The rancho santa fe news, december 26, 2014

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From left: Marti Ritto as RSF School Board clerk, Superintendent Lindy Delaney serving another term as secretary, and Todd Frank serving as president take their oaths during a recent school board meeting. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Frank and Ritto get sworn in By Christina Macone-Greene

Rabbi Levi Raskin, lighting the Menorah, tells the “miracle” of Hanukkah at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Rabbi tells about the ‘miracle’ of Hanukkah By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — In the children’s section of the RSF Library, Rabbi Levi Raskin prudently prepared a table for his presentation. Resting on the table were an olive press, Menorahs and other necessities for the afternoon. Raskin had an authentic olive press with California olives. He and the children made olive oil. The miracle of Hanukkah (which began on Tuesday) was the miracle of oil lasting for eight days, Raskin explained. In modern times, he said, his religious culture lights candles. But today, he and the children would

be lighting extra virgin olive oil. The kids each had an opportunity to handpick an olive, place it in the press and squeeze out the oil. According to Raskin, the process of making a small sample would take around 45 minutes. He felt teaching the children this tradition was important and the best way to learn is hand-on. “Not many people have probably ever made olive oil and that’s something to remember,” he said. Raskin continued, “Since the holidays are coming around, and it’s a holiday season, the library’s open to teaching everyone. There are many Jewish

kids in Rancho Santa Fe, and they deserve to learn as well so that’s why we did this.” Raskin went on to say that the idea of teaching them about the olive oil is about teaching the holiday. Its understanding why is the holiday is important, celebrating a heritage, celebrating who one is, and something which is important to the Jewish community. “America is a country of freedom. And it also it makes people better people,” he said. And the message of Hanukkah is that one small light could last for many days. “You just have to try

to light it, and a little light dispels much darkness. So every time someone does a good deed, they light a candle,” he said. Raskin continued, “In Hebrew it would be when you do a Mitzvah, you make this world a better place. And that’s the message of Hanukkah. Celebrate who you are, light that candle, be proud, and don’t be scared.” Raskin also shared it’s important to enjoy those eight crazy nights. He also wanted everyone to know that the reason they eat latkes and jelly donuts during Hanukkah, is because it’s made in oil. “The idea of Hanukkah is to celebrate the miracle of oil,” he said.

RANCHO SANTA FE — At a recent RSF School Board meeting, Todd Frank and Marti Ritto recited their oaths as Superintendent Lindy Delaney administered the Oath of Allegiance to the trustees. Delaney explained that every two years, seats on the board are vacant and those who have already served such as Frank and Ritto, fulfill those seats once again for another term if they win a reelection. Following the oaths, next on the agenda were the elections. Todd Frank replaced Richard Burdge as President, Tyler Seltzer replaced Todd Frank as Vice President, and Marti Ritto replaced Tyler Seltzer as Clerk. Next, the board of trustees unanimously appointed Superintendent Lindy Delaney as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.

Likewise, Seltzer was selected as the Education Foundation Ex-officio Representative. Also approved were the adoption of dates and times of the 2015 regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. While majority of these board meeting were scheduled for the first Thursday of each month, three meetings were scheduled on different dates. Those included the following: Jan. 8, Aug. 20 and Dec. 10. Looking ahead into 2015, some of these meeting times are a blend of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. It was the hope of the board that the morning hours would be more convenient for parents to attend. For RSF School Board updates and meeting schedules visit or call (858) 756-1141.


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Make-A-Wish San Diego awards RSF family By Christina Macone-Greene

With a hearing for One Paseo scheduled for the Jan. 27 San Diego City Council meeting, officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach are sending letters stating their concerns with the Carmel Valley development. Courtesy rendering

Cities to reiterate concerns with One Paseo By Bianca Kaplanek

REGION — With a hearing for One Paseo scheduled for the Jan. 27 San Diego City Council meeting, officials from Del Mar and Solana Beach agreed to again submit letters stating their concerns with the Carmel Valley development. The mixed-use project, which would be located at the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, calls for a nearly 1.5-milliongross-square-foot development with commercial, retail and office space and more than 600 multifamily units. Current zoning allows only 510,000 gross square feet of office uses on the 24-acre lot. Both cities have previously sent letters stating concerns with economic, traffic and emergency response time impacts. In a letter approved 4-1 at the Dec. 10 meeting, Solana Beach reiterates those issues, noting that they have not yet been addressed and remain unmitigated. “This is a really large development,” Councilman Peter Zahn said. “The intensity of the development is going to create more need for these (emergency) services and could impact the availability of our residents to these services. “There were significant (traffic) impacts on the Interstate 5 freeway ramps that are in our area, and that is something that will affect the ability of both residents and visitors to come into our city and use our amenities and our residents to leave the city,” Zahn added. Mayor Lesa Heebner stressed that Solana Beach officials do not oppose developing the site, only the size of the project. “We believe an appro-

priately sized, mixed use project is needed at the subject property,” states the letter, which Councilwoman Ginger Marshall did not support sending. “I feel like I was … appointed to manage the city of Solana Beach,” she said. “This project does not abut our borders. I have a hard time believing that it’s going to have a negative economic impact on our city or significantly affect our traffic.” Heebner said students from Solana Beach will be impacted by traffic because they attend Torrey Pines High School, which is near One Paseo. In Del Mar, officials agreed at the Dec. 15 meeting to draft a letter stating similar concerns that will be presented for approval Jan. 5. The letter will also express concerns that they believe One Paseo does not meet the criteria to be labeled a smart-growth project because it has no transportation hub. “This is the opposite of smart growth,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “This is dumb growth.” Meanwhile, as government representatives, they also plan to ask for additional time — up to 10 minutes — to address the San Diego City Council at the January hearing. Additionally, council members Sherryl Parks, Terry Sinnott and Dwight Worden are seeking to meet with San Diego council members individually to voice their concerns. Developer Kilroy Realty Corporation, on its website, states plans to invest more than $6 million in state-of-the-art traffic improvements in the corridor. The development will also provide opportunities for a private shuttle, community access to Coaster stations and car- and bike-sharing programs.

