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FROM THE EDITOR... As the economic downturn stretches into another month, the temptation grows stronger to simply throw up our hands in feeling there is nothing we can do about any of it. Despite the staggering dollar figures, even the most recent governmental stimulus package seems to represent only a small step in getting the situation moving in the right direction. It has become readily apparent that this challenge is not one we can rely solely on others to fix. As individuals and a community, we need to work together to ensure better times come sooner rather than later. That call to action and service is one that resonates in this month’s edition of My Hometown. Beginning with our cover story, we share with our readers how our personal and collective involvement in community activities pays big dividends. Otay Ranch resident Joyce Buehrer felt so moved by all that the Make-A-Wish Foundation had done for her son Christian that she asked us to help her tell her family’s story. Jessica Speer, another east Chula Vista resident, has formed a local team that will participate in the 3-Day Breast Cancer walk later this year. She is looking for support from the community and we are happy to help spread that word. In this issue, we also shine light on two small business owners who are moving forward with grand openings despite the economic uncertainly we see affecting companies large and small. The resolve and confidence shown by these two individuals offers a real-life example of the type of action called for in our new President’s inaugural address. Thanks to a former local student, we share a personal account of what it felt like to be in Washington D.C. in late January and to feel a resurgence in the American spirit. On a practical level, we offer suggestions for making the most of the “extra” hour of sunlight we gain this month. Finally, as we prepare to celebrate the one-year anniversary of My Hometown with our April issue, we invite you to share with us how you feel about this monthly publication. We look forward to your comments and hope you enjoy reading our latest edition.
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community news The Arts Are Alive at New Hope Community Church
YSplash Promotes Water Safety
Watching the Inauguration With 1.5 Million of My Closest Friends
school news School PE Programs Keep Kids Moving
resident spotlight The Shilling Family
business highlight Pack and Bianes Vision Care
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To Sienna Vasquez a 7th grader at EastLake Middle School for her performance at the Indio Circuit Equestrian Show in January. She gathered seven first-place finishes in various English and Hunter classes. In total, she earned eight points towards the World Equestrian Competition that will be held in the fall of 2009.
To Adela Park and her staff on the opening of Tutti Frutti Yogurt in the Marketplace at Windingwalk. The new Otay Ranch yogurt shop will enjoy a “soft opening” on March 5 and welcome neighbors at the store’s grand opening on March 13. The new yogurt option is located near Oggi’s at 2110 Birch Rd., #105.
To Paul Estepa a volunteer janitor at the South Bay Family YMCA for nearly 10 years. Paul volunteers at the Y every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the entire day. He empties trash cans, recycles paper, cleans up the bathrooms, and makes sure that the Y is always kept clean and presentable. According to Y staff, Paul is the first one to know if there is a new face, and he welcomes everyone with a smile and a hello. The staff is grateful and appreciative for his janitorial support, and recognizes that the branch would not be as great as it is without Paul’s help.
To Ron Bolles, on his recent induction into the San Diego City/County Music Teachers Hall Of Fame. Over Ron’s 36-year teaching career he founded 16 choirs. He spent 25 years at Bonita Vista High School and simultaneously spent 15 years at Bonita Vista Middle School. At the Bonita schools, Ron’s choirs received 444 top awards in festivals and competitions. Of these awards, 372 were Sweepstakes, First Places or Superior ratings. Choirs under his direction won 15 nationally recognized competitions. His ensembles participated in cultural exchange tours to 17 countries on four continents. Twice his groups were selected to represent the State of California at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
To Douglas E. Luffborough, III, on his appointment to fill the vacancy on the Chula Vista Board of Education. The Board received 23 applications for the seat and interviewed seven finalists publicly at its Feb. 3 special meeting. In his application, Luffborough noted that, “As a product of public education, my philosophy is to provide a high level of academic excellence to all children and to adapt learning and teaching styles to reflect the population of students in the district.” The east Chula Vista resident is a motivational speaker and presenter who oversees the Turning the Hearts Center, which is devoted to youth development and family empowerment. He has been a member of the Wolf Canyon Elementary PTA and School Site Council.
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Enforcers player Valley Coleman from the Chula Vista Police Department takes down an LA Heat player at a game last season.
Police, Firefighters and Other Officers Set For Charity Football Games The San Diego Enforcers, a football team made of San Diego County law enforcement officers, paramedics and firefighters, will begin their 2009 season on March 7. The Enforcers are a part of the National EVENTS DETAILS: Public Safety Season Begins March 7 Football League, a www.sandiegoenforcers.com non-profit organization made of 22 teams from across the country that have united to raise funds for charity through spirited competition. Ticket sales and donations from its four-game season will go to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a fund that provides financial assistance to injured Marines, sailors and their families. The money raised helps defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery. Home games will be held at Cathedral Catholic High School March 7, beginning at 4 p.m.; April 4, 5 p.m.; and April 25, 5 p.m. The Enforcers team is made up entirely of volunteer players of varying skill from former NFL, Arena Football League and a variety of Division One college athletes down to beginning level players. The Chula Vista Police Department is one of several public safety organizations represented this year. For more information, visit www.sandiegoenforcers.com.
