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In a David versus Goliath standoff, the Rancho Santa Fe News is facing the threat of a lawsuit by Anthony Allegretti, president and CEO of MainStreet Communications, which publishes 17 newspapers including the Rancho Santa Fe Review. The proposed charge is that the Rancho Santa Fe News’ advertising rates are driving the financially backed “Review” out of business, or at least hurting its profits. On the David side the “News” is owned by independent publisher Jim Kydd and is one of two publications of The Coast News Group. The bimonthly News distributes on demand and mails 10,000 copies to Rancho Santa Fe, Santaluz and the Rancho CEO Rancho Santa Fe Review CEO Anthony Allegretti Pacifica areas.
Association approves two additional cell phone antennas By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, requested two additional cell phone antennas on the existing monopole located adjacent to the fire district’s building. The new antennas will provide 4G cell phone service within the Covenant and income to the fire district. The monopole, which is attached to the building’s clock tower, was erected in 1998 and the current height of all the antennas is 64 feet. It consists of three 9-foot-tall pipe antennas, one 6-foot tube antenna; two small GPS antennas; and one small 911 emergency antenna. The new installation would eliminate one of the existing pipe antennas and
add two 12-foot-tall 4G pipe antennas, bringing the height to 67 feet. “Unless you have a new smart phone, it will mean nothing to you,” quipped Association Director Dick Doughty. “This is the future for the mobile phone industry,” said Ted Marioncelli, who was representing Verizon at the meeting. The Art Jury approved the installation of the antennas at its Feb. 22 meeting, but because it is more than 35 feet high, it must also get approval by the Association, which it did at its March 3 meeting. It benefits the fire department because Verizon pays rent on the antenna to the fire district. “I drive down El Fuego TURN TO ANTENNAS ON A25
Kydd said the News is Carmel Valley News, the Del part of a tightknit operation Mar Times, the Solana Beach that carefully balances its Sun, the La Jolla Light, the profits and overhead costs to Poway News-Chieftain, the operate. The paper has no Rancho Bernardo Newsdebt service or investment Journal and the Ramona Sentinel. MainStreet bankers to pay off. Media Group also Kydd said a skele- INSIDE owns a group of ton staff and Read Rancho Santa newspapers in shared operating Fe News Publisher Northern and costs with The Jim Kydd’s response Central California. Coast News allows to Anthony MainStreet’s corpothe paper to have Allegretti’s letter a minimum overPAGE A4 rate offices are in Gilroy, Calif. head. Kydd said the Kydd said the News could not remain in Review has much higher operoperation if it was under-pric- ating costs including editorial ing its advertisements. He salaries as well as financial added that they have recently backers to pay. Brookside Capital closed papers in Vista, San Marcos and Carmel Valley Partners Management works because they were not prof- as the investment manager for MainStreet Communications. itable. On the Goliath side, the Managing Director Don Review is owned and pub- Hawks said as a matter of comMainStreet pany policy he has no comlished by Communications, a subsidiary ment on Allegretti’s actions. Hawks was asked if he was of MainStreet Media Group. It is one of 17 newspapers that aware of the certified letters MainStreet Communications Allegretti sent to the News. “I’m not going to comment on publishes. Other area newspapers those,” Hawks said. Housatonic Partners is owned by MainStreet Communications include, in TURN TO SUE ON A24 addition to the Review, the
Residents concerned about irrigation rate increases By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — For the second time this year, Association members have come to the meeting asking the board to be aware of what is happening at the Santa Fe Irrigation District. Although they know the Association has no authority over i, the speakers said they hope the board will take note anyway. Greg Gruzdowich told the Association at its March 3 meeting that he is concerned about the irrigation district’s recent rate increase. “We’ve already seen a rate raise and I think we will see more and more and more. It is an unregulated monopoly,” he said. He said if the Association board would select someone to attend the irrigation board meetings, which fall on the same time
and day of the Association’s, that he or she would get up to speed pretty quickly. “They could get some facts and figures you could put your arms around,” Gruzdowich said. When Gruzdowich spoke on the same subject at the Association’s first meeting of the new year, he said he believes the irrigation district is not telling the whole story about the rate increases. He said the district is using the money to defuse a “pension time bomb,” which allows workers to retire at age 55 and receive most of their salaries and that reserves are being used for benefits and perks for employees. “I need not tell you that water is a concern to 100 percent of the people here,” said Sam Ursini, another speaker at the meeting.
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by CHUCK SHEPHERD
New York University arts professor Wafaa Bilal had his camera surgically removed in February — the one that was implanted in the back of his skull in November to record, at 60second intervals, the places he had left behind (beamed to and archived by a museum in Qatar). The camera had been mounted under his skin, braced by three titanium posts, but his body very painfully rejected one of the posts, and his temporary solution is to merely tie the camera to the back of his neck (even though that work-around is unsatisfactory to him because it represents a less-personal “commitment” to the art). In the future, he said, communication devices like his will routinely be part of our bodies.
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Golf club agreement modification OK’d By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — As a follow-up to the modification of the golf club agreement to allow former residents to retain membership, the board approved the wording at its March 3 meeting. “When the membership category was adopted on Feb. 17, the criteria for the membership was discussed by the Association board, but not formally approved,” said Peter Smith, association manager. The golf club agreement limited membership in the club to “members of the Association in good standing.” The wording needed to be clarified and now reads
“and members that have held memberships in the golf club for at least 10 years and no longer own property in the Covenant.” Motivated in part by compassion and in part by finances, the modification to the club’s plan of operation allows members who have moved away for a number of reasons, including health and finances, to be allowed to stay on and continue the social relationships they have had for years. But, it will cost them at least 10 percent more than regular members. They also may not serve on a board or committee and may not use any other Association facili-
In other Association news, Ivan Holler, association administrator, reported that about 700 surveys about long-range planning have been returned to the Association office. He said he is hoping for at least a 50 percent return rate. The processing and the compilation of the final report could start in about two weeks. A long-range planning committee worked beginning in August putting together a survey that would take the pulse of the community and help decide what Rancho Santa Fe should look like in the future.
Smith also announced that Holler has completed advanced training and gained certification in the management of homeowner associations. During his training he learned about ethics, finance, governance and professional standards, Smith said. Director Anne Feighner reported the Trails Committee is taking a serious look at the Arroyo Property which was acquired as open space in 1999. “The Boy Scouts use it. People train their dogs there,” she said. “It is a beautiful property with a pond over on the east side. It’s a lovely area and has many possibilities.”
Quiet train horn design costlier than expected By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — With the final design complete, the cost to install a system that would decrease horn noise as trains pass through Del Mar came in quite a bit higher than originally expected. But thanks to City Councilmen Carl Hilliard and Mark Filanc, $90,000 in administrative fees were deleted, putting the final current estimate at $363,317. Although that figure is still about $105,000 more than fundraisers anticipated, Hilliard said he is optimistic the final price tag will be closer to the original estimate. For years residents have been trying to find a way to reduce horn noise at the city’s only crossing on Coast Boulevard. The city first looked into creating a true quiet zone, but that was estimated to cost more than $1 million. “That blew it out of the range for City Council,” Public Works Director David Scherer said. The city also looked into installing pedestrian gates, but those presented a new set of concerns, including aesthetics. Last year a group of residents began working with Quiet Zone Technologies to possibly install a stationary
wayside horn system. The plan received council approval with the understanding that no city money could be used. Through private donations the citizens group raised the necessary $17,548 for the preliminary design. Updated project costs were presented at a March 2 open house in the City Hall Annex. Scherer said the city directly notified about 300 residents about the meeting — it was also advertised electronically and at City Council meetings — but less than a dozen people attended. North County Transit District will install the system, which will include two stationary horns permanently mounted at the crossing. The horns, which will mimic the sound of train horns when a train approaches, will sound at 92 decibels 100 feet from the center line. Two quiet zone indicators — poles with red Xs that let engineers know the wayside horn system is in place and working — will also be installed south of the crossing because of the blind curve on the northbound tracks. The horns must sound when the train is 1,300 feet from the crossing. Engineers will still have the discretion
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further refined, noting that some costs are flexible. He said the administrative costs were eliminated after reminders from Hilliard and Filanc that the system would be a first for the county. Other costs, such as
VISTA — “I saw the guy with the gun ... Pointing the gun at me ... He shot me on my arm ... It started to bleed ... I had to run,” answered a 7-year-old girl in court on March 7, during testimony at the preliminary hearing for a gunman who opened fire at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad last fall. The girl was one of two second-graders who was wounded in her arm five months ago when the alleged gunman, Brendan Liam O’Rourke, 41, jumped the fence and shot at schoolchildren and adults during recess. The young girls, ages 6 and 7 at the time of the shooting and now 7 and 8, testified separately, each with a teddy bear, and with their father and a therapy dog behind them. The 7-year-old showed Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman the red mark on her right arm, which was about four-and-ahalf inches from her elbow where the bullet went through. The 8-year-old child showed the judge her scar, also, which had required a cast for the entry and exit bullet wounds on her arm. She said that during
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to use their train horns, especially if they see pedestrians in the crossing. The system is expected to reduce the amount of noise, its level and how far and long it resonates, especially at night. Brett Rekola, NCTD’s chief of rail operations, said the estimate will likely be
RANCHO SANTA FE — The staff at the R. Roger Rowe School in Rancho Santa Fe is trying a new way to keep students in line. It is called Positive Discipline. At the March 3 meeting of the school board, Kim Pinkerton, elementary school principal, told the board how this new program works. “It’s going to change the way kids, teachers and parents treat themselves and others,” Pinkerton said. Its goal is to build an inclusive, learning-friendly classroom. “We are always trying to do things better than the way we are doing them,” said Superintendent Lindy Delaney. The new program is a departure from the traditional dominant process of control, rewards and punishments currently used in most schools. It is instead based on empathy, understanding, the perspective of the student, collaborative problem solving, and kind
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Firework shows make some vets ‘angry’ By Lorri Anne Greene, Ph.D.
On a hot July afternoon in 2010, a young man I’ll call Jason met me for the first time. He seemed quite uncomfortable in a therapist’s office. As a clinical psychologist practicing in North County, I see a wide range of clientele, including military veterans. When I invited him to sit and
tell me why he needed to see a therapist, he replied, “I don’t, but my wife says she’ll divorce me if I don’t see someone about what she calls my anger issues.” He told me that without his wife, he might as well be dead, “although I already feel that way.” I asked him to tell me more. This young man had served
four deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jason told me he had seen the brutal, bloody reality of war, things nobody should see. “So of course I’m angry,” he concluded. “And then I heard those freaking fireworks the other night. For me, Fourth of July is not what it TURN TO FIREWORK ON A27
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I rarely get on the pulpit. It takes something really, really wrong to get me going. Enter Anthony Allegretti, the bully. He is the CEO of the Rancho Santa Fe Review. He is bullying me to “fix” my advertising prices to be as high as his are. This is a direct attack against all Rancho Santa Fe advertisers — present and future. If I were to cave in, he would JIM KYDD have no competition in the marketplace. Here’s what he’s doing. Two weeks ago I received a package of documents from Allegretti, who publishes numerous publications here in San Diego and elsewhere. He is a big-time publisher compared to me and is backed by well-funded investment bankers. We’re talking billions here. This “nice” package I received from Allegretti dated Feb. 14 — my valentine, I guess — contained a threat to sue me and the Rancho Santa Fe News for a violation of the California Fair Practice Act and various violations of other antitrust legislation. He alleged I was charging too little for my ads in 2010, thereby causing him to lose money. He said that if I didn’t raise my rates he would sue me for $900,000 (three times his lost revenue) and my legal fees would be around $2 million. That is his position. That is also a threat. I used to have five newspapers. I closed three of them and one office because they weren’t profitable. If the Rancho Santa Fe News’ low ad rates were causing me to lose money, as his threatened lawsuit implies, why would I keep publishing it? His “package” is nothing but a scare tactic and also smacks of price collusion. If I were to charge what he wants me to charge for advertising, what happens to “fair competition in the marketplace?” All advertisers will be forced to pay the same rate, which will be set by Allegretti. I run a tight business and don’t have any debt service or investment bankers to pay off. Allegretti does, so maybe that’s why he has to charge more for his ads. Maybe he just wants no competition so he can price “gouge.”
In the end, it will be the advertiser that will be hurt. My only reason for writing this editorial is to expose Allegretti as a mean-spirited scoundrel of a businessman and to warn current and prospective advertisers of his tactics. I just recently learned that Allegretti served the same Valentine’s Day package to a fellow publisher who competes with Allegretti in La Jolla. This time he got the desired reaction. Already struggling with the economy, this publisher became very upset that that they could face the possible loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars and the cost of $2 million in legal fees. Here comes the good part. Allegretti meets with this publisher and offers to buy the competing paper for a fraction of its value or says he will sue. If you ask me, that is also an unfair business practice and just plain mean. If he buys it, he will probably close it, creating a price fixing situation much the same as he is trying to do in Rancho Santa Fe. ANTHONY La Jolla advertis- ALLEGRETTI ers will suffer. If you currently advertise with the Review, I just want you to know where your money is going — to Allegretti and his investment bankers. Perhaps when your contract is up with the Review, you might want to give us a call. Obviously we charge less. We also give more. In addition to being distributed everywhere the Review is, the Rancho Santa Fe News is mailman-delivered to 1,100 homes in the Santaluz area and 500 homes in the Rancho Pacifica area. The Review leaves these areas out of their circulation. I am not going to allow Allegretti and the Review to scare me into raising my ad prices. I’ve consulted a friend in the San Diego District Attorney’s office. I was advised to have my lawyer send a warning to Allegretti and his backers that they should cease any further action. Perhaps they aren’t smart enough to know that what they’re doing is illegal, so my lawyer is currently drafting a letter to them explaining the law. They are leaving themselves open to some very serious legal ramifications and all advertisers will suffer.
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MiraCosta College will meet at 1 p.m. March 11, MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Room 1068, Oceanside. Beth Accomando, KPBS film critic, will discuss the origin and behind the scenes struggles of the Academy Awards. Call (760) 721-8124 to learn more.
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Diego’s Leash Your Fitness will sponsor a Doga Yoga event benefiting the Labradors and Friends Rescue Group from 9 to 10 a.m. March 12, Muttropolis, Inc., 227 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. Bring your yoga mat and/or towel, water bottle, your dog, and a mat/towel for your dog. Register at www. LeashYourFitness.com or at Muttropolis. FORE! Carlsbad Golf Center will host the national Golf Digest/Golf World Experience Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12 and March 13, 2711 Haymar Drive, Carlsbad. This is an outdoor, on-the-drivingrange golf demo event where golfers of all ages and abilities can test the latest equipment from golf’s top brands. Call (760) 720-GOLF or visit www.carlsbadgolfcenter.com to learn more. THEY’RE ALIVE! The 2011 Arts Alive Banner Unveiling and Reception will be held from noon to 5 p.m. March 12, former Cabo Grill building, 1950 S. Coast Highway 101, Leucadia. All 100 works of art will be veiled and hanging inside the building waiting for the banner artists to pull the string to unveil them at the mayor’s countdown. Call Danny Salzhandler at (760) 944-6027 to learn more.
The Mabel Corwin Branch of the American Begonia Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. March 13, Olivenhain Meeting Hall, 423 Rancho Santa Fe Road, Encinitas. The speaker will be Bobbie West of the Doug Frost Branch of the ABS who will talk about the begonias of Sherman Gardens. Call Marla Keith at (760) 753-3977 to learn more. THAT’S A DOG? The 16th annual Ugly Dog Show will begin with registration at 10 a.m. March 13, Del Mar Fairgrounds Paddock Area. The event will include contests for the ugliest dog, cutest TURN TO CALENDAR ON A26
By Patty McCormac
RANCHO SANTA FE — Should a teacher communicate with students via social networks? The Rancho Santa Fe School District board decided no at its March 3 meeting. In fact, that decision will be put in the teacher’s handbook and the practice strongly discouraged. Lindy Delaney, the district’s superintendent, asked the board to consider the policy because she said appropriate boundaries should be established between students and teachers. “I’m not saying teachers are not being appropriate, but my recommendation is that we have a policy that restricts that,” Delaney said. “Sometimes something put on Facebook by an adult is not appropriate for children.”
She said other districts are facing the same issue. “When I go to the area superintendents meeting, they all feel something needs to happen,” Delaney said. “It’s very important that we have boundaries.” Jim Depolo, board vice president, said he would be the first to admit that he has no Facebook page. “I can see all the negatives, but how can we keep in touch in a positive way? Are we eliminating something good?” he asked. Delaney said that there are many other ways for teachers to keep in touch
’m not saying teachers are not being appropriate, but … sometimes something put on Facebook by an adult is not appropriate for children.”
— Lindy Delaney SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
with students rather than on a social network. On a social network, feelings can be hurt if a teacher “friends” one student and not another and children may also view inappropriate material. Because it is a growing problem, there needs to be a policy that states clearly that the school district does not want teachers using social networks, said Richard Currier, the district’s legal
counsel. He also said the Rancho Santa Fe School District would be a front runner in establishing such a policy, but that it could modified in the future. “We can always come back and revisit the policy,” he said. Trustee Todd Frank asked how the new policy would be accepted by the staff.
“I think it’s common sense,” said Kim Pinkerton, elementary school principal. “We like to have our private lives and I think most teachers would be in agreement.” She said some teachers do keep in touch with former students, but wait until they are in college to “friend” them. Trustee Jim Cimino said he does not have a Facebook page either and acknowledged that things are changing quickly. He said when he was using a slide rule in college, he had no idea that technology would advance to the point where students do their homework on computers. The board voted unanimously in favor of the new policy.
We want more faster and we want it now Never mind how old I am. I know that technology is here to stay and I embrace it, while occasionally still being baffled by it. Let’s just say that I have pretty much handed over our future to the bright and prolific next generation. But is anyone else feeling that our youthful innovators might be about to see themselves in their own rearview mirrors? By that I mean, perhaps the cart is getting in front of the horse or, simply, our enthusiastic innovators might just be zipping ahead without fully researching the impact of the next greatest idea? My suspicions began when smart phones began dropping calls. Sure, they can do a dozen things, but if they aren’t behaving well as phones, how smart can they be? My discomfort was cemented when word came out that putting the 4G networks in place might just wipe out half the world’s GPS systems. Whoa. I am thinking it’s slow-down, if not back-up, time. I am not entirely comforted that the 4G folks said they would “look in to the problem.” While it might just leave me lost in heavenknows-where at midnight, which is bad enough, I really
JEAN GILLETTE Small Talk don’t want to be on that airplane that suddenly can’t find the runway. It should be mentioned that no one adapted more swiftly to the glorious speed of advancing technology than impatient me. No sooner did my computer’s speed increase by 50 percent than I was complaining it was too slow. I want it now, now, now or sooner. Mad, hot speed on my laptop would be glorious, but then I remember how many times in my young life I have been crazed because I was lost and late. I compare that to the absolute joy of punching in an address and having my screen tell me exactly how to get there. I just don’t know which I would be willing to give up. What I want, bright young minds, is for you to get it right the first time and see this stuff coming. I want you to do superlative research and figure out ways around any and all problems. See … you’ve spoiled us. We really do think you can do most any-
GOP women launch annual luncheon RANCHO SANTA FE — Fairbanks Republican Women Federated will begin selling tickets March 15 for its annual fashion show and luncheon. The May 3 event theme is Cinco de Mayo, Celebrating the Land of Opportunity, and will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Pavilion overlooking Torrey Pines Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean. Chairwomen for the event are Jan Reital and Linda Alessio. The reception begins at 11 a.m. with an array of selected vendors offering interesting wares. Lunch is at noon. The “Celebration Margarita” will be the cocktail of the day. A silent auction and opportu-
nity drawing will also be offered, plus the fashion show featuring spring and summer fashions. The master of ceremonies will be Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and the special guest speaker will be Rosario Marin, a former U.S. Treasurer who was the first Mexican-born woman to hold the office. Rosario tells the story of her own journey from her birth in Mexico to her arrival in the U.S. at age 14 and her successful career accomplishments. Registration begins March 15. Tickets for members are $75 and nonmembers are $85. Visit frwf.org or call (619) 491-4962.
thing, because, well … you already have. And this, my younger friends, makes me realize that there is extreme pleasure in knowing that I and my generation no longer have to come up with all the answers and solutions. I have tossed that ball right over to those impressive young bucks coming up and, by jiminy, my expectations are high. Remember, short stuff. My generation went to the moon. Oh, yeah. And we did it with nothing more than a calculator. That’s right.
