation I asked a friend what to do. She replied, ‘you’re an OT, figure it out. Go to courses and get smart fast.’ I spent $20,000 in that first year attending every conference I could on autism. “After a year, my son had made such significant progress using the integrated model our clinic uses to this day, his physicians asked me to work with some of their other clients with autism. From this, (First Families Occupational Therapy (FFOT) was born,” said Tammy. Jeff Kasik, Modisette’s assistant, described how, “The therapists at Families First strive to ‘work themselves out of a job.’ They work at achieving this outcome by enabling their clients (children ages 3-18) to do things that will enhance their ability to participate. This is acheived by modifying the environment to better support their participation. Occupational therapists use careful analysis of physical,
Families First has what they call a “Gross Muscle” stress release room, where clients can go to work off pent-up energy. This game is one of the activities in that room.
Open House Event on Friday, Sept. 10. 3:00-7:00 p.m. environmental, psychosocial, mental, spiritual, political and cultural factors to identify barriers to participation in the affairs of everyday activities. OT draws from the fields of medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and many other disciplines in developing its knowledge base. “To date my son has progressed from a child with moderate to sever autism to a happy fourth-grade boy integrated into Robert Down Elementary School,” said Modisette, The supportive staff and special education department rejoice as we do in his every success. “It is only with an integrative approach and devoted individuals that my son has excelled and his sisters are also able to enjoy an improved quality of life due to his integration into our family.
“Our purpose for this clinic is to provide a community-based model for families, their friends, professionals and teachers to communicate and foster greater independence, improved quality of life for all children, regardless of age or ability. . .and to enhance overall happiness,” explained Tammy. Tammy herself is a pioneer in the field of OT, connecting the field of occupational therapy with methods that work in the education of special needs children. She is a mother of four with a 20-year history in the field of Occupational Therapy. Both she and Kasik, along with their staff, look forward to showing their clinic facilities to the public during the Open House Event on Friday, Sept. 10. Modisette offers a special thank-you to Cindy Gallo, a special education director in Pacific Grove. “Your devotion to the staff, children and families is appreciated greatly. “And to the teachers, therapists, and support staff of PGUSD, a heartfelt thank you. It is only because of your efforts children like Jake can be made whole.”
The health profession of occupational therapy was initially conceived in the early 1910s. The predominant focus was on promoting health in “invalids.” Earlier professionals merged highly valued ideals, such as having strong work ethics, to the importance of crafting with one’s own hands, into which they incorporated scientific and medical principles. Early adversaries took the view that handcrafting and woodcarving by patients diagnosed with an illness to be trivial and without value. Between 1900 and 1930, occupational therapy founders defined the realm of practice and developed theories, principles and techniques borrowed from many disciplines—including but not limited to nursing, psychiatry, rehabilitation, self-help, orthopedics, and social work— to enrich the profession’s scope. The emergence of occupational therapy has challenged the views of mainstream scientific medicine. Instead of focusing on purely physical etiologies, pioneer OTs argued that a complex combination of social, economic, and biological factors cause dysfunction. Occupational therapists have since successfully convinced the public and medical world of the value of occupational therapy and established standards for the profession.
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High Hats & Parasols The News … from 1910.
Be chums! Help stem divorce!
The trouble with the people who are stampeding for the divorce court is that the ordinary husband and wife do not bother themselves to become chums. The wife who mopes around the house while her husband goes off fishing is headed for the divorce court. The advisory from this editor is that you should go romping out in the woods with your spouse. You will then learn that you can grow in mind and body. By and by your husband’s hand will linger carelessly ou your arm and the old look will return to his eyes and in the sublime hush of the forest your voice will become tender and the thought of the divorce court will be a sacrilege, buried in the pleasure of doing what you are doing. Do not read the romances of life; go forth and feel them. Every man is a Paul and every woman a Virginia. They should wander together among nature and worship at the shrine of nature’s folly. 1 When a man can say to his wife, “Come, chum of mine, let’s go to the hillsides where the scarlet berries hang like drops of blood from the crimson heart of the wildwood,” you can bet that that couple are not headed for the divorce court. With the beautiful scenery so easily available in the Grove, what excuse can men and women have for ignoring the splendid value of the natural world?
Carnegie helps church
Many are unaware that Mr. Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy extends beyond libraries. It is true that Mr. Carnegie is a significant contributor to the new Pacific Grove Public Library, but while the mogul is in town to inspect the library, he became aware of the needs of the Mayflower Congregational Church, so recently destroyed by fire.
nature” who are devoured by the fals sentimentality and standoffishness that prevailed at the time. 2
Caspar Blatter also worked his scam in King City and Salinas. Research has not yet revealed that Blatter was indicted, tried, or convicted. In each community, the scammer seems only to have been ordered “out of town.”
