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WINNING BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS Michelle Parker and her horse Xel Ha continue their domination in the Sept. 12 $32,000 Blenheim Jumper Classic. Parker and her 9-year-old Selle Francais mare mastered Brazilian Guilherme Jorge’s track in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena to clinch their second Jumper Classic victory in two weeks. The one-round speed class saw 21 horse-and-rider combinations, and only five were able to beat the time allowed and keep all the rails in their cups. Photo by Captured Moment Photography

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association board voted unanimously at its Sept. 6 meeting that the Open Space Fund and Policy be renamed the Covenant Enhancement Fund and Policy to more accurately describe how the funds have been used over the past 25 years since it was established. Pete Smith, Association manager, said the way the funds have been used has changed over the years. “It is inconsistent with the original mandate of the fund,” he said. “This is how to bring it into compliance.” The Open Space Fund was established in 1984 at a rate of 2 cents per $100 assessed value. Its primary purpose was to preserve and enhance the rural character of the Covenant by acquiring undeveloped TURN TO OPEN SPACE ON A25

Picnic coming to mystery spot in San Diego A guide

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By Jared Whitlock

Every year, thousands of Parisians dress in white and gather for what can be best be described as an impromptu picnic. The idea has since been exported to locations like New York City and Montreal. And now locals will get a taste Oct. 18 with the San Diego debut of Dîner en Blanc. As the story goes, the flash-mob supper was born in Paris in 1988. After being abroad for several years, François Pasquier held a dinner party to reconnect with old friends. So many people wanted to come to the party that he asked them to meet at the Bois de Boulogne dressed in white, so they could all find each other. Today, as many as 15,000 people convene at public spaces in the city for Dîner en Blanc, and the idea has spread to 20 cities across five continents. San Diego was chosen to host Dîner en Blanc because it’s a “food-driven city,” among other reasons, accord-

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with preference going to those who have attended previous Dîner en Blanc events. Upon purchasing a ticket, guests can select one of three

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Days, a tradition for many years, is set for Sept. 28 through Oct. 7 throughout the Covenant. “It brings the community together to celebrate the uniqueness of Rancho Santa Fe,” said Shannon Mountain, chairwoman of the event. “It’s been done for years and years,” she said.“The main organizations have some sort of event to highlight what they do.” Dana Evanson of the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society said a past member of the historical society founded the event. “Gordy Bartow, a Rancho Santa Fe resident since 1967, founded Rancho Days in 1993,” Evanson said. “Gordy felt it would be a way for residents to take pride in the history of the

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Dîner en Blanc in Montreal in 2009. Held in 20 cities, the popular event has made its way to San Diego. Courtesy photo

ing to Meredith Bell, director of business development at H Events, the main organizer behind the event. “San Diego boasts an active populace that cares a lot about food,” Bell said. “That’s why it was picked.”

For those interested, here’s how it works: There are 1,000 tickets, each going for $25, available. Sign up on a waiting list online at sandiego.dinerenblanc.info. Beginning in early October, invitations will be released,


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Del Mar OKs California 10/20 By Bianca Kaplanek

The California 10/20 race through Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas is on the mark to get set and go Feb. 16, 2014, a year later than originally planned but on a date that gives organizers more time to promote the event. Del Mar City Council agreed unanimously at the Sept. 10 meeting to issue a permit for the race that will begin and end at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The course will take runners onto Jimmy Durante Boulevard going south. They’ll turn around at the fire station, then head west on Via de la Valle and go north on Coast Highway 101 until they reach Manchester Avenue in Encinitas. They’ll turn around at the Cardiff Kook statue and return along the same path, entering the fairgrounds at the Solana Gate on Via de la Valle.

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Peter Douglass, a former Encinitas resident and president of Turnkey Operations, has been working for several months to secure permits from the three cities for the 10-mile race that was originally slated for Feb. 17, 2013. Last month Solana

about 7:30 a.m. Each band will play for about 45 minutes, starting as the first runner approaches and stopping when the last one goes by. The music will be amplified but only out about 200 feet, or the length of half a football

We obviously don’t want to highlight a city or an area that’s under construction.� Peter Douglass President,Turnkey Operations

Beach officials said they support the event but asked Douglass if he could put it off for a year because an approximately 2-mile stretch of Highway 101 is currently undergoing major construction that won’t be complete until September or October of 2013. “We obviously don’t want to highlight a city or an area that’s under construction,â€? said Douglass, who agreed to delay the event a few days after that meeting. The route will include 20 stages, about a half mile apart, with “smaller clubtype bands ‌ primarily there for the entertainment of the runners,â€? Douglass said. The music will start at

field, he said. The race will be similar to the Austin 10/20, which is managed by Turnkey and held annually in Texas in April. Most recently it drew nearly 8,000 runners, with 10 percent from out of town and one-third who came from at least two hours away. More than 800 local hotel rooms were booked. Douglass said with the extra time to promote the California 10/20 he expects at least 10,000 participants, from Olympic-type runners to walkers. The event calls for temporary shut-downs of all roadways on the course. Del Mar council members had concerns about traffic impacts and the music, especially so early

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on a Sunday morning. Douglass said he is flexible and agreed to acoustic music on Jimmy Durante Boulevard. He said he will stage a demonstration of the bands before the event so city officials can hear how loud the music will be. “I think it’d be good for the community,� Councilman Mark Filanc said. “It kind of helps bring a little bit more life to town in the down time.� “There’s a lot of detail left to be filled in here,� Councilman Don Mosier said. “As long as we mitigate the sound and traffic impacts to the largest possible extent I think that’ll be fine. “ Turnkey has budgeted $30,000 to be split evenly between the three host cities for nonprofit organizations. Douglass asked council members for recommendations but they were hesitant to offer any suggestions. “That’s a tough one,� Filanc said. “I’m not touching that one. “We’re just asking that he cough up 10 grand to one of our favorite charities,� he said. “Let him pick which one is appropriate.� Douglass will re-present his plans with the new date to Solana Beach and Encinitas council meetings. Last month Encinitas authorized staff to continue working with Turnkey.

Association takes steps against delinquent members By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Association has taken the next step in naming property owners who are delinquent on their Association fees. At its Sept. 6 meeting, the parcel numbers of the offenders were released. The next step, which the staff is researching, will be to release the names of the offenders. “We are not listing the names or addresses, but this is something new,� said Pete Smith, Association manager. Association director Ann Boon asked why the names of the offenders are not being released. Smith told her the legal ramifications of doing so are being researched. Between the nine offenders, a total of about $300,000 is owed the Association. “We are going to take a more aggressive stance,� Smith said. The first step in collecting the delinquent fees is not allowing the offenders to play golf, tennis or use the riding club or restaurant. “It’s a very effective tool,� Smith said. In other Association news, Ivan Holler, Association planning director, reported that the resealing of six roadways in the Covenant has been finished and planning for next year’s resealing projects is under way. Director Anne Feigner

asked Holler how individual residents can get street repairs on their own streets. “They should send the Association a letter and we would be glad to add it to our list,� Holler said. Also, Holler told the Association that around the end of September, the plan and draft environmental impact report concerning round-abouts should be available for review by the Association and the public. Copies may be viewed at the library or online atsdcounty.ca.gov/dpw/index. html. Three are three proposed round-abouts that would be constructed in one project. The first is the intersection of Camino Del Norte and Del Dios Highway. The next is the intersection of Paseo Plateada and Monte Viejo. The last one is at the intersection of Via de la Valle and Paseo Delicias. Matt Wellhauser, patrol chief, introduced Eddie Jackson, a new patrolman for the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. He comes to the patrol after 33 years in the San Diego Sheriff’s Office. The Association meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Association office, 17022 Avenida de Acacias. The Association can also be reached by calling (858) 756-1174.


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Tennis Club celebration to conclude Rancho Days By Patty McCormac

For Stephenie Caughlin, the owner of the Seabreeze Organic Farm, the Proposition 37 debate is defined by shades of grey. Photo by Jared Whitlock

Farm owner concerned over Prop. 37 By Jared Whitlock

Some might expect Stephenie Caughlin, the owner of the small Seabreeze Organic Farm, to endorse Proposition 37 without thinking twice. If passed, the November ballot measure would require labels on food products that use genetically modified crops. Proponents argue the consumers have a right to know what they’re eating, and the playing field would be leveled for organic farmers. Opponents counter the initiative would be costly to businesses and large farmers, mainly because they would be forced to repackage products. As for Caughlin? She’s still undecided. The longtime organic farmer is carefully weighing the pros and cons of an issue she’s worried voters may not know enough about. “Instead of taking the time to read the bill, I’m afraid the public will vote based on their emotions after seeing the limited information out there,” said Caughlin, adding that “it’s not that simplistic.” Caughlin pointed out that major food conglomerates are seeking to sway voters by dumping money into a high-profile media campaign. According to the most recent MapLight.org report on campaign contributions, those against the proposition, led by Monsanto Co., have raised nearly $25 million. Paling in comparison, those in favor have collected more than $3 million. Polls in recent months show support for the proposition hovering at around 60 percent. That may change as “no on 37” backers flood the airwaves with ads against the initiative. Caughlin decried the influence of food conglomerates that are opposed to the proposition. At the same time, Caughlin noted she “has serious reservations about the bill.” She worries the proposition would drain taxpayer funds. Depending on who’s asked, that fear may not be unfounded. According to a study prepared by the nonpartisan California Legislative Analyst, enforcing the initiative could cost state tax-

payers up to $1 million annually. Many say that’s a small price to pay for informing consumers what’s in their food, with others arguing its tacking onto already unruly government bureaucracy. The study also concluded state and local courts may see additional lawsuits as a result of the proposition. In response, many backers of the proposition say the initiative was written to avoid frivolous lawsuits. Caughlin isn’t so sure. “I think it just opens the door for trial lawyers to hurt businesses, especially small businesses,” Caughlin said. Another issue more than worth looking at, Caughlin said, is the proposition’s effect on food prices. So far, studies on the proposition and food prices are split. A study by Northbridge Environmental Management Consultants maintains the proposition could cost the agriculture and grocery industries billions largely because of added fees for relabeling, repacking and using higher cost ingredients for products. In effect, that could drive up food prices $350 to $400 for the average California family. Pro-label advocates argue Northridge’s study is built on a flawed premise. In turn, they reference a study conducted by a professor at Emory University School of Law that says relabeling and other costs would be negligible. Should voters approve it, California would be the first state to demand labels on foods that contain genetically engineered crops like corn and soybeans. However, some foods would be exempt from labeling. Examples include alcoholic beverages and foods that are sold for immediate consumption in a restaurant. Two other organic farm owners in San Diego said they’d like to further study the proposition before making up their minds. “I want to see a more conclusive study on the economics,” said Bill Brammer, owner of Be Wise Ranch in Escondido. “My instinct tells me people should be aware of what’s going into their

body,” said Laurel Mehl, owner of Coral Tree Farm & Nursery in Encinitas. “But I’m so busy out there in the field I haven’t been able to dedicate enough time to reviewing the proposition.” Caughlin said refraining from jumping on the “yes on 37” bandwagon doesn’t mean she doesn’t support organic foods. Following careers as a teacher, gold broker and CEO of a futures trading company, Caughlin started her two-acre farm in the late 1980s. Seabreeze is a part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) that grows and delivers a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to homes. Seabreeze also hosts community events. Like other organic farmers, Caughlin said she takes issue with land degradation and health problems associated with genetically modified foods. “There are serious problems with genetically modified,” Caughlin said. “Organic is better for you.” TURN TO PROP 37 ON A25

RANCHO SANTA FE — The celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club will be filled with something for everyone, from little kids to serious tennis players. “This is going to be the closing event of Rancho Days,” said Craig McAllister, who will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. “Not only is Tracy Austin going to be there, we are expecting Rod Laver, who is arguably the greatest player of all time. Roger Federer may take exception to that, but Laver won all four grand slams in the same year. Also we will have our own Charlie Pasarell, who was the No. 1 men’s player in 1967. McAllister said he is also very pleased that local celebrity Patricia Todd will be on hand. Todd, who is in her 90s, was won, among other honors, four grand slams. The celebration was originally planned for June, but organizers decided it should be the grand finale of Rancho Days, said Cindy Leonard, who chairs the event with Lisa Ruh. “We’ve been working on it since October,” Leonard said. She said the celebration was the brainchild of some of the tennis club members who joined the committee. “About 10 people broke it up into pieces and everyone has done their share,” she said. Tennis great Austin will be on hand to lend her presence to the event and give exhibitions and clinics for the event-goers. “Tracy was thrilled and happy to help out, just because of her love of the game,” Leonard said.

Tracy Austin will help to conclude Rancho Days with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. Courtesy photo

Other tennis celebrities expected at the event are Karen Hantze Susman, who won three major titles in the tennis world and Marianne Werdel Witmeyer, who played on the women’s tour from 1982 to 1997. Leonard said organizers are expecting about 300 people, but can accommodate 500. In addition to exhibitions and clinics, the event will include Beat the Pro and Service Speed Gun readings. There will also be a barbecue catered by the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and a bouncy house and other special events for the children. And there will be shopping. Vendors from Head, Brad Humphries Tennis Shop, Orfilia Vineyards, Zennes Tennis Wear will be on site. The three prizes in an opportunity drawing will be a stay at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, a tennis racquet signed by Austin and a year’s membership to the Rancho

Santa Fe Tennis Club for a new member. Leonard said the tennis club was founded in 1962 with 10 hard courts and two Har-Tru Clay courts. The clubhouse won one of the first Lily Awards for its design and construction. The 25th anniversary celebration is set for noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. There will be free valet parking. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (760) 756-4459.

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Crime down? Electric cars good? The truth about cars and guns By Bill Gunderson

RANCH HISTORY

Company Girls at La Morada

This is a staged photograph by Herbert R. Fitch, a noted professional hired by the ranch to capture all phases of the making of Rancho Santa Fe. From left to right are Lilian Rice, ranch architect; (seated) Norma McLean and Bertha Kreuziger; and Virginia Smith — all secretaries employed by the Rancho Santa Fe.

Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 7569291 or email rsfhistoricalsoc@sbcglobal.net for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.

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The stock market works two ways and everyone knows the first: Use current information to guess the future price of a stock. But the opposite is also true — and probably even more useful: Financial information from stock reports can give us insight into current events. What we learn here is often better for one reason: If a CEO lies about his stock on his quarterly reports, he can go to jail. Let’s look at news about cars and guns as two recent examples. The airwaves are full of happy horse apples about electric cars, especially the Chevy Volt. After the Obama administration loaned or gave GM $100 billion, reporters could not tell us enough about what a great car this is. The spin continues today. CNN recently told us the Chevy Volt may have had a rough start, “But those concerns are beginning to fade.” Sales are up by 700 percent over last year. Hooray! Then some wisenheimer at Reuters checked the real numbers and figured out that GM was losing $49,000 on every car. And the two biggest customers of the Chevy Volt are also its two biggest stakeholders: The federal government and GM itself. Take away the subsidies. Take away the artificial purchases. Take away all the rosy forecasts about the millions of electric cars that will soon dominate the highways. All that is left is a company betting its future on a car few people want; depending on subsidies more and more people are less and less willing to tolerate. The stock is down about 33 percent over the last two years since GM zeroed out its stock price and issued a new IPO. Economists like to look at what people do. Not what they say. That’s why financial information is so important. Public information connected to GE’s stock is the only reliable source about what is really happening with our federal experiment making electric cars — and it is a different picture than most stories in the mainstream media. Let’s look at guns. After a recent spate of violent crime in downtown Baltimore, much of it caught on video, a crime reporter lamented at the over reaction, saying “crime statistics are down” but people just don’t know it. To quote the poet: Something is happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones. The “something” here is crime. There’s a lot more of it happening than reporters know

or write about. Occasionally this information escapes through the politically correct veil: The New York Times is just one of several large papers in the country to write a story about how police are refusing to take reports on some violent crimes. A recent federal report says more than half of violent crimes are not reported — 20 percent of which are because people do not believe the police will do anything about it. In Oakland, using a technology for pinpointing urban gunfire — the ShotSpotter — only about ten percent of gunshots are reported to the police. Even so, governors like Martin O’Malley of Maryland slough off complaints of rising crime: “Baltimore had cut its crime rate more than any American city of comparable size.” But gun owners have their own sources: Their own eyes. They see lots of violent crime and lots of people ignoring, excusing and condoning it. Gun permits and sales are exploding to record levels. So much so, I wrote an article about it last year in the Aug. 21 issue of the stock market news site, Seeking Alpha: Guns are Better Than Gold. Six months later the company I wrote about, Sturm Ruger, had to stop taking orders for new guns because they could not make them fast enough. Some of the political people say it was because they felt threatened by potential pending gun and ammo control out of Washington. Maybe that was part of it. But looking at the quarterly reports of Smith and Wesson and Sturm Ruger paints a more complete picture: Most of the increase in sales for Sturm Ruger are guns for self defense, says Investor Daily. The politicos and papers may say crime is down. But gun owners are seeing a big increase in mob violence in cities throughout the country, and also wondering why the newspapers are so eager to ignore it and the police to willing to explain it away. Some are using that information to buy a promising stock. Others are it using to protect themselves from what many papers and politicians say does not exist. But what quarterly stock reports tell us is real. Bill Gunderson is President of Gunderson Capital Management in San Diego. He is an award winning author and frequent guest on local and national financial news shows for Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNN. His columns are featured at MarketWatch and TheStreet.com and other news sites.


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the underwater world to them in a way specially designed for their understanding. Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, SEA LIFE is designed to be a child's guide to the life of the sea. Starting September, SEA LIFE introduces a new program for parents with small children called "Mommy and Me Under the Sea". This program includes kid-friendly play activities, fun animal crafts, an education program and a special Aquarium tour each week

on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for one month. Also now open at SEA LIFE is its newest interactive exhibit, "CLAWS!". The five new displays include Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 13feet across, and coconut crabs, named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws. For more information on SEA LIFE, Mommy and Me Under the Sea and CLAWS! visit www.sealifeus.com or call (760) 918 - 5346.

Students start school year with iPads By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Due to increased enrollment, 20 more iPads will be needed for this school year at R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe it was decided at the school district’s Sept. 6 meeting. The technology upgrade at the district took place during the summer. So far, 410 of the devices have been purchased. Also, 170 desktop computers have been purchased plus four new servers. The projected cost of the upgrade is estimated at $580,000. So far, $531,000 has been spent. The devices will first be placed in the hands of all middle school students. Six of them will also be put into all other classrooms with each

six report cards. “They are better representations of overall progress,” Delaney said. “I think it helps with the transition from middle school to high school.” The new report cards use letter grades, but break a single subject down into categories. “My student is excited about it,” Marti Rizzo, a school board member, said. Lindy Delaney T h e District Superintendent schools sports programs are inal bid, how much we’ve off to a good start, according spent to date and how much to Delaney. Steve Rossier has been more we will have to spend,” named athletic director and Frank said. In other school board will earn a stipend of $4,000 news, Delaney said the school for the school year. Paul Coco has taken over year is off to a good start with as middle school assistant an enrollment of 671. “We have a group of new- principal and will earn a comers and they are glad to $15,618 stipend for his duties. The board is also keeping be in the district,” she said. She said the decorative its eye on Proposition 30 on donor walls are up outside the the November ballot, which would benefit schools by performing arts center. “We will have a grand increasing the state sales tax opening in the future. People by a quarter cent for four have been very patient,” she years and raise personal income taxes on Californians said. She said in the future she who earn more than $250,000 hopes the center can be uti- a year or joint filers who lized for perhaps speakers or make more than $500,000. The next school board a concert series. Delaney said students, meeting is set for 4 p.m. Oct. teachers and parents are 11 at the school’s performing excited about the new grade arts center. teacher getting his or her own. Trustee Todd Frank asked Lindy Delaney, district superintendent, to give a detailed report at the next board meeting about the overall cost of the upgrade. “How much was the orig-

We have a group of newcomers and they are glad to be in the district.”

10TH YEAR BEGINS The Horizon Prep Lions in Rancho Santa Fe celebrated their 10th year with the start of the 2012-2013 school year. From left, Annie Welch and Taylor White are all smiles for Horizon Prep’s first day of school. Courtesy photo


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MiraCosta leader talks bond By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, president of MiraCosta College, gave a presentation to the Rancho Santa Fe Association at its Sept. 6 meeting.

Association member Connie Matsui (Beckman) requested the time at the meeting for Rodriguez to give an informal talk on a potential facilities improvement bond for the college. Rodriguez told the board that the college has recently completed a comprehensive master plan,which has motivated it to ask the North County community for $497 million to upgrade current buildings, update labs and add new buildings such as an Allied Health building, he said. “We have not asked the community for a bond since the college was built in 1961,” he said. Rodriguez said that many students must wait for as long

as two years for classes, especially science classes like chemistry, which is a prerequisite to other courses like nursing. “It now takes an average of seven semesters to get a twoyear degree,” he said. “The students who are most successful are the ones to go right away after high school,” he said. He said about three out of 10 students begin their college careers at community colleges such as MiraCosta. Throughout the state there are 72 community college districts including 112 colleges with 2.4 million students. He said many of the county’s first responders such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians receive training at MiraCosta. “Community colleges give the best bang for the buck,” he said. He said the average tuition for a four-year college is about $25,000 a year, but a student can get a start at a feeder institution like MiraCosta for a fraction of that. MiraCosta, which has 18,000 students, like other community colleges,is largely funded by property taxes. It has three campuses in North County. “Your program is the best deal in California,” said Association director Eamon Callahan, who has a son who started his college career there. The bond would have a total payoff of about $900 million over 25 years and would cost an extra $20 a year for every $100,000 of a homes value. Rodriguez said the money is necessary for the college to stay “nimble” and to keep up with the expectation of the students. He said he and other college officials take the responsibility of educating the community’s youth very seriously. “I want you to know your community college district is in good hands,” he said. “All of the money would stay local. It will be used improvements, renovation and modernization.”

Village Church calls for actors RANCHO SANTA FE — The Village Community Presbyterian Church has begun preparation for its annual Christmas season presentation, scheduling first auditions in October. This year’s presentation will be “A Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity,” a musical retelling of the Christmas story in bluegrass style. Auditions are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 at the church theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias. There are principal acting and singing roles available for five men, five women, one boy and ensemble extras. Performances will be on Dec. 7, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. For audition information or an appointment visit v i l l a g e ch u rch c o m mu n i tytheater.org.


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‘Underpants’ bring the laughs By Tony Cagala

Are these the underpants that launched a thousand laughs? In a word, yes. The North Coast Repertory Theatre opened its 31st season with the San Diego premiere of “The Underpants,” a 1910 comedy written by German-born, anxiety-ridden Carl Sternheim and adapted by American-born, banjo-plucking Steve Martin. More than a century has passed since Sternheim’s original look at what ensues following the inadvertent dropping of one’s drawers in public. But has much changed since the play was written? Yes and no, but for starters, the play can be performed today without any fear of its being banned as it was initially in 1911 because of its subject matter — though its mildly-ribald lines may have the power enough to make some current audiences noticeably blush, even in the dark. But there’s more at play in “The Underpants,” than what could be one of the first documented cases of a “wardrobe malfunction.” Louise Maske, played with a warm and sympathetic performance by Holly Rone, is an attractive housewife about to mark her one year anniversary to her portly, Philistine-ofa-husband Theobald, played by an appropriately hulking Matthew Henerson, when her underpants inexplicably fall to her ankles during a parade for the German King. The circumstance spawns temporary fame, sparks desire and romance and stimulates jealousy in the certain players, all except Theo who is intent to face things as they are. His only concern is what this will mean for him — will it be a scandal? Will he be able to keep his job as a bureaucrat in a government office? Theo fears the imagination and notes how the “unexplainable makes him nervous,” as he reads a news story on the discovery of a monster in Loch Ness. He eagerly spews male chauvinistic standards as his wife’s duties are to “serve me dinner” and to “keep the place nice;” that poetry is unmanly and that “only men should have affairs.” There is little to celebrate in the marriage. The couple’s

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SEPT. 21 AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY The San Dieguito American Legion Post 416 will honor the U.S. Air Force 65th birthday and POWMIA Remembrance Day at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the post, 210 West F St., Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 434-2704. ARTIST AT WORK Lux welcomes artist-in-residence, Brooklyn-based sculptor Susan

From left: Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Ezra Miller and Erin Wilhelmi in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Photo by John Bramley © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC; all rights reserved.

