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SEPT. 2 BOMB SCARE Streets shut down for several hours BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer L’Auberge Del Mar, located at 1540 Camino Del Mar, was evacuated and streets were shut down for about five hours on Friday night, Sept. 2, following a bomb threat at the resort hotel. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said a call came in to L’Auberge just before 4 p.m. on Sept. 2 warning that a bomb would go off in two hours. As of 8 p.m. on Friday, Caldwell said there were no suspects, and she declined to provide more details about the call other than that the caller seemed to be male. Sheriff’s authorities arrived and the hotel had already begun self-evacuation, with hotel guests and employees flooding into the streets, the beach and Seagrove Park. Harbor Police — the only nearby authorities equipped with bomb-sniffing dogs, Caldwell said — underwent an hours-long search and investigation of the hotel. “Unless we hear a loud noise, all is well,” Caldwell said around 8 p.m., as the search continued. No explosives were found. During the investigation, authorities blocked off Camino Del Mar for several blocks surrounding L’Auberge, with many people unable to get to their homes or places of interest. Caldwell said train traffic was also stopped for the duration of the investigation. Some hotel guests SEE BOMB, PAGE 4
Businesses feel economic impact BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer Local business owners learned the hard way on Friday, Sept. 2, that in the case of a bomb threat the whole community might take an economic hit. With concern heightened and streets blocked off for almost five hours after L’Auberge resort received a
bomb threat around 4 p.m., Camino del Mar —usually hopping on a Friday night — didn’t see its usual dinner rush. Many businesses reported bringing in only a quarter of their usual revenue. “It was Labor Day Weekend so I would have done a lot more business if the town hadn’t been shut
down,” said Randy Gruber, owner of Americana Restaurant, located at 1454 Camino Del Mar. “There was also an announcement made at the racetrack. I’m not sure the verbiage, but it said there was a problem in Del Mar and traffic was cut off. That doesn’t entice people
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The corner of 15th Street and Camino Del Mar was blocked off for about five hours on Sept. 2. PHOTO: CLAIRE HARLIN
Del Mar, La Jolla business districts show improvement
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Ian Chartrand takes advantage of a powerful south swell hitting Del Mar on Sept. 4. PHOTO: JON CLARK
BY JOE TASH Contributor Positive signs are evident in both the Del Mar and La Jolla central business districts, although the two villages are still feeling the effects of the 2008 recession. In Del Mar, sales tax revenue is up — as it is in La Jolla — and occupancy of retail storefronts appears to be relatively stable. Meanwhile to the south, in La Jolla, the vacancy rate among restaurant, office and retail buildings is down from a year ago, said veteran commercial brokers familiar with the village, although advertisements for vacancies still adorn windows on many blocks. Interviews with business leaders, brokers, property owners and city officials paint a picture of two
central business districts whose prospects appear to be improving, even as each faces unique challenges on the road to economic growth. Del Mar pushes revitalization With a central business district much smaller than its neighbor to the south — and a greater ability to control its destiny because it is an incorporated city — Del Mar is working to improve its business prospects. The City Council recently voted to move ahead with creating a specific plan to guide the revitalization of the downtown business core, a six-block stretch which runs from 9th to 15th streets along Camino Del Mar. The plan must be approved by a public vote before it can be adopted.
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Highway 101 revitalization could begin fairly soon BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer A preliminary design of the Highway 101 West Side Improvements Project met overwhelming praise Aug. 31 at a special Solana Beach City Council meeting, in which engineers and architects presented the plan in its entirety. The project, which last came before the council in December, includes curb pop-
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ing support and advice throughout the project. “We wanted to slow down traffic, we wanted to revitalize the 101, we wanted to create more parking and we wanted a walkable downtown — and this does that.” Slowing traffic and making the 101 more pedestrianand cyclist-friendly were
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milled around local businesses and some packed into Seagrove Park with many L’Auberge employees. Evacuees were later moved to the Powerhouse Community Center, where L’Auberge management brought in more than 30 pizzas, served guests coffee and tended to needs. Donald and Susan Gold were two of several hotel guests at the Powerhouse who were still wearing towels and swimsuits throughout the ordeal. The couple said they were interrupted during an afternoon swim, and weren’t able to grab any
belongings. “I thought it was just a fire drill at first,” said Donald Gold, who was visiting from Los Angeles. “I had no idea it would take this long. When the helicopters started arriving I knew it was more serious.” Del Mar resident Ben Garner was at the beach when he noticed helicopters flying very low in the late afternoon. He said helicopter authorities spoke over a loud microphone, warning people at or heading to the hotel to move toward the water. Hotel guests were allowed to return to their rooms shortly after 9 p.m.
DM Foundation sponsors ‘Meet, Eat & Greet’ The Hospitality Committee of the Del Mar Foundation invites residents of Del Mar to attend its second no-host “Meet, Eat & Greet” social on Monday, Sept. 26. The location will be at Zel’s Del Mar, 1247 Camino Del Mar, beginning at 6 p.m. The first “Meet, Eat & Greet” was held in April and brought together newcomers with long-time Del Marians, younger residents with older residents, and was such a success that the Hospitality Committee has decided to make it a continuing program. Reservations must be made through firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Sept. 19. Space is limited, so make your plans and invite a friend or neighbor join you at the event. The Del Mar Foundation will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2012.