PACIFIC GROVE MASONIC LODGE PACIFIC GROVE MASONIC ODGE L #331 #331 Established 1897 Established 1897
130 PacificGrove Grove 93950 130Congress CongressAve., Ave. Pacific CACA 93950 Telephone: 831-649-1834 Telephone: 831-648-1534
Mr. Carnegie donated the sum of $1,000 to the church, which is to go toward the purchase of a new pipe organ. 2 Grove compiling list of attractions
Mr. E. Simpson, President of the Pacific Grove Board of Trade, has announced that his group is assembling the attractions of Pacific Grove to publish in a pamphlet. Pacific Grove is the ideal summer and winter resort. Our mean temperature in January stands at 56 degrees. In July, it stands at 65 degrees. We offer visitors such attractions as the 17 Mile Drive, the Carmel Mission, the Cove, historic sites. Boating and fishing are among the best anywhere and we have the bath house. Our electric street railway is available to carry riders to points of interest. There are open-air concerts and entertainments to enjoy. All is back-dropped by scenery that is beautiful, grand, and diverse. Nothing on the coast equals Pacific Grove. Write R. M. Fitzsimmons, secretary, to contribute additional ideas or to order a copy of the pamphlet at pre-print discount.
Takes scam to San Luis Obispo
Most will remember the story of Caspar Blattler, which is certainly without bounds. Mr. Blattler moved from door to door in Pacific Grove, begging alms. His child, the man said, had been killed in a house fire and a little cash was required for a Christian funeral. Mr. Blattler showed a photograph of the child. After suspicions arose, Blattler was arrested and remanded to the Monterey county jail. For some unexplained reason, he was never tried. Blattler was released eight months later and told to “get out of town.” Yesterday, officials at San Luis Obispo telephoned the local officers and inquired if a fire here had destroyed a home and caused the death of a child. Deputy Jim Robinson immediately recognized the game, and connected the requested information with Blattler. The deputy asked for a description of the man, which proved out his suspicion. Blattler was working the same game in San Luis Obispo, most likely using the same photograph. Robinson recommended that the con artist be immediately clapped behind bars. 2
Notes from around the area… •
The ladies of the Christian church invite you to participate in a cooked food sale next Saturday. The event will be held at the store of F. J. Wyeth and will commence at 10 o’clock and remain open until all is gone.
N. B. Burlingame of the Grove is returning from Missouri. Burlingame plans to spend a few days visiting in San Francisco before coming home.
The Fair, a store, wishes to announce that it has installed a “sporting goods” department.
The Tailor has reopened at 214 Grand in the Grove. Stop in and view the large stock of pre-made clothing. “We will adjust purchases to your size.”
Frances Willard Lodge No. 267 of the International Order of Grand Templars meets at Scobie Hall in Pacific Grove each Friday evening at 7:30. This announcement is posted by Mary Gilman, CT, and Anna Cooper, Sec’y.
The cost of living…
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 & 12th Street, 831-373-4441 Community Baptist Church Monterey & Pine Avenues, 831-375-4311 Peninsula Baptist Church 1116 Funston Avenue, 831-647-1610 St. Angela Merici Catholic Church 146 8th Street, 831-655-4160 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 804 Redwood Lane, 831-333-0636
A four-room house with interior bathroom and pantry is now for rent. Large basement, porch, electric lighting, garden, and a splendid view of the bay. Corner of Wave and David. $35 monthly.
Clean flickers at the Work Theater. No smut. 10¢, general seating. 20¢ first ten rows.
Mayflower Presbyterian Church 141 14th Street, 831-373-4705
Mr. G. R. Higby, proprietor of the Imperial Dyeing House at 210 Grand avenue, will clean and block gentleman’s hats for 50¢.
Pasture your horse behind good, tight fencing. We feed. Contact Bat Mitchell. $1.50 a month, plus supplies.
Central Presbyterian Church of Pacific Grove 325 Central Avenue, 831-375-7207
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El Carmelo Cemetery: Keeping it neat for the ages By Cameron Douglas For a glimpse of Pacific Grove history, consider a tour of the El Carmelo Cemetery, located on Asilomar Avenue alongside the golf course. There, headstones and monuments remind us of folks who used to live in our town. In the heart of the cemetery, the historic portion takes us all the way back. Maintaining this beautiful property takes a huge amount of work. Trimming the grass around markers must be done by hand. It takes three months for two caretakers to do all of them; and by that time, they have to start over. The old-style dirt plots in the historic area gather a large amount of debris from the trees. To honor those who are buried there, volunteers are helping out by donating their time and efforts for some detailed cleanup. “There are some amazing names here,” says volunteer Deyanne Sylliaasen, who also works at the Point Pinos Lighthouse and at a historic inn in Carmel. She and Michelle Manos, with some occasional help, rake and sweep the historic area, making piles of pine needles, leaves and branches for the city caretakers to pick up. They do this regularly and intend to make it ongoing. It’s a good example, they feel, of citizens and Public Works cooperating. Without this service, the plots become nearly obliterated, making it difficult to see where the paths are. Sylliaasen says she would like to add some drought-resistant plants, and is working with Darlene Billstrom at the City to identify some of the unmarked graves. When you visit the historic cemetery, notice the huge mound of woodchips. The city stocks them there, and there’s plenty to go around. The public is welcome to take some any time the cemetery is open, and access is easy. If you’d like to help maintain the historic section of the cemetery, contact Darlene Billstrom at (831) 648-3172 weekdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
