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Grossmont College OTA Students Use Ingenuity To Help Disabled EL CAJON — For the past decade, a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant class has proven that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. To help answer the perpetual question of what an occupational therapy assistant does, students each year put on a fair to demonstrate simple, lowcost devices they’ve created to make everyday tasks easier for family members and others with physical impairments. The homemade adaptive devices like Brenda Guzman’s “Tip Grip To-Go,” and Patricia Ambrosia’s “Garden on the Go,” are the kind of inventions so simple and nifty that they often leave viewers wondering why they aren’t already in existence. The 21 students in instructor Darlene Cook’s assistive technology course demonstrated their projects during the program’s 10th Annual Assistive Technology Show Thursday night that drew a steady stream of visitors, including professionals in occupational therapy and rehab, families and friends of the students, and past occupational therapy students curious to see the handiwork of the latest crop of students. “This event helps students identify the problems that people with physical limitations have and to use their imagination to come up with solutions that are low cost and made of easily acquired material to help in activities of daily living,” said Cook, an adjunct instructor who was among the college’s first OTA graduates in 1997. She has continued on to receive her master’s and also works as a licensed occupational therapist. As part of a semester project, the students created tabletop displays of their inventions and prepared short presentations, explaining the origins of their devices and how they work, the materials used, and the labor and cost of their handiwork. The devices were to be under $25 and constructed with common household materials. For Guzman, the inspiration for “Tip Grip To-Go” was a 36-year-old business owner. Guillain-Barre, a rare syndrome that causes one’s immune system to attack the nerves, caused weakness and tingling in the shop owner’s hands that made even the simple act of removing coins from the cash register a near impossibility. Guzman modified fingertip gel grips used for sorting papers and attached them to a retractable keychain for easy access and at a cost of $10.99, created a device that allows the shop owner to handle money and to use tools for repairs. Ambrosia’s ‘Garden on the Go,” a modified cart on wheels, was inspired by her 80-year-old grandmother, who was finding it more difficult with the passage of years to enjoy gardening. By cutting holes to hold potted plants, adapting an egg carton and egg shells into a homemade seed-starter, attaching hooks for gardening tools, and adding a plastic container and lid to hold gardening soil, Guzman created a garden stand on wheels for less than $23 so that her grandmother could easily transport the tools of her favorite pastime. “She loves it and the cart is the perfect size, just reaching her waistline,” Ambrosia said. With aspirations of working in pediatrics or a mental health facility as a certified occupational therapy assistant, Ambrosia is training in the twoyear program, the only one in San Diego County and one of three offered by a California community college. The three for-profit schools in California that offer occupational therapy assistant programs cost between $50,000$60,000, compared to about $3,000 at Grossmont College, said Christi Vicino, a professor and program director at the college. Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of an occupational therapist to provide patient treatment to people whose abilities to perform everyday tasks are threatened or impaired by developmental deficits, aging, mental health problems, physical injury or illness. They are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, schools, day treatment centers, outpatient clinics and other community agencies. With the aging of the baby-boom generation, employment of occupational therapy assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, Vicino said, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education allows graduates to take the certification exam administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. In the past three years, 100 percent of the students in Grossmont’s program have passed the exam to earn the title of certified occupational therapy assistant. The employment rate over the past three years has been 100 percent, Vicino added.

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VIEJAS INDIAN RESERVATION ­­­— In the Nov. 16-22 edition of The Herald, veteran Justin Amador – US Army – (above third from left, in plaid shirt) was inadvertently left off the list of veterans honored at Viejas’ Annual Veteran’s Dinner. This information was provided to The Herald for this edition. The Herald regrets the omission and thanks veteran Justin Amador for his service.

DEHESA — Sycuan Casino’s 34th Anniversary celebration was held Saturday, Nov. 18. During the celebration, there were drawings every hour, with a guaranteed $34,000 cash winner. In addition to the cash prizes, guests enjoyed live entertainment, food and free gift giveaways. Leading up to the anniversary celebration, from Sunday, Oct. 15-Friday, Nov. 17, Sycuan gave away $10,000 cash to one winner each night for 34 days. Happy Anniversary Sycuan Casino!

