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MARCH 23, 2012

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station for Ranch nearing completion By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Fire Station No. 3 is nearly finished and is filled with brand new, state-of-the-art and high-tech furnishings and equipment. However, one of the most talked about things in the station is the old-fashioned fire pole. This iconic addition to the fire station is not just for show, it will be used by firefighters on their way to emergencies, said Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief Tony Michel. This newest addition to the fire district is 10,000 square feet and will house a fire truck and three firefighters. It can also house a spare brush truck and in the future, perhaps a ambulance. If there is an incident such as the Witch Creek Fire, it can house 12 or more firefighters. And in the case of a major disaster like a flood or earthquake, it is totally selfsufficient with a generator and fuel availability. “The architect was award-winning fire station architect Jeff Katz,� Michel said. Michel is particularly proud of this station because it has taken 10 years to reach

Rancho Santa Fe Fire Chief Tony Michel stands at the bottom of their fire pole in the new station. Photo by Patty McCormac

this point. The old fire station on the property was getting timeworn and needed to be replaced. Fire Department officials searched everywhere for a spot for a new station, but many would-be neighbors didn’t appreciate the prospect of the noise and look of a fire station. “It had to look good in the community and not be an

eyesore,� Michel said. Response times needed to be considered from any new location. As it turns out, the location of the old station, across from Helen Woodward Animal Center, was the best choice. So, the old station was demolished and the new station constructed. It was estimated it would cost $6 million, but it’s com-

ing in at $4.7 million, Michel said. “It looks big, but the lot is small, so we had to build up,� he said. “We had to build very close to the street.� As he led a tour through the station recently, he was beaming with pride. He pointed out the study where firefighters will do continuous training using resources like video confer-

encing with other area fire departments, such as Solana Beach, Del Mar and Encinitas. “Being a firefighter means lifelong learning,� he said. “There are always new challenges, new hazards and new threats.� When he got to the day room, where there will be a TURN TO FIRE STATION ON A23

Association recognizes Rotary for its services By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club was recognized at the March 15 meeting of the Association. Alan Balfour, current president of the club, and Matt Wellhouser, presidentelect, were on hand to speak to the Association about their activities. “I’d like to start by saying, Matt, I fine you $2,� joked Association President Jack Queen. On a serious note, Balfour told the board the group meets weekly at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe where they concentrate on helping the community and the world. “We meet for service and

we try to put service beyond self,� he said. He said within the community the club has helped the community center and refurbished the gardens around the Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center. “We put in a new sprinkler system, cleaned up and planted some new plants,� he said. The club also donates to Angel Faces, the Women’s Resource Center and many other organizations. Internationally, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary has given funds to drill 112 fresh water wells for the people of Sudan. “They have never had Matt Wellhouser (left) president-elect of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary clean water,� he said. “They and current president Alan Balfour talk to the Association Board at its usually drink out of a mud March 15 meeting. Photo by Patty McCormac

puddle.� And with the help of Rotary International, polio has been nearly eradicated. “Our list is long and we are very proud of it,� he said. “I like the feeling of being a Rotarian,� he said. “I like to socialize. I like the feeling of raising funds. It’s a good organization that gives you a good feel. “Please come to lunch. The first one is on us. Maybe you would want to become a Rotarian yourself,� he said. Also at the meeting, Director Anne Feighner gave an update on the memorial service for R. Roger Rowe, which is set for 1 p.m. March TURN TO ASSOCIATION ON A23

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Students get hands-on Passover history lesson By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The students from the Rancho Santa Fe Hebrew School got a hands-on lesson in Passover recently by turning their classroom into a matza factory, with flour and all. While they were rolling out the dough and baking, they learned a little about their Jewish heritage from Rabbi Levi Raskin and their teacher Devorah Raskin, who is also the director of the school.

“It’s the introduction to our Passover lesson,” she said. Passover is a Jewish holiday and festival celebrating that more than 2,000 years ago, the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. In the next several weeks, Devorah Raskin will teach her students the story and beliefs surrounding the holiday and about the special foods eaten at the Passover Sedar, such as bitter root to symbolize the bitterness of slavery; using saltwater to symbolize the tears of the

Israelites; and the unleavened cracker-like matza to symbolize the haste in which they left Egypt, so quickly, there was no time for their bread to rise. Lending the Rabbi a hand in the bakery were Aaron Benedek as the “water boy,” and Jordan Pearson and Amaya Mersky, as “flour girls,” who help measure the proper proportions of baking ingredients. Then all the children took small balls of the dough and rolled them out until they were flat and thin.

Rabbi Levi Raskin (center) gives a lesson in Jewish Heritage to the children of the Hebrew School in Rancho Santa Fe while they are making matza. Serving as the “water boy” Aaron Benedek (left) and “flour girls” Amaya Mersky and Jordan Pearson learn about the process. Photos by Patty McCormac

Next they were baked quickly and returned to their creators. “When we eat matza, we know what it means,” Rabbi Raskin said. The students are also learning songs to sing at their Passover Sedar. While the holiday is filled with history and heritage, it is also a time to get together with family. “I get to see my cousins,” Jordan Pearson with her hand in the air, knows the answer to a question about Passover. Standing to her said Ron Arbib, 11. “They live right are Amaya Mersky (far left) and Aaron Benedek. in L.A. We get to eat matza.”

Ron’s brother Ofek (cq), 12, said Passover is one of his favorite holidays. Josh Sirota, 12, said it is one of his favorite holidays as well. “I love to get together with family and friends and celebrate the Jewish heritage and to remember to be thankful we are free,” Josh said. Besides learning about Jewish heritage and getting together with friends and family, it’s fun, said Aaron Benedek, 9.

“You get to spend time with family,” said Yarin Arbib, 11. “It happens on Spring Break and we are going to visit family.” Passover begins April 6. The Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe will celebrate with a community Sedar at Morgan Run Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf, Rancho Santa Fe. To learn more, call (858) 756-7571 or visit

Seminar explores Art of Marriage Rotary returns to El Salvador RANCHO SANTA FE — A new series of classes on the Kabbalistic secrets of successful marriage, “The Art of Marriage,” will run for six Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning April 30 at the Chabad Jewish center of Rancho Santa Fe, 5690 Cancha De Golf. Regardless of marital status, all are invited to attend the six-session course, presented by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. The Art of Marriage intends to go far beyond platitudes, to cover topics at the heart of modern marriage. Does marriage still serve any purpose at all? How far should one go to make a marriage work? When is divorce the best option? Included as well are Jewish bedroom secrets, from ancient texts, on how to increase intimacy in marital

relationships. “Beautiful, inspiring, but most of all practical,” says Patricia Love, author of ‘How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.’ Whether your marriage is magical or miserable, this vital course is designed for you.” Judaism views a loving marriage as a spiritual as well as a human ideal. The Art of Marriage shows students how to attain that for themselves and for their spouses, with timeless lessons from both modern and ancient Jewish texts such as the Talmud and Zohar. “Judaism venerates marriage and therefore has a long history of looking to enhance the marriage experience. The course is not only about providing techniques for success

in marriage, it’s about changing your attitude toward your spouse and toward marriage in general,” said Rabbi Levi Raskin. Like all JLI programs, “The Art of Marriage” is designed to appeal to students at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple, or other house of worship. For information, call (858) 756-7571, or visit for registration and other course-related information. JLI courses are presented in Rancho Santa Fe in conjunction with Chabad Jewish Center of RSF.

COAST CITIES — Nine Rotarians from the Del Mar–Solana Beach club, family, and friends just returned from a whirlwind trip to El Salvador for a visit with host Ildiko Tesak from Organizacion Empresarial Fememnina (OEF), a nongovernmental organization that works with women and children to promote education and wellbeing among the nations poorest. The club visited El Salvador for a third time to renew friendships started five years ago when they donated $25,000 to build a preschool in Usulutan — the country’s fourth-largest city southeast of the capital San Salvador, and to get an update on projects the club is involved with there. Members were able to see how funds contributed in future years helped the school to grow with computer classes and vocational training in cooking, baking and cosmetology. Other projects visited included a remote village outside of Usulutan where Rotarians provided families with safer, more ecologically-

From left, Art Mendoza, Radia Bencheikh, Glenda Collins, Meera Venkatesh, Steve Weitzen, Susheela Narayanan, JanParsons, Venky Venkatesh and Kirk Collins admire a life size puppet during a recent visit to the Pablo Tesak Cultural Center in El Salvador. Courtesy photo

friendly stoves, tin roofs to replace leaky ones, & several modern latrines. They were greeted with smiles from the families they have helped and were humbled by the applause and recognition they received. Then the group traveled to the San Vicente where the club helped start a farm program and agricultural school, where families are trained to raise poultry for use and sale and to learn how to cultivate new, more nutritional crops. They were treated as visiting dignitaries but were so touched by a beautiful, young girl with partial facial paralysis and another needing medical help that they immediately offered Rotarian funds to help them. Other highlights of the trip included handing out backpacks to grade-school boys and girls at an outdoor assembly and were thanked

with loving hugs, attending the Noreste Rotary club dinner meeting, and visiting the Pablo Tesak Cultural Center. The center was started last year by Ildiko in honor of her late husband and received the first public contribution from DMSB Rotary. The center’s mission is to contribute to the human development of individuals and poor communities, encouraging creativity and imagination through art and culture, and to promote the cultural heritage of the Salvadoran people. The center is 75 percent complete has doubled in size and scope since their visit last year. Funds for these projects and local community projects are mainly raised through the Rotary Bocce Ball tournament and they just completed their 16th one. To learn more, contact President Kirk Collins at (619) 254-8234, or visit



MARCH 23, 2012

ODD Expert sees hope for housing market FILES


By Patty McCormac

Can’t Possibly Be True — Louis Helmburg III filed a lawsuit in Huntington, W.Va., in February against the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and its member Travis Hughes for injuries Helmburg suffered in May 2011 when he fell off a deck at the fraternity house. He had been startled and fallen backward off the rail-less deck after Hughes attempted to fire a bottle rocket “out of his anus” — and the rocket, instead, exploded in place. (The lawsuit does not refer to Hughes’ injuries.) — U.S. Immigration agents in a $160,000 Chevy Suburban that had been custom-designed and armored specifically to protect agents from roadside kidnappings became sitting ducks last year when kidnappers forced the vehicle off the road near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and got the door open briefly, enabling them to fire 100 rounds and kill one of the two agents inside. According to a February Washington Post report, the Department of Homeland Security had failed to modify the vehicle’s factory setting that popped open the door locks automatically whenever the driver shifts into “Park.” — When Rose Marks and her extended family of Romanian-Gypsy “psychics” were indicted last year for a 20-year-run of duping South Floridians out of as much as $40 million, victims of the clan were elated that justice might be at hand. (A typical scam, according to prosecutors, was to take a client’s cash, “to pray over it,” promising its return but somehow figuring out how to keep it.) However, in December, the Markses’ attorneys reported that “several” of the so-called victims had begun to work with them to help clear the family, including one who reportedly paid Rose over time $150,000. According to the lawyers, these “victims” call the Markses “friends,” “life coaches” and “confidants,” rather than swindlers.

Unclear on the Concept — Jason Bacon, 41, was arrested in Eureka, Calif., in March after responding to a classified ad for a used motorcycle by offering to trade about $8,000 worth of his homegrown marijuana for it. According to an officer on the scene, Bacon told a deputy, “I know you can’t sell it, but I thought it was OK to trade it.”

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RANCHO SANTA FE — When it comes to real estate sales in the Rancho Santa Fe area, there is a light at the end of the tunnel explained Rick Hoffman, COO and president of Coldwell Banker in San Diego, who gave a presentation at the March 15 Association meeting. “Pricing is off the floor and is coming back,” he said. He was at the meeting at the request of Association Director Eamon Callahan, who had attended a presentation by Hoffman earlier in the month. Callahan asked him to come to the Association meeting and give the presentation to the board. What he said was encouraging. Rick Hoffman, COO and President of Coldwell Banker in San Diego “The market has stabi- gives a presentation at the March 15 Rancho Santa Fe Association lized in San Diego,” Hoffman Board meeting. He said prices are inching up and properties are selling. said. “Pricing is beginning to Photo by Patty McCormac

Yoga CEO resigns after allegations By Tony Cagala

John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga and CEO of Anusara, Inc. resigned as director and officer of the company in February, days after allegations of ethical misconduct perpetrated by Friend were posted anonymously on the website The site has since been deleted and there are no official investigations or charges pending against Friend. On Monday Friend released an official statement to the Anusara yoga community in which he addressed the allegations, including sexual relationships with students and employees, charges of being a “sex therapist,” a drug trafficker and illegally freezing the pension benefit plans of Anusara, Inc. employees without notice. In the statement, Friend admitted to having “intimate relationships” with students, who “at one point were employees,” over the company’s 15 year history. “I fully recognize that there is a fundamental power differential between student and teacher, and employer and employee,” the statement read. “I have tried over my years of teaching to honor the integrity of my relationships with students. Nonetheless, there were times when I failed in that effort. Even then, however, I was very careful and respectful when entering into closer relationships with students. I did in fact enter into intimate relationships with students, always consensual, and only after years of cultivating deep trust and friendship with those students. There was never a rush into any of these relationships. My former wife, to whom I was married for 10 years, was initially a student of mine.” Friend denied the allegations that he is a “sex therapist,” and described the charges of his being a drug trafficker as “ludicrous and untrue.” Allegations regarding the illegal freezing of pension benefits were said to be an “honest mistake in the administration of the pension plan.”

inch up.” He said the average sale price for a “high-end” home is $3.894 million and that the average list price is up 14 percent recently and that real estate is starting to move. “There is a lot of money that has been sitting on the sidelines for several years that is showing up,” Hoffman said. Hoffman said he has been in the real estate business in San Diego County since 1971. “I have seen the ups and downs of the market. This is the most serious down I have seen, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train,” he said. He said the real estate market in San Diego has always been cyclical and that it is in an upward mode. “Interest rates have been at a historic low and I just

Association considers golf loan restructuring By Patty McCormac

The studio in the 1000 block of Coast Highway 101 known as the Center, where Anusara yoga founder and CEO of Anusrara, Inc. John Friend was to open a state-of-the-art Anusara yoga facility, remains empty. Friend resigned from Anusara, Inc. in February following allegations of ethical misconduct. Photo by Tony Cagala

Vice President of Operations Wendy Willtrout, who will now serve as manager at the Anusara, Inc. office headquarters based in the Woodlands, Texas, further clarified in a statement the illegal conduct over employees’ pensions, saying that employees were not cheated out of their benefits and that “Anusara mistakenly failed to promptly notify its employees of a modification of its pension plan and has now corrected that mistake.There is nothing criminal/illegal about what happened. “It was, at worst, an ineffective modification of the plan that was remedied as soon as Anusara realized its mistake. No money is missing from the plan, and no employee lost benefits. No current or former employees of Anusara have been financially injured by Anusara’s mistakes relating to the attempted pension amendment. In fact, the opposite is true — all employees will benefit financially because the pension benefits will continue to accrue for 24 months longer than Anusara intended.” Willtrout released a previous statement March 15, detailing the coming organizational restructuring to Anusara, Inc. The company will establish a leadership committee, as recommended by the Steering Committee, which

will organize several more committees on ethics, certification and licensing and a curriculum committee. Willtrout also clarified previous information that had named Michal Lichtman, founder of Shalom Yoga, as the new CEO of Anusara, Inc. and on information regarding her purchasing 50 percent of the company, saying that Lichtman is “not a co-owner, nor is she serving in any executive capacity for the company, she remains a great supporter of Anusara yoga.” Friend announced that he has entered into an agreement to potentially transfer the ownership of the company to a third party not connected to himself or Anusara, Inc. staff, but that remains within the community. As CEO of Anusara, Inc., Friend was working to bring the Center, an 8,500-squarefoot, state-of-the-art yoga facility, to Encinitas in the 1000 block of Coast Highway 101. Though it was scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, no updates have yet been given on its future. Friend founded Anusara yoga in 1997. Anusara yoga, which is a form of hatha yoga, has grown to include more than 1,000 licensed instructors, is practiced in 70 countries and has spawned an Anusara-based line of clothing, books and accessories.

don’t see interest rates being an issue,” he said. Hoffman said that many homeowners got into trouble during the recession because they had thought of their homes as more than an investment, but also as “piggy banks” or “slot machines.” Even his company has changed the posture of its advertising to depict homes in an old-fashioned way. “Home is kids or grandkids in the backyard, and dogs and cats,” he said. “It is not a piggy bank. It is not a slot machine.” He predicts sales will continue to rise. “Rancho Santa Fe in many areas is quite a bargain. It will remain the quiet jewel of San Diego County,” he said. Hoffman said the prediction is not only in the Covenant, but in the whole 92067 zip code.

RANCHO SANTA FE — One of the loans taken out for the remodeling and refurbishing of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club could be restructured, it was decided at the March 15 Association meeting. The smaller of two loans taken out for the project, at $1.65 million, could be financed by the Association’s investment pool. It would be a 10-year amortization with a 2 percent interest rate with a minimum payment of $15,182 per month. “In reality, we are loaning this to ourselves,” said Pete Smith, Association manager. The original $6 million loan for the project will not be considered at this time. It could be refinanced through conventional lending institutions, Smith said. Beginning in 2005, two loans were taken out to update and remodel the golf club. The $6 million loan provided the bulk of the renovation funds. The terms were two years of interest-only followed by a 25-year amortization. It carries a variable interest rate of 4 percent floor and a ceiling of 7.75 percent in years 11 through 25. The payment is $31,757 per month. The second loan was taken out to cover the balance of the project in May 2009 in the amount of $2.15 million. It carries a variable interest rate with a 5.75 percent floor and a 9.75 percent ceiling. As of February the balance on the two loans were $5.46 million and $1.65 million, respectively, for a total of $7.11 million. It was projected the entire debt could be retired in six or seven years after the completion of the project. Then came the recession. “As we are all painfully aware, in 2008 the bottom fell out of the economy and the

housing market, which has resulted in a large reduction in home sales in the Covenant and therefore much lower numbers of new enrollments in our golf club,” said Mike Irvine, former golf club president. “New enrollments for the 10 years prior to the economic meltdown averaged 45 a year. The last three years has averaged about 15 new members a year.” Irvine said the membership base is also declining, so the number of members paying a $1,100 assessment per year toward the loans has declined. “No one is to blame for this,” Smith said. Still, Irvine said, the golf club is in good shape financially. “We are currently generating more than sufficient revenue from the debt assessment to meet the loan requirements,” he said. The Association began to explore options with the golf club because the original lender had been taken over by regulators and both loans carried variable interest rates. Also, the golf club hoped to purchase the notes from the regulators at a discount. “Due to the economic condition at the time, the Association was only able to identify a few lenders willing to consider the loan request,” Smith said. “The terms that were offered were actually more expensive than the current loans.” In 2011, the Association decided to concentrate on the smaller loan and the possibility of paying off the note with Association reserves. “Based on the recommendations from the Association Finance Committee and members of the Association board, the proposal is to finance the $1,650,000 loan from the investment pool,” Smith said. The matter was to be discussed at an executive session following the regular meeting.



