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New church planned for El Camino Real area BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board reviewed a new Armenian church planned for El Camino Real (across from the polo fields) at its June 23 meeting. St. John Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church is being proposed to be built on El Camino Real, behind the Evangelical Formosan Church. Plans for the 113.37acre parcel include a 350seat church, a multi-purpose hall, a library and education building and a gym for youth recreation. The developers submitted plans to the city last week and expect comments from city staff by late July. The planning board’s
regional issues subcommittee will receive more details on the project in August or September. If approved by the city, they will also need a coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission. The project manager, Marcela Escobar-Eck, principal of the Atlantis Group, said she is very familiar with the challenges and environmental sensitivity of the San Dieguito River Valley. She said she takes great pride in the area as she was involved in the preservation and worked with the city’s El Camino Real widening project on creating a safe, adequate wildlife under-crossing near the church site. “The biggest challenge See CHURCH, page 19
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Local school districts allocate millions in federal money differently BY MARSHA SUTTON SENIOR EDUCATION WRITER At the first meeting, last December, of the Del Mar Union School District’s newly elected board of trustees, the school board unanimously approved the payment of about $440,000 to district employees from the $763,852 given to the district under the Federal Education Jobs Fund. The $440,000 was the total cost after $1,000 was given to each full-time employee in the district, including superintendent Jim Peabody, the three assistant superintendents and the district’s eight principals. The $1,000 allotment – described in the Dec. 15, 2010 school board packet as a “one-time employee cash incentive” – was pro-rated for part-time employees. DMUSD assistant superintendent of human resource services Tim Asfazadour called it “a one-time stipend” and said it was “to offset the increased cost of health benefits.” Asfazadour said the district employs about 300 full-time and 300 part-time people, 21 of whom work at the district office rather than a school site. Because one condition of the Federal Education Jobs Fund is that the money can only be spent on school site personnel, the 21 district office employees received their money, totaling about $21,000, from the general fund, he said. Cathy Birks, DMUSD assistant superintendent of business services, said that, in addition to the $440,000 distributed to employees, about $60,000 more was paid for fringe benefits such as unemployment, social security, workers’ compensation, Medicare, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), and other labor costs. This brings the total cost for the cash incentive program to about
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TPHS Football Golf Classic Dan Plashkes, Scott Brewster and Bob Ward were among those who participated in the 16th Annual Torrey Pines High School Football Golf Classic held June 20 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe. The event, sponsored by the TPHS Foundation, featured a golf tournament, dinner, auction, wine tasting and more. See more inside. Photo/Jon Clark
Hollywood Hits The RSF Big Band, featuring vocalist Marie Addario, performed “The Music of the Movies” to a full crowd June 26 at the Village Church. See more inside. Photo/Jon Clark
The 30th Annual Fourth of July Parade & Picnic will be held in the RSF Village on Monday, July 4. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., will form at 12:15 p.m. in the RSF Association and RSF Community Center parking lot on Avenida de Acacias. (Bikes, floats, golf carts and more!) The picnic and concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the parks in front of The Inn. Food will be sold by the RSF Community Center and the RSF Golf Club. The event is sponsored by the RSF Association, RSF Community Center and RSF Polo Club. For more info., contact Chaco Clotfelter at chacoclot@ gmail.com or Shannon Mountain at 858-568-6876.
RSF Patrol more than ready to move into new digs at fire station BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER In Matt Wellhouser’s 30-plus years as the chief of the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol, he’s overseen six moves: Four within the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Station headquarters, one to temporary portables on the Dacus property, and the latest move, back to where they started but to the opposite end of the station. The Patrol will be taking over the fire district’s administration offices as the district moved its administration offices to a new Cielo station in late March. The RSF Patrol expects to be moved in by July 6 when construction is complete. Wellhouser said he is excited to move the Patrol into the largest space they’ve ever had at 2,700 square feet. “This allows our officers to have more elbow room and space, and it’s nice that we’re not going to be looking for a new facility or having to remodel,” Wellhouser said. “It’s a plus for the community because we’re close to the school, right next to
Rancho Santa Fe Patrol Chief Matt Wellhouser in the reception area of the new Patrol offices at the fire station. Photo/Karen Billing dispatch and we have a really good relationship with the fire department. Working with all those folks is a good thing.” Since 2009, the Rancho Santa Fe Association had been searching for a permanent home for the Patrol since it was moved out of the fire station due to the fire district’s lack of space. Several options were studied, including building a new facility on the Osuna property, but the best one remained heading back home — especially after the fire district’s space issues were solved when it relocated its administration offices. With the new Patrol offices, residents will have a place
to come to ask questions of the Patrol and conduct business—the Patrol never had a room where people could sit down and talk to officers, now they do. “We’ve never had a storefront as it were,” Well-
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RSF residents Jere and Joyce Oren’s generosity extends to Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego For Rancho Santa Fe residents Jere and Joyce Oren, philanthropy isn’t just a word, it’s a way of life. “My idea of philanthropy is to give it all away,” said Jere Oren. “I feel like if I can do something to help someone else, then that’s what I should do.” The Orens recently established a charitable gift annuity in the amount of $100,000 designated for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. The Peckham Center offers the full range of clinical services, as well as psychosocial programs and resources, to help patients and their families. Jere and Joyce Oren Last year, the Peckham Center attended to more Photo/Jon Clark than 15,400 visits at the Carley Copley Outpatient Clinic, cared for 200 new cancer patients, performed nearly 30 bone marrow transplants and conducted more than 64 clinical research studies, including 40 clinical treatment trials. By establishing a charitable gift annuity, the Orens receive income from the gift for the rest of their lives, after which the remainder of the annuity transfers to Rady Children’s. Jere Oren said that when his daughter was little, she was treated for a staph infection at Boston Children’s. He recalls how impressed he was by the hospital’s dedication to children. His gift to Rady Children’s is his way of giving back to pediatric medicine. Originally from the Boston area, Jere Oren was in the insurance business before moving to Hawaii where he began a career in real estate. Love brought him to Rancho Santa Fe in 1979, where he continued to work in real estate. Today, the Orens are avid travelers and remain active in the Rancho Santa Fe community. They are very involved with the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club and the Village Church. Additionally, Jere Oren has volunteered at Scripps Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years. Through his generosity, Jere Oren is doing his part to take care of things for San Diego’s children and leaving a ripe legacy for the future. “I wanted to do it now,” Jere Oren said, “and enjoy the thrill of seeing others enjoy the fruits of my labor.”