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Prop 54: A Ballot Initiative That Worked

Your Congress In The News with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter House Passes Tax Overhaul Measure WASHINGTON, D.C. — Describing it as a “once-ina-generation” opportunity, Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) voted in favor of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, when the measure passed the House by a margin of 227-205, Thursday, Nov. 18. “This has been long overdue,” said Congressman Hunter. “I cannot think of a more important action we can take to invest in our economy, create jobs and promote business growth than cutting taxes for American workers and reforming a broken code. This bill lowers rates, protects families by creating new credits and deductions, eliminates the death tax, provides new resources for small businesses and installs a simpler process overall. “This legislation is not perfect, no bill ever is. Frankly, I think we need to find better solutions to protect the adoption tax credit and to maintain the higher cap for the mortgage interest deduction, particularly here in California. These type of provisions promote families and home ownership. At the same time, we need this overhaul, and we need it now. I am proud that the House is supporting President Trump on this important effort; we would not be here without his direct involvement and leadership.

I look forward to seeing what the Senate passes so we can keep working toward a final product that upholds the President’s vision of making America great again.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will provide direct benefits to the constituents of California’s 50th Congressional District. This includes: • $2,000 in tax relief for the average middle class family in the 50th District as a result of increased standard deductions, expanded child tax credits, and lower tax rates; • More than 82 percent of tax filers in the 50th District filing their taxes on a form the size of a postcard as a result of doubling the standard deduction and other simplifications; • 53,741 taxpayers in the 50th District claiming the child tax credit, which increases from $1,000 per child to $1,600 per child; • 99 percent of tax filers in the 50th District deduct less than $10,000 in property taxes and will see their property tax deductions fully protected; • 55,310 taxpayers in the 50th District have small business income. H.R. 1 lowers taxes for small businesses allowing business owners to expand their businesses and hire more workers; • Lower business taxes will result in more than 100,000

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter new jobs in California as a result of economic growth and increased investment. Nationwide, tax reform is expected to result in nearly one million new jobs, and increased wages of more than three percent. H.R. 1 has been referred to the Senate for consideration.

Hunter, R-Alpine, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is the first Marine combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to be elected to Congress. He represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego.

PROP. 54: A BALLOT INITIATIVE THAT WORKED” There’s nothing politicians and lobbyists in this state hate more than the ballot initiative process to which they all pay hypocritical verbal homage every chance they get. It’s easy to see why they don’t like lawmaking by the public, the essence of initiatives: The process takes important issues out of their hands. It can alter their working conditions in ways they don’t like. Sure, politicians will occasionally make use of initiatives, as Republican businessman John Cox and Orange County GOP Assemblyman Travis Allen are doing now in making pet initiatives the centerpieces of their underdog campaigns for governor. Cox is pushing a measure to multiply by 1,000 the number of state legislators, while Allen has virtually appropriated the effort to repeal the state’s new gas tax increase. Similarly, ex-Gov. Pete Wilson used the anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 to prop up his reelection campaign in 1994 and current Gov. Jerry Brown used the 2012 Proposition 30 tax increases to balance his budgets. But politicians generally hate ballot initiatives unless they’re making such use of them. Brown, for example, opposed the landmark 1978 Proposition 13 property tax cuts because they interfered with his own efforts at tax reform. Most legislators fought tooth and nail against Proposition 20, which created the Coastal Commission and has limited development near beaches and view areas. But it’s hard to find an initiative that has affected legislators more than Proposition 54, which passed just over one year ago and requires that proposed laws cannot be passed unless they’ve been available in print or via the Internet for at least 72 hours before passage. Because of Prop. 54, voters could see the final form of Brown’s proposal for California to join a Western regional electricity grid before it actually passed, rather than having to react after the fact as has happened with many last-minute bills in recent years. Because of that notice and the possibility this plan might cause a new energy crunch, opponents could organize loud protests and the proposition died – for now. Similarly, a plan to exempt a new Inglewood arena for the Los Angeles Clippers from provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act also was shelved because it became obvious when the plan was exposed to a little daylight that it could set a bad precedent, despite Brown’s distaste for CEQA. His signature was a virtual certainty if this one had passed, like several prior stadium and arena exemptions favoring developers and big business. No one can be sure just how many lousy measures Prop. 54 spared Californians, because the notorious gut-and-amend proposals that have been common in recent decades were drastically lessened this fall. In that process, legislative proposals which already have a name and number have often been totally changed to cover subjects unrelated to those affected by the original bill. When that’s done at the last moment, the public has no chance for any input. By forcing legislators to make such changes at least three days before final votes are taken, Prop. 54 moved up the amendment process, often by months. The result ought to be better legislation, although only time will tell how that will pan out. All this does not mean California’s lawmaking process is now perfect. With legislators voting on hundreds of bills during the final week of their session, it’s impossible for them to cast informed votes on most items. One result is that party-line votes become more common, with members of the Assembly and state Senate taking their cues from their leadership. It’s a problem very similar to what went on with health care this fall in Washington, D.C., where Congress members and senators were forced to vote on Republican proposals to repeal and replace Obamacare – the Affordable Care Act – without knowing how many Americans they would deprive of health insurance. Here’s a suggestion for a future initiative to further improve state lawmaking: Stagger the deadline for bill passage, with firm limits on the number of bills legislators can consider during any one week. Yes, this might cut down the number of bills proposed in any one session, but does anyone really believe we need all the proposed laws now being put forward each year?

