Rancho Santa Fe News, Dec. 17, 2010

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considered what similar venues in the area were charging, which she included for the board at its Dec. 7 meeting. Still, the idea of handing it over to strangers seemed an uncomfortable thought for some of the board. “We know it will look used in the future, but right now it is beautiful,” said Jim Depolo, board member. “Do you think the deposit is large enough?” asked Todd Frank of the $300 amount to be used for damage or cleaning. “You can’t fix anything for $300,” Depolo said. In the end, the board voted to increase the fees of the original proposal by Delaney. Although the fees are not yet finalized, the board voted that nonprofit organizations should pay $800 for five hours of use and for profit organizations should pay $1,200. This does not include

RANCHO SANTA FE — What began as routine updating of Association bylaws turned into an earnest discussion regarding a change in the purchasing power of the board. The change, suggested by directors Deb Plummer and Roxana Foxx at the Dec. 2 meeting, would limit the Association’s authority to sell, mortgage or purchase real property that is valued at $2 million or more. Under the current bylaws, the Association board must only notify the membership of the proposed transfer subject to a 30-day period for filing a petition in opposition. The proposed change would require the proposed purchase be put to a vote of the membership. Plummer said she believes when the Association is deciding to buy a piece of property such as the Osuna Ranch, they need more input from the membership instead of rushing through the process. She said when she and others learned of the purchase, it seemed it was too late to have a say in the matter. “I did look at it as a done deal,” she said. The sitting Association board at the time bought the Osuna property in January 2006 for just less than $12 million. It is currently a working equestrian ranch and in the future will serve as a historic center for the community. Plummer said buying land, like the Osuna property, digs deeper into the pockets of members. “I see this as an additional tax on the members. I would feel more comfortable if the board had a limit,” she said. “Those of us who were around at the time, it was a very popular idea,” Doughty said. “We had a meeting at the



BIG SOUND The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band performed for the 11th year in a row, but for the first time at the A3 Village Church



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Board talks performing arts center fees By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — When it came to setting a fee schedule for the usage by outsiders of its new Performing Arts Center, the Rancho Santa Fe School board seemed like nervous parents sending their daughter out on a first date. “Do you think people are going to come and want to rent this thing?” asked Richard Burdge, newly elected board president. “We’ve had a lot of interest,” Superintendent Lindy Delaney said. Marti Ritto, who had just been sworn in as a new trustee along with Todd Frank, said the Miss America California Pageant had expressed an interest in renting the facility. There have been dance schools and a few nonprofit organizations who wanted information about renting it for several hours, Delaney said. Because a school is a public agency, the Civic Center Act requires the use

WELCOME ABOARD Marti Ritto and Todd Frank are sworn in as new trustees of the Rancho Santa Fe School District at the board’s Dec. 7 meeting. Photo by Patty McCormac

of its facilities to be offered to the community for anything from politics to dance recitals. In the case of the school’s performing arts center, approval must come from the superintendent’s office. Separate fees must be charged for nonprofit and for profit organizations.

To protect the school and the center, each organization that rents the center will be required first to have its own insurance and pay a deposit for cleaning and repair in case anything is damaged. To determine fees for the center, Delaney said she

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ODD Big Band puts on big show at Village Church Massage parlor FILES


By Patty McCormac

LEAD STORY Among the oppressive patriarchal customs that remain in force in Saudi Arabia is a requirement that females obtain their father’s (or guardian’s) permission before marrying — even women who are profoundly independent, such as the 42year-old surgeon (licensed to practice in the UK and Canada as well as Saudi Arabia) who was the subject of an Associated Press report in November. One activist, estimating that nearly 800,000 Saudi women are in the same position, complained that a Saudi woman “can’t even buy a phone without the guardian’s permission.” The surgeon took her father to court recently, but the judge had not rendered a decision by press time.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit • Alabama is the only remaining state to ban the sale of sex toys, but nevertheless the Huntsville shop Pleasures recently expanded by moving to a former bank building in order to use three drive-thru windows to sell dildos. (Since state law prohibits the sale unless used for “bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purposes,” customers must provide a brief written description of their medical or other “legitimate” condition in order to make the purchase.) • Wei Xinpeng, 55, a boatman in a village near industrial Lanzhou, China, collects bodies from the Yellow River (the murdered, the suicides, the accidentally drowned), offering them back to grieving relatives for a price. Distraught visitors pay a small browsing fee to check his inventory and then, if they identify a loved one, up to the equivalent of $500 to take the corpse home. Said Wei, “I bring dignity to the dead”; no overstatement for him since his own son drowned in the river (yet his body was never recovered). • Nov. 3 was National Sandwich Day, and several U.S. eateries capitalized by mixing up bar drinks in honor of such favorites as the cheeseburger, the BLT (bacon-infused rum), and the PB&J (peanut syrup, strawberry jam, banana and rum). The mixologist at Toronto’s Tipicular Fixin’s makes his cheeseburger cocktail with beef stock reduction, Roma tomatoes and iceberg lettuce water, garnished with a cheddar crisp and a kosher dill.

Cutting-Edge Science • Researchers at the University of Queensland revealed in November that parrot fish, which reside on Australia’s reefs and need protection from blood-sucking, lice-like parasites, shelter themselves at bedtime TURN TO ODD FILES ON A8

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 270 music lovers jammed into the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe for an evening of Big Band music on Dec. 12. This was the 11th year for the event, but the first time it was held at the church. “The church has just been so wonderful to work with and it provides room for more of the town,” said Marie Addario, vocalist for the band and event coordinator. She said because of the additional room, organizers were able to reduce the price of tickets. The atmosphere was “Pops-style,” with participants bringing their own favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during the performance. “We provide everything else,” Addario said of the linens, wine openers and decorations. Jack Baca, the church pastor, welcomed guests along with Jeanne Wheaton, who helped check them in. The Rancho Santa Fe Big Band was founded about 10 years ago by Rancho Santa Fe residents Dr. Jack Wheaton and Dom and Marie Addario, he a renowned trumpeter and she a sparkling vocalist. This spring Wheaton was inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame.

“This is an 18-piece swing band with musicians who come from all over the state,” she said. They have gotten together six times in the past several months to rehearse together for the big night.They have held their rehearsals at the R. Roger Rowe School. The first set were traditional favorites including, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “What a Wonderful World” and “Shangri La.” After the intermission, the next set were Christmas songs like “Joy to the World,” Let it Snow” and “White Christmas.” Some friends of the band members who join them when they can were Jack Baca and Jeanne Wheaton greet concert-goers. TURN TO BIG BAND ON A17

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Pete Smith and Dom Addario. Photo by Patty McCormac

Compassion deters schoolyard bullies By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — For many children, bullying is an everyday occurrence. Despite the increased awareness about the impact of such harassment, the rate at which it occurs doesn’t seem to be slowing down and as children become more adept at using technology, “cyber-bullying” has become more prevalent. School officials, parents and teachers are all trying to find solutions to the problem. The Encinitas Union School District has implemented a program called “Stop Bullying Now!” The online resources help parents and their children navigate the murky waters of bullying. “There is only so much we can do as parents and educators,”said Melissa Bloom,a parent with two children in Encinitas schools. “Once they (children) get to a certain age, it’s a lot harder to teach them compassion and empathy.” While Bloom said her children

have neither been the targets of bullies nor harassed others, she is aware of many instances when it has occurred to others. “I hear some kids talk and I’m blown away about how casual some of them are about violence,” she said. “It’s like it’s almost not real to them, like there isn’t a real person on the other end receiving this hatred that is devastated by it.” Author Anne Bromley, an Encinitas substitute school teacher, has published her first children’s book, “The Lunch Thief,” which explores several facets of bullying. “The book is targeted to second- through fourth-graders but applies to people of all ages,” Bromley said. The author said she didn’t set out to write a story about bullying. Rather, it evolved from a writing assignment she took to observe a child over 5. She was drawn to a child in the clothing section of a department store struggling to try on a sweater.

The second part of the exercise was to write a monologue through the child’s voice. “I thought about it and wrote that he was self-conscious about his weight and that someone was stealing his lunch,” Bromley said. What started as a short speech became a book about empathy and ways to deal with bullies. In the story the main character knows that the bully is stealing lunches among other things. Rather than retaliate, he decided to do something different. “He thought it through; you can fight fire with fire or you can fight it with water,” she said. So the boy offered the bully his lunch after learning he was homeless. “The younger kids get the compassion,” Bromley said. She’s learned through teachers and librarians all over the country who have read the book that students are receptive to compassionate reactions. The character’s mother models that kind of attitude and shows him

what empathy looks like in practice. “There are many lessons learned in the book,” Bromley said. Foremost, people should not be too quick to pass judgment. “You just don’t know what a person is going through. Something has gone on in their lives to precipitate their behavior,” she said. “It’s really about our response to what’s coming at us.” The bottom line is that looks can be deceiving. Secondgraders describe the bully as “not a bad kid” but just someone having bad behavior according to Bromley. “I think the book is smarter than I am,” Bromley said with a laugh. The author has been invited to go into schools to read the book to students. “I think once you can bring the issue to the attention of children at a young age, there is a chance that they will respond to situations in a more compassionate way.”

Countywide program seeks to ‘bag’ environmentalism By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — Retailers throughout the county are hoping San Diegans will get sustainable shopping in the bag — reusable, of course — by declaring Dec. 16 A Day Without a Bag, an event that encourages consumers to take home goods in reusable bags rather than single-use plastic or paper ones. It is estimated that more than 1.7 billion plastic bags, an average of about 500 per person, are used annually throughout the county.

Because they are made from nonrenewable fossil fuels, they can be recycled, but studies show less than 5 percent actually are. Even when properly disposed, plastic bags tend to blow out of trash cans or be pulled out by birds. The wind then causes them to become tangled in vegetation or clog storm drains. They also often end up in waterways and the ocean, where they become a threat to marine life. More than 25,000 reusable bags will be given away at about 100 locations

throughout the region, including two in Solana Beach, three in Carlsbad and 13 each in Encinitas and Oceanside. Bags will be available at most Ralphs, Stater Bros., Henry’s and Trader Joe’s markets. Shoppers can also pick up a complimentary bag at Bob Baker Subaru and Jimbo’s Naturally! in Carlsbad, Cardiff Seaside Market, Encinitas City Hall, the Solana Beach Vons and most Target stores. Shoppers “caught” by a program partner using reusable bags will be entered

into a drawing to win prize packages such as golf at Sycuan Resort and Padres tickets, parking and autographed merchandise. Visit solanacenter.org/ daywithoutabagtips.html for more information, a complete list of giveaway locations and stores that offer credit incentives. The website also offers tips for remembering to take reusable bags when shopping, such as putting them in car trunks, asking children for reminders, leaving notes and setting car keys on them.

VISTA — An undercover prostitution operation at a massage parlor last month resulted in the arrest of one male and five females, who are all Chinese nationals, according to sheriff’s officials. For the past several months, law enforcement with the North County Prostitution/Human Trafficking Task Force had investigated allegations of prostitution at Asia ACU Pressure at 1011 South Santa Fe Ave., which is in a strip mall in front of a Vista post office. Investigation into businesses offering prostitution is not new to Vista, and this one comes nearly 18 months after nine businesses were forced to close for the illegal sex acts that were alleged to take place inside. The sheriff’s investigations began again after receiving anonymous calls alleging prostitution activity at the acupressure place on South Santa Fe Ave., along with reports from the public that a large number of males were visiting the location each night, said sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Mata. On Nov. 23, the proprietor of the business, Suhua Qiu, 47, was arrested and cited for unlawful advertisement, allowing unlicensed massage therapists to perform massages, having locks and peep holes on massage room doors and for an operator violation, accord to officials. Five women who worked there were also arrested and each cited for being unlicensed masseuses. “They had a license for a massage establishment but none of the girls were licensed masseuses,” Mata said. The women ranged in age from 30 to 50, and other city violations some of them were cited for include illegal touching and failure to cover a client. Asia ACU Pressure received a business license from the city in March 2009, according to Andrea McCullough, communications officer with Vista. But Mata said that Asia ACU Pressure had changed from an acupressure establishment to a full-blown massage parlor. “If you walk into the place, there’s no license on the wall. There’s no massage certificates on the wall,” he said. Another thing that aroused suspicions about the business was that its services were advertised on Craigslist, according to Mata. “A massage parlor usually doesn’t advertise on Craigslist,” he said. On Dec. 3, the ad was TURN TO STING ON A16




Bush-era tax cuts should be ended By Tracy Emblem

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell argues that increasing taxes on the nation’s top 2 percent would hurt small businesses. However, legislation enacted by Congress this year encourages job creation and gives tax breaks to small businesses. In March, President Obama signed the HIRE Act to promote job creation. The Act exempts privatesector employers that hire workers who have been unemployed for at least 60 days from having to pay the employer’s 6.2 percent share of the Social Security payroll tax for the remainder of 2010. Additionally, businesses were eligible to receive a $1,000 tax credit in 2011 for retaining the worker on the payroll for a continuous 52 weeks. Later this year in September, President Obama signed a “Small Business” bill, which included several tax breaks. Some of the tax breaks are: — An immediate expense on capital investments. One provision increased to $500,000 the amount of investments that businesses

would be allowed to write for 2010 and 2011, while raising the level of investments at which the write-off phases out to $2 million. — Zero capital gains taxes on certain investments. Another provision bestows tax relief to more than 1 million small businesses eligible to receive capital gains breaks, and if the investments are held for five years or longer, the transactions could be completely excluded from capital gains taxation. — Carry-back of general business credits. The bill provides a five-year offset of general business credits providing businesses with a tax break this year and also allowing credits to offset the alternative minimum tax, reducing taxes. — Extension of the 50 percent bonus depreciation. The bill extends a 50 percent “bonus depreciation” through 2010, giving 2 million businesses, large and small, tax cuts this year by accelerating the rate at which they deduct capital expenditures. — A deduction for health insurance for self-employed. More than 2 million will be able to

deduct the cost of health insurance for themselves and their family members in calculating selfemployment taxes. The Bush-era tax cuts helped contribute to our ballooning deficit. David Stockman, a conservative Republican, who was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan, said he believes that Reagan would not have supported extending the Bush tax cuts of today. Stockman told National Public Radio this August that extending the tax cuts would be akin to a bankruptcy filing by Congress and the White House. Let’s give the new legislation, which provides tax breaks and job incentives for “small businesses” time to work before blindly accepting McConnell’s argument that allowing the Bush-era tax cuts to expire would hurt small businesses. We must start closing the deficit gap. Tracy Emblem is an attorney and a progressive political activist who publishes regularly on important issues facing our communities, California and the nation.

