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VOL. 7, NO. 24

DEC. 16, 2011

Board mulls email use


By Patty McCormac

TEA WITH TREES Local residents, schoolchildren and the Library Guild get together for some holiday B1 cheer and charity.


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The Waterman family, Phillip, Luca and Stefani who are on a month’s visit from London, took part in the wreath-making class. Stefani grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and now teaches at an international school. Photos by Patty McCormac

Wreath making a charitable tradition By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Members of the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club have been making Christmas wreaths for charity since World War II. “We used to deliver them to the Camp Pendleton hospital,” said LaVerne Schlosser, who has been participating in the tradition since 1978. “Now we give them to the senior center for homebound seniors.” She said she comes to the event each year because she enjoys the camaraderie with others who are doing something worthwhile. And, of course, carrying on the tradition is important. “It is a tradition and I like tradition and the Garden Club holds onto its tradition quite well,” Schlosser said. There was still a little nip in the air at the 9:30 a.m. start of the event on Dec. 7, but many women braved the chill and got started. “This is one of the most TURN TO WREATH ON A14

Barbara Peason and Andrea Kessler are hard at work on their wreaths.

RANCHO SANTA FE — How to best use email to communicate with the residents of Rancho Santa Fe is still percolating, although the Association board decided at its Dec. 1 meeting to move forward by considering hiring a professional email company to handle the project. The board is also looking at ways to make sure the information exchanged between members and the company is secure. In addition to transmitting Association news, board members hope email can be used for urgent communications such as notification of a lost child, or as a way to tell residents to evacuate, as in the case of the Witch Creek Fire. “In the case of the 2007 fire, that developed in 10 hours,” director Anne Feighner said. “There was not time for a board meeting.” Feighner said that email could also be used for the less urgent matters, such as notifying residents about specials at the golf club restaurant or special events at the various clubs in the Covenant. “After a week away, mail piles up so much you have to prioritize,” she said. “If you could learn of these things on the road, that would be nice.” Email could also be used to notify residents of street closures, committee openings, budget summaries, assessment collection policy, board minutes and architectural changes notices. “Implementation of an electronic communication system was subsequently identified as the board’s eighth highest priority for the 2011-2012 at the 2011 board retreat,” said Bob Green, Covenant building commissioner. Green gave a detailed report during the meeting about the staff’s progress in the area. “The recent Rancho Santa Fe Strategic Planning Research Survey identified that 67 percent of residents TURN TO EMAIL ON A14



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DEC. 16, 2011

ODD Country Friends host shopping, tea FILES


By Patty McCormac

Uphill both ways — Chinese Education Values: To get to their school, 80 children (aged 6 to 17) in the mountaintop village of Pili, China, near the borders with Tajikistan and Afghanistan, make a 120-mile journey that includes 50 miles on foot or by camel. The most dangerous parts of the route are an inches-wide path cut into a cliff (over a 1,000-foot drop), a 600-foot-long zipline drop and crossings of four freezing rivers (easier in winter when they are frozen solid). The kids must make the chaperoned treks four times a year — coming and going for each of two long sessions. According to one teacher, Ms. Su, the kids generally enjoy the adventure. The government is building a road to the village, but it will not be finished until 2013. Cultural Diversity — Globally (except in Japan), family-run businesses under perform those run by professional managers. Japanese corporations often seem to have a talented son to take over for his father. The main reason for that, according to an August Freakonomics radio report, is that the family scions usually first recruit an ideal “son” and then adopt him, often also encouraging their daughters to marry the men. (Japanese adage: “You can’t choose your sons, but you can choose your sons-in-law.”) If the man is already married, sometimes he and his wife will both get adopted. In fact, while 98 percent of U.S. adoptions are of children, 98 percent of Japan’s are of adults. — At an October ceremony in the Satara district in India’s Maharashtra state, 285 girls were allowed to change their names, as each of them had originally been named the Hindi word “Nakusa,” which translates to “unwanted” (expressing their parents’ disappointment at not having had a son). In Satara, only 881 girls are born for every 1,000 boys, reportedly the result of abortion, given the expense of raising a girl (whose family is expected to pay for any wedding and give a dowry to the groom’s family). — Dubai is a city of towering, architecturally brilliant skyscrapers, but since all were built only in the last several decades, the city’s central sewer system has not been able to keep up. Consequently, reported NPR’s “Fresh Air” in November, only a few are hooked up to the municipal system, and the remainder must hire fleets of tanker trucks to carry away the waste water. The trucks then must queue up, sometimes for 24 hours at a time, to dispose of it at treatment plants. TURN TO ODD FILES ON A10

RANCHO SANTA FE — One of the brightest traditions of the season in Rancho Santa Fe is the annual Holiday Tea hosted by The Country Friends. For the 16th year, these modern-day fairy godmothers held the event at their consignment shop on Dec. 7. “It’s a wonderful event,” said Bonnie Wright, who said she has been coming for the past 10 years. “Everybody feels good and it’s a good thing to bring people to who want to get involved in something worthwhile.” About 150 beautifully dressed women braved the chill of the cold snap of the past two weeks to sit outside for the tea catered by The Promiscuous Fork. As the event continued, the sun warmed up the venue that spilled out of the Friend’s patio onto the brick sidewalk

Beautiful harp music, provided by Heidi Fleischbein greeted guests.

Kim Smart, Andrene Dziubinski and Andrea Naversen peruse the items inside the shop before the tea begins. Photos by Patty McCormac

outside for half a block. “This is one of our biggest fundraisers,” said Andrea Naversen, who knows a little something about fundraising having been the chairman of last summer’s Art

of Fashion event. The Country Friends was founded in 1954 to help others help themselves. The group concentrates on and gives support to human care agencies that provide services

to women, children and the elderly. Its consignment shop in the Village, at El Tordo and Avenida de Acacias, sells an TURN TO FRIENDS ON A14

Carol Baden owner of the Del Mar Hat Company and one of the boutique shops set up outside the event, says the whimsical “fascinator” hats worn at the royal wedding Country Friends Martha Harris Pankau and Anna Waite check guests in Bonnie Wright said she has been coming to the annual event for at least in April are finding favor with to the tea. a decade. American Women.

Parents offered training in ongoing classes The Fusion Academy San Diego is hosting a free speaker series for parents, monthly through May of 2012. All the workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fusion Academy San Diego campus, 512 Via De La Valle, Suite 201 in Solana Beach. The schedule includes:

— Jan. 11, Fostering Healthy Parent-Child Communication. Scott Koenig, a clinical psychologist, will offer advice to parents on how to maintain open lines of communication with their children. — Feb. 1, Social Media and the Adolescent Brain.

How electronic communication impacts adolescent’s lives and development, presented by Julieann Myers — March 7, Rollin’ with the Rubin-PillsKill Program. Sherri and Aaron Rubin will educate the audience on the danger of prescription drug abuse and how to recognize

the signs of use. — April 4, the Impact of ADHD on Family Relationships. Lori Rappaport and Lewis Ribner, co-founders of the ADHD Center for Success, will help parents understand the effects of ADHD on families. — May 2, Success

Club Xcite offers camp

NEW TO THE ROTARY From left, Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club President Alan Balfour with Sponsor and Treasurer Connie Sundstrom welcome new member Deanne Motsenbocker, along with Rotary Sponsor Carl Larson. Courtesy photo

RANCHO SANTA FE — Catering to youngsters, teens and adults with developmental or cognitive challenges, Club Xcite Steps offers week-long winter camps Dec. 19 through Dec. 23, at 105 Cancha De Golf. Tennis and Adventure morning camp is from 9 a.m. to noon for $375. Afternoon camp is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for $425. The full-day price for both morning and afternoon sessions is $725. At-home pick-up and drop-off is available at an additional charge. Xcite Steps offers winter camps to build and maintain an environment in which campers feel like they can be themselves, open up, make friends and have fun. By selecting fun sports, recreational activities and games coupled with community outings, social coaches, at a three-to-one ratio, work to inspire and make friends. To sign up, call Pam Machala at (858) 703-7305.

Strategies for Teens. Deborah Briggs, an expert in creative problem solving, will explain how teens can acquire this valuable skill. Register for the workshops at or call (858) 792-2300.


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Voters like Newt, but wait to see if he’s real By Byron York

RANCH HISTORY Own a piece of the Ranch Marketing brochures were generated by the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company exploiting the rich heritage of California’s Spanish traditions. In this advertisement, the newly restored Osuna 1 is prominently featured to purposely evoke romantic imagery. Osuna 1 became the primary cultural influence for the architecture of Rancho Santa Fe. Even though these advertisements were meant to appeal to potential investors on a quality-of-life basis, railway officials were clearly planning to profit from the “tonnage” of citrus to be moved back East. In 1925, the sales brochure clearly states their motivation, “Tonnage (agricultural product) for the railway — not profit from the sale of the land — is the objective.” Photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or e-mail for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.


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Cathy Gibbons is a one-woman focus group for Republican attitudes toward Newt Gingrich. Back in the ‘90s, Gibbons grew tired of Gingrich when he was speaker of the House.But this year,after watching Gingrich at Republican presidential debates, she sees him as a different man — and the best candidate in the field. “I’ve heard them talk on the news about all the baggage, but I don’t see that anymore,” says Gibbons, of McCormick, S.C. “He’s not the same person. They say people can’t change when they become adults, but I think Newt has.” Still, just seconds later, Gibbons adds, "There are some things that have bothered me that have come out in the last couple of days." For one, there's Gingrich's work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac.“I just didn’t picture him doing that,” she says. “He used the influence he had earned while he was in the political field, and somehow we've got to get away from that.” In a nutshell, that is where Gingrich stands with many Republican voters. For them, baggage from his time as speaker — the marital affairs, fights with Bill Clinton, battles in the House — is old news.They’re OK with it, in part because they believe Gingrich has changed. But there is a whole shelf of new baggage — especially accusations that he served as a de facto lobbyist during his post-House years — that could cause Gingrich significant problems.People haven't heard enough yet to know what to think. As the new front-runner in the Republican race, Gingrich is likely to come under fierce attack. The attacks that dredge up old stuff — for example, the Democratic ethics charges from 16 years ago — will likely go nowhere. But the attacks that focus on Gingrich the Washington insider and his complex web of business interests — those could hurt. It’s not clear how much, because no matter what the ads say, voters will probably continue to like what Gingrich says on the stump and in the debates. For example, at Gingrich town hall meetings, like

the one here in Newberry, voters connect with his proposals to bring the federal government into the 21st century. And people nod when he asks a simple question: How come credit card companies are so good at stopping fraud and Medicaid is so bad? “If you can move from Medicaid incompetence to American Express competence — from the world that fails to the world that works — you could save somewhere between $60 billion and $110 billion a year,” Gingrich tells the audience. They love that kind of thing.After the Newberry town hall, at the end of a long day traveling across South Carolina, Gingrich retires to a nearby restaurant and nurses a Guinness as he talks to a few reporters. He is asked what accounts for the voters’ perception that he is a changed man. “Twelve years out of office, (wife) Callista, two grandchildren, I’m 68,” Gingrich answers. “And I have a different job. I was the leader of the conservative Republicans fighting with a liberal Democratic president. Now I seek to be the leader of the American people — all of the American people.That’s a different job.” Later, at a private dinner with supporters — everything is off the record — Gingrich is far warmer than he has seemed in years past, and far more relaxed. He is confident about his campaign but remembers very well when he was given up for dead just a few months ago. The supporters — state and local party officials and boosters — are grateful Gingrich has come to a small town that’s off the beaten path. They’ve been trying to bring Mitt Romney here with no success. But he can make his own problems.There are intense days of campaigning ahead, and if the old Gingrich should re-emerge — combative, overconfident, undisciplined — it could blow away much of the good will Gingrich has built over the last year. Republican voters like the Gingrich they’ve seen so far in the campaign. But they want to make sure it’s really him. Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.

