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Stoney’s Kids Legacy Awards $2,500 to La Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Costume contest winner had one in 10 chance to win thousands LA MESA — The Hills in La Mesa made one patron scream in excitement this past Halloween weekend with a costume contest grand prize of $10,000. La Mesa’s The Hills hosted their second annual $10,000 costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. The costume winner, chosen from crowd popular vote, had the choice of accepting $500 cash or taking a one out of 10 chance at winning a $10,000. The risk taker had to choose the correct black glass ball with a gold bell in it. The crowd went wild as Julie Aldag, dressed as Mary Poppins, chose correctly and won the $10,000. This is the second winner since the local bar started the contest last year. Last year’s winner’s costume was Edward Scissorhands. Julie Aldag, visiting from San Francisco, traveled back $10,000 richer and gave much of her winnings to her family who helped her create her Mary Poppins costume.

Above, center: Stoney’s Kids Legacy Chair Bonnie Stone awards La Mesa Chamber CEO/President Mary England (second from right) with a $2500 grant to assist in the chamber’s Holiday program assisting local military families.

From left: Kimberly Long, a recent exonoree of the California Innocence Project awards California State Senator Joel Anderson with the 2117 XONR8 Award.

LA MESA — The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that they have been awarded a grant in the amount of $2,500 from Stoney’s Kids Legacy for their La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive/Holiday Project. The Chamber is passionate about being a good community leader and this project is an excellent opportunity to assist children living in military housing in La Mesa. The Chamber reaches out to members, friends and the public to join in this project and purchase new toys, diapers and other items that will be given to these children and their families. This grant will allow the Chamber to purchase many items needed, as well as gift cards to make this holiday season for these military families memorable. Stoney’s Kids Legacy – ‘A Culture of Generosity’ – is a 100 percent volunteer, non-profit organization that was created by B.W. ‘Stoney’ Stone whose greatest passion, aside from his family, was helping underprivileged children. That passion allowed him to found the East County Toy and Food Drive over 42 years ago. Stoney asked the Salvation Amy to join this toy drive and after several years of hosting the event, Viejas Casino & Resort took on a major roll, collecting thousands of toys annually. Over 20,000 families and over 50,000 children have been assisted by Stoney’s efforts. In addition to this assistance, $50$60 thousand dollars has been raised for families and the children of East County through the Toy and Food Drive annually. Stoney passed away in 2016 but his legacy and his culture of generosity lives on via his non-profit organization, Stoney’s Kid’s Legacy (SKL). Stoney’s Kids Legacy has raised and distributed over $750,000 for less fortunate kids and programs since it’s inception 26 years ago. Stoney may no longer be within our midst physically, but his spirit lives on strong throughout East County and his organization – Stoney’s Kids Legacy – ‘It’s All About The Kids!’

On The Cover LAKESIDE — El Capitan High School Vaqueros held their Homecoming football game against West Hills High School Wolf Pack, Friday, Oct. 27 at El Capitan stadium. West Hills beat El Capitan 10-3

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Age A Big Factor As Young Dems Circle Feinstein


