Rancho Santa Fe News, May 7, 2010

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VOL. 6, NO. 10

MAY 7, 2010

THISWEEK Good Guys do great things for Wounded Warriors Benefit By Patty McCormac

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Thirty-nine Wounded Warriors were recognized and each given a $5,000 check from the Good Guys at the 11th annual Good Guys of Morgan Run Fundraiser on May 1 at the club and resort. “If I were not wearing sunglasses you would be able to see my true emotions,” said Sgt. Sol Martinez as he looked inside the envelope that contained a card of thanks and a check. The check is a thank you and comes with no strings attached. It can be used for any purpose desired by the recipient. Getting special recognition this year was Sgt. Major Raymond Mackey, who sustained injures in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while leading a patrol. He stepped on an explosive device and suffered injuries requiring the amputation of both legs above the knees, hearing loss of 90 percent in both ears and serious burns that require skin grafts. He is 46, married and has five children. Mackey is hospitalized at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and was not well enough to travel to receive his award in person. It was a beautiful day for the event. In the morning club members hosted Marines for a golf game. Then in the afternoon, the luncheon and awards ceremony was held outside on the lawn in the presence of about 100 people.

gala goes low-key By Patty McCormac

SPECIAL THANKS Sgt. Major Derrick Christovale, above left, and Col. Anthony Ardovino.“This organization takes very good care of our Marines and sailors,” Christovale said of the Good Guys. Photo by Patty McCormac

The auction portion of the event, run by Good Guy Bert Poncher, invited lively bidding on items from expensive cigars, to art, to golf gear. Noted Rancho Santa Fe artist Scott Jacobs donated several original paintings to the auction, which were quickly snapped up by art lovers. Although he was outbid, Lance Cpl. Daniel Betts ended up with the bust of Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history. The winning bidder handed

it over to him as a gift. “It’s amazing what they are doing,” Betts said as he held the bust. “I am going to put this in my bathroom and every day when I wake up I will see it. It motivates me.” The other Marines and Army personnel who were guests at the luncheon were gifted with sweatshirts and gift certificates from area restaurants. “This is an awesome event,” Sgt. Major Derrick Christovale said. “This organization takes very

good care of our Marines and sailors.” Christovale was on hand with Col. Anthony Ardovino to bestow a framed print of fighting warriors as a thank you to the Good Guys. They requested it be placed near the bar. “The people are very nice and it is good to hear people appreciate what we do,” said Cpl. Justin Mansfield, who has served two tours in Iraq. Mansfield is married with a 5-year-old TURN TO GOOD GUYS ON 27

Children ‘pay it forward’ at animal center RANCHO SANTA FE — Surf Dog Ricochet, best known for her charitable Pay It Forward lifestyle, joined two of her fundraising beneficiaries, as they pawed it forward on Pay (Paw) It Forward Day on April 29. They handed out dog biscuits to the orphaned dogs at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, in an effort to raise awareness of animals needing homes. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders proclaimed April 29 as Paw (Pay) It Forward Day after Ricochet’s representatives contacted his office as part of a worldwide initiative started by founder Blake

Beattie. Paw (Pay) It Forward Day is based on the novel of the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The premise of the story is about a 12-year-old boy who did three good deeds for others in need. All he asked in return was for them to pass on the good deed to three other people, and keep the cycle going. Ricochet’s fundraising beneficiaries, Patrick Ivison, a quadriplegic she raised more than $10,000 for, and Ian McFarland, the 6-year-old with brain injuries for whom she raised more than $6,435, joined her at the Helen

Woodward Animal Center. The boys distributed boxes of dog biscuits, along with a basket of biscuits ready to be fed to the dogs waiting to be adopted. The boys also got to hold puppies, and visit the other animals, including the horses, goats, and sheep. The highlight of the visit for Patrick and Ian, along with Ian’s siblings, was being able to personally give their biscuits to some of the dogs. The dogs were happy with this mid-afternoon treat, and the young, motivated visitors had smiles plastered on their faces knowing they were paying it forward to dogs in need.

The children also learned more about adoptable animals, and what Helen Woodward Center does. Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals and enriching the lives of people. For more than 37 years, the no-kill center has provided humane care and adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. For additional information, contact Judy Fridono at (707) 228-0679 or pawinspired@aol.com.

RANCHO SANTA FE — For those planning on attending the Un-Gala UnPlugged benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association on May 14, there are a few things you need to know. “We want this to be everything a gala is not,” said Beth Davidson, spokeswoman for the Alzheimer’ Association. “No high heels, no tuxedos and no rubber chicken. We just want to have fun. People can mingle. There is no set seating arrangements. There will be wine and tequila tasting. It is a great venue for people to mingle and check out the silent and live auction items.” All the proceeds from the benefit will be given to the Alzheimer’s Association and the 50,000 people it serves in San Diego County annually. Susan Taylor, anchor of NBC 7/39 News, is the cochair of the event. She said that women who are over 55 years old today will have a one in six chance of getting the disease. For men, it is one in 10. “Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their memory and logic and devastates those who care for them, the spouses, the children, the friends,” Taylor said. “It’s just a hideous disease.” She said the great news is that some breakthroughs are on the horizon and that UCSD is conducting a latestage trial with an experimental drug showing some promise, but a cure is still years away. The event will also be the last time that Taylor and Marty Levine will be officially appearing together since Levine will be retiring on May 26, his last night on the air. The Un-Gala UnPlugged is casual. It will be held at a private home in Rancho Santa Fe. Providing entertainment for the evening will be TURN TO GALA ON 33


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What’s behind the antiTea Party hate narrative? By Byron York SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

There’s a new narrative taking hold in the wake of the recent Tea Party protests and the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing: The Tea Partiers’ intense opposition to the Obama administration has led to overheated political rhetoric, which could in turn lead to violence, perhaps as devastating as Oklahoma City. Former President Clinton has emerged as a leading voice of this new narrative. In newspaper interviews, television appearances and a widely discussed speech, Clinton said it’s “legitimate” to draw “parallels to the time running up to Oklahoma City and a lot of the political discord that exists in our country today.” “Watch your words,” warned ABC News, reporting that Clinton “weighed in on the angry anti-government rhetoric, ringing out from talk radio to Tea Party rallies.” The reports dovetailed with earlier media stories depicting Tea Party gatherings as angry mobs, accusing protesters of throwing racial epithets at black

lawmakers and of making threats of violence. The implication was that all this could be part of a nationwide trend. “Just this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that it had tracked an explosion in extremist anti-government patriot groups fueled, in large part, by anger over the economy and Barack Obama’s presidency,” NBC’s David Gregory said on “Meet the Press” in early April. “In this highly charged political atmosphere, where you’ve got so much passion, so much disagreement, this takes it, of course, to a different level.” How did this story line grow? Many of the claims that extremism is on the rise in America originate in research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that for nearly 40 years has tracked what it says is the growing threat of intolerance in the United States. These days, the SPLC is issuing new warnings of new threats. But today’s warnings sound an awful lot like those of the past. In 1989, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of skinheads, TURN TO TEA PARTY ON 33

Garden Festival hailed as huge success Possible national attraction? Reports from everywhere are the recent Encinitas Garden Festival was a fantastic success. Not too soon to plan for the next one. Object should be to develop it into a national event since it’s the only one of its kind. Time is just right. Flowers and plants are nearing their peak, hummingbirds are returning and bees are buzzing. In the 1930s folks came from near and far to enjoy the Encinitas flower show. Time to revive this event with the addition of guided garden tours. Green being the popular buzz word this event is a natural. The area is already the flower capital of the universe.

Finnell memorial lagoon walk Del Mar Community Connections is recruiting walkers for the second annual San Dieguito Memorial Lagoon walk on May 22 at 8 a.m. starting at the fire station. It begins with a hearty breakfast at which time commemorative ribbons will be available. These will be affixed to a wreath that will be displayed at the library. Lagoon docents will be stationed on the

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another decade before it’s ready for additional nit picking? Izzn’t that the Encinitas way?

BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast walkway to provide info. Proceeds are earmarked for the DMCC’s Care Management Program. Jerry Finnell was a highly regarded council member from 2002 to 2007 and was active in numerous community activities.

Another desal plant? An ocean water desalination project that would be the largest in the country has been proposed at Campen. No specifics other than there is a memo of understanding between the Marine base and County Water Authority. Would not be a deterrent to the Poseidon operation at Encina that is inching forward.

Will cost more to shop downtown O’side council electeds have raised parking meter fees to a buck in the downtown business core and beachside. Still nominal compared to what other cities are charging. In 1991 O’side meter fee was two-bits.

Cardiff’s specific plan After more than nine years and thousands of taxpayer $$$$ spent on consultants, Flower Capital electeds received copies of the 500-page Cardiff-by-the-Sea Specific Plan agenda item. Of no surprise, the council majority pondered over it and returned it to the planners for more refinement. Never mind that hundreds of volunteers as well as the Planning Commission reviewed every word of it. Will it now be

Newest farmers market

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Voter guide

League of Women Voters has published a neat Voters’ Guide for the June primaries. For governor it includes four Democratic candidates, four Republicans, three American Independent Party, two on the Green ticket, one Libertarian and two Peace & Freedom.There are 15 wannabes for lieutenant governor, 13 for U.S. Senate, 13 for attorney general, nine for secretary of state, seven for controller, eight for treasurer, eight for insurance commissioner, and a dozen for secretary of schools. Pick your choice.All want to represent you and will be needing campaign moola.

Breaking news

Debra Figone, city manager of the city of San Jose, has recommended a 5 percent pay and benefits cut for herself and 240 top management staff. Sez the savings will be in the neighborhood of $2.35 mil. Whatta novel idea! Currently all other employees are being considered for cuts.

Vista seeks varied downtown development

Already looking “uptown,” Vista’s city electeds have revised their downtown specific plan with hopes it will attract more offices, restaurants and homes into the Vista Village Drive and South Santa Fe corridors, where some buildings can TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 39

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ODD Woman recalls Carlsbad life in the ’20s FILES


By Lillian Cox

LEAD STORY In mid-April, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Kazem Sedighi issued a warning that recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere were caused by women’s loose sex and immodest dress. Immediately, Jennifer McCreight responded on Facebook by urging women worldwide to dress provocatively on April 26 to create “boobquake” and test the cleric’s theory, and at least 90,000 women promised they would reveal serious cleavage on that date. On April 26, following a several-day drought of earthquakes, a Richter-scale-measuring 6.5 quake hit just south of Taiwan. (Slight advantage to the ayatollah, since a Purdue University seismologist observed that a 6.5 quake was not uncommon for that region.)

Cultural Diversity One of the world’s longest-running TV comedy shows (according to an April Reuters dispatch from South Korea) is the weekly North Korean production “It’s So Funny,” with its undynamic format of a man and a woman in military uniforms talking to each other (though they sometimes sing and dance). The latest episode “extolled the virtue of beans,” wrote the Reuters stringer, “while avoiding any flatulence humor.” “If we soldiers see beans, we become happy,” said the man, leading both hosts to laugh. According to Reuters, “The two talk about how bean-fed North Korean soldiers were able to fight off U.S. imperialist troops during the Korean war.”

Latest Religious Messages — John Ridgeway, 45, filed a federal false-imprisonment lawsuit in March based on his 2005 trial over a traffic charge. According to a report in Michigan’s Bay City Times, just before the jury returned with a verdict, Ridgeway opened a vial of oil, rubbed some on his fingers and then around the defense table, and he later shook hands with court personnel. Ridgeway was arrested when the prosecutor, a bailiff and the ticketing police officer became ill. Ridgeway explained that the virgin olive oil had been blessed by a Colorado pastor, specifically to “cast evil” from government facilities. — In March, leaders of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wis., voted to fire the principal of its elementary and middle school because of his “question(ing) the church’s teachings.” The church had held a contentious meeting TURN TO ODD FILES ON 24

CARLSBAD — It didn’t matter that it was November. When Louise Getze, 11, and her older brother, George Jr., 13, arrived in Carlsbad in 1926 they couldn’t resist the temptation to run into the surf with their clothes on. After all, the ocean wasn’t something they saw in Andover, Ohio. Their father, Dr. George Getze, scolded them and said they could never go in the water again. He was overridden by their mother, Florence. Getze moved his wife and four children to Carlsbad to set up shop as the town’s first practicing physician. He built a home at Fourth Street (now Jefferson) and Grand Avenue. His first office was at State Street and Grand Avenue, on the first floor of the building that is currently home to the Caldo Pomodoro Restaurant. “Daddy decided that if you were a doctor you needed to live downtown,” recalls Louise Getze Curley, now 94. “When he started it wasn’t easy. He sat in his office a lot. Then people (in Carlsbad) realized they had their own doctor.” Soon Getze’s practice flourished with patients from affluent businessmen to Hispanic families who were the backbone of Carlsbad’s agricultural industry. “There were a lot of Hispanic children born George W. or Jorge,” Curley said. In addition to the ocean, Louise Curley mar-

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COMING TO CARLSBAD The family of Dr. George W. Getze, who became Carlsbad’s first practicing physician when he settled in the area in November 1926. From left, George Jr. 9; James, 1; Florence Getze; Eleanor, 3; and Louise, 7. Circa 1923. Photo courtesy Louise Getze Curley

veled at other wonders — horn toads, roadrunners and alligator pears (avocados). It was also the first time she had ever seen Hispanic people. “I thought they were the most beautiful people I had ever seen,” she recalls. After the first day at Pine Avenue School, where he dressed in knickers with long brown socks, hightopped shoes and a jacket, George Jr. announced he wouldn’t return. “He said, ‘They all laughed at my pants,’”