Let this all be a lesson to you. If you overachieve and peak early, no one will say, “Oh, that’s lovely.You can quit now.” Oh, no, no, no … we are standing here tapping our foot impatiently, waiting for you to find a way to make even more happen, and without a hitch. I’m talking 4G, a working GPS and Mars, OK? Don’t let me down now, y’hear? Jean Gillette is a freelance writer and editor. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Students give comfort through cooking CARLSBAD — A group of 11 Pacific Ridge School students, including Rancho Santa Fe residents Ariana Bancroft, Kati Perry and Haley Klaus, recognized the need to share the culture and comfort of home-cooked food with people far from
home. That’s why they formed the service learning group Cooking Cures to purchase, cook and serve dinner at the Ronald McDonald House for families of patients at Rady Children’s Hospital. The service-learning
curriculum at Pacific Ridge School integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good. Students
from the Cooking Cures service-learning group agree, “it’s more rewarding to work on a project through the whole school, rather than to volunteer for a small number of hours. Working TURN TO COOKING ON A31
Skye is a 2-year-old spayed female, domestic short hair blend. A true calico, Skye is curious and playful. Her adoption fee is $75 and you can watch Skye’s video at www. youtube.com/watch?v=8 qdMT53QGKc. All pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center have been spayed or neutered, have up-todate vaccinations and microchip identification. Helen Woodward Animal Center kennels are open every day from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Applications are accepted until 5:45 p.m. at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, call (858) 756-4117, option No. 1 or log on to www.animalcenter.org.
O’sider ‘Cruiser Bob’ runs for president By Promise Yee
OCEANSIDE — Oceanside resident Bob Kiger, otherwise known as “Cruiser Bob,” has announced he will be running for president of the United States. His platform includes innovative ideas on creating new jobs, and challenging the notion that money buys the presidential office by running a low-cost campaign. Kiger hopes his creative business ideas will pull the U.S. out of its economic slump. He has been a successful entrepreneur for 40 years, said he formed the first videography studio in the early 1970s, and recently starting summer downhill biking at a ski resort in Maui. His business accomplishments are noteworthy. Kiger said his videography studio ignited a market of electronic television production with new tools and equipment that has created more than 10 million jobs. He added that his name can be found next to the definition of the word “videography.”
Maui Downhill Bicycle Tours now allows previously “seasonal staff” to work fulltime year-round. “I can create jobs faster and more easily than either candidate in any party and I have a track record to prove it,” Kiger said. Working with a skeleton crew of advisors, which includes a Harvard attorney, an accounting and economics professor, and a Democratic operative who formerly supported President Barack Obama, Kiger has decided to start by getting his name on the New Hampshire ballot by collecting the required number of supporter signatures. “I have a month out campaigning to get them and bring them back and file,” Kiger said. “I have no grand plan unless I achieve the results I want to get in New Hampshire.” Kiger predicts his campaign will cost him little more than a year’s worth of time and energy. His estimated TURN TO CRUISER ON A26
Ranch resident named to head up board at Rady Children’s Hospital COAST CITIES — Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego announced the appointment of Rancho Santa Fe resident and Encinitas business owner David F. Hale as chairman of the board of trustees. Hale has been a member of the board since 1996 and has held a number of leadership positions on the board. Hale began his new role Feb. 3, during the hospital’s annual meeting of board members, volunteers, physicians and community leaders. “It’s a great honor to be part of an institution that plays such an important role in ensuring the health and well-being of our community’s children,” said Hale, who is the chairman and CEO of Hale BioPharma Ventures. “My journey with Rady
Children’s over the past 20 years has been truly inspiring. I look forward to this new chapter.” Hale will serve as chairman of the Governance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He will also chair the Compensation Committee, of which he has been a member since 2008; and the Executive Committee, on which he has served since 2007. Other past roles include the Audit and Compliance Committee and the Information Technology Task Force. “David has been an invaluable member of the Rady Children’s family for more than 20 years,” said Kathleen Sellick, president and chief executive officer of TURN TO HOSPITAL ON A31
RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS
MARCH 11, 2011
City unveils transit marketing system Spring is in bloom at the
Rancho Santa Fe art gallery
By Bianca Kaplanek
SOLANA BEACH â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Residents, city officials and representatives from North County Transit District and the business community were on hand for a March 2 ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a community marketing system that highlights the city and its businesses to public transit customers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you come to a new city, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hungry and you want new stuff,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Lesa Heebner said while describing the benefits of the prototype system. She also said it will enhance the concept of Solana Beach as a walkable city. Located at the Cedros Avenue train station, the system features a mounted flatscreen TV that will run a slide show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Surprising Solana,â&#x20AC;? highlighting things to do and see in the city. It also includes a touchscreen kiosk that offers specific information on what to do and where to shop and eat. Users can display and print restaurant menus, coupons and maps that provide directions and distances from the train station to a desired destination. The system can be easily updated and Matt Tucker, NCTD executive director, said it will eventually be expanded to include regional information. It will also be evaluated for use at other NCTD stations. Heebner said the proj-
RANCHO SANTA FE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild presents Warm Whispers of Spring with its opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 10. Come meet the artists and see their work to be exhibited through April 29 at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, 6004 Paseo Delicias. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Fridays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. The featured artist at the gallery is Darlene Katz. Katz is an award-winning artist working extensively with acrylic paints, pencil, charcoal and clay sculpture inspired from her travels and everyday scenes. Katz has studied art at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, Northwestern University in Illinois and has also studied under wellknown artists Sebastian BIG ACHIEVEMENT Mayor Lesa Heebner cuts the ribbon to unveil a touch-screen kiosk that offers spe-
cific information on what to do and where to shop and eat. Users can print restaurant menus, coupons and maps that provide directions and distances from the train station to a desired location. Looking on are, from left, North County Transit Director Matt Tucker and City Councilmen Dave Roberts and Joe Kellejian. Photo
by Bianca Kaplanek
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derful thing,â&#x20AC;? Heebner said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Collaboration is a beautiful thing.â&#x20AC;? Tucker agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a good example of (everyone) working together to support the betterment of the community,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never do big things by yourself.â&#x20AC;?
The system cost between $10,000 and $15,000 and was funded by a private donation from Solana Beach residents Peter House and Carol Childs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to do it,â&#x20AC;? House said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is our way of giving back.â&#x20AC;?
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crime REPORT A weekly log of neighborhood crime. Compiled by Shelli DeRobertis A report for the week of Feb. 23, 2011, to March 1, 2011 SNAKED A man at an apartment complex in Carlsbad reported to police on Feb. 26 that his Red-Tail Boa Constrictor was taken from his apartment while he walking his dog. The suspects apparently also turned on his heater, he reported. NO RESPECT Two separate elder abuse incidents were reported. A 42-year-old woman was charged with elder abuse and sent to jail with a bail amount of $100,000 for an alleged offense that happened between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Feb. 26 in Carlsbad. Another arrest was made in Vista for “elder abuse by a caretaker” when $100,000 that belonged to the elderly person was reported missing on Feb. 26. KIDS THESE DAYS Three juveniles were each arrested and charged with felonies for robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime, which occurred at a Hacienda Drive location in Vista at just before 4 p.m. on Feb. 28. The item taken, which was
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recovered, was a music device/iPod valued at $300. VANDALS! A San Marcos apartment complex received more than $400 in damage by vandals, and two juveniles were arrested for the probable cause of the vandalism on Feb. 28. DOUBLE WHAMMY A guitar that was listed for sale at the tune of $1,749.99 was reported as a grand theft item missing from Guitar Center on Feb. 24, and was taken sometime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Then, on Feb. 26, the same store at Center Drive in San Marcos reported another guitar was stolen. The price tag on that one was $1,862.99. STALKER A young adult male suspect was arrested on Feb. 26 in Oceanside after forcing a 23year-old female victim to the ground. The suspect was charged with simple battery.The victim was a stranger that he stalked and met in a public place.
MARCH 11, 2011
Daniel Andreas San Diego is On Aug. 28, 2003, two bombs wanted for his alleged involvement exploded approximately one hour in the bombing of two office buildapart at the Chiron Corporation in ings in the San Francisco, Calif., Emeryville.Then, on Sept. 26, 2003, area. one bomb strapped with nails San Diego has the following exploded at the Shaklee tattoos: a round image of burning Corporation in Pleasanton. San hillsides in the center of his chest Diego was indicted in the United with the words “It only takes a States District Court in July of ANDREAS spark” printed in a semicircle DANIEL 2004. SAN DIEGO below; and burning and collapsing San Diego has ties to animal buildings on the sides of his abdomen and rights extremist groups. San Diego wears eyeback.These tattoos may have been significant- glasses, is skilled at sailing and has traveled ly altered or covered with new tattoos. internationally.
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SAN MARCOS Petty Theft
5, Burglary 13, Vandalism 5, Assault 1, Grand Theft 4, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 3 VISTA Petty Theft 5, Burglary 6, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 1,Vehicle Theft 3 OCEANSIDE Petty Theft 12, Burglary 12,Vandalism 6, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 3,Vehicle Theft 1 CARLSBAD Petty Theft 1, Burglary 2, Vandalism 0, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft 0 ENCINITAS Petty Theft 4, Burglary 5, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 3, Robbery 0,Vehicle Theft SOLANA BEACH Petty Theft 0, Burglary 2, Vandalism 2, Assault 0, Grand Theft 0, Robbery 1, Vehicle Theft 0
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Ramiro Lizarraga Murder November 2007
Brandon Scott Ellis Conspiracy September 2008
Julio Cesar JacoboCuriel Murder San Marcos, 2008
Gerardo M. Gomez Attempted Murder December 2004
Imedo Molina Laurel Murder December 2005
Jose A. Lopez Attempted Murder December 2004
Ricardo Persona Rape, Child Molestation San Diego, Jan. 1997
Julio Romero Child Molestation Ramona, 2005
Arturo G. Gomez Rape with Force San Diego, May 2007
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State budget guru to speak for Ranch Dem Club RANCHO SANTA FE — California Controller John Chiang will speak on the state budget crisis when he joins the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club for its meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, 5827 Via de la Cumbre. Members and nonmembers are invited to hear the inside story, from one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s key cabinet members. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Chiang is the central elected official charged with managing and administering the state’s more than $130 billion budget. Recently elected to his second term, Chiang will discuss the causes and possible solutions for the fiscal crisis gripping the state. The meeting convenes with the program starting at 7 p.m. Entry for members is $15, and the fee for nonmembers is $25. Membership is $50 annually and is available at the door. Chiang, 48, is the son of immigrants from Taiwan. He was born in New York City and grew up in Illinois. In high school in Chicago, Chiang served as student body vice-president alongside Dave Jones. Lifelong friends, Chiang and Jones would run again together in 2010 on the California Democratic slate, with Chiang winning reelection as state controller and Jones being elected Insurance California Commissioner. Chiang graduated with honors with a degree in finance from the University of South Florida and earned from degree a law Georgetown University Law Center. He came to Los Angeles in 1987 where he became with the involved Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley. Chiang began his career as a tax law specialist for the IRS. He worked as an attorney for then California State Controller Gray Davis, and also worked on the staff of California Senator Barbara Boxer. He was first elected to public office as Member of the Board of Equalization in 1998 and elected to a second four-year term in 2002. Founded in 2008, the Rancho Santa Fe Democratic Club plays an active role in supporting Democratic candidates for local, state and national offices, and serves as a place to discuss and debate the important issues facing San Diego, California and the United States. The club welcomes members and guests from throughout Southern California. For more information or to register, visit www.rsfdemclub.org or call (858) 8699515.
MARCH 11, 2011
RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS
Ranch fire dept. makes a move RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District will begin conducting business from its new offices beginning March 29. The new location, just off Del Dios Highway at 18027 Calle Ambiente, will house both administrative and fire prevention personnel. Business will be conducted as usual at the fire district’s current office location on El Fuego in Rancho Santa Fe through March 28. Beginning March 29, customers seeking assistance with plan submissions, plan checks, car seat installations, accounts payable, and other administrative or prevention matters will need to go to the new office on Calle Ambiente. Emergency response personnel assigned to Station 1, also located on El Fuego, will remain at the current site. “We are excited to be making this move,” Fire TURN TO FIRE ON A31
HELPING HANDS Kate Crabs, Phoebe Coffin, Nicole Koman of the San Diego del Norte Chapter of National Charity League Class of 2016, helped with crafts at the annual All Ticktocker Day on Feb. 4. Courtesy photo
National Charity league gathers at annual All Ticktocker Day event COAST CITIES — The San Diego del Norte Chapter of National Charity League held its third annual All Ticktocker Day on Feb. 4 at Solana Santa Fe Elementary School. The chapter-wide event is attended by all Ticktockers and its purpose is to provide an educational and hands-on philanthropy event highlighting a few of the 26 philanthropies it serves. During the educational TICKTOCKERS From left, Paula Schloss and Allison Rombach were portion of the afternoon, among the current Senior Class of 2012 of the San Diego del Norte Ticktockers were treated to Chapter of National Charity League, which gathered for All Ticktocker talks by Bob Davis of the Day on Feb. 4. Courtesy photo
Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children, (affiliated with Rady Children’s Hospital) and Hilary Patterson of the Salvation Army. They spoke about their jobs and in what ways NCL Ticktockers can help the children and adults they support. Hands-on projects included decorating picture frames for the Miracle League opening-day team photos, stuffing Valentine bags for San Pasqual Academy students, and mak-
ing Valentines for the children patients at the Helen Bernardy center. Chapter Grade Level Advisors were on hand to help organize the projects and provide assistance, and the day was organized by the Ticktocker Council representatives and Ticktocker Vice Presidents Loraine Dyson and Vicki Minteer. The Ticktocker Council representatives are Gina Schoelen, Catherine Hedrick, Kelly Boutelle, Nathalie Kourie, Cameron Klaus and Zoe Stephenson.
RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS
MARCH 11, 2011
Book chronicles grave sites of the rich, famous E’LOUISE ONDASH Hit the Road Before there was Disneyland, there was Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale. Prior to the 1955 opening of the Magic Kingdom, “Forest Lawn was the #1 tourist destination for visitors in the Los Angeles area,” writes Don Keister, author of “Forever L.A.: A Field Guide to Los Angeles Area Cemeteries & Their Residents” (Gibbs Smith; $19.99). The Chico photographer, historian and storyteller extraordinaire doesn’t see dead people, but he likes to visit them. Thankfully, he’s passed on his vast store of cemetery lore to us in “Forever L.A.,” replete with photos and information about the graves of the rich and famous, as well as the 13 cemeteries and their often stunning architecture, sculptures and paintings. “A hundred years ago, garden cemeteries were a destination,” Keister said in a phone interview. “They were wonderlands that predated public parks. GreenWood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y., which was the template for Central Park, was the second most popular destination in the U.S. besides Niagara Falls. Then someone
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said, ‘Maybe we should have a place like this without graves.’” We also should be thankful for cemeteries, he added, “because they preserve open space. If it weren’t for some cemeteries, there’d be a bunch of office buildings there.” Keister, who has authored more than three dozen books, many on architecture, has earned the title of America’s most noted photographer of historic architecture and the country’s top expert on cemetery symbolism “only because nobody else is,” he said. “I get calls
all the time from New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and recently I was on ‘CBS Sunday Morning.’” Keister’s flair for words gives readers wonderful nuggets about cemetery celebs, to be enjoyed even if you never get out of your armchair. Here are a few: — The inscription on “ d o n ’t - g e t - n o - re s p e c t ” Rodney Dangerfield’s headstone in Westwood Village Memorial Park reads: “There goes the neighborhood.” — Left-wing political activist Jerry Rubin, buried in Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, died two weeks after being hit by a car while jaywalking on Wilshire Boulevard. It is ironic that, when a picture of his grave marker was taken, it was embossed with lawnmower tire tracks. — One of Rod Steiger’s most memorable roles was as a mortician (Mr. Joyboy) in the 1965 movie “The Loved One,” which spoofed what proved to be Steiger’s last address: Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills. — John Uhler “Jack” Lemmon has one word (in lower case) on his headstone in Westwood Village Memorial Park: in. — The crypt directly above Marilyn Monroe’s in Westwood Village Memorial Park was purchased from Joe DiMaggio by Richard Freddie Poncher. In accordance with his wishes, he was interred face down. (DiMaggio’s grave TURN TO HIT THE ROAD ON A31
Sweet treats are a family affair at Carlsbad bakery By Lillian Cox
CARLSBAD — In 1984, Lone Jensen and former husband Peder Norby started the Carlsbad Danish Bakery.They grew their family while growing their fledgling business. When Jensen sold the bakery last spring, customers worried that things just wouldn’t be the same. To the contrary, three families have come together to maintain the integrity of the business known for its offering of fresh, traditional bakery items. These days it’s an all-girl team running the bakery that includes three mothers and their daughters: new owner Joyce Harris and daughters Jen and Julie Kircher, previous owner Jensen and daughter Betina Norby and longtime employee Sebastiana Urena and daughter Maria. Jensen recalls bringing Betina to work when the bakery first opened. “Sometimes I had Betina in a crib down here,” she said. “Today, she is our strongest baker.”
Baking begins each night at 2 a.m. when Betina arrives to meet demand for Danish pastries, breads, French pastries and cakes when the doors open at 7 a.m. The top seller is cinnamon custard Danish. Cheryl Miller and friend Lyn Kelley of Indianapolis, Ind., discovered the pastry while vacationing at Carlsbad’s Grand Pacific MarBrisa Resort last week. “We drove by and decided to stop,” Miller remembers. “We had never tasted anything quite like that — the pastry is light, flaky and buttery fresh. Our husbands said, ‘Oh, my gosh. This is wonderful.’” Kelley adds, “We’ve come back and bought a whole cake every day since then. We’re leaving today.” Though the Millers and Kelleys are returning home, they’ll be able to have the pastries delivered directly to their doorstep. “Since the Internet is so big, we’re going to begin shipping products,” Harris said.
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“My daughter’s husband is in the Navy and we ship to Iraq. They say the pastries are good even though we don’t use preservatives.” Jensen adds that “Seven Sisters” is the most authentic Danish pastry at the shop. It is
crafted with traditional dough, crumb filling made with graham crackers and coconut and cream cheese, almond paste, custard, raisins and puff dough on top. “People will call ahead,” Jensen explained. “It’s the
thing they want to take to L.A. when they are traveling.” Over the years Jensen, who is Danish, has learned to diversify her bakery offerings to satisfy the American TURN TO BAKERY ON A26
Environmental forum aims to bring awareness to young people By Bianca Kaplanek
SOLANA BEACH — Proclaiming March as sustainability month in Solana Beach, the city and its Clean and Green Committee kicked off a series of events with a
Focus on Youth forum March 4 at Solana Presbyterian Church. “This is the first forum to engage the younger generation to think about their future and the role the envi-
ronment plays in that future,” Lane Sharman, a key coordinator of the event, said. “I think they all understand climate science, but many wonder, ‘Am I powerless to make a difference?’” he
said. “We are reaching out to inspire young people to get involved environmentally,” Marilee McLean from the Sierra Club said. Attendees were first
invited to visit information tables that featured a variety of organizations, such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Chevron, the TURN TO FORUM ON A26
Volunteers sought for Senior Olympics COAST CITIES — The San Diego North County Senior Olympic Games organizers are looking for interested volunteers to help the month-long event run smoothly. The games will take place in nine North County cities during the last two weeks in April and the first two weeks in May.Volunteers are needed to help out with all 14 sports that will be open to anyone 50 or older. More than 800 seniors are expected to participate in activities at Frances Ryan Park for Archery, at Oceanside Beach Recreation Center for Women’s Basketball, at Pacific Q for Billiards, Frog’s Fitness for Fitness Activities, at Twin Oaks Golf Course for Golf, at Boomers for Miniature Golf, at La Costa Glen for Senior Activities, at The San Dieguito Tennis Club for Tennis and Oceanside Pier for Surfing. People interested in being part of making the athletic events happen may contact Senior Games Consultant David Mirisch at email@example.com.
Rancho Santa Fe resident Schulte dies
RANCHO SANTA FE — Franklin Lowell Schulte, a Rancho Santa Fe resident from 1974 to 1993, died of cancer in Scottsdale,Ariz., on Feb. 26. He was 77. Schulte was born in Wood County, Ohio. The first member of his family to go to college, he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He met and married his wife Elaine, another Purdue graduate, dur- FRANKLIN LOWELL ing their senSCHULTE ior year. He was a successful engineer, salesman, and corporate executive. His first job out of college was as a flight test engineer with Douglas Aircraft, trailing instruments out of the open doors of C-47s. While living in Rancho Santa Fe, 22 years later, he founded Metrox Inc., which instrumented B-2 stealth bombers, offshore oilrigs and even the Thunder Mountain Ride at Disneyland. In 1993, he sold Metrox to Varco International, where he worked for three years until retirement. Schulte was an active Christian, Rotarian, world traveler and photographer. He was also an active member of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandchildren.
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Local wetlands restoration project enters final phase By Bianca Kaplanek
DEL MAR — Restoration of the San Dieguito Wetlands is now in the final phase of construction. The five-month project, which began Feb. 15, will dredge approximately 85,000 cubic yards of sand currently clogging the San Dieguito River channel, resulting in a better exchange of water from the ocean to the new nature preserve. Clearing the channel of sand on the east and west sides of Jimmy Durante Bridge will allow an estimated 80 million gallons of water to reach the newly created wetlands during daily tides to make the ecosystem naturally sustainable to support native vegetation and increasing fish and bird populations. The $86 million restoration project, which began in 2007, is being conducted by Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to offset the impacts of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. “The site has already become a nursery for more marine life than the relatively small number of fish impacted by the ocean-water cooling system of our San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station,” said David Kay, Southern California Edison manager of environmental projects. The specialized dredge operating in the sensitive wetlands east of Jimmy Durante Bridge is small, has minimum
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emissions and makes very little noise. Sand is being pumped to a stockpile area, where it is then dried for placement on five California least tern nesting sites and other upland areas east of Interstate 5.
