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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association approved the request by the golf club to allow members in good standing for at least 10 years, who have sold their property and moved from the Covenant, to retain their membership in the club. The approval came during its meeting on Feb. 17 which was held at the community center because of the large number of people, about 100, who wanted to speak on both sides of the issue. “The most valuable asset in the community is everyone who is here,” Association President Tom Lang said before the discussion began. Partially motivated by compassion and partially by finances, the modification to the club’s plan of operation allows members who have moved away for a number of reasons — including health and financial — to be allowed to stay on and continue the social relationships they have had for years. But, it will cost them at least 10 percent more than regular members. They also may not serve on a board or committee and may not use any other Association facilities. Former resident memberships will be offered on a year-to-year basis, and will be reviewed yearly by the

CLOSE TO HOME A string of daytime burglaries has struck the Ranch since the beginning of the year, and police say caution residents to stay alert A3

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A local group, with support from the community, offers a dignified burial for abandoned newborns B2

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Association. Jim Boyce, golf membership chair, said the new classification of membership would financially help the golf club because play is down about 12 percent, not only in Rancho Santa Fe, but nationwide. The Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club statistics show at least 100 members have been lost in the past five years and that fewer members are signing up. There are less than 20 new members a year currently where once it was an average of 40. “We are just trying to keep some of our friends around who lost their social and athletic lives when they left the Covenant,” Boyce said. “It allows these good friends to remain good friends.” Additionally, the golf club has a $7.7 million outstanding debt for the construction of the player’s clubhouse. The new membership classification would help retire that debt while taking on additional members. On the other side of the issue were people like Holly Manion, who has lived in the Covenant for 56 years, has actively sold real estate there for 32 years and who has been a golf club member of 20 TURN TO GOLF ON A14

Horizon Prep’s first-graders recently celebrated the 100th day of the school year with costumes to make them look 100 years old. The students brought out their best centenarian gear, including gray hair, canes and glasses. Above, Camryn Remy leads the Pledge of Allegiance in her 100th Day attire. Courtesy photo

Resident questions spending on Del Mar Fairgrounds By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Despite its name, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is owned by the state, not the city in which it is located, and governed by a nine-member board of directors appointed by the governor. So to some it may seem odd that the current board — a few of them Arnold Schwarzenegger appointees — is opposing the proposed sale of

the facility that was negotiated by the former governor’s office. And at least one person is questioning the board’s decision to allocate money, after the fact, to address the impacts of a bill that would authorize the $120 million sale. During the public comment period at the Feb. 8 meeting, Del Mar resident Laura DeMarco asked board members

why they had just approved two contracts, one of which had already expired and another that was halfway to that point. One agreement was with a public relations firm, Southwest Strategies LLC, for “Consultation Services and Development of Public Awareness Campaign TURN TO FAIRGROUNDS ON A13

HOT TOPIC About 100 people came to the Association meeting Feb. 17 to speak on both sides of the proposed former resident member issue that would allow people who have moved to the Covenant to retain their memberships to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Photo by Patty McCormac

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

FEB. 25, 2011

ODD FILES

Burglaries on the rise in Ranch

by CHUCK SHEPHERD

LEAD STORY Getting Old, Young: (1) Jack Smeltzer broke a record in the tractor pull championships in Columbus, Ohio, in January — doing a “full (tracklength) pull” of 692 pounds. Jack is 7 years old. The National Kiddie Tractor Pullers Association (holding 80 events a year for ages 3 through 8) uses bicycles instead of motors. Ms. Brooke Wilker, 5, was the youngest champ, lugging 300 pounds 28 feet. (2) Walmart announced in January that it would soon offer a full line of makeup especially for 8-year-olds (and up), by GeoGirl, including mascara, sheer lip gloss, pink blush and purple eye shadow, all supposedly designed for young skin. (An executive of Aspire cosmetics said her research revealed a potential market of 6-year-olds.)

Government in Action! • Everyone washes hair, but those who want a license to apply shampoo in Texas need 150 hours of training, with 100 hours in “theory and practice of shampooing,” including a study of “neck anatomy.” A February Wall Street Journal report on excessiveness of state regulation highlighted California’s year-long training to be a barber, Alabama’s 750-hour schooling standard for a manicurist’s license, and Michigan’s 500 practice hours for performing massages. (By contrast, many less-tightly regulated states seem not to suffer. Connecticut, without licensing, fielded only six complaints last year against manicurists — four of which involved disputes over gift cards.) Next up for licensing, perhaps: cat groomers in Ohio. • What Budget Crunch? The South Florida SunSentinel reported in January that despite an array of pressing problems, the Broward County public school system has paid about $100,000 per year since 2004 to build and maintain special gardens at selected schools in order to lure butterflies for pupils to study. • Government That Works: (1) The 2009 federal stimulus program came through just in time with $34,000 for the U.S. Department of A g r i c u l t u r e ’ s Kearneysville, W.Va., laboratory. Work on the recent dangerous increase in Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs was in jeopardy because money had run out for design of a workable air distribution system for the offices. (2) The City Commission of San Antonio, Fla. (population 1,052), passed an ordinance in January restricting, to a tiny portion of town, where TURN TO ODD FILES ON A13

By Patty McCormac

WARM FUZZIES Golden Labradors Amber and Libby will be on hand for the 2010 annual pet therapy event, Patients and Pups, honoring volunteer handlers and their pets from 10 to 11 a.m. March 2 in the Volunteer Services Workroom at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla. The educational program discusses the benefits of pet therapy in a hospital setting. Meet some of the volunteer pet therapy dogs at Scripps and learn from a panel of certified pet therapy professionals, who will share the healing effects that pets have on humans. This program is open to the public and is especially beneficial for anyone interested in certifying their dog for the Scripps Pet Therapy program. Do not bring pets to the workshop; it’s an educational opportunity for humans only. For questions or registration, contact Sandy Dooley at dooley.sandy@scrippshealth.org or (858) 626-6076. Courtesy photo

Ranch residents help homeless students By Patty McCormac

He said the city has “bent building and location for the over backwards,” to help this RANCHO SANTA FE — school,” he said. The board member asked happen. When the new, expanded The school for homeless Monarch School opens at its McLaren to join the board and new site in 2012, two Rancho the hunt for the new school site. children was founded in a store“Finding a campus down- front in 1988. It is supported by Santa Fe residents will have a the county school syshuge part in its creation and town is difficult,” he tem just like any other the advancement of its mission said. It has to have school, but there is a access to trains to help homeless private, nonprofit and the trolley children. organization called the because that is the Mark McLaren Monarch School way they (the stuand Judy Roberts, Project that works on dents) get there or the newest members behalf of the students’ they don’t get of the board of direcJUDY overall well-being.This there.” tors, each have much ROBERTS includes food, health Time was of to offer the school in MARK the essence because the and dental care, clothing and downtown San MCLAREN school was quickly out- personal hygiene. Diego. Roberts said she got McLaren, with a back- growing its building with its involved because of a friend of ground in real estate, helped 170 students. The board enlisted the aid hers she has golfed with for locate the new, much larger campus and Roberts has many of John Casey of Cushman years, Julie Dillon. She went good ideas about how to raise Wakefield and within weeks, a down to take a tour of the awareness of Monarch through- new site was found near the school and was hooked. Metro Transit Center and a To Roberts, the mental out the county. McLaren has been on the block away from buses. It has images of children, whose board for about a year and a room for expansions and one of alarm clocks are the sprinklers half, but he and wife Kathy, an the selling points is it was that go on automatically in a educator, have been annual owned by the city’s redevelop- park, haunted her. “To conjure up these donors for a number of years. ment agency. It is a 25-year-old “Then one of the board warehouse, on 2.2 acres with images is frightening to an members who I’ve known for 50,000 square feet.The existing adult, can you imagine a 10decades came to me and said facility is 10,000 square feet in year-old?” she asks. Roberts became the head they were looking for a new size.

of the outreach committee. “I do enjoying coming up with creative ways to get (the name) Monarch out there,” she said. She said she has an idea of putting together a presentation program for young people in fraternities and sororities. “We can ask if they want to do internships,help or volunteer or throw their own little fundraiser at their sorority house,” she said. Roberts, who was one of the first female pilots for UPS, also has a background in theater arts and speech, which she taught for a time. She would like to enhance Monarch’s after-school programs with some drama programs. “They can take on a role and get their feelings out,” she said. She also believes the children should have speech classes, because even if they are “the smartest kid on the block,” if they don’t speak well, they won’t be heard. Both Roberts and TURN TO HOMELESS ON A14

Workshop educates parents on cyber bullying By Shelli DeRobertis

CARLSBAD — A teenager who receives 10, 20 or 30 text messages within one hour from a partner who wants to know where they are and what they are doing, is a victim of cyber bullying in a relationship, according to a cyber educator at Vista Community Clinic. The presentation There’s no Hiding in Cyberspace was held at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Valley Middle School for parents, and cyber educator Jon Moffat shared topics on a large screen that ranged from “sexting,” to online privacy measures and cyber bullying. The event was held as an

information session to help bridge the technology gap between parents and their teenagers. “One-in-four teens say they have been called names, harassed or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting,” Moffat said. Another 10 percent of teenagers aged 13 to 19 have sent nude or semi-nude photos of themselves electronically, while 29 percent had received a nude or semi-nude photo that was meant to be private but was shared with them, he said. The technology abuse study that Moffat cited showed that more than half of

the teenagers had sent sexually explicit text messages. “In California, sexting can result in pornography charges,” he said. Sexting is handled caseby-case, but a person can even be charged if their face is not showing, Moffat said. Aside from potential legal issues that can arise from sexting, the cell phone opens the door for dangers to enter. Moffat said that a sixthgrader told him that she was getting pictures sent to her phone from a guy who said he went to her school. The pictures were of a male in the shower, he said.

“Turns out, it was a creeper guy trying to get to know her,” Moffat said. A fairly easy-to-remember and simple rule that parents can teach kids is for them not to let a stranger borrow their phone — ever. Moffat borrowed a phone from an audience member and showed how simple it was for a predator to gain future access to a child by pretending he needed to make a phone call with their phone. The predator approaches a child and asks to use his or her phone, and he then calls his own number, which TURN TO BULLYING ON A14

RANCHO SANTA FE — Lock your doors and turn on your alarms when leaving your home because there have been seven burglaries in the Covenant since the first of the year, said Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. Wellhouser said all of the burglaries are occurring during the daytime hours and entry into the homes has been without force in most cases. It appears that the suspects are most likely approaching the house and knocking on the door. If someone does answer they maybe will ask for work or some other ruse. When no one answers, they proceed to look for a location to gain entry. “We urge everyone to lock their homes when they leave, turn on alarm systems and report people coming to the door looking for work that seem suspicious,” Wellhouser said. The burglaries have occurred at: — 5400 Los Mirlitos on Feb. 16 — 16800 Los Morros on Feb. 11 — 6200 San Elijo on Feb. 8 — 6100 Lago Lindo on Feb. 1 — 6800 El Camino Del Norte on Jan. 24 — Vehicle burglary at 16400 La Via Feliz on Jan. 17 — 5800 San Elijo on Jan. 8 To report suspicious people or activity, call the patrol at (858) 759-8588, ext. 104. For more information, visit www.rsfpatrol.blogspot. com or www.rsfassociation .org.

Star shares times with students RANCHO SANTA FE — It is one practice the Horizon Prep Lions will never forget. Bill Walton, National Basketball Association Hall of Famer and student of legendary coach John Wooden, recently led practice on the sport court at Horizon Prep for an afternoon of hard work and powerful words. True to Coach Wooden form, Walton made all the athletes tuck in their shirts, and tighten up their shoelaces. He explained these are the building blocks to success for a fundamentally sound basketball player. Walton demonstrated how even the basic skills of holding the ball properly and making a twohanded pass are essential to developing one’s game. “As a math teacher TURN TO STAR ON A14


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Encinitas interim city manager makes a nice gig if you can get it By George D. Hejduk

Seeking qualified writer for weekly local column The Coast News Group is looking for a new columnist to write a weekly opinion column to run on our Op Ed pages. We are looking for an opinionated column writer who is immersed in local issues. From hot-button issues to talk around town, as long as it relates to coastal North County, we want to hear about it. We are only looking for LOCAL writers with opinion writing experi-

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Ethics disconnect with City Hall By Andrew Audet

Unethical behavior that hides conflicts of interests from the public erodes our liberties. Citizens must demand ethics and elect council members who are willing to hold each other accountable for malfeasance. Stocks and Bond wanted Dalager re-elected. They have never said Dalager did anything wrong. They knew Dalager had admitted to taking loans, appliances and failing to file proper disclosure forms. They don’t think taxpayers deserve better. If they had their way Dalager would be in

office today. In learning of Dalager’s guilty plea, Bond said he would have “pursued” the charges, meaning he must believe Dalager was above the law. Bond might be the only guy in town still supporting Dalager’s “Ihave-done-nothing-wrong” broken campaign promise. Stocks’ comment to the guilty plea was, “Dalager served the community well.” In endorsing Dalager, Stocks endorsed the ethics that citizens should be kept in the dark. There appears to be a disconnect between the ethics of ordinary citizens and the politics of Stocks

and Bond. Residents asked Dalager to resign for violating the public trust — Stocks and Bond discredited them in the press. Taxpayers demanded city government do business in the light of day — Stocks and Bond campaigned for Dalager’s closed-door ethics. Residents handed out flyers documenting Dalager’s conflicts — Stocks and Bond tried selling the public Dalager’s “I-have-done-nothing wrong” falsehood. Taxpayers rallied at City Hall to end conflicts of interest — Bond called them a TURN TO ETHICS ON A13

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The questioning of Mr. Sabine by Jerome Stocks regarding Mr. Cotton’s 27th paycheck at the end of 2009, which added to his eventual retirement salary tabulation, was both revealing and at the same time an abashment as Mr. Sabine was coaxed to admit that he knew for quite some time the particulars of the subject. Concerning this past election with Mr. Stocks’ promotion and support for recently chosen Councilwoman Gaspar, former Mayor Dan Dalager was seemingly considered a liability and therefore expendable in being thrown to the wolves as it was almost a foregone conclusion that Mrs. Barth with her loyal supporters would receive at minimum the second total amount of votes. Many of us had hoped that with a new face on the council openness and independence would somehow present itself. However it is very quickly becoming most evident that the former good-old-boy, e.g. Dan Dalager, has been replaced by the present good-new-girl, e.g. Kirstin Gaspar, involving council make-up in the continuation of a 3-2 voting block. When Mr. Stocks was unanimously voted down last year in attempting to get Mr. Cotton an 11 percent pay raise adding to his $198,723 salary, Mr. Cotton’s comment was that “he would not accept it.” I now question why Mr. Cotton has not embodied the ethical action in turning down the 27th payment portion amount of $8,331 as an addition to his final salary used in calculating his monthly pension allowance. In charting the numbers by actually resigning and then accepting the interim city manager position it has been “hugely” financially rewarding for Mr. Cotton. Through 11 months his $15,000 salary will equal $165,000. Add on a monthly pension of $6,454, which equals $70,994, and the total is $235,994. That amount would have “only” equaled $182,160 during that 11month period using previous $198,723 city manager salary as a base. The difference is $53,834. A nice gig if you can get it. George D. Hejduk is a resident of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

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In viewing the meagerly attended City Council on Feb. 1 — less than 20 people were in attendance — it was obvious that business as usual was on the agenda concerning a particular portion of this elected group. All that was absent was a pep performance involving local high school bands and cheerleading squads to add to the orations embroiling the job performance that former and currently interim City Manager Phil Cotton was to receive. Judging by the numerous accolades directed toward Mr. Cotton by three council members — e.g. Bond, Stocks and Gaspar — in defending various aspects of his somewhat contentious contract both past and present, one came away with the opinion that he was the most marvelous city manager ever, comparable to the invention of the wheel. Known to Mayor Bond prior to the Tuesday date set for the meeting was the fact that Councilwoman Maggie Houlihan would not be able to attend such a significant discussion concerning Mr. Cotton due to a prior scheduled medical appointment. He decided in his what is rapidly becoming evident high-handed manner to conduct the meeting anyway thus eliminating a possible opposition vote. After the “closed door” session was concluded but during the poorly attended “public portion” under the guise that the audience would be involved concerning the interim City Manager Phil Cotton’s salary, pension, vacation time and continuation in office controversy, Mayor Bond stated how elated he was that the public was being included and listened to in the process. What a sham as this couldn’t be further from reality. According to City Attorney Glen Sabine, the decision had already been approved in the “closed session” by a majority of the council to give Mr. Cotton a satisfactory performance review. The two public speakers who contested various aspects of the Mr. Cotton controversy obviously had no inclination concerning the futility of their oration and were put in an embarrassing position in their attempt to sway a council whose determination had already been “close door” voted upon.

