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REACH Air Medical Services Opens New Air Ambulance at Viejas

ALPINE — REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) announces the opening of its new air ambulance base in Alpine. This emergency medical helicopter service is located on the Viejas Indian Reservation serving the tribal communities and surrounding region with 24/7/365 emergency air medical transport. This is the sixth REACH air transport vehicle providing service in Southern California. Placement of this helicopter is the result of many years of planning between REACH, headquartered in Northern California, the leadership of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and their Fire Department. Tribal Chairman Robert J. Welch shared, “Our community health and safety has always been a top priority for the Viejas Tribal government. REACH offers our tribal community as well as our neighboring rural communities the necessary life-saving transport services vital to critically injured and ill patients.” Fire Chief Don Butz stated, “The culmination of these efforts means that many thousands of residents and visitors in this area will have improved access to critical care air transport services. We look forward to this partnership bringing an improved quality of life to our community.” REACH President Sean Russell, who has been with the company for 25 years, noted, “This collaboration with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is something unique and special. We are excited to embark on this partnership, our first with a Native American entity. We appreciate the opportunity to bring innovative solutions to the communities we serve.” The aircraft chosen to serve this area is an AirBus EC-135 helicopter with dual engines and IFR capability, which allows it to fly when some aircraft are grounded due to weather. It flies with airspeeds up to 150 miles per hour and has the capacity to carry the flight crew and patient, and whenever possible, a family member on board during transport. The crew is equipped with night vision goggles to enhance safety of nighttime flights. This helicopter will serve as a back-up resource to the REACH air ambulance bases providing service from Imperial, Riverside and San Diego Counties. In October of this year, REACH Air Medical Services was named Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS). This award is hailed

This medically equipped helicopter will transport patients to needed care.

as one of the air medical industry’s highest honors and is presented annually to one company whose program most clearly exceeds industry standards for safety, patient care, leadership and community service. REACH is part of the AirMedCare Network–the nation’s largest air ambulance membership program– which covers out-of-pocket expenses for members in the event of an emergency air transport by REACH or any other AirMedCare Network service provider. For a lowcost annual fee, individuals and companies may join more than 1.7 million members who receive coverage from more than 220 air transport locations in 32 states coast to coast.

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a sovereign government recognized by the US Government with jurisdiction over their land and tribal members. Along with tribal governments throughout the United States, the Viejas Band has a “trust” relationship with the federal government, enforcing federal laws, and participating in issues related to its land and people on a gover nment-to-gover nment basis. The Viejas Band has become one of the nation’s most respected gaming tribes. It is known for its entrepreneurial success and political advocacy of economic sovereignty and for the example it has set for tribal government businesses throughout the nation. The Viejas Band generously supports their neighbors, the San Diego Community and numerous charities

with financial and in-kind donations. The efforts of the Tribal Members support projects and activities to improve the lives of all residents of the San Diego region.

REACH Air Medical Services

REACH Medical Holdings, LLC, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, provides critical care air and ground transport service to communities throughout California, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming and Texas. REACH has provided safe patient-centered care for more than 28 years and has successfully transported more than 100,000 patients to date. REACH employs hundreds of highly-trained nurses, medics, pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians to provide service to patients with a fleet of medically-equipped helicopters, airplanes and ground ambulances. REACH has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) since 1998. CAMTS is the gold standard for patient care and safety for air medical transport services. For more information, visit www.REACHair. com.

AirMedCare Network

REACH Air Medical Services is a part of the AirMedCare Network—the nation’s largest air ambulance membership program—providing emergency access to the highest level of care for its 1.7 million members. The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of many leading air ambulance operators in 32 states from more than 220 air transport locations. For more information about membership, visit www. airmedcarenetwork.com.

EL CAJON ‑— Two days before Christmas, a Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman guaranteed added expense in a $2 million legal battle over a never built Alpine high school — ordering a trial for the two warring school districts. Pressman rejected requests by the Grossmont Union High School District, the Alpine Union School District and an allied Alpine taxpayers group for summary judgments, Wednesday, Dec. 23. In the process, he put the case on track to cost taxpayers more than $3 million. The Grossmont school board (by a 3-2 vote) last month approved spending as much as $2.37 million in bond money to fend off the Alpine suit. Alpine had spent $370,000 as of Christmas Eve, according to an attorney. No trial date was set, but Pressman scheduled a status conference for 10 a.m. Jan. 8 in downtown courtroom C-66. The K-8 Alpine district sued in October 2014 to have its parent 11-campus district set aside $42 million to build a long-sought high school. Alpine says two voter-approved bond issues, in 2004 and 2008, promised a “12th high school” serving Alpine and Blossom Valley. Although a state appellate court said Propositions H and U pledged an Alpine high school, a three-judge panel didn’t resolve the issue of whether an enrollment “trigger” in the bond wording had been reached to move forward with construction at the old Lazy A Ranch off Alpine Boulevard, south of Interstate 8. Grossmont officials say it couldn’t build the high school until districtwide enrollment reached 23,245. (The district’s student population stood at 21,173 last month, according to Grossmont officials.) Alpine advocates says the threshold was met years ago. In a seven-page “minute order” released Wednesday, Dec. 23 afternoon, Pressman said, “On whether or not the prerequisites were satisfied that triggered that promise, the Court of Appeal did not decide that issue.” Pressman, who heard arguments in the case a week ago, wrote: “The ‘issue’ that remains to be tried is whether the prerequisites were satisfied.” “As a matter of economy, both sides, and the communities they serve, are better served by proceeding to trial on these issues in light of direction given by the Court of Appeal,” said Pressman. Grossmont also fought the $42 million set-aside by arguing that the state Board of Education was still deciding whether to grant Alpine’s petition to create a unified school district, which would lead to a public vote and possibly siphoning money from the larger district. However, Pressman said a determination of existing bond obligations would not impact the state Board of Education’s verdict on a unification vote “but will aid in determining what the assets are.” “Factual questions remain as to the proper interpretation of the Proposition U language,” the judge wrote, “including whether the trigger is intended to be once and for all time, or is an ongoing requirement as well as the proper understanding of the language ‘release of request for construction bids,’ particularly in light of the lease-lease back structure.” Grossmont schools Superintendent Ralf Swenson said the district was disappointed in the ruling since bond projects remain in limbo. “The facts in this case have not changed,” Swenson said via email Thursday, noting the district is 2,000 students below the “trigger” threshold. “Most school districts facing enrollment numbers like ours would not even think about building a new school right now.” Signaling an intention not to settle out of court, Swenson said: “We will continue to fight for all of our students and all of our schools.” Two dissenting members of the Grossmont school board said they weren’t surprised by the trial order. Trustee Priscilla Schreiber, a longtime backer of an Alpine high school, said an out-of-court settlement had been considered by the school board. “If you watch the last two board meetings, you’ll see that two members would like to see a settlement — but unless the settlement is ‘nothing for Alpine’ then there will be no settlement. Hard to fathom that this same board that voted twice to set aside $65 million [for an Alpine school] would now spend upwards of $3 million of what they believe is an endless stream of taxpayer dollars to pay attorneys to renege on those two resolutions.” Schreiber said Pressman saw through Grossmont’s “feeble attempt” to argue a statute of limitations had expired for Alpine.

