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Lemon Grove City Manager Resigns LEMON GROVE — At the conclusion of the City Council meeting Tuesday, May 5, Lemon Grove City Manager, Graham Mitchell, announced his resignation in a move to the Assistant City Manager position in the City of Escondido. Mitchell announced his resignation at the conclusion of last night’s City Council meeting. His last day of employment will be Tuesday, June 16. He has accepted the Assistant City Manager position with the City of Escondido. Mitchell stated, “I am grateful for the city councilmembers I have had the opportunity to serve, the amazingly dedicated staff that tirelessly work to make Lemon Grove a better place, and the Lemon Grove community for accepting me and my family. I will miss working with all those in Lemon Grove. Working in Lemon Grove has been the most enriching professional experience of my life. I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work for the City of Lemon Grove.” Mayor Mary Sessom added, “Graham Mitchell has been an excellent leader both at city hall and in the community. City council recognizes the wonderful opportunity Escondido has presented to Graham. We wish him well. But, what we really wish, is that he would stay in Lemon Grove as our city manager.

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Opens in Santee Jay Renard/The East County Herald See more photos at www.echerald.com SANTEE — Club Pilates in Santee held their Grand Opening, Friday, May 1. The Santee Chamber of Commerce was on hand to welcome Club Pilates into the community and assisted with the ribbon cutting. Attendees included a representative from Assemblyman Brian Jones and Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen. In addition to top-rated pilates classes, Club Pilates Santee also offers spin classes and a child watch program so you can bring your little ones when you work out. There is something for everyone at Club Pilates located at 225 Town Center Parkway Suite C in the Santee Plaza Shopping Center.

Alpine Trailblazer Walk the WALK MS Stephanie Lawless

For The East County Herald SAN DIEGO — On Saturday, Apr. 25, thousands of people flocked to San Diego’s picturesque park, Liberty Station in Point Loma for a walk aimed at raising funds for research for Multiple Sclerosis. Participants picked up their bibs and made last minute registrations in excitement as they anticipated a light hearted five kilometer walk along Harbor Drive on a cool San Diego morning. Among those thousands of participants were our very own Alpine Kiwanis Trailblazers and their partners the Granite Hills High School Key Club. Together, the groups raised funds to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society which benefits local programs in our community as well as larger research goals to beat MS. This year is the Trailblazers’ 15th year participating in Walk MS and they have no plans to stop any time soon. Team Captain, Dick Rabell, appreciates the society’s efforts, “I believe in going down there, it’s a great experience with a lot of great people. I participate because my best friend’s daughter has MS. I have seen the progress in modern treatment that the MS society contributes to and how their support has helped her.” East County’s State Senator Joel Anderson recognized their generous charity work with certificates of recognition

Leading the Alpine Kiwanis Trailblazers year after year after year is (from left) team captain Dick Rabell, representative from Senator Anderson’s office Stephanie Lawless and Kiwanis Club of Alpine past president Brent Wolfe. and said, “The Alpine Kiwanis Trailblazers and its team captain, Dick Rabell, are phenomenal community members who generously donate their time and treasury year after year for this worthy cause. It’s an honor to recognize the Trailblazers and their partners at the Granite Hills High School Key Club for raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis.” As the Alpine members lined up at the starting line, everyone was in a joyful mood as several other participating teams captured photos dressed up in goofy wigs and fluffy skirts representing the MS Society’s color, orange. Participants wrote down on their bibs, “I walk for mom.” or “I walk for

my husband.” Even one pug dressed up in an orange skirt wore a bib that read “I walk for my owner.” Walk MS is just one of the many ways to get involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in their efforts to raise awareness and further research programs. This event serves to connect people living with MS as well as those who care about them. More than 79 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to improve the lives of the 2.3 million people worldwide who are currently living with MS through programs, services and research. For more information visit http://www. nationalmssociety.org.