Roll the credits, Flower Hill movie theater closes The movie theater at Flower Hill Promenade is now dark for good. The theater closed permanently on June 26. Flower Hill Promenade is undergoing an upgrade and a Whole Foods will eventually open at the theater’s location. A new movie theater is slated to open at the end of July at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center located on Del Mar Heights Road, just south of RSF. Photo/Jon Clark
RSF youth wins ‘Best of Show’ award at SD County Fair Fairbanks Ranch resident Jorlly Chang, a 5th grade student at Mission Bay Montessori Academy, received the “Best of Show” award in the “Creative Vehicle” category at the San Diego County Fair. Jorlly won the award for his Lego model called “Halo Scarab.” Jorlly will receive his award at the Creative Youth Award Ceremony on July 3.
Holiday delays curbside trash and recycling pick up Waste Management of North County and Coast Waste Management’s curbside residential trash and recycling pickup schedule will be delayed by one day throughout the week of July 4, in observance of Independence Day. This means customers in Rancho Santa Fe should place their carts out for pick-up one day later than usual, beginning Tuesday, July 5 through Saturday, July 9. Customer service is available at 1-866-WM RECYCLE. For more information about recycling, log onto http:// northcounty.wm.com.
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Community members brighten lives in Costa Rica through donations BY KAREN BILLING Staff Writer Rancho Santa Fe Youth Soccer has a couple of new soccer teams wearing the Attack green and white — in Costa Rica. The soccer league donated both “home and away” jerseys to outfit two very excited youth soccer teams at an impoverished Costa Rican school. The donations were part of Carmel Valley resident Ginny Barnes’ project to bring athletic equipment to Costa Rican children—she delivered the uniforms three weeks ago with her family. “Part of the mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Attack is ‘through soccer have fun, build character and develop an appreciation for the rich spectrum of the world’s cultures,’” said Marilee Pacelli, director of operations for Rancho Santa Fe Youth Soccer. “When Ginny told me about her project, we were in the process of collecting and reordering uniforms for the new season. We were excited to be able to donate to her project and knowing that soccer is such a big part of the lives of children in Costa Rica we know the uniforms will be put to good
feat that Barnes said might have taken six months and 20 meetings in America. “It was so amazing,” said Barnes, recalling how one little boy couldn’t take his eyes off the new goalie gloves on his hands. “As a community, we’re so blessed and we really wanted to do something…It was a wonderful experience and I’m ready to do it again.”
Costa Rican children in donated uniforms from Rancho Santa Fe Soccer. use.” Rancho Santa Fe Soccer’s In addition to the dowillingness to pitch in and nated uniforms, Barnes and how a local sporting goods her family gave more than store offered a discount after 100 pounds of sporting finding out where the items goods that they had stuffed were going. into their suitcases: soccer On the day they shorts, soccer balls, basketbrought the donations to balls, whiffle balls and bats, the school, the Barnes famiand 68 jump ropes. For ly was treated to a school rainy days, they also gave tour and students performed the school 90 new books. a dance recital for them. Barnes came up with Barnes gave the school an the idea for the sporting additional $200 and told goods donation after visiting them to use it for anything the country a year before related to physical education and seeing children playing and the school officials imwith an old soccer ball withmediately eyed their beat-up out any skin left. basketball backboards. By As she collected items, the time she returned a Barnes was amazed by peoweek later, the new backple’s generosity — such as boards were already up — a
Torrey Pines High class of 2005 graduate Christie Barnes, left, and her cousins Emily and Mary Hall with Costa Rican schoolchildren.
RSF resident named dean of San Diego State University College of Business Administration RSF resident Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D., became dean of the San Diego State University (SDSU) College of Business Administration on June 20. Cunningham, who earlier built his graphics communications firm into a multimillion dollar international powerhouse, is currently a clinical professor of entrepreneurship at the school. He takes over leadership of the College from Gail K. Naughton, Ph.D. “My goal is to create as many opportunities for as many students as I can, and help rebuild the economy one student at time,” Cunningham said. “We talk business, he’s lived business, and he brings it back into an academic setting.” said Dr. Gangaram Singh, associate dean for academic affairs at the school, who’s worked with CunMichael R. ningham at the business school since 2005. “It is a unique set of Cunningham, Ph.D. skills he’s acquired over the years that will make us relevant in Photo/Jon Clark the national and the international market place.” — Lou Dolinar See next week’s issue of the RSF Review (July 7 issue) for a full profile on Cunningham.
