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Scouts help homeless keep warm


The Rancho Santa Fe Community Center already has its schedule packed for next year with black-tie dinners, computer lessons, walks on the A3 beach and more.

By Patty McCormac

paign as “grassroots,” working from the bottom up. His campaign, he said, is built on volunteer support and going door-todoor and making phone calls — something that Tetalman believes Issa will be doing the exact opposite of. “I think he will be running a more top-down campaign where he spends a lot of money on advertising,” he said. Tetalman believes his approach can be more successful, he said, but that it really depends on the people. “I can’t do it by myself. So, it depends on the response that I get. So far, the response has been good.” Fundraising efforts have been fueled by house parties and phone calls.Tetalman has been endorsed by the national office of Citizens for Global

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Cub Scouts of Pack 766 put aside the glitz and glitter of the season and put together “warm kits,” and first aid kits for the homeless at its Dec. 12 meeting. “Our theme was to make the packs for ourselves to keep in our cars and one to give away to homeless,” said cub leader Marcia McDonough. Inside the first aid packs were hand sanitizer, band aids, first aid tape, sterilizing wipes and antibiotic cream. Inside the warm kits were socks, caps, dental floss, toothpaste, a toothbrush and ear plugs. “I would try to help them visualize if you were cold and on the street at night, what do you think these items like caps and socks can do,” she said. She said some of the boys wondered about the ear plugs, but once they learned it is noisy on the streets, which makes it hard to sleep, they understood their value. She said the first aid kids could be used for small injuries or as immediate treatment before a person is taken to a hospital. “The idea was to give to someone that was in need,” she said. The kits will be given out by the scouts on Jan. 2 at Ocean Beach. One of the kits will be kept in their cars in case of emergency. The meeting was held at Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station 1, where Capt. Mark Richards’ crew taught the scouts how to use the first aid kids and some basic safety tips about what to do in a fire, such as looking for exits and the like. “Half of the meeting was doing things for others and the other half teaching how to do for ourselves,” she said. “It was about our own personal safety — what kinds of decisions you make in a flash.” She said the motto of the



Horizon Prep third-graders, from left, Alyssa Pedersen, Julia Clark and Camille Johnson sing “Los Peregrinos” and “In Bethlehem Town.”


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Sixth-graders, John Schreckengaust, left, and Kylie Preske, ring in Christmas with traditional handbells.

From left, fourth-graders Jade Nason, Andres Garza and Jovanna McDaniel add a cool, jazz vibe to the program.

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Candidate takes grassroots approach to do it; I have the inclination, 49th District Democratic and I think the country needs a candidate Jerry Tetalman change in direction.” The author of “One World described the challenges of starting a campaign, saying it Democracy,” Tetalman said his was like flying an airplane and expertise is in international building the airplane while politics, and is where his passion is, when asked why you’re flying it. he was running at such a What makes this high level without any campaign much more previous political expechallenging is that this rience. is Tetalman’s first “People have recentry into politics, and ommended I run for the his opponent in the school board or running election is incumbent JERRY for state assembly; I Darrell Issa, R-Vista, TETALMAN know it’s kind of a big who has been the congressional representative of the leap, but that’s where I want to 49th District for the last 10 run,” he said. Despite a massive gap in years. “I’ve been a political campaign funds (finance activist for a long time and I records show Issa reaching a think I’m in a position to run,” total of $894,794 to Tetalman’s Tetalman said, adding that he $4,995),Tetalman said the camhad helped on the campaigns paign is going well. “Darrell Issa is the richest of Francine Busby and others as a volunteer. “I have the time man in Congress,” Tetalman

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said. “You’re competing against somebody that has basically, an unlimited amount of money, or the ability to raise a large amount of money.” Tetalman decided to run because he thought it was time for a change. He also thinks that Issa hasn’t been challenged hard enough in the past and now that the district has been redrawn,it is a little less conservative and will give a democrat a chance of winning. “I don’t think (Issa) represents the will of the people, where people are at in terms of their political views. So, I think it’s time for a change and I think the people feel that as well; that they’re very frustrated. Congress is at its lowest level in terms of approval, and I think he’s part of that problem.” He described his cam-


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“They will be playing for prizes not cash. People can come and watch the action and we will have a novice table so people like me can play poker,” she said. “Spectator passes will cost $100. It should be a fun evening.” Next up comes a new program called Tech Wednesday with two sessions, one at 11 a.m. and one 5:30 p.m. where people can learn a few finer points about their computer programs such as Excel and Google or how to send e-vites or work a Facebook page. “We have the room to do it and we know how to do it and we have enough people looking for a little guidance,” she said. Low-tide beach walks continue on Thursday when the tides are out. “We’ve been trying to do them once a month, once every three or five weeks,” she said. During the walks, expert Stephanie Riley speaks about ocean safety, rip currents and the like. On March 29 is the annual Spring Luncheon. Held at

By Patty McCormac

Snow Cone Anyone? A regional development commission in Michigan, purchasing equipment for 13 counties in May using homeland security grants, bought 13 machines that make snow cones, at a total cost of $11,700 (after rejecting one county’s request for a popcorn machine). Pressed to justify the purchases, officials pointed out that the machines make shaved ice, which might be useful for medical situations stemming from natural disasters and heat emergencies (but that they also make snow cones to draw crowds at homeland security demonstrations). NOTE: Once again this week, check out a few more recent instances of Recurring Themes of weird news (plus important updates of previous stories): • Once again, a genius tried to pass a piece of U.S. currency in an amount not even close to being legal tender: a $1 million bill. (The largest denomination is $100.) Michael Fuller, 53, was arrested in Lexington, N.C., in November when a Walmart cashier turned him in after he attempted to buy electronics totaling $475.78 (apparently expecting change of $999,524.22). • Most News of the Weird epic cases of “scorned” lovers who seemingly never give up obnoxiously stalking their exes are of Japanese women, but “dumped” Americans surface occasionally. In October, Toni Jo Silvey, 49, was arrested in Houston when her ex (artist Peter Main) reported that she made 146 phone calls in one day and more than 1,000 (and 712 e-mails) in three months, following their 2009 breakup over his seeing a younger woman. She was also charged with attacking his home with a tire iron, eggs and a sword. • “Take Your Daughter (Son) to Work” days are still popular at some companies, to introduce children to their parents’ cultures. Inadvertently, even criminals mimic the phenomenon. Joseph Romano, 2-yearold son in tow, was allegedly selling drugs when police picked him up in September in Tunkhannock Township, Pa. And Edward Chatman Jr., 32, who was arrested for raping a woman in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in August, had brought his 6-month-old baby with him when he climbed through the woman”s window (though, police said, he stashed the kid in another room during the assault). • A cutting-edge treatment when News of the Weird first heard of it in 2000 is now mainstream for those suffering extreme diarrhea due to a lack of “predator bacteria” in the colon (perhaps caused by antibiotics). Among the primary treatments now is a TURN TO ODD FILES ON A9

RANCHO SANTA FE — Next year at this time, if all goes according to plan, the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center will be hosting a black-tie dinner dance for New Year’s Eve because more people will know how to ballroom dance after taking lessons at the center. “Kerry Witkin of the Private Bank in the Village and his wife started taking lessons a few years ago and really enjoyed it,” said Erin Weidner, executive director at the Community Center. “He had mentioned it to us and we have talked about it. I just needed someone to champion it.” So, keep your eyes open for these upcoming ballroom and swing dance lessons and get ready to dance like Fred and Ginger. This activity is just one to look forward to at the Community Center. The annual Poker Tournament, usually a fall fundraiser, has been moved to Jan. 21 at the Garden Club. “The Garden Club is helping promote it,” she said.

Erin Weidner, executive director of the Rancho Santa Fe Communtiy Center, says there are a number of fun and educational events coming up at the center between now and spring. Photo by Patty McCormac

“We are reaching out to all the organizations and I am excited about that.” The evening will begin

with a cocktail hour and music from a jazz combo before the Texas Hold’em, no limit tournament.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, it is a fun event because groups of 10 women decorate their tables, which are judged and a winner chosen. The cost is $75 a person or $750 for a table. “They start serving us mimosas at like 11 a.m. on the Friday,” she said. “It is a fundraiser, but it is so much fun.” One major goal for the upcoming year for Weidner is to put together a community calendar the entire community can use. She said she spoke to a newcomer recently who told her he had been seeing activities in the paper that had happened the week before. “I would have liked to have gone to that if I had known about it,” she said. In the past, she said a flyer of upcoming activities was inserted into the newspaper, but now that would cost too much. It makes more sense to do it electronically. “Everyone can post events on it,” she said. To learn more about what is going on at the Community Center call (858) 756-2461 or (858) 756-1480.

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Supreme Court bans our seeing it in action by Nat Hentoff

RANCH HISTORY Shaping the Ranch The two people who deserve the most credit for the character of Rancho Santa Fe are Leone G. Sinnard and Lilian J. Rice. Both were talented and dedicated professionals in their respective fields. Sinnard was a consummate land engineer with a healthy respect for the natural features of the Ranch. Lilian Rice had university training and possessed an innate talent. Her affinity for her native land helped to develop a hybrid style of Spanish Revival architecture that appeared as though it indeed came from the land. The two worked together brilliantly from 1922 to 1927. Lilian maintained a deep regard for Sinnard, even including him in her will. Photos 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.

Ranch architects Lilian J. Rice, above, and Leone G. Sinnard, right, helped shape the character of Rancho Santa Fe.


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I have often criticized the Supreme Court for continually refusing to allow TV cameras in its courtroom. That way, We The People can see and hear — during oral arguments before the lofty nine with lifetime seats — how they reach judgments that often affect our lives for years to come. Now that our highest court has decided to hear arguments on Obamacare — which can indeed impact our health care and, for some of us, how long we are allowed to make medical decisions — many Americans are anxious to get a sense of how the justices will arrive at their vote before the end of this term. As Brian Lamb, chairman of C-SPAN, always eager to cover these vital proceedings, says: “If you can’t do this in public and you’re doing the public’s business, then something is wrong with this picture” (“Supreme Court TV? Nice Idea, but Still Not Likely,” Adam Liptak, The New York Times, Nov. 28). I have been in the court’s small press gallery in its very limited-seating courtroom. I have witnessed how these individuals in judicial robes will ultimately decide cases by seeing and hearing how they often pointedly disagree with one another as they ask questions of the lawyers before them. And it is enlightening to get a sense of their personalities, their characters. How open are their minds to rational dissents from their long-held inner conclusions during these fateful high court procedures? Over the years, some of the justices have claimed that the public just isn’t equipped to understand the complexities of these cases. Justice Antonin Scalia, a very active and emotional participant in the oral arguments, has lectured us commonplace citizens: “Law is a specialized field, fully comprehensible only to the expert” (“Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice,” by Marjorie Cohn and David Dow, McFarland, 2011). How many of us fellow citizens do you know well enough, Your Excellency, to arrogantly decide that we’re too dumb to understand the basic rules of law in a self-governing constitutional republic? You, Mr. Justice, are indeed an expert on the Constitution. So please tell us where in our founding document — and in James Madison’s detailed notes on the extensive debates in the 1787 Constitutional Convention — you and your colleagues find summary justification for excluding us from these crucial deliberations in our court? Years ago, during a televised debate on the PBS series “The Constitution: That Delicate Balance,” moderated by Fred Friendly, who was Edward R. Murrow’s former producer and close colleague, I was on a panel that included — I am not jiving you — Justice Scalia.