Once the upland areas have received the sand from the river bottom, they will be covered with top soil and planted with native habitat. Excavators and front-end loaders will be used to remove sand in the channel
west of Jimmy Durante Bridge. The same process of sand removal and placement has been used in past years to open the river mouth. The sand in this area is considered high quality and will be used to replenish Del
Mar beaches. “The project has become a real natural asset for San Diego and is a living laboratory for studying how nature can adopt manmade ecosystems,” said Pamela Fair, vice president of environmental,
safety and support services. “The ongoing research is helping our scientists understand how fish and birds colonize and re-populate previously disturbed areas to benefit other restoration projects around the country,” she said.
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Rotary hosts annual Bocce Ball tourney
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Torrey Pines gets ready to pump it up CARMEL VALLEY — Tickets are now available for the Torrey Pines High School 18th annual Spring Dance and Auction, also known as Pump Up The Volume. This year’s event will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. April 2 at the Belly Up on Cedros in Solana Beach. Ticket prices are $75 each or $150 for VIP reserved seating. You may designate a portion of each ticket purchase to the TPHS sport or club of your choice. Often families will sponsor a coach or teacher’s ticket so they can join the fun and mingle with Torrey Pines parents, alumni and supporters. This is not a stuffy gala you have to beg your unwilling spouse to endure, organizers said. Throw on some jeans and stop by for some great food and fun music by The Credentialed. This band is made up entirely of musically talented educators and administrators who play rock and roll for the benefit of local schools. KUSI anchorwoman Sandra Maas is slated to be the Mistress of Ceremonies and Paul Rudy will serve as
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ported Mary’s Meals, a nonprofit organization that requires only $10 to feed a child for a year, and North County Solutions for Change, a charity that aids homeless people in need. The teens who attended made artwork with an art specialist and were allowed to paint whatever came to mind. Also, there was the option of making jewelry with a jewelry specialist, and creations ranged from necklaces to earrings. Mark your calendars for Earth Month April 2011. Join Kids Korps April 30 at I Love a Clean San Diego’s sixth annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. There will be approximately 50 cleanup sites throughout the county at beach, bay, lagoon, lake, river, and canyon riparian habitats. I Love A Clean San
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mail bobbi. firstname.lastname@example.org for more RANCHO SANTA FE — information on tickets or how The Rancho Santa Fe you can help with your taxLibrary Guild will be holding deductible donation. its annual meeting at 11 a.m. April 5 in the Rancho Santa Fe Library, 17040 Avenida de Acacias. Lunch is provided and there will be a surprise speaker. The Rancho Santa Fe
Diego’s mission is to lead and educate our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment through outreach, community involvement and example. To learn more, visit www.creektobay.org. To participate as a Kids Korps member or partner, visit www.KidsKorps.org. Kids Korps also helped at the Encinitas Rancho Coastal Humane Society. Volunteers, ages 6 and up, learned about the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. They took a tour with the staff, met the many furry creatures living there, and learned how the Humane Society helps animals in our community. Volunteers had an educational tour and then got involved in a simple craft or small service project benefiting the Center.
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Upcoming gala and month of activities for Kids Korps COAST CITIES — Kids Korps USA is looking for passionate, energetic people who want to join its Super Star Gala Planning committee. If you’ve got time, talent, and energy and want to help out, they need you. The annual Super Star Gala, Red Haute Tango, will feature Yesenia Adame of “Dancing With the Stars,” delicious food and drink, under a blanket of stars at the beautiful Grand Del Mar Hotel. For details, e-mail Veronica at Veronica@kidskorps.org or call (760) 452-2676. Kids Korps projects continue to keep young people busy with hundreds of hands on service projects such as assisting at Special Olympics, feeding the homeless, tutoring needy kids after school, packing food at local food banks and hosting holiday parties for Head Start Preschools. More than 100 projects are created and implemented for young volunteers each month, collaborating with more than 300 agencies in the San Diego area. Meaningful volunteer opportunities have now been expanded to inner city children who might not have the chance to experience the good feelings one gets from giving back to others. The Carmel Valley Middle School Teen Korps and Kids M-Power chapter met Jan. 22, at the Center For Healthy Living in Encinitas to work on a Kids M-Power project. This fun activity sup-
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Celebrate with your loved ones, even when you don’t feel like it You know that famous Beatles song, “With a Little Help from My Friends”? Those lyrics rang loud and clear for my birthday weekend. I must say, I wasn’t really looking forward to my special day. In fact, I was trying hard not to even celebrate because I have been grieving over the loss of losing some of my own friends from last year. However, it pays to have a someone you love that helps encourage you to remember all of your many blessings even though life might not be the way we wish it was just one year ago. I did get by with some help from my friends. To all of them that showed up last minute at Mille Fleurs, thank you for reminding me that life is too short not to celebrate and it’s fine to find a smile when we miss someone we love. Rancho Santa Fe still holds an enchanted feeling at under the stars that reminds me when I am walking down Paseo Delicias, I am lucky to be part of this community.
On Feb. 25, Helen Woodward was visited by Ron Oliver from EDC. He took the time to go over the importance of recycling with the Critter Campers that week at Helen Woodward. I have included a photo of them from that day. Some other important news happening there is the event chairs this year have been named for the Spring Fling “Broad Way Tails.” They are Kerry Payne and Charlene Hooker. The title sponsors are EDCO and the Fish Market. Don’t forget to by your tickets for one of the main events that happens each year in Rancho Santa Fe. Go to Animalcenter.org listed under “Events” to purchase your tickets for June 4, 2011. Also featured here is Charlene Hooker with her dog, Dot. What a darling photo. Later that evening, I had dinner with my in-laws at Firenze, and then headed to Mille Fleurs to meet my friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. It was sort of last minute, but the stars were aligned and the evening was truly special to me. Randy Beecher — who has been a consistent part of Mille Fleurs for many years — sang happy birthday, while I enjoyed all of my good friends’ company. Thank you to Holly Manion, Krista Lafferty, Tom and Karian Forsyth and Melissa Willams
MACHEL PENN SHULL Machel’s Ranch just to name a few for attending on such short notice. I have included three photos from that evening, which as you can see captures the fun we all had that evening. On Feb. 27, I met my good friends Bianca and Tony Macaluso in downtown Del Mar under the shining sun. After the heavy rains, Del Mar sure did feel glorious that day. To my surprise, Tony and Bianca had set up a massage for me at L’Auberge’s spa. But first we headed to the beach for a brief walk near the cliffs by the train tracks. Afterward I left the two lovebirds to their own private stroll near the rolling waves. When I arrived at L’Auberge Spa, I met Pia Romano, a licensed massage therapist, and I then spent a private hour with in her good care. Well, if you are looking to unwind or need to destress, this is the place to visit here locally. From the soothing colors on the walls to the ritzy steam room, I felt completely rested and rejuvenated. What a wonderful way to turn 40! Call the spa directly to request Pia for your own personal massage at (858) 793-6493. Later that evening, Bianca Macaluso shared with me that they had attended an Oscar party in Del Mar at David and Becky Vigil’s home. This will be the 20th consecutive year the Vigil’s have celebrated the night of the Oscars with friends. I have included a lovely photo from that evening that captures some of the guests that attended, who are from left, Tony and Bianca Macaluso, the hosts David and Beck Vigil, and Debbie and Mike Chapman from Orange County. On Feb. 28, the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club presented awards to the Students of the Month at Roger Rowe School. Featured here from that day is Rotary President Patrick Galvin with the Students of the Month Garrett Peterson, Skylar Brown, Tess Cimino and Superintendent Lindy Delaney and Kate Swanson. Congratulations on this prestigious award. Thanks so much for sending the photo for this week’s column.
CRITTER CAMPERS Ron Oliver from EDCO with Helen Woodward’s Critter Campers in February.
STUDENT STANDOUTS Pictured from left are Rotary President Patrick Galvin with the Students of the Month Garrett Peterson, Skylar Brown, Tess Cimino, Superintendent Lindy Delaney and Kate Swanson. Courtesy photo
OSCAR PARTY Tony and Bianca Macaluso with hosts David and Becky Vigil with guest Debbie and Mike Chapman.
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BIRTHDAY BASH Melissa Williams with Heather Winfield at SPRING FLING Spring Fling’s Charlene Hooker and her dog Dot. Machel Penn Shull’s 40th birthday party. Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
EVENING AT MF Above, Ken and Katie Shull with their daughter-inlaw and son Machel and Robin Shull. Right, Machel Penn Shull and Karian Forsyth with Mille Fleurs’ Sean Burns on Feb. 25 in Rancho Santa Fe. Courtesy photos
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Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza menu grows in the right direction It’s official, I am no longer an anti-chain snob. A recent visit to Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza was the convincer. Sammy’s was founded in San Diego in 1989 by Sami Ladeki and has since expanded to 17 locations around Southern California and Las Vegas. Most chains are becoming much more in tune with culinary trends and healthy ingredients as evidenced by Sammy’s new gluten-free menu options. The glutenfree menu, with more than 40 dishes, aims to keep ingredients fresh and light, with delicious selections that are not only low-carb and low in calories and fat, but address dining needs and health sensitivities of gluten-free guests. Sammy’s continues to offer fresh favorites, including signature salads prepared with dressings made daily from scratch, steering clear of heavy, mayonnaisebased dressings. Chicken dishes are prepared with all-natural, fresh and hormone-free chicken and whole wheat pasta and pizza options are available.
Most sex offenders keeping in line By Shelli DeRobertis
VISTA — Only one registered sex offender was caught not complying with terms of probation or parole on Feb. 23 when law enforcement officers conducted a large-scale detail with the goal of contacting every offender in the city. The registered sex offender compliance check took place between 5 and 9 p.m. when a group of 30 law enforcement officers set out to make contact with all 158 offenders who live in the city. Deputy Kirstin Lorek said the detail’s goal included verification that each offender was residing at the address they provided to authorities when they TURN TO OFFENDERS ON A31
DAVID BOYLAN Lick the Plate My recent visit included a mix of Sammy’s signature dishes and some of the new gluten-free choices. We started with the gluten-free hummus that was served with hearts of romaine instead of bread. I loved this innovative touch and the lettuce was firm and crisp which made it perfect for scooping the hummus. I requested some of their grilled herbed flatbread just to see how they did it and was very impressed by that as well. I will definitely be borrowing their lettuce and hummus combo for a future dinner party. Next up was tomato basil soup with shaved Romano and drizzled with herb oil. It was a great mix of ingredients that, for future reference, would be great to dip their flatbread in, or better yet a slice of pizza. Dipping in tomato soup has
always been a good thing in my book. Just as we finished the soup, the mini duck tacos arrived. They consisted of a duck filet topped with feta cheese, tomatoes, cabbage and a creamy tomato-cilantro sauce. I could have eaten 10 of them but this was a small plate extravaganza and we had a few more to go. So how about oak roasting asparagus then topping it with shaved romano, prosciutto, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar? That’s how they prepare one of my favorite vegetables and it’s as good as I’ve had it. Mini ahi burgers with miso ginger sauce and sliced cucumber was next up and the snap of the cucumber provided a perfect contrast to the ahi. I loved this dish. The soup, duck tacos, asparagus and ahi burgers are all signature items on the menu. After a short breather, we took on the Caprese Neapolitan pizza with roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Next time I may order mine well done to give the crust a bit more char, but
that’s just a personal preference. When the server suggested we try Sammy’s favorite dessert, which just so happened to be a pizza, I was a little skeptical. That changed when I took my first bite of the Feta Manouri cheese artisan thin crust
choice immediately following a pizza, but would be great after just about any other entrée. I’ve heard great things about the gluten free Messy Sundae and will give that a try next time. The menu at Sammy’s is
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ENCINITAS — Encinitas author Linda Valderrama has published “Brush, Barry, Brush!” a new children’s book geared to help parents give children healthy dental habits. Valderrama donated a book to each school library in the Encinitas Union School District. It was published in Oceanside at Angel Printing, and includes a brushing chart and stickers. “Brush, Barry, Brush” is available at www.shirleysgirlpublications. com, at Posies and Ponies Children Store in La Jolla and on Amazon.com.
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ZAP-Fest attracts a whole host of Zin masters The ZAP-Fest, an annual gathering of Zinfandel fanatics in San Francisco by the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, or ZAP, was everything I had heard that it was, and more. Not your usual nambypamby gathering, it was an exciting delight from the start of its three days of creativity to the grand tasting that filled two large buildings with more than 200 wineries at Fort Mason, with the Golden Gate Bridge as a
Taste of Wine backdrop. Eight thousand guests poured over the wines offered. It was the 20th ZAP gathering so a Roaring 20s theme was cut loose and
burst through expectations with new ways to learn about this grape with a strong European influence. This “used-to-be” jug wine with boyish fruit and high alcohol has its roots in such far away places as Campania, Italy, where it is known as Primitivo, with traces of this varietal verified across the Adriatic, in Croatia. Cuttings were brought to California in the 1820s from Austrian sources who
gave it the Germanic name. It grew vigorously and later in the 1900s became popular as a blush wine, White Zinfandel. Old vines were preserved for their lengthy production. Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker for Ravenswood since its beginnings in 1976, is also one of the founders of ZAP. He is also a member of the 2011 Vintners Hall of Fame as the Zinfandel Pioneer who held the varietal together and changed its perception to that of a premier, premium wine. Joel works with more than 100-plus growers that provide grapes for Ravenswood, which offers a huge variety and range of Zins, from the Vintners Blend Zin, seen in most supermarkets, to select vineyard premiums from Napa Valley, Sonoma and Lodi ($35). Visit www.ravenswood.com for more information. Other Zin favorites at
RANCHO SANTA FE — The San Diego-based Irving Hughes brokerage firm, representing tenants exclusively in leasing office and commercial space, has become Hughes Marino. Founder and Rancho Santa Fe resident Jason Hughes is now partnered with longtime colleague David Marino. The new firm inherited Hughes’ former company headquarters in downtown San Diego, as well as all of the professionals and staffs of the former firm’s tenant representation and construction management teams.
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RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club named Garrett Peterson, Skylar Brown, Tess Cimino, and Kate Swanson as club students of the month for February.
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MARCH 11, 2011
Broadway theme set for Woodward fundraiser RANCHO SANTA FE — Southern California will meet New York’s 42nd Street when Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts its 23rd annual Spring Fling fundraiser, Broadway Tails, set for June 4. The stars will shine from 5:30 p.m. to midnight at the blacktie event in support of animals. Broadway Tails, presented by The Fish Market and EDCO, will be held under the covered arena at Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road. “This year’s theme is especially exciting,” HWAC Special Events Supervisor Meghan Trejo said. “We’re confident that Co-Chairs Kerry Appleby Payne, Elizabeth Wohlford MacLeod, and Charlene Hooker, along with Honorary Chairs Steve and Kathleen Flynn will make this the best Spring Fling ever.” “Playbill”-level seating at $250 per person includes tasty treats from 30 of San Diego’s finest restaurants, SPRING FLING TIME From left, Spring Fling Co-chairwoman Charlene Hooker, Co-chairwoman Elizabeth MacLeod, committee member Carol TURN TO WOODWARD ON A26
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Special team of puppies ready for homes RANCHO SANTA FE — Nine “rookies,” whose manager was found pregnant in a barn just before Christmas, are ready to join your family team and report to spring training. The young “players” are retriever-blend puppies, Matthew, Memphis, Miami, Michael, Mimi, Mitchell, Molly, May and Moose, who were made available March 3 at Helen Woodward Animal Center. “There were too many similarities to ignore
between these puppies and the major league rookies that are reporting to baseball spring training,” said HWAC team spokesman John Van Zante. “Neither the puppies nor the humans have had much playing time. They both need training if they’re going to reach their greatest potential. They’re eager to learn. And every rookie, whether it’s a baseball player or a puppy, dreams of a long term contract with a no-trade clause.” HWAC Adoptions
Pala to host Jason Aldean performance on April 7 PALA — Country music include: star Jason Aldean, just nomi— Gabriel Iglesias at 8 nated for the 2011 Entertainer p.m. May 6 in the Starlight of the Year and Top Outdoor Theater. Male Vocalist of the Tickets are $75, $40, Year awards by the $35 and $25. Country Music — The Association, will perMarvelous Platters form at 8 p.m. April (A Tribute) With 7, at Pala Casino Spa Guest Lani Resort in the Events Misalucha, at 4 p.m. Center, 11154 May 7, Events Center. Highway 76. Tickets: $98, $78, $48, Tickets are $135, JASON ALDEAN at www.startickets. $100, $75 or $65 and are on com. sale with no service charge at Pala PBR Touring Pro the Pala Box Office in the casi- Division Bull Riding, at 2 p.m. no, or call (877) 946-7252. May 21 and May 22, Pala Tickets also are available Rodeo Grounds. Tickets are at Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737. $28, $48 and $58. Other shows coming to Tickets are available at Pala Casino Spa & Resort www.startickets.com.
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Marketing brochures were generated by the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company exploiting the rich heritage of California’s Spanish traditions. In this advertisement, the newly restored Osuna 1 is prominently featured to purposely evoke romantic imagery. Osuna 1 became the primary cultural influence for the architecture of Rancho Santa Fe. The Sante Fe Land Improvement Company’s marketing offices were in downtown Los Angeles. Even though these advertisements were meant to appeal to potential investors on a quality-oflife basis, railway officials were clearly planning to profit from the “tonnage” of citrus to be moved back East. In 1925, the sales brochure clearly states their motivation, “Tonnage (agricultural product) for the railway — not profit from the sale of the land — is the objective.” Photo courtesy of Arcadia Publishing, taken from “Rancho Santa Fe,” $21.99. Autographed copies of the book are available at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society, 6036 La Flecha. Call (858) 756-9291 or email email@example.com for more information. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or at arcadia publishing. com.
A short history of women’s surfing The oldest known story of surfing concerns the mythical Kelea. Born of royalty in Maui, it is said she out-surfed riders of both genders. A few hundred years pass until the mid-late 1800s, when Thrum’s Hawaiian Annual reports that women in ancient Hawaii surfed in equal numbers and often better than the men. When surfing returned at the turn of the last century, it did so with Western hang-ups about separation of the sexes. While it seems Hawaiians practiced sexism, it apparently did not carry over to spots. I began surfing nearly a century later and there were few female surfers around. The Calhoun family, Linda Benson, Martha Sunn and Joyce Hoffman stood out among them. The only girls I knew who surfed were Lenny Fox and Crazy Kate, both of whom bring up stories best
CHRIS AHRENS Sea Notes left for fireside chats with a few close friends. By the early 1960s, surfing was dominated almost exclusively by young men. Older men and women surfed, mostly at San Onofre or Waikiki. Girls, especially young ones, were rare in the lineup. Surfer girls, as the Beach Boys sang in their hit of that name, never even had to get wet. “I have watched you on the shore” makes the point. In the late 1960s we began hearing about this girl Margo Godfrey. I believe she was 14 when she won the World Titles in Puerto Rico.
