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Broadband Internet service, discussed at Association meeting Upcoming elections also a topic at meeting By Christina Macone-Greene

Author Adrienne Falzon’s newest book, “The Search for the Perfect Shell,” is garnering praise Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

RSF author’s latest book garnering praise By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Hot off the presses, “The Search for the Perfect Shell,” authored by Ranch resident Adrienne Falzon is garnering praise. With the same literary players in her first children’s book, “What is an Angel?” her main character, Olivia, learns more of life’s important lessons

from her grandmother. Falzon, who holds advanced degrees in psychology and education, taught all grade levels. This also included being a reading specialist at a minimum security prison for boys between the ages of 13 to 17. For Falzon, a native New Yorker, this well-rounded educational

backdrop helped her craft children’s stories to address the needs and concerns of youth. These days, Falzon said, so many children are under pressure from either themselves or others. In “The Search for the Perfect Shell,” Olivia puts herself through agTURN TO AUTHOR ON 19

The Country Friends toast over holiday tea By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The rain did not dampen The Country Friends’ 19th Annual Holiday Tea. Originally, the afternoon affair was supposed to be held at outdoor courtyard of The Country Friends’ (TCF) shop. The wet weather spurred a change in plans and the venue was instead held at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center. The misty, cool weather afforded a wintery backdrop peppered with holiday cheer. Co-chairing the event was Sabrina Cadini and JoLynn Shapiro. TCF volunteers made the holiday tea a

From left: Paul Palmer, Kaye de Lancey and Andrea Naversen didn’t let the rain dampen their

TURN TO HOLIDAY TEA ON 19 time at The Country Friends’ annual holiday tea. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene



Alleged carjacker arrested following chase, accident By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At 12:08 am on Dec. 5, the RSF Fire Protection District responded to the first rescue traffic collision at the 4600 block of El Mirlo. According the California Highway Patrol, a man crashed his car into a tree. A good samaritan intervened, became injured in the attempt, and was then carjacked by the man. Julie Taber, public education specialist of the RSF Fire Protection District confirmed this collision. “Encinitas (Fire Department) was first on scene and when they arrived they found one vehicle on its side after crashing into a tree. There was one 53-yearold male patient who stated he was not the driver of the car,” Taber said.

“He said he had stopped to help but was assaulted by the driver and then the driver took his car.” The 53-year-old sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. The second-related incident occurred at 12:34 a.m. “The San Diego Sheriff’s office requested that we come to the 17000 block of Via de Fortuna to assist with the evaluation of a patient,” she said. Taber went on to say that when they arrived on the scene they found a white sedan with significant damage on its side, at the front yard of a residence. According to Taber, the driver got out of the vehicle and climbed onto the roof of the residence. According to authorTURN TO CARJACKING ON 19



RANCHO SANTA FE — Acting manager at the RSF Association, Ivan Holler, recently updated the RSF Association board of directors. Holler shared that in general terms that there were a couple high priority items on the checklist. One pertained to broadband Internet service in the area. “We are continuing to work on that as well as expanding wireless coverage,” he said. Holler shared they have had meetings with various carriers and providers and believes the end-result will be promising. The next agenda item Holler addressed was to

approve the board of directors’ election schedule for 2015. “This is something your board would typically approve at this particular point in time because there is an action on Jan. 8,” he said, adding how it seemed to be well ahead of schedule. “This is a request for your board to approve the election schedule, for this board election, next June.” Holler called it a fairly simple request. President Ann Boon pointed out to the rest of the board that the first Thursday in January, when they would normally have their board meeting, was Jan. 1, a national holiday. “Ivan is proposing that we have our meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8. Is that OK with every-

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RSF Library Guild readies for holiday tea By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual Christmas Tea for the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild has become a timeless tradition over the decades. On Dec. 12, this festive event will mark its 24th year. Emily Bruce, Youth Services Manager at the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, said there is a distinct link between the holiday, the library, and its residents. “The Christmas Tea depends on the creative donations of trees and wreaths for our raffle,” she said. “This acts as a fundraiser to benefit the library, but also as a way to bring the community together during the holiday season.” This free annual event, overflowing with treats and entertainment is open to the public. Bruce wants everyone to know that guests have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets where there will be a drawing for a tree or wreath. The winning ticket holders pick their favorite item. “Raffle tickets are already available to purchase in the library and will continue to be on sale through the event up until prior to the drawing which will begin at 4:00 pm,” she said. Bruce continued, “Winners do not need to be in attendance during the drawing

Gift brings music to MiraCosta RANCHO SANTA FE — The MiraCosta College Music Program received a $100,000 donation from Rancho Santa Fe residents Sue Ellen and Pierre Leroy, which will provide further support for program excellence and student success. The donation will be distributed over the next four years and will impact the music department in a number of ways. A new “guest artist series” will bring a wide variety of industry professionals and expert musicians to the college and to North San Diego County. In addition, scholarships will be established for music students in need. The donation will also support student travel to conferences and festivals and provide funding for other important music and industry experiences. “The MiraCosta College music department is very grateful for the generous donation provided by the Leroys,” said Steve Torok, department chair. “They have demonstrated a genuine interest in the success of music students and a clear willingness to support their educational goals.” For more information regarding the donation, contact Linda Fogerson at (760) 795-6775 or visit foundation.

“We will be continuing this new tradition at this year’s Christmas Tea as well,” she said. Proceeds help the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild which fund programs and books for the community. During the course of the holiday tea, musical entertainment will be provided by the elementary and middle school students from R. Roger Rowe School, Bruce said. The Christmas Tea will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the RSF Library located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias. For more information, please call (858) 756-4780 or visit

The Rancho Santa Fe Library Christmas tree decorations and ornaments are made by library staff and volunteers, which are available for purchase at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Courtesy photo

in order to win as long as a phone number is included on the raffle ticket.” According to Bruce, there will also be items for purchase, which can help mark off the Christmas

shopping checklist such as jewelry, books, and handmade ornaments at its Holiday Boutique. While the annual Christmas Tea has changed over the years, Bruce

shared, following the renovation of The Book Cellar, the Guild decided to add a Holiday Boutique during the Christmas Tea where attendees could buy books, jewelry, and more.

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Coaster booze ban: It’s the wrong approach By Vince Vasquez

Brown reverts to his youth with newest court appointee California Focus By Thomas D. Elias here is no doubt about the intelliT gence and diligence of Leon-

dra Kruger, 38, Gov. Jerry Brown’s new appointee to the California Supreme Court. But this graduate of the elite, private Polytechnic School adjacent to the Caltech campus in Pasadena has not spent substantial time in California since 2000, and very little in the six years before that. Essentially, Kruger left California to attend Harvard University and Yale Law School, returning only for short stays, including summer interships in the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles in 1999 and with a large Los Angeles law firm the next year. That raises a question Brown ignored in his firstgo-‘round as governor in the 1970s, when he loudly proclaimed he was scouring the nation for “the best and brightest” to populate his administration. There is little doubt Kruger fits that category today, at least in theory. She clerked for a U.S. Supreme Court justice, John Paul Stevens, a plum job for any recent law school graduate. She has been a top lawyer in the federal Justice Department and argued substantial cases before the nation’s top court while a deputy solicitor general. But she has no experience as an adult in California. In that way, she’s reminiscent of Adriana Gianturco, perhaps the least successful of Brown’s first-term appointees. Gianturco, a graduate of Smith College, UC Berkeley and Harvard Graduate School, was brought in from Massachusetts to freshen up Caltrans. One of her first fiascos was making the two center lanes of the I-10 Santa Monica Freeway, then the world’s busiest highway, into carpool-only lanes. So infuriated were Los Angeles

commuters, whose existing gridlock suddenly became much worse, that Gianturco became known on radio talk shows as the “Giant Turkey,” “the madwoman of Caltrans” and “Our Lady of the Diamond Lane.” She was, she once said, “besieged, vilified, crucified.” Because she also had not bothered to develop rapport with either local officials or state legislators, her project and her tenure as Caltrans director were doomed to flop. There still are no carpool

sentence in her entire court tenure. She also authored several regulatory-related decisions that infuriated the state’s business lobby. “They put up the money to oust her, with the governor at the time, (Republican) George Deukmejian, campaigning hard on that, too,” recalled Stern. “They used the death penalty to get at her, but were actually more interested in her business decisions.” So it will behoove Kruger to familiarize herself

But this graduate of the elite... has not spent substantial time in California since 2000... lanes on that freeway, and all carpool lanes established elsewhere since then have been added on, not taken from existing traffic lanes. All this because Gianturco didn’t understand California and Californians. Similar pitfalls could await Kruger, who is all but certain to be confirmed by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments, consisting of state Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Joan Dempsey Klein, senior presiding judge of the state Court of Appeal. “She reminds me more of Rose Bird than Gianturco,” says Robert Stern, longtime president of the former Los Angeles-based Center for Government Studies. Bird, appointed California chief justice at 40, just two years older than Kruger is now, also had no judicial experience, but had been a California lawyer, working as a public defender and teaching at Stanford Law School. Like Gianturco, she did not understand some California sentiments, and thus was voted out by a 2-1 margin in her first confirmation election in 1986. Bird never approved an appealed death

quickly with California politics and attitudes. She will fail to do so at her own peril. Her supporters don’t seem concerned about that. “She is super-smart, crazy well-prepared and the type of person who only cared about getting it right, not about getting in good with the boss,” said her ex-boss, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who moved her into that office’s No. 2 slot. Katyal, now a Georgetown University law professor, said watching Kruger work was “like watching a master.” Given her lack of any California background as an adult, Kruger will need to be masterful to become widely accepted. If she’s as good as her old colleagues say, she’ll do the necessary homework, become a full-fledged Californian and be just fine.

