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Local man grateful for organ donation
Dec. 29, 2011
Bob Moldenhauer received double lung transplant BY CLAIRE HARLIN email@example.com He was in his mid-40s, a father of two, a good friend, a wonderful father and husband. That’s almost all Bob Moldenhauer knows about the man who once breathed through the same lungs Bob Moldenhauer that he now does. That, and the fact that the man had a loving wife who made a crucial decision during her last moments with him that in turn saved Moldenhauer’s life and maybe the lives of others. “One donor can save upward of eight people’s lives,” said Moldenhauer, a longtime local resident who underwent his double lung transplant in 2009 after living for more than 11 years with pulmonary fibrosis. “It’s difficult for me to talk about my donor’s family without tearing up out of sadness for their loss and gratitude for the gift that they gave me. Despite their tragedy and sorrow, they still have this generosity in spirit to think of others in need.” While it’s not easy for Moldenhauer to talk about his transplant experience and what he and his family have gone through during See ORGAN, Page 6
2011 in Carmel Valley: A year in review BY KAREN BILLING Here’s a look back at some of the stories that had Carmel Valley buzzing in 2011:
The Torrey Pines High School Holiday Prep Classic returned this week for its 22nd year. The Holiday Classic is a nationally sanctioned high school basketball tournament that brings together top tier high school basketball programs from California, Arizona, Washington, Texas, Utah, Hawaii and as far away as the Washington D.C. area. In an exciting game held Dec. 26, Cathedral Catholic narrowly defeated host Torrey Pines 53-51. Visit www. theholidayclassic.org. Above: TPHS Falcon Sam Worman takes a shot while Xavier Williams defends for the Dons. Right: TPHS
Del Mar School District: new offices, new lunches The district moved its headquarters from 9th Street in Del Mar to its new Torrey Hills office building in July, and a maintenance and operations facility was set up in Sorrento Valley. District superintendent Jim Peabody joked that they don’t miss the mold, mildew, lead paint and cold water of their old digs. “We’re very happy here. It’s great to be in a nice, professional place to do business,” Peabody said. New fences went up to make the schools safer and parents became fed up with what they deemed were unhealthy school lunches. A lunch committee took on an aggressive schedule: a survey in February, tastings in March, a contract signed by May and the district was able to get a new private provider, Choicelunch, serving up healthy fare by the first day of school in August. “We’re making changes that move us to the forefront of nutrition in the area and also making it better for our families and the kids,” said trustee Doug Perkins. With the influx of new housing and families, Ocean Air School was filled to capacity and parents complained about neighborhood children not getting into their neighborhood school. The district board took a big step toward — hopefully — resolving the issue in December by approving the addition of new classrooms at the crowded school.
Falcon Garrett Galvin drives toward the basket. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
“Torrey Hills Lake” The I-5 on-ramp from Carmel Mountain Road was a source of frustration for much of the year as it started flooding anytime it rained after October 2010. The Torrey Hills Community Planning Board created a flood of its own into city inboxes, sending emails and making calls to ensure that fixing
“Torrey Hills Lake” the relatively new infrastructure was a priority. Delays lasted throughout the year, but work began in late fall to correct the collapsed storm drain. “Torrey Hills Lake” was officially drained by November. Police station shakeups and workouts It seemed like every few months, a new San Diego Police Department Northwestern Division captain or lieutenant was being introduced to the community, but things finally seemed to settle around mid-year. Since opening in 2007, the division has hosted four captains. Carmel Valley Northwestern Division welcomed Captain Albert Guaderrama in January, but he would only last seven months until being transferred, replaced by Captain Lori Luhnow. Lieutenant Jerry Mills came on board for a few months in January before being replaced by Lt. Todd Jarvis, who was transferred and there was no lieutenant until September when Lt. Andrew Hoffman arrived. Hoffman and Luhnow, both with over 20 years of experience, appear here to stay for awhile. See REVIEW, Page 6
December 29, 2011
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy buys parcel for open space
Mike Arms, president of the Helen Woodward Animal Center (standing at center podium), at the New York Stock Exchange on Dec. 23. Photo/Jason Decrow
Helen Woodward President rings NYSE Opening Bell On Dec. 23, orphaned dogs and cats available for adoption during the 13th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption program visited the New York Stock Exchange to raise awareness of animal homelessness. In honor of this occasion, Mike Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center and Jill Rappaport, Today Show correspondent, along with representatives of Iams Home 4 the Holidays and Bideawee, one of the nation’s leading animal welfare organizations, rang the Opening Bell, along with the help of orphaned dogs and cats. Iams Home 4 the Holidays, founded by the Helen Woodward Animal Center in 1999, aims to place 1.5 million homeless pets in happy, loving homes this holiday season. The program kicked off on Oct. 1, 2011 and will end on Jan. 3, 2012. For more information, visit www.animalcenter.org.
BY JOE TASH The nonprofit San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy has purchased a parcel with lagoon and ocean views — where developers in the past had proposed building a hotel or condos — and plans to designate it as permanent open space. The conservancy was loaned the $3.75 million purchase prices for the 3.4-acre parcel by members of the conservancy and the local community, said Doug Gibson, the conservancy’s executive director. A fundraising drive will be launched early next year to pay the money back. The property is located on the east side of Coast Highway, just inside the city of Solana Beach’s northern boundary, and along the southern edge of the San Elijo Lagoon. According to Gibson, public controversy over a developer’s proposal to build a hotel on the site helped fuel the successful drive for Solana Beach cityhood in 1986. For various reasons, no project was ever built on the land, and it ended up in a bank’s hands after a foreclosure. The conservancy had been keeping an eye on the property, and decided to bid on it when it
came up for sale. Gibson said he and other conservancy members believed, “This is really our last chance. Otherwise someone will grab it with the wherewithal to develop it and we’re going to lose it forever.” The conservancy plans to leave the land basically as-is, Gibson said. “I see walking paths with native habitat, and maybe educational signs and a viewing deck looking out over the ocean and the lagoon, to really be a gateway to the lagoon and city of Solana Beach,” Gibson said. The struggling economy helped put the property within the conservancy’s reach — according to Mayor Joe Kellejian, it had been worth $10-$12 million when the real estate market was stronger. “It is just a great piece of property. It has a pristine view of the ocean and the lagoon. What a wonderful thing that we’re able to preserve that forever (as open space),” Kellejian said. Gibson said he expected the sale to be finalized on Wednesday of this week.
Recycle your Christmas tree at CV Rec. Center lower parking lot If you are ready to recycle your Christmas tree, the city of San Diego is ready for you. The city is accepting trees between Dec. 26 and Jan. 23. There are 16 drop off locations available to city of San Diego residents along with curbside pickup for people with curbside yard waste collection. Locally, the closest drop-off location is at the Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, 92130, lower parking lot.
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CV plastic surgeon treasures old-fashion doctor/patient bond transforming lives of children afflicted with deformities tive plastic surgeon, Pacella has volunteered at more than 20 Surgery Weekends conducted at Rady Children’s Hospital. Fresh Start hosts six to seven Surgery Weekends each year, dental clinics 13 times a year and provides free follow-up medical services and additional surgeries as long as needed. Since its incorporation in 1991, Fresh Start has provided more than $20 million worth of free medical services for more than 5,500 children from the U.S. and overseas. Pacella’s private practice includes all aspects of cosmetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery, with a specialized interest in facial, oculoplastic (eyelid) and breast surgery. We interviewed Dr. Pacella in his office at Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He has an enthusiastic, energetic, youthful manner, and the tell-tale stocky build of a former rugby player-turned rugby referee. He is also the father of a seven-month-old
boy. Pacella was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of a GM auto worker. His grandfather, who is now 92, served in the Italian Army in World War II and was a POW in Greece, before immigrating to Buffalo. Growing up as the middle child in a family of three children, where education was viewed as the key to a better life, Pacella was drawn to the idea of becoming a doctor while in high school — as a career where you could help people, “and not have to punch a ticket.” “It seemed like a fantastic career which was wide open. You can help the very old and very young, and particularly in plastic surgery, it’s not the kind of job where you’re ever going to get bored, because every surgical problem is unique, every wound is different and every [facial] cancer is in a different place.” Also in high school, he played football and dreamed of continuing
to do so at an Ivy League college like Columbia, but, instead, he won a full academic scholarship to Saint Bonaventure University in upstate New York where they played rugby instead of football. “As the school year started,” he recalled, “I really missed the feeling of ‘strapping on the pads’ and became a little depressed that football was over for me. A good friend of mine recruited me to join the rugby team, and I immediately loved it and have loved it ever since.” Pacella went on to earn his undergraduate degree in biochemistry, summa cum laude, from Saint Bonaventure in 1995; his medical degree from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., in 1999; followed by his internship and residencies in plastic surgery at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999-2007; and additional subspecialty fellowships in aesthetic SEE SURGEON, PAGE 11
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Jaguar statue snatched BY JOE TASH Residents of a home on Stratford Court in Del Mar received a late-night Christmas visit, but not from a jolly man in a red suit and white beard. Rather, a thief or thieves stole a five-foot-long metal statue of a jaguar which weighed an estimated 120 to 150 pounds. And the theft was likely not a spurof-the-moment decision, said homeowner Scott Kurtz, because whoever took the statue would have needed bolt cutters to sever an industrial-strength cable he had used to secure the piece. Kurtz said he believes the theft occurred Sunday night while his family was sleeping inside their home. The statue had been positioned on a wall surrounding the home’s deck, a perch visible to the street and passers by. “I think the biggest reaction is that someone entered our property and stole
This metal statue of a jaguar was recently stolen. from us. How sad that is at any time of the year, but especially on Christmas,” Kurtz said. “It’s sort of a scary thing this sort of thing would happen.” A screen on a nearby window had been removed, indicating the thief may have intended to break into the home, but was deterred because the window was locked, Kurtz said. Kurtz said the distinctive jaguar statue had been in the back yard of his home when he purchased it, and he later moved it to the wall so that people in the neighborhood could enjoy it. “It was a serious piece of art,” Kurtz said, and likely worth several thousand dollars. Kurtz reported the theft to the Sheriff’s Department, and anyone with information about the statue, or who saw anything unusual in the 700 block of Stratford Court on Sunday night, can call the department’s non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.
CV planning board elections coming up BY KAREN BILLING The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board (CVCPB) is looking for volunteers to help fill several seats up for election and there are only a few meetings left to fulfill the two meeting attendance requirement for candidates to run. The election will be held on March 22, 2012, so potential candidates would need to attend the meetings on Thursday, Jan. 26, or Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library, if they haven’t already attended meetings in the last 12 months. The CVCPB is a group of elected volunteers who meet monthly to review and to evaluate proposed development plans and issues affecting the entire Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch communities. Serving in an advisory capacity, the CVCPB offers specific comments, recommendations and decisions to the City of San Diego’s Department of City Planning & Community
Investment, Planning Commission and City Council. The CVCPB has direct involvement with city, county and law enforcement agencies. The following seats are up for election (neighborhood maps are located at the CVCPB website www.cvsd.com/planning. html): • Neighborhood 4/4A: Eastern Part of Carmel Valley, North of SR-56. • Neighborhood 7: North of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and Glencliff. • Neighborhood 8: South of SR-56, immediately along the freeway. • Neighborhood 8A & 8B: South of SR56, adjacent to Torrey Hills (from Carmel Mountain West). • Neighborhood 9: South of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and Carmel Country Rd.
