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VOL. 5, NO. 24

NOV. 20, 2009


Ranch ponders future leaders

ble n a u l Va ons o p cou age 30 P IN FOCUS

A Rancho Santa Fe photographer turns her camera on the area’s 3 homeless


The Community Center paid tribute to the warriors who fought for 11 their country



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JUST DO IT Third-grader Eli Baloun had “spirited” hair for the Spirit Bowl. (It helps that Eli’s mom is a hairdresser!) Photo by David Wiemers

TRUE COLORS ■ 10 teams

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Ten local schools competed in this year’s Spirit Bowl raising money for abused children. Hosted by Horizon Prep, the Spirit Bowl gives young athletes a chance to play football and make their home team proud, all the while raising money for Camp Julian Oaks, a camp dedicated to neglected and abused children. At the kick-off ceremonies, Tony Masa, director of Camp Julian told the kids, “You’re playing TURN TO SPIRIT ON 35

GIVE ME AN ‘S’ Patriot Cheerleaders show they have “spirit” too. Photo by David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Fundraising efforts are under way in a big way for a new Rancho Santa Fe Performing Arts Center, part of the R. Roger Rowe School renovation. The fundraising committee, headed by Bibbi Connor, Carol Warren and Allison Stratton, raised awareness at a recent Community Concerts event held Oct. 9. “The response was overwhelming,” Connor said. “Our cell phones were ringing like crazy. We received $5,000 that evening.” The fundraising com-

mittee is attempting to raise $1.6 million to $2 million for the Performing Arts Center. Any monies raised above that amount will be used as an endowment, to help pay for maintenance, upkeep, and perhaps to pay a salary for someone in charge until the center is self-sustaining. “This is a front-loaded campaign,” Warren said. In the coming weeks, the committee will be sending out pamphlets to residents of Rancho Santa Fe asking for donations. The pamphlets include testimonials from locals such as former Association President Marie

Addario, Jan Clark (representing the Community Concerts Series) and comedian Tim Conway. There will be a Donor’s Wall at the Performing Arts Center designed by Tim Holcombe of Holcombe Designs that will name significant donors. The fundraising committee gave a progress report to the school board directors at the Nov. 5 board meeting. Superintendent Lindy Delaney also reported that meetings have taken place recently with lighting and interior designers. She said that it will be possible for the center to seat as

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many as 406 individuals for special events — and seat 300 otherwise. Steps are being taken to ensure that requirements of touring companies and other performance groups will be met. Specific lighting, pianos, and other technical equipment are frequently called for and the fundraising committee wants to make sure that the center meets those requirements. It plans to raise money to secure that equipment. At the same meeting, Project Manager Tim Ireland

RANCHO SANTA FE — A Torrey Pines High School senior pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection to an alcohol-related accident in which one of his teenage passengers died and another suffered serious injuries. In lieu of his plea, the 17year-old driver is expected to be placed on probation when he is sentenced next month; however, there is a possibility he could face additional confinement, including house arrest, his attorney has said. The single-car crash occurred around 1:45 a.m. Oct. 4 on a windy road in 5000 block of La Granada near the



Group makes big push for Performing Arts Center By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Where are the future leaders of Rancho Santa Fe? Who is willing to give back to the community? Who will be there to grab the torch as today’s leaders finish their terms? These are questions that loomed large for the current board of directors at their Nov. 5 meeting. At the meeting directors amended their Committee Policy, allowing more time to recruit members for vacancies on committees. The amendment extends the


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NOV. 20, 2009

ODD Ranch photographer focuses on homeless FILES


By Lillian Cox

Lead story The first line of “defense” at the 400 Iraqi police checkpoints in Baghdad are small wands with antennas that supposedly detect explosives, but which U.S. officials say are about as useful as Ouija boards. The Iraqi official in charge, Maj. Gen. Jehad alJabiri, is so enamored of the devices, according to a November New York Times dispatch, that when American experts repeatedly showed the rods’ failures in test after test, he blamed the results on testers’ lack of “training.” The Iraqi government has purchased 1,500 of the ADE 651s from its manufacturer, ATSC Ltd. of the UK, at prices ranging from $16,000 to $60,000 each. The suicide bombers who killed 155 in downtown Baghdad on Oct. 25 passed two tons of explosives through at least one ADE651-equipped checkpoint.

Cultural Diversity — Many mixed-race (“coloured”) teenage boys in Cape Town, South Africa, secure their ethnic identity by having several upper front teeth removed, according to an October dispatch in London’s Daily Telegraph. A University of Cape Town professor said fashion and peer pressure were primary motives for creating the tooth-gap, and not the popular myth among outsiders that coloureds do it to facilitate oral sex. (The ritual includes fitting dentures for the gap just in case, to give the boys flexibility.) — What a Difference a Day Makes: (1) Charles Wesley Mumbere, 56, was a longtime nurse’s aide at a nursing home in Harrisburg, Pa., until July, when the Ugandan government recognized the separatist Rwenzururu territory founded in 1962 by Mumbere’s late father. In October, Mumbere returned to his native country as king of the region’s 300,000 subjects. (2) Jigme Wangchuk, 11, was a student at St. Peter’s School in Boston when he was enthroned in November by a Buddhist sect in India’s Darjeeling district as its high priest, covering territory extending to neighboring Nepal and Bhutan. He will live in seclusion in his monastery, except for contact with Facebook friends he made while in Boston. — An unprecedented toilet-building spree has taken hold in India over the last two years, spurred by a government campaign embraced by young women: “No Toilet, No Bride” (i.e., no marriage unless the male’s dowry includes indoor plumbing). About 665 million people in India lack access to toilets, TURN TO ODD FILES ON 35

RANCHO SANTA FE — In 1991, Susan Madden Lankford was living the good life, dividing her time between her husband and three daughters and working as a portrait photographer. Her world was rocked one night when a teenager was killed in a car accident across the road from her Rancho Santa Fe home. Two weeks later, her youngest daughter, Polly, was trampled by a horse. “There are critical moments when you say, ‘Oh, my god, at least my daughter is alive,” Lankford said. “But what do we know about our community and society?” Lankford decided to investigate, moving her business to an old jail at Seaport Village she rented for $220 a month. “I knew I was going to do TURN TO PHOTOGRAPHER ON 31

By Randy Kalp

UP CLOSE Above left, “I always wore pretty clothes, pretty shoes and I loved to dance,” said Mrs. Walton, standing on the empty lot in San Diego where her house burned down. Her complete story is documented in the book, “downTown u.s.a.: A Personal Journey with the Homeless” by Susan Madden Lankford. Above right, Michael, pictured here when he was homeless, lives in a studio loft in Golden Hill today and works as a truck driver. “Most of the time I’m broke, living from paycheck to paycheck, but I enjoy the quiet simplicity of my life. It’s been worse, a lot worse. Back in the early ‘90s, my home was anything from an unlocked storeroom to a quiet doorway.” Photos by Susan Madden Lankford

DAR luncheon honors Wounded Warriors By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Two chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a joint meeting at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club on Nov. 5. The De Anza Chapter and the Rancho Buena Vista Chapter honored more than 30 military servicemen and servicewomen, representing the Army, Navy and Marines who have made sacrifices for our country. More than 100 people gathered for the luncheon, which included distinguished guests California DAR State Regent Lenora Branca, State Vice Regent Karon Jarrard and Honorary State Regents Lola Lawson and Anne Lampman. After the luncheon, many of the wounded warriors stood and shared their experiences and feelings for those having served our country. “It’s always a very moving experience,” said Joanne Murphy, Regent of the local De Anza

WOUNDED WARRIORS HONORED From left, Regent Joanne Murphy helps honor officers Drew Goin, Abraham Odisho and Jeffrey Olivas. Photo by David Wiemers

chapter. “These are incredible young men and women. We’re honored to have them with us.” There was also an exhibition of artwork by Fallbrook sculptor Jim Helms. Using material from the Rice Canyon Fire of

2007, Helms sculpted a piece entitled “Wounded Warrior.” “The piece expressed courage, strength and the rebirth of a soldier in contemporary form,” DAR member Jill Scott said. The Wounded Warrior sculpture served as a theme for the

two chapters, thanking the men and women for their service. The Daughters of the American Revolution are dedicated to continuing the tradition of promoting patriotism, education and historic preservation.

Power outage affects more than 500 homes By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — Friday the 13th began on an ominous note for residents of Whispering Palms when a 10 hour electric power outage occurred. Power failed at 2:28 a.m. and SDG&E crews were alerted at 3 a.m. “It was old wiring that faulted,” said Chuck Martinez, working foreman for SDG&E. Martinez and his crew worked for 10 hours to resolve the problem and replace wiring. More than 500 homes were affected, primarily those in the Alcala, the Villas, and homes along Avenida Calma, Avenida Feliz, and Via de Las Palmas. Residents had to rely on the sunrise rather than their electric alarm clocks to get out of bed. According to Holly Herrera, security guard for the Alcala, the long delay had many concerned about refrigerated items and those with electric stoves were unable to

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FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH JINX? Crews from SDG&E work to supply electricity to 518 homes in Whispering Palms left without power on Nov. 13. Photo by David Wiemers

cook. Herrera had to help at garage doors to get their cars cerned,” Herrera said. “Many least half dozen elderly out. “Everyone was very weren’t able to cook breakfast women raise their electric patient, but many were con- and had to go out to eat.”

OCEANSIDE — A San Diego Superior Court judge on Nov. 12 ordered a police sergeant be remanded to custody relating to charges that he received thousands of dollars in stolen property from an embezzlement scheme that targeted an Oceanside company. Judge Joe Littlejohn denied Walter Willis McWilson’s attorney’s request to have his client remain free on his own recognizance, and set McWilson’s bail at $150,000. McWilson, a 10-year veteran and crisis negotiator with the Oceanside Police Department, pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen theft related charges in connection to purchases for his home music studio made through his former girlfriend, Aimee Rich, who had been embezzling money from her employer, Royal Pacific Construction. The 37-year-old McWilson is charged with seven counts of receiving stolen property, six counts of grand theft and one count of conspiracy to defraud another of property, according to court documents. The alleged thefts occurred over a one-year period from 2006 to 2007 and exceeded $50,000. Several of McWilson’s family members, who were at the arraignment, declined a request to comment on the case as did his attorney, James Bishop. McWilson, of Murrieta, posted bail several hours after the brief hearing. His next scheduled court appearance is Nov. 23. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 9. Rich has pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges and is awaiting sentencing. In a declaration in support of the arrest warrant, Oceanside police Detective Micheal Brown wrote McWilson had initially come to him asking about the case against Rich in August 2008. According to the arrest warrant, Rich had used the company’s lines of credit to purchase merchandise for herself and friends as well as issued checks totaling nearly $40,000 to her friends for work that was never completed. During Brown’s conversation with McWilson, he stated in the affidavit that the officer never admitted to receiving gifts from Rich. Brown said McWilson’s involvement in the case began to take shape when they seized a receipt for a mattress from Rich’s residence that had McWilson’s name on it. After being confronted about the mattress receipt in December 2008, Brown stated McWilson admitted to receiving gifts from Rich, but continued to withhold TURN TO OFFICER ON 26



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Don’t judge a person by the trash she rummages The dull sound of cheap plastic wheels rolling on pavement is just barely audible over the constant roar of the freeway.The little old woman pushes her baby stroller around the corner, stopping at each trash bin to find what is salvageable. Her small stroller is childless, but nonetheless heavy with a sizeable load of aluminum cans. At her side is a child who perhaps rode in the stroller not long ago, when she was too young to walk this far on her own.The little old woman keeps the child entertained by moving quickly, belying the deep wrinkles in her face and hobble to her step. She may find one can, or no cans, but she remains determined and presses on to the next bin. Clearly, this is how she will scratch out her meager earnings for the day. Her approach is always less obtrusive than those pushing shopping carts over sidewalk cracks, down the curb and across the bumpy street. I can hear the carts from down the block.The old woman, though, suddenly appears, and just as quickly vanishes with hardly a peep. She’s different. I didn’t know how to react when I first came across the old woman and child digging confidently through my trash. I didn’t want this at my front door; this raw human element staring me down as I went about my day. She didn’t belong here.The child especially didn’t belong here. A warm onshore ocean breeze ruffled the fringes of the old woman’s anklelength skirt, as the fronds of the queen palm by the trash bin swayed to and fro. The two didn’t seem to notice me as I walked past with a sour face, my nonverbal show of disapproval.

ERIC MURTAUGH Outside Perspective So I took matters into my own hands. I placed my most unpleasant refuse closest to the top of the bin, thinking this would deter the old woman. I’d make it a point to stand watch at the screen door, certain she felt my presence. She never once looked my way, not even to acknowledge the guttural growls of my dog. Now I was a nobody to her, just another white kid with a roof over his head and decent garbage to pick through. The tables had turned. What would it matter if I gave her attitude? She gets it all the time, I’m sure. I see the old woman around town often, walking at a brisk pace, head bowed as if lost in prayer. She is like a ghost, barely noticeable unless you were looking for her. It’s hard telling which way she’s going or from which direction she came. But she’s always on the move, her business never finished. Once, I went to throw garbage out when the old woman was making the rounds. I watched her with a new sense of curiosity and a hint of regret, for who was I to so quickly pass judgment? I wondered what her story was, why she resorted to collecting cans to survive. She shuffled to the next bin, only a few yards from me. At that moment, she finally met my glare and flashed a warm, nearly toothless smile. Her TURN TO OUTSIDE ON 26

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Multibillion dollar water bond measure on November ballot Tops rail bond vote In the 2008 November election, voters approved a $9.9 bil. bond to finance a high-speed rail system. It’s no surprise that the Sacto money spenders are back this time with an $11.1 bil. water bond. No question that water distribution throughout the once Golden State needs fixin’. What is irritating, however, is the cost. Originally, it was touted as a $9.4 billion bond, then Sacto electeds tacked on $1 billion-plus in earmarks. At the top of the spending is adding 25 positions to the State Water Resources Control Board. Time to clean house?

plant adjacent to the Encina plant in C’bad will eventually be turning out 50 million gallons daily of potable water from the blue Pacific. Cal Coastal Commish recently gave Poseidon Resources the final permit needed to get the show on the road. Pending court suits could still be a 10 percent withholding tax road block but not likely. Wage earners who suddenly High marks found 10 percent less in their pay Conde Nast mag, a high-profile envelopes learned it was an advance they were making on their state publication, has named San Diego income tax. The sales pitch is that International Airport among the top folks who owe taxes will owe less 10 in the nation based on safety, when it’s time to pay up and those design and location. due a refund will get a bigger one. Early Christmas hype How brilliant! It usta be the day after Thanksgiving that stores launched Desal plant under way After years of processing paper their Christmas promotions and work and jumping through political early birds got up at 4 ayem to take hoops it appears the desalination advantage of the early specials. World War II changed that. Folks who had loved ones in the service overseas were urged to mail early so cookies or whatever would Contact a Reporter arrive on time for Christmas since CARLSBAD packages usually went by boat ALYX SARIOL asariol@coastnewsgroup.com space available. Turned out to be DEL MAR / SOLANA BEACH such a great idea that after World BIANCA KAPLANEK War II there is now Santa Claus bkaplanek@coastnewsgroup.com right next door to a Jack o’ lantern ENCINITAS and it’s Christmas in July. WEHTAHNAH TUCKER

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Deserved recognition

American Legion Post 416 in the Flower Capital recently heaped kudos on Johnny Kentera for 50 years service as a member and contributing to the community in a lotta ways. Jonny never turned away from a worthy community project or to help someone out. During early summers the Hollywood elite who frequented the lounge at the Del Mar Hotel all knew Johnny as the greatest beverage mixer in the bizness. Johnny served them all.

Cartels using students as mules

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement is warning students not to become the victims of the promise of easy dough by sneaking drugs across the border. These are known as mules.Youths as young as 14 years of age have been arrested. Upon conviction these lawbreakers spend a long time in the slammer. Worth getting paid 50 bux for taking the risk?

Ambulance to bookmobile

San Diego Medical Services has donated a no longer used ambulance to the Flower Capital Kiwanis Club and it is in the process of converting it into a bookmobile. A most worthy sunset era for a vehicle that in its heyday transported the ill and infirmed.

San Diego Assn. of Unique presentation Governments, or SANDAG, officials Cardiffian Mark McNaughton say the major projects like the expansion of Highway 76 east of TURN TO EYE ON THE COAST ON 31

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BILL ARBALLO Eye on the Coast

O’side are on schedule even tho’ transnet sales tax revenue has declined 6.5 percent. However, cities will be getting less tax revenue, which means neighborhood street maintenance and pot holes won’t be getting much attention.

LAURIE SUTTON lsutton@coastnewsgroup.com

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NOV. 20, 2009

community CALENDAR It’s ‘Que Sera Sera’ at RSF Art Guild

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LIFE at MiraCosta will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 20, MiraCosta College, Room 1068,1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Dr. Nicolas M. Reveles of the San Diego Opera will discuss “A Season of Desire.”Visit (760) 721-8124 to learn more.


FEST The Palomar Orchid Society will hold its Fabulous Fall Orchid Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21, San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Informative talks will cover basic orchid care, mounted orchids and more. Call (760) 604-4687 or visit www.palomarorchid.org for more details.


The Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve will host a habitat restoration event from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, 2437 Hutchison St.,Vista.The group will be planting 350 native plants in our willow riparian habitat. Call Becky Wilbanks at (760) 295-1548 for more details. PEACEFUL BUNCH The Leucadia Kids for Peace will sponsor a food drive from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 21, Moonlight Beach Park, Encinitas. The group is collecting nonperishable food items.To learn more, visit kidsforpeaceusa.org/ or call Delores Loedel at (760) 207-2982. TASTY READS Combine creativity, wit and a love of reading at the Edible Books Festival from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 21, Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive. Start with a book title or a character and find a way to illustrate it using materials that are edible. Public viewing and judging will take place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call the library at (760) 753-7376. TIGHT BUDGET Local author Woodrow Wilson will sign copies of his cookbook “The Champagne Taste/Beer Budget Cookbook” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21, Earth Song Bookstore, 1440 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. Wilson’s cookbook is the cookbook for today’s tough economy. Visit www.woodrow-wilson.com for more details. WEED WHACKING The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is seeking volunteers to help weed whack from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21. Meet at the Nature Center at the end of Gabbiano Lane in Carlsbad. Call (760) 931-0800 or visit www.batiquitosfoundation.org for more details.

NOV. 22

ALT XMAS Solana Beach

Presbyterian Church will host its 24th annual Alternative Christmas Market from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 22, 120 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. The event hopes to make a difference this holiday season by asking participants to purchase unique gifts that improve the lives of people around the world. Call (858) 509-2580 or visit www.solanapres.org for more details. TIMELINE THERAPY Jane Ilene Cohen will present “The Power of Neuro-Linguistic TURN TO CALENDAR ON 31

By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — On Nov. 12, the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild hosted three receptions and an Art Walk for the premiere of its new show titled “Que Sera Sera.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served as art lovers walked from the Art Guild to Wells Fargo Mortgage and then down to the library to see featured artists. The pace was leisurely, very … well, que sera sera. Artist Connie McCoy is the featured artist at the Art Guild.“I tried to step out of the box, step out of my comfort zone for this show,”McCoy said. She found the horizon to be of particular interest. “It presented challenging opportunities. The horizon looks different at different times of the day.” She describes her painting technique as “Realism that is then put into abstract.” Most paintings feature a horizon, where land meets sky or water. FEATURING Above, Connie McCoy stands besides her paintings at the new Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild Show “Que Sera Sera,” running Across the street, at Wells through Jan. 2, 2010. Below, Marie Dion is the featured artist at Wells Fargo Mortgage, Marie Dion is Fargo Mortgage. Photo by David Wiemers the featured artist. “This is my first solo exhibit,” said Dion, who has been a student of renowned artist Sebastian Capella for the past 12 years.“I like painting figures, people, animals.” At the Rancho Santa Fe Library, artist Cherry Sweig is featured. Her watercolors from a recent trip to Greece are on display. Sweig first sketches in notepads, then brings those sketches to a larger canvas. Her notepads, however, serve as a diary, bringing back memories of trips past. She’s currently writing a book on her travel/painting adventures around the world.“It’s all about locations,” Sweig said. “You’ve got to know where to go and always get permission!” The “Que Sera Sera” show WATERCOLORS Cherry Sweig has her watercolors at the Rancho runs through Jan. 2. Santa Fe Library through Jan. 2. Photo by David Wiemers

North County cities already find fire agreement paying off By Bianca Kaplanek

COAST CITIES — It’s been about one month since Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe entered into a joint fire management agreement and opportunities to reduce costs, offer enhanced services and provide better management practices have already been identified, Chief Mark Muir told Del Mar and Solana Beach City Council members at their meetings the week of Nov. 9. “We pretty much all have the same missions,” Muir said. “Our policies are a little bit different, but we’re trying to blend them and share them as it relates to the different agencies.” Muir said he has already found ways to reduce costs by about $500,000. “One of our objectives … is saving more than lives,” he said. Muir said goals include creating “a more dynamic” training process for the Emergency Operations Center, updating response records and reviewing fire prevention methods.

Department personnel already spent three hours discussing weed abatement with Del Mar residents. Muir said part of his job also includes managing expectations. “We’re trying to put everybody on the same page,” he said. “We’re optimistic. “We talked about … coming up against some obstacles, and I really have to tell you that I haven’t heard of any. I know there are going to be some out

there but the firefighters are excited. The staff is excited,” he said. “Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations as it relates to a quality fire department.” Del Mar Councilman TURN TO FIRE ON 31

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NOV. 20, 2009


Vista killer faces death penalty

Military families get a hand with holiday food By Bianca Kaplanek

MCAS MIRAMAR — Deployed soldiers, worried that their families back home may be hungry, cannot properly fulfill their missions, which oftentimes involve handling ammunition or helping to maneuver aircraft, ships or tanks. With that thought 20 years ago, Peg Brandenburgh co-founded The Food Locker, a warehouse-style pantry sponsored by the Navy Wives Club of America that provides a variety of assistance for qualified active duty military, reserves and their dependents. “No children of the military will ever go hungry,” Brandenburgh said. “That is part of our mission statement.” The Food Locker, which Brandenburgh said is the only facility of its kind in the nation, is located at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. It is completely run by volunteers, including Rita Riddick, Brandenburgh’s partner for the past 15 years. The shelves are stocked entirely by donations, 95 percent of which come from retired military “because they’ve been there,” Brandenburgh said. Supporting the effort are people like Rancho Santa Fe resident Ann Pelling, who five years ago was talking with some friends “about so many people needing food.” “We decided we should be doing something to help,” Pelling said. Every year since

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VISTA — Fresh off a murder conviction, a North County jury is now tasked with determining whether Derlyn Ray Threats will be executed for the murder of a young mother. “You have one choice before you and that choice couldn’t be more difficult,” defense attorney Wil Rumble said Nov. 16 in his opening statement for the penalty phase of Threats’ trial. Through family and friends, Rumble said the defense would present Threats entire life, the good and the bad, for jurors to digest when making their decision whether Threats deserves to be sentenced to death for the murder of Carolyn Rebecca Neville around 9 a.m. Sept. 1, 2005, at her home on Diablo Place in Vista. The panel of eight men and four women convicted Threats, 28, of one count each of murder in the first degree with special circumstance allegations, residential robbery and residential burglary. Because jurors found true the two special circumstance allegations — the murder was committed during the robbery or burglary, and the murder involved torture — Threats, a former Camp Pendleton Marine, now faces either life in prison without parole or execution. Defense Attorney James Weintre said in his closing arguments that police had arrested the wrong man for Neville’s murder. Despite Threats being stopped a few houses away carrying a stun gun and hammer handle as well as a bloody pair of socks, Weintre said evidence pointed to Neville’s neighbor, Tony Brown — a taller, huskier man — as the person who committed the murder. Weintre said it was Brown who witnesses described fleeing the scene and heard yelling that morning. Weintre did not dispute Threats being in the house that morning. He said Threats had gotten into a situation he didn’t expect to be in, and panicked by fleeing. Weintre pointed to the bloodstains on the back of Threats’ clothing, which he said showed Threats had his back to Neville during the



HELPING HANDS Above, after working a full day, Master Sgt. Charles Matthews volunteers almost daily at The Food Locker, a warehouse-style pantry at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar that provides assistance for qualified active duty military, reserves and their dependents. Sponsored by the Navy Wives of America Club, the facility is run by Peg Brandenburgh, 75, and Rita Riddick. Matthews helps by stocking shelves, cleaning “or doing anything I can to help out,” he said. Left, Rancho Santa Fe resident Ann Pelling, left, spends four days each November in front of the Rancho Santa Fe post office collecting food and money to help stock the shelves at The Food Locker, which was co-founded 20 years ago by Peg Brandenburgh, right. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek



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Crystal Ball Gala raises funds to fight child abuse By David Wiemers

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 300 local philanthropists put on their black ties and evening gowns to support Casa de Amparo, an organization that fights to end child abuse and neglect in San Diego County. The Crystal Ball Gala pulled out all the stops to raise money for the cause, featuring a silent auction, super silent auction and a live auction. Longtime Rancho Santa Fe residents Lou and Judy Ferrero served as honorary

chairs. “We are blessed to be in a position to help these kids,” Lou Ferrero said. “There is so much support here in the community and we’re very proud of the work being done here tonight.” Once again Chef Jeffrey Strauss of the Pamplemousse Grille prepared a gourmet meal for the crowd. The dining room at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club matched the elegance of the meal and prior to dinner Strauss could be seen mingling with guests at the silent auction. Luxury

items being auctioned included a 5-star trip to Tuscany and an ocean fishing trip in Sitka, Alaska, at the Talon Resort on Apple Island. Casa de Amparo, located in Oceanside, has numerous programs and services geared toward breaking cycles of abuse. Shelters and counseling services are provided for youth and adults. According to Sharon Delphenich, executive director of Casa de Amparo, child abuse crime statistics in San Diego County rose slightly in 2008. There were 10,777 substantiated cases reported, approximately 13.4 per 1,000 children, which is higher than the state average.“In a place where the


Santa Fe Realtor Colleen Hensley is just one of 300 guests in glam- HONORARY CHAIRS Judy and Lou Ferrero at the Crystal Ball Gala. orous attire for the Crystal Ball. “We’re so blessed to be part of this,” Lou Ferrero said. Photo by David Wiemers Photo by David Wiemers

sun shines so much of the time and where beaches and palm trees speak of paradise, we have to remember that there are thousands of children who live here in darkness — hopeless and without a voice when it comes to their pain and sadness,” Delphenich said.

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Popular local performer enjoys success in new career By Lillian Cox

DEL MAR — Since leaving the Mar Dels almost two years ago, Kathy Herington’s tune has changed from “Get This Party Started” to “Taking Care of Business.” Herington left a steady, 13-year gig as singer and saxophonist with the popular band to venture into the unchartered waters of real estate as others were jumping overboard. “Everybody said, ‘Are you crazy? Why are you going into real estate now?’” she said. “I thought, ‘Why wait until tomorrow?’” A former lifeguard and professional surfer who once competed on the North Shore of Oahu, Herington was fearless. “I was ready for a challenge and had a competitive edge as an athlete,” she said. “You have to believe in your-

NEW TUNE Two years ago, Kathy Herington left a steady, 13-year gig as a singer and saxophonist with the Mar Dels to pursue a career in real estate in a downturn market. Her late grandmother, Grace Araujo, who invested in coastal real estate in the 1960s through the 1980s, was her inspiration. “My grandmother used to say, ‘People multiply, land doesn’t.’ She was brilliant.” Kathy is pictured holding a magazine with a cover photo of a listing that belongs to her sales team Gallagher & Gallagher of Prudential California Realty. Photo by Lillian Cox


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well to clients and has amazing attention to details.” In addition to performing with the Mar Dels, Herington served as a stylist, which required designing, sewing and coordinating the group’s costumes. “Design is a passion,” she said. “I love the opportunity of transferring my knowledge and artistic ability by offering staging and redesign services to my clients.” She is also a certified feng shui specialist and board member of San Diego Feng Shui Professionals. Herington’s optimism about the real estate market comes from her late grandmother, Grace Araujo, who invested in coastal real estate in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. “My grandmother used to say, ‘People multiply, land doesn’t.’ She was brilliant.” Herington says there’s never been a better time to buy with prices and interest rates at an all-time low and the extension of the first-time homebuyer credit. “People always look back and say, ‘I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve,’” she said. “They’re going to look back and think, ‘I should have bought in 2009.’” Herington lives in Encinitas with her husband Steve and her son Tyler. She also grew up in Encinitas, the youngest of four children of legendary jazz musicians Anthony Ortega and Mona Orbeck. Ortega, a saxophonist, met Orbeck, a composer, pianist and vibraphonist in her native Norway, in the early 1950s when he was touring with Lionel Hampton. He subsequently performed with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Quincy Jones. While it wasn’t uncommon to see her dad on TV shows such as “Here’s Lucy” or for him to bring home TURN TO PERFORMER ON 31

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A list of what’s been selling in the Ranch area, who’s buying it and for how much — also available online. This information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. Source: DataQuick, transactions from last 2 months

Date: 11/10/2009; Amount: $610,000; Lender: Wells Fargo Bank; Buyer: William Flynn; Address: 16027 Via De Las Palmas, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $590,459; Land: $393,640; Tax: $6,244.16; Built: 1980; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 3 bath, 1850 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $488,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 11/06/2009; Amount: $3,000,000; Buyer: Lisa Pederson; Address: 6533 Lago Lindo, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $4,416,346; Land: $1,611,946; Tax: $46,705.14; Built: 1983; Features: 3-car garage, 4 bed, 5 bath, 8382 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 11/04/2009; Amount: $3,190,000; Lender: Wells Fargo Bank; Buyer: Thomas & Sara Lewis; Address: 5138 San Elijo, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,326,392; Land: $978,405; Tax: $24,969.10; Built: 2000; Features: 3-car garage, 4 bed, 5.5 bath, 6040 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $697,500; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 10/29/2009; Amount: $730,000; Buyer: Kreisberg Family Trust; Address: 3618 Calle Juego, Solana Beach; Assessed: $430,299; Land: $286,956; Tax: $4,635.68; Built: 1988; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2129 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/23/2009; Amount: $2,275,000; Lender: Union Bank; Buyer: Richard & Patricia Burruss; Address: 6571 Mimulus, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,500,000; Land: $1,442,000; Tax: $26,742.36; Built: 1966; Features: 3-car garage, 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 5718 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $1,592,500; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Variable.

Date: 10/23/2009; Amount: $470,913; Buyer: Sunnyridge Capital Llc; Address: 16053 Via De Las Palmas, Solana Beach; Assessed: $378,177; Land: $247,988; Tax: $4,112.22; Built: 1980; Features: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1567 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/20/2009; Amount: $1,270,000; Lender: Provident Funding Assoc Lp; Buyer: Awoni Alim; Address: 17708 Camino De La Mitra, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $634,980; Land: $293,272; Tax: $8,225.56; Built: 2000; Features: 3-car garage, 5 bed, 4.5 bath, 4137 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $697,500; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 10/14/2009; Amount: $2,490,000; Lender: Marshall Family Trust; Buyer: Gustafson Family Trust; Address: 5464 El Cielito, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,600,000; Land: $2,000,000; Tax: $27,074.72; Built: 1974; Features: 3-car garage, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4433 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $950,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate: Fixed.

Date: 10/13/2009; Amount: $0; Lender: Rancho Santa Fe Bank; Buyer: Gregory & Nancy Hillgren; Address: 6673 Las Colinas, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,297,352; Land: $1,077,030; Tax: $24,749.96; Built: 1993; Features: 3-car garage, 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 6021 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $1,160,000; Loan Type: Construction.

Date: 10/09/2009; Amount: $1,742,500; Buyer: Jp Morgan Chase Bank Na; Address: 16551 Zumaque St., Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,468,898; Land: $1,921,316; Tax: $25,652.54; Built: 1969; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2.5 bath, 2960 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional. TURN TO SOLD ON 24



NOV. 20, 2009

Santa Fe Christian students honor veterans with ceremony By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — In a poignant ceremony held as the nation mourned 13 people killed at Fort Hood Army post — and the day after the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — Santa Fe Christian Schools paid tribute Nov. 10 to the men and women who serve our country during the 12th annual Veterans Day celebration. “We are here today to honor those who protect our rights, our freedom and our way of life,” Headmaster Tom Bennett said during his opening remarks to local veterans, their guests, students, faculty and staff. “This program is our way to say thank you for serving us.” With Ryan O’Rourke, senior class president, serving as master of ceremonies, the hour-long event showcased the talent of students from grades one through 12. Hannah Ippolito sang the national anthem. Joshua

FLAG BEARER Benjamin Biggs acts as flag bearer while the firstgrade class sings “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

THANK YOU Retired Air Force veteran Margaret Stehuk was among the nearly 100 servicemen and women invited to the ceremony. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Turner of Cub Scout Pack 798 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Isaac Trotta, Michael Leveque and Jordan Prater, also from Pack 798, gave a flag-folding demonstration. Seventh-grader Lindsay

Park and junior Olivia Gardner read their original poems, titled “Soldiers” and “Thank You,” respectively. The Eagles regiment band played the marches of the Armed Forces, and a studentproduced video montage of

MUSICAL TRIBUTE Directed by Gail Nicholson, the first-graders sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

war footage by Brent Timm and Josh Mangus was shown. Various choirs sang “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Song for the

Unsung Hero.” Keynote speaker Cmdr. Jon-Paul LaBruzzo, a Navy veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, challenged students to “serve

DEL MAR — The Nov. 10 meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association was the public’s first opportunity to publically provide board members with input on the draft environmental report for expansion at the Del Mar Fairgrounds since the 4,555page document was released Oct. 9. The comments were anything but supportive. All 15 speakers, mostly Del Mar residents, voiced concerns about the size of the project and the resulting increase in traffic, noise and light, and its potential negative impacts on the San Dieguito Lagoon. During the next 15 years the 22nd DAA, which governs the state-owned fairgrounds, is proposing to build a 330-room hotel-condominium with a grand ballroom, new exhibition halls, rooftop sports fields, offices, a health club, parking structures and a seasonal train platform. “Such a large-scale development is inconsistent with the requirement to run (the fairgrounds) in an environmentally conscientious manner,” Del Mar resident Ed Mirsky said. “Whenever you change something, disaster will happen. I believe that (is true here).” Building a convention center in the middle of a small community “is just appalling,” Lee Haydu, also

from Del Mar, said. “If you lived in this community, which most of you do not, think about how you’d like it.” Some speakers said they weren’t necessarily opposed to the renovation, just its size. They asked the board to rethink its plans. “Just because we can doesn’t me we should,” Mark Fangue, a member of Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee, said. “Renovation is good. Expansion may not be the best thing for us. Converting wetlands to parking spaces is not a good thing. This expansion is a bit too much.” Bettie Youngs, who’s lived in Del Mar since 1980, said she remains in the county’s smallest city because “it’s quaint and it has controls to keep it that way.” “Why spoil it?” she asked. “I do understand progress. I don’t think we have the right development.” “I’m glad you’re here today,” board member Barry Nussbaum told speakers. He said the board welcomes their input and encourages them to stay involved. But according to state guidelines, only comments submitted in writing by Jan. 8 will be formally considered. Nussbaum said there will be “no impact to the San Dieguito River Valley.”



