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Beware: There are rattlers among us By Adam Sullivan

REGION — Now that warm weather’s upon us, everyone’s hiking more and more. But watch your step, because you’re not the only one breaking out of a winter rut. Rattlesnakes are, too. Each spring, North County sees an increase in rattlesnake near-misses, close calls and bites. Identifying them seems simple — their eponymous noise can only come from a snake, or a baby — but it’s not a guarantee. Sometimes, the snake doesn’t rattle at all. Think of it as the polar opposite of a kitten’s purr. Bo Slyapich holds the title of “Rattlesnake WranRattlesnakes are not creatures to mess with. Baby rattlers are especially lethal, so don’t let them fool you. When hiking, riding bikes, and working gler.” In addition to home in the yard, wear high booted work shoes. Also, watch your pets. Don’t let them get near a snake. If they find one, call them away from it. Veter- and community relocations, inarians have a rattesnake vaccine now for dogs. It is a multi part vaccine, so do it soon. They also have snake bite antidote. See our article on he also clears out fields and zones for construcWhat To Do If You Are Bit. Stock photo

tion crews and Hollywood productions. Slyapich explained that the unseasonal weather Southern California has been experiencing will affect the frequency, and activity, of the snakes. “Usually with the rain it’s the following year, or the end of the season,” he said. Conversely, the drought we’ve experienced in years prior has affected the population as well. “In the last four years the females have had low numbers,” Slyapich said. “They haven’t been healthy.” According to Slyapich, the proliferation of rattlesnakes is all a part of a healthy, working ecosystem. “More growth means more seeds, means more rodents, means fat rattlers,” he said. “Mom can have 20TURN TO RATTLERS ON 16

Sawyer’s presentation helps prevent falls By Christina Macone-Greene

A pair of kittens awaiting care. The Humane Society recommends fostering in pairs, so kittens can have companionship and socialization. Photo by Adam Sullivan

‘Kitten season’ descends on San Diego County Humane Society By Adam Sullivan

REGION — San Diego County is being overrun, as it is each April, by a plague. But it’s not frogs or locusts that overrun the county. It’s kittens. This feline population leap, commonly referred to as “kitten season,” is the direct result of stray cats doing the stray cat strut (love was in the air approximately two months back), and kittens are showing up at Humane Societies all around San Diego. Kelli Schry, communications manager for the Humane Society, explained the phenomenon. “Kitten season is the time of year when cat breeding is at its highest,” she said. “Due to San Diego’s warmer climate, kitten season lasts most of the year, compared to other parts of the country. It is not uncommon for people to set out food and water for a lost cat, but

never take ownership of the cat, which results in thousands of stray, unaltered cats throughout our community.” Because of the increased volume (the “season” can last from April through November), each year the Humane Society reaches out to the public for temporary foster homes. This allows the caregivers to handle the increase in care. Becoming a foster home for one of these adorable, potato-sized babies is not a simple process. To adopt, fill out an application on the Humane Society’s website (sdhumane. org) that asks for, among other things, your previous experience with animals and any accommodations you may need. Potential foster families are invited to attend a monthly orientation meeting to learn about their pets.

RANCHO SANTA FE — When Cindy Sawyer gives her presentation about fall prevention, she delivers her information with passion. Sawyer’s mother had a fall and spent seven hours on the floor. “Her fall was a life changer,” Sawyer said. It’s Sawyer’s goal to educate those who plan to remain living in their homes well into their senior years. Sawyer shared valuable input at the RSF Senior Center in April on how to achieve those goals. “If staying in your home is your plan then that is great,” she said. “However, you have to be prepared for those emergencies so a medical alert is the best way to be able to get help quickly, so you can fulfill the dreams that you have to age in your home.” Sawyer represents Southwest Lifeline, a distributor of Philips Lifeline. While she chatted about the company, she also offered some sage advice on fall prevention strategies within the home.

Cindy Sawyer recently spoke at the RSF Senior Center about fall prevention. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene. Medications and knowing their side effects was a key point, particularly if they can increase a fall risk.

“It’s really important to stay healthy and exercise 30 minutes a day,” she said. “The strength you build in your muscles, even if it’s just your arms, could help you as you try to recover from a misstep.” Rugs can also be hazardous as well as clutter around the home. Sawyer also pointed out how lighting is critical as one grows older since vision changes. “You might need to light spots that you didn’t before,” she said. Sawyer explained that although people are first reluctant in considering a medical alert device, it can do a world of good. Instead of losing independence, a device like this can enhance it. “Everything I mentioned is important, but what’s near and dear to my heart and my passion is the medical alert,” Sawyer said. It gives you the ability to get help because the device is on your body. Something like this could change the outcome of your fall.”

Association names Farrar as RSFA building commissioner By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — RSF Association Vice President Ken Markstein appointed Tom Farrar as the Association’s building commissioner in April and the board agreed. Markstein shared with the board how Farrar served as the interim building commissioner since the retirement of Robert Green in September 2016. Following the appointment, Farrar told the board that it was an honor to take on the position. Farrar then segued into meeting matters, citing that the Covenant Design Re-

view Committee (CDRC) recently had 27 new projects. At the time of the report, 17 projects were approved and nine were in the process pipelines. An uptick in projects was also noted. “Staff anticipates 430 projects in the fiscal year,” Farrar said. Farrar noted that within the last couple weeks the Association received more than 12 comments and concerns regarding leaf blower disturbances. “We are trying to see what we can do to help the community,” Farrar said regarding the noise.

For comparison purposes, Farrar explained how staff was currently researching times of days that leaf blowers were utilized in areas such as Fairbanks Ranch and Santaluz. Also being assessed were prohibitive times, and gas leaf blowers versus the use of electric. Farrar said the goal was uncovering ways to quiet these gardening tools down. President Fred Wasserman told the board and Covenant residents that other items of concern being researched were running lawn mowers on Sundays.

“Most associations prohibit that,” Wasserman said. Another inquiry from Wasserman was construction on Sundays. Markstein suggested that Farrar look into San Diego County rules, while Wasserman asked that Farrar bring back his findings to the board regarding construction and gardening. Farrar ended his presentation with code enforcement updates. At the time of the meeting, the 80 cases the Association was addressing were down to 65. “We resolved eight cases in two weeks,” he said.


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Most crimes in the Ranch cited as opportunistic By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser provided an update to the RSF Association board and Covenant residents regarding crimes and other matters in an Annual Patrol Report. While Wellhouser offered detailed crime and accident statistics, he delivered another strong message on how residents can play a role in deterring crimes. “Most crimes are opportunistic in nature,” he said. “People make it too easy for crooks to get in their houses and cars.” According to Wellhouser, there were 16 burglaries within the Covenant parameters in 2016. From this number, 10 were cited as residential, four were vehicle-related, and two were commercial incidents. In his presentation, Wellhouser said the data was some-

what consistent with the 16 reported crimes in 2015, with nine residential and seven commercial burglaries. As far as radio calls, the numbers revealed a decrease at 4,078 with a total of 13 percent of those calls attributed to alarm calls. “Three percent of the calls logged were generated by patrol officers,” Wellhouser said. Wellhouser reported that one HOT burglary, an entry when a resident is in their home, occurred in 2015 and another in 2016. “We treat those [HOT] very carefully,” Wellhouser said. “We send a lot of units to that type of call.” On the roads in 2016, Wellhouser said RSF Patrol responded to a total of 65 non-injury collisions and 24 with injuries. Wellhouser pointed out the decrease compared

to the previous year which listed 35 as collision injuries and 75 with non-injury in 2015. Wellhouser commended the California Highway Patrol in their enforcement efforts. “These collision trends are a result of a program with highway patrol,” he said. An example Wellhouser cited was how more officers are enforcing traffic speed on El Montevideo, a street where vehicle speeds have a tendency to escalate. Toward the end of his presentation, Wellhouser shared how their average response time to a call is sixand-a-half minutes. Odometers showed that patrol cars clocked in more than 110,000 miles, and a portion of those miles was dedicated to more than 37,000 Covenant resident vacation and security checks.