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Last week it was reported that the Del Mar City Council adopted the proposed project description of the Del Mar Village Specific Plan, which indicated to increase the development potential within the study area (increase square footage from approx 280,000 to approx 600,000). That is part of the plan on which the EIR is to be based. Does that sound like anything in the General Plan? Let’s see — that means to more than double the existing size of buildings already in downtown! And assuming all of the additional space is retail/services (no restaurants/bars) that 320,000 feet of additional space, at the current

required ratio of 1 parking space/300 sq ft, means an additional 1,067 parking spaces! Think about that! But, what if 1/3 of that additional space is food/drink service at 1/90 spaces, then the required additional parking spaces for that total additional development would amount to 1896! Think about that! That is a big parking structure! And served by a two-lane street with roundabouts! Does that sound like anything in the General Plan? Ralph Peck, Del Mar



DEC. 16, 2011

Shoulder pain has a variety of causes and treatments Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas

Among the hundreds of joints in the human body, the shoulder is one of the most common regions where patients suffer pain. In the United States, nearly 1.5 million people a year visit an emergency department for shoulder problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shoulder pain often originates in the rotator cuff,

the group of muscles and tendons that control and guide the shoulder joint. These tendons are vulnerable to injury from normal activities, and this process is occasionally accelerated by trauma or specific sports activities. In more severe cases, the rotator cuff tendons may tear, resulting in more pain and weakness of the shoulder joint. The shoulder that dislocates may be painful, but patients may be bothered even more by the sense of instability as the ball of the shoulder slips out of the socket. Pain intensifies if the cartilage ring (labrum) around the socket tears.

In other patients, the ligaments may tighten, causing decreased motion of the shoulder. Patients may be unaware this is happening until they’re unable to raise their arm and their shoulder becomes “frozen� and painful. This is more common in patients with diabetes or other endocrine disorders. Another cause of shoulder pain is arthritis of the joint. As the smooth surfaces of the ball and socket wear out, the cartilage becomes rough, irregular and or may be worn out completely. The resulting painful motion of the shoulder can be very disabling, as it affects many daily activities.

Pinpointing the precise source of shoulder pain is important, because pain felt in the shoulder joint may be from a shoulder problem or may stem from another issue, such as nerve irritation in the neck. This is called “referred pain.� Shoulder pain may come and go depending on the time of day or type of activity. Some patients may feel fine when their arm is resting at their side. However, as soon as they raise their elbow, they experience pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain that occurs primarily at night is of particular concern, because it interferes with the ability to get a good

night’s sleep and may be a symptom of larger health problems. If any type of shoulder pain is not improving, or if the shoulder is unstable or stiff and frozen, it is important to have an evaluation by a physician, as well as an X-ray. Various treatment options are available. Non-Operative Therapy. Physical therapy, modified activity and anti-inflammatory medication may be very effective for the management of shoulder problems, reducing or eliminating pain and increasing the movement in a stiff or frozen shoulder. Injections. Cortisone injection has a strong anti-

inflammatory effect and may be valuable for the treatment of the rotator cuff and arthritic shoulder problems. Surgery. Operative treatment is important to consider when non-surgical treatment is no longer working or if the injury to the shoulder structures is more severe. Today, virtually all shoulder surgery (except for arthritis) is performed using arthroscopic techniques on an outpatient basis and with less pain and better outcomes for the patient. “Health Watch� is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

TOMORROW’S LEADERS Members of Torrey Pines High School’s Junior State of America,attend the annual fall conference in Costa Mesa with more than 800 other students from Southern California, where they debated and discussed political issues, and gained further insight into what it takes to be tomorrow’s leaders. Pictured above, from left, Amanda Gao, Neal Nathan, Amy Chau and Crystal Park, Courtesy photo

HAPPY HOMECOMING The Cardiff “Kook� surfer sculpture helps to give a special welcome home to area military Dec. 10. Photo by Jonathon Donahue

Church gives to military families during the holidays Every December, members of Calvary Lutheran Church buy and wrap carloads of Christmas presents and deliver them to local military families who are facing rough times. “And every December, we feel blessed. Of course, we all get into the Christmas spirit of giving gifts, and that brings great satisfaction because we know they’re really needed,� said Susie Shattuck of Encinitas, who’s in charge of the Christmas Angels program. “Then there are the more than 50 volunteers who work over four days to sort, organize and wrap the hundreds of presents. We have a lot of fun pulling it all together. “But the people who deliver the gifts get special rewards, seeing the looks on the parents’ and children’s faces,� Shattuck said. “Sometimes we’re invited in to visit, to bake cookies or to

help set up the Christmas tree.� Even though U.S. troop levels are being gradually reduced in embattled Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly half of the families receiving gifts from the church this year have one parent who is deployed or will be soon. This holiday season, Calvary members have pledged presents for 127 children and 33 adults in 30 Marine, Navy and Coast


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Guard families in San Diego County. One that will benefit is a Marine just back from three tours in Afghanistan and recovering from surgery for a brain tumor. He and his wife have one child, a 3-yearold, and are expecting a second. Gift wrapping Dec. 17 will find teams of parishioners working throughout

the day at tables overflowing with wrapping paper, tape, tissue and scissors. Church members will rise early the next morning to load cars with toys, bicycles, books, Christmas dinner boxes and other presents, and then teams of drivers — church members and friends — will make the deliveries.

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Holiday parties, and a Marine battalion remembered MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch Every holiday season, my father remembers a bloody battle that left most of his platoon dead on Christmas Eve. This would be during the early years of Vietnam War, when he was just a young man. Now some 40 years later, this tragic day still eclipses any joy he could normally feel during the holidays. He served in the most highly decorated battalion in the history of the Marine Corps, a fact I never knew until recently. Why? Because what he remembers are the faces in his platoon, and his friends who did not live to see that New Year because of one fateful night. If I could have just one wish this season, it would be that my dad could be free of pain just for one Christmas, without remembering that awful tragedy, which forever stripped away part of his soul from us. But I know he could never do that. His heart will always be there instead, remembering and never forgetting. While we worry about what to wear for our holiday party, somewhere out there is a woman or man in uniform fighting for us to make sure we are able to celebrate freely. Meanwhile, someone has died for us to have this right. Families have grieved over the loss of their loved ones. It is important to remember these facts this season.We must remember those who have sacrificed their souls to make sure that we are still free. I wish for each brave American soldier much love and many blessings. Without you, America would be lost. Without your devotion, pride and dedication, how might our country survive? Please, let us unite, stand proud as Americans and remember those who serve and the veterans of the United States this holiday season.

ebrated in grand style. The McCrinks held their family gathering this year at Ed and Dottie McCrink’s seaside condo in Del Mar. I am sure many of you know Dottie and Ed McCrink. They have been residents of The Ranch for many decades. What many of you may not know is that Ed McCrink is still very active in running a metal company here locally, KVA Stainless Steel Company. KVA has garnered recognition internationally, and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times. As a visionary in the steel industry, Ed McCrink has patented a new highstrength martensitic stainless steel fabrication process to produce tubing for custom bike frames, and other structures and components. I have included a gorgeous shot of three lovely ladies from the McCrink clan that day: Dottie McCrink, granddaughter Natalie Shull and Laurel McCrink, his eldest daughter. Laurel McCrink is also the vice president of KVA. If you would like to find out more info about KVA, visit On the other side of the Ranch,Violet MacDonald was opening her home to her family, which included one of her favorite granddaughters, Reese MacDonald. Violet MacDonald is an active member in the Garden Club here in town and has been featured on several occasion in

weekend, so I was only able to stop in briefly to snap a few photos for this week’s issue. Woe to the life of a working girl. (I’m semi-kidding.) Well, what can I tell you? The party was decked out with private waiters, a local musician playing, fine food and champagne flowing over the flute glasses. The guests that I saw who arrived early looked smashing in their glittery holiday attire. Oh the joys of the holiday spirit, holiday wonder and how wonderful to have friends like Karian and Tom Forsyth. Thanks, for always including me. I love you guys.

Don’t forget

Dottie McCrink, Natalie Shull and KVA’s Vice President, Laurel McCrink celebrating as a family on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

San Diego Home and Garden Magazine for her own immaculate garden that surrounds her property in Rancho Santa Fe. I have also included a picture-perfect-photo of Holden and Meredith MacDonald, whom are also part of this clan here in the Ranch. Violet MacDonald is very proud of her family! Thanks for sharing the holiday photos. On Nov. 28, we ventured out to Pauma Valley for some fresh air and to enjoy my inlaws’ ranch. As we drove down into the valley and the sun

cascaded over the rolling hills, I found myself smiling from within. Could it be that the Ozark Mountains (where I am from in Missouri) exists out here in California? Well, who knew God’s country was just right around the corner? You would think that someone would alert the media to these things. It seems, I guess, one must discover “heaven on earth” a little later in life.You could say that I’m definitely like Ava Gabor’s “Green Acres” character. “Darling I love you, but give me Park Avenue.” I love both. But,

Don’t forget Old Mission San Luis Rey De Francia in Oceanside needs your support. Still facing closure due to retrofitting state demands, this historical landmark is priceless to our community and to the state of California. Also, take a tour if you haven’t, yet. Admission for adults is only $5, senior citizens $3 and active Military and dependents may enjoy this tour free of charge. What a perfect ending to this column. Don’t forget to save this Mission! For more info, visit .html. If you have a story you would like to share with Machel, please email her at

trust me, take a drive out past Lake Wohlford one weekend and enter into a valley full of citrus, wild peacocks and avocados. You won’t regret it. I have included a photo I captured of a peacock casually hanging out on the rooftop that weekend. On Dec. 2, Karian and Tom Forsyth celebrated Tom’s birthday with many friends inside the exclusive gates of The Crosby. Robin and I are always thrilled to go their holiday party and this year was If you have a fun event you would like no exception. Unfortunately, my family Machel Penn to cover, contact her at came down with the flu that

Around Town On Thanksgiving Day in Tom’s Mother, Mrs. Forsyth with her lovely daughter-n-law, Karian Forsyth. Photo by Machel Penn Shull Rancho Santa Fe, families cel-

Tom and Karian Forsyth on December 2nd in The Crosby, celebrating Tom’s birthday with friends and loved ones. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

Meredith MacDonald on Thanksgiving Day in Rancho Santa Fe with her son, Holden. Courtesy photo

Violet and Reese MacDonald celebrating Thanksgiving in Rancho Santa Fe.Courtesy photo

A wild peacock in Pauma Valley over Thanksgiving Weekend. Photo by Machel Penn Shull



DEC. 16, 2011

By hook or by crook, investigators bring criminals to justice Working undercover is my favorite part of the job; it can bear much fruit. When you need information about someone, there’s no better source than that person himself. The trick is to get that person to trust you enough to share the information that is vital to your case. Having spent 10 years in the corporate arena, I am able to develop a cover for myself that I can play, with no practice. The subject, Bill, was an architect claiming he had little income therefore justifying a $90,000 arrearage in his child support and alimony. My client was the mother of three girls who could hardly afford to pay me. The assignment was to pose as a builder/developer who just purchased a 14story office building on a very busy corner in the middle of town. Just so happened the building met the profile and there was no reason for the architect to verify it. I telephoned him to ask if he wanted to bid on the new design that I was proposing which included a moving circular rooftop restaurant, valet parking, express elevators, etc. But before I could seriously consider his bid, I would need references. So Bill took me one-by-one to every job he had designed in the past 12 months! It could have not been any better. Not only was I able to establish his income, but I could submit my evidence in great

BRIAN SCOTT Eye Spy detail — the client’s name, address, amount of job, the whole nine yards. During his next hearing in court, he again testified he had no income and was unable to pay anything toward his child support, but now we knew better. I walked in the courtroom as a rebuttal witness and when Bill looked over at me, I thought he was going to faint. He turned white as a ghost. The judge ruled that he was in contempt and was ordered to pay $40,000, with 30 days to come up with the money or serve 90 days in jail. Nancy, my client was thrilled, and so was I. There was only one problem. Thirty days came and went and so did Bill. He packed up his office and was nowhere to be found. For some reason, Bill was determined not to pay his child support and for every reason, I was determined to find him and turn him in. The judge signed a “no knock” order which meant that the sheriff may kick the door down if we found him and he refused to answer the door. During the next six months, I did everything I could to find Bill. Nancy had-

Christmas concerts in Solana Beach Calvary Lutheran Church invites the community to any of the three performances of its annual Christmas concert Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 424 Via de la Valle. The title of this year’s celebration is “The Gift.” The youth and adult choirs, under the direction of Jeff and Vangie Gunn, will sing that at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. In addition, special guest Mark Price will give dramatic readings from the life of Joseph. Price has portrayed Biblical figures in churches, halls, theaters and on film around the world for a quarter-century. Calvary Lutheran is just north of the San Diego County Fairgrounds. A donation of $10 per

person is requested. For tickets, phone the church office at (858) 755-2855 or e-mail Linda Kewin at

n’t paid me anything since the first $500 retainer, but I didn’t care. It became a personal challenge. I put Bill’s relatives under surveillance, his girlfriend, and anyone else that could lead me to him, but he was always one step ahead of me. I decided to run another background check on him and learned that he had a brother living in the next county over; although the court order to arrest was not in the system there. I drove over to the address, and sure enough, Bill’s car was outside. My hands were tied and Nancy didn’t have an attorney. I took it upon myself to write a pro per motion (self representation) to extend the

order over to the county where Bill was. I took the motion over to the courthouse and walked into the judge’s chambers. I handed him the motion and he asked, “Who are you, young man?” “I’m a P.I., your honor, and I have reason to believe the subject is residing at that address and I need your signature for his apprehension.” He read the order and looked up at me after signing it and said, “Scott, if you ever come in here again with such a motion, I’ll have you arrested for practicing law.” “Yes, your Honor,” I replied as I dashed out to my car. I took the order to the

sheriff who supplied me with a dozen deputies, setting up a two-block-square perimeter around the brother’s house before we knocked on the door. The brother answered and claimed he did not know the whereabouts of Bill, so the deputies proceeded to search the house. Bill was nowhere to be found. Like I said, he was determined not to pay and, despite everyone’s efforts, Nancy never saw one dime of his money, and eventually lost her home. It bothered me for a long time, even though I knew there was nothing more I could have done. Two years later, Bill was arrested on a traffic stop.