From left Matthew Henerson, Omri Shein, Holly Rone and Jacob Bruce star in the Steve Martin adaptation of “The Underpants,” now through Sept. 30 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Photo courtesy of Ken Jacques

Memories of teenhood come flooding back with film By Noah S. Lee

Glistening with a relatable gravitation, a sincere emotionality, and an introspective psyche,“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is guaranteed to reach out to anyone who has experienced the highs and lows of adolescent life. You ever recall the days throughout your adolescence in which you found everything about your life — identity, relationships, beliefs, place in the world, misfortunes — put through its paces prior to entering adulthood? I certainly do, and my yearbooks never cease to remind me. Through these tribulations we discover who we truly are and what we hope to achieve in the future, even though the path to that destination can be a problematic one to walk. Such difficult trials do not only occur in real life; they are also of great importance to the people we encounter in the stories we created. Many notable titles — “The Catcher in the Rye,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” — bring to light serious subject matter not unlike what we have to confront in the realm of reality. I used to think teachers used those novels as instruments of torture, but looking back now, I realize they wanted us to understand ourselves through the eyes of someone else. And that is exactly what “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” fulfills for the well-being of the human soul, never losing sight of what matters most to a teenager’s

anniversary is an afterthought to Theo whose thought on the day is that his pork chop is cooked correctly. Not since their wedding night has Louise been touched by her husband, she says. Following her indecent incident, which spawns a number of suitors at the sight of the underpants in public (“Never underestimate the power of a glimpse of lingerie,” Martin said), Louise is aroused by the romantic attentions of poet Frank Versati, played by Jacob Bruce, an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego. “My pulse,” she says, “It exists.” Omri Schein is the jealous Benjamin Cohen. Cohen looks to rent a room in the Maske apartment after witnessing the underpants event and being overcome with desire for Louise. Schein is one of the more mobile of the performers onstage, wearing his shoulders up near his ears but who stomps and flops around the stage under his self-imposed duty to be the “prophylactic” of any extramarital advances between Versati and Louise. Though Cohen would prefer the affair happen with him, if it didn’t happen with anyone that Director Mark Pinter has the comedic timing drawn tightly throughout the nearly two-hour performance. Marty Burnett’s set design (the entire show takes place in the Maske’s apartment) is a composition of corrugated, jagged angles of the

most German Expressionistkind, a-la “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” that encapsulates the players’ innuendo — some of it subtle; some of it overt. Actress Clarinda Ross as the eavesdropping upstairs neighbor Gertrude, who encourages the affair between Louise and Versati, tells Louise, “You need something in you besides Sauerkraut.” Martin’s adaptation of “The Underpants” has the feel of some of his original works, including his films “L.A. Story” and “Roxanne,” and his short novels. He isn’t shy about sex; he isn’t prudish when talking about women’s anatomy, but maybe this play lacks a thoughtfulness otherwise found in his works. “The Underpants” isn’t filled, for better or worse, with people wearing arrows through their heads, and there are no banjos — but it is filled with plenty of laughs.

Graham working on a largescale sugar and porcelain wall installation through Oct. 6. Graham’s work will be on exhibit through Oct. 27. For more information, visit luxartinstitute.org/.

a member’s home. For reserva- refreshments and lots of art. tions, call (858) 755-6570. Maps of downtown Carlsbad galleries and merchants are available at COAL Gallery, 300 FINDING HISTORY North Carlsbad Village Drive Suite San Diego County Genealogical 101, Carlsbad. For more inforSociety will explore the updated mation, call (760) 434-8497 or DAR web site 10 to 11:30 a.m. visit coalartgallery.com. Sept. 25 in the Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive, ASK THE CANDIDATES Manufactured Carlsbad. For information, call Oceanside (760) 435-2536 or e-mail tgor- Homeowners Alliance, Inc. is hosting a candidates forum at 1 dinier@san.rr.com. p.m. Sept. 28 at the El Corazon Senior Center, 3302 Senior EVERYWHERE ART Join the Center Drive, Oceanside. All Art Gallery Tour from 5:30 to candidates have been invited. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27 with the The proposed agenda includes Carlsbad and Oceanside Art questions submitted by attenLeague Gallery and our other dees, plus an informal, social Carlsbad Village art venues. The gathering. The public is invited. day will include live music,

SEPT. 22 RECYCLE & SHRED The 22nd District Agricultural Association has partnered with Recycle San Diego and Coleman University for an Electronics Recycling & Document Shredding Event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the main parking lot at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. GET

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Where: North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr. Suite D, Solana Beach When: Now through Sept. 30; Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday 8 p.m.; Matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.; Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets Northcoastrep.org

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introduction to the adult mindset. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” follows Charlie (Logan Lerman), an endearing but introverted high school freshman who copes with his lack of friends and psychological issues. When two high school seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) take him under their wing, he is introduced to the real world. As he navigates the upsides and downsides of his high school lifestyle with a new group of friends, Charlie finds himself coming to terms with his past. This unpretentious gem beckons the moviegoer to delve into the many trials of Charlie’s life while touching base with their own memories. Regardless of social status or academic prowess, the film reaches out to recall the good times and bad times you experienced as an adolescent. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” exhibits profound respect for its characters’ tribulations, especially in terms of the three leads. I liked how the film took its time for the audience to get to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each player while not sinking into melodramatic soap opera territory. Whether it is joy or beauty or sadness that Charlie, Sam, and Patrick are feeling as they hang out together, their emotions are presented in a humble light that no teen

SEPT. 29 MUSIC AND MOVIE A free concert will be feature seven local bands from noon to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater followed by the city’s Sunset Movie night. The line-up will include Fractal Pterodactyl, Breakdown, Ladies Love Outlaws, Fly by Night, Emergency Shut Off and Zone of the Interior. For more information, visit thefinetuneacademy.com or call (760) 908-4911. SIP AND SAVOR The San Diego Wine Show will be at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, from 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Get tickets at sandiegowineshow.com or ticketmaster.com.

drama television series can capture as a whole. Trust me, these characters feel very real. Logan Lerman does not just play Charlie; he IS Charlie. Every gaze, every observation he makes, every conversation he starts, feels very much like his own.Emma Watson earns a perfect score for balancing Sam’s stylish, fun-loving side with her selfesteem issues. I was uncertain whether Watson would break free from her long-lasting “Harry Potter” fame but she does so easily. Ezra Miller steals every scene he is in as Patrick, whose flamboyant wittiness conceals the insecurity he feels about his sexuality. I’ve got to say he sure knows how to get a crowd’s attention without going overboard. Believe me when I say this: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is guaranteed to get in touch with your teenage memories and show you what it feels like to come of your age. Go see it.

“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Where: Wide Release When: Now playing Run time: 1 hour 43 minutes Rating: PG-13

★★★★ LESS STRESS Publishers and Writers of San Diego meet 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29, at the Carlsbad Library, 1775 Dove Lane with “How to Communicate with More Success and Less Stress.” Members cost $10, non-members $15. Visit PublishersWriters.org for more information and to register. ON THE HYMNAL The Rancho Santa Fe First Church of Christ Scientist, will host a talk by Robert J. Rockabrand, doctor of musical arts from Stanford University, on “The Christian Science Hymnal: Its Healing Message,” at 6165 La Flecha, Rancho Santa Fe from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. For information, visit cschurchrsf.org.


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Finding meaning in coffee By Kay Colvin

RANCHO SANTA FE — An innovative collection of artwork is currently on display through Nov. 1 at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Rancho Santa Fe. “Coffeegraphs,� a series of anthropomorphic landscape images created by Los Angeles artist Avi Roth, embodies an intriguing artistic concept incorporating nature, the artist’s use of technology and the viewer’s imagination. Born in Transylvania of Israeli heritage, Roth has loved photography since age 9, when he first created artistic images with the aid of a Kodak Brownie camera. In 1974 with degrees from Tel Aviv Polytechnic and London Film School, Roth came to Hollywood, Calif. to pursue his photographic career. After almost four decades as a commercial photographer, he has dedicated himself to a new art form since 2006. Roth’s innovative Coffeegraph concept evolved out of contemplating an intriguing coffee stain in the bottom of an espresso cup. Observing the unusual image in which he perceived reflections of the turmoil and destruction then occurring in the Middle East, Roth photographed and digitally enhanced the image. Upon examination, he realized the potential power of this art form, which seemed to reflect a voice greater than his own. After six years of developing this concept, Roth

“Hades and Persephone� by Avi Roth, currently on display at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

said that he allows the universe to initiate the process, which he finishes by digital enhancement. Roth asks each newly discovered coffee stain, “Who are you and where did you come from?� He feels his job is to reveal the mysterious images simply by exposing them. Pondering the “serendipity in a billion,� Roth said, “There are millions of artists who drink coffee every morning,� yet he alone has been empowered with an art form that originates from the simple yet complex remains of coffee cup bottoms. Not purely a matter of happenstance, Roth described his creation of Coffeegraph images as involving application of coffee grounds and by-products to solid or porous surfaces by way of staining, layering and water burning. The artwork is subsequently converted into digital data,

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from which limited edition impressions are reproduced by various printing methods. Roth said of the anthropomorphic landscapes images, “The swirls and patterns of coffee reveal the secrets veiled by time. Discerning their meaning has become my canvas of creative expression.� He continued, “These messages are in a language of exotic origin that speak mostly in monochromatic shapes and textures, creating tension between hues of joy, delight, inner turmoil and darkly twisted anxiety.� Roth said, “I have viewed my work hundreds of times. Yet at every new glimpse, like a curious child, I discover a new wonder that places me at the beginning of the journey — as if encountering it for the first time.� Never knowing what will unfold with each new discovery, Roth says of his Coffeegraphs, “The viewer decides to what degree it speaks to them, with each observer finding a wealth of personal meaning.� This original collection can be seen at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, 16909 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe through Nov. 1, and at coffeegraph.com.

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The cover for a new line of Popeye comics published by IDW Comics was Mary Fleener’s latest illustration project. The book includes all new material by current comic artists. Photo courtesy of Mary Fleener

Fleener draws the line KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art These days many North County residents are turning eagerly to Page Four of The Coast News to check out Mary Fleener’s latest “The Less You Know The Better You Feelâ€? weekly political cartoon. The edgy commentary on local politics is growing an everincreasing fan base. Active in community issues since 1989, Fleener states, “Now I’m on the sidelines, as an observer and critic with my weekly cartoon.â€? She admits, “Since I’m dealing with local issues, I enjoy being provocative and the idea that I may be getting under someone’s skin ‌ but only if they deserve it!â€? Influenced by living in Canada during childhood, Fleener surmises, “I think moving to a foreign country‌ was critical in the way I look at the world. It was positive trauma.â€? Fleener, who is nationally recognized for her Lowbrow art, explains, “I am all about contrast and clarity. I like to use a design element I call ‘Cubismo,’ which is a kinetic, graphic type of abstraction which is very effective to show intense emotions.â€? Cubismo grew out of her 1991 decision to reflect her comic style in her paintings. Since that time

her paintings have been shown in venues including The Oceanside Museum of Art, La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles and Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum. Also a performing bass guitarist, Fleener inherited “good art genesâ€? from her mother who was a Disney studios artist in the 1940s. Beginning college as an art major, Fleener left during her senior year and asserts, “It was the smartest thing I ever did. I’m proud to say I am a college dropout, and the work I do today is selftaught.â€? Soon after moving to Encinitas in 1981, Fleener was inspired by an article about the “new underground comics.â€? She reveals, “I had always harbored a secret desire to do cartoons ‌ and was particularly fascinated by early underground comics from the late ‘60s ‌ ZAP Comix and the work of Robert Crumb ... â€? In the mid-1980s Fleener sold her own “mini comics,â€? which she Xerox printed and assembled by hand. She reflects, “That’s how I met most of the comic pals that I know today.“ Over the last 20 years, Fleener’s artwork has appeared in hundreds of anthologies, comic books and magazines such as Entertainment Weekly, Guitar Player, The Reader, Musician, Spin, Rolling Stone, Village Voice and Hustler, and has been featured in an Art Forum Magazine article.

Working concurrently on a 20-piece large scale “Scary Goddessess� painting series, as well as on a 300-page graphic novel which she estimates will take two years to complete, Fleener notes that the novel is based on her “initial foray into Encinitas local politics.� She continues, “Naturally, I am changing names and appearances, to protect the innocent and not-so-innocent.� No stranger to controversy, Fleener affirms, “I’m into telling the truth, and being honest, and if you find that disturbing, then good! I’m doing my job.� Fleener’s work can be seen during the month of October at The Pannikin and at maryfleener.com. Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and midcareer artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at kaycolvin@lstreetfineart.com.

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SEPT. 21, 2012

ODD Founder of nonprofit uses humor to educate FILES

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By Christina Macone-Greene

Young Inventor

And What Were Y-o-u Doing at Age 14? Among the students featured in Popular Science’s September list of young inventors was Fabian Fernandez-Han, 14, of Conroe,Texas, who invented a bicycle that, when pedaled, also desalinates seawater (via reverse osmosis) from replaceable 15-gallon canisters. One hour of pedaling produces 20 gallons of drinkable water. Jack Andraka, 15, from Maryland, created a test for pancreatic cancer that is demonstrably much faster and more accurate than current diagnostics (using carbon nanotubes that can be specially activated by applications of the signature pancreatic-cancer protein, Mesothelin).

Can’t Possibly Be True School officials in Grand Island, Neb., told Hunter Spanjer that the way he signs his name violates the schools’ anti-weapons policy and that he’ll have to abandon it. Hunter is 3 1/2 years old, deaf, fluent in the language Signing Exact English, and uses a hand flourish as his unique signature (registered with SEE), except that officials say the flourish looks like Hunter is threatening with a weapon. At press time, Hunter’s parents were still negotiating with officials.

A cancer diagnosis turns the lives of patients and their families upside down. Yael Cohen, 25, experienced this when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. It’s a common story many families face, but what’s uncommon is how Cohen launched the nonprofit F**K Cancer, which has landed global headlines. Cohen, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, is sharing her unique, fresh voice at the 4th annual Classy Awards in San Diego over the weekend of Sept. 22. She will also be presenting an award at the ceremony. What sets Cohen apart is her raw honesty about cancer and her educational awareness twist. “Early detection of all cancers is very important. Ninety percent of cancers are curable if caught in stage one,” said Cohen. “So why the hell aren’t we taught to look for them?”

High on Cohen’s checklist for people are to learn their family history, finding out which cancers they are at risk for, and understanding the early warning signs. What makes Cohen’s story even more interesting is that she never intended to start a charity. She made a shirt for her mother after her first surgery, which said, “F**k Cancer,” and that’s how it all started. Cohen describes it as growing very organically, and fast. Today, educating others is what her nonprofit strives for. And saving lives through this education is what they are all about. “We have to stop waiting to get cancer and praying there’s a cure — and start actively looking for it and finding it when it’s most curable,” said Cohen, adding that early detection saved her mother’s life. Cohen said the mission behind her nonprofit is to activate “Generation Y” to engage with their parents

Yael Cohen is coming to San Diego the weekend of Sept. 22 to speak about her nonprofit F**k Cancer. Courtesy photo

about early detection of cancer, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. The root to F**k Cancer’s success has been to create tools and build campaigns people can connect with. And it’s worked.

Perspective Many Americans are still outraged that no major banking officials were punished for the malpractices that produced the 2008 financial collapse. However, in July, Richard Eggers, age 68 and with an otherwiseunblemished record, was fired by Wells Fargo — only because of a 49-year-old conviction for attempting to rig a laundromat machine by making a “dime” out of cardboard. Wells Fargo said its hands were tied by a new federal law requiring dismissal of anyone with past convictions for “transactional crimes” (aimed at identity theft and money-laundering).

ple could enter a video or script on a “how to” selfexam skit. What her office received were outrageous, funny and over-the-top results. “Letting people joke about something, especially something they don’t want to talk about, opens the door for conversation and education,” she said. Cohen wants people to know that what keeps her moving forward with determination and energy is her mother. While her mother is doing well, Cohen shared, she passionately believes in her nonprofit. While F**k Cancer’s core is to educate it also offers a platform for people to share their honest emotions about cancer. From family members to patients, F Cancer gives people the opportunity to express what they really feel. “A person doesn’t get cancer, a family does,” Cohen said. “Communication is everything.”

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Cuddly Geopolitics (1) The Washington Post, reporting in August the existence of a newly declassified communication between a cooperating Guantanamo Bay detainee and his lawyer, revealed that the “high-value” prisoner had, without explanation, been rewarded with a pet kitty cat. (2) On July 4, two peace activists who own a small advertising agency in Malmo, Sweden, pulled off their most audacious stunt yet by hiring a small plane to drop 800 teddy bears emblazoned with democracy-promoting messages over the capital of Belarus. The country’s strongman president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, later fired two generals for their inability to prevent the breach of the country’s airspace.

“Fast Company Magazine” picked Cohen as part of its “100 Most Creative People,” “Elle Magazine” chose her as their “2012 Genius Award” recipient this summer, and this month, she is featured in the “30 Under 30” segment for “Marketing Magazine.” Cohen believes that it’s their blend of technology, humor and celebrity, which has allowed people of all ages to engage with cancer at a completely different level. “This year we launched a campaign with (the website) Funny or Die called ‘Touching Ourselves,’” she said. “The campaign is geared towards educating people about self-exams and early detection, using humor and celebrity as a vehicle to conversation and education.” This was an important campaign for Cohen because she realized that people knew how to talk about selfexams but didn’t know how to do them. The promotion included a contest where peo-

Thanks go to Torrey Pines High School Assistant Principals Garry Thornton and Rob Coppo for manning the grills the TPHS Foundation Welcome Back staff pancake breakfast. Courtesy photo

TPHS kicks off school year CARMEL VALLEY — Torrey Pines High School kicked off its the 2012-13 school year with an enrollment of 2,663 students, breaking down to grade 9 with 689, grade 10 at 724, grade 11 at 626 and grade 12 with 624 seniors. The staff wanted to be sure parents know that the Back-to-School Night is set

for Sept. 27. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 18, but was rescheduled. The school staff was pleased with its Advanced Placement results. The 1,047 students who took 2,398 AP exams earned an 85-percent pass rate. 63 percent of the scores were 5s and 4s. The state of California has delayed the

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release of STAR California Standards Tests (CSTs) and Academic Performance Index (API) scores for schools, due to security issues at various schools around the state last spring. No issues came from TPHD, but all have had to wait for the scores to be released.

Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to be part of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s upcoming session, “A Christmas String Dance.” The orchestra’s 25 to 30 amateur guitarists will spend the fall practicing holiday-themed music that will culminate in a performance Dec. 7 in a community concert. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is comprised of local musicians from beginner through advanced levels who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Pupping has organized and conducted a guitar orchestra since 1999 and performs with the Peter Pupping Trio. Rehearsals are underway on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Road. Participating in the

session costs $300. This session’s music is sure to please those who love classical music, guitar music or holiday songs. Pieces include “Noel,” “Spanish Carol,” “Lo How Ere Rose is Blooming,” “Oh Tanenbaum,” “English Dance,” “Mistle Toads” and “Bell Fantasy,” a variation of “Carol of the Bells,” among others. Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years. His band, the Peter Pupping Band, released a new CD entitled “Café Pacifico” earlier this year. Pupping earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from San Diego State University. He organizes and directs the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra twice each year. For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 9430755 or peter@guitarsounds.com.


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ODD Founder of nonprofit uses humor to educate FILES

by CHUCK SHEPHERD

By Christina Macone-Greene

Young Inventor

And What Were Y-o-u Doing at Age 14? Among the students featured in Popular Science’s September list of young inventors was Fabian Fernandez-Han, 14, of Conroe,Texas, who invented a bicycle that, when pedaled, also desalinates seawater (via reverse osmosis) from replaceable 15-gallon canisters. One hour of pedaling produces 20 gallons of drinkable water. Jack Andraka, 15, from Maryland, created a test for pancreatic cancer that is demonstrably much faster and more accurate than current diagnostics (using carbon nanotubes that can be specially activated by applications of the signature pancreatic-cancer protein, Mesothelin).

Can’t Possibly Be True School officials in Grand Island, Neb., told Hunter Spanjer that the way he signs his name violates the schools’ anti-weapons policy and that he’ll have to abandon it. Hunter is 3 1/2 years old, deaf, fluent in the language Signing Exact English, and uses a hand flourish as his unique signature (registered with SEE), except that officials say the flourish looks like Hunter is threatening with a weapon. At press time, Hunter’s parents were still negotiating with officials.

A cancer diagnosis turns the lives of patients and their families upside down. Yael Cohen, 25, experienced this when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. It’s a common story many families face, but what’s uncommon is how Cohen launched the nonprofit F**K Cancer, which has landed global headlines. Cohen, a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, is sharing her unique, fresh voice at the 4th annual Classy Awards in San Diego over the weekend of Sept. 22. She will also be presenting an award at the ceremony. What sets Cohen apart is her raw honesty about cancer and her educational awareness twist. “Early detection of all cancers is very important. Ninety percent of cancers are curable if caught in stage one,” said Cohen. “So why the hell aren’t we taught to look for them?”

High on Cohen’s checklist for people are to learn their family history, finding out which cancers they are at risk for, and understanding the early warning signs. What makes Cohen’s story even more interesting is that she never intended to start a charity. She made a shirt for her mother after her first surgery, which said, “F**k Cancer,” and that’s how it all started. Cohen describes it as growing very organically, and fast. Today, educating others is what her nonprofit strives for. And saving lives through this education is what they are all about. “We have to stop waiting to get cancer and praying there’s a cure — and start actively looking for it and finding it when it’s most curable,” said Cohen, adding that early detection saved her mother’s life. Cohen said the mission behind her nonprofit is to activate “Generation Y” to engage with their parents

Yael Cohen is coming to San Diego the weekend of Sept. 22 to speak about her nonprofit F**k Cancer at Courtesy photo

about early detection of cancer, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. The root to F**k Cancer’s success has been to create tools and build campaigns people can connect with. And it’s worked.

