Rancho Santa Fe News, July 27, 2012

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VOL. 8, NO. 11

JULY 27, 2012

Burglaries on the rise in Ranch


By Patty McCormac

longer able to race,” she said. She was one of those people, up until 1995. “I was at the race track and saw an article in one of the racing papers about a horse rescue organization,” she said. “I said ‘why do horses need to be rescued?’ It just never clicked. When I got home and got on the website,

RANCHO SANTA FE — Due to a rise in burglaries in Rancho Santa Fe in the past six months, it bears repeating: “When you leave home, lock your doors and turn on the alarm,” said Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. “People need to be a little more aware and a little more diligent.” Many times, the victims are making it very easy for the thieves. “Two thirds of the time, they are walking right in,” he said. Wellhouser said between January and June, there were 27 burglaries. “That is a lot for this community,” he said. Two of the burglaries were from vehicles and the rest were burglaries of houses, he said. “About 37 percent of those burglaries were forced entries. In 63 percent, they go into a door that is not locked,” he said. Wellhouser said a group of thieves is suspected of the burglaries and an investigation continues. “They are taking electronics and jewelry,” Wellhouser said. He said that much of the jewelry is sitting out on counters or dressers in the homes. “People who are victims of crime catch on really quickly that locking the door is the first step in deterring burglars,” he said. “A lot of our crime is opportunistic,” he said. “If you take the opportunity away, then we wouldn’t have as much crime.That is one leg of the little stool, to a large degree.” Also, residents should be aware of anyone coming to the door selling something like magazines. “All door-to-door vendors have to have a license that is visible and backed up by other identification,” he said. That rule does not apply to Boy & Girls Scouts and church groups, he said. He said that the burglars




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ON THE BALL Derek Miller (above) and Allison Bradshaw (inset) of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club compete in the 2012 Teaching Pro Mixed Doubles competition during the Mercury Insurance Open at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. Bradshaw and Miller made it to the semi-finals where they faced Katrina Zheltova of the Davis Tennis Club and her partner Mason Fuller of the Rancho Valencia Tennis Club. It was a hard-fought match that saw Bradshaw and Miller come from behind before Zheltova and Fuller won in sudden death, 6-2, 5-7, (10-4). Photos by Bill Reilly

Treatment of retired horses spurs foundation By Patty McCormac

DEL MAR — It’s nice to imagine that after its glory days on the track, a racehorse is retired, spending the rest of its days grazing in an impossibly green meadow. But, that’s not the reality for many former racehorses. Many owners decide they are not worth the trouble and expense of keeping them, so they are severely neglected or even slaughtered for their meat. Dawn Mellen is a horse owner herself (her own Weemissfrankie came in third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile fillies race last year in Kentucky.) So involved in horses and racing, she couldn’t bear to see what was happening to the gorgeous creatures. She later founded After the Finish Line, a foundation that raises money for distribution to various horse rescue organizations that are sometimes bidding against those looking to purchase a horse for its meat. “They meet their end in Mexico or Canada,” Mellen

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Rare stolen car found stripped of its parts Patrol delivers six-month report, Osuna renovations By Jared Whitlock

RANCHO SANTA FE — Last week, detectives from the San Diego Police Department announced they were looking for a 2005 Ford GT that was stolen from a Rancho Santa Fe home. The rare car, which was valued at around $250,000, was recovered — or what was left of it. According to Sgt. James Kistner of the San Diego Police Department’s Auto Theft Unit, the car was cut into smaller pieces and stripped of its engine, transmission and frame, as well as other parts. Detectives found the chopped up 2005 Ford GT in Vista after following up on an unrelated residential burglary case. The car, along with other property at the Rancho Santa Fe home, was stolen sometime in the last three weeks. Kistner declined to state the specific date of the burglary, how many suspects were involved and how much property was taken. No arrests have been made in the case. According to Kistner, the

By Patty McCormac

The 2005 Ford GT, similar to the one pictured, was stolen from a Rancho Santa Fe home more than three weeks ago. Authorities found the car in Vista, stripped for its parts. The car is one of only 4,038 ever built. Courtesy photo

car was likely stripped of its parts in order to avoid detection from law enforcement. Individual parts don’t draw as much scrutiny and are easier to sell to car enthusiasts, he said. The car, one of 4,038 ever built, was equipped with a 5.4 liter supercharged engine worth about $40,000. As for the potential whereabouts of the car parts,

Kistner said there’s “no shortage of possibilities.” The suspects could try and sell the parts in Mexico or another country. And while Kistner said San Diego doesn’t have a large black market for cars and car parts, a local could potentially purchase the parts without knowing they were stolen. “Someone could buy the items without being aware

they were part of a burglary,” he said. Kistner said detectives will be monitoring websites and blogs that sell car parts in hopes of tracking down the Ford GT’s engine, frame and transmission. Citizens with information about the whereabouts of the parts or the identity of the suspects should call (619) 533-5710.

Workshop educates inventors on industry

San Diego Trust celebrates another strong quarter

By Christina Macone-Greene

COAST CITIES — San Diego Trust Bank reported its 31st consecutive quarterly profit with year-to-date earnings up 61 percent from the comparable period of a year ago. Net earnings after-tax for the six months ending June 30, 2012 totaled $916 thousand compared to $569 thousand for the same period last year. Net Income for the second quarter of 2012 totaled $432 thousand compared to $267 thousand for the same period last year. The bank’s ability to report such strong earnings resulted from an increase in earning assets coupled with a decrease in operating expenses compared to the previous year. Total Assets reached $216.6 million as of June 30, 2012 compared to $201.9 million as of June 30, 2011, representing a 7.3 percent increase from the prior year’s figures, as more and more San Diegan’s sought to align themselves with one of the most well-capitalized and consistently profitable banks in all of California. Total Deposits increased 5 percent from a year ago and stood at $180.5 million as of June 30, 2012, compared to $171.4 million. Core deposits (non-interest bearing DDA and MM accounts) represented 97 percent of all deposits as of June 30, 2012. The bank has never held any “brokered” deposits. “We are delighted to once again report such strong results to our loyal shareholders, despite the great amount of uncertainty that continues to loom over the economy” said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Perry. “The tremendous efforts of our entire team combined with our proven ability to adapt to ever-changing market con-

Coming up with an idea for an invention may be easy, but turning it into a tangible creation is the challenging part. That’s all about to change since Inventing Profit began hosting monthly mixers at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. A nonofficial organization Inventing Profit requires no membership fees, no chamber membership or dues but offers people with free information for invention and innovation pathways. “Inventing Profit began as an idea during a presentation made to a group of inventors in North County through the North County Small Business Development Center,” said Eric Hanscom, managing attorney at InterContinental IP based in Carlsbad. Hanscom, whose specialty is in intellectual property, was teaching a course on these laws. During this time, he was introduced to Joe Donoghue, president of Leardon Solutions, an engineering firm. Both men decided to spearhead a course called “Patents and Prototypes.” Hanscom realized that he and Donoghue had similar viewpoints in the world of inventions. Above all, they knew of numerous hopeful inventors baited into the hands of scammers and ripped off by so-called industry professionals. “After the class, we talked about the problems facing so many inventors, and the fact that many inventors were so focused on finding someone or some company that would tell them they would succeed after parting with a good portion of their money, that they didn’t know what was happening until it was too

Managing attorney Eric Hanscom help found Inventing Profit, a group a free workshop in Carlsbad that helps educate inventors on the invention process. Courtesy photo

late,” he said. Hanscom said that Donoghue and he compared notes and noticed consistent themes such as inventors who needed more education, guidance and being better prepared for the invention process. “We felt that we could change that, for free, at least in North County, and put together a few programs,” he said. About 30 guests attend the monthly free mixer. Industry updates and new laws are first touched upon followed by two featured guest speakers. The lineup also includes a question and answer session. “We also try to feature one inventor each meeting who can showcase his/her invention, request information or help from the audience, and field questions,” he said. Carl Perkins of Vista has attended these monthly mixers for his company, Wet Next. His company develops products for water sport enthusiasts. “I recommend the meetings to anyone who tells TURN TO INVENTORS ON A15

ditions, has enabled our organization to continue to prosper in spite of the lackluster economic environment. Our consistent profitability, exceptionally strong capital position, and substantial liquidity allows us to meet the needs of our clients while also increasing valuable market share as other community banks continue to merge out of existence.” Earlier in the year, The Findley Reports, a bank research and rating firm, designated San Diego Trust Bank a “Premier Performing Bank” based on its analysis of 2011 financial results. This rating places San Diego Trust amongst the very best in its industry relative to “safety, strength, and performance” according to Findley. This past month, San Diego Trust Bank was recognized as one of the “Best Small Company’s” to work for in San Diego County by the San Diego Business Journal. This is the second year in a row that the Bank has been recognized by the journal. And for the 24th consecutive quarter, San Diego Trust Bank was designated as a “Five-Star” institution by Bauer Financial — a feat unmatched by any other bank in San Diego County. Asset quality at the bank remains exceptional with zero past due or nonaccrual loans reported as of June 30, 2012. Liquidity, defined as cash, due from banks, and investment securities, was a record $173.9 million as of June 30, 2012. For more information on the Bank please visit sandiegotrust.com or call (619) 525-1700. For bank rating information, refer to bauerfinancial.com.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The meeting of the Association on July 19 included updates on the Osuna Ranch Adobe and the sixmonth activity report from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. Matt Wellhouser, chief of the patrol, reported that burglaries were up to 27. “This reflects an increase of 13 burglaries from last year,” he said. “Twenty-two were residential, three commercial and two vehicles.” He said in 37 percent of the burglaries, force was used to gain entry. The rest they entered through an unlocked doors. Wellhouser said at least part of the increase in burglaries is from a ring of thieves that have been active in the area. There is an ongoing investigation. “We have some clues, but I don’t want to talk about them in public,” he said. In another incident, “we assisted in arresting four subjects,” he said. Wellhouser said that traffic collisions decreased by four incidents. Major injury increased by two and minor injuries remained unchanged. Non-injury incidents dropped by six. “The primary collision reason appears to be excessive speed,” he said. There was one fatality, which happened in early July on Via de la Valle when a bicyclist from Escondido died in a hit-and-run collision. “An arrest has been made in that (incident),” Wellhouser said. On July 6, Angel Bojorquez, 18, was killed

when he was hit from behind. Jim Hyuk Byun, 19, of Del Mar Heights was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-andrun. Overall, during the first six months of 2012, the patrol responded to 1,153 calls for assistance, which reflects a 4 percent decrease from the same period in 2011. Officers’ field observations accounted for 17 percent of calls and officers completed 15,485 security and vacation checks for members, he said. There were 284 alarm calls, an increase of 47 calls compared to the first six months of 2011. “Out of the calls, three were actual burglaries,” he said. “The remainder being false.” In other Association business, Kurt Kaiser, associate planner, reported that the removal of the stucco from the Osuna Adobe is almost complete. “That is a big step forward,” he said. “The adobe itself is in relatively good condition, but the renovation has uncovered some issues.” Those issues included termites in the wood above some of the windows and doors. Pete Smith, Association manager, reminded residents that in August the Association will meet only one time on Aug. 2. It will not meet on Aug. 16. The Association usually meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the office of the Association at 17022 Avenida Acacias. To learn more, call (858) 756-1174.

Contest highlights HWAC dog surf-a-thon COAST CITIES — With beach season in full swing, West-coast canines are gearing up for ocean-going competition — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s seventh annual Surf Dog Surf-A-thon, Sept. 9 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. Now, sponsor Hendrick Boards wants to get art-lovers in on the fun with a T-shirt Design contest. Between July 16 and Aug. 17, youngsters up to the age of 14 are invited to show off their artistry, and aid rescue pets in the process, by creating a Dog Surf-A-Thon T-Shirt design for the 2012 event. Designs will be showcased on the Hendrick Boards Facebook site where fans can vote for their favorites. Hendrick Boards will select one winner from the top 10 designs with a surprise unveiling at the Sept. 9, Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon competition. The winning T-shirt will be available for purchase at the event with proceeds supporting the programs and orphaned animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Hendrick Boards has a long history of supporting animal rescue organizations. founder David Hendrickson started Hendrick Boards with a mission to help as many shel-

ter dogs as possible. “We are honored to team up with the Helen Woodward Animal Center to launch a shirt design contest to not only support an amazing organization, but also raise awareness of the need to give all animals a voice,” said Hendrickson. The T-shirt design contest is free to enter. The top five designs win an event T-shirt and the firstplace design receives a prize package of four event T-shirts, a Hendrick Boards custom skateboard and a beach tote bag. Participants can submit artwork via the Hendrick Boards Facebook page at facebook.com/hendrickboards, by clicking on the Contest App or by logging onto hendrickboards.com. They may also mail their artwork to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Artists must be no older than 14 and the deadline for submission is Aug. 17. For more information on the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon or to register your dog as a surf competitor, visit surfdog.kintera.org or call (858) 756-4117, ext. 356 or at Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe.



JULY 27, 2012

Boat show expects high turnout with industry in a turnaround By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — The eighth annual San Diego Yacht and Boat Show will cruise into the Sheraton Marina in Harbor Island July 26 to July 29. For attendees,the four-day event is a chance to check out vessels of all sizes and also enjoy boating,scuba diving and stand-up paddleboarding lessons. For boating manufactures and retailers, it’s an opportunity to display their products and take advantage of an industry that finally seems to be enjoying a rising tide,even if it’s coming up slowly. U.S. retail sales for recreational boats, accessories and marine services increased 6 percent in 2011, according to a

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via email to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Named president Stephen L. Wheeler, DDS, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, was chosen president-elect of the Academy of Osseointegration during the organization’s annual business meeting in Phoenix. Wheeler, whose practice is in Encinitas, established the Rancho Santa Fe Dental Implant Dentistry Club as a forum for implant dentistry training and education. He was one of the first doctors in the U.S. to begin titanium dental implant placement in the mid-1980s.

Thrift Store relocates

report from NMMA (National Marine Manufacturing Association.) Boating participation jumped 10 percent compared to last year, contributing to the first upswing in boating sales since 2006. “Pent-up demand for boats following years of diminished willingness to spend by consumers, improved credit availability for buyers and boating businesses,positive shifts in consumer confidence and an overall interest in the benefits of the boating lifestyle are steering the industry toward recovery,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA president. The national increase in sales has extended to San Diego County, said Dave Vista, the first Hyatt Place hotel in the Vista-Carlsbad area.

Wedding central Bridal Bazaar, headquartered in Encinitas, will host an Aug. 12 Bridal Basaar event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at theSan Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive, Hall C, with a bridal fashion show at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door. Visit BridalBazaar.com to purchase tickets and print discount coupons.

Stay Scam-smart The San Diego Better Business Bureau’s Speakers Bureau is available with volunteers who will speak for free on “The Top 10 Consumer Scams” to breakfast and luncheon meetings of community groups, service organizations, churches and senior groups. The topics discussed by BBB volunteers include how to spot cons and recognize the telltale signs of scams, how to become a smart consumer and the free information and services available from the BBB.To schedule a presentation, contact Andy Ramos, marketing and special events assistant at the BBB offices, (858) 637-6199, ext. 324.

