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Founder of the BISSELL Pet Foundation, Cathy Bissell, and her dogs Roxy, Taz, D.J., and K.C. Photo by Steph Harding

Center receives foundation grant By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Helen Woodward Animal Center was recently awarded $3,000 from the BISSELL Pet Foundation. The foundation, which was established in 2011, is championed by Cathy Bissell. Its mission is to offer assistance to both rescue and shelter programs fanning the nation to help homeless pets. Development manager at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Laurel Dalsted, wants people to know that the BISSELL Pet Foundation is a new funder for them. “We’re very excited to have them on board supporting our adoption program,” Dalsted said. “And the grant that we received from them is going to help provide medical care for the

adoptable pets that we have here at the center to get them prepared to become available for adoption.” And every cent counts. “We’re just really grateful that the BISSELL Pet Foundation has chosen to reach out and provide these opportunities to animal organizations across the country to get help for these pets,” she said. Joanna Randazzo, BISSELL Pet Foundation Coordinator, said their foundation awarded $3,000 to the Helen Woodward Animal Center for the medical care of orphaned pets to prepare them for placement in a forever home. Treatments may include an array of veterinary services, vaccines, lab work costs, pharmaceuticals and

more. The BISSELL Pet Foundation reviewed numerous funding queries. “Our grant review committee poured through over 100 applications and selected those that they felt would make the most impact for pets in need,” Randazzo said. “The committee was impressed by the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s passion and commitment to homeless animals and items outlined in the grant fit very closely to our mission.” According to Randazzo, they awarded a total of $116,350 to 30 various organizations dedicated to adoption, foster care, spay/neuter programs, emergency relief and miTURN TO GRANT ON A18

Longtime trainer may return to position contracts with athletic trainers that REGION — As the athletic required them to refer student athtraining service provider to San Dieguito Union High School District high schools continues negotiations to bring back the longtime trainer at Torrey Pines, the school district is also considering revamping its trainer service contract model, which school district officials said is obsolete. “We’re headed to a much wider discussion, working with school sites to look at what services we need to be providing through the contract,” said Eric Dill, the associate superintendent of business services. “It’s time to modernize it.” Eric Dill The decision comes after the Associate Superintendent, SDUHSD district’s recently-approved contract with Kearny Mesa-based Rehab United had come under fire from by parents who, following the company’s decision to part ways letes to their facilities or face terwith trainer Christina Scherr, ques- mination. tioned provisions in the company’s Parents and critics said the dis-

By Aaron Burgin

We need to sit down with the schools, the athletic directors, coaches and trainers and ask, ‘What should we be providing?”

covered clause created a conflict of interest with trainers if they believed a different facility or a hospital could provide better services to the student. District officials have discussed with Rehab United removing the contract language, as well as another provision that outlines a compensation program in which trainers are paid a 15 percent commission for signing athletic teams up for the company’s other services, such as a strength and conditioning program or injury prevention courses. Scherr, Dill said, appears to be returning to Torrey Pines. “Nothing is yet official, but I have heard nothing but positive things,” Dill said. Beyond those issues, Dill said, the discussion with parents and the trainer unveiled a need to look at the training contract model, which TURN TO TRAINER ON A18

Jennifer Gramins with her husband, Dr. Robert Gramins at the ROMP gala last year. Courtesy photo

Rancho Santa Fe resident champions annual ROMP Gala By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Marking its fifth year, the ROMP Gala for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego, will put their philanthropic hearts and generosities towards a very special cause. Its theme this year is Le Cirque du ROMP. Jennifer Gramins, a RSF resident, is serving as its event chair for the Sept. 20 fundraising affair. As the event continues to evolve and grow, Gramins is honored to help propel it forward with her dedicated event committee members. Gramins describes her community as wonderful, as she is always pleasantly surprised by the generosity of her fellow RSF residents. “This will be our milestone fifth year and we are making the Le Cirque du ROMP an unforgettable one. We have a great creative designer bringing some Parisian Bohemian flair to our circus,” Gramins said. Gramins wants people to know that they cannot talk about this year’s ROMP without mentioning the iconic Steven Tyler, who is their headline entertainment. “We are all thrilled that he can join us for the evening, performing some of his incredible hits,” she said.

Guests will also enjoy gourmet savories, and spectacular silent and live auction items. The venue is also another special treat. A private club in La Jolla was the designated location with an outstanding ocean view. The setting, Gramins said, was a perfect fit in terms with cocktail hour and dinner program flexibility. Money raised on this special evening will filter back to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. In the last four years, Gramins said has taken part in the committee. “When my friend Fernanda Whitworth asked me to co-chair the ROMP with her last year, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to continue my work with the Ronald McDonald House,” she said, adding how the transition to event chair was a natural fit. Gramins said the Ronald McDonald House is a 47-bedroom facility, housing families that have children being treated at a local hospital. “As someone who has been fortunate enough to be blessed with a healthy child, I can only imagine the stress and fear these families experience,” she said. “Money raised through the ROMP, directTURN TO ROMP ON A18


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RSF Association hears updates and meets Encinitas sheriff captain By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the start of the September RSF Board of Director’s meeting, acting manager, Ivan Holler reminded all to speak a little louder since they were audio recording it. The decision to audio record meetings and upload the audio files onto the Association’s website claimed a unanimous vote last month. Prior to presenting her report, RSF board president, Ann Boon said staff had been extremely busy in the last few weeks on a lot of big projects they have underway. She then turned the next portion of the meeting over to Holler.

He began with an update on properties which were sold in the area combined with new registered voters. “You may recall back through the end of June, we had 32 newly registered voters and 61 properties that were sold,” Holler said. The new numbers tallied for the end of August are 80 properties sold since the first of the year and 42 registered voters. Holler wanted to reiterate and confirm to the board that the Association is indeed sending out reminder letters to new residents after they have received their welcome letter for a span of time. If the Association doesn’t

hear back from new residents, the effort of the follow-up letter is to trigger voter registration. Board member, Philip Wilkinson, wondered why they couldn’t receive 80 voter registrations from the 80 new residents. He asked Holler if any of the residents were “out of state.” “A lot of them are from out of state,” Holler confirmed. “We are reaching out to them on two distinct occasions and actually personalize the letters that we send to them.” The Association is working hard to make voter registration strides. For the second part of his update, Holler turned the floor

over to Sheriff Cpt. Theresa Adams-Hydar of the Encinitas Command. Adams-Hydar explained to everyone that the Encinitas command covers Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and unincorporated areas such as Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch. “And now, we have 4S Ranch,” she said. “It’s a big chunk of property and a lot of people.” Adams-Hydar said that their command post also includes the rail unit stretching from Orange County to Union Station, and then out to Escondido. After introducing her lieutenants, she told the board that they started working together as

a team back in April. Adams-Hydar went on to say that they kicked-off with a bang beginning with the San Diego County Fair, Del Mar Races, and the summer season. With that said, she was there to fill the void of not getting to know the Association sooner. “We wanted to introduce ourselves, give out cards, and shake hands,” she said, noting how they were there to answer questions and address concerns. She also wanted the Association to know their command post works in partnership with the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol. “We are at your beckon call,” Adams-Hydar said.

Community Center reports to Association By Christina Macone-Greene

A plan nearly 15 years in the making to place sand on Solana Beach and Encinitas beaches recently received a recommendation for approval from the assistant secretary of the Army. The two cities have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers to reduce damage to more than eight miles of the shoreline. A final decision is expected next year. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

Region’s 50-year sand project is still on track By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — Contrary to what’s been rumored, a project that could place more than 1.5 million cubic yards of sand on Solana Beach and Encinitas beaches over 50 years “has not died,” Solana Beach City Councilwoman Lesa Heebner said. In fact, it recently received a recommendation for approval from the assistant secretary of the Army. “That’s a big milestone for us,” Heebner said at the Sept. 10 meeting. The two cities have been working with the Army Corps of Engineers for nearly 15 years to reduce damage to more than eight miles of beach beginning at the mouth of Batiquitos Lagoon in Encinitas and stretching south to include the entire 1.7-mile Solana Beach coastline except an area north of Tide Park. The plan was to use sand from offshore borrow sites to renourish the beaches on a regular cycle for 50 years starting in 2015. The tentatively recommended plan is to replace 100 feet of beach every five years in Encinitas and 200 feet of sand every 13 years in Solana Beach, which has an initial placement volume of 700,000 cubic yards.

After receiving what Solana Beach City Manager David Ott defined as “unheard of” unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission the second time the project was presented to that state agency, final plans were submitted in March of this year to the planning division of the Army Corps of

There were many times when we thought that this just wasn’t going to happen.” Tom Campbell Mayor, Solana Beach

Engineers Headquarters. But a process that should have taken 30 to 60 days was delayed, in part because of some issues with the Encinitas portion of the project, Ott said. Although those problems were resolved the holdup resulted in the project not being included in the Water Resources Development Act in time to obtain federal funding. Heebner called that

missed deadline somewhat of a “red herring” since it was more of a timing issue with the federal government’s fiscal year. She said it was a “bureaucratic deadline” that “had nothing to do with losing an opportunity.” The plan was then deemed a “legacy project,” and on Aug. 25 a special meeting was held to determine whether the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to continue to fund projects that had gone beyond a deadline. The project cleared that hurdle and is now headed for a review by the civil works board, hopefully in February, Ott said. If it receives support at that level, the next step will be the chief’s report approval, perhaps sometime in summer 2015. “Then, obviously, that would mean the plan is approved,” Ott said. Following that would be the construction document phase, for which state and federal money is already allocated. That will take about 18 months. Although the majority of the cost, which could be up to $50 million, will be paid with state and federal money, the Interstate 5 widening project will help with funding. As part of that project,

about 1 million cubic yards of beach-ready sand will be dredged from the San Elijo Lagoon. That will be a big savings because there will be less of a need to bring in a large vessel to dredge sand from offshore, Ott said. Although it will still be several years before any sand is placed on local beaches, Solana Beach and Encinitas should have confirmation on whether the project will actually come to fruition by next year. “This project started almost 15 years ago,” said Mayor Tom Campbell who, along with former Councilman Joe Kellejian, served on the original committee formed during the project’s inception. He said the two attended “many countless meetings, frustrating meetings with the Army Corps, the consultants and environmental groups.” “There were many times when we thought that this just wasn’t going to happen,” Campbell said. “But patience, it paid off. Hopefully we can get funding allocated and it will be a great project.” Env ironmenta lists have criticized the replenishment, saying it could harm marine life and permanently damage surf breaks in the area.

RANCHO SANTA FE — At the Board of Director’s meeting, both members and directors had the opportunity to hear updates from the RSF Community Center. Giving the update was Board President of the RSF Community Center, Molly Wohlford, serving her third year term. Wohlford began the update with highlighting summer program excellence. “They were probably one of our highest we’ve ever had and sold out throughout the whole summer. It was pretty awesome,” she said. “And our current fall programs are skyrocketing right now with our kids programs.” Wohlford also touched upon the summer supper programs, telling the board and members at the meeting how well they went. She described them as an intimate evening. Summer supper programs are an adult event where neighbors are able to meet one another and make new friends. She wanted everyone to know that if they hadn’t had an opportunity to take part in one that she suggested they do next summer. Residents of RSF opened their homes for these soirees. Wohlford said she became president three years ago because she felt it was important to make a difference in the community. And in doing so, she told the board, it has made a difference in her life while her kids absolutely love the area. Wohlford shared that the Adult Dodgeball Tournament is slated for Sept. 19. “That is my very favorite thing to do to get all your aggressions out on in the evening,” she joked. Right around the corner, is the RSF Community Center’s Annual Golf Classic Oct. 27. It will be held at the RSF Golf Club. “I encourage you guys to join,” she said, adding how community members would soon be getting literature regarding this fun day.

“And this is our second biggest fundraiser of the year,” Wohlford said. She continued, “It helps our community center run all its programs and keeps the staff that we have and at the level that we have.” Wohlford went on to say that their organization does not receive money from the Association or state funding. They work hard to maintain and sustain. From their annual gala in May, she told the board; they were able to raise a nice amount of money and gave back to

So we’re really proud of what we’re doing at the Center.” Molly Wohlford Board President, RSF Community Center

the community. She and their staff director, Linda Durket, made a special visit the day before. “Yesterday, Linda and I were able to give a sizeable check back to the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Department which was really special for our community center,” she said. “So we’re really proud of what we’re doing at the Center, and I hope you guys really think about joining as a family.” Wohlford reminded everyone that the Community Center just isn’t for kids, but it’s for the whole family, with adult activities. Following Wohlford, RSF Association board president, Ann Boon said a few words about the Community Center. Recently, she had a tour with Durket. “I was absolutely amazed at what you do,” she said, adding how they are a great asset to the community. Boon called the Community Center’s donation to the RSF Fire Department, “above and beyond the call of duty.”


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Be someone’s hero using new app By Michael Murphy

Letters to the Editor Cyclists and bike lanes I live in Rancho Santa Fe. When driving our local roads I too often encounter bicycle riders who seem to have a death wish. Instead of riding where there is a big wide bike trail like on the Del Dios Highway (S6), a few insist on riding on Camino Del Norte or El Montevideo roads, for example. Those and most other RSF 2-lane roads are dangerous! There is no bike lane on many stretches. There are many right turns in which a driver cannot see whether a bicycle is in the traffic lane ahead. But a driver MUST not swing out wide over the double yellow stripes because a car going 40 MPH might be in the on-coming lane. Nobody wants to risk a head-on collision. But drivers are NOT going to slow to bicycle speed before rounding every blind corner. We can only hope a bicyclist is not in the traffic lane ahead. A few years ago my neighbor in Solana Beach, Dave Curnow while riding his bicycle was hit by a car. Dave remains paralyzed from the chest down. He was right, the driver was wrong, but Dave is still paralyzed. A bicyclist always loses in any collision with a car. Riding where there are no bike lanes and blind corners seems foolhardy in the extreme. If I were a bicyclist, I wouldn’t risk injury just because a road is more scenic. Larry Whitaker, Rancho Santa Fe Just the facts, please! As a Candidate for Escondido Mayor, current Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz must look at the larger picture from a macro view perspective to consider what is most in Escondido’s overall public interest as a city? That is why she supports Escondido’s Proposition H (The Lakes proposal for subdivision, public parks, public community facilities, developer con-

tribution for extra million, besides developer impact fees). That’s why I support Olga Diaz’ position, instead of considering only the micro-view of what’s best for County Club residents, and ECCHO’s own self interest. Olga’s support for Prop. H reflects careful analysis and judgment. I trust Deputy Mayor Diaz’ position, because it will have a better fiscal outcome (lesser cost) to the city of Escondido’s taxpayers, than the alternative(s). Olga deserves credit, not criticism, for display of superior fiscal responsibility than incumbent Mayor Abed. Patricia Borchmann, Escondido Where are the girls? This past August in Los Angeles, Google held the finals for its annual Code Jam computer coding contest. Of the 26 finalists, there were no females. Last year the San Dieguito Union High School District began offering a coding elective in its middle schools. Ninety-five percent of the students who enrolled were boys. This year the percentage improved somewhat to 88 percent boys. Where are the girls? Computer Science/ Information Technology continues to be one of the fastest growing and highest paid fields. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities anticipate that they will produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29 percent of these jobs. In light of this information and when I consider what the future might hold for my 10-year-old daughter, the following statistics from the Girls Who Code website (girlswhocode. com) are equally alarming: • Despite the fact

that 55 percent of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17 percent of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls; • In middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science; • While 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women. This is not OK. Is there something more we can do at our schools to encourage more female participation? I believe there is and that’s why I’m running for the Board of the San Dieguito Union High School District. There used to be a similar issue with girls and science, but for the last five years the San Dieguito School District has had a 50/50 gender balance in the AP level math and science courses. Part of the solution is to recognize the problem. Once we shed light on it the School Board can encourage actions that increase enrollment. If I am elected to the Board, this is exactly what I intend to do. Learn more about me from my website Rimga Viskanta Candidate for San Dieguito Union High School District Board

Want to save someone’s life? Well, now there’s an app for that. Thanks to a partnership between the county and city of San Diego, as well as emergency responders — including American Medical Response — a new app is now available to San Diego County residents that will undoubtedly save lives, perhaps someone you know. The app, known as PulsePoint, is designed to help keep alive those who suffer a cardiac emergency. Here’s how it works: Have you ever been to a restaurant or somewhere else and you hear a siren off in the distance, and then it gets louder and louder, closer and closer, and then you see an ambulance pull up outside? Oftentimes, paramedics are responding to someone who’s gone into cardiac arrest. But many times, there are people nearby — across the street or next door — who are trained in CPR, but are unaware of the emergency and unable to help. Using the PulsePoint app, which features the latest GPS technology, 9-11 dipatchers will now be able to send a text message to citizens who are trained in CPR of a nearby cardiac emergency at the same time they dispatch an ambulance. Anyone who signs up for the app and receives the notification will be able to respond quickly and begin administering

Michael Murphy is General Manager of American Medical Response in San Diego County.