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to come to Del Mar to shop or eat.” Gruber said the restaurant’s revenue for the night was 70 to 80 percent less than usual. Many area businesses closed because there weren’t any customers and many employees weren’t able to get to work, Gruber said. Gruber said he rushed to the restaurant when he found out about the threat, and when he got there around 6 p.m. he asked a Sheriff’s official if it was safe to be at the restaurant. “He said it seemed to be safe and the streets would be open right after they were done searching,” he said. “That was at 6 p.m. Had they opened at 6:30 p.m. it would have made a huge difference because that’s prime dining time. But it wasn’t until after 8:30 that they opened the streets.” Gruber said the economic impact was huge. “I would say this town lost a couple hundred thousand dollars collectively,” he said. Michael Conolly, manager of Sbicca, said Sheriff’s
Do you have a great idea for a project in Del Mar? Is your organization looking for funding to get a great idea implemented? The Del Mar Foundation is accessible to all 501 (C) (3) non-profits who might be in need of funds for a worthwhile project to benefit the community. The next application deadline is Oct. 1 and both the application and guidelines may be downloaded
from www.delmarfoundation.org. During the last grant cycle funds were approved for the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) to purchase ham radio antennae, to Del Mar Community Connections for a computer hot spot lab, and to the Del Mar Lifeguard Association for the purchase and installation of bike racks and for Junior Lifeguard scholarships for the summer of 2011. In addition, the Del Mar Foundation has announced a Challenge Grant to match,
dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in new donations made to the Foundation to fund construction of the new 17th Street Beach Safety Center. The mission of the Del Mar Foundation is to promote civic pride and cohesiveness, acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parklands, raise and grant funds, and sponsor diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar. For more information about these programs please visit our web site at www.delmarfoundation.org.
authorities asked him to shut down the restaurant’s patio during the ordeal. He reported a revenue loss of 75 percent, however, he said a few evacuees from L’Auberge, still wearing their robes, made themselves at home at the bar. “It was dead in town,” said Lana Blackwell, co-owner of Crepes & Corks, a restaurant and wine bar located at 1328 Camino del Mar. “There was no one on the streets except for a few people in their robes because they didn’t have anywhere to go.” Blackwell said guests weren’t able to arrive for
their reservations, and the restaurant made less than 25 percent of what it usually brings in on a Friday night. Del Mar Pizza, located at 211 15th St., was not only stuck with pizzas that customers couldn’t come pick up, but drivers couldn’t get out of the area to make deliveries. Manager Victor Axelsson said the shop’s revenue dropped by about 60 percent. Walter Scott, manager of Il Fornaio, located in Del Mar Plaza, said the Italian restaurant and bakery lost at least 80 percent of business due to the bomb threat. Scott said authorities closed
all access to parking at the plaza, which houses several other restaurants, including Del Mar Rendezvoux, Flavor Del Mar and Pacifica Del Mar. He also said Sheriff’s officials instructed restaurants to close all outside patios. “That’s pretty much half of our restaurant,” Scott said, adding that the loss of business meant a loss of tips for restaurant service staff. “I don’t know what happened with the bomb scare, but it was something that heavily affected businesses,” he said. “Unfortunately, in this economy, we could have used that business.”
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BUSINESS continued from page 1 Del Mar officials want to create a walkable village where visitors could park their car once and reach restaurants and shops on foot. Their plan is not as much about repairing streets and sidwalks as it is about changing how shoppers see and act in the retail neighborhood. While Del Mar has suffered effects of the recession, currently there are few vacant storefronts, although there are more vacancies for office space, said Jen Grove, executive director of the Del Mar Village Association.
“This is not the year I’ve seen a ton of change — there hasn’t been a huge turnover,” Grove said. “I’m seeing reinvestment and people trying to get their buildings up to par, and I hope that will continue.” Investing for the future Between June 2010 and May 2011, businesses in the Del Mar village have invested $6 million into their properties, said Grove. Another project, the conversion of the Stratford Inn at the south of the village into an Indigo Hotel and restaurant, is expected to begin in September at a cost of $6.6 million. David Winkler, whose
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company developed Del Mar Plaza shopping center and later sold it, owns three buildings on the block south of 15th Street. He said the buildings have remained fully occupied through the recession. The retail real estate market seems a bit stronger this year, Winkler said, but he expects the recovery to be slow and gradual. The highest rents in Del Mar’s central business district are at the north end, near 15th Street, he said, and rents decline for properties to the south. According to Winkler, monthly retail rents in Del Mar range from up to $10 per square foot at the Plaza near 15th Street, to between $2.50 and $4 per square foot at the south end of the central district near 9th Street. Also added to the rents are costs for taxes, insurance and common-area maintenance. Rental rates are affected by location, tenant improvement allowances, free rent and other elements negotiated between landlords and tenants, Winkler said.
Del Mar’s central village includes 291,000 square feet of commercial space, including office, retail, restaurant and personal services, said Kathy Garcia, Del Mar’s planning and community development director. The figure does not include Del Mar Plaza, which has about 69,000 square feet of retail space, or the L’Auberge resort. Vacancy rates were not available. The city’s sales tax revenue was up 11.9 percent — to $1.481 million — for the year that ended June 30, compared with the year before, said Garcia, with restaurants and miscellaneous retail showing the largest gains. Sales tax generated by businesses within the La Jolla Business Improvement District, which roughly conforms with the village area, totaled $2,613,840 for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to figures provided by San Diego Councilwoman Sherri Lightner’s office. That was up from the previous year, when sales tax revenue for the village totaled $2,384,619.
