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SWANKY Rancho Santa Fe stirs up some Hollywood glam for the Community Center’s 40th B1 anniversary gala

NATURALS

A local children’s camp teaches children to capture nature for themselves — on A3 camera

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — They don’t care who ends up buying the Del Mar Fairgrounds, they just don’t want to fall through the cracks with the new owner. Calling themselves the San Diego Horse Show Alliance, this group of highly competitive people, many of them Rancho Santa Fe residents, want to establish themselves in the eyes of the new owner as a permanent fixture at the fairgrounds. “Our group is not taking sides at all. All we want to do is use it for our horse shows and competitions,” said Jacqui Grande, spokeswoman for the group. She said she and others

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Men Against Breast Cancer to honor Mickelsons By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe residents Phil and Amy Mickelson are being honored by Men Against Breast Cancer at the eighth annual Think Pink & Blue Fashion Event on April 8 at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Valley. The event is being hosted by Lena Evans, a noted local philanthropist. “This is a great way to raise awareness of breast cancer and the important role men play in being a caring and supportive partner when

the family is faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer,” Evans said. Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Because of the grace and dignity with which the couple has handled this crisis, they will receive the Gloria Heyison Inspiration Award. “I can think of no other family that has taken such a deeply personal journey and opened up their struggles for all to share and see how they worked together as a loving family to do everything necessary for Amy. What a great

blueprint for all to follow,” said Marc Heyison, founder and president of Men Against Breast Cancer. The award was named in honor of Heyison’s mother, a 19-year breast cancer survivor. “I am glad I can do something in her honor instead of her memory,” he said. Because Phil Mickelson will be playing in the Masters in Augusta, Ga., on the night of the event, his sister Tina will receive the award on the couple’s behalf. Heyison gives Evans the

lion’s share of the credit for the local event. “‘The Real Housewives of D.C.’ filmed at one of our events,” he said. “Lena Evans saw it and reached out on Facebook and wanted to do a fundraiser in San Diego. She has spearheaded the whole event.” Heyison said he thinks the idea for the organization began in the back of his mind when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The whole family went TURN TO BREAST CANCER ON A18

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City OKs first bingo applications By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — B-i-n-g-o has b-e-g-u-n. Exactly six months after the city adopted an ordinance to allow bingo, the first game was played April 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Surfside Race Place. At the March 28 meeting, council members unanimously approved the first six applications from Friends of the San Diego County Fair, the Don Diego Fund, Encinitas Country Day School Parent Teacher Organization, Southern California Yeshiva High Tech School, Camp Binyan Torah and the Del Sol Lions Club. Charitable nonprofit organizations can host bingo any evening from 7 to 11 p.m., TURN TO BINGO ON A19

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Horse show group rallies

THISWEEK

SWANKY Rancho Santa Fe stirs up some Hollywood glam for the Community Center’s 40th B1 anniversary gala

NATURALS

A local children’s camp teaches children to capture nature for themselves — on A3 camera

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — They don’t care who ends up buying the Del Mar Fairgrounds, they just don’t want to fall through the cracks with the new owner. Calling themselves the San Diego Horse Show Alliance, this group of highly competitive people, many of them Rancho Santa Fe residents, want to establish themselves in the eyes of the new owner as a permanent fixture at the fairgrounds. “Our group is not taking sides at all. All we want to do is use it for our horse shows and competitions,” said Jacqui Grande, spokeswoman for the group. She said she and others

DOING GOOD The Country Friends

look out for the less fortunate both in the Ranch and around the B6 county

INSIDE

TWO SECTIONS, 40 PAGES

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . A7 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . B12 Comics . . . . . . . . . . . . . A22 Consumer Reports . . . . . A6 Crossword . . . . . . . . . . A22 Crime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A6 Frugal Living . . . . . . . . B3 Hit the Road . . . . . . . . . B4 Hot Off The Block . . . . . B5 The Law & You . . . . . . . . B5 Lick the Plate . . . . . . . . A5 Local Roots . . . . . . . . . . B7 Machel’s Ranch . . . . . . A15 Odd Files . . . . . . . . . . . . A3 Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Pet of the Week . . . . . . . B8 Ranch Profile . . . . . . . . . B6 Second Opinion . . . . . . . A9 Small Talk . . . . . . . . . . . B1 Smart Money . . . . . . . . A10 Taste of Wine . . . . . . . . . B9 Who’s News? . . . . . . . . . A8

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Men Against Breast Cancer to honor Mickelsons By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe residents Phil and Amy Mickelson are being honored by Men Against Breast Cancer at the eighth annual Think Pink & Blue Fashion Event on April 8 at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Valley. The event is being hosted by Lena Evans, a noted local philanthropist. “This is a great way to raise awareness of breast cancer and the important role men play in being a caring and supportive partner when

the family is faced with a diagnosis of breast cancer,” Evans said. Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Because of the grace and dignity with which the couple has handled this crisis, they will receive the Gloria Heyison Inspiration Award. “I can think of no other family that has taken such a deeply personal journey and opened up their struggles for all to share and see how they worked together as a loving family to do everything necessary for Amy. What a great

blueprint for all to follow,” said Marc Heyison, founder and president of Men Against Breast Cancer. The award was named in honor of Heyison’s mother, a 19-year breast cancer survivor. “I am glad I can do something in her honor instead of her memory,” he said. Because Phil Mickelson will be playing in the Masters in Augusta, Ga., on the night of the event, his sister Tina will receive the award on the couple’s behalf. Heyison gives Evans the

lion’s share of the credit for the local event. “‘The Real Housewives of D.C.’ filmed at one of our events,” he said. “Lena Evans saw it and reached out on Facebook and wanted to do a fundraiser in San Diego. She has spearheaded the whole event.” Heyison said he thinks the idea for the organization began in the back of his mind when his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. The whole family went TURN TO BREAST CANCER ON A18

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City OKs first bingo applications By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — B-i-n-g-o has b-e-g-u-n. Exactly six months after the city adopted an ordinance to allow bingo, the first game was played April 4 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Surfside Race Place. At the March 28 meeting, council members unanimously approved the first six applications from Friends of the San Diego County Fair, the Don Diego Fund, Encinitas Country Day School Parent Teacher Organization, Southern California Yeshiva High Tech School, Camp Binyan Torah and the Del Sol Lions Club. Charitable nonprofit organizations can host bingo any evening from 7 to 11 p.m., TURN TO BINGO ON A19

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ODD Summer camp combines photos, nature Local pair puts shoes FILES

by CHUCK SHEPHERD

By Patty McCormac

LEAD STORY

A 200-exhibit installation on the history of dirt and filth and their importance in our lives opened in a London gallery in March, featuring the ordinary (dust), the educational (a video tribute to New York’s Fresh Kills landfill, at one time the world’s largest), the medical (vials of historic, nasty-looking secretions from cholera victims), and the artistic (bricks fashioned from feces gathered by India’s Dalits, who hand-clean latrines). Dirt may worry us as a society, said the exhibit’s curator, but we have learned that we “need bits of it and, guiltily, secretly, we are sometimes drawn to it.” Capping the exhibit, leaning against a wall, was what appeared at a distance to be an ordinary broom but whose handle was studded with diamonds and pearls.

Government in Action!

• The CIA recently won two court rulings allowing the agency to refuse comment about its former contractor Dennis Montgomery — rulings that issues involving him are “state secrets” (despite strong evidence that the main “secret” is merely how foolish the agency, and the U.S. Air Force, were to pay Montgomery at least $20 million for bogus software following 9-11, according to a February New York Times report). Montgomery, a small-time gambler who said he was once abducted by aliens, convinced the two agencies that his sophisticated software could detect secret alQaida messages embedded in video pixels on Al Jazeera’s news website. According to the Times report, Montgomery has not been charged with wrongdoing and is not likely to be, since the agencies do not want their gullibility publicized. • For about a year, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been facilitating Mexico’s increasingly bloody drug wars by turning a blind eye to U.S. gun sales to the cartels — even though those very guns account for some civilian deaths as well as the December fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. According to the senior ATF agent who supplied evidence to CBS News, neither the Mexican government nor many U.S. officials were aware of the program (called “Fast and Furious”) until mid-March. ATF allowed the sales so it could track the guns’ locations, to facilitate, at some future date, bringing indictments against drug traffickers. • Until recently, many pregnant women at risk of delivering prematurely TURN TO ODD FILES ON A17

RANCHO SANTA FE — Instead of watching the kids play video games inside all summer, there is now an option to let them get outside and engage in the great outdoors through photography and hands-on nature experiences at the Rancho Santa Fe’s Fidero Ranch. Jennifer Nelson, a resident since 1956, is opening her home and 2-acre yard to children of all ages or even adults if they would like to come to a summer camp where they can learn about photography and the environment. “Our goal is to introduce children to nature and make them more comfortable in the great outdoors,” she said. Nelson, a professional photographer, said she has been offering the photography camps for at least 10 years, but had a new idea for this year to include a nature camp as well. “I thought it would be really nice to incorporate the two together,” she said. “I am passionate about gardening and nature.” Nelson lives on the Fidero Ranch, which was the original homestead in Rancho Santa Fe in 1885.

“I have owls, frogs, quail, rabbits, roadrunners and occasional deer that come by a little stream that runs down below,” she said. Her partner in the camps will be Nanz Zekela, a wildlife scientist who has studied endangered species in the wild during a 30-year career at the San Diego Zoo. Zekela is changing gears to share her knowledge with children. Nelson said Zekela has studied the mountain gorilla in Rwanda and Giant Pandas in China and will share her experience with the children. Among the things children will learn at the nature camp will be the life cycle of butterflies and how important butterflies and bees are to crops to keep them growing. She will explain her organic garden, which has a worm box and chickens. She also has an owl box that now has baby owls. “I will talk to them about the importance of barn owls and hawks which keep down the rodent population,” she IN FOCUS Student Jen Crump of Rancho Santa Fe poses with a tor- said. During the photography toise, Pebbles, as she takes part in a photography and nature camp at the home of Jennifer Nelson, who plans to give the camps all summer long. Courtesy photo

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Acclaimed local author speaks at library By Alyx Sariol

CARLSBAD — Local author Victor Villaseñor attracted a crowd of loyal readers for a free discussion and signing of his latest book, “Beyond Rain of Gold,” at Carlsbad’s Dove Library on March 31. Hundreds of North County residents were in attendance to hear Villaseñor delve into stories about his childhood, his family and Mexican culture at the event, which was held at the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. “All of my writing is about how you don’t fall apart when the going gets tough,” Villaseñor said. “This book is an odyssey where I’m educated about my own writing.” Villaseñor’s newest book documents his spiritual journey to communicate with ancestors, ensuring that he could document his family’s history as accurately as possible, he said. “’Beyond Rain of Gold’ is the key to understanding all of my other work,” Villaseñor said. Carlsbad-based Hay House Publishing released the book, and was the only company that agreed to publish Villaseñor’s most recent work without any edits to his

By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — What girl doesn’t look forward to buying sandals when the days get longer? Or a boy, receiving spotless new sneakers he can break in himself? Increasingly, kids aren’t able to enjoy what has traditionally been a rite of spring because of financial hardship and the breakup of families. Loret and Dan Ross of Carlsbad gradually became aware of the problem from their son who was a teacher, and their daughter who worked with the homeless. After seeing an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in October 2007, the Rosses decided to take matters into their own hands. They established the Barefoot Kids Foundation. “Oprah gave everyone in her audience $1,000 to give away, or to start a charity to help people,” Loret Ross remembers. “It was inspiring. Shoes and children came to my mind since so many kids in our own country and communities do not have shoes that fit them.” Initially, the Rosses underwrote the project with their own money. After getting nonprofit status, they generated donations that today have resulted in distributing new shoes to more than 2,500 kids throughout the United States. “We started by giving away $25 Payless ShoeSource gift cards because it is everywhere,” Loret Ross said. “Kids are able to buy their own shoes. Sometimes they can get two pairs.” Donations can be made by visiting bare footkids.org and 1) Clicking “Donate” to make a direct contribution, or 2) Clicking “Supporters” to purchase products online from partners that include TURN TO FEET ON A16

LITERARY FANS Rancho Penasquitos residents Itzel, 12, Areli, 7, and Rosa Salgado attended the event because they are avid readers of Victor Villaseñor’s work. Photo by Alyx Sariol

journey, he said. “Beyond Rain of Gold” is the latest release in a series of books that have detailed Villaseñor’s family history, starting with his fam-

ily’s roots in Mexico to his including family bonds, upbringing in North County, Mexican culture and the all the way through his adult pride he has found in his life. Villaseñor’s works often TURN TO AUTHOR ON A23 focus on central themes,

Rags to Riches rummage sale set for April 16 RANCHO SANTA FE — The Beach and Country Guild for United Cerebral Palsy, in partnership with Windermere Exclusive Properties, will launch the second annual Rancho Rags for Riches rummage sale from 7 a.m. to noon April 16 at the Fairbanks Village Plaza, 16236 San

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Dieguito Road. Area residents have cleaned out closets for a special cause, and net proceeds will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Centers here in San Diego County. The event boasts a day of fabulous bargains, food and a few fun and surprises.