Signs indicate state’s recovery will last California Focus By Thomas D. Elias There are still skeptics who maintain the California economy remains in recession, that talk of economic recovery amounts to whistling past the proverbial graveyard when unemployment remains above 7 per cent. Gov. Jerry Brown labeled these folks “declinists” two years ago, when unemployment was much higher and the signs of recovery were not nearly as strong as they are today. But those signs are now seemingly almost everywhere, even though a few major corporations are in the process of moving headquarters elsewhere. For one thing, in midsummer, California – like the rest of America – finally had gained back all jobs lost in the recession of 2007-11. The new jobs may be


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the life-saving technique, keeping the victim’s heart beating until paramedics arrive. Without question, those first few minutes after someone goes into cardiac arrest are critical: a person’s chance of survival skyrockets when CPR is administered right then and there. In fact, CPR almost triples one’s chances of survival. Unfortunately, only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR. So sadly, only 8 percent of cardiac arrest victims will survive. This app will undoubtedly improve these numbers. Our message is clear: get trained in CPR, sign up for the PulsePoint app, and be a hero. AMR offers free CPR training yearround. It’s easy to learn and takes only about 15 minutes. For more information about our training, go to Once you’re trained, you can sign up for the PulsePoint app by going to This is just one way we as a community are working together to save lives in San Diego County. Please get trained in CPR and sign up for the PulsePoint app today.


in different places and of somewhat different types than those that were lost, but the fact is there actually has been a little bit of job growth since 2008, something that befuddles the declinists. The figures come from a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Then there’s the fact that California lawmakers are starting to realize this state has serious competition for some of its key industries, with other states and even some foreign countries willing to grant large subsidies to companies that move headquarters or parts of their businesses. One example is the upcoming move of Toyota’s national headquarters, complete with its sparkling museum of classic cars the company has produced since the 1930s, to a Dallas suburb. Not only will Toyota get large tax reductions for at least its first eight years in Texas, but it will

pay far less for the land it needs than it figures to get when it sells the land it will vacate in the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance. That’s standard procedure in many states. Louisiana, for example, has attracted large amounts of film and TV production not only because of its green scenery, but also because production companies save as much as 30 percent of their costs by going there. That’s through a combination of subsidized hotel rates and equipment rentals, tax relief and lower-priced labor. The same happens in places like North Carolina, Idaho and New York. The first step in California lawmakers wising up came when the Legislature during the summer expanded and extended tax exemptions for movie and TV production here. Then they passed a TURN TO ELIAS ON A18

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Janice Giffin, standing, talks to the guests as Ruth Giffin Godley looks on. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Godley’s book debut a success By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Nestled inside the Rancho Santa Fe library, many people awaited the arrival of longtime resident, Ruth Giffin Godley. Her memoir, entitled, “Life, What Have You Got For Me Today?” has caused a buzz. It takes readers back to the yesteryear of Rancho Santa Fe while learning more about Giffin Godley. Turning 95 in October, her life has been a series of adventures including being the founder of the Rancho Santa Fe Living Magazine, featured in television commercials, public relations and community spokesperson for Rancho Bernardo, and an international travel writer. Her memoir, a collection of short stories, takes readers on a vicarious journey. The reception began with Giffin Godley’s publisher, David Wogahn, who lives locally. Following a phone message from her on wanting to write a book, Wogahn began, he scheduled a meeting at Giffin Godley’s home. “We talked about what

she had, and what she put together, which was the proverbial shoebox of lots of articles and things,” he said. Wogahn said there were many stories, and while the project bumped along, it wasn’t until Giffin Godley’s daughter, Janice Giffin, flew in from Italy in Jan. that things changed. Giffin is a resident of both the USA and Italy and worked tirelessly on the book, he said. “With Janice involved, she could see that full perspective and picture of Ruth’s life and help to assemble this in a form that we could really bring out and share with family and friends,” he said. “And it’s an honor to have you here today, Ruth, to join us,” he said, looking at both Giffin Godley and her daughter seated next to her. Before Giffin stood at the podium to read excerpts from her mother’s book, she addressed the crowd. “I am so very pleased and honored to be here and to see so many friends that have been friends with my mother for literally decades,” she said. Before reading, she asked her mother if she

wanted to say a few words, and she did. “There’s something wonderful about living,” Giffin Godley said. “And I am pleased as punch because I had never expected such wonderful successes in the years that I traveled; and if I hadn’t traveled, I wouldn’t have many stories.” Her daughter went on to explain how her father, Ralph Giffin, back in 1953, convinced her mother, a New England girl from Andover, Massachusetts to move to California with their five children. Her mother was looking forward to her first glimpse of sunny San Diego. They lived in an El Cajon rental. “She hated it. It was nothing like her beloved Andover, Massachusetts,” Giffin said. She cracked open her mother’s memoir and read an expert from it. It was how her mother discovered Rancho Santa Fe in 1953. After dropping her husband off to work, Godley Giffin put the kids in the car, making a beeline for Lemon Grove after seeing TURN TO GODLEY ON A18



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Art for Barks readies for service dog hero award By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — All dog lovers, especially those who are in awe of service dogs, have until Sept. 20 to cast their vote for the first annual Hero Service Dog Awards presented by Art for Barks. The winner will be announced at the San Diego Polo Club Sept. 21. Also on this day, the San Diego Polo Club will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit Art for Barks. This Rancho Santa Fe online nonprofit rallies authors, animal theme artists, educators and authors to provide assistance to service dog organizations and animal rescue charities. “Service dogs make a profound contribution to society. They provide assistance to humans in over 31 ways,” said Lynn Moon, founder of Arts for Barks. “Imagine these dogs spending their entire life enhancing the life of another with unconditional love.” The two San Diego County organization finalists include Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD) and Paws’itive Teams. Online contest goers have the opportunity to cast votes for three exceptional dogs. Karen Shultz, of Tender Loving Canine Assistance Dogs, Inc., serves as the board president, executive director and trainer. They opened their nonprofit doors in 1998. “The mission of Tender Loving Canines is to transform lives with Service Dogs, one trainer at a time, since the number of volunteer trainers determines how many dogs we can train,” she said. “Our two main programs are the Leash-On-Life program for individuals on the autism spectrum; and, our At Ease program is for wounded warriors, who have been affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and/or mobility issues.” Nominated for a Hero Service Dog award at TLCAD is Solar.

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Autumn is a Service Dog for Alesha, a young woman and recent graduate of UCSD. Autumn helps bridge the “physical challenges gap” which Alesha has. Dog lovers, especially those who are in awe of service dogs, have until Sept. 20 to cast their vote for the first annual Hero Service Dog Awards presented by Art for Barks. Photo courtesy Art for Barks

Solar helps his handler, Sadie, who has both autism and cerebral palsy. Solar is a Mobility Service Dog and Autism Service Dog. Shultz said Solar has given a huge gift to Sadie’s family. Likewise, Solar is encouraging Sadie to walk beside him and no longer depends solely on the wheelchair or walker for mobility. “This is something that was not guaranteed to take place in her future, but was her family’s hope,” Shultz said. “With Sadie’s desire to do more with Solar, and after consulting with her physical therapist, it was decided to put Solar in a custom made balance harness to assist Sadie. The first lesson with Sadie and Solar was a complete success and the more she walks with him, the stronger she becomes - making her future for independence a bright one.” Shultz is honored to have Art for Barks recognize their organization. She added there is no greater gift for those who helped train Solar because now this family can go places that so many others naturally take for granted. The other two Service Dog nominees are both from Paws’itive Teams. Dory is a Facility Therapy Dog, which provides solace to more than 200 youth in the San Diego Court System. In court, when children testify against their molester or abuser, Dory is there providing comfort and love. Autumn is a Service Dog for Alesha, a young woman and recent graduate of UCSD. Autumn helps bridge the “physical challenges gap” which

Alesha has. Autumn helps guide and navigate Alesha through public spaces and retrieves items which slip through Alesha’s hands, such as her keys and other items. Executive director of Paws’itive Teams is Art Brauner. Established in 1997, it helps those in need in San Diego County. Since 2000, Brauner said, it has certified 22 service dog teams and six certified facility dogs. “Facility Dogs receive the same basic training as Service Dogs but are better suited to placement with able-bodied professionals who use the dogs in their place of work to accomplish specific goals,” Brauner said. It also has nearly 60 certified teams for its Paws’itive Teams PAAT Program also known as Paws’itive Animal Assisted Therapy. Brauner is honored to have two of its dogs be finalists in the Hero Service Dog Contest. “Regardless of the work that these dogs are doing, Service, Facility or Therapy, these special dogs can truly be thought of as heroes,” he said. “On behalf of the members of our Board and our many volunteers, we greatly appreciate the effort that Art for Barks is expending to try to improve public knowledge of the wonderful things that Service, Facility, and Therapy Dogs are doing to help improve the quality of lives of thousands of individuals.” To learn more about each dog and to cast an online vote for Solar, Autumn or Dory visit


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For county supe, the grass really will be greener By Bianca Kaplanek

SOLANA BEACH — When it comes to doing his part to help the environment, County Supervisor Dave Roberts doesn’t just talk the talk. He is now walking the walk around the approximately 6,500 square feet of artificial turf he recently had installed at his Solana Beach home. Roberts and his partner, Wally Oliver, are taking advantage of government financing and rebate programs to fund the $45,000 project and expect a return on their investment in less than nine years. They began discussing ways to save water and money at the beginning of the year. Many of their neighbors had replaced their landscaping with drought-tolerant plants. “But Wally said with a brick Colonial house, you’ve got to have a grass yard,” said Roberts, who 12 years ago bought the home — the first one on the east side of the city — that was built in the mid1970s by singer Patti Page. “He was right,” Roberts added. “Once we saw the quality of artificial turf that’s available now, we decided to do it. And

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once we made the decision it went quickly.” Orange County-based Turf Evolutions began removing the front and back lawns, which are about 3,250 square feet each, Sept. 15. The work was expected to take approximately six days. Roberts and Oliver will recoup some of their costs with a rebate program from the Metropolitan Water District. They are eligible to receive about $2 per square foot of grass that is replaced. The $33,000 balance is being financed using a Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity, or HERO, which is part of the Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, program. PACE allows property owners to buy water-conservation or energy-efficient upgrades and pay for them over time through an additional assessment on their property tax bills. Artificial turf reduces water use by about 44 gallons per square foot, so Roberts and Oliver expect to save about 264,000 gallons of water each year by not watering their lawn. Property owners must live in a city that partici-

pates in the HERO program, which Solana Beach agreed to do in late 2013. It takes a few minutes online to determine if owners qualify for the program, Matt Messina, community development manager with HERO, said. There are more than 50 product categories to choose from, including everything from artificial turf and solar panels to tankless water heaters and window filming. There are no upfront costs, and up to 10 percent of the value of the home can be financed for improvements. The loan can be for up to 20 years and there are no prepayment penalties, Messina said. “It’s a great, easy program,” Roberts said, adding that he wished it was available five years ago when he and Oliver had solar installed. “This is good for the environment and good for the economy.” While he’s looking forward to saving money and water, Roberts was most excited the day the work started by the equipment being used to unearth his lawn. “This is the coolest machine,” he said at least three times while watching the crew.

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Special guest speaks at RSF Women’s Fund meeting By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — When someone has the opportunity to listen to a highly regarded doctor giving a talk on the latest advancements in cancer, it’s an incredible opportunity. Those who attended the latest RSF Women’s Fund general meeting at the RSF Inn had such an occasion. All eyes and ears were on Razelle Kurzrock, MD, of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Kurzrock serves as the Senior Deputy Center Director for Clinical Science and champions its novel branch, Center for Personalized Therapy. Thanks to the new program chair at the RSF Women’s Fund, Sue Pidgeon, she was able to secure Kurzrock as a speaker for the afternoon. Before accepting the role of program chair, she joined the board of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Pidgeon pointed out that not many people are aware of the fact that San Diego County is high on the list of biotech, which gives residents so much leverage in terms of education and opportunities. Likewise, the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is considered a top-tier research hospital. Kurzrock’s talk was entitled, “Personalized Treat-

ment in the Era of Genomics and Immunotherapy.” At the podium, Kurzrock thanked Pidgeon for a welcoming introduction. She told the ladies she was honored to be there as well as learning about all the good the RSF Women’s Fund does for the San Diego County community. “What I am going to talk to you about is what we are doing with cancer at the Moores Cancer Center,” she said. “I know that cancer has touched just about anybody over the age of 40 and lots of people under the age of 40.” Things in cancer research are changing, she said. “If we are going to end cancer as we know it, it’s only going to happen by shifting strategies. We can’t be doing things the way we have done them in the past and we think we understand the new strategy,” Kurzrock said. “The new strategy is personalization.” Before Kurzrock joined the Moores Cancer Center, she dedicated years at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. An oncologist, Kurzrock led the most regarded clinical trials in the world. Her focus was, and still is today, utilizing molecular profiling to identify targeted therapies for each patient.

RSF Women’s Fund program chair, Sue Pidgeon, with guest speaker for the afternoon, Razelle Kurzrock, MD, of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

She wanted the crowd to know that by incorporating molecular profiling and genomics, it made a big difference for their patients. Before talking about molecular profiling and genomics, Kurzrock looked back on what has been done since the war on cancer was declared. “I think with the old strategies, we have been making progress, but it’s very incremental,” she said.

The bottom line, she continued, was changing the way things were done. Particularly with metastatic cancer, FDA approved drugs really haven’t been as optimal as they had hoped. “Fortunately I think we are standing on the threshold of a major revolution,” she said. There is a transformation in the way cancer is being researched and treated which is allowing doctors to

change the old medical protocol. Personalization and genomics is making a huge difference. Historically, she said, common cancers have been difficult to treat. For example, cancers such as lung and breast, is not just one disease but many different diseases. Every cancer has its own set of DNA abnormalities.

“As you might imagine, treating all these patients the same is simply not going to work. What we need to do is identify the abnormalities in each individual tumor and yield the right drug to the right patient rather than trying to lump them all together,” she said, noting how they do not want patients grouped together for a particular cancer treatment. Kurzrock pointed out the necessity of matching patients with the right drugs and best personalized therapy; applying advanced molecular profiling for every patient; and, treating patients earlier in the course of their disease. Cancer can be complex, with its own list of abnormalities which need to be targeted. This is why using more than one drug may be necessary. “A customized cocktail of drugs that is tailored for each individual will be essential,” she said. Attendees were both impressed and amazed with the information they were hearing. “And finally, we need to harness the immune system and there is a whole field of immunotherapy now emerging, combined with genomic therapy to change cancer,” she said.

Grant from Leichtag Foundation boosts efforts for new pavilion needs to raise $1.3 million more to secure the Dickinson challenge grant. The remainder could come from the County of San Diego, which is currently in negotiations with the city and foundation to possibly purchase the 4.5 acres of city-owned land where the pavilion is slated to be built, which would allow the county to award grant funding toward the project. County rules don't allow county grant money to be used on land not owned by the county.

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ENCINITAS — The San Diego Botanic Garden recently received two major pieces of news that should boost its efforts to build a state-of-the-art events pavilion. Garden officials announced the Leichtag foundation has pledged $1 million toward the estimated $4 million price tag of the proposed facility, which was recently named the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion. They also announced that the Dickinson Foundation, which had given garden officials until year's end to secure $3 million to receive a $1 million pledge from the foundation toward the facility, extended the deadline until Dec. 31, 2015. “This tremendous grant awarded to us by our close friends and neighbors, the Leichtag Foundation, has helped the San Diego Botanic Garden to take a significant step towards making the Dickinson Family Education Pavilion a reality,” said Julian Duval, president and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden. “The Pavilion will enable us to expand our educational and experiential opportunities, which are currently limited by a shortage of indoor space, thereby allowing more people to experience the wonder of nature at the Garden and bring new knowledge

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Solana Santa Fe reaches out RANCHO SANTA FE — Solana Santa Fe Elementary School keeps multiple service projects going throughout the school year. Its PTO will be building its service calendar for the 2014-15 school year in the next month. If you have service projects or ideas, or would like to support SSF PTO and students in supporting the community, contact Teresa Wolownik at (858) 794-4700. SSF PTO will partner with Operation Goody Bag in its mission “to remember those we lost on Sept. 11 and to express support and appreciation to our military men and women, veterans and first responders, through the gift of a Goody Bag.” The kindergarten through third-grade students decorate goody bags and the fourth through sixth-graders write letters of thanks, both to be delivered to first responders and miliatry men and women. For more information, vis-

it our-story/. Every Wednesday morning, SSF students collect recyclables for a joint fundraiser with Helen Woodward Animal Center. Proceeds from the water bottle/can drive pay for the filtered water dispenser unit located near the Science Lab. The project also raised enough money last year to purchase water filters for families in Guatemala. In addition, the SSF students hold a Back-toSchool Supply Drive to benefit the foster teens at San Pasqual Academy. Solana Santa Fe also rallied to support the Rancho Santa Fe Firefighters participation in the San Diego 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Led by Monica Rainville and supported by a team of students, through education, promotion and sales, $944 was raised in support of San Diego Firefighter Aid.

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Plans on tap for brewery at fairgrounds By Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — At least five members of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board of directors are hoping the third time’s a charm in an effort to transform an underused facility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds into a microbrewery.

At the Sept. 9 meeting, directors voted 5-1-1, with two members absent, to release a request for proposals this month in search of a craft brewery operator for Surfside Race Place, an approximately 100,000-square-foot satellite wagering facility built in 1991 to accommodate

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5,000 people. David Watson, as he did in the past, opposed the project. “I don’t disapprove of the concept,” he said. “But there are so many problems with this RFP. … The process is irreparably tainted.” Watson, a land-use attorney, said the language makes it “crystal clear” the contract will go to the highest bidder and not a local brewer. “There’s nothing in there that will allow us to select a local craft brewer,” he added. Stephen Shewmaker, chairman of the board’s Surfside Race Place Alternative Uses Committee, disagreed. He said a provision in the RFP that gives small businesses a 5 percent advantage “is fair.” The process started more than a year ago, when the board issued a request for interest and qualifications for alternative uses for the building, which in its heyday attracted about 2,700 people daily. A decrease in offsite betting has resulted in daily attendance of less than 350. In response, the 22nd

DAA received proposals for a microbrewery, luxury theaters and a family entertainment center with high-tech bowling. The microbrewery proposal was submitted as a partnership between the 22nd DAA and Premier Food and Beverage, which had opted to go with Blue Moon, a subsidiary of MillerCoors. Some directors had several concerns. They said Premier, as the fairgrounds’ contracted food and beverage provider, had an unfair advantage and using a large national company over a local brewery did not promote area businesses. The board opted to terminate the RFI and start over. In June the release of a new RFP was authorized. But “in an abundance of caution,” Shewmaker said, that was delayed to add language that would prohibit potential conflicts of interest between board members and prospective proposers. Director David Lizerbram, who recused himself from the Sept. 9 vote, said TURN TO BREWERY ON A18

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Colbie Caillat is just trying to be herself By Alan Sculley

One of the highlights of Colbie Caillat’s new album, “Gypsy Heart,” is a song she co-wrote with producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds called “Try.” A delicate, fittingly stripped back ballad, “Try” talks about the pressures women face for how they should look and act. The key line in the song advises women that they shouldn’t have to try so hard to be someone or something they’re not. They need simply to like themselves as they are. It’s a message that sprang from a time during the making of the new album when Caillat felt she was being pressured to change her sound and her look to be more like the female glossy pop/dance artists that have come to dominate today’s pop charts. “I went in with Babyface and I told him what they (personnel at her record label) were still doing, and they wanted me to do a photo shoot that was like way sexier, and I was annoyed by it,” Caillat explained in a late-August phone interview. “And Kenny was, too. He was like ‘You know what, we’re not going to write a song like that at all. You’re not going to be that kind of artist because you don’t have to.’ Then he had me explain what women go through every day, and especially being in the music industry. So we wrote literal words of what the challenges are daily.” At that point, Caillat had actually recorded an entire album with two key collaborators from her hit 2007 debut album, “Coco” — producer John Shanks and songwriter Jason Reeves. Drawing influences from the groundbreaking fusion of pop and African music Paul Simon created on his “Graceland” album, as well as songs like the hooky, rhythmically unique Simon & Garfunkel tune “Cecilia,” Caillat was excited about the album. But it wasn’t what Universal wanted from Caillatt. “We had them (label representatives) out to the Malibu house and we played them the songs and they weren’t really raving about it,” Caillat said. Instead the label envisioned more of a synthetic, uptempo pop sound — something that would put Caillat more in step with the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and any number of other female pop stars who are selling truckloads of singles and albums for major labels these days. Of course, Caillat was initially peeved at her label’s response to the Shanks-produced album. In fact, she summed things up with an opinion that’s shared by many music artists. “I honestly think labels have no idea what they’re doing. I’m just

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going to be straight up and say it,” Caillat said. “They’re the ones, on the business side, they should stick to business and let the artist create the music.” Caillat, though, didn’t fully rebel against her label. She agreed todo more songwriting, and a session with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic produced the dance-friendly uptempo pop tune,” Hold On” — a song that very much fits today’s trends. Caillat liked it, and found herself opening up to that sort of fun dancepop style. By the time she was finished recording “Gypsy Heart,” Caillat had co-written another pair of dance/ pop anthems, “Blaze” and “Live It Up.” Meanwhile, other more relaxed tunes, such as “If You Love Me Let Me Go,” “Nice Guys” and “Never Gonna Let You Down” (which echoes thebig rhythms of the Phillip Phillips folk-pop hit “Home”), blend synthy tones and programmed rhythms with acoustic instrumentation. Those tunes took their place on “Gypsy Heart” alongside a few tunes, including “Try” and “Land Called Far Away,” that are primarily acoustic and organic. Those latter songs help connect “Gypsy Heart” to the breezy pop of Caillat’s first three albums — “Coco,” 2009’s “Breakthrough” and 2011’s

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“All of you.” Despite the battle with Universal over the Shanks-produced album, Caillat said she is very pleased with “Gypsy Heart,” noting that she has always written uptempo pop songs closer to “Blaze” and “Live It Up,” but just didn’t put them on her earlier albums. The synthetic textures used on “Gypsy Heart” have brought a whole new dimension to Caillat’s live show, as have the uptempo songs. But she likes what the new songs bring to her show. “We’re playing to (pre-recorded) tracks on some of those songs. We have a lot of the instruments from the record being played through my keyboard player’s computer,” Caillat said. “Then my band, they play the rest. And all of the guitar solos, the keyboard, bass and drums, all of that, is live. They’re singing background vocals and I’m fully singing. I never lip synch or anything. I never have. And it’s really fun because for me. I love the combination. “So we do that with the live show,” she said. “We have the track songs and make them really big with full production. Then we have tons of songs in the set when it’s just me an my piano player or me and a guitar player or like three of us and it’s just really raw and organic.”