Keep Talking, We’re Listening One Paseo is the result of hundreds of conversations with our Carmel Valley neighbors. We heard that as the last piece of the Community Plan, you wanted a place to gather – a Main Street with restaurants, shops, movies and a specialty grocery store with great parking. For a Main Street to work, there needs to be a synergy of people living and working there. So we hired the nation’s best planners and designers to create something special.
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Our plan for One Paseo is just that: a special place. Yet we’re not done listening. As the City completes the environmental review next year, we want to continue the conversation with you. Please join us for a series of informal small group meetings. To sign up for a meeting, visit onepaseo.com .
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REVIEW continued from page 1 A devoted athlete and fitness buff, Captain Luhnow was able to convert an empty garage into San Diego’s Finest CrossFit, with the help of donations from Kilroy Realty, Del Mar Highlands Town Center and the Carmel Valley Recreation Council, which pitched in over $19,000 to help establish a program where cops do CrossFit with youth at the rec. center. “I love this community,” Captain Luhnow said af-
Carmel Valley ter the quick response of donations. Even with the busy turnover, there seemed to be Captain Luhnow no shortage of love for Carmel Valley among police officers who are stationed here. A common saying of new Northwestern cops is that Carmel Valley is the one place in San Diego where the community seems genuinely ap-
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preciative of their presence and people always “wave with five fingers.” Carmel Valley Community Planning Board mourns loss of planner The Carmel Valley community lost planning board member and active volun- Scott Tillson teer Scott Tillson on May 19, following a heart attack. Tillson brought a wealth of knowledge to the planning board and played a big role in 2010’s passage of Proposition C, which untied Pacific Highlands Ranch’s development from the completion of the Interstate 5/Highway 56 connectors — Tillson also served on the city’s and Caltrans’ steering committee for that project. At the Nov. 17 planning board meeting, Tillson’s wife Pat Tillson announced a donation in his name to Carmel Valley’s Fire Stations 24 and 47 of four automated external defibrillators (AEDs), two carbon monoxide detectors, eight collar microphones. Station 24 were the first responders when Tillson suffered his heart attack at his home. “Firefighters got there
very quickly and due to their tireless efforts they were able to transfer him to Scripps Hospital,” Pat Tillson said. “Although the outcome was not what we hoped for we were able to gather the family to say goodbye to Scott. We will forever be grateful for what you did. You gave us the gift of time.” Del Mar Highlands officially “re-imagined” Two years in the making, Del Mar Highlands celebrated its grand re-opening after completing a major renovation in September. New eateries have been buzzing with activity, luxury movie theater Cinepolis can serve up popcorn and cocktails to your seat, ladies get stylish blowouts at Drybar, Burlap has become a North County scene, there’s valet service and people are enjoying new gathering spaces and an updated plaza complete with an escalator. A few more new shops are expected to open next year as well, such as Carmel Valley Swirls, Davanti Enoteca, Mia Francesca and Towne Bakery. Del Mar Mesa trails In December, the Parks and Recreation Council approved the resource management plan for Del Mar Mesa and Carmel Mountain preserves, marking the near end of a years-long saga. It still has to be approved by the
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continued from page 1 his nearly 15-year struggle, he shares his story out of hope that he will urge people to become organ donors. There are more than 110,000 people in the country (and about 20,000 in California) who are approved and waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. In San Diego alone there are about 1,500 people on the list, according to Donate Life San Diego. However, only 30 percent of Californians are registered to be organ donors, and only a fraction of those organs will be life-saving because so many are determined unsuitable for transplant at the time of need due to the injury or illness that resulted in the donor’s death. Organs must also be transplanted very soon after the donor dies, giving rise to time and geographic limitations. Moldenhauer vividly remembers when he got the call around 5:30 p.m. on June 29, 2009 informing him that there was a pair of lungs that might be a match. He waited in the emergency room for three and a half tedious hours before being told it was a go. Only three days prior, he had closed down his Solana Beach law practice of more than 30 years. “I knew I was dying,” he said. “I knew I was declining very rapidly. There were the telltale signs that I had only a matter of months to live.” It was about four months prior to that when Moldenhauer reported to his doctor that his mobility had declined and he could only walk about 10 feet at a time. “Only weeks before I could walk a block, so things were becoming rapid,” he said. “My lung capacity had
decreased to the point that I could hardly get up out of a chair.” The rapid decline classified Moldenhauer — by way of a point system — as being in great enough need to finally get him on the recipient list he had been waiting to get on for more than a decade. “It’s not about how long you’ve been waiting,” he said. “There are so many factors and criteria as to whether a patient can be listed or not.” Moldenhauer said patients have to go through a number of medical tests, and after being listed, they must go through much follow-up testing to monitor their eligibility. At any point, a patient may be taken off the list and have to keep waiting. Moldenhauer is a living example that a diagnosis can happen to anyone. He learned he had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a progressive disease of the lungs which inflames and damages the lung alveoli, not because he was feeling badly, but because of a routine life insurance underwriting process. “My son had just been born a few weeks before the diagnosis,” said Moldenhauer, who was a non-smoker and avid runner. “Following my son’s birth I wanted to get back into shape and wanted to be around for a long time, so I decided to expand my life insurance coverage.” Moldenhauer said that in the process of examining his medical records, someone from the insurance company discovered a spotted marking on a chest Xray taken about two years prior. He was diagnosed at the time of follow-up. SEE ORGAN, page 10
Good Guys of Morgan Run gives checks to injured veterans Group holds luncheon for nine amputees
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BY KAREN BILLING The Good Guys of Morgan Run specialize in giving a little back to those who sacrifice so much for this country. On Dec. 16, they held a holiday luncheon for nine amputees, Army and Marine veterans of Afghanistan. The wounded warriors are currently recuperating at Balboa Hospital or at the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Bert Poncher helped start the group 10 years ago with George Moulios. The Good Guys were simply a group of Morgan Run (Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe) golfing buddies who wanted to support the military. They started that first year with a golf tournament and were able to raise $15,000. Last year they were able to raise $350,000. “We have no expenses, everything is volunteer 100 percent,” Poncher said. “Every penny raised goes to the wounded.” For a full year, the Good Guys (about 50 participants in the group) fundraise, with a big event in the spring featuring an auction and nearly 400 attendees. Checks are handed out to around 50 to 60 wounded soldiers. Throughout the year, the Good Guys support a 24-7 Emergency Fund where a soldier’s family in need can immediately receive a $500 check. They also give gas credit cards for families that may live in Oceanside and need to travel to Balboa to visit loved ones. They host smaller events, such as last week’s luncheon, as well. At the Dec. 16 luncheon, each of the nine amputees, some of whom had lost an arm, leg or both legs, received a check for $5,000. The afternoon is moving and Poncher couldn’t help but get a little tearful when speaking about helping these military men. “Every time I give out a check I get a little choked up,” said Poncher. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever done.” To donate to the Good Guys of Morgan Run, visit www.goodguysmarinefund. org.
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San Diego Social Venture Partners: Building a better community BY KATHY DAY San Diego Social Venture Partners members say their organization is all about looking at philanthropy in a different way. The 130 individuals, known as partners, come from all over the county but there’s a strong contingent of people from the north coastal area, including outgoing chairman Ray Ellis of Carmel Valley and his successor Tuck Forsyth of Solana Beach. “We really roll up our sleeves with our partners and get to know them,” said Ellis, noting that it‘s all about leveraging their collective skills. “It’s a threeyear relationship – we don’t just walk away.” The San Diego group, headquartered at 12555 High Bluff Drive, is part of an international organization. Around the world and locally its members not only invest money – a $5,000 contribution each year for three years is required – but they also invest their time and expertise to improve the community. In addition to providing unrestricted cash grants, SDSVP provides skilled volunteer expertise to the tar-
Lending a hand Here’s a partial list of groups SDSVP has invested in: Armed Services YMCA Camp Pendleton REBOOT workshop Audeo Charter School Reality Changers Community Resource Center A Reason to Survive (ARTS) Elder Help Learn more at www. sdsvp.org geted nonprofits, as well as other groups in need of a helping hand. “We put the funds and human capital into an organization,” Ellis said. “A little of our expertise goes a long way.” The strongest attributes of the group, Ellis said, are its “collective impact” on local nonprofits and in how much partners learn from each other about how to be better philanthropists. Their efforts recently gained them recognition
from the Association of Fundraising Professionals as San Diego’s Outstanding Philanthropic Organization for 2011. Each year Social Venture Partners picks a special focus and carefully selects at least two nonprofits, which they call “investees,” explained Ellis, principal of the investment firm Ellis & Associates, LLC, who previously was president of the Marketing Services Division of Protocol Communications, a marketing services firm. He serves on several other boards and has announced he will seek the City Council seat now held by Sherri Lightner. In 2011, the focus was on the military, a particular passion for Forsyth, who in October completed a fouryear “phase out” from his career as a sales executive. He spent the last 20 years with Lee Hect Harrison and became involved with Social Venture Partners four and a half years ago after his wife died. “I went from working for pay to working for the community,” he said, noting that he was introduced to the group by a friend. “I was always a sucker for a $200
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SD Jewish Academy to hold Pre-K to 12 Open House San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) will host its Pre-K to 12 Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 18, for both prospective parents and current SDJA families. The event will provide an opportunity for parents and students to learn about the school, view classrooms and speak with faculty, staff and administrators. â€œSDJA offers its students a unique blend of academics, personalized attention and values-based education,â€? said Larry Acheatel, executive director at SDJA. â€œThe open house is a great opportunity to learn about our programs and learn what makes our school unique.â€? Families interested in learning more
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Habits of the heart ONE VIEW “Habits of the Heart,” a 1986 book by my teacher Robert Bellah and four colleagues, is a sweeping and provocative study of GORDON individualism CLANTON and commit- North Coast ment in Amer- columnist ican life – and a fit focus for a meditation on community life and civic responsibility. The book is rooted in the tradition of Alexis de Tocqueville, a Frenchman who visited the United States in the 1830s and wrote a book about it, “Democracy in America.” Tocqueville admired the United States and he predicted great things for the fledgling nation. But Tocqueville also concluded that the individualism so basic to the American character has a darker side. He feared that radical individualism would lead to a breakdown of civic cooperation, which in turn might call forth a new form of totalitarianism. In America, said Tocqueville, “Each man is forever thrown back on himself alone, and there is danger that he may be shut up in the solitude of his own heart.” Paradoxically, individualism threatens freedom. Following Tocqueville, Bellah et al. concluded that American individualism has become cancerous. In the unbridled pursuit of self-interest, success-driven Americans forget that personal welfare depends on general welfare. Polls reveal that
