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Scientific Illustration Exhibit Pacific Grove Museum Demonstration May 11, 11-2 Museum Tues-Sun. 10-2 FREE •

Fri., May 31

Art Reception PG Art Center 7-9 PM, Free 375-2208

Fri., May 31

Dance Jam Chautauqua Hall 8-10 PM, $10/$5 710-0371 •

Champs - Page 13

Candia Colangelo honored - Page 15

Famous persons - Page 18

Pacific Grove’s

Fri. May 31

Benefit Golf Tournament Hospice Foundation Corral de Tierra 1-7 PM (831) 333-9023 •


Fri., May 31 Art Reception PG Art Center 7-9 PM, Free 375-2208 •

Fri., May 31

Dining for Gateway Ctr. Lopez Restaurante 11 AM-10 PM Order from Menu 324-4260 •

Fri., May 31

Mirth’O’Matics Golden State Theatre 8 PM, $12 394-3031 •

Sat. June 1

First Saturday Book Sale Pacific Grove Public Library Noon-5 PM Benefits Library Book Fund

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Inside Animal Tales & Random Thoughts.................. 10 Diggin’ It................................... 22 Food............................................ 8 Green Page................................ 23 High Hats & Parasols................... 4 Legal notices............................. 10 Otter Views.................................. 9 Peeps................................... 11, 20 Sports & Leisure................... 13, 14

May 31-June 6, 2013

Your Community NEWSpaper

Suit papers flying re: Initiative

Vol. V, Issue 37

Rise of the Phoenix

Proponents of a citizens’ initiative have filed a writ of mandate against the City of Pacific Grove. The City of Pacific Grove has filed a cross complaint against them. A judge has weighed in on an older initiative and an Assistant District Attorney has opined on the legality of a 2002 pension agreement. Perry Mason would be proud. The current citizens’ initiative which seeks to void a 2002 pension agreement with public safety employees, dub it illegally enacted, and require benefits to be repaid was presented to the City Council which on Wed., May 15, decided to ask for a judicial review of the matter instead of enacting it as the previous council had done, or putting it on the ballot right away. With their attorney, Margaret Thum, a writ of mandate was filed in Monterey County Superior Court by the proponents of the initiative, Sally Aberg, Dan Davis and Frances Grate. Thum contends that the City Council has no right to declaratory relief whereas the City’s consulting attorney, Michael G. Colantuono, says that the City can seek judicial review before either enacting the measure or putting it on the ballot. In a decision dated May 17, a ruling was made in Superior Court that a 2010 citizens’ initiative which put a cap on the City’s pension contributions, was unconstitutional. In

At graduation ceremonies held May 29 at the Performing Arts Center, eight seniors received their diplomas from instructors Brad Woodyard and Elena Diebolt. Speakers were Laura Diaz-Vasquez and Tiperia Mamaia. Principal Matt Bell welcomed the Pacific Grove Community High School Class of 2013: L-R Laura Diaz-Vasquez, Savannah Laura Pitt, Tiperia Connie Mamaia, Jeffrey Amadeus Weighill, Laura Ashley Russell, Jimmy Valdez Michel, Zachary Paul Mares and Dylan Michael Williams. Collaborate! Be the light that others can come to with their ideas, visions and dreams. Never doubt that blending your talents with those of others can change the world. (From the Natural Resources Commission in recognition of reforesting by Community High School students). Photo by Brad Woodyard.

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PUC delays decision on water projects until EIR complete No water soon

On May 30, the Administrative Law Judge overseeing the proceedings concerning California American Water’s Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project issued a ruling which delays the PUC’s decision on the project until after the issuance of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and subsequent comments. “I have been informed by the Commission staff preparing the EIR that there are gaps in the hydrogeolic data that need to be filled before the … DEIR is completed and circulated,” wrote ALJ Weatherford. “This will require new bore be drilled and... analyzed.” Also incumbent on Cal-Am is the need to “prove no harm” will come of their project plans. The DEIR was previously set to be circulated by July 1 2013. The new date is February 28, 2014, and the deadline for comments will be April 14, 2014. Milestones for the groundwater replenishment portion of the


Citizens’ group calls for purchase of Cal-Am by Water Management District

A group of citizens deeply involved with Peninsula water problems has issued a call for public purchase of California American Water and its assets, by eminent domain if necessary. Ron Cohen of Pebble Beach, along with about 15 others, has established a group called Public Water Now to organize a ballot initiative for the June, 2014 election. The initiative, which would need about 6,500 signatures county-wide, would call for voter approval to require the Water Management District to purchase the assets of Cal-Am. He seeks to have the WMD run the company on the public’s behalf. Public Water Now is concerned primarily with the cost of the proposed project and the fact that Cal-Am will be allowed to make a profit on it and collect funds through rates charged the public to pay their investors. “Water doesn’t have to be as expensive as Cal-Am makes it,”




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doing so, Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills also found that Measure R, passed by voters to amend the City charter to allow such a cap, was also unconstitutional. The writ of mandate was filed on the following Monday. On May 28, the City filed a crosscomplaint for declaratory relief, naming the petitioners in the writ of mandate and seeking judicial review. Also on May 28, Chief Assistant District Attorney Terry L Spitz wrote to City Manager Tom Frutchey stating that “even if there were a possible criminal violation involved [in the 2002 decision to modify pension benefits for public safety officers], it is now too late to initiate an investigation and prosecution,” Such has been the contention of City Attorney David L. Laredo, who told the Council that the statute of limitations has not only run, but that there have been subsequent actions taken dependent on that 2002 agreement.

• Sat. & Sun., June 1-2

Father’s Day Sale ACS Discovery Shop 10 AM-6 PM/ Noon-4:30 pm 372-0866 •

Sat., June 1

Wharf Walk Fisherman’s Wharf 10 AM-Noon, $20/$15 521-3304

Sun., June 2

“Here on Earth, an Animal Alphabet” Book Signing The Works 3-5 PM, Free 372-2242 •

Wed. June 5

Author Event with Brad Herzog Francis and Eddie Pt Pinos Grill 5-7 PM •


Wed., June 5


“Asilomar Centennial” Gentrain Lecture, MPC 1:30-2:30PM, Free 646-4224 “Secret Lives of Prickly Sharks” Gentrain Lecture, MPC 1:30-2:30PM, Free 646-4224 •

From Page 1 he said. “Cal-Am is serving its investors and the PUC is right behind them. The DRA [Division of Ratepayer Advocates] has no powers other than to say whether or not a proposal passes the ‘blush test.’” He went on to say that a publicly-owned water utility could obtain much lower interest rates on needed borrowing than Cal-Am can get. Public Water Now says it is concerned only with the purchase of Cal Am and no other issues. Ron Weitzman, spokesman for Water Plus – another organization working for public ownership of water as well as other ratepayer issues – said that he will back the efforts of Public Water Now but he is also concerned with reorganization of the Water Management District and would make that a prerequisite of public ownership. Public Water Now is in the process of obtaining a tax exempt status of 501(c)4. They are beginning fund-raising efforts and have set up a website.

Wed., June 5

RaieForWomen challenge Montrio Bistro 5:30-8:30 PM, Free 429-7473

Fri., June 7

Casino Night Special Kids Crusade Monterey Hyatt 6:30 PM, $75

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Sat. June 8

Dylan & Dylan at The Works 667 Lighthouse, Pacific Grove Admission $12 7:30 PM • 372-2242 •

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Joining Pacific Grove’s Finest

Photo by Tony Prock

The Pacific Grove Police Department is pleased to introduce Officer Vanessa Alcaraz as the newest member of the Pacific Grove Police Department. She was sworn in on Wed., May 28 by City Manager Tom Frutchey and welcomed by Police Chief Vickie Meyer. Her badge was pinned to her uniform by her mother as her father looked on. Officer Alcaraz’s formal education includes an Associate of Arts degree in general studies from Monterey Peninsula College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in global studies from California State University Monterey Bay, Officer Alcaraz obtained her peace officer training from the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training in San Jose, graduating with a total rating of “Superior.” Officer Alcaraz is bilingual and brings with her seven years of experience as a Code Enforcement Officer and a Vehicle Abatement Officer with the Seaside Police Department.


Richard Stillwell decorated El Carmelo Cemetery for Memorial Day. Flags honored the nation’s war dead. Photo by Al Saxe.


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The Pacific Grove Rotary Club which meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach will have as the speakers on June 4, Koly McBride and Lloyd Brewer co- owners of The Paperwing Theatre. Lunch is $20 and reservations may be made by calling Jane Roland at 649-0657.

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Week ending 05-23-13................................... .01 Total for the season......................................11.59 To date last year (04-20-12)........................ 10.86 Cumulative average to this date.................. 18.61 Wettest year............................................................. 47.15 during rain year 07-01-97 through 06-30-98 Driest year.................................................................. 9.87 during rain year 07-01-75 through 06-30-76

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pPUC DECISION From Page 1 project will be discussed at the previously set June 12, 2013 workshop. ALJ Weatherford does not say that the final date when the Cease and Desist Order will be implemented is also delayed; what he does say is that factors such as the public trust, environmental concerns and the need for additional data having delayed the timing of the legal briefing combine, “further diminishing any prospect that Cal-Am will be able to meet the December 2016 CDO deadline.” It is expected that a delay will be requested soon, perhaps at that upcoming hearing next week.

Discovery Shop holds Father’s Day sale

The American Cancer Society Pacific Grove Discovery Shop is presenting “The Thrill of the Hunt: Father’s Day Man-Cave Event,” a new event in honor of Dads. Men’s clothing will be reduced 50 percent. Shoppers can pick out Father’s Day gifts on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday, June2 from noon – 4:30 p.m. The Discovery Shop is located at 198 Country Club Gate. Call 372-0866

Home wildfire action guide now available online

As you already know, Fire Season is upon us. The Monterey Fire Department, in collaboration with our Fire Service partner agencies, has created some tips and tools to successfully prepare for a wildfire called Ready! Set! Go! Personal Wildfire Action Plan. The plan is located on the Monterey Fire Dept’s website fire/pdfs/MFDReadySetGoFinal.pdf and includes guidance on retrofitting your home with fire-resistive features and can help you create the necessary defensible space around your home. The intent is to help you prepare yourself, your family, and your home, so that you can evacuate early and stay safely ahead of a fast-approaching wildfire. Wildfires are often fueled by dry vegetation and driven by winds. Unfortunately, many homes are built and properties are landscaped without fully understanding the potential movement and impact of a wildfire. Few residents have adequately prepared their families for a quick evacuation. Many don’t believe the potential consequences of ignoring an evacuation order until it is too late. We always recommend that you comply with any wildfire evacuation orders. For more information on fire safety, please visit the Fire Department website at

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Marge Ann Jameson

Cop log Bicycles stolen from porch

Two specialized mountain bikes were stolen overnight from the porch of a home on Sinex Ave.

Bicycle stolen from school

A woman reported her son’s bicycle was stolen from school.

Theft from unlocked vehicle

Laptop, backpack, and digital camera were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Grove Acre.

Baby locks mom out

A mother gave her toddler her keys to keep him occupied while she changed his diaper. He got the idea to lock her out. The fire department responded and got the door open.

Credit card info stolen

A person reported that their credit card information was used to make several purchases in Monterey County, but that they have possession of the card. It is unknown how the data were compromised.

Got away clean

A coin mechanism was stolen from a laundry on Asilomar.

Cell phone stolen

A cell phone left in a public rest room wasn’t there when the owner went back to get it a few minutes later.

Vandalism between neighbors

Vandalism to a vehicle on Funston may be the result of an ongoing dispute, but evidence is circumstantial.

Alarming alarms

An alarm at a bank sounded three times but nothing was wrong. A residential alarm on Syida indicated an interior activation but there was nothing wrong. A residential alarm sounded on Lighthouse but there was nothing wrong. An alarm sounded on Forest. Nothing wrong.

Tagging not tagging

Two park benches were vandalized and though the reporting party said they though it might be gang related, the officer said it was not.

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“Masters of Classical and Jazz” Conducted by Richard Robins Guest Conductor, Adam Penrose

Sunday, June 9, 2013 2:00 p.m. Monterey Peninsula College Music Hall (M-1) 980 Fremont Street * Free Admission *

Enjoy the sounds of Classical and Jazz Music Through these featured selections: “New World Symphony”, by Dvorak “Procession of Nobles”, by Rimsky Korsakov “Orpheus in der Unterwelt”, by Offenbach “Take Five”, by Desmond (A Tribute to Dave Brubeck) “Slaughter o Tenth Avenue”, by Rodgers featuring George Peterson on Piano “St. Louis Blues”, by Handy and more . . sponsored by City of Monterey Recreation and Monterey Peninsula College

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Times • May 31, 2013

Jon Guthrie

High Hats & Parasols Please bear in mind that historical articles such as “High Hats & Parasols” present our history — good and bad — in the language and terminology used at the time. The writings contained in are quoted from Pacific Grove/Monterey publications from 100 years in the past. Please also note that any items listed for sale in “High Hats” are “done deals,” and while we would all love to see those prices again, people also worked for a dollar a day back then. Thanks for your understanding.