On The Cover SANTEE — The Carlton Oaks Elementary School PTA hosted a Holiday Family Fun Night at the school, last week. The PTA held a unit meeting while students had pictures with Santa, story time with elves, arts and craft and various games. Light refreshments were available throughout the jolly event for children. Cover photo: Jay Renard / The East County Herald Cover design: Dee Denn / The East County Herald

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias

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Alpine Non-Profit Radio Station Needs Your Help to Move Forward in 2016 Dear Alpine Residents – We need your help!

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s the Manager of Alpine’s non-profit community radio station Mountain Country FM, we are reaching out to you for your help to fill some basic needs. KRLY was launched several years ago. We are the only nonprofit community radio station in San Diego County, and we are here with a mission – to serve this community. We have invested thousands of dollars in the latest digital emergency equipment with direct links to Federal, State and Local authorities all with one thing in mind – keeping Alpine safe. You don’t have to go too far back to see the value radio has played in getting vital information to the public. 9/11 was an example. Demands on cell towers left smartphones without basic functions needed to communicate but radio was still there informing the community and keeping people safe. We want to be able to continue this mission. If there is a fire, we want to provide critical local information to keep you and your family. The same with storms, earthquakes and whatever else may come our way. We won’t be able to do this without your help. The need is real and we need your help now. We are asking for your financial support and there are two ways that you can help. You can make a individual donation, or your business can be one of our financial supporters as a on air sponsor. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit and we do not receive any funding from the Federal

Government. Your investment in us is a tax deduction for you and a investment in your community. If you make a donation on our website today, Paypal will add one percent to your tax deductible donation. We are coming up on our three year Anniversary of the launch of Mountain Country 107.9. It was on Jan. 1, 2013 that we started playing a hand picked country music playlist built specifically for you and it has been well received. We have been able to partner with artists like Garth Brooks and Aaron Watson to get you front and center to some of the best concerts in San Diego County. We sent a ton of Alpine residents to the San Diego County Fair and got them front and center for artists like Gary Alan, Little Big Town and many others. And we feature 56 minute music hours all day long while you work. As a community radio station, we can’t run the screaming car dealership & casino commercials and I have been told by many of you how much you appreciate that. We like that too :) Now we need your help, and we need it today! We operate the station on less than $50,000 a year and for 2015 we are $12,000 shy of meeting basic operating costs. Starting in January we have music licenses that we have to pay along with streaming fees that run about $2000 a year. We will not be able to maintain operations in 2016 without community support now. You have all been exposed to radiothons and telethons where people get on TV or radio and beg. I won’t do that. I know

this community and I know they see the value in what we do. So do short but important list sponsors that invest in us month after month. So, I am going to ask you now to help us be here for you. Every little bit helps. As an individual, will you please make a tax deductible donation today? As a business will you consider making a small investment in our radio station and we will in turn be able to give you announcements on the air to let people know what you do? We have a loyal listener family that will support you! Please mail check donations to: East Country Broadcasting – PO Box 2612 – Alpine, CA 91903 or you can make a online donation at our website www. TheMountainFM.COM If you own a business, please let me hear from you today – 619-4451079 and I will be glad to drop by and show you the benefits of your investment in this community jewel. Finally, if you have never been to a radio station, I would like to take a few minutes to visit with you and show off our beautiful state of the art broadcast studio and answer any questions you may have about what we do. Please contact me at 619-445-1079 and if you get voice mail, please let me know you called and I will call you back right away. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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ties Commission has conducted Kabuki-style dances with the multi-billion-dollar corporations it regulates. But the latest significant commission decision amounts to a descent into comic opera. When the PUC deals with rate increase requests from the likes of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and the San Diego Gas & Electric Co., the Kabuki routine has gone like this: The utility company proposes a rate hike far higher than it stands any chance of getting; the PUC gives it something less than was asked, but still guarantees the company large profits. The PUC then brags about how much money it has saved consumers. But their monthly bills rise, and Californians keep paying the highest power prices in the Lower 48 states. This pattern has persisted for decades, just like Japanese Kabuki troupes, whose dances involve complex plots – but everyone involved knows just how they’ll turn out. Now comes comic opera. This takes the form of a $16.7 million fine against Edison for not reporting to the PUC on secret meetings and communications between some of its executives and PUC members in 2013 and 2014. Get this straight: Edison is penalized for not reporting illicit meetings to the other participants in those meetings. As if they didn’t already know. It is well documented that after the 2012 failure of the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station (SONGS), former PUC President Michael Peevey met secretly with Edison executives in March 2013 during a junket to Poland. That violated commission rules and state law while producing the outline of a settlement announced by the PUC many months later. Unless changed, it will see customers of Edison and SDG&E pay about 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost for decommissioning SONGS. Yes, the PUC later held public hearings and negotiated with consumer groups, but the eventual settlement matched what Peevey jotted down on stationary and paper napkins in a Warsaw hotel. Classic Kabuki. Now the PUC, which so far refuses to reopen the settlement proceedings despite the fact its terms were set in illegal meetings, unanimously (with Commissioner Mike Florio abstaining) fines Edison for not reporting secret meetings and other so-called ex-parte communications with Peevey and other PUC officials. Ex-parte communications occur when a judge or regulator meets one side in a proceeding outside the presence of the other side. The fine, said Commissioner Catherine Sandoval, is intended as a “culture-changing remedy.” Whose culture? No one at the PUC is being penalized, yet its people participated in every meeting involved. That’s one thing making this fine a farce. Another is that the amount is minuscule, a flyspeck compared with the total of $3.3 billion Edison and SDG&E stand to get in the settlement, which stems from Edison installing key parts it knew could wreck SONGS, as they did. Neither Edison, SDG&E nor the utilities commission has produced any reason why consumers should foot any of the bill for that blunder. No wonder Edison says it “disagrees” with the fine, but won’t appeal. It’s also ludicrous to fine one party in an against-the-rules secret meeting for not reporting that meeting to the other people in the meeting. How can it change the PUC’s culture to act as if it was unaware of meetings and emails involving its own president? Equally absurd is the fact that Melanie Darling, the PUC administrative law judge who proposed fining Edison, communicated privately with at least one Edison executive during the settlement process, asking at one point whether that agreement needed more work. In accordance with the advice she got, the PUC so far refuses to reopen the case. The bottom line is that by fining Edison, but not touching its own people or budget, the PUC is essentially asking Californians to believe it didn’t know about meetings in which its leadership participated. The PUC, of course, has done laughably disgraceful things in other cases, too, as when it “fined” PG&E more than $1.6 billion over the multi-fatal 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion – except that PG&E will actually lose less than half that amount. All of which suggests it’s long past time for more than mere culture change at this rogue agency. What’s actually needed is a complete house-cleaning, or more inadvertent comedy looms will surely ensue.