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RSF residents receive graduation awards Commencement 2011 was unforgettable for The Bishop’s School’s 102nd graduating class. On this celebratory day the Class of 1961 walked with the Class of 2011. The following Rancho Santa Fe residents graduated from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla on Friday, May 27, and received recognition at the Awards and Commencement Ceremonies. •Alexa Bisbas, daughter of Dr. Anton and Mrs. Meg Bisbas, received the Stephanie Blankenship Award at Commencement for being on the honor roll for four or five years at Bishop’s and made the honor roll each semester during those years. She will attend University of Southern California. •Dana Christensen, daughter of Dr. Ross and
Mrs. Karen Christensen, received the Otto Mower Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s for four or five years and made the honor roll each semester during those years. She will attend Pitzer College. •Nicole Herman, daughter of Mr. Russell and Mrs. Paula Herman, a Stephanie Blankenship Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s for six years and made the honor roll each semester during those years. Earlier this year Herman was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her commitment to serving their community and the world. She will attend Vanderbilt University. •Matthew Michalko, son of Mr. Mark and Mrs. Kimberly Michalko, earlier this year was awarded the
President’s Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to serving the community and the world. He will attend the University of California at San Diego. •Victor Millar, son of Mr. Victor and Ms. Pat Millar, received a Head of School Award that was presented to seniors whose contributions to Bishop’s were recognized as exceptional and worthy of praise, the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given to students who attend Bishop’s for six years and made the honor roll each semester during those years, and earlier this year was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to serving the community and the world. He will attend New York University. •Barry Moores, son of
Dr. Barry and Mrs. Natalie Moores and Mr. Doug and Dr. Sue Roberts, received the Stephanie Blankenship Award at Commencement for being on the honor roll for four or five years at Bishop’s and made the honor roll each semester during those years. He will attend University of California at Berkeley. •Laura Petree, daughter of Mr. Daniel Petree and Ms. Susan Toeniskoetter, received the Stephanie Blankenship Award at Commencement for being on the honor roll for four or five years at Bishop’s and made the honor roll each semester during those years. She will attend Stanford University. •Robert Stiefler, son of Ms. Ellen W. Stiefler and Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Suzanne Stiefler, was present-
ed – at Awards Day – with the Jerry Coleman Athletic Leadership Award that is given to a captain of a Bishop’s Upper School athletic team who exemplifies the leadership, integrity, and outstanding commitment that Jerry Coleman has shown throughout his life. He will attend Trinity College. •Brent Thomas, son of Mr. Cary Thomas and Mrs. Nancy Paul Thomas, earlier this year was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to serving the community and the world. He will attend Southern Methodist University. •John Weller, son of Mr.William Bradford Weller and Mrs. Anne-Marie Weller, received a Head of School Award that was presented to seniors whose
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Local woman campaigns for a school in rural Cambodia BY KIRBY BROOKS Contributor Supplying a young girl in Cambodia with just $10 a month can make her the breadwinner of her family, help to eradicate poverty, and probably keep that child out of the sex trade. This is the message local resident Nicole Sahin is trying to get across through her partnership with American Assistance for Cambodia. Established by a journalist to provide opportunities for Cambodian children, the program seeks to stop the disturbing cycle that places children, girls in particular, into the sex industry. Sahin, senior director of the international business consulting firm, High Street Partners, has made it her mission to raise funds to start a school for children in rural Cambodia to provide them with an education that will allow them to live a life they could otherwise only dream of. Sahin has visited more than 50 countries and cir-
To connect • Donations can be made through http:// www.firstgiving.com/ fundraiser/school/ americanassistanceforcambodiainc. • E-mail Sahin at Nicole@sahin@yahoo. com for the address for checks made out to: American Assistance for Cambodia, a 501c3 nonprofit cumnavigated the globe twice. She said her travels provided her with a window on how others live. “My trips have made me see how much further
money can go in other places,” she explained. “I want to show that you can make a huge difference with something that is so attainable.” Her excitement is infectious. She has recruited a team of seven inspired women to help her build the school. Their goal is for each to raise $2,500 to 3,000. Her team is comprised of Denise Hummel of Carlsbad; Sayaka Adachi of Vista; Los Angeles-local Mary Murphy; Carolyn Taylor Meyer, who lives up the coast in Monterey; Bostonite Jeannette Van Der Velde; and Casie Gambrel, an expat living in Australia. Since May 26, they have collectively raised $7,000. “I’d been thinking about this for a long time, and once I recruited these women, I knew it was possible to build the school,” Sahin said. “There are two tools to eradicating poverty: educating women and having a well.” In Cambodia, 10 per-
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Inspirational college graduate credits Friends of San Pasqual Academy for invaluable support BY KAREN BILLING STAFF WRITER Well-spoken San Pasqual Academy graduate Mara M is rendered speechless when it comes to describing her pride and joy in becoming a college graduate last month. As a foster teen who had been shuffled between 32 different placements in Massachusetts and six in California, she never dreamed she would be able to attend college. Finally earning her degree, she felt an extreme sense of victory as well as disbelief and she knew that none of it could have been possible without her “champions,” the Friends of San Pasqual Academy. “She did not take off her cap and gown even when we went out to dinner, that’s how special it was,” said Friends of San Pasqual President Joan Scott. “She worked very, very hard to accomplish this.” On May 14 Mara graduated from Humboldt with a degree in elementary education. She was accepted into Humboldt’s graduate school to earn her teaching credential. Mara was on the honor roll every semester of college, with a 3.49 GPA and passed the “brutal standardized testing” required for graduate school (CBEST, CSET and GWPE) with high scores. “I feel really lucky that I got in,” said Mara, knowing that Humboldt only selects a limited number of students to graduate school. “I think a lot of foster youth don’t end up going to school because they don’t have the resources or the support like Friends of San Pasqual provided for me. I don’t think I would have made it without the support that they gave me. They’re cheerleaders for us, to round up the resources for us to continue our education or even get started in the first place.” The Friends of San Pasqual Academy don’t just make a donation and walk away, Mara said. Members continue to be cheerleaders and people the students can depend on. Mara was thrilled to have her San Pasqual housemother Taffe, Joan Scott and the Friends’ “Gramma” Donna Herrick attend her graduation. “It was an amazing honor to be included and help her celebrate her special accomplishment which is going to be just one of many,” said a very proud Scott. The support Mara received from Friends of San Pasqual Academy wasn’t just a hand out either; she said the Friends will help students but they also have to work hard, be responsible and have personal accountability to succeed. When the Friends started supporting San Pasqual Academy in 2001, the school was home to just 20 students and