High-class streets for the Grove

The high-class boulevards in both Castroville and Salinas are known to be there without question. Pacific Grove, however, is without quality streets. The reason is that our trustees are fighting over names. Construction bidders and financing are both in order. Our trustees, however, cannot approve the street project because they are quarreling over nomenclature. Names, schmames, let’s get on with it. A good deal of money set aside for roads has been wasted, quarreling. Who cares whether a street is called Lighthouse or Light House? If you happen to run across a trustee, remind him that we want real action, not verbosity. We’re tired of bumpity-bump, pot-holed roads. Do we need to replace our trustees?

Applied for legal letters

Miss Anna Haitt of the Grove has applied for letters of administration on the estate of her father, Joel Haitt. Mr. Haitt passed last September 11, leaving behind an estate valued at $2,000 and an unpaid mortgage valued at $3,000. Mr. Haitt also held a “promissory” note of unknown source and value. Hearing on the petition has been set for June 12.

Lifeguard needed for Lovers Point Pool

The City of Pacific Grove is seeking applications for the part-time position of Recreation Assistant II- Lifeguard/ Swim Instructor. This position provides a variety of activities in support of the summer aquatic program, but the primary function is to serve as lifeguard for the Lovers Point Pool. The summer aquatic program will run mid-June to Labor Day, then weekends through September. A full description of this position is available on-line at To be considered for this position complete a City application available at the Pacific Grove City Hall at 300 Forest Avenue or on-line. The employment location will be at Lovers Point Pool. Compensation will be from $10.80 - $13.14 hourly. To fill this position, applicants must be 15 years or older and possess certifications in life-guarding, first aid and C.P.R. for the Professional Rescuer. Call Donald Mothershead at 648 – 3130 for more information.

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Lifeless body found

The lifeless body of Antonio Massas, one of the proprietors of the Gabilan vegetable gardens, was found lying beside a county road near a place known as “Rocky Point”. Massas had departed from the gardens at about 1 the previous afternoon intending to pick up supplies. His wagon was found lying on its side, shattered, with the hitching pole broken. The horses had freed themselves from the pole and were grazing nearby, unharmed. A broken brake rod told the story. While descending the hill called the “Sugar Loaf”, the brake rod had broken, rendering the brakes worthless. With the wagon gaining speed on the down grade, Massas had lost control and the wagon ran off the road and crashed. Massas perished when he was thrown from the wagon and run over by it. Funeral arrangements will be announced when available.

Married 67 years

A letter from a couple, Mr. & Mrs. E. Palmer, who are close friends of Dr. & Mrs. H. E. Douglas of this city should be read with great interest by all. It is made especially interesting by the ages of the aforementioned people. Mr. & Mrs. Palmer, who were pioneers of Pacific Grove, enjoyed the distinction of celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary this past week. On October 12th, 1845, the pair met in Brooklyn, N.Y. and were soon wed in the Calvary United church. They soon moved west and settled in the Grove where Mr. Palmer opened a general store. The Grove was the Palmer’s home until they moved to a San Francisco retirement home. Mr. Palmer is now 92 years old and his wife is 88. During their lengthy residence here, the Palmers became very popular and well-known.

Excursion to county seat

The Progressive Republicans of the Monterey peninsula are organizing an excursion to Salinas by auto mobile for next Thursday. The object of the excursion is not only to have fun, but is to give participants the opportunity to hear Charles Wheeler speak. Mr. Wheeler is the talented orator who is presenting the Progressive cause throughout California. Be assured that Mr. Wheeler will in no way disappoint. He is known as one of the finest speakers on the Pacific coast. Bring along a basket lunch. The entourage plans a lunch break during the journey, probably somewhere along the bank of the Salinas river. 1

New resident

Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Jamison, of the grove, have announced that they are the happy parents of a daughter. The baby girl was given the name Alma Evalyn, after close family members.

Snippets from around the area…

• The way to save and be independent is to invest in real estate. We represent some real bargains. We have farms at Orangeland and Patterson. Pacific Grove cottages available on terms. See Charles T. Norton at 571 Lighthouse. • There will be a social this Saturday evening. Sponsored by the Civic club. Refreshments. Entertainment by Miss Friebley. 10¢ a person. 15¢ a couple. • The Climax furniture store is offering top-of-the-line rugs at special prices. Imported from the Middle East. Sizes start at 9’ X 12’. Come in and look around. • Miss Leitha Adair is here from Oakland for a week’s visit with her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Martin. • Mr. Jay D. Nash is in the Grove for a brief visit. Mr. Nash, former athletic director for Pacific Grove high school, is now the athletic director for Fremont high school in Oakland where he supervises 400 young men.

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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

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

• Men’s, heavy, lined, all-wool socks made in Germany. 59¢ per pair. A special at Culp Bros. This week only. • Complete Barber service: cut, shave, shampoo, massage, just 55¢. Call at 135 Sixteenth street in the Grove. Walk-ins and appointments are available. • Exceptionally low-priced waists are yours at the Lace House. Very good quality. Prices start at 97¢. 2 • Don’t judge this laundry by the others. This is not an ordinary establishment. Cuffs and collars on special. 15¢ each: washed, starched, ironed. Pacific Grove laundry on Lighthouse. Give us a try. We pick up and deliver.

Seventh-Day Adventist Church of the Monterey Peninsula 375 Lighthouse Avenue, 831-372-7818

Author’s Notes

Congregation Beth Israel 5716 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel (831) 624-2015

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May 31, 2013 • CEDAR STREET

Forest Theater Guild announces lineup of “Films In the Forest” Forest Theater Guild has announced the lineup for the summer film series, “Films in the Forest.” The opening film event will be on Wednesday, May 29 with “Growing Up Weston,” a film from the Weston Photography and Scholarship Fund featuring the rich history of the Weston Family and their relationship with photography. Other films include: “The Hobbit” on Thurs., May 30, presented by the Forest Theater Guild Society; “Bottle Shock” on Wed., June 5, presented by Bernardus Winery; “Les Miserables” on Thurs., June 6, presented by Keller Williams; “Roger Rabbit” on Wed., June 12, presented by Kelly Productions; “Band Wagon” on Tues., June 18, presented by the Carmel Residents Association; “Casino Royale” on Thurs., June 20 presented by Wells Fargo Mortgage; “Sense and Sensibility” on Thurs. July 11, presented by Jane Austen at Home and Court of the Golden Bough; “Up” on Sun., July 21, presented by Monterey Employees Association and Monterey Young Professionals. “Films in the Forest” offers sponsorship for community film nights and applications are open for new sponsorships. Please email us at if you are interested in hosting a film. Films will take place at the historic Outdoor Forest Theater. 419-0917 or email to:

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New Kids’ Book by Pacific Grove Author Celebrates Golf’s Greatest Underdog Tale

“Francis and Eddie” Introduces Ouimet’s Stunning U.S. Open Victory to the Next Generation

On the centennial of arguably the greatest underdog triumph in sports, an awardwinning author and artist have teamed up to bring the tale to life in a beautifully illustrated picture book. Francis and Eddie (Why Not Books, June 2013) tells the true story of how 20-year-old amateur golfer Francis Ouimet and his 10-year-old caddie shocked the world by winning the 1913 U.S. Open against all odds. It is the first children’s book about this seminal moment in golf history, and it has been named to the Summer 2013 Kids Indie Next List as selected by independent booksellers. A century ago, the world’s finest golfers gathered at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, to compete for a national championship. Joining them was little-known amateur Ouimet, who lived across the street from the course and taught himself to play by sneaking onto the fairways. His caddie was 10-year-old Eddie Lowery, who stood only four feet tall. Together, against their idols and in front of a crowd that grew from a handful of spectators to a horde of thousands, they attempted to pull off the impossible. Along the way, they forged a lifelong friendship. In  Francis and Eddie, Pacific

High School Literary Magazine Available!

The 2013 literary magazine of the Pacific Grove High School Young Writers Club is currently at the printer. Cedar Street Times is proud to say we have it on hand as will many area coffee houses.

Grove author Brad Herzog  and illustrator  Zachary Pullen  celebrate a story of hope, loyalty and two young dreamers who believed in each other. “If you consider all of the elements that make for a great sports legend—David vs. Goliath,

local kid makes good, a dramatic narrative, thrilling moments, a transcendent feat—this is the ultimate feel-good tale,” says Herzog. “And there’s a 10-year-old at the heart of it.” Adds Hall of Famer Curtis Strange, who won the U.S. Open at The Country Club 75 years later, “It reads like a fairy tale. It really is hard to believe that it happened.” Brad Herzog (, has published more than 30 books for children, as well as an acclaimed trilogy of American travel memoirs. Zachary Pullen (, whom Herzog describes as a “modern-day Norman Rockwell,” has illustrated numerous books, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from Sports Illustrated to The New York Times Book Review. An inspiring 100-second book trailer can be viewed at the publisher’s website, www.whynotbooks. com, where Francis and Eddie is available as both a hardcover picture book ($17.95) and e-book ($9.99). It can also be purchased on and at bookstores nationwide. As part of the charity partnership mission of Why Not Books, a portion of the proceeds from hardcover sales benefits the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $25 million in need-based college scholarships since 1949.


Times • May 31, 2013


Make this a golden age Spring Cleaning and Gentrain lectures for June include Asilomar Centennial Your Estate Plan Susan L. Alexander, Esq. (J.D., M.P.A., LL.M. - Taxation)

Spotlight on Seniors

Having just filed tax returns, people may not want to think about how the changes to the tax code under the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA), passed in early January, could affect them. Many people erroneously believe that because they do not individually own $5.25 million or more and are thus safe from having to pay the federal estate tax, estate planning is unimportant. There are a tremendous number of people who wait until they are in their 40s or 50s to execute a Will or a revocable Trust. Even once they’ve established an estate plan, they often feel they can they ignore it despite what may be dramatic changes in their lives. Yet there are simple issues that can be overlooked by not revisiting one’s legal paperwork every couple of years. When a person marries, he or she usually wishes to provide for a spouse and children through an estate plan. Signing a Will or a Trust should be considered the first steps towards protecting our loved ones. In addition, people should revisit the beneficiary designation forms for retirement accounts or insurance policies. Many times, people fill out these forms when accounts are opened and then forget about them, even as the account or insurance policy grows or people’s life situations change. In many instances, a beneficiarydisease. designation will override a ns have Alzheimer’s Will. Thus, if your ex-spouse is still listed zheimer’s has more than doubled as your beneficiary on an IRA, under federal law, he or she will inherit the IRA even if you’re remarried and everyone knows that youwill did continue not intend for your former zheimer’s disease spouse to inherit your assets. f individuals with Alzheimer’s People with dependent children also need an estate plan to make sure 6 million. they have life insurance  and guardians nominated for their have Alzheimer’s disease or children. Certainly it’s important to reflect upon when and

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how your child will gain access to inherited funds, but most parents are far more concerned about who would take care of their children in the even that mom and dad are no longer around. Estate planning documents can address this very important issue. Similarly, a grandparent may leave funds for a grandchild, but be concerned that mom or dad not spend the money on a trip to Disneyland instead of saving the money for college. To that end, one needn’t appoint mom or dad to manage a grandchild’s money at all, which might help avoid thorny discussions when the holidays roll around. Again, sound estate planning can ensure that the funds are tied up in a trust until the child reaches an age and maturity level at which he or she is able to handle the funds himself or herself. A final example of when revisiting an estate plan can be important is when your child’s life has taken a turn for the worse, perhaps through a substance abuse problem or a failing marriage. You may wish to insert new provisions into your documents that would prevent your child from getting his or her hands on their inheritance by tying the money up in a trust until say, he or she has been clean and sober for 5 years. Alternately, if your child’s marriage is on the rocks, you may decide it would be better to put his or her future inheritance into a trust so that a court could not divide the money in the event of a divorce. Life can be messy at times. This is an excellent time to revisit your current estate planning documents and discuss life changes with a trusted attorney who can help you to ensure that your assets go to whom you want, when you want and on your terms. Susan L. Alexander is a local Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney with offices in Pacific Grove. She can be reached at 644-0300.

June Gentrain lectures at Monterey Peninsula College include the following: On Wednesday, June 5. Roxann Jacobus, retired State Park Ranger, will present “Asilomar Centennial.” Founded in 1913, Asilomar was the first summer camp and conference grounds in the United States owned by a women’s organization. Its original buildings were designed by architect Julia Morgan. California State Parks purchased Asilomar in 1956 for $350,000. Jacobus joined California State Parks in 1979. In her 30-year career, she had nine California park assignments, working the southern California beaches and as far north as the redwood forests near the Oregon border. In 1989, she transferred from Hearst Castle to Asilomar. She retired as a park ranger in 2010, but was asked to return to the park service and work at Asilomar as a retired annuitant. Today she offers talks and walking tours of the park’s cultural and natural history. On Wednesday, June 19. Cyndi Dawson will present “The Secret Lives of Prickly Sharks.” Dawson is an experienced marine scientist with more than 12 years working in marine management, sustainable fisheries and marine conservation. A population of this large little known shark species lives in the upper reaches of the Monterey Canyon where Dawson spent a year tracking their movements using acoustic technology. She will talk about her research on this mysterious predator and what she found out about how this interesting animal moves throughout its habitat. She will also discuss the unique ecosystem of the Monterey Canyon and how this and other sharks fit into this highly productive and complex habitat. She will wind up her talk speaking a little about her current position as an environmental scientist with State Parks for Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, and her current work managing the natural resources there. Dawson received her bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Humboldt State University and her master’s in Marine Science from San Francisco State at Moss Landing Marine Labs. She has worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, was the director of science of Reef Check California, and currently is an environmental scientist with State Parks. Lectures are held in the MPC Lecture Form 103. Monterey Peninsula College is located at 980 Fremont Street in Monterey. Lectures are held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. The lectures support the regular Gentrain Program at the college. Call 646-4224 for more information.