After years at its 524 Stevens Avenue site Solana Beach, the Community Resource Center thrift store has outgrown its space and will be relocating to a spacious new store in Oceanside. The stores in Encinitas,Carlsbad,and San Marcos are still open. For New vice-president more information, e-mail MG Properties Group scolby@crcncc.org or call (MGPG), a San Diego-based (760) 230-6305. real estate investor and operator, announced the hirHealing with music Encinitas author ing of Carmel Valley resiChristine Stevens celebrates dent Richard Gelbart to the her just-released book newly created position of “Music Medicine - The vice president, Investor Science and Spirit of Relations. Gelbart will be Healing Yourself with responsible for communicaSound” at 12:30 p.m. July tions with the company’s 29 at Seaside Center for 200 individual investors and Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake the development of relationDrive, Encinitas, followed by ships with potential new prian interactive healing work- vate capital investors. Gelbart has more than shop, with dancing, drumming and a concert featur- 25 years of multifamily ing Bruce Fox on the hang investment real estate expedrum, Brazilian percussion- rience. In his previous posiist Ju Linares and native tion as SeniorVice President American flutist. For tickets and later as President of a and more information visit San Diego-based apartment seasidecenter.org or call investment/management company, he and his team (760) 753-5786, ext. 851. acquired, renovated, managed and sold over 10,000 New hotel Rim Hospitality, multifamily units and severannounced July 17, the al office buildings in opening of the Hyatt Place California, Arizona and San Diego/Vista-Carlsbad, Texas. 2645 South Melrose Drive,

The San Diego Yacht and Boat Show begins July 26. Fifteen percent more people are expected to attend this year’s show because of a rebounding boat industry. Courtesy photo

Geoffroy,the executive director of the NMMA. “Across the nation and in San Diego, even though it’s still shaky, people are more confident in the economy and boating,” he said. “It’s a dramatic difference from the last three or four years.” As a result of a boating rebound, Geoffroy noted he expects around 6,000 people to

attend the San Diego Yacht and Boat show this year, a 15 percent surge from last year. With the exception of performance boats, which may not rebound soon due to high fuel costs, nearly all categories of boats are experiencing better sales, Geoffroy said.The uptick in sales has been led by affordable pontoon boats, according to Geoffroy. Pontoon boats,

which are powered by a motor and consist of a platform that’s buoyed by two floating sides, are especially popular with fishermen and families on a budget. “They’re very tranquil, like a floating patio,” Geoffroy said. On the more expensive end, local yacht sales also saw a national uptick in sales, according to Geoffroy. Barrett Canfield, president of South Coast Yachts in San Diego, has experienced an increase in yacht sales this year, calling it “noticeable” and “exciting.” “We only sold nine new yachts all of last year,” said Canfield, whose yachts will be featured at the boat show. “So far this year, we’ve sold 16 new yachts.” Canfield primarily attributed the rise in yacht sales to an improved economy and better financing options for boat buyers. Consequently, he also said the demographic of yacht buyers is “a bit younger than three or four years ago.” “It was a lot of seniors in the past who had stockpiled money and maybe weren’t hurt as much by the downturn,” he said. “Now there’s people in their forties looking into yachts.” At the show, more than 100 boats, from jet skis and entry-level family cruisers to

luxury motor yachts and sailboats, will be docked in the marina and parked on land for visitors to browse, board and buy. Geoffroy said this year’s show aims to be more interactive than previous years. Ages ten and over can learn to scuba dive in a heated pool.With scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers available, only a swimsuit is needed to participate. Another reason to get wet: There will be complimentary stand-up paddleboards, water toys, inflatable rafts and kayaks. Novices and seasoned veterans alike can enjoy daily skills-building sessions. Courses include close-quarters powerboat handling, anchoring, coastal cruising and an introduction to sailing. Each session is $10 and reservations are recommended; advanced courses will be offered for a higher fee and include admission. The San Diego Yacht and Boat Show will take place Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for ages 13 and over, free for 12 and under and military personnel with an ID. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at sandiegoyachtandboatshow.com.

Village Church holds summer drama and music camp RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Church Community Theater will hold its Summer Drama Music Camp for local youth, grades seven through 2012 high school graduates, running Aug. 6 through Aug. 10. Five days of workshops, rehearsals, drama, music will be held by camp staff members including Paul Maley, actor and director with Lamb’s Players Theater, Educational Touring

Company; Theresa Layne, Mira Costa College Theater Department and Kirk Duncan, professional actor in the movies, “Pearl Harbor” and “The Last Goodbye” with television appearances in “General Hospital,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” and “Laverne and Shirley.” Camp will conclude with participants presenting “Old Testament: Fast Forward” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Village Church Community

Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias. This performance is free of charge, however donations are appreciated. This comedic story is told through strong ensemble pieces with many roles for speaking actors singing soloists and dancers. Registration is limited to the first 40 applicants. For youngsters still looking to get onstage or behind the scenes, auditions are being held for Village Church

Community Theater’s upcoming Mystery Dinner Theater production “Mandate for Murder” on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. Character descriptions and audition requirements will be posted online. For audition information and appointment, contact Margie Wood at margiew@villagechurch.org or call the Village Church at (858) 7562441. Also visit villagechurchcommunitytheater.org.

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Prudential’s deceptive sales statistics raises serious concerns By Dan Barry

RANCH HISTORY SUMMER FUN AT THE BEACH As summer heat comes on Rancho Santa Fe residents enjoy a longstanding tradition of playing in the surf and sand at Del Mar Beach. Residents would spend countless hours and days swimming, picnicking and playing. From the Ranch to Del Mar, it was just a short drive down Via de la Valle. Pictured are Nathalie Millard playing catcher, the daughter of Association President Barton Millard; and Virginia Voris batting, the daughter of U.L. Voris, orchard development contractor. Behind the girls is the old Del Mar Pier. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or email rsfhistoricalsoc@sbcglobal.net for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.


The consumer should be vigilant against being hoodwinked by residential real estate companies’ misleading ads, such as Prudential California Realty’s barrage of deceptive bar-graph ads published in the La Jolla Light, Rancho Santa Fe Review, and Dream Villager in recent months. The Prudential ads were clearly designed to create an unlevel playing field for competitors, and to deceive the consumer by selectively omitting pertinent statistics that the consumer needs to know when trying to make an informed decision about selecting a real estate agent and company. For example, in Dream Villager, June 2012 edition,Vol. 23, Prudential published that its total sales for Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar, Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011, was $370,910,000, but that of Barry Estates was only $168,749,000. If Prudential were genuinely concerned about representing the sales statistics as accurately as possible to the consumer, then Prudential should not have selectively omitted that Barry Estates’ remarkable sales volume represents the production of only five agents, whereas it took at least 251 of Prudential’s to produce the $370,910,000. When one divides Barry Estates’ sales volume of $168,186,000 by the number of its agents, it shows that the average production of the five agents at Barry Estates for the year was $34 million, whereas the average production of Prudential’s 251 agents listed in the MLS for their Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar area offices was only $1.5 million! There are many ways to misrepresent sales statistics. As real estate agents we have a responsibility not to deceive the public. If either an agent or a real estate company use such egregious ads as Prudential’s, the consumer should be concerned about doing business with such an agent or company, because it could mean that such an agent or company would handle their fiduciary responsibility to a buyer or seller

DAN BARRY just as unethically. It’s important for the consumer to be cognizant that it is not the real estate company that sells, negotiates, or has the expertise to consummate a deal in either the purchase or sale of a property, but rather the agent retained to do so. In an article in the San Diego Daily Transcript, some years ago, addressing this very issue, it reads, “For the consumer the important thing to remember is that, in reality, all real estate companies are exactly the same size-one agent tall and one agent wide. And if that one agent, your agent, doesn’t get the job done-either selling your home or helping you buy a new one-then all the glitz and glamour of multimillion dollar ad campaigns is useless.” The Wall Street Journal’s rankings of the Top Teams and Top Agents in the United States, 2011, substantiates the credibility of the quotation from the San Diego Daily Transcript: At Barry Estates, in the Team Category, Catherine and son Jason Barry ranked 20th in the United States, as they had the prior year, and No. 1 again in San Diego County; also at Barry Estates, in the Single Agent Category, Laura Barry ranked #1 again in San Diego County. The total sales’ volume of the five agents at Barry Estates, 2011, was $203,756,578. Dan Barry is president of Barry Estates

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Make the connection In several recent articles in our local San Diego County papers, the L.A.Times and the New York Times, it is claimed that natural disaster areas, because of drought and excessive heat, now affect crops in 1,297 counties in 29 states, or 61 percent of the continental U.S. Further, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reports that 77 percent of the corn and soybean crops are in areas designated as drought-

impacted. Natural disasters? Amazingly, in none of these articles has Climate Change even been mentioned. Isn’t it time to recognize the connection and start doing something about it? It’s time to accept science and discard politically motivated propaganda. There’s too much at risk. Milton Saier, UCSD Professor of Biology, Encinitas



JULY 27, 2012

Barry Estates, Inc. vs. Prudential California Realty Rancho Santa Fe & Del Mar 1/1/11 - 12/31/11 50,000,000
















Barry Estates #1

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I In an article in the San Diego Daily Transcript some years ago: “For the consumer the important thing to remember is that, in reality, all real estate companies are exactly the same size - one agent tall and one agent wide. And if that one agent, your agent, doesn't get the job done - either selling your house or helping you buy a new one - then all the glitz and glamour of multimillion dollar ad campaigns is useless.”

Based on the Wall Street Journals rankings of the top agents and top teams in the United States in 2011: I Team Category: Catherine and son, Jason Barry, ranked 20th in the Nation, as they had the prior year, and #1 again in San Diego County I Single Agent Category: Laura Barry ranked #1 again, as she had the prior year, in San Diego County I The source of Prudential’s Sales Volume is the graph published in the Dream Villager, June 12, 2012 I The source of Prudential’s number of agents is Sandicor MLS I The source of Barry Estates Sales Volume and number of agents is Sandicor MLS I All information herein is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed

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Stay a step ahead of the college admissions game For millions of high school seniors, fall brings a sense of anticipation and fear about applying for admissions to college. After enduring an endless barrage of standardized tests, honors classes, and extra curricular activities, many students are stressed out and overwhelmed. Even more discouraging, the enigmatic admissions process causes students and parents consternation. Here are two easy tips to streamline the college admissions process: 1. Start Early! The majority of college applications are turned in the week before the admissions deadline. All students should

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What is high school like in 2012? It might be different than what you think. The needs of highschool students aren’t changing. However, the way we meet those needs have changed. At Halstrom High School, classrooms consist of one student and one teacher, offering 1:1 instruction, along with flexible scheduling, where students learn their own way, on their own schedule to reach their full potential. Enrollment at Halstrom High School continues to increase as parents and students find value in the one student to one teacher ratio. Another way Halstrom meets needs of today’s students is by preparing them for tomorrow’s world through its technology-rich environment. Halstrom’s iPad program gives students access to textbooks, lessons, teaching aps, and communication with their teachers – all in the palm of their hand. Here, let some Halstrom High School students tell you how this educational approach has helped them achieve their goals in and out of the classroom. Kiana “Before coming to Halstrom, I didn’t take school seriously. Now that I’m at Halstrom, I’m looking at universities and planning

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ior golfer, so I have to balance a rigorous training schedule with my high school studies. With the flexible scheduling offered through Halstrom High School, I take college prep courses, including AP classes, and maintain a 4.0 GPA, all while keeping competitive with my golf. My proudest achievement was last year when I was named to the prestigious Rolex Junior — Kiana All-America Team for HALSTROM HIGH STUDENT the American Junior Golf Association which included the Not only have my grades changed, but my attitude top 96 ranked golfers ages has changed. My outlook on 13-19.” life and my outlook on Dallas school – everything has “I’m a professional gochanged for the better.” cart driver and aspire to one Kendall day be a professional race driver. Through “As a competitive swim- car mer, I was having trouble Halstrom’s flexible schedulbalancing my training and ing, I’m able to go to school through studies. I found Halstrom’s Monday 1:1 instruction helped me Wednesday, then train and work on areas of my course race Thursday through work that needed the most Sunday. Between classes, trainattention. This year I was ing and racing, I fit in homefortunate to make it to the Olympic trials, and this fall work and am able to keep I’m excited to start college up in school. Halstrom at Northern Arizona makes it even easier with all University on a swimming my books and lessons on the iPad. And the teachers at scholarship.” Halstrom make sure that no Luke matter what, you get it. And “I’m a competitive jun- they try to make sure you don’t quit – with anything.”


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Top tech gadgets of summer The latest handheld devices are thinner, lighter and more powerful than those of even a year or two ago, according to Consumer Reports. Despite those advances, prices continue to drop, with more $100 smartphones and $250 tablets on the market, to mention just two examples. Gadgets are also becoming more versatile, but chances are you’ll still be toting around more than one this summer. The smartphone is the closest thing to an all-in-one mobile device, but it still doesn’t offer all the capabilities of a standalone camera for capturing images, a tablet for Web surfing and gaming or an e-reader for reading type, especially when you’re outdoors. Consumer Reports recently featured more than 150 Recommended tablets, smartphones, e-readers and other mobile devices. It listed 24 models that qualify as CR Best Buys, including the following: — E-readers: Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader, $100. Why get an ereader when you could peruse e-books on a tablet or phone? Reader screens are bigger than those on phones and more legible outdoors than phone or tablet displays. Readers weigh less than same-sized tablets and run longer on a charge. And readers offer few distractions. With most, you can’t check email or go online, so you focus on reading, just as you do with a physical book or magazine. — Tablets: Apple iPad 2 (3G, 16GB), $530. Tablets are

You can buy special bags like the DryCase Tablet bag, $60, to protect your devices at the beach, or you can use zipper or slider bags for a fraction of the cost, which will probably provide passable protection. Courtesy photo

the perfect choice for a takeit-with-you, do-it-all device: They’re good for email, Web surfing, action games and more. Displays on these Recommended models are crisp and bright enough for you to enjoy movies, books, magazines or a video chat with friends and family. — Cameras: Nikon Coolpix S9100 digital camera, $200. Unless all you ever do with photographs is text them or upload them to Facebook, you still need a real camera. Even models that are barely larger than a phone offer optical zoom (some as high as 10x), along with a wider variety of controls than a phone. Advanced models let you shoot more types of subjects under more varied conditions, including very low light. TECH-TO-GO The beach is a popular place for fun in the sun, but it’s a potentially dangerous place for unprotected electronics. To protect gadgets

from sand and water, Consumer Reports recommends using zipper or slider food bags, though also available are special bags that makers claim offer maximum protection. To determine how well they worked, Consumer Reports tested Hefty Slider Bags, which cost as little as a dime a bag, against five specialty bags that ranged in cost from $16 to $29.The special bags stayed dry inside when Consumer Reports gave each a brief dunking in water and kept out sand sprinkled along the seals. But so did the Hefty bags, meaning that roughly one dime is all it costs to protect gadgets from sand and water damage. For beach-proofing tech gear, Consumer Reports offers the following tips: — Any zipper or slider bag will probably provide passable protection. — Buy a few bags in different sizes to see which ones fit your devices best and consider replacing the bags periodically, particularly if sand has scratched the surface and affected how clearly the device’s screen can be seen and its controls can be used. — Beachgoers should place gadgets in bags before they leave home, and try not to remove them until they’re back home and have brushed off the sand and water. — To take decent photos at the beach, the phone or camera will have to be unsealed and removed from the bag.