Planners are still accepting donations of gently used items such as clothing, designer clothing, household items, electronics, small appliances, indoor/outdoor furniture, books and lots of little treasures. Drop-offs are welcome from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13, April 14 and April 15 at the

southwest corner of Fairbanks Village Plaza. Items that cannot be accepted are large appliances, industrial office equipment, copiers and mattresses. Call toll-free (888) 8270771 to arrange for pick up service of your donated goods.

Celebrate Passover at Morgan Run RANCHO SANTA FE — All are invited to celebrate this Passover on April 18 at the communal Seder at Morgan Run Resort, 5690 Cancha De Golf. The Seder will include a special Rancho Santa Fe Kids Seder led by Rabbi Simcha. There will also include hand-baked shmurah matzah, wine and insights into the festival of freedom. For reservations, call Chabad Jewish Center of RSF at (858) 756-7571 or visit jewishRSF.com. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.


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APRIL 8, 2011

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Proposed state budget cut will affect quality of life for many By Cheryl Kilmer

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Flower Hill Promenade improvements are a positive thing for the community By Horace Dietrich

There has been a lot of talk lately about the improvement plans for Flower Hill Promenade shopping center, which were recently given a stamp of approval from the city of San Diego’s Planning Commission. This follows approval from the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board. As president of Spindrift Del Mar Homeowners Association, a residential community located adjacent to the shopping center, I believe it’s important for the community to know our Homeowners Association’s board of directors voted unanimously to support this project for a number of reasons. First, Protea Properties, which owns Flower Hill Promenade, made a concerted effort to reach out to residents around the center to get our input and feedback.

Because our community shares access to Flower Hill Drive with the shopping center, we initially had reservations about the project. Protea met with the Spindrift Del Mar Homeowners Association on a regular basis for several months to find solutions that addressed our concerns. We believe the revitalization of Flower Hill Promenade will improve the surrounding community by giving a facelift to existing exteriors and creating pedestrian connections between the mall and our community. We feel that Flower Hill Promenade is long overdue for these kinds of changes. The project will also bring a Whole Foods market and plazas for visitors to gather and socialize. We feel Whole Foods is a very positive addition not only by itself but

also because other quality businesses will be attracted to the center. We feel the completed project will be a community amenity that will not only result in improved property values for surrounding residential property owners but also potential new sales tax revenues that will benefit our governments. This project has already received approval at every level of the entitlement process. We sincerely hope the members of the City Council will follow the recommendations of the decision makers who preceded them by approving the new Flower Hill Promenade when it comes before them this month. Horace Dietrich is president of the Spindrift Del Mar Homeowners Association.

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As a lifelong advocate for individuals with special needs and the CEO and founder of a 30year-old, internationally recognized nonprofit in San Diego County, I’ve weathered the woes of many state budget cuts. After decades of funding freezes and cuts, this is the straw that will break the back of communitybased services for people with developmental disabilities. The reality is the proposed cut will cost, not save. Currently, the state of California is proposing a $750 million budget cut, which will affect the Department of Developmental Services, or DDS, as well as an additional 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal. In total, this will result in a 20 percent reduction in fee for services, drastically reducing the various services these programs make available to the more than 240,000 California residents with developmental or other related disabilities. At the Training, Education & Research Institute, or TERI, we are committed to changing the way the world views individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. TERI’s model programs and initiatives, which are partially funded by Medi-Cal and DDS, allow individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to lead valued, meaningful and fulfilling lives of uncompromised quality in the San Diego community. We believe so strongly that individuals with special needs deserve the highest quality of life that our programs and initiatives have been created to meet needs that cannot be met by other existing programs. For decades, nonprofit agencies, like TERI, have shouldered

the state of California’s financial responsibility by subsidizing the cost to provide community-based quality care for individuals with developmental or other related disabilities. Passing the proposed budget cut will result in the loss of services by many organizations, leading to the elimination of any one of the following: — 100 percent of all work activity and supported employment services — 100 percent of transportation services — 100 percent of supported living services — 100 percent of respite services — 68 percent of all day programs — 63 percent of group homes — 48,000 people eliminated from the system who are currently receiving services If implemented, the proposed budget cut will not only affect individuals with developmental or other related disabilities, but also the wallets of San Diego residents. As someone who has seen the benefits that quality of life has on individuals with special needs, I understand the value of programs like Medi-Cal and DDS. These programs help to fund nonprofit’s that allow individuals with special needs to become happy, productive and caring members of our community. The proposed state budget cut has the potential to eliminate specific program budgets so drastically that we, as a community, will be brought back to prehistoric times in our society when individuals with special needs experienced no quality of life. To fully understand the scope of the cut and what is at TURN TO BUDGET ON A21

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RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

APRIL 8, 2011

Find the soul of Leucadia plus some delicious eats at Pannikin After many years of frequenting the Pannikin, I did something today I’ve never done before. I took a table inside the front window and it gave me an up-close and personal view of their incredibly diverse clientele. It made me feel lucky to have a place like the Pannikin, where people from all walks of life can come together to enjoy great coffee, tea, food and a sense of community. In the hour I was there I overheard cyclists in colorful attire speaking Italian, a slightly disheveled hipster raving about the Lady Gaga concert the night before, two lithe yoga women energized from a session speaking of peaceful easy things, a guy in a suit who seemed to savor this break from the hectic business world, a mom and her toddler having a minor freak out over the pie selection, an assortment of action sports moguls, and an elderly couple who appeared to be very much in love after many years. On top of that, local author Eliza Rhodes, whose first book “Sign Language,� a compilation of her daily words of wisdom is being published this summer, was scribing on the chalkboard out front. That just touches on the wide assortment of people that frequent this Leucadia gem and part of

DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate what makes it so representative of the enclave of Leucadia. Oh, and when I say assortment, let me back that up with the fact that on average, 500 people per day go through their doors. Enough said. Personally, it’s been my preferred choice for out-ofthe-office business meetings, long breakfasts or lunches with my son, somewhere to bring reading to catch up on, and special events (as I just booked my first occasion there, more on that later). It’s on my list of local landmarks to visit when I have out-oftown guests and their reaction is never less than amazement. I mean really, it’s a beautiful, old-school train station that is filled with funky antiques, local artwork, unique gifts, the aromas of roasting coffee and some of the best baked goods anywhere. Combine all that with its prime location on Coast Highway 101 and you have to hope that any “beautification� of Leucadia does not mess too much with this treasure. Remember to keep

some of the “funkyâ€? in Leucadia all you redevelopment advocates. So now that we’ve established that the Pannikin is a pretty darn cool place to spend some time, let’s talk about the food. Master baker Anel Gallejos creates some of the finest muffins, pies and other various sweet delights I’ve ever experienced. Not to mention the onpremises coffee roasting going on and the world class selection of teas. While the Pannikin is renowned for all things baked, their selection of savory delights rank right up there. I’m a huge fan and connoisseur of quiche and the chicken artichoke and ham tomato are as good as I’ve had anywhere. Owner Shawn Holden turned me on to his secret ‌ cream cheese mixed in with the eggs instead of half and half. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a breakfast dish at Pannikin that I did not like. They steam their eggs and serve them Greek, Sicilian, and huevos rancheros style. A wide variety of bagels including a lox and cream cheese combo is also available. Lunch at the Pannikin is equally appealing. The curry chicken salad is delightful TURN TO LICK ON A23

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community Local man carries wife’s legacy with cancer walk CALENDAR

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ART EVENT North Coast Calvary Chapel will host a Spring Art Event at 5:30 p.m. April 8, 1330 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad. Guest speaker Dr. John Mark Reynolds will explores the reason we sometimes love, collect, criticize, ignore, envy and cancel the arts.

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TIME The American Cancer Society 2011 Discovery Gala Carnivale Royale will be held at 6 p.m. April 9, Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock. Guests can enjoy an evening of intrigue, midway games, sword swallowers, and much more. Call Sara Haemmerle at (619) 682-7425, or e-mail sara.haemmerle.org to learn more. FAIR ENOUGH Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association will present the 28th annual Encinitas April Street Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 9 and April 10, South Coast Highway 101 between D and J streets. The event will include 450 food, arts and crafts vendors, five live music stages, children’s rides, and a Beer Garden Stage. Call DEMA at (760) 943-1950 to learn more. FITNESS FIRST The San Marcos Fitness Roundup, a 5K run/walk, 11K trail run and post-race shindig, will be held April 9. Both runs start at 8 a.m. near the Mangrum Track & Soccer Field on the Cal State San Marcos campus, 333 S.Twin Oaks Valley Road.Visit inmotionevents.com or call (760) 692-2900 to learn more. SOLAR POWER A Carlsbad Solar Program Seminar will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. April 9, Carlsbad Library, at 1775 Dove Lane. This informational TURN TO CALENDAR ON A20

By Lillian Cox

CARMEL VALLEY — Even though the number of smokers has declined, the incidence of lung cancer has not. Today, 75 percent of all lung cancer cases are diagnosed in those who have never smoked or who quit decades ago. Most will not survive beyond five years. For La Jolla resident Mike Stevens, it began with a cough at 43. Linda Schwenkmeyer of Carmel Valley had no cough, just a mysterious pain in her neck that persisted until it was diagnosed as a tumor in 2006. After a three-year battle, she passed away in 2009 at age 52. Linda left a husband, Karl, and two children: Derek who is currently a student at UC Santa Barbara and Kara who is attending Canyon Crest Academy. Linda Schwenkmeyer represents a growing number of females between the ages of 40 and 79 who have never smoked to be diagnosed with lung cancer.

DEL MAR — In an effort to enhance downtown revitalization and meet San Diego Association of Governments Smart Growth criteria, City Council directed staff at the March 28 meeting to move forward with plans to amend parking ratios in the central commercial zone. According to a June 2010 report on parking strategies for SANDAG Smart Growth, “inflexible parking requirements can force businesses to provide unneeded parking that wastes space and money.” While those requirements are the norm, they are a barrier to better development, the report states. Del Mar’s parking standards, which require a set number of spaces based on square footage and the type of business, were adopted more than 20 years ago and are a typical example of those inflexible requirements, according to the city

California, sponsor. Stevens is also among the 3 to 5 percent of those who have survived stage 4 lung cancer. Courtesy photo

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Woodward center celebrates twin foals’ birthday RANCHO SANTA FE — Helen Woodward Animal Center celebrated the first birthday of their world-famous twin foals, Sunny and Angel. The twin horses were born last March and an open house and luncheon were held at the Center’s Equine Hospital to give fans of the horses an opportunity to meet the “miracle” twins. “Two tiny, fragile packages arrived at HWAC, March 28, 2010,” Spokesman John Van Zante said. “Earlier that morning these extremely rare twin foals had been born near Fallbrook. Nobody at our hospital had ever seen twin foals that survived. Along with their mother, Lena, Sunny and

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“Linda beat the average and was able to lead a fairly normal life for two of the three years,” Karl Schwenkmeyer explained. “It was in the last few months that her strength left very quickly. Unfortunately, there are little to no symptoms for otherwise healthy people enjoying healthy lifestyles.” Before her death Linda Schwenkmeyer and fellowcancer patient Mike Stevens served on the organizing committee for the first Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Walk in March 2009. When Linda’s health began to fail, Karl Schwenkmeyer stepped up and assumed her role. He has remained on the committee to this date. On May 1, Karl Schwenkmeyer and Stevens will be on hand to launch the third annual San Diego WALKING FOR HOPE From left, Karl Schwenkmeyer, husband of the late Linda Schwenkmeyer who Breath of Hope Cancer Walk was one of the founders of the San Diego Breath of Hope Cancer Walk; Whitney Southwick of NBC 7/39 who sponsored in association with serves as emcee of the event scheduled May 1; and Mike Stevens, co-chair of Lung Cancer Alliance- the Lung Cancer Alliance, or

staff report. During the past few years Del Mar has relaxed parking standards by adopting shared-use, off-site and in-lieu parking programs. Additionally, a two-year pilot program to use valet parking as an alternative was authorized in April 2010. During the past five years, “an abundant record has been developed containing substantial evidence showing that lowering parking standards will enhance downtown revitalization without a significant effect on the environment,” the staff report states. “This isn’t the end all but it’s a start in moving it in the right direction,” Councilman Mark Filanc said, adding that, like the addition of sidewalk cafes, “this will also encourage more investment in downtown, which is sorely needed.” According to the staff TURN TO PARKING ON A20

Angel went into our intensive care stall where they remained under constant observation for the next four months.” Van Zante says that the center hosted two events to celebrate Sunny and Angel’s first birthday. On March 26, the center hosted an open house at its Equine Hospital for the general public to meet the horses Sunny, Angel, and their mother Lena, tour the hospital, and meet the doctors and staff. On March 28, Sunny and Angel’s first birthday, HWAC catered a birthday lunch with the twins, held ringside, while the twins romped and played. Live streaming video of the twins is also being broadcast

HAPPY HORSES Sunny and Angel, the twin foals raised in the Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, celebrated their first birthday March 28 and 50 fans wished them a happy birthday March 25. The luncheon was highlighted by the twins who ran and romped in an enclosure while guests ate nearby. When the foals arrived at HWAC just a few hours old, Sunny weighed 45 pounds and his little sister only 35 pounds. An average foal would have weighed 90 to 100. Today Sunny tips the scale at 395 pounds and Angel weighs 345. Photo by Trisha St. George/Helen Woodward Animal Center

worldwide through HWAC’s website at animalcenter.org/ foals. Van Zante noted that while Sunny and Angel have gained worldwide notoriety, there are others that are in need of more immediate attention. “Our adoption kennels are packed with orphan dogs and cats, puppies and kittens that need families now. We’re asking the guests who come out to meet Sunny and Angel to also visit our Adoptions department. For more information, visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, call (858) 756-4117, or log on to animalcenter.org.


