Rancho Santa Fe, Sept. 24, 2010

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A Ranch woman preserves the memories of people’s loved ones 5 through video


Teens, Dreams and Jeans — an equestrian team penning event to benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy — took place Sept. 11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The event was held to benefit the 140 foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Along with the team

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New year, new digs for Rowe school


COWGIRL Above, Rancho Santa Fe resident Karen Ventura headed up the VIP Auction and Cocktail Reception before the event. Photos by Daniel Knighton


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HAT’S OFF Right, Rancho Santa Fe resident Savannah Mossy and Fallbrook resident Lucas Grizzle pause for a photo while on their way to the snack bar.

RANCHO SANTA FE — With about 700 students and a brand new $37 million state-of-the-art facility, the 2010 school year is “off to a great start,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said at the Sept. 9 Rancho Santa Fe School District board of directors meeting, the group’s first gathering in the completely rebuilt R. Roger Rowe School. “It was a great opening,” Delaney said about the first day of classes on Sept. 7. “We’re more than thrilled to be in the position that we’re in.” There were, however, a TURN TO ROWE ON 24

Association outlines its goals for Residents contribute to Garden Club’s Harvest Dinner long term GIDDYUP Rancho Santa Fe resi-

dent Hap Hansen, former champion Grand Prix rider and horse trainer.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — “We asked them to bring their own food. We asked them to bring their own beverage and we asked them to bring money — and they did it,” said a delighted Helen DiZio, president of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. At least 155 supporters came to the Harvest Dinner held at the club on Sept. 18 to help raise funds for the club’s activities. DiZio, who took over as president in June, was thrilled at the turnout. “The Garden Club has had competition with the Tennis Club, Golf Clubs and Community Center in recent years, but people want to come back to the Garden Club and it has a beautiful facility,” she said. “It’s a place for everyone and you don’t have to have special (athletic) skills to be a member.” Each person was asked to provide their own table decorations, bring a dish to share, their own beverage and their own meat. On hand were four “grill masters,” manning the grill, cooking to order for

SAY CHEESE! Carol Streeter prepares cheese and crackers. Photo by Patty McCormac

“I have a Ph.D in B.S.,” Boyce said. the guests. Blakely said his law degree did not Grill masters Jim Boyce, Steve DiZio, Steve Pierson and John Blakely qualify him, but taking orders from his were grilled about their qualifications TURN TO GARDEN ON 22 and training to earn the title.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association determined and prioritized goals during a recent retreat that will have an effect on Rancho Santa Fe in the coming years. They were presented at the Association’s Sept. 16 meeting. They are: — Continue on the construction of a new patrol facility — Review the Open Space Program — Determine a way to communicate with members via e-mail — Evaluate document filing and storage — Upgrading the Association website — Police and security — Work closely with TURN TO GOALS ON 23


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SEPT. 24, 2010

Actor found guilty of stabbing



LEAD STORY Civilization in Decline: “Tom Tom,” a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was laid to rest at the Oakland Cemetery in Monticello, Ark., in March, even though he was in good health. His owner, Donald Ellis, had just passed away but had left explicit instructions that he wanted Tom Tom buried along with him, and not later on, because he felt that no one could love Tom Tom as much as he did. Ellis’ reluctant family finally took Tom Tom to a veterinarian, who tried to change their minds but ultimately acquiesced and euthanized the dog out of fear that they would put him down anyway, less humanely.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit! — Unlikely Successes: (1) In July, the world’s largest four-day rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, released a signature-brand men’s cologne, Let’er Buck, to mark the company’s 100th anniversary. A spokesman claimed that the $69-a-bottle product has the fragrance of “sensuous musk and warm sandalwood.” (2) Thai Airways announced in June that it would begin selling seven curry sauces directly from its airline food menu in take-out shops in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai. — Shaking Up the Condom Market: (1) The Swiss government announced in March that it would help bring to market “extra”-small condoms for boys as young as 12. (The decrease in circumference from a “standard” condom would be about 5/16th of an inch.) (2) The Washington Post reported in May that high school and college-age adults had complained that condoms given away by the District of Columbia’s HIVprevention program were of too-low quality and that the city should spring for deluxe Trojan Magnums (in goldcolored packaging, giving them, said a city official, “a little bit of the bling quality”). — In July, the prominent BrewDog brewery in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, began producing the world’s strongest (and most expensive) beer, called The End of History, which is 55 percent alcohol and sells for 500 pounds ($780) a bottle. As if to enrage both anti-alcohol and animal-welfare activists, BrewDog released the first 12 bottles taxidermally inserted inside the carcasses of roadkill (seven ermines, four squirrels and a rabbit). Said company founder James Watt, BrewDog aims to “elevate the status of beer in our culture.” — At least two employees at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, Calif., were accused in May of carrying on a makeshift “beauty salon” inside the facility’s TURN TO ODD FILES ON 20

By Shelli DeRobertis

talizing dinner, live entertainment, exciting auctions and a great way to learn more about making a difference for the animals in your community. “This event is about acknowledging the achievements that the organization has made in helping animals in need for the last 50 years

A guilty verdict of premeditated attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon was reached Sept. 16 in the jury trial of actor Shelley Malil, 45, who was accused of a brutal stabbing of his exgirlfriend in her San Marcos home two years ago that left her nearly dead. Malil, who played a comedic role of a store clerk in “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” was acquitted of a burglary charge. Deliberations began Sept. 15 after more than three weeks of court testimony. The next day a juror was replaced by Judge Harry Elias in the afternoon, but the reconstituted jury came to a decision in only a few hours. Malil faces 14 years to life in prison, according to Prosecutor Keith Watanabe. The maximum sentence for the charges is 14 years to life, he said. He added that the minimum is as low as seven years to life. Malil’s sentencing is set for Nov. 18. Watanabe said during a telephone interview on Sept. 20 that he was very pleased with the guilty verdict. “His decision to testify was a bad one,” he said of Malil. “He might as well have jumped into a coffin and nailed it shut.” According to reports, testimony revealed that Malil had met Kendra Beebe, a mother of two who was 36 at the time, through the Internet and the two had dated sporadically for one year before the August 2008 attack. Malil is accused of driving from Los Angeles to Beebe’s house and attacking her in back-toback attacks with a knife while she was in the backyard with a male companion. Watanabe said that it was a miracle Beebe survived being stabbed 23 times. “This case you would expect to result in a homicide,” he said. A doctor’s testimony said that if the knife had gone in a millimeter more, in various places on Beebe’s body, it would have killed her, Watanabe said. He said the jury was smart and logical and that Malil’s testimony was ridiculous and unbelievable. Malil took the stand because it was his only real way to tell his story of selfdefense, Watanabe said. “The idea he needed to stab someone 23 times in self-defense is ridiculous,”



ACTION! Bob Anderson, right, interviews Les Richter on “Sportfolio with Bob Anderson.” Richter was a linebacker, guard and kicker for the Los Angeles Rams from 1954 to 1962. Courtesy photo

Local resident honored by TV Academy By Bianca Kaplanek

A former Del Mar resident who helped pioneer the format for TV-magazine shows was acknowledged this year by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Lt. Col. Robert H. Anderson, who passed away Oct. 29, 2009, at the age of 91, is recognized on the In Memoriam database on the Emmys.tv website for his work as a host, producer, writer and editor in the early days of television. Anderson began his TV career in the 1950s while living in Davis, Calif., and working as a farm adviser for the Department of Agriculture. Seeing the new medium as an effective way to distribute industry information, he produced and hosted “Farm and Home News.” Show guests such as legislators, farmers and equipment manufacturers dis-

TALK TELEVISION Former Del Mar resident Bob Anderson, right, chats with former California Lt. Gov. Harold Powers during Anderson’s “Farm and Home News” TV show in the 1950s. Courtesy photo

cussed the latest policies, developments and technologies in agriculture. In time the program grew to include weather and sports reports, cooking demonstrations and live coverage of local events. It eventually spun off

into “Sportfolio with Bob Anderson,” a half-hour sports show. Anderson also helped create the children’s show “K.C. and C.C.” Anderson’s lifetime successes, however, extend far beyond his Hollywood

achievements. He was born in Connecticut, grew up in San Diego and graduated from the UC Davis. His successful career as a college quarterback earned him offers from three professional football teams, but after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he instead joined the Marine Corps and served as a fighter pilot during World War II. Anderson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and three air medals for his heroism during the war, and his squadrons have been computer generated in the movie “Flags of Our Fathers,” the History Channel series “Dogfights” and other productions. After the war Anderson returned to Davis, where he TURN TO ACADEMY ON 27

Transportation fix more than just wide highway By Wehtahnah Tucker

Few people would argue that something needs to be done about the increasing traffic gridlock clogging the county’s main road arteries, specifically Interstate 5. However, at a town hall meeting on Sept. 13, the majority of attendees —approximately 350 residents — didn’t like the options that were presented. “I came in to the meeting

wanting to learn more about the expansion plans and now I want to know how to stop it,” said Eloise McKinley, an Encinitas resident. “From what I can see, they (Caltrans) are going to pave paradise and it’s still going to be a parking lot just like it is now.” The meeting was organized by a handful of environmental groups including the San Diego Chapter of the

Sierra Club, the citizens group Prevent Los Angeles Gridlock Usurping Environment and Citizens Against Freeway Expansion, or CAFÉ as it is commonly known. A common theme during the meeting was that the $4.5 billion freeway expansion plan is narrowly focused and does not consider alternative transportation methods. Plans call for widening the

coastal freeway, which is now eight lanes in most places, by four or six lanes from La Jolla to Oceanside. The draft environmental reports for the project — 9,000 pages of technical documents — were released in early July by the California Department of Transportation, which, in concert with the Federal TURN TO TRANSPORTATION ON 25

Rancho Coastal gala ‘A Salute to Heroes’ Don’t miss this year’s Rancho Coastal Humane Society gala, which commemorates its 50 years of history in nurturing animals in need. Everyone is invited to celebrate from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Del Mar Country Club, as it salutes the heroes that have helped Rancho Coastal Humane Society in its journey. The event is sponsored

by EDCO Waste & Recycling Services, The Ross Family Legacy Foundation, SNUG Pet Resort and The Drake Center for Veterinary Care. The event will present highlights from Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s 50-year history and will benefit five different programs of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, including the organization’s medical fund,

Animal Safehouse Program, Education Program and others. Jason Austell of KNSD, NBC 7-39, will emcee this year’s event, which honors T. Boone and Madeleine Pickens for their vast contributions and efforts to help animals across the country. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and raffle hour followed by a tan-



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Disgraced leader’s plight reflects on us Just when we thought we were safe from ever having to think about him again, Randall C. “Duke” Cunningham has resurfaced. Halfway through his 100month prison sentence for what prosecutors called crimes “unprecedented for a sitting member of Congress,” the disgraced former member of the U.S. House of Representatives whose 50th District encompassed a large swath of North County is back in the news. He wrote a chatty letter to one newspaper that asked how he was doing and he pleaded in another that his sentencing judge rescue him from spending the rest of his days in abject poverty. That would be because the Internal Revenue Service wants to collect back taxes, interest and penalties on the $2.4 million Cunningham collected in bribes. The Duke says that he never


BRUCE KAUFFMAN Not That You Asked would have agreed to his plea deal if he knew the tax collectors would come after him so rapaciously and he’d have to shell out more than the $1.8 million ordered in restitution. The IRS is after $1.3 million more. The whole mess is a queasy combination of pathos, bathos and chutzpa, the latter a versatile Yiddish word for nerve, unmitigated gall. In one of two letters that have made news, the Duke suggests to San Diego’s CityBeat that he’s finding redemption by TURN TO ASKED ON 27

Community garden in Encinitas? Months in the planning

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It’s time to quit the plastic bag habit By Celia Kiewit

Sadly, AB 1998 failed to pass the California State Senate. Among the objectors to the Bag Ban are pet owners who rely on plastic bags for pooper-scooping. If I love my pet, why would I object to picking up behind it with paper instead of plastic? A piece of junk mail that would otherwise go straight from the mailbox to the dumpster is an excellent choice for cleaning up behind Rover. Another objection is about bacteria. Like most Europeans, I haven’t used a plastic bag in years and have yet to be threatened by germs lurking in my

reusables or in my immense inventory of paper bags that will last me for the rest of my life. I have a stash of them, as do most of us, clean and ready to carry whatever I need, as long as I remember to take them into the store. And, I get a 5 cent credit when I do so. Unless it’s a gift bag for a special occasion, I won’t pay for a bag. Never have, never will. But I need plastic bags to line my trash cans! I used to think so, until I quit cold turkey. What’s the big deal about lining the trash can? Put food scraps in the TURN TO PLASTIC ON 27

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The Flower Capital may soon have a community garden where poinsettias once bloomed. After a year of searching, the city’s Community Garden Committee, headed by Gordon Smith, has reached an agreement with Encinitas Union School District to use a five-acre parcel on the district’s Quail Garden Drive property. It will have first dibs on fruits and vegetables harvested there. Great for the kids. Home Town Farms has a piece of the action. Congrats to all concerned.

Red light turn fines State electeds are looking at the stiff fines being imposed on folks who don’t make a complete stop when turning right against red light cameras and getting their pictures taken. Some cities see these fines as a good source of revenue even though they share it with the camera owners. Motorists who have been pinched say it’s about time to investigate. George Hejduk of Cardiff has criticized the fine at council meetings.

Not the best time

There appear to be fewer car ads but deluge of mattress sales. With everyday low prices on these BILL items it should encourage folks to ARBALLO spend more time in the sack and less on I-5 creating more pollution Eye on the Coast and contributing to the high price launch a project but folks who are of petrol. expected to look into the future believe the best time to plan tomor- Cash for trash row’s quality education is today. Folks wanna know if there’s no Can’t dispute that. Give your finan- money in trash why Waste cial support. Management has offered to pay (yes, pay) the city of O’side a franRecycling center chise to pick up residents’ trash and Quietly and without fanfare or rubbish for more than $1 mil. every advance notice the recycling station year plus a one-time $1 mil. providon Jimmy Durante Boulevard adja- ed the agreement is for 13 years? cent to the bridge was closed. It had The company has been the rubbish collected material for decades with hauler for a coppla decades and the blessing of the Surfside City, provides the service from containwhich prides itself in boosting recy- ers to heavy duty trucks. cling. Sign now advises stuff can be taken to C’bad, a 28-mile round trip. Beautifying public

Outdoor flick night Family outdoor movie nite launched Sept. 25 at Shores Park on 9th Street in the Surfside City is a great idea. First screening was “180 South,” about ocean sports and climbing.

works yard Rachelle Collier sez volunteers are being recruited for a community tree planting day Oct. 23 at the Flower Capital’s new public works yard from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Public Works is planning to plant 25 trees in celebration of Arbor Day. More skinny on the event by calling (760) 633-2840.

Fundraiser by Cal State San Marcos izzn’t the best time to Ethics & council electeds Flower Capital mayor sez “he didn’t know” that two of his actions Deserved selection were possible ethics violations. Craig Fravel, Del Mar Contact a Reporter Attendance by all electeds to a Thoroughbred Club’s prexy and CARLSBAD mandatory ethics class maybe general manager, has been elected ALYX SARIOL would have avoided the pickle he asariol@coastnewsgroup.com may be in now. TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 27 DEL MAR / SOLANA BEACH BIANCA KAPLANEK bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com ENCINITAS WEHTAHNAH TUCKER wtucker@coastnewsgroup.com OCEANSIDE PROMISE YEE pyee@coastnewsgroup.com RANCHO SANTA FE PATTY MCCORMAC pmccormac@coastnewsgroup.com SAN MARCOS / VISTA editor@coastnewsgroup.com CRIME / COURTS SHELLI DEROBERTIS sderobertis@coastnewsgroup.com PHOTOGRAPHER DANIEL KNIGHTON dan@pixelperfectimages.net


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SEPT. 24 MUSIC WALK Part of the seventh annual Carlsbad Music Festival will be held from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The Village Music Walk kicks off at the Carlsbad Village Train Station. All of the venues are within a 3minute walk of each other and audience members can create their own music experience by choosing which events to attend. E-mail info@carlsbadmusicfestival.o rg to learn more.