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East County college, high school district boards to discuss new education alliance in joint meeting El CAJON — The new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, will be the topic of discussion at the first joint meeting of the two districts’ Governing Boards to be held May 19. At the meeting, to be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Student Center, members of the governing boards for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont Union High School District will hear reports on the progress the Alliance has made since it was formed in October. “This historic meeting of our two Governing Boards demonstrates our commitment to helping high school students have a smoother path to college and a career,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The Alliance was formed to increase collaboration between the two districts so that students are better informed about their college and career options after high school and have a smoother path to college. The partnership is also working to encourage more high school students to take college preparatory and for-credit classes so they are better prepared when they take the next step in their education. Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, said a key goal of the district board is to help all of

Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.,

Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District their high school graduates to be ready for college and a career. “The Alliance brings the high school and college boards together to show the community the shared commitment to supporting the young people of East County in achieving that goal,” he said. The Alliance wants to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college, along with increasing the numbers of students who graduate from college ready to enter the workforce. Currently, about three-quarters of the students who enter community college need remedial classes so they are ready for college-level courses. Since the alliance’s initial meeting in October, representatives from the high school and college district have been meeting to develop strategies in specific areas. Each group

Ralf Swenson,

Superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District will provide a report on their progress at the May 17 meeting. The areas include: • Aligning curriculum so that high school students learn what they need to know to succeed in their college classes • Promoting readiness for college for high school students • Developing communications with high school students and their parents to inform them about preparing for college and a career. • Engaging businesses and the community to help define and support Alliance goals. Members of the public are urged to attend the joint Governing Boards meeting on May 19. Cuyamaca College is located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, Rancho San Diego. For more information about the alliance, go to www. eastcountyeducationalliance. org.

o sooner had Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a new law automatically making a registered voter of every person who applies for or renews a drivers license in her state than California’s top elections official jumped on

the idea. Alex Padilla, the MIT engineering graduate who once was the Los Angeles city council’s youngest president ever, was upfront about copying Oregon. “While many states are making it more difficult for citizens to vote, our neighbor to the north offers a better path,” Padilla, the California secretary of state, said in a press release days after the Oregon law was signed. “I believe the Oregon model makes sense for California.” The Oregon law is a significant new twist on the federal “Motor Voter” law in use since 1993. The national law requires all states to offer voter registration opportunities at all Department of Motor Vehicles offices, plus every welfare office and those that deal with the disabled. But the law is not usually enforced. Example: Most California DMV offices may offer voter registration on request, but they don’t normally inform everyone they serve of this, nor are voter registration materials included in most DMV renewal mailings. This would be rectified in a California version of the Oregon law, which now takes the form of a bill by Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. The Oregon measure will not merely consider every U.S. citizen over 18 who contacts that state’s DMV a registered voter, but will automatically send ballots to all of them in every election. That’s not precisely the model to be followed here. For one thing, Oregon in recent years has conducted many of its elections purely by mail, while only about half California’s voters participate by mail. So all the California law would do is add eligible new voters to the rolls. This would see them receiving by mail all voter guides on initiatives and candidates, but no absentee ballots unless they’re requested. The motives for this change are clear, as are some problems. The California move is spurred in part by pathetic turnouts in municipal elections across the state early this spring. In Los Angeles, for example, less than 10 percent of eligible voters participated. Some city council members, then, were elected by just 4 percent or 5 percent of eligible voters in their districts. So increased voter participation is one motive for this change. There’s also the fact that everyone involved with this proposed change is a Democrat, and increased turnout historically tends to favor Democrats. New voters, minority group members and youths tend to turn out less than Anglos over 50, who historically are more likely to support Republicans. So there’s a political motive in addition to the good-government one. Then there are the potential problems: It’s still illegal for noncitizens to vote in California elections, whether they involve local, state or federal offices and issues. Yes, there have been proposals to allow non-citizens to participate in local elections affecting their interests. But that idea has never taken hold, and there’s little likelihood it will anytime soon. Another potential problem is how the DMV can know whether a drivers license applicant is a citizen. Critics of Motor Voter have long complained that it can let non-citizens onto the voters’ rolls. But the agency will take only birth certificates, passports, drivers licenses from other states and similar official documents as its required proof of identity. So unless an applicant obtains a highly credible forgery, the DMV will be able to screen non-citizens out of voter registration. Another problem is that some eligible voters never register because they don’t want their addresses, birth dates or party affiliations made available to the public. Others don’t want to be called for jury duty, for which voter registration records are used. That’s a tougher problem, yet could be resolved by changing some rules about disclosure of personal information on registered voters. But the bottom line will likely be that this bill, or a modified version, will pass because something has to be done to increase voter turnouts. If this can’t do that, it’s hard to see what might.