By the time I met her, her mother had moved to Santa Barbara and she moved into a little pup tent in a friend’s front yard in Cardiff. We surfed together a lot in the summer of 1970. Then she met and married my friend, local surfer Steve Oberg and moved to Kauai, where she continued to dominate women’s surfing for the next 20 years or so. From there names like Debbie Melville, Frieda Zamba and Lisa Anderson took over. Then came a flurry of international women in the top ranks. Then came the movie, “Blue Crush” and female longboarders took a cue, found their groove and hit the water in numbers not seen for decades. Some took advantage of big boards and femininity to get more than their share, while others integrated the lineup more graciously while softly diluting
all that testosterone. Writing about women’s surfing is kind of weird, really. I mean, we’re just talking about surfers, right? So why the differentiation? Why the competition rather than the harmony? In my opinion there should be no separation at all. Every surfer has a common enemy in pollution and we need to unite against that, rather than fight each other. A while back I was invited to a screening of “Soul Surfer,” a feature film about Bethany Hamilton and the shark attack that took her arm and the faith that kept her moving forward. The film was somewhat predictable, since we all know the story by now. It focuses well on the courage of someone to keep going even when the odds are against them. I ignored TURN TO SEA NOTES ON A24
Mother accused of drunk driving death By Shelli DeRobertis
VISTA — A mother of four faces up to 16 years in prison if convicted of an aftermidnight drunken driving crash that killed her fiance and two young North County women on state Route 78 near
Sycamore Avenue last August. Debbie Pacheco Sumi, 34, was in court on Feb. 24 when San Diego Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman ordered her to stand trial. She remains in jail on a $5 million bail and the next
court date is set for March 23. Sumi will go to trial for three counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and for a count of a DUI that caused injury. Erica Olivia and Susana Orozco, both 23, were killed
when the Jeep Cherokee allegedly driven by Sumi had struck the women as they stood outside of their 2008 Nissan car and were on the shoulder of the road while TURN TO MOTHER ON A24
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Getting the most nutrition for your money By Consumer Reports
Eating more healthfully doesn’t mean you have to spend more money at the supermarket. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently crunched the numbers to find foods and drinks that pack lots of nutrition for the buck, highlighting 25 deals that offer easy ways to get all of the nutritional essentials without overhauling your shopping list. “It’s true — you can eat healthy and save money!” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-inchief of ShopSmart. “And you don’t necessarily have to completely overhaul your fridge and pantry. Sometimes all it takes is a few tweaks to your shopping list. For example,
just grabbing black beans over white ones or canned tomatoes instead of fresh can make a difference.” Below is a sampling of ShopSmart’s advice on new ways to save: Antioxidants: cheap ways to get a super nutrient fix — Cabbage (16 cents per serving; $2.50 for one medium head): Cabbage is loaded with Vitamins A and C. Try an Asian-inspired slaw of shredded cabbage, cashews and lime juice and sesame oil vinaigrette. — Canned unsweetened pumpkin (38 cents per serving; $1.32 per 15-ounce can): The bright orange hue is a tip-off to high levels of TURN TO CONSUMER ON A27
Donation allows city to renovate Fletcher Cove as planned By Bianca Kaplanek
SOLANA BEACH — Thanks to the generosity of a Solana Beach resident, the city will be renovating Fletcher Cove Community Center with all the amenities included in the original plans. Peter House, a member of the Solana Beach Community Foundation that has been fundraising for the project, told council members during the Feb. 23 meeting that he would make up an approximately $23,000 shortfall so the
building can include standard seam metal roofing, south-side accordion doors, plywood sheathing and colored concrete. “If I had my druthers we would take care of everything but the metal roof but my wife tells me we’re not allowed to do that so I guess we’ll take care of that, too,” House said when the agenda item was open for public comment. The renovation is the second part of a three-phase TURN TO DONATION ON A24
Auction for Life benefits Scripps Cancer Center LA JOLLA — The 20th anniversary Spinoff: Auction for Life, Wonders of the World, will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 5 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.The live and silent auction event will transform into a themed journey around the globe, featuring hundreds of auction items with cocktails and dinner. Proceeds from the evening will benefit clinical research and early detection, education and patient support services at Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division. Guests will have an opportunity to bid during silent and live auctions on luxury items and once-in-alifetime opportunities to travel to legendary landscapes and tour remarkable ruins.The cocktail reception and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the live auction, dinner and presentation. This year, Karen Fine and Abeer Hage will cochair the event, which will commemorate two decades of supporting lifesaving
care at Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division. Treating more than 50 types of cancer, Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division, is one of the leading oncology centers in the region and relies on Spinoff and other philanthropic support to fund 100 percent of its lifesaving programs and services. In 1980, physician John S. Trombold helped launch the first Spinoff event for Scripps Cancer Center, Stevens Division, as a tennis tournament at the San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club, adding an auction to the event in 1991. Today, although no longer a tennis tournament, Spinoff continues as an auction to benefit lifesaving cancer care, paying homage to its tennis roots through its name. For tickets and to learn more about the 20th Anniversary Spinoff Auction, visit www.ScrippsSpinoff.org or call Lindsay Rhine Petersen at (858) 6786349.
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MARCH 11, 2011
Ranch Little League season launches RANCHO SANTA FE — Rancho Santa Fe Little League’s Opening Day Celebration, complete with a parade led by pro ball player Mike Sweeney around the village and back to the Rancho Santa Fe School fields for a carnival, was held March 6 at the Rancho Santa Fe School. It included the announcement of teams, the Little League oath and a speech by the Grand Marshal Sweeney, 15-year, major league player and five-time All Star with the Royals.
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her lunch recess she saw the gunman and heard loud noises, like an earthquake. “I saw a man who was holding a gun and he was shooting at my school,” she said. Then she said her arm “felt kind of weird and squiggly.” At O’Rourke’s arraignment last year, the prosecutor said he had carried a .357 Ruger six-shot revolver, a gas can and extra ammunition. He is charged with seven counts of premeditated attempted murder and seven counts of assault with a firearm, and faces 103 years to life in prison, if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty. The preliminary hearing is set to continue until March 8, when Judge Kirkman is expected to decide if there is enough evidence presented for O’Rourke to stand trial. During the daylong hearing March 7, O’Rourke rarely looked up as he sat in the courtroom filled with people and news cameras. Both girls recovered from their injuries — which
for the younger girl included temporary nerve damage — but a doctor from Rady Children’s Hospital who treated them said in court that the wounds could have been mortal because of their location to the elbow joint. Fortunately, the bullets had not hit an artery, Dr. Nirav Pandya said. “I used to draw really well, get dressed on my own,” said the 8-year-old to Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan about some of the things she used do be able to do before the cast was put on. For at least several weeks, taking martial arts classes, playing soccer and taking a bath on her own were also some things she couldn’t do while her arm healed. Other witnesses testified after the young girls told their personal stories of being shot by a school gunman while they were outside playing with friends on Oct. 8, 2010. Several Good Samaritans who had been working at the school on the day of the shooting are also expected to tell their stories of how they tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived.
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Flower Fields open for this year’s season By Alyx Sariol
CARLSBAD — North County’s most colorful claim to fame — Carlsbad’s Flower Fields — opened March 1 for its 2011 season, which features a full lineup of family-friendly activities and special events through May. In the coming weeks, the Flower Fields is anticipating
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more than 100,000 visitors to the nearly 50-acre property located between Palomar Airport Road and Cannon Road. The fields offer colorful coordinated displays of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. “It’s fun to go back to nature — to take a wagon ride and stop to have a picnic lunch while enjoying the fields,” Joni
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ter, where they are guillotined. Auger and Loizeau said their creations are just extensions of TV nature programs showing animals hunting in the wild, but Krulwich fretted about the dangers inherent in “giving robots a taste for (meat).” • Scientists have long observed male capuchin monkeys urinating on their hands and then rubbing down their bodies, but researchers were unclear about the purpose (whether for identification, or threatprevention, or mating) — until a recent issue of the American Journal of Primatology. Dr. Kimberly Phillips and colleagues found that the practice helps clarify mating priorities, in
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• “You’re not going to like this,” warned NPR’s Robert Krulwich, about to deliver a February story about visionary robotics developers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, who created a carnivorous clock, supposedly able to power itself for 12 days merely on the carcasses of 12 dead houseflies (which the clock traps with fly paper and then mechanically razors in two). The pair also showed a prototype of a coffee table that catches mice by luring them up the table legs with cheese into a hole in the cen-
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Dear Dr. Gott: My son is 60-plus years old and has been reasonably healthy. He has been hospitalized a couple of times for pneumonia. Unfortunately, he still smokes. Over the past few years, he has developed a visible constant shaking of his body, particularly noticeable in his arms and hands, even when he is eating. He is married and has no children. Seeing him during the holidays, my husband (his stepdad) and I were shocked at his appearance. He has always been a handsome man. Now, apart from the frightening,continuous shaking, he has a sick, unhealthy color, with his face blotchy and gray. His eyes are rather sullen and baglike. He coughs occasionally, sometimes almost choking. When asked, his wife said he has been to the doctor, had a few preliminary tests and is fine. “They could find nothing wrong with him.” My husband and I love them both,and we are so worried about my son. What can we do? He has always been a dear man, and we are just sick over this. Dear Reader: Tremors are unintentional muscle movements that commonly affect the hands, arms, legs, head, face and other areas of the body. There are more than 20 types of tremor that are often caused by difficulties in parts of the brain that control muscles. They occur at any age but are more common in middle-aged and older men and women. The cause of body shaking (tremors) depends on which body parts are involved. Simple possibilities include a feeling of apprehension or nervousness brought on by an event that occurred or is pending; prescribed drugs such as stimulants and amphetamines with shaking as a side effect; the excessive use of alcohol or withdrawal from it; or stroke, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Beyond the body shaking, you indicate your son continues to smoke and TURN TO SECOND OPINION ON A24
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farther into the season as the weather begins to warm up, Miringoff said. “The fields aren’t in full bloom just yet, but we’ll start to see some real color the last weeks of March,” Miringoff said. “Ideally, we want everyone to come when there’s great color but timing a visit can be a little tricky.” While this year’s season includes long-running special events like Bluegrass Day and the Arts & Crafts Fair, Miringoff said she is most excited for the Flower Fields’ newest attraction — Bulbs, Blooms and Beauty on April 10. “We’ll have a strawberry shortcake eating contest and demonstrations from a blacksmith and rug weavers,” Miringoff said. “It’s going to be a really fun Sunday afternoon.” Daily activities include sluice mining; a sweet pea maze; an historic poinsettia dis-
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Let your dishwasher do more than dishes Dishwashers make clean up a snap. This timesaving appliance can clean more than dishes, too. Some items shouldn’t be cleaned in a dishwasher, such as cast iron, wooden or brass items, crystal, quality knives and many types of pots and pans. But there are plenty of household items that are dishwasher-safe. What have you cleaned in your dishwasher? I’m not suggesting you wash some of these items with your food dishes or run an entire cycle for one item. Do make sure you’re using high temperature water (above 155 F) to kill bacteria. These tips are definitely not going to appeal to everyone, but here are a few ideas. Baseball caps: Place caps on the top rack and wash them without losing their shape.You can take it one step further and buy a plastic cap shaper that can help make sure your caps don’t get wrinkled.They can be used in the dishwasher or top
SARA NOEL Frugal Living loading washing machine. Don’t use your dishwasher’s heat drying option. Allow the caps to air-dry. Brushes and combs: Freshen your plastic hair tools by washing them in the dishwasher. Be sure to remove any hair in them beforehand because it’s pretty gross otherwise.They can be placed in the utensil holder, or put them in a mesh laundry bag and place them on the top rack. Lunch boxes and bags: Plastic lunch boxes and insulated bags can be cleaned on the top rack of your dishwasher. One reader, Maggie from Indiana, shares: “I washed my daughter’s school lunch bag in the dishwasher. It gets really
dirty and nasty looking on the outside from stuff leaking in it. The dishwasher makes it look brand new. I’ve done this several times, and the lunch bag is still good.” Garden veggie wash: Wash garden-picked vegetables such as potatoes and carrots in the dishwasher’s rinse cycle (without cleaning product added). Toys: Add plastic pet or children’s toys in your dishwasher to clean them regularly. These can be washed with your regular dish cycle. Miscellaneous household items: Wash glass light-fixture covers, showerheads or appliance parts, such as stove grates, burner covers or your microwave tray. Another reader, Grayce from Canada, adds: “I clean the metal screen that covers the fan in the vent over the stove.Gets off all the grease and dust that accumulates on it.” Multitasking: While this isn’t a cleaning idea, it’s good to know. You can let your bread
dough rise in your dishwasher. This is helpful if you do a lot of bread making in the winter, when your kitchen is colder. Use your dishwasher’s platewarming feature or heat dry cycle for a few minutes, then turn it off and place your dough inside to rise. Some people cook corn on the cob (place on top rack, run on normal cycle and then heat dry), poached s a l m o n (www.winexmagazine.com/ind ex.php/wine/vieweat/dishwasher-salmon) and even lasagna (www.partselect.com/JustForF un/Dishwasher-Lasagna.aspx) in their dishwasher,too.Clearly, you’ll want to use a freshly cleaned dishwasher. Sara Noel is the owner of Frugal Village (www.frugalvillage.com), a Web site that offers practical, money-saving strategies for everyday living. To send tips, comments or questions, write to Sara Noel, c/o United Media, 200 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
play; and a 300-foot-by-700-foot American flag made completely of flowers. For the first time this season, the Flower Fields is also offering a newly constructed barn that overlooks the fields and can be booked for meetings. It is used to store tools in the off-season, Miringoff said. “A couple of years ago, we received an agricultural grant that allowed us to build this barn,” Miringoff said. “It’s a beautiful space that can be used for a limited amount of time; we already have a few weddings lined up too.” The Flower Fields are open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 3 to 10, while children 2 and under are free. Wagon rides are an additional cost, Miringoff said. For more information about the Flower Fields’ 2011 season, current bloom reports and a detailed list of events, visit theflowerfields.com or call (760) 431-0352.
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cough, his complexion is gray and he appears unhealthy.This is of more concern to me from a medical point of view. He may have cardiac abnormalities, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or other more ominous problems. If his wife indicates
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project to bring the aging community center, a former Army barracks that was moved to its present blufftop location in the 1940s, into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Phase one, which included the parking lot, was completed in November. The city issued a request for proposals late last year, but all nine bids received were significantly higher than the $279,000 budgeted for the project.
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another investment manager for MainStreet Communications and owns 36 percent of the company. Joe Niehaus, general partner for Housatonic Partners, would not comment on the registered letters sent to The Coast News Group or the proposed lawsuit. “I’m not going to address any of that,” Niehaus said. Allegretti claims in certified letters that the News caused the Review to lose at least $300,000 in 2010. He further threatened to sue for $900,000 plus attorney fees he estimates at $2 million, if the News advertising rates are not “adjusted” and increased. “The law Allegretti is quoting is to protect the little guy,” Kydd said. “I don’t have the money to outlast him and his investment bankers and he knows it. He’s the predator.” Kydd does not know what prices Allegretti charges for advertising. Likewise, he said Allegretti does not have access to the News’ records of pricing or operating costs on which his allegation is based.
he is fine, it would likely be in his best interest to make an appointment with another physician for a complete examination, blood work, X-rays, an EKG and anything else the doctor deems appropriate. My guess is that he should also consult a top-notch neurologist, who can get to the bottom of his tremors and get him back
on track. You have your hands full. Speak with your son, but keep it short and sweet.You are concerned, you love him, and you want him around for many more years. Ask him to seek medical help as a favor to you (and to him and his wife) to ensure this. Help is out there. He simply has to reach out and
help himself. Good luck. Readers who would like information on one form of tremor can order my Health Report “Parkinson’s Disease” by sending a No. 10 envelope and a $2 check or money order made payable to Newsletter and mailed to Newsletter, P.O. Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 440920167. Be sure to mention the
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After city staff and the architect worked to trim some of the more costly items, the project was readvertised in January and the construction contract was awarded to Carlsbad-based Delta Builders. The lower bid was achieved by substituting accordion-style doors with French doors, using gray rather than colored concrete, installing an asphalt shingle roof instead of a metal one and using drywall rather than plywood sheathing below the ceiling rafters. The construction contract, including the contin-
gency, is $279,000. The city had $316,000 in available funding — $69,000 from the Americans with Disabilities Act, $62,000 of redevelopment agency money and a $185,000 donation from the Solana Beach Community Foundation. That left about $37,000 in discretionary funds, but approximately $29,000 of that is needed for utility costs, such as a water meter and underground wires, leaving $8,200. The city needed $31,750 to move forward with the higher-end roofing, concrete, doors and sheathing.
Mayor Lesa Heebner said at the January meeting that she was not happy about the changes and asked the community to “please open up your wallets.” House took the request to heart. “We get to have it all,” Heebner said. “Thank you very much. We really appreciate it.” Original plans also called for accordion doors on the west side of the building, but they will be substituted with standard French doors for a $25,000 savings. Roof-mounted solar panels, estimated to cost $22,000, also remain unfunded but
City Manager David Ott said he is discussing a potential deal with a Carlsbad-based solar company to include the item at no cost to the city. The renovation phase officially got under way Feb. 23, with construction just about ready to begin. The project is expected to be substantially complete this summer in time for the city’s 25th anniversary celebration in July. House said the Civic and Historical Society plans to install an onsite camera so the community can go online to watch construction as it takes place.
Several area attorneys, all of whom declined to be quoted, were asked for their opinions on the charges. All agreed that it is unlikely that the suit will go to court due to the lack of evidence and the disparity in size between the two publishing companies. They added that it is difficult for a large newspaper group to claim that it was hurt by the rates of a smaller paper. “No one can tell you what price you have to sell at,” one of the attorneys said. He went on to say that any attempt to limit competition is restraint of trade. Allegretti has reportedly made similar threats to other small papers in San Diego County. While publishers did not want to be quoted directly, some say they have heard around the publishing community that Allegretti recently sent a similar letter to another San Diego County newspaper. He threatened to sue the paper and then offered to buy the paper at a “lowball” price. The publisher of that paper, who did not want to be quoted, said they consider Allegretti’s proposed lawsuit
he law is meant for all California companies. It’s nothing to do with the size of a company.”
business. The law says you can’t sell anything below cost.” Kydd said the charges do not make sense because the News runs a balanced budget with all fully loaded costs, including building rental, utilities and sales commissions. Kydd and others see the situation as Allegretti trying to leverage his size and multiple publications to eliminate competition. “It just smells,” one attorney said. Allegretti insists size does not matter. “The law is meant for all California companies,” Allegretti said. “It’s nothing to do with the size of a company.” “This is a direct attack against all Rancho Santa Fe advertisers present and future,” Kydd said. “If I were to cave in, he would have no competition in the marketplace.” Allegretti may be opening up himself and his company for a lawsuit. “I’m considering suing him for threatening me and suggesting price fixing,” Kydd said. “I think what he’s doing is terribly wrong.”
— Anthony Allegretti MAINSTREET COMMUNICATIONS CEO
a bluff, but are fearful that if Allegretti follows through they will not be able to weather the possible court costs, that could run in the millions, to show that there is no merit to the charges. M a i n S t r e e t Communications Chief Operating Officer Steve Staloch said he is not aware of Allegretti’s offer to buy any paper at this time. “We’re always interested in acquisitions that make sense, strategic acquisitions,” Staloch said. When asked about the proposed lawsuits Staloch had no comment. “This is not a news story,” Staloch said. If Allegretti pursues the lawsuits, his claims could damage the livelihood of two local newspapers.
One longtime local publisher said that instead of basing competition on readership and compelling news columns, Allegretti is basically saying “play ball with me or I’ll spend you into submission.” “He has the fear factor going for him,” Kydd said. “His package of certified letters is nothing but a scare tactic and also smacks of price collusion.” Allegretti said he would not speak directly about any proposed lawsuit and did not confirm that that his company is losing money. “A company can be making money,” Allegretti said. “It’s nothing to do with whether you’re doing well or whether you’re doing poorly. It has to do with the other
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materials and labor are fixed. For example, he said it will cost about $75,000 to tear up and repair streets and sidewalks to install underground equipment. Rekola said the price could be reduced if the city is willing to absorb the costs for services such as permits and traffic control. Hilliard said he is confident the city will work with NCTD to “negotiate out some of those extraneous costs.” For now, the citizens committee is trying to raise the $363,317. If their efforts fall short, all money will be returned, Hershell Price, the committee chairman, said. “No money will be at risk,” he said. Rekola said NCTD typically requires a 100 percent deposit but he expects the organization will “talk with the city to move the process along.” Visit the city website at www.delmar.ca.us to view the slide show and cost estimate presented at the open house. E-mail email@example.com or call Lee Stein at (858) 442-2300 for project information or to donate.
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the usual Hollywood corn and the blue screen tube rides and enjoyed the show. Your sons and especially your daughters will love it. My favorite part of “Soul Surfer” is the spiritual message and the end where Bethany herself is seen surfing deep in the heart of Tahiti, beneath the shadow of a wave that could kill the average person. If she paddled in, that’s amazing. Even if she was towed in, her surfing was of a high caliber for anyone, one arm or two, male or female. “Soul Surfer” is expected to be quite a hit among the mainstream. If so, the next wave of young women will hit the water by summer 2011. Keep in mind that they want what we all want, a few good waves. These new surfers will follow your example of how to behave in the water. Chris Ahrens is a surfer and author of four books on surfing. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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one of the women was getting sick. The two vehicles then collided after the women were struck, according to reports. According to the North County Times, Sumi was ejected from the Jeep Cherokee when the vehicles collided, and her fiance, Larry Alvarez, died at the scene after being partially ejected through the windshield. Prosecutor Jodi Breton told the court that Sumi’s blood-alcohol content was more than triple the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to several reports.
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have the capacity to capture any of the runoff. We lowered it twice, once in December and again in January. When that happens it exposes some silt along the edges of the reservoir and until it dries it gives off an odor,” she said. She said there is not much that can be done about it because it is habitat for
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MARCH 11, 2011 many animals and cannot be dredged. She said the district is working on a master plan that is looking at jointly owned facilities such as this which is also owned by the San Dieguito Water District, which could help make improvements to the reservoir. Speaking to the rate increase, Deaver said district officials approved it because
of the skyrocketing costs of imported water and that it was also necessary to provide safe, reliable water, water for fire flow and the implementation of maintenance and replacing of infrastructure. Approved were a 12 percent increase in January and a 12 percent increase for the next two years. Because of the ever-rising cost of imported water, employees will be paying
more into their retirement accounts and will not receive raises for at least two years, she said. She also said that there is no “pension time bomb,” because employees pay into their retirement on an annual basis. “We budget for that,” she said. “It is not a problem.” She added that employees have been paying into CalPers since the 1970s.
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all the time and I never noticed,” board member Anne Feighner said. “To me, it has zero impact.” The fire department is located on El Fuego near La Granada, just behind the R. Roger Rowe School. Charlie Knust, communication manager for the North County Dispatch Center housed at the fire station in Rancho Santa Fe, said the monopole used by
Verizon is not the same as the one used for 911 dispatchers. “The fire station has its own on top of the administration building,“ he said. He said 22 dispatchers provide emergency service to every city in North County except Escondido. Director Jack Queen cautioned the rest of the board. “We must be prudent, we are not building a precedent,” he said of installing the antenna.