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North County sends big power to Washington One of our own, Darrell Issa, is now entering center stage in Washington, D.C. Issa is soon to be armed with subpoena power to carry out his choice of investigations into the underside of a capital where waste abounds, cover-ups fester, double talk reigns and officials routinely sidestep taking responsibility for things that go wrong. Will the Republican from Vista make us proud? How much skepticism must we shed to believe that he’s not out so much to embarrass the administration as to help it govern the seemingly intractable mess into which our boisterous democracy has evolved? Having survived the ignominy of venerating Randall “Duke” Cunningham, the former congressman from these parts turned felon, and an apparently unrepentant one at that, are we so steeled that Issa cannot embarrass us, whatever he might end up doing? Resoundingly returned to Congress for a fifth term in November, the choice of 64 percent of the voters in Vista, Oceanside and the rest of the 49th District in the upper reaches of North County, Issa faces a clear choice now as he ascends to the chairmanship of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: He can shed light on derelict agencies that fail to carry out their lawful responsibilities and reform them, or turn his high profile position into a platform for shrill partisan attacks on the White House and all it holds holy. It could go either way. In October, he showed just how shoot-from-the-hip partisan he could be when he went on conservative maven Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and called Barack Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times.” He soon backtracked, though, begging our indulgence for an “impromptu moment of foolishness” and noting that he does not think the president is “personally corrupt.” One wonders if Limbaugh ever noted the quasi apology on any of his subsequent evidence-free antiadministration screeds that screeches over the airwaves parading as serious discussions of public affairs. As chairman, Issa will have the power to haul just about anybody before his panel, government official or corporate executive, and examine in the most minute detail whether their deportment has inflicted

wounds on the greater good. Again, he also has the power to turn every committee investigation into what one liberal called a “partisan witch hunt” — aimed at so undermining


BRUCE KAUFFMAN Not That You Asked the administration’s credibility that Democrats will be at a loss to hold onto the presidency two years from now. That’s politics, I suppose, and what power our Issa may hold to bring such change about. He’s said he would about double the size of his committee staff, bringing it to around 70 or 80, and encourage all seven subcommittees to hold one or two hearings per week, 40 weeks a year, or as many as an unprecedented 560 per annum. He is also fighting to secure subpoena power for the executive branch’s own internal auditors, the inspectors general. Only one of the 74 inspectors has it now. As a ranking minority member of the oversight panel, Issa already resisted Democrats’ attempts to bury probes into what happened to the money that bailed out too-big-tofail insurer AIG and how Countrywide, a mortgagor at the heart of the housing scandal, might have made sweet deals with key Democratic lawmakers for housing of their own. He’s also dug deeply into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s narcolepsy (during his own GOP’s administration) in the face of compelling evidence of massive Wall Street fraud and, way before the Gulf oil spill, the laxity and diffidence of the federal agency that regulates such drilling. Our congressman can do us proud by using his considerable newfound power to make the country a better place for us all. He can likewise cheer his base and his party by blaming every problem on the partisan blindness of his opponents ... and you have to wonder what good Republican wouldn’t? Bruce Kauffman can be reached at scribe.oceanside@gmail.com.

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DEC. 17, 2010

Children leveled in bad house deal

PACKING UP WISHES Students at Rancho Santa Fe’s Horizon Prep participate in Operation Christmas Child, helping 587 children around the world receive a Christmas present this year. “This is a schoolwide service project that is a Christmas tradition for many of our families,” said Horizon Prep Interim Vice Principal Holly Morey. “Our students love to pack their shoeboxes with toys and toiletries. Many of them include a personal note and picture.” Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Since 1993, shoeboxes have been given to approximately 8 million underprivileged children a year in more than 130 countries. Above, Horizon Prep fourth-graders, from left, Sarah Dale, Sammie Preske, Ryker Kile, Jake Pezzi and Presley Simo add their boxes to the enormous collection ready to send for Operation Christmas Child. Courtesy photo

















Dear Bruce: I am writing on behalf of my daughter and son-in-law, who reside in North Carolina. They recently put in a contract on a 14-yearold home in Charlotte, N.C. The selling agent told them that there was a back-up contract, so in order to make their offer stand out and seem sincere, they put down $5,000 (on a $260,000 home). The closing date was to be Oct. 22 and was subject to a home inspection. Well, the inspection was 38 pages long and contained several structural problems and also exposed some issues that had been patched up but not disclosed on the disclosure statement. The licensed home inspector suggested that our children get a structural engineer to further examine the problems and suggest resolutions. They did have this done. The selling agent agreed to both inspections (by e-mail). Their contract stated that repairs were to be done by a licensed contractor and were not to exceed $3,000. The selling agent hired a contractor whose license lapsed in 2008, and the repairs totaled $3,800. Needless to say, our children withdrew their contract. The seller sent a letter of demand to release the $5,000 to her within five days. This

BRUCE WILLIAMS Smart Money was quite a shock to our children, and they sought legal counsel to the tune of $750. They felt that they had every reason to be refunded their binder: fraudulent disclosure form, unlicensed contractor and the fact that the repairs would exceed the stated $3,000. Their attorney finally TURN TO SMART MONEY ON A18

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DEC. 17 HOLIDAZE! North Coast Calvary Chapel will host the Holidaze Fine Art Sale & Silent Auction from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. Local artists will offer last minute shopping opportunities. Call Chuck Butler at (760) 518-7699 to learn more. WOOF! Dinner with the Dogs will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 17, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. Children 5 and up will get the opportunity to dine with the animals, make crafts and take a behind the scenes tour of the shelter. Preregistration is required. Contact Lizzie Hart, education director, at (760) 753-6413 or at education@rchumane society.org to learn more.

DEC. 18 BELIEVE “Believe” will be performed at 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. “Believe” is a sentimental slapstick comedy with a holiday spirit, and is written and directed by Jerry Hager. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call (760) 529-9140, or visit www. nvtheatre.com/tickets.htm. DAY CAMP Winter Day Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 20 through Dec. 23, Brengle Terrace Recreation Center, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista. This camp is geared towards children in grades K though 8.The camp fee is $112 for Vista residents and $132 for nonresidents. Daily rates are available. Register online at www. vistarecreation.com.

DEC. 19 SO POETIC Sunset Poets will host a reading at 3 p.m. Dec. 19, Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. The reading will feature Ruth Nolan, a “desert writer” who teaches English at College of the Desert, and local poet Brandon Cesmat, who teaches creative writing at Cal State San Marcos. The featured segment will be followed by an open mic reading. E-mail sunsetpoets@sbcglobal.net or call (760) 758-2410 to learn more.

DEC. 20 JINGLE JAM! Jingle Jam, a Christmas camp for kids, will be held Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, North Coast Presbyterian Church, 1831 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Activities include crafts, music, Bible stories, snacks, a mission project and more. Visit www.ncpcfamily.org or call (760) 7532535, ext. 14 for more details.


CAMP The Rancho Buena Vista Adobe will offer a one-day hands-on holiday camp for children ages 7 to 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, 640 Alta Vista Drive, Vista. Camp will include hand made crafts, baking, old-fashioned games and a tour of the historic Rancho Buena Vista Adobe. TURN TO CALENDAR ON A18

HOLIDAY COLORS Master of ceremonies Kris Henderson and Rita Sweeting, dressed as the Christmas angel, sing “Holiday Colors,” an original song she wrote for the play of the same name. Also joining in is Shaunt Manoushakian as Santa Claus. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Pioneers celebrate differences By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — “Holiday Colors,” a story about friends and differences, highlighted the 2010 Pioneers Club winter festival Dec. 10 at Skyline Elementary School. In addition to the play, PRETTY, PRETTY PRINCESS The Hollywood Princess, aka written by opera singer and Pioneers Club member Caroline Vincent, entertains the crowd with a former model Rita Sweeting, song during Project Turnaround’s winter festival Dec. 10. Photo by the event featured Christmas Bianca Kaplanek carols by Pioneers Club mem-

bers accompanied by Gary Kobayashi on guitar, performances by the hand-bell choir under the direction of Sun Choi and a raffle that included original paintings by Pioneers members, candles, a Padres clock and jewelry. The Pioneers Club is part of Project Turnaround, a nonprofit group founded in 1984 to research and develop social and cultural programs

and events for young adults with behavioral and social challenges. The Solana Beach-based organization is dedicated to providing opportunities to help participants turn their lives around and become effective, contributing members of society. Visit www.project-turnaround.org for more information or to join, volunteer or donate.

In Monterey, great taste is part of the territory Romantic Monterey, a one-of-a-kind appellation, sweeps 90 miles down the coast from Cannery Row in the city, through Carmel by the Sea, Santa Cruz, Pebble Beach, the Carmel Valley, the rolling hills of Salinas Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands. There are nine officially designated appellations, or AVAs, that have unique characteristics for remarkable flavor, found in bottles branded with the Monterey Wine Country signature. It had been many years since I walked on Monterey vineyard land. The occasion last month was the “Great Wine Escape,” an annual expo of some 50 of the 125 vineyards that dot the land. More than 30 tasting rooms were open daily, pour-


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winemakers are fiercely firm in their conviction that their Pinot is superior to any other on the west coast. Major players who grow and bottle Pinot Noir include Hahn Estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands where the ’09 has just been released and they play the bagpipes at the harvest for good fortune. Talbott Winery’s Dan Karlsen is the expressive, selfdescribed “former hippy” and a rabid believer in the excellence of Monterey Pinot Noir, calling it “the wine of kings.” He champions a “vineyard first” approach to winemaking “to obtain a vibrant cool climate appeal, that is all about flavor.” His ’08 Talbott CARMEL COWBOY Jack and Dawn Galante run Galante Carmel Kali Hart has spicy blueberry

ing their newest releases. Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, west of the highlands, are the perfect formula for a long, leisurely ripening, with harvests that are some 60 days longer than most in California. Of the 41,000 acres of grapes produced, 17,000 are planted with Chardonnay, largest in the state. Next is Pinot Noir, some of the tastiest west of Burgundy. The area produces about Tasting Room, and Galante Vineyards, with premium estate wines of 7,000 acres of Pinot and the 700 hillside acres in Carmel Valley. Photo by Frank Mangio


Local community groups try to City awards grants of $11,200 to 4 groups meet increased family needs By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — A lagging economy fueled by stagnant job growth and longer periods of unemployment is an impetus for the increased needs of families throughout North County. While federal, state and local governments wrangle over how to close deficits in their already lean budgets, community organizations have experienced an increase in the number of individuals seeking assistance. In a city where the median household income is an estimated $99,043, according to SANDAG — San Diego’s regional planning agency — Encinitas would appear to be in good shape. However, the figure is gaping with cracks according to officials from the Community Resource Center, where more and more residents are seeking financial help; many of them for the

first time. Sabrina, who asked that her name be changed for this article, said the loss of her job and the plunge that her modest investments took last year was enough to drive her family into poverty.“We still live in our house but it won’t be long before we lose it unless I’m able to find steady work,” she said. The 43-year-old accountant said she worked for the same company in San Diego for 13 years until she was laid off in 2008. “Like a lot of people, I thought it was temporary, I thought they would hire me back when things started to turn around,” she said.“But things have just gotten worse.” Sabrina has two high school-aged children who are weathering the storm with her. She laments the state of her financial affairs. “I try to keep it from my kids but they know we are in trouble (finan-

cially) and it is very stressful,” she said. “I don’t think people understand how quickly you can end up in a bread line, even in a place like Encinitas with an advanced degree, a nice house and a decent car.” The single mother visits the center to help supplement her pantry and has recently applied for food stamps. “It takes a lot to swallow my pride and stand in line for food,” she said,choking back tears,“but I have to feed my children.” Lauren Kennedy, 64, started out as a client at the center and while she continues to receive assistance,she is one of the hundreds of volunteers who maintain the services. Kennedy lost her job as a caterer and was unable to find work. She’s worked as a corporate caterer for high profile businesses in the past but now TURN TO NEEDS ON A16

By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With a unanimous vote at the Dec. 8 meeting, City Council awarded $11,200 to four of the 11 organizations that sought funding assistance through the Community Grant Program. At the Nov. 17 meeting, applicants were given an opportunity to explain how the money would be used.This year the guidelines were modified, limiting applicants to those who focused on meeting the needs of the underserved in the city. Council members each compiled a list of the groups they felt were most deserving. Their choices were assembled into a chart presented during the Dec. 8 meeting. The Community Resource Center, which was awarded funding the past two years, is the only organization that received unanimous support. It plans to use the money for

Holiday Baskets, an annual event held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that provides food, clothing and toys for lowincome families. Kids Korps USA, receiving assistance for the fourth consecutive year, and new applicant Reality Changers each got nods from four TURN TO GRANTS ON A18

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Giving back CARLSBAD — The Army and Navy Academy hosted The Christians in Action and parishioners from Calvary Chapel Oceanside to serve North County’s homeless Thanksgiving day. More than 50 volunteers gathered at the academy’s mess hall to serve more than 150 homeless individuals. The idea was proposed to the academy’s president, BG Steve Bliss, by Army and Navy Academy Food Service Director Mark Buckley, a CulinArts employee and a member of Calvary Chapel of Oceanside.

Change is good OCEANSIDE — Lance Greenberg, owner of EconLube and Tune, 1942 S. Coast Highway 101, is showing his appreciation and giving thanks to the community for support of his business by offering a free oil change to residents of Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista, within a 10 radius of his business. The give away will be offered by appointment through Jan. 31.

Art and charity ENCINITAS — Artists Cheryl Ehlers, Darlene Katz and Barbara Mille, all members of Off Track Gallery, will be exhibited in December at St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro, 947 S. Coast Highway 101, and help raise funds for North County Solutions for Change for their “Finding Our Way” initiative, a North County communitywide effort for the homeless.

Float fun DEL MAR — The Del Sol Lions are going up to Pasadena to decorate the “Lionism on Parade” float. The decorating event for Lions members, family 13 years of age or older and friends, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27. David White and the Blind Stokers Club will partner with the Lions for this event. Carpools will leave from Solana Beach La Colonia Community Center at 2 p.m.

Outreach ENCINITAS — St. John School did a Thanksgiving outreach seventh-grade field trip to Brother Benno’s in Oceanside. Teacher Teresa Roberts initiated the community outreach.The entire school donated food for baskets along with personal notes and cards, and decorated placemats from the students.

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DEC. 17, 2010

Local man documents his battle with Alzheimer’s, part 2 By Lillian Cox

Editor’s Note: In last issue’s article “Local man documents his battle with Alzheimer’s,” Joe Potocny made statements concerning the efforts of Maria Shriver on behalf on Alzheimer’s disease that were solely the beliefs of Mr. Potocny and not of The Coast News. Also, Mr. Potocny stated that there are no benefit walks held for Alzheimer’s disease, which is untrue. There are Memory Walks held nationwide including locally in Oceanside. Lillian Cox and The Coast News apologize for the confusion. OCEANSIDE — Joe Potocny has lived a full life that’s required him to manage both bipolar disease and alcoholism.This year he celebrated his 37th year of sobriety. But the challenge of living with Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be the most daunting of all. Potocny met his wife, Lynn, in their native Chicago in 1978. They married the following year and traveled to Southern California to be closer to his father, settling in Oceanside where they raised four children. Potocny was working in information technology for the city of Mission Viejo in 1995 when he became concerned with his inability to multitask. “I knew something was wrong ‘upstairs,’” he said pointing to his head. “I could always

do 10 tasks without writing everything down. Now I had to write everything down. I figured I was burning out.” Potocny resigned, continuing as an independent contractor with the city while launching a successful computer consulting business. He was at the top of his game, with articles written about him in 35 magazines. “I did pretty good for a one-man show,” he said. “Then one day someone said the wrong thing to me and I said ‘chuck it’ and walked out. That was in early 2000.” Potocny made the decision to look for what he calls “more mindless work” and secured jobs with the Oceanside Post Office and later the Oceanside Unified School District doing custodial and security work. When the job became physically exhausting, he began working as a playground supervisor. “Late in 2002 one of the kids was talking to me, then another kid was talking, too,” he said. “I couldn’t differentiate if it was the kid in front of me or the one in my brain. I quit the job because I felt that it wasn’t a good place to be.” Potocny began visiting doctors to determine what was wrong. In 2004, a psychologist whose father died of Alzheimer’s was the first to diagnose him with the disease.

LENGTHY BATTLE Lynn and Joe Potocny, a retired computer consultant, have lived with symptoms of Joe’s Alzheimer’s disease since they began in 1995 when he was 51. Photo by Lillian Cox

“A psychiatrist I saw was on the fence because I could describe detail, but I am a detail-oriented person,” he said. “Finally in 2006, my family physician sent me for a PET scan. He discovered that my temporal lobes were blue, meaning they were withering away.” That finding was confirmed by a neurologist in 2008. “She said, ‘Go home and enjoy the time you have left,’”

he said. “‘Don’t bother taking medication because it won’t help. The damage has been done.’” When Lynn asked the doctor how much time he had left, she estimated eight years. Today, Joe Potocny says he doesn’t expect it to be that long. “There were seven of us in the HBO documentary,” he said. “Now, there are now only three. Cliff died during filming.