Louise remembers. “Daddy took him to Oceanside where there was a J.C. Penney’s and bought him jeans.” Curley said California schools were different than those in Ohio in other ways. “There was a bus that took us to the zoo and Balboa Park,” she said. “I remember being excited. We never went off the school grounds before.” She recalls that before school and during recess a teacher would put a record on the phonograph so that

students could dance the Virginia reel. Curley was also amazed to see the community come together for potluck dinners that were held in a produce warehouse adjacent to the train station. During the 1930s she remembers attending dances at the old women’s club near Pine Street. “I wasn’t allowed to go unless Mother or Father went,” she said. “Daddy was a gentleman of the old TURN TO CARLSBAD ON 38

Despite dismissals, local residents fear ‘cancer cluster’ By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad residents have noticed an alarming increase in cancer cases in their community in recent years, leading them to suspect a possible “cancer cluster” in the area. Despite reassurance from county health officials that no such cluster existed, residents were persistent in drawing attention to their concerns. When county health officials agreed to host a forum to address the issue, residents hoped to get answers regarding the increase in cases. Instead, attendees at the April 28 meeting at Calavera Hills Middle School found little more than outdated data and vague responses to their questions. “We want to know what you’re going to do with our soil, our water, our air,” said Stacey Quartarone, who lost her 16-year-old son Chase to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “These people are here to support families that have lost children, and they don’t want to lose their children.” After presenting more than an hour of basic epidemiology information, state cancer expert Dr. Thomas Mack said that there was “nothing unusual in the city of Carlsbad.” Based on the

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CLUSTER OR COMMON? State cancer expert Dr. Thomas Mack provided an overview of cancer statistics and stated that there is “nothing unusual” about Carlsbad. Photo by Alyx Sariol

most recent statistics from 2007, he also stated that there has been an “average number of cases near the power plant.” This information was not sufficient enough for the audience, who made several comments about the old age of the data. Quartarone and her husband, John, have per-

sonally compiled statistics that show more than 250 recently documented cases. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg — I can prove to you there is a cluster here,” Quartarone said. “And yes, it is the power plant.” Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten, who proctored the event, intervened

and reassured the audience that the county is taking action to address the situation. The first step is to gather more recent data, which they plan to do with a soonto-be launched website that will allow residents to document the necessary personal information. “Obviously we’re going to have to do a do-over,” Wooten said. “We need to assess what the cases are and then determine if those numbers are higher than would be expected.” Wooten stated that once the information has been analyzed, the county could then come back to the community and provide more answers. Only then can they determine if there is a need for soil, air and water testing, she said. To assist in the process, the Quartarones have also launched their own website — www.carlsbadcancerconnection.com — where residents can provide information about local cancer cases. They have already received data regarding 265 cases and expect to hear more because, as John Quartarone said, “there is definitely a pattern here.” “I urge everyone to get on the website and we’ll make sure it gets to the proper authorities,” he said.

OCEANSIDE — A former housemate of a 24-yearold woman who was murdered and then dismembered came clean April 28 about his time in the Oceanside residence. In the winter of 2005, Liko Hussey was an addict living in a single-family house on East Parker Street with at least five other people, including the victim, Janina Hardoy, and the defendant, Joaquin Martinez. During that time he injected methamphetamines daily, often several times a day, as well as used other drugs, including heroin. Five years later, Hussey is sober. He has been for four years, and is now a key witness in the homicide of his roommate Janina Hardoy. Hussey testified he had been in the house several months before Hardoy disappeared. He said the atmosphere in the northeastern Oceanside home became more negative as methamphetamines became more prevalent in the residence. Because of his heavy drug use during that time, Hussey said he had a difficult time recalling specific dates of incidents that occurred in the house. One thing he remembered though, was that Martinez was the person who shot Hardoy up with heroin. “(Martinez) always did it, that’s where it all began," Hussey said. Hardoy disappeared Feb. 2, 2005. After an extensive search, all that was found of her were her hands and her feet stuffed in a backpack located in a mobile home park on East Vista Way in Vista. Prosecutors allege Martinez murdered Hardoy, partly because she threatened to go to the police about bank holdups several of the roommates had committed. However, defense attorney Daniel Mitts has argued that Hardoy accidentally overdosed on heroin and that one of the housemates, possibly Hussey, panicked and hacked up her body to avoid any interaction with law enforcement. Mitts said the authorities wrongly charged his client because of his appearance, which includes tattoos on his neck and eyelids, and his status as a documented gang member, while Hussey, who is more clean cut and not a gang member, was only charged with being an accessory after the fact relating to Hardoy’s death. In Mitts’ opening argument, he called Hussey a “monster” who hid behind his good looks. When questioned by the authorities about the case, Mitts said Hussey stayed quiet and in doing so got minimal prison time. Hussey testified he spent two years in prison TURN TO DRUG ON 30


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Century-old vines rule roost in land of Zin

Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ coastnewsgroup.com. Rancho resident is LEAD nominee


RANCHO SANTA FE — San Diego’s Leadership, Excellence, And Development, or LEAD organization Vice President of Programs Sherrie-Lyn Thompson announced that Rancho Santa Fe resident Christy Wilson is one of the five finalists for the Herbert G. Kelin Visionary Award. Wilson has served as the executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation since 1997. Nominated by fellow class members, this honor is presented to an individual who in emulation of the award’s namesake, has not only made his or her own significant leadership contributions to the community, but has also demonstrated potential to effect further change upon graduation from the LEAD program.

Taste of Wine Spring has again brought life to the venerable old vines, whose ages reach back more than 100 years in the root stocks of Mother Clone Zinfandel at the Sonoma vineyards of Pedroncelli. This spring, the buds that will be concentrated juice are now leaves and showing another year of life. Plenty of “Goldilocks” rainfall, not too much and not too little, support the delicate leaves and shoots that will shape the 2010 harvest. Jim Pedroncelli watches over his first generation Mother Clone Zin vines like a mother hen would over her eggs. The 2008 vintage is just out, from 30 acres of second generation Zin vines using budwood from the original century-old vines, adding a Pedroncelli flavor to this classic blackberry, spice, black currant beauty. Five percent Petite Sirah has been added for color and tannin balance. Old Vine Zinfandel has

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TITLE HERE Mazen Afghani of the Mediterranean Café in Carlsbad, holding a new release Pinot Noir, greets Pedroncelli Sales Manager Mark Abraham. Photo by Frank Mangio

been planted on the property since 1904. The Pedroncelli family purchased the home vineyard in 1927 in a district of Sonoma called Geyserville. The family scraped through Prohibition by selling grapes to home winemakers with a 200-gallon government mandated limit. It wasn’t until 1934 that Pedroncelli could bottle wine under its own

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DEL MAR — With more ballots than not opposing a plan to underground utility wires in a large portion of Del Mar, the $10.8 million project came to an arguably quick and easy end during a special council meeting April 27. Following a long-range community plan that identified undergrounding as a high priority, residents in an area called the Ocean View/Pines assessment district successfully buried the equipment in 2006. One year later, residents embarked on a project to underground wires in two more sections of the city that became known as the North Hills and Sunset assessment districts. At the time, a large majority of property owners in both areas supported the plan. But as city staff, attorneys and engineers used an approved methodology to determine the cost, the economy began to fail. Proponents saw that as a positive, saying the weak economy lowered project costs. Other residents, especially those on fixed incomes, began to express opposition during public hearings, saying they could no longer afford to underground. Many asked City Council to stop the project before the required vote. The community was divided and the project was pitting neighbor against neighbor. But in fairness to those who invested time to begin the process, council members agreed to let the people decide by following through with the vote. By law, if a simple majority — 50 percent plus one — opposed the undergrounding, the project could not go forward. If there was no majority protest, council members still had the authority to stop the project, a move they said they would consider taking if the vote was close. Property owners TURN TO UTILITIES ON 38



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Train horn test gets thumbs up By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Peter Glaser has lived in Del Mar for 25 years. He can see the Coast Boulevard train crossing from the balcony of his Ocean Windows condominium. “When you’ve lived here a long time, you kind of get used to the noise, but it would be nice if it were quieter,” he said. That may happen sooner rather than later. A committee of residents has been working for the past few years to find an affordable solution to what many say is an increase in train noise. On April 22, residents and business owners were asked to participate in a hearing test to assess whether a stationary wayside horn system would be quieter than train horns used by conductors as they pass through town. Nearly two weeks after the test, committee leader Hershell Price, another longtime Del Mar resident, said he had received nothing but positive comments, including a letter from the Ocean Windows condominium association informing him the board of directors

Fundraiser anything but re’pug’nant By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Blueberry facials, massages, gondola rides and a wet T-shirt contest were just some of the featured activities at the 19th annual Pug Party. The May 1 event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was hosted by Pug Rescue of San Diego, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing neglected, abandoned and relinquished pugs. The main goal was to raise awareness and funds for medical expenses for the unwanted animals. Suzi Schutzman, Pug Rescue vice

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TUNELESS Someone reportedly stole a $300 mp3 player from a vehicle parked on South Nardo Avenue in Solana Beach sometime after 9 p.m. April 25.

residence on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 4:30 p.m. April 23 and 10 a.m. April 24.

GREEN THUMBS Weidner’s Gardens on Normandy Road in Encinitas reportedly had a dozen plants stolen from their property sometime between 5:15 p.m. April 23 and 8 a.m. April 24.

THE JAMS A vehicle parked on North Santa Fe Avenue in Vista was reportedly burglarized of its stereo unit around 6:30 p.m. April 21.


Food Stop on North El Camino Real in Encinitas was reportedly burglarized around 4 a.m. April 23. TURF WARS Someone reportedly burglarized a vehicle parked on Turfwood Lane in Solana Beach of a mp3 player sometime between 6 p.m. April 23 and 7:15 a.m. April 26. TUNE UP A vehicle parked on South Nardo Drive in Solana Beach was reportedly burglarized of approximately $1,000 in automotive parts sometime between 9 p.m. April 25 and 7:30 a.m. April 26. INTERNATIONAL Someone reportedly stole a set of keys and a passport from a vehicle parked on Via Del Charro in Rancho Santa Fe sometime between 4:30 and 6 p.m. April 26. BLING STING An Encinitas residence on Eolous Avenue was reportedly burglarized sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 23 of more than $6,000 worth of jewelry. WOMAN ROBBED A 52year-old woman was reportedly robbed around 10:45 p.m. April 23 on South Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach. SUCH A TOOL Someone reportedly stole a dozen tools valued at more than $2,000 from a vehicle parked on Gacony Road in Encinitas sometime after 11 p.m. April 23.

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ROBBERY The California Bank and Trust on Escondido Avenue in Vista was reportedly robbed around 9:10 a.m. April 20 of $3,540.

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ENCINITAS Petty Theft 6, Burglary 6, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 1, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 1

CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft 1, Burglary 0, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 0




Petty Theft 0, Burglary 1, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 5, Burglary 8, Vandalism 3, Assault 0, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 5, Burglary 10, Vandalism 8, Assault 0, Grand Theft 7, Robbery 0 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 3, Burglary 2, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0 VISTA Petty Theft 2, Burglary 11, Vandalism 3, Assault 1, Grand Theft 5, Robbery 1



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Hospice volunteer lends patients a helping hand By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Several years ago, “Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” became a popular book and movie. It was about a dying professor who taught a former student sitting at his side every week that a person can achieve no higher sense of fulfillment in life than love. Dan Del Fiorentino is the historian at the National

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Legoland Water Park to open for summer By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — As the countdown to summer begins, Legoland is marking days off the calendar to another big day — the opening of the first-ever Legothemed water park on May 28. The family-friendly Legoland Water Park will combine elements of traditional water parks with unique features only made possible by the Lego brand. The designers embraced interaction, education and fun to deliver a water park specifically geared toward families with younger children. “This is a first — it’s never been done before,” Peter Ronchetti, Legoland’s general manager, said. “It’s truly geared for 2- to 12-yearold children and their families.” The $12 million water park features several differ-

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Elementary teacher sentenced to prison for molestation By Randy Kalp

CARLSBAD — A Superior Court judge sentenced a former Carlsbad elementary school teacher to prison April 26 relating to the molestation of several students in his classroom. Dressed in a two-piece suit, Raymond Firth stood emotionless as Judge Daniel Goldstein addressed the former teacher in a Vista courtroom about the ramifications his actions have had on the victims and their families. “When a teacher does this to a child, it changes their whole life,” said Goldstein, adding that the emotional injuries to the children may not be revealed for at least another decade. “They will question their worth, they’ll question authority, they will never have real trust for anybody.” By violating the “precious position of trust” that

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Fallout from Mr. Firth’s case? While addressing Firth at his sentencing Monday, Judge Goldstein told the defendant that his actions not only hurt the children and their families but the teaching profession as well, and that the total cost of

that type of conduct may never be fully known. One former employee of Pacific Rim believes he knows all too well the cost of Firth’s crime. Justin Thorp, a computer lab assistant at the school, said in a phone interview recently that he was wrongly fired in the wake of Firth’s arrest. Thorp said he was first scolded by Principal Robert Devich for playing tetherball with students at lunch in September 2008, which he immediately stopped. However, he said students continued to come into the lab to work on both school and nonschool assignments, like art and poetry, without the supervision of a teacher. Thorp was adamant that during the time he spent in the lab with the children the door was always open. While he admits to telling students that they were always welcome to come by and talk,

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President of Del Mar schools steps down By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Saying she has been “isolated” and “marginalized” by her colleagues, Comischell Rodriguez resigned as president of the Del Mar Union School District board of trustees, but will remain in office, she said in an April 26 statement. Rodriguez said board members have attempted to exclude her from conversations during closed-session. She also said they have signed documents and met with legal counsel without her knowledge, “assuming the board presidency in all but name.” Rodriguez was elected to the board in November 2008. Earlier that year, trustees Annette Easton, Steven McDowell and Katherine White voted to buy out the contract of then-Superintendent Tom Bishop, a move with which Rodriguez said she didn’t agree and one that prompted her to run. Sharon McClain was hired to replace Bishop in August 2008, but was fired TURN TO PRESIDENT ON 33