Top (L-R): Michelle Manos and Deyanne Sylliaasen want to keep the historic portion of El Carmelo Cemeterey looking as good as the surrounding area. Top, right: the gate at El Carmelo Cemetery. Above, from left: The historic portion of the cemetery may not be visited by families as much as the more recent portion. Center: Deer are common visitors to the cemetery, including these near the mausoleum. At right: a poignant message on a 100 year-old marker. Photos by Cameron Douglas
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You don’t have to speak Italian to enjoy gnocchi with a Chardonnay reduction
The word gnocchi means “lumps.” I guess it makes sense since they are basically little lumps of dough and cheese. I got this recipe from Chef Luis of Lallapalooza Restaurant in Monterey. He has been in the restaurant business for 17 years. He started out as a dishwasher then worked himself into a prep cook and banquet cook at local restaurants. He has worked at the Sardine Factory and Pebble Beach Company. Chef Luis’s passion for cooking grew working at the different restaurants and you can taste it in his dishes. His motto is to cook simple homemade food with local fresh produce and fish combined with spices from his hometown of Oaxaca and beyond. I like his version of gnocchi because he uses Parmesan and ricotta cheeses instead of potato. And that is why I paired it with the Otter Cove Chardonnay. The acid in the wine blends itself nicely with the cheese. The Chardonnay was aged part of the time in stainless steel and then moved over to neutral oak. You’ll get hints of butterscotch up front, then tropical fruits with a nice finish. The body of the wine flows nicely with the gnocchi. Give it a try. Or better yet join us September 1, 2010 for our winemaker’s dinner at Lallapalooza in Monterey. Please call 831-645-9036 for reservations or www. ottercovewines.com for more info. If you
7 oz. all purpose flour 2 lemon zest ½ tsp. salt 2 cups ricotta cheese 2 whole eggs 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese Combine flour, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and salt in a large bowl. Add ricotta and egg. Combine will with fingers until the dough just comes together (don’t overwork the dough). Pull the dough into one-foot long, one-inch diameter, rolls. Flour as needed to keep from sticking, then let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the rolls with a fork into 1 ½ inch pieces.
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fresh basil Parmesan cheese Boil the gnocchi over medium heat for two minutes. Drain the water and let sit for a minute. In a saucepan melt butter then add mushrooms and peas. Stir the ingredients then add the Chardonnay. Let if simmer for couple minutes then add in the gnocchi. Stir lightly then add parsley. Plate, then add basil and Parmesan cheese. Cheers! Richard Oh Winemaker
Vespers Service Concert Series spotlights local musicians, singers Janice Griffin
The 13th tee at Pacific Grove Golf Links at dusk
Point Pinos Grill at the Pacific Grove Golf Links undergoing change in management Changes are taking place at the Point Pinos Grill (the Grill), housed in the Clubhouse at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. Hospitality veterans Ray Sanchez, former Food and Beverage Manager for Sheraton Hotels, and Cal Sims, a successful restaurateur, have been retained to assume interim responsibility for all food service operations at the Grill until a permanent vendor is selected. Given the many improvements the City has recently initiated at the Pacific Grove Golf Links, as well as plans for additional enhancements to better serve local residents and visitors, the City is now seeking Letters of Interest from possible food and beverage service providers. “Our
goal is to ensure a seamless transition for our loyal patrons of the Golf Links and the Grill,” said City Manager Tom Frutchey. Since its opening in 2005, the Point Pinos Grill, managed by Chris D’Amelio, owner of the popular Red House Café, helped to establish the new Clubhouse at the Pacific Grove Golf Links. “We thank Chris and his entire staff for creating a venue that golfers, locals, and visitors alike enjoy coming back to,” said Frutchey. “We look forward to what the future holds for the Point Pinos Grill.” “A popular spot for breakfast, lunch and private parties, The Point Pinos Grill has become a gathering place for golfers and those who appreciate great food and a gorgeous view,” he added.
Jackson Stock outdid himself at the Vespers Service Concert Series, presented by Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula. But this concert, “Taking Stock featuring Juli Capilli” (from Pacific Grove) and Roger Eddie was another great shot at revealing his multiple talents. He not only organized the concert, but performed on trombone, piano, sang, and transcribed and likely arranged all the pieces performed by the beautiful and sooo talented Julie Capili. Among the selections were Julie’s liquid performance of “Spiritual Arms” accompanied by Jackson’s equally sensitive piano accompaniment that greatly contrasted to her rendering of an old favorite, ‘At Last’ with an underlying rock’n’roll beat. Each piece was a memorable moment. Roger Eddie’s smooth, jazzy interpretations hailed attention as only a well-played saxophone can. He was complemented by Jackson’s well-established trombone, blending dynamically with the rest of the combo. That included Bob Phillips on keyboard..what can we say? perfect keys sailing to our ears and making all
The cover of Julie Capilli’s new CD our cells dance. Heath Proskin brought the bass alive, talented Jen Schaaf danced the drums, and Machucho’s percussion excited the beat. You may enjoy Julie Capili at www.press.juliesingsjazz.com We are looking forward to next month’s classical concert on September 27, featuring singers Julie Allen, Janice Griffin, Elise Rotchford and friends. Opera, operetta, show tunes, Art songs and more will be presented. See you there! For more information call CCMP at 831-624-8595 or email Carole French email@example.com.