Elias is author of the current book “The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It. The book is now available in soft cover, fourth edition. His opinions are his own. He can be reached at tdelias@aol.com


HEALTH

The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti

To Your

Fiber and Whole Grains

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

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bread because she says it is good for us. I’m a bit skeptical about this and suspect we are victims of hype to sell this kind of bread. What do you think? . I’m presuming that your wife wants to get whole grain bread to put more fiber into your diet. Whole grains are cereal grains that include the bran, the germ, and the core of the kernel known as the endosperm. Bran is a tough, fibrous outer layer, which is a source of fiber. Before the Industrial Revolution, we did not process grains. These grains gave us fiber (aka roughage), healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, plant enzymes, hormones, and hundreds of other beneficial plant compounds. The invention of industrialized roller mills in the late 19th century changed what we got from grains. Milling strips away the bran and germ of the grain, making it easier to chew and digest. Consumers have to be cautious about what they buy to get fiber. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warns that foods labeled with the words multi-grain, stone-ground, 100% wheat, cracked wheat, seven-grain, or bran are usually not whole-grain products. Look for whole grain on the package. Also, color is not an indication of a whole grain. Bread can be brown because of molasses or other added ingredients. You have to read the ingredient list to see if a product is from whole grains. The USDA recommends reading the Nutrition Facts label on packages and choosing whole grain products with a higher percentage of fiber. How much fiber is enough? The American Dietetic Association recommends a healthy diet include 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. If you want a precise, personal estimate for fiber intake, you can use a fiber calculator provided by the University of Maryland Medical System. Visit http://www.healthcalculators.org/calculators/fiber.asp

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• Bowel health. By keeping the stool soft and bulky, the fiber in whole grains helps prevent constipation and diverticular disease, which is characterized by tiny pouches inside the colon that are easily irritated and inflamed. Softer stool also reduces pain from hemorrhoids. • Longevity. A report from the Iowa Women’s Health Study linked whole-grain consumption with fewer deaths from non-cardiac, noncancer causes. • Cardiovascular disease. Eating whole grains substantially lowers cholesterol, triglycerides, and insulin levels. Any of these changes would be expected to reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. • Diabetes. In people with diabetes, fiber can slow the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy diet that includes fiber may also reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. • Cancer. The data on cancer are mixed, with some studies showing a protective effect and others showing none. • Weight control. High-fiber foods generally require more chewing, which gives your body time to register when you’re no longer hungry, so you’re less likely to overeat. Also, a high-fiber diet tends to make a meal feel larger and linger longer, so you stay full for a greater amount of time. To get more fiber in your diet, you should include whole grain products, fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, nuts and seeds. Fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Citrucel and FiberCon help, but getting your fiber from foods is better because supplements don’t provide the variety of fibers, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients that foods do. Warning. Fiber supplements can influence the processing of some drugs, such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) and certain anti-seizure and antidepressant medications. Fiber supplements can also reduce blood sugar levels, which may require an adjustment in your medications or insulin if you have diabetes. Don’t take fiber supplements before consulting your health care provider.

Two Topical Drugs Show Promise Against Multiple Sclerosis

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wo topical skin drugs that are already approved for dermatology purposes could be beneficial for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The finding comes from a research team at Case Western Reserve. The investigators made their discovery as they evaluated 727 previously known drugs to see which ones might have the ability to “catalyze the body’s own stem cells to replace the cells lost in Multiple Sclerosis,” according to one of the study’s authors, Paul Tesar, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Genetics & Genome Sciences at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. Basically, researchers want to replace myelin, the protective coating on nerve cells. People with MS experience demyelination, which means the myelin is damaged and destroyed and therefore neural signals cannot be transmitted properly. Demyelination leads to symptoms of MS such as difficulty walking, bowel and bladder problems, vision loss, spasticity, numbness, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunction, and balance challenges, among others. Preventing, stopping, and even reversing demyelination has been the goal of many research projects.