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DEL MAR — Forty years ago, Jim Lischer imagined he would spend his retirement in a beachfront home in Del Mar. Oceanfront property priced as it is, Lischer’s dream unfortunately didn’t quite play out. “So I did the next best thing,” he said.“I wore a swimsuit to work for 38 years.” After nearly four decades as a Del Mar lifeguard, Lischer retired May 1. His 38-year career includes more than 900 rescues and no drownings. Lischer’s interest in lifeguarding began after spending a month on the beach in New Jersey when he was 12. His older brother, Chuck, was working as a guard. “He inspired me as a teen to consider it,” Lischer said. “To me, lifeguards were the king of the beach.” His family eventually moved to La Mesa, and

Lischer attended Helix High School, where he swam and played water polo. He continued in both sports as a student at Grossmont College until he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. After his return, he responded to a 1972 advertisement seeking lifeguards in Del Mar because he always wanted to be close to the beach. He said he “absolutely did not” intend for the job to evolve into a lifelong career. “I was planning to become a credentialed physical education teacher and coach water polo and swimming,” he said. “I was ready to apply for a job at Torrey Pines (High School), but the lifeguard captain offered me more work.” The rest, as they say, is history. During his impressive career, Lischer said two of his 900-plus saves stand out. One

he refers to as the 900-pound rescue. “Three 300-pound Samoans got caught in a rip current,” he said. “I went out to make a supportive rescue, meaning just to check to see if they were panicking. When I got to them ... they sunk my board.” Lischer said when lifeguards are on a rescue, their colleagues watch to see if a hand goes up, meaning assistance is needed. “I take pride to not need help in lifeguarding,” Lischer said. “That’s the first time I called for assistance. There was no way I was going to bring these three people into the beach. I needed more lifeguards with more boards.” Lischer refers to his other memorable save, which occurred in 1978, as the TURN TO LIFEGUARD ON 27

A meal worthy of high praise DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate The great thing about a restaurant that does a weekly tasting menu, and alerts its loyal patrons with a weekly e-mail, is the sense of anticipation it builds. I look forward to receiving the Firefly e-mail to see what Chef Aaron Daley and owner Jim Barrasso are up to in their kitchen. The weekend of April 16 it was pure culinary bliss. This tasting menu, whose description made me cancel plans to get there on a Saturday night, was such a perfect mix of courses and ingredients that I knew it had to be shared. I will try to do it justice. First off, if you are going to do a tasting menu, do it with the wine pairings. It’s so nice to let the professionals do their thing and just sit back and enjoy. And Firefly pairs wine and food as good as any restaurant I’ve been to. And it’s not always an obvious pairing. With that, let’s get started on this epic meal. The first course was called

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tied all the ingredients together. The combo bit of bacon, flan, asparagus, endive lettuce and vinaigrette was so perfect I did not want it to end. Note to Firefly, put this on your menu. The second course took us into seafood heaven with a Red Bell Pepper Laquered Scallop. Accompanying the super moist and delicious scallop was a sweet corn and TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 38

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High school students honored for their volunteer service By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Teen Volunteers in Action, or TVIA, again offered its senior class to the world at the annual Senior Send-off, held May 2 at the Nativity School Activity Center. The 23 boys, all from different high schools in the area, were being honored for the hours of volunteer work they have contributed since the seventh grade, said Andrea Wait of TVIA. Some of the causes were Brother Benno’s, Community Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, Miracle League of San Diego and North County Solutions for Change. They also lent a hand at parties for school children and helped at the Special Olympics. Outside of the activity center, each young man was honored with a story board Carrie Butler, senior advisor, and Jim Brogan, who was the fea- about himself including a photo, a quote and hopes for tured speaker at the event. the future. Sweatshirts from an array of their college choices were clipped to a clothesline near the entrance of the auditorium where the event was held. Jim Brogan, an inspirational speaker and advisor, spoke about the “10 Steps to Success.” TVIA is a nonprofit group founded by Franci Free and Terri Matthews, which engages boys grades seven through 12 in a structured program of volunteerism, philanthropy and personal development. Anne Gruzdowich, TVIA’s president, said the hope is that through such programs, boys will grow up to be strong leaders. This year’s graduates are Jeff Butler, Blake Byer, Bryce Condon, Campbell Filley, David Harris, Eric Hayes, Joke Holker, Matt King, Alex Moffit, Zach Negroni, Ryder Noll-Robles, Matthew Psyllos, Matt Scarano, Matt Schneider, Wyatt Thomas, Michael Shoen, Brent Smelter, Reid Tudor, Jordon Warburg, Alex Watson, Alex Woolley, Zach Zehner and Dan Zug. Each senior had a story board marking his years at school, a For more information quote from them and their hopes for the future. about TVIA, visit tvia.org.

Alex Watson, Bryce Condon, Matt King, Alex Moffit.

Back row from left, David Harris, Zack Zehner, Eric Hayes. Front row from left, Jake Holker, Zach Negroni, Daniel Zug. Photos by Patty McCormac

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ENCINITAS — Alex Long has an enviable lifestyle, particularly in today’s economy. At only 55, he’s recently begun to collect a comfortable pension after retiring from the San Dieguito Water District. Now he’s free to focus on what he really loves in life — creating dazzling Raku pottery. Life wasn’t so bright several years ago. Long was raised in Solana Beach by his mother, Eve, and stepfather Herschel Larrick Sr., who owned Solana Beach Lumber. He was the only boy with six older sisters. He began working with clay at 13 and often visited his sister’s friend, renowned potter Dayle Rushall, who let him use his potter’s wheel in exchange for cleaning his studio on South Cedros. Long sold vases and stoneware in a Del Mar gallery as a senior at San Dieguito High School. He took pottery classes at night through the adult school. After high school graduation, Long worked as a production potter for Robert Maxwell Ceramics in Fallbrook, where he learned how to throw large pottery. Eventually he purchased an existing production business, Banyon Tree Stoneware Ceramics in Escondido. Clients included Nursuryland, Growing Gardens and Jack-in-the-Box which flooded him with orders for oversized planters for every store in the United States and Canada. “At one point I threw 1,000 pounds of clay before noon, making 40-pound planters,” he remembers. To support the growing business, he and his partner took out second mortgages. Long was enjoying a San Diego Sockers game at Qualcomm Stadium in 1981 when he learned that a defective vent on a kiln ignited the tar roof and destroyed the business. He and his wife, Nancy, were forced to sell their house and move into a

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Library fills May with fun RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library, at 17040 Avenida de Acacias, will hold several events in May for all ages, celebrating spring and ushering in summer time. Preschool story time will be held every Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Every week, the theme of the stories change: May 11 is fitness, May 18 is ducks and May 25 is Mother Goose. Enjoy an afternoon of crafts every first and third afternoon of the month. Create a jump rope craft on May 20. Teens can create popular “artist cards” at 3:30 p.m. May 24. The cards are made to look like famous pieces of artwork and can be traded between individuals. For more information, contact the youth services desk at (858) 756-2512. Kick off the summer reading program with one of the “USA Jump Stars,” Melinda. Be prepared to show of your jump-roping skills and learn some new tricks from this talented athlete. All ages are welcome. The Rancho Santa Fe Book Club will discuss “Lavinia” by Ursula Le Guin at its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. May 14. The book is from the perspective of Lavinia, the great love of the hero Aeneas from Virgil’s epic poem “The Aeneid.” “Half Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls is the selection for June, which will be discussed on June 11. MiraCosta English Professor Holly Ordway will discuss her original work “Further Up and Further In: C.S. Lewis’ ‘Narnia’ and More” at 11 a.m. May 15. The event is a part of a lecture series teaming college faculty and San Diego public libraries together to discuss a variety of popular literature and original works. All ages are welcome. Learn the Chinese meditative practice of “Qi Gong,” which uses slow, graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques at 11 a.m. May 7, May 14, May 21 and May 28. The session is taught by Silja Bjorklund.



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Project Turnaround hosts spring concert and gala By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — To celebrate new life brought on by the spirit of the season, Project Turnaround held a spring concert and gala April 23 in the St. James Catholic Church Community Hall that featured dinner, an opportunity drawing and entertainment by local jazz musician Peter Sprague. Project Turnaround is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with developmental challenges by providing hands-on experiences that awaken their latent potential and skills. The goal is to help participants become contributing members of society by offering a variety of performing and fine arts classes, educational and enrichment experiences and socially responsible micro-enterprises.

JAZZ IT UP Local jazz musician Peter Sprague entertains guests at an April 23 fundraiser for Project Turnaround, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with developmental challenges. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

New members are always welcome. Visit project-turnaround.org or call (858) 481- GOOD TIMES Kristin Rompf and Philip Schmid, members of Project Turnaround’s Pioneers Club, share a 3998 for information. laugh before the show begins. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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Monte DeGraw, Blake and Lynn Ingle, Anne Donahoe and Abney, center, helps volunteers Renate Schmid, left, and Mary seats before local jazz musician Peter Michael DeGraw, attended Project Turnaround’s spring con- Easton prepare to sell tickets for the opportunity drawing. Sprague begins his show. Photo by Bianca Photo by Bianca Kaplanek cert.Photo by Bianca Kaplanek Kaplanek

Life gets really sweet when it’s time for a birthday I have had a very sweet week. It was my birthday week, which never hurts, and I scored not one but two gorgeous cakes. One was tasty chocolate with a picture of Johnny Depp on it. Even at my age, that’s sweet. The other was actually a giant Boston-cream-pie cupcake covered with dark chocolate. It was the kind of thing you want to eat all alone, in the dark, all-atonce-without-hardly-chewing. I didn’t, but I gave it serious thought. Another enormous source of sweetness came from all the amazing little hugs, birthday serenades, an eight-foot poster and a zillion hand-made birthday cards I got from those adorable little ones that come through my elementary school library. That kind of sweetness could soften up

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Ranch salon helps keep Chelsea’s light burning RANCHO SANTA FE — Studio Felando’s Keep the Light Burning fundraiser on April 28 raised more than $13,000 to benefit Chelsea’s Light Foundation, the nonprofit organization launched by the parents of slain Poway teen Chelsea King. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening’s event will be donated to the charity. Local families, business owners and government leaders, including State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, joined together in the courtyard outside Studio Felando for a silent auction and raffle led by former San Diego Padre Steve Finley. Assemblyman Fletcher, who represents California’s 75th District, traveled to Rancho Santa Fe for the event from his office in Sacramento where he has been working to introduce Chelsea’s Law to government leaders. Throughout the evening, guests also enjoyed live music in addition to wine and hors’

CHELSEA’S LIGHT From left, Keep the Light Burning fundraiser event organizers Juliann Ford and Deana Carter are joined by State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, Studio Felando owner and event organizer Suzanne Felando Mattson and Steve Danon, chief of staff to Congressman Brian Bilbray. Courtesy photo

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event organizer and Studio Felando owner. “There has been a tremendous outpouring of support from people who want to know what they can do to help the King family and Chelsea’s Light Foundation. Tonight’s event is the culmination of these efforts to remember Chelsea and keep her legacy alive.” To make a donation to Chelsea’s Light Foundation, checks can be mailed to: Chelsea’s Light Foundation, 12463 Rancho Bernardo Road San Diego 92128-2143. For more information about Chelsea’s Light Foundation, visit chelseaslight.org. Chelsea’s Light Foundation is a California nonprofit corporation formed in March 2010 by Chelsea’s parents Kelly and Brent King. The foundation supports Chelsea’s Law, which would require stricter sentencing guidelines for violent sex offenders and institute a more intensive monitoring system for parolees.

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LA JOLLA — The La Jolla Community Foundation has expressed its support of the seven fire pits at La Jolla Shore beach and has challenged other donors and community foundations to come forward as well to support fire pits in their communities. The 186 concrete public fire pits, measuring 5 feet by 5 feet, have been a popular part of San Diego beach culture for decades. The city of San Diego has sought to eliminate beach fire pits in Mission Bay, La Jolla Shores, and Ocean Beach in 2010 to help trim approximately $120,000 per year from the city’s budget. “The fire pits have long contributed to the public’s enjoyment at La Jolla Shores,” said Phyllis Pfeiffer, chairwoman of the La Jolla Community Foundation. “The La Jolla Community Foundation seeks to enrich the environmental, social and cultural experience of La Jolla by creating and preserving public spaces that bring people together.” The La Jolla Community Foundation’s donation is contingent upon similar contributions to support fire pits on San Diego beaches citywide. “The city of San Diego has made it clear that we cannot isolate our own beach community for support,” Pfeiffer said. “Donations must go into a central fund to support all San Diego beach fire pits.” The group is an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, which has helped public-spirited citizens finds ways to address community problems since 1975. “(Our donors) all share a common purpose: to make San Diego a better place in which to live, work and play,” said Bob Kelly, president of the foundation. “We’re hopeful that other community members help San Diego preserve the culture and enjoyment of these fire pits for generations to come.” Local city officials are also offering their support to maintain the fire pits. Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said the generous donations of the La Jolla Community foundation provide excellent leadership for other communities. “The fire pits are such a great part of our beach experience, and I am hopeful that donors in other communities will also step forward so that the fire pits can be preserved on all our beaches,” Lightner said. For more information on how to help support and preserve the beach fire pits, visit www.sandiego. gov/philanthropycenter/op portunites/firepit.