Should I have kept my mouth shut in questioning this panelist so far above my rank? In their valuable book on “Cameras in the Courtroom” — which I hope the publisher will send to teachers and department heads for use in classrooms — Cohn and Dow make this rather scalding point that might embarrass some of the justices who bar us from their oral arguments: “Every ... justice is appointed to the bench for life, immunized from public pressures. They don’t need television exposure to keep their jobs. They can enjoy power with near-anonymity ... “Why take chances with an impartial electronic witness that can beam your every slip-up, every excess, to thousands or millions of taxpaying spectators, all in the name of giving them greater access to their own court system?” The late Justice William Brennan told me in his chambers that he disagreed with the majority of his then colleagues and welcomed the TV cameras in the courtroom. The reason, he noted, was that many Americans knew very little of how the court works, or how deeply widespread some of its rulings can be. At the time, relatively few newspapers or radio and television stations covered the court with engaging depth and clarity. When a case first surfaced that appeared to have major importance, Justice Brennan wanted the press to report on it from the start so that Americans would have a full understanding of our legal procedures from the beginning. That hasn’t happened, of course. And with print news sources increasingly reduced for cost reasons and so much cable news devoted to inflammable opinion rather than legal analysis, even vital high court cases are not reported with enough lucidity. So Americans are getting only a brief, impressionistic understanding of the consequences of the justices’ decision. Contrary to Justice Scalia, that’s not the fault of those of us who do want to be knowledgeable members of this self-governing nation. There was a poll taken years ago that asked Americans if they knew who the justices were. Only 5 percent at the time even knew of Justice Brennan. With a grim chuckle Brennan said to me, “Harry Blackmun got only 1 percent.” Right now, the historic Obama case is so important that the high court is devoting three days to oral arguments (“Supreme Court to Hear Health Care Case in Late March,” Adam Liptak, The New York Times, Dec. 19). But we citizens are forbidden to attend.

(Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. He is a member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cato Institute, where he is a senior fellow.)



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Torrey Pines High senior wins Scholars Twitter Scholarship Kentucky Fried Chicken named Daniel Galuppo, 18, from Torrey Pines High School winner of a $20,000 KFC Colonel’s Scholars scholarship earned with a single tweeted photo from a recent volunteer trip to Vietnam where Galuppo photographed orphans. Galuppo, originally from Lithuania, has no photos of himself before his adoption and move to the United States and has made it his mission to visit orphanages so he can give the children pictures of themselves as keepsakes. In addition to Vietnam, he has also spent time volunteering in Laos and Thailand. KFC selected Galuppo from high school seniors across the country who applied by tweeting a single image. Photo entries were judged on quality, creativity, compelling nature and consistency with Col. Harland Sanders’ commitment to service. “We were impressed by the creativity and passion for higher education that came across in these images. It was tough to pick a winner,” said John Cywinski, president of KFC. “Daniel’s photo highlighting why he embodies the qualities of a Colonel’s Scholar put him at the head of the class. We’re proud to help further his college education.” Galuppo will receive up to $5,000 per year for the next four years to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public university within California. He hopes to attend

this fall.” Shutterbugs aren’t the only ones who can snap up a scholarship. Applications for 2012 are being accepted through

Torrey Pines High School senior Daniel Galuppo,far right, wins the $20,000 KFC Colonel’s Scholars scholarship with a single tweeted photo of Vietnamese orphans. Courtesy photo

UCLA in 2012 to pursue film now a photo has earned me tell you how I excited I am to production. “Being behind the chance at a college educa- pursue my dreams as a the camera is my passion, and tion,” Galuppo said. “I can’t Colonel’s Scholar on campus



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Normal trash and tree schedule over holidays Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management will provide normal trash and recycling pick-up service on the regularly scheduled day for both the week of Christmas Day and the week of New Year’s Day. In addition, Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management will collect and recycle Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 13 on the regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Residents need to remove all decoration including tinsel, lights, ornaments and tree stands and place the tree at the curb. Residents can also recycle their Christmas tree by cutting it up and placing it in the green waste cart. Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be recycled. In Solana Beach specifically, beginning Dec. 26 through Jan. 16, holiday tree recycling and collection allows residents to drop off their trees free of charge at either La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave. or at City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101. Trees must be clean with no flocking, lights, ornaments or stands. Dropped-off trees do not have to be cut in half. For more information, contact City Hall (858) 720-2477. “Since Christmas Day and New Year’s fall on weekends, there will be no service delays during those weeks,” said Lori Somers, community and municipal relations representative for Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management. “We wish our loyal customers a safe and happy holiday season.” Customers in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Oceanside, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe should place their cans and carts out for pick-up on their regular collection day during the week of Christmas Day and the week of New Year’s Day: WM administrative offices will be closed Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

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Barry’s celebrate successful year The Catherine and Jason Barry real estate team are a dynamic mother/son duo who are the leaders in the luxury real estate market. The Wall Street Journal named them the No. 1 Team in San Diego and they ranked No. 20 in the nation out of all real estate companies for dollar volume production. What is so impressive is the fact that many of these teams have more than 30 agents who combine their sales numbers. Catherine and Jason manage everything themselves with their Office Manager Jena Martin and

assistants Sam Schlepp and Kristine Dyvad. Their success is a reflection of their philosophy; putting the needs and desires of their clients first, having an unparalleled knowledge of not only the local real estate market but the community as a whole, and a work ethic that can’t be counted in hours. The fact that the company is family owned and operated is advantageous for Catherine and Jason because it pushes them in a more focused manner to produce a better result. Their motto is: “You have to believe in what you are sell-

ing” and “Treat clients like family.” To dub Catherine and Jason as experts in their field would be an understatement. They continue to sell more high-end real estate than any other team in San Diego-having sold approximately 2 billion in residential sales. Jason and Catherine form the yin and yang that makes their transactions so unique and successful. Catherine and Jason’s’ confidence in each other’s skills and styles creates the working chemistry that makes them so attractive to such a vast number of clients.

Most importantly they love what they do and they love the communities where they work and live. Catherine put it best when she said, “Where else can you find a community like ours that has the best amenities (i.e. Schools, Beaches, Golf Courses, etc.) with perfect weather all year round?” Catherine and Jason cherish the fact that they live and sell one of the most desirable areas in the world-a place that will always be in high demand. Catherine & Jason Barry can be reached at (858) 7564024 or

Betty Knight Scripps honored at fundraiser The 82nd Annual Candlelight Ball, held Dec. 3, raised more than $2 million to benefit lifesaving care at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, with support from philanthropist and newspaper heiress Betty Knight Scripps. Through Scripps’ leadership as general chairman for the past nine years, Candlelight Ball has raised more than $24 million. In recognition of her dedication and community support, the San Diego City Council proclaimed Dec. 3 as “Betty Knight Scripps Day.” She was presented with the framed declaration during the Candlelight Ball celebration. Scripps also was honored with a patriotic performance,

including a medley sung by Peter Pavone, and marching on the colors performed by the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Color Guard. More than 400 guests began the evening with a champagne toast, followed by a gourmet dinner, and dancing to The Bob Hardwick Sound. Known for its holiday décor, guests were escorted down a regal 52-foot red carpeted walkway trimmed in gardens of flowers and candles, including three varieties of red roses, cream cymbidium orchids, cream sahar and camel roses, coral peonies, bright pink hydrangea, red mokara orchids, coral amaryllis and white and pink French tulips. Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 85 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services

Betty Knight Scripps,left, and Ted Killory enjoy a dance at the recent 82nd Annual Candlelight Ball, held Dec. 3 Courtesy photo

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Hiking the trails of Zion awakens adventurous side E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road The thing about our friend, Scott, is that he never gets excited — about anything. At least, it seems that way to us. He and his partner, Donna, my husband, Jerry, and I took a road trip/hiking adventure to southern Utah in late September, and Scott had remained pretty quiet during the planning stages. So I was surprised when he stood on a precipice overlooking the magnificently eroded pink, gold and cream cliffs of Cedar Breaks National Monument and asked, “Is Bryce Canyon like this, too?� “Yes,� I said, “but even better.� With that, I knew we’d captured his attention and he was maybe even excited. Cedar Breaks is a wonder of nature, for sure; Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, where we were headed next, are all that and more. Generally, I don’t like to go to the same place twice; life is short and my list of destinations is long. But I made an exception to my one-visit rule with Bryce

Canyon. Being there, surrounded by sandstone “hoodoos� of various shades of tangerine and vermillion, is other-worldly. These thousands of sentinel-like structures can make you feel as though you’ve landed on another planet. Because of this, I was ready to be disappointed by Zion National Park. Its topography is quite different than Bryce — not as fascinatingly bizarre — but I was to learn that it has an irresistible personality all its own. Zion has been inhabited by humans for 8,000 years, but it wasn’t until the mid1800s that Mormons discovered and settled this magnificent canyon with its monumental cliffs. These settlers graced the towering sandstone edifices with scriptural and ethereal names like Altar of Sacrifice, East Temple, Great White Throne and Angel’s Landing. We arrived in Zion at midday; the thermometer registered 103. I trudged about a half-mile of our first trail, then surrendered. I walked back to the visitor center for some air-conditioning and people-watching. National park visitor centers are always a hub of activity, and it’s especially true in Zion because visitors must park here and take a free shuttle bus to access most other areas of the park. This shuttle is essential because

Hikers will find brilliantly colored sandstone canyons throughout Zion National Park. The canyons were created by the action of the Virgin River, which continues to change this magnificent Utah landscape. Photo by Jerry Ondash

parking spaces for the nearly 2.7 million annual visitors are inadequate. The shuttle buses feature see-through ceilings so riders can see the canyon walls that shoot straight up a few thousand feet on both

sides of the single road that runs the length of the canyon. There are eight stops and each is a gateway to an attraction, a trailhead or some fantastic natural feature like the Emerald Pools or Weeping Rock.