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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. Are all blood thinners the same? . Blood thinners reduce the

risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins. There are two main categories of blood thinners: antiplatelets and anticoagulants. Antiplatelets prevent blood cells called platelets from forming a clot. Anticoagulants affect your body chemistry and lengthen the time it takes to form a blood clot. When a person is wounded, platelets release thromboxane, a chemical that signals other platelets to work together to heal the damage. Without thromboxane, the platelets won’t collect and no clot will form. Antiplatelet agents, including aspirin and clopidogrel (Plavix), work by inhibiting the production of thromboxane. Aspirin is highly recommended for preventing a first stroke, but it and other antiplatelets also have an important role in preventing recurrent strokes. 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. For long-term prevention, antiplatelet therapy is recommended primarily for people who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA or “mini” stroke) or acute ischemic stroke. Despite the potential benefits, antiplatelet therapy is not for everyone. People with a history of liver or kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease or peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, bleeding disorders or asthma may not be able to take aspirin or may require special dosage adjustments. Anticoagulants target clotting factors, proteins made in the liver. These are crucial to the blood-clotting process. These proteins can’t be created in the liver without Vitamin K – a common vitamin found in cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and other leafy green vegetables. Anticoagulants, such as warfarin (Coumadin) and heparin, slow clot formation by competing with Vitamin K. Anticoagulants are considered more aggressive drugs than antiplatelets. They are recommended primarily for people with a high risk of stroke and people with atrial fibrillation. More than two million Americans have atrial fibrillation (AF), a rhythmic disorder of the heart where the atria (the heart’s pumping chambers) quiver instead of beat. As a result, not all of the blood is pumped out of the heart, allowing pools to collect in the heart chamber, where clots may form. Does a combination of antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies work better than either of them alone? Researchers have found that a combination of low-dose warfarin and low-dose aspirin is no more effective than aspirin by itself. Furthermore, in the study group, major internal bleeding occurred nearly twice as often in the combination-therapy patients compared with the aspirin-only patients.

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Living with MS with Dee Dean

How to Better Cope WIth Tremors and Shakes in MS

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ild tremors that come and go are common in multiple sclerosis. But some people experience a less common, but more disabling, MS symptom called “gross tremors,” which are even more severe shaking movements. “Before I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I would have episodes of tremors in my hands that would last for a few weeks and then go away,” says Julie Stachowiak, PhD, author of The Multiple Sclerosis Manifesto: Action To Take, Principles To Live By. Stachowiak was diagnosed in 2003. “After I was diagnosed with MS, I learned that this is a common MS symptom. In fact, about 75 percent of MS patients experience tremors at some time,” she says. “Tremor is common in MS, but is also common in people without MS. Only about 25 percent of MS patients suffer from more severe tremors that cause incoordination and disability,” notes Jeffrey Cohen, MD, director of the Clinical Neuroimmunology Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Types of MS Tremors

“MS tremors are rhythmic, back-and-forth muscle movements that you can’t control. The tremor can affect your hands, arms, legs, or even your head and vocal cord muscles,” says Stachowiak. Slight tremors do not interfere with daily activities, but gross tremors can be a very troubling MS symptom. “The type of tremor seen in MS is caused by ‘demyelination,’ which is the loss of the protective sheath around nerve fibers that occurs in MS,” says Dr. Cohen. Myelin is a fatty covering that insulates nerves cell fibers, much like the outer covering of an electric cord. When myelin is lost, the smooth transmission of nerve signals from your brain to your muscles is interrupted, causing an MS tremor.

Terms used to describe MS tremors include: Cerebellar tremor:

“The cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls movement and balance — so all tremors caused by MS can be considered to be this type of tremor,” says Cohen.

Intention tremor

“This is the most common symptom of MS tremor. An example of intention tremor is when you reach out for something and your hand starts to shake,” says Stachowiak.

Postural tremor

“This is a shaking type of tremor that occurs when you’re just trying to hold your body still against the force of gravity when standing or sitting,” Stachowiak says.

How to Cope With MS Tremors

“The more common and minor tremors of MS are more of a nuisance than a disability. The best way to cope with them is to accept them as part of your disease and be patient. In many cases, they will come and go. Sometimes you just need to live with them and work around them,” says Stachowiak. “You should start by eliminating contributing factors that can be controlled like fatigue, stress, or too much coffee. For those who have severe tremors due to MS there is no cure, but some treatments can help,” advises Cohen.