The Bonita Museum and Cultural Center will hold a “St. Patrick’s Afternoon Tea” on Sunday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will enjoy the juried fine art exhibit in the museum, music by saxaphonist Donald Hamilton and a poetry recitation by Jimmy Lydon, an American movie legend. Seating is limited and a $30 donation per person is suggested. Reservations and donations should be made by March 11. To make reservations call Glennalie at (619) 479-9607 or Ernie at (619) 421-6662. The museum is located at 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, 91902.
Seven SD Church at Olympian High Earlier this year, Seven San Diego Church moved locations for their Sunday services. Needing a bigger space, the church is now holding services at Olympian High every Sunday at 10 a.m. The church offers a full childcare and kids program from birth through sixth grade. Jeremy McGarity and the other leaders of this new church welcome everyone to attend their services at 1925 Magdalena Ave. Check out the website at www.sevensdchurch.com for more information.
Host Families Needed for Foreign Students The Council for Educational Travel, USA has openings for local host families willing to open their home to a junior or senior high school student from another country. Students come from over 40 countries and stay for a period of five to 10 months. Eager to meet a U.S. family, the students come with spending money and insurance and an interest in another culture. By opening their homes, host families also experience a unique and personal involvement in the global community. To find out how you can open your home to an international high school student, visit www.cetusa.org or contact Trish Sheppard at email@example.com or (858) 373-8186.
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The South County Christian Youth Theater here in the South Bay brings Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” to our community. The production runs March 6-8 at the Kassebaum Theater of Mater Dei High School located at 1571 Magdalena Ave. Tickets purchased prior to the show cost $12 for adults and $10 for children. The price goes to $15 for adults if purchased at the door. This is a wonderful performance with many of the cast and crew coming from the EastLake area. For showtimes, visit www.cyt.org or call (619) 588-0206 or (800) 696-1929.
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On Saturday, March 14, Doug Wolf and his staff at Mathnasium will hold their official grand opening and ribbon cutting from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The new learning center specializes in teaching math to children. Come by 884 Eastlake Parkway, Suite 1623 in the Village Walk Center of EastLake and share in the opening of this new addition to the community.
The 8th Annual Kiwanis Wine Tasting event presented by Chula Vista Kiwanis is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at the Norman Park Center on F Street near downtown Chula Vista. This wonderful community event is attended by many of the City’s prominent business people, elected officials and people who care about Chula Vista. The nearly 59-year-old service organization is expecting over 300 people this year. Tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple. Established on May 16, 1950, the Chula Vista Kiwanis club has over 70 members who are committed to community service in Chula Vista and the greater San Diego County regional community. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Chris Altbaum at (619) 422-1123.
Best Dog Competition Calling all East Chula Vista’s all-star dogs. Come strut your stuff at the Best Dog Competition on March 22 at 1 p.m. hosted by PETCO of EastLake. Dogs will be judged on manners, ability to follow commands and dog outfit. First prize is a three-month supply of Natural Balance dog food with second-place receiving a Science Diet gift basket. The third place winner will go home with one bag of Natural Balance dog food. All participants will receive a prize just for entering. Register in store or by calling (619) 397-6809.
State of the City Address March 10 Mayor Cheryl Cox will deliver the annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, March 10. The address will begin at 6 p.m. and take place at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 276 Fourth Ave. To view the agenda, visit www.chulavistaca.gov.
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The Arts Are Alive at New Hope Community Church March is Arts Education Month and New Hope Community Church is celebrating by launching a new Arts Academy. Housed in New Hope’s brand new state of the art facilities located adjacent to the Olympic Training Center, the Academy offers instruction in music, dance and visual art for ages two to adult. The New Hope Community Church campus includes dedicated rooms for music and dance. A corps of teachers with diverse backgrounds provide training in the arts, and the students will have the opportunity to perform on a regular basis in church services and activities. “You can’t have heart without art,” said the Arts Academy coordinators, Ron and Reina Bolles.