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“There was some disbelief,” he said. Now, Moldenhauer dedicates his time volunteering for the local chapter of Donate Life, a nonprofit aimed at promoting organ donor registration, while recovering from some brain damage incurred during his transplant. He is also involved with the newly-
most Americans are pessimistic about the future of U.S. society but relatively optimistic about their own personal futures – as though the two had nothing to do with each other. Most of the people interviewed for the book were found to lack the language to explain what appear to be the real commitments that define their lives. Limited to a language of radical autonomy, most respondents justified even their deepest ethical virtues as matters of personal preference. Family, religion, and civic participation can help moderate our individualism, yet these spheres are themselves tinged with individualism. For example, investment in the family can serve as an excuse for not participating in community life. As Tocqueville observed, “Each citizen isolates himself from the mass of his fellows and withdraws into the circle of family and friends.” Religion in America is increasingly sectarian and individualistic, less and less able to provide the broad ethical consensus on which social order depends. Even civic participation may be rooted in a variety of motives. Some who are active in public affairs are moved by a genuine concern for the local community, while others are involved in order to look out for their own interests. Many political actions originate in gatherings of like-minded individuals whose cooperation depends primarily on their common economic interests. Gordon Clanton teaches sociology at San Diego State University. He welcomes comments at firstname.lastname@example.org. formed Pulmonary Transplant Foundation, which provides education about heart and lung transplants, as well as financial assistance for both post- and pretransplant patients. The foundation, although still in its beginnings, will eventually focus on supporting research among other things, Moldenhauer said. Moldenhauer said he is so grateful to those who have been there for him — his donor’s family, his fami-
Schools should be more proactive in addressing bullying Ms. Daniels’ letter to the editor (published Dec. 22, titled “A gift like no other: Our daughter had returned”) was both frightening and heart warming. I am so very glad that Julia is once again enjoying her childhood and school. And I am appalled that she was the victim of vicious bullying for so long. And I am confused as to why schools do not take a more active role in addressing this very serious problem. Julia is fortunate to have such a loving and courageous family. Karen Ulvila Del Mar
The hunger paradox When I hear the word hunger, I think of somewhere in Africa or Asia, not in my own community. Over 16 million children in the United States live in a household that suffers from food insecurity. In other words, over 16 million children don’t know where their next meal is coming from. If someone is hungry, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is starving, but that person doesn’t know when or how they will get their next meal. In fact, most of the time if someone in a hungry family does have to miss a meal, it is usually an adult or parent. However, many families in America do struggle with feeding and supporting themselves, but hardly anyone ever hears about hunger in America. Many people in the United States are very fortunate and don’t have to worry about needs as primitive as food, water, or shelter, but what many of us don’t realize is what some people have to undergo to survive. We might see homeless people on the street, but so many of us have never been exposed to hunger. We have not seen the look in a mother’s eyes when she can’t feed her children, we have not had to make $600 in food stamps last an entire month and feed a family of five. However, something can be done about hunger. The issue is not that we don’t have enough food, it’s that we don’t realize how much food we waste and how simple it is to make a difference in the lives of hungry people. On average, more than 29 million tons of food is wasted each year in the United States, or enough to fill the Rose Bowl every three days. Obviously, there is ample food to feed everyone, but this raises the question of how we get the food to the ones who desperately need it. We can’t give them bread crust and spoiled food, but we can’t have someone coming around the neighborhood and collecting “extra food” either. Hunger is a very complicated issue because food is not something that is often involved in a community, whereas something such as money is. In other words, an individual can go from
ly, local families, medical professionals — that he wants to do whatever he can to give back. He said he thanks his son’s Little League coaches and teammates’ families, who provided guidance to his son, now 14, when Moldenhauer wasn’t physically able to participate. “When I was in ICU after my transplant, many local families took my son into their homes while my wife took care of me and
door to door in a neighborhood and ask for money to find a cure for a disease such as breast cancer, but it is almost awkward to collect food. Restaurants and grocers could calculate their least popular items, and donate food according to what is lowest in demand. Yet again, this brings into question if the restaurant and grocery store owners are willing to put in the time and energy to contribute. Instead, I believe that there is a better solution. There are several nonprofit organizations who help feed desperate people. For example, nearly 14 million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979. Nonprofit organizations are a simple and easy way to help people in need. I want you to donate money to organizations such as Feeding America, to volunteer at a local soup kitchen, or even just to raise awareness about child hunger in America. Every penny donated contributes immensely to the hunger issue: if some families can make their $600 in food stamp money stretch an entire month, every dollar can help. In fact, if you donate $10 to the Virtual Food Drive at the San Diego Food Bank, you will feed roughly 50 children. As well, soup kitchens are usually very full and have many guests, and they are always looking for an extra hand. Telling your family, friends, neighbors, anyone, will raise awareness and support putting an end to hunger. Because, the more people know about the harsh difficulties many Americans are going through, the more people will contribute, and the closer we will be to putting an end to hunger. Around one in every 16 children in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Those children are everywhere in America, they are in our community, and they need our help. They are closer than you think. Dana Carney, Carmel Valley (Pacific Ridge student)
spent time with me in the hospital,” he said. “I’m the beneficiary of the generosity of my donor and my donor’s family and the magic medical professionals can perform if an organ is in the picture. It’s the people around me who are the heros. Not me.” To register to be an organ donor or to learn more about Donate Life, visit www.donatelifesandiego. org.
Raven Wishes Night is Jan. 11 The popular Canyon Crest Academy Foundation Raven Wishes Nights kick off the 2012 year with a focus on “Academics, Counseling, and Technology” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Del Mar Hilton (Jimmy Durante Blvd and Via de la Valle). Admission is free to the Jan. 11 event and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Visit www.canyoncrestfoundation.org.
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Tuck Forsyth Look at the list of groups they’ve supported and you’ll see that children and youth programs have always been interesting to the organization, Ellis said, making this year’s focus on education a natural choice. “We don’t know the answers,” said David Lynn, who works in La Jolla specializing in investments, database management and business analytics. He is serving as board liaison on the project that will involve seeking solutions to improve local schools as well as raising more money to that end. The endeavor will also add a new layer as SDSVP enters its second decade, said interim executive director Marion Paul, who was an investee when she worked with Junior Achievement. This year’s education focus includes aligning with other groups that have common goals so they can have a collective impact, she explained. “We want to help build the capacity of a sector, in this case education,” she added. Lynn said they will select at least two nonprofit investees and will team up with San Diego Grantmakers, which works to stimulate local philanthropy, and other organizations to pull together a countywide effort to find better ways to
educate students. The process of deciding which nonprofits to support begins with a Discovery Team, which polls partners on what groups they might want to help. Then they invite in experts in that sector who share their thoughts and challenges in that particular arena. Next, the Investment Working Group of 30 steps in to evaluate proposals and select the investees. Then the real work starts and a team leader steps up. Ellis said that’s often “someone who falls in love with that nonprofit.” That person becomes a key point of contact and forms the team. The help comes in a variety of ways, from Resource Teams that step in to assist with fundraising efforts, management practices, developing their boards and leaders, as well as providing financial management, information technology or marketing and PR expertise. Each year during the three-year relationship, the partners and investees develop an annual plan. But it’s not just about the nonprofit, Ellis said. “We measure us and them against program outcomes and the impact in the community.” And, Paul noted, it’s not about raising money for them but also about helping them raise money and building a stronger organization. Often partners
go beyond their donations to Social Venture Partners and make individual contributions to the nonprofits as well as rounding up corporate donations for them, she added. “It’s about leveraging our resources to get more.” To date, that impact has been great. In 2011, the partners gave $175,000 in direct cash contributions; add in-kind services, additional personal donations and 9,510 hours of volunteer time and the tally hits $1.7 million in value to the community, according to the annual report. And, in case you were wondering, yes there is a “social” in Social Venture Partners. Members get together for social gatherings as well as having fun with their projects, Paul said, noting that again this year they helped the Community Resources Center put together 300 gift baskets.
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and oculoplastic cosmetic surgery at centers in Atlanta and Marina Del Rey in 2007-2008. He joined Scripps in 2008. He also holds an M.B.A. from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in finance and health care economics. “And that’s been very critical and instrumental in my career,” he said, “because it brought a different perspective that most physicians don’t have. “In business school, a lot of issues are tackled in a team-oriented approach,” which provided valuable insights when working in a larger health system, such as Scripps, and understanding the issues involved in delivering
health care today. Whereas in medical school, he was taught to be the sole provider of many services to a patient, in 2011, in larger health care systems, where many different providers are responsible for various patient services, Pacella said, “It’s important to work as a team to deliver efficient and appropriate health care.” He’s also big on providing pro bono services through the Fresh Start Surgical Gifts program “because a lot of times in medicine, we can get into a rut of the daily grind, dealing with insurance companies and Medicare, and lose perspective … but when we step back and do this kind of work, it takes all that stuff out of it — the insurance companies and the government — and it’s really about the doctor/patient relationship again. And that’s really important for me to remind myself of quite frequently and that’s what all these Surgery Weekends do. And it really helps me to take care of all the rest of my patients.” He regards plastic surgery both as a science and an art. The art aspect comes from being able to visualize not only the short-term results of a surgery, “but how it will look a year from now. “It’s a very exciting time to be in plastic surgery,” he said, “particularly in the reconstructive aspect of things. “There is a tremendous amount of work being done on tissue engineering, on integrating human nerves into muscle fibers for prosthetic arms, and human tissue transplantation in the face and hand.