Family Wineries has won worldwide awards for its six collections of estate Zins ($36), Pedroncelli in Sonoma has scored well with its Mother Clone Old Vine and Dry Rose’ of Zin ($15), and a newcomer, Wine Guerrilla of Sonoma, is worth a try ($30). The next Zinfandel Festival is in Paso Robles from March 18 to March 20. From great Paso Zins, food from master chefs and auctions, there are many ways to enjoy this major event. See all the options at pasowine.com.
— Il Farro Italian Restaurant in Newport Beach has a Sardinian Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 10. Wine owners Pina and Francesco Soletta will present the wines. The cost is $59 per person. Call (949) 723-5711 for more information. — Orfila Winery in Escondido has an eight-wine blind tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 10. The cost is $25 each and includes a How to Taste guide. Top score wins a bottle of Orfila Wine. Call (800) 868-9463 for details. — Cakebread Wines are the select feature at the Wine Bank in the Gaslamp, downtown San Diego from 6 to 8 p.m. March 11. Cost is $20 for Napa Valley’s elite wines. Call (619) 234-7487 for details. — Canapes in the San Marcos Restaurant Row has the Robert Hall wines for a
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Diego Convention Center on Feb. 26.
DAR visits convention
COAST CITIES — Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution members Adele Lancaster, Donna Pinckney, Linda Ramos, Wanda Prosser and Diana Cook will represent the chapter at the 103rd California DAR state conference March 17 through March 20 at the Irvine Marriott. For more information, e-mail Linda Ramos at email@example.com.
Best and brightest
COAST CITIES — Carlsbad resident and Santa Fe Christian School junior Katie Sullivan has been selected as a delegate to the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program, to be held at Claremont McKenna College in June. Dordt College junior from San Marcos Eric
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tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. March 13. The cost is $10 per person and includes paired appetizers. RSVP at (760) 510-2088. — Firefly Grill and Wine Bar in Encinitas has a Treana Winemaker Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 14. These wines are some of Paso Robles’s
best. Cost is $59. Reserve your place at (760) 635-1066. — Il Fornaio at the Del Mar Plaza has its next Festa Regionale with a salute to the wine and food of the Trentino-Alto Adige districts of Italy from March 6 to March 20. Local wines and food featured. Visit
Spoelstra presented a vocal recital at Dordt College in Iowa on March 4. Spoelstra is majoring in history with a minor in English literature. Sophomore Cameron Greene from Encinitas and freshman Madeline Bailey from Carlsbad will star in the Whittier College’s theater presentatiton of “Rent.” Charles Burdge of Rancho Santa Fe has been named to the academic honor roll for the fall term at Northfield Mount Hermon School. Burdge received Honors. Daryl Griglak, of Solana Beach, has received Faculty Honors for the 2010 fall semester at Trinity College. Freshman Holland Davey, from Rancho Santa Fe, has been named to the Dean’s List for the 2010 fall semester in the Villanova School of Business. Sophia Weiner, a finance major from Encinitas, was named to the Saint Francis University Fall Dean’s List. Anne Dhanens of Del Mar and Rachel Kelly of Carlsbad have been named to
the Whitworth University Raising readers Laureate Society for fall CARMEL VALLEY — semester 2010. Carmel Valley resident Susan Fiske-Koehler has been Trio of restaurants named executive director of DEL MAR — Three new Rolling Readers, the San restaurants, Urban Plates, Diego-based nonprofit dediMia Francesca Del Mar and cated to inspiring low-income Davanti Enoteca, will soon children to love reading open at the Del Mar through hearing books read Highlands Town Center, at the aloud and owning books. corner of Del Mar Heights Recruiting, training and Road and El Camino Real. placing Read Aloud volunteers The newcomers are in in elementary classrooms; and addition to four other restau- distributing new books twice a rants the center recently year to each child to start a announced as part of its dra- home library, are proven to matic renovation. improve early literacy among low-income children.
Parks director named
CARLSBAD — Christopher M. Hazeltine has been appointed to the position of Parks & Recreation Department director for the city of Carlsbad. He will assume his new duties on March 21. Hazeltine most recently served as the Parks & Recreation Department director for the city of Encinitas, a position he held since 2004.
ilfornaio.com for details. Frank Mangio is a renowned wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. His library can be viewed at www.tasteofwinetv.com. (Average Google certified 900 visits per day) He is one of the top five wine commentators on the Web. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fewer traffic jams
COAST CITIES — Pardee Homes has awarded Move San Diego a $7,500 grant to fund a campaign to champion the need for more effective public transit, sustainable land use, and smart growth in the region. The donation, made possible through Pardee’s parent company, Weyerhaeuser, will help the nonprofit organization purchase materials to support its outreach efforts.
the inn.” Van Zante reports that Matthew, Memphis, Miami, Michael, Mimi, Mitchell, Molly, May and Moose were born five days later on Dec. 28. “Now they’re eight weeks old and ready to begin their professional careers as family dogs.” The adoption contract to draft one of the Rookie Puppies onto your family team is $295 plus a $40 microchip identification fee. For more information about these pups or other veteran dogs and cats, visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. Call (858) 756-4117, or log on
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that she was pregnant at the time the application was signed, even though she didn’t know she was pregnant because she had only been pregnant for two weeks! These cases are real. Regulatory agencies and attorneys are fighting to stop this conduct but it’s happening in hundreds of cases across California. Despite many multi-million dollar settlements, insurance companies continue to practice these unfair and outrageous business practices. It still makes economic sense for them, apparently. What can a consumer do if faced with this situation? Seek legal help immediately. Call your lawmakers and complain. Write letters to newspapers. Make a lot of
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to animalcenter.org. Adoption kennels are open weekdays noon to 6 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. noise so the practice is brought to light. How do you think folks feel about an insurance company canceling someone who just found out they have cancer because they forgot to list one medication they took 20 years ago? Further, this forgotten medication has nothing whatsoever to do with cancer. Finally, add the fact that the insurance company has been cashing this person’s premiums for years. It doesn’t sit very well with people in the community. It doesn’t sit well at all with me.
Michael Vallee is a practicing trial attorney whose firm focuses on consumer law, personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is a consumer legal contributor for The Coast News. Contact him at email@example.com.
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Garden, Ecke Building. The and open to the public. Call club’s activities include tray (760) 602-4650 to learn more. landscapes, Bonsai, Hon Non Bo, dog, best trick, dog that most viewing stones, and other relatlooks like its owner, and more. ed Asian arts. BUNCO FUN The Moonlight The contest is open to the pubAngels Auxiliary will host an lic. evening of bunco from 5 to 8:30 MULTIFLORAL PAPHS p.m. March 18, Gloria McClellan Norito Hasegawa will speak to Senior Center, 1400 Vale JEWISH STUDIES The the San Diego County Terrace. Prizes will be given to Agency for Jewish Education Cymbidium Society on multiflo- winners as well as to the biggest will continue its monthly ral paphs and their hybrids at 7 loser. Call Carol at (760) 725Scholar Lectures on Jewish p.m. March 16, San Diego 7251 to learn more. Garden, Ecke Studies at 7 p.m. March 14, Dove Botanical Library, Schulman Auditorium, Building. Call (760) 732-0055 or Carlsbad. Professor Sandy e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to SPRING FLING Beebo Lakoff will lecture on turmoil in learn more. Originals will present the the Middle East. Call (858) 268Encinitas Spring Fling Market 9200, ext.102 or visit www. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 20, ajesd.org for more details. PLAYREADERS The 364 2nd St., Encinitas. This colCarlsbad Senior Playreaders lection of local entrepreneurs will present a ‘40s style radio won’t be found in any storefront, AND BEYOND! Bonsai and show, one act play, plus a sing-a- and many of them don’t even Beyond Club will meet at 6 p.m. long at 12:45 p.m. March 17, have an online shop. March 15, San Diego Botanical Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. The program is free
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Crossroads Encinitas will host a message series titled “Frequently avoided questions of the Christian faith” on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m., 846 Munevar Rd., Cardiff. This is an informative time to hear perspectives on questions related to Christianity. Call (760) 635-5714 to learn more. INVEST WISELY A women’s investment club will meet the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the North County area. Their portfolio includes stocks from many different sectors, including retail, tech, medical and the food industry. The only requirement to join is a desire to learn about investing and stocks. E-mail dollarsandsenseforwomen@cox. net to learn more.
hosted bars, martini luges and live dance music by Wayne Foster Entertainment. “Broadway” seating at $350 adds table service, a bottle of complimentary champagne at each table, admission to the Patron’s Party May 26 at the Del Mar Country Club, and a commemorative gift. Guests in the “Tony” level at $750 per person receive all the amenities of “Broadway” plus a gourmet dinner entrée and entry into a wine opportunity drawing. Broadway Tails activities will begin with the Wine Party from 5 to 7 p.m. April 21 at the Fairbanks Ranch Clubhouse. Food will be provided by Dolce Pane and
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SIERRA CLUB Richard Muller, right, discusses the Sierra Club’s Chill the Drills campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with
campaign cost is under $1 million. His campaign will include heavy use of the Internet. “I’m an expert at viral marketing,” Kiger said. “I will use all channels of the Internet.” Kiger has already established a campaign website at www.bobkiger. com. He has also posted editorials on various websites. He has no qualms about working hard to get the word out. “I’m chipping away each day beginning at zero,” Kiger said. In a unique campaign kick-off this July, Kiger will attend the Comic-Con Convention for comic book enthusiasts dressed as Cruiser Bob for President with a Pomeranian companion in tow.
Vino. The Spring Fling Patrons’ Party for “Broadway” and “Tony” level guests will be held May 26 at the Del Mar Country Club, 6001 Clubhouse Drive, Rancho Santa Fe. Theatrical Animal Trainer and author Bill Berloni will be the guest celebrity. Berloni will host a book signing on May 25 at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue in La Jolla with a portion of proceeds going to HWAC. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone. For more information, visit Helen Woodward Animal Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe or contact Meghan Trejo at (858) 756-4117, ext. 556 or email meghant@animalcenter. org. He will leave from the convention to begin his campaign van tour across the U.S. to New Hampshire where he will collect needed signatures to register as a candidate for president. Kiger said he is not afraid to say the “tough things” that need to be said. His first priority is to get the word out on how to create jobs. He sees rebuilding the economy as the greatest public service he can contribute. “It’s how you play the game,” Kiger said. Kiger has plenty of business ideas to get the economy rolling. Another plan he will introduce is attendant-manned gas stations. The benefits will be increased security, faster customer flow, which will also reduce gas prices, and increased spending at gas station convenience stores.
Meghan Voss, a sixth-grader at Skyline Elementary School. Also on hand from the Sierra Club are, from left, Andra Kovacs, Tyler Wescott and Andy Wong. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
Surfrider Foundation, Nature & Culture International, the Sierra Club of San Diego and the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. Three local leaders were then honored for their dedication to environmental sustainability. Receiving awards were Peter Zahn for his role in creating the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, Jackie Durward for her global education class at Skyline Elementary and Steve Goetsch for mobilizing the region to understand the Interstate 5 expansion project. The evening also included a panel discussion titled Paths to Making a Difference in the Future to help young adults find a green career or volunteer path. “There is a career in environmental sustainability,” Sharman said. Panelists included Solana Beach Mayor Lesa Heebner, retired Adm. Len Hering from the University of
palate. “They are not as crazy about almonds as Scandinavians,” she explained. That’s why the refrigerator display case is brimming with cookies, cupcakes, rum balls and éclairs. Recently Harris added the Spanish confection, tres leches cupcake, which combines condensed, evaporated and regular milk with rum or brandy that is finished with cream cheese icing. “One customer said that she’s glad she doesn’t have to drive to South Bay anymore,” Harris reported. Last summer whoopie pies made their debut. They are a Pennsylvania Dutch invention that are like two cookies, made of cake, and sandwiched with cream filling. “Now with springtime upon us, we’re bringing it back,” Harris said. There will be other changes this spring including a facelift to the retail area and patio which has become a popular meeting place for old friends, cyclists, dog lovers and their pooches who enjoy freshbaked dog biscuits that are gluten and grain free. Jensen said there can
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INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS Solana Beach resident Ira Hopper tells Jayoung Nam, left, and Melissa Maigler about Nature & Culture International’s efforts to conserve Latin America’s most threatened ecosystems. Maigler, who also lives in Solana Beach, said her “passion for sustainability” drew her to the event. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek
San Diego, Durward, Sandra Kirtland, a scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Jana Kopyciok from the California Center for Sustainable Energy. The event targeted students in middle and high school as well as college-age young adults. “At first we
started off amateur by sending cards to schools, but we got very little response,” Sharman said. “Then we went to Facebook.” Other events planned throughout the month include Santa Fe Christian Schools students cleaning up public areas March 11, a program for students and parents
at Skyline on March 17 and a variety of activities at Fletcher Cove on March 26 that include a beach clean-up by Earl Warren Middle School students, a Green Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. and Earth Hour, beginning at 8 p.m. Visit the Solana Beach Clean and Green Facebook page for information.
Library Guild is a nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the enhance library services Internal Revenue Code. The beyond anything the county’s mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild is to make the funds provided. The Rancho Santa Fe library a place where patrons
are made welcome, where they are provided a helpful and relaxing atmosphere, where updated computer technology is available to the community, with relevant educational programs for all.
The board strives to maintain the library as a user-friendly center for information for all of its patrons. The Rancho Santa Fe Library is open from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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be a lot of stress in a bakery environment. One year an experienced wedding cake decorator had just finished a cake and placed it into the walk-in refrigerator. “Then she tripped and fell in the cake face first,” Jensen said laughing. “Delivering wedding cakes is the scariest thing, especially before there were cell phones and it was hot in the summer and you couldn’t find the location.” Wedding cakes still represent a big part of the business. The bakery has a partnership with Provence Bride at 2946 State St. where they get referrals and prepare cakes for the window display. After almost a year as owner, Joyce Harris is pleased with her purchase. “We are happy that Lone and Betina are here,” she said. “We are a good family together. Lone has been a great teacher and mentor.” Carlsbad Danish Bakery is located at 2805 Roosevelt St. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bakery is now open Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (760) 729-6186 or visit www. carlsbaddanish.com or facebook.com/carlsbaddanish bakery.
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that, first, males rub down promptly after being solicited by females in heat, and second, based on MRI scans of capuchins’ brains, female mating activity is triggered only by adults’ urine.
The Continuing Crisis
In May 2008, classroom disrupter Alex Barton, 5, was finally made by his teacher at Morningside Elementary kindergarten in St. Lucie County, Fla., to sit down and listen to the accumulated complaints of his classmates, who then were asked to vote on asking Alex to leave the class. (He lost, 14-2.) Shortly afterward, Alex was diagnosed with a form of autism, and his mother filed a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, citing Alex’s “humiliation” by the voting incident. A settlement was reached in February 2011 when the school district agreed to pay Alex $350,000 (which included legal expenses). Said Ms. Barton, “Money can’t take care of what (the school district) did to my family.”
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and firm follow-through, she said. Pinkerton said the discipline is positive but firm. “You don’t let them walk all over you,” she said. It is also a new way to teach students to “respect” each other and their teachers in a way different than in the past. “They can parrot back the buzz words, but are not internalizing them,” she said. Instead of “respect” being considered obedience and compliance in which dignity and respect of the adult is primary, it instead instills the word “respect” as mutual in which each person is equally worthy of dignity
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used to be.” Long before I became a psychologist, I once worked at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. I loved the fireworks. So I just assumed that veterans whom we honor on the July 4th loved fireworks just as much as I. So I asked Jason to explain. “I’m not unpatriotic,” this young veteran told me. “But do people ever think how fireworks affect the vets that have heard real firing, real missiles, real crying and people screaming when the bombs go off?” Jason recalled when President George W. Bush ordered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, some derisively called it the “shock and awe from Texas.” Also a Texan, Jason said he “didn’t much like that.” Jason told me that the shock and awe of fireworks hold no glamour for those who have served in combat. “I just can’t take fireworks. Every time I hear
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La Costa Canyon whites out rival for division championship By Ali Madurowicz
SAN DIEGO — In what was expected to be a close game, the La Costa Canyon Mavericks boys basketball team blew out the Torrey Pines Falcons by 20 points at the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship game March 5 night at the USD Jenny Craig Pavillion. La Costa Canyon out-scored Torrey Pines with the final score 68-48. The stands were packed with spirited students, fans and parents with nearly 5,700 people attending the six championship games that day. Drew Kitchens — the only senior on LCC’s roster — was the leading scorer with 25 points.
Following Kitchens was Matt Shrigley with 15 points and David Travers with 10 points. This was the third win for the Mavericks against their cross-town rivals this season. LCC had seven turnovers, while Torrey Pines had 11. The Mavericks completed 19 rebounds, only one more than the Falcons. Junior Joe Rahon led Torrey Pines with 22 points and supporting Rahon was Nick Kerr, who scored nine points. Fans from both sides showed their school spirit with posters and chants. La Costa Canyon planned their traditional “White-Out” against Torrey Pines’ “Gold-Out.”The Mavericks play Los Angeles’s Washington Generals on March 8 at home.
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and respect,” she said. Mistakes are expected and even welcomed. “But we forgive and move on,” she said. “A misbehaving child is a confused child,” she said. The process begins with the students who have class meetings to determine their own class rules, how to develop mutual respect, mutual problem solving and practice follow-through with class meetings that take place several times a week. The rules are posted in the classroom. If someone slips up, shame and blame are avoided and through class meetings, the problems can be solved without taking sides. “I want them to know they can count on and encourage each other,” she
said. Pinkerton said the new program is being taught in about 12 classrooms at the school at present, but as more teachers are seeing the results they are eager to take the training so they can institute it in their own classrooms. “They are willing to give up their weekends for the training,” she said. Jim Cimino, board member, thought the school district could do something to help parents get involved with it at home. Other board members thought that even more teachers could be trained in the program, so that not just a few students have the training as they go through the school.
them at Sea World, or my buddies hear them at Disneyland, we think of war. We go into action mode. When we realize we’re not in a war zone, we get angry. Is this so hard to understand?” Jason suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder, which the National Institute of Health defines as an anxiety disorder that develops after exposure to terrifying events or ordeals, such as military combat. People with PTSD anger easily.The disorder contributes to suicide. In 2010, Adm. Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, identified military suicides as a growing problem. The month Jason first came to see me, 39 active and reserve soldiers committed suicide. Total military suicides may be higher, since many soldiers mask suicides as accidents. According to the Grand Rapids Press, a support group for Michigan veterans met before July 4 in 2008 to discuss ways to cope with fireworks. One veteran
planned to block the noise by turning up his radio. Another would find a remote location, far from exploding fireworks. Others said they would use alcohol or drugs to “numb out” during the celebration. Many environmental groups, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have raised serious concerns about the negative impact of gunpowder that propels fireworks, as well as accelerants and heavy metals that leave toxic residues in our waters, long after the shock and awe is gone. My concern is with the immediate negative impact on people like Jason, veterans who must “numb out” to cope with the fireworks we explode in their honor. Perhaps it is time to consider another way to honor our country in a way that does not further harm the men and women who give so much to keep us free? Lorri Greene, Ph.D., is psychologist practicing in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
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beta-carotene, which might help protect vision. Sub it for sugar in muffins and blend it with Greek yogurt for a pudding-like treat. Calcium: Feed Your Bones for Less Than $1 Per Serving — Nonfat dry milk powder (17 cents per reconstituted cup; $5.99 per 26-ounce container): This is just milk that’s had the water removed, so it equals the calcium and protein of regular milk for about 10 cents less a serving. Stir spoonfuls of milk powder into casseroles and mashed potatoes. — Plain yogurt (70 cents per serving; $8.39 per case of 12): This quick and handy way to get calcium is also brimming with protein and good bacteria that aid digestion. For flavored yogurt at a fraction of the calories, stir in vanilla extract or an all-fruit spread. Yogurt also makes an excellent swap for cream in soups and desserts or sour cream on potatoes. Fiber: stay regular for less than 50 cents a serving — Quinoa (50 cents per serving; $3.99 per 12-ounce package): Quick-cooking quinoa has almost 50 percent more fiber than brown rice, plus a dose of protein. Simmer with milk and honey for a comforting hot breakfast, or use in place of rice. — Popcorn (12 cents per serving; $1.89 per 28-ounce bag): Popcorn eaters get about 22 percent more fiber than non-popcorn eaters. Don’t pile on calories with butter: spritz air-popped corn with cooking spray and toss with chili powder or oregano. Protein: fuel up for as little as 18 cents — Dried black beans (24 cents per serving; $1.45 for 16-ounce bag): All beans are stellar sources of protein, fiber, and blood-pressurefriendly potassium, but dark
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$14.99 per 2-pound bag): Frozen shrimp is a low-calorie and relatively cheap source of omega-3s. Saute shrimp with garlic and finely diced sun-dried tomatoes and serve on salad greens. — Flaxseed (11 cents per serving; $1.79 per 16ounce bag): This mighty seed has omega-3s and other fatty acids linked to immune-system strength, cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention. Whole flaxseeds pass through the body undigested, so grind them in the coffee grinder, then mix with spices to sprinkle on beans, grains and salads.