The North County Transit District (NCTD) is scheduled to vote this month on a proposal to ban all alcoholic beverages from Coaster trains. A closer look reveals that the ban is an excessive and overreaching solution for a narrowly-defined public safety problem. This is not the first time this issue has been raised. Last year, NCTD staff and transit enforcement officials cited excessive alcohol consumption as a problem, contributing to train crowding, fights, noise, littering, and underage drinking, particularly during the baseball season. In response, a total alcohol ban on Coaster trains was proposed, but was quickly tabled after the NCTD received “robust public feedback” on the issue, including a U-T San Diego editorial which denounced the proposal as “overkill.” The current proposal would rescind NCTD’s alcohol policy, “Ordinance No. 2,” which allows open containers and alcohol consumption on trains until 9 p.m. In their recommendation for rescinding Ordinance No. 2, District staff state that “NCTD’s most compelling concern remains the attendant liability and risk to passengers and crew associated with the safety concerns created by consumption of alcohol on board COASTER.” The proposal follows a Board evaluation of the recent “Civility Rules” public awareness campaign on Coaster trains, as well as increased transit enforcement. As a Coaster rider, I understand the concerns for public safety. Still, a total alcohol ban is an extreme approach to addressing alcohol-related misconduct. It ignores the fact that most alcohol consumption does not result in intoxication

Vince Vasquez is a Carlsbad resident.

Put family farmers back into farm to school By Wyatt Fraas

Farm to School programs appeared in the ‘90s with a three-way focus: fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million students. However, the focus has slipped from “local family farms” to “local food.” Schools and program administrators alike don’t know the difference between nearby corporate, industrial farms and smaller, family farms that derives their income from the management and daily labor on their own land. It’s far easier for schools and administrators to define ‘local’ than it is to define “family farm.” Family farmers, schools, and rural communities are losing out. Family farmers lose out on income from sales when schools don’t make the distinction between food grown by a farm family and food grown by a corporation. Schools lose


out when they don’t choose a farmer who can demonstrate how crops and livestock are raised. And communities lose when food dollars go to a corporation headquartered elsewhere instead of to a local family business that buys its supplies right there in the community, where the money can recirculate. In fact, family farms generate among the highest economic multipliers of all industries, which should make them the darling of economic development directors. Hazy Farm to School program goals are a part of the problem. Goals should define a preferred local food supplier to ensure “local family farms” are truly supported. Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

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or misconduct. It penalizes responsible adults who occasionally enjoy a beer or glass of wine on board. Complaints about misconduct aren’t likely to end with a ban – NCTD data reveals that alcohol-related incidents still occur on District buses and light rail trains, where alcohol bans are already in place. Reasonable alternatives can be effective in preventing unwanted incidents. For example, Amtrak’s alcohol policy prohibits private stock alcohol consumption while allowing beer and wine sales on trains. This approach allows Amtrak to limit public alcohol consumption, prevent underage drinking (IDs are checked at the time of sale) and stop public intoxication (it is illegal to serve intoxicated individuals). Trash and littering are also curbed, as passengers aren’t allowed to bring their own beer or wine bottles on board for consumption. The Coaster will always be an important transit option for many San Diego residents, who in addition to commuting, want to attend special events, concerts, and nightlife responsibly. It helps keep intoxicated drivers off the road, protecting our public safety. Young, loud crowds will undoubtedly still be taking Coaster trains in the evening hours, regardless if the ban passes. The better approach is to make on board alcohol consumption manageable under current transit enforcement staffing levels. Adopting the Amtrak policy would ensure this. Addressing safety concerns with a more measured approach can help NCTD manage transit enforcement better, while also protecting the personal freedoms of responsible adults on board.


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Dancers from the Encinitas Country Day School ready to perform the “Nutcracker” in their float.

The three wise men, from left: Rob Reynolds, Doran Stambaugh and Jim Reilly. They were part of the Living Nativity from the Horizon Christian Fellowship. It’s the 11th year the float has been in the holiday parade. Photos by Tony Cagala

Droppin’ in the for the Holidays ENCINITAS — The annual tradition Highway 101 to see the several floats and in for the Holidays” themed parade were of the city’s Holiday Parade once again marching bands cruise by. Serving as Cardiff Seaside Market owners John drew droves of parade goers to Coast grand marshals for this year’s “Droppin’ Najjar and Pete Najjar.

A young skater rides a mini-ramp on top of one of the holiday floats. The theme for this year’s Encinitas Holiday Parade was “Droppin’ in the for the Holidays.”

Gene Chapo of the Leucadia Town Council takes a seat in his “Rip Shaw.” Two years ago, he said, it was a rickshaw that he’s since added a Giselle gives Santa a ride during the Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday. motor too.

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RSF Golf Club GM provides monthly recap By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent meeting, General Manager of the RSF Golf Club, Al Castro, provided his monthly update to the Association’s board of directors. Castro started off his summary by sharing how in the month of November the Club had a new “junior executive member” sign up. According to Castro, this was aligned with its budget. Castro wanted the board to know that this membership category has been very popular. To date, it reflects that 23 new members are in this membership level.

In reference to the accounting numbers, Castro said, they are very excited about the prospect for a very good month in December as well. Castro shared that throughout the club, including private events and activities, all of this has played a role in the numbers. “We are encouraged to see that is continuing,” he said. Next, Castro updated the board of directors with the turf removal project. “I’m happy to report it is completed. We are thrilled and have gotten nothing but great praise from our membership and people

using the trails about the look of the project,” he said. “It came in on time and we finished the Monday before Thanksgiving.” Castro said the golf club was scheduled to meet with the Municipal Water District (MWD) so they could come out and do their inspection. It was Castro’s hope that shortly thereafter, they could get their “sign off” and substantial reimbursement check. Board director Kim Eggleston asked Castro when this inspection would take place. The answer was the week of Dec. 8. Philip Wilkinson, board direc-

tor, also chimed in on the rebate. According to Wilkinson, there appears to be a backlog on getting a rebate check. “But once you’re approved, you’re good,” Wilkinson said. Castro shared there has been quite a demand regarding the turf rebate program recently. The requests, he said, have been quite substantial for 50-acre areas. “There are two clubs that I’m aware of here in San Diego that have requested refunds or rebates, for over 50 acres,” he said. “I’m glad that we were in on the early side of project.”

RANCHO SANTA FE — A recent RSF Association board meeting allowed its directors to hear an agenda item presented by the Association’s acting manager, Ivan Holler. The item discussed at length was to approve the funding for a “health club study.” “This item is to have your board approve an expenditure from the Covenant Enhancement Fund for the health club, a planning phase,” Holler said. Holler reminded those present that the board conducted an advisory vote for a health club and the vote passed 762 to 713. The results were certified by an election inspector. Holler explained because this was an advisory vote and considered non-binding, the board would still need to approve the expenditure from the Covenant Enhancement Fund. “Staff and the committee recommend two separate pieces for this. One is that you authorize the expenditure of up to $350,000 from Covenant Enhancement Fund for the planning phase for a health club and pool facility.” Conversely, the second piece was for the board to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for architectural services for the health club

facility. The board decided to move forward with the expenditure and would address the RFP at a later date. Before the vote, board director, Rochelle Putnam shared her views. She wanted to make a comment as much for the people who were opposed to the health club as for those who were

Going forward, we certainly will be having focus groups and reaching out in other ways.”

Ann Boon President, RSF Association

in favor of it. Putnam pointed out that the vote count of 762 to 713 was about a 40-vote swing. It could very well take 20 votes to make it swing the other way. “We need to keep in mind that we represent the whole community and that the 713 that voted ‘no’ may feel like they haven’t been heard in this process,” she said.

Putnam went on to say that if the next step involved an expenditure of a sizeable loan it would be advisable to have a really clear mandate. “To the extent that we can gauge and keep hearing the concerns from the people who voted ‘no’ and keep them engaged in the process. I think it would be beneficial; and, hopefully we can get a bigger margin the next time around,” she said. President Ann Boon told Putnam she made a good point. Boon wanted people to know they were already discussing a couple options such as including a brief survey in the Jan. billing. The goal of the survey would be to illicit responses from the “no” voters. The survey could uncover what their concerns are, Boon said. “Going forward, we certainly will be having focus groups and reaching out in other ways,” Boon said. Putman said she wanted to make her point clear for those in attendance at the meeting that the board heard the “no” votes as well as the “yes” votes. Director Heather Slosar agreed. “We have a lot of work to do to make sure this is something that a greater majority of the community wants,” Slosar said.