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CHRISTMAS TEA The Christmas season receives a glittering kick-off from The Bishop’s School’s 22nd annual Christmas Tea. From left, Margot Kerr, Nancy D’elia, Kerrie Lunsford, Christmas Tea Committee Co-Chairwoman Lydia McNeil, Carron Reidman, Melissa Swanson, Amy Marren, Christmas Tea Committee Co-Chairwoman Micki Olin and Nora Kaiser, enjoyed the day on the school’s campus Dec. 2. Courtesy photo

Special guest helps club members get creative for Christmas By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club welcomed celebrity horticulturalist Rene van Rems, who gave a workshop on how to create European Christmas decorations out of natural things like greens and fruit.

were having fun as the event was punctuated with laughter. “Those of you that started adding fluffy things and started petting it like a cat, and you know who you are, you’ve gone too far,” van Rems said as he assessed some of the centerpieces.

workshops, said she was really enjoying what she was learning. “This is the best floral seminar I’ve ever been to,” she said. That kind of enthusiasm is what makes van Rems love teaching, he said.

explain, which allows them to see it,” he said. Born in Holland, van Rems came to the U.S. as an exchange student from Amsterdam. He is a graduate of Horticultural Institutes in Aalsmeer and the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He also studied in London before bringing his talents to the United States. Van Rems said he was drawn to the creative side of his degree at the age of 13, but even before that, he was always

paying attention to plants and nature. A floral designer in Holland took him under his wing, van Rems becoming his apprentice. Over the years, he has developed his own recognizable style. He consults at the San Diego Botanic Garden, where he trains docents and is in charge of the garden’s annual gala. He especially enjoys helping children understand how things grow. He is also creative director for Dos Gringos, a large bouquet company based

in Vista. He has written two books, “Rene’s Bouquets: A Guide to European-Style, Hand-Tied Bouquets,” and “Rene’s Bouquets for Brides.” He said he has had to market himself in a different way because he is a horticulturist, not a florist, but he still does weddings and parties. Earlier in the week, he had finished a holiday installation for a large home in La Jolla. To learn more about van Rems, visit

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“We choose Belmont Village.” Floral expert Rene van Rems, right, gives Patty Queen a few pointers for making a centerpiece out of plants and flowers. Photo by Patty McCormac

The event was held at the clubhouse on Dec.9 and included instruction on how to make festive centerpieces for the table and wreaths for the door. “We are very lucky to have him here,” Garden Club President Helen DiZio said. “He is a friend of the Garden Club. Everyone here loves him. He is so much fun and very knowledgeable.” Attendees at the workshop did indeed look like they

For the most part, the participants were pleased with their projects. “I love it!” Lynn Saivar said as she looked at her centerpiece. “I can’t believe I did it.” Susan Glass, who has attended many floral arranging

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Question: Do I replace my life insurance policy? A lot of my clients have asked me this question over the years, and there is no simple answer. When an insurance agent recommends a replacement, it may be a good idea for you and your family — or it may just be a good idea for the agent. Careful analysis is required, and you should seek the help of a CFP®, Certified Financial Planner. Typically, when an agent discusses a replacement, it involves moving the cash value from an older policy into a new one — a process known as a Section 1035 exchange. A Section 1035 exchange can take a lot of time and a lot of paperwork, and depending on your state of residence, is often heavily regulated. These same replacement regulations apply to annuities (and now long-term care) as well. In either case, the advantage of a 1035 exchange is that any gain in your existing policy is moved into the new one taxdeferred. The IRS allows insurance-to-insurance, annuity-to-annuity, and insuranceto-annuity exchanges. Annuity-to-insurance exchanges are not allowed. What are the potential advantages of a policy replacement? • A higher death benefit. Mortality rates have dropped substantially over the years, and it may be possible to obtain a higher death benefit for the same premium, even if you’re older — which of course, you inevitably are! There are also differences in the cost of

Leah Stapleton,CFP, President of Stapleton Financial

insurance from one company to another. However, most often this will require the use of the cash value accumulat-

cash into a policy with a guaranteed interest rate (such as universal life or even better, an indexed UL) in order to keep your coverage alive. In this case, be sure that your agent first obtains an in-force ledger on the existing policy to see if it’s worth saving: You can see how long your coverage would last if you did nothing, or perhaps paid some additional premium into the policy. Sometimes insurance policies were sold with the promise that your premiums would “vanish” after some number of years, which could fail to happen if the policy did not achieve the optimistic 12 percent returns originally projected by your

Regardless of what assurances you may receive about the new policy, you should NEVER drop your existing policy until the new one is issued. Leah Stapleton President of Stapleton Financial

ed in your existing policy. • A lower premium. For the same reasons, it may be possible to reduce your ongoing premium for the same death benefit in a new policy. With a sufficiently funded 1035 exchange, eliminating future premiums altogether may even be possible. • Change of policy type. Some older life insurance contracts (particularly variable universal life) may have performed poorly over the years, and it may make sense to move any remaining

insurance company. You may also be able to re-allocate your investment options to mitigate future damage. The new indexed UL policy offers up to 14 percent returns with 0 percent losses. New riders can add substantial benefit to your new insurance policy. For example, some companies have a living benefits rider, which provides for up to $1 million tax-free for terminal, critical and chronic illnesses. There is also a long-term care benefit available.

What are the disadvantages of a policy replacement? • Cost. Insurance policies are expensive to issue. These costs are not charged separately, but rather reduce the cash value in your contract for the first 10 years or so after issue. Money that would have been available for withdrawal from the old policy will be substantially reduced in the new one. (Note that we’re discussing cash value, or permanent insurance; although term insurance replacements will require compliance with California Insurance Code Section 10509. • Loss of features.Your old policy may include features or riders that are unavailable with the new policy: bundled family coverage, guaranteed insurability increases, higher guaranteed minimum interest rates, etc. Regardless of what assurances you may receive about the new policy, you should NEVER drop your existing policy until the new one is issued. These are only a few of the issues involved. Whenever you’re considering the replacement of an insurance policy, you should seek the advice of a CFP® to help you plan and work through all of your options. To contact Leah Stapleton CFP ® call (858) 458-0991 or email Leah at, Leah Stapleton Insurance Services, CA Insurance license # 0E36354 leah-stapleton/40/421/668.

Buying gifts that give back for the holidays Buying the right present for everyone on your holiday list can certainly be a challenge. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently came up with ideas for gifts for less than $50 from sites that donate to charity, protect the planet, promote fair trade, or all of the above. “The truth is it’s hard to buy gifts for dozens of folks during the holiday rush,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “We found lots of great sites where you can buy reasonably priced and unique presents for everyone on your list, and proceeds from their sale support good causes like music charities and animal-

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rescue groups.” ShopSmart’s finds include: m. This nonprofit teaches job and life skills to low-income women in Denver, and every purchase helps further its mission. You can also buy a single sleeve of bean-soup mix — a yummy stocking stuffer — for just $4.50. Shipping starts at $5. All of the stylish housewares at this site are earth-and peoplefriendly. Shop for presents by recipient, occasion and price. The under-$50 section has lots of great hostess ideas. Shipping starts at $4.95. This business aims to do good while making wine that tastes good. The organic vintages are grown sustainably and harvested with tractors using 50 percent biodiesel fuel. Buy single bottles, a gift set, or an annual membership. Shipping starts at $25. This company’s slogan is “We don’t hire people to bake brownies. We bake brownies to hire people.” It gives “hard to employ” people a living wage and more. The decadent desserts are a bonus. Shipping starts at $7. The

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Iraq, Peru, Bolivia and other countries to help them advocate for social justice and change. Proceeds from sales of the clothing, jewelry and home products help the women advance their families and communities. Shipping starts at $2.50. m. The super-soft T-shirts on this site feature the covers of classic (and sometimes outof-print) books. For each shirt purchased, the company donates a book to communities in need via another charity organization, Books for Africa. Shipping starts at $6. Shop here for baby and kids’ toys and essentials. At checkout, round up your order to the nearest dollar, and the change will benefit one of three children's charities: Healthy Child Healthy World, Prevent Child Abuse America, or Childhelp. Shipping starts at $5.99. GoodWorksMakeaDiffer This site donates 25 percent of its net profits to various charities. Its brightly colored wrap bracelets are popping up on celebrity wrists all over Hollywood. Each features empowering messages. Shipping starts at $8.

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For buying and selling, private auctions unique Launched in the San Diego market in October, Private Auction Properties is an online marketing platform designed to modernize the way real estate is bought and sold. The auction concept is centuries old — having been recorded as early as 500 B.C. One of the most significant historical real estate auctions occurred in the year 193 A.D. when the Praetorian Guard, after killing emperor Pertinax, put the entire Roman Empire on the auction block. Didius Jalianus outbid everyone else and purchased the Empire for the price of 6,250 drachmas per

the way real estate can be bought and sold,” said Dyson. “While requiring buyers to be pre-qualified before they place a bid on a property just makes sense for all parties involved, preopening escrow is a completely “out-of-the-box” concept that is catching on with not only our buyers and sellers, but with our service providers too.” “The process of preopening escrow is not an industry standard — yet. At Private Auction Properties, we work with preferred Title, Escrow, Mortgage and other service providers who understand the importance of pre-opening escrow. By

At Private Auction Properties we have taken the real estate auction concept and modified it to offer the best of the process to buyers, sellers and their individual real estate agents. Robert Dyson President,Private Auction Properties

Guard (approximately $25.63 per Guard at current US conversation rates). From Empires to everyday trinkets, auctions — both live and online — have become a part of our consumer culture and a part of our everyday lives. Private Auction Properties is combining the excitement and spirit of the competitive bidding environment with the convenience and accessibility of the Internet to create a unique way to buy and sell real estate. “Real estate auctions are not new. In fact, in some countries like Australia, real estate is mostly bought and sold through an auction process,” said Robert Dyson, president of Private Auction Properties. “At Private Auction Properties we have taken the real estate auction concept and modified it to offer the best of the process to buyers, sellers and their individual real estate agents.” For the real estate buyer, Private Auction Properties offers a selection of properties from motivated sellers who have not only aggressively priced their properties, but many also include incentives for either the buyer or the buyer’s agent. In addition, escrow has already been opened on most properties so that all due diligence documents are directly accessible for the buyer and their agent to review before making a bid. For the real estate seller, Private Auction Properties offers a unique online marketing platform for sellers and their agents to expose a property to serious, pre-qualified buyers with a defined deadline. “Through our auction process, we are making some major adjustments to

pre-opening escrow, our providers accumulate all necessary documents available, furnish various services and information in advance of any sale, and prepare the seller and the buyer for the close if escrow in advance,” said Dyson. In addition to service providers, the real estate industry is starting to reap the benefits of the Private Auction Properties auction process. “I posted two properties with Private Auction Properties that I had in the Multiple Listing Service for many months with no offers. When I posted these properties to the Private Auction Properties website, we received our first bids within days. One of the properties is now in escrow and the other has received much better traffic flow than we’ve ever experienced,” said Gary Giffin of Middleton and Associates, La Jolla. Private Auction Properties is also re-envisioning the way bids (offers) are communicated between buyers and sellers. The company is building a proprietary system that integrates the traditional methods of presenting and countering and offer between buyer and seller with the progressive and interactive nature of online communications. “What we are building is truly exciting,” said Dyson, who boasts nearly 40 years in the real estate industry. “It is simplistic for the buyer and seller, yet provides all the safeguards and transparency that real estate professionals and the industry demand.” For more information on Private Auction Properties, please visit www.PrivateAuctionPropert or contact them at (760) 804-8080.