Perspective Many Americans are still outraged that no major banking officials were punished for the malpractices that produced the 2008 financial collapse. However, in July, Richard Eggers, age 68 and with an otherwiseunblemished record, was fired by Wells Fargo — only because of a 49-year-old conviction for attempting to rig a laundromat machine by making a “dime” out of cardboard. Wells Fargo said its hands were tied by a new federal law requiring dismissal of anyone with past convictions for “transactional crimes” (aimed at identity theft and money-laundering).

ple could enter a video or script on a “how to” selfexam skit. What her office received were outrageous, funny and over-the-top results. “Letting people joke about something, especially something they don’t want to talk about, opens the door for conversation and education,” she said. Cohen wants people to know that what keeps her moving forward with determination and energy is her mother. While her mother is doing well, Cohen shared, she passionately believes in her nonprofit. While F**k Cancer’s core is to educate it also offers a platform for people to share their honest emotions about cancer. From family members to patients, F Cancer gives people the opportunity to express what they really feel. “A person doesn’t get cancer, a family does,” Cohen said. “Communication is everything.”

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Cuddly Geopolitics (1) The Washington Post, reporting in August the existence of a newly declassified communication between a cooperating Guantanamo Bay detainee and his lawyer, revealed that the “high-value” prisoner had, without explanation, been rewarded with a pet kitty cat. (2) On July 4, two peace activists who own a small advertising agency in Malmo, Sweden, pulled off their most audacious stunt yet by hiring a small plane to drop 800 teddy bears emblazoned with democracy-promoting messages over the capital of Belarus. The country’s strongman president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, later fired two generals for their inability to prevent the breach of the country’s airspace.

“Fast Company Magazine” picked Cohen as part of its “100 Most Creative People,” “Elle Magazine” chose her as their “2012 Genius Award” recipient this summer, and this month, she is featured in the “30 Under 30” segment for “Marketing Magazine.” Cohen believes that it’s their blend of technology, humor and celebrity, which has allowed people of all ages to engage with cancer at a completely different level. “This year we launched a campaign with (the website) Funny or Die called ‘Touching Ourselves,’” she said. “The campaign is geared towards educating people about self-exams and early detection, using humor and celebrity as a vehicle to conversation and education.” This was an important campaign for Cohen because she realized that people knew how to talk about selfexams but didn’t know how to do them. The promotion included a contest where peo-

Thanks go to Torrey Pines High School Assistant Principals Garry Thornton and Rob Coppo for manning the grills the TPHS Foundation Welcome Back staff pancake breakfast. Courtesy photo

TPHS kicks off school year CARMEL VALLEY — Torrey Pines High School kicked off its the 2012-13 school year with an enrollment of 2,663 students, breaking down to grade 9 with 689, grade 10 at 724, grade 11 at 626 and grade 12 with 624 seniors. The staff wanted to be sure parents know that the Back-to-School Night is set

for Sept. 27. It was originally scheduled for Sept. 18, but was rescheduled. The school staff was pleased with its Advanced Placement results. The 1,047 students who took 2,398 AP exams earned an 85-percent pass rate. 63 percent of the scores were 5s and 4s. The state of California has delayed the

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release of STAR California Standards Tests (CSTs) and Academic Performance Index (API) scores for schools, due to security issues at various schools around the state last spring. No issues came from TPHD, but all have had to wait for the scores to be released.

Guitarists of all skill levels are invited to be part of the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra’s upcoming session, “A Christmas String Dance.” The orchestra’s 25 to 30 amateur guitarists will spend the fall practicing holiday-themed music that will culminate in a performance Dec. 7 in a community concert. The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is comprised of local musicians from beginner through advanced levels who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Peter Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Pupping has organized and conducted a guitar orchestra since 1999 and performs with the Peter Pupping Trio. Rehearsals are underway on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ranch View Baptist Church, 415 Rancho Santa Fe Road. Participating in the

session costs $300. This session’s music is sure to please those who love classical music, guitar music or holiday songs. Pieces include “Noel,” “Spanish Carol,” “Lo How Ere Rose is Blooming,” “Oh Tanenbaum,” “English Dance,” “Mistle Toads” and “Bell Fantasy,” a variation of “Carol of the Bells,” among others. Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years. His band, the Peter Pupping Band, released a new CD entitled “Café Pacifico” earlier this year. Pupping earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from San Diego State University. He organizes and directs the Encinitas Guitar Orchestra twice each year. For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds, (760) 9430755 or peter@guitarsounds.com.


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San Diego’s surf scientist: Carl Ekstrom continues explorations KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos “It’s best to go radical and pull back than to never go there in the first place.” San Diego native and surf design guru Carl Ekstrom lives these words through his creativity and innovation. Growing up in the progressive and energetic La Jolla surf scene of the 1950s and 1960s, Ekstrom has become San Diego’s leading surf innovator and designer. From asymmetrical surfboards to wave pools and prototype modeling, Carl Ekstrom continues to push the envelope of what is possible in the water. In 2011, Ekstrom was honored at the Sacred Craft surfboard event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year, the event is called The Boardroom Show and will take place Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 at the Fairgrounds. Last year, the Tribute to the Masters Shape-off was held with esteemed shapers creating asymmetrical boards to honor Ekstrom.The 2012 event honors shaper and four-time World Champion, Australian Mark Richards. “The Boardroom Show came from a deeply rooted stoke that every surfer has regarding surfboards,” event creator Scott Bass said. “A surfboard’s design, its promise, its allure; it’s a very passionate and important part of who we are.” When asked about the importance of honoring icons of surfboard shaping, Bass continued, “In some regards, the youth-oriented pop culture of today forgets about these legendary shapers. The surfing

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San Diego surf innovator Carl Ekstrom poses with one of his asymmetrical creations. Photo courtesy of SBass

population is booming, many people are new to surfing; they don’t know these pillars of our culture. It’s important to give surfboard shapers, designers and manufacturers their due.” I had the great honor of talking with Ekstrom about the role that science plays in surfboard development. “We are always looking to science to help us understand the ways that a surfboard interacts with water,” Ekstrom said. Although not formally trained as a scientist, Ekstrom works with physicists, engineers, rocket scientists and surfers/shapers. He exhibits a remarkable talent for scale modeling and industrial design. He also contributes to the Hydraulic Lab at The Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. Ekstrom was influenced at an early age by surf pioneer/legend and aerospace

engineer Bob Simmons. Simmons’ willingness to experiment and try new things influenced many young surfers and shapers along the burgeoning Southern California surf coast. He tragically died surfing a La Jolla reef during a large south swell in September of 1954.But he left behind a legacy of surfboard experimentation and a willingness to study the science

of fluid dynamics like the works of Bernoulli and Lindsay Lords. In 1965, Ekstrom developed his first asymmetrical board. He says his inspiration came from surfing left and right at Windansea in La Jolla. He wanted a driving feel on his frontside and tight arching turns on his backside.So he created a board with two different tails to provide those sensations. “Different people want different things out of a surfboard,” Ekstrom said. There is no doubt that his innovations facilitate many different ways to ride waves. Ekstrom has worked extensively on creating a quality, surfable wave outside of the ocean. He helped create the Wave Loch technology featured at the Wave House in Mission Beach and more than 100 other locations around the world. Powerful, barreling, standing waves are created when a sheet of water is blasted toward a foam wall. Ekstrom believes that there will one day be a quality wave pool,creating a legitimate analogue for ocean waves. Ekstrom is known as surfing’s leading futurist. His

designs have always pointed toward the future. When asked how surfing will change in the next 20 years,he replied,“I like not knowing where things are going, it is much more interesting that way.” Now residing in Rancho Santa Fe, Ekstrom continues his innovative explorations of

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


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Titans blinded by the white in loss to Chargers By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — While the Chargers wore white, it looked as though the Tennessee Titans were waving it Sunday in their defeat to the Chargers 38-10. Admitting that he’s more truthful with the team than he is with the press, head coach Norv Turner was expressed caution to the team’s 2-0 start, admitting after the win that the Chargers are “a work in progress.” The team, which is already benefitting from its depth more than any time all of last season, is seeing new faces contributing in the first two wins of the season. Tight end Dante Rosario, who was filling in for Antonio Gates with a rib injury, caught three touchdowns during the game, the most ever in his 6year career. “We’ve got a lot of work to do to continue getting better,” Turner said. “But the key right now with this football team is that we get to dress 46 guys, and we’re hoping Charlie (Whitehurst) doesn’t play and after that the other 45 guys all get a chance to contribute and they all play a role,” he added. With the 2012 season only two weeks old the offense, which won out over the Raiders on the revamped leg of kicker Nate Kaeding to open the season in Oakland, appears close to coming into its own this year. Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst attributes that to the continuity throughout the years with Philip Rivers and Turner at the helm.

Encinitas resident Jerri Nachman lines up a shot at Pacific Q Billiards as she prepares for the opening of the TAP league session this month. Photo by Tony Cagala

Amateur pool league racks up By Tony Cagala

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (right) hands off to running back Curtis Brinkley in Sunday’s home opener win 38-10 against the Tennessee Titans. Photo by Bill Reilly

“I think we were definitely good enough a week ago, we were good enough today,” Whitehurst said after the game. “I think we’re improved today, and I think that’s kind of the name of the game is to get better every week, and hopefully we’re in position late in the year to do something, and that’s when you want to be at your best,” he said. The Chargers’ offense opened their first series with 12 plays going 71 yards and a touchdown pass from Rivers to Rosario. Over the span of the Norv Turner head coach-era, since 2007 the Chargers have averaged a ranking of 9.6 in total offense against the remaining

NFL teams (they’re currently ranked 20th this season.) As for if the team’s offense is gelling: “We’re growing a lot,” Turner said. “We’ve made good strides today,” he added. “I think it’s something that depends on who you’re playing, and then it depends on this league,” Turner said. “Every week there’s a challenge. There’s good teams and there’s good players. After the game, sometimes it seems easy, but I’ve never been in an easy one,” he said. Eric Weddle’s interception in the first quarter allowed the offense to move down field and score what was the second of five touchdowns on the day. “You don’t ever

want to give a team hope,” he said of preventing the Titans from mounting any comeback. The key to preventing that big play is just being sound, he explained. “Understanding formationally, what they like to do,” he said. “The quickest way to lose in this league is giving deep plays and giving up touchdowns up the field, so we want to eliminate those, make them work for it and…make them drive the ball on us,” Weddle added. The Chargers next face the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at home. The organization still needs to sell about 12,000 tickets by Thursday to avoid a TV blackout.

Chargers retire Seau’s number before opener By Tony Cagala

SAN DIEGO — It was Wednesday, May 2 when news spread throughout San Diego and the country about Junior Seau’s death. For Chargers fans Leroy “L.T.”Williams,Annette Brown and Richard Lopez, who were all attending the team’s home opener Sunday wearing Junior Seau jerseys and t-shirts, each could remember where they were when they’d heard the news. “I was at work…and I was working overtime,” said Williams,a season ticket holder and fan since the days the Chargers played at Balboa Stadium. “I didn’t get off ‘till late in the afternoon and all-ofthe sudden, then all I could hear was, ‘Did you hear Junior Seau died?’ I’m saying, ‘Hell, he’s just a young kid.’ I was in shock,” he said. “It’s a shame what was going through his mind.” Williams said he watched each game Junior ever played in. “I just enjoyed his enthusiasm and everything else. He was one of the best linebackers we ever had.” Before the Chargers faced the Tennessee Titans, the organization retired Seau’s number 55 with a ceremony that involved former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts and Seau’s parents and children. A banner, blue and gold with Seau’s iconic number 55,

Junior Seau’s parents Luisa and Tianina Seau (center) and children (from left to right) Sydney, Jake and Hunter, with the Spanos family are on hand for the ceremony retiring Seau’s number 55. Photo by Bill Reilly

was unfurled at the west end of the stadium next to the only other numbers the Chargers have retired (Fouts’ number 14 and Lance Alworth’s number 19.) “He was the ultimate leader on the field for the Chargers, in 13 great years, and equally…in the San Diego community,” Fouts said during the ceremony. “The highest honor that a team can bestow upon one of its players is to retire his number. And there’s no one more deserving than our friend Junior,” Fouts said. For Annette Brown, a Chargers fan since 1986, Seau

meant the greatest, she said. “He was just a vibrant guy who went out there and gave his all for the game and just really got all the fans involved in the game, and really made you feel like you were part of the team,” she said. 26-year-old Richard Lopez has been a Chargers fan all of his life. He watched Seau play throughout his Charger career and really remembers the excitement that Seau played with, he said.“He was so explosive. He seemed like he had a motor that never ran out.” Lopez said the retiring of Seau’s number was “about

time.”He said they should have done it a long time ago. The last time the Chargers retired a player’s number was Alworth’s in 2005; Fouts’ number was retired in 1988. “Our guys have so much respect for Junior,” said head coach Norv Turner after the 3810 win over Tennessee. “And it’s not like our guys played with Junior. Most of them, if they have a recollection of Junior it was playing against him. We all remember the play he made down on the goal line in the Championship game where he came under a block and it’s a third- and-two play and he made a big play to stop us. “I probably have a better understanding of Junior because I’ve coached with two teams with him; just a remarkable individual. If you’re going to say, ‘Here’s a football player,’ I don’t know that you could build one better than Junior Seau. He was an inspirational guy to be around. Not Sundays. I’m talking about a day-to-day basis,” he added. “Our guys know how hard it is to play a game in this league, much less to do what Junior did and play the number of years and play in the Pro Bowls…being in the Hall of Fame and being recognized by our football team with his number being retired, and my feelings for him are awfully strong.”

Smoke-filled, dingy and dangerous — that may be the perception many hold on pool halls, dark rooms filled with hustlers lining up to con marks out of their money over a game of 9-ball. That’s something that Chris Allshouse, league operator of San Diego TAP (The Association for Pool), is hoping to change as he prepares for the opening of the league’s September session. Allshouse is a pioneer of sorts; coming from Pennsylvania, he’s the first to bring TAP, a nationally organized amateur pool league, out to San Diego in 2007. It was the first TAP league on the West Coast. Allshouse estimates that the league, which was developed in 1989, has approximately 150,000 members across the country. He’s aware of the shady perception that pool halls may have and of pool players that may have a reputation for being hustlers, but he does think that the perceptions on the sport are changing for the positive, especially with the formation of legitimate leagues. There are a lot of little independent leagues that will collect money and then disappear, he said, but added that he hasn’t seen that as the case here in San Diego. San Diego is home to a number of pool halls, including The Hungry Stick and Jolt’n Joe’s, and Pacific Q Billiards in Encinitas where the TAP league meets. Allshouse has been playing pool since he was 13 or 14 years old, he said. When he turned 21 he started joining leagues where he could advanced his skills. “The main reason I like to play,” he said,“Is competition. I can go pretty much anywhere and find a person to play pool. Anybody can do it; it doesn’t matter how old you are, how young you are.” Allshouse said he was playing against a 76-year-old opponent recently, who ran the table on him twice.“That’s the thing — I figure I can play pool for the rest of my life. It’s not like football or wrestling…where, eventually you’re just too old for it. … “And the games always change,” he said. “You might get the same shot, but every game is different.” It can be intimidating to walk up to a pool table, he said. Most people will play, though, he added. “If you get

an open person,I think people (are) willing to try anything at least once.” The TAP league is handicapped, just like in golf or bowling,and so you don’t have to come in thinking that you have to be a great pool shooter, he said. Encinitas resident Jerri Nachman grew up in the ‘60s where pool was the sport of her era, she explained. “I didn’t really learn how to play pool, but I learned how to shoot pool balls and that it was fun and I met a lot of people,” she said. Nachman came to the league after not having played for years. She started as a two handicap, is now a three but has the intention of advancing to a four-handicap ranking this session. Nachman said she was intimidated at first, but the people in the league were so “generous,” she said, “in showing me and teaching me and not intimidating me at all.” “You actually get better just by being in a league,” Allshouse said.“We have competitive players, but all of our players are willing to help you.” Nachman said she thinks the billiards scene in Encinitas is growing. “What I see is the middle-aged people like me from the ‘60s,who had that skill set when they were young, because it was the sport du jour when you were a kid, so those people are still here and they’re coming back. “And there’s a whole new revival of the game, which I see with the 21-to-23-to-25year olds,” she said. Allshouse is expecting 20 new and returning players (both men and women) this session in North County, which begins Sept.26.The age range of those players is from the early-20s to the late-70s; there is no age limit to join the league. Allshouse thinks pool could become a big industry. According to a 2012 report on billiards participation by SGMA (Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association) there are 12,132,000 billiards/pool participants in the U.S. Of those participants 65 percent are male; 42 percent have a college degree or higher. But, according to the report, there has been a 5.6 percent decline from 2007 to 2011 in participants aged 6 or older who played once or more per year.


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Protecting kids from the flu To Your Health By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

For most adults, the influenza virus means a week or so of fever, sore throat, cough, headache, and body aches. But for children, the flu can have much more serious consequences, such as ear infections, dehydration, pneumonia, or death. Severe complications from the flu send an average of 20,000 children under age 5 to the hospital for care in the United States annually. Moreover, during the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic of 2009, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported more than 340 deaths in children from ages 6 months to 19 years. Fortunately, parents can take steps to help protect

their children against the flu virus. The most important preventive measure is getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine.This vaccine increases protection against three strains of the flu virus that are expected to be most prevalent each year. Because the vaccine changes from year to year, children should get a flu shot annually, ideally before November. Most children 6 months or older should be vaccinated (check with a physician first if a child is allergic to eggs).Vaccination is especially important for children younger than age 5 and/or those who have chronic health problems such as asthma or diabetes, which can increase the risk of flu complications. People who live or work with young children should be vaccinated as well. It’s also important to limit children’s exposure to the virus. Infants and young children should be kept away from those showing signs of illness. Family travel can increase the risk of exposure, especially on airplanes. Even if just a few people on the plane are ill, the closed environment can trap viruses and spread them around to everyone on board. Crowded airports and train stations may present similar situations. If avoiding sick people or crowds isn’t possible, try to keep infants’ faces lightly covered to prevent possible airborne exposure to the virus.

Children should wash their hands frequently and keep their hands away from their faces to minimize the transfer of germs. Sick children should be kept home until they are well, and all children should learn to cover their coughs by coughing or sneezing into a tissue, which should immediately be discarded. If a tissue isn’t available, teach children to cough into their elbows, not their hands. Healthy children are less susceptible to catching the flu virus and less likely to develop complications if they do get sick. Good nutrition, exercise and plenty of rest can help build resistance. Among infants, breastfeeding can pass immune antibodies from mother to baby, thus increasing their defense against illness. Children who do get influenza should get plenty of rest and fluids. Keep an eye on their breathing; humidified air is easier on the lungs and keeps mucus thinner, so that the child can clear their lungs easier. Age appropriate over-the-counter medications can help with symptoms. Parents who are unsure about the severity of a child’s flu should call a physician.

“Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS or visit www.scripps.org.

Glimpsing ‘life in the moment’ CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes I was just starting my morning beach walk, hands already filthy from picking up the discards of slobs who use our beaches as dumps and ashtrays, when I ran into my longtime friend, Scott Bass. Bass was out promoting his upcoming Board Room International Surfboard Show, riding the wires of coffee and adrenaline when he stopped to speak. Our conversation quickly turned philosophical and we began contemplating the relative merits of living in the moment. “I haven’t lived in the moment for weeks,” confessed Bass, nearly apologetically. I thought I was living in the moment, but soon realized that my mind kept drifting back to home. It was a no-big-deal moment — nobody was hooting from the channel, dropping in or popping champagne corks. It was just a flat and dreary mid morning in Cardiff, speaking to a friend before parting company. As I continued walking south, I contemplated my life as a surfer, opposed to my life on land. In the water I was younger and freer than ever on land. But there was something else about surfing, something about catching a wave of consequence. I was reminded of a short

story in Surfer Magazine called “When Nothing Else Matters,” by a writer named Drew Kampion.The piece was first published in the mid 1970s and, to my recollection, Kampion describes taking off on a big west peak Sunset Beach wave. I haven’t read that article in more than 30 years, so please excuse me for not recalling the details perfectly. I do, however, recall the point of the piece — that when you’re committed to a big wave everything else vanishes. I have not ridden an adult wave in at least six months, the last one at Swami’s during a moderate north/west swell. I was sitting outside, tracking the wave’s rise and fall in the kelp while the usual suspects were caught inside. I paddled out to meet it, spun around and felt the floor falling out. One more stroke and the world would disappear in a liquid dream. Gone were the bills, the dental appointment, the ailing cat, the angry neighbor, the bald tires. My world was eight feet tall and many yards wide, but it didn’t stay that way for long. People paddled over, some smiling, some, no doubt, envious, some wideeyed, hoping to get over the set before it broke outside. The inside wall lined up like a cyclone fence, peeling at just the right speed to stay in front of its collapsing curl. Then, suddenly, that wave was no bigger than the splash a car tires makes when moving

through a puddle. What had just happened? A miracle, that’s what. A miracle that produced a healthy amnesia for a moment and transported me into a wonderful and familiar world. Realizing I had been lucky to ride such a wave alone, I paddled in, unzipped the top of my wetsuit and dried on the sand, watching others perform far better than I had on the rising swell. The fall day was cool, but not cold, the tourists were long gone, the beach swept clean of their discards. Standing in the silver light of the afternoon, I realized I had been allowed a glimpse of eternity. But I was soon driven from the garden and left to face the anxiety rats as they once again began to nibble away at my soul. I look forward to the next time that moments are counted as lifetimes and the world stands still, when water becomes wine, for a long fraction of an eternity. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. Email him at cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com.

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chucking it all and heading for Costa Rica, a place loaded with Americans living the simple life. You know you can figure out a way to live in your paradise for six months out of the year. It can be done. Canadians descend upon all points south in the winter and stay for up to six months. If the Canadians can do it, so can you. My friends Don and Glenda worked up the cash to buy into a pretty nice boat down in La Paz along with a condo on the golf course.They pay for it all by renting out their furnished home in Carlsbad to those crazy Canadians. So they live down there on the golf course and their boat for however long they want. They love it. Until something changes in the way we pay for our insurance and medical care, a devastating or catastrophic

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A memory and good time with friends can make your day MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Sometimes your past can revisit your mind as the sun drops below the clouds in pink and orange hues hanging from the sky. I drove through the windy roads on Rancho Santa Fe this weekend. I watched the colors in the sky change. I felt the power of an overwhelming hope lift me momentarily. It felt like I could touch heaven because it was so close that day. The eucalyptus trees blended with the passing scenery as the sun shot beams

of light between their branches. What I noticed next was the date on my cell phone. One of those annoying little notification sounds buzzed, which averted my attention back inside my car. That was when I recognized the date. I knew that had been the anniversary of the last day I had seen a friend of mine that died two years ago. As time goes by, our hearts remember the special moments that meant so much to us. Somehow an overwhelming sense of hope had pulled my focus toward the sky on this two-year anniversary. The beauty in the dangling, lavender-streaked clouds with rays of light shined with glory. I felt touched by an angel to remember this important date. That was the last time I ever saw my friend alive. Two years later, life moves forward … everyone has a story to tell. My story changes with the seasons. My life blends with the smudged colors on the horizon. I continue to live and breathe.And, on that particular day, it felt as if an angel tapped me on the shoulder so I would notice the heavens and remember my friend. I did. I felt a warm feeling in my heart. The past touched the present and I remember the laughter, the fun and so many memories of good times. Some say, “Don’t look back.” I say, “Remember so we do not forget. Life is worth cherishing always.