San Pasqual graduate Mara M with Friends of San Pasqual Academy President Joan Scott and “Gramma” Donna Herrick. Photo/Karen Billing three senior class graduates. This year the school has more than 150 students and there were 31 graduates in the senior class, at a 100 percent graduation rate. The sign above the academy door reads “Welcome Home” and for Mara it really was a home and family—she arrived in 2002 and until that point had never lived anywhere for as long as she was at San Pasqual, a stability she says is critical for foster teens. Mara’s housemother Taffe was the one who helped her apply for colleges and took her around to visit any school in which she was interested. “When I first started looking at colleges my junior year, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go to school, I was nervous and I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it,” Mara said. Taffe said that they would find a way to make it work, Mara just had to make a decision and go for it. Taffe flew with Mara to Northern California and after an additional six-hour drive they arrived at Humboldt and Mara never looked back. “I just fell in love with it and I forgot all the other places I had wanted to go,” Mara said. Mara said she will never take for granted the opportunities she had at San Pasqual. She participated in the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary’s Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) training program and helped start
an Interact Club at San Pasqual. She also helped start a recycling program at school and participated in the student-run farm. At the time it was just a way to teach students about agriculture and get fresh food for the academy—it has now developed into a full-blown farm that often sells its vegetables to local restaurants. In her senior year at San Pasqual Mara did her senior project volunteering in a kindergarten class, which helped steer her toward her interest in education. Mara at graduation. Through the intergeneraPhoto/ Eli Rohl tional San Pasqual Academy Neighbors (SPAN) program, Mara and other students are paired with senior citizens who apply to live on campus to have surrogate grandparents to call their own. Mara had Grandma Lindo who she knew she could call whenever she had a problem she needed to talk about, as well as Gramma Herrick, who sent her clothing and cards even when she went away to school. “She’s another one of those people who doesn’t have to be there, she could just support us financially and yet she’s there, spending time with us,” Mara said. She said she will never forget the thrill of receiving Christmas presents or the “Shop Til You Drop” event when she got a big, fluffy towel with her name embroidered on it. “Maybe it doesn’t seem like a big deal but for us that’s everything,” Mara said. Mara, who Scott called San Pasqual’s “pioneer,” returned to San Pasqual for graduation this year to help inspire students and show them what can be accomplished. “The perseverance that Mara has and the focus she has shown are an example,” Scott said. “These are just wonderful kids and we want to help them accomplish their dreams.” Donations can be sent to Friends of San Pasqual Academy, P.O. Box 8202, Rancho Santa Fe, 92067, Visit their website at www.friendsofsanpasqualacademy.org.
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SDSU professor, ‘Most Influential Faculty Award’ winner, steps down as civil engineering chair after a record 18 years BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor “Whatever I do,” says Janusz Supernak, “I’m passionate about it. I don’t like to do things half way.” That includes being a civil engineer, college professor, singer, songwriter, church organist, and a U.S. nationally-ranked ping-pong player. Supernak, 66, the Polish-born San Diego State University professor who recently stepped down as chair of the department of civil engineering after serving a record 18 years, was honored at SDSU’s 2011 commencement with the university’s “Most Influential Faculty Award.” During his tenure as chair (the longest in the college’s history), the multi-talented Supernak was successful in creating two additions to the civil engineering program: environmental and construction engineering; and is credited with bringing in more than $4 million in external contracts to SDSU. He is the author of more than 100 papers and research reports on intelligent transportation systems, traffic engineering, transpor-
tation economics and travel demand analysis; and he remains on the faculty as a professor, doing research and teaching courses in transportation engineering and engineering economy. He has lectured in 14 countries and at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including Oxford, Kyoto University, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Nanyang University, Singapore, and at the BOKU University of Vienna. SDSU is the only university in San Diego offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in civil, environmental and construction engineering with close to 700 students. We interviewed Supernak at his home where he lives with his Polish-born wife, Iga, a materials engineer and former model, who also shares his love of music and singing — he, a baritone, and she, a soprano. They met in Cracow seven years ago through mutual friends and have been married almost six years. “Stepping down as chair position,” he said, “gives me more time for my music, my sports and, most
Quick Facts Name: Janusz (pronounced: “Ya-noosh”) Supernak, Ph.D. Distinction: San Diego State University civil engineering professor, who served for a record 18 years as chair of Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, recently was honored at the 2011 commencement with receipt of SDSU’s Most Influential Faculty Award. Born: Deblin, Poland, 66 years ago Education: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering, Technical University of Warsaw, 1968, 1970, 1977 respectively. Family: He and his wife, Iga, have been married six years. Like he, she was born in Poland, is also an engineer and sings with him in a quartet at the Polish Catholic Mission in Pacific Beach where he has served as volunteer organist and cantor for 20 years. Interests: Music, singing, songwriting, table tennis, chess, Sudoku and travel. Favorite composers: Chopin and Mozart Favorite singers: Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole Favorite films: Classic European films by directors Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini and Ingmar Bergman are his alltime favorites. Favorite travel: Japan and India Recent readings: “4 Diets 4 Blood Types: Eat Right 4 Your Type,” by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo; and poetry by Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz. Philosophy: Strive for a balance among intellectual, spiritual and physical activities. “It works for me.”