The mountains of San Diego County tell the geologic history of our beautiful home and provide countless opportunities for recreation and adventure. Pictured, Black Mountain and Lake Hodges from Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Photo by Kyle Stock

San Diego County isn’t flat KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos We are coastal inhabitants. We live between three and about 400 feet above sea level. But San Diego County is not a flat, static landscape. Just off the coast, the dynamic geography rises into peaks, drops into canyons, then up over taller mountains before diving into the Colorado Desert and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The mountains of San Diego County tell the geologic history of our beautiful home and provide countless opportunities for recreation and adventure. From all over the coast, peaks can be observed rising into the sky just inland. These closest peaks are just the beginning of a system of mountains called the Peninsular Ranges. These ranges extend from Southern California all the way to the southern tip Baja Peninsula. The Peninsular Ranges are part of a much larger group of mountain ranges called the Coast Ranges or Pacific Mountain System. These ranges extend along the Pacific coast of North America from Alaska through Canada all the way to Mexico. These ranges, in turn,

are part of an even larger system of mountain ranges named the North American Cordillera, consisting of all the mountains of western Canada, the United States and Mexico. Finally, the largest group of mountains in the Western Hemisphere is the American Cordillera. Including all the major mountains of western North America, through the Andes of South America and even into Antarctica. This is essentially the eastern rim of the Ring of Fire and the backbone for half of planet Earth. San Diego’s Peninsular Range Mountains are formed from the same enormous block of intrusive (formed inside the Earth), granitic rock as the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Beginning 120 million years ago, an ocean of liquid rock or magma began to freeze and harden under the Earth’s surface. A finger of this batholith, called a pluton (after Pluto, god of the underworld) sits underneath San Diego County and is exposed as the peaks and ridgelines that we see from the coast. Our county is striped with fault lines that grind and uplift the pluton. Millions of years of plate tectonics and weathering continue to form the distinctive contours of these plutonic rocks. One of the closest mountains to the coast and

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visible from any coastal highpoint or lagoon is 1,554 foot Black Mountain. Located nine miles from the ocean near Rancho Peñasquitos, Black Mountain is characterized by the large antenna on its summit. Directly east of Black Mountain and often visible from the coast sits Mt. Woodson. Rising 2,881 feet above sea level, Mt. Woodson is recognized by the spheroidal weathering of its boulders. Directly south lies 2,696 foot Iron Mountain, a very popular hiking location. Beyond these peaks, San Diego County rises into larger mountain ranges including the Palomar Mountains, home of the world-famous 200inch Hale Telescope. The observatory dome is surprisingly visible from a distance. The Cuyamaca Mountains contain the prominent 6,512-foot Cuyamaca Peak. Much of this mountain wilderness is part of the Cleveland National Forest. The high point of San Diego County is near Warner Springs on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation. Hot Springs Mountain rises to an elevation of 6,533 feet. The colossal geologic forces that uplift mountains and the persistent meteorological forces that shape them are evident throughout San Diego County. The hiking, biking and trail-running adventures are extensive. The opportunities to enjoy the geology and the resulting ecology are widespread. Although we are coastal inhabitants, we are fortunate to have such dynamic geography in our backyard.

Kyle Stock, originally from Ohio, is a passionate surfer, backpacker, astronomer, gardener, backyard scientist, runner, reader and K-6 science teacher at Solana Santa Fe Elementary in the Solana Beach School District. He can be contacted at kbstock23@gmail.com.



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Garden path leads to healing KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art

Artist Maribel V. Moses (far right) with husband Dr. Jeffrey J. Moses are founders of Smiles International Foundation. Fifty percent of Moses’ print sales will be donated to the nonprofit which provides surgeries to correct cleft and craniofacial deformities in children around the world. Courtesy photo

Artist raises funds to help kids By Lillian Cox

Art lovers will be able to help children with cleft and craniofacial deformities while admiring the work of Maribel V. Moses at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery through Aug. 22. Fifty percent of money raised through print sales will be donated to Smiles International Foundation, a nonprofit founded by Moses and husband, Dr. Jeffrey J. Moses. The show features 42 signed, limited edition 11by-14-inch prints priced about $60. Moses said she taught herself how to paint 30 years ago when she was given a box of acrylics as a gift. A busy career forced her to put down her palette for several years but in 2009 she returned to her art fulltime. Since then she has completed more than 120 paintings, progressing from early works of children, animals, flowers and nudes to international faces with a special interest in the elderly. Last year Moses said she became overwhelmed with the volume of art she had produced. “I said, ‘Lord, what am I going to do with these?’” she recalled. “He said ‘Just

This portrait of a German woman is among 42 paintings from Maribel V. Moses that are on exhibit at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery through Aug. 22. Courtesy photo

show them.’” She decided to go out on a limb and, for the first time, applied to have an exhibition of her art at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery. A selection committee comprised of artists, instructors and gallery directors validated her efforts by accepting her work.The exhibit showcases portraits of elderly people Moses has encountered during her travels abroad. “I am very spiritual person and I love old people because they are unappreciated, forgotten and abandoned,” she said. “They have known the best of life, and have seen the worst of life, and they have been pushed to the side which has to be painful. In India, when people don’t want to take care of an elderly parent anymore, they’ll take her to another city and drop her off.” Moses, who was living in South Florida in 2003, said she met her husband at the airport in Costa Rica when she returned home for a visit. Dr. Moses began sharing his mission work with children with her, and

it struck a chord. The two fell in love and in 2005 launched the nonprofit, Smiles International Foundation. Dr. Moses reports that thousands of children in Costa Rica, Mexico, India and the Ukraine have been helped by the nonprofit so far. “I am blessed to have an intelligent and gifted individual such as Maribel join me on these missions,” he said. “She adds not only the organizational skills necessary for the management of the children’s patient flow for the surgeries and their record keeping, but gives her heart and soul to making them comfortable in this, sometimes stress producing, surgical environment. “Her profits (sales of artwork) go directly to purchase necessary medications, sutures and sterile supplies necessary for the surgical correction of the children’s facial deformities,” Dr. Moses explained, adding that surgery on cleft palate, which costs approximately $4,000 in the United States, is only $250 through the Smiles International Foundation. In addition to helping children, the foundation provides clinically related education for professionals and volunteers through accredited Continuing Education Symposia, which promotes international liaisons and ambassadorial relationships between professionals and universities with the goal of making each mission site self-sufficient. A reception honoring Maribel V. Moses will be held at the Encinitas Civic Center Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. July 27. For more information, visit art4smiles.org or http://smilesinternationalfoundation.org.

Age-old legends of unearthing treasures in one’s own back yard come to mind when speaking of art therapist Ellen Speert, who in the expansive garden of her Cardiff retreat center assists clients in finding their own treasures of wellbeing buried in their unconscious minds. A native of New York State, Speert initially moved to San Diego in 1972. Early in her career as teacher, an epiphany lead her to earn a Master of Education in Art The Labyrinth, which was designed after a pattern from ancient Crete, is Therapy degree from Lesley used in the process of opening up intuition and creativity. College in Boston. Later Photo courtesy of Ellen Speert. returning to California, her Renewal. dynamic career as an art therapist was born. Speert, who feels blessed in combining In 1980 she created The Art Therapy Center her love of people with art, works alongside of North County, which continues to flourish her clients helping them rediscover what on the spacious grounds of what was to evolve into the California Center for Creative TURN TO BRUSH WITH ART ON A15

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JULY 27 GUITAR GROOVE Peter Pupping & Friends will be performing live from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 27, July 28, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff By Sea. Call (760) 4365236 for more information. ART OPENING Join the Opening Reception for the exhibit “Maribel Moses, Many Faces, One Heart” from 5 to 7 p.m. Civic Center Gallery, City Hall, 505 S.Vulcan Ave.

JULY 28 E-WASTE RECYCLE From 9 a.m. to noon, July 28, recycle electronics (anything with an electrical cord. No batteries or light bulbs) at Solana Center, 137 N. El Camino Real, For details, visit SolanaCenter.org. SKATEBOARD NIGHT The grand opening for the “Need for Speed” skateboarding exhibit is set from 7 to 10 p.m. July 28 at the California Surf Museum, 312 Pier View Way, Oceanside. Tickets $15. Call (760) 721-6876 or at the door depending on availability. ART FOR CHILDREN Join Family Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. July 28 at Lux Art Institute, 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas for youngsters ages 4 and older. Cost is $5. No reservations necessary. Call (760) 4366611 or email education@luxartinstitute.org for more information.


Newcomers will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 1, with Gail Bandy of Life Write Books, at Heritage Hall, Magee Park, 2650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. For more information, call (760) 683-4460 or visit carlsbadnewcomers.org. WINNING ART The Carlsbad Oceanside Art League’s Open Juried Art Show will be held Aug. 1 through Sept. 2 with a reception and POPS CONCERT The North awards ceremony Aug. 5 at 300 Coast Symphony presents its Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite “Summer Spectacular” pops 101, Carlsbad. concert at 2:30 p.m. July 29 at Seacoast Community Church, 1050 Regal Road, Encinitas. BIG WRAP-UP Rancho Admission is $10 for general, Santa Fe branch of the San students/seniors $8, family $25. Diego County Library will celeFor more information, call (760) brate the end of its 2012 753-3003 or visit northcoast- Summer Reading Program with symphony.com. an Ice Cream Social from noon to 2 p.m. Aug 3 at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, ART FOR AFRICA From 2 to 5970 La Sendita. The fun will 7 p.m. July 30, at the parking lot include a juggler and a raffle of the Chart House Restaurant, for all the participants of the 2588 S. Coast Highway 101, reading program. Encinitas, Community Hope MOVIE BREAK Enjoy a Project will present local Family Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. artists, food and the Mike Pinto Aug. 3 at the Cardiff Library, Band for a fundraiser, to sup- 2081 Newcastle Ave. Visit port community development sdcl.org for details. efforts in Sierra Leone, West BODY ART Join the Encinitas Africa. Library Figure Drawing Group, with a live model 12:30 to 3:30 ZUMBA TIME Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the library, 540 p.m., join Zumba dance and fit- Cornish Drive. Cost is $10. Call ness at the Encinitas Library, (760) 942-8738 for details. AUDITIONS Oceanside 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas. PATHWAYS TAKES BREAK Theatre Company announces Hospice of the North Coast’s auditions from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 Bereavement group, for the comedy “You Can’t Take “Pathways” will be on hiatus it With You” at The Brooks, 217 after July 31 and will start up N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. again Sept. 4. The time of the OTC seeks to fill 18 roles plus group will remain from 1:30 to 3 crew members. Bring a current resume, current headshot and p.m. two contrasting monologues, not to exceed three minutes in TOWER PARTY Celebrate total length. Rehearsals will the Safety Tower completion begin Oct. 2 and performances starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at En Nov. 16 Fuego, 1342 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, with the Friends of the Powerhouse and your Del Mar SUMMER BOOKS Friends lifeguards. Tickets are $50 per of the Carlsbad Library will person for buffet dinner and hold the Super Summer Book live auction conducted by Joe Sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 and Harper and Pat Vergne. To pur- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5 in the chase by mail: Friends of the Gowland Meeting Room of the Powerhouse PO Box 297, Del Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane. Mar or call (858) 755-1641. All Proceeds benefit library proproceeds will benefit Friends grams. More information at projects. (760) 602-2020 or carlsbadNEW FRIENDS Carlsbad friends@sandwich.net. a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28 near the corner of Wild Canyon Drive and Chert Drive in San Elijo, with festivities including a barbecue and events for the kids and tours of four new model homes. The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center is at 1231 Elfin Forest Road West, Suite 111, San Marcos.


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is always an interesting mix of people to check out. The artistically-appointed garden is a one-of-a-kind setting for weddings, picnics and theme events. The Brig has been called a “Home Away From Home� for race fans. I was there the night before opening day and that presence was evident. You can actually see the horses rounding the curve and hear the roar of the crowd from the track. If you can time your visit during the races, that is always a thrill. The original Brigantine opened in Point Loma in 1969 and has expanded into a mini empire now billed as The Brigantine Family of Restaurants, which includes seven Brigantine Seafood Restaurants, five Miguel’s Cocinas, and The Steakhouse at Azul La Jolla. Steve Floyd, the executive corporate chef for the Brigantine Family of Restaurants, began a flourishing career with the company in July 2004 and was immediately tapped to head the company’s culinary training program. As corporate training chef, Floyd established a consistent food standard between all restaurants and created new menus for the company’s evolution of the Brigantine Seafood concept. As a result of his impressive and innovative work, Floyd was invited to take the culinary helm as executive corporate chef for the Brigantine Family of Restaurants in 2007. I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Floyd for Lick the Plate Radio and was very impressed by his ability to combine the traditional favorites that keep the oldschool crowd coming back with seasonal and innovative dishes for foodies. The lounge and dining room menus are equally appealing and are both full of so much good stuff it’s really hard to choose. Small plates include standout crab cakes, artichoke fritters, calamari strips and of course some of the best oysters around from the oyster bar. The Brig clam chowder is right up there with the best I’ve had and all the fish sandwiches are very

good. I did not see anything over $13 on bar menu. Taco Tuesday at the Brig is an event unto itself. Their classic fish taco is only $2.50 and is a healthy portion of crispy Pollack, cheddar cheese, red cabbage, salsa fresca and cool ranch dressing in a warm corn tortilla. We live in fish taco heaven around these parts and this one belongs up there on the list of favorites. As mentioned, the Brig attracts a diverse crowd and with the newly expanded bar area, that scene was completely going off when I was there recently. While I tend to prefer my fish tacos with a Mexican beer, they have an extensive signature drink menu that I will be back to sample for a fun happy hour soon. The dinner menu is a seafood lover’s paradise and while they do have some meat dishes that I’ve been told are solid, I’m going to the Brig for fish. The grilled white sea bass with parmesan risotto, fresh vegetables and a wasabi-shoyu sauce is delightful. Same with the macadamia crusted halibut, bamboo risotto and baby carrots. EntrĂŠes are mainly in the $18 to $26 range. Parking at The Brigantine is valet only and when it gets busy that can seem like a bit of a mess to deal with. Looks can be deceiving though as the valet crew there is super-efficient and will have your car to you in no time. I was a valet guy back in college and can appreciate it when they hustle. An alternative to valet is to park in a neighborhood up Coast Highway and take a pleasant stroll down to the Brig. The Brigantine is open every day for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch. They also have a very appealing three-course “First Catchâ€? dinner daily from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Full hours, location and menu can be found at brigantine.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.



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Sip and sail with wine bar beside Oceanside Harbor FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine If I could trade places with a wine guy who had a deep understanding of delicious small bite Italian food, it would be Faro Trupiano, who opened up his version of a dockside “enoteca” called D’Vino Café and Wine Bar in Oceanside Harbor. At the get-go I liked him and his fondness for hats. Most of my friends know I own over 60 hats that I rotate, and as I greeted Trupiano, the glance went to small brim Fedora I liked. “This is a small, intimate, friendly bistro with coffees, gelato, a well-stocked wine bar and home-style small bites on an Italian style menu,” he said. “Many of the specialty flavored dishes are my own creations that you won’t find anywhere else, as well as small production wines that you can fall in love

with.” All that, with a view of the serene harbor, and you can easily figure out why I would trade places for a day, or more! Trupiano is most at home behind his bar. He handpicked about a hundred bottles, some of which he mixed and matched in “wine flights” in trios. I liked the “Big Red Bomb” cluster, which included: Amberhill Meritage, Fallbrook Syrah and Dry Creek Zinfandel — three 2-ounce pours for just $9. A scroll down the menu revealed a fascinating kitchen experiment that turned into the most popular item on the list, the Italian Nachos. Trupiano blended deep fried pasta, Asiago cheese with a medley of sauces, braised short rib strips, smoked mozzarella, fresh basil tomatoes and Kalamata olives. It’s all stacked Italian-style around the plate. This delicious dish is listed under “Appetizers” and is filling and fun to eat. The Dessert Bar has pretty Italian favorites like Cannoli, Mama’s Tiramisu,

Spumone and my favorite, the “Coppa Mascarpone” with layers of chocolate and mascarpone cream topped with Amaretto cookie crumbs. On second thought, I think I will leave D’Vino to Faro Trupiano. If I traded places, I would be into that Dessert Bar far too much. Call (760) 754-1881 for more.

Gina Gallo has led an evolution into premium, highquality, bold, sensual wines, emphasizing chardonnay, pinot noir, barbera, merlot, syrah, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon. These are single vineyard, artisan wines with third-generation techniques that have remade the name Gallo. Read more about this great wine story at gallosonoma.com.