Machel Penn Shull, Elaine Gallagher and Oxana Cobbald enjoying lunch together at Mille Fleurs. Courtesy photo

two of my favorite Ranch residents, Oxana Cobbald and Elaine Gallagher. When I arrived at Mille Fleurs for lunch there was a private fashion show taking place exclusively for the “Lunch Bunch.” A handsome group of men sat together at a large table, while enjoying the latest fashions from Mister B, which is located at the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza. At some point I must feature this fabulous group of men that meet every week at Mille Fleurs.They look powerful and happy. Wouldn’t you if you had lunch there, too, every Happy Birthday to Jill Sorge in Rancho Santa Fe. Jill celebrated Around Town week? I did manage to capher birthday with loved ones on her On Aug. 31, I had some ture a photo of Maggie special day. Courtesy photo much needed girl time with Bobileff, owner of Mister B, with a good friend. My sincerest apologies to Maggie. A few weeks ago in my column, the caption was wrong under her name. She is one of my favorites in the Ranch so big kisses to Maggie! Back to my lunch. Well, we sat in the exquisite dining room right next to the fireplace. Oxana, Elaine and I enjoyed sharing recent vignettes of our life with one another as the day unfolded perfectly with two beautiful friends sitting with me. As you may know, I absolutely cherish my time Maggie Bobileff with a good friend from the "Lunch Bunch" at Mille with my girlfriends and count myself lucky to know them. I Fleurs. Photo by Machel Penn Shull have included a photo of the

Reese, Meredith and Holden MacDonald looking gorgeous at a family birthday party. Courtesy photo

three of us that day. Thanks Elaine and Oxana. You made my month of August end perfectly! On Sept. 5, the races at the Del Mar Race Track came to the grand finale. Women and men arrived in style to enjoy the last day of fun where the “Turf Meets the Surf” one last time in 2012. Later that evening, I received the most glamorous photo of one of my good friends looking exceptionally glamorous in black! Karian Forsyth glows in this photo featured here in my column. Just back from a trip to Cabo San Lucas with Tom, Karian looks exceptionally radiant on closing day in Del Mar. Knowing Karian feels like I’m rubbing elbows with a celebrity back in Hollywood. Where are the cameras? When will they start rolling? When we least expect it, you can bet Rancho Santa Fe will be whisked away with a reality show of its own. I would bet money that Karian could be one of the stars. On Sept. 11, Larry MacDonald and the MacDonald clan celebrated his birthday with loved ones and friends. I just love birthday parties. They make life so much more fun and exciting. I always try to maximize my date with some outlandish party. Why not? You only live once. I received the most gorgeous photo of Meredith MacDonald with her two children — Reese and Holden — at the party that evening. This shot captures the love and the bond you can see between this beautiful family. Happy birthday Larry! On Sept. 12, I ran my afternoon run in the blazing heat in Cardiff. Then I managed to arrive at “Bloom” for my Vitamin B shot and then jet over to The Coast News office to surprise Krista Lafferty with another bridal gift along with Krista’s good friends that work with her at the paper. Krista met Mike this very month five years ago and they are getting married on the exact day the met. I have included an elegant, classy photo of the bride-to-be cutting the cake. From sexy lingerie to a box of kitchen utensils, Krista’s look of surprise

Karian Forsyth sitting pretty at the Del Mar Races closing day Sept. 5 in Del Mar. Courtesy photo

Krista Lafferty receives a surprise bridal shower' from The Coast News Group and all of her friends on Sept. 12 in Encinitas. Here is a photo of Krista cutting the cake that day. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

with each gift is what made the party so much fun. Stay tuned for wedding photos from the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. I just happen to know one of the bridesmaids. I will snag some beautiful pictures to share with my readers. On Sept. 16, my best friend Jill Sorge celebrated her birthday this month, too. Jill is one of the moms who dedicates every ounce of her heart and soul to her family. Due to her busy schedule with her three children and demanding life as a CEO of the Sorge family, I will be celebrating with her shortly on a different date for lunch.

I have included a lovely photo. Happy birthday Jill. Thank you for giving me some of your extra valuable time to make my world a better place because you are in it! In case you didn’t notice, this column I featured all five of the “Women Worth Talking about in Rancho Santa Fe.” They are Jill Sorge, Elaine Gallagher, Karian Forsyth, Krista Lafferty and Meredith MacDonald.

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A new view of the Pacific at Chandler’s FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine If you needed a new reason to sit and soak in the magnificent Pacific Ocean, you have one in the breathtaking surroundings at Chandler’s, the new restaurant and lounge inside the equally beautiful new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. A sleek, fresh, environmentally friendly décor invites comfort and cordiality and connects directly with the resort and spa’s coastal colors and architecture. Chandler’s executive chef is the acclaimed French stylist Pascal Vignau, who is well-known as the former executive chef for Four Seasons Aviara Resort and most recently chef/owner of Savory Casual Fare in Encinitas with a widely celebrated international menu. Vignau’s passion is comfortable and approachable food, presented in a firstclass setting. His approach to wine is equally impressive. He has personally designed a private wine room, allowing guests to personally select their favorite wine from a spectacular world-class selection. California wines are dominant on the list, with my value favorite being the Turley Zinfandel from the Central Coast. A premium wine to know is the Lewis Cellars Cabernet from the Napa Valley.

The evening I sat with Vignau he had planned a tribute dinner in honor of America’s favorite chef Julia Child, who mastered the art of French cooking. It was a delicious French Onion Soup, classic Boeuf Bourguignon and French Apple Tart. “Tonight would have been her 100th birthday and in the days when I worked alongside Julia, she was the nicest lady ever,” he reminisced. “She received the Legion of Honor from France and the Medal of Freedom from the United States. How big is that from someone who made her living in the kitchen!” I then asked him what made him turn from his own restaurant to a large resortstyle dining room. “Look at this beautiful place,” he said. “I come here to create my dishes and watch the magnificent ocean. In the other place I watched a parking lot in a shopping center. I love it here.” Other things to know about when you visit this Hilton: its 215 guest rooms have mostly ocean views, directly across from Ponto Beach on the Coast Highway; spectacular surf art splashes bright color throughout the corridors, created by the world renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang; the Ocean Crest Spa is an artistic triumph inspired by the ocean with next-generation wellness experiences, and the resort now offers an “Endless Summer Beach Package” full of benefits for one low price. For more information and reservations, visit

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Bob Moore is General Manager of Chandler's and the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa featuring panormaic views of the Pacific Ocean.Courtesy photo

hiltoncarlsbadoceanfront.co m or call (760) 602-0800. Veraison in the Vineyards No it’s not a grape varietal, it’s what happens to the leaves and grapes as the September harvest arrives. It reminds me of the fall foliage back east, with leaf coloration that is nothing short of gorgeous, and the grapes go from green to a deep purple. Up in the Napa Valley when I visited recently, the excitement was building as weather signs indicated a memorable harvest ahead. The grapes also increase in volume, weight and sugar content. Generalities though are hard to underline in the wine business due to “microclimates,” where one vineyard will show very different results from another just a few miles down the road. For instance, in lower Napa Valley, Lewis Cellars is raving about the prospects for the growing season, while Michael Keenan of Keenan Wines up in the mountains near St. Helena sees a late harvest due to lack of hot weather. Over at nearby Provenance Winery in Rutherford, lead winemaker Tom Rinaldi’s one-word comment was “giddy.” He gives a big thumbs up to 2012.

midnight Sept. 22. One hundred and seventy-five food and beverage suppliers will serve guests. Live music, animal ambassadors and silent auctions will keep it lively. Cost starts at $90 for admission. More details at (619) 718-3000. A Day in Tuscany is the theme, including a fourcourse lunch with Italian wine pairings and a seminar at San Antonio Winery, downtown Los Angeles from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. The cost is $68 per person. Call (888) 223-1401. The Taste of Hope is a wine and food benefit event from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Rancho Valencia Resort in Rancho Santa Fe. Cost is $65. RSVP at (858) 452-6846. The San Diego Wine Show is a two-day celebration of wine, food and music in the Paddock area of the Del Mar Fairgrounds from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Great whites and reds from California and the Pacific Coast with live entertainment in an intimate outdoor setting. Fine food available. Tickets are $55 per day, $65 at the door, available at sandiegowineshow.com or by calling (800) 653-8000.

Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteWine Bytes ofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified The San Diego Zoo has 900 visits per day) He is one of the top a benefit food and wine cel- five wine commentators on the Web. ebration from 7:30 p.m. to Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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When people think of agriculture in North County, conversation usually heads toward avocados, citrus and flowers. Not many know that before the area had access to fresh water, lima beans were the go-to crop for early settlers. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates this history Sept. 29 with their annual Lima Bean Faire. I should note that the event is now open to all beans, which really expands the culinary options and as a judge this year I’m very excited about that. To learn more about lima beans in the area and the fair, I sat down with local history expert Will Nesbitt, executive director of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Lick the Plate: So it turns out lima beans play a key part in the survival of the early pioneers in coastal North County. What is the story behind this? Will Nesbitt: In 1862, the U.S. government passed the Homestead Act, which gave free land to Americans that would travel to the West. If you went west, made a claim and paid a fee to the federal government, then stayed on your land and improved it over a period of five years, you would get 160 acres free. In the 1880s, pioneers came to the area to homestead and many thought that the land would be arable for all sorts of crops. There was even a group of German immigrants who were deceived by land promoters who claimed that olive trees were growing east of Encinitas. Olivenhain was established. The truth of the matter was that the soil was not particularly rich and the local climate was semi-arid desert. Certainly olive trees don’t grow readily. Consequently, the crops that many pioneers first grew failed. For those that stayed after the disappointment of poor farmland, a crop was needed that they could dry farm (without irrigation) and was hearty enough to survive long stretches without much moisture. Enter the lima bean. Farmers found that lima beans grew readily along the coastal strip. It was found that the lima grew easily because it used the moisture from the foggy ocean air during parts of the year. LTP: As irrigation became more prevalent in the area, what crops took the place of the lima bean and which are still being farmed today? WN: Irrigation came to

the area after the building of Lake Hodges Dam in 1918. The most important crop that came to Encinitas was flowers led by Paul Ecke in 1923. He came from Los Angeles and decided to buy land in Encinitas because it was so cheap. After Ecke, many flower growers came to the area. There are still Ecke greenhouses and others but many growers moved operations to Central America because of labor costs. There are a few patches of flowers being grown today but not nearly as much as in the past. LTP: This year, the Lima Bean Faire has expanded to include all beans. That really opens up the field. Who are some of the more notable contestants and what type of recipes have been submitted in the past? WN: We have had Brett from Brett’s BBQ participate for many years. Aaron from the Flying Pig Restaurant in Oceanside participated last year. The executive chef from Scripps Hospital and the head chef at Garcia's Mexican Cuisine has been with use for a few years. There have been lima bean cookies, lima bean salads, and soups to name a few. LTP: What else can attendees of the Lima Bean Faire expect? WN: The Lima Bean Faire will have tastings for everyone that wants to rediscover how good lima beans can be. Five dollars will get you three tastes. Fifteen dollars will get you unlimited tastes. This money will help support the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Other activities will include the Bluegrass band, the Tail Draggers, a bake sale, a raffle with amazing prizes and a kid’s area with activities. LTP: The San Dieguito Heritage Museum plays an important role in telling the history of this area and relies primarily on private contributions.What’s new at the museum and how can people get involved and donate? WN: The San Dieguito Heritage Museum really relies on individuals to keep history alive by keeping our doors open. New initiatives include an exhibit about the La Paloma Theatre that will come Nov. 1. Also we are about to place a temporary exhibit hall on the property that will allow us to expand our ability to put up new exhibits. People that want to support our museum can make a donation through our website. They can also become a member of the museum and keep up on all the changes.

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


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A new view of the Pacific at Chandler’s FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine If you needed a new reason to sit and soak in the magnificent Pacific Ocean, you have one in the breathtaking surroundings at Chandler’s, the new restaurant and lounge inside the equally beautiful new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. A sleek, fresh, environmentally friendly décor invites comfort and cordiality and connects directly with the resort and spa’s coastal colors and architecture. Chandler’s executive chef is the acclaimed French stylist Pascal Vignau, who is well-known as the former executive chef for Four Seasons Aviara Resort and most recently chef/owner of Savory Casual Fare in Encinitas with a widely celebrated international menu. Vignau’s passion is comfortable and approachable food, presented in a firstclass setting. His approach to wine is equally impressive. He has personally designed a private wine room, allowing guests to personally select their favorite wine from a spectacular world-class selection. California wines are dominant on the list, with my value favorite being the Turley Zinfandel from the Central Coast. A premium wine to know is the Lewis Cellars Cabernet from the Napa Valley.

The evening I sat with Vignau he had planned a tribute dinner in honor of America’s favorite chef Julia Child, who mastered the art of French cooking. It was a delicious French Onion Soup, classic Boeuf Bourguignon and French Apple Tart. “Tonight would have been her 100th birthday and in the days when I worked alongside Julia, she was the nicest lady ever,” he reminisced. “She received the Legion of Honor from France and the Medal of Freedom from the United States. How big is that from someone who made her living in the kitchen!” I then asked him what made him turn from his own restaurant to a large resortstyle dining room. “Look at this beautiful place,” he said. “I come here to create my dishes and watch the magnificent ocean. In the other place I watched a parking lot in a shopping center. I love it here.” Other things to know about when you visit this Hilton: its 215 guest rooms have mostly ocean views, directly across from Ponto Beach on the Coast Highway; spectacular surf art splashes bright color throughout the corridors, created by the world renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang; the Ocean Crest Spa is an artistic triumph inspired by the ocean with next-generation wellness experiences, and the resort now offers an “Endless Summer Beach Package” full of benefits for one low price. For more information and reservations, visit

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Pascal Vignau is the Executive Chef of the new Chandler’s Restaurant in the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Courtesy photo

hiltoncarlsbadoceanfront.co m or call (760) 602-0800. Veraison in the Vineyards No it’s not a grape varietal, it’s what happens to the leaves and grapes as the September harvest arrives. It reminds me of the fall foliage back east, with leaf coloration that is nothing short of gorgeous, and the grapes go from green to a deep purple. Up in the Napa Valley when I visited recently, the excitement was building as weather signs indicated a memorable harvest ahead. The grapes also increase in volume, weight and sugar content. Generalities though are hard to underline in the wine business due to “microclimates,” where one vineyard will show very different results from another just a few miles down the road. For instance, in lower Napa Valley, Lewis Cellars is raving about the prospects for the growing season, while Michael Keenan of Keenan Wines up in the mountains near St. Helena sees a late harvest due to lack of hot weather. Over at nearby Provenance Winery in Rutherford, lead winemaker Tom Rinaldi’s one-word comment was “giddy.” He gives a big thumbs up to 2012.

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Lima Bean Faire celebrates history

When people think of agriculture in North County, conversation usually heads toward avocados, citrus and flowers. Not many know that before the area had access to fresh water, lima beans were the go-to crop for early settlers. The San Dieguito Heritage Museum celebrates this history Sept. 29 with their annual Lima Bean Faire. I should note that the event is now open to all beans, which really expands the culinary options and as a judge this year I’m very excited about that. To learn more about lima beans in the area and the fair, I sat down with local history expert Will Nesbitt, executive director of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Lick the Plate: So it turns out lima beans play a key part in the survival of the early pioneers in coastal North County. What is the story behind this? Will Nesbitt: In 1862, the U.S. government passed the Homestead Act, which gave free land to Americans that would travel to the West. If you went west, made a claim and paid a fee to the federal government, then stayed on your land and improved it over a period of five years, you would get 160 acres free. In the 1880s, pioneers came to the area to homestead and many thought that the land would be arable for all sorts of crops. There was even a group of German immigrants who were deceived by land promoters who claimed that olive trees were growing east of Encinitas. Olivenhain was established. The truth of the matter was that the soil was not particularly rich and the local climate was semi-arid desert. Certainly olive trees don’t grow readily. Consequently, the crops that many pioneers first grew failed. For those that stayed after the disappointment of poor farmland, a crop was needed that they could dry farm (without irrigation) and was hearty enough to survive long stretches without much moisture. Enter the lima bean. Farmers found that lima beans grew readily along the coastal strip. It was found that the lima grew easily because it used the moisture from the foggy ocean air during parts of the year. LTP: As irrigation became more prevalent in the area, what crops took the place of the lima bean and which are still being farmed today? WN: Irrigation came to

the area after the building of Lake Hodges Dam in 1918. The most important crop that came to Encinitas was flowers led by Paul Ecke in 1923. He came from Los Angeles and decided to buy land in Encinitas because it was so cheap. After Ecke, many flower growers came to the area. There are still Ecke greenhouses and others but many growers moved operations to Central America because of labor costs. There are a few patches of flowers being grown today but not nearly as much as in the past. LTP: This year, the Lima Bean Faire has expanded to include all beans. That really opens up the field. Who are some of the more notable contestants and what type of recipes have been submitted in the past? WN: We have had Brett from Brett’s BBQ participate for many years. Aaron from the Flying Pig Restaurant in Oceanside participated last year. The executive chef from Scripps Hospital and the head chef at Garcia's Mexican Cuisine has been with use for a few years. There have been lima bean cookies, lima bean salads, and soups to name a few. LTP: What else can attendees of the Lima Bean Faire expect? WN: The Lima Bean Faire will have tastings for everyone that wants to rediscover how good lima beans can be. Five dollars will get you three tastes. Fifteen dollars will get you unlimited tastes. This money will help support the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. Other activities will include the Bluegrass band, the Tail Draggers, a bake sale, a raffle with amazing prizes and a kid’s area with activities. LTP: The San Dieguito Heritage Museum plays an important role in telling the history of this area and relies primarily on private contributions.What’s new at the museum and how can people get involved and donate? WN: The San Dieguito Heritage Museum really relies on individuals to keep history alive by keeping our doors open. New initiatives include an exhibit about the La Paloma Theatre that will come Nov. 1. Also we are about to place a temporary exhibit hall on the property that will allow us to expand our ability to put up new exhibits. People that want to support our museum can make a donation through our website. They can also become a member of the museum and keep up on all the changes.

Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday-Friday during the 7pm hour. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke Apparel, an Encinitas based marketing firm and clothing line. Reach him at david@artichoke-creative.com or (858) 395-6905.


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Groups weigh in on MiraCosta College’s $497 million bond nearly two times what it borrowed over 25 years, which “isn’t extravagant” and “within a traditional loan,” Cate said. Gary Gonsalves, representing the group Stop Taxing Us, said MiraCosta is another example of a school district overreaching, referring to the

By Jared Whitlock

After 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Thomas Straight decided he wanted to go back to school to be an echocardiogram technician. Straight enrolled at MiraCosta in hopes of eventually transferring to Grossmont College next fall for a cardiovascular program. In order to do so, he needs to finish his current Biology 101 class and complete an anatomy class next spring. Getting that class, however, is anything but a sure bet, leaving Straight to wonder if he can enter the cardiovascular program when he planned. “From what I hear, that’s one of the harder classes to enroll in; there are so many people trying to sign up that there might not be a spot for me,” said Straight, who has already had a difficult time finding classes at MiraCosta and has to commute to the San Elijo campus from Vista. Due to a shortage of classrooms and labs, Straight’s story is typical of MiraCosta science students hoping to transfer to another program or a four-year university. School trustees said they had frustrated students in mind when they voted last month to place a $497 million bond on the November ballot that would fund renovations and new buildings throughout the school’s three campuses. But critics say the bond is a burden on residents during tough times. “When people are suffering, is it fair to ask for that much money?” asked Bob Bonde, president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association. Bonde argued MiraCosta is parlaying an actual need for biology and chemistry labs into unnecessary campuswide improvements. “Instead of asking taxpayers for improvements as they need them, MiraCosta is going for the whole pie all at once,” Bonde said. Further, he questioned why MiraCosta prioritized constructing a concert hall and art center over science buildings during the last five years. According to Carlos Lopez, dean of mathematics,

MiraCosta students take part in a biology lab, a difficult class for students to secure. School officials say new and updated facilities are the only way to reduce wait lists plaguing students. Photo by Jared Whitlock

sciences and performing arts, there’s been a surge in demand for biology and chemistry classes in the last five years, largely explaining the shortage of science labs. Compared to other buildings, he said the science labs take longer to come online because they require added infrastructure like eye wash stations, extra plumbing, prep space and gas and electricity for each station. MiraCosta spokeswoman Cheryl Broom said science buildings are a priority, but said more facilities for other disciplines are also necessary to bring down the number of students on wait lists. More than half of the nearly 15,000 students at MiraCosta were placed on a wait list for at least one of their classes before the fall semester began. According to Broom, 906 out of 1,248 classes had a wait list the day before the fall semester.The top three wait listed classes were a biology lab with 591 students on the wait list, English 100 with 477 students on the wait list and elementary algebra with 296 students on the wait list. Broom pushed back against claims that MiraCosta is asking for more than it needs with the $497 million bond. “A lot of time was spent on assessing needs that went into a comprehensive master plan,” Broom said. “The bond wasn’t drawn up out of thin air.” She added that it would be more expensive and could take 50 to 70 years to complete the master plan if it was broken up into parts and put on a ballot every two to four years. To finance the bond, prop-

erty taxes in the school’s district would be raised an additional $20 per every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value for around 25 years. All told, including principal and interest, repayment is estimated to cost nearly $1 billion. Chris Cate, vice president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, said the group is endorsing the bond because MiraCosta justified the cost with “ample planning” and the financing isn’t “exotic.” MiraCosta committed to using current interest bonds, not capital appreciation bonds, a big reason the San Diego County Taxpayers Association backed the bond, according to Cate. In recent years, some California school districts, including Poway, have passed high-interest capital appreciation bonds. In Poway’s case, for example, it will begin paying $807 million in interest in 2032 on a $105 million loan it took out last year. Drawing criticism from many, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association supported that controversial school bond. But Cate argued the group was misled and will no longer back any capital appreciation bonds. He said MiraCosta’s bond is “nothing like what happened in Poway.” MiraCosta will pay back

San Dieguito and the Del Mar school districts also placing a bond on the November ballot. “We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem,” Gonsalves said. “These districts should learn to live within their means.” Gonsalves’ group and others against the bond are

facing an uphill battle. MiraCosta needs 55 percent of voters to approve the bond. In July, a survey showed 65 percent of registered voters in favor of it. “We’ll be outspent by organizations that are for it, but we’ll keep fighting,” Gonsalves said.


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A few days in the ‘Big Apple’ requires a plan and flexibility E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road When you’re on the loose in the Big Apple for 72 hours, you need a plan but with flexibility. On Day One, I visit the temporary National September 11 Museum, take

two tours at the Tenement Museum (Sept. 7 column), have lunch and dinner with a longtime friend, then attend the well reviewed play she is directing in a theater a few blocks north of the West Village. I am off to a good start. I’m headquartered at the Doubletree by Hilton at 51st and Lexington, a great Midtown location because it’s close to several subways. You

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A ubiquitous, double-decker Gray Line tour bus heads toward Times Square. The buses are an ideal way to see Manhattan; 24-hour or 48-hour tickets allow passengers to hop on and off at many popular destinations. Tours at night and through Brooklyn also are offered. Photo by Doug Taylor

Park, which is surrounded by the New York University campus, we hop off. The park’s shade is a welcome break from the heat, and I wonder whether others here are some of the 8 million-plus residents or the 47 million annual visitors. At some point, we wander into Doug’s neighborhood, the West Village. Yes, I could live here.The beautifully restored brick and stone buildings with ornately carved doors, hand-crafted wrought iron gates and mature, leafy trees make for an intimate, artsy community like I’ve seen in so many films. All I’d need is a sizable income, as a 650-square-foot apartment can rent for $4,200 a month, unless you’re lucky enough to have a rent-controlled place. Doug says we have to visit Eataly, a food wonderland that inhabits 50,000 square feet of space at 200 Fifth Avenue. There is an emphasis on Italian food, but plenty of other cuisines are represented, too. It’s a diedand-gone-to-heaven experience to cruise the aisles and peruse the cases of perfect produce; exotically colored handmade pasta of every shape and size; fresh meats and fish that I can’t always identify; and desserts beyondthe-celestial, including an entire case of homemade gluten-free desserts.