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Make-A-Wish San Diego Foundation recently gave its prestigious 2014 “Friends and Family” award to the Peterson Family who live in Rancho Santa Fe. Jim Peterson’s daughter, Tina, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and became part of the Make-A-Wish family. The Peterson family was so touched by the genuine care she received, in one way or another, the whole family has taken part in this nonprofit organization. Tina’s father, Jim Peterson, a partner with Higgs Fletcher & Mack law firm based in San Diego, was incredibly touched that his family were honorees. For the Peterson family, giving back was a natural thing to do since Make-A-Wish made such a profound impact. “Tina is a singer and songwriter so music has been a big part of her life. When she was diagnosed she was about to begin a new musical and as a result of her condition she was unable to perform,” Peterson said. “The chemo also affected her voice and ability to practice her craft.” Peterson said when Make-A-Wish came into the picture his daughter was granted her wish and was able to attend the 2013 Grammy’s along with a red carpet entrance during the pre-show on E! This experience triggered her to get back into her passion for music. Since then, Peterson’s daughter sung the National Anthem at the 2011 Poinsettia Bowl. She received this standing ovation only a couple months following her cancer treatments. The applause has continued with Tina’s performances at a Padres game, 2013 team luncheon at the Poinsettia Bowl, the San Diego Make-A-Wish fundraiser, Tuna Challenge, and more. The opportunities have been boundless and Make-A-Wish has designated Tina as its unofficial Make-A-Wish “ambassador.” As she interns at the wish granting department, she also attends San Diego State University. Stepping up to the Make-A-Wish plate, Peterson serves as a board member for the Make-AWish Foundation San Diego while his wife, Kim, is a founding member of the “Wish Circle,” to help raise funds for wishes in San Diego. Tina’s older sister, volunteers at the nonprofit as a wish granter. “We now do all that we can to provide that hope, joy, encouragement and sense of normalcy to families battling a life threatening illness,” Peterson said. “MakeA-Wish touches the entire family not just the ‘Wish Kid.’” Peterson shared that his daughter was diag-

From left: Jim Peterson, his wife Kim and his daughter Tina. Photo by Trevor Stolebarger from First Kiss Photography

nosed in June of 2011 when she was 16 on the last day of school wrapping up her sophomore year. “Her cancer was found in her left upper arm in the humerus bone. Tina underwent five months of short-term intensive inpatient chemotherapy at Rady Children’s

Hospital and was officially in remission as of October 1, 2011,” he said, adding how she is doing well and celebrating three years of remission. Peterson wants people to know that Make-AWish is a charity that assists ill children and their families when they need it

most and provides, hope, encouragement, support, joy and a distraction from the trauma that family is confronting. “I truly believe it has healing power and also helps with the after effects of illnesses that are successfully confronted by kids like Tina,” he said.

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Community Commentary Access, marketing promote youth e-cig use By Dr. Kelly Motadel

‘Disclose act’ still a must, has a change in 2015 California Focus By Thomas D. Elias If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests regularly pour millions of dollars into election campaigns while managing to mask or obscure their identities. A major example last year was Proposition 45, voted down by a 59-41 percent margin even though it led by about that same amount in polls taken before the campaign began. The measure aimed to regulate health insurance premiums just like car insurance and property coverage prices. It was done in by a $55 million ad campaign whose TV commercials blared in large print that the measure was opposed by the California Medical Assn., the American Nurses Assn. of California and the California Hospital Assn.” The end of the ads also contained fine print and sotto voce statements that they were paid for by Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross, and HealthNet. The result made it clear almost no one got beyond the large print, which was enough to turn around about 1 million voters. The question: What if the insurance company names had been in large print, present throughout the ad? Would voters then have been more likely to disregard the insurance lobby’s message? No one knows, but consumer advocates and others who object to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate money into politics think it might have. Enter the “Disclose Act,” a proposed California law first advanced more than four years ago by then-Assemblywoman Julia Brown-

ley of Ventura County, now a Democratic congresswoman. This would require all political ads to show in large letters their top three actual funders, rather than other groups that sometimes have misleading names. Each year since Brownley first sponsored it, the Disclose Act has come a bit closer to passage, losing only narrowly last year. It will be back again in the new legislative session, even though lawmakers took

time for the Legislature to do something major about the deception that commonly accompanies huge donations in California politics. Using large print at the start of ads to disclose their key funders, rather than small print at the end, would surely be more effective in warning voters about bias in commercials. Similar rules would also benefit print, radio, Internet and billboard ads. That’s because the need for transparency allowing

Each year since Brownley first sponsored it, the Disclose Act has come a bit closer to passage, losing only narrowly last year. a slight step in the right direction last spring, separately passing one small Disclose Act portion. That one now requires disclosure of large donations from nonprofits and other so-called multi-purpose organizations and for the state Fair Political Practices Commission to post on the Internet the names of the top 10 donors to any candidate or initiative campaign. This measure was a reaction to the influx of $15 million from Arizona-based conservative groups to fight the 2012 Proposition 30 and push for an anti-union measure on the same ballot. Prop. 30, a tax measure, passed anyway has been a lynchpin of Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to balance the state budget. But the top 10 lists are not enough. For the most part, their information was already available to anyone who cared enough to scroll through the California secretary of state’s website and do a little addition. Merely putting the information online also doesn’t mean many voters will see it. How many will take the time and energy to look? All this makes it high

voters to peer through the veil of anonymity many campaign donors try to hide behind is more pressing today than ever, thanks to the huge quantities of cash corporations can now employ with little chance of garnering bad publicity. This makes the Disclose Act the single most important piece of legislation of 2015, for nothing so sullies politics as the way big money is consistently deployed and masked. Other open government bills will surely be on the new session’s docket, but if this one passes, California voters could become the best informed in the nation. And it if happens here, count on it being imitated widely, just like other California laws from the Proposition 13 tax cuts to the Proposition 15 loosening of marijuana prohibitions. Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” now available in an updated third edition. His email address is tdelias@

While alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana and prescription drugs are all major substances parents should be concerned about, they should add another to the list: e-cigarettes. Vista Community Clinic has been at the forefront of e-cigarette education in North County San Diego. In addition, VCC has worked with community members across North County to implement tobacco and e-cigarette policies promoting safe, smoke-free environments and to reduce youth access to tobacco-related products. Even with education and e-cigarette restriction policies in many areas of North County, new national data suggests we have much further to go on reducing youth e-cigarette use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse released the 2014 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey report on Dec. 16, measuring use of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use among teens during 2014. Some encouraging results showed a decline in alcohol, cigarette and prescription drug abuse and stable marijuana use since 2013. However; the survey included e-cigarette use for the first time, and the results are concerning. According to the 2014 MTF, pastmonth use of e-cigarettes by eighth graders is 8.7 percent, for 10th graders is 16.2 percent and for 12th graders is 17.1 percent. This is especially high, considering traditional cigarette use is at a five-year low at 13.6 percent. E-cigarette use has exploded over the past few years with no regulation, creating easy access at gas stations, convenience stores and through online retailers. In addition, retailers are advertising e-cigarettes inside and outside of their stores, creating an environment where e-cigarettes are a norm. The Vista Community Clinic Tobacco Control Program has done marketing and