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No strangers to understanding the power of arts education, the Bolles enjoyed a long affiliation with Bonita Vista High School and Bonita Vista Middle School. The Bolles Theater was so named for their 25 years of helping students capture awards and accomplishments in music and dance. Additionally, Reina spent nearly a decade developing and directing the Allen Arts Academy at Allen Elementary School in Bonita. For nine years Ron served as facilitator for the School For The Creative and Performing Arts at Chula Vista High School and Chula Vista Middle School. “This is an ambitious undertaking and we’re excited about opening an Arts Academy to augment our ChristArts program and concert series already in place,” said Reina. The ChristArts program at the church features an adult choir, a praise band and singers, a drama team, a dance team and a handbell choir. “As our local schools consider drastic budget cuts and maintaining a viable arts program becomes more difficult, we anticipate that the New Hope Arts Academy may provide families in the community with an affordable alternative to expose their children to the arts. We believe parents find it particularly gratifying to involve their children in our safe and wholesome environment,” Ron added. The Arts Academy features dance instruction in preballet, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, as well as a teen dance ensemble, “Moving Spirit.” The music program offers private instruction in guitar, bass, drums, voice, piano, songwriting, and sound/music engineering. There are also classes in music for preschoolers and their parents. Visual arts instruction is also available in private or small class settings. Additionally, courses in ballroom dancing and Christian yoga are also offered at the church. “Our doors are open to all who want to experience the wonder and power of the arts in a Christian setting,” Reina said. my. Information about the Arts Academy can be obtained through visiting New Hope Community Church located at 2720 Olympic Parkway; by calling the Church Office: (619) 600-4160; or by checking on their website: http://go-newhope.com/
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YSplash Promotes Water SafetY With warmer months on the horizon, our kids’ desire to be outside and in the water grows. It won’t be long before our children start pleading with us to take them to the beach, the local water park or the backyard swimming pool. At the South Bay Family YMCA, local area youth can prepare for the upcoming summer activities by learning to be water safe. From April 6-10, our neighborhood YMCA will participate in a nationwide effort called “YSplash.” The program began in 1993 and is designed to educate kids three years and older on
“We encourage kids to learn correct body position rather than rely on their floaties,” said Quinn, who in addition to working at the YMCA also lives in the east Chula Vista community. “What sets us apart from other swim instruction providers is that character development and core values are stressed in each program.” The cost for “YSplash” is $15. Registration for the program will open on March 1 and close on April 2. Financial assistance is available for families who want to participate but may not be able to afford it. “We have made every effort to keep the costs for the program as low as possible to expose it to as many kids as possible,” said Tony Fajardo, who oversees the YMCA’s aquatics program. “We don’t turn anyone away because of their financial situation.” my.
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swimming basics and increase their awareness of dangerous situations that can arise at the beach, a water park or in a pool. According to YMCA staff, the non-profit organization has been a swim provider for more than a 100 years now. “The goal of ‘YSplash’ is to ensure that kids have fun and enjoy the water,” said Briana Quinn, Aquatics Coordinator for the YMCA. “The program focuses on beginning and intermediate swimmers age three and up. Each class is led by certified swim instructors.” Last year nearly 300 kids went through “YSplash.” Beginning at eight in the morning and stretching into the evening, the program consists of a half hour class limited to six-to-eight kids per class. Every day for five days, the class centers on a different water-related topic. Participants will receive instruction on pool, boating, beach and water park safety along with learning to become better swimmers. During the program, the pool is heated to between 84 and 87 degrees. “We have instructors that speak both Spanish and English,” Quinn said. “The instructors talk to the kids and the parents at the start of the program to let them know what the focus is for that day. The role of the parents is to watch and learn what they can do to help their kids become water safe.” Despite the young age of the participants, Quinn said arm “floaties” or “wings” are not permitted in the pool during the program. march 2009 my hometown 9
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Watching the Inauguration With 1.5 Million of My Closest Friends By Charlie Sarosy How important was attending this presidential inauguration to me? Important enough to stand in below-freezing temperatures for nine hours with 1.5 million people from across the country. When I got back to my apartment at 3:00 p.m. from the inauguration ceremony, I was exhausted, sore, and couldn’t feel my feet or fingers because of the cold. But I was inspired. Not just by President Obama’s eloquent speech or the overwhelming amount of people who flocked to see this historic day, but by a new inkling of hope. I saw first-hand a resurgence of the American sprit of resilience and courage. In times like these, it is easy to give in and just accept a deteriorating situation as inevitable. But after President Obama’s speech, and after looking into the eyes of the thousands of people around me, I knew that once again the people of this country believed in something. There was a sense of unity, pride and excitement about politics that I had not seen in a long time. Seeing a vital turning point in American history first-hand was worth every sore muscle and frozen body part. Hope overwhelmed my fatigue. As I did not have a ticket to the inauguration, and my roommate did, I left our apartment at 6:00 a.m. and headed down
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to the National Mall by myself. But I was not alone for long. I was soon part of the herd of people swarming down 18th street to the National Mall entrance. I made my way down the Mall. After a few wrong turns, some “excuse me’s”, and improvisational navigation, I had found an area next to a screen and a speaker, with a clear view of the Capitol building, and plenty of open space. The people at the Capitol were mere specks in the distance, however, as I was about a half-mile away from the Capitol. Despite the 10-degree wind chill, everyone had a warmth of excitement about them. The anticipation was growing exponentially. The buzz of excitement was unparalleled. I have never seen so many people excited about politics. Kids of all ages, in strollers and with juice boxes, were holding close to their parents, waving their American flags. It was refreshing to see children excited about being an American. Finally, noon had come and with the usual pomp and circumstance, all the dignitaries, senators, and representatives had been seated. The time had come and the anticipation exploded into cheers, tears, and widespread flag-waving. As we looked onto our giant screen, we saw President Obama walk down those red-carpet steps with purpose and humility. I held my cell phone in the air as he took the oath of office so I could record the extraordinary moment. After the mix-up on the wording, Barack Obama finished reciting the oath, and the 1.5 millon freezing people burst with cheer and jubilation. Some were crying, some were laughing, but all were smiling. A new time had come, and for a moment, all were lost in a flood of patriotic spirit. But President Obama brought us back down to earth with his somber, yet inspiring speech. Outlining the numerous challenges that face us, and acknowledging that things will
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probably get worse before they get better, he communicated a message of resilience and courage. He called upon heroic moments in American history to remind us that even when it seems like there is no way to escape, there is always the chance to pick yourself up. The question is what will you do when you pick yourself up? Will America go down in defeat and accept becoming a historical parallel to the fall of Rome? Or will it fight back, and respond to its widespread challenges and become a responsible and admired global leader? President Obama made it clear that it will be the latter. President Obama’s inaugural speech instilled a new sense of confidence and tenacity in the American people. His speech was strong, but showed humility. Inspiring, but realistic. It addressed the fact that America is at a significant turning point. One in which we can back down from our duties, or one in which we have the courage to pick ourselves up, dust off our shoulders, and restore American leadership. Any doubts that I had about America’s ability to recover from this crisis, any doubts about our ability to lead, any doubts about our ability to govern ourselves, were eased by President Obama’s message of pragmatism, bipartisanship and innovative leadership. Somehow he found a way to project a message of restrained confidence in the face of a pervasive crisis. His speech was exactly what I was looking for, and is exactly what the American people needed: a message of hope, but not false hope. Hope that is anchored in responsible action and a return to the principles of the American forefathers. President Obama is leading a new era, but he is doing so by returning to centuries-old ideals. I will never forget his speech, or that day. And I’m sure that my 1.5 million compatriots will not either. my.