In this new study, the researchers found they could use already approved drugs to stimulate a person’s native stem cells in their nervous system and direct them to make new myelin. Tesar noted that “Our ultimate goal was to enhance the body’s ability to repair itself.” The two drugs chosen were miconazole and clobetasol. The former is found in over-thecounter medications that fight fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. Clobetasol is available by prescription to treat eczema, scalp problems, and other skin conditions. The investigators found that both miconazole and clobetasol could stimulate oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) to form new myelinating cells. Oligodendrocytes are myelinforming cells in the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system), and new oligodendrocytes originate from OPCs. Both drugs caused native OPCs to make new myelin in the lab mice that had a MS-like disease. Robert Miller, PhD, a co-author of the study and a neurosciences faculty member at Case Western Reserve, noted that “It was a striking reversal of disease severity in the mice,” and that the study “represents a paradigm shift in how we think about restoring

ddean@echerald.com function to Multiple Sclerosis patients.” How these drugs will work in humans is not yet known, but the researchers have tested them using human stem cells and observed a response similar to the one they saw in mice. Now scientists are left with the task of applying what they’ve learned from this work, finding how to transform the topical drugs for internal use, and conducting human clinical trials.

Source: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Nature

Alpine Design Review Board Final Agenda Monday, May 11, 2015 • 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901 • (619) 445-7330

Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com

Note: Action may be taken on any of the following items: I.

Call to Order - Roll Call: Peggy Easterling, Kippy Thomas, Henk Tysma, Carol Morrison, Curt Dean.

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Approval of Minutes - Correspondence

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Public Comment - At this time any member of the public may address the board for up to 3 minutes on any topic pertaining to DESIGN REVIEW in Alpine over which this Board has jurisdiction, and that does not appear on this Agenda. There can be NO BOARD DISCUSSION OR VOTE on any issue(s) so presented until such time as proper public notice is given prior to such a discussion or vote. Those wishing to address the Board on any agenda item may do so at the time that agenda item is being heard. Each presentation will be limited to 3 minutes.

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Review – Victoria Village Plaza - 2202 Alpine Blvd. Building Design Revisions. Applicant Brian Garmo (Discussion and Vote).

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Next Meeting – June 1, 2015, 7:00 pm Alpine Community Center.

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Adjournment


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Electro-Magnetic Fields: Don’t Let Them Live Over Your Home

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magnetic radiation from power lines, what can we do about it? Although the controversy lies within the government and business figures, they admit nothing and deny anything about the correlations between living near power lines and health risks. Both the high-voltage transmission power lines and city power lines contribute to radiation hazards; the strength of the electromagnetic field by your home is the important factor, not the size of the line. The configuration of the wiring is what affects the strength of the electro-magnetic field. Fortunately, there is something we can do about it in San Diego! Power line safety is important to

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ower lines are a part of our society that we just can’t live without. However, they can be more dangerous than they appear. Living near power lines is associated with major risks such as health problems, especially in children. The first-ever published evidence was released by Werthimer and Leeper in 1979; it confirmed that living by power lines increases risks of leukemia and other cancers! Electro-magnetic fields, known as EMFs, radiate low frequency electro-magnetic radiation, which causes brain cancer, breast cancer, birth defects, depression, heart disease, and many other disorders! So now that we know the potential dangers that reside in electro-