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hey see her as road-kill, the younger California Democrats hovering over longtime Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein this month just before and just after she announced her bid for election to a sixth term. “She no longer reflects the experiences or core values of Californians…and she isn’t willing to step up and lead on resisting (President) Trump…” went one endorsing statement approved by state Senate President Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, who will be termed out of his current job next year. Would he OK anything similar if Feinstein were 64, not 84? The relative youngsters (aged 60 and under) might be surprised when Feinstein turns out to be as fierce as a mother bear whose young have been threatened once her reelection campaign gets going. Her cubs: the things she says still need doing – ending gun violence, combating climate change and ensuring access to healthcare. Feinstein is anything but new to challenge. Once a little-known San Francisco supervisor, she witnessed the 1978 City Hall assassinations of then-Mayor George Moscone and fellow Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights icon, by another supervisor, Dan White. Under horrendous circumstances, Feinstein assumed the mayor’s office by virtue of being the county board president. Her career in major office has lasted almost 40 years. She’s done it with achievement, from stabilizing the traumatized San Francisco to sponsoring new women’s rights, championing environmental and gun controls and crusading against government-sponsored torture. Past achievement apparently means little to de Leon and others in her party; earlier this year, they almost handed its state chairmanship to a community organizer from Richmond who’s done little to make the party the dominant force it is today in California. Feinstein, those folks claim, is a “DINO,” Democrat in name only, the abbreviation itself imitating Republicans who deride the few moderates in their own party as RINOs, Republicans in name only. “On the big issues of our time, she’s been on the wrong side…,” griped Silicon Valley Rep. Ro Khanna before Feinstein formally declared, failing to name a single objectionable vote in her last two terms. Neither did de Leon. Translation: Feinstein is too old for them. Khanna, of course, won his seat two years ago largely by making and issue of the age (75) of veteran Rep. Mike Honda. The younger Democrats forget Feinstein pioneered women’s rights, that she stood almost alone against torture during the George W. Bush administration, protected abortion rights and large swaths of the California desert with equal fervor, while helping create several national monuments in the state. They pooh-pooh her decades of steadfast fighting for gun control, saying she hasn’t been tough enough. Plus they forget how strongly she’s fought climate change. On all those issues, Feinstein has been tough enough to get things done by working with Republicans in the Senate, rather than so adamant that all GOP senators would reject anything she says – as they now do with the far younger California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris. Harris, as it happens, quickly endorsed Feinstein for reelection, just as Feinstein was one of her early 2016 endorsers. Harris also contradicted de Leon. “Since joining the Senate, I have found few better allies in our fight to stop the radical agenda of Donald Trump than Dianne,” said Harris. De Leon began his campaign by blasting Feinstein for suggesting that given some time, Trump might become reasonable. And after this month’s Las Vegas massacre, he tore into her for being soft on gun control – at virtually the same moment she introduced the first bill banning bump stocks like those used in that attack. Nor does Feinstein’s record mollify potential candidate Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund mogul who is the national Democratic Party’s biggest donor and founded the NextGen organization to combat climate change. “It is clear for all to see,” Steyer wrote a month after Feinstein’s August remarks on Trump, “there is zero reason to believe he can be a good president.” Chances are Feinstein will match up next fall against one of those two, in the second consecutive all-Democrat Senate runoff election, no major Republican having yet stepped forward. Then California voters can decide if they want bombast or achievement, a loud voice unlikely to get much done or someone who gets results even if she has some gray hairs.

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


The Healthy Geezer with Fred Cietti


To Your

Techniques to Reduce Anxiety . Are there some good ways to control anxiety without resorting to medications?

. You can control anxiety by

employing relaxation techniques. When your body is relaxed, breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and you feel better. This is called the relaxation response, which is the direct opposite of the stress response. Relaxing can counteract the effects of long-term stress, which may contribute to depression, digestive disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, and insomnia. The techniques I will mention here should not substitute for seeing a doctor about a medical problem. Relaxation techniques are generally considered safe for healthy people, but you should tell all your health care providers about relaxation methods you are considering. Okay, the following are some techniques:


Meditation is used to redirect your attention away from the noise of the mind to the inner self where there is silence and peace. There are many types of meditation. You can do it as long as you like. There are many devices for moving your attention away from your mind. You can count your breaths, repeat a word or sound to yourself, concentrate on a pleasing mental image, chant out loud, recite a prayer over and over. Most meditation is done sitting with the eyes closed in a quiet place. Slow, rhythmic breathing is an important element of meditation.


With deep breathing, you consciously slow your breathing and focus on taking regular and deep breaths. I like the 4-7-8 technique. You inhale slowly through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, and then exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 8.


Also known as visualization, guided imagery is a technique that involves focusing upon images that make you happy. These replace thoughts that are negative and stressful.


For this relaxation method, you focus on tightening and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive relaxation is often combined with guided imagery and breathing exercises.


Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body’s functions. You’re connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information about your body. This feedback helps you focus on making changes in your body, such as relaxation.