Gardening in large pots: Demo June 1 for folks 55 and better

Steve McShane of McShane's Nursery in Salinas will demonstrate how to garden in large pots at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's "Double Nickels Plus" lunch and lecture from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wed., June 12, at the church, 301 Corral de Tierra Road, Salinas. "Double Nickels Plus" is a regularly-scheduled activity for those 55 and older.

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Generous artists have donated an array of miniature art this year to support the PGAC’s annual Tiny Treasures fundraiser. Tiny Treasures generates income to help the PGAC continue to meet its mission of connecting community through creativity. Every miniature will be displayed with a box in which patrons may deposit tickets to be drawn at the close of the show. Patrons may purchase tickets for $3, or seven for $20. One ticket will be drawn from each box, and the holder of that ticket will win the accompanying art piece. Winners need not be present at the drawing, which happens at the close of the show. Winners will be notified within two weeks of the show’s closing.

May 31, 2013 • CEDAR STREET

Barrymore to direct and star in “Hamlet” at Forest Theater  

John Barrymore III will direct, as well as star in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Forest Theater. opening June 27. John Blyth Barrymore III is the great-grandson of John Barrymore, who first performed this production to great success in the 1920s on the London stage. He is the son of the late John Drew Barrymore and brother of actress Drew Barrymore and is returning to the stage to revive the role that made his great-grandfather a theater icon.  The production will also feature Ron Joseph, Emmy-award winning actor of TV and film. The Forest Theater Guild, in association with the Shakespeare Society of America, is reviving historic Shakespearean productions originally performed by the Forest Theater Society in the 1930s and ’40s at the Outdoor Theater. “This partnership will benefit both organizations and bring back a much-beloved tradition to our home theater,” said Rebecca Barrymore, artistic and executive director of the guild. The guild will open the season on May 23 on the Outdoor Forest Theater stage with “Snow White,” running through June 16.  “Hamlet” opens June 27 and closes July 28. Show performances will be on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military and $10 for children under 18 years old. Children under 4 are free. Tickets are now on sale online at and will be on sale one hour before the shows on site.   

Charity to hold two RaiseForWomen challenge parties

Rising International is holding two Huffington Post RaiseForWomen Challenge Celebration parties for current and potential supporters. Rising International is the only California Central Coast competitor. All money raised helps the organization to help more women locally and globally. The competition ends on Thursday, June 6 but Rising International has already won several bonuses, including a $3,000 grant from The Skoll Foundation and a blog featured on Huffington Impact. Rising International has arranged for some very special priceless incentives to make the giving fun for donors. Incentives include the “Ultimate Santa Cruz Adventure Tour” with lunch and a visit with Hilary Bryant, Mayor of Santa Cruz; Carmel Jud, the founder of Rising International; and surf instructor Barry Green. Other prizes include a custom doll made for the donor by a widow in Afghanistan; a private concert by an African songstress; or a donor’s name or company name featured on a product tag as a sponsor; and much more. For more information about Rising International see www.risinginternational. org or call 429.RISE (7473). On Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rising International headquarters at 300 Portrero, Santa Cruz, the community is invited to stop by and shop at the Rising International Fair Trade Global Mercantile Store and donate to the RaiseForWomen Challenge. All attendees will enjoy complimentary refreshments. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a mirror handmade by women in their homes in India. Past and new supporters will be on hand to mingle and mix. Both men and women are welcome at this event. A similatr event will be held on Wednesday June 5 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 Montrio Bistro Restaurant, 414 Calle Principal, Monterey. All attendees will enjoy appetizers courtesy of Montrio Bistrio. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a handmade mirror. Event is co-hosted by Elizabeth Panetta and Yani Azevedo. Men and women are welcome at this event. The RaiseForWomen Challenge is an initiative to help women-focused nonprofits gain resources and recognition. The challenge is to raise the most money by June 6 via the crowd funding platform, Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Rising International and its supporters are dedicated to helping reduce poverty, and other horrific conditions for women locally and globally through economic empowerment. By using the popular “home party” model, Rising International provides disadvantaged artisans from over 20 of the poorest countries access to the American market.

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Art Opening at PG Art Center

An opening reception for new art exhibitions will be held at the Pacific Grove Art Center Friday, May 31 from 7 – 9 p.m. Featured exhibits include the Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association’s “Painting from Life,” a painted record of artists’ emotional responses to life, in the David Henry Gill Gallery. In the Louise Cardeiro Boyer Gallery will be the Pacific Grove Art Center’s “Tiny Treasures 2013 Miniatures Show,” an annual fundraiser of small treasures. “Skin in the Game,” an expression of the action, joy and strength in all women, by Rhoda Draws, will exhibit in the Nadine Annand Gallery. “Bent Pixel Photography,” photo-manipulation that straddles the line between photography and illustration, by Kris Hirt, will be on exhibit in the Elmarie Dyke Gallery. Art is on exhibit from Friday, May 31 through Thursday, July 11. Call 3752208 for more information. The center is located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue. Gallery and office hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m.


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Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 9 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday Events • 10 am – 4 pm: Summer Wildflower Display and Spring Flowers Photo Exhibit

Saturday Events • 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Free Wildflower Lecture on Plant Names by Michael & Sharon Mitchell • 12 pm- 4 pm: Field Sketching Wildflowers- Learn the basics of sketching and painting wildflowers with an experienced science illustrator. Ages 14 to adult, $25, pre-registration required • 1 pm – 2 pm: Wildflower Info walk (space is limited – pre-registration is required)

For More Information or to Register:

Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitor Center, 700 West Carmel Valley Road Free Admission to View the Flower Exhibit!


Times • May 31, 2013

Of gunfire and snacks

The more things change, the more they stay the same I saw on the news Monday night that Seaside firefighters are now equipped with Kevlar vests and are expected to wear them for protection when they respond to a crime scene. It’s a sad state of affairs, when the people who are supposed to be rescuing people might end up needing rescuing themselves. Bullet marks on the door of the engine made by the crazy guy who shot two cops in Santa Cruz show it’s not just Seaside that needs protection from the public. And I ought to know. A hundred years ago, when I worked for the San Jose Fire Department, we got a call late at night to respond to the scene of a shooting. As often happens, we were the first responders on the scene – before the police, before the ambulance. We

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The Retired Firehouse Cook were trained paramedics, of course, so we started working on the victim. In the middle of our efforts, the phone in the house rang and one of the crew answered it. “Look, pal, I shot him, I want him dead, and if you bring him back I’ll shoot you, too.” Lucky for us, we didn’t have to make a choice – the victim was beyond “bring-

ing back.” There were other incidents: PCP crazy people, gun-and-knife fights, domestic fights where they turned on us instead of each other. We’d show up with nothing between us and eternity but a medical bag, and sometimes not even turnout coats because of the need for mobility. And that was more than 25 years ago. On the west

RAGAMUFFIN MUSICAL THEATRE CAMP ‘13 The exciting four-week, summer day-camp days are spent with an experienced staff. We welcome novices, “theater veterans” and the simply curious. Activities include games, vocal and choral instruction, dance, movement, theme days and talent shows to help each camper develop their own stagecraft and “triple-threat” performance skills. Days are busy and jam-packed, with plenty of break, rest and snacktimes, outdoor games and activities. Morning and evening extended-care hours are available for an additional fee of $10.00 per week, for mornings or evenings or $15.00 per week for both.

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side of San Jose, in upscale neighborhoods like Pacific Grove, not downtown or on the east side. Yes, people want to rethink our retirement benefits. I agree. Maybe we should rethink wages and retirement if we firefighters have to wear a Kevlar vest to respond to a rescue call. We’re not even talking about the verbal barbs, and I’ve had my share of those, too, from people who thought we ought to leave them and their little code violatios alone, or not be allowed to buy our groceries on city time despite being in the firehouse and on duty for 24 hours. On nights like those when we gt the phone call or had to wrestle some druggy to the ground, with adrenaline pumping we’d go back to the firehouse and I’d make a little snack and a pot of coffee. It was sort of a ritual that the crew performed to calm ourselves down, relive the “run,” and hopefully get back to sleep before the next citizen needed rescuing. Easiest to make, of course, was leftovers. And sometimes I’d make Ice Box Soup, stretching the leftovers a little farther. Sometimes I’d pop popcorn and doctor it up with a special seasoning, like Italiam seasoning or chili powder. Each shift and there were three, had a cabinet and a section of the refrigerator desgnated. I could keep certain things indefinitely -- like popcorn and canned goods -- but as we’d be off on group days after eight consecutive days, refrigerated items had to be watched so that there weren’t science experiments growing in the refrigerator. Here are a couple of late night snack recipes that can be made from on-hand ingredients. Home-improved tomato soup 1 can or more tomato soup 1 can or more canned, stewed tomatoes (Italian or Mexican is best) Make according to the directions on the can and serve with grilled cheese sandwiches. Hong Kong Scrambled Egg Sandwiches I have been to Hong Kong more than a dozen times, sometimes as long as for a month. When I was in the Navy and on R&R in Hong Kong, we’d all go to the tailors’ to have clothing made. On my first visit, I was having a set of sharkskin whites made and learned that a highlight of the visit to the tailor was that they’d feed us large bottles of beer and scrambled egg sandwiches in an effort to get us to stay longer and, of course, buy more. When I mustered out I had quite a wardrobe, which, when the clothes became dated, I sold to a blues harmonica player. At the firehouse, I continued making this quick and easy snack – without the beer, of course. The advantage is that I usually had eggs and bread on hand, no matter what they had scarfed up for dinner. To make one serving: 2 eggs, scrambled with one oz. milk or 7Up Dash each of salt, pepper and garlic I had made a metal corral from a piece of aluminum bent into the shape of a slice of bread. I put a pat of butter into the corral and as soon as it melted I poured the beaten egg mixture in. Toast your bread and dress it with butter or mayonnaise or ketchup or salsa – whatever you think you want at 3:00 in the morning. If we were out of bread, I used sliced tortillas, either flour or corn, and maybe even a slice of American cheese. I saw a recipe using egg roll wrappers, but that’s not something a firehouse normally has on hand for midnight snacks. The quickest of all is a piece of toast with peanut butter. Or a bagel with peanut butter. Or an apple with peanut butter. Or a banana with peanut butter. The common element: peanut butter.

May 31, 2013 • CEDAR STREET

Tom Stevens

Otter Views

Tornados and Taxes “May you live in interesting times,” goes the old Chinese curse. We may be witnessing some of those now. My tocsin of alarums starts with the recent news that earth’s atmosphere has set a three-million year record for climate-warming carbon dioxide content. We’ve now passed the dreaded 400 parts per million threshold and are blithely streaking toward 450 ppm. That may gladden fossil fuel promoters who preach that carbon is good for plants, trees and growing children, but 400 ppm is too much of a good thing. The last time atmospheric carbon hit that peak was in the Pliocene Age. Back then, global temperatures were 10 degrees warmer and sea levels 80 feet higher than they are now. Goodbye, Disney World. Because we are a proudly know-nothing, “kill the messenger” society, climate scientists brazen enough to publish their findings have been condemned to everlasting hellfire by congressmen from Oklahoma and other faith-based jurisdictions. Ironically, Oklahoma is a beta test site for the warming world’s muscular new weather. As did New Orleans and New York City before it, Oklahoma last week suffered a natural disaster that seemed unduly severe even by “Tornado Alley” standards. A super twister packing 250 mile per hour winds ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb that had been flattened and rebuilt just a few years earlier. Aerial photos showed the suburb scattered apart like a box of dropped matches. Among the dead were elementary students who sought safety in a school hallway the twister utterly demolished. Like most of the state’s buildings, the school had no storm shelter because Oklahoma building codes don’t require them. As a proudly taxaverse “small government” state, Oklahoma shares with neighboring Texas a bedrock hostility toward anything that might restrict business or personal freedoms. Tornado shelters evidently fall into that category, as do fertilizer plant inspections. Shortly before the Oklahoma City twister, a small Texas town suffered deaths and widespread destruction when its antiquated fertilizer storage plant exploded. Post-mortems revealed that the aged plant had undergone lamentably few state inspections and been held accountable for even fewer improvements. The reason: antipathy toward government intrusion in private business. Like their counterparts in “superstorm”-ravaged New Orleans and New York, citizens of Moore, Oklahoma and West, Texas swiftly vowed to rebuild their shattered communities. But characteristically, they don’t want to pay state property taxes to do so. As a result, the hated Obama government has to get involved, and the aversion cycle worsens. With proper oversight, the Texas fertilizer plant disaster likely could have been prevented. But the deadline for preventing super storms like Katrina, Sandy and the Moore tornado expired 20 years ago. We are now reaping the whirlwinds sowed during a century of promiscuous carbon-burning. Scientists’ warnings fell on deaf ears back then, and they fall on deaf ears now. Polls reveal that most Americans see no link between human activity and climate change. If anything, multi-billion dollar lobbying and disinformation campaigns funded by the fossil fuel industry have given “climate change deniers” a credibility profile Al Gore can only envy. Chalk that up to human nature. If acknowledging climate change means paying higher taxes, building dikes and tornado shelters, altering ruinous land use practices or moving inland, then climate change cannot be real. These new droughts, floods and storms are no worse than thousands of previous ones, and they have been ordained by a higher power. We had nothing whatsoever to do with them, and we will make no changes because of them. By cracky! As someone smart once said, though, science doesn’t care what we think. It’s going to happen anyway. Now that we’ve crossed the 400 ppm atmospheric carbon threshold, the still, small voice of science has this to say: more heat-trapping CO2 in the atmosphere portends a warmer, stormier world. As polar ice and glaciers melt, ocean currents and weather patterns will change. Droughts will worsen in many places; floods in others. Sea levels will rise. Food production and potable water sources will diminish. Species that can’t adapt will vanish. This all sounds very far off in the future, but as recent events suggest, it’s happening already, and much of it is irreversible. So, what does any of that have to do with taxes? Put bluntly, the coming damage and adaptations will need to be paid for. So will any infrastructure upgrades the new weather warrants. Think of all the supposedly storm-proof systems Hurricane Sandy disabled and exposed in New York: subway, air and surface transit; heat, power and light delivery; communications, sewerage and water lines; fire prevention and public safety. Those are costly to restore. If America wants to remain a functioning union in the coming climate model, it will need to pay its taxes. Even you, Apple.