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Coach Young Rancho Santa Fe golfer has his day on the greens pleads not guilty to child porn By Lillian Cox

By Shelli DeRobertis

SAN MARCOS — An ice skating coach accused of secretly videotaping a 12year-old girl in the shower was arraigned in a Vista courtroom on Feb. 18, and pleaded not guilty to one count of child pornography. A warrant for the arrest of Marc Romain Mandina, 41, was issued by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department last October after the alleged incident was discovered, which was believed to have happened in Mandina’s San Marcos home in 2007. Mandina is a French National who was a professional ice skater in the 1990s. He participated in the French National Figure Skating Championships. He came to the United States for more opportunity, and also was a sought-after coach, according to defense attorney Daniel Greene. Mandina had worked as an instructor for at least three San Diego County skating rinks before the videotape was discovered and he left the state and went to the Boston area, said Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe. He was located on Jan. 28, 2011, in Leominster, Mass. and arrested by U.S. marshals. Mandina was found living with a woman who was TURN TO COACH ON A15

RANCHO SANTA FE — Last year was a big year for golfer Anthony Paolucci. The senior at La Jolla Country Day was named the Rolex Junior Player of the Year and captured the 2010 Thunderbird International Junior and the Rolex Tournament of Champions. He also finished in the top five in four other tournaments, including the U.S. Junior Championship. It’s only February and Anthony Paolucci’s already off to an impressive start. In January he played in his first professional tournament, the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Even though Anthony Paolucci’s an amateur, the PGA granted him a sponsor exemption because, he says, he’s a local golfer who plays well. “It was one of the strongest fields with Tiger (Woods) and Phil (Mickelson),” he remembers.

“Then there was me. I went out with no expectations.” Anthony Paolucci played well and, out of 156 players, was among 80 to make the cut after two days. He finished in a tie for 29th place.Woods finished in 45th place. When it was all over, he finished the four-day competition with two fewer strokes than Woods. “Everybody said, ‘You beat Tiger!’” Anthony Paolucci remembers. “I said, ‘That doesn’t change anything. I’m still a high school kid, I’m still playing junior amateur and I’m still going to school tomorrow. Tiger’s still ranked three in the world and is one of the greatest golfers ever to play.” Anthony Paolucci doesn’t mind being a high school kid. In fact, after a week away to play in the tournament he looked forward to returning to school and seeing the students, faculty and administrators who supported him. In 2009 Anthony Paolucci moved to Rancho

BIRDIE Anthony Paolucci, a senior at La Jolla Country Day, gives a fist pump after getting a birdy putt on the 13th hole on the final round of the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January. Even though he is an amateur, the PGA granted him a sponsor exemption. He tied for 29th place. Tiger Woods finished in 45th place. He finished the four-day competition with two fewer strokes than Woods. Courtesy photo

Santa Fe with his family from Dallas. He said he was 18 months old when he got plastic golf clubs that he played with around the house. When he was 3 his dad, Mike Paolucci, cut down standard clubs for him. He was 6 or 7 when he started taking lessons. “At a very young age I recognized Anthony’s golf shots were more solid, straighter and longer than other kids,” Mike Paolucci said. “I tried not to push him too hard but he needed some encouragement.” The first tournament he won was the Future Masters in Dothan, Ala. He was 12. Being a runner up at 14 in the U.S. Junior Amateur was a big step for him because it was the first time he played with the top juniors IN THE SWING Anthony Paolucci of Rancho Santa Fe winning the in the country. “I made it to the finals Thunderbird Invitational Junior at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. last May. Courtesy photo and along the way I defeated

the no. 1 and no. 2 ranked juniors in the country,” he said. “I was 14 and they were 17. If I had won the tournament, I would have been the youngest winner and would have beaten Tiger’s record.” Another thrill was playing on the Junior Ryder Team at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland in 2008 and Celtic Manor in Cardiff, Wales in 2010. “I was one of six boys and six girls from the U.S.,” he said. “To be with my friends was awesome. We played on the same course with the Ryder team. While Tiger, Phil and all the guys from the U.S. were playing a practice game, I was playing a friendship match with my team.” With all his success, Anthony Paolucci is able to put his fame into perspective. “One of my goals is to have professional golf

career,” he said. “Especially after Torrey Pines, I’m taking it one day at a time. There are a lot of things I need to improve on. It’s a long journey and I want to play golf forever. If I get there, it’ll be awesome.” Meanwhile, he’s looking forward to being a freshman at USC in the fall. “I know all of the guys from the USC golf team and it will be fun hanging out with them,” he said. “I’ll have to start doing things by myself — simple things. You have to feed yourself, look after yourself, do your own laundry, manage your own game and go on trips. There are a lot of benefits in that I’m staying close to home.” Anthony Paolucci’s next tournament is the Azalea Invitational at the Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. from March 24 to March 27.

Del Mar Fairgounds board honors Bill Arballo Birch offers lectures on future of oceans, climate

By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Veteran newsman and retired The Coast News columnist Bill Arballo was recognized for his decades of service to the Del Mar Fairgrounds by the 22nd District Agricultural Association at its Feb. 8 board of directors meeting. Arballo and his family moved to Del Mar from Oceanside in 1933 when he was 9 years old. Throughout his childhood he held a variety of jobs, including two paper routes, delivering milk, selling seeds and magazines door to door and working at the Del Mar Drugstore. He was at the fairgrounds for the groundbreaking ceremony trying to sell newspapers. “Bill literally grew up with the fair,” Tim Fennell, fairgrounds chief executive officer, said. Arballo served as an Army medic from 1942 to 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Shortly after returning to Del Mar he set up the original public relations department for the Southern California Exposition, now known as the San Diego County Fair. After nearly two decades, he went on to pursue other career opportunities, including working as a correspon-

FRIEND OF THE FAIRGROUNDS Retired veteran newsman Bill Arballo, center, is recognized for his years of service to the Del Mar Fairgrounds during the Feb. 8 board of directors meeting. On hand are, from left, his daughter, Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth; Barry Nussbaum, fair board president; Tim Fennell, fairgrounds chief executive officer; and his sister Mary Magana. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

the Coast,” and could regulardent for United Press city’s third mayor. Arballo began covering ly be found in the front row, International in Hawaii. He once again returned to Del community events for his The first chair closest to the door, Mar, where he served as the Coast News column, “Eye on TURN TO ARBALLO ON A14

LA JOLLA — Birch Aquarium at Scripps will host a Spring Evening lecture series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 14 and May 9. The cost of the series is $8 or $5 for students and educators. Reservations can be made by calling (858) 5345771. The Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series features engaging presentations on research conducted worldwide by scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Scripps scientists are exploring earth’s mysteries in hundreds of research projects under way on every continent. Learn about science at Scripps and join researchers on their paths to discovery. The topic on March 14 will be “Modeling Ocean Circulation in the Age of Supercomputers” with Paola Cessi, Scripps physical oceanographer, held at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The size and complexity of the oceans present a considerable challenge to those who want to mimic the movement of ocean water and

understand ocean dynamics. Cessi will describe how a new age of supercomputers is allowing ocean modelers to begin investigating how the deep ocean responds to changes in the surface temperature and fresh water inputs from the highest latitudes of our planet. The May 9 event will offer the second annual Keeling Lecture, at 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, held in memory of Scripps Oceanography professor Charles David Keeling’s life and invaluable contributions to climate science and Scripps. This year, the host will be Lonnie Thompson, distinguished professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University, National Medal of Science awardee, and recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement along with Keeling. Perspectives lectures are intended for a lay audience. Birch Aquarium admission and parking are included. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (858) 534-3474 or visit www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.


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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Feb. 9, 2011, to Feb. 15, 2011

CRAP! A property item was stolen from a Holly Street residence in Oceanside on Feb. 9. The victim was a 74-year-old man and the item reported stolen was a toilet. HEARTACHES In a Carlsbad neighborhood on Feb. 14, graffiti was spotted on the wall of private property that read: your dream house is my heartache. NOT STREET LEGAL On Feb. 9, a female who was driving a golf cart at 9:05 a.m. at Chestnut Avenue in Carlsbad was advised by an officer that it was illegal to drive a golf cart on the street. EMBEZZLEMENT A car rental business in Vista reported the embezzlement of a vehicle on Feb. 15. The blue truck was valued at $21,500 and apparently expected to be returned on Jan. 29, which was listed as the date the offense occurred. ROBBERY REPORTED A female reported that she was

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Seven of the eight individuals Bajram Asllani is an alleged involved in the conspiracy with co-conspirator with a group of eight Asllani were arrested in Raleigh, individuals in the United States N.C., in July 2009. who were allegedly co-conspiring On April 19, 2010, a federal to engage in violent jihad, or holy arrest warrant was issued for war, and to raise money for mujiAsllani in the United States hadeen, or warriors engaged in vioDistrict Court of North Carolina. lent jihad. Asllani was charged with conspiraAsllani was born Aug. 12, 1980, in Mitrovica, Kosovo. He is 5 BAJRAM ASLLANI cy to provide material support or resources to terrorists (1 count); feet 7 inches tall and has a heavyset build. He has dark brown hair and brown and conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure eyes. Asllani has numerous aliases, including persons or damage property in a foreign counEbu Hatab, Bajram Hajriz, and Aslani Bajram. try (1 count).

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Event offers emerging musicians radio station exposure By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Radio industry insiders packed the 14th annual Sunset Sessions conference in Carlsbad on Feb. 17, kicking off a threeday conference that featured discussion panels, live performances and listening parties. Professionals flew in from around the country for the annual music-filled event, which was held at Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort and Spa, 2100 Costa del Mar Road. More than 800 people attended the event that included performances by 45 musical acts. “The purpose of Sunset Sessions is to expose new artists by giving them a place to be heard by radio stations and music supervisors,” event founder Michele Clark said. “Everyone invited is committed to hear out these bands and at least give them a chance.” Many unsigned artists performed at this year’s event, including Jason

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about to take a step into the future of the center and the community, when part of our operation will move into a new building located on Helen Woodward Way.” HWAC President Mike Arms points out that Rancho Santa Fe today is very different than it was when Woodward and a group of her friends began what they called the San Dieguito Animal Care and Education Center. “Helen was a woman of great foresight. Forty years ago she bought this property covered in weeds, a barn that was falling down, a water tower that leaked, and a little TURN TO SHELTER ON A13

IT’S OFFICIAL Officials have renamed the street that runs past the original site of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. It is now Helen Woodward Way, honoring the animal welfare facility’s foresighted founder. Courtesy photo

What’s new with the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club Monday programs coming up include 911 Emergency Preparedness on March 7; China, the Emerging Giant, on March 14; St. Patrick’s Day on March 28; and Navy Seals on April 18. There is a Rotary Happy Hour at 5 p.m. March 3 and every first Thursday at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Rotary Rummage Sale is set for March 26 at the Rancho Santa Fe School field. The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will be

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terraced plantable beds that enhance water conservation and drainage.” Each year, the Jewish Farm School, or JFS, organizes weeklong immersive service learning trips on sustainable organic farms across the country. JFS is an environmental education organization whose mission is to practice and promote sustainable agriculture and to support food systems rooted in justice and Jewish traditions. “Upon their arrival in San Diego County, students will travel to Tierra Miguel Farm in the Pauma Valley in North San Diego County,” said Rabbi Jacob Fine, JFS

director of programs. “During their time on the farm, students will learn about sustainable agriculture, explore Jewish and secular perspectives on agricultural law and policy, consider ethical food production and consumption, learn about food justice issues and learn hands-on sustainability skills including fermentation and natural building.” The college students will then visit SDJA in San Diego to volunteer at Levana’s Garden, a learning garden situated on a third of an acre that was created to honor the TURN TO SPRING BREAK ON A14

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Children and their parents gathered around the painted plywood base shape of a butterfly that spanned approximately 42 inches by 42 inches, eager to decorate its wings with various bottle tops. “I like the shampoo tops because they flip open,” Sydney Platt, 6, said. The first-grade Poway resident was joined by her mother, Susan on Feb. 12. “I didn’t know we were going to be a part of such a fun art project,” she said, adding that the two were out for an excursion at the new TURN TO RECYCLED ON A14

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FEB. 25 TALKING DIRT The North County Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, MiraCosta College, Horticulture Building, room 7003, Oceanside. Soil expert Mary Matava will lecture. Visit www.nc.crfgsandiego.org to learn more.

FEB. 26 GREENTH U M BS Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 26. Club member Debbie Lokanc will discuss how to grow orchids. Call (858) 7556570) for the meeting location. HELPING OUT The San Dieguito Girls Water Polo Team will hold a fundraiser party called the Turkey Taco Showdown from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26, Mr. Peabody’s, 136 Encinitas Blvd. The event will raise money to help pay for the cost of coaching, a practice pool, equipment and tournaments. Call (760) 753-7192 to learn more. PASS THE SYRUP The 38th annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 26, Griset Branch, 1221 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. All sales go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. Visit www.PositivePlaceSD.org to learn more. WELCOME WEALTH A Welcoming Wealth Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 26, San Dieguito Adult School, 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas. This workshop is for those wanting to create or refine their budget. To register, visit www.sdadult ed.com or call (760) 753-7073.

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While watching the Food Network recently, they were featuring a seafood shack on the coast of Maine that had me craving clam chowder and fresh seafood. Something about a low-frills seafood joint does it for me and it immediately made me crave a good bowl of chowder and a fish sandwich. As it turns out, I’m at the Target shopping center in Encinitas the next day, on a mission to get in and out as quickly as possible, and what do I come across but the answer to my craving from the night before — Off the Hook Seafood Grill. Trips to that shopping center in Encinitas have always been about getting in and out quickly, but not so much anymore with the addition of Off the Hook. Talk about filling a muchneeded niche on the Encinitas dining scene. I popped in and liked what I saw immediately,

FEB. 28 GAME THEORY The Encinitas Theatre Consortium will host a reading of Joe Powers’ new play “The Game of Theory” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, Encinitas Library Community Room, 540 Cornish Drive. Participants will muse on time, consciousness and reality.