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 tdelias@aol.com


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TIA stands for “transient ischemic attack.” A TIA is an interruption in the flow of blood to a part of your brain. Its symptoms are the same as for a stroke. A TIA lasts anywhere from minutes to many hours. It goes away and leaves no apparent permanent effects. If you have a TIA, your chances of having a stroke are increased nine times. Treat a TIA like an early warning and get to your doctor immediately for a check-up. A stroke, which is also called a “brain attack,” is caused by a blood problem in the brain. An “ischemic stroke” is caused by too little blood in the brain. An “hemorrhagic stroke” is caused by too much blood. About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic strokes; they occur when blood clots or other particles block arteries to your brain. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures. During a stroke, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and nutrients and begin to die. The earlier a stroke is treated, the better the results. In the USA, stroke is the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. It is the leading cause of adult disability. The most common stroke symptoms include: sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm or leg — usually on one side of the body; trouble talking or understanding; sudden blurred, double or decreased vision; dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; a sudden headache with a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between the eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness; confusion, or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception. The following can increase your risk of a stroke: a family history of stroke or TIA, aging, race (blacks are at greater risk), high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, cigarette smoking, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, previous stroke or TIA, heavy alcohol drinking and uncontrolled stress. Your doctor has many diagnostic tools for stroke. Among these are: physical exam, blood tests, carotid ultrasonography to check the carotid arteries in your neck, arteriography to view arteries in your brain, a computerized tomography (CT) scan of the neck and brain, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, among others. Treatments are varied and include drugs to fight clots, and medical procedures to keep blood vessels open.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

Study Shows Age, Gut Bacteria Contribute to MS Disease Progression

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esearchers at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School published a study suggesting that gut bacteria at young age can contribute to Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disease onset and progression. In this study, published in the October 31 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Sudhir Yadav PhD, a neuroimmunology post-doctoral fellow in the laboratories of Drs. Kouichi Ito, associate professor of neurology, and Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, professor and chair of neurology, tested mice that were engineered to have a pre-disposition for MS. Because mice would not normally develop MS, researchers used MSassociated risk genes from real patients to genetically engineer mice for this study. Dr. Ito created this unique model of genetically engineered mice to specifically study the cause of MS. At first, when the geneti-

cally modified mice were put in a sterile, germ-free environment, they did not develop MS. When exposed to a normal environment that would normally contain bacteria, the mice did develop MS-like disease and inflammation in their bowels, suggesting gut bacteria is a risk factor that triggers MS disease development. The study showed a link between gut bacteria and MS-like disease incidence, which was more prominent at a younger age, when MS is also more prevalent. The younger mice were more prone to develop MS than the older mice. Together, age, gut bacteria, and MSrisk genes collaboratively seem to trigger disease. This study is also the first to identify mechanisms by which gut bacteria triggers changes in the immune system that underlie MS progression. “The findings could have therapeutic implications on slowing down MS progression by manipulating gut bacteria,” says Suhayl