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is in Colma, Calif., just south of San Francisco.) “People ask me how did I choose who should be in the book and where,” Keister said, “so that’s why I did the ‘Reprised in Repose’ section of the book.” In this chapter, the author gathers the stars who worked together in life and in films and shows, even though they may have been laid to rest hundreds of miles apart. Included are Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy; George Burns and Gracie Allen; the Three Stooges; and the casts of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” “The
Wizard of Oz,” “Our Gang /Little Rascals,” and “Bonanza.” For techies, a bonus: “L.A. Forever” features GPS points for many of the featured graves. For convenience: The full-color guide has been published in a handy 5-inch by 9-inch format for easy portability. With dwindling space, escalating costs and changing attitudes, the death-care industry (that’s what it’s called, Keister said) has gone through some recent changes. “When cremation came along,” he noted, “cemeteries were really worried; there goes the revenue. But cremation niches have
Chief Tony Michel said. “The new location will allow us to maintain a high level of service for our customers and accommodate the growing needs of our district. While we anticipate a smooth transition, we appreciate the community’s understanding should there be a bump or two along the way.”
registered as a sex offender. She said officers contacted and verified 116 sex offenders at their homes,and another 24 offenders’ residential locations were verified — but not contacted. Seventeen of the offenders were not home during the residential visits, and one person was determined to be out of compliance, she said. California law essentially says that each person who has been convicted in court of various sexual acts or assaults has to register as a sexual offender, she said. A follow-up detail is expected to take place to locate those who were not contacted. The agencies that participated in the detail include the Encinitas and Vista sheriff’s stations, Oceanside Police Department, state parole, the county’s probation department, members of the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team and Vista Court Services Field Unit.
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together can be hard, but it teaches us to understand each other better.” The students have spent the majority of the 2010-2011 academic year mapping out their plans and fundraising to purchase the needed materials for their group. On Dec. 3, the Cooking Cures group prepared and served food to the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. The group will visit again March 11. Ronald McDonald House asks volunteer groups to have the resources to feed 150 people at dinner. The Cooking Cures service learning group will need to raise $250 to accommodate that for the March visit. With the intent to also make a global impact, Cooking Cures aims to donate food to families in need through Heifer International, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance and sustainability. The group hopes to raise $140 to buy a flock of chickens and a goat for Heifer International before the end of the academic year.
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by Union Bank Rancho Santa Fe, The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Morgan Stanley Rancho Santa Fe, Wells Fargo, The Country Squire Rancho Santa Fe, The Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club and the Rancho Santa Fe Library. The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, a 501(c )(3) organization whose purpose is to embrace art. Visit www. ranchosantafeartguild.org or call (858) 759-3545 for details.
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huge and has something for just about anyone including burgers, pastas, tacos and salads. Prices range from $5.95 on the low end for soups and some appetizers and I did not see anything over $15. Sammy’s uses local, regional and organically grown produce with no artificial flavors, chemicals, preservatives or hormones. We ate at the Carlsbad location and they have other locations in North County, including Del Mar and San Marcos. I should add that the service was top notch. Our server was educated on the large menu and had plenty of suggestions. Sammy’s also has a nice looking wine list and a good selection of local brews including Stone, Ale Smith, and Ballast Point. Check out Sammy’s full menu and all their locations at www.sammyspizza.com. David Boylan is the founder of Artichoke Creative, an Encinitas based integrated marketing agency. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
breathed life back into cemeteries.” On the other hand … “We boomers all think we’re so unique,” added Keister, 62, “so there has been resurgence of markers, especially with this laser carving. That’s made for a renaissance in cemetery art.” As for the author/photographer’s plans for the inevitable? “If I got cremated, I’d like to be in a cemetery with celebrities so maybe someone would come and visit me, even if accidentally.” E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at email@example.com.
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Rady Children’s. “David’s leadership will help Rady Children’s ensure that every child who needs care will receive it. He will inspire us to reach our full potential as caregivers and innovators in pediatric science.” Hale’s involvement with Rady Children’s goes back to the early 1990s before his involvement on the board of trustees. He is the founding chairman of the Hospital’s Miracle Makers Gala. Hale BioPharma Ventures is a private company focused on the formation and development of
biotechnology and specialty pharma companies. Hale is an entrepreneur who has been involved in the founding and/or development of a number of biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies. Hale is a cofounder and director of Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Elevation Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California, is a 442-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospi-
tal in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. On Oct. 10, 2010, Rady Children’s opened the Acute Care Pavilion building that is home to the new Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Warren Family Surgical Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2001, Rady Children’s formed an affiliation agreement with the University of California-San Diego to unify pediatric patient care, research, education, and community service programs on the Rady Children’s campus.
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The DIYer’s best tool: good credit (ARA) — Handy tool belt, equipped with all the essentials? Check. A vision of what the end result will look like? Check. A sense of adventure and determination? Check. Sounds like you’re ready to tackle your do-it-yourself project. Or are you? There’s one more tool you need to have a handle on before you begin — your credit. Whether your DIY project is constructing a kit car, building a shed or replacing your kitchen counters, you should check your credit score before you get started, since it’s likely you’ll use credit or even a credit card to pay for your project materials and supplies. Every time you use credit, it can affect your credit score — which in turn influences your ability to get more credit. Consider these five reasons why your credit is the first tool you’ll need to get your DIY project started: 1. When financing a home improvement project, credit makes sense for several reasons. First, because you’re using the credit to pay for something that will, in theory, increase your home’s value and your enjoyment of it; it’s an investment with foreseeable returns. Second, the cost of home improvement materials may be more than you are willing or able to pay out at one time. Credit allows you to manage the cost over a period of time that’s comfortable for you. 2. If you’ll be buying a lot of high-cost materials, the store you purchase from might offer you a store card with a seemingly enticing discount or reward for opening the account. If you know your credit score before you buy, you’ll be better able to assess if the store card’s interest rate and incentive is really competitive with the credit terms you already have on existing cards or could get from a financial institution. 3. A good credit score can help you qualify for better interest rates and lower monthly payments on loans. But your credit score can change and if you don’t check your credit report or monitor your credit, you might not know about changes right away. Before you commit to what kind of credit you’ll use for your DIY project, check your credit score. Websites like freecreditscore.com allow you to access your credit score when you enroll in credit monitoring. Monitoring your credit allows you to see how changes in your credit report can affect your score. You’ll also receive credit score alerts whenever your score changes. 4. Your credit could influence the scope of your project. When you check your score and find it higher TURN TO CREDIT ON B27
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What you should know before buying a 3-D TV (ARA) — Everyone, it seems, is eager for 3-D. It’s a fad that’s had its heyday more than once in pop culture, but this time all signs point to 3-D finding staying power in American theaters and homes. If you have any doubt that 3-D is hot, consider the fact that more than 100 movies — from children’s animated films to big-budget sci-fi offerings — were released in 3-D in theaters and on DVD in 2009 and 2010. And weigh the fact that nearly every major TV-maker has at least one 3-D set on the market. In fact, manufacturers are banking that Americans will embrace 3-D in their home viewing experience just as they did flat screens, high definition and Internet access. A 3-D TV may well be the high-tech investment your family opts for in 2011, but before you buy, here are a few things you should know — and consider — about 3-D television:
As with any new technology, 3-D TVs appeared on the market at higher prices than what you would pay for a comparable quality 2-D high definition set. While you could easily find large flatscreens for $1,000 or less in 2010, most 3-D units sold for upward of $2,000. Prices are coming down, however, and industry watchers predict
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Herb Festival, Spring Plant Sale and Tomatomania coming to Botanic Garden ENCINITAS — Back by popular demand is Tomatomania, part of the world’s largest tomato seedling sale, with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings.The event is coming to San Diego Botanic Garden on March 19 and March 20. Susan Belsinger is the honored guest at this year’s Herb Festival. Belsinger is a
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(ARA) — A skillet hidden away in a cabinet, or some other small piece of cookware — that’s about all the cast iron you’ll find in most modern homes. In the early 1900s, iron was a material of choice not just for cookware, but for many other essential items throughout the house: A skillet on the stovetop, sinks and bathtubs, and fences that decorated and defined the front yard. Even some buildings were made of iron. But as lighter, rust-resistant materials became available, iron fell by the wayside as a material in homes.
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Quality tree service — but only if you need it COAST CITIES — They are the some of the largest living things on the planet and they’re always changing. They also make up 15 percent of your property value. What are they? Trees. The above facts are courtesy of Brian Bishop, owner of Bishop’s Tree Service. Bishop says his business was borne out of a lifelong love of trees, and the quality of service he offers can attest to that. “When I was a little kid, I thought Paul Bunyon and his ox was the coolest thing ever,” he said. “I wanted to cut trees. When I was 16 I just started cutting trees on my own. Around 1994 I became a certified arborist.” The rest is history.
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to hearing the phrase,“The customer is always right.” Bishop doesn’t necessarily subscribe to that theory. “When we do estimates, I ask questions.The customer isn’t always right. I give the most inexpensive alternative for long-term management.” Bishop’s pride in his work and his knowledge come from his years of experience and also his role as president of the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego, or PTCA.“The mission of PTCA is education,” he said. “Basically the reason I agreed to be president is because I believe in education.” Bishop also believes in giving back. “We donate work to San Diego Botanic Garden on a
regular basis. I believe in giving something back to the community where we can.” In a community that prides itself on its trees, Bishop’s Tree Service stands out. “The difference between me and a lot of people out there is that out of our nine employees, five are certified arborists. You won’t find that ratio anywhere.” What this means for customers is that you get a certified arborist in your tree. “It takes about 20 minutes to screw up a tree forever.” Bishop stresses the importance of getting the job done right and getting it done right the first time. For more information on Bishop’s Tree Service, call (760) 720-9649 or visit www.bishopstreeservice.net.
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Green house next to greenhouses ENCINITAS — With all the talk in recent years about living green, how many of us actually do? Local couple William “Bill” Allen and Lyn Allen made the commitment to truly walk the walk with the house they built on Hymettus Avenue in Leucadia in 2000. A slew of improvements to the house inside and out transformed it into a water- and energy-saving paradise in one of the most desired areas in North County, proving that going green doesn’t need to mean sacrificing style. In fact, the 4,000-square-foot house is so desirable that when it was listed recently with Tyson Lund of The Lund Team, it was in escrow in record time due to the great interest for the green
improvements. It is a craftsman-style home, built in the vintage style of the 1920s and 1930s. The grass is always green at this house. The Allens installed a high-quality synthetic grass in both the front and rear yard that is both aesthetically pleasing and reduces monthly maintenance and water usage. Almost the entire yard is synthetic grass requiring virtually no water consumption. Also of note outside are the solar panels, which come with an inverter that will take excess power and sell it back to SDG&E. The Allens received money back from SDG&E in 2010.They are actually making money on their
energy bill. According to Lund, a high number of interested parties saw these systems as a bonus. Several of the buyers were downsizing from Olivenhain, where having one to two acres of property can have water and maintenance expenses of several thousand dollars monthly. With little to no electricity bills, low water bills and no mello roos, other than property taxes, monthly expenses on the property are minimal. Other green features in the home include a 70-gallon grey water system, which takes water from the showers and bathroom sinks to reuse for irrigation. There is also a hot TURN TO GREEN HOUSE ON B23
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Spring events planned at Weidner’s ENCINITAS — March is the beginning of spring at Weidner’s Gardens. This year Weidner’s celebrates spring with special events and learning opportunities. Come learn at Fairy Gardening classes, a Succulent Wreath workshop, Moss Baskets and the Basket and Pot Rehab workshop and more. On April 16 and April 17, the Big Parade of Spring Baskets and Pots, the largest show anywhere of blooming and succulent combinations, will be held. Browse, get ideas, buy or learn to make your own at this free flower show. Don’t miss Weidner’s spring parade of color. For the complete schedule of all workshops and garden tour information, visit www. weidners.com and click on Classes and Events. Weidner’s Gardens is located at 695 Normandy Road in Encinitas. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Tuesdays when they are closed. Call (760) 436-2194 or visit www.weidners.com for details.
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Houseplants growing as a hip new niche (ARA) — Great as a gift or home decor, indoor plants are making a comeback as the coolest new trend in gardening. Cultivate, collect and even clean interior air with
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The true luxury is that this can all be available in the convenience of your own backyard. Besides the time required traveling to use a public pool for laps or exercise, too often they are cold, crowded, loaded with chlorine and have limited schedules for use. With your own Aquatic Fitness System, you can use it anytime you want and can control exactly what temperature you want it to be. And because it has its own built in water purifier, very little chlorine is needed. Aquatic Fitness Concepts will help in finding the best program for your personal needs. The company goes the extra mile, offering customers trained aquatic fitness instructors who will recommend a complete training program for your Aquatic Fitness System. There are several different models available, all featuring swim lanes, hydro chairs and soothing jets. They range from 16feet to 19 feet long. The 7.5–foot-wide and 52- to 62inch-deep ovals can be installed both indoors or out, in or above-ground. Aquatic Fitness Concepts has the only showroom in Southern TURN TO SWIM ON B24
5 trends to make your home truly yours (ARA) — If you’re looking to purchase or remodel a home, you likely are building a long list of “must-haves,” “must-dos” and “mustincludes” for your new space. There’s no question the housing market is in a different place than it was as recently as five years ago. Of course, a tough economy has been the prevailing factor, but other things — an aging population and a tough job market — are influencing how people are living today and possibly into the future. If you’re like most home seekers and remodelers, you may find that your requirements fall in line with these five growing trends. Bigger isn’t always better: As interest grows in living more efficiently, people are building smaller homes. In fact, new homes are now 7 percent smaller than they were the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just my style: Homeowners are aiming to make their home fit their personal visions of the best investment on the dollar, and 20 percent of new homes are currently custom-built, according to the American Institute of Architects. This trend to customize is in part made possible by the parallel trend to build a smaller home. Smaller spaces free up dollars to put toward the products that fill it. Color, decor and products that help make a home feel one-of-a-kind ver-
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Your home office can be comfortable and functional (ARA) — When you start a home business, you will probably set aside one room or area of your house to be your office. This is the place where you’ll handle general business, customer relations, shipping and delivery of products and services, payroll and many other details that pertain to your company. Of course, this room is also in your house, so you want to make sure it looks good in case you have customers stop by, or if friends or relatives stay over. Setting up your office so that it is functional and looks nice is important, but because you’ll be spending a lot of time in there, you should make it comfortable as well.
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green The master suite: a haven within your home No thumb? No (ARA) — The master bedroom has evolved into far more than a place where you hit the pillow and grab a few hours of sleep each night. Today, it’s almost a misnomer to call these modern, multifunctional rooms bedrooms. If you’re looking to renovate, expand or build a new master bedroom, think “master suite” instead. Don’t just create a cozy room meant for sleeping, because in recent years it really has turned into so much more. The growing trend of making the master suite one of your immediate family’s choice gathering spots stems from a flagging economy and the fact that more people are choosing to enjoy leisure time at home instead of out on the town. And believe it or not, many are choosing to spend it in the master bedroom. “The master bedroom has increasingly become a restful retreat within your larger home — a place where you can spend the day, if you wish, with all the comforts of a traditional family room,” says Donna Schroeder, color marketing and design manager for Dutch Boy Paints. “The trend is to combine comfort with convenient amenities in an atmosphere that is peaceful and relaxing.” One of the easiest ways SUITE LIFE !"#$%&'(&)'%*&'+,"+-%.%)(#%/(0'%#"/'%"+%#$'"0%/.*#'0%1',0((/*2%"#%/.3'*%/(0'%*'+*'%#$.+%'4'0 to accomplish this is to look #(%/.3'%"#%-0'.#5 Courtesy photo
to sumptuous hotel suites for your design inspiration. Plush, comfortable and full of luxuries — big and small — hotel suites offer plenty of ideas you can mimic. You say you like coffee first thing in the morning? Why go down to the kitchen? Install a coffee bar, complete with an espresso maker, coffee grinder and a mini refrigerator to store milk for those extra-foam lattes. Don’t expect to lounge on the bed with your cappuccino in hand. Reserve space in your design for an ample sitting area where you can put a sofa, comfortable reading chairs and even a state-ofthe-art entertainment system for movie nights and lazy Sundays. Add a built-in customized entertainment center to house the latest and greatest gadgets for everyone in the house. You’ll want to have room not only for the flat screen HDTV and BluRay player but also the kids’ gaming system, DVR receiver and a nook for Dad’s sound system.You might also want to include shelves for Mom’s prized collection of romantic old movies so she can watch them in the comfort of her bedroom haven. You can picture it already, can’t you? First, however, you must set the stage TURN TO MASTER ON B26
Perfecting your patio isn’t the work of a lifetime (ARA) — Spring is a time of renewal with flowers and trees blooming, grass greening and warmer temperatures bringing us back to the outdoors. But before you can begin to truly enjoy the fresh air — there are many updates needed to help your patio areas recover from the harsh effects of old man winter. Luckily, with a few spring spruce-up projects, you can achieve a patio revival in only a weekend that’s simple, yet looks sensational.
Wash away winter
When we think spring — we think cleaning. No matter what type of patio you may have, pressure washing is a simple way to make it shine. It offers instant gratification as layers of dirt, dust and grime are quickly blasted away. Don’t have a pressure washer? No need to run out and buy one; most rental companies or home improvement centers offer reasonably priced daily rentals. Or it’s an opportunity to visit the neighbors you haven’t seen during the cold months to borrow theirs.
Bring new life to old furniture
Once your patio area is clean, it’s time to bring out the seating. But have your table and chairs seen better days? The outdoor elements can wreak havoc on patio furniture. Fortunately, you can easily turn something ready for the trash into a new treasure by updating it with a coat of spray paint. To start, lightly sand and clean the entire surface. Next, spray the entire piece of furniture with a new, updated paint color.For metal,wood or wicker surfaces, try Krylon’s Outdoor Spaces spray, or for plastic surfaces, try Krylon’s Fusion for Plastic spray paint. Both products are available in a wide selection of popular colors and finishes and offer superior protection to keep your patio furniture looking beautiful for years to come.
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Finally, it’s time to liven up your patio area with beautiful and aromatic flowers. But just as important as choosing the pretty petals, is planting them
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in the perfect pot. Terra cotta pots are ideal since they come in a variety of sizes and are inexpensive. For added pizzazz, you can update these planters with a splash of color. You can choose one color for all of your pots or mix it up.This is a great project that allows you to experiment with all of the colors that you love but were hesi-
tant to commit to inside your home. If you change your mind, all you need is a new can of spray paint. To start, turn each pot upside down on newspaper and spray the pot with your favorite shade of Krylon Outdoor Spaces spray paint. Once dry, you may choose to spray your vibrant pot with a clear,
pearlescent or glitter spray to achieve the dazzling finish you desire. With just these few simple projects, your patio will be festive and fashionable in just a weekend’s worth of work. For more information on other products or products from Krylon, visit www.projectsinacan.com.
New trend of ‘gardening with purpose’ takes root
(ARA) — Put on your garden gloves and join in the fun because “gardening with a purpose” is taking root. The purpose may be to grow your own food or create urban sanctuaries, but planting for a greener good is changing neighborhoods and communities — one garden at a time. According to the
Association of Professional Landscape Designers, homeowners are growing more of their own food — more herbs, vegetables and fruit trees — both in dedicated vegetable gardens and mixed in the garden among flowers and shrubs. But it’s not just food production that’s driving today’s gardener. As backyard conser-
lawns and gardens in an environmentally friendly way, according to the National Gardening Association. “Gardens continue to reflect awareness of how our landscapes enhance and improve the environment Garden with purpose around us,” Patricia St. John, Nine out of 10 house- president of the Association holds want to manage their of Professional Landscape
vationists, gardeners are transforming yards, gardens, rooftops and even urban alleys into green and productive spaces. Here’s a glimpse of what Susan McCoy, garden trend spotter, sees for 2011.
Designers, says of this trend. Since healthy plants start with healthy soil, people are looking for sustainable and organic soils like OMRI-listed, compost-based, premium-blend potting soil from Organic Mechanics Soil Company. This all-purpose premier blend is good for all TURN TO PURPOSE ON B19
SOLANA BEACH — Who doesn’t love digging in the dirt, breathing fresh air while harvesting ripe vegetables and fruit? Gardening, though, can be a bit of hassle when it comes to proper planning and execution. That’s where California Hydroponics & Organics comes in, a brand new garden center located in Solana Beach. Family owned and operated by native San Diegan James Hill and his cousin Scott Stark, this company puts an emphasis on customer service, a vast product offering and a knowledgeable staff. Hill’s father is a dentist in Ramona, whose own version of customer service has won him numerous “best business” awards. “I learned a lot about customer service from my dad,” Hill said. “Customer service is underemphasized these days. My company is working to fix that.” How so? For starters, California Hydroponics & Organics offers free one-on-one advice with their qualified employees. In fact, one of their employees has a degree in agriculture. “You need an expert to answer your gardening questions,” Hill said. “There are a lot of variables involved.” What sets California Hydroponics & Organics apart from every other gardening center in town is their commitment to being a part of the community. “We treat people like people, not customers,” Hill said. “People who garden around here are all so friendly. We’ve already had people stop by showing us pictures of gardens that we helped them get going.” For those readers who are unsure of what hydroponics is, Hill notes that it is simply the growing of plants with nutrientrich water instead of soil. Whether your gardening is done hydroponically or traditionally in soil, California Hydroponics & Organics is committed to making self-sustaining gardening a practical part of every home by providing innovative, environmentally friendly and easy to use gardening products. The store caters to all types of gardeners and carries the world’s most advanced lines of premium organics and bioorganic plant nutrients and grow media for today’s avid gardener. They offer a huge inventory of name brands, a low-price guarantee and fast order processing. The store is also currently offering a 20 percent discount for first time customers. California Hydroponics & Organics is located at 564 Stevens Ave. in the Stevens Design Center. They are open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call California Hydroponics & Organics at (858) 436-7775 or visit www.californiahydroponic.com for all of your growing needs.