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Walking tour to focus on Monterey Wharf history

The Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf Association continues to team up with Monterey Bay Fisheries Historian and author, Tim Thomas, who is offering monthly walking tours at theWharf on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. On Saturday, June 1 the walk will focus on the 200 -year history of the Wharf and neighborhood. Tours meet at the head of the Wharf near the pink Harbor House store. Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at 521-3304 or via email The tour is for ages 10–adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids under 15 are $15. Group Rates are also available. For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the native people of the Monterey area. From abalone to rockfish, everything was fished and utilized and the Monterey Bay was a multi-cultural stew, made up of whalers from the Azores, squid fishermen from China, salmon fishermen and abalone divers from Japan, and Sicilians fishing sardines in the “dark of the moon.” This tour of Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront will go back in time to explore the history of the Monterey Wharf, early history of the waterfront. Tim Thomas, fourth-generation native of the Monterey area, is a popular speaker and tour guide. For 16 years he was historian and curator for the Monterey Maritime & History Museum and has worked with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. He is author of “The Japanese on the Monterey Peninsula” and co-author of “Monterey’s Waterfront.” For more information, go to

New decorating event for Feast of Lanterns

The Feast of Lanterns Board of Directors is proud to announce “Lighting the Way” – Lantern Award, new for 2013. This is a chance for those folks in our community that do a beautiful job decorating their house for the Feast of Lanterns to be acknowledged. If you are interested in being considered for the award, please message or share a picture of your decorated home in Pacific Grove and it will be forwarded to the Queen Mom Linda Lyon. At the beginning of July the Royal Court will spend an afternoon touring our lovely town and selecting their favorite decorated home or business. Each member of the Royal Court will select their favorite. Then a time will be set up to have your home or business photographed with the member of the Royal Court that selected you. It will be posted on Facebook. “We hope to make this an annual tradition,” said a board member. “In the Blue Willow Myth, the Mandarin proclaims that everyone will carry lighted lanterns to 'Light the Way' so he can find his daughter,” said the spokesperson. “This part of the story shows that light leads us to love, and that love transforms us. The Mandarin, Queen Topaz and her love Chang are all transformed through the process of seeking love. We hope to cultivate love and light in our community. This new award is a way to do this and share some community fun.”

Hybrid buses now serving Pacific Grove

In their latest alternative fuel initiative, Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has introduced hybrid buses to their fleet. Four 30-passenger hybrid minibuses were put into service over the Memorial Day weekend. The new buses are currently operating on Line 1 in Pacific Grove and Line 24 Carmel Valley Grapevine Express with service to downtown Carmel. They are designated with a special symbol signifying that they provide a “hybrid ride.” The hybrid diesel electric vehicles are expected to last about two years and 50,000 miles longer than the current gaso-

line buses while improving fuel efficiency by approximately 30 percent and reducing emissions. The four hybrid minibuses were paid for mostly by funding obtained through a competitive Federal Transit Administration Clean Fuels grant in the amount of $685,619. MST was one of only two transit projects in the state, and 28 nationwide to benefit from the grant that is based on the project’s ability to achieve or maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide for transit buses.


Times • May 31, 2013 Printmaking workshops

Jane Roland

Animal Tales and Other Random Thoughts

The Bells Toll For Them

Yesterday in the Herald, Gary Omernick, the publisher, wrote a memorial to his beloved Riley, an eleven year old Golden Retriever. It was a very moving history and brought me to tears. I remember 50 years ago when my mother lived at the River Ranch, surrounded by dogs and cats. I had left on my own life’s venture. These animals – or most of them – had been “inherited” from my Uncle Sam who spent a few summer months in the Valley and the rest at his home in Pebble Beach. During his absence the dogs had been penned. Mother changed that the moment she arrived and the house was filled with sprawled four legged bodies all of the time.Mother’s favorites were “Boozie” an English pointer and Cindy (Cinder) a wonderful Golden. Cindy became ill and, after a visit to the vet, many miles away, it was determined that she had encephalitis. She was given medication with the hope that she might pull through. The dog, my parent’s joy, continued to lose weight and suffer. It was then that Mother determined that she couldn’t wait. The proper Bostonian lady drove out to the drugstore in the village and purchased ether. Cindy died, her head in a soft lap, breathing in the “saving” fumes, washed with soft tears. She was buried under a tree and never forgotten. I had a volunteer, Beth Cumberledge, who was the mother of Dean Chapman, of Chapman Galleries. Beth was very solitary and private. She was not what one would call a social person, meaning that she didn’t choose to socialize. She had another love in her life (Dean, of course, reined supreme in her heart). There was a parakeet named Tweety. Beth would come to work and regale us with delightful tales of her little companion. She adored him and even quoted his limited vocabulary. One day she came into the shop looking devastated when I asked the problem she started to cry. Tweety had escaped from his cage and flown into an object that broke his neck. Beth was inconsolable. Georgia Hollister who was there at the time and I did our best but we both knew that when we lose our friends only time will heal the wound in our hearts. There was a couple who came into the shop whose cat had disappeared. They were “elderly” and the feline meant more to them than their children who had moved away and rarely communicated. She was a black and white kitty around 12 years old. They searched, posted rewards, grieved, hoped and finally moved away. The loss of their best friend really destroyed them. Those of you who are still reading this know exactly what I mean. Our animals are our children, our companions, our friends, it doesn’t matter if it has wings, legs or gills, if it is furry, reptilian or smooth, our love knows no bounds. I once had a white mouse (please don’t shudder). I called him Benjy, his cage was on the floor and near my bed… often at night he would get out of his cage, scurry across the floor and get into bed with me. just to snuggle. Even I couldn’t tolerate a little creature scratching at my side so he would be dumped unceremoniously back into his abode and the door secured. I really loved the little guy. I have reached an age where I have seen many pets die. It is always traumatic. I am of the school that if one goes, get another. It isn’t a replacement -- one doesn’t replace friends -- but a new buddy can help fill the hole and offer a new perspective. Now we are at a time in our life when it becomes a problem. Our Brandy, a 12-year-old chocolate lab, is starting to show signs of aging. Her muzzle is grey; she pants a great deal and has some arthritic twinges. She is the surrogate mother of Lilah the Dorghie (dashound/corgi mix). Both are shelter dogs, as are all of our animals, but Lilah is only five. When Brandy goes anywhere without her, the little dog screams and cries. Now, she has a best friend, Toby, the marmalade cat, with whom she sleeps in the evening, but Brandy is “Mommy”. We are too old to acquire another pet especially as we have three young ones. It is a real quandary with which we needn’t deal for a time. I have lost horses, birds, dogs, cats, mice and everyone in between. Sometimes I thought I wouldn’t survive, but I did to love again. There are options for those who need a pet but can’t commit to a long time arrangement. Fostering is always a possibility through Animal Friends Rescue Projects and Peace of Mind Dog Rescue who are always looking for people to care for the wonderful animals they rescue. Check them out on line at or You might find a fabulous house guest, or, who knows, a permanent resident. Animals make our hearts sing. Pity those who don’t feel that way.

Barbara Furbush will present Prints 101 at the Pacific Grove Art Center on Saturday, June 1 from 1 – 4 p.m. Participants will handle prints, tools and materials of the four basic processes to gain a broad understanding of prints. The class is designed for any level of experience. Class size is limited; the registration fee is $15. Contact Barbara at 310-562-3155 or send an email to to register or for further information. This session is an introduction to a series of workshops called Printmaking Sampler. On the first Saturday of the following months a hands-on workshop will be offered for print process, including screen printing on July 6; relief printmaking on August 3; and intaglio printing on September 7. Workshop fees will vary. Barbara Furbush received an MFA in printmaking at CSULB in 1985. Her works have been exhibited regularly in Los Angeles. She opened her print studio in the Pacific Grove Art Center a year ago. and offers workshops and individual sessions on an appointment basis. PGAC is located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue.

Behavior training classes start soon at SPCA

Affordable training classes start next week at the Monterey County SPCA. Classes include Family Dog, Puppy, Out and About, Agility for Fun, Sniff and Search, Tricks and Games, and more. Register online or learn more at Could your dog use a little help walking gently on a leash or coming when called? The SPCA now offers a special two-hour workshop on loose leash walking and a one-hour recall intensive workshop. These low-cost classes are made possible by the support of generous donors. The SPCA for Monterey County is a nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. It is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization. It shelters homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, and provides humane education and other services to the community. Call Beth Brookhouser at 264-5469 for more informatiion.

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Peeps Fire Service is a Family Affair

On May 17,2013,James Brown was sworn in as Monterey’s newest Fire Division Chief by Fire Chief Andrew Miller.   Division Chief Brown  is highly qualified for this position with 25 years of fire service experience and fire service educational background. “His extensive experience and educational qualifications as well as his professionalism, competency and dedication as a fire officer will enhance the Monterey Fire Department team,” said a spokesperson. He was born and raised in Pacific Grove and attended Robert H. Down Elementary School, Pacific Grove Middle School and Pacific Grove High School. He has a proud fire service legacy; his father, Roger Brown Sr., retired from the City of Pacific Grove as the Assistant Fire Chief; his brother, David, retired from the City of Monterey Fire Dept. as the Assistant Fire Chief, his brother, Chuck, retired from the City of Marina as a public safety officer, and his brother, Roger, is currently serving as a fire captain for the City  of  Seaside.

Tompkins appointed to Military and Veterans Affairs Committee .

Supervisor Jane Parker has announced that Hazel M. Tompkins has been appointed to the Military and Veterans Affairs Commission as the District 4 representative. The purpose of the Military and Veterans Affairs Commission (also known as the Monterey County Veterans Services Advisory Commission) is to keep the Board of Supervisors informed of all problems affecting veterans and advise the Board of appropriate action to resolve such problems; to help unify different veterans groups in the overall interests of all veterans in Monterey County; consult with and advise the County Veterans Services Officer in matters pertaining to veterans; act as the liaison between the Veterans community and County Government; and keep the public aware of the problems and needs of the veterans. Tompkins joined the U.S. armed forces at the age of 28 and completed her basic training at Fort McClelland, Ala. She moved to Monterey in 1973 and lived on the Monterey Peninsula for 39 years before moving to Salinas last year, where she is cur-

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Sarah Chatoff Awarded MBA Degree

Sarah Joan Chatoff of Pebble Beach was awarded a master of business administration degree in Management-5yr Program during Salve Regina University's 63rd commencement on Sunday, May 19. Master stone carvers Nicholas W. Benson and his father John E. Benson, proprietors of Newport's centuries-old John Stevens Shop – the artists behind such works as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the John F. Kennedy Memorial – were presented with honorary degrees and offered remarks to the Salve Regina University community. Sister Jane conferred 439 baccalaureate degrees, 191 master's degrees, 19 certificates of advanced graduate studies and six doctorates. Salve Regina, a Catholic, co-educational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, enrolls more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Its 80-acre oceanfront campus is in the heart of the Ochre Point-Cliffs National Historic District.

Carmel Valley native William Crawford graduates from Whitman College

William Crawford of Carmel Valley has graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a minor in Classics. Crawford is a 2009 graduate of York School. About 350 degrees were conferred during Whitman’s commencement ceremony May 19 in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000 family members, faculty, staff and guests. The event was held on the scenic south lawn of Whitman’s Memorial Building, and crowned a celebratory weekend of activities including the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1963, and the college’s traditional Baccalaureate ceremony. English comedian Eric

Allen graduates from Washington and Lee University

Logan K. Allen of Carmel Valley received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington and Lee University on Thursday, May 23. Commencement ceremonies for 422 Washington and Lee seniors were held on the university’s front lawn. Allen majored in Business Administration . Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth oldest institution of higher education, is among the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and universities.