sales observations across North County San Diego, and these cities are no exception to major advertising and sales of e-cigarettes. For example, outside e-cigarette ads were present at 45.7 percent of Escondido businesses observed, with 32 percent advertising indoors as well. Nearly 70 percent of retailers sold at least one type of e-cigarette. E-cigarettes were also sold in more than 50 percent of retailers observed in San Marcos, with about 23 percent being sold in easy reach areas near candy, gum, ice cream, soda or slushies. But many cities in the county are working to change that. Twelve of the 18 San Diego County municipalities and the County of San Diego all have ordinances restricting e-cigarette use where traditional smoking is already prohibited. The San Diego County Fair, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Legoland, Petco Park and many other establishments have also restricted e-cigarettes. San Marcos and Vista have taken e-cigarette ordinances even further, including an ordinance that requires cashier-assisted sales, where a cashier would need to check IDs before selling e-cigarettes from behind the counter. Many parts of San Diego County are working on ordinances to decrease availability of e-cigarettes to youth. Restricting access, paired with decreasing frequent advertising of the products, is key to minimizing the current cultural norm of “safe” e-cigarettes. If we can do this, maybe we can see youth e-cigarette use on the decline next year, and every year after that. For more information on e-cigarette regulations, education or how to get your city involved, please contact VCC Tobacco Control Program Manager Gena Knutson at (760) 631-5000 ext. 7165. Dr. Kelly Motadel is the chief medical officer of the Vista Community Clinic.

Letters to the Editor Cost to vote Last Monday notice was given that the Del Mar City Council would interrupt their August vacation to hold a special meeting on Wednesday to vote to cancel the Del Mar Citizens’ right to vote in November for the election of two councilmen for the


next term! And appoint the two instead! The reason being to save the $7,000 to $9,000 cost to hold the election. What a cheap price for the citizens’ right to vote! And, if 2,000 citizens would have voted in November, the two appointed councilmembers wouldn’t

know whether they had the approval and support of 2,000 Del Mar voters, or 50! What other citizens’ rights will be ignored during the next council term?

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Military vets get sound healing while incarcerated By Tony Cagala

Peggy Brooks, left, and John Vreeburg, RSFHS president, at the dedication of the David R. Brooks Memorial Fountain. Courtesy photo

Historical Society holiday gathering draws crowd By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — More than 80 guests gathered together at the La Flecha House for its annual holiday party hosted by the RSF Historical Society on Dec. 11. An indelible memorable imprint was made that night, as well. “We had the unveiling of the David Brooks Memorial Fountain which is located in our North patio,” said Sharon Alix, administrator for the RSF Historical Society. “The switch was turned on my Mrs. David (Peggy) Brooks.” According to the Historical Society, the fountain was made in the memory of Brooks who served as a board member and was a retired SAIC executive. The fountain was designed by regarded RSF architect Max Wuthrich. The fountain is a mirror of Richard Requa’s design named, “Persian Water Rug,” which was built in 1935. This fountain was designed specifically for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park. The water feature’s panache is referred to as

chadar, which by definition means a shawl. Also noted by the Society, was the style going back to an ancient Persian era of gardens and palaces. Those in attendance were delighted by the fountain and the beauty. In a recent press release, president of the RSF Historical Society John Vreeburg said, “We are grateful to our members and friends of David Brooks for making this beautiful fountain possible.” According to Alix, Tim Holcombe and his band, courtesy of Holcombe Homes, served as the entertainment for the evening. She also expressed a warm thanks to its event volunteers which included Joanne Fishman, Kathy McHenry, Jane Carlin and Lori and Carl Thomas. Alix also shared how the Society is thrilled about the upcoming New Year. “We are looking forward to 2015 with an emphasis on our archives, files, photos, and mementos of Rancho Santa Fe,” she said. Alix continued, “All of this to preserve and spread the history of the Rancho Santa Fe area.”

VISTA — The invisible intonations of the Tibetan sound bowls perforated the drab environs of the veterans detention unit. Yes, flags of each branch of service hung from one of the walls to add some decor, and on other walls, patriotic paintings added a sense of military brotherhood and color to the unit. Among the 30 or so inmates serving their time in this particular unit, most were taking in the sounds of the bowls — the healing properties of those intonations perhaps making their way into the invisible wounds of the men there. Diáne Mandle, a certified Tibetan Sound Bowl and Polarity Therapy healer, stood at the front of the unit leading the men in breathing exercises. “Stay with breath,” she said calmly, as they inhaled through the nose and exhaled out the mouth. Some of them rolled their eyes. Some snickered a little at the prospect of taking part in the meditation. But most of them had never meditated or heard the sound bowls before. And then Mandle struck two metallic cymbals together. From there she called on them to conjure up a memory of being a fearless, delighted child. For some, the tones helped to shed the immediate sense of where they were with the relaxation that was setting in. The sound bowls, Mandle explained afterwards, are tuned to the vibrational frequency of “Ohm,” — the sound of creation, the sound of perfection. “And our brain waves…entrain to that vibration, which is why people get relaxed so quickly,” she said. Since last year, Mandle began hosting two sessions every other Thursday at the veterans unit. She said she wasn’t surprised that most of them took up the opportunity to learn more about the meditation. “A lot of them have deep forgiveness issues that come from trauma of being overseas, but also

Diáne Mandle creates a tone from a Tibetan singing bowl for military veteran inmates at the Veterans Unit of the Vista Detention Facility. Mandle visits the facility every other week to help the inmates learn meditation techniques and get them see themselves in better light. Photo by Tony Cagala

the trauma of coming back and being on drugs, or doing some theft, or domestic violence or whatever they’ve done that got them into jail. “Some of them have PTSD, some of them don’t. But they are all very hungry for this kind of education,” she said. Of the 64 veterans that are currently incarcerated now at the facility, the main goal is for these guys to change the way they think, change the way they live and never come back to jail again, said Glendon Morales, correctional counselor for the Sheriff’s Department and a retired Marine, who spent 24 years in the Corps. The charges that have brought the veterans to the facility range anywhere from DUIs to domestic violence, to drugs, Morales said. “Most of them are PTSD,” he said. “A little more than half of them are combat vets.” “When they first come into jail they always have an attitude, they’re thinking survival,” said Morales. Yet, for the year spanning Nov. 1, 2013 to November 2014, Morales said they’ve only had four veterans return to jail. And only one with a new charge, the others were just violations. Morales credits that to the other nonprofit organizations that help to do for the veterans what the jail can’t.

