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EL CAJON — A doctor told Brandon Kover’s parents soon after his birth that as the extremely rare individual born without a cerebellum – the region of the brain critical to motor movement and balance – he would be a human vegetable, unable to move or communicate. Last month, in a cap and gown draped with the gold cord of an honors graduate, the 23-year-old Rancho San Diego resident was part of the Class of 2015 at Cuyamaca College’s 37th annual commencement ceremony. He took part in the processional seated in a wheelchair, clapping as he received his associate degree in web development, and certificates in web design and web programming. It took five years and a mother’s infinite love, along with the support of college administrators, instructors and staff, including the team of counselors and specialists at Cuyamaca College’s Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) office. It was a spectacular day marking a stellar achievement. Kover is only one of nine documented cases in the world of people born without a cerebellum, his mother, Annette Kover, said. He has ataxic cerebral palsy, so his movements are sometimes jerky and his speech is difficult to understand. But put him behind a computer or place a smart phone in his hands and you would never know he has a disability. “This is the culmination of so much work on the part of his whole family, but especially Brandon,” said his father, Jeff Kover. “Brandon has overcome great odds. He has inspired so many with his grit, his resolve, and his talents. But to his teachers, he was one of many that were there to get a start on life. And they did that for him. We will be forever grateful.” Interim college president Wei Zhou said students like Kover reflect the community college mission of making higher education accessible to all. “We are so proud of Brandon and all of our graduates who have

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Alpine Embraces One of Their Own ALPINE — Long time educator in the Alpine Union School District (AUSD), Jenna Weinert (pictured, right), has accepted the position as Principal at Boulder Oaks Elementary School (BOES) in Alpine. She studied at San Diego State University and later received her Masters in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. She has taught in the AUSD since 1997, holding positions at both Creekside Early Learning Center and Alpine Elementary School. Weinert is known for her warm and nurturing teaching style, her strong rapport with families, and her deep respect for her fellow teachers. Weinert looks forward to beginning her administrative career in the community she loves. AUSD would like to welcome all of the Boulder Oaks students and parents to a “Meet and Greet” with your new principal Mrs. Weinert on Tuesday, July 14, from 5:30 –7 p.m. in the BOES auditorium.

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persevered and overcome great challenges,” he said. “We recognize the diverse needs of our students and as a team, we are committed to the educational success of each and every student.” Kover said in an email interview that he had a great experience at Cuyamaca College, where he was offered assistance and support while still being accepted as “just another student” despite his unique condition. “DSPS has helped me throughout my college experience by arranging for extra time on tests, providing a table in most of my classes, and of course, Club ABLED,” he said.

Graduating with a grade-point average of 3.75, Kover excelled in

his classes, scoring high on essays and written tests. Because of his speech impairment, he relied on a Tobii C12 speech generating device for classroom presentations.

At age 2, Kover enrolled at El Cajon’s Sevick Elementary School, where his special education classes introduced him to computers, opening up a whole new world for the toddler. Over the years, he became adept with the keyboard and was eventually mainstreamed into classes at Steele Canyon High School. With both parents being educators – his father is the visual and performing arts director

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On The Cover RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The El Cajon Rotary Club held their annual fundraiser, called “An Evening in The Tropics,” Saturday, June 27 at Cuyamaca College’s Water Conservation Garden. The evening was filled with South Sea music, food, enchanting South Sea island girls and fire dancers. Ion Moe for The East County Herald

Brandon Kover was accompanied at Cuyamaca College’s commencement ceremony by his favorite instructor, Lindy Brazil, who helped her former student through the processional.