Melissa Woolpert earns degree from University of Vermont

Melissa E. Woolpert of Carmel Valley received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal sciences from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences during commencement ceremonies on May 19 at the University of Vermont. The university conferred degrees this year on an estimated 3,258 graduates, including 2,577 bachelor’s, 439 master’s, 122 doctoral, and 106 M.D. degree recipients, in addition to 14 post-baccalaureate certificates. Among degree recipients were students from 44 states and17 countries. Chartered in 1791, UVM was the first college or university in the United States that did not give preference to a religious sect in its charter and the first to allow women to join Phi Beta Kappa. UVM now has nearly 10,459 undergraduates in eight schools and colleges, 1,540 graduate students and 449 medical students. As a small, comprehensive university, it blends the academic heritage of a private university with services missions in the land-grant tradition.

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“Glorious!” Fulfills its Mission Katie Shain

Performance Review “Glorious!” easily fulfills its mission to transport its audience back eight decades to a notorious evening in New York City at iconic Carnegie Hall in the year 1944; the likes of which had never before occurred and have not been matched to this day. Another select production by Elsa Con at The Magic Circle Theater in Carmel Valley is up, running, and bound to reveal human behavior just as hysterically odd, funny and implausible as it is. Written by Paul Quilter and Directed by Laura Cote’, “Glorious!” is a fantastical show and tell lesson in “to thine own self be true”. The story is based on echoes of actual, historical occurrences in the life of Florence Foster Jenkins. To seasoned singers the name Florence Foster Jenkins is well known, however singers or not, this show will quickly season one into recognizing familiar political realities harkening back to the epic times when Jenkin’s “walked the boards” or in this case “graced” them in song and original costume. “There are people who say I cannot sing – there is no one who can say I didn’t sing!” Courtesy Equity Actors* mingle with tempered local talents to bring this relic of history to life. To the shear agony of some of Jenkin’s audiences and hilarious un-believe-ability to others, Lynn Whiting* “re-spirit’s” life into tones and sounds demonstrating musical mastership and a clear understanding of vocal pitch values in her personification of Florence

Foster Jenkins. From costume to charisma Whiting delivers a strong, gentle, forceful, female finesse, leaving us with no choice but to love her and her character. Jenkins’ is accompanied on piano by Cosme McMoon, played by Jon-Mark Hurley*. Hurley’s subtle, obvious, prolonged affects, spot on eye candor, with piano skills to ease a series of discomfited moments contributes a full out memorable performance. Richard Boynton is playing St. Clair, an English had-been, would-be Actor as Jenkin’s “boy-friend”. Boynton turns in a completely endearing, charming, entertaining and “real” delivery of continuous affection, humor, advice and life long devotion to his much admired friend and beloved. Supporting Actors, Virginia Bell as Dorothy, Sherry Kefalas as Maria, and the surprise Mrs.Verrinder-Gedge played by Faith Collins-Beety, each bring lively character performances filled with personality, bits, thrills and spills as they float, gloat and flaunt their professional parade of showmanship to carry out most fulfilling finishes. Lights, set design and transitions, music, props, sound and professional attendants are all assembled in a well orchestrated fabrication to manifest a very unforgettable evening and accomplishment. “Glorious!” runs through June 23rd. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 831-659-7500.

Sea Scribes look at majuscules

Sea Scribes Monterey Bay Calligraphy Guild will meet Thurs., June 6 at 7-9 p.m. We will hold our Guild  general monthly business meeting. Following the general meeting, there will be a ‘show and tell’ presentation by Sea Scribe member Kathy Coopman. Her program will be about  ‘Majuscules’. To learn more about the definition of this please see: If people would like to try it, they could bring a large-size broad-edged pen and some paper. Brown ink would be appropriate, but anything is fine. Kathy will bring some extras. The talk will be a demonstration of what characteristics make majiscules look the way they do. Kathy will bring exemplars; the facsimile Book of Kells, and her scrapbook - probably still under construction...While this will be primarily a presentation; however if you bring the supplies listed above, you   are welcome to follow along with the presentation as a do-it-yourself process. Meeting is free and open to the public. Sea Scribes meet monthly, the first Thursday of each month 7-9 p.m. in the Art Room, Level A at Park Lane,  200 Glenwood Circle, Monterey. For more information please contact Jeffrie, Sea Scribes Publicity Coordinator, at 831-224-3276.

‘Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Opens at the Historic Forest Theater

The historic Outdoor Forest Theater is just the perfect spot for this timeless fairy tale of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” to take stage. The Forest Theater Guild’s production by Jesse Braham White is based on the 16th century Brothers Grimm tale of the evil stepmother Queen Bragamar and her jealousy of her lovely step-daughter, Princess Snow White. Being the fairest in the land, Snow White is banished to the dark woods (of the Forest Theater) and the cottage of the seven dwarfs. The theater has been transformed into a magical kingdom, complete with a “special effects” Magic Mirror created by Masterwerx’s Luke Ahern, and a witches’ cauldron of magic spells to delight the audience. Directed by Alyssa White (Jack and Dawn Galante’s daughter), this performance should be a great graduation celebration for many of the local talents in the cast; Kelsey Posey and Alexandra Roden as Snow White, Erin Carey as the Queen, David Naar as the Prince, and Remy Webster as Dandipratt. The rest of the cast includes The show runs Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. with Princess Party packages for the matinee performances, available for private party and front row seats. Call 419-0917 for more information.   Tickets are on sale at their box office one hour before shows or at in advance.   The Outdoor Forest   Theater is located one block south of Ocean Avenue on Mountain View and Santa Rita Street in downtown Carmel and is 104 years old this year.  

Open Mic to feature Martin Dodds

Writer Martin Dodds will be featured reader at Writers’ Open Mic on Thursday, June 20 at the East Village Coffee Lounge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Writers’ Open Mic is a free monthly event open to the public every third Thursday. Writers are invited to come early and sign up for a five to seven minute reading from any genre: prose, screenplay, poetry and essay. The guest reader will read 15-20 minutes form his or her work. Martin Dodd, a founding member of the Central Coast Writers chapter of the California Writers Club, began creative writing in 1966, and in 1968 he won Hartnell’s Spectrum Magazine short fiction award. Dodd then shifted from writing to community service, founding and directing Sun Street Centers alcohol and drug recovery and prevention programs. After retirement, and a writing hiatus of 34 years, he resumed creative writing in 2002 at the age of 67 as a participant in the Pebbles Writers group at Thunderbird bookstore. He contributed several poems and stories to that group’s 2003 anthology, “The Barmaid, the Bean Counter and the Bungee Jumper.” His short fiction has been published online and in print in a variety of literary magazines. He has received awards and recognition in numerous writing contests, including the 2008 East of Eden Conference, where he took awards in three categories: poetry, play writing, and short fiction. In 2011 he won the Central Coast Writers’ short fiction contest with his story “Cold Turkey.” The coffee lounge is located at 498 Washington Street in Monterey. Email or call 601-9195 for more information.

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Pacific Grove

Sports and Leisure

Breakers repeat championship...and set a record

Pacific Grove High School Breakers repeated their championship season of last year, beating the Menlo Knights10-4 on Sat., May 25. And they did it as part of a no-loss streak, setting a record for the Central Coast Section. Parents watching the game at San Jose Municipal Stadium provided fans at home with running commentary on Facebook and great pictures of the action.

Thank you, Jacquie Duncan Atchison, Janice Russo and Michelle Boatman.


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Pacific Grove

Sports Pacific Grove High’s 20th Annual Youth Basketball Camp

The camp will focus on basketball skill development, sportsmanship and fun. Skill development will focus on improving ball-handling, passing, and shooting. Players will be divided into age appropriate groups and will be instructed by Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Dan Powers, his staff, and players. Session I Ages: Boys & Girls, Grades 2-5 Day/Time: June 3 - 6, Mon. - Thurs.,  9:00am-12 noon Fee: $100 (includes a Camp T-Shirt & a Ball!) Location: Pacific Grove High School Gym Instructor: Coach Dan Powers and his players Register: Contact Coach Powers @ 646-6590 (ext. 284) or email: Session II Ages: Boys & Girls, Grades 6-8 Day/Time: June  3 - 6, Mon. - Thurs., 1:00pm-4pm Fee: $100 (includes a Camp T-Shirt & a Ball!) Location: Pacific Grove High School Gym Instructor: Coach Dan Powers and his players Register: Contact Coach Powers @ 646-6590 (ext. 284) or email:

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Way to tell an epic tale, Breakers! By Kellen Gibbs There are stories you only hear in books and movies about the epic tale of the undefeated sports team. Last Saturday the Pacific Grove Breakers turned those stories into reality, winning the CCS Championship and finishing 31 games with no losses. At the beginning of the game, Menlo scored an early two runs in the top of the first and quickly took the lead. It didn’t take long for Pacific Grove to respond. Cycling through the lineup, the Breakers scored six runs in the bottom of the first and took the lead away from Menlo. As the game continued and quickly reached the bottom of the sixth inning, the shouts of excited fans echoed through the stadium as Pacific Grove came up to bat, with the score now 7-2. Looking around the stadium, it was a spectacle unlike any other. The crowd was lined with fans in red and gold screaming and cheering for their Breakers. They began to stand on their feet and cheer as Kyle Czaplak, starting shortstop last year for the Breakers, came up to bat. Recovering from last year’s hip injury, Czaplak stepped into the box for the first time this year and in one of the most nail biting at-bats, took the base after ball four. It was that at-bat that set the team to hammer the nails in the coffin; the Breakers extended their lead to a dominating score of 10 to 2. Menlo came out in the top of the seventh inning for their last attempt at catching the Breakers. Putting in a valiant attempt and scoring two more runs, it seemed the Knights just couldn’t catch up to Pacific Grove’s staggering lead. The game finally came to a close with thunderous applause as Pacific Grove’s first baseman, Conyal Cody recovered a ground ball and tagged his bag for the final out. The Pacific Grove Varsity Baseball team made history and gave us all something to remember. Congratulations Breakers, way to make us proud!

Phillies: Come-From-Behind Champs The Phillies Pictured from left to right front row: Cody Dillard, Clint Cargisle, Johnnie Coleman, Robert Englehorn, Jackson Riddell Back row: Coach Jim Courtney, James Wright, Nathan Taormina, Coach Mike Taormina, JJ Courtney, Lucas Strawser, Coach Michael Strawser (not pictured: Oscar)

In a season-ending thriller, the Phillies, (sixth seed out of a 7 team league), went up against the second seeded Athletics, to determine who would win the 2013 Pacific Grove PONY Mustang Championship. The two teams had met only once before during the regular season. At that time the A's were undefeated and the Phillies were not favored to win. The A's jumped out to an early lead and by the fourth inning were ahead 9 to 3. In the 5th and 6th innings it was as if two different teams took the field. Led by Coach Jim Courtney, the Phillies managed to rally back and take the lead in the Top of the 5th and hold on to win. Going into the playoffs the Athletics were coming off of a great regular season as the number 2 seed in the league, having lost only two games. When the first seeded Red Sox, were upset by the Phillies in the second round of the playoffs, the A's were now the clear favorites to win the championship. The final game of the season was Friday, May 24th. The Athletics were determined to beat the Phillies, and take revenge for their loss to the Phillies during the regular season, which many saw as a once in a lifetime sort of comeback. It was a beautiful PG afternoon with the sun shining and a brisk breeze. The A's showed their determination, stamina, and skill by building a commanding lead through the end of 4, with a score of 9 to 3. Yes, the very same lead they had in the first outing against the Phillies; but could the Phillies manage another miraculous comeback? The Phillies held the A's from scoring in the top of the 5th behind great pitching from JJ Courtney, while earning 4 runs in the bottom of the 5th to bring the score toA's 9, Phillies 7. In the 6th and final inning, the A's scored two more runs as the momentum shifted back to the A’s making the score Athletics 11, Phillies 7. It was the bottom of the 6th and the Phillies were down by 4, up against a fresh-closing pitcher for the Athletics. The top of the order was due up for the Phillies with lead-off hitter JJ Courtney at the plate. Courtney battled to 3 and 2 and took first on a walk. During the Phillies second batter Courtney was able to steal second, third, and finally home on a passed ball to now make it 11-8. The A’s then recorded a strike out for the number two batter for out number one. Next up for the Phillies was Nathan Taormina who hit a line drive into right center for a single. Clint Cargile came up next and took the count full, while Taormina stole second and third. Once again the A’s walked a batter putting Cargile on First. After the walk while the A’s lamented the walk and let their guard down Taormina took off from third and stole home to make the score 11-9. Due up next was Phillies catcher Lucas Strawser. Cargile continued the Phillies assault on the bases and stole second and third until Strawser hit one into the outfield getting to first and earning an RBI single as Cargile scored, A’s11, Phillies10. Cody Dillard now made an appearance at the plate for the Phillies and was once again walked, while Strawser stole second, third, and home off a wild pitch. A’s 11, Phillies 11, with Dillard the winning run at first base. Next up Robert Englehorn came to the plate and after a battle with the pitcher hit a single to center field. Up next was Phillies batter, Jackson Riddell. Now deep in the Phillies batting order the A’s decided to play for position and focus on the batter and stopped holding on, or looking to pick off the runner. Dillard stole second and third standing up as Riddell took the count to 3-2. On the next pitch Riddell hit a line drive into center field for the walk off single, with Dillard crossing the plate for the win! Phillies 12, A’s 11, lightening had struck twice. In the end, every player contributed to the win through great fielding, hits, and an attitude that said we are going to play our best to the very end. Both teams played well and showed great sportsmanship and a respect for the game. Congratulations to both the Phillies, and the A's for making it to the final game of the Championship and a big thanks to the PG Pony League, the leagues many local sponsors, great coaches, and parents who mentor all of the teams in Pacific Grove. - By Craig Riddell

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Spring 2013 Candia Concert Pacific Grove High School Orchestra Spring Concert Conducted by Dave Hoffman Supported by PGHS Music Boosters

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Personal Finances

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Are You Sure You Have No Foreign Reporting Requirements?