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a low-frills seafood grill with a really nice selection of fresh fish. I immediately added it to the top of my “Lick the Plate” list. I was curious as to who was behind this operation and was very pleased to find out it was seafood industry veteran Wayne Mascotti, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who went on to become vice president of operations at the Rusty Pelican chain of upscale seafood restaurants. During his time at Rusty Pelican, Wayne opened 18

Ranch Little League celebrates new season RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Little League will celebrate the start of the season March 6 with its second annual Baseball Parade and Opening Day Carnival. Led by the Rancho Santa Fe fire engine, the parade will start at noon, with lineup beginning promptly at 11:30 a.m. Baseball players, in uniform, will start their march at the Rancho Santa Fe School field, loop through town and then back to the

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Community Center gala tickets now available RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center has begun planning for this year’s 10th anniversary gala, set for April 2 to be held at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. This year’s theme will embrace Rancho Santa Fe’s rich history, taking guests down memory lane to the days of “classic Hollywood.” Tickets, priced at $250 for members and $275 for nonmembers, may be purchased now by contacting the Community Center at (858) 756-2461 or visit www.rsfcc.org. Tables of 10 are also available. Gala sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 are available for interested parties. Benefits of sponsorship include corporate partnership, business advertisement and publicity and specialty seating.

school. The carnival will run from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on the school field. Baseball players and their families will enjoy a full range of activities including quad pad bungee jumpers, an inflatable obstacle course and slide, a bounce house, a deejay, carnival games and prizes galore. Mexican street tacos and quesadillas will be available in addition to other carnival treats. Team pictures are also scheduled for the afternoon.

restaurants and managed 31 total in seven states. He spent the past 15 years in Seattle where his family owned three restaurants. After moving to Encinitas, he jumped at the chance to locate Off the Hook in the busy Target center. When I asked him if he had any inspirations for the menu, Wayne’s response was, “No, fish is what I know and fresh seafood, simply grilled

and served in a friendly environment I knew would be a hit … and because no one else is doing it.” He added, “My wife Shirley, daughter Kristen, son Anthony and son-in-law Steven now are all involved and wanted to serve the highest quality seafood we could buy at affordable prices. We buy exclusively from Chesapeake Fish Company and serve the same fish for much less than upscale restaurants in the area.” I like that Wayne is a seafood guy with a seafood family who filled a need with a simple, solid concept. It is their intention to duplicate the concept and open five to 10 more restaurants. We started with the deep fried calamari, which was part of a decent looking appetizer selection that included steamed clams and shrimp and crab cocktail. The calamari was not to heavily breaded, which I enjoyed as it gave the freshness of the squid a chance to come through. A

sure sign of quality in a good seafood place is their clam chowder. Off the Hook nails that one with their hearty, slightly smoky New England style that has loads of potatoes and clams. The appetizers, sides and soup range in price from $1.99 to $10.50 with the high end representing the crab cocktail. There is also a nice selection of fried offerings including fish and chips, which were light and crunchy on the outside with flaky surrounding TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON A13

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Milestone birthday allows us to take time for reflection By the time you read this, I will have entered into a new decade. Yes, that’s right. I am turning 40 this month. I thought I would share with my readers that fact. I must be honest, approaching this number has been quite an introspective time for me. I tend to reflect and digest this last decade with open arms to my mistakes and victories. One of the happiest periods of my life has been in the newspaper business. It sort of came to me by accident when my son started kindergarten at Roger Rowe Elementary. I met a photographer at his school, inquired about a job and the next thing you know I am knee deep in newspapers cluttering my car for the next seven years. What I have learned from this is sometimes a new circumstance will occur. Your life will shift in a way you had not planned. Then you end up happier than you could have ever imagined. Coincidentally, this issue is my three-year anniversary of writing “Machel’s Ranch.” So cheers to you, readers. Cheers to finding new opportunities and the ability to make each day count. Most of all, thank you for continuing to support the Rancho Santa Fe News.

Around Town On Jan. 27, I received some exciting news from Anthony Sorge. His son Matthew and his buddy Jake Johnson were given a private lesson by former Padre Adrian Gonzalez. The Johnsons and the Sorge family won in an auction a private batting session right before baseball tryouts. How exciting for these two boys. I have included a photo from that day. From the smiles on their faces, it looks like a dream come true moment for both of them. On Feb. 5, my good friend Jill Sorge hosted a Sadie Hawkins pre-dance party. The actual dance was later that evening at the San Diego Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. The theme, famous couples, had all of the students dressing in fashionable costumes. I have included two photos that were taken at the pre-party in Fairbanks. Featured are Kade Shoemaker and Lauren Sorge, who if you guessed went as the famous Ken and Barbie. The large group photo features part of the Santa Fe Christian’s 10th-grade class. On Feb. 8, Ranch resident Corky Mizer celebrated his birthday with an intimate celebration with just a few of his good friends. Some of my column regulars just happened to be on hand, too, for this special evening. Many of you know Tom and Karian Forsyth. They are one of the best-dressed couples in Rancho Santa Fe. I just saw them the other night at Mille Fleurs looking like they had arrived straight from the ski slopes in Aspen, Colo. I am one of their biggest fans. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than a gorgeous couple that also looks stunning, too. I have included two

MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch fun photos from that night. Happy Birthday Corky! You also look fabulous. On Feb. 14, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary held their weekly meeting at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Celebrating Valentine’s Day, the Rotarians enjoyed their lunch and each table was decorated with flowers and balloons. One of the treats for that meeting was chocolates from Allure Chocolat. Some of the current events mentioned at that meeting included, Rotary Happy Hour, which will be at 5 p.m. March 3 and The Rotary Rummage Sale, which will be held March 26. The Community Center is allowing drop-off items for this event on Wednesdays, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. I have included two photos from that meeting, one is of the two local chiefs of Rancho Santa Fe and the other is a beautiful photo of the Manion sisters. That very same day, exciting things were happening for Lemon Twist. If you are unfamiliar with this name, Lemon Twist is a local produce/flower gift business that was established in Rancho Santa Fe more than30 years ago by Katie Shull. In 2007, Lemon Twist burnt down from the Witch Creek Fire. So you can imagine after three years how excited Katie Shull was to see her business finally resurrected. Her son Robin Shull manages the property. I have included the photo that captures the excitement that day of being open again on one of the busiest days of the year. On Feb. 15, I received a chic photo taken straight from New York City’s Fashion Week. Del Mar residents and newly married couple Tony and Bianca Macaluso were up close and personal with the models. Here is a photo from that day, which features the designer, Herve Leger. Thanks so much for keeping me in the loop. You two are such jet-setters. If you have a fun event you would like Machel Penn to cover, contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.

CAST OF CHARACTERS Part of Santa Fe Christian’s 10th-grade class at the pre-party in Fairbanks, hosted by Jill Jorge. Courtesy photo

BIG LEAGUES Ranch residents Jake Johnson and Matthew Sorge were given a private lesson by former Padre Adrian Gonzalez. Courtesy FASHION WEEK Tony and Bianca Macaluso shared this photo with photo

me from Fashion Week in New York City. Courtesy photo

TWO CHIEFS Above, Rancho Santa Fe’s two chiefs, Matt Wellhouser and Tony Michel, attending the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary meeting on Valentine’s Day. Right, Corky Mizer’s Birthday party group on Feb. 8. Courtesy photos

PRE-PARTY Kade Shoemaker and Lauren Sorge at the pre-party for Sadie Hawkins in Fairbanks. LEMON TWIST Katie Shull, owner of Lemon Twist in Rancho Santa SISTER, SISTER Longtime Ranch residents and sisters Heather and Fe, on Valentine’s Day. Courtesy photo Holly Manion looking beautiful on Valentine’s Day. Courtesy photo Courtesy photo


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house that we still use as our education building,” Arms said. “It’s time for Helen Woodward Animal Center to grow in the same manner that the community around us has grown.” Van Zante says the new building on Helen Woodward Way will accommodate the Rancho Santa Fe Veterinary Hospital and HWAC’s administrative offices. “We’re finalizing the inspections and preparing to move in. That will conclude the first phase of this project. Phase II will eventually result in the demolition of our current Adoptions and Administration building and eventually that 100-year-old house that was here when Helen bought the property.” For more information about the programs and services that Helen Woodward Animal Center provides for animals and people in need, call (858) 756-4117, log on to www. animalcenter.org, or visit the Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. That’s right around the corner from Helen Woodward Way!

lynch mob. Citizens waved signs for trust and transparency — Stocks and Bond made robo-calls selling Dalager and his ethics. Residents and the press alerted the public that there was a “fox in the hen house” — Stocks and Bond acted like the Wizard of Oz who told an unsuspecting public “Don’t mind that man

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flaky, moist cod. Halibut is also an option for fish and chips. The chips (fries) were perfect and the slaw was very good. Fryer selections range from $8.99 to $14.99. The fish selection at Off the Hook is extensive with 15 options served on a sandwich, salad, bowl of rice or plate. The flavor options include lemon butter, garlic butter, or Cajun. Again, keeping it simple. Being a big fan of premium fish on a sandwich, I went with the halibut sandwich with lemon butter sauce that came with two nice size pieces of fish on a Kaiser roll with their special sauce and fries. It’s local halibut which is thinner than northern and better suited to a sandwich. I was very happy with my selection. My dining companion expressed what he described as “sandwich envy” when he saw the hearty portion and nice looking roll. He ordered the Mahi Cajun style with brown rice, which was a tasty treat itself. The kids at the table did fish and chips and ended up with clean plates, which is a good sign. Fish prices range from $7.99 to $17.99, a great value considering the quality. They also offer fresh chicken four ways as well, but really, who is ordering chicken here? A gluten-free menu has also been added. Off the Hook is a solid choice for high quality, reasonably priced seafood. They are open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. They are located in the Target center at 1042 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Call (760) 6328553 for more information. 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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behind the curtain.” Stocks told the press, “Lets put this behind us and move on.” There may be no two men in North County wanting to move on from this faster than Stocks and Bond. Next year they will seek reelection. It would be in their interest that the public forget they supported Dalager’s ethics. It would be in the public’s interests to be wary of candidates who claim to support their values but act otherwise.

New Councilwoman Kristin Gaspar has gone mute on denouncing Dalager. She allowed her supporters to run a campaign alongside Dalager featuring the two of them on flyers and billboards. Her failure to condemn Dalager’s conflicts of interest call into question her campaign rhetoric as a self-professed “family values” candidate. Her silence on this issue speaks volumes. Councilwoman Maggie

Houlihan said of Dalager’s guilty plea “it is unfortunate that an Encinitas elected council member put a personal agenda above that of the people they were elected to represent.” Councilwoman Teresa Barth thanked the public for “trying to restore trust in local government.” Houlihan and Barth are the only “Mama Grizzlies” who have stood up for conservative family values and who have

been “looking out for the folks” and their pocketbooks on this issue. We must insist on the ethical performance of our elected representatives. If our council members are unable or unwilling to do this they should be voted out of office. Those wanting to see the flyer, billboards and video of the rally referenced in this column can visit www.encinitas ethicscouncil.com.

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until he decided last year to write 100-page poems every day for 100 days, until he had a book totaling 10,000 pages (actually, 10,119). For some reason, the University of Iowa Libraries has published the finished poem, online

and in a 2-foot-high hardcopy stack. (Strangely, in a 480word article describing Morice’s feat, the Iowa City Press-Citizen included not even a hint about the poems’ subject matter.) • In January, Toronto

sculptor-photographer Lisa Murphy added to her reputation for devising “porn for the blind” by producing four more hand-molded erotic figures generated by using clay

505 S.Vulcan, Encinitas. The purpose of the meeting is to recap Leucadia 101’s achievements for 2010 and present future goals. Visit www.leucadia101.com for more details.

sulting rosarian from the California Coastal Rose Society, will discuss what to do with your GOOD QUESTION Crossroads hands to grow good roses. Call Encinitas will host a message series titled “Frequently avoided (760) 726-8737 to learn more. questions of the Christian faith” on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., 846 Munevar Road, Cardiff.This is an A TOAST Parents are invited to informative time to hear perspeca wine party to benefit the tives on questions related to Torrey Pines High School Christianity. Call (760) 635-5714 Foundation from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn more. March 6 at the home of Louay INVEST WISELY A women’s and Sophia Alsadek. Admission investment club will meet the is a bottle of wine with a value of fourth Wednesday of each month $35 or more. Wine donated at at 6:30 p.m. in the North County this party will be auctioned area. Their portfolio includes online with many other items stocks from many sectors, includand activities beginning March ing retail, tech, medical and the 11 on the foundation website. food industry. The only requireCall the foundation at (858) 793- ment to join is a desire to learn 3551 to RSVP and receive direc- about investing and stocks. Call tions, or visit www.torreypines Charlene Bason at (760) 727 or efoundation.org to learn more. mail dollarsandsenseforwomen @cox.net to learn more.

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Palomar Estates East Clubhouse, 650 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, San Marcos. Topics for discussion will include upcoming tours. E-mail Sheila Saxman at rssaxman@verizon.net or call (951) 696-0323 to learn more. SUPPORT GROUP North County Parkinson’s Support Group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. March 2, Belmont Village, 3535 Manchester Ave., Cardiff.Topics will include maintaining control over your decisions, financing long-term care, and more. Call June Brunson at (760) 940-2763 for more details.

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will meet at 7 p.m. March 1, American Legion Post, 210 West F St., Encinitas. The group will have a speaker from the Encinitas Senior Center. Call president Amy Moser at (858) 481-6698 for more details. BRITISH EMPIRE Daughters of the British Empire, Tintagel Chapter, will meet at noon March 1, 6621 Curlew, Carlsbad. Women of British ancestry are welcome to attend. Email dkmatr@hotmail.com or call (760) 438-0448 for more details.

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Regarding Impact of Senate Bill 1.” That contract began Nov. 1, 2010, and runs through April 2011. The other agreement was with The Flanigan Law Firm, a Sacramento-based company of “experienced government relations professionals and registered lobbyists,” for “Legal Services Regarding Impact of Senate Bill 1 with Respect to the DAA’s Master Plan.” That contract began Dec. 1, 2010, and expired Jan. 31, 2011. Neither agreement was to exceed $75,000, and both were approved as part of the consent calendar so they were enacted along with other agenda items with one motion. DeMarco said she didn’t understand why the board

would retroactively approve the contracts, especially since regular monthly meetings have been held. She also said she didn’t believe “spending state money to lobby state legislators” was an appropriate use of public funds. “It seems like very poor governance,” DeMarco said. Laws governing public meetings prohibited board members from discussing remarks made during the public comment period. Fairgrounds officials did not return phone calls and an email requesting a response. In 2008, Schwarzenegger proposed selling state-owned property to help deal with a massive budget deficit. The local fairgrounds was originally part of the package but was eventually taken off the table. Del Mar City Council members and staff spent the

MARCH 4 GEM FAIRE The Gem Faire will be held March 4 through March 6, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Bing Crosby Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Over 100 exhibitors from all over the world will be on site. Classes and demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend. For more details and times, call (760) 390-3599, e-mail info@gemfaire. com, or visit www.gemfaire.com. ROSE HANDS The Vista Garden Club will meet at noon March 4, Gloria McClellan Senior Center, 1400 Vale Terrace Drive,Vista. Dr. Joel Ross, a con-

next 18 months negotiating a deal to buy the facility, which makes up about 20 percent of Del Mar, the smallest city in the county. Officials from that city claim local control will ensure the continuation of the fair, horse racing and other appropriate events. They say it will also protect the site from overdevelopment and the adjacent wetlands from environmental damage. Fairgrounds officials oppose the sale, claiming the facility will likely end up bankrupt if owned by Del Mar. The board president once described the financial plans as “voodoo economics.” The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which governs the site, is expected to certify a draft environmental impact report in April for expansion plans

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Hamilton Children’s garden. Once complete, the art will be placed within the garden for viewing. “It’s always nice to see something that you helped to create on display,” Shelly Pierce said. Her daughter, Amanda, 8, was busy selecting materials to decorate the butterfly. “I’m excited to go home and do the same thing on a smaller scale with all of the junk in our house,” Pierce said. McCoubrey’s ongoing show at the Encinitas Library provides examples of community art created using recy-

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memory of kindergarten teacher, Levana Estline, who taught at the school for 18 years and passed away in 2003. “The garden, which is known as the ‘heart’ of the Academy, was created in 2005 to foster an outdoor learning environment,” Acheatel said. “Levana’s Garden sup-

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records the caller ID from the phone he just used, Moffat said. The dangers associated with posting pictures online were also addressed, and Moffat gave an example of how during one of his former student-oriented cyber workshops a girl discovered she was being impersonated online. Moffat recommended that parents use a photo tag remover program to prevent pictures uploaded to the Internet from being copied. The website www.tin eye.com uses a reverse image search to locate places online that a photo is being used. “It will tell me everywhere on the Internet the photo is being used,” Moffat said. The popular social networking site Facebook has an option for others to “tag” a person’s photo, which Moffat said could be pre-

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS cled materials. “Not only do we make something that they (the children) can take home, but they build something that they can exhibit to help with their self-esteem,” he said. “It’s been pretty impressive the kids I’ve been able to work with.” In fact, with the lack of consistent art classes in many public school districts, McCoubrey said it’s even more important to have access to hands-on art that is easily accessible. “If I can only inspire kids through art to be a part of something big, that would be a success,” he said. McCoubrey’s folk art differs from refined art he said. “I scour construction sites for plywood, kids bring trash to the workshops, it’s a joint effort,” he said. Old toys, hairbrushes, bottle caps and even street cleaner wheels are transformed into flowers, fish, hearts and anything that the creator can imagine. As much as McCoubrey would like to see less garbage mucking up the environment, he said he’s not going to be out of a job anytime soon. “As long as there’s human beings, I’m employed. There will always be trash,” he said. McCoubrey’s authentic take on recycling extends into every facet of his work and life. “I’m committed to what I do,” he said. “I live the recycled life.” His floors are a tapestry of throwaway stone, his headboards are made from recycled fence posts and in every nook and cranny a new creation is made from seemingly useless trash. “I just keep reinventing,” he said. For more information, visit www.Fishforthought.org.