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Del Mar will never match La Jolla or San Diego’s Seaport Village in the size and scale of their retail offerings, and that is not the city’s goal, said Garcia. Rather, Del Mar wants to revitalize its downtown village to serve both residents and visitors. “I’m hoping the interest in our restaurants and the fact they’ve been successful will start to spark more retail to want to be co-located and play off that synergy,” Garcia said. “By the very nature of the size of our properties, they are going to stay small, we won’t have 20,000- or 50,000-square-foot retail buildings — they just don’t fit.” More than meets the eye in La Jolla The vitality of business activity in Del Mar’s southern village neighbor, La Jolla, is becoming more robust, according to business leaders. “I’m very optimistic. Just in the last four or five months, activity has really picked up. What’s happening is people are repositioning themselves for the future, and optimistic that things are going to get better and the worst is behind,” said Mike Slattery, a commercial broker with Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial, who specializes in the La Jolla Village market. Slattery said appearances can be deceiving when it comes to the economic health of the Village. For example, he said, some properties have been leased, but the retail or office businesses have not opened yet for a variety of reasons. He said he is encouraged by the number of contacts he re-
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Lost dog spotted recently in Del Mar Owners on the search for their lost retired search and rescue dog, Puck, reported that a witness is “99 percent sure” she spotted the border collie around 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, near the train tracks between 10th and 11th streets in Del Mar. The sighting took place at the same time that hundreds evacuated L’Auberge resport because of a bomb threat. “She stated that he looked happy with lots of energy,” shared owner Paul Wiester on his “Bring Puck Home” Facebook page, which has more than 400 followers. “Let’s keep a look out along the coast!” Wiester’s girlfriend, Anna, was with Puck at Del Mar Dog Beach on Thursday, July 14 between 7 and 8 p.m. when he went missing. Anna went up on the rocks so she wouldn’t be engulfed by the waves when they came in, and Puck went up the beach and waited at the street for her. Being a trained search and rescue dog, Puck is trained to not allow anyone touch him. A good Samaritan thought he was a stray and tried to approach him and “save” him. The person chased Puck all the way up Via De La Valle Rd and into the Flower Hill Shopping Center, where Puck then disappeared. Wiester does not live in the area, so it is not likely Puck would find his way home. Puck is trained to walk on the sidewalks, wait at the intersections and look both ways for cars. He does not respond to treats but he loves Frisbees. If you see Puck, please call (970) 445-0033.
9/11 anniversary/remembrance events Horizon Church to hold 9-11 anniversary service ‘A Night of Hope’ On the 10th anniversary of 9-11 at 5 p.m., Horizon Church welcomes you to “A Night of Hope,” a hometown tribute in the center of Rancho Santa Fe. Bring your family, neighbors and friends to this special outdoor candlelight service as “we recognize their heroic efforts of local fire and law enforcement, honor members of the NYFD, and look to our gracious God as the ultimate Hope and Healer of our Nation.” The event will include special musical guests Drystal Lewis, The Katinas, and The Mike Clark Band; a message from Pastor Bob Botsford. For more information, visit Horizon.org.
Community invited to Cathedral Catholic High School 9/11 tribute event Cathedral Catholic High School is paying homage to 9/11 with an event at campus. The entire community is invited to pay tribute to the heroes and victims of 9/11. The tribute, which will be held on Sept. 11, begins with a Color Guard presentation and the National Anthem. An optional prayer service for 9/11 victims will be held at 3 p.m. This patriotic event will also feature the “American Ride” car show with an exhibit of American “classic” and “muscle” cars dating pre 1970. There will be live mu-
sic, remote control car racing, golf simulator, opportunity drawing, a parade of gourmet food trucks, and vendor booths. Event time is 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Catholic High School campus (5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, 92130). More car exhibitors are also needed. For more information, contact Eileen Clifton Benjamin at 858-523-4000, ext. 1114 or email@example.com; Visit www.cathedralcatholic.org.
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9/11 Memorial Service to be held at USS Midway The FDNY Retirees of California, along with the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and Firehouse Museum of San Diego, are planning a grand event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Flight deck, USS Midway, Navy Pier, 910 North Harbor Drive. (Free admission only on 9/11 starting at 1 p.m.) Following the Memorial Service, family
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St. Peter’s in Del Mar invites the community to remember St. Peter’s Church invites members of the community to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, this coming weekend. Services at the regularly scheduled times will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday and at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. All services will include special times of prayer, music and preaching as together we remember, and look ahead in hope. All are welcome. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is located at 334 14th St in Del Mar village, one block east of the 101. For more information, call 858/755-1616 or see www.stpetersdelmar.net.
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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001; For more memories, see page B20.
9/11: Former firefighter recalls the search for victims — including his colleagues Dan Noonan is a longtime resident of Carmel Valley and a former member of the New York City Fire Department. Below, he shares his experience searching for victims of the 9/11 attack. For more memories of 9/11, see page B20. For 9/11 anniversary events, see page 7. BY DAN NOONAN My phone rang at 5:55 a.m. on a promising September morning. I rolled over, fought through layers of sleep, silently cursed whoever it was calling at that ungodly hour, knowing it had to be family or friends from the East Coast — it was 8:55 in New York. “This better be good,” I grouched into the phone. “Put on the TV,” my brother Mike said from Florida. “Know what time it is?” “A jet just hit the World Trade Center.” “What?” I slid from bed, padded to the living room, and switched on the TV. I watched the thick smoke billow from the north tower and calculated the number of firefighters that would be in that building; considered the time of day, the city’s traffic conditions, the weather, first-through fifthalarm assignments. The incident commander would probably transmit additional alarms. There would be hundreds of firefighters climbing the structure’s stairwells.