My grandfather's sister once had the opportunity to go toe-to-toe with the 1920s gangster, Al Capone...or so goes the family story. She had ordered a fancy car and Capone sent a couple of his henchmen to convince her that she should allow him to purchase it since he did not want to wait for another one to be built. She politely refused, at which point, they said Mr. Capone would like to talk with her in person. So she drove to his place in Palm Island, Florida to meet the notorious gangster. She was a rather outspoken individual, and managed to come out with her car, and did not even have to dodge bullets on the way past the front gate! Most people know the interesting story about Al Capone is that the Feds could never get him for bootlegging, racketeering, prostitution, or murder, but they nailed him for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns! Fast-forward the better part of a century and we are battling terrorism. Sometimes it is difficult to prove that a particular individual was involved in an act of terrorism, but there may be other ways to get them. How about the failure to report foreign accounts or even having signature authority over foreign accounts while residing in the United States? Form TD F 90-22.1 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts is required to be filled out each year for anyone that has bank or financial accounts (or is an eligible signer on someone else's foreign accounts) that were established in a foreign country that aggregate $10,000 or more. The form is due to the Treasury Department each year by June 30th (one month away). Note this form does not go with your tax returns to the IRS. The IRS has its own two-year old Form 8938 Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets which is more geared towards tax evasion and is filed with your returns. It covers some additional assets and has different reporting thresholds, so you and your tax professional should review that as well. The penalties for failure to file Form TD F 90-22.1 can be pretty sickening. Willful neglect to file the form is punishable with civil and/or criminal penalties. Civil penalties could be the greater of $100,000 or half of the account value. Criminal penalties could be $250,000 plus five years in prison, or $500,000 and 10 years in prison if you are also violating another law simultaneously. Even non-willful neglect (a.k.a. - your ignorance) carries a penalty of up to $10,000. These are also applicable per year you fail to report! The IRS was recently seeking six years in prison for a 79 year-old widow in Palm Beach, FL for such issues and related failure to report the income from foreign accounts. I think the key is to just make sure you file the forms as needed, and have a discussion with your tax professional or an attorney if you are unclear if your assets qualify you to file these forms.


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After a lifetime of education service, Geoff Kostyshak of Pacific Grove High School is hanging it up. If you frequent the campus of Pacific Grove High, as many generations of students, parents and teachers have, you may have seen Kostyshak strolling around campus over the years. He’s hard to miss at well over six feet tall, and sports a full head of silver hair. A quiet and unassuming man, he’s been teaching class after class of high school students math for 36 years. Kostyshak has even taught math to students who went on to become teachers themselves at Pacific Grove High School, including the likes of Daniel Powers, Katie Selfridge and Justus Grate, who teach American History, English, and World History, respectively. I myself sat in Mr. Kostyshak’s Algebra II and Calculus AB classes as his student only two years ago. One thing is definitely certain, Kostyshak has seen a lot during his tenure at our high school (Did anybody else know that Matt Bell, the infectiously upbeat Principle of Pacific Grove High, was once a math teacher, and that Mr. K himself hired him?


I was surprised too.) Kostyshak’s career at Pacific Grove Unified School District had a rocky start, initially at the middle school in 1977. Prior to his move to Pacific Grove he taught math at Woodland High School in Woodland, California for one year before a district wide budget cut forced his leave. He then found an opportunity to teach math at Pacific Grove Middle School the following year and made the move down to America’s Last Hometown. There he taught for one year, before being laid off again and subsequently offered a position teaching math at the high school, before being laid of a third time and rehired over the summer. He’s been with the math department ever since. Kostyshak said that one one of the reasons he remained at Pacific Grove High School was the community. “The people here are very nice, that’s the most important thing to me, if I wasn’t surrounded by that Pacific Grove would be a less pleasant place to live and work. Students and parents here like to be involved with the schools, and I admire and like a city where the community supports school involvement.”


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testing in all areas of teaching, which is one of the reason’s Kostyshak gave for the challenges many math teachers face in giving the subject some relevance to every day life. Despite that particular difficulty, Kostyshak says that one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching math is seeing students work hard and then succeed. Of course, he doesn’t like watching students struggle, but enjoys seeing them attain success through dedication. “I enjoy successful students, but the most satisfying aspect of teaching is having students who aren’t at the top of the class work hard to maximize their potential.” For all his years of teaching students math, Kostyshak has learned a few thing from them as well. The thing he emphasized most was that he learned more about teaching math. When asked if he would encourage other math majors to become math teachers, to follow his lead, Kostyshak seemed to have mixed feelings. He recalls that the ups and downs of school financing were very discouraging when he started out. Being laid off from Pacific Grove High School in his second year in the district, and for the third overall time, certainly stung, especially as a math major who taught math. “I was the only math major in the district and I was laid off! I was pissed, it hurt my pride. I’m still upset about it.” However, despite his residual feelings of anger, Kostyshak mentioned that he would still teach here if he could do it all over again. Kostyshak says he’s looking forward to the serenity that retirement offers, although he’ll miss the vitality and extra energy of youth, as well as the personal contact with friendly people, both students and colleagues. “I’m going out on a pretty pleasant year,” he said. “Its almost always very pleasant, but even more so this year so it’s a good year to retire.” With his retirement Kostyshak says he plans on traveling more, particularly in Europe. He also plans on doing more reading, and insisted lightheartedly that he does not read math related material in his free time, preferring historical fiction and spy novels. He’ll be able to see his two sons more often without the demands of school, and he is about to be a grandfather. Of all the memorable moments in his career at Pacific Grove High School, Kostyshak said one stuck out in particular. “In 1989 I was part of a teacher-student exchange with the USSR, there was a local peace group who thought one way to help end the cold war was to have students and teachers [from different countries] to talk to each other. It was one of the most exciting times in my life, they saw pacific grove high we saw Moscow and Kiev. I’m still in touch with one of the families, we still talk a few times a year.”

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About the need to talk...face to face A few days ago I was discussing the issue of texting while driving with a friend. As we were talking she said to me; “The reason I like texting is because I can communicate without having to talk to them.” I was alarmed to hear her say that. What I understood her to say is that she would rather shoot 30 text messages back and forth, rather than pick up the phone and engage in real dialogue. While I do understand the value of texting, how well the technology may work for tasking and expedience, but it is a bit challenging for me to accept on a social and more personal level, that technology has invaded relationship to such a point that words like, “I can’t wait to see you!” are evolving into “wait, you mean I have to see you?!” A few weeks ago I enjoyed a wonderful celebration dinner, a gala in recognition of The Village Projects’ service to the underserved and marginalized families of the Monterey County. The Keynote speaker for this event was perhaps one of the best I have heard in years. During her delivery as she spoke of social disparities in California and in our nation, she pointed out that one of the personality traits shared by the suspects of the Colorado Theater and the Massachusetts school massacres is that they were loners. For one reason or another they were people who isolated themselves from other people. They were not only withdrawn from society in general, but also from friends and family. As I reflect on how we live and take notice of how the mediums of communication have changed, I ask myself in light of the benefits of change, what if anything are we sacrificing in order to reap those

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Principle Living benefits? With that said, in regard to the massacres I am not blaming technology for the behavior of a few individuals, but I sometimes wonder if I am the only person who considers that there may be a definite correlation between how we use technology and the quantity in these sorts of crimes. And as I think about this an old saying comes to mind. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” The trend seems to be the better and more instantaneous the medium of communication with each other; the further and more unapproachable we become as a people. For example, the printing press did wonders for the advancement of civilization, and in doing so we learned to sneak away to read or write (just as I am doing now). The radio gathered families together to hear “The war of the worlds”, and evangelical self-proclaimed opinions empowered groups and sub-cultures and began the polarization of a country. Television brought us news and entertainment, but having one in every room left our dining tables as dry as the Mojave desert, and as barren as an inner-city ruin. Our computers are great for productivity as they save us time and heighten our ability to

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organize, but profile names, false identities and pseudo personalities have given way to a new kind of extra marital affair. And now we sit (meaning sit, stand, eat dinner, drive cars, and just about everything else) with Smart Phones. And as our fascination for, and the benefit of instant gratification takes us one step closer to each other, it also becomes a spring board for us to live one leap further apart. When it comes to the changes we’ve experienced surrounding communication, we could modify Neal Armstrong’s quote to read; “One small step toward man, one giant leap away from mankind”. Within the last six months I can recall seeing a commercial advertising a new 4G phone in which one person who had an older, or perhaps another model of phone, walks into a room wanting to share some and exciting news. As soon as he begins to speak, those with the newer model phone would say; “yes, we know – that is so seven seconds ago.” How is it that we transport our thoughts from one issue to the next without allowing ourselves time to understand our feelings? How much and what sort of personal processing could take place in seven seconds? And in our use of technology there is another issue that seems separate but is not, and that is the white noise of available data. There is so much data being publicized via the cloud/internet that if you could actually hear it, it would render you deaf. Just as Moses could not bear to look upon the glory of God at Mount Sinai, we could not bear the audible interpretation of all those bits and bytes scurrying about our atmosphere. Even so, it seems to be the goal of corporations to sell us on capturing every bit of data as if all of it matters equally to each of us. What use to be comprehend and retain, is now capture and discard. Data is so available, is coming so fast, and coming in such quantity; it has changed our way of being. Many of us are actually making life decisions based data popularity and sensationalism, rather than integrity of relative information. Take for

example our news, what use to be watched over 30 or 60 minutes or read in newspapers, is now reduced to milliseconds as a bleep on a 3.5 square inch screen. From one story to the next and as fast as we can get the next story we hustle to keep up with… stuff. We are inundated with data, yet we sacrifice time to determine if that data is actually relevant information. Tweet this, You-tube that, uploading and downloading...while these are amazing and useful as we live and function in today’s world, the question is what are we sacrificing in order to achieve those amazing effects? Especially if the person in front of you, across the street, or somewhere within your sphere of influence, is in need of affection, attention, affirmation, or appreciation. If we bother to pay attention we will realize the closer innovation brings us, the further apart we appear to live. And frankly, there is nothing more important than being fully present in and for the lives of those who stand before us Get in touch with yourself; be in touch with humanity… Hang up the phone and drive. Read a book. Write a letter using a pen and paper. Send a letter using a stamp and an envelope. Take a walk and leave your phone at home. Spend a night without TV, a computer, or a radio. Eat dinner at your dining table (use candles and make it extraordinary). Give someone a hug. Give yourself a hug! Compliment just because you can. Say please, thank you, and you’re welcome. Communicate by talking and as much as possible, talk face to face. Call me old fashioned, call me hypersensitive, call me whatever you like, but I believe the phrase “The reason I like texting is because I can communicate without having to talk to them” is a frightening commentary on the state of relationship and intimacy within our American culture. Pray and Meditate daily… it makes a difference. Listen to the Principle Living Broadcast hosted by Dirrick Williams Sundays at 7am on KRXA 540 A.M. Streaming at And each Sunday from 5 to 7pm Guys –Talk – Love With Dirrick Williams, Fred Jealous, and Brian Bajari KRXA 540 A.M.


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Happy Feet, Happy Roots The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

The nation that replenishes its soil replenishes itself. —Dana Goforth

By Rudolph Tenenbaum

Diggin’ It

Soil Composition

Soil (never say dirt), is made up of three elements: clay, sand, and organic matter. Each of these elements provides a different type of nutrient, which feed plants in various ways. The ratios of these components can vary widely. Sand, for instance, is finely ground up rock and contains little that a plant can assimilate. Most cacti will thrive in this type of soil, but will die a slow, rotting death if its feet are covered in too much moisture-retaining organic matter. Most other plants will wither and die when placed in soil in which the sand ratio is high. Very few plants can tolerate the dense, moisture laden properties of a primarily clay soil. In between these three primary elements are pockets know as “pore space” which contain air and water. Pore space can change seasonally and sometimes even daily. Many garden soils in Pacific Grove are predominately sand, and the regular addition of organic matter, such as compost, is recommended to retain moisture and to nourish the plants. In addition, sand has a minor abrasive quality and will “chew” through the matter faster than in a more balanced soil type.


The holy trinity of fertilizer is nitrogen, phosphorus, and potash: N-P-K. (The N and P are easy enough to remember: nitrogen and phosphorus; but the K for potash refers to its nomenclature from the periodic table of elements, potassium.) Pot ash refers to the traditional method of leaching wood ash for use in the garden and in making soap and glass. It’s derived from the Old Dutch word potaschen. All plants need N-P-K elements to survive. Nitrogen provides proteins and causes new growth. Phosphorous provides energy for the plant and facilitates flower growth and seed production. Potash improves water retention, aids in protein synthesis, and promotes strong stems. Commercial fertilizers are required to list these ingredients on their products, generally in numbers referring to the amount of N-P-K in the mixture. What they are not required to tell you is where the ingredients come from. Many cheap, synthetic fertilizers contain treated human waste (sewage sludge) or dredged sediment from the bottom of a canal (usually near industrial output or a port of call). The term sludge is not pretty so marketing people have changed it to “biosolids” or “activated compost.” Whatever the hell they call it, I don’t want this stuff in my garden especially on culinary plants. Major ewwww factor. Pay the extra few dollars and use quality, organic fertilizer. I think of soil in the same way as I think of plants, as a living being. Both are reliant on things outside their control, like fallen leaves, worm casings, water, and sunlight. However, a home garden, with non-native needs,

Poetry Bang!