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New Whole Foods set to open in Encinitas By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — Construction of the new Whole Foods Market is in full swing at Pacific Station. The 23,000-square-foot store will serve as the anchor tenant for the Pacific Station development, which combines office and retail space with upscale residential units in the increasingly popular “mixeduse” scheme. Completion and occupancy of the downtown area’s only full-service grocery store are scheduled for this June. After announcing its intention to open the store in 2007, residents have been waiting with anticipation for the Whole Foods to open its doors. “I’m not sure if the wait is really worth all of the hype,” said Jennifer Bolucci, an Encinitas resident. “But I’m going to be one of the first in line for sure.” According to Kerry Kusiak, a city senior planner, Whole Foods applied for a building permit in June 2010.

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It was approved last month and construction began soon afterward. The new market is designed to be a community hub with a courtyard eating area and a wide variety of

cooking, eating and educational events created to serve the neighborhood according to company officials. “Pacific Station is a great space with a wide variety of attractions for the com-

Tea brings support for domestic violence victims By Wehtahnah Tucker

ENCINITAS — What started as a simple spaghetti lunch has evolved into a highclass affair to support the efforts of the Community Resources Center. The Encinitas Senior and Community Center was transformed on March 26 into a traditional floral tea room for the

organization’s 16th annual English Tea fundraiser. Savories and finger sandwiches were paired with customary tea service for more than 250 guests. A silent auction gave people a chance to bid on everything from original art to luxury vacations. Attendees were there for more than just high tea and

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said Patrick Bradley, president of the store’s Southern Pacific Region. “Whether it’s ingredients for cooking delicious meals at home or convenient snacks to take to the beach, we have everything our customers need and are excited to showcase all the best of natural and organic foods.” But some residents wonder if the upscale market will be a detriment as it may bring more traffic from outside the community. “It’s being billed as a neighborhood grocery store but I think most people in Encinitas already have plenty of options for good organic food,” said Jon Barton, an Encinitas resident. “It’s probably just going to bring more people from north of the city who don’t want to drive all the way to La Jolla (the closest Whole Foods Market).” He added that the area does not have adequate parking to accommodate the new traffic that the store will generate.

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auction items. It was a time to financially support the multiple missions at the center. The nonprofit organization assists more than 2,500 households annually through services such as comprehensive domestic violence programs, transitional and temporary housing, a therapeutic children’s center and homeless prevention. The center also operates several food programs that provide sustenance for hundreds of local residents on a regular basis. This year’s special guest, Carol Cianfarani, was honored for her efforts to increase the center’s capacity to house families fleeing domestic violence. Before Carol’s House, the center managed a domestic violence shelter that could only accommodate 12 people at a

time. Cianfarani envisioned a shelter that was more of a home environment than a typical shelter where families could begin to heal from the trauma of abuse. More than $150,000 was raised in an effort spearheaded by Cianfarani. Carol’s House became a reality and the capacity doubled. She said she could not have done it without the support of so many in the community. Casey Gwinn delivered the event’s keynote address. As the president of the San Diegobased National Justice Family Center Alliance, Gwinn has spent his entire legal career prosecuting domestic violence and child abuse cases. The alliance, like the community TURN TO TEA ON A19

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Resident Evan Hilderman received academic honors by being named to Northeastern University’s fall semester 2010 dean’s list.

Impressive professor

SOLANA BEACH — Solana Beach resident and UCSD faculty member Gordon Hanson was honored for excellence in teaching, research, community service and visual and performing arts at the Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards. Hanson received the Excellence in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences for his work in the field of international economics. He is considered an authority on international trade and migration.

New postmaster

ENCINITAS — Rodrigo R. Sotomayor will be installed as Encinitas Postmaster at 1 p.m. April 8 at the post office at 1150 Garden View Road.The public is invited.

Need help, a car

OCEANSIDE — Charles and Linda Van Kessler, founders of Passion 4 K.I.D.S., reported that on March 26, Jacob Wallis, the father of Baby Izaiah, lost his car to a car fire. Baby Izaiah was struck by a driver in December while in his stroller and is still fighting for life. The Van Kesslers are asking for anyone whom might donate a car to contact them at passion4kids.com.

Celebrate life

OCEANSIDE — North Coast Surgery Center of Oceanside celebrated 25 years of outpatient surgery March 24 with an open house for all the surgeons and their offices. North Coast Surgery performed its first surgery in March 1986, and has helped more than 70,000 patients. Tri-City Medical Center entered into a joint venture with North Coast in 2010.

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Costs of renovation for Fletcher Cove increase By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — As the walls came down, costs went up to renovate Fletcher Cove Community Center. But with an expected shortfall of less than $3,000, council members voted unanimously at the March 23 meeting to use money from undesignated reserves to fund the deficit. When the existing siding and drywall were removed a few weeks ago, construction crews and city staff got their first look at the skeleton of the former World War II Army barracks built before

being moved to its bluff-top when the siding was removed “the building actually began location in the 1940s. “It wasn’t a pleasant TURN TO RENOVATION ON A18 thing,â€? City Manager David Ott said. “It was of substandard construction. ... It was definitely put together by people who had no clue on what they were building.â€? Donate / Recycle Ott said there was moisture and significant termite Unwanted Items damage throughout. “We Furniture • Clothes • Etc. were pretty lucky that thing Benefitting the Developmentally Disabled was still standing once we got to it,â€? he said. Mo Sammak, the city engineer, described the framPotpourri Resale Store ing around the openings as 1024 So. Coast Hwy., Oceanside “totally inadequateâ€? and said 760-722-1880

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When winking isn’t flirtatious Dear Dr. Gott: For some time now, I have had a left eye that twitches. It began mildly about five years ago and now when it occurs, it closes my left eye and distorts my face. It has proven to be a mystery to me. Owing to this problem, I am not willing to engage in some social activities. One doctor told me it was not Bell’s palsy. Some of my friends tell me to think of other things to divert the spasm.

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sounds or movements at seemingly inappropriate times, over which they have little or no control. Dystonia represents the involuntary contraction of muscles that results in twisting of the involved body part. Focal dystonia can affect the muscles that control blinking of the eye. Bell’s palsy, as you have likely already been told, is inflammation and swelling of the nerve that controls the facial muscles on one side of the face only. If you have been told this is not your problem, you can rule that particular disorder out and move on. Twitching has been associated with stress, eyestrain, a lack of sleep, eye irritation, TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A16

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CARMEL VALLEY — March was spring-cleaning time at Torrey Pines High School, with the help of the TPHS lacrosse teams. The young athletes put down their lax sticks and picked up rakes, shovels and brooms to beautify Falcon Stadium. Scholar-athletes from both the boys and the girls lacrosse programs, as well as parents, worked enthusiastically for three hours pulling weeds, removing 30 bags of trash, clearing drains and sweeping the stands. With budget cuts to schools, more manpower was needed to keep up the grounds and facilities besides nominal trash removal, so the students stepped up to fill in some gaps. The Brown family generously provided pizza for the more than 60 people participants after the work was done. This was the first community service project coordinated by new Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Jono Zissi and TPHS parent volunteer Kellie Doyle. Continuing opportunities for TPHS lacrosse players to give back to others currently include a Red Cross donation drive for Japan, and other events are

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For heart recipient, laughter truly is best medicine By Lillian Cox

CARLSBAD — Linda LeVier, 70, celebrated the fourth anniversary of her heart transplant surgery to cheers and applause on April Fool’s Day during lunch at the Carlsbad Senior Center. Choosing April Fool’s for the celebration was no joke. LeVier had the life-saving surgery on April Fool’s Day 2007 at Sharp Memorial Hospital. “Who knew when I put that pink dot on my driver’s license, that that would be me,” she told the audience, a reference to being an organ recipient. “I want to use my experience as a ‘hook’ to tell you about the importance of laughter.”

LeVier’s story began in 2004 when she visited her doctor for a routine physical. She insisted on a stress test, following her daughter’s suggestion after reading an article on senior health. LeVier’s physician balked, saying she was her “healthiest patient,” but gave in and scheduled a treadmill test at Scripps Green. After the test a physician asked LeVier to remain in the hospital for a few days. Soon bypass surgery was scheduled on what ultimately were five severely blocked arteries. Matters were made worse when LeVier suffered an adverse reaction to the medication she was given during surgery. Although the

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physicians worked hard to save her life, the damage was done. “I entered the hospital with a strong heart and blocked arteries,” she explained. “Due to complica-

tions, I ended up with open arteries and a weakened heart. This translated into congestive heart failure.” Very early in life LeVier became aware of a genetic predisposition to congestive

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Out from behind the clouds in Rancho Santa Fe As I write this, the sun is shining mercilessly outside my window. The weather is glorious. And have you heard? We are officially out of the drought according to the news in March. I know everyone has been moaning about the weather, the clouds, and of course, I list myself in this category, too. But it looks like this heavy rainy weather has helped us out immensely besides the obvious positive like the mountains in Cielo look lush and green this spring. I feel as if the clouds have lifted from my spirits, too. This month, life is starting to feel back to normal. I know I have mentioned that a couple of my good friends died last year. This has been rather traumatic, which I’m sure you may understand from grieving over a loved one who just passed. Maybe I am a slow healer. However, I think it’s important to give yourself time to heal and really deal with your emotions, in whichever way is appropriate for you. The sun has finally found its way out from behind the clouds. Rancho Santa Fe has never looked more beautiful. I read a great quote from a Sophie Kinsella book, “Twenties Girl.” It goes something like this: “Life is like an elevator. It carries you on regardless. You might as

MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch well enjoy the view and seize every opportunity, while passing.” I shall remember this, too, as I enjoy the rest of my day.

“Amazing Race,” style. Casa De Amparo Amazing Race event rose more than $25,000 for abused and neglected children. The event organizers were Linda and Vivian Lee Ford. They both dedicated nine months of their lives to help these children in need. For the Rancho Santa Fe version of this game based on the television show, five teams of four bid $5,000 each

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On March 11, I received some exciting news regarding one of the Del Mar Little League AAA Teams, The Scrappers. They were on a winning streak during the month of March only losing one game. I have included a photo of the team that definitely captured the pride these young baseball players felt about their winning streak. The good news is it looks like they are having fun, too! Congratulations to the Scrappers and keep up the happy smiles on your faces. If your son is playing baseball in and around the Rancho Santa Fe area, please feel free to share a photo with me at my e-mail listed at the end of the column. I would love to feature their team before baseball season is over. On March 20, it looks like Hollywood paid a visit to Rancho Santa Fe in

ART FROM THE HEART Race organizers Vivian Lee Ford and Linda Alessio are honored with art by Casa Kids. Courtesy photo

last October at the swanky Crystal Ball Gala. Ranch resident Dottie McCrink sponsored the winning team: Natalie Shull, who just happens to be my sister-in-law, was captain; Adam Levins; Jennifer Dos Reis; and Josh Dixon. I have included the group photo of all of those that participated in the successful fundraising event, plus the event organizers.