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Santa Fe Irrigation District enters second-meter installation phase By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Santa Fe Irrigation District’s (SFID) automated meter installation (AMI) program will soon begin its second phase. The district reports that nearly 425 meters were completed in the first phase with installations in particular areas of Rancho Santa Fe and the city of Solana Beach. “This second phase starts in early May and runs through July 2017,” Jessica Parks, SFID public information officer, said. “About 860 new automated meters will be installed in portions of the city of Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.” It’s estimated that within a five-year timeframe, 7,300 automated meters will replace potable and recycled meters. The automated meters are designed to send radio signal reads to the district every hour. The district’s service areas include Rancho Santa Fe, the city of Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. Regarding other matters, Parks said the SFID threeyear rate increase approved by the board of directors in May 2016 was implemented with the first installment in June 2016, followed by a second increase in January 2017. A third increase is slated for January 2018. “Millions of dollars of additional costs caused by the recent drought were absorbed by the district by cutting costs and using reserves, rather than by changing rates,” Parks said. “The end of the drought, therefore, did not affect rates. The district’s rates that were approved last May are based on the longterm cost of providing safe, high-quality water and water service to our custom-

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ers.” Parks pointed out a couple of water-related essentials that will be funded by the rate changes. The first was how additional monies would address rising “imported water costs” and inflation. The other reasons related to investments in repairs and upgrades to older facilities, which were deferred for some time. “It is notable that Santa

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Federal oil and gas leases could boost government revenue By Merrill Matthews

President Trump recently proposed opening up more federal land and offshore for oil and natural gas exploration. That’s good news. Federal revenue from leasing onshore oil and natural gas resources averaged $3 billion annually between 2005 and 2014. Federal revenue from leasing offshore resources $8 billion annually for the same time period. That’s $11 billion total annually. But that’s not the whole story. While most of those years hovered around $11 billion, the federal government took in $24 billion in 2008 alone, nearly twice the next highest year (2006). Why? The Department of Interior implemented a bonus bid system, in addition to royalties and rents, that allowed companies to bid more if they thought a site would be productive. When the Obama administration came to power in 2009, it shuttered the program. The Institute for Energy Research (IER) suggests, “With an aggressive pro-energy leasing program, the United States could raise another $12 to $15 billion

per year.” Just so. However, that report was produced four years ago. While it envisioned an expansion of federal leasing, it didn’t imagine the possibilities under a Trump administration. Indeed, now that the U.S. is expanding both crude oil and liquefied natural gas exports -- as Forbes contributor Jude Clemente pointed out -- the U.S. is

al budget -- cannot be overstated. Of course, there are those who worry about the environmental impacts of expanded fracking. But those concerns about respiratory problems or natural gas leaks have been proven not to be the result of fracking. Fracking fluid spills are almost always small, local spills, completely contained and the result of human error. ‘Of course, Concerns have been raised that some wastewathere are those who ter injection wells increased worry about the enthe number of earthquakes. vironmental impacts The oil and gas industry is innovating ways to reuse of expanded frackfracking water and identiing. But those confy areas that would be less prone to earthquakes. cerns ... have been federal governproven not to be the mentThe needs new revenue result of fracking.’ streams to pay for a slew of different programs, and -- Merrill Matthews expanded oil and gas exploration could provide that set to rival Russia in ener- funding. It’s a win for the gy exports. “U.S. LNG is energy industry and the so desired in Europe that U.S. economy. some nations have offered Merrill Matthews is a to accept higher prices for resident scholar with the it, willing to lose money to Institute for Policy Innovalower the reliance on Rustion in Dallas, Texas. Follow sia.” at twitter.com/MerrillMatThe benefits to the thews. economy -- and to the feder-

Letters to the Editor

Writer calls for cruelty-free dairy products Dear Editor, Last week, The Washington Post published a major expose of the U.S.dairy industry concluding that mega dairies scam consumers into paying extra for “organic” milk that isn’t. The timing, a few days before Mother’s Day, could not be more appropriate. Dairy cows, world-widesymbols of motherhood, never get to see or nurture their babies. The newborn calves are torn from their mothers at

birth and turned intoveal cutlets, so the dairy industry can sell their milk. The distraught mothers bellow for days, hoping in vain for their babies’ return. Instead, they are chained on a concrete warehouse floor, milked bymachines, then impregnated artificially to renew the pregnancy and keepthe milk flowing. When their production drops, around four years of age,they are ground into hamburgers. This Mother’s Day, let’s

all honor motherhood and our natural compassion for animals by rejecting the dairy industry’s cruelty. Let’s replace cow’s milk and its products, laden with cholesterol, saturated fats,hormones, and antibiotics. Let’s choose delicious, healthful, cruelty-free, plant-based milk, cheese, and ice cream products offered at our grocery store. Sincerely, Edward Cole Encinitas

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Coalition fumes over pot festival Dear editor, Our Coalition was a-larmed to read in the 5.05.17 Del Mar Times that a Cannabis Festival will be hosted at the 2017 Del Mar Fair. Our group is comprised of concerned community members who came together

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Community Commentary

Cycling is becoming endangered Ladies and gentlemen, on today’s transportation safari, please observe the two distinct species of cyclist. The first is the Sport Cyclist (cyclo sportatus). Note its colorful spandex plumage and impressive swiftness. These cyclists ride sophisticated machines and sometimes travel in groups called peletons. One can’t help but admire this magnificent species. Please note, however, that this is not the species of cyclist that reduces greenhouse gases or prevents climate change, as they cycle for sport in their free time. But look, here comes the second species of cyclist, the Utility Cyclist (cyclo utilitarus). This species can be seen in sweatpants, suits, and bikinis. They’re marked by a look of contentment as they ride beach cruisers, beaters, and grandma bikes. Not known for their speed, they often ride alone or in pairs. This species consists of granddads, teenagers, mothers, children, shoppers, and commuters. These cyclists only flourish when safe bike path infrastructure is built. This is the species of cyclist that reduces greenhouse gases and forestalls climate change. Although they are biologically similar, these two distinct species sometimes compete for the same habitat. They also have very different needs. In my town of Encinitas the Sport Cyclist spe-

cies has been relatively successful at securing bike path improvements and deserves great credit for this. They’ve lobbied well, and Encinitas has paid attention. Sharrows lanes have appeared on Highway 101. White lines and helpful signs have also appeared, and this has been beneficial to the species. Sadly, the Utility Species has been less successful. Local members of this species are sometimes even unaware of their own cycling needs, having never experienced safe cycling infrastructure (as found in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, or Portland). In truth, habitat competition between the two species is only now being understood by cycling ethnographers, who are beginning to understand that sharrows lanes and painted lines only benefit the Sport species. In fact, such designs may be harmful to the Utility cyclists who do brave them. It seems they are lulled into a false sense of security in sharrows lanes and thus threatened by motorists. Progress has been slow in coming. It’s taken years of research to understand that adults of the species would never send their young to school in sharrows lanes -- except as a form of infanticide. This is why the Utility species has been driven to the brink of extinction in the automobile-dominated landscapes of Southern California. But there is hope. Researchers now understand

that the Utility species must be nurtured and protected. They now understand it this species that bikes in order to leave cars at home, to ride to the store, to work, and to school. It is this species that reduces traffic congestion, cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions, and helps reduce obesity levels. Good news is also indicated in studies of similar cycling habitats in other parts of the world: it is now understood that this species proliferates extremely rapidly when safe cycling infrastructure is put in place. In fact, experts refer to it as the build-it-and-they-willcome species. So, what can be done, you ask, to ensure that the Utility species survives? Above all else, this species needs buffered bike lanes! These bike paths are completely separated from the main roadway by a curb, a median, landscaped space, or by parked cars. We must encourage city planners to include buffered bike lanes as a standard feature of city design guidelines. In Encinitas, for example, buffered bike lanes are desperately needed along Highway 101, La Costa Ave., Leucadia Blvd, Encinitas, Blvd, Santa Fe Dr, and Manchester Ave. If such habitat improvements are made soon, we may be able to save the Utility cycling species from extinction. Darius Degher is a guest columnist and is on the Encinitas Traffic and Public Safety Commission.