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All of your fireplace questions can be answered COAST CITIES — A fireplace is an absolute essential according to homebuilder statistics. Even here in sunny California, a fireplace is the key component of almost
every living room. A sure way to impress people is to have a home with a fireplace in an unconventional place like the bedroom, the kitchen or the sunroom.
The fire spaces available to today’s homeowners are much more versatile, and infinitely safer than those of the past. High-tech innovations allow for fuel efficiency and
installations in locations that were once prohibitive. At Fireplaces Plus, they are prepared to help you maximize the fireplace in your home so that it provides you with the key components of warmth, efficiency, ease and beauty. When you come to the store, you will be able to speak with trained sales technician. They will ask you specific questions which will help lead you to the products that will satisfy your individual hearth needs. In order to help make your visit to their store more productive, come prepared to answer the following questions. 1. What type of fuel are you going to burn? The fuel choices that they offer are wood, gas, electric, pellet and ethanol alcohol.
2. Is your fireplace factory built or a full masonry fireplace? If it is a prefabricated fireplace, go to every length to determine the manufacturer and the model number.The manufacturers’ name and model number are generally on a steel plate that is riveted to the metal box. If you do not have a factory built fireplace then look closely at the masonry unit that you have. Does it have a masonry base and metal flue or is there a tile lined masonry chimney? If you have a gas line into your fireplace, what type of gas do you have piped in? Natural or propane? 3. Does the chimney have a one or two story height? 4.Approximately how old is the fireplace? What fuels have been used in the past,
and when was the chimney last cleaned and swept? 5. Are the brick panels or the firebrick that line the inside of the box in good condition? 6. What are the measurements of the fireplace? You can download a measure sheet at www.fireplacesplus.com. Fireplaces Plus has been in business for 38 years. They have four certified installation technicians on staff and four trained and four knowledgeable salesmen. Their showroom has more than 50 burning displays and a huge inventory of accessories. Visit them at 1833 Diamond Street in San Marcos, or online at www.fireplacesplus.com.
Warm up to an affordably luxurious bathroom no matter the temperature (ARA) — With the advent of summer still several months away, the comfort of a hot bath or invigorating shower continues to be something to look forward to every day. However, in many ways, the bathroom can be a frigid place on a cold late-winter or early-spring San Diego day. In fact, it often may feel like the coldest room in the house thanks to all of that impersonal chrome, porcelain and tile. But, it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible to warm up even the chilliest bathroom, even on the tightest of redecorating budgets. As you plan your bathroom revamp, start by looking right under your feet. Many bathroom floors are made from ceramic tile or natural stone, such as mar-
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els, plush bathmats and a sumptuous velvet shower curtain will add a sense of rich warmth to the space. Wall color also plays a role. Light and airy colors, while beautiful, definitely do not convey a sense of comfort. Instead, paint your walls an unexpectedly rich color to create a welcoming, cozy atmosphere. Bear in mind that warm colors can make a bathroom look smaller, so be sure to use a soft white as an accent to balance out whatever deep tone you select. For instance, Dutch Boy’s Treaded Grapes offers a splash of color and welcoming personality in a deep, classic purple tone. Paint your bathroom walls with this leading 2011 color trend and offset the statement with Narrative Cream-colored molding and accessories TURN TO BATHROOM ON B21
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Five ‘luxury’ bathroom upgrades on the cheap (ARA) — It’s probably safe to say that no potential buyer ever passed on a house because the bathroom was just too lovely and luxurious. And few of us would prefer to come home at the end of the day to decompress in an outdated bathroom with a shabby shower and cabinets that have seen better days. A beautiful bathroom can help potential buyers overlook other flaws in a home. And the bath is one room where homeowners can be confident their renovation dollars will yield not only improved home value, but enhanced enjoyment as well. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend lavishly to elevate the luxury quotient of your home’s bathroom. Here are five “luxury” upgrades that can be done on a moderate — or even modest — budget: 1. Lighten up with a skylight When it comes to creating a comfortable, energy-efficient ambiance in a room, it’s hard to beat Mother Nature. Natural light helps reduce dependency on artificial light sources and the electricity they consume, and can have a positive effect on mood and overall health. You may hesitate to add a large, clear window to a bathroom, but skylights are a great way to add the luxuriousness of natural light without compromising on privacy. Choose a venting style which can also be a cost-effective way to help vent humidity, steam and odors from a bathroom. New models, like Velux America’s No Leak Skylight, eliminate leak worries; when properly installed, Velux skylights are no more prone to leaks than any other quality window. Visit www.veluxusa.com to learn more. 2. Shower yourself with luxury Ripping out that old ceramic tile and replacing it with the trendiest stone may not be in your budget, or your shower’s future, but swapping out a standard showerhead with something more luxurious probably is. It’s easy to find a variety of showerheads — from rainfall and massaging, to hand-held or dualhead and multi-jet — that will elevate your daily washing routine to a spaquality experience. What’s more, a new showerhead is one of the easiest bathroom renovations to do yourself, even if you have no previous DIY experience. 3. Accessorize, accessorize Who doesn’t love warm, plush bath towels? Or foot-soothing rugs that TURN TO LUXURY ON B19
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your home. The Dixons have been in business in North County since 1985 and have seen countless competitors come and go while they continue to provide excellent service to their loyal customers. As Marty and Susie’s four children have grown up and completed their college years, Josh and Nick have joined the business taking part in the
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Reduce spring cleaning stress with these chore-sharing tips (ARA) — When spring finally rolls around this year, families everywhere will be ready to embrace the season and all it has to offer: sunny days, higher temperatures and finally getting back outside. But a long winter means your home has some serious spring cleaning needs, which can cause serious stress when one person — Mom — has to handle it by herself. Sixty-two percent of mothers handle all household chores, according to a recent Roper study. And on average,
moms spend more than 14 hours per week cleaning and maintaining the home. “Family cooperation is key,” says Alison Gutterman, mother of two and president of Jelmar, maker of CLR cleaning products. “If you share the responsibility for chores, they’ll not only get done faster, but there will be less stress for the whole family.” Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to create a chore-sharing plan before your flock flies the coop. Create a rotating schedule of chore
assignments so no one gets stuck cleaning the toilet each time. But most of all, keep these simple spring cleaning tips in mind so doing “the chores” doesn’t have to be a chore. • Organize: Group rooms that need sprucing up into “sectors” that use similar products and methods to help break up your to-do list and tackle projects quickly. • Prioritize: If cleaning the garage has been TURN TO CHORE ON B20
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with the range of decking products and accessories on the market, every deck can take on a personality of its own, he says. Personalization is what makes the deck an extension of the home, says Rick Preble of Deckorators, the leading deck accessory brand that embraces the concept of deck personalization. “The idea of an outdoor living room has really materialized as people have reattached to their existing homes,” Preble says. “A costeffective way to add square
footage and upgrade your lifestyle without moving is with a deck.With all the deck products and accessories available today, homeowners can customize their outdoor rooms.” Deckorators has made the process of mixing and matching different deck accessories and building materials easy with a new, easy-to-use online design program: the Deckorators’ Deck Visualizer. The online tool is free and provides TURN TO DECK ON B19
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ugly bare spots and landscaping challenges (ARA) — Nearly every lawn or garden has one — a bare, ugly spot where nothing seems to grow well. Maybe the spot gets too much sun, or too much shade. Perhaps the soil is too sandy, rocky or full of clay for most plants to survive in it. Maybe it’s on a hill or slope where exposure to wind and water runoff make it uninhabitable for average plant life. Whichever one (or more) of these challenges is the source of your problem spot, chances are the cure is pretty universal: cover it up ... quickly, inexpensively and permanently with flowering or lush, green ground cover. Hardy, easy to grow and aesthetically appealing ground cover fills vacant spaces, solves landscaping trouble spots and minimizes garden maintenance. Ground cover can transform a dull, sparse space into a rich tapestry of textures, shapes and continual color. These plants can spruce up challenging spots under trees, accent transitional areas along paths and foundations, and
intensify interest in open spaces. Plus, they deliver a stunning seasonal show of flowers and colors. Ground cover is a costeffective, fast way to deal with difficult trouble spots. It performs the job of mulch at a fraction of the cost, blocking weed growth, insulating soil, protecting more fragile plants and adding visual appeal. Some ground covers even bolster nutrients for companion plants with more demanding nutritional needs. Spring is the best time to plant ground covers, giving roots a chance to become established before conditions turn harsh.But before you decide on which varieties of these landscaping miracle-makers you’ll plant, here are some ground cover guidelines: • Don’t just plant the first ground cover that catches your eye. First, take stock of your problem area so you can select a ground cover that is appropriate for the spot. Some ground TURN TO COVER ON B19
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homeowners a way to visually discover the different design options they like best for personalizing a deck. The Deck Visualizer allows the user to set the virtual deck environment to a lake or backyard view and then change the deck accessories for limitless combinations. Users can select the color or grain of composite or wood decking, select the style of metal or even glass balusters, add baluster infill centerpieces, change railing colors, and add post caps, lighting options and even stone. “This deck design program is fun for homeowners to use and is a great tool for deck planning,” says Preble. “We work with hundreds of deck builders, and they appreciate having this when working with clients. It allows both consumers and deck builders to visualize different options and choose deck products prior to constructing a deck.” The North American Deck and Railing Association website (nadra.org) is another good place for consumers to start when gathering information for a deck build. The organization has a large gallery of photographs of decks that have received national awards for design or construction. Michael Beaudry, executive vice president of NADRA, says consumers are definitely hungry for deck design ideas and information on new products. NADRA offers resources to help consumers with deck and rail design and deck safety. The organization’s website also provides access to more than 1,750 different building products companies. Homeowners who want to build or who are renovating an existing deck will find new trends for 2011. One material making its move onto decks is stone. Deckorators cast stone Postcovers, which install over rail posts, are one new product in high demand. The postcovers provide the same look and feel as natural stone columns, but are designed to install over basic wood posts. Postcovers are hand-painted to look like cobblestone, fieldstone or stacked stone. The simulated product costs far less than real masonry work and makes it possible for do-it-yourselfers or contractors to add simulated stone columns to a deck. “Stone or simulated stone on a deck has become possible with new products, and it’s another example of interior design trends and the mixing of various elements making their way to outdoor living areas,” Preble says. Experts agree that putting the time into planning your deck up front and knowing what your product options are is the best way to ensure you end up with a space your family will embrace as a true outdoor living room.
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Tips for better remodeling or landscaping (ARA) — For many homeowners, the return of warm weather signals that time of year to launch the long-awaited home remodeling or backyard patio project. With the typical major kitchen remodel topping $58,000 and the cost of a new roof topping $21,000, according to the National Association of Realtors 2009 Cost vs. Value Report, taking on even a minor remodel calls for careful attention to detail. It’s even more important if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer and want to hire a contractor to perform some or all of the work, says FindLaw.com, the world’s leading online legal resource. Doing your homework upfront and being crystal clear in your dealings with a home remodeling or landscaping contractor will reduce miscommunication, frustration and expensive errors. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some timetested tips from FindLaw.com for a better remodeling or landscaping project: 1. Ask yourself: Does it make sense? Before you move too quickly, it’s critical to determine if it makes sense to remodel.The first place to look is your neighborhood. Are other neighbors improving their homes and enhancing the exteriors of their homes,as well as their yards? Is your city or town properly maintaining streets and public areas? Are you committed to staying in your home at least five years? Remodeling and landscaping can be expensive and, in many cases, you will not fully recoup your investment. While it’s important to do it for yourself, be careful not to over invest either. 2. Do your homework. Before you call a contractor, do your homework to get a good idea of what you want from your remodeling or landscaping project. Visit showrooms, talk to friends and neighbors
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The move to de-lawn large tracks of turf and transform lawns into sustainable landscapes is achievable with the right plants that use less water and pesticides. Beautiful native plants like Solidago “Solar Cascade,” exclusively available from North Creek Nurseries, part of The American Beauties Native Plant collection, are lowmaintenance plants that attract wildlife and beneficial pollinators like butterflies, bees and birds. Proceeds benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program.
For small space gardens, growing food in containers makes sense. Blended containers with herbs and veggies provide a one-two combo for freshness and convenience. And, containers blooming with natives, rebloomers and ornamental
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who have recently remodeled, read home and landscaping magazines, and visit open houses and showcase homes to see what’s hot in home remodeling and landscaping projects. Start a notebook to collect your ideas, product information and product samples. 3. Build a budget. As you do your homework, start piecing together a budget of what various products and materials may cost. Keep in mind, especially when remodeling an older home,there may be unexpected surprises (such as plumbing or electrical) that could drive up the costs of your remodeling project. To be on the safe side,always add 20 percent to the generally recommended costs of a remodeling project. 4.Listen to word-of-mouth. If you hire a contractor, make sure that any contractor that you consider is licensed, bonded and insured. Word-of-mouth is the most reliable method to finding a contractor. Ask your friends, neighbors or family members for the names of contractors or landscapers with whom they’ve worked. 5. Get multiple bids. Always get at least three proposals when selecting a contractor to handle your remodel-
ing or landscaping project. Always meet the contractor in person and never agree to hire a contractor after your first meeting. Obtain all estimates in writing and carefully compare the details that each contractor has spelled out in his or her proposal. 6. Check your permits. Be wary of the contractor who says you don’t need to pull a permit from city hall for your remodeling or landscaping project. A permit typically represents the minimum construction standard set by a local community. In other words, a permit actually protects you as the homeowner from shoddy construction or landscaping practices. If you live in a historic neighborhood, there may be more restrictive guidelines that you must follow that have been set by a neighborhood council. 7. Get references. Before you say “yes” to a contractor’s proposal, get at least three to five references from a contractor. Call the contractor’s references and ask about the experience of working with him or her — did the contractor complete the project on time and on budget? Was the contractor responsive to making changes throughout the project and the completion of the punch list
grasses beautify spaces and affordable, colorful plants that look as comfortable in benefit the environment. 21st century homes as they Succulents did in Victorian days. To learn Dry gardening using less more about the health benewater is bubbling across the fits of indoor houseplants, nation. Attractive and low- check out www.O2forYou.org. maintenance succulents have showy flowers and thick, Growing up with verfleshy foliage that stores tical gardening water like a camel’s hump. “Vertical gardens are Drought-tolerant and becoming increasingly popuable to thrive in a variety of lar and will grow far beyond conditions, succulents look anything we can envision,” great in small gardens and says Joe Zazzera, with Plant large landscapes. Get ideas Solutions, Inc. and Green from Costa Farms on varieties Plants for Green Buildings that you can mix with peren- (GPGB.org). “Businesses are nials, containers and stand- seeing the productivity, envialone or in roof gardens. ronmental quality and return on investment that indoor Indoor gardening plantings and vertical living From “steampunk” walls are bringing to their Victorian hipster decor rock- projects.” ing among young urbanites to From containers with upscale suburban homes, dec- climbing vines, flowers and orating with houseplants like veggies to vertical walls orchids, ferns and palms is blooming with edibles, plants hot. are growing up. Chic and easy to grow, orchids add a lavish touch to Urban farming and any room. Plus these hard- CSAs working beauties clean In step with the move to indoor air of volatile organic reinvigorate communities, compounds and provide oxy- urban farming and gen. Community Supported Phalaenopsis (moth) Agriculture farms (CSAs) are orchids as well as other vari- springing up nationwide. eties are perfect choices for Urban farming “micro-farms”
(all of the final details to wrap up a project)? Contact your local Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed about the contractor. And, contact building suppliers and subcontractors (electricians, plumbers, etc.) to see if your contractor pays his or her bills on time. 8. Get it in writing. Never, ever agree to hire a contractor, even if it’s your brother-in-law, on a handshake. Always insist on a contract, says FindLaw.com. Be precise about exactly what services will be performed and by when. Specify exactly what products and materials will be used. Spell out when payments will be made to the contractor and clarify what recourse you have if the work is not completed to your satisfaction. If need be, contact an attorney specializing in contracts to review the document before signing. 9. Do a gut check. You need to feel good about having someone come into your home every day for weeks or possibly several months.Working with a contractor should be fun, but more importantly, you need a contractor who listens and responds to you. Check your gut reaction. If in any way you feel uncomfortable with a contractor, don’t sign the contract. And if you have to, move quickly to cancel it. Many states allow a consumer to cancel a contract within three business days after signing it. 10. Be completely satisfied. Never pay for the entire remodeling project or landscaping project up front, before construction begins. In most cases, you’ll put down 25 percent of the total project amount to get the work started. After that, you’ll pay portions at certain milestones up until the completion of the project. Don’t make the final payment until you are completely satisfied. It’s one of your last defenses for ensuring that work is completed to your satisfaction. are converting small spaces in blighted areas into thriving farms that grow fresh produce for inner city communities. CSAs offer fresh produce and provide the chance to learn about varieties, maintaining plants and sharing experiences.
Sustainable urban communities that offer spots to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle are on the rise. Planting water-wise plants, collecting rainwater, building walkable streets, and fostering diversity of shops, homes and apartments with less turf and more plants encourages better stewardship of the earth, and reconnects everyone as fellow stewards of resources and communities. “We had trouble wrapping our heads around saving the rain forests,” says McCoy, “But we clearly can wrap our arms around saving our own backyards. Digging and planting gardens brings awareness that we’re all earth’s caretakers.” For a complete look at the Garden Media Group 2011 Garden Trends visit www.gardenmediagroup.com.
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covers need sun, while others thrive only in shade. Some prefer dry locations. Others require moist soil. • Assess the soil at the site. Is it sandy and dry? A lovely loam? Or wet, soggy clay? There’s a ground cover for every soil condition, but you’ll also need to test the acidity level of the soil. You may need to amend your soil to raise or lower its pH content, or add organic matter to modify its texture. • Hardy as they are, ground covers still require proper fertilizing, watering and weed control to maintain their attractiveness — just like any other plant. Newly planted areas will need special attention until they’re well established. • Seed is the least expensive way to start ground cover. And planting ground cover seeds is some of the easiest sowing you’ll ever do in your yard or garden. Ground cover seeds are typically much smaller and lighter than other plant seeds; often you’ll get as many as 175,000 seeds in just 1 ounce. One way to make sowing even easier is to use a pre-mix of seeds and lime, like those offered by Outsidepride.com. The mix comes in a shaker bottle and you simply sprinkle the seeds on the planting site.The lime in the mix improves the pH of acidic soils, adds valuable micronutrients and helps break down organic matter. The lime is also white, so it’s easy to tell where you’ve spread the seed. You can find a ground cover for virtually every soil situation — and to suit every landscaping preference. Outsidepride.com offers more than 50 different types of ground cover seed, from the luminous lavender and red of Magic Carpet creeping thyme and the baby blue of Forget-Me-Not to the gorgeous greens of Irish Moss and Kenilworth Ivy. Best-sellers like creeping thyme offer homeowners a vibrant, versatile way to solve problems and accent their landscaping. Creeping thyme is a favorite for its tolerance of dry soil,low maintenance needs and ability to self-seed season after season. To get ground covers started off on the right foot, plant them in spring so they have a chance to root well. Before long, your barren, weedy trouble spots will be gone, covered by wondrous waves of flowers and foliage.
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protect tootsies from cold floors? It makes sense not to skimp when it comes to choosing towels, area rugs and other accessories for your bath. Even top-quality accessories cost less than major renovations, and they can go a long way toward making your bathroom feel polished, put-together and posh. From good bath linens to a towel-warmer that can make them feel extra cozy, accessories are an economical, effective way to add luxurious touches to your bathroom.
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side-by-side refrigerator won high marks for its innovativeness and improved functionality. It helps contain spills easier and it also has more storage space.
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Schlage SecureKey Locksets allow homeowners to rekey the deadbolt lock using a special key. The lock cannot be rekeyed using generic tools so it provides a new solution to an old problem and improves functionality over other similar products.
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last longer than that. By comparison, most other companies only offer a two-year guarantee. Corky has an amazing passion for his business, and surrounds himself with the best of the best to make sure his company offers “state of the art” pest control. Among his knowledgeable staff is a full-time plant pathologist so they can find lasting and effective solutions to every
teer in their area with organizations like the Community Resource Center, putting together holiday gift baskets, as well as lending a hand with local animal shelters. At both Contract Carpet locations — 191 N. El Camino Real, Suite 112, Encinitas, and 11658 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 130, San Diego — the Dixons and their team know that no other single furnishing in your home sets the tone like the flooring. All of their installers are
not only experts but longtime employees, offering a reliability that will meet the highest expectations of quality and workmanship. Contract Carpet offers flooring shoppers free estimates and guarantees all labor. Whether it’s the warmth of wall-to-wall carpet, the bright accent of area rugs, the finish tone of elegant wood floors, the practicality of a porcelain tile or the convenience of vinyl flooring, flooring is what gives any room its basic personality.