SEPT. 25 BARGAIN BOOKS The Friends of Carmel Valley Branch Library will have a bargain book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 on the front patio of the library, 3919 Townsgate Drive. Support the library by purchasing books, tapes, videos, and assorted treasures. Call (858) 552-1668 to learn more. HELPING OUT A nonprofit group will be host a fundraising benefit gala Sept. 25, Rancho Santa Fe. The gala will help out Anastasia J. who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Entertainment includes jazz great Michael Paulo and his band, in addition to a sit down dinner, comedy and magic, an open bar, and a silent auction. Cost is $100 per couple. Call (424) 204-5919 or visit www. wix.com/eightpak/4anastasia for reservations. SO


Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association and Jeans4Justice will present the 3rd annual Encinitas Lifestyles Fashion Show from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25, 710 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. This community event highlights local fashion designers, boutiques, salons, artists and models. Visit www.encinitas101.com and www.jeans4justice.com for details.

SEPT. 26 THE GOOD LIFE The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th annual Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26, Mountain Vista Drive between El Camino Real and Wandering Road, Encinitas. The festive and popular event annually draws 30,000 to celebrate the Oktoberfest and will feature authentic German food, beer garden, bands, dancing, and 100 plus TURN TO CALENDAR ON 20



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Stranger RANCH PROFILES approaches in Keeping history alive with video keepsakes child the Ranch Do you know of a Ranch resident or organization that would make an interesting Ranch Profile? E-mail suggestions to editor@coastnewsgroup.com and use Ranch Profile as the subject.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Debra Mann believes that every senior has a story to tell, especially those who lived in the 1930s and 1940s before World War II and during the Great Depression. Through her business Lifetime History Videos, Mann videotapes people’s life stories that become priceless family keepsakes for generations to come. In her seventh year of the business, Mann calls it her “part-time job,” but it is more a labor of love and the opportunity for people to make history come alive through their own stories. She said these days the Great Depression is given only a few paragraphs in history books, but once the story is told by someone who lived through it, it becomes very real to a new generation. “Most of the people I speak to and interview had very different lives especially as children,” Mann said. “What it was like to be a 10year-old then and a 10-yearold now are quite different. They worked after school. That was generally a given. The money you made you gave to your parents and most of the jobs were not easy.” “No one picked them up in a fancy car and took them to gymnastics,” she said. “They were lucky if they had a bike and it was rarely new. The most important thing is they were never bored. There was no TV, no

LIVING HISTORY Deb Mann is a video biographer who documents the life histories of seniors for the generations to come. Photo by Patty McCormac

phone, not even a radio, but some very brilliant minds came out of this period of time in the 1930s and ’40s before the war.” She said she has had a passion for senior citizens since the age of 16. She went on to get her masters degree in social work so that she could work with them, which she did, mostly as an advocate who made sure they were given the services available to them. They would tell her stories and she realized their family had never heard the story and probably never

would unless the stories were documented. “I brought a camera with me so I could create a video legacy for the person, so the children could watch and find out about things they had no idea about, that they are not the first person to do something, they are the last ones to do it,” she said. She said since the nuclear family is a thing of the past and the divorce rate is more than 50 percent, family history has become as fragmented as the family. “Children are pulled

School book fair features local heroes RANCHO SANTA FE — The R. Roger Rowe School Book Fair Book Fair is coming from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 through Oct. 15, at 5927 La Granada, Room 203 next to the library. This year’s theme celebrates heroes and the fact that heroes come in all types and can be found in and out

of books. Love of reading is the ultimate goal. Literacy — the ability to read, write and understand — is the pathway to success and the ultimate superpower. The weeklong celebration of books helps lay the foundation for tomorrow’s heroes, the students. The goal is to put books in the hands of every student

and to earn new books for the library and classrooms and purchase a new book-drop box. The Book Fair is a great way to connect kids with the books they want to read, instill the love of reading and promote literacy. Parents and TURN TO BOOK FAIR ON 25

apart,” she said. “Christmas is at one of the parents’ house and Thanksgiving is someplace else. We are stretched all over the world.” Mann said she could see that fewer people were able to pass on their wisdom, either by telling their families or writing memoirs. “This is a viewing generation,” she said. “I call myself a video biographer. I capture the essence of a person. It is not fancy there are no fancy frills. I feel this generation is not about fancy.” Mann, 56 and a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Business and Professional Woman’s Association, said she got the idea for her business because of her motherin-law. “I knew she had been married once before, but I did not know what had happened,” she said. “I asked her if she had gotten divorced and she told me that her husband had been murdered. He was one of 40 Jewish factory workers in Palestine in the 1930s who had committed no crime, but they were stoned and bludgeoned to death because of their religious beliefs.” Mann said she has sat with people ages 65 to 102 and everyone has a story. Many people might say their life has been quite unremarkable and would not make a very good story, but Mann does not believe TURN TO KEEPSAKES ON 27

RANCHO SANTA FE — An alert was sent out to all parents of students of Solana Santa Fe School, 6570 El Apajo, on Sept. 9 after an incident was reported after school hours on the playground. During soccer practice Sept. 7, a 5-year-old girl reported to her father that she had seen a man with blond, curly hair, wearing a dark jacket, “hiding” behind a shed on the upper playground. The man reportedly asked the girl if she wanted to see his bunny. The child immediately reported the incident to her father who was on the soccer field. Principal Julie Norby reminded parents of the safety procedures at the school. Each morning before students and staff arrive, a plant foreman does a security sweep of the entire playground and all buildings. All staff members are trained to look for anything unusual and to report any “suspicious” activity to the office. All visitors are required to check in at the office and wear a visitor badge while on campus. Whenever students are on the playground during school times, there is adult supervision spread across all areas of the playground. She reminded all parents who use the fields on the weekends or after school that the playground is an open public space and not monitored by school staff. It is very important that the children have close supervision, just as at any public park. Norby suggested a review of basic “stranger danger” rules with your children.


SEPT. 24, 2010


Chelsea’s Law signed; residents approve


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SUPER SHOPPERS Solana Beach moms Christina Hall and Jody Schneider have launched Lauren Brandal, a concierge shopping service, and will be hosting a Fall Trunk Show on Sept. 30 at their studio, 506 Pacific Ave. in Solana Beach. Courtesy photo

Super shoppers offer fashion the easy way “It all started when I got some birthday money last year and asked Christina (Hall) to help me with my wardrobe,” Jody Schneider, a former public relations vice president and mother of two, said. “She surprised me by

pulling clothes from shops all around town and styling me out.” Hall, a media planning account director and also a mother of two, was excited to draw upon her ability to spot trends and her love for shop-

ping and she was ready for the challenge. After just one session identifying Schneider’s look and another shopping together, she created a new, TURN TO SHOPPERS ON 27

Program offers senior citizen services By Bianca Kaplanek

In an effort to help elderly residents remain independent for as long as possible, Del Mar Community Connections, or DMCC, is launching a new program Jan. 1 that will provide

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senior, DMCC board member Terry Sinnott said during a presentation at the Sept. 13 City Council meeting. The program will provide household services such as repairs and housecleaning and concierge services that include a personal shopper,friendly visits, trusted referrals to DMCC partners, activity planning, volunteer opportunities, individual transportation to appointments and record keeping. Unlike other DMCC programs, In-Home Connections will charge participants a nominal fee to help subsidize the cost of providing those services. Sinnott said the initial goal is to register 20 seniors. The cost will be $50 a month, TURN TO SERVICES ON 25

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One strike and violent child sex predators are out of the walks of life as they know it. Recently Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1844, “Chelsea’s Law,” which stemmed from the rape and murder of Poway High School senior Chelsea King by registered sex offender John Gardner in March. The new law enforces a life sentence without the possibility of parole for forcible sex acts against minors younger than 14. During the signing on Sept. 9, Schwarzenegger addressed a small crowd at the Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion where he was accompanied by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and Brent and Kelly King, according to a release from the governor’s office. The bill was authored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, and also tightens parole guidelines for sex offenders and requires lifelong tracking of certain sex offenders. Prior to the murders of both Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, Gardner was released from prison after serving five years of a sixyear term for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in his parents’ Rancho Bernardo home where he had been living at that time, according to previous reports from The Coast News. Gardner was paroled in 2005 with minimal GPS monitoring, and given probation until 2008. Less than five months after Gardner completed his probation, Amber Dubois was murdered. On April 16, Gardner pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of Amber Dubois and Chelsea King, and is serving two life terms in prison. At the Vista Courthouse on Tuesday, Lori Mason, 83, of San Marcos, said she was familiar with the rapes and murders of both King and Dubois, and glad to hear of the new Chelsea’s Law. For crimes such as TURN TO CHELSEA’S LAW ON 25

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Chinese medicine ENCINITAS — Encinitas resident and acupuncturist Charles Moss, author of “Power of the Five Elements: The Chinese Medicine Path to Healthy Aging and Stress Reduction,” will offer a seminar for p hy s i c i a n s only Oct. 21 through Oct. 24 at the CHARLES MOSS Courtyard Marriott in Solana Beach.

Girl Scout run COAST CITIES — San Diego families are invited to join local Girl Scouts at the New Day 5K and Sharp Health Expo on Sept. 26. Participants will run or walk the scenic 5K or one-mile courses along De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Park. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the one-mile event at 8:30 a.m. Register at www. sdgirlscouts.org/5k. Entry fees range from $15 to $30. For more information, contact Rea de la Cruz at (619) 610-0739.

Gridiron scores COAST CITIES — The San Luis Rey football league reported its scores for its first two weeks of play. Freshman, 8 and under: Coach Rodney Rich, Trojans 27 — Rim of the World Scots 0. Trojans 13 — Adelanto Raiders 0. Coach Keith So’oto, Trojans 6 — Moreno Valley Ravens 6.Trojans 26 - Terriers 0. Sophomores, 10 and under: Coach James Harmon, Trojans 20 — Rim of the World Scots 12. Trojans 0 — Adelanto Raiders 12. Coach Barry Morgan, Fallbrook Warriors 0 — Moreno Valley Ravens 34. Warriors 0 — Redlands Terriers 34. Juniors, 12 and under: Coach Dan Armentrout, Trojans 60 — Rim of the World Scots 0. Trojans 31 — Adelanto Raiders 6. Coach Rob Nakamoto, Fallbrook Warriors 12 — Moreno Valley Ravens 21. TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON 26



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Teen girls get nearly 20 years for attempted murder By Shelli DeRobertis

Two teenage girls were both sentenced to more than 17 years in state prison on Sept. 16 for the brutal attempted murder of their fellow eighth-grader. Karina Amador, 15, was sentenced to 18 years and four months by Vista Judge Runston Maino. Jovana Gudino, also 15, was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison.

In July both girls admitting to attacking the victim in her own home on May 3, 2009. Amador pleaded guilty to attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary charges, according to previous reports. Gudino pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary and trying to dissuade a witness. Amador said to authorities, in earlier reports, that a

boy had been the reason for their actions. “This was a brutal, savage senseless act,” prosecutor Rachel Solov said after the sentencing. She said the victim was stabbed five to six times near vital organs and had several slash marks across her back. The victim spoke to a courtroom filled with family and many peers of the three Escondido teenagers.

“I literally tried to be Karina’s friend and she stabbed me in the back,” she said. At a hearing earlier this year, according to reports, the victim, now 15, included in her testimony that the defendants stabbed her five times in the back, carved her back and beat her in the head with her home phone. The victim’s mother described how her only child’s

face was unrecognizable after the attack. Other family members also addressed the court and gave chilling details that described a bloody scene and the condition of the house after the attack. The accused teen attackers stood side by side, arms intertwined as they gave their statements from behind glass TURN TO TEEN GIRLS ON 21


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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Sept. 8, 2010 to Sept. 14, 2010 NOM NOM NOM A hungry armed robber got away with $50 worth of miscellaneous food items from a San Marcos Vons store on South Rancho Santa Fe Road just before 10 p.m. on Sept. 12. IN PROCESS A female resident from the 800 block of Avenida Abeja in San Marcos called police at 5:22 p.m. on Sept. 10 to report a burglary in progress at her house. Jewelry was stolen and valued at $36,700. The pieces ranged in value from the least expensive, a ring at $500, to a bracelet worth $9,600. ARMED Sometime between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9, a burglar broke into a vehicle on Rosebay Drive in Encinitas and stole a pistol, ammunition, a magazine and some keys. SO NO TO DRUGS A call for service was made to the Vista Sheriff’s Station on Sept. 12 at 7:20 a.m. to report an act of indecent exposure at Buena Vista Drive. An arrest was made on a 47-year-old male at the location, for charges of possessing a controlled substance and paraphernalia. JUST PLAIN WRONG Two victims, who remain confidential, reported an indecent exposure act in Vista on Sept. 12 at 7:44 p.m. NO CAMPING A male in his 30s was arrested for illegal camping on Longmont Road in

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Vista on Sept. 12. He was charged with a string of parole violations and booked into the Vista jail. SIMPLE RETIREMENT? A retired woman, Barbara Declare, 69, was arrested for simple battery against a 44-yearold woman, which occurred in Vista on Sept. 9. TUNELESS A vehicle burglary report was made to the Oceanside Police Department on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. The female victim claimed the loss of a CD player worth $100 and eight pairs of underwear that totaled $80. NOT SO CLEAN Dorothy’s Military Shop, a dry-cleaning business in Oceanside, was tagged with graffiti sometime on Sept. 9.

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Bruce Sholtz Macedo is wantunder the influence-manslaughter ed for his alleged involvement in and driving under the influence vehicular deaths and injury of his causing or contributing to serious friends in Boca Raton, Fla. Macedo bodily injury, and soon was was born Aug. 3, 1978, in Australia. released on bond. Macedo violated He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and the terms of his supervised release. weighs 160 pounds. An arrest warrant was issued, It is alleged that on Sept. 14, revoking Macedo’s supervised 2008, Macedo was driving a vehicle release. Then, Macedo failed to with three passengers when he lost appear in court for a status check, BRUCE MACEDO control of the vehicle and struck a and the next day a bench warrant tree.Two passengers died as a result was issued for his arrest. In addiof the crash and another was seriously injured. tion, a federal arrest warrant was issued after Macedo was taken to a hospital where it is he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid alleged that his blood alcohol level was over prosecution. If you know of Macedo’s wherethe legal limit. Macedo was arrested for driving abouts, contact the nearest FBI office.

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CRIME LOG Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Sept. 8, 2010 to Sept. 14, 2010.


Never attempt to arrest a fugitive yourself. These files should not be relied upon for any type of legal action. If the subject is a fugitive from our 10 Most Wanted page, e-mail San Diego Crime Stoppers or call their hot line at 888-580-TIPS 24 hours a day. For details, log on to www.sdsheriff.net/tmw. For warrant inquiries or information use the sheriff’s online Tip Form.

SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 6, Burglary 12, Vandalism 4, Assault 1, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 4,Vehicle Theft 2 ENCINITAS Petty Theft 1, Burglary 3, Vandalism 1, Assault 2, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 1 VISTA Petty Theft 2, Burglary 7, Vandalism 2, Assault 1, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 3 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 2, Burglary 4, Vandalism 5, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 3,Vehicle Theft 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 1, Assault 1, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0, Domestic Battery 2,Vehicle Theft 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0, Vehicle Theft 2


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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Conner’s Cause for Children 17th annual benefit, A Tuscan Affair, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Fairbanks Ranch Clubhouse, 17651 Circa Del Norte. Proceeds from this event will benefit families with the monumental task of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. Conner’s Cause for Children is the only nonprofit organization in the San Diego region that offers direct family assistance for out-ofpocket expenses relating to any and all life threatening illnesses associated with children. Enjoy a casual sunset with friends at the Tuscaninspired venue on the lake in Fairbanks Ranch. This wine-tasting benefit will also feature artisan beers and delectable cuisine. Sample an assortment of wines from Olson Ogden Wines, Eponymous, Two Angels and Valentin Bianchi, plus artisan beers from Pizza Port and Stone Brewing Co. The evening also features a live and silent auction, and live music. Tickets to the benefit are $95 per person. The organization is accepting auction donations and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more details, contact Karen Gliner at (619) 540-1650 or go to www.connerscause.org. While 4-year-old Lourdes was receiving treatment for leukemia, her single mother fell behind on the electric and water bills. When the water and lights were turned off for nonpayment, Conner’s Cause for Children stepped in and paid to have these vital services restored immediately so that Lourdes could come home to her mother and two siblings. For families of children like 3-year-old Tanner, whose only hope of obtaining cutting-edge treatment for Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy is in Ohio; or 5year-old Aaron, awaiting multiple organ transplants




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7-year-old Ranch student to star in play RANCHO SANTA FE — Lana Lakdawala, a 7-year-old in second grade at R. Roger Rowe Elementary School, is playing the role of Sally Brown in the Poway Performing Arts Company melodarama “A Perplexing Puzzle For Miss Penelope’s Pupils.” The show runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening, and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24 through Sept. 26. Although this is Lana’s first experience in community theater, she had a lot of previous stage and performing experience. She started taking dance lessons at age 2, and is now beginning her fifth year in competitive dance. Lana is a Junior Charger Girl, has been in the Miss California and Miss San Diego pageants during the past two years, won a scholarship for a Green Skills video she made, modeled in the American Girl Fashion Show, and was the Burn Institute’s Fire Safe Kid. Her video on what she is thankful for was featured on “Good Morning

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Red envelopes support Ranch school program RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual fundraising campaign for the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is celebrated with Red Envelope Day on Oct. 1. On Red Envelope Day, community businesses, residents and parents of students at Rancho Santa Fe School are encouraged to make their Education

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show, “Art Guild Paints the Ranch,” from noon to 4 p.m. In addition, a free MexFest Lunch is being served from 11:30 to 1 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Association. This will be capped from noon to 2 p.m. by a Dessert, Refreshments and Art event on the Country Friends patio, 17022 Avenida de Acacias, sponsored by the Country Friends. — Sept. 30: Stay hungry for the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club’s Fall Festival Barbecue from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Village park. Tickets $12 for adults, $8 for kids 8 years old and under. — Oct. 1: The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center will fill the air with beautiful music at Strings in the Garden from 1 to 3 p.m. Then from 4 to 8 p.m. on Via de Santa Fe will be the Fandango Fiesta, with Mexican food, Margaritas and dancing in the streets to Prairie Fire. Cost of the meal is $20, $5 for children 12 and under. Call (858) 759-9291 for details. This will be held in conjunction with the Chili TURN TO RANCHO DAYS ON 25

San Diego Ballet celebrates 20 years The San Diego Ballet will take the stage for a performance showcasing pieces in a special performance gala to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The event and performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. Dancers from the past 20 years are scheduled to be on hand as part of the celebration. To help kick off the season, a celebration party will be held including entertainment, food from Urban Kitchens and desserts created by Michele Coulon, Desertier. The artistic direction of the San Diego Ballet includes Founding Director Robin Sherertz-Morgan, formerly a dancer with New York City Ballet under

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RANCHO SANTA FE — “Beautiful” was the word most used by people upon seeing the new R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe during its first back-toschool night for the parents of seventh- and eighth-graders. The Sept. 16 event was the opportunity for about 250 parents and grandparents to see the school and meet the staff. They gathered in the courtyard in front of the school’s Performing Arts Center where they were given schedules of their child’s classes. They were then taken on a school tour led by either Superintendent Lindy Delaney or Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub. Next they entered the Performing Arts Center for a welcome speech from Delaney before they were Sophia TURN TO BACK-TO-SCHOOL ON 24

Alsadek and Missy Cameron pose by the doors of the Shamala Saripalli, Randy Ade, Dana Knees and Mara Phillips support the school’s educational foundation. school’s Performing Arts Center. Photos by Patty McCormac Right, Michelle Hansen and Linda Atwell arrange spirit wear for sale during the Back-to-School Night at the new Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe on Sept. 16. Left, Rancho Santa Fe School Superintendent Lindy Delaney introduces Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub to the group.

Becky Mezzino and Min Kim were impressed by the new school and say their children love it.

Ranch residents’ generous donation saving lives By Lillian Cox

RANCHO SANTA FE — An anonymous donation by a Rancho Santa Fe couple to the nonprofit North County Health Services has the potential of saving hundreds of lives each year. The $125,000 gift was designated by the donor for a new diagnostic ultrasound program including equipment and the initial cost of technicians. Fund development director Dana L. Withall said she was approached about the contribution last spring after an article about NCHS was published in The Coast News and its sister publication, Rancho Santa Fe News. “We met with the donors right away,” she said. “The program is now up and running on Saturdays in our Oceanside Health Center.” Diagnostic ultrasound (sonography) is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body.

LIFE SAVING DONATION Currently, about 13 patients are seen on Saturdays by certified sonographers like Tracy Francis (pictured) at the new Diagnostic Ultrasound Program located at the Oceanside Health Center. The program is funded by an anonymous gift of $125,000 from a Rancho Santa Fe couple to the nonprofit North County Health Services. The goal is to expand the program to weekdays so that 2,500 patients can be seen through a collaborate effort between NCHS and the Vista Clinic and Neighborbood Healthcare in Escondido. Photo by Lillian Cox

The most popular application is cancer detection. Like an MRI and CTI, it is used to perform abdominal and thyroid exams. In addition, it is used for breast and pelvic examinations in women, and testicular exams in men. The technology is used to monitor blood flow in the carotid artery and the vascular system, making it possible for doctors to look at the functional aspects of organs. “It also enables physicians to look at muscularskeletal and arthritic conditions and see how they are progressing and responding to treatment,” added the donor. The diagnostic ultrasound system offers offsite, secure data storage and immediate remote access for physicians in their office or on their home computer. In making the gift to the NCHS, the donor stipulated that he also wanted the service to be available to patients of the Vista Community Clinic and Neighborhood

Health in Escondido. “The great thing about this program is that we provide diagnostic ultrasound services to patients who are uninsured or underinsured and may have been waiting for quite some time for this procedure,” Withall said. Late detection translates into higher costs for treatment, and decreased chances for a positive outcome. The donor is an electrical engineer with a background in nuclear medicine who has been involved in high-tech health care for many years. He is founder and CEO of three healthcare companies. After analyzing costs of new healthcare reform legislation, the donor said his goal is to eventually expand the NCHS program nationally. “I concluded that the great majority of the 32 million newly insured would need to obtain care from the growth of current and an increase in the number of TURN TO DONATION ON 26

Boxing trainer pleads not guilty in shooting death By Shelli DeRobertis

A boxing club trainer accused of shooting to death another trainer and injuring two others at a Vista gym entered a not guilty plea at his superior court arraignment on Sept. 9. Mark Anthony Diaz, 50, allegedly killed Hector Gil,

52, at Pacific Coast Boxing the night of April 7, according to reports. Trainer Peter Moreno and boxer Ricardo Gutierrez were both wounded during the shooting. Diaz is set to stand trial Jan. 11, and is charged with murder, attempted murder,

making a threat and assault with a firearm. If convicted, he faces 75 years to life in prison. During a testimony at a preliminary hearing last month, trainer Albert Gamez said that in March Gil had told Gamez that Diaz was mad at him

because the 21-year-old boxer Gutierrez had switched trainers from Diaz to Gil shortly after turning professional. Prosecutors said that a temporary restraining order had been obtained in February to keep Diaz away from Pacific Coast Boxing.

Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza said in a release that a sweatshirt matching the description of the suspect’s was recovered at Diaz’s home during a search. There was also a finding of gunshot residue on the truck Diaz drove, he said.


SEPT. 24, 2010



To Your Health By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas


Take time to clean the medicine cabinet

HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION Fairbanks Ranch got its start from some famous Hollywood stars in the 1920s. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and his wife Mary Pickford purchased the land in 1926 and originally named it Rancho Zorro after one of Fairbanks’ most famous roles. Essentially Fairbanks bought one-third of the old rancho. With ranch manager William Smart, he built a dam and lake, a pump house, a manager’s residence, and planted the majority of his acreage in Valencia oranges that were propagated in the Fairbanks nursery.


Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or e-mail rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Above, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., at one time known as the King of Hollywood, and Mary Pickford, known as America’s Sweetheart, are shown on a visit from Hollywood with fellow actor Lillian Gish. In 1926, Fairbanks purchased 3,000 acres of land southeast from San Dieguito River from the Santa Fe and named it Rancho Zorro. Left, prior to their divorce in 1935, Pickford and Fairbanks etched their names on the top of the Fairbanks dam.

Realtor contributes to local housing recovery RANCHO SANTA FE — Broker Associate and Realtor Chris Lin of Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office was recently appointed to the board of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Lin is partnering with AREAA and the Housing Opportunities Collaborative to conduct a clinic in San Diego for homeowners on Sept. 25. To help families stay in their homes, the clinic will provide resources and educa-

with volunteer real tion; help explore estate professionals their options and can also be arranged. most importantly, Lin and AREAA ensure they underare dedicated to prostand the gravity of moting sustainable the situation. The homeownership general public is opportunities. “The invited to attend the satisfaction that seminar, which will comes from helping cover topics ranging from housing-relatpeople is the most CHRIS LIN ed laws and financrewarding aspect of ing options to foreclosure pre- volunteer work,” said Lin, who vention strategies and mort- speaks several languages, gage workout programs. including Taiwanese/Chinese Private counseling sessions and Spanish.

A Certificate of Excellence award winner, Lin credits her success to her focus on client satisfaction. She completed the federal government’s Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives training program, to advance her knowledge. Throughout her more than 20 years in real estate, Lin has consistently focused on enhancing the level of service she offers. She earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute

designation, by completing an advanced series of courses pertaining to marketing, negotiating, finance and the applications of technology to the real estate business. Lin also earned a special asset management training certificate of completion. For more information, or for a confidential meeting, contact Chris Lin at Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office at (760) 845-4186, or via e-mail at chris.lin@prusocal.com.

Ranch woman named president of leadership group The LEAD San Diego board of directors announced the official appointment of Rancho Santa Fe resident Vicky Carlson to the position of permanent president and chief executive officer. Carlson joined the LEAD board in July 2004 and has served as the interim president and CEO of the 29-year-old leadership organization since April of this year. LEAD provides intense issue-oriented programming, leadership skill building and community vol-

unteerism opportunities to a growing set of regional leaders who understand and can respond to the quality of life challenges facing the greater San Diego region. “Under Vicky Carlson’s management, LEAD will continue to educate and empower civic leaders who can understand and respond to everchanging challenges facing the region,” said board chairman Ben Haddad, a partner with California Strategies. “She has served LEAD in

many capacities over the last six years, having twice chaired LEAD’s annual event, the Visionary Awards, and providing oversight of LEAD’s relocation from City Heights to downtown San Diego in early July,” he said. Carlson brings nearly two decades of business experience to LEAD San Diego and was president and owner of Office Pavilion San Diego, a Herman Miller furniture dealership. During her tenure there,

she transformed the company into a support center for progressive workplace environments in San Diego County. Carlson received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming and completed the Management Development for Entrepreneurs program at Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She served as the president of the steering council for the National Dealer Alliance and

chair of the California Alliance. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Women’s Conference at the pleasure of California’s First Lady Maria Shriver, and Voices for Children, where she will chair the organization’s 30year anniversary celebration. Established in 1981, LEAD San Diego is one of the oldest and most prestigious community leadership organizations in the nation and is highly regarded throughout the greater San Diego region.

We all have a tendency to hang on to things longer than we should. Most of the time, it does no real harm. But when it comes to medications, keeping them past their expiration dates can be deadly. All prescription drugs have an expiration date on the bottle label. Over-thecounter medications will have an expiration date as well. If you have a medication in your medicine cabinet that doesn’t have a date on it and you can’t remember when you purchased it, the safe thing would be to toss it. Expired medications can break down and change with time, rendering them useless and ineffective or, even worse, very harmful. For example, tetracycline, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, can cause a deadly skin infection if taken after it expires. If you come across any medications that are discolored, separated, crumbly, powdery or smelly, throw them away regardless of the expiration date. It may be tempting to simply throw your old medications into the trash, however, it can be easy for pets and children to get to them. Flushing them down the toilet may also be an option, but this can sometimes introduce medications into the water supply. A better option is to take them to a pharmacy where they can be disposed of as medical waste. A medicine cabinet may seem like the most obvious place for you to store your medications, but this space is better left to toothpaste and soap. The humidity in the bathroom or kitchen, another common place for people to keep their medications, can cause medications to break down quickly and even expire before their estimated date. The best place to keep your medications is in a cool, dark place such as a closet or cabinet. If you have small children, I recommend you keep medications in a locked tackletype box to prevent accidental overdoses. When it comes to keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet, I recommend you keep the following medications and supplies on-hand: — Acetominophen — Activated charcoal — Antibiotic cream TURN TO TO YOUR HEALTH ON 25



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Health pros fight breast cancer Young women are fed up with watching their mothers, aunts and family members go through painful, heart-wrenching treatments only to leave them wondering if something could have been done to prevent breast cancer in the first place, according to Paul Paez, director of North Coast Wellness Center. The findings are gleaned from what is becoming a daily deluge of comments and questions for nonprofit group Keep a Breast Foundation, or KAB, and healthcare facility North Coast Wellness Center. For the entire month of October all new patients seen at NCWC will be given either a free acupuncture or chiropractic exam plus one treatment session in exchange for a $10 donation to the Keep a Breast Foundation. Patients will also receive a goodie bag full of tips on breast cancer prevention options and a signature “Keep a Breast I Love Boobies” campaign bracelet. In addition, in an effort to support the ongoing need for Breast Cancer Awareness, NCWC will give 1 percent of all massage service proceeds to the KAB Foundation. That is why many young women in North County are seeking help from KAB and NCWC. October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so KAB and NCWC have partnered up to distribute much needed information about breast cancer prevention, early detection and support. More striking, Paez said, is the idea that these young women are asking questions because they realize that they themselves may be the next victim of a disease that is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women today (after lung cancer) and is the most common cancer among women, excluding nonmelanoma skin cancers. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.3 million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer annually worldwide and about 465,000 women will die from the disease. According to Paez, young women today are more driven and passionate about being healthy than previous generations. “They are also more interested in taking control of their own lives instead just waiting to do whatever the doctor tells them to do,” he said. ShaneyJo from KAB added, “We need to help young women understand TURN TO CANCER ON 25

SARA NOEL Frugal Living

Party games on a budget

MILITARY APPRECIATION Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club members, from left, Beverly Wolgast, Lou Oberman, Eric Erickson, Charles Foster, Roseanne Piazza, Paul Butler and Randy Jones took part in the Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club Military Appreciation Day on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Shoppers purchased food and the Del Mar Solana Beach Rotary Club collected and delivered the food to Camp Pendleton. Courtesy photo


Veteran journalist Bill Arballo reflects on local history.

San Dieguito park was a Jaycee project There’s no limit to the daily use of the San Dieguito County Park in Solbeach from a small birthday party attended by a few folks to a reunion that brings together several hundred people. Credit for the creation of the 120-acre park goes to San Dieguito Jaycees in 1956. Members Don Royer of Solbeach and Leucadia resi-

dent John Topp introduced Little League to the area but lacked a playing field. The Jaycees with San Dieguito Citizen publisher Don Lapham and Solana Lumber sales manager Don Armstrong accepted the challenge to obtain land from Santa Fe Irrigation District. Long on enthusiasm and short of cash, Lapham

and Armstrong with the blessing of Prexy Bill Arballo agreed to sell the idea of a park to County Supervisor Dean Howell, who bought it on condition it be deeded to the county. It took several years for the other four supervisors to OK the deal. In the meanwhile, the Jaycees located another parcel at the corner of Stevens

and Lomas Santa Fe (then know as Highland) also owned by SFID, on which they built a playing field complete with concrete bleachers. It later became the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church complex since the land was never owned by the Jaycees. They just poached on it.

Museum items offered at charity sale The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and the city of Solana Beach will hold an antique and collectible sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at the museum in La Colonia Park at 715 Valley Ave. in Solana Beach. Items for the sale are from the museum’s and members’ private collections.

There will be a 1901 Davis treadle sewing machine, a 1910-1920 cherry Colonial Revival dressing table with three-part mirror, a mid-20th century replica of a 19th century pot belly stove, a hand-stenciled child’s rocker, a collection of Dutch pewter soup spoons in a wall rack, a wooden coffee grinder and numerous

framed old photos. Recently donated for sale are four gold-leaf decorator plates and handmade jewelry with beads and stones in a variety of styles. Only cash and checks may be accepted and all prices are fixed. Please no early birds. All proceeds to benefit the Solana Beach Heritage

Museum. To donate items for the sale, contact Jim Nelson at (858) 259-7657. Pickup arrangements can be scheduled, if needed. All donations will receive an IRS compliant receipt. For more information, visit www.solanabeachcivic andhistoricalsociety.org.