These include:

• Occupational therapy. An occupational or physical therapist can help you manage MS tremors that interfere with daily life. These therapies may include the use of braces, weighted devices, wrist rests, and exercises to increase control and balance. • Medications. Anti-anxiety drugs, antihistamines, betablockers, anti-nausea, and anti-seizure drugs have all been used for MS tremors. Unfortunately, “no drug has been specifically approved for MS tremors and none of them work very well for most people,” says Cohen. • Deep brain stimulation

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(DBS). This treatment was developed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but may also be helpful for severe cases of MS tremor. DBS involves implanting electrodes into the brain to block involuntary tremor muscle movement. “DBS can give dramatic results, but it is an invasive surgical procedure and the results seem to be only temporary. DBS shows promise, but we still need more research and experience,” says Cohen. Tremor is a common MS symptom that most MS patients find ways to cope with. Severe tremor that interferes with daily activity of living is seen in more advanced cases of MS. This type of tremor can be frustrating to deal with because there is no specific treatment that works in most cases. The best way to deal with this MS symptom is to work closely with your healthcare providers and learn as much as you can about your disease. “Treating MS tremors is best done with a multidisciplinary, team approach. It may take some time to find the right combination of treatment. The good news is that MS is an active area of research and we are making tremendous progress. You can be sure that the treatment of all MS symptoms will continue to improve year by year,” says Cohen.

Source: Cleveland Clinic

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 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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Happy and Prosperous 2016!

Wisdom for

EVERYDAY with PastorLIFE Drew

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A Day in the Life of Jesus the Messiah PART XXXIX

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 continue to look at events that occurred one day in the life of Jesus. Mark 10:17-31 “Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ “ And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these I have observed from my youth.” Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time--houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions--and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” As seen last time, this man, like most of us thought there was something ‘good’ he could do to warrant going to Heaven. Jesus corrected his perception of ‘good’. Now to help this man and us to further understand that we are not as good as we make ourselves out to be, Jesus takes him through the 10 Commandments. Jesus begins with those Commandments that have to do with man’s relationship to man, also known as the moral law. The man boldly proclaims that he had kept them all (I do not believe him for a minute, for everyone has lied at some point in their life). As I witness to people, the proud in heart will also proclaim how good they are, never breaking any of these laws, justifying themselves which simply further proves they are a liar. Then Jesus addresses one of the Commandments that have to do with man’s relationship with God, ‘Idolatry’. This man held his riches to be more important than his relationship with God. He was not willing to forsake all that he might follow Jesus. For this man it was his wealth, for others it is something else that they place above Jesus, fame, recognition, family, job, physique, power, etc., anything you love more than Jesus is an idol. Jesus demands and deserves nothing less than our being recklessly abandoned to Him. He makes this clear as He confronts the multitudes that were following Him for the wrong reasons, Luke 14:25-33 “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple… So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Unfortunately for this man and countless others through the centuries, when he heard the terms that Jesus gave (not the popular, watered down, man centered, modern gospel of our day) he turned and walked away. What a tragedy!

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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Nothing in the year gone by can be called bad as even the unpleasant incidents have given you a lesson and added to your experience. You cannot build a brighter tomorrow without coming out from the ruins of the past. Hope you are blessed with the sunshine of laughter, a new beam of energy and raindrops of happiness as you step into another brand New Year. Make every moment worth remembering so that when you grow old and look back you can enjoy it the second time. Let this New Year be the one to see introduction of new changes that will make you a better person. May success kiss your feet and prosperity chase you wherever you go.

Happy New Year!

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East County White Christmas!

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RANCHO SAN DIEGO — If you visited the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College over the Christmas Holiday, chances are you didn’t see the snow pictured above. However, that’s exactly when and where they were taken. No you’re not crazy! The Herald’s photojournalist Jay Renard was playing with his new infrared lens. And you thought it was snowing!

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FAMILY FEATURES

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f getting a fresh start on a new year seems daunting, try tackling your get-healthy goals one step at a time. There is no easy path to transforming your lifestyle, but this is one time you should be able to see the results of your hard work. To avoid feeling overwhelmed, tackle your new lifestyle a little at a time. Gradually incorporate smarter eating habits, such as switching out high-calorie beverages with lower-calorie, nutrient-rich replacements. Then, as you ease into a new exercise regimen, look for ways to get an extra boost with workout equipment that isn’t overly taxing on your joints and muscles, and get a leg up on the competition with proper footwear and workout supplements. Slow and steady wins this race, so set yourself up for success in the new year with these ideas to put you one step closer to the healthy lifestyle you envision.

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Supplement Your Goals

When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough, supplements such as protein and fish oil, can be effective in helping you achieve your New Year’s resolution. Whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle mass, there is a supplement out there to aid you in your pursuit of a toned body. These supplements, which should be approved by your health care provider before use, are available at local retailers such as grocery stores, pharmacies and specialty health and wellness stores.

All You Have to Do Is Walk

A Delicious, Convenient Non-Dairy Alternative

Step into a healthy New Year with the Bowflex TreadClimber TC200. Combining the motions of a treadmill, stepper and elliptical, this premier walking machine is easy on the joints and burns up to 2.5 times the calories of a treadmill. Ideal for home use, the TC200 features an interactive LCD display that animates your progress. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to share data with the free TreadClimber app, which automatically syncs with MyFitnessPal, Apple Health Kit, Google Fit, Under Armour Record and Bowflex Connect.

Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean sacrificing taste for convenience. Shelf-Stable Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze Almondmilk is smooth, creamy and made with California Blue Diamond almonds. It’s ideal for smaller households because it’s easily stored in your pantry until you’re ready to use it. Available in a 4-cup container, it’s also perfect for cooking. You can pour it over cereal, create refreshing smoothies or drink it as a standalone beverage. Learn more at almondbreeze.com.

Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Getting in shape and leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time, but these simple tips can help put you on the right path: n

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Be patient. Starting a new fitness regime can be a challenge. There will be ups and downs, but remaining committed is key. Exercise on a regular basis. Regular physical activity not only helps you look and feel better, it can improve mood, increase quality of sleep and help you manage weight. Undergo an annual physical. To be sure your body is running smoothly, have your numbers, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight, checked regularly.