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WISE WORDS From left, basketball superstar Bill Walton shared skills and knowledge at Horizon Prep with Connor Mead, Coach Jeff Sutherland, Trey Mena, Will Ferrari and Sierra Kile. Courtesy photo

plex offenses when the basics of your game need to be put in place,” he said. Walton was gracious with his time and knowledge, leaving the team with these words of wisdom. “Be true to

yourself. Make each day your masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

plies food to our school’s lunch program and includes a butterfly garden, a water feature, a secret garden protected by hedges, a vegetable garden, compost bins, a greenhouse, citrus groves and fruit trees.” He added that the garden allows students to apply classroom lessons about growing cycles, conservation, nutrition, biology, composting and weather.

years. Manion said she was disappointed in how the Association board handled the issue and that it should have been put to a vote to all the members. “I believe if this proposal passes, it will significantly increase the inventory of homes on the market thereby depressing already depressed prices. If this happens, this will affect all Covenant property owner’s home and lot values,” Manion told the crowd. She said according to a recent survey, the No. 1 reason people buy in the Covenant is because of the golf club. If the proposal passed, she said many people would put their homes on the market. “As a matter of fact, I know a few that are considering this right now,” Manion said. She suggested if the golf club needs more money, they should consider allowing people who own condos in the Covenant to join the club.

“There are approximately 76 condos in the Covenant of which only 30 owners have the right to join the (golf club),” she said. “This means that more than half of the condo owners who are paying RSFA yearly assessments do not have the privilege of purchasing a golf membership.” Others worried about diluting the value of current memberships and the exclusivity of the golf club. “I am shocked that the (golf club) board of governors has been discussing this for two years,” said Bob Burgess when he learned this action has been considered since May of 2009 and that he, as a member, had heard nothing of it. Ken Bien urged the board to consider it longer and for the golf club board to keep members “in the loop and be more transparent.” Jerry Block, a 16-yeargolf club member, called the proposal “bizarre.” “We feel sorry for people who moved out of town,” Block said. “All it takes is a

phone call to invite a friend to come and play golf.” Ann Boone said people are aware when they buy within the Covenant that their golf privileges end when they sell their property. “This is not the Ladies Aide Society,” she said. In the end, only Director Dick Dought, voted against the proposal. “It is our obligation to the membership of Rancho Santa Fe first and foremost,” Doughty said. He said membership rights have been long standing. “I don’t think this principle should be bent to the extent of this proposal,” Doughty said. Director Anne Feighner, who voted in favor of the proposal, suggested that it might be prudent for the golf club to figure out new ways to attract and retain members. “With a $7.7 million debt, I want the golf club to be as successful as possible,” said Director Jack Queen, who also serves as the Association’s treasurer.

vented by customizing the profile settings for the account to “only me.” When a photo is tagged, it has been shared. “Don’t let anyone tag your photos,” he said. His student had tried the reverse image search during the former workshop, and found that a strange man on an electronic bulletin board was using her photo and pretending to be her. Nothing online is secret, and by searching someone’s screen name a lot of personal information can be revealed. “Every application you accept has access to your personal information,” he said. Applications can include online games such as Farmville, for example, he said. One way people can add security to their information and not be found so easily is to make sure that they have no check mark next to “enable public search” on

their social networking account. Moffat said that kids who use social networking sites should never provide their first and last name or their parents’ names. He encourages kids to not use the social networking sites because 20 percent of users are not using them properly. But for those who are going to be online and exposed to the world, Moffat said they should be aware of the risks. “It’s OK to share your life, but just remember you’re sharing your life with everyone on the planet,” he said. Drew Nipper and his wife, Tammy, both attended the event, and Tammy Nipper said it was her second time coming. She said she was glad to learn how to set up her online social networking account and make it more private. Drew Nipper said he enjoyed learning how to

help his child know what cyber bullying is. During the session held at Valley Middle School, Moffat told the parent attendees that when a child asks for help from being cyberbullied, that parents should listen, learn and have a plan of action. Questions to ask the child include what was said, how long has it been going on and have online threats been accompanied by reallife threats? Cyber abuse can vary from someone who is pretending to be someone else online, to intentional cyber bullying where the perpetrator sends threatening messages to a person through texts or e-mails. Intentional bullying also happens if a person changes a picture of someone else online to make it embarrass that person or threaten someone else with it. Posting or forwarding private messages through email with the intent to

embarrass someone is also another form of cyber bullying, Moffat said. Studies have shown that most cyber bullying happens on a Saturday night, he said. A real-life threat might be in the form of a text message, posting online in a chat room or on a social networking site that says something like, “when you come to school on Monday, I’m going to kick your butt,” he said. If the threat is from a schoolmate, then the school can become involved, he said. To save and report an online cyber bully (using Windows) go to “Print Screen,” open a new e-mail or word processing document page, then copy and paste the proof of bullying to that page. If using a Mac, open “Grab,” which is in Utilities in the Applications folder. Next, choose “Capture,” then “Screen” and click outside of the window when the Screen Grab dialogue opens.

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McLaren support several other charities. Now that the new site has been found, construction is just around the corner. “We hope to break ground this summer,” he said. But the opening of the school will not take place until 2012. He said the total project will cost about $14 million. They have $4.5 million from a previous capital campaign, $2 million from the sale of their existing facility and a few other resources all amounting to about $7 million. “A new capital campaign to raise the difference will be under way this month,” Roberts said. To learn more, call Lauren White at (619) 6858242.

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55-and-over singles and No. 4 in doubles. She also finished 2010 ranked No. 2 in the world in 55-singles. She has captured 21 national championships, including the 2010 55-and-over hard and clay court championships. Nichols has also been active in international team competitions; her selection to the 2011 Connolly Cup team marks her 14th year of representing the U.S. Nine of these teams have captured the championship, and all have finished in the top three. This is Nichols’ fifth time captaining her team.

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during the 22nd DAA monthly meetings. “I could probably count on one hand the number of times in my 13 years on this board I didn’t see him here,” Barry Nussbaum, board president, said. “It’s been a pleasure to sit here and stare at your smiling face. Your presence is really appreciated.” Fennell described Arballo as a “very, very special friend of this fair and the community” and thanked him for his outstanding services. Arballo was presented with a framed aerial photograph of the facility and a new Del Mar Fairgrounds jacket. Oversized copies of the many news articles written about Arballo were displayed in the meeting room. Arballo retired from The Coast News Group in November 2010.


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IRON & WINE Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam played audience requests during his Sunset Sessions performLATE NIGHT LOUNGE Mexico City native Ximena Sarinana performed both English and Spanish songs ance on Feb. 18. Beam has released numerous studio recordings during his 10-year career. Photo by Alyx before a packed crowd at the Sunset Sessions’ Late Night Lounge event. Photo by Alyx Sariol

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Sunset Sessions has significantly grown since Clark’s first event, which featured nine bands and was attended by 90 people. For the first time, she is also hosting a summer install-

ment that will feature alterna- mately, it’s extremely gratify- about Michele Clark’s annual tive rock this June, also at La ing.” Sunset Sessions event, visit Costa Resort and Spa. For more information www.sunsetsessions.org. “Literally, we’re working right up until the last minute and it makes me crazy,” she said. “It’s a lot of work but ulti-

Watanabe said. The defendant changed the locks on the house and removed at least one external hard drive from a computer, he said. Mandina faces up to three years in prison if convicted of the single charge. Greene said that his client has no prior criminal history, and that people are surprised by the allegations. “He wasn’t aware a case had formally been filed,” he said, and added that due to media exposure it was hard for Mandina to find work in the area so he worked in Puerto

Rico and Massachusetts where he used air travel to commute between the two locations. Watanabe said that Mandina had an apologetic conversation with the girl’s father. “He sent a text message that (said) he deserves his fist in his mouth and has a problem,” Watanabe said. Superior Court Judge Harry Elias lowered Mandina’s bail from $50,000 to $20,000. He is expected in court April 13 for a readiness conference and May 2 for a preliminary hearing.

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also a figure skating coach, according to the North County Times. Watanabe said that the incident was discovered last year by Mandina’s wife. “His wife popped a video tape into the player and saw a shot of the defendant placing a camera in the master bedroom,” Watanabe said. Then, a scene in their master bathroom was revealed, and showed a girl changing out of a bathing suit and getting into the shower, he

said. “In the video she’s about 12 years old,” he said. “In the video you can see her nude.” Watanabe said that the girl was the daughter of Mandina’s close friend — the friend was also an ice skating instructor — and it was not unusual for the girl to come to Mandina’s house and swim in the pool during the time frame of 2007 to 2010. Mandina’s wife found out that the girl was unaware of the videotape. She notified authorities and obtained a restraining order against the defendant,

said.

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to replicate photographic scenes of nude and lingerieclad models (accompanied by descriptions in Braille). “The butt was the hardest to sculpt,” she said. “I wanted to get it nice and even, and give it a feminine softness so it would actually feel like a woman’s butt.” Her first book, “Tactile Mind,” with 17 such raised erotic works, sells for $225 (Cdn). • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum is already home to an artist’s rendition of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” made from burned toast, and now comes a recent version by Laura Bell of Roscommon, Mich.: da Vinci’s masterpiece made with clothes-dryer lint. Bell said she did about 800 hours of laundry of various-colored towels to obtain lint of the proper hues, and then worked 200 more hours to construct the 14-foot-long, 4foot-high mural.

The Continuing Crisis • Surprise! (1) New Zealand traffic officer Andy Flitton cited an unnamed speeder recently for the second time in two years — 11,000 miles from the spot of the first ticket. Flitton had moved from the U.K. to New Zealand, and unknown to him, the motorist himself had relocated to New Zealand last year. When Flitton stopped the man in Wellington in December 2010, the motorist recognized TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON A16

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Flitton as the one who had ticketed him on the A5 highway near London. (2) Rap singer Trevell Coleman, trying to bring “closure” and “get right with God” for having shot a man in 1993 (since he was never caught), confessed the assault to New York City

police in December, hoping that his humility might impress a judge. However, police checked and then booked Coleman — for murder. Said Coleman, “(F)or some reason, I really didn’t think that (the victim had) died.” • “That Was Easy!”: (1) Several students at Texas’ Carrizo Springs High School

were suspended in December, and a teacher placed on leave, after a parent complained that her son had been grabbed by the shirt and stapled to a classroom wall. She said it was at least the second time that it had happened. (2) Jodi Gilbert was arrested in Jamestown, N.Y., in January and charged with domestic violence — stapling her

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down her driveway, knocking her over, then hitting a fence, thrusting forward and running her down a second time. (3) A 67-year-old golfer died on the Evanston (Ill.) Golf Club course in November, apparently run over by his own electric cart. (He was discovered underneath, and the medical examiner ruled the death accidental.)

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People Who Ran Over Themselves: (1) A transit driver was hospitalized in December after his idling bus slipped out of gear and ran over him as he walked around it in front of Waikato Hospital in New Zealand. (2) A 37-yearold woman in Melbourne, Australia, was hospitalized in November after forgetting to engage her parking brake. The car rolled backward

Patricia Frankhouser filed a lawsuit in Jeannette, Pa., in November (2004) against the Norfolk Southern railway as a result of being hit by a train 10 months earlier as she walked on the tracks. Most such injuries nowadays involve pedestrians distracted by earphoned music players, but Frankhouser claimed merely that Norfolk Southern was negligent for not posting signs warning that the railroad tracks are sometimes used by trains.

“In the case of a misdemeanor — a lesser crime than a felony that is generally puna suspect into custody in a law- ishable by imprisonment in the ful manner, according to the county jail not exceeding six San Diego Police Department months or by a fine not exceedwebsite: ing $1,000 or both — the private person involved must see or hear the crime committed, sign the arrest form, and agree to testify in court before the officer will take the person into custody.” The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department sums it up on their website: “You have the right to arrest another person for a criminal act they commit in your presence. Unless absolutely necessary, you should avoid taking direct action and call us to avoid being injured or sued for false arrest. In some specific situations, limitations in the laws may make it necessary for a deputy sheriff to have you make a citizen’s arrest. In this case, you must sign a private person’s arrest form, but the deputy will physically take the person into custody and ensure that they are properly arraigned in court. You may be required to testify in court.” According to the San Diego Police Department, “If not for citizen’s arrests, some persons would not be arrested for committing misdemeanors.This is because a police officer can arrest a person for a misdemeanor only if the crime is committed or attempted in his or her presence.” Crimes that are felonies are excluded from needing a citizen to assist because felonies are a higher crime and come with a higher punishment, and deputies can make felony arrests without a crime being committed in their presence as long as there is enough probable cause, Lawrence said. But for the private citizen, Lawrence said that a person can detain someone if they have committed a crime in that person’s presence. She said that people who are in a situation where they feel it’s necessary to detain an individual should use only as much force as necessary. In Carlsbad, three construction workers became

local heroes and were honored last month by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for stopping a gunman who was on a firing rampage at Kelly Elementary School in October 2010. On Jan. 20, 2011, the Rotary Club of San Diego presented a 2010 Salute to Local Heroes to Steven Kane, of Jamul, and Carlos Partida and Mario Contreras, both of Chula Vista, who tackled the gunman and detained him until police arrived. “These guys didn’t have any law enforcement credentials yet they knew a serious crime had occurred and knew who did it,” Stumpfhauser said. “We know they did the right thing.” He said January’s six citizen’s arrests for fighting stemmed from three incidences: one incident resulted in one citizen’s arrest, another one ended up with two citizen’s arrests and one incident had an outcome of three citizen’s arrests. But the department investigates each citizen’s arrest to be sure it’s valid, Lawrence said. “If, through our investigation, we determine there wasn’t a crime but that person is just blaming someone for something — there is an investigation into each citizen’s arrest,” she said. Occasionally, there are people who want to arrest each other, such as in a bar fight. “If they are demanding to arrest each other,we might just have to accommodate that,” she said. Ultimately, the district attorney will decide who the primary instigator is, she said. “If you’re walking down the street and see someone commit a crime,you can call an officer,” Stumpfhauser said. Capt. Lisa Miller, of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, said that the department will come out to calls and help, whether the situation is criminal or civil. “Let us assess it from a law enforcement perspective,” she said. “When we are going to tell you that you can make a citizen’s arrest on your neighbor — is that really what you want to do? So you make the arrest and you are the one who has to go to court and testify,” she said.