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isten to water officials from Gov. Jerry Brown down to local officials and you’d think replacing lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf is a pure good, no negatives involved. They know lawn replacement, often called “xeriscaping” because it can use cactuses and other desert plants, generally leads to at least a 30 percent cut in household water use. But…you could read reports from the ongoing Women’s World Cup soccer tournament, where ambient temperatures in cities like Winnipeg and Ottawa were in the high 70s at some game times, but temperatures on the synthetic grass fields ranged from 120 to 129 degrees. That’s the “heat island” effect, where non-grassy surfaces like the faux grass and gravel sometimes used to replace lawns gather heat from the sun. Unlike grass, they don’t use the sunlight for anything, so heat energy can pile up and even warm adjacent buildings. Temperature differentials won’t often be as extreme as at the Women’s World Cup, but can drive up electricity use and air conditioning bills. Reports the Accuweather forecasting service’s blog, “Grassy surfaces will be significantly cooler on a sunny day when compared to artificial turf, gravel or pavement.” This is one reason some homeowner associations are trying to ban replacement of front lawns with synthetic grass, even as many water agencies pay by the square foot for tearing out existing lawns. Homeowners often get phone calls from services offering free natural turf removal and replacement in exchange for signing over those payments. Some local water agencies, however, refuse to pass along turf-replacement subsidies for fake lawns using synthetic turf. There’s also the fact that grass pulls carbon out of the air. The more green leaf surfaces in any area, the more greenhouse gases will be absorbed. Which means grass helps fight climate change. Grassy surfaces also facilitate recharge of ground water, most water landing on them eventually trickling down into aquifers. So unless replacement surfaces are extremely porous, more storm water will eventually run off into the Pacific unused and less will become ground water. This all leads to questions about the efficiency of lawn replacement campaigns now being run by myriad water agencies. By far the largest of these plans comes from California’s biggest water provider, the six-county Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, often called “the Met,” which has a $450 million, twoyear conservation incentive program, aiming to save as much as 80,000 acre feet of water yearly over 10 years. That comes to $562 per acre foot saved, far more than the Met pays for most water today. The most visible and expensive part of this program is lawn replacement, which will use about three-fourths of the money to replace 172 million square feet of grass, or 3,948 acres. But lawn removal is far from the most effective part of the water-saving plan. Much more will be saved by replacing old fixtures and equipment. “The device replacement part of our program should save about 60,000 of those acre feet,” says Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the Met. “Devices give a bigger bang for the buck.” The Met is paying customers to install everything from low-flow shower heads to high-efficiency lawn sprinklers and a new generation of ultra-low-flow toilets. The biggest savings may come from newgeneration cooling tower controls for heating and air conditioning units atop large buildings. And yet, reports Kightlinger, “Almost all the news reports on our conservation program have focused around turf replacement.” Then there’s the fact that many thousands of acre feet of water are wasted by over-watering grass and trees. “Commonly used shrubs, trees and grasses have a lot of drought tolerance,” says Dennis Pittenger, Riverside-based environmental horticulturist for the University of California’s Cooperative Extension. “They are usually overwatered. I think we ought to focus more on people’s watering behavior, and less on replacing plants.” Commercial turf grower Jurgen Gramckow of Oxnard maintains many new drought-resistant landscapes won’t hold up when rains finally come. “Landscapes with bark as ground cover, for example, will lose a lot of it and clog storm drains, too,” he says. “The water agency perspective on lawn replacement is one-dimensional. No one talks about tradeoffs, negative effects.” He’s right about that, which means today’s lawn replacement fad may really be less about water savings than trying to change attitudes, also known as social engineering.