Josephine died in August 2009, Bessie in February of this year and Woody in March.” Also in 2008, Potocny made the decision to stop driving after a scare. “I turned left off Melrose Drive into oncoming traffic on North Santa Fe,” he said.“I was on Highway 76 when I realized what had happened. I walked in the house, threw my keys on TURN TO ALZHEIMER’S ON B18

How to handle the aftermath of automobile accidents Car crashes injure people. Frequently. Usually, the crash is caused by someone not paying attention, driving too fast, being careless, or even driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Most of us have been involved in a crash at some point, hopefully a minor one with little or no injury. But what about a crash involving injuries? What steps can a consumer take to get through the whole ordeal and receive some semblance of justice? Here are some tips I’ve learned from 30 years of experience handling these types of cases. — Don’t settle right away. Insurance companies may come to your door with a check a few days after a crash. I remember years ago when an elderly lady came to my office with a strange tale. She said that less than 48 hours after she had been rear-ended at a stop light, a young, nicely dressed man showed up on

J MICHAEL VALLEE The Law and You her doorstep saying he was from the insurance company of the fellow who had run into her. He had a check for $500 if she would sign the papers.

She didn’t know what to do, but didn’t sign and, instead, came to see me. She began to experience shooting pains going down her legs. Unfortunately, as often happens, she turned out to be more seriously injured than she originally thought. We ended up settling her case for more than $100,000 instead of the $500 she almost accepted. Don’t settle your case right

away; you have two years to settle or file a lawsuit so why rush? — Don’t give a recorded statement to their insurance company. Unless you have an attorney who advises you to do this (sometimes it’s a benefit), don’t give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. It will, nine times out or 10, come back to bite you in the

butt! — Document your troubles. Keep a little note pad and jot down anything bothersome. Couldn’t sleep last night, headache behind the right eyeball; had to cancel my trip to Cabo, my vision is blurred when I try to watch “Seinfeld” re-runs. Whatever it may be, chances are you TURN TO LAW ON A17

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Dec. 1, 2010, to Dec. 7, 2010

RED HANDED A Red Box Video dispenser — a self-help DVD rental machine — was vandalized and $750 in damages was reported to happen at its location at Village Park Way in Encinitas on Dec. 4. MAN DOWN! A call was made to the sheriff’s station about a “person down” on South Sierra Avenue in Solana Beach, and the man-down, 54, was arrested and charged with being drunk in public. NOT SO EXCELLENT A business on West Vista Way in Oceanside, Excellent Nails, was defrauded of nearly $100 worth of services on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. TOUGH GUYS, EH? Two juveniles will face a judge after being arrested for a strong arm robbery in which two victims suffered minor injuries after the juvenile suspects demanded two electronic music devices from the victims in Vista on Dec. 2. COIN JAR STOLEN A person reported to Oceanside Police at 10:23 a.m. on Dec. 2 that someone had stolen a jar full of coins from a Kelly Street location.The coins were valued at $150.

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CHEAP DATE On Dec. 2 someone was reported to police for stealing one can of Tilt beer that sells for $3.36 at a gas station convenience store on Douglas Drive in Oceanside. ONE HUNGRY BABY An online store based in Oceanside that sells physical therapy products was the victim of grand theft according to a report on Dec. 3 that someone stole nearly $4,000 worth of Neocate infant formula. BAD MARKETING A 35-yearold Encinitas man who works in the marketing business was arrested and charged with several felonies that include altering a vehicle registration, passing a fictitious check and using another person’s identification to commit forgery.The victim was a 77-year-old man. KEEP OFF! On Dec. 2, Oceanside Police followed up on a November incident in which a witness reported that a person took a yard sign from a Cardiff Bay Drive residence that read Keep Off the Grass.





Demarrias of Redby was shot and Donald Leigh Clark Jr., a condied later that day at an area hosvicted felon, and Cruze Anthony pital.Two other men were shot and White are wanted for their alleged transported to other area hospitals involvement in the shooting of for treatment of gunshot wounds three men in Redby, Minn. on Nov. suffered in the shootout. 3, 2010. On Nov. 5, 2010, a federal Clark was born July 26, 1988. arrest warrant was issued for He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and Clark, after he was charged federweighs 225 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and tattoos of a DONALD CLARK JR. ally with murder in the second grizzly bear on top of several skulls on the degree and assault with intent to commit murinside of his right forearm, and a marijuana der, and federal warrants were issued for their arrests. If you know of Clark’s whereabouts, leaf on the back of his right hand. As a result of the incident, Julian contact the nearest FBI office.

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CRIME LOG Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Dec. 1, 2010 to Dec. 7, 2010.

SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 8, Burglary 21, Vandalism 8, Assault 1, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 3 ENCINITAS Petty Theft 1, Burglary 6, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 4 VISTA Petty Theft 9, Burglary 8, Vandalism 2, Assault 2, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1, Vehicle Theft 4 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 9, Burglary6, Vandalism 6, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 1 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 1, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0, Vehicle Theft 0

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

Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ramiro Lizarraga Murder November 2007

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

Ricardo Persona Rape, Child Molestation San Diego, Jan. 1997

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Time to sign up for T-ball season RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Little League is calling all 5- and 6year-olds to register for its 2011 Spring T-Ball season. If your child turns 5 by April 30, 2011, he or she is eligible to play. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate in this beginner level where they learn the very basics of hitting and fielding in a relaxed, fun environment. Games are held on

Saturdays and Wednesdays beginning in late February at the Rancho Santa Fe soccer fields. Short pre-game practices are followed by three inning games, and every player bats each inning. Register your youngsters in person from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Rancho Santa Fe School gym, 5927 La Granada or online at www.rsfll.com Jan. 21 through Jan. 27. Register prior to Jan. 1 for Early Bird discount.

TABLE TOP TREES Sally McKenney and Virginia Dewey pose by a tree. Both are guild members. Photo by Patty McCormac

Annual raffle raises funds for library By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library’s halls were decked with table top Christmas trees and lovely wreaths during its Christmas Tree Raffle and Tea on Dec. 10. All the proceeds from the event will be put right back into the library by the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, which hosted the event. For the 20th year, the community has come together to donate their trees and wreaths to the cause. This year the fifth-grade boys and girls from R. Roger Rowe School had a wreathmaking competition to see how many ornaments could be put on each wreath. Each was beautiful, but it seems the boys won by a slight margin said Debbie Wilson who manages the youth services department at the library. “This is a great community event,” Wilson said. “We have been doing it for years and years and years. It’s the best community event we put on.” Because the trees are donated and the food and drink provided by guild members and community members like the Girl Scouts who bake cookies for it, the guild stands to make a nice profit for the library. “Everyone — including the golf club, senior center, Rotary, families, everyone — donates a wreath or table-top tree, then they are raffled off,” said Marianne Witmeyer, guild member. She explained that everyone buys a ticket to the drawing at the same price. “That way everyone has a chance to win,” she said. This year there were several baskets donated by area businesses up for bid at silent auction. “It is really as much of a party for the community as it is a fundraiser,” said longtime guild member Nan Werner. Susan Appleby was in charge of the coffee, tea and cider table. She has been a guild member for some time, but is now on staff as director of membership and develop-

ment. She said she did not $1,000, all of which is earknow how much money marked for library services. would be made during the The library guild was event, but estimated it TURN TO LIBRARY ON A16 should be somewhere around

t really is as much of a party for the community as it is a fundraiser.”



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‘Xciting’ exhibit showcases local talent PET OFTHE WEEK By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — With recycled materials, newly formed friendships and talent most didn’t know they had, seven young women

held their first art show Dec. 1 at Re-Gallery in the Cedros Design District. The event was also a first for Xcite Steps, a Del Marbased organization that sup-

ports, enriches and empowers the lives of children, teens and young adults who experience cognitive disabilities. Re-Gallery owner Lester Corral taught the eight-week

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San Diego’s top chefs at Wine & Food Festival As I drove down I-5 on a rainy Saturday morning in November toward Seaport THINKING PINK Kellie Hoff of Village where the San Diego Point Loma shows off her “Cancer Bay Wine & Food Festival was TIGHT-KNIT TALENT Chelsea Goyette shows off “Denchura,” her wire and yarn creation that loosely Ribbon” sculpture, which she cre- being held, I was contemplatated for personal reasons. Photos translated means electric tarantula in Japanese. The piece is available for purchase at Re-Gallery for $60. ing some different story by Bianca Kaplanek Photos by Bianca Kaplanek angles. My thought was to embed myself with the judges as they went through the process of picking winners in several categories. This would be facilitated through my friend and frequent dining companion Chef Michael Zonfrilli, who was among the judges, a veritable who’s who of top San Diego culinary talent. The head chef/judge agreed to let me tag along so my story line was set and I was good to go. Fifteen minutes later, I overheard one of the judges had gone back to her hotel room to warm up and was not in place for the start of the judging, which was required. My first thought was what an unfortunate thing to do, leave a judging opportunity with

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate $50,000 in prize money on the line because of the cold. Dress for the weather right? That thought was quickly interrupted by one of the chef’s pointing in my direction, saying “Hey, you are a food writer, want to step in as a judge?” I don’t even think I responded when he said “Good, go with this group,” which included Chef Zonfrilli. Right on, not only am I embedded with the judges, I’m one of them now, controlling the destiny of several San Diego restaurants. Visions of future gigs guest judging on “Iron Chef” were flying through my head, a far cry from the reality of judging in the pouring rain but a nice TURN TO LICK ON A14

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DEC. 17, 2010

Holiday season is a time for reflection and celebration With the holidays upon us, I am looking back over the years and remembering each chapter. Do you become nostalgic during the holidays? I do. I tend to find hope and memories during this season with a smile and a tear. However, something that has remained consistent is that festive feeling Rancho Santa Fe has each year. I can always count on finding that yuletide momentum with a brisk stroll down Paseo Delicias. At nighttime, the town comes alive. The buildings are lined with Christmas lights and the palm trees glow with that romantic feeling that you can only find in a California winter wonderland. This Christmas season, I am thankful for all of you that I know in this community. Thank you for the kindness, the stories and the moments that have added so much to my own memories as time goes by each year. This community has touched my heart and given me such a wonderful life. Let us remember to count our blessings, spread good cheer and be thankful for the spirit of love this holiday season. I am.

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Santa Fe Women business and professional meeting was held. Gina Ruby Puterbaugh, Judy Parker and Elaine Gallagher shared a wonderful photo of the three of them that day. I’ve heard from a very reliable source that Elaine is receiving compliments all over town regarding her new slim figure. Elaine has always been one of the prettiest blondes around, but now it sounds like she has more reason to keep the rest of the girls running back to the gym for one more workout! Congrats Elaine and thanks again for always keeping me informed here in our fabulous community. On Nov. 25, the work world in America all sat down to eat some turkey, watch football and give thanks, while taking a break from the normal daily grind. This happens to be one of my favorite holidays of the year. Mainly because it is based on being Around Town with your family and loved On Nov. 18, the Rancho ones. My girlfriend Meredith

WOMEN IN BUSINESS Gina Ruby Puterbaugh, Judy Parker and Elaine Gallagher at the Rancho Santa Fe Women’s Business Meeting. Courtesy photo

NEWSPAPER LADIES The recently engaged Krista Lafferty and Machel Penn Shull, celebrating six years of the newspaper business and their friendship. Courtesy photo

CHOO & CHEER Jimmy Choo Party on Dec. 4 this holiday season. Courtesy photo

MacDonald shared some lovely photos with me from her holiday weekend with her son, Holden, and her mother-in-law, Ranch resident Violet MacDonald. Violet is featured here with her granddaughter, Reese MacDonald. On Dec. 2, I received an invitation from newlyweds Tony and Bianca Macaluso. This gorgeous couple just recently moved from the Ranch to the historic Del Mar estate setting just above the Del Mar Plaza. The Macalusos hosted a Jimmy Choo party to help raise money for The Polinksy’s Children’s Center. A portion of the proceeds went directly to the foundation, and the Macalusos also matched that figure with their own donation. This catered event felt like something out of an old Hollywood vintage movie. Shoes that cost more than my monthly rent payment adorned the walls, while champagne overflowed. I have included two photos from that exquisite evening. The highlight of the night for me was meeting Tony’s mom, Pat Macaluso. She was so kind and said how much she loved reading the column. Thanks Pat for reading! I look forward to seeing you in the future, again. I enjoyed our conversation so much. On Dec. 4, I went to Mille Fleurs to help celebrates some fantastic news: Krista Lafferty is engaged! For many of you, you may know Krista as the advertising rep here in Rancho Santa Fe. She is also a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. For me, she has been my friend for six years, and I am proud to say I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear this wonderful new development in her life. Her now fiancé Mike Confer wined and dined Krista at Donovan’s in San Diego. He asked her to close her eyes ... and when she opened them, he was holding the ring! The good news is Krista said yes, and Robin and I were thrilled to help them celebrate at Mille Fleurs later on that evening. I know I should be sharing a photo of them, but I had to share one with the two

HOLIDAY FUN Tony and Bianca Macaluso with Ranch resident Patrica Macaluso and Debbie Chapman. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

of us. For me, the newspaper business has really been a blessing.Thanks Krista for six years of friendship, fun times. You deserve much happiness. On Dec. 6, I picked up one of my favorite Christmas stories that I try to re-read each year, “Silver Bells,” by my favorite author, Luanne Rice. If you are looking for that perfect holiday read, this novel is truly a treasure. The story is about a family from Canada that goes to New York each Christmas to sell freshly cut Christmas trees. The father and son team are separated by circumstances on Christmas, leaving the young teenage boy as a runaway in the city. The beautiful novel moves gracefully with lovely characters, heart and with Christmas tradition, forcing you to turn the pages as quickly as you can to see how this holiday family story will end. Hallmark even made a television movie out of it starring Anne Heche and Tate Donovan, which I have not seen. Of course, read the book first. Luanne Rice books make great gifts, too, for this holiday season. Correction: In my Dec. 3, 2010, column I had shared some exciting news about Sheila Malek at Ellie’s Tailoring Shop just around the corner in Encinitas. I have a correction on the two websites I listed. Please make

FAMILY FUN Ranch resident Violet MacDonald enjoying some special time with her granddaughter, Reese MacDonald. Courtesy photo

TURKEY AND SMILES Meredith and Holden MacDonald celebrate the joy of Thanksgiving. Courtesy photo

note that these are the correct website listings: www.best-tux.com and www.elliestailorshop.com. Don’t forget to also check out her shop for her jewelry selection for a gift idea his

holiday season, renting your tux for that big party or any alterations. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.


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devices have led nationalpark visitors to do “stupid” things, confident that they will be saved from themselves, a Grand Teton National Park spokesperson told The New York Times in August — such as the lost, cold hiker who called rangers to ask for hot chocolate or the visitors flummoxed by cold weather who wanted a personal escort back to their campsite. In August, a party of hikers in Illinois called for (and received) three separate rescues in 24 hours. (2) The Milwaukee teachers’ union filed an equal-rights lawsuit in August challenging health-insurance cutbacks by the budget-challenged Milwaukee Public Schools. The union was denouncing the elimination of Viagra as discrimination against men.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Little League invites all boys and girls, ages 5 through 12, to come out and play baseball. Registration for the 2011 Spring Season is open through Jan. 15. You may register your players in person from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Rancho Santa Fe School Gym or online at www.rsfll.com. Online registration closes Jan. 15. There is a $50 late fee for registering your child after Dec. 31. Siblings receive additional discounts. The league will kick off in February with practices and clinics, followed by games beginning later in the month and running through the end of the school year. Little League players will be grouped into five divisions depending on age and ability: T-ball, Machine Pitch, AAA, the Minors and the Majors.