importantly, for time with my wife.” Department chairs normally serve a three-year term with a possible twoyear extension. “I was asked to continue many times and it resulted in a record 18 years at the helm,” he said. “Since we had a very successful accreditation visit in 2010 with all three of our engineering programs — civil, environmental and construction — receiving the maximum sixyear accreditations, it was a perfect time for me to step down to give someone else to start preparations for the next accreditation visit in 2016. “Accreditation is a very demanding and time-consuming task for any chair, even with just one program, and we have three.” Supernak was born in Deblin, Poland, 60 miles south of the then war-ravaged Polish capital of Warsaw. “I sometime joke that I waited to be born until the war was over. The war ended in May, 1945, and I was born a month later on June 20, 1945.” His father had been station master at various railway stations in Poland before becoming an executive with a railroad consortium in Gdansk. While growing up, Supernak, with his parents, his older brother and younger sister, lived in company-provided apartments in railway stations. “With trains passing by all the time,” Supernak recalls, “it was always interesting. “My field is transportation engineering and maybe it’s something in my genes. My father was in the transportation area, my two grandparents were associated with Polish railways, and my brother also has a Ph.D. in transportation,” he said. As a youth, Supernak showed a talent for writing, music and architecture, but when his father died of cancer at age 40, the 13-year-old Supernak decided he should concentrate his efforts working toward a profession in which he could “earn some money.” He began tutoring fellow students in mathematics, switched from a liberal arts high school to a technical high school and subsequently was accepted at the Technical University of War-
Janusz Supernak PHOTO: JON CLARK saw, the premier engineera phenomenon of our civiliing university in Poland, zation and it’s not going where he earned his underaway because of growth and graduate degree (1968), his San Diego has tremendous master’s degree (1970) and growth. The problems we his Ph.D. (1977) in civil enare facing as traffic engineers gineering with an emphasis will only be more complicaton transportation. ed,” he said. While working as a reBut solutions like HOT searcher in environmental lanes and soon to be introdevelopment at the stateduced “managed lanes” on run Transportation DepartI-15, he added, will definitement in Warsaw, he went to ly help, combined hopefully a conference in England to with other solutions includpresent a paper. ing flexible work hours and “The civil engineering “smart growth” to reduce chairman of SUNY (State commuting distances. University of New York at Looking even more into Buffalo) liked my paper on a the future, Supernak anticimathematical modeling of pates seeing traffic engineers how traffic is generated in further develop “intelligent cities and invited me to highway” experiments in come to America.” which highways will be Supernak served as a equipped with magnets and visiting assistant professor at vehicles with special devices SUNY, 1980-81; and served that will allow vehicles to be as associate professor at automatically controlled Drexel University, Philadeland guided safely and evenphia, 1981-84; and, in 1984, ly through rush hour traffic. moved to San Diego and For civil engineers, the joined the SDSU faculty as future bodes well for job opan associate professor. He portunities, particularly in was promoted to full profesthe areas of transportation, sor in 1988. water-delivery systems and Most rush-hour motorconstruction upgrading of ists regard freeway driving as the country’s aging infraan ordeal to be endured for structure, Supernak predicts. the privilege of living and He is particularly proud working in sunny San Diof his role in winning the ego, but Supernak has long contract for a World Bankregarded the I-15 as a “nasponsored program to protional lab” for creating betvide graduate training for ter traffic management sysengineering instructors from tems. Nangarhar University, JalalaFrom 1997 to 2001, he bad, Afghanistan. was the principal investigaTwo instructors just tor of the $1.2 million federearned their M.S. degrees al grant pilot program for from SDSU and another six the Congestion (Value) Pricare completing master’s deing system on the HOT grees at SDSU’s partner (High Occupancy Toll) lanes school, the Technical Uniof the I-15. The successful versity of Cracow, Poland. implementation of the comSupernak is co-director puter-controlled trip pricing of the program that not geared to traffic volume was only is training teachers but a world-first now imitated has created coursework for by other cities to improve implementation of a new, highway traffic flows. strong civil engineering cur“Traffic unfortunately is riculum at Nangarhar.
“This is a project that will make really true friends in Afghanistan,” he said. “Those people are very influential…They will say Americans did something really good for them. So, if we want to win hearts and minds, that’s the best way to do it.” His passion for music has been with him throughout his life, beginning as a boy, growing up in a household where music and singing were an integral part of family life. For the past 20 years, Supernak has served as the volunteer organist and cantor at the Polish Catholic Mission in Pacific Beach. He and his wife perform in a quartet at the church. He has written and composed more than 50 songs and recorded two albums: “My Prayer” and “Christmas in San Diego,” which won first prizes at the International Multimedia Festival “Polish Homelands,” in 2006 and 2007. His song, “My Lullaby,” is the title song in the award-winning album by Polish jazz singer Aga Zaryan. His song, “I Found My Perfect City,” was the popular vote winner in a contest for a song about San Diego organized by San Diego Magazine and radio station Sophie@103.7. It has had more than 4,000 hits on YouTube. In addition to his musical interests, Supernak is an avid table tennis (pingpong) player. He is a frequent competitor in San Diego Table Tennis Association tournaments, and solo against a robot in his garage. At the 2008 U.S. National Competition in Las Vegas, he was ranked 16 in his age group. All through his career in the U.S., Supernak has maintained an abiding connection with his native Poland. He is president of the San Diego-Warsaw & Mazovia Province Sister City Society and active in the House of Poland in Balboa Park, the Polish-American Congress, Polonia Technica and Polonia United. In 2004, he arranged for Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa to give a lecture at SDSU that attracted an audience of 1,200.