Del Marians see train platform as unneeded DEL MAR — City officials, in a comment letter to the San Diego Association of Governments, are asking that an environmental assessment for a project to replace the nearly 100-year-old railroad bridge west of the Del Mar Fairgrounds be revised and reissued because it does not adequately mitigate impacts or address the need for a special events train platform. The letter was sent to SANDAG, the region’s primary public planning and transportation agency that is working with the Federal Railway Administration on the project, in late November to meet a Dec. 1 comment deadline.

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But it was discussed and ratified at the Dec. 1 meeting by four council members, with Al Corti recused because he lives within 500 feet of the project area. In addition to replacing the San Dieguito Railway River Bridge, which was built in 1916, and adding the special events platform, the project will double track a 1.1-mile stretch of the railroad. Plans also include a pedestrian undercrossing on the south end that will result in an 8-foot increase in the bridge height. The EA also does not address any alternatives to the platform, nor does it provide a cost/benefit analysis, according to the

In a letter to the San Diego Association of Governments, Del Mar officials are asking that an environmental assessment for a project to replace the nearly 100-year-old railroad bridge west of the Del Mar Fairgrounds be revised and reissued because it does not adequately mitigate impacts or address the need for a special events train platform. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

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est holiday news ever! Some sweet soul, who doesn’t know my track record for setting off the smoke alarm, has invited me to a Christmas cookie exchange. I love these things because, despite my love of holiday goodies, I tend to flag on the days of baking required to create all the exotic kinds I like best. I used to watch my mom do a week of baking and thought, foolishly, what fun she must be having. As much as I love the sweet results, cooking anything that takes more than about 20 minutes start to finish, and — whoa, there — involves a rolling pin, is a stretch for me. It’s not that I can’t do it. It’s just that I seek an uninterrupted block of time, which usually finds me atop my bed reading. So, I guess I need an uninterrupted block of time and some guy with a bullwhip encouraging my backside into the kitchen. I believe I will blame it on my pathetic, every-present impatient nature. OK, I’ve mixed one bowl full of stuff and now you want me to mix the dry ingredients separately? And then slowly blend them? Then chill for eight hours? Unuh. And heaven forfend it calls for sifting! I believe I am a Guinness World Book candidate for square feet of kitchen surfaces covered with flour-sugar mixture. Which brings us to the really annoying part of the whole undertaking — cleanup. These days, I don’t even have a dog to lick up the spills. I’m impatiently waiting for the local robotics club to make me a waterproof, bowl-grabbing, dish-scrubbing electronic

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Nature shines through in glass artist’s creations By Tony Cagala

ESCONDIDO — The meandering walkways that have been cut into the slopes of a North County home are lined with succulents, cacti, palms and pepper trees, intermingling with numerous translucent glass art creations — almost as if they were a part of the natural surroundings themselves. At the top of a walkway stands Garry Cohen, dressed in black, a pair of thick-rimmed glasses over his eyes. He’s welcoming visitors to Glass Ranch, his home and glass art studio in

the unincorporated Escondido neighborhood of Del Dios, which borders along the north shore of Lake Hodges. Twice a year, Cohen hosts a weekend of glass art demonstrations and also as a chance to sell his and other local artists’ works. During the early days of glass art in San Diego, around the ‘80s and ‘90s, Cohen said there were a lot of hot shops around. Now, he said, there are only a few, including his own, where he works and gives private glass blowing lessons. The former Palomar

College ceramics instructor and glass blowing program director now starts his workdays by firing up his studio — ­ quite literally. The furnaces he uses to melt and shape the glass there can reach upwards of 2,000 degrees. Since the early ‘70s, when he discovered the natural character of Del Dios, Cohen said his creations are absolutely shaped by his surroundings. “I wake up every day and I am surrounded by nature and beauty and it really does affect the creation of my art — in the form of

color, form, shape — because everything is subconsciously involved in nature anyway,” Cohen said. Working three months on, three months off, Cohen spends anywhere from four to six hours a day, four days a week creating anything from glass bowls to shot glasses. Yet, after more than 25 years, he’s still able to find innovation in working with glass. “When you work with glass, it is not a short term endeavor,” he said. “Even though it is a trade, to work the art glass, you need

Artist Garry Cohen, right, hosts a weekend glass art demonstration at Glass Ranch, his Del Dios residence and art glass studio. John Pourroy, background, works a piece of glass into a bowl. Photo by Tony Cagala

many, many years in it to get the feel for the material and the glass. “There’s always room for innovation on that level,” he said. For pieces in public there’s “huge, huge” room for innovation, he said, which is where he wants to turn his attentions to next. The majority of his works have been for the gift market, manufacturing what he calls, “pretty pieces of glass,” for people’s home décor, but he’s looking to move out of that, he said. Where he’s looking to turn to now is fine art, including sculpture and more public pieces. With a background in crafts and a degree in ceramics it was the process that attracted Cohen to working with glass. “It’s a very succinct process that you have to hone in to do the same thing over and over and over again — it’s very hypnotic. “It’s a lot like meditation,” Cohen said. “You have to A, pay attention, and B, you’re in the now, completely in the now. There is no extraneous conflict, or any kind of static


going on around you. The ability to focus on the glass is so intense that it puts you in a completely different state of mind.” John Pourroy, who started in 2001 at Palomar College studying with Cohen, said that enrolling in the glass program had changed the course of his life. While Pourroy still works as Cohen’s assistant at Glass Ranch studio, he now manages his own studio, Mars Glass. Working with Cohen, Pourroy said, has become almost a synchronized procedure. As his assistant for several years, Pourroy said that he and Cohen can move around the dance floor (what the work area is referred to as) without much communication at all. “There are steps that you have to go through from start to finish, and having been exposed and been around him and glass for so long, I can recognize where he’s at in the project and I know what’s coming up,” Pourroy said. Tours of Glass Ranch are available by emailing garrycohenstudio

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Dave Koz brings jazz to the holidays and San Diego By Alan Sculley

On paper, Dave Koz’s new holiday release, “The 25th of December,” would have seemed like one of his more challenging albums to complete. After all, it involved 10 well-known guest vocals (plus a pair of guest instrumentalists), a situation that could have made scheduling recording sessions tricky. Plus, Koz was looking for fresh interpretations of holiday songs, performed with the energy and emotion they deserved. The ambition of the album didn’t translate into struggles, though. “There have been projects I’ve done in the past that are work projects, that take forever to kind of get going or there are snags all the way,” saxophonist Koz said in an early November phone interview. “This one was just boom, made a call, (the artist said) yes, make the plan to record, which song? Great, let’s do it. Which key? Great, boom, boom, boom, boom. It all just happened, and before we turned around it was done, done in six weeks — and with all these incredibly, I mean, stellar artists.” Koz indeed had big names joining him on the album, including vocalists Johnny Mathis, Stevie

Dave Koz will jazz up the holidays when he performs at the Balboa Theatre Dec. 23. Photo by Bryan Sheffield

Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Richard Marx and India. Arie. Together with his guests, Koz came up with something he had never done before — a vocal-oriented album. “I like new challenges,” Koz said. “I don’t ever like to repeat. I get bored. I’m ADD, maybe ADDDD. And I like creating something new. So if I was going to make a new Christmas album, a holiday album, I just did not want to repeat myself. So I had never made a Christmas duets album, and over the years, I’ve been able to, I guess, make some friendships that have really been very special, and I called upon those friend-

ships to create this album together with people that I love and people whose talent I truly respect and admire.” The enthusiasm Koz shows in discussing “The 25th of December” makes it clear that this was one of his more satisfying projects. Of course, his career is filled with far more successes than setbacks. After debuting on Capitol Records with a 1990 self-titled album, Koz quickly rose to the front ranks of the smooth jazz scene with a largely instrumental sound that combined a strong element of pop melodicism with jazz and R&B. His second CD, 1993’s “Lucky Man,” and 1999’s

“The Dance,” each stayed on the “Billboard” chart for more than 100 weeks, with the latter CD topping 500,000 in sales — a huge number within the jazz field. His second decade included such hits as his 2003 CD, “Saxophonic,” which featured two hit singles, “Honey-Dipped,” and “All I See Is You,” and 2010’s “Hello Tomorrow,” a chart-topping album that added two number one jazz singles to his catalog, “Put the Top Down” and “Anything’s Possible.” Now comes “The 25th December,” which quickly topped “Billboard” magazine’s Contemporary Jazz album chart upon its release. The big-event song on the album has to be the cover of the Beatles “All You Need Is Love.” The first single from the album, the song started as a showpiece for Stevie Wonder. “It’s like this is the guy who is the walking epitome in this world of love, to me,” Koz said of Wonder. “To hear him do that, it was like, honestly I had to punch myself. I watched it happen and I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He came to the studio with such passion to create something very special. He

wasn’t just phoning it in. He went over and over and over it and just was not happy with it. And of course, the first thing that he did, which is what we used, was perfect.” Wonder is still a primary voice, but it evolved into a song where most of the other singers on the album also contributed vocals to this jazzed up, slightly slowed down version of the Beatles hit. Koz said it’s likely “All You Need Is Love” will be featured during the encore each night on this year’s Dave Koz & Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas tour. Joining the saxophonist for this year’s edition of the tour will be Jonathan Butler Maysa (an R&B/gospel powerhouse best known for her work with the group Incognito) and Christopher Cross, a singer Koz had at-

tempted to get on the tour multiple times, only to be thwarted by scheduling issues. This season’s show, Koz said, will be heavy on material from “The 25th of December,” but will also include non-holiday selections from each of the artists’ repertoires. “This show is about collaboration. It’s about family. It’s about helping friends out.” Koz said. “There are times when Jonathan and I will be doing songs, just the two of us. There’s going to be duets for Jonathan and Maysa to do. Of course, Christopher Cross is going to be singing his hits. He’s got a Christmas album as well that he’s very excited about doing music from. So I think you’ll see a lot of different combinations. That’s really what these shows tend to be, is combinations of artists.”