Resident speak out against fairgrounds expansion plans By Bianca Kaplanek

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said April Shute, vice president and general manager of La Costa Resort and Spa. “When this opportunity presented itself, we were very excited,” Shute said. The tournament will feature top players playing in 13 exciting sessions at the resort’s state-of-the-art tennis facilities. Two sessions will be hosted per day throughout the tournament and more than 5,000 people are expected to attend each sold-out event, Raquel Giscafre, tournament director, said. “The tournament has been a popular stop on the tour, it attracts people from all over, not just California,” Giscafre said. The community of Carlsbad is projected to benefit greatly when the tour comes in to town. Based on numbers provided by past cities who have hosted the event, the Sony Ericsson WTA stop is estimated to bring in approximately $30 million in the eight-day period, Giscafre said. “It’s a high-end demographic, they want to go to a place where they can get a nice meal and watch tennis,” Giscafre said. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour was last hosted in Los Angeles before deciding to return to the San Diego area. Although Los Angeles TURN TO TENNIS ON 30



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4S RANCH — Offering turnkey convenience, Maybeck’s newly released upgraded models present the final new-home opportunities in this enclave at 4S Ranch. With prices starting from the mid $700,000s, these models showcase granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, builtin entertainment centers, fireplace, crown molding, music and alarm systems throughout, designer-selected flooring and wall color schemes, upgraded carpeting and professionally designed front and back yard landscaping. Maybeck’s completed model homes range from approximately 3,172 to 3,700 square feet, with three to five bedrooms, 2.5 to 5.5 bathrooms, and twoto three-car garages. They include architectural styling that incorporates private guest suites, spacious master bedrooms, large living areas and gourmet kitchens with center islands. Located on the north side of 4S Ranch, Maybeck TURN TO MAYBECK ON

SPECIAL SUPPORT United States Marine Corps MWSS 372, H & S Co-6, from Camp Pendleton, now in Afghanistan, will be receiving care packages of candy, coffee, popcorn, hot chocolate and oatmeal prepared by youngsters at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on Veterans Day. Courtesy photo

Community Center celebrates Veterans Day RANCHO SANTA FE — On Nov. 11, the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center celebrated veterans and troops overseas with a land and sea adventure visiting the Midway, the Star of India, sea lions and Shelter Island. Before leaving the Community Center, the children prepared care packages


for a Marine Corp troop and letters for veterans here at home. Dimi Manning, receptionist at the RSFCC and her daughter, Kaley, had an personal interest in this endeavor; Manning’s husband Francis is stationed in Afganistan and they wanted to be sure both he and his unit were remembered on Veterans Day.

“I am so proud to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Manning said. “I was amazed at what a great response we got from the community. I look forward to doing more for our military as well as our veterans.” Mothers Teresa Gauvreau and Petra Foster volunteered their efforts and

time, and employees stuffed boxes and signed cards. Items requested from the soldiers included candy, coffee, popcorn, hot chocolate and oatmeal. Supporters of this effort included Center Vice President of Programs Marianne Whitmeyer, Steve MacBaisey, Cindy Bloch, Gunilla Pratt, the center’s

Vice President of Special Events Alchera Ayyad, Amy Stout and Nikki Dempsey. A special thank you went to Christie Wilson at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation for donating all of the shipping costs. Packages are being sent to Marines from Camp Pendleton stationed in Afghanistan.

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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Randy Kalp

A report for the week of Nov. 3, 2009 to Nov. 10, 2009

WHAT A TOOL Donnally Landscape of Encinitas was reportedly burglarized sometime between 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4 p.m. Nov. 4 of $7,750 in power tools and construction equipment. AFTER MIDNIGHT A Subaru Forester valued at $15,000 was reportedly stolen sometime after midnight Nov. 7 on Ranch View Trial in Encinitas. TWOFER Two vehicles parked on Camino Del Mar in Del Mar were reportedly burglarized sometime between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 7. BOLD MOVE A Camp Pendleton Marine was reportedly stabbed by an assailant wielding a pocket knife around 7:50 p.m. Nov. 6 on North Coast Highway in Oceanside. NO RESPECT Someone reportedly robbed a 69-year-old woman around 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in a parking lot on Mason Avenue in Oceanside of her purse, which contained her dentures and cell phone. WOMAN ROBBED A 21year-old woman was reportedly robbed around 8:20 a.m. Nov. 3 on Oceanside Boulevard in Oceanside. FEELING GASSY The Shell gas station on South Rancho Santa Fe in San Marcos was reportedly robbed around 4:20 a.m. Nov. 4 of $452.83. QUITE THE COLLECTION Someone reportedly burglarized a San Marcos residence on Old Glen Street of approximately $1,400 in video games sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 6. UNPLUGGED A residence on Woodland Parkway in San

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Marcos was reportedly burglarized sometime between 9:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Nov. 3 of two rings valued at $10,000 and electronics. SUITED UP Adio Footwear on Cousteau Court in Vista was reportedly burglarized around 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3 of clothing, electronics and three skateboards. BLING STING Someone reportedly stole $2,000 in jewelry from Novedades Tere on Vista Village Drive in Vista around 10:30 p.m. Nov. 6. VEHICLE BURGLARIZED A vehicle parked on Sycamore Avenue in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime after 6 p.m. Nov. 4. LIGHTS OUT The Exit Lighting Company on Poinsettia Avenue in Vista was reportedly burglarized sometime after 8 p.m. Nov. 8.


allegedly buried his body on his Nazira Maria Cross is wanted ranch in Lovelock, Nev. She is also for allegedly murdering her former alleged to have then run over the husband at one of his residences gravesite repeatedly with her car. On located in rural Plumas County, March 25, 2009, a criminal complaint Calif., on July 31, 2008. Cross was was signed and filed, charging Cross born Nov. 23, 1965. in Costa Rica. with one count of murder, and a state She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs warrant was issued for her arrest. On 150 pounds. She has brown hair and May 14, 2009, a criminal complaint brown eyes. Cross is a professor and NAZIRA CROSS was filed charging Cross with unlawhas ties to Reno, Nev., Costa Rica, ful flight to avoid prosecution, and a and Peru. The residence is located approximately federal arrest warrant was issued. If you know of Cross’ whereabouts, con60 miles northeast of Reno. After allegedly poisoning him, and while he was in a near- tact the nearest FBI office or American death condition, Cross is thought to have driv- Embassy. She is considered armed and danen him to Nevada. After he died, Cross gerous.

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CRIME LOG Compiled by Randy Kalp The following information was gathered from law enforcement’s most available records for the week of Nov. 3 to Nov. 10, 2009

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

ENCINITAS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 2, Vandalism 1, Assault 0, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0 RANCHO


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Seyyed Nasser Alavi Loftabad Battery, Unlawful Penetration, 2005

Ricardo Reyes Attempted Murder 2001

Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008

Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008

Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004

Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005

Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004

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

Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005

Arturo G. Gomez Rape with Force San Diego, May 2007


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CARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA Petty Theft 0, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 9, Burglary 8, Vandalism 3, Assault 1, Grand Theft 2, Robbery 0 SAN MARCOS Petty Theft 2, Burglary 3, Vandalism 0 , Assault 1, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 1 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 5, Burglary 4, Vandalism 4, Assault 3, Grand Theft 1, Robbery 1 VISTA Petty Theft 3, Burglary 12, Vandalism 1, Assault 1, Grand Theft 7, Robbery 1

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Italian pianist Davide Cabassi performed for Rancho Santa Fe Community Concerts patrons as part of the Performing Arts Center at RSF Underwriting Campaign for Roger Rowe School, to upgrade a planned multi-purpose room for students to an 8,600-square-foot, 400-seat, state-of-the-art performance facility for shared use between students and the community. To learn more, contact Bibbi Herrmann Connor at (858) 774-4499, Carol Warren at (858) 9225952, Allison Stratton at (858) 342-0333 or go to the “PAC” tab at www.rsfschool.net.

COAST CITIES — The Women’s Auxiliary for Rady Children’s Hospital extends an invitation to new members willing to donate time and talents to help raise funds and benefit children throughout San Diego County. For more information, call Danette at (760) 749-0333 or Margie at (951) 767-1940.

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ENCINITAS — Weidners Gardens, 695 Normandy Road, is hosting free poinsettia greenhouse guided tours and a holiday open house at 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 22. Share growers secrets and tips to help your poinsettia survive the holidays. In the public display area, Debbie Johnson will be creating poinsettia arrangements.

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‘Simple’ can be really involved We need a new cooking show — “The Really Truly Simple Cooking Show.” If I say a recipe is simple, unenthusiastic cooks everywhere will know I mean four steps or less. In other words, just this side of take-out. As much as I adore eating at their houses, people who love to cook just aren’t to be trusted on this issue. I was amused by a recent column that shared the wisdom, “If you just don’t have time for breakfast, try making yourself a smoothie.” This woman must regularly prepare coddled eggs, bacon, toast, grits, gravy, hand-squeezed juice and waffles with fresh fruit. For me, switching to a smoothie is not really a solution to my morning time crunch. Having a live-in cook is a solution. Whoever deemed a smoothie easy has sort of forgotten that you need to find a clean glass, hope for a ripe banana, dig berries out of the fridge that haven’t molded yet, make sure your husband hasn’t left just an 1/8 of a cup of milk in the carton, get down the protein powder and find the blender after the last margarita party. Another health column suggested that one great idea would be to “add vegetables to your dinner.” This writer must have based her research on four college students in their first apartment. I can’t really think of anyone I know who doesn’t at least serve vegetables with every dinner. I can’t guarantee they get eaten by anyone but the dog, but the idea of including them isn’t really all that revolutionary. This kind of “helpful” TURN TO SMALL TALK ON 28

Put Pinots of Oregon on your holiday wine list Much has been written about the poetry of wine and the lofty loveliness of each savory taste. There is no better wine family that ushers in these qualities than the Pinots of Oregon. With the holidays approaching, opinions are paraded in the press about which food-friendly wines go best with an array of menus to celebrate the dinner of the year. Wine Spectator recently quizzed nine sommeliers about their recommendations for matching turkey, stuffing, and all the other trimmings. They all had a cornucopia of suggestions from heavy-bodied French to light-bodied German. For me, there is only one choice. I am passionate about Pinot, whether it is the white wine Pinot Gris or its more famous red wine-mate, Pinot Noir. With this pair, you need go no further for an ideal turkey dinner pairing. Recently I responded to an invitation by my good


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That’s the Pinot Gris. The Pinot Noir notes include: “Sun. Rain. Drizzle. More sun. Some fog. The fruits of sustainable farming. Flavors of black cherry and raspberry mingling with earth and truffle. Aromas of the same. 16 months in French Oak. Love and care.” Thanksgiving could not have a more heartfelt message. For more than 30 years, since before anyone knew there was a wine country in Oregon, there was Sokol Blosser.They learned as they grew these fickle, subtle, sensitive Pinot grapes. “Our current 2007 Pinot Noir is delicate and light,” Alison said at the Grand Del Mar event. “It has a long lingering finish. The harvest produced Pinot Noir of great structure and similar to the classic Burgundies of France. The climate is close to Burgundy, with cooler temperatures, a longer growing season and long hangFAMILY TRADITION Alex Sokol Blosser and sister Alison carry on time on the vine. This allows

friend Jesse Rodriguez, the wine director at the 5 Diamond-rated Grand Del Mar Resort. Jesse wanted to present a favorite Oregon winery, Sokol Blosser, from the Dundee Hills. It’s a family-owned and operated winery with a commitment to sustainability in their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, as well as other wines. They were the first in the country to be certified for their “green” wines. You have to love a wine whose label describes the wine as containing: “Sunshine. Buckets of Rain. More Sunshine. Morning Dew. The fruits of sustainable farming. Delicate aromas of apple blossoms mingling with flavors of fig and the tradition of fine Pinot Noir founded by their pioneer parents in 1971. citrus and spice. Kindness.” Photo by Frank Mangio


Noted North County philanthropist enhanced many lives CARSLSBAD — Andre “Toni” Leichtag, a quiet fount of generosity in the San Diego community for decades, died on Nov. 11. A longtime resident of La Costa and Fairbanks Ranch, she returned to Carlsbad after the death of her husband, Max “Lee” Leichtag, in November 2007. Leichtag was also predeceased by her daughter, Joli Ann Leichtag, who died of cancer at age 60 in July 2007. She is survived by Joli Ann’s daughter, Heather Greene (husband Chris Greene) and their twin sons, Mason and Brody, of Ponder, Texas, and by her daughter, Leani Leichtag of Costa Mesa, and Leani Leichtag’s children, Milea Merritt, Michael Napolitano and Vincent Napolitano. Leichtag also is survived by four great-grandchildren. Acting jointly with her husband and on her own, Leichtag compassionately donated money and her time to a broad array of organizations. To date, the Leichtag Family Foundation and Leichtag Family Trust have donated more than $40 million to alleviate human hardship, advance self-sufficiency and promote tolerance and

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and Hillis Houston. Her father deserted the family two months after her brother, Bill Houston Sr., was born in 1916. Despite adversity, Freda Houston instilled a strong work ethic and a love of music in her two children while raising them as a single mother in Tacoma and Seattle. Leichtag pursued a dual career as a blues singer and licensed manicurist. In the 1930s, she sang in many venues throughout Seattle and at San Francisco’s famed Pantages Theatre. She was the female vocalist in several well-known bands of the era, including Hoagy Carmichael’s orchestra.

Toni and Lee Leichtag met at a wedding. They were married Dec. 25, 1941, and were full partners in their life, business ventures and philanthropic endeavors. Toni Leichtag was a corporate officer in the Leichtags’ successive companies: American Vitamin Company, Inc., MD Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Divinity Religious Products, Inc. She served as chairwoman of the board of the Leichtag Family Foundation from its inception in 1991 until 2007, when she became Chairwoman Emeritus. Heather Greene was very close to her grandmother. She recalls, “She was a very classy woman who carried herself

magnificently all of the time. I have fond memories of my jazzy grandmother zipping around town in her Tic-Tacsized white Mercedes. My grandmother and I spent a lot of one-on-one time when I was young. We were pals. “My grandmother and grandfather defined what a great partnership is all about. It gave them a lot of pride to see what their hard work and dollars contributed to society. My grandparents did many beautiful things. They changed lives,” Greene said. Bill Houston of Danville, Calif., recalls his sister as a resilient and warm-hearted TURN TO PHILANTHROPIST ON 28



NOV. 20, 2009

Thanksgiving season a time to remember and be thankful MACHEL PENN Machel’s Ranch I don’t know what I want to tell you this issue. Sometimes I am brimming with ideas. I have these fantastic stories I love to share with you. Some are personal and others are more of my perspectives on life. For this issue, I thought I would just tell you the many events that have triggered deep emotions in my heart recently. As a mother, the tragic loss of the teenage students in car accidents here in Rancho Santa Fe has left me bereft, along with the rest of the community. One of my closest friends — Jill Sorge — has two teenagers that attend Santa Fe Christian High School. Within seven days of covering the Homecoming football game, tragedy struck when they lost a classmate. Jill’s daughter Lauren is a cheerleader at Santa Fe Christian. The week the accident happened, I listened to my friend recount the ways of how she could help the squad by making all of the buttons for the cheerleaders to wear for the following football game. The buttons had William Wardrip’s picture on it, in which he is wearing his Santa Fe Christian Jersey. That day my friend Jill drove to a few of the crafty stores like Michael’s in Encinitas and then on to a Wal-Mart near Mission Valley. Her goal was to find the best quality button, in honor of the student Santa Fe Christian had lost. I remember thinking about Jill that afternoon. I thought about all of her driving back and forth for this one important element of remembrance that was more than just a button on a cheerleader’s uniform. This detail became larger than any regular duty for her daughter. It carried the weight of loss of another family’s tragedy that touched her children’s lives, too. As her friend, I felt so moved by her efforts. My deepest sympathy also goes out to the families involved that lost a loved one recently. This very same week, I learned that one of my friends has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My friend is under the age of 40. As I drive to work and witness the sun shining across the ocean, my mind is perplexed and saddened by all of the recent news. And, that one question we all ask comes to mind — why? How can one ever understand such things? My heart searches for meanings and a purpose. Yet, when we lose those we love, sometimes there can just be a time to grieve without understanding. We can grieve and there are no answers to why circumstances like these happen. This life is so precious. As I am thinking of each story from the last month, I hesitate to celebrate my life. Yet, therein lies the answer. Celebrate life. Yes, we must

cherish the moments and the goodness of all those we love. This is the key to overcoming such tragedies when there are no other answers to find. We must lift up the memory of our loved ones, like my friend Jill did with her goal of finding the perfect button for all of the cheerleaders at Santa Fe Christian in remembrance of their beloved classmate. Jill understood the importance of honoring those we love. Sometimes finding meaning in the minor details can help mend broken hearts. Be thankful for each moment, each friend, and each loved one that has touched your spirit. Let us remember this Thanksgiving the families that have lost a loved one recently in our thoughts and prayers. Let us remember those that have touched our hearts.