Autogenic means something that comes from within you. In this relaxation technique, you use both visual imagery and body awareness to reduce stress. You repeat words or suggestions in your mind to relax and reduce muscle tension.


In self-hypnosis you produce a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnosis is usually done with the help of a therapist using verbal repetition and mental images. When you’re under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and are more open to suggestions.


Tai chi (tie-chee) is practiced all across China. A person doing tai chi progresses slowly and gracefully through a series of movements while breathing deeply and meditating. Tai chi has been called moving meditation.


Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines that originated in India. Proper yoga practice combines: physical postures that participants flow into and then hold before proceeding to the next posture; a focus on breathing techniques that make participants more aware of their bodies, and deep meditation and relaxation.


There are more than 80 kinds of massage that manipulate soft tissue. The purpose of massage is to relax the tissue, increase the flow of blood and oxygen, and decrease pain.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Researchers Pinpoint Powerful Biomarker of Multiple Sclerosis


breakthrough study led by the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital has revealed unique molecules in the blood of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that could become definitive diagnostic biomarkers of the world’s most common neurologic disability in young adults. Published Monday, Oct. 30 in Scientific Reports, the discovery identifies tiny ‘dysregulated’ micro-RNA molecules that correctly diagnose MS and discriminate between patients at different disease stages – all in a simple blood test. Currently, there is no definitive test for MS. Diagnosis and disease monitoring relies on several parameters, including clinical examination, MRI, cerebrospinal fluid assessment, and electrophysiology. MS is a chronic disease, so current diagnostic and monitoring tests are costly and still have limited utility to discriminate between different stages of the disease.

Key findings

In addition to identifying biomarkers that distinguish healthy people from those with MS, the researchers identified nine unique micro-RNA molecules that differentiate between two MS sub-types: relapsingremitting MS (RRMS) and progressive MS. Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) affects 70 percent of people and often evolves into a secondary progressive form of MS. 10-15 percent of people with MS are diagnosed with a progressive form of the disease from the outset known as primary progressive MS. The team also validated eight out of nine micro-RNA molecules in an independent group of progressive MS cases, confirming the reproducibility of the findings. “This is the first demonstration that micro-RNAs associated with circulating exosomes in blood are informative biomarkers not only for the diagnosis of MS, but in predicting disease subtypes with a high degree of accuracy,” said Associate Professor Michael Buckland, Head of the Department of Neuropathology at RPA Hos-

pital and the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney. The research was made possible through the generosity of patients at the Brain & Mind Centre’s multidisciplinary Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, a collaborative service offered by Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and the University of Sydney. The research was funded by an Incubator grant from MS Research Australia. “This blood test may allow people with MS to begin treatment earlier, and identify the most appropriate treatment for their condition,” said Dr Matthew Miles, CEO MS Research Australia. “This, in turn may lead to fewer relapses and a slower loss of brain volume, resulting in slowing or potentially halting progression of the disease for the person living with MS. It will also help remove the uncertainty surrounding which sub type of the disease an individual has and therefore be a catalyst for better outcomes for all people with MS.”

The science

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). The research team assessed the utility of microRNAs (miRNA) in serum (blood) exosomes as biomarkers of MS disease. Micro-RNA are small noncoding RNA that control many genes and processes vital for cellular life such as metabolism, development and the immune system. They are called miRNA because they are very short, only 18-25 letters long. Science has so far identified about 1800 human miRNAs. Exosomes are nano-sized particles shed by almost all cell types in the body and are packed with micro-RNAs and other types of small RNA. The research team has shown previously that some micro-RNAs are selectively packaged into exosomes for release from the cell. Exosomes are tiny packages released by both healthy and diseased cells in the body. They circulate in blood and can be purified in their millions from a single vial of blood. Dubbed the biological equivalent of ‘tweeting’, the exosomes circulate throughout the body