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RSF Golf Club highlights past and upcoming holiday events Odd Files Golf Club gets ready to ring in the New Year

Al Castro, general manager of the RSF Golf Club shared that the holiday kickoff began on Nov. 30, with the tree lighting ceremony. “It was very well attended with over 325 residents and golf club members there,” he said, adding how it was a hugely popular event. “And we had a very busy dinner night because of that event.” Castro went on to say that the carolers and the petting zoo were enjoyed by all. Board director Helen Slosar wanted to know if it was a profitable event. Castro answered by shar-

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RANCHO SANTA FE — Over the holiday season, activity at the RSF Golf Club has been abundant and has more on its holiday roster. The RSF Association Board of Directors had the opportunity to listen about feedback from recent events as well as those slated, including the golf club’s anticipated New Year’s Eve party.

ing the event was put on by their Board and was low cost. “We paid for the carolers and some cookies and chocolates and things like that — but the profit came from the dinner side,” he said. “We had over 200 people for dinner that night.” Castro also highlighted that on that same very weekend, their three-day golf shop sale was successful with huge revenues. He said it was very encouraging to see residents and golf club members using the golf shop for holiday shopping. Also on the merriments timetable was the

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RSF Library welcomes Richard Torregrossa By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Richard Torregrossa served as a recent guest at the RSF Library’s Local Writer Showcase. Well known for his book, “Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style,” with a foreword by Giorgio Armani, Torregrossa was there for another piece. His newest novel is the mystery crime thriller, “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero.” Haley Kwon, RSF Library’s branch manager, did the introductions. “We’re very, very excited to have Richard here,” she said, adding the accolades he received for “Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style.” Torregrossa, a native New Yorker turned San Diegan, gave the crowd a warm welcome. He told everyone how his background started in journalism and branched into writing gift books like “The Little Book of Wisdom” and “Fun Facts About Dogs.” He also did the illustrations. Torregrossa noted he remains an active journalist. He then shifted toward his Cary Grant novel. This nonfiction work netted much praise and attention over the years. “As a journalist I was covering fashion. I was at a fashion show and Giorgio Armani said that his collection was inspired by the understated elegance of Cary Grant in the Hitchcock classics ‘North by Northwest’ and ‘To Catch a Thief.’ “So when Giorgio Armani speaks, you listen.” He continued, “So I watched some Cary Grant movies, and I realized what he was talking about and that got me interested in Cary Grant and then I saw that there wasn’t really a book about how he created his style which is really what he’s known for.” This spurred Torregrossa to research this more by talking with Grant’s tailors, and movie costars, such as Eva Marie Saint. He was searching for insight into Grant’s persona. According to Torregrossa, he believed Grant was one of the first actors to think of himself as a brand. “So, the book goes into not only his suits and ties, but it goes into his style as a reflection of the inner man,” he said. In his newest novel, “Terminal Life: A Suited Hero,” Torregrossa took what he knew best and blended it all together. The literary recipe


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was excellent writing, exceptional knowledge of the martial arts as a first degree black belt, and men’s fashion. The suit worn by the main character is the epitome of fashion. While nonfiction is restrictive, this current piece gave him literary freedom. “‘Terminal Life’ is about a former Navy SEAL who comes back from Afghanistan to discover that his wife has been murdered and his young son has disappeared,” he said. Torregrossa pointed out that his main character, Luke Stark, goes on a wild journey to discover the killers. As readers discover, everybody in the novel is not who they seem to be. “And I think that’s what gives it a mystique,” he said. Torregrossa also wanted a novel which moved very quickly. It’s entertaining and is peppered with violence “It was not my intention to exploit violence, but

to reflect the violence in society and to show sort of an extreme situation after one is in a crisis and how does one redeem him or herself,” he said. So far, Torregrossa said the reviews have been great. Ken Bruen, who has written six movies and 22 bestsellers, said in his review, “I loved this book. This novel gives us a whole new genre of noir. Introspective noir. Almost metaphysical in its subtle understatement. But make no mistake, it is vastly entertaining. That rare breed. A thinking persons’ artistic vivid entertainment.” Following Torregros-

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an Diego County, by my count and review of, leads the nation on a per capita basis, in wine/food events. A big contributor to that enviable record is a mild-mannered restaurateur for two Italian style restaurants: Vittorio’s and Capri Blu in North County. Victor Magalhaes has positioned his wine events into monthly productions, choosing fine wines with experts presenting the story between generous tastings, enhancing each restaurant’s special menu. On any given month, Vittorio’s and Capri Blu are in a kind of competing event, though careful not to choose the same date. I recently covered a Vittorio’s invitation to taste and assess wines from a significant and historic Sonoma location with the odd name of Gundlach Bundschu, originally a German Bavarian Brewery in San Francisco in the 1800s. After the purchase of a vineyard in Sonoma prospered, they grew into Napa Valley in the Carneros District, where they make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that I thought was of a unique characteristic. Vittorio’s is able to offer this sort of high caliber wine with a four-course specially prepared dinner for just $49.50 per person, usually on a Thursday evening. The four wines tasted are

Vittorio’s Family Style Trattoria recently brought in Qualene Slattery to present wines from Gundlach Bundschu in the Sonoma wine district. Photos by Frank Mangio

offered to purchase at a significant discount. Same quality dinner with wine and tell at Capri Blu, a few miles away, west of Interstate 15 near Rancho Bernardo, managed by Theo Theodorakos, who brought in the famous Italian brand, Masi, to match a four-course dinner. The main entrée was a rack of lamb paired with a Masi Brolo di Campofiorin Appasimento. The brand comes from the Veneto region ofItaly and is renowned as the

leading Amarone producer from the village of Valpolicella. Marcus Mizzau represented Masi and gave us a quick review of this way to make great wine. “Appasimento is a drying technique for the grapes. We place them on racks to dry for three months. The water is purged and the grape juice gets more concentrated and is a richer wine, with 18 months in oak barrels before bottling and release. Check out the next wine dinners at capri-blu.

com, and vittoriossandiego. com. The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival reviewed ope you got to take in this five-day extravaganza that recently wowed San Diego. It was an international showcase of premier wines, spirits, culinary foods and the chefs that create them. I focused on the Grand Tasting on Nov. 22 with its opportunity to taste from Andrew Pfeffer of Palm Beach Wines offers a taste of one of his Italian over 700 different wines, Chianti Classicos at the Grand Tasting, a feature of the San Diego Bay


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and cuisine samplings from over sixty of San Diego’s most talented chefs, at the impressive Embarcadero Park next to the bay at the convention center. In the Chef of the Fest cuisine contest, thirty six chefs competed with each other, judged by eight celebrity guest chefs who came up with the winning chef: Duvinh Ta of Jake’s Restaurant in Del Mar, with his Rubbed Pork Ribs with Sambal BBQ Sauce, Watermelon Radish and Zuchini Slaw. Judges used a “blind tasting” format to determine the most creative presentation and flavor from the chefs. The second place was: Todd Nash of Bub’s at the Ballpark with his housesmoked Pork Collar BLT. For a complete list and next year’s date, see

the door. Check in at Ramona Family Naturals. Buy tix online at hwt. • Del Mar is sparkling with holiday attractions and favors for shoppers like free street parking on selected dates and holiday ornaments and keepsakes. The Peter Sprague musical group will play Dec. 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. in a free concert on the lawn at L’ Auberge Inn. Visit for details. • Tannin Tuesday starts at Searsucker Restaurant in Del Mar Heights Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s half off all bottles of wine all day. Call 858-369-5700. • Meritage Wine Market in Encinitas offers the final tasting of the year, a Grand Vin Lafite Rothschild of Bordeaux tasting Dec. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. $25. Call (760) 479-2500.