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Gospel music on tap
The Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir, under the direction of Mr. John L. Nash, Jr., will present a free concert of Gospel music entitled “Gospel Classics Go Downtown” at the Golden State Theatre at 417 Alvarado in downtown Monterey on Sunday, September 12 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Guest musicians include two outstanding Gospel saxophonists: Kevin Moore and Luis Lenzi. John Wineglass, a nationally respected composer and a Monterey resident musician, will be on the keyboard. Michael Turner and Company will also support the choir. The combined voices of the multiethnic MPGCC family will also be featured in a variety of Gospel music styles with songs by Thomas Dorsey, James Cleveland, Andraé Crouch, Richard Smallwood, and other gospel greats. MPGCC singers represent Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Salinas, Greenfield, Seaside, Marina, Santa Cruz, Felton, San Jose, and other nearby cities. John Nash, Jr., the group’s founder and leader, has lived and breathed Gospel music since his early days at Greater Victory Temple in Seaside. John has been involved in the Monterey Peninsula Gospel world since he was nine years old and has gone on to work with many of the greats of contemporary Gospel music, including Andraé and Sandra Crouch, Edwin and Tremaine Hawkins, James Cleveland, Richard Smallwood, and many more. The Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir began in January 2008 and has attracted a strong multiethnic group of singers who are eager to promote Gospel music. They have performed most recently at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival; for the local Kappa Alpha Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and at the memorial service for Mrs. Connie Mitchell. As a community choir they welcome people from all walks of life whether or not they have had experience in Gospel music. Dr. Peter Silzer, the choir’s executive assistant, who joined MPGCC at age 55, says “Life is too short to not sing Gospel music!”
Measure Q backers to hold meeting Supporters of Measure Q on the November 2 ballot, which will provide guaranteed funding for the Pacific Grove Library, will hold their first volunteer roundup from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, August 28, at Pacific Coast Church, 522 Central Ave., across the street from the library. “PG Library: YES on Q” is the slogan for this grassroots effort. Those who attend the rally will hear about the campaign and learn what they can do to work for the passage of Measure Q. The committee’s mailing address is P.O. Box 542, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Its website is www.yesonpglibrary.com.
Republican Women will hear from retiring treasurer
The Luncheon Meeting of the Monterey Bay Republican Women’s Federated club will be held on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, at Rancho Canada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd. The speaker is Lou Solton, Treasurer/Tax Collector of Monterey County, His topic will be “Career Reflections”. Lou Solton is retiring this year after 30 years as the Treasurer/Tax Collector. This department is made up of 3 divisions, the Property Tax Division, the Treasury and the Revenue Division. Mr. Solton has a wealth of knowledge and experience with the entire department. Social time is at 11:30, and luncheon starts at noon. $20 per member and their guests, $25 for non-members. RSVP before Aug 29th: 375-3573 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.mbrwf.org for more information.
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Business Expo set by Chamber
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Simple Pleasures to perform
The Pacific Grove Chamber will host the second Community Business Expo on Thursday, September 16 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. at Chautauqua Hall located at the corner of Central Avenue and 16th Street in downtown Pacific Grove. The purpose of the Expo is to facilitate personal communication opportunities between consumers and the business Community. “It is a great way to promote businesses, build relationships, and reach new clients,” stated Henry Nigos, chairman of the Chamber and owner of Nigos Investments. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served at the Expo. Drawings for gifts, services and certificates will be held every 30 minutes. Sponsors of the Community Business Expo include Family inHome Caregiving, Canterbury Woods, Natural Veterinary Therapy, RABOBANK, Digital Home Convergence Designs, Pacific Grove Optometric Center and Mykel’s Interiors. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. For more information call Heather Hubanks at the Chamber (831) 373-3304.
Musical duo “Simple Pleasures” returns from a summer hiatus on Maui to The Works Cafe for a concert with special guest, Singer/Songwriter Paul Cox, a leading performer on the music scene in Austin, Texas. They will perform on Sat., Sept. 4 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge. Joining the group are Michael Kainer (percussion) and Robert Marcum (guitar,vocals) for an evening of acoustic Folk/Hawaiian/Original music and more. The Works Cafe is located at 667 Lighthouse Ave. in Pacific Grove.
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Pacific Grove High School students outshine the county and the nation 96 percent of the 137 students who took the test passed it and 83 percent demonstrated proficiency or above. CAHSEE mathematics results for the state showed 81 percent passing for the state as a whole, 78 percent for Monterey County, and 96 percent for Pacific Grove High School. Scores were virtually equal for males and females.
By Marge Ann Jameson Achievement test scores for Monterey County as a whole may be static – or even dropping in some categories – but Pacific Grove High School can celebrate scores which not only are improving, but have been good since a score was kept. As the school year begins, students are likely focusing on their current schedule of classes, but faculty, administrators and parents are looking ahead to the years after high school graduation. Achievement test scores are an important factor in planning a high school career as well as guiding students in their college goals. High school students undergo a number of achievement tests during their educational career, most meant to test their progress as they work toward graduation. Tests help administrators and teachers design coursework and goals. Among those tests are CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam), STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, the California Standards Tests), AP (Advanced Placement) and EAP (Early Assessment Program). College-bound students may also take ACT and SAT tests, which are college entrance exams.