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Election outcome is in women’s hands By Cokie Roberts & Steven V. Roberts


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It’s the women, stupid! Barack Obama cannot win reelection without piling up a sizable majority among female voters. Sorry, fellas, but the ladies will pick the next president. In 2008, 8 million more women voted than men, and women accounted for 53 percent of the electorate. Obama barely edged John McCain among male voters but trounced him by 13 points among females. Recent polls reflect a similar trend this year. In the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Obama trailed Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee, by 6 points among men but beat him by 18 points among women. Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who helped conduct the survey, summarized: “Up until six weeks ago, Democrats suffered from an intensity gap, but this has closed as women — particularly suburban women — have turned against the GOP.” Team Obama is keenly aware of this shift, and the president now makes a direct appeal to women in almost every public appearance. At his latest press conference, he said women vote on a “whole range” of issues and added: “I believe that Democrats have a better story to tell to women about how we’re going to solidify the middle class and grow this economy.” The president is only the point man for a much larger campaign. Recent online ads for his re-election effort feature his wife, Michelle, and his two daughters. Mailings went out this week to a million women emphasizing the benefits they’ll receive from the president’s health-care bill, including low-cost mammograms and extended coverage for grown children in their 20s. On International Women’s Day, the State Department publicized an initiative that’s given grants to female entrepreneurs in 41 countries. Of course, women, like men, are deeply influenced by the economy. Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, was right in saying, “Do you know what women care about? Women care about jobs.” They also care about family budgets and the recent spike in gas prices that some polls show is depressing Obama’s favorable rating with both genders, particularly in low-income households. Since 1980, however, a structural gender gap has favored Democrats, and it’s worth dissecting why. Start with the role many women play in their own families. They tend to be the nurturers, the caretakers, worrying about their children and their parents, and that makes them more supportive of social wel-

fare programs, from food stamps and Medicare to the new healthcare measure. “Women 30 to 55 are always the most important target in health care,” says Bill McInturff, a Republican who helps conduct the Wall Street Journal/NBC survey. They “are more engaged and active in the health-care system, more than any other age and gender. It’s not surprising they’d be a target of the Obama administration and campaign on this issue.” This caretaker role is not just personal. It’s often professional as well. Look at the jobs dominated by women — teachers, nurses, social workers. And many of them work for government agencies or get paid by government programs. No wonder working women gave Obama a 21-point edge over McCain, while non-workers split almost evenly. The other key variable is economic vulnerability. Obama won married women with children — a more secure group — by only 4 points; his margin was 18 points among all other women. Recent flare-ups over social issues such as contraception and abortion have to be understood in this context. By framing these controversies as a “war against women,” Democrats are trying to exploit an advantage that’s been there for many years. And some Republicans are afraid they’re succeeding. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says she “let down” her constituents by supporting an amendment that would have allowed employers to withhold insurance coverage of contraception on religious grounds. “The wind had shifted,” she told the Anchorage Daily News, “and Republicans didn’t have enough sense to get off of it.” Not only do many women disagree with the hard-line Republican view on these issues, but also they feel they’re an unwanted distraction at a time of economic stress. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told The Washington Post: “Particularly among blue-collar women, what we hear is, ‘How can you be arguing over this when Rome is still burning for me and my family?’” In the latest Pew survey, Obama outpolls Romney by 31 points among women under age 50. That margin will kill the Republicans unless they listen to Romney’s wife and start talking about jobs and gas prices. The Romneys might also consider trading in a few of their five sons for those delightful daughters of Jon Huntsman. Just for the campaign, of course.

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MARCH 23, 2012

SCIENCE STARS Want to know how to chop onions without crying? Curious about elevation’s effect on a projectile’s energy? Need to know which glue is the strongest? These are just a few of the questions answered by Horizon Prep Middle School Science Fair projects. This year’s Science Fair finalists included, from left, first row, Braeden Harryman, Kylie Preske, Tabitha Bell, Katelyn Butler and Max Baloun, with, back row, Ellen Carlander, Haley Kerwin, Makaela Lawson and Taylor Sparks. These finalists will go on to compete March 30 at Biola University. Courtesy

Friends and family say goodbye to Howard Benedict at Pipes March 3. Photo courtesy of Teresa Conahan Decking

Aloha to a beloved local waterman I first became aware of Howard Benedict in the mid 1970s. He was a dentist and I heard that he surfed a little. Later I found that he surfed more than a little and was a phenomenal big-wave rider that would fly to Puerto Escondido during the summer’s biggest swells to ride the famed Mexican pipeline. Of course he never told this; I never heard him brag about any of his many accomplishments. Not long after my first meeting him, I began seeing Howard in the lineup. He was friendly surfer who had that far away look of someone whose focus was always on the horizon. I think it’s what they call the thousand-yard stare, only more pleasant and present. And, more focused. Dentistry was his job. He made a good living from it and he was good at it. The ocean, on the other hand, was a calling to him, a vocation and a place he seemed more comfortable in than anywhere else. And while I was riding the local swells, feeling brave on the biggest days at Swami’s, Howard’s far off vision came into focus on waves more than three times larger than those I hesitated into. He was riding places like Todos Santos Island, where he dropped in on some of the biggest waves on the coast. A true adrenaline addict, you’d never know it by his calm demeanor in the surf. And while he loved big surf, he didn’t mind it going flat. It was then that he enjoyed his other love, free diving, going deep and spearing the biggest fish you could find, including a world-record 102 pound wahoo that he shot in Mexico and is featured in the book, Blue Water Hunting. There were other fish and other waves. Nevertheless, he found adventure even in his tame home breaks near Encinitas. There’s a now famous story that has been verified by Surf Ride owner, Bill Bernard about Howard and a whale. I heard this one several years ago from Benedict himself. He tells of how he saw a whale, cruising near shore at the break known as Pipes. Never one to pass up a once in a lifetime opportunity, Howard ditched his board and climbed aboard, for the ride of his life. The whale took him out quickly, in waters that only Howard and other deep-water mammals are familiar with. Needing to swim deeper into the ocean,


CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes the whale flicked its tail and sent his passenger sailing. Howard took early retirement from his dental practice and spent much of his time deep in Baja where he continued to surf and dive. When back in Encinitas, he would race his boat out to Todos, whenever the big north swells hit. One such swell was in the window and Howard was ready to charge, riding the biggest wave on the biggest day of the year, something that many estimate was in excess of 30 feet. The ocean has no limits, but we all do, even legendary watermen. The wave hit him hard and drove him deep. So deep that he didn’t surface until he was in calm water, where he was found floating face down. Howard was revived, but the minutes of oxygen deprivation took their toll and, eventually his life. But it never took his great heart and the memory we forever hold of him. On March 3, a fraction of those who had been touched by this gentle waterman gathered to scatter Howard Benedict’s remains at Pipe’s, not far from where he gathered many lobster, speared halibut and became one of the only people ever to ride a whale. As with all of us, it was the whale’s pleasure to be Howard Benedict’s companion, even if it was just for too short a while. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. Email him at

Local studio offers discounted yoga for vets By Lillian Cox

Iyengar Yoga Center of North County is reaching out to San Diego’s 230,000 veterans as well as active-duty military personnel and their families to offer a 75 percent discount on yoga classes. Simply put, this translates to $5 for adult classes and $2.50 for children and teen classes. “Few civilians understand the stresses endured by our military, veterans and their families,”Carolyn Belko,center director, said. “Yoga, a proven method of stress relief and relaxation, can help ease their burden during a difficult time.” Belko is not alone in recognizing the benefits of yoga in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, in warriors and secondary PTSD often experienced by their families. Two years ago, a small study funded by the U.S. Defense Department, and led by Harvard Medical School, found that veterans diagnosed with PTSD showed improvement in their symptoms after 10 weeks of yoga classes. Journalist Rachel Zimmerman reported on the findings in an article titled, “Harvard, Brigham Study: Yoga Eases Veterans PTSD Symptoms” published in Common Health: Reform and Reality which is produced by the Boston affiliate of National Public Radio. “PTSD is a disorder involving dysregulation of the stress response system,and one of the most powerful effects of yoga is to work on cognitive and physiological stress,” said Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School,

Carolyn Belko, director, Iyengar Yoga Center of North County. Belko offers a 75 percent discount on yoga classes to San Diego’s 230,000 veterans as well as active-duty military and their families. This translates to $5 for adult classes and $2.50 for children and teen classes. Photo by Lillian Cox

and the principal investigator of the yoga study. “What we believe is happening, is that through the control of attention on a target — the breath, the postures, the body — that kind of awareness generates changes in the brain, in the limbic system, and these changes in thinking focus more in the moment, less in the past, and it quiets down the anxietyprovoking chatter going on in the head. People become less reactive and the hormone-related stress cycle starts to calm down.” Rashaad Thomas is a young Air Force veteran, and a student in the yoga teacher training program at Scottsdale Community College where

Belko teaches throughout the year. After completing his twoyear commitment in the military,he found himself unable to get a job and homeless.Thomas enrolled in community college to take advantage of the GI Bill

and seek direction in life. “I was just looking for something simple and wanted something new,” he said. “I have always been athletic and thought I’d try yoga.” Today, Thomas is in the third year of a five-year program to become a Iyengar yoga instructor. “I work in the Veteran Affairs office on campus and see veterans who have been discharged and who are on disability or retired,”he said.“One gentleman with PTSD said yoga really helped him settle down and not feel so stressed. He jumped out of helicopters in the Army and said yoga challenged him to the point that, after the class, he felt more balanced.” Thomas added that yoga has taught him that life’s not so much about what’s going on around him as what’s going on inside of him. “I was diagnosed with TURN TO YOGA ON A23


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Plant takes its name from Greek god KENT HORNER Local Roots This time of year is very rewarding when it comes to the explosion of color that I see coming from my protea plants. Sometimes called sugarbushes (Afrikaans:suikerbos) the Proteaceae family is an ancient one. Its ancestors grew in Gondwanaland about 300 million years ago. Today, Proteaceae is divided into two subfamilies: the Proteoideae, well represented in southern Africa and the Grevilleoideae, mainly seen in Australia and South America. Africa only shares one genus found in continent with Madagascar, whereas South America and Australia share many common genera. This indicates that Africa became a single continent long before Australia separated from South America. The genus Protea was first named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, known for changing his form at will. This was because protea are seen to come in such a wide variety of forms and colors. South Africa considers the King Protea, also known as the Giant Protea or Honey Pot, to be their National Flower. The King Protea has several different coloured forms and horticulturists rec-

The genus Protea was first named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, known for changing his form at will. This was because protea are seen to come in such a wide variety of forms and colors. Photo by Kim Horner

ognize over 81 varieties, which have been planted throughout South Africa today. Protea cynaroides, the King Protea is adapted for survival to the rocky coastline and poor soils of the mountainous regions of South Africa. Surviving fires because of a thick underground stem, many dormant buds regenerate after a brush fire and produce new growth utilizing the resulting phosphorus and potash left over from the burning of the surrounding plants. This amazing plant is now found in many locations around the world where the atmosphere is dry and the soils are equipped for good drainage. The flower of the king protea can get up to 12 inches across and vary in color. On the outside it has many stiff, pointed, narrow

bracts or petals that give it the appearance of a cup. Inside the cup, a mass of white stamen can be found bending towards the center to facilitate reproduction. Protea can absorb moisture through its leaves. This is a great adaptation for where it grows. Since there isn’t much in the way of annual precipitation, ocean fog and moisture leave the coastal areas wet with dew each night and these plants in this area have evolved to getting their water in this way. The Protea in my yard are the pincushion type and are brilliant orange and yellow from March until late May or early July. The pincushion types of protea are known as Leucospermum cordifolium. Many visitors from all over the world recognize these spectacular flowers from flower

arrangements they have seen in their own country. Nurseries in Israel, California, Hawaii, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand are responsible for the production of large amounts of these cut flowers sent by air around the world. It is the stiff protruding styles of these flowers, which give them their common name “pincushion”. From these flowers, a few large, nut-like seeds are produced. Interestingly enough though, in nature; the seeds are collected by ants, and stored below grade as food. This helps to repeat the cycle of planting and regeneration growing new plants after mature ones have died or been destroyed from fire. Another added attraction for pincushion lovers is the birds that frequent these plants. During the early morning hours, abundant nectar flows from the flowers of these protea and attract insects as a result. In turn, these insects attract insectivorous birds that feed on them and in the process pollinates and cross-pollinate plant-toplant. Without these insects and birds, the plants would not be able to reproduce since they are not self-pollinating and use Mother Nature as a vector for good gene sharing among the species. When taking cuttings of these flowers for use indoors, it is important to refresh the water in the vase holding these flowers daily. Every second to third day, it is also a good idea to cut the bases of the stems again to open up the vascular system, which sends moisture to the delicate structures in the flowers. Protea are also wonderful as dried flowers and can be best facilitated by harvesting and hanging the freshly cut stems upside down in a dry cool area.

Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, e-mail him at


PET WEEK Meet Giselle, the Petof-the-Week available at Helen Woodward Animal Center. This 4-year old beauty is a gorgeous Calico weighing 8.3 pounds. She loves her toys, a window view and the company of a favorite companion. Her adoption fee is $99. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through Thursday from

noon to 6pm; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (applications accepted 15 minutes before closing). For more information call (858) 756-4117, option #1 or visit

New program offers rides for seniors Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults program, founded in 2008,has recently signed two grants that enable the expansion of their Rides & Smiles operations to the Northern San Diego region, most significantly to the Carmel Valley region, which has no public transportation. Julie Saltman, a senior community member who has long advocated for senior transportation in Carmel Valley, was joined by her husband and Council Member Sherri Lightner for the symbolic first ride March 9. Rides & Smiles, one service component of On the Go, received these grants in hopes to provide 6,500 rides in 2012 in the Northern San Diego region alone, offering rides to necessary medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other life necessities in the North County area. All grants

were awarded and are monitored by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). On the Go anticipates providing over 40,000 rides in 2012, which has triggered a Volunteer Recruitment Campaign for its transportation services. Community volunteers play a vital role in the continuation of these community-based programs, which is why Jewish Family Service is hoping to recruit 100 new volunteers this year, with a heavy emphasis in the newly expanded service areas. On the Go volunteer drivers use a web-based scheduling system to choose when, where, and who they drive. Secondary insurance is provided by JFS and mileage is reimbursed. For additional information about On the Go: Transportation Solutions for Older Adults, visit

Student art works go on display Torrey Pines High School Drawing and Design Class students will be featured in an art opening at noon March 31 at Chiropractic Center of Carmel Valley, 12750 Carmel

Country Road, Suite 207, in Del Mar. Student artists whose work will be on display include: —Meaghan Harrington — June Kim — Sara Kivikas — Nikki Larch-Miller — Taylor Larch-Miller — Henry Livingston — Charlotte Resnick — Antonio Bavaro — Rachel Benrey — Reily Buechler — Grace Busby — Natalie Chaffin — Ayumi Tachikawa — Grace Wu Call (858) 481-4124 for further details.



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Taking a voyage into the Jarvis Estate Wine Cave from Wine Enthusiast. The 2005 Reserve Cabernet has a 94-point award from Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Robert Parker. For more information on Jarvis Estate Winery, visit, or call (800) 255-5280.


Taste of Wine William and Leticia Jarvis are unlikely Napa Valley wine owners. He was raised in a “dry” state, Oklahoma, and she was raised in Pueblo, Mexico. After mutual successes in business, they met, married and adopted France for a part time residence. The Jarvis’s developed a passion for Bordeaux Reds and gravitated to the Napa Valley where in the 1980’s they purchased 37 acres of vineyards. In 1995 they developed the stunning underground 45,000 square foot cave-inspired Jarvis Estate Winery, located East of Napa and tunneled into the Vaca Mountains. It has an underground stream and magnificent waterfall. The “Crystal Chamber” is lit with large amethyst crystals and a large ballroom holds memorable galas, including the American Wine Classic Auction Napa Valley Barrel Tasting and Auction, planned this year for June 1. The deepest chamber of the cave is bigger than two basketball courts allowing all fermentation tanks and other processing equipment to be underground. The stream and underground water system

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Leticia and William Jarvis welcome visitors to their magnificent Jarvis Estate Wine Cave in the Napa Valley. Photos by Frank Mangio

maintain a humidity level at an ideal level for barrel aging. Since 2008, Ted Henry has been the winemaker, closest to the daily care needed for high quality, crafted bottles. He is fortunate to have Dimitri Tchelistcheff, considered the wisest scholar of Napa winemaking, as his consultant winemaker. He is a member of the Vintner’s Hall

of Fame. Tchelistcheff began his winemaking career some 68 years ago. He has done it all! Jarvis varietals include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Tempranillo. The winery produces 9,000 cases a year.TASTE OF WINE recommends the 2007 Lake William Blend, with 93 points

The front-runners in the competition for the restaurant dollar are clearly fresh, farm to table cuisine, simply done and served. The food is locally sourced and nutritionally natural. Meat, fish, produce, all with a seasonal flair, have caught the wave of diner favor. The wineries have connected with savvy chefs who respect what wines can do for food. They spend valuable time tasting wines and presenting menu items that match up with a Pinot Noir, Cabernet or Merlot. American food and wine palates are more adventurous than ever, thanks to TV Food channels, chefs and wait-help in restaurants that can spin the nutritional, natural flavors of food and wine in these fresh-casual formats. Light Italian such as Rosotto, Gnocchi and Caprese seem to top many casual menu lists, as well as wood oven-baked pizzas Margherita style, with light cheese, tomato, sweet basil

and a dash of “funghi” ( mushrooms.) The hotels and resorts have sat up and taken notice of these trends. The new stillbeing-built Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa with Carlsbad beach views from its Chandler’s Restaurant site, has brought in Executive Chef Pascal Vignau, who brought Savory to Encinitas 8 years ago. He is widely known for his simple, brilliant style of comfort food, brought together with seasonal menus and world-class wines. The trend to fresh casual menus is going uptown.