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By Karen Smith
A CALL TO ACT
n times like these, we have a tendency to focus in on ourselves and to stop giving to others. We have less time and less money, so we stop donating, volunteering and serving. We take more of a ‘step back and observe’ stance as if we are waiting for the cavalry to ride in and save the day. After all, if our new Administration or even our local leaders could just offer up the perfect recovery program, we could all get back to work and we’d have more to give, right? Yet, we all know in our heart of hearts, that it’s really the other way around. The economy would more quickly recover if we’d all just put our focus on service to the community. The responsibility (and the recovery) lies within each of us. And, many hands make light work. The other day I was walking my kids to school and I passed a piece of trash on the sidewalk. Rather than picking it up, I thought, “Look at that! Someone left trash on the sidewalk!” On my way back home, I noticed it again. I
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shook my head with disgust as I passed over it wondering who could be so inconsiderate and how long would that piece of trash sit there before someone would pick it up. Later that afternoon, I walked back to the school for pick up and noticed it was STILL there. This ‘walking over the trash’ thing continued for a few days as I passed by that same piece of trash again and again, each time grumbling louder to myself about it. One day at the peak of my frustration, I remembered one of my Dad’s famous sayings: “No one is coming!” He would always say this to me when I’d find myself waiting for the cavalry or waiting for someone to swoop in and save the day. It meant, stop your whining and do something about it. No one is coming. As these words echoed in my mind, I was no longer disgusted about the trash. Instead, I was disgusted with myself for looking at such a small need in my immediate surroundings and walking right over it (over and over and over). What is wrong with me? Good grief! What was
I thinking? Did I want YOU to come pick it up? No! I would’ve felt bad if you had come over and picked it up instead of me. I guess I was just pouting because I didn’t want it dropped there in the first place. But, hey, it was already dropped. Was me walking over it a hundred times going to fix the initial problem? Obviously, not. When I think about the time and energy that I wasted during those days as I stepped over the piece of trash, I am amazed with myself. If I had just swooped down and picked it up the first time I saw it, I would have wiped out the moments of frustration I felt with each passing. In fact, I probably would have felt pretty darn proud of myself. Those little moments I spent frustrated would have instead been spent patting myself on the back for my good deed. Not to mention, who knows how many other people stepped over that same piece of trash wasting the same kind of thoughts that I did. I could have saved them all a bit of time and energy if I had been the one to take that first step. Living in a community like this, you can’t help but have those moments where you get a little lazy about involvement. Once we realize our place in our community and whose ‘job’ it is to do what, we quickly brush things off thinking…. “Don’t worry, <so-and-
so> will take care of that.” Somehow we think we’re off the hook because we think someone else will take care of it…someone else will show up to volunteer…someone else will be there to make it happen…someone else has more time or money than me, let them do it! My encounter with the piece of trash is a very simple example, but it is so indicative of our natural tendencies. What are we thinking during those moments we find ourselves looking at a little ‘trash’? When we’re standing right there, why do we wonder how long it will sit there before someone does something? Why do we immediately try to find someone else to deal with it or to blame for it? A little involvement is such a small thing to ask of ourselves. It’s not even about going an extra mile. It’s about taking one small movement from right where you are already standing. It’s about noticing what you are noticing and taking action on that thought. There are SO many little moments like this in our lives every single day – small, simple ways that we can make a difference….give back…contribute… influence…achieve…and with such little effort. (Sure, there are huge things, too, but let’s start with baby steps here!) continued on page 17...
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wish to Visit JaPan By Mike Minjares Like fairy godmothers, two women came
Christian and his family recently
to the Buehrer family house in Otay
returned from a whirlwind trip to
Ranch to visit nine-year-old Christian.
