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VOL. 6, NO. 14

JULY 2, 2010


Center seeking financial support

SEE YOU AROUND As new Association board members step in, three outgoing leaders look back on their time 3 serving the Ranch

‘THE MOST INTENSE TEACHING EXPERIENCE’ A dentist travels from the Covenant to as far as Saudi Arabia to teach foreign students about 5 his trade

By Patty McCormac

appeared on “Larry King Live,” “Dr. Oz Show” and “The FOX Report with Shepard Smith.” Ellie and Alan Marks made news again June 15 when their activism culminated in San Francisco becoming the first city in the nation to require that retailers post cell phone radiation levels. It was on May 6, 2008, that Ellie Marks’ life as a wife and mother and part-time realtor changed when Alan suffered a grand mal seizure while getting ready to leave for their daughter, Mandy’s, graduation at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He was 56. Although this was his first seizure, Ellie Marks recalls personality changes that began years earlier. “I was ready to leave him

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center is in dire financial straits and the board is asking for financial support — $50,000 for three years — from the Association. Steve Kline, the center’s board president, told the Association at its June 17 meeting that the cash balance of the center has plummeted during the past 18 months. He said the money is needed to keep the center afloat until they can launch a financial campaign to make up the difference. “Right now we are in survival mode,” he said. Kline said because of the economic downturn that became severe in 2008, membership and donations are down significantly and there has been a shift in demographics at the club. “We have low cash reserves — very low,” Kline said. He said that cash balance is steadily declining. Because of last month’s fundraising gala, the cash at hand is $100,000, but still that is not enough. “Without a $50,000 unplanned estate benefit, we would have gone in the hole,” Kline said. Community Center officials have already done drastic cuts in staff and expenses and have delayed maintenance on the building, specifically the water damage on the floor of the gym, he said. The next step would be to further reduce staff, reduce the number of hours the center is open, cut programs and reduce the number of special events held there. The community center is 40 years old, having been




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HAVING A FIELD DAY Horizon Prep fifth-grader Justin Northbrook falls victim to the dunk tank at the annual Field Day celebration. Horizon Prep Lions celebrated the end of the school year with plenty of crazy water fun for everyone. The celebration included a dunk tank, squirt guns and a giant Slip ‘n’ Slide. See more photos on Page 9. Courtesy photo

Wife turns cell phone danger activist By Lillian Cox

RANCHO SANTA FE — The controversy over whether cell phones cause cancer is heating up again with the release of the iPhone 4.There is even speculation that Steve Jobs is finally acknowledging the health risks of radiation by designing a cell phone that works best when it is not held by hand. The story unfolded last week as Ellie Marks visited Rancho Santa Fe to collaborate on a book about cell phonerelated cancer victims with medical social worker and writer Susan Foster. Marks and at least two doctors are willing to go on record saying they believe her husband Alan’s brain tumor diagnosis can be attributed to 20 years of cell phone use as a real estate investor and broker. Marks has

JOINING FORCES Rancho Santa Fe medical social worker and writer Susan Foster (left) and Ellie Marks are collaborating on a book about cell phone-related cancer victims. Marks' husband, Alan, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 that was attributed to 20 years of cell phone use. The couple's campaign about the harmful effects of cell phone radiation culminated on June 15 when San Francisco became the first city in the nation to require that retailers post cell phone radiation level. Photo by Lillian Cox


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LEAD STORY In the midst of World Cup fever, readers might have missed Germany’s win over host Barbados in June for the Woz Challenge Cup, following an eight-team polo tournament with players not on horses but Segways. The sport is said to have been created by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, whose Silicon Valley Aftershocks competed again this year in Barbados (but last won the Cup in 2007). Wozniak told ESPN.com that his own polo skills are fading, but the San Jose Mercury News reported in May that Woz’s fearlessness on the Segway seems hardly diminished. (The Mercury News report, on the Aftershocks’ local, nerdpopulated league, described the players as “the pudgy and the pale” and “geek chic.”)

The Continuing Crisis — Stories of epic sportsmanship warm the public’s heart, but there is also epic “cutthroat,” such as by Monrovia (Calif.) High School girls’ track coach Mike Knowles. Knowles’ team had just been defeated for first place in the last event of the April league championship meet — by a recordsetting pole vault by South Pasadena High School’s Robin Laird, edging her team over Monrovia, 66-61. But then Knowles noticed that Laird was wearing a flimsy, string “friendship” bracelet, thus violating a national high school athletics’ jewelry rule. He notified officials, who were forced to disqualify Laird and declare Monrovia the champion, 65-62. “This is my 30th year coaching track,” Knowles said later. “I know a lot of rules and regulations.” — Universal health insurance cannot come soon enough for uninsured Kathy Myers, 41, of Niles, Mich., who, suffering an increasingly painful shoulder injury, has been continually turned away from emergency rooms because the condition was not lifethreatening. In June, as a last resort, she took a gun and shot herself in the shoulder, hoping for a wound serious enough for ER treatment. Alas, she missed major arteries and bones and was again sent home, except with even more pain. — Britain’s Countess of Wemyss and March, now 67, is a hands-on managerfundraiser for the Beckley Trust — UK’s leading advocacy organization for legalizing marijuana, according to an April profile by the Daily Mail. However, she has not forsaken an earlier psychotropic-promoting campaign. In her early 20s, when she was Amanda TURN TO ODD FILES ON 20

SOLANA BEACH — Shannon King and Gaby Preston may no longer be in the classroom, but their commitment to schoolchildren has not wavered. The former teachers, now realtors, have donated more than $30,000 to schools and other nonprofits that benefit children since they opened Schoolhouse Realty in 2008. Local recipients have included Flora Vista Elementary PTA in Encinitas; Christa McCauliffe Elementary PTA in Oceanside; the Carlsbad High School Athletic Department; and Ada Harris Elementary in Cardiff. Other beneficiaries include the Central Asia Institute, a nonprofit that builds schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The program works by donating 10 percent of Schoolhouse Realty’s net earnings from a real estate sale to the school or nonprofit of the client’s choice. Recipients of the funds include client alma maters and schools that have been identified as having a great need. One client who was involved in the Big Brother program asked that the money be donated to the school of his “little brother” through the program. In 2008 and 2009, $7,000 was generated for donations. The amount has more than doubled already this year to $15,000. “I was inspired by Paul Newman and what he was doing,” Preston said. “Our model is to think of creative ways to help publically funded schools. They’ll tell us how they will spend it, whether it is on field trips, computers or pencils and paper.” Their generosity hasn’t gone unnoticed. A notebook in the office is overflowing

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCKS! From left, Shannon King and Gaby Preston are the founders of Schoolhouse Realty in Solana Beach. The former schoolteachers have donated 10 percent of each net commission earned to schools and other nonprofits that aid children, totaling $30,000 in the three years they have been in business. “We are at a point where we can never expect public education to be free,” Preston said. “We need the community, parents and other stakeholders to donate money to schools.” King added, “Give whatever resources you have. If you are unemployed you can help out in the classroom.” Photo by Lillian Cox

with thank you letters from grateful students. “The whole school and I were flabbergasted to see that you donated $1,592.50 dollars to the school,” wrote elementary school student Tabitha G. “We really appreciated your donation because we are in a budget crisis and we needed the money for classroom sup-

plies or equipment … ” Oscar C. had more ambitious plans. “If we could use the money for a field trip I would like to go to Disneyland,” he wrote. “At Disneyland we could learn about physics and math by riding the roller coasters.” A great motivator for King and Preston are the

deep budget cuts in education. “The California budget cuts affect a generation of children,” Preston said. “We are at a point where we can never expect public education to be free. We need the community, parents and other stakeholders to donate TURN TO SCHOOL ON 27

Outgoing board members look back By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — New officers were elected at the June 17 meeting of the Association. Tom Lang will be president, Deb Plummer will be vice president and Jack Queen will be treasurer. It was the last meeting for Tim Sullivan, Bill Beckman and Kim Higgins. Each was interviewed afterward to talk about their experiences on the board, about what they are proud of and what still needs to be done. “I am especially proud

of how well the board got along and how easy it was for us to work together,” Higgins said. “The staff told us that we were an extraordinarily congenial group. I heard that many times. That made it easier to get work done. “While I was serving I saw the approval of the expansion of the Village Church and the Roger Rowe School, kind of big changes in our community,” she said. “We worked hard in the aftermath of the fire. I was missing for a semester

because I had breast cancer. I am back. I am fine and it was a great way to jump back into the community. Everyone was so kind and supportive. “I actually feel that everything is in such good hands with our newly elected board members. I really am going to leave it to them. I feel confident they will be able to take it from here,” she said. She said she came to the Association wanting to do her part for the community.

“When all was said and done, I got way more out of it than I had to give,” she said. “When I ran, I asked a lot of people who I knew to give their names in support of me and I am still very grateful for that, helping me get elected, enabling me to end up having such a positive experience. Being elected enabled me to meet so many more people who I now consider friends.” Higgins said now she TURN TO OUTGOING ON 31

Married officer convicted of taking sex bribe By Randy Kalp

SAN DIEGO — A former California Highway Patrol officer was convicted June 21 of dismissing a female motorist’s speeding ticket in exchange for sex. A downtown San Diego jury found Abram Anthony Carabajal, a retired Oceanside CHP officer,

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guilty of perjury, receipt of a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice — all felonies. The woman, Shirin Zarrindej of Encino, was acquitted of one felony count each of subordination of perjury, bribery of a witness and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Zarrindej

and Carabajal, who is married with five children, developed a sexual relationship after he pulled her over March 12, 2008, and gave her his phone number after citing her for speeding. Carabajal, 53, faces up to five years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 10.

Prosecutors allege both defendants went to Vista Traffic Court on July 1, 2008, which also happened to be Zarrindej’s birthday. During the hearing, Carabajal asked for the case to be dismissed citing that he never received a subpoena. Following the TURN TO BRIBE ON 24

SOLANA BEACH — An Encinitas gang member will serve seven years in state prison for his role in a March 7 melee in Solana Beach in which two people were stabbed. Jesus Novoa Jr. pleaded guilty June 24 to a single count of assault with a deadly weapon with great bodily injury. The charge is enhanced with an allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang; the 24year-old is a documented member of the Varrio Encinitas Locos. Prosecutors had originally charged Novoa with two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon; all the charges carried gang and weapons enhancements, according to court documents. Additionally, Novoa was also charged with possession of a switchblade and possessing marijuana for sale relating to his March 18 arrest. Police said at least 10 gang members participated in the gang melee, which involved Varrio Encinitas Locos and rival gang Eden Gardens of Solana Beach. Novoa, of Oceanside, is scheduled to be sentenced July 22. He remains in custody without bail. In February, Novoa pleaded guilty to a felony vandalism charge in connection to vandalizing a vehicle in Solana Beach that he and several other men mistakenly believed had belonged to a rival gang member. Despite being the only documented gang member of the group, Novoa’s vandalism charge didn’t include a gang enhancement. As part of that plea, Novoa was placed on probation and ordered to complete 20 hours of community service. Additionally, the charge could have been reduced to a misdemeanor after 18 months without violating his probation. The Varrio Encinitas Locos are a predominately Latino street gang with approximately 28 members and 15 associates, according to police. The gang’s origins date back to the early 1970s. In April, Jose Angel Barraza and Javier Antonio Lopez — both documented Varrio Encinitas Locos gang members — were ordered to stand trial for the 2009 murder of 21-year-old Juan Carlos Balderas near Pine Community Park at Chestnut Avenue and Madison Street in Carlsbad. Prosecutors allege Balderas, also a member of the defendant’s gang, was shot accidentally during a retaliatory attack on a rival Carlsbad gang. Lopez’s cousin, Victor Lopez, has pleaded guilty to TURN TO GANG ON 20



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Dr. Wonderful more than lives up to name By Lauren Butler Hodges

The rallies at Scripps Encinitas have ended. Dr. Robert Biter, known to the San Diego birthing community as Dr. Wonderful, was reinstated — and immediately resigned all privileges. Many expectant moms have been choosing to make the trek down to Sharp Mary Birch to birth with Dr. Biter as their unpaid doula. Why would someone switch their choice of hospitals so late in their pregnancy? Who would want a longer car ride while in active labor? They are willing to give up everything to have Dr. Biter present for their birth. After all, he’s called Dr. Wonderful for a reason. Whether it’s his shockingly low cesarean rates or his reputation for being the “midwife’s doctor” that brought them to his office, one appointment is usually all it took for San Diego area women to switch their care provider to Dr. Biter. No matter how long you have to wait (and it can be hours), nothing else matters when he comes into the room, because you have his full and undivided attention for as long as you are there. I have never met another doctor who treats women with the same level of respect that Dr. Biter shows each and every person who walks through his office doors. In my first birth back in New Jersey, I received an epidural before feeling a single contraction and pushed numbly for hours. Obviously, nothing mattered in the end except for my baby girl. But after a few months, I started to feel a twinge of regret. What would birth have felt like? I felt as if I had been a spectator at the event, that I had no control over what had happened. I wanted to experience birth the second time, so I committed to birthing with Dr. Biter at Scripps. I gave birth on April 26,

2010. Dr. Biter walked into my room and found me in the middle of a contraction. He came up behind me, applied counterpressure to my back, and waited for the contraction to end before he spoke in a low voice, asking me how I was doing. The defining moment in my birth came 10 minutes later. He told me the baby was close, but he didn’t have enough room to get out in my half-sitting position. He asked if I would rather lay flat on my back to push or get up on my hands and knees. I was floored — what doctor gives the choice to the woman in this situation? I could make things easy for him and lay on my back, or get up on my knees where he couldn’t see what he was doing — but he was giving me that choice freely, trusting that I would answer the feeling of what my body was telling me to do. His validation of my control over my body was the most empowering thing I’ve ever felt. I chose to get up on my knees and started pushing. The next five minutes were the most intense moments of my life, but Dr. Biter’s complete trust in my body gave me the strength to push harder than I thought I could. My son was born five minutes later without a single tear to my body. My first birth took away my confidence in my own body. My second gave it back. And I have Dr. Biter to thank. His respect for me and trust in my body’s ability to birth were the most empowering gifts I have ever received. No official comments have been made by Dr. Biter or Scripps about what happened in May. Dr. Biter’s Babies By The Sea Birth Center is not yet a reality, but many of his supporters are working tirelessly to see it through. In the meantime, his TURN TO DR. WONDERFUL ON 20

Recent elections forecast change is in the wind No longer biz as usual


While recent election results weren’t of earthquake dimensions they did forecast that voters are paying more attention to the way their electeds are running the people’s affairs. Examples: Tax measures that were routinely OK’d in the past went down in flames in the Surfside City and Solbeach. Del Martians nixed an effort to impose a transient occupancy tax on short-term rentals in homes by a margin of 572 votes opposed and 409 voters who thought it was a great idea. In Solbeach a graduated bizness tax, favored by a lotta bizness folks, was defeated 10,668 to 9,232. The minority of the O’side City Council, comprised of Mayor Jim Wood and Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, became the majority when Chuck Lowery won the vacant seat in a squeaker that came down to the wire and the result was not official until certified by the Registrar of Voters. In the Board of Supervisors race, longtime incumbents Bill Horn and Ron Roberts are in a runoff in their respective districts, a marked departure from previous elections when these were decided in the primary. It all indicates that it’s no


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ARBALLO Eye on the Coast

The seaside racetrack will set a single-day attendance record if 6-year old Zenyatta seeks her 18th consecutive victory at the course. Her 17th win has already placed her in racing’s history annals. A negative is that her trainer, Jeff Shirreffs, is an outspoken critic of synthetic surfaces like Del Mar’s Polysurface. Even though Zenyatta has twice won the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes and romped at Hollywood Park, which also has a synthetic surface. Win or lose in her effort to stretch her victory record, her fans will want to see this amazing horse in action. As for the 44,181 trackers who saw Cigar in 2006 fail to notch his 16th straight win, it’s a cinch that record will go down the tube.