phone, dialed my former I imagined that members firehouse. All phone lines of my former company were dead. I tried an 800 would be there — I feared number. for them. Fighting a typi“Who’re you calling.” cal high-rise fire was danMy wife handed me a cup of gerous enough, but by coffee. the look of it, this prom“The airlines.” I pointed ised to be the mother of to the TV. “I’ve gotta get them all. back to the Firehouse.” My wife joined me a It took me three gruelfew minutes later just as a ing days to reach Newark second jet, United flight Airport. 175, hit the south tower. Another hour before I And then the news walked into my former firecommentators and paid house, Engine 33 & Ladder military experts began to 9, located on Great Jones speculate that the plane Street in Lower Manhattan. crashes were no accident; My heart sank when I disthe United States was becovered that 10 of our men ing attacked. I used the were among the hundreds of remote to surf from news firefighters unaccounted for. station to news station I spent a few days at the and paused when I heard World Trade Center site a talking head say; “. . . —“the pile”— dealing with the Pentagon was just the city’s systemic sadness, struck by another plane. my own grief, and digging We are at war.” alongside my fellow fireI thought of my girls, fighters for survivors. still asleep in their beds; We found none. one in Torrey Pines High Like everyone else, I was School and the other at- Dan Noonan (at far right). This photo was taken sickened by the things I saw. tended Carmel Valley in the sector that was the south tower. Shocked by the sheer volMiddle School. ume of lost life. Eventually a At 9:59 EST the “My God,” I said to my wife. desire to seek revenge on those resouth tower collapsed and I sprang “There had to be people in that sponsible for the cowardly attacks to my feet, tried to scream, but I building.” We watched in stunned replaced my sadness. couldn’t; my throat was constrictsilence as, at 10:28 a.m., the north We dug and tunneled through ed. tower collapsed. I reached for the
the debris for days and found nothing, with the exception of parts from an airplane wing. I had been to a 1,000 fires working in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx, yet, I never had tasted any smoke like that on the “pile.” I commented to a Federal Agent next to me about the foul taste. His response was that we were breathing in the pulverized cells of thousands of victims. To this date, some 1,156 victims have yet to be identified, including 121 NYC firefighters. The day before heading back to my family in San Diego, my mind and body exhausted, my throat raw from inhaling the burning debris, I attended a mass of remembrance at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The burial of 343 of my colleagues of FDNY had begun. We were burying 30- 50 a week. I had contributed to my limitations, as all others had. We were all fearful that eventually we would find our entombed comrades and they had written: Day 3 Hanging on, Day Four: Where are you guys etc… The efforts of the FDNY and those who came to assist us where Herculean. Back to Lindbergh Field and onto Carmel Valley to see my family, have a brew and sit in the yard and see if I could count 343 stars.
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Local residents help bring food, medicine to East Africa BY JOE TASH Contributor The map compiled by the U.S. Agency for International Development tells the story at a glance: large swaths of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are colored in pink and red, colors which represent extreme food shortages and famine. San Diego-based International Relief Teams is working with relief agencies from around the world to rush food and medicine to the afflicted region of East Africa with the help of donors across the country, including many from North County. “I hope people will support the Horn of Africa famine relief. This is a situation that’s not going to go away any time soon and so many lives are at stake,” said Barry La Forgia, executive director and founder of the IRT. “We’re trying to keep people alive,” he said. Since the crisis began, the IRT has shipped more than $3 million worth of drugs, such as antibiotics and medications to fight diarrhea and malaria, along with 36,000 high-nutrition “Plumpy’nut” bars to feed starving people. La Forgia founded the
Dr. Joe Zwass teaches neonatal resuscitation to a select group of Vietnamese doctors and nurses at the Hung Vuong Hospital in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). IRT in 1988 and the nonprofit organization has four key missions: disaster relief in the United States and abroad; medical training in developing countries; medical and surgical outreach missions; and health promotion, which can include everything from programs to provide clean water to efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. In some cases, IRT sends teams of volunteers out to help with disaster relief, provide medical care to the poor or train doctors and
nurses in the latest medical techniques. In others, such as the Horn of Africa relief effort, IRT works with “organizations that already have boots on the ground,” said Kay Gilbert, a Solana Beach resident and chairwoman of IRT’s board of directors. Gilbert works as a midwife at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, and also teaches at San Diego State University. She became involved with IRT in the late 1990s when she joined a team that taught modern obstetrical methods in Latvia, a former
Soviet satellite. Gilbert traveled to Latvia twice a year for five years, and was gratified to see infant mortality rates decline during that period. “It was the highlight of my professional career,” she said of her missions to Latvia. After completing the Latvia project, Gilbert said, she continued her involvement with IRT and joined the board two years ago. “I’m very proud to be involved with the organization,” she said. Her sentiments were echoed by Josef Zwass, a pediatrician who lives in Del Mar. Zwass has participated in both teaching and clinical trips to countries such as Latvia and Vietnam. IRT’s goal is to provide instruction and training materials to professionals in developing nations, who can in turn train other providers. Zwass said he volunteers with IRT “both to give back to the community and to the world. I get personal satisfaction doing volunteer work, especially teaching. It leaves a lasting legacy behind.” Rancho Santa Fe businessman Tony Carr said he first learned of IRT’s work af-
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FRIDAY, Sept. 9 • Live music (no cover) at Pannikin Coffee and Tea, 2720 Via de la Valle SATURDAY, Sept. 10 • “Wii for you and me,” 2 p.m., teens spend the afternoon playing their favorite Wii games, snacks provided, Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar • 2nd Annual Del Mar Shores Cinema Series, around 7:30 p.m. (sunset), free, family, outdoor Saturday movie nights at Del Mar Shores Park. •The Del Mar Farmers’ Market is open from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Del Mar City Hall parking lot every Saturday. For more information, please visit delmarfarmersmarket.org. The event will feature some terrific gourmet food trucks, including mobile “cupcakery” Corner Cupcakes (of Food Network “Cupcake Wars” fame), as well as the Bearclaw gourmet coffee truck and Flippin Pizza. That is an addition to Bull Taco, who will serve their amazing gourmet tacos, and Zel’s Del Mar will be offering a special dinnerto-go option for moviegoers. • Showpark County 5 Horse Show — Sept. 10-11
