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Lemon Grove, College Grove and Spring Valley ‘Dogs on Deployment Crown Royalty at ‘Spring Bling 2017’ Day’ Announced

Newly crowned 2017 Community Ambassadors (front row), as well as out going 2016 delegates (back row), received honors from State Senator Joel Anderson.

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For The East County Herald LEMON GROVE — Held at the First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove’s ‘Sonshine House,’ just last month, 20 amazing young ladies were more radiant than ever at this year’s combined College Grove, Lemon Grove and Spring Valley Scholarship Pageant. Beautiful gowns, colorful flowers and shiny tiaras captured the pageant’s theme “Spring Bling,” but it was the delegates’ vibrant personalities and outstanding achievements that shined most. From traditional evening gown to fun fashion modeling, the contestants showcased their inner and outer

Not surprisingly, all of the girls received certificates for their outstanding achievement from California State Senator Joel Anderson in recognition of their dedication to community service. “Each one of these ladies is a precious asset to our community, and I am inspired by their dedication, service, and commitment,” Anderson later remarked. Of course the moment awaited by all, the crownings, was a no less emotional part of the evening. Winners also received scholarships, which is an important part of the pageant process and a demonstration of the commitment and support of the community to the growth of these extraordinary young leaders.

beauty flawlessly. Sweet tunes, awesome dance moves and witty statements brought plenty of laughter and smiles, but they were also able to demonstrate their thoughtfulness and empathy as they gave their opinions on important issues, such as the influence of social media on teens and whether higher education should be free. The event was a small glimpse of what these pageant sisters, as they call themselves, do for their communities every day throughout the year as titleholders. They attend and assist at numerous events, fundraisers, helping those who are less fortunate and being role models to young girls in their communities.

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SANTEE — The Santee City Council issued a Proclamation Wednesday May 24, declaring Saturday, June 10 as Dogs on Deployment Day, the same day as this year’s Fido Fest held by the city. The second annual dog-focused event will include a wide variety of vendors, demonstrations, and adoptions. In addition, there will be an opportunity drawing throughout Fido Fest, the proceeds of which will be donated to Dogs on Deployment. Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit which provides a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. Additionally, Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership in the military community by advocating for military pet owner rights on military installations; providing educational resources for military members about responsible pet ownership; granting financial assistance to military members for help with their pet’s care during emergencies; promoting healthy pet lifestyles, including spay and neuter, insurance options and vaccinations; and connecting with community organizations to ensure Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families. Particularly noteworthy is that Dogs on Deployment is based in San Diego County and was founded by active duty military couple Capt. Alisa Sieber-Johnson, USMC, and LT Shawn Johnson, USN. The couple, who resided in Santee when the organization was founded, will mark the six-year anniversary of the founding of Dogs on Deployment. The proclamation was prepared to recognize both the founders of Dogs on Deployment and the impact this organization has made in giving military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service commitments by providing them with the ability to find people and resources able to help them.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias


Feinstein in Fine Shape – If She Runs

Herald Guest Commentary with El Cajon City Councilman Steve Goble A Renewed, Refreshed El Cajon – Happening Now EL CAJON — Renewal (noun). The act of making new again or state of being renewed. It’s what is happening in El Cajon right now. For the past few years, the City has been diligently working on creating a new atmosphere, a new vibe, a welcoming spirit for businesses, visitors, and our residents. Already, the work on economic development is bearing fruit. The new Courtyard by Marriott, the first four-star hotel east of I-15 in over 70 years, is scheduled to open in August, 2017. A Hampton Inn by Hilton will break ground later this year at the site of the old police station. It’s expected to open 18 months later. Who will occupy these rooms? Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson commented in May, 2016 that 65 percent of transient (short-term stay) room nights for Marriott are coming from Marriott Rewards Members. Why El Cajon? Since the Internet is a dominant source for reservations, imagine when visitors see a Courtyard or Hampton Inn in El Cajon at a price much lower than comparable hotels west of I-15. With a drive as quick as 20 minutes to downtown San Diego, El Cajon becomes a very attractive destination for Rewards Members. Also, those visitors will want places to eat and shop while in our city, increasing opportunities for restaurants and businesses around these hotels. Not only are new hotels opening, but The Valley of Cars continues grow. Mercedes-Benz of El Cajon opened its first location in El Cajon and recently started construction on its 65,000 squarefoot, $14 million, state-of-the-art dealership in our City. BMW of El Cajon has been open for three years now and is doing well. A new Honda of El Cajon (formerly Tipton Honda) is being refreshed, remodeled, and renewed. El Cajon Ford, Team Kia, and Toyota of El Cajon all added upgrades to boost their presence. A new Jaguar/Land