Dana Goforth

My first experience in understanding the importance of soil was about 25 years ago. I was living in the downstairs unit of a home in the Oakland hills. Just outside my door were three terraces overgrown with weeds and littered with stuff the bachelors upstairs decided to throw out the bathroom window, giving a whole new meaning to disposable shavers. After cleaning up the yard, I forged into new gardening territory that included double-digging bed preparation. To amend the soil, I decided to use aged horse manure from the stables at Tilden Park. When I asked to borrow the pick-up from one of the bachelors, I neglected to inform him of my intention (payback!). With a load of manure and a really, really good spade, I worked for several days digging and amending the soil. My efforts paid off when several months later, my vegetable garden was robust and hearty. So much so that the borage was over four feet high and in full bloom… and the boys upstairs found alternative disposal methods! One afternoon, my friend, Sandy, brought her daughter, Page, over to pick tomatoes. Page was a towheaded, precocious 3 year-old and a delight in the garden. We decided to stick her in the monster borage patch and take photos. Haloed by the purple-blue flowers, she looked down and giggled uncontrollably. She was squishing the wet soil through her toes and sinking into to ground. “Happy feet!” she bubbled. Happy feet, happy roots. I’ve never forgotten the phrase.

Rudolph Tenenbaum

We spoke heart to heart. ‘Twas now time to part. requires special amendments. For the most part, I make my own fertilizers. Here’s a source for each component: Nitrogen: Alfalfa Meal, Blood Meal (steamed), Hoof and Horn Meal, and Fish Meal. Phosphorus: Bone Meal, Phosphate Rock, and/or Soft Phosphate (colloidal). Potash: Wood Ash, Green Sand or finely ground Crush Granite (use in moderation, can affect the pH of the soil).

Soil Modifiers

To further fine-tune your soil fertility, modifiers may be added directly to the soil or your compost pile. Calcium is a common need and is available in the form of dolomitic lime, gypsum, and crushed eggshells. However, only a professional soil test will indicate the requisite of calcium. All types of grass-fed animal manure are a good source of organic matter and also work as a fertilizer. Aged manure is a great source of nitrogen, as illustrated by my Oakland garden. Be mindful of how much is needed, however, unless you want a backdrop of nuclear plants to photograph a toddler in. Compost is one of the most essential soil modifiers and works on many levels. It holds moisture, improves drainage, neutralizes toxins, releases nutrients, and feeds the micro-biotic life below, specifically beneficial worms. Making your own compost is easy, but you must plan its location and be prepared to give it some attention. For smaller gardens, bulk organic compost (OMRI listed) is available in Marina at Last Chance Mercantile. Support local businesses I always say.


The definition of pH is a long and boring logarithm and makes my eyes cross. Simply put, a pH factor measures the hydrogen (H) ion activity in living things… ‘nuff said. All soils fall on the pH scale between acidity and alkalinity. Most vegetables grow best in slightly acidic soils. Camellias, rhododendrons, and many ferns thrive in extremely acidic soil; while lilacs (Syringa spp.), clematis spp., and some ceanothus spp., prefer a more alkaline pH. Again, professional soil testing is recommended before messing with this element of soil management.

“Good-bye!” She shut the door. The woman I adore. And thus the door was shut. Which was quite normal, but She shut it with a bang. It was the bang that rang. It was the bang that hurt And put on the alert. Not just the bang, the glimpse Of her unsmiling lips. Of her unsmiling eyes. Quite a surprise! Because a steady smile Was her established style. But, may be, in the bang There was no anger, no real hate, And everything was great. Then why the smileless mask? Of course, I wouldn’t ask. I wonder shut or slammed. I wonder blessed or damned. I wonder love or hate. I must investigate And find the sure sign. It’s hard to draw the line.

Feed the soil, not the plant

Fertilizers, soil modifiers, and the pH balance of the soil all work together. Altering one will affect the others, which of course will affect the well being of your plants. Use your instinct and let the plant tell you when it has happy feet or is in need of attention. Note: I’ve referred to professional soil testing a couple of times as opposed to home testing products. A professional test may give you too much information on your soil profile, while a do-it-yourself test may be limited to the N-P-K only. Know what you want to test for before purchasing a kit. Dana Goforth lives in Pacific Grove with five longhaired cats and an awesome vacuum cleaner. She is a writer, artist, and gardener. Her latest book, Hollow Reed Reiki I, was published last year. You can find out more about Dana at

Monterey Peninsula Gospel Choir seeks members

The Monterey Peninsula Gospel Community Choir is seeking new members. No audition is required. Founded in 2008, the choir is dedicated to promoting gospel training, education and entertainment in the form of local events. MPGCC rehearses every second and fourth Saturday at Monterey Peninsula College and accepts all adults willing to train and sing. The combined voices of the multifaith, multiethnic, multigenerational group represent Monterey County and other nearby cities. John Nash Jr., the group’s founder and leader, has worked in gospel music since his early days at Greater Victory Temple Church of God in Christ in Seaside. He has been involved in the Monterey Peninsula gospel world since he was 9 years old, and has worked with many legends of contemporary gospel music. Both John and co-director David Nash travel far and volunteer their time to train the choir. The choir is currently preparing for their annual concert culminating National Gospel Heritage Month in September and their annual Christmas Concert. The choir will also participate in a KSBW-TV telethon. For more information see

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Up and Coming Charity to hold two RaiseForWomen challenge parties, working for award Rising International will hold two Huffington Post RaiseForWomen Challenge Celebration parties for current and potential supporters. Rising International is the only California Central Coast competitor. All money raised helps the organization to help more women locally and globally. The competition ends on Thursday, June 6 but Rising International has already won several bonuses, including a $3,000 grant from The Skoll Foundation and a blog featured on Huffington Impact. Rising International has arranged for some very special priceless incentives to make the giving fun for donors. Incentives include the “Ultimate Santa Cruz Adventure Tour” with lunch and a visit with Hilary Bryant, Mayor of Santa Cruz; Carmel Jud, the founder of Rising International; and surf instructor Barry Green. Other prizes include a custom doll made for the donor by a widow in Afghanistan; a private concert by an African songstress; or a donor’s name or company name featured on a product tag as a sponsor; and much more. For more information about Rising International see www.risinginternational. org or call 429.RISE (7473). On Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rising International headquarters at 300 Portrero, Santa Cruz, the community is invited to stop by and shop at the Rising International Fair Trade Global Mercantile Store and donate to the RaiseForWomen Challenge. All attendees will enjoy complimentary refreshments. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a mirror handmade by women in their homes in India. Past and new supporters will be on hand to mingle and mix. Both men and women are welcome at this event. A similar event will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 Montrio Bistro Restaurant, 414 Calle Principal, Monterey. All attendees will enjoy appetizers courtesy of Montrio Bistrio. Anyone who donates $100 or more will receive a handmade mirror. Event is co-hosted by Elizabeth Panetta and Yani Azevedo. Men and women are welcome at this event. The RaiseForWomen Challenge is an initiative to help women-focused non-profits gain resources and recognition. The challenge is to raise the most money by

June 6 via the crowd funding platform, Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Rising International and its supporters are dedicated to helping reduce poverty, trafficking and other horrific conditions for women locally and globally through economic empowerment. By using the popular “home party” model, Rising International provides disadvantaged artisans from over 20 of the poorest countries access to the American market. By selling their beautiful hand-crafted products and fashion accessories at Rising Home Parties the artisans earn enough money to improve their living conditions and leave what were previously hopeless situations. These local women entrepreneurs acquire career building skills, including leadership, business, sales and presentation skills that help them obtain better jobs, in addition to earning life changing supplemental income. Former East Salinas resident Susana Camberos lost her brother to a drive-by-shooting. She used her earnings from her first three Rising International Home Parties to move her family to a safer neighborhood. Santa Cruz native Paula Smith earns an average of $30 per hour running her own Rising International Home Party business. A domestic violence and cancer survivor, Ms. Smith never imagined herself as a self-assured public speaker. Today you will often find her on stage at Rising International events sharing her triumphs and inspiring other women to believe in themselves. The Skoll Foundation, a partner in the RaiseForWomen Challenge, has agreed to pledge $50,000 in prizes for the three organizations that raise the most money by the deadline. The foundation is also giving an additional $25,000 for short-term goals throughout the challenge. Rising International won $3,000 by accomplishing the first short-term goal of securing 15 new donors from April 24 to May 6. For more information about Rising International see To donate to help Rising International win the RaiseForWomenChallenge visit To follow Rising International’s progress in the RaiseForWomenChallenge see

MPC Dance Department Returns to College Theatre After Two-Year Remodel The Monterey Peninsula College Dance Department presents its annual Spring Dance Concert Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be presented in the newly remodeled MPC Theatre, Morgan Stock Stage. This spring show features the works of a talented group of student choreographers, MPC faculty and MPC dance students. The show presents an eclectic variety of dance styles ranging from contemporary, jazz, tango, flamenco, swing, tap and belly dance. The concert enables MPC dance faculty and students to showcase their creative work in a formal setting. Faculty members presenting choreography include Laurie Groves, Alicia di Palma, Janet Butler and Jamaica Sinclair. Guest musicians include John Michael and David Holodiloff. This semester’s presentation will take place in the newly renovated MPC Theatre. After nearly two years of renovations, this season’s performers will benefit from the latest in theatre technology including lighting, sound and staging. Prices are $10 general, $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www. or at the door. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Heritage Society to hold lecture

PacRep to present ‘Glass Menagerie’ Pacific Repertory Theatre, the region’s only year-round professional theatre, continues its 2013 season with Tennessee Williams’ award winning classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” playing June 7 – 30 at the Golden Bough Theatre in Carmel. Haunted by the past, the present, and the looming future, the Wingfield family comes to life on the Golden Bough stage. Awarded Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, “Menagerie” is Williams’ most deeply personal play. The author of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” and arguably our nation’s most important playwright, Williams draws his characters with a sensitivity that is unmatched. The play has been called “one of the most beautiful dramas in American theatre.” The PacRep production, staged by Artistic Director Kenneth Kelleher, will feature company resident actress Julie Hughett as Amanda Wingfield, an opinionated southern belle who longs for her youth and dreams of a better life for her and her children, children she pushes to be more successful in life and love. When her son Tom (Equity actor Aaron Wilton), a would–be poet and the story’s narrator, brings home a gentleman caller (Chris Deacon), his troubled sister Laura (Nicolina Akraboff) is given a rare hope. Their chance meeting becomes one of the sweetest and most heartbreaking stories ever told. Williams’ masterpiece is a touching tale of lost dreams, family bonds and survival. The Glass Menagerie begins with one discount preview, Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m., and opens Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, June 9. Performances continue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m., weekends through June 30. Performances are at the Golden Bough Theatre, located on Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th avenues in Carmelby-the-Sea. Season FlexPasses are now available for up to 10 productions at $253 per subscription, a 35 percent savings over single ticket prices, or $182 for subscribers 65 years of age and older and $97 for students, teachers and military members. A variety of subscription plans are now available allowing the choice of three to 10 plays. Single tickets for all shows are on sale now. General admission single ticket prices range from $20 to $36 with discounts available for seniors over 65, students, children, teachers, and active military. The Pacific Repertory Theatre Box Office is located at the Golden Bough Playhouse on Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th avenues in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Business hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Telephone 622-0100 PacRep is supported by ticket sales, individual donations, special events, and grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, the Berkshire Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the STAR Foundation, the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, the Chapman Foundation, the Harden Foundation, and PG&E Company, among many others.

Meg Clovis, local historian On Friday, June 14, at 7 p.m., the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove will present “Lost Towns of Monterey County,” a lecture by local historian Meg Clovis, focusing on Monterey0 County places that once flourished but are largely lost to the sands of time. All proceeds will benefit the Heritage Society. The event will be held at the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, on the Pacific Grove Middle School campus at 835 Forest Avenue. Tickets are free for Heritage Society Members, $10 for non-members and $15 for non-member families and couples. Call 3722898 to order tickets or for more information. The Heritage Society is proud to present the talk by Meg Clovis, an acclaimed historian, author of two books on regional history, and an expert in Salinas Valley history. The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove was founded in 1975 and encourages the restoration and preservation of Pacific Grove’s historic buildings. The society strives to educate present day residents about local history and historic preservation. For more information call 372-2898 or email

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Up and Coming CAA presents June shows and events

Wolcott: “The Library”, Oil on canvas, 11x14

From June 6 through July 2 the Carmel Art Association features three new shows, with an opening reception on Saturday, June 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Oil painters Christine Crozier and Diane Wolcott will present “Two Views,” in which each artist demonstrates her distinct style and approach to figurative painting. Crozier’s loose, impressionistic and spontaneous canvases feature people placed in the landscape. Diane Wolcott has a penchant for depicting nuns with small children, painted in a miniature-like style. The situations Wolcott places them in are appealing and charming, portraying the innocence of an idyllic childhood. Wolcott says of her inspiration, “They’re situations and people that fit into the story the paintings tell. But you can write your own story. I’ve heard from many people over the years that the paintings remind them of things they did when they were children, good and bad.” In conjunction with their “Two Views” show, Crozier and Wolcott will also present a free painting demonstration and talk on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. Crozier will demonstrate her oil painting technique of rendering the figure, and Wolcott will talk about what inspires her and her inimitable painting style. In the June Gallery Showcase, Joseph Nordmann is showing landscapes in oil. Nordmann, who has just reached his 90th year, is featuring paintings he executed primarily on location in California, Oregon and Nevada. Howard Perkins, who became a CAA member in 2012, will be showing paintings and studies in oil of the Asilomar coastline. The CAA’s two newest artist members, who were selected in April, will be featured in the New Member Show. The gallery welcomes sculptor Chris Sawyer, who creates semi-abstract sculptures carved from exotic wood and stone, and painter Robert McIntyre, abstract watercolorist. The Carmel Art Association is located on Dolores Street between 5th & 6th Avenues and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit the CAA website or call 624-6176.