Equestrian competition. This will take place at Horsepark, located 2 miles east of the Fairgrounds at the intersection of Via de la Valle and El Camino Real. More information:www. delmarfairgrounds.com/calendar or www.showpark. com MONDAY, Sept. 12 • Del Mar City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Del Mar Communications Center, 240 10th St. TUESDAY, Sept. 13 • A Cub Scout Roundup Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6:307:30 p.m. at Del Mar Hills Performing Arts Center (PAC), 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014. The Fall Roundup Meeting is for all boys grades 1-4 who are interested in learning more about scouting from the Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach areas. The event also includes a flag ceremony, awards and promotions, and skits. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14 • “Books and Art,” ages 6-11, 4 p.m., Instructor: Sandra Dodd, registration required, Del Mar Library,
1309 Camino Del Mar, (858) 755-1666 • Solana Beach City Council meeting, 6 p.m., City Council Chambers, 635 S. Highway 101 THURSDAY, Sept. 15 • The Del Mar Rotary Club meets Thursdays, at noon at St. Peter’s Church. The Sept. 15 speaker will be: Dr. Dave Jenkins on “Surfaid - Community Development Philosophy.” • Investment Education: Richard Loth, “Understand the mutual fund universe” 1 p.m., Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar FRIDAY, Sept. 16 • Del Mar International Dressage Horse Show — Sept. 16-18 Dressage equestrian show. More information:www. delmarfairgrounds.com/calendar • “Book Talks and Treats,” 2 p.m., readers share reviews and recommendations of recently-read books, copies available for checkout, coffee and snacks, Del Mar Library, 1309 Camino Del Mar • Amy Kuschel trunk show at Bliss Bride, Flower Hill Promenade, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2710 Via de la Valle
Thursday, September 15th Artist Bio John Asaro’s recent paintings capture the life force behind dance, his main focus of the series 100 Dancers. With brilliant fauve colors, his admiration for dancers and their dedication is reflected in his own dedication to capturing the lines and forms of the graceful ballerinas. He follows them from classroom to stage in various poses of relaxation, performance, contemplation, and even the pain that comes with such passion. On stage or in the classroom, the costumes and lighting are constantly shifting, creating delicate tension between the artists and their environment. Always listening to the orchestral arrangements as he paints, Asaro’s inspired works are imbued with music. He occasionally finds himself of the same ilk, and dances around his studio, paintbrush in hand with his patient cat as a partner. It’s easy to give yourself up to the captivating essence of dance; John Asaro certainly has.
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the ground, I’ve seen it, it’s not just a flyer that I’m getting in the mail.” This year, Carr and his wife, through their company, are co-sponsors of IRT’s annual fundraising gala, which will be held Oct. 22 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel. La Forgia, 65, was an Air Force pilot who flew 102 missions during the Vietnam War. He returned to San Diego after his military service and attended to law school, and practiced business law for 12 years before founding IRT. He said the group will continue raising funds for
the Horn of Africa crisis, with the goal of sending another 100,000 of the Plumpy’nut bars to famine victims. The bars, made of peanuts, powdered milk, sugar and a vitamin mixture, can be eaten by children and adults and require no preparation, La Forgia said. Through contacts in the nonprofit community both in the United States and overseas, La Forgia said, the group can leverage its cash to buy large quantities of food and medicine for famine victims. He said a $34,000 investment resulted in a shipment of $3.4 million worth of drugs to Africa, most of which were donated by pharmaceutical companies. IRT is working with
(Left) The Del Mar Firemen chefs recently entertained the “purchaser (Ruth Hargis) of cocktails at the home of Del Mar Rotary President Sharyn Daly and then dinner at the Firehouse (Ruth Hargis and her seven girlfriends).” Ruth Hargis purchased this package at the Del Mar Rotary Club’s Sunset Soiree in May.
groups stationed at refugee camps along the Somali border, because conflict within the country makes it too dangerous for relief workers, La Forgia said. The famine was triggered by a drought that has struck the area over the past several years, killing crops and livestock. “These people don’t have any savings to fall back on. They pretty much are living at the mercy of the elements,” La Forgia said. To find out more information about IRT or to support its efforts in Africa and elsewhere, visit www. irteams.org. For more information about the crisis in the Horn of Africa, visit www.usaid.gov.
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Letters/Opinion: Short-sighted freeway planning EMERSONâ€™S CORNER Here we go again, solving another yesterday problem with a yesterday solution â€” widening freeways. BUD EMERSON It is very Del Mar resident frustrating to see how short-sighted our transportation planning processes are. The latest egregious lapse in strategic planning is about-to-be finalized with the North County I-5 widen-
ing project. Eight, plus four, plus three new lanes. It is a very reactive response to the growing frustration of grid-locked drivers, but it clearly misses a logical opportunity to anticipate future needs and remedies. For the next several years our driving lives will suffer through construction of these new lanes. Okay, I concede that for a brief period this widening will provide some relief. But if we already know we are going to have our lives disrupted for so long, why are they not using this period to lay the groundwork for a rail line for the rapid transit system that will surely be required in the future?
Numerous other metropolitan areas here and abroad are already installing the infrastructure for rapid rail of the future. Even LA is reviving its rapid rail system. Why is it that the San Diego region is chronically unable to learn from the mistakes and successes of other urban regions? I will wager that within the next decade I will be writing an â€œI told you soâ€? column as they tear up I-5 for another multi-year construction project to install rails for a rapid transit system. Why not do it now? If done now, it will not add appreciably to the construction time. But in a few years it will
again be a major disruption. This is not the first failure of transportation logic in our region. How in the world did we allow the Coaster to zip right by the airport to downtown, requiring a taxi to get us back? How did we miss making a connection to UCSD where thousands of students could make good use of it. Why are we doubling down on double tracking railbeds along the fragile coastline when most cities are tracking their systems along freeway rights of way? The main reason why rapid transit is not utilized by more riders is that the tracks donâ€™t follow
the logical trails and patterns of work and human activity. We only have to watch where the cars go to see how to construct a transit system that will become a more attractive alternative. The basic bones of the system of the future are along our interstate highway routes, I-5, I-15, I-8, and I-805. Bus and shuttle spurs can be set up along these routes to get us where we need to be, faster and more comfortably. Now is the time to start putting some flesh on those bones. The future is calling.