The Weirdo-American Community • In November, at a burglary scene near Seneca, S.C., deputies found Noah Smith, 31, naked and apparently drugged, perhaps on hallucinogenic mushrooms, and with a string-like object protruding from his buttocks. Smith was X-rayed, revealing (according to the deputies’ report, which made its way to the Internet) that the object in his rectum was a “mouse.” However, several days later, the sheriff’s office clarified that the object was a “com-



little fantasy nonetheless. With that, I joined Chef Zonfrilli, Chef Dustin Homen, the executive sous chef at Barona Resort & Casino, and culinary student Marcy Newsome, who acted as our runner. From what I heard, the missing judge showed up

shortly after we left and proceeded to throw a hissy fit, in French, which probably made it even more dramatic. Our scorecards were based on a point system and covered everything from presentation, height, originality, unique ingredients, complexity, innovative techniques, taste, set up on time and serving vessel to name a few.

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The box of chocolates where you have to open it one a day, each day, counting up until Christmas. We used to do those when I was growing up.

Coming together on Christmas Eve with all my brothers and sisters and all our children and grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. We’ve kept that tradition from my great-grandmother.

puter mouse.” Smith told emergency room personnel that he had no memory of the incident.

Sanford Rothman, 63, Boulder, Colo., while sleepwalking (October). Reserve police officer Kenneth Shannon, 68, Gary, Ind., in the hand while loading his gun (and the bullet went on to hit his partner) (October). Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Rojas, Crestview, Fla., in the leg while firearms training (July). Darrell Elam, 52,

Armed and Clumsy (all-new!) People who accidentally shot themselves recently: Daniel McDaniels, 31, Sarasota, Fla., “trying to ward off a skunk” (October).

Judging was not taken lightly and I had a few questions on some of the criteria but once I got that figured out I was good to go. Some of the culinary highlights of the experience included a duck confit, spinach and pear salad with Dijon-rosemary vinaigrette, topped with a duck fat fried tater tot crouton from Chef Rich Sweeney at R-Gang Eatery in North Park. This was an amazing concoction, even at 10 a.m. R-Gang was a finalist with this innovative dish. Note to food trend followers, look for gourmet tater tots to be popping up on menus everywhere. A super fresh shrimp ceviche from El Vitral would have been better served on a hot summer day but it was full of flavor. They knew the weather forecasted



Opening stockings first thing in the morning all full of little tiny trinkets, less than $10, is my favorite thing to do on Christmas day.

The decorations and the lights. It just makes it feel like it’s here.

Peshastin, Wash., in the buttocks as he holstered his gun (August). A 48-year-old woman, Clover, S.C., in the jaw while trying to kill a rat (September). A 25-year-old man, Juneau, Alaska, in the head after jokingly telling friends that there is “one way” to find out whether a gun is loaded or not (October 2009).

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though so it was an odd choice. We also judged Blue Point Costal Cuisine, which won the meat category. Chef Daniel Barron created a

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Recurring Themes • Ironies: The man caught in November in Brainerd, Minn., with a computer drive containing 75,000 pornographic videos, including child pornography, was Steven Augustinack, 52, who had one month earlier been named by the Brainerd Jaycees as Citizen of the Year.

This dish was “Iron Chef” worthy. California Crepes was part of our mix also and it was almost as if they had accepted their fate, serving up mini crepes that, as Chef Zonfrilli put it, were “straight out of the can lameness.” While Kitchen 1540 was not on our list, I have to mention the crazy inventive Turducken Nuggets with potato air, cranberry gelèe and foie gras gravy that Chef Paul McCabe was dishing out. It was one of the few North County eateries represented but it earned Kitchen 1540 second place overall. The Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 “Chef of the Fest” Competition was Chef Robert Ruiz of Harney Sushi for his “Cunning Lengua” — Sapporro-style braised Newport beef tongue with Fallbrook Fuyu persimmon and roasted Oregon Coast matsutake, garnished with chili Daikon-Shoga, 3D demiglauce and micro shiso. Wow, that’s a mouthful, and a delightful mouthful it was. The whole experience was very memorable and yes, the rain let up and the lines were long at most every booth. This is a great event and I would encourage every food enthusiast to check it out next year. The eighth annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival will take place Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, 2011. For more information, visit www.world ofwineevents.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.

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Overcoming a bad start, a local painting contractor now helps others COAST CITIES — Eric Smith battled an addiction that in three years cost him his self-respect and a loving wife. However, he was a tough study and never gave up. Today, Smith is the owner of The Caring Painters, a full-service residential and commercial painting company which supports The Loving Care Center, a nonprofit organization he founded 13 years ago. But at age 33, Smith was a former church kid who had survived the Jim Crow South and a speech impediment that always made him fear uttering even a sentence in public. He never could ignore feelings that like David, the greatest king in the Old Testament, he was still “a man after God's own heart,” despite how badly he was living. “I just knew that God had another purpose for me,” Smith said. Ever since then, he has provided emotional and spiritual support for the young and old in nursing homes, in lockups and on the streets of San Diego. There is no way to accurately tally, Smith said, how

HELPING HANDS Eric Smith, far left, with past and present volunteers with The Loving Care Center, which Smith founded 13 years ago.

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many people he and a solid core of six volunteers have reached since starting in 1998, with programs including poetry reading sessions, Bible study, singing and worship services. But he continues to get positive feedback in calls and letters like one received from ManorCare Health, a facility in Encinitas that said: “Your volunteers and gift of giving have not gone unnoticed, and your center is a great asset to our ever growing community.” He was also featured in an article in The Union Tribune on July 18. Smith's story starts at age 20, when after working odd jobs in real estate and at

the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, he decided to get out of his hometown. He joined the Navy, where he would eventually get introduced to a heavy drug culture. He left 10 years later as a disabled veteran. While in the Navy, he had a huge attraction to the wild side of life. His experiences are chronicled in a book self-published by Authorhouse. The 88-page opus is titled “From Crack to Clergy: Provoking Thoughts.” But even on his worst days he says he never forgot the two characteristics that most impressed him about his parents. His mother had an extremely big heart and

would always go out of her way to provide for people in need. And although neither she nor her husband could read or write, they never let it prevent them from doing what they wanted to do. This influenced Smith to earn a bachelors degree in a Bible-based human development course and to do his first work as a minister at Faith Chapel Church of God and Christ. “I'm (now) doing something I should be doing,” Smith said. “We all should be looking out for each other. We have a duty and an obligation to do that.” The Loving Care Center is funded by gifts and donations, which are tax deductible. Mail to: 5506 Encina Drive, San Diego, CA 92114. The Loving Care Center is also certified through United Way of San Diego to receive funds from Federal Workers/Military through the Combined Federal Campaign of Local Organizations. Their CFC No. is 92669. For more information about The Caring Painters, call (619) 465-4786 or visit www.thecaringpainters.com.

A familiar face puts smiles on patients' faces SOLANA BEACH — The return of Dr. Jonathan Amberg to a practice in Solana Beach is welcome news to many of his former patients and for those seeking top-notched dentistry in North County. Previous patients will be delighted to know their dentist is back. Dr. Amberg, 40, is excited to see new patients as well. “We've always grown through word-ofmouth,” he said, “and I believe we will see the same thing happening now that we are open for business.” Beginning his career in 1999, Dr. Amberg practiced with longtime North County dentist Dr. John Benson at San Dieguito Dental Center in Encinitas. With a tender touch and a caring attitude, Dr. Amberg helped improve the dental health of countless patients until he moved to Arizona in 2005. There he built a state-of-the-art dental practice, specializing in implant dentistry. However, he has returned to North County to continue perfecting his implant dentistry practice as well as general and cosmetic dentistry. Along with his wife, Kammy, and their young children, Dr. Amberg is thrilled to be “back in

DR. JONATHAN AMBERG, DMD AND HIS FAMILY. Photo by Teresa Conahan Decking

town.” His new practice, Academy Dental Care, located at 781 Academy Drive in Solana Beach opened Nov. 29. “We are just regular people who know a lot about teeth,” Dr. Amberg said. “I treat people fairly and gently.” At Academy Dental Care, patients will find a comfortable office and an

experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate staff. “I remember when I was a patient, so I take special care with everyone I treat,” Dr. Amberg said. While general and cosmetic procedures are routinely performed with enthusiasm, dental implants are a focus of the practice. “I have several

years specializing in the restorative practice of implants,” Dr. Amberg said. A board-certified oral surgeon will be in the office to perform the surgical procedures while Dr. Amberg will concentrate on the reconstructive aspects. The collaboration of the two professionals will facilitate better communication about each procedure and be more convenient for the patient. The fees for an otherwise cost-prohibitive procedure like dental implants are very reasonable at Academy Dental Care. “Our philosophy is to make implants an option for as many patients as possible,” Dr. Amberg said. He is literally changing people's lives through the implementation of state-ofthe-art technology and good old-fashioned skill and knowledge. In fact, he maintains his Phoenix implant practice and travels to see patients twice a month. “We want to make sure that patients are given the best treatment possible, with all of the options available in order to have the best experience possible,” he said. To make an appointment, call (858) 523-9800. All types of insurance accepted.

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CARLSBAD — The new Quattra Via Aveda Salon, Spa, and Inner Beauty Gallery brings Aveda to The Forum in Carlsbad, with a twist. Unveiling a unique concept themed around nature's elements, Quattra Via is redefining the beauty industry, while bringing customers the Aveda products they know and love. According to company co-founder Brittany Adamson, the new 3,600square-foot Quattra Via will “give guests a transformative experience in a beautiful setting that goes far beyond their wildest expectations.” Themed around nature's elements - water, fire, earth and air - Quattra Via was designed by Adamson to be a new model in the beauty industry, a much-needed makeover from head-to-toe and inside-to-outside. According to Adamson, Quattra Via means “the way of four” or the “four paths,” and is based on the sacred geometry of nature. In this spirit, the salon's physical space and service philosophy showcase nature's elements and seasons. Many of the colors, aromas, lighting, textures and images will change according to the four seasons. And instead of stylists and therapists, there are salon “beauty artists” and spa “balance artists” to help guests embrace the creative and rejuvenating spirit of nature. With a colony of 20 full-time beauty, balance and unity artists, offerings at Quattra Via include: • Full Hair Care, Color and Styling • Exclusive Blow Dry Bar • Make Up Consultation and Touch Ups • Relaxing SoSound Chair Experience • Rejuvenating Hand, Foot and Body Treatments • Soothing Facials and Skin Care • The Latest Line of Aveda Products Quattra Via Aveda Salon Spa and Inner Beauty Gallery is located at The Forum, 1905 Calle Barcelona, Suite 204, in coastal Carlsbad. A variety of spa and salon packages are available as well as a la carte services and treatments on a walk in or appointment basis. To see a list of services, visit QuattraVia.com. To book an appointment, call 760-697-1460.


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Teen cooks up sweet idea for business SOLANA BEACH — Sophie Kaihatu, a freshman at Santa Fe Christian High School, started her business, CAKEgirl, when she was 13 years old. Kaihatu has always loved to bake, starting from when she was 4 with her Easy Bake Oven. Kaihatu’s family was attending a Christmas Eve party last year, and Kaihatu decided to whip up a New York Cheesecake to bring along for dessert. The cheesecake received rave reviews that late December night and prompted her to launch her business before Valentine’s Day 2010. She sent out a flyer to family and friends and immediately started receiving orders.



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CAKEgirl also makes layer cakes, cupcakes and cakepops for local customers. The cakes are homemade and come boxed with the CAKEgirl stick-

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the price of technical or custodial personnel needed for each event. In other school board news,Delaney in her report discussed sending four staff members to Columbia University in February to a conference to help strengthen leadership in the school. Depolo questioned the expense of a trip to New York. “We have a budget and we are trying to spend it wisely,”he said. Delaney said there had been $18,000 included in the budget for staff development, which includes trips to such conferences, and she felt the Columbia trip is important to STUDENT COUNCIL The new Elementary School Student Council is Jayden Gillespie, Olivia Carter,

works piece-meal and collects a small social security stipend. “The best thing that makes me feel good is that I can help people,” she said. Kennedy often uses her skills as a caterer to help people design nutritious meals from the food they receive at the center. Laurin Pause, the center’s executive director, said that not only has the number of people in need of services increased, but also the client profile. “There are more families in the Interfaith Shelter this year than last,” she said, referring to the temporary shelter that rotates from one faith-based community to another throughout the winter in North County. The Alliance for Regional Solutions Winter Shelter is almost to capacity since opening on Dec. 1. “It usually takes a month for the 200 beds to fill up,” she said. In addition to homeless families, Pause said her caseworkers are seeing more young adults, often only 18 to 20 years old, displaced. “These are kids who come from families that are struggling and can’t afford to support them once they turn 18,” Pause said. The most pressing issue

that contributes to the need for services is the lack of employment opportunities in the area. “There just aren’t enough jobs,” she said. “The health of the job market is critical.” Unfortunately, Pause doesn’t see a light on the economic horizon. As a former business executive, she is dialed into the reality of the economic downturn on businesses. “I’ve had some people tell me they don’t have enough orders (to fill) to start hiring for at least another year,” she said. Kennedy said that her interaction with many of the clients at the center’s food bank sheds light on the faces behind the statistics. “People think Encinitas is a wealthy area but the economy is affecting everybody,”she said. “It’s sad what’s going on here, so many people have lost their jobs.” In her two years as a volunteer and client, Kennedy said she has never seen a higher need for services at the center. “Some people are almost embarrassed to be in the food line,” she said. “I explain to them that it’s OK, we’ve all been there, we’ve all needed help.” “There’s no throwaway people,” Kennedy said. “Everybody is worth a chance.”

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the school. “One of the programs we have been using for several years is the Columbia Model of reading and writing,” Delaney said in a later interview.“In the past, the Columbia program sends teachers to the (Rancho Santa Fe) school throughout the year.

This is the opportunity to send people to Columbia to work with other educators and leaders and bring back information and work with our teachers and staff.” Also at the meeting, the elementary school student council was introduced to the board. They are Seamus

O’Brien, fifth-grade governor; Izzy Enriquez, fifth-grade philanthropy commissioner; Grace Parker, fifth-grade environmental consultant; Millie Mabbutt, sixth-grade governor; Olivia Carter, sixth-grade commissioner; and Jayden Gillespie, sixthgrade environmental consultant.


different types of massages, a private room, prices, the address and phone number. The ad also included a picture of a woman. But the blinds on the windows of Asia ACU Pressure are now closed while investigators continue their investigation. During the operation that led to the six arrests, a high volume of male clients arrived at the acupressure place between 5 and 8 p.m. in search of a masseuse, according to sheriff’s reports. While law enforcement officials were inside the location, many of the male clients appeared nervous at the sight of the law enforcement personnel, according to Mata. The investigators had to shut the lights off and lock the doors to complete their investigation, due to the amount of people coming inside. Mata said that 30 people

were processed and interviewed. None of the people arrested were booked into jail, but were cited and released. They will see a judge at the Vista courthouse within 30 days of their arrest. Last June, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Vista Station conducted a largescale operation that identified nine businesses in the city as potential targets of illegal prostitution activity. The businesses were acupuncture and day spa establishments that were accompanied by a large number of permit applications for massage therapists. During that operation, 26 Chinese nationals were arrested for acts of prostitution, with 24 of them being women, according to sheriff’s officials. All nine businesses were shut down as a result of the operation.