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Fire mitigation fee rates unchanged for fiscal year By Joe Naiman

REGION — The fire mitigation fee rates paid by developers to fund the cost of fire department facilities serving the new development will not change for Fiscal Year 2017-18. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on May 2 to maintain the fees at their 2016-17 rates. The fee for nonagricultural construction will remain at 56-cents per square foot, the fee for agricultural buildings without sprinklers will remain at 15-cents per square foot, the fee for agricultural buildings with fire sprinkler systems remains at 2-cents per square foot and the fee for poultry and greenhouse buildings is still 1-cent per square foot. The supervisors also accepted the Fire Mitigation Fee Review Committee’s annual report and found that the 22 participating fire agencies were in conformance with the County Fire Mitigation Fee Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2015-16. “There really isn’t a fire season anymore; wildfires are a threat all year long,” Supervisor Bill Horn said. “That’s why it’s so important to keep our fire mitigation fee program well-funded and to maintain the fee

structure through the next fiscal year.” The county established the Fire Mitigation Fee Program in 1986 to provide funding for fire protection and emergency medical services in the unincorporated communities. Although local fire agencies lack the legal authority to impose mitigation fees on new development, the county collects a fee from building permit applicants on behalf of 19 independent fire protection districts and three county service areas with fire protection responsibility. The mitigation fees are distributed quarterly to agency accounts and must be used for capital projects or to purchase firefighting equipment or supplies that will serve new developments. The Fire Mitigation Fee Review Committee reviews the annual reports of the participating agencies to confirm that the improvements are necessary to serve new development. The committee consists of two fire chiefs (currently Tony Michel of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and Bill Paskle of the Alpine Fire Protection District), one elected director of a fire protection

district (currently Ken Munson of the North County Fire Protection District), one County Service Area staff member (currently Theresa Vargas), one San Diego County Fire Authority staff member (currently Susan Quasarano), one representative apiece from the Building Industry Association (currently Matt Adams), the San Diego County Farm Bureau (currently Executive Director Eric Larson) and the county’s Planning Commission (currently David Pallinger). The County Fire Mitigation Fee Ordinance allows fee ceilings to be increased or decreased in proportion to changes in the Cost of Construction Index. The ordinance also requires an evaluation of the base fee every five years based upon dividing the average cost in current dollars to construct a fully equipped fire station within the county’s unincorporated area by the average square footage of structures served by that average fire station. That result becomes the new base fee and was last adjusted in 2014. An 8.19 percent increase in the Cost of Construction Index between October 2014 and October 2015 led to fee increases

LAFCO seeks candidates for executive officer position The San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is seeking experienced candidates for the position of Executive Officer to replace longtime Executive Officer Michael Ott, who has announced his retirement effective Aug. 31, 2017. The Commission has retained the executive search firm of Peckham & McKenney. Specific information about the position will be available soon at www. p e c k h a m a nd mc ke n ney. com. The San Diego LAFCO is an independent government agency established by State Law. It consists of a 13-member commission, representing 17 cities, the County of San Diego, 60 independent special districts, and a permanent representative from the City of San Diego. LAFCO is responsible for directing and overseeing logical and timely changes to local government boundaries including annexation and detachment of territory, incorporation of cities, formation of special districts, and consolidation, merger and dissolution of special districts. LAFCO also is charged with reviewing ways to reorganize, simplify, and streamline governmental organization. Over the past 29 years, San Diego LAFCO has streamlined government services in the county by consolidating 83 special districts. The agency has been particularly success-

ful consolidating fire agencies and improving fire service to over a million acres in unincorporated San Diego County. In 2018, the San Diego LAFCO will begin a major update to its Spheres of Influence, Municipal Service Reviews, Disadvantaged Community Program, and launching an Unincorporated Island Program. These programs will affect 18 municipalities and 80 special districts. The San Diego LAFCO was honored with 16 statewide awards for its professional excellence and innovation. It was recognized by the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO) in 1998, 2002 and 2004 as the “Most Effective Commission” in the State. According to retiring Executive Officer Michael Ott, “Having headed the San Diego LAFCO for twenty-five years, I can say unequivocally it is an excellent organization and this is an exceptional career opportunity for an experienced and creative leader interested in helping to shape the future of San Diego County.” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed is the Chairman of LAFCO and is leading the recruitment effort on behalf of the Commission. For more information about the San Diego LAFCO, visit: www.sdlafco. org. Peckham & McKenney, Inc. can be reached at (866) 912-1919. Peckham

& McKenney, Inc. will be compensated $29,000 for the recruitment. The company has provided executive search services since 2004 to local government agencies throughout the Western United States and is headquartered in Roseville, California.

last year from 52 cents per square foot for nonagricultural construction and 14 cents per square foot for agricultural buildings without sprinklers. This year the change in the Cost of Construction Index was small enough that no changes in the fees were warranted. The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District received $205,396.48 of Fire Mitigation Fee Program revenue in Fiscal Year 201516. County Service Area No. 107, which provides fire protection to the Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove areas, had mitigation fund revenue of $169,816.96. The San Marcos Fire Protection District, which serves unincorporated San Marcos,

collected $46,131.34. The Vista Fire Protection District, which covers unincorporated Vista and also part of Bonsall, had $26,181.40 of revenue. Because the funding is used for capital improvements, it is not required to be spent in a particular fiscal year and funding can be used for debt service payback. The Fiscal Year 2016-17 planned capital expenditures approved by the Fire Mitigation Fee Review Committee include construction of a new Vista Fire Protection District fire station for which Fire Mitigation Fee Program revenue will be allowed for 53 percent of the estimated $5 million total cost, a Type

I fire engine for Harmony Grove with a $612,250 cost and San Marcos Fire Protection District debt service payback.

Local Postal Annex offers Complimentary Receiving Services for Rancho Santa Fe Residents While some stores may charge for this service, local store owners Chuck & Cindy Datte would like to offer this FREE service for local Rancho Santa Fe residents. Want to purchase wine while you travel? No need to worry about the delivery, Postal Annex of Rancho Santa Fe can receive the package, and hold it for you until you get back in their safe and secure location! Don’t want to go chasing all over town for your overnight mail, and special delivery packages? Just have your packages sent to their convenient location. They can even keep perishables or prescriptions without worry. They are located nearby in the Rancho Santa Fe Plaza, next to Harvest Ranch Market. According to Chuck Datte, “we have become experts at shipping special items like art, wine, saddles, and tack. Our customers love the easy parking especially for large vehicles or horse trailers can easily navigate through the spacious Rancho Santa Fe Plaza parking lot.” In addition, if you want to have all of your mail and packages sent there for convenience and safety, you can rent a Personal Mailbox, with 24 hour access.

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Community Socials

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Joanna Kinsman and Sarah Jenkins. Photos by Christina Macone-Greene

Shelley Lyford and Dr. Vicki Petropoulos.

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center launches its first fundraiser Kristine Breese Michie and Nancy Beckwith.

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was the picturesque backdrop for the debut fundraiser of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. A flow of guests gathered at the Inn’s library on May 3 to support the cause as well as learn more about the nonprofit. Gary and Mary West, founders of the center, are Rancho Santa Fe residents as is Dr. Vicki Petropoulos, one of the center’s dentists. According to CEO and Dental Director Karen Becerra, DDS MPH, the organization was very delighted to get others involved and informed about the crisis of senior oral health care at this anticipated event. “We often think of giving food to drives and local food pantries but forget that in order to eat that food, we must have healthy teeth,” Becerra said. “Fifty percent of our senior patients report having

pain while eating and often aren’t getting the nutrition they need due to the status of their oral health. Studies have shown that poor oral health increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.” Becerra went on to say how their nonprofit sheds light on this silent epidemic and invites the community to join them in its solution. Headquartered in San Diego, Becerra explained how the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center provides affordable, high-quality oral health care with comprehensive education, clinical and wellness services for seniors in need. The nonprofit’s mission is to foster an environment that punctuates healthy living and productivity among those in their senior years. “The Senior Dental Center is located within Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, a congregate

meal site that provides not only meals but supportive services to hundreds of low-income seniors every day,” Becerra said. Becerra wants people to know that nearly 10,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday every single day; and, it’s estimated that 70 percent of those seniors do not have dental insurance. She described this “oral health deficit” as a crisis. “The problem is more severe among impoverished seniors, who lack access to care due to high costs and limited providers accepting Denti-Cal,” Becerra said. “Ninety-five percent of our patients live at, or below, the federal poverty level, with almost 20 percent homeless. The average annual income is just over $11,000.” While their patients are generally from the central portion of San Diego, the organization also serves those who live throughout the county. During the fundraising evening, do-

nation cards were distributed thereby giving guests the distinct chance of helping low-income seniors regain their dental function in an effort to enhance their overall health. “Each donation will have twice the impact as it is being matched dollar-for-dollar by the Gary and Mary West Foundation,” Becerra said. “The money raised will go directly to improving senior’s oral health whether it be for oral health education, fillings or a full set of dentures.” “Those who donate will know that each dollar is being used to advance our mission and give more seniors the ability to eat, speak, smile and have a renewed sense of self-confidence and dignity,” she added. While Becerra extended a warmhearted thanks to all the center’s supporters, she imparted special thanks to its sponsor Digital Genesis, specifically Sarah Jenkins.