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


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located in the middle of the lower neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism, which are the chemical processes cells in the body perform to keep us alive. It should come as no surprise that the thyroid gland often peters out as we get older. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test checks to see if your thyroid is producing the right amount of hormone for your system. If the gland is making too much hormone, you get hyperthyroidism; if it makes too little, you get hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is very common in people over 60 years of age; the incidence of it steadily increases with age. About 25 percent of people in nursing homes may have undiagnosed hypothyroidism because the symptoms of this condition can be misinterpreted as signs of aging. The American Thyroid Association recommends that all adults begin their screening at age 35 and every 5 years thereafter. Experts in this organization argue that such early screening is inexpensive and would prevent progression to hypothyroidism. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include: fatigue, intolerance to cold, constipation, forgetfulness, muscle cramps, hair loss, depression, weight gain, dry skin, hoarseness and mood swings. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include: weight loss (not always in seniors), heat intolerance, hyperactivity, muscle weakness, palpitations, tremors, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, enlarged thyroid gland, frequent bowel movements, vision problems or eye irritation. . I recall an episode of Seinfeld that got a lot of laughs about man breasts. I have them and it’s not funny. Is there a cure? . Breast enlargement in males is common. About 30 percent of older men have this condition, which can be caused by hormonal changes or simple weight gain. When the usual balance of the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone in a man shifts, he can get “gynecomastia,” which is derived from two Greek words that mean “woman” and “breast.” Males normally produce small quantities of estrogen to regulate bone density, sperm production and mood. Natural hormonal changes that lead to gynecomastia occur not only in old age but also during infancy and adolescence. Gynecomastia can be caused by a health problem such as liver, kidney or thyroid diseases. And, this condition can also result from drinking alcohol or taking drugs such as steroids, marijuana, amphetamines and heroin. There are medications that can cause gynecomastia, too. If you have enlarged breasts, see your doctor for a check-up. Enlarged breasts can be a symptom of breast cancer or a testicular tumor. Gynecomastia usually will go away without treatment. This condition is often treated with drugs. Sometimes, enlarged breasts are reduced surgically. . Can copper bracelets treat arthritis? . There is no scientific evidence that copper bracelets do anything more than make a fashion statement. However, there is no proof that the bracelets don’t provide relief to arthritis sufferers. Copper bracelets for arthritis have been around for a century or more. Many people swear that they work. Some doctors suspect that the positive reports are based upon symptoms going away by themselves. Folk remedies like copper bracelets seem to be harmless. However, they often delay effective medical treatment, so these so-called “cures” are not completely benign.

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n innocent mistake made by a graduate student in a Northwester n Medicine lab (she accidentally used male mice instead of female mice during an experiment) has led scientists to a novel discovery that offers new insight into why women are more likely than men to develop autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The finding, detailed in a paper published in The Journal of Immunology, focuses on a type of white blood cell, the innate lymphoid cell, that exhibits different immune activities in males versus females. MS is a demylinating disease that affects the brain and spinal cord or central nervous system (CNS). It is thought to be the result of a dysregulated immune response. Using a mouse model of MS in which only females get disease, this study showed that innate lymphoid cells are activated and protect male mice from the disease. Although female mice have these same cells, they remain inactive and do not protect them. The research opens up new avenues for investigation into sex-determined disease susceptibility and could one day lead to better therapies for both men and women with MS and other autoimmune diseases. “Women are three to four times more likely than men to develop MS, and much of the current research focuses on the question, ‘Why do females get worse disease?’” said Melissa Brown, lead author of the study and professor of microbiologyimmunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Now, thanks to a serendipitous moment in the laboratory, we are approaching this research from the opposite way, asking, ‘Why are males protected from disease?’” Brown said. “Understanding the mechanisms that limit disease in men can provide information that could be used in future therapy to block disease progression in women.” Like most laboratories that study the mouse model of MS,

female mice were used in almost all of Brown’s experiments. “When we induce the disease in this strain of female mice, virtually 100 percent of them get very sick,” Brown said. “Male mice either get no disease or very little, so MS researchers typically use females in their studies.” A few years ago, a new graduate student in Brown’s laboratory was asked to run an experiment using two groups of female mice. One group was normal; the other had a genetic mutation in a growth factor receptor (c-kit) that prevented the development of a subset of immune cells. Previous experiments in Brown’s lab showed that female mice with the mutation didn’t get as sick as normal mice, and Brown was looking into reasons why. However, instead of using females, the graduate student chose male littermates from each group. “It was an honest mistake, but the results were striking; the male mice with the mutation got very, very sick,” Brown said. “Because this strain of male mice never get very sick, I thought there was some sort of mistake, so I asked the student to repeat the experiment.” The results were the same. Brown and colleagues realized that the mutation was behaving differently in males and females. Brown asked Abigail Russi, a Feinberg MD/PhD student working in her lab, to investigate further. Russi found that mice with the c-kit mutation lacked type 2 innate lymphoid cells. These cells are normally present in bone marrow, lymph nodes and the thymus of both males and females. The researchers think that in males these cells produce a protein that may help to protect from the disease by interfering with the damaging immune response. “In the paper we show that when these cells are missing in the males with the mutation, that changes the whole immune response of the male animals and causes this lack of protection,” Russi said. “We are now looking at what activates these cells preferentially in males and