Wine Bytes • Get your merry Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, noon to 5 p.m., on Ramona’s Wine Trail for a unique wine experience. Eighteen wine tastings and six-paired holiday treats among six wineries; $55 after Dec. 7; $65 at

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Doctor highlights growth of Scripps Memorial Hospital By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — Recently, the RSF Garden Club was a venue for special guest speaker, Dr. Randall Goskowicz, of Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Sunil Rayan, also scheduled to speak, was unable to attend due to performing emergency surgery. Nevertheless, those in attendance were able to receive a well-rounded representation of the growth of Scripps Encinitas, the history of operating rooms, and more. Dr. Randall Goskowicz, an American board certified anesthesiologist, thanked the crowd for a warm welcome, while also sharing how grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm. With adeptness for science and medicine, he attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine and served his residency at University of California, San Diego, Anesthesiology and a fellowship at University of California, San Diego, Anesthesiology-Cardiovascular. During the early days of his medical career, Goskowicz said, he was on call 24 hours a day. After becoming a father, he found that needed to change and he’s been at Scripps Encinitas ever since with more family friendly hours. “I’m very pleased to be here today for two reasons.

Dr. Randall Goskowicz of Scripps Encinitas speaking at the RSF Garden Club. Photo by Christina Ma-


The first is because I spent a lot of time in the operating room, and they don’t actually let me outside much especially when it’s still light out so that special,” he quipped. The other reason, he said, was speaking with the community and how he enjoyed educating them on a variety of medical issues. In his talk, Goskowicz took a turn discussing the treatment for abdominal aortic aneurisms. The procedure to repair this aneurism can now be done without an incision. Rayan, a general and vascular surgeon, performs such a surgery. “Even though Dr. Rayan cannot be here, I’ve

been watching him do his work so I can tell you something about what he does,” he said. On numerous occasions, Goskowicz has been in the operating room and was able to discuss the procedure with a PowerPoint presentation. Following this, Goskowicz then delved into the history of operating rooms and surgeries. Yes, days before surgical gloves and masks, sanitizing surgical instruments, and prior to the days of ether. As one would imagine, Goskowicz shared, the rate of infection following surgical procedures were rampant back then. Showcasing different photos of operating room eras, he pinpointed improvements as the years marched on. A picture appeared of an operating room in the late 1970s. From that photo, Goskowicz said, a few of the

many things changed from then to now is no shelving and corners. “People like to shove things in the corners,” he said. “These zones can cre-

ate dust, dirt, and micro-organism buildup due to a lack of ventilation.” Modern, state-of-the art operating rooms now have massive sterilization apparatuses, the 10 foot ceiling is raised another 6 feet above the patient for ventilation which keeps the surgical area clear, digital radiographs via computers, and LED lights which illuminate the entire field. “LED lights are cool and very efficient,” he said. While on the subject of state-of-the-art operating rooms, Goskowicz shared their next expansion phase

at Scripps Encinitas, championed by Scripps Health Foundation, will include two new operating rooms, upgrading four existing operating rooms, expanding preoperative care and endoscopy areas and more. It’s named the OR/354 Campaign. Established in 1964, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is keeping up with the demands of a growing San Diego North County population. For anyone wanting to learn more about the OR/354 Campaign fundraising efforts, visit campaignforscrippsencinitas.

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DEC. 12 SKATE THE RANCHO A 25-foot Christmas tree will sparkle nearby at the Ice Skating Rink at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe through Jan. 4 at its outdoor synthetic ice-skating rink along with festive twinkle lights at 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. Through Dec. 19, hours are 2:45 to 9 p.m. Monday — Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday — Sunday. Dec. 20 through Jan. 4 hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday — Sunday. Cost per session (including skate rentals) 12 years and older - $18, under 12 - $15 for a three-hour session. GARDEN LIGHTS UP Bring the family to San Diego Botanic Garden of Lights from 5 to 9 p.m., through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. The garden will offer horsedrawn wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, live music and holiday refreshments. Additional fees for some activities. Non-members $14, children ages 3 to 12 $6. For more information, visit or call (760) 436-3036. DEC. 13 WOMEN


Dec. 12, 2014 CHOIR The Carlsbad High Choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13 at the luncheon meeting of the Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista Branch of the American Association of University Women, at the Bellefleur Restaurant, Carlsbad Company Stores Mall. Reservations can be made at (760) 431-9866. For more information go to COOKIES AND BOOKS Friends of the Cardiff-bythe-Sea hosts its Holiday Sale with baked goods and books from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cardiff Library, 2081 Newcastle Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea. For more information, call (760) 6351000 or visit MARKET AMONG FLOWERS Visit Anderson's La Costa Nursery Holiday Market in the Garden, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 and Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 at 400 La Costa Ave., Carlsbad. Enjoy gift-finding in the gardens, with local artisans' and designers’ showcasing their handcrafted creations, art and gifts. For more information, cal (760) 753-3153 or visit BE THE ARTIST The Rancho Santa Fe Library will host a adult and teen craft of Holiday Card Making at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at 17040 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. BOOK COLLECTORS

The Friends of the Solana Beach Library host a holiday silent book auction. High value collector's books on many subjects and in pristine condition are available for bid from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 through Dec. 20 at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. DEC. 14 STOP GUN VIOLENCE From 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at UUFSD, 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach, a candlelight vigil will be held in commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito is joining the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Washington National Cathedral in a nationwide vigil service of mourning and remembrance. For information call UUFSD during working hours at (858) 755-9225. PET PAWLOOZA Sit, sip, and be social at “Pet Pawlooza” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, 389 Requeza St., Encinitas. This free, dog-friendly mixer will take place in Cricket’s Corner Dog Park on the RCHS campus. You and your dog can meet other dogs and dog lovers. The event is sponsored by Paw Tree, a supporter of Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Community Pet Food Bank. TIME FOR DANCIN’ SHOES The Oceanside Dept. of Parks and Recreation is holding a Holiday Dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Junior Seau Beach Community Center, 300 North The Strand, Oceanside. The Encore’s Band will play and a hot meal will be served. Free parking in parking lots by the pier. Tickets are $10 per person at either the El Corazon, 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside (760) 435-5300, or the Country Club Senior Center, 455 Country Club Lane, Oceanside (760) 4355250. DEC. 16 RETRO TUESDAYS Be part of the 2-for-1 book swap every Tuesday at Book Tales, 603 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Call (760) 436-7892 for more details. SOUND HEALING At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16, take part in sound healing with Leslieane, holistic health practitioner and certified clinical nutritionist at the Solana Beach Library, 157 TURN TO CALENDAR ON 24

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Give the gift of support at alternative market RANCHO SANTA FE — This holiday season is a good time to make a difference in the world, whether right here in North County or as far away as Brazil and India. The Village Community Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe has partnerships with a variety of ministry and mission organizations, and invites all community members to participate in the annual “Alternative Christmas Market” through Dec. 21. Whether you would like to contribute a financial gift to provide micro-financing for families in the Global South, to supporting the military and their families at Camp Pendleton, to help-

ing with the cost of building an orphanage and school in Kenya or a women’s literacy program in India, there are many opportunities to see your funds make an impact in people’s lives. “Because the Village Church has had a long relationship with many of these organizations, we frequently send mission teams to these various communities,” Rev. Jan Farley, Village Church’s associate pastor for worship and mission said. “Reading about these ministries in the Alternative Christmas Market catalog is an excellent way for community members to find out more about these partners, and maybe even join

Bridge retrofit earns excellence award DEL MAR — The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) has selected Kleinfelder architecture, engineering, and science consulting firm for the 2015 Engineering Excellence Award in recognition of its work on the retrofit and replacement of the historic North Torrey Pines Road Bridge project. The North Torrey Pines Road Bridge, in Del Mar, is a 15-span, precast concrete structure built in 1933 with a 50-year design life. In 2002, the bridge was classified as structurally and seismically deficient and functionally obsolete with a sufficiency rating of 19.1 out of 100. Because the bridge is a landmark on the California Register of Historic Places and designated as a “Coastal Concrete Classic,” the seismic retrofit strategy needed to preserve the bridge’s historic features. The little stretch was originally constructed in 1906 when real estate was being developed in Del Mar. A road and bridge were built from San Diego to Del Mar. When completed, it phased out the old stagecoach route that wandered through Sorrento Valley east of Del Mar. As the prime design consultant responsible for project management, engineering, and environmental investigations, Kleinfelder developed a specialized retrofit strategy utilizing non-linear time history analysis to model the structure’s

response to earthquake motions. The team engineered an innovative solution to maintain the substructure by seismically strengthening the bridge piers and replacing the superstructure in such a way that the historical character of the bridge was maintained. “We are honored to be recognized by ACEC California for the North Torrey Pines Road Bridge Project,” said Mark Creveling, Kleinfelder’s vice president of project management. “It was a privilege to have an opportunity to design and engineer a solution that preserves and strengthens one of the region’s much-loved bridges.” The project also received an Honor Award, making it eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition. An awards dinner will be held in Sacramento in January.

us in the future for one of these trips.” View the Alternative Christmas Market brochure and catalog at villagec hu rc / i mages / PDF/Other/ACM2014-catalog-web.pdf. After you have identified which organization(s) you wish to sup-