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own here in San Diego, we mock how driving to or from anywhere on the 405 Freeway is a traffic jam crap shoot, and the house usually wins. I rolled the dice a few weeks ago, drove up 405 on a Wednesday early afternoon, and it was a predictable 2.5hour drive in crowded, but moving, traffic. Then I had the audacity to drive home on a Friday afternoon. That was unwise. The 2.5-hour route became a 4.5-hour slog-athon. I vowed then and there, the next trip I would take the train. Now, until a month ago, I didn’t even realize there were two separate train lines. Now I know that “taking the train” means simple and generally reliable Amtrak, with occasional ocean views, for $56 round trip — or you can have more frequent stops at inland stations on Metrolink for $16. Well, who can resist a bargain? I then learned the two lines never speak to one another. In this age of email and such, and because passengers use both lines from the same station, would it be such a stretch to expect that each might be apprised of the others idiosyncrasies? But if you foolishly go in the Oceanside Amtrak ticket office and so much as breathe the word Metrolink, you will get “the hand,” and a curt, “This is Amtrak. I don’t know anything about Metrolink!” Like when the tracks are closed from Oceanside to Laguna Niguel — both ways, all weekend — for maintenance. The closure affected both lines, but each was ignorant of the other’s methods to address the general confusion. But wait. There’s more. You cannot buy Metrolink tickets on the train. And you cannot by them online. Nope. It has to be from rather confusing and elusive kiosk machines at the station. Two of those machines in Oceanside were out of order. The third is tucked way over by the buses and I would never have found it without help from a savvy passenger. So now we see why Amtrak costs more. Nonetheless, I found the right bus, jumped on and then had to stand up, like it was a subway, with a death grip on a strap, as we hurtled down the freeway for 40 minutes. The trains got me where I was going as promised, and I managed the reverse drill on Sunday, but I am once again reminded “you get what you pay for.” I’ll visit L.A. again (maybe) probably by train, but I’ll toss my budget to the wind. And if the tracks are closed, I will take it as a sign from God to just stay home. Happy trails. Jean Gillette is a freelance writer, first in line for the self-driving cars. Contact her a jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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A merchant approaches the queen at The Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire. Photo by Adam Sullivan

Escondido park transforms into an affaire to remember ESCONDIDO — Felicita County Park underwent a transformation over the weekend. Tents and tarpaulins were erected, King Richard’s Tavern was established and hundreds of lords and ladies descended upon the park for the annual Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire. The popular annual event is a festive occasion for all ages, for anyone interested in learning about English life in the 1400s. The weekend was packed with events that ranged from battle re-enactments, to musical performances and even a “Bawdy Juggler.” Located at various intervals throughout the park were guilds, manned with Renaissance-era experts to teach visitors about life in the 1400s. The “Guardians of Midgard” were a Viking guild that demonstrated the economics of the day. They began with a box of silver chalices, bowls and jewelry that were “liberated” from one of the Viking’s “charity missions.” “We’d save women and children from houses on fire,” explained Jay, the Guardians’ blacksmith. “’course, we don’t talk about who started the fires in the first place.” The Vikings, it seems, were a powerfully sarcastic lot. “Afterward, well, there was all this silver laying around that nobody seemed to want anymore,” he added.

The bowls and goblets were melted down and cooled as sheets. Small, dime-sized coins were then hammered out and stamped with the logo of the guild that created them. “The marking doesn’t really mean anything,” said Jay of the Guardians. “It all comes down to the weight of the silver.” Merchants of the day all had scales, so having smallish coins allowed a person to avoid overpaying. In addition to the informative guilds, dozens of merchants set up tents in a sort-of makeshift bazaar. Visitors walked up and down the aisles as the merchants hawked and peddled their wares, which ranged from toys to jewelry to authentically Medieval clothing. Getting into the spirit was the name of the game, and everyone was happy to play along. One merchant even had a sign proclaiming: “We gladly accept Master Card, Lady Visa, New World Express, and Discover (The New World).” Some of the merchants have been coming to the faire for years. Dawn Bradley owns and operates Dream Lizard, a booth (and Etsy store) that offers freshwater pearl and genuine gemstone jewelry. “I've been doing this ever since the faire started in 2000, it’s my home faire,” Bradley, a San Marcos resident,

said. “It’s a really good turnout. You couldn't ask for a better day.” Of course, the community itself is a major element of the ambiance. Howard Clarke and his wife have been traveling to events such as these for 21 years. “This one’s small but it’s fun,” he said. Though this was their first time at the Escondido Renaissance Faire (they attended as observers), they travel to more than 60 events each year, operating as authentic cooks. The Escondido Renaissance Fantasy Faire is a two-weekend event, so you can still attend May 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Event T-shirts are available, the proceeds of which go to Wounded Warrior’s homes and the Coali-

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the growing business. For more information on TERI Inc., visit teriinc.org/ about/resale-shop/. Hubert Greenway, M.D of Rancho Santa Fe., chairman of Mohs and dermatologic surgery at Scripps Clinic, received the Frederic E. Mohs Award from the American College of Mohs Surgery at the college’s annual meeting in San Francisco on April 28.The award honors Greenway’s lifetime achievements in promoting Mohs surgery for skin cancer, through teaching, clinical practice, scientific contributions, innovation, mentorship and service. On May 1, Fitness Evolution, at 780 Garden View Court, has been taken over by EōS Fitness, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. Nothing will change for Fitness Evolution members other than seeing a few new friendly faces around the gym. New EōS member cards will be provided the next time members come in to the gym. Class schedules, amenity access, gym hours and fees will remain the same. For more information, visit eosfitness.com/.

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Del Dios denizens immortalize lake legend By Adam Sullivan

ESCONDIDO — Bigfoot. Nessie. The Chupacabra. All members of an incredibly rare subset of the animal kingdom, whose very existence is a matter of faith, not science. North County residents have another name to add to the list: “Hodgee.” Hodgee is a beast of unspecified proportion and unknown origin that makes its home in the murky blue waters of San Diego’s Lake Hodges. Though Hodgee hasn’t quite achieved the worldwide fame of say, Bigfoot, it is a beloved local story. An unofficial mascot, even. Lake Hodges is a 1,234acre reservoir that provides much-needed water to arid San Diego County. It’s also a popular destination for fishing, hiking and a number of other outdoor activities. And now, at the northernmost tip of the lake, stands a two-story statue of Lake Hodges’ eponymous beast. The sculpture, carved over the past few months from a eucalyptus tree, serves as a fun homage to the unofficial mascot of Lake Hodges. Like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, Hodgee is a cryptozoological beast that makes its home in the reservoir. “I think it’s absolutely terrific,” said Del Dios resident Renee Richetts. “It’s the essence of public art.” Richetts is herself a sculptor, with work on display in a room of the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, called “Richetts’ Space.” She was admiring the nearly completed sculpture with her grandchildren. Richetts explained that the city intended on cutting the massive eucalyptus down, when the top half had been stricken with a disease. “It was going to kill someone,” Richetts said. The Del Dios Town council stepped in and voted that, instead of taking the tree down completely, they remove the top half, which was the diseased part, and make something of the rest. That “something” became a friendly, 20-foottall creature. A pair of local artists stepped up, volunteering their time and their craft to recycling the towering tree into something that will last forever. Ewing “Mitch” Mitchell and Stan Smith are both to thank for the sculpture. “Public art can have so many roles, beyond the obvious,” Richetts said. “To me, Hodgee represents something beautiful, fun and eye-catching that came from a tree that was diseased, dying and had become a hazard. Truly wonderful.” “Art makes us look at ourselves,” she continued. “As individuals and as a society. Really great art makes us look and feel.” As is often the case with cryptozoological beasts, origin stories can vary. Richetts explained that the legend of Hodgee, as she heard it, stems from the silhouette of the lake itself. In years past,

County. The existence of an elusive creature below the lake’s surface is a fun story, and just like Bigfoot, Champ and Nessie, belief is a matter of faith, and responses vary from person to person. Richetts, for one, believes. “Of course I believe in Hodgee,” she said. “Since the very first time I set eyes on her!” But with this new statue, there’s now a public face to Hodgee, above the water and out on the open, for everyone to enjoy. So: Could there be a Lake Hodges monster, gliding along just under the surface, just out of sight? Barring any documented physical evidence (Hodgee poking his head out for a photo, for example), it’s ultimately a matter of faith — she’s real, if you want her to be.