Around town On Oct. 28, I stopped by Dr. Sherman’s office in Del Mar. Have you heard of Dr. Sherman? He has been in the San Diego area since 1981 and is the creator of the “natural look.” With recent trends to look younger and younger, it’s good to know the dos and don’ts when considering cosmetic changes to your body. If you are looking for a nonsurgical facelift that won’t break your wallet or keep you hidden during the holidays, please read this exciting information the Del Mar Medical Center shared with me: “Maurice P. Sherman, M.D., F.A.C.S., is now offering Sculptra®Aesthetic (injectable poly-L-lactic acid), a cosmetic facial injectable that works gradually, resulting in a more youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years. SculptraAesthetic is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment indicated for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy people. “I am very excited to offer SculptraAesthetic to patients who want to achieve naturallooking results from a cosmetic injectable that is long-lasting,” Dr. Sherman said. “SculptraAesthetic works gradually to achieve results over time, so no one will notice you had work done.” Wrinkles and folds associated with aging become apparent,

primarily through the breakdown of collagen. SculptraAesthetic helps the body replace lost collagen to provide a more youthful looking appearance. For more information, visit www.drsherman.com where you can view before and after pictures from Sculptra patients. Thank you Dr. Sherman and to your team for sharing this personal photo at your office. Pictured are Vanessa Vargas with Dr. Sherman, Ronnie Berger, and Carol Parr-Garcia. To make an appointment for a free consultation please call (858) 350-8400 and ask to speak with Ronnie Berger. On Oct. 29, I headed downtown for an event that I just loved: “Cultures & Cocktails” held every other month at SDMA. Imagine walking into this fabulous museum with a rockin’ party taking place on all levels, with “Chains of Love” by the band Erasure from the 8’0s echoing through the art galleries. I ran into some of the local crowd from Rancho Santa Fe. Who knew that we were so cultured in San Diego? I spotted Rosemary Rae with a good friend and Bill Fox out on the scene. Rosemary is head of design and marketing for the Community Center and Bill Fox is famous for the parties he throws every year in La Jolla. What fun to run into a few familiar faces off my normal circuit scene. If you love art and are looking for an evening that hopes to feel slightly like New York, this is the ticket. Check out www.sdmart.org. On Nov. 7, I was able to sneak in the front doors of the fabulous Crystal Ball Gala held at the Fairbanks Country Club. At minimum $300 a ticket, there were no signs of a recession at this lavish Rancho Santa Fe gala. Lou and Judy Ferrero were saluted by all of their friends and loved ones for their gallant efforts they have contributed toward Casa de Amparo. The Ferroros were “delighted to be recognized as this year’s honorary chairs,” and said they “hope each and every Casa Kid will have the chance to create the bright future they deserve.” Judy Keys and Karen Kogut were co-chairs. ProFlowers was the title partner. Casa de Amparo was founded in 1978 with the mission to help prevent child

DR. SHERMAN’S OFFICE Part of the Del Mar Medical team featured here is Vanessa Vargus, Dr. Sherman, Ronnie Berger and Carol Parr-Garcia. Photo by Machel Penn

DAY TO REMEMBER Dick Van Allen with his granddaughter Tabitha Bell at the Santa Fe Christian’s Veteran’s Day Celebration. Photo by Machel Penn

HOLIDAY FUN Courtney MacDonald with Linda Sansone on Nov. 7 at Plume. Photo by Machel Penn

HONORED Veterans Richard Farwell with Yvonne

Paczulla were honored for their bravery. Photo by Machel Penn

FINE Laurie Nelson, editor of Fine Magazine, with

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CULTURES & COCKTAILS Bill Fox with good friend Rapheal from Rancho Santa Fe at the Cultures & Cocktails event. Photo by Machel FESTIVE Lisa Odenweller, Sally La Rocca, Heather Hunter, Courtney MacDonald and Kelly Conley enjoying the festivities at Plume’s fundraiser. Photo by Machel Penn Penn

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Dear Sara: My sister drew my name for the family Secret Santa and asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I was thinking about working on our stockpile and asking for some of the more expensive stock items, and providing a bunch of ideas. We cook mostly from scratch, and I don’t want to ask for anything (like meat) that would need to be refrigerated. What other suggestions could I add to this list of ideas or suggestions? — Maggie, New England Dear Maggie: People have their own preferences on what they consider to be pantry staples, but some common higherpriced pantry items include extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, spices, real maple syrup, pure vanilla extract, chocolate, dried fruit, peppercorns, sea salt, fresh herbs, cooking wine, quality honey, coffee, tea and yeast.

Dear Sara: I made a rotisserie chicken tonight. I was wondering whether I could use the leftovers and carcass to make broth for a chicken soup tomorrow. I wouldn’t use the skin: It’s heavily flavored and pretty dang crispy. But I would like to make a second meal from this. Think it can be done? — Mickee, Kentucky Dear Mickee: Yes, you can make soup. Think of it as a shortcut from making it from your cooked whole chicken. Separate the meat from the bone, and set it aside. Use a couple of quarts of chicken broth and about a quart of water, and add the chicken carcass and some chopped onion (1 to 2 cups) and celery into the broth, and simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Strain the broth into a large bowl to remove bones. In a stockpot, add a bit of oil and add chopped vegetables of your choice, such as carrots and celery, and saute until they’re tender. Add reserved broth to the pot. Add your preferred seasonings, such as thyme or poultry seasoning, egg noodles and chicken meat. Simmer until noodles are cooked.

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Salvation Army honors 15 ‘Women of Dedication’ By Bianca Kaplanek

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary announced the names of the 2010 Women of Dedication honorees during its annual presentation tea Nov. 5 at the Rancho Santa Fe home of Carol Dickinson. The 15 honorees are Sandra Daley, Mary Epsten, Lillian Fishman, Eileen Haag, Gina Kakos, Wendy Ledford, Lois Lewis, Patsy Millard, Barbara Miller, Shirley Murphy, Jeri Rovsek, Barbara Scott, La June Singer, Carol Summerhays and Lois Thompson. “These 15 women best exemplify selfless volunteerism,” Nancie Geller, publicity chairwoman, said. “They have given their time or resources to help our community.” About 100 people attended the tea, including

the Women of Dedication, their guests, Women’s Auxiliary members and Salvation Army officers. “This is truly a day of celebration,” Carol Chang, event co-chairwoman, said. “We salute you for your leadership in our community.” Names of volunteers from throughout San Diego County were submitted to an executive committee, which selected this year’s honorees. They will be formally recognized during the 45th annual Women of Dedication luncheon Feb. 24 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. “I feel very honored to be named a Woman of Dedication,” said 94-year-old Lillian Fishman, who remains active as a mentor and fundraiser for the Burnham Institute, the TURN TO WOMEN ON 26

SHOW OF APPRECIATION Carol Chang, right, presents Carol Dickinson with a Mary Frances purse to thank her for hosting the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary presentation tea. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

DEDICATED LADIES Above, Mary Epsten, left, a 2010 Woman of Dedication honoree, shares a laugh with Nancie Geller, publicity chairwoman for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary presentation tea. Epsten is being recognized for her volunteer work at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities, located in Encinitas and Rancho Bernardo. TAKING A BREAK Louarn Sorkin, left, historian for the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary,takes a break from Below, Woman of Dedication honoree Lillian Fishman, 94, chats with snapping photos to chat with Lois Lewis, and Gail Thompson. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek Carol Chang, co-chairwoman of the 45th annual Salvation Army Women of Dedication luncheon, which will be held Feb. 24 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. Fishman is being recognized for her work with the Burnham Institute, a cancer and neuroscience research facility she and her late husband founded in 1976. Photos by Bianca Kaplanek

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Be a Santa to a senior COAST CITIES — A campaign to deliver gifts to local needy seniors is underway again this holiday season. The area office of Home Instead Senior Care has joined Wal-Mart and CVS to provide presents and special visits to seniors who otherwise might be overlooked. “Most people aren’t aware that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of seniors in every community who have no family and are alone,” said Paul Dziuban, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office, which specifically serves North

San Diego County. “The holiday is often considered a time for children, but seniors — especially those who are isolated and lonely — need to be remembered as well. The Be a Santa to a Senior program is designed to give back to those needy seniors as well as to help stimulate human contact and social interaction for older adults who are unlikely to have guests during the holidays.” The program runs from Nov. 23 through Dec. 14. Prior to the holiday season, TURN TO SANTA ON 29

Eastman to head ACS Board of Regents SWEETS ON STAGE Bon Bons Ariella Pacheco, Abby DeSpain, Benjamin Radcliff, Christiana Morales, Camille Chambers, Alia Lewis and mother Ginger Chris Goldsmith in last year’s Performing Arts Workshop holiday production of the “The Nutcracker.” This year’s performances will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 at the Truax Theatre at El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Oceanside. This performance will feature the students of the Performing Arts Workshop and the Junior Ballet Ensemble which consists of 25 participants ages 10 through 20. Tickets for this event are $17 for adults, $12 for children and students, and $20 for adults and $15 for children and students at the door. Senior rate available for groups of five or more. For tickets or additional information, contact the Performing Arts Workshop at (760) 7532671. Courtesy photo

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe resident A. Brent Eastman was elected chairman of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons during the colA. BRENT lege’s EASTMAN annual Clinical Congress in Chicago in October. A general, vascular, and trauma surgeon, Eastman is chief medical officer of Scripps Health and the N. Paul Whittier endowed chair of trauma at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is also a clinical professor of surgerytrauma at UCSD. In his role as chairman

of the Board of Regents, Eastman will work closely with the ACS executive director and will chair the regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The college’s 22-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the college. The board’s diversity and the variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery. Eastman has been instrumental in the development of trauma systems worldwide. He is one of the co-founders of San Diego County’s trauma system and has lectured and helped put trauma systems into place in countries TURN TO EASTMAN ON 29

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COAST CITIES — San Diego Gas & Electric is once again offering up to three free strings of light-emitting diode bulbs to customers throughout San Diego County during this year’s annual LED Holiday Light Exchanges. Along with new holiday lights, customers will receive a no-cost reusable goodie bag containing Home Energy & Water Savings Kit that includes a low-flow showerhead and three faucet aerators. SDG&E and its community partners are hosting light exchanges throughout the county. In North County, visit Rancho Guajome Adobe County Park, 2210 N. Santa Fe Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 28. Other county locations include Seaport Village from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 28, and Balboa Park, in front of The Prado from 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 and from noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 5. SDG&E customers will be able to exchange up to three incandescent holiday light strands for multi-colored LED holiday light strands by simply presenting a copy of their current SDG&E bill or bringing their California ID. LED holiday lights can save customers energy and money, when compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights. They cost up to 90 percent less to run, are cool to the touch, reduce fire risk, and are safer for use both inside and outside the home. LED lights also shine brighter and last up to 100 times longer than incandescent holiday lights. “During last year’s holiday lights program in San Diego County we exchanged 5,757 LED light strands for 2,500 energy-conscious SDG&E customers,” said Mark Gaines, director of customer programs for SDG&E. “That is an increase of 31 percent from 4,000 LEDs exchanged in 2007.”

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Tri-City offers chance to train and run in marathon OCEANSIDE — TriCity Medical Center will serve as title sponsor for the 2010 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon held Jan. 24, and is launching a contest offering 13 North County residents the chance to participate in the sold-out 13.1 mile Carlsbad Half Marathon. The contest is open to all North County residents ages 18 and older, and offers 13 winners a free two-month membership at the recently opened state-of-the-art TriCity Wellness Center, as well as group training with the center’s certified staff. The winners will then participate in the Carlsbad Half Marathon, achieving their fitness dreams. In order to be consid-

ered for this prize, entrants must complete a simple registration form online at www.tricitywellness.com/ marathon or in person at the Tri-City Wellness Center, 6250 El Camino Real, in Carlsbad by Nov. 22. “Our sponsorship of the Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon is consistent with Tri-City’s mission ‘to advance the health and wellness of those we serve,’” said Larry Anderson, chief executive officer of Tri-City Medical Center. “As North County’s community hospital, we believe that it is our duty to encourage North County residents to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and prestigious TURN TO MARATHON ON 24

Encinitas is establishing itself as dining destination With the recent announcement that the owners of Urban Solace, the award-winning North Park eatery, will be opening a new Encinitas restaurant, it became very apparent to me that Encinitas is transforming itself into a town any foodie would be proud to call home. The new restaurant from GW Restaurant Group Inc. will combine Urban Solace’s signature comfort cuisine and service with menu items and décor inspired by the ocean and the local Encinitas community. Upstairs, there will be a full service bar, dining and entertainment space, called the Moonlight Lounge. The new restaurant will be located at 25 East E Street, right off Pacific Coast Highway, which is an amazing space. The new restaurant’s Moonlight Lounge will offer an additional small plates menu, featuring cheeses, salumis, oysters and other cocktail and wine friendly eats. These dishes will be

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate prepared at a live bar station upstairs. The full menu will be available at the Moonlight Lounge, as well. There will also be a seasideversion of Urban Solace’s famed Bluegrass Brunch every Saturday. How cool is that? One of the design highlights that stood out is a 12foot-long community table on the second floor to encourage guests to mingle and make new friends. I love this concept and have taken advantage of it many times while traveling solo on business. Look for this yet-tobe-named eatery to open in the spring of 2010. I can’t wait. That, combined with our under-construction TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 25

Bands, singers sought for holiday hayride DEL MAR — Local school choirs, singing groups and bands are invited to perform holiday music and carols at the Holiday Hayride Fridays to be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Paddock at the Fairgrounds serves as the boarding and performance area. Every student who participates will receive a ticket to return to the Holiday of Lights with their families. For more information, contact Linda Zweig at lzweig@sdfair.com or at (858) 792-4262. The 15th annual Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds features more than 400 lighted animated scenes on a 1.5-mile drive around the Del Mar Racetrack. The event runs



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from Nov. 26 through Jan. 3. The Holiday Hayride is new this year from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday nights, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 Included with the ride are hot chocolate or cider and a holiday cookie. Dress warmly and enjoy holiday music and carolers while roasting marshmallows at the fire pits before boarding the hayride in the Paddock. Santa’s Pub and Piano Bar will be open as well. Advance ticket purchase is recommended to guarantee space on the Holiday Hayride.Tickets are $10 per person. Call the Fairgrounds Box Office at (858) 792-4252 or Ticketmaster at www. ticketmaster.com/venue/819 80 for tickets.

Solana Beach boutique serves cancer patients and survivors By Lillian Cox

SOLANA BEACH — “Don’t just survive, thrive!” The slogan embroidered on pretty black T-shirts at the Brighter Side is more than a marketing tool. It reflects the boutique’s philosophy that there’s life after a cancer diagnosis. Connie Elliano, a breast cancer survivor since 1997, was a customer before becoming a sales associate. “Mine was a hard case,” she said. “It’s always refreshing if you tell clients that you are a 12-year survivor. I can share my story and often people will start talking.” A full line of brand name merchandise from Amoema and Anita designed for breast cancer patients and survivors is available including prosthetics, bras and bathing suits — even bikinis. In addition, the store carries products for any woman undergoing chemotherapy such as hats, scarves and wigs, which can be styled onsite. Finer skincare and makeup products from Lindi and SkinCeuticals are also on sale. The boutique is certified by the American Board for Certification of Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, which is recognized by Medicare, Kaiser and most HMOs and PPOs. “It is a benefit to clients that we are able to do that,” said Sherre Cain, co-owner and a certified mastectomy fitter. “A patient with a bilat-

SPECIAL STORE Sherre Cain, co-owner of The Brighter Side, a Solana Beach boutique for women with cancer or who have survived cancer. The shop has a staff of certified specialists to help with the selection of prosthesis, bras, camisols and swimsuits for breast cancer survivors. In addition, a full selection of scarves, hats, wigs, shirts, fine skin care products and gifts are available. Photo by Lillian Cox

eral mastectomy will typically walk out with $900 of product, sometimes only paying a 20 percent copay.” While appointments are preferred, walk-in clients are accommodated. “If someone is close to us, we’ll make a home call,” Cain said. Often women visit the shop before surgery to quell

anxiety and learn what’s available. “There’s a full spectrum of emotions,” Elliano said. “Patients can’t allow themselves to be in the doldrums too long because feeling sorry for yourself doesn’t allow you to get beyond it. It helps if you interact with people who are survivors.” Cain says that often cus-

tomers sit in the waiting area, enjoying coffee and freshly baked cookies while sharing their experiences. The business was started 15 years ago by Bink Cook, a breast cancer survivor. She sold it five years ago to Cain and Mari Muscio. The store also has a TURN TO CANCER ON 26

Youth build chapters to aid African child soldiers COAST CITIES — Tyler Crouch, a student at Canyon Crest Academy, and Reid Hollen, a student at Torrey Pines High School, will take over the job of running Xslaves.org, a nonprofit organization that engages high school students to raise money to help former child soldiers in Uganda. Rancho Santa Fe resident and Xslaves founder Paige Hollen, a Torrey Pines graduate, passed on the everyday duties, as she began her freshman year at Stanford University. She

plans to continue an active advisory position in the organization. Xslaves.org is a nonprofit organization with the immediate focus on educational, vocational training and small loans to those in poverty designed to spur entrepreneurship and other sustainable assistance programs in Africa, while engaging high school students in the management and operations of fundraising. Crouch and Tyler Hollen each lead a chapter at their respective high schools.

“We are living in a pretty protected environment,” Crouch said. “It was time to look beyond our horizon and try to make an impact on the welfare of kids displaced by war and disease within Africa.” “We hope to bring awareness of the fundamentals of nonprofit organization to high school students and we’ve set the mission of setting up the Xslaves organization in at lest five to 10 new schools each year for the next five years.” Last year the funds

raised by Xslaves.org went to support a catering and baking vocational program through its local partner Friends of Orphans in Northern Uganda.This group is a nonprofit focused on rehabilitating, reintegrating and empowering former child soldiers, abductees, child mothers, orphans and others impacted by conflict and HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The baking program provided nine months of training to 30 students plus start-up capital for them to start their own businesses.