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Spotlight on Ranch resident, matchmaker Karian Forsyth After recently attending a book signing of a famous matchmaker in Beverly Hills, I became inspired by this new enterprise that has many individuals finding true love. And what better way to find out the inside dish on how these services really work than from one of my good friends? I had the pleasure of interviewing Rancho Santa Fe’s very own matchmaker, Karian Forysth. She was kind enough to share some of her insights in my latest column: Q. When did you become a matchmaker Karian? A. In 1992. Q. I explored your website and found all of these amazing stories of couples that found love because of you. How rewarding is that to know you have enabled others to find their true love? A. It’s the most amazing thing to know that you have helped to make someone’s life change for the better. Whether it’s the best date that they have had or the ultimate goal for people who want a lasting commitment. Q. I have to ask, what do you think of the Rancho Santa Fe dating scene? A. Since I am happily married as you are, I view it as another possible reality show! Being a smaller community with fewer places to go and a more mature group of singles makes it difficult for single people to find their ideal match. Q. What advice would you give to those who are hesitant to invest money in finding the match, through your company? A. If you are single and what you are doing isn’t working then you should be open and investing in alternative methods such as visiting The Ideal Match as we give results and have the solutions. Q. If you could give some words of encouragement to someone still looking to find love, what would you say to them? A. Well Machel, being an optimist and someone that takes action in all aspects of my life, I say what do you have to lose? Keep doing what you are doing and remain single or be proactive and try something different with me. Q. What do you think of “Millionaire Matchmaker” on Bravo? Is it really like that in the matchmaking

MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch business, or it that just hype for television? A. I was entertained by it seeing that I am in the same business. Of course it’s not like that in my business we don’t rent megayachts and have two men pick from 20 women. It’s individual, one-on-one matching. Q. Do you believe in love at first sight? A. Yes I do believe in love at first sight for some people. On the other hand you can first meet someone and not think that they were your typical type, but a wonderful surprise occurs and they could be the love of your life. So the moral of the story is if you are lucky enough to have love at first sight that’s perfect. On the other hand if you meet someone that has great qualities this could be love at second sight, which is just as perfect. Q. Last question. Why did you choose Rancho Santa Fe for your hometown? A. I have lived all over the U.S., and once I moved to the San Diego area I grew to love Rancho Santa Fe more than anywhere I have lived.

Around Town On April 10, I received word from my great friend Meredith MacDonald that her son Holden hit two grand slams in one game. If you know anything about baseball, that’s pretty cool. My son Jackson plays Little League too. So what I can tell you is for that to happen in one game is definitely newsworthy to me. Holden is part of the Del Mar Little League and is a member of the Angels! If you have any fun photos from Little League or other sports you would like to share with the community this spring, please share them with me. Thanks for sharing the photo, Meredith. Way to go “Home-run Holden!” On April 14, Helen Woodward’s Spring Fling committee for Best in Show hosted a wine tasting at Fairbanks Country Club. Each guest that was invited was asked to bring an expen-

SPRING FLING FUN Longtime Ranch residents Ed and Dottie McCrink with son-in-law Ken Shull at the Helen Woodward Spring Fling wine event in Fairbanks. Courtesy photo

MEET THE MATCHMAKER Rancho Santa Fe’s very own matchmaker, Karian Forsyth. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

sive bottle of wine, which would then be donated to the wine auction at the Spring Fling event coming up in June. My mother-inlaw Katie Shull is head of this committee, and is featured here with her husband Ken Shull. Also featured are Dottie and Ed McCrink of Rancho Santa Fe. Make sure you buy your tickets now to help raise money for animals that need our help. This is one of my favorite events of the year! Please visit www.animalcenter.org/events/fling/. June 5 is just around the corner, so remember to buy your tickets now to one the most exclusive events of the year in Rancho Santa Fe. On April 17, I had the pleasure of attending another wonderful spa party at Karian Forsyth’s home in the Crosby. With the recent rains, the mountains have never looked more gorgeous inside the gates of this pristine community. The guests lounged around pool side in gorgeous frocks that resembled Egyptian attire fit for queens. Of course, coming from my son’s ballgame, I had my basic jeans and Tshirt. I guess I didn’t receive the dress code memo, just kidding of course. Melissa Williams also came that day for some fun in the sun. I enjoyed having my eyebrows dyed sort of dark and thick, think “Marilyn” here. I still

go for that retro look I guess. Some of the other lovely ladies enjoyed facials by Oxygen Medical Spa, and a fabulous massage. Karian’s husband Tom crashed the party. I snapped a relaxing photo of him by the pool. Thanks Karian for including me at one of the best events each month in town. Life is meant to be lived luxuriously, especially in Rancho Santa Fe. On April 15, Deana Carter from Carter Financial shared with me some important information regarding the recent health care changes. “The new health law will unfold over the next few years, with many of the highly controversial provisions not taking effect until after 2012,” Carter said. “The real costs of the bill are only becoming evident in 2014, although billions of dollars in new taxes and fees take effect sooner.” If you would like to meet Deana for some of your own financial planning, please contact her at (858)756-1566. I have included this photo of Deana from one of her health law forums she held right here in Rancho Santa Fe. Deana is also very active in the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary

BEST IN SHOW Katie and Ken Shull look gorgeous together at the Best in Show Helen Woodward fundraiser event in Fairbanks. Courtesy photo

POOLSIDE Karian and friends luxuriating by the pool in the Crosby. Photo by Machel Penn Shull


ALL SMILES Melissa Williams and Machel Penn Shull at the Spa Party. Courtesy photo

BEST BRUNCH Mille Fleurs’

Chef Martin Woesle prepares one of SPA DAY Tom Forsyth at his GRANDSLAM Holden MacDonald hits a grand slam for his team the the best Mother’s Day Brunches wife’s Spa Party in the Crosby. FRIDAY FUN Matt Baker, Ben Koonce, Holly Manion and Robin Shull at

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“Around Town.” Machel Penn Shull

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Mille Fleurs on a Friday night. Photo by Machel Penn Shull


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Underdogs bring home Valley Cup trophy SANTALUZ — In only their second year of participating in the Valley Cup golf tournament, Santaluz was the underdog with little expectation or hope of winning, but they brought home the gold April 10. The annual tournament has been played for more than 20 years between four exclusive golf clubs. The competition is respected in the golf community and play is rigorous as the tournament is San Diego’s Ryder Cup equivalent. Based on a similar format to the Ryder Cup, the tournament is all match play with each team playing on every team’s home course. This year, Santaluz captain Kerry Garza and co-captain Mark Mugerditchian led a team of 24 golfers. The tournament included the four teams from The Farms, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club and The Santaluz Club. After the first day of singles match-

NEW CHAMPS IN TOWN The Santaluz Golf Club team celebrated their win at the Valley Cup golf tournament held April 8 through 10. Santaluz was new to the event, but triumphed. Courtesy photo

es, Santaluz was dead last and determined to earn as many points as they could the second day of the tournament which was played in an alternate shot format. Santaluz earned 76

percent of the possible points for the day, setting a tournament record and positioning them in first place. The third and last day of play was the better ball for-

mat, made up of two-man teams, and the title was still anyone’s for the taking. Santaluz played well throughout the day but were neck-inneck with The Farms and it

came down to the final two groups on the course to determine the winner. The final members of the Santaluz team to golf were Jeff Bush and Shawn Turner. With the title on the line, the players bottled their nerves and Bush made the 5-foot putt for par, making Santaluz the tournament victor. “We’re very proud of how the Santaluz Club pulled together to lead the team to victory,” said Santaluz Director of Golf, John McCook. “As our membership continues to grow, the strength and skills of the golfers do as well.” Santaluz will proudly display the Valley Cup trophy at its club until next year, when they will play to defend their title.The final Valley Cup tournament scores were Santaluz, 172; The Farms,154; Fairbanks, 125; and Rancho Santa Fe, 125. Visit www.Santaluz.com for memberships and information.

Cheerleaders teach spirit to raise funds

CARMEL VALLEY — Torrey Pines High School cheer squad is hosting a Cheerleading Fundamentals workshop as a fundraiser designed for children aged 5 through 14 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 4 in the high school quad, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road. Children will be split up into groups based on age and will be taught cheerleading fundamentals such as basic cheer motions and jumps. The cost is $30 per participant if registered by May 22, then $40.To pre-register, mail check payable to TPHS Foundation to Elisha Glazebrook, c/o TPHS Cheerleading Fundamentals, 4110 Via Candidiz, #101, San Diego, CA 92130 or e-mail elishaglazebrook @hotmail.com for details.

World Oceans Day celebration at Birch Employee wins award Delicias LA JOLLA — Celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, with a visit to Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at 2300 Expedition Way. Honor our connection to the ocean and raise awareness about the need to protect its life after viewing the 70,000-gallon kelp forest tank or touching real shark skin.

The day also marks the 50th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” so visitors can explore the aquarium by spotting fish with unusual names and odd shapes. A fish-themed scavenger hunt and story times will be also be held throughout the day. All activities are includ-

ed with paid admission to the aquarium. Cost is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8.50 for youth ages three to 17. Children ages 2 and under are free. The aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complimentary threehour guest parking is included with visit. For more information, visit www.aquarium. ucsd.edu.

at Santa Fe Irrigation introduces new general manager RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board of Directors recognized Operations Supervisor Paul Duckworth at its April 15 meeting, after he won the American Water Works Association’s “Outstanding Operator Award” for 2010. The award is the highest honor the California-Nevada section dedicates solely to water system operators. Duckworth earned the prestigious honor for developing innovative and cost-effective approaches to system operations, as well as mentoring staff members. His efforts to implement

new programs and make enhancements to the district’s water distribution system have resulted in improved system reliability and a higher quality of water supplied to customers. The award is sponsored by Operator Management International, a division of CH2M Hill, and is named after their retired vice president. The award is to recognize exemplary operator performance while working in a supervisory position, with attention to dedicated compliance with public health TURN TO AWARD ON 33

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Scripps Encinitas expands to keep up with community growth By Lillian Cox

ENCINITAS — Since opening in 1978 Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas has worked hard to keep pace with population growth and rapidly developing technology. Today, Scripps Encinitas is one of five acute-care hospital campuses in the Scripps Health system. In March it was among four Scripps Health hospitals on the state’s list of top California hospitals for delivering quality health care. Earlier this year Scripps Health was named to Fortune magazine’s 13th annual list of America’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The Scripps Encinitas campus has 138 beds, more than 1,000 employees, 550 physicians and 250 volunteers. It boasts North County’s first certified Primary Stroke Center; a segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) receiving center designation from the American Heart Association and the only Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)-accredited brain injury program in San Diego, Imperial and Riverside counties. In addition, the hospital has the distinction of being the county’s first World Health Organization-designated baby-friendly birth pavilion and a regionally recognized rehabilitation center. A wide range of specialty services and programs are offered including imaging, intensive care, a Level II neonatal nursery, OB/GYN, cancer/oncology, urology, cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, an ambulatory surgery center and 24hour emergency services. Despite having the busiest emergency room per bed, per capita in California, Scripps Encinitas’ ER has one of the top patient satisfaction scores in the nation. Patient care involves important outpatient educational programs such as support groups, health seminars and training relating to issues such as hypertension, diabetes, nutrition, weight management and chronic pain management. The hospital also offers amenities such as free valet parking, two tranquil healing gardens, sunlight-filled waiting areas, private patient rooms, pastoral care and pet therapy. To maintain the high level of quality care, hospital officials, civic leaders and volunteers from the community gathered last month to celebrate the start of a $200 million expansion project. The first of two phases is currently under way and includes construction of a three-story parking structure to accommodate a significant increase of cars on the campus. A three-story medical office building will attract new physicians to care for people throughout the growing communities. In addition, a two-story, 70,000-square-foot critical care building will be con-

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We have it all. structed as a new wing of the hospital. This building will house a new emergency department with 23 beds, twice the number of beds on today’s unit. This expansion will double its current capacity and allow for new state-ofthe-art technology and services. Of the $65 million needed from philanthropy, a historic $10 million gift was recently donated by the Leichtag Family Foundation. This has given significant momentum to The Campaign

for Scripps Encinitas, which is the largest capital campaign of its kind in the history of North San Diego County. “Coastal North County

has grown dramatically in recent years, but our hospital has not expanded in nearly 20 years,” said Carl Etter, chief executive of Scripps Health

“For more than 45 years, the physicians and staff at Scripps Encinitas have cared for the residents of Encinitas and surrounding communities,” Carl Etter, Scripps Encinitas chief executive, said. “Coastal North County has grown dramatically in recent years, but our hospital has not expanded in nearly 20 years. Despite that, we have managed to care for our patients at the highest level possible that ranks us in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation. The $10 million Leichtag Family Foundation gift to Scripps Encinitas will afford us the opportunity to expand our facility to meet the current and future needs of our community.” Courtesy photo

Encinitas. “Despite that, we have managed to care for our patients at the highest level possible that ranks us in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation. The $10 million Leichtag Family Foundation gift to Scripps Encinitas will afford us the opportunity to expand our facility to meet the current and future needs of our community.” A $7.5 million gift was donated earlier by the Leichtag Foundation. “Past gifts have been very impactful,” said Dr. Michael Lobatz, immediate past chief of staff at Scripps Encinitas who was president of the community advisory board where Lee Leichtag served for many years. “The gifts to the emergency department and the women’s birth pavilion have affected the lives of tens of thousands of people.” Lobatz reports that the latest donation will be used to purchase an MRI breast coil, digital mammagram, anesthesia machine, cardiac echo machine, laprascopic video tower, EEG, Fluroscan C-arm x-ray used during surgery and wireless monitors for the emergency room. Funds are also earmarked for renovations of the women’s imagining and outpatient lab areas. “Virtually every part of the hospital is being touched by these gifts,” he said. “Hospitals today can’t exist without philanthropy.” For more information about the Scripps Encinitas expansion plan, e-mail encinitasinfo@scripps health.org, or call (760) 633-6857.

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Straightening out claims of anti-wrinkle creams By Consumer Reports

Nothing betrays a woman’s age more than wrinkles, according to the 12,699 Consumer Reports online subscribers who responded to a recent survey about aging. For the many Americans determined to vanquish wrinkles, the market overflows with antiaging lotions, potions, skincare regimens and even body washes that manufacturers claim work magic on your dermal layers — in weeks! But how well do they really work? Not very, CR’s latest tests show. CR bought nine face serums, a product it hasn’t tested previously. Serums, which are thinner and more fluid than creams, usually soak into the skin quickly. Those tested range from $20 to $65 and are available at drugstores, department stores and spe-

GIRLS GOT GAME The Game, a girls surfing competition, was held at D Street Beach in Encinitas on April 25. Carlsbad High School, San Dieguito Academy, Torrey Pines High School and Vista High School each had their women’s surf teams compete. Former Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident Brad Gerlach called the action and Fuel TV covered the event. Above, the Carlsbad High team takes to the water. Top right, Los Angeles resident and Fuel TV personality Amanda Champagne interviews San Dieguito Academy’s Hannah Van Veen. Bottom right, Carlsbad’s Ivy Miller rips up a left early in the first period. \


of members on March 21, but few spoke out for the principal, largely because female members were banned from speaking at all. (According to the Baraboo News Republic, women cannot vote on the church’s business but generally are allowed to talk at meetings until now.)