Some California Public Employees Retirement System honchos want a bigger hunk (about $700 million) from state and school district retirement funds. Might be more prudent if they first sweep out the top-level executives who are alleged to have gotten into the cookie jar for various reasons.

Clean bill San Onofre Nuclear Generating Plant has received a clean bill from a safety watchdog commission. Operated by So Cal Edison, San Onofre was cited for several safety violations but now is OK according to the commission.

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An access to Surfside City’s Dog Beach has been constructed to bring it into compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act. School district suit Rather than encounter more Also added according to ADA stannegative publicity, Del Mar School dards is a parking space at the District board of trustees oughta north end of the new walkway. come to terms with Sharon Green fairs & festivals McClain, the former superintendWith fairs and expos being in ent they fired in March. She has alleged the majority of trustees vio- season throughout the country lated her right of due process. more of them have embraced the James Peabody, formerly with TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 20 Julian school district, has replaced

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longer a stroll in the park for the electeds, the wannabe elected, and those pushing propositions. A new day and a new way now moves the voters.

A committee has been formed to delve into the problem of too many folks living in single-family manses in the Flower Capital causing trash, parking problems and encroaching on neighbors’ property. The committee will cogitate during the summer then city staff will develop a report for presentation to the council in September.


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DANCE! West African dance for fitness will be offered on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. July 3 through Aug. 7, Encinitas Community & Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. This workout for families/individuals is taught by instructor Ayo SharpeMouzon, a national touring artist. Visit www.africandance classes.com or call (760) 9173685 to learn more.

JULY 5 KEEP IT CLEAN The San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will lead The Morning After Mess Cleanup Day from 8 to 11 a.m. July 5. Two North County cleanup locations include South Carlsbad State Beach and Oceanside South Harbor Jetty. Visit www.surfriderSD. org or call (858)792-9940 to learn more.



Children’s Weaving Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to noon July 5 through July 9, Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista. This camp is for children ages 6 to 12. Each student will complete at least one weaving project. Call Ashley at (760) 941-1791 or visit www.agsem. com to learn more.

JULY 6 BIBLE STUDY Las Flores Church will offer a 10-week parenting class/Bible study called “Parenting with Purpose and Grace” beginning July 6, Las Flores Church, 1400 Las Flores Drive, Carlsbad 2010. Contact Janel Dowlearn at (760) 518-9637 or at run_away_car@hotmail. com to learn more. HAVE A HEART North Coastal Womenheart will meet at 10:15 a.m. July 6, Glen View, 1950 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. The group invites women with concerns and challenges about cardiac health to share information and sisterhood. Call Arlene Drucker at (760) 730-9525 for more details.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe dentist Dr. Robert Vogel recently returned from Saudi Arabia where he taught 24 postgraduate dental students advanced dental techniques and he said he was surprised at their eagerness to learn. “It was the most intense teaching experience I have ever had,” he said. “They were there to learn the very latest techniques. I had forgotten how much I enjoy teaching.” Vogel taught pre-clinical dentists for four years at USC and on five continents in almost every major city in the U.S. and Canada during the past 25 years. His specialties are dental implants and esthetic dentistry. It was a reconnection with a former colleague that resulted in the invitation to go to Riyadh to lecture students at the Prince Abdul Rahman Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in April. Vogel attended USC for both his undergraduate and graduate work where he met Dr. Marwan Abou Rass, chairman of the post-graduate endodonic program. They both taught at USC for four years from 1972 to 1976. Vogel grew to admire Rass a great deal, he said. Vogel moved from Pasadena to Rancho Santa Fe in 1975 and lost touch with his friend. “I wanted to open a small, hands-on practice,” he said. His wife Susan is the business manager and runs the front desk. “She makes it possible for me to do the dentistry,” he said. Over the years Vogel

TEETH TALK Dr. Robert Vogel works with Saudi students during is five-day stay in Riyadh. Courtesy photo

became an expert in osseointegration, or implants. He became fellow and a committee chair of the Academy of Osseointegration. It was through his work there that Rass, who he hadn’t seen in some 40 years, saw his name and asked if it was the same Robert Vogel who practiced in Pasadena. Vogel responded that he was one and the same. He said Rass asked him if he was still practicing or if he was “turning to rust.” Vogel responded that indeed he was still practicing and that he felt he was

doing some of the best work of his career. He said Rass felt he too was doing the best work of his career and told Vogel he was an official at the school and invited him to lecture there. Vogel said he jumped at the chance. “It took months to pre-

pare,” he said. “There was a lot of material.” In advance of the trip, one of the tasks Vogel had to do was write down for students step-by-step techniques. “It made me refocus on why I do many things that are second nature,” he said. Because Saudi Arabia is

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Vice Principal Blake Iaasc gives a pep talk to each group before he sent them down the pathway into the garden club. Photo by Patty McCormac

8th-graders say goodbye to Rowe school By Patty McCormac

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe School Class of 2010 graduated into high school June 16 during ceremonies held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club before several hundred parents, relatives and friends. Just about every student from the small but special class of about 70 received some kind of special recognition during the ceremony for their athletic ability, academic prowess or community service. As the graduates were about to enter the garden club in groups of two or three,Vice Principal Blake Isaac gave each group a few words of encouragement before sending them down the walkway before the crowd to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” “Take a deep breath,” he said. “Smile.This is all for you. Take it all in.” His advice seemed to help take the edge off the nervous graduates. Superintendent Lindy Delaney led off the speakers, applauding the Class of 2010 for their achievements.

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“This is the last time you will be together as a group,” she said. “Your future awaits. You can be anything you want to be.” She also took the chance to give the school staff some recognition. “We have a staff second to none,” Delaney said. “They care about your children like no other.” The next speaker was

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Reception will launch annual art walk RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild is hosting a reception for the Rancho Santa Fe Art Walk and “World of Color” exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8. Refreshments will be served and flamenco guitarist Ramon Cruz will be performing at the main gallery at 6004 Paseo Delicias. Cruz is sponsored by Laureen Weaver of Sotheby’s Realty. The Art Walk also includes receptions at Wells Fargo Bank and The WORLD OF COLOR Pat Macri will be the featured artist at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Rancho Santa Fe Art Walk and “World of Color” exhibition beginning Pat Macri is the featured July 8 at the main gallery at 6004 Paseo Delicias. Courtesy photo

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A report for the week of June 15, 2010 to June 22, 2010 BLING STING Someone reportedly stole nine pieces of jewelry valued at $720 from Eagle Wings Jewelry on Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar sometime between 10:30 p.m. June 16 and 10:30 a.m. June 17. SONATA STOLEN A black 2009 Hyundai Sonata was reportedly stolen from Camino Vida in Carlsbad sometime after 10 p.m. June 19. BOY ROBBED A 12-year-old boy was reportedly robbed of his cell phone around 2:30 p.m. June 17 near the railroad tracks at Agua Hedionda Lagoon. NOT



Someone reportedly stole a blue 2005 Acura RL from the Carlsbad Premium Outlets on Paseo Del Norte sometime before 1 p.m. June 19. SCHOOL BULLY A vehicle parked at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad was reportedly burglarized around 11 a.m. June 17 of at least two purses. BOMBS AWAY Two stink bombs were reportedly released on the doorsteps of two residences on Edendale Street in Carlsbad around 7:30 p.m. June 19. UNPLUGGED Several items, including an iPod, GPS and a


Someone reportedly burglarized an Oceanside residence on Calle De Palo sometime after 3 p.m. June 15. BAD MORNING A 45-yearold man was reportedly kidnapped and robbed of his cell phone and wallet around 8:30 a.m. June 19 on West Vista Way in Vista. GPA VANDALIZED Guajome Park Academy on North Santa Fe Avenue reportedly incurred $1,500 in damages after being vandalized sometime after 4:30 p.m. June 18.



John Edos Star is wanted for numerous misrepresentations to his alleged involvement in a real the bank including the credit-worestate fraud scheme. Star was thiness of the borrower, falsified born May 2, 1971, in Benin City, appraisals, and fraudulent title Nigeria. He is 6 feet 5 inches tall reports. Star pocketed the proand weighs 220 pounds. ceeds of the sales. The properties It is alleged that Star ultimately went into foreclosure, obtained real estate properties in and the banks had little recourse New York and elsewhere through to recover their loans as the true foreclosure auctions and other value of the properties was far JOHN STAR means from approximately 2003 to below the amount of the loans. 2007. He then put these properties A federal warrant for Star’s in the names of corporations that he con- arrest was issued on April 28, 2010, and he trolled. Star then sold the properties from the was charged with failure to appear. corporations to straw buyers in illegal properIf you know of Star’s whereabouts, ty flips. Star and his co-conspirators made contact the nearest FBI office.

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Cancer angels to hold fundraiser RANCHO SANTA FE — The second annual Celebration of Life will be held July 31 at The Bridges Country Club, 6670 Avenida del Duque. The event will feature a walk, dinner and silent auction. Walk participants are now securing sponsors and a number of local businesses, such as Taylor Made, Penta water, Facelogic and others have donated items for the event’s silent auction. The individual registration fee for the event has recently been reduced to $125; walk team registration is also only $125 per participant. To walk or sponsor someone, visit www.active. com/donate/casd2010. In a survey released recently by Giving USA Foundation, 2009 was the second worst year for charitable giving since 1956, when the foundation started its reports. According to some reports, 25 percent of San Diego County cancer patients will be diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and of those, 33 percent will be unable to pay their medical bills. Another 25 percent will face homelessness. “This is an epidemic situation,” said Cancer Angels of San Diego founder and Encinitas resident Eve Beutler. “Without our help, at least 100 people would have been put out on the street and probably would have died of cancer there.” As a relatively small nonprofit organization, Beutler said she and her Cancer Angels are able to pass nearly every penny they raise in donations onto the people they help. Money is paid directly to landlords, mortgage holders and utility companies, not the clients themselves. The organization also offers its clients gift cards for groceries, clothing, gasoline, and other essential services. And, in contrast to some other charities, Cancer Angels of San Diego commits to each of its clients diagnosed with Stage IV cancer for as long as they are in treatment or unable to work. “We just heard that the (local) organization that helps breast cancer patients can only help them for a maximum of nine months (now) as they were given no funding by the ‘larger’ breast cancer 501(c)3 this year,” said Beutler, adding that at any given time Cancer Angels has at least five or more deserving people on the waiting list. “We are still the only charity in the country that does this kind of thing.” To learn more about TURN TO FUNDRAISER ON 20

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its steady stream of stylish wine events, including the legendary Frenchman Stephan Asseo of Paso Robles’ L’Aventure. The winery was a perfect fit for the restaurant’s California-French cuisine and European style service. PAON was recently named the Best Restaurant in

the San Diego area for 2010 by San Diego Magazine. The wine list has an abundance of Cabernet and Bordeaux style blends. L’Aventure has been a Paso signature winery for some 13 years and tonight was spotlighting its new release 2008 Estate Cuvee ($85), a blend of 50 percent Syrah, 36 percent Cabernet and 14 percent Petit Verdot, served with an Angus Veal entrée. Asseo’s pledge is to make “balanced wines for your pleasure.” “Paso Robles is one of the few wine countries that French Bordeaux style wines co-exist with French Rhone style wines,” he said. “This is why I left France. I could not do a wine like the Estate Cuvee there due to restrictions on blends. I don’t have a formula when I make this wine. I do have the freedom to create what the harvest, the earth and the weather have given me. I try all the grapes in my vineyard, come up with TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 21

Del Mar opts to draw straws to break tie By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — When it comes to settling the outcome of a tie in a future election, Del Mar City Council opted for the obvious. “We’re going to go cheap and draw straws,” Mayor Richard Earnest said. Prior to an election, City Council must adopt standard resolutions based on those used by other municipalities

and which comply with the California Elections Code. In the unlikely event of a tie, council members can either adopt a resolution to hold a special election, which can cost between $72,000 and $86,000, or determine that the tie be broken by lot — drawing a straw, picking a number from a hat, etc. Council members seemed

surprised to learn that historically they elected to adopt an optional resolution to conduct a special runoff election. “We would want to do the less expensive route,” Councilwoman Crystal Crawford said. Council had until Nov. 1 to adopt the special election resolution or, as they unanimously agreed to do at the June 14 meeting,

declare that a tie would be settled by lot. In November, the terms of Earnest and Crawford will expire. Both have said they do not plan to run for re-election. Crawford is seeking to represent District 74 by challenging incumbent Martin Garrick for his seat in the state Assembly.

RANCHO SANTA FE — On June 17, the Santa Fe Irrigation District board of directors approved an agreement with an environmental engineering consultant, RMC Water and Environment, for design services required for the expansion of the district’s recycled water system. Currently the district delivers approximately 500 acre feet of recycled water, primarily in the Solana Beach portion of its service area, for irrigation use on street medians, Homeowner Association and CalTrans landscape areas, golf courses, parks and schools. The district’s expansion plans will extend recycled water system pipelines into the Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch areas and provide a highly reliable water supply for irrigation use. The scope of work with RMC focuses on the district’s eastern service area recycled water facilities plan and will include the preliminary design of pipelines to extend recycled water service to large irrigation customers, including the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course. This work will build upon prior studies to clearly define the most viable recycled water distribution system configuration for the district’s eastern service area and is expected take approximately six months to complete. “This action is a significant step forward in achieving our goals of a diversified water supply and being able to provide recycled water service throughout the district’s service area,” said William Hunter, SFID engineering manager. In addition to the engineering design work that RMC will perform, development of a detailed facilities plan will enable the district to pursue regional, state and federal funding support for the construction of the recycled water distribution system. Total project cost for the eastern service area recycled water distribution system, including pipelines and storage tanks, is estimated to be nearly $10 million. It is anticipated that the initial phase of the project would serve 350 to 500 acre feet of recycled water annually. Future phases could increase this figure to 700 to 1,000 acre feet annually. RMC Water and Environment is a Californiabased environmental engineering company focused exclusively on water. RMC works with public agencies and local communities to develop inventive solutions for managing local water, wastewater and stormwater issues. For the third year in TURN TO IRRIGATION ON 20


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Village celebrates July 4 with parade and picnic RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Village’s 29th annual Fourth of July parade and picnic will begin at 1 p.m. Marchers should form up at 12:15 p.m. in the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center and Association parking lot at 17022 Avenida de Acacias. Decorated bikes, floats, golf carts and marchers are welcome.