ddean@echerald.com not in females. The next question is can we activate the innate lymphoid cells in females to decrease disease susceptibility?” This isn’t the first sex difference study in the field of MS research. In the 1990s, scientists found that testosterone was a protective hormone for women with MS, but long-term treatment of women with MS with testosterone is not a viable option because of undesirable side effects. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells have been well studied in allergy, where they are thought to promote allergic inflammation. But this is the first study to show these cells exhibit sex differences in their activity and actually can protect in autoimmune disease. Early trials are underway, and the scientists are hoping they will find clues to explain potential activators of these cells and whether those activators can be used in therapy. The findings could lead to a new approach to designing drug therapy that modulates instead of completely suppresses the immune system of MS patients, shifting the response to one that is not so damaging. “The hope is to target these cells in a sex-specific way and provide a therapy with fewer side effects,” Brown said. “This early research may have implications for understanding other diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which also show a female bias.” Source: Northwestern University, The Journal of Immunology,

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 28 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 ddean@echerald.com. NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.


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for the Sweetwater Union High School District and his mother is a former music teacher – college was a given. Cuyamaca College is just down the street from home, so the Rancho San Diego community college was an easy pick. Lindy Brazil, Kover’s favorite instructor at the college, helped her former student through the processional at commencement. The composition teacher said his test scores showed the second highest improvement of all the students who have ever taken her class. “Brandon is a remarkable young man who has achieved great things by working hard and persevering,” she said, teary-eyed at commencement. “His entire family supported him so much through this process and it is such a great privilege for me to be able to share in celebrating his success.” Kover’s mother, who often accompanied her son to class as his note-taker, said she was struck by how much Brazil cares for students and all that she does to help them succeed. “Lindy had Brandon in her class only during his freshman year, but what I remember from that first day of class was her saying that she wanted to get to know him,” said Annette Kover, who gave up her career to devote herself to her son’s college education. “She took the time to talk to Brandon and made him feel very much a part of the class.” Not all instructors allowed Annette Kover in the classroom,

but she said the separation taught her son to become self-reliant, a point echoed by Mary Asher-Fitzpatrick, a learning disabilities specialist at Cuyamaca. “DSPS encourages and strives to assist students to use and develop self-advocacy and independent skills as much as possible,” Asher-Fitzpatrick said. That is also the message of Club ABLED, a campus group for students with disabilities which Kover joined and volunteered as webmaster. Asher-Fitzpatrick is the club’s co-adviser, along with Margaret Jones, a speech, language and cognitive specialist with DSPS. “Brandon was at first unsure when I asked him to be the group’s webmaster, but the more he did it, the more confident he became and he helped make improvements,” she said. “We see students like Brandon who have great challenges, but it’s pretty amazing how they can succeed if they are willing to persist and work hard.” While students with disabilities are provided tools and resources to improve learning, all students are held to the same academic standards. “Unlike the K-12 system, community colleges do not provide special ed,”Asher-Fitzpatrick said. “We provide academic accommodations to students with verifiable disabilities that help them reach their educational goals. We counsel and work with students in DSPS to identify achievable goals and to develop an

education plan.” When a student seeks services from DSPS, the office first verifies the disability, then provides an orientation to identify the student’s particular classroom needs. These needs or accommodations include Braille or enlarged text for the visually impaired, voice amplifiers for the hearing impaired, assistive software and hardware, and more. The approximately 1,500 students provided DSPS services at Cuyamaca College represent a broad range of disabilities, said DSPS coordinator Beth Viersen. Kover’s father said Cuyamaca College staff always stressed his son’s ability to succeed, no matter his physical limitations. “The teachers believed in him,” Jeff Kover said. “They pushed him. They did not coddle or take pity. This is not to say that your great teachers did not care. On the contrary, they cared enough to treat him as though he could achieve anything. Cuyamaca College has taught Brandon that anything is possible, and that dreams really can come true.” Now that he’s finished at Cuyamaca College, Kover hasn’t decided what he will do next. He said a business class he took has him interested in becoming an entrepreneur. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree is also a possibility. For now, he’s relishing the feeling of achievement from his five years of diligent study at Cuyamaca College and the sheepskin finally in his possession.