Questionable Judgments — Under Britain’s Department of Health guidelines, prisoners about to be released, and who had previously taken drugs but cured their addiction while incarcerated, are being purposely re-addicted by wardens, using methadone. According to researchers, the former addicts will then be less likely to overdose when they get back on the street. Reportedly, more than 460 prisoners have thus been “retoxified” in the last five years. — Judge Robert Benjamin of the Hobart branch of Australia’s Family Courts ruled in a March custody case that sisters, aged 10 and 8, must spend weekends with their father, even though he is a convicted sex offender with a child-porn habit. The judge attached some restrictions that Dad must install a lock on the girls’ bedroom door that he cannot control and, if the girls stay overnight, the

oversees cosmetic safety and labeling, doesn’t require manufacturers to test the products for efficacy, let alone test for whether they meet their claims, though claims must be “truthful and not misleading.” — Natural didn’t cut it. Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum contained a laundry list of essential oils and no parabens or phthalates. And with a tiny bottle (less than one-half ounce), it was among the priciest products tested in terms of cost per ounce at $25.


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cialty beauty stores such as Sephora or online. Almost all are claimed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. CR’s results are similar to what it found with face creams and included these conclusions: — Results were inconsistent. After six weeks of use, the effectiveness of even the best products was limited and varied from subject to subject. Every serum tested produced a visual change in wrinkle length or depth for at least one person and did nothing for others. — Improvements were minor. When CR’s testers did see wrinkle reductions, they were at best slight, and they fell short of the miracles that manufacturers seemed to imply on product labels. The dermatologists who were consulted said CR’s findings weren’t surprising, since the Food and Drug Administration, which

father must have “an adult friend” spend the night, too, so that Dad will be less likely to offend. — In March, an employment tribunal in Sydney, Australia, awarded pilot Bryan Griffin damages of $160,000 (Aus.) (U.S. equivalent, $208,000) because Qantas, for which he worked from 1966 to 1982, had allowed him to continue flying from 1979 to 1982 with depression and anxiety attacks that caused him nearly to deliberately crash his aircraft. As a result of continuing to work, he had several more episodes which exacerbated his condition (and, obviously, placed his passengers in jeopardy).

News That Sounds Like a Joke (1) In January, the principal of D. Roy Kennedy Public School in Ottawa, Ontario, banned “ball-playing” anywhere on school grounds, declaring that it is too dangerous. (2) Ricardo West, 22, who performs as a Michael Jackson impersonator, was arrested in April in Allen Park, Mich., on 12 counts of sexual misconduct with an 11-year-old boy. We Require Hundreds of Hours of Training for Barbers, But None for Parents (1) Delmer Doss, 19, and his girlfriend, Amber Burgess, 19, were arrested in Stanley, N.C., in February on child abuse charges after police found a video made

by the couple of their 11month-old son. The toddler was blindfolded, and the parents were shown laughing at him, over and over, as he bumped into walls and fell down. (2) In March in Dallas, Krystal Gardner, 28, confronting a repo man driving off with her SUV, tossed her 1-year-old baby through an open window to stop the moving vehicle. (At that point, the repo man stopped and got out, but moments later, a teenager emerged from Gardner’s house and began firing a 12-gauge shotgun.

United Kingdom Ninnies (1) Macdonald Portal Golf and Spa Hotel (Cheshire, England) declined to provide a toothpick to a dinner guest on New Year’s Day (to dislodge a piece of meat between his teeth) because the facility’s manager said she believes that toothpicks are safety hazards. (2) Citing restrictions of Scotland’s Strathclyde Fire and Rescue force, a supervisor ordered firefighters on the scene not to attempt to rescue the 44year-old woman who had accidentally fallen into a well.The restrictions require that only certified “mountain rescuers” are authorized to climb into wells. The nearest squad did not arrive for six hours, and the woman died. (3) Mirko Fischer, 33, TURN TO MORE ODD FILES ON 39

RANCHO SANTA FE — Learn how recent changes in federal law may affect estate and trust plans during a presentation by attorney Harold Small from 8 to 9 a.m. May 20 at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo. The presentation, titled “Anatomy of a Trust,” is a part of the “Coffee and Conversation” series sponsored by North County financial advisor Deana Carter. The free series features informal chats with knowledgeable speakers about issue that affect your economic health.

Small is past president and director of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. His practice concentrates on estate and trust planning and administration and corporate and business planning. He is a certified public accountant, public speaker and local columnist. “Due to a major change in tax law Jan. 1, 2010, the landscape for estate planning has changed significantly,” Small said. “It’s time for everyone to dust off their plans and have them reviewed because the changes in the law may affect

your documents in ways you may not have anticipated.” Estate planning, which includes wills and trusts, paves the way for efficient distribution of assets, in case of death, disability or critical medical cases. “Trusts are not just for saving taxes and costs,”Small said. “A will is important because it can designate an executor or guardian to care for young children. These are issues that concern us all.” To attend, contact Deana Carter at (858) 7561566 or e-mail dcarter@ carterfinancial.biz.

GUILD ART SHOW The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild welcomed Teri Sowell, director of Exhibitions and Collections from the Oceanside Museum as judge for The Gallery Ribbon awards presentation “Capturing the Moments” exhibition May 6. Sowell teaches African, Native American and Pacific Island Art History at UCSD in addition to courses that focus on curatorial issues and ritual theory. Specializing in the arts of Polynesia, in 2000 she curated the exhibit “Worn With Pride: Celebrating Samoan Artistic Heritage” at the Oceanside Museum of Art and wrote the accompanying catalog. As a curator at the Brooklyn Museum from 1993 to 1995, she reinstalled the Pacific galleries and initiated a docent program of the Pacific Collection. Sowell was also a Curatorial Associate at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1990, during the Pacific Gallery reinstallation. Courtesy photo



MAY 7, 2010

Fundraiser focuses on animals and autism

HELPING HAND Dianne Barrymore’s new business, An Extra

Daughter, assists seniors without family nearby with everyday tasks and errands. Courtesy photo

‘Extra Daughter’ offers extra hands COAST CITIES — Many people retire to Southern California, but for many reasons, their children may not be close by to lend the occasional hand. Sometimes unexpected illness can also bring the need of another pair of caring hands. Dianne Barrymore has a solution to that problem and has begun her new business, An Extra Daughter, to accomplish just that. It began when she offered her time to a good friend who no longer drives and whose children live out of state. “I took our friend, Cynthia, to her eye doctor appointments in San Diego so she could see the specialist that she liked, and then we’d go out to lunch. When her granddaughter got married, I helped her shop and pack for the wedding. I helped make arrangements for the trip and assisted her to the airport. After the wedding, I met her at the gate, drove her home, helped her unpack and took her clothes to the cleaners,” Barrymore said. “From my experience, when family members are too busy or live far away, there is a real need to help seniors get around

and do things.” In her role as an “extra daughter,” Barrymore works to simplify life, taking her clients to doctors appointments, on errands, helping with everyday details like getting holiday cards sent, gifts bought, phone calls and appointments made, help with cooking or organizing your home — really anything that is needed and all the things a companion, like a daughter, can provide. Barrymore is a North County native, growing up on a ranch in Vista. She graduated from Vista High School, lived in Fallbrook after marrying her husband Tony and raised their daughter, Samantha. The couple moved to Carlsbad eight years ago. “Because I am a longtime member of the North County community, I am an open book. Anyone can trace my history and check my credentials easily,” Barrymore said. “My wonderful parents have passed away, and I find it rewarding and an honor to be a daughter again.” To contact An Extra Daughter, call (760) 212-6317 or e-mail dianne.bmore @yahoo.com.

RANCHO SANTA FE — Celebrating “The Autism Connection: Horses & Humans,” the Training, Education & Research Institute, or TERI, welcomed Rupert Isaacson, author, producer and star of “The Horse Boy,” as guest speaker at its 20th annual cocktail reception and golf tournament fundraiser April 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. This year’s event was made possible through the work of a dedicated committee of volunteers, including Co-Chairwomen Dawn Hummel and Judy Roberts, plus Connie Pittard, Ann Boon, Susan Loban, Donna Pineda, Jennifer Dunn, Carol Linovitz, Carolyn Singer, Mickey Burgess, Kris Charton, Joanie O’Leary, Kathy Yash, Paige Vanosky, Shari Sapp, Julie Klaus and Julie Dillon. Isaacson shared the story of his family’s epic journey of personal and spiritual discovery, and how a horse helped heal his autistic son. Isaacson, a writer and former horse trainer is the author of “The Horse Boy,” as well as star and producer of “The Horse Boy” movie. “The Horse Boy” follows Isaacson, his wife Kristin Neff (a psychology professor) and their autistic son, as they travel on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for their son. Their journey began after their 2year-old son, Rowan, was diagnosed. After seeking the best medical treatment available, but discovering traditional therapies had little effect, Isaacson discovered Rowan has a profound affinity for animals, particularly horses, and the family set off on a quest that would change their lives forever.

TERI HOSTS FUNDRAISER Allie Hilgren, Nancy Hilgren, Larry Bloch, and Steve Dunn were on hand to welcome Rupert Isaacson, author, producer and star of “The Horse Boy,” as guest speaker at the Training, Education & Research Institute, or TERI, 20th annual cocktail reception and golf tournament fundraiser April 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Courtesy photos

The golf tournament was rescheduled, due to rain, to May 3 with a One Better Ball format. All funds raised at event will go toward the completion of the Harriet E. Pfleger Therapeutic Equestrian Center. The Equestrian Center, which will include six stalls, a pony parlor washroom, veterinary center, riding arena and walking trails, and a picnic patio, is the first of six phases that will complete the Center for Research & Life Planning. The $50 million campus will directly address the crisis of a growing and aging population with autism and other developmental disabilities, by providing a comprehensive array of services and support programs covering an entire lifespan in this one dynamic location. For more information on TERI, visit www.teriinc.org.

Above, Co-Chairwoman Dawn Hummel, Laura White and Rupert Isaacson, along with fellow Co-Chairwoman Judy Roberts, enjoy the evening of The Autism Connection: Horses & Humans at the Training, Education & Research Institute, or TERI, cocktail reception and golf tournament fundraiser April 11 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.Courtesy photo

Above, Ginger Wood, Gayle Mize, Helen Dizio, Paige Vanosky and Jinda Schatz Courtesy photo

Club hosts speaker on U.S./Mexico relations RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 19 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via De La Cumbre. The evening features guest speaker Richard Kiy, an economist with a background in United States public policy, who will discuss why the ties that bind the U.S. with Mexico go

beyond immigration issues and drug enforcement. Kiy will present the issues related to the U.S. bilateral relationship with Mexico regarding policies on education, health care and public health, the environment, renewable energy, energy security, and economic trade and commerce. Kiy coordinated the border program for the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of International Activities from 1991 to 1994. He also served as the agency’s environmental attache in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. Kiy assisted former Congressman Bill Richardson with the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Currently, Kiy is the

president of the International Community Foundation, with more than 80 percent of the organization’s grants focused on Mexico, and he is also the cochair of the U.S. - Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership. The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, call (858) 8699515 or e-mail events @rsfdemclub.org.

Compounding pharmacies can aid Armour Throid users Dear Dr. Gott: Recently, your column addressed the difficulty of obtaining Armour Thyroid. I would like to tell your readers that they can still get porcine thyroid capsules. Have them made up by a compounding pharmacy. Unfortunately, the cost is about three times higher (about $1 a day), but for those of us who choose a more natural way, it is worth it. Dear Reader: You bring up a point I neglected to mention in my original article. Becoming more and more popular, compounding is a method by which physicians can prescribe and pharmacists can produce tried-and-true medications. I congratulate you for

DR. GOTT Second Opinion thinking outside the box on this matter. As a point of information, Armour Thyroid in 1 grain (60 mg) and 1/2 grain (30 mg) doses has been manufactured and shipped since February 2010, according to the manufacturer. They apparently selected these two doses because up to 70 percent of all people take the medication in one dose or the other, or through a combination of both.

As I previously indicated, Armour Thyroid underwent reformulation. There was a decrease in the amount of dextrose and an increase in the amount of cellulose, and cornstarch was added. As you might imagine, some users have reported problems with the new formula. Because the tablets are taken by many people sublingually, they don’t appear to dissolve as easily (perhaps because of the cornstarch), and they aren’t as sweet as before, making them unpleasant to taste. Other users report palpitations, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss and more. Readers experiencing any unusual side effects not present prior to the reformula-

tion should speak with their physicians to determine whether compounding or conversion to an alternative is the correct way to proceed. To provide related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report “Thyroid Disorders.” Other readers who would like a copy should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website at www.AskDrGott MD.com.

tests she has taken have shed no light on for the cause or remedy. Everything she eats tastes salty, and she has a salty taste in her mouth all the time. Needless to say, this has affected her appetite and is causing her much anxiety. She only takes medication for high blood pressure, as well as a monthly vitamin B12 shot and a recently added weekly vitamin D shot. Do you have any idea what would cause the new symptom? What can she do to get rid of it?

your friend has had the condition for some time.Therefore, I must interpret her symptoms are related to one of the following: dehydration with inadequate daily fluid intake; antithyroid medications; neurological disorders; or sinusitis and postnasal drip. Saving the most likely cause for last, I feel she is, in a sense of the word, “overdosing” on B12, because many supplements contain a recommended daily value of 200 percent.