‘Daughters’ group sponsors historical essay contest RANCHO SANTA FE — The De Anza Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced the launch of its American History Essay Contest for the 2010-2011 academic year. All fifth-grade through eighth-grade students are invited to celebrate America’s history by completing essays on a historically significant topic relating to an American milestone. The contest is being cochaired by Debbie Giese and Joanne Dudek from the De Anza chapter.

Since 1957, schools across the nation have participated in this annual event and the essay topic this year is “The Memoirs of Paul Revere.” In celebration of the 235th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, the students are to imagine they are the famous American patriot Revere who is writing his memoirs. This includes various accomplishments for which Revere wishes to be remembered in the annals of American History.

The top local winner from each grade will receive a certificate, a medal and a $100 cash award from the De Anza NSDAR Chapter and an opportunity to advance in the state and national awards. In previous years, finalists from San Diego County schools have been selected as district and state winners and all local students have the potential to become a national winner in this year’s contest. Students from fifth grade through eighth grade are eligible to participate. The essay submission dead-

line is between Oct. 16 and Oct. 29. The mission of the De Anza Chapter of the NSDAR is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence, to promote knowledge of American history, to conduct genealogical research and to cherish, maintain and perpetuate American freedom, liberty and patriotism. For further information on the essay contest, contact Joanne Dudek at joannedudek@yahoo.com or at (858) 756-3326.

Birthday parties for kids can bust your budget. Planning the party can be stressful, too. You tend to forget basic games and activities can be the most fun. Supplies don’t have to be costly and many can be made with items you already have in your home. Many traditional party games such as musical chairs, pinatas and pin the tail on the donkey have been set aside for elaborate festivities, so many old-time favorites can be exciting and “new.” What cheap birthday party games have you done? Here are a few frugal fun ideas. Carnival games: Recreate carnival fun at your next party. Set up little booths or stations with face painting; stock up on colored hair spray on Halloween and have a hair painting booth; beads and lanyard string; temporary tattoos; and bean bag, coin, ball or ring tosses. Treats can be cotton candy, popcorn or caramel apples. Or have a cake walk and give homemade cupcakes as the prizes. Balloons: Instead of simply inflating latex balloons for decoration, use some for games or activities. Pick up a book from the library on making balloon animals, have balloonpopping relay races, see who can hold the greatest amount of balloons on their body, or have a water-balloon fight. Large punch balloons are fun, too. Indoor bowling: Save 2liter pop bottles or collect large coffee-creamer containers to make a bowling game. Or divide guests into teams and have them sit or kneel on opposite ends of the table. Set up little plastic army men on a table. Provide a table tennis ball and have each team try to knock over the army men by blowing the blowing on the ball. Body tracing: Get butcher paper and have each child lie down and have one of their friends trace their outline. Provide supplies such as crayons, markers, paints, etc. Each of them can decorate their outline any way that they want to and they can take them home after the party. Chalk and window markers or paint: Let kids write messages and draw pictures on your driveway TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON 24


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Rerip saving surfboards from landfill For the past three years, Rerip has presented The Future of Surfing, designed to advance sustainability in surfing while giving back to the community. While working closely with leaders in the local green movement, the event has highlighted evolving ideas and environmentally focused practices in the surf industry and convergence opportunities with additional industries. Co-hosted by the city of Solana Beach, Rerip will host its fourth annual Future of Surfing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Fletcher Cove Park. The event will again benefit the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. All attendees who donate a used but rideable surfboard receive a coupon valid for product from event sponsors. Coupons are redeemable at vendor booths for surf blanks, art, shoes, clothing, gear, and other products. Donated boards will be resold at the TURN TO RERIP ON 23

Event honors major donors to kids causes RANCHO SANTA FE — The Casa de Amparo Champions for Children reception, honoring donors who have contributed $1,000 or more, was hosted by Bertrand Hug of Mille Fleurs on Sept. 19. Champions for Children are individuals, families, corporations and foundations dedicated to the vision of making San Diego a community where child abuse is not tolerated and where child abuse awareness and prevention are priorities. Champions for 20092010 include: Richard and Linda Alvarez, BioClean Environment Services, Rhett and Brook Bray, Charles and Inge Brown, California Bank and Trust/Debbie Slattery, Catherine Children’s Home/ Edward McTaggart, Owen and Holli Coulman, Bob and Lisa Curry, Lizbeth Ecke, Lou and Judy Ferrero, Maurine Freeman, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Germain, Sue and Andrew Grant, Mike and Pat Hayward, Otis and Linda Heald, Bob and Diane Herrmann, Melissa and Jim Hoffmann, Catherine Hyndman, Katherine Issa, Duffy and Judy Keys, Jeffrey and Marianne Maichen, Frank Mannen, Diane Martin, Dan and Deann Maurer, Noe Mercado, Kelly Mikules, Robert Moyer/Ocean’s Eleven, Jeri and Richard Rovsek, Jack and Sherron Schuster, Eugene Step, Mary WalshCole, Katherine White and Hector and Hilda Zevallos.

It’s cozy with the piano man at Mille Fleurs FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Every Wednesday through Saturday for the past 17 years at Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe, afterdinner guests and new arrivals with wine glass inhand, gather around the grand piano for the unique talent and voice of Randy Beecher. “I started in May of 1993 and I’ve always loved the energy in this room,” he said, flashing that perpetual smile. “I try to read the room and what they might want to hear.” Randy plays and sings it all, from show tunes to Motown to current pop music. I asked him if his romantic atmosphere has helped guests meet and date. “Oh yes,” he answered. “And, marriage proposals are made over my music.” He credits owner Bertrand Hug and manager Julien Hug for recognizing his talent and staying with him and providing him with a stage for his music. All this good-time entertainment is an entrée to a legendary restaurant dining and wine experience at Mille Fleurs. I suggest you start

out at the bar and taste the house signature wines, especially the Tantara 2008s. Bertrand is a Bordeaux Blend aficionado and his Cuvee Bertrand from Santa Barbara is one he blended himself ($50). The kitchen is governed by award-winning Chef de Cuisine Martin Woesle, who trained in Munich, Germany, worked in Hollywood’s Ma Maison and has been at Mille Fleurs since 1985. He uses fresh vegetables, salads and other ingredients from the nearby Chino’s Farm. Mille Fleurs offers a Prix Fixe Menu as well as an entrée menu with about 12 choices including 5 Light Mediterranean selections. The Hugs also own Mister A’s, a historic rooftop restaurant on 5th Avenue downtown San Diego and have just purchased and renovated a restaurant on El Paseo in downtown Palm Desert, Augusta Modern. Learn more at www.millefleurs.com.

Fine wineries of Napa-SonomaMendocino & Central Coast Two beautifully bound wine books have appeared as a colorful visitors guide with profiles and color images of all the most glamorous wineries and vineyards in

able at leading bookstores and Amazon.com. Be sure to explore their website at www.Californiafinewineries.com

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PIANO MAN Randy Beecher is the piano man Wednesday through Saturdays at the popular Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino; and the second book displaying wineries from Central Coast, including Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Wine traveler and publisher Tom Silberkleit is the master publisher behind this fourth edition of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino, and the first edition of Central Coast Wineries. September is California Wine Month, celebrat-

ing the more than 3,000 wineries that dot the state. Silberkleit’s mission has been to do the on-site legwork to spotlight a number of excellent choices for the weekend traveler. The 160page Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino edition alone has more than 200 color images and profiles of 69 wineries with features and directions on each. The retail price is $19.95 hardcover and avail-

— Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo has Jazz on the Patio from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays. On Sept. 26 Jimmy and Enrique with guitar and percussion, and Oct. 3 it’s the Peter Sprague Trio. For details, call (858) 487-1866. — Ponte Winery in Temecula has its eighth annual Grape Stomp Festival on Sept. 26, from 4 to 9 p.m. Competition, dancing, live music and a buffet dinner for $95 per person. Wine club members $86. And of course lots of Ponte wines to taste are included. Order tickets at (951) 694-8855. — South Coast Winery Resort and Spa has two exciting events: The Blessing of the Wine, Grape Stomp and Harvest from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 with a barbecue, contests, live music and dancing. Reserve tickets at (951) 5879463; and a jazz concert by the great Kenny G on Sat. Oct. 2 with show time at 8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tiered ticket prices starting as low as $55. Check out the website at www.rythmonthevine.org or call Ticketmaster at TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 24

Del Mar council hears train stop plans By Bianca Kaplanek

Following a presentation outlining the alternatives for a train stop at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and hearing concerns about the preferred option, Mayor Richard Earnest vowed to address the issue “the Del Mar way,” which he said is open, patient and “really embraces the idea of public input almost to a fault.” “We will engage the public over and over again on issues that are as important as this, that affect residents, that affect the whole city,” he said at the Sept. 13 meeting. Matt Tucker, executive director of North County Transit District, said the fairgrounds is one of two “hotspot locations” in the county being

considered for a new platform “to significantly increase ridership and revenue.” The other is downtown at Petco Park. “If there’s a way to grow the business, you should start with these two locations,” Tucker said. The idea to add a stop at the fairgrounds is not new. There was a platform and pedestrian bridge at the track from the late 1930s until the mid-1960s. A new platform has been discussed for at least the past 25 years and is included in the fairgrounds master plan. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said a number of proposals have been studied over the years to get cars off the road and reduce conges-

tion in Del Mar during the fair and race seasons, especially in the North Beach area and along Jimmy Durante Boulevard. “Frankly, there have always been a number of obstacles,” she said. Justin Fornelli, NCTD chief rail engineer, presented three alternatives that would all provide direct access to the fairgrounds, which attracted nearly 2 million people this year just for the fair and horse racing. Of those visitors only 3.5 percent, or 70,000, took the train to Solana Beach and were then bused to the fairgrounds. The preferred long-term option is to build a permanent platform north of the river, directly west of the fair-

grounds. But that requires double tracking and replacing the bridge over the San Dieguito River at an unfunded cost of approximately $80 million, Fornelli said. It will also take at least 10 years to build, present several environmental concerns and route pedestrians across the parking lot. Another alternative is a permanent standalone platform at the same location adjacent to the existing track without double tracking. With an estimated cost of $4 million to $5 million, the price tag is more attractive. But this option would require environmental mitigation and it is “operationally unacceptable to NCTD,” Fornelli said. Trains would have to stop

for extended periods to load and unload passengers.” There will be some significant dwell times of the trains sitting in there on the single track, which creates a bottleneck and actually a road block to the rest of the corridor,” Fornelli said. “No other trains can pass through the area.” The preferred option at this time is to build a temporary platform south of the fairgrounds where double tracking already exists. Pedestrians would be routed along an abandoned railroad track to the location of the original pedestrian bridge across the river. A temporary stop could TURN TO TRAIN STOP ON 23

Readers offer advice for dealing with motion sickness Dear Dr. Gott: Please tell your reader about Sea Bands. They really work. My local doctors are even giving them to chemo patients, pregnant DR. GOTT women suffering from morning sickness and patients sufSecond Opinion fering from postoperative sickness. become queasy in an airplane, adjusting the vent to blow Dear Dr. Gott: I guess you onto my face takes care of it. don’t have motion sickness. In my opinion, the worst thing Dear Dr. Gott: Your sugyou could have a kid do is look gestions for the carsick child out the side window of the car. are a bit off. Looking out the Watching the trees and things side window will make the flash by would always set me child sicker.Take it from someoff as a child, whereas looking one who knows. A better sugout the windshield was fine. gestion would be to have the The best thing that helped me child ride in the middle of the was having the window down back seat, where he or she can and the air blowing directly look straight ahead or up at on my face. Even now, if I the sky.A cool vent blowing on

the child will also help. What helps me and my son the most (as we both suffer from this) is quiet music in the background with no talking. It often puts my son to sleep. We have also had success with using baby Vicks under the nose, a little swig of ginger ale before or during the ride and soda crackers, as well. Stimulation is not good, in my opinion, so the car should be kept quieter with a source of fresh air. Driving at night also reduces the amount of visual stimulation, reducing the sensation. Dear Dr. Gott: My daughter had the same thing as the carsick toddler. We realized early on that as long as she had carbs in her stomach, she

was fine. If her stomach was empty, she would throw up everywhere. It seems counterintuitive, but it worked for us. We found that a few crackers before and during the ride worked best. Dear Dr. Gott: No, no, no, no! I suffered from motion sickness from the time I was a small child until a friend told me to keep my eyes on the horizon while traveling. Do NOT look out the side windows, but keep focused on something steady ahead of you. I would get terribly ill while waiting in a car at a railroad crossing if I watched a long freight go by. I realize getting a small child to look straight ahead all

the time may be difficult, but it will help. It is the reason I never got sick while driving myself and rarely if I rode in the front seat, where you tend to look ahead rather than out the side windows. Also, stop often and let the child get his “land legs” back. I enjoy your column and have tried many of your suggestions, but this time, I must disagree based on my personal experience. Dear Readers: Clearly, I missed the mark on this one. As one reader pointed out, I have never had this problem. I apologize. I have chosen to print several of the letters I received TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 24



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La Colonia plans go in front of Coastal Commission By Bianca Kaplanek

Despite some minor concerns about the overall project cost and safety at the skateboard plaza, City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with plans to improve La Colonia Park and Community Center. Following a preliminary design update at the Sept. 8 meeting, council members authorized staff to send

to complete construction in two phases. Phase one, which is estimated to cost about $2.8 million, will include a skateboard plaza, an amphitheater, picnic areas, street improvements and a new grass playing field, playground and basketball court. Phase two, estimated at $2.7 million, features a redesigned community cen-

“To me it looks like Solana Beach and the Eden Gardens community,” he said. Councilwoman Lesa Heebner agreed. “It looks better every time I see it,” she said. “I’m very pleased with what I see.” Councilman Mike Nichols credited the success of the project to Van Dyke’s willingness to consider pub-

“I understand it’s for a younger crowd but I have other concerns about older kids coming in, bullying and those kinds of things,” he said. “It’s going through and

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lic input. “They’ve done a fabulous job listening to the community,” Nichols said. Councilman Joe Kellejian said he also supports the project, but with some concerns. “It’s been really a trouble-free situation,” Kellejian said. “But I do (still have) concerns about the skateboard park being unsupervised ... for safety and liability sake.


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ter with some minor additions, a gazebo plaza and additional plaza areas. The Stevens House Museum will be relocated and the parking lot will be redone into a oneway configuration. A more formal seating area will be available for the Memorial and Veterans Day events and a there will be a “strong use” of tile and iron work to reflect the Mexican heritage of the area, Beth Bowen, Van Dyke vice president, said. Overall, council members were pleased with the preliminary plans. “I really like the look and feel,” Councilman Dave Roberts said, adding that the tile and iron work “enhance the look and feel we are trying to create for the area.”

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Helen Woodward Animal Center’s fifth annual Surf Doga-Thon was held Sept.12 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The yearly event aims to raise awareness and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible pet ownership. All funds raised are used to support the various programs offered at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Owners and their pets parAbove, Del Mar residents Louisa West, Gidgette, and ticipated in 20-minute heats Loretta West celebrate their 1st place win in the Small based on the dogs’ weight classDog heat. Below, Gidgette “hangs 20.” es.