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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 many writings, books, messages, and 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. This week, we will turn our attention to 2 amazing events that happened one day in the life of Jesus just moments apart from one another. Mark 5:21-43 “Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.” So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him. Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment; for she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’” And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying. Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.” The beginning of our text tells us that as Jesus and His disciples returned from the event of the previous verses (the casting out of a legion of demons from a man from Gadara) a great multitude met Him on the shore. One of those that met Him was a ruler of the Synagogue in Capernaum. Important to note is that previous to this the rulers had agreed to put Jesus to death because in their estimation He had broken the Sabbath law by healing people on the Sabbath. This rulers name was Jairus, and he was now in a very difficult place in his life as his 12 year old daughter was lying sick to death at home and the only one that could help his daughter was the very same Jesus that he and others had agreed to have put to death. As Jesus was on His way to the home of Jairus, a woman who had an issue of blood for 12 years; suffered much at the hand of physicians; spending all her money was also brought to a place in her life that the only one that she could turn to was Jesus. This is both tragic and wonderful at the same time. Tragic, in that most people like this woman and Jairus will turn to anyone other than Jesus; wonderful in that Jesus is so kind and merciful that He will allow Himself to be touched by those that would previously have nothing to do with Him, even those like you and I who have blasphemed His name. As you can read, Jesus healed the woman and later raised the daughter from the dead. How great is the Lord! He still does wondrous things today in the lives of those that will humble themselves and turn to 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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Santee Salutes - Fourth of July Celebration Town Center Community Park East 550 Park Center Drive www.ci.santee.ca.us 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM Parking - $5-$15 Reserved Canopy - $135 Rock out with 80z All Stars playing hits from the 80s, a patriotic ceremony, inflatable zone, food trucks and fireworks. Schedule •Kids Fun Zone: 3:30 to 10:00 PM •Patriotic Ceremony: 6:00 PM •Fireworks: 9:00 PM Parking In an effort to provide a family friendly low cost July 4th celebration and support our youth sports leagues, parking at Town Center Community Park West, Sportsplex USA, & City of Santee Aquatics Center/ Cameron Family YMCA will cost $5 per car. Preferred Parking is available at the event location, Town Center Community Park East for $15 per car. Parking fees are cash only and large bills will not be accepted. Continuous free shuttle service will be available from 3:30 to 11:00 PM from the Costco parking lot or on Cuyamaca near Rio Seco School to the event site. The Costco parking offers a no cost alternative for event parking.

The City of Santee

Blues and BBQ Thursday, July 16, 2015

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Town Center Community Park East 550 Park Center Drive, Santee

Two Blues Bands • BBQ •Beer Garden

Free Family Summer Concerts

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Thursdays - 6:30 - 8:00 Santee Town Center Community Park East (619) 258-4100 ext. 201 • www.ci.santee.ca.us July 9: The Springsteen Experience July 16: Blues & BBQ Night July 23: Clay Colton Band July 30: The Ultimate Stones Aug. 6 : Slower Aug. 13: WIngstock

Fridays - 6:00 - 8:00 El Cajon Prescott Promenade (619) 334-3000 • www.downtownec.com July 3: Detroit Underground July 10: Lightning Train July 17: Billy Thompson July 24: Jackstraws/Beach Boys July 31: The Jones Revival Aug. 7: The Mighty Untouchables

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Thursdays - 6:30 - 8:00 Berry Street Park (619) 334-3000 • www.lemongrove.ca.gov July 2: Three Chord Justice July 9: The Jazz Pigs Latin Jazz July 16: We Kinda Music July 23: AM Forever July 30: Left for Dead Aug. 6: Bayou Brothers