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“As medicine improves and tissue engineering improves,” he ventured, “I think someday we’re going to be able to take a stem cell from somebody’s blood, and build them a new ear, a new nose or new breast. “That’s very exciting. It’s going to be many years from now, but really some of that groundwork is being laid today.” More information on the work of Fresh Start is available online at: www.freshstart.org
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Catherine McAllister thrives on enhancing the lives of seniors BY DIANE Y. WELCH A quiet serenity greets guests who enter the lobby of La Vida Del Mar, an elegant assisted-living retirement community in Solana Beach reminiscent of a fivestar hotel with its comfortable furnishings, fine art and soothing music. Although it resembles the Ritz-Carlton, this is a permanent home for many local retirees. “We are gentlemen and ladies serving gentlemen and ladies,” said Catherine McAllister, program director, who keeps residents busy and engaged in life. She joined the La Vida Del Mar family almost 18 years ago. 2012 marks 20 years of McAllister working in the senior industry. It is both her passion and her pleasure to serve the retired community. McAllister was approached by Michael Grust, the former owner, now executive director and president, and was asked to join the staff in 1994. So she jumped right in and has been swimming ever since, she said. In an environment where a business takes pride
Meet Your Neighbor in its product, right down to the level of how the residents are served, it is no surprise that the activities it offers match that same attention to detail and quality. “We offer a comprehensive program. There are five realms that we include: social, spiritual, physical, vocational and intellectual. My job is – and more and more as our residents age in place – not only to provide excursions like visits to the North Coast Repertory Theatre and the San Diego Symphony, but to also bring the world into our facility,” McAllister explained. Recently, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute came to give a lecture to residents. There are art classes, and reading groups facilitated by the local library and more. La Vida Del Mar has a gallery in the lobby which serves to display local artists’ work on a monthly rotation and has close relationships with several local churches
and schools. A recent caroling visit by students from St. James’ school turned into an impromptu storytelling activity. When an emergency lockdown prevented the children from returning to their school, McAllister improvised and suggested the children snuggle down in the library and listen to their teacher read from one of the many children’s book on the shelves. “They were completely unaware of the problems that their school was facing,” said McAllister. “It was fun for them and wonderful for our residents.” A longtime resident of Solana Beach, McAllister has a Scottish ancestry of powerful women that runs along her maternal line. Her grandmother was born in a small town just outside of Edinburgh into a family of Presbyterian missionaries who moved to China in the 1800s. McAllister’s mother, one of five children, was born there. Family members witnessed first-hand the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, the Japanese occupation and World War II. “They saw a lot of drama,” said McAllister, a New
Catherine McAllister PHOTO: DIANE Y. WELCH the USA and her father reYork native who grew up in gained the use of his arms Long Island. but never walked again. “So McAllister’s mother, a the challenge in my immegeneral practitioner and a diate family was a dad in a gerontologist, attended wheelchair,” said McAllister. Wellesley College, then put McAllister’s own higher herself through medical education was in a small prischool. vate liberal arts school in “This was back in the Pennsylvania – Allegheny day when men were very College. She entered as a angry that women were takFrench major, but graduated ing jobs away from them,” as a calligraphy arts and deMcAllister commented. sign major. “Here I was, a A Yale graduate who calligrapher, saying, ‘Here I then attended Columbia am world, I’m ready to be Law School, her father conhired!’” she joked. tracted polio just two years Failed employment after marrying her mother, searches brought McAllister when the couple lived in Inout to San Diego. She donesia. They returned to
worked for the Fine Art store for 10 years, then made the transition to marriage, while working as the Legacy and Planned Giving Director for the American Cancer Society. Motherhood took center stage as she raised Katie, now 24, an arts major, and Patrick, now 20, a sophomore in the U.S. Naval Academy. McAllister views La Vida Del Mar as, “a microcosm of what’s out there, globally. Our residents range from former farmers to supreme court judges and everything in between. It’s a wonderful potpourri of people.” In building personal relationships with each resident, McAllister – who like her strong female ancestors has a deep faith in God – is even more firm in her belief that everyone has a gift. “The important thing is to use your gift in good service, it’s as simple as that. I love working with seniors and my job is to bring out their gifts whether that’s the love of art or laughter.” And while that is McAllister’s job it is so much more. “It is my God-given gift,” she said.
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As university acceptance rates decrease and college dropout rates increase, it is becoming more and more crucial for students to get started on the right academic and Elloise Bennett motivational path early in high school, and Elloise Bennett has dedicated her life to being a guide on that path. A former administrator at both Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy, Bennett is the founder of Clarus Consulting Group, which helps parents and students develop clarity around the college application process, make the most out of the high school experience and search for the right university. The San Diego native works alongside Rik Napora, a credentialed high school counselor who has more than 15 years of counseling experience. Bennett said one of the main fo-
cuses is making sure students understand their options. “When I started looking at colleges, I thought the only ones that existed were Berkeley and Yale,” she said. “I had no idea what my options were and the costs involved.” Bennett said there are more than 15,000 colleges in the nation, most of which are little known to students. “The competitive schools every kid knows about have extremely small acceptance rates,” she said. “That’s why it makes it more important to know what the options are and plan appropriately.” Bennett said there are so many academic options that a little research and knowledge of what’s out there can provide the exact fit for any student’s interests and skills. For example, an artistic student who may not want to study art as a career path might choose a small private school that offers a good art program in addition to a premed program. Or Oberland College, for example, is known for its music program, but also has a notable programming major that is lesser known. Clarus Consulting works with kids
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CCA Boys Varsity Soccer Team Grossmont Tournament finalists Congratulations to the Canyon Crest Academy boys varsity soccer team, led by Head Coach Tom Lockhart and Assistant Coach Sarah Aguilar. They achieved great success in the 34th Annual Grossmont Varsity Soccer Tournament by taking home the Finalist trophy! The CCA Ravens earned their way to the championship game by defeating a very strong Hilltop soccer team in the semi-final game held on Dec. 17. It was a hard-fought game on both sides and the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation play. However, the CCA team claimed victory by scoring a goal near the end of double-overtime, posting a final score of 2-1. The CCA Ravens then advanced to the championship game on Dec. 19, where they faced local rival and tough opponent Torrey Pines High School. It was a thrilling game that once again ended in a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation play. The score was still tied after double overtime and the game went to penalty kicks, where Torrey Pines won the shoot-out and claimed the championship title. CCA Coach Tom Lockhart had this to
say about the game: â€œThis program has come a long way in its brief six years. Through dedication, discipline and hard work, the CCA boys have earned the respect of high schools throughout San Diego. It was a tough way to lose, but this experience will prove vital when we play in the post season. Tournaments allow a coach to see their strengths and weaknesses; right now the positives far outweigh the areas of concern.â€? Although CCA Coach Tom Lockhart and Torrey Pines Coach Andy Hargreaves are rivals on the varsity soccer field, they are on much friendlier terms at the RSF Attack Soccer Club, where they are both on the coaching staff. Coaches Lockhart and Hargreaves, along with their varsity soccer teams, are to be congratulated for an incredible display of skilled play and outstanding sportsmanship. They are wished continued success for the upcoming season.
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Surf Boys U8 White Team go undefeated for the season Coach Dave Currieâ€™s Surf U8 Boys White team finished their Presidio League season with a stunning 14-game winning streak. Their dedication and hard work resulted in a final record of 14-0-0, which left them undefeated in the Boys U8 Red North division. In this division, Surfâ€™s opponents were Carmel Valley Manchester Soccer Club, Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club, Temecula Valley Soccer Association Hawks, San Diego Soccer Club, Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks, Poway Vaqueros and Vista Storm. The team scored 76 goals for the season and gave up only 14. Congratulations Surf Boys U8!
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r y! a u n a J g n i m o C TPHS Varsity Soccer Team wins championship Coach Andy Hargreaves and the Torrey Pines High School Varsity Soccer Team won the 34th Annual Grossmont Soccer Tournament Premier Bracket. The Falcons beat Santana High School 3-2 in overtime in the semi-finals and Canyon Crest Academy in penalty kicks in the tournamentâ€™s championship game.
Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN Boys basketball: Cathedral Catholic continued its torrid start as the Dons remained unbeaten after winning their own Christmas tournament with a 58-54 victory over La Jolla Country Day in the Dec. 21 title game. Niksha Federico scored 17 points to lead the Dons, and Xavier Williams and Michael Rosenburg each added 10 points. The victory followed a 66-50 victory over Point Loma in a Dec. 19 quarterfinal and an 86-44 win against Anchorage Christian in the semifinals the next day. The Dons opened the tournament with a 77-57 win against Santa Fe Christian on Dec. 17. Williams scored 19 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Dons in the Point Loma game. Nick Prunty contributed 12 points and Brendan Reh added 11 points. Federico led the Dons with 14 points in the Anchorage Christian game and Reh and Brett Lofthus each added 11 points. The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 10-0. ***** Santa Fe Christian defeated Citrus Hill (Perris) 64-52 in the third place game of the Cathedral tournament. Brian Finley scored 17 points to lead the Eagles. Grant Corsi contributed 15 points and Justin Byrd added 14 points. The victory followed a 58-54 win against Anchorage Christian on Dec. 19 and a 58-52 victory over Point Loma the next day. Byrd and Corsi each added 16 points to lead the Eagles in the Anchorage Christian game, and Finley added 12 points. Corsi poured in 26 points to lead the Eagles in the Point Loma game and Byrd added 12 points. The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 6-2. ***** Torrey Pines rebounded from an opening-round setback to win the Cathedral tournament consolation championship with three straight victories. The Falcons defeated Point Loma in the
consolation championship game on Dec. 21. Garrett Galvin scored 25 points to lead the Falcons and Joe Rahon added 20 points. The victory followed a 73-51 win against San Diego Jewish Academy on Dec. 19 and a 70-57 victory over Citrus Hill the next day. The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 7-2. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Anchorage Christian 78-50 in a Cathedral tournament game on Dec. 21. The loss was the Lions fourth straight in the tournament, where they played some of the toughest teams in San Diego County. Jacob Katz scored 20 points to lead the Lions. Ilan Graubart contributed 11 points, and Ethan Lew added 10. Katz, who is the Lions second leading scorer, is averaging 13.3 points per game. Ryan Marchetti, who leads the Lions averaging 16.4 points, did not play in the Anchorage Christian game. The Lions fell to 2-4 overall for the season. Girls basketball: Cathedral Catholic withstood a second half comeback to defeat Rancho Buena Vista 54-52 in the finals of the Wolverine Invitational on Dec. 22 at Westview High. The Dons opened up a 30-18 lead at the intermission after outscoring RBV 18-8 in the second quarter, but they were outscored 34-24 the rest of the way and 20-13 in the fourth quarter. Emily Kearney and Haley Syroka each scored 17 points to lead the Dons, and Wendy Anae added 14 points. The Dons won all four tournament games by a combined total of 10 points. They opened the tournament with a 4644 victory over Olympian on Dec. 19. They defeated Valley Center 52-47 on Dec. 20, and tournament host Westview 52-51 in the semifinals the next day. Syroka scored 11 points to lead the Dons in the Olympian game and Kendall Fisher added nine points.