WINNING STREAK Del Mar’s Scrappers AAA team celebrate their team victory. Courtesy photo

Sometimes certain stories deserve a bit more recognition and this is one of them. How wonderful so many came out to help raise money for Casa De Amparo. For more information on this charity, visit casadeamparo.org. On March 25, Jacqui Grandi contacted me regarding the San Diego Horse Show Alliance. She wanted me to spread the word regarding their organization. “We have fabulous news! We have secured a few large community sponsors for some of our horse shows.” Then she added that if anyone in the community would like to sponsor a show, to attend the next meeting, which is at 11 a.m. April 7 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds board room. The San Diego Horse Show Alliance would like the also increase the community awareness and increase attendance at the horse shows. If you would like more information on this meeting or this organization, please contact Jacqui directly at info@oakridgefarmrsf.com. If you didn’t know, Jacqui is also a well-known jewelry designer in the San Diego area with a wonderful sense of style! Later that day, my husband Robin and I had the pleasure of attending the CD release party of local San Diego rock band Silence Betrayed at SOMA, not far from downtown San Diego. Krista Lafferty, assistant advertising manager of the Rancho Santa Fe News and one of my best friends, is engaged to one of the band members, Mike Confer. Well, the night was full of fun, great music and a smashing performance by the band. I have included a fun photo from that night of Krista with her very own entourage. Thanks for the invite and keep finding the foot lights, Silence Betrayed. Your music sounded amazing that evening. On March 29, I had the great pleasure of meeting one of my favorite people in Rancho Santa Fe, Elaine Gallagher, at Mille Fleurs.We had the best time sharing our stories and just enjoying the wonderful ambiance there. Before I left, I was informed by Marko Dedic, head man-

THE SCENE Advertising Assistant Manager Krista Lafferty, right, with her family, Briana Drago at left and Terrie Drago, center, at the Silence Betrayed concert on March 25. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

ager, of some exciting new specials on the menu there. Sunday through Thursday, Ranch residents can enjoy a three-course dinner (with

10. Dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions will be taking place that night.This is a very special night for local Ranch residents. “Hugs for Kids — In Honor of Julien Hug,” will be announced that evening. This charity event will be including special tributes to Julien Hug, plus many photos of him. Ranch resident Julien Hug passed away only just this last November. To reserve your seats for this special evening, go to kidGREAT FOOD, GREAT DEAL skorps.org/2011/02/14/gala20 Marko Dedic with Bruno at Mille Fleurs on March 29. Enjoy a 11sponsorships. three-course menu for only $40 If you have a fun event you would like Sunday through Thursday. Machel Penn to cover, contact her at Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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regular portions of the normal menu) for only $40! Vegetarian options have also been added to the menu; under appetizers and dinner choices. Also, don’t forget to make your reservations for Easter and Mother’s Day.You can call Mille Fleurs directly at (858) 756-3085. Mille Fleurs has added charm and high class to Rancho Santa Fe for more than 25 years, with, I might, add the same chef, Martin Woesle. To find out about these new specials and events, go to Millefleurs.com. HUGS FOR KIDS Denise Hug

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On May 6, The Kids/Korps/Hugs for Kids Gala will be held at the Del Mar Grande, and tables seat

and Jen Keslik have been working together on a charity, which will honor the memory of Julien Hug, with Kids Korps. Hugs for Kids will be announced on May 6 at the Kids Corps Gala. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

AN AMAZING RACE Top row from left, race organizers Vivian Lee Ford and Linda Alessio; Team Chicklettes Judy Keys, Karen Kogut, Shari Lurie, Julia Case, Kathy Bushouse; Team Provide Commerce Ken Law, Kate Law, Kris Wilcox, Shannon Fleming, Michelle Guidi. Bottom row from left, Team Family Affair Kent Mahaffey, Kim Easel, Laura Turner Mahaffey, Dawn Leeds; Team Dottie’s Hot Totties Adam Lewis, Jennifer Dos Reis, Josh Dixon, Natalie Shull; and Team Royal Flush Paul McNeil, Eileen McNeil, Greg Stein, Heidi DOTTIE’S HOT TOTTIES Winning Team Dottie’s Hot Totties with Dot McCrink. Courtesy photo Stein. Courtesy photo


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lack of sleep, eye irritation, fatigue,smoking or being in the presence of a smoker, physical exertion, a nutritional imbalance, allergies and the excessive use of alcohol and/or caffeine. Until an actual cause is determined, it is difficult to determine how to remedy the situation. How long has it been since you have had a routine examination and laboratory testing? Perhaps it is time. Nutritional imbalances can be addressed easily. Our bodies are fickle things, and each one reacts differently. If you have an eating disorder, tap into your local hospital’s dietary program for direction. My guess is that you do not wear contact lenses. If you do, you might switch to prescription glasses on a trial basis. I also recommend that you keep a journal and make a notation as to what precedes the twitching. Perhaps you or a neighbor in the next apartment is using a cleaning solution that you are particularly susceptible to. Do you have a new cat that could be to blame? Are there chemicals at work or cleaning solutions used on the floors that affect you adversely? Do you have an air freshener in your car? Do you use fabric softener when doing laundry? Is a food the element that triggers the spasms? Do you use scented candles in your home? There are countless possibilities that could easily be to blame. Once a link has been identified, you might be on the road to recovery. Surprisingly, the most minor trigger and the one you might never consider could

solve the annoying problem you experience. Start with the simple steps over which you have control before advancing. Then you can move on to relaxation techniques, Botox therapy or surgery for relief of your symptoms with your doctor’s approval. You may also wish to try soy lethicin. If you eye is still twitching and if the facial distortion continues, then all bets are off.You should be seen by a neurologist, who can get to the bottom of the issue. Good luck. Readers who would like additional information can order my Health Report “Medical Specialists” by sending a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website’s direct link at AskDrGottMD.com/order_for m/pdf. Dear Dr. Gott: I recently had an MRI that showed some brain atrophy. A few days ago, I read a report that people whose mothers had Alzheimer’s show more rapid progression of brain atrophy. I’m 67,and my mother had what I believe was the Alzheimer’s/vascular combo dementia. No autopsy was performed. She showed symptoms in her early 70s, died at 85, and had two sisters who also had dementia. The recent MRI will have to be my “base.” How soon should I have another to monitor possible deterioration? What is the probability of me

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getting Alzheimer’s? Dear Reader: Atrophy of any tissue translates to a loss of cells. In the case of the brain, this can mean either the entire brain or a limited focal area has shrunk. When both cerebral hemispheres are affected, thought and behavioral function may be impaired. Atrophy is not the same as Alzheimer’s. As we age, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases. A family history will further increase that risk. Other factors include being female, long-standing hypertension and trauma to the head. Early-onset Alzheimer’s is defined as appearing before the age of 65, is relatively uncommon, may be hereditary, and advances rather rapidly. Late-onset Alzheimer’s can affect those 65 or older. As symptoms become apparent, a person may be confused, forgetful, unable to find the way home, have hallucinations, use incorrect words when speaking or speak in unintelligible sentences, may misplace things, suffer from depression, experience a change in sleep patterns and a great deal more. Most of us lose our car keys on occasion, repeat ourselves or forget an important appointment. It’s a situation I refer to as having “overloaded circuits.” It happens. However, with the presence of Alzheimer’s, the situation worsens and symptoms become more pronounced. Treatment is initially provided in the form of medication aimed at slowing progression of the disease. There are a number of medications available on

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including San Diego. Sharon M. Lawrence is president/CEO of Voices for Children, which provides foster children with volunteer court-appointed special advocates, or CASAs. They received $1,300 in shoe donations from the foundation. “Our CASAs often will take their case children shopping with gift cards donated by the community,” Lawrence said. “In this case, they were able to purchase many pairs of much-needed shoes for children — for sports, for back-to-school, or just to have a new pair of shoes that fit and aren’t hand-me-downs!” Donna Greenbush is marketing manager of Casa de Amparo, which provides shelter and support for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. “At the shelter, many ‘Casa Kids’ arrive with few belongings, especially in emergency situations, and the shoes they have may be old or worn out hand-me-downs,” she said. “The gift cards help Casa de Amparo staff get new

shoes for the children quickly and the kids have the fun of picking out shoes they like and that fit well. New shoes are not only a practical necessity, they are a much-needed morale booster at a tough time in a child’s life.” Michelle Malin is vice president of operations with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego in Escondido. “We often see children who are wearing old and worn shoes,” she explained. “Sometimes their feet are crammed into shoes that are too small. Sometimes their toes are hanging through holes. Through the generosity of the Barefoot Kids Foundation we have been able to provide gift cards for new shoes to the families who are in the most need. It is great to see the big smiles on the children when they come back to the Club and show off their new shoes.” For more information or to make a donation, call (877) 580-6674, e-mail info@ barefootkids.org or visit barefootkids.org.


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could be aided by an obstetrician-recommended workup of a chemical compound, at a cost of about $10 to $20 a dose. However, in February, the Food and Drug Administration approved a specific commercial version, K-V Pharmaceutical’s Makena, which K-V began pricing at $1,500 a dose (citing its need to recoup “research” costs). K-V also began threatening dispensers of the workup compound, since FDA had anointed Makena with “market exclusivity.” (Update: FDA changed its mind in March and announced that providers of the workup compound could continue to offer it.)

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camp students will go out into nature and take photos. They will also work on portraits. “Sometimes the kids bring their pets,” she said. Each day after class,

she had been overcharged by about five pounds (about $8) because, while weighing fruits and vegetables, the clerk had been leaning over so that her breasts accidentally increased pressure on the scale. (2) Britain’s Border Agency announced the firing of an immigration officer in January. The man had apparently turned sour on his marriage, and while his wife was on holiday with her family in Pakistan, he quietly added her name to the terrorist list of people not allowed into the country.

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ran the numbers. Turns out I would be “upside down” on my CONTINUED FROM A10 new car loan if I went with the just an invitation for trouble, new car. Why is this? Please there is not a question about it. explain to me my options. — If one of those kids is injured, J.P., via email even if they got injured as a Dear J.P.: Being upside result of just screwing around, you are very much on the hook. down on a car loan means that You are going to need to find a your balance owned on your way to keep them off your prop- current loan will not be satiserty, which may mean a fence fied when you purchase the or hiring some part-time securi- new car. In simpler terms, you ty people to run them off. It own more than the car is worth may cost you now, but will sure- according to book value and ly cost you in the long run if retail value. If the car dealersomething were to happen to ship only wants to give you $5,000 for your car and you still them on your property. owe $7,000, the $2,000 will Dear Bruce: I am trying to either have to be paid out of make things as easy as possible your pocket or the $2,000 will for my children when I leave. be added to the new loan.If you What do you think of quitclaim can afford to pay the difference deeds? Is the transition easy? and the new car payments, What about putting their then you should get rid of the names on my savings and current car and move on. checking accounts? — G.T., Dear Bruce: Many years Michigan ago a dear friend of mine Dear G.T.: If I were you, I passed away. She had an infant would consider setting up a liv- daughter and no family. When ing trust where the money will she became terminally ill she transfer to them immediately asked me to be guardian of this upon your demise. I would not baby once she passed away. I put their names on real proper- agreed. Now this baby is 16 ty or accounts. In the former, it years old and is ready and very may well work against them willing to drive. I understand from the tax point of view. she wants her freedom and she Perhaps more important, as certainly has earned the right. long you are able to handle She has always been a good your affairs, I believe you kid. However, when contacting should keep things completely in your control.

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was charged with attempting to rob the Fun 4 All comicbook store in Southfield, Mich., with a homemade bomb (that looked realistic but turned out to be harmless) and presenting a list of the specific collectors’ merchandise (not money) he wanted. After the clerk balked at the demands, the robber relented, paid cash for a few of the items on the list, and left. When arrested later, he called the incident a “social experiment.” • Timothy James Chapek, 24, was charged with burglary in March after he broke into a house in Portland, Ore., and took a shower. Unknown to him, the resident was in another part of the house and came, with his two German shepherds and a gun, to confront Chapek through the closed bathroom door, while calling 911. Fearing the dogs and the gun, Chapek simultaneously FINE FOOTWORK !"#$!%&&#'$()*#+$,-*.#&+$/'&).-0$!#-1$1#12#&+3$4&%1$0#453$6-*#00#$7#*3$(#&&'$8-593 dialed 911 himself, begging :-'0##$;")1)9<3$!-&-$=45-")3$=0'++-$7&)>"53$8#0+#'$?)."-&@+$-*@$A-@@)#$!#*.#&$B0-.#@$-"#-@$%4$CD$5#-1+ ;B)&)5$-*@$,-*.#G,&)00$H-5)%*-0+I Photos courtesy of Torrey Pines that officers come quickly and 5-E)*>$4)&+5$B0-.#$)*$5"#)&$.-5#>%&'$-5$5"#$F;= Dance Team arrest him. (Chapek, later released on bond, was rearrested two days later in Chehalis, Wash., while, according to police, loading shopliftCOAST CITIES — In a dance placed third in the Team is led by Director Sarah ed goods into a stolen car.) Kaye and Coach Michael first for the school, Torrey Small Jazz category. Members of this year’s Langford. Last year, the duo Pines High School Dancers brought home the winning tro- lyrical and jazz ensemble led Torrey Pines to a secondfor both. “I think children should phy from the USA Spirit and include Tara Aftahi, Perry place finish in the Large be outside enjoying nature Dance/Drill Nationals in Katz, Kelsey Richards, Caylee Character category — the Shimizu, Maddie Tencer, school’s best-ever finish at the more than they do,” she said. Anaheim on March 25. The Torrey Pines Dancers Janelle Wen and Alyssa time. Those interested may “Torrey Pines has great begin signing up now, she beat a field of 21 teams to win Wright. “Last year, our lyrical and sports and academic prothe Small Lyrical category in said. To learn more, call (858) the open division. Costumed in jazz teams were at the bottom grams,” Kaye said. “Now, our pink dresses, the seven-mem- of this competition; now dance team has become a 756-1830. ber team interpreted music by they’re at the top,” said Sarah team to beat.” Learn more about Torrey Kaye, dance team director. the Canadian duo RyanDan. Pines Dance Team at For another school record, “Our plan is to stay there.” my insurance company, I could the team’s “Witches of Oz” The Torrey Pines Dance tpdanceonline.com. not believe how much they wanted to increase my policy for her to drive. I can’t afford this kind of money. I understand that if she waits a few years, the policy won’t be so high. I want to let her drive, but I just can’t afford it. Do you have any ideas on how to get around this? — T.Y., Colorado