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Three days can triple your bottom line; plus mistakes top business owners should avoid We talked to one of the nation’s top business coaches, located in the Cardiff area of San Diego to find out her secrets. Allison Maslan mentors business owners from all over the country. She’s built 10 successful businesses from the ground up while starting out as a single mom. She knows first-hand what makes a business succeed, as well as, the worst mistakes many business owners make. Allison says many business owners have great dreams, yet fly by-the-seat of their pants without a strategic plan. They spin at the same revenue level because they’re running around doing all of the busy work, rather than hiring help so they can grow. They need to practice their expertise and get

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goon. Other problem areas include noise and vibration, especially during construction and at night, the effect on biological resources, particularly from the lighting, aesthetics and land use as it pertains to the exclusion of the San Dieguito River Valley Joint Powers Authority trail.


letter. Additionally, it does not adequately address the impacts and mitigations in several areas. There are concerns about water quality from trash from the platform that could end up in the la-

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“While the EA identifies the trail, it does not identify a solution and therefore precludes the trail from accessing the reach the beach, which is one of the mandates from the San Dieguito River Park (JPA),” Planning Director Kathy Garcia said. “We have asked that SANDAG revise and reissue the environmental assessment to address these concerns,” she added. Linda Culp, SANDAG project manager, said the agency has made efforts to minimize noise and light impacts to residents, including moving the tracks as far east as possible. SANDAG also worked with North County Transit District to ensure that shorter trains will stop as far north as possible once they reach the platform.

“But due to the way the track is laid out, the speed limits that we’re given, we cannot move that platform any farther north than it is now,” she said. Addressing the water quality issue, Culp said NCTD’s storm-water pollution prevention plan, which requires best management practices during construction, will be implemented. She said “trash-prevention design” will be used to build railings and curbs that make it difficult for rubbish to end up in the lagoon. Signage and waste receptacles can be added at multiple locations. Culp said she did not agree SANDAG is precluding the trail. “We have offered up a couple of other suggestions,” she said. “We’re not able to use our railroad dollars though to

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design a trail.” Resident Bill Michalsky, a member of a city ad hoc committee focused on the project, said few would argue the merits of replacing the bridge but the proposal “goes downhill from there.” While he also questioned the need for double tracking, he said the platform is the biggest concern for the committee. “This platform has elements that really will spell significant change in the north end of our community in the Beach Colony area,” he said. “As far as we know there’s no supportable data that suggests it is a needed element.” Michalsky said the committee has asked for but not received ridership numbers to justify the structure. He said members would also like story poles installed so residents can get a better picture of what the completed project will look like. Councilwoman Sherryl Parks agreed. “Mitigating the other issues isn’t really going to satisfy Del Mar,” she said. “If the SANDAG folks can come up with some real reasons why the platform is justified then I think that that’s a good beginning toward mitigations.” “The justification for this project is well established based on the usage that currently exists and the opportunity to shift more automobile users to rail riders by improving connections and reducing overall travel time,” NCTD Executive Director Matt Tucker Matt Tucker said. “The fairgrounds is one of the main event centers in San Diego County and is a regional asset,” he added. “The concept of providing direct rail service to the fairgrounds is not new. In fact, one can find remnants of the infrastructure that was in place years ago that provided safe and direct access to the fair-

grounds. “Today, the closest stop is nearly two miles away in Solana Beach,” Tucker said. “Train passengers deboard at the Solana Beach station and transfer to a shuttle bus to complete their trip to the fairgrounds. The elimination of multiple transfers and the overall reduction in travel time will result in increased rail ridership and supports our regional goals of reducing road congestion and vehicle emissions.” Councilman Don Mosier, the city’s liaison to NCTD, said the number of people going to the fairgrounds who take the train to Solana Beach and then shuttle over has increased. “So I do see a need for a special events platform,” he said. “Certainly getting cars off our streets and Solana Beach streets is an important goal.” He said he agrees there is “some uncertainty about how many people would use the platform,” but it is important to look at future growth and the long-term situation. “This whole effort … was a good faith effort to work early on this project to identify issues so that they can be … addressed so that the project will be successful,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said. “So we have that in common with SANDAG and North County Transit. “I’m hoping that SANDAG and Del Mar can work together closely, with Solana Beach as well, to address some of these concerns,” he added. “There’s good faith work that’s been put into this and to have these issues ignored is very worrisome.” “SANDAG and NCTD have committed to working collaboratively with the community to ensure that the project is designed and ultimately built in a manner that addresses the public’s input where feasible,” Tucker said.

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ities, the suspect on the rooftop is being identified as 33-year-old Joshua Harrington, who sustained significant injuries. The RSF Fire Protection District strapped the patient onto a backboard, lowered him down a ladder from the rooftop, and transported him to the hospital. Taber said in the first incident CHP was on the scene, and at the second, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

memorable one. Flavor Chef was at the helm serving up an array of savories. A number of vendors took part in the afternoon tea. This served as a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping or sneak in special something for oneself. Select vendors for the day included: Maggie Bobileff of Maggie B, Elisabeth Pyle of Jewelry by Elisabeth, Gina Morell of Glam & Sassy, Jana Leibo of


p.m. Dec. 13 at the gallery at the Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, featuring works by 66 artists who live, work or maintain a studio in San Diego County. The exhibit runs Dec. 14 through Feb. 7. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. CABARET The North Coast Symphony presents “Holiday Cabaret” at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. Tickets available at the door: $10 general, $8 seniors/students/military, $25/family max. There will be tables available for refreshments. For more information, visit ‘ANNIE JR.’ San Marcos Theatre West Youth Theater will present the musical “Annie Jr.” Dec. 12 through Dec. 14 at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive. Tickets $7 to $10 online or at the door. For more information, visit or call (760) 744-9000.



ide on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 12 through Dec. 21. Tickets at DEC. 13 AREA ARTISTS Surf Hut Art Gallery will host a Holiday Artist Reception from 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at 694 N. Highway 101, Leucadia. Artists include Josh Serafin, Alan Casagrande, Joe Vickers, Scott Beale, Tonia Senoo, Martin Nasim Sterling King and Richard Mazzola. To RSVP call or text (760) 753-7310 or visit TRADITIONAL ‘MESSIAH’ Make plans now to sing along with Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church, 170 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas. For more information, visit or call (760)753-6582. ART RECEPTION “Beyond the Landscape” art exhibit opens at Encinitas Community and Senior Center opens with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m., Dec. 13, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas. VISIT LUX Lux Art Institute invites all to an open house, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at 1550 S. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Free admission, guided tours, music, refreshments, and art projects with artist-in-residence Ann Weber. BLUEGRASS BEAT The Del Mar Foundation’s Cultural Arts Committee presents Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley in a “Bluegrass & Beyond” performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Del Mar Powerhouse, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Tickets, $20 general, $35 reserved. GALLERY ART SHOW A reception will launch the Cannon Art Gallery 2014 Juried Biennial Exhibition from 5 to 8


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DEC. 14 SW ITCH FOOT Switchfoot brings its “For the Sender” concert benefiting Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation Dec. 14 at the Belly Up, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach, with Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory), Molly Jenson, Nena Anderson, Andy Powers and Woodard. Cost: $18 in advance, $20 day-of. PARKER ON PIANO Carlsbad City Library hosts free holiday concerts by pianist Robert Parker at 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad. For more information call (760) 602-2024 or email keith.gemmell@

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Elegantly Distressed, Khara Serrato of Chic Mommy, Amber Persia-Hodges of Premier Designs Jewelry, Jean Waters of Jean Waters Fine Accessories, Justin Park of Baja Olive, Laura Mitchell of Toffee Divine, and Carolyn Hickey of Gen 7 Wines. Also there was Adrienne Falzon selling her children’s books “What is an Angel?” and “The Search for the Perfect Shell.” Nearing the end of the afternoon soiree, Falzon said she was so impressed with the nonprofit she beLaura Mitchell of Divine Toffee at the 19th annual The Country Friends’ came a member of TCF. Holiday Tea. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene Taking part in the opCHRISTMAS CONCERT Enjoy a free Christmas concert, “Christmas Joy,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Carlsbad Community Church, 3175 Harding St., Carlsbad, featuring the Celebration Choir, orchestra, and Children’s Choir. CHORALE AND ORCHESTRA Lighthouse Christian Church hosts a free Christmas Concert by the San Luis Rey Chorale & Chamber Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and Dec.15, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside. For more information call (760) 7260590, or visit DEC. 16 SOUNDS OF JOHN DENVER At 1 p.m. Dec. 16, in the Pala Casino 60+ Club, 11154 Highway 76, Pala, join Jim Curry with the music of John Denver with special guest John Sommers, a former member of Denver’s band and the composer of “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.” For more information, visit W I N T E R ARTSPLASH Coastal Artists presents “Winter ArtSplash,” a multimedia exhibit, through Dec. 31, at La Vida Del Mar, 850 Del Mar Downs Road. For more information, call (858) 755-1224 or visit DEC. 20 PETER PUPPING BAND Get tickets now for the Christmas Concert by Peter Pupping Band with Tim Holcombe, with a Latin and country twist, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at Meadowlark Community Church, 1918 Redwing St., San Marcos with singer/songwriter Tim Holcombe, Pupping and William Wilson on guitar, Jeff Basile on bass and Roy Gonzales on percussion. Tickets are $15 general admission at the door or online at