The picnic and concert by the Coastal Communities Concert Band will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the park in front of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. Food will be sold by the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center and the Rancho Santa Fe Polo Club. For more information, contact Chaco Clotfelter at (858) 342-3050 or e-mail chaco@willisallen.com.

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Best and brightest earn awards at end of year ENCINITAS — The Grauer School announced a series of student honors and achievements as the 2010 academic year came to a close at the graduation and commencement ceremonies June 11. The 19th annual Headmaster’s Award, Grauer’s highest school honor, was given to Dylan Whitmore, a graduating senior who demonstrated resourcefulness and exemplified expeditionary learning during the seven years he studied there, entering at sixth grade. Whitmore will continue his studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study aeronautical science and government. The Trustees Annual Service award for community service was given to 10thgraders Summer Kiesel and Corinne Smith. Graduating seniors Thomas Hopper, Lauragrace Barnes and TURN TO AWARDS ON 24

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Student takes blue ribbon at State Science Fair CARMEL VALLEY — Sara Frank, an eighth-grade student at San Diego Jewish Academy, placed first at the California State Science Fair on May 17 competing against 960 other students from across California. Sara received an invita-

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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Grand opening set SOLANA BEACH — Re-Gallery will hold its grand opening from 5 to 10 p.m. July 23 at 348 S. Cedros Ave. in the Solana Beach Design District. Re-Gallery specializes in artifacts made from reclaimed materials that are redesigned to create sustainable art, from sculptures of scrap wood to jewelry made from watch parts and handbags made from discarded fabrics. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (858) 259-2001.

Couture event SANTALUZ — Kary Favish has announced that appointments are available to preview the Worth 2010 fall fashion collection July 7 through July 20. The collection features sizes 0 through 20 Regular and 0 through 14 Petite. Call for available appointment times to either (858) 759-4045 or (619) 993-3464. Weekends and evening appointments are available.

First anniversary ENCINITAS — Josh and Mary Steely, owners of The Den, at 90 N. Coast Highway 101, Suite 212, celebrated the store’s one-year anniversary June 19. The men’s and women’s clothing boutique specializes in cutting-edge fashion. The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

New salon coming SAN MARCOS — Pistachio Hair Studio hair and skin salon is coming to Melrose Plaza, one block east of the Rancho Santa Fe Road and Melrose Drive intersection.The salon aims to open its doors by Aug. 1, and is accepting employment applications via its website at ww.pistachio hair.com.

Finest French CARMEL VALLEY — Brianna Hebert, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy High School, has been given a merit scholarship to study through the Oxbridge Academic program in Montpellier, France, this summer. She will be attending L’Academie de France, housed in the Lycee Notre Dame de la Merci. Hebert leaves for France on July 6 and will be taking a French immersion Culture et Cuisine course and a medical science course. The scholarship is awarded to students who display outstanding achievement in their French language study and shine in extracurricular TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON 20

Fitness that is outside the ‘box” By Promise Yee

ENCINITAS — As soon as you walk into the Zen Boxing open-air studio, situated in a garden of native plants and manmade streams on Highway 101, you know you’re in for a different kind of workout. The tranquil setting seems to clear your mind for a strenuous routine of boxing moves and calisthenics followed by a wade in the recovery pool. “I was lured by the fact it’s an outdoor gym,” Derek Gatta, Zen Boxing student, said. “It’s an alternate approach to fitness, a great way to mix things up.” Lance Peterson, better known as Sixx, is the owner and trainer of Zen Boxing. He coaches clients through oneon-one sessions and small group workouts on site, in a nearby empty warehouse, and on the beach. Peterson worked as a fitness club trainer for several years and then opened Zen Boxing because he wanted to give clients a better workout experience. In addition to designing fitness routines Peterson hand-built the decking and bridges around the studio to create just the right atmosphere. “Doctors, schoolteachers and CEOs — they’re all happy and here at 6 o’clock,” Peterson said. His training sessions include the Fresh Organic Workout, a one-on-one session in which clients work six major muscle groups in intense six-minute sets fol-

PUSHING IT Lance Peterson, better known as Sixx, (far left) leads students in a rigorous set of push-ups. Photo by Promise Yee

lowed by a wade in the recovery pool and a shoulder massage. He also offers small group Zen Boxing classes, which consist of a routine of stretches, focused boxing moves and vigorous calisthenics. Peterson includes discussion of proper nutrition with his clients and recommends quality food to fuel the body properly. He personalizes his advice to help clients meet their goals, whether it’s to lose weight, gain muscle or maintain fitness. “It’s calories in, calories out if you’re losing weight, no matter what you’re eating,” Peterson said. Robusto Clark has been training with Peterson since December and has lost 40 pounds. “I’m looking fantastic

LEFT JAB Veronica Justin throws some punches during her Zen Boxing workout. Photo by Promise Yee

Peterson went through and enjoying bike riding and the California outdoors,” his own challenges with Clark, a recent transplant weight loss before he learned from India, said. “How you’re how to box and then become a eating is a mindset, he’s a very TURN TO ‘BOX’ ON 20 good guide.”

RSF Hebrew School hosts open house RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Chabad Jewish Center Hebrew School invites parents of registered and prospective students to attend its open house at 3 p.m. July 7, 5690 Cancha De

Golf, Suite 512. The event will provide a forum for parents to ask questions about the school and its programs, to meet the faculty and view the classrooms. Jewish Art Zone, or J.A.Z.m, will kick off with

“Kids in the Kitchen: Challah Baking!” Children ages 2 through 14 are invited to learn how to make their own challah, the traditional braided bread eaten on the Jewish Sabbath. The RSF Hebrew School will open in

September for its third year. Membership is not required and discounts are being offered for those who register before July 11. For more information, call (858) 7567571 or visit www.jewish RSF.org.

A look at commercial office opportunities By Ron Miller SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COLLIERS TENANT ADVISORY SERVICES

COAST CITIES — Contrary to the prevalent “doom and gloom” attitude relating to San Diego’s commercial real estate vacancy, tenants are enjoying an unprecedented window of opportunity. Landlords and their brokers are lamenting about declining rents and increasing concessions much to the satisfaction of the tenant’s that drive our local economy. At last count San Diego County had an office vacancy of more than 17 percent. Landlords must keep in mind that tenants have also been experiencing hardship over the last couple of years with declining revenue and profits, which have caused layoffs and space occupancy reduction. Many commercial real estate brokerage firms have predicted that the market will not significantly rebound back toward normalcy until 2011 or 2012, meaning that rents will not

begin increasing and vacancy will not significantly improve to the benefit of landlords. The vacancy rate may have been higher in past recessions but the quantity of vacant space has never been so large. With many companies “swimming in excess space” there is also phantom unused space to factor into the true vacancy equation. However, the empty offices offer opportunity for bargain-seeking tenants at a time when the fragile economy has shown positive momentum since the beginning of the year. At the end of the first quarter, the USD Index of Leading Economic Indicators for San Diego showed 11 straight months of increase. Credit tenants that have a legitimate requirement are treated as “rock stars” as the majority of landlords will do whatever it takes to sign up these tenant prospects, improve predictability of their revenue stream, and stabilize their tenant roster. In spite of recent economic

turbulence in the global markets, many tenants are becoming more confident and less hesitant as they move forward with commitments for longer term leases as the economy and unemployment rates continue to improve. We are now experiencing a mini surge in tenant activity that will optimistically help lead our local economy out of these doldrums. Leasing activity has been steadily increasing quarter-over-quarter for the last five quarters with nearly 1.9 million square feet of leases signed in Q1 2010. Recently, many of my clients are hiring and committing to more office space to accommodate their growth. A few examples include an international technologies company that recently relocated to Rancho Bernardo creating over one hundred jobs for the area, a Solana Beach law firm expanding their growing practice, and a Carmel Valley management consulting firm

doubling in size. Additionally, a downtown market research firm is negotiating for additional office space to accommodate a surge of recent hires while a Carlsbad staffing company is scouting out a secondary office site elsewhere in San Diego resulting from new recruiting assignments a good sign for employment prospects and an indicator that we may have hit bottom. The April 2010 San Diego County unemployment rate measured 10.4 percent — a 0.6 percent decrease from the previous month. California and the national unemployment rates also decreased and stand at 12.3 percent and 9.5 percent respectively. Additionally, the month of April showed slight employment growth (1,600 new jobs) in San Diego with Construction, Financial, Professional and Business Services, Leisure and Hospitality, Other Services and Government categories posting gains.

Ranch realtor named top agent RANCHO SANTA FE — Herb Josepher, manager of Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office, announced that Shaun Worthen earned the company’s President’s Circle award for his sales production last year. The award ranks Worthen among the top 3 percent of Prudential’s 60,000 agents nationwide. “Shaun is an extremely personable and accomplished agent with deep roots in Rancho Santa Fe and Santaluz,” Josepher said. “He is very involved in the community and is widely respected for his commitment to serve his clients with integrity.” A veteran agent with 13 years of experience, Worthen has represented clients with a diverse array of needs in real estate, from foreclosures and investments to short sales and luxury estates. By sharing his technical expertise, community insights and knowledge of real estate with his clients, he has become one of the region’s most highly sought-after professionals. Born and raised in San Diego, Worthen earned a degree from San Diego State before he made the decision to enter the real estate business. A member of Prudential Rancho Santa Fe’s leadership council, he is known for his ability to deliver positive results and seamless transactions for his clients. “Working in real estate has given me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life,” Worthen said. “Helping people achieve their goals in real estate is very rewarding.” A resident of the Santaluz community for the past eight years, Worthen has lived in many different areas of San Diego County. He attributes the success he has enjoyed in his real estate career to his focus on client service and proficiency with technology, which allows him to provide his clients with prompt communications. Shaun Worthen can be contacted through Prudential California Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe office at (619) 518-9701, via e-mail at Shaun@prusd.com, or on the web at www.Shaun Worthen.com.



JULY 2, 2010

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E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road It’s summer and lots of families are headed for amusement parks, but if you have a special needs child, these places can be intimidating, frustrating, scary and inconvenient for the whole family. Gordon Hartman, a San Antonia businessman, knows what that’s like. His daughter, 16-yearold Morgan, has had numerous extensive surgeries, including operations on her spine and lung, and has “severe cognitive problems,” he said in a phone interview. Still, “she’s a very positive young lady. She wakes up with a smile on her face. What gets her through is her attitude. She’s a big inspiration.” Taking Morgan to a regular amusement park, though, just doesn’t work. So like a good father and a man who is used to solving problems, Hartman decided that his daughter and others like her should have a park that allows them to fully participate. In April, Morgan’s Wonderland opened in San Antonio — “the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park specifically designed for individuals with special needs,” Hartman said. It is totally wheelchair-accessible, features more than 25 elements and attractions

WONDERLAND Pictured is the carousel ride at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, which opened in April. The specially designed carousel allows the person to remain in a wheelchair while riding. Morgan’s Wonderland was created by a San Antonio businessman who has a special-needs daughter, and was designed by parents, therapists and others who work with the disabled. Courtesy photo

including rides, playgrounds, gardens, an eightacre fishing lake, an 18,000square-foot special-events center, a 575-seat amphitheater, a picnic area and rest areas throughout the park. (The swings and train are Morgan’s favorites.) Construction on the $33 million, 25-acre park took barely a year, but the planning began about four years ago, and Hartman’s approach was unconventional. “We wanted people who were aware of the need but had never designed a park before,” he said. “We

had a public forum. We just asked the parents, doctors and therapists, ‘If you could build a park, how would you do it?’” What they got was a really fun place with rides, playscapes, carousels and water activities that accommodate wheelchairs — no barriers for anyone. “We even had a child with no limbs ride on the carousel the other day,” Hartman said. “You can ride the carousel without getting out of the wheelchair. This park is about everybody, but we put special-needs persons first.

When you walk in, he added, “it doesn’t look different.” And although the park is certified for up to 5,000 people, there are never more than 1,500 there at a time. This is accomplished with an online registration system which assures that there will be enough people to help. “We have a trained staff and loads of volunteers,” Hartman explained. The price of admission is family-friendly, too. The special needs person (of any age) is free and TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON 31

Local theater group makes room for everyone By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — In 2008 Kathryn Campion and William Simonson founded the Encinitas Community Theatre with the goal of using theater arts to teach life skills to low-income children and adults. Campion and Simonson were veterans of the arts — she as a classical pianist and teacher, singer, songwriter and actor, he as a television and theater actor and director. In addition, Campion had nonprofit experience working for the Joy of Sports Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and Combined Health Agencies, United Way of San Diego/CHAD. After the theater opened, the couple noticed an unusual demand for the program from parents of children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and particularly autism. “We were doing improv,” Campion remembers. “A mother wanted her child to participate, but he didn’t seem to be able to — so they did it together. They really shined. For the first time I realized what parents of children with autism go through.” News about the couple’s willingness to work with the autism community spread

through word-of-mouth. The theater evolved into the Positive Action Community Theatre, an inclusion program that brings together all students including those on the autism spectrum. The upcoming summer session will be held Saturdays July 10 through Aug. 28. The teen/adult workshop is scheduled from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the tween (ages 8 to 12) workshop from 2 to 3 p.m. and the teen workshop from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuition is $165 for teens and adults, and $140 for tweens. To promote inclusion, a “two for one” price is being offered to individuals with disabilities who bring along a typical peer, sibling or friend. The eight-week program culminates in a live performance. The most unique aspect of the program is its inclusiveness, which promotes selfesteem, cooperation, creativity and fitness. “Modeling is so critical in the first five to seven years for children on the (autism) spectrum,” Pamela Thierry said. “Having access to typical peers in a fun activity gave my daughter many opportunities to learn about social interaction, creativity (not right or wrong) and how to follow directions in a less structured environment.”


Kathryn Campion, co-founder of the Positive Action Community Theatre, or PACT, an inclusion program that brings together all students from “typical peers” to those with disabilities such as autism. Currently Campion is recruiting typical peers, with or without theater experience, to volunteer as participants in the class. Photo by Lillian Cox

Because each class has a one-to-one ratio of typical peers to students with disabilities, additional volunteers are being sought. “I’m always looking for people who enjoy participating in theater,” Campion said.

“It’s a wonderful way to get started in volunteerism. We want to expand people’s idea of what is normal. Come with the idea of making friends.” High school students can earn community service for volunteerism. Eventually, the theater has plans to work with the Girl Scouts. Currently PACT volunteers are being trained by Kids Together, a nonprofit that works with providers of inclusion programs. For more information about becoming a volunteer, visit pacthouse.org or contact (760) 815-8512 or info@pact house.org. PACT receives funding from the city of Encinitas and The Mizel Family Foundation; Area Board 13, State Council on Developmental Disabilities; and California Arts Council and National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA. Scholarships are available based on need and availability. PACT’s fall session is scheduled to begin Sept. 25. Students will take their show on the road for a performance in November in the Community Room of the Encinitas Library. In December they will perform at assisted-living facilities. PACT is located at Dance North County, 535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 100 in Encinitas.