Rover dealership, one of only two in all San Diego County, has been approved for construction along Marshall Avenue. What about the East County Performing Arts Center? The City is negotiating with Live Nation to manage the venue. If an agreement is reached, Live Nation, the world’s largest and most successful concert promoter, would bring a first-class experience for visitors, drawing people from throughout Southern California. New business construction continues. Where there was a Burger King on Jamacha Road now stands four new establishments: Starbucks, Wing Stop, Jamba Juice, and Chipotle! Down at Fletcher Parkway and Johnson Avenue, Panera Bread opened in 2016, and a Dunkin’ Donuts is in construction in front of Home Depot. Navy Federal opened a new branch; GKN signed multimillion dollar deals with Rolls Royce and the U.S. Air Force. Fox Shocks expanded its factory in El Cajon, adding hundreds of new jobs in the city. Taylor Guitars continues to dominate the premium guitar market worldwide; the company continues to exemplify a blue-ribbon, environmental policy with its reforestation projects in Cameroon. Let’s also acknowledge hundreds of familyowned businesses that provide valuable products and services to our residents and visitors. Our streets are being renewed. Greenfield Drive between Third and Main streets was completely reconstructed using funding from a Safe Routes To Schools federal grant; sidewalks were added for the safety of schoolchildren on their way to, and from, school. The city continues on an aggressive schedule to repave 452 lanemiles of streets, having already completed over 50 percent with $28 million over the past 10 years. El Cajon’s Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is the best in East County and one of the best among

the 18 cities in San Diego County. Regarding people who are homeless in the city, the council is looking at funding a position through Crisis House of El Cajon called a Housing Navigator. Similar to a social services’ case worker, a Navigator meets with people who are homeless and finds them housing. A coalition including the police and fire departments, the County of San Diego, Crisis House of El Cajon, the East County Chamber of Commerce, St Paul’s Senior Services, the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, the East County Homeless Task Force, and others all support this approach of housing-first solution combined with ongoing assistance. Dinner and a Concert, the Wednesday night Car Shows, Farmer’s Markets, Hauntfest, the St Patrick’s Day half-marathon, America on Main Street, July 4th at Kennedy Park, and of course the historic Mother Goose Parade continue to provide fun and a growing community spirit at low- or no-cost. City Council meetings are now live-streamed on the Internet, increasing visibility for residents. Over 500 new housing units are in various stages of construction, adding both affordable and luxury homes for buyers. Recreational programs continue to serve thousands of residents in fun, creative, and low-cost programs. The Ronald Reagan Community Center recently reopened with a complete makeover, ready for receptions, meetings, family events, and more. Renewal. Making new again; the state of being renewed. El Cajon is well on its way, rebranding itself as a family- and business-friendly city, all making it the best place to live, work, and play. Don’t blink. There’s always something new around the corner. For the latest improvements, visit the City’s website at