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SPECIAL SYMPHONY VISIT From left, Solana Santa Fe School Principal Julie Norby welcomed Marianne Schamp, Kyle Malone, Connie Lawthers, Ken Bell and Marc Madison, performers from the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, on March 22. The performance was made possible by a grant from the Betty Scalice Foundation (a fund of the Coastal Community Foundation). San Diego's oldest and largest community orchestra and chorus mainly performs on the UCSD campus. The public is welcome to attend free Friday night dress rehearsals. More information about concerts and outreach programs is available at lajollasymphony.com/index.php Courtesy photo

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the knowledge that she was already doing all the right things, she thought that there was something missing: laughter. In 2006 LeVier began taking a Laughter Yoga class at the Carlsbad Senior Center led by Gaga Barnes. Founded by Dr. Madan Kataria, today Laughter Yoga is taught in 60 countries including Iran. Soon LeVier learned that despite her best efforts, her health crisis wasn’t over. “On the same day that I asked my doctor if I would

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giving way and shaking on the south end.” Two key support beams were missing, as were several roof truss components. “You don’t have to be a structural engineer to recognize that this is not a standard building code for a wood frame building,” Sammak said. Sammak said the slope behind the west wall was steeper than anticipated so the new wall height had to be increased by 18 inches. A foundation and stair lights for safer access were also added.

qualify for a handicap parking placard he was preparing to tell me that he and his medical team believed that I would benefit from having a heart transplant,” LeVier remembered. “I thought, ‘Am I that sick?’ That hadn’t occurred to me!” She survived the surgery, which took place April 1, 2007, at Scripps Green Hospital. “The laughter class was the reason I did well,” she explains. “I believe that laughter is a seriously healthy activity — I do it whether I feel like it or not.” She adds that younger generations would benefit as

well. “We want younger people to learn about Laughter Yoga because it reduces stress without alcohol or chocolate,” she said. “They are multitasking all the time, and I don’t want them to ever go through this.” Laughter Yoga is offered for free at the Carlsbad Senior Center between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Jane Allen has been taking the class for three years. “My husband had just died and he made me laugh,” she said. “I figured that laughter was something that I missed in my life. We get to be silly in the class, like chil-

dren, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” In July of 2009 LeVier took the training to become a Laughter Yoga leader herself. The first class she led was at Las Villas de Carlsbad. The experience inspired LeVier to take her knowledge to older seniors who would not ordinarily be able to travel to a senior center. She launched Laughing Linda’s Health Heart Adventures and to date offers Laughter Yoga at assisted living facilities including GlenBrook in Carlsbad, and Pacific Place and Emeritus Senior Living in Oceanside.

“Today, I’m using my heart transplant story to tell people about how laughter helped me with challenges,” she said. LeVier said she’s recruiting “leaders, believers and volunteers.” For more information, visit linkinglaughinghearts.org or contact LeVier at (760) 845-6819 or LindasLaughingHearts@ gmail.com. LeVier also gives kudos to her surgical team: Dr. J. Thomas Heywood, Scripps Green and Dr. Brian Jaski and Dr. Robert Adamson who performed her open heart surgery at Sharp Memorial.

Additionally, there were some unexpected cost increases for utility work, however, staff was able to negotiate reduced fees with San Diego Gas and Electric and Santa Fe Irrigation District. Staff also presented a revised plan to increase the paved area so it surrounds the building. The cost to do that is estimated at $14,500 for single-color concrete. Councilman Mike Nichols, who created the conceptual design, said the cost would likely double if seashell aggregate was used. The cost for all the changes and upgrades was

estimated at $91,000, bringing the new total cost to $370,000. The city has $346,000 to renovate the building that includes $185,000 from the Solana Beach Community Foundation, $69,000 in Americans with Disabilities Act funds, $62,000 in Redevelopment Agency funding, a $25,000 donation from residents Peter House and Carol Childs and $5,000 from the San Dieguito Union High School District Adult Education Program. After factoring in $11,525 in contingency funds and a possible $10,000 windfall from sales of donor tiles,

the city was still about $2,500 short, an amount Councilman Tom Campbell called “pretty darn close.” “I don’t think we have any choice,” he said. “We’re not going to be able to use (the building) if we don’t fix the framing. “Some of these other things are really not options,” he said. “We have to do them.” Campbell said he also supported spending $14,500 on the larger hardscape. “But I don’t want to spend another ($14,500) putting some shells in it,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to me.” In response to a question

from Councilman Joe Kellejian about the timeframe “in case someone wants to step up” and donate money for the aggregate, Ott said the concrete work will likely start in June. Campbell said if the money can be raised by donations, “I’ll go for the seashells.” Council authorized staff to use up to $5,000 from the city’s undesignated reserve to cover the gap. Ott said everything has been inspected and he didn’t anticipate any other issues. The project is still expected to be done in time for the city’s anniversary celebration in July.

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with her to every doctor appointment and every chemotherapy session. “We all went 95 percent of the time. We were all there,” he said. “I am not saying that to pat ourselves on the back. She was always there for us.” He first began a golf tournament in 1993 to profit the American Cancer Association. “The goal was to get underserved women to gain access to the same quality of care my mother had,” he said. “We started the nonprofit Gloria Heyison Breast Cancer Association.” Getting men involved started in 1996, he said. “How it happened was that one of my board of directors in the D.C. area was a man who happened to be a breast surgeon. He was getting a lot of men coming to him asking for advice about

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how to be a caregiver,” he said. That was the catalyst for Maryland-based Men Against Breast Cancer.

“We are the only national nonprofit whose mission is to educate and empower men to help the women we love,” he said. “Our symbol is

blue and pink ribbons which shows the partnership between men and women.” During their workshops, “Partners in Survival,” men learn how to give quality, meaningful support to their stricken women. “He needs to make sure the woman knows you love her and will be with her every step of the way, side-byside,” he said. “Have open and honest conversations and it’s OK to be afraid and to share that fear. If you are not afraid, there is something wrong with you.” Heyison has given the workshops in 35 states and in Canada, and regardless of

race, religion, age or culture, fear is the great equalizer, the feeling of uncertainty and helplessness. “The issue is they want information to help them and there is not a lot out there for them,” he said. Men Against Breast Cancer offers a blue print and tools, workshops, books and a website, he said. The workshops are given nationwide in conjunction with health care institutions. To learn more about Men Against Breast Cancer, visit menagainstbreastcancer.org or contact Heysion at (240) 481-9352 or (866) 547-MABC or 6222.

the market to do just that and to control aggressive behavior that might be present. There are also support groups for the patient and caregivers. The only true means of diagnosing Alzheimer’s is through brain-tissue samples after death, which will likely reveal twisted protein fragments within nerve cells that clog those cells, areas of dying nerve cells around protein and abnormal clusters of dead and dying nerve cells. Prior to death, a physician will base his thoughts on the results of a physical and mental examination to include testing of coordination, balance, muscle strength and tone, in-depth memory testing, asking the date, the name of the president, remembering three key words presented and more. Laboratory testing might be ordered to rule out thyroid abnormalities. Radiologic testing to include a PET scan, CT or MRI might be appropriate. Be sure to ask your neurologist when he or she recommends follow-up testing. Herbs and alternative medications have been promoted to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s; however, an expert panel convened by the National Institutes of Health determined there is insufficient evidence to justify taking vitamins B, C, E, folic acid or beta carotene. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids hold more promise; however, there is still inadequate evidence. Currently, the strongest evidence suggests that reducing your risk of heart disease may also decrease your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. You can’t control your gene pool but you can control your lifestyle. Readers who would like additional information should send a self-addressed stamped No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title or print an order form off my website’s direct link at AskDrGottMD.com/ order_form.pdf.

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fear the new owner will put more emphasis on the more lucrative horse racing and cut into their schedule of competitions and events. “Some people are totally unaware of how this will affect them,” she said. “A lot of kids ride there and board their horses there. It is something that is being hidden right now. “If Del Mar purchases the property, racing will be going year-round, not just horses, but training on the track. There is going to be a conflict.” Because of the budget crunch at the state level, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger put some state-owned property on the block including the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The city of Del Mar was interested immediately, but because it is state property, the sale must be approved by the legislature. On Dec. 16, 2010, State Sen. Christine Kehoe introduced SB 1 which would authorize the state to sell the land, but attention to that has been diverted due to the budget crisis. As a result the bill is languishing in committee. It should get its first reading near the end of this month. Del Mar Mayor Don Mosier said he encourages the Alliance to stay active in the matter. “We have met with this group and assured them we will work with the horse owners so there will be no conflict between events that take place a the fairgrounds,” he said.“We value all the events they have and all the visitors they bring to the region. We would do everything possible to improve the venue.” Grande said the group does intend to stay involved. She said the mission of the group is to preserve, promote and represent the interest of the Horse Show Community at the fairgrounds and Horse Park, to improve conditions of the facility, educate the community and encourage community attendance and sponsorship at horse shows. Grande is inviting others to join the group. “In other words, regardless of if you would like the 22nd District Agricultural Association to remain in management or you would like to see the city of Del Mar purchase the property, you are welcome to be involved with the San Diego Horse Show Alliance as a representative from your area of the equestrian world,” she said. Many Rancho Santa Fe residents have and ride horses and compete in competition. “This is a group of people who are highly competitive to a level — the Olympic level,” she said. “Del Mar has been a pre-qualifier for dressage, jumping and Para Olympics.” She said the new owner needs to know that about 25 percent of their horse events are held right on the racetrack and the rest at the horse park in the back of the fairgrounds. “This is important, someone needs to speak up,” she said.

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center, tirelessly advocates on behalf of victims of abuse and seeks to find solutions to the cycle of violence. The theme of reflections was woven throughout the program according to Suzie Colby, public relations and development director for the center. “It was about reflections of hope,” she said. “What we (the center) are able to do is a reflection of the community and our supporters.” Gwinn echoed a call to action and a reminder that violence in the community is everyone’s problem. “Family violence is not about ‘them,’”

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Fridays beginning at 11 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 1 p.m. All sessions last three hours and are open to the public. Becky Bartling, fairgrounds deputy general manager, said each session will cost the host organization about $4,000, which includes $1,500 to rent the facility and about $1,300 for supplies. Each group will also have to pay for security. She said fairgrounds officials expect about 150 to 200 people per session, with 120 participants representing the break-even point. The city will not receive any revenue from bingo but it will collect sales tax from food and beverage sales. State law allows jurisdictions to recover a maximum of $50 for processing fees and the costs to provide law enforcement and other public safety services.

Avenue and the popular tourist attraction Carlsbad Village. Allen was pronounced dead at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido at 11:33 p.m. An autopsy report shows that Allen suffered a fatal stab wound to the abdomen. Williams said that

Carlsbad police have identified Juan Rocha as a suspect in the homicide, and Rocha was arrested on March 29 at a bus station in Indianapolis, Ind. Rocha was booked into a jail in Indiana on a murder charge and also charged with assisting a street gang to commit a felony. Local authorities

received assistance in Rocha’s arrest from the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Indianapolis Police Department. The Carlsbad Police Department is continuing its investigation of any additional suspects and requests that anyone who has information on this homicide please call (760) 931-2197.

he reminded the audience. “It’s something that involves the community as a whole.” The center’s model of wraparound services reflects the model of putting several services in one location to ensure that recovery is possible. “It’s one less obstacle for someone who’s struggling,” Colby said. He gave a ringing endorsement for the center. “It’s a very well-run organization doing work with people in need,” he said. “Everyone knows someone, everyone is touched by family violence in some way,” Gwinn said. Family violence is central to the social issues facing communities he said. “You can tie them back to violence in the home, whether

it’s gang violence, homelessness, drug addiction.” In fact, Gwinn said the key was to intervene early in a person’s life to prevent the cycle of family violence from recurring. The amount to house an inmate in the state’s prison system is $44,000 per year according to Gwinn, while Stanford University’s tuition rate is $48,000. “We should be looking at where we’re spending our money,” he said. His own family had to break the cycle of violence. “We were a white upper-middle class family,” he said. “I realized it was about my family, too.” He implored the audience to engage others to become involved in breaking

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report, the resulting analysis shows any potential impacts to traffic and parking caused by additional uses can be minimized by the parking management strategies already adopted and by maximizing the available parking facilities with valet parking during peak evening hours. Mayor Don Mosier said he talked to several residents who opposed a current proposal to expand Interstate 5 because they believe building wider freeways will attract more cars. “The same logic applies to parking,” Mosier said. “That’s a real disconnect.” Mosier said residents can no longer live in the mindset of the 1950s when “gas was 29 cents a gallon and it was a fun time to have a car.” “That’s not where we’re at now,” he said. “We can’t keep pushing this problem off into the future. The time to act is right now.” “We’ve kicked the can down the road with respect to difficult issues such as parking,” Councilman Carl Hilliard said, adding that former interim Planning Director Brian Mooney recently conducted an extensive survey of available parking in the downtown area that indicated

there was ample parking that was not well used. Jen Grove and Linda Rock of the Del Mar Village Association spoke in favor of amending the ratios. “We really want to see increased reinvestment in downtown,” Grove, the organization’s executive director, said. “We support your efforts.” Board member Rock said she was delighted to see council members “taking some concrete measures to move forward.” “The economic equation as it is now just doesn’t work,” she said. Resident Ralph Peck wrote to council stating his opposition to parking ratio amendments and the valet parking pilot program, calling the changes “attempts to gain revenue for the city at the expense of residents.” It will take anywhere from 18 months to two years for any changes to take effect because the amendment will require approval from the California Coastal Commission and Planning Commission and is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act. “It is time for the Council to cut through the argument, speculation and outdated studies and decisively deal with this issue,” the staff report states.