Once they get out there, there are a lot of issues, Morales explained. And none of them take the time to take care of themselves. Mandle is teaching them how to take care of themselves, he said. Since the meditation program began, he said he’s seen a lot of changes not only on the inside, but also from those that have gotten out. He maintains relationships with the veterans that have gotten out, some calling him once a week. He said they are still meditating, still taking the time. “The main thing in keeping anybody out of jail is what we do for them when they get out,” Morales said. “What we do for them while they’re in is just a start — just to get them thinking, get them going. But the idea is, once they get out of jail, who’s there for them? Who’s there to follow up for them? Who’s their mentor?” While Mandle said she wasn’t surprised by the receptiveness of some of the veterans to the meditation, some began reaching out to her, asking if she could bring in books on other types of meditation, on self-help topics or on how to cope with adversity. Since then, Mandle has been collecting books, trying to build a metaphysical library at the jail for the veterans that are there,

and are soon to come, she said. “They’re looking for stuff on meditation, on changing belief systems, on how to focus — things that will help empower them being OK with where they are,” said Mandle. “A lot of these guys hate themselves. All they’re looking at is their weakest link, and this helps them see they’re not their weakest link. They’re much more than that and they can start to move, strengthen that,” Mandle said. Brian James, who wished not to give his last name, has been incarcerated in the veterans unit for almost four months. But the 33-year-old former sonar technician with the Navy said these meditation sessions have helped him to develop better visualization. “The visualization of the outside world,” he said, “which takes me away from here and helps me to forget the everyday stresses of one: being incarcerated and being homesick, missing the family.” He practiced silent meditation in the past, and said that once he’s back out, he plans to continue the sound meditation practices he’s learned while here. “I love the sound of meditation. I was a sonar tech, so I’m actually very TURN TO HEALING ON 14


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surgical patient has Dr. Yco’s cell phone number.” Their goal is for every patient to feel important and cared for, even after their procedure is over. “We are all passionate about what we do, and it shows,” Valerie said. “We’ve all been here for a really long time.” She added that everyone in the office loves what they do, and who they work for. “You’re treated with such care from the minute you walk in the door,” she said. “Dr. Yco is amazing. He’s ethical, kind and compassionate to everyone.” With 80 percent of their patients being referral-based, it’s clear that their patients agree. “We love Encinitas,” Dr. Yco said. “We love the patients. Some of them have been coming to us for 20 years. There is something to be said for keeping it in North County.” Yco Facial Plastic Surgery offers complimentary consultations to educate patients on procedures and services. “The consultation process is a very educational meeting between the doctors, myself and the patient to create a plan for each patient depending on their goals, lifestyle and budget,” Valerie said. Yco Facial Plastic Surgery is located at 477 N. El Camino Real, Suite A-210 in Encinitas. For more information, and a complete list of procedures and treatments, visit or call (760) 944-4211.

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CFO reports to RSF Association board By Christina Macone-Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — New to the RSF Association board meeting agenda items was an update from the CFO of the Association, Steve Comstock. At a recent meeting, Comstock was on hand to provide the board with information as well as answer questions. During the course of the presentation, Comstock spoke about healthcare, which he described as a bigger item, which was changed since July. “The company moved away from having one provider as Kaiser and moved into a Kaiser-Anthem relationship and also the first time developed standing

Susan Appleby preparing the holiday cookie dessert called, Baci. San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn gave the library a grant to build this kitchen. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene

Appleby prepares special Italian holiday treat By Christina Macone Greene

RANCHO SANTA FE — It’s the season for great food and desserts. In the spirit of the holidays, director of membership and development at the Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild, Susan Appleby prepared special Italian cookies called, Baci which translates into chocolate kisses. There are a variety of recipes to prepare this cookie which can be found online, but Appleby followed a recipe she used in the family for about a decade. “I picked this cookie for two reasons because it’s Italian and I’m 100% Italian,” she said. “One of my favorite traditions growing up was baking together with my mom.” The other reason, she said, was it tasted great and required very few ingredients. While there are several steps involved the cookie making process, it can take up to a couple hours, she said. “These cookies are definitely a big hit around the holidays,” she said. Appleby also shared that the Guild is very excited about its new programs, including the one she was involved with that day called, Kitchen Hack. “We have such a great kitchen here that was provided by a grant from Bill Horn about 10 years ago,” she said. Appleby added, “We’ve always wanted to do this.”

Additionally, Appleby said looking ahead to the New Year they have local authors participating in programs, its new yoga classes, its popular author talks, and much more. The Guild has programs and activities year round for the whole family. “There are all kinds of fun things happening with the library,” she said. For more information about the Guild and programs and the RSF Library visit

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contributions,” he said. The Association also made a shift with their insurance brokerage, which is now with Gallagher Levine. Comstock described them as an outstanding organization. Comstock told the board an upcoming written report from the new insurance firm will provide updates with all the policy changes. “Another process change was outsourcing payroll. We’ve been with Paychex now for several weeks and it is working out beautifully,” Comstock said. “We only had one minor hiccup at the beginning of the very first payroll, probably something

we could have expected, but those things happen. But we got through it.” Now into its fifth payroll, Comstock said, the reporting clarity with Paychex was phenomenal. Comstock also called it user friendly. “We have two payroll people, a main payroll person and a backup,” he said. “Being able to flip out of one payroll program and into the next one with the training that’s involved, it was almost hand in hand. It just fell right into place.” Comstock also pointed out that this new payroll outsourcing has created a number of labor savings along with the

Get tickets now for benefit RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary will host its Circus Nights Gala Jan. 31, at the Grand Del Mar. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sam S. and Rose Stein Emergency Care Center in support of its Resuscitation Room Project. The center is the only emergency care center in the region dedicated to caring for children and the only one in San Diego County designated as a Level 1 pediatric trauma center. Each year, there are approximately 70,000 emergency care visits. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To be part of the Rancho Santa Fe Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s Circus Nights Gala, go to for tickets, VIP tables, sponsorships, underwriting, and

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When January 1st comes our way, we feel a promise of better things for all of us. We have a fresh start. A new beginning. Another chance. The new year is like a babe in swaddling clothes, looking out upon the world with wide and eager eyes. In many ways, the new year is a new beginning for each of us. The new year is a time for contemplation and personal inventory. We are encouraged to make resolutions. To make the year, our life — yes, even the world — better! Planning our life and working toward our chosen goals is the foundation for success. While we celebrate this new year, let us all resolve to become better people and make a positive difference in our world.