At the Del Dios intersection of Date and Lake stands the 20-foot-tall sculpture of Hodgee. The statue was carved out of an old eucalyptus tree. Photo by Adam Sullivan

when the lake contained place to eat when you visit. section of Date and Lake, its more water, the outline of The creature, still en- kindly face welcoming visiLake Hodges resembled a sconced in 2x4 scaffolding, tors to Del Dios Community water-dwelling dinosaur, stands vigilant at the inter- Park, and the lakeside hampossibly a pilosaurus. Hodgee, and its Scottish counterpart Nessie, aren’t alone. Other lakes around the world have their own local legends, of perpetually shy dinosaurs that live beneath placid lake waters. “Champ,” for instance, is the mysterious creature rumored to make its home beneath the surface of Lake Champlain, which borders New York, Vermont and Canada. These stories tend to be embraced by the Hazel Storm, 92 Aghdas Pirahesh, 97 communities found on the Carlsbad Carlsbad other side of the beach, as April 24, 2017 May 2, 2017 evidenced by a local minor league baseball team called Hassan Sadighi, 82 Bruce H. Tucker, 68 the “Vermont Lake MonCarlsbad Carlsbad sters.” April 26, 2017 May 4, 2017 Del Dios is a quiet little neighborhood in the southEric James Lelsie, 59 Ruth Emily Podell, 94 western corner of EscondiCarlsbad Encinitas do, nestled in between the 5 April 27, 2017 April 30, 2017 and 15 corridors. It’s a small Stella F. Lubera, 96 Diane Nancy Drum, 85 community that behaves like a small community, Carlsbad Encinitas which is exactly the way the May 1, 2017 May 4, 2017 residents like it. “I love that our community truly is one,” Submission Process Richetts said. “We know Please email obits @ coastnewsgroup.com or call (760) and help each other out, we 436-9737 x100. All photo attachments should be sent in jpeg support each other in hard format, no larger than 3MB. the photo will print 1.625” wide by times — i.e. the 2007 fire 1.5” tall inh black and white. — we tell each other off at times. We live and let live.” Timeline Lake Hodges is the Obituaries should be received by Monday at 12 p.m. for publimain attraction, but there catio in Friday’s newspaper. One proof will be e-mailed to the are plenty of reasons to seek customer for approval by Tuesday at 10 a.m. out this community. There are miles of hiking trails. There’s the Rattlesnake Rates: Viewing Platform, overText: $15 per inch Photo: $25 Art: $15 looking the Lake Hodges Approx. 21 words per column inch (Dove, Heart, Flag, Rose) Dam, and of course, there’s Hernandez Hideaway — the

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site is also important.” Mosier also hinted that the development could expedite a long-delayed widening of Via de la Valle. Hugh Cree, who lives east of Interstate 5 behind Flower Hill Promenade, said he frequently visits Scripps Preserve, a vacant wedge of property on the southwest corner of the site, to take photos and enjoy the quiet. “My concern is what the juxtaposition of the project will do to that,” he said. “A pool right next to it would ruin that whole atmosphere. Hopefully they will try to preserve that unique location and minimize activities that would create a lot of noise.” In a written anonymous comment, a Solana Beach resident echoed his concern and asked the Encinitas-based developers — Robert Green Company and Zephyr Partners — to “respect” the preserve. That resident also requested a portion of the tax revenue be shared with Solana Beach, which is adjacent to the northern portion of the lot. Carl Rundlett, a Solana Beach resident who also lives east of the freeway, said walking trails along the edge of the property and an area for outdoor public events would be nice. The Lazier family that owns the property at 929 Border Ave. was in the process of subdividing its 6.2 acres into five single-family residential lots. Zephyr cofounder Brad Termini said when was approached by a broker a little more than a year ago to buy and develop that parcel he felt it would be “an absolute shame” to build houses and keep the site closed to the public, as it has been for nearly a century. He teamed up with Green, a luxury hotel developer, and the two are in a long-term agreement to buy the Lazier property, one lot to the north and another to

the south. Their vision is to redevelop the site into a resort with branded villas, restaurants, meeting space, a public access park and walking trails. “While a resort that fits into the landscape of Del Mar is the centerpiece of the project, our goal is to create something that Del Mar and Solana Beach residents will think of as their own seaside gathering spot — a cornerstone of the community where we can come to celebrate special events, entertain and enjoy, with no barriers, for the first time,” the developers wrote in a letter to Del Mar and Solana Beach residents and business owners. The current outreach effort is part of Del Mar’s required development process known as the Citizens’ Participation Program. Although only one CPP meeting is mandated in the early stage of the project, the developers opted to hold two to accommodate as many people as possible. A second, identical workshop is scheduled for May 13 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone unable to attend either meeting can provide input at feedback@ thedelmarresort.com. In addition to traffic concerns, some people were worried early on the project might impact dog beach. Termini said he and his partner are “not here to take dog beach away.” “People in Del Mar get it,” Green said. “They seem supportive of us creating a meaningful and cohesive project that benefits the community.” After the second community meeting, additional comments focused on design will be solicited from Del Mar City Council. That will be followed by another CPP, a public scoping meeting, an environmental impact report and a Design Review Board hearing. Then it’s back to City Council and, if approved, on to the California Coastal Commission.


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San Diego Surf Polo Club launches its 2017 season June 11. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Celebrate summer with opening of polo season DEL MAR — Summer starts with opening day of the polo season, set this year for June 11, at the San Diego Surf Polo Club, 14555 El Camino Real. The kick-off party for players and club social members will be June 4. San Diego Surf Polo Club, previously the San Diego Polo Club, is launching its 2017 season with improved polo facilities, a new year-round arena program, new interscholastic and youth programs, grass

polo tournaments, and its signature Sunday Polo matches. This year’s Opening Day will offer an upgraded VIP experience, an exclusive Player's Lounge, craft cocktails by Snake Oil, a new gourmet menu by Wild Thyme, offerings from sponsors, two polo matches - including the first SDSPC USA vs Argentina feature match. There will be two matches, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., where local and in-

ternational polo players will bring their talent and skilled ponies to the field. Tickets can be purchased online at http:// sandiegopolo.com /schedule-tickets/. On June 11, the site will host the finals of the inaugural Daniel Samaniego Memorial Cup. On June 25, will be the finals of the Rancho Santa Fe Cup and present the Argentina vs. USA match Memorial Cup. The rest of the season

includes: • July 23, the Willis Allen Memorial Cup Finals • July 9, Finals of the Pan-America Cup • Sept. 3, the Guttierez Memorial Cup Finals & Mexico vs. USA match • Sept. 17 features the White Party and the finals of the USPA Officers Cup, as well as a Morocco vs. USA match. • Oct. 1 brings Closing Day and the Spreckles Cup finals.

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West. I definitely look forward to beating Boch and Buddy.” He added the Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo, and of course, the Padres’ Andy Green. “I think there is parity,” Roberts said. “Anyone can beat anyone on any given night. Over a course of 162 games we are going to be all grouped together.” Some rolled their eyes when Roberts, the National League manager of the year, included the Padres. But Roberts likes what he sees. “They are playing with a lot of energy, they are fighting and they are competing with a team that is essentially in a rebuild mode,” Roberts said. That’s not how the pricey Dodgers are constructed. They finished two wins shy of the World Series last year and this season will be a disappointment if it doesn’t end with a downtown parade. “Obviously it’s a bigger city, there’s more monTURN TO JAY PARIS ON 17

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Online Registration is now open for those wishing to sign up for Fall Recreational Soccer through the Attack Recreational program at www.rsfsoccer. com. The program has been developed for children ages 4 to 15 and is uniquely designed to build upon individual skills so that each player can grow and improve throughout the season. The program emphasizes fun while learning the game of soccer and the meaning of sportsmanship. Attack annually serves close to 500 children in their Recreational program. Players who register by May 7th online or at our WalkIn Registration will be able to request a certain coach or team and will be guaranteed the opportunity to play. The Attack Rec teams play against each other and the other local clubs (such as Solana Beach, Cardiff and Encinitas). Games are held on local fields on Saturday’s during the fall with practices during the week. Registration for fall soccer can be completed online or the forms can be downloaded from the website. All forms must be completed and new players must include a copy of their birth certificate or passport. Walk-in Registration is be-

Walk-in Registration is being held on Saturday, May 7th at R. Roger Rowe Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. ing held on Saturday, May 7th at R. Roger Rowe Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Coach and Team Requests will only be accepted through May 7th. Forms will be available at the walk-in registration or you will need to bring the signed forms that you can download from the online registration. This year we are offering a $25 discount to volunteer coaches that sign up to coach by May 7th. The Attack Recreation program is volunteer driven and relies on parents and other adults to coach and sponsor the different teams. This program has been in existence for more than 30 years and is committed to providing a high quality youth soccer program for all children. Over the years we have strived to keep the registra-

tion fees affordable for all players through our Sponsorship Program. These tax deductible sponsorships go towards the cost of running our quality program by helping with uniforms, fields, referee fees and in providing assistance to children who want to play but do not have the financial resources to do so. We offer different levels of sponsorship starting at $500. To review our Sponsorship options, check out our Rec Sponsorship Package on our website. Registration for our Summer Camps is now available online, as well. You can sign up for the camps at the time you register for the Fall program, or register separately by going to the Camps and Clinics page under the Recreational program on the website. All campers will receive a customized ball and t-shirt and we do take walk-ins. Attack also has a Youth Soccer Referee program for children 10 and older. Training is provided and these young referees are used in the fall to referee games on Saturdays. You can find more information about the Attack Recreational Program or the Youth Referee Program on the club website at www. rsfsoccer.com or by calling the office at 760-479-1500.