There’s still time for reflection before new year JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace I preface this week’s column to say that I was an agnostic at best until the age of 48 (I’m 62). Many things happened which led me to turn myself over to Christ. It was a personal decision that only I could make, and I did. I am not ashamed of it. But, I write this article just days before Christmas knowing that about 15 percent of the readers will think I’m whacked. But that’s okay. You can’t please all the people all the time. I know, we’re now awaiting New Year’s Eve. Christmas was last weekend. History. But let’s reflect back just a little bit. We all expect that 2012 will be a negative year because of the elections in November. There will be a lot darkness and outright fabrications and half-truths coming from everywhere. Individually we need to be filled with light and see light. See the positive and be positive. We need to remind ourselves why Christmas is celebrated in the first place. It’s not just a long weekend to share family, gifts and good faire. It comes to celebrate the birth into human form our Creator. Obviously to his staff in heaven He came with every hair on his head counted before he was born. The Bible also states that God knew every hair on your head

before you were born too (Paul’s Epistles/New Testament). We all came in spirit with purpose (a plan) and Christ came to teach and simplify life here on earth for us. He let us know that there are only two rules we should follow to find light and peace: One is to love your neighbor as yourself and the other is to love God knowingly. Both of these with all your heart. He also showed us by His resurrection that there truly is life after this life. It is this belief that life exists after this life that keeps our sanity and faith in place. To believe that it all ends here is brutal to the psyche. Even Steve Jobs came around in his last days expressing hope after spending a life espousing his belief that this is all there is. I bring this all up, not to proselytize or aggravate but because we’re all talking about mysteries nowadays. The Mayan calendar purportedly ends an era in December next year. I’m on relatively good authority (from my daughter) that there was already an energy shift that took place quietly last month that will grow throughout 2012. In fact, have any of you noticed someone close to you being a little more spiritual in the last month or so? The level of understanding spirit is being risen by forces no one can identify, expose or understand. It is all energy. Some call it quantum physics. As a baby boomer and writing about baby boomers we’re now on the

down side of the bell curve. Not that this is any big surprise but we are all going to die. Period. We’re starting to think about things like this more and more. Christmas honors God as an example of living in spirit and then upon his human death that there is glorious life after this life. There is a caveat though and as the jingle goes “He’s gonna find out if you’re naughty or nice�. It is always best to follow the Light and avoid darkness and the consequences that follow. So, with 2012 now upon us, it’s time to appreciate truth and Light. Be good to your neighbor; don’t lie even if there are consequences; help someone in need when the opportunity arises; give with a glorious heart and most of all, trust that intuition inside you. That could be the soft voice that we hear so much about. As you read this, I’m winging it back to Puerto Vallarta. I’ll be returning to Encinitas at the end of January when my

condo is rented again. It’s back to paradise on a Social Security budget; warm waters, perfect surf, blue skies, bikinis and smiles‌.lots of smiles. The people of Mexico are very friendly and welcoming and so are all the part time residents down there. Despite all the bad press, 99.9 percent of the locals go about their lives just like us. If you haven’t been there, you should try to go. Which brings me to this: please find my business ad in this edition. Congratulations are in order to Dean and Sue Henningsen who are our first Puerto Vallarta contest trip winners. You’ll read about their experiences in an upcoming column which ought to be fun to read. Most of all though, with the new year now upon us, may you walk in spirit and light and may peace be with you always! Stay warm!

and up again, but this is still a relatively easy part of the hike because the trail is wide and paved. Hikers also must traverse a set of 21 narrow switchbacks called Walter’s Wiggles before finally reaching Lookout Point. This is where most people end their hike. The last half-mile to Angel’s Landing is treacherous at best, and the reason for the recorded warnings in the shuttle and the sign at the trailhead. It also carries a warning as well as a running total of climber deaths. To date there have been six, the most recent in June. Despite all this, Scott decided to go for it. So did Jerry and I, despite knowing we’d never go all the way. Jerry got further than I, but we both turned around at points where the ground seemed to disappear. It’s only an additional half-mile from Lookout Point to Angel’s Landing, but it daredevil hikers must negotiate extremely narrow paths and sheer drop-offs. Chains are provided for climbers who are crazy enough to keep going, but considering the half-dozen deaths, they aren’t always adequate. Scott made it to where angels fear to tread, and after our reunion later in the day, he presented photos and with some prodding, told us about the climb.Yes, we were a bit jealous. Well, OK, a whole lot jealous. Lucky for us and all the other visitors to Zion, there are plenty of nature’s wonders to see without risking life and limb. Visit

I noticed after a few trips on the shuttle that the recorded message for riders repeatedly warned that “your safety is your responsibility� and “hike at your own risk.� I’d never heard such admonitions in a park before, but we soon learned why. Besides the elements, which can be harsh until the end of September, there’s the trail to Angel’s Landing. Its 2.4-mile distance belies the nature of this hike. The early part of the trail is mostly flat and follows the Virgin River through some lovely wooded areas flanked E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer livby marvelously striated ing in North County. Tell her about your canyon walls. Then it’s up, up travels at

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Carlsbad lecture series ‘Opera Previews’ returns The city of Carlsbad’s Cultural Arts Office continues its sponsorship of San Diego Opera’s lecture series, “Opera Previews,” for the 12th consecutive year. “Opera Previews” explore the San Diego Opera’s four-production 2012 season repertoire in depth. Musicologist Ron Shaheen’s engaging, illuminating talks integrate each production’s cultural setting, plot synopsis, musical attributes and design elements into an unforgettable “preview” glimpse. Opera previews are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium at the Carlsbad City Library complex, 1775 Dove Lane. All programs are free. To prevent overflow, free admission tickets are distributed beginning at 9:15 a.m.; doors open at 9:40 a.m. For information, visit or call the Arts Info Line, (760) 434-2904.

Opera previews are supported by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund. This year’s line-up includes: — Jan. 28, “Salome,” by Richard Strauss. The biblical, the erotic and the murderous combine in this notorious one-act work featuring the frequently banned Dance of the Seven Veils. With a singing role worthy of the greatest dramatic sopranos, Salome is as seductive and scary as its namesake. — Feb. 18 “Moby Dick,” by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. This West Coast premiere explores the lethal power of obsession and the need for human connection and understanding in an increasingly multicultural world filled with mysterious encounters, exotic characters and one man’s destructive

Musicologist Ron Shaheen will again host Opera Previews for the San Diego Opera’s four-production 2012 Season. Courtesy photo

quest. The multimedia production uses cutting-edge technology to bring the Pequod and surrounding ocean to life, while the lush, melodic score and great all-

male ensemble will shiver your timbers. — March 10, “Don Pasquale,” by Gaetano Donizetti. San Diego Opera’s cheeky look at Don Pasquale in the Wild West comes complete with a hero who enjoys a bubbly bath surrounded by beautiful bar girls, a Mariachi band and an old fool who wants to marry a much younger woman. — April 21, “The Barber of Seville,” by Gioachino Rossini. The king of lather and foam returns, helping the lovelorn conspire their way to happiness. Brimming with famous melodies and lively characters, this production borrows its scenic style from the paintings of Magritte and its panache from its beloved hero. Bus service from the Carlsbad City Library complex on Dove Lane to San Diego Opera performances also resumes with the start of the SDO production season.

The Opera Caravan is available to all four Sunday matinee and Tuesday evening programs, by advance reservation. The cost for each Opera Caravan is $25, which does not include a ticket to the production. Coaches depart at noon for Sunday performances and at 5 p.m. for Tuesday performances. Reservations for the Opera Caravan and opera tickets in a range of prices can be obtained by calling the San Diego Opera at (619) 533-7000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. North County music lovers can also ride the Symphony Bus to Sunday afternoon concerts. Park free at the Carlsbad City Library at Dove Lane and ride round trip to the symphony for only $18 per person (concert ticket not included). For information and reservations, call SDSO Group Sales at (619) 236-5403. All concerts are on Sundays at 2 p.m.


RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe branch of the San Diego County Library already has plans in place for the start of the new year. In January 2012, the Rancho Santa Fe Library, at 17040 Avenida De Acacias, will offer two programs for adults. At 2 p.m. Jan. 13, the book club will meet to discuss A. J. Mayhew’s “The Dry Grass of August.” All interested adults are welcome to attend. At 11 a.m. Jan. 14, join the camaraderie and creativity at the monthly Make & Take Craft program. In January, the group will work on tile bracelets. All materials are provided at no charge. For more information, visit the library blog at ranchosantafelibrary.wor

Free transportation provided Party-goers are encouraged to take the responsible route to New Year’s Eve festivities by taking free late-night trains and buses provided by the North County Transit District and Metropolitan Transit System. As in years past, tickets won’t be necessary Dec. 31 after 6 p.m. on Breeze buses, Sprinter light rail, and Coaster trains.In response to the popularity of the last year’s inaugural offering of late-night New Year’s Eve trains, NCTD will again run an extra Coaster trip after midnight. It will depart San Diego’s Santa Fe Depot at 12:45 a.m. In addition, the Sprinter will run extended service between Escondido and

Oceanside with hourly departures all night until 12:33 a.m. An extra eastbound Sprinter will leave Oceanside at 2:03 a.m. to allow for a connection from the last Coaster. NCTD is continuing this New Year’s Eve tradition in efforts to foster a safe celebration throughout San Diego County. We also invite event organizers and entertainment publications to include information about free public transit on their websites and other materials to discourage drinking and driving. San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System is also offering extended trolley service, creating some convenient connections for North County residents who want to take the Coaster to reach their celebrations in the city. Visit for details. The North County Transit District is a public transportation agency providing 12.5 million passenger trips annually throughout North San Diego County and into downtown San Diego. NCTD’s system includes Breeze buses, Coaster commuter trains, Sprinter light rail trains, and LIFT paratransit service.

Coaster extra late-night New Year’s Eve Rail Service departures southbound include: Oceanside – 8:30 p.m. Carlsbad Village – 8:35 p.m. Carlsbad Poinsettia – 8:41 p.m. Encinitas – 8:47 p.m. Solana Beach – 8:54 p.m. Sorrento Valley – 9:05 p.m. Old Town – 9:25 p.m. San Diego – 9:30 p.m. Coaster extra late-night New Year’s Eve Rail Service departures Northbound include: San Diego – 12:45 a.m. Old Town - 12:51 a.m. Sorrento Valley – 1:13 a.m. Solana Beach – 1:21 a.m. Encinitas – 1:26 a.m. Carlsbad Poinsettia – 1:32 a.m. Carlsbad Village – 1:39 a.m. Oceanside – 1:49 a.m. The Sprinter expanded schedule: — From Escondido, extended service, with hourly departures between 5:33 p.m. and 12:33 a.m. — From Oceanside, extended service, with hourly departures between 6:33 p.m. and 12:33 a.m. — A final trip will leave Oceanside at 2:03 a.m. to allow for a connection from the last Coaster.