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Oceanside Art League Gallery’s annual High School Seniors Show will begin with a reception and scholarship awards ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. April 10, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101. Call (760) 434-8497 or visit coalartgallery.com to learn more. WALK FOR LIFE The Cardiovascular Disease Foundation’s 5K Run/Walk for Life and free Community Health Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 10, Oceanside Pier Amphitheater. To register prior to the event, visit walkforlife.us.

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In addition to serving as co-chair of LCA — California, Stevens is among the only 3 to 5 percent of patients who have survived stage 4 lung cancer. “Most people don’t know that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in

the nation and in California, taking more lives than breast, colon, prostrate and pancreatic cancers combined,” he said. Emceed by NBC 7/39’s Whitney Southwick, the 5K walk will be held at Cancer Survivors Park on Harbor Island. Registration and an expo begin at 7:30 a.m. The walk starts at 9 a.m. It is estimated that 1,500 San Diegans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year, killing nearly twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. Despite being the deadliest of the major cancers, lung cancer receives the lowest amount of research dollars. “Lung cancer is a real mismatch in that it is a major cancer to cause the most damage, yet receives the lowest funding,” Karl Schwenkmeyer explained. “Because it’s so deadly, there are very few survivors in our group. It’s up to the rest of us to become advocates and carry the flag.” Another lesser-known fact according to the Centers for Disease Control is that secondhand smoke is responsible for more than 3,000 lung cancer deaths a year. Organizers of the walk hope to match the $126,000 this year that was raised at last year’s walk.

Online pre-registration for the walk is $30, event day registration is $35 and registration for children 12 and under is $15. Each registrant receives a free T-shirt and a ticket to the June 4 Padres game against the Houston Astros. The event will include a pregame ceremony and recognition of lung cancer awareness before the first pitch. “It’s great to get those people who are directly touched by lung cancer involved,” Karl Schwenkmeyer said. “It’s a very uplifting experience for all of us to come together.” The third annual San Diego Breath of Hope Lung Cancer Walk is made possible because of the support of sponsors. To date, Torchbearer Sponsorship is being provided by NBC 7/39. Innovator Sponsors include UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center and Genentech/(osi) pharmaceuticals. In-kind sponsors include EDCO, Bare Escentuals, La Jolla Printing & Imaging, Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water and Whole Foods. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Emily Eyres at (202) 742-1424. To register online or for more information visit sdbreathofhope.kintera.org.


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Safety review under way for San Onofre power plant analyzing existing data using more modern digital and numerical computer processes; — Supplementing existing geodetic and seismological networks; — Completing 2-D and 3D reflective mapping offshore and additional onshore evaluations; and — Completing additional tsunami hazard analysis. The U.S. nuclear power industry has a commitment to developing and sharing lessons learned of any heavy industry in our country, Alexander said. When the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan and impacted several of their nuclear reactors, this aspect of the industry activated immediately. As a part of the assessment taking place of what happened in Japan and whether it has applicable lessons for the safety of U.S. plants, Southern California Edison’s President Ron Litzinger and Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich have been in almost daily contact with both U.S. government and industry leaders.

Alexander said. “But this much we know. A methodical, thorough review of events in Japan will be completed and then U.S. nuclear power experts will determine if any

modifications are needed to make our plants even safer.” Southern California Edison submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission on Feb. 2, 2011,

the results of an evaluation project the utility began in 2009 to assess how the seismic conditions near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station might impact the reli-

ability of plant power deliveries to the Southern California grid.The review responded to recommendations by the California Energy Commission based on California legislation AB 1632. The report contained seismic and tsunami hazard evaluations based on the latest available research, including that provided by a number of state and federal agencies. The evaluation demonstrated that the San Onofre plant can continue to operate reliably through its current license period. Nevertheless, Southern California Edison will soon request authorization by the California Public Utilities Commission to conduct additional seismic research in connection with recommendations by the CEC and SCE’s ongoing seismic program related to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The study would be used to broaden scientific understanding of seismic conditions near the plant, and would include the following measures: — Re-processing and re-

ference quality of life makes for individuals with special needs. Here are the numbers: if 10 percent of the 83,000 individuals in community-based care lose their community homes due to program closures, and as a result, require state hospitalization, the cost will

total $2.55 billion to state taxpayers — nearly as much as the statewide budget for all services for this population. The budget cut puts 65.9 percent of individuals currently living in their own or family homes at risk, as reduced services will threaten their ability to be sup-

ported in a home environment. If 10 percent of those individuals require development center placement, the cost will total more than $5.47 billion to state taxpayers. The proposed state of California budget cut doesn’t just eliminate social service

programs and cost taxpayers more money,the cut takes away potential achievements for San Diego’s special needs population, as well as a future of hope and life quality. We ask that as a community you help support us by communicating to our legislators

why they should vote no on this budget cut. To find out how you can assist in stopping the proposed budget cuts or to speak with Cheryl Kilmer, please call (760) 721-1706. To learn more about TERI,please visit teriinc.org,or facebook.com/ teriinc.

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

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THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

Even though you may not usually need people around you, in the year ahead you could join up with certain individuals in order to take advantage of what they can offer. This could benefit you socially and financially. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You’re likely to get a chance to transform not one but three unproductive situations in your life. Don’t ignore this chance, because these conditions come along very rarely. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — It’s one of those unique times when several advantageous situations might drop in your lap. Each one may be different, but they all have beneficial properties in common. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — A sudden shift in conditions might send some big benefits your way, where your work or career is concerned. The opportunity might not be recognized or appreciated by your co-workers. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Although you won’t deliberately seek out the spotlight, it will focus on you wherever you go. Fortunately, the impression you make will be gracious, fun and delightful. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Neither your intuition nor your compassion will steer you wrong. Your involvements with others will be productive as well as influential, and people will follow

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Mexican heritage. “I wanted to bring them to hear from someone that is a proud Mexican,” Rancho Penasquitos resident Rosa Salgado said of her daughters Areli, 7, and Itzel, 12.

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been helped. — Some early retirees. A little-known subsidy in the health-reform law helps early-retiree insurance plans with expenses for retirees who develop costly health conditions. Consumers can’t apply for this program on their own so even those being helped by it may not know it. But according to the most recent federal update, more than 5,000 plans from every state are participating in the program.

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— People 55 to 65. People this age who lose access to group health coverage often find themselves in a world of financial pain if they have a pre-existing condition. There’s not much help

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and there is a nice selection of salads, sandwiches and a homemade soup of the day. I like the soup and half sandwich combo and the big bean chili is a hearty satisfier. I like to pair my lunch with a fine Orange Crush or Orangina for a more European flair. Of course the Pannikin is famous for their coffee and tea selection and trust me, both are as good as you will find. Go for the Keith Richards Espresso or Mexican hot chocolate. I did not see anything on the

“Villaseñor’s stories are very understandable and there are a lot of points in his work that they can relate to.” Audience members were encouraged to ask questions of the author, who was happy to answer and inspire his fans. Many attendees were hearing Villaseñor speak for the sec-

ond and third times and brought copies of his books to be signed. “It’s a great opportunity to meet an author you admire and be able to share your thoughts on their work,” Carlsbad’s Community Relations Manager Jessica Padilla Bowen said. “We’re for-

Several selections from library branches. For more tunate to have such talent right Villaseñor’s collection of books information about the author, here in our community.” In addition to writing, are available at Carlsbad’s visit victorvillasenor.com. Villaseñor also tours the country as a public speaker and has Jesus said, appeared at Carlsbad’s “I am the Vine, libraries in the past, following You are the branches” the release of his book, “Crazy Loco Love,” Padilla Bowen Come connect to the root said.

for people in this predicament until 2014, when health reform’s major changes kick in. At that point, they’ll be able to go to their state’s health-insurance exchange and buy a comprehensive policy without fear of being turned down or charged an arm and a leg because of their pre-existing condition. — Lower-income and unemployed adults. Nearly one-in-four adults — an estimated 43 million people — said they or their spouse had lost a job in the previous two years, and nearly half of those said the job had been their household’s source of health insurance, according to a recent Commonwealth survey. Of those, 57 percent became uninsured as a result. Twenty-six million people said they had tried to buy insurance on the individual market, but 60 percent

said it was “very difficult or impossible” to find coverage they could afford. And 35 percent said they were turned down, charged more, or had certain coverage excluded because of a preexisting condition. In 2014, such problems will cease to exist. Pre-existing conditions will no longer be a factor, and incomebased subsidies will help

low-income or unemployed adults pay for comprehensive coverage. Until then, there’s not much help available, which helps explain why 52 million working-age adults went without health insurance at some point last year.

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I have become one of those little old ladies who always has a crumpled tissue stuffed up her sleeve or in her pocket. I’ve always had the tissue, so it appears the only change is that I am now old and sort of little. I take no joy in learning that I have lots of company. The latest report from the ecologists with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has found that global warming and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide from burning of fossil fuels is supercharging the growth of ragweed. But ragweed isn’t the only culprit. Studies at Duke University show elevated carbon dioxide also increases pollen production of certain pine trees, causing an epidemic of new allergy cases. Did I just hear the death knell for the term “clean mountain air?” It looks like our very bad habits have not only honked up our weather, but we have brought sneezing, sniffing and itching down upon our stuffed-up heads. I would love to be smug about this, but I can’t remember the last time I was able to use the carpool lane. If my sneezing fits get worse, I may take out a loan and buy everyone I know an electric car. The very best news from the report blamed an increase in allergies on the fact that children spend too much time indoors. Mothers, rejoice! Your children need to be outdoors more and exposed to dirt and the elements, including pollen. I don’t think that’s what my mother was thinking about with the edict, TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B14

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center’s 40th anniversary gala was held April 2 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The event had a classic Hollywood glam theme and include cocktail hour, a silent auction, a Rancho Santa Fe style “Oscar” ceremony, a live auction, a sit-down dinner, entertainment and dancing. Photos by Daniel Knighton

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SARA NOEL Frugal Living

Zappy ways to use your microwave Frugal families tend to buy multipurpose products. But sometimes there’s a household item you rarely use. You’ll either sell or donate it or dust it off and find new ways to use it. One such item is a microwave. It takes up a considerable amount of space, so it makes sense to use it for more than reheating coffee. Some people couldn’t live without it, but for others, it’s nothing more than an extra clock or a place to stack mail. One reader, Liz from New York, comments: “For heaven’s sake! How would I live without my microwave? Where ever would I store my bread?” What alternate uses do you have for your microwave? Disinfect sponges: According to a study by The Journal of Environmental Health, microwaving kitchen sponges for one to two minutes at full power could kill more than 99 percent of bacteria, including E. coli. Your sponge should be damp before placing it in your microwave to prevent a fire. Vinegar diluted with water can help with any foul odors. Dough proofer: If your kitchen is cold when baking bread, you can use your microwave to help. In the microwave, bring 3 cups of water in a microwave-safe glass bowl to a boil on high. According to Snopes.com (snopes.com/science/micro wave.asp), to avoid super heating the water, place a wooden spoon in the bowl. Turn off the microwave, place the dough inside a greased bowl, covered with wax paper or a towel and place in microwave along with the steaming water, and close the door. Check on the rise of the dough and warmth of the interior of your microwave after 20 minutes. If the interior is cool, remove dough, boil water again and place TURN TO FRUGAL LIVING ON B15

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Spring fundraiser a success By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — About 150 people turned out for the annual Springtime at the Valenti Ranch held on March 28. Hosted by Irene Valenti, Paul Harris of Rotary International and Valenti International, proceeds were donated to Pegasus Rising and the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Foundation. The event featured a variety of hand-selected wines, premier Kona coffee, appetizers, an opportunity drawing and a performance of a jazz trio provided by Orchestra Nova. The highlight of the evening was a performance by Lindsay Deutsch, a noted concert violinist. Pegasus Rising is a nonprofit organization that rescues horses and then partners them with wounded warriors suffering PTSD. The Rotary foundation supports a number of worthy causes including the Woman’s Resource Center, local food programs and Water for Sudan.

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City adopts new landscape rules set by state By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — Bigger is no longer better when it comes to landscaping in Solana Beach. Needing to comply with state law, council members unanimously adopted at the March 23 meeting a water efficient landscape ordinance that governs landscape design, installation, maintenance and management to improve water efficiency and conservation.

Since January 2010, cities have been required to enforce the policies of a state ordinance created by the Department of Water Resources as part of the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act of 2006. The act allowed local jurisdictions to tailor the regulations to their specific needs. City staff participated in a process to develop a regional ordinance to promote consistency throughout

the county, but recommended modifications to better fit Solana Beach. A permit will be required for landscape and irrigation projects for industrial, commercial, multifamily and new residential projects that are 2,500 square feet or larger and not tied to a building or discretionary permit. The permit cost is $321.20 to recover the city’s expenses to process, review and inspect the work.