Tips on keeping children watersafe RANCHO SANTA FE — Summer is here and with it comes the fun of outdoor activities. When most of us are enjoying time at the pool or beach, injuries aren’t the first thing on our minds. Yet drownings are the leading cause of injury and death for young children ages 1 to 4, and three children die every day as a result of drowning. Whether swimming, boating, bathing, or simply spending time near water, it takes just a few seconds for an accident to happen, usually when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse of supervision. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water, and drowning is usually quick and silent. They will lose consciousness two minutes after submersion, with irreversible brain damage occurring within four to six minutes. Fortunately, drownings and near-drownings are preventable. Taking the following actions can help save a life: — Make sure pools and spas are enclosed on all four sides with a fence at least 60 inches high with a self-closing and latching gates. Latches should be a minimum of 54 inches from the ground. — Any door that provides direct access to the pool should have an exit alarm installed. — Drains in pools and spas should have antientrapment drain covers. — Learn infant and child CPR and always have a phone near the pool for emergency use. — Children should always swim under the supervision of a grown-up. Adults watching kids near water should avoid distracting activities like playing cards, reading books, or talking on the phone. If there are a lot of people around, such as in a pool party setting, designate at least one adult to be a “Water Watcher” to monitor swimmers at all times. — Every child over the age of 3 should have swimming lessons. — Children using airfilled swimming aids should always be supervised by an adult within arm’s reach. — A U.S. Coast guardapproved lifejacket should be worn for water sports such as tubing, skiing or jet skiing. Air-filled aids such as inner tubes, water wings and inflatable rafts are not substitutes for approved lifejackets — Teach children to obey the posted rules. Following these guidelines can help everyone have a fun and safe time under the sun this summer. For more information on water safety, including building code requirements for residential pools, visit www.rsffire.org.


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Del Mar cuisine event gives delicious summer kick-off By Alyx Sariol

DEL MAR — Summer started early for North County residents at the Del Mar Village Association’s Summer Solstice tasting event June 17. A sold-out crowd gathered at Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park for the highly anticipated annual event that featured offerings from top restaurants, wineries and breweries. The sun slowly set over the ocean, providing a beautiful backdrop to the exclusive evening out. “Wasn’t that sunset great? We planned that!” joked the association’s executive director, Jen Grove. “It couldn’t have been any nicer.” Guests were treated to cool ocean breezes, live atmospheric music and unbeatable food from Del Mar’s top restaurants, including Sbicca, whose braised beef short ribs with mashed potatoes earned rave reviews from the crowd. Just a few tables away, diners received a crash course on how to properly eat crawfish from Chef Randy Gruber of Americana Restaurant. He joked around with guests as they timidly cracked open the shellfish to enjoy the wellseasoned meat inside. L’Auberge Del Mar’s Kitchen 1540 served up a yogurt and goat cheese panna cotta, topped with a mixed berry sangria soup and frozen English peas. The refreshing dessert had guests returning to the table for seconds and thirds. “The weather is perfect, the food is amazing, there’s a great sunset — what more could you ask for?” said Diane Strang, who was joined by friends Patti Stanley and Betty Blair. California’s best wineries and breweries were also on hand and kept the drinks flowing as they poured samples of their many varieties. Friends Michael

TEAM JAKE’S Rob Thibaut and Peter Goad of Jake’s Del Mar dished out a Mediterranean chicken salad that had guests returning for more. Photo by Alyx Sariol

CRAWFISHIN’ COUPLE Americana chef Randy Gruber and wife Caron taught guests how to eat crawfish like a pro. Photo by Alyx Sariol

Benziger and Benjamin Flajnik showed off a sauvignon blanc from their label Evolve. Representatives from Stone Brewing Company and Leonhardt Vineyards, among many others, also provided samples that pleased the crowd. “This is bigger and better than last year’s — it’s great,” said Cap Pinney, who has lived in Del Mar with his wife Julie for more than 35 years. “We’ve been to almost every one.” Guests were also encouraged to check out and bid on a variety of silent auction items, which included spa treatments and per-

sonal training sessions, to benefit the association. Del Mar has been hosting the annual summer kick off event for the last 15 years. Guests have enjoyed the Summer Solstice’s current location right by the ocean for the past four years since relocating from the Del Mar Plaza, Grove said. “The weather cooperated this year and it was a great event,” Grove said. Proceeds from the annual event aid in the association’s revitalization efforts of the village of Del Mar. For more information, TASTY TREAT Kitchen 1540’s yogurt and goat cheese panna cotta visit www.delmarmain- with mixed berry sangria soup was a favorite at the event. Photo by Alyx Sariol street.com.

Earthworms have wiggled their way right into my heart I have a whole bunch of new friends living in my backyard. Not to worry. They are very quiet. I am the proud owner of my very own worm bin, and you’d be amazed how cute a couple of pounds of red wigglers can be. I have always been a fan of earthworms, taking care not to step on them. Now they are happily eating my garbage and I have some very bright, very ecology-savvy second-graders to thank for it. I’m married to a frustrated farmer, as some readers know. Our backyard, with a

JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk host of fruit and nut trees, also has a half-baked compost spot, which I was not fond of because, well, it looked like a pile of garbage in my yard. When I heard that the second-graders had made a worm bin for the school lunch leftovers, my interest was piqued. This seemed more efficient and perhaps more

visually acceptable. When I casually asked the second-grade teacher how difficult it was to put a bin together, she immediately invited me to let the class help me make one. How could I say no to that? All I had to provide was an old picnic cooler. We had several just hanging around in the garage. One with a drain is best, to remove the moisture build-up, which is also called “Worm Tea” and is great fertilizer. First I watched a hilarious yet instructional video the class had made. Then 20

pairs of little hands helped me tear up paper into small pieces for the worm bedding. We then added coffee grounds and eggshells, to provide the worms’ digestive grist, rather like birds use. I got very clear, blow-by-blow instructions and information from several future scientists. Then they dug their hands into worm castings and mixed it up with fresh garbage without batting an eyelash. And most of them were girls. It was glorious. Our backyard is about to become fruit-drop central as the avocados, plums, apples,

berries, apricots and other more exotic fruit ripen. And now I have something besides the dogs to eat all the birdwhacked, moldy, squishy yet organic waste on the ground. I think my worms and I will be very happy together. The fruit trees don’t know it yet, but they will be very happy, too, when I start spreading those nutritious worm castings around for the garden to dine on. Talk about a win-win. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer who knows how to pick her friends. E-mail Jean at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

Monthly events offer chance to recycle waste from electronics ENCINITAS — Are you wondering where to recycle your old electronics? Solana Recycling Center is hosting several ewaste events from 9 a.m. to noon on the fourth Saturday of each month through

October — July 24, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23. Solana Center is at 137 N. El Camino Real up past the Sheriff’s Station on Via Molena. For more information, visit www.solanacenter.org

or call (760) 436-7986, ext. 211. Electronics that can be accepted include computer monitors; CRT monitors; LCD monitors; laptops; televisions; plasma screens/TVs; DVD players;

telephones; cell phones; PDAs; copiers/printers; fax machines; MP3 players; VCRs; speakers; stereo equipment; keyboards/ mice; scanners; computers; calculators; video cameras; digital cameras; items with

electronicboards; miscellaneous wiring; CPUs. Solana Center cannot accept large household/ commercial appliances; hazardous materials/waste; compact florescent bulbs; or batteries.

Whooping cough holds threat of epidemic COAST CITIES — An Encinitas child was diagnosed in June with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, according to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. That brings the total of reportable cases in 2010 to 98. Last year, there were 143 cases in San Diego County. The 3-year-old, who was unimmunized, attends A Children’s Garden Preschool in Encinitas. After 910 cases of whooping cough that have left five babies dead, California is calling the outbreak an epidemic, according to California Department of Public Health director Mark Horton. Officials fear the surge in whooping cough is about to get much worse. Six hundred cases are under investigation. The caseload this year is 400 percent higher than last. HHSA is working closely with the preschool and middle school to notify staff and parents of all students who were potentially exposed. It is recommended that children get five doses of DTaP vaccine, one dose at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years of age. It is also recommended that people 11 through 64 years of age receive a one-time dose of Tdap, given in place of a “tetanus booster,” which is administered every 10 years. No vaccine is 100 percent effective and immunity can wane over time, but being up-todate on your vaccinations can lessen the severity of illness-related symptoms. Named for the “whoop” sound children and adults sometimes make when they try to breathe in during or after a severe coughing spell, whooping cough usually starts with flu-like symptoms, such as runny nose, sneezing, fever and a mild cough. These symptoms may be mild and brief, or last up to two weeks, but are often followed by severe coughing fits that may be associated with vomiting. Fever, if present, is usually mild. It is treatable with antibiotics. Whooping cough can occur at any age, but infants and young children are at highest risk of lifethreatening complications, the most common of which is pneumonia. In adolescents and adults, rib fractures and difficulty sleeping may occur. For more information about whooping cough, call the HHSA immunization branch toll free at (866) 358-2966, or visit www.sdiz.org.



JULY 2, 2010

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BEST FRIENDS Dog rescuer Larry Abgarian with Cody, left, and Rosie, right. Cody, 13, was rescued through the Safe House program at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. He is best friends with Rosie, 11, an English bulldog who belonged to a friend of Abgarian’s who died last year. Photo by Lillian Cox

Local man has been rescuing area dogs for nearly 20 years By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — A sign above Larry Abgarian’s computer says it all: “Heaven’s the place where all the dogs you’ve ever loved come to greet you.” He won’t know if it’s true until he dies himself. When that day comes, his sister has been instructed to bury his remains with those of the dogs he’s loved and lost. Abgarian is more than a sentimentalist. He’s a man of action who has spent almost 20 years rescuing dogs from San Diego to Lake Elsinore. Some are brought back to his

Olivenhain home. Others are boarded at kennels until he can find a suitable home. Abgarian’s dogs come in all sizes, from Chihuahuas to German shepherds, and all the mixed breeds between. Some are frisky. Others are brought home to die with dignity and love. One was a deaf and blind poodle he came across when the Carlsbad shelter was being renovated several years ago. “The door of the kennel touched him and he didn’t TURN TO DOGS ON 20


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A tribute to my dear friend the late Heidi Cruz MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch My good friend died in April. It’s been one of those monumental things in my life that has shifted my perception about reality. When you

side sharing their dreams. Her friendship was like an exotic scent to a girl like me from Midwest. Who was Heidi to me? Originally from the Philippines, she was a lovely woman I met at the paper five years ago. We had such fun with all of these girls working together. She and Melissa became best friends, and I was so lucky to share her light, too. There are no

MEMORABLE TIMES Heidi Cruz (right) with Machel Penn Shull at Christmas. Courtesy photo

watch someone around your age die, those last few moments stay with you, while the sun continues to rise anyway each morning. My friend Heidi Cruz died at the age of 37 in April. Her loss came suddenly. Heidi had only found out in September of last year that she was sick. It made me think I had more time, that some miracle would happen and Heidi could live a couple more years. But sometimes miracles don’t happen. Death does come and we are left to go on without our loved ones. We are faced with the morbid truth that everyone must die at some point. After she died, I found myself overly anxious for my husband. I was even afraid to let him drive without me. I would think that it could be the last time I see him. Accidents happen. I hadn’t realized it until this month, but I have been living my life in fear ever since I walked away from Heidi’s funeral. My friend died and nothing I can do can change that she is now gone. I must admit this is the first time I wondered why she had to die. Why, God? Yes, I’m a believer. I’m a believer in something more than this earth, which gives me great comfort, but her absence is still there. After these last three months of some anxious feelings, I have been looking for signs of Heidi everywhere. I keep looking but nothing has happened. I had this feeling I would still see her in my dreams. Nothing has happened, except the march against time since the last day I kissed her hand goodbye at the hospice before she died. However, when there is deep silence inner reflection can reveal what we sometimes easily forget. What I have realized is our friendship was a gift. Those moments, the laughter, our fun times, that is what I need to shift my thoughts to — not my loss. The memories of two girls living their lives side by

certain reasons why we feel a deeper bond with certain individuals than we do others. I have had closer friends I have shared more time with, but with Heidi, I could see her so deeply and completely. Her wisdom and thoughts on this life were so wonderful. Her laugh was contagious and her spirit vivacious. When I found out she had pancreatic cancer last fall, I thought we would have more time together. More precious time. Where did it go? So fast, so suddenly, her body left, as her spirit stayed with all of her loved ones that gathered by her side. I count myself lucky to have known Heidi Cruz. I do believe in heaven. I believe that she is there watching down, and she is at peace with all of us. We cannot keep those we love forever. Sometimes we must let them go, and cherish the moments that we had while they were with us. I may not see Heidi in my dreams, but her memory will be with me always. Much love to her beautiful sisters and family. I will always remember my friend.