Least Competent Criminals Laconic Perps: (1) A female motorist in Kitsap County, Wash., reported in January being motioned by another driver to pull over, but she ignored him.The man then tried to ratchet up his credibility, motioning her over again but this time hold-

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ing a hand-scrawled sign reading “sheriff.” (She remained unimpressed.) Seattle Weekly reported that a similar incident had occurred several months earlier. (2) Robert Michelson was arrested in Farmington, Conn., in February, after calling a 911 operator to inquire about the lawfulness of the marijuana plant he was growing. The operator informed him that it was illegal. (All 911 calls are automatically traced, and Michelson was soon arrested.)

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Winter done East Coast style It’s good to have a friend back east. After a short chat with her, my fingers and toes don’t feel any warmer, but somehow I know they are. When she called, I had just been whimpering about overnight temperatures in the 40s and the constant morning chill in my house. I had to put on an extra sweatshirt, for crying out loud! Surrounded by enormous snowdrifts made slick by freezing rain, my friend innocently shared that Maine had an absolutely spring-like day that week where the temperatures had been … in the 40s. She was so distressed that it didn’t last. It was 8 degrees there now. Eight. My Maine friend makes me feel like a readyto-shrivel hothouse flower. It appears that what I need are a couple of stiff East Coast winters to toughen me up so I can be more stalwart about chilly mornings. This is presuming I would survive with nose and toes still attached. I have new evidence, however, that the hard winters back there might affect the brain as well. My son in Boston, the recent college graduate and medical school candidate, has become a dumpster diver. A what? That’s right. His mother is not happy. I truly expected to see a headline last week saying “Recent college graduates found dead of Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Clostridium, Listeria, Shigella, and/or Shiga-toxin Escherichia coli — or all of the above.” It started sweetly enough. I got an unexpected call from my child asking for my mother’s recipe for chicken and dumplings. (He did not realize it is a closely guarded family recipe handed down for generations on the back of the Bisquick box.) The first surprise was that he was cooking chicken, as he has been a vegetarian for about seven years. When I queried him about that, he pointed out that they had pulled some wonderful, sustainably raised chicken breasts from the dumpster behind a particular high-end food store. I nearly leaped through the phone in horror, but he assured me “Mom, Boston is one giant deep-freeze in the winter.” I had to admit that was something I hadn’t thought of, but I swiftly TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B15

Barry Zarling, Jane Christ, Charlie Christ and Joseph McCarter.

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A very fine wine time

Bill and Debbie Tomin and Scott and Kaylin Union.

tasting the 300 different wines from different wineries whose representatives were lining the walls throughout the club. Delicious looking appetizers were also served.

RANCHO SANTA FE — A record 350 people attended the sold-out wine festival at the clubhouse of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club on the evening of Feb. 19. A stormy night did not discourage wine lovers from

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Neil and JoAnn Nydegger.

Brad and Cristin Fagan.

Chuck and Joani Wafer and Chris and Mike Howard.

Terri Wedell, Alisha Eibel and Chris Cutler.

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Supporters offer dignity to deceased abandoned newborns By Shelli DeRobertis

COAST CITIES — More than 75 people formed a circle around three tiny caskets on the morning of Feb. 5 to participate in the burial of three newborn babies who were each abandoned after their birth: Stephanie, Inez and Jonathan. Passersby might have assumed that the funeral at El Camino Memorial Park was a gathering of family and friends who were paying respects to a lost loved one, yet no one in attendance had ever met any of the babies who were laid to rest. The funeral was open to the public and drew strangers, community members and volunteers to the service provided by the Garden of Innocence, or GOI, a nonprofit organization that has operated since 1998 in providing dignified burials for abandoned or unidentified babies in San Diego County. Several people, including two young Cub Scouts, took turns reading lists of the names of babies in the “garden” who preceded Stephanie, Inez and Jonathan in the same fate of death. “Brianne. Carmen. Madison. Noah. Francesco. Isaiah. Jeanette,” said Keegan Johnson, 8, as he faced the crowd. “Andrew. Hope. Chad. Pearl. Alexander. Colin. Nick,”

Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Birthday books RANCHO SANTA FE —The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild started its Birthday Book and Adopt-ABook drives in February. Stop by the children’s library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias, to make a donation to the Library Guild and get a book plate with your child's name in their favorite book on the shelf in return.

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REST IN PEACE From left, volunteers each carry a casket on Feb. 5 for the triple burial of the most recent abandoned babies in San Diego County. Photo by Shelli DeRobertis

said Ben Gibbons, 7. In 2010, there were nine burials in the Garden of Innocence. “Nick” was the last name read from the lists, and the first child of 2011 to be buried. The trio of babies at the recent burial brought the number to four deaths in the county so far this

year from newborn abandonment or unidentified deaths. The number of babies laid to rest in their own special garden section of the cemetery is now 121. But how or where they were found is not something that the founder and president of GOI is fond of disclosing.

“That’s yesterday,” Elissa Davey said. “Today’s a new day.” New beginnings is also what the Safely Surrendered Baby Law is all about, as it aims to provide a safe and confidential alternative to mothers who might be planning on abandoning their baby. The lives of nine babies in the county have been spared since Jan. 1, 2001, when the Safely Surrendered Baby Law was implemented, according to Margo Fudge, an assistant director at the San Diego County Child Welfare Services. Statewide, 64 babies were safely surrendered in California in 2010, she said. The law allows for a parent or person who has custody of a newborn to legally, confidentially and safely surrender the infant to a hospital or fire station within 72 hours of the baby’s birth. Last November, Oceanside Fire Station No. 5 was used by one mother to safely surrender her newborn infant who was still covered with blood, according to a previous report from The Coast News. The county’s total number of nine safely surrendered babies in the past decade GARDEN OF INNOCENCE The statue “Rachel” sits alongside the names of babies buried at the Garden includes four who were of Innocence. Rachel was named by Earl Thompson, director of the grounds crew at El Camino Memorial brought to a fire station,accordPark, after he took the statue out of a storage shed where it had been stored for more than seven years, and ing to Fudge. placed it in the garden. Photo by Shelli DeRobertis But fire stations didn’t

become designated sites until December 2007 when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing the full-time staffed fire stations as “Safe Haven Sites.” Battalion Chief Rick Vogt, of the San Marcos Fire Department, helped bring the safe surrender sites to fire stations countywide. He spearheaded the project, which took about a year to implement, and had complete support from the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association, he said. Vogt said other counties in the state had fire stations as designated safe surrender locations, and he thought it was a great, low-cost solution as an additional option for desperate mothers. “It’s a situation that some women find themselves in and no one likes to think about it,” he said. He said he saw the fire station sites as a need because some women might not be comfortable surrendering their baby at a hospital. “A fire station is an option if someone finds they are in a situation, not knowing what to do,” he said. Every firefighter that works at a designated Safe Surrender site has had video TURN TO GARDEN ON B15

Kids Korps has been active in volunteer work in recent months COAST CITIES — Once again, Rancho Santa Fe restaurant proprietor Bertrand Hug will host a wine party for Kids Korps USA supporters at his Mille Fleurs restaurant March 20. As admission, each attendee donates a bottle of wine valued at $50 or more to be sold by Wine Chairmen Hug and Bill McNally at the gala. For more information about the Wine Party, visit w w w. K i d s K o r p s . o r g . Supporters are asked to make reservations by March 16 by contacting McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008. In addition, area residents will want to reserve a spot at the Red Haute Tango gala evening set for May 6 at

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the Grand Del Mar Hotel. Kids Korps USA’s annual Super Star Gala is inspired by the dance, flavor and spirit of the Latin culture. The dance floor gets even hotter with a special performance of the Latin tango performed by Yesenia Adame of “Dancing With the Stars.” For more information, contact Kids Korps USA at (760) 452-2676. If reservations are made by March 15, attendees can save 10 percent. For tickets or table sponsorship, contact McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008. During the month of February, the chapter kept busy with a refurbishing of the San Diego Youth Hostel through San Diego Habitat for

Humanity on Feb. 5. Next was a Salvation Army Homeless Outreach Feb. 7 with almost 50 volunteers from all over San Diego meeting at the Salvation Army building downtown to serve and care for the homeless. On Feb. 12, the group joined the Friends of Dog Beach for a San Diego River mouth clean-up. A Valentine’s Day Party was then held at the Oceanside Women’s Resource Center on Feb. 13 where members worked with moms and children on crafts and cookie decorating. Finally, members joined La Clase Magica in Solana Beach on Feb. 14 to help in this technology-based program with homework, struc-

tured computer activities, play games and assist in tutorial lessons for children ages 4 to 12 to benefit the Center for Academic and Social Advancement, a nonprofit organization that operates bilingual and bicultural technology-based after school programs. Westview Teen Korps community service club, in Poway, has made a significant impact since it was started by Westview seniors Ashley and Heather Moy in their freshmen year. As co-president for the past three years, Ashley has led Teen Korps members to serve the community with a giving heart. Members have hosted Carvel ice cream fundraisers, volunteered at

Arbors Senior Center, Lux Art Institute,VIP night at La Casa Center for Autism, and many other school and agency functions. Ashley even organized a music performance featuring instrumentalists and singers at the Arbors for the past two years to bring holiday cheer to the elderly residents. In December, two members created a special holiday for orphaned children in Mexico. Members also helped young children learn about animals at the Helen Woodward Animal Center. In March, members will be serving the homeless and volunteer their time hanging out with autistic kids at the VIP Nights at La Casa Center for Autism.

ENCINITAS — Encinitas Rotary Club named Ocean Knoll Elementary third-grade teacher Susan Voaklander Teacher of the Year.This winner is then eligible to be named San Diego County, California and even National teacher of the year.

Artist of month ENCINITAS — Donald Hendricks, illustrator, will be the Artist of The Month at St.Tropez Bakery and Bistro, at 947 S. Coast Highway 101. Hendricks will be displaying his artwork from the new children’s book “Billy Bunce Booberay,” authored by Encinitas resident Laurie Power. A portion of all sales go to North County Solutions for Change.

St. Elizabeth’s on schedule CARLSBAD — Steel framing is now under way and the topping slab has been poured for a new twostory Parish Center at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad. Designed by domusstudio architecture, the 18,443square-foot building is expected to be completed in July. Since groundbreaking in June, site work has been ongoing, including excavation and retaining wall construction.

Tomorrow’s leader ENCINITAS — David Hines of Encinitas, a student at Pacific Ridge School, was selected to participate in the National Council for International Visitors Citizen Diplomacy Program for Emerging Leaders in Washington, D.C.

Best and brightest COAST CITIES — Patrick Eiben of Carlsbad was named to the Dean’s List at The University of Scranton for the fall 2010 semester. Eiben is a senior biology major at the Jesuit college. Sallie Borst of Encinitas, a freshman communications major, has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester at Rider University. Jamie Landman of Del Mar, daughter of Benny Landman and Karen Landman, was named to the TURN TO WHO’S NEWS? ON B15


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Against the odds, siblings The trifecta pays off in the world of wine fight muscular dystrophy By Lillian Cox

OCEANSIDE — Sarah Carlson of Oceanside has exceeded expectations all her life. When she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, or MD, at 18 months old her parents were told she wouldn’t live beyond five years. Today she is a popular, 22-year-old biology major at Palomar College with plans of becoming a research scientist. Younger brother Scott, 20, also has MD. Like Sarah, he’s both tough and smart. Scott’s a junior in the aeronautical engineering department at UCSD with plans to go on to graduate school and pursue a career with Boeing or another defense contractor. Currently, the siblings are recruiting members for Carlson & Co., their fundraising team, which is generating sponsors for the upcoming MDA Muscle Walk San Diego in Mission Bay on Feb. 27. Donations will be used to find a cure for the disease. Of the 42 types of MD, a cure has only been found for one, pompe. The 2010 movie “Extreme Measures” starring Harrison Ford chronicled the story of a parent’s search for a researcher who ultimately found a cure for pompe.

Unfortunately, Sarah and Scott have spinal muscular atrophy. “It’s an inherited disease that causes extreme muscle weakness and deterioration that worsens over time,” Sarah explained. Moreover, spinal muscular atrophy is a form rarely found in siblings. Neither of their biological parents has the disease although they are carriers. Despite having MD, Sarah and Scott made a commitment at a young age to lead a full life. “We started looking for friends who had the disease, and support systems,” Sarah said. “That’s how we found MDA. I say we are doing alright. Some people think we are weak, but we are doing alright.” Some of the greatest times Sarah and Scott remember were as kids going to MDA summer camp in the Cuyamaca Mountains every year. Local military personnel and firefighters added to the fun. “A fire truck would come out,” Sarah said, smiling. “They’d cover our wheelchairs in plastic and have a competition with fire hoses.” Though TURN TO SIBLINGS ON B15

Trifecta is a thing of beauty in the horse tracks of America. You make a wager on three races, naming the race and the horse that will come in a winner. This takes creativity and a certain amount of bravado to come home on top, with an oversized payoff for your gamble. I find that same amount of risk and reward in the new breed of wine shop personalities who have opened their doors and offered what I call a “trifecta” for the wine consumer. Here are some winners

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Taste of Wine worth betting on. Downtown Carlsbad was the location chosen by a former wine wholesaler-turned-retailer, Rene Fleming, for her new enterprise.It’s a wine shop with a “trifecta” format of wine bar, wine sales by the bottle and

small bites rustic menu of hot, fresh food that pairs well with the wines offered. She named the shop RELM, meaning “Really Enjoy Laugh More.” Rene, along with support staff Sherry Martin and Katie Murray, spins the magic. From wine appreciation classes and fresh tasting ideas, to artists and jazz musicians, RELM keeps customers coming in and staying to enjoy their “trifecta.” Visit www.thewinerelm.com for more information. Over in San Marcos, the

ROOM WITH A VIEW The new FLAVOR Del Mar in the Del Mar Plaza is managed by Jerome Astolfi, left, with Jason Maitland as executive chef. Check out the view! Photo by Frank Mangio

master blaster orchestrating his version of the “trifecta” is James Allyn at Canape’s. James sold North Country Wine Company across the street and built out Canape’s in the San Marcos Restaurant Row. It too is one part retail wine shop, one part wine bar and one part small bite restaurant. Canape’s plugs in a fourth part with a major schedule of entertainment. From blues to flamenco, you’ll hear it all while you sip on your pinot noir. You can attend a “black tie” Oscar party Feb. 27 for a live telecast starting at 5 p.m. Several trivia and other contests make it a winner. Call (760) 510-2088 for an RSVP and other details. In Rancho Santa Fe, the place to see and be seen is Dolce Pane E Vino with Steve Flowers managing. Italy never looked so beautiful as this posh wine bar, rustic dining, living room and wine bottle retail creation with Tuscan surrounds. Another intimate touch, you can sit across from the chef and chat about your menu choice while it’s being cooked for you. Vi s i t w w w. d o l c e p a n e e vino.com for details. Finally I have to include the WineSellar & Brasserie TURN TO WINE ON B15


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PET WEEK Ebony is a 2-year-old spayed female domestic medium hair feline. Ebony will make the perfect companion for people 16 years and older. Her adoption fee is $75. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

EL RANCHITO GUEST RANCH The guest ranch was known for greeting its guests with genuine California hospitality. Later it became known as the Wishing Well Hotel. Eventually the property was sold and subdivided. Today, Los Eucalyptus is the name of the street that leads to the many houses that occupy this beautiful setting.