The new Gallo wines In 1933, E.J. Gallo Winery was founded by Ernest and Julio Gallo in Modesto, Calif. The two brothers founded the winery after the repeal of Prohibition following years of growing and selling grapes, with just $6,000 in borrowed money from Ernest’s motherin-law. The hard-driving brothers eventually became the largest family-owned winery in the U.S. In addition to the Gallo brand, the brothers, who are now deceased, distributed and marketed wine under 60 other labels. Some of the household names include Andre´, the biggest brand of sparkling wine in the U.S., Carlo Rossi,

Faro Trupiano pours a Fazeli Vineyards Red from Temecula, one of his favorites at D’Vino Café and Wine Bar in Oceanside. Photo by Frank Mangio

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Gina Gallo, granddaughter of Julio Gallo, has emerged as a leading award-winning winemaker in Sonoma with the next generation of Gallo Family Vineyards. Courtesy photo

North County Wine Company in San Marcos is celebrating their second Anniversary from July 27 through July 29. On July 27 enjoy seven wines for $10 and five “bucket list” incredible wine tastings for $30 with French cuisine. On July 28 and July 29 they have 50 cent wine tastings, raffle drawings and food. Get details at (760) 744-2119. La Costa Wine Company presents South American Wines & Chimichurri, grilled meat, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 27. The cost is $20 for the wine tasting. Call (760) 4318646 for details. Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido has Dessert Wines to open for just $5 each from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 6.

Boone’s Farm, Barefoot, Da Vinci, Louis Martini, Livingston, Thunderbird, Tuning Leaf, Rancho Zabaco … the list could go on and on and I’d easily run out of space. What’s recent and important for this brand is that Gallo Family Vineyards has emerged and under the leadFirefly Grill and Wine ership of a granddaughter. Bar in Encinitas is presenting

a wine dinner featuring Clos Du Val Wines from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7. Price is $60 per person. RSVP to (760) 6351066. Addison at the Grand Del Mar Resort has a Riesling Wine Tasting with Wine Director Jesse Rodriguez from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 on the Terrace. Four exceptional wines for $40. For details, call (858) 314-2000. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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Chargers fans vote in next hall of famer By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — Former Chargers punter Darren Bennett considers himself to be just a regular person who got to play football in the National Football League. Today, living in North County, he coaches at La Costa Canyon High School and surfs Cardiff. Even after more than 10 years from the game, Bennett is still greeted by Chargers fans who appreciate his six seasons of service to the team. And now fans can show just how much they appreciate his contributions following his nomination to the Chargers Hall of Fame Monday, along with former Chargers standout running back Natrone Means and wide receiver Anthony Miller. With ballots already being cast at chargers.com/hof, the Chargers are leaving the decision-making process up to the fans to decide who gets elected into the team’s hall of fame. It’s the first time the Chargers have left the decision completely up to the fans since the hall’s creation in 1976. “We saw that we had three very worthy candidates and we thought it was a great opportunity to do something different and to give our fans a choice,” said Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos. “We know our fans are very passionate; we know they’re very knowledgeable about Chargers history.” “The fans should have an influence,” Bennett said. “These are the guys that we played for everyday; these are the guys that are happy on Monday if you win, and sad on Monday if you lost.” Considering himself just a regular guy, Bennett said it was a tremendous privilege just to be considered for the

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Former San Diego Charger punter Darren Bennett is a nominee in the team’s hall of fame. Fans will decide the inductee for the first-time ever. Photos by Tony Cagala

Former San Diego Charger receiver Anthony Miller accepts his nomination into the Chargers Hall of Fame Monday.

team’s hall of fame with Means and Miller, whom he described as “elite athletes.” Bennett anticipates the vote will be a lot of fun.“I feel like I’m one of the ‘American Idol’ guys,’” he said. Spanos said the three candidates were selected because they were some of the best at their position. Criteria to be considered for

the hall of fame are similar to what the NFL’s Hall of Fame has in place, Spanos explained. “It’s basic accomplishments on the field, we’re looking at,” he said. “We have players at various positions, various lengths of tenure in our hall of fame.” Bennett was selected because he moved the game forward, Spanos said.“He cre-

ated his own punts and he has a story that is incredibly unique, especially at that time. Now there’s been people to follow in his footsteps from Australia,” Spanos said. He added that Miller, the Chargers first-round draft pick in 1988 and a five-time Pro Bowler was a great athlete, ranking seventh in team history for receiving with 5,582 yards. Means spent five seasons with the Chargers and was a “great player on the team,” and was also on the 1994 Super Bowl team. Miller said he was thankful to the Chargers for selecting him in the first-round, despite not having played much his senior year of college because of injury. It was for that, he said, that he’s always considered himself a Charger throughout his playing career. “They gave me that shot…and I really appreciated this nomination,” he added. As for what it meant to be a Charger, Bennett said that if someone told him he could have a perfect job, playing for any team in the NFL and asked him where that would be, his reply, he said without pause, was San Diego. “The weather here is fantastic; the fans really support their team.” Bennett, who finished his career in Minnesota, said one of his greatest learning experiences from that time was that he didn’t want to live in Minnesota. There are 35 players in the Chargers Hall of Fame, with Junior Seau being inducted in 2011. There is no limit on casting ballots. Voting ends Sept. 17, when the inductee will be announced. The induction ceremony will happen at the Nov. 25 contest at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

MiraCosta soccer gets ready for return By Promise Yee

After a one-year hiatus, the MiraCosta College Men’s Soccer team is ready to get back on the field. Head Coach Frank Zimmerman was hired in December after the previous coach was let go. There is no comment from Athletic Director Pat Conahan, who was recently appointed to his position, as to why the former coach was let go. Conahan said he is happy to have Zimmerman on board and believes he will lead the team in the right direction. “It happened the right way to get the right guy in,” Conahan said. “Frank is a tremendous asset and great soccer coach.” Zimmerman has deep roots in local soccer. He served as assistant coach at Palomar College and MiraCosta College, 16-year head coach for the Oceanside High School Soccer team, and director of coaching for the Soccer Club of Oceanside. Zimmerman also played on the MiraCosta College Men’s team in the late 1980s. There are currently 80 potential team members on the MiraCosta College roster. That number will be narrowed down to 24 during tryouts in August. To qualify, students must be enrolled in 12 units, meet academic requirements and be highly skilled at soccer. Zimmerman said most players who are trying out have extensive experience playing soccer in high school and local leagues. “At the college level, it is a polished experienced player,” Zimmerman said. While there are some returning players, Zimmerman said he is basically starting the team from scratch. “I am starting from scratch with a real nice boost,”

FRANK ZIMMERMAN Zimmerman said. “I coached high school soccer for 17 years in North County, I’m the Soccer Club of Oceanside director, so I’m fairy well plugged in.” College players can be on the team for three years and play during games for two years. This caused some players to move on to other schools when last year’s team was cancelled. Others finished out their lower division classes at MiraCosta without the opportunity to play. Student Andrew Villalobos played a year with the team and stayed on at MiraCosta College last year to complete his lower division classes. He said the news that the team was cancelled was confirmed by a letter from the dean that stated academics are the school’s priority. “I was disappointed,” Villalobos said. “I’m not guaranteed to make the team at a four-year school. It was unfortunate.” Villalobos will attend UCSD this year and try out for its soccer team. A few former players, as well as transfer students, freshmen and sophomores,are vying for one of the 24 spots on the MiraCosta College team.

Former No. 1 readies to call Rancho Santa Fe home after Olympics Chargers By Tony Cagala

Within the next few months, the world’s former No.1 ranked tennis player Jelena Jankovic will have represented her country in the London Olympics and moved into her new home in Rancho Santa Fe where she’ll make her new home base. But before that, the 27year-old Serbian will have competed in the Mercury Insurance Open at the La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Jankovic drew a firstround bye in the tournament, something that she said is nice to have because it allows her a little more time to train and to get used to the conditions and enjoy the weather in San Diego, though she doesn’t think receiving byes helps her go deeper into tournaments. “It doesn’t matter if I start from the first round or from the second round,” she

The world’s former No. 1-ranked tennis player Jalena Jankovic talks to media before the start of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad. Photo by Tony Cagala

said. “It’s all in what I’m doing, how well I’m playing.” Jankovic played and won her first match in the Open tournament against Melinda Czink but fell

short against her opponent Yung-Jan Chan in the following round. After missing the Open tournament last year, Jankovic decided to play this year as a tune up for

the summer Olympics. “I just want to play some more matches; I want to compete and then as soon as I’m done here I’m going to go to London for the Olympic Games,” Jankovic said. Having a winning record (16-8) at Wimbledon where the Olympic matches will take place Jankovic said it will be unusual to see all of the colors of the countries worn by the players because of the all-white dress code normally associated with the famed court. “It’s going to be a unique experience and I very much look forward to playing in the Olympic Games,” she said. Janokovic is very hopeful that she can add an Olympic medal to her already impressive amassing of trophies and awards. She’s competed for her country in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, but only her native countryman Novak Djokovic has

medaled, winning a bronze in the 2008 games in China. Playing in the Olympics, she said, is something that you can’t compare to any other event. “The feeling that you get from being there, it’s amazing.” At the end of the 2011 season Jankovic was ranked No. 14 in the world. In a span of seven years she’s climbed from a rank of 361 in 2001 to No. 1 in 2008. She held that ranking for a year before falling to No. 8 in 2009. Her primary goal is always to keep improving her game, she said. “I was No. 1 in the world and that was something that I wanted to achieve so badly at the time, but now I don’t really think about rankings. I think about winning some big tournaments, and that’s something that I want to achieve…those are the goals that I set for myself, at this time.”

open practice to public on Saturday SAN DIEGO — The Chargers first training camp open to the public starts July 27 beginning at 4 p.m. The team will host several practices that fans can watch for free throughout August. The practices allows fans to catch an early glimpse at the team as they run through drills and run plays in a 7-on-7 and 11-on11 defense versus offense scrimmages. The Chargers will also host two full-team practices at Qualcomm Stadium Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. Parking and admission are free. The first game of the season is Aug. 9 at home against the Green Bay Packers. For a full practice schedule visit Chargers.com.



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A REAL BLOWOUT Headlines The Salon celebrates their 25th Anniversary with a benefit for CHILDHELP July 14, raising over $10,000. More than 250 guests bid on donations ranging from a trip to Hawaii, to collector’s wines, to exclusive Eufora haircare and more. Fabulous food was provided by Catering Solutions, Wine by Leucadia Red Winery, Beer by Ballast Point and great 60’s Beatles music by the Silver Beatles! Owner Gayle Fulbright and her creative team, led by Mirza, put on a ‘60’s-inspired hair show, completing the evening of “Love for All.” Photo courtesy of J. Dixx Photography


they already have, buried within themselves. She explains, “We are all born as creative beings, but many lose sight of that. Art therapy returns to us our birthright of our individual creative voice. It gives us a chance to free what is inside of us and communicate this with others.” Although many artists come to work with her, no one needs to be an “artist” to participate in art therapy. Individuals come because they sense that traditional therapy isn’t reaching the core of their issues. Speert says, “The same issues arise that would come up in a traditional therapy, but because they are revealed



me they have an idea,” Perkins said. “I feel I have made business connections that will prove vital to my success.” Another Vista resident, Mark Clemens, agreed with Perkins. His company, Hydrokinetic Generation, harvests kinetic energy from water currents. “I enjoy the networking



I learned.” “I never put two and two together about what happens to these magnificent animals when they are done racing,” she said. Mellen, a Rancho Santa Fe resident, contacted the organization and began volunteering with them in 1995. In 2007, she founded After The Finish Line, which has been growing ever since. “In 2011 we provided funding to 70 rescue organizations in 16 states, helping approximately 300 horses,” she said.

VIXEN Pop Up Boutique & Fashion Show celebrate their launch July 11 at Le Papagyo in Leucadia. Guests enjoyed boutique style shopping from local designers and boutiques, gourmet food and cocktails prepared by Le Papagayo’s head chef, as well as perused art provided by Thumbprint Gallery. In addition to that there was a clothing swap and a fashion show featuring some of this summer’s hottest looks. VIXEN is a traveling show that “pops up” in local communities showcasing local designers, artist, and musicians to the surrounding areas of San Diego and beyond. For information on VIXEN visit VIXENsd.com.

through kinesthetic activities, they emerge in a slightly different way.” One of the means by which Speert helps clients reach the core of complex emotions is through creating surrealistic collages, which help to integrate conscious and unconscious ideas. An athlete who loves the outdoors, Speert sees herself as an “Eco-Art Therapist” with nature playing an essential role in the healing environment. She says, “I have designed a playground for adults, a retreat center where people can discover their creativity while at the same time feeling held by nature in a safe and beautiful environment.” The avid gardener continues, “I create workshops that integrate nature into the process of

healing.” From the heart of the garden a labyrinth beckons, designed after a pattern from ancient Crete. Speert explains, “I use the labyrinth in conjunction with the therapeutic journey to help people become more centered and open to the creative process.” She continues, “Walking the labyrinth allows us to step out of our linear approach to problem solving and opens us to greater intuition, creativity and connection.” During her 35-year career, Speert has conducted workshops, given presentations, and provided training and supervision to therapists around the globe. She has published numerous professional journal articles, designed and directed

postgraduate art therapy programs at UCSD and National Universities, and served as president of the San Diego Art Therapy Association. She is currently active in the American Art Therapy Association and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Learn more about Speert’s programs at artRETREATS.com.

aspect,” said Perkins, adding that he learns something new at each meeting. Toni Padron, executive vice president at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, said they wanted to provide resources for their soon-to-be business owners. “This program will help nurture these innovators by providing the tools they need to navigate the complex process of going from an idea to a business,” said Padron,

adding how this group also involves mentors who share their ideas and tips. Padron said that nearly 90 percent of the Chamber members are there because someone had an idea. “Our community is a hub for research and biotech companies made up of businesses and individuals who thought up new products or found ways of how to make existing products better,” she said. Inventing Profit educates

inventors at all levels. “Whether it’s a guy who invented something in his basement, to a top-level researcher at a local company, they all have a place they can visit for information, and have a good time getting the information,” Hanscom said. Inventing Profit is held every second Wednesday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit carlsbad.org or call the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (760) 931-8400.

may pose as door-to-door salespeople or someone looking for work, but when they knock and no one answers, they could just go around to the back door and enter the home. Wellhouser said residents should listen to their intuition. “If something seems suspicious, it probably is,” he said. Residents should be aware of people or vehicles that seem out of place in their neighborhoods, or if a suspicious vehicle is pulling out of a neighbor’s driveway. And, time is of the essence. “Don’t wait two days to call. Call us right away. By not waiting, we can catch people

They raise money by doing fundraisers, from corporate and individual donations and grants. “It is our goal that as we grow, we can help more horses. It is our goal to help more rescue organizations and increase donations to our organization,” she said. Mellen said all proceeds go to After The Finish Line and that event-goers should know that no one at the organization takes a salary. All are volunteers including the five members and the about 20 other hardworking core members of the group. Though social media, she

stays in contact with likeminded people all over the country. “There is a huge group of people helping horses they have never met. They just want to help these horses that cannot speak for themselves,” Mellen said. The horseracing season at Del Mar began this week. “It’s not just here in California, it happens all over the country.” “There are about 50 days of horseracing five days a week. We are not against racing. “We just want to make sure that the welfare of the horse is top-of-mind for peo-

ple,” she said. Mellen said that she wants to point out that not all racehorse owners treat their horses badly. She said many owners are becoming more aware and are trying to treat their horses with more respect and provide funding for them for transition into another career. “If you own a horse, you train a horse and the horse wins you hundreds of thousands of dollars, why not give back to the horse that did everything you asked of it. Let me help you transition into a second career.” Horses are just like peo-

ple who reinvent themselves. “It’s just like humans. Think of the different careers you or your friends have gone through in a lifetime,” she said. She said the new careers for horses can range from being a therapy horse, to a family pet, to a polo horse or in career in competition like a jumper or hunter. “They need to learn how to be with other horses, everything is new to them. They can heal from any injuries they have coming off the racetrack,” she said. “They have to go on a different feed program. “They learn they do not

Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.