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“The Drop,” with its gritty surroundings and able cast (including James Gandolfini in his final onscreen appearance), proves itself an intriguing crime drama… for select audiences. When you look at “The Drop,” it doesn’t require much thought to realize it will probably match the interests of a moviegoer possessing a mindset geared towards a r t- h o u s e / a l t e r n a t i v e cinema. And for those to whom this Dennis Lehane-written underworld tale will appeal, chances are they’ll be impressed with what they see. And what’s not to like about “The Drop” when it has actors Tom Hardy, James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, and Matthias Schoenaerts? With a cast like that, there’s no question that the film’s premise — a bartender who finds himself entangled in both a robbery gone awry and an investigation that delves into the neighborhood’s residents — will work out just fine. While the two central story arcs — one revolving around the consequences of the robbery, the other centered on the discovery of an abandoned puppy —may appear disparate at first, they actually become intertwined as the onscreen events continue to unfold. It is also a relief to

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see that Hardy manages to fasten the strings of each side together, thereby allowing his fellow cast members from different sections of the neighborhood to share their complicated lives. As always, the inclusion of a noir atmosphere never ceases to impress me in stories where criminals are a prominent element. Especially when it imbues such a film as this with a slow buildup, gradually exuding tension that culminates in acts of violence. And what’s just as impressive is this: the violent moments finish as quickly as they start, never resorting to excess. That being said, I did have a slight initial concern regarding the sense of danger, which, in terms of intensity, tended to oscillate from storyline to storyline, making one seem more foreboding than the other at times. As much as this appeared to be an error that could’ve potentially compromised the film, that outcome never materialized. Another important factor I should mention is the international cast itself, all of whom bring a subtle complexity to their characters. It’s hard not to appreciate Hardy; he provides the film with an emotional resonance by TURN TO THE DROP ON A18

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Teen takes gold in Pan American Karate competition By Ellen Wright

CARLSBAD— While most teenagers were spending their summers soaking up the sun, 14-year-old Kacie Pou was training three to four hours a day to compete in the Olympic sanctioned Pan American karate tournament in Lima, Peru. “This summer was a whirlwind,” said Marci Pou, Kacie’s mother. Her hard work and dedication paid off. She won a gold medal in her division against competitors from 10 different nations on the USA Junior National Karate Team. “When I won, I felt on top of the world,” said Kacie Pou. This was Pou’s first time in the Pan American competition. She has been practicing karate since the age of five, according to Marci. Her father, John Pou, was a police officer in North Carolina and thought martial arts would be a good way to subdue criminals without the use of force, said Marci. He then got the whole family involved in order to teach them self-defense for nights when he was away on duty.

Kacie Pou took home one of three gold medals for the USA Junior National Karate Team. Courtesy photo

Kacie has been practicing ever since and won the gold medal in six consecutive national competitions. She spent a week in Lima with her older brother, Chase Pou and her sempei, Josa Cortez, of the East Lake Dojo. “I trained so much for it, and then when I finally got there, it went by so fast and when it was

over, I was like, wow, its over so quickly,” said Kacie. Kacie said it’s great having her brother involved. “It’s a lot (more fun) with him with me. Even if he’s not competing he comes to tournaments and watches me and coaches me. He’s always been there and he’s a great training partner,” said Kacie. She and her family were able

to raise $4,600 on GoFundMe to cover traveling expenses for the tournament. “We wouldn’t have been able to do it without it,” said Marci. Marci said she and her husband were willing to do whatever it took to send her to the competition, including taking out a home equity loan, she said because “it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for

a 14-year-old young lady.” Kacie said one of the obstacles was getting a passport with such short notice. “In the beginning, I didn’t have a passport,” said Kacie, “so I had to get an expedited one really quickly or else I wasn’t going to get to go on the trip. That was scary.” Kacie trains at the Japan Karate Organization. Karate is not on an Olympic sport although Marci is hopeful it will someday be recognized. “(Karate) has been on the voting ballot the last two times, and (it) got second place to golf two votes ago and … was beat out by squash this last time,” said Marci. Kacie also plays soccer, which her mom said, really helps her cardio. She said during sparring, her competitor will visibly get tired and Kacie is still going strong, thanks to her strong cardio. Now that summer is over, Kacie is back in school at Carlsbad High School and catching up on the week she missed for the competition. She said she’s going to continue training just as hard and try to get into Junior World.

Hardwick was more than the center of attention of the Chargers’ front line

sports talk jay paris Nick Hardwick scooted down the steamy corridor, one of the first Chargers exiting a jubilant locker room. The Bolts had bounced the Seahawks, but it was Hardwick taking flight late Sunday after-

noon, which was noteworthy. Often Hardwick, the Chargers’ longtime center, was the last man standing in the sea of cubicles. Make that sitting, as after three hours of wrestling with defensive tackles, a man deserves a chair. But without fail, Hardwick, in various stages of getting undressed, would offer the seat next to him. He would dissect the game, talk of its importance and explain the nuances of


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football so anyone — even dumb sportswriters — could understand it. But that Hardwick is history. Instead he’s leading the post-game charge from the locker room instead of exiting with the guys collecting soiled towels. Hardwick’s season is gone and with him goes a glorious piece of Chargers lore. He aggravated a neck injury in the opener, which forced the team to put him on the injured-reserve list. His season, and possibly career, is over. And I couldn’t be sadder. And I couldn’t be happier. Sad because Hardwick was a go-to guy, someone with the intellect and expe-

rience to examine football with a keen eye. He was also a Pro Bowler, which meant he was the best of the best. Happy because he was also a family man, someone loving his wife and two young sons as much as he did wearing pads on Sundays. For that reason — considering his serious injury — I’m ecstatic that Hardwick isn’t playing anymore. He’s probably got the first nickel he made — a flashy lifestyle wasn’t this Midwest mauler’s style. He got 10 years and an opening day in the NFL. And he played on some of the best Chargers teams ever, the anchor of an offensive line which made Marty Ball hip. Hardwick brought


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more than four quarters of determination to each game. He was a leader, a man’s man, and the reaction of him not being along for this year’s ride is sinking in. Teammate Philip Rivers, as we’ve learned, isn’t good about his hiding his emotions. Rivers’ halting voice when speaking of Hardwick’s fate illustrated what he meant. Then came Sunday, when the Chargers’ sweet-throwing No. 17 wore the numbers 6 and 1 on his helmet: Hardwick’s number. With the NFL being in the nation’s conversation for all the wrong reasons, Hardwick provides the balance. Yes, the sour news is just that. But not all NFL players are guys you wouldn’t want your sister or kids with. Hardwick took his responsibilities seriously on and off the field. The big ugly in the trenches was really a big teddy bear, and just ask kids losing their parents about him. For years Hardwick worked tirelessly for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. It raises funds for the offspring of those killed protecting our freedom and protecting

our streets. Hardwick spent a decade keeping Rivers and others from harm’s way. But Hardwick’s commitment to guarantee those mournful children had money for college trumps anything he did between the sidelines. So while Hardwick wasn’t on Sunday’s microwave-like Qualcomm Stadium turf, he was. Rivers made sure, with his helmet number not consistent with the one on his white jersey. “I thought about him quite a bit,’’ Rivers said. “Especially during the national anthem, thinking he may not be out there again. He may not put on that helmet again with that 61 sticker.’’ Hardwick deserves our praise. While others will remember Rivers’ three touchdown passes, I was touched by Rivers’ compassion. If only briefly, let those disturbing NFL stories take a hike, so we can cherish a center. Hardwick was always aware of the big picture, thanks to his big heart. Contact staff writer Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports


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Ocean Knoll receives recognition on becoming IB school By Aaron Burgin

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the north coastal region to achieve the recognition. Jefferson Elementary in Carlsbad is the other. “The IB program at Ocean Knoll serves as a springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity and readiness for the future where children reach their full social and academic potential,” Ocean Knoll Principal Jennifer Bond said. “As an IB community, we value our nurturing environment that fosters inquiring, knowl-

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edgeable and caring young people. IB students help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.” Created in Switzerland in 1968 with the goal to promote world peace, the IB program, according to its website, offers four programs for students ages 3 to 19 to help develop intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. IB schools are known for their academic rigor and student-driven learning process where teachers are more mentors and supervisors as opposed to more traditional schools, where a teacher’s role is more of the source of fact. Ocean Knoll’s program received an early boost in 2011 when the Leichtag Foundation awarded the school a $350,000 grant to help start it. Using a portion of the seed money, the school hired Ashley Tarquin to serve as the school’s IB coordinator, tasked with retraining the entire staff the IB program for elementary students, known as the Primary Years

Program. The six-unit program is based on six transdisciplinary themes, aimed at helping students see subjects in a more global context: Who We Are, Where We Are in Place and Time, How the World Works, How We Organize Ourselves, Sharing the Planet and How We Express Ourselves. “It is a more holistic approach to teaching, a lot more collaborative and interactive,” said Lynne Karle Hostetler, an Ocean Knoll parent. “Kids are given projects and group opportunities to work together every day, so everyone excels because they are working collaboratively.” “It is important because the world has changed, and we don’t sit alone, locked in a room or at a desk working every day,” Hostetler said. “While Ocean Knoll’s teachers have always been fantastic, this new approach prepares our students for the future better than older styles of teaching.” The IB application process culminated with a site visit by an international panel of program representatives, which gave Ocean Knoll’s program the crucial stamp of approval.

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Educational Opportunities Academy of Arts and Sciences...

A leader in the frontier of educational options For students who fall behind, AAS can help turn things around with our award winning credit recovery courses. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students receive credit for what they already know and supports them with dedicated teachers that will build mastery in the areas they need to complete their courses. Our credit recovery courses are available free of charge during the school year and as part of our free summer school as well. Credit recovery courses are available in all core subject areas (Math, English, Science and Social Studies and some elective areas). Academy of Arts and Sciences is a leader in the newest frontier of educational options: online learning. AAS, a leading free public charter school of choice for students in grades K-12, offers a blended (online and on site) customized learning program. Students engage in an exceptional learning experience that blends innovative online learning with critical face-to-face and lab time. At Academy of Arts and Sciences, students will be able to access a diverse range of Arts and Science electives. “We understand that students learn best when their education is tailored to their needs, which is why a

The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” Sean McManus CEO

key tenant of the Academy of Arts & Sciences philosophy is flexibility,” said CEO Sean McManus. “With this instructional model, on site and off site time can be adjusted to fit individual student needs. The flexibility of blended learning provides choice for students.” The school utilizes cutting edge 21st century curriculum. Students are able to access the curriculum twenty four hours a day, and have the flexibility to participate in a wide variety of events, activities and experiences that enhance the learning experience. AAS also allows students the opportunity to access a wide variety of world language, humanities, media and technology, engineering and robotics, app and game design as part of the rich elective program. Online learning differs from traditional schools in that classes do not take place in a building, but rather at home, on the road, or wher-

ever an Internet connection can be found. Because of this, students take courses online with support from their teacher via phone, online Web meetings, and sometimes even face to face. This new way of learning allows the parent to take an active role in the student’s learning and to really become a partner with their child. The parent (or "Learning Coach") keeps the student on track in line with the provided lessons plans. In addition to the online courses, AAS provides plenty of opportunities to connect online and offline with other AAS students and families. The Academy of Arts and Sciences staff is very active in the community and can often be found interacting with families at Beach Clean Up Days, various community festivals, and organized activities that take place at their Learning Centers. An online education offers students the opportunities to learn in a small setting with a course schedule that is tailored to meet their individual learning styles and needs. This unique learning environment meets the needs of all types of learners and offers solutions to many different educational challenges. Many students find that learning in the comfort of their own home allows them be successful in ways never dreamt of before!

Students work on Give and Surf program A new school year commences and many exciting opportunities emerge for PAE students beyond their rigorous, cross-curricular, project-based classes they have come to know and enjoy. Students have the opportunity to get involved in sports, music, and volunteering. Service and making education come to life have been Pacific Academy's cornerstone for years. Pacific Academy embeds Service into the curriculum knowing the benefits that giving back can provide while also building leadership skills. Through student-driven projects, students will lead and participate in a variety of community service projects throughout San Diego and beyond. This year, students will be working on a year-long service project that will end with learning truly coming to life by getting to visit the organization they have been collaborating with all year, Give and Surf, a locally embedded 501(c)(3) nonprofit of volunteers that provides sustainable empowerment to indigenous communities in Bocas del Toro, Panama, through education and community development. Thus far, the organization, with the help of volunteers, has build the first community playground and

We offer enriching volunteer and internship opportunities.” Neil Christiansen Founder

library, performed community construction, installed a water catchman tank, and led all preschool educational programs. Give and Surf, provides substantive, handson, real world assistance and programs to the indigenous Ngobe people. Neil Christiansen, the founder notes, "We offer enriching volunteer and internship opportunities to give back to others and give back to yourself in the remote islands of Bocas del Toro." Give and Surf, Inc. is a small organization that “relies heavily on having individuals or groups come down for the experience,” Christiansen said. “That is why it is so important to build an unforgettable experience for the volunteer.” Pacific Academy is thrilled to join Give and Surf this year. Students will learn a great deal about Panama, Latin America, Nonprofits and more all

while proactively creating and living out their volunteerism. Pacific Academy is always looking for ways to give back, ground leaning, and make education memorable. Another wonderful example was led by our English Teacher, Mrs. Emma Bardin. As a part of PAE’s commitment to cross-curricular learning, earlier this year PAE English World Literature students conducted a scientific experiment using microfluidics and wrote a scientific paper about their findings. Their experiment was just referenced in a high-impact scientific journal this summer. Biomedical engineer Dr. David Bardin, who specializes in microfluidics and ran the experiment with PAE students, published his article in Lab on a Chip in which he discusses the microfluidic experiment PAE students conducted in English World Literature. PAE’s EWL experiment and scientific papers are truly cutting edge! With an exciting year ahead filled with more project-based learning and volunteering locally and internationally, now is the time for students to find their passion and seize the opportunity to be themselves at Pacific Academy, Encinitas!



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Educational Opportunities Demystifying the myths of solar Don’t Go Solar… Before You’ve Learned all the Facts The abundance of solar radiation in San Diego makes the nestled hideaway of Rancho Santa Fe an ideal location to produce solar energy. In San Diego, there are now more than 200 solar contractors creating a saturated market. This September, a solar luncheon will be hosted at Morgan Run Golf Club to assist local residents in getting information without the sales pitch. “There are a lot of flyby-night companies that have entered the market,

and consumers need to do their diligence with an investment like solar energy,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. Homeowners of Rancho Santa Fe and club affiliates will learn about solar technology, rebates and incentives, financial savings and ROI, technological advancements, owning vs leasing a system, how to evaluate credible solar companies, and case studies in the local area of Rancho Santa Fe.

Attendants will have the opportunity to talk with industry experts from Sullivan Solar Power, the top installer of SDG&E territory. Residents are invited to attend the educational workshop on September 27th, at the Morgan Run golf course (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091) from 11am – 12pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP for this event, please call (858) 602-6072 or email brianna.lobato@


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Day of surf honors lifeguard and environment new artists this year, who will transform donated Firewire surfboards into art and then auction them off. The boards donated from Firewire were not repairable or manufactured incorrectly and the company wanted to repurpose them instead of fill up the landfill. Created in 2013, the Iron Mike Paddle was inspired by the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association to honor Mike McKay, a fellow guard who died before his time. Known for his strength, friendliness and positive attitude, McKay died at age 23 of injuries sustained in an avalanche at Mountain

SOLANA BEACH — RERIP, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping old surfboards out of the landfill, the Solana Beach Lifeguard Association, and city of Solana Beach invite the community to the second annual Iron Mike Paddle. The community event, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 20, at Fletcher Cove will include an all ages, 5-mile paddleboard race (both prone and SUPs), a children’s 1-mile paddle board race for ages 5 to 17, GromO’rama kids’ surf contest, a surfboard swap, live music, art, a taco truck and beer garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The event will include

High Ski Resort in January 2008. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation (, which awards various youth scholarships every year. “The community response was overwhelming last year and we are expecting another successful festival,” said Meghan Dambacher, cofounder of RERIP. “This is a true community-wide event with something for everyone, whether you want to paddle in the race, watch your kid surf in the contest or sit on the grass and listen to live music.