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” Over the past 2,000 years there have been m a n y writings, books, messages, ideas, expressing various thoughts and opinions concern who Jesus was and is. My intention in doing this series is that you, the reader may come to know who Jesus really is and there is no better place to look than the Word of God the Bible. As we look at various events in the life of Jesus we must keep in mind that He has not changed and never will. Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us that, Jesus is the express image of God, Hebrews 1:1-4; as well as what Jesus told Philip in John 14:7-10 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Because He is Who He says He is and that He never changes, the work He did 2,000 years ago, He has continued to do it through those who are surrendered to Him, offering themselves as vessels fit for the Master’s use. This brings great hope to us today as we live in a dark and hopeless world. The reason I remind you of this is because there are many today that would have you believe that Jesus is not who He says He is; that He is not the same today and forever. Up to this point we have seen some of the events in ‘a’ day in the life of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1, we read about how as He taught in the synagogue in Capernaum all were amazed at His teaching because He taught as one with authority; during His teaching there was a man that was possessed with demons and Jesus cast them out setting the man free; He also healed Peter’s mother n law; then at night the same day healed many that were sick and cast out demons from those that were possessed of them. Jesus spent a little over three years ministering to people. It is no wonder then why the Apostle John said the following in John 20:30-31 “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” John 21:25 “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” Through the Word of God the Bible, I have been trying to help you see that as Jesus has not changed, He still works in people’s lives today. But there is another side to this that is equally important that you understand. In that He has not changed there is also something that will keep Him from working in your life today: UNBELIEF! Unbelief is manifested in our lives through disobedience; stubbornness; rebellion; hard heartedness; to name but a few. When Jesus returned to His hometown of Nazareth something unfortunate happened as we read in Matthew 13:54-58 “And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” For the Children of Israel that were miraculously led out of Egypt, they too suffered a horrible fate because of their unbelief, Hebrews 3:12-19 “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” God will not force you to believe Him; nor will He force you to enter into His rest or have Him work in your life. You must trust in Him.

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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Ethics in Business Friday, May 1 • Cuyamaca College

Cindie Wolf for The East County Herald EL CAJON — Ethics in Business is a joint venture of the Business Education Committee of San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Grossmont Union High School District Career Technical Education Department and more recently included, Foothills Christian High School. It is the result of a cooperative effort by a consortium of business, education, and community leaders. The program has been presented every year and in some years, twice per year, since 1991 and has been awarded California School Boards Association Golden Bell Award in 1995 . With the help of local sponsors, it continues to expand participation every year. This year over 200 students and 30 facilitators participated in the program. In the weeks following the event, students had the opportunity to write an essay and compete for cash awards (scholarships). The winners were highlighted at the Chamber’s May 1st, First Friday Breakfast. (Cuyamaca College Student Center). Congratulations to the winners of this year’s essay contest:

First Place – Jordyn Porras Second Place – Allaura Ailey Third Place – Meagan Johnson 4th Place – Veronica Riley

First Place Winner – Jordyn Porras, Foothills Christian High School


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Santee River Park Festival and San Diego River Run & Ride 5k

Water Conservation Garden Annual Butterfly Festival

RANCHO SAN DIEGO — On Saturday, May 9, from 9am3pm, come celebrate the return of butterfly season and the re-opening of the Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion at our annual Butterfly Festival! Interact with butterflies, learn about their life cycle, and find out how to create a home butterfly garden of your very own. Kids aged 0-100 are invited to join the “Pollinator Party” dressed as their favorite pollinator: butterfly, bee, bat, beetle, etc! Admission: $5 (18+ years); $1 (3-17 years); Garden Members Free. Free Parking Tickets and all the program details are at www.thegarden. org/butterfly .

Alpine Women’s Club

ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club’s next monthly meeting is on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The members will be presented with the slate of officers for 2015-2016, after which voting will take place. (There will be no program or entertainment.) Also, because of the amount of work and energy that goes into putting on the annual scholarship fundraiser,[the Victorian Tea scheduled for Saturday, May 16] only dessert and light refreshments will be served at the meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting and learning more about the Alpine Woman’s Club, or if you would like to attend the Victorian Tea, please contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728. The AWC is open to all East County women. We are located at 2156 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901. Our website is www. alpinewomansclub.org

SANTEE —The festival features live music from two bands, Caliber and Southbound Jonny, a children’s play zone, BMX demonstrations, green car show, food and a craft beer garden. Hundreds are expected to participate in the 5k fun run, which is a major fundraiser for Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy. Saturday, May9, 8 a.m.—Tree planting @Walker Preserve Trail entrance @9500 Magnolia Avenue, 3:30 p.m.—San Diego River Run & Ride 5k 4-8 p.m.—Festival, 5 p.m.—Bike Rally. Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive, Santee

Spring Valley Relay for Life

SPRING VALLEY — On May 30-31, from 9AM-9AM the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Spring Valley will take place at Monte Vista High School, 3230 Sweetwater Springs Blvd, Spring Valley. Inspire hope for a world free of cancer and fund the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures and fighting back. Contact Information: RelayForLife.org/SpringValleyCA or Lisa Stewart 619-456-7450.