Style from Grape Production to Bottle March 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This seminar includes six Pinot Noir tastings, lunch & refreshments. $75. Call Jill at (760) 7508705.

Wine Bytes Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas is going with Spicy Reds: Grenache, Syrah and Zin at its event March 24 at 6 p.m. Six reds offered. Get your spice for $20. More info at (760) 4792500. North County Wine Company in San Marcos has a couple of fun tastings March 28 at 5 p.m. and then an Italian Wine Party March 30 at 4 p.m. for $10. This one has special pizzas and calzones. Call (760) 744-2119 for details. Europa Village in Temecula Wine Country presents a Sommelier Workshop with wine & food basics March 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn new trends on how to make wine and food dance. $49. RSVP at (951) 216-3380. Cal State San Marcos presents Managing Wine

Pascal Vignau, who ran the popular casual comfort food restaurant Savory in Encinitas, will now be Executive Chef of Chandler’s in the new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa.

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Using refillable cups on single-cup brewing systems SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: How much coffee do you put in your Keurig My K-Cup? I’d like to start using ours, but I’ve read horror stories from those who have overfilled and underfilled their cups. — Libby, Canada Dear Libby: I didn’t like the My K-Cup, but I’ve been happy with the Solofill reusable filter ( My experience with the My K-cup was that the brewed coffee would spew, leaving me with grounds in my coffee and three pieces to clean afterward. The coffee was too weak for my liking, and it overflowed once as well. I didn’t have that problem when I used the Solofill filter. I like my coffee strong, so I fill the Solofill filter to the fill line. I don’t feel the need to tap it like I did with the My K-cup, because the lid presses the grounds down. It’s not that I want the grounds completely packed; I just want to make sure there aren’t any stray grounds close to the top that might escape and make it into my coffee cup. The lid is attached and the filter is built-in, so there’s only one piece to clean. I just give it a

little whack on the counter near my sink and the grounds are removed easily. Dear Sara: How do you get all of that glue off of mayonnaise, pickle and other jars? I can’t get some of it off, no matter how hard I scrub, even under scalding hot water. Also, I’d like to make a bunch of gift jars out of them, but I can’t seem to get the odor out. What do you use to make sure all of the smell is gone? — Carol, Nevada Dear Carol: Label removal is easier if you score the label and soak the jars in hot water, then use vinegar, baby oil or vegetable oil and a plastic scrubbie to remove it. To remove the pickle smell, soak the jars overnight in a solution made of vinegar, baking soda, a couple squirts of dishwashing liquid and very hot water. Afterward, run it through your dishwasher. If it still has an odor, put crumpled newspaper and a sprinkling of baking soda inside the jar and let it sit overnight. Dear Sara: I’d like to grow turnips in my garden, but I’m having trouble finding turnips in my canning books. One states that it’s not recommended. What do I do with the turnips if I can’t can them? — F.D.,Virginia Dear F.D.: I’ve never canned turnips, but you can freeze them. Wash, peel and cut the turnips into roughly 1/2-inch cubes. Boil water and blanch the cubes for two min-

utes. Don’t overcook them. After they’ve been blanched, plunge them into a bowl of ice water. Allow them to cool, then place them in freezer storage bags. You can also cook them entirely, then mash and freeze them (must be consumed within six months). You can dehydrate turnips, too. Frugal Village member Robin, from Oregon, shares: “To dehydrate turnips, peel and slice them 1/2-1/4inch thick, blanch 3 to 5 minutes and then dry to a very tough to brittle state (125 degrees). To use in soups or stews, rehydrate and mash. Add 1/2 teaspoon sugar per cup of re-hydrating water to improve flavor.” They make a great snack when dried, too (think: potato chip). Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (, a website that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO, 64106, or email

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Spring is here. I feel it, I smell it and best of all I am beginning to taste it. What does spring taste like? Spring tastes fresh, crisp, sweet and green. With memories of winter fading, it is now time to let go of the slow cooker, the stews and potpies and say hello to lighter pastas, spring mix salads and fresh fruits. Enjoying seasonal produce means buying what’s available that week and learning how to cook it. But you don’t have to be a gourmet to shop at the farmer’s market. The chief benefit of seasonal, locally produced food is fresh, ripe food that may have been harvested the day before. Food that is fresh has so much flavor that it often doesn’t require much more than olive oil, salt and pepper to make a delicious meal. So what is in season now? As far as vegetables, look for spinach, asparagus, sugar snap peas and avocados. For fruits: apricots, kiwis, rhubarb and strawberries. But aside from the usual preparation of an ordinary salad, whether it be fruit or mixed greens, what else can one do to turn garden greens into flavorful, healthy dishes? How does fresh spinach, lightly steamed and then drizzled with roasted garlic olive oil sound? Or grilled asparagus dressed with lemon

pure, natural olive oils.The two dozen balsamic vinegars are both white and dark infused balsamic. Good ingredients do indeed equal good food or at the very least, they’re the critical starting point.Here is a simple recipe to try this week that will go well with any meal you are preparing.

With memories of winter fading, it is now time to let go of the slow cooker, the stews and potpies and say hello to lighter pastas, spring mix salads and fresh fruits.

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is balsamic vinegar coming in at just a mere 10 calories per tablespoon! The olive oil and balsamic vinegar selection at baker & olive in Encinitas will surely open your eyes and taste buds to an entirely new flavor experience. They carry over two dozen extra virgin olive oils. Half of which are infused and flavored and the others are

Grilled Romaine with Apricots and Blue Cheese (serves 4) Preheat outdoor grill or grill pan. Make salad dressing by whisking together 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon agave nectar and 1 cup Arbequina extra virgin olive oil.Whisk until thick and emulsified. Set aside. Slice two small to medium heads of romaine in half and brush lightly with olive oil. Place cut side down on grill/pan until grill marks show, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and place cut side up in individual plates.Season with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Top each half with crumbled blue cheese to taste and one sliced apricot. Drizzle with salad dressing and enjoy. Baker & Olive is open 10 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 165 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas. Contact at (760) 944-7840 or

A new year, a new you — the last diet you’ll ever need What if... • you could lose unwanted, unhealthy weight fast, safely and easily? • there was a diet that actually gave you energy instead of depleting it? • you found a diet that was affordable, accessible and actually allowed you to eat food you would not think you could eat on a diet? • there were no pills,no shots and no cravings involved? • a diet that truly fit your life AND your lifestyle? No, you’re not in wonderland. This program actually exists and is offered and supervised by the accredited healthcare professionals at Just Skin in Encinitas. The weight loss method offered at Just Skin Medical Spa is a quick and healthy protocol with proven, long-lasting results. Their pre-packaged gourmet protein foods — originally created by a team of doctors, scientists and a French Chef — taste as good as they are good for you. Unlike other programs and yo-yo diets where you lose muscle mass as well as fat, Just Skin’s program actually protects your muscle mass. This alkaline diet is designed to allow your body to absorb the nutrients it needs to boost your metabolism, regulate insulin levels and set you up for success in maintaining your goal weight once you’ve achieved it. The body has three sources of energy: (1) carbohydrates are always burned first followed by (2) protein and (3) lipids (fats). Once the body has depleted its carbohydrate

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MARKETPLACE NEWS College for (almost) free As college costs soar out of control, and student loan debt has now surpassed credit card debt in the United States, one Carlsbad man has had enough and decided to do something about it. As valedictorian of his high school, Ron Caruthers earned acceptances into Ivy League colleges—but turned them down because of the financial burden the tuition would pose to his parents. That experience has fueled his desire to educate other families navigate the skyrocketing costs through free educational workshops that Ron has taught for almost two decades. This passion has earned him the recognition as one of the nation’s leading experts on planning and paying for college. Ron has been quoted in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and has authored ‘What your guidance counselor isn’t telling you’ as well as coauthored New York bestseller, ‘Shift Happens’ and has regularly been seen on local and national news programs. “Most parents are completely ignorant of the financial aid system, and have no clue about how the rules work in the real world,” Ron states. “There is a ton of money available at top-notch schools even for families that earn a six figure income.The goal is to get every student the best education available at the lowest price possible” Ron Caruthers will be teaching workshops that will focus on little-known ways of getting money for. The class will include such topics as how to double or triple your eligibility for free grant money, the secret to sending your child to a private or UC school for less than the cost of a junior college, and how to avoid the single biggest mistake that 9 out of 10 parents make when filling out college forms. The upcoming workshop will be held April 11 at 6:15pm at the Encinitas Library. “Once a family understands the system and the right way to approach it, almost no school in the country is out of their financial reach. They can avoid this whole student loan mess by taking just a little time to educate themselves,” Ron assures. “My free class is the perfect way to get a head start on this.” This free workshop is open to the public but due to high demand, reservations are required. To reserve your seat or to find out more details, people are invited to visit or call (760) 814-8591.



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iTrip is redefining industry The vacation rental market has traditionally been a fragmented and often unreliable segment of the travel industry. This has been attributed to the inconsistency of the service experience,the absence of technology and a lack of focus by the individuals or companies involved in the industry. Fortunately, for property owners, one company is bringing a new level of focus and re-defining the service experience of the vacation rental market. Like most change in our fast paced world, technology has a lot to do with how (iTrip), an innovative vacation rental management company, is steering the $24 billion industry in a new direction and vacation property owners and consumers are taking notice. iTrip is a web-based marketing and operating system built specifically to service the needs of the vacation rental market. One area where iTrip outpaces the competition is in their global marketing capabilities, which now reaches into 90 countries. iTrip uses their expertise in search engine optimization and marketing techniques coupled with promotion capabilities built into their systems to maximize the revenue for their client’s properties. One recent booking in Newport Beach, Calif. netted a fortunate property owner $80,000 in revenue for just a two-month stay from a returning international guest. iTrip is more than a marketing machine that increases rental revenues. It also has a powerful back office operational platform to facilitate the nuances of vacation property management. iTrip developed a robust operating system by leveraging advanced internet technologies that created efficiencies and lowered the costs associated with vacation property management. This includes features like the owner’s portal, where every owner has a password protected real time view into all facets of the activity occurring in their property. When you combine the power of this turnkey technology platform with a professional local management team, becomes a triple threat in the vacation rental market. “Like other forward-thinking companies, iTrip aims to change the course of our industry in a way that makes life easier for anyone who owns, manages or travels to vacation rental properties,” said Tom Bissmeyer, one of three founding members of iTrip. iTrip currently manages properties that range from a condominium to a $25 million estate home and recently launched service in North County through their exclusive local affiliate, North Coast Vacation Properties. iTrip must be doing something right. The Nashville based company grew over 260 percent last year and in the first 10 weeks of this year has already booked 70 percent of last year’s revenue. The market is changing and iTrip is changing the market.


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MARKETPLACE NEWS More4Families: It’s a great ‘Plan B’ A local San Diego couple, Tom and Linda Martin saw the need for a Plan B. Tom has worked with a Fortune 500 company for the past 31 years, and Linda’s has been a stay at home mom to their son, Luke. However, recently, like others, the Martins have seen changes in their 401k, their stock portfolio and real estate investments. They started to question the security of their retirement, was it slipping away with the economy? Tom thinks back to his grandfather, who taught him “It’s not which way the wind blows, but how you set your sails.” Based on that advice Tom and Linda started looking for their plan “B.” They realized that they definitely needed a backup plan to their original “traditional” plan of climbing the proverbial “ladder” of corporate America and retirement. Tom says “When we thought about our options, we knew they were few and far between, there were ideas out there but they either carried too high a risk, cost too much money or cost too much time. We also thought about businesses that could actually grow in this economy. Most importantly we wanted to find a business that aligns with our values.” The typical plan “B” for most families is for the spouse

The Martin family, clockwise from top, Linda, Tom and son Luke, take matters into their own hands, using More4Families to meet their goals of having more time, more income and more balance in their lives.

to simply go back to work or find a second job, not for the Martins. You see, going back to a traditional job was not an option for Linda because their son Luke was diagnosed 13 years ago, at the age of two, with severe autism. Between endless therapies and doctor’s appointments, Linda had a full time job just managing Luke’s special needs. “It hasn’t been easy and although two incomes would have helped

tremendously, I had no choice, but to stay at home” says Linda. Tom and Linda decided to take matters into their own hands and joined forces with some like-minded friends. Together, they created More4Families. Their mission is to help families meet their goals of having more time, more income, more balance in their lives, and more security. Linda states “I love that I can

help other people, have flexibility to work around Luke’s schedule, grow a business that will give Tom the option to retire early, and still provide for Luke’s lifelong needs. It is our perfect Plan B.” More4Families is growing despite the economy and two years in, it is obvious to the Martins how very relevant this business is for today’s families. Tom and Linda are hoping to help more families create a Plan B. Linda says” This is a business that can generate life-long-income, it’s exciting and rewarding and has been a blessing to our family.” The More4Families organization is comprised of many different people from different backgrounds and all walks of life. The Martins are happy to meet with others looking for “Plan B” and can explain all the details of the business. “It’s simple, we help other families like ours to have a more secure future and we’re thrilled to do so” she added. Tom sums it up “Our business is very straightforward; we are a marketing organization with a unique business plan. Since there are no sales, inventory, overhead or risk, it’s practical and just makes good sense.” To learn more about this company and read other families stories, visit them online @ or call (858) 876-7563.

Jewish Family Service welcomes more than 600 guests to its annual Heart & Soul Gala celebrating Jill Borg Spitzer, Jewish Family Service chief executive officer, who has retired after 26 years of service. The 2012 Heart & Soul Gala was co-chaired by Murray Galinson, Jennifer Levitt and Ashley Stone, with Auction chairpersons Leslie Fastlicht Russo and Valerie Viterbi. Jerry and Carole Turk were the honorary chairpersons. From left, Robert Rubenstein and Marie Raftery. Photo courtesy of Bob Ross for JFS

Torrey Pines High School level III team, from left, Lucy Ahn, Dacoda Strack, Megan Ho and David Tuites, President of the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, won first place at the 2012 J-CAP San Diego regional competition at SDSU Feb. 25, for students learning Japanese as a second language. Courtesy photo

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BEYOND EAGLE AWARD Yash Huilgol, a 16-year-old Scout Boy Scout inTroop 667, develops an innovative technology solution to give outdoor enthusiasts pertinent information in local open space reserves and parks, as part of his Eagle Scout leadership project. His unique idea is beginning to gain active enthusiasm in the local outdoor community with numerous parks expressing an interest in adopting this technology into their trail system. Courtesy photo

College fair offers overview Torrey Pines High School will host more than 100 college representatives at its San Dieguito Union High School District College Fair from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. The event will also offer 12 college-led information sessions, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting 25 minutes, which will include: • Session 1: 7 to 7:25 p.m. • Out of State College — More Affordable Than You Think • University of California • Engineering Colleges • Spanish Speaking Session • College Planning • Session 2: 7:30 to 7:55 p.m. • California State University Admissions • Financial Aid • How to Write a College Essay • Community College Transfer Process • Session 3: 8 to 8:25 p.m. • University of California • Get the Most out of College Visits • Applying to Highly Selective Colleges • Applying to Arts Colleges For more information visit

BY THE NUMBERS The Horizon Prep Elementary level ACSI Math Olympics finalists include, from left, first row, Cade Harryman, Carmine DeRosa, Jazmin Nason and Shayne Hougard, with second row, Patrick Englehart, Moriah Kettler, Annika Carlander and Cassandra McDaniel; and third row, Grant Crowley, Eli Baloun, Rankin Poage and Carson Wright. Courtesy photo

Del Mar’s L’Auberge will go dark for March ‘Earth Hour’ L’Auberge Del Mar is turning off the lights in support of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 31. Hotel guests will be provided with “green” flashlights and asked to turn off guestroom lights for the hour. In the Lobby Lounge, lights will be dimmed and patrons can enjoy specially priced earth-friendly, organic wines by the glass. “Through our corporate Destination Earth program, L’Auberge Del Mar is committed to lessening our footprint and supporting earth-friendly initiatives,” said Director of Sales and


Marketing Francine biodiversity, pollution and Williams. “Earth Hour is a climate change. simple way to do a bit of good for our environment, Follow us on and guests can have a little fun with it along the way.” World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour is a worldwide Go to campaign to raise ness of sustainability and click the link issues. In a collective display of commitment to a better future for the planet, people around the world are being asked to turn off lights for an hour. Through Earth Hour, WWF hopes to draw attention to important environmental causes including the disappearance of natural habitats and



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MARCH 23 ART EXTENDED Coastal Artists’ multimedia exhibit in Carmel Valley’s ArtWindow No. 4 has been extended through April 15. in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center plaza, lower level space J9, r, 12925 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley. For more information, email or call (858) 259-5690.


San Diego in February. There will be on-site screen tests. Get tips on the qualities DOGTV is seeking for its canine stars from DOGTV Animal Trainer Jenn Cull.

MARCH 26 SCHOLAR LECTURES The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s Scholar Lectures continues in Carlsbad as Risa Levitt Kohn speaks on “God Said What?: Reading the Bible as a Historian” in the Schulman Auditorium of the Carlsbad Dove Library at 7 p.m. March 26. For more information, contact the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, (858) 362-1327 or

MARCH 27 BE A KEYBOARD KING The Senior Center offers free

UNSEEN TERROR Author drop-in computer lab for seniors Elin Stebbins Waldal will speak on her biographical book about being in a violent teen relationship, “Tornado Warning,” at the 17th annual English Tea from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 24 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Tickets are $65. For more information, email or call (760) 2306305. GET FIT Total Woman Gym & Day Spa, 172 N. El Camino Real Blvd., Encinitas, will host a Celebration and Member Appreciation Party on March 24 in honor of National Women’s History Month. The all day event is open to the public and includes One-Day-Only specials in membership, personal training and spa, complimentary group fitness classes, Pilates, TRX demos, food, drinks and music. Call (760) 632-1258.