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Greg Uruburu, Marine Safety Sergeant for the City of Solana Beach, said the festival is the perfect tribute to McKay. Although McKay was only a Solana Beach Lifeguard for one season, he made such an astounding impact that he was honored as the “Rookie of the Year” in 2007. The annual award, now called the “Mountain Mike Rookie of the Year” comes with a $500 scholarship paid for through the Mike McKay Memorial Foundation. To sign up for the paddle board race, visit For more information on the race contact Greg Uruburu at (858) 353-1394. For more information on the GromO’rama, contact Evan Luth at evankai77@

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ummer’s not such a tough time for those of us with an unrepentant sweet tooth, but that candy-corn holiday is on its way, followed swiftly by iced sugar cookies. You can almost replace chocolate with watermelon, peaches and cherries, but not forever. Sometimes — say it with me — nothing but chocolate will do. Speaking of fruit, I still think there must be a way to earn skinny points for the decadent things we resist eating. I have not been to the bakery or the candy store or even the cookie aisle at the market for months. OK, maybe weeks. But my sugar intake has plummeted since I was a young’n. I remember sucking up sweets, until I saw stars, on Easter, Christmas and birthdays. I remember being a regular at the See’s store my 18th summer. I remember amazing desserts at the sorority house table all five years of college. I once smuggled a pound of chocolates into a weekend spiritual retreat. My spirit craved chocolate. Besides, nobody said you couldn’t bring snacks.

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One local bakery was my siren’s song for too long. I’m not sure how I shook that habit, or that it won’t sneak back after I’ve had too many salads. For now, I am happy to be able to drive by without stopping, which surprises me every time. I don’t have to wonder where I got this taste for all things sweet. My paternal grandmother, in her 100th year, requested a particular brand of chocolates on a regular basis. My parent’s house was never without a box of bridge mix or some chocolate-covered nuts. My mom made devil’s food cake with fudge icing. She made pies, cookies and icing from scratch. I got my ticket for the sugar train from both nature and nurture. So I am patting myself on the back, right above the back fat, on my current lower sweets intake. It has been some time since I have tackled pound boxes of chocolates, no ice cream, no candy bars, and cookies and cakes only for special occasions. Fat-free frozen yogurt helps, although not sugar free. But even after I cranked up my fruit intake this summer, at some point, no matter how hard you try, you realize a cantaloupe simply is never going to be a chocolate-chip cookie.


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talent coming on board as I write. Locally look for Richard Blais of Juniper & Ivy, Bernard Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Brian Malarkey of Searsucker, Giorgio Lo Verde of Il Fornaio, Paul Murphy of Humphreys and many more. Winemakers include: Paul Hobbs of Ahnfeldt Winery, Daniel Daou of Dauo Winery, Patrick Muran of Niner Wine Estates, Joe Ramazzotti of Ramazzotti Winery and many more. The two spectaculars on the calendar will be the Vault: Reserve and New Release Tasting Nov. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the yacht Inspiration Hornblower with tickets starting at $65; and the Grand Tasting at the Embarcadero Marina Park behind Seaport Village, Nov. 22, from noon to 3 p.m. (11 a.m. for early entry) with tickets starting at $75. A “Chef of the Fest” competition keeps the action coming involving all chefs. Live entertainment will take place at both ends of the festival and in the VIP tent. TASTE OF WINE will be covering the major presentations and will feature a special edition on the best wines at the fest. For all details, events and pricing, go to or

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in earlier discussions that he has friends and clients in the local brewing industry. The revised RFP states the contractor “may not perform services for any other person or entity that … would result in a conflict of interest” and “may not employee any 22nd DAA director, official, officer or employee in the performance of” the agreement, “nor may any director, official, officer or employee of the 22nd DAA have any financial interest in” the agreement. The document also states that prospective proposers “are strongly encouraged to document in writing … any known, suspected or potential conflict of interest with a 22nd DAA director, official, officer or employee and their



bi-partisan bill sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox and Republican state Sen. Steve Knight, both of Palmdale, giving military contractors Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin as much as $420 million in tax credits over 15 years for production of a new strategic bomber to replace the B-2, which was also developed largely in the Antelope Valley. In case they don’t get the Defense Department contract for that project, another bill with the same benefit for Northrop Corp. would provide similar help — about $28 million a year, or 17 percent of wages paid to manufacturing workers. There has been reluctance here to subsidize big industries; one reason California has lost a lot of

immediate family.” The wording did little to appease Watson’s concerns. The language “is so vague that I don’t think the typical responder will understand what that means,” he said. Shewmaker disagrees. “I think it’s fairly clear,” he said. “Any prospective proposer will have to (acknowledge in writing) that they in no way, shape or form have a relationship with any board member.” Applicants must commit to a five-year, $1.5 million total lease, with renewal at the discretion of the state. They must also provide proof of $1 million in commercial general liability insurance and a $1 million performance bond. The selected brewer will be allowed to provide input for the design but cannot sell its product as a retail item.

The 22nd DAA is also committing funds to improve the facility. In a best-case scenario, the process to select a brewer will take about three months, Mike Ceragioli, the 22nd DAA’s state contracts manager, said. Once all proposals are received, qualified bidders will be required to attend a meeting for a site tour and to discuss the schedule and any other details, including potential conflicts of interest. “I think it’s a good RFP and our people did a good job drafting it and making sure it is open for everyone who’s interested,” Shewmaker said. Also supporting the release of the revised RFP were Fred Schenk, Russ Penniman, Lisa Barkett and Kathlyn Mead. Directors Adam Day and Ruben Barrales were not at the Sept. 9 meeting.

them to other states and countries. There is good reason for that hesitance, as subsidies raise questions of favoritism and special interest influence. But with others offering so much, California at least now realizes it must get into this game. Then there’s venture capital, where the Silicon Valley this spring absolutely dominated the world scene. Fully 41 percent of all venture dollars invested around the world from April through June went to San Francisco Bay area startups, a big improvement from the first quarter, when places like Texas and Massachusetts drew significant investment. But last spring, all of Europe got less than half what went to Silicon Valley, according to a report from PitchBook Data.

The end result of this should be more companies headquartered in California, to join former startups like Google, Intel, Yelp and Twitter. Put it all together and you get a dynamic picture of job recovery, the prospect of great job growth and a reborn determination to preserve what the state already. That’s all bad news for the declinists who enjoy putting California down even while it pulls itself back up toward the golden stature it long enjoyed. Email Thomas Elias at His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. For more Elias columns, visit

cro-chipping. Randazzo went on to say that the BISSELL Pet Foundation is dedicated to assisting animal welfare organizations across the United States. “We have partnered with over 700 animal welfare groups through our Partners for Pets program and have donated more than $1.6 million to fund life-saving work for pets in need. And the Foundation just began in 2011,” she said. Randazzo also explained that BISSELL Homecare, Inc., has com-



ly helps provide the ‘comforts of home’ for families experiencing a medical crisis.” Gramins went on to say the greatness about the Ronald McDonald House is that its supporters can visually see how their dollars



an ad in the newspaper which read: New homes, no money down. Giffin read from the book, “Somehow I got very mixed up. I drove north. Lemon Grove was south. At that time there was no Interstate 5 in San Diego, and after taking a few more wrong turns, I found myself on a long hill overlooking the view of the Pacific Ocean which stretched ahead for miles and miles.” Giffin continued, “The scenery had taken on a dreamlike quality. Stands of tall, graceful trees scattered across wide



infusing his withdrawn Bob Saginowski with an unassuming heart, buried underneath layers of self-imposed isolation. Gandolfini has the honor of getting to say the best lines of dialogue and, as the streetwise Cousin Marv, turns in an engaging, nuanced performance that concludes his legacy on a high note. Rapace succeeds in connecting with Nadia’s wounded and tough sides, and her chemistry with Hardy is convincing; I wouldn’t be surprised if their puppy had something to do with it. As for Schoenaerts,

SEPT. 19, 2014 reviewed the contract. School district officials said they didn’t overhaul the contract when they recently sought proposals for training services because they held out hope Gaspar would resume the services. The contract doesn’t cover certain services, such as postseason play, preseason tournaments or weekend games, of which parent foundations

currently raise money to cover the costs. Dill said the district is going to look at these services to determine if it is time to fold them into the contract. “It doesn’t make sense to cobble the services together,” Dill said. “We need to sit down with the schools, the athletic directors, coaches and trainers and ask, ‘What should we be providing?’”

mitted up to $250,000 annually in donations to the BISSELL Pet Foundation based on its pet product sales. For every BISSELL pet product sold on, she said, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Foundation. “Purchases made ‘in-store’ can be activated online at savespets. BISSELL also offers a way for online shoppers to support a local shelter or rescue with their pet product purchases,” she said. Randazzo continued, “Shoppers can designate their donation to

participating BISSELL Partners for Pets organizations by entering the coupon code ‘ADOPT’ at checkout.” Dalsted said the community of Rancho Santa Fe has embraced the mission of the Helen Woodward Animal Center and they are truly grateful to the community. Dalsted also pointed out that they really do rely on community support, and also having the recent generosity from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, helps in their mission to providing the care their pets need. “Every penny really does help,” she said.

are spent for families. Be it quiet room for a much needed nap, a hot meal, or even a shower for these parents. The atmosphere at the Ronald McDonald House is a welcoming respite, even if it’s just for a little stretch of time. “These services are provided to families who need it the most,” she said.

Gramins continued, “An injury or accident can happen to anyone of our kids and I am happy to know that the Ronald McDonald House is there for any one of us should we ever need them.” To learn more about Le Cirque du ROMP and San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, visit ROMP

fields, but nothing much else. “At last, signs of life and a few houses appeared. And on the last breath from my gas tank, we coasted into the most beautiful Spanish style village I had ever seen. I thought it was a movie set.” It was no movie set. It was Rancho Santa Fe. Giffin Godley tracked down a realtor and asked for their “cheapest lot of land available.” He showed her a oneacre lot on Loma Verde Drive for $3,000. After some bargaining, the price dropped to $2,750. The realtor wanted

to know if Giffin Godley wanted to at least ask her husband about the purchase. Giffin read on, “Oh, no, he’ll love it, I replied. This is the only thing I’ve liked since I’ve come to California. I’ll be back tomorrow and bring the money.” After receiving a personal loan from a family member, in typical Giffin Godley fashion, the property was theirs, followed by a home and many memories. And as they say, the rest is history. “Life, What Have You Got For Me Today?” is available on

his understated presence is downright sinister; making the transformation from abusive neighbor to ugly antagonist is not easy, and his use of unspoken threats to get his point across is brilliant. Like I said earlier, “The Drop” is liable to attract members of the community who are passionate about art-house/ alternative material, so unless you fit that moviegoing mold, you’d best wait until it becomes available on the rental market. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a quality film (and Gandolfini’s last); however, as for seeing it on the big screen…well, that’s

up to you. Regardless of the decision you make, “The Drop” will not disappoint. It is criminally dark and full of suspense, and has a beautiful relationship drama at its core — and marks the final time we will ever get to see James Gandolfini on the big screen. MPAA rating: R for some strong violence and pervasive language. Run time: 1 hour 46 minutes Playing: In limited release

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It’s time to realize your potential. Keep your outlook realistic, and don’t spread yourself too thin. A focused approach, combined with your talent and determination, will help you make big strides toward your dreams, hopes and wishes. Keep your eye on the big picture. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Think outside the box. You will be pleasantly surprised by a new or unusual venture presented to you. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Slow and steady will be your best approach. You will be frustrated if you take on too many projects. Nothing will be accomplished to your satisfaction if you don’t pay attention to detail.

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PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Your compassion will shine in dealings with those you care about. Feel confident to enable beneficial changes to take place. Make a difference by reaching out to those in need. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You are always ahead of the crowd. Don’t be too hard on people who can’t keep up. Showing patience and understanding will result in appreciation and admiration. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Aim high. Take an active role and see your commitments through to completion. A leadership position will be offered and will help get you where you want to go.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t be dissuaded if others don’t see things your way. Keep on top of your professional SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- An unex- responsibilities. Maintain your focus, be pected change will result in an exciting diligent and accept the changes that lie venture. Find a way to incorporate the old ahead. and the new into your plans for the future, CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Keep busy to better suit your needs. and avoid trouble. If you are too idle, you SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You will end up stressing over personal probwill need to take good care of financial lems that you cannot fix. Avoid emotional matters. A joint venture will have an un- scenes by pursuing your own projects. favorable outcome. An in-depth look at LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You can show your documents and records will ensure generosity without opening your wallet. that nothing has been overlooked. Offer your time and advice rather than CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- A per- money. Your financial situation will detesonal relationship will cause dissatisfac- riorate if you are too free with your cash.


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Odd Files By Chuck Shepherd New Frontiers in American Vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August that it had ordered a nine-episode adaptation of a British series, “Sex Box,” in which a couple enters a large opaque chamber on stage and has intercourse. The pair, pre- and post-coitally, are clothed and seated before a panel of probably D-List celebrities, and will respond to questions and comment on their feelings and techniques (likely enduring praise and criticisms about their “work”). The series will debut sometime in 2015. (However, as the Daily Beast website pointed out, it might also be true that still, in 2015, even a split-second’s glimpse of a female nipple on any broadcast TV show would create a national scandal.) The Entrepreneurial Spirit The “trendy” 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin, located adjacent to the Berlin Zoo and offering some of the

best views of the city from its floor-to-ceiling windows, has famously positioned the rest rooms of its Monkey Bar in front of the windows, also, and those heeding nature’s call are clearly visible to gawkers. Guests are merely warned, by the Trip Advisor website and by the hotel itself (with the admonition, “Please be careful. Not only the monkeys are watching”). • London designer Gigi Barker recently unveiled the Skin chair (priced at the equivalent of about $2,500), made of leather but with a “pheromone-impregnated silicone base” that makes it feel (and smell, perhaps) like one is “lounging in the fleshy, comforting folds of a man’s belly.” The Skin was scheduled for exhibition this month at the London Design Festival. • China’s insurance companies offer some of the world’s quirkiest policies, according to a September Reuters dispatch from Hong Kong. People’s Insurance Group, for example, will pay out in case a customer’s children display disappointingly “mischievous and destructive” habits. The Ancheng company offers a policy protecting a customer in case his mouth is burned eating “hotpot.” Ping An Insurance Group (actually, the world’s second-largest by market value) has recently offered an “accidental pregnancy before honeymoon” policy, and is one of three companies that competed to sell couples compensation in case a marriage is disrupted by a “concubine.”


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New priest welcomed St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas, celebrated the new ministry of Rev. Brenda Sol as she was formally installed as its rector Sept. 13. Sol began as rector at St. Andrew’s on May 4, 2014. She came from St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal church in Dallas, Texas, where as an associate priest she focused on pastoral care and programs for young adults. During her time in Dallas, Sol was a member of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning.

Hansen’s Ad-a-Buck Throughout September, Hansen’s Surfboards is donating 5 percent of all proceeds from the sales of its logo apparel and accessories to the StokesMe Foundation, which raises funds for surf-related humanitarian organizations. Customers can also make a donation at the register through StokesMe’s “Add- Still growing GFWC Contemporary Women A-Buck” promotion. of North County, a local women’s volunteer and social club, added eight New GM Michael Murray has been ap- new members for the General Fedpointed General Manager of the eration of Women’s Clubs (GFWC). Hilton Garden Inn San Diego / Del The new members are Pam Whitt, Mar at 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave. and Ginny Griffin, Laura Dolloff, Gail the adjacent Homewood Suites San Ebner, Theresa Grigg, Patricia MeyDiego / Del Mar at 11025 Vista Sor- ers, Barbara Douglas and Madeline rento Parkway by R.A. Rauch & As- Condon. The club meets monthly on sociates (RAR), the company that the second Monday in San Marcos. owns both properties. Over the past For more information, contact Lisa year, Murray worked as General at or visit Manager at the Homewood Suites in Carlsbad, Calif. and partnered with RAR at the Hilton Garden Inn Constitution week Linda Ramos, regent of the Edmonton International Airport.

Santa Margarita Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, accepted a proclamation for Constitution Week from Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. The National Society DAR was instrumental in 1955 in getting Public law 915 passed and signed under president Dwight D. Eisenhower establishing the week of Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 as Constitution Week. Fair time is coming The dates for the 2015 San Diego County Fair are set and it will open at 4 p.m. June 5 and run through July 5. The 4 p.m. opening for the 24 ½ - day run will be considered a “sneak peek” and will be filled with surprises. The Fair will be closed on Mondays and the first two Tuesdays. The theme for the 2015 San Diego County Fair is expected to be announced later this month. Academy adds classes Middle school students at Rancho Encinitas Academy will have yoga added to their curriculum for the school year 2014-15. Additionally, students in the school’s Edison Academy program will participate in Social Thinking. which focuses on improving students’ social communication and interaction abilities, regardless of a diagnostic label.



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Major home transformation through one easy upgrade REGION — Throughout the day, it’s likely you open and shut every door inside your home. You’ve probably become used to the doors, and possibly even resigned to the fact that you’re stuck with the flat white model or even the six-panel variety that your home is filled with. If you’ve considered replacing your home’s interior doors, the thought of disruptive construction and considerable expense might have put you off. Dave Winter, president and CEO of HomeStory San Diego, has found a way to change all of that. The vision for HomeStory came about through Winter’s personal experience with replacing the doors in his home. When he decided he wanted to get an estimate, he had someone come out to his home. “The guy came in and told me it would probably take three days or maybe four,” Winter said. The contractor didn’t have a written quote for Winter, and also suggested that he find somewhere else for his wife and triplet 2-year-old daughters to stay during construction. Winter knew there had to be a better way. With a background in the tech industry, he developed a revolutionary device that enables measuring of doorways with 100 percent accuracy, allowing for custom fitting of doors with no construction necessary.

Additionally, the cost of replacing a door is reduced by about 30 percent as the need for high-cost laborers and construction permits is eliminated and work that would traditionally take days is reduced to two or three hours.

We come out and do a free consultation and estimate and measure all of the door openings in the home.” Dave Winter CEO of HomeStory

Realizing the industry needed such an affordable and reliable alternative for replacing interior home doors, Winter founded HomeStory and his customers couldn’t be happier. The process is simple. “We come out and do a free consultation and estimate and measure all of the door openings in the home,” Winter said. “We send the measurement data to our factory, which customizes the doors to fit, including

the painting of the doors with a high-quality finish. When we come out to your home to install the doors we are in and out in two to three hours because of the customization. There is no demo, no tearing apart door jams. The whole experience is unheard of in the industry. It’s really the best customer experience somebody can have.” Replacing your doors with HomeStory is not just quick and affordable — it’s transformational. “Doors touch every room in the house,” Winter said. “When you update the doors, it refreshes your house and brightens everything up. My customers tell me there is no other home improvement that can do this.” HomeStory offers a one-stop home improvement experience. “We sell the doors, we paint the doors at our factory and then we install them,” Winter said. “We have all kinds of doors — bedroom and bathroom swing doors, closet doors, glass and French doors and our most popular product — a new mirror reflections door that replaces the old aluminum sliding mirror doors. It’s a big upgrade and looks much more highend and sturdy.” To learn more about HomeStory San Diego or to schedule a consultation and free estimate, visit San DiegoI nter iorDoors. com or call (619) 373-1965.