Around Town On June 10, I stopped by Dr. Pollak’s office in Del Mar and was lucky enough to have a one-on-one interview with Del Mar’s top plastic surgeon. What I first want to tell you is his staff is really wonderful. Responsive to the client’s need, you are their first priority from the moment you step into their comfortable office, which is located right off of El Camino Real in Del Mar (near Del Mar Highlands). After talking to Dr. Pollak and asking some candid upfront questions, I found out some important facts you might want to know. In order to avoid any cosmetic procedures later in life, do the smaller steps now, life investing in a good skincare program and visiting an esthetician a few times a year before real skin damage begins to

take place. I must say what delighted me is Dr. Pollak did not think I needed any major procedures done. How wonderful (that has not always been the case when I visit other clients in the past). Dr. Pollak’s specialties are breast augmentation and tummy tucks. He also has procedure that’s been a hit called “The Mommy Makeover.” Dr. Pollak also works with Scripps Medical Center helping cancer patients with reconstructive surgery. He has a wonderful skin line that he carries in his office that is affordable and strait from Italy, called Paphos skincare. For more information on Dr. Pollak, visit www.delmarplasticsurgery.com or call (858)-3501301 to schedule a free consultation. I have included a photo of Dr. Pollak with his staff recently in New York together for a convention. Thanks for sharing. On June 12, acclaimed Rancho Santa Fe author and writer Diane Welch signed books at Solana Beach City Hall. If you haven’t heard of Lilian Rice then you’re probably a newcomer to the Ranch. Lilian Rice is primarily responsible for much of the aesthetic look of Rancho Santa Fe since she was the main architect to design the downtown area, plus many of the homes inside the covenant. Diane was commissioned by the ancestors of Miss Rice to write her biography on the Ranch architect. Diane is also writes for the Union Tribune, Rancho Santa Fe Review and many other publications in San Diego. She has also written a historical book on the town of Encinitas. I have included two photos from her book signing. For more information on this exciting local author, visit her website www.DianeWelch. com. Congrats on all of your achievement Diane. You definitely have my respect as another writer. On June 16, Point Loma Nazarene University surf team earned second place at the NSSA Nationals in their College Division. Thanks to perfect surfing conditions and receiving national media attention in the town of Salt Creek, this local group of San Diegans excelled and shined next to some much larger schools like USCD, San Diego State and the University of North Carolina. Featured here are Eric Allen, Troy Mothershead, Hunter Lysaught and David Daly, all of whom received top honors in the surf competition. Others that were there that are not featured are Taylor Leopold, Nate Chesnut, Marissa Eveland and Elena Antichevich. How exciting! Thanks so much for the anonymous tip here somewhere near the Ranch. You know I can never divulge the scoop on all of my stories, but luckily I’ve got a few! On June 19, I ran into local celebrity and designer Janice Jaraicie at Mille Fleurs. I just love it when I am the first in town to reveal a new scene, hot ticket or the newest clothing item on the market. Have you ever had one of those moments where

BIG APPLE TRIP From left, Larry Pollack, M.D.; Kate Larsen; Tanya Brady; Kristi Regina in New York City. Courtesy photo

AUTHOR, AUTHOR Rancho Santa Fe’s very own SMILING FACES Designer Janice Jaraicie with author Diane Welch at her recent book signing. Machel Penn Shull. Jaraicie just Courtesy photo www.mypanteez.com. Courtesy photo


SURF’S UP From left, Milton Karahadian (club advisor), Eric Allen, Troy Mothershead (third place in longboard), Hunter Lysaught (second place men’s), and David Daly with the second place overall as a team trophy. Also on the team and not shown: Taylor Leopold, Nate Chesnut, Marissa Eveland and Elena Antichevich. Courtesy photo

your jeans are too low, or your cocktail dress is too much on the sheer side and since it’s not New York and we live in San Diego, you’ve needed some good alternatives to disguise your panty line? Well, now you have that ladies. It’s Janice’s newest item, www.mypanteez.com. No longer do you have to have those embarrassing moments with your low rider jeans or that awkward realization your dress is too revealing. Check out her website for all of the newest designs, just in time for Del Mar’s Opening Day. That night I thought of “manties” for men (obvious joke). But believe it or not, it’s already been taken! Darn, thought I had found my ticket to making millions. Janice,

FUN AT MILLE FLEURS Dolce’s Anthony Smith with Julien Hug at Mille Fleurs. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Later that evening, and thanks for letting me be the first to tell the Ranch resi- we must say later because it dents the latest lingerie fad TURN TO MACHEL’S RANCH ON 31 hitting the Internet.


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Cancer Angels of San Diego and view the short documentary “The Forgotten Ones,” visit www.cancerangelsofsandiego.com For more information about CASD or The Second Annual Celebration of Life event, contact Eve Beutler at (760) 942-6346 or e-mail eve@cancerangelsofsan diego.com.

a row, RMC has been named one of the top 200 Environmental Firms as compiled by Engineering News Record. For more information about water supply reliability, recycled water use, water conservation programs or general information about SFID,visit www.sfidwater.org or call (858) 756-2424.

Center is looking for volunteer drivers who can take seniors to wherever they have to go ... A presentation on alternative transportation such as bikes is on the July 12 agenda of the Flower Capital’s series of general plan forums that residents are encouraged to attend ... July is National Grilling Month and according to Jenny Coleman of EZ Grilling it’s a great time for tailgating, camping, picnicking or cooking in the backyard ... According to reports more voters have signed up as Democrats and now outnumber the GOP in the county ... Save Our Parade in O’side is making a last-

minute push for funds to stage a July 3, downtown parade at 10 a.m. sponsored by MainStreet Foundation .... State Senate’s Budget Conference Committee is making noises about diluting the Brown Act that sheds light on gov’t activities ... Encinitas Chamber of Commerce is in new digs at 527 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 106. Hasta la vista

patients are choosing to go out of their way to birth wherever Dr. Biter may be — can you blame them? His patients birth with dignity and honor. I would follow him anywhere to birth with him, and there are 1,000plus fans on his Facebook page that would agree with me. Wherever Dr. Biter takes his talent, I only hope that women are able to call him their “baby catcher” again soon.

SAN DIEGO — New Signature cocktails with gouractivities, community service, met hors d’oeuvres are availand creativity. able nightly from 4 to 11 p.m. at The Grand Del Mar’s Lobby ‘Host or Hostage?’ Lounge, 5300 Grand Del Mar Our bright future ENCINITAS — Darlene Court. COAST CITIES — Dennis, author of “Host or Encinitas resident Adam Hostage? A Guide for TWIN awardee Swenson received a Doctor of Surviving House Guests” is a CARMEL VALLEY — Dental Medicine, Magna retired English teacher and Carmel Valley resident Cum Laude from Boston Encinitas resident. She wrote Dianne Ratzel, chairwoman University in May. the book after entertaining a of United Through Reading, Marshall Gillette, son of very difficult houseguest, and was honored with the Tribute Lon and Jean Gillette of finding no books that to Women & Industry award. Carlsbad, graduated cum addressed this issue. Her web- The group supports YWCA laude from Sargent College at site is www.hostorhostage. programs and services that Boston University May 16 com. help women, children, and with a major in human physifamilies affected by domestic ology. New face Katherine F. Mann of Del violence and homelessness in RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diego County. Mar graduated from Fairfield Delicias Restaurant, 6106 For more information on University. Elizabeth De Paseo Delicias, heralded its TWIN, visit www.ywcasan Ponte of Encinitas graduated new look with a cocktail diego.org. cum laude from Boston evening June 23, under the College with a Bachelor of new management of Gene Expanding Arts degree from the “Gino” Campbell with COAST CITIES — Del University's College of Arts & Executive Chef Michael Mar resident, “At Home with Sciences. Knowles. Stephen Z. Hoff, son of Laurie Ann” author, interior Call (858) 756-8000 or design expert and store Stephen Hoff of Encinitas, visit www.deliciasrestaurant. owner Laurie Ann McMillin graduated from Grinnell com to learn more. Ray announced the expan- College May 24 and was sion of her home design serv- awarded the John M. Mohan

Russian Study award. Villanova University awarded Ryan FentinThompson of Del Mar his bachelor of science in business administration and Michael Lynch of Rancho Santa Fe his bachelor of arts May 16. Emory University awarded Erin Saven of Del Mar, daughter of Alan and Renata Saven, a bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University. Also, Michael Saleh of Del Mar, son of Alfred Saleh and Adele F. Saleh, received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory College of Emory University and Frances Connell of Oceanside received a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology of Emory University. Government major Ellen V. Morris, daughter of George and Patricia Morris of Carlsbad, was named to the dean’s list for at Colby College her outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 20092010 year.

Jamie Landman of Del Mar, daughter of Benny Landman and Karen Landman, was named to the Dean’s List of Emory College. Karissa Brown of Encinitas has been named to the President’s List at Drake University, earning a 4.0 GPA during the Spring 2010 semester.

ering he was estimated to be 20 at the time of his death. Today, Abgarian’s family consists of two cats, Larry, Jr. and Jessie. He’s also got Cody, a 13-year-old German shepherd mix he rescued through the Safe House program at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Cody is best friends with Rosie, 11, an English bulldog who belonged to a friend of Abgarian’s who died last year. Although Abgarian works with several rescue groups, he’s particularly active with Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. In addition to fostering dogs from the Animal Rescue Resource Foundation, or ARRF, Abgarian maintains the website which includes photographing and writing bios for the animals. Currently Abgarian is fostering two pairs of rescue dogs he’ll only adopt together. Wendy is a white German shepherd he placed

temporarily at a kennel in San Marcos last year. She led him and his team in a pursuit that took them from Elfin Forest to the Palomar Business Park north across Highway 78, where she was found exhausted in the bed of a stranger in a home behind Palomar College. Today Wendy is housed in a kennel at Abgarian’s home with Teddy, a homeless malamute who lived outside a warehouse in San Marcos. This spring Teddy took second place in the “Most Handsome” dog competition, part of the 2010 Ugly Dog contest, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Recently Abgarian brought Titan, a young pitbull mix, home from the Carlsbad shelter the day he was scheduled for euthanasia. He’s become fast friends with Chloe, a Chihuahua mix. The two will only be adopted together. Each of Abgarian’s ani-



Feilding, she extolled the virtues of trepanation (to “broaden ... awareness” by increasing the oxygen in the brain, directly, by drilling a hole in one’s head). Feilding’s first boyfriend wrote the book on the process (“Bore Hole”), and her husband,


and hardiest, but at least 51 of them are apparently legendarily soft: the 51 city bus drivers who between them took 3,200 days of paid leave last year to “heal” over the single workplace “injury” of Great Expectorations being spit on by passenPeople who live or gers. (Thirty-two other spitwork in New York City upon drivers did not believe themselves to be TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 25 among the world’s toughest

the flamboyant 13th Earl of Wemyss, has also been trepanned. The Countess still expresses hope that the National Health Service will eventually cover trepanning.

and a nonprofit school foundation that is in the process of raising a million bux and has passed the halfway mark. It welcomes your big and small contributions to reach its goal.The center will include a 225-seat theater that will be available to the community.

green theme with good results according to reports. It includes eco-friendly products from health foods, home improvements and garden materials. However, they have become part of established events rather than standing Close & cozy alone. For a short time folks can get up close and friendly with Performing center the seal population at Ground has been broken Children’s Pool beach at La for a $9 million state-of-the- Jolla Cove. A rope barrier to art performing arts complex separate humans from the at San Dieguito Academy mammals has been approved with construction expected to but no certain time has been last up to 15 months. It is designated for it to be done so funded by state and fed funds hizzoner Jerry Sanders said


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move,” Abgarian remembers. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s dead.” Abgarian got permission to take the pup to the shelter vet who advised him that she didn’t think that he’d make it through the night. He took the dog home, named him Frosty and surprised everyone when he got him walking again. He nurtured Frosty until he died two weeks later. Another blind and deaf poodle was more fortunate. “I told Friends of County Animal Shelters (FOCAS) that I wanted to take him home,” Abgarian said. “Then I had him groomed. He went from a matted mess to a little prince.” Abgarian named the pup “Golf Ball.” He took him on outings tucked in a baby’s knapsack that he wore on his chest. The world’s luckiest poodle became a celebrity

NEEDS A HOME Dog rescuer Larry Abgarian’s biggest concern is for Rusty, an older German shepherd mix housed at a kennel for several months who needs a home without other pets. “When he looks at you with those deep, soulful eyes, he'll make your heart melt!” he wrote in his bio. “Rusty likes morning and evening walks, and spending lazy afternoons lounging at home.” For information about adopting Rusty, call (760) 230-2780. Courtesy photo

when he was featured on Channel 8 News. Golf Ball lived another four years, impressive consid-

the request will be processed through normal channels and that will take weeks if not months. Meanwhile, folks can continue to interact with the seals.

One-liners Cardiffians were pleased to hear an oral report from Lauren Adkins from Washington, D.C., on its successful Cardiff 101 Main Street project as well as the ones in historic downtown Encinitas and Leucadia ... Solbeach recently christened a custom-built rescue boat that was donated by Solana Bros., a nonprofit organization ... Encinitas Senior ices while diversifying her locations. Ray sells her items at Leaping Lotus, 240 S. Cedros Ave. in Solana Beach.



Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe and he is the father of Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth. . E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.

JFSD makes changes COAST CITIES — The Jewish Federation of San Diego County celebrated its 75th anniversary June 11 at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center to share plans for a new name and logo and to present awards. La Jolla resident Jan Tuttleman is the new board chairman. The Presidential awards were given to Betty Byrnes and Gary Kornfeld. The Pauline and Stanley Foster Young Leadership award, given to younger members of the community who demonstrate enormous leadership potential, included Danielle Shulman, Rich Effress and Robert Fink. mals enjoys a privileged life that includes a television with the channel set to Animal Planet. Abgarian makes no excuses for his dedication to man’s best friend. “I think it’s in my DNA,” he said. “Dogs have gotten me through tough times. At one point I got down to one and the house was so empty.” He adds, “It’s wonderful to know you can save a life.” These days Abgarian’s biggest concern is for Rusty, an older German shepherd mix housed at a kennel for several months who needs a home without other pets. “When he looks at you with those deep, soulful eyes, he'll make your heart melt!” he wrote in his bio. “Rusty likes morning and evening walks, and spending lazy afternoons lounging at home.” For information about adopting Rusty, call (760) 2302780.




certified fitness trainer. He formerly weighed in at an unfit 225 pounds. “I overindulged,” Peterson said. It was not just overeating, Peterson said. He said he overindulged in food, alcohol, drugs, boats, cars and women. Photos from a family vacation five years ago prompted him to get fit. “I visited my family in Idaho for Christmas and the photos showed a sad, depressed, fat man,” Peterson said. “I didn’t like it. Jan. 4, (of that year) I decided to make a change and do whatever it takes to get healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.” Boxing lessons filled him with focus, confidence and healthier goals. Peterson is presently a lean 183 pounds and in condition for competitive boxing. He credits his healthier lifestyle to his boxing instructor and mentor Rudy Reyes. “His lifestyle, belief, passion and desire to want to truly change people for the better (helped me),” Peterson said. “Rudy grew me exponentially.” Peterson hopes to instill physical confidence and the love of fitness in his students. According to Zen Boxing students he has hit his mark. “He’s so positive, he gives you more than you came for,” Vivian Price, Zen Boxing student, said. “I might come in dragging, feeling tired, but I leave inspired.” Peterson’s future plans are to expand his studio and relocate to an urban area where he can fulfill unmet fitness needs. “I’m hoping in two years to be in L.A., San Francisco, or New York,” Peterson said. “Doing executive training for business people with high-stress jobs that need that physical outlet and environment understanding, ‘fat cat training.’ Those ticking time bombs we’re losing to poor health.”



voluntary manslaughter for his role in the shooting. The duo’s trial is scheduled for December. If convicted, they face up to life in prison.



JULY 2, 2010

My favorite restaurant in San Diego — Café Chloe BRUCE WILLIAMS Smart Money

Retirement ought to trump fund for college Dear Bruce: Since the recession has caused a decrease in our cash flow we have had to make some changes on the W4 tax form and 401(k) contributions. We are currently putting money into our three children’s 529 college plans as well. I have heard that retirement should come before college investing. Is it best to stop the contributions to the 529 college plans and increase the 401(k) contributions to the maximum contribution percentage, or to continue what we are doing? — C.J, via e-mail Dear C.J.: You have raised a question which many people have very different opinions on. If you are asking mine, I am far more in favor of putting money into the 401(k) where your money is and stopping the contributions to your 529. While I recognize that all parents would like to send their kids to school and make it as easy as possible, it just isn’t realistic in many circumstances. It seems to me that your first financial responsibility is to yourself once your children complete high school. Many would argue that college is a requisite, and I would not disagree. But I also believe that it is necessary for your kids to have to make many sacrifices, including going to state schools, junior colleges, working like crazy through school, and also undertaking a deal of debt. Ultimately, they will still be beneficiaries of an education, and the characterbuilding is not to be overlooked. Dear Bruce: I have an IRA and a CD that I transferred from one bank to another. The previous bank sent out statements quarterly. The bank I have now does not mail out statements quarterly. I was under the impression that it was a requirement to send them quarterly. Am I wrong? — Sue, via e-mail Dear Sue: I am not aware of any requirement other than the once-a-year statement that tells how much interest you have received and the 1099 which has to be filed with the IRS. While your former bank sent quarterly statements, it is likely that your new bank sends only a once a year statutory requirement as an expense saving.The reality is most people don’t require and often don’t look at quarterly statements. As you should know, all banks are under a great deal of pressure to shave expenses in this difficult banking climate. Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .

When a limousine presented itself for free on my birthday the first thing that crossed my mind was Café Chloe in the East Village section of downtown San Diego. I mean really, how could I stay local with a nice limo and driver at my disposal? I’ve been to Chloe probably a dozen times and if it were closer, I’d be there weekly. I can best describe Chloe as a cross of a French bistro and a brasserie. Between the attractive eclectic crowd, bustling bar and warm inviting atmosphere with a hint of big city sophistication, it’s my kind of place. Let’s call it simple elegance. And the name just has a nice ring to it, Café Chloe. Their official tag line is “Where East Village meets Paris Chic.” I’ll stick with simple elegance. Actually, Café Chloe could be in van down by the river and I’d eat there if they served their amazing food. The one-page menu is printed daily which translates into

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate the proprietors really caring about what goes on that menu. I feel like I could copy the menu, dish by dish, and that would be enough to entice you to make the drive down. The small bites portion of the menu is perfect. The special was a soft-shell crab flambéed in sherry. Asparagus and goat cheese tart, house marinated olives, pate, savory custard du-jour, and brandade de morue, which is a salt cod and potato puree on croutons. Add a cream of spinach soup du jour, pommes frites with a trio of dips and a house green salad and that pretty much rounded out the small bites. Every one of them is worth trying and there is nothing

more than $11. The entrées are what get me really excited. Simply put, Chloe puts out the best steak frites in town. The steak is served on top of the frites so the juices run down and, well, it makes me happy. Despite my love affair with this dish, I felt compelled to try the California lamb chops with braised artichokes, fava beanmarjoram gratin with arugula and preserved lemon vinaigrette. Wow, this was truly an amazing dish. Every ingredient worked together and it will rival the steak frites moving forward as my selection. My companions did get the steak frites, and the mussels belgique, which is a broth of leeks, garlic, Belgian ale and cream with pommes frites. Of course there is a coq au vin blanc with pappardelle, white asparagus, peas, pea vines and house pancetta. Two specials included a seafood du jour of seared ahi with fried Mike and Son egg, avocado puree, Italian salsa verde and

La Milpa lettuces with oro blanco grapefruit and Persian cucumber. Oh, and how could I forget the macaroni, pancetta and bleu d’auvergne gratin? Basically a fancy mac and cheese that will blow your mind. The entrées top out at $34 with most in the low $20 range. Desert is simple with a choice between orange-olive ice cream, pineapple sorbet, pear tart, and their famous pots de crème. Chloe sources its food from San Diego farms when possible, including Crows Pass and La Milpa. They also give a nice disclaimer at the bottom of the menu that states “dear guests … in order to provide you with the highest quality food possible, we prepare all of our menu items to order. Due to the small size of our kitchen, on occasion there may be a slight delay in all entrees arriving at the table. Thank you for your patience and understanding.” No, thank

you proprietors Tami Ratliffe, John Clute and Alison McGrath for caring enough to state this on the menu. Also a tip of the hat to Chef Katie Grebow and Sous Chef Jacob Rodriguez. Everything was executed perfectly. Don’t go to Café Chloe in a hurry, it’s not that kind of place. They don’t take reservations for groups under four and even though we had our reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes for our table. The thing is, that did not matter. We got a glass of proscesso and soaked in the cool atmosphere. My suggestion for North County residents is to get a group of food lovers together, hire a car and indulge in an evening of food and wine. It’s so worth the trip downtown. Check Chloe out at www.cafechloe.net David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

Best bets to help combat summer humidity By the Editors of Consumer Reports

If this spring’s record rainfalls didn’t get you thinking about a dehumidifier, the dog days of summer should. Soaking, sultry weather has driven dehumidifier sales up when the appliance industry as a whole is down 25 percent from its housing-boom highs, according to Consumer Reports. Increased demand comes as tougher environmental regulations are forcing manufacturers to build greener dehumidifiers. CR tested 17 new models to see which do the best job of drying out basements and other humid parts of a home. Almost half earn CR’s recommendation by combining solid performance with high efficiency and lower operating costs. But some are better than others for Mother Earth and your household budget. Here are the details:


five or six blend combinations before choosing the best that I have tasted. 2008 was not the best for the cabernet, so I made this blend mostly Syrah. You can see and taste the strength in the 15.9 percent alcohol and the purple/black tones and flavors, with the long, spicy finish.This is an enormously balanced wine which will get even better with aging.” It was an adventure (which is English for L’Aventure) to engage with this firebrand of fine wine. We hope to see more of Stephan Asseo and his passionate love of French style wines. I was also fascinated by PAON’s well-cared-for retail wine shop, presently at 170 carefully selected bottles of fine wine, soon to be up to 400 bottles. It’s managed by Jen Graves, who has been crafting her abilities for a number of years in San Diego. Not a day later, PAON

— Dehumidifiers go green. R-22 refrigerant, which can damage the ozone layer, has been banned in new models as of this year. The new ozone-friendly dehumidifiers are at least as good at removing humidity as those made with R-22.The majority use R410A refrigerant, which is also common in new air conditioners. Although R-410A is less damaging to the ozone layer, it still contributes to global warming, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Another alternative, R-134A, has less impact on global warming, but the two models from CR’s test that use it, Haier’s DM32EJ-L and Frigidaire’s LAD254NTL, scored low in its Ratings. — Efficiency is relative. Energy Star specifications vary by capacity, so smaller units can cost more to operate than larger ones and still qualify for the Energy Star. CR compared energy usage, hosted an important Italian wine tasting in cooperation with Maddelana Brands of Southern California, representing may fine Italian vineyards and wineries. As many of my readers know, Italian wines are more earthy, acidic and made to compliment food, than their California brethren. Names to know from this tasting included: La Montecchia from Veneto, Marotti Campi from Marche and Fornacina from Montalcino in Tuscany. Other interesting Carlsbad locations for great wine and food are the new Tommy V’s in Bressi Ranch, Vigilucci’s two locations, West and Bistro West and the Mediterranean Café. All will reward you with a Carlsbadstyle wine and food experience.

Merlot’s comeback I have to admit I am one of these closet Merlot fans that maybe roots for an underdog and hopes that this comeback kid rises from the ashes.

based on an average electricity cost of 11.4 cents per kilowatt-hour. Removing 25 pints of water using one large unit cost 68 cents, and the cost with a small unit was almost twice as much. Best for large and/ or wet spaces are the GE ADKW65LN, $260; the Kenmore Elite 90701, $300, and the Danby DDR6009REE, $200, a CR Best Buy. Best for medium and/or damp spaces are the GE ADKW50LN, $210, a CR Best Buy; the Frigidaire LAD504TDL, $210; and the Danby DDR5009REE, $200. For small and/or occasionally humid spaces, the GE ADKW30LN, $160, is a CR Best Buy.

How to choose A dehumidifier is a pretty basic piece of equipment: Chilled coils pull moisture from the air and drip it into a tank. Most models excelled at Merlot was blindsided with a sucker punch when the enormously successful “Sideways” movie and its main character, Miles, slammed Merlot and put Pinot Noir on a pedestal. Merlot growers like Beringer and Provenance in the Napa Valley and a number of Washington growers are fighting back. In my top 10 tasting, I placed the Grgich Hills 2006 Napa Valley ($42) as a leading edge Merlot. At its best, Merlots like Grgich have that velvety, black cherry at the front palate. Many have said the ’07 is equally concentrated in lovely flavor that builds to rich, cherry/oak finishes. You will have to spend more for peak Merlot, but the rewards will be there.

this task, but CR found differences in accuracy and convenience. Here’s how to get the best results: — Go larger. A model with a capacity of 60 to 70 pints per day tends to work more quickly and efficiently than one with a capacity of 25 to 40 pints per day. You also might be able to run it on a lower, quieter setting. Consider a small-capacity model only if you need to dehumidify a single room that’s only occasionally damp. — Consider accuracy. Most dehumidifiers use a built-in humidistat and cycle on and off to stay as close as possible to the relative humidity level you set. Some are more accurate than others, so check CR’s Ratings. — Weigh the features. Frost control prevents evaporator coils from freezing, a good thing if room temperatures could get chilly. Automatic shut-off, found on

all tested models, turns the unit off when its bucket is full; auto re-start turns the unit back on after a power outage. — Look for rebates. Several states and utilities offer $10 to $65 rebates on Energy Star-qualified dehumidifiers. Go to www.dsireusa.org for details. — Address underlying problems. If a space has standing water or a chronic musty smell, even the best dehumidifier won’t fix the issue on its own. You also need to address the source of the moisture. That might involve patching foundation walls, installing a sump pump, adding bathroom exhaust fans, or regrading soil near the foundation and maintaining gutters and down spouts to shunt rainwater away from your home.

— Falkner Winery in Temecula Wine Country is celebrating its 10th anniversary July 3 and July 4. The event includes free jazz music from noon to 3 p.m., barbecue, tours, hourly raffles and big discounts on their award winning wine. For more information, call (951) 676-8231, ext. 1. — San Diego State is offering its “Exploring Wine” course Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m. July 6 to Aug. 3. It’s part of SDSU’s certification program. For more information,

call (619) 594-6924. — The Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival is on for July 9 to July 11. Prices start at $35. Acts include Herb Jefferies and Fred Payne, Pancho Sanchez and Trini Lopez. For more information, call (951) 678-2517. 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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in 2004 and 2005 and saw a divorce attorney,” she said.“He was willing to get help and saw a psychiatrist for years. You’d think the doctor would have sent him for an MRI.” Alan Marks was rushed to the emergency room at John Muir Hospital. A CT scan revealed a large tumor in the right frontal lobe, the area that affects empathy for loved ones, logic and hyperactivity. The neurosurgeon explained that the tumor had been growing for a number of years and advised against surgery. Instead he told Alan Marks to go home and live out the remainder of his life, which he estimated would be about five years. Ellie Marks contacted Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, chair of neurological surgery at the University of California San Francisco, a nationally recognized expert in treating brain and spinal cord tumors and tumor-related epilepsy in adults and children. On June 16, 2008, Alan Marks underwent a seven-hour craniotomy at UCSF for what was called a glioma, a tumor that starts in the brain or spine. “Afterwards I thought I’d have my husband back,” Ellie Marks said. “He went through hell. The steroids made him violent. What they don’t tell you is that you’ll have cognitive and behavioral issues again.” Today Alan Marks is in remission although the tumor is expected to return. “My oldest son came to me later,” she said. “Zack was an intern for Sen.Ted Kennedy who suffered a grand mal seizure 11 days after Alan’s that was also the result of a glioma. My son said,‘You know, Mom, Sen. Kennedy was on the cell phone all the time and so was Dad.’” Ellie Marks remembers dropping a dinner plate after hearing the remark. “I thought to myself, ‘Do

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS you know what the ramifications of this could be?’” That was the defining moment when Ellie Marks, the wife and mother, became Ellie Marks, the activist. “I began by getting on the Internet and contacting medical researchers and scientists,” she said. “They got back to me and wanted me to send MRIs, cell phone bills and medical records. “Later they referred to Alan as the ‘poster boy for cell phone glioma.’” After watching “Larry King Live,” she approached Dr. Devra Davis, epidemiologist, cancer researcher and founder of the Environmental Health Trust, which provides basic research and education about environmental health hazards locally, nationally and internationally. She is also author of the book, “Disconnect: The Truth about Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family.” “Dr. Davis returned my call,” Ellie Marks recalled. “She told me about the implications of cell phone use. She promised, ‘I am not going to let this die.’” Last September Davis delivered on her promise by convening the “Expert Conference on Cell Phones and Health: Science and Public Policy Questions” in Washington, D.C. “There was no doubt the problem was with cell phones,” Ellie Marks said. “They found that people who put cell phones up against their ears got brain tumors, those who put them in their bras got breast cancer; and those who put them in their back pockets got rectal cancer.” In February Ellie Marks met Susan Foster on an international wireless watchdog forum on the Internet. Foster suggested Marks contact consumer advocate Erin Brockovich for a recommendation for an attorney. Marks e-mailed Brockovich

and received a return phone call. “You’re my hero, I’ve got an attorney for you,’” Brockovich told her. The referral was to Louisiana attorney and author Hunter Lundy. Currently, Lundy is preparing a suit against the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, or CTIA, for personal injury, failure to warn and product liability. Marks is frustrated that objective research about the effects of wireless radiation is coming out of Europe and that research in the United States is being done by the wireless industry itself. “A month ago there was a 13-nation study on cell phones and brains tumors,” Ellie Marks said. “The U.S. didn’t participate.” The research, called the Interphone Study, reported that after 10 years of cell phone use, 30 minutes a day, a person’s risk of developing a glioma increases by 40 percent. “Research scientist Lloyd Morgan said this is the largest human health experiment without written consent,” Ellie Marks explained. “He said there will be 500 million brain tumors in the world in the next 10 to 15 years.” A few days before the San Francisco board of supervisors vote on the issue to require that retailers post cell phone radiation levels prominently in their stores, Ellie and Alan Marks traveled from their home in Lafayette, Calif. to San Francisco to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. On Sunday evening, June 13, they dined at Sam’s Grill in downtown San Francisco. “I saw Mayor Gavin Newsom at another table,” Ellie Marks remembers. “I introduced myself to which he replied, ‘I know who you are.’ I said,‘That’s my husband … he’s dying of a brain tumor.’ The mayor took my hand and said, “‘This is going to be OK.’” The following day Ellie Marks opened the San Francis-

co Chronicle to find a full-page ad taken by the CTIA, the wireless lobby,showing a nurse with a cell phone at her ear. She went out and bought 12 more copies of the newspaper. Then the couple bought red magic markers, which they used to write health statistics on the ad. Ellie Marks and her husband then set out to visit each supervisor’s office prior to the vote. She told legislative aides from each supervisor’s office, “I’m here in the city with my husband, Alan, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and I don’t know if he will be alive for our 31st because he is dying of a cell phone-related brain tumor. If only he had known the dangers cell phones posed I wouldn’t be losing my husband.” After passage of the rightto-know legislation by a 10-to-1 vote the next day, some of the same aides approached Ellie Marks tearfully to congratulate her. Ellie Marks’ work continues as she balances caring for her husband and children with activism, which takes her to Capitol Hill and throughout the country advocating for warning labels for cell phone packaging. “What Ellie is doing is heroic,” Foster said. “She and Alan met when they were just 15. A glioma brain tumor is not just a killer. It commits emotional torture. Before one’s life is ended it robs the victim of their impulse control, cognition, compassion and the ability to control one’s temper. It can be devastating for family members. Ellie has taken her family’s personal tragedy and turned it into a crusade for humanity.” The Rancho Santa Fe News can exclusively report that as a result of her activism, Ellie Marks has been appointed director of Governmental & Public Affairs for the Environmental Health Trust by Dr. Devra Davis.