FOUR-FOOTED STARS Find out if your dog might be a star at the DOGTV Star in the Making party from 1 to 4 p.m. March 24, in the Solana Beach Cedros Design District, 227 S. Cedros, Solana Beach, presented by Muttropolis and KPRI 102.1 FM. DOGTV debuted in

every Tuesday from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside. Information may be obtained by calling (760) 4355250. MOVIE MATINEE Tuesdays, at 4 p.m., the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish. hosts free Tuesday classic family film and refreshments in the Community Room. For information on the film, call (760) 753-7376. PARENTING Eleanor KalterMargolin addresses language development and Catherine Dickerson addresses challenging behaviors at a free parenting evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 27 at Santa Fe Montessori School, 1010 Solana Drive in Solana Beach. To sign up, call Angie McCallister at (858) 755-3232, ext. 100.




Carlsbad City Library will host a free business plan workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. March 27 at the Gowland Meeting Room, 1775 Dove Lane. For more information, call (760) 602-2012 or visit Joe Molina, director of The Business & Entrepreneurship Center, will share free resources available for creating business plans.

Musician is a lesson in contrasts By Jared Whitlock

Musician Lee Coulter is a lesson in contrasts. On one hand, he plays upbeat, toetapping acoustic-guitar rock. On the other hand, the lyrics on his new album “Mr. Positivity” reveal an introspective singer-songwriter who’s occasionally plagued by self-doubt. “The new album is a struggle between my rational and creative brain,” said Coulter, 31, who lives with his wife and toddler son in Encinitas. “Being a musician, it’s sometimes hard being a realist and optimist at the same time.” Concertgoers can expect a lively and emotional performance when Coulter performs songs from “Mr. Positivity” at the album’s release party at The Belly Up at 8 p.m. March 27. Originally from Logan City, Australia, Coulter started writing songs in his midteens. He found some success, but his dream of being a musician was at odds with a rough economy. Coulter and his family were forced to move from their apartment last year, causing him to question his path. But not for long. Several songs from his self-titled debut album began receiving heavy airplay from local and national radio stations — most notably, Sirius XM’s The Coffee House. The popular channel named Coulter its sing-songwriter discovery of 2011. With momentum on his side, Coulter hit the studio to self-record and self-produce


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Chosen as the singer-songwriter discovery of 2011 by Sirius XM’s The Coffee House, Lee Coulter will perform at The Belly Up March 27 to celebrate the release of his new album. Courtesy photo

“Mr. Positivity.” Compared to his first album, Coulter says the songs are “rawer.” He did less vocal takes and stripped back the instrumentation. “I wanted there to be more emotion in the songs by capturing how I felt at that moment,” Coulter said. “Often songs will lose that emotional quality if you overthink them too much.” He also wrote more personal lyrics. The song “Go” tells the tale of how Coulter’s grandmother and grandfather met during World War II. As the song alludes to, Coulter’s grandfather was a

prisoner of war in Thailand; his grandmother, a local villager, snuck his grandfather food. “He promised her that he would marry her when he got out alive, and he did,” Coulter said. Some lyrics document Coulter’s struggle to stay positive in the face of negative thoughts — hence the somewhat ironic title “Mr. Positivity.” Inspired by a “nostalgic sadness,” Coulter’s new songs were largely influenced by artists like Paul Simon and Natalie Merchant. More intimate lyrics

don’t necessarily mean less hook-filled songs. Many of Coulter’s arrangements are less bouncy and energetic than his debut. But his penchant for fun, catchy tracks remains. Handclaps punctuate whistling, piano, chiming guitar and a sing-along chorus on “The Rendezvous,” for example. For Coulter, melody still comes first and foremost. “With the music I want to create a platform that sets a mood for the lyrics and the message to really reach people in a way that matters,” Coulter said. Some might peg Coulter solely as a serious, contemplative songwriter. But he also has a funny, self-deprecating side. His alter-ego records auto-tuned rap songs that parody the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle under the group Square Pegs Baby. “We act absurd to point out the absurdity of the music business,” Coulter said with a laugh. Silly, somber, upbeat, laidback — Coulter could be described as a lot of things. But more than anything, he wants optimism to shine through. “I’m not really a kumbaya guy,” Coulter said. “Still, at the heart of what I’m doing, I’m trying to connect people with the idea of love and positivity.” “Mr. Positivity” will be available on iTunes March 27. A physical copy of the album will be available at The Belly Up show. Visit for more information.

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KAY COLVIN A Brush With Art San Diego’s dynamic arts community is inclusive and welcoming. Regardless of our differences, an all-encompassing appreciation of the creative process binds us together. There’s a gravitational pull between creative individuals that often results in strong bonds of friendship. One such friendship was born when North County artists Lisa Roche and Julie Ann Stricklin regularly tended the Off Track Gallery, then located in the Pannikin in Leucadia. As members of the San Dieguito Art Guild during those years, Roche and Stricklin forged a friendship that has spanned a decade. Award-winning painter Lisa Roche, a native of Portland, Maine, migrated to San Diego in 1995. After building a successful career in business and program management, a brush with mortality resulted in a more personally fulfilling balance of her creative and analytical strengths. Roche muses, “At

the end of the day, you have to make conscious choices … based on your deepest passions.” Painting is her passion, so she gives it top priority. Roche has had a creative “right-brained” advantage in thinking outside the box in achieving business success. She speculates, “My leftbrained nature may also be the reason I’m drawn to realism and tend to strive for exactness in my paintings.” The theme of resilience in the face of personal challenge runs throughout Roche’s work, as seen in her ninth Arts Alive banner “Nobody’s Fool,” on display at the open-air courtyard of the Lumberyard. Roche’s work is on exhibit at the new Smart Space Art Gallery on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego, with an opening reception scheduled for April 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Texas native Julie Ann Stricklin is extremely versatile as a commercial illustrator, graphic designer, and a fine artist who’s lived in the San Diego area since 1997. With a widely eclectic range, she has illustrated books and contributed to a collaborative series of refurbished designer surfboards. Stricklin’s work can be seen at Grounded in the Lumberyard.

North County artists Lisa Roche (left) and Julie Ann Stricklin. Courtesy photo

She describes herself as a “networker gone wild” whose contribution of time and energy to the community seems limitless. She performs many Arts Alive tasks, such as producing bookmarks featuring individual banner images. Stricklin’s 2012 banner was designed to raise public awareness of the ongoing Pacific View dilemma. Regarding the future of the historical property deeded to Encinitas in 1883, Stricklin states, “Pacific View is a gift to all, not just for those who can afford to buy a piece of it.” Stricklin urges protection of this gift as “a place to be free to share, inspire, work, teach and create.” She stresses that “Pacific View Belongs

to All Not a Few” and hopes her banner will inspire involvement in preserving the property according to the intent of its original historic deed. Her banner can be found in front of Acanthus Antiques, 1010 South Coast Highway 101. Be sure to see the online Arts Alive banner catalog at and plan to attend the live auction May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Cardiff Town Center Courtyard. Kay Colvin is an art consultant and director of the L Street Fine Art Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. She specializes in promoting emerging and mid-career artists and bringing enrichment programs to elementary schools through The Kid’s College. Contact her at



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Passion, hard work go into organizing Kia Classic tournament By Jared Whitlock

Beginning March 19, golf fans will descend on the La Costa Resort and Spa to watch the Kia Classic. Dennis Baggett, the tournament director, has prepared for the moment when fans first step foot onto the golf course for more than a year. On his side: a team putting in long hours and a small army of volunteers. Many golf fans may not realize how much time and effort goes into organizing a professional golf tournament, especially a tournament as large as the Kia Classic, Baggett said. “It’s daunting when you first look at it,” said Baggett, who is in his second year as tournament director. “Anything you can imagine, from portable restrooms to catering for skyboxes, to power to run the lights and scoring tent — every piece has to be touched. Nothing happens on its own.” Baggett and a small team of LPGA organizers still have work to do. Several weeks prior to (and during) the tournament, they live at the La Costa Resort and Spa and work 20-hour days to ensure the tournament runs smoothly for players and golf fans. Adrenaline and emotions often run high, but so does a

sense of camaraderie. “As an example, there are nights when our little group will be huddled together in a room at 2 a.m. putting together tee times for all the players for the next morning,” Baggett said.“We become like a family.” Late nights and lastminute details are necessary leading up to the tournament. First on their plate, though, Baggett and his team take care of the most critical tasks — like acquiring permits, sponsorships and a number of other necessities — months before the tournament kicks off. Because Baggett and his team work for the LPGA, they must also carefully manage relationships with Kia, various vendors and La Costa Resort and Spa throughout the year. “It’s taking all the individual pieces you have and making them fit together properly,” Baggett said. The engine that keeps the Kia Classic running? It’s the 600 to 700 volunteers that sign up to help with transportation, hospitality and a variety of other jobs. “I think most people get involved with (volunteering) for love of the sport,” said Pat Willin, the general chairman of volunteering for the tournament. “Of those volunteering, there’s a high percentage of

Dennis Baggett, tournament director of the Kia Classic, is working around-the-clock to get ready for the Kia Classic, which runs from March 19 to March 25 at La Costa’s golf course. Photo by Jared Whitlock

retired folks who like staying active.” The tournament recruits most new volunteers two or three months prior to the tournament. But Willin said most volunteers could be considered “long term” and carry over from previous golf tournaments in San Diego. Once

volunteers enlist, they are separated into 42 committees and trained to accomplish tasks. Volunteers typically work three five-hour shifts. As a reward, they receive a free round of golf at La Costa. Lindsay Allen, the tournament coordinator, said unpredictability is what keeps

her job interesting. “I do such different things every day,” Allen said. “You learn to be a jack-of-alltrades.” With so many variables affecting a tournament, eleventh-hour difficulties are practically inevitable. Last year, rain temporarily held up

A SOLID SPORTS YEAR The Horizon Prep Lions Winter Sports Teams made their school proud in the Independent Middle School League Championships. The Lions brought home first-place for girls soccer, a first-place for boys soccer and a secondplace for boys basketball. From top: The Horizon Prep boys basketball team shines with its second-place win in the Independent Middle School League finals. Kneeling, from left, is John Bothe, Chad Hines and Michael Hendrick; in second row, from left, Conner Whitton, Tyler Mead, Rankin Poage, Will Ferrari and Trey Mena; and in the third row, from left, Coach Matt Roy, Brody Schippa, Caleb Armendariz, Caleb Phillips, Bennett Baptista, Gabe Schippa and Coach Jeff Sutherland. Horizon Prep girls soccer team celebrates its first-place win in the Independent Middle School League Championship. In the first row, from left, team members include Carly Gammel, Sophie Grizzle, Abby Phillips, Katelyn Butler, Taylor Sparks, Sophia Lake, Keely McCallum, Kristin Webb, Sydney Sparks, Natalie Paxton and Kylie Preske. In the second row, from left, are Yaryn Choi, Jasmyne Bell, Ashlynn Mossy, Blair McKinney, Lily Morgans, Makaela Lawson, Andria Carpenter and Coach Janice Lugo. Horizon Prep boys soccer cheers its first-place in the the Independent Middle School League Championship Game, from left, Keenan Martin, Jake Pezzi, Cayden Booth, Jackson Baere, Jack Maguire, James Palmer, Nathan Coons, Andrew Setili, Colin Myers, Conrad Blake, Tucker Hobbs, Erik Lundstedt, Devin McDaniel, Ryan Aschbrenner, Braeden Harryman and Coach Mike Jones. Courtesy photos

the Kia Classic. Not to mention, a swarm of bees assailed a small group of spectators during tournament play. “There are things that can throw you sideways,” Baggett said. “You have to know they’re coming and take them with grace.” Baggett can count on at least one constant working for him. He said the design of the golf course makes his job easier. According to Baggett, La Costa’s golf course, which features four newly redesigned holes, is easy to access; is a breeze for spectators to walk and the layout of the facility is conducive to parking shuttles. Due to renovations, last year’s Kia Classic took place in Los Angeles. This year marks the return of the tournament to La Costa, where the inaugural event was held in 2010. With all the hustle and bustle, this is Baggett’s favorite time of the year. “These couple of weeks before the tournament are the most exciting,” Baggett said. “You’re running on an emotional high. We prepare for this for a year and get to see everything we worked for come together.” The Kia Classic runs March 19 through March 25. Visit for more information.

March into tennis this month SAN DIEGO — The USTA (United States Tennis Association) is launching a new March Into Tennis program to San Diego area tennis clubs in March, which, at no cost, introduces kids ages 10-and-under to a sport that carries the benefits of physical fitness, mental sharpness and social activity by learning a sport that can be played for a lifetime. Beginning Jan. 1, the USTA implemented new measures towards making tennis more fun and player-friendly for kids 10 and under by introducing smaller tennis courts, as well as smaller rackets and bigger tennis balls with which to play. 10-and-Under Tennis follows the same logic as other youth sports like baseball or soccer, which use kidsized courts and kidsized equipment; balls bounce lower, don’t move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. For more information visit,


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Reducing stress is critical for healing DOCTOR K Second Opinion

TOMORROW’S LEADERS From left, Torrey Pines High School student Molly Millar, Elliot Block, D.J. Magee, Jake Ashby, Harrison Schneider and Robert McNeely were chosen to attend the 2012 Global Leadership Connection at USD. Students heard presentations from the program’s director, successful business people and philanthropists, plus a group project designed to develop leadership skills. Schneider received the Kelly Family Scholarship for $500 and will go to Washington D.C. to attend the GLC Leadership Experience in October of 2012. Courtesy photo

Learning about the basics of back pain Be it a stiff neck, a sore lower back – or anywhere in between – back pain affects about eight out of 10 adults during their lifetimes. It helps to understand how the spine functions, as well as common causes of back pain and effective treatments. The spine is a column of specialized bones (or vertebrae), formed in three main sections. The cervical spine includes the top seven vertebrae in the neck leading up to the brain. The thoracic spine consists of the 12 vertebrae in the middle of the back. And the lumbar spine comprises the lower five vertebrae leading down to the sacrum, which connects the spine to the pelvis. Ligaments connect theses bones to the muscles in the neck, shoulders, back and pelvis. Most back pain results from tension in the

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muscles and ligaments. Along the cervical spine, neck pain and stiffness are the most common complaints. Prolonged sitting without moving the head or neck (common with computer work or reading) can increase muscular tension in the area. Some people hunch their shoulders or extend their necks forward while doing computer work, which further increases tightness. It helps to take breaks every 15 to 30 minutes to roll the shoulders, turn the head from side to side and stretch gently. The thoracic spine is the most stable and least mobile part of the spine; consequently, complaints about pain in this area are much less frequent than in the

upper or lower back. In most cases, thoracic pain is caused by a single injury or muscle sprain rather than repetitive movement. Most cases of back pain stem from the lumbar spine. Sudden and repetitive movements, such as twisting, bending and stooping, can lead to lumbar pain. Lower back injuries can also result from lifting heavy objects using the back muscles instead of the buttocks and leg muscles. Bend at the knees, not at the back. Keep the back straight while lifting, and hold the object close to the body. Exercises such as squats and knee bends can strengthen leg muscles and reinforce proper lifting techniques. For back pain due to repetitive movements and minor sprains, rest is usually the best medicine. These cases will often resolve on their own in about four to six weeks with rest and, if needed, over the counter antiinflammatory medications (for no more than two weeks).

Ice may reduce inflammation for the first few days following injury. After that, apply heat to increase blood flow to the area, which can help decrease muscle spasm and discomfort. With severe or persistent pain, call a physician to diagnose the situation. Medication, physical therapy or other treatment may be prescribed. Prevention is the best way to avoid back pain. Regular exercise that helps stabilize and strengthen the neck and back muscles can significantly reduce the risk of repetitive stress injuries. Yoga, Pilates or other routines that emphasize gentle stretching and flexibility also can help. Before strenuous activity, warm up to get the blood flowing to the muscles and prepare them for action. “Health Watch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

DEAR DOCTOR K: I am recovering from breast cancer surgery. Unfortunately, my healing process is coinciding with several unexpected stressful events in my life. Can stress actually slow my healing? DEAR READER: Stress does have far-reaching physical effects. There is plenty of research showing that stress — especially long-term stress, and the feeling that you cannot get control of your life — can harm your body. It all starts with the body’s stress response. Our bodies are “wired” to respond to acute stressors. For example, our distant ancestors often had to deal with approaching predators. Life in the 21st century doesn’t expose most of us to the threat of being eaten by lions. But we do have our own version of such threats, like nearly getting run over by a speeding car. What we probably have more of today than our ancestors on the Serengeti had is CHRONIC stress — the drip, drip, drip of one challenge after another: The traffic jam. The kid who needs to get to a soccer game when you had planned to go shopping. The boss who asks for something by tomorrow. Such chronic stress releases stress hormones that raise your blood pressure and add fat to your body. These two effects of chronic stress, and others, increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Chronic stress may also suppress your immune system, making you

more vulnerable to infections. Since the immune system appears to have a role in fighting cancer, chronic stress could theoretically make a person more vulnerable to getting cancer and harder for a person to heal from a cancer. A 2005 research study of women undergoing breast cancer treatment concluded that a high stress level before a cancer diagnosis affected health afterward. High stress resulted in a lower physical and emotional quality of life immediately after treatment. The same was true even a year later. Stress can also have indirect effects on your health. People can respond to stress in unhealthy ways — by overeating, smoking, drinking too much, not exercising enough and other risky behaviors. Can stress reduction programs help a patient like you who is recovering from cancer? Studies have come down on both sides of that question. In my experience, patients generally feel they are a great benefit. You can find a lot more information on ways to improve your healing process in the new book “You Can Heal Yourself: A Guide to Physical and Emotional Recovery After Injury or Illness” by Harvard Medical School’s Julie Silver, M.D. You can find out more about it at my website. You can also take steps to reduce your stress by regularly practicing relaxation techniques, which halt the harmful physical processes of stress. Mindfulness meditation, yoga and deep breathing are good places to start. Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical School. Go to his website to send questions and get additional information:

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The group’s mission is to spur the creation of a safe, bike-able and walkable Encinitas, Cardiff and Leucadia. The group is giving special immediate focus on the Highway 101 corridor, Thompson said, where it is reported that more than 1,000 bikers ride this roadway every weekend and yet at the same time, is the location of serious and regular bike accidents, due largely to the lack bike lanes and safe bike routes.