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A look at life aboard the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. See page B2
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011
Dominican Republic tour a special experience for CCA dancer. Page B3
Cutting-edge research projects BY LYNNE FRIEDMANN Jessica Block, a staff research associate at Calit2, is a geologist by training with a keen interest in using visualization technology to address environmental issues and natural Jessica Block disasters, particularly wildfires. San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts has provided funding for her work specifically for remote sensing in Eastern San Diego County for the purpose of better wildfire identification and response. Block also has support from the San Diego unit chief for CAL FIRE. As final validation, she received a $262,000 NSF grant to merge data from local weather stations with predictive models. Block’s interest in this field stems from her experience witnessing Australia’s worst wildfire in 2009. She soon began working with firefighters to leverage technology as a means of assisting in fighting fires. Jennifer Burney, a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is interested in understanding how Jennifer Burney changes in cooking habits – such as replacing homemade cook stoves in rural India with cleaner-burning alternatives – could have effects on climate change and public health. This work links to broader issues such as the environmental impacts of food production and consumption. The research has
The Gordon supercomputer caught the attention of the National Geographic Society which has named Burney an “Emerging Explorer,” an award that provides financial support for scientists early in their careers. Gordon, a unique dataintensive supercomputer using flashbased memory officially goes online Jan. 1 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. Gordon is capable of handling massive data bases while providing up to 100 times faster speeds when compared to harddrive disk systems. It’s secret: About 300 trillion bytes of flash memory, the technology commonly used in mobile phones and laptop computers. Gordon generated tremendous buzz in the technology community during its test phase and is already ranked among the top 50 fastest supercom-
puters in the world. And, yes, Gordon is named after the 1950s Flash Gordon science fiction hero. Malene Hansen, this assistant professor is a rising star at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. Even in the face of difficult funding times, she received two research projects grants from NIH — a sure sign of good things to come. Hansen’s research interest is the molecular mechanisms that affect the process of aging and age-related diseases. A paper by Hansen that unraveled how the interplay between two cellular processes influences lifespan in the worm C. elegans – an important research model – was deemed an “exceptional” work by the Faculty of 1000, which identifies and evaluates the most important articles in biology and medical research.
2012 Eye on Science
Marlene Hansen Michael A. Marletta takes over the helm of The Scripps Research Institute as president and CEO on Jan. 1. This is the first presidential transition at TSRI in 25 years, following the retirement of Richard Lerner. Marletta, a biochemist, is acknowledged as a pioneer in discovering the role of nitric oxide, a critical player in communication between cells. Marletta will maintain SEE SCIENCE, PAGE B19
Scorecard: Individuals featured in 2011 Sandra Ann Brown hit the ground running as UCSD vice chancellor for research by introducing new electronic systems to reduce paperwork, save, time, and boost scholar and researchers’ productivity. Among them: Electronic Research Administration Program (eRAP), a new, centralized proposal-submission process; and Research Proposal Development Service that enables faculty and researchers to respond faster and more effectively to funding opportunities, leading to the university’s second-best year for research funding, despite the tough economy. Astrophysicist Alison Coil, assistant professor in the UCSD department of physics, received a prestigious NSF Career Grant that will allow her to carry out three complementary research projects to tackle key questions about galaxy evolution. She was also the recipient of a Hellman Faculty Fellows Award designed to provide financial support and encouragement to young faculty who show capacity for great distinction in their research and creative activities. Philip Steven Low, founder and CEO of NeuroVigil, was named the first recipient of the Jacobs-Rady Pioneer Award for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship honoring an exceptional scientist
and chief executive for combined leadership in technology and business. In May, NeuroVigil closed its initial round of financing, with a pre-investment valuation reportedly over twice the combined seed valuations of Google and Facebook’s first rounds. Eric Topol, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief medical officer of the West Wireless Health Institute, received the 2011 TCT (Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics) Career Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions as a pioneer in the field of interventional cardiovascular medicine. Topol was also senior author and principal investigator of the first study on the psychological effect of genetic testing on consumers (published in the New England Journal of Medicine). Yuanyuan (YY) Zhou, Qualcomm Chair in Mobile Computing in the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, was highly visible at two international conferences this past year. She cochaired APSys 2011 (Shanghai), a must-attend meeting for computer systems researchers and practitioners worldwide. Her presentation at another software engineering conference (held in Hungary), received the meeting’s distinguished paper award.
December 29, 2011
Patriot Profiles: ‘It’s a high-stress environment’ This column presents soldier stories to provide readers insight into the lives of our country’s heroes.
BY JEANNE MCKINNEY One didn’t know what to do with her life, the other left his family half a world away in the Philippines, while a third never questioned his decision to be there. All three converged to work in one of the most dangerous places on earth – the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, where countless accidents are waiting to happen. It takes fulltime professionalism just to survive. These three keep their heads on a swivel while working on the USS Ronald Reagan. They and many other flight deck personnel have dozens of specifically-defined functions on a runway the length of a football field that dances with the untamed ocean. On a carrier’s topside, each job has a recognizable color-coded jersey and helmet. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handler Third Class (ABH3) Ashton Hemphill, who graduated from Francis Scott Key High School in the middle of a Mary-
land cornfield, was attending community college when she got that life-changing phone call. Wanting to travel the world, Hemphill “decided to run with joining the Navy” — ending up wearing the yellow shirt of an Aircraft Director. Ashton uses a complex series of hand signals (or yellow wands at night) to direct pilots in their planes to their catapult position in Fly 1, one of three flight operation sections on the ship’s 1,094 foot deck. She also directs returning jets that have caught the trap wire to their final parking destination. Ashton says “it’s definitely a man’s world up there,” 90 feet above the deep blue. “Bull work is what we like to call it – grease and sweating, not your typical getting your nails and hair done.” Naturally pretty, you’d never know Ashton was a tomboy growing up. Now, she doesn’t bat an eye about lifting a 100-pound tow bar and lightheartedly claims to “run circles around her male crewmembers. It’s really about mind over matter – physical wise.” Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Equipment Airman (ABEAN) Troy Phillip Obuga thought “it sounded cool to launch and recover aircraft.” Troy, who wished to go to school again, waited two years to
get in the U.S. and became an American citizen through the Navy. He proudly wears a green shirt as a Topside PO in charge of the safety of the deck crew, pilots and aircraft on Catapult #3. Troy deals with a steam-driven monster that shoots a 45,000-pound jet down a 300 foot track from 0-165 miles per hour in two seconds. Obuga explains; “You connect the aircraft to the buffer hooks, part of the nose gear launch (NGL) or holdback at the rear of the cat. The launch (tow) bar, in front of the aircraft, connects to the shuttle that is attached to the track. Once the proper weight is configured, along with proper steam and hydraulic pressure, then it’s safe to launch. It will start takSEE PATRIOT, PAGE B19
Top: ABEAN Troy Phillip Obuga in the foreground U.S NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS ALEXANDER TIDD
Bottom left: ABFAN Anthony Tombasco U.S NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST SEAMAN CLASS NOLAN KAHN
Bottom right: ABH3 Ashton Hemphill U.S NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JAMES VERTON
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Dominican Republic tour a special experience for CCA dancer the Mirabal sisters. We danced during the closing show of a festival that they have each year, to remember the sisters who died.” Of the four Mirabal sisters, three – Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa – were murdered in a staged car accident on Nov. 25, 1960, because of their relentless efforts to overthrow Trujillo, an oppressive ruler responsible for over 50,000 deaths. The surviving sister, Dedé, is instrumental in keeping this story of heroism alive through a museum devoted to her sisters and by retelling their story. Eveoke’s second performance was at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago, one of the country’s largest theaters. This performance was attended by surviving members of the Mirabal family, novelist Julia Alvarez and her husband Bill Eichner, as well as members of the U.S. Embassy staff and members of the Dominican Ministry of Culture, said Pascalle. The third show was performed at the Centro Cultural Mauricio Baez, a theater constructed by the government of Leonel Fernández, president of the Dominican Republic, located in the Villa Juana neighborhood in the capital city of Santo Domingo. “A lot of school children came and saw that production, as well as
Pascalle Rodriguez some of the family members. It was pretty amazing,” said Pascalle who is in her second year of dancing with Evoke’s Apprentice Company. Eveoke visited El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia in Santo Domingo, a museum devoted to the political uprising against Trujillo’s tyrannical reign. Members met with Luisa de Peña Diaz, director
and founder of the Museum, who gave them a tour. “There was this big statue about the oppression of the people and how the Mirabal sisters were part of the revolutionary movement. They became known as Las Mariposas – the Butterflies. As we were looking at this statue, a butterfly flew across it and went around our heads,” said Pascalle. “That was my most memorable part of the whole tour.” At that same time Dedé Maribal was available to meet them in person. “We were able to talk to her, it was such an amazing experience,” Pascalle said. “She had such a strong presence and was very excited that we were the dancers taking on the roles of her sisters.” When Evoke needed younger dancers to play the parts of the four Mirabal sisters as youths, several dancers were chosen from the Apprentice Company. Pascalle was chosen to portray Minerva as a young adult from the age of 14 through 17. In addition to her work with Eveoke, Pascalle is a member of Dance Conservatory at CCA. Rayna Stohl, her teacher, is impressed with Pascalle’s level of commitment. “Her passion for dance was evident from the first day I met her. I remember giving her a small solo
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for one of our shows that year, and she worked so hard to give me the quality that I wanted. She is one of those few students whom I have no doubt will continue dancing and do brilliant things; part of this is talent, part hard work, and the rest her heart,” Stohl said. Recently at CCA, Pascalle undertook the lead role of Elphaba in the show “GREEN One.” “While working with Pascalle, I demanded excellence, and she had to conquer multiple styles of dance,” Stohl explained. “The biggest challenge for her was moving softly, fluidly. While watching her during the shows, I was mesmerized at her transformation.” Future plans for Pascalle include a degree course in dance at a major university, after she graduates from CCA in 2012. Pending a dance audition, she has already been accepted into the University of Utah. The University of Indiana also accepted her application with a scholarship. Two years ago, based on a successful audition, Pascalle received a scholarship to take part in the Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater summer intensive program. “Pascalle is a well-rounded artist who carries herself like a true professional,” said Stohl. “There is no doubt in my mind that the sky is the limit for this little dancer.”
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BY DIANE Y. WELCH Pascalle Rodriguez, a Canyon Crest Academy High School senior, had the dance of her lifetime when she was invited to take part in several professional performances of “Las Mariposas” (The Butterflies) in a three-city tour of the Dominican Republic, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, 2011. She performed as part of the Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company, a team of professionallevel dancers, who were invited as cultural ambassadors. The tour was sponsored by Centro Franklin, the public affairs section of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital. Performed in two acts, the dance theatre work was inspired by “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez, a novel that retells the inspirational story of three ordinary women, the Mirabal sisters, who fought against the brutal dictatorship of their country’s former head, Rafael Trujillo. The dance theatre was co-created in 2010 by Ericka Aisha Moore, choreographer and Erika Malone, artistic director. In the Dominican Republic tour, Evoke’s first performance was at the Festival Cultural Hermanas Mirabal in Villa Tapia, in Santiago, said Pascalle. “They have all these murals in the village that depict the lives of
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â– 1549 El Prado, San Diego â– (619) 557-9441 â– www.pradobalboa.com â– The Vibe: Cultural, casually elegant, romantic, eclectic, relaxing â– Signature Dishes: Sea Cake, Beef Sushi Roll, Seafood Paella, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Pan-Roasted White Sea Bass, Shrimp and Filet â– Open Since: 1999 â– Reservations: Recommended â– Patio Seating: Yes â– Take Out: No
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S Shrimp and Filet: Grilled Angus petite filet, marinated grilled shrimp, garlic potato puree, green beans, crispy shallots, and bordelaise sauce.