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SDSUwithBEAT Paul’swithWorld S. Buska - Trying to fit in with disabilities Steve Dolan

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hen Paul and I started on this journey into “Paul’s W o r l d ” with you last summer, we had no idea we’d be taking you through a major surgery and months of recovery. The intent was to give you a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a disabled person – and to let you get to know Paul. I think we did that. If you’ve been following Paul, you know him pretty well by now. You know he’s enthusiastic and that he wishes he could drive. You know he was born with cerebral palsy and doesn’t cue into “normal” social signals. You know he’s a friendly guy who likes to make people happy and that he wants to get married and have a family. You know he’s sensitive and wants to be treated “like a normal person; ” that he knows immediately if someone talks to him like he’s not too smart or talks “over him” to whomever he’s with. You know he loves God and feels very much loved by God; that he talks to Him often and to his family and friends in heaven. Still, there are some things about Paul that he and I didn’t share quite so freely. Being optimists and “cup half-full” people, we tend to leave out the tougher times, so we’ve probably given you the impression that Paul’s life is much smoother than it really is. Yes, we told you about his

frustrations. But we didn’t tell you about the waking up at night, angry or scared, refusing to get back in bed and blaming his troubles on someone else - or blaming me for his sore shoulder because I made him do the exercises. But then I would have had to tell you about his sweet, heartfelt apologies the next morning and every day for days afterwards - always telling me he loves me very, very much. But apologies given later don’t help when he’s stubborn and angry. There were days during his recovery from surgery that I thought I couldn’t go on, that I couldn’t handle all of his needs – both physical and emotional. I’m sure many of you who have loved ones to care for understand. Having said that, Paul hasn’t been alone in getting angry. I had my days, too - usually when he needed me most. Then it’s my turn to apologize. I’m not trying to confess all our sins here; I just think maybe it’s good to let it all out – the good and the bad. Fortunately God helped us through many a tough time. The best advice He gave me was one night not long ago. I was crumbling, falling apart, saying, “I can’t do this.” Often God teasingly addresses me as “Ms. Fix-it…” because I’m so sure I can fix everything for everyone. On this particular night He didn’t call me Ms. Fix It; He told me to lower my expectations – of myself and

of Paul. I did. Peace returned to earth. These days Paul is recovering his strength and coordination far more rapidly than he was two months ago. He gets in and out of the car now; that frees us up immensely and life is beginning to feel normal. Best of all, Paul is getting back to being himself: fun-loving, a big tease, happy and full of love. Yes, grumpy, too – but not often, now that the fear is gone. And once he’s walking again, all he’ll have to deal with are the usual frustrations of a guy with cerebral palsy who doesn’t recognize “normal” social cues. He can to that. Now that you know Paul pretty well, this column brings the “Paul’s World” series to an end. Next week we return to the lighter “Up Against It” columns about everyday life.

If you want more about Paul, let us know. Plans are to put “Paul’s World” in a book and it’s possible we’ll continue with more about Paul in the future.

Buska is an author, columnist and long-time resident of East County. Send e-mail to Sheila at 4smbrks@gmail.com and visit her website www.smile-breaks.com

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently presented $16,000 in scholarships to eight local college students planning a career either in nursing or in the healthcare technician field. Three nursing students from Grossmont College each received a GHD Richard J. Bea Memorial scholarship, named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years. Bea served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999, including as board president. The three nursing students included Aimee Cook, who received $3,000, and Diane Evans and Sara Shayya, each receiving $1,500 apiece. Their scholarship application included a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor and information about community volunteer work, as well as a 500-word essay on the topic of “the future of nursing in my community.” In addition to the three nursing students, five other college students each received a GHD Health Tech Career scholarship. These students, pursuing healthcare careers in positions defined as technicians, wrote an essay on the topic “where I will be in my career five years from now.” Each received a check for $2,000. They included; Jeanine Galeana, Occupational Therapy Assistant student at Grossmont College; Abeer Majeed and Sandra Mekhaail, both who are enrolled at Grossmont College’s Orthopedic Technician program; Agazit Tesfai, Pharmacy Technician student at the Grossmont Health Occupations Center; and, Delia Yvette Valdez, Medical Laboratory Technician program at Miramar College.