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DEC. 16 CLASSIC CAROL Christmas ghosts Oceanside Theatre Company’s production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, through Dec. 18, Dec. 21 and Dec. 23 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Dec. 18 and Dec. 24 at the Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway 101, Oceanside. Tickets online at oceanside t h e a t r e . o r g . TOY TIME Brother Benno’s is hosting a toy drive for children ages 1 through 15 through Dec. 22. They will have a “Stuff the Truck with toys” event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at its Thrift Shop, 3965 Mission Ave. Oceanside. ART AT THEATER North Coast Repertory Theatre’s Café & Gallery, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive in Solana Beach, is celebrating the holidays with “Like Holiday,” an eye-catching display of colorful, often whimsical artwork by its resident scenic artist, John Finkbiner.

DEC. 17 CAN’T CATCH ME Enjoy the Gingerbread Boy puppet show and a gingerbread cookie at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., sponsored by the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library.

FOR MILITARY FAMILIES Hollywood Tans and Kids Korps USA Toy Drive will hold “Our Gift to You” charity event for Camp Pendleton Military Families 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 17, at Lincoln Housing on Camp Pendleton.

“Tin Tin” (voiced by Jamie Bell) is an intrepid boy reporter, with a plume of red hair that curls up and back like a candle’s flame, and a white fox terrier, “Snowy,” who follows him wherever he goes. When we first meet the duo, they are perusing an outdoor market of some unnamed European town, where, as luck would have it, the gleam of a model ship — a 17th century war vessel called “The Unicorn” — catches Tin Tin’s eye. After purchasing the item, he is immediately accosted by two individuals; the first a mysterious and frightened stranger, warning him to get rid of the model before it’s too late; the second a selfproclaimed collector, named Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), who attempts to purchase the ship, telling the boy to name his price. You don’t have to be an adult to tell Sakharine’s intentions are anything but benign; and Tin Tin, who has a nose for the promise of a good story, would rather keep it to discover its importance. Later, after some sleuthing, Tin Tin returns to his apartment to find the place ransacked, the Unicorn stolen, and the individual who warned him in the marketplace gunned down by unseen forces. Yup, sounds like an adventure all right. Make no mistake: For

Director Steven Spielberg teams up with producer Peter Jackson to bring the storybook adventures of “Tin Tin” and his dog “Snowy” to life in the upcoming animated film “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn.” The film opens Dec. 21. Paramount Pictures

those disappointed by “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, “The Adventures of Tin Tin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” is a much-needed antidote. Based on the comic books created by Belgian artist Georges Rémi (19071983), under the penname Hergé, the movie is a breezy, humor-fueled jaunt through vintage Spielberg territory; much more fresh and sharp than the last Indy picture.



Artist William Glen Crooks in front of his work “Dark Turn With Trumpets.” Crooks’ paintings are on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Photo by Promise Yee

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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with “Drumming in the Light,” at 8 p.m. Dec. 22, at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, 1613 Lake Drive, Encinitas. $15 donation. Bring a drum or percussion instrument. Childcare available. For more information, visit or call (760) 753-5786. SHOP LATE DEMA and The Lumberyard present Thursday evenings with Santa Claus and L8 Nites from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Encinitas with stores staying open late, offering discounts and treats and live music in the Center Courtyard of the Lumberyard along South Coast Highway 101 between Encinitas Boulevard and J Street. TURN TO CALENDAR ON A14

times, the plotting is mired in intricacies that are sure to fly over the heads of younger audience members, while the subject matter and animated format suggest a picture far less adult than it actually is. Those unfamiliar with the comic books might find the ending somewhat abrupt; while there has already been some complaint from European audiences that too many liberties have been taken with the source material.

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DEC. 19 Holidays” is the theme of the San Marcos - Vista Christian Women’s Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19 at the Lake San Marcos Country Club, 1750 San Pablo Drive, San Marcos. Cost is $17 inclusive. For reservations, call Daisy, (760) 591-0155 or Carolyn (760) 744-0957. JINGLE JAM At “Jammin for Jesus at Jingle Jam,” children ages 4 through 12 will do crafts, music, Bible stories, snacks and a mission project Dec. 19 and Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon or extended day until 3 p.m. Cost is $30 per child, or $45 for extended program.

“Give ‘em what they want” seems to be his motto, for the jokes and sight gags are in full bloom. As if to atone for the scant action in “Crystal Skull,” Spielberg makes sure “Unicorn” packs plenty of wallop, with set piece after dazzling set piece driving the story along. Written mostly by current “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat (a confessed “Tin Tin” fan), the movie has its challenges. At

The movie’s main strength, however, lies in its buoyancy. Spielberg gets great mileage out of supporting characters like Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), a scruffy seadog, whose constant inebriation provides a slapstick counterpart to Tin Tin’s sober rationality. And, of course, there’s Snowy — Tin Tin’s fourlegged sidekick who proves nobody needs to throw him a bone. Those hoping for “deep and serious” will have to look elsewhere. There is just enough depth to keep the characters from being completely two-dimensional. Like Crosby and Hope’s “Road” movies, or “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” it is meant to be lighthearted fun. In many ways, “The Adventures of Tin Tin” represents a series of firsts for Spielberg: His first full length motion-capture feature; his first venture into the world of 3D; and his first collaboration with Peter Jackson, who produced this movie, and is slated to direct the sequel. Although Tin Tin’s 3D is far inferior to Martin Scorsese’s work on “Hugo,” the motion capture process has noticeably freed the director’s mind. His enthusiasm for the material has put him into overdrive. While it may leave you gasping for air, “The Secret of the Unicorn” is a great start to a promising franchise.

The Point of View exhibit that opened at Oceanside Museum of Art on Dec. 10 shows 25 years of impactful work by landscape painter William Glen Crooks. Guest curator Scott White has known the artist for 20 years and selected a broad range of Crooks’ oils, watercolors and sketches for the exhibit that the artist himself had not revisited in years. Most of the works on display are on loan from private collectors. “I was fearful I wouldn’t like some of the old paintings,” Crooks said. “I’m far more concerned with the next painting.” The exhibit displays Crooks’ early figurative works and recent large-scale lumi-

nous landscapes. “It’s the story of him as an artist,” Danielle Susalla Deery, director of exhibits and communications for Oceanside Museum of Art, said. “It’s really comprehensive.” A wall of drawings from Crooks’ early sketchbooks is part of the exhibit. “I used to draw a lot,” Crooks said. “I would go to shopping centers, restaurants, bars and draw what was going on. It never happens that my drawings lead to paintings.” For his large-scale oil paintings, Crooks uses multiple photographs of a scene for reference. The expansive skies in Crooks’ oil paintings draw in TURN TO LUMINOUS ON A14

The holidays are hilarious at North Coast Repertory Theatre. The theater is offering three shows full of holiday spirit, from the raucous and hilarious “Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem!” to the always funny and unpredictable “An Unscripted Carol” to everyone’s favorite holiday tradition, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism.” “Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem!” will run through Dec. 18. Five performers are the key to this musical comedy adventure that offers a line-up of original comedy scenarios mixed with a bevy of holiday-inspired songs. “An Unscripted Carol” is presented by Improv Theatre of Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. In the show, keen imaginations steeped in Dickens and Christmas work feverishly to create theater on the spot. The pace is swift, and the performers are pushed to the peak of their abilities as they attempt to juggle character, plot and staging all at once. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” by Maripat Donovan will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 24. It’s going to be one ho-hoholy night as Sister tackles

The Improv Theatre of Los Angeles will present “An Unscripted Carol” Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Courtesy photo

the question that’s been puz- Bethlehem-in-Solana Beach zling historians through the as Sister delivers a sleigh load ages: Whatever happened to of holiday laughs. the Magi’s gold? CSI-goes-to-


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PET WEEK This weeks’ pet is Pumpkin, a 12-year-old, classic tabby abandoned at the center with a cancerous tumor on his ear. Now, missing half his ear just gives him character. His adoption fee is $99 including microchip identification. As with all pets adopted from Helen Woodward Animal Center, Pumpkin has upto-date vaccinations. Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Kennels are open daily Monday through



thought it would be a good idea to develop a list of residents’ emails,” he said. “Additionally, the survey further identified that overall, residents wanted to receive the following category of e-mail: 71 percent, urgent communications; 59 percent, general communications from Association; and 39 percent Association bills.” Still, what seems like a fairly straightforward process, can be fraught with legal and logistic pitfalls. There are some communications that cannot be sent electronically such as notices relating to special assessments and use of reserve funds; notices relating to collections and foreclosure notices; and those relating to disciplinary proceedings and fines, he said. Green said there are other instances when email might not be the best form of communication. “Nowadays due to the quantity of ‘spam,’ important emails may be missed by the recipient,” he said. “Ground mail still requires a communication to be opened and is less likely to be inadvertently missed by the recipient.” He said spam filters may mistakenly delete Association messages. Also, there is significant liability if legal notices



array of furniture, antiques, art, crystal, collectibles and more. Sales from this landmark white building with green awnings, produces about two-thirds of the annual income of the group. In the 55 years the group has been in existence, it has



the viewer. It is also where Crooks makes his color choice for the painting. “The sky color sets the tone for the rest of things,” Crooks said. “You can’t have a bright sky and dull green trees.” Crooks’ oil on canvas landscapes and cityscapes play with light and reflection.

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are not delivered by email. “For instance, in the case of building projects, applicants and the Association could be liable if surrounding members do not receive proper notice regarding a building proposal,” he said. Another issue is that an email list must remain current with changes of homeowners and additionally, all the owners in a household might not be in agreement about receiving email and some could prefer traditional mail, he said. Director Dick Doughty said he fears that all the changes might result in additional administrative hours. Director Eamon Callahan said it is quite important to make sure the email system is secure. He said he worked in computer security for 15 years and it was a constant battle against hackers. Matt Wellhouser, chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, said another good way to notify people of urgent events is through texting to cell phones. “Despite the difficulties and challenges, this is something we should try to pursue,” said Jack Queen, president of the board. In other Association news, The Rancho Santa Fe Review and Lorine Wright, its executive editor, we recognized for their 30-plus years of service to community.