3 â€œPâ€? Salad: Shaved persimmon, sliced pears, chopped pecans, watercress, mint, and honey-ginger vinaigrette.
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an Diegoâ€™s Balboa Park is renowned for its museums and gorgeous setting, so itâ€™s only fitting the parkâ€™s only fullservice restaurant â€” The Prado at Balboa Park â€” offers its own sense of culture with California-modern cuisine blended with international influences. Like the draw of attractions or arts events at Balboa Park, The Prado can be considered a destination restaurant. It is located at the heart of the park inside the architecturallygrand House of Hospitality building, a historic landmark. Executive Chef Jonathan Hale said he has created a menu with â€œfresh, bold flavorsâ€? which compliment the location, ambiance and decor. â€œThere is something for everyone,â€? Hale said of the â€œeclectic but accessibleâ€? cuisine. In addition to innovative, American dishes with French, Spanish and Asian touches, the menu carries familiar, comfort-food favorites. Popular appetizers reflecting the menuâ€™s diverse flavors and international influences include Spicy Calamari Fries (with Korean chili sauce and napa-cabbage slaw), Prado Sea Cake, and Kobe Beef Sushi Roll. Not the usual crab cake, Prado Sea Cake consists of crab, shrimp and cod with South Asian sambal remoulade, Spanish piquillo aioli; and served with an apple-jicama slaw. The Beef Sushi Roll has a good balance of textures and flavors with the soft sushi rice, crunchy asparagus, bold zing in the wasabi cream, a hint of citrus in the ponzu dipping sauce, along with flavorful tobiko aioli. Some of the salads have changing ingredients based on the season. A popular winter salad is the 3 â€œPâ€? Salad. Thin-shaved, orange-colored persimmon are beautifully arranged and topped with sliced pears, chopped pecans, watercress, mint and a honey-ginger vinaigrette. The result is a
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â– The Pradoâ€™s Pan-Roasted light and tasty combination. One of the more fitting entree choices â€” based on the restaurantâ€™s Spanish architecture â€” is the Prado Seafood Paella. Fish, mussels, shrimp, calamari, chicken and chorizo are simmered with a twist on tradition by using a lobster-saffron broth. Seafood dishes include local fish, like the Pan-Roasted White Sea Bass. It is served with French green lentils, baby spinach, pancetta, star-anise emulsion and topped with fineshaved fennel â€” resulting in a Californiamodern dish with a touch of French and Asian ingredients. â€œLentils are great in the fall with a great, Earthy flavor,â€? Hale said. â€œThe accompanying carrots have some vibrant colors; there is a sweetness in the sauce, and the big-flakes in the fish give some nice texture.â€? Braised Beef Short Ribs is a signature dish in which its preparation may change seasonally. Hale said the rich flavors of the beef are balanced with horseradish mashed potatoes to give sharpness to the dish; an Italian gremolata mixture of roasted garlic, parsley and citrus; and grilled asparagus for texture. The short ribs are slow-roasted for hours and so tender that a knife is not needed. Beef lovers would also be wise to choose
the Grilled 16-ounce Bone in Ribeye (with truffled mac â€™n cheese, and green peppercorn sauce), or Shrimp and Filet (Grilled Angus petite filet, marinated grilled shrimp, garlic potato puree, green beans, crispy challots, harts of palm, and bordelaise sauce). One of the top vegetarian dishes is a ThaiStyle Yellow Curry Red Pepper Pappardelle with Tofu (coconut milk, lemongrass, lime leaf, peas, cauliflower, and spinach), which is also available with chicken. Lunchtime choices include the addition of comfort foods, such as Artisan Sourdough Grilled-Cheese Sandwich and Soup (serrano ham, tomatoes, french fries, chunky tomatobasil soup), and a twist on a classic: SlowCooked Short Rib Pot Pie (marsala wine, peas, carrots, and cipollini onions, topped with a giant puffed-pastry lid). For dessert, the Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Bar can be a sweet ending to a fine meal. Rich chocolate cake is layered with a soft chocolate mousse, praline crunch, and bacon-hazelnut tuille in which pieces of Applewood smoked bacon give a subtle, salty balance to the sweetness. Another dessert great for sharing is the â€œover the topâ€? Tres Leches. Traditional â€œthree milkâ€?-soaked sponge cake has baked pistachio meringue filled with caramel bananas and vanilla-bean ice cream. The spacious restaurant offers dining in several areas: a trendy bar/lounge; garden terrace with skylights and views of the parkâ€™s greenery; expansive patio overlooking one of the parkâ€™s lush valleys; and the main dining room filled with hand-crafted decor, Latin architecture, Spanish ceiling tiles; and glowing, romantic lighting in the evening. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for weekends and tourist seasons, when there are special events at the park, and days when The Old Globe Theatre holds performances.
December 29, 2011
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Re-Gallery to hold exhibit for local artist Re-Gallery in Solana Beach will present its first solo exhibition for local artist Karla Leopold. The opening of the show, “Woman on a Journey,” will take place on Friday, Jan. 6, from 6-9 p.m. Informed by her experiences as an art therapist, the subject matter of Karla Leopold’s assemblages and shadow boxes often explore the world of innocence lost, Work by artist Karla Leopold. and those things which bring darkness to light. Her work speaks to a sophisticated decay incorporating elements of purity tainted by time and experience. The detritus and castaway pieces of society inspire Leopold to create an evocative new whole out of disparate parts. “I like to pair items which may not initially be related or belong together and find a relationship amongst their juxtaposition which creates a new meaning,” explains Leopold. Everything from yarn, to driftwood to antique toys and handwritten letters are incorporated into the artists’ striking assemblages. The inclusion of such personal items imbues her work with an immediate intimacy. Street markets the world over are favorite treasure troves for Leopold. Many times friends and other artists supply Leopold with her media as they find storied trinkets which, “speak of Karla,” on their travels. The parallels between Leopold’s artwork and her extensive experience with art and family therapy are apparent. “I work with the homeless and in psych wards – with people who don’t fit into a mold deemed “normal” by society – and I can find something beautiful and engaging within them. My art reflects that work. I often like to portray mental and social health issues – often uncomfortable topics – and I weave them into the aesthetic of my work in order to engage the viewer to walk away with a different understanding or view of these issues.” The exhibition will run from January 6 – March 11, 2012. Re-Gallery is located at 348 S. Cedros Ave, Ste. H, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Visit www.regallery.org.
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‘Young Hollywood’ holiday party raises funds for The Seany Foundation On Dec. 7, folks from The Seany Foundation—a San Diego-based pediatric cancer foundation—hung out with some of the entertainment industry’s youngest and most talented players at Eden in Los Angeles for the Junior Hollywood Radio & Television Society’s (JHRTS) 9th Annual “Young Hollywood” holiday party. Part of the event’s proceeds ($5,000) went to this year’s charity of choice for JHRTS: The Seany Foundation, which seeks to fund pediatric cancer research and improve the lives of children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. The Seany team was honored to attend the event and enjoyed talking with model Beau Dunn, actors Masi Oka, and other young Hollywood stars. www.theseanyfoundation.org
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International Bipolar Foundation to welcome guest Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation and Fitness speaker at Jan. 12 free mental health lecture Center to host grand re-opening On Jan. 12, the International Bipolar Foundation will hold its free mental health lecture series with guest speaker Maricela Estrada on “My Recovery: A Story of Hope and Inspiration.” Estrada is the author of “Bipolar Girl: My Psychotic Self.” Estrada received her associates of arts degree in liberal studies from Rio Hondo College in Whittier, Calif., and her bachelor of arts degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton. Estrada works for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health as a Peer Advocate. A Peer Advocate is a trained professional with life experience that is now able to reach out to others by providing peer support. Estrada believes that Bipolar Disorder is a gift of challenge that has made her stron-
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Founded in 2006, Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, will host a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its expanded facility located at 2120 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Suite 120 in Del Mar. The new 1,300-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will include a variety of services, including hydrotherapy, grooming and a fitness club in addition to its cutting-edge Pulsed Light Signal (PLS) and Cold Laser Therapy (LLLT). The event is free and open to the public to attend and will offer food and beverages as well as an opportunity to enter a drawing to win one of three pet-oriented prizes: a full year of dog rehabilitation services; five free dog swimming lessons, and one month of rehabilitation services to three dogs from one rescue organization. According to owner Maja Wichtowski, RVT, CCRT, “We thought this event would be a great way to start the New Year where community members could gather together for some fun prizes and take a tour of our new facility. We’re wholeheartedly dedicated to pet care and keeping up to date on industry knowledge to better serve our customers. Whether a pet requires hands-on therapy, is an athlete who needs to improve or maintain strength and stamina or is overweight and simply needs to get in better
San Diego County Credit Union is collecting toys for Rady Children’s Hospital through Jan. 7 San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution, with a Solana Beach branch office at 665 San Rodolfo Dr., is collecting toys for Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California. As part of SDCCU’s second annual Winter Toy Drive, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any one of SDCCU’s 28 branch locations in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties through Jan. 7, 2012. “We are proud to support Rady Children’s Hospital in the collection of toys that will hopefully make the day a little brighter for Rady patients all year round,” said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU president/CEO. She said donated items are expected to be used throughout the year as gifts to individual patients in various age groups, as well as utilized in playrooms, support groups, as in-room activities for patients and in conjunction with therapies. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.
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The Children’s School, USD Soles and The Grauer School co-host ‘An Evening with Alfie Kohn’ The University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES), The Grauer School in Encinitas, and The Children’s School in La Jolla are co-hosting, “An Evening with Alfie Kohn” on Thursday, Alfie Kohn to speak Jan. 12, 2012 beginning at 7 p.m. at the on progressive Shiley Theatre on the education at USD. Photo/Jason campus of the University of San Diego. Threlfall An optional reception and book signing precedes the lecture at 5:30 p.m. Kohn’s visit to San Diego is the result of a collaboration among these three area schools. In his Jan. 12, 2012 lecture, titled “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” Kohn challenges traditional educational norms, including fierce competition, reward incentives, standardized testing, excessive homework, and grading systems. He will share research-based alternatives to these practices and discuss models of education designed to develop children’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Kohn, a renowned Boston-based expert on education, human behavior and parenting is the author of twelve books, including several books leveraging social science research on the topic of education. His most recent work, Feel Bad Education, establishes the notion that the current U.S. educational system robs students’ learning of both meaning and pleasure. He has been featured
in print publications such as Time magazine and the Washington Post, along with guest appearances on the “Today” and “Oprah.” According to Grauer School Advancement Director, Chela Gonzalez, “We’re honored to participate in bringing Alfie Kohn to San Diego to share his philosophy on education, which is very much in keeping with The Grauer School’s mission and philosophy. This approach has provided our students with a balanced education, enabling the school to provide the pathway to top colleges available.” Brian Oliphant, Head of School at The Children’s School, says, “For 40 years, The Children’s School has been offering a deeply engaging, progressive, project-based education for students from toddlers through eighth grade. Having Alfie Kohn come to San Diego is a tremendous opportunity to share the merits of this methodology, which we believe is the optimal model for education.” And Dr. Helene Mandell, USD SOLES director of Field Experiences, asserts that “Progressive education has been proven by years of research to be an effective means of teaching students to think critically, to understand material thoroughly and personally, and to have great potential for success in higher education and in life. Our program embraces this model and we are delighted to bring Alfie Kohn to San Diego to endorse its efficacy and importance.” Tickets to the event are $10 per person and space is limited. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.tcslj.org/alfiekohn or call 760-944-6777.