‘Fast and Furious 8’ is probably the worst of the F8 series By Jared Rasic

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in New York that rivals anything the series has ever done, but it feels in-service to a story we don't really care about. Maybe this series has grown so large that we need a smaller stakes story to remind us why we love these characters in the first place. After eight movies, we care about Cousin Vin, Letty, The Rock, Ludacris, Tyrese and Paul Walker's dearly departed Brian. As fun as it is to watch these characters save the world, they seem WAY in over their heads, which takes a little bit of the fun out of everything. Since we definitely have two more films in the franchise before everyone's contracts are expired, let’s hope “F8” is just a minor speed bump in one of the best action movie series in modern film history. Director: F. Gary Gray Grade: C+


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festival goes from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course at Quail Gardens Drive. Fine wines and beverages, live music and the best dishes and desserts from local restaurants and caterers are on the menu of attractions. Ticket options start at $90 with a portion of each ticket going to the charity of choice. Go to encinitaswinefestival.com for the full story and ticket purchases. Or call (760) 753-1977.  WINE BYTES • Il Fornaio, in Del Mar and Coronado, is featuring the cuisine of Liguria in Italy during their Festa Regionale, now to May 21. This food is featured along the northern Italian coastline and is mostly delicious seaPoseidon’s appetizers are a meal in themselves.  Here are the TASTE OF WINE choices: left to right, Jumbo Lump Crab and Lobster, Coconut Shrimp and the Smoked Bacon Wrapped Medjol Dates. Photo by Frank food. Contact Il Fornaio for details. Mangio • It’s Napa vs. Sonoma, ticketholder making the seRed, a mysterious, creative net Sauvignon. TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON 23 Visit the Poseidon web- lection of their choice. The blend that changes with the vintage, but always has a site at theposeidonrestauhealthy amount of Zinfan- rant.com. RSVP at 858-755del and Petite Sirah in it 9345. to assure its character. It   worked wonders with the The 14th Annual Encihalibut. nitas Rotary Wine & Food Other wines on the Festival is June 3rd “wines by the glassâ€? menu This festival is a faare favorites: Acacia Car- vorite in North San Diego neros Pinot Noir, King Es- County because it directtate Oregon Pinot Gris and ly benefits a selection of Simi Valley Sonoma Caber- local charities with the



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he said. “Mom can have 20-plus kids in late fall, around October or early November. Then they go in hibernation.” Slyapich refered to the early seasonal surge as a “bumper crop.” “We’ll see a bumper crop early,” he said. “The babies are smaller, so they warm up first, and that means they come out first.” Southern California residents should know that snake encounters don’t just happen out on the trails. Homeowners tend to be perplexed when the snakes wind up leaving their dens and infiltrate the suburbs. Slyapich has received several calls where the snake in question has decided to wriggle indoors. “People have custom doors or people open their doors for the sea breeze,” he said. Slyapich insisted that there’s a logic to finding a snake in the cupboard: “The thing is, we have water,” he said. “Rodents follow the water, and the snakes follow the grocery store.” Put simply: where there’s snake food, there are snakes. Tom Derr, who owns and operates a local snake rescue, cautioned that you can even find snakes down to the shore. Once again, the weather is to blame. “You have to be careful,” he said. “Especially after a heavy rain. A lot of the gullies will dump, and if you get a flash flood, it will actually push rattlesnakes

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VINTAGE MARKET Queen Bee Market, An artisan market, will happen May 12-13, giving back to the North Coast Auxiliary Unit of Rady Children's Hospital. The urban-style handmade market will feature vintage and handmade goods from local and national vendors. Entry is $3 for adults and free for military and kids 12 years and younger.  PET ADOPTION DAY Meet dogs available for adoption from Rancho Coastal Humane Society from 2 to 5 p.m. May 12 at the PetSmart Adoption Weekend at 1034 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. For more information call (760) 753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, or log on to sdpets. org. LIFELONG LEARNING The “Life and Music of Nat 'King' Cole” and “Pacific Crest Trail: Tales and Images” will be the topics at LIFE Lectures at MiraCosta College, starting at 1 p.m. May 12, at the college’s Oceanside campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Admin. Bldg. #1000. Purchase a $1 parking permit at the machine in Lot 1A, and park in lots 1A or 1B. Visit miracosta.edu/ life or call (760) 757-2121, ext. 6972. SUMMER MOVIES As part of its free summer

This snake was found in De Luz, which is adjacent to Fallbrook on its north side. Photo by Bret Wise

ous snake bites a year in the U.S. (and that’s all breeds of venomous snakes), and of those bitten, there are only about five deaths. And here’s even better news: with a few simple best-practices — namely, watch where you step and never put your hands where you can’t see them — you can drastically reduce the odds of being bitten. It’s worth mentioning that, in all their years of wrangling and rescuing, neither Derr nor Slyapich have been bitten. The San Diego Humane Society offers helpful guidelines for what to do to prevent, and what to do in case of, rattlesnake bites to your beloved pet. From sdhumane.org: “Actively scan the path in front of you always, regardless of where you are. Rattlesnakes notoriously show up in places other than hiking trails, such as backyards, roadways and residential areas. Also scan the areas surrounding your path — it’s common for rattlesnakes to nestle in the shrubbery that lines pathways and when threatened, they can lunge up to half their body length.” Rattlesnakes are alive and well, and now that it’s warmer, they’re awake. The good news is that you’re unlikely to see one, and even less likely to get bitten. “Remember: they are harmless if you don’t mess with them, if you corner them, they only have one thing to do — they’re gonna protect themselves,”

out of wherever they are, and take them right out to the beach.” Rattlesnakes are one of the most feared species of one of the most feared creatures in the entire animal kingdom. Not surprisingly, one of the snakes’ biggest predators is man. And we can be cruel. One of the methods for rattlesnake prevention and/ or disposal is called a “rattlesnake roundup.” These roundups are fairs that happen mostly in Texas and the south. There are funnel cake stands and beer gardens, and everything you’d expect at a town fair, and then there are snakes. Hundreds of them. Ostensibly, visitors bring in snakes they’ve collected and they are sized, weighed and put on display until the main event: public massacring of the snakes. One of the more troubling aspects is that there’s

no science to back up the claim that the snakes are suffering from overpopulation. Rattlesnake roundups represent a senseless, primitive and barbaric disregard for the environment, serving to disrupt local ecosystems at all levels,” Dr. Phillip Arena said. Arena is an independent consultant herpetologist working with the Advocates for Snake Preservation. “With removal of such high numbers of efficient predators, prey animals such as rodents flourish, with the potential to spread disease and which also have a major impact on grain production and storage,” he added. “Rattlesnakes need to be celebrated not decimated and rattlesnake roundups are not the mark of a progressive nation.” Fortunately, the odds of you coming across a rattlesnake are low — there are only 7,000-8,000 venom-

movie series, the Del Mar Foundation will screen “The Force Awakens,” at sunset May 12 at Shores Park in Del Mar, 9th Street and Stratford Court, Del Mar. CATHOLIC FRIENDS The Catholic Widows and Widowers of North County support group, for those who desire to foster friendships through various social activities, will walk a trail in the San Luis Rey area, Oceanside May 13 and go bowling at Vista Entertainment Center and dinner at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company, Vista on May 18. Reservations are necessary. Call (858) 674-4324

the Mother’s Day Fancy Dress Swim at 9 a.m. May 13, Oceanside Pier, North Beach, for the Against Malaria Foundation People can swim and/or donate. $3 buys a net and protects a life For more information, call (760) 803-0837 or e-mail Parenting2pt0@gmail.com.  

valet service. There will also be Make & Take Crafts by Geppetto’s from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mommy and Me Yoga at inBloom from noon to 2 p.m., a Mother's Day Bouquet Station from noon to 2 p.m. and a Fairy Garden Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. 