Japan. The local boy lives with a life-
After meeting the family, the two pulled Christian aside to speak with him alone.
threatening condition called “tetralogy of fallot” which indicates he has four different problems with his
Every Make-A-Wish Foundation wish
heart. In the earlier meeting, he had
begins with the same question – If you
told his Make-A-Wish volunteers that
could go anywhere, meet anyone, be anything or have anything you most
he wanted to go to Japan to see Mt. Fuji. Beginning with a limo ride from his Chula Vista home to the airport in
wanted, what would you wish for? It was
Los Angeles, Christian and his family
this question the two volunteers posed
enjoyed the experience of a lifetime.
to the local third grader.
“The whole trip was incredible,” said Joyce, Christian’s mom. “We’re talking the flight, the hotel, everything was paid for. Make-A-Wish even provided money for Christian to purchase souvenirs of his experience. They didn’t cut any corners.” According to Joyce, her son loves everything from Japan. Like a lot of kids, he is very interested in Pokéman and loves to play video games on the nintendo Wii. Christian also enjoys Japanese anime. The trip to Japan allowed him to experience many of his Japanese favorites firsthand. With a Japanese Make-AWish volunteer, one of 25,000 the organization has around the world,
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showing them around, Christian and his family made the trek to Mt. Fuji, were treated to Toyko Disneyland, made a trip to “Electric City” and tried all kinds of seafood dishes at the world’s biggest fish market called Tsukiji Fish Market. For Christian, one of the most memorable experiences was a trip to the Pokéman Center. “They had everything you could imagine Pokéman there,” Joyce said. “Christian had a smile from ear-toear the entire trip. We kept telling him that he could do or have anything he wanted. This vacation was all about Christian. It was all for him.” becoming a pediatric cardiologist
The experience has left a lasting
so he can do for others what his
impression on Joyce, who also suffers
doctors have done for him.
from a heart condition. Seeing all
that Make-A-Wish did for her son and her family, she says she now plans to
To learn more about Make-A-Wish or to
start volunteering for the organiza-
volunteer to assist in granting a child’s wish,
tion once her health allows it.
contact the local chapter at (858) 707-9474 or go online at www.wishsandiego.org.
“You see these Make-A-Wish children everywhere and it sounds like a good cause,” she explained. “We benefitted directly from people’s generosity. For example, we learned the Sheraton donated the hotel room we stayed in. The experience made us all appreciate the generosity of people so much more. Christian is so appreciative
human experience with
and wants people to know about
hope, strength and joy.
Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has been making wishes
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reSIDeNTS TeAm UP To fIGhT BreAST CANCer From the White House to our local schools, the call for service has gone out in communities nationwide. All of us have been asked to do what we can to make sure that all members of our community, both near and far, weather these uncertain economic times. Sacrifices, big and small, will be required and have been required for some time. In our neighborhood, people have willingly accepted the challenge to step up and do something positive.
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Jessica Speer moved into Otay Ranch last April with her husband and children. Like many residents she enjoys reading My Hometown each month and she said it gave her an idea on how she could personally add to the social capital so important to building community. Together with good friends Leah Cole and nicole navarro, she has put together a team that is going to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The walk is scheduled for november 20-22 right here in San Diego. “There are three of us on our team right now and we would love to expand our team to those truly dedicated and committed to this,” Speer said. “We were inspired to do this walk by wanting to do something so bold for such a good cause. I watched my two older sisters as they dealt with the devastating loss of their mother to breast cancer. It’s just a cause that the three of us really believe in and we honestly feel like we can contribute to the cure.”
At 60 miles, the Breast Cancer 3-Day is recognized as the longest walk of its kind. In addition, each walker is required to raise a minimum of $2,300 to walk. Speer and her team have set a goal of $10,000. Although the event is still eight months away, the local women have already started working toward the lofty figure and will soon be holding local fundraising events. Speer said they have received support from many local businesses, but could still use additional support. The team is also open to adding local residents wanting to step up and make a difference. “Any residents who are interested in joining our team or anyone who would like to donate to help us reach our goal are more than welcome to contact me,” Speer said. “If anyone would like for us to pin a ribbon donning the name of someone they love during our walk, please email us. We would love to keep their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers with every step.” my.
To support Speer’s efforts, contact this dedicated Chula Vista citizen at JBATTEN21@yahoo. com. For more information on the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, please visit the event’s website at www.the3day.org. My Hometown wishes Speer and her team all the best as they provide a great example of active participation in one’s community.
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I’ll admit after a long, hard day, it’s a lot easier to sit at home, watch TV and pray for the economy to recover. “I’m tired. I’m broke. It’s not my responsibility. Let someone else take the lead.” But, how is that working out for you? Are those things that are so critically important to you magically getting done? Probably not…and why? Because YOU are the one to make it happen. You. No one is coming. Don’t get me wrong about the “No one is coming” thing, though. You can’t take the saying too literally. “No one is coming” doesn’t mean to say you’re in it all alone. It just means YOU need to take the step. As soon as you take that step, you’ll realize you’re not alone in the effort at all. There are people who are eager to come and help you. People are looking for ways to get involved. They WANT to rally behind you and help the cause. The minute you step up and point to the goal, people will begin asking how they can help. At first
it will only be a person or two, but the momentum will build and eventually you’ll have your own entourage. So, what is your piece of trash? Is there something you are continually walking over…wondering who is coming? Stop right now and pick it up. Take the action. Watch what happens. You don’t have to tackle a big issue and save the entire world, but one small, simple action, might just change someone’s life
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lifestyle By Karen Smith
LET THE SUN
Shine In This year the additional sun hour will begin on Sunday, March 8 and will run until November 1. So, the question now arises – what to do with that extra hour of sunlight we’ll have?