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Arcana Empothecary offers alternatives in healing BY KATHY DAY Take the roots of alchemy and empathy and you get Arcana Empothecary, pharmacist James Mattioda’s business that opened recently in Carmel Valley. By combining traditional pharmaceutical science with knowledge of biochemistry, plant medicine and homeopathy, he said, he strives to provide alternatives to patients as well as vitamins, minerals and dietary supplements and estrogen-free beauty supplies. He’s quick to note, though, that “there’s nothing alternative about alternative therapies. It’s just dependent on the culture you’re in.” He explained the reasoning behind the choice of the name. “As we were looking to evolve our name, we wanted to move away from ‘Pharmacy’ and we realized that apothecary wasn’t a good fit, as its root ‘apathy’ means apart or separate,” he said. “That is contrary to our philosophy of health.”
If you go Arcana Empothecary 12250 El Camino Real, Suite 108 (858) 755-0288 www.empothecary. com Since empathy is at the core of their work, they consider each client holistically and sense their individual needs, he added. “Our real value to our customers is that we can work with them in a manner most suitable to them and help them through their healing journey. Just as important was the concept of empowerment of our customers, so the term ‘empothecary’ was created.” With a doctorate in integral health, a license as a registered pharmacist and a diplomat of homeopathy, he said he has known since he was 16 that he was made to be a pharmacist. His career just took a different turn as he became more and more fascinated with the historical and cul-
tural studies of plant medicine, he said in a recent interview. From the time he walked into a drug store for his first day on the job in a small Illinois town, he said he knew he was where he should be. “I was supposed to be a stock boy, but within five minutes I was in the pharmacy,” he said, sitting in his business at 12250 El Camino Real, Suite 108. “I felt like I was home.” With grandparents from Europe who introduced him to home remedies to studying with a specialist in pharmacognosy – the study of plant medicines – the inspiration was there that eventually led him down his current path. But it was not until the 1990s when managed care and the move to chain store pharmacies turned him toward what he calls “a more patient friendly” business model where knowing a person’s name and listening to their needs is a key part of dispensing medicine. He said as he learned more about homeopathy
Dr. James Mattioda, Ben Mattioda with Allison Liu, Christi Worthington and Alden Domini at Arcana Empothecary. PHOTO: KATHY DAY and its healing potential, he decided to study at what is now the California Medical Institute for Human Science in Encinitas. The school’s website notes its focus is on “mind-bodyspirit interconnections” and the fields of energy healing, integral studies and consciousness expansion research, all of which expanded Mattioda’s interest in holistic health. He opened his first pharmacy on Fay Avenue in La Jolla in 1996, where
he “integrated homeopathy with modern medicine” and later joined the Scripps Center for Integrated Medicine with which he still has a contractual relationship. One patient, referred by a Scripps physician, was a woman nearing 90 who “had a number of incidents knock her off balance,” Mattioda said, noting that she wanted to avoid prescription drugs and asked her physician for something natural. After seeing how fran-
tic she was, he said, he selected two flower essences for her. Now a regular client, he said, she later told him within two doses she “came down off the ceiling.” Flower essences are liquid plant preparations that “convey a distinct imprint, or energy pattern, of specific flowers,” according to Arcana’s website. Historically, Mattioda said, flowers are associated with emotion. “They can help us rebalance our emotions and regain our perspective,” he added. He also employs Aura Soma Color Therapy, using color, essential oils, herbs and gems to “access the subconscious.” His son Ben, who works at Arcana, noted that “color therapy is a different angle to interact visually with the emotional healing process.” Find out more at www. empothecary.com; www.arcanaempothecary.com, call (858) 755-0288 or visit them at 12250 El Camino Real.
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Helen Woodward Equine Hospital adds high-tech MRI to list of services The Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center recently added high- field Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI to its lineup of state-of-the art services available to Southern Californiaâ€™s equine community. The new service is offered in partnership with MREquine and Equine Surgical Services and is a mobile MRI suite that will be available at Helen Woodward Equine Hospital on an as-needed basis. This is the first time this state-of-the-art technology has been available in San Diego. Today Taro, a 9-year-old Grand Prix jumper, who has been lame for more than a year due to an injury to his ankle joints, became the first Helen Woodward Equine Hospital patient to undergo the high field MRI procedure. He was anesthetized to limit movement and spent nearly two hours in the MRI suite being scanned. The hospital also held an open house recently, inviting veterinary community to see the MRI imaging suite in person and to meet technicians and doctors from MREquine as well as the team at the Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center. â€œThis is really exciting,â€? said Christen Hanley, director of the Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center. â€œThis is the new up and coming diagnostic tool for
horses. We have wanted to offer high field MRI services for a long time and MR Equine has made it possible for us to do it without having to purchase several million dollars worth of equipment. This is a fantastic service to be able to offer our clients.â€? Until now low field standing MRIs (.2 Teslas) have been the only option available for horses in San Diego County. The imaging available through MREquine utilizes a high field (1.5 Tesla) image similar to the standard MRI used in human hospitals. The high field MRI has a much greater imaging area than low field imaging, offering the most definitive bone and soft tissue examination and images available. The new MRI technology will be especially valuable to the elite equine athletes the Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center treats as an accurate diagnosis is the key to an effective treatment plan, and a faster recovery. The Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center provides high-quality veterinary care for the health and welfare of the community horse population and is equipped to perform a wide variety of medical procedures and services such as Colic surgery, dental repair, endoscopy, arthroscopy, laparoscopy, fracture surgery, recovery pool with overhead sling, wellness exams and 24 hour nursing care. For more information on the Equine Hospital at Helen Woodward Animal Center, visit www.animalcenter.org or call 858-7564117 x 325. To learn more about MREquine, visit www.MREquine.com.
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UCSD doctor climbs Kilimanjaro, aids Masai people of Kenya BY STEVEN MIHAILOVICH When you ask a question of Dr. Anna Kulidjian, orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Musculoskeletal Oncology Unit at the Moores Cancer Center in UCSD (University of California San Diego), you’ll find yourself intermittently asking her to repeat the answer. The reason is not a lack of attention on the listener’s part. It’s not the slight accent that bares her Armenian roots. It’s just that Kulidjian answers with so much depth, detail and zeal that the listener sometimes has to hear it again to get it all. Kulidjian pours her passion and prowess into the matter at hand, whether it’s her research at UCSD, her patients, her family, the environment, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or improving medical care for the Massai people of Kenya. For Kulidjian, it’s not a question of her countless interests, though she has many. She just believes that all of them are connected in a big, almost spiritual, way. “I think that connectedness is what fascinates me,” she said. “In my profession, I’m just connecting people to different specialists. That abil-
Dr. Kulidjian plays with Massai children in Kenya. PHOTOS: ANNA KULIDJIAN
ity to look at something and learn that it’s connected makes life so much fun.” Kulidjian moved here three years ago to develop an oncology unit for treating and studying rare cancers and tumors of the bone and soft tissue. Because of the numerous types of tumors and cancers, including malignant sarcoma, affecting the specific tissues, the highest risk of each occurs at different ages, ranging from teenagers to senior citizens. However, Kulidjian said the growths are so uncommon that they are often misdiagnosed, leading to incom-
plete procedures she calls “whoops” surgeries. “The complexity of it, the variables, is what makes it so fascinating to study,” she said. “Research has shown that it requires a population of 3 million to generate one surgeon (in the field). And that’s not enough for a training center. By being so rare, the whole thing is to centralize the treatment. I interviewed at various centers but choose this center because of its reputation. The care we can give and the research we can do all made sense to me.” The new unit has 11 staff members, including five spe-
cialists, that concentrate solely on the debilitating disease and serve the region from Irvine to the Mexican border and as far east as Las Vegas, Kulidjian said. The doctor’s efforts to establish the unit earned her the Health Care Champions Award in the Health Care Staff category on Oct. 13 from the San Diego Business Journal, which recognizes achievements by local medical professionals and groups. “To be among those people is truly an honor,” Kulidjian said. “I was surprised really to be recognized but it’s great to bring awareness.” Kulidjian’s dogged determination in not merely a professional trait. This August, she and her husband, Ara, organized an expedition of five people to the top of the Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak at 19,341 feet. Kulidjian said the group climbed the legendary dormant volcano to raise funds to purchase an ambulance for the sole clinic serving the approximately 7,500 Massai people living on 250,000 acres on the Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro’s base. An ardent environmentalist, Kulidjian said she learned about the Massai and
the clinic through an email about a program to preserve lions in the area. Having previously donated her medical skills in the Dominican Republic when she lived on the East Coast, Kulidjian spent 10 days at the Massai clinic in 2010 to set up the trauma care, she said. She witnessed their needs first-hand, recounting a story of a pregnant woman who walked one and a half days to the clinic while carrying her 1-year-old child. The woman and child suffered such acute dehydration, Kulidjian said, that the woman had an infected kidney and both had to be airlifted to a hospital an hour away. It was through her first experience that Kulidjian conceived the idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “The interest is there, so why not climb the mountain and raise awareness and funds?” Kulidjian said. “The simplicity and affordability and sustainability of solutions are quite astounding if you have one doctor (which they do).” Though the goal was set, Kulidjian said she was unprepared for the hardships and splendor of the climb. In fact, she had never climbed a San
Diego peak beforehand, let alone the glaciers, crevices and narrow ledges of one of the world’s greatest mountains. “I never even owned a backpack until I did this,” she said. “I did Torrey Pines and thought I was going to die. Like life, when we’re almost there, we tend to think we’re not going to make it and turn back. You just need to take those few extra steps. My experience led to the realization that you can, that you need help to make it and at the end, there is this beauty that can change your life.” Like many aspects of her life, the experience has become a passion and Kulidjian said she plans to summit Mount Ararat or Mount Fuji in the future. However, she hopes the life she leads provides an example to her greatest passion, her three children. “I came back and felt the simple things are the most important,” she said. “A simple smile or a look in the eye. I honestly do it because I have a lot of fun and I really want to teach my kids to learn about the bigger world and not just their own personal ones.”