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in the act around the area,” he said. “Most of the burglaries are during the day time and that is typical because people are away from home,” he said. Rancho Santa Fe is not the only area experiencing a rise in burglaries recently. Surrounding areas, including Encinitas and Solana Beach, have also been dealing with more than the average number of burglaries, Wellhouser said. So, said Wellhouser, when you leave home, even if for just a short time, lock your doors, turn on your alarms, lock up your jewelry if you have a safe and if you see suspicious activity, tell somebody. Don’t hesitate to call 911 or (858) 756-4372, 24 hours a day, Wellhouser said. have to work every day.” After The Finish Line is hosting a fundraiser July 26, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Hilton. There will be live and silent auctions, speakers such as Laffit Pincay Jr., a Hall of Fame jockey and his son Laffit Pincay III, a sports host for NBC. Dan Cohen, KFMB news anchor will serve as Master of ceremonies. The cost is $135. There is still time to plan to go to the benefit. Call Mellen at (858) 9451371 or email Dawn at dawn@afterthefinishline.org.



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Tale of clever mouse had me laughing Having recently given column space to cats,it seems I must now give some equal time to its archenemy, the mouse — but only because recent mouse tales made me holler with laughter. Around here mice are something of a rarity. Rats are our bigger concern but now and again, the smaller, almost cute mouse will turn up and, we now have evidence that, just like people, some are brighter than others.My biologist brother used to scold me for anthropomorphizing wild things, giving them human-like qualities, names and such. He had no sense of whimsy but then scientists rarely do. And he apparently had not met the mice that inhabited my friend’s pantry down near Ponto Beach. Not having had mice problems farther inland, she continued to store her dog’s food in its original bag.One evening,she saw the critter dash across the kitchen floor and tracked it to a hole in the dog food bag. “It seems I had a clever mouse and a not-so-smart mouse,” she reported. Once she spotted her new tenant, she put out a mousetrap baited with peanut butter. The very next day, the careless mouse was found caught in the trap. For good measure, she put out another, again with peanut butter.This time the trap was found un-sprung but missing its bait.This happened twice more and she could envision this crafty rodent with either a long, agile tongue or the toes of a safecracker. My friend was stalking a dexterous and careful creature. Next, she loaded the trap with Romano cheese, sprinkled in and around it. The next day, just the cheese surrounding the trap was gone. She was impressed but determined. It does nothing for one’s self-esteem to be outsmarted by a mouse. This time two traps with Romano went down, with hopes of simply overwhelming the little peanut butter, cheese and dog food thief. Bingo…The next morning, the clever, but now too smug, mouse was caught. She shared her victory with me and sounded pretty certain her mouse troubles were over, until I reminded her that word had probably gone out now that her place served peanut butter and Romano cheese. Let’s hope they don’t have restaurant critics. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who wants the wild things to stay in the wild. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

Golf club may have new loan for renovation

Detecting history By Tony Cagala

COAST CITIES — Peggy Higgins isn’t one to hide her enthusiasm for a hobby that she began four years ago. On most every weekend, she’s listening for objects from the past, searching for the underlying history that most people walk over without ever knowing it. Higgins, as her car’s license plate holder reads, “digs” metal detecting. When she isn’t detecting, Higgins, 55, works as a victims advocate for the County. She said detecting is a good way to decompress and get exercise. She readily admits the hobby (which isn’t cheap to get in to) has turned into an addiction for her, and is constantly on the lookout for a spot that hasn’t been detected before. The tools of her trade: a knife for digging, a “pinpointer” detector, some cloth and a White’s MXT Pro metal detector and knee pads. Within minutes of starting her detecting sweeps, Higgins picks up on a repeatable tone, a tone that suggests she’s found a target. A display on her detector provides a reading as to what the object might be. In this instance, the display fluctuates between the object being a

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Peggy Higgins admits her metal detecting hobby has grown into an addiction. Photo by Tony Cagala

Bicycle advocates urge caution, etiquette after string of bicycle fatalities By Jared Whitlock

COAST CITIES — Many residents and law enforcement officials are increasingly concerned following five bicycle-related fatalities this month in San Diego County. Most recently, a Temecula teacher died at an Escondido hospital after a bicycle accident. Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, said the recent spike in bicycle fatalities is “troubling.” “In most cases, learning bicycle and motor safety goes a long way and can prevent accidents and fatalities,” Hanshaw said. To follow the rules of the road, Hanshaw encouraged bicyclists to think of themselves as motorists. That means bicyclists should come to a halt at stop signs, indicate their intentions with arm signals, go with the flow of traffic at all times and obey traffic signals. One of the most common bicycling accidents occurs when drivers make a

A bicyclist rides along Coast Highway 101 in Solana Beach. Those who aren’t familiar with the rules of the road should take a bicycle-centric traffic school class, bicycle advocates say. Photo by Jared Whitlock

right hand turn in front of a bicyclist, called a “right hook.” To avoid, bicyclists at an intersection should keep traffic behind them by keep-

ing farther to left of the use their blinkers and right-hand turn lane, instead refrain from using their cell phones and “anything that’s of hugging the very right. As for motorists, Hanshaw urged drivers to TURN TO BICYCLES ON B14

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association has been shopping for a loan to refinance the last of the two loans for the golf club renovation. At the July 19 meeting, Association Manager Peter Smith announced the refinancing of the existing loan could be provided by Pacific Western Bank. “It’s clean and not tied to any other rate,”Smith said. After hearing the details of the proposal, the Association board agreed unanimously. The action stems from 2006 when the golf club underwent a renovation including the players club and golf shop. The projected cost of the project was to be about $11.83 million and be funded through a combination of the club’s free reserves and the balance of about $8.15 million was to be covered by loans from La Jolla Bank. During the construction phase, financing was provided by a fixed interest loan. Once the construction was completed the loan was converted to two 25-year fully amortized loans. “In 2008 the bottom fell out of the economy and the housing market which resulted in a large reduction in home sales in the Covenant and therefore a much lower number of new enrolments in our golf club,” Smith said. “New enrollments for the 10 years prior to the economic meltdown averaged 45 per year. The last three years has averaged about 15 new memberships per year. Not only have the new memberships dropped off but our membership base is declining as well,” he said. The current golf club membership base that is paying the debt service is 555 members, he said. “Without a significant turn around in the economy, the golf club is going to have to deal with the renovation debt for some time to come as the loans will not be repaid as quickly as originally anticipated,” he said. The original projections were based on the economic conditions that existed when the plan was put together using actual historical performance over the previous 10 years, Smith said. Since 2006, the golf club and Association have remained committed to the original two loans, one of $6 million and the second smaller loan of nearly $2.15 million. While both loans have been paid down, both still have significant balances. To make it less painful for everyone involved, the Association agreed to replace the 5.75 percent, variable TURN TO LOAN ON B14


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Association increases grant for patrol programs By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — For the second year in a row, the Association bumped up its annual grant to the California Highway Patrol for its Senior Volunteer and Explorer programs. Originally set at $3,000 for the senior program and $1,000 for the explorers, the board voted to give a total of $7,000 to the organizations. Director Anne Feighner said she thinks the service the two organizations provide is invaluable. “I think it is fabulous what it does for youth and what it does for our community,” she said. The appreciation goes both ways. “Without these two programs, we would not be able to provide this level of service here in Rancho Santa Fe,” said California Highway Patorl Capt. Deb Schroder. Schroder said with the economy being what it is, the only thing that can be

After receiving a $7,000 grant for their programs at the July 19 Rancho Santa Fe Association meeting, members of the California Highway Patrol, Senior Volunteer Patrol and Explorers have a photo taken. From left are Matt Wellhouse, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol; CHP Officer Gil Ochoa; Laura Jimenez and Angel Pineda, both explorers; John Green and Jim McBride, senior volunteers; and California Highway Patrol Capt. Deb Schroder. Photo by Patty McCormac

provided to these volunteers is a vehicle. Uniforms and other equipment, which can be expensive, is not covered by the state and that is why the grants are so important. “We wouldn’t exist without you,” said Sr. Volunteer Capt. John Green. “We enjoy coming down here. We appreciate you for everything you do.” Part of the funding is also used to send explorers



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to annual competitive explorer events, during which the local explorers recently came in second overall in competition with the entire state. “Thank you for your support of our explorer post,” Laura Jiminez said. “The explorers support people who have an interest in law enforcement as a career.” Matt Wellhouser, chief of

the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, said he drew heavily on the

two organizations during the recent July 4 parade and picnic. “It took 25 of all shapes and colors,” he said. “Their rate is pretty affordable.” Since 1999, the Association has provided annual funding to the CHP to assist in underwriting the cost of maintaining the Senior Volunteer Patrol program in Rancho Santa Fe and other areas. “The deployment of the Senior Volunteers continues to be an important component of the CHP’s commitment to maintain an increased level of service and

enforcement in the community,” said Chris Livoni, associate planner. He said the volunteers are used for providing additional personnel for traffic control and general assistance at special events; periodically directing morning and afternoon school traffic to enhance the safety of school children; providing traffic counts; being a contact point for citizens for complaints and concerns; abating abandoned vehicles; taking reports; and observing specific areas to determine where regular CHP enforcement is needed.

Banker testifies on behalf of JOBS bill SANTA LUZ — Wells Fargo Senior Vice President Tim Rafalovich recently participated in a United States Senate hearing on a proposed Congressional Bill, sponsored by the Senate Committee for Small Business. The bill, a proposed addition to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606), is intended to create jobs, in part, through the expansion of a private equity financing of Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs). The goal of the hearing was to gather information from private and public constituents, and build support for the SBIC section of the bill (S. 2136). Rafalovich spoke to convey the importance of help-

ing small businesses grow and the ways that larger institutions like Wells Fargo are a part of the solution. To access the full video of the hearings, visit corp.homestead.wellsfargo.com/sites/creativeservices/c s_external/Shared%. Rafalovich lives in Santa Luz and is a former resident of Rancho Santa Fe. He leads the Alternative Asset Class division within Wells Fargo’s Community Lending and Investments. Rafalovich manages a $2 billion portfolio consisting of investments in private equity, Community Development Equity, real estate and LIHTC funds on behalf of Wells Fargo’s CRA group. Rafalovich is a seasoned fund manager, wealth manager, merger and acquisi-

tions EVP and business owner. He serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including the San Diego opera, YMCA Board of Governors and the USC alumni association. He is a founding member of the Small Business Investor Alliance and sits on eight SBIC advisory boards and sits on several corporate and nonprofit boards and on numerous Private Equity advisory boards. Rafalovich earned his B.S., Finance degree from The University of Southern California, has a master’s degree in counseling and is completing a Ph.D. in Business Administration. His dissertation considers the impact of management variables on Private Equity fund performance.

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Bladder Basics and Incontinence

Thursday, August 9, 6–7 p.m. Join a Scripps physical therapist to learn the relationship between your pelvic floor muscles and pregnancy. Both women and men welcome to attend. Free. Location: Scripps La Jolla Hospital, Schaetzel Center, Founder’s room.

Wednesday, August 15, 12:45–1:30 p.m. Join us to learn more about urinary incontinence, including typical urination habits, causes of incontinence, exercises and lifestyle changes. Free. Location: Scripps Encinitas Hospital Outpatient Rehab building in the Vons shopping center across from the hospital.

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Monday, August 13, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Studies show that heart disease can be prevented and even reversed with simple lifestyle changes. During this presentation, cardiologist Chris Suhar, MD, will review the various cardiac risk factors and discuss specific foods, exercise and stress management techniques that are known to protect the heart. Cost: $15. Location: Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in La Jolla.

Friday, August 17, 10:15–11:45 a.m. Join Samir Damani, MD, as he discusses how genomics and wireless technologies are radically changing medicine and empowering better health. Cost: $2.50. Location: Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, senior activity room.

Osteoarthritis Management Wednesday, August 15, 12:30–2 p.m. Join rheumatologist Howard Kaye, MD, in cooperation with rehabilitation services to learn about the diagnosis and medical management of osteoarthritis. Class information includes use of assistive devices, medications and exercise. Free. Location: Scripps Coastal Vista, Thibodo.

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will feature our physician authority on lifestyle changes, a presenter on the basics of getting ready for Medicare and opportunities to speak with experts about everything you wanted to know about Medicare. Free. Call for time and more information. Location: Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Shoes to Lose Thursday, August 23, 6–7 p.m. Join us to learn how to begin and maintain a physically active lifestyle. We’ll also focus on overcoming obstacles to exercise and how to get the most in the least amount of time. Free. Location: Scripps Clinic Del Mar.

Alternative to Hysterectomy Wednesday, August 29, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Join interventional radiologist Ross Christensen, MD, and OB-GYN Catharine Marshall, MD, as they discuss how a diagnosis of uterine fibroids does not necessarily lead to a hysterectomy. You’ll learn about fibroids, symptoms, complications, and a minimally invasive procedure called uterine fibroid embolization. Free. Location: Scripps Mende Well Being Center in La Jolla.

Monday, August 20, 5:30–6:30 p.m. Join Mark Takata, MD, and William Fuller, MD, to learn more about weight loss options. Free. Location: Scripps La Jolla Hospital, Schaetzel Center, Great Hall.

Wine and Dine into Medicare Tuesday, August 21 Join us for an evening of fine wine, appetizers and speakers as we present lifestyle changes as you approach 65. This event

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JULY 27, 2012

Dog Truffles is a ‘pillow with a heart’ Surf Dog clinics will set

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By Christina Macone-Greene

Truffles, a therapy dog, sneezes on command when his handler asks if he has a cold. An impressive trick to the average dog owner, but for Nancy Stanley, it’s one of many she has taught Truffles over the years. Truffles and Stanley recently visited the San Diego Fox 5 News Station to keep viewers up to date on their book signings and future plans, but most of all, it was an opportunity to talk about their teamwork to help those in need. “Mainly, our interview was to talk about how Truffles and I have grown,” said Stanley, a Carlsbad resident. Over the years, she and Truffles have visited with people experiencing loneliness or personal turmoil, even young victims of abuse. Stanley has seen firsthand how pet therapy can change the direction of someone’s life. By showing love, she said, they will receive love in return instead of physical harm. “I’m trying to help change the cycle for these children who are abused,” Stanley said. “I believe that showing them how to gently hold and pet an animal gets the message across to them that their life doesn’t have to be one of abuse but one of love and respect for life.” Although Truffles is only six pounds, as far as Stanley is concerned, he has a big heart. She’s certain that he can sense and understand how people feel. Micki Robins became fast friends with Stanley and Truffles when she met them at one of their book signings. “Nancy has this wonderful ability to get beneath the skin of a situation, and Truffles is just a little bubble of love,” Robins said. “You can see that this human and this dog love and respect each other so much, and when they are around somebody who needs this, it is just there and passed on.” While on the Fox 5 set, Truffles didn’t have an ounce of stage front. In fact, Stanley called him a ham. While sneezing on cue, he also sat up with his paws airborne and launched some “high fives.” “He is a natural and he makes me more secure in front of a camera,” she said, adding how he is her own personal therapy dog. Stanley, who has owned Truffles since he was a puppy, taught him every trick that he knows. He has a vocabulary of about 120 words. Stanely, who introduced animal therapy back in 1982,

Truffles, a pet therapy dog, helps people who may be experiencing lonliness, personal turmoil, even young victims of abuse.

Nancy Stanley’s book, “Pillow With a Heartbeat,” is now in its third printing. Photos courtesy of Nancy Stanley

has been referred to by many as one of the modern day Animal Therapy Pioneers. She founded the nonprofit, Tender Loving Zoo with her first therapy dog, another toy poodle named Freeway. The duo would visit children with extreme special needs and the elderly in convalescent hospitals. Truffles is her second therapy dog. Today, Stanley and Truffles dedicate four therapy days per month on their calendar. She is also a wish grantor for The Make-A-Wish Foundation and brings Truffles when approved. Stanley and her trusty pup have also been busy this year with their book tour. Be our fan on

Her book, “Pillow With a Heartbeat,” is now in its third reprint. Stanley said the inspiration from her book actually came from a child she was a wish grantor for. “Truffles and I were on Fox last year talking about my book,” she said. “This time we were also talking about how I’m trying to raise enough money with my book, and down the road a film, so I can form a foundation that will fund charities.” For more information on Stanley and Truffles visit pillowwithaheartbeat.com or call (760) 420-7517. A percentage of book sales go to charity.