Wishing Well Hotel FINE DINING Enjoying the cuisine in the elegant Don Quixote room are Patricia Manion and her daughter Holly. The room was painted with scenes from the novel “Don Quixote.” All of the wall paintings, wood and stained glass detailing in the hotel were designed by artist James Hubbell, whose mother, Julia Larrea, owned the hotel.

Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or email rsfhistorical@sbcglobal.net for more information. Photos courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at www.arcadiapublishing. com.

Safety center gets needed funding boost By Bianca Kaplanek

facility, the Del Mar Foundation pledged to donate the money once the city voted to move the project forward. Council members did so at the Jan. 24 meeting, and on Feb. 17, Friends and Foundation members gathered in front of the aging facility to present a ceremonial giant check to Pat Vergne,

community services director and chief lifeguard. The existing lifeguard tower was built by hand in 1964 by the head lifeguard with help from the fire chief. Nearly five decades later, the facility has structural cracks, a cramped room that serves as both an administrative meeting room and first aid station, a ladder to connect

the ground floor to the tower, a shared shower and locker room and a restroom that is not compliant with federal disability laws. Last month council members awarded the design contract to Jeff Katz Architecture for a 2,644-square-foot facility that will feature a 753-squarefoot first-floor lifeguard space, second-floor administrative offices and new restrooms. The project, estimated to cost between $2.7 million and $3 million, recently received a funding boost from the $4.4 million sale of a city-owned lot on Balboa Avenue. Most of that money was used to retire the debt on the Shores property the city purchased in 2008, but about $500,000 was earmarked after the sale for the new safety center. Friends of the Powerhouse has a variety of annual and ongoing fundraisers to raise money for the project, including casino night, Power-to-the-Tower bricks and an annual summer dinner and auction. So far the group has GENEROUS FRIENDS On behalf of the city, Community Services Director Pat Vergne, left, accepts a cer- raised more than $500,000. Visit www.friendsofthe emonial check for the new beach safety center from Barbara Harper, Friends of the Powerhouse president; John Coughlin, Friends treasurer; Robin Crabtree, Del Mar Foundation grant committee chairwoman; Jill powerhouse.org for more Caughlin from Friends of the Powerhouse; and Carolyn Kling, Del Mar Foundation president. Courtesy photo information.

DEL MAR — A recent City Council decision authorizing an agreement for final design of the new 17th Street beach safety center not only advanced the project, but also secured another $35,000 in funding. When Friends of the Powerhouse began its fundraising efforts for the

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Toast to Torrey to benefit high school RANCHO SANTA FE — Parents are invited to attend a wine and hors d’oeuvres gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. March 6 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Louay and Sophia Alsadek to benefit Torrey Pines High School. Admission is a bottle of wine with a value of $35 or more. Wine donated at this party will be auctioned online with many other exciting items and activities beginning March 1. For

details, visit www.torreypines foundation.org. For your convenience, wine may be purchased from Del Mar Wine Company located at 2654 Del Mar Heights Road, Del Mar or by simply calling (858) 481-8148. The stored wine will be picked up by Torrey Pines Foundation staff. Call the foundation at (858) 793-3551 for reservations and to receive directions

Ticktockers gather for day of charity COAST CITIES — The San Diego del Norte Chapter of National Charity League held its third annual All Ticktocker Day on Feb. 4 at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School. The chapter-wide event is attended by all Ticktockers and its purpose is to provide an educational and hands-on philanthropy event highlighting a few of the 26 philanthropies it serves. During the educational portion of the afternoon, Ticktockers were treated to talks by Bob Davis of the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children, (affiliated with Rady Children’s Hospital) and Hilary Patterson of the Salvation Army. They spoke about their jobs and in what ways NCL Ticktockers can help the children and adults they

support. Hands-on projects included decorating picture frames for the Miracle League opening-day team photos, stuffing Valentine bags for San Pasqual Academy students, and making Valentines for the children patients at the Helen Bernardy center. Chapter Grade Level Advisors were on hand to help organize the projects and provide assistance, and the day was organized by the Ticktocker Council representatives and Ticktocker Vice Presidents Loraine Dyson and Vicki Minteer. The Ticktocker Council representatives are Gina Schoelen, Catherine Hedrick, Kelly Boutelle, Nathalie Kourie, Cameron Klaus and Zoe Stephenson.

TICKTOCKERS From left, Paula Schloss and Allison Rombach were among the current Senior Class of 2012 of the San Diego del Norte Chapter of National Charity League, which gathered for All Ticktocker Day on Feb. 4. Courtesy photo


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Add splash of color to water-wise landscape Creating a low water use yard from an old water guzzling lawn (in my last column) we scalped the sod, installed mounding, placed rocks and created interest with the movement of the soils and the placement of small boulders and rocks. These things by themselves are very low maintenance but they don’t excite the eye very much. Color, texture, and movement, on the other hand, are extremely important but it takes an experienced landscape artist to know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. I love the brilliant San Diego Red Bougainvillea cultivar for this application, but it has special planting parameters you should follow or you might be asking for trouble. Originating from Brazil, this thorny climber loves protected warmth during the winter months here in San Diego but grows like a maniac during the summer. Funny thing about this crazy plant besides being a mess in tight quarters, the more you water and baby it, the less it blooms.When you overwater this plant, what you mostly get are leaves. When you stress it, you can get beautiful reddish blooms and no leaves. In fact, the reddish blooms are not the flowers of this specimen. They are really nothing more than bracts, or the structural supports of the flower, which in the case of the bougainvillea are very small and white in color. There are tons of these along the white walls of Swami’s Self Realization Center.You can see the long green canes growing about an inch a day when temperatures ratchet up in late July and August making pruning a regular problem. When you use this spectacular plant, be sparing in the numbers you plant unless you have unlimited space. Hillsides facing the south catching the first and last rays of the winter sun are ideal for good health and optimum drainage. The bougainvillea will freeze and die in a low wet shady spot during the winter cold. Be careful pulling it from a container though, the bougainvillea has fine delicate roots that are very susceptible to shock. You’ll know if you pulled it out of the can too hard, the whole plant will go limp and stunt back sometimes never recovering unless watered copiously TURN TO LOCAL ROOTS ON B11

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Sweat lodge death case begins jury selection By Shelli DeRobertis

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Local company offers truly unique artwork By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Art lovers are now able to commission a portrait so unique nothing like it is exists in the world. That is because it incorporates deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the genetic code that contains the secret to your individuality. In June 2009, former research scientists Dean Sauer and Andy Bass formed Yonder Biology, a DNA art company based in Carlsbad. The two wanted to start a business and developed the concept while working at Sigma-Aldrich, a local life sciences company. “We wanted to use what we knew and tools we used day-to-day,” Sauer said. Their experience in life sciences also gave them the know-how to develop technologies for visualizing DNA. “Pretty much anything that has DNA, we can visualize,” Bass said. “We like to think of this as democratizing art.” After a customer places an order, Yonder Biology sends a sterile cotton swab that is used to scrape the inside of the cheek. The customer places the sample into a sealed plastic tube and returns it to Yonder in a stamped, self-address package. Using the DNA, Bass combines science and Photoshop to create an original piece of art. In addition to customizing the color, Bass is able to incorporate a photo of a person, a scene or something else that is unique to the person such as their signature or favorite car. Cost begins at $99 if mounted on photo paper, $349 on canvas and $399 on acrylic. Size ranges from 13inches-by-19-inches to 36inches-by-54-inches. Customers can add their signature to a portrait for $25. A second DNA image can be added for $69, three images for $199. DNA art is also available in T-shirts for $34 each. While Yonder most com-

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. — A jury selection began Feb. 16 for the trial of a Carlsbad motivational speaker who is accused of causing the deaths of three people who died after participating in a sweat lodge ceremony. James Arthur Ray, 53, pleaded not guilty to three counts of manslaughter, which stem from a spiritual retreat he hosted near Sedona in October 2009. Prosecutors contend that more than 50 people were crammed inside a sweltering sweat lodge and Ray admonished them if they wanted to leave, according to reports. Ray’s attorneys say that the defendant is not to blame and that the deaths were a tragic accident. His attorneys have requested a change of venue and asked that his case be moved from Yavapai County to TURN TO SWEAT LODGE ON B10

Rate hike for water district set for April IN THE GENES Yonder Biology was commissioned to create a piece of art blending the photo of this little girl with the DNA obtained from a lock of hair of her late father. Photo courtesy of Yonder Biology

monly uses saliva to extract DNA, a hair sample can be used if, for example, a customer wants to create art with the DNA of a loved one who has passed away. In addition to people, Yonder has developed methods to create art using the DNA of dogs and even beer. “We’ve experimented with Stone, Lost Abbey and Avery,” Bass said. “We spun the beer to get the yeast pellet, which causes the yeast cells to separate out of the beer. Then we break open the yeast cells to extract and amplify the DNA to be able to visualize it at the next step of our process.” In January Sauer and Bass were recognized for their innovativeness when San Diego Magazine named them among “50 People to TURN TO ARTWORK ON B11

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HELPING HAND St. James Academy students, in one of several “family” groups formed at each grade level, reach out to the community through this year’s The Works of Mercy program. Courtesy photo

St. James students practice the act of giving back SOLANA BEACH — St. James Academy has set up “family” groups, which consist of one student from each grade level put together in a group called a “school family.” Each year, there is a theme for the monthly school family activity. This year’s theme is The Works of Mercy. The activities students

have participated in this year have included sheltering the homeless where the children made place mats, posters and snack bags for the transitional homeless shelter that was set up in the parish for two weeks in November. In January, they practiced “visiting the sick” by making flower pots for residents at

La Vida Del Mar, an elderly care facility. The February Act of Mercy was to clothe the naked, so students held an annual baby shower to provide assistance to women and babies in need. Every student in the school brought in one or more wrapped gifts such as diapers, baby food,

bath supplies and infant clothing. Each classroom held a baby shower in which the children unwrapped the gifts they brought, and then had Valentine’s Day treats. Hundreds of items were collected and parents took them to the various agencies. The gifts were sent to the following organizations:

The Community Resource Center, Veronica’s home in San Bernardino, Life Choices in Poway, The Family Recovery Center in Oceanside, Birth Choice of San Marcos, Culture of life Family Services in Escondido, and the newly opened Birth Choice Center in Oceanside.

Mainly Mozart concert series kicks off at The Inn By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Azalea Room at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe provided an intimate venue for the kickoff of this season’s Mainly Mozart series on Feb. 13. At this year’s opening concert were violinist Stefan Jackiw with Max Levinson accompanying on the piano. Before the event, concert-goers nibbled on cheese and sipped wine at a reception that was held outside. It had been chilly earlier in the day, but with the heaters dotting the patio, it made for a pleasant evening nonetheless. “We like music,” said Jeanne Weidner while she and her husband, Noel, waited for the concert to begin. “We’ve been to some of the other concerts, one downtown and one in Escondido. This is the first time for this venue.” What made the evening extra special for the couple is that they were celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary. This 15th annual Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series gives audiences the opportunity to experience chamber music at its best. “Mainly Mozart program was founded in 1988 as a summer festival,” said Nancy Laturno Bojanic, executive director of the program. “The TURN TO MOZART ON B11

Noel and Jeanne Weidner celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary at the concert.

Above, Manley and Linda Sarnowsky and Jim and Laurene Crosby relax with wine and cheese before the concert. Left, Trude and Roberta Ruddy and Steve Walde Hermann Zillgens pose with their at the wine and cheese reception friend Nancy Snyder. Below, Drew before the concert. Cady and Nancy Laturno Bojanic, who is executive director of the Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series, get ready to greet guests. Photos by Patty McCormac

Darlene Drury and Jody Henderson pose for a photo at the reception.

Colanders last a long time. But through heavy use, they get chipped, dented, partially rusted or melted. Eventually, you’ll need to replace your old colander with a new one. Don’t throw the old one away. There are multiple creative ways to use it even if it’s not in perfect condition. If your colander is still in great shape, I’ve included a few ways to make it multitask. One reader, Polly from Pennsylvania, shares: “Reevaluating what you already own can save you tons of money while giving a fresh new look to a space. Perhaps the pictures in your dining room would look great in your bedroom. Maybe those tea towels would look great thrown over your kitchen curtain rods. Those old vintage hankies that have been taking up space in your drawer might make a lovely wall grouping hung in frames on your bedroom wall.Your old beat-up colander just might look great spray-painted copper, with a potted plant in it, or maybe that chest of drawers in your bedroom would be perfect for storing tablecloths and extra things, like the gravy boat you pull out twice a year.” Do you have any handy household ways to use a colander? Here are some more ideas. Produce container: It can hold fruit or vegetables. Place on your kitchen counter as a practical and pretty display bowl, or use it in the refrigerator for food such as grapes or berries. Food cover: Use a colander to cover food at a backyard barbecue. It will protect your food from insects. Or use it indoors to cover a plate of hot food such as waffles or pancakes. It will help keep them warm until it’s time to serve them. Play time: A colander can help corral bathtub toys. The holes let the toys breathe and drip dry, too. Kids will enjoy using one at the beach or in a sandbox as a sifting toy. Don’t have young kids? Use it to hold a loofah, washcloth, soaps, etc., in your bathroom. Crafts: Use a drill and a clock kit and make a whimsical clock. Or make a creative hanging lamp by adding a lamp cord. Visit www.instructables.com/id/ HangingColander-LampShade for a tutorial. Gift container: Use as a no-waste gift container. Fill it with homemade TURN TO FRUGAL ON B11


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Events teach how to trim water use ENCINITAS — Olivenhain Municipal Water District in partnership with San Dieguito Water District and Santa Fe Irrigation District is holding a free series of four waterefficient landscape workshops for landscape professionals from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, and will continue on consecutive Tuesdays through March 15. This workshop series will be held primarily in English with a bilingual Spanish-speaking instructor. Attendees have the option of selecting a manual in English or Spanish. Seating is limited so reserve seats today for yourself or for your landscape contractor by calling (760) 632-4236 or e-mailing watersaver@olivenhain.com. Water districts are offering these workshops in an effort to increase awareness of efficient irrigation management. The focus of water conservation is now on outdoor water-use efficiency because more than 60 percent of residential water is used outdoors. Efforts are made to encourage residents, homeowners associations and businesses to investigate the possibilities of a lush landscape that uses less water and requires less maintenance, creating a demand for landscape professionals trained in California-friendly landscape design and irrigation principles. The end result can save time in maintenance, and money on water bills. Each workshop builds on principles presented in the preceding workshop, but prior attendance is not required for subsequent workshops. Students begin with basic irrigation principles and conclude with irrigation scheduling. Participants who attend all four courses will receive a certificate of completion. This workshop series will cover the following subjects: — Irrigation Principles and Adjustments and Repair will cover types of irrigation systems, sprinkler layout, sprinkler components, sprinkler selection and spacing, and common sprinkler problems. — Irrigation System Troubleshooting will explain an analytical approach to solving irrigation system failures and how to examine mechanical, hydraulic and electrical problems as well as provide practical training in the use of electrical troubleshooting equipment. — Controller Programming will look at basic and advanced controller features and how to TURN TO WATER ON B15

YOUNG DIPLOMATS Pacific Ridge students, from left, first row, Stephanie Sapp and Annie O’Donnell; with, from left, second row, Abby Perelman, Katie Glockner, Izzy Hogenkamp, Hena Mustafa, Alex Rodrigues, Rachel Latterich, Kenneth Gudel, Zoe Tracy, Meili Eubank and, from left, third row, teacher Scott Silk, Tristan Saggese, Sean Straw, Dillon Lerach, Alex Rodrigues, Elle Lichter, teacher Noah Rachlin and Trevor Nesbitt attended the 2011 Model United Nations Conference of the University of Chicago. Chow, Perelman, Rodrigues, Eubanks and Saggese earned special awards. Courtesy photo

Students honored at 2011 Model UN Conference CARLSBAD — Approximately 2,100 students representing 120 schools from all over the world assembled Feb. 3 through Feb. 6 at the University of Chicago, forming student committees that spent the weekend conversing on conflicts, events and principal actors of the international arena. Pacific Ridge School sent

17 representatives. To prepare for the conference, students researched and developed a position paper on each of the topics assigned to their committees. The conference’s closing ceremonies included the presentation of awards to the highest-scoring individuals and delegations. Five Pacific Ridge School

students earned individual delegate awards for their respective committees, including: • Outstanding Delegate, Janine Chow — Press Corps, El Universal. • Best Delegates, Abby Perelman — Disarmament and International Security, Albania; and Alex Rodrigues

— Disarmament and International Security, Albania. • Commendation Awards went to Meili Eubanks — World Health Organization, Albania; and Tristan Saggese — World Health Organization, Albania. “We congratulate all of the students who participated in this year’s Model United

Nations Conference,” said Scott Silk, history teacher, Pacific Ridge School. “The University of Chicago Conference is one of the biggest and most wellknown conferences in the country,” Silk added. “It was a great trip and our Pacific Ridge School students did an outstanding job at the conference.”