Your Health: Tips to keep your New Year’s resolutions ly, you would be kind, positive and encouraging, rather than critical or negative. Speak to yourself the same way, and it will be easier to get back on track. Remember that changing habits is a process, not a one-time event, and stay focused on the big picture. And when you have been sticking to your goals, reward yourself. Positive reinforcement, such as allowing yourself to buy a new piece of workout gear or getting tickets to a show, bolsters your self-confidence and your resolve. •Seek out social support from your friends and family. Build a healthy, supportive network of people who encourage you to meet your new goals. For example, if you want to eat healthier or consume less alcohol, spend more time with people who have like interests. Social imitation is a very powerful force. When you surround yourself with people who are already where you want to be (or are in the process of getting there), it will be much easier to achieve your goal. Similarly, using the “buddy system” to recruit a friend who has the same goals as you, such as quitting smoking or walking every morning, can be immensely helpful. •Take time every day to visualize yourself achieving your goal. This is known as “positive end-result imagery”; when you bring your attention to visualizing your goal every day, it begins to become subconscious and automatic. When your behavior no longer has to be filtered by the prefrontal cortex of the brain for logic and judgment, it becomes almost natural—something you do without really thinking about it. How do you do this? Take two minutes a day and breathe deeply while holding the image in your mind of you successfully accomplishSee HEALTH, page B15
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Grauer School to host Jan. 8 Open House Village Church Preschool to celebrate 50 years The Grauer School will host an open house event for prospective students and their families on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus located at 1500 S. El Camino Real in Encinitas. Student-led tours and informal chats with teachers, administrators, students and parents will be available and refreshments will be served. This event will be the final open house for the 2012 enrollment season. According to Grauer School Admissions Director, Elizabeth Braymen, â€œWe encourage all parents who are considering a Grauer School education for their children to attend the Open House event on Jan. 8 or schedule a private tour at their earliest convenience. Last year we reached our enrollment quota rather quickly in the season and we suggest parents move forward with a plan to visit
the school and submit applications before the 2012 academic year commences; traditionally admissions acceptances begin to go out Feb. 7 and continue through early March.â€? The Grauer School is an independent grades 6 â€“12 college preparatory day school in Encinitas accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school serves as a successful educational model for hundreds of private schools around the world through the Coalition of Small Preparatory Schools established by Founding Director, Stuart Grauer, Ed.D. To learn more about The Grauer School experience, schedule a private tour or details on the upcoming Open House, visit www. grauerschool.com or call 760-274-2116.
Village Church Community Theater offers acting classes for kids Acting classes for children ages 9-12 will be offered at the Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday mornings, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25 from 10 â€“ 11:30 a.m.. The classes will explore basic acting techniques for the theater through drama. Games and activities with sessions on scenes, monologues, creative dramatics, improv, speaking on the stage, creating characters and pantomimes will be included. Students will learn by doing, gain confidence and build practical skills. Six sessions for $100. To register, contact Margie Wood at email@example.com
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On Jan. 29, 2012, Village Church Preschool (VCPS), formerly known as Village Nursery School, will mark 50 years of educating, nurturing and inspiring area children with a celebration held in the church courtyard from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The party is open to the community and is free of charge. The address is 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. â€œFor five decades, our school has served as a steady source of education, love and encouragement for area families,â€? said Village Church Preschool Director Pamela Miller. â€œThis milestone, on Jan. 29, gives us a unique opportunity to bring families of the past, present and future together to commemorate our history and achievements in a fun, meaningful way,â€? she added. In addition to an official presentation by Chairman Bill Horn, of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and the recognition of alumni from over the decades, event guests will enjoy the easy sounds of the Life of the Party steel drum band, and savor the delicious food provided by Surf Brothers. Children can have their faces painted, jump around in several â€œbounce housesâ€?, and play carnival games. Licensed by the state of California, Village Church Pre-
school (villagechurchpreschool.org) is a program of the Village Community Presbyterian Church (villagechurch.org) located in Rancho Santa Fe. The schoolâ€™s varied programs offer children ages 18 months to 5 years a high-quality, dynamic early childhood education program designed for the whole child; emphasizing the development of essential cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual foundations. The school recently changed its name from Village Nursery School to Village Church Preschool in an effort to clarify the age of the students served by the school and also to incorporate the more contemporary use of the term preschool. The activities, philosophy and long-term nature of its teachers remain unchanged. For more information, call 858-756-2394.
Village Church Community Theater to hold auditions The Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe announces auditions for â€œA Little piece of Heavenâ€?on Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1- 4 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 9, from 6 â€“ 8:30 p.m. Roles for six men, seven women, one teen girl and one boy. Performances are: Friday, March 9, 16, Saturday, March 10, 17 and Sunday, March 11, 18. For audition information and appointment, visit www.villagechurchcommunitytheater.org
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The Grauer School is a grades 6 â€“ 12 private college preparatory day school with enrollment limited to 150 students. The leader of the Small Schools Movement and the only UNESCO associated school in the region, it has a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Graduates receive college merit scholarships five to ten times greater than other schools. Open House: Sunday, January 8, 2012, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm with tours every 20 minutes.
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The Kitchen Shrink predicts hot food trends in the new year The Kitchen Shrink
CATHARINE L. KAUFMAN Foodies are wringing out the old year with such 2011 trends as an explosion of the farm to table movement, a surge of food and restaurant apps, an increase of testosterone wearing aprons, and a revamping of crappy school cafeteria foods throughout the land. Ringing in the New Year are trends that this Kitchen Shrink sees in her culinary crystal ball. Quirky Cookbooks Consumers purchase over 60 million cookbooks each year, among these the ever popular ones authored by Food Network stars and other celebrity chefs, along with gluten-allergendairy-soy-salt and egg-free diet books, and assorted healthful themes. New funky cookbooks hot off the presses like, â€œThe Paranormal Cookbook,â€? â€œThe New Intercourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook,â€? â€œThe Art of Living According to Joe Beef,â€? â€œMomofuku Milk Bar,â€? and â€œThe Ron Paul Family Cookbook.â€? Perhaps Bill Clinton will write his post presidential vegan memoirs. Domestic Cheese Handcrafting assorted artisan cheeses in your own home is becoming a cottage industry, swelling in popularity with newsletters, workshops, books, kits and products available through retail outlets and e-commerce. Some cheese-making staples include cheese cultures and mold powders (kefir, flora danica, propionic and misophilic); cheese rennets (an enzyme which typically comes from the stomach of a young milk fed calf, lamb or goat), and additives (citric acid, lipase, herbs, cheese salt and coloring). Now aficionados can create mozzarella, ricotta,
Lobster Mac and Cheese Kick off the New Year with this upscale comfort food. Youâ€™ll start your diet resolutions in the morning. And where possible, use organics. 1 pound elbow macaroni or pasta of your choice 1 pound cooked lobster meat, chunks 6 ounces unsalted butter, plus 2 ounces 4 cups milk 1/2 cup unbleached flour 8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated 12 ounces of Gruyere cheese, grated 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/8 teaspoon dried mustard powder Sea salt to taste 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the macaroni or pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, but donâ€™t bring to a boil. Set aside. In a medium saucepan melt 6 ounces of butter, and add the flour, stirring cottage, Monterey Jack, cheddar, feta and others fresh before their eyes, controlling the fat, flavor, salt and purity of ingredients. Lobster Gone Wild This haute crustacean has gone mainstream popping up on diner menus
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constantly on low heat for 3 minutes. Add the milk and continue to stir until a smooth texture forms. Remove from heat and add the cheeses, cayenne, pepper, mustard powder and salt. Add the pasta and lobster, and mix well. Transfer mac and cheese to an oven safe casserole dish or individual gratins. Combine the breadcrumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter, and sprinkle on top. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
and even on food trucks. Gives new meaning to comfort food with lobster mac and cheese, lobster rolls, lobster grilled cheese, lobster pot pie and lobster mashed potatoes. Lobster corn dogs, anyone? Head to Tail
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Congregation Beth Am at Del Mar Highlands
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ongregation Beth Am Rabbi David Kornberg led a lighting of the 3rd Night of Hanukkah Candle at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center on Dec. 22. In addition, the Beth Am Adult Choir performed Hanukkah songs under the direction of Elisheva Edelson.
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Rabbi David Kornberg of Congregation Beth Am with wife Debbie, son Michael and daughter Rachel
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ing your objective, and smiling about it. After several weeks, the new behavior will become nearly automatic. •Finally, think about what you are most grateful for in life. This helps your brain, your mood, your interpersonal skills and your motivation. In my new book, Code to Joy, we talk about the newest exciting neuroscience and what creates joy, and methods to accomplish that. Every day,
perhaps in the shower or when you are doing some routine activity, think about what you are most grateful for in life. Even in this tough economy when many people are struggling, feeling grateful about something as ordinary as the warm water washing over you, or the sun shining outside, can have a positive effect. As you do this more often, you will find yourself adding more and more things to your list. When you regularly practice being grateful, you begin to strengthen the
Help feed the hungry in San Diego Ralph’s Grocery Company invites customers to help support Feeding America San Diego and families in need this holiday season. Ralph’s customers can help fight hunger by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands. This checkstand initiative comes to a close on Jan. 28, 2012. Visit www.feedingamerica.org or www.Ralph’s.com.
left prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain associated with happiness. This, in turn, helps you feel more empowered to reach your goals and create the life you want. George J. Pratt. PhD, is an author and clinical psychologist at with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. “To Your Health” is brought to you by the physicians and staff of Scripps. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-SCRIPPS.
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tables made from cork and vintage doors. This culinary economist also salvages every last scrap of food brilliantly concocting dishes from parts of the fish other chefs routinely toss. White pan sears the liver of the black cod, serves it on toasted brioche with a drizzle of verjus gastrique, and a sprinkling of chopped macadamias; and whips up shrimp and grits blending cod eggs with shrimp shell stock, herbs de Provence and pecorino cheese. Functional Foods The medical profession has started to embrace and promote foods for their nutritional goodness, thanks to Dr. Mehmet Oz and other “food as medicine” gurus. Omega-3 rich fish like salmon, herring and sardines boost brain power and memory; breakfast essentials like whole-grain breads, eggs and glycemic- friendly oatmeal dial-up energy; assorted berries and crucifers put the skids on harmful free radicals; while olive oil, walnuts and pecans are equally impor-
tant to a heart-healthy diet, the latter for squeaky-clean arteries. Savory Sweets Savories are the new sweets as creative chefs pump veggies, herbs and spices, oils and vinegars into kitschy desserts. Cookie meisters like San Diego’s The Cravory have more amalgams than the California Super Lotto--thousands of combinations, including the popular fresh rosemary, cracked pepper, balsamic syrup and olive oil cookie. According to Adam Koven, The Cravory co-owner, “it is still a cookie with a savory note that pairs nicely with a glass of wine.” Also check out the lemon cherry basil and pancakes and bacon sold online or at Hillcrest and La Jolla Farmers’ markets every Sunday. For culinary queries or additional recipes email email@example.com or check out www.FreeRange.com.
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