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Christmas Market in Muenster. Many of these German dishes can be found at Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad. In the spirit of the holiday sea- Some scenes from a traditional German Christmas Market with Nadine son, here is a conversation Muller and Quinn Boylan. Images by David Boylan I had with Quinn on these markets. know those Germans love at the markets. This is difficult as their beer. Are they still What exactly is a German there are so many options. drinking primarily pilsners Christmas Market and how Currywurst, which is sau- and lagers or has the craft did you find yourself at one? sages in curry sauce, and a beer movement caught on I met a beautiful young bit of bread, is very good. there yet? woman at university who Bratwurst comes in many Beer has always been a happened to be from Germa- forms and might be served major part of German culny. As a result, this was my with fried potatoes, and red ture and was traditionally third visit to Germany and I cabbage with onions and strictly brewed with walove it more and more each bacon. I very much enjoyed ter, hops, and malt as part time I go there. I stayed in “Kartoffelpuffer,� which of the Reinheitsgebot law. Germany for three days and are basically fried potatoes Pilsners, wheat beers, and went to two Christmas mar- “pancakes� usually served dark beers such as bock are kets. One was at “Schloss with a sweet apple sauce. all very common. One of Hohenlimburg.� a castle in my favorites is KrombachHagen, and the other was in And the sweet side of er, which seems to be the a Muenster about an hour things? beer of the moment. Amernorth. Both of these are loRoasted nuts such as ica is still known across the cated in North-Rhine West- roasted almonds in sugar world for having mass-prophalia, which is Northwest- are always a great choice. duced beer but that might ern Germany. One of my personal favor- be changing as we see some German Christmas mar- ites is “schneeball� which of our finest such as Stone kets, or “Wehnachtsmarkt� are strips of sweet fried move to make a brewery out began in the middle ages, dough covered in powdered there. and usually start in the last chocolate or sugar. Backapweek of November and run fel are baked apples with I’ve heard most of what is through to Christmas along- fruit and a cinnamon sauce sold at the markets has to side the advent. and are delightful. I’ve got be made locally, is that the to give a shout out to Nini’s case? Do these happen in every Backapfelm, who roasted It doesn’t necessariGerman town or just a se- backapfel in a big beautiful ly have to be “local� but lect few? traditional German oven. mass-produced goods are Every German town She told me “I love Amer- not allowed, and everyusually has a Christmas ica!� and gave me a free thing must be handcrafted. Market and as a result one when I said I was from It’s very refreshing to see. there are thousands all over San Diego. She had actually There is still a lot of ChristGermany. Their influence driven there once from Ar- mas bric-a-brac but it tends is really starting to spread izona. to at the very least be of and now there are hundreds TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON 14 of German style markets What about beverages, I across Europe and the U.K. The city of Muenster is considered the cultural capital of North-Rhine Westphalia; it’s a historic formerly walled city and several cathedrals. The Christmas market is spread across the city and each part almost has a different theme.

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About two minutes into the conversation with actor Ben Reed, there are no doubts that he has no doubts about his chosen profession. “I love being an actor and am passionate about it,” he says in a phone interview from his Carmel Valley home. “I love to work. I love the process.” Reed’s latest role is in “American Sniper,” which opens in limited theaters Dec. 25, and nationwide Jan. 16. It stars actor Brad-

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Reed plays Kyle’s father, Wayne Kyle, “a stern man, a deacon in the church and someone who tried to teach his kids good from bad and certain values,” he explains. “In one of the scenes, you’ll see how I teach (my children) how there are different kinds of people – sheep, wolves and sheep dogs. The sheep are followers, wolves prey on the weak, and sheepdogs protect the flock. Chris Kyle believed that’s what a sniper

is — a sheepdog protecting the marines.” Working with Eastwood was nothing but a positive experience for Reed. “He was generous and kind. He thanked you so much for joining (the cast). He said to me, ‘I loved your audition.’ He was very welcoming. He’s no spring chicken (Eastwood is 84), but he’s sharp as a tack and very funny. He knew exactly what he wanted, but he gave you flexibility and also guided and directed you.” Reed grew up in Oklahoma near Tulsa and attended West Virginia University where he majored in business and played football. “I always wanted to be an actor but there was never time,” he recalls. That changed during spring break of senior year when Reed saw a notice that the American Academy of Dramatic Arts was holding auditions in Washington, D.C. He went, was accepted and had a choice of attending at the New York City or Los Angeles campus. He chose the latter. “Being a country boy, I knew New York would eat me up,” Reed says, “so I loaded up my car and made it from Oklahoma to L.A. in 23 hours on Mountain Dew and Raisinets.” Reed’s biography indicates that he’s worked steadily through the years, and while he loves the profession, he’ll tell you that it’s not an easy one.

“You’ll get rejected every day and you are told no a lot — because you’re not tall

enough or because don’t look like her brother. You’ve gotta be prepared mentally; you have to work hard on your craft.” Reed’s career also includes appearances on popular television shows, including “CSI,” “House,” “NCIS,” “Reba,” “The X-Files,” “Will & Grace”and “The Young and the Restless.” The actor recently put

on the executive-producer hat to make “Starcrossed,” an independent film that debuted to favorable reviews at the San Diego Film Festival in late September. It stars Mischa Barton and Eric Roberts and tells the story of a down-onhis-luck writer who encounters a mysterious woman. Over the course of one memorable night, he rewrites his future. “It so much fun (to make this film),” Reed says. “It was the best fun I’ve had in 20 years as an actor. Now I’m working on sales and distribution. I’m learning things every day.” Reed chose to live in Carmel Valley because his wife’s family lives in the San Diego area. She also brought a son to the marriage, and rather than uproot him, Reed chose to stay here and commute to Los Angeles. Together they have five children, ages 26 to 13. The actor keeps a connection with sports by coaching his younger children’s basketball, softball and football teams.

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sports talk jay paris Squint hard, that’s what I did. With all the comings and goings at Petco Park, checking to find biggest trade was a chore. Matt Kemp? Love it and just think when he leans into a microphone and shouts, “Beat L.A.!” Wil Myers? Two years removed from the American League Rookie of the Year Award? Awesome and center friend is right this way. Justin Upton? Those 29 home runs he smashed last season are no mistake and welcome my friend. Plus Derek Norris from Oakland? Don’t fret, there’s plenty of there, there, when it comes to this young catcher. Those roster moves shook up San Diego, and really, the national baseball landscape. But seeking the biggest swap from general manager A. J. Preller isn’t revealed on the traditional media platforms. Instead it’s a trade so big it doesn’t show up in the small type. Preller, the mad man behind this transformation, has done the impossible. For those who came before him, anyway. The Padres executive believing sleep is for others has made the Padres relevant again. He switched a persona that the Padres were in it to compete to in it to win a championship. Yes, Petco Park is lovely and everyone enjoys going there. Yep, isn’t the area around the downtown digs grand, where food, beverages and entertainment in abundance and all directions. The Padres have long sold their environment, and when considering the on-field product, that’s just good business. But Padres fans steaming through four straight losing seasons had reached a breaking point. There were tired of promises, wearing of prospects and ticked that opposing fans — hello San Francisco and Los Angeles — would seize their ballpark each summer. Now the Padres are hawking more than hope and when’s opening day again? I can’t wait for April 6 at Dodger Stadium and there’s a long line of people feeling the exact same way. “The city is buzzing,’’