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June 30, 2011
RSF volunteers chair ROMP Roundup fundraiser to benefit The Westreich Foundation donates $300,000 to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice
To help raise funds for families of seriously ill or injured children being treated at local hospitals, honorary chairs Bill and Susan Hoehn of RSF, and event co-chairs Mary Drake, Joye Blount, and Denise Lara are organizing the second annual ROMP Roundup for Ronald McDonald House CharitiesÂŽ of San Diego. The signature event for the local Ronald McDonald House brings together San Diegoâ€™s biggest names in philanthropy for a â€œWestern chicâ€? night of giving back and celebrity entertainment that is sure to â€œknock your spurs off.â€? The festive gala takes place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House and includes a seated dinner, silent and live auction, and generous raffle that could have one contributor walking away with the keys to a new 2012 Audi A3 or $30,000. Bill and Susan Hoehn continue their strong history of giving back to the community by donating a 2012 Audi A3 from Hoehn Motors-Carlsbad to the ROMP raffle. One lucky raffle winner will choose between the
Susan and Bill Hoehn sporty and luxurious car and this yearâ€™s event. â€œOur inaugural ROMP $30,000 in cash, also donatevent raised nearly $400,000 ed by the Hoehns. Raffle for the charity last year and tickets cost $100 and are available through Sept. 17 or we couldnâ€™t be more excited to embark on our second until 3,000 tickets are sold. event organized by our outThe winning raffle ticket standing event chairs,â€? said holder does not have to be Sharon Smith, vice president present to claim the prize. To purchase ROMP Roundup of development for Ronald tickets, which begin at $500, McDonald House Charities of San Diego. â€œThe strong or Audi raffle tickets, visit devotion of this yearâ€™s event www.rmhcsd.org. Mary Drake, event chair committee, and their fundraising expertise are valuable of last yearâ€™s inaugural assets in our drive to inROMP gala, is joined by felcrease contributions to help low co-chairs Joye Blount, those in need.â€? wealth management advisor To learn more, visit with U.S. Bank, and Denise www.rmhcsd.org. Lara, a dedicated community volunteer, in planning
The Westreich Foundation has donated $300,000 to The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, to support the further expansion of Its Integrative Palliative Medicine Program for seriously ill patients and their families. The use of integrative palliative medicine therapies provides diverse healing modalities, based on the philosophy of caring for the whole person, in order to improve quality of life at every stage of life. Integrative therapies can include Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Reiki and Healing Touch, Aromatherapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy. â€œIntegrative medicine has emerged as a potential solution to the American health care crisis,â€? said RSF resident Ruth Westreich, president and founder of The Westreich Foundation. â€œIt provides care that is patient-centered, healing oriented, emphasizes the therapeutic relationship, and uses therapeutic approaches originating from conventional and alternative medicine. For people living with a serious illness, it can
transform the physical, spiritual, and emotional dimensions of their lives.â€? â€œWe are extremely grateful for The Westreich Foundation gift, as it speaks to the power of integrative palliative medicine, which combines the discipline of modern science with the wisdom of ancient healing,â€? noted Traci Bruckner, chief development officer for the San Diego Hospice Foundation, the fundraising arm of The Institute for Palliative Medicine. The Institute for Palliative Medicineâ€™s Integrative Palliative Medicine Program aims to facilitate comfort care and promote emotional and spiritual healing for San Diego Hospice patients and their families and caregivers. As one of the premier palliative medicine centers in the United States, The Institute for Palliative Medicine has been at the forefront of advancing the role of integrative medicine in care of those with advanced chronic and serious illness, as well as those at the end of life. For more information, visit (www.thewestreichfoundation.org or www.palliativemed.org.
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Ranch Clubhouse Connection: Summer Music Festival, new lunch menu, Sunday Night Family BBQ Long summer days are the perfect reason to enjoy the warm hospitality of the Ranch Clubhouse. With so many activities for families this time of year, a break from preparing lunches and dinners is simple with a visit to the Osuna Grille and Patio. Enjoy alfresco dining with the new summer lunch menu, including two new salads: the BBQ Chopped Chicken with organic chicken breast, roasted corn, black beans and tortilla strips, or the Watermelon Salad with feta cheese, nicoise olives, baby arugula and citrus mint vinaigrette. House pizzas freshly made and baked in a special pizza oven are available for lunch and dinner and make great appetizers that can be shared by the entire family or with cocktails, beer or wine. Other new lunch items include Orchetti Pasta with peas, Turkey Artichoke sandwich, Lao–style Chicken sandwich and the Orchard Chicken Salad sandwich with port marinated cherries, green onions, sliced almonds, lettuce and tomato, with herb mayonnaise on whole grain bread. The Summer Music Festival on Saturday, July 2, is a must for the entire family. Enjoy the sounds of summer from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with featured groups playing on the Player’s Clubhouse Veranda patio while members and guests can enjoy the enter-
tainment with beach chairs and blankets. Adults are $15 and children are $10. A food and beverage court will be open during the festival. Items available in the food court are not included in the admission price. For more information on this event or to make reservations, please call the Clubhouse number below. ***** The return of the weekly Sunday Family BBQ dinners starts July 10 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A limited dinner menu featuring many of the Clubhouse favorites will also be available. Osuna Grille hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for dinner. The Osuna Grille is closed Monday, with lunch served Tuesday through Sunday. No dinner service Tuesday and Saturday nights. Sunday a la carte brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Clubhouse is available for private parties, meetings and special events. Haven’t yet experienced the treasures of the Clubhouse? Call 756-1182 for reservations or take out orders. The Osuna Grille and the Clubhouse are available to all Association Members and their guests.