DEC. 30, 2011

Cardiff residents get ready for 2012

TEACHING THE TEACHERS In early November, from left, Torrey Pines High School math teacher Abby Brown, with James Papadopoulos, Missy Pittard, Eric Liu, Daniel Xie, Priya Bisarya, Mark Liu and Joanne Li, of the Advanced Topics in Mathematics II class, presented their work at the California Mathematics Council - South Annual Conference in Palm Springs. The group taught about 40 teachers the basics of the computer program Mathematica in two interactive lab sessions. Courtesy photo

Here’s the real cosmic forecast for 2012 KYLE STOCK Coastal Cosmos There are no truly scientific theories that support an apocalyptic 2012. No clandestine planets swinging through our solar system, no nearby supernovas, no gigantic meteor impacts. Dec. 21, 2012, is not doomsday, just another Winter Solstice. However, 2012 does feature a series of interesting astronomical events. Some for telescopes, others without optical aid and one that will not happen again until the year 2117. Get out your calendar and make note of these celestial happenings, for 2012 is not the end of humanity but perhaps the beginning of your backyard astronomy career. January begins with the Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaking on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. Meteor showers are caused when the Earth passes through a cloud of dust left behind from a comet’s tail. The particles of dust burn up as they interact with the Earth’s atmosphere. Most meteor showers are named after the constellation from which the shooting stars appear to radiate. The Quadrantids, however, are the exception, as the namesake constellation, Quadrans Muralis, is obsolete and now part of Bootes. Moon phase is an important consideration for meteor shower observations. Big, bright moons wash out most meteors. 2012 looks to have good conditions for most of the well-known showers,

including: the Lyrids on April 22, Perseids on Aug. 12, Orionids on Oct. 20, Leonids on Nov. 17 and the Geminids on Dec. 13. Venus takes center stage in early 2012, with an abundance of conjunctions and a fascinating transit. The brightest object in the night sky (other than the Moon), Venus is in conjunction with the next brightest object, Jupiter, throughout midMarch. Next, Venus lies very close to a waxing crescent Moon on the night of Feb. 25 and then again on March 26. During the first week of April, Venus passes through the famous Pleiades star cluster, providing stunning binocular views. The most spectacular event of the year takes place before sunset on June 5. Venus will transit the disk of the Sun! This alignment will not be visible again until 2117! Just after 3 p.m.,Venus will first grace the rim of the sun and will continue to move across the disk for the following six hours. Obviously, you should never look directly at the sun; there are however safe techniques for viewing such an event. Pinhole projectors, #14 welding glass and telescope solar filters are also used for viewing solar eclipses. This is legitimately a twice a lifetime event that nobody should miss. On May 20, a partial eclipse of the sun will grace our daytime skies as the moon passes between us. Mars reaches peak visibility throughout the early part of March. Surface details like the polar ice caps will become visible through moderate telescopes. Saturn’s rings are currently turning toward the Earth, brightening the planet as it rises higher and higher each night throughout March and April. You probably do not need that bunker with three years of provisions in your backyard. Every reputable scientist in the world scoffs at the notion of natural calamity in 2012. It will be an interesting year to have your eyes towards the sky! Happiest New Year to everyTop, NASA photo of the 2004 Venus Transit. Middle, a photo of Saturn one. Here’s hoping for peace, taken through 8" telescope from Cardiff. Bottom, a photo of Saturn prosperity, joy and clear, dark skies! through the same telescope. Photos by Kyle Stock

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is readying for its second 100 years. The library construction is finished, the children’s area is busy every day and Santa made his annual appearance in December taking orders and handing out candy canes to wide-eyed children. The library garden is thriving beautifully from our lovely rain, Friend’s Book Nook sales are up and the yoga class is nicely attended but welcomes you to join it in the Community Room Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. for one hour.The Town Center courtyard is beautiful since its facelift and the Kringle Mingle, which was held on a Sunday, was wellattended and the jolly old gentlemen in the red suit was there also. The beautiful Christmas tree was donated by Councilwoman Teresa Barth. Barth is Cardiff-by-the-Sea’s representative on the Encinitas City Council and we appreciate her levelheaded decisions for the betterment of the entire city. Hopes ran high for her to be the 2012 mayor and it is the feelings of many people that it was a great loss to the city for her not to be elected, however, we know that she will continue to work unselfishly for open government while listening to the wishes of the public as she has in the past. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a great place for the hungry soul and east of I-5 at 815 Birmingham Drive we have a new restaurant Hunan Manor. They open for lunch at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. They serve seafood, chicken and beef dishes appetizers and soups. The surfing statue, which has brought us national publicity in the Wall Street Journal, a calendar and has been a great source of pleasure as we wait to see what the next attire will be, now has a restaurant named after it. The Kook Café, 102 Aberdeen Drive, serves



transplant — a transfusion of “fecal flora” from the gut of a bacteria-normal person, to restore the natural balance (introduced by a colonoscope after the stool is liquified in a blender). Following months of failed alternatives, Jerry Grant, 33, said in October that his transplant, at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., worked remarkably well. (A recent study reported success in 70

IRENE KRATZER A Place To Call Home breakfast, lunch and dinner, has a children’s menu and even Kook’s Sandwiches. Their hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new year is a grand time to examine your home and see what you need and don’t need and recycle it where it can do someone else good. Clothes and other items can go the Humane Society Thrift Shop and the proceeds help to feed the animals. Books can go to the Cardiff Library.The theme of the 2009 Encinitas Christmas Parade was recycling and the motto was Reduce, Reuse and Rethink. Let us not forget those words. If you have time on your hands drop by the Friends Book Nook at the Cardiff Library and sign up. A healthy, happy prosperous new year everyone. Don’t forget to vote, take a plastic bag and clean up after your beloved pet when you go for a walk, take your own shopping bag when you shop and be sure to appreciate the many things about this lovely kingdom of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, which is such a delightful place to call home. A Cardiff-by-the-Sea resident since 1982 Irene is a founding, life member and past president of the Friends of the Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library and currently serves on their Board of Directors. Irene Kratzer is a founding member as well as past president of the Friends of the Library and currently serves as a director on the board. A Cardiff-bythe-Sea resident since 1982, she serves as treasurer on the Cardiff 10l Chamber board and has volunteered at Scripps Clinic/LaJolla for 23 years.

of 77 patients.) • Hospital protocols may be changing, but too slowly for Doreen Wallace, who fell in the lobby of the Greater Niagara General Hospital in Ontario in October and broke her hip. Though it was less than 150 feet from the lobby to the emergency room, hospital personnel, following rules, instructed her to call an ambulance to take her around to the ER, though the nearest such ambulance, in the next city, did not arrive for 30 pain-filled minutes.


DEC. 30, 2011


Longtime manager still appreciates the work JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk

Family wagon is a beacon Most fitting is a quote from a poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes. “Have you heard of the wonderful one-hoss shay, That was built in such a logical way, It ran 100 years to the day?”? It is my tribute to a most amazing, little car owned by near and dear friends, which by modern automotive standards, matched the shay’s record. It took that family “across borders, across generations and across America,” lasting 25 years. Then, in November, a loud bang, some smoke and it was done. We all called it the Red Baron, but it was 100percent American-made and a true tribute to the quality our Motown neighbors can produce. The Chevrolet Cavalier station wagon was purchased shiny and new by the family in 1986, the same year my son and their youngest son were born. Not glamorous, but cute and oh-sofunctional. It got great mileage before it was fashionable and necessary. It was first driven by the mom, as she raised two boys through Boy Scouts, sports, field trips, visits to relatives, trips to the emergency room, the beach and all the time on the road that growing up requires in Southern California. As son No. 1 hit driving age, it became his — and survived with only a crack in the dashboard where he would whack it to improve radio reception. Four years later, it was passed on to son No. 2, as it kept on cruising along. It continued to be the go-to car for hauling, transporting gangs of boys, and road trips to deliver children to college and fetch them home again. By this time, it was an icon around the Carlsbad/Encinitas border community. You could more easily spot it every year, as the car styles changed. If you saw the funky little Red Baron zoom by, you knew who was behind the wheel. It took three hits, including one in the ’90s, when some fool signaled for a turn he didn’t intend to take. Its paint lost its sheen, but it just kept running. The family also credits the deft hands at Rosano’s Philips 76 station for the car’s long life. As each year passed, I would marvel to find it still parked in front of their house, ready for action. Seeing it there was TURN TO SMALL TALK ON A20

By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — Pete Smith’s predecessor told him that being manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Homeowners Association was like having 5,000 chiefs and one Indian. Speaking from the prospective of the “one Indian,” Smith makes the job look easy. He’s been at it for 15 years. “I have found over the years there are some personalities you prefer not to deal with, but that number is very, very small. Overall, the support from the membership is tremendous,” he said. “The staff is great. There is very little turnover because the Association is good to their employees. It’s nice to represent a company that does that.” As for working with the board of directors over the years, he said most have been phenomenal. “They might have different opinions, but they want to do the right thing for the community,” he said. He said he thinks the reason the Association works so well is because everyone is treated alike. “People know what is going to happen, so they don’t try to push the envelope,” he said. “We do our best to make it as transparent as possible. When you have an educated community, they know the issues. They get it.” In reality, Smith, 60, has worked for the Association for a total of 20 years. Before becoming manager of the Association, he was

general manger of the golf club for five years. He said the golf club had been run by committee until then, but had no manager. The thinking changed when it was decided the golf club needed a grand piano. The club still has the piano, but it decided it needed someone with a financial prospective to manage their finances. “It is still my favorite piece of furniture down there because it got me my job. “The golf club was a job I enjoyed, but because of the nature of the business, the time commitment was huge,” he said. “In that type of environment you can literally work seven days a week, 12 hours a day.” When the Association manger position opened up, he felt he would be a good fit. The position is the equivalent to the city manager of a small city. Smith is a native of Southern California. “I grew up mostly in the L.A. area, in Whittier and Hacienda Heights where I went all through high school,” he said. “I was in student government in high school. I was the secretary of athletics on the student body board. I was on the tennis team. My only hobby was collecting post cards, most of them from the early 1900s.” He said he still has the collection of about 400 cards, but they are packed away in a box. “I came down to college at San Diego State in 1975.” He earned a degree in

Pete Smith has been the manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Association for 15 years. Five years before that he was the general manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Photo by Patty McCormac

finance and his first job was in the banking industry with what is now Union Bank. “My career there was as a loan officer,” he said. He met wife Debbie while in training. Her mother was his boss for a time. “I was taking some training as a teller and (Debbie) came to my window and made a deposit,” he said. “At the end of the day, I was out of balance. It was her deposit.” They have been married for 33 years, having been the fourth generation to be mar-

ried in the First Presbyterian Church in downtown San Diego. Debbie’s family arrived in the area in the 1800s. The couple has two daughters: Caroline 32, and Courtney, 29. They have lived in Ramona for 28 years in the same house where they raised their children. The marriage has been a good one. Smith said that came into clear focus when his daughter was getting married earlier in the year.