Since 2006, all public school students have been required to pass the CAHSEE to earn a high school diploma. For that reason, students take the CAHSEE as sophomores. They may take it once in their sophomore year and twice in their junior year, and they can take it up to three times in their senior year and even beyond, according to Tina Jung of the California Department of Education. But they only need take it until they pass, which then allows them to graduate. Certain students are exempt due to their disabilities. The exams test grade level
STAR and California Standards Test (CST)
competency in English language reading and writing, and in mathematics. The CAHSEE is designed to identify students who are not developing skills that are essential for life after high school. In reading, this includes vocabulary, decoding, comprehension, and analysis of information and literary texts. In writing, this covers writing strategies, applications, and the conventions of English (e.g. grammar, spelling, and punctuation). The mathematics part of the CAHSEE addresses state standards in grades six and seven and Algebra I. The exam includes statistics, data analysis and probability, number sense, measurement and geometry, mathematical reasoning, and algebra. Students are also asked to demonstrate a strong foundation in computation and arithmetic, including working with decimals, fractions, and percents. In California as a whole, the percentage of students who passed the CAHSEE English language subset was 81; for Monterey County it was 75 percent. At Pacific Grove High School,
STAR tests and the California Standards Tests part are not required for graduation. Students in grades two through 11 may take the multiplechoice tests, and students in grades seven through 11 complete a writing assessment. For the 2010 STAR test, 421 students across grades 9, 10 and 11 took the test. Breakouts include English Language Arts, General Mathematics, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, High school Mathematics, World History, U.S. History, 10th Grade Life Science, Biology, chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. “‘Proficient and above’ category is one that we are always trying to improve,” said Matt Bell, Principal of Pacific Grove High School and Pacific grove community High School. “We want to see ‘far below basic’ and ‘below basic’ percentages dropping. We target kids in the lower categories for additional tutoring.” Not all students take all tests in all categories, so that categories such as chemistry and physics may have differing numbers of students taking the test. Bell admits that there is not a lot of incentive for students to do well on the STAR tests, as they are optional and do not affect students’ grades, potential graduation from high school, or placement for college. He and other administrators are searching for a way to make those tests more meaningfull for the students in order to encourage more participants and better scores.
PGHS AP Scores as compare to national Biology Calculus English lit. Psychology Spanish Statistics US Govt US History World History
2009 6/10 (60%) 14/21 (66%) 30/34 (88%) 18/18 (100%) 3/5 (60%) 14/15 (93%) 29/31 (94%) 35/38 (92%) 23/33 (70%)
2010 9/9 (100%) 13/13 (100%) 17/17 (100%) 18/18 (100%) 2/2 (100%) 15/15 (100%) 20/21 (95%) 46/50 (92%) 23/34 (68%)
PGHS mean 4 4.462 4.118 4.222 4 4.333 4 4.04 3.088
National mean 2.638 2.803 2.829 3.109 3.405 2.825 2.657 2.721 2.561
AP (Advanced Placement) is one area where Bell is more (and justifiably) proud of the results. AP tests can actually give students college credit, depending on the area tested. With the exception of World History, which showed a two percent drop, students’ scores for “number tested” compare with “number passed” have all increased, some dramatically. Compared with the national mean, Pacific Grove students score higher in every category. the chart below indicates how many students tried the test compared with how many passed it in 2009 and 2010. Also indicated are Pacific Grove’s mean scores as compared with the rest of the nation.
Another take on scores
One area remains a little on the nebulous side, and that’s the Early Assessment Program which is based on the California Standards Test and is the new measuring stick for California State Universities. The California State University system (CSU) earlier this year completed development of the Early Assessment Program which will be in place by the year 2012 to incorporate CSU’s standards into high school standards tests in both English and mathematics, and to identify students who need remedial coursework before being admitted to the California State University system. “While having well over half of incoming students requiring additional preparation is a common occurrence in all states, the CSU and public school leadership believe that an early intervention strategy will help increase the college readiness of high school students,” said a spokesperson for the CSU system. Test scores for Pacific Grove High School posted earlier this year show a dramatic need for remedial coursework in English and mathematics. In a future article, we will examine how this could happen when all other scores, and comparisons with other high schools, indicate the opposite. We will also examine the role of Monterey Peninsula College, the preferred choice of college-bound seniors from PGHS, in preparing students for continued coursework or careers.