On the racetrack too, grief is the price we pay for love Last Saturday was a disaster at the track, for me and the horse I put everything on, the only horse I was there for. He was third choice on the morning line at 9-2 but went off at 10-1 for the seasonâ€™s top race for 3 year olds, the Del Mar Derby. I would have needed a bushel basket to carry the payoff home, but early on the backstretch he must have taken a misstep and went down, as did rider Pat Valenzuela. It happened in the early part of the race while the riders were still jockeying for a strategic position on the backside, so with the big tote and video boards in the infield only the crowds in the upper decks could have seen it; if there was anything fortunate about the incident that alone was it. I tried to watch the video replay but a backstretch worker who was standing next to me said he saw it all from the other side, and while he was describing the incident I could see it was about to come up so I said, I canâ€™t watch this and
left. Later I confirmed what I feared: he was euthanized, and I have been in a state of mourning since. I really liked this horse a lot, whose name was Burns by Unusual Heat, who ranks at the top of all California sires. He won big for me in the La Jolla Handicap three weeks before, surging ahead when he was unable to get through on the inside of the horse ahead of him as they approached the wire but at the last possible second, charged through to win at substantial odds, against an odds-on favorite. Losing my sizeable bet is of no consequence now but losing such a magnificent 3 year old about to run his best race to date is of immeasurable consequence. And no one will ever convince me that he wouldnâ€™t have run that prohibitive favorite down in the stretch on Saturday, at the huge overlay of 10-1. I left the track in a pall, although I have no doubt that
Burns was totally forgotten by the majority of those exiting, if very many were ever aware of his presence that day. But for this admirer of the game athletes who give their all to make the most colorful and exciting of all sports possible, he will live in my memory for as long as there is a me. I have such vivid images of him strutting out of the receiving barn yesterday and passing a few feet in front of me to the paddock, then watching him parade onto the track and run off for the start of the race with the eagerness of highly charged youth. And then, in a matter of mere moments... As the owner of Barbero said when his never-say-die hero succumbed a few years ago, â€œGrief is the price we pay for love.â€? Jim Donovan Del Mar
Emasculating Olde Historic 101 Solana Beach is now doing it! Del Mar is looking into it! Encinitas has done some of it, and looking into more of it! What is IT? Actually, emasculating Olde Historical 101. A few years ago, all the coastal cities got together and put new signs up along old 101 through their cities to draw people to the old route for business? Today, after they all attended a League of Calif Cities meeting on new developments, the hot new thing is to make old 101 a huge
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Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar begins new year Sept. 24 The Friendship Gardeners of Del Mar will meet Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1-3 p.m. As they kick off the new year join them for an ice cream social and meet gardeners. The group welcomes newcomers. Call (858-755-6570) for the meeting place and car pool arrangements.
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MAYOR’S VIEW Memory lapses are but one sign of aging (I forget what comes next). Fortunately, Del Mar has a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors DON MOSIER and those with Del Mar Mayor special needs. Their goal is preserve independence and allow seniors to live in their homes for as long as possible. Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) has provided check-in visits, transportation to medical appointments,
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BUSINESS continued from page 6 who formerly owned Oceanaire — and Jim Brennan. The pair owns Searsucker downtown and recently opened Burlap in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center. Their new restaurant, set to open in the Spring, will focus on seafood and be called Herringbone. And there are other good signs in the market with Westime, a Beverly Hills-based store that touts its focus on “extraordinary watches,” is set to open soon on Prospect St; Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria has leased the long-vacant site that was home to Panini’s and IHop; and WeOlive has met with a warm welcome. Although vacancies are declining, rents remain below their peak in 2007-08, said Wise. He estimated that rents along Prospect Street, the Village’s main tourist corridor, are in the range of $4 to $6 per square foot per month, with some exceptions. In addition to their base rent, retail tenants also pay “triple net,” which covers such expenses as taxes, insurance and
HIGHWAY continued from page 1 prominent goals of the project. The plan would reduced lane sizes, incorporate “sharrow” lane markings to welcome cyclists and bring awareness to drivers, and introduce angled parking — the idea of back-in, “reverse-angle” parking is still on the table but has garnered mixed emotions. Currently, the 101 does not have a continuous side-
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common-area maintenance. Rents along Girard Avenue, range from $4.75 to $6 per square foot up to Silverado, to about $2.25 to $2.75 from Kline to Torrey Pines Road, Wise said. Still a ways to go La Jolla still has its work cut out for it, according to Phil Coller, president of the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, which formed earlier this year. The group represents 1,250 businesses in the Village and administers some $150,000 collected in fees each year through the La Jolla business improvement district. The association recently received information from the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau that among similar upscale communities around the United States, La Jolla has recovered more slowly from the recession than other areas, Coller said. “They all suffered the same and all recovered faster, except us,” said Coller, who owns Everett Stunz linens and bedding with his wife Nicki. One challenge facing La Jolla, said Coller, is the
appearance of the Village area. City of San Diego budget cuts have meant trees are no longer trimmed regularly, and many of the Village’s streetlights no longer work, although some slow progress is being made on that front. Potholes have gone unfilled and cracks in curbs and sidewalks have not been repaired. Coller said he receives complaints about the village’s appearance from residents and merchants, and has been told visitors to La Jolla hotels have written similar comments in the hotels’ guestbooks. Time for beautification “The most important and immediate thing is to upgrade the infrastructure and beautify the Village,” Coller said. Bob Collins, whose family owns the Best Western Inn by the Sea on Fay Avenue, and also a restaurant space that fronts on Prospect and other properties in the village, said overall, the market has been stable over the past year or two. He said, however, that it does take more time to locate tenants than earlier
in the decade, more time is lost to vacancy and more concessions must be made by landlords. “It’s a beautiful place. It’s a place everybody wants to come back to or live in. I think that will sustain it well as the years go by,” Collins said. One thing that detracts from the Village’s appearance, he said, is the proliferation of sandwich-board signs. “We look a little ragtag because we have all these illegal signs all over the place,” Collins said. Lincoln Foster, president of A-440 Enterprises, Inc., which owns property on Prospect, had three suggestions for improving the Village retail scene: establishment of a “branded” hotel such as a Hilton or Sheraton; establishment of well-known, branded restaurants; and both live theater and movies in the downtown area. “Carefully crafted, the economics could work” for a movie theater, he said, and such businesses would bring in traffic to the downtown area at night.
walk, and that was the No. 1 priority expressed by the public during community meetings. Outdoor dining, parks, trees and seating are other wants of the community that would be granted under the project. The entire cost is estimated at$5 million, and funding will come from the city’s San Diego Association of Governments TransNet allocation. A notable element of the project is the addition of 11 gathering places from Cliff Street to Dahlia Drive.