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Drink lots of water. Experts recommend 64 ounces of water a day to help replenish what you’ve lost throughout the day. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Both fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help protect against chronic diseases. Go through your cabinets. Get rid of foods that are high in sodium, fat or sugar and look for low sodium, fat or sugar items instead.

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The Right Shoes Can Make All the Difference

If your workout routine involves running, walking, sports or other gym equipment, the right footwear is a must. Injury caused by wearing inappropriate shoes can derail your fitness or weight loss goals, but investing in a proper shoe can help prevent foot and ankle damage while also allowing for a more comfortable workout. No matter your pursuit, there is a shoe that fits the need, including running shoes with built-in shock absorbers, lightweight walking shoes, thick-soled high top basketball shoes or cross-training shoes, which can be utilized during a variety of workouts.


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Your YourCommunity CommunityCalendar Calendar Alpine Woman’s Club ALPINE — Alpine Woman’s Club Monthly Meeting January 19, at 12 PM. The Alpine Woman’s Club is open to all East County Women. Our Mission is two-fold: to provide opportunities for Alpine women to meet and socialize and to maintain our Clubhouse which is the Historic Alpine Town Hall at 2156 Alpine Blvd. The Woman’s Club also puts on special events such as the Christmas Home Tour* and Victorian Tea, the proceeds of which go to scholarships for local high school graduates. The chatter in the Clubhouse after the Home Tour was very positive. We had some great decorators this year! There was also a raffle for $500, as well as several wonderful gift baskets. If you missed it, you missed out! Planning now for the [always marvelous] Victorian Tea to be held on Saturday, April 16. Mark your calendars! If you are interested in the Club and would like to attend a monthly meeting/luncheon, contact Joanie Bogle at (619) 328-5728. You may also check out our website at www.alpinewomansclub.org or our Facebook page! The luncheon meeting for January will feature a presentation from Kristen Dreesen of Young Lives, who will be describing her work with teen moms in the San Diego County area.

Sheriff’s Coffee with the Community Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff. The Lakeside Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on:

For more information, please call: Holly Angeles (619) 956-4021 Public Affairs Office (858) 974-2259 The San Diego Sheriff's Department is on

http://www.sdsheriff.net/

Thursday, January 14, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lakeside Branch Library 9839 Vine Street, Lakeside This gives the public a chance to chat with the Station's command staff, deputies and Crime Prevention Specialist in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns. Enjoy free coffee and cookies courtesy of the staff of the Lakeside Branch Library. Come out and make a positive difference in your community!

Submit Your Community Event

Do you have an upcoming community event that you would like to see posted on The Herald Community Calendar? Send the Who, What, When, Where, Why and contact information to

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editor@echerald.com for consideration.

Thinking Of Adopting A New Pet? EL CAJON — The El Cajon Animal Shelter has a variety of dogs, cats and kittens to choose from! If you are looking to adopt a pet, or have lost your pet, please stop by the shelter, 1275 N. Marshall, and see the dogs and cats in the adoption center. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call us at (619) 441-1580.

2016

Upcoming Free Community Event in La Mesa on Senior Care Planning

EL CAJON — “Planning Senior Care on Your Terms” January 7, 2016 at 7pm at Hillside Park Center 840 Buena Terrace, El Cajon, between Petree & Fletcher. Experts discuss & take questions. Panel of Speakers: Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR), Grace Care Management, San Diego Elder Law Center. RSVP (619) 795-2165. Sponsored by the La Mesa Soroptimist Club

Awareness, Fellowship, Service:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Commemoration

The San Diego Partnership of UCC (United Church of Christ) Churches is pleased to present “Awareness, Fellowship, Service: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Commemoration. Commencing Saturday, Jan. 16, its opening program will feature the movie 12 Years a Slave, followed by discussion of the film’s message. Time: 1:30 – 4pm. Place: Friendship Hall, The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa, 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 92142 (619-464-1519, www.tableucc.com). Cost: Free. On Sunday, January 17, a Fellowship Gathering will feature a Small Plate Supper at 4:00pm and Gospel Jazz Vespers at 5:00pm. Location: Hall, Christian Fellowship UCC, 1601 Kelton Road, San Diego, CA 92114 (619-262-8095, info@christianfellowshipucc. org). Cost: Free. Monday, Jan. 18 will include two programs, the African American Ministerial Council’s MLK Jr. Community Breakfast and the MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service. The breakfast will feature as speaker the Rev. Richard Lawrence, a Selma Walk participant. Time: 7am. Place: Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114 (619-2641214, www.jacobscenter.org). Cost: $50. The MLK Jr. Day of Interfaith Community Service (9am – Noon) at Balboa Park’s Marston House will feature an Opening Interfaith Ceremony (9:15am), cleanup and beautification of the Marston House grounds (9:30am) and musical entertainment and a picnic lunch at 11:30am. See www.cbisd.org/event/mlk for details. Address: 3525 Seventh Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. Cost: Free.


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UP AGAINST ITwith S. Buska

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It’s That Time Again...

eems to happen every year. You just get through all the fal-de-ral of Christmas, and New Year’s lurking around the corner and it’s time for those pesky New Year’s resolutions. I know, you prob’ly don’t do them anymore. If you’re anywhere past thirty you know you won’t keep them long, prob’ly not past January fifteenth, but it is kind’a fun thinking about them. Yep. Thinking about them’s a lot of fun. All those improvements I’m going to make to my dull, boring, less-than-perfect life. All those personality changes that will make me the

conversations and tidy rooms and lost pounds and generous self-sacrifices and money saved wisely in the bank piling up for future generations. Doing it? That’s HARD. So many resolutions, so little will power. Maybe just one good resolution would be best. But what if it’s too hard and I can’t keep it? If I make a bunch of resolutions I might actually keep a couple of them. Or maybe I shouldn’t make any resolutions at all – just be a better person. Naw – that’s a cop out. Okay. I’m going to tackle a bunch of resolutions because, um, I have a lot of things that need resolving. I’m not going to

belle of the ball – lots better than the curmudgeon I’m getting to be—and suddenly neat, tidy closets and drawers with only stuff that I really use in them. And of course, a slimmer, trimmer me. Yep. Sure is fun thinking about it. Visions of sparkling