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Dhib-Jalbut, Director of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Center for Multiple Sclerosis. Future research could lead to the elimination of harmful types of gut bacteria that wereshown to cause MS progression, or conversely enhance beneficial bacteria that protects from disease progression. The investigators recently received NIH funding to examine their findings in MS patients. Source: Rutgers University

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 ddean@echerald.com. 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 2017 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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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 receiving an eternal reward. Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for your reward in Heaven is great. For so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Luke 18:28-30 “And Peter said, Lo, we have left all and have followed You. And He said to them, Truly I say to you, There is no one who has left house, or parents, or brothers, or wife, or children for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and, in the world to come everlasting life.” James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” Matthew 25:33-3 “And indeed He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats off the left. Then the King shall say to those on His right hand, Come, blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you took Me in; I was naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous shall answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and fed You? Or thirsty, and gave You drink? When did we see You a stranger, and took You in? Or naked, and clothed You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and came to You? Then He will say, in as much as you have done this unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” 1Corinthians 9:24-25 “Do you not know that those running in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain. And everyone who strives for the mastery is temperate in all things. Then those truly that they may receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible.” 2Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that Day; and not to me only, but also to all those who love His appearing.” Hebrews 12:28-9 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for also, “Our God is a consuming fire.” 1Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has regenerated us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in Heaven for you and when the Chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.” Revelations 2:10 “Do not at all fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tried. And you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

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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DECEMBER 2017 PROGRAMS The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com. COPING WITH GRIEF DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON Those who have lost a loved one will gain new insights and identify strategies for coping with the holiday season from Randye Golden-Grant, LCSW, Sharp HospiceCare Bereavement Counselor. This free program is Thursday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com YEAR-END TAX AND ESTATE PLANNING Uncertainty and change…time and the world do not stand still. To succeed in a changing environment requires anticipation and planning. Learn about proposed legislative changes by Congress and how Wills, Trusts, and Charitable Planning can provide benefits to you and your family. Presented by Norman W. Timmins, J.D., Major Gift & Estate Planning Director, for Grossmont Hospital Foundation on Monday, Dec. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING Have your blood pressure checked by a registered nurse. No appointment necessary. Open to the public. For information, call 619-740-4214. • Grossmont Center Food Court, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa, Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. • William C. Herrick Community Health Library, 9001 Wakarusa, La Mesa. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, 8450 La Mesa Blvd., Friday, Friday, Dec. 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m. • College Avenue Senior Center, 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close Upcoming Concerts at Sycuan Casino Live & Up Close • Paperback Writer: The Beatles Experience, Nov. 24 & 25, Tickets: $19-29 • San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Presents ‘Jingle’, Saturday, Dec. 2, Tickets: $29-$39 • Tony Orlando, Dec, 17 and 18 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 • Blue Oyster Cult, Thursday Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 The Oak Ridge Boys, Saturday Feb. 3, Tickets: $59-$69 Human Nature, Thursday March 22 at 8 p.m., Tickets: $49-$59 Concert tickets can be purchased online at www.sycuan.com or at the Live & Up Close box office located at Sycuan Casino.

La Mesa Chamber Kicks Off Holiday Giving LA MESA — Tuesday, Dec. 5 will be the last mixer of this year and we plan to CELEBRATE! What better way to celebrate the strength of our community than to get together and collect new, unwrapped toys for the military families that live in military housing in La Mesa! Get ready to enjoy great food prepared by the staff of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, sip various beverages and wine sponsored by The Riviera Supper Club, Cali Comfort BBQ, The Regal Bar, and Valley Farm Market. We want to see you at this party and be a part of this GREAT TOY AND GIFT HAND OFF! Date: Tuesday, December 5 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse • Grossmont Center Event Cost: • Chamber Members FREE if you bring an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) • Non-Member Guests $10 and an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) • All guests at Door fee: $20 and an unwrapped toy (receive 2 drink tickets) RSVP so we know you are attending and prepare accordingly: rsvp@ lamesachamber.com, call 619-465- 7700 ext. 2 or visit www.lamesachamber.com


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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan USD Travels to Northern Arizona for Playoffs