Dear Dr. Gott: I am writDear Reader: Multiple ing about something I have sclerosis is generally consid- never seen addressed in your ered to be an autoimmune dis- column before. Dear Dr. Gott: I have a ease that affects the central My daughter, who lives friend who has MS. She has a nervous system. From your TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 26 new problem that the many brief note, it is my guess that


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Local organization aims to nourish hungry children By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — The Mama Cares Foundation is on a mission to combat childhood malnutrition around the world. With the production of their nutrient-infused line Re:vive, they are well on their way to providing hope where there often is none. Over the past two years, the Carlsbad-based organization has researched, developed and begun production of Re:vive, a peanut butterlike paste that is packed with nutrients. Each portion is equivalent to a glass of milk and a multivitamin, which are critical when dealing with malnourished children, said Mike Mellace, the organization’s founder. “A child dies every six seconds due to malnutrition,” Mellace said. “Mama Cares’ primary focus is to create this peanut butter paste — this is the product that aid organizations point to as the best.” With all the details worked out, production of Re:vive will soon be in full swing and Mellace expects to produce at least 12 million packs of the product per year. They will be distributed through a partnership with World Vision, an international relief organization, and could benefit an estimated 133,000 children per year.



their face for six weeks, longer than the time their manufacturers claim it takes for the products to visibly reduce wrinkles. The products were camouflaged so testers couldn’t identify which they used. Using a high-resolution digital camera, CR took pho-



of my best friends was a guy who was about 50 years older than me,” he said. “He was retired and I was a teenager and I really admired his efforts in the community. The one thing he kept saying that stuck in my head was that he wished he began volunteering earlier in life.” Del Fiorentino recognized an opportunity that fit for him when he read in a church bulletin about the need for patient volunteers at the hospice. He admits to having mixed feelings. “I decided to take the training but that I wouldn’t be a patient volunteer,” he said. “I thought that maybe they’d find something else for me to do.”

NEEDING NOURISHMENT A little girl in Niger snacks on Re:vive, the peanut butter-like paste used to fight malnourishment. Courtesy photo

“We hope to reach as many kids as possible with what we can produce,” Mellace said. “Even if it’s treating a few, it’s better than treating none.”

Mellace’s Re:vive is not a new concept, but is groundbreaking in that it can be made for just 40 cents, an impressive 15 cents less than similar products.

Using relationships formed through his snack product company, Mellace Family Brands, Mellace has found suppliers that are willing to provide Re:vive’s ingredi-

tos of each participant’s face before the test, 20 minutes after first using the serum, and after six weeks of use. CR’s trained sensory panelists analyzed the photos and scored each one on the length and depth of any visible facial wrinkles. The Ratings were based on the extent to which the sensory panelists detected an improvement. Two serums were rated as

slightly more effective than the others: DermaSilk 5 Minute Face Lift ($40 per ounce) and Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle ($20 per oz). Interestingly, these two serums with the best results received fewer positive comments from the testers than the others. If you want greater improvement, talk to a derma-

tologist about using a prescription retinoid (Renova, Retin-A and generic). Those products, which contain a potent derivative of vitamin A, remain the only topical products proven in large, rigorous studies to reverse the collagen loss that causes wrinkles. Retinoids can cause irritation and flaking. Moisturizing and shielding skin from the sun are more

He was taken aback at the completion of training when asked if he was ready for his first patient. “The volunteer coordinator said that nurses and health care workers are all women and that they didn’t have a lot of male volunteers,” he said. “They explained that male patients needed male companionship.” Del Fiorentino’s favorite story is about an elderly man who was dying of Parkinson’s disease. Every week Del Fiorentino relieved the wife so she could have time for herself. “One day right after she left I heard something in his room,” he said. “I walked in to make sure he was OK and saw that he was sleeping.” After returning to his seat, Del Fiorentino heard something again and ran into the room. The man was peaceful. “A little while later I heard him say, ‘I need a hand, I need a hand,’” he said. “I saw that he was sleeping and went to get a newspaper. As I was walking away he said ‘I really need a hand.’” Del Fiorentino returned to the bedside and the patient took his hand.

GIVING BACK From left, Judith Miller, director of volunteer services at Hospice of the North Coast, and volunteer Dan Del Fiorentino, historian of the National Association of Music Merchants. Del Fiorentino has served as a patient volunteer for terminally ill men for the past 17 years. “Dan always relates to the person, not the disease,” Miller said. "It’s not that hard. It’s a very simple act of human kindness." Photo courtesy of Hospice of the North Coast

“I just sat there and thought that this was the coolest thing because he just needed to hold my hand,” he said. “Two grown men were sitting in the room, holding hands.” Ten years later recalling the incident still makes Del Fiorentino smile. “When his wife returned I told her and she teared up and said he never

asked for that before,” he said. “I thought what a wonderful soul to want to do that.” Del Fiorentino wishes other men could experience the rewards of being a patient volunteer through hospice. “By being a volunteer, you’re not going to die,” he said. “You’re going to be a stronger husband and father

ents at cost. “You can treat 30 percent more kids with the same aid dollars,” Mellace said. In addition to providing much needed sustenance for children, Re:vive also takes some weight off of other relief efforts. Families can easily administer the packs at home, rather than children receiving IVs in clinics. It makes weekly checkups, rather than weeklong stays, at clinics much more feasible, Mellace said. “That’s allowed these clinics to treat a lot more of these kids,” he said. “It’s so simple, yet it makes such a huge impact.” To help reach more children, the Mama Cares Foundation will be launching a “give it up” campaign to encourage people to donate to the Re:vive cause on May 14. The foundation is collaborating with Mo Giv, a mobile donation company, to help people quickly and easily donate the money they would have otherwise used for dinner out or a movie. “Even if you give up a coffee or something small, it makes a huge difference,” Mellace said. For more information on the Mama Cares Foundation, visit www.mamacares.org.

important than choosing an anti-aging product, says Ellen Marmur, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. “If you’re going to spend $100 a year on antiaging, you should put all that money into sun protection and moisturizing.” Visit the Consumer Reports website at consumerreports.org.

and a participant in a process that is part of God’s plan. Why wouldn’t you want to be part of that?” After his first patient, Del Fiorentino’s mother began a tradition. “There is an Indian tribe that believes the turtle is a healer,” he said. “When I got my first patient my mother gave me a ceramic turtle with my patient’s name written on bottom. Now I have more than 45.” Judith Miller, director of volunteer services at the hospice, says that despite his initial resistance Del Fiorentino is a natural. “He has this way of going into any situation and getting to the core of what the person is feeling and experiencing, what their needs are and how he can be of support,” she said. “Dan always relates to the person, not the disease. It’s not that hard. It’s a very simple act of human kindness.” The Hospice of the North Coast needs volunteers in a broad range of areas from patient care to administrative, auxiliary and retail work. For more information, visit hospicenorthcoast.org or call Judith Miller at (760) 4314100, ext. 121.


alone, took the first pill of a new prescription while at work. She went into anaphylactic shock. He co-workers immediately called an ambulance, and she got to the hospital with only minutes to spare. If she had waited and taken the pill at home, there would have been no one to help her. Please caution your readers to not take any new medication when they are alone just in case they have an allergic reaction. Dear Reader: Allergies to medications are fairly common, but to be severe enough to cause anaphylactic shock is rare. Also known as anaphylaxis, this type of allergic reaction is severe and potentially life-threatening, typically occurring within minutes of exposure to the offending substance. In some instances, a reaction can occur within seconds or can take as long as 30 minutes. Unless treated immediately with epinephrine, the sufferer can become unconsciousness or die. Everyone, particularly those people with known allergies, is at risk of anaphylaxis, but certain medications, foods, food additives and insect stings are the most common triggers. In some instances, exercise, eating certain foods prior to the activity, or exercising in a vast variety of weather conditions can cause a reaction. Those who have had anaphylaxis in the past are at increased risk. Symptoms include a weak, rapid pulse; dizziness or fainting; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; skin reactions such as hives; itching or flushing; swelling of the tongue or throat; and constriction of the airways, leading to wheezing and difficulty breathing. Treatment is by injection of epinephrine, which reduces the body’s response to the allergen.Then oxygen, IV antihistamines and cortisone, steroid pills and/or beta agonists may be used to reduce throat constriction, ease or improve breathing and more. People with a history of anaphylaxis are often prescribed single-dose EpiPens by their primary-care physician or allergist for selfinjection at the first sign of a reaction, decreasing the risk of worsening symptoms. Your advice about starting a new medication only when others are around in case of an emergency is very good. Had your daughter been alone when she developed the reaction, she probably would not have fared as well as she did. The good news is that this type of reaction is rare, and most people do not need to be overly concerned. But, as always, it is better to play it safe, because there is no way of knowing what could happen. Thank you for writing and sharing this important issue. Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the book “Live Longer, Live Better” (Quill Driver Books, www.quilldriverbooks.com; (800) 605-7176). Write him at Dr. Gott c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th fl., New York, NY 10016.



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GOOD TIMES Good Guy Jim Adamo and Cpl. Justin Mansfield enjoy the event. Photos by Patty McCormac

RANCH PATRONS OPEN CENTER The Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center in San Diego opened its doors with a dedication ceremony April 21, including the presentation of a plaque to to the primary sponsors of the center, from left, Rancho Santa Fe residents Mary West, Gary West and Paul Downey, president of Senior Community Centers from a group of area seniors. The new center offers programs and services to prolong seniors’ independence, enhance their quality of life and provide a national model for healthy aging. Courtesy photo



GOOD GALS Margaret Jackson and Maryanne Espinoza of the Good Guys.

GOING ONCE ... Bert Poncher served as emcee and auctioneer for the event.



son. His wife Cindy is due to deliver another son about the middle of May. Major Gary Ziegley of the Wounded Warrior Project was the featured speaker. “Many Americans forget we are at war,” he said. “They are more interested in Britney Spears and ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Still, he said the warriors fight, are injured and many of them end up at Camp Pendleton learning to use prosthetic limbs. He said once they get the hang of the limbs, they show the same resolve they held in

battle. The Good Guys of Morgan Run is a small, lowkey group that raises a large amount of money for Marines and especially for the wounded. In the past five years, the approximately 70 members have raised more than $1 million, of which 100 percent goes to military personnel. This year so far, they have raised $363,000, said George Moulious, spokesman for the group. It also has the Good Guy’s 24/7 Emergency Fund for a Marine in financial distress. His or her company commander can contact the Good Guys and within 24 hours a grant of up to $500

MAJOR MESSAGE Major Gary Ziegley of the Wounded Warrior Project on Camp Pendleton was the featured speaker at the event.

will be made available. More information is available by calling George Moulios at (760) 271-8741.

dolphin-assisted rescue. “Dolphins were involved with children we were rescuing who were in a rip current,” he said. “Swimming out both Randy (Brimm) and I noticed ... the dolphins were circling the children. “So when we’re halfway out to the kids the dolphins apparently broke away and came to us. We always have remembered it appearing to be communication,” he said. “They were assisting us, telling us, ‘They’re over here.’ And then they left and went back to the children.” Lischer said one of the biggest differences he’s seen throughout his career is the increase in community support for the lifeguard budget, which allows the department to hire more lifeguards and purchase better equipment and more rescue boats. One thing that hasn’t changed is the department’s family-like atmosphere. Lischer has worked under three captains who have all maintained the philosophy that “you work better together if you socialize together.” “That’s 38 years that I’ve been a part of that and that’s very enticing to stay at work for,” he said. Pat Vergne, the current lifeguard captain, called Lischer “the best waterman I’ve ever known in my life.” If he could change anything about his job, Lischer said he would encourage beach-goers to communicate with the lifeguards. “Beach lifeguards can help people if they ask simple questions, like ‘Where is the safe swimming area?’“ he said. “Ninety percent of the people who come to the beach do not ask, and they have a higher chance of getting in trouble.” Although he retired May 1, Lischer plans to return for at least the next two Independence Day

AS TIME GOES BY Above, Ann Ray, left, has known Jim Lischer, right, since she was 10 years old and challenged some Del Mar lifeguards to a pull-up contest. Ann and her husband, Christopher, and their 2-year-old son, Blake, spent time catching up with Lischer during his May 1 retirement party. Below, Ken Minasian, right, is on hand to help his longtime surfing buddy, Jim Lischer, celebrate his retirement after 38 years as a Del Mar lifeguard. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

weekends. “My goal was to work 40 July Fourth weekends,” he said. Lischer will also tend to some home maintenance projects and hopefully travel with his son, Ryan, and 30-

year “soulmate,” Michele Jacquin, to Hawaii, Tahiti and Australia to surf in 80degree water wherever he goes. “I’m creating my own endless summer,” he said.


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Contributions Program, Torrey Pines Bank makes an annual contribution to the average daily account balances for non-profit customers and gives each a check annually to Orleans organized the 2010 national Endangered Species use toward its charitable causes. This year the bank more than doubled its previous year’s contribution with $64,000 Day art contest. in checks to more than 60 local organizations. Additionally, Charitable partner the bank announced a contribution to Accion San Diego, to support its micro-loan financing program for small business entrepreneurs.


Pennies for Puppies

From left, Torrey Pines Bank Chief Executive Officer Gary Cady, Relationship Manager for Thomas Jefferson School of Law Linda Stouffer, Thomas Jefferson Dean and President Rudy Hasl and Torrey Pines Bank President John Maguire, were part of a check presentation to benefit various nonprofit organizations. As part of its Charitable

ENCINITAS — Students at Encinitas Country Day Preschool conducted a “Pennies for Puppies Popsicles Purple” fundraising campaign in March. The children collected pennies to support the efforts of the nonprofit organization Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, which trains service dogs for individuals with limited abilities. In exchange for their fundraising efforts, the children received purple dog-print ribbon bracelets and popsicles to reward them for their community service. Proceeds from the event raised $200 in pennies collected by the preschoolers. For further information, visit www.tenderlovingcanines.org or call (858) 461-6827.