Seals, stores and more to see in SLO Town E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road

nous mammals. This time, busloads of school children and seniors line the barriers and circulating docents answer questions like: “When are the seals here? (Males begin arriving in late November to stake out territory and fight over the females. They leave March or April); “Why are they making that noise?” (The males are challenging each other); “What do they do when they aren’t on the beach?”(They swim in the ocean and eat continuously, diving as deep as 5,000 feet for food). After photographing the seals and the people watching the seals and the seals watching the people, we drive south about seven miles to Hearst’s Castle visitor’s center. No time to tour the castle, but we do explore the expansive center (free admission) and its William Randolph Hearst Exhibit. The history of this publishing tycoon (1863ELEPHANT SEALS Mature males (bulls) like this one fight each other for dominance. They generally weigh 1951) is a bit sugar-coated,

There they are — hundreds of elephant seals lounging in the sand, doing what these creatures do every winter on Piedras Blancas beach: hang out, give birth, nurse, mate and molt. It’s one of the strangest and most intriguing sites the West Coast has to offer, and you’ll find it about 20 minutes north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1. Once almost extinct because hunters valued their oil-rich blubber, elephant seals are now protected by federal law. A few migrated to this beach in 1990, told their friends, and two years later, the first pup was born. The last time I was here, there were no viewing platforms or fences between visi- about 6,000 pounds, but can weigh up to 11,000 pounds and reach a length of 16 feet to 22 feet. Their long tors and this mass of oleagi- snouts give them the name “elephant” seal, but females are much daintier looking. Courtesy photo

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Local former Marine found guilty of first-degree murder By Shelli DeRobertis

VISTA — A former Camp Pendleton Marine was convicted of first-degree murder on Feb. 10 for beating and stabbing to death an Oceanside auto shop business owner because the 23year-old man hadn’t completed restoration work on the defendant’s car in a timely manner.

The jury found former Lance Cpl. Raphael Ramey, 21, also guilty of the special circumstance of the murder being intentional and involving the infliction of torture. The victim, Charles Evan Williams, was stabbed more than 50 times. Deputy District Attorney Minaz Bhayani had previously said that the pho-

tos of the victim were horrific. Ramey’s sentence is set for March 14 in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Joan P. Weber, and he faces life in prison without parole. Weber’s court clerk said the jury found “not true” the special circumstance of carjacking, and was hung on the

crime of robbery and the other special circumstance of lying in wait. According to earlier reports from Oceanside police, Ramey was mad at Williams because he paid Williams $12,500 to perform work on his classic car and it was not ready after being restored. It was taking two

months longer than expected. According to court testimony, Ramey talked to codefendant Xavier Adams about “jacking” Williams, and purchased two knives at a Walmart. Adams was 19 at the time of the August 2009 murder and faces his own trial next month.


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San Diego resident Sherry Rancho Santa Fe residents Gina Schoelen and Kylie McCarthy with their Burmese mountain dogs Buddha McDonald ran with her daughter’s dog, Cocoa. and Lily.

San Diego resident Megan Keneda and her dog pass the halfway point in Sunday’s Puppy Love 5K.

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the Helen Woodward Center’s 5K athletic event to help animals DEL MAR — Helen Woodward Animal Center’s annual Puppy Love 5K Walk Run, benefiting the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Escondido resident Judy Fridono (center) starts the fun walkers along took place on Feb. 13 on the with her pups Rina (left) and Surf Dog Ricochet (right), who also served San Diego resident Blair Miller heads down Highway 101 toward the corner of Via de la Valle and as Dog Marshall for the event.

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SOLANA BEACH — For Wade Koniakowsky, surfing is both sport and art. Surfboards are also his canvas. Koniakowsky was a successful commercial artist back in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, until 1978 when he chased his dream of living, working and surfing on the north coast of San Diego. He started an ad agency, assuming the role of art director on campaigns for Fortune 500 brands and garnering more than 300 awards. After the “dotcom bust” in 2000, Koniakowsky began to paint in his off time, he says, “to get back to something pure, creative, organic.” By 2004 he sold his interest in the agency and went out on his own as a fine artist. “I started painting images of surfing but once I began to market them I wanted to expand to art that was inspired by the ocean,” he remembers. “People approached me about painting surfboards. I was not interested. I didn’t think it was real art. Then I began to toy around.” Koniakowsky said it wasn’t long before he came across an artistic look influenced by Hawaiian and Polynesian culture that was interesting to him. “I began to do images of Polynesian collage that was inspired by people and the tropics,” he said.“That is what I was known for and still am.” Due to demand, Koniakowsky adapted his art to California. Eventually he was commissioned to create surfboard art for clients on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Puerto Rico

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but the artifacts and photos are worth a look. In search of lunch, we head back to bustling downtown SLO and discover the Oasis Café (675 Higuera St.) which specializes in Moroccan and Mediterranean fare. My chicken curry and rice is the best I’ve ever had. Next on the itinerary: the elusive Bubblegum Alley. We walk up, down and around Higuera Street and can’t find it, despite directions from at least three people. Finally — there it is — the gum-graffitied walls (15 feet by 70 feet) next to 733 Higuera St. It takes a minute to get past the “ick factor,” but once I do, I find the Dubble-Bubble-Hubba Bubba-Bubblicious artwork to be fascinating. Exploring this communal mural is like trying to find pictures within the picture. When my eyes adjust, names, designs, fraternity letters and more emerge. Bubblegum Alley backgrounder: Like many oddities, this has a hazy history. Plastering gum on the walls might have begun as a postWorld War II graduation ritual at SLO High School, or it may have evolved as a rivalry

between local high school and Cal Poly students. Downtown business owners tried in vain to keep the alley walls clean. Finally, in 1996, they turned lemons into lemonade and designated it an attraction that complements the shops, restaurants, cafes and art galleries on the pedestrian-friendly shaded streets. Exploring downtown on foot will bring you to many unique boutiques. One of the “funnest” is KwirkWorld (766 Higuera St.; www.kwirk world.com). Owner Kirk Psenner calls it “the South Park of stores … irreverent with a lot of love.” Easily offended? Do not enter KwirkWorld. But if you’ve got a sense of humor about life, love, politics, sex and religion, come on in. I laugh out loud more than once and don’t leave emptyhanded. No, I won’t tell you what I bought. After KwirkWorld, Mission San Luis Obispo, just a short walk away, provides a contrasting environment. The courtyard is a quiet oasis, and the beautiful, cool interior of the church is a treasure. Built in 1794 and restored in 1933, the mission complex features a museum with a rare collection of early California photographs, Father Serra relics and bas-

“very” effective, though almost all (97 percent) thought they were “somethey had started practicing what” effective. medicine, respect and appreciation from patients had Patient perspectives gotten “a little” or “much” The Consumer Reports worse. National Research Center — Forty-two percent of also conducted a subscriber physicians said health-plan survey in 2009 (its readers rules and regulations inter- may not be representative of fered “a lot” with the care the U.S. population as a they provided. whole). — When it comes to minThe CR subscribers surimizing pain and discomfort veyed said that as patients for their patients, only 37 they were highly satisfied percent thought they were with their doctors. But they

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STICKY SITUATION Visitors and locals fashion ever-changing gum graffiti on the walls of Bubblegum Alley, located next to 733 Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Though the business association tried to keep the area clean, they finally gave up and decided to turn lemons into lemonade. Now the alley is a tourist draw. Photo by E’Louise Ondash

kets and other works crafted by the Chumash Indians. SLO Town, as locals call it, hosts many events throughout the year, including the annual international film festival. This year’s,

March 9 through March 13, features a salute to females in films, including filmmakers and stunt women. Visit www.SLOFilmFest.org. Lodging suggestion: The Apple Farm (applefarm.

com). Offers country Victorian themed rooms that are cozy, colorful and detailoriented with many amenities. Off-season prices begin $109; in-season at $119. To see how SLO can be a

base for seeing the Central Coast, visit www.sanluis obispovacations.com.

still had complaints ranging from the irritating, such as having to sit too long in the waiting room, to the substantive, such as ineffective treatments. Other findings include: — Thirty-one percent of patients said they wished they had more information before choosing a doctor. — More than one-quarter of patients indicated some level of discomfort with their doctors’ inclination to prescribe drugs. — Only 9 percent of

patients said they e-mailed keeping an informal log of their doctor directly in the treatments, drugs, changes in condition, notes from previous previous year. doctor visits, and tests and Tips for getting the procedures could be helpful. most from office visits But only one-third (33 perTo get the most out of the cent) of patients routinely did 20 or so minutes allotted for so. — Research online, but the typical office visit, Consumer Reports provides carefully. Sixty-one percent of patients said they researched the following tips: — Plan ahead. Jot down a health information on the list of questions or concerns to Internet to help with their address during the appoint- medical care. Almost half of ment, and prioritize them to physicians surveyed said get the most important ones online research helps very little or not at all. For informaanswered first. — Take notes during the tion on a condition, consumers appointments. Eighty-nine should go directly to a few relipercent of doctors said that able sites like government

sites and high-quality academic treatment-center sites, such as the following: — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) — Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov) — MedlinePlus (www.medlineplus.gov) — National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov) — Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com) — Cleveland Clinic (www.clevelandclinic.org)

are my roots . . . Polynesia.’” Several of Koniakowsky’s boards are incorporated into the décor of Billabong retail stores.Later this year he will be designing a board to celebrate Hansen’s Surfboard and Surf Shop’s 50th anniversary. Although his surfboards can be used to ride waves, he doesn’t recommend it. “The board is designed so you could ride it if you wanted to, but it’s really meant to be a piece of fine art,” he said. “The main thing, and it’s very hard to do, is that all my boards are finished with a highgloss automotive finish. I go to the extent of using two coats of finishing resin, then sanding and buffing it. It’s all done by hand.” Each board incorporates mixed media of gold leaf, block print and figurative, scenic and abstract painting. Prices run

between $3,000 and $8,000. Koniakowsky’s art can be viewed at the Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, a collaboration between Koniakowsky and Aaron Chang. The address is 415 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (858) 345-1880. On Sundays from 12:30 to 5 p.m., Koniakowsky presents an oil painting demonstration of figurative, landscape and Polynesian styles of art. For more information, visit www.koniakowsky.com and www.aaronchangoceanart.com .

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personal collection. Fernando Aguerre, founder of Reef Footwear, and artist and photographer Aaron Chang also own surfboard art created by Koniakowsky. “Wade has a very unique and beautiful vision for turning surfboards from wave riding vehicles into works of art,” Chang said. “I love his aesthetic and get happy when I’m in their presence.” Koniakowsky admits that one of his biggest thrills is to have more than 25 pieces of his art in the private collection of Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. “Troy bought three of my surfboards,” Koniakowsky said. “He lives in La Jolla in the offseason and likes to look up on his wall and say, ‘Yeah, those

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Maricopa County, due to what they feel is unfavorable and excessive media coverage. The judge overseeing the case, Yavapai County

Superior Court Judge Warren Darrow, said he’ll see if an impartial jury can be seated before he rules on a change of venue motion, said a report from the Associated Press. Opening statements are scheduled for March 1 in Camp Verde.

E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

Visit the Consumer Reports website at consumerreports.org.


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FRIENDLY CHAT On a beautiful Rancho Santa Fe evening, Shannon Haley, Josie Gomez and Leonard Weitzer chat. Photo by Patty McCormac

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idea was to bring together an all-star orchestra.” She said the musicians for the orchestra were handpicked from some of the most prestigious orchestras in the country. The musicians performed on outdoor stages during the summer. “It was in 1996 that the music was moved inside for the Spotlight series,” she said. “The idea was to show-

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case the musicians and allow the artists to interact with the audience.” While the concert stage is more formal, the Spotlight series is more relaxed and the (chamber) music can be heard as it was written. “It was created to be played in people’s living rooms,” she said. There will be a total of five concerts at The Inn, including the one held Feb. 13. The next concert will be held at The Inn on Feb. 27

featuring The Mandelring Quartet. Next is March 13 with Robert Levin on the piano. On March 27, with Steven Copes, on violin; Peter Wiley on cello and Anna Polonsky on piano. The final concert will be on May 1 with a chamber orchestra including Ani Kavafian and Ida Kavafian on violin; Richard O’Neill on viola; Robert deMaine on cello; and AnneMarie McDermott on piano. To learn more or for t ickets, call (619) 230-0100, ext. 2.

approved an 8.85 percent rate increase, which was lower than the staff’s recommendation of 9 percent, directing staff to transfer additional funds from OMWD’s Rate Stabilization Fund to mitigate the impact of rising wholesale water costs. “We understand that times are still tough for many of our customers, and that it is just as difficult for them to pay higher water bills as it is for us. Drawing from our reserves is not a decision we take lightly, but in this case, it’s a necessary step for us to take to shield our customers from the full brunt of wholesale cost increases,” OMWD Board Treasurer Mark Muir said. The San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of

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Watch in 2011.” They ranked No. 1 of “10 People to Watch in North County.” In addition to their own business, they are subcontracted to do DNA imaging by European companies who offer the service. Currently, Yonder is in

Directors adopted its 14.7 percent increase in treated water wholesale cost at their June 24, 2010, meeting despite a rate protest from OMWD’s board of directors opposing the wholesale rate increase. Claude A. “Bud” Lewis, then chairman of SDCWA’s board said, in a news release: “The costs to provide our region with a safe and reliable water supply are continuing to rise, but the Water Authority is working aggressively to mitigate these rising costs and protect the interest of our member agencies and their rate payers.” SDCWA has justified the 14.7 percent wholesale cost increase for 2011 by citing rising costs to purchase and deliver imported water to the San Diego region as well as rising costs to operate, maintain, and finance discussions to expand their product line to include accessories, apparel and footwear. “We are trying to get investors so that we can move into retail and increase our marketing,” Bass said. “More than being an investment, it’s an opportunity to get into a cool, cutting-edge company. The name Yonder

the region’s water system to improve long-term water reliability for the region. Steps have been taken by OMWD to mitigate wholesale water cost increases for 2011, including drawing from its Rate Stabilization Fund to offset the impact of anticipated reduced sales in Fiscal Year 2011 due to wet weather conditions, a reduction in capital expenditures, and continuous cost containment efforts through the “Holding the Line” program. OMWD remains committed to minimizing operating costs and keeping rates reasonable for its customers, even as wholesale rates have jumped significantly. Following the most recent increase, OMWD’s rates remain among the lowest third of water agencies countywide. Biology was inspired by a favorite expression of Bass’. “I grew up in Alabama, so often you say ‘Look over yonder,’” he explained. “Yonder also represents the horizon and the future.” For more information, call (760) 583-4951 or visit www.yonderbiology.com.