arkness. It is the one aspect of the winter that I just never adjust to. The abundance of sunlight and the opportunity to bask in it is what draws many out west. Yet in the winter I am often waking up in the dark, heading to work and then returning home just as the sun sets and night falls. I feel like I’ve missed the whole day. My preference for sun means that each spring I anxiously look forward to the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST). It is that grand day when most of us push our clocks forward to gain an extra hour of sunlight. This year the additional sun hour will begin on Sunday, March 8 and will run until November 1. So, the question now arises – what to do with that extra hour of sunlight we’ll have? Coming home from work while there is still substantial daylight means a number of outdoor pursuits become available. Just because the original intent involved energy conservation doesn’t mean we have to be practical about this change. The hour is yours and the options are many. Here are just a few to consider:
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Plant a Garden – Both of my kids have been asking for years for us to make use of this barren patch of ground in our backyard. Shaped like a semi-circle, this dirt area sits like a cutout up against our fence, just off the grass and in a corner that gets plenty of sun. Their request comes as no surprise, really, since at each of their schools they have had gardens for years. When my daughter Mariana was in kindergarten, her class had a very nice garden right outside their classroom. Maintained by a parent volunteer, the garden served as a wonderful teaching tool for my daughter’s teacher Ms. Pietryk. For years, Ms. Pietryk has had her students working the soil, planting seeds, watering and weeding as part of their daily lessons. According to Ms.
Pietryk, there are lessons being taught in the work. “Through the garden experience, students learn about the life cycle of plants,” she explained. “It is actually part of their life science standard, but the garden represents a hands-on approach to teaching that content. There is a sense of pride for the children when they see the results of their efforts.” When my son Andrew was in preschool, the lessons also involved illustrating the life cycle of plants, but with several additional elements important for four and five year olds. “This is a flower garden so it relates more to helping the children be more caring of living things especially since they have a big stake in the success of the garden,” Lee Ann Chavez, a preschool Master Teacher, said. “After we planted seeds, some of the children pulled up chairs to watch the flowers grow. One asked me, ‘Why isn’t the sun working to make the sunflowers grow?’ So the idea of time is a relative one still to some of them.”
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Little League Baseball/ Softball – The month of March not only marks the start of major league spring training in warm weather spots across the county. It also means the time has come for Little League baseball and softball fields to be littered with kids of all ages swinging for the fences, dreaming of the day they connect with the winning hit. With an extra hour of sunlight, practices and games can be played without lights. Why not stop by the local field and take in a game and be reminded why baseball is called “America’s Pastime.” There are opportunities to coach, umpire or tend the fields. If you’re not athletically inclined, you can still support the local league by buying a sweet treat at the snack bar. My son Andrew’s T-ball experience a couple years ago set the tone for our family’s continued involvement the last few years. Starting the season not knowing how to grip a bat, or which fingers to stick in which holes in the glove or which direction to run after swinging, Drew grew into a pretty good
ball player. Over the years, we’ve added Mariana’s fast-pitch softball activities to our busy family calendar. In both instances, we have found coaches eager to apply a positive approach. Drew’s T-ball coach stressed the importance of keeping things fun. “Coach Shawn” emphasized focusing on the positive growth kids make while participating in sports and how, at this age particularly, they look to their parents for guidance on how to react to success and failure. He made us promise that we’d watch a more advanced league game and not become a parent who has lost sight of what really is important – the kids’ growth and enjoyment. To find your local little league baseball or softball organization, go to www.littleleague.org. Explore a Bike Trail – Tune up the Mountain Bike and venture off the beaten path. Stationary bikes are poor substitutes for the real thing. I know. I have one in my family room. Granted, they
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make for great exercise, keep muscles going when rain makes the road more hazardous and function fine during the day or night. But with an extra hour of sunlight at our disposal, there is now time for a ride through the neighborhood or nearby park. Bike clubs exist in cities big and small and most happily welcome new members of varying abilities and experience. For the truly adventurous, opportunities exist to download a bike trail and head out on your own. If your bike has gathered dust and cobwebs sitting or hanging in the garage, it is important that you take it to a local bike shop and have it checked out, making sure the brakes work, the tires are properly inflated and that the seat and handle bars are at the right height.
Walkâ€“ For those who like to take their activity at a slower pace, extended Daylight Saving Time allows for a great chance to walk the community safely. Walking can be a great lowimpact fitness activity and can turn into a social event in our neighborhoods. On your walk make it a point to meet neighbors, take a break by the community fountain or neighborhood park and enjoy the opportunity to see something new. Youâ€™ll be surprised how different even the most familiar places and landmarks look when you stroll rather than power by in an effort to squeeze some exercise in the dark. With an extra hour of sunlight, more
time is available to take in the beauty that surrounds us. The start of Daylight Saving Time is also a good time to take care of one important indoor function. Fire departments encourage people to change the battery in their home smoke detectors when they change their clocks. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of U.S. homes have smoke detectors, but of these, one-third have dead or missing batteries. Before you head out to enjoy that extra hour of sun we are being given, take a minute or two to make sure your emergency equipment at home is ready to do its job. After that you can check off something practical and dive into something fun, and there is no shortage of sun-drenched activities to enjoy in our communities. Goodbye winter, itâ€™s time to let the sun shine in. my.