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RANCHO SANTA FE – June 30 marks the kickoff of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Clinics. The classes, scheduled June 30, July 28, Aug. 11, Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, prep beach-loving pups for the annual “Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon.” The September surf competition will feature a special canine competitor whose owner has worked hard to serve his country. Naval ABH Airman Tyler Silvestri is in for a big surprise when he returns to his beloved dog Stella, as Silvestri’s mother will have taught the dog to surf. Silvestri’s mother, Jan Marshall, clearly remembers the day her son brought his puppy home. “He told me he had picked her up because he was afraid I would be lonely when he went off to boot camp,” said Marshall, “but he couldn’t fool me. That dog had Tyler’s heart the minute he laid his eyes on her.” Silvestri named the tiny brown-and-white boxer-terrier blend, Stella, and made no secret of his affections for her. The soldier traveled to boot camp in Pensacola, Florida, and journeyed as far away as Hong Kong and the Persian Gulf during his Deployment last November, but when his company was given the opportunity to give individual, live-video “shout-outs” to their family members at home, Silvestri’s went to Stella. “He said he couldn’t wait to come home and give her a big, fat, juicy steak,” said Marshall. “I didn’t care who his shoutout went to. I was just so thrilled to see his face.” The shout-out gave Silvestri’s mother an idea. “Stella makes Tyler so happy. Why not train her to do something special?” Marshall heard about Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Surf-AThon and Surf Clinics through an old high school friend who volunteers at the event each year. “Stella is practically a gymnast!” said Marshall. “She can do flips! I feel pretty certain she’ll be able to pick up surfing.” Marshall will find for sure when she and Stella attend the first


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Tyler Silvestri’s mom plans to surprise her son by teaching his dog Stella to surf at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Surf Dog Clinics beginning June 30 at Dog Beach in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Surf Dog Clinic at Dog Beach in Del Mar. The Surf Dog Clinics are taught by Kahuna Bob’s Surf School and Pet Expert Rob Kuty, from San Diego Pet Training, and cost $45 per dog (one adult per dog), including the required life vests and surf boards. Each clinic is limited to 25 dogs per class and runs about an hour in length. Registration is now open for all the Doggie Surf Clinics, scheduled Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for five weeks. Dogs who take to the waves are encouraged to register the Sept. 9 event. All proceeds from the classes and the annual competition go toward the animals and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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Wear white, and an interview with author Joanna Crispi MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Are you ready to wear white and dress like a character out of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel? For Karian Forsyth’s birthday party, that is exactly what the attendees on the guest list did. From hundreds of white balloons floating across the teal blue pool to the white roses adorning the tables, there was an air of sophistication and opulence hanging under a sunstreaked sky. Robin and I wore matching white outfits. He found a pair of Dolce & Gabbana jeans that still fit him perfectly. I wore my stiletto heels with silver platforms to match my ivory dress for one of our favorite couples in the Ranch. I have included four photos from that evening. Happy birthday Karian!

Around Town On July 18, the world stopped for Opening Day at the Del Mar Races. Well, at least in San Diego life did. The freeways lulled to a crawl and the surrounding communities near Del Mar found a surge of visitors flooding the streets in hats, heels, Ferragamos, slacks and dresses that trickled in and out of cars onto the dusty parking lots overlooking the ocean sparkling across the horizon. If they were Turf Club members, they paid an exorbitant amount to keep their shoes clean by parking with valet near the entrance. Elaine Gallagher and her friends shined just as bright as the rest in their fancy hats and fabulous dresses. Due to a wisdom tooth battle, my day was spent recovering in bed reading and watching Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts shine in the movie “Notting Hill.” On July 21, I had the

good fortune of interviewing Joanna Crispi the author of “The Guilty Ones” for the Rancho Santa Fe News. Do you remember the movie “Reversal of Fortune” with Jeremy Irons? This film garnered him an Oscar and also epitomized the famous case of Claus von Bulow, who was first sentence for attempting to murder his wife Sunny Bulow. Originally, von Bulow was sentenced to 30 years in prison. However, just like the name of the movie suggests, his fate turned out differently thanks to Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz. The professor also asked some of his former students to help with the appeal. Joanna Crispi just happened to be one of the Harvard graduates that worked the case with Jim Cramer and made history with ‘the reversal of fortune’ Maggie Kasa-Hoeper is a model and works at Maggie B's at the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. She is with Elaine for Claus von Bulow. Gallagher and Gloria Flores in the Turf Club on Opening Day at the Del Mar Races. Courtesy photo Joanna worked on many the rebellion in the Congo in high profile criminal defense the late ‘90s. cases as a lawyer during I came back to “The 1980s. Now Joanna lives in Guilty Ones” after the Milan, Italy and in New York events of 9/11, which caused City working as a lawyer and me to rethink the story in its writer. She has written three historical context. novels. MP: How do you like writing books versus being a Machel Penn: You worked lawyer? Do you feel your on the Claus von Bulow trial background has given you an ... edge in writing “The Guilty Ones”? Will there be some Joanna Crispi: As a result shocking surprises for the of the von Bulow case, I reader? learned a very important lesson at the outset of my legal JC: In terms of “shocks career: innocent people are and surprises,” I can say a sometimes convicted of consensus seems to have crimes they did not commit. I emerged from readers of also saw firsthand that advance copies who all seem “lawyering” makes a difference. A trial is about what Karian with her beautiful mother and husband, Tom Forsyth celebrating to say they couldn't put the can be proven in court. Guilt in all white for a smashing birthday celebration. Photo by Machel Penn book down. I've had several complaints about being up and innocence remains the Shull too late reading thanks to province of a higher authority. My new novel, “The did you work on writing this was being redefined. Certain me. As for writing novels types of prosecutions were Guilty Ones” (NYQBooks book? becoming “fashionable”— versus practicing as a crimi2012) stems from this premJC: I began working on and I do mean fashionable in nal defense lawyer, both ise. The book draws from involve telling a story, in both sides of the line that “The Guilty Ones” in the a literal sense. I stopped working on short, the creation of a narracriminal defense lawyer’s ‘90s. The idea came to me walk, the line between what based on trends that were “The Guilty Ones” to finish tive. A trial is a true test of constitutes a crime and guilt. beginning to show up in two other novels, “Roxanne narrative because each side, cases I was working on at the and Alexander,” a work of defense and prosecution, is MP: Your book “The time. Prosecutors were focus- historical fiction about the asking the jury to believe its Guilty Ones” is being ing on particular kinds of wife of Alexander the Great, account of events. At the released in August. How long financial transactions; the and “Soldier in the Grass,” end, when both sides are finidea of “white collar” crime also historical fiction, about ished telling their story, the jury renders a verdict for one or the other. For instance, as I began

Machel and Robin Shull at Karian Forysth's birthday part in The Crosby. Courtesy photo

sifting through transcripts and boxes from the first von Bulow trial, a story very different from the one created by the prosecution emerged. The story I gleaned from the evidence could be told in three words: no insulin injection. The difference between the first and second von Bulow trials was that at the second trial we mounted a defense based on testimony and evidence that Sunny, von Bulow's wife, had never been injected with insulin. At the second trial, the jury rejected the prosecution's story and believed ours. What is also interesting is the extent to which a novel, like a trial, requires credibility. A witness must be credible to be believed. The same holds true for a character in a book. Credibility matters. The story must be credible otherwise it will seem inauthentic. I strove very hard for authenticity in “The Guilty Ones.” I would say this is a direct result of my work in court. What I prefer about writing novels is that I am in control of the total picture. A trial on the other hand has many “authors. If you would like to read the longer version of Joanna Crispi’s interview, check machelpenn.com under “Book Reviews.” You can also contact Machel at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

Three time New York author and lawyer Joanna Crispi is interviewed by Kimberly Running arm and arm with her husband at the "The White" This gorgeous couple are about to embark on a around-the-world hon- Machel Penn regarding her newest book, "The Guilty Ones." Joanna party in The Crosby. Kimberly Running is the manager of Oxygen eymoon, which I will be sharing pictures of very soon. Photo by Machel Crispi worked on the legendary Claus von Bulow case during the eighties. Courtesy photo Medical Spa. Photo by Machel Penn Shull Penn Shull


JULY 27, 2012


Local photographer combines business and humanitarian efforts By Lillian Cox

At 60, Joanna Herr Hanks is hitting her stride. She’s exactly where she wants to be at this point in her life as a professional photographer, world traveler and all-around do-gooder. In January 1981, the single mother took her son Jason for a vacation to San Diego. Three months later they moved west, settling in Encinitas when Herr accepted a job installing a PBX system at Palomar College. Afterward she worked as a paste-up and graphic artist for local newspapers, drawing upon skills she learned with Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. In 1993, a job she didn’t particularly care for as a stockbroker’s assistant inspired her to pursue what until that time had been part-time work in photography, a skill she taught herself in high school. “In my mid-40s I started planning a career in photography,” she recalls. “I had a five-year plan that included networking, building a clientele, photographing weddings on weekends and saving money.” Today, Hanks has a thriving business that includes commercial photography, business portraits, corporate events, sports and lifestyle photography, and stock and travel images. In addition, she mentored two young photographers with whom she co-founded 3 Hot Shoes, an event photography business. Recently, she launched Photo Trotting, global photo tourism venture that includes mini-photography workshops. A self-described “humanitarian photojour-

nalist,” Hanks combines a love of travel with a desire to make a positive difference in the world whether volunteering at an elephant orphanage in Kenya or documenting women entrepreneurs in Tanzania who are recipients of microloans from the WGC (Women’s Global Connection.) Claire Donahue met Hanks in 2009 when she signed up for a WGC immersion trip to Tanzania and Peru. She’ll be joining Hanks again this fall when they travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. “Joanna doesn’t live on life’s sidelines,” Donahue dsif. “One thing that stands out is her unbridled enthusiasm and willingness to jump in and participate at every level: dancing at our celebration with the (WGC) ladies, giving our tour group helpful photo tips and, most importantly, keeping an even keel, despite complicated travel circumstances. “She uses her photography skills to tell the story of the women in Tanzania, and Honduras, producing greeting cards to raise money to fund additional micro loans.” When confronted with a potential cancer diagnosis a few years ago, Hanks cofounded A Way of Life, or AWOL, an annual retreat in Joshua Tree for breast cancer survivors that includes spa treatment, hair, makeup, glamour photography, yoga and camaraderie. Last year Hanks produced a photo book to tell the story of survivors and raise funds for scholarships. Maggie Hood has been a friend for more than 30

Hanks offers this advice to budding photographers:

Photographer Joanna Herr Hanks (front row fifth from left) with members of Bukoba Women's Empowerment Association in Tanzania. Hanks documents the work of women entrepreneurs in developing countries for the Women’s Global Connection which provides micro business loans. For more information visit: youtube.com/watch?v=OPWRYGQ1FhI Photos courtesy of Joanna Herr Hanks

years. “Joanna is a giving person with a huge heart for the underdog,” she said. “She created this business on her own, and chose not only to survive, but to give back.” In giving back, her only child, Jason Helwig, went on to become a Navy SEAL (retired). Eight times a year Hanks photographs military babies in San Diego and Ventura, donating production costs and time to provide families with a photo Photographer Joanna Herr Hanks with Grace Mshongi of the nonprofit session and photo package. Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA) in Tanzania.

Variety of SoCal donates to support Seany Foundation RANCHO SANTA FE — In early July, Variety — the Children’s Charity of Southern California, announced to The Seany Foundation its plan to donate $5,000 toward a sponsorship at The Seany Foundation’s upcoming Everything Is Possible celebration set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive. The group will raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research and programs in Southern California, combining forces to advance their missions to help children in need. Everything Is Possible Celebration guests will enjoy cocktails, live music and dancers, dinner, a live auction and raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Amie F. Kuznicki at afkuznicki@theseanyfoundation.org. Sean Lewis Robins founded The Seany Foundation in 2005, as he battled his own cancer. Sean fought Ewing sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) for nearly

seven years, until his death in 2006. He was just 22. The Seany Foundation is Sean’s legacy, and continues to work to improve the lives of children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. For more information, visit theseanyfoundation.org. Variety — the Children’s Charity of Southern California, is an organization made up of people primarily

in the entertainment industry, who raise funds to provide lifesaving support for children with special needs in the Southern California community. The SoCal chapter is part of a worldwide network with 43 chapters in 13 countries that has raised over $1.8 billion to aid children in need worldwide. For more info, visit varietysocal.org


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Local photographer combines business and humanitarian efforts By Lillian Cox

At 60, Joanna Herr Hanks is hitting her stride. She’s exactly where she wants to be at this point in her life as a professional photographer, world traveler and all-around do-gooder. In January 1981, the single mother took her son Jason for a vacation to San Diego. Three months later they moved west, settling in Encinitas when Herr accepted a job installing a PBX system at Palomar College. Afterward she worked as a paste-up and graphic artist for local newspapers, drawing upon skills she learned with Lancaster Newspapers, Inc. In 1993, a job she didn’t particularly care for as a stockbroker’s assistant inspired her to pursue what until that time had been part-time work in photography, a skill she taught herself in high school. “In my mid-40s I started planning a career in photography,” she recalls. “I had a five-year plan that included networking, building a clientele, photographing weddings on weekends and saving money.” Today, Hanks has a thriving business that includes commercial photography, business portraits, corporate events, sports and lifestyle photography, and stock and travel images. In addition, she mentored two young photographers with whom she co-founded 3 Hot Shoes, an event photography business. Recently, she launched Photo Trotting, global photo tourism venture that includes mini-photography workshops. A self-described “humanitarian photojour-

nalist,” Hanks combines a love of travel with a desire to make a positive difference in the world whether volunteering at an elephant orphanage in Kenya or documenting women entrepreneurs in Tanzania who are recipients of microloans from the WGC (Women’s Global Connection.) Claire Donahue met Hanks in 2009 when she signed up for a WGC immersion trip to Tanzania and Peru. She’ll be joining Hanks again this fall when they travel to Vietnam and Cambodia. “Joanna doesn’t live on life’s sidelines,” Donahue dsif. “One thing that stands out is her unbridled enthusiasm and willingness to jump in and participate at every level: dancing at our celebration with the (WGC) ladies, giving our tour group helpful photo tips and, most importantly, keeping an even keel, despite complicated travel circumstances. “She uses her photography skills to tell the story of the women in Tanzania, and Honduras, producing greeting cards to raise money to fund additional micro loans.” When confronted with a potential cancer diagnosis a few years ago, Hanks cofounded A Way of Life, or AWOL, an annual retreat in Joshua Tree for breast cancer survivors that includes spa treatment, hair, makeup, glamour photography, yoga and camaraderie. Last year Hanks produced a photo book to tell the story of survivors and raise funds for scholarships. Maggie Hood has been a friend for more than 30

Hanks offers this advice to budding photographers:

Photographer Joanna Herr Hanks (front row fifth from left) with members of Bukoba Women's Empowerment Association in Tanzania. Hanks documents the work of women entrepreneurs in developing countries for the Women’s Global Connection which provides micro business loans. For more information visit: youtube.com/watch?v=OPWRYGQ1FhI Photos courtesy of Joanna Herr Hanks

years. “Joanna is a giving person with a huge heart for the underdog,” she said. “She created this business on her own, and chose not only to survive, but to give back.” In giving back, her only child, Jason Helwig, went on to become a Navy SEAL (retired). Eight times a year Hanks photographs military babies in San Diego and Ventura, donating production costs and time to provide families with a photo Photographer Joanna Herr Hanks with Grace Mshongi of the nonprofit session and photo package. Bukoba Women’s Empowerment Association (BUWEA) in Tanzania.