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Junior Theatre stages summer musical San Diego Junior Theatre will present “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on the books by Arnold Lobel, July 1-17 at Casa del Prado Theatre, Balboa Park. The audience will follow Frog, Toad, and their buddy, Snail, on “a croakingly good musical journey where wonderful times abound. There will be an ASL-interpreted show, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $8-$14 at (619) 239-8355, the box office, and juniortheatre.com. The San Diego Junior Theatre will close its 63rd season with “Hairspray!” July 29-Aug. 14.
The San Diego Shakespeare Society presents the North County Celebrity Sonnets Please join in the fun at the annual North County Celebrity Sonnets staged at the Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium, on Monday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. Celebrity presenters include the incomparable Jonathan McMurtry; Marianne McDonald, professor of Theatre and Classics in the Department of Theatre at UCSD, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a recipient of many national and international awards; Diane Y. Welch, award-winning author and public speaker; The Shakespeare Sisters, Lily & Avalon Greenberg, students, authors, and award winner of the 2011 Student Shakespeare Festival; Erik Larson, student and winner of the 2011 San Diego English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition; and a host of surprise guests who will make Shakespeare’s Sonnets come alive. All of the above are residents of North County, including the emcee for the evening Richard Trujillo, artistic director, San Diego Shakespeare Society. Doors open at the Schulman Auditorium at 7 p.m. No reservations. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE. Donations welcomed. Dove Library’s Schulman Auditorium is located at 1775 Dove Lane, off El Camino Real in Carlsbad just north of Aviara Parkway. This is a San Diego Shakespeare Society event and is made possible in part by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation, Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund. For more information, visit www.sandiegoshakespearesociety.org
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RSF Republican Women will honor our military heroes on the Fourth of July in RSF. Col. Bill Schlosser & Lt. Guy Freeborn will be representing their fellow patriots in the RSF parade. In addition, the RSFRW club will be registering voters & celebrating this 235th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. We’ll be looking for YOU at our booth in the park.
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Torrey Pines Music Department earns top awards The Torrey Pines High School Music Department brought home many new trophies during this competitive season, highlighting the talent and dedication of the music students and music director Amy Willcox. In March both orchestras qualified for the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association regional festival by receiving superior ratings at the local festival in Oceanside. The orchestras traveled to Ontario for the regional competition on May 20. The Advanced Orchestra received a unanimous superior (superiors from all four judges) in the AA (collegiate) level for the 8th year in a row. They were the only high TPHS students with their trophies from school orchestra to receive a unanimous su- “Music in the Parks”: Back row left to right: perior. The Intermediate Orchestra received Allah Ahmad, Andrew Sweet, Dan Kim and an excellent rating in the Class B (high Charlie Yang; Front row left to right: Ashley school) level. Both groups performed a pre- Kim, Lillian Wang and Kelly Chen. pared program and were also judged on their sight reading. “The Advanced Orchestra has exceptionally talented musicians this year and they really play well together,” said Amy Willcox, music director. The orchestras went straight from the competition in Ontario to meet the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band students in Valencia for the Music in the Parks festival where all five of the Torrey Pines ensembles came in first place for a clean sweep. The Wind Ensemble was judged overall best band. Nicci Cazares, vocalist in the Jazz Band, received the Overall Best Soloist award. The Jazz Band competed in the Coronado Jazz Fest on April 30, receiving second place and a unanimous superior rating in the advanced category. Outstanding Musicianship awards went to Will Shi, Omron Hassan, Lenny Cheah, Andy Zhao & Nicci Cazares. In March, the Jazz Band also performed in the Irvine Jazz Fest, receiving the “Best Trombone Section” award and earning Outstanding Soloist awards for Nicci Cazares, Lenny Cheah & Jaeyoung Kim. “It’s been a very busy competitive season and all of the ensembles have done very well,” said Ms. Willcox. “We were thrilled to come out of Music in the Parks with five first place finishes. Every year our program grows stronger.” For more information about the Torrey Pines Music Department visit http://teachers. sduhsd.net/awillcox/.
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‘Warm Sensations of Summer’ exhibit opening at RSF Art Guild; Artist reception to be held July 7 Come meet featured artist and RSF resident Pat Beck on July 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery located at 6004 Paseo Delicias. This artist reception kicks off the “Warm Sensations of Summer” exhibition which runs through Sept. 3. Complimentary food and drink will be served at the reception. If you are an artist interested in joining the RSF Art Guild, please visit www.ranchosantafeartguild.org for information and requirements. The purpose of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, a 501(c )(3) organization,
is to embrace the visual arts, provide exhibit space, enhance community awareness and foster artistic skills. The show is sponsored by the Union Bank RSF, the RSF Foundation and Country Squire in RSF. The gallery is located at 6004 Paseo Delicias, RSF, CA 92067. Visit www.ranchosantafeartguild.org. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.; closed Sunday, Monday. Call 858-759-3545.
All invited to participate in Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Dance Program’s summer classes Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Dance Program will hold its first annual summer dance intensive. The workshop begins on Monday, July 11, and runs through Friday, July 15. Classes are open to all students, not only those attending Canyon Crest Academy. It is open to students ages 12 - 112! Classes begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.; all classes are being held in the large dance studio at CCA, located in the gym. Classes include hip hop, jazz fusion, classical ballet, strengthening and improv, and “tricks.” In order to secure your place in the workshop, please visit teachers.sduhsd.net/rstohl and fill out the application form. Mail the application form, along with payment, to Sarah King, who’s address is also on website. Twenty percent of all proceeds will benefit the Envision Dance Program at CCA.