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Club Rush Day: A look at extracurricular activities
Club Rush is a ritual of the first weeks of school at PG High School. Students sign up for various extracurricular clubs that spark their interest. The idea is to have fun, but it looks good on one’s college application as well! Above: at the French Club table are Jack Giovinazzo, Daniel Giovinazzo, Sydney Reckas and Anasimoun Yousif. Clockwise from top right: Jiyeon Song and Seo Kang at Model UN; Jenna Hively, Katie Phillips, and Maggie Snyder; Far right: Justin Russo, Maeve Healy, Kianna Stokkebye, William Choi and Pierce Guderski; Club advisor Sean Keller (teacher); Signing up for clubs; Mary Ann Nakhla and Anasimoun Yousif and aspiring Glee Club members Jade Hage, Nicole Hage, Hye Jeon and Ashley Cameron. Clubs on Campus: Pastry Appreciation, Yearbook, French Club, Glee, GSA Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Close Up. Pagoda, Interact, Model UN Club, Asian Culture Club, Spanish Club, Young Writers Club, Mock Trial, Mission Club, and California Scholarship Federation Club. Photos courtesy Barbara Martinez, Asst. Principal., PGHS
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Letters to the Editor
‘Death by 1,000 [budget] cuts’: Don’t let it happen to the library Editor: This is a love story, about the people of Pacific Grove and our beloved library, a story of support from our elected officials that goes back almost to the beginnings of our city more than a century ago – a support that hasn’t wavered. The love story began in the 1880s when a circulating library was opened up as a community place where people gathered both day and evening to read books, magazines and newspapers play chess, checkers and backgammon – a community center for all, especially the young and elderly, many of whom couldn’t afford to buy books and periodicals. In 1905 the library dropped its fees for membership and was established as a Free Public Library, known as the first in Monterey County and one of the first in the state. By public demand it was open from 1-5 and 6-8 p.m. every day but Sunday. In that year the city applied for, and received a library grant from the Carnegie Foundation for $10,000 – a large sum in those days. The community eagerly chipped in another $5,000 to build a new library where it currently stands, on land donated by the Pacific Improvement Company. Carnegie grant libraries were commonly known as “People’s Universities” and this was a role that the library has performed ever since then – it’s a people’s university, informing and enlightening all who enter its doors... A condition stipulated in the Carnegie grant was that the city government formally agree to continuously support the library through local tax funds – a moral commitment that has been honored by every City Council through the years. City-wide celebrations welcomed the new library’s opening in 1907. Many businesses shut down so that their employees could attend the opening ceremonies, which drew more than 2,000 residents. Even during the ‘20s and the ‘30s and all through the Depression our library remained open on weekdays and evenings. In 1936, in response to public demand, it also added Sunday hours. Now it was open every day except holidays, thirty days a month, becoming the only library on the whole Peninsula to offer such service, thanks to the devotion of its staff, a host of volunteers, and the firm support of successive City Councils. Its services were so popular that in 1926, 1939, 1950, and in 1978, the city granted funds to expand the building. By the 1970s more than half the residents of P.G. had library cards. In 1968 the Library took a gigantic leap forward when it was the first one to join the new Monterey Bay Area Cooperative, thus making available to its readers about half a million more books in addition to the fifty thousand books on its own shelves, and establishing itself as a real reference library for scholars and students. In addition, through its Interlibrary Loan Service, the Library’s Reference Desk has made available to us almost any book, periodical article or microfilm in participating libraries throughout the United States. We no longer need to travel to San Francisco, Boston or New York to read an important book or article we need to consult. Our Library is truly a window to the world, enabling us and our children to truly become world citizens. (The Monterey Public Library no longer has this service.) A few years ago the Library began a DVD collection, adding it to its VCS tapes. Our Library has been extremely alert to add resources when needed. For example, when things heated up in the Middle East, the Library hastened to acquire a slew of the latest books on Iran, Iraq, Arabic history, and Islam, so we could stay informed about what’s going on in that part of the world. If you have not been in the Library recently, I suggest you do so at any time during the limited hours it’s now open. See the numbers of eager youngsters devouring picture books and Young Adult books, see students doing research on the many computers and microfilm readers, see the elderly reading the newspapers and periodicals and borrowing the books they can’t afford to buy. Notice how crowded it is; how much more space, how much more staff is needed. The city has been tremendously supportive of our Library. Even when Proposition 13 was passed, even when some of its part-time staff was let go, the Library didn’t curtail its hours. Not until recently. Our Library truly belongs to us, the people of Pacific Grove. We can’t let it meet that awful fate that the ancient Chinese called “the death by a thousand cuts.” Dr. Walter E Gourlay Pacific Grove
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Legal Notices FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101577 The following person is doing business as MesquitoNet at 6805 Mesquite Way. Prunedale, CA 93907, Monterey County: Robert Mann, 6805 Mesquite Way, Prunedale, CA 93907. This business is conducted by an individual. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on July 26, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on January 1, 2010. Signed: Robert Mann. Publication dates: 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101608 The following person is doing business as Horsin Around at 27785 Mesa Del Toro Rd., Corral de Tierra CA 93908, Monterey County: Erika Petit, 27785 Mesa Del Toro Rd., Corral de Tierra CA 93908; Rhett Petit, 27785 Mesa Del Toro Rd., Corral de Tierra CA 93908; Christy Petit, 27785 Mesa Del Toro Rd., Corral de Tierra CA 93908. This business is conducted by co-partners. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on July 29, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on July 10, 2010. Signed:Erika Petit. Publication dates: 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101576 The following person is doing business as Dncing Earth Farm & Yoga at 6805 Mesquite Way. Prunedale, CA 93907, Monterey County: Carrie A. Mann, 6805 Mesquite Way, Prunedale, CA 93907. This business is conducted by an individual. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on July 26, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on January 1, 2010. Signed: Carrie A. Mann. Publication dates: 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101674 The following person is doing business as Lets Party Halloween at 1211 S. Main St., Salinas,, CA 93901, Monterey County: Judson R. Schultz, 10070 Stonechase Ct., Reno, NV 89521 and Cathleen R. Schultz, 10070 Stonechase Ct., Reno, NV 89521. This business is conducted by a husband and wife. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 5, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Cathleen R. Schultz Publication dates: 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101629 The following person is doing business as Pasadera Country Club at 100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey, CA 93940, Monterey County: Pasadera International LLC, 100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey, CA 93940. This business is conducted by a limited liability company. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 2, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on N/A. Signed: Bryan Liu, CEO. Publication dates: 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3/10 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101718 The following person is doing business as Tumbleweed Properties at 98 Delmonte Ave., Suite 205, Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940 and Tumbleweed Partners at 98 Delmonte Ave., Suite 205, Monterey, Monterey County, CA 93940: Clarence J. Vondrehle, 441 Pine Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 12, 2010. This business is conducted by an individual. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. Signed: Clarence C. Vondrehle. Publication dates: 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101714 The following person is doing business as Advantage Chiropractic, 551 South Main St., Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93901: Jonathan Craig Milrod, 17811 Countryside Ct., Prunedale, CA 93907. This business is conducted by an individual. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 11, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on n/a. Signed: J. C. Milrod, D.C. Publication dates: 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10/10
FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101667 The following person is doing business as Pet Extreme at 120 Country Club Gate, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Monterey County: Pet Extreme, Inc., 1953 Monte vista ave., Turlock, CA 95382. This business is conducted by a corporation. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 5, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on 7/2/02. Signed: Matthew Swanson, President. Publication dates: 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3/10 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 20101687 The following person is doing business as Rodeo Jewelry Import at 135 Auburn St., Salinas, Monterey County, CA 93901: Charles Gallagher, 765 W. Acacia St., Salinas, CA 93901. This business is conducted by a general partnership. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 6, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on August 6, 2010. Signed: Charles Gallagher. Publication dates: 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10/10 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.20101776 The following person is doing business as Ocean Edge Power Washing, 213 Crocker Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Monterey County: Michael Thomas Coleman, 213 Crocker Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950 and Elizabeth Ann Coleman, 213 Crocker Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950. This business is conducted by a husband and wife. This statement was filed with the Clerk of Monterey County on August 19, 2010. Registrant commenced to transact business under the fictitious business name or names listed above on August 16, 2010. Signed: Michael Thomas Coleman. Publication dates: 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10/10
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Classes at the Art Center
Watercolor Class- 6-9p.m. Tuesdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave.,Pacific Grove. This is an overview class using the limited palette method and includes the basics to experimental with watercolor printmaking. Class works from still life on towards a model. Beginners welcome. Six week session $90. Next session starts September 14. For more information call 402-5367 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pre-register. NEW! Beginning Watercolor Class- 9a.m.-12p.m. Thursdays at Vista Lobos, Carmel. This is an overview class using the limited palette method and will cover the basics of watercolor. Class will work from still life. Beginners welcome. 10 week session $45. Next session starts Sept. 16. Pre-register through Carmel Adult School 624-1714 Outdoor Painting-10a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays. Ongoing class that meets at various locations around the Monterey Peninsula. All media and skill levels welcome. Lots of instruction available. $120 for 8 week session. Next session starts August 21. Must pre-register at Pacific Grove Adult School in office at 1025 Lighthouse or online. For more information or location schedule call 402-5367 or e-mail: email@example.com Drawing Class- 6-8p.m. Thursdays at the Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific Grove. Class will learn the basics of perspective, shadow and line. Beginners welcome. Four week session $75. Next session starts September 16. For more information call 402-5367 or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
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Louise Cardeiro Boyer Gallery “Transformations: New Works on Paper” E. Kristina Baer: Photographs and Poems Shirley Loomis: Calligraphy Ilse Buchert Nesbitt: Woodcuts
David Henry Gill Gallery “Las Cadre: 21st Century Groove” Elmarie Dyke Gallery “People I’ve Seen: An Exhibition in Black and White” by Dale Garell Nadine Anand Gallery “Quiet Place: Photography by Ryuijie and Camille Lenore”
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“Presenting Paradise” by Studio Artist C.K. Copeland
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The Green Page ‘Why would Pacific Grove not want to do anything?’ By Marge Ann Jameson Last fall, the eucalyptus trees that Monarch butterflies use for their overwintering shelter were severely trimmed, removing most of the middle canopy of trees. It is in that canopy that they roost in magnificent clumps and later mate, leaving in the spring to start the cycle over again. That middle canopy provides protection for the Monarchs from wind and cold. Granted, butterfly counts were low last year all over the country, wherever numbers are kept. But those few thousands of insects which returned, as they have for eons, to spend the winter in Pacific Grove found scant shelter from the rains, the cold, and the relentless winds blowing in off the open ocean. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen this fall when the butterflies are due to return. Pacific Grove’s Bob Pacelli has been photographing and making videos of the sanctuary for more than 20 years. One might say that he took the damage to the Sanctuary personally, and he set out to see what could be done to rectify the situation. He had an idea to import potted trees to place in between the trees that had been so severely trimmed. Monte Sanford, Ph.D. is an Environmental Science Advisor for various environmental law attorneys. He specializes in habitats. Along with
his 14 years of experience, he has a personal – and almost lifelong – interest in Monarch butterflies. When word about the damage done to the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary spread to Reno, NV, where he lives, Dr. Sanford volunteered to spend a few days examining the sanctuary and offer suggestions as to what could be done to mitigate the damage and provide some modicum of protection to the butterflies, due now to return in a little more than a month. Dr. Sanford believes that Pacelli’s idea is the best for the short term. “The city should put in a couple of rows of potted trees and let them grow and prosper until the city can implement some sort of longer-term plan,” he said. He also believes that Pacelli’s plan should have been implemented right away, to give the temporary trees time to acclimate. Dr. Sanford does not believe that the butterflies will actually roost in the temporary trees, but he believes that eucalyptus – though not native – are the best bet for providing the sort of microclimate that the butterflies need. Monterey Pines, he says, and oaks are also good for filling in the missing substrate. “It’s a simple plan,” he said. “The more money is spent on the trees, the better it will be for the butterflies. Why would Pacific Grove not want to do anything?” A long-term plan was laid out years ago by Dr. Stuart Weiss, but it was not adhered to by the city. Dr. Weiss will return this week to examine the damage as well and to weigh in on a solution.