Landscape award

SOLANA BEACH — The city of Solana Beach on April 28 received an Award of Merit in Landscape Architecture from the Landscape Design Council of California Garden Clubs, Inc. at the Cliff Street Pedestrian Bridge on the Coastal Rail Trail for creating a linear park along the Coast Highway, which includes crescent moon-shaped decks, sculptural seating walls, public works of art, drought tolerant and native vegetation and unusual paving patterns to celebrate the edge between the land and the sea.

Gold awards presented

CARLSBAD — Encina Wastewater Authority hosted its Environmental Awards Breakfast on April 28 at the Encina Water Pollution Control Facility to honor 10 industries from North County with the Gold Award for demonstrating full compliance with their industrial wastewater discharge permit in 2009. Gold Award recipients included J&D Laboratories, Metal Etch Services, GE Osmonics, Select Supplements, Air Products & Chemicals, Natural Alternatives, Hollandia Dairy, Carlsbad Technology and CVI Melles Griot. Hubbard Enterprises, a plumbing support manufacturer in Vista, received a 15-year Gold Award for achieving full compliance since the inception of the awards program in 1995.

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ENCINITAS — In celebration of all women on Mother’s Day, San Diego Cancer Center and Research Institute in Encinitas will host The Artful Bra Expressive Arts Playshop for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors from 10 a.m. to noon May 12 . The event is free with a donation to cover material costs and reservations are required. For more information, contact Alessandra Colfi at (760) 724-0319 or visit www.sdcri.org.

New director of bereavement

CARLSBAD — Hospice of the North Coast has appointed Melanie Barker to the position of director of bereavement services. Prior to joining HNC in March 2010, Barker served in administrative and clinical capacities for the past 11 years at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, and also served as a member of the bioethics consulting team. She currently provides clinical supervision to Masters of Social Work graduate students and licensed clinical social work candidates. MELANIE The nonprofit Hospice of the North BARKER Coast was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County. For more information about attending or supporting Camp H.O.P.E., contact Melanie Barker at mbarker@hospicenorthcoast.org.

St. Tropez artist of month

ENCINITAS — North County resident Wendy Gauntlett-Shaw will be the Artist of the Month for May at St.Tropez Bakery & Bistro, 947 S. Coast Highway 101. She enjoys plein-aire paintings with oils and is known for her paintings of people and their dogs at Encinitas beaches. A portion of all sales will go to the homeless teenager center, The Storefront.

Postal food drive May 8

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COAST CITIES — On May 8, San Diego County coastal area letter carriers will host a major food drive for local food banks. Coastal area residents can leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable foods next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery May 8. Food items should be in nonbreakable containers, such as boxes and cans. Letter carriers will be collecting donations from homes across the county and delivering them to local charities. For residents who would prefer not to leave the food out or who have a post office box, food donations may be taken to your local post office.

Mother’s Day at Pala

PALA — The Pala Resort and Casino will offer a special Mothers’ Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A specialty brunch menu also will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $36 per person with special prices for Pala Privileges card members. Reservations are suggested for parties of 10 or more. Call (760) 510-2299. For more information, visit www.palacasino.com.

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screen the documentary film “Shanghai Ghetto” at 7 p.m. May 13, OMA, 704 Pier View Way, Oceanside. The film tells the story of the formation of a small Jewish community of exiles in the exotic city of Shanghai, far from the comforts of their European culture. Call the museum for reservations at (760) 435-3720.

MAY 14

NURSE KNOWS An “Ask the Nurse” session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 14, Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine St., Carlsbad. The session



relating to Hardoy’s murder. Martinez has told police that while he may have been the last person to inject Hardoy with heroin before her death, it was Hussey who used a pillow case to suffocate the young woman whose family described her as a “free spirit.”Additionally, Martinez said Hussey was then supposed to dispose of the backpack containing Hardoy’s body parts. Still, another roommate, Lisa Brown, who dated Martinez, told police the defendant smothered Hardoy with a pillowcase after poisoning her. Brown was also convicted of being an accessory after the fact in connection to Hardoy’s death. Verbal arguments between the roommates, especially with Hardoy, started occurring on a more regular basis with the use of harder drugs, Hussy testified. Coupled with Hussey and sev-

will include a free, brief, oneon-one session with an RN for seniors to answer medicallyrelated questions regarding a diagnosis, prescription, or conditions. Call (760) 602-4655 to learn more.

MAY 15 BBQ! The San Dieguito Heritage Museum will celebrate local heritage with its 22nd annual BBQ and live concert from noon to 2:30 p.m. May 15 and May 16, SDHM, 450 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. This year, the theme is “Doing Business the Old Fashioned Way.” Tickets are available at the museum or at www.sdheritage.org. For

eral other roommates, including Martinez, not being able to pay rent, the tension in the house grew in the months leading up to Hardoy’s disappearance. Tensions escalated further after she found out that Hussy and Martinez, as well as at least two other housemates, were robbing North County banks to make rent. Hussey testified that he doesn’t ever remember hearing anyone talk about overdosing or killing Hardoy. When asked in court how he would have reacted if he had to deal with someone overdosing, Hussey testified he would have either called the authorities and left the residence or dropped the person off at the entrance to the emergency room and fled the scene. He said under no circumstance would he have mutilated the deceased person’s body in an attempt to cover up the death. Martinez faces up to life in prison if convicted.


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details, call the museum at 5,000 Roses: An epic move from the low desert to the high (760) 632-9711. desert.” Visit www.california- FEEL BETTER A Griefshare coastalrose.com to learn more. Support Group will meet every Monday at 7 p.m. for 13 weeks THANKS MOM Seniors for beginning May 10, El Camino Seniors Playreaders will presChristian Fellowship, 510 S. El ent a free afternoon of theatre ART GALA The 10th annual Camino Real, Encinitas. For and song honoring mothers at 2 Art Gala hosted by the San details, call (760) 942-4900. p.m. May 16, Vista Public Diego Surfrider Foundation GET LOOSE A three-week Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave. will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Beginning Meditation class will 20, Powerhouse Call (760) 643-5100 to learn May be offered through San Community Center, 1658 Coast more. Dieguito Adult Education Blvd., Del Mar. The gala will beginning at 6 p.m. May 10, for feature art, an auction, food $29. Register at www.sdadult and drink, musical entertainEPIC ROSES The California ment and coastal conservation ed.com. Coastal Rose Society will meet highlights. Tickets can be pur- PARKINSON’S SUPPORT North County at 7 p.m. May 18, Heritage Hall, chased at www.surfriderSD.org Cardiff 2650 Garfield St., Carlsbad. and previews of a few of the Parkinson’s Support Group will Cliff Orent of EuroDesert Roses auction items can be found at meet from 1 to 3 p. m. the first Wednesday of the month, 3535 will present “An Odyssey of www.artgala.blogspot.com.

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the opposite,” he said. Long enjoys experimenting with as many as 75 raw material chemicals in his studio to create new colors and textures such as pearl and liken. “Next, I want to create a



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with a 3-1-1 vote this past March 31. Rodriguez was the only trustee who did not support terminating McClain’s contract. Since then the relationship among board members has been “definitely strained,” Rodriguez said. “I came on knowing we wouldn’t always agree,” she said. “I thought that we could agree to disagree and move on, but we just haven’t been able to.” Trustees, parents, administrators and staff have all shared differing opinions, especially during board meetings, on several issues facing the district, including everything from budget cuts and relocating the district offices to possibly closing a school or reconfiguring attendance boundaries. Amid growing tensions in December, Rodriguez was nominated by White to serve as president, an offer she said she “politely rejected”



saying,“Not since the height of Klan activity during the civilrights era has there been a white supremacist group so obsessed with violence.” In 1992, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of other white supremacist groups, which it claimed had grown by 27 percent from the year before. In 1995, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of rightwing militias. In 1998, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of Internet-based hate groups that, according to one press account, had “created the biggest surge in hate in America in years.”



MAY 7, 2010 texture that is like a chameleon lizard,” he says. Firing art that reaches temperatures as high as 1,900 degrees comes with hazards. Despite wearing a foundry helmet and suit, similar to that worn by a firefighter, Long has burned the tip of his nose and once charred his fingertips to the point of being

black and crisp. Long enjoys inspiring children by teaching pottery at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Griset Branch — Encinitas. The course is made possible through a $12,000 grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation. He also teaches Raku workshops in his home studio.

A four-hour workshop costs $65. Long’s work can be seen at the Trios Gallery in Solana Beach; Art & Frames by Wood Gallery in Coronado and at the semi-annual student art show at Palomar College. For more information, visit Long’s website at alexlongart.com.

tion items include a ride in a vintage bi-plane, a cruise on Dennis Conner’s 145-foot schooner, Lasik eye surgery, dinner for six by Sam the Cooking Guy and local getaways to L’Auberge and Rancho Valencia. The vendors, all donating food and wine, are among the best restaurants in the area including Pacifica Del Mar, Blue Point, The Prado, Donovan’s, Ruth Kris, Vivaci

and Extraordinary Desserts. “We always had a spring event for the last 15 years,” Davidson said. “When we saw where the economy was going, we decided not to spend money on a hotel when you have it in your own backyard. We asked great local restaurants if they could make tastings of their signature dish or 400, they agreed.” She said all the food and

wine are donated which cuts expenses by 50 percent. “That enables us to spend more of the money we raise for programs and services we provide,” she said. Ticket sales are brisk but some are still available. They are $250 per person or a place in the VIP for $500. More information is available by calling (858) 942-4400 or by visiting SANALZ.ORG.

of course, the downside is that they’re breakable. Egg cartons: Use them to organize small items such as golf balls, jewelry, craft supplies, baby socks, seeds, rubber bands, loose change, garden seeds, etc. Along the same lines, ice cube trays can be used for similar items. These fit nicely in drawers. Plastic bags: Plastic freezer bags and large plastic comforter bags have the advantage of being clear, waterproof and flexible. You

can squeeze the air out of them and fit quite a bit in a small amount of space. They’re nice for storing assorted items such as costumes, recipe cards, game pieces, puzzles, clothing, activity kits for kids, craft projects, etc. Clementine crates: They work well for planting, and organizing washcloths, books, various tools and pantry items.They make nice gift containers, too. Plant pots: Whether it’s

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at first to gain experience. “But with the majority of the Board’s insistence and promise of support, I accepted the office,” she said in her statement. “Although initial support was promised and received, it has abruptly come to an end.” Rodriguez said she didn’t want her resignation to be about individual board members, but working on a subcommittee with White to create a contract for James Peabody, the interim superintendent, has been one source of conflict. Days after McClain was fired, Rodriguez and her family went on vacation for spring break. Shortly after returning, she was unavailable because of a family illness. McDowell took her place on the subcommittee. White said she and McDowell met with the district’s attorney to discuss Peabody, but the appointment “was certainly not unauthorized.” Rodriguez said she learned about the meeting after seeing a letter

about Peabody signed by White. Rodriguez said she “was shocked” to see the letter an tried to “find out what was going on, but to no avail.” “There was no reason to begin without me,” Rodriguez said. “It’s not policy, but it’s a professional practice that the board president is privy to all actions and conversations.” She said it is “very unusual for board members to meet with counsel” without informing the president. Contrary to Rodriguez, White described the recent atmosphere among board members as “pleasant.” “Nobody’s been rude,” she said. “We’ve all been polite. We’ve moved on. We haven’t always agreed on everything, but I don’t see that part,” White said in response to Rodriguez feeling marginalized. “I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but if that’s the way she feels,” White said. “I’m sorry to hear about the news. ... Things happen and

life changes. I’ll support her if she wants to stay. I thought she would do a good job.” As board clerk, McDowell will run the meetings until trustees name a new president. If asked for a nomination, Rodriguez said she would offer McDowell because he understands that a board should operate by giving guidance and direction and creating policy. Rodriguez said Perkins was the only trustee to call her after receiving her resignation statement. “He said he was shocked and asked me to reconsider,” Rodriguez said. Although that seems unlikely, Rodriguez said she will focus on moving forward to address the issues facing the district. “I don’t want (the board) to be a distraction to the business of the district,” she said. “I will use my voice to support district stakeholders by weighing every decision I make on what is best for our children.”

In 1999, the SPLC warned that the growing threat of Webbased hate groups was growing even more, with a 60 percent increase from the year before. In 2002, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of postSept. 11 hate groups, which it said had grown 12 percent between 2000 and 2001. In 2004, the SPLC warned (again) of the growing threat of skinhead groups, whose numbers it said had doubled in the previous year. In 2008, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of hate groups overall, whose number it said increased 48 percent since 2000. And in 2010, just a few weeks ago, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of “patriot” groups, which it said

increased by 244 percent in 2009. In the world of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the threat is always growing. Ronald Reagan’s policies led to a growing threat. The first Gulf War led to a growing threat. The election of Bill Clinton led to a growing threat. The Internet led to a growing threat. Sept. 11 led to a growing threat. The war in Iraq led to a growing threat. Is it any wonder that Obama’s presidency has, in the SPLC’s estimation, led to a growing threat? Hate groups do exist across the political spectrum, and have for a long time. But they have nothing to do with the expressions of frustration over deficits, taxes and Obamacare that we have heard

at so many Tea Party gatherings. That frustration, felt by Republicans, independents and even some Democrats, is an entirely mainstream reaction to the sharply activist course the president and congressional leadership have taken. While the level of frustration is indeed a threat, it is a political threat.Ask Democrats running in this November’s elections. It’s important to distinguish between a political threat and a physical one. As Clinton might say, the hate accusers should watch their words.

Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, money-saving 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.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.



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also led lectures on the subject of wine in New York, Las Vegas and San Diego. As general manager of Delicias Restaurant, Campbell will oversee the operations of the restaurant, train the serving staff to perfect customer service, and listen to customer feedback to truly reflect the guests’ needs and maximize their dining experience. He plans on creating a positive environment in the restaurant for not only the guests, but for the staff as well. As sommelier of Delicias restaurant, Campbell

“In a way, kids can conduct their own symphony.” The new park will also include two sandy beach areas and cabanas perfectly sized for families. A food and beverage station featuring California cuisine promises healthy meals like chicken and vegetarian wraps. Family-sized lockers and a changing station will also be available for use while at the water park. For more information, visit california.legoland.com.