and can deliver their cargo of information to multiple cells in almost real-time. In inflammatory diseases such as MS, there is a significant increase in circulating exosome concentrations. “In studying the blood exosomes of healthy volunteers and patients with MS, the research team identified a ‘molecular signature’ of MS that not only correctly diagnoses MS, but also discriminates between patients with different stages of disease,” Associate Professor Buckland said. “Exosomes released by brain cells circulating in the blood, so they offer an easily accessible way to monitor diseases of the brain. We are only now starting to wake up to their enormous potential as clinical tests.” Given exosomes can cross the blood-brain barrier, it is likely that some of the circulating exosomes in MS patients come from affected central nervous system cells or the associated inflammatory milieu. The researchers hypothesised that physiological changes associated with MS and its progression is reflected in differences in serum exosomal micro-RNAs. Using next generation sequencing and integrative bioinformatics they found that serum exosome micro-RNA profiles not only distinguish MS from healthy controls, but also distinguish relapsingremitting MS (RRMS) from progressive MS with high accuracy.

Source: University of Sydney

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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EVERYDAY LIFE The Promises of God

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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, there 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! Another of God’s wonderful promises is that of “dwelling safely”. Deuteronomy 33:27-29 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. And He shall throw the enemy out from before you, and shall say, Destroy! And Israel shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob in a land of grain and wine; and his heavens shall drop down dew. Blessed are you, O Israel! Who is like you, O people saved by Jehovah, the shield of your help, and who is the sword of your excellency! And your enemies shall be found liars to you, and you shall tread on their high places.” Psalm 91:1-16 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall rest under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Jehovah, my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him I will trust. Surely He will deliver you from the fowler’s trap and from the destroying plague. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall trust. His truth shall be your shield, and buckler. You shall not fear the terror by night; nor because of the arrow that flies by day; nor for the plague that walks in darkness, of the destruction laying waste at noonday. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes you shall look and see the reward of the wicked. Because You, O Jehovah, are My refuge; if You have made the Most High Your dwelling-place, no evil shall befall You, nor shall any plague come near Your dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You in all Your ways. They shall bear You up in their hands, lest You dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread on the lion and adder; the young lion and the jackal You shall trample underfoot. Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high, because He has known My name. He shall call on Me, and I will answer Him; I will be with Him in trouble; I will deliver Him, and honor Him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” Please understand dear ones that the promise of God that He be our refuge and to dwell safely with Him does not mean the absence of danger; trials; hardship; and suffering, rather He promises to be our refuge in the midst of any and all of these. Daniel spent time in the lion’s den as God was a refuge to him; Daniel’s 3 amigos, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace yet the Lord was with them in the midst of the flames; David was on the run for His life from Saul and God was his refuge at all times; Stephen was stoned to death and the Lord was with him and welcomed him into Heaven; the Apostle Paul was in prison countless times and ultimately put to death for his faith all the while the Lord was with him and was his refuge. Paul writes, 2Timothy 1:12; 4:16-18 “For this cause I also suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard My deposit unto that day.” “At my first answer no one was beside me, but all deserted me. May it not be laid to their charge. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, that through me the preaching might be fulfilled, and that all the nations might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work and will preserve me to His heavenly kingdom, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or

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El Capitan v. West Hills

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Save the evening of Friday, Dec. 1, for the 22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival in Alpine! The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce presents the glowing parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive. The short march ends at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road, where the free Snow Festival has real snow for sledding from 7-9 p.m. The Chamber supplies free sleds. The festival also has more than 25 vendors, entertainment and Santa Claus. Alpine Creek Town Center, Brixton Capital, Viejas Enterprises, San Diego Gas & Electric, United Rentals, EDCO Disposal Services, Bullseye Feed, Village Carpets/Flooring America and East County Transitional Living Center are this year’s sponsors. In addition, the Chamber is holding another holiday lighting contest for businesses and buildings on Alpine Boulevard, Tavern Road and Arnold Way. The judging will be on Tuesday evening, Nov. 28! For more information, call the Chamber at (619) 445-2722 or visit