ew California senators of the last 50 years have been more active than the Dianne Feinstein of early 2017. That’s important mostly because of Feinstein’s age – despite her dark hair, she’ll be 84 next month and will be 85 next November, when she may seek a fifth full term and sixth term overall. For sure, vultures are waiting in the wings for Feinstein to falter, just as they do for every politician over 75. The bulk of the electorate is much younger and many voters can’t even imagine a truly vigorous octogenarian. The latest polls reflect this psychological reality. While Feinstein gets a 59 percent job performance approval rating in a recent survey from the Berkeley IGS Poll, in effect the successor to the long-running and usually reliable Field Poll, the moment respondents were told her age, 62 percent said it would be a bad thing for her to seek reelection. This was good news for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and members of Congress like Adam Schiff of Burbank and Jackie Speier of San Mateo County, who have made some noises indicating they might be interested in a run if Feinstein drops out. All are Democrats, like Feinstein. In each case, these folks would have to wait at least six more years for a shot at the Senate if Feinstein were reelected. There is little likelihood any of them would oppose new Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris when she’s up for a second term in 2022. And no one knows who else might arise as a potential candidate by 2024, the next time Feinstein’s seat would be up for grabs. Schiff, for instance, was a virtual unknown when Feinstein last ran in 2012, but the House investigation into President Trump’s alleged Russia ties suddenly made him prominent, Schiff ’s solid performance enhancing his standing. Similarly, while Garcetti was a mere city councilman five years ago, he was reelected by a huge margin this spring as mayor of America’s second-largest city. But these folks most likely will have to wait. For even though 62 percent say it’s a bad idea for Feinstein to seek another term, that’s before she’s matched up against anyone else. Incumbents almost always fare poorly in generic “should they run or not?” surveys, but when they’re put up against a real candidate, complete with warts and all, those poll results change quickly. Meanwhile, Feinstein has been acting like a candidate. She’s set up a finance committee and started raising money. She’s as vocal as ever in the Senate. And she’s keeping prospective successors guessing about her plans. In the Senate, Feinstein led the Democratic opposition to the Supreme Court nomination of Neal M. Gorsuch. She has fought firmly against various Republican-proposed plans to revise the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. She’s stuck up, as usual, for women’s rights. These two causes combined in some cases, as when Feinstein argued that the health care plan put forward by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan would have ended a California requirement that insurance policies cover reproductive health services for women, including abortions. That policy, said Feinstein, “helps ensure women are able to make their own health care decisions…free from political interference.” So Feinstein is acting as determined as ever in fighting for abortion rights and women’s right, long two of her major causes. She’s also the only senator who said much when the Trump administration opened the way this spring for the private Cadiz Inc. to begin tapping ground water in the Mojave Desert and potentially sell it to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. That’s not final yet and Feinstein wants to stop it, as she has helped do several previous times. “The detrimental effect this project would have on the California desert is irreversible,” she said. “Rather than allow a proper environmental review, the… administration wants to open the door for a private company to exploit a natural aquifer and destroy public land.” Cadiz strongly disputed that description. Feinstein here did not sound like someone about to hand off a cause to anyone else. The upshot is that Feinstein appears to be in about as good political shape as she ever has been entering a campaign, bad news for the corps of candidates trying to look uninterested even as they eye her job.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at


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. I understand that getting a hernia fixed

today is a lot easier than it used to be. Is that true?

. You get a hernia when a section of an internal organ bulges through weak abdominal muscle tissue. The protruding organ is usually the intestines. About 80 percent of hernias are located in the groin. The overwhelming majority of groin-hernia victims are men. About 5 million Americans develop hernias annually, but only 700,000 get them fixed surgically. The common theory for this phenomenon among doctors is that most people fear having an operation. But hernia surgery today is not the ordeal it once was with a large incision and long recovery. Today, patients requiring hernia surgery are in an out of the hospital the same day. The surgery takes about an hour. Most patients resume their normal lives within a few days after the surgery. The operation can be done with a small incision or by minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery that employs a slender, tubular, optical instrument with a surgical tool.


. Do men have different brains than women?

. Here are some fascinating facts: • Dr. Gabrielle M. de Courten-Myers, a University of Cincinnati scientist, has determined men have about 2 billion more brain cells than women but the extra cells don’t make them smarter than women • Louann Brizendine, a San Francisco neuropsychiatrist and author of The Female Brain, asserts that the difference between male and female brains explains why women like to discuss their feelings, while men love to dwell upon sex. “Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road,” Brizendine says. “Men, however, have O’Hare Airport as a hub for processing thoughts about sex, where women have the airfield nearby that lands small and private planes.” • A brain-scanning study suggests that when males watch a mild electric shock given to a cheater, they don’t feel his pain. Instead they enjoy it. Women’s brains empathize with the cheater’s pain and they get no pleasure from it. • Men tend to perform better than women at certain spatial tasks, target-directed motor skills, mathematical reasoning, and navigating. (Is that why they don’t ask for directions?). Women tend to excel at word tests, identifying matching items and precision manual tasks. • Men and women with equal IQ’s achieve the same scores with different areas of the brain, Richard J. Haier, PhD reported in NeuroImage. He also found that women have more white matter and fewer gray matter areas related to IQ than men do.