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MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Lately, my world has been slightly tilted, almost sideways really. I’ve been thinking about what happens after you reach your dreams. I’m a bit of an analyzer; a thinker and maybe I ponder things too much sometimes. I tend to be somber during these times. I retreat into my own skin and turn to running as a means to figure out what has me staring at the world at an angle that’s not upright. With much reflection can come understanding and meaning as to why we are here on this planet. It’s OK to question our motives and our meaning in this world. We should check in with ourselves to find out what makes us tick or what is our ultimate purpose. I recently just watched “The King’s Speech.” (Yes, I’m a little behind on this amazing film.) The message I took from it seemed to be an important one: influence. One man influenced a king who in turn inspired a nation. One friendship changed not only two lives, but radically changed a country and a legacy. When we least expect it, we could find ourselves in a moment like that. Our influence can help shape and change our own lives, too. So why not be the best person you can be each day? What I am learning as I tread into my early 40s is that who we are as a person truly counts. So tomorrow when you wake up, try to be more upbeat than normal. Speak only kind words. Don’t let the jadedness of this world affect how you act with those you may come in contact with or whom you love. Speak with confidence, grace and hope. Remember, your supportive words might be the turning point for someone else. So chin up, be happy and watch the world welcome you with a smile.

Cici Whitney is a friend of mine. If you recall my last column I introduced her separately, and said I would be sharing some exciting news with you this week regarding her recent achievement. Her daughter, Meredith, is one of the top five women in my column that I write about regularly. Our sons met in a Gymboree 11 years ago. Now I am sharing the fabulous news that Cici has her own patent that will be one of the hottest must-have items on your Christmas gift list. You would think being a retired teacher, raising a beautiful family and being married to a judge in Newport Beach would be enough, but Cici is still dreaming and reaching for the moon. Well, I just learned that she has the patent on a gift card that will now show the amount left on it after using it for the gift purchase. Seems obvious, right? Well, Cici has the patent, so it looks like she may be having a hoot celebrating next Christmas. We’ll have to do a Mille Fleurs celebration for sure. Congratulations Cici! Thank you for always being so kind to my family and me. On March 2, Dr. Seuss rang in his birthday in heaven as “The Lorax” movie was released. I just happened to be working at the one gallery in La Jolla that sells his “Secret Art.” What is exciting about his artwork is the appreciation value. Starting at a cool $1,695, Dr. Seuss’ Secret Art brings in more than $20,000 for certain rare and sold-out pieces. I must say, that’s quite an investment. But as they say in the art world, “You buy it because you love it, right?” Well, with numbers like that, I can see why collectors flock to our gallery when the newest edition comes out. I have included a photo of some of my clients who attended the event, Annie and Taka Kiyoizumi. Anne is opening a new business this spring and I look forward to sharing that information with you, too. On March 9 and March 10, Ranch resident Lauren Sorge made it to state finals in speech and in dramatic interpretation as a junior representing Santa Fe Christian High School. I have

included a picture of Augustus Garcia, Lauren’s speech and debate coach, with a look of pride and excitement. Lauren had never participated in speech or drama until this semester at San Diego Imperial Valley Speech League State Qualifying Tournament at Carlsbad High School. Competing with 367 of San Diego/Imperial County high school’s top speech and debate students, Lauren placed fourth in dramatic interpretation and third in speech and debate. It just goes to show you, with hard work and determination, you can begin a dream at any stage of the game. Congratulations Lauren! On March 14, I ran into Virginia Dent at one of my favorite shops and found out some exciting news. Her son, Jeffrey McCartney of Encinitas, will be marrying Anne Podgorski of Carlsbad, on the March 24. Virginia shared with me that the young couple met while attending San Dieguito Academy High School in 2005 and became engaged in May 2011 in Yosemite National Park. Anne is presently a graduate student at University of Davis, California in civil engineering, and Jeff is a digital media artist in Irvine. The wedding will be held at a church in Carlsbad that weekend. How romantic and special! Virginia is a wellknown realtor in North County who is married to Willie Dent from Kiwi Audio Visual.

Ranch resident Lauren Sorge made it to state finals in speech and in dramatic interpretation as a junior representing Santa Fe Christian High School. She is featured with her speech and drama coach, Augustus Garcia. Courtesy photo

news from Brian D. Guiltinan, chief executive officer of The Guiltinan Group in Rancho Santa Fe. On March 24, Guiltinan Group is partnering with the Seal and NSW Family Foundations Fundraiser for the Seal and NSW Family Foundations. The event will be held behind the exclusive gates at The Del Mar Country Club. Congressman Brian Bilbray will be there, along with Mr. and Mrs. T. Boone Pickens, and the actors from the movie “Act of Valor.” To reserve your tickets, call Love is in the air for Jeffrey McCartney of Encinitas who will be marrying Mari Stuart at (760) 212-5635 Anne Podgorski of Carlsbad at the end of March. Courtesy photo or email at

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Taka and Anne Kiyoizumi at Legends Gallery celebrating Dr. Seuss's Meredith MacDonald with her mother Cici Whitney, celebrating Cici's Birthday at the art gallery with me. Photo by Machel Penn Shull patent with me at Mille Fleurs. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Find out in my next column which charity event sisters, Katie Shull and Laurel McCrink are helping organize for a-must-attend event in Rancho Santa Fe this June. Brian D. Guiltinan, Chief Executive Officer of The Guiltinan Group in Rancho Santa Fe. On March 24, Guiltinan Group is partnering with the Seal and NSW Family Foundations Photo by Machel Penn Shull Fundraiser at the Del Mar Coutnry Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photo


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Horizon Prep salutes its 2012 Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Writing Festival finalists. The original student writings will now be submitted to the ACSI District Level. Horizon Prep fourth- and fifth-grade ACSI Writing Festival finalists, include, from left, Jenna Antonio, Annika Carlander, Emilie Mena, Brady Pedersen, Jesse Wasa, Keely McCallum, Alex Partida and Abby Gammel. Courtesy photo


From left, Torrey Pines High School students Robi Bhattacharjee, David Zheng, Alex Kahng, Connie Liu, Margaret Guo and Anson Kahng qualified for the Physics Olympiad semifinals. It put TPHS at the highest number of semifinalists per school in Southern California and one of the top in the nation. The students had 75 minutes to complete 25 questions. Courtesy photo

From left, Torrey Pines High School student government members Kyler Watkins, Ryan Bath and Jacob Neely help get the campus ready for Choices Night Feb. 27, where incoming students to the San Dieguito Union High School District learn more about the school, as well as the High School Selection Process in the district. Courtesy photo

‘Hunter’s style’ cacciatore families will be sure to enjoy MARIALISA CALTA Kiss the Cook In many families, heat is the great divide — as in “spicy hot,” not “hot hot.” But there is at least one meal to which everyone can happily sit down: chicken cacciatore, or chicken “hunter’s style.” This dish is deliciously spiced without being hot. It’s the perfect meal to bring to a friend who is on the mend and feeling too peppy for clear broth but not quite up to Three-Alarm Chili, or to a new mother who is avoiding spice for the baby’s sake. It’s

special enough to serve to company, yet easy enough for a weeknight. It freezes beautifully. And, perhaps best of all, it is a champion slow-cooker meal. Author Michele Scicolone includes a recipe for Pork Ribs Hunter’s Style in her newest volume, “The French Slow Cooker” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). This variation on the more traditional chicken is richer and perhaps even tastier. “Cacciatore” (which means “hunter” in Italian) is essentially campfire cooking. Back in the day, hunters likely foraged wild mushrooms and onions and carried seasonings to cook with their game. Cacciatore today has

been tamed for the table, but it retains a rustic appeal. It can be served simply with a loaf of crusty bread or with polenta or egg noodles. Pork Ribs Hunter’s Style is also delicious with garlicky mashed potatoes. NOTE: Spray the inside of the slow cooker stoneware with cooking spray to prevent sticking. PORK RIBS HUNTER’S STYLE Yield: 6 servings 3 pounds country pork ribs, cut into individual ribs 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 medium onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced

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1 cup tomato puree 3 large cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence (sold in the spice aisle of the supermarket) Pinch of ground allspice 8 to 10 ounces white button mushrooms, halved or quartered Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Pat ribs dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Add as many ribs as will fit in the pan without touching. Cook them in batches, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 20 minutes total. Place in a large slow cooker. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat. Add onions to skillet and cook 10 minutes, or until tender. Stir in tomato puree, garlic, tomato paste, herbes de Provence and allspice. Bring to a simmer, stirring well. Scrape mixture into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat 8 hours, until the meat is tender and pulling

away from the bones. When ribs are almost ready, add mushrooms; cover and cook 30 minutes more. Discard any loose bones and skim off the fat. Serve, sprinkled with parsley. (Recipe from “The French Slow Cooker” by Michele Scicolone, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.) CHICKEN HUNTER’S STYLE Yield: 6 servings 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus more as needed 3 1/2 to 4 pounds chicken thighs, bone-in, skin removed 2 to 3 tablespoons canola oil or other vegetable oil, divided 2 large shallots, peeled and sliced 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme Generous pinch hot red pepper flakes 1/2 cup dry white wine or white vermouth

1/2 cup canned chicken broth 1/4 cup tomato paste 1 bay leaf 2 cups sliced white button mushrooms 2 tablespoons brandy (optional, but good) Chopped fresh parsley or basil, for serving Combine flour, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Working in batches, shake chicken pieces in the bag until coated. Set chicken aside. Discard bag. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in a skillet set over medium-high. Cook shallots, basil, oregano, thyme and red pepper flakes until shallots are translucent and beginning to brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to slow cooker. Heat the remaining oil. Working in batches, brown the chicken, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to slow cooker. Pour wine into skillet and cook about 2 minutes, stirring to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and tomato paste and stir until smooth. Scrape into the slow cooker. Add bay leaf. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. About 1 hour before serving, add mushrooms and brandy (if using), cover and resume cooking. Discard bay leaf and any loose bones. Serve, sprinkled with basil or parsley.

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Book yields insights into the experiences of living overseas E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Barry Frangipane did what a lot of us dream of doing but never have the courage to actually do. He and his wife, Debbie, pulled up stakes, moved to a foreign country and lived there for a year. Then he wrote a book about it. Called “The Venice Experiment: A Year of Trial and Error Living Abroad,” the

blackouts that are a fact of life. The also had to learn to ignore otherwise “good laws” because, as Venetians told them, “they just aren’t very practical.” But there is plenty to love about Venice, too. For one, the slower pace of life is delightful. “Someone told me early on that you have to adjust to the rhythm of the place you’re living in,” Frangipane said, and in Venice, that means not expecting efficiency. “The importance is not getting the job done but in relationships.” It’s not unusual for a shopkeeper to close the business if someone needs assistance.

owners must live on the mainland because of the high cost of real estate. Most visitors are from cruise ships and stay only the day, “so (the city) doesn’t even get a bed tax,” Frangipane explained. And then there’s that pesky rising water — or sinking city.Venice descends about an inch every 10 years. Still, spending a year in Venice was an experience Frangipane would never trade because “it expanded our view of the world in a way we couldn’t imagine in advance. Experiencing other cultures increases your ability to enjoy your own — the similarities and the differences — and you

You’ll know whether you can adjust. Then set a date. Once E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livyou do this, the obstacles dis- ing in North County. Tell her about your travels at appear.”

Barry and Debbie Frangipane in their Venice apartment in 2005. After living in the City of Canals for a year, “you look at everything in a different light,” Barry said. Courtesy photo

Venice during an Acqua Alta or high-water event. The highest flooding occurs between October and December. The worst deluge in the city’s history occurred in 1966, when floodwaters topped out at about 6.5 feet. Venice is built on huge timbers and is sinking at the rate of about 1 inch every decade. Courtesy photo

book recounts the joys, frustrations and idiosyncrasies of Venetian culture, and the newfound relationships that the couple developed while residing in the City of Canals. Why Venice? “Venice is my wife’s favorite city in the world because of the tranquility,” explained the computer consultant during a phone interview. “There are no cars. But for me, the decision was far more pragmatic. No car means no insurance and no gas. And you really get to meet the locals because you walk every place you go. Everyone knows everyone.” It was in 2005 that the Frangipanes decided to leave their Florida home and return to the Venice with which they had fallen in love on an earlier trip. There were plenty of obstacles to conquer as a resident rather than a tourist. Rents are expensive and the couple had to move from their first apartment because of the Acqua Alta (high tides). Then there are the friendly repairmen who don’t finish jobs, and

“In general,Venetians are not interested in making a lot of money,” Frangipane added. “The typical Venetian has a simple kitchen table that’s been there for 60 years. The TV set is an old 15-inch model. They are more interested in doing than in having.” And Venice residents do like to walk, which makes them healthier than Americans. “On an easy day, you walk 3 miles,” Frangipane said. “On a typical day, you walk 5 or 10 miles. Eighty-five-year olds can walk a couple of miles a day because they’ve always done it.” The couple’s diet changed, too. Eating processed or pre-prepared foods became a thing of the past. “You don’t decide what you’re going to cook,” he said. “You go to market and see what looks good, then you go home and cook up something delicious.” Sadly, the future of the Venice is not bright. Young people move away because there are no jobs, and shop

tend to look at everything in a different light.” His advice to others who are considering such an adventure? “If you are unsure,” Frangipane said, “go and rent an apartment for three to four weeks and see if you like it.

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By Bernice Bede Osol FRIDAY, MARCH 23 2012 Partly due to the influences of two entrepreneurs who are likely to be entering your life in the year ahead, you’ll be far more enterprising and resourceful than you’ve been in the past. You’ll thrive on doing things their way. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Strong determination and fierce boldness make you a force to be reckoned with. Apply this strength to a specific objective and there will be no doubt about achieving success. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — In your own unpretentious but bold way, you’ll get far more done than those who strut and boast about their big intentions. Tenacity is your secret strength. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — One of your best means for achieving success is your ability to see positive elements in all situations, regardless of the negatives involved.You’re likely to put this quality to good use. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — In order to accomplish your aims, you’ll need to be far more assertive than usual. Fortunately, you’ll instinctively know how much pressure to apply without looking pushy. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re likely to have exceptionally strong opinions, and you won’t be bashful about expressing them either. Woe betide those who try to stand up and oppose your views.



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Boomers are a welcome group in Mexico I am wrapping things up for the next month or so. I even got my tax returns done early this year. I’m headed south for about 30 days this time. It’s time again to see what’s going on down on the Bay of Banderas with the other part timers. I left this morning at 5:30 to catch the Coaster to Downtown San Diego. I then hopped a trolley over to the Greyhound Station on 12th and Island and from there picked up a shuttle directly to the Tijuana airport. Piece of cake and I saved almost 50 percent going out of Mexico instead of San Diego. Baby boomers are becoming a huge part of that portion of the Mexican coast-

JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace line. Americans are openly welcomed. Canadians are known down there for being a bit close to their money, but Americans are generous. We bring them growth and prosperity. With all the beautiful undeveloped land and other opportunities, Puerto Vallarta still reminds me of growing up in the ‘50s and early ‘60s in Southern California with its innocence. I love golfing but it’s too

expensive to play golf down there since they’re all resort and Championship quality courses, so I’ll be going back to being a beginning stand-up surfer over at Punta Mita with its warm turquoise water. I share an office in my part time real estate business (old habits die hard) with Ana in Punta de Mita who is a recent widow. She lost a very big part of her soul when her husband, Don, departed. He was only 50. He’s just fine in Heaven. It’s just those left behind that have to deal with the misery of losing a loved one. My friends and partners in San Diego golfing crime, Mike White, John Pietell, Dean Chang and Jim Sullivan

Registration is now open RANCHO SANTA FE — R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe School District is currently open for the 2012-2013 enrollment of new students. Do you have a child that will be 5 years of age by Nov. 1, 2012? Rancho Santa Fe School District and R. Roger School is now enrolling kindergarten and new students

K-8 for the 2012-2013 school year. Come by the school office at 3927 La Granada between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up your enrollment paperwork. Bring your Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN#) to verify your residency in order to receive a packet. K-6 Principal, Kim

Pinkerton will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation at 9 a.m. March 28 and April 25 at R. Roger Rowe School. If you are enrolling a new student in grades 1-8, call Marsha Portugal at (858) 7561141, ext.106 to set up an appointment for a Prospective Parent Meet and Greet with one of our principals.

a bus to the service will be at the school and other places are being considered as well. Feighner said Rowe will receive full military honors and a 21-gun salute. In other Association business, Ivan Holler, Covenant administrator, said the RFPs

on the single-family home that was recently split from the Osuna Ranch have been picked up by several realty firms and that they will recommend to the Association whether it should be sold as is or if it needs a little work before it goes on sale.

architect,” Michel said. Michel said he is glad CONTINUED FROM A1 there is an elevator because television and comfortable the station belongs to the comseating, he pointed out the mis- munity and tours will be a regnomer. “It is called a day room, but they are never there during the day,” he said. He said they are busy with their duties of teaching fire prevention, instructing volunteers of the CERT program, making sure new structures and landscape are fire safe for the area and more. The gym will be filled with cardio and core training equipment. “We encourage (firefighters) to do 60 minutes of physical training every day,” Michel said. There are two laundry rooms, one specially made to clean turnouts, which cost about $2,000. Gone are the days when uniforms went home and were laundered with the rest of the family’s clothing. Because of the hazards a firefighter might encounter each day, uniforms are laundered at the station. There are three restrooms with showers. If a female comes on duty, one will be specifically for her. There is an outside shower in case someone needs to be decontaminated before entering the station and exhaust removers inside where the engines are housed.Also in the engine bay are lockers for turnouts that are ventilated to help dry them if they get wet. “That was the idea of the

ular event. “It would break my heart if a kid in a wheelchair could not get up (to the second floor) like all the other kids,” he said.