In two weeks, The Rancho Santa Fe News will profile medical social worker and writer Susan Foster. Several years ago Foster led a successful neighborhood movement to defeat Nextel’s proposed 104 tower planned for what is now the Morgan Run Golf Course. After seeing Foster on the news, Capt. Marvin Currier at Station 24 in Carmel Valley approached her with health complaints firefighters were reporting after a cell tower was placed on their fire station roof. Foster organized a medical study of firefighters exposed to cell towers on their stations, authored the original version of a resolution to call for a moratorium of cell tower placement on fire stations in the U.S. and Canada which was passed by the International Association of Firefighters in Boston in August 2004. For that she received a Leadership Award for Protecting the Life & Safety of Firefighters by the San Diego Fire Department. Both Susan Foster and her son Jason Ambrose, a graduate of Torrey Pines ‘05 and UC Berkeley ‘09, who joined Susan in her efforts to protect the firefighters, were bestowed with the lifetime rank of Honorary Firefighter by the San Diego Fire Department. Currently Foster is collaborating with Ellie Marks on a book dedicated to the struggle of cell phone victims and their loved ones.


medications may affect the second number, lowering it to the point that it might increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.The fine line then becomes keeping the diastolic at no less than 70 mmHg, while simultaneously keeping the systolic at an appropriate figure, just as the report indicated. My guess is that your diastolic readings are too low, and that you might require medication to bring both numbers into line. Take a copy of the article to your physician for his or her review. A determination can then be made about whether you should be back on the two medications or not. No matter what, I would continue the exercise and diet modification. The lisinopril you are/were taking is an ACE inhibitor used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other drugs for the same purpose. The amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker that works to lower blood pressure and decrease the heart rate. It, too, can be used in conjunction with other drugs for best results. Dear Dr. Gott: I’m having a running feud with members of my family that I need cleared up. In 1955, at the age of 2, I contracted polio. I was immediately put in isolation in a children’s hospital, where I remained for several weeks in casts and braces. My left leg was drastically crooked and atrophied in a short amount of time. I have since overcome most of the setbacks, but in 1985, I was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome. It was like a recrippling and decay of all my energy. Since then, I have gotten progressively worse. I have educated myself by reading much material, visiting polio clinics and attending support groups, so I feel quite knowledgeable on the subject. My mother and sister now claim they too suffered from polio and have PPS. They were never hospitalized, never had any visible signs, and had no lingering fevers from initial exposure. They have gone for almost 50 years not claiming this. Now, as they age, they want sympathy for their “supposed” polio devastation, and I am furious. They’re claiming I’m not compassionate and think I want the “glory” all to myself. My dad and older sister never claimed the illness, so how could anyone even want to make such an unsubstantiated claim? Is the theory possible, even without visible signs? My goodness, I would never wish this crooked body and pain-filled life on anyone. It doesn’t make sense to me. I know the entire family did have a fever in 1955, but the germ passed through everyone as diarrhea. My mother now has arthritis, and my sister has bad feet. Do they really have a claim? Dear Reader: The polio virus can be transmitted through contaminated food or water, or through direct

contact with a person infected with the virus. So anyone in close proximity to you at the time you contracted it could have also become infected.And large majorities of people are never aware they’ve become infected, because some people develop a nonparalytic form of the disease. They might experience initial symptoms of fatigue, muscle spasms, meningitis, fever, sore throat and more that can last up to 10 days. As you are aware, PPS can develop decades after the diagnosis has been made. It can be characterized by a weakening of muscles previously affected and in muscles that were not previously affected. Some patients may develop mild symptoms; others may suffer from joint degeneration, scoliosis and more. A diagnosis of PPS is made only if certain criteria are met. This includes documented evidence of a positive diagnosis of paralytic polio followed by an extended period (typically 15 years or more) of improvement or stability. Symptoms must begin gradually but be progressive and persistent, lasting for at least one year. Other possible causes need to be ruled out before a diagnosis of PPS can be given. There are several risk factors for developing PPS. These include experiencing severe symptoms following the initial infection; if the initial infection were acquired as an adolescent or adult; achieving drastic recovery (especially following severe symptoms); and performing physical activities to the point of exhaustion or fatigue. Once diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, people should be monitored for complications. Severe muscle weakness may result in increased falls. Prolonged inactivity and immobility also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis. Combined with the risk of falling, broken bones may become a major concern. People with weakness of the muscles involved in chewing, swallowing and breathing also need to be especially watchful for signs and symptoms of malnutrition, dehydration, pneumonia and acute respiratory failure. People who experienced weakness of these muscles during the initial infection are more likely to experience these symptoms than those who developed weakness of the arms and/or legs. You appear to be in a nowin situation. Your mother and sister are convinced they suffer from PPS, and unless they are willing to undergo confirmatory testing, you will likely never convince them otherwise. I don’t know their medical histories, but based on your information, it does not seem likely that they had polio. Even if they did, it was likely so mild that it caused few or no symptoms. This drastically decreases their risks of developing PPS. I don’t understand their comments that you are seeking all the “glory” in regards to your polio status. There is nothing glorious about living with deformity and pain. Both arthritis and foot pain have other, more common causes.

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS the community center to initiate an aggressive funding campaign by asking for major gifts, partnering with local businesses, strategically selecting board members and take a survey of the community to determine what it really desires at the center, Kline said. “It will take a few years, but we will get there,” he said. He said the benefits to the community are that there is an after school pickup for children and it is a safe place for them to be until picked up by her parents. Also a favorite is the

youth basketball program that is enjoyed not only by the children, but many parents have fond memories of their children participating. It is also a place to meet neighbors and it increases property values. Association Director Jack Queen suggested that perhaps an increase in member fees might make up the difference. “We tried to raise fees,” Kline said. “You can’t raise fees anymore. When fees are raised, participation goes down.” Kim Higgins, outgoing Association director, said that since many believe

that the community center is an extension of the school that perhaps the school district could lend a hand. Kline said the same day he approached the school, Superintendent Lindy Delaney had received notice of drastic funding cuts from the state and was looking at issuing pink slips to her staff. Kline said one of the major issues he has been facing is “donation fatigue.” “We need to determine who we have asked and how many times,” he said. Several community

Artist-in-Residence for the Petrified Forest National Park in 2009. Roden will present the ribbons at 6 p.m. for outstanding art at the gallery. Other guild artists exhibiting at the offsite ven-

ues include Margot Wallace (Wells Fargo Bank), Adela Peterson (Rancho Santa Fe Library), Gary Johnson (Morgan Stanley office) and Bill Kromydas (Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club). Off-site artists will not be juried.

For more information, call (858) 757-3545 or e-mail the guild at ranchoart@sbcglobal.net. For news of the guild and a listing of guild artists, visit the guild’s website at www.ranchosanta feartguild.org. The gallery is

open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The guild is a 501(c)(3) organization in its 13th year of operation. All contributions to the guild are tax-deductible.

p.m. offers a Thursday Craft program for ages 9 and older. At 12:30 p.m. July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30 is the Fun Friday program for all ages. The weeks end with a Splashin’ Saturday event,

all day. The Rancho Santa Fe Book Club will meet July 9 to discuss “The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. On Aug. 13, the club will dis-

cuss “Pearl of China” by Anchee Min. An art reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8 for Margot Wallace. A “Fun with Scrap Paper” class is set for 11 a.m. July 24. Create your own

designs from recycled books and magazines, then use them for scrapbooks, greeting cards, banners, bookmarks, gift tags, or whatever you like. The class is presented by Terry Weaver and Pat Benefiel.

National Honor Society. To qualify, a student must have a 3.75 cumulative grade point average, have competed at least 12.5 hours of community service and must be a student in good standing, along with service, leadership, character and citizenship. Inductees for 2010 were Sydney Ellis, Kelsey Ellison, Keanna Gottlieb, Alicia Holliday, Caia Jaisle, Summer Kiesel, Lauren

Predki, Rayna Shah and Stewart Wirick. In each grade, students were also selected to receive the President’s Gold award for Educational Excellence. In order to qualify, students must have a 3.75 and higher grade point average and demonstrate excellent citizenship. The awards were presented to sixth-graders Julia Chuang, Natalie Espinosa,

Parker Johnson, Brandon Pang, Skylar Pia, Natasha Sachs, Mikayla Stuart and Samuel Sugarman; seventhgraders Kahol Baniadam, Chris Ellis, Kaylee Helmbacher and Nicholas Higgins; eighth-graders Christopher Apodaca, William Braymen, Nicholas Rothbacher, Shelby Smith and Savanah Stewart; freshmen Sydney Ellis, Kelsey Ellison, Keanna Gottlieb, Alicia Holliday, Caia Jaisle,

Summer Kiesel; Lauren Predki, Rayna Shah, Stewart Wirick and Casper Messamann; sophomores Michael Burton, Nicholas Getz, Mathew Higgins, Summer Kiesel and Madeleine Murphy; juniors Audrey Grauer and Jieun Lee; and seniors Lauragrace Barnes, Michelle Kao, Kaitlyn Kaseno, Taryn Predki, David Samaniego, Cindy Zhang and Dorren Shou.

two students argued whose physics proof was the most elegant,” he said. that in his 14 years at the Another standout school, he only broke up one moment for Scott was when physical fight. Mustang Minds, the acadeOther than that, “once my’s academic team, got a

standing ovation from the student body. “To have academic acceptance … (such) tolerance is very different,” Scott said. “And here, you didn’t get hostility. The world isn’t like this.”

As far as what’s next, Scott looks forward to finishing projects. “I’m a jack of all trades, a master of none,” he said. His do-list includes gardening, gemology, helping his daughter with paleontology

digs, plumbing, reading, traveling to the Inside Passage and working on his coin collection. And come the end of August, Scott won’t have to stop, drop and teach, but can continue on in his varied pursuits.

later, CHP officers — who had set up an undercover operation that morning on him, in part because of past complaints from women he cited that he had passed out his personal work number to them and told them to call him — contacted a partially naked Zarrindej in

the room. The single mother admitted to the officers that the couple had sex because they were dating; it had been their fourth sexual rendezvous since the March ticket. Zarrindej’s attorney, Sherry Stone, told jurors in her closing statement that

her client fell in love with Carabajal, and the $400 traffic citation, which she had paid prior to attending the hearing, fell by the wayside. Stone said her client was no different than the other woman who called Carabajal and had their

cases dismissed. “He spit on everything his badge stands for,” Stone said. Carabajal retired July 2, 2008, after serving 26 years with the CHP. He will remain out of custody on $50,000 bail until his sentencing.

AMERICA to Bernice Teren, 6655 Towhee Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011.


Ebel at (760) 757-3096 or visit www.Ronebell.com to learn more.

Drive, Encinitas The instructor for the classes is Sandra Schroeder. Call (760) 943-2260 or visit www.EncinitasRec Reg.com to learn more. SUMMER JAZZ Local jazz saxman Keith Jacobson will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m. every Saturday evening in The Lumberyard, 725 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. SEASIDE DAY CAMP The city of Encinitas will operate the Seaside Day Camp from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 27 from the Scout House in Glen Park, 2149 Orinda Dive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The camp is for youth ages 6 to 12 years and includes arts and crafts, games, weekly beach trip and field trips. Pre-registration is required. To sign up, visit www.encinitasrecreg.com.



founded in 1971. At this moment, there are 660 families who pay $180 per year for memberships. If a person in the family wishes to take an extra class or program, they pay an additional fee. “We pride ourselves on being the heart of the community,” he said. He said that 25 percent of the programs are for children and 75 percent aimed at families. If the Association approves the funding, it would allow the board of



won many awards including the Medal of Honor for pastels from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York. She was also



the library offers a Wednesday Craft program for ages 4 through 8. July 1, July 8, July 15, July 23 and July 29 at 12:30



Spencer Bromley were presented with the Top Music awards and a representative from the Daughters of the American Revolution honored 11th-graders Audrey Grauer and Madison Swoy for their service and citizenship. During the ceremony, the school inducts high school students into the





hearing, the two defendants went to the Guest House Inn on North Coast Highway in Oceanside where they had sex. When Carabajal left the room about an hour



sale. Call (760) 845-6339 or visit carlsbadnewcomers.org to learn more. STILL RUNNING The Palomar Model A Ford Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. July 7, Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos.The group will be discussing future tours. Contact Linda Thamer at thamer1@sbcglobal.net or at (760) 729-5449 to learn more. TAKE A TOUR The North County Shores Chapter of ORT America will visit Oceanside’s historic Mission San Louis Rey July 7. Participants will meet at the mission at 10 a.m. for a guided tour and lunch. To register, send checks payable to ORT

JULY 8 TALENTED, TOO The Vista Friends and Newcomers will welcome talented youth from The Vista Boys & Girls Club at their meeting at 9:30 a.m. July 8, Arcadia Place, 1080 Arcadia Ave. The youth will be performing a variety of talent. Call (760) 758-4120 to learn more. THE GOOD LIFE The Retired Public Employees Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. July 8, Home Town Buffet, 411 College Ave. Oceanside. The guest speaker will be Harvey Robinson, director of Health Benefits for RPEA. Call (760) 723-1037 for more details.

TOUGH CLIMB LIFE at MiraCosta College will meet at 1 p.m. July 9, MiraCosta College, Room 1068, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Professor Ed Culbertson will present images of his climb up Aconcagua, the world’s highest peak outside Asia.

JULY 12 FA LA LA Encinitas School of Music will offer a camp for kids interested in vocal production and performance from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 12 through July 16, Encinitas School of Music, 775 Orpheus Ave. Voice instructor Ron Ebel will work with the students on vocal technique, song interpretation and staging in a one-week camp. Call Ron

ONGOING BASKETRY ART The Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild will present “The Nature of Art – VII” featuring contemporary and traditional gourd and basketry art by its current members, Rancho Buena Vista Adobe Gallery, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista The show will be open through August 28, with an artist reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 25. Call (760) 6396164 to learn more. PILATES CLASSES Summer Pilates Mat Classes for ages 14 through adult will run for six weeks beginning July 1 through Aug. 12, Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park

members came to the meeting to speak on behalf of the community center. John Ricker told the Association he lost his home in the Witch Creek Fire and that the Community Center was invaluable. “They took care of us while we were trying to figure out which way was up,” he said. Since it was the last Association meeting for Bill Beckman, Kim Higgins and Tim Sullivan, Manager Peter Smith suggested the item might be one for discussion at the upcoming retreat with new board members.



broadening the tax, which was subject to voter approval, council members began the process to amend zoning laws to define and allow short-term rentals. Three ordinances to do so were introduced during council meetings in February and May. The measure to expand the TOT failed in the June primary election. Council was scheduled to discuss final adoption of the three ordinances at the June 21 meeting, however, the item was continued after the city received several letters and e-mails indicating residents believed the discussion was going to be about Proposition J. Councilman Mark Filanc asked why the issue wasn’t just dismissed since residents clearly indicated they didn’t support the tax or codifying vacation rentals. “Personally, I would just as soon have this thing just go away,” Filanc said. “The intention of the continuance, frankly, was to get a lot of the people who wrote red dots to read the thing so they knew what they were talking about,” Mayor Richard Earnest said. He recommended the city separate the ordinance discussion from Proposition J “with some time so everybody can just cool down a little bit, try to understand what we’re really trying to propose here and then at some point we’ll bring it back.” The city attorney said a position needs to be taken to clarify what is currently a vague municipal law and avoid possible problems in the future. Councilwoman Crystal Crawford agreed. “We recognized during that discussion (of Proposition J) that there was a deficiency in our existing code that we were going to need to fix,” she said.



sales, consignment stores or Freecycle for maternity clothes to fill in the gaps. Check for retail clearance stores, too. Dear Sara: How do you clean fiberglass tubs? Help! I have hard water scum all over my tub and shower. How can I clean it? Hate to say it, but our tub and shower doesn’t get cleaned like it should, so how can I get it clean and vow to keep it clean? — Jeannie, e-mail Dear Jeannie: Don’t use any type of scouring pad. Use a wet, soft cloth or sponge and baking soda. You can use shampoo or dish liquid on a wet cloth, too. Or use a wet fabric softener dryer sheet. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.