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San Diego’s Master Gardeners are a valued resource By Scott Parker

Struggling with ways to control all those ants crawling on your vegetables? What about the aphids and powdery mildew wreaking havoc in your flower beds? Have any idea how to replace your lawn with drought-tolerant landscaping? There are hundreds of garden experts ready to help you at no cost thanks to the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardeners program ( Here in San Diego, nearly 300 Master Gardeners volunteer thousands of hours each year to provide home gardening and pest control information throughout the county, free to the public. Master Gardeners are trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the County of San Diego Farm and Home Advisor experts in all aspects of home gardening with special emphasis on new pests and issues affecting the county. Their advice is based on UCbased research that includes the innovative Pest Notes — more than 150 helpful guides to pest-related problems and plant diseases. All Pest Notes can be downloaded from the Master Gardeners’ website or by visiting the state’s comprehensive website for home gardeners at You can also pick up printed versions by visiting the UCCE office at 9335 Hazard Way, Suite 201, San Diego, CA 92123. The Master Gardener program attracts volunteers who have a passion for gardening, and

Master Gardeners throughout San Diego County offer valuable resources on a variety of gardening questions, including offering a hotline (858) 822-6910 that is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help educate and answer home gardening and pest management questions.

it is the county’s responsibility to make sure these trainees are given accurate, up-to-date information on home horticulture issues and taught how to properly research and respond to questions they get from local residents. In San Diego, the next Master Gar-

dener training course will be offered in 2016. Each class is popular, with only 48 students accepted from an applicant pool of 200. Master Gardeners receive six months of classroom training and educational field trips.

Instructors include experts in turf grasses, citrus, insects, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Students are certified as UCCE Master Gardeners after they successfully complete the training course and pass the final exam. The newly minted garden

experts must volunteer at least 50 hours/year in public outreach activities, helping to educate the public and answering questions on home gardening and pest management especially through the hotline (858) 822-6910, staffed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Inquires also can be emailed to Master Gardeners give advice at more than 100 annual events in the county, including the San Diego County Fair, in addition to speaking at local garden clubs, serving as consultants for more than 400 school gardens and 80 community gardens, and providing horticultural classes at local juvenile detention facilities. Their demonstration garden was on display this past spring at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. This weekend, the Master Gardeners Plant Sale and Open House will be held at Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thousands of plants will be up for sale along with garden art, tools and books. And 15 different exhibits and demonstrations will cover myriad topics including water-wise plants, earth-friendly gardens, pest management, composting and gardening in small spaces. Plans are already underway for next year’s annual Spring Gardening Seminar March 21, 2015 because Master Gardeners are committed to helping other gardeners grow. Scott Parker is the UCCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator for San Diego County.

Family-owned Aspire Furniture transforms to coastal living SAN MARCOS — Aspire Furniture embraces its North County atmosphere by trading its predominantly Tuscan look for an exciting new Coastal style. Aspire, a family-owned retail furniture business in the San Diego marketplace, is highly regarded for emphasizing personal service, which helps its customers to unlock countless possibilities in terms of home furnishings. As a result of the continued success of the new coastal look in their Kauai showroom, the mainland business has decided to follow in its footsteps transitioning from Tuscan to Coastal. “We are emphasizing a fun, fresh, sophisticated coastal look that embodies multiple styles,” said Shannon Mercado, manager of the San Marcos location. “We

will feature more transitional furniture that includes plantation, cottage, and beachy as well as lots of

We are emphasizing a fun, fresh, sophisticated look that embodies multiple styles.” Shannon Mercado Manager, Aspire Furniture

great new accessories that include whales, sea glass beads and lamps in an array of sea blues and greens.” Since its origins in the 1990s, Aspire’s showroom

has satisfied its customers with quality furniture possessing a Tuscan flair. It wasn’t until four years ago when business owners Jeff and Cindy McGee headed for Kauai to open up a Coastal-oriented showroom. That vivacious style caught the attention of the mainland showroom, which hopes to have completed its Coastal transformation by Thanksgiving. All Tuscan furniture, art, and accessories are currently being sold at liquidated prices to facilitate the ongoing changes. Creating beautiful home environments for individual customers is the core principle of Aspire; according to Shannon Mercado. Going Coastal is the perfect way to embrace that philosophy. It’s a huge, stylish change for the company, and one that will match the vibrant, lively spirit of the San Diego region it serves. “It (Coastal) allows us to present a new element of excitement and gives us a fun, new direction to work with,” said Shannon. “San Diego is a coastal city and I want to bring that same refreshing level of comfort to our San Marcos showroom.” Aspire Furniture is located at 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Ste. 103, San Marcos; call (760) 744-2662.

The 20th Annual International Orchid Fair starts Oct. 5 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Orchid growers can still register to showcase their flowers. Courtesy photo

Annual international orchid fair starts Oct. 5 DEL MAR — The most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the orchid, takes center stage at the 20th Annual San Diego International Orchid Fair Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Thousands of varieties of these rare, exotic and graceful plants will be on display and on sale in the Garden’s Ecke Building from specialty orchid vendors from around the world. Orchid related products such as pottery, paintings, and books will also be available for purchase. In addition, orchid care lectures will be con-

ducted throughout the day for participants to learn how to care, grow, and nurture these delicate plants. All presentations are free with paid admission or membership to the Garden. The Orchid Fair is an official American Orchid Society (AOS) event, where these magnificent flowers will be shown and judged. Local orchid growers are encouraged to participate in the AOS event. To register, growers should bring plants to be judged to the San Diego Botanic Garden’s Ecke Building Oct. 2, from 4 to 7

p.m. or Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Orchids traditionally represent love, luxury, beauty, and strength. Different cultures throughout history have believed in the healing, disease-fighting, and protective properties of the orchid. The 20th Annual San Diego International Orchid Fair is free with paid admission or membership to the Garden. For more information on the Orchid Fair, visit the San Diego Botanic Garden’s website at: SDBGa / orch id. htm.

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Drought Tolerant Plants for the San Diego garden — Think native By Lucy Warren

Garden with California native plants. Photos by Lucy Warren


Want a beautiful green landscape year round? Easy care and easy on water, as well? It may be time to consider what Mother Nature has to offer. California has the greatest number of indigenous plants in North America! And, they are adapted to the environment that surrounds us. In the past few years, more growers are experimenting with native plants and expanding the availability and diversity for gardeners. The natural variety is seemingly endless. There are stately trees from oaks to cypress to desert olives-from gigantic to patio size for small gardens. California native shrubs abound in all sizes, shapes and leaf colors. The manzanitas have multiple varieties which range from tall trees to groundcovers — as do the California lilacs, which provide beautiful blooms in springtime from deepest indigo to pure white. Brilliant seasonal and perennial flowering plants abound in springtime, such as Penstemon ‘Margarita BOP’ or the perky monkey flowers. Some shrubs bloom for months on end, such as the Island Bush Poppy with its large gray-green foliage and yellow poppy flowers. Or, perhaps you prefer some of the many sages. Native plants can be substituted for ornamental plants in any style of landscape. At the 2013 San Diego County Fair, San Diego Botanic Garden challenged local native plant landscaper, Greg Rubin, to design a Japanese-style garden utilizing exclusively drought tolerant native plants. The result was spectacular! Most homeowners now have a typical grass lawn, which uses a lot of water and amendments and requires frequent mowing. You can save from 60 to 90 percent of your landscape water by installing a more interesting and attractive native plant landscape. As an additional benefit, a lightly hydrated native landscape also has high fire resistance. So why don’t more homeowners use native landscaping to save water, money and maintenance? Primarily because they do not understand the plants. They may have even bought a few to put in their garden and watched them decline. It can be very difficult to mix natives with non-natives. Here’s why. Because native plants evolved in a demanding ecology, they developed survival patterns that are different from the ornamental plants we buy from most nurseries. For one thing, California natives grow in communities rather than competing for resources. If you take a drive outside of developed areas, you can easily see rocky hillsides filled with a mix of thriving native plants without irrigation or fertilizer.



Island Bush Poppy (Dendromecon harfordii)

Plus, the native plant ecology is more than just the plants. Native species grow in community with soil microorganisms to mutual benefit. These organisms help to feed and hydrate the natives with minimal interference on our part. The organisms are all around, they don’t need to be added to the soil. The two best ways to kill natives are to over water and to fertilize. This “special attention” breaks the bond between the plants and their soil benefactors, leaving them open to pathogens and disease. Drought tolerant means less water or low water, not NO water. Even natives benefit from a periodic light overhead spray—think coastal mists—to dust off the leaves and lightly rehydrate the mulch under the plants. The Master Gardener Plant Sale at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will have informational displays on natives and other drought tolerant plants, with experts to answer questions. Lucy Warren, UCCE Master Gardener is the co-author with Greg Rubin of “The California Native Landscape: Homeowner’s Guide to Restoring its Balance and Beauty.”


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Anderson’s La Costa Nursery gains new owners Gardeners across Southern California breathed a sigh of relief this August when it was announced that Anderson’s La Costa nursery had been acquired by a family intent on preserving the garden’s rich legacy. Anderson’s, premier nursery located two blocks west of Interstate 5 on La Costa Avenue, has been a favorite among nursery goers for nearly 60 years. “Anderson’s La Costa Nursery in an institution. It’s a place everyone needs The Lahaye residence n Olivenhain will be featured on the annual Modern Home Tour Sept. 27. The Modern-style home was designed by architect and former Encinitas resident Soheil Nakhshab. Courtesy photos

Tour to feature homes with a Modern style By Tony Cagala

ENCINITAS — Things are developing in the right way for architect Soheil Nakhshab. The 33-year-old, who grew up in Encinitas with a passion for art and mathematics, has been fortunate enough to combine the two subjects and turn them into a successful career. As CEO/principal of Nakhshab Development Design, Inc. Nakhshab has 10 new contracts for projects in San Diego, including one slated for Cape Town, South Africa later this year. Four of his homes will be part of the 2014 Modern Home Tour Sept. 27. The tour, hosted by the Texas-based Modern Home Tours, LLC, will be showcasing Modern architecture-influenced homes in San Diego County, including the Lahaye house in Olivenhain, which Nakhshab designed. Nakhshab said the Modern concepts he employs have all existed since the 1950s and ‘60s. But for people in the industry — the designers, the developers — it’s their responsibility to make sure they show people what true living is, he said. “At the end of the day, we’re still animals. We need to have that connection with nature. It gives us a better lifestyle,” he said.

We spent 10 years waiting for the perfect nursery and it was well worth the wait” Marc Smith General Manager, Anderson’s La Costa Nursery

Some of the features to look for is the beauty in minimalism, says architecht Soheil Nakhshab. The Modern Home Tour will highlight four of his designed homes in the county.

ceptable in today’s society.

What does that mean for home design in the 21st century? I think people are going to start being more conscientious about the First off, what makes modern, initial thoughts on how the home should be designed and it should be modern? Lifestyles play a big factor as far set up. as lifestyle is concerned. But aesthetically, my style is based on aesthetics How do you see the environment and that were established 50 or 60 years home design interacting together? We really take into consideration ago, which were far superior to what you see in today’s marketplace. It was our surroundings, our neighborhoods a shame a lot of those styles and ideas — where the wind is coming in, where were kind of forgotten after the late the sun is rising, where it’s setting in ‘70s and ‘80s just as the industry went order to make the home as passively downhill and you started seeing more functioning as possible where we’re mass production and it was about the not running our air conditioning sysbottom line versus putting something tem or turning on the lights 24/7. out there that would last the test of We’re creating a space where we still time and would actually be a piece of feel like we’re blending with the existart – that was not just a piece of art ing environment. that was form, but also function. For people touring the residences, Have you noticed if how people use what should they be looking for? I think some of the key features their homes has changed as times in the home are just the minimalist change? Absolutely. Let’s just look back in details. People have this tendency to time a little bit where things were a think more is better, but I think beaulot more compartmentalized. Society ty is minimalism. So it’s key for people has evolved where women before were to see the natural materials that were looked at playing the homemaker role, used, the flow of the floor plan, the where ‘Hey you just stay in the kitch- natural light of the space. Every time en and do the cooking and then come I go there, when I visit my clients, I sit out here and serve me,’ versus today, back and I just watch them live in the home life has changed where people space, and it’s just really fascinating. want to interact. It’s not just a household where it’s a husband and a wife. When a home, say not cut from the It could be a husband and a husband, same cloth, is built, what kind of imor a wife and a wife. And it’s more ac- pact can that have on the surrounding

Taking the environment and surroundings into consideration was key to designing the Lahaye residence in the Encinitas community of Olivenhain.

neighborhood and community? It’s like the old idea of keeping up with the Joneses. Most people are visual, they have to physically see something to understand it. When you can put something out there for people to physically experience and see and understand, I think it opens their minds and creates the level of expectations for themselves. So, for the future, whoever that mass producing developer is, they’ll have expectations from the consumer that they have to factor in.

to experience,” says Solana Beach gardening guru Sharon McCarty. “It’s one of the few nurseries where you can talk with people who have a deep knowledge of plants and how to care for them. They carry a great selection of plants from around the world that are locally grown. If I need something special, they’ll have it or they’ll find it for me.” Anderson’s new owners, Mariah and Marc Smiths, purchased the nursery in August. They plan to retain all of the garden center’s current employees and make significant investments to build upon the previous owner’s success. “We feel really lucky,” says manager Marc Smith. “Anderson’s has great customers and we love its peaceful and beautiful setting near the ocean. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and super talented. We spent 10 years waiting for the perfect nursery and it was well worth the wait.” According to award-winning designer Shad Bruce of Concept 45, Anderson’s style and approach set it apart from the competition. “It’s not a generic “big box” garden center,” says Bruce. “When I’m designing a custom outdoor environment or furniture,

I often collaborate with the people at Anderson’s. They have great designers whose fingers are on the pulse of style. They help you avoid costly landscaping mistakes and create beautiful outdoor spaces. I also appreciate their focus on sustainability and buying from local growers and artisans.” Stepping into Anderson’s is like stepping back into time. The boutique nursery and design center has deep roots in the gardening and horticultural community dating back to 1956 when Horace and Mary Anderson first opened their doors. Its location, just five blocks from the ocean in Leucadia, is a reminder of a bygone era for Southern California nurseries. Inside the nursery, visitors find more than an acre of plants, pottery, fountains and garden décor. The nursery stocks an abundance of plants from every continent, including: succulents, edibles, ornamentals, native and drought-tolerant, cactus, shrubs, and ornamental trees. Visitors can explore a charming gift shop, a secret garden filled with herbs, veggies and playhouse. They can also browse a greenhouse filled with a spectacular array of tropical indoor plants. The nursery carries organic fertilizers, soil amendments and pest control products, including beneficial organisms used for natural pest control. In additions to plants, Anderson’s carries a beautiful selection of pottery, and one of the largest selections of garden fountains in the area. Should you find more than fits in your car, no problem — Anderson’s can deliver. Anderson’s designers have helped hundreds of Southern California gardens beautify their yards and gardens. From vision to completion, Anderson’s designers make it easy to build a dream garden. “We can help homeowners enhance their yards and avoid costly mistakes. Through every step of the process from plant selections to placement,” says Marc Smith, manager at Anderson’s. “Our mission is simple: We help create unique, useful and beautiful outdoor living spaces.”

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Family fun, quality tables are a tradition at Billiards & Barstools You may have heard the best way to keep families together is to gather around the table. For Darrell Meddings, owner of Billiards & Barstools, that means gathering around the pool table or game table. Billiards & Barstools sells and services pool tables, games and entertainment room furnishings. “It’s all about family fun,” Meddings said. The staff at Billiards & Barstools has a full knowledge of pool tables and antiques. Services include sales, restoration and moving tables. “Our strong points are a knowledgeable and able staff,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools has two locations — one in Valencia and one in San Marcos — with large, newly remodeled showrooms. “We carry the best brands,” Meddings said, “We have a complete line of pool tables, furniture and accessories.” Billiards & Barstools carries Brunswick tables, made by the No. 1 pool table manufacturer. The handcrafted Brunswick pool tables are something people can pass on for generations, Meddings said. Brunswick has been making pool tables since 1845. The complete selection of pool tables at Billiards & Barstools includes a range of table

prices from top of the line to beginner tables. “From the low end up we have a variety of brands,” said Meddings. “There’s a starting price point for everyone’s budget.”

We’re selected and called to do this because of our knowledgeable staff” Darell Meddings Owner, Billiards & Barstools

No matter what your skill level at the game, the benefit of family fun can always be enjoyed. Pool tables bring the family together. When families play pool, they talk, laugh, and joke. “That doesn’t happen looking at a picture tube,” Meddings said. Even customers who do not expect to enjoy the family purchase find themselves playing. A customer recently called to say how much his wife enjoys the pool table. “She’s out there playing pool with our son.” Meddings enjoys plain pool

with his family and friends and now plays with his grandchildren. Pool is a universal game everyone can enjoy. Families aren’t the only people visiting Billiards & Barstools. The company has serviced and installed tables for the women’s professional pool tournament at Viejas for the last 10 years. Billiards & Barstools also serviced and installed tables for the men’s pool tournament in Los Angeles. “We’re selected and called to do this because of our knowledgeable staff,” Meddings said. “Customers say when we install the tables they never have to worry, they know they’re done right.” Professional service is key. Pool tables need to be moved and set up the right way. It’s essential tables are torn apart, levels are reset, and felt is recovered correctly. There is a lot that goes into putting a table together. Tables need to be professionally leveled. The difference in the level of a table is precise — less than the thickness of a business card. “Customer service is one thing we pride ourselves in. Our guys are professionals who are trained in setup and have knowledge of antiques. I have over 40 years experience. It’s very important to have a full knowledge

of pool tables when you’re putting one together,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools offers full services to move, recover and restore tables in Southern California. “I hear horror stories of people trying to move tables themselves, even if it’s to have new carpet put in,” Meddings said. They mess them up, pop a slate, or snap an apron.” Pool tables should be handled by an experienced service person. They even move tables out of state. “We deliver all over, as far as Tahoe and Mammoth,” Meddings said. “We have customers coming inform 300 miles. We just delivered a professional high end table to Lake Havasu,” Meddings said. They also do in home consultation. “We will go out to the home, measure, we’ll do whatever’s necessary to provide service to customers,” Meddings said. Consultations include helping customers select game room furnishings. They carry high-end custom-made Darafeev furniture, dining game tables, chairs and barstools, said Meddings. Billiards and Barstools carries a large selection of wood furniture, leather and designer fabrics. They also carry metal and wood bar stools, “We have a huge selection with prices starting very

low,” Meddings said. Billiards & Barstools also carries kits to convert a pool table to a dining table, or ping-pong table. In addition to pool, Billiards & Barstools carries lots of other games for family fun. They carry a full line of games, foosball, air hockey, shuffleboard, ping-pong and pinball machines and a large selection of darts for professional dart players and dart leagues. “Our selection of pool cues ranges from $20 to $5,000,” Meddings said. Billiard & Barstools carries family video games, like Pac Man and Megatouch Gametime. Gameroom accessories include popcorn machines and table lights. “We’re the most exciting store around,” said Meddings. “It’s all about fun.” In today’s competitive market, Meddings said Billiards & Barstools offers 12-month financing to help customers get the game room they have always dreamed of. The San Marcos store is located at 330 Rancheros Drive, Suite 120. For more information call (760) 471-9208. The Valencia store is located at 25420 The Old Road. For more information, call (661) 799-7564. Visit for directions.