Variety of SoCal donates to support Seany Foundation RANCHO SANTA FE — In early July, Variety — the Children’s Charity of Southern California, announced to The Seany Foundation its plan to donate $5,000 toward a sponsorship at The Seany Foundation’s upcoming Everything Is Possible celebration set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive. The group will raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research and programs in Southern California, combining forces to advance their missions to help children in need. Everything Is Possible Celebration guests will enjoy cocktails, live music and dancers, dinner, a live auction and raffle. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Amie F. Kuznicki at afkuznicki@theseanyfoundation.org. Sean Lewis Robins founded The Seany Foundation in 2005, as he battled his own cancer. Sean fought Ewing sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) for nearly

seven years, until his death in 2006. He was just 22. The Seany Foundation is Sean’s legacy, and continues to work to improve the lives of children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. For more information, visit theseanyfoundation.org. Variety — the Children’s Charity of Southern California, is an organization made up of people primarily

in the entertainment industry, who raise funds to provide lifesaving support for children with special needs in the Southern California community. The SoCal chapter is part of a worldwide network with 43 chapters in 13 countries that has raised over $1.8 billion to aid children in need worldwide. For more info, visit varietysocal.org


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Fight against hunger, secure your privacy at shred event RANCHO SANTA FE — Gather all your old bills, taxes, financial statements, annual reports, receipts and other sensitive documents for free, secure shredding by Iron Mountain’s on-site mobile shredding unit July 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, and at no obligation, KidsKorps RSF youths will be onsite, collecting any food donations for delivery to

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FeedingAmerica.org. Drive through the parking lot and RSF’s KidsKorps youth volunteers, alongside MSSB employees, will help you unload your boxes or bags of paper for shredding and recycling and gladly collect your food donations for Feeding America. The event at 6037 La Flecha, is sponsored by the Rancho Santa Fe office of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Ruth Anne (Annie) Frokjer, 51 Carlsbad July 9, 2012 Marjorie Muriel Montgomery Hamrick Gadzia Encinitas April 22, 1915 to July 13, 2012Felice Constancio Garrity, 85 Carlsbad July 15, 2012

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Alan Harold Hagemeyer Vista July 15, 2012

Jane Aadnesen Vista/Oceanside 1918-July 2012

Col. Donald S. Mahlberg, 82 San Marcos July 14, 2012

Manuel R. Aldaco Oceanside May 5, 1948 to July 4, 2012

Robert Lee Payne Vista November 5, 1956 to July 8, 2012

Col. William L. Beach Oceanside January 30, 1921 to July 9, 2012

Jeanne Lucille Principe Carlsbad August 23, 1950 to July 14, 2012

Patricia Mae Brendel Oceanside May 4, 1930 to July 11, 2012

Michael Elisan Short Oceanside February 21, 1969 to July 16, 2012

James Richard Carpenter Vista June 2, 1961 to July 18, 2012

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How to make a cinder block planter SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: My cousin made a planter from cinder blocks. I haven’t seen it because she’s out of state, but I heard about it. I’d like to make one, but I’m not sure how to go about it and I don’t want to seem like a copycat and ask her. Any suggestions? I love the idea of using the blocks we currently have just stacked on the side of our garage. — Linda, New York Dear Linda: You can arrange the blocks any way you want; for instance, in a circle with a garden in the center, or as a border along a garden edge with plants in the blocks. Or stack them and stagger and arrange them. You can connect them with liquid nails. A bit of wire mesh/chicken wire and landscape fabric could hold soil in

each cubbyhole for blocks that aren’t directly on the ground. Or simply place pots inside the little cubbies. Dear Sara: I dearly love my new puppy, but before I could prevent it, she had claimed a spot in my guest room to urinate. Now the smell is extreme. I have tried multiple cleaning methods, but none have worked. How do I eliminate that smell from my carpet? — B.A., Nevada Dear B.A.: It’s difficult to remove urine smells from carpet if it’s soaked into the padding. Try Kids ‘N’ Pets stain and odor remover. Visit kidsnpetsbrand.com for a product locator, or you can purchase it online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Drugstore.com. I have two large dogs, a cat and a rabbit, and while I’ve used vinegar and baking soda and a host of other homemade remedies, I’m quite fond of and prefer the Kids ‘N’ Pets product. It’s not expensive, and it gets the job done. Dear Sara: When you

grill chicken, do you just slap it on the grill, or do you cook it in foil? — Amy, New Jersey Dear Amy: I trim and pound the chicken to 1/2-inch thickness so they’ll cook evenly. Marinades can cause chicken to burn easily because of the sugar content. Most people tend to overcook grilled chicken.While you can cook it wrapped in foil, you can grease your grill, too. It only takes about 12 minutes to cook a chicken breast (6 to 8 minutes on each side and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F). You can wrap a brick with foil and use it as a weight press on top of your chicken for even grilling, too. Dear Sara: I went to the commissary today and found a great deal on shredded cheese. I bought 15 bags, hoping I could freeze it. Have you frozen shredded cheese? When you defrosted it, did it taste any different? — Lisa, Virginia Dear Lisa: Yes, you can freeze shredded cheese. It helps if you freeze it flat so it

doesn’t clump together. You don’t even have to thaw it before sprinkling it onto pizza or casseroles. When shredding your own cheese to freeze, sprinkle a bit of cornstarch into the storage bag and shake it to prevent any clumping. You can freeze it flat on a baking sheet and then transfer to freezer storage bags. Freezing cheese in block form can change the texture, but there’s not much of a difference in the taste of frozen shredded cheese, which is primarily melted and used for cooking. The flavor remains intact. Once frozen, I’d use it within a couple of months.

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Day at Races to aid Strategies to support lung cancer research weight-loss goals patient who credits a drug created by a local company for saving his life. “It has been very gratifying for all involved to meet each other in such a relaxed and informal setting,” said Rachel Schwartz, spokeswoman for the event. “The researchers have an opportunity to actually meet people and families touched, or whose lives have been saved, by the important work they do each day,” she said. “And the lung cancer survivors and advocates have an opportunity to express their gratitude and excitement about breakthroughs in lung cancer research.” Day at the Races was started by Paula Zinnemann who, Paula Zinnemann while living in Founder of Day at the Races Rancho Santa Fe about six years cocktails and wine, a private ago, went to the emergency betting window, tours of the room of a nearby hospital paddock, betting instruc- because she was having troutions, a silent auction and a ble breathing. She said she wasn’t surraffle to determine who will present flowers and cham- prised to hear the chest X-ray pagne to the winner of the revealed she had pneumonia, Breath of Life horse race but she was shocked that it being dedicated to the organ- also detected a mass in her right lung that was later conization. The event also offers an firmed to be cancer. At first she thought the opportunity for area lung cancer researchers to meet doctors were wrong because survivors of the disease, she ate right and exercised. including one San Diego Although she had smoked socially, she quit more than 30 years earlier. Be our fan on The disease has the stigma of being associated with tobacco use, a lifestyle choice, however, it is estimated that theCoastNews.com 60 percent of new lung cancer diagnoses will be on nonand click link smokers, Zinnemann said. “Anybody who has lungs has to get in there and fund research,” she said. Visit http://lcfamerica.org for more information or to register.

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Promising a great deal for a great cause, the Lung Cancer Foundation of America will hold its third annual Day at the Races from 1 to 6:30 p.m. July 29 at the Del Mar Race Track. Acting as the master of ceremonies this year is Tim Conway Jr., host of his eponymous KFI-AM 640 radio show and son of the iconic comedian best known from “The Carol Burnett Show.” The cost is $150 and includes entrance to the Turf Club, a lunch buffet on the patio of Il Palio Restaurant,

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Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of adults in the United States are obese and another 34 percent are overweight. While strategies for losing weight will vary with each individual,following are several practical strategies to consider that can help keep goals on track. Consulting with a physician is advisable before starting a weight loss program. Weigh In. Get a scale and use it regularly. In the past, conventional wisdom said frequent weigh-ins might lead to frustration. Recently, however, it’s been shown that people can benefit from weighing themselves often, up to three to four times a week.The idea is to keep any eye out for trends and make adjustments as needed. Move Around. Losing weight requires burning calories through exercise.Working out for an hour or two per week will help, but effective weight loss usually calls for at least three to five hours of exercise a week. And the form of exercise makes a difference. Once, it was believed that aerobics alone was enough, but adding some resistance training has proved to be more effective. So, in an hour of exercise, 45 minutes of aerobics and 15 minutes of resistance is a good rule of thumb. Avoid Fads. Be wary of fad diets; they may be very helpful at first, but it’s best to look for a dietary program you can sustain. A recent study showed that just about any diet will work as long it is followed consistently.When look-

ing for a diet, pick one that seems realistic to follow over the long haul. Watch Calories. The exact amount of caloric intake for weight loss varies with individuals, but for women 45-55 years old 1,200-1,300 calories is a good ballpark; for men of the same age, the target maximum should be around 1,800. The more exercise one does, the more they can eat and still maintain or lose weight. Consider keeping a daily calorie journal, as humans are very good at forgetting unneeded calories. Size Up Surroundings. Assess the home and work environment for unhealthy foods and discard them. This may mean removing a candy dish on the living room end table, or emptying a junk food drawer at the office. Also, make every effort to identify and avoid no-win situations. Employers tend to reward their employees with food — think pizza party — or sometimes they will have food waiting at the office so employees don’t have to go out. This can sabotage even the best of intentions. Assess Relationships. Inter-personal relationships will also affect weight-loss efforts. It would be ideal if everyone were fully supportive all of the time.But this may not always be the case, so become aware of individuals that end up defeating weightloss efforts.The difficult part is that some people traditionally express their love through food. Be aware and when it happens, be honest. Let friends and family members know about important changes to personal eating habits. If it’s necessary to “eat socially”to avoid hurt feelings, be very aware of the amount and have a small portion. Health Watch is brought to you by physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

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Kid’s mission: To save monk seals By Lillian Cox

PETS FIND ALTER EGOS In honor of Comic-Con International, the adoptable animals at Helen Woodward Animal Center staged their very own Paw-micon Convention, styled in comic strip fashion and brought to vibrant life by volunteer photographer Ricki Douglas. For more information, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 313, visit animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Guitar seminar focus on music theory Master guitarist Peter Pupping will be offering a six-week course, “Music Theory Through Guitar,” from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Aug. 6 at Ranch View Baptist Church, 416 Rancho Santa Fe Road. The cost for the course is $175 and includes materials. To register, visit guitarsounds.com/performance_schedule.html. The class will study the major components of music,

including sound, harmony, melody and rhythm. Mastery in these areas allows musicians to embark on writing music, improvising (playing lead guitar), develop chord theory, increase your chord vocabulary, recognize chords in notation, transpose, learn what it means to play in a key and fretboard strategy. Participants are asked to bring a guitar, pencil,

eraser and a three-ring notebook with five subject dividers labeled Technique, Chords, Scales, Theory and Songs. Peter Pupping & Friends will be performing live from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 27, July 28, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Ki’s Restaurant, 2591 S. Coast Highway 101, Cardiff By Sea. Call (760) 436-5236 for more information.

COAST CITIES — Sixyear-old Connor Berryhill had an “ah-ha” moment last month when he and his parents visited his aunt on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The trip included a visit to Kaua`i Monk Seal Watch Program, which provides environmental education about the Hawaiian monk seals, which are nearing extinction. The seals are known to native Hawaiians as Ilio-holo-i-kauaua, or “dog that runs in rough water.” “There are only 1,000 left,” Connor said. “People can protect them by not using nets.” Connor’s mother is Lynel Berryhill. “A lot of nets wash up on the beach,” she added. “Most beaches are pristine in Kaua’i but there is one beach where currents bring in fishing nets and trash.” Another threat to Hawaiian monk seals is overfishing, she added. The experience taught Connor a lesson, one that he brought back home. Since returning, he has volunteered at the San Elijo Lagoon, using a tool called a “grabber” to pick up plastic bottles, plastic bags, netting and other trash. “Every time I see someone drop trash, I shout at them, ‘San Elijo Lagoon Litter Bug!’” he said, adamantly. Connor also rescued a juvenile raven that had been abandoned at the lagoon. Connor has become what is known as a “microactivist,” someone who initiates a small action that, when combined with many other people doing the same small thing, produces a big result. Today, he is eager to educate all interested children about how they can help protect the Hawaiian monk seals — all the way from California — by properly disposing of

Six-year-old Connor Berryhill uses a tool called a “grabber” at Moonlight Beach to demonstrate how to pick up fish nets and other trash which have contributed to the near extinction of the Hawaiian monk seals. He offers his demonstration to children with the hope that others will also become microactivists. Photo by Lillian Cox

trash before it becomes a hazard to wildlife. He also likes to share what he has learned about manners when encountering seals. “Stay away, be quiet, and don’t walk between the seal and the ocean,” he said. “Seals need to rest during the day because they look for food at night. Also, predators come out at night.” Connor’s mom says he has loved animals all his life, and doesn’t hesitate to rescue an animal when he can. “I rescued Pokey, a redeared slider (turtle) who was walking down the street,” he said. “He was feisty and gentle. I later released it in Jack’s Pond near our house.” More recently, he cared for a baby crow that Bella, his family’s mastiff dog, carried into the house in her mouth. “The baby was all wet,” Connor said giggling. “I named it Squawk because it sounded like a radio.” Connor

and his family fed the bird during the day. That evening three crows came into their backyard looking for the baby. “We put him outside and the four of them lived in the bushes for the next few days until the baby could fly,” Lynel Berryhill added. Connor also has a parakeet named Roboto and a conure bird named MingMing who talks. When they are in La Jolla or Oceanside harbor, Connor likes to snorkel and dive off his mother’s paddleboard. One day, he plans to be a certified scuba diver and professional underwater photographer. To invite Connor to give his presentation, contact Lynel Berryhill at lynel@brownsafe.com. For more information about seals, including the Hawaiian monk seal, visit marinemammalcenter.org. For more information about microactivism, visit microactivist.com.