friend to work at my elbow. I have clearly watched too many cooking shows. I want all the ingredients premeasured in cute little bowls and every new electric mixer/squeezer/roller at my elbow. Instead I drag hard-asrock bags of sugar out of the pantry, leaking flour bags and butter from the freezer, try to find the cin-



ony trying to find a flawless shell for her grandmother while visiting her on vacation in Florida. “They are at the beach, Grandma is steps behind her, and sees Olivia picking up shells and then throwing them down. Her grandmother is wondering why she isn’t collecting any,” Falzon said. While on the beach, Olivia drops on the sand and cries because she cannot find anything since they all have chips and cracks. “Grandma explains to her that they’re beautiful and this is the journey that they took through the ocean and they each have their own story,” said Falzon, adding how everyone has a journey like the shells. “If you go through life just looking for those chips and cracks, you’re never going to appreciate the beauty.” Falzon went on to say how Olivia’s grandmother reminds her how a pearl’s birth begins from dirt within an oyster. The moral of the story is to stop looking


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portunity drawing was Del Mar’s, The Gingered Pear, with its natural shrubs. They prepared “hostess gifts” and “holiday spirit” recipe cards attached with their seasonal pomegranate and apple shrub flavors. Proceeds from the tea went to TCF’s funded agencies. Following lunch, many members said a few words, including TCF shop manager, Yvette Letourneau. She reminded all to stop by the shop for wonderful treasures, hostess gifts, and for those entertaining during the holiday season.

namon amid the basil and pepper flakes, and always discover the vanilla is down to fumes. But as visions of sugarplums, aka shortbread, cranberry, oatmeal, iced, chocolate chunk, pecan, peanut butter, toffee cookies, gooey layered bars and more, fill my head, I am rolling up my sleeves to add to the madness. I’m going for four dozen. If I’m going to cream butter and sugar, melt

chocolate, stir endlessly over medium heat and get seriously sticky, I’m going to go big. What? Four dozen isn’t all that big? Hey, I need to ease into this. I don’t want to pull a hammie.

for the “bad” and begin looking for the “good” in people and things. “We have to think of everything around us filled with love, understanding and respect,” Falzon said. By focusing on the “cracks” so many will miss out on the true beauty around them and overlook the journey traveled. “We all have our stories and that’s what makes us special,” she said. Falzon continued, “We are all perfectly imperfect because that’s the way it was supposed to be because we’re unique, and it makes us who we are.” As a young child, Falzon said, she was very sensitive and acutely recognized how some individuals had a “mean streak.” They would point out if someone was overweight, wasn’t wearing the right clothing or had a different color skin tone. Falzon was an observer — taking all of it in. “It made me uncomfortable and upset me so much that I became a champion for those who were the underdog,” she said. “I wanted these kids

to know that they were appreciated.” Falzon shared she thinks that’s when the genesis of all this started. But of course, she didn’t know it at the time. Literature punctuated with “striving for perfection” seems to be at every turn. However, Falzon appreciates philosophies from the likes of Dr. Steve Maraboli and Laozi, who she quotes in her book saying, “that perfection is the willingness to be imperfect.” While Falzon’s books are for children, adults receive Grandma’s message, too. “If you’re picking out all the faults of people and things around you, you will never been content,” she said. Once again, acclaimed artist Helen M. Salzberg is the illustrator of Falzon’s second book. “The Search for the Perfect Shell,” can be found on and Amazon. com. For those who purchase a book on Guidepost. com, a portion of the proceeds goes to Comfort Kids, a children’s charity.

2015 Board of Director’s election schedule. Her motion was followed by all in favor. Boon closed this agenda item by adding how they would be establishing a nominating committee Jan 8.

For those who were volunteering to run, Boon asked that they reach out to Holler or her for further instructions. The RSF Association can be reached by calling (858) 756-1174 or by email at

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CHARGERS FALTER TO PATRIOTS The San Diego Chargers stumble in the second half against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday, losing 23-14. The Chargers face division rivals the Denver Broncos Dec. 14. Above: Chargers quarterback Philip rivers throws down field during the third quarter. Photo by Bill Reilly

OHS stadium named after Coach John Carroll By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Students, teachers and alumni gathered at Oceanside High School on Dec. 8 to rename the recently renovated stadium after Coach John Carroll. Carroll’s success in coaching high school football is unmatched. He led the Pirates to two state championships, 13 CIF ti-

Former superintendent Larry Perondi shakes hands with Coach John Carroll before the dedication. Oceanside High School stadium was named after Carroll on Dec. 8. Photo by Promise Yee

“He is successful to the tles and 21 consecutive playoffs in his 26 years of degree no one could imagcoaching. Fellow football coach ine,” Barrett said. Football players and David Barrett gave Carroll kudos for his passion, colleagues described the knowledge of the game and TURN TO STADIUM ON 21 love of players. P H O T O G R A P H Y

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What better occasion than the holidays to sing for Carroll. It’s the best time of the year and you spot it on kids’ faces. Put me down as an adult with a grin, thanks to venue naming rights, which got it right. Oceanside football’s John Carroll will now coach at Simcox Field at John Carroll Stadium. The words roll off the tongue like cheers for the New Year. We might go with JCS to save space, but there’s always room to give Carroll his due. There are few better men than Carroll, 57, leading a football program — prep, college or pro. He’s as beloved in Oceanside as pier-close parking in the summer. There’s a reason you can’t spell Carroll’s first or last name without an “O”. When carving Oceanside’s impressive Mt. Rushmore, save some rock for the modest Carroll. “How about O’side!’’ ex-Charger Willie Buchanon said at Sunday’s Chargers game. “Coach Carroll is amazing.’’ Buchanon, once a Pirate standout and always a Carroll booster, knows of what he speaks. Few track the Pirates with Buchanon’s passion or concerning eye. His thumbs are always up when Carroll’s mentioned. What we don’t know is if Buchanon, a firstround pick out of San Di-

ego State, is applauding Carroll’s impact on or off the field? Sure there was another San Diego Southern Section title for Oceanside this season, the 13th of Carroll’s 26-season tenure. And No. 26 still breathes with the Pirates facing visiting Fresno Edison in a Southern California Regional Division I game on Friday. A win advances undefeated Oceanside to the state final, as it will seek its third championship under Carroll. With each year it’s clear Carroll has become the North County’s John Wooden, collecting multiple championships and distributing countless life lessons in his understated manner. That Carroll’s contributions to the city are celebrated by his name gracing his football home is spectacular. A big, juicy red apple to the school board for this keen decision. Coaches, football coaches in particular, are more than men with whistles. They’re role models to athletes at various levels, a huge responsibility that has nothing to do with the down-and-distance. That’s why men like Carroll — and men and women coaches across all prep sports — can have such an impact on teenagers. Sometimes that impact is felt long after the scoreboard shut off. Ask Carroll what’s important. His answer remains as steadfast as his affection for fundamentals. “This isn’t about me,’’ he said, “it’s about we.’’ That “we” rallied around Carroll years ago when he battled serious health issues. That outpouring of Oceanside’s love for a man who’s meant so much to their community likely trumped Carroll’s medication. Carroll rebounded and his beaming smile when around his players — current or former — is evident. That grin is returned in equal radiance, as those knowing Carroll best love him the most. Now his legacy will forever shine over a sacred piece of turf. One that’s surrounded by John Carroll Stadium. Contact Jay Paris at Follow him on Twitter at jparis_sports.

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ing high school soccer to football. “It was the best decision I ever made in my life,” Wallace said. “He must have seen something in me I didn’t see.” The high school stadium had top-to-bottom renovations completed in 2010, including installation of an Astroturf play-

ing field. Improvements were paid for through Proposition H bond measure funds. Renaming the athletic facility to honor Carroll was approved by the school district board of education in June. Current board members said they wanted to

hold the dedication ceremony while they still served together. “He truly earned this prestigious honor,” Adrianne Hakes, school district board president, said. Oceanside High School will be vying for its third state championship under Carroll’s coaching Dec. 12.