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Tourism district gets green light By Bianca Kaplanek

With a 4-0 vote at the Sept. 13 meeting, City Council authorized the formation of a Tourism Business Improvement District that will allow hotel operators to charge guests an additional 1 percent fee beginning next month. On top of the daily room rate, hotel guests are currently charged an 11.5 percent transient occupancy tax,which goes into the city’s general fund to help pay for public services such as law enforcement and beach and fire safety. The new fee will be collected with the transient occupancy tax, but the money will be used for marketing to attract

more visitors to the beach city. The district was formed with unanimous support from the city’s six hoteliers, who expect to raise approximately $130,000 annually. Oversight will come from a board of directors made up of hotel owners, an aspect of the plan Councilman Don Mosier did not support. He said the board should include at least one voting member, perhaps from the Del Mar Village Association, who was not paying into the district. Mosier was absent from the July 12 council meeting when the resolution of intent was adopted. He said he still

isn’t “100 percent happy with the governance, but I can live with it.” “I hope it works well,” Mosier said. Mayor Richard Earnest said the new district was “a leap of faith.” “We are trusting it’s a benefit for the whole community,” he said. Walt Beerle, president of the Del Mar Village Association, said that willingness to try something new is part of the “can-do attitude of Del Mar” and one reason the association is successful. “Many things have TURN TO TOURISM ON 23



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Sometimes the best plans are the ones you never made A few marvelous things took place in the last couple of weeks in Rancho Santa Fe, like my sister coming to visit me for Labor Day weekend. Some of you reading this might have met my vivacious sister, Tracy. I must share that she has been really instrumental in positive ways for me in my life. When she told me she was coming to visit, I had no idea that she had brought with her a bad case of poison ivy all the way from the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. When I picked her up at the airport, I saw a small red rash on her chest. Little did I know we would be spending the weekend looking for itching creams all over San Diego. But the thing about sisters is they could have fun almost anywhere without entertainment, so please don’t pity me. We did spend one glorious day in the Ranch, which I will give you the details on that later. What’s wonderful about life is sometimes we make plans that don’t work out.And when this happens, fabulous little vignettes of wonderful moments can develop when you least expect it. Maybe even something better. One of my feature stories has to do with one family losing their beloved pet, only to be blessed with a new arrival. One couple boards a jet plane

MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch to attend Fashion Week in New York, while a proud Ranch mother throws a private party for her son’s 42nd birthday on Sept. 11. Also, who was recently inducted into the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary? You never know what story will be next under the gorgeous eucalyptus trees in “Machel’s Ranch.”

Around town On Sept. 3, Michael and Elaine Gallagher celebrated in style for an End of Summer Party. I so desperately wanted join the Gallaghers, but due to a surprise visit from my sister, I couldn’t make it.I am sharing a photo from their special day featuring Elaine with her son, Michael. What you may not know is that Michael Gallagher is really quite the filmmaker and is already winning accolades up in Hollywood. His “Totally Sketch You Tube” videos have quite the following and are fun to watch. If you haven’t seen one yet, definitely check out this Rancho Santa Fe local filmmaker.I just love this picture of both of them. They seemed to

HOLDEN’S STORY Ranch Resident Violet MacDonald’s grandson Holden’s story is being submitted to a Reader’s Digest writer’s contest. Courtesy photo

FASHION WEEK FUN Tony and Bianca Macaluso attend New York Fashion Week. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

be both beaming with that proud mother and son look that shows just how much they adore each other. Hope you guys had fun. I was just picking up my sister that day at the airport. On Sept. 5, my sister Tracy and I checked out a Craigslist listing on a free desk and happened upon the cutest cottage that was open for a looksee that day.After that we drove to Stumps Village Market for lunch. I’m sure you already know this, but their deli is really quite superb. We enjoyed a shrimp salad, with mushroom soufflés, while we sat outside in the gorgeous sunlight. That day was perfect.Then we drove down to Lemon Twist to eat some delicious strawberries. We also drove by the new school in town. I snapped a photo of the new R. Roger Rowe School. Besides the poison ivy, my weekend with my sister was really quite refreshing. She just recently married this summer, so she still had that honeymoon glow. When she left on Monday, I felt those heartstrings tug at me as I watched her disappear inside the airport and I drove back to my life without my sister. Luckily for me, I can check in with her on Facebook. On Sept. 11, Ranch residentViolet MacDonald threw a private party for one of her sons, Larry MacDonald. Violet had a fabulous assortment of cheeses and fresh fruit, sockeye salmon, fingerling potatoes, topped off with Chilean wines that she had recently brought back from Chile.Then for dessert, was a custom-made red velvet cake, which everyone just devoured. The touching story of the evening was the MacDonald family had just recently lost their beloved dog, Charlotte, after 14 years. Their new dog, Cole, was a given to them as a gift from some of their good friends in Newport. The other wonderful news was Violet’s grandson Holden MacDonald’s short story that he had written will be submitted to Reader’s Digest this month. Here is the story: WHERE I AM FROM “I’m from the lands of rainbows, leprechauns, bagpipes and golf. I’m from the sounds of my sister screaming at me and the cool breeze of the Canadian flag swaying back and forth, I’m from the warm feeling of the sand slipping through my toes as the waves come crashing against the shore. I’m from the sweet taste of Jolly Ranchers and the cool breeze of the wind hitting against me as I’m riding down the hill on my skateboard. I’m from Nana’s delicious tasting strawberries in her garden. I am Holden MacDonald.” I’m sure Violet is very proud of her only grandson! On Sept. 13, my very good friend Bianca Macaluso with her husband, Tony, hopped on a flight to New York City to enjoy Fashion Week. Bianca sent live photos to me all week of the designer shows such as Michael Kors and photos of Donald Trump only a few feet away. It sounded like a red carpet extravaganza for the entire week. I can’t wait to reveal in my next

NEW SCHOOL, NEW YEAR The new R. Roger Rowe School. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

WELCOME! On Sept. 14, Michael McCarthy, Lee Gagne and Krista Lafferty were inducted into the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary. They are featured here with President Patrick Galvin. Courtesy photo

column photos from that week when they return from their trip, which will be just in time for The Country Friends Fashion Show in Rancho Santa Fe. You know I’ll be there that day! On Sept. 14, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary inducted three new members: Michael McCarthy, Lee Gagne, and Krista Lafferty, The Coast News Group’s very own adver-

tising sales representative. President Patrick Galvin is also featured here in this photo with them on that proud day. If you haven’t gone to the Rotary, you should visit the Rotary on Monday’s at The Inn.The meetings start at noon.They work hard to make this community a better If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

SISTERS Machel Penn Shull with her sister Tracy Chapman Howard in Rancho Santa Fe over Labor Day Weekend. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

SURPRISE! Meredith MacDonald with her new dog, Cole, END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION Elaine Gallagher and her son attended Larry MacDonald’s surMichael Gallagher celebrate the end of summer at the Turf Club on Sept. prise party in Rancho Santa Fe. 3. Courtesy photo Photo by Machel Penn Shull


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Store brands vs. name brands By the Editors of Consumer Reports

YUMMY Nick Pappas makes up a batch of Loukoumades-Greek donuts at the 32nd annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine and OPA! The Armonia Dance Troupe performs during the 32nd annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff-by-the Sea on Sept. 11 and and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cardiff-by-the-Sea on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker Sept. 12. Photo by Wehtahnah Tucker

Cardiff church turns Greek village for annual celebration By Wehtahnah Tucker

For the 32nd consecutive year, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church has transformed its grounds into a quaint Greek village where participants experienced fine food, traditional Greek dancing and Greek hospitality on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12. “This is always a fun time for the whole family,” said Bruce Simpson, who watched his three children play various carnival games. “We’re not Greek, we don’t go to this church, but we know

it’s here because of the festival,” he said. In fact, tours of the sanctuary were available for those interested in viewing the interior mosaics and Botticino marble. Father Degaitas explained the iconography adorning various architectural pieces of the church, which were produced under the direction of Bruno Salvatori, a world-recognized master of mosaics. From its unique stained glass windows that feature early Byzantine symbols, to

the golden dome portraying Christ the Pantokrator, the church is widely thought to represent one of the finest works of Byzantine art in the world. Outside the mood was upbeat with the smells of food wafting though the various stalls and booths. The open marketplace typified a traditional bazaar with fresh produce and Greek deli specialty food items, Greek imports, pottery, fine jewelry and artwork. A variety of foods allowed visitors to experi-

ence traditional Greek cuisine. “This is my favorite part,” said Tom Parsons, an Oceanside resident. “I lived in Greece right after college and I love to come and eat my way through the whole thing,” he said, as he nibbled on the ever-popular Loukoumathes — honey-dipped Greek donuts. The church’s award-winning folk dance groupes, Elpida, Opalakia and Neo Kyma Dancers delighted the audience with performances each day. Those interested in learning Greek dance

received free instruction and tried to imitate the moves of more seasoned dancers as they vigorously shouted “Opa” while the band played. All proceeds benefit the church building fund and charities throughout the world. “Through hard work and dedication, Saints Constantine and Helen has assisted many organizations from Africa, to the Haiti relief effort,” said Peter Fellios, parish council president. “It is the church’s goal to give back through celebration as well as philanthropy.”

Students and teacher may compete in essay contest U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute’s fifth annual Being an American Essay Contest. Top prize-winners and their teachers will also receive all-expenses paid trips to the nation’s capital. The largest high school essay contest in the country, awarding 180 students and teachers with cash prizes and attracting more than 50,000 essays last year,

explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a nonprofit educational organization in the Washington, D.C., area devoted to educating children about the constitution and founding principles. The sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation. “This contest is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to think about the important civic values communicated in our found-

ing documents, and embodied by American civic heroes,” said Jason Ross, Bill of Rights Institute’s vice president of Education Programs. “This context is vital to helping students see their own acts of good citizenship as a meaningful part of the American experiment of self-government.” Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: “What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an

American?” The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, D.C., awards gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000, $1,000 and $500. The winning students will also explore the nation’s capital, meet contemporary American heroes and national leaders, and visit national landmarks. Additionally, the contest will award 126 honorable

mention prizes of $100 to seven students and their teachers from each region. “The contest not only honors and awards sponsoring teachers, but also equips them with free lesson plans and other supplemental materials that meet state and national academic standards so they can easily incorporate the essay contest into their classrooms,” said Being an American Essay Contest Director John Croft. Further information is available at www.BeingAn American.org.


investigation is continuing, but a hospital official said the notion of a “salon” was overblown and that perhaps a few nail treatments were involved. (Simultaneously, the facility is being investigated for taking kickbacks from nursing homes for placing dis-

charged Medicare or Medicaid to record his narcolepsy-like “cataplexy,” which causes patients into those homes.) temporary muscle paralysis Weird Science each time he contemplates — On an August ABC- romantic love (hugging or TV “Nightline,” professor holding hands with his wife, Matt Frerking of Oregon viewing wedding pictures, Health and Science witnessing affectionate couUniversity allowed cameras ples). He noted that he can

often fend off an impending attack by concentrating on his own lab work in neuroscience. — Breakthroughs: (1) When Ron Sveden’s left lung collapsed in May, doctors initially diagnosed a tumor, but

ballot issues at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Carlsbad-by-the-Sea, 2855 Carlsbad Blvd. The forum is open to anyone who wants to learn more about their ballot measures and candidates. Visit www.lwvncsd.org or call (760) 736-1608 to learn more.

William D. Cannon Art Gallery will present “The World of Adonna Khare: Beasts, Backpacks and Curious Creatures,” through Nov. 7 at the gallery in the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane. GET IN SHAPE Start training now for the fifth annual Pacific Marine Credit Union Oceanside Turkey Trot. Adults 18 years and older are invited to meet at the Oceanside Civic Center water fountain, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. The cost is $40 for four weeks, or $80 for eight weeks. Call (760) 434-5255 or e-mail info@kinane events.com to learn more.


Neonatal Intensive Care unit. Allegedly, eyebrow waxes and manicures were given near sensitive equipment used to combat infant infections and respiratory disorders. An



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SEPT. 27 RETIRED California Retired Teachers will meet at 11 a.m. Sept. 27, St Michael’s by the Sea Church, Carlsbad. All retired teachers are invited to attend. Cabrillo National Monument Park Service will present the program. For reservations, call (760) 4485278.

SEPT. 28 RESEACHING ENGLAND North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. “Research in England” will be the topic presented by Fred Spong. Call (858) 509-4937 for more details.

SEPT. 29 BE INFORMED The League of Women Voters North Coast San Diego County will moderate a public forum on election

SEPT. 30 COOL FRIENDS The Friends of the Solana Beach Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave. The price will be $4 for each grocery bag filled with books. Call (858) 755-1404 to learn more.

OCT. 2 PLANT SALE Carlsbad Garden Club will sell plants from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3, Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Fall is a great time to plant succulents and other plants that do well in our Mediterranean climate. Proceeds go to scholarships for horticulture students. Call (760) 845-6339 or visit www.carlsbadgardenclub.com to learn more.



Any smart supermarket shopper knows that buying store-brand products instead of big names can save big bucks. In Consumer Reports’ latest price study, filling a shopping cart with store brands saved an average of 30 percent. If you spend $100 a week on groceries, those savings add up to more than $1,500 a year. Yet some shoppers are still reluctant to try storebrand products.The top reasons from CR’s recent nationally representative survey included: “I prefer name brands,” “The name brand tastes better,” and “I don’t know if store brands are as high in quality.” Respondents 18 to 39 years old were particularly likely to question the quality of store brands. Still, 84 percent of Americans purchased store brands in the past year, and 93 percent of store-brand shoppers said they would keep buying as many store brands after the economy recovers. Nationwide, store brands accounted for almost one of four products sold in supermarkets and a record $55.5 billion in sales last year.

Store-brand stigma Shoppers are quite leery of some categories. Although they’ll snap up store-brand paper goods and plastics, at least half of the survey respondents rarely or never buy storebrand wine, pet food, soda or soup. That may be especially true when the category includes a name-brand superstar such as Coca-Cola or Campbell’s. But CR’s trained testers found that when it came to products like soup, the name brand didn’t always reign: — Chicken soup: Food Lion’s (36 cents per serving) Lotsa’ Noodles soup beat out Campbell’s Chicken Noodle (41 cents per serving) for having a little more intense flavor. Campbell’s had oily broth, with fatty pieces of chicken. — Orange juice: Publix Premium won over Tropicana for having a bit less of a cooked flavor with slightly less bitter taste. — Hot dogs: America’s Choice (A&P, $2.64 per package) beef hot dogs trumped Oscar Mayer ($3.65 per package) for their juicy and flavorful franks. Name brands did win in seven of the 21 categories, including mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese and frozen French fries. But the majority of the matchups found that the store brand and name brand were of similar quality. A tie doesn’t mean the taste was identical. Two TURN TO CONSUMER ON 22



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Join beach cleanup Will painting my kayak keep sharks away? y reasoning here is that killer efforts in Del Mar Mwhales and great whites are DEL MAR — The San Diego Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Coastkeeper, radio station 91X and the Poseidon Restaurant will be hosting a beach cleanup from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 9 in front of the Poseidon, 1670 Coast Blvd., just north of Torrey Pines Beach.

There is no fee or registration required. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and perhaps a hat. Poseidon will provide refreshments for participants and will hold a raffle for two free dinners for two. Prize tickets and merchandise will also be presented by 91X radio. For more information, visit www. poseidonrestaurant.com.

Support for Family Recovery Center a piece of cake DreamKeepers Project, Inc., the support group for the Family Recovery Center, invites the community to attend the fifth annual membership drive. The Family Recovery Center in Oceanside assists women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. DreamKeepers Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the women and children who reside at the facility. This year’s event, It’s All About the Cake, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 at the home of Joan Cunningham in Rancho Pacifica. Wedding cake designer Heidi Rogers, of Heidi Rogers

Cakes, will provide a “handson” demonstration for guests and share secrets on how to decorate the perfect cake. There will also be door prizes and a drawing for gift baskets and gorgeous desserts. Suggested donation items include diapers, clothing (0 to 24 months), baby wipes, bibs, socks, powdered infant formula, fitted sheets for standard and toddler beds, crib-size blankets, baby books and scrapbooks for moms, head support for strollers and car seats, and baby toys. Reservations are needed by Sept. 24. Call (858) 7566993 or online at www.dream keepersproject.org.


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on closer inspection learned that Sveden, of Brewster, Mass., had ingested a plant seed that had somehow migrated to his lung and sprouted open. He is recovering. (2) A Pomeranian puppy recently found wandering in San Bernardino, Calif., was diagnosed with reproductiveorgan complications that destined him to be put down, but a woman volunteered $1,165 for “transgender” surgery. “Red” is now happy and ready for adoption (and of course neutered).

— In September, the Romanian Senate rejected a proposal by two legislators to regulate, and tax, fortunetellers and “witches,” even though the government is otherwise desperately seeking new sources of revenue. A prominent witch had complained about potential record-keeping burdens on the “profession,” but one of the bill’s sponsors told the Associated Press he thinks opposition came from lawmakers who were frightened of having spells and curses placed on them.




in the courtroom. “I’m not a cold-hearted criminal,” Amador said to the court. She quoted Bible verses 1 to 6 from Matthew 7 and said she thinks the sentence of 18 years and four months is harsh and excessive. Gudino said the experience has changed her for the better. “All I have to say is sorry, but sorry isn’t enough,” she said. Both teenagers were 14 when the crimes were committed, but charged as adults due to the heinous acts of the crime, which included torture. Prosecutors dropped the torture charge as part of the plea bargain, for which the charge has a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Solov said that Amador played a slightly larger role in

the crimes, which is why her sentence carries an additional year. At a hearing last December, according to City News Service, Judge Theodore Weathers said Amador orchestrated and executed the plan to attack the 14-year-old victim in her own home. A third offender in the case is a male who was sentenced separately in juvenile court.