“misplace” anything anymore. I will remember exactly where I put my iPhone, my car keys, my wallet and my – I guess that’s enough. Those are the things I’m always losing. And I’m not going to tell you a better way to do whatever it is you’re doing. If it works for you, it will work for

me. And I’m not going to take that third piece of See’s candy out of the box. Not ’til tomorrow anyway. I’ll never peek at my text messages while I’m sitting in my car at the stop light. No more multitasking; I’ll put all my best efforts into what it is I’m doing at the time. I’ll listen to you intently, which means I won’t interrupt you halfway through your never-ending paragraphs of words. Oh! Sorry! I’ll wait ’til you’re finished. Promise. I’ll never give advice unless you ask for it and then you’ll have to beg, plead and promise you really want it before I’ll open my mouth. And I’ll keep it short. Well, I’ll really really try. No matter how busy I am, I’ll stop to give you a hand or an ear or whatever it is you need at the moment—unless it’s a lot of money, in which case you’ll have to wait while I go take out a loan. So there you have it. A few of my New Year’s resolutions. Good luck with yours and Happy New Year to all!

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

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s January Breakfast to be held at Rock Church

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on the second Friday of the month, Jan. 8, at The Rock Church’s East County campus, 808 Jackman St., El Cajon. Breakfast sponsor is The Rock Church. Cost to attend is $20 per person for members (with RSVP), $25 per person for non-members, and $30 per person at the door without reservations. RSVPs are requested prior to Monday, Jan. 4. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at sarahm@ eastcountychamber.org, (619) 440-6161, or visit www. eastcountychamber.org. For a limited time, the Chamber is offering an annual 2016 Breakfast Club package for $175 per person. Chamber members can purchase a full year of 12 breakfasts ahead of time and save $65. Chamber breakfasts in 2016 will be held on Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 8, Aug. 5, Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. The Rock Church, which began in February 2000, opened an East County campus in 2013. Its East County campus was a former Michael’s retail store that was remodeled to feature a 725-seat auditorium.

Santee Chamber opens application for $1k scholarship

The Santee Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications from high school students for the 2015 Les Hart Memorial Scholarship. According to Santee Chamber president/CEO Sandy Schmitt, the $1,000 scholarship will be awarded based on community service and is intended to be used for education. Deadline to submit an application is Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. The scholarship will be awarded at the Santee Chamber’s awards celebration on Thursday, March 3, at the

DEC. 31, 2015-JAN. 6, 2016

SDSU BEATwith Steve Dolan

SDSU Offers Construction Certificate Programs

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ccording to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction spending in August reached a seven-year high and recorded its fastest growth rate in nine years. AGC representatives believe the growing demand for construction workers will likely add to the difficulty many firms already face in finding qualified workers. To help meet this increasing demand, SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers its online certificate programs in Civil Sitework, Construction Estimating, Construction Practices, Construction Project Management, and Construction Supervision. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these programs help you write your own ticket for a successful career in construction. Spring semester courses begin Jan. 11; the last day to register is Jan. 19. All programs are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering. “I’ve been putting much of what I learned in the online courses to good use,” said Mark Gonzalez, assistant construction superintendent, Pardee Homes San Diego. “Coupled with my internship experiences throughout the last few years, I’m certain the Construction Supervision certificate I received played a big part in securing my new job. I fondly believe it is one of the best educational investments I have made, and has provided me with real-world, practical knowledge as I embark in my construction career.” Each course meets online for ten weeks. Students should budget five-to-seven hours per week for each class. “I learned a lot about every phase of construction, reading plans and how to bid each different scope,” said Construction Estimating student Angela Slevinsky, project coordinator, White Construction. “I also learned a lot of construction vocabulary and definitions. Now when I talk to subcontractors at work, I feel so much more confident that I actually know what I’m talking about.” Financial aid may be available to students through programs like the federal Workforce Investment Act, MyCAA, and veterans’ educational benefit programs. For an online demo, go to ConstructionClasses.com/demo course. For additional information, visit neverstoplearning.net/ construction, email construction-ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 5943297. SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement.

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

Barona Resort & Casino Golf Center. For applications, visit www.SanteeChamber.com, or call the Chamber office at (619) 449-6572. Hart passed away in February 2012 at his Lakeside home after a four-year fight with cancer. He was 59. He worked as community and municipal relations manager with Waste Management. In addition to the Santee Chamber, the 1999 El Cajon Citizen of the Year was involved with the El Cajon Downtown Redevelopment Corp., Mother Goose Parade, Lakeside Western Days Parade, Santee Business Expo and La Mesa Oktoberfest. Hart also served as past chairman of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, two terms as president of the East County nonprofit Stoney’s Kids and on the board of the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation.

Grossmont Hospital construction group seeks medical professional

The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), the volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, is seeking one more community volunteer to reach its full capacity of 11 members. According to Barry Jantz, CEO, Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), the search is continuing for a volunteer who would serve on the ICBOC as a representative from the medical profession, specifically a physician or nurse. However, Jantz said the person cannot be currently affiliated with Sharp HealthCare since the quota for Sharp representatives on the ICBOC has been filled. “A retired doctor or nurse would also be ideal,” Jantz said. ICBOC members are uncompensated East County residents who are charged with monitoring bond proceeds spent by GHD, the public agency managing the bond-financed construction at the hospital. GHD serves

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

as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. According to ICBOC by-laws, specific seats on the ICBOC are filled by individuals representing various constituency groups and business sectors, such as project management, large-scale construction operations, finance, labor and healthcare. ICBOC members must reside within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. The ICBOC meets quarterly and sub-committees meet at various times as needed, some monthly. Committee members serve for no more than three consecutive two-year terms. Interested volunteers can obtain an application by contacting GHD at (619) 825-5050, or via e-mail, info@grossmonthealthcare.org.