31 at the Village Church. She said because more than 1,000 people are expected at the church, parking will be at a premium and a shuttle service will be provided. One spot to catch


are getting up there. I’m the kid at 62. John’s the senior at 79. Jim Sullivan’s better half, Lisa, was just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. When it starts happening to your spouse of a boatload of years, real reality seems to speed up exponential. My prayers always go out to those who remain left behind here on earth. I have learned a lot about heaven through my daughter who has a very rare and growing popular talent of learning things we all crave to know. Believe me, heaven is not clouds and harps. It is fabulous, but you’re not allowed to rush it. You go when it is your time. That is what Lisa has chosen to do. She has decided to forego the

expensive and very painful and debilitating effects of the cancer treatments. She wants quality rather than quantity. She is at peace with the process. I’m frugal as hell, not cheap, but careful. But letting the sun hit me in the face every day and giving a glorious thanks when I hit the hay at night seems to be just fine. I’ll let His will be done in the hours between. Until it’s time to go home, there must be a purpose. It’s a constant search. Until my next column from paradise, may peace find you, always. Joe Moris may be contacted at (760) 500-6755 or by email at

Debate team earns kudos CARMEL VALLEY — Torrey Pines High School has started off its season with several successes. Speech and Debate team captain, senior Erwin Li, has qualified for the Tournament of Champions, the 2012 national championships. In more Speech and Debate news, Torrey Pines was the largest

In addition, two candidates have come forward for the two upcoming vacancies on the Association board. They are Rochelle Putnam

team, with 50 students, at the UC Berkeley National Invitational, where 4,000 students competed and the team made it to semifinals in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Kudos to freshmen Varun Bhave, Kevin Krotz and Ash Israni, senior Erwin Li junior Josh Helali, sophomore Will Johnson and freshman Jessica Williams.

and Craig McAllister. They will speak about their candidacy at the Annual Meeting set for the second Thursday in May.



anxiety disorder and hypertension in the military,” he said. “When I got out, everything was moving fast. When I got into yoga, life slowed down. I took time to live in each moment, which helped with problem solving. “I’m not perfect, but I can see progress. That’s what keeps me coming back — progress in body, mind and spirit. I’ve become more in tune with myself, and those around me, and am more of a compassionate person.” Belko also offers yoga discounts to the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and residents of Encinitas women’s shelters. “What inspired me was when I saw Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and the two other women who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize with her that had a sit-in and stopped the civil war in their country,” Belko said. “I read her book and she cited the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.” For more information about the benefits of yoga for veterans, visit Iyengar Yoga North County is located at 2210 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. For more information, call (760) 632-0040 or visit m.



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Three tips can lead to some extreme home energy savings (ARA) — Homeowners expect to get a bill from their utility company each month, but opening one for a particularly expensive month can be a real shocker. If your bills seem consistently higher than what they should be, it’s time to look for hidden energy drains and consider some changes that can make a huge difference. Consider these home improvement solutions to take a huge bite out of your energy bill: Tip 1: Assess the roof The sun’s rays beat down on your roof, increasing the temperature in your entire house. Your air conditioner has to work hard to counteract these intense temperatures and that means a high energy bill. The best way to defend your home from this type of heat is to install a radiant barrier in your attic, especially if your AC unit or ductwork is present. A radiant barrier, such as Enerflex, reduces heat transfer between your roof and the attic floor where insulation is typically installed. Enerflex can reflect up to 96 percent of the radiant heat energy from the sun back through your roof, making your attic space up to 30 degrees cooler. A cooler attic leads to a more comfortable and consistent temperature throughout your home and a decreased workload on your air conditioner and other appliances. This also leads to a lower utility bill.

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Tip 2: Look for leaks No matter what time of year it is, having even small leaks in your windows or doors is like letting money, literally, float away. Just an 1/8inch crack all the way around a doorway creates the same air loss as a 6-inch square hole in the middle of your door, according to the Edison Electric Institute.

There are various ways to check for window and door leaks, from holding a candle flame near the crack and gauging how much the flame moves to sliding a piece of paper through the opening to see if it catches or tears. If you find a leak, the easiest solution is to add weatherstripping around doors and to caulk windows. Remember to

check once a year to see if any repairs or replacements are needed. Tip 3: Swap the bulbs You’ve likely heard plenty about switching to more energy efficient light bulbs, but maybe you’re not sure if it really makes a difference. Consider this: homes that use Energy Star-qualified light bulbs use about 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and they last at least six times longer. Additionally, an incandescent lamp is really more of a heater than a light, with nearly 90 percent of the input energy being converted and lost in waste heat rather than light, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. All those little heaters warm up your home fast and you have to turn on fans and your air conditioner to regulate the temperature. Switch your light bulbs and the savings will follow. Keeping energy bills low is a challenge, but with the right strategies you can reduce your bill and help the environment, a win-win for everyone.



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F rom I-5 take 56 East, exit Carmel Valley Road, approximately 3 miles. Turn right at Caminito Vistana stop light into the Miraval community.

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High quality overhead brings peace of mind When it is time to protect your home with a new roof, it is no place for amateurs.That’s when you turn to Urbach Roofing Inc., licensed and in San Diego County since 1980 and incorporated in 1991. Its president, Roger Urbach, in the industry since 1973, hails from a small town in Nebraska, where hard work and ethics are a way of life. After college, he started up his roofing company and brought it to San Diego in 1979, where the weather allowed the option of roofing year-round. “I’ve found that our company needs very little advertising, relying instead on its many referrals from manufacturers, suppliers and, of course, satisfied customers,” Urbach said. “Our customers appreciate commitment to quality roofing at fair prices and, above all, outstanding service.” Urbach insists on of the best materials and the best installation techniques along with strict adherence to manufacturers recommendations and to the unique characteristics of each roof. “We will only recommend systems that will work well for your property.” He said. “New roofing materials that haven’t been time-tested

will not be recommended without explanation.” Customers appreciate URI’s quick response on bid requests. Urbach makes it a priority that appointments are made and kept on time. Bids are promptly mailed, faxed, e-mailed or hand-delivered at appointments and URI works to see that all bids are complete and easy to understand. Proper notices, customer preparation lists, insurance certificates, sample warrantees and material brochures are sent with each proposal. And, of course, references are available on request. “After the bid is accepted, your reroofing will be promptly scheduled,” Urbach said. “Material purchases will be managed to insure your reroofing will be completed without delay. We obtain all necessary city or county permits and every attempt will be made to start your reroofing on the day scheduled.” URI’s construction procedures are designed to assure that you and your neighbors experience a minimum of inconvenience. For instance, with roof removals, URI provides a large crew of subcontractors to quickly perform this phase. The removal companies used are the best in the county, carry their own insurance certificates and are

available on request. "We make an effort from start to finish to properly complete every roofing job,” Urbach said. “If it is necessary for the crew to leave for any reason, they will inform you or if you are not available to call, the office to contact you. URI’s superintendents are on site for the entire roofing completion.” “In addition, after-payment warrantees are provided for every reroofing job and we maintain our files for a minimum of 10 years,” Urbach added. “Service doesn’t end after the sale. URI is a member of the Better Business Bureau and has been an active member of the San Diego Roofing Contractors Association since 1986, where Urbach served on SDRCA’s board of director from 1989 through 1992, president in 1993 and 1994. He has a special interest in SDRCA’s “Build a Roof” programs where the members provide material and labor to install roofs for nonprofit and needful members of the San Diego community. URI also holds membership in the Roofing Contractors Association of California, which focuses on activity at the state level in Sacramento. Contact URI at (760) 471-5065.


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Experts agree: using a water filter is a good idea “You should also shower and especially bathe with toxin-free H2O. Chlorine which isn't just found in swimming pools but also in tap water - dries out the hair (as well as the skin). The problem isn't the straight chorine but what it turns into - stronger toxins called trichloromethanes. These can irritate your skin and eyes, but may also cause other health problems in higher concentrations.” The human body is 70% water, so it is important to have clean water available from every tap and shower in your house. A LifeSource Whole House water filter is the longest lasting, least expensive and easiest way to follow the advice of the experts regarding water. For more information visit or call the Factory at (800)334-5009. LifeSource Water has been the number one water treatment company since 1984.

Every day, there are more articles being written about the importance of a water filter for overall health. Dr. Oz, The Presidents Cancer panel and now Prevention Magazine agree that water filtration and good health are related. The President’s Cancer Panel recommends that you “filter your drinking water”. Prevention Magazine recently published 13 Everyday Ways To Avoid Cancer. The number one recommendation was Filter Your Tap Water. As stated in the article, “You'll reduce your exposure to known or suspected carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. A new report from the President's Cancer Panel on how to reduce exposure to carcinogens suggests that home-filtered tap water is a safer bet than bottled water, whose quality often is not higher—and in some cases is worse—than that of municipal sources, according to a study by the Environmental Working Group. According to Dr. Oz,

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Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour Saturday, April 21, 2012 s 10am– 4:30pm

Spring brings flowers, and flowers bring the annual Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour. This year, we visit a little-known corner of Leucadia where gardens overflow with art and with artists. Shop in the Gardener’s Marketplace, learn gardening tips from experts, and enjoy fabulous food. Join us!

Don’t delay! tickets are limited and usually sell out. Adults (ages 11 and up) $21 advance purchase $25 day of the festival Kids (up to age 10) $7 advance purchase $10 day of the festival

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Local paint co appreciates its neighbors Vista Paint has been Encinitas’ neighborhood paint store for 20 years. Manager Craig Rollman and his team have been there almost as long. “Bruce and I will be here six months from now if you have a question,” Rollman said, smiling. “We offer a personal touch that big box stores don’t. We get to know people, and that’s nice.” Rollman has one of those most enviable jobs around because his product speaks for itself. The company began in 1956 when Eddie Fischer joined Walt Jacobson in his small paint store in Garden Grove.The first batch of paint they produced was a concrete coating called “Kolor Kote.” From the beginning, Eddie and Walt were committed to manufacturing quality products and providing firstrate customer service. They were convinced that by doing so, at competitive prices, they could fulfill the needs of the painting contractor. Within a year a second store and factory were opened in Placentia.The company continued to grow, and soon distinguished itself as the premier manufacturer of architectural coatings for residential, commercial and industrial use. “What makes our paint better is the quality of the ingredients and the fact that it has been manufactured by a single owner for almost 60 years,” explained district manager Tony Richerson. “We manufacture paint based on quality, not price, including our commercial products such as our traffic paint. Ask any engineer and they’ll tell you that our paint is the greatest.” Vista Paint is a leader in the development of environmental-friendly,super-compliant paints and coatings to replace high VOC, non-compliant solvent-borne products. All interior products are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant. The company offers zero VOC, low-odor paints and coatings; low VOC paints and coatings; and super-compliant paints and coatings which are defined as those coatings which have a VOC content less than today’s limits or those projected in the future. Recently Vista Paint began carrying three lines by Benjamin Moore which was founded in 1883. “We wanted to pair with Benjamin Moore because they take the same stance,” Richerson explained. “No matter what you pay, you’re going to get a high-quality product. “Benjamin Moore sets the standard for color palettes that everyone in the industry wants to follow.They are very professional, and very well manufactured, which is why our sales have exceeded our goals.” Vista Paint is located at 133 North El Camino Real, Suite A, Encinitas. Phone: (760) 634-2088.

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Barrels and Branches is more than a nursery With its unique layout in the heart of Encinitas, Barrels and Branches, with its terracedlevels and meandering paths of mature plants and patio that overlooks Palomar Mountain, is almost more of a botanical garden than a nursery.

opportunity to register is available online. Danica and Samantha are long-time residents of Encinitas and both are students of horticulture. The pair opened the nursery in 2005 with the intention of educating customers on

Barrels and Branches carries on a more active social life than most people would imagine for a nursery. Courtesy photo

The well-maintained grounds serve as a reflection on the passion, experience and dedication of its staff and owners. “We have a wonderful, educated staff here,” co-owner Danica Hirsch said. “Everyone is real passionate.” Because of their staff, Barrels and Branches has become one of the first stops for beginning and advanced gardeners and landscapers. They offer display gardens, so that people might find some inspiration, and their staff really takes the time to walk around with people, making sure that they’re looking at the right plants for the right gardens. For those who have a little more experience in landscaping, Barrels and Branches is stocked with a selection of unusual plants, including an extensive selection of organic amendments, dry goods and more. Barrels and Branches can help service your landscaping design goals. Danica, with coowner Samantha Owens and expert designers will help guide customers through each stage of landscape design. They can help to figure out which plants would best serve the existing garden, or help to create a completely new design, bringing garden dreams into reality. In addition to serving the community as a retail plant nursery, Barrels and Branches also offers a venue for nearly every occasion. The scenic and intimate property offers people a chance to celebrate birthday parties, have small weddings, host corporate outings and even serves as a place for clubs to have a luncheon. New to this year Danica and Samantha have started a series of classes that helps to promote gardening techniques and more through a variety of guest speakers. They also offer hands on gardening art classes. A full, active calendar featuring a list of classes and

the idea of sustainable gardening techniques. Barrels and Branches is at 1452 Santa Fe Drive in Encinitas.To schedule a garden consultation, or speak with an expert designer, call (760) 7532852 or visit for more information.To find photos of recent events and landscape designs visit them on facebook.




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Have you heard of prepaid power purchase agreements? COAST CITIES — If home with solar electricity David Massey of Secure Home Improvements, at 627 you’re like most people, you costs a fortune. Not so, according to E. Mission Road in San might think powering your Marcos. Leasing a solar system through a prepaid power purchase agreement is growing in popularity these days for good reason, Massey said. “With a prepaid power purchase agreement, you get all the advantages of having a solar system, but none of the downsides associated with owning a system, such as repairs and maintenance,” Massey said. “Leasing a system is a low cost and affordable alternative to buying a system. We even have programs where you can lease the system for zero down.” A prepaid power purchase agreement also includes free monitoring of the system, and guaranteed production by the leasing company for the term of the lease with a refundable dollar amount. The customer simply purchases the electricity that the system is producing up front. Secure Home Improvements is a qualified installer with Clean Power Finance (CPF), the leading provider of integrated services and financing solutions for the solar industry. CPF and Google recently created a $75 million fund to finance residential solar projects. This initial investment in CPF’s financing solution represents the second fund

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Secure Home Improvements is currently installing a free roof with a solar system on the first 20 homes they install here in San Diego County. The promotion began March 1, and is valid for prepaid power purchase agreements and solar system purchases. For more details, see the ad in this week’s issue. Secure Home I m p rove m e n t s began as Secure Roof, when Massey launched his own roofing business in 1990. For almost two David Massey decades, he gave Secure Home Improvements President San Diego County chase agreement will save superior roofs and customer service. Massey’s mission you money, Massey said. As a rule of thumb, statement was then and still assume that a solar system is to turn customers into will account for 70% of your clients and clients into electric usage. So if you friends. “We always included spent $200 last month, you might save 70%, or $140, free annual inspections of the roofs we did and kept in each month. It takes about three days contact with our clients, proto fully install most residen- viding them with real servtial solar systems. And if you ice,” Massey said. “It has install a solar system in con- always been a personal conjunction with a roof install, it nection for me. I am founder, president, customer service will not take more time. In California alone, manager, and I am involved nearly 50,000 homeowners in every phase of the projhave already installed solar ect.” In 2007, Secure Roof systems on their homes. Major corporations including made the natural transition Google, Wal-Mart and to become Secure Home Federal Express have been Improvements, and expandusing solar panels for years ed to offer many other services. Those services include to power their buildings. available to its network of qualified installers who brand and market it to homeowners. Forty percent of residential solar systems sold in the U.S. last year were facilitated by CPF’s platform. It’s no secret that the cost of electricity is on the rise. Historically, electricity costs have gone up 7% each year. A prepaid power pur-

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roofing and roof repair, photovoltaic solar systems, rain gutters, kitchen and bathroom remodels and room additions. “The key to a quality solar installation is to install it so you make certain it interacts perfectly with your roof system,” Massey said. “We back up the entire system, to prevent water intrusion, guaranteeing a worryfree transaction.” Secure Home Improvements has a C46 Solar license, a C39 Roofing license, and a General Contractor B license. They are also an accredited member of the BBB. Make an appointment with Secure Home Improvements by calling (760) 546-0254 or toll free at (800) 338-6868. Visit to learn more.

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‘Spring’ into a relaxing summer with five easy spring cleaning tips (ARA) - Spring is here, which means one thing: it’s time to get your home in tiptop shape. By completing a few easy tasks, you can spend more time soaking up the sun and less time on interior projects. Here are five ways to spruce up your home

this spring to prepare for a relaxing summer - and give your home that “spring cleaning” feel without spending the entire spring, well, cleaning. 1. Let there be light Nothing makes the house feel drab like dirty

windows. Make any room feel bright and fresh by cleaning the inside glass of your windows. A quick once over with a paper towel and glass cleaner should do the trick. Look for a “streakfree” formula and the insides will be sparkling in no time.

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can help you easily reach second story windows. Plus, while you’re outside, quickly rinse off patio furniture, jungle gyms or your children’s outdoor toys to make them look good as new. 2. Pick up a paint brush To freshen up any room for springtime, pull out your paint. Don’t try to redo the whole house - pick the room where a fresh coat of paint will make the biggest impact. Choose a fun new color, or add some flare with a unique design like stripes or chevron. And, don’t forget to touch up the trim if you have the time. To make paint touch-ups a simple process, use FrogTape brand painter’s tape. Treated with patented PaintBlock technology, this tape prevents paint bleed by reacting with the water in latex paint to create a barrier that helps ensure clean, sharp lines. Plus, no tedious preparation is needed - just make sure walls are clean, dust-free and dry before applying. “FrogTape is the best choice to help any homeowner paint with ease,” says designer and Restaurant: Impossible construction manager Tom Bury. “Its PaintBlock technology leaves very little room for error, making it a great choice for quick spring touch-ups.” To ensure painting is a painless process, be sure to select the right tape for your surface. Choose FrogTape Multi-Surface for cured paint (paint that has been dry for

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Leucadia’s Beacons is a new community offering semi-custom homes from around $880,000. Courtesy photo

Breathe life into living at Beacons in Leucadia Luxury and leisure blend into a winning lifestyle at CityMark’s new coastal neighborhood, Beacons, which recently celebrated its grand opening. Nestled in the beachside community of Leucadia, this enclave of 10 semi-custom homes priced from $879,900 to $1,089,900 presents an exceptional opportunity to purchase a newly constructed residence west of Highway 101. “New neighborhoods are a rarity west of the 101, and the window of opportunity for purchasing a home at Beacons is limited,” says Russ Haley, CityMark vice president. “We’re excited to be offering homebuyers upscale, single family residences that embody the ease of California coastal living, while providing tremendous value and comfort.” Situated in an intimate cul-de-sac, the well appointed Spanish, Craftsman and California bungalows at Beacons feature open floor

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Over two-thirds of homeowners in America are underinsured by 18 percent, according to a survey by MSB, an insurance services firm. San Diego specifically is notorious for having a large population of underinsured homes. In fact, in the 2003 San Diego County wildfires, a majority of the homeowners lost their property and did not have enough insurance to cover all of the damages. Swoy Insurance Solutions doesn’t want this to happen to you! We want to help you insure the highest quality of coverage for your home, so you are prepared for any situation. Wishing you had more coverage after a disaster has hit your home is painful. Providing excellent coverage to insure your home and assets is not painful with SIS. We understand how expensive and stressful it can be to deal with damages to your home and we do our best to meet all of your needs and concerns so you are insured pain-free. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Call Swoy Insurance Solutions today to protect your most valuable asset! For more information, contact Richard Swoy, Lic# 0508360 at (855) 222-2007, or email at Visit them online at


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Bliss 101 aims to make better world ENCINITAS — Bliss 101, in Pacific Station at 687 S.Coast Highway 101, Suite151, is the perfect 21st-century example of a business that is so much more than a business. The store may turn a profit but its entire emphasis is firmly based on being global stewards and making certain every contributor at every level is part of that. Bliss101 is a collective of personalities and professionals that strive to take fair trade and green economics to the next level. In doing its part locally, it supports artists, photographers and jewelry makers from near and far. In doing their part globally, they search far and wide to bring in furniture and home goods made with reclaimed materials. Retired telephone poles from Brazil and once used colorful Indonesian sea vessels are transformed in to coffee tables, bed frames and benches.