California Department of Fish and Game News has some advice about safety in your ocean-going kayak. The question was, “Will painting my kayak spook white sharks away?” “I bought a former scuba kayak and have retrofitted it into a fishing kayak. I transformed the underside into what appears to be the underside of a killer whale because I figure if I’m going to be spending lots of idle time fishing, I don’t want to attract the attention of great whites. The underside was totally white but now the outer edges are black with a small black patch at the rear so that it looks just like the characteristic underside of a killer whale. I also rigged up my two fins to drag out back the kayak in case I ever find myself in dire need. My reasoning here is killer whales and great whites are natural enemies, so if I paint the bottom like an orca, any great white within several hundred yards will take off. As I thought more about this aspect though, I

natural enemies, so if I paint the bottom like an orca, any great white shark within several hundreds yards will take off. now wonder if while I’m sitting in this thing for long periods of time, will I be more apt to be a target rather than a threat? Has there been any evidence of great whites attacking dead killer whales just like they attack dead regular whales? I’m wondering now if I am a soon to be ‘dead duck’ instead of a brilliant kayak engineer! Please advise. Thanks.” The Fish and Game department answered, “I applaud your kayak engineering prowess. However, I’m not sure painting the hull of your kayak to resemble the underbelly of an orca, along with attaching fins that mysteriously drag out the back, will spook a white shark or prevent an attack.

Most attacks on humans have likely been the result of mistaken identity when they resembled seals or sea lions (pinnipeds), the white shark’s prey preference. The sharks queue in on outlines or shadows of objects at the surface that they think resemble a prey item, and this is often in murky water. White sharks are ambush predators and usually attack their unsuspecting prey with a charge from below. Orcas are white sharks’ only predators, but whether your kayak hull painting will actually resemble an orca to a white shark spying it through murky water, and then alter its behavior will be your experiment. Keep in mind that sharks are curious animals

without sharp eyesight but they do have an exceptional sense of smell for detecting attractive odors (blood and dead things), even in small quantities. They also have acute senses for detecting through the water even the slightest movements they associate with prey or distressed creatures. Given this, the presence of an orcaappearing structure floating motionless at the surface may not increase the likelihood that a shark will mistake your kayak for a dead orca or an easy meal. However, if your fishing is successful and you hang lots of wiggling dying fish on a stringer over the side or put a bunch of fish blood in the water, well then your kayak might just appear more intriguing to them. Although it happens, attacks on kayaks are very rare; and if all white sharks knew how lousy kayaks tasted, they probably wouldn't ever bother them. Once a white shark has bitten its prey and found it unappealing (e.g. skinny humans, TURN TO KAYAK ON 23


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Above, Suzanne Johnson greets guests. Below, Mary Liu helps prepare the snack table. Above, Grillmasters are Jim Boyce, Steve DiZio, Steve Pierson and John Blakely.



“The Garden Club has come a long way since it started with seven members in 1928,” DiZio said. To learn more about the Part of the Harvest Dinner Committee: Beverly Boyce Kat Nunn, Susan Marr, Cynthia Harrison, Helen DiZio Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, and Mary Pierson. Photos by Patty McCormac call (858) 756-1554 or visit www.rsfgardenclub.org.

wife for years certainly did. As the crowd began arriving on a beautiful, warm evening, the serving tables began filling up with luscious looking desserts, crisp salads and vegetable dishes. DiZio said that soon after the event was announced people began competing with each other on who could provide the most attractive table decorations. As garden club member Susan Marr went about lighting candles just before dusk, she said the idea of the dinner was to get the community together to renew interest in the club. The cost of the evening was $50 per person or $100 a couple. Marr said the proceeds will be used to fund the clubs programs of beautification, education and social opportuIrene Perry, Paul Gozzo and Joyce Oren locate their table at the event. nities.



Above, Steve DiZio, Bibbi Herrmann and Bob Herrmann pose for a photo. Left, More committee members are Carol Degrazier and Pam Blakely.

products may be equally fresh and flavorful, with ingredients of similar quality, but taste dissimilar because the recipe or seasonings differ. Some products that tied include: — Ketchup: Heinz ($2.76 per bottle) is spicier, while Target’s Market Pantry ($1.174 per bottle) brand is more tomatoey. — Peanut butter: Tasters detected more deeply roasted nuts in Skippy (19 cents per serving), while Albertsons (15 cents per serving) has a hint of molasses flavor. — Potato chips: Both Lays (29 cents per serving) and Wal-Mart’s Great Value (15 cents per serving) have a nice balance of real potato flavor, fat and saltiness.

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From left, Rancho Santa Fe residents Monica Sheets, Patty Brutten, Lisa Schoelen, Mary Schulman, and Lisa Pedersen all volunteered for the event. Right, San Diego resident Nicole Johnson sits on her horse, Calamity, while chatting with some friends. Photos by Daniel Knighton



penning, a timed competition where a team of three riders on horses attempt to put three of the same numbered cows in a pen, there was a VIP Silent

Auction and cocktail reception headed by Karen Ventura. Event chairpersons were Art and Catherine Nicholas, San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer and his wife Alicia Jammer and jockey Danny Sorenson.

Above, Rancho Santa Fe residents Alexis Hines-Nordstrom and Kathy Nordstrom volunteered for the evening to help out the 140 foster teens at the San Pasqual Academy. Left, Rancho Santa Fe residents Tina Thomas and Gina Daley browse through the auction items before heading to their seats. Photos by Daniel Knighton

CR’s price study evaluated five supermarket chains and compared store-and name-brand prices for 30 everyday items at five chains, collecting a total of 283 price quotes. Shoppers saved as much as 52 percent on some items. National brands are generally pricier than store brands, not so much because of what’s in the package but because of the cost of developing the product and turning it into a household name. There’s no reason store brands shouldn’t hold their own, since some companies manufacture both, including Sara Lee, Reynolds, 4C, McCormick, Feit, Manischewitz, Joy Cone, Stonewall Kitchen and Royal Oak. Despite the savings, the price advantage may be narrowing. In recent years, some national-brand makers have lowered prices and stepped up promotional activities. Bottom line. Almost any store-brand product is worth a try. There’s little risk: Most supermarkets grocers offer a money-back guarantee if their products don’t meet your expectations. Visit the Consumer Reports website at www.consumerreports.org.



succeeded,” Beerle said. “Some have not, but we’ve learned from our mistakes.” The district takes effect Oct. 1 and automatically expires in five years.



kayaks or other nonmarine mammal items), they will often move on in search for something with fatty blubber that’s more caloric. Unfortunately, it only takes one inquisitive ‘sample bite’ from an inexperienced or curious white shark to do great harm to most people. Finally, you must realize



be completed in three to five years at a cost of $5 million to $8 million, however, there would be some environmental constraints building the pedestrian bridge. This alternative may also result in noise and light intrusion into nearby neighborhoods and the temporary designation could pose funding issues, Fornelli said. Carlsbad resident Richard Eckfield, an opponent of the temporary stop, said a permanent platform would cost $4 million if it were built even farther north of the river because there would be no need to double track and replace the bridge. Del Mar resident Barbara Johansen, who has lived west of the tracks on 23rd Street since 2006, said the temporary platform would be built right next to her house. “I deal with the trains all the time, but I am not in favor



event with proceeds benefiting the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguard Program. Local musicians, shapers, artists, vendors and environmentally minded organizations will make the day a true community event. There will be live music from Sezio, local artist Wade Koniakowsky will be painting live, and graduate students from UC Berkeley will be presenting recent research findings related to surf industry sustainability. “We’ve been able to grow this event year after year and 2010 is shaping up to be the best yet,” said Lisa Carpenter, Rerip co-founder. “As we convert to nonprofit status, we have solidified our mission to advance sustain-



he said. Malil testified that he did slashing motions with the knife, in the dark, to whoever was attacking him, Watanabe said. According to a release, Defense attorney Matthew Roberts told the jury in his closing argument that Malil didn’t premeditate the act but instead “overreacted” and believed he was acting in self-defense.



SEPT. 24, 2010 Hotel owners must repeat the multistep process to re-establish the district, but if approved it will be valid for 10 years. Participants will have an opportunity to protest the district annually. The board will be sub-

ject to the Brown Act and Public Records Act. The city will receive an annual report and be reimbursed for any costs incurred by the district. “It’s a good move forward,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “I think it’s a benefit for the city.”

that white sharks inhabit coastal waters year-round and may be swimming around you all the time, even if you don’t ever see them. However, I would think the less your kayak looks like a seal or sea lion (thus, remove those trailing swim fins!), the lower your chances are of a negative white shark encounter via mistaken identity. Even if you make your

kayak look like something completely outlandish though that you think would frighten any white shark off completely, there are no guarantees of anything unless you just stay out of the ocean. And you don’t want to do that now, do you?” For more information, people can visit www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/ whiteshark.asp.

of any temporary anything right in a beautiful residential area,” she said. If the permanent stop can’t be built now because of funding, “it shouldn’t be done at all,” Johansen said. “If you’re going to do something ... do it right the first time,” she said. “I don’t want to have to worry about what’s going to happen with my property values.” Chuck Berke, a 24th Street resident, is a retired attorney who worked in planning and zoning in Chicago. He said the temporary platform would likely become permanent because the proposal for the permanent structure is improbable. “I’ve never heard of an $80 million project that’s planned 10 years down the road that ever happened,” he said. “I think it’s somewhat unrealistic.” Faced with an immediate need to address increasing traffic, decreasing rail rider-

ship and requirements to comply with state mandates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the temporary platform seems a viable option for NCTD, Del Mar and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the fairgrounds. “We’re trying to solve a lot of our regional problems,” Councilman Mark Filanc said. “Why should we build a train stop?” Councilman Don Mosier asked. “It’s to get people out of their cars.” He said another nonrail alternative is the recent proposal to expand Interstate 5. “We’ve got hard decisions to make about how we’re going to transport people,” Mosier said. Tucker, Fornelli and council members all stressed the presentation was a first step. “We’re studying this,” Filanc said. “No decisions have been made. We’re very early on in the process.” “There will be many more

ability in the surf industry with a focus on reducing waste, reusing boards and community outreach programs — Reduce, Reuse and Reride. By attending The Future of Surfing, people show their support for action and addressing crucial issues in the sustainable surf movement.” Rerip started as a website for people to buy and sell used surf, snow and skate gear. Today, they are working towards creating accountability, measurability and sustainability in the surf industry by providing the best means for reselling equipment, spearheading Cradle-to-Cradle practices, and giving back to the community through education and fundraising. The

goal is to keep boards out of landfills while finding new ways to reduce waste and harmful practice.

nonprofit organizations — Fire preparedness — E nv i ro n m e n t a l sustainability Association Manager Peter Smith, who called it “a good list,” said that some of these goals, such as the construction of the patrol facility, have been ongoing for the past several years and will continue to be a high priority. “The review of the open space (program) will be something for the Long Range Planning Committee,” Smith said of the group, which will take a survey. “That way we can take

the pulse and demographics,” board President Tom Lang said. The Association is still working out ways to communicate better with its members by e-mail or texting and have not yet decided how best to do it. “We should take that very carefully because there are a lot of folks in this community who put a high premium on privacy,” board member Dick Doughty said. “We need to develop a policy on how we would use it, because in 10 years that is the way we will be communicating,” Smith said. “There are security issues, but we need to work around those problems,”

board member Jack Queen said. Queen said the website has been an issue for a while and that a new one is needed. “There are only 1,500 hits a month and I don’t know who is looking, maybe the Realtors?” Queen said. Smith said that there needs to be the opportunity for auto billing and for members to be able to pay for their services online. Also being considered for the future is to renegotiate the terms of outside law enforcement agencies that issue citations in the area so that some of the income from the fines finds its way back to Rancho Santa Fe.

bites at this apple,” Earnest said.“We will continue to keep this on the front burner and we’ll come up with an answer.” A similar presentation was scheduled for the Sept. 16 NCTD board of directors meet-

ing. But that was postponed until Oct. 19 because Filanc and Carl Hilliard, Del Mar’s NCTD council liaisons, were out of town and unable to attend. “This is a really impor-

tant project for ... NCTD strategically and an important project for the region,” Tucker said. “I think all of us are in the business of trying to reduce the amount of automobile traffic.”



24 minor issues with playground crowding, but Delaney said those could be worked out by adjusting the times when students eat and play. Tim Ireland from C.W. Driver construction said the facility was about 99 percent complete on the first day of school. “It’s mostly very little things that can be done in a couple of weeks,” he said, adding that the project had “the most accelerated schedule” he’d ever experienced. “I’m amazed this was done in a year,” board member Carlie Headapohl said.

Ireland said he met with the Division of the State Architect, which provides design and construction oversight for all kindergarten through grade 12 schools and community colleges, and didn’t expect any “snags” from that organization. The official dedication is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 20 and will be followed with a 5:15 p.m. community concert. Tickets are $50 for the show, which is a fundraiser for the performing arts center, the only building not ready for use on the first day of school. Fundraising efforts con-

tinue for that facility and include the 324 Club, a campaign that allows donors to buy one or more of the 324 seats in the building. Donors will receive a naming plaque that will be placed on the chair. Visit the district website at www. rsf.k12.ca.us for more information. There will be an update on the performing arts center at the next board meeting, scheduled for Oct. 7 in the school library. Delany will also discuss the school’s standardized test scores and academic performance index.

receive special recognition. Donors will contribute, or fill in the pledge portion of the contribution form noting the amount to be expected at a later date during the school year, on or before Red Envelope Day. On Red Envelope Day, volunteers will be at drop-off and pick-up collecting pledge forms and contributions. Also, parents will notice red boxes at the office and

around campus where they can drop off their contributions. All contributions are tax-deductible, receive Foundation license plate covers, car window stickers and a student directory. The first “Thank You Contributing Families, Teachers, Staff and Community Partners” list will be published and distributed to all families shortly after Red Envelope Day, rec-

ognizing all those who have contributed. For more information about Red Envelope Day or to make a donation, contact the “Red Envelope Day” cochairs Dana Knees at (858) 832-1702, knees1@cox.net or Mara Phillips at (858) 2058447, maraphome@aol.com. You can also go to the district’s website, rsfschool.net, click on Foundation, scroll down to Donate, and download donation forms online.