I really think it would be a little awkward to refer to myself as a foodie when visiting the classic Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad. Or in general really … I simply like to eat and write about it. The foodie movement is a good one and yes,I admit to being one in the general meaning of the word, but at Tip Top, I put on my guy-who-likesto-eat hat and join the significant following that has that same attitude. I should say eat-and-shop hat because the meat and deli counter and store are equally compelling. They are also sporting solar panels on the roof now,which is a great mix of forward thinking combined with the traditional goodness below. It’s really nice to have this slice of Old World deli, store and restaurant right off I-5 and Palomar Airport Road. They have a smokehouse, sausage kitchen and produce a wide variety of meat products, including smoked bacon, chicken, turkey, pastrami, corned beef, suckling pigs, pork, quail, ducks and geese. That’s just the meat counter and just a sampling. The store is full of German and other gourmet products and there is an extensive wine and beer section. While this may be expected in an urban setting, it’s an oasis in suburban Carlsbad. This column could have been written based on the frequency of my visits the past few years but I decided to go back for a refresher lunch and Sunday breakfast. The everpresent breakfast or lunch line is actually a good thing as there are so many options and I personally need the time to figure it out.A change of mind several times is common so go with it. Breakfast recently was highlighted by the Big John Breakfast, which could be the subject of an entire column. It consists of three eggs any style, home fried potatoes, toast or

Char, Eva and the substantial meat counter at Tip Top Meats Photo by David Boylan

French toast with your choice of any two of their delicious smokehouse bacon, pork link sausage, or polish sausage, bratwurst or ham with free sausage and meat refills so to speak. Eaters rejoice! And remember,this is Tip Top Meats so the sausage is the real deal made in-house. I was turned on to the French toast by a guy in line who said it was an option with the Big John Breakfast and the best he has had. So I followed his lead and it was what appeared to be a deep-fried version that was as much like a doughnut as French toast and completely unreal. The twoslice mix with the already substantial meat and egg extravaganza was perfect portioning. OK,so you get all that for $7.98, are you kidding me? We also tried the Lox-NBagel with tomatoes, onions, capers and cream cheese with a very generous serving of lox. It was kind of a random breakfast surf and turf with my sausage fest, but it worked and not surprisingly, both provided a healthy leftover box. I went big with lunch and ordered the Rouladen, which is one of my favorite German dishes and normally a dinner thing as it’s quite substantial but I had no self-control. Rouladen is round steak stuffed with bacon, pickle, onion and mustard. It’s served with gravy, mashed potatoes or fries, red cabbage, sauerkraut, soup or salad and a dinner roll for $8.98. Everything on that

plate is top-notch stuff including the pickle. I’ve never had a soup that disappointed either. There are many sandwiches to choose from and I’ve had the Reuben, which as an extra bonus to being a solid sandwich gives you an extra half a sandwich with your regular sandwich order. Odd, but delightfully so at $7.49. I’ve tried the pork loin cutlet sandwich also which was good but needed the mayo to moisten it up a bit.If your lunch allows it, Tip Top always has some nice German brews on tap and a wine option. So this is the part where I would go into the virtues of the meat counter, deli, sausage aisle, wild game, baked goods and sweets. Column length is upon me so just trust me, it makes going there for a meal even more fun. The elevator-style music station playing classic rock and holiday music does not annoy as it might in other locations. It adds to the charm and may aid in the digestion of large quantities of rock solid goodness. Tip Top Meats is located at 6118 Paseo del Norte in Carlsbad. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call (760) 438 – 2620 or visit David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at

raised more than $12 million to support more than 28 agencies throughout the county including Hospice of the North County, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the San Diego Blood Bank, Casa de Ampara, Burn Camp, San Diego Center for the Blind and many others. To fund its giving, the Friends holds fundraisers throughout the year such as its

yearly premier fashion runway show and this annual Holiday Tea. The beautiful centerpieces were provided by Hanna Hanlin of Forever Florals. Welcoming the guests with beautiful harp music was Heidi Fleischbein. As a part of the event, guests were encouraged first

to do some boutique shopping courtesy of several businesses that offer unique products from floral arrangements to jewelry to hats. Garnering much attention were the “fascinators,” the whimsical hats worn by many guests at the Royal Wedding on April 29 in London. Now they are finding favor among American

women, said Carol Baden, owner of the Del Mar Hat Company. “The wedding gave women a permission slip to try one,” she said. Inside the consignment shop, business was brisk. “This is always a busy sale day,” said Nan Werner, who was holding down the shop along with Sally Schulze.

“The peaceful landscapes are so majestic,” Susalla Deery said. “The energizing cityscapes have a lot going on. You can picture yourself in the landscape traveling through the painting.” The cheerful landscapes also carry a deeper message. Many of them capture scenes of the West Coast that have already changed. “Winds of Change”

shows gently rolling hills with a ribbon fluttering on a marker for future construction. Crooks describes his works as contemplative. “I’m basically classified as a landscape painter,” Crooks said. “It’s hard to paint a landscape that is negative.” Another impressive piece in the exhibit is “Pacific Crossing.” The oil on canvas shows a view of the

ocean just past some railroad tracks. The painting has been donated to the Oceanside Museum of Art for its permanent collection. Crooks recalled his drive along Coast Highway 101 when he unexpectedly came upon the scene he later painted. “The road turns off 101 to paved dirt rambles,” Crooks said. “There were plants, bunny rabbits. The

window was open and I could smell the flowers and sage. Over a hill there was the ocean. I forgot there was an ocean.” Crooks said he sees most of his paintings as picturesque scenes from road trips. “Road trips help get you out of your normal stuff and wake up,” Crooks said. “I’m looking for stuff that sunrises me.”



fun things to do at Christmastime,” said Andrea Kessler as she folded her greens around a round metal frame. “It gets you all jazzed up for Christmas.” Little Luca Waterman, who is nearly 3, was flanked by his parents Phillip and Stefanie Waterman and was hard at work on his project. Stefanie Waterman is a Rancho Santa Fe native, who now lives in London and is a teacher at an international school. She is home with her family for a month’s visit. “I went to school here,” she said nodding toward R. Roger Rowe across the street. “I learned from the best and now teach the rest,” she said. Husband Phillip Waterman is a fashion photographer. Inside the Garden Club was an array of cookies and hot coffee and tea to warm the wreath-makers. Christmas music wafted through the air keeping them in the spirit. Shirley Corless, who was in charge of the event and teaching the fine points of the craft, said she has been doing this for the past three or four years. “I learned to do it in England when I was a child,” she said. “I’m just helping people enjoy doing it. It’s very simple and a less materialistic way to celebrate Christmas. We make two. We give one to the senior center and we take one home.”



DEC. 24 COMFORT AND JOY Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 6066 Corte del Cedro, with Rev. Dr. Laura Sheridan Campbell, will offer a traditional family Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and a 9 a.m. Christmas Day Eucharist Dec. 25. Call (760) 930-1270 for information and directions. BY CANDLELIGHT At 5 p.m. Dec. 24, the Anchor Church, 838 Academy Drive, Solana Beach, will hold a candlelight service in the chapel at Santa Fe Christian School. Call (760) 330-0670 for more details.



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Padres scouts gearing up for their ‘World Series’ By Tony Cagala

“You ask anyone, and they’d like to have as many picks as they can high. We’re the same way,” said Jaron Madison, director of scouting for the Padres. Picks in the upcoming June draft, what Madison refers to as the “World Series” for scouts, is exactly what he wants. He knows the Padres aren’t in the position to be adding big name free agents year-in, year-out, he said. “So our philosophy is, we have to spend a lot of time drafting and developing our own players, so we can have impact players in our organization and build the pipeline, so when one of our players may become too expensive, or outprice themselves in our market, we have guys in line to step in and take the place.” The term, “building from within” may scare a lot of baseball fans when they hear that applied to their team. But for Madison that’s huge, he said. “That’s what we’re geared towards. We understand the value of our scouting department and the jobs that we do…everyone takes great responsibility and accountability to that fact

that, our success, the success of the organization, all relies on the work that we do, getting to know the players on and off the field,” he added. They are building a team that fits playing in Petco Park, a field that is often referred to as “spacious.” And Madison said they’re doing that with guys who can hit and defend. “We are going to win most of our games based on pitching and defense,” Madison said. “So, finding guys that are versatile, that can take advantage of the spaciousness of the outfield, who can not only hit for power, but hit line drives and turn singles into doubles and triples, steal bases and create runs for ourselves.” Madison began his foray into scouting after spending a year coaching at Long Beach State University while earning his masters. From his time there, he met scouts and got to know them, including Deron Johnson, now scouting director for the Minnesota Twins, and who had introduced him to Bill “Chief” Gayton, then a scout with the San Diego Padres. Madison and Gayton shared informal talks and

Jaron Madison, director of scouting for the San Diego Padres, is already preparing for the June 2012 draft, the “World Series” for scouts. Photo by Andy Hayt /San Diego Padres

days later, Gayton called him up out of the blue and asked him to interview for a job. Madison got the job, working as an associate scout for Chris Gwynn and Jason McLeod. “It was kind of a chance meeting with Deron introduc-

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ing me to ‘Chief.’ We hit it off and we’ve been great friends since then,” Madison said. Madison spent several seasons working with the Padres in a scouting capacity before joining the St. Louis Cardinals in a similar role. After two seasons with the Cardinals, Madison returned to the Padres in 2009 where he would become director of scouting the following year. As director, Madison oversees a scouting crew of

about 30, all preparing for their World Series — the June draft, and seeking out that next great player that can help the team and implement the organization’s baseball philosophy. “We pretty much spend the whole year getting ready, identifying players for the next coming season, and starting to get to know them and building relationships,” Madison said. As for building new relationships within the organization, Madison and new Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes already have a good working relationship and strong communications regarding the Padres’ baseball philosophy. Byrnes had joined the Padres in 2010 as senior vice president of baseball operations and became GM after then-General Manager Jed Hoyer and assistant General Manager Jason McLeod left to join the Chicago Cubs earlier this year. “I was fortunate to work with (Byrnes) last year,” Madison said. “He helped us out a lot last year with the amateur draft…and was heavily involved with the selection of a lot of the guys we took high in last year’s draft. “(Byrnes’) outlook on scouting was pretty similar to what Jed (Hoyer) and Jason (McLeod) brought over from Boston and what we’ve been

doing for the past two years. So, there might be a few little tweaks to how we do things, but for the most part, his philosophy has been in line with what we’ve been doing and the information we’ve been gathering. So it’s been a pretty seamless process,” Madison said. When he’s watching a game, it’s safe to say he’s missed all of the stuff that the fans come to a baseball game to watch. “It’s actually funny, I’ll go to games and we’re so focused on watching one or two or a handful of players at the game, and really focusing on what they’re doing, that we actually miss a lot of the things that fans are there for,” he said. “You do miss a lot of the other things that are going on in the game, but my job is to focus and find out what that one player can do,” Madison added. “We have drafted some guys who’ve moved quick like Josh Spence and Jedd Gyorko’s knocking on the door. He’s in a position where he should see the big league roster at some point next year if everything goes well with his health and his performance,” Madison said. “Padres fans have a lot to look forward to and to be excited about and we’re going to continue to try to bring those kinds of guys into the system.”

From left, Jim Harrah with 2011 Torrey Pines High School girls golf team members Minjia Luo, Jennifer Peng, Stacey Rayo, Sarah Cho, Sandy Choi, Shiyang Fan and Coach Chris Drake celebrate their second consecutive State Championship at Poppy Hills, and the day included a hole-in-one by Minjia Luo. Courtesy photo



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Prepare to be served I’m looking for a trail of crumbs and coffee grounds. This may answer my latest question about human nature. I see it in the copy that comes across my desk every day, inviting the community to club meetings, open houses, concerts and whatnot. The majority of these notices include the phrase “Refreshments will be served.” The gathering may be deadly dull or include song, speeches or even dancing, but the one constant is “refreshments will be served.” I know that whomever wrote these words is just trying to be hospitable and probably was raised with impeccable manners. Yet, I wonder every time I read it, who the hoard of peckish people are who can be lured to even the most tedious event by this vague promise. I have to ask, when was the last time that the offer of some unnamed, unknown “refreshments” was your deciding factor about going anywhere? I get hungry. I have been known to get so hungry around 10 a.m. that I will eat that lint-covered corn-nut in the bottom of my purse. But I never remember being hungry enough to drag my carcass to any event just because they promised “refreshments will be served.” I’ve attended my share of meetings and events. None of the refreshments ever took the edge off an endless litany of Robert’s Rules of Order. Sometimes those soggy cookies and harsh caffeinated beverages sent me racing for the door. At the very least, I make sure to eat before I leave home or throw a granola bar in my purse for backup. Anyone who has ever gone to a board meeting, a club meeting, a store’s grand opening, an art show, a tour or their child’s recital knows the absurdly broad spectrum “refreshments will be served” can cover. It ranks right up there with promise of a “continental breakfast.” You never really know which continent it’s coming from. In an upscale hotel in Germany or France, a continental breakfast can contain rich cocoa or coffee latte topped with whipped cream, butter croissants, crusty rolls, sweet butter, three kinds of jam, pate and cheese. At the bargain motel, it means day-old doughnuts, stale Danish and orange juice that can strip paint. TURN TO SMALL TALK ON B2

Rancho Santa Fe — Residents Michael and Ilene Lamb open their home Saturday to celebrate the launching of Inolvidable Infante Tequila. The evening, which included a mechanical bull, food and drink was sponsored in part by Pantofola d’Oro, the 125 year-old Italian shoe brand, which is slated to launch in the United States in the spring. Clockwise from top: Former Denver Bronco Glenn Cadrez, left, his wife and actress Brande Roderick with UFC fighter Jake Ellenberger. Randy and Marlene Salatino give the mechanical bull a try. Rob Androus, left, and Niles Sanchez, co-owner and founder of Inolvidable Infante Tequila celebrate the launch of the 100 percent agave tequila. Riding the mechanical bull, from left: Karin Koepke, Laura Hodges and Julie Glance.