manager Bud Black said. Not sure if Black, a Rancho Santa Fe, has quit penciling in future lineups since Preller turned into Monty Hall and if anyone else remembers “Let’s Make a Deal” please raise your hand. Black has always been long on pitching and short on punch. He’s had plenty of arms but desperate for bats. Now the middle of the Padres’ order reads Kemp, Myers and Upton and finally it’s a lineup with a true heart. What gets the ticker beating for keen Padres boosters is not thinking what they got, but also what they didn’t give up. Preller, who goes 24/7, did this makeover without touching the top three up here and the top three down there. Starting pitchers Ian Kennedy, Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross are still in American’s Finest City. Prized minor leaguers, catcher Austin Hedges, outfielder Hunter Renfroe and pitcher Matt Wisler, are still with the Padres as their finest prospects. Add all that up and it’s easy to see why the Padres are smiling. It’s a grin that starts in the front office, trickles to the dugout and spills over to a fan base almost forgetting it’s still Chargers season. The Bolts are still alive and all the best in Kansas City, boys. But the real jolt this holiday season was delivered by the Padres. With Preller’s skills, the mind-set has changed about the local nine. The Padres have morphed from being a doormat into knocking on the door of contention. We’ve heard it before, TURN TO PADRES ON 14

REGION — Every year since 1990, throngs of basketball players, coaches, scouts and avid hoops fans have converged on Torrey Pines High School for one of the most prestigious high school basketball tournaments in the nation. This year, the tournament’s 25th installment, is no different, as the Under Armour Holiday Classic will again give San Diegans a chance to see some of the nation’s best prep basketball teams — and potentially a future NCAA or NBA star or two. The tournament runs Dec. 26 through Dec. 30, with no games being played Dec. 28. Over the years, tournament-goers have seen NBA stars Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, Michael Kidd-Gillchrist and Brandon Jenning before they became stars. The five-division tournament is actually played at multiple sites, with Torrey Pines High School playing host to the prestigious “National Division,” reserved for the field’s 16 top-tier teams. This year, the National Division boasts four out-of-state teams, nine non-San Diego teams and three of the top local teams. La Costa Canyon will host the second division, dubbed the “American Division”; Santa Fe Christian hosts the “Senators Division”; Carlsbad High School hosts the Governors Division and La Jolla Country Day hosts the “Mayors Division.” “The thing that stands out to me is the high quality teams from different regions of the country,” said John Olive, Torrey Pines’ head basketball coach and tournament director. “The Northeast is well represented with two outstanding teams, one of the top teams in Texas is coming, the Los


Angeles area is very well represented and we have a very good team from the Pacific Northwest.” Headlining the National Division’s out-of-state contingent is Prime Prep of Texas, a charter school founded by former NFL star Deion Sanders, which boasts one of the nation’s top juniors, 6-foot-6 shooting guard Terrance Ferguson. Ferguson is currently listed as the 8th best prospect in the nation in the 2016 class, according to ESPN. Ferguson, who has won two gold medals playing for Team USA’s U16 and U17 teams, has received basketball scholarship offers from more than two-dozen colleges, including the University of Arizona, the University of Louisville and Kansas University. Ferguson is not the only talented player on Prime Prep’s roster. Fellow junior Mark Vital, a 6-foot-5 forward, has already committed to play basketball at Baylor University. Prime Prep’s addition to the tournament field was somewhat of a surprise due to the school’s complicated and controversial status. The Texas Education Agency voted over the summer to revoke the school’s public charter, which would force it to shut down. Prime Prep

officials have appealed that decision, which has allowed the school to remain open until it exhausts its appeal options or the agency reverses its decision. Additionally, most prep schools are not allowed to play in California Interscholastic Federation-sanctioned events such as the Holiday Classic because of a statewide prohibition of CIF teams playing opponents not affiliated with the National Federation of High Schools. Prime Prep, however, is a public charter school, and thus can participate in the tournament, Olive said. Other out-of-state teams in the National Division include The Patrick School in New Jersey, which boasts junior point guard Bryce Aiken, who starred in the tournament last year; Bellevue (WA), which has one of the state’s top guard-forward duos, Kyle Foreman (signed to Boston University) and Gunther Klimes (verbally committed to Army); and Thomas Jefferson High of New York, which has junior point guard Shamorie Ponds, who already holds offers from several Division 1 universities, including Fordham University. Among the field of nonSan Diego teams, Redondo Union and Corona Centennial arrive as the most



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Monica, Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary and Lawndale, each of which bring talented teams to the table. “San Diego State fans will want to see Brodricks Jones, a 6-9 power forward from Lawndale, who is headed to State next season,” he said. “And Windward has a freshman named Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, which is pretty cool.” The local trio of teams include three of the region’s top teams, headlined by La Costa Canyon, which has a trio of players signed with Division 1 schools - Travis Fuller, Tommy McCarthy and Brady Twombly. Perhaps the most talented of the local players is junior forward TJ Leaf of Foothills Christian, who recently verbally committed to the University of Arizona. The host team, Torrey Pines, has an experienced roster that includes senior guards Dominic Hovasse, Timmy Saunders and Marek Sullivan. But the basketball action does not stop at Torrey Pines. Olive said the tournament committee received 28 requests to play


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in the 16-team national field, which means that 12 other high-level teams would be playing in the lower divisions. In other words, the talent runs deep: Each of the American Division teams has at least one Division 1 basketball prospect on its team, headlined by Kendall Small, a point guard from Lakewood Mayfair High School, who is already signed to play at the University of Oregon. “Isn’t that amazing, it’s absolutely amazing when you think about it,” Olive said. “What that does is that it has a ripple effect of everyone moving down to a division and the talent is at quite a high level.” In the Senator’s Division, fans will get a chance to see Mater Dei Catholic sophomore guard Jaylen Hands, who emerged onto the national recruiting scene during last season’s tournament when his team won the American Division championship. Hands received his first scholarship offer — from the University of Southern California — that weekend. He now boasts several offers, including the UCLA and Arizona. The Governor’s Division has no fewer than two high-level talents, including Poway senior

sharpshooter Dalton Soffer, who is signed with Seton Hall University, and Brandon Smith of Santa Ana Godinez Fundamental School, who is signed with UC Irvine. “It is amazing the number of outstanding players at all levels that are going to be in the tournament,” Olive said. Olive said the most rewarding them for him over the years is watching the tournament grow into a nationally recognized event that draws between 15,000 and 20,000 fans each year and teams from across the country vying for championship crowns. “The local basketball fans in the community have embraced the tournament and have come out and supported it,” Olive said. “I think teams have come out for a number of reasons; our association with Under Armour certainly helps, the wonderful climte and allure that San Diego has is a big to-do as well. “Plus, I think the tournament, now in its 25th year, has earned a national reputation and people know they will be treated well and will play some great ball while they are out here.” For more information about the Under Armour Holiday Classic, visit

Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg, etc. But do keep in mind that historic smaller towns can be particularly charming: between all of the cobbled streets, old-world style terraced homes, and the winter snow you can’t go wrong.

boiled potatoes. Not to mention the red cabbage or roasted winter vegetables. The absolute must is to pour gravy over the meat to finish it off. I owe Mrs. Mueller for turning me on to the dish.