. What is hip resurfacing? . It is a surgical alternative to

total hip replacement. The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is at the top of the femur (thigh bone), and the socket is in the pelvis. In hip replacement surgery, the ball is replaced with a metal or ceramic substitute. The socket is fitted with a metal cup to hold the new ball. The primary difference in hip resurfacing is that the surgeon doesn’t remove the femural ball. Instead, the damaged ball is reshaped, and then a metal cap is anchored over it. A crucial issue in joint replacement is longevity. A substitute hip is good for about 20 years, and it is difficult to remove and replace one that’s shot. Hip resurfacing, unlike hip replacement, preserves enough bone to permit a total replacement if it is necessary later. Surgeons estimate that 10 to 15 percent of people with bad hips can consider hip resurfacing instead of replacement. For example, resurfacing is not recommended for patients with osteoporosis, a disease that makes bones porous and vulnerable to fractures.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Study Shows Feeling of Social Stigma Makes Depression in MS More Likely


eople with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) who feel stigmatized because of their condition are more likely to have depression, research presented at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting showed. The Pennsylvania State University research team said the impact of the stigma can be eased by lots of social support, a sense of belonging, and a sense of independence. Their study was based on information from the semiannual survey of the North American Research Committee on Multiple Sclerosis, which covered 5,413 people with MS. The presentation was titled “The Contribution of Stigma to Depression Symptoms and Depression Status Among Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis.” The New Orleans conference started May 24 and ended May 27. Although earlier studies have concluded that people with MS often experience social stigma, there has been little research on how the stigma affects MS patients. Meanwhile, it is wellknown that about half of all MS patients develop depression. The Penn State team posited

that feeling stigmatized would make the psychological burden of MS even worse. In the survey, patients were asked whether they felt stigmatized and to rate their level of depression. After a year, researchers collected depression ratings again. When taking into account demographic and healthbehavior factors that could also influence depression, the team’s analysis showed that a patient’s feeling of stigma predicted depression in both the first year and a year later. The impact that a perception of stigma had on depression a year later was significant even when researchers adjusted the analysis for levels of depression at the beginning of the study. The team found that the perception of stigma alone contributed to 39 percent of the factors impacting depression. To make sure their analysis was valid, the researchers used a more stringent type of analysis as well. It divided patients into two groups — depressed, and not depressed. The second analysis also linked the perception of stigma to depression. Psychosocial reserve is a term that behavioral scientists have coined for psychological and social resources or sup- port that a person can draw on when needed. The Penn State researchers said that when a person with MS has a deep psychosocial reserve, it can lower the impact that a perception of stigma has on their depression. The team said psychosocial reserve included level of social support, a person’s sense of belonging, and a person’s capacity to act independently and make free choices. This type of research could help shape efforts to target psychosocial health and depression in MS, the team said. Source: Pennslyvania State Universoty

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled “The Promises of God”. As mentioned in part one of this series, t h e r e are but a few promises to all of mankind, the vast majority are to those who have become His children by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin. Some may think this is not “fair”, that all of God’s promises should be to everyone. Well they are to everyone that will repent of sin and turn to Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Think of this way, you are a parent, your children have your protection; love; provision; sacrifice; and will inherit what you have at your departure. Should others who are not your children or even those who hate you and your children be beneficiaries of what you have for your own children? Of course not, that would be absurd! Now let us continue to look at some more of the many promises that God makes to all that are His. God has promised deliverance from fear, Psalm 34:4, “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” The condition for deliverance from fear here is coming to God in time of fear and believing that He will hear our cries and deliver us. We don’t need to be afraid or fearful, John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” What is the reason for which we do not “need” to be troubled or fearful? Because God promises us His peace and has told us we do not need to be troubled or fearful. This will be tested many times as circumstances and situations present themselves and seem to contradict the promises of God. But be of good cheer dear ones, God is always faithful. Fear is removed through Godly love, 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” When we come to know, I mean really know the love of God, we can be fearless in any situation or circumstance. Because in His love He has told us that He will never leave us nor forsake us and through the difficulty He is working His good and perfect will out through the circumstances in our life. Isaiah 43:1-5 “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west.” When you know the love of God, you know that nothing can ever separate you from God, Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Animal Shelter Groundbreaking Celebration EL CAJON — The City of El Cajon along with C.W. Driver Companies, a premier builder, broke ground on the new 10,900-square-foot El Cajon Animal Shelter, Wednesday, May 24. Tentatively scheduled for completion in spring of 2018, the stateof-the-art facility will include administrative offices, housing for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured sheltered animals, grooming, play and interaction areas, pet adoption services, an exercise area and more. The $9.3 million single-story shelter is funded by Proposition O special revenues, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by El Cajon voters in November of 2004 for improvements to public safety facilities and a new animal shelter. A decade later, the new building will double the size of the current 50-year-old shelter and will be designed in a way that allows for potential future expansion. The new animal care center will be located at 1373 N. Marshall Avenue, in close proximity to the facility’s current location. It is the City of El Cajon’s first collaborative design-build project. “After countless hours of fun-