They will all be unique and themed, incorporating seating, art, plant life and light. One will represent the ocean with shades of blue on the ground of an elliptical-shaped seating area, and will feature a column sculpture that portrays the five layers of the ocean and has water slithering down it. To offset that idea, the center ground of another gathering area will feature an artistic rendition of star formations that are unique to Solana Beach. Mayor Lesa Heebner loved the artistic
ideas presented and suggested illustrating the stars’ position on the night of the city’s incorporation 25 years ago. City Manager David Ott said there are two spaces reserved for public art, and a plan regarding the process of choosing artists will come to the council in the future. “This is what we’ve been waiting for years,” said Solana Beach Deputy Mayor Joe Kellejian. “I can’t wait until next year when we get this thing done.”
September 8, 2011
Education Matters Depriving our children of 9/11’s vital lessons BY MARSHA SUTTON Those of us out of high school will never forget Sept. 11, 2001. But what of those 18 years and under, who were at most 8 years old on that tragic day? What of the children who were babies or not yet born? How do we teach them about 9/11? An article in the Aug. 31 issue of Education Week discusses how states and school districts approach the teaching of 9/11 to children in Marsha Sutton grades K-12, and the answer is that most don’t. Two scholars – Diana E. Hess of the University of Wisconsin Madison and Jeremy D. Stoddard of the College of William and Mary – examined each state’s standards and how 9/11 is incorporated into high school social studies curricula. Their findings, according to the article, show that two states of the 50 have not even revised content standards since 2001, and California is one of the two (Montana is the other). Of the 48 states and the District of Columbia that have revised standards in the last 10 years, 20 specifically mention 9/11, 15 mention terrorism or an aspect of the war on terror, and 14 fail to mention 9/11 or terrorism. From the article: “It is, for better or worse, one of the defining moments of contemporary history,” said Clifford Chanin, the acting education director for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, which has developed many resources for schools. “I think it is essential that the event be studied and understood. ... It’s now a factor in what the world has become and what it will become. You’ve got to prepare students for some relationship with 9/11 and its consequences.” New world-history standards in Texas, according to the article, “call for studying the ‘development of radical Islamic
fundamentalism and the subsequent use of terrorism by some of its adherents.’ New Jersey’s standards say students should ‘analyze the reasons for terrorism and the impact that terrorism has had on individuals and government policies.’” But far too few states address the issue in any serious depth, and many not at all. Robert A. Watterson, West Virginia University assistant professor of social studies, identified in the story three primary reasons why the topic is not fully covered in schools: “inadequate time in an alreadycrowded curriculum, teachers’ feelings of being ill-prepared to probe the complex issues, and fear among some teachers and administrators of taking on matters with the potential to generate classroom conflict and upset parents.” So how do we teach about this pivotal event in recent American history, one that shattered our sense of security and invincibility, redefined people’s views of the world, and changed the political landscape forever? On this 10th anniver-
sary, schools will not even have an opportunity to ask students to remember the event, pay tribute to the dead, and honor our country, since the day falls on a Sunday. Perhaps we may see a memorial observance here or there in schools on Sept. 9 or Sept. 12, but without lessons taught in classrooms, we risk losing the chance to inspire our youth with the patriotism, heroism and respect for fellow citizens the 9/11 attacks generated. Moreover, 9/11 lessons mean engaging in deep thought and extended discussions about religious dogma, revolutions, geopolitical challenges and the causes behind the attacks and their profound implications locally and globally. These are conversations we must have with our children, if we are serious about helping them become world citizens. When state standards keep teachers too busy to make room for issues of such magnitude, we have lost sight of the point of teaching. When we are afraid to discuss complex, heated topics over worries of offending segments of our society, we have
given in to fear. Because all the terrorists on 9/11 were Muslim, how do we teach our kids that not all Muslims are terrorists? What is the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and an anti-American climate in parts of the world? How has the pervasiveness of Western culture and values affected more conservative countries ruled by regimes guided by religious doctrine? And a thousand other questions. Besides all these infinitely difficult issues, perhaps most of all kids should know how the horrific 9/11 attacks brought Americans together, united with a sense of pride, honor and determination. The tragedy of 9/11 should be not only a mournful occasion of loss and remembrance, but also an opportunity to celebrate the accident of birth that allows all of us to live freely under our unique American system of democracy. We must find ways to teach this to our children. Marsha Sutton can be reached at: SuttComm@san.rr.com
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Tenor to perform at CV Library on Sept. 14 September’s free family music program sponsored by the Friends of the Carmel Valley Library will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the library’s community room. It will feature tenor Aleksandr Agamirzov who will perform arias and songs by Anton Arensky, Bach-Gounod, Nicolas Brodzky, Luigi Denza, Maurice Jarre, Franz
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Week in Sports BY GIDEON RUBIN CONTRIBUTOR Football: Cathedral Catholic last season lost its season opener to Steele Canyon, a defeat that started a stunning three-game slide for the perennial San Diego Section power. The Dons exacted a measure of revenge with a resounding 27-7 victory over Steele Canyon in a nonleague opener for both teams on Sept. 2. The Dons went on to win their fourth consecutive San Diego Section Div. III title last season after losing to Steele Canyon 35-12 in their opener. Their three-game losing streak followed an amazing run in which the Dons had won 34 of their last 35 games going back to 2007. Tony Johnson rushed for 108 yards with one touchdown on 20 carries to lead the Dons, and JJ Stavola gained 50 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. Dons quarterback Garrett Bogart was 6 for 9 passing for 99 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The Dons defense combined for four interceptions with Patrick Downing making two picks, one of which he returned 33 yards for a pivotal touchdown. The Dons took an early lead when Stavola scored on a 19-yard run early in the game,