“I don’t know how corny it might sound, but I admire my wife because since we were married she was devoted to the family. She brought the girls into the world and never left their side. She was a room mother, in the PTO, in the high school booster club, a chaperone for everything. She attended every athletic meeting, and every academic competition. I think she can tell you the name of every teacher they ever had.” TURN TO MANAGER ON A20

Couple takes wine out of glass and puts it into nutrition bar By Patty McCormac

RANCHO SANTA FE — If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, or so goes the old adage. But, in the case of the WineTime bar, that old saw flies right out the window.This tasty nutritional bar provides the indulgence of chocolate with the health benefits of red wine to create a delicious snack that its creators say is anti-aging and can improve heart health. Since this little sensation hit the market, it has been a whirlwind for Malcolm and Sandy Nicholl, the Rancho Santa Fe couple who created the bar. “It’s just out of control,” Sandy said. “Everyone wants it!” Indeed. After a first taste a person might ask: “Are you sure this is good for me?” They said they came up with the idea for the bar quite by accident. The couple had been semi-retired, living the good life, traveling the world when Sandy was out with girlfriends sipping wine. One of the friends had asked her about her husband’s international diet and nutrition company and the weight loss bars he had helped develop and market worldwide. “I asked, why hadn’t he developed something more fun, like a chardonnay bar or a cabernet bar?” she said. “I picked up the phone and called Malcolm and asked,

Malcolm and Sandy Nicholl of Rancho Santa Fe are the creators of the WineTime bar, an indulgent chocolate treat filled with super friuts and resveratrol equal to 50 glasses of wine in each bar. Photo by Patty McCormac

‘Why haven’t you created a wine bar?’” she asked. Malcolm said the question switched on the light bulb. He said he had become familiar with the health benefits of resveratrol, a property of red wine that a growing number of researchers confirm is an excellent source of antioxidants and great for heart health. “By infusing resveratrol into a food, a wine bar could be created,” he said. It was such a great idea, surely someone had already thought of it. He said he

checked the Internet and other sources and learned no one had made such bars. Then he thought, “Why not me?” “I talked with resveratrol suppliers, formulators and bar manufacturers and learned there were no practical handicaps to the production of a ‘wine bar,’” he said. The rest, as they say, is history. Called “Bars For A Reason,” each bar is about 190 calories. They come in two flavors, chocolate-raspberry and chocolate, dates

and almonds. They can be used as a meal replacement, a snack or dessert. “It also pairs very nicely with wine,” Sandy said. “I’ve even shredded them on top of cappuccino,” she said. Each bar contains more resveratrol than 50 glasses of red wine, along with seven other super fruits including cranberry, noni, pomegranate, goji berry, acai, mangosteen and blueberry. The WineTime bar is high in fiber, vegan, contains no trans fat, hydrogenated

oils, high fructose corn syrup, cholesterol, dairy, gluten or artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. The Nicholls were thrilled when the bar was pronounced “delicious,” by Kathie Lee and Hoda earlier this month on Wine Wednesday on “The Today Show.” Malcolm is no stranger to the diet and nutritional industry, having promoted the Micro Diet in the 1980s, the pioneer for meal replacement programs now employed by Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. The Micro Diet is still very popular in Japan, he said. Sandy’s niche was marketing, so it was seemingly a match made in heaven. Once they had the bars in hand, they began marketing them. One of the ways was face-to-face meetings with local markets. “I went store to store to store,” Sandy said. Thanks to her efforts, the bars are now available locally at Whole Foods, any Vitamin Shoppe, Seaside Market in Cardiff, at some Ralph’s stores and in Rancho Santa Fe at Harvest Ranch Market, Stump’s and the Rancho Santa Fe Pharmacy. The bars are beginning to find their way into the international market and are also available online at



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Playing the game is fulfilment of dream for Sockers star Hetherington said. “I wasn’t interested in baseball or football or basketball. I just fell in love with it right away at a very young age.” He started playing soccer when he was 5, starting with the San Diego Surf and then moving on to play with the La Jolla Nomads. The game wasn’t as prominent when he played as it is now, Hetherington, who also coaches with the Rancho Santa Fe Attack, explained. “I’ve always had that passion. (I’m) not sure exactly where it came from. I think it was just from kicking the ball around and saying, ‘Hey this is fun, I want to continue this.’ Growing up, I just focused on playing year round and I always knew what I wanted to do.” The midfielder/defender also known as “Captain America,” (he doesn’t where the nickname came from) is returning to the indoor pitch after tearing his ACL during the offseason last year. A veteran presence,

Hetherington fills a leadership role on and off the field, taking an interest in his teammates’ lives, and ensuring the game is being played for the love of it and showing it the respect it deserves. He wasn’t sure he was going to return after his knee injury, but after receiving encouragement from his team he knew he wanted to come back. “They’re one of the main reasons why I wanted to come back, because that camaraderie is just priceless,” he said. Another reason is for the fun of the game, especially indoor soccer. “It’s a real fun game because the speed of play is so fast. It makes you always involved in the immediate moment,” he added. Hetherington said he encourages the younger generation to come out and show their dedication to the team, especially for those looking to want to become professional soccer players. It’s what Hetherington

did. “When I was a kid, that’s what we had. You’d watch maybe Manchester United play on TV, but really all we had was the San Diego Sockers, so I was always down there; always cheering them on. They were a great team back then and a lot of fun, as we are now. But I feel they had something very special; that we want to show our respect and try to bring that back in any way that we can.” The passion for the game still resides in the 37year-old and for his teammates. “I feel like one of my jobs is to be there for whomever needs it as far as my teammates go; and help guide and lead by example in any way that I can.” As for the team goals, Hetherington said: “Anything but a championship is going to be a disappointment. But…you continue to work hard and do all those things that you have control over and the championships will take care of themselves.”

Encinitas resident Nate Hetherington returns to the San Diego Sockers after tearing his ACL last year. Playing professional for the San Diego Sockers has been a lifelong dream. Photo by Aaron Jaffe By Tony Cagala

For Nate Hetherington, putting on that San Diego Sockers jersey has truly been a lifelong dream. So much so, that Hetherington

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Athletes help during holidays The CSUSM StudentAthlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) just completed their month-long Holiday Toy Drive, in which Cal State San Marcos Athletes collected toys and distributed them to the Family Recovery Center (FRC) in Oceanside. The toy drive kicked off Dec. 1, as members of SAAC collected toys at home basketball games through Dec. 10. Toys were also collected near the front entrance of the Clarke Field House on campus throughout the month. The (FRC) was thrilled

to receive the gifts. “The work the students have done makes a big difference for our moms and the kids here,” said Joan Burns, resource coordinator at the FRC. The Family Recovery Center serves pregnant and parenting women and their children through the age of 10. Clients are provided services regardless of age, ethnicity or economic status. The FRC residential program begins by providing assistance with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing and personal supplies. The experience was also

rewarding for the Cal State San Marcos Student Athletes. Mark Shimmin, a track and field member and SAAC president thanked all those who participated. Shimmin reflected, “Dropping off the toys at the Family Recovery Center was a great experience because we got to see the people that we were helping and how much it means to them.” SAAC is a student led organization that works to enhance the student-athlete image on campus and in the community.

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Water quality report shows few changes San Diego Coastkeeper’s 2011 Water Quality Monitoring data show minimal improvements of the water conditions throughout San Diego County as compared to 2010 data. Sweetwater Watershed’s water quality score improved by 20 percent and Tijuana and San Dieguito Watersheds’ water conditions worsened. According to Coastkeeper’s scoring methodology for its water quality data, Sweetwater watershed’s score improved 20 percent from 2010. This means that the number of times that contaminants exceeded healthy levels dropped by 50 percent this year, or Coastkeeper detected pollution less often. “We’re seeing decreased levels of ammonia and fecal indicator bacteria pollution in this watershed, which we could attribute to a variety of factors,” said Travis Pritchard, San Diego Coastkeeper’s Water Quality

Monitoring Program manager. “Sampling timing, water flow or urban runoff impacts could be driving the increase in water quality we are seeing. We hope this trend will continue and that the efforts to reduce pollution in this watershed are working.” One project in 2011 involved the San Dieguito River Park, which sets an example for improving water quality in a watershed. The organization constructed treatment wetlands to treat stormwater from the 313acre watershed before it goes into the fragile San Dieguito Lagoon. Coastkeeper began monitoring the inflow and outflow of these wetlands in December 2010 and has now completed the first year of monitoring. Coastkeeper’s data show the wetlands successfully filter contaminants out and deliver cleaner water to the lagoon. In spite of the improvement, Sweetwater Watershed’s water quality still remains in fair condi-

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SCHOLARS WIN DOLLARS From left, Torrey Pines High School principal Brett Killeen congratulates Noor Al-Alusi and Charlotte Reed, recipients of the Dollar for Scholars 2011 Principal's Scholarship Award. Courtesy photo

Locals fill cast at next Welk show A host of local actors will be part of the Tony Awardwinning “Spring Awakening,” at the Welk Resort Theatre from Jan. 7 through Jan. 15. The cast will include: — Ernst: Ethan Eichman from Encinitas — Georg: David Ahmadian from Carmel Valley — Ilse as Emily Hoolihan from San Marcos — Anna: Siena Ledger from Del Mar — Karina Murrieta from Carlsbad — Richie Hicks from Carmel Valley — Florence Tseng from Carmel Valley — Mitchell Connelly from Carmel Valley Set in late 19th century Germany, “Spring Awakening,” tells the story of self-discovery as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Performances will be Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30

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Audition for ‘Cinderella’ The city of San Marcos Theatre West invites youth ages 7 to 17 to audition for “Cinderella” between 5 and 8 p.m. Jan. 9 and between 5 and 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Bring an instrumental CD and be prepared to sing a one-minute excerpt from a song. Also bring a school photo and a short list of past experiences you have had speaking, singing or dancing in front of a group. Rehearsal schedules will be available at auditions. Beginners are welcome. The performances will be held at the San Marcos Community Center at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 and at 2 and 6 pm). Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. For further information call (760) 744-9000 or go to


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Reflecting back on the year that was CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes In 2011, Kelly Slater was once again considered the best surfer in the world. Rob Machado got back on shortboards and dominated. Dale Dobson returned to the lineup. Cardiff had more sand than anytime in recent memory. City officials were determined to pump still more sand onto Cardiff beaches. More people rode waves than ever before, in history. The Kook Café opened with a new Kevin Anderson mural of our beloved kook, in the tube. Surfers rode bigger waves than ever before. Sacred Craft featured Carl Ekstrom. Ryan Burch made some strange-looking boards and was named “One of the 50 people to watch,” by San Diego Magazine. Steve Cleveland scored epic surf

for his new movie, Rough Cuts. Bing moved to Encinitas. Swami’s lost a tree but gained a tiki. Joel Tudor’s kids began to filter into the Cardiff lineup. We all got older and they all got younger. Women were more accepted in the lineup than any time since Hawaiian chiefess Kelea ruled the waves in Maui 500 years ago. People finally quit blabbing about the new spots they discovered. Boards got longer and shorter at the same time. SUPs found a permanent home in the lineup. Some people liked it; some did not. A small group came together to see how to work with both sides. There were fights. The Bro-Am was more successful than ever. Conformity was shattered as weird became the norm and the three-finned thruster was ruled passé by none other than Joel Tudor. Donald Takayama moved back to Oceanside from