Dear Dr. Gott: If I order two or more of your health reports, do I need to send because they share themes. I more than one self-addressed have no experience with Sea stamped envelope along with Bands. the check? Upon investigation, I found that these are simply Dear Reader: This is a elastic bands with a button question I have been receivthat work on an acupressure ing more and more frequently, point on the inner wrist. so I have decided to print the Thank you all for writ- answer in the hopes that othing. I hope your suggestions ers will benefit, as well. help others who suffer from It depends on the exact motion sickness. number of health reports you

order. One, two or three reports should comfortably fit into one No. 10 envelope. However, anything over a single report will likely require additional postage. A single stamp covers one ounce of weight, which is equal to about four sheets of 8.5 inchby-11-inch paper or one health report. Currently, a single ounce requires one 44-cent stamp, and for every ounce over that, an additional 24 cents is

required. Therefore, if you plan to purchase three health reports, you can send in one No. 10 envelope with 92 cents worth of postage. If you wish to order three or more, you may want to include an additional stamped envelope or send a larger envelope with adequate postage. You can always visit your local post office and ask the amount of postage you will need to include in the order to receive your health reports.



few “adjustments” that had to be made, she said. One problem was traffic during drop off, especially with the kindergarteners. Delaney said many parents want to drop their youngsters as close as possible to the classrooms and then watch them until they disappear. That desire tends to wane over time, she said, adding that seventh- and eighth-graders will be used to escort the younger students in the morning. There were also some



the Five-Star Education program, but it takes the support of all parents to maintain this effort. Parents are asked to contribute to the best of their ability, keeping in mind that the “Fair Share” cost per child is $1,470 ($1 million divided by 680 students). Families that donate at the higher “Cap & Gown” and “Scholar’s Circle” levels



(800) 745-3000. — VR Green Farms at the Bella Colina Golf Course in San Clemente has an authentic Roman Encampment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26. Experience Roman Legion costumes, music, customs and language. Cost is $10 each. Food and drink available for $55. RSVP for more information at (949) 697-0032. — Briar Rose Winery in Temecula presents Barrie


sent off to the classrooms where their children would be matriculating. The new $37 million, state-of-the-art school opened to students Sept. 7. It took just under 10 years of planning and passing a bond measure to rebuild the school that was built on the same site as the original more than 50 years ago on La Granada and El Fuego. It serves about 800 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Construction began in June 2009. Many of the students were meeting in portable classrooms on the site of the new school during the construction. Enduring the construction was worth the wait according to parents. “It’s a long-awaited improvement to the community,” Missy Cameron said. Sue Bulicek said the new school is a perfect gateway to

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and recognizing that none of our successes would have been possible without the steadfast commitment of our community,” said Jim Silveira, president of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. “It is also a critical fundraiser for our shelter and its programs. Now, more than ever, we need the support of our local community.” Event proceeds help the approximate 1,000 animals the shelter cares for each year, as well as help fund programs such as the Safehouse, which provides a safe haven for animals from families suffering from


Hawk Foundation. Nichols said older skateboarders may initially come over to check it out but they would likely “get bored and move on.” “We know that it is a concern that it’s unsupervised and we have done our best to provide Z gates, to provide enclosure and also to provide fencing,” Bowen said. She said there will be areas where the city can post information about liability and safety. The city attorney said there will be signage indicating that people using the plaza know they are doing so at their own risk. In addition to sharing Kellejian’s concerns about the skateboard plaza, Mayor Tom Campbell said he has some issues with funding. “It’s beautiful. I love it,” he said. “But we need to


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the village of Rancho Santa Fe. “You see this and then you see the town,” Bulicek said. “It’s a treasure.” Hank Mendez, head custodian and setup manager, said that so far all has gone well with moving into the new school. Although there have been a few little bugs, they are only minor ones. “It’s going quickly and smoothly,” he said. Michelle Hansen and Linda Atwell were busily setting out spirit wear on a table to sell to the parents during the event. “The new school is great,” Hansen said. “It’s a beautiful facility and the teachers are all rock stars.” Dorrie Hawkes and Sandi Lubenow, assistant to the superintendent, manned the check-in table where they answered questions and handed out schedules to the parents.


or windows. Make your own window paint. Mix together equal parts dish washing liquid and washable liquid paint or powdered tempera. Mix until it’s a creamy consistency. Use paintbrushes. It’s easy to clean from windows with a moist paper towel. Pet rocks: Break out the paints, pipe cleaners, wiggle eyes, felt, pompoms, yarn scraps, etc. Pick smooth rocks and let the kids decorate them. Bingo: Play with dollarstore prizes such as crayons, stickers, toys, etc. Or use kiddie coupons for fun things such as a meal of choice, nochore day, pick a movie rental, etc. Don’t have a bingo game? You can print bingo cards and call sheets online. Visit www.dltkcards.com/bingo. Create your own: Kids love to make their own custom items, such as sundaes or graham cracker houses

domestic violence. Tickets for this exclusive event are on-sale now and seating is limited.Ticket prices are $200 for general seating or $375 for premier seating. For more information or to reserve your seats call (760) 753-6413 or visit www.rchumanesociety.org. Rancho Coastal Humane Society was formed in 1961 by a group of hardworking volunteers, led by animal lover Maria K. Lloyd.The goal was and continues to be providing care for the homeless animal population of San Diego County and to educate the public about pet over-population and responsible companion animal care. be realistic here.” Campbell said when the city was redeveloping Fletcher Cove Park the plans were created and then “sat on the shelf for eight or nine years” because there was no funding. City Manager David Ott, who has applied for state funding, said the project could be broken down into smaller phases so specific areas, such as the skateboard plaza or playground area, could be developed one at a time as funding becomes available. Campbell said a dedicated source for ongoing maintenance will also have to be identified in the future. “We like it so far,” he said. “I just hope we can build it.” The plans will continue to be presented to council members for additional input once Coastal Commission approval is granted. (you can use royal icing/frosting, pretzels, candies, cereals, etc.), chocolate-dipped pretzels, cupcakes, etc. Free play: Let kids play with balls (super balls can be a lot of fun), jump ropes, hula hoops, Legos or bubbles. Shaving cream hairstyles: Everyone puts shaving cream (or hair gel or mousse) in their hair and creates funny hairstyles. Dress up: Have a theme for the party. It can be as simple as everyone has to wear a certain color, sun glasses, funky hat, pajamas, toga, crazy socks or mismatched clothes.Take photos of everyone as they arrive. You can give prizes if you want to. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

Otto and Joan Masek pose with daughter Sue Bulicek, whose son attends the school.

Waiting for the tour to begin, the parents were just taking it all in from the tiled water fountains to the gorgeous clock tower. Becky Mezzino said she had been getting positive reports from her son about his new school. “My son just loves the school,” Min Kim said.

“We love it,” Sophia Alsadek said. “It’s the most beautiful school ever.” “It fits into the area perfectly,” Joan Masek said. “It looks like it has been here forever.” Back-to-school nights for the other grades took place earlier in the week.


at UCLA for short gut bowel syndrome; Conner’s Cause for Children is the only local nonprofit organization helping to pay for travel and hotel expenses. Other children, such as 12-year-old Melissa, who has cystic fibrosis, or 20-

month-old Isabella, hospitalized for more than three months with a life-threatening seizure disorder, receive little or no assistance from national organizations and count on Conner’s Cause for gas cards that will help their financially strapped parents get them to treatment, or pay for basic household needs.





what they can do about breast cancer and let them know they are not alone.” Both groups will be available at the Feeling Fit Festival on Oct. 3 to answer any questions. The Keep A Breast Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support. Through art events, educational programs and fundraising efforts, they seek to increase breast cancer awareness among young people so they are better equipped to make choices and develop habits that will benefit their longterm health and well-being. They can be contacted at www.keep-a-breast.org. North Coast Wellness Center’s mission is to eliminate lifestyle driven disease by providing people of all ages natural health care services and educating them about healthy proactive lifestyle choices. Their aim is to provide safe, effective, personalized integrative healthcare and practical educational programs so that people will have the resources and tools necessary be successful in their healthcare goals. They are located in Encinitas and more information about their services can be found on www.ncwcenter.com. For more information, e-mail info@keep-a-breast. org or to make an appointment call NCWC at (760) 632-1134.

Highway Administration, is in charge of the project. According to Caltrans officials, construction would not begin for roughly five years along the project’s southern end and would take approximately 15 years for work to start in Oceanside. Some cities are joining the cautious residents, scientists and environmental groups urging an alternative solution to the massive widening project. Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts is the city’s representative on the North Coast Transit District board. In order to increase ridership on the Breeze (bus) and the Coaster train, he recommended the fares be lowered. The measure passed unanimously on Sept. 16. Breeze fares will lower by 25 cents while Coaster fares will decrease by 10 to 22 percent.In addition, Solana Beach will



children will find the best selection of books to fill their home library, featuring award-winning books and titles from leading authors. There will be hundreds of books from various publishers, including Scholastic. Students visit the book fair with their classes during the week and can make a wish list of books they would like to buy. Teachers also make wish lists for their classrooms. Parents can place their child’s name on a dedication sticker inside books they donate to their child’s classroom. The Book Fair needs community heroes to volunteer. They are looking for community, real-life heroes, such as firefighters, police officers, doctors, military, grandparents and parents. If they can spend one to two hours at the book fair, the school will announce their scheduled appearance to the learning community. Volunteers are needed throughout the days to help staff the sale. Community volunteers can contact Dorri Hawkes, the school librarian, at (858) 756-1141. Parents can sign up through the parent volunteer link at www.rsfschool.net. The Book Fair will be open before and after school Monday through Friday.



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— Antacid — Anti-diarrea medication — Antiseptic solution to clean cuts — Calamine lotion to treat bug bites and other itchy problems — Cold and cough medications — Cold pack — Cotton balls and swabs — Eye wash and drops — Laxative — Petroleum jelly — Scissors and tweezers — Sunscreen — Syrup of ipecac — Thermometer Once you’ve got your medicine supply back on par


Cookoff from 5 to 7 p.m., sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. — Oct. 2: A spirited Tennis Mixer will burn off calories before the barbecue


Gardner’s, which include murder, Mason is in favor of capital punishment. “Just going to prison, that’s not enough,” she said. “I think for the rape and killing of young girls and old ladies — they should be put to death.”



or $600 annually. He said family members, especially those living out of state, can purchase the program for elderly relatives who live in Del Mar. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said she would welcome such a program for her mother in Louisiana. “We would gratefully pay $50 a month to have these kinds of services,” she said. “That would be great for my family to know that somebody’s looking out for (my mother), making sure she gets to her doctors’ appointments, planning activities and knowing that she can get there safely and get home.

“The main reason that CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) hasn’t been followed is because all they (Caltrans) have decided to do is lay concrete,” he said. “What they haven’t explored is effective rapid transit using the existing infrastructure.” Critics of the expansion claim that noise and air pollution will increase and that the root cause of freeway congestion won’t be addressed. “This is just a 20-year solution at best and then where are you? The status quo of continuing to increase air pollution and noise pollution can’t continue,” Hegenauer said. “This is Southern California’s insanity of moving one person per car.” “If you build it, they will come” was a common refrain during the meeting and in later interviews with residents and experts. Bob Cotton gave a presentation on the visual impacts of freeway widening along the 27-mile proposed project I-5

now be in the so-called “North Coastal Zone” requiring just one fare to travel to Oceanside. “Solana Beach has been proposing to move public transportation projects up before widening I-5,” Roberts said.“No matter how wide you make it (I-5), it’s going to be saturated fairly soon.” He also supports double tracking the existing trains so that they run more frequently. While plans are moving forward for both the widening and the train expansion, full funding does not exist for either. After several informational meetings with the community, Caltrans, in concert with federal officials, said it expects to decide this fall how large a project to build. The expansion would then still require numerous approvals from state agencies and commissions. “Those Caltrans meetings are a joke,” said Michele Boothe, who attended the meeting in Solana Beach in

August. “There is no room for discussion, they have no intention to hear what the residents have to say.” Boothe said she was shocked when she heard the information from scientists at the Encinitas meeting. “How could Caltrans even think of doing this to us?” she exclaimed “It’s going to destroy our health and the environment to boot.” Jack Hegenauer, retired biochemistry professor at UCSD, addressed the audience. “Ask yourself ‘Is this project going to make my life healthier, is it going to make my life quieter?’” Hegenauer has been a consultant with the city of Solana beach working on air quality and greenhouse gas emissions issues for several draft environmental reports. “We found that twothirds of emissions come from the freeway,” he said. “The environmental impacts haven’t been revealed or mitigated by Caltrans.” The agency did not return multiple attempts for a comment.

and organized, I recommend you take inventory once a year to restock medications that you have used-up or that are expired. Medication safety tips: — Remember to finish any course of antibiotics your doctor prescribes, even if you begin to feel better after just a couple of days. This is important to prevent antibiotic resistance. — Don’t transfer any medications into the containers for other medications. Someone may mistakenly take your prescription medication when they really needed an over-the-counter pain reliever. — Never share medications with friends or family. Even if it seems like they have the same illness or

symptoms as you did, only a physician can diagnose and should prescribe medications. — Always keep a list with you of medications — prescription, over-the-counter and herbal — that you take along with dosages and frequency. In case of an emergency, this could be extremely valuable in preventing drug interactions. Even some vitamins and many herbal supplements can react negatively with common medications or render them ineffective.

lunch from 1 to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club, 5829 Via De La Cumbre. Coinciding, will be the Osuna Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Association and Osuna Ctte. The final evening will

feature the Neighbor Night Parties on the Street from 5:30 to 8 p.m. sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. Hosts are given invitations, ideas and in the Covenant even mailing labels. Similar to the

Community Center’s popular Sunset Soiree program, guests bring a beverage and hors d’oeuvres to share. For information about your street party, call (858) 756-2461 or go to www.rsfcc.org. The Community Center

is also hosting a Kids’ Night Out from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional sibling. For more information, contact Debbie Anderson at (858) 756-0358 or at debbieanderson13@gmail.com.

Another component in the new legislation is that it doesn’t allow for sex offenders who are on parole to enter any parks, and carries a misdemeanor charge for those who violate it, according to the bill. It also creates a lifetime parole and GPS provisions for habitual sex offenders, and tracks other offenders for a

duration of time dependent upon the severity of their crime, according to AB 1844. “It’s scary,” Gail Clark of Oceanside said. “I’m a grandparent and a mother and it’s scary that there’s people out there that shouldn’t be.” She said she thinks Chelsea’s Law is a great idea, but like many others is sad-

dened that a horrific crime prompted the law. “It’s too bad that something like that had to happen first, before the law,” she said. Attorney at Law Vincent J. Russo, of Newport Beach, said he is in favor of stricter laws for violent sex offenses against children. But with the one-strike

lifetime sentence carried by Chelsea’s Law, Russo said his only concern is that an innocent person doesn’t get sent away for life. “Innocent people do go to jail,” he said. But Russo added that he is for the new sentence if there’s other corroborated physical evidence proving a suspect committed the crime.

“This is a great opportunity to have someone looking out after (relatives) and then providing regular reports,” Crawford said. DMCC is budgeting $48,500 for the program. Less the $12,000 membership fee if 20 people sign up, that includes $41,500 for a member services coordinator, $15,000 for a care manager and $4,000 for expenses such as security clearances, a badge system and marketing. Most help would be provided by people willing to donate their time, Sinnott said. “The whole program requires a lot of volunteers,” he said. “We’re hoping this will generate a lot of enthusiasm for people who want to be con-

nected with Del Mar and provide individual service to seniors in their homes.” In-Home Connections will initially be offered to Del Mar residents but may eventually expand to other seniors in the 92014 ZIP code. DMCC will evaluate the program after 18 to 24 months. “I think this is an excellent program and it offers a lot of opportunity for volunteer participation,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “I think it’s a terrific idea,” Mayor Richard Earnest said.“Community Connections has an interesting way of being creative.” Earnest said the organization frequently asks what more it can do to help seniors,

“which means more understanding of those people and the conditions that they have to deal with and how we can respond to that in an elegant and sensitive way. “I hope a lot of people ... want to get involved,” Earnest said. DMCC is a volunteer-driven organization that, since 1999, has been providing programs and services that allow maturing residents to live safely, vibrantly and independently in their homes rather than moving to a retirement or assisted-living facility. The organization offers numerous free social, cultural, health and education activities. It also provides alternative transportation options, in-

home care management consultations with a licensed social worker, legal and Medicare counseling clinics, computer tutoring, a brain fitness program and weekly health education group discussions with a practicing geriatric physician. To volunteer or sign up yourself, a relative or a friend, contact DMCC at (858) 7927565 or email@dmcc.cc.

“To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

corridor where beaches, canyons, lagoons and sandstone bluffs would be blocked by high noise reducing concrete walls. Lisa Margolin-Feher, a Solana Beach resident who attended two of the expansion meetings, said she went to get more information. “I have a view of the freeway,” she said. “I’m going to have a much bigger view unless this project is stopped.” “I was stunned by what I heard and saw at the meeting,” she said. In particular, the sound walls were a shock. “Whose ideas are these?” Margolin-Feher asked. “These ‘solutions’ being proposed are going to be with us for the next 50 to 100 years. It’s going to forever change the landscape of this community.” Like many residents, Margolin-Feher is taking action. “I’m writing to Caltrans to express my concerns,” she said. “I’m not going to sit by and watch this happen.”

Take it back Sept. 25 is National Prescription Take Back Day. Scripps is offering an opportunity for you, family, friends and patients to drop off unused prescription drugs at four Scripps locations between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Drop off locations include: — Scripps Coastal Medical Center in Carlsbad — Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas — Scripps Mercy Hospital in Chula Vista — Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla Medication that is not disposed of properly pollutes water supplies and can cause harm to children, pets and others. By participating in this event, you will not only clear your household of all unused prescription drugs, but also decrease damaging effects on our environment and keep others safe.

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car I am actually trying to preserve, it rains sap. Looking at it from a karmic view, I was either a logger in a past life, or I have decorated one too many live Christmas trees. I don’t think I’ll take any long walks in the woods for a while.