The shop is owned by Helen Zeldes and Peter Collison,also husband and wife. Zeldes stepped into the world of artisan hand-made crafts just out of college in a booth at a Hawaiian flea market. She was headed for law school, and got there, but that was put on hold as her business grew into a store in Halaiwa that she still owns and runs 24 years later. “I just fell in love with people creating cultural art with their hands,” she said. “Soon artists began approaching me and we created a mix of fair trade, import and local products.” She moved to North County for a change of scenery 11 years ago and, before long, missed supporting the arts as she had in Hawaii. She and Collison determined that there was room in the coastal art community for something a bit different. “We

offer a coastal, beachy atmosphere that offers art, crafts, furniture, along with regular events and free classes,” she said.“It has become a gathering place for anyone who wants to carve out that time for artistic expression that often gets neglected in a busy life.” Events include fashion shows, jewelry design classes and potlucks, Vision Board night where you can make a collage with a theme, and Meditation and Martinis night. “We love that our customers can feel good about where their money is going,” Zeldes said. Our next beg event will be the launch of the photographic art by professional surfer and local boy Rob Machado in early May. For more information, call (760) 487-1900, e-mail or visit

Local construction company hopes to make improvements affordable Have you noticed the economy take a toll on your bank account? San Diego Construction Company Inc. is here to help balance that out. With not just your account being affected by the economy, but the housing market as well, SDCCI wants to make the most out of your finances by offering notorious residential remodeling services. Not only have we ranked in the top three companies for “Best Residential Remodel” in the Union Tribune Reader’s Poll,but we do whatever it takes to bring your visions to realty!

We have been in business for over eight years and are well aware of what residential remodeling requires. With our thorough knowledge of client desires, matched with the highest quality of craftsmanship,our team is able to go above and beyond any client’s remodeling goal. Our team is filled with dedicated, highly skilled and experienced members. Each member believes in responding to every projects special needs,including honoring specific budgets, schedules and delivery of only the highest caliber of construc-

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Local company assists seniors in difficult moves Linda Diller, president and founder of Senior Move Masters, knows that moving seniors requires more than packing tape and boxes. Diller’s company specializes in senior moving, a process that takes gentledecision making and special care. “We take the stress out what can be a very stressful endeavor with a touchy, feely approach the entire way,” said Diller, whose company has completed more than 1,000 moves. Relocating to a new

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Many seniors are reluctant to give up their possessions, which is why Diller spearheaded Shop Hanahou, a warehouse that matches gently used items that would otherwise end up in the landfill with new owners. “Many of our clients grew up during the Great Depression and are against putting belongings in the junkyard,” Diller said. “They’re more likely to part ways with a piece of furniture if they understand it will be reused.”


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Village Market still offering small town service, great selections “Business is good,” said Matt Stumps and he would know, being the store director of The Village Market in Rancho Santa Fe for more than 16 years. The store has been a fixture in the community for close to 18 years. Among some of the changes this year will include a remodel of the interior of the store, Matt said, with work beginning on the remodel later this year. Also new to the Village Market will be the jump to stocking more gluten-free and organic goods. But one of their newest additions to the store is the mobile phone app. “The owner he loves all the technology,” Matt said. “People can go on there, and look at the things we have and they can check out our catering lists,” he added. The one thing that remains a constant is the value of their customers and the store employees’ friendly dispositions. “Because of the house charge accounts, a lot of the customers we know on a firstname basis. And that’s the one thing we like with the market,” Matt said. “We’ve opened several new house charge accounts and so it just gives it a homey and a personable feeling.” The atmosphere at the market is one where customers and employees joke around with one another; they share what’s going in their lives. “A lot of the chain stores, it’s ‘don’t talk to the customers, do your work,’” he said. But at the market, as much as everyone gets their work done, they also take an interest in their customers’ lives. It’s just one of the rea-

sons the market has so many repeat customers. “I think it’s the one-onone,” Matt said. “And, with the chain stores…it’s sterile. It’s kind of like an assembly line.” Matt and the other employees don’t shy away from doing special things for the customers, either. When a customer came in beaming with pride over the fact that her daughter had just graduated from college, Matt helped to celebrate by giving him a bottle of champagne. Even the small children, they come in with their parents, and if there’s an opportunity, Matt and the other employees offer them sweets or chocolates that might have been left over from a special time of year like Valentines Day. “It’s not just a ‘hi, bye, thanks for shopping here,’” he said. A lot of their produce is fresh and as local as it can be, Matt said. And working with some of the smaller dealers in the state, the Village Market is able to receive the larger sized fruit and pro-

Visit the Village Market duce. “You can come in here and you can pick up an apple at 16950 Via De Santa Fe online at that’s going to weigh a pound- or and-a-half,” he said.

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Community architect does more to build homes Elevation Architectural Studios is an award winning international residential architecture firm with a Rancho Santa Fe resident owner and local Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar High Bluff Drive office. Elevation just received a Bath of the Year award for 2012 for a modern coastal home they recently designed. Elevation is able to design with current trends, including indoor outdoor living, backyard oases with outdoor kitchens, water parks, putting greens, sports courts. What’s hot is a more hybrid-styled architecture: traditional looking from the exterior, mixing distinctly modern, techno-savvy interiors with traditional details. Homes are typically shrinking in size, as downsizing has become cool.

at Elevation Plans are becoming more open, services smaller and more efficient. Architectural Studios so Large floor to ceiling windows unique is his abilities to hear and lift and slide doors are what his clients are looking for becoming the norm to provide and to be able to deliver based on his years of study maximum exterior and his wealth of expeviews and enhance our rience in design styles. love of being outside. Graduating from Technology and Cornell University with iphone/ipad controls a bachelor’s in architecfor your homes pool, ture and receiving his security, lighting, from the shades and air condi- KURT ERLBECK MBA University of Southern tioning is an important part of designing today’s home. California, Erlbeck credits Incorporating solar designs and much of his architectural energy management as well as design experience to his time using green products and green spent growing up on the East design ideas are the backbone Coast, where he developed a of all our current design proj- more traditional background, living in California for the past ects. Kurt Erlbeck has been a 24 years and his travels abroad. “I’ve had the benefit of an licensed California architect since 1994. But what makes his East Coast, West Coast back-

ground and I’ve studied and traveled abroad in Europe and in Asia both as a student and as an adult,” Kurt said. His range of clients spans the North County coastline, including Rancho Santa Fe. What makes his services so valuable is that he resides in the area that he works. Along with his family, Kurt lives in the Covenant, a neighborhood of Rancho Santa Fe. Living where he works helps him to understand the intricacies of working within the community and helps him to get to know his clients on a more familiar basis. He learns what his clients’ needs are simply by listening and taking the design approach of working from the inside, out and outside, in.




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“I think of how people are living and what their lifestyle is on the inside of the home and incorporate that, as of developing the outside,” Kurt said. “I think some architects tend to really be focused on how the house looks from the outside, and then a lot of times you end up with something on the inside that may not work for your lifestyle,” he added. “I really try to develop a good understanding of my clients so that I can provide them a home that is really custom; that fits them like a glove,” he said. Apart from living in Rancho Santa Fe, Kurt has also lived in other North County coastal cities, which has helped to foster his sense of community and the notion of giving

back. Kurt donates a portion of his fees to local charities and good causes. “I’ve been giving to the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation,” he said. “I have contributed to numerous different groups,” he added. If his clients happen to live in Rancho Santa Fe, then he makes the donations to the foundation, he explained. It was important for him, he said, adding that he felt it was a great benefit to work in the communities he’s been working in and that it was something important to the communities. In addition to local projects, Kurt has designed homes in Los Angeles, Orange County, Beijing, Palm Springs, Atlanta, TURN TO ARCHITECT ON B22


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Water filters are good for you Water has always been life’s gold and we have always taken it for granted; however, we can only utilize less than one percent that our planet has created. As the population has grown, so have waste, pollutants, pesticides and pharmaceuticals, all showing up in our water. So what can we do? Filtering it is the only option. We can have someone do that for us at the store or at the bottling plant, but are they doing a good job? Do they filter out the right things? Or do they take out the wrong things from the water? Most bottling companies use regulated city water, then take out polluting chemicals and any minerals, leaving the water purified, expensive and most importantly, acidic; good for the industry, just not so good for us. It’s unhealthy, expensive and of course, the waste from the added trash the bottles leave behind. Using a whole home filtration system is the best and most cost effective protec-

tion of your family’s water. Many companies have come and gone claiming this or that. In careful research, one company has proven the test of time, One Water Systems. Creating a locally based company in Oceanside, founder Kevin Worsfold and his team have brought the best technology and customer care that consumers deserve for over 7 years. Their manufacturer has been making and distributing for over 22 years, leading the way with true customer satisfaction. They promise to filter every drop of water entering your home, allowing everyone to bathe in drinkable water. They offer a 10 year, nononsense performance warranty. They offer free checkups every year. They are tested to remove hard scale build up and problems in the water, using a patented descaler from Germany. Worsfold says that the responses from customers keep him motivated with “We have the Best” attitude

and if there is a concern, question or confusion from a competitor, he is always there to help with un-biased talk. With a variety of options and sizes, you owe it to yourself to have a representative come out and give you a free water test and evaluation. See what One Water can do for you. You, too, can drink and bathe in the freshest, healthiest water possible. Call or email One Water Systems at 760.994.4795, 3508 Seagate Way, Ste. 120, Oceanside, 92056 or

Festival showcases local gardens ENCINITAS — If you’re the type who walks through a neighborhood and wonders what’s behind garden gates, the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour is your opportunity to find out. Now in its eighth year, the event will be held April 21 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “The Garden Festival is a fun day to come out, meet your neighbors, experience a new neighborhood, and be inspired by local gardens,” said Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour chairperson Nan Sterman. “The featured neighborhood this year will be in north Leucadia, where we will be celebrating the community and gardening.” The Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour is the brainchild of the late councilwoman Maggie Houlihan, who contacted Sterman in 2003 to pitch the idea. “Maggie was looking to promote tourism in Encinitas, and she called me one night and said, ‘I have a great idea, I think we need to showcase the amazing architecture and gardens in Encinitas,’” Sterman said. “We will be honoring Maggie and her memory at the Festival this year.” Plenty of free parking for the event is available in the empty Encinitas Union School District lot at 499 Quail Gardens Drive. From there, double-decker buses transport participants to the Gardeners’ Marketplace. Buses begin moving tour goers to the Marketplace at 9:45 a.m. The last bus leaves the Marketplace at 5 p.m. While visiting the gardens requires a ticket, the Gardeners’ Marketplace is free to attend. The Marketplace features guest speakers discussing and demonstrating the latest trends and techniques in gar-

dening as well as vendors selling plants, garden art and other garden related items. Food and coffee vendors will be on site as well. Participants are given wristbands and maps for a self-guided, self-paced walking tour of 21 private gardens. “This is a family friendly event, and everybody is welcome,” Sterman said. The festival and tour averages about 1,000 people per year, with garden enthusiasts from all over the west in attendance. A team of 13 volunteers work year round to make this one-day event happen. Participants are encouraged to buy tickets early, as they tend to sell out quickly. Tickets are available on the Garden Festival & Tour website at and at various nurseries around town. Pre-sale ticket prices are $21 for adults, and $7 for children 10 and under.Tickets on the day of the event, if they are still available, are $25 for adults, and $10 for children 10 and under. In 2007, the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour established the Encinitas Garden Festival Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation. Monies donated are invested back into the community in the form of grants to school gardens, public landscape projects, scholarships, healing gardens, books for Encinitas libraries and more. To learn more about the Encinitas Garden Festival & Tour, visit Volunteers for the day of the event are still needed, and will receive free admission as a thank you for one shift of work.

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Anderson’s boasts thousands of diverse plant varieties Anderson’s La Costa is not your ordinary nursery visit — it is a truly unique garden experience. In business at the same location 2 blocks west of Interstate 5 on La Costa Ave in Encinitas for over 50 years. Come in and browse more than 3000 kinds of plants including annuals, perennials, fruits and vegetables, trees, shrubs, orchids, cactus and succulents, houseplants, water plants and one

of the largest selections of drought tolerant/California native plants to be found. Owners Dave and Una Tyler are proud to feature a vast selection of unique and unusual plants all presented in small garden vignette areas that serve well to stimulate your imagination and provide design ideas for your gardens. If you are looking for a garden center with a casual yet beautiful atmosphere and

a staff of friendly, knowledgeable nursery professional’s check out Anderson’s La Costa — they are one of Southern California’s most diverse nurseries. The staff is made up of award winning garden designers who provide excellent in-store customer service and satisfaction and can also provide expert onsite garden design services at your home or business. Highlights of visiting

Anderson’s must include a visit to their 2500 sq. ft. greenhouse with its vast selection of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, specimen indoor plants and unique & rare selections. Browse through the color areas and enjoy the fragrance and vibrant colors on display. Don’t miss out on the lovely Secret Garden, a landscaped area reminiscent of a darling fairy garden with its enticing playhouse that captivates the

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youngster’s imagination plus an amazing selection of organic herbs, vegetables and seeds. Don’t miss a stop in the exquisite gift shop for unique garden treasures Enjoy the mood created by one of the largest selections of operating fountains in Southern California and stroll leisurely while enjoying the great selection of pottery and garden décor all uniquely displayed within perfect settings you can immediately envision what you could affect in your own garden or patio.

In addition to the special and unusual plants Andersons La Costa carries a large selection of fertilizers, soils, mulching products, composts, soil amendments and other garden dry goods and garden tools with a special emphasis on a broad line of 100% organic products. Should you find more than fits into your car, no problem — they deliver! Selection, quality, and knowledgeable staff of trained nursery professionals make Anderson’s truly a cut above the rest.

Living Studio sells art, teaches how to make it The Living Studio located in Del Mar at 1011 Camino Del Mar, Suite 100, specializes in hand-made glass gardens (terrariums) and Glass Garden workshops taught twice weekly by owner, Elizabeth Levine. The Living Studio is the only shop in North County that sells, and teaches how to create, these beautiful mini-gardens. The shops speciality focuses on handmade local artisan jewelry, and natural fiber clothing. Elizabeth Levine (a jewelry designer, professional studio photographer, and former health care practitioner) envisioned “a shop where people could find beautifully crafted pieces made by talented local artists inspired by the natural world.” Friday, April 6 from 4 to 8

pm the living studio will feature the Spring 2012 collection of jewelry designer, Sadie Allison of Koi Designs, Gelareh of Paisley Designs and clothing designer, Roya of Satori Designs. The event is open to the public. Enjoy wine and cheese while you shop, and 20% off when purchasing a minimum of $100! The Living Studio donates a portion of its proceeds to the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and Helen Woodward Animal Center. For additional information, please call (858) 259-1011 or visit Find the living studio on Facebook for updates and events:


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Gardening tips to avoid injury and discomfort (ARA) — It’s that time of year again when you can dig your hands into the dirt, spread seeds over the freshly turned earth, and smell the delicious scent of green plants growing. Gardening is very healthy, both physically and

tating existing conditions that tightened during your to minimize irritation and diswhile out in the garden. Here gardening work. comfort while you work can are some tips to stay healthy: help ensure your gardening Banish bending tasks don’t create aches or Stretch those muscles Many Americans suffer worsen pain. Consider wearHeading out into the gar- from chronic back pain, which ing an arthritis glove, like the den is just like going for a jog can put a damper on the gar- Imak-made glove commended or visiting the gym. Before you dening experience. Consider by the Arthritis Foundation, to grab all your gardening tools, installing raised garden beds, provide mild compression and which allow you to garden with- warmth while you work. out have to bend over.And con- Because the gloves are made tainer gardens can be placed of cotton material with an on tables or deck railings to open-fingertip design, they won’t make your hands hot or make it easy to reach plants. hinder movement. Designed Hand and wrist by an orthopedic surgeon, the arthritis gloves are also fully protection a must Weeding, hoeing, raking, washable, so you don’t have to shoveling - the repetitive worry about getting a little motions of gardening can lead dirt on them as you go about to hand and wrist pain, and your gardening tasks. An worsen existing conditions added bonus - wearing any such as arthritis. Taking steps kind of glove can help you

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mentally. In addition to providing exercise, gardening delivers health benefits in the fresh foods you eat and in the calming presence of flowers in your environment. To get the most out of gardening’s health benefits, it’s a good idea to do a bit of stretching to help avoid injury or irri-

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practice some full-body stretches to warm up your muscles. Target your arms, legs and back, because the muscles in these areas will be put to good use while you’re planting, weeding and watering. And before you finish for the day, do some more stretching to help loosen any muscles

avoid another common gar- ed, or full baskets of vegetadening injury: blisters. bles being carried into the kitchen for processing, lifting Keep skin protected is a common labor when garBecause gardening keeps dening. Remember to lift a person outdoors a lot during from a squatting position, the warm, summer months, it’s with your back straight, so important to protect your skin that your legs do the work, from insect bites and sunburn. not your back.When kneeling While most insect bites are down, use gardening knee just an irritation, sunburn can pads or even just a rolled up cause serious, long-term skin towel to cushion your joints damage. Use insect repellent from the hard, damp ground. and sunscreen that blocks Remember to minimize twistboth UVA and UVB rays. Also ing motions that can inure wear a wide-brimmed, light- your back and joints. Enjoy the healthful benweight hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes and keep efits of gardening this summer. Follow these simple prethe sun off your head. cautions to keep safe and Lift carefully injury-free so you can play in Between the heavy bags your garden until the snow of soil, the many tools need- falls.