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he USD football team gathered on campus to watch the NCAA Division I FCS Playoff Selection Show inside the Jenny Craig Pavilion. The Toreros, who are making their third playoff appearance in four years, found out they will travel to Flagstaff, Arizona to take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on Saturday, Nov. 25. Game time is 5 p.m. at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome (10,000 capacity) and the contest will air on ESPN3. “Well, the good news is we don’t have to go too far which is a nice thing for a change,” said head coach Dale Lindsey. “We have to get ourselves ready. We can’t worry about Northern Arizona or the game. We have to be prepared to play.” This is the first meeting between San Diego and Northern Arizona. The Jacks are currently ranked No. 25 in today’s STATS FCS Top-25 poll. They own an overall record of 7-4 and finished 6-2 in the Big Sky, falling to No. 8 seed Southern Utah on Saturday, Nov. 18, 48-20. This is NAU’s sixth trip to the playoffs (1-5 career record) and first appearance since 2013. With USD’s home victory over Marist on Nov. 18, the Toreros closed out their second straight undefeated Pioneer Football League with an 8-0 record. USD heads to the playoffs with a 9-2 overall mark. The winner of this first round contest will play at No. 2 seed North Dakota State on Saturday, December 2nd. North Dakota State is currently 10-1 on the season. The Toreros are led by quarterback Anthony Lawrence out of Grossmont High School.

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The City Championship will be at stake when USD hosts San Diego State at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. The game will be televised throughout Southern California on FOX Sports West.

Prep Football

Helix will attempt to reach the Open Division championship when it hosts San Marcos at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 in the semifinals. Also on the same day at 7 p.m., Granite Hills hosts Steele Canyon in the Division II semifinals and Monte Vista travels to University City in the Division IV semifinals.

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

Chamber Decorates Alpine Boulevard Christmas Parade of Lights Route

ALPINE —Alpine Boulevard is aglow for the 22nd Annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival, Friday evening, Dec. 1, in Alpine. Brightly-lighted green garland with big ribbons and candy canes decorate street light poles on the parade route between West Victoria Drive and Tavern Road. A holiday project of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce to help the community thrive, it’s the first time in years the street poles have been decorated. “We want to make Alpine the ‘Candy Cane Lane’ of East County,” said Chamber Chairman Joseph Perricone of The Canvas Makers. “I would like to see us build on this, make it bigger.” The Chamber and Chamber members Barons Market, The Canvas Makers, Family Auto Service, On Line Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Postal Annex of Alpine, REACH Medical Air Service, Soroptimist International of Alpine, uWannaCuppa and Viejas Enterprises are sponsoring the decorative lighting at $100 a pole. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. on Alpine Boulevard at West Victoria Drive. It ends at the free Snow Festival with real snow for sledding at the Alpine Creek Town Center, 1347 Tavern Road. Alpine Creek Town Center, Brixton Capital, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, SDG&E, EDCO, Bullseye Feed, United Rentals, Village Carpets/Flooring America, the East County Transitional Living Center and RTL Traffic Control & Equipment Rental are this year’s parade and snow festival sponsors.

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s December Breakfast at Barona

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its final First Friday Breakfast of 2017 starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Barona Resort & Casino Golf Events Center, 1932 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside. Primary sponsor is Sharp Business Systems. Breakfast sponsor is Barona Resort & Casino. Table-top sponsors include Diamond Creations by Ramona and Le Caramel. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or gift cards, valued at $10 or more, for the East County Toy & Food Drive benefiting the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army band will play holiday tunes. In addition, Joe Garzanelli with Keller Williams Realty will give away cash to a lucky member who is present. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at info@eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www. eastcountychamber.org. RSVPs are requested before Nov. 29. For 2018, the Chamber is offering an annual Breakfast Club package for $200 per person. Chamber members can purchase a full year of 12 breakfasts ahead of time at a discounted price.