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REPUBLICANS GET BUSY The North County Republican Coalition will meet at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Veterans Association of North County Resource Center, 1617 Mission Ave., Oceanside, to focus on local political activism. RSVP at Jerry Kern at kernjm@hotmail. com or call (760) 805-5572. Indicate if you wish to purchase dinner for $14. CHRISTIAN WOMEN “Dancing for the Heart” is the theme of the San Marcos - Vista Christian Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Meadowlark Community Church, 1918 Redwing Street, San Marcos California. The cost of luncheon is $15 inclusive. MAY 16 BEST OF BONSAI Bonsai and Beyond will meet 6 p.m. May 16 at the San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Members will focus on nursery bought plants as potential bonsai. Attendees are encouraged to bring a small plant. Don't forget your gloves. For details, call (858) 259-9598 

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BREAKFAST AND CARNIVAL Encinitas Firefighters will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. and a carnival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 13 at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School, 185 Union St., Encinitas. For tickets and information, visit http://pauleckecentral. com/. MOVIE AT THE PARK Encinitas Parks and Recreation will screen Pixar’s “Moana” with activities beginning at 6 p.m. at Glen Park, 2149 Orinda Drive, Cardiff. CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Taste the Chocolate Festival from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 13 at San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Tasting tickets on sale inside park. Park entrance, adults $14, children ages 3-12 $8. GET FORMAL, GET WET, SAVE LIVES Join

PANCAKES FOR ALL Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside invite all to its Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 13 at 401 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Pancakes, fresh fruit, eggs, sausage, and coffee, $5 youth, $7 adults, $20 family at bgcoceanside.org or at the door. FLOWERS FOR MOM Visit The Flower Fields, 704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, on May 14, Mother’s Day, where you can custom build a bouquet for mom. A fresh custom bouquet is $5. ESCONDIDO HISTORY TOUR A Mother’s Day Home Tour will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 in the Old Escondido Historic District, with five historic homes open to the public in the Old Escondido Historic District. Tickets $20 at Rosemary-Duff Florist, 101 W. 2nd St., Major Market on Centre City Parkway, Escondido History Center at 321 N. Broadway, Escondido or online at oldescondido.org.  MOTHER’S DAY TEA AND MORE Bring the family to a Mother's Day Tea Party May 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at inBloom in FlowerHill Promenade, 2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. Free

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What If Someone Is Bitten? A snakebite emergency plan should be developed before it is needed. If you are less than one hour from the nearest emergency room, initial treatment is relatively simple: • Call 9-1-1 immediately! • Try to calm the victim. • Gently wash the area with soap and water. • Apply a cold, wet cloth over the bite. There are several things that should NOT be done as they will not help and can actually be even more dangerous to the victim: • DO NOT apply a tourniquet. • DO NOT pack the bite area in ice. • DO NOT cut the wound with a knife or razor. • DO NOT use your mouth to suck out the venom. • DO NOT let the victim drink alcohol. If you are more than one hour from an emergency facility, your emergency snakebite plan becomes more complicated. You need to know the following information: Where is the nearest hospital emergency room? How long will it take 9-1-1 emergency responders to arrive on the scene? How close will you be to a fire department, park ranger, highway patrol, Sheriff or Coast Guard station? In addition, it is always a good idea to: Hike or camp with a buddy who will be able to go for help. Take along a portable phone. Notify people where you will be and check in with them. If a rattlesnake injects venom into the wound, a variety of symptoms develop: swelling, pain, bleeding at the site, nausea, vomiting, sweating, chills, dizziness, weakness, numbness or tingling of the mouth or tongue, and changes in the heart rate and blood pressure. Other symptoms can include excessive salivation, thirst, swollen eyelids, blurred vision, muscle spasms and unconsciousness. Rattlesnake venom also interferes with the ability of the blood to clot properly. Severe symptoms can be life-threatening and must be treated with antivenin, which is given intravenously with fluids. Nationwide, there are over 800 cases of rattlesnake bites reported annually to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Of these reported bites, only one to two cases per year result in death of the patient. Although complications such as possible blood clotting problems, allergic reactions to treatment, infection and shock may develop, the majority of rattlesnake bites are successfully treated with as little as two to three days of hospitalization. Information provided by the California Poison Control System and San Diego Zoo websites. Photos courtesy of Gary Naftis and www.CaliforniaHerps. com.

Derr said. “You will never find an aggressive snake anywhere in California.” But if the idea of a rattlesnake wriggling across your path still fills you with hee-

bie-jeebies, common sense will give you an even greater advantage, so you can enjoy the miles and miles of hiking trails San Diego County has to offer.

see “War Comes Home: The Legacy” on display through June 17, at the Civic Center Library, 330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. The traveling exhibit features private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, from the Civil War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. SOLVING HOMELESSNESS The Republican Club of Ocean Hills will meet at noon May 17 at the Broken Yolk Café, 2434 Vista Way, Oceanside. The speaker will be Chris Megison, cofounder of Vista’s North County Solutions for Change, on “Public policy in the New Administration as related to Poverty and Homelessness.” Solutions for Change are a non-profit entity which transforms lives and communities by permanently solving family homelessness. RSVP by contacting Colleen at (760) 842-8735.

May 18 at the Army Navy Academy, 2605 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad. Park on Ocean Street behind the school. SEACOAST REPUBLICAN WOMEN The Del Mar Seacoast Republican Women Federated will host an evening of “Politics and Wine” with William D. Gore,  Sheriff of San Diego County, as featured speaker, at 6 p.m. May 18 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Club House Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Reservations required, names submitted to gate at Del Mar County Club. Cost is $25. Contact Terry Minasian at (858) 481-8904 or tminasian@sbcglobal.net. 

MAY 18

VETERANS’ MEDICAL INFORMATION Veteran Service Representative, Jesse Andrews, will speak on VA benefit eligibility and the different services offered at the Oceanside VA Clinic and the VA Hospital in La Jolla at the 2 p.m. May 18 meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association at the Oceanside Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. For details, visit narfechapMAY 17 ter706.org.  LETTERS HOME HELPING YOUTH Friends of the Oceanside Youth Educational Services, Public Library invite you to YES, will meet at 8:30 a.m.

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START THE SUMMER Get tickets now and salute the arrival of summer at the Del Mar Village Summer Solstice, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 22 at Powerhouse Park, 1050 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Join them for live music, wine and beer selections, tastes and the sunset. Tickets are $85 at https:// v isitdelmar v il lage.com / summersolstice2017/. GARDEN CLUB MAKES PLANS The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society will be presenting “Historic Places – A Celebration of Master Architect Lilian Jeanette Rice” at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, 17025 Avenida De Acacias. For further information, contact Sharon Alix by calling (858) 756-9291 or go online to info@rsfhs.org.


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ey, bigger TV contracts — there are different expectations,” Roberts said. “It’s been since 1988 since we’ve won it all. “For me, I loved being in San Diego. But here in Los Angeles, every year you are talking about winning a championship. It’s a different market.” Roberts had no choice than to send his resume elsewhere. The Padres made it clear before last season that Roberts wasn’t in their plans. “That wasn’t my call,” said Roberts, an ex-Padres and Dodgers player, too. “I just worked there. I had one game with the Padres and we were 0-1. We got blown out by the Oakland A’s.” But no one’s blowing smoke when asked about Roberts, who’s among the more popular skippers. “I love Dave,” Black said. “He’s one of my best friends.” That’s why they hang together when not hanging at the ball field. “We go get coffee around here in the winter time,” Roberts said. “And we stay in touch through text.” Roberts said a conversation with Black might be uncomfortable for one of the parties. “We haven’t beat him a lot lately so I am staying away with him,” Roberts said, with a grin. Black, who had his Rockies in first place, was especially chipper during his recent visit. Roberts wasn’t surprised. “It’s because they are playing good baseball,” Roberts said. “I would be in a good mood, too.” Roberts is in a good spot, although it’s 100 miles north of home. But the baseball gods smiled upon Roberts, giving the Dodgers a free

Lyndon Johnson called this four-engine, 13-passenger Lockheed C-140 JetStar “Airforce One-Half” while using it during the years he was vice-president. It was rescued from the scrap pile and restored in 2010, thanks to the efforts of Johnson’s pilot, James U. Cross, who later flew Air Force One after LBJ became president in November 1963. Cross compared operating Air Force One and the JetStar to driving an 18-wheeler versus a sports car respectively. Photo by Jerry Ondash

While House to retire to what became known as the Texas White House. The LBJ Ranch, near Stonewall, Texas (63 miles west of Austin) is now just one feature of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park. The park consists of two districts: The Johnson City District, which includes historic homes, barns and stores in and around the town that have ties to Johnson’s ancestors, who settled the area in the mid-1800s; and the LBJ Ranch District, which includes the ranch house (opened to the public in Au-

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night before their threegame series in San Diego. “With the off day I got to stay at home and I can stay here through Sunday night and drive up on Monday to go to Dodgers Stadium,” Roberts said. “Four-and-half days at home!” It’s sort of a staycation for Roberts, who has his lineup card in L.A. and his heart in San Diego. “I love this ballpark and I love this city,” he said. “I still have friends (with the Padres) and it’s great to come back here. But I wouldn’t change a thing.”