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September 2008. After that, he said he felt his openness and kindness was misinterpreted by some of the faculty and district officials, who he said became suspicious of his motives after Firth’s crimes came to light. “Whatever people need, if they want me to help them I will; it’s just my nature,” Thorp said. Thorp is not alone in questioning the school district’s motives in connection with the Firth case. Parents of the students molested by Firth have openly criticized the Carlsbad Unified School District for how they han-

dled the matter. Following Firth’s hearing, Christy, the mother of the first student to come forward, told reporters she got the impression from the district that they were more worried about their reputation then her daughter’s well-being. She said she repeatedly received calls from Principal Devich asking her to tell her daughter not to discuss the case with other students. “The whole point of this to me is to speak out,” said Christy, who wore orange in honor of Chelsea King, a Poway High School senior who was murdered in February by a convicted sex offender. “I never told my daughter she’s not allowed

to talk about it, because that would be contradictory to what I’ve raised her to believe.” Chris, the father of the last victim, told reporters that he was also frustrated with the district, because he had to find out about Firth’s charges through a story in The Coast News. Like the first mother, Chris said he didn’t understand why it took more than a year after Firth was first charged by prosecutors for the district to finally officially inform parents at Pacific Rim of the exteacher’s molestation case. He said he would have expected a letter from the district immediately following Firth’s arrest. “I think there’s a lot of

liability on the school district because of this,” Chris said. With Norton by his side, Walter Freeman, assistant superintendent of business services for the district, said the call to the school’s parents last week was placed because Superintendent John Roach felt it was an appropriate time to alert the community about the case because a conviction had occurred and the sentencing was set to take place. Freeman and Norton defended the district’s handling of the molestation case saying the moment the allegation came to the district, Firth was removed from the classroom and the authorities were notified. When asked why par-

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the right move. Further, he said it has been difficult for him to control his emotions around Firth, especially today as the defendant entered the courthouse in front of him and then was only a few feet from him as he spoke at the hearing. “Prior to this case, I did not believe I could have so much hate and anger for one person, but the abuses committed against our daughter have changed my perspective forever,” Chris said. “You will never have our families forgiveness but you will not take anymore of our precious time.” The girl’s father said he believes there are other victims and urged parents and students to speak up if they or someone they know has been molested by Firth. Also at the sentencing, Christy read a letter from her daughter to Firth. The young victim said at first she didn’t want to get the defendant in trouble, but now looking back she realizes that his prison sentence should have been even longer because he molested other students too. “The thought of you behind bars makes me feel more comfortable, so does the fact that people tell me I’m a hero,” the student said. “I think I’m a hero for coming forward, and you are a villain for doing something like that to me in the first place.” horns registered between 77 and 80 decibels. The original plan was to hold a follow-up workshop May 25 to garner additional public input. But because there have been no negative comments since the test was conducted, Price said his committee plans to go directly to City Council on May 17 to seek approval to move forward and begin fundraising for the $160,000 project. Wayside horns, which are being used in about a dozen cities in California, provide an audible warning to motorists and pedestrians that a train is approaching. A stationary horn would be permanently mounted at the crossing. A signal from the track circuit warning system would be sent to the wayside horn, which mimics a train horn until the train reaches the crossing. Once the train has entered the crossing, the horn stops. A flashing red X indicates to the train crew that the wayside horn is in place and working properly so the train horn should only be sounded in an emergency. If the system is not performing correctly, the quiet zone indicator will extinguish and the engineer will be required to sound the train horn. Batter said the wayside horns are a much better alternative than a quiet zone gate, another option that was considered but quickly eliminated based on a $1 million cost estimate. “This is much less expensive and it looks better,” Batter said. “That gate was going to look bizarre.”



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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - There is a good chance you could meet someone new today and in time become part of his/her group. Interesting things will develop, making you a major player. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - An assignment you take on today could end up enhancing your reputation and status among your peers. Big things could occur from the honorable way you deal with everything. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Several casual relationships you’ve enjoyed are about to become even more important to you. Large benefits will occur from looking out for one another. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Don’t hesitate to aim for targets you always thought of as being too large or overwhelming. It’s time to elevate your sights regarding the kind of objectives you can handle. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - You may or may not like partnership arrangements, but starting today you’re likely to enter into several that could prove to be quite fruitful. Welcome the opportunity to do so. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - Starting today, things could begin moving and shaking when it comes to enhancing


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your material circumstances. Some type of happening could occur that is likely to generate larger earnings. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - Don’t be discouraged if things haven’t been going well for you in the romance department. Cupid is readying his bow in order to hit a new target for you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) It behooves you to utilize your talents and skills to the fullest at this point in time.You’re entering a new cycle where initiative and know-how will strike gold. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Your popularity could start to take on a more pronounced upward swing today. Both family and friends are likely to find you more appealing and be more appreciative of who and what you are. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Soon you might be able to acquire several items you’ve desired but have denied yourself for lack of funds. Over the next few weeks your financial prospects could climb significantly. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) There’s a good chance you’ve been holding back what is a promising idea because of a lack of faith in yourself. Something might happen today that will cause you to finally reveal your thinking, to great applause. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - Debts could be settled once and for all today, either what another owes you or perhaps a payment plan you may have had for some time. In either case, it’ll be out of your hair.





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Swiss chard cannelloni, balsamic veal jus and vanilla essence. Again, the wine pairing was spot on with a 2007 Robert Talbot Winery “Logan” Chardonnay from Monterrey. The wine felt like it was making the food happy. Again with the really innovative mix of flavors and tex-

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS tures and again, I found myself not wanting this dish to end. Very worthy of a more permanent menu addition with this one as well. When I saw “Tatonka” as the main course in the email, my mind was pretty much made up I was going to be there. Something about Bison, or game in general, gets me excited. This one was called Cast Iron Roasted Buffalo Tenderloin and it was served with goat

cheese polenta, baby carrots and a brandy wild mushroom cream sauce. A Cain Vineyards Cuvee Meritage from Napa Valley of course was creative pairing and it was a good thing. I kind of like it when the server does not ask how I want it cooked. This is the chefs’ meal and I will take it as they serve it, which was a juicy medium rare, which in the lean world of Tatonka is as cooked as you want it.

It’s like we went from spring to summer to autumn all in one meal with the asparagus, scallop and buffalo. I like season traveling in one meal, it works for me. Oh yeah, then we went to crazy Warm Chocolate Walnut Brownie land which was a delightful place to go. Especially when accompanied by banana gelato, fresh raspberries and a caramel chocolate ganache. A Fonseca Bin 27 Port from

Portugal provided a smooth, sexy after-dinner companion in brownie land. I walked out of Firefly happy, full in a good, manageable way, and very cool with the price which was $65 per person with the wine pairing. That’s a huge value for a tasting menu with generous wine pours and of course the quality of the ingredients and preparation. So that’s my story. I

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voting on its eight parcels — seven in the North Hills district and one in Sunset. Even if those ballots were returned, a vote either way wouldn’t have affected the outcome. “I’m certainly glad this process is over,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said. “It’s been hard on everybody.” Because undergrounding could be revisited in the future, council members said they would like to use the lessons learned to improve communications and develop a better methodology, something Hilliard and Councilman Don Mosier said was frustrating to them. But as Councilwoman Crystal

Crawford said,“We don’t need to do this any time soon.” Councilman Mark Filanc didn’t argue. “I’m not ready to push forward in the near future,” he said. “I don’t think anybody in this town is. Let’s let it heal up and move on.” Council members also agreed the next step is reuniting the community. “We have a lot of major issues coming forward in this city,” Mayor Richard Earnest said. “I’m hoping that the community and neighbors can come together as one to solve the problems we’ve got coming.” “Knowing this community as I do, that’s what’ll happen,” Hilliard said.

physician, put him on a school ship with other wayward teenage boys where they learned to be crewmembers. “They weren’t allowed to get off the ship when they arrived in France,” she said. “When they docked, my father got his camera and ran away to Paris. When he returned the captain put him in hand and leg irons in the bowels of the ship.” Dr. Getze’s independent nature continued after medical school. “After graduation he jumped a freight train,” Curley explains. “California was always in the back of his mind.”

Dr. Getze saw California for the first time when he arrived at the Presidio in San Francisco as a physician with the Army Medical Corps that escorted wounded troops via rail and sea from Europe during World War I. “He was thrilled with California,” Curley remembers. Louise Curley went on to become an R.N. herself. Today she lives in Vista with her son, Jim Simmonds, and his family. She has two other children: Hank, a retired physician, daughter Leslie and a total of six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


spared them that decision. Ballots were returned for 279 of the 321 properties in the North Hills district, representing 86.9 percent participation. Of those, 159, or 57.1 percent, were opposed and 120, or 42.9 percent, were in favor. There was 90.5 percent participation in the Sunset district, with 129 of the 145 ballots returned. Sixty-seven opposed the project and 62 supported it, representing 51.3 percent and 48.7 percent, respectively. The city abstained from



school and he expected his children to be ladies and gentleman. He made me promise I would never neck — and I didn’t.” The fact that peers enjoyed greater freedoms was a source of frustration to Curley. “The bus would take us to Lake Cuyamacha for the day,” she remembers. “I had to sit on the shore with a dog while some girl was making time with my beau in a boat.” As she matured, Curley discovered that Dr. Getze had a rebellious streak in his own youth. At 17, his father, also a

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Residents spoke and electeds listened Surfside City residents along 18th Street and Coast Boulevard asked their electeds for a four-way stop sign as a speed calmer. No money in the till for the request estimated to cost $4,860 clams, however, it was approved after folks agreed to pony up the cash.

Aggressive marketing Undaunted by the economic condition, Matt Clay, manager of Pelly’s Mini Golf Course at the fairgrounds, has reported the operation celebrated its second birthday on a successful note. He credits an aggressive marketing campaign geared to adults, schools, organizations and family events for the good news. The course has a nautical theme that is educational and fun to play. It has the approval of Birch Aquarian at Scripps and Surfrider Foundation. There were 429 birthday parties held there last year.

One-liners Encinitas & San Diego County Taxpayers Associations held a wellattended forum on public employee pensions at the Flower Capital library last week … Solbeach Chamber has scheduled its 31st annual Fiesta del Sol at Fletcher Cove June 5 and June 6 ... Nineteen restaurants, cafes and other businesses are participating in the first Taste of Cardiff-by-the-Sea Nite from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 ... Time now to sign up for oodles of contests to be held at the County Fair June 11 through July 5 ... O’siders are hoping to raise 18 grand to underwrite the Fourth of July parade that has been a tradition for years and years ... C’bad electeds have awarded an $11.2 mil. contract to build a firefighter and police training center that includes a high-tech shooting range ... Surfside City’s Winston School will present A Festival of the Arts from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 15 that will include musical and dramatic performances, exhibits, poetry readings, food, silent auction and games ... Costa Mesa city has offered $96 mil. until Oct. 31 for the fairgrounds ... Harbor City Mayor Jerry Sanders still maintains his city doesn’t have $250 thousand to subsidize San Dieguito River Park that eventually will stretch from the mouth of the river to Julian. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe and he is the father of Encinitas City Councilwoman Teresa Barth. . E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.





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which was themed Pugs Around the World. The fundraiser also included adoption opportunities, a variety of contests, nail grooming, pet photography, veterinarian checks, a cupcake chomp and raffle prizes. seats. BA regulations forbid seating an adult next to an unaccompanied minor, and thus Fischer, with wife on one side and 12-year-old boy on the other, was removed to the only open seat, far away from his wife. Mother’s Day Brunch at Mille Fleurs on May 9. Chef Martin always delivers the best brunch to spoil your mom that day. Trust me, this is a day you don’t overlook the woman that gave birth to you! To make your reservation, call (858)-756-3085. Coming up in my next column, find out which local resident just went to Iraq as a photo journalist. I will be sharing these photos, plus which business will be making a grand opening three years after the Witch Creek Fire? Find out in my next “Machel’s Ranch.”


club. Thanks Deana for sharing this important information with the community. On April 23, I ran into Holly Manion at Mille Fleurs on a hopping Friday night. The piano bar there, with Randy Beecher as the featured artist, is the perfect way to jumpstart your weekend. Holly was looking absolutely fabulous that evening and I captured a photo of her surrounded by some good-looking men in the courtyard that night. Holly keep up that fiery spirit, and thanks for always If you have a fun event you would like being so lovely to me. Oh, Machel Penn to cover, contact her at also, save the date for mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.


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Estate & Fine Jewelry • Objects d’ Art 6016 La Granada P.O. Box 1575, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Tel 858.756.4508 • Fax 858.756.4515


MAY 7, 2010











The Pacific Ocean is your back yard! Panoramic whitewater views abound at this classic single-level home with 3 spacious bedroom suites, beautiful office with wood floors & generous oversized windows. Unique opportunity to own one of La Jolla's precious ocean front homes.

Gorgeous Gated Estate meticulously maintained by original owners. This Richard Doan beauty has a fantastic floor plan with 6 bedroom suites, gourmet kitchen, mahogany-paneled office/library & a guesthouse on 2.95 acres. Call for your private showing!







Incredible opportunity in Fairbanks Ranch! Elegant gated estate with 5 bedroom suites, spacious rooms, open floor plan, library plus so much more. Come see for yourself! Owner says bring me an offer!!

Located between the 7th & 8th hole of the Del Mar Country Club golf course . . . this gorgeous home is light and bright with 4/5 bedrooms, master on the main level, spacious rooms, travertine floors & balconies overlooking the golf course. Priced to sell and ready for you!

La Jolla, California

Rancho Santa Fe, California

Rancho Santa Fe, California


Rancho Santa Fe, California


We proudly support the San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Becky & June Becky

858.481.6750 DRE #00978031



858.756.3060 DRE #00969762

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