This life-size photo of a New Yorker who had his entire back tattooed with names of fellow firefighters stands in the temporary National September 11 Museum on Albany Street near the new World Trade Center towers. The permanent underground museum was supposed to open this month, but has ceased construction because of a funding problems. Because of security concerns, the estimated annual operating cost will be $60 million. Photo by E’Louise Ondash.

Sometimes you have to look down to catch interesting slices of life in Manhattan. This sidewalk menagerie includes four cats, three guinea pigs (sitting in the elevated Frisbee), and a dog or two not shown. Amazingly, the cats did not wander. Photo by Doug Taylor

For lunch, we grab a salad from a deli in Doug’s neighborhood and eat in his nearby West Village (rent-controlled) apartment. The break re-energizes us and we catch the Gray Line again. Before day’s end, we visit Battery Park with its view of the Statue of Liberty; the nearby American Indian Museum in the repurposed historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (the murals are stunning); and Strawberry Fields (in memory of John

Lennon) and Angel of the Waters Fountain at Bethesda Terrace, iconic destinations in Central Park. We stroll past Rockefeller Center and down Fifth Avenue with its tony shop windows and avant garde buildings. We stop to take in the Louis Vuitton flagship store festooned in polka dots. As Doug says, “In New York, art is everywhere.” Day Three in NYC to be covered in a future column. If you go: Doubletree by Hilton – Stylishly renovated, efficient, comfortable and convenient to Park Avenue, Madison Avenue shopping, the UN, Museum Mile, Central Park and Grey Line; (212) 480-9100; http://doubletree3.hilton.com. Gray Line Tours: (800) 669-0051; newyorksightseeing.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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open space parcels, Smith said. By 1995, the Open Space Fund had accumulated sufficient funds to begin looking for potential sites. An Open Space Task Force was created to make recommendations to the board. “Originally one of the mission of the task force was to create a greenbelt around the village,but they soon learned that was impossible,” Smith said. In 1996, Open Space efforts began leaning toward passive open space parcels. It

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“This is by no means a black-and-white-issue,” she added. “I hope more people educate themselves before voting.” Another issue more than worth looking at, Caughlin said, is the proposition’s effect on food prices. So far, studies on the proposition and food prices are split. A study by Northbridge Environmental Management Consultants maintains the proposition could cost the agriculture industry billions and drive up food prices $350 to $400 for the average California family, just to make the label changes. Pro-label

became official in March 1996 when the board decided the fund be used solely for the acquisition of passive open space parcels. Although the funds were supposed to be used for passive open space, they have since been used to buy ball fields, camping and picnic areas,parking lots and horse stables. Since 1984, seven properties were purchased adding up to $16.2 million. Open Space Funds have also been used for improvements and renovations on certain properties such as the Osuna Ranch.

“I think this will more accurately reflect what is actually being done,” director Anne Feighner said. The board also voted to announce to the community when they are looking at a property. “We always hear that the board does things we (members) never hear about,” she said. From now on, the board will run the proposed purchases by the community. “It gives 30 days to get some community input,” Feighner said. ‘We have a lot of very smart people in Rancho

Santa Fe.” The Open Space Fund currently has $2 million, but is expected to expand to about $4 million when the house on the Osuna Ranch sells. Now, the goal of he Covenant Enhancement Policy is to acquire properties and expend funds that will enhance the character of the Covenant through the preservation of its unique community attributes, which gives a lot of leeway to buy properties. Said director Larry Spitcaufsky: “This is a major policy decision. It is so important.”

advocates argue Northridge’s study is built on a flawed premise. In turn, they reference a study by a professor at Emory University School of Law that says the proposition would not result in higher food prices for consumers. Should voters approve it, California would be the first state to demand labels on genetically engineered crops like corn and soybeans. However, some foods would be exempt from labeling. Examples include alcoholic beverages and foods that are sold for immediate consumption in a restaurant. Two other organic farm owners in San Diego said they’d like to further study the proposition before mak-

ing up their minds. “I want to see a more conclusive study on the economics,” said Bill Brammer, owner of Be Wise Ranch in Escondido. “My instinct tells me people should be aware of what’s going into their body,” said Laurel Mehl, owner of Coral Tree Farm & Nursery in Encinitas. “But I’m so busy out there in the field I haven’t been able to dedicate enough time to reviewing the proposition.” Caughlin said refraining from jumping on the “yes on 37” bandwagon doesn’t mean she doesn’t support organic foods. Following careers as a teacher, gold broker and CEO of a futures trading

company, Caughlin started her two-acre farm in the late 1980s. Seabreeze is a part of a CSA (community supported agriculture) that grows and delivers a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers to homes. Seabreeze also hosts community events. Like other organic farmers, Caughlin said she takes issue with land degradation and health problems associated with genetically modified foods. “There are serious problems with genetically modified,” Caughlin said. “Organic is better for you.” “This is by no means a black-and-white-issue,” she added. “I hope more people educate themselves before voting.”

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lunch at the Osuna Ranch, and back to the Club.Trailer parking is available at the Rancho Riding village and promote a commu- Club and Osuna Ranch. Open to Covenant residents and their nity feeling.” The Rancho Santa Fe guests. Reservations are required. Community Center usually Call Daria at (858) 756-1174

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organizes the event, but this year due to the lack of staffing, the Association has taken up the reins. “It’s all coming together,” Mountain said. “Everyone is really excited.” Following is a listing of the events and activities.

Rotary Fall Festival Family BBQ Friday, Sept. 28, 4 to 8 p.m. Sponsor: RSF Rotary, Wells Fargo Cost: $12 Adult, $7 Child

This is the annual RSF Rotary Club’s Fall Festival. It puts on a family BBQ with traditional hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings. There will also be soft drinks, beer and wine. This year the RSF Historical Society will be serving margaritas! Wells Fargo will have their Stagecoach on hand to give rides to all around the park. Wear your western garb! This is a great community event that showcases RSF Rotary. Visit rsfrotary.com

Village Scavenger Hunt Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 6 (Merchant hours will vary) Sponsor: Village Businesses, Merchants Association, Wells Fargo Free

Visit participating Rancho Santa Fe merchants to discover unique products available at each location. Complete a “passport” to enter in a grand prize drawing to be held Sat. Oct. 6 at noon. Last year’s basket held more than $500 of local gifts. Think global, shop local! Passports available at participating local merchants. mayorchats@aol.com

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Annual Riding Demo & BBQ Saturday, Sept. 29 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsor: Rancho Riding Club Cost: $35

Enjoy an early evening in the pastoral setting of the Rancho Riding Club.The evening includes a barbeque, a demonstration by each of our four equestrian disciplines (fundamental horsemanship, dressage, hunter/jumper, and western) and an opportunity, if you choose, to learn about this historic RSF landmark while you take a tour of the property with a member from the Club. Call (858) 756-2923.

Hollywood Cowboys Sunday, Sept. 30 4 to 7 p.m, Sponsor: Village Church Cost: $10 Adult, $5 for Child

Tuesday, Oct 2 7 to 8 p.m. Sponsor: San Diego County Library Free

Join the Rancho Santa Fe library for “Movie Under the Stars.”The showings will be classic films, which are appropriate for all ages will be shown.This year’s presentation will be “The Circus” starring Charlie Chaplin. Popcorn and Merchants Open House other refreshments will be served. Thursday, Oct. 4

Taco Fest Lunch Wednesday, Oct. 3 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sponsor: RSF Association board of directors

Petals & Prose Flower Exhibition & Reception Tuesday, Oct. 2 5 to 6:30 pomp,. Sponsors: RSF Garden Club, RSF Library Guild Free

Members of the community are invited to select a favorite book and create an artistic flower arrangement that captures its spirit. At the catered reception, prizes will be given to the guest who corTrail Ride & Lunch rectly matches the most arrangeSaturday, Sept. 29 ments to the displayed books. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Check out" the arrangements at Sponsor: RSF Trails Committee, RSFA the Library, Oct. 3 though 5. Free lunch Call Suzanne Johnson for Saddle up and enjoy a 2 ? hour trail ride beginning at the more information at (858) 756Rancho Riding Club, stopping for 2754.

2 to 5 p.m. Sponsor: Village Business & Merchants Association Free

Visit participating Rancho Santa Fe merchants for refreshThe Rancho Santa Fe board ments and door prizes, separate of directors and Association staff from the grand prizes. invites you to join friends and family on the Association’s patio for Garden Reception with beef or chicken tacos cooked fresh music by Dr. Jack on the grill and entertainments by Wheaton “Cash on Demand.” After lunch, Friday, Oct. 5 Country Friends will serve cake 2 to 3:30 p.m, and refreshments. Sponsor: Senior Center

Mingle with Friends! Enjoy Dessert and Art

Wednesday Oct. 3 Noon to 2:30 p.m. Music, games and barbecue, Sponsors: Country Friends, Art Guild

plus “Hollywood Cowboy and Cowgirl” look-alike contests for kids and adults. At 5 p.m., a western movie for the whole family! Cost: $5 children (12 and under), $10adults. For tickets or information, email villagechurch.org or call the church at (858) 756-2441.

The Inn of Rancho Santa Fe invites friends and neighbors to relax on the Inn’s beautiful Terrance, while enjoying a variety of wines selected by Restaurant Manager Sean Dawson, and hors d’ oeuvres prepared by Executive Chef Todd Allison and his culinary team.

In celebration of Rancho Days, please join The Country Friends on their beautiful outdoor patio located at 6030 El Tordo in RSF for cake and refreshments. Art from the Art Guild will also be on Display. So come by to mingle with friends, view and buy art and browse through the consignment shop where treasures await.

Crepes & Coffee Thursday, Oct. 4 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sponsors: Foundation, Union Bank

The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation welcomes you for breakfast! Freshly-made French crepes and coffee at the Union Bank building. Meet the board of directors and peruse the RSF Art Gallery and mingle with local artists.

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The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center is pleased to host a Garden Reception featuring a musical presentation by Dr. Jack Wheaton. Dr. Wheaton is the conductor of the Rancho Santa Fe Big Band and the San Diego Jazz Quartet, an author, Hollywood film composer and instrumentalist. Enjoy delicious hors d’ oeuvres and relax in the beautiful Senior Center garden during this special program. 16780 La Gracia. For more information, call (858) 756-3041. Reservations are not required and valet parking will be provided.

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back up to Gulf Shores in Alabama. I haven’t been to Guatemala or Costa Rica but people swear by it. Still slidin’ surfers may look at the South Sea Islands. It doesn’t matter. Just think about it. I’m afraid of the way our country is headed. It isn’t just our politics but the world is getting ugly and the feelings people have about Americans is a bit weird. We’re the people that save all their asses. I digress …. Go find peace where the people are nice and they respect who we are and for God’s sake, go live! And live in peace.

In my very first article in The Coast News, I said I’ve been lucky enough to get a taste of some of the finer places in the world including most of the United States. While visiting those places I was subconsciously picking my retirement home away from home or possibly permanent home. I happened to choose Puerto Vallarta because of its easy access and proximity but I loved the Gili Islands in Bali and the cave homes south of Monte Carlo overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I love the Northern parts of Arizona and New Mexico is mystical. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) I even enjoyed the Gulf 500-6755 or by email at joe@coastaldown near Brownsville and country.net.

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guests can select one of three pick-up locations throughout San Diego. On the day of the event, guests will meet at the pickup location and a shuttle will take them to site of Dîner en Blanc, meaning the location will remain a mystery until arrival. Attendees are asked to

dress entirely in white and bring a picnic basket of food, as well as a white table, chairs and any other necessary items. As the event date nears, gourmet dinners and fine wines can also be purchased in advance online. When the event concludes a few hours later, guests pack up all of their belongings, leaving no trace of the night behind.

Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club’s Hoedown dance. Join family and friends and enjoy a night of swinging and side stepping to “The Working Cowboy Band.” Kids Night Out There will be a separate area for Friday. Oct. 5 children complete with pony 5 to 8:30 p.m. rides, fun food and games. The Sponsor: Community Center kitchen will be preparing a westHeld in conjunction with ern style barbecue with all the Neighbor Night, this event allows fixins’. Please call (858) 756-1182 you to drop off your children at for reservations. the Community Center for a great night of games, ping pong, pizza Pancake Breakfast and fun activities. Gather up your Sunday, Oct. 7 neighborhood friends and sign up 8 .m. to noon for one of the most popular pro- Sponsor: RSF Fire grams at the Community Center. Cost: $5 Adult, $3 Child Available for kids in grades K (donation) through 5th. The cost is $30 for The RSF Professional the first child and $20 for each Firefighters Association and RSF additional sibling. Call (858) 756- Fire Protection District are host2461. ing the annual Pancake Breakfast at RSF Fire Station 1, Fiesta de Osuna Adobe 16936 El Fuego in Rancho Santa Saturday, Oct. 6 Fe. Firefighters will be on hand to 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. serve breakfast. The open house Sponsor: Osuna Comm. will include station tours, photos Rancho Santa Fe is one of with the firefighters, fire engine the very special communities in and ambulance displays, spray a this country and what can be fire hose with a firefighter, Basic more unique than having one of CPR Class, and a Jump houses! the oldest adobes in California. For more information, please Tour the adobe and experience a visit www.rsf-fire.org or call little bit of history, enjoy a barbe- Nathan at (760) 644-6899. cue lunch, entertainment, art sale and stay around for more family Tennis Clubs 50th fun! 16332 Via de Santa Fe

your street party, or if you are thinking of hosting one yourself, call the Community Center at (858) 756-2461 or go to rsfcc.org

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Celebrate the Horse! Saturday, Oct. 6 Show starts at 1:45 p.m. Sponsor: Osuna Committee, RSF Association FREE

The Osuna Ranch invites you to a performance by Liberty Dancing Stallion “Panadero Neighbor Night XLVI”, a Pur Raza Espanole Friday, Oct. 5 breed from Spain. Enjoy the 5:30 to 8 p.m. show, tour the adobe and the Sponsor: Community Center Ranch, watch horses dunk for Meet and greet your neighapples and attempt an obstacle bors at a Neighbor Night party on course! Call Daria at (858) 756your street! The popular 1174. Neighbor Night program is sponsored by the Ranch Santa Fe Hoe Down Dance & Community Center and enhances community spirit. Hosts are pro- BBQ vided with invitations, ideas and, Saturday Oct. 6 to 8 p.m. in the Covenant, even mailing 4Sponsor: RSF Golf Club labels. Guests are asked to bring a Cost: $48 Adult, $22 Child beverage and hors d’ oeuvre for Grab your jeans and join us sharing. For information about outside of the green for the

Sunday, Oct. 7 Noon to 5 p.m. Sponsor: RSF Tennis Club Cost: $10 Adult, $5 Child

Rancho Days closing event celebrates the Tennis Club's silver anniversary with a doubles exhibition and clinics for all ages with tennis great Tracy Austin, a barbecue lunch catered by the Golf Club, opportunity drawings, apparel and tennis vendors, free valet parking. Call the Tennis Club at (858) 756-4459 for tickets! For more information, contact Rancho Days Chairman Shannon Mountain at (858) 568-0628 or shannon@rsfassociation.org Tickets available for all events at the Rancho Santa Fe Association Office.


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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

By Bernice Bede Osol

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson

THE GRIZZWELLS by Bill Schorr

COW & BOY by Mark Leiknes

Make an effort to keep all your promising avenues open in the coming months, especially with persons for whom you’ve done some big favors in the past. If they’re hankering to repay you, they will need a direct route. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Usually you’re a pretty good judge of character, yet for some reason you could be a bit gullible and taken in by a person pretending to be something that he or she isn’t. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — It’s OK to focus more on the big picture rather than on its details, but in order to function effectively, you need to be cognizant of both. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’d be wise not to try to keep up with friends who are able to spend far more than you can. If you find yourself along for the ride you might use funds that would be better saved. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — It’s highly likely that you’ll allow yourself to be influenced by a pal who has good salesmanship abilities but faulty judgment. You’ll regret it if you let this person call the shots. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — If you find yourself having an inclination to dominate conversations, remember, matters

that may be significant to you are not of equal importance to your friends. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Guard against the urge to overindulge mentally, physically or financially. If you’re participating with friends in something fun, don’t cram all your high living into one experience. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Friends and close associates are aware of your recent accomplishments, so you should stop tooting your horn.The noise you produce will begin to sound sour. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Show enthusiasm and be optimistic as possible, but also be realistic. Make sure any rosecolored outlook is founded upon a truly feasible premise. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — If you’re a “softie,” your generous nature is likely to be imposed upon. Someone who picks up on this will try to manipulate you to his or her advantage. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Your position with another is not as strong as you might want to lead yourself to believe. Take it slow and don’t rely on the other party more than is warranted. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Be realistic about any problem that you have to deal with and know that it won’t automatically take care of itself. Don’t sweep it under the rug — you might instead create a dust storm. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Why expose yourself to a large crowd that could easily bore you when you could be with a few good pals whom you always enjoy? You’ll be happier with fun, close friends right now.


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Keep your lawn green without going nuts

might less water could be the best thing you can easily do for the planet, starting as small as your sink. Courtesy photo

In making your home earth-friendly, the tap is a good place to start (ARA) — In today’s environmentally conscious times, it seems we’re surrounded by the need to shop, act and live “green.” Some of our choices are easy and small, while others can be big and costly. But one thing is for sure — each choice can make a significant difference. Some of the most important green choices we can make are right within our own home, according to Kevin McJoynt at Danze, Inc. “Installing items like Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient windows is a great step in moving your home to be more green,” says McJoynt. “But changing your in-home water usage

can have the most impact.” According to McJoynt, water shortages, energy demands and the cost of transporting water continue to rise. “Finding ways to simply reduce our usage without dramatically altering our lifestyle could save billions of gallons of water each year in the United States.” McJoynt offers up these tips on how you can immediately start conserving water (and save money) in your home: • Replace older toilets (1992 or earlier) with newer, high efficiency toilets (HETs). They operate at 1.28 gallons per flush and could save 11 gallons of water per TURN TO TAP ON B27

(ARA) — Does maintaining a lush, healthy and green lawn to enjoy with friends and family seem daunting? It’s often a task that is easier said than done for homeowners. But take heart, a simple watering routine can help grass thrive. Natural grass has been cultivated to endure a wide variety of conditions and has the added benefit of being capable of self-repair. Remember, there’s no need to create a complex system to maintain your lawn. In fact, it only takes a little planning and monitoring to not only keep your lawn in tip-top shape, but reduce your water use and save money. Are you ready to get your lawn in perfect condition? Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers, has developed a set of six tips to help homeowners conquer watering fears and get the most out of their yards. Follow these simple watering tips: 1. Water only when necessary. Many homeowners over water their lawns, which does more harm than good, especially in a drought-prone area like ours. A simple trick to determine whether your lawn needs watering is to insert a screwdriver into the grass. If it enters the soil easily, your lawn has plenty of water already. If you have trouble getting the screwdriver into the ground, it is time to give

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it a drink. 2. Mow grass to a height of 2 to 2.5 inches. Keeping grass slightly taller in hot and dry conditions provides shade to the roots and soil surface, reducing the water lost due to evaporation. 3. Water throughout the season. Grass needs a consistent watering schedule, and starting and stopping a watering pattern can stunt your lawn’s growth. This is especially true right after fertilizing. Once you start a routine, stick with it. 4. Allow the soil to dry. A thorough watering once or

twice a week is preferable to lightly misting every day. Allowing the soil to dry before watering again encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil and can help the lawn become drought-tolerant in the future. 5. Make sure you water your lawn, not the air. Adjust your sprinkler settings to produce larger drops closer to the ground rather than misting in the air. Air currents can easily catch light sprays and keep the water from reaching your grass. 6. Water during cooler

hours. Early morning and early evening are the ideal times to water. Cooler air and less wind mean water is absorbed directly into the grass with less moisture lost to evaporation. Watering during the heat of the day can actually scald and burn your grass. For more information on how to keep your lawn healthy year-round, visit weseedamerica.com. With a little planning, you’ll be enjoying the aesthetic and environmental perks of a cool, lush green lawn in no time.

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A few tricks can make your roof renovation successful (ARA) — As the years go on and people grow older, so does your home. The changing of seasons and the weather that comes along with it can take a toll on your home, leaving its appearance less than desirable. Your roof is one of the first things that visitors, neighbors and people passing by will see. If your roof has taken a beating and is in need of repair, don’t ignore the problem. Aside from adding beauty and curb appeal, the roof protects your home. It faces both everyday weather as well as the extreme climates. Keeping it up to date and maintained can save you from dealing with other problems inside

your home later on. As you begin your roof renovation, take the time to think about some of the decisions that come with putting new shingles on your roof, such as the method of installation and type of shingle. Your new roof should be appealing and durable for many years to come. When making decisions on installing your new shingles, don’t just think about who you would like to do the job; think about how. Will you choose to install the new shingles over the old, known as overlaying, or strip all the old shingles off the roof before laying down new ones? Whichever you decide, Make sure you know what you’re doing before yoiu start renovating your roof and you can ensure that your make certain the shingle house’s new look is a smashing success. Courtesy photo manufacturer’s application instructions are followed to ensure you have a properly installed roof.

If your roof is beyond repair and is in need of a total makeover, then consider removing your old shingles. Make sure you have made any necessary repairs to the roof deck underneath the old shingles and underlayment before the new roofing materials are installed. Maybe you are just looking for a quick roof fix to add some new color to your house or repair some minor problems. If so, overlaying may be the best option. Overlaying takes away the time of ripping off the existing shingles, the hassle of finding a place to put them after they have been removed, and will save some money along the way as well. Leaving the existing shingles also creates a double layer of protection for TURN TO ROOF ON B25

Oriental Heritage collects, shares antiques from Asia You’ve just cleared out your parents’ or grandparents’ home and find that their lovely collection of Chinese antiques and collectibles just doesn’t fit with your French Country style. Now is the time to know about Oriental Heritage Inc. Backed by the expertise of top experts in Chinese antique appraisal and based in San Diego, Oriental Heritage Inc. is always looking to invest in high-quality Chinese arts and antiques. “In China’s not-so-distant past, families sold antiques, art and keepsakes simply to survive,” Oriental Heritage President Hua Zhang explained. Now many emerging successful Chinese have turned their attention to arts and antiques collection, bringing the treasures back. As a result, the value of Chinese antiques continues to climb and Oriental Heritage can help you get the best value from your Chinese antiques. They buy a wide variety of items including porcelain, jade, carved wood, cloisonné, cinnabar, bronze and art. There is a particular interest in porcelain from the Ming (1364-1644), Qing (1644 – 1911) and Republic (19111949) periods. For painting and calligraphy, they have interest in both ancient and contemporary. Another item to consider are snuff bottles of jade, jadeite, coral, amber from early 20th century or older.