Classes offered on composting, growing native plant seedlings Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District will offer a pair of programs on composting and growing native plant seedlings on Saturday, Aug. 28. On the same day, the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District will stage one of its Community ALIVE! (Act Locally in Volunteer Endeavors) programs, for which school and community service credits are available. This program will be on growing native plant seedlings. Both are free.
Composting Made Easy – Vermicomposting
Did you know that organic matter represents approximately one-third of household waste? Composting yard and kitchen scraps reduces the amount of “garbage” going into local landfills. Ages 8-adult (an adult must accompany children), 1011:30 a.m., Sat., Aug. 28, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, 14201 Del Monte Blvd. (two miles north of Marina), free.
Seed Gleaners: Native Plant Seed Collection
Earn “carbon credits” while helping grow thousands of native plant seedlings. On this excursion, learn to identify and then collect an assortment of local plant seeds to be grown for native plant restoration and home products. Ages 7-adult, 10 a.m.-12 noon, Sat., Aug. 28, Marina Dunes Preserve, end of Dunes Drive off Reservation Road, free, for groups (call 659-6065). Pre-registration is strongly suggested for all classes and programs offered by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MPRPD). Register online at www.mprpd. org or in-person between 11 a.m.1 p.m., TuesdayFriday at the MPRPD office, 60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey (check, money order, Visa or MasterCard accepted). If space is available, there is an additional charge of $5 to register the day of the class.
Monarch Butterflies Need Your Help NOW!
Monterey County Fair
Water-Wise landscape design competition The Water Awareness Committee of Monterey County, Inc. (WAC) will host its Sixth Annual Water Wise Landscape Design Competition at the 2010 Monterey County Fair. The competition was developed in conjunction with WAC’s Retire Your Turf campaign to promote water conservation awareness in the Monterey County. The campaign encourages the replacement of thirsty lawns with attractive, low maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping that reduces water use and protects water quality from harmful fertilizer and pesticide runoff. Monterey County Fair garden displays, Divisions 139–147, in the Horticulture Building courtyard, will be judged on the use of native and drought-tolerant plants, water-wise irrigation technology (such as soaker hoses, drip irrigation, weather and soil moisture-based timers, and rain sensors), the use of soil conditioners, ease of garden maintenance, and overall design. Judging and award notifications will be made on August 31, the Tuesday preceding the Fair’s opening. The following prizes will be awarded: •
1st Place: $100 gift certificate, donated by Ewing Irrigation in Monterey
2nd Place: $50 gift certificate, donated by Seaside Garden Center in Seaside
3rd Place: $25 gift certificate, donated by Martin’s Irrigation in Monterey
A $25 Award of Special Recognition has been donated by McShane’s Nursery in Salinas to support Divisions 148-151, the Junior, FFA, and 4-H garden.
In September 2009, trees that provided critical overwintering habitat for Monarch butterflies were greatly impacted from pruning in the Monarch Grove Sanctuary. The pruning removed much of the middle canopy of trees, which provides wind break and storm shelter that Monarchs need to survive each winter. These limbs provided the Monarchs with overwintering habitat that allowed them to congregate in very large numbers at the Sanctuary. Because of those large Monarch congregations, Pacific Grove earned its world famous popularity as “Butterfly Town, USA.” Unfortunately, the trimming resulted in a massive reduction of the Monarch population – about 900 versus nearly 20,000 the preceding year. Personally, I witnessed hundreds of Monarchs unsuccessfully struggling to cluster in their favorite roosting spots, only to be blown to the ground. To mitigate the habitat damage, concerned citizens of Pacific Grove, like myself (along with Pacific Grove neighbors, butterfly experts, and enthusiasts from around the world), have created an informal movement to help the Monarchs. We are purchasing boxed trees and temporarily placing them in the habitat gaps where trimming occurred to provide vital wind breaks. The first tree is in place, but about 20 more are required. They need to be placed at each location by the end of September, in anticipation of the Monarchs’ arrival in October. Join this important work NOW to save our beloved Monarchs. Send your donation ASAP to the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, marked “Monarch Habitat Trees.” Your support is vital to our effort.