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Annual library guild tea and tree raffle a success By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — For the 21st year, the community joined the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild for the very popular Christmas Tea and proved once again it really is a joint effort that shows unfailing community support for the library. Held this year on Dec. 9, the library was decorated with more than 30 trees and wreaths that were up for raffle, the proceeds going directly to the guild’s programs and services. What makes this raffle special is that the trees are decorated and donated by clubs, businesses, families and individuals who use and support the library. Then during the tea, people buy raffle tickets and place them in a can by the tree they hope to win. It’s not only a fundraiser, but a “funraiser,” said Susan Appleby, the guild’s

Sophia Alsadek, left, sells raffle tickets to Terry Salyers-Chivetta and Cheri Salyers Photos by Patty McCormac

director of membership and development. “It is a fun tradition having everyone come by and enjoy cookies, punch, coffee and tea,” she said. The adults were invited to come first and peruse the trees and listen to carolers from the elementary school next door. “The kids come at 3 p.m. when they get out of school,” she said. The trees come in all kinds of themes from Angry Birds, to a taffy tree to Hanukkah wreaths. Mary Liu, guild president, said she expected about 200 people to come for the event. “It’s beautiful! It’s fabulous,” said Claudia Bond Mauro, who was looking at the trees. “It’s a good way to get the community togethCruise Bond Mauro, 3, picks a tree er.” She said she and her he likes and places his raffle ticket in the can beside it hoping he will husband have four children win it. and they spend a lot of time

at the library, especially because all the kids have staggered pick-up times from school. Guild member MaryEllen Drummond said she had purchased more than 300 books from the guild’s bookstore downstairs from the library. She gives them to her daughter, Erica Drummond, who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and who is now a teacher in San Francisco. Her students really appreciate having a book of their own to take home with them. Mary-Ellen Drummond said she became acquainted with the guild over a period of years before she got involved, but she was very impressed with them. “They love books, they love people and they love to see the library grow,” she said. Appleby said the guild always appreciates commu-

nity support and they are always looking for new members, but there is one thing prospective guild members need to know. “Just having a library card does not automatically make you a member of the library guild,” she said. A person must join separately, but there are many benefits such as being invited to members-only events, and being able to meet and greet well-known authors. Members will also receive newsletters and discounts at the Book Cellar. Membership dues help fund about half of the book and audio books purchased for the library; maintain the land and building; pay salaries of the children’s librarians and other parttime employees; and fund after school and summer programs and operation of the Book Cellar. To learn more, call (858) 756-4780.

For the 21st year, the community has joined the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild for the very popular Christmas Tea and proved once again it really is a joint effort that shows unfailing community support for the library. Held this year Dec. 9, the library was decorated with more than 30 trees and wreaths that were up for raffle the proceeds going directly to the guild’s programs and services. What makes this raffle special is that the trees are decorated and donated by clubs, businesses, families and individuals who use and support the library. Then during the tea, people buy raffle tickets and place them in a can by the tree they hope to win. Not only a fundraiser, but a “funraiser,” said Susan Appleby the guild’s director of membership and development. “It is a fun tradition having everyone come by and enjoy cookies, punch, coffee and tea,” she said. The adults were invited to come first and peruse the trees and listen to carolers from the elementary school next door. “The kids come at 3 p.m. when they get out of school,” she said. The trees come in all kinds of themes from Angry Birds, to a taffy tree to Chanukah wreaths. Mary Liu, guild president said she expected about 200 people to come for the event. “It’s beautiful! It’s fabulous,” said Claudia Bond Mauro who was looking at the trees.” It’s a good way to get the community together.”


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Living on the West Coast allows us a view of nature’s fine art KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos We take them for granted. Fundamentally, they define our day. Earth spins on its axis, the sun appears to rise in the morning, travel through the sky and then dive into the ocean with a splash of vibrant colors. Sunsets occur everyday, every where on Earth, except for small areas of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. We are fortunate to live on a west-facing coastline, which affords us unobstructed views of nature’s finest canvas. Sunset is defined as the moment when the disc of the sun disappears below the horizon. This is determined by the observer’s location on Earth and Earth’s position in the cosmos. Twilight is the light that lingers after sunset

and is bright enough to read by. Dusk is the falling of darkness and the illumination of planets and bright stars in the sky. Luminous colors and various optical phenomena often enrich our horizon as the sun sets. What causes the beauty? Nuclear fusion in the sun sends electromagnetic radiation into the solar system. One component of that radiation is light. The water molecules and dust in Earth’s atmosphere refract, reflect and scatter the light. Optical refraction happens when waves of light energy pass through different substances, such as water molecules, and white light is dispersed into the colors of the rainbow. The scattering of violet and blue light causes the brilliant daytime sky. As the sun sets, light passes through more and more atmosphere to reach the observer. These extra molecules cause the light to scat-


waiting for the rest of you. But remember, once you arrive, you have to stay until the end. There is the new phrase Is there a cookie baked any“heavy hors d’oeuvres,” where worth that? which may be closer to real food, but it’s still risky. It can never be good form to look to Jean Gillette is a freelance the weight of the canapé trays writer who is most refreshed by staying home for your sustenance. The good news, I sup- with her feet up. Contact pose, is that all those “refresh- her at jgillette@coastnewsments” are out there just


Sunsets like this often are taken for granted. Living on the West Coast allows us unobstructed views to watch the light waves comingle with the atmosphere. Photo by Kyle Stock

ter and refract more toward the red end of the spectrum. The soft pink, orange, purple ribbon above the

horizon during twilight is known as the Belt of Venus. It is so named because bright Venus regularly

appears there as light fades. The dark line below Venus’ Belt is the shadow that Earth casts on its own atmosphere. Sitting in the ocean, waiting for a wave, the sun sets unassumingly with cirrus clouds high in the sky: very peaceful. Then, boom! The sky explodes with psychedelic reds and oranges. The clouds burst with color, the ocean becomes one with the sky, reflecting every shade. This is the afterglow. When the sun’s light is scattered high in the atmosphere by water, dust and aerosols. A sun pillar is a vertical ray of light extending upward from the sun as it sets. They are caused by the reflection of light off ice crystals high in the atmosphere. When there is an abundance of ice particles in the upper atmosphere a sundog will appear horizontally to the setting sun. Sundogs, or parhelia, are bright spots and/or small rainbows that follow the

sun below the horizon. They are frequently associated with halos of light around the sun. Have you ever seen a green flash? Do they even exist? Yes, the mythical green flash is a real optical phenomenon. There are even variations of this marvel. They are caused by a mirage similar to the shimmering road ahead on a hot day. Warm air covers the surface, while cooler air ascends upward. Shimmering on the horizon causes the sun’s disk to warp. When distortions overlap exactly as the sun passes below the horizon, a green flash (might) majestically appear. Not all sunsets are postcard-worthy. Sometimes it is cloudy and others are simply mundane. However, if you pay attention, you are sure to witness phenomenal beauty as the Earth spins under the sun and light dances through the atmosphere.

RSF student spends fall studying abroad RANCHO SANTA FE — University of San Diego student Dominique Kourie of Rancho Santa Fe has been studying in Aix-enProvence, France this fall. Kourie is majoring in international business and plans to graduate in fall 2013. The semester-long program is

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RANCHO SANTA FE — The holiday season in Rancho Santa Fe would not be complete without the lighting of the menorah by Rabbi Levi Raskin. This year there will be two different occasions to witness the lighting and the ceremony attached to the tradition and have a little fun as well. The official kick-off to Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, and the first opportunity will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center near the GSB Men’s store, courtesy of the owner Gary Bella. Then at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Morgan Run Resort there will be another menorah lighting as well as games for the children and traditional food. Both events are open to the public regardless of religious denomination. “This is the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends,” Raskin said. He said this lighting is also symbolic that people of any faith should share their light. “You should light the other people’s candles,” he

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Rabbi Levi Raskin, head of the Chabad at Rancho Santa Fe, prepares for Chanukah and lighting the menorah, which is the symbol of the holiday. Photo by Patty McCormac

said. “It’s not just about me, menorah celebrates freedom ple and defiled it, including breaking all the ceremonial me, me. Light a small candle. and a miracle. In 168 B.C., Greek sol- oil. It dispels much darkness.” Eventually, rebels He said lighting the diers seized the Jewish tem-

known as the Maccabees reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem. They wanted to purify the temple by burning

15 years, he is reuniting with Bergum. his former business partner Patty Elliot. For more infor- Star student mation call (760) 436-1896. Caroline Ingalls, of Rancho Santa Fe, has been named to the Dean’s List at Academic champs Nov. 12, the Torrey Pines the Savannah College of Art High School Academic Team and Design for fall quarter members Neal Nathan, Jenny 2011. Li, Robert Alpert, Xinting Li, Katie Shubat and Anson New restaurant Kahng, participated in the Location Matters, Inc. annual UCSD Triton Fall Commercial Restaurant & Tournament. Team A won Retail Brokerage facilitated over a field of 23, besting the signing of a 10-year lease Canyon Crest Academy and for Woody’s Restaurant at the La Jolla High School. Justin Beachwalk in Solana Beach Song was fourth-high scorer. 437 S. Coast Highway 101, forStudents participating includ- merly the Blanca Restaurant. ed Song, Ethan Song, David The lease, for the 4,414Zheng, Dowon Kim and Brick square-foot restaurant space,

Vienna, Austria this fall at Institute for the International Education of Students in the Palais Corbelli. Tiana Hayden of Encinitas is studying in Barcelona, Spain this fall. Delaney Deutsch of San Marcos is studying in Oxford, England this fall.

was valued at $1,656,579. Mike DiNorscia of Location Matters represented the tenant in the transaction. GCB-Beachwalk LLC, was represented by Rob Ippolito and David Bradley of Cushman & Wakefield of San Diego, Inc.

Global learning University of San Diego students from North County traveled the world for their education this year. Thomas Remington of Carlsbad is studying in Australia this fall at Macquarie University. Elizabeth Mills of Encinitas is studying in

Simply smashing Torrey Pines High School band played during a fundraiser with the Del Mar location of Smashburger Nov. 1, which donated $1 for food purchased. The restaurant raised $905 for the Torrey Pines High School Band.

ritual oil for eight days but found only one vial left. They lit is anyway and to their amazement, it burned for the full eight days. Therefore, in modern day, the menorah is lit, one candle for each night of Hanukkah. “The candle lights other candles which shows that with one small deed or mitzvah, you can change the world,” he said. Gifts are traditionally given each night of the celebration and traditional foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and jelly doughnuts are fried in oil. “Children play with the dreidels, a sort of top, with four Hebrew letters meaning ‘A Great Miracle Happened There,’” he said. The Chabad at the Ranch is growing steadily, Raskin said. He said events like these are an opportunity for Jewish people who did not know there was a local presence to learn about the Chabad. “We focus on individual attention, serving the Ranch for all Jewish needs,” he said. To learn more about the upcoming events, call (858) 756-7571 or visit

Teaming up Casa de Amparo will team up with Dare to be Fit Studio, 110 Copperwood Way, Suite M, Oceanside, through Dec. 31, to support its programs for abused and neglected children. Berry is offering a week of personal training for any $50 donation to Casa de Amparo.

Bringing the holiday Hollywood Tans, Applebees and Kids Korps USA team up for the “Our Gift to You” toy drive for Camp Pendleton families Dec. 17, at Lincoln Housing on Camp Pendleton.