Grossmont Healthcare District continues support to San Diego Fire Foundation

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the San Diego Regional Fire & Emergency Services Foundation (Fire Foundation) with a $116,459 grant for mobile data computers (MDCs), which will provide address and mapping information to first responders during medical emergencies and brush fires in rural back country areas of

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the county. The GHD grant will equip 26 fire engines and rescue vehicles with the mapping information, including dirt roads and safety hazards. The fire engines and rescue vehicles are stationed at 13 fire rural stations within GHD’s service area, including Boulevard, Campo, Deerhorn Valley, Descanso, Dulzura, Harbison Canyon, Jacumba, Jamul, Lake Moreno, Lyons Valley, Mt. Laguna, Pine Valley and Potrero. “We’re proud to support the efforts of the Fire Foundation and help first responders reduce response times and strengthen the system of fire and emergency services to our District residents,” said GHD board president Michael Emerson. “Urban fire departments have MDCs in their response vehicles, but rural fire departments do not,” said Frank Ault, chairman, Fire Foundation. “Today, our first responders in rural areas do not have access to maps or data once they leave the fire station, which can cause critical delays in getting to the scene of an emergency on unmarked backcountry roads. We’re grateful for the support of the Grossmont Healthcare District to help improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County.” GHD has supported the Fire Foundation with grants since 1998. GHD grants have helped pay for fire rescue and safety equipment and medical equipment, including medical supplies used by volunteer firefighters at rural fire departments. “Timing is most critical in treating an individual who has suffered a serious health issue, seconds matter and can affect the patient’s survivability and quality of their recovery,” said Gloria Chadwick, GHD board member and chair of the GHD Grants Committee. “Our support will enable first responders to get to the scene of an emergency more quickly, with location information that current county mapping doesn’t provide for rural areas.”

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Genomics industry contributes $5.6 billion, 10,000 jobs

The genomics industry has a $5.6 billion annual economic impact on San Diego County, with more than 115 firms employing a total of around 10,000 people, according to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Every job in the industry, which involves the study of the human genome and development of gene-research products, supports an additional 2.5 workers, according to the EDC. The study also found that genomics accounted for 0.7 percent of employment in the region but 2.4 percent of gross regional product. “Twenty years ago, healthcare meant treating an ailment as it arose,” said Mark Cafferty, the EDC’s president and CEO. “Today, thanks to research and scientific discovery, personalized medicine has enabled us to predict and potentially combat disease and illness. And San Diego is leading this charge. With collaboration at our core, San Diego genomics companies, research institutes and universities are actively changing lives, curing disease and revolutionizing healthcare as we know it.” Among other findings from the EDC: Of the 10,000 jobs, 62.3 percent were in biotechnology research and development, 17.5 percent were in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, 13.6 percent in medical devices and diagnostic equipment, and 6.6 percent in health information technology; The region received $292 million in genomics-related venture capital last year, or 22 percent of the U.S. total; The region also was awarded $38 million in federal funding, companies and scientists in the area were awarded 371 patents in 2014-16; San Diego’s universities confer an average of 1,968 genomics-related degrees each year, the most in the U.S. per 10,000 jobs; The median hourly wage of a worker in genomics in San Diego was $36.27, fourth among major U.S. cities behind San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago.


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Christmas in Alpine Home Tour, Dec. 16 ALPINE — The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its 12th Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 16th from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to view five stunning country estates and stroll through Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop and the beautifully decorated Alpine Community Church. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1pm till 4pm. Andrew Piondexter will display his incredible Nutcracker collection. He originally started his collection about 5 years ago for one of his teachers. He added to his collection and now has almost 300 Nutcrackers. They range in size from 2 inches to five feet tall. Ticket holders will also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support. Tour Tickets are $30 prior to Home Tour and $35 at the door. You can pre purchase tour tickets on line at alpinewomansclub.org or at The Postal Annex 2710 Alpine Blvd., Dana’s Boutique 2271 Alpine Blvd., or Alpine Garden and Gifts 2442 Alpine Blvd. If you prefer to mail a check please make it payable to Alpine Woman’s Club and mail to Karin Smith - Home Tour Chairperson, P.O. Box 231 Alpine CA 91901. Tickets are available for pick up and purchase at the Alpine Woman’s Club 2156 Alpine Blvd. on Saturday Dec 16th starting at 9:30am. There will be an opportunity drawing for a $500 cash prize. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 6 for $20. The drawing will be held at the Club House at 3:45pm after the Tour but you do not have to be present to win. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship, Preservation and Education Foundation. So far the club has given away $126,000 in scholarships to local graduating seniors who are college bound. They are a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. For further information or questions, please contact Karin at (619) 357-5353 or email her at karinshouse64@yahoo.com

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