Another niche market is scholar’s items such as ink stone, seal box or scholar’s rocks. In addition, there is interest in certain textiles, silver, coral, amber and Peking glass. Oriental Heritage has a clientele of ready buyers with branches in some of the wealthiest parts of China, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Zhejiang.The group is backed by major investment groups in China and has immediate access to the necessary capital. When items are brought to Oriental Heritage Inc., and are found to be a piece being sought, staff can make an immediate offer and swiftly pay in cash or any other payment method a customer prefers. The staff is selected from highly trained and experienced scholars and dealers of Chinese arts and antiquities. This is backed with an advisory board of leading experts in Chinese antiques authentication and appraising. In addition, appointments can be made for their experts to come to your home. Oriental Heritage Inc. travels the world looking for quality antiques to buy, but since the headquarters are at 11405 Bernardo Court, Suite 214, they are always available to San Diegans. Call toll free at (800) 575-5583 for a free verbal appraisal or email pictures to info@orientalheritageinc.com. Visit the web site at orientalheritageinc.com.


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Tips to maintain your garden during vacation (ARA) — Looking forward to a nice, relaxing vacation? Don’t forget about that garden while you’re sipping umbrella drinks on a beach or snapping photos of the Grand Canyon. Make sure you have a plan for keeping the garden green and the grass under control while you’re gone. The best solution, of course, is a reliable friend or neighbor who will give your garden the loving attention that you would. Simply offering to trade some fresh produce or a bunch of flowers for watering can often work in your favor and act as a motivator to the reluctant helper. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a reliable person they can count on for garden care. This doesn’t mean all is lost. Whether you have a competent garden-sitter or not, a few quick steps can help to ensure continued health of your garden while you’re away.

Make the most of mulch Mulches that are derived from wood, such as Scotts Nature Scapes Advanced Mulch products, can act as an excellent layer of protection for retaining moisture and can help keep weeds at bay by blocking access to sunlight, especially while you are out of town. Soak soil thoroughly and add a fresh layer of mulch to the

Get a drip Head to the local homeimprovement store to stock up on drip-irrigation materials before leaving for a vacation and make your life easier all growing season. It’s so

Keeping your lawn health while you’re away isn’t hard with just a little bit of forethought. Courtesy photo

garden, around trees and shrubs and even on the tops of containers. To calculate how much mulch is needed in your garden visit scotts.com to find a mulch calculator under useful tools at the bottom of the site.

Timing is everything Invest in a timer or two to connect to the outdoor faucet. Hook these up to sprinklers or drip hoses and set timers to come on in the early morning hours to reduce evaporation. There’s no need for a garden-sitter to remember when to water. All your sitter needs to do is over-ride the timer for you in case of rain.

Add artistic style to your remodeling with custom glass solutions One of the most versatile, functional, and beautiful materials to build with, homeowners are continuing to discover the true potential of glass when it comes to decorating the home. Artistic custom glass will give your environment the finishing touch of elegance you’ve been looking for. What many people don’t realize is that decorative glass extends beyond the basics. A custom glass company can work wonders with your remodeling project. Special coatings can be applied to shower doors to ease cleaning, broken window glass can be easily replaced, vinyl replacement windows and doors look gorgeous and decrease noise and energy costs, and these are just a few examples. Frameless shower doors are a growing trend. A custom frameless heavy glass shower door will increase the value of your home, last up to four times longer than a framed shower door, and will eliminate almost all of the unsightly metal framing. Throw your old shower curtains away and brighten up your bathroom with the clean, modern look of frameless. Another incredible way to incorporate glass into your home is with custom-coated colored glass kitchen and

bathroom backsplashes. Backsplashes are a wonderful way to add style and a splash color to your living space. Sometimes a kitchen’s décor can become lost behind the sea of cabinets and appliances — however, stunning colored backsplashes will enhance the color and ambiance of your kitchen and complement its entire décor. Professionals can even create gorgeous custom glass countertops and shelving for your kitchen or bath. Family owned and operated since 1991, Comprehensive Glass Works has served both the residential and commercial area of San Diego County. Established in 1986 and initially operating as Unik Custom Glass and Mirror, they have expanded to new premises at 6950 El Cajon Blvd., and changed their name to reflect their status as San Diego’s prime glass and glazing dealer. From exquisite attention to detail, timely estimates and installations, quality products, competitive pricing, and a wide array of products, Comprehensive Glass Works will work with you to make your ideas and concepts a reality. For a free consultation or more information, you can call them at (619) 589-8858 or visit comprehensiveglassworks.com.

easy to use drip irrigation in vegetable gardens and flower beds that you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner. Weave lengths of drip TURN TO VACATION ON B23


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Celebrating 75 years in the best way possible Earlier this year, Lawrance Furniture celebrated its 75th year of business one of the best ways possible — by receiving the 2012 Retailer of the Year from the NHFA (National Home Furnishings Association.) This prestigious distinction for San Diego’s leader in modern and contemporary furnishings came as a humbling honor to Lawrance Furniture President Howard Haimsohn. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime award and we’re honored,” said Howard, “They really scrutinize you to see if you’re deserving.” To better explain the significance of the award: The 8,500 members of 93-year-old NFHA believed that Lawrance Furniture’s outstanding contributions to the industry, exemplary service to its community and personal business achievements were in need of recognition for the third generation family-run business. While the entire staff of Lawrance Furniture is proudly deserving of the designation, much of the credit deserves to go to Howard’s grandfather and the furniture store’s

founder, Herman Haimsohn. Herman Haimsohn opened Lawrance under the name Modern Furniture Company. The store was located in downtown San Diego, and even from the very beginning, offered contemporary furniture and appliances. Since 1937, Lawrance Furniture has watched hometown San Diego grow tremendously. Where many stumbled to keep up with the pace, Lawrance prevailed at maintaining high quality, unique furniture designs and the very best in customer service. It is that tradition of excellence that has turned a small family business into a legacy. As the store continued to thrive, Herman turned Modern Furniture Company into a family business by introducing his son Herbert to the company. During the next few years Herbert maintained the same high quality and excellent customer service, which made the business so well respected. Herbert would eventually turn the business over to his younger brother Ed. The venture came as a shock to Ed, as

Lawrance Furniture Owner and President Howard Haimsohn with his wife Julie celebrates the 75th anniversary of their three-generation-old, family-run store and the earning of the 2012 Retailer of the Year award. Courtesy photo

not long after taking over the responsibilities, their father passed away. “I was young and there was still so much to learn,” Ed

said.“With my father gone and my brother involved in other things, I had to run the store with no real support. But I loved the business.As I became

more comfortable in the industry, I realized that we weren’t a significant store. We couldn’t be everything to everyone. We had to find our niche.” Already offering some contemporary designs, Ed’s first landmark decision was to hone the focus of the store. By redefining the inventory, Lawrance had truly found its place.It was at that juncture that Ed began his criteria for furniture buying.The first: The most important aspect is the aesthetic quality of the design. The second criterion for furniture buying is comfort, and corresponding with the second criteria, the third point for every piece offered at Lawrance is comfort of price and budget. “Maintaining high quality while still within a reasonable budget may be the most difficult, but also the most rewarding aspect of the business,” Ed said. All that was left was to keep the family business intact. Ed would bring his son Howard in, and together, they decided it was time to expand the business, opening a second store in Encinitas. “We opened the Encinitas

store and with that, we changed the name of the company to Lawrance Furniture,” said Howard. The additional store proved to be an asset to the company and is still operating out of the same location 31 years later. Howard began integrating new technology into the company, launching their own website at Lawrance.com, which more than 15 years ago was unheard of. Today, the site utilizes some of the most advanced technology, including allowing users to quickly redesign a room online with their “Room Planner” tool. Staying true to customer service Howard embraces technology to offer more choices of communication between customers and the Lawrance staff, which creates a closer relationship and a happier customer in the end. With every new innovation Howard Haimsohn and the Lawrance Furniture family maintain their commitment to preserving the excellence of the store. After 75 years, it’s apparent this small business still maintains its big heart.

Taylor Morrison offers plenty of choices for San Diego homebuyers With amenities that rival the best resorts, access to award-winning schools and homes that offer designs from

Taylor Morrison’s three an award-winning architect, Taylor Morrison has plenty of area communities offer somechoices for discerning San thing for everyone, with plenty of surrounding amenities to Diego homebuyers. enhance the living experience. Two communities offer California living in Carlsbad — Viridian (part of the luxurious La Costa Greens) and the newly minted Vista del Mar, which offers Robert Hidey Architects-designed homes with distant views of the Pacific Ocean. Nearby, the gated community of North River Village in Oceanside counts quick access to the ocean and plenty of nearby trails as part of its allure. Since its debut in May,

Vista del Mar in Carlsbad has been the focal point of Taylor Morrison’s San Diego offerings, with 37 single-level homes thoughtfully planned to maximize ocean views and the surrounding topography. The artful mastery of award-winning architect Robert Hidey is displayed in all four floor plans offered at the Carlsbad community. With homes that stretch from 1,893 to 2,982 square feet, the homes at Vista del Mar are designed with California sun-splashed living in mind. Nearby is a wealth of entertainment for the whole family including the Carlsbad

Community Theater, Children’s Discovery Museum, the historic Mission San Luis Rey and the world famous Legoland Resort. “Living in San Diego means enjoying all of the culture, outdoor experiences and family fun opportunities that the area has to offer,” said Phil Bodem, president of Taylor Morrison’s southern California division. “The culture is as diverse as the homes we offer at Vista del Mar.” At Viridian, homebuyers can choose from homes that range in size from 2,204 to 4,635 generous square feet and up to six bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Viridian homeowners has access to La Costa Greens amenities, including the Presidio,a private club that features all of the appointments of a private clubhouse including a fully-equipped fitness facility,

tennis courts, competitionsized pool, gourmet kitchen and gathering room. Further north from Carlsbad is North RiverVillage, a gated community that sits in the hills of Oceanside along the San Luis Rey River. Spanish and Mediterranean architecture accent town homes that start in the $220,000s and offer homebuyers up to three bedrooms and bathrooms, two-car garages and quick access to the sandy beaches and Pacific Ocean nearby. “No matter which community you choose, Taylor Morrison has something to suit every lifestyle,” Bodem said. “You’re proud to call San Diego home and so are we.” For more information about Taylor Morrison and its communities, please visit taylormorrison.com.

Tips for a thorough fall house cleaning (ARA) — With the changing of the season right around the corner, most Americans are beginning to clean up the exterior of their homes by raking leaves and cleaning out the gutters, but what about the interior? Fall can be the perfect time to revisit that spring cleaning list that you never completed and give the interior of your home a deep clean in preparation for the holiday season. While most people rely on their own cleaning know-how to tackle germs and dirt, they depend on their eyes to show what they think is a clean house. In fact, more than two out of three people believe that vision is the most important sense in determining the cleanliness of a home, according to a recent national consumer survey conducted by Stanley Steemer. But it’s often the dirt that you don’t see that requires help

from the pros. Traditional athome cleaning methods such as vacuuming and dusting only remove a relatively small portion of dirt, dust and particles that lurk in your floors and furniture. Without a deep cleaning, you’ll be trapping dirt inside your home for the entire winter, which can impact the visual appearance of your home, while also elevating the risk of allergens in the home. With more than 60 years as the dirt authority, the cleaning experts at Stanley Steemer are certified to remove more than 98 percent of dry soil from floors — a rate significantly higher than self-cleaning methods. In fact, in fall of 2011, Stanley Steemer technicians removed more than 56 tons of dirt from American Homes. To help you see through the dirt that lurks in your TURN TO CLEANING ON B25


Local one-stop shop for home improvement Your home is your castle, which is why home improvement can be such a fun and fulfilling experience when done the right way. Every aspect of your home can be customized to your liking — from your floors, to your walls and windows. The endless options can be overwhelming, and working with several different companies to plan, develop, design, finance and build your new home improvements can be a daunting task. Thankfully there are one-stop-shops that can help you with every aspect of your remodel, giving you exciting options and simplifying the entire process from start to completion. Before starting your next remodel project, visit the experts at BSIIG and benefit from their years of experience and insider knowledge. They can explain the pros and cons of various design options and present you with handpicked selections to suit your style. Imagine the ease of working with knowledgeable interior designers, seasoned construction experts, and master installers, all under a roof where you can touch and feel the products you will be placing in your home. The experience of remodeling this way is unparalleled to any improvement you have done before. If you are a wine enthusiast, take a moment to imagine the enjoyment you would derive from having your very own custom built wine storage and display room. Whether you have two-dozen bottles, or 2,000 bottles, an expert team can come to your home, evaluate your space and help you design your new favorite room. Your wine “cellar” can be built to fit in any sized space, from a hall closet to a full size room. Built to your exact specifications and desires, this wine cellar can keep your bottles at the proper temperature, with high quality cooling systems and insulation. With this fabulous home improvement you can protect your investments and simultaneously enhance your lifestyle by adding a little bit of luxury to your home. For more information on wine cellars, please contact the BSIIG/Options Online showroom at (858) 530-0500. BSIIG is your one stop shop for all your remodel construction and interior design needs.A visit to their beautiful showroom can streamline the process of selecting, designing, purchasing, and installing your new home improvement into a fluid and pleasurable experience you are sure to love. Their showroom is located at 8920 Kenamar Dr. in San Diego.

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For nearly 40 years, Invisible Fence® Brand pet containment systems have been keeping dogs and cats safe at home by providing pet owners with trusted technology, proven training procedures and total peace of mind. Courtesy photo

of Invisible Fence® Brand. Invisible Fence® Brand Outdoor Solutions are designed to fit any home and any terrain. A boundary goes practically anywhere — through hilly, rocky soil, wooded areas, even under water to keep your pet safely contained in your yard. Unlike traditional fencing, Invisible Fence® Brand solutions can section off an open gate, play set, pool, garden or other landscaping while maintaining the beauty and integrity of your property. Keeping your dog out of the garden doesn’t just keep your blooms intact; it can keep your pet safe and healthy. More than 700

plants have been identified as toxic in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals. The solutions aren’t limited to the outdoors. Indoor Shields® are small wireless discs that can create an off limits area for pets. Popular uses are to keep pets off furniture, out of a certain rooms, out of the garbage, away from the dining room or off the kitchen counters. Invisible Fence® Brand is the brand vets recommend most for dog safety and freedom and has a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating and a 99.5 percent success rating.

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Make time for family dinner: good for your body, soul (ARA) — We all yearn for moments like the Norman Rockwell illustration of a family sitting around the dining table, enjoying their meals, laughing and spending time together. Sometimes those moments seem like fairy tales in hectic lives filled with endless activities and deadlines. Yet researchers are learning more and more about the importance of family meals relating to good nutrition and better health. Family meals aren’t just good for your body; they’re good for the soul. Researchers at Rutgers recently evaluated results from 68 previously published scientific reports that ana-

lyzed the association between children’s health and family mealtime. They looked at how the atmosphere or frequency of family meals correlated with the consumption of healthy foods versus unhealthy foods. Their review showed numerous benefits to children associated with having frequent family meals, including increased intake of fruits, vegetables, fiber, calciumrich foods and vitamins. In addition, the more a family ate together, the less children consumed dietary components thought to be harmful to health. Additional studies showed that: • Supper can be a stress

Eating dinner together can help families stay healthy, save money and feel less stressed out. Courtesy photo

reliever for working moms. A 2008 Brigham Young University study of IBM workers found that sitting down to a family meal helped working moms reduce the tension and strain from long

hours at the office. • The family dinner table is a great setting for getting kids to try new foods. A 2003 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that more

exposure to new foods will teach kids to like different foods. Frequent family dinners provide the perfect opportunity to introduce a variety of healthy foods. • It’s more budget-

friendly to gather around the dinner table for a meal. The average cost for a meal in your kitchen is approximately $4.50 per person versus $8 per person outside the home. Do the math — eating in is better for your budget. Making family meals happen in real time Today’s over-scheduled lives may make it more difficult to get a meal on the table for family dinners, but there are many shortcuts you can take to reduce the stress and enjoy your time together. Many people are turning to companies like Kansas City Steak Company that provide ready-to-cook meals right to your door. From scrumptious ribs to succulent roasts, steaks, ground beef, poultry and seafood, family meal time is as easy as bake and serve. “We find that more customers are seeking Bake and Serve Gourmet products so they can enjoy more time with family and friends and less time in the kitchen,” says Ed Scavuzzo, president of Kansas City Steak Company. “It’s never been easier to get a meal on the table without the fuss.” But family meals can be as simple as ground beef patties, a salad and some fresh TURN TO DINNER ON B25

Unique approach runs deep in longtime painting co Since 1959, Advanced Exteriors has painted more than 15,000 homes and businesses in San Diego. President Martin Montoya said there’s a reason his company has remained relevant to customers for so long: the plain, uncoated truth. “We’ve seen a lot of businesses in our field come and go in San Diego, especially in the last four years,” Montoya

said. “Unlike our competitors, we can back up our claims with facts, not opinion.” For instance, in Advanced Exterior’s more than 50 years of service, it has earned a perfect record with the Contractors State License Board, a rarity in the painting business. “Advanced Exteriors was one of the first painting companies to become licensed in

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the state,” Montoya said. “We’re a member of the Better Business Bureau and have always earned an A+ rating. Our customer service surveys have been unanimously positive. So it’s a great source of pride that our record is spotless.” A sample testimonial, for example, said: “There are bad companies, there are good companies, and there are great companies. You are one of the great companies! You did more than promised or we ever expected.” The Advanced Exteriors’ approach to coating is decidedly old school. For one, they have a trained staff of painters, and with that comes an emphasis on prep work and quality, not speed, Montoya said. It’s what he calls “a throwback to craftsmanship and how it was done in the past.” Along similar lines, many painting companies advertise that they don’t use subcontractors, often a dubious claim. But Advanced Exteriors guarantees it in writing. “Subcontractors cut corners, whereas our employees are detailed and meticulous,” Montoya said. While Advanced Exterior

has deep roots in the past, Montoya believes his company offers materials of the future. Most notably, Advance Exteriors is the exclusive dealer in San Diego County of the Rhino Shield coating system with 3M Ceramics that comes with a 25-year warranty, so customers don’t have to ever paint again, he said. Essentially, the coating system combines the appearance of fresh paint with the longevity of vinyl or fiber cement siding. In addition to lasting longer and beautifying stucco and wood homes, the coating system is insulating, waterproof, helps soundproof walls and gives an elegant look. As Montoya points out, the benefits touted by the Rhino Shield coating system with 3M ceramics are supported by independent studies done by BASF, the world’s leading chemical company. “Now that’s proof,” Montoya said. “We’re all about the facts here, and that’s just more reason that we think we’ll continue to be successful and the leader in the industry.” Find out more at advancedexteriors.org or call 619-741-6615.


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Solar panels ‘more affordable than ever,’ company says Most people know that solar panels are good for the environment and could help relieve political tensions. But Leo Bautista, owner of Smart Energy USA, said there’s an even better, less talked about reason to use solar panels — they save money. “The cost of solar has plunged in the last year,� Bautista said. “We’re at the point where your bill will be cheaper if you use solar.� Solar Panels traditionally required a high initial investment. However today, Smart Energy USA offers solar panels with no upfront cost or initial investment. Homeowners are taking advantage of this affordable option to go solar and are seeing energy saving results from day one. With utilities increasing as much as six percent a year, solar panels are financially

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sound, Bautista said. Also, because San Diego receives year-round sunshine, it’s an ideal place for solar panels, Bautista said. Smart Energy USA,

which has an “A+� grade with the Better Business Bureau, has installed and serviced solar panels at more than 5,000 homes. Bautista said his business offers free cost estimates to

those who are interested in solar. “Our trained solar consultants will tell you the price and size of the equipment your home will need,� Bautista said.

Smart Energy USA exclusively uses a solar panel made by SunPower that currently holds the record for efficiency in the Guinness Book of World Records. Compared with

competing solar panels, SunPower panels produce 30 to 50 percent more power. “Solar is taking off,� Bautista said. “And we’re committed to bringing it to more homes.�

Pools can transform ordinary home into a ‘palace’ There is no luxury like having a beautiful backyard to make the most of Southern California’s outdoor living, and Bart Jacobs of La Jolla Pools knows how to deliver that from the first spadeful of dirt to a complete remodel and update. The San Diego native took over La Jolla Pools in 2005, bringing a struggling company back to health. His secret was learning the business from the

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equipment. From there, he tackled remodeling and replastering, rounding out his skills. He and his team work to find the pool design that fits a client’s budget and still makes their pool dreams work. In addition to new pools, Jacobs is seeing a trend in remodeling older pools, taking them right down to their original shell and giving them new, energy-efficient plumbing, equipment, stone, tile and special features, like a shallow shelf for the children. “One of our top goals is to make pools so much more energy efficient,� Jacobs said. “With today’s technology, clients can save between 50 to 90 percent on their previous pool power bill.� We specialize in making sure the plumbing is larger which makes it more energy efficient, coupled with today’s more efficient pumps. The advent of ozone systems also add to that

package. Any increased cost in installation and equipment is paid for within the first year in lowered energy costs. Joined with solar panels for water heating, owners extend their swimming season and “we feel like we are making the most of energy technology and being kind to the planet.� Jacobs makes sure he is personally involved in every project, keeping the volume of jobs at a level that delivers real quality. “We make sure to form a partnership with every client. It is never us-versusthem. We offer the longest warranties of anyone around, because we are confident in our work and do things right. Our clients are able to have the original person deal with any followup.� Another point of pride is that almost all the work is handled in-house, with almost nothing subcontracted out. “When we do subcontract any task, we know

our craftsmen and keep a close eye on the work.� La Jolla Pools also offer a staff designer, Jim Bellamy, who is a master of three-dimensional computer design. His goal is to make the entire backyard design mesh with the style of the home so the outdoors easily flow from the indoors. Another current trend is toward the vanishingedge pools that turn an ordinary backyard pool into an artistic water feature. “We have the technology now to have pools that disappear off all sides, creating a reflecting pool that adds a visually stunning element to any yard,� Jacobs pointed out. “I tell our customers that once we have their system installed and working properly, I will drink the water from their pool before I would drink it from the tap.� Contact Jacobs and La Jolla Pools at (858) 4834500 or email bart@lajollapools.com.


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Beautiful rooms are meant to be lived in (ARA) — Fall is the time of year when thoughts turn back toward the home. With kids back in school and the holidays approaching, many homeowners look for ways to make their rooms more stylish, but struggle to find the balance between beautiful and livable. “Of course your home should be stylish. But if you can’t enjoy living in it, what’s the point?” says Erinn Valencich, a Los Angelesbased interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I believe in creating beautiful spaces that are fun, elegant and livable.” Redecorating a space with a few key elements can completely transform the look and feel of the room without breaking the budget. “When starting the room refresh process, keep the livability of the design elements in mind to make sure you have a balance that works within your lifestyle, but still gives the room personality and a special flair for style,” notes Valencich. One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room is by refreshing the floors. A dull or scuffed floor can make a room look tired. Selecting the right flooring will create the perfect canvas to help tie all a room’s design elements together. Flooring is one of the key design elements that will bring both personality and livability together.