Fitness studio owner rides in honor of his father’s battle Motivated by his father’s battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Sculpt • SPX Pilates & Cycle owner Dean Grafos is hosting the first annual Steve Grafos Tribute Ride and Sculpt for ALS from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Dec. 17. The event will take place in the Solana Beach studio, 437 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite 201, and is designed to raise funds to help increase awareness of and try to find a cure for ALS.

Grafos plans to ride an indoor cycle for the entire 12 hours, along with other interested participants who will support the cause by either riding one of the other 11 bikes or taking SPX Pilates classes in increments of one hour or more. “Our family was devastated when we found out my father had ALS earlier this year,” Grafos said. “The most shocking and terrible part of it all is the speed at which this disease has robbed my dad of his health. So far there is no treatment and no cure, and we are going to do what we can to fight this with all we’ve got.” The event invites participants to secure donations in advance and then commit to riding for as long as they can, or by making a donation to take SPX Pilates classes. The goal is to have both rooms filled throughout the entire 12 hours. All funds raised will go to the San Diego ALS Chapter in Steve’s name. Individuals interested either in participating in the sculpt and/or cycle sessions or mak-

ing a donation can visit be made through the ASL heart-warming stories of the ride in honor of his father’s year and we are honored to fight against ALS,” said Tom or call (858) website at “This is one of the most be a part of Dean’s 12-hour Courtney, executive Director 755-4779. Donations can also of the Greater San Diego ALS Association. “As soon as I met Dean and his wife, Lisa, and heard what he was planning to accomplish, I knew I wanted to be a part of this event. I am planning to ride at least three hours alongside Dean. I hope other cyclists will want to complement their “Season of Giving” by taking part in this incredible story.” Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive, degenerative neuromuscular disease that attacks specific nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in a loss of ability to initiate and control muscle movement, and ultimately total paralysis. What makes ALS particularly devastating is while the patient’s ability to move is progressively lost, there is little or no effect on the From left, Pilates and cycle fitness center owner Dean Grafos, his mother Thean and father Steve, will host mind, leaving the patient the first annual Steve Grafos Tribute Ride and Sculpt for ALS, to help his father’s battle with amyotrophic lat- acutely aware of their continually decreasing abilities. eral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Courtesy photo


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‘Sgt. Reckless,’ heroic warhorse, had ties to North County Reckless also carried wounded marines back to base. After the truce was signed in July 1953, most of Reckless’ buddies returned home. Bob Rogers, a former Navy corpsman, was among those who remained. “A lieutenant, myself and others were in a circle talking,” Rogers said. “Reckless came up behind one fellow and nuzzled the back of his neck. It scared the guy, and he cussed Reckless, calling her a blanking ‘nag.’ The lieutenant sternly let him know Reckless was a hero and had done more for the Marine Corps than he ever would. And since Reckless outranked him, any further verbal abuse would be cause for disciplinary action. Rogers added, “I had the honor of being in formation when Cpl. Reckless was promoted to sergeant.” In 1954, war buddies and the American people, who learned about Reckless from the Geer’s Post article, rallied to bring her “home” to the United States. Pacific Transport Line graciously agreed to transport Reckless via ship to San Francisco. A hero’s welcome awaited her that included the national press, Gov. Goodwin Knight and friends from the battlefield who never forgot her. “It is claimed that horses have no memory and quickly forget past associations,” wrote Geer in the Post article. “Obviously these so-called authorities do not know Reckless. She recognized us immediately and gave voice to her joy at seeing us again. It had been 18 months since she had seen Pedersen, but she strained against the stall gate to lean her head into his Staff Sergeant Reckless in an elevator for the first time at the banquet hand. The same greeting was hall. Courtesy photo extended to all of us.” After posing for photographs, she was taken to a reception in the theater of the Marines’ Memorial Club. Later, she stepped into an elevator for the first time and rode 10 floors to the banquet hall where she was guest of honor at a Marine Corps anniversary celebration. “With Pedersen and (Elmer) Lively as escorts, she By Lillian Cox

CAMP PENDLETON — One of the greatest animal stories in American military history is that of the real-life warhorse, Staff Sgt. Reckless, who served courageously with the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Adding to the legend is the fact that Reckless was a lady, a petite racehorse whose given name was “Flame of the Morning.” In October 1952, 2nd Lt. Eric Pedersen bought “Flame” for $250 from a boy at a Korean racetrack who needed the money to buy an artificial leg for his sister who had stepped on a land mine. “(Pederson) wanted to increase the firepower of his Recoilless Rifle Platoon and

he needed an animal to pack 75-mm shells over the rugged Korean hills,” said Marine Lt. Col. Andrew Geer, who commanded the 2nd Battalion, 5th Regiment of the 1st Division. Flame’s name was changed to Reckless, a nickname for “recoilless” rifles. Despite her tiny stature, she displayed unflinching determination as a munitions carrier in combat, including the bloody Battle of Vegas. “Marines, young and old, who were there can tell you of Reckless,” Geer wrote in “The Saturday Evening Post” on April 17, 1954. “Fifty-one times she marched through the fiery gantlet of the Red barrage — and she saved the day for the Leathernecks.”


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trooped into the dining room to the thunderous applause of 400 marines and their ladies,” Geer wrote. “While being introduced, she spied a two-foot-high anniversary cake and helped herself before anyone could stop her.” Reckless also grazed on rose and carnation centerpieces. When the festivities were over, Reckless traveled south to Vista, Calif., where she was the guest of Pederson and his wife, Kate, on their ranch. In preparation for her transfer to Camp Pendleton, Geer wrote the Commandant of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.: “The undersigned is in hearty agreement that Reckless should be stationed at Camp Pendleton . . . It should be kept in mind, however, that this is no ordinary horse and she should have special care and attention . . . It is suggested her court be in the vicinity of the Commanding General’s quarters and properly marked with appropriate sign, so that all will know this to be the home of Sergeant Reckless, Pride of the Marines. “... Her shoes should be removed and she should be allowed to go barefoot for a period of six weeks,” Geer continued. “At that time, her

feet should be trimmed and new shoes fitted. Only the most knowing and patient horseshoer should be employed. Sergeant Reckless is extremely proud of her feet and will not stand for inexpert attention. Several Korean horseshoers will painfully attest to this statement.” The memo continued, “During the extreme heat of Korea, when potable water was scarce or non-existent, Reckless came to know and like certain liquids other than water. She is fond of coca cola and milk. Under the stress of battle she has been known to drink beer.” Five years after arriving at Camp Pendleton, Reckless was promoted in a ceremony to staff sergeant. She died in 1968 and was survived by three offspring: Fearless, Dauntless and Chesty (named after Lt. Gen. Lewis

B. “Chesty” Puller). During her military career, Staff Sgt. Reckless earned two Purple Hearts, a Good Conduct Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation with star, a National Defense Service Medal, a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal and a Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, all of which she proudly wore on her scarlet and gold blanket. In 1955, Geer published the book, “Reckless, Pride of the Marines.” Videos of Sergeant Reckless, including one with her foal, Fearless, can be viewed at

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Wrap large-sized gifts without paying oversized price SARA NOEL Frugal Living Dear Sara: Any tips for wrapping large gift items? — Kelly, Illinois Dear Kelly: The dollar stores sell cheap tablecloths. I’d use that to wrap a large gift item.You could make reusable, drawstring fabric gift bags, too. If the recipient is an immediate family member, you could reuse the fabric bags year-toyear; if it’s not for immediate family, the bags can become part of the gift and the recipient can reuse them, too. Dear Sara: What kinds of handmade/homemade gifts do you like to receive? — Polly, Pennsylvania Dear Polly: I’ve always enjoyed ornaments, home-

made soaps and candles, knitted or crocheted scarves, hats and mittens. Dear Sara: Can I use Borax in the cat litter to help deodorize? — Hannah D., Ohio Dear Hannah: The 20 Mule Team Borax website states that it works well on pet odors, but to keep it out of reach of pets and children. I’ve had readers mention that they put a couple of tablespoons of Borax in the litter box, but I wouldn’t want my cats to inhale it. I am diligent about cleaning the box, so I don’t feel the need to add anything extra to deodorize the litter. I suggest that you ask your veterinarian. Dear Sara: Do you have any uses for canned Manwich sauce? — Jill K., email Dear Jill: It can be used on meatball or shredded beef sandwiches, in casseroles, meatloaf, chili, dips, tacos, on chicken wings and more. Visit for some

tasty recipes. Dear Sara: I made lemon bars yesterday and made more lemon zest than I needed. Throwing it out seemed like waste. Can lemon zest be frozen? — Valerie, Pennsylvania Dear Valerie: Yes, you can freeze lemon zest a few ways. Freeze it like you freeze herbs, by placing it in an ice cube tray and topping it off with water. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer storage bag.To use, thaw and pat with a paper towel.You can freeze lemon “half-shells,” too. Once frozen, remove the zest from the freezer and grate it. Use a micro plane, if you have one.Wrap small individual portions (about 1 tablespoon) in plastic wrap, place inside a freezer bag and use as needed (no need to thaw). Dear Sara: I want to surprise my boyfriend with a stocking for Christmas. Do you have any stocking-stuffer

Pet adoption drive hits six million homes RANCHO SANTA FE — Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption programs announced it placed its 6-millionth homeless pet in a home, and it all began here. The landmark adoption comes in the program’s 13th year, as Helen Woodward Animal Center and Iams again team up with more than 3,500 animal organizations from across the globe to encourage pet adoption. “We are incredibly proud of this achievement and are grateful to those families who have opened their hearts — and their homes — to an animal in need,” said Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Having reached our six-millionth adoption, we recognize that there is still plenty of work to be done in our fight against pet homelessness, which is why we’re inspired to continue our work and this yearly program.” Through Jan.3,people can participate in Iams Home 4 the Holidays by: — Visiting a participating animal organization in your area and giving a dog. Cat, rabbit or turtle a loving home this holiday season. — Supporting your favorite local animal organization by becoming their fan on Facebook or Twitter; by donating time, goods or money; and by spreading the word about the great work they do. Visiting Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Facebook page to read heartwarming

adoption stories from around the world — Becoming a fan of the Iams Facebook page and creating a custom adoption announcement or holiday card to share with family and friends. For each card created and shared, Iams will donate a meal to pets in need. — Purchasing specially-marked packages of Iams dog or cat food during the duration of the campaign. For every specially-marked package sold, Iams will donate one bowl of food to a participating Iams Home 4 the Holidays animal organization. In 1999, 14 San Diego-based animal organizations participated in Iams Home 4 the Holidays and 2,563 animals were adopted into homes.The program has grown to include 21 countries, but the roots are still strong in San Diego. Participating San Diego area organizations include Borrego Animal Rescue, Camp Pendleton Animal Control, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego, Coronado Animal Care Facility, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, El Cajon Animal Shelter, English Springer Rescue, Escondido Humane Society, Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals, Friends of Cats,It’s the Pits Dog Rescue, Labradors and Friends, Loving Arms Animal Rescue, San Diego Spaniel Rescue, Second Chance Dog Rescue, Shelter Pet Partners,

United Hope for Animals, Vizsla Club of America and Westie Rescue of California. This year’s campaign goal is to find homes for 1.5 million pets and donate 5 million meals to animals at participating adoption and rescue centers (through the Bags 4 Bowls campaign). So far, for the 2012 campaign, more than 520,000 pets have been adopted,including 270,159 dogs and 241,640 cats. “While we’re working towards our goal of placing even more animals into loving homes this holiday season, we recognize that not everyone is in the position to adopt a pet,”said Michel Brousset, Iams marketing director. For more information on participating shelters and for weekly updates on worldwide adoptions, visit

ideas? He’s not really into sweets. — Leslie, Illinois Dear Leslie: Some general suggestions would be T-shirts, gum, books, magazines, lottery tickets,book light,nail clippers, knife sharpener, razors, gift cards, fruit, gloves, hats, hand

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Rancho Santa Fe Realtors hit top 30 RANCHO SANTA FE — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s The Harwood Group, which operates out of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe, has yet another accolade to stack onto its trophy case. The Harwood Group has been ranked 30th among the top real estate teams in the U.S. according to a new list by The Wall Street Journal/Real Trends,Inc. The Harwood Group carved a notch up on the Journal’s Top 250 list thanks in part to Doug and Orva Harwood’s combined 60-plus years of real estate experience in the San Diego region. The

Harwood Group is a regular on the Journal’s list, having cracked the Top 50 for the past four years. Additionally, the team has been Coldwell Banker’s No. 1 group in all of San Diego County since 2005. “The Harwood Group’s success is a direct reflection of the team’s commitment to their clients’ needs,” said Coldwell Banker Residential BrokerageRancho Santa Fe Manager Steve Salinas. “Through their 60 combined years, they have truly seen it all and our clients have benefited greatly from that immeasurable experience.”