Molokai than back to Oahu, part time. Skip Frye made fewer boards, for more money. Skip Frye remained everybody’s favorite surfer. Kids younger than 14 years old began doing tricks on surfboards that formerly seemed impossible. Wade Koniakowsky captured the world aquatic on canvas. One of the Malloy’s released a film on body surfing. Former globe trotter Michael Marckx moved back to North County became CEO of Spy Optics and was joined by Devon Howard. The Grygera family opened Iron Cross Surfboards in Cardiff. Costco became the favorite destination to buy your first surfboard. After more than 30 years in the water, former pro surfer Peter King declared that his Costco-bought Storm Rider Surfboard was his best board ever. A surfer with a redundant first name became a household name at Pipeline

and around the world. Nathan Fletcher pulled into a massive pit and out of his big brother’s shadow and survived a wave comparable to an atomic explosion. Someone claimed to have ridden a 90-foot wave. Surfing remained the most fun adventure in the world. The ocean became more polluted. There were more resolutions to clean up the ocean. More surfers picked up more trash. The waves were small all year long. Winter looked like what summer used to look like and summer looked like drizzle, when you could see it through the fog. HydroFlex made waves by pumping air into their surfboards. We all promised to be better ambassadors of our sport and spread Aloha. Here’s to a glassy and offshore New Year. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at

Sometimes proving murder is not enough After receiving a call from my client, Mitch, a prominent defense attorney, I jumped in my car and drove over to his office. Waiting there were two men, a retired New York Police Department detective and his son, Daniel, a 25-year-old Emergency Medical Technician. Mitch had mentioned that it was a murder case, but failed to tell me it was actually a “double homicide” — two women, shot in the head, at point blank range, with a .22 caliber hand gun. I was being retained to ascertain whether or not the police had enough probable cause to compel Daniel to submit to a DNA test. Apparently, he was a person of extreme interest and he lived directly across from the victims’ apartment. I proceeded to ask Daniel some routine questions like where he was the night of the killing, did he own a handgun and did he have a relationship with either of the women. I didn’t expect to march into the Sheriff’s office and start questioning homicide detectives unless I had something to offer in exchange. The next day, I began my inquiry, and my first stop, of course, was the crime scene. The bodies had been removed, but as I stood on the bloodstained carpet in the middle of the living room, I could imagine young

BRIAN SCOTT Eye Spy Ashley laying lifeless in a pool of blood not far from her mother, 42-year-old Abigail. Both had also been raped there in their own home, where they had lived together since Abigail’s divorce. Much of the apartment’s surfaces were covered in black fingerprint dust. I began to feel warm, so I went to turn on the air-conditioning. As I did so, I noticed the thermostat was set unusually high.The shooter may have turned it up before he left to slow down the temperature drop rate of the bodies to throw off the estimated time of death. Ashley had been a server at a popular seafood house that faced the ocean. After interviewing some of the neighbors, I learned that the night after the shooting, two women I questioned had visited with Daniel in his apartment and remembered how uncharacteristically clean it was, with an odor resembling bleach. When I asked why this was so strange, they replied, “We have been over there several times and the guy was a slob. His apartment

was always a mess.” The end of the day was approaching when I decided to head to a sports bar where Daniel had claimed to be the night of the shooting. I talked with a waitress who remembered Daniel because he insisted on sitting at a large table all by himself. She said he was there from 10 p.m. until midnight, which was the same time as the estimated time of death. I had the feeling that this was a deliberate move to ensure that someone remembered him being there. I decided to call it a day and prepare for tomorrow’s visit to the Sheriff’s Department. Developing my approach was going to be tricky. I hoped to have something to offer the detectives in charge of the case — something that they didn’t already have. This was the only way they were going to share any information with me. I contacted Mitch to inform him that it was painfully obvious to me that his client murdered these two women. He didn’t seem to be as surprised as I was and instructed me to make sure I did not divulge anything incriminating during my visit with the police. I met with the detectives the next morning to inform them that I had been investigating the homicide. They took the liberty of showing me the autopsy photos, in the

Homegrown marine biologist leads lessons on aquarium At 1 p.m. Jan. 7, Marine Biologist Nathan Spindel will offer a free introduction to the creatures of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center aquariums and touch tank at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon center, 1580 Cannon Road.



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Spindel will talk about the ecological roles the sea animals play.Participants will connect the tank critters to the lagoon habitat seen beyond. This will be coupled with a visual tour of the aquarium's support system, to illustrate the way water is recycled to

maintain homeostasis in isolation from the ocean. Spindel is an alumni of Carlsbad High School, and received his degree in Marine Biology from UCSB. He is currently working on an interesting project dealing with ocean acidification levels.

hopes that they could elicit some sympathy. It is a common technique for police to share crime scene photos to test one’s reaction, but I had already developed feelings of sorrow and wanted desperately to point them in the right direction. Other than the physical evidence they obtained from the crime scene, they didn’t have much else to go on, but did admit that Daniel was a suspect. My hands were tied at this point, as the law is clear when it comes to attorney/client privilege. Given that I was retained by Daniel’s lawyer, I was bound by the same legal requirement. Several months went by and no arrests were made. I became increasingly disturbed thinking that the killer was going to get away with it. I was relieved to hear that, a short time after, Daniel had died of a drug overdose after he moved back up to New York to live with his father. Was justice served? There were only two people certain who took the lives of these two innocent women — myself and the killer.

Headaches aren’t all created equal Scripps Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas By Jack Schim, M.D.

At some time, almost everybody has suffered through a headache. But many people don’t realize that headaches come in many different types, with varying symptoms and levels of severity. Correctly diagnosing the type of headache is an important first step toward receiving the appropriate treatment — and potentially avoiding larger medical problems. Primary headaches do not stem from another medical condition.The most common primary headache – the tension headache – may produce a feeling of pressure, tightness or squeezing around the forehead, temples or back of the head and neck. Tension headaches are often caused by poor posture, stress or fatigue and affect women somewhat more often than men. They are not associated with nausea or sensitivity to light or noise, and typically last from 30 minutes to several days. They are rarely severe enough to disrupt activities. Cluster headache is another form of primary headache. It is rare, but far more severe than a tension headache. Cluster headaches last 30-90 minutes and occur once or more a day over a period of days or weeks. Also known as “alarm clock headaches,” they often awaken people from sleep. Pain is usually in and around one eye, with associated tearing, congestion, sweatiness, and restlessness. Oftentimes, cluster headaches are seasonal, occurring more often in the spring and fall. They affect seven times as many men as women. The most common disruptive type of primary headache is migraine, which affects three times as many women as men. Pain can be so debilitating it interferes Jack Schim, M.D., specializes in neurolwith everyday activities. ogy and headache medicine with Pain is often throbbing, and Scripps Health.

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With the coming of winter comes the time for cassoulet DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate Colder temperatures mean it’s time for hearty soups, chili, and my personal favorite, cassoulet. I first became aware of this very French meal in a bowl during time spent working for a French software company that took me to Montpellier in the South of France several times. I found that most bistros had it on their menu and each put their individual touches on it like chili in America. I quickly became a big fan. The dish originated in the south of France and typically contains meat, especially pork sausages, duck or duck confit and sometimes mutton, white haricot beans and tomatoes. It is traditionally topped by fried bread cubes and cracklings, which are the fried and crisped skin of the duck. Castelnaudary is the selfproclaimed “World Capital of Cassoulet,” and where the dish originated and peasant versions of the recipe can take two days or more to pre-

pare. The traditional cooking vessel is an earthenware pot called a cassole, for which the dish is named. Cassoulet is also sold in France as a commercial product in cans, again similar to our chili, and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores across the country. In American restaurants, the term cassoulet is often applied to any hearty beanbased casserole. The Third Corner in Encinitas has a version they call a Duck Confit, which is a white bean cassoulet with whole grain mustard sauce. Firefly Grill & Wine Bar has also been known to include their version on occasional weekend tasting menus. I host a cassoulet party every year and because it’s usually attended by around 30 people, I make huge pots of it and substitute chicken thighs for duck and use Andouille sausage. It’s a modified recipe I found on and is always a big hit. I’d like to share that with readers and encourage you to give it a try. Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it and if you can make it a day ahead, or the morning of your dinner for the best flavor.This serves eight to 10 people so increase your recipe accord-

The very French stew-like meal of cassoulet typically contains meat such as pork sausages, duck and sometimes mutton. It makes a perfect dish during the cold winter months. Photo by David Boylan

ingly and make sure you have enough leftovers for yourself. Lick the Plate Cassoulet — 2 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 pounds assorted fully cooked smoked sausages (I mix smoked sausage and Andouille), 4 large leeks (white and pale green parts only) thinly sliced, 6 large garlic cloves, chopped, 1 medium apple, chopped, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rubbed sage, 1/2 cup brandy (I’ve used red wine), 2 14.5-ounce cans diced

tomatoes with roasted garlic in juice, 3 15-ounce cans Great Northern beans, drained, liquid reserved, 1 10ounce package frozen baby lima beans, thawed, 1 cup (or more) canned chicken broth,3 tablespoons tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, 20 chicken thighs (or two per person), fresh French baguettes. — Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large ovenproof pot over medium heat. Cut sausages into 1/2-inch round,

sauté until brown, about 25 minutes.Transfer to plate and add chicken thighs to the same pan in batches, browning them on both sides. I would suggest leaving the skin on for full flavor enhancement. — Add leeks and garlic to same pot. Sauté until beginning to soften, about 8 minutes. Mix in apple, rosemary and sage. Add brandy and simmer until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Mix in canned tomatoes with juices, canned beans with 1/2

cup reserved liquid, lima beans, 1 cup broth, tomato paste and cloves. Add sausages. Season with pepper. — Bring cassoulet to boil. Cover pot and transfer to preheated oven; bake 30 minutes. I’ve also kept it on the stovetop all day. Can be made up to two days ahead. There is enough going on in this pot that I skip the toppings and serve in bowl with one thigh per serving and a torn off piece of baguette. The chicken can tend to fall off the thigh bones but that’s fine, just alert guest to the fact that there are whole thighs in the pot. Given the informal nature of the dish and the large group, guests sit or stand wherever around the house or outside and indulge in this hearty, flavorful and satisfying dish. A lighter-bodied red wine, pale ale or pilsner beer pairs nicely. If you have questions on the recipe, or come across it at another North County restaurant, I’d love to hear about it. Bon appetit! David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at

RSF Equine Hospital adds new MRI machine for equine use RANCHO SANTA FE — The Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center added high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to its lineup of services available to Southern California’s equine community. The new service is offered in partnership with MREquine and Equine Surgical Services and is a mobile MRI suite that will be available at Helen Woodward Equine Hospital on an as-needed basis. This is the first time this state-of-the-

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with Portuguese ports. A 10year-old port will satisfy, a 20year-old port will be ecstasy. Look for an aged tawny port for more of a nutty, brown sugar taste that can go to 40 years old before release. Names to know are Cockburn, Graham’s, Dow’s and Fonseca. Port similarities are made in California. One such recommended winery is Pedroncelli in the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, with its 2006 Four Grapes Vintage Port. The grapes,

