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SEPT. 21, 2012


City offers grants for children’s activities By Christina Macone-Greene

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Finding that there’s a purpose in everything JOE MORIS Baby Boomer Peace In a column I wrote on March 23rd of this year, I mentioned that my golf buddy Jim Sullivan’s wife Lisa was diagnosed with stage four cancer. She succumbed last week and is now in heaven. She’s OK, it’s always those left behind and the changes that occur in their lives with a friend or loved one’s passing. Jim said to me the other day that it’s God’s will that he is here and she is there. He said there is a purpose in everything. He said he is going to go enjoy the rest of his life and live it to its fullest. I thought that was really insightful and educational. At one point, Jim and Lisa were strumming along in life and the next day came change. Jim is 68. Lisa was 70. To me, those are young ages now since I'm approaching 63 around the November elections. We baby boomers are still young and lively.Our brains are still those vibrant and energetic minds of our teens but the body isn’t cooperating. We’re still young enough to go enjoy life to the fullest, just the way Jim is looking at it, but we have to just make the decision to do it. My ex, who could make a ton in her career as a nurse, is

chucking it all and heading for Costa Rica, a place loaded with Americans living the simple life. You know you can figure out a way to live in your paradise for six months out of the year. It can be done. Canadians descend upon all points south in the winter and stay for up to six months. If the Canadians can do it, so can you. My friends Don and Glenda worked up the cash to buy into a pretty nice boat down in La Paz along with a condo on the golf course. They pay for it all by renting out their furnished home in Carlsbad to those crazy Canadians. So they live down there on the golf course and their boat for however long they want.They love it. Until something changes in the way we pay for our insurance and medical care, a devastating or catastrophic illness will wipe you out financially unless you’re Donald Trump or a former congressperson or senator or president. They get the Cadillac service and money is no object. In Jim and Lisa’s case, she chose not to pursue chemo and radiation therapy coupled with a lot of expensive care. That was quite a sacrifice by Lisa for Jim and their diminished savings from the recession. If you get sick, the government picks up the full tab after you’re broke. So what the heck? Go semi-retire, get a place like I TURN TO BABY BOOMER ON A31

CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad provides an array of classes and programs for youth. Understanding that not all families can afford these recreational amenities, the city created an Opportunity Grants Program so all children have the chance to participate. The city offers a variety of year-round courses ranging from classes and camps that help enhance a child’s wellness through life skills, talent, imagination and fitness. “The Opportunity Grants Program has a powerful impact not only on the children it serves, but on the Carlsbad community at large,” said Bonnie Elliott, management analyst for the city of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department. “It equips children with a wide variety of social and cognitive skills, engaging them in healthy activities and encouraging the development of positive self-esteem and social responsibility.” Children can take part in activities such as swimming, art, dance and even preschool. Elliot pointed out that although the city works hard to keep its programs affordable, some families do not have the resources to take advantage of these opportunities. The grants, which can go as high as $150 per child, are available to low-income Carlsbad families. The Opportunity Grants Program , launched in 1998, has served more than 1,000 youth recipients. Julie Macias McDaniel’s three children have taken part in the grant program. Because her kids enjoy the water, they made a beeline at the pool for swim lessons.

Opportunity grants allow children to learn how to swim from instructors at the Monroe Street Pool in Carlsbad. Photo courtesy of Kristina Chartier

Now, both of her older children are junior lifeguards. “The swim lessons made them strong and capable of easily swimming in the ocean,” she said. “With the beach as our backyard, I felt swim lessons have really helped.” For McDaniel, being involved in the community is important and knows one day her children will be able to give back. For Desiree Hamilton of Carlsbad, her children have been enriched by the Opportunity Grants Program in a variety of ways. “For our oldest daughter, the opportunity grant allowed her to participate in something fun, something she was interested in, and something that was completely her own,” she said, adding that she made new friends. Hamilton’s youngest daughter, who has some developmental delays, enjoys the programs and her mother calls it a time where her child can be a “kid” without any performance expectations. “In these programs, she was able to watch and observe her peers, try new things,

Get tickets for Taste & Art Stroll DEL MAR — Tickets are available now for the upcoming Del Mar Taste & Art Stroll, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at Camino Del Mar/Pacific Coast Highway 101, starting at 15th Street. The day is sponsored by the Del Mar Village Association and city of Del Mar. For tickets and details visit A restaurant taste preevent will cost $30 at the

event. The celebration will include juried original artwork from more than 60 local and regional artists complemented by Taste of Del Mar from 1 to 4 p.m. with culinary creations from 28 Del Mar restaurants. Guests will sip drink specials at select restaurants, stroll with their dogs, listen to live music. Youngsters can join in interactive art activities.

become familiar with different environments and activities, learn important life skills like swimming, and just do or be whatever she wanted,” Hamilton said. She continued, “If she sat watching the entire karate class, it did not matter, because she was having fun and a chance to be a typical kid.” In the last fiscal year, more than $10,000 in grants was awarded. “The grants are made possible because of the donations of generous residents, business owners and community members passionate about the future of children in our community and the future of the Carlsbad community itself,” she said. Over the years, Elliott said, a handful of restaurants have partnered with the city to donate a portion of their revenue on a designated evening to benefit the Opportunity Grants Program. The city’s current partner restaurant is Paradise Pizza. On the first Monday of each month, Elliott added, the

restaurant designates this day to gift a percentage of its profits. “Our family has been given a tremendous gift by being able to be a part of this program and have been afforded the many wonderful experiences that we have had — we only hope that one day we can return the favor and bless others in the same way,” Hamilton said. To learn more about the city of Carlsbad Grants Program including the application process, visit or call (760) 434-2826.

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The Coast News, Sept. 21, 2012  
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The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.