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council members. Kids Korps plans to use the money for its hands-on summer volunteer camps, a program it started for Eden Gardens children and teenagers with help from the city. Councilman Mike Nichols said he did not vote to support the program this year because of limited funds. “Believe me, it was a hard decision to leave that one off but I was trying to work with our reality of trying to keep within our budget,” he said.“I’m not opposed to that program. I was just looking at the funding and had to make a choice.” Reality Changers helps youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to become firstgeneration college students by providing academic support, financial assistance and faith-based leadership training. Although Reality Changers wasn’t among his final recommendations for funding, Councilman Tom Campbell said it was on his maybe list. With a goal to limit spending this year, the council was set to vote on awarding $4,000 to the Community Resource Center and $3,000 each to Kids Korps and Reality Changers. But Nichols made a lastminute request to award the $1,200 requested by Girls on the Run San Diego, which he described as a “feel-good project.” “I don’t know if we can dip a little bit deeper,” he said, “but that seemed like a pretty good program to me, the way that they work at the school.” Girls on the Run is a nationwide program that fosters healthy lifestyle choices, positive body images and self-esteem for girls between the ages of 8 and 12. The organization, which was denied funding last year, will use the money for scholarships for its Solana Beach chapter. Of the 11 applicants,five did not receive any votes and two had only one recommendation for funding. Councilman Dave Roberts sought assurance that all groups not receiving money would be notified about “what a tough year it was and that we just couldn’t” fund them all. Since 2004, council members have awarded grants totaling $25,000 to nonprofit, community-based, nongovernmental groups that serve the city and its residents. Coast Waste Management and EDCO Waste and Recycling Services, the city’s two waste haulers, each contribute $5,000 to the program. The city historically contributed another $15,000. While that amount was budgeted this year, council members said they were hesitant to spend the money because the city has declared a fiscal emergency. They began the process still undecided as to how much money should be allocated this year. They are required to award the funds donated by the waste haulers.

Stefan Hochfilzer said. “There aren’t a lot of enrichment programs, especially after school, so most of these kids are stuck at home and don’t have peer interaction. “We provide opportunities for these kids and teens for social interaction and personal growth,” Hochfilzer said. “Tonight they showcase their talent,” co-founder Matt Winkley said. “You can


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the table and said that I wasn’t going to drive anymore. I thought ‘I’m going to kill someone.’” Today, Potocny spends his time sitting on the couch or updating his blog at his computer. “Mornings are good for him,” Lynn said. “He’s more in tune with the world until around 11 a.m. The downside

see their pride. They glow, and it’s with dignity.” The artwork will remain on display, with some pieces for sale. Kellie Hoff, however, is keeping her “Cancer Ribbon” sculpture for personal reasons, while Charise Miller is giving her “Bird in Paradise” painting as a Christmas gift. “This club has given these girls a sense of empowerment and inspiration and it has helped ease the anxieties of trying new things

with people they didn’t know,” Pam Machala of Xcite Steps said. The recent classes included females between the ages of 16 and 24, but the sessions are open to all who qualify. The next eight-week course will begin in February. “I loved it,” Hoff said of the art club. “I learned there’s an artistic side to me that I didn’t know I had.” Solana Beach residents Winkley and Hochfilzer, who

both have backgrounds in developmental disabilities, started Xcite Steps in 2005. The programs include oneon-one mentoring, social group activities, recreational sports clubs, camps and adult disability services. V i s i t www.excitesteps.com or call (858) 703-7305 to learn more. Re-Gallery, located at 348 S. Cedros Ave., specializes in artifacts made from reclaimed materials that are revisioned and repurposed to create sustainable art.

is that after noon he sleeps.” Potocny says he’s purchased a cremation package, and at some point will take his own life. “I could wake up tomorrow and not know who I am,” he said. “I don’t want to be walking around drooling and wearing Depends.” He is still bitter that Alzheimer’s organizations haven’t capitalized on the deaths of public figures such as former President Ronald

Reagan who have suffered and died of the disease. “See what I mean about being throwaways?” he said. “Nobody cares. This is what my blog has become — yelling because I want someone to hear that we exist and we are dying.” For more information visit w w w. l iv i n g - w i t h alzhiemers.blogspot.com. Potocny’s book, “Living with Alzhiemers’: A Conversation If You Will” can also be pur-

chased on his blog. After publication of the first article last week, Potocny was surprised to receive calls from friends from Alcoholics Anonymous he hadn’t seen in 10 years. “One man said his dad died of Alzheimer’s and he thanked me for being a voice for others,” Potocny said. “I didn’t recognize their names but I did their voices. Hearing from them made doing the story worth it.”

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and cherry notes with nine months in French Oak. Chalone is another Pinot Noir favorite of mine. Karlsen was their winemaker from 1998 to 2007, revitalizing their Pinot program. They have an AVA district named after the winery which sits east of the 101 and Soledad. Estancia is a wellknown name that is situated in the Santa Lucia Highlands with a large property in Paso Robles. This property was formerly called Paul Masson in the early 1960s and like most behemoths, made just two kinds of wine: white and red. Estancia produces 850,000 cases with many supermarkets stocking this value wine. They now offer 12 varietals, from Sauvignon Blanc to a Reserve Meritage. A Pinot Noir creating an emerging buzz is Fog Head and its ’08 release which blends grapes from several sites including the highlands of San Bernabe and Arroyo Seco. The maritime influence of seaside fog travels south through the valley and settles at Fog Head developing a slow maturation with concentrated flavors. The name Galante goes back six generations. Jack Galante’s great grandfather was the founder of the town of Carmel. He later built the Pine Inn and Highlands Inn, still standing as iconic resorts. In 1969 Jack’s parents purchased a 700-acre cattle ranch in the nearby Carmel Valley. Vineyards were planted in 1983, specializing in Cabernet


came back with an offer of returning half, $2,500. Their attorney says that it will cost an additional $1,250 to go to court. It will cost nearly as much in fees as the amount that they are trying to recover. Our children work long and hard for their money and want to recover the total $5,000. As it is, they are out the inspection fees, the attorney fees, and the fact that

GREEN WINERY The Hahn Estate in the Santa Lucia Highlands at 1,200 feet, is a “green” winery featuring Pinot Noir. Photo by Frank Mangio

Sauvignon. The Galante Vineyards and Winery came together as a cowboy themed winery in 1994, with premium estate wines. Today Jack and his wife Dawn operate 700 estate acres that range from 700 to 2,200 feet, making them one of the highest vineyards in Monterey County. The growing season is very long, grapes ripen slowly and the crop is thinned to two tons per acre for highest quality. No pesticides or herbicides are used. Cabernet is the traditional grape at Galante (he makes

four kinds), but his ’08 Olive Hill Petite Sirah is amazing in its accented texture and the ’07 Grand Champion with Malbec, Petite Sirah and Cabernet is rich and robust. And true to form, Jack can sell you a belt buckle with the same name. Larger format bottles come with leather tooled labels and the wine club has “gang” members. Learn more about this blessed wine area by accessing the new website at www.montereywines.org.

they were unable to take advantage of the low interest rate (if calculated over a 30year period). Right now, our daughter has made a formal complaint with the North Carolina Board of Realtors against the selling agent for stating that there was a backup offer and also for hiring a contractor who misrepresented himself as being licensed. What can be done to recover their monies without incurring more attorney fees? It would seem that they have a

just claim to the $5,000, but how much right does the seller has to this binder fee? — Pat, via e-mail

— Il Farro Italian Restaurant in Newport Beach Orange County has a holiday wine dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Featured speaker direct from Italy is Ciro Cirillo, who will pour five Italian wines with a fivecourse gourmet food menu. Cost is $55. Call for RSVPs at (949) 723-5711. — RELM Wine Bar & Bistro in Carlsbad has a complimentary Wine Tasting Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. First five tastes are courtesy of RELM. Wine reps are on hand for questions. For more information, call (760) 809-4207. — Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas is having its year-end wine party from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Call for price and wines at (760) 4792500. — Holiday Wine Cellar is presenting The Grand Holiday Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18. More than 100 wines are presented. The cost is $30 per person. RSVP at (760) 745-1200. — Have a Newport Christmas with wines and a view of their boat parade at Wine Lab on Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., on Newport Harbor Orange County. Five wines and lots of appetizers and artisan cheeses will be offered for $50 each. Call (949) 575-8466 for details. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

that they were likely unrepresented, and the reality is that suing can be very expensive, particularly for a modest amount of money. I would take the $2,500 less attorney fees and learn from the lesson. I am hoping many of my readers will learn as well. Thanks.

Dear Pat: I would be willing to bet a big steak dinner that your children went out and did this all on their own, without having an attorney representing them. People constantly ask me: Just make an offer, what is there to lose? You have articulated it Send questions to Smart Money, P.O. extremely well: There is a Box 503, Elfers, FL 34680, or e-mail great deal to lose. The fact is them to bruce@brucewilliams.com. .



Garden Club that was wellattended.” Plummer said that some of the discourse came after the land value “crashed.” “Now the property is not worth close to what we paid for it,” she said. She said that if future purchases were put before the membership, they could not complain about the outcome. Director Jack Queen pointed out that at the time, there was competition for the land, one being a developer. “I like the concept, but on the other hand I wonder if it would cause us to lose out on things,” said Anne Feighner, director. “I would not support it as it stands.” Queen suggested the item go before the finance committee for discussion. “I think more discussion is needed to take place, if that’s what it takes to do it right,” Doughty said. “It has not been baked enough yet.” Queen said that despite all the ups and downs of buying the property, it was worth it. “I think the Osuna Ranch will be one of the focal points of Rancho Santa Fe,” Queen said. The other bylaw changes were to changes in the California law that regulates homeowners associations; to clean up confusing language; or clean up provisions of the bylaws that cannot be followed for practical reasons. The last time the bylaws were updated was 2006.



Camp fees are $24 for Vista residents and $30 for nonresident. Register online at www.vistarecreation.com.

DEC. 24 CANDLELIGHT SERVICE The Anchor Church in Solana Beach will have a special service from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 24, The Chapel at Santa Fe Christian, 838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach. There will be Christmas carols, special music solos, a short message by Pastor Rick Myatt, and all attendees will be able to participate in the candlelighting ceremony to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. Call (760) 3300670 to learn more.

ONGOING BEAUTIFUL CARLSBAD Exhibit paintings of Carlsbad by Wade Koniakowsky, titled “The Beauty of Carlsbad,” will be featured through Jan. 30, Relm Wine Bistro, 2917 State St., Carlsbad. All works are available for purchase.



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Santa’s little helpers light up my night I hope I haven’t horrified my neighbors. When I finally got around to putting up my Christmas lights this year, I arrived in the front yard decked out rather like a member of a hazmat team. Because my husband keeps an ecologically balanced, pesticide-free yard, we are host to very ambitious spiders all year round. Their webs, old and new, regularly fill the eaves under our roof and generally I leave them in peace. However, those eaves are the same spot where the lights hang, so this time of year, I have to get up close and personal with all of them. As a result, the first thing I donned was my shower cap. Then I put on my grubbiest jeans and sweatshirt and a pair of gardening gloves. The only thing missing was an oxygen tank and mask over my shoulder. In any case, dressed like someone who might wear her clothes into the shower, I set about untangling and hanging the holiday lights. It took me far too long to untangle them, in spite of efforts to pack them so they wouldn’t. It seemed to make it worse and I ended up taking the scissors to some of it in a fit of pique. At that point, the prospect of just running down to the drugstore for more seemed far preferable to wrestling with the knotted strands. It was very much like a scene from a Chevy Chase movie, as I dragged the ladder from place to place along the roof. Of course, I couldn’t find the just-right ladder, and had to use the a-little-too-heavy, a-littletoo-tall ladder. I did not plug the lights in before I hung them, proving only that I have gained nothing from hindsight and rely way too much on good luck. Predictably, they all lit up except for one stretch right on the front of the garage. I then pondered whether to head for the drugstore in weak hope of finding a matching set or use the slightly smaller but similar strings I already had. The existing strings won out, but to minimize the obvious difference in size, I had to unhang and rehang the entire string, connecting the new lights to replace the unlit portion. This is where my luck began to change. I guess TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B11

Warming up are Nativity Prep Academy singers Geczemany Arroyo, Mellie Perez, Cindy Bautista, Letty Gonzalez, Janely Salazar, Yarezth Vasquez and Lesley Castro. Photos by Patty McCormac

Holiday event blends celebration of faiths

Rabbi Levi Raskin of the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe prepares to light the menorah in honor of the Festival of Lights.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Santa Claus was at one end of the event hearing wishes from children, while carolers sang favorite traditional Christmas songs. At the other end, Rabbi Levi Raskin lit the menorah in honor of the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. It was all part of the Holiday Fest hosted by the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market on the crisp, cool evening of Dec. 5 at Del Rayo shopping center. Raskin, of the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe, noted the horrible Lisa White and Randy Sanders, both of Rancho Santa Fe, share a warm forest fires currently plaguing Israel and said he hoped the drink with their friend Sgt. Bryan Treul of Escondido. flames about to be lit would be only for the purpose of goodness. After the lighting and a blessing, the dancing Platt Brothers, who performed on “America’s Got Talent,” did a high-energy routine on the ground in front of the stage. “It’s very multi-cultural this evening,” said Rancho Santa Fe resident Estee Gubbay, who had been dancing with daughter Kayla, 7, a Huddling together for family warmth are the Bucher family of Rancho few moments earlier to the Santa Fe— Claire, 6; Roberta; Eric, 4; and Alex. sounds of the Joef Fargier Band with its unique mix of Flamenco, Bossanova, and jazz music with a Spanish, French and Italian influence. The Saxon Family of Rancho Santa Fe were taking in the music. They The band’s dancer Lisa are Linda, Mark, Brandon and Elliot, 19 months.


Rancho Santa Fe resident, Kendra Isaac Ruiz and Lymari Bocanegra came all the way from Chula Vista to Checketts, 11, runs an errand for Estee Gubbay dances with daughter Kayla, 7, to the sounds of the band enjoy the Holiday Fest. Joef and it’s lead singer Joef Fargier. Santa.


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Visiting the lovely town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road We arrived in lovely little Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, during a light September rain after driving from the province’s north coast. Even in the mist, this UNESCO World Heritage Site looked charming and inviting, but we decided to head indoors to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic on the waterfront. The museum offers a history of and tribute to the fishing heritage of Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Our admission included a guided tour, and our docent held the group in rapt attention as she led us through this impressive landmark.