Sundays - 6:00 - 7:00 Harry Griffin Park (619) 667-1300 • www.cityoflamesa.com July 12: Breez’n July 19: Stoney B Blues Band July 26: Fanny and the Atta Boys Sept. 27: SD Concert Band/Delta Music Makers

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ood thing I plan to live to a hundred. That should give me time to get everything done that I put off ’til tomorrow. Diet? Tomorrow’s good. Oh! The barbecue’s tomorrow. Better wait ’til Monday. Monday it is. I’m not the only one in the family going on a diet. Paul and Christy won’t be chowing down on juicy cheeseburgers or slurping spoonfuls of ice cream with chocolate sauce dripping off to tempt me. They’re both on the Medifast diet. Paul just started; Christy’s been on it for a while. If they can do it, I can do it. I need to get rid of fifteen pounds if I ever want to get into those clothes hanging in the closet waiting. But I’m not up to the Medifast regime. I like regular food too much and besides, I have a diet that works. Doctor-approved! Sort of… When I told him about my rather bizarre diet I sure didn’t expect him to approve of it, but wonder of wonders, he said, “If it works for you…” Which I took as being his blessing. So I’m ready to start again, on my proven, doctor-blessed… “Dessert Diet.” The name’s a bit misleading - but catchy. I love the look on people’s faces when I order a cinnamon apple crisp a la mode instead of dinner and someone asks what I’m having for dinner and I say, “Just dessert. I’m on a diet.”

I happened upon this diet by chance. I was working downtown and didn’t have a lot of time to think about food. One morning I had my usual orange juice at home and a cup or two of coffee when I got to work. Maybe three cups… Around lunchtime I walked to a tucked-in-the-wall market in Little Italy, not far from the office, where an interesting “Sweet and Salty” granola bar caught my eye. The bananas looked inviting, too. I bought the granola bar and the biggest banana on the shelf. On the way back to the office I stopped at the café on the corner for their largest iced tea. The tea lasted all afternoon; it filled me up when I got those hunger pangs that come mid-afternoon and late afternoon and… well, you know – all the time. That evening we ate out with friends. I was starved! So I did what anyone would do when she’s starved: I ordered a banana split. Mmmm. So-o-o-o satisfying. I didn’t eat a thing that evening after I got home. A record for me. Evening’s my worst snacking time. The next morning I stepped on the scale, as I always do. Ohmigosh! I lost a whole pound! In one day! Wow – I can do this again. And I did. And I lost another pound. Obviously I couldn’t go on for long like this but hey, I was losing pounds. To make sure I could last another week or two, I would need snacks. I chose

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peanuts – protein, and I love them - and carrot sticks – a vegetable and nice and crunchy. So orange juice, coffee, granola bar, large banana and large iced tea – with peanuts and carrot sticks for snacks – kept me happy until… dessert time! No restrictions. Any dessert allowed. The thought of dessert kept me true to my daily regime and eating a scrumptious dessert made me feel full all evening so I wasn’t tempted to snack. But if I was, there were always the peanuts and carrots. I lost ten pounds and kept the weight off for well over a year. That was four years ago. Of course the pounds came back eventually. I tried going back on the Dessert Diet a couple of times, but I didn’t last more than a day or two. Too easy to say I’d do it later. This time I’m serious. Time’s running out. I don’t want to wait ’til I’m a hundred to get back my slim, trim figure.

Chamber breakfast on July 10 at Steele Canyon Golf Club

The Hartford will sponsor San Diego Padres

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Drive, Jamul. The breakfast sponsor is the Computer ADMIN. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members (with RSVP), $25 per person for non-members (with RSVP), and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested by Monday, July 6. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at sarahm@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org.