JULY 2, 2010

Falcon parents cry ‘fore’ for football By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 90 golfers hit the links at The Farms Golf Club on June 28 for the 15th annual Falcon Football Golf Classic. Another 60 or so joined them later for wine tasting, an introduction to football, a silent auction, dinner and awards to raise money for the Torrey Pines High School football program, which serves close to 200 students on three squads. Rancho Santa Fe resident Kathy Cuff, event chairwoman, said the goal is to surpass last year’s profit of $50,000. Money raised will be used for “whatever football needs because we get no money from the district,” Cuff said.

“We couldn’t do what we do without our great parent volunteers,” head coach Scott Ashby said. “Their sons may not say it but their parents are really appreciated.” “We’re all just trying to help the kids,” said Lori Bertran, a Carmel Valley resident who has been volunteering at the event for the past four years. “It’s always a really fun evening.” The cost was $250 per golfer, which included a cart, box lunch and dinner. The dinner and auction only were $65, or $75 with the wine tasting. This is the second year the golf classic was at The Farms. Previously it had been held at Lomas Santa Fe Golf Country Club.

FABULOUS ‘FORE’SOME Above, Carmel Valley residents, from left, Chuck Lemoine, Bob Sexton, Tom Massey and Tom Wornham get ready to tee off at their second hole. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

LADY ON THE LINKS Left, Nina Detrow takes her first shot of the day.

INTERIOR DECORATORS At right, volunteers Lori Bertran, left, and Andrea Rankin place cards with questions about Torrey Pines High football on each table. Bertran said the trivia game is a good icebreaker to help parents get to know one another.


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respect ... (F-word) you, canceled because of the premiums. Deputy Stagg, (F-word) unremitted (Until the investigation is you.”). finished, it is impossible to Fine Points of the Law say which of the two usual — Inventor Jiro explanations of chronic D.C. Takashima, 75, maintains bureaucratic dysfunction — that his Pro-State massager theft or “large-scale human is a serious medical device error” — is applicable.) — Vying in recent years (retailing for about $80), but his daughter-partner Amy with Washington, D.C., as Sung, 35, simultaneously the nation’s “district of markets it as a prostate sex- calamity” is Detroit, whose play toy called the Aneros at previous mayor, Kwame adult novelty stores (retail- Kilpatrick, was in May ing for about $50). ordered to prison to serve 1According to a June 1/2 to 5 years after repeatHouston Chronicle report, edly violating his probation Takashima’s booth at med- on his conviction for ical conventions is popular, obstruction of justice. In but at sex expos, he and his June, Detroit’s school board daughter are “rock stars.” president Otis Mathis However, since the Pro- resigned under fire, then State/Aneros was intended tried to un-resign by offeras a medical device, compet- ing to cure himself of the ing sex-toy makers have felt behavior that started his specifically, free to copy Aneros’ design, downfall, touching and and Takashima’s lawsuit to Mathis’ stop them is now before a fondling himself during several one-on-one meetings federal court in Houston. with the school system’s The District(s) of General Superintendent, Teresa Gueyser. Calamity — Washington, D.C., Attorney General Peter The Aristocrats! — In the space of about Nickles ordered an investigation in June after learn- 30 minutes on a June morning that the city’s payroll ing, according to a Dayton office had, over a seven-year Daily News report, Brian period, failed to remit the Horst, 35, shoplifted several life-insurance premiums packages of meat and a jug deducted from the pay- of Mad Dog 20/20 wine from checks of at least 1,400 a store, inexplicably rolled a employees. Already, one stainless-steel tank of caremployee had been told bon dioxide on wheels away that her policy had been from a restaurant, and dis-

the MRI of a thoracic spine examination). (4) Brownsville, Texas, May (Mary appearing on bark from a tree toppled during a storm). (5) Salford, England, February (Jesus appearing on a frying pan following the burning of a pancake). The Jesus and Mary (6) Old Hatfield, England, February (Jesus appearing World Tour (all-new) — Recent Playdates: on a partially burned log in (1) Old Forge, Pa., February a fireplace). (Jesus appearing in a bucket of sauce at Brownie’s An Odd Files Classic Famous Pizzeria). (2) (September 2003) Lockport, N.Y., December — Tensions were brew(joint appearance of Jesus ing in the family of Zell and Mary in an orange, Kravinsky, 48, and his psysliced open on Christmas chiatrist-wife Emily over morning). (3) Rockford, Ill., what she believes is his April (Jesus appearing in excessive altruism (accordabled an ATM by pounding it with a rock (after several witnesses spotted him in conversation with the screen, apparently trying to reason with the machine or possibly with an imaginary employee inside it).

ing to an August 2003 profile in The New York Times). Kravinsky is not just a passionate philanthropist (from his fortune in commercial real estate), but such a strict utilitarian that he says he would sacrifice his one good kidney (he’s already donated the other one) if it were needed by someone doing more social good than he. “No one should have two kidneys,” he says, “until everyone has one.” He said he cannot value his own kids more than anyone else’s, a point that has angered his parents and caused Emily to threaten divorce and two friends to abandon him.

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students who were two years past their doctoral degree and were now taking a twoyear residency in advanced techniques, he said. They would eventually become teachers themselves. He enjoyed his stay and said he was treated like a VIP or royalty. “Saudis are very hospitable people and incredibly polite,” he said. “The architecture is simply not to be believed. The costs are off the charts. They can afford the best architects in the world.” The only thing he found a little uncomfortable was being driven around the city, where drivers pay no attention of traffic laws or signs. He “white knuckled it,” all five days to and from his luxurious five-star hotel. He said during his travels during the past 25 years, he has “lived in the culture” of the countries he visits. “What it has done for me is introduce me to different cultures,” he said. “It has made me a better listener and I cherish all these experiences.”

other stakeholders to donate money to schools.” King added, “Whatever resources you have. If you are unemployed you can help out in the classroom.” Preston continues by explaining that in the future schools will be turning to private funds, with teachers more involved in fundraising. “Teachers need to be in the classroom, not at fundraisers at McDonalds or ice cream night,” she said. “The foundations and PTA are most appreciative. They know how much time and organization it takes to raise $1,000.” Schoolhouse Realty also helps by allowing high school students to earn



LOCAL DENTIST GOES INTERNATIONAL Dr. Robert Vogel, who has his office in Rancho Santa Fe, traveled to Saudi Arabia recently to teach post doctorate dental students. Photo by Patty McCormac


TEACHING ABROAD Rancho Santa Fe Dentist Dr. Robert Vogel works with Saudi dentist during his five-day stay in Riyadh. Courtesy photo



and “Defying Gravity.” Jim Depolo, vice president of the school board, offered a speech of congratulations to the class and asked the students who began their careers at the school in kindergarten and have stayed until their eighth-grade graduation to raise their hands. There were quite a few. “You will have gone to school here longer than you will ever go to school in your educational career,” he said. He said the most important thing the students have learned at the school is how to learn and to remember not to be afraid to give a wrong answer. “Sometimes when you give the wrong answer is when you start learning,” he said. “Now go out there and make us proud.” Academic, athletic, honors recognition and special awards were given by school officials. Earning Scholars of the Year honors were Peter Hollen, Nicole Kim, Christopher Meyer and Christian Stiker. Dr. R. Roger Rowe, the school’s namesake, returned for his 50th graduation ceremony. “Yes, I’m still more or less alive,” he joked with the crowd before naming his own

Facilities Manager Hank Mendez keeps the sound level perfect at the ceremony Photo by Patty McCormac

special students of the year, Julia Skyhar and Javon Shapouri. Afterward, student speakers Alexandra Hanlon and Zoe Kennedy spoke comparing iPod applications with the subjects at school in their speech “iReady-Apps for Life.” The diplomas were

awarded by school board members Scot Cheatham, Jim Depolo, Richard Burge, Jim Cimino and Carlie Headapohl. After the class was presented to the audience, they walked back down the pathway where the celebration spilled out into the street before continuing on at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

was right around closing time at Mille Fleurs when I captured a photo of the handsome Julien Hug and good friend Dr. Anthony Smith hanging out together that evening. If you haven’t heard, Dr. Smith is owner of the Fairbanks hotspot Dolce, and Julien will be opening a restaurant of his own in Palm Desert this fall. Yes, that’s right, you’ll have to drive over the mountain and through the hills for the grand opening. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting new venture for Mr. Hug. For now though, make sure you stop in this summer to wish him luck. I’m thrilled for him. Also, on a side note, pick up the trilogy “The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo,” by Stieg Larsson. Another great inside tip, which I received that evening. These three books you will feel more real than your own reality, so

27 internship credit by working in their office where they learn public speaking, phone skills, client service, marketing and software programs such as Powerpoint. “A former intern who just graduated from Torrey Pines High School introduced us to the executive director of the foundation,” King said. “I love that he continued to want to help.” King and Preston formed their partnership after meeting at a neighborhood concert in Del Cerro in 2008. King had worked as elementary and middle school English teacher in Austin, Texas, for several years. She bought her first home at 21 and got a real estate license to flip houses and teach the process to

others. She had already started Schoolhouse Realty from her home when she met Preston who was studying for her California real estate license after teaching honors English, ESL and student government to middle school students in Scottsdale and San Diego. “I looked over at Shannon at the concert and could tell by her key chain that she was in real estate,” Preston remembers. “I said, ‘Can I take you to lunch?’ We really hit it off. I said, ‘I’m not sure what’s in it for me but I think we could have a great company.’” Schoolhouse Realty is located at 665 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. For more information, call (858) 4611155 or e-mail hello@ schoolhouserealty.com.

watch out (a warning: they are on the darker side, so it’s not a light summer read).

Summer hat feature Let’s see what’s happening for the evening look here in Rancho Santa Fe. Miss Krista Lafferty, who you may not know grew up going to Thyme in the Ranch with her mom Terrie Drago (local editor of another newspaper a few years ago), is featured in a hat that is perfect for that hip in look that I myself could use some help with on occasion. Luckily for me, Krista is one of my BFFs and she keeps me in the loop on the younger hotter trends. My philosophy is that the key with fashion is to look current, and keep that unique quality of your own style that no one else can copy. In fact, I’m one to not follow the sleek hair trends and I still prefer that bigger hairdo that swept the ’80s. So don’t hate me if I’m still using hairspray when that’s a bit taboo. Krista,

SUMMER HAT FEATURE Krista Laffety sporting more of a “New York” look in Rancho Santa Fe. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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will have more free time to spend with her three grandsons. “I hope to stay involved in some way,” she said. Bill Beckman said he thoroughly enjoyed being on the board. “It was such a great year,” he said. “We brought so many things to fruition. We went after it. We worked together and it was an enormously successful year. I loved being on the board. It was a pleasure to serve our community. I think it is the best way to serve the community broadly.” He said when he joined the board three years ago, there were a few things he wanted to accomplish. “The No. 1 goal was to get a structure set for underground utilities — my absolute No. 1 and it remained No. 1,” he said. “I am so pleased to have a mechanism set up and ready to go.” He said the project that started five years ago died once before he got on the board. He was happy to breathe life back into the project because he said he knew that


is given a locator microchip to wear on the wrist. The accompanying person is $5, and general admission is $15. Jamie Kennedy of San Antonio says her daughter, Katie, a 10-year-old with Down’s syndrome, loves Morgan’s Wonderland. “Our Katie loved the carousel,” she said. “It was great because it wasn’t crowded and she could just stay on as long as she want-

it would have an enormous impact on the Ranch over a long period of time. Another major project was Village Park. “Let’s renovate the park, make it more user-friendly and more beautiful,” he said. “What seemed like a simple, straightforward project took on a life of its own and was three years in the making,” he said. “One of the complications was the attack of the lerp psyllid, a nasty little insect that killed tree after tree.” He said he was also proud of seeing the Osuna Ranch project coming to fruition and finding a permanent home there for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Office. Beckman said he hopes the new board won’t lose track of fire preparedness and reforestation of the ranch. “Reforestation came up more recently,” he said. “We had the first lerp psyllid attack in 2002. It killed thousands and thousands of trees. A predatory wasp was introduced in 2003 and the lerp psyllid went into remission. It came back just gang-busters last year. They were killing trees right and left. This year it became obvious we had to

do something.The lerp psyllid is winning the battle.” The board decided to bring in other varieties of trees so that if one fell victim to insect or other illness, the others would be spared. “I am pleased with what we did on the board to launch the reforestation effort,” he said. Tim Sullivan said his labor of love was the trail system. He said he was chairman of the Trails Committee before he was elected to the board, so he has spent at least six years being involved. “I continue to believe we have the finest trail system in the country without question. I believe it will continue,” he said. Also one of his pet projects was finding a permanent home for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. It appears it will be on the Osuna Ranch, he said. “Bill and I were very involved in that for a year and a half or two years,” he said. The reforestation of the Ranch was another major issue as well, as providing the possibility for the undergrounding of utilities and a fire preparedness plan. “We have sent precautionary tips to the members,”

ed to. They do a great job of monitoring how many kids are there so there aren’t excessive lines. Specialneeds children find it extremely hard to wait in line. And there’s lots of space so they don’t feel crowded. If the kids are getting a little too much stimulation, you can escape to the beautiful butterfly garden.” And unlike many amusement parks that forbid bringing in food, Morgan’s Wonderland encourages families to bring picnics, important because

these kids often need special diets. “We feel blessed because a lot of people came together to build this park quickly,” Hartman said. “There is a real thirst for parks like this. It is more popular than we ever thought. There is nothing like it in the world.” For more information,visit www.morganswonderland. com.

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he said. Sullivan said he enjoyed his time on the board. “We had a great board, particularly this past year, and it was a pleasure to work

with them,” he said. He said he thinks the association is in good hands, with Tom Lang at the helm as president. Now that he has more

spare time he has plans. “I’m going to ride my horse more and try to become a better golfer, but I don’t know after how I played today,” he said wistfully.


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