draising and hard work, we are overjoyed to see this project come to fruition,” said Peggy Buffo, president of El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services Foundation. “We have the utmost confidence that Ferguson Pape Baldwin and C.W. Driver Companies will produce an impressive facility well worth the wait and we look forward to its completion.” “We are thrilled to be working with El Cajon to bring the long anticipated, contemporary animal care center to the city,” said Richard Freeark, Senior Vice President at C.W. Driver Companies. Along with Freeark, the C.W. Driver Companies project team includes Project Director Andy Feth, Project Manager Eric Schultz, Superintendent Will House and Senior Project Engineer Cole Edging. C.W. Driver executives attended the May 24 groundbreaking alongside El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells; City Councilmembers Steve Goble, Ben Kalasho and Bob McClellan; City Manager Douglas Williford and project architects from Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects.

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National CPR and AED Awareness Week Learn CPR in the Park FREE Event • Open to the Public Saturday, June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Briercrest Park, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA 91942 Sharp HealthCare Cardiac Training Center invites the community to come and celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week with us. Sharp HealthCare will be providing free CPR lessons, and handing out learning materials. Everyone is welcome to come out to Briercrest Park to learn more about CPR and AED (automated external defibrillators). National CPR and AED Awareness Week, June 1-7, spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED. During this week each year, CPR/AED classes and demonstrations are conducted, events are hosted and educational information is distributed on the importance of being trained in CPR and AED use. To learn more: 619-740-4226

Ninth Annual Taste of La Mesa Monday, June 12 General Admission: 6–8 p.m. • VIP Tasting: 5–8 p.m. La Mesa Community Center • 4975 Memorial Drive • La Mesa $40 General Admission • $60 VIP Tickets (VIP Includes an Extra Hour of Tasting & Preferred Parking) EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Those that purchase their Taste of La Mesa tickets now through May 26 will be entered into a raffle to win one of (2) $100 VISA gift cards we will be giving away! So join us this year at the 9th Annual Taste of La Mesa, get your ticket NOW and be entered into our VISA gift card raffle! Wednesday, June 5 will be the LAST day to purchase tickets at the preevent pricing. After this date all ticket prices increase $20 • $60 for General Admission and $80 for VIP. At-Door Cost: VIP Admission: $80 each • (Does NOT include VIP Parking) General Admission: $60 each • ONLY CASH AND CREDIT CARD ACCEPTED AT-DOOR Beverages: Pricing does NOT include beverages. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased for $5 per glass. We will also offer bottled water and soda for $1.

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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Padres Host First-Place Colorado This Weekend


he San Diego Padres will conclude a six-game homestand with three games this weekend against the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies. Here are some weekend highlights:

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies – Friday, June 2 @ 7:10 p.m.

Friday night will featureParty in the Park presented by Southwest Airlines. The party begins at 4:30 p.m. with live music and $5 drink specials. Entry is included with a paid ticket to the game. The evening will serve as a San Diego County Sheriff ’s Department Salute presented by COX Communications. There will also be a fly over by a San Diego County Sheriff ’s Department helicopter prior to the game.

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies – Saturday, June 3 @ 1:10 p.m.

As part of Baseball Night in San Diego (on a rare Saturday afternoon home game), all fans in attendance will receive Sunglasses presented by Knockaround. In continuation of PLAY BALL WEEKEND, kids in attendance for the game may visit the Padres Baseball Camp activation at the Park at the Park to receive a Play Ball Bat and Ball set while supplies last.

San Diego Padres vs. Colorado Rockies – Sunday, June 4 @ 1:40 p.m.

Sunday will serve as a Military Salute: U.S. Army & California Army National Guard Appreciation Day presented by USAA. More than 60 future soldiers of the United States Army will take the Oath of Enlistment administered by Battalion Commander of the Southern California Recruiting Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Troy Alexander. Major League Eating, the world body that oversees all professional eating contests, will host The Baked Bear World Ice-Cream Sandwich Eating Championship at 12:30 p.m. at the Park at the Park. The number one ranked eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, will be on-hand to participate in an attempt to set the world record for most ice-cream sandwiches eaten. After a short trip to Arizona, the Padres return home Friday, June 9 to begin a six-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds.