Our appreciation for fish ‘n’ chips grew considerably as we learned about the lives of the men who brave the ocean’s unpredictable tirades. We heard some stories firsthand from former boat captains who were stationed in the museum’s two dockside fishing boats, the Cape Sable and the Theresa E. Connor. Both had begun their days at sea while in their teens and had spent several decades fishing off the Grand Banks, the rich fishing grounds southeast of Newfoundland. Poking around in the boats’ hulls provided a glimpse of the primitive conditions that fishermen had to endure. The living quarters are close, the diet is no frills, the showers are non-existent, but the danger is plenty. The skies finally cleared, so we took off on foot through picture-postcard Lunenburg,

population 2,300-plus. Established in 1753 on a narrow peninsula nestled between two bays, the town was first settled by German, Swiss and French immigrants brought to Nova Scotia under a British colonization plan. In 1995, it was designated a World Heritage Site because its residents have worked hard to maintain its original appearance, identity and layout. It’s that last factor that makes for steep streets that rival any in San Francisco.The town’s first settlers were determined to strictly follow the British colonial settlement plan, which called for rigid grids. That means they built the streets straight up the hills instead of around them, so it wasn’t difficult to work off some of the delicious seafood we enjoyed at the TURN TO LUNENBURG ON B15

Uses for your old Christmas cards TALL SHIP MUSEUM This tall ship is on temporary display with the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic on the Lunenburg Harbour (English spelling) on the south shore of Nova Scotia. Housed in a former fishing plant, the museum is a narrative about and a tribute to the fishing heritage of Canada’s Atlantic Coast. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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It’s sad to throw away Christmas cards. There’s a bit of guilt when you don’t keep some of them. Hoarding them in a box for years seems as wasteful as tossing them out. You can save some as keepsakes or reuse a few. How have you reused cards? Here are a few ideas. Gift tags: Cut sections into small gift tags for next year. Cut cards into whatever geometric shapes you like or use cookie cutters as a template to cut them into holiday themed shapes. One reader, Kim from Florida, shares: “I used some to decorate goodie bags. I cut out the card front (or picture portion of it) with decorative edged scissors, glued it to the front of a brown paper lunch bag, put the goodies inside, turned the top down a couple of times and punched two holes through, and tied it closed with curling ribbon.” Bookmarks: Cut the prettiest parts of the card into the shape of a bookmark (roughly 1-1/2 inches by 6 inches). Use a hole punch and punch a hole at the top. Add a piece of yarn or ribbon as a tassel. Lacing cards: Glue the card closed. Use a hole punch to punch holes around the edge of the card. Provide shoelaces. Young children can use these to weave through the holes and practice small motor skills. If the holes tear, cut the cards and make small puzzles. Table decoration: Make placemats by cutting off the pretty side of Christmas cards. Place it between a cheap vinyl place mat and a piece of Contact paper and trim excess from the edges. Make a holiday tablecloth by buying a clear vinyl tablecloth and use invisible tape to adhere the cards face down on the tablecloth so they show through the vinyl. New cards: Cut the fronts off and use as postcards (be sure to cut to 4 inches by 6 inches, postcard size, if mailing) or use as recipe cards. Decoupage: Use for craft projects. For example, use ModPodge and add a Christmas card collage to a wooden tray bought at a craft store. Use to serve food or drinks next Christmas. Ornaments: Cut a Christmas card to fit inside a lid from a glass jar. You can paint the lid or glue glitter or sequins around the TURN TO FRUGAL ON B15



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Cities get fluoride in their water COAST CITIES — Certain areas are scheduled to begin fluoridating drinking water beginning Dec. 22. All residents in the city of San Diego, as well as residents of the cities of Del Mar, Coronado and Imperial Beach will be impacted The cities will supplement naturally occurring fluoride and imported fluoridated water in drinking water in order to meet the standards established by the California Department of Public Health. California state law requires water agencies with more than 10,000 water service connections (which includes the city of San Diego) fluoridate their drinking water supplies. However, a public water system is exempt from fluoridating until sufficient outside funding is available. Both the California Attorney General and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office noted that

GREEN WRAP GratitudeGiftBags.com, an online business based in Solana Beach, offers consumers an alternative to paper gift wrap. The fabric bags are made in the United States, in many patterns and sizes. The fabric gift bags are quicker to use than paper, saving time and eliminating the need for scissors, tape, tissue and ribbon. Courtesy photo

Green alternative offered to holiday wrapping paper SOLANA BEACH — You have your holiday gift list. You’ve checked it twice. You found the bargains as the shopping season begins. But how will you wrap all those presents with environmentally friendly options to paper gift-wrap? Some gift-givers are covering presents using the


Church gives to military families SOLANA BEACH — Gift-wrapping this time of year at Calvary Lutheran Church is something to see. Parishioners donated Christmas presents for local military families, and so many parishioners gather to wrap the gifts, that the volunteers have to work in shifts. This year, Calvary members pledged presents for 159 children and adults in 32 Marine and Navy families in San Diego County. The big meeting room beneath the Calvary sanctuary was a beehive of activity Dec. 18 as unwrapped presents lined all four walls. In the middle, teams of wrappers, some composed of entire families, worked at tables overflowing with colorful wrapping paper, tape, tissue and scissors. When they finished with one family’s gifts, they moved on to the next and it was a full eight-hour workday for more than four dozen parishioners. “It’s a long day, but everyone loves it,” said Susie Shattuck, who is heading the annual Calvary Christmas Angels program this holiday season. “The energy is so positive and we have Christmas music, refreshments and the camaraderie of shared work to keep everyone going.” Church members say the big payoff for all their efforts comes the next morning when many of the same volunteers rise early to deliver carloads of toys, bicycles, books, Christmas dinner boxes and other presents. “This is a key part of our Angel program,” said TURN TO GIVES ON B11

comics section of the newspaper, canvas tote bags, old Tshirts, colorful magazine pages, fun fabrics, Japanese Furoshiki wrapping cloths, fanciful pillowcases, and even recycled paper gift wrap from holidays past. The rapidly growing trend, however, is switching from one-use paper gift-wrap to reusable fabric gift bags.

A new and easy way for consumers to transition away from antiquated single-use paper wrap to green alternatives is with reusable fabric gift bags from emerging companies such as Gratitude Gift Bags. “This new trend in cloth wrapping is the ultimate gift: TURN TO PAPER ON B15

Proper drainage essential when designing a landscape URBAN TREES Sculptor Carolyn Guerra, a resident of Fairbanks Ranch, is one of 20 selected artists featured as part of the Port of San Diego’s Urban Trees exhibit this year. Her whimsical, oceanloving creation, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” will be on exhibit through February 2011 in downtown San Diego along a half-mile of Harbor Drive from the Cruise Ship Terminal to Hawthorne Street. Courtesy photo

So you want to landscape your home, your castle, your best investment? Well, let’s take a look at where you might start and how you would go about the art of landscaping while avoiding the pitfalls of inexperience. Most self-help books and even lectures by professionals in any field will begin with the basics trying to guide the beginner toward success and away from failure. Focusing on the frosting before you bake the cake is an altogether common approach by beginners often resulting in dead plants or worse. Too much moisture wick-

KENT HORNER Local Roots ing from the concrete slab into the house, mold and even the structural failures of walls, columns and banks are a common occurrence. This is why drainage and proper irrigation install are probably first on the list of importance when creating your personal dreamscape. Drainage is key and should be designed to remove any and all surface water.

Downspouts should tie into the drainage and be adequate in size to accommodate the run-off of an oversized impermeable roof. Most people stop here with the drainage; in reality, this is only the beginning. To serve many years, drains should not be flexible, permeated with holes or open in any way to the invasion of tree roots. SDR35 is a good quality drainpipe that is semi-rigid and glues together easily with Red Hot Blue glue. It carries water away from the house without saturating the soils near the structure. Drain TURN TO ROOTS ON B11

Ranch soccer league announces holiday camp and tryout dates MODERN HANUKKAH This Hanukkah, many families across the county gathered each night to celebrate the special holiday with one another. The Argoff-Treseders, of Carmel Valley, found a new long-distance way to say their blessings, light the menorah and open gifts with loved ones. Exemplifying the technology-age solutions to long, expensive travel, the family used the Skype program to join their relatives, lighting the menorah with grandma and grandpa all the way in Washington, D.C., via video call. With a webcam and a Skype account, grandma and grandpa were able to see their two young grandchildren as they took part in traditional Hanukkah rituals and opened their gifts. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Soccer League will hold holiday camp and Attack tryouts for Boys and Girls in the Under-7 to Under-9 age groups. More information on both of these items can be found on the league website, www.rsf soccer.com. The holiday camp will be held Dec. 20 through Dec. 23 at the Rancho Santa Fe Sport Field, 16900 Rambla Del Las Flores. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon all four

days and will focus on improving individual skills such as dribbling, passing, finishing, and shooting, as well as speed training and goalie skills. The camp is open to all players ages 5 to 12 and will be conducted by Director of Coaching Malcolm Tovey and his professional coaching staff. The competitive division of the league, known as Attack, will be having tryouts for boys and girls U7–U9 the first week of January. The try-

out flyer along with the tryout waiver form can be downloaded from the league website. Boys tryouts will be Jan. 3, Jan. 6 and Jan. 8 (Monday, Thursday and Saturday) and the Girls will have their tryouts on Jan. 4, Jan. 5 and Jan. 8 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday). The weekday tryouts will start at 3:45 p.m. for all age groups. On Saturday, the boys will come in from 2 TURN TO SOCCER ON B11


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Small surf not necessarily Parking fees set something to look down on to increase again I still remember wetting my pants (not literally) to see “The Endless Summer” at the Santa Monica Civic in the mid-1960s. Like every other surfer and even nonsurfers as far away as Omaha, Neb., where the film sold out in the middle of winter in 1966, I loved that film. It did something more than entertain, however, it freed me, not just to travel to distant shores, but to enjoy small surf. I don’t know the exact line here, but upon discovery of the 2-foot right point break known as Cape Saint Francis, Bruce Brown said, and I quote imperfectly, “If you found an unridden big wave, you would never paddle out. It would be too dangerous.” He then took us over the sand dune to reveal African nirvana as the film’s stars, Robert August and Mike Hyson, glided through Malibuesq perfection, with-

CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes out us realizing that he had spliced the rides together to make them seem longer than they actually were. Nonetheless, the magic worked as we bought tickets for destinations unknown, scouring the world for perfection. While many sought massive liquid bombs of energy on which to test their skill and courage, I was content to find waves no larger than double overhead, with nobody out. Like many of you, I secretly like small waves, something this year has offered plenty of. In this, the coldest, smallest fall on

record, you must learn to be content with such scraps, or starve. You can adapt or go snowboarding. On waves 2 feet and smaller the best idea, as most of you know, is to get a board that won’t lose speed in the smaller, therefore slower surf. This usually means a longboard, or (dare I say it) an SUP. Just last Tuesday, I was out on such a day — knee high perfection at one of my favorite reefs — when my friend Michael stroked over on his stand-up board and began to talk. Michael is an excellent surfer on boards of all types, and I am glad to say, he does not use the extra paddle power of an SUP to his advantage, instead sharing waves with people like me, who struggle to catch a few. But reefs are probably not the best places to score TURN TO SEA NOTES ON B11

By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — A parking ticket in Solana Beach will soon cost $3 more, but the money will go to state rather than city coffers. The state-mandated fee, part of the recently passed budget, will go to the Trial Court Trust Fund. Solana Beach raised parking fines twice last year because of similar circumstances. In March 2009, council raised parking fines by $3. Five months later citations went up another $1.50, for a combined increase of $4.50. The city adopted both increases to recover the amount it is required to

remit to the county for statemandated fees that are being used to rebuild, restore and seismically retrofit many of California’s deteriorating and unsafe courthouses. Without the increases, Solana Beach would be losing money for every parking ticket that is issued. “This is for passing through a fee increase,” Mayor Lesa Heebner said. “We’re not going to be keeping any of it.” Once the new fees go into effect, fines will range from $32.50 for license plate violations to $347.50 for parking illegally in or near disabled stalls and ramps.

Army-Navy offers tickets to golf tourney at Torrey Pines course COAST CITIES — Are you planning to attend the upcoming Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, held Jan. 24 through Jan. 30? You can get discount tickets and help the Army and Navy Academy Warrior Band with its fundraising for various band activities. Tickets are available through the academy for $17, good for a one-day entry into the tournament any day during the weeklong event (parking is not included). Army and Navy Academy will earn $15 for

each ticket sold. Daily tickets at the gate are $32. Checks are accepted and should be made payable to Army and Navy Academy. Tickets will be mailed or delivered to you within five business days. For more information, contact Maj. Mike Donovan at (760) 5475161. The band hopes to use the money to attend the National Memorial Parade in Washington, D.C., on May 30 as well as purchase needed band instruments and continue to grow its program.

Tennis fans serve up special fashions LIVING NATIVITY Volunteers become Roman soldiers in Horizon Christian Fellowship Church’s Living Nativity. Courtesy photo

Living Nativity prep under way RANCHO SANTA FE — Horizon Christian Fellowship Church presents its Living Nativity for the 15th year from 6 to 9 p.m.Dec.17 and from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18 and Dec. 19 at 6365 El Apajo Road.Admission is free.

An all-volunteer workforce began assembling sets and props Dec. 11 and more than 500 volunteers will bring Biblical times to life in costume and in character. Visitors will return to the first century with scenes and dramatic recre-

ations. The Living Nativity has grown from a small Christmas story presentation in the courtyard of Horizon Christian Fellowship, to a four-night family Christmas tradition. There will be food available for purchase on site.

Holidays are delicious at Pala PALA — Executive Chef Robert Camerota has created a holiday culinary masterpiece for Christmas Day dining from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 25 at Choices the Buffet at Pala Casino Spa & Resort. Choices also will feature its traditional Holiday Bread Table and Festive Salad Bar, while Pastry Chef Albert Cruz will offer his decadent selection of more than 80 desserts. The feasting can begin for just $36 per person. Pala Privileges card members and one guest may enjoy Christmas day dinner for $28.80 per person; Gold level cardholders and one guest, $25.20; Platinum, $18, and

Elite members and one guest are free. Reservations are suggested for parties of 10 or more. Call (760) 510-2299. Pala Privileges membership is free at the Privileges Center in the casino. Southern California’s largest buffet will tempt palates with holiday favorites and many special selections including chilled lobster claws, cold Canadian snow crab clusters, fried scallops, fried shrimp with cocktail sauce, a house-made holiday sushi selection, chilled shrimp cocktail, a selection of smoked fish, oysters on the half-shell, Chinese-style stirfried crab, herb-scented

whole roasted salmon, rotisserie free range turkey, Peking duck, carved smoked pork belly, carved rotisserie buffalo roast, grilled rib eye steaks, halibut with tomato relish, honey and clove glazed holiday ham, rosemary and sage crusted pork prime rib, carved slow-roasted beef prime rib, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, root vegetable medley, large mushroom caps with roasted garlic, New England clam bake including lobster, stuffed baked potatoes and creamed yams with brown sugar and marshmallows. For more information, visit www.palacasino.com.

COAST CITIES — Ruth Marvin Webster and her tennis partner Kathy Doherty spent years making puns on the tennis courts. Love all. Get a grip. Tightly strung. Yours. They’d even joked about turning their favorite witticisms into a T-shirt business. So after Webster was laid off in 2008, the pair took the plunge and started Net Wit, starting operations in November off a Facebook page. The website, www. tennisnetwit.com, went up just two weeks ago. An Encinitas mother of three with a 20-year career in marketing and event planning, Doherty grew up in Coronado. Webster, an attorney and freelance writer, is set to ship out with the Peace Corps early next year. Together they play tennis in a recreational league through the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. “It was a real natural for us to start this company since we talk about tennis and clothes all the time anyway,” Doherty said. “And it’s great to apply all those business skills we’ve learned over the years to something we both really enjoy.” If opening a business demands courage, starting

one in the aftermath of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression demands a special steeliness, especially for female entrepreneurs. These women began a company with a good idea, a little help from their friends and an initial joint investment of less than $1,000. In just two months, the pair has already broken even. They are in the process of printing a new batch of shirts with new sayings, and expanding sales to women’s tennis teams. Webster is also sending out shirts to local women’s professional tennis players such as Coco Vandeweghe and Lindsey Davenport in the hope they’ll wear them around town. “We searched the web for cute, different tennis shirts, and there’s nothing out there like ours,” Webster said. Recently, the Encinitas entrepreneurs heard two women at a local coffee shop saying they had seen women playing tennis “wearing the cutest shirts with ‘Love Aal’ and ‘Get a grip’ on them.” Webster delights in the word-of-mouth advertising. “Our first success,” she said.

Departing star keeps his charity in town COAST CITIES — “My recent trade to the Boston Red Sox from the San Diego Padres only enhances the mission and reach of the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation,” former Padres star Adrian Gonzalez said. “We remain committed to helping the youth of San Diego County and Mexico and, now, are eager to work with the Red Sox Community Relations department on projects throughout New England. “My wife and I were born and raised in the San Diego region and plan to spend time here during the baseball off-season. Accordingly, philanthropic efforts and donations will continue to be made in San Diego and Mexico. While we will look to expand our positive efforts to Boston and New England, we have every intention of continuing to give back to the region in which we were raised and where the foundation first began. Betsy and I are thrilled with the progress of the foundation since its establishment, and we are eager to continue working with the many great organizations and individuals that have helped impact youngsters positively.” Established in 2008, the Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation focuses on empowering underprivileged youth through athletics, education and health. The ABGF has supported various charities such as San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital, earmarking funds for MRSA research and awareness, and San Pasqual Academy — a residential educational campus for foster teens, as well as Kids Included Together and Orfanatorio de Mazatlan. The Adrian TURN TO STAR ON B11

Solana Beach seeks volunteers SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach is currently seeking volunteers to fill 18 expiring positions on its five Citizen Commissions. This is an opportunity for Solana Beach residents to participate in local government. Solana Beach residents are encouraged to apply for open positions on the five commissions. Applications are being accepted until Jan. 18 at City Hall. For more information, contact City Hall at (858) 720-2400 or www.cityofsolanabeach.org.