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Company offers full service for construction needs Construction at Paseo SAN DIEGO — For more than 30 years, Carpinelli Construction Inc. has provided San Diego with professional and top-notch service in every facet of the construction industry. Carpinelli Construction Inc. is a full-serviced construction company, which holds licenses in construction, engineering and plumbing. In taking the utmost pride in complete client satisfaction, as shown by their outstanding reputation and growing list of repeat clients, Carpinelli Construction Inc. assures customers that no project is too big. With their diverse construction experience, they are able to take any project from start to finish. In addition to their fullservice capabilities, Carpinelli

Construction Inc. specializes in new home construction, remodels, add-ons, planning and design and project management. Carpinelli Construction Inc. project experience ranges from pre-construction projects to residential projects such as Sunset Mountain, a complete custom remodel, featuring a relaxationinspired backyard, an RV garage, a 1,200-square-foot guesthouse and a 50,000-gallon saltwater pool, all the way to commercial construction and including construction management services. By using Carpinelli Construction Inc.’s construction management service, customers are guided through each phase of the construction

project, receiving help in negotiating with subcontractors, which not only helps to save time, but also helps to save money. In most cases, the savings Carpinelli Construction Inc. negotiates are greater than their own service fees. The construction management service’s main goal is simply to help the client save more money with fewer headaches. Oftentimes, when it comes to starting a new project, many individuals want to manage their own construction projects. However, most lack the technical building expertise and time to be able to organize each phase involved in the project. So what’s the best solution? By using Carpinelli Construction Inc. and allow-

ing them to manage your project, the client can rest easy and enjoy the benefits of their expertise as they save you the most money, time and especially a major headache. Contact us for a free estimate before starting your project and to see how we can help you to obtain that dream home remodel, bringing a bathroom into a more modern and functioning area, or how to best use our construction management services to get the best prices on the work you want done. For more information and to schedule an estimate, call (760) 726-3236 or visit Carpinelli Construction Inc. is at 326 Vista Village Dr. in Vista.

La Jolla in high gear Unique New Home Community in Downtown La Jolla Slated for Early Summer Completion Anticipation is building as Paseo La Jolla – a 24-unit luxury townhome community in La Jolla – approaches its June completion date. Developed by Zephyr Partners,the new enclave is situated in the heart of the historic coastal town. Sales reservations are now being accepted for this appealing community, one of the first new home communities to open in the village of La Jolla in years. “We are offering homebuyers the very rare chance to purchase a new home in downtown La Jolla,” says Brad Termini, Co-CEO of Zephyr Partners, a real estate development and investment company with a focus on residential assets.“As these beautiful residences take shape, we invite prospective buyers to visit our Sales Center and take a virtual tour of future models through our computer generated program.” In addition, the Sales Center features a mock kitchen, bath and many other features that will be incorporated into the new homes. Situated on a quiet corner just a few blocks away from the bustling shopping district – with an array of outstanding restaurants, elegant boutiques and world-renowned art gal-



Massachusetts and Colorado. Kurt’s also been able to design homes for his clients that live here, but who have home elsewhere in the country. Kurt’s vast experience encompasses all aspects of acquisition, financing, planning, development, construc-



leries – Paseo La Jolla is in close proximity to the very best of La Jolla. The two-level homes span from 1,000 to 1,600-square feet with one, two and three bedroom floor plans. All feature distinctive California coastal style architecture, with craftsman, stucco and stone accents. Discriminating homeowners will appreciate the full spectrum of design accent options. “Homeowners can customize their townhome to their liking – selecting either a traditional or contemporary motif – or for a more eclectic look with elements of both,” Termini said. The majority of the homes sport expansive private rooftop terraces which offer sweeping views of La Jolla. Each home is beautifully appointed with a cozy fireplace, soaring nine-foot-high ceilings; gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops and top-of-the-line appliances and an attached two-car garage. Priced from the high $600,000s to just over $1 million, Paseo La Jolla sits on the corner of Pearl and Herschel. The Paseo La Jolla Sales Center is located at 7421 Girard Ave, La Jolla, California 92037. For more information, contact Marcie Little,Paseo La Jolla Sales Manager, at 858333-1884 or Floor plans and a virtual tour are also available at: tion,interior design,marketing, product sales and customer service. He exemplifies excellent global perception with the keen ability to conceptualize and visualize small to largescale projects. To contact Kurt at Elevation Architectural Studios call (858) 756-8585 or visit for more information.



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Don’t be the guy who knocks out the power — call 811 to check (ARA) - Winter is over and warmer weather is finally here. Homeowners can finally put away their snow shovels and venture out into their yards with digging shovels for those long-awaited home improvement projects. All across the country, homeowners and professional excavators alike will start to plan spring homeimprovement projects that require digging. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the

association dedicated to protecting underground utilities and the people who dig near them, reminds homeowners and professional diggers that calling 811 is the first step toward protecting you and your community from the risk of unintentionally damaging an underground line. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a free call to 811. Calling this number connects you to your local one-call utility notification center. Installing a mail-

box or fence, building a deck and landscaping are all examples of digging projects that should only begin a few days after making a call to 811. Here’s how it works: 1. One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for your local one-call center to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Call a few days prior to digging to ensure enough time for the approximate location of utility lines to be marked with flags or paint.

2.When you call 811,a representative from your local onecall center will ask for the location and description of your digging project. 3. Your local one-call center will notify affected utility companies, who will then send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines. 4. Only once all lines have been accurately marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.

There are nearly 20 million miles of underground utility lines in the United States that your family depends on for everyday needs including electric, gas, water and sewer, cable TV, high-speed Internet and landline telephone. Unintentionally striking one of these lines can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighborhoods, harm to yourself or your neighbors and repair costs. Digging activity by homeowners and professionals causes unintentional damage

to an underground utility line once every three minutes nationwide, and one out of three incidents are caused because someone did not call 811. According to the most recent data from CGA, damage occurs less than 1 percent of the time when the digger has called 811 before a project. To find out more information about 811 or the one-call utility notification center in your area, visit

Seven simple steps to safety in the bathroom for seniors (ARA) - One in three seniors over the age of 65 will experience at least one fall annually, according to the

Centers for Disease Control. The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for the elderly. Slick

floors, small spaces, sharp ous falls. Unable to complete everyedges and few things to grasp make mobility difficult and day tasks with the same mobilincrease chances for danger- ity they once had, many senior

homeowners are left with unsafe measures to prevent falling in the bathroom. These may include insufficiently secured towel racks that could fall when gripped for support, shower chairs that are not slip resistant and sliding shower doors that could move unexpectedly when entering and exiting the tub. “We want seniors to live safely and comfortably in every part of their homes. It’s important that senior homeowners are aware of the challenges independent living can present and take the appropriate precautions,” says Larry Rothman, Roto-Rooter’s director of plumbing services. Roto-Rooter, America’s largest provider of plumbing and drain-cleaning services is offering tips on what to install in the bathroom to keep it safe for loved ones so they can maintain an independent lifestyle with easier mobility. * Equip showers and surrounding walls with sturdy grab bars anchored to wall studs so they can support the full weight of an adult. Some portable safety handles use super strong suction cups and are easy to apply and remove. * Consider installing nonskid tape or mats on the floor of a shower or bathtub. * A shower chair is also a safe solution that can be easily placed where balance is a chal-

lenge. * Flexible handheld shower wands with an on/off button might be easier to use than a traditional shower head. These are especially useful in combination with shower chairs. * Toilets can be replaced with ADA-approved raisedheight models to lessen the chance of a harsh fall. Alternatively, raised-height seats can be installed on existing toilets. * Check temperature settings on water heaters, as water hotter than 120 F can scald skin. Special no-scald faucets or a no-scald regulator can be installed as a secondary layer of protection. *Some faucet handles are difficult for arthritic hands to grip and turn. These should be replaced with models that are easier for seniors to use. A study by the Home Safety Council found that falls are the leading cause of home injury-related deaths among older adults. Most of the devices Roto-Rooter suggests can be installed by most anyone and are recommended for overall safety and optimal mobility for seniors. V i s i t to view an informational video on installing bathroom safety measures and other advice for independent senior living.


muters and travelers, major transportation routes, train and Coaster stations are only minutes from home. A key player in the development of San Diego County’s urban neighborhoods, CityMark Development has established an award-winning portfolio of mixed-use residential and retail properties aimed at revitalizing urban areas of distinction. Since its inception in 2000, CityMark has earned a reputation for creating notable landmark residential buildings integrating high architectural design with modern functionality. The company’s scope of properties includes over 1,000 residences in projects ranging from lofts and row homes to condominiums and, most recently, single-family residences. Beacons is located just off the 101 Highway at Daphne Street. For more information on the Beacons community visit the Open House Thursdays through Sundays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., or set up a private tour by calling Lori Asaro at (619) 308-2051. For more information or to join the interest list visit


maintenance homes and yards. And, homeowners fees are among the lowest in the area.” Embedded in a prime North County Coastal location, Beacons offers sunshine, fresh sea air and an abundance of sporting and recreational options. Surfers can grab their boards and walk to prime surf spots, such as Stone Steps beach and Beacon’s beach, while land lovers can enjoy walks or runs along the stunning coastline, yoga centers or picnics at the beach. Homeowners need only step outside their front doors to discover the relaxing local flavor of the area’s eclectic shops, boutiques and burgeoning art scene. Neighborhood favorites, such as Solace Lounge, Trulli and the Lumberyard eateries can be great for a night out on the town close to home. And, with the Pannikin just around the corner, a great cup of coffee is never far away. Conveniences abound as well – with easy access to excellent schools, libraries, gourmet markets, local grocers and other services. And, for com-



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Vacation rentals shouldn’t stress The vacation rental market has traditionally been a fragmented and often unreliable segment of the travel industry. This has been attributed to the inconsistency of the service experience, the absence of technology and a lack of focus by the individuals or companies involved in the industry. Fortunately, for property owners, one company is bringing a new level of focus and re-defining the service experience of the vacation rental market. Like most change in our fast paced world, technology has a lot to do with how (iTrip), an innovative vacation rental management company, is steering the $24 billion indus-

try in a new direction and vacation property owners and consumers are taking notice. iTrip is a web-based marketing and operating system built specifically to service the needs of the vacation rental market. One area where iTrip outpaces the competition is in their global marketing capabilities, which now reaches into 90 countries. iTrip uses their expertise in search engine optimization and marketing techniques coupled with promotion capabilities built into their systems to maximize the revenue for their client’s properties. One recent booking in Newport Beach, CA netted a fortunate property owner

$80,000 in revenue for just a 2 month stay from a returning international guest. iTrip is more than a marketing machine that increases rental revenues. It also has a powerful back office operational platform to facilitate the nuances of vacation property management. iTrip developed a robust operating system by leveraging advanced internet technologies that created efficiencies and lowered the associated with vacation property management. This includes features like the owner’s portal, where every owner has a password protected real time view TURN TO RENTALS ON B26

Handyman service has foundation built on trust Seniors’ Choice Handyman is a licensed general contractor service that has the ability to go well beyond fixing a leaky faucet. Started in 2008, partners Caryn Leventhal and Leon Horn saw the need for a service that catered not only to seniors after working in the senior community, but to people with disabilities. Caryn, who has a background in social services, said she likes to help /“fix” people. Her partner Leon likes to fix things. It’s a perfect pairing for this company. Trust is the foundation of their business, Caryn explained. “We wanted to be that company they could go to,” Caryn said.“People want to stay home.They want to stay safe in

their homes and they don’t want to move…we want to just keep them as safe in their homes as long as possible.” Caryn, who goes along on most of the estimates, really listens to the client while Leon examines the work that needs to be done. Often times, Caryn will hear that their client needs a little extra help with housework or cooking or other needs, and she’ll place them in contact with some of their referral partners to help with those needs. Seniors’ Choice Handyman has the ability to service both residential and commercial properties and can do a small job like installing a grab bar all the way to remodeling a bathroom. Visit, or call (760) 518-1836 for a free estimate.

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performs residential and commercial services and repairs. Customers in need of preventative maintenance, air conditioning, duct work, air filtration and heating can turn to the business. Unlike many companies, Sherlock Heating and Air charges by the job, not by the hour. “It means no surprises and saving our customers money,” Sherlock said. After a new installation or repair,Sherlock Heating and Air provides customers with maintenance tips. “It’s usually not very complicated and extends the life of the product,” Sherlock said. “Many companies don’t do that, but we feel it’s very important.” Sherlock Heating and Air is a family business for the 21st century. In addition to its unanimously positive ratings on popular review websites, the business has a strong web presence. Sherlock Heating and Air regularly updates its Facebook page with money-saving information and pictures of repairs. Not to mention, the business has the occasional prize-filled contest on Facebook. also offers coupons and keeps customers in the loop with a blog and newsletter. “Our company has been here for 10 years and we love interacting with the community any way we can,” Sherlock said. Schedule an appointment at or call 760295-5014.


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Many businesses claim they’re top notch when it comes to customer service. But Sherlock Heating and Air may have the evidence to back up its declaration. Sherlock Heating and Air has a five-star rating on and than three dozen five-star reviews from North County and San Diego clients commend the local business for qualities like professionalism,courtesy and affordability. For instance, one reviewer praised Sherlock Heating and Air’s service technicians for using extra precaution when installing a furnace in a 100-year old home. Another reviewer noted that his heating unit wasn’t working several months ago; he called one repair company that didn’t bother to respond.He then phoned Sherlock Heating and Air. Less than a day later, a service technician was at his home and quickly diagnosed the problem. Rebecca Sherlock, along with her husband,who has more than two decades of experience with heating and air services, run Sherlock Heating and Air. She believes the success of her and her husband’s business can be attributed to strong family values (the couple has two children together). “We’re not a big, faceless company,” Sherlock said. “Our employees are part of a tightknit group that puts customer service above all else.” Sherlock Heating and Air


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Polish expatriate makes unique art Inka Zamoyska Fine Arts represents Inka Zamoyska an award winning artist with a rich Polish heritage. Relocating to Southern California a decade ago, she focuses on “plein air” painting to take advantage of the unique colors and light of the area. Not surprisingly, Inka specializes in landscapes and seascapes. Currently, her work, considered contemporary impressionism,is created in oils using the palette knife technique that has defined her artistry. Inka says: “My soul, heart and vision are encoded to see artistically. I paint because that is who I am. However, I cannot deny the influences of both the European and North American cultures in my life and work.”

Local artist Inka Zamoyska’s paintings are characterized by evocative colors from the area. Courtesy photo

Encompassing not only painting on canvas but also creating murals, teaching and providing creativity coaching, Inka enjoys much diversity in her work. Offering classes to individuals as well as groups, Inka is as dedicated to her students as she is to the development of her own work. She has been showing her work since 1985, however winning her first prestigious award in Montreal while still in high school. As an experienced artist she has been invited to curate exhibits in a community space and jury various shows and competitions. Adding to



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her schedule she also participates in “plein air” invitationals sponsored by notable organizations. In April, Inka will be joining in the 24th Annual Plein Air Affair sponsored by the Glynn Art Association on the illustrious St. Simons Island, GA. Frequently commissioned to “preserve memories,” Inka works directly on location or in her studio from reference materials for the project, crafting her subject with a finesse of talent that is drawing accolades from her seasoned clients and timely notice from art aficionados. People have been delighted with their commissioned work for over 30 years. Notably, she captures the essence of nature through her landscapes and seascapes with an uncanny sense of realism that invites the observer into the scene of the painting. In 2009, Inka opened her Studio/Gallery at the La Costa Towne Center. The second floor locale offers a serene exhibit space, a working and teaching studio, as well as a wonderful setting for guests and clients to view her current work. Inka encourages everyone to explore art by viewing and discussing art--her gallery is an inviting place for that experience. Bissmeyer, one of three founding members of iTrip. iTrip currently manages properties that range from a condominium to a $25 million estate home and recently launched service in North County through their exclusive local affiliate, North Coast Vacation Properties. iTrip must be doing something right. The Nashville based company grew over 260% last year and in the first 10 weeks of this year has already booked 70% of last year’s revenue. The market is changing and iTrip is changing the market.


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lots of germs. Increase the clean factor in your home by tossing throw blankets, pillows, window treatments, even couch covers in the washing machine to get rid of germs. Then, hang them outside to dry in the sun and soak up that springtime scent. 4. Say “sayonara” to your sweaters Scarves, hats, gloves, wool sweaters and other heavy items of clothing won’t be much use to you once spring is in full swing. Save room in your closets by getting them out of the way - put clothing items you won’t need in warm weather in plastic

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storage bins. Keep them in an attic or basement, clearing space for your warmer-weather wear. As you’re packing things up, pull aside anything you haven’t worn all winter and donate these items to your local charity. It’s an easy way to de-clutter, make your home feel more organized and give back to your community. The same methodology goes for kitchen cabinets, desk drawers and playrooms. Store away items you’re not using and give what you don’t need to charity - if you’re not using it, someone else might. 5. Dust your digs Spring brings more than just sunshine - it’s also the bearer of seasonal allergies. Help fight the sniffles by shaking out rugs and giving

rooms a good onceover with a feather duster. If wiping down the entire house seems too tedious, focus on areas that aren’t in plain sight. Throughout the year, you probably wipe down surfaces that are clearly visible tables, shelves, countertops. But, when was the last time the top of the refrigerator or the ceiling fan saw a duster? Use spring cleaning as a chance to focus on those areas that don’t often get cleaned.Your home, and your nose, will thank you. Follow these simple tips to make every moment count this spring.Your home will be sparkly and clean before you know it - giving you plenty of time to relax and soak up the sun.




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