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On the general topic of German cuisine, what are some of your favorites? One of my top pick is Rouladen, which consists of onions, bacon, mustard and pickles wrapped in a thin slice of beef and cooked. It’s usually served with potato dumplings or

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just arrived at the Vista Detention Facility, but he said he’s participated in sound bowl healing and meditation before in other facilities, including the VA. It helps with the anxieties, Hyde, 54, said. “It really helps. It really helps when you have that anxiety or that PTSD. Part of PTSD affects your sleep,” he said. “You’re up and down all night with bad dreams.” His experiences with other sound healing programs and yoga, he said, have helped him with that. When he hears the sounds of the bowls, he explained it as being: “Kind

of between San Francisco, with the fog horns and all the sounds of the seagulls, and Tibet with the gongs.” Tibetan people are very spiritual, Hyde said. “They think that everything has a reason to be here. And it does. Everything has a right to live… but I’m from the ‘60s. I believe in peace, love and happiness,” he said. Mandle is still collecting softcover books for the library — books that are good reads and that have a strong message, she explained. Those interested in donating can reach Mandle at soundenergyhealing@

THROUGH THE WARDROBE The fifth graders at Horizon Prep stepped through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia, coming to life as the beloved characters of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Horizon Prep. From left, fifth-grade teacher, Stephenie Hodgson, Grace Yale, Faith Rogers, Morgan Reyes, Madison Tag, Baylee Mitchell and Ella Park. Narnia Day is a fifth-grade tradition, with students partaking in literary-themed foods, games and activities throughout the day. Courtesy photo


on, an articulate spokesman for the trophy-like tequila collection, spoke reverently about the quality and high standards of fine tequila spirits. Agave is the cactus plant that the juices are extracted from, before careful preparation, fermentation and barrel aging begin, similar to a fine wine. Mondragon proudly held up a 5-liter bottle of El Agave Anejo, a tequila aged for two years in a single barrel, while he explained that “tequila basically provides the consumer with a happy feeling, and can be served mixed such as in a Margarita, or by itself. It does not depress the senses if consumed in moderation. We suggest a high quality tequila with a minimum two years aging.” Tequila can get expensive. An 1800 Collection by Cuevo has a price tag of $2,500. Two chefs manage the menu at El Agave: Julio Obando crafts the sauces and accents and Mario Montes is the chef in charge of the delicious dishes offered. Wines are in abundance at the bar and are predominately Spanish, like Tempranillo, and Mexican, like the Guadalupe Valley district. Although tacos and enchiladas are on a lunch menu, dinner is gourmet Mexico City, with mole and chipotle sauces complimenting pork, chicken fish and beef dishes. For the true expression of these dishes, try the Medallones Portal, grilled filet mignon medallions and Portobello mushrooms, served in a delicate mixture of mustard and chipotle sauces. El Agave opened in 1996 as a true Mexico City classy restaurant. It continues that tradition today. Visit at, or call for a table at (619) 2200692. Frank and Harry’s Night to Remember

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rank Family wines of Napa Valley F and Harry’s Bar & Amer-

ican Grill of La Jolla were in tune for food and wine parings a few weeks ago. Frank, founded in the early 90’s by Disney Executive Rich Frank has a winery

A margarita like the “Perfect Cadillac,” shown above, is a popular mix with tequila. Tequila tasting should include, right to left: Blanco, Reposata and Anejo. On the far right, a “tomato juice chaser.” Photo by Frank Mangio

in the historic Larkmead area near Calistoga. His sought-after Winston Hill Vineyard Cabernet has rich and concentrated wines. Harry’s Bar & American Grille is upscale and European urban, primarily catering to the business and shopping customer, and is located across from University Towne Center. On this night, Chef Alex prepared a five-course elegant presentation paired with top selections from Frank Family. The main entrée, Wild Boar tenderloin, was paired with a Frank Family 2011 Rutheford Reserve Cabernet ($85). For New Year’s and other lunch and dinner reservations contact Harry’s at (858) 373-1252.

that includes the party that night, until 2 a.m. Details at (619) 270-9670. Chandler’s at the Hilton Beachfront in Carlsbad has a three-course dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Many choices per entrée, with first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is $50; $65 with wines; a second seating from 6:30 to 10 p.m. is $75; $115 with wines and includes a welcome glass of champagne and amuse bouche. Reservations (760) 683-5500. TWENTY/20 in the Carlsbad Sheraton is offering an intimate and superb four-course menu with two seating options available. The first begins at 6 to 6:30 p.m. is $70, and the second from 8 to 9 p.m. is $85. Both have complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Guests are invited to party on the heated TWENTY/20 Terrace, starting at 9 p.m. with DJ entertainment. Dining reservations at (760) 827-2500. Capri Blu in Rancho Bernardo has a special fourcourse set menu at $59, including free champagne toast. Live music from 4 to 10 p.m., DJ Alex from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dinner reservations will be taken for 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. by calling (858) 673-5100.

Wine Bytes (All New Year’s Eve Edition) Dolce Pane Y Vino in Rancho Santa Fe has dining from 5 to 9 p.m. then the merriment continues with dance floor and disco, fog machine, hors d’oeuvres and Brut Rose Champagne to toast in the New Year. $75. Reservations at (858) 312-1518. At Amaya in the Grand Del Mar Resort, Dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. with a four-course dinner, then entrance to the Grand New Year’s Eve party. All for $195; $255 with wine pair- Frank Mangio is a renowned ings. RSVP at (858) 314- wine connoisseur certified by Wine Spectator. He is one of 1996. Solare Restorante in the leading wine commentators on the web. View and the Pt. Loma district of link up with his columns at San Diego has a five-course Reach dinner and party. Costs range from $59 for 4:30 to him at, 6:45 p.m., $79 from 7 p.m., and follow him on Facebook.

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ment to be introspective. Reflecting on the past year will allow you to see how far you have come and how much further you wish to go.