Groundwater, a vital part of our water supply By Marie Waldron

Seaside living is attainable with the new Carlsbad community SummerHouse overlooking the Buena Vista Lagoon. Courtesy photo

Carlsbad’s SummerHouse makes second-home living a seaside experience With direct access to surf and sand, and sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Buena Vista Lagoon, Zephyr Partners’ Carlsbad community SummerHouse is the perfect place for second-home buyers to find a new home away from home. The enclave of 35 luxury beach condos being built in the heart of Carlsbad is just steps from the beach and a short stroll to the village. Homeowners will enjoy an ideal seaside living experience with a full range of recreational options nearby, including the ocean for fishing, hiking, paddle boarding and water skiing, and Calaveras Park for hiking, mountain biking, and fishing. Living the beach lifestyle is all about comfort and ease, which is why SummerHouse is offering a luxurious concierge service that will cut down on planning time and maximize fun in the sun. An onsite concierge service will be on hand to perform a range of helpful tasks such as scheduling a surf lesson or walking the dog. The concierge attendant will also be able to provide kayaks, paddle boards, beach chairs, bicycles, tents and any other equipment beach-living residents might need for their daily adventures. “SummerHouse is an oasis perfect for second-home buyers looking for a vacation home to relax and enjoy their favorite hobbies,” said Brad Termini, Zephyr Partners’ co-CEO.

More extensive at-home services such as personal grocery shopping, cooking and dry cleaning — services typically found only in a high-end resort or highrise – may also be available. These beach condos are located at 2303 Ocean St., a half-mile from the Coaster Station and a short ride to downtown San Diego, the Zoo and SeaWorld. It is also in close proximity to Palomar Airport, which offers private and commercial flights. On-site amenities include a pool, fire pits and cabanas, and a fitness center. As part of Zephyr’s unique building nature, each of the 35 floors plans, featuring California Coastal architecture, vary from building to building, with eight general styles. The single-story condominiums range from 1,800 to 2,700-square-feet with two and three bedrooms, plus a den, and 2.5 or three bathrooms. Other fine touches include disappearing cantina doors on to the large lanais, a wide kitchen island, top of the line appliances, designer cabinets and detailed interior finishes. Prices range from $1.3 million to $2.4 million. The first SummerHouse homes will be ready for move in late 2014. The sales center is open Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, visit

Water deliveries throughout California have been seriously impacted by the long drought. The resulting shortfall has forced many agricultural regions to draw excessive amounts of water from groundwater basins, which in dry years can provide up to 46 percent of the state’s total water supply. In response, the Legislature hastily passed three bills in the closing weeks of the 2014 session governing water management policies for groundwater basins. Senate Bills 1168, 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739 have all been forwarded to Governor Brown for his signature. The need to update

the state’s groundwater regulations is readily apparent. Indeed, many groundwater basins have been critically overdrawn for decades, long before the current drought. However, this legislation infringes on private property rights and punishes groundwater users in basins that have had little or no overdraft or already enforce effective management policies. Furthermore, these bills were rushed through with little time for public review. It took nearly ten years to pass the water bond being submitted to voters in November; surely we can take a few more months before enacting permanent and sweeping changes to California’s

groundwater policies. Unlike the water bond, which passed with wide bi-partisan support, this legislation has generated bi-partisan criticism. The agricultural community, an industry directly impacted by these proposals, has been conspicuous in its opposition. Consequently, I have joined legislators from both parties to ask Governor Brown to veto these bills. Given time, legislation can be drafted next session that respects local control and private property rights while avoiding overreaching state interference over this irreplaceable resource. Marie Waldron is the state Assemblymember for District 75.


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Rats or gophers destroying your yard?


‘Sick building syndrome’ topic of conference By Aaron Burgin

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REGION — If you find yourself constantly with the sniffles and sneezes, it might not be the family pet — your home could be making you sick, advocates for environmentally friendly buildings said. Officials with the San Diego Green Building Council gave the phenomena a nickname, “sick building syndrome,” and according to US Environmental Protection Agency Statistics, it contributes to everything from absenteeism at work to headaches, migraines and asthma attacks.

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“It is a general term to describe the impacts that buildings have on us physiologically and biologically, and those impacts are 100 percent real,” said Ravi Bajaj, the education manager of the San Diego Green Building Council. “There are impacts from how we respond from a productivity standpoint to how we biologically respond to the lack of fresh air in a space, or the amount of toxins increase in a space, or with respect to ventilation, since we breathe out carbon dioxide, without proper ventilation those higher concentrations of CO2 can lead to exhaustion, and in higher concentrations, very extreme health impacts as well.” Advocates of “green” building practices said that sick building syndrome will only be curtailed if builders change the way they build, including increasing access to natural light, using socalled healthy building materials and creating more energy efficient structures. Many of these topics will be discussed Sept. 23 at the Council’s second annual Healthy Buildings and Communities Conference, at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center in Kearny Mesa. The eight-hour event will feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Baca from Gov. Jerry Brown’s Office of Planning and Research will discuss the impacts of community and building design on health and well-being. Peter Rumsey from Point Energy Innovations will speak on the passive and “timeless” strategies that can be used to optimize building performance. It will also include breakout sessions on topics such as zero waste, watershed management and green infrastructure, healthy building materials and energy efficiency for existing buildings. Proponents of green building said events like this are crucial, as on average Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, much of it in traditional buildings that expose them to higher concentration of pollutants than found outdoors. An infographic created by the Council, which cites statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other sources, says that green building leads to fewer absences and better performance at work and school, and fewer episodes of asthma, allergies and headaches. San Diego is one of the leaders in the green building movement. Countywide, more than 400 projects — about 48 million square feet of building space — have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” or LEED certification. The rating system is considered the stamp of approval for energy efficient and environmentally friendly standards in building con-

struction. San Diego is also home to the nation’s first “Energy Star” certified building, the Ridgehaven project, which is home to the city’s Environmental Services Department. Still, the county lags behind many of the cities that have really taken hold of the green movement, such as San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New York. “We have roots in the beginning of the green building movement,” Bajaj said. “Where we have room for improvement is spreading from those few isolated projects to general sustainability across the board.” Ergo, the theme of the conference emphasizes communities, Bajaj said, focusing on how builders can spread those green principles from one building to an entire cluster of buildings and ultimately, create communities that are green. In addition to the environmental benefits, builders benefit financially because the green upgrades ultimately lower operating costs, Bajaj said. “We don’t know with certainty when gas, fuel or water costs will rise, but we do know with certainty that they are rising,” Bajaj said. “Sustainability puts you in a place where you reducing those operating costs and saving money.” The conference costs $40 to attend for council members, $50 for non-members and $60 at the door. Members can bring one free guest. To register, visit the website at: event-868747

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Stellar Sales of Luxury Homes at Alta Del Mar San Diego’s Best New Home Community REGION — Success comes in many forms, from awards to buyer satisfaction, but stellar sales really tells the story, especially in the case of a high-end, luxury new home community like Alta Del Mar by Pardee Homes. With pricing starting at $2.5 million, this unique neighborhood, located in coastal North San Diego’s Del Mar Mesa area, has experienced stellar sales. Pardee Homes has sold 48 estate homes in just 18 months. In addition, 21 of the available 29 custom lots within the community have also been sold. “Traffic and sales have been amazing since we quietly introduced Alta Del Mar to the public in 2013,” said Matt Sauls, regional marketing director for Pardee Homes. “We are proud that the excellence we pursued in developing this community has been matched by resounding buyer response. We are committed to developing this spectacular plateau in a way that preserves the natural topography and sweeping view corridors as we provide our homebuyers with a one-of-a-kind address. The elevated site and picturesque setting are coastal North County’s last, best opportunity for an exceptional lifestyle, with the location being one of the top reasons for our sales success. Buyers have also cited the beautiful floor plan designs and availability of

morning rooms or nooks feature state-of-the art design and appliances. When you purchase a home at Alta Del Mar, you can select the exceptional design elements and features that reflect your lifestyle.” From Wolf gourmet appliance packages to Sub-Zero built-in refrigerators and dual Bosch dishwashers, the choices for the kitchen are extensive, as are those for luxurious bathrooms and master bedroom suites. Each home occupies a generous homesite that provides ample opportunity for private interior and side courtyards as well as generous backyards suitable for pools, gardens and entertaining. Alta Del Mar is served by schools in the Del Mar Award-winning Alta Del Mar Plan 3 by Pardee Homes was the recipient of the SoCal Award for Best Union School District for Architectural Design for a house 4,000 square feet and above. Courtesy photo elementary grades and it is anticipated Carmel Vallarge single-story homes al firm of Bassenian/Lagoni as compelling reasons why of Newport Beach, Alta Del they have purchased a Mar embraces California’s rich architectural heritage home at Alta Del Mar.” In addition to a success- by incorporating elements ful sales rate, Alta Del Mar of Spanish and Monterey has been the recipient of design such as exterior 22 industry awards includ- gated porticos, charming ing “Best Residential Com- interior courtyards, grand munity of the Year” des- entries, outdoor rooms and ignation in three separate classic brick and wood decompetitions—Gold Nugget tailing; authentic wrought Awards, BIA Icon Awards iron detail, stone facades, and SoCal Awards. In ad- vestibules and formal halldition, Alta Del Mar was ways evoke French Country honored with a Gold Award and Tuscan architectural for Residence Two at BALA styling. “Each of the four floor and at the Professional Builder Design Awards and plans offers a haven for ina Gold Award for Residence door and outdoor living,” Three and Silver Award for added Sauls. “Large side Community of the Year at and interior courtyards, expansive family rooms, and The Nationals–2014. The Prestige Collection club rooms are suitable for a of Alta Del Mar is gated en- large art or exercise studio, clave of 4,151 to 6,235-squre game room or home theater, foot Estate Homes on lots and are among the many averaging a half acre, and exciting floor plan features. Custom Home sites up to Sun drenched kitchens with one acre. Pricing is from $1.85 to $2.4 million. Designed by the award-winning architectur-

Hosts may want to consider gluten-free foods at dinner parties When hosting a dinner party, hosts might be asked to provide some gluten-free foods. Gluten is a general name for proteins found in wheat that help foods maintain their shape. But gluten also can be found in cereal grains such as rye and barley as well as a variety of crossbreeds. Gluten is not unhealthy, but many people are gluten-intolerant. When such people, who may suffer from celiac disease, consume gluten, they may be triggering an immune system response that damages their intestines and prevents them from absorbing nutrients they need to stay healthy. Some gluten-intolerant people may be suffer-

ing from a wheat allergy that can produce various reactions to wheat allergens. Party hosts concerned about guests with a gluten intolerance may want to consult those guests about which foods they can and cannot eat. A gluten-free diet typically forbids gluten-intolerant men, women and children from consuming bread, beer, french fries, pasta, salad dressing, soy sauce, and certain soups. However, many food manufacturers have begun to produce gluten-free alternatives to popular foods and beverages, making it easier than ever for dinner party hosts to cater to gluten-intolerant guests.

ley Middle School, Torrey Pines High School or Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito Union High School District will serve older children. Pardee Homes is celebrating its 60th anniversary in the San Diego market this year. Recognized for superior master-planning concepts, quality construction, energy-efficient building practices, responsive customer service and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds, Pardee Homes was one of the first builders in San Diego to embrace sustainable building practices and continues to build consideration for the planet into every home and community. For more information visit For more information visit or call (858) 461-0109.


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Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce (BPT) — Warm weather months bring an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty? Chef Daniel Reyes, culinary faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, believes that it’s important to know the difference between buzzwords common at markets. “If you have questions about how farmers do something, they are more than happy to talk to

you and educate you about sustainable and organic farming,” he says. Reyes explains that while some produce may look unfamiliar, a good market salesperson will provide tips on how to use the items. Farmers markets are not just great places to buy, they’re also great places to learn new culinary techniques and food pairings. Another tip? Shop early — that’s when chefs at are the markets. “Chefs are usually there early in the morning. See what they are buying,” says Reyes. And remember to bring bags to carry your items home — cooler bags are especially Touring your local farmers markets can help you connect with your community and the neighborhood agrihelpful when you’re buying culture. Courtesy photo delicate goods such as lo- share a passion for locally cally made cheeses, eggs or grown food. The markets build a meats. sense of community, according to Reyes, that conA sense of community Farmers markets allow tributes to a stronger local people to gather in a com- economy and smaller envimon place to meet neigh- ronmental footprint. “Get to know your bors and make friends who

purveyors. See where they come from,” Reyes advocates. This sentiment is shared by Chef Elizabeth Thompson, culinary arts faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire. Thompson

recommends asking farmers what’s best to buy right now. “They grow whatever they sell, which makes them experts. Ask to put be put on their email list. They may send out information about what is in season and what to do with it,” she adds. Thompson makes it a point to try something new each time she visits a farmers market. “Sample everything! That is how the farmers sell their products, and you will know what you like.” CSA - Community Supported Agriculture In addition to visiting the farmers market, many people are choosing to become CSA shareholders, paying in advance for weekly boxes of produce. CSAs create a direct relationship between farmer and consumer, according to Thompson. CSAs allow busy people to pick up their share boxes at a convenient location, and teach them how to use what’s inside. For those interested in supporting local farmers, CSAs provide a critical influx of cash to farmers during the off-season, helping them to better prepare for the planting season ahead. Whether shopping weekly at the farmers market or picking up a CSA box of fresh produce, buying local allows consumers to taste fruit and vegetables at their peak flavor. From striped heirloom tomatoes to strawberries picked fresh just hours before, farm fresh foods provide a burst of flavor and a connection to the community that cannot be found within a large supermarket.

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These plants can help to Black Whale Lighting shines new light on industry improve indoor air quality Indoor air quality is not often an issue in the warmer months, when many homeowners open their windows to let the fresh air of the great outdoors enter their homes in abundance. But once the temperatures begin to dip and windows start to close, indoor air quality can suffer. Musty air is not only uncomfortable, it’s also unhealthy. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can build up inside a home, especially when windows are kept shut for long stretches of time, which is often the case in winter. Indoor plants can counter such stale air, in some cases filtering out VOCs to make the air inside a home more breathable and healthy. The following are a handful of houseplants that can improve indoor air quality. • Aloe: Many of us know aloe for its restorative properties with regard to treating burns and cuts, but aloe also improves indoor air quality by helping to clear a home of the byproducts, including formaldehyde, of chemical-based household cleaners. Aloe loves the sun, so if you hope to keep an aloe plant healthy through the winter, be sure to place the plant in a window that gets lots of sun exposure throughout the day. • Gerber daisy: Like aloe, a gerber daisy needs ample sunlight, and tends to only withstand winters in warmer climates. But homeown-

ers who live in such climates may still keep their windows closed in winter, and those that do can use these colorful, low-maintenance flowers to remove trichloroethylene, a chemical that clothes may be exposed to during the dry cleaning process. • Golden pothos: The golden pothos can survive a winter, but homeowners should be careful not to let the plant dry out, which can happen if they are directly exposed to sunlight. A golden pothos vine will grow quickly, so a hanging basket is a great way to keep one inside a home, where the plant can help fight formaldehyde. • Ficus benjamina: Also known as a weeping fig, the ficus benjamina can be difficult to overwinter. But that does not mean your ficus benjamina, which can filter pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from a home, won’t make it through the winter. You just need to figure out the right watering and light conditions for the plant. Such conditions can be discussed with a gardening professional. • Warneck dracaena: The warneck dracaena, or dracaena deremensis, fights pollutants created by varnishes and oils. The warneck dracaena is a sturdy houseplant that is difficult to kill, but it still thrives in temperatures that are between 70 F and 80 F.

On Carlsbad Boulevard in North County, two pioneering women named Louise Adams and Lorraine Lane opened shop in downtown Carlsbad selling lighting fixtures, lamps shades and providing lamp repair. They enjoyed much success, but wanted to travel and be closer to family so they decided to sell the store in 1982. Paul Schaeffer took over as the charismatic designer and made his main focus lampshades, repairs and custom lamps. Paul collected, amassed, acquired, stockpiled, and salvaged some of Southern California’s most unusual lamps. During his ownership he also brought the store back to Carlsbad from Oceanside. When current owners Kirsten and Alan Recce passed by an antique store in downtown Carlsbad. With her background in antiques and personal property appraising, Kirsten was intrigued to discover a small area set aside featuring Paul’s unique business of lamps. A small wooden sign with a carved black whale hung over the small repair area. A friendship resulted between Kirsten and Paul, and three months later Kirsten purchased his business. This year, the company is celebrating the milestone achievement of 20 years in business.

The celebrations began earlier in the year having completed their fifth expansion and relocation in Coastal North County. Now located in the En-

Our industry and services are changing daily right now.” Kirsten Recce Owner, Black Whale Lighting

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in Encinitas, they are proud to call the new 7,500 square foot showroom home. Settling in, Black Whale Lighting is developing many new features and interactive lighting labs to further educate and stimulate our customers’ passion for lighting technology and design. “Our industry and services are changing daily right now,” said Kirsten, “New technology is coming from everywhere.” Black Whale Lighting has established itself as the largest independent lighting showroom in San Diego County — showcasing the most diverse selection of decorative and technical

lighting for your residential interiors and outdoor living spaces. Contractors and designers alike seek their services and products out, meeting their discriminating taste in commercial spaces, new custom homes and remodels. Black Whale Lighting has created an outstanding team of employees who have vast lighting knowledge and a passion for what they do — serving your every lighting need. In-home consultations with their excellent lighting-certified trained staff are available for those who need additional assistance with larger projects.