DEC. 17, 2010

DUI checkpoint in Encinitas nets two arrests By Shelli DeRobertis

ENCINITAS — Two people were over the limit and were arrested Dec. 10 during a drunk driving checkpoint conducted by the Encinitas Sheriff’s Station between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. near a residential area on South El Camino Real. The DUI campaign is called Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest, and

targets the entire county and is performed biannually in Encinitas. About a dozen law enforcement officers worked the event and performed random checks of 521 motorists out of 929 vehicles that drove through the checkpoint zone. Five drivers required a field sobriety test, and two of them were arrested.

Nationwide, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent and above. Lt. Jose Sanchez, of San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, said that two to three arrests during a sobriety checkpoint is an average number. “Obviously getting two people off the street is good,” he said.

The checkpoint also included a driver’s license check, and resulted in 14 citations and 11 vehicles being towed. The funding for the checkpoint was provided from a portion of a $400,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

In California, DUI deaths have declined by 16 percent according to the NHTSA. Figures show 1,132 DUIrelated fatalities in 2007, and 950 deaths in 2009. DUI checkpoints are proven to be an effective method in lowering the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers, according to the administration.

Group awards grants to charities SOLANA BEACH — At the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on Nov. 16, the Hand to Hand Women’s Fund celebrated and awarded grants totaling $30,940. The grant winners included four local charities that uphold the core values Hand to Hand was built upon. As a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation, Hand to Hand is a group of more than 40 women in the San Diego area that recognizes local organizations intent on promoting economic self-sufficiency and positive change in the lives of women and girls. In fall of 2010, Hand to Hand sent out requests for proposals and received 19 grant applications from various nonprofit organizations in San Diego County. The group selected Angel Faces, Foundation for Women, MANA and Shakti Rising as this year’s recipients. In line with the Hand to Hand mission statement, Angel Faces provides healing retreats for girls who have experienced severe facial disfigurements. Foundation for Women makes business loans to women at or below the poverty level. MANA offers culturally relevant leadership and mentoring programs to young Latinas. Shakti Rising arranges counseling and lends a helping hand to women who have experienced everything from sexual and mental abuse to depression TURN TO GRANTS ON B11

EAGLE AWARD From left, Scout Masters Steve Jones and Brad Baker congratulate 15-year-old Rancho Santa Fe resident Spencer Wong on earning his Eagle Scout badge, joined by Scoutmaster Kelly Fullerton and Escondido City Councilman Ed Gallo. Wong is a sophomore at Santa Fe Christian High School. He began scouting when he was 6 and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 668 in Escondido. Wong’s Eagle Project included stripping, staining and painting of all the fences in the animal adoption area at Helen Woodward Animal Center, as well as building two wooden storage chests to store animal supplies and toys. Wong will remain with the same troop and help train younger scouts. Courtesy photo

Hospice camp gets generous donation COAST CITIES — Hospice of the North Coast has been given a generous donation of $5,700 from Rancho Santa Fe-based The Country Friends, a 56-yearold charity whose mission and passion are to help the less fortunate. The contribution is specifically earmarked to support HNC’s Camp H.O.P.E., an annual summer Healing Outdoor Play Experience that provides therapeutic activities to grieving children and their families in a serene and fun environment. In addition to a low registration fee, HNC offers scholarships to families unable to pay. According to HNC Executive Director Nerice Kaufman, the organization has benefited over the years from previous The Country Friends donations. “We are honored to be one of a select group of 18 beneficiaries of The Country Friends’ largesse this year,” she said. “The donation enables us to cover the costs of the 2010 Camp H.O.P.E. and begin planning for the 2011 event. As a nonprofit community hospice, HNC goes far beyond the provision of basic bereavement services, which are unfunded. Over the years, demands for these services have increased dramatically, especially in the area of education and support for children and teens.Without the generosity of donors, we would not be able to provide innovative services such as Camp H.O.P.E, fund our counseling center or TURN TO DONATION ON B10

Valley fever not not known to produce hearing loss Dear Dr. Gott: My dog, a friend’s dog and three people I know have been diagnosed with valley fever recently. We live in Arizona, a high-risk area for this disease, but it seems odd to have so many friends develop this at the same time. I assume there would be little difference in treatment between canine and human, so I am hoping you can help me with something I have not been able to get an answer for.Would hearing loss (temporary or permanent) be a side effect of either the disease itself or the medication fluconazole? Thanks for any insight you will be able or willing to share. Dear Reader: Valley fever is caused by a fungus (coccidioides) that is commonly found in the soil of certain areas. When the fungus becomes disturbed — by construction, farming, etc. — it can become airborne. Individuals (or animals) who then breathe in the fungus can then develop valley fever,

DR. GOTT Second Opinion also known as acute coccidioidomycosis. The fact that three people you know and two pets were all diagnosed recently leads me to believe that you all live within close proximity to one another and that whatever disturbed the fungus is fairly close by as well. The fungus that causes valley fever thrives in the alkaline desert soil of southern Arizona, Nevada, northern Mexico and the San Joaquin Valley of California. It is also common in areas with mild winters and arid summers, such as Texas, New Mexico and parts of Central and South America. For some patients, acute valley fever can worsen and

develop into more serious forms, such as chronic or disseminated coccidioidomycosis. This is especially true of moderate to severe cases that go untreated. (Mild cases may not need treatment.) Acute infection is often mild with few or no symptoms. If symptoms do present (typically one to three weeks after exposure), they can include joint pain, fatigue, fever, chills, night sweats, cough, chest pain, headache and shortness of breath. Some may develop a red, spotty rash that may turn brown. It usually appears on the lower legs but can also occur on the chest, back and arms. Occasionally, the rash may have blisters or pimple-like lesions. People who are infected without symptoms may only discover this when a blood or skin test is positive. Some may also have small nodules of residual infection within the lungs that can appear as tumors during a chest X-ray.

In those with symptoms, the disease is highly variable and can take from six months to one year to recover fully. Joint pain and fatigue can last even longer. Severity depends on general health status before infection and the number of spores inhaled. More spores mean more severe infection. Chronic infection is most common in those with weakened immune systems who don’t fully recover. This complication is a form of chronic pneumonia that often alternates between periods of recovery and worsening symptoms. These can include cough, weight loss, low-grade fever, lung nodules, chest pain and blood in the sputum (mucous that is coughed up and out of the lungs). Disseminated infection is the most serious form. It occurs when the fungus spreads outside the lungs to other areas of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, heart, skin and meninges

(coverings of the brain and spinal cord). Symptoms include painful, swollen joints; painful skull, spine or bone lesions; meningitis; and nodules, skin lesions and ulcers. Most cases of valley fever are treated with bed rest and fluids. Careful monitoring by a physician is required so that prescription medication can be given to those who fail to improve after a reasonable amount of time or whose symptoms worsen. For those who do require treatment, prescription antifungal medication (fluconazole, itraconazole) is the most commonly used. For the most severe cases, the IV antifungal amphotericin may be used. These medications all carry some serious side effects that typically disappear after the medication is stopped. These can include allergic reaction, seizures, TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON B6


DEC. 17, 2010


Phone collector has always known his calling By Lillian Cox

SAN MARCOS — Every morning Dan Golden wakes up, gets dressed and pins a badge to his shirt that reads, “Classic Telephone Collector.” “Do you want me to tell you how this badge made me a half million dollars?” he asks. “It starts conversations.” Those conversations lead to business for both his antique phone collection venture he runs out of his San Marcos home and Golden Telecom, his phone installation and repair company located in Oceanside. Golden estimates that he has 500 antique phones valued at $30,000. He has an additional 1,500 he uses for parts to build specific phones on demand. “I keep them for when major motion picture studios call and want the ‘real deal’ for a film,” he says. His most valuable phone is an 1887 long distance transmitter that looks like a Victorian candlestick that is worth about $20,000. “My favorite is the world’s oldest Bell system wall-mounted switchboard made in 1881,” he said.That and all of Golden’s antique phones are operable, and ready to use. He even has a nickel-plated bronze candlestick phone made by Alexander Graham Bell in 1887. “In 1876 Bell was told that his invention was worthless because people weren’t willing to have wires in their home,” Golden said, grinning. “The person went on to say that a telegraph operator could key faster than a human could talk.

QUITE A COLLECTION Dan Golden estimates that he has 500 antique phones valued at $30,000. All of them are operable, and ready to use. Photos by Lillian Cox

You know who said that to him? The chairman of the board of Western Union.” Golden says he harbored an ambition of one day working for the telephone company from childhood. Coincidentally, he spent his youth in Wichita, Kan., daydreaming of being a lineman long before Glen Campbell released his hit song, “Wichita Lineman” in 1968. Golden’s family moved from Wichita to Southern California in 1964. In 1967 he

applied for employment with Pacific Bell but was denied because he was eligible for the draft.Instead,he enlisted in the army. “It was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me,” he said. “My schooling was for line-of-sight microwave and assorted attached gear to end users. This included military telephones. I was a telephone man on steroids.” In 1969 Golden forged a career with Pac Bell, that included being a telephone man and an historian, after being discharged from the military. He attributes working with microwave technology in the army to strong opinions he freely shares about the dangers of cell phone technology today. “We know electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation is a problem,” he said. “In 20 years people will be dying when the problem could have been easily repaired by doing the opposite of what you think.We need more cell towers, not fewer, that put out a lower-intensity signal.” He adds, “We already have the infrastructure in place to put out low-intensity cell sites throughout neighborhoods and businesses. The high-powered ones should only CANDLESTICK PHONE A nickel-plated bronze candlestick phone be needed in desolate areas. made by Alexander Graham Bell in 1887. That’s good because there are

LONG DISTANCE CALL Dan Golden with an antique long distance transmitter which used to be placed at telephone company offices for public use. “In 1891 it cost 50 cents a minute which was half a week’s wages for some people,” he said. “People would talk loud on the phone which resulted in complaints. That’s why they built phone booths.”

no people there.” Golden said the future of the human race will depend on a blended combination of technologies that include satellite, low-intensity cell sites and “other low-intensity but highspeed solutions of an individual nature.” Given the health risks, Golden says he has no plans to purchase a 4G phone even though he knows they will continue to be popular. “As long as people are writing checks for innovative

features, they will get them — even if it kills them,” he said. Golden has acquired many of his antique phones from “pickers” who purchase storage lockers from owners who have defaulted on the rent. He’s earned the name “Mister Payday” for paying higher than normal prices for collectible phones. In October he was invited to participate in an episode of “Storage Wars” filmed in San Diego, which will air soon on the A&E cable network.

AT&T’s approval plummets, but who you gonna call? By Consumer Reports

Most cell-phone users opt for service plans with contracts. In Consumer Reports’ annual cell-phone service survey, more than 90 percent of respondents were serviced under contract from their cellphone provider. The survey also found that despite serving only 26 states, U.S. Cellular was the contract carrier that most were satisfied with, standing out for its value, voice service, and customer service. Verizon Wireless, which held that position for most years since 2003, and Sprint were the highestscoring nationally-available carriers for contract service

and the best choices for most people. Sprint scored better in some aspects of customer service, which was a remarkable turnaround from past years when that was a weak point for the company. AT&T was the only carrier with scores that dropped significantly in the satisfaction survey — and is now positioned in last place overall and in almost all of the 23 markets rated in the report. CR’s other findings include: — No-Contract Options Multiply. Survey respondents with no cell phone contracts made far fewer calls than those with them and rarely

used data. Among no-contract service providers, Consumer Cellular scored highest for satisfaction, followed by TracFone. AT&T GoPhone was the worst provider in this category, receiving low marks for value and voice service. — No-contract service is generally most suitable for light use, but options are expanding beyond bare-bones basics. There are now more conventional phones that provide data service without a contract, a change from the past. And carriers that specialize in no-contract service, including Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, are offering more smart phones.

— Faster 4G Networks Expand. So-called fourth generation networks are expanding, promising data speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G networks. Sprint is the leader, with its 4G network available in about 60 cities throughout the U.S. Verizon said it planned to roll out its 4G network in 38 markets by late 2010 and to a total of 100 million people by the end of 2011. But 4G isn’t necessarily as fast as sometimes claimed, and the speed advantage it does have will be more apparent to those who surf the Web a lot or who use such dataheavy functions as video chat.

Cutting cell-phone costs One-in-five survey respondents reported receiving an unexpectedly high bill in previous years, often for exceeding the plan’s voice, text, or data limits, an experience called “bill shock.” Half of them were hit for $50 and one in five for more than $100. CR suggests the following tactics to cut cellphone costs and avoiding “bill shock:” — Monitor use and act as needed. Check your use midway through the billing cycle via device settings or TURN TO CONSUMER ON B11


high cholesterol or triglycerides, insomnia, vertigo, low potassium, tremor, drowsiness and much more. Now, you specifically asked whether valley fever or fluconazole are linked to hearing loss. Based on the above information, I don’t believe they are; however, because I live in New England, valley fever is not an issue for us, so I am fairly unfamiliar with it. If you are concerned, speak to your physician about it. Because valley fever can become a chronic lung disorder, I am sending you copy of my Health Report “Pulmonary Disease.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a selfaddressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGottMD.com. Dear Dr. Gott: I’ve noticed several over-thecounter medicines for ringing in the ears. Do any really work? Dear Reader: I recommend you see a physician or otolaryngologist first to make sure there is no discharge, pain, underlying cause or other undiagnosed reason for your condition. Perhaps you are on a medication with tinnitus as a side effect. Should this be the case, a simple modification of the drug strength or brand might be in order. If nothing is found, there are a number of OTCs you might consider, including Lipo-Flavonoid,lignocaine, melatonin, setraline, botulinum toxin and others. Herbals include ginko biloba, vincamine extracted from periwinkle, or sesame seeds. The herbs mentioned are purported to increase the flow of blood to the head and neck. Beyond that, I cannot guarantee you will find relief from OTCs, herbs or prescription drugs. When you speak with your physician, who knows your medical history, ask for a recommendation. Your pharmacist will also be an excellent resource in this regard. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 605-7176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.