Applicants must also submit detailed documents prepared by a professional to certify compliance with the new law. The 2,500-square-foot threshold is lower than the state requirement to reflect smaller lot sizes in Solana Beach. Staff estimates it will review about five projects per year. Had the state project area of 5,000 square feet been adopted, staff estimates it would review about one proj-

ect annually. Penalties include $100, $200 and up to $500 fines for first, second and third violations. Misdemeanor penalties could also include a fine of not more than $1,000, six months in jail or both. Existing single-family lots that are relandscaped are exempt. For a complete list of exempt and nonexempt projects, view the ordinance on the city website at ci.solana-beach.ca.us.


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APRIL 8, 2011

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The Country Friends generously support local causes By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Country Friends don’t turn pumpkins into fancy coaches or wave a wand to create glass slippers, but they are the closest thing to fairy godmothers outside a fairy tale. What they can do is provide help for abused women and children, aid for the elderly, food for the hungry, care for sick children and so much more. This Rancho Santa Febased group spends a great deal of time raising money through its boutique that sells gently used and unique items and community events to aid the 31 agencies they support, all within San Diego County. Marci Cavanaugh, who took over as president of the group in January, said The Country Friends was founded in the early 1950s by a lady who owned the property. When she passed, she donated the two buildings in which they are based. One of the buildings used to be part of The Country Friends, but now it has been remodeled and there are four suites they rent out. “The Over Yonder Shop was not making money,” she said. “It was mostly knickknacks. Now we make more money to pay our overhead.” Because the suites are so profitable, it allows the Friends to give 40 percent of what they earn to agencies they support. “Now we don’t have to

take money from anywhere else,” she said. “In the past, it was all run by volunteers. Now we have an administration person that we pay. Jean Newman, who has volunteered over 30 years, finally

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dining tables, original art, sterling silver, china, crystal, clocks, buffets, rugs, dishes and unique display items. “We have some very unusual pieces. Right now we have a big armoire that is ornate and inlayed. It is absolutely gorgeous,” she said. “I think we need to get the word out there again.” On a recent morning, volunteer Marti Gibson, who has volunteered there for 21 years, was finishing up paperwork at the boutique. “It’s a fun place to be. It’s the best volunteer job I’ve ever had,” she said. Suzanne Newman, manager of business administration, of the shop agrees. “It supports great organizations and it’s a wonderful place.The people I work with are amazing,” Newman said. The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Friends is the annual Art of Fashion, fashion show which is held outside on the law of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.

MEET THE BOARD The board of The Country Friends are, back row from left, Jean Waters, Andrea Muir, gets a small stipend,” Deb Cross, Rhonda Tryon and Yvette Letourneau. Front row from left, Sharon Ferges, Chris Epstein, Betsy Cavanaugh said. Jones, Shana Witkin, Kathe Votsis, Marci Cavanaugh, Jean Newman and Anna Waite. Newman, the heart of Photos by Patty McCormac the Friends, is a valuable Spring Fling Fashion Show. This year it will be on cleared $100,000, she said. asset. At each meeting of the In addition, they host a Sept. 22 in conjunction with “Jean has a very good holiday tea in December and South Coast Plaza. eye and knows the market, Last year, the event on April 12 there will be the what will sell here,” she said. TURN TO FRIENDS ON B14 “Everything in the shop has to be 100 percent in good shape. No repairs.” Beginning with 167 members, the group has grown to about 750. Over the years, the Friends have been able to give about $12 million to worthy causes. The shop is the largest generator of funds for the Friends. Cavanaugh said it is interesting that many people don’t realize that at the shop there are a variety of items LONGTIME VOLUNTEER Marti Gibson has volunteered at The TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Suzanne Newman is the manager including beautiful sofas, Country Friends for 21 years. of business administration at the shop.

Solana Chamber of Commerce holds 67th installation dinner SOLANA BEACH — The 2010 Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award went to California Pizza Kitchen and to Realty Executives Pacific Gold at the Chamber’s 67th annual Installation Dinner on March 24, at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Both businesses are well-known for their exemplary leadership and outstanding community service. More than 95 members, community leaders and guests attended the event, which honored outstanding businesses and individuals for their dedication to the CHAMBER HONORS New Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce board members, from left, Peter Zahn, Solana Beach Community. Leslie Martin, Carolyn Cohen, Frida Silveira, Mark Tackabery, Lesa Heebner, Steve Ostrow, Jewel Edson, Marjorie Petre and Dave Anthony Chadwell, Kimberly Duggan and David Carroll, were sworn in by Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, Stubbs received the Civic center. Courtesy photo

Member of the Year award for their significant contributions during the 2010 chamber year. Marcia Lee was honored with the 2010 Solana Beach Chamber Ambassador of the Year award in recognition of her commitment and support of the Solana Beach Chamber. More-Than-30-Years awards went to CPA Thomas M. Campbell, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Dave Stubbs Real Estate, Lomas Santa Fe Country Club, Lomas Santa Fe Mobil, Santa Fe Christian Schools, Marguerite Shimmons, MiraCosta College, Pacific Executive Plaza, San Diego Gas & Electric, Solana Hotel, Inc., The Turnbull Company

and Wells Fargo Bank. In addition to the presentation of the awards, the chamber installed its 2011 executive board of directors. David Carroll, retired advertising and marketing executive, was sworn in as 2011 Chamber president; Carolyn Cohen, Realty Executives Pacific Gold, as vice president; Leslie Martin, Leslie Martin CPA, as secretary; Mark Tackabery, American Assets, Inc., as treasurer and Stephen I. Ostrow, attorney at law, as sergeant-at-arms. The chamber 2011 board of directors was also sworn in at the event by Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner. Returning board members TURN TO CHAMBER ON B14

Kids Korps invites community to step up and tango at annual gala COAST CITIES — Kids Korps USA is preparing to heat up San Diego with its annual Super Star Gala, in the spirit of Latin culture.The Red Haute Tango gala is set for 5 p.m. May 6 at The Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Way. Guests will join Gala Chairpersons Maggie and Gary Bobileff, Honorary Chairpersons Denise and Bertrand Hug, and

Community Chairpersons Connie and Bill McNally, in a celebration infused with fiery flavors, cocktails, and salsa dancing al fresco. Guaranteed to be “Red Haute,” this exotic evening will also feature a captivating tango-inspired performance by the alluring Yesenia Adame-Walter of “Dancing with the Stars,” along with a dinner and silent and live auc-

tions. As a culminating accompaniment, guests will then retire to the Cigar Lounge to enjoy a coffee station, a cigar roller, after dinner drinks, and Latin beats. Joani Wafer, co-founder and chief executive officer Kids Korps USA, says she looks forward to the event as “we have so many wonderful volunteers and supporters to recognize this year. The Super

Star Gala, is, more than ever, a cause for celebration as we recognize great friends, wonderful partners, and the more than 1,300 projects and 100,000 hours served in just this past year.” Proceeds from Red Haute Tango will support Kids Korps’ year-round programs that engage young people, ages 5 through 25, in community service.

This year’s gala will also recognize 2011 Honorees including long-time supporters Teresa and Dave Miller and Family, Kids Korps Chapter Leadership Award; Dana and Bill Knees and family with the Kids Korps Chapter Leadership Award; McLaren Martin, Teen Korps Leadership Award for Rancho Santa Fe Rotary (Kids Korps Community Leadership

Award); and Sempra Energy Foundation (Kids Korps Corporate Leadership Award). Red Haute Tango tickets range between $350, $500 and $1,000 each. Ticket and sponsor seating will be determined by level and date of purchase. Guests can purchase tickets online at kidskorps.org or by calling McFarlane Promotions at (619) 233-5008.


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APRIL 8, 2011 Tuscany, to Banfi Vintners a world-class wine distributor. “The reds with the Banfi banner are made on our 7,100 acres of vineyards near Montalcino that have virtually 100 micro-climates, enabling Banfi to produce wine grapes from Pinot Grigio to Brunello,” she said. She was especially fond of the 2007 Belnero, an exciting Super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and French varietals, and made a point to remind us that Banfi reds are best served at 64 to 67 degrees instead of “room temperature.” Castello Banfi is a featured visit on the “Taste of Wine” Tuscan Tour from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, part of our Celebrity Mediterranean Cruise from Oct. 10 to Oct. 20. You can find out more by calling (800) 3593772.

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need to consider when choosing a fountain and installing it is where it will be placed. Feng shui mindset strictly requires that any moving water in the landscape be directed toward the house and not away from the structure. This means that the chi energy exhibited by the moving water will be deposited or directed into the home and its occupants. This is very important to the Chinese and has been a belief passed down for generations. Another more practical tenant for the location of a water feature has to do with the amount of sunlight it will receive. The more sunlight a water feature receives, typically the more algae and maintenance it will require. If you don’t mind cleaning the fountain and pouring copious amounts of chlorine into the water on a regular basis, then you will be good to go. However, if you are low-maintenance oriented like me, you will place your water feature in at least 30 to 60 percent shade during the daylight hours. This will help prevent moisture loss, slow down the algal bloom in the water, lower the water temperature in the fountain and keep the water relative clear and clean. Mystery is a key element when it comes to working with fountains and water features. I personally like fountains where the water disappears into an underground vault through some rock or natural stone. Here you can hide the pump, eliminate algae and create a basin for collection where a hidden auto fill float valve can replenish the water in the fountain that is lost to evaporation. Remember, there is nothing less sexy than an ugly dry fountain stained white with mineral deposits because the pump failed when it ran out of water. Another great way to design a fountain is to hide the water source and let it magically bubble up from inside a

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ceramic pot or a group of rocks in a natural setting.Natural cascading waterfalls are often the most beautiful but often require regular maintenance and care due to sunlight exposure and root penetration through the rubber liner underneath the waterfall. The hot tip for root penetration prevention while you are creating your waterfall on or in the hillside is to lay down a chemical root barrier beneath your rubber liner.This will prevent roots from growing into the rubber liner itself. The root barrier is fabricated with chemical pellets attached to a roll of fabric that percolate an enzyme into the soils near the barrier.This herbicide prevents cell multiplication at the tips of any new roots along the barrier and thusly promotes root growth away and in the opposite direction. These root barriers last many years and will not adversely affect the health of any of your plants located nearby. This technique is also very helpful for ensuring the longevity of French drains, seepage pits and water vaults as well as fountains based upon rubber liners in soils. One of my favorite fountains to install in the garden is the copper fountain made from ordinary copper pipe and thin gauge copper sheet metal. These usually have a set of copper cups that catch and cascade the falling water individually down the fountain from cup to cup. This copper turns a beautiful rich brown color and inhibits algae growth. While light passes through the pouring water and sparkles in the early morning or late afternoon sun, hummingbirds will come to these cups and treat each one as a private Jacuzzi. Kent Horner is a local landscape contractor and designer with 30 years of experience in all aspects of your garden. For information concerning your project or questions involving your surroundings, e-mail him at Kent@plantch.com.


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National Charity League seniors culminate 6 years of philanthropy

TICKTOCKERS Making up the 2011 class of National Charity League’s San Diego del Norte Chapter are Kari Lynn Benirschke, Brittany Lee Bushor, Andrea McClain Butler, Emilee Grace Butts, Samantha Paige Caras, Kelsey Marshall Conger, Ann Marilyn Francis, Kendal Brook Glatthorn, Courtney Francesca Jessop King, Kristin Virginia May, Paige Anne Minteer, Samantha Frances Moroney, Blake Elizabeth Mossy, Allison Joan Pfingst, Nicole Stephanie Pleskow, Allison Kathryn Rombach, Paula Elaine Schloss, Gina Marie Schoelen, Katarina Margarete Schwab, Ashley-Brooke Charity Summerhays and Kathryn Elizabeth Zolezzi. Photo courtesy of Amy Conner Photography

TICKTOCKER TOGETHERNESS Ashley-Brook Summerhays, left, shares a moment with Allison Rombach. Ashley-Brook of Rancho Santa Fe said she enjoyed renovating the cottage at San Pasqual Academy, while Allison spent most of her time working with the San Diego Military Outreach. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek By Bianca Kaplanek

CARLSBAD — The 21 girls who comprise the 2011 class of the National Charity League’s San Diego del Norte Chapter culminated six years of philanthropy during the senior presentation ceremony March 26 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort. The local chapter, which was founded 21 years ago, draws its members primarily from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Olivenhain and La Jolla. This year’s Ticktockers, as the girls are known, include Kari Lynn Benirschke, Brittany Lee Bushor, Andrea McClain Butler, Emilee Grace Butts, Samantha Paige Caras, Kelsey Marshall Conger, Ann Marilyn Francis, Kendal Brook Glatthorn, Courtney Francesca Jessop King, Kristin Virginia May, Paige Anne Minteer, Samantha Frances Moroney, Blake Elizabeth Mossy, Allison Joan Pfingst, Nicole Stephanie Pleskow,Allison Kathryn Rombach, Paula Elaine Schloss, Gina Marie Schoelen, Katarina Margarete Schwab, Ashley-Brooke Charity Summerhays and Kathryn Elizabeth

Zolezzi. National Charity League is a nonprofit organization founded more than 50 years ago to foster the mother-daughter relationship through community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. The girls become SMILE Torrey Pines High School senior Andrea Butler of Rancho Santa Fe poses with Lucy Busby. members while in seventh grade. Each year by Bianca Kaplanek they are required to perform at least 25 hours of philanthropic work. This year’s senior class volunteered at a variety of organizations throughout the county, including the Blind Community Center, Casa de Amparo Family Recovery Center, the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Social Services of La Jolla, American Cancer Society, Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children and Military Outreach Ministries Camp Pendleton. As a senior class the girls renovated a cottage at San Pasqual Academy, a 238-acre residential education campus in Escondido for foster teens.