Man forced to register as sex offender for act with teen By Randy Kalp

CARLSBAD — A 24-yearold man convicted of engaging in sexual relations with a teenage girl at a Carlsbad elementary school will have to register as a sex offender for life, a San Diego Superior Court judge ruled Nov. 9. Judge Daniel Goldstein said the one unique factor in the case was that the crime occurred on school grounds, which he said coupled with the fact the victim clearly appears to be underage warranted sexual offender registration by Leo Burns Welnick. Welnick, of Carlsbad, pleaded guilty in September to one felony count of oral copulation by a person over 21 on someone under the age of 16 and false imprisonment

in connection with a June incident at Magnolia Elementary School with a then-15-year-old Carlsbad girl. Additionally, Welnick received 365 days in county jail and will be placed on three years probation. He has credit for 183 days served in jail. In accordance to his plea deal, two felony charges — forcible oral copulation and kidnapping — were dismissed. Welnick had faced more than a decade in prison. Deputy District Attorney Elisabeth Silva said one of the considerations for the plea agreement was protecting the victim from having to testify at trial. In a Vista courtroom

filled with approximately 20 family and friends of Welnick, the teenage victim and her mother addressed the court. “His actions have ruined our family,” the victim’s mother told the court. “He’s sick and I will forever hate him.” The teenage girl, who wiped back her tears, said anytime she hears the name “Leo” she begins to cry. “You’ve brought nothing but shame to your family name,” the victim said as she addressed Welnick, who stood behind the opaque glass of the courtroom’s holding cell in his jail jumpsuit. “Because of you, I lost my innocence.” Welnick’s attorney, Brad Patton, told the court his client suffered from bipolar disorder and at the time of

the incident had stopped taking his medication. Patton said he believed Welnick’s mental illness got worse around that time due to the breakup with his long-term girlfriend, who was older than him. Following the sentencing, Patton said the outcome was as good as gets. He said Welnick had admitted to police that he had sexual relations with the victim who he believed to be 17. “It was a fair result,” Patton said. “I do not think he should be a lifetime sex registrant.” Patton said the act between Welnick and the victim was consensual. “I think TURN TO OFFENDER ON 26


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Health center home to 14 ‘Top Doctors’ Local girl gets ENCINITAS — Each year, the San Diego County Medical Society, or SDCMS, in collaboration with San Diego Magazine, honors the “Top Doctors” in San Diego County, as recognized by their peers. This year, on the heels of four North Coast Health Center dentists earning “Top Dentist” honors in May, the largest outpatient medical facility in coastal North County San Diego is pleased to announce that 14 of its physicians have now been named a “Top Doctor.” The North Coast Health Center’s “Top Doctors” are: Specialty: Allergy & Asthma — Nancy Ostrom, MD, Allergy & Asthma Medical Group Specialty: Dermatology — Bari Cunningham, MD, Comprehensive Dermatology Group — Sheila Friedlander, MD, Children’s Specialists — Vishakha Gigler, MD, Comprehensive Dermatology Group Specialty: Family Medicine — James Hay, MD, North Coast Family Medical Group — Georgine Jorgensen, MD, North Coast Family Medical Group — Gerard Lumkong, MD, Scripps Coastal Medical Group — Richard Payne, MD, North Coast Family Medical Group — James Quigley, DO, North Coast Family Medical Group Specialty: Pediatric Otolaryngology — Anthony Magit, MD, Children’s Specialists — Seth Pransky, MD, Children’s Specialists

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TOP DOCS From left, Encinitas Chamber of Commerce CEO Marshall Weinreb; Tahir Ijaz, MD, Family Practice; Richard Payne, MD, Family Practice; Gina Mansy, MD, Radiation Oncology; Anthony Magit, MD, Children’s Specialist; Bari Cunningham, MD, Comprehensive Dermatology; James Quigley, Family Practice; and Greg Petree of North Coast Health Center.Courtesy photo

Specialty: Pediatrics — Shakha Gillin, MD, El Camino Pediatrics Specialty: Radiation Oncology — Tahir Ijaz, MD, Radiation Medical Group — Gina Mansy, MD, Radiation Oncology “I am honored and also humbled to have been chosen by my peers as a ‘Top Doctor’ in San Diego for the specialty of radiation oncology,” said Tahir Ijaz, MD, of Radiation Medical Group and Cyberknife Centers of San Diego.“Our staff of radiation oncologists, radiation therapists and nursing staff do more than just treat cancer using the most cutting-edge technologies, we provide a human touch, compassionate care, and encouragement and support for patients and their families. Our focus is on the patient as a whole and new technology allows us to detect cancers earlier than ever before, thereby improving the

outcomes for patients.” This is Dr. Ijaz’s second year on the “Top Doctors” list. Greg Petree, president and COO of AmeriCare Medical Properties, Inc., added,“We are so proud of our doctors here at North Coast Health Center for this and their many other accomplishments. The recognition our physicians receive speaks to the quality and variety of healthcare services provided at one convenient location for San Diego patients and their families. A heartfelt congratulations goes out to all physicians recognized on this year’s ‘Top Doctors’ list.” The SDCMS and San Diego Magazine “Top Doctors” are board-certified physicians practicing medicine in the County of San Diego who are held in the highest regard by their peers. To vote, SDCMS member physicians are invited to nominate physicians across special-

ties to whom they would refer their patients and family members. Each nominee is then reviewed by SDCMS to confirm board certification, Medical Board of California standing, and current practice status. The list is intended to be used carefully by San Diego patients and families to identify a physician that may fit their needs. This year’s North Coast Health Center “Top Dentists,” as honored by their peers, are: — J. Patrick Davis, D.D.S, M.S. – Dental Specialty Associates — Michael L. Myers, D.D.S — Michael Hiroshi Yokoyama, D.D.S. — Terrie T. Yoshikane, D.D.S., M.S., Dental Specialty Associates For more information about all of the physicians at North Coast Health Center, visit NorthCoast HealthCenter.com.

ENCNITAS — Wishes really do come true. For Encinitas resident Mary Katherine Milburn, 9, her dream of learning to ride a horse was granted thanks to the generous donations of several organizations and individuals. Since 1980, the MakeA-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. While the organization relies on volunteers and the goodwill of donors and sponsors, it has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 174,000 children around the world. Through a partnership with UnitedHealthcare, Mary Katherine, who suffers from complex heart defects, will be able to take riding lessons for one year at Concord Equestrian Center in Del Mar. With her newfound companion, a horse named Buddy, Mary Katherine will learn how to care for him and develop a bond that will last a lifetime. The initial lessons begin this month with a limousine ride to Mary’s Tack and Feed, also located in Del Mar, where Mary Katherine will pick out her own riding clothes and other supplies. The altruistic expression of a large corporation is not lost in the paperwork. In fact, the company’s regional

WISHES COME TRUE Mary Katherine Milburn, 9, was granted her wish to learn to ride a horse by the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Encinitas resident suffers from complex heart difficulties. Courtesy photo

CEO, David Anderson, was particularly touched by the simple wishes of local children. “It’s extremely gratifying to see UnitedHealthcare’s national alliance with the Make-AWish Foundation at work here in Encinitas,” he said. “As a health and well-being company, we work every day to make a difference in our communities and we are honored to be a part of this wish.” Rachel Gershwin, the San Diego chapter organization’s director of marketing and development, said the rewarding nature of making a wish come true is remarkable. “It’s always gratifying to see a dream come true TURN TO WISH ON 35

Del Mar offers free parking over holidays Eye shingles can By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — For the second consecutive year, the Del Mar Village Association has partnered with the city to help make the holidays a bit more affordable by offering 13 days of free parking in the downtown area. Every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 21 through Dec. 20 — as well as on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day — parking will be complimentary in the metered spaces under L’Auberge Del Mar, on 15th Street and along Camino del Mar from 15th to Fourth Street. “That’s about 350 shoppers that are now going to be a

little bit happier that time of year when they don’t have a ticket sitting on their car,” Jen Grove, DMVA executive director, said. “In terms of the feedback we got last year, it was overwhelmingly positive from both the community and the visitors and from the businesses.” Bags indicating the enforcement-free spaces will be placed on meters and signs. Visitors and residents are strongly encouraged to check all signage. Parking will continue to be enforced in the beach area and restricted zones. Pat Vergne, community services director, said the program will cost the city about

$5,000 in lost revenue from parking fees and tickets. Last year, when the pilot program offered only seven free-parking days, it was estimated it would cost the city about $4,500. City Manager Karen Brust said the actual lost revenues “came in very close” to that estimate. Council members showed unanimous support for the program. “We’re trying to buff up our image in town,” Councilman Richard Earnest said. “I think we ought to take whatever steps, within reason, to do that and I think this is reasonable.” “It is a relief to not hear on the radio that the only place

where the meters are still being enforced is in Del Mar,” Mayor Crystal Crawford said. Customers who spend $75 or more at downtown stores between Nov. 21 and Dec. 24 will receive a $15 voucher to dine at designated Del Mar restaurants. For younger visitors, Santa Claus will be at the Plaza posing for pictures and discussing holiday wish lists every Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. DMVA is also hosting the annual holiday wonderland from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. The family event will feature arts and crafts, music, performers, restaurant tastes and a gift bazaar.

Stop smoking now for better long-term quality of life By Scott Eisman MD, SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ENCINITAS

Did you know that each cigarette smoked shortens a life by 14 minutes, which equates to a four-hour loss of life per pack! Smoking is also the leading cause of blindness. Smokers also have a decreased sense of smell. Both passive and active smokers are at a greater risk of developing chest infections, and active smokers are at much greater risk of developing cancer of the throat and lungs.

To Your Health By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

November is the time for smokers to quit or seek assistance with smoking cessation by joining the Great American Smokeout on Thursday Nov. 19. In America, 46 million people light up a cigarette on a regular basis, but many of

them are also trying to quit. And for good reason. According to the 2004 Surgeon General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking, eliminating smoking can greatly reduce the occurrence of coronary heart disease and other forms of cardiovascular disease. In addition, quitting, also known as smoking cessation is important in order to manage contributors to heart attack and other disorders, such as arteriosclerosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known

as COPD. Some may ask, “If I quit smoking, will my body ever totally heal from it?” The answers are yes and no, depending on your own circumstances. When you quit smoking, the inflammation in your airways does go down, and the lungs get better overtime. Breathing gets easier, although those who have recently stopped smoking may notice that they cough more. That is the lungs’ way TURN TO TO YOUR HEALTH ON 24

be very painful Dear Dr. Gott: I am a 73-year-old female on no regular medications. I eat a healthful, balanced diet but sometimes indulge in pastries and candies, especially around the holidays, when I bake for my friends and family. I participate in senior water aerobics at my local community center and try to walk every day. I recently noticed a burning sensation on my face near my right eye. Within a day or so, my eyelid started swelling and became red and painful. I immediately called my physician and was seen that same day. I was diagnosed with shingles of the eye. The doctor gave me eye drops and pills to take every day. She said because I had come in before the infection had taken a real hold, I should expect to get better within a few weeks. Thankfully, I did, but it was painful. Could you please tell me more about this condition? Should I get the shingles vaccine?

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and may involve the eye itself. Initially, the patient may experience pain or itching for up to a week before a rash appears. The rash consists of small blisters on the forehead and around the eye on one side of the face. If the eye is involved, it often causes pain, redness and swelling of the lid, such as you experienced and may lead to permanent eye damage if left untreated. Fortunately, only 10 percent of patients with HZO develop infection in the eye rather than just around it. The condition can be diagnosed and treated by a general practitioner or primary care physician, but he or she may be more comfortable referring care to an Dear Reader: Herpes ophthalmologist. Treatment is similar to zoster ophthalmicus (HZO) is an outbreak of shingles TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON 24 that occurs around the eye




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ing up a clinic that would give patients an optimal health foundation, Dr. Kirsten Sage (owner of Sage Health) has expanded her staff of healing hands to include massage therapists coming from backgrounds of Reiki healing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Rain Drop Therapy, Shiatsu, Deep Tissue, Yoga, Acupressure, Aromatherapy and more. Massage Therapists Chris Cravens, Michael Rudzinski, Vu Dang and Adrienne Southwell have all been carefully selected by Dr. Sage, for their intuitive understanding of the human body and their long list of accreditations. In addition to seeking a refuge from stress, a majority of patients come to Sage Health clinic to receive treatment for conditions that have been plaguing them for years yet have gone untreated by Western medicine. In fact, one patient who's been plagued by severe Carpal Tunnel for years, Gloria Miller, states “18 months ago I came to Kirsten Sage for Carpel Tunnel in my right hand. I suffered this problem for over 10 years. There was a time when the pain was so bad that I had scheduled surgery to correct the problem, but as luck would have it I had to cancel due to a sinus infection. Then I found Sage and started a regular treatment session. Within 3 months, the symptoms of painful tingling in my thumb, index and middle fingers were gone completely and my right hand felt the same as my left hand for the first time in 10 years. Thank you Kirsten”. Other patients who have been afflicted from life debilitating symptoms and have been successfully treated by Dr. Sage and the clinic have had symptoms ranging from neck pain, chronic headaches, back pain and more. In fact, Dr. Sage's unique service of

Chirosage, which is a mixture of chiropractic adjustments and massage, continues to be a favorite among patients. Another highly requested technique that Dr. Sage uses regularly is Active Release (ART), where she uses her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements. This treats everything from sciatica and shoulder pain to tennis elbow. She just returned to Encinitas from treating elite athletes at the Ironman triathlon in Kona, HI with Active Release Techniques. And as if these two techniques aren't reason enough to drop in to Sage Health, one more life enhancing offering that the clinic boasts is NAET, a revolutionary method combining applied kinesiology, acupuncture and chiropractic care that offers often permanent freedom from allergies and the diseases that arises from those allergens! Residents living in North County have it made, getting to live in such a paradise like setting. However, the inner environment needs to match the outer environment in order for holistic healing to be complete. Choose Sage Health to be your destination for growth, health, healing and transformation. Your body and mind will thank you. SAGE HEALTH, 531 ENCINITAS BLVD. STE 100, ENCINITAS, CA 92024 OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY, 8AM-6PM & SATURDAY, 9AM-1PM APPOINTMENTS/INFO:




that of shingles of the body. Antiviral medication is ordinarily prescribed to reduce pain and shorten the duration of symptoms. In the case of HZO, antiviral eye drops may be used in place of or in conjunction with the pills. It is also important to rest and use over-the-counter pain medication when necessary. Cool compresses applied to the area may reduce swelling, pain and the rash. Typical cases last a few weeks, but it may take longer to recover if there are complications. It is possible to pass the infection on to people you have con-



offers a copper-hued metal version of the brand’s $50 238002 model, but it produces the same mediocre coffee and has a thermal carafe that’s hard to empty. If there’s a need for speed, Bunn coffeemakers keep water hot all the time. But brewing was only so-so for both Bunn models CR tested. For grind-and-brew models, which are typically



Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, authorities said. The driver, who had a blood alcohol level of .10 an hour after the accident, rolled his 2008 Mazda 3 while traveling at a high rate of speed, police said. Alcohol and speed were both contributors in the crash, police said. The teenagers had been at a party



nominating deadline until the next board meeting Nov. 19. “This gives us more time for recruits,” Covenant Administrator Ivan Holler said. Currently there are openings on the Trails Committee, Osuna Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee. Even though several current committee members have agreed to stay if needed, the


of cleaning themselves out! If you’ve been smoking a long time and have developed COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis or emphysema, the lungs never totally heal. Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the airway. Some of that type of inflammation can be reversed, but if the inflammation has led to scarring, it cannot be fully reversed. Emphysema is a chronic respiratory disease where there is over-inflation of the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs, which causes a decrease in lung function, and often, breathlessness. When it comes to other smoking-related diseases, it is directly related to the total number of cigarettes smoked in a lifetime, meas-

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a hassle to clean, the Mr. Coffee GBX23 ($50) has a blade grinder and is a CR Best Buy. It’s far less expensive than the Capresso Coffee Team Therm 455 ($295) and the Krups KM7000 ($130), both of which have burr grinders with a bucket that accepts the freshly ground beans and automatically swings in place for brewing. Among models that also make espresso, CR recommends the CR Best Buy Emerson CCM901 ($90) and

the Krups XP1500 ($105). coffee ready at a specific However, neither matched time. — Thermal carafes the best machines in coffeecome with some machines, brewing tests. cost about $20 to $40 a la How to choose carte, and help keep coffee Multicup models with warm without heating, carafes can brew a full pot at avoiding a burned taste. — Brew-strength cononce while brew stations refill a cup or mug directly. trol adjusts brewing time or To-go models make a mug or lets some water pass around two in about 3 minutes the beans for milder coffee instead of the usual 6. Other without underbrewing. — Pod models brew features to consider: — Programmable cof- neatly from a sealed packet. feemakers are widely avail- But many are limited to only able. Most models can have the company’s coffee, which

can be pricey per cup. What’s more, pod machines have been unimpressive in CR’s past tests. Regardless of the price or special features, CR recommends starting with good coffee. Other tips for getting the best coffee include grinding at home, using filtered water and cleaning the machine as often as recommended.

prior to the accident. The driver and his four teenage passengers were all students at Torrey Pines High School. Alex Capozza, 17, died at the scene, while Jamie Arnold, 17, suffered blunt head trauma. Police said neither Arnold nor Capozza were wearing their seatbelts. The driver is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 9 in San Diego Juvenile Court. He

remains in custody at Juvenile Hall. Meanwhile, a 20-year-old Oceanside resident accused of a single-vehicle accident in which his juvenile passenger was killed pleaded not guilty Nov. 12 at his brief arraignment hearing in a Vista courtroom. Reyes Miranda is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI relating to a crash that

occurred around 2 a.m. Nov. 8 on East Vista Way near Mason Road in Vista and killed 17year-old Gerardo Chacon. During the arraignment hearing, Deputy District Attorney Roy Lai said Miranda lost control of his Ford Mustang, hit a guardrail and then crashed through a bus-stop shelter. Chacon, a junior at Vista High School, died at the scene as a result of blunt force trau-

ma, authorities said. Like the two aforementioned victims, police believe Gerardo was not wearing his seatbelt. Miranda, who remains in custody on $200,000 bail, used the aid of a wheelchair and wore a neck and back brace throughout the brief hearing. His preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 11. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison, Lai said.