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FRANK & ERNEST by Bob Thaves

THE BORN LOSER by Art & Chip Sansom

Your ability to designate tasks will be an important facet of your success this year. There is only so much you can do on your own, so put your trust in people who share your visions and can facilitate your plans. If you try to handle everything yourself, you will miss your goal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Get together with an old friend. The interaction will help remind you of past goals and encourage you to make the effort to achieve them next year.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You may be anticipating big vocational changes in the new year, but for now remain focused on love and family. Your career plans will unfold when the time is right.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Make today a time of joy and sharing. Consider helping CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You out at a charitable event. The connecwill receive gifts or money from a sur- tions you make could have a positive imprising source. An unexpected visitor will pact on your future. brighten your day and take your mind off VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Avoid getyour troubles. Travel delays can be ex- ting drawn into a confrontation. You don’t pected. have to agree with what is said, but it will AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Your help if you are diplomatic and strive to generosity and charity will enable you keep the peace. to do a good turn for someone less for- LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Make changtunate than yourself. The reward you get es to your living arrangements. Get your in return will be surprising and could influ- point across without accusations or ence your future. demands. An equitable solution will be PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You will found if you don’t let your temper get out have to be careful about what you say to of control. avoid a clash with someone who grates SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A change on your nerves. Keep your opinions to of scenery will motivate you to take a new yourself and change the topic if a discus- direction next year. Ask for guidance from sion becomes heated. someone you respect. Do your research ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It’s time and forge ahead with your plans. to relax and let others take charge for a SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -change. You have helped those around Overspending, overeating or drinking too you to the best of your ability, and now much will lead to emotional blackmail and you deserve some time to yourself. manipulation. Moderation will be the key TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Take a mo- to having a good time, free of regrets.

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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 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 begin bringing 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 support other important music and industry experiences. “The MiraCosta College Music Department is very grateful for the generous donation provided by the

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After two tournament victories, R. Roger Rowe Middle School’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Teams celebrate, from left, DJ Nelson, Katherine Arnold, Tyler Bovenzi, Grayson Hudgens, James Busby, Justin Yu, Lucas Luwa, Aaron Lustig, and Conrad Delgado. Not shown are Gabrielle Nguyen and Brandon Wong. Courtesy photo

RSF robotics teams bring home double win RANCHO SANTA FE — First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Teams From R. Roger Rowe Middle School won again Dec. 13 at an Escondido Charter High School tournament. The three rookie robotics teams first garnered awards during a Dec. 7 First Tech Chal-

lenge (FTC) Robotics Qualifying Tournament. They shined again at the next qualifying tournament Dec. 13. At the Dec. 13 tournament, after six qualifying matches, the RSF Intergalactic Dragons, and the RSF Portal Pounders, placed first and second going into the final alliance matches. The two teams joined with the Pacific Ridge team in the final alliance rounds. After a thrilling semi-final match they went on to win the final match and were named the tournament champions. Both the Intergalactic Dragons and the Portal Pounders have qualified to move onto the championship tournament scheduled for Feb. 21. The previous week, during a tournament at Pacific Ridge, the Intergalactic Dragons placed second going into the alliance matches. During that tournament, the RSF Intercontinental Ballistic Ninjas, received the tournament’s “Motivate Award.” The three Rancho Santa Fe teams compete again at a qualifying tournament on Jan. 31 at La Jolla Country Day. For more information about the school’s FTC robotics program, contact David Warner at dwarner@rsf.

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s a travel writer, I receive all sorts of emails and press releases from people who want my attention (and that of all travel writers; I’m not special). I hear often from the public relations and marketing folks who represent convention and visitors bureaus; national parks; hotels and spas; tour companies; travel agencies; cruise companies and more. Sometimes the information they offer is worth passing along; sometimes it isn’t. And sometimes their messages are the stuff that dreams are made of. But a girl can dream, can’t she? Consider these offerings: The Wonders of the World by Private Jet Tour, offered by Abercrombie & Kent. It combines several “singular destinations into one extraordinary globe-spanning journey.” And you’ll have plenty of time to plan because the plane doesn’t take off until Sept. 17, 2015. Between then and Oct. 10, 50 passengers will be flown to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru (finish the trip to the top — 8,000 feet — via train); Easter Island in the Southeast Pacific; the Sydney Opera House (attend a private performance); the world’s largest religious monument, Angkor Wat, in Cambodia; India’s white-marble Taj Mahal; and Istanbul, Morocco and Marrakech. No dueling the other passengers for precious re-


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Planning your next trip? Consider these options clining space, either. Your private chartered jet features “fully lie-flat seats” equipped with personal massage systems, four-way adjustable headrests and lumbar supports. All this and more for $108,000 per person, double occupancy. If this seems a bit pricey, you have another option: a round-the-world cruise on one of Silversea’s boutique ships (as small as 100 passengers) for slightly more than half of the jet tour - $58,950 per person. The 115-day voyage visits 50 ports and 30 countries, and as luck would have it, it departs REI offers a nine-day summer hiking trip in Iceland for about $5,000 from Los Angeles Jan. 5. per person (plus air transportation). Hikers explore lava fields, geysers, Ports of call include the glaciers, iceberg-filled lakes and volcanoes. Photo courtesy REI Marquesas Islands; Tahiti; Bora Bora; Sydney; Bali; Hong Kong; Ho Chi Minh City; Mombasa, Kenya; Dzaoudzi (on a tiny island north of Madagascar); St. Barts; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The voyage ends in Fort Lauderdale. If this is still a tad outside your budget, consider a cruise aboard mega-yacht SeaDream I or II, which carries 112 passengers (95 crew) to destinations such as Athens, Dubrovnik, Istanbul and Malaga. Enjoy the owner’s suite for a 12-day voyage for a mere $13,500 per person, double occupancy. If a luxury safari is on your dream list and “money is no object” (it says so on their website), Extraordinary Journeys has “authentic experiences for discerning travelers” to East and Southern Africa. Prices do not appear on the site, either, because this agency designs custom tours. And as they say, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.

If you’re stumped for creative ways to see Africa, here are a few suggestions (pick one or all!): • High-end camping with gourmet food and choice wines • Game viewing on horseback • Gorilla trekking • Elephant safari • Tracking large-animal migrations • Five-star eco-lodges that serve gourmet organic foods and include yoga, spa treatments and infinity pools • Travel by private plane; all-terrain vehicle; hot air balloon; elephant, camel or horse. Iceland is on my bucket list, so REI’s Iceland

Hiking adventure for about $5,000 per person (air transportation not included) has me fantasizing. The nine-day trip (summer only) includes hiking and exploring lava fields; geysers; other-worldly rock formations; glaciers, lagoons; iceberg-filled lakes; volcanoes; and wildlife. Where’s my piggybank? E’Louise Ondash is a freelance writer living in North County. Tell her about your travels at eondash@


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