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School News March 2009
School PE Programs Keep Kids Moving
wayne Wade plays a prominent role on the court for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has led his team to the NBA Championship and sparked the U.S. to the gold medal in menâ€™s basketball at last summerâ€™s Olympic Games. The professional basketball player is also making a difference off the court. This year Wade is featured in Cartoon Networkâ€™s â€œNational Recess Week.â€? The national campaign is being celebrated March 2-6 and several local schools are participating, including Arroyo Vista Charter School in EastLake.
Key Upcoming District-wide Dates: Year-round Schools Spring Break: March 23-April 10
Traditional Schools Spring Break: April 6-10 Principal For a Day: April 16
Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon: April 25 Masonic Awards: April 30
Remember, the 2009-10 School Year Starts July 27, 2009 for all District schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.*
*Check with your childâ€™s charter school for charter school starting dates.
Each Child Is An Individual of Great Worth Chula Vista Elementary School District 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910 s WWWCVESDORG An 811 API School District
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Throughout the Chula Vista Elementary School District schools are using the Building Better Bodies physical education curriculum to help kids understand the importance of an active lifestyle and the role physical fitness plays in their lives. According to Sharon Hillidge, a resource teacher with the Chula Vista School District, the BBB curriculum is aligned with the California Physical Education Content Standards. At the primary level, the goal of the program is to identify age appropriate motor skills and fitness activities as well as health information that can be easily implemented into grade level physical education programs. The program offers teachers innovative solutions for physical education instruction. â€œOne of our goals is to provide a user-friendly program for teachers that will enhance elementary studentsâ€™ understanding about how to build and keep their bodies healthy,â€? Hillidge said. The BBB curriculum was introduced to the district through a pilot project in 2005. Two years later, approximately 400 fourth, fifth and sixth-grade teachers, principals and their related staff from 40 district schools took part in staff development and program implementation. â€œBBBâ€™s continued success is due directly to the willingness of grade level teachers to work together to implement a physical education program that best meets the needs of all their students, including those with special needs,â€? Hillidge said. At Olympian High in the Sweetwater Union High School District, the new state standards have meant the development of a physical education curriculum less focused on team sports
and more on individual activities and personal responsibility. Lisa Hernandez, a physical education teacher at the east Chula Vista school, estimates that about 650 students (nearly half the enrollment) take part in some form of PE at Olympian. All ninth-grade students are working on individual fitness plans that prepare them for the state mandated FITNESSGRAM. The test uses Healthy Fitness Zones standards to evaluate a studentâ€™s fitness performance on activities such as walking, running, pull-ups, push-ups and stretching. â€œWe are definitely not using the traditional PE program,â€? Hernandez said. â€œThe students are doing something different each day. During the week, we have them focused on cardio work, power stretching, a sports day and then another activity. We want to emphasize to them that you donâ€™t have to be an athlete to be healthy. We want to find what it is that will keep them moving.â€? In addition to physical activity, the PE curriculum at Olympian also includes aspects of the schoolâ€™s academic literacy program. Students in physical education classes receive printed information about nutrition and review healthrelated articles. Hernandez, who has been at the school since it opened three years ago, hopes to add additional elective sections of aerobics and dance to the strength training option now available. The goal is to encourage students to remain active for life. It seems to be working. â€œIâ€™ve noticed that even those students that pass the FITNESSGRAM are still remaining active,â€? she said. â€œThey tell me they stretch every day or get out and walk. Some have even said being active has helped them with their studies.â€? my.
The ShiLling Family
or nearly 45 minutes, stepsisters Alissa and Jada Shilling worked quietly on homework at the kitchen table as their parents, Brandee and Chris, met with a visitor at their house. The two young girls kept right on working even as they heard their names mentioned numerous times throughout the conversation. Once the interview ended, however, the sisters could hold their tongues no longer. With bright and smiling faces, they greeted this visitor and thanked him for choosing their family as the resident spotlight for My Hometown magazine. They talked excitedly about what they wore for the photo shoot, describing their dresses in perfect detail. Before the visitor could leave, eight-year-old Alissa needed to make one additional comment. “And thank you Mom and Dad for saying such nice things about us,” she said as her parents escorted their guest to the door. The Shillings have lived in EastLake for about a year now, but have deep roots in the local and larger Chula Vista community. Brandee was born in San Diego and grew up in the South Bay, graduating from Montgomery High School. For Chris, Chula Vista has always been his home. The current boys’ basketball coach at High Tech High (Chula Vista) attended Castle Park and Southwestern Community College. After living in other areas, the two blended their families together and have created a warm and welcoming home in an EastLake neighborhood.