32nd Annual Gala to Transport Guests to the Disco Era Gala for Sharp Grossmont Hospital brings together physicians, civic leaders and community members to support cancer center On Saturday, November 4, 2017, the community will come together for “Staying Alive—Disco Nights,” Grossmont Hospital Foundation’s 32nd annual gala to support the David and Donna Long Center for Cancer Treatment at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. Built in 1991, proceeds from the gala will go toward remodeling the cancer center to accommodate new technology and patient privacy. The project will take much of its aesthetic cues from the recently remodeled Linear Accelerator project in the radiation oncology department, which is located in the cancer center. The gala will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina beginning at 6 p.m. with cocktails, raffles and silent auction. Guests will then make their way to the ballroom for a full-course meal, live auction and testimonial. The evening will conclude with live entertainment and music from one of the finest disco bands in Southern California, “Polyester Express.” The Title Sponsor for the evening is The Virginia Napierskie Family and the two presenting sponsors are the Grossmont Healthcare District and Sharp Grossmont Hospital Medical Staff.

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Santee Teacher Recognized by Senator Anderson for SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan Receiving San Diego County Teacher of the Year Award Aztec RB Semifinalist for Player of The Year


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SANTEE — Kathy Worley was honored as one of the five San Diego County Teacher of the Year award recipients, an annual event sponsored, in part, by the San Diego County Office of Education. On the morning of Monday, Oct. 23, Worley received a Senate certificate of recognition from California State Senator Joel Anderson’s office in a packed science lecture hall at West Hills High School in Santee, attended by her colleagues at a faculty and staff meeting. Anderson commented, “After I found out that Kathy received one of the five San Diego County Teacher of the Year awards, the least I could do was honor her with a certificate from the great state of California. Kathy has touched countless lives and has been invaluable in training the future leaders that our state and country needs.” Robin Ballarin, the principal of West Hills High School, has always been impressed with Worley’s work and drive. She shared, “A teacher usually teaches only two different content subject areas within their specialty. Kathy chooses, voluntarily, 5 different classes and that is because she is passionate about kids and their learning.” After Worley received her certificate, Ballarin led those gathered to the newly renovated workspace where Worley teaches for a tour. It is a large, machine shop-like environ-

From left: Thomas Moore, on behalf of Senator Joel Anderson presents a certificate of recognition to Kathy Worley. ment with several roll up doors along the flanks. A 3-D printer near the entrance was making whistles out of white plastic, while Worley humored the crowd by sharing how a software update on a robotic arm has been throwing her off. “I was going to be a doctor but my woodshop teacher said, ‘Forget

medicine, you’re going to be a woodshop teacher,’” Worley recounted, saying that she just laughed at the time. However, after two years of pre-med at San Diego State University, she realized her true calling: teaching, which she has been doing for 29 years, 7 of which has been at West Hills.

an Diego State senior running back Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) is a semifinalist for the 81st Maxwell Award, which honors the collegiate player of the year. This is the second straight year an Aztec has been a semifinalist for the award after Donnel Pumphreybecame the program’s first semifinalist last season. Penny is one of 18 semifinalists for the award and is one of two from a Group of Five school (also McKenzie Milton of UCF). One of the top running backs in the nation this season, Penny leads the country in all-purpose yards (1,799), ranks second in rushing yards (1,368), total touchdowns (15) and points scored (90), is third nationally in all-purpose yards per game (199.89) and has the fourth-most rushing yards per game (152.0). This year, he was the second Aztec in school history and first since Marshall Faulk in 1992 to start a season with six straight 100-yard rushing games. Penny is the only player in FBS this year with at least one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and one kick return touchdown in the same game (against Arizona State). Semifinalist voting for both of the collegiate awards presented by the Maxwell Football Club will close on Nov. 19. Three finalists for each award will be announced on Nov. 20 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The winners of the Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will broadcast live on ESPN on Dec. 7, 2017. Led by Penny’s career-high 253 yards and two touchdowns, SDSU is coming off a 28-7 victory at Hawai’i to improve to 3-2 in conference and 7-2 overall. The Aztecs play at San José State on Saturday, Nov. 4. Kickoff against the Spartans (1-8, 0-4 MW) on ESPNU is set for 7:30 p.m. 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

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arrest (SCA) at age 15 in 2009. The Foundation coordinates free SCA screenings for high school athletes. It’s believed high school athletes are among the most vulnerable for SCAs. The SCA screenings, conducted by cardiologists, nurses, techs and support staff, consist of an electrocardiogram and, if needed an echocardiogram.