search for replacements is a challenge for the Association. “We need to get people involved,” President Bill Beckman said. “How do we get the best possible candidates?” Beckman asked for an open brainstorming session to allow input from all directors and those attending the meeting. According to Beckman, many directors are recruited from those serving on committees, which have proven to

be good training grounds. But how should the board entice new recruits to serve on committees? “It’s difficult,” Director Tim Sullivan said. “Every year I ask over 100 people and I’m lucky to get five.” Director Dick Doughty suggested that each board member contact two individuals and in turn they each ask three people, but Director Kim Higgins worried that those not accepted would feel

rejected and perhaps not serve in the future. “It’s a constant ongoing process,” Sullivan said. In other Association news, Chief Financial Officer Steve Comstock received authorization to use $400,000 of Open Space funds to reduce the Osuna principal loan amount. The property was purchased in June 2006 and at the time of purchase approximately $6.8 million was funded from available

Open Space funds; an additional $5 million was secured from First National Bank at a rate of 5.5 percent. Retiring debt has been a priority for the Association board of directors and will save money on interest in years to come. The next Association meeting is scheduled for Nov. 19. Anyone interested in serving on a committee is encouraged to contact the Association at (858) 756-1174.

ured in “pack-years.” Packyears are measured by the average number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years they’ve smoked. The greater the pack-years, the greater the risk. When pack-years reach into several decades, the risk of lung cancer, as an example, never goes back down to the risk of a nonsmoker. Tips on how to be successful at quitting smoking Setting a goal, a “quit date” and quitting completely on that day is best. In order to prepare for that day, identify the times that you normally light up a cigarette. Keep a log of those times, such when you are out at night with friends, when you are bored, when you are driving, etc. In your diary, record the times that you do have a cigarette and what

you are doing at that time, to reveal trends in your behavior. Make a plan about what you will do instead of smoking at those times when you are most likely to smoke. For example, drink tea instead of coffee — tea may not trigger the desire for a cigarette. Remove ashtrays and cigarettes from your car. Consume pretzels or hard candies if the desire to smoke is present. Maybe even pretend to smoke by using a straw! Bringing your family and friends into your plan is important because they can act as your motivators. Just being aware of your goals and plans can be helpful. Before your quit date, start reducing your cigarette use, including decreasing the number and strength of the cigarettes. Get rid of all

of your cigarettes just before the quit date and clean out anything that smells like smoke, such as clothes and furniture. Avoiding smoke-filled settings and situations that will give you the urge to smoke will help to allay your desire to smoke. Exercising when you have the urge to light up is a healthy option too. Enrolling in a smoking cessation program at a nearby hospital, community center, as well as at your work site, if your employer offers it, is a good way to quit and be in a group setting that provides lots of support. Talking to your physician for advice is equally important, whether you are exploring possible prescription medications to help you quit, and to see if they are the safest choice for you. Your physicians can also be

a strong supporter of your quit plan. Are nicotine patches your best choice, chewing nicotine gum or the use of sprays best for you? These are all things you can explore with your physician. Most important of all is not to get discouraged. If you are not able to quit smoking the first time you try, seek out more resources, quit with a buddy and continue to try and stop the nicotine addiction. Your lung health and longevity depends on your breaking the cycle of addition. Seek out whomever and whatever resources you can by trying new ways to stop smoking.

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Date: 10/08/2009; Amount: $759,189; Buyer: Indx Mtg Loan Trust 2006 Ar6; Address: 5759 Loma Verde Dr., Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $1,350,000; Land: $1,246,154; Tax: $14,072.86; Built: 1958; Features: 2-car garage, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1440 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/08/2009; Amount: $0; Buyer: Diamond Hands Llc; Address: 3981 Stonebridge Ct., Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,930,000; Land: $1,749,000; Tax: $31,042.10; Features: 4-car garage, 6 bed, 6.5 bath, 5226 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/08/2009; Amount: $2,498,796; Buyer: Bank Of Ny Mellon 2007 Hy6 Tr; Address: 6998 Rancho La Cima Dr., Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $3,113,152; Land: $1,591,812; Tax: $33,262.04; Built: 1991; Features: 4-car garage, 5 bed, 6.5 bath,5952 sq.ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/07/2009; Amount: $0; Buyer: Gene Konrad; Address: Loma Verde Dr., Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $133,088; Land: $66,544; Tax: $1,389.46; Built: 1956; Features: 3 bed, 2 bath, 1667 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/06/2009; Amount: $0; Buyer: Shamrock Purple; Address: 18469 Via Candela, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $3,074,181; Land: $1,123,965; Tax: $32,786.82; Built: 2002; Features: 3-car garage, 6 bed, 8 bath, 6687 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/05/2009; Amount: $0; Buyer: Roglau Residential Invs Llc; Address: 17533 Los Morros, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $3,394,570; Land: $530,036; Tax: $36,049.74; Built: 1992; Features: 6-car garage,6 bed,9 bath,11453 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $0; Loan Type: Conventional.

Date: 10/02/2009; Amount: $2,150,000; Lender: Bank Of America; Buyer: Kathleen Delp; Address: 18662 Via Varese, Rancho Santa Fe; Assessed: $2,300,000; Land: $1,436,000; Tax: $24,836.72; Features: 4-car garage, 4 bed, 4.5 bath, 4375 sq. ft.; Loan Amount: $1,720,000; Loan Type: Conventional; Rate:Variable.



national events such as the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon serve to motivate our community members to reach that goal.” Winners will also be enrolled in the race-training program offered by In Motion, Inc., the Carlsbad company that produces the event, and will receive free entry into the 13.1-mile half marathon, which has already sold out. Both memberships are valid through Jan. 24. “For many people, even those who pursue some form of regular exercise, participation in a half marathon may seem like a distant goal, particularly at a time of year when regular habits and good intentions begin to slip,” Anderson said. “This opportunity is priceless and will not only allow people to achieve a higher level of health during the holiday season, but also achieve a potentially life-changing goal.” Anderson says that while only 13 residents will be selected for the personal training package, all entrants will have the opportunity to follow along at home through online classes,events and tips available through the Tri-City Wellness Center.


Whole Foods Market, will make it even more difficult for me to leave this oasis by the sea. I can name 20 Encinitas restaurants that prevent me from leaving the city limits on a regular basis, and the list may surprise a few. These are in no particular order and range from high brow to low brow and a few in-between. With that, I give you the Lick the Plate Encinitas top 20. Savory consistently delights. Firefly Grill & Wine Bar and their everchanging tasting menu. Third Corner for the steak frites and full menu till 1 a.m. Q’ero for an overall experience and the quail appetizer. Raul’s Shack for great soup on the cheap. La Especial Norte for the best soup around. Bull Taco for its innovative street tacos and deep fried catfish. Yu Me Ya Sake House for Udon noodle ecstasy. Trattoria i Trulli because it’s the best in an overcrowded Italian restaurant town and Daniela rocks. Juanita’s because it’s the best late night budget chow down around and they have done something different and amazing with their fish tacos. Vigilucci's Pizzeria for the egg and asparagus pizza. Ogata for budgetminded sushi. Brett’s BBQ satisfies my regular BBQ jones. Pannikin quiche and pies rock my am world on a regular basis. Calypso Café simply because it’s just such a cool vibe and their dedication to live music. Annel & Drew’s Kitchen at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market for the best Cuban sandwich in town. East Coast Pizza in Cardiff serving a righteous slice o’ pie. Kim’s Vietnamese out of pure authentic goodness. Mozy Café for a dose of funky Leucadia healthiness. And finally, simply because it’s such a random combination that makes me chuckle every time I pass it by, Chinatown Chinese and Italian. First of all, I want to know who is ordering Italian food at a Chinese restaurant given all the choices for Italian food in Encinitas? To be fair, I will admit I order Chinese there occasionally and it is perfectly satisfying and a much better option than driving over the hill to the generic Pei Wei. But hey, it’s complete randomness like this that puts the “fun” in funky Leucadia. With that, this list could change by the time this article goes to print, but for now, that’s what I’m feeling about the culinary scene in Encinitas. It’s a good thing being a surfer/foodie living in Encinitas right now and I only see that getting better. Now if we can support a live theater group we will be on to something truly well-rounded. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at david@artichoke-creative.com.



NOV. 20, 2009

Travel mag offers different international perspective E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road I never thought that there could be room for another travel magazine in this challenging economy, which has been so tough on the travel industry. Having read the premier edition of Afar, however, I’m happy to say that I was wrong. You won’t find hotel ratings, lists of cruises or the easiest way to navigate airports in this bi-monthly publication, launched in August. What you will find are stories by travelers who delve into worldwide cultures (no domestic travel stories, please), live like locals and look at destinations from the inside out. “Afar targets travelers who are looking for more meaning and authenticity,” said Greg Sullivan, founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based magazine. “It’s really about understand-

Get in the holiday spirit at camp RANCHO SANTA FE — Kick off your holiday spirit at the Community Center with the Thanksgiving camp. Each day, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the center offers a lineup of activities and excursions. On Nov. 23, youngsters can enjoy a local day packed with games, activities and creating edible art. On Nov. 24 get ready for rollerskating at San Diego Skate World off Linda Vista Road. Finally, on Nov. 25, since the holidays are the time to give back to the less fortunate, the staff will be taking the youngsters to the San Diego Food Bank. During their visit, each child will be preparing boxes of produce that will be delivered to 11 food drives around the county, where 200 to 300 children and seniors line up for supplies. The center is offering extended hours from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. with the cost of $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers, per hour. Price for Thanksgiving Camp per day is $60 per day for members and $75 per day for nonmembers. For more information, contact Renée Miller at (858) 756-2461, ext 306 or via email at rmiller@rsfcc.org.

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ing people in other cultures — trying to understand what it’s like for a local. It’s a mindset — about stretching yourself outside your comfort zone.” Bog snorkeling in Wales would certainly fit into that category. On page 78, we read about writer James Sturz who ventures into murky, peatfilled waters to compete in the annual bog-snorkeling contest in Lanwrtyd Wells (pronounced hlanoortid; population 604). The event requires participants to swim two lengths of a 60-yard-long, four-foot-deep trench from which your dog would not be allowed to drink. Some folks do it in costume; others wear nearly nothing. Still others, whose sanity might be questioned, also compete in the annual Bike Bog Snorkeling Championships, made possible with water-filled tires and leaded bicycle frames. For a more tame but nonetheless in-depth experience, there is “Time to Rise,” a feature written by journalist and amateur baker Samuel Fromartz, who learns to create a “stellar baguette”

FROM AFAR Greg Sullivan is editor of Afar Magazine. The idea for this new publication came to the former businessman while traveling in India. Courtesy photo

while visiting Paris. “When you go somewhere, it takes some degree of effort to really experience and understand what people are about,” Sullivan said, and it doesn’t require staying for weeks in a country. “You can be on a business trip and just walk out the door and see what happens. Sometimes itineraries can get in the way of letting things happen.” Sullivan came to magazine publishing circuitously.

of the world); and “Nomad,” (writer tells what it’s like to constantly travel). “I started traveling late in life,” explained 51-year-old Sullivan. “It changed my life. I loved seeing how other people live and what they think about the world.” As for the economy and the magazine’s future, the CEO is optimistic. “Travel overall has suffered, but I don’t think the number of people who travel this way has gone down. I get e-mails everyday saying, ‘I saw your magazine and at last someone is writing about the way I travel.’ We’re in this for the long haul.” In 2010, Afar.com plans to launch a social media Web site to connect “like-minded citizens all over the world.” In the meantime, visit www.afar.com/blog, where editors, writers and photographers share stories, photos, videos and more. A year’s subscription to Afar is $19.95 (cover price $4.99).Visit www.afar.com. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

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He was first a corporate securities attorney, an investment banker, an international arcade games manufacturer, and owner of a car retailing and financing company. After selling his last endeavor, he traveled to India with his business partner, Joseph Diaz of Phoenix, a veteran traveler. They realized there was no media voice for “cultural explorers,” and the idea for Afar emerged. “We made a spontaneous (five-week) trip and ended up in an Indian academy studying philosophy,” Sullivan said. “We saw what this type of travel meant to us. As the world is getting smaller, more and more Americans are seeing themselves as world citizens. We wanted to create a voice for this type of community.” In addition to features, the magazine has 15 regular departments, including “Spin the Globe,” (writer is sent on the spur of the moment to a randomly chosen destination); “Mix,” (collection of photos shows how the world’s people “skin the same cat.” Premier issue presents shoes

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of Gafcon also gave an update on the new school renovation. “We’re now 30 percent complete,” he said. “We’re a little bit behind schedule, but we can make it up.” Ireland explained that once the steel and concrete is up, it’s possible to regain lost momentum. Ireland said that they



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milk. Season with salt and pepper. Green Bean with Cranberry-Balsamic Glaze Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 25 minutes, Serves 8 2 pounds fresh green beans, trimmed 2 TBLS butter 1 sweet onion 5 TBLS dried sweetened cranberries 1 medium orange, zested and juiced 2 TBLS balsamic vinegar 3 TBLS pomegranatecranberry juice Steam green beans until tender, about 10 minutes. In a



$45 a week for our groceries. This means that I need to make just about everything from scratch, which I do not mind. My question is, since I can buy a loaf of bread for 99 cents, isn’t it cheaper for me to buy that instead of making my own? Every recipe I have seen calls for milk and


abuse. I ran into the editor of Fine Magazine, Laurie Nelson, with her husband John. They were sweet enough to pose for a portrait of excellence that captured the evening. Cheers to everyone involved that made this night a success for this wonderful charity. For more information please check out www.casadeamparo.org. On Nov. 10, I was delighted to be invited to the Santa Fe Christian’s Veteran’s Day Remembrance Day celebration. Commander Jon Paul Labuzzo was the guest speaker that led this touching ceremony. He urged the audience to “be courageous and to challenge everyone to be involved in selfless service to the community.” He quoted our first

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS build flexibility into their schedule. “We’re not that far behind.” Ireland also said that 95 percent of all subcontractors have been hired. Delaney reported to school board directors that discussions have taken place recently between the school and the county Sheriff’s Department. Delaney felt that during the recent lockdown that communications

between the Sheriff’s Department and the school could have been better. “We’re working with the Sheriff’s Department to improve the situation for the future,” she said. The school has also talked to all teachers, as Delaney felt some teachers didn’t take the lockdown as seriously as they should have. “We don’t want to put any of our students at risk,” she said.

“We had a mother whose daughters wanted her to go to the pool and beach,” Cain said. “She was able to buy a bathing suit with the grant money.” The Virginia Ann Scheunemann Memorial Fund was established to honor the 43-year resident of Cardiff who

worked for The Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce information booth. Scheunemann passed away Oct. 3, 2003. The fund is supported by donations and several fundraisers throughout the year, most notably the annual Turkey Trot in Oceanside on Thanksgiving

morning and the Brighter Side Family & Friends Cookbook scheduled for release around Dec. 1. Price is $10 or $25 with apron. Other upcoming events benefiting the fund are a jewelry show by Lynda Longo from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov.

21 and a purse party from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Both events will be held at the Brighter Side, located at 439 South Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (858) 481-7565 or visit mybrighter side.com for more information.

asked Rich to purchase items for his music studio on her company credit cards. Eventually, he had Rich start buying $100 Home Depot gift cards to further hide the crime,Winn said. She said one of the most egregious aspects of McWilson’s crime was selling a

flat-screen television to his neighbor, which had been purchased through the company’s credit card. “Sgt. McWilson told his neighbors that he could get them a TV for a good price if they provided him cash,” Brown stated in the arrest war-

rant. “They provided Sgt. McWilson with $1,200 in cash and shortly thereafter, Sgt. McWilson came to their residence with a TV still in the box.” In 1993, McWilson was arrested for evading police. He eventually pleaded guilty to a

misdemeanor charge, which was later expunged from his criminal record. McWilson was placed on administrative leave from the police department in August, authorities said. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

large skillet, melt butter, add onions and cook over med-low heat until translucent. Turn up heat slightly and caramelize onions until golden, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add dried cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, vinegar, and pomegranate-cranberry juice. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Just before serving, add beans, toss to coat and heat through. Brussels sprouts also work very well with this recipe Roasted Yam with Date sauce Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 65 minutes, Serves 8 4 medium yams

salt to taste 1 cup chopped dates 1/2 cup water 1 Tbs cinnamon 1/4 cup apricot fruit spread Preheat oven to 375ºF. Pierce yams all over with fork, sprinkle yams with salt and place on rack in oven. cook for 1 hour or until yams are tender. Meanwhile in small pan, combine dates, water and cinnamon. Cook mixture until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes until mixture is smooth and thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add fruit spread. Slice or squeeze yams open and drizzle warm sauce over yams. Serve.