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“We wanted a community that was special and one that felt like a community,” Brandee said. “When we moved here we knew the kids would be going to good schools and be more involved in a great community. We love the neighborhood and feel so comfortable here. The girls are also close to their cousins since my brother and sister-in-law live next door.” In addition to his duties coaching basketball, Chris also works as the director of public safety at the Otay Ranch Town Center. But having played basketball for 20 years, including in high school and college, it is easy to see where his passion lies. “This is the first year for the team,” he said. “The team’s goal is to learn and grow in order to be able to compete against the other schools. We’re trying to teach them what leadership is. I tell them they need to work hard and show leadership by helping others. With that in mind, it is important for me to be out in the community and be a leader.” Brandee has also recently taken steps to follow her dream and do something she enjoys. Together with her husband, Brandee is opening a catering business. “Irresistible Catering” will specialize in soul food and gourmet dishes. “Cooking is my joy and I’m always in the kitchen cooking something,” Brandee said. “It’s been a dream of mine to own a catering business. As we tell the girls, you never give up on your dreams.” my. march 2009 my hometown 23
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out and about Mar 4 begin accepting kindergarten registration packets for ‘09-10 school year; www.cvesd.org; (619) 425-9600x1570 CVESD schools
Daylight Saving Time
It is that grand day when most of us push our clocks forward to gain an extra hour of sunlight. This year the additional sun hour will begin on Sunday, March 8 and will run until November 1. Community Clubs? Events? Meetings?
If you have something you’d like us to add to the Community Calendar, contact
Mayor Cox’s State of the
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St. Patrick’s Afternoon Tea
2-4p.m., Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, 4355 Bonita Rd, Bonita, 91902; $30 donation suggested; To make reservations call Glennalie (619) 479-9607 or Ernie (619) 421-6662
with Attorney J. Alan Enochs; 6:30pm
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Mar 22 Best Dog Competition
1p.m at PETCO in the Village Walk Center in EastLake; Register in store or by calling (619) 397-6809
of Disney’s “Alice
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Mar 8 Daylight Savings Time begins
Mar 14 Mathnasium Grand Opening;
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9:30a.m.-12noon and 1-3:30p.m., ages 5-16; Montevalle Recreation Center, 840 Duncan Ranch Rd, $20 residents and $25 non-residents; (619) 691-5269 Free Music Clinic; 1-5pm at Neisha’s Dance Academy, 870 Jetty Lane; reservations required (619) 585-1133
Mar 28 Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Parade & Community Celebration; Route begins in Sherman Heights (25th & J Street); Parade – 10a.m.-12 noon. Community Celebration – 12 noon to 4p.m.; www. sdchavezcommittee.info
Spring Craft Workshop
9:30a.m.-12noon and 1-3:30p.m., ages 6-15; Heritage Community Center, 1381 E. Palomar St.; $20 residents and $25 non-residents; (619) 421-7032 Mary James in Concert
7p.m.; New Hope Community Church, 2720 Olympic Parkway; Admission $5; (619) 600-4160 or http://mary-james.com Please note events and times are subject to change.
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Pack & Bianes Vision Care G
iving back to the community comes naturally for doctors John Pack and Beverly Bianes. Together with their staff at Pack & Bianes Vision Care, the couple have served meals at Father Joe’s Village, sponsored scholarships for local students, hosted a local art show and coordinated a blanket drive to benefit victims of domestic abuse and their children. Their connection to this area goes far beyond the full range of optometry services they provide. It is a personal calling they share to be involved in building a stronger community. “I grew up in this area and went to Montgomery High School,” Dr. Bianes shared. “After finishing optometry school, I wanted to come back to my city. It is nice to be able to show people in the South Bay that you can have goals, achieve them and come back and share your knowledge with the community.” The couple met in optometry school in Fullerton. They both received their Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1991. Since Dr. Pack did not feel a strong tie to the metropolitan big city, he admits he was more than willing to join his wife and move south. “I sensed in Beverly a deep-rooted desire to return to her hometown,” Dr. Pack remembered. “I felt that the South Bay community was an ideal location to start our practice partly because I’m fluent in Spanish. With Beverly’s ties and commitment to the area and my willingness to follow my bride, we came here.”
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The two opened their practice in National City in 1992, expanding to Chula Vista in 1994. With the growth of their family, the practice consolidated in 1999 to just the Terra Nova location. About two years ago they decided to expand again, this time in EastLake. Even with the second location, the couple remains committed to their family. “There is always juggling with the kids’ sporting events and school functions,” Dr. Pack said. “But one thing we have always placed first and foremost is our family. This philosophy is shared with our staff members as well. We love our business and we love our jobs, but we love our family even more and we keep that a priority.” As optometrists, Drs. Pack and Bianes focus on the visual system and on the health of the eyes. Their practice offers comprehensive exams, glasses and contact lens fittings, vision therapy and co-management for lasik surgery. Drs. Pack and Bianes, along with their associate Dr. Judi-Anne Perez, also work with the Chula Vista School District to help kids with visual difficulties. “We’ve practiced in this community for about 17 years and we live here as well,” Dr. Bianes said. “We didn’t just want to have a business in the community, we wanted to be part of the community.” my. Pack & Bianes Vision Care 890 Eastlake Parkway, Ste. 102, Chula Vista 91914; (619) 216-3937; www.packandbianesvision.com
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