DEC. 17, 2010


Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club gets ’sassy’ RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club sparked the season with its Sassy Santa Boutique on Dec. 8. The boutique was a joint fundraiser for the good works of both the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and the Rancho Santa Fe Chapter of Rotary International. “In order to provide a wide array of items for purchase, this boutique is juried, meaning that we picked among many applicants, to give our customers the very best selection of a wide assortment of products,” said Heather Manion, Rotary Club event co-chairwoman. “This was a perfect way to utilize our great facility,

right here in the Ranch,” said Garden Club President and Event Co-Chair Helen Dizio. “Besides, we love partnering with the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, who has an amazing reputation for good works in San Diego.” Chartered in 1959, and currently having 84 very active members, the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe has many philanthropic events. The Rotary Club is a strong supporter of San Pasqual Academy, Rosarita Beach Blanket and Food Drive and Angel Faces. A strong partnership has been formed with Camp Pendleton and USO Events. Other activities include the TURN TO SASSY ON B8

SASSY SANTA Above, Danica Hirsch, co-owner of Barrels and Branches, 1452 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, enjoyed the day as part of The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club’s Sassy Santa bazaar. Left, Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club members Kris Charton and Carol Degrazier got into the spirit. Right, Teri Brand from Twigs by Teri, 155 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, helped decorate the holiday season as part of the bazaar. Courtesy photos


DEC. 17, 2010


Daughter of legendary theater family says ‘Hello Trouble’ By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Susanna Kurner is a member of Carlsbad’s beloved Kurner theatrical family. Grandmother Louise Crane, 101, was involved in community theater beginning in the Great Depression. Mother Laura Kurner, sister Kristianne Kurner and nephew Jonah Gercke followed in her footsteps.Today, Kristianne is executive artistic director of the award-winning New Village Arts Theatre and Laura manages the adjacent Art Foundry

of artist studios. Susanna took a slightly different route. She is a classically trained opera singer who’s able to perform in German, Italian, French and Czech. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998, she moved to Los Angeles to be closer to Kristianne and her newborn nephew, Jonah. It was there that she decided to confront her fears and realize a lifelong dream of becoming a jazz singer. “Growing up I remember

my parents playing Ella Fitzgerald albums and falling in love with the music,” she said. “Jazz was what I wanted to sing but I didn’t think I was hip enough.” She began taking private lessons and performing in showcases hosted by her teacher. “I was able to let go of the preconceived notion that I didn’t have any soul,” she said. “I have soul, just a different kind.” When she returned to the family home in Carlsbad in 2001 she started a jazz trio and began performing at the Pannikin in Del Mar. Her singing got another boost when she was introduced to the Alexander Technique. “I wanted to get back into singing classical and began voice lessons with Dr. Sarah Lopez,” she said. “She told me to learn the Alexander Technique for better breath support and referred me to Eileen Troberman in Encinitas.” The technique was developed by the late F.M. Alexander, an Australian actor who realized that tension in his neck and body was causing chronic laryngitis. His method is designed to help people rid their body of harmful tension, manifested in slouching and tight shoulders, and re-direct these habits to move freely. This, in turn, results in a better sense of well-being. “I had issues with anxiety which significantly decreased,” she said. “Then my breathing and performance improved.” Susanna was so impressed with the results that in 2006 she

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moved to Charlottesville, Va., and enrolled in a three-year course at the Alexander Technique Center to become a certified teacher herself. When she completed the program a year ago she returned to Carlsbad and opened her own school. “Today I teach both the Alexander Technique and singing,” she said. “I can teach the Alexander Technique without singing, but I can’t teach singing without the Alexander Technique.” For information about the

Alexander Technique, visit www.northcountyalexander technique.com. Last spring Susanna stretched herself again by starting a “retro country” band, Hello Trouble. In addition to performing, she writes many of the songs, which she says are inspired by Hank Williams and Buck Owens. Big sister Kristianne approves of her new direction. “Susanna has performed opera, jazz, musical theatre and many other vocal styles, but when I heard her sing with

Hello Trouble, I felt like she had completely found the right genre for her,” she said. “She performs with such joy and energy that it is a thrill to watch. Although, I still love to hear her pop out an aria or two.” Susanna and jazz guitarist Adrian Demain will be performing at the Urban Bar and Grill at 827 Fifth Ave. in San Diego at 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Hello Trouble will be performing at the Royal Dive,


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SLEIGH BELLES Mollie Frager, 11, Abby Stordahl, 11, and Lucy Stordahl, 14, get ready for their horse-drawn carriage ride to begin.

FLAKE FIGHT Youngsters of all ages enjoy tossing snowballs from a pile of the white stuff that somehow found its way to St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

Del Mar celebrates a winter wonderland By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Snowball fights, strolling carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides highlighted the downtown winter wonderland hosted by the city and the Del Mar Village Association. The Dec. 5 event also included a cake walk, holiday craft activities, restaurant tastes, a fun zone, a gift bazaar and an opportunity for youngsters to share their wish lists with Santa. Part of the proceeds benefit local schools. The annual celebration culminated with a holiday music concert and the commu- REIN IT IN Colleen Finch, left, and Joann Jackson take area residents on horse-drawn carriage rides through the streets of downtown Del Mar. nity tree-lighting ceremony.

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Fire in clothing dryer threatens house RANCHO SANTA FE — Firefighters from the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District along with firefighters from the city of Encinitas responded to a call of a structure fire, but found and were able to swiftly extinguish a fire in a clothing dryer, in the 6400 block of Primero Izquierdo, the afternoon of Dec. 8. Four fire engines, one ladder truck, one medic unit, and one battalion chief responded to the incident. No injuries were reported. The residents, who were home at the time, were able to safely evacuate

and were not displaced. Damage was estimated at $2,500. The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the district spans approximately 38-square miles and protects over 27,000 citizens. The Fire District operates out of four full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe and 4S-Ranch.

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EYES ON THE PRIZE The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 22 for new member Solana Beach Family Optometry, 977 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite B. Solana Beach Family Optometry offers eye care plus a full-service optical department. For 13 years, Kristin Peterson-Salgado has practiced medically based optometry with a focus on ocular disease, geriatrics, traditional and hard-to-fit contact lenses, diabetic exams and Lasik or cataract surgery pre-operative exam. Courtesy photo

Pet adoption event highlights the holidays RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 490,000 orphan pets woke up in their new homes on Thanksgiving after being adopted during the first eight weeks of the Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive. Helen Woodward Animal Center and IH4TH officials are working to reach a goal of 1.5 million adoptions by Jan. 3. The 12th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays drive began Oct. 1. The 3,864 participating animal shelters and pet rescue organizations in 22 countries around the world report 492,017 pet adoptions. The current num-

bers included 258,234 dogs and puppies, 223,383 cats and kittens and 10,400 other pets. “While we’ve completed more than 5.1 million adoptions since the drive began in 1999, we continue to focus on one adoption at a time,” Helen Woodward Animal Center Spokesman John Van Zante said. “Our goal is to match the needs of each pet with the desires of its new family.” “The 25 participating groups in San Diego County are leading more than 3,800 others worldwide,” he said. “This year we’re joined by

animal shelters and pet rescue groups in India, Columbia, Lebanon, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Qatar. “Iams Home 4 the Holidays saves lives. Many of these pets would be euthanized if they’re not adopted. It also takes business away from puppy mills during their most profitable time of year. We’re all in favor of that.”

Iams Home 4 the Holidays representatives will ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 23, but Iams Home 4 the Holidays continues through Jan. 3. To locate participating animal shelters worldwide visit www.home4theholidays. com, visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road, or call (858) 756-4117.


www.TheCountryFriends.org. The nonprofit Hospice of the North Coast was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County. Since its inception, it has grown in services, staff and clients; it currently provides a full spectrum of programs to terminally ill clients and to their families, including bereavement support. To fulfill its mission of maintaining dignity, comfort and the highest quality of life for those it serves, regardless of ability to pay, Hospice of the North Coast hosts fundraising events, operates a family support camp and resale shop, and maintains a cadre of volunteers.


train the hundreds of interns who have progressed to professional mental health careers grounded in grief and loss.” In its award letter to HNC, The Country Friends President Jeanne Lucia said, “The Country Friends commends your organization for the work you do.” The Country Friends was formed in 1954 to fulfill a stated need to “help others to help themselves.” To date, through multifaceted efforts and events, it has raised more than $12 million to support human care agencies throughout San Diego County. More information on the group is at

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and low self-esteem. Although these four groups are a small number of the many influential organizations in the San Diego area, the members of Hand to Hand have chosen them because they are standouts empowering change and selfreliance in the lives of women in our community. For more information about Hand to Hand, visit www.coastalfoundation. org.



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boxes that daylight to the surface must have plastic built-in mini-reservoirs that catch sediment and soils at the bottom of the drain box as the water circulates from the surface into the drainpipe system. This prevents the buildup of sediments in the drainpipe and allows for easy cleaning from the surface. Where does the water go? Typically, in older homes, the run-off goes into the gutter and then the storm drain system along with engine oil, gas, brake dust and fertilizer. Now, cities are requiring that run-off be treated through a series of natural applications on site that slow it down, and return much of the moisture back to the earth. For example, new construction in Encinitas requires that a seepage pit be placed on the property to collect rain run-off from the roof and surrounding landscape and allow it to re-enter the soils below grade.Technically, no water is supposed to leave



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free fun. One warning: beach breaks tend to shift around a lot and the little wave you score today could be nonexistent by this time next week. So, the surf is tiny again today and I for one am stoked on that. I have my little spot staked out and there’s nobody on it. So, if I am complaining in my next column, please write and tell me to shut up and deal with it. Surf’s down and I’m all over it.

good, small surf. When the waves drop below shoulder high, I generally find myself heading to the beach breaks, which don’t tend to slow down the little dribblers that are already having a difficult time breaking. There are some excellent sandbars in the area this year and I am glad to report that those invasive surf cams are not often focused on them. What this means is that Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of you can find your own little four books on surfing. E-mail him at spot and enjoy hours of care- cahrens@coastnewsgroup.com. the property. This is facilitated by digging a 5-foot-by-5foot-by-5-foot pit, lining it with filter fabric and filling it with one to two inches of gravel. The drainpipe from the yard enters the pit vertically and forms a T at the bottom with perforations along the sides of the pipe to allow for percolation. Perforations on the vertical stand pipe also help distribute the water into the gravel as the pit eventually fills with water during heavy rain. This system has great merit but it has been my experience that when the 100-year rain makes an appearance, like it has for the past few years, the gravel perk pit cannot accommodate all the run-off and problems begin. Most lots built in the last few decades are graded so that they all drain naturally to the street. The back of the lot is usually higher than the front, depending on the location, and water will naturally course along the sides of the home (if graded properly) and eventually make its way

to the street where the storm drains are located. In most cases placing the drainage pit near the front or in a low spot and away from the house is probably the best location for it. If the rain is continuous and fills the pit, the water will begin to back up the drainage pipe preventing the surface drains from working. Having an escape for the drainage into your yard at a low spot away from the house is a very good idea at this point. If it rains long enough, the surface of the soils becomes saturated and any further moisture will take a while to be absorbed eventually becoming run-off. Protecting your home is the landscaper’s first job. Design, beauty and functionality must work together to accomplish this primary goal.


seem fun and I was ready to give them just about anything their little hearts desired in gratitude. They settled for a popsicle. Aren’t kids great? I already had my tree up or I would have drafted them for that as well. I’m trying to figure out a way to coax them over to wrap my presents. Too much? Hey, I’ll pay them handsomely in cookies.


the Christmas gremlins decided I had been hassled enough. Up walked two of the adorable fifth-grade girls from the school where I work, two of the cutest and most amenable. They offered to help and did not even laugh out loud at my weird get-up. They actually thought the shower cap looked kind of cute. Between the three of us, we got the lights down, rearranged and rehung in no time. They made the tedious

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to 3:30 p.m. and the girls from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All of the tryout sessions will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Sport Field. The Attack competitive soccer program offers teams in every age group from U7 to U19 for those who are interested in a higher level of play. These teams are coached by a highly qualified international coaching staff that train and develop players who aspire to play in college and beyond. Competitive coaching focuses on skill development in the younger age groups and

with the gifts.� “In many of the families we adopt, a parent is deployed to a war zone, and maybe not for the first time,� she said. “We’re never certain exactly how the family is feeling or how we’ll be received. Sometimes the delivery visit

is brief — the team drops off the gifts, exchanges Christmas greetings and then goes on to the next delivery. Other times, we’re invited in to play with the kids, hold the baby, walk the dog, bake cookies or help the family set up the Christmas tree.�

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plants. For more information, visit “Water Fluoridation� at sandiego.gov/water/quality/fluoridation.shtml or call the San Diego Public Utilities Department at (619) 515-3500. Customers who have health questions should consult with their medical or dental practitioner.

tactical abilities for the older players. Skill development for players is always the focus with winning as the main objective. Tovey has been with the league for 13 years and is one of the most well-known and respected coaches in Southern California having been involved with youth soccer here for almost 30 years. The league’s mission is to develop the passion for the game throughout the community and through soccer have fun, build character and develop an appreciation for the rich spectrum of the world’s cultures. “Our goal at Attack is to

provide the Rancho Santa Fe soccer community with the resources and support needed to learn about the game, and for all youth who want to play, we pledge to provide the highest level of coaching and to organize quality competitions for all levels of play,� Tovey said. “We want to give each player the best opportunity we can to develop by providing only the best in all areas of the game.� Questions about the holiday camp or the upcoming tryouts can be directed to the league office at (760) 479-1500 or by e-mailing Marilee Pacelli, director of league operation, at Marilee@rsfsoccer.com.


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drinks were offered to warm up the chilly evening. Although showers threatened and the mercury dropped, several hundred fest-goers seemed to be content enjoying the holiday atmosphere wrapped in coats and winter scarves. Huddling together to share family warmth were the Bucher family — 6-year-old Claire, mother Roberta, father Alex and 4-year-old Eric from Rancho Santa Fe. On the sidelines warming up were a group of volunteer singers from Nativity Prep Academy in San Diego. Rehearsing were Geczemany Arroyo, Mellie Perez, Cindy Baustia, Letty Gonzalez, Janely Salazar, Yarezth Vasquez and Lesley Castro. Rancho Santa Fe residents were not the only ones enjoying the evening. Isaac Ruiz and Lymari Bocanegra came all the way from Chula Vista for the event and were enjoying food, drink and the entertainment. “It’s great!” Ruiz said “Love it!” added Bocanegra. smaller is preferred. You can mail them to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Recycled Card Program 100 St. Jude’s Street Boulder City, NV 89005 877-977-SJRC (7572) You can buy cards from them, too. Visit www. stjudesranch.org/store. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, moneysaving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail sara@frugalvillage.com.

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to the Earth,” said Solana Beach resident and Gratitude Gift Bags owner Barbara Nelson. GratitudeGiftBags.com, an online business based in Solana Beach, offers consumers a bright and easy alternative. This company sells fabric bags made in the United States, in a multitude of stylish patterns and sizes. The fabric gift bags are quicker to use than paper, saving time and eliminating the need for scissors, tape, tissue and ribbon. Gratitude Gift Bags was conceived in part as a tribute to the ideals of Marilyn, the late sister-in-law of the company’s owner. For more than 20 years, Marilyn created her own unique fabric bags and gave them as presents to her friends and family. Founded in 2009, Nelson wanted to build on her sister-in-law’s legacy. For more details, visit www.gratitudegiftbags.com. As consumers make their annual gift-wrap purchases, Nelson suggests they consider the environmental impact of paper wrapping. Most paper gift-wrap ends up in landfills. Studies show that between Thanksgiving

after reading about it in an airline magazine, said Guevremont, who ran a stock photography business. He and Mackay, a 30-year veteran of the film industry, discovered the old blacksmith building at the east end of town and knew it was to be the home of the Ironworks distillery. “Ours is not a flavored vodka,” Mackay emphasized. “It’s made from the fruit.” That can mean adding cranberries to the apples, both of which grow abundantly in Nova Scotia. They most recently began transforming other local fruits into deliciously sweet and smooth brandies. “Larger distilleries stick with a product, Guevremont said, “but we like to experiment.”

Great gifts for gadabouts With the new TSA regulations, you can’t lock your bags — or can you? The answer is yes, if you have a WordLock. You can secure your luggage without having to remember and New Year’s output of trash increases by 25 percent. Each year an extra 4 million tons of trash goes into the landfill from paper gift-wrap. “If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields,” according to a Carnegie Mellon Green Practices Initiative report. Most gift-givers don’t think about the numerous square miles of trees eliminated; the massive use of water and chemicals during the processing of the pulp; the energy wasting heating, drying, flattening process; followed by even more chemicals applied to dye, flock, or print patterns onto the fragile paper. After the unnecessary deforestation, wasted energy and processing in toxic chemicals, what our communities end up with each holiday season is billions of pounds of one-use gift wrap that will be ripped off in a holiday morning frenzy, thrown in the trash, and headed for the landfills. Emerging innovative companies such as GratitudeGiftBags.com provide compelling new options.

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