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eggs, and those are both expensive items. I rarely find coupons for either milk or eggs, and I have never been good at slicing up homemade bread, so I doubt I would get anywhere near the same amount of slices. Maybe if I froze the bread and tried slicing it that way, I could get some smaller slices. But I’m still not sure it would save me money. —

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President George Washington, “The fate of unborn millions will depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army.” Commander Labuzzo also used President Washington as an example of a man that served selflessly for the greater cause for humanity. “Unlike Caesar or Napoleon he appeared before congress as a citizen and not as a dictator.” His speech inspired the audience and touched the hearts of those in the auditorium that day. Later, the veterans that attended were honored by the choir and audience. A slideshow captured each time period of Veteran’s service in the military. What touched my spirit the most was the sight of Yvonne Paczulla — pictured with Richard Farwell — and how she stood up holding her

wheelchair with the perfect salute during each song. I was lucky enough to chat with her after the celebration was over. Ms. Paczulla told me how made she managed to escape death when other of her friends were not so fortunate. I was so touched by her story. Thanks to women like Yvonne, we live in a free country. I also ran into Dick Van Allen with his granddaughter Tabitha Bell. Mr. Allen flew in from Utah to be with his family and attend this patriotic ceremony that left me missing my own father. Afterward, I called my dad to say thank you for serving our country in the military. My gratitude overflows for the brave men and women that serve and have served to protect our freedom. Later that evening, I attended Linda Sansone’s

special fundraising event at Plume in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. This event had the first true signs that the holidays are definitely upon us. Ten percent of the proceeds were donated to California Bipolar Foundation. Guests that attended enjoyed early holiday shopping. Chic designers dresses hung on racks under the stars next to fabulous hand bags and jewelry, while guests mingled with friends and co-workers. Owner Daniel B of the Pantry personally catered the event. The teriyaki beef skewers were my personal favorite. Owner Courtney MacDonald posed for a candid shot with host and Realtor Linda Sansone. That night my husband said, “I’ve never seen so many women in one place.” Like I’ve said before, if you go downtown in the Ranch great

things are bound to happen.A shot that captures the essence of that statement. Pictured are Lisa Odenweller, Sally LaRocca, Heather Hunter, Courtney MacDonald and Kelly Conley. Thank you so much for the invite. The evening felt like my first holiday party. For more information on bipolar disorder, please check out www.californiabipolarfoundation.org. Stay tuned for my next column to find out which restaurant will receive a personal profile and what holiday parties will make it into the next “Machel’s Ranch.” If you have an event you would like Machel Penn to cover, please contact her at mpenn@coastnewsgroup.com.



career in public service or the military. LaBruzzo, whose daughter attends Santa Fe Christian, said he joined the Navy because he wanted to fly jets. “It was all about me,” he said. “But eventually I realized it was all about serving God, my family and

my country. “We stand tall indeed because of the extraordinary service and courageous selflessness of our veterans,” he said. As they left, veterans received a CD of music by the Santa Fe Christian choirs and band. Items collected in a schoolwide food drive will be donated to Camp Pendleton.

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one of the realities is teenagers in high school engage in sexual relations,” he said. The victim said Welnick overheard her and her friend discussing oral sex, at which time she was advising her friend not to engage in it with her boyfriend. Prosecutors alleged Welnick grabbed the victim’s legs and arms, and wrapped them around him and then moved her to a secluded area of the playground where he forced her to give him oral sex. However, Patton said the girl had instigated the movement by wrapping herself around Welnick. With her friend a short distance away, the victim had ample opportunity to remove herself from the situation, Patton said. “She did not yell, scream, hit, punch, say no; she didn‘t do anything,” he said. Further, Patton said the reason Welnick was on the school grounds that evening was to walk his dog, which he did on a regular basis.



eyes were tired yet strangely energetic as she whispered a quiet “buenos dias.” We now regularly exchange warm smiles and polite nods. There are a few unfavorable trash pickers in the neighborhood, the type who make me feel uncomfortable leaving the front door unlocked if I take a walk around the block. But there is something about this old woman — something different. Maybe it’s there in each of them and I’ve yet to open my heart to the humanity in us all. Read more Outside Perspective at coastnewsgroup.com. E-mail Eric at emurtaugh@coastnewsgroup.com.



cancer and neuroscience research center she and her last husband founded in 1976. “I’m not used to this kind of attention,” said Lois Thompson, who is being recognized for dedicating more than 43 years as a volunteer for the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation. “I’m at a loss.” The Women’s Auxiliary provides support for Salvation Army programs in San Diego, including Wildwood Ranch summer camp for children and seniors, Silvercrest affordable housing for seniors in need, homeless outreach, senior nutrition sites and Door of Hope, a residential facility for single, homeless and chemically dependent mothers and their children. The main fundraiser is the annual boutique and luncheon. Tickets are $90 per person. For more information, contact Chang at calcee@mac.com or JoEllen Parsons at joellen parsons@att.net.



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PHOTO EXPO WEST The fifth annual Photo Expo West was held Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The event featured numerous photography workshops and seminars, and chances to meet some of the top photographers in the world. Above, Vista resident Richard Cook, right, receives advice from Oceanside resident Vincent Giordano of Oceanside Photo & Telescope. Right, Long Island, N.Y. based photographer John Woodward demonstrates portrait photography and lighting by taking photos of audience members. Photo by Daniel Knighton



attack. Further, he said his client was a nonviolent man who had no motive to murder Neville. However, prosecutors alleged the brutal murder was the result of a burglary interrupted. Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza pointed to Threats’ scant criminal history,a juvenile court conviction for robbery and a later incident with Oceanside police in which Threats made quick movement toward a stolen handgun in his coat pocket dur-

ing a consensual search, as examples that Threats is capable of the violent crime. Rumble told jurors in his opening statement that Threats’ father, Thomas, was a former Marine, who spent time at Camp Pendleton. Because Threats lived with his father, due to his mother’s destructive behavior, he had many mother figures, including his aunt and grandmother. Threats’ childhood and teenage years consisted of moving frequently between the East and West coasts, Rumble said. Acknowledging Threats

made some mistakes growing up, Rumble said Threats lived a positive life, including mentoring a San Marcos teenager and taking care of his nieces and nephews when his sister contracted SARS several years ago. Rumble said he wants to show the jury the positive moments in Threats’ life when no one was looking and he was not trying to render a verdict in the court of law. Still, Espinoza told jurors he believes the evidence in the case revolving around the “horrific” murder “tips the scales of justice” in a favor of the death

penalty. “The evidence will show Threats should receive the ultimate sanction for his criminal conduct,” Espinoza said. Neville, 24, was found dead in her living room at the end of a trial of blood with 75

wounds. Police found blood splatter on the staircase as well as a bloody pair of garden shears on the stairs. Espinoza said he will present victim impact evidence from friends and family during the penalty phase to give a

brief “snapshot” of Neville, who he said aspired to become a lawyer. “Deryln Ray Threats should not get the penalty he wants,” Espinoza said. “He should get the penalty he deserves.”



advice ranks right up there with those cheery women on TV and in magazines who want to show you how to “Make holiday decorating cheap and easy.” These women clearly don’t sleep. Their ideas usually means “Make your own wrapping paper from paper towel rolls and old tinsel” or “Create your own Christmas cards using scraps from your

sewing drawer (sewing drawer?) and your child’s old science project.” I loved the wreath made from about a gazillion hand-cut snowflakes, or the suggestion that you just cut a dozen eucalyptus branches, spray them in your choice of acrylic paint, then glue-gun on in fetching holiday designs with festive beads, bells, hand-made bows and perhaps the family cat. Beware the headline, “Quick and easy cookie

recipes.” They invariably require that first you make a dough from scratch … sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, brown sugar, shortening, vanilla, diced fruit, several cups of well-chopped nuts and about six fresh, rare spices that need to be hand-grated, if you can find them in the first place. But if just mixing up a dough was all it needed, I might manage. Oh no. The three-page recipe then goes on to say things like, “Roll out the dough into quarterinch sheets, wrap them in waxed paper and chill for 24 hours.” I have found that dough does not really want

to be rolled. More importantly, when I’m ready for homemade cookies, I have no intention of waiting another day to eat them. At my house, hours of intensive chopping, sifting, creaming, cutting, pasting, painting, carving or sewing would just be “pearls before swine.” If I spend eight hours making it, I require eight equal hours of praise in return. Now that’s pretty simple, right? Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer who generally avoids doing it herself. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.



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Best books OCEANSIDE — Through Dec. 24, the Barnes & Noble at 2615 Vista Way, will offer “Goodnight Moon,” “Stella Luna” and “The Lorax” to be purchased, and passed on to young readers via North County Health Center’s Reach Out.

Math fellowships OCEANSIDE — Tiana Rutsch, 2005 graduate of Rancho Buena Vista High School and an Oceanside resident, and Yvette Givens, a 2005 graduate of El Camino High School and Oceanside resident, were selected as a 2009 Math for America San Diego Fellow. Rutsch graduated in Mathematics in 2008 from Point Loma Nazarene University. Givens is currently pursuing her teaching credential at California State University San Marcos.

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LA COSTA — The Masters Circle announced Michael Berry as the 2009 Chiropractor of the Year.This award recognizes a doctor of chiropractic for their professionalism, integrity, clinical competence, personal and practice growth, and outstanding achievement in the profession. For more information, visit www.lacostachiropractic.com or call (760) 438- Keeping cool 9548. ENCINITAS — The Civic Center received And growing the Association of Energy 2009 DEL MAR — Flower Engineers’ Hill Promenade at 2720 Via International Award in the de la Valle, just off Interstate Renewable Energy Project 5, is gearing up for the holi- of the Year category. As part days and welcomed a new of the retrofit project, a hybrid cooling system, store, Embellishments. The center has plans for which included CALMAC’s a visit from Santa from noon IceBank energy storage to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. tanks and Trane’s cool Youngsters can have break- water system, was installed fast with Santa both days at the Civic Center, and between 10 a.m. and noon reduced its energy costs by with advance reservations at 43 percent. Paradise Grille, by calling (858) 350-0808.

Home care COAST CITIES — National Family Caregivers Month is special to Home Care Assistance of San Diego. Since opening its doors two years ago, HCA-SD has doubled its revenues, expanded its Encinitas office to La Jolla, and increased its numbers of caregivers by more than 140 percent, to meet a demand for home care assistance in our county, reviewing the documents and preparing comments to submit by the Jan. 8 deadline. Comments can be submitted to MasterPlanEIR@sdfair.com or the 22nd DAA, Att: Dustin Fuller, senior environmental planner, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92104. To view the document, visit www.sdfair.com.



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including the U.S., England, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, India and Pakistan. He participated in the ACS/AAST Distinguished Visiting Surgeon in Combat Casualty Program at the United States military hospital, the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany in July 2007. He subsequently was granted and assigned the distinction of honorary member of the United States Army Medical Regiment, by order of the U.S. surgeon general. A fellow of the ACS since

include CVS drugstores at 1970 College Blvd., Oceanside; 1631 S. Melrose Drive, Vista; 888 S. Santa Fe Ave.,Vista and 191 Woodland Parkway, San Marcos. Holiday shoppers can pick up an ornament, buy items on the list and return them unwrapped to the store, with the ornament attached. Home Instead Senior Care then enlists the volunteer help of its staff, senior care business associates, nonprofit

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used his video camera rather than a lotta palaver recently at a council meeting to call attention to a serious traffic problem on Manchester facing the San Elijo Lagoon. For his allotted time on the podium his video showed cars speeding, tires screeching, autos careening around a curve and horns honking. He concluded by thanking the electeds and returned to his seat.

Another conversion The National Orange Show in San Bernardino, once the premiere citrus exposition in the nation, has announced it will turn 1.5 million square feet of the 120-acre ground into light industry, retail and professional operations. Decades ago San Bernardino and its environs rivaled Florida in citrus production. This is no longer true.

Term limits for supers? Proponents of term limits for the County Board of Supervisors say they have enough signatures for the issue to appear on the June ballot. Needed are 77,837 valid signers. They claim to have collected more than 115,000. Supes Pam SlaterPrice and Diane Jacobs were



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IN FRONT OF THE LENS Rancho Santa Fe resident Susan Madden Lankford chronicles five years she spent working with and photographing San Diego’s homeless in her new book, “downTown USA:A Personal Journey with the Homeless.” Photo by Lillian Cox

Fans who miss seeing Herington perform on stage may be in luck. “I’d love to start a ‘60s retro band when the timing’s right,” she said. “People still ask where I’m playing — even at open houses.” For more information, call (760) 213-9198 or visit kathyherington.prudentialcal.com. paths that connect parks to playgrounds, shops and fields. The community library, parks and The Boys & Girls Club are also available to 4S Ranch homeowners. The sales office and models are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (858) 312-6043 or visit www.lyonhomes.com. elected in 1992, followed by Ron Roberts in 1994 and Greg Cox and Bill Horn in 1995.

One-liners Assemblyman Martin Garrick, of Solbeach, sez the government internship program is going gang busters ... Surfside City resident Herschel Price, a longtime vocal opponent of train horn noise, has complained that it has increased since there are more trains now shaking his manse ... According to AP reports, casinos, usually among the last to be affected by economic conditions, are now feeling the downturn ... The Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure of Breast Cancer Assn. was poised to raise 70 grand during its 24-hour Scrapbooking Marathon held last month ... San Diego Derby Dolls, a team of competitive skaters, will be back in action Dec. 12 in Wyland Center at the fairgrounds ... Stephanie Stathmann wants folks to know tours are being held Thursday through Saturday at Rancho Buena Vista Adobe in Vista as fundraisers and folks interested can call (760) 7521082. Hasta la Vista Bill Arballo is an opinionated, retired journalist in the Flower Capital of the Universe. E-mail barballo@coastnewsgroup.com.

The individual stories, collected between 1991 and 1996, are chronicled in “downTown U.S.A., A Personal Journey with the Homeless” that was released this month. The personalities include Mrs. Walton who became homeless when her house burned down. Jed, in his 20s, lived in a cardboard wardrobe and guided Lankford through San Diego’s underbelly. Michael, an addict, became a family friend. The book follows Lankford’s first effort,“Maggots In My Sweet Potatoes: Women Doing Time” published last year. It is a study of life in Las Colinas women’s jail between 1995 and 1997. Lankford’s daughter, Polly, inspired the final book in the trilogy titled, “Born, Not Raised: Kids at Risk” which deals with life in San Diego Juvenile Hall between 1996 and 1998. It’s scheduled

for publication next fall. Langford’s passion for children in the juvenile justice system led to the establishment of Humane Smarts, a nonprofit foundation tasked with creating an academy for youth as an alternative to detention. “Through books and mild activism something can be done,” she said. “It can’t be done in isolation.” Lankford also launched her own company, Humane Exposures Publishing, which produces books to increase awareness and generate dialogue leading to social reform. In a few weeks, the organization will host its first “Call to Action” event dealing with the homeless crisis in San Diego. For information, call (619) 702-4655, e-mail info@humaneexposures.com or visit http://humane exposures.com/. Lankford’s books, published by Humane Exposures, are available at Borders and amazon.com.


donations once a year. She said she generally raises about $3,000 to $4,000. Pelling’s efforts help supplement The Food Locker during the holidays, but the facility provides assistance throughout the year. Fresh bread is available daily for all qualified military personnel and their dependents. The Food Locker also offers the free commodities program, for which most enlisted personnel qualify. Once a month a family can receive a free bag of food that includes items such as

spaghetti and sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, nuts, juice, milk and peanut butter. About 6,000 families benefitted from this program last year, Brandenburgh said. During one recent month, 840 bags were distributed. Groceries-until-payday, which is available to Miramar personnel only, provides three meals a day for two weeks at a time to those in need. Brandenburgh said last year this program provided $40,000 worth of food to 160 families. Given the current state

PAINTBALL FUN The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will take a trip to the Camp Pendleton Paintball Park on Nov. 23. Pete McArthur will be leading a group of kids on their first day of Thanksgiving and holiday break for an afternoon full of running, hiding and shooting paintballs. Meet at the center at 11 a.m. Call (760) 7562461 or e-mail pmcarthur@ rsfcc.org for more details.

COME TOGETHER The 22nd annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25, Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. This community event will include words and music from many different

mothers, daughters, and girlfriends a chance to reconnect during a weekend of shopping, pampering, makeovers, inspirational speakers and more. Visit www.headtotoewomensexpo.co EVERYBODY NOW Seaside m. or call (619) 491-0677 for Center for Spiritual Living will more details. host its seventh annual community Thanksgiving dinner potluck at noon Nov. 26, 1613 PILATES CLASS Pilates mat Lake Drive, Encinitas. The com- classes for ages 14 through adult munity is invited including fam- will be held at various times ilies, couples, singles, seniors, through Dec. 17, Encinitas Center, 1140 and those who are homeless or Community cannot bring a dish. Volunteers Oakcrest Park Drive. The needed. Call Vivian at (760) 633- instructor for the class is Sandra Schroeder. Call (760) 943-2260 0122 to learn more. or visit www.EncinitasRecReg. com for class times and more SING IT! The Music Men details. Chorus will perform a holiday THE FOREIGNER Moonlight concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 28, Stage Productions will open its Oceanside Senior Center, 455 2009/2010 winter season with County Club Lane.The a cappel- Larry Shue’s side-splitting comela chorus and quartets will per- dy “The Foreigner” through form traditional Christmas and Nov. 29, Avo Playhouse, 303 Street, Vista. Hanukkah songs.Call Norma at Main (760) 726-5615 or visit www. Performances of the show are musicmenchorus.org for tickets. Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets, HEAD TO TOE The Head to call (760) 724-2110 or visit Toe Women’s Expo will be held www.moonlightstage.com. Dec. 4 through Dec. 6, Del Mar Fairgrounds. This event gives

and the luxury, really, of having assets far-reaching that we’ve never had before,” Earnest said. “It is a change and people have problems with change and they’re fearful. We thought through this a lot.We worked on this a lot. … This is a perfect example of how one and one can be three. We’re getting more for less. “But we’re getting the same conscientious, quick personal service to our citizens that we (had) before, plus all of the overlap. … I think it is a good, good agreement for us

all,” he said. “There’ll be some kinks. It’s always difficult when you change an organization around. And there will be a few things that we’ll work through. But I think we’re all committed to working through those — all of us.” That sentiment was echoed two nights later by Mayor Mike Nichols during the Solana Beach City Council meeting. “We’re very excited as well about this new partnership,” Nichols said. “This was a cost-saving mechanism for the city of Solana Beach, but


then, Pelling has spent four days during November in front of the Rancho Santa Fe post office collecting money and food to help stock the shelves at The Food Locker for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. She also solicits donations from the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center and Nativity Catholic Church. Pelling, 80, said she is hesitant to consistently ask community members for help so she only seeks



Programming and Timeline Therapy” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 22, Kindred Journeys, 510 N. Coast Highway 101, Ste. A, Oceanside. Learn about what can prevent the law of attraction tools from manifesting what you desire, and how TimeLine Therapy can reverse that. Visit www.JaneCohenCounseling.co m to learn more.