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program. Awards were presented Oct. 24 at the Jacbos Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Categories for the awards included column writing, general writing for internal publications and The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will annual report. Stories were about events and people relating to host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. the Grossmont Healthcare District and North San Diego County on Friday, Nov. 3, at Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Association of Realtors. It was Griffin’s 13th consecutive year to Cajon. Table-top sponsors for the breakfast will include St. win at least one Press Club writing award. An East County native, Neighborhood Healthcare has new CEO Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Le Caramel, Nainsook Framing Griffin has written the Herald’s weekly “East County Biz” column Neighborhood Healthcare, which operates health clinics + Art and Point Loma Credit. Cost to attend the Chamber since 2004. The column provides Herald readers with consumer in El Cajon and Lakeside, has announced Dr. Rakesh Patel breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person and business news. as its new CEO, effective Nov. 1, succeeding the retiring for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for In addition, Griffin was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Press Tracy Ream, who served as CEO for the past 31 years. She walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, Club’s Andy Mace Award for Career Achievement in Public Relations. contact the Chamber at, (619) led the organization’s transformation from a small office in Griffin is among 33 people in the PR profession in San Diego County Escondido to a health system serving 67,000 low-income and 440-6161, or visit who have received the career achievement award since the Press patients annually. Patel has worked at Neighborhood La Mesa Chamber celebrates Thrive Real uninsured Club’s founding in 1973. The award is presented annually to a Healthcare the past 15 years and previously served as medical PR practitioner who, according to the Press Club, has exemplified Estate grand opening director of operations. He first started working as a family fairness and integrity, as well as effectiveness in disseminating the The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will celebrate a grand physician for Neighborhood Healthcare in 2002 and later truth to concerned publics over the course of their career. opening for Thrive Real Estate from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, spent much of his time caring for the Middle Eastern refugee Griffin, a former newspaper reporter who has worked in PR Nov. 14, at Thrive Real Estate’s office, 8693 La Mesa Blvd., population seeking care at Neighborhood Healthcare’s clinic in since 1981, operates his own company, Rick Griffin Marketing Suite B, La Mesa. A ribbon cutting will be held at 6 p.m. Light El Cajon. Over the years, he has moved into more administrative Communications. He has more than 35 years of experience in hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served during the open leadership roles. Neighborhood Healthcare’s 12 health clinics journalism, PR, advertising and marketing communications. He house and evening. Thrive Real Estate helps clients buy and are located in San Diego and Riverside counties. The annual worked as an in-house PR manager and supervisor with Fortune sell properties throughout San Diego County. The company budget of the agency, formerly known as Escondido Community 500 corporations, as well as with large advertising agencies said it uses up-to-date technology, including social media Clinic, has grown to $68 million with about 650 employees. overseeing regional and national accounts, before founding and professional photography and video. Thrive Real Estate’s Services have expanded to include not only medical care but his own marketing communications consulting firm as a sole vision is: “We believe being good at what you do makes a also dental, behavioral healthcare and chiropractic care. practitioner in 1988. great career. But, loving why you do it, who you do it with, and East County Herald Biz Correspondant Andy Mace, a PR manager for Pacific Telephone before it where you do it allows you to be part of something bigger than became known as Pacific Bell, was one of the San Diego Press yourself.” For more information, visit or receives Press Club writing honors Rick Griffin, a business correspondant for the East County Club founders. He later founded his own company, Andy Mace & call (619) 322-8334. At the grand opening, a silent auction Associates, with an office at the Mission Valley’s Stardust Hotel and raffle will benefit the Eric Paredes Save-a-Life Foundation. 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