SDSU Offers Summer Intensive Language Courses

tudents can build their language skills and cultural competencies quickly and effectively by taking summer intensive courses through the SDSU Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC). This immersive program allows students to earn 4-20 units of foreign language credit in a period of 2 ½-11 weeks by registering now in one of today’s most critical languages – Arabic, Persian, or Russian. SDSU’s expert instructors will guide students in achieving practical language skills and cultural awareness through conversations, games, writing, multimedia, and other activities based on the latest language-learning theories and practice. These courses open new possibilities for: • Business, legal, and health care professionals who want to expand their marketability • Educated professionals interested in a challenging academic pursuit • Heritage speakers who want to improve their formal language skills • Spouse, family, or friends of speakers of Arabic, Persian, or Russian The intensive format allows students to participate in the equivalent of up to two years of language study in one summer. Each course meets on campus at SDSU, offering 5-6 hours of

interactive instruction Monday-Friday. “When I came into this program, I couldn’t read a bit of Russian. Three weeks in, four weeks in, I could read it, albeit slowly, and form sentences, and I think that’s amazing,” said former student Joshua Shepard. “I had the pleasure of taking Ghassan Zakaria’s Arabic 101/102 class. I find Ghassan to be an outstanding instructor. His class exceeded my greatest expectations,” added former student Keren Chansky Suberri, Ph.D. Classes meet according to the following schedule: Session 1: May 27-July 1 Arabic 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm Persian 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm Russian 100A/100B, 200A/200B, 9 am-3 pm Session 2: July 8-August 12 Intermediate Arabic 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm Intermediate Persian 101/102, 201/202, 9 am-2 pm Intermediate Russian 100A/100B, 200A/200B, 9 am-3 pm For more information, visit the SDSU College of Extended Studies website at www.neverstoplearning.net/larc or the LARC website at http://larc. s d s u . e d u / eve n t s / s u m m e rinstitutes.

Steve Dolan hosts a one-hour sports talk radio show Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on East County’s “The Mountain – 107.9 FM.” The show may also be heard on the Internet at www.themountainfm.com

EAST COUNTY BIZ with Rick Griffin Grossmont Healthcare District awards scholarships to college students

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Sen. Joel Anderson sets `Community Coffee’ meeting in Santee California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at Santee City Hall, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee. The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by Santee Mayor Randy Voepel. “My top priority is making government work for you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient. About 40-to-60 percent of the bills I introduce each year originate as ideas from the people I serve.” For more information, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate. ca.gov/anderson. Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.

City of La Mesa seeking donations for Flag Day Parade The City of La Mesa is seeking donations from businesses and individuals for its 18th annual Flag Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 30. Donations will help cover some of the following Parade costs, including public safety, transportation for school marching bands, public address equipment for pre-parade school concerts and announcing parade participants and public restrooms, the city said.

Submissions are welcomed for this column. Press releases can be sent to info@rickgriffin.com or faxed to (619) 461‑3151. Press releases may be edited due to space considerations.

Donations can be made at www.gofundme.org/ N507LG. Fundraising goal is $15,000. For more information, contact the parade committee at FlagDayHelp@ci.la-mesa.ca.us or visit the city website at www. cityoflamesa.com/FamilyFun. Two pre-parade concerts performed by band students from La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School will begin at 9 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route.

Western theme for Home of Guiding Hands Gala on June 6 The Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), an El Cajonbased non-profit organization that provides services, training and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities, will present its 41st annual Black Tie & Boots Gala from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Hotel Del Coronado. Proceeds will benefit programs and services HGH provides to more than 1,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. Former Padres pitcher Randy Jones, a National League Cy Young Award winner, will be the master of ceremonies. This year’s gala will feature a western theme, along with live music and silent auction. Attire can include western suits, vests, cowboy or cowgirl hats, boots, paisley silk rags, bolo ties, themed belt buckles and turquoise and leather jewelry. Admission with full dinner begins at $200 per person. Admission with lounge seating and a small-bites dinner begins at $100 per person. To RSVP, visit www.guidinghands.org


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