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hotel operators agreed. “There is a need for this,” Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. “It does appear as if there’s loitering going on. “There are so many different cabs there and there isn’t that much business,” she said. “I’d be supportive of helping the taxi cab drivers find the work appropriately and not just be there hanging

out because that’s what it appears to be.” The new laws will also make it illegal for cabs to operate with tinted windows. All permits, licenses, identification and proof of insurance must be available for inspection. The minimum liability insurance was also increased to $1 million, the same limit required in nearby Carlsbad and Oceanside. Council members will review the changes in six months.



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Moonlight Beach, seemingly dry as a bone, is a 130-foot-tall Phoenix canarienses. This is one of the giants of the palm family. It is commonly called the Canary or Canary Island Date palm. I love this tree even with all its problems. I would have to say it is at least 80 years old. From looking at early turn-of-the-century photographs of Moonlight Beach you can see a small group of these juvenile trees near the same location. As a monocot, or direct relative to your lawn, it grows straight out the top of the tree, pushing a complete new head of fronds every four to six years. But how the heck does something that big survive on the beach? Well, I have seen the roots from a tree this size run approximately 80 to 100 feet out away from the trunk in every direction. In sand, they can go very


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addition the clinical staff is salaried without financial incentives. Finally, clinics such as NCHS put an emphasis on health education and prevention. Currently the Diagnostic Ultrasound clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday serving 500 patients annually. Plans are under way to offer the clinic on weekdays, which would

increase the number of patients served to 2,500 annually. Eventually NCHS hopes to offer a training program in which their own medical assistants could become certified sonographers. Tracy Francis is a certified sonographer who had been with the new Diagnostic Ultrasound program since it began in July.

deep, maybe 10 to 12 feet or more following the water down. This is the Moonlight tree’s secret. Although the ocean is salty and located very close to the tree, the Encinitas Creek flows underground and drains out through the sand and into the sea. Because the water — however polluted — is fresh water, it is less dense than the ocean water and will float on top of the sea water in the sand where the tree’s roots are. This is very much like in Hawaii where the lava rock creates an aquifer or fresh water bubble from falling rain that sits on top of the salty seawater permeating the porous lava rock of the islands. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, CANARY ISLAND DATE PALM This Canary Island Date Palm at Moonlight Beach is estimated to be about 80 years old. Courtesy photo e-mail him at Kent@plantch.com.

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ers. Whether you’d like to volunteer at a homeless shelter or start a nonprofit organization, this contest gives one winner the opportunity to pursue their passions, and share their experience with the world. Through Nov. 8, those that are interested can submit their Life Improvement proposal online at www. thelifeimprovementproject. com. Five finalists will be chosen from submissions by a panel of judges, and announced on Dec. 13. The winner will be determined by public vote, and announced on Jan. 31, 2011.

L. Ron Hubbard award CARLSBAD — Jordan Cornthwaite from Carlsbad was honored at the 26th annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards that celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests.

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contractor seven years ago to buy his seaside house in Del Mar for $700,000 more than it was worth. The windfall swept the Duke into a posh, sevenand-a-half bath, $2.6 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, one of the ritziest enclaves in all the United States. The Del Mar place had never even been on the market. Suddenly, goosed by the Duke’s abiding influence with the Pentagon from his long tenure on the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on defense, business boomed at MZM Inc., the defense-related software company run by the new Del Mar homeowner, Mitchell Wade. Dostoevsky opined that we should judge a society on the way it treats its prisoners. In that case, I feel sad for Cunningham and hope that he be done no gratuitous harm. I can’t shake the image of him walking along Front Street to the federal court house on sentencing day, his suit hanging limply from his once robust frame, stumbling and falling to the sidewalk in a failed attempt to get around television cameramen who themselves had tripped while treading backward to get their shots. But Cunningham stunningly betrayed the trust we put in him — and some suggest his deals with marginal defense contractors compromised the safety of our troops in the field — and for this he’s got to pay, through prison time and back taxes both.

using the skills he honed as a high school and college teacher to help fellow inmates earn high school equivalency diplomas and expand their intellectual horizons. In the other, unearthed by freelance writer Seth Hettena, the ex-congressman complains to U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns that the IRS has put a levy on his military and congressional pensions and drained all of the more than $84,000 in a personal retirement account at a credit union. Beyond this, he wrote, the federal Bureau of Prisons intercepts his $2,000 monthly Social Security check and keeps it. “The IRS has taken nearly everything I have worked for during my nearly 70 years. They have taken over or we have paid over 2.75 million dollars in assets, cash, homes, cars, ernings (sic) and retirement,” the Duke wrote. “After 40 years teaching my wife is living hand to mouth and staying in her 2 bedroom grandmothers home.” He added, “You can only push a man so far, your honor ... yes, I’ve made mistakes, but does that include killing me and my family.” He also wrote the judge, “You have just killed one of the most highly decorated veterans in the history of this nation — Atta Boy.” So we recall anew just how shocked we were that Cunningham, a decorated jet fighter pilot in Vietnam, per- Bruce Kauffman can be reached at suaded a foundering defense scribe.oceanside@gmail.com.



compost bin, separate cans, bottles, paper and plastic according to the recycling guidelines, and wash the container out occasionally. And, for heaven’s sake, quit with the yard waste plastic bags. You want to talk about baggies and Ziplocks? Don’t get me started. Everything ends up in the landfill, folks. Or the ocean. Creative alternatives exist for anyone who wants to live more simply and cares about how they leave the planet for the next generation. Go to www.fakeplasticfish.com for more ideas, and some laughs. We are addicted to plastic, not unlike any other habit that prevents us from living a smarter, healthier lifestyle.Ya think there’s a connection to cancer, diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc.? The latest research says autism and Alzheimer’s as well. I have three dangerous words for you ... plastic, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. I am sickened by the amount of singleuse plastic I’ve seen at all the “pink events.” And they don’t want to talk about it. What about recycling? How’s this for an analogy? If

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we are all cigarette smokers and we have this great idea to collect all the filters and remake them into a useful product ... aren’t we still addicted to smoking? That’s what’s happening with a few of the plastic bags and bottles. Did you see Sanja Gupta’s “Toxic America”? What he exposed cannot be denied ... toxicants from chemical factories and refineries, mostly in poor neighborhoods, fouling the water, land, and air. Many in the government have their heads “in the sand” on this and other issues. Charlie Moore at www.algalita.org will tell you that the sand is polluted with lots and lots of plastic. And, cigarette butts are some of the most common trash found on our beautiful beaches. Millions of them! Am I suggesting that we live without plastic, oil and chemicals? Of course not. But, where is it OK to dump this stuff? Unfortunately recycling is not the answer. Beware of the chemical industry and plastic manufacturers who support “bottle bills” and who defeated AB 1998 because they don’t want their profits touched by this common sense legislation. Jobs? I am all in favor of jobs, but not at any price. We all know our economy depends on having more manufacturing here in the US. Is there some reason these factories can’t retool to produce something sustainable? The scoop ... 19 billion plastic bags a year in our state ... and the poop, are both hitting the proverbial fan Comments? Clkk411@aol.com.



exciting, yet functional wardrobe that got Hall lots of compliments. “Friends started to notice my new look and when I told them Christina had shopped for me, they said they needed her, too,” Schneider said. The response was so positive, Hall and Schneider started a style consulting business in Solana Beach in January 2010 and that’s how Lauren Brandal was born.



them. With one or two exceptions, the people she interviews are ordinary people. “They won no prizes,” she said. “They didn’t become presidents.They had been moms and dads, many from large families. Most didn’t get the opportunity to go past elementary school, but they taught themselves and they were fearless that nothing would stop them if they wanted to do something.” The men were jacks of all trades and the women worked from sun up to sun

Lauren Brandal will be hosting a Fall Trunk Show Sept. 30 at the studio, 506 Pacific Ave. For more information, visit www.lauren brandal.com. “The name, Lauren Brandal, is from our daughters. Lauren is Christina’s daughter and Brandal is my daughter’s middle name,” Schneider said. “We met when our daughters were in kindergarten together, so it only seemed appropriate that we include them in the business.”

To date, the women have sold almost $19,000 worth of clothes and the business is proving to be successful and unique. “Essentially we go into people’s closets to help them identify what works and what doesn’t,” she said. “Then, we go shopping for them to find the best deals at the best prices. Once we have a good selection of clothes, the client can either come to our studio to try on the clothes and have a fun night out or we go to their

home and help pull together their existing wardrobe with their new pieces.” The duo also creates “look books” for customers, where we photograph each piece of clothing along with all of its options, so they can pull out their book each morning and “find” their outfit for the day. “The best part for us is that we simply return whatever they don’t want, so we have no inventory, thus keeping our profits high and our costs low,” Schneider said.

down. There were no conveniences and the workloads were intense. “There was no need for a gym,” she said. One of the stories memorable to Mann is a woman, 80, who had just lost her husband of 60 years a few months earlier. “She decided to share a story she had never shared before — even with her family.” She was a Jewish girl in Germany on Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, 1938, when within a few hours the Nazis destroyed or damaged thousands of synagogues, Jewish homes and businesses. It became known as Kristallnacht (night of

broken glass) because of the broken glass that covered the streets. This night also marked the escalating violence against Jews and the beginning of the Holocaust. Her father was taken away that night. “When the mother stopped crying she said to the girl to come along, we are going to walk over to the mines. When her daughter asked why, her mother told her they were going to jump in and end their lives. The mother told her the reason was that the world would not be fit for Jewish people to live in.” “She was 10 and had never told the story,” Mann

said. “If I hadn’t asked, those children and grandchildren would have not known this.” This story has a happy ending, in that the whole family was reunited in the United States a few years later, but not before the girl and her brother were sent to the U.S. via Kindertransport, which transported children out of harms way. It was similar to the Underground Railroad used by American slaves. The family’s silver Shabbat candlesticks were smuggled out in her suitcase. To learn more about Lifetime History Videos, call Mann at (760) 650-6262 or visit www.lifetimehistory video.com.



started his television career and continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves as a test pilot and instructor. He also earned a law degree and eventually became a judge. With a penchant for wearing boots and a hat with his suits, Anderson became known as the cowboy judge. He heard sales tax cases throughout California that included a ruling against TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart that was eventually upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Anderson eventually returned to San Diego and settled in Del Mar in 2004. In 2007, he was honored as part of the San Diego County Fair’s Salute to Heroes. The exhibit featured a giant display and video screen showing footage taken from cameras onboard F-4U Corsairs during the war, allowing visitors to watch Anderson dog-fighting against enemy planes. Banners with his image hung on street lamps in Solana Beach and Del Mar. Anderson, who was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors, married Ruth Edlefsen in 1942. She passed

ON THE AIR AND IN THE AIR Before embarking on his TV career, Bob Anderson served as a fighter pilot during World War II. Courtesy photo

away in 2006. He is survived by three daughters, a brother, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. As part of his recognition by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, two of his granddaughters, North County residents Allie and Lindsey Dixon, were invited to walk the red carpet and attend this year's Emmy Awards on Aug. 29. “It’s wonderful that the work that he did so long ago is being recognized,” Allie Dixon said.

“He used to tell great stories about working in the early days of television. “He would have an idea and then he would have to figure out how to make it work,” she said. “He used to say, ‘I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I just figured it out as I went along.’” To get the weather report for “Farm and Home News,” Anderson would drive to a weather station every day on his way to the studio. “The people working at

the weather station would give him the weather data and then he would relay the forecast to the viewers,” said Dixon, who remembers her grandfather as an “ethical, hardworking person” who “laughed all the time and always had something funny to say.” “But he was very humble about all of his achievements,” Dixon said.“He never talked about himself. Even his closest friends didn’t know all that he had accomplished.”

veterans park since Fort Rosecrans was closed in the CONTINUED FROM 4 1960s. A memorial park in to the prestigious Jockey San Bernardino County has Club based in New York City been used as an alternate. and Lexington, Ky. Also on the board is Joe Harper, Del School construction Mar CEO. Jockey Club was contrast founded in 1894 and its prinRancho Santa Fe cipal mission is the improve- debuted its R. Roger Rowe ment of Thoroughbred school recently. It is equipped breeding and racing. Fravel with a state-of-the-art media joined the Surfside track in center. The works. Plus beau1990. tification of the campus and what remained of the former Miramar Memorial building. The cost? In the Park neighborhood of $4 million. Burials will begin in Contrast that to the new February adjacent to Robert F. Kennedy Miramar Marine Corps Community School in L.A. Station and will provide the with an anticipated 4,200 stufirst burials in the county at a dents from K to eighth grade

at a cost of $578 million. It’s located on the former Ambassador Hotel site where Sen. Kennedy was assassinated.

held by Nick Pavone, who retired ... Solbeach is in the process of writing a landscape ordinance to comply with state law that mandates water efficient landscaping ... Carol Childs, whose mom Wanett was a great community booster, has been seated as prexy of Solbeach Civic & Historical Society ... Del Mar Rotary Club has scheduled its fun Chile & Quackers Challenge on Oct. 9. Hasta la Vista


One-liners Del Mar Union School District had to do some shuffling when 240 more students showed up on the first day of school ... The gavel will fall Tuesday, Sept. 29 on the sale of a choice Balboa Avenue parcel in the Surfside City provided the bid will cover the remaining balance on the Shores parcel in the neighborhood of $3.5 million ... Tony Michel is the new Rancho Santa Fe Fire District chief filling the spot

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SEPT. 24, 2010

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Sept. 24, 2010

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Let that wonderful spirit of cooperation and fairness you naturally possess be pronounced in all that you do, and you’ll easily find harmony in your dealings. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) You’re in an especially good cycle for beginning something that normally might be difficult, such as going on a diet or starting an exercise program. Don’t waste this point in time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - Contact that impressive person you recently met whom you would like to know better, and suggest doing something interesting together.That person is equally eager to cozy up to you, too. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Don’t start anything that you might have difficulty in completing, because if you can make this a day of achievement, you should be able to clear yourself of having any near-misses. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - If you’re able to make a choice between assignments that are of a mental or physical nature, choose the former. Your cranial attributes are likely to be working a bit better than your muscles. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Making due with what you have will


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give your bank account the rest it deserves. Engage in activities that don’t cost you anything, such as visiting family or a good friend. ARIES (March 21-April 19) You’ll never fit comfortably in a subservient role, so don’t let a bossy type try to maneuver you into one. Unless you call your own shots, you’ll end up being miserable. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - In order to protect yourself from having to take a position on something you know little about, keep a low profile and don’t do anything to call attention to yourself until you’ve got the deets. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Because your attitude tends to be influenced by your colleagues, mingle only with friends who have a positive outlook on life. Avoid the bigmouths and bores. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - It might be far nicer to coast, but it isn’t likely to get you anywhere. Challenge yourself a bit and put forth some effort to accomplish something you’ve been putting off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - A healthy curiosity can prove to be a big asset, so don’t hesitate to ask some questions about anything that might interest you. You could learn something that’ll be of great value. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - An associate might have something of great interest to offer that could be of benefit to someone who knows how to promote it. If you know such a person, offer to make the introduction.







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D ’ B U U H H U PREVIOUS SOLUTION: “But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?” - Albert Camus

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Fairbanks Ranch Home with VIEWS! Fantastic floor plan with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, remodeled kitchen & baths, marble floors, pool, spa & outdoor barbeque on 2.24 acres. Seller is very motivated!

Fabulous Richard Doan floor plan with 6 bedroom suites, master on the main level, mahogany-paneled office, spacious kitchen & family room, 6 fireplaces, guesthouse, incredible outdoor entertaining on 2.95 manicured acres. Covenant Horse Trails & a Owner ready to deal!



Rancho Santa Fe, California

Rancho Santa Fe, California



GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY Rancho Santa Fe, California

Rancho Santa Fe, California




Custom home with 5 bedroom suites, beautiful office, gourmet kitchen, elegant master, 4 fireplaces & balcony overlooking the 4th hole of the prestigious golf course. Fantastic opportunity in one of Rancho Santa Fe's finest gated communities!

Outrageous deal to be made on this gorgeous gated Fairbanks Ranch home! Lives like a single-level with 5 bedroom suites, 2 offices, travertine floors, spacious & voluminous rooms, pool house, play yard & 4 car garage. Make an offer!

Unbelievable price for one of Del Mar Country Club's finest homes! Impeccably maintained with 4 bedroom suites PLUS a bonus room, travertine floors, gourmet kitchen, 4-car garage plus a golf cart garage. Superior quality with spacious rooms & lots of volume.




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