Adding personality “Great rooms have a personality ... a mix of vision, style and inspirations from everyday life, all while being comfortable and easy to live in,” says Valencich, who shares her tips at quickstepstyle.com/videos. Blending a variety of influences will add distinction to a room. Start off by having a clearly defined color palette. One option Valencich suggests is selecting a richtoned floor to serve as a warm background for furniture. “I like the Burnished Walnut planks from Quick-Step’s Veresque collection to really help ground a room,” says Valencich. “These floors feature exclusive GenuEdge Technology, which provides a realistic hardwood edge visual.The floors stand up to busy lives, and stay looking great.” To add contrast to a warm floor, add a subtle color to the walls. Then, incorporating a collection and variety of prints and frames will help break up the wall color and add visual interest. Once all these elements are brought together, Valencich recommends adding a few pieces and accessories that will add dimension, such as a chandelier or colorful accent pillows to tie the entire room’s personality together. Livability within design Authentic style that works in real life is key to achieving a beautiful and comfortable room.Valencich’s

One of the easiest ways to breathe new life into a room is by refreshing the floors. Courtesy photo

recommendations include: * Keep both comfort and style in mind when selecting furniture pieces. * Develop a list of how the room will be used by your family and guests. Keep it top-of-mind when determining the layout and flow of the room. * Select flooring and furniture that is durable. Be sure

to review all the warranty information before making a purchase. * Consider how much maintenance will be required to keep the pieces in your room looking fresh. * Don’t let the room get too cluttered so that it becomes uncomfortable for guests to relax. * If you are going the

DIY renovation route, seek products that are easy to install. “Keep all these different pieces in mind while going through the design-planning process. Then, mix in your sense of style and personality for a room that will fit all your needs,” says Valencich. Getting started If you are considering

purchasing a new floor, quickstep.com offers a floor configurator that allows you to choose both wall color and floor styles to see how they work together. To make floor selection even easier, Valencich has curated her own collection of Quick-Step “Designer’s Choice” floors, which can be viewed at quickstepstyle.com.


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area that lay directly behind it and soften the jag of the home in this area. Now here came the creative aspect. Instead of using two sets of beams and posts as in typical construction, my design incorporated one set of posts with arching metal supports that would be cantilevered outward toward the south and west as the trellis itself arched from east to north. Using Trex or Azek for the slats or shade producing elements attached above the arcing metal supports, this design allowed for fantastic freedom of movement under the trellis. It also made the space so much more inviting with uninterrupted views of the garden from underneath it while sitting in the coolness of the shade it produced. The posts on this trellis design were curvilinear as they rose from the ground using round stock muffler pipe that could curve gracefully out over at the top of the trellis to span 12 to 14 feet quite easily. By using two pipes for each post, additional attractive metal scrollwork would be installed between them, stiffening the supports and adding beauty to the design. One of the most common problems with outdoor patio covers made from wood is that with the advent of regular moisture from the beach you get fungal infestation or dry rot between the trellis slats or on the beams themselves. Once TURN TO LOCAL ROOTS ON B27


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Arizona Leather’s new San Marcos location, it’s easy to see why this is the place for your new leather furniture. Regardless of your tastes, regardless of your special needs, Arizona Leather can deliver exactly what you want — including custom sectionals. Arizona Leather has over 100 styles and 400 leather colors to offer and all of it, whether you’re looking for sofas, sectionals, sleepers, chairs or recliners, is handcrafted in the U.S. The choice in style and material it’s made of is up to you. The most important step in shopping for leather furniture is often the most ignored — the knowledge about leather. You need to be educated about leather. After all, what do you really know about upholstery leather? At Arizona Leather they’ll take the time to teach you about leather so that you will be able to make an informed decision on which type of leather best fits your needs. You’re then given a look inside the furniture and shown what to look for in construction, such as corner-blocked hardwood frames with tempered steel springs. From how thick the wood should be to the spacing on the springs, they will show you what to look for in quality construction. One of the most asked questions is why, when shopping for furniture, TURN TO LEATHER ON B26


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Paseo La Jolla model home now open in heart of village Paseo La Jolla — a stunning new enclave situated in the heart of La Jolla — has opened a new model designed to capture the charm and beauty of the surrounding neighborhood and its pristine coastal backdrop. Outfitted with handsome California Coastal style architecture with craftsman, stucco and stone accents, the new 24-unit luxury townhome community is one of the first new home developments to open in the village in years. The new model is chic yet understated. The two-bedroom plus den, 2.5 bath home is characterized by a light and airy feel, the vibe is beachy with a contemporary bent, punctuated by a calming color palette of sand, ocean blue and cream hues. Inspiration was derived from La Jolla’s beachfront location. Situated at the corners of Pearl and Herschel, Paseo La Jolla is just a few blocks away from the bustling shopping district. Paseo La Jolla is in close proximity to the very best of La Jolla, including elementary and high schools, the beach, shops, restaurants, galleries and more. Priced from the low $700,000s to just over $1 mil-

soaring nine-foot-high ceilings in the living and dining rooms and master suites; gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops and top-of-the-line appliances and an attached side-byside two-car garage. Paseo La Jolla and the Sales Center are located at 1056 Pearl Street #1, La Jolla, CA 92037. The Sales Center is open daily, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.paseolajolla.com or call 858-333-1884.

Partners is a San Diegobased real estate development and investment company committed to building high quality attached and detached homes and condominiums. For more information, visit www.zephyrpartnersre.com. Also new from Zephyr Partners are Panorama Ridge II in Oceanside from the low $ 5 0 0 , 0 0 0 s (panoramaridge2.com) and Mesa del Sol in La Mesa also About Zephyr Partners from the low $500,000s Founded in 2008, Zephyr (lamesadelsol.com).

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lion, the homes span from 1,000- to over 1,600-square feet with one, two and three bedroom floor plans. Homeowners will appreciate the elegance and simplicity of the floor plans, as well as a wide range of design options. “Homebuyers are encouraged to personalize

their residence – selecting either a traditional or contemporary motif – or for a more eclectic look, elements of both,” said Brad Termini, co-CEO of Zephyr Partners, a real estate development and investment company with a focus on residential assets. A broad election of cabinets, flooring, fixtures and

other fine touches are offered, and homeowners can work with designers, to personalize their homes. The majority of the homes sport expansive private rooftop terraces, which offer views of La Jolla and the Pacific. Each home is beautifully appointed with a fireplace,

Paint gives rooms simple transformations (ARA) — For today’s homeowners who are seeking easy ways to update their homes on a do-it-yourself budget, nothing transforms the look and feel of a room as quickly and affordably as a fresh coat of colorful paint. “Every home has the potential to look amazing — inside and out,” says HGTV star and interior designer David Bromstad. “If your space needs an update, adding color is the easiest way to transform it while reflecting your personality and taste.” Bromstad offers these tips for sprucing up a space with a splash of color: *Highlight unexpected areas. Paint can go beyond walls. You can put it on unexpected surfaces, such as ceilings and accessories. Try a bright hue on the interior of a bookshelf or stair risers for a fun twist.

*Use white on trim to make your color pop. White trim is classic and elegant, so you never get sick of it, and it’s a fantastic way to highlight color on your walls. *Paint furniture. If you need or prefer to keep your walls neutral, a great way to add color is by painting a side table, chair or armoire. This spices up the space and makes it easy to change your room’s look anytime you want. *Coordinate your color transitions. For high-impact transitions, combine bolder shades with their more neutral counterparts and for a more tranquil transition, stick to softer or lighter shades that are from the same color family. When it comes to paint selection, Bromstad recommends using HGTV(R) HOME by Sherwin-Williams, which features unique

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Autumn entertaining made easy with fabulous fall decor ideas (ARA) — The golden days of autumn are upon us, signaling a new direction in home decor and entertaining. What are your plans for updating your house? These easy tips will bring the feeling of fall into your home without a lot of money or extra effort. “Fall marks a time for entertaining as friends and families come back together,” says Visual Merchandiser John Griffith. “The brilliant bursts of reds, oranges, and yellows mark the last vestiges of color until spring, and peo-

ple are looking to grab onto those, especially those who appreciate nature as a decorating tool.” Griffith and his team create seasonal decorating vignettes for the retail store at Replacements, Ltd. The company is known as the world’s largest retailer of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. Griffith’s merchandising team has seen fall decorating become an increasingly popular trend. Shoppers are requesting recommendations for autumn decor, as opposed to waiting

for the traditional winter holidays to start seasonal decorating. Industry insiders say manufacturers are answering the trend in autumn decorating by offering more seasonal ornaments and dinnerware patterns, especially for Halloween and Thanksgiving. “People want a change, but with higher gas prices and the economic uncertainty, they’re worried about spending money,” Griffith says. “Many of us TURN TO DECOR ON B23


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Creating a safe bathroom without sacrificing choice, even style (ARA) — For today’s generation of aging adults, individuality and independence are values they’ve lived out for decades. As the years go by,lifestyle changes become a necessity, due to limited mobility and health concerns, but it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up personality. Aging in place, in the comfort of your home, is a priority for countless people. That often means making adjustments to your home, but some alterations can contribute to making your space feel more institutional and less “you.”

A balance between style and safety is the key — and finding it is easier than you might think. One of the most hazardous rooms in the home is the bathroom. Its slippery surfaces and tendency to be crowded with products and objects makes it a hazard for slipping, tripping and other mishaps. As you consider making alterations to your home that enhance security and safety,it’s the logical place to start. * Clear away clutter. Bottles and jars and grooming tools frequently crowd counters, closets and the corners of

tubs and showers. Make use of hangers, shelves and wallmounted baskets to keep things neatly tucked away, providing a cleaner environment that’s also better looking and less likely to cause trips or spills. * Bathe in safety.With limited mobility,moving in and out of the tub can be difficult,if not downright dangerous. One renovation solution to that problem is installing a walk-in tub. Premier Care in Bathing, the leader in walk-in bathtubs, offers a variety of tubs that homeowners can simply walk into, close the water-tight door,

and fill for a comfortable, relaxing bathing experience. The company’s Walk-in baths and EasyAccess showers configure to your existing space and allow you to maintain the look of your bathroom while enjoying greater ease. * Choose rugs carefully. Bath mats and rugs are both functional and decorative. They can add a splash of color while also effectively collecting water that might otherwise pool on the floor and lead to slipping. However, rugs that don’t stay in place can present a problem of their own and lead you to trip. Opt for mats and

rugs that have non-skid backing, but which still look harmonious with the rest of your bathroom decor. * Bring things up to the right height. Your bathroom routine can be an active one, which can present problems if your health limits your ability to move or bend easily.Having a commode and a sink at a higher level that prevents you from overexertion during your daily routine will add to the comfort and safety of your bathroom. And with options like Premier Care in Bathing’s easyaccess sink, you can integrate these new fixtures into your

room while maintaining your existing decorative theme. One of the most important parts of maintaining independence throughout aging is being able to uphold your sense of self. Taking a holistic approach to creating a home environment that meets your needs but still expresses who you are enables you to live life as you choose for a long time to come. For a free brochure including more information about Walk-in bathtubs and other solutions for making living at home more convenient, visit premiercarebathing.com/saferbathing or call (888) 378-7953.

Luxury windows and doors sprout up thanks to local company It’s safe to say Window Visions, a local company, has left its mark on San Diego. For nearly a decade, the business has provided high-end windows and doors throughout the region, even in one pad that received “home of the year,” from Ranch & Coast Magazine. With a rising profile and experience on its side, Window Visions shows no signs of slowing down, especially given the increasing popularity of luxury windows and doors. “More than ever, people understand the value of upper-scale windows and doors, the way they bring out the personality and add beauty to a home,” said Wayne Tennant, a Carlsbad resident who has been in the business for more than 30 years. “Luxury is in high demand,

and our products are like the Porsche or BMW of windows and doors.” Customers can check out the benefits of luxury windows and doors firsthand in Window Visions’ showroom in Solana Beach. At the showroom, there are a variety of lines, including Loewen windows offered in various styles, ranging from a wood exterior or clad in multiple colors with a Kynar finish. “Loewen is our best-selling, flagship line,” Tennant said. “For good reason, they’re sturdy, energy efficient and gorgeous.” Loewen also offers windows and doors that lift, slide and fold, giving homeowners more living space and maximizing views. Carlsbad resident and CEO of Window Visions Wayne Tennant, has “The trend right now is been in the full service window and door business for more than 30 foldable frames that allow years. Courtesy photo

large openings to be created, bringing the outside in,” Tennant said. As well as Loewen, Tennant said other lines are gaining traction. “High-end steel doors and windows are a great alternative because they have a thinner profile that appeals to both architects and homeowners,” Tennant said. “European windows and doors also offer a unique tilt and turn option.” For those who are unsure about what kind of windows or doors they might want, Tennant encouraged them to pay Window Visions’ showroom a visit. “There are a variety of choices,”Tennant. “We’ll help customers find what suits their preferences.” In contrast to other win-

dow and door businesses, Tennant said Window Visions is a full-service company. Window Visions buys straight from the manufacturer and its trained service technicians service all of its products. If customers have a problem, Window Visions will send a technician, often on the same day, to help them. “We can modify our plans at the drop of a hat to help our customers,” Tennant said. “That’s something homeowners and contractors working on the home appreciate.” Tennant’s partners, Jeff Corcoran and Mike Biele, also bring many years of experience to the business. Window Visions has locations in Solana Beach, Laguna Niguel and Palm Desert.

26-year stair maker is a step above in San Diego “Great.” “Professional.” “Outstanding.” These are only a few words that residents from around North County have used to describe the work done by Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. Founder and President Dave Kleinsmith has 26 years’ experience in the business. Having a staircase updated or newly installed provides some of the biggest impact for a return on investment, if the homeowner is looking to sell. A staircase is the first thing people see when entering a house — it’s the “curbappeal” for the inside of a home, not to mention that an average staircase remodel will cost about 80 percent less than remodeling your kitchen, making it an affordable choice with a big impact on the look of your home. A bit of art goes into the design and creation of a staircase. Whether it’s a grand spiral staircase, or steps of a modern contemporary glass rising to another level, to steel and cable rail systems Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. has the experience and ability to see the project through to completion. What’s more, you can be the artist when it comes to designing a staircase. Not only does Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. have the personnel to guide you, but also offers the

opportunity to design your own staircase using their custom stair software. Clients can print out their finished designs for a free estimate. If you’ve been thinking of having new stairs designed or installed, Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. can offer you excellent results with competitive pricing. Whether you own a custom, remodeled or tract home, our BBB-accredited business can provide you with superior craftsmanship and service. Safety is their first con-

cern when starting a new project. Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. doesn’t cut corners and will never send subcontractors out to your project. Their fully insured status should provide you with peace of mind. When you hire Kleinsmith, we make the entire process as stress free as possible. Their work knows no bounds. Being based out of Santee, Calif. Kleinsmith Stair & Trim, Inc. has the manpower necessary to take on projects throughout north San Diego County and to ensure the work is completed

on budget and to the homeowners’ specifications. “You cannot go wrong with Dave Kleinsmith Stair and Trim,” said Ramin, a client who lives in Del Mar, Calif. “They made a spiral hardwood stairs for us that is truly unique and beautiful. Their price was absolutely reasonable and unbeatable…we couldn’t be happier with the work that they have done.” To receive your free estimate, call toll-free at (877) 8319777 or (619) 562-3839. When contacting by email, or using the contact form online at

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Davidson Communities now selling 4 luxury homes at Vista Bella On the heels of robust sales of new homes in Rancho Santa Fe and Torrey Highlands, Davidson Communities has released four new luxury residences at Vista Bella on Old El Camino Real near Del Mar. Four multi-level floor plans at Vista Bella range from 4,165 to 5,200 square feet with four to five bedrooms, 3.5 to 4.5 baths, and hydraulic vehicle lifts to accommodate three cars. Built on home sites from 7,875 to 13,000 square feet, Vista Bella features highly upgraded amenities including custom stone & tile throughout, interior passen- Four luxury homes are on sale at Terra Bella.

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ger elevators, luxury kitchen appliance packages, customized built-ins, outdoor barbecue cooking stations and professionally designed landscaping. Three homes include a custom designed vanishingedge pool with integrated spa. Prices range from $1.4 million to $1.9 million. “The Vista Bella homes were originally started by another homebuilder,” said Petra Eigl, Vista Bella sales manager. “Davidson Communities was invited by the lender to step in and has been working for months to bring these homes to the

market through Davidson Realty.” Vista Bella overlooks the San Dieguito River Valley and is located at 13684 Old El Camino Real near Del Mar. Children residing here will attend schools within the San Dieguito Union School District. For further details or to schedule a viewing, please call (858) 735- 6426 or e m a i l VistaBella@DavidsonRealty. net. In addition to marketing this new home neighborhood near Del Mar, Davidson is building an enclave of 43 luxury residences at Arista at The Crosby in Rancho Santa

Fe and 41 large family residences at Maricel at Torrey Highlands. Strong sales at both communities have initiated accelerated construction schedules to meet demand. Headquartered in Del Mar, California, Davidson has been building high-quality homes of architectural distinction for California consumers since 1978. In October 2011, Bill Davidson was inducted into national Builder Magazine’s Hall of Fame for Design Excellence. Information on Davidson Communities is available online at davidsoncommunities.com.

What to do about pesky squeaks and creaks in your floor (ARA) — Do you ever feel like you’re trying to avoid tripping off an alarm as you’re carefully tiptoe through your living room? Except instead of an alarm, you’re hoping not to trigger that familiar creak or groan of the floorboards. It’s happened to everybody, and at times it wakes up the newborn (or anyone else who is asleep), interrupts homeoffice calls, and lets everyone in the house know about your midnight snack run to the fridge. Sound familiar? If so, you probably assumed a squeaky floor was something you’d have to live with. Contrary to popular belief, however, a squeak in the floor is relatively easy to repair. One product that makes this home improvement so simple is Squeeeeek No More, a squeaky floor elimination kit that works on carpeted, vinyl and hardwood floors,

and is available at Home Depot. It used to be that home improvement experts advised only going underneath a floor to fix a creaky floorboard. However, second floors cannot be repaired this way, due to the first floor ceiling. Your grandparents probably advised using talcum powder, liquid wax or powdered soap between the floorboards of that hardwood floor to stop it from squeaking. With new products, all of these old-fashioned remedies can be forgotten. There is no need to lift up any carpet or floorboards and the task can be performed on top of the flooring. All it takes is a power drill and the provided hardware from the kit. Squeaks occur when shrinks and gaps develop Homeowners plagued by constant creaks can crack down and often around different flooring fix their squeaks without having to tear up their floor or their hair. elements. For example, in Courtesy photo

most creaky floors, a nail that was used to fasten the floor has become loose and a squeak happens as a result of the nail rubbing on the sub floor. It’s also possible that wooden planks have loosened from the joist below them and are rubbing against one another. For homeowners with carpeted floors, Squeeeeek No More uses a tool that will find the location of the floor joists from above the floor. After locating the joists, an alignment and depth-control fixture allows you to drill through the carpet with one of the provided screws into the joist where the squeak exists. The screw will tighten the floor planks back onto the joist without ruining the floor or having to go underneath it. The alignment fixture has a screw gripper on one side that will snap off the screw head so there are

no dangerous nails or screws sticking out of the carpet. Doing away with creaky floors can be a big aid when it comes time to sell a home. There is nothing more unattractive to prospective homebuyers than noisy squeaks and creaks coming from the floor. By eliminating squeaks, you’ll be able to keep potential buyers’ attention focused on the beauty of your home. Parents with babies or small children will also appreciate giving their little ones a good night’s rest, free from loud creaks. More importantly, hungry members of the household will finally be able to reach the refrigerator at midnight without waking up the entire household. For more information about Squeeeeek No More, call (800) 459-8428 or visit www.stopfloorsqueaks.com.

‘Wall beds’ create home space out of nothing Are you in search of the space to add a guest room or office in your home? If you’re like Liz Roller and wish your house had the space for either, you are the perfect candidate for a wall bed. Roller started Wallbeds ’n’ More eight years ago when she realized that this simple piece of furniture she first came to know at her father’s furniture store provided the perfect solution to the problem of limited space. When her father decided to retire, she opened Wallbeds ’n’ More, and has turned it into a successful franchise with showrooms in Arizona, Texas and 15 different locations throughout California.

One of their newest showrooms has opened in San Marcos, and is operated by Mark Andreasen. Their showrooms display the latest designs, including units that are beautiful desks by day and beds by night. The wall bed’s stow-away simplicity allows you to have both the office you need and the guest room you want. Best of all, your workstation and everything on it tucks perfectly away when the bed is in use, with no straightening up required! Wall beds come in a variety of styles and finishes, with designs that can feature a table, entertainment center, bookcases, shelving and

other storage spaces. Most of the units sold at Wallbeds ’n’ More are manufactured in California and can be ordered with beds that fold out in either a horizontal or vertical orientation. Wall beds can accommodate any standard mattress up to 11inches deep. You don’t have to be a weight lifter to work a wall bed, either.They are attached to the wall in three different places, taking up less than two feet in depth, and their mechanism, which comes with a lifetime warranty, is finger light, making them easy to open and close. Wall beds are not a permanent fixture and can be

dismantled to move with you. If you prefer a mobile unit, Wallbeds ’n’ More carries a moveable guest bed that can be wheeled from room to room. By day, it doubles as a lovely cabinet with storage drawers. If you have out of town guests visiting for the holidays, now is the perfect time to shop for a wall bed. Delivery of your new wall bed may take six to eight weeks once ordered. Shop Wallbeds ’n’ More at 711 Center Drive, Suite 105, San Marcos, Calif. Call Mark for an appointment at (760) 6888580. For more information, visit wallbedsnmore.com.


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Terra Bella Landscape Development, creating ‘at-home museums’ The communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and La Jolla are well known for their artful residents and stylish museums. But driving throughout those communities, there’s a different kind a museum that is cropping up in those neighborhoods — what some are calling “at-home museums.” “Some people are looking for contemporary; some like the Mediterranean; some like the tropical look,” said Jason Jarvis of Terra Bella Landscape Development. “It’s all a personal expression,” he added. A former fashion school student, Jason has been bringing high-fashion elements to the gardens by combining plants, flowers and trees into patterns of colors and textures that go beyond the basic lawn landscaping, and add a whole new feeling to a client’s home. Jason said he has seen a movement towards a cleaner style of landscaping — whatever the genre may be. “Simple is back,” he said, adding that people are looking for landscapes that aren’t filled with a lot of clutter. “It’s the individual expression of what people want,” he said. “They really

works of living art, the landscapes Jason creates do need touching up from time to time. And like any responsible artist, Jason and Terra Bella provide an award winning maintenance service. That maintenance service, which 85 percent of his clients retain, also helps to forge strong and lasting relationships between him and his clients. “When you care about what you do, it comes through in your product,” he said. Terra Bella has been

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want to make their surrounding landscapes be a reflection of themselves and something that fits their lifestyle.” Jason’s “paints,” if you will, are the variety of materials: plants, bricks, stones and more that he uses to complete any myriad of projects. He uses his keen sense of style to help interpret his client’s personal style and bring their plans to life.