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Bird feeding faux pas? Five easy, no-fret fixes

Fabulous food, pretty presentation and attention to detail can earn you a reputation as an amazing host among your human guests. But when you serve your feathered friends, are you

committing a feeding faux pas that you fear may prove unforgivable? Birds may be small, but they pack long memories into those little craniums, and they won’t soon forget if you serve the

wrong food, make a bad feeder choice or allow uninvited squirrels in on the action. Certain feeding missteps, however, are fairly easy to fix.

Faux pas No. 1 - Serving junk food. You wouldn’t invite your friends over for a dinner party and serve them a bucket of take-out fried chicken, would you? Well, that’s essentially

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dried mealworms provide much-needed energy and fat. Serve Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Cylinders for a tidy long-lasting dining solution. Visit our store or website to learn more about othertypes of bird food. Faux pas No. 2 - Failing to offer your guests something to drink. You would not offer a gourmet meal to your guests without the appropriate drinks to go with it, would you? Birds can be quite focused on food, but they need fresh water availTURN TO BIRD FEEDING ON B13

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Faux pas No. 5 - Paper plates Would you invest time and money in preparing a gourmet meal only to serve it on paper plates? Of course not! Yet that’s comparable to how birds feel about a single feeder, a dirty feeder or one that doesn’t feature their preferred style of perch. The fix: Offer multiple styles of feeders to appeal to the


able just the same. The fix: Place a birdbath or a few smaller ones at different heights throughout your garden. Birds need water to drink and bathe in order to keep their feathers in top flight condition. Faux pas No. 3 - Tolerating uninvited guests. Birds aren’t the only ones who love bird food; squirrels are big fans of seeds and no-melt dough as well, and they’re experts at stealing seed from bird feeders. Left unchallenged, squirrels can drain feeders quickly, leaving nothing for the birds. They can also cause damage to feeders and frighten away more timid bird species. Black birds can also be a problem. The fix: You wouldn’t attack a pesky neighbor who showed up uninvited at your backyard barbecue, and you don’t want to harm squirrels either - just dissuade them from bothering bird feeders. One option is to stock your no-melt dough feeders with Hot Pepper No-Melt Dough. Birds can’t taste the heat, but squirrels sure hate it. Also, squirrels do not like Safflower Seed, but birds sure do. Black birds don’t like Safflower Seed either and won’t bother your feeders if you offer it. Faux pas No. 4 - Overlooking the importance of ambiance. You hang streamers and balloons for a birthday party, and light graceful tapers for an intimate dinner


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allow you to serve the nectar that hummingbirds love. Wild Birds Unlimited feeders are made in the U.S.A., many are made with recycled materials and most have a lifetime warranty. Fortunately, it’s easy to develop bird-feeding etiquette. A few simple fixes will convince your feathered friends that your backyard

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party. Birds care about ambiance, too. Shrubbery and trees provide birds places to hide from predators. A yard that lacks cover is not an appealing dining destination for birds. The fix: Choose a calm, sunny location for feeders — spots east or south of your house will probably provide the most protection from cold northern winds. Plant shrubs and trees, put up a fence or plant a hedgerow to provide cover. Since you’ll have to refill your feeders on a regular basis, be sure their location is accessible and convenient.

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THREE PETALS. Designed by Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac. The New School of Architecture, San Diego

Finalists chosen for Sukkah Design Competition REGION — Three in- sen as finalists by a panel of spired and imaginative judges for the Sukkot at the Sukkah designs were cho- Ranch Design Competition. The three finalists are: Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac, students of the New School of Architecture in San Diego, Calif.; Yoshi Silverstein, founder and lead designer-educator of Mitsui Design, based in Washington D.C. who previously served as Education Director of Kayam Farm at the Pearlstone Center and as Jewish Environmental Educator at the Teva Learning Center; and Chris and Sasha Verone, a husband and wife architecture team, also based in San Diego. Volunteers will construct the designs on the Ranch at 441 Saxony Road in Encinitas Oct. 5. The winning design will be chosen by people’s choice and awarded $3,600 at the Sukkot at the Ranch Festival Oct. 12. The Sukkah Design Competition invited designers to reimagine the ancient temporary structure known as a Sukkah, which has been built during the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot since biblical times. A Sukkah is traditionally erected for one week each autumn to commemorate the holiday of Sukkot in celebration and gratitude of the harvest. It is customary, within the temporary walls of the Sukkah, to share meals, entertain, and rejoice. Judges chose the designs from a pool of 17 submissions from California, New York and Washington D.C. The Judges included: Rob Quigley, San Diego architect most known for the New Central Library; Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic; Davidson Norris, New York-based architect and daylighting designer; Mia Lehrer, Los Angeles architect; and Jessica Lee Vences, one of last year’s winning designers from a team at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design. “The selected finalists (mostly) reveal a bias on the part of the jury for Sukkahs…that were physically delicate, visually light and potentially nomadic, whose skins were photonically translucent and that confused the perceived boundaries between inside and out, sky and earth. They were composed of materials that were resolutely of and

in the organic world, all to suggest that the Sukkah is as much a creation of the mind as it is a dwelling on the ground,” said Davidson Norris. This year’s themes are release and renewal and the three dimensional canvas to express these themes is the Sukkah. Each Sukkah is required to adhere to the following guidelines: the structure must be temporary; it must have at least two-and-a-half walls; it must be big enough to contain a table and most of a person’s body; and it must have a roof made of shade-providing organic materials through which a person can see the stars. Three Petals Designed by Herencia Del Rico and Max Magac The New School of Architecture, San Diego From the designers: “Three Petals formally resembles and is homage to the tipi – the temporary shelter used by many of America’s nomadic natives…and is a remembrance of the 40 years Jews existed in their own nomadic state. The festival of Sukkot is a time for spiritual reflection, so the upwardly sloping walls…direct the eyes of the visitor toward the heavens.” From Jessica Lee Vences, judge “The use of three petals is very symbolic because the number three is significant in spirituality. The lightness of the structure contributes to the temporary feeling of the Sukkah. Humbleness of the materials, waterproof cardboard tubes, goes back to the original shelter in using what they had available.” Tension Release Designed by Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Designs, Washington D.C. From the designer: “Release is not possible without tension…(this sukkah) is held together by tension. Metaphorically the tension of an impermanent shelter that both shades from the sun and…asks us to physically experience this liminal state of vulnerability. Physically this Sukkah’s structure is held toTURN TO SUKKAH ON B15

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gether by tension — hemp cordage pulled taut around a central hub made from a reclaimed bicycle wheel and strung around angled bamboo posts dug into the ground. “ From Rob Quigley, AIA, judge “There is something magical about this space. It gives a quality of depth that provokes thought and makes you want to visit over and over again. The structure is contained and disciplined, yet fluid, organic and free. “ Designed by Chris and Sasha Verone San Diego, Calif. From the designers: “The seven sides of this sukkah structure represent the seven days of the week and the seven year cycle. Once inside the Sukkah, one’s awareness of the outside world is diminished. The base of the Sukkah structure tapers inwards to harvest one’s thoughts, wishes and concerns. The top tapers outwards to release them to

TENSION RELEASE. Designed by Yoshi Silverstein, Mitsui Designs, Washington D.C. the sky.” From Christopher Hawthorne, judge “Both vulnerable and protected, delicate and well-built, this proposal stood out for its ability to translate the themes of the competition — most notably the seven-day and seven-year cycles of rest — into architectural space. A seven-sided Sukkah completely open on one side, it both invites visitors to come inside and makes

clear, once they get there, that ultimately no building can take the place of community or tradition in protecting us or making us whole.”

Designed by Chris and Sasha Verone San Diego, Calif. Courtesy photos

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Home projects perfect for ‘staycationers’ The “staycation” was a concept many first acquainted themselves with when the economy started to struggle and men and women were forced to tighten their belts. In lieu of trips overseas or family trips to popular tourist destinations, many men and women opted to stay home and save their money. While the idea of a staycation makes practical sense, many found that idling away a week of hardearned vacation at home could grow somewhat boring after a few days. But whether a staycation is a week-long escape from the office or a three-day weekend, homeowners can tackle a few projects around the house to turn their time at home into one marked by productivity instead of boredom. • Add a splash of color. One of the easiest and most effective ways to give a home a new look is to repaint the home’s interior. Such a project can be a small-scale undertaking focusing on one or two rooms in the house or a more ambitious exercise in which more lived-in rooms like a family room and/or kitchen are given an entirely new color scheme. When removing old paint, consider using sanding pads to make the task easier than the days or yore, when paint was often tediously scraped off of walls with a putty knife. Parents on staycation can even involve the whole family in their painting project, allowing youngsters to choose new colors for their rooms and do a little work with the paintbrush as well. • Say farewell to old faucets. Faucets have a unique way of making bathrooms appear dated. But vanity faucets can quickly and easily be replaced so long as the main problem is appearance and not plumbing. Homeowners who suspect potential plumbing problems with sinks should seek a consultation with a professional before replacing vanity faucets. Once the go-ahead has been granted, homeowners can spend a weekend or a day or two during their staycation replacing vanity faucets around the home. Though the project might seem small, it can yield dramatic and aesthetically appealing results. Staycations have grown increasingly popular over the last half decade, as many homeowners are opting to forgo costly vacations in favor of staying home to pad their nest eggs. While it’s important for staycationers to squeeze in some rest and relaxation, it also can be beneficial to tackle a few projects around the house during time away from the office.

Make home projects a family affair ackling home improvement projects T with kids in tow can be chal-

Ladybugs in the garden may be fine. However, ladybugs in the house are not always welcome. Courtesy photo

Some bugs will overwinter in the indoors Winter weather may not be enticing to some people, but many people enjoy the absence of insects when the mercury drops. When temperatures dip, insects that do not have the benefit of body fat need to find different methods to riding out the chilly weather. Like bears and groundhogs, some insects hibernate, while others move to warmer locations for survival. Although insects may be less prevalent outdoors, homeowners often see an increase of insect activity indoors during the winter, when bugs seek out more cozy accommodations. The following are some of the insects homeowners may see more frequently as colder weather arrives.

ware, scientists have observed high numbers of stink bugs found piled six inches deep in some traps. To keep stink bugs out, seal any cracks around the windows and doors with caulk. Patch any tiny holes in the walls and use foam sprays to patch up holes around outdoor electrical outlets.

Ladybugs (Ladybird beetles) Ladybugs, with their vivid redand-black markings, may not cause concern when found in gardens. But when found in large numbers inside of the house, ladybugs should cause concern. They do not pose any health or infestation risks, but they can be pests in large numbers indoors. Many ladybugs will leave the home in the spring when they’re done hibernating. Otherwise, you Stink bugs As the autumn air turns cold, can sweep them outdoors or remove brown marmorated stink bugs move them another way. indoors. According to Mike Raupp, a Box elder bugs professor of entomology at the UniThese insects can enter the versity of Maryland, data points to high numbers of stink bug popula- home through tiny cracks or under tions in 2013. Home invasions may doors. They also can sneak in on be greater than in years past thanks clothing or bags from outside. Box to favorable conditions this summer. elder bugs are largely harmless, as Stink bugs, which are native to they will not eat anything in the areas of China and Japan, have a home or reproduce. But many peosustained presence in North Amer- ple are put off by any black insects ica, having been observed in 41 running around their homes. As with many other insects, states, including Hawaii. In parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Dela- finding the point of entry and seal-

ing it up is the key to keeping them out. Camelback crickets The camelback cricket, also known as the camel cricket or spider cricket, is a strange-looking bug. It has the body of a cricket, but the long, arched legs of a spider. They are brown or striped, but unlike other types of crickets, these insects do not have wings, so they are silent and will not alert you to their presence with the familiar chirping noise. Furthermore, camelback crickets have spectacular jumping abilities. They have poor eyesight and usually jump toward a predator attempting to scare it away. This can make the cricket seem aggressive. It will not harm people, but because they are omnivores, camelback crickets can eat just about anything in your home and also will eat their own. They like dark, warm, damp environments, so removing these conditions can reduce the number of crickets you find indoors. To further prevent indoor insect populations, take preemptive measures in the fall. Spray the exterior of the home with an insecticide and keep mulch or damp leaves away from the perimeter. If insects become troublesome, consult with an exterminator.

What are you keeping in your 21st-century survival kit? Of the 1,272 federal disaster declarations issued in the last decade, more than half were classified as major disasters. These include calamities such as floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, winter storms, and others. “Most major disasters displaced hundreds or thousands of people from home and work, and nearly all involved a temporary or prolonged loss of major services and necessities, including power, communications, and running water,” said Jonathan Bacon, director of marketing at Wilson Electronics, a maker of communications equipment in St. George, Utah. “We began thinking about what has changed in technology and society, and how that would affect what we would want to have in an emergency ‘go-pack’,” Ba-

con said. “A lot of what we would take with us hasn’t changed, but some of what we’d desire today had not been invented 10 years ago. We came up with six items that were either invented or radically improved in the last 10 years. We call it the 21st Century Survival Kit.” 1. Cell phone signal booster: “We’re all extremely dependent on smartphones for voice and data communications. Already widely used by first responders and news crews when initially entering disaster zones, the Sleek 4G, a portable cell phone signal booster from Wilson Electronics, helps to transmit and receive calls and data via cell towers unaffected by a disaster. In a severe situation like Hurricane Sandy where all communications were compromised for several days,

having a cell booster could save precious hours of driving time to find a strong cell signal.” 2. Batteries: Two portable lithium-ion batteries, each with a minimum capacity of 10,000mAh, is enough for one battery to fully charge at least three smartphones or to power a tablet, netbook, or cell booster for several hours. 3. Portable solar panel: “These solar panels weigh only about a pound and are very practical for charging portable batteries and devices,” said Bacon. He recommended a panel capable of producing at least 10 Watts of power and one amp of current. 4. LED headlamp: Also powered by rechargeable batteries, the latest generation of these types of lamps have adjustable brightness to maximize battery life

and can be made bright enough to cast light more than 100 feet. 5. Two-way FRS/GMRS radios: “When even a Wilson booster can’t find a cell signal, these radios provide a communications range up to 30 miles,” said Bacon. 6. Microbial filter straw: This is used for drinking water that may be contaminated with bacteria, organic and waterborne chemicals, and other harmful elements. One filter straw can filter 30 gallons of water. “A lot has happened just in the last 10 years to make keeping in contact and avoiding health risks easier under adverse conditions,” said Bacon. All of these products are readily available, weigh less than five pounds total and take up little room in a backpack.

lenging. But if kids are old enough, moms and dads can enlist their youngsters’ help when working on projects around the house. Not only can adults keep closer tabs on kids’ activities, but involving kids in home projects also lets parents instill important and practical lessons at the same time. When asked to pitch in on home projects, young kids may feel proud they can lend a hand with such a “grown-up” task. • Include children from the start. When beginning a project, parents can make their kids a part of the design and planning process, welcoming the input of younger members of the family, especially if renovations will impact spaces they use directly. Draft a list of supplies and ask questions of the kids regarding what supplies they think will have to go into completing the project. • Shop as a family. Although it may slow you down, take children along to the home improvement store so you can purchase supplies together. Let youngsters help you as you choose materials for the project. This way they can see how the raw materials will turn into the finished renovation. • Emphasize safety. Children should understand that tools serve a distinct purpose and that they are not toys. Identify and explain the dangerous pieces of equipment and instruct children that they should not touch or turn on tools without an adult nearby. Go over the proper ways to handle the tools and explain the purposes of each device. Make sure everyone is wearing safety equipment, including eye protection, gloves and ear protection, while handing the tools. • Demonstrate and then let kids try. Children will not have the skills to perform more intricate tasks, but older kids can hammer some nails, mix paint or even cut wood with supervision. Assign tasks based on the child’s age. For example, a preteen may be able to saw wood, while a kindergartener can hand over nails and tools. Illustrate the correct way to get things done and then have children mirror your actions. • Attempt an easy project first. Painting a room, building a planter box, or another less complicated project can help parents gauge their kids’ abilities. Involving children in home improvement projects can teach then new skills, give them a greater appreciation of the work that goes into maintaining a house, instill a sense of pride in youngsters, and provide a great chance for kids and their parents to spend quality together.

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TRAIL CLEAN UP The city of Carlsbad will celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer trail clean up from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Hosp Grove off Jefferson Street and Marron Road. Volunteer work will include tree planting in the East Grove. Overflow parking is available at Westfield Carlsbad Mall at the end of Monroe Street. For more information, visit carlsbadca. gov/trails and Courtesy photo

Glamorous camping, or “Glamping” is becoming a growing trend for some campers. Courtesy photo

What happens when camping and glamour collide? (BPT) — You love the great outdoors, you really do but you were somehow gifted with that sweet blood mosquitoes crave. Not only that but your body simply doesn’t do well sleeping on the ground and, let’s be honest, it takes no small amount of lighter fluid and matches for you to warm your hands over an open fire. Travel inspiration website DreamPlanGo suggests you go “glamping” instead. Short for glamorous camping, glamping gives travelers the best of both indoor and outdoor worlds. As in, explore the majesty of Yellowstone, but return to a down bed and gourmet meal at the end of the day. Sound alright? Keep reading. Choosing your glampsite — Unlike traditional camping where pitching a tent and maybe inflating an air mattress are your only accommodation options, glamping offers you much more to choose from. Does a treetop abode with running water and goose-down comforters speak to you? What about a yurt or villa? Regardless of your budget, country preference or sleeping needs, you’re bound to find a glampsite that speaks to you.

No need to pack — You’ll still need to bring clothes, of course, and hiking gear, but no need to do the heavy lifting. Leave the cookware, lanterns, sleeping bags and clumsy tent at home. What you’ll be doing — The beauty of glamping is that you can still enjoy the rush of fly fishing and reinvigorating hikes, you just won’t have to worry about meals or getting a poor night’s sleep. Depending on where you glamp, you may even have access to more activities and excursions than you would camping. Many hosts are extremely knowledgeable and will go to great lengths to ensure you have memorable experiences to write home about. coastnewsgroup



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A private beach and dock is available to guests at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, which uses the private lake with permission of the owners. Fishing and tour boats schedule their activities at guests’ convenience. Photos by Jerry Ondash

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troll around the lobby and hallways of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa and you’ll find photos on the walls of just about every notable movie star from the 1940s and 1950s that you can think of. They all had one thing in common beyond their celebrity: they appeared in well known films shot in and around Lake Arrowhead. The film titles reach as far back as the 1930s and continue to the present. According to the IMBd website, more than 140 movies were made with the lake and surrounding wooded hills as backdrops. Even some television series like “House M.D.” were filmed in Lake Arrowhead. One locale holds a heap of Hollywood history. It’s the 23,000-square-foot Tudor House complex, built in 1928 by mobster Bugsy Siegel who entertained the film industry’s elite. Originally called Club Arrowhead of the Pines, the complex offered gambling, illegal booze and a brothel, and featured secret tunnels and its own well for making moonshine. Lake Arrowhead was the perfect place for fun and illegal play, explained tour guide and native resident John Richardson, “because Bugsy knew it would take the cops all day to get up here. That gave him plenty of time to hide everything and everybody.” Richardson gave up plenty of stories and gossip as he piloted the resort’s boat around the lake late one afternoon. He pointed out many lakeshore mansions and told of their past and current, rich-and-famous owners: actor Nicholas Cage; comedian Roseanne Barr; radio personality Dr. Laura; author John Grisham; actor John Candy; the Hilton and Doheny families; the owner of Trader

The spacious lobby of the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa is at once contemporary, “Captain” John Richardson pilots a tour boat on Lake Arrowhead where he grew up. warm and welcoming. The resort recently underwent a $12 million renovation and is His high-energy narrations include local gossip and stories of the rich-and-famous open year-round. who reside in the lakefront the mansions, mostly part-time.