— CATCH is the newest restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. Operated by the owners of PAON nearby, CATCH promises sustainable seafood dishes, a great bar with 30 wines by the glass at $7. A Sushi Bar has a wide selection of sake. They are open for lunch and dinner. Call (760) 729-7904 for more information. — Bacchus Wine Market has an Early-Bird High-End Tasting from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 31 for $45. Seven premium wines will be served with worldwide names. RSVP ahead at (619) 236-0005. — New Year’s Eve will be an event at Acqua Al2 Italian Restaurant in the Gaslamp District of downtown San Diego. A prix-fix menu of pop-

ular dishes will be served with settings at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Price is $65. For more, RSVP at (619) 230-0382. — Via Italia Encinitas is offering a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for $65. Pastas include risotto, pappardelle, mezzelune, strangolapretti and panccheri. Call (760) 479-9757 for more information. — SDSU College of Extended Studies will begin spring semester for its Certified Business of Wine

Program with Exploring Wine Tuesdays Jan. 24 to Feb. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the main campus. Lisa Redwine, food and beverage manager at the Marine Room, instructs the course. Call (619) 594-6924 for details. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at

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‘Slug-bug’ for birds, holiday parties and more from 2011 MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch I don’t want to write any wise suggestions for the new year. You don’t need them from me anyway. I’m not going to write about art, books or the Book Cellar. I have decided to spare you from all of that and share with you little signs that I always look for that inspire me during my day. Call me sappy, call me out there, but life is too short not to have some fun. It’s sort of like “slug-bug” for grownups. Here are a few signs I get a great deal of pizzazz from when they happen to me when I least expect them. I am sure you will see a correlation, so I will just start out with this line: I have a thing for birds. If I see a hummingbird at any point in the day, I immediately feel like an “energy angel” has whizzed by me and find hope in their fluttering wings. A white owl flight at night … have you seen one lately? If I see one, I instantly gasp for breath because I’ve almost run off the road and hit a tree. (Maybe not such a great sign after all.) I have saved the best for last. My favorite sign is seeing a “white bird of hope.” Have you seen one of those? They can come in the form of a seagull, a white dove, a white

crane, a white heron or any bird that looks remotely white. When one crosses my sight, I instantly think,“White bird of hope,” and my day feels brighter. You see? I just shared the signs that make my life a bit more fun and exotic. So for 2012, make up your own signs and don’t forget to create some magic during your daily routine. Happy New Year Rancho Santa Fe.

Around Town On Dec. 11 I held my annual gift exchange party for my son and his friends at Red Robin in Carmel Valley. Five years later, everyone is growing up and the gift selection under $10 is becoming obsolete for these “tweens.” However, they still love chocolate, party favors and dart guns that shoot rapidly with a rotating wheel. And for the girls? Well, pretty jewelry is always a hit and a gift cart to Tilly’s is another perfect option if you can’t decide. I love this party more than any other, maybe, because I get to buy the party favors, plan it and enjoy seeing all the kids have fun for Christmas. I have included a group shot of the bunch who exchanged gifts once again for the fifth year, plus the adult group supervising at the adjoining table. What a wonderful day it was! On Dec. 17, Karian Forsyth invited her Spa Gals over to her house for some pampering with holiday flair. Pedicures and manicures,

Christmas Spa Party hosted by Karian Forsyth with her close friends featured here by poolside. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

massage or facial, all of the guests enjoyed their options, while dishing on the latest fashion trends, the best restaurants and what destination places are in. Which brings me to an important update in my column.Yes, the news is here. I have found out where Tom and Karian Forsyth flew off to for Tom’s birthday in December. I have it on good authority that the Forsyths boarded a private jet with Maggie and Gary Bobileff — two of my other favorite Ranch residents! Yes, the four of them made it to the Grand Cayman Island for an intimate celebration on one of the coolest Caribbean islands to visit. I have included two photos that capture living at its finest. One is of Karian looking glamorous in her pink studded blouse with Tom and the “Spa Party gals” from The Crosby. Hey, guess what? Life can be incredibly good sometimes, right? Later that night, Elaine and Michael Gallagher attended a smashing party at the Grand Del Mar for the holidays. I managed to get an exclusive photo for this column. Sources will not be revealed, but I will say these are gorgeous ladies that I am sure you will recognize as familiar faces in “Machel’s Ranch.” Aren’t they simply Tom Forsyth, left, and his wife Karian in the Grand Cayman for Tom's beautiful? birthday surprise trip. courtesy photo Courtesy photo On Dec. 19 my husband

Robin and I met one of my favorite couples, Tony and Bianca Macaluso. They arrived in style in their new white Rolls Royce to Firenze restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe. We arrived by Jeep. Not so bad by my standards, but the Rolls Royce looked like heaven on wheels. Tony and Bianca wore matching white attire; with red accents that emulated that cool holiday feel. We wore leather jackets. As the night wore on, we shared fun movie stories, enjoyed fine food, but most of all, enjoyed being out with good friends for Christmas. I snapped a photograph of them before they whisked away in their Rolls Royce back to their amazing estate in Del Mar. Robin and I drove away into the dark of the From left, Elaine Gallagher, Leonard Simpson, and Kathy Herinton at the night feeling the holiday spir- Grand Del Mar at a holiday party. Courtesy photo it and recapping our fabulous evening with two of our favorite friends. If you’re looking for charities to donate to, my suggestion is the Salvation Army. They do so much for so many in need and they are here locally. They will come directly to your house to pick up any of those extras that you don’t need, but someone else could use. For more, visit

Front Row from left: Reese MacDonald, Atiana Smith, Chloe Temple. Back Row from left: Holden MacDonald, Matthew Sorge and Jackson Tuck at Red Robin Photo by Machel Penn Shull

From left, Bianca Macaluso, Shannon Elle Ehlers and Meredith MacDonald at 5th Annual Kids Christmas Party. Photo by Machel Penn Shull

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Bianca and Tony Macaluso at Firenze Restaurant in Rancho Santa Fe for Christmas dinner with friends. Photo by Machel Penn Shull



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Registration for Vista’s adult co-ed, men’s and women’s softball leagues will be held Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Jan. 2 through Feb. 24 at Vista Civic Center’s Recreation Office, 200 Civic Center Drive. League play begins in March. For more information, call (760) 7261340, ext. 1576 or visit

JAN. 3 ALL HEART San Diego North Coastal WomenHeart welcomes women with concerns about cardiac health at 10:15 a.m. Jan. 3 at Glen View, 1950 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. For more information, contact Marilyn Deak at (760) 4385890. LETTERS AND FUN San Marcos is offering an Alphabet Adventures class for children ages 2 to 5 at the San Marcos Civic Center beginning Jan. 3, at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Cost is $40 for four weeks. Register required at

JAN. 4 CATHOLIC COMPANIONS The Catholic Widow & Widowers of North County will meet Jan. 4 for a free concert at the California Center for the Performing Arts in Escondido with dinner to follow. Reservations for all activities are necessary. Call (858) 6744324. ‘LION IN WINTER’ North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, will stage “The Lion in Winter.” Preview performances at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 through Jan. 6. Shows Jan. 7 through Jan. 29 Box Office hours are noon to 4 p.m. daily and noon to curtain day of shows.



Flamenco guitar artists Benedetti and Svoboda will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at Cardiff Library in the Community room, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff, For more information, call (760) 635-1000.

JAN. 5 ART ABOUNDS CarlsbadOceanside Art League Gallery. Painting, photography, digital art and Sculpture Show from Jan. 5 through Jan. 29 at 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Suite 101, Carlsbad. Call (760) 4348497 or visit

JAN. 6 GEM FAIRE From noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jan. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8, Del Mar Fairgrounds/Bing Crosby Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, will host a gem fair. Admission is $7. For more info, call (760) 390-3599, email or visit

JAN. 8 HEAVENLY AUDITIONS The Village Church Community Theater announces auditions for “A Little Piece of Heaven” 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. Roles for seven men, eight women, one boy, one teen girl. The mystery,

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By now you’ve probably seen footage of Tom Cruise clinging to the world’s tallest building for the fourth installment of the “Mission Impossible” franchise, “Ghost Protocol.” Believe it or not, the 49 year-old actor was suspended from a helicopter over a thousand feet in the air, so he could pull off the breathtaking stunt work, which includes running down and across the facade of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The spectacular sequence is the movie’s centerpiece, something Hitchcock would envy, and just one of the many surprises that makes “Ghost Protocol” so much fun. Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, a team leader within the Impossible Mission Force, assigned the task of infiltrating the Kremlin to stop a nuclear enthusiast, codenamed “Cobalt” (Michael Nyqvist), from initiating Armageddon with a Russian warhead. Deep within the Kremlin are files that will reveal Cobalt’s true identity, and it’s up to Hunt and his crew to retrieve the data so they can nab Cobalt before he gains the warhead’s access codes. Expectedly, plans go awry. The IMF team’s cover is blown, and (without spoiling the plot) the U.S. government must initiate “Ghost Protocol,” a contingency plan to disavow any knowledge of Hunt’s team, and to label them as rogue terrorist agents. Intercepting Cobalt before he can turn his nuclear

Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Ghost Protocol,” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. Photo by Industrial Light & Magic

ambitions into a reality is the only hope Hunt and company have of restoring their good names. Tom Cruise, who has become a special effect in his own right, is not the only reason to see this movie; besides his jaw-dropping feats, “Protocol” benefits from the clever plotting of veteran scribes Josh Applebaum and André Nemec, whose work on the TV show “Alias” has taught them a thing or two about crafting effective thrillers. The duo have worked hard to stay one step

ahead of the audience, as Hunt’s best laid plans are foiled by ever-changing circumstance, and replaced by improvisations that are, once again, foiled in the process. Nothing works like it should, not even the cool gadgets, which still require human operators to perform correctly, and seem to complicate the lives of the IMF agents as much as they promise to simplify them. The writers are especially adroit at assembling new faces and old faces and answering fundamental ques-

tions like “What happened to Ethan’s wife from the last movie?” Providing much welcomed humor, Simon Pegg returns from the third “Mission” as Benji Dunn, the technical wizard whose dramatic contribution is more substantial than last time. New faces include William Brandt (Jeremy Renner), the IMF’s secretary Chief Analyst; and Jane Carter (Paula Patton), a tough as nails beauty, who proves IMF women can hold their own. The movie’s polish and pace are due in large part to

animation wunderkind Brad Bird, the Pixar director best known for “The Incredibles” (2004) and “Ratatouille” (2007). In retrospect, the former looks like Bird’s demo for “Protocol.” In collaborating, the director has pushed his writing team to think bigger and better; no easy feat when you consider how solid the last three “Missions” are. Some of the finer set-pieces, like Hunt’s scaling across the Burj Khalifa, and a nifty fight sequence within an automated parking garage, started out as his ideas -- not to mention a handful of visual gags (penetrating the Kremlin), that could only come from the imagination of a skillful animator. If there is one weakness, it lies with the villain. The last movie spoiled us with a Kirk-and-Khan face-off between Ethan Hunt and Owen Davian, played with Oscar-worthy viciousness by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Here, the rivalry between Hunt and Cobalt is less personal and, consequently, less dramatic. In the end, “Ghost Protocol” may not be a performance-driven vehicle, but it’s a substantial blockbuster that will have you gripping your seat. “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol” Rating: PG-13 When: Now playing Where: Everywhere