Changes at East County’s largest commercial office building

The seven-story Allied Plaza, 7777 Alvarado Road in La Mesa, East County’s tallest and largest office building at 125,000 square feet, has a new building manager for the first time in 25 years. Mary Youngman, who arrived at Allied Plaza in 1990, is retiring at the end of December. Allied Plaza’s new building manager is Patty Carroll. It’s the second time Carroll has succeeded Youngman in a job switch. In 1990, when Youngman left Great Western Bank to arrive at Allied Plaza, Carroll took Youngman’s job with the bank. “Yes, there is a bit of irony with my retirement,” admitted Youngman. “Patty will do a terrific job while I spend my time on my golf game and sailing skills.” Youngman was recently feted by several hundred tenants and friends who attended her retirement party held in the Allied Plaza lobby. Carroll has 25 years of experience in property management. “I am thrilled to work at such a magnificent office building,” said Carroll, a resident of La Mesa. “Yes, it is ironic to be stepping into Mary’s shoes for the second time in 25 years.”


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PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE STATE COURTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE Case No.: DC/DC 2150/2015; Filed: 16July2015, 10:20 AM Between 1. TAYLOR SHAUN MARK (NRIC No. S2752025A) 2. WATTHEY ELAINE LEE (United Kingdom Passport No. 099212609) ...Plaintiff(s) And ROBERT CHARLES BARNES (FIN No. G3054801P) ...Defendant(s) WRIT OF SUMMONS To: ROBERT CHARLES BARNES, Address Unknown. THIS WRIT OF SUMMONS has been issued against you in respect of the claim endorsed herein. You must: 1. satisfy the claim; or 2. enter an appearance, within 21 days after the service of this Writ, failing which, the Plaintiff(s) may proceed with the action and enter judgment against you without further notice. THIS WRIT OF SUMMONS is issued by the solicitors for the Plaintiff(s) whose particulars are as below. The address(es) of the Plaintiff(s) is/are 10A MOUNT SOPHIA #0813, Singapore 228462, 10A MOUNT SOPHIA #0813, Singapore 228462. Solicitor(s) for the 1st and 2nd Plaintiff(s) JOSEPH TAN JUDE BENNY LLP 6 Shenton Way #2308 OUE Downtown 2 Singapore 068809, Tel No.: 62209388 Fax No.: 62257827 File Ref No.: 2015417817MK, Solicitor in charge: 1. K MURALITHERAPANY, 2. KOH SENG TEE EDWARD JENNIFER MARIE/REGISTRAR/ STATE COURTS/SINGAPORE STATEMENT OF CLAIM Please see BELOW Statement of Claim.

Note: 1. This writ may not be served more than 12 calendar months after the above date unless renewed by order of the Court. 2. To satisfy the claim, the Defendant(s) will pay the amount claimed and costs of $1500[(inclusive of the sum of $ [ ] if the plaintiff obtains an order for substituted service)] to the Plaintiff or his solicitor within 21 days after service hereof (inclusive of the day of service) and further proceedings will be stayed. 3. To defend the claim, the Defendant(s) must enter an appearance(s) using the electronic filing service either personally or by a solicitor at the Registry of the STATE COURTS and notify the (Plaintiff(s) / Plaintiff’s solicitors) accordingly within 21 days after service hereof, otherwise judgment may be entered against him without further notice. 4. Where the Defendant enters an appearance, he must also serve a defence on the solicitor for the Plaintiff within 14 days after the last day of the time limited for entering an appearance; otherwise judgment may be entered against him without further notice. STATEMENT OF CLAIM

1. The 1st and 2nd Plaintiffs (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Plaintiffs”) are the owners of the premises situated at 27 Robin Road, #14-03, Proximo, Singapore 258204 (hereinafter referred to as the “Premises”). 2. The Defendant entered into a tenancy agreement dated 25th June 2014 with the Plaintiffs whereby the Defendant agreed to lease the Premises from 1st July 2014 for a term of 24 months, expiring on 30th June 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”). 3. The rent payable was agreed to be S$5,800.00 per month, payable in advance on the last day of each calendar month. 4. The terms of the tenancy agreement are, inter alia, as follows:a) Clause 1: “The Landlord agrees to let and the Tenant agrees to take all that property known as 27 Robin Road, #14-03, Proximo, Singapore 258204 (hereinafter called ‘the said premises’) together with the fixtures and fittings therein belonging to the Landlord as specified in the Schedule annexed hereto (hereinafter called “the Inventory’) TO HOLD unto the Tenant from 1st July 2014 to 30th June 2016 for a term of Twenty-Four (24) months, at the rent of Singapore FIVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED Only (S$5,800/-) per month comprising: In respect of the monthly rental of: a. Singapore Dollars Three Thousand Five Hundred Only (S$3,500) being rental in respect of the said premises; b. Singapore Dollars Two Thousand Three Hundred Only (S$2,3001) being charges for the fixtures, fittings, furniture and maintenance charges; c. To secure the property a payment of $5,780.00 has been made on 19th June 2014. This sum now constitutes the first month rental in advance. Upon the signing of this Agreement, subsequent rental payment of $5,800. 00 is to be made in advance, on the last day of each calendar month by GIRO into the Landlords bank account. .. “ b) Clause 4: “The Tenant hereby agrees with the Landlord as follows: a. To pay all charges due in respect of any telecommunication, internal net, cable television and any other similar services and/or equipment installed at the said premises, including any tax payable thereon. b. To pay all charges for the supply of water, electricity, gas and any water borne sewerage system, any such installations installed or used at the said premises, including any tax payable thereon. c. To be responsible for all minor repairs and replacement of parts and other expendable items at its own expense up to Singapore Dollars Two Hundred only (S$200.00) per item. Such expenditure in excess of Singapore Dollars Two Hundred (S$200.00) shall be borne by the Landlord. p. To yield up the said premises at the expiration or sooner determination of this tenancy in such good and tenantable repair and condition (fair wear and tear excepted) as shall be in accordance with the conditions, covenants and stipulations herein contained and with all locks keys and the furniture” c) Clause 6: “Provided always and it is expressly agreed as follows: a. If the rent hereby reserved shall not be paid for seven (7) days after its due date or if there shall be a breach of any of the conditions, covenants or stipulations on the part of the Tenant herein contained, the Landlord shall be entitled to re-enter upon the said premises and thereupon this tenancy shall immediately absolutely determine but without prejudice to any right of action of the Landlord for damage or otherwise in respect of any such breach or any antecedent breach. b. In the event the rent remaining unpaid seven (7) days after becoming payable (whether formally demanded or not), it shall be lawful for the Landlord to claim interest at ten percent (10%) per annum on the amount unpaid calculated from after the date due to the date of actual payment. a. This Agreement shall be subject to the laws of the Republic of Singapore and the parties herein submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the Singapore Courts.” 5. The Plaintiffs shall rely on the Agreement for its full terms and effect. 6. The Defendant repudiated the Agreement sometime around the end of January 2015 by leaving the key to the Premises with the security guard and has since failed to return and failed to pay the monthly rent. 7. The Defendant did not leave any contact details or forwarding address and, to the best of the Plaintiffs knowledge, has since changed occupation and left Singapore. 8. Pursuant to clause 6(a) of the Agreement, the Plaintiffs were entitled to re-enter the Premises and determine the Agreement. The Plaintiffs exercised their right of re-entry on 4’h February 2015 and the Agreement was determined. 9. Further and in breach of clauses 4(a), (b), (c) and (p) of the Agreement, the Defendant left the Premises in a dirty and damages state, requiring considerable cleaning and repair, and failed to pay his Starhub and SP Services bills, which the Plaintiffs were obliged to pay. 10. The Plaintiffs have expended all reasonable efforts to find a tenant for the Premises since the Agreement was determined but, as at the date of this writ, have been unsuccessful in their endeavours. 11. By virtue of the above said breaches, the Plaintiffs have suffered loss and damage amounting to S$116,395.27 which comprises:a) the sum of S$1 04,400.00 being 18 months’ rent for the remaining term of the Agreement; b) the sum of S$10,705.00 being the costs of cleaning and repairs that had to be effected; and c) the sum of S$1 ,290.27 representing the unpaid SP Services and Starhub bills that the Plaintiffs had to pay. 12. Despite sending a letter of demand to the Defendant’s email dated 181h May 2015, the Defendant has failed to pay the above sum. 13. Pursuant to clause 6(b) of the Agreement, the Plaintiffs further claim interest against the Defendant at ten percent (10%) per annum on the unpaid rent amount (S$104,400.00) from the date due to the date of actual payment. And the Plaintiffs claim: a) Damages in the sum of S$116,395.27 or such other sum as may be assessed; b) Interest; c) Costs; and d) Such further relief as this Honourable Court deems fit.