Insurance company The Hartford, with a regional office in Santee, has announced it will sponsor the San Diego Padres, along with four other Major League Baseball teams, in a multi-year deal. The Hartford also will become the exclusive MLB sponsor for business insurance, homeowners insurance and employee benefits. It also will sponsor the MLB’s Reliever of the Year Awards, named after former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera. Both pitchers are expected to be featured in Hartford ads. The other teams included in the deal are the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its 2015-2016 Leadership East County program, which begins Aug. 21. Cost to participate is $800 per person. Time commitment includes one eight-hour day for 11 months. The mission of the Leadership East County program is to utilize the unique perspective, experience and talent of its participants to identify, mentor and prepare the East County leaders of tomorrow. The program provides a forum to promote, provoke, discuss and resolve challenges with experienced community leaders. Participants become better acquainted with East County’s assets, needs and challenges. For more information, visit www.EastCountyChamber.org, or contact Jane Moore at (619) 440-6161.

administered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. “The Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs program offers an opportunity for midlevel managers who oversee intellectual property (IP) and government regulatory processes and procedures in life science companies to become better trained in both matters,” said Stephen C. Ferruolo, dean of USD School of Law. “As a lawyer who practiced corporate law representing the life sciences industry for 20 years, I’m confident that companies will benefit from the skills training this program offers to members of their management teams. “This program will help build highly-qualified human capital so vital to the San Diego area, which ranks among the top three centers of biotechnology and medical technology in the world,” added Ferruolo, who along with Hirshman serves on the board of directors at BIOCOM. For admissions information and degree requirements, visit regsci.sdsu.edu or reference the Regulatory Affairs listing in the SDSU Graduate Bulletin at http://arweb.sdsu.edu/es/ catalog/bulletin/GradcurriculumIndex.html For details visit neverstoplearning.net/ra, email regsci@mail.sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-6030.

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

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Chamber seeking participants for next East County Leadership class

SDSU, USD Join Forces to Create Innovative Certificate

an Diego State University College of Sciences and the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law are partnering on an innovative new program – the only one of its kind in the U.S. – that prepares students for upward career mobility in the growing life sciences industry. The six-course joint Advanced Certificate in Intellectual Property and Regulatory Affairs program begins during the fall semester and will help students build professional skills that employers are seeking in science, law, and business. This certificate provides an interdisciplinary approach to expand the knowledge base of life science professionals working to translate scientific discovery into commercial products. “The innovation economy is central to our region,” said SDSU president Elliot Hirshman. “Life sciences companies already employ 45,000 people and this sector is growing with high-wage jobs. “These companies need employees who can work within the complex IP and regulatory framework necessary to get products to market. Our joint program will give students these skills, benefiting them and our entire region.” Courses will be on campus at USD School of Law and online through SDSU. The program is

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El Cajon’s Milholland Electric selected for SBA honor The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Brian L. Milholland, founder and president of Milholland Electric Inc. in El Cajon, as its California Small Business Person of the Year for 2015. “SBA has helped well over 30 million Americans start, manage and grow their businesses, placing tens of billions of dollars in loans into the hands of entrepreneurs in all sectors of the economy,” said SBA San Diego District Director Ruben Garcia. Business organizations, lending institutions, chambers of commerce and trade associations typically nominate candidates. A panel is convened at the San Diego District Office to review local nominations and

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select a winner in each of the several categories. District office nominees are then sent to SBA’s regional office in San Francisco for additional judging, and the regional office then submits nominations for national consideration. The regional office covers California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam.

UC San Diego Extension partners with Viejas, Sycuan The University of California San Diego Extension recently announced a partnership with both the Sycuan Education Department and the Viejas Tribal Education Center to provide college preparatory programs. The partnership, part of a larger effort to boost college enrollment among young adults in underrepresented communities, is designed to enhance the programs currently offered by the tribal education centers. Middle and high school students have the opportunity to explore the UC San Diego campus as well as attend UCSD Extension’s innovative college-prep summer courses in Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii and Washington D.C. Ed Abeyta, assistant dean for community engagement and director of pre-collegiate and career preparations for UC San Diego Extension, said working with the Sycuan and Viejas tribes is part of UC San Diego’s larger goal to reach out to communities throughout the region to ensure the campus is a true reflection of what makes San Diego unique.


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