BEFORE THE SHOW Sharrie Woods, Nancy Hand, Dan Hand and Cauleen Glass enjoy the pre-concert reception. Photo by Patty McCormac

plants. The bowl shape lends itself well to being made goodies, an Italian gift “bas- into a hanging planter. Plant ket” or kitchen items. herbs or seeds for a beautiPlants: A colander can ful mini container garden. make a fun container for Use one to grow sprouts, too. You can visit youtube.com/user/LivingAp artment for a how-to video. Steamer: A metal colander can be used as a makeshift steamer basket. Place vegetables in the colander and place the colander inside a large pan (that allows the colander to balance on the edges and not be immersed) of water to steam vegetables. Yogurt cream cheese: Make a homemade substitute for cream cheese. Another reader, Patty A., from Utah, shares a recipe: “You’ll need one tub of lowfat plain yogurt, cheesecloth, a colander and mixing

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INDIVIDUALIZED ART Yonder Biology in Carlsbad can incorporate an image of a person's DNA, with a favorite photo, to create a unique piece of art. Photo courtesy of Yonder Biology

bowl. Place the colander over the mixing bowl. Wet the cheesecloth and line the colander with it. Dump the yogurt onto the cheesecloth so the yogurt can drain through the cloth. Let drain for an hour. Tie the corners and leave to drain overnight in the fridge. The next day put the cheese in a storage container. Discard the liquid left in the mixing bowl. You can eat it straight (like cream cheese), or you can mix spinach and other flavors into it for a great dip or spread.” 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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immediately afterward. Ironically, having such delicate roots, it is one of the few plants that you can cut and propagate directly from the mother plant into moist warm soils. Placing this plant on a mound in our new drought tolerant yard will splash some color on an otherwise boring moonscape of dirt and rocks. What I like to do is work with a plant palate of three to four low ground covers, three to four small architectural plants, add a few larger elements and use an upper story canopy to tie the ensemble together. The secret here is to choose plants that hold your attention visually and have approximately the same water constituent needs.

Typically placing these colorful and low-maintenance, low-debris oriented plants in groups, I can weave a drip line in amongst them using 3/4 black poly tube. Using long metal stiff wire staples, we then staple it to the surface of the soils. On the surface, we can install shrubbler sprays by punching them directly into the poly tube. The Vari Jet adjustable drip emitter is another favorite watering tool and can be shut off or increased by simply turning a knob on the side of the emitter.This is indispensable when trying to water small groups of ground cover in your water-stingy landscape and is key in preventing excess water expenditure and the onslaught of brand new weeds. You might be wondering what happened to the origi-

nal lawn irrigation. We simply removed all the pop-up irrigation bodies and capped them below grade. Depending on their location one is left over to connect to the new drip line and is now run by the pre-existing valve. The beauty about the system is that the larger the plant being watered requires only that more emitters be punched in to accommodate it’s needs without sending water everywhere. Finally, wood chips are installed between the plants to save on water, weeding and create beauty in a natural manner. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, e-mail him at Kent@plantch.com.


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FEB. 25, 2011

SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — No matter how much good planning you do, you still need to be prepared for the unexpected, because it is likely to happen. Be ready to roll with the punches and no one will know there were any. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Regardless of the resistance you might encounter, keep plugging forward on your dreams. However, heed warning: Do not deliberately provoke conflict with others in doing so. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Trust your past experiences to guide you instead of trusting the advice being offered by someone who hasn’t done what you’ve accomplished, no matter how smart this person might be. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — The accomplishments you are able to achieve will have to be reward enough for you, because there is a chance the compensation that was promised might be a little slow in coming. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Someone for whom you’ve done much in the past might promise a lot, but be slow to deliver. You’d be smart not to expect too much from those who never have produced. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — This is one of those days when you can achieve something quite significant

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and/or difficult. However, don’t allow yourself to get bogged down in details. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Go after those things you know to have huge reward potential, but don’t allow anyone who can’t carry his/her own weight to tag along. Someone of this ilk may think s/he deserves a cut. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Being with friends will prove to be extremely fun and rewarding, with one exception. Someone who isn’t part of the group could disrupt things if you allow him/her to do so. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You are smart to get all your chores out of the way as early as possible if you have plans to go out with friends later on. You may need a little time to yourself between activities to recharge yourself. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — The good work you do will be handsomely rewarded, but take care that in your celebration for the huge compensation you don’t blow a wad on something foolish. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Your will to win makes you try harder than what’s possible for most people, so it is no surprise for you to be sought after to be part of a team. Join in, but don’t think of yourself as being a hotshot. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — There are few people who are as selfreliant as you, so don’t think this is true for everybody. Some people need guidance and help and will do a good job for you if you let them.

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adjust for temperature/seasonal changes. Irrigation controllers are provided for inclass use. — Irrigation Scheduling will cover when to irrigate, how much water to apply, and how soil types affect water-holding capacity and irrigation frequency. It will also provide instruction on the use of a specially designed “scheduler” to estimate irrigation run times eliminating complicated calculations. Olivenhain Municipal Water District is a public agency providing water,

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wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity and operation of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Organized in 1959, OMWD has been serving water to its customers since 1961. OMWD currently includes more than 48 square miles, and serves a population of approximately 68,000 residents. OMWD includes portions of the cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Diego, Solana Beach and San Marcos, as well as the communities of Olivenhain, Leucadia, Elfin Forest, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Santa Fe Valley and 4S Ranch. makes me queasy and I went straight to the bank and put food money in his account. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was the newest scam to get money from your parents. Don’t complain about having to eat beans three times a week. Just casually mention to your folks you are shopping out of dumpsters. The money will come flying in, I promise.

reminded him that he didn’t know how many times that chicken had been thawed and refrozen before it hit the dumpster. I had visions of crazy big bacteria counts. Have you ever really wanted to be right but been really glad you were wrong? Yes, that’s how I felt when I called the next day to make sure he was still breathing. Being 22 years old and, of course, invul- Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and nerable, he laughed at my con- freelance writer . Contact her at cern. The whole thing still jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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Dean’s List of Emory College, Courtney Leilani Cambra of Carlsbad has been named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Alyssa Fluss, Emily Frazier and Kara Mavers of Oceanside, and Constance Joel of Encinitas, were named to the Whittier College fall 2010 Dean’s List.

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Local boys make good ENCINITAS — The Encinitas band Switchfoot won their first Grammy Award at this year’s 53rd annual edition the Grammy Awards. All five members of Switchfoot were present to accept the award.

Wild violin COAST CITIES — The Hutchins Consort, of Encinitas, has launched an online quiz with their new CD release “The First Fandango.” The group has been funded by Encinitas’ Community Grant Program as part of the Family Concert Series at the Encinitas Library. The only ensemble in the world playing on the eightscaled violins of the violin octet, designed and built by famed luthier Carleen Hutchins, has launched the online quiz through Friday, April 1 at www.hutchins consort.org.

Stand up for Kids CARLSBAD — Members of the GFWC Carlsbad Junior Womans Club visited StandUp-For-Kids to donate school supplies and gifts. Stand-Up-For-Kids is a national nonprofit organization with 37 chapters and four centers that serve homeless kids and teens under age 21. The Carlsbad Junior Womans Club donated $500 in addition to tents, sleeping bags, school supplies, hooded sweatshirts,

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FEB. 25, 2011

COAST CITIES — The North County Academic League consists of teams from 27 public, private and charter high schools who hold weekly competitions answering questions based on the California state curricula and current events. The regular season runs through March 17. League championships will be held March 29 (Varsity) and March 31 (JV/Frosh); with the San Diego County championships scheduled for April 28. Visit www.rbvhs.org/teachers/ ferreirae/ncal/index.htm. Results for Feb. 17 include: — Varsity, North Division: Oceanside, 39-Guajome Park Academy, 24; Carlsbad, 71-El Camino, 38 — Coast Division: No matches scheduled — Junior Varsity, North Division: Guajome Park Academy, 60-Oceanside, 26; Carlsbad, 86-El Camino, 34; Vista, 54 - Mission Vista, 8 — JV, Coast Division: No matches scheduled.

New home ENCINITAS — PC Photo and Imaging has relocated within the same shopping center, but across the parking lot. It is now at 113 N. El Camino Real, Suite B, in the Ralph’s and Trader Joe’s shopping center.

For the club CARLSBAD — Barbi and Greg Nelson of Gregorio’s Restaurant continue to donate their profits for the year to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad and are pitching a Community Guest Host night for Mondays. Hosts can pick a Monday night and invite all friends and family to dine from 6 to 8 p.m. To take part, call (760) 729-0207, ext. 303.

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they are too old to participate in the camp anymore, Sarah is quick to add that money generated from the 5K walk on Feb. 27 will make it possible for other children to attend. These days much of Sarah and Scott’s efforts are focused on giving. Last year Sarah donated one of her paintings, which brought in $600 for MDA at an auction at the 2010 Outback Annual Charity Golf Classic at Maderas Golf Club. Their mother, Lisa Carlson, says watching her children set and accomplish their goals like other young people has been a blessing. “Sarah loves people and she loves to help people anyway she can,” she said. “She does lots of volunteer work for most anybody that asks her, not just for the MDA, but others as well. She may be disabled, but it doesn’t stop her from helping others.” “Scott is busy in college, doing well, and loving every minute of it,” Lisa Carlson

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with Gary Parker the owner. Hard to find in the Sorrento Valley industrial area but wow! Amazing collection of wines and a small sit down restaurant that has been honored by Wine Spectator Magazine with its Grand Award for best wines with food since 1989. Other area restaurants that have converted to the “trifecta” format include Sage Grill in Encinitas, San Diego Wine & Culinary Center, PAON in Carlsbad andVINZ Wine Bar & Tasting Room in Escondido.

Wine news to use I hope you have tried FLAVOR,the new restaurant in the Del Mar Plaza, with a view of the Pacific to die for.

said. “Sometimes it’s hard for him just to make it to class, if he’s sick or something, but he never gives up. He is my definition of perseverance.” To join Carlson & Co.’s team or make a contribution, visit www.joinmda.org/sd musclewalk2011/CarlsonCo mpany. “A sponsor can donate as much or as little as they want,” Sarah said. “We have 15 people so far on our team. The more people we have, the more donations we can get.” This will be the 15th year the siblings have participated in the MDA Muscle Walk San Diego. The event will start at Crown Point Park in Mission Bay with snacks, entertainment and a warm-up. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., the walk at 10 a.m. After wards, participants are invited to stay for more goodies, giveaways, awards and entertainment. For more information, call (858) 492-9792. MDA is listed as a “Top-Rated Charity” by the American Institute of Philanthropy (www.charity watch.org). A first-step into the dining room from the remarkable front entrance and bar area gets an A-rated “WOW” for its expansive view of the Pacific from nearly every table. The sweeping window is about a 180-degree panorama. It’s all well and good,but the wine and food is really what FLAVOR is all about. Try one of the extensive collection of half-bottles, a brilliant idea to keep costs down, yet enjoy a premium, memorable wine. And as the name suggests, the menu is seasonal and as fresh as today with all ingredients working to enhance the flavor of the menu selection. See more FLAVOR at www.flavor delmar.com. Lovely pinot noir in Temecula Wine Country? Yes, from Woodworth Vineyards, a

A FAMILY FIGHT Siblings Scott and Sarah Carlson have muscular dystrophy. They are recruiting members for their fundraising team, which is generating sponsors for the upcoming MDA Muscle Walk San Diego in Mission Bay on Feb. 27. “A sponsor can donate as much or as little as they want,” Sarah said. “We have 15 people so far on our team. The more people we have, the more donations we can get.” Photo by Lillian Cox

micro-winery in the De Luz hills west of Temecula. Its 2008 vintage was one of 64 to be featured at the recent Pinot Noir Summit in San Francisco. These grapes are grown at the winery, where warm days and cool nights, embellished with coastal fog, make it a reliable growing ground for Woodworth. The wine is available at The Collective in Old Town. Visit www.tvwine collective.com for more information.

Vintner Hall of Fame member appearing at Morgan’s at the La Quinta Resort and Club’s next benefit wine dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 26. Tickets are $175 each. For an RSVP, call (760) 564-7600. — Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas will be featuring Italian wines from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26. Cost is $20. Call (760) 479-2500 for names. — Blind Taste like a pro 101 at a class at La Costa Wine Company from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26. There are five differWine Bytes ent styles of wine. Cost is $40. — San Diego Wine For details, call (619) 955-8884. Company has a French wine tasting scheduled from 11 a.m. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine conto 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26. There is a noisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His $10 tasting fee. Call (858) 586- library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified WINE for details. — Mike Grgich, pioneer 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five Napa Valley winemaker, is the wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at mangiompc@aol.com.

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training of what to do if an infant arrives. They also have access to required paperwork and kits that contain identification bands, he said. Matching identification bracelets are placed on both the mother and newborn’s arm at the time of surrender, as part of the state’s law that allows a mother to change her mind within 14 days of surrendering the baby. Laura Johnson regularly attends the funeral services held at the garden and said she wanted to get her son’s Cub Scout den involved. “I think everyone should come to one of these services,” she said. She and her adopted son, Keegan, have been coming to the services for many years after it was learned that Keegan had a twin sister who was buried in the garden. Soft music strummed from a guitar during the funeral, a minister spoke and special poems were read for each of the babies. The three small wooden caskets were passed around the circle, from hand to hand, and retired Minster Allan Musterer later said the act of

passing the caskets was spiritual and like that of a pall bearer. “The purpose is, when you hold that casket you have a spiritual connection with the soul of the child,” he said. Several members from the Catholic 4th degree Knights of Columbus also participated in the service, and have been a part of every burial at the cemetery as they stand attention in their uniforms with their gloves, capes and swords. Doves are also part of each service and are released from a basket back into the sky. Garden of Innocence services are nondenominational and the volunteer officiates come from many denominations, Davey said. The website for GOI gives detailed information on services, which are made possible by volunteers who make sure that each baby is given a handmade casket, a handmade blanket, a receiving blanket, a small new stuffed animal, a poem and their own name. “The names come from all over the United States,” Davey said. She said that most of the names have come from people who have donated money

to GOI and might need a closure of their own. Letting them name the child is a way for the garden to say thank you for their donation, she said in a previous report. The organization has grown from its start in San Diego to include gardens in at least five other states, and internationally has expanded to include the start-up of the program in Quebec, Canada. Davey started the organization after she learned that bodies of unclaimed children in the county were cremated or buried in unmarked graves. But for nearly 13 years now, Davey and her cofounder Rebecca Melendez have made their final resting place be complete with a loving service held at El Camino Memorial Park. Now, when the body of a baby is discovered, the ladies quickly get to work. The medical examiner contacts Davey when a baby turns up. “Once I get the call, the first thing I do is call Rebecca,” Davey said. She said necessary paperwork must be filled out and everything takes place within a two-week period before the funeral, which is

coordinated by help from volunteers. Rick Rojas was one of the many volunteers present at the funeral along with his wife, and said he has been volunteering with the GOI for three-and-a-half years. He began working as a poem coordinator and now helps arrange for the officiate and for people to give the opening and closing prayers. He said he became involved in volunteering after a co-worker introduced him to GOI by visiting the website. Jerry Moore Sr., minister at City of Hope International, was the officiate at the service held Jan. 15, 2011, for newborn Nick. He was also present on Feb. 5, to help pay respects to the three most recent burials. “I believe in the celebration of life. People see this as a morbid thing,” he said. “But it’s a celebration to these children. These are babies that drew in all of these people.” Julie Zimmerman had attended the service and was one of the last few people to leave. She said that it was the 25th baby she had come to a funeral for. “Everybody deserves the dignity of being remembered,” she said.


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FEB. 25, 2011