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Navitat Canopy Adventure begins with day of ziplining E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road When our Navitat Canopy Adventure began at about 11 a.m. on a June day, the sky was clear, the sun was warm and the air was still. A perfect day for ziplining high above lands bordering the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood. Now, two hours later — well, two out of three ain’t bad. It’s still sunny and the skies clear, but the wind is gusting at about 35 miles an hour, according to our guide, April Scott. “It can get windy up here,” she says, “but this is the first time I’ve seen it this windy.” That’s why my husband, Jerry, four other zippers and I are huddled on a platform attached to a sugar pine at 120 feet above the ground. I look out over the terrain and see the Jeffrey, Ponderosa and sugar pines bending with the wind, and can’t help hugging our tree as it sways in the turbulence. “Bending is good,” Scott reminds us. “We don’t want to be in trees that are going to snap.” For sure, I think, and remind myself that although zipping is a thrill, we also are perfectly safe. We’re twicetethered with industrialstrength clips to double overhead cables that have a 16,000-pound test, so we’re not going anywhere until we want to. When the wind takes a break, each participant, in turn, sits in the harness, gets the ol’ heave-ho from our guide, then flies across the canyons and trees for a takeyour-breath-away ride. This is fun — a lot of fun. Five hours later (the course usually takes 3.5 hours), we’ve conquered 10 ziplines, three rope-and-timber “sky bridges” and three rappels. This is the first full season for Navitat, located just outside Wrightwood (about

90 minutes north of Escondido just off Interstate 15). It’s quickly becoming a destination for those who want some safe, exciting outdoor activity. If you are afraid of heights, zipping is not for you, but you don’t need to be a super-athlete to participate. You must be between 90 and 250 pounds and able to walk about a mile. (There are two short hikes on the course at 6,500 feet elevation.) Groups are limited to eight and always have two guides. “We have a guy in his 70s who is a ‘frequent zipper,’” says our other guide, Mike Navas, a 29-year-old Army veteran who also teaches rappelling from helicopters. “He’s been on the course a lot and loves it.” Attracting repeat visitors is the whole idea, says Ken Stamps, CEO of Navitat (the word is a melding of “navigation” and “habitat”), who made a mid-life career change in 2008 to start the company. “We find a significant number of guests tell their friends and family and some have been out eight, nine, 10 times.” The Wrightwood zipline is the second Navitat course in the country; the first is near Asheville, N.C. Both courses include mini-nature classes. “We wanted an educational component to the experience,” Stamp said from his office near Asheville. “It’s not just a tree-based amusement park. It’s thrilling, but as we thrill, we depart knowledge about the environment.” The zipline elements are designed and built by Bonsai Design, which prides itself on its tree-based platforms that cause no harm to the trees. Our adventure done, we decided to stay in Wrightwood overnight. The mountain community of 5,000 is better known as a ski destination, but don’t discount summer. At 6,000 feet, the night air is cool and there are several boutiques, restaurants, bars and live music. We enjoyed pizza at Mile High (offers gluten-free pizza; breakfast at the Grizzly Café, (new menu with easy-to-read, gluten-free offerings); fabulous ice cream at Applewood

Navitat zipline guide April Scott prepares “zippers” to cross the rope-and- Navitat zipline guide April Scott helps pull in a lightweight “zipper” who log bridge during a day of high winds. The course normally takes about couldn’t make it all the way to the next platform because of strong headwinds. Photo courtesy of Navitat 3.5 hours to complete. Photo by Jerry Ondash

Court; and apple-cherry pie at Joe Mudd’s (features “coffee, pie, donuts and guitars”). Come Friday afternoons, Wrightwood stages its weekly farmer’s market. “Mingle with the locals at the farmer’s market,” advises Chamber of Commerce treasurer Kathy Carroll. “Try the tamales; they’re great.” Carroll and her husband, Chuck, own Eagles’ Nest and Orchard View lodges. Both are roomy, comfortable, offer free wi-fi, and ideally located close to town. They each have two bedrooms, decks, accommodate six guests. Eagles’ Nest features a full kitchen. Make reservations here first and get a discount on the zipline adventure. Visit wrightwoodlodges.com. For Navitat reservations, visit navitat.com (adults $109; youth $99). E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer liv- A “zipper”on the Navitat Canopy Adventure course rappels from one of ing in North County. Tell her about your a dozen platforms in the trees. Some platforms reach heights of 120 feet. travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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A zipper from the Los Angeles area comes in for a landing on one of the 10 segments of the Navitat zipline near Wrightwood. The course has been constructed at about 6,500 feet elevation and borders the Angeles National Forest. Photo courtesy of Navitat

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Looking back on my fallen friends CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes I first met Pat Flecky at a house I shared in Encinitas with him and Texas transplant turned Sunset Superman, Ken Bradshaw. Flecky and I became close right away, building surfboards in our garage while our roommates gagged on the fumes and, eventually made us quit spattering resin everywhere. Once the resin had dried, it was off to D Street, to run and fall down the dusty trail, until we were faced with A-framed peaks that peeled down the beach. Pat was always the first in and the last out, stoked and joking in the lineup before carving his snappy turns all over the face. Flecky continued shaping boards until he became a master of his craft and went to the head of the class as a top shaper at Sunset Surfboards, which is now a bicycle shop in downtown Encinitas. There, Flecky’s boards became renown locally as the most progressive of their kind, being the first in innovation with smaller, faster boards that were decades ahead of their time. Pat moved away decades ago, but I stayed mostly close to home as North County grew from a dusty outpost to a small town, into a larger town,

Swimmer, surfer, waterman Bob Hoff's life brought the best out in all of us. Courtesy photo

into whatever it is now. Somewhere during my adult years, I met a surfer named Bob Hoff. Bob was a lean fast surfer and a swimming coach whose agile, quick surfing caught my attention at Cardiff Reef. Bob and I became friends in the surf where we started our conversations, before finishing them on the sand. In time he became my favorite debate opponent and no subject was off limits as we

spoke to me. The next time I saw him I was gathered with his family at Scripps Hospital as they comforted him in his last hours on this earth and I read Revelation 21: 1-4 from Bob’s bedside. Just one day before Bob’s passing I heard we had lost Pat. (Having lost touch with him and his family, I have none of the details.) I will never quit missing them, but I have chosen to celebrate my time with them, rather then grieve their passing. When a loved one moves on, I like to take one of their best traits and incorporate it to myself as a sort of living memorial. From Pat I have taken a joyful attitude that I try to spread through whatever surf break I am riding. From Bob, I have learned to see the best in everyone and help to bring it out. I will think of him each time I teach a kid about the joy of water. At Bob Hoff’s paddle out at Swami’s on Sunday July 8, competitive swimming champion Judy Montague recalled how Bob had helped her lose her fear of swimming through the surf. Swami’s Surfing Association president Bruce King’s comment rang through the crowd. “He made watermen,” shouted Bruce. Those on hand understood exactly what Bruce meant by that and cheered wildly as our friend was returned to the sea.

tackled everything from surfboard design to Intelligent Design. When I got the news that he was sick, our debates continued in his backyard where we unraveled every backyard philosophy we could think of. He seemed to be improving when I saw him walk down the Swami’s stairs with a foam board to paddle out and, “Get the feeling of the Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of ocean beneath me again.” four books on surfing. E-mail him at That was the last time Bob cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.

North County student accepted to Eton COAST CITIES — Eton College in London, England, has educated boys for nearly six centuries. The college continues to develop Henry VI’s original vision by providing a distinctive education, which it aims to make accessible to any talented boy. Last month, Tristan Thurlow, 13, proved to be just such a talented boy. A former North County resident, he has been admitted to this prestigious boarding school where the likes of Prince William and Prince Harry are among a long list of famous graduates. Not only was he admitted, but admitted “with distinction.” Thurlow was born in England, lived for a time in Zimbabwe, then moved back to England where he started his preschool education. In 2002, his family moved to Fallbrook, to be closer to relatives and his father’s work in the entertainment industry. For six formative years (preschool through fourth grade) Tristan attended Fallbrook Montessori. “Tristan was one of those students that teachers love – always asking thoughtful and pertinent questions. Along with an impressive native talent, he had a drive to learn that inspired the students

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principal pay down without penalty,” Smith said. He said the loan would replace the existing variable interest rate loan that is currently at 4 percent, with a new loan at 4 percent, but the new rate will be fixed until maturity. Smith said with the new loans, the golf club could be clear in about 15 years.

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ings and even up to tickets to those breaking the law,” LaGrange said. “Some people know you’re not supposed to ride through stop signs, but they do it anyway,” LaGrange added. “They reflect badly on those who abide by the rules.” Whether a motorist or cyclist, Dee Folse, captain of the Shoebacca bicycle riding team, said “a bad apple can make it worse for everyone.” “There can be a lot of negativity out there on the road,” Folse said. “It’s important to have a good time and smile at others. That attitude is contagious.” According to Folse, bicyclists should ride single file on busy roads, more than two people wide can be dangerous in many circumstances. Folse said he favors state legislation like the proposed three-feet passing rule, which would require drivers give bicyclists three feet when passing. But he said, above all, cyclists and motorists should possess a positive attitude and a strong understanding of the rules of the road. “Drivers, bike riders — I’ve seen bad behavior on both sides,” Folse said. “It’s important to coexist and recognize each other’s right to the road.”

be difficult to gain access to historical or city-owned sites, including county parks. Shannon Singler is with the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. She said there is no policy that bans the use of metal detectors in the parks, but they do have ordinances that protect the geological and archaeological features in the parks. And what is considered unlawful is digging or excavating in the parks. “Most times when people are using metal detectors they’ve come up on something and when they get an alert they want to dig it up and we won’t allow them to dig,” Singler said. Peggy Higgins shows some of the coins and objects she’s been able to “We just want to make sure unearth after four years of metal detecting. Photo by Tony Cagala that we are preserving all of the geological and ecological I’m thinking, ‘how did this has seen before. features within the park to get here?’” After a bit of “To us, value is not as the best of our ability.” research online, Higgins important as the historical Holcombe that unfortusignificance, and I think a lot found that the fields were nately, the archaeological of people are just hungry for once used as a cattle ranch. community, who they have The history of it is the history,” he said. always tried to work with, exciting part for Higgins. When Higgins finds an has really cast a bad light on She said since taking up metal detecting. object, she wonders all of the time about how it got there; the hobby, she’s learned so “They’ve called us ‘lootmuch about the history of the ers’ and ‘pot hunters’ and who put it there? county. When she does At one of the baseball ‘thieves of history.’ And all of research for locations, fields in Escondido, she that is not so,” he said. “All found a horseshoe just below Higgins usually begins online that metal detectors are tryor at her local library. where the third baseline on ing to do, as far as historical But for detectors it can one of the fields ran. “And metal detecting, is to get the

artifacts out of the ground before they’re destroyed forever.” Much of what they find is at construction sites and areas that are being destroyed for development, Holcombe explained. Many first-time detector enthusiasts will take to the beaches in hopes of finding Spanish doubloons, but most times they end up finding jewelry that people have lost. Higgins offered this as advice to beachgoers: “Don’t wear your expensive jewelry to the beach, especially if it’s heirloom jewelry.” And if you lose your jewelry, don’t advertise looking for it on Craigslist, she added. “Detectors come from all over and not everybody is as ethical,” she said. Higgins’ goal is to search private residences or offer her services to historical sites throughout the county. Higgins is also a member of Treasure Seekers of San Diego, a nonprofit organization that trains and educates people interested in metal detecting, small mining and treasure hunting techniques. To contact Higgins, email her at phsweeper@cox.net.

Learning tricks of landscaping trade KENT HORNER Local Roots Working in the field as a landscape contractor for so many years has been quite an education. Many times I have been confronted with unusual situations and either been taught by others how to solve them or I have been lucky enough to have come up with some of my own solutions. A true landscape contractor is involved with not just plants but also drainage, electrical, flatwork, masonry, irrigation, lighting, painting, woodwork and good design. It is very similar to being a general contractor with the added discipline of knowing about living things. Recently, while moving some mature queen palms we had to excavate some large holes in preparation for planting. As we got deeper into the earth, the soils became wetter and wetter and we soon discovered a leaking main line that ran by the excavations. Usually, plastic pipe is quite an easy fix. Typically, the main water valve at the street needs to be shut off before the pipe can be repaired and the water must be drained from it so that the pipe can be dry before it is repaired. In this case, my workers used pipe primer and Christy’s Red Hot Blue PVC glue to put the pipe and new fittings back together. The temperatures



ring or a coin. The numbers that show up on the display could signal a quarter, but it could also be silver, Higgins explained. “When in doubt, dig,” she said. “That pull tab could actually be a ring.” Higgins goes with her “gut feeling,” and sets down her detector, probing the damp grass with her hands. After a short search, she finds the object: a silver ring with what appears to be an Irish or Celtic wedding-knotstyle pattern running around it, and judging from its size belonged to a man with very large fingers. “Holy moly,” she said, after unearthing the ring. “I’m happy.” The ring didn’t have any markings or inscription on it, but if it did, Higgins said she’d be out looking for the owner. “That’s what you want to do. If you find an inscription, you want to get it back to the owner,” she said. It can be hit-and-miss when uncovering an object from the ground. After hearing another promising tone, Higgins began to dig, this time unearthing only junk —

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were warm and so they turned the water back on after about 45 minutes. Boom! The pipe they had just repaired came apart at the fitting and water went everywhere filling the hole all over again. In fact, they repaired it not once but subsequently three more times with the same result! The water pressure was so high in the mainline that any weak bond from just pushing the plastic pipe and fitting together was going to come apart, even after 24 hours of drying time. So, I applied one of my old tricks. First, we excavated and removed the convoluted piping that went every which way and made three connections, two for where the new pipe joined the old and an 90 degree elbow where the grade changed levels. We primed the plastic pipe before coating it with glue but here is the secret, when you join two pipes or a pipe and a plastic fitting with glue you must twist the pipe and fitting back and forth as the glue hardens and binds the two together. The back and forth twisting motion will become more difficult as the glue and plastic quickly bond finally becoming permanent. This ensures a bulletproof bond and you’re good to go. We had no more problems with that high pressure main after that. Another great trick for fixing plastic pipe deep below grade where it is difficult to reach without having to dig for days is to create what some people like to call a bridge. I don’t like to use the a screw cap from a bottle. Even so, Higgins kept the cap for proper disposal later. Higgins said that you’d be astonished at how much trash, pop tabs and screw caps they find when out detecting. She keeps the coins she finds, but if she’s on an historical site, the objects are returned to the owner. Butch Holcombe is the publisher of American Digger Magazine, a nationwide publication dedicated to diggers and collectors of American heritage. Since the publication’s launch nine years ago, Holcombe has seen a tremendous growth in the interest and popularity of metal detecting. “We’re actually seeing a lot of young people getting involved,” Holcombe said. “Young people and retired people,” he added. “Retired people just looking for something to do as a hobby and it is a great hobby, and young people because, I think that…they’re sparked by history, for things that existed before them.” Holcombe said some of the interest in detecting comes from the thrill of finding something that no one

slip fix or manufactured sliding coupling that can extend and repair pipe below grade because it has an o ring that can eventually fail after time. I like to use four-90 degree elbows and create a permanent fix for the break. To do this, you cut the pipe back cleanly on both sides of the break, clean and prime the pipe below grade and then attach two new elbows on either side of the cut line. Each elbow must be twisted back and forth as the glue sets until they don’t move and face in the same direction, either up or to the side. You then cut a piece of pipe to glue two more 90degree elbows too, matching the distance apart of the elbows you have just installed on the original broken line. I like to dry fit the elbows first without glue to make sure they will line up with those on the broken line. When they do, I glue them using the twisting trick and make sure they line up again as well. The final step is to connect the four elbows with two small connecting pieces of pipe that can be installed in the elbows outside of the hole. Finally, you insert the splice into the waiting elbows down below grade and use the same twisting trick to guarantee a strong bond.

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, email him at Kent@plantch.com.



rate loan of the remaining second smaller loan of $1.65 million out of its own pocket with a fixed 2 percent loan. Smith called that a “win/win” situation. Then the Association began looking for a fixed rate loan to replace the current loan of about $5.4 mil-



distracting.” “Also, remember that bicyclists have a right to the road,” Hanshaw said. San Diego, the eighth largest city in the U.S., ranks 22nd in bicycle and pedestrian fatalities, according to a report earlier in the year from the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The same report said San Diego ranks 20th in cycling to work. Citing bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam, Portland and London, Hanshaw believes cities must invest in bicycle infrastructure “for the safety of motorists and bicyclists.” At the county level, Hanshaw said he’s encouraged by the San Diego Association of Governments’ 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, which will set aside nearly $3.8 billion for bicycle projects, according to SANDAG’s website. As another positive in his book, Hanshaw pointed to the trend of bicycle committees playing a greater role in local communities. Howard LaGrange, a co-founder of the Oceanside Bicycle Committee, said his group has worked with the Oceanside City Council to install street signs and create shared lane markers, known as “sharrows,” on Pacific Street in Oceanside. LaGrange said the

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A DAY AT THE DEL MAR RACES Photos by Daniel Knighten

Fans packed the stands on July 21st as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club celebrated their 75th anniversary by giving every 75th guest $75.

Jockey David Flores checks his hand while he waits for trainers after being thrown coming out of the gate in the first race on Saturday July 21st. Both rider and horse were uninjured.

Smoke’n Al stumbled coming out of the gate in the first race throwing jockey David Flores in the process. According to DMTC Director of Media Mac McBride, both rider and jockey were fine and given the green Patrick Valenzuela goes wire-to-wire aboard Acclamation to win the 39th Jockey Chantal Sutherland leads Miracle Merger around the paddock running of the Eddie Read Stakes in Del Mar on July 21st. before the 2nd race on Saturday July 21st. light to race again.



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