When furnishing a new home or bringing old floors up to date, Contract Carpet is the place to find it all, including custom window treatments that will match or compliment your flooring choice. And to the busy homeowners’ delight, shoppers don’t have to wander miles to some distant warehouse district to find the right price and selection. Visit them in the heart of Encinitas or in Carmel Mountain Ranch or call them at (760) 436-9030 or (858) 451-9717.
to help fix the problem. Treat products with care — Store all pesticides according to label directions, away from children and pets. Handling pesticide products responsibly protects both
lawn and homeowner. Ridding lawns of weeds and insects makes outdoor living spaces healthy and welcoming for activities enjoyed with family and friends.Through a PEST plan
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problem. Many of his staff members include Bachelor of Science, doctorate and special certifications among their degrees. And every day, his technicians are undergoing continued training to stay current with the evolving products their customers need and the changing pest problems that come to San Diego. Part of what is special about Corky’s Pest Control is that their service can be customized to fit individual
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and select colors and finishes that will help achieve it. Bright colors help enhance the light. Earthy and ochre colors transmit serenity. Blues, greens and browns can be used to create natural spaces while the contrast of black and white adds simplicity and elegance. The possibilities are as boundless as the user’s imagination. • The broad spectrum of this material’s design versatility has helped it become a popular decorative element. The old-fashioned view of ceramic as a simple, functional product to be used only in very specific rooms such as the kitchen and the bathroom, has lost ground over the years as the material has become more versatile. When working with tile, be open to the various propositions — metallic finishes, finishes that mimic the look of fabric and wood, relief work, new sizes and formats. Choose those that enhance the personality of the targeted design space. • Combinations of finishes and textures help break up the linear nature of a room and make it more dynamic. Relief and “volume” finishes, as well as large format tiles, enable you to change the
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apparent dimensions of a room and play with the light. Imitations of wood and leather give a greater sense of comfort and create references to natural elements. Because tile now provides such versatility and beauty, there is a growing quest to apply the qualities of ceramic to other spaces such as patios, porches and terraces, and even to other objects or furniture pieces, such as headboards, tables, benches, shelves, bookcases and inside closets.These new applications mean that homes are developing a more personal and original feel and are becoming more practical. Equally, screen-printing and digital printing techniques have opened the doors of the imagination when decorating tiles. The development of these production processes enables the final look to be highly personalized, creating spaces that are unique and custom-made. Bearing in mind the durability of ceramic, ease of maintenance and easy installation methods that enable spaces to be altered cleanly, simply and cheaply, it’s becoming clear that using ceramic tile is an efficient way to revamp your home creatively and affordably. For more tips on decorating with tile, visit www.spaintiles.info.
neglected for years, chances are it’s not a priority. Save those tough jobs until you get through the rooms you know have to get done. • Quick refresh: Have guests coming today? If you don’t have time for a deep clean, quickly freshen up each room by spraying fabric softener on drapes and curtains, and toss the pillows and couch covers in the dryer with a dryer sheet. • Use cleaning multitaskers: Maintaining that huge supply of specialized cleaners under the sink is a
waste of time and space — look for products that can tackle three or four jobs instead of just one. For example, CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner cleans caked-on grime from ceramic tile, shower doors, toilet bowls, kitchen counter tops and more with just a spray and swipe. • Create a finish line: Cleaning can go on forever if you let it. By establishing some cleaning goals before you start, you can manage your time and know when to say “enough’s enough.” Once you’re done, get back to enjoying the season and your family.
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needs and budgets. Their service technicians can come to your house, evaluate the problems and provide quality solutions for each situation. If you live a green lifestyle, you’d be surprised to know most products used by Corky’s are botanicals, natural products that control pests that are environmentally friendly. You can request all botanicals if that is your preference. For properties that are fully landscaped and the customer does most of their own landscape work, Corky’s
can provide periodic professional help to keep insects and pests under control and out of your life. Even with regular maintenance, when summer comes and brings out the pests in force, Corky’s can adjust their service schedule to meet those increased needs. Many of our most common pests are attracted to aphids and whiteflys who spend their time on roses, hibiscus, citrus, and other fruit trees. The honeydew these insects secrete is what
attracts the ants, spiders, and other crawling insects, so ongoing treatments to discourage and eliminate these tempting treats for our unwanted pests are what create an insect- and pest-free yard so you can enjoy the best of the Southern California weather. For more than 44 years, Corky has satisfied thousands of residential, commercial, and mobile home customers. Comments like the following are ongoing: “I want to thank you for the excellent
service your company has provided over the past twenty years … and Steve has been a wonderful employee servicing our home.” This is why Corky’s sprays more residential homes and landscapes in San Diego. Corky’s has continued to provide interior and exterior pest control, termite control, fumigation and repair, home repair service and much, much more. For more information, contact Corky’s Pest Control at (800) 901-1102 or visit www.corkyspestcontrol.com.
bat this, OTC decongestant nasal sprays shouldn’t be used more than three days in a row. Also, an allergist can prescribe a nasal spray containing a steroid, which may be more effective and is not addictive. Myth: Allergy shots require too much time and are more expensive than taking medicine to relieve symptoms. Fact: Depending on how bothersome the allergies are, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may actually save money and improve quality of life. In fact, a recent study showed that immunotherapy
reduced total health care costs in children with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) by one-third, and prescription costs by 16 percent. The shots are similar to a vaccine, exposing the recipient to a tiny bit of allergen at a time, to build up a tolerance to it. As tolerance increases, allergy symptoms will be significantly lessened and may even go away. That can save sick days and money spent at the drug store. Myth: A blood test is the best way to diagnose allergies. Fact: Actually, skin tests are more sensitive than blood
tests. In skin allergy testing, the skin on the inside of the arms or the back is pricked with a tiny bit of an allergen. If the person is allergic, the site will become red and swollen within 20 minutes and usually clear in an hour or two. Skin testing is very safe when performed by an allergist, even in infants and young children. But no single test alone provides the entire picture. Sufferers should see an allergist, who is trained in diagnosing and treating allergies. To learn more about allergies and asthma, take a relief test or find an allergist, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.
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drowsiness. Allergists can prescribe more effective antiinflammatory medications as well as find the source of suffering, rather than just treat the symptoms. Myth: OTC decongestant nasal sprays are addictive. Fact: OTC decongestant nasal sprays are not technically addictive. However, people who overuse them may think they are because they need more and more to get relief from the congestion. To com-
Del Sur celebrates grand opening SAN DIEGO — To celebrate the opening of two parks and three new residential neighborhoods, Del Sur is welcoming everyone to a free, fun-filled Day in the Parks event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the master-planned community off Camino Del Sur just north of state Route 56. “The Del Sur lifestyle boasts an abundance of outdoor activities, so our Day in the Parks celebration will reflect that,” said Bill Ostrem, president and CEO of Black Mountain Ranch, developers of Del Sur (www.delsurliving.com). “There will be food and fun for home shoppers at three different parks and in every new home neighborhood at Del Sur.” Three new residential neighborhoods opening to the public for the first time March 19 at Del Sur are Carleton and Presidio by Standard Pacific Homes and Valencia by California West Communities. All three neighborhoods offer larger homes on large lots, and each showcases the new “Del Sur Room” designed to extend and expand indoor/outdoor living space. Prices are expected to start from the low
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$600,000s. In addition to model home tours, prospective homebuyers will find family fun activities and refreshments at three Del Sur parks during the March 19 event. Kristen Glen Park activities will include kite decorating, kite flying and remotecontrol sailboats. Old Stonefield Park will have doggy yoga classes as
well as an obstacle course for canines. Dogs are welcome at Old Stonefield Park. Spreckels Park activities will include hamster ball races, a climbing wall and traditional park games such as bocce ball, croquet and ping pong. In addition to new Del Sur neighborhoods Carleton, Presidio and Valencia, new phases of homes are being
mounted, hard-wired and plugged-in options. Imagine the luxury of wrapping yourself in a thick, toasty towel the moment you step out of the shower. This can easily become reality. Another warming luxury, the overhead heat light, has come a long way over the years. Now you have the option of getting that infrared warmth from a standard-sized bulb instead of the oversized versions of the past. They provide instantaneous heating. Talk with your electrician to see what options would best work in your bathroom. With so many options to warm up your bathroom’s decor to fit a wide range of budgets, there is no reason to deny yourself the luxury of a cozy, spa-like escape at home.
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to create a warm yet open space. And of course, a quality shower can easily warm up your body as well as your mood. But don’t settle for just any showerhead. Update your shower with a new multi-setting showerhead, such as the Moen Nurture eco-performance model. This EPA WaterSense-labeled product offers superior fullbody coverage and three different spray settings for an exhilarating experience — all while protecting natural resources. Heated towel racks — once luxury items — now are available at affordable prices for any bathroom, offering floor-mounted, wall-
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or tiny figures to set the scene. 3. Succulent gardens: No longer gift shop novelties. Succulent gardens are rapidly becoming the cool, lowmaintenance way to bring plants inside. Nurseries and retailers nationwide are offering unique combinations of these interesting plants in assorted dishes and planters.
Or, try creating your own succulent dish garden in a welldrained bowl, dish or pot by choosing a variety of species that have the same growing requirements. Fill the planter with a specialized potting mix like Miracle-Gro Cactus Palm & Citrus Soil, formulated for slow-growing plants that require fast-draining soil.
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Some varieties of orchids do well mounted and make a beautiful, unique addition to any home. 6. Forcing bulbs: Boost the blooms A layer of snow may be covering the flower beds outside, but you don’t need to just wait for the colors of spring. Simply begin forcing bulbs indoors to fill your home with beautiful spring blooms all winter long. Daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinth are the most popular bulbs to force indoors and will add a nice splash of bright cheery color to your late winter doldrums. To get started, choose a broad, shallow pot that is clean and contains drainage holes in the bottom. Next, fill loosely with a potting medium like MiracleGro Organic Choice Potting Mix and add bulbs — ensuring the “noses” stick slightly out of the soil directly under the rim of the pot. Then, water and force bulbs into an “artificial winter” by placing in a cool place such as a basement, garage or crawl space with a temperature of around 35 to 50 degrees. Continue watering consistently until this period has ended (length depends on the variety of bulb). Finally, keep bulbs in temperatures near 60 degrees with sunlight. Soon you will be enjoying the blooms of spring right inside. Whatever your reason for incorporating plants indoors, make the experience enjoyable. Take advantage of both the air purification features of indoor plants as well as their exquisite beauty. Experiment with different ways to grow plants.
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to have a customer catch you by surprise on the phone. These items are available at office supplies store such as Office Depot. As you get your company up and running in your home office, don’t forget to add little personal touches to make it feel even more comfortable. After all, you might be spending a lot of time in your office, so there’s nothing wrong with having inspirational photos or a desk plant or two to provide you with the pleasant atmosphere you need to get your work done.
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out of state and I am having their home painted and recarpeted for them,” she said. “It’s a light facelift. I enjoy doing the creative work and I am happy to help my clients.” With a father who is a contractor and an uncle who is a painting contractor, Zanelli has learned plenty about how to get things done right and how to get them done cost-effectively.
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true functionality.” In this palette, texture is key and colors are soft and faded. Windswept and washed effects, as well as monochromatic layering, set off this modern collection. Inspired colors from Dutch Boy’s innovative Color Simplicity System include Boardwalk Blue, Composed Bloom, Spruce Hollow and Range Brown. Another palette working its way into the contemporary master suite is one that revolves around technology — which also reflects the modern amenities that are incorporated into these living spaces. In Dutch Boy’s “Abyss” trend for 2011, soft
neutrals and grays complement the true serenity of a master suite and the reflective alone time you appreciate when you’re away from today’s sometimes overwhelming abundance of technology and instant communication. Consider such hues as Dutch Boy’s Gargoyle Shadow, Fresh Linen, Pursuit of Happiness and Piccolo. Nothing ties a room together better than luxurious design elements like custom-made fabric headboards and coordinating bedding in silks, Egyptian cottons and other natural fibers. Think mix-and-match when it comes to furniture — eclecticism rules in 2011. The pervasive
“The market is starting to improve,” she said. “It’s a good time to put properties on the market if you want to sell.” The two biggest pieces of advice Zanelli offers those ready to put their home on the market are to have it show like a model home and to be priced properly. Some common mistakes people make when readying to list their home are not putting any money into getting it ready and not being realistic about property values.
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robin’s-egg blue of your grandmother’s tea set. “We want the imagination to run wild with our new custom color-matching system,” says Emily Small, brand manager for Decor Cabinets. “Maybe you love the hue of a Spanish tile you found in a salvage yard — we can match that color to create a one-of-akind look for your home.” To promote its new colormatching system, Decor Cabinets is hosting a sweepstakes on its Facebook page. Three lucky winners will receive $500 for submitting an image featuring the colors that inspire them. Visit facebook.com/decoracabinets for more details and to enter.
throughout in various textures, such as accent pillows, rugs and upholstery. You can go bold with vibrant, saturated hues as well, in anything from artwork to furniture to wall color. “Switching up a room’s color with a quick coat of paint can really change the look, feel and personality of it,” says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for SherwinWilliams. “If you want your room to ooze with energy, you might choose reds and oranges, while those looking for serenity might like cooler blues or creamy neutrals.” For color inspiration and paint tips, visit Sherwin- Find your inspiration For those looking for a litsaid, “After waiting a whole williams.com or your neighyear with another realtor borhood Sherwin-Williams tle inspiration, try these fun ideas to personalize your with no results, you came store. space: Frame your grandparalong and did it in three ents’ old love letters and hang weeks with your enthusiasm Customize your space Companies have taken them in a bathroom. Use a and fantastic advertisethe demand for personaliza- shadow box to display a collecment.” If you would like to tion to heart and are increas- tion of concert tickets. Look to enlist Zanelli’s help manag- ingly offering homeowners your heritage — if you’re ing your remodel or repairs, unique ways to tailor their Scottish, investigate your or if you would like to sell spaces. For example, Decor “clan tartan” and make a your home or list your home Cabinets recently introduced throw pillow out of the plaid for rent for Racing Season, or a color-matching system that pattern. If you like the ideas, for a consultation, contact allows you to customize an but don’t have the history — her at (858) 922-1341 or e- opaque finish of your cabi- fake it. Begin your own story mail her at realestate netry. Now your kitchen island and make your home truly one can perfectly match the of a kind. @DelMarla.com.
Whether it’s the focal point in a petite powder room or coupled in a master suite’s double vanity, bathroom sinks have a tall bill to fill — homeowners require good looks and durability, which today’s enameled castiron bathroom sinks can provide. Enameling technology makes it possible to have a cast-iron sink in an array of vibrant new colors beyond your grandparents’ classic white claw-foot tub. Kohler’s Tides bathroom sink comes in over 20 colors, and its selfrimming design makes it
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Elijo Hills towncenter features an exceptionally appointed 19-acre park and community center, an elementary and middle school, and urban-style townhomes.” Visitors are also invited to explore the beautiful new homes available at San Elijo Hills. Lennar is offering San Elijo Hills’ first all-solar community at Terraza. Beautifully designed models showcase three two-story floor plans ranging from 2,182 to 2,721 square feet. Terraza features an extensive package of energy-saving amenities, including a SunPower® solar system. Homes are priced from the mid $500,000s. Terraza’s exterior architecture reflects Spanish Colonial, French Country, Craftsman and Prairie styles and blends with San Elijo Hills’ distinctive 1920s coastal California character. Terraza’s standard PowerSmartSM package includes a tankless water heater, enhanced insulation, double-paned windows with new generation low-E glass, water-conserving toilets, faucets and showerheads, energy-efficient lighting,
The first cast-iron baths were free-standing models — a design so ubiquitous that many Americans still associate it with cast iron. When Kohler introduced the built-in bathtub in the early 1900s, the style quickly became the design of choice for American homeowners and remains the most popular style today. Now, you can find cast iron bathtubs that offer the convenience and functionali-
ty of the built-in style, along with the elegance and durability of enameled cast iron. For those who crave design variety, drop in/undermount and freestanding styles are also available in cast iron.You can even find styles that offer massaging water jets and bubbles. You may fondly recall your grandparents’ cast iron, but modern design and a vibrant array of colors have today’s homeowners falling in love with cast iron’s durability and convenience all over again and enjoying it for years to come — just as other homeowners have before them.
insulated air ducts and other construction innovations. Several homes are available at MarketWalk, a mixeduse townhome neighborhood in the San Elijo Hills Towncenter featuring 12 condos upstairs and 11,000 square feet of retail space on street level. Floorplans range from approximately 1,647 to 2,746 square feet with three to four bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 baths. The remaining homes are priced from the low $400,000s. MarketWalk, developed by HomeFed Corporation, was recently honored as the “Best Designed Mixed-Use Project” in the county by the Building Industry Association of San Diego. Information on Altaire, a new single-family home community by D.R. Horton, is available at the San Elijo Hills Visitor Center. Scheduled to open in April, Altaire is planned to feature homes ranging from 2,627 to 3,469 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to four baths. The homes have been designed with Spanish Colonial, Craftsman and Old World architecture and threecar garages. Prices are anticipated to start in the low $600,000s.
San Elijo Hills is an award-winning masterplanned community known for its panoramic ocean views, 18 miles of hiking trails, a 250acre regional park, 1,100 acres of open space and active lifestyle. The community has been honored with the Gold Award in the “MasterPlanned Community of the Year” category at The Nationals, an annual competition that recognizes the nation’s best new communities and marketing efforts. It also received a Gold Nugget Grand Award in the “Community/Town Plan” category at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference. When complete, the 1,920-acre community of San Elijo Hills is planned for 3,400 attached and detached homes in 31 neighborhoods. San Elijo Hills encompasses the highest point in coastal North County and offers panoramic ocean views from many vantage points. The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 1215 San Elijo Road, San Marcos. For more information on San Elijo Hills, visit www.sanelijohills.com or call toll-free (888) SAN-ELIJO (726-3545).
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If you’ve ever tried to watch a big game or movie on a 2-D LCD or LED TV with a large group of people, you’ve probably experienced the issue of limited viewing angle options. Because of the technology used to put the image on the screen, LCD and LED TVs don’t always offer a good image from every viewing angle. The issue is even more relevant for 3-D TVs, according to Best-3DTVs.com. That’s because 3-D TVs share the same viewing angle issues as some 2-D flat
COAST NEWS GROUP — SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE screens, but with the added challenge that 3-D glasses can also block light from the screen, lowering brightness and contrast. If you’re also viewing the screen from an angle, all these factors can lead to a “very underwhelming 3-D viewing experience,” the website points out. “Most industry experts argue that 3-D technology actually increases the viewing angle problem,” says Jim Wohlford, vice president of Sanus, makers of TV mounts and accessories. “Early 3-D reviews indicate a ghosting effect around objects on the screen when viewed from an angle.” Fortunately, wall-mounting on a full-motion mount, which can resolve viewing angle issues for 2-D flat screens, is a good option for 3-D TVs as well. Products like the VisionMount VLF311 Super Slim Full-Motion Mount allow you to maintain the sleek, low profile look of a flat-screen while still having the ability to move the set to whatever position or angle is best for your viewing needs. “By placing a TV on a full-motion mount, you can be sure you can always achieve the optimal viewing angle from any seat in the room,” Wohlford says. “Fullmotion mounts are available to accommodate all sizes of TVs, are easy to install and simple to use. They apply a low-tech, time-honored solution to one of the most common problems of our favorite high-tech toys.”
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Mediterranean Herbs. She takes you on a hike across a hillside in Syros, Greece, which helps “herbies” and gardeners see how these native herbs grow in hot arid climates, tenaciously hanging on rocky cliffs. She will discuss how to keep the grey and green Mediterranean herbs happy in our own gardens. On Sunday, Belsinger presents a cooking demonstration featuring these hardy, flavorful herbs along with seasonal ingredients of this sun-drenched cuisine. To find out more about Belsinger, visit www.susan belsinger.com. There will also be ongoing speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Market-place, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors. If horse racing is the sport of kings, is horseradish the herb of emperors? Kids can learn about the Herb of the Year for 2011, the noble horseradish. Make potpourri “saddle bags” with herbs from the garden. Construct a “horse,” naturally, and help make a community sculpture using recycled materials Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free with admission or membership. For a $2 off coupon and for more information, visit www.SDBGarden.org.
Any Service of $500 or more
Bishop’s Tree Service (760) 720-9649 Not valid with other offers. Offer Expires 7-7-11. One Coupon Per Visit Per Customer
Any Service of $1000 or more
Bishop’s Tree Service (760) 720-9649 Not valid with other offers. Offer Expires 7-7-11. One Coupon Per Visit Per Customer
COAST NEWS GROUP — SPRING HOME & GARDEN GUIDE
MAR. 11, 2011