Joe’s; Liberace; singer Celine Dion; sportscaster Vince Scully; karate master and actor Jackie Chan; and Van Halen’s lead singer Sammy Hagar. The list goes on, and for most of these owners, their Arrowhead properties are second and third homes. And in case you are in the market, the choice is wide. There is always a bunch for sale, and with the property comes ownership of the lake. But there are people like Richardson whose primary (and only) homes are in Lake Arrowhead. “I grew up here, then left. I’ve been all over the world and I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” he declared, as he pointed out the trees, towers and bridges from which he used to jump – including a tree on a small island in the lake. “Every time I put up my rope swing, the (homeowners) association took it down. After the seventh time, they cut down the tree. See? There’s the stump.” The area’s second industry, of course, is tourism, because visitors know that Lake Arrowhead offers plenty for the perfect weekend getaway. A 90-minute drive puts you in the San Bernardino Mountains and National Forest, and on the aptly named Rim of the World

Highway, an amazing feat of engineering that yields breathtaking views. The welcoming and comfortable Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa makes an ideal base from which to explore the area. Enjoy the Mountain (ETM) offers many ways to do this – via four-wheeled ATVs, side-by-side ATVs or mountain bikes. We chose a two-hour Jeep tour with guide Tiffani Ice (yes, her real name). She took us up, down and around the nearby backcountry to vantage points and places where three eco-zones are visible. Ice also pointed out areas burned by the 2003 fire, which took six lives, 994 homes and 91,000 acres. Once back at the resort, it was time for a massage at the Spa of the Pines, conveniently located in the hotel building, a feature fully appreciated during the winter months. Coming after our Jeep tour, the massage and the quiet were well timed and appreciated. Other hotel amenities and activities are well suited to families and groups: a pool and hot tub, fishing (Richardson will take you out), and a private beach perfect for evening parties. Bin 189, the restaurant just off the lobby, is popular not only

A tree trunk with hundreds of holes is evidence the area above Lake Arrowhead is a favorite habitat of woodpeckers. The birds store nuts in the openings, usually one to a hole.

Signs on Lake Arrowhead’s hilly, rocky and sometimes rutted dirt roads indicate the difficulty of the ride for various all-terrain vehicles, which are not allowed to ride off-road.

with guests but with locals. My husband-the-meat-eater praised the virtues of the vegan Quinoa and Portabella Stack (with shitake mushrooms, pecans and red pepper coulis). The prime rib and the grilled salmon with mango chutney were excellent. Perhaps best of all was the large number of gluten-free choices that were clearly marked on the menu. Breakfast even included gluten-free toast.

For shopping, Lake Arrowhead Village is a three-to-fourminute walk from the resort. It offers some outlet stores, sweet shops, casual restaurants and a farmers market on Fridays. Visit lakearrowheadresort. com for specials and discounts, or call (855) 580-8210. E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@

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Finding balance: creating functional family living spaces (BPT) — Let’s face it — life is busy. And one of the byproducts of a busy life is a cluttered house. With piles of paper coming home from school and toys creating obstacle courses in the family room, parents may wonder how they’ll ever take back control of the house. A few experts share their ideas for doing just that.

Owls in your yard can help keep voles and other pests from snatching your vegetation from below. Courtesy photos

Why you want barn owl buddies Tired of voles gnawing on your fruit trees, gophers snatching your vegetation from below, or rats scuttling up your downspouts? Invite a couple of barn owls over and they’ll gobble up the vermin at a rate of 2,000 a year. The universal party invite they all recognize is a nest box. “Barn owls are incredibly widespread

Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons.”

Tom Stephan, a master falconer, is the owner of Barn Owl Boxes.

Tom Stephan “Molly’s Box” in a yard in Owner, Barn Owl Boxes San Marcos and it’s live-

in America, so when you put up your nest box, you’ll start seeing barn owls take roost in them in short order, and then they’ll start going to work for you,” said Tom Stephan, master falconer, raptor expert, and owner of Barn Owl Boxes in Ramona. “Using natural predators is more effective than conventional trapping or poisons, it’s economical, eco-friendly, and protects local wildlife,” he added. Tom and his team of craftsmen hand make every owl box out of Mahogany plywood panels made from recycled materials. For as little as $350 installed, you can get the party started with a basic owl box. And buying a box is a one-time investment, as they cost nothing to maintain and the owls are very good at keeping their nest boxes clean. If you have more to spend, the Hoo’s Hoo box with installed camera is one of their best sellers. Just connect the camera to your TV or computer and enjoy the best reality show you’ll ever watch. In fact, Tom installed

streamed footage became an Internet phenomenon. Tom’s lifelong passion for birds of prey began in 1962 while doing research for a wild animal report in second grade. This led to much climbing of trees to better observe birds, which led to a career as a tree trimmer (and later a certified arborist.) While bidding a job, he noticed an improperly hung owl box in a potential client’s yard. He offered to install it at the proper height and angle needed to attract owls, and three days later the lady was thrilled to report that a pair of barn owls had begun nesting in it. “This was the first owl nest box I installed.” said Tom. “Now, nearly 25 years later I have over 36,000 under my belt. I’m so grateful that my passionate hobby has led me to such a fulfilling career. I spend my days sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of nature and its inhabitants with people around the world. This is my definition of success.” Learn more at or call (760) 445-2023.

Making the most of small spaces Lisa Godsey, a registered interior designer for nearly 20 years and an instructor at The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago, recommends that people start looking at interior spaces in a new way — up. Utilizing a room’s vertical space along the walls takes the heavy lifting off floor space as a catch-all for clutter. “Consolidating objects in some kind of containment, whether with shelves, cubes, wall-hung baskets or other organizational options cleans up visual clutter,” she says. This technique is especially beneficial in small living areas. In these situations, adding vertical modular storage units opens up space for tables and couches, while adding utility and keeping potentially harmful items away from small hands. Family-friendly furniture Marissa Alexander, academic director at The Art Institutes International Minnesota advises families to think toward the future when choosing furniture items. “Durability, easy maintenance and flexibility of the fabric are essential,” she says. Children will grow up quickly so choosing materials that meet the family’s needs now and in the future is highly advisable. Both Alexander and Godsey suggest nylon upholstery and durable, low-sheen furniture finishes, fiber seal textiles and individual lounge chairs sharing an ottoman instead of a loveseat. These combinations offer form, function, and style, as well as the opportunity to fit in alongside new furniture purchases. “Selecting furniture with clean lines, in subdued patterns in a medium value range — not too light or dark — can work in a variety of settings,” Godsey adds. To add pops of color, change the wall paint. Adam B. Nash, LEED certified designer and interior design instructor at The Art Institute of San

Consolidating objects in some kind of containment helps clean up the visual clutter says Lisa Godsey, a registered interior designer. Courtesy photo

Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, suggests choosing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) free products — because they are very eco- and child-friendly. These paints don’t emit any toxic fumes and are completely odorless making it possible to literally paint a bedroom and have the kids sleep in it that same evening. “It also allows for flexibility of changing things around without huge costs, especially when transitioning from a nursery to a preschooler to a preteen, etc.,” shares Nash. Keeping peace in shared spaces It’s hard enough to convince siblings to share a tablet; what happens when they have to share closet space? “Sharing a closet is best accomplished when it is clear who controls which space,” asserts Godsey. She recommends defining areas based on age — for example, placing an older child’s clothing on the top level of a double-hung closet. The area can be accessed via a stepstool — out of a younger sibling’s reach. Another option is to hang two bars extending into the depth of the closet, rather than one utilizing the width of the closet.

“Two bars on each side, in double-hung fashion, gives each child four feet of hanging space,” she says. And it may help to keep the peace when it’s time to choose an outfit. A time and place for individual style While parents show off their acquired style through furniture choices, artwork and decor, children’s style can be a bit more — changeable. Alexander suggests that parents provide children with flexible display systems that show off their creativity in a simple, neat and contained package. “Magnetic paint gives children direct control over what they display, allowing them to change displays whenever they want. A large frame with a plexi shield is a lightweight way to display a variety of flat work like children’s custom artwork.” Creating a functional living space - where parents and children coexist harmoniously — doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By choosing durable but stylish furniture, practical storage solutions, and allowing everyone the chance to express their style in defined places, your home can become a haven for all ages.

Green options for helping to consume less energy Private residences consume lots of energy. The Energy Information Administration says that Americans are increasing their electricity consumption at home, with some homes even using more energy than small businesses. The EIA says that on average a home uses between 936 and 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each month. There is also a heavy reliance on natural gas, one of the primary fuels used to heat homes. On average homes use 100 million BTU for heating and cooking needs per year. Thousands of dollars are spent every year on home heating, cooling and electricity needs, but there are many different ways to conserve energy.

This includes using alternative energy sources that may be better for the planet and more cost-effective for the average homeowner. When considering green energy, many homeowners think of solar panels, which currently account for .01 percent of all electricity used in homes across the United States. However, solar power could provide as much as 10 percent of that electricity by 2025. California leads the nation with the most solar projects to date, but homeowners across the country are considering solar panel additions to their homes. While the initial cost of solar panel installation can be considerable, the panels generally pay for themselves in energy sav-

ings within a few years of installation. Also, some solar power companies now allow homeowners to rent the photovoltaic panels, which can cut down on the cost of installation. Choosing green energy may not involve any effort on the part of the homeowner. In fact, there are many different companies that work in conjunction with traditional energy suppliers so that a portion of the energy supplied to homes comes via an alternative energy source. Homeowners interested in making any other changes for energy savings can sign up to have an energy audit. Conducted through a utility provider or a third-party organization,

energy audits assess many things in the home. Appliances are examined, as are insulation and the types of windows and doors used in the home and an inspector will check the home for drafts. A report is generated, and homeowners are provided recommendations as to how they can improve their home’s energy efficiency. Making such changes may make homeowners eligible for tax breaks or even rebate incentives while reducing the cost of their monthly utility bills. Homeowners hoping to embrace green energy have many options at their disposal. It’s just a matter of researching those options and taking the initiative to make changes.


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Carlsbad Village to host inaugural autumn harvest fest CARLSBAD — Carve out some quality time with seasonal festivities and family-friendly activities during the Carlsbad Village Association’s inaugural Harvest Fest. Starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 29, guests will be greeted with fall-focused artisan products and entertainment, including themed games, crafts and face painting. The free event will take place near the fountain at State Street and Grand Avenue and adjacent to the State Street Farmers’ Market. Event goers can

browse through products by local artisans and indulge in autumn goods like pies, jams and kettle corn. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad will be hosting a variety of games, including bobbing for apples, fall fling corn hole, pumpkin relays and more. A hosted arts station will give kids the chance to create seasonal crafts, as well as get their faces painted. As a special addition to the event, Harvest Fest will offer the opportunity to purchase rare Porcelain Doll Pink Pumpkins. Proceeds


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The Assistance League of North Coast needs your clothes It is that time of year again! Clean out the closets, clear the clutter, and fall clean your home. Assistance League of North Coast® Thrift Store is the perfect place for you to donate your used and unwanted household items, tools, clothes and furniture. Located at 1830A Oceanside Blvd. near the soon -to -open Frazier Farms Grocery in Oceanside, ALNC will put your donated items to work helping your community. ALNC Thrift Store will use your clutter and clothes to put new clothes and shoes on local students, purchase new books and equipment for schools, provide uniforms for students in need, and offer safety programs for all 4th grade students in Vista, Carlsbad and Oceanside schools. Assistance League of North Coast® is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs, primarily of children, in the community with the goal of providing a positive starting point for academic success. The Thrift Store is run entirely by volunteers and all proceeds go into Operation School Bell which supports programs for students. Once your clutter is cleared and your donations made to ALNC Thrift

The Assistance of North Coast Thrift Store is seeking your used and unwanted household items, clothes and furntinure. Bring your items to to their Oceanside location at 1830A Oceanside Blvd.

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Fun fall fashions for the entire family (BPT) — Fall fashions for the entire family are top of mind as the cooler weather has you thinking about school bus schedules and steaming cups of hot chocolate. This year’s fall styles feature denim for every member of the family, and they all come in some fun colors as well. Check out the latest and get every member of your family decked out for school, work and all the fun activities in between. • Dads - Denim jackets will never go out of style for men, and the Trucker Jacket by DENIZEN from the Levi’s brand gives the dad in your family the option to dress it up for the office with a shirt and tie, or keep it casual with a T-shirt for a fall hike with the family. Men will also love the Straight Fit jean from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. These laid-back jeans sit slightly below the waist and are relaxed through the seat and thigh making them great for the cooler weather of fall. • Moms - When mom doesn’t want to look like a mom, the Super Soft Essential Stretch Modern Skinny jeans by DENIZEN are the way to go. Pair them with heels and a dress shirt in fun patterns, or relax a bit with ankle boots and a soft sweater - they’re the perfect jean for dressing up

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the rebound no doubt benefitted homeowners looking to recoup as much of their home improvement investment at resale as possible, other factors likely contributed as well. Among the upscale projects surveyed, none recouped more of a homeowner’s investment than replacing existing siding with fiber-cement siding. Homeowners who financed such a project recouped 79.3 percent of the project’s cost, placing it just ahead of a garage door replacement, which recouped an average of 75.2 percent of its cost. After years of many home improvement projects recouping little of their initial costs at resale, the tide finally seems to be turning for homeowners. More information about the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report is available at

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Home improvement projects recouping more at resale In its annual Cost vs. Value Report that compares the cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale, Remodeling magazine found that the overall average cost-value ratio has improved for the first time in six years. Cost-recouped percentages increased for all 35 projects examined for the 2013 survey, a remarkable turnaround from just a year earlier, when only three of the 35 projects saw an increase in cost-recouped percentage. Replacement projects proved especially beneficial for homeowners, who likely also benefitted from a real estate market that finally started to stabilize after an extended period of economic uncertainty that heavily influenced both buyers and sellers. While an economy on

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from day to night. • Boys - When it comes to clothes, boys want to be comfortable so they can keep up with the rest of the gang, while moms want their sons to look good. The new DENIZEN Ollie Cuff jean makes it easy for both to be happy. Available in dark denim colors to hide stains, these pants are the go-to jeans boys can run, jump and play in all day long. Pair them with fun T-shirts and sweatshirts to ward off the cooler temps, as well as fun tennis shoes for comfort while running around. • Girls - Orchid or purple are the colors standing out this season. The Purple Denim Skinnies from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. will give the girl in your family style she craves. They pair well

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How to inspect your furnace before winter arrives It is almost time to bid adieu to the warm days of summer. Chilly afternoons followed by continually dropping temperatures are on the horizon, and fall is the perfect time to service the home furnace to ensure it is ready to withstand the demands of winter. Furnace maintenance should be done on a regular basis. The best time to do so is in late summer or early fall, when you still have enough time to address any problems before it gets too cold outside. HVAC systems malfunctions are typically caused by one of a handful of common problems. Inspecting certain components can help to guarantee a furnace is in working order when the first cold days arrive. Filter and air intakes After several months of running the air conditioning, the filter on the heating and cooling system may need to be changed. Check

the condition of the filter to see if it is heavily soiled. Furnace filters are relatively inexpensive. Since this thin barrier will be responsible for cleaning the air you breathe, it is important to keep a fresh filter in the unit. A clogged, dirty filter will reduce the efficiency of the HVAC system and may contribute to poor indoor air and allergies. Check the air intakes around the house for obstructions. Do not place furniture directly in front of intakes or venting that delivers air to the home, as this can compromise air flow and force the unit to work harder. Without adequate air flow through the system, the furnace may not turn on. Many systems also have some sort of external vent or exhaust pipe. Check that the area is free of leaves, debris and animal nests. Again, any blockages can impede the efficiency of the unit or cause it to fail.

Thermostat Very often a furnace may not turn over because the thermostat is faulty. Many a homeowner has spent money to have a service person come out to examine the furnace, only to learn they only need a new thermostat or battery in the thermostat. Check the thermostat against a separate thermometer to ensure that it is reading the right temperature in the house. Raise the setting a few degrees to test if the heat kicks on. Fuel Furnaces are powered by various energy sources. Electricity, gas or oil may be involved in the process. If fuel is not being delivered to the furnace, the pilot will not light and warm the air to be blown through the house. Some systems have an emergency shutoff switch that will halt fuel delivery to the unit. It’s easy for these switches to be flipped accidentally

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Water wise workshop planned ENCINITAS — As part of its continued efforts to increase awareness of outdoor water use efficiency, Olivenhain Municipal Water District — in partnership with San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — is hosting a workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Sept. 23. Attendance is free, although reservations are required. For more information or to register for this WaterSmart workshop, visit or call (760) 632-4641. The workshop intends to assist residents in saving money on their water bills while maintaining a healthy landscape. Participants will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in San Diego’s climate, including how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate effi-

ciently and select the best plants for each yard. The instructor will also discuss composting, worm castings, rain harvesting, mulching, soil health, water pressure’s effects on irrigation, and tips and incentives to reduce outdoor water use. “Our customers have done a very good job reducing overall water consumption over the last several years, and in light of current water supply challenges, we need to continue to strive for water-efficient landscapes at our homes and businesses,” stated Christy Guerin, Vice President on OMWD’s board of directors. “The workshops that we offer throughout the year provide customers with the tools and understanding to reduce irrigation runoff and water waste.” coastnewsgroup

if a furnace is located in a high-traffic area. Make sure the switch is in the “on” position before reporting a problem. In addition to these steps, you may want to vacuum the vent screens around

the house. This will reduce the amount of dust blown around. Also, if the furnace exhausts into a flue, be sure that the exhaust route is clear so that carbon monoxide does not back up into the home.

Many homeowners are fully capable of inspecting their furnaces to ensure they are ready for winter. If anything seems out of place or malfunctions, consult with an HVAC professional to make repairs.


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