Girls Under 7, 8, and 9 January 6 & 7 ( Tuesday/Wednesday) Boys Under 7 & Under 8 January 5 & 8 (Monday/Thursday) Boys Under 9 January 6 & 8 (Tuesday/Thursday)

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Coach John Carroll accepts the honors. He also shares spirited words of encouragement with students. Photo by Promise Yee



beloved coach as an educator, father and leader. Many talked about Carroll’s ability to bring young men of different ethnicities and affiliations together as one cohesive team. “He’s a father to us

past, present and future,” Tommy Woo, a varsity player, said. “When we join this team we become brothers.” Carroll lit up the stadium when he accepted the honor on behalf of the football team and school, and encouraged students to set and meet high goals. “He’s a machine,”


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Dec. 12, 2014 House contest is part of Hilton Carlsbad’s line-up of holiday events. Each evening from 6 to 8 p.m. between Dec. 18 and Dec. 23, the community is invited to visit the hotel for holiday activities including a performance by Carlsbad High School Choir, cookie decorating, holiday movie night, ornament making and story time with hot cocoa. For a complete list of events, visit

DEC.1 7 FAMILY MOVIE Take the family to see “Arthur Christmas” at 6 p.m. Dec. 17, (2011, PG, 97 min.) at Carlsbad City Library’s Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane. When Arthur Claus, the DEC. 19 clumsy son of Santa Claus, TALES OF POINdiscovers that Santa’s high- SETTIA Saturdays and tech ship has failed to deliver one girl’s present, he sets out on a mission to deliver the last present and save the magic of Christmas. DEC. 18 GINGERBREAD AND MORE A Gingerbread

DEC. 20 ANIMAL ADVOCATES San Diego Animal Advocates invite the community to a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Veggie Grill, 965 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad. For reservations, call (760) 438-0034.

SANTA PAWS Rancho Coastal Humane Society hosted “Santa Paws” Nov. 30 at the Drake Center for Veterinary Care in Encinitas, where people and their pets posed for photos in exchange for donations to RCHS. Photography by Audrey Rose captured shots of more than 40 people and more than 50 pets. Donations ranged from $20 to $100 with the total for the day topping $1,000. Courtesy photo

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gage in social events geared toward meeting someone new. Travel and communications will play a large part in your success.

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Get ready to take advantage of opportunities. Staying on top of changing economic trends will ensure that you make much progress this year. Wise choices will help you stay in control and will stabilize your future. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You will discover a new way to solve an old problem. Love and adventure are highlighted, so don’t hesitate to involve your romantic interest in a challenging activity or unusual event.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You will have concerns with an older or younger person in your life. Finances may be stretched if you have taken on too many responsibilities or overspent on luxury items. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t take anyone for granted. Spend time reinforcing important relationships to ensure that everyone is heading in the same direction. Loved ones will not know how you are feeling unless you tell them. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you are currently dissatisfied with your professional life, check out vocations that appeal to you. Discuss your thoughts with an expert in your field of choice.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Take some time to let a loved one know how much you appreciate him or her. If you are currently unattached, get out and mingle. You are likely to meet someone who will play an important role in your future.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- It’s likely that you will be confused about recent emotional happenings. Working on an enjoyable project will keep you from facing discord and give you time to reflect VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Delays and on the circumstances. setbacks will test your patience. KeepAQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Surprise ing your emotions in check will help you everyone around you by making personal adapt to the changing circumstances and changes or adopting an interesting new ride out any problems that arise. way of doing things. Viewing life with optimism will bring positive results. Love is LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Adventure and excitement are calling you today. highlighted. Group activities and social events will let PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Being others see your exuberant and cheerful vigilant while traveling will spare you any side. Love will blossom if you are attenunnecessary setbacks or delays. Stick to tive. the rules and take care of matters your- SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Scan self. Don’t trust others to do things for help-wanted pages and online job postyou. ings, and arrange interviews. Update ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Love is in your resume to better represent what you the air. Plan a romantic getaway or en- have to offer.

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in the L’Auberge Amphitheater. The grant also funded the design, fabrication, installation and removal of 32 Del Mar Village holiday banners along with tinsel to adorn the poles. ROTARY DONATES DICTIONARIES Members of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club delivered 820 dictionaries recently to thirdgrade students in 11 public schools covering Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carmel Valley. They also talked to the students about studying hard, helping others and the Rotary’s ethical guidelines. The goal is to assist all students in becoming active readers, good writers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners. For information about

DMSB Rotary, contact Paul Butler at (619) 559-3213 or via info@DMSBRotary. com, or see DMSBRotary. com. BELTRAN LUPI HONORED For the third time in as many years, Fernando Beltran Lupi, founder of Believe In Signs, in Carlsbad, was recognized by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce with the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. Fernando was chosen because of his innovative business approach, his commitment to creating jobs and his positive impact on the local community. Lupi previously received the Go Giver Award and the Meritorious Service Award from the Carlsbad Chamber in recognition of his support of nonprofits and school districts locally and his humanitarian work both in the United States and overseas as well as his volunteer efforts at the chamber. VOLUNTEER TO HELP

Dec. 12, 2014 VETS The program of Operation Giving Back, a non-profit based in Encinitas, needs volunteers to help us with our fund-raising efforts. The group works with men and woman suffering from PTSD or combat stress who have been to war, are finishing their military careers and are preparing to enter back into the civilian world again. Three programs, Assessment and Referral, where the counselor interviews the veteran and completes a full assessment of the person's mental health needs; NeurOptimal Neurofeedback: NeurOptimal technology works effectively without the patient having to put the problem into words. The technology trains the brain to regulate its emotional states and reduce the stress points in the central nervous system. — Counseling: This program allows the veteran to work with the counselor to solidify the gains made during the neurofeedback

training. Patterns in thinking and behaving are reviewed and targeted for change. Operation Giving Back has been helping veterans with PTSD for five years and is looking for volunteers. For more information, visit opgivingback. com/Program.html. MENTAL SHAPE-UP Author and Encinitas resident, Kat Cowley, has published a personal development book, “Week to Strong: Thought-Shifting Mental Shape-Up Plan.” Cowley will be elaborating her perspective message when she presents “Week to Strong” at Barnes & Noble in early January. Contact Cowley at katcowley. com. STUDENTS GIVE BACK Students, parents, faculty and community members, Santa Fe Christian Schools fought hunger in Africa during their Give Thanks, Give Back schoolwide service event Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, packing 200,566 meals for orphaned children in Tanzania. More than 1,500 volunteered to pack dried goods including: rice, soy meal, dried vegetables and vitamin supplements into meals for distribution for the Children’s Community Center, based in Singida Town, Tanzania. To learn more about Santa Fe Christian Schools, visit FIRM GROWS The Carmel Valley wealth advisory firm, Dowling & Yahnke, LLC, 12340 El Camino Real, Suite 450, announced that Brett R. Pernicano, CFP has joined the firm as its 12th Portfolio Manager.

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Holiday shows light up the night Above: One of three light tunnels envelop visitors at the west end of the Dana Point Harbor. The tunnels include some of the 500,000 LED lights that make up the IlluminOcean event that runs every night until Jan. 4. Photo by Jerry Ondash

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t may have been 80-something degrees on the day after Thanksgiving, but that didn’t seem to diminish holiday enthusiasm at Dana Point Harbor after the sun went down. Black Friday in this southern Orange County town was pretty bright. Thousands of residents and visitors came to take in the sights and sounds of IlluminOcean, a sea-themed light show staged throughout the harbor. People of all ages were out pushing strollers, walking dogs, carrying kids on their shoulders — all making their way down the mile-long walk from one end of the harbor to another. They came to see the light tunnels, glittering trees and fanciful sculptures — all created with a half-million LED lights. “The tallest is our GlowMotion Tree, which is 50 feet tall,” said Matt McNally, spokesman for IlluminOcean, also a member of the planning committee formed less than a year ago. “We also have a whale that is 27 feet tall, 20 feet wide and about 35 feet long. The entire display cost about $1.2 million and is developed around our devotion to the ocean.” The IlluminOcean path includes brightly glowing mermaids, surfers, octopi, crabs and a sea serpent. At the west end of the pier, visitors can walk through three light tunnels created by thousands of flickering and blinking strings of light. The biggest challenge in creating the light show, McNally said, “is working with all the land owners — the city, the county, the state and Dana Point Harbor. There were a lot of people involved and impacted …” Sightseers also wore Illumin-Eyes, similar to 3D glasses. They transform ordinary street lamps into whirling whales and are available for free at mer-

From left: This IlluminOcean light sculpture represents the many blue whales spotted year round off the coast of Dana Point. Courtesy photo; As the sun sets at Dana Point Harbor, light sculptures such as this whimsical mermaid come to life. Courtesy photo; This large sign at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern Drive welcomes visitors to the “IlluminOcean – 40 Nights of Holiday Lights” event in Dana Point Harbor. The free event runs through Jan 4. Photo by Jerry Ondash

chants at the west end of the harbor. The celebration includes the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 13. For more information, visit IlluminOcean is sponsored by The Resorts of Dana Point and runs through Jan. 4. Participating hotels are the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa; DoubleTree Suites, Doheny Beach-Dana Point; and St.

Regis Monarch Beach. A free shuttle runs from these hotels to the harbor from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. For special holiday packages, visit A perfect day at Dana Point Harbor includes a whale-watching cruise with Dana Wharf Whale Watching. General Manager Donna Kalez reports exciting stuff happening in the waters just off the coast. “We had two crazy shows (over Thanksgiving) — a killer whale pod and a

continuing humpback show. The greatest spectacle involved a juvenile humpback whale that breached 30 times, at one point launching completely out of the water, close to shore off

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