Perkins: “Fogbank at Twilight”, Oil on canvas, 10x13

Sawyer: “Empty Suit Chair”, alder, 11x14x19h

Crozier: “Birds of a Feather, Oil on canvas, 18x14

McIntyre: “Off Ramp VI”, watercolor, 28x34

Nordmann: “Impressions”, Oil on panel, 14x18

Special Kids Crusade to host casino night

One in 700 children is born with Down syndrome. One in 303 children is born with cerebral palsy. One in 50 children is born with autism. Having a child is always a gamble. For families with the one in six children born each year with some sort of developmental disability, every day presents special challenges. Special Kids Crusade helps “special families” by offering support, building awareness and developing resources so life isn’t so uncertain. This June, supporters can take a gamble to benefit Special Kids Crusade’s mission at their Special Kids Crusade Casino Night, being held on Friday, June 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey. Enjoy a buffet dinner, hosted wine bar, live music and, of course lots of casino fun. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sawyer: “Duet”, Canadian calcite, 16x8x8h

Film and Filmmaker Series Continues The Museum of Monterey will host the first public screening of parts two (“Summer Was Drunken”) and three (“Raw Deal”) of the five-part “Joe Cupcake Chronicles” on Sunday, June 9. The films will be presented in the 100-seat theater as part of MoM’s ongoing Film and Filmmaker Series. Writer, filmmaker and MoM executive director Mark Baer will be present at the reception prior to the screenings and afterwords to answer questions and greet guests. Joe Cupcake, existential everyman and creature of the

zeitgeist, ponders God, sex, art and guilt in these feature length videos comprised of music, collage, photography, video art and spoken word. “Raw Deal” will show at 1 p.m. “Summer Was Drunken” will be screened at 3 p.m. Admission is free to members; others pay $5., which includes admission to the museum. The museum is located at 5 Custom House Plaza in Monterey. For more information, please contact Mark Baer at 236-9922


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The Green Page Jobs available with CCC for area young people Looking for a job that gets you outdoors every day? There are openings now with the California Conservation Corps in Watsonville. The CCC has full-time opportunities for young men and women ages 18 to 25. All corps members are nonresidential, reporting to the CCC’s Pinto Lake facility in Watsonville at 7 a.m. each morning, Monday through Thursday. Deadline for entering in June is May 28. Openings are also available for July. For application information, call the CCC’s Phara Meng at 539-8526. CCC crews work throughout Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties on a variety of projects. They include trail building, fire hazard reduction, landscaping, weatherization, and wildlife habitat improvement and restoration. When natural disasters occur, corps members may be dispatched within hours to fires or floods. CCC Center Director Brenda BurksHerrmann said young people get multiple benefits when they join the Corps. “It’s a chance to develop a strong work ethic while working on natural resource proj-

ects right here in our local communities,” she said.” Corps members get great work experience that can lead to future careers.” Participants without high school diplomas will be enrolled in the John Muir Charter School and work toward graduating while in the CCC. Corps members can also earn scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $4,700, to continue their education after the Corps. Monterey Bay corps members have extensive training opportunities as well, ranging from tool use and chain saw operation to leadership classes, along with local internships with Central Coast Energy Services. The Monterey Bay Center is one of more than two dozen California Conservation Corps locations throughout the state. The CCC is a state agency created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 1976. Since that time, more than 115,000 young men and women have been a part of the Corps.

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Seal births are finished for the year: Pups leaving By Thom Akeman The harbor seals that live along the Pacific Grove shoreline seem to have finished bearing this year’s babies, and the adults have started working on next year’s generation. Dozens of healthy pups can still be seen on the beach alongside Hopkins Marine Station, but only a few are still nursing. The weaned ones tend to bunch together for a while, but they come and go on their own these days. It was relatively a good year with a total of 78 living pups seen from the Coastal Trail on a single day. That was off the higher counts of the past few years because of losses to natural factors and human interference this year. In all, there were 21 baby seals born on

the small beaches near the bottom of 5th Street, one on the main beach at Lovers Point and the rest on the permanently fenced beach at Hopkins. There will be more next year, probably starting some time in March. The numbers will generally depend on food supply in the ocean between now and then, and the beach and security provisions on land at the time. Meanwhile, if you see the small seals trying different beaches or rocks when they need rest, please don’t disturb them or try to pick them up. Such actions can result in the deaths of the pups and are against federal law. If you think there’s a problem, please 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 any necessary action.

Paola Berthoin to lead hike and reflective art making at Garland Park

Carmel Valley artist Paola Berthoin will lead a special Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District “Let’s Go Outdoors” hike on Saturday, June 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. starting at the Garland Ranch Regional Park Visitor Center. She will lead a gentle hike followed by readings from the IPPY-award-winning book, “Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed.” She will invite attendees to sketch, write and draw a sensory map of their experience. The event is open to all ages and is free of charge. Participants should bring a journal and drawing materials and meet at the park’ visitor center which is approximately 8.6 miles from Highway 1 on Carmel Valley Road, or one mile west of Los Laureles Grade. To register, go to www.mprpd. org. For more information, call 372-3196. Berthoin’s book will be available for sale prior to the class at the Wildflower Show held that same day at the park. “Passion for Place” was designed and published by Berthoin. Co-edited by John Dotson, Laura Bayless and Paola Berthoin, the book features stories, poems, and essays by members of the Carmel River Watershed community, plus paintings, photographs, and drawings. From the top of the watershed out to the ocean, the anthology captures the importance of water and nature, their beauty and serenity, and their capacity to inspire creativity. The book and CD reveal the collective power that stories, art and nature have to connect people with each other. In the tradition of John Muir and Rachel Carson, Berthoin and her colleagues are heralding the significance of reconnecting to the natural world. In 1999, the Carmel River was determined to be one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States by the organization American Rivers. The plight of the federally-listed Carmel River steelhead and threatened red-legged frog are but two species dependent on a healthy Carmel River, and are catalysts, in part, for creating this book.

St. Mary’s to hold Mega-Stash Yarn

St. Mary’s Church will hold a one-day yarn store mega-stash sale on Saturday, June 8 from noon until 4 p.m. A large amount of yarn as well as books, kits, magazines, buttons, needles and finished sweaters will be available for purchase. The yarn will be sold as lots of 8-12 skeins, many in original packaging. Yarn featured includes Rowan, Peer Gynt, Falcon, Jamiesons, Alice Starmore, Jaeger, Takhi, Annie Blatt, Bernat, Pingouin, Jo Sharp, Panda, Fleischers, Sofil, New Zealand Aran and others. For more information call 373-4441. The church is located at 146 12th Street.

May 31, 2013 • CEDAR STREET

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The Green Page Environmental news and views Green news from around the world

A team of scientists recently conducted tests to determine what potentially hazardous materials are leaching out of lithium-ion batteries after disposal. They found that li-ion batteries meet the federal government’s definitions of hazardous waste because of their lead content. Under California standards, the batteries would additionally be classified as hazardous for cobalt, copper, and nickel. The report emphasizes “the need for stronger government policy at the local, national, and international levels to encourage recovery, recycling, and reuse of lithium battery materials.”

By Cameron Douglas

The ZENN crowd

There is a startup car manufacturer in Canada making electric cars called ZENN – Zero Emission No Noise. Priced to sell starting at $12,000, the ZENN is larger than the stubby Smart Car, with considerably more load capacity for those all-day shopping trips. The ZENN’s current top speed is 25 mph, with a range of about 40 miles. “Our initial car is an urban-core, neighborhood type vehicle,” ZENN owner/CEO Ian Clifford explains during an interview on Canada’s Rick Mercer Report. “So instead of firing up your V-8 or V-6, you know, you get in your ZENN car, you go shopping, you go drop the kids off at school…and you plug it in wherever you can plug in your cell phone.” The benefits are considerable, states Clifford. “You can hear birds singing while you drive it…if you drive an electric car, you eliminate six tons of CO2 emissions a year.” The ZENN car is sold all over the world, and people are buying them in the U.S. Trouble is, they’re not street-legal in most of Canada – at least, not yet. In St. Jerome, Quebec, Clifford continues to make ZENN cars while battling with a bureaucracy that blocks the cars’ sale in most of their own country of origin. So far, British Columbia is the first and only province to allow ZENN cars on the road, with each province deciding on its own whether to follow suit.

Smart urban growth

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that urban sprawl is consuming the American countryside at a rate of 365 acres per hour. These newly developed communities are frequently cleared of most vegetation. That, combined with an influx of cars driving from A to B have contributed tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases. So-called “smart growth” brings a different approach to developing new communities, with homes and businesses mixed together in a pleasantly walkable configuration. Photo-editing software can take a barren street and virtually plant trees while illustrating more efficient traffic patterns, parking, and use of space. “Smart growth is about returning to the principles

Wait! That old stuff is still useful

that once made America’s big cities and small towns great places to live.” Here in Pacific Grove, one might say we are ahead of our time.

Building a better light bulb

Voiced by actor Tom Hanks as his character’s reason for “Saving Private Ryan,” improvements in artificial lighting have been pursued by generations of engineers and inventors as a path to notable achievement. Such efforts got a major kick-start when several governments around the world passed measures to phase out incandescent lighting in favor of more energy-efficient designs. Brazil and Venezuela started their incandescent phase-out programs in 2005, with the Eu-

ropean Union, Switzerland and Australia following in 2009. Other nations have implemented new energy standards or scheduled phase-outs for 2014, including Argentina, Russia and Canada for 2012, and the United States and Malaysia for 2014. If incandescent bulbs are your preferred method of lighting, get them while you can because one day they will be gone. Meanwhile, compact fluorescent light bulbs, the favored high-efficiency replacements for incandescent lighting, continue to generate health concerns. CFL’s are found to emit higher levels of blue and ultraviolet light, aggravating symptoms in some people who are light-sensitive. And like all fluorescent lighting, CFL’s contain mercury vapor. Because of concerns about mercury going into landfills, it is unlawful to dispose of CFL’s as general waste in California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Many home supply stores will recycle CFL’s.

Battery bummer

Lithium-ion batteries power many things, from smartphones to components on new jetliners. These mainstays of electronics have grown to an annual industry of $8 billion. Science Daily reports that the batteries’ 2-4 year life span makes them a major contributor to electronic waste, which is already the fastest growing form of solid waste on the planet.

Green America urges people to be thorough about recycling, and lists “10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle”: Appliances. Goodwill accepts them, in working order. Athletic shoes. Nike’s “Reuse-aShoe” program turns old athletic shoes into playground and athletic flooring. Batteries, both rechargeable and single-use. Clothes. Even if they’re stained and worn out, they can still be used for animal bedding. Compact fluorescent light bulbs. Take them to an IKEA store. Computers and electronics. Responsible recyclers are listed at pledge/Locations.html/ Eyeglasses can be reground and given to people in need. Check with your local Lion’s Club, or nearest eye care chain location. Foam packing is usually accepted at pack-and-ship locations. Call 1-800-8282214 for locations. Ink/toner cartridges. Recycleplace. com pays $1 each. 10. Donate cell phones. will refurbish your old phone and sell it to someone in a developing country. Also, the Call to Protect organization reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims. Please send comments and suggestions for future Green Pages to cameron@

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725 Jessie Street

3051 Larkin Rd.

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 $525,000

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Arleen Hardenstein (831) 915-8989


Pacific Grove Tastefully updated 4-5 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,800 sq. ft., single level home with newer kitchen, bamboo floors, enclosed sunroom, master suite with private bath and a two car garage. Guest quarters with full bath, deck and separate entrance off alley.

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Pacific Grove NEW LISTING! Great remodel opportunity. 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home in the heart of Candy Cane lane awaits your personal touch. Wood floors, fireplace, French doors, Wedgewood stove, large lot with patios, decks and storage shed. Helen

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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.


930 14th Street

Ricardo Azucena (831) 917-1849

988 Madison St.






Monterey This one level 3 bedroom, 2 bath home sits on a large lot in a great neighborhood close to TJ’s, Hwy 68, Cannery Row and Hilltop Park. New interior paint, carpet and vinyl, lots of windows, detached garage w/off-street parking. Ready for your own touches!

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1246 Prescott Avenue

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Market SnapShot (as of May 28, 2013) Pacific Grove Single Family

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