The Harwood Group has its fingerprints on some of the largest real estate transactions affecting San Diego. Recent highlights include Orva Harwood having closed the highest-priced property in Solana Beach this summer, and Doug Harwood who recently closed the largest residential land deal for 2011 in North County. Additionally, Doug has a $29 million oceanfront listing in Carlsbad — currently the third-highest priced listing in San Diego County. For more information,The Harwood Group can be reached at (858) 756-6900.

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Martial arts studio leads toy drive West Coast Martial Arts Academy has teamed up through Dec. 20 with Rady Children’s Hospital to provide toys for ill children on Christmas.Toys will be collected at both studios, in the 4S

Ranch at 10890-B Thornmint Rd. and in Encinitas at 451 Encinitas Blvd. To donate, for a list of drop-off locations or the wish list, contact either school at Sponsors ask that you keep in mind when donating, more than half the children at Rady’s are under 3 years old As an extra incentive for donations, the first 100 people who donate automatically receive a free month of martial arts lessons in any style offered at the two West Coast Martial Arts Academy locations. This is the first toy drive that the academy has embarked on but they are no strangers to charity activity. Annually, the school raises money for the Liam’s Fund, a non-profit dedicated to buying more sophisticated neurosurgical equipment for Rady Children’s hospital.The school has also raised money with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a voluntary health agency dedicated to blood

cancer. Both schools also provide free self-defense seminars for Boy and Girl Scout troops, along with sports team like the Mount Carmel girls soccer program and cane fu fighting programs for senior citizens. Our schools have a history of events in charity. Two of our school’s owners have a family history of charity. Hank and Will Deutschendorf are the nephews of the late singer John Denver, who used his celebrity to bring awareness to global social problems like environmental pollution and world hunger. The two martial arts instructors have been involved in charity work since they were in high school. With a group of friends, they spearheaded a walk-a-thon that is held annually at Mount Carmel High School for the Liam’s Fund. The head master, Sifu Giuseppe Aliotta, has also worked with his teacher for years promoting Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang.



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Both the birds and I fly south for the winter JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace I’m finally going back to my Puerto Vallarta condo for a while. I will be able to spend New Year’s Eve there. Everyone says it’s pretty spectacular as to the fireworks in Banderas Bay as well as the hordes of visitors enjoying all that a paradise can offer. I’ll be able to exhale after the Thanksgiving to Christmas rush. I’m going to go join most of the 1 million American and Canadian owners of full- and timeshare ownerships. I’ve written in previous columns that I have found, terrain-wise, that Puerto Vallarta is comparable to the stretch from Santa Barbara to Gaviota Pass (Hollister Ranch for all you surfers in the know). I see all the expansion possibilities there. Coupled with near-perfect climate of 82 to 89 degrees every day of the year, Puerto Vallarta also has some of the nicest beaches and surf you’ll find. Especially for a baby boomer like me — big, small, point, reef and beach break spots all over the place. And if you’re a stand up surfer, no one will sneer

at you. There are plenty of breaks with no one there, and yet steps away from a little café or a five-star resort. Here’s the rub, you’re thinking, “He’s nuts.” They behead people and kidnap people in Mexico and the streets are filled with headless bodies. Who in the world wants to go to Mexico? Here are some facts. Five to 7 percent of Mexico’s GDP comes from medical tourism. Puerto Vallarta currently has seven world-class American- and Mexicanstaffed medical hospitals. Two are in the planning and building stages. Even with insurance in the states or even socialized medicine abroad, Mexico is now the number one country in the world for attracting patients seeking specialists in all areas of medicine and surgery available immediately, at competitively low cost and very high quality. The country of Mexico itself is sitting on a cash surplus and a nearly balanced budget. Mexico trails only South Korea, Sweden and Luxembourg in the unemployment rate at 4.5 percent. Ranked the seventh safest destination city in the world, the area of Puerto Vallarta to Punta Mita is an investor’s dream. This stretch of about 45 miles has the comprehensive infrastructure in place,

as mentioned, world-class hospitals and dental care; natural investment protection from the Sierra Madre Mountains, an endless future water supply, low to nonexistent crime, an international airport; first-class, private bilingual schools, mixed Mexican and American private schools at low cost — especially with the exchange rate on the dollar and higher-than-average appreciation potential in home and condo purchases. Like many areas in Mexico, there is large demand for full- and parttime retirement living. A lot of construction is under way to meet the demand. Mexico has the world’s 13th largest GDP and is no longer called a “Third World country” but rather a fast-growing, economically secure state. The government doesn’t impose the same strangling growth restrictions on industry. The pay scale is low, but adequate for most citizens to shop at their new Costcos, Wal-Marts and Home Depots. American industry eyes the close proximity and growth potential. So, to me, Puerto Vallarta seems like Southern California in the 1950s about to explode in economic and cultural growth. I bring this all up because I write about us baby boomers trying to


They’re taking care of decide whether it’s best to stay put and ride it all out, all the boomers heading or possibly seeing how you south. Take a vacation and can retire on a very limited check it out. It might just fit into that budget just a two-hour/$200 round trip flight from Tijuana to Paradise. I’ve figured it out. I’ve bought the oceanfront condo for the same price as a condo in El Centro. I let my kids take care of me when I’m in San Diego and not there. Turnaround is fair play and they only get me part time. Besides, it’s starting to get pretty cold. Not too much longer and it will be cold and wet. I’ll take the sun. The autumn here has been great but I’m ready for a real summer again and no one is going to behead me or kidnap me unless I want to get into the drug trade and that ain’t gonna happen. Lighten up everyone. Have you noticed that the illegal immigration has slowed dramatically? The work and play is down there.

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Wine Spectator names the most exciting wines of 2011 FRANK MANGIO

Taste of Wine Each year Wine Spectator, the most respected wine publication in the world, compiles the top 100 wines reviewed the past 12 months. They were selected from some 16,000 new releases that were blind tasted and placed into a 100 point scale according to: quality (the wine’s score), value (the price), availability (cases produced) and what they call the “X Factor” or excitement level. In this year’s list, 12 countries were represented, with the average wine score of 93 on the 100-point scale. The average cost per bottle

was $44. Before we list the top ten (my editors would balk at giving me two pages for the top 100), a couple of interesting points. Aside from California, which had 28 in the top 100, Italy came in 2nd with 20, ahead of the 3rd most popular, France. The most popular grape varietal was Cabernet Sauvignon in a tie with Pinot Noir. What wasn’t clear but was clearly evident was the performance of Sangiovese, the signature wine of Tuscany, the wine capital of Italy. Tuscany had 10 in the top 100. a victory for the wineries that bottle Sangiovese and its premium clone, Brunello. I also want to note that the annual TASTE OF WINE Top Ten Tastes will publish the week of Jan. 1. We continue to search for the very best wines for the dollar and will continue to so until the deadline of Dec. 25.

Wine Spectator’s Top Ten: 1 — Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma 2009. $52. 2 — Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2008. $90. 3 — Domaine Huet Loire Valley France, 2009. $69. 4 — Campogiovanni Brunello Di Montalcino, 2006. $50. 5 — Dehlinger Pinot Noir Sonoma, 2008. $50. 6 — Baer Ursa Blend Columbia Valley Washington,

Diego County, that’s Beni di Batasiolo, it chooses the leading Italian Restaurant Group, and that’s Vigilucci’s. This night was special since all menu offerings were laced with truffle mushrooms. These elusive delicacies are at times priced up to $500 per truffle. The white, or as the Italians call them “Tarufi” Truffles, are the gourmet sought-after treasures in Northern Italy that are served shaved. Vigilucci’s expertly presented them in dishes such as: Asparagus with Cauliflower Soup, Fettuccine Pasta with Poached Egg, and a grilled Filet Mignon with Polenta. The wine to match the steak was the Barolo Riserva Batasiolo DOCG 2004. This wine is made from the Nebbiolo grape grown on the hills of Serralunga d’Alba in the Barolo District of Piemonte, Italy. It’s aged in oak for 3 years followed by a minimum 2 years in bottle prior to release ($64). Stefano Poggi of Beni di Batasiolo, tastes the Barolo Reserva 2004, Batasiolo also makes Barbera before serving at Vigilucci’s in Carlsbad. Photo by Frank Mangio and Dolcetto, among others. See their story at France, 2009. $58. 2008. $35. 7 — Quinta do Vallado Wine Bytes Touriga Douro Portugal, Vigilucci’s PiemonteBel Vino Winery, former2008. $55. Inspired White Truffle ly Stuart Cellars in 8 — Domenico Clerico Dinner Temecula, has a Jingle and Barolo Italy, 2006. $90. When the world’s lead9 — Alain Graillot ing producer of Italian Mingle Holiday Party Dec. 16 Crozes-Hermitage Syrah Barolo Wines comes to San from 6 to 9 p.m. Live enterRhone France, 2009. $55. 10 — Chateu de StCosme Gigondas Grenache

tainment, appetizers, wines and ports will be served with ice cream. $30. Call (951) 676-6414. Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido presents their annual Holiday Grand Tasting Dec. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. Over 100 wines will be spotlighted. Advance purchase of $30. Call (760) 7451200. Wines from Tuscany are being served at Bacchus downtown San Diego Dec. 16 from 4 to 8:30 p.m., including some Brunellos and Chianti Classicos. Cost is $25. Find out more at (619) 236-0005. North County Wine Company in San Marcos opens up Wines That Make Great Gifts on Dec. 16, between 4 to 10 p.m. $15. Call (760) 744-2119 for details. Orfila Winery in Escondido celebrates with Holiday in the Vines, with music, entertainment, wine and food, Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Classic rock and classic holiday songs from the Aftershock Seven. RSVP at (760) 738-6500 ext. 20.

wore on the cover of his “Born in the U.S.A.” album; Lead Belly’s 12-string Stella acoustic guitar; and (ta-da!) Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” bustier. These are only a few of the relics and artifacts you’ll see at this architecturally stunning Cleveland icon that sits on Lake Erie’s shore. Even if there were nothing in it, the building itself could stand on its own. Designed by internationally renowned architect I.M.Pei,the Rock Hall is reminiscent of the Louvre, and no wonder; Pei designed that, too. The Rock Hall’s 162foot rectangular tower supports a Louvre-like pyramid that

opens onto a 65,000-square-foot plaza. The melding of several geometric shapes gives the complex a different look from every angle. The open, expansive, industrial-like interior is no less stunning. Its criss-cross maze of pipes, chrome, glass and cantilevered spaces is downright dizzying. Warning: If you don’t like heights, close your eyes on your way up the escalators, but if you do, you’ll miss the collection of crazy colored, East German Trabant cars from U2’s Zoo TV Tour suspended from the ceiling like so many giant ornaments. And yes, that’s a giant hot dog hanging there, too. The 15foot flying frankfurter was used as a prop by the band Phish. The quartet climbed aboard during a 1999 New Year’s Eve performance on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida. If you can tear yourself away from the lobby, you’ll find seven levels of exhibition space that includes both permanent and traveling exhibits,each one more fascinating than the other. On the day we visited, we spent more than six hours at the Rock Hall and didn’t see it all. Some advice: There are several theaters within the Rock Hall, but start on Level 3, where a multi-media production introduces visitors to all of the inductees.

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Egypt may have their pyramids, but Cleveland has the Hall E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Egypt has its pyramids, London the Crown Jewels, and Paris the Louvre,but Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And while there are no Mona Lisas or priceless tomb treasures, Rock Hall’s riches include Elvis’ purple 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV; the outfit Bruce Springsteen

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