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BFFs Kendal Glatthorn, who graduated in January from Canyon Crest Academy, did most of her charitable work at Helen Woodward Animal Center. On hand to support her Rancho Santa Fe neighbor is Charlotte Brutten. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

SHARING MEMORIES Cathedral Catholic High School senior Kate Zolezzi writes a message for fellow FINISHING TOUCH Ines Ramirez completes some last-minute hair touch-ups for Samantha Moroney, an Ticktocker Allison Pfingst, daughter of former San Diego District Attorney Paul Pfingst. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek 18-year-old La Jolla resident and senior at The Bishop's School. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek


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“Go outside and play!” but we can now revive it with an absolutely clear conscience. Allergists claim we have also become too clean. Hey, I knew that. Why do you think I have always refused to do much mopping or scouring? What? You thought I was just lazy? Tsk. I suspect that researchers may have only dropped by my mother’s house for that research, skipping mine entirely. Or is that what my mom meant when she said my house was like a giant science experiment? Still, I intend to celebrate scientists’ findings that say using household cleaning sprays like furniture and glass cleaners and air fresheners more than once a week can lead to allergies. Who knew I had such wisdom so far ahead of my time? Let’s hear it for biannual cleaning bursts. The lame truth is that, pollution or not, my immune system has always been just a wee bit overprotective. One might liken it to a really big, but stupid, bodyguard who just finds it simpler to smack down anyone who gets within 10 feet of me. It seems I have always had an overtrained Histamine Corps whose weapon of choice is the inflammatory response. The fact that I snored like a stevedore at the age of 12 was my first clue.The fourpage sheet they handed me after skin tests, listing all the dust, pollen, mold and animal dander I was allergic to, cinched it. My favorites on the list were Russian thistles, known to most as tumbleweeds, and some strange plant called Mugwort. My least favorite were sweet, fluffy kittens. My fellow allergy sufferers. Put away your cleaning tools, chase your children outside, lock the car in the garage and put your feet up. If anyone criticizes, remind them you are only trying to make the world a healthier place.

board, one of the agencies helped by the Friends will come and give a presentation. And to make sure the money given is being used the way it was intended to be used, board members also tour the

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Jean Gillette is a part-time editor and freelance writer longing to wear sandals again. Contact her at jgillette@coastnewsgroup.com.

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rear yard offers an outdoor living/dining room that seamlessly opens from the family room with summer kitchen, pool with three grottos, spa, and a one-bedroom guest casita/music studio with living room and full bath. Modern amenities and exclusive finishes include distressed wood floors, travertine, faux finishes, carved wood crown moldings and doors, gorgeous draperies, custom wrought iron light fixtures, hand laid stone work, slabs of granite, customdesigned wrought iron staircase, unique stone fireplaces and custom designed cabinetry throughout. There is garaging for four vehicles and the location is close to all major highways, shopping and the Village in Rancho Santa Fe.

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about the leaking fuel and did not take action to stop the leak or contain the spill. Upon noticing the leak, water utilities personnel from the nearby wastewater treatment plant immediately began spreading absorbent material on the surface spill and placed sandbags in the opening where the storm drain enters Pilgrim Creek. Firefighters and public

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agencies. With all the interaction between the agencies and the Friends, agencies offer one to six people to help out with the all fashion show. This year the Friends are funding 25 agencies. The Country Friends consignment shop is on the cor-

ner of El Tordo and Avenida de Acacia.The shop is open to the public six days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Merchandise is received from estates and individuals and is either donated or consigned. To learn more about The FOR SALE A group of figurines Country Friends, call (858) gather on a table at the group’s boutique and consignment shop. 756-1192.

works personnel also placed absorbent material on the surface spill and booms and absorbent materials downstream in Pilgrim Creek in an attempt to keep additional diesel fuel from entering the San Luis Rey River. Due to the delay in reporting the incident, an estimated 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck tanks into the San Luis Rey River. The truck involved in the leak is under contract to

a company hired to transport solidified sludge from the city wastewater treatment plant. “Neither the trailer nor the sludge was involved in the incident and there was no danger to the public from the material as it sat in the trailer on the street,” Lawrence said. The company that owns the truck was cited for illegal discharge of hazardous material. The truck driver was cited for an unspecified driv-

ing violation. Additional actions may be taken against the truck owner. Personnel from the County Department of Environmental Health assisted with cleanup efforts and hired a private cleanup firm to complete the cleanup process. The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game were notified of the incident and will make an assessment of the environmental damage.

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energy kit to show how the sun can pump water. The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation was giving a watershed presentation to demonstrate how pollution on land ends up in the ocean. The fair also featured a bike safety course, live music and a free bike valet to encourage participants to leave their cars at home. The event, hosted by the city’s Clean and Green Committee, culminated with Earth Hour, during which participants shut down energy use in symbolic harmony PUMP IT UP Trish Willhite demonstrates Chevron’s solar energy kit, a scaled down version of a solar with Planet Earth. installation that uses the sun to operate a water pump, to Emery Mares and Savana Lendrun.

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companions and/or kids, Scruble might be the ticket. Dubbed a “word game and puzzle on steroids,” the cube has a possible 7,401 septillion configurations. (Who figured this out and how many is that? Never mind. Save your brain for the game.) Other great Scruble features: It’s only one piece and portable. Good for ages 8 and up. About $25. Visit scrublecube.com. Zoobies Pillow/Blanket: Zoobies are a three-fer: a cuddly stuffed animal that morphs into a pillow and/or a blanket. Since every little kid has a security issue with one or all of the aforementioned, the trick here is to get your child hooked on a Zoobie early on. For this, there are Zoobie Blankie Babies for newborns. If you play it right, you’ll never have to schlep around with full-sized bed linens in tow. See the entire menagerie and prices at zoobies.com.

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include Bryan Fuller, Java Depot; Martin Schmidt, Attorney at Law and Peter Zahn, attorney at law, Counsel Direct Law Services. New to the board in 2011 are Anthony Chadwell, Chadwell Center for Health; Kimberly Duggan, community director, Solana Highlands Apartment Homes; Jewel Edson, event planner, JEM; Daniel E. Powell, assets manager; and Jason Smith, State Farm. Returning chamber ambassadors sworn in incuded Marcia Lee, president, San Diego County Credit Union; Charlie Burkett, Union Bank; David A. Cain, David. A Cain Insurance; and Ryan Godfrey, San Diego County Credit Union. New Ambassadors for 2011 are Emily Behrmann, New Wave Real Estate; Christie Perez, State Farm; and Gayle Valentino, real estate agent, Evergreen Realty and Associates, Inc. The board wants to give special thanks to, Solana Beach Chamber Executive Director Frida Silveira; Solana Beach Chamber Vice President Carolyn Cohen; Debb Beymer, Promotional Works and Anna Roto, AKA Printing for all their hard work in making the event a success. Since its inception in 1947, the Solana Beach Chamber has been dedicated to our members’ growth and our community’s prosperity. Elected by its membership, the Chamber Executive Board and Board of Directors establish Chamber policies and set the goals and objectives of the organization. The Chamber is committed to improving the economic vitality of the city of Solana Beach through building a vibrant business environment for its members.

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SCRUBLE CUBE Cross Scrabble and a Rubik’s cube and you get a Scruble Cube, a three-dimensional word game that has a possible 7,401 septillion outcomes. It’s a great occasional alternative to smart phones, iPods and laptops. Courtesy photo

pack_family.php. — Family Unlimited Package (Pavilion Hotel) starts at $112 per person/per night at this beautifully renovated property. Includes unlimited access to the island’s most popular tours, half-priced rides on the five-segment Zip Line Eco Tour, and preferred seating at the nearby Avalon Grille. Visit visitcatalina island.com/avalon/pack_ unlimited.php

If you’ve always wanted to go to Catalina Island or have yearned to return, don’t miss these super deals, based on a two-night stay: — Family Adventure Package (Atwater Hotel) starts at $78 per person/per night. Includes round-trip transportation on the Catalina Express, a one-hour kayak rental, Glass Bottom Boat Tour and a round of E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livminiature golf. Visit visit- ing in North County. Tell her about your catalinaisland.com/avalon/ travels at eondash@coastnewsgroup.com.

ZOOBIE Cuddly Zoobies transform into a pillow or a blanket – perfect for kids on the move who can’t haul all their familiar snuggly possessions with them. This one is inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s universally loved storybook “Goodnight Moon.” Courtesy photo

driver and got a million dollar award, but he went to prison and has no money; we haven’t collected a penny from him and probably never will. I generally fight against insurance companies every day in my job. That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe having the right type of insurance isn’t important. It is. Extremely. It can mean a lot if you are unfortunate, as were my three young clients that fateful evening. Go check your insurance policy and make sure you have at least $100,000 of UM coverage at a minimum. Hopefully, you’ll never need it. But you never know. Michael Vallee is a practicing trial attorney whose firm focuses on consumer law, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a consumer legal contributor for The Coast News. Contact him at info@valleelaw.com.


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Worrell, chairwoman of this year’s tour. Highlights include a Mediterranean-style Rancho Santa Fe estate that features an indoor potting area and other personal touches, and several tract homes from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s that have been customized, opened up and reconfigured. The ASID Remodel Tour showcases the work of six interior designers in San Diego County: Janine Thierry Brown of Janine Brown Interiors; John Mills Davies of Marrokal Design and Remodeling; Kimberly Davis of Kimberly Alston-Davis Design; Lindsay Hester of Hester Interiors; Lynn Morris of Entirely Design; Joan Peters of Joan Peters Design and Marcia Southwell of South-Land Creative Design. Southwell’s remodel of a custom 1990s Mediterranean estate in Rancho Santa Fe doubled the size of the kitchen and family room and added many custom details. Because the owner was an avid gardener, she designed an indoor potting area that features a 100-year-old

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dough back in until it doubles in size. Sanitize soil: Colorado State University Extension (coopext.colostate.edu/4dmg/ Soil/sterile.htm) offers the following methods: — Microwave soil for 90 seconds per kilogram on full power. Don’t use metal containers and aluminum foil when using a microwave. — Place about 2 pounds of moist soil in a polypropylene bag. Leave the top open and place in the center of a microwave oven. Treat for 21/2 minutes on full power of about 650 watts. After treatment, close the top of the bag and allow the soil to cool before removing. Dry herbs: Place fresh from the garden herbs in your microwave in small batches at a time between paper towels and microwave for a minute or two. Continue to microwave 30 seconds at a time until they crumble between your fingertips. More juice: Your microwave can be used to get more juice from citrus. Simply warm the fruit for 20 seconds. Shorten cooking time: Use your microwave to cook eggs

Douglas fir beam, hand-painted tiles from a 17th century Holland factory, bronze faucets and a 4-foot sloped countertop. In the kitchen, what looks like a stone structure over the range is actually a foam structure with a thick plaster finish. A solid mahogany island and desk add to the opulence of this home. In her Del Mar Heights project, Brown reconfigured and opened up a 1990s tract house to take advantage of views of the Pacific Ocean and the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Brown took four completely independent areas — the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room — and created two cohesive adjoining spaces that are perfect for the owner’s entertaining lifestyle. Peters expanded the La Jolla home’s footprint and raised the ceiling to create a multi-functional great room for daily living and entertaining the owner’s large extended family. Peters used a combination of rectangles, square, and horizontal lines to add visual excitement. The entire back wall of the home is a huge wall of glass that includes windows and French

doors. Hester totally modernized and unified a compartmented Encinitas home with a whole-house remodel that included adding a secondfloor loft. By removing walls, she created an open spacious configuration that reflects the casual lifestyle of the owners. Davis orchestrated the whole-house remodel of this 1980s Carlsbad home both inside and out, creating a comfortable California eclectic style. Her challenge was to tie together the family room/great room and include eco-friendly features throughout. Highlights include a refaced brick fireplace that is now natural limestone and connects with the water-conserving, rear-yard landscaping. Morris transformed a dated, Cardiff tract house into an eco-luxurious retreat and used sustainable processes and products in all phases of the remodel. The home’s location near the ocean inspired the blue-green and grey color scheme. The designer was uncompromising in her selec-

tion of materials. Materials that create an eco-friendly home include recycled stone tiles, recycled glass tiles, FSCcertified wood flooring, LED and compact fluorescent light-

ing, low and no VOC paint, and natural fibers. During the demolition and construction phases, material eliminated from the home was either donated for re-use or recycled.

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