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GOAL! Sunshine Soccer Academy will conduct a Thanksgiving break soccer camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 through Nov. 25, Stage Coach Community Park, 3420 Camino de los Conches, Carlsbad. The camp is for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Register at www.SunshineSoccerAcademy. com GOBBLE GOBBLE Buena Vista Audubon Nature Center will host a preschool nature storytime at 10 a.m. Nov. 23, 2202 S. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. There will be an hour of songs, a story, and a Thanksgiving craft. Call Mary Ellen at (760) 9186622 to learn more.



Richard Earnest said some residents were concerned the agreement would negatively impact fire service and response times. “Our small community really suffers because you can’t divide a person by anything other than one and end up with anything,” he said. “We (had) the minimal number of people that you can have in a 24/7 fire department. “Now we have the ability

NOV. 24

COLONIAL TIMES North San Diego County Genealogical Society will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 24, Carlsbad City Council Chambers, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Historian Dr. Eve Kornfield will present “Culture and the Economy of Revolutionary America” Call (858) 509-4937 to learn more.

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PET WEEK Parka and Fleece are 7-month-old, neutered, male, domestic short haired felines. These two are indoor cats and both are litter box trained. Staff and volunteers love this dynamic duo. Adopt Parka and Fleece from Helen Woodward Animal Center. The adoption fee for Parka and Fleece is $150 for both. All pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and

microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open everyday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1.

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of the economy, supplies are low. “This is the least amount of food we’ve ever had in 20 years,” she said. “Last year at this time we had enough. Right now we don’t, but we will. People always come through.” To donate, visit Pelling in front of the Rancho Santa Fe post office Nov. 18 to Nov. 21, or send checks payable to the Navy Wives Club of America or The Food Locker to Box 45066, San Diego, CA 92145. To donate food, call Brandenburgh at (858) 5776550.

faiths. Attendees are encouraged to bring homemade pies. Call (760) 944-9226 for more details.

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it also increased our level of services by providing some battalion chiefs and other support staff that we didn’t typically have before this agreement.” “This is really a win-win for everybody,” Muir said. Under the two-year agreement, all cities will keep their firefighters. Muir will serve as chief for the four cities, which will share battalion chiefs and various management positions. The cities expect to see a combined annual savings of approximately $1.4 million.


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ANTIQUE DESK with glass top, 6 drawers, 63 inches long, 27 inches tall $150 (760) 758-8958 TELESCOPE - RACK & PINION Refurbished brass functional english early 1900’s. Variable 5 to 10 power. Measures 23” closed 27 “extended with 2” aperture. Used by surveyor and/or engineer mounted on 11”x13”x8” modular wood platform with brass hardware. $150 (760) 9422025

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DISPLAY UNITS glass shelves, mirrored back, cabinet, pair, $150. (760) 643-1945 SWEDA RETREAT JEROMES MATTRESS box/ headboard, like new king $500 (760) 942-7054

Miscellaneous 15 GALLON PLANTS Loquot, black pines, aloe vera, macadamia nut, crown-of-thorns, jade, fan palm. $35. each. (760) 436-6604. 2 LADIES LEATHER JACKETS one black, one tan suede, medium size, good condition, $20. each. (760) 4968936 3 MINIATURE LAUGHING BUDAS Hand carved, red, 2” tall, different postures, $15. (760) 599-9141. AFGANS Two - handmade, one brown, beigh, blue, white, 54” W X 70” L, new, $20; one baby afgan, soft variegated colors, 34” W X 36” L, $10. (760) 599-9141. ANSWERING MACHINE Never used, $20; Clock radio, never used $10; Two coffee pots $12. (760) 4332321 AUTO COOL FAN, NIB As seen on tv solar powered ventilation system, $15 (760) 599-7219 BED SKIRT Brand new, Queen size, navy blue, tailored boxed pleated, $18. (760) 944-6460. BIRD CAGE Silver cage for small parrot or cockatiel. 19” sq. X 29”h, (comp. $160 new model 125 ), oceanside $30/best offer, cash only. (760) 529-0862 BONGOS DRUMS Pelican, electric, PL-7058, $12. (760) 599-9141. BOOK “The Sound of Wings” - Lite story of Amelia Earhart. Hardback w/Amelia Dust Jacket. Near new condition, $20. (760) 845-3024 BOYS CLOTHES SIZE 10-12 129 Pieces. Lots of designer and skate brand clothes. From $1 to $4 per piece. (760) 634-1420

CAR COVER for Toyota, Accord, or Toyota Corrolla, brand new, $25. (760) 942-7430 CARRYING BAG FOR 2 LAPTOPS Brand new, Brand: Ricardo, $15.(760) 942-7430 CLOTHESLINE Portable, goes around, folds up, good condition, $35. (760) 643-1945 COMFORTER Queen size, $20. (760) 753-7932 DUVET COVER King size, custom made, pale rose with extra bolted material, $100, mint condition, like new. (760) 944-6460. EXTERIOR DOORMATS with galvanized wire - SHEDLESS, 1/2 moon shape new, unused, $20 ea. (760) 9446460 FIREWOOD firewood split & seasoned, multiple kinds of wood delivered, stacking available. (760) 9427430 FIREWOOD FOR SALE For Home or Camping. Three differant types of Wood. U-Pick -Up or We”ll Deliver. No order to small (760) 727-7404 FREE PLANT Huge lavender shrub, climbing geraniums, pink. (760) 6431945. GARDENING ITEMS Hose reels, one wall hung & one mobile, Rainbird controller, terracotta poots & saucers, rescalloped stone borders, garden butterflies, all for $30. (760) 944-6460 HEEL SUPPORTS Boxed & new, 3/4” in length, size for men (6-7), size for women (7-8), $10. (760) 944-6460 HOOVER STEAM VAC carpet & floor cleaner, Sears price, $239, my price, $149., never used. (760) 729-6044 HOT box of fifty hot wheels in original packaging. random models. $40 (760) 726-8491 IDEAL MAGAZINES 26 back issues, excellent condition; take all, $15. (760) 845-3024 MASSAGE SHOW E R H E A D N E W Earth Massage Showerhead, new, 1.5 GPM; $10 (760) 599-7219

TWO AUDIO CD’S The Second City, backstage at the world’s greatest comedy theatre, with rare and never before heard comedy, $25. (760) 4369933. TWO DIRECTOR CHAIRS With a bag, $30. OBO (760) 753-7932.

Sporting Goods BICYCLE PARTS for road & mountain bikes. (760) 942-5692 EXERCYCLE Vita Master Airwave, $15. (760) 496-8936. GIRLS’ BIKE Diamond-back, $85. (858) 353-5245.

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NIKEVISION SPORT SUNGLASSES New, cost $140, sell for $65. (760) 9425692 OSIN SNOWBOARD 58 inches, excellent condition with step in bindings and a black DaKine board bag. Lightly used $125.00 Call Val (760) 753-441 OSIN SNOWBOARD 58”, excellent condition with step-in bindings & black DaKine travel bag, lightly used, $125. (760) 753-4412 SKATEBOARD GEAR Size large pads, elbow, knee & a helmet, beige, $50. OBO. (949) 466-4153 SNOW SKIES Rossignol 180CM, Salomon bindings with ski bag, $50. (760) 753-7932 SNOW SKIES 190CM or 6ft. 4 in. long with bindings, $45. (760) 942-1303 SNOWBOARDS Two snow boards w/boots 150.00 each (760)685-8222


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METAL FILING CABINET Perfect shape, brand new, 2ft 5” tall, 2 ft.7” deep, 18” wide, 2 drawers, $25. (760) 942-7430 ORECK Lightweight vacuum, the hotel standard. Signature Series, recently serviced new brush, inc. extra belt and 4 bags. Dark Red, $65/best offer, Cash Only. (760) 5290862 Oceanside PANASONIC 18” Panasonic tv, black ($30) Technics casett player($20) Sonny fm/am receiver ($20) (760) 721-8250 PLASTIC POTS Various sizes, good condition, all for $12 OBO. (760) 9446460 REVO SUNGLASSES Made in Italy, frame #973/007, like new, excellent condition, selection of various cases, $100. (760) 944-6460 RUG 9 X 12 all over oriental design, vivid colors, $150. (760) 643-1945 SHOP & DRY VAC Rigid, 6.2 horse power, $25. (760) 942-7430 SIMON SILVA PRINT Girl with yellow canon lilies, 25” W X 31”L, matted with oak frame. (760) 599-9141.

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1979 BUICK REGAL SPORT COUP Turbo, 85% restoration, $5,950. (760) 757-5445

WANTED FOLK GUITAR TEACHER Or playing partner, willing to listen to my requests. (760) 633-9737.

1985 NISSAN 300 zx 2dr 5 spd, t-tops, new clutch, brakes, engine rebuilt. this classic will sell fast. $2995.00. Call Ted (760) 805-9247

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Condos/Townhouses SAN MARCOS WHY RENT WHEN YOU CAN OWN? 1 bedroom end unit with a yard, feels like a detached home! Resort living at LAKE SAN MARCOS, just steps to the lake and pool. **NO AGE RESTRICTIONS! TOTALLY REMODELED, quality! Granite countertops-kitchen and bath. AFFORDABLE, MUST SEE! Price: $265,000. to $289,000. Sue Fox, realtor, (760)917-4220 www.suefoxhomes.com (760)753-1086

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MAZDA SPORT Miata, mx, turbo 2 seater, black soft top with cover, cd stereo, air, manual, (stick 6 speed), performance tires with spare, apprx. 38,000 miles. (760) 207-0073 san marcos (760) 207-0073, 15,950.00 0B0 2006 VW JETTA 2.5 Automatic,VW certified, 48k, VIN #623581, stock #3489, only $13,995. (760) 753-6256 2005 VW JETTA 2.5 Automatic, sunroof, VW Certified, 46k, VIN #640470, Stock #3479, only $14,995. (760) 7536256. 2007 VW JETTA 2.5 Automtic, Sunroof, VW certified, only 7k, stock #3513, only $17,995. (760) 753-6256 2006 VW PASSAT 2.0 Automatic, sunroof, VW certified, 46k, VIN #051514, stock #3508, only $16,995. (760) 7536256 2007 TOYOTA MATRIX Automatic, 21k, VIN #592379, stock #25221, only $13,995. (760) 753-6256.

2006 VW JETTA PASSAT SEDAN Automatic, 36k,VW certified, mint condition, VIN #149956, stock #3506, only $16,995. (760) 753-6256 1985 HONDA CRX 2-door automatic, 113,000 original miles, new paint, $3,250. (760) 224-2020 2009 VW JETTA Automatic, sumroof, VW certified, A great value! VIN #031724, stock #2377, only $15,395. (760) 753-6256 2006 TOYOTA MATRIX Automatic, 21k, Really nice! VIN #592379, stock #25221, only $11,995. (760) 753-6256 2005 VW JETTA Automatic, sunroof, VW certified, Like new! VIN #634521, stock #3488, only $13,995. (760) 7536256 2007 TOYOTA COROLLA LE Automatic, 22k, Very clean! VIN #799944, stock #3502, only $14,995. (760) 753-6256 2007 VW RABBIT Automatic, 16k, VW Certified, Super nice! VIN #191722, stock #3512, only $14,995. (760) 7536256 1992 PONTIAC SUNBIRD LE 4-door, white with gray cloth interior, 84,000 miles, automatic, air, power brakes, 32 miles per gallon, $1795 OBO. (619) 3985277

Trucks/SUVs CHEV/GMC 1996 SHORTBED PU, V8, auto, A/C, bed cover, bed mat, Lowered, Alum Wheels, Alarm, Low Miles, etc, Carlsbad $7900. (858) 248-5757

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Nov. 20, 2009

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

MONTY by Jim Meddick

ARLO & JANIS by Jimmy Johnson


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SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Friends and associates who listen closely will know instantly that your opinions are coming from the bottom of your heart. Don’t hold back if you have something important to discuss. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — There’s no reason to be alarmed if someone close to you appears to be poking his or her nose in your financial affairs. This person has some profitable possibilities to present to you. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — There’s a strong possibility that an appealing member of the opposite gender could enter your life. He or she could be the right one. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Desire is a more powerful force than you might imagine. If there is something you want, your ingenuity may be able to acquire it. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — You might not attempt to do so consciously, but when you make an entrance, you may show off your charisma in such a powerful and favorable manner that everyone will take note. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — People are drawn to you, so it’s a good

time to set your sights higher than usual while you have their support. You may accomplish some things that you couldn’t previously. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — It’s important to you that people think you are a fair person, and you’ll do all that you can to make it your image. Those to whom you show this concern will, in return, be equally so with you. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Even though you might play a minor role, you will be involved in an arrangement with another that could prove exceptionally rewarding — all because you’re in the right spot at the right time. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Getting involved with an energetic friend will make you a more happygo-lucky person. A little fun will do you good. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Instead of watching TV in your leisure hours, pursue an endeavor that requires imagination and an artistic touch. You’re endowed with both, and it will refurbish your being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you don’t waffle at the first sign of opposition, everything you undertake will work out wonderfully. Keep a positive frame of mind, and move forward with joy and victory in mind. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — When shopping for a big-ticket item, check out as many stores as time permits. There’s a great deal waiting for you, but you’ll have to track it down in order to enjoy its benefits.



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for a greater purpose today. You’re playing for kids who have been abused.” NFL star and former San Diego Charger Mikhael Ricks was the official kickoff speaker. Ricks (known to the kids as “Coach Mike”) took time out of his busy schedule — he was married two days later! — to share with the young athletes some of the advice his grandmother had shared with him in his youth. Ricks read from a piece titled “Reason, Season, or a Lifetime” outlining why we encounter various people at different times in our lives. In the past, the Spirit Bowl has raised more than $11,000 for children at Camp Julian Oaks. “We’re hoping to top that amount,” said Horizon Prep Athletic Director Matt Roy. The teams that competed in the Spirit Bowl were Horizon Prep, Bonita Road Christian, Calvary Christian Academy, The Children’s



according to an October Washington Post dispatch. — Tradition: (1) The town of Waiau, New Zealand, had once again planned an



for any child,but especially one facing life-threatening illnesses,” she said. “It’s also amazing to see that the power of giving can have an equally profound effect on those involved in making the wish come true.” Indeed, Buddy’s owner, Ray Mortier, generously donated the lease to the foundation for Mary Katherine’s use.

School, two teams from Christian Elementary, The Grauer School, The Nativity School, Santa Fe Christian and St. James Academy. Next year’s Spirit Bowl promises to be bigger and better as more and more schools want to compete. “We had schools call at the last minute and ask to take part in this year’s event. We couldn’t accommodate them all,” Coach Roy said. The football field was bustling with activity as teams played, cheerleaders performed, and parents and grandparents cheered their favorites on. The Straza Family, owners of a local McDonalds, provided hamburgers for the crowd, treats that were devoured enthusiastically. Earlier in the week, Horizon Prep fourth-grader Yechan Choi went to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Bible Bee. Yechan and his friend Aaron Lee competed in the local Bible Bee, an intense Bible memory competition for children ages 7 to 18.

COACH MIKE NFL star and former San Diego Charger Mikhael Ricks, center, took time out of his wedding weekend to help inspire the Horizon Prep Lions. Photo by David Wiemers

More than 17,000 contest- one of 300 to compete at the The student has put in ing six books of the Bible for ants enrolled in the National national level. First prize for countless hours to memorize questions. Bible Bee, yet Choi will be Choi’s age group is $25,000. up to 1,000 verses and study-

annual rabbit-carcass-tossing contest, to a chorus of complaints from animal rights activists concerned that children not associate dead animals with fun. (In New Zealand, rabbits are cropdestroying pests, doing an

estimated NZ$22 million (US$16 million) damage annually, but nonetheless, the town canceled the contest.) (2) As the Irish Parliament debated whether to lower the blood-alcohol reading that would earn driv-

Mary Katherine has a resilient spirit. She has undergone three major surgeries in the last year alone, including open-heart surgery, according to her mother, Kathy. “She’s thriving now.” The secondgrader attends Encinitas Country Day. A social worker told the family about Make-A-Wish just before one of her surgeries. “It completely shifted us and gave Mary Katherine something

positive to focus on,” her mothFor more information on er Kathy Milburn said. She the Make-A-Wish organization, said during blood tests her visit www.wish.org. daughter would tell her, “I’m think I’m going to think about my pony.” “I used to think it was a nice charity, but now I understand that it really gives people hope,” Kathy Milburn said. “When your life is just about hospitals and doctors, to have something beyond that is just joyful.”

ers a DUI charge, legislator Mattie McGrath begged colleagues to keep the current, more generous standards: “(Modest drinking) can make people who are jumpy on the road, or nervous, be more relaxed.”

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