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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Chamber members are bullish in four business segments

Chick-fil-A in San Diego County donated $15,620 to Operation Homefront

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The event will feature networking and food sampling from local restaurants and food providers. In addition, local businesses will be on hand with exhibit tables. Parking is free and shuttle service The 10 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including The outlook is positive in four different business segments, is available. More than 400 people are expected to attend. the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, according to a recent survey of chamber of commerce General admission tickets begin at $60 per person. Admission is members. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s recently donated $15,620 to Operation Homefront in San Diego. $80 per person to a pre-event VIP reception that begins at 5 p.m. Chick-fil-A customers in San Diego made the donation possible, “Business Outlook Index” said businesses are bullish on the according to Kyle Steck, a military veteran and Santee Chick-fil-A Pricing does not include beverages. Alcoholic beverages are $5 transportation-automotive, financial services, hospitalityper glass and bottled water and soda are $1. To purchase tickets, owner-operator. Between May 1 and 23, Chick-fil-A restaurants restaurants and development-construction categories. visit or call the Chamber office, (619) in San Diego donated $1 from every Chocolate Chunk Cookie The survey taken in April scored the Index at 24, nearly 465-7700. Tickets also are available at San Pasqual Winery, sold to support Operation Homefront’s many efforts to support unchanged from the previous month when it was 23.7. 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. military families in San Diego. “Our customers recognized the The index’s lifetime average is 23.7. The range of the index Participating restaurants as of press time include BJ’s opportunity to support Operation Homefront and they responded is between -100 to +100, based on responses from 200 Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brew randomly selected members of San Diego-area chambers of impressively,” said Steck. “We’re grateful to our customers who Coffee Spot, Brigantine Restaurant of La Mesa, Cali Comfort commerce. Zero is considered a neutral outlook. The survey joined Chick-fil-A to support military families. It was our pleasure BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Dream Dinners, of about 200 chamber members included members from the to extend our gratitude and recognize our armed services heroes Edible Arrangements, Farmer’s Table, Himalayan Cuisine, who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.” Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego Hooleys Public House, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, Nonno’s “We are grateful for the support of Chick-fil-A and their East County chambers, as well as chamber members from Ristorante Italiano, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, San customers,” said Jack Chirrick, regional director, Operation Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego. Homefront. “We can promise that every dollar raised by the Chick- Pasqual Winery, Smart & Final Extra!-Warehouse & Market, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, The Regal Bar, La Mesa Flag Day Parade, June 3 fil-A restaurants in San Diego County will remain in San Diego The City of La Mesa will present the 20th annual La Mesa Flag County to assist military families with critical financial assistance, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria and Day Parade on Saturday, June 3. Pre-parade concerts from La transitional and permanent housing, and family support services Valley Farm Market. Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Mesa Arts Academy and Parkway Middle School bands begin at to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery. 9 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route. The parade struggles.” Additional sponsors include American Medical Response, begins at 10 a.m. through the La Mesa Downtown Village led La Mesa Chamber of Commerce presents Virginia Napierskie, Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM by the United States 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. The Grand World, Kirk Paving, Inc., Berg Taxes, California Coast Credit Marshall is La Mesa Lumber, celebrating 110 years of business. Taste of La Mesa, June 12 Union, Eleanor Yvonne Mohammed State Farm Office, Lily’s The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its ninth annual The event’s Star-Spangled Banner Donor is Barona Resort and Mobile Homes, San Diego County Credit Union La Mesa Casino. The event them is “Salute to Old Glory.” Parade units will Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 12, at the branch, iServe Residential Lending, LLC, Teresa Johnson include marching bands, active and retired war heroes, equestrian La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. REALTOR, Total Thermal Imaging, Mr. Neon, Kostedt Design Presenting sponsor is Sycuan Casino. San Diego Gas & Electric units, service clubs, youth groups and elected officials. & Marketing, Royal Florist Design, AAA Imaging, Courtesy TV and Barona Resort & Casino are supporting sponsors. The East For more information, visit Sales & Service, Studio M.I.F. and Global Protection Group. County Herald is this year’s Community Relations Media sponsor. specialevents.

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