Dated this 16th day of July 2015 SIGNED: M/S JOSEPH TAN JUDE BENNY LLP SOLICITORS FOR THE 1st AND 2nd PLAINTIFFS

SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, ADJUDICATION NO. GIC 778099 AS, PUBLISH: DECEMBER 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2015.

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-030876 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S) (FBN) to be abandoned: (A) ENCINITAS HEARING AID CENTER located at 2210 ENCINITAS BLVD., SUITES L & M, ENCINITAS, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92024. Mailing address: P.O. BOX 404 MINNEAPOPLIS, MN 55440. This business is conducted by: A CORPORATION The registrant filed the above FBN(s) on: 01/09/2015, and was assigned FILE NO: 2015-000697. This FBN is hereby abandoned by the following: (A) NORTHLAND HEARING CENTERS, INC of 6425 FLYING CLOUD, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344. STATE OF INCORPORATION: MINNESOTA. Signed by: ANITA WAGNER / ASSISTANT SECRETARY. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on DECEMBER 01, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: DECEMBER 31, 2015, JANUARY 7, 14 AND 21, 2016.

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STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-030873 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S) (FBN) to be abandoned: (A) OCEANSIDE HEARING AID CENTER located at 2204 EL CAMINO REALE, SUITE 14, OCENSIDE, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92054. Mailing address: P.O. BOX 404 MINNEAPOPLIS, MN 55440. This business is conducted by: A CORPORATION The registrant filed the above FBN(s) on: 12/24/2014, and was assigned FILE NO: 2014-033231. This FBN is hereby abandoned by the following: (A) NORTHLAND HEARING CENTERS, INC of 6425 FLYING CLOUD, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344. STATE OF INCORPORATION: MINNESOTA. Signed by: ANITA WAGNER / ASSISTANT SECRETARY. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on DECEMBER 01, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: DECEMBER 31, 2015, JANUARY 7, 14 AND 21, 2016.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-030878 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S) (FBN) to be abandoned: (A) ADVANCED HEARING CARE located at 171 SAXONY ROAD, SUITE 111, ENCINITAS, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 92024. Mailing address: P.O. BOX 404 MINNEAPOPLIS, MN 55440. This business is conducted by: A CORPORATION The registrant filed the above FBN(s) on: 03/26/2010, and was assigned FILE NO: 2010-008532. This FBN is hereby abandoned by the following: (A) NORTHLAND HEARING CENTERS, INC of 6425 FLYING CLOUD, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344. STATE OF INCORPORATION: MINNESOTA. Signed by: ANITA WAGNER / ASSISTANT SECRETARY. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on DECEMBER 01, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: DECEMBER 31, 2015, JANUARY 7, 14 AND 21, 2016.

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT ASSIGNED FILE NO. 2015-030874 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S) (FBN) to be abandoned: (A) THE HEARING AID STORE located at 7090 PARKWAY DR., SUITE B, LA MESA, CA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, 921942. Mailing address: P.O. BOX 404 MINNEAPOPLIS, MN 55440. This business is conducted by: A CORPORATION The registrant filed the above FBN(s) on: 01/09/2015, and was assigned FILE NO: 2015-000697. This FBN is hereby abandoned by the following: (A) NORTHLAND HEARING CENTERS, INC of 6425 FLYING CLOUD, EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55344. STATE OF INCORPORATION: MINNESOTA. Signed by: ANITA WAGNER / ASSISTANT SECRETARY. This statement was filed with ERNEST J. DRONENBURG, JR, the Recorder/County Clerk of San Diego County on DECEMBER 01, 2015. SAN DIEGO COUNTY HERALD, PUBLISH: DECEMBER 31, 2015, JANUARY 7, 14 AND 21, 2016.

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