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Known as Texas Hill Country, this portion of the state includes a swath of 25 counties, stretching a bit northeast and mostly southwest of Austin, the state capital. (Side note: It’s not a secret that this area of Texas is often politically referred to as “an island of blue in a sea of red.” The area’s liberal leanings extend as far back as the Civil War, when the Hill Country’s pro-Union, German immigrant population was opposed to Texas seceding from the Union.) Regardless of your political preferences, a visit to the land of all-things-LBJ is a history-lesson-come-alive, and a reminder of how politics, our place in the world and technology has changed since the late 1960s. A tour through the Johnson ranch house, rambling and relatively modest by today’s standards, tells us that LBJ was an early adopter of technology of the times and understood the power of the media. There are sets of three televisions in many rooms (there were only three networks in the mid-1960s) and phones everywhere, including next to his place at the dining room table. A tireless worker, Johnson constantly worked the phones and never failed to

take advantage of a moment that could be used to persuade a colleague on a vote. With his long career in both state and national politics prior to becoming vice president and president, Johnson knew where all the skeletons were buried, say historians, and didn’t hesitate to use the information when beneficial. The tour through the Texas White House puts visitors in touch with the man, with all his strengths and foibles. It was his time as a teacher working with destitute Mexican-American children in 1928 and 1929 that formed his political views and the desire to help the poor and uneducated. But LBJ wasn’t beyond using a few political dirty tricks to reach his legislative goals;

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ALLEY OOP byJack & Carole Bender

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- You’ve got a handle on whatever comes your way. Indulge in talks and bring about the changes you want to see transpire. Travel and romance are highlighted.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Tie up loose ends at work and prepare to walk Make a focused effort to simplify your away with a clear conscience. Spend time doing something that brings you life. Ease stress and put any pending joy or inspires you to make personal problems to rest. Once you clear the changes. way, you will be open to doing the things that bring you the most joy. Follow your SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- The heart to stabilize your life personally and temperature is rising when it comes to romance. Don’t sit back when you professionally. should be putting your feelings on the TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Talks and line and making plans to enjoy the comtravel will lead to discovery. Don’t feel pany of someone special. that you must start something on a large scale. Baby steps will lead to long-term CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Take a greater interest in your personal relastability and satisfaction. tionships. Striving to keep things equal GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Socializing will be more difficult than anticipated. should be scheduled. Getting together If you ask for suggestions, you’ll know with friends or taking part in a challenge where you stand. will spark an entertaining and informative discussion with someone who has AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You’ll enjoy the comforts of home and famiplenty to disclose. ly. Plan to host a party or make special CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Dig in and plans for you and a loved one to spend get things done. Channel your energy some alone time. Your playful attitude and enthusiasm into helping a cause or will be irresistible. the people who mean the most to you. A change in lifestyle will boost your mo- PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Emotional confusion will lead to trouble. Don’t rale. make assumptions or get angry without LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- A trip or gath- just cause. Dig deep and find out what ering should be planned. You’ll shine if you need to know before you say someyou speak up at events. Sharing your thing you’ll regret. thoughts will motivate yourself and othARIES (March 21-April 19) -- A parters and will add to your popularity. Love nership looks promising. You stand to is highlighted. make financial and emotional gains if VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Anxiety will you change your living arrangements or turn into anger if you let situations fester. negotiate a new contract.


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Third Hepatitis A Death Reported in County: Homeless most vulnerable By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

A third person has died as a result of the hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County, and as of May 1 the total case count has risen to 80, the County Health and Human Services Agency

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ijuana use among youth. The Board’s proposal to host a Cannabis Festival undermines such efforts and shows a callous disregard for the welfare and safety of youth, families and community residents. This is an unprecedented, unwarranted, and unwise decision that will engender a level of disrespect for the Board that will alienate community members now and in the foreseeable future.  Parents, teachers, the addiction and recovery communities will all be fur-

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a showdown of Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, at Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas, Tuesday May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. A great lineup of 10 wines and a variety of appetizers, education and handouts included in the price of $79. Call (858) 442-2749 for an RSVP. • Seasalt the Seafood Bistro in Del Mar presents a Beringer wine din-

announced today. Sixty-two people have been hospitalized during the outbreak. Public health investigators are still evaluating cases; no common food, drink or drug source has been identified. The County has been conducting vaccination

clinics in the community and working with partners, such as local homeless outreach and faith-based community organizations, in an effort to reach those most at risk. Seven cases have been reported in local detention facilities where they may

ther burdened by this deci Ultimately, the decision that will not be soon be sion to host this Festival forgotten. will speak volumes as to the  Previous efforts to cre- Board’s understanding and ate a smoke-free County concerns for the associated Fair have been welcomed by harms that result from marparents and fairgoers alike.  ijuana use including, but not They seemed to reflect an limited to drugged driving appreciation of the health crashes, injuries and/or farisks to which smokers and talities, emergency room visnon-smokers are exposed. its, violence and marijuana Further, they were recog- poison control calls for kids, , nition of the rights of non Thank you for considersmokers not to be exposed to ing our concerns. second-hand smoke. The same considerKathleen Lippitt, MPH ations pertain to the use of Public Health Practitioner marijuana, which is, in many San Diegans for Safe ways, more harmful than toNeighborhoods bacco. 

ner, Thursday May 18 at 6 p.m. Beringer Vineyard is one of Napa Valley’s best and it matches up beautifully with Chef Hilario’s creations. Cost is $55. Call (858) 755-7100 for more on this popular event. • The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo is bringing in DAOU Vineyards of Paso Robles, a premier Cabernet producer, for a lovely five-course dinner, Tuesday May 23 at 6 p.m. Daniel Brunner will be the special DAOU

have exposed others. If you were an inmate in the following facilities during the following dates, and exposed within the past two weeks, it is recommended you get the hepatitis A vaccine. If you were exposed within the past three to seven weeks, you should watch

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Menu with suggested pairings of popular pineapple dishes from the main menu. The pairings include the Hawaiian Burger, topped with fresh grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce, paired with the Big Island Iced Tea. Yaki Tacos are topped with a house-made grilled pineapple salsa, served with a refreshing piña colada.  The Hoisin Beach Bowl, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled vegetables, served over brown rice with mahi mahi or chicken comes with guest who will teach guests a signature Mai Tai. why DAOU has made a big The Toucan Sandwich has impact on the California teriyaki sauce, fresh pinewine scene. Cost is $80 per apple, Swiss cheese, lettuce guest. Make your RSVP by tomato and mayo and goes visiting www.tbrsd.com/ perfectly with a Longboard Lager. events. Each pairing is meant to   complement the dish and Frank Mangio is a re- bring out the sweet and sanowned wine connoisseur vory goodness. Kids can join in on the certified by Wine Spectator.  He is one of the leading com- fun with a themed coloring mentators on the web.  View contest, which will also run his columns at http://tasteof- through the end of May. To winetv.com.  And reach him enter, kids simply design and decorate the pineapple at mangiompc@aol.com.

for symptoms and see your health care provider if any symptoms develop. Exposures occurred at the following facilitiy: Vista Detention Facility from April 9 to April 17 in Areas E3, E6 or medical cell 4. The best way to prevent coloring sheets provided in restaurant, and parents or legal guardians post the colorful creations to social media using #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers for a chance to win $50 to Islands. Ten lucky winners will be selected. For kids who love pineapple, Islands Gremmie Menu features a dish popular with both kids and parents, fresh pineapple spears with yogurt dip. So I went for the Hawaiian Burger and can honestly say I really enjoyed it. I look at it like putting cranberries on turkey or lingonberries on Swedish meatballs, same concept. It was a very good burger. My guest went with the Hoisin Beach Bowl with mahi mahi, made with chunks of fresh grilled pineapple and grilled broccoli, served over brown rice. Seafood and fruit are more of a natural pairing for me and this was delicious.  And while I love pina coladas, every time I have one I can’t help but thinking of the song from Rupert Holmes’ officially titled “Escape,” but known to most as

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the “Pina Colada Song.” It was only recently that I discovered what that song was about. I should note that all of the cocktails were tasty and that there is a full bar at Islands that is quite popular. Actually there is something for just about everyone on the menu at Islands. The simple, fresh ingredients found in its signature burgers are never frozen, fries are fresh cut daily and it’s a great place to watch a game or surf videos with a plethora of TVs.  I’m not a big chain restaurant kind of guy, but Islands does it right.  Follow Islands on Twitter and Instagram at @ IslandsBurgers and like Islands at www.facebook.com/ IslandsRestaurants. Don’t forget to share your favorite pineapple moments by using hashtags #PineappleParadise and #IslandsBurgers!   Lick the Plate can now be heard on KPRi, 102.1 FM Monday - Friday during at 4:10 and 7:10 p.m. David Boylan is founder of Artichoke Creative and Artichoke


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