Jason’s business partner, David Neault, brings 28 years’ experience in the land development industry and a master’s from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Their partnership is one of symbiosis — David meets with the clients, artfully designs what they are looking for and Jason in turn, transforms their concept into a living, breathing and

constantly changing gallery of a landscape. The soils in and around the coastal communities he works in are some of the best canvases for his landscape creations. One of Jason’s favorite varieties of plants to use is a succulent, which he calls “living art.” “They’re interesting, beautiful, drought tolerant and hearty.” But as with all great

Six kitchen tools that will help you save time (ARA) — Our lives are busier today than ever before. Trying to balance the demands of work and home life is no easy feat. At home, day-to-day chores like cooking and cleaning easily chip away at precious time that could be better spent on a little rest and relaxation. If you’re looking to take back some of your time at home, the kitchen is a great place to start.With a few simple tools, you can dramatically reduce your workload, making more time for the things that real- A smarter faucet might be just want you need to get your ktichen work done more quickly. ly matter. the fridge was the ice maker. 1. Hands-free helper Although still a useful item, Imagine the conven- some manufacturers have far ience of having a kitchen surpassed this technology faucet that can sense what with today’s more high-tech you’re trying to accomplish, models. The Samsung 30 and with a simple wave of cubic foot Side by Side LCD the hand, immediately Refrigerator with apps fearesponds to your needs. The tures a WiFi-enabled 8-inch new Moen Arbor pulldown LCD touch screen, giving kitchen faucet with access to popular apps like MotionSense utilizes Pandora, Epicurious, Google advanced sensors to detect a Calendar and the brand new user’s movement in two sens- Grocery Manager app, which ing zones, immediately set- tracks expiration dates on ting water flow in motion. perishables. Whether you’re Simply place an object — looking for a recipe, updatlike a cup or your hand — ing your calendar or listennear the base of the faucet or ing to music, you can do it all wave your hand above the from your refrigerator door. faucet to turn the water on and off automatically. You 3. Pressure reliever It’s 5 p.m., your family is can also adjust the faucet’s temperature and flow the hungry and you have no idea traditional way, using its con- what you’re going to feed venient side handle. With them. An electric pressure MotionSense, tasks like cooker can help ease the washing dishes, filling a glass pressure of a “what-do-I-doof water and preparing the for-dinner” situation, and evening meal can become requires less monitoring than quicker and more efficient. a stovetop pressure cooker. It’s like having a second set These miracle machines use of hands in the kitchen — a moist, high-temperature perfect for when your hands environment to cook food are too full or too dirty to three times faster than conventional methods. Plus, turn on the faucet. many models have the added 2. Futuristic fridge bonus of electronic features, Until recently, the most TURN TO TOOLS ON B26 unique tool for the outside of

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enjoying a steady stream of commissions from clients eager to have their yards transformed from the norm to the dynamic. Terra Bella can create an environment both artful and functional by installing a vegetable garden for a personal farm-to-table approach or even by the planting a small grove of citrus trees. For more information or to set up an appointment call (858) 335-8151 or visit tblandscaping.com and dnassociates.com for more inspiration.


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With fall coming, the foliage isn’t the only thing that changes (ARA) — As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable space during the long winter months or in preparation for holiday entertaining. With the kitchen at the heart of the home, it’s an obvious place to take time for a few updates this season. Here are a few ideas to help give your kitchen a fresh look without spoiling the budget.

Overhaul cabinetry without breaking the bank Although replacing kitchen cabinetry can be a very costly home improvement project, it usually makes the biggest impact. With unlimited options to choose from and varying price points, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Even if your budget is

small, don’t give up on the idea of updating your kitchen cabinetry because there are plenty of affordable solutions. For example, QualityCabinets offers its Woodstar series, a line of affordable and stylish cabinets including its newest door styles — Kittery and Brookport — that are ontrend and available in popular finishes ranging from a classic and airy natural stain to dark and rich tones.

Add some personality and shine Hardware and faucets are touched every day, and wear and tear are inevitable. Just switching out these pieces can make a dramatic difference by adding a fresh shine, some personality and even greater functionality to the space. If your cabinetry hardware seems a bit dated, opt for one of many modern options for an instant, lowcost update. Replace the kitchen faucet with a sleek, better-functioning style to elevate the kitchen design, As the season changes, many of us will get the itch to tackle any number of home improvement projects before winter. For some, a complete remodel is in the works. For others, just a few quick fixes are needed to make the home a more enjoyable space during the long winter months or but also introduce a newer water-saving solution. in preparation for holiday entertaining. Courtesy photo

Don’t underestimate the power of paint With color trends constantly changing, and the focus on color in the home becoming more prominent, a fresh coat of paint can change the look and feel of a space almost instantly. With the changing season, opt for colors that add warmth and comfort or choose a bright color to combat the gray of winter. Paint can also help cover up unsightly wall marks and stains and provide the backdrop for new decor and furnishings for a whole new look. To ensure your new look has staying power, make sure to purchase a quality paint specially formulated for the kitchen.

Lighten up in the kitchen Kitchen lighting is easy to overlook. If there are outdated lighting fixtures in your kitchen, or simply not enough light, consider adding new whimsical pendant lights or splurge on a stunning chandelier to create a focal point. Simply adding lighting under the wall cabinets and dimmer switches can introduce a new ambiance to the space. A visit to your local home center or lighting showroom will give you plenty of ideas.


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Refrigerator makeover: Keeping your most-used appliance tidy It’s often easy to neglect your fridge, letting it get overloaded with expired products or splattered with food stains, but with a few simple steps refrigerator makeovers are

within reach. Cleaning, organization and maintenance are equally important to keeping your kitchen in order, says Mike Wisner, head home economist

and executive chef for LG Electronics USA, who has a few tips on making over your refrigerator routine:

(ARA) — The new school year is upon us and with it comes hectic schedules and harried mornings that make weekdays a mad dash. With school lunches to make,

snacks to prepare and evening meals to plan, getting out the door on time can be a challenge. Having the house in order and a few things made ahead of time can be a

huge convenience that means a world of difference in those time-crunched minutes. A simple way to prepare for the morning craze is a neat and orderly refrigerator.

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don’t realize we can give our homes a refreshing seasonal style with what we already own. This starts with rethinking how you use your tableware. Fall is a great time to forgo form for function and use your dinnerware in creative ways that aren’t only pretty, but a great conversation starter for fall entertaining.” While most people think about using their dinnerware for its intended purpose, finding new uses for those pieces opens up fun ideas to style your table. For example, Griffith suggests turning a balloon wine glass upside down over your favorite fall foliage, small gourds, or seasonal ornaments, and then placing a votive on the inverted base. This creates a pretty

accent on the dinner table or anywhere in the home. Look out in your yard for pine cones, nuts, seasonal berries or magnolia pods to arrange on silver serving trays, compotes or various sized serving bowls. You can even create unique centerpieces by mixing various natural elements and candles on single cake stands. Griffith suggests filling wine glasses with small seasonal-colored ornaments to use at each place setting, or in various rooms around your home to capture a burst of color. If you are looking to expand your dinnerware collection for fall entertaining, experts say there is no shortage of options. “You’ll find fall and Thanksgiving dinnerware in traditional browns and yellows, as well as this season’s

trend color, pumpkin shine. She says you can find site, along with information ideas on Replacements’ channel and orange,” says Replacements’ replacement pieces and care on restoration services. You YouTube Product Marketing Vice tips on the company’s web- can also find more decorating Facebook page. President Robin Long. “You can easily capture the spirit of the season simply by adding accent plates to the patterns you already own. Another great option is to add a decorated turkey platter or other serving pieces featuring colors and designs of the season to your table.” You can set off each course, such as hors d’oeuvres or dessert, with seasonal accent plates. Favorite Thanksgiving patterns include His Majesty, Autumn Monarch and Wild Turkeys. As an additional note, Long suggests pulling out your dinnerware and flatware in preparation for fall entertaining. You may notice chips or cracks, or recall a broken piece needs replacing. Silver may have lost its

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tape or “leaky pipe” through the plants and cover the beds — irrigation and all — with a thick layer of mulch. Another option is to make your own simple drip irrigation system by using 2 liter soda bottles from the recycling bin. Just rinse out bottles and poke a few small holes in the bottom. Then fill 1/3 full with sand. Next, bury the bottle next to the plant and fill with water. Water will slowly filter through the sand and holes and gradually provide moisture to the plants’ root zone.With a bit of ingenuity you can enjoy your vacation knowing that the plants are happily taking care of themselves.

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• Edit the contents. If it’s expired or unidentifiable, it shouldn’t be in the refrigerator. “People often don’t realize everything they have in their fridge,” Wisner says. “Old condiments and jam jars — even produce or leftovers — are pushed to the back where they aren’t seen.” In fact, according to a new national survey conducted for LG, 68 percent of American households have had foods go bad because they get “lost” in their fridge — an estimated annual loss of more than $832 dollars. If it’s past its prime, or if you find items you’re unlikely to use again, just throw them out, Wisner advises. That special snack your kids had to have but went uneaten or the numerous containers your husband rifles through and leaves empty? Time to go. • Give it a thorough cleaning. At least once a year, it’s a good idea to remove shelves and bins and clean them in the sink. Wisner recommends a simple solution of dishwashing soap and warm water. “If there are stubborn stains, let them soak first, and use a scrub brush if necessary,” Wisner suggests. Ensure you wipe down the interior of the fridge, as well as the doors — and even sticky jars or bottles. While you’re at it, make

sure your fridge and freezer are set to safe temperatures — 40 F or below for the refrigerator and 0 F for the freezer. • Evaluate whether your fridge meets your needs. Maybe you’re among the 40 percent of American consumers who reach for their favorite foods three to five times per week (according to an LG poll). If so, easy access to meals and snacks is important for your lifestyle and you might want to consider some of the newer offerings on the market that cater to your needs. A new super-capacity French Door refrigerator from LG, for example, has a feature called “Door-inDoor.” It’s a compartment within the fridge door that keeps the most popular snacks, drinks and treats within easy reach — and clear sight. “The family can access the small compartment — and grab their favorites — without having to open their entire door,” Wisner says. And if you’re like the one-third of Americans opening their fridge 20 to 50 times per day, lots of cold air escapes into the room, wasting energy. The door-in-door feature gives your kids a clear path to their “go-to” snacks and drinks and retains cold air, while the contents of the fridge remain safely chilled. • Prepare for tomorrow. Have lunches to make? Set aside baggies of carrot sticks, celery or cold salads

to pack the next day. Same goes if you’re planning for snack time. Kids love fun containers and creative touches, too — so whether it’s silly colored ice packs or apples in starshaped slices with peanut butter, make eating healthy fun for them, too. Often when it comes to families’ refrigerators, Wisner says, bigger really is better, and you don’t have to sacrifice size for energy efficiency, he adds, urging consumers to look for the popular Energy Star label when shopping for a new fridge. Whether you’ve got teens that eat their way through the contents in an afternoon, or want to pre-prep for dinners for the week, having extra space means you’re able to plan ahead. • Start organizing — and don’t stop. Invest in some good storage containers — and use them. Food can go bad prematurely if stored improperly, so forgo the wrinkled tin foil in favor of airtight lids, and choose sealed jars instead of punctured cling wrap. If it makes sense for your family, group things in a logical way, such as putting dairy items together, leftovers in a certain area, tomorrow’s lunches in the door and so on. Let everyone in the family know what goes where, and encourage them to help keep it tidy. Staying on top of organizing will make it easier to find what you want, when you want it.


Neutral flooring allows for versatility (ARA) — Do you pin your favorite bathroom makeover ideas on Pinterest, look for inspirational kitchen designs or dream about new decorating styles for your home? If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners are opting to makeover their homes this year instead of upgrading to a new one. According to a recent survey by Better Homes & Gardens magazine, consumers rank “style upgrades” as the most important component of their upcoming home improvement plans, followed by storage. For future projects, consumers said their top style upgrades include flooring, countertops, faucets and fixtures. Laminate flooring experts from Quick-Step suggest beginning a style upgrade project by installing neutral-colored flooring. Neutral floors create the perfect canvas to help tie all of a room’s design elements together. What is a fresh, new and widely-popular neutral color within interior design circles? That would be grey. Some of the hottest hardwood flooring designs for 2012 offer traditionally American brown tones that are delicately infused with a

grey influence. Quick-Step offers a variety of styles and options with grey undertones - from rustic oak plank designs and floors with wire-brushed detailing to the same visuals and charm of a hardwood floor constructed from reclaimed, vintage wood. Quick-Step’s Reclaime Heathered Oak flooring complements a wide range of decorating styles. Grey-toned floors provide the ideal backdrop to let your style and favorite colors shine through, and they also transition well as interior design styles and trends change.

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and enjoy for a great, healthy family meal. • Stock staples in your cupboard and freezer. Frozen meats and vegetables are easy to thaw and use at your convenience. Rice and pasta take just a few minutes and round out any meal. • Fresh fruit and yogurt make healthy, flavorful desserts in just a few easy steps. Be sure to tuck away a sweet dessert or two for those special occasions. The next time you reach for your car keys or the phone to order take-out, reach into your freezer and cupboard for meals that are good for your family and your soul. For more information about the flavorful options from Kansas City Steak Company, go to: kansascitysteaks.com.

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fruit. “It’s all about time spent sharing stories, sharing events of the day or just quiet time together,” says Scavuzzo. “The meals bring everyone to the table, but it’s family time that brings them back.” Making family meals a priority It’s easy to plan ahead for more family meals together. You can keep meals simple by sticking to nutritional basics and following a few tips: • Purchase ready-made sauces, seasonings or marinades and add chicken, beef or seafood for a great main course. • Cook on weekends and double the recipes. Roasts, soups and casseroles are great options to freeze, thaw

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your roof. Just remember that proper installation, according to the shingle manufacturer’s application instructions, is very important. After deciding which method of installation is best for you, it is now time to decide the kind of shingle you will choose. Asphalt shingles are the most common form of roofing shingle used today in the United States. Unlike wood shake, slate, metal and tile shingles; asphalt shingles are a practical choice for most residential uses and relatively inexpensive. Heritage Woodgate asphalt shingles from TAMKO Building Products feature double layers of durable fiberglass mat for strength. Each layer is coated on both sides with weather-

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ing. Just look to large furniture retailers to see how their offerings now highlight grey-based tones. The bleached-out, weathered Scandinavian look is very popular right now, Valencich says. It’s perfect to pair with a new grey floor.

Colors that complement

Don’t be afraid of color when designing a room with a grey-based floor, Valencich says. She suggests one of these color palettes to make a room shine: * 50 shades of blue Grey looks beautiful with Grey is the new brown any shade of blue, from soft Grey is no longer viewed powder blue to vibrant as a trend color in design circles, but is now viewed by professional designers as the new neutral. “Grey is the new brown,” says Erinn Valencich, L.A.-based interior designer and blogger for HGTV’s Design Happens. “I used a grey-based floor in my new design studio because it goes well under a myriad of other wood tones. You don’t have to use grey-based furniture on top of it - grey looks great with all wood tones.” Another benefit to greybased flooring, Valencich adds, is that it’s very forgiv-

ing-grade asphalt and topped with ceramic minerals for excellent roofing protection, and a self-sealing strip of asphalt helps provide added wind resistance. These durable shingles are made in six unique color blends that complement the expansive look and allow for more dramatic color distribution across the shingle. Heritage Woodgate shingles also feature an enhanced shadow line to further intensify the rustic shake-like beauty. For more information on Heritage Woodgate shingles, visit www.tamko.com. Replacing your old roof is an excellent way to improve the condition and appearance of your home. Don’t be the house on the block that needs some work, improve your home with a new roof and be the center of attention at the next block party.

turquoise to charming daisy blue. * Bananas Foster - A favorite color trio of Valencich’s is yellow, chocolate and cream on top of a grey-based floor. The subtle flooring highlights the rich colors for a bold, decadent look. * Lovely with lavender Lavender is one of this year’s hottest colors and a longtime partner for grey. Valencich suggests adding any color of purple to a grey floor for standout results. “Consider creating a focal point around a muted lavender wall and add some deep, rich, regal purple accents to TURN TO FLOORING ON B26

traffic areas in the home by vacuuming them two to three CONTINUED FROM B8 times a week and the rest of home, the experts in the field your carpets at least once a from Stanley Steemer offer week. these fall tips for maintaining a Outside work effects cleaner, healthier home:

CLEANING

With fall comes the foliage Reduce the amount of dirt and leaves that may get tracked into your home by using indoor and outdoor entrance mats.

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makeover project, the first step is choosing a clear color palette. Wall color is a great place to begin, Valencich says, but any object — a rug, chair or artwork — can serve as your inspiration. Next, think of the design process in layers — the trick is to coordinate and contrast. “If your paint, accessories, furniture and flooring are all the same color, the room will feel flat,” Valencich advises. “So create drama by using a pop of color or by layering varying shades of the same color for a refined tone-on-tone look.” A well-executed color palette can transform any space with great results. For more flooring ideas and style tips, visit quickstepstyle.com.

er, but new models take cleaning to the next level. These handy kitchen cleaning tools are becoming more efficient and quieter than ever before. Today’s machines can hold enough liquid dishwasher detergent for several months of cycles and automatically dispense the right amount each time, based on water hardness 5. Reliable robot 6. Reduce refills and soil levels. Since you Of all the possible Dishwashers have can also program your dishkitchen floor cleaning tools, already made our lives easi- washer to start on its own,

the only thing you have to worry about when it comes to the dishes is whose turn it is to put them away. Although you may not be able to add more hours to your day, you can easily add more time-saving tools to your life. When you spend less time in the kitchen, who knows what kinds of feats you can accomplish throughout the rest of your house — and the rest of your life.

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bring it all together.” Need help choosing your colors? Try out Quick-Step’s “Design A Room” online tool that allows you to select different flooring options and see how they look with hundreds of different Valspar paint colors. Or search “The Idea Gallery” on Valspar.com for ideas to spark your room makeover,likeValspar’s “organic elements” color trend. Inspired by the calming energy of nature, this palette of chalky hues, earthy browns and mineral greys creates balance and stability.Then add a bright honeysuckle beige for an unexpected pop. Getting started When beginning a room Neutral floors like thhis gray woodallow a wide array of possibilities for the rest of the room’s decor.

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such as a programmable timer and the ability to brown, simmer or saute.

4. Programmed for success Make meals more easily with the Frigidaire Professional 30-inch Slide-In Induction Hybrid Range. This smart stove features a delay start option, so you can

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set your oven to begin cooking on your schedule. For easy prep the day before, the range can be programmed from one to 24 hours in advance. Other innovative features include one-touch settings, allowing you to cook family favorites like chicken nuggets and pizza with the touch of a button.

robotic floor cleaners are truly the best time savers. Mops and brooms require some time and muscle on your part to do their job, but today’s robotic floor cleaners simply require a minute to program. These clever little robots do it all — from vacuuming to scrubbing — or even sanitizing.

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leather is the way to go? Arizona Leather’s knowledgeable staff will tell you that leather is the longest lasting and most durable upholstery material you can get. It’s perfect for any room of your home or office. It is the strongest upholstery material known to man and will withstand the rigors of daily life, including children and pets. Although the initial investment of quality leather may be more than fabric upholstery, leather is actually your best value in the long run as it outlasts fabric four to one. Not only is leather more durable, because it’s a natural product, no two hides are alike. If you’re seeking true originality in your home or office, Arizona Leather experts can walk you through the different looks, feels and finishes. Once you’ve selected your new furniture, Arizona Leather, working in conjunction with Wells Fargo, can offer you their local customer “PreApproved Financing.” As an added convenience you can fill out the application online from your home or office, bring your pre-approval number into the showroom, hand it to your salesperson and select your new Arizona Leather furniture. By purchasing your new leather furniture, you’re investing in your future. With proper care it’s expected that it will last an average person’s lifetime. That’s more than what can be said for fabric-upholstered furniture. After meeting with Arizona Leather Company’s sales staff, and seeing the quality of its furniture in any of its showrooms it’s easy to see that shopping for your new leather furniture at Arizona Leather is the right choice. Nobody does what they do with leather. Nobody creates quality leather furniture designed specifically for you, your family and your home. Their experts have years, even decades of experience. One of them can help you select the exact piece you’re looking for. Whether it be Retro, C o n t e m p o ra ry, Traditional or Casual, the results will be unique and the designs you put together will bring to life not a designer’s vision but your own. Then you will realize they’re not called the leather experts for nothing. They’re called the leather experts for everything. To get started in your quest for new leather furniture you can call (760) 761-0770 or visit their new location in San Marcos at 176 Knoll Road and talk to one of their experts.


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Anderson’s La Costa more than just a Garden Center Anderson’s La Costa is not your ordinary nursery visit — it is a truly unique garden experience. They’ve been in business at the same location, two blocks west of Interstate 5 on La Costa Avenue, in Encinitas for over 50 years. Come in and browse more than 3,000 kinds of plants including annuals, perennials, fruits and vegetables, trees, shrubs,

orchids, cactus and succulents, houseplants, water plants and one of the largest selections of drought tolerant/California native plants to be found. Owners Dave and Una Tyler are proud to feature a vast selection of unique and unusual plants all presented in small garden vignette areas that serve well to stimulate your imagination and

provide design ideas for your gardens. If you are looking for a garden center with a casual yet beautiful atmosphere and a staff of friendly, knowledgeable nursery professionals check out Anderson’s La Costa — they are one of Southern California’s most diverse nurseries. The staff is made up of award winning garden designers who pro-

vide excellent in-store customer service and satisfaction and can also provide expert on-site garden design services at your home or business. Highlights of visiting Anderson’s include a visit to their 2,500 square foot greenhouse with its vast selection of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, specimen indoor plants and unique and rare selections.

Browse through the color areas and enjoy the fragrance and vibrant colors on display. Don’t miss out on the lovely Secret Garden, a landscaped area reminiscent of a darling fairy garden with its enticing playhouse that captivates the youngster’s imagination plus an amazing selection of organic herbs, vegetables and seeds. Don’t miss a stop in the exquisite gift shop for

unique garden treasures Enjoy the mood created by one of the largest selections of operating fountains in Southern California and stroll leisurely while enjoying the great selection of pottery and garden décor all uniquely displayed within perfect settings that you could immediately envision what you could have in your own garden or patio.

TAP

faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours. • Make sure to wash only full loads of laundry. Using a high-efficiency washing machine is ideal, as they use about 28 gallons of water per load, versus an average machine that uses 41 gallons. • Take a shower rather than a bath. A full bath tub requires up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a fiveminute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons. Want to be even more efficient? Switch your showerhead to a water-saving option. “We realize showers are a tricky one when it comes to saving water. Homeowners want to make sure they have a well-performing shower experience,” says McJoynt. “However, the EPA WaterSense program recently published standards

for showerheads that consider both conservation and performance to build support of these water-saving units. Be sure to look for the WaterSense certification mark.” • Fix those leaks. Most leaky faucets can waste more

than 3,000 gallons of water each year. “Better design and engineering of many new bathroom products actually gives the user improved performance as well as efficiency,” adds McJoynt. “Faucets, toilets and shower-

heads are great examples. They’re just like other appliances that use less energy, but still work very well.” If all the water-saving green choices still have you overwhelmed, select one tip at a time and incorporate it into

your home. Looking for other tips? Visit the EPA’s WaterSense website. For more information about the performance and efficiency of Danze faucets, showerheads and toilets, visit danze.com.

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toilet per day. Danze has several new HETs that outperform and are more stylish than many toilets found in current homes. • Be sure to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth — it could save nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year. • Update your bathrooms with newer WaterSense certified lavatory faucets.According to the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program, if every household in the U.S. installed these watersaving lavatory faucets, more than $350 million in water utility bills and more than 60 billion gallons of water annually would be saved, plus $600 million in energy costs for heating the water. • Always turn the water off between tasks. Letting your

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this happens, the affected wood must be removed completely. By using composite wood like Trex or Azek, there is little to no maintenance and the material will stay looking good for years without the need for painting. Being a low-maintenance kind of guy, I love this application. You might wonder about the steel being used for sup-

port.Won’t it rust? I have found from using steel railings around my own home a mile from the beach that the trick is simply to metalize after fabrication. A zinc coating applied after sandblasting will not rust and loves a coat of paint. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, email him at Kent@plantch.com.

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