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When looking at real estate activity, it often helps to put the numbers in historical context, rather than simply contrasting one period to another. For example, so far, this year Rancho Santa Fe real estate (defined for the purpose of this analysis as all attached and detached residential properties listed with the San Diego Multiple Listing Service for the 92067 and 92091 zip codes) has experienced more sales with less inventory. Specifically, when contrasting January – May for 2010 and 2011, overall average daily inventory declined 14.2% while sales increased 13.8% (Chart A). Furthermore, there were fewer expired and cancelled listings in 2011 whe same 5-month period to that in 2010 (Chart A). But, what does this all mean perspective? Are these just two bad years with one better than the other?
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In order to assess this, we need to look at the percent of monthly sales against that respective month. The solid, red line in Chart C plots exactly this calculation red line smooths-out the jagged, solid line by showing the average trendline fo points. As we can see from this trendline, back in 2004, sales-to-inventory pe 11%. Thus, for every 100 properties on the market, you could expect to se monthly basis. Conversely, Rancho Santa Fe sales-to-inventory activity bottome towards the end of 2009. However, ever since then, the trend has been on a r 10%. This is a meaningful trend considering we are contrasting it against 20 borrowing was easy, property flipping common, and inventory levels lower than If we look at the blue line in Chart C, we can see the percent of expired and c relative to inventory. Here too, we see this percentage most favorable back expired and cancelled listings was about 9% of monthly inventory. Then, it peake of 2008, but has been on the decline ever since. Currently, the trendline for expir listings has broken under the 10% line; something it hasn’t done since 2004. New Listing Resolution Rates
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From an inventory activity perspective, 2010 and 2011 are starting to look changers, rather than just two more years of crisis. Hints of this can also be seen life of new listings. Essentially, a new listing can either resolve itself into a sale o until it either gets cancelled, withdrawn, or expires. Chart D takes all the mon and plots what percent of those resolve themselves into a sale. Again we see b peaked with 60%-70% of new listings turning into a sale, and then we bottom with 20%-30% of new listings turning into a sale. However, since the end of 200 climbing back up. The reason the blue sales activity line drops in 2011 is beca more current new listings are still active and thus have not terminated into a sale can be seen by the red line that represents the percentage of new listings that a time progresses, a portion of this red line will turn into sales, lifting the blue line is seen on the graph. Given how 2010 rises above 2009 and how January-May known to have more sales than January-May 2010, it is not unreasonable to 2011 blue sales line will equal, if not exceed that of 2010. My expectation is th 30%-40% of all new listings resulting in sales; a 10% improvement over our h setting an upward trend. Conclusion
All-in-all, when placed in a historical context, the collective inventory activity of 2 with less inventory than 2010. Not only do they show signs of a market correcti crisis market was an artificial market, so while it is nice to see a correction towar
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June 30, 2011
Rancho Santa Fe Review
RSF Big Band plays ‘Music of the Movies’
he RSF Big Band performed Academy Award-winning arrangements plus other movie favorites June 26 at the Village Church. Under the direction of professor and former president of the American Federation of Musicians, Jack Wheaton, with producer and trumpeter Dominick Addario, the concert featured a nostalgic evening of “The Music of the Movies.” Visit the RSF Big Band’s website at rsfbb.com. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
Bibbi and Robert Herrmann, Rosemary Nauert
Vocalist Marie Addario with the RSF Big Band
Beverly and Vinton Cunningham
Joyce and Tom Liegler
Alan and Louarn Sorkin
Maurice and Laverne Altshuler
Dr. Joe and Rochelle Capozzi
Amy Breen, Alan Lerchbacker
Dee and Sugie Silver
Steve and Phyllis Pfeiffer (publisher of the RSF Review and its sister newspapers).
Allen and Maureen Blackmore
Tim Haidinger, Carol Hargraves
Mary Lou Matthews, Pat Wood, Eileen Connelly
Dom Addario on trumpet with the RSF Big Band
Rancho Santa Fe Review
RSF Village Churchâ€™s structural complexity, creativity earn engineer, architect Peopleâ€™s Choice award The structural complexity and creativity of exposed steel trusses crisscrossing the sanctuary of a Rancho Santa Fe church earned a Peopleâ€™s Choice award for structural engineers Josephson Werdowatz & Associates, Inc., and project architects domusstudio architecture. The 2011 Excellence in Structural Engineering awards were announced during the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego dinner meeting in Mission Valley on June 21. Following a vote of the The award-winning Village Church membership, the Village Presbyterian Church of Rancho Santa Fe received the Peopleâ€™s Choice award. â€œWe were the smallest building in the running for an award, but what I think members liked best about our project is the creative mix of architecture and structural engineering that is especially visible in the dramatic sanctuary,â€? said Dan Werdowatz, principal structural engineer. The project next will be submitted for consideration in the 2011 Structural Engineers Association of California awards event. The project was constructed by ROEL Construction Company. Last month the Village Church received a 2011 Lily Award from the Rancho Santa Fe Association. Presented May 12, the Lily Award is intended to highlight work that embodies the high standard of architecture and landscape design envisioned by Rancho Santa Feâ€™s first architect and Building Commissioner Lilian Rice. Founded in 1956, and with more than 1,200 members in its congregation today, the Village Community Presbyterian Church is a longtime pillar in the Rancho Santa Fe area. Founded in 1986 as Dominy + Associates, domusstudio architecture is a San Diego architectural design firm specializing in religious facilities, fire stations, educational buildings, senior housing and custom residential projects. For more information about projects and services, call 619-692-9393 or visit www.domusstudio.com.
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