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‘The Lion in Winter’ roars into North Coast Repertory North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, will take playgoers back to medieval England for a taste of life in competition for the throne, in “The Lion in Winter.” Preview performances at 8 p.m. Jan. 4 through Jan. 6. Continuing shows will be from Jan. 7 through Jan. 29. Regular show times are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Box Office hours are noon to 4 p.m. daily and noon to curtain day of shows.Ticket prices are $32 to $49 with a student/military discount of $3 off. Reservations are required. The scene is set at Christmas, 1183 in King Henry’s castle at Chinon, France. In honor of the theater’s 30th anniversary season, North Coast Rep draws upon a title from its inaugural year to bring this classic to life once again. In James Goldman’s classic play, domestic turmoil rises to an art form. A quintessential drama of family strife and competing ambitions brings modern-day relevance to the intrigues of 12th Century England. There’s a lot going on in

this one, and your going to need a scorecard, so here’s the skinny: in 1152, Henry II, Count of Anjou and claimant to the throne of England, married the high-spirited Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, a few months after the annulment of her marriage to King Louis VII of France. This made Henry the most powerful man in Europe, and once he had ascended to the throne of England, which at the time included half of what we now recognize as France, he would spend the rest of his life trying to unify a kingdom that could remain intact after his death. One of the ways he intended to do this was to promise the French King’s daughter Alais, (from Louis’ second marriage) to his son Richard in exchange for the Vexin, a strategically important county near Paris. The young child Alais was sent to Henry’s court to grow up. In time, Alais’ stepbrother Philip (from Louis’ third marriage) became King of France at the age of 15 in 1180. In a further attempt to secure the future of the realm, Henry had his oldest son, “Young Henry,” crowned when he came of age. It seemed like a good plan, but Young Henry threw a monkey

into the wrench when, impatient to gain the possessions promised, he and his brothers Richard and Geoffrey, (with Eleanor’s help), revolted against King Henry in a civil war, which they lost. When Young Henry died at the age of 28, King Henry was left with three anxious sons, a wife he had imprisoned for her participation in the revolt, and no viable long term plan for his formidable kingdom. In the play, Henry calls a Christmas court, during which he intends to settle the issue. This dysfunctional family gathering is the setting for “The Lion in Winter,” as James Goldman imagines it. Young Alais, still not married, has grown, and the young King Phillip of France has arrived to reclaim the Vexin or see his sister married to Richard. The action takes place mostly in one day at Henry’s fortress castle in Chinon, France, but the intrigues are representative of Henry’s entire reign, which found brothers pitted against brothers, sons against father, and wife against husband. Ultimately, after Henry’s death in 1189, Richard would ascend to the throne and become famous to history as Richard the Lionheart. One of his first acts as king would be

‘The Lion in Winter’ comes to the North Coast Repertory Theatre with previews beginning Jan. 4. Courtesy photo

to release Eleanor from prison. Richard would be succeeded by his younger brother John, whose inept reign led to the signing of the Magna Carta and the loss of most of Henry’s empire. Geoffrey, the “middle child” (along with all that word’s connotation) would

become the Duke of Britanny and fade into relative obscurity. Eleanor would go on to outlive them all except John. The irrepressible force long outlived Henry, the immovable object. In fact, she outlived them all except John.


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Who’s NEWS? Business news and special achievements for North San Diego County. Send information via e-mail to community@ Ring it in On Dec. 23, orphaned dogs and cats available for adoption during the 13th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption program, joined Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, as he rang the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange to raise awareness of animal homelessness, along with representatives of Iams Home 4 the Holidays.



comforting somehow in this world of wild change. Then, on Nov. 7, there was a ripple in The Force. Just like the one-horse shay, the little red wagon suddenly and finally disintegrated

Tri-City celebrates Chief Executive Officer of Tri-City Medical Center Larry Anderson accepted the Chamber of Commerce Award for Information Technology award from the San Diego North Economic Development Council Dec.1 in recognition of the hospital’s purchase of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. The award recognized Tri-City’s “support of this lifesaving technology” and “its commitment to providing quality medical care to North County residents.”

OMWD welcome Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors selected Larry Watt as the new director representing Division 2 of OMWD’s service area. Watt fills the seat left vacant by the resignation of Mark Muir, who was appointed to Encinitas’ City Council in

November. Prior to swearing in on Jan. 5, Watt will retire from his position as the city of Encinitas’ Director of Public Works, a capacity in which he achieved significant waterrelated experience as general manager of San Dieguito Water District.

Join jog-a-thon The Optimist Club of Carlsbad “The Achievers” will be supporting students from Capri Elementary School in Encinitas, as the youngsters take part in the Capri Elementary school annual Joga-thon,set for Feb. 3. The focus of the fundraiser for the school also promotes regular exercise and healthy lifestyles. Capri Elementary school is working to collect prizes and donations of money. For more information on this event, call (760) 943-9295 or (760) 542-5453.

as it exited I-5. And we all mourned the passing of something special. The family cited Matthew 25:21, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” as they let friends know of the car’s demise. Had it been legal and ecologically sound, the boys would have set it afloat on a burning barge from Swami’s, sending it on its way to

Valhalla, with wishes that it be feted in a place of honor. Farewell, Red Baron. We grew up with you. You were well-loved and appreciated, and we’ll not see the likes of you again.


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comedy drama takes place in acuriosity shop called “A Little Piece of Heaven.” For audition information and appointment visit

BELLY DANCING The Art/Dance Academy at 3337 Tournament Drive, Oceanside, will begin a new series of bellydancing classes Jan 9. Class schedules and prices can be found at m or call (760) 433-2276.


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Solutions, a political activism organization,which Tetalman is a member and current vice president of the California chapter. Tetalman said he has received $1,000 from the Citizens for Global Solutions Political Action Committee. He is also seeking endorsements from some of the labor unions and the state of California democratic endorsement. Tetalman moved to San Diego in 1978 where he worked for 10 years as a registered nurse. He’s lived in the 49th District since 1988. He’s spent 20 years working in real estate before entering politics. “I believe that a person can reinvent themselves at any time.I’ve been successful in the past — reinventing myself — and it’s something that is worthwhile,” he said. Working as a nurse, Tetalman said he’s gained understanding of the health care system. “I believe that health care is a human right and that the system we currently have is quite broken and we need to move to a more universal health care system.” His real estate experience, Tetalman said, gives him the know-how to market and sell, how to interact with people and how to raise money. Tetalman also said it was the real estate industry that led the economy into the recession, but is hopeful that it can lead the economy out of it, if the right things are done. The newly redrawn 49th district stretches from portions


PET WEEK This weeks’ pet is Peppermint, a 1.5-yearold black and white cat. Peppermint is shy at first, but once she gets to know you, she is sweet and affectionate. Meet Peppermint at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Her adoption fee is $99 including microchip identification. She has been spayed, has up-to-date vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center is at 6461 El Apajo Road in

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of Del Mar to Camp Pendleton and up to Orange County. The district also includes inland areas as Vista, where Issa’s Congressional District office is located. “It is a coastal district,” he said. “It’s people that are environmentally conscious because they live near the ocean, is one part of it. The other thing is…it’s a fairly well-off community compared to some other parts of the county or city. It is people that want some results from their Congressman, they don’t want gridlock, they want some answers, they want some solutions. “(Issa’s) voted pretty much consistently with the Republican Party and he doesn’t vary much on his votes and I

think that part of the gridlock that we’ve had,he’s part of that. He’s signed the Grover Nordquist pledge, of no new taxes, and he’s in favor of keeping the Bush-era tax cuts, which are a gift to the wealthy. He’s looking out basically for the very wealthy.” Tetalman said that of the complaints that he’s heard from people is that Issa is not very accessible to the average voter. If elected, Tetalman said he would be much more accessible. “Being a public figure, I think you really do have to meet with the people so that you can hear — it’s a two-way street — you want to have input going both ways.”

scout leaders is to teach the boys about civic responsibility and get them prepared for cubs is: “Whatever a boy can Boy Scouts. Sponsored by the Village do, he should do.” One of the goals of the Church in Rancho Santa Fe,

the pack is comprised of scouts from Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Nativity School and surrounding areas. There are 52 scouts ages 6 though 10.

more aggressive to get people to repay their loan and in many cases these were longtime customers of the bank.” He said he didn’t like the double standard of the bank telling the customer that it would be with them in good times and bad and then deserting them when times got tough. “It was a role I didn’t like playing, dealing with good people having difficult times.They needed flexibility to get

through these times and the bank was unable to accommodate their customers.” While the conflict was driven by the regulatory commission, Smith was uncomfortable. “When the opportunity came up to go to the golf club, I took it,” he said. His current hobby is garden railroads. He has one in his backyard which is currently under construction. In addition, his family likes to run and hike. “Last year my wife and daughter did the Triple Crown in San Diego, which is three half marathons, which takes place in Carlsbad, La Jolla and San Diego,’ he said. In May 2011, he and his wife led a hiking trip for the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary to the Grand Canyon. “Thirty of them hiked from one rim to the other,” he said.





All this while working as a dietician. Smith worked in banking for about 15 years and then began to see the dark side of the industry. “Back in the late 1990s, the banking world was in a bit of a turmoil,” he said. “My concern was the role the loan officer had to play at the time was

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SOUP TO NUTS by Rick Stromoski

Friday, Dec. 30, 2011

FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

BIG NATE by Lincoln Peirce

It’s likely that in the year ahead you will experience a significant improvement in your personal relationships. One of the biggest causes of this is that someone who is jealous of you and has caused you complications will be leaving the scene. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Write down any special instructions being given to you instead of trusting them to memory. It’s far less embarrassing than having to go back and ask for them a second time. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — The best way to make a concerted effort to be money-conscious is to think about how much you’re spending and for what ends, before making that expensive purchase. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Strive to be self-sufficient, because someone whom you think is a staunch helper might suddenly abandon you when the job gets even the slightest bit tough. Don’t depend on anyone. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Don’t put off an important chore that needs to be taken care of immediately. The longer you let it go, the more the situation will deteriorate, increasing the work you would have to do to set things right. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — If you know that you won’t be welcomed with open arms, don’t go anywhere near a certain person. An encounter would only make you feel worse than you already do.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — It would be best not to discuss with anybody the difficulties you’re having with a relative, because talking about it is likely to only make you feel worse. Put it out of your mind for now. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Your desire will make it difficult for you to discern between what is reasonable optimism and what is just plain wishful thinking. Don’t let anything cloud your judgment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Take a second look at a joint venture that requires money down. Make sure that you’re not the only one who is asked to put up the financial costs — parity is important. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Be careful not to underestimate persons with whom you are negotiating a critical matter. You might be an extremely good horse trader, but they could be sharper still. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Don’t put up with someone constantly looking over your shoulder, especially if you’re working on a tedious task that requires concentration. It’s too distracting. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — If you find yourself in a social situation where one person in particular seems to be getting all the limelight, don’t let your fury show. Get the attention of others by complimenting them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Finding a scapegoat to blame for all the problems you are encountering will only make you look weak. No one is perfect, not even you, so make light of your difficulties.


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