and then Downing returned an interception for a touchdown on Spring Valley’s next possession, giving the Dons a 14-0 lead. Jake Terlozi led the Dons with 10 tackles, and Toshaun Poumele had nine tackles. Bryce Hageman and Alex Edwards Johnson each had one interception for the Dons. ***** Torrey Pines coach Scott Ashby believed that his team would eventually build on its best season in years after the Falcons went 10-2 and advanced the San Diego Section Div. I semifinals in 2010. But after heavy graduation losses, he just wasn’t sure how long it would take for his team to play up to the level it did last season. The early turns suggest the Falcons may be coming along faster than expected. Torrey Pines opened the season with a 35-7 dismantling of Colton in a nonleague game on Sept. 2. Billy Maggs led the Falcons, rushing for 127 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. He was among four Falcons who scored rushing touchdowns. Andrew Fargo, Colin Brown and David Bagby were the others. Quarterback Andrew Perkins was an efficient 11 for 15 passing for 132 yards with no
touchdowns and no interceptions. Bagby’s scoring run from the 1 midway through the first quarter set the tone for the Falcons win. Jack Mitchell contributed field goals from 31 and 28 yards out. ***** San Diego Jewish Academy fell behind early, but the Lions rallied to defeat Milkin of Los Angeles 25-8 win the first ever “Bagel Bowl” on Sept. 1. The game was the first ever meeting between two sanctioned football teams representing Jewish high schools. Lions quarterback Micah Weinstein was 21 for 30 passing for 188 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Jeremy Danzig rushed for 70 yards on 11 carries, and Noam Baltinester gained 39 yards on 10 carries. Ethan Laser caught seven passes for 87 yards, and Adam Sloane had eight catches for 48 yards. Adam Sloane led the Lions with six tackles, and Weinstein had five tackles and one sack. Laser had two interceptions. ***** Santa Fe Christian lost to Westview 21-0 in a season opener for both teams on Sept. 2. The Eagles were led by Jarrod Watson-Lewis, who rushed for 92 yards on 11 carries.
Torrey Pines Pee Wee Falcons (D2) continue quest for Palomar Conference Pop Warner Championship BY BILL BUTLER CONTRIBUTOR The Torrey Pines Falcons defeated the Rancho Penasquitos Bandits 29-0 at Cathedral Catholic High School stadium on Sept. 3 in their second game of the season and remain in the hunt for the conference championship. In a game marred by several penalties and fumbles, the Falcons had too much offensive firepower and used a swarming defense in earning the victory. Zac Friedland scored four touchdowns and caught a pass in the end zone for a PAT to account for most of the Falcons’ points. Ryan Wells had two successful PAT kicks to earn the other four points. But the game was not a two-man show. Tyler Alexander and Beau Morgans each had a touchdown called back due to penalty. Quarterbacks Conner Whitton and Brandon Ray each directed the offense to touchdowns, and a swarming defense held the Bandits to only two first downs. Middle Guard Chase Whitton was credited with six “pancake blocks” to lead the Falcons in that category, while the linebacker corps of Louie Bickett, Jackie Plashkes, Mac Bingham, and Garth Erdossy met most runs at the line of scrimmage or in the Bandit backfield. Kevin Misak, Zac Friedland, and Gabe Gmyr aggressively defended the corners from their defensive end
positions. Bingham, Morgans, Ray, Alexander, and Gmyr all contributed key runs throughout the game. When the Bandits were forced to pass, the linebackers Plashkes and Erdossy, the safety, Beau Morgans, and cornerbacks Alexander, Ray, and Ryan Ramirez maintained tight coverage, limiting the Bandits to two pass completions for 11 yards. The interior linemen always are key to victory in football. The Falcons were led up front by Carson Linxwiler, Chase Whitton, Tanner Watkins, Carson Howard, Seth Friedman, Connor Nichols, Brian Driscoll, and Nick Zimmer. Most of these lineman played on both sides of the ball, opening holes for long runs on offense while sealing the line while on defense. Game recognitions went to: • Carson Howard, Offensive Player of the Game • Seth Friedman, Defensive Player of the Game • Zac Friedland, Falcon of the Game This was a nice team victory as the Falcons enter the heart of their season against the Murrieta Hawks at the Torrey Pines High School stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
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The Del Mar Sharks Girls U14 team recently competed in the 2011 Rancho Santa Fe Summer Classic Soccer Tournament and came away as tournament finalists. Over the Aug. 20-21 weekend the Sharks played three very tough teams in order to secure a place to play for the championship trophy. Each game was played with the desire to make it to the finals. This is where the Sharks displayed the hearts of champions — allowing them to progress to the championship game. For the championship game they once again faced the Carlsbad Lightening team only to lose 2-0, however, the girls worked very hard to come away with finalist medals. The Sharks once again counted on teamwork and their determination by playing an unrelenting offensive, strong midfield and stingy defensive game. Coach Corey Harvey credited the team’s success to their commitment to working hard at practices, their execution of his game plans, and their “never quit” attitude and most of all to their team spirit….Way to go girls!
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Retired attorney has a jazz trio that plays around town Joe Satz, a retired attorney and a trustee of the Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust, grew up in Brooklyn New York. After obtaining a juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a master’s in taxation from New York University Law School, he spent 12 years in private practice and was a partner in his law firm. In 1979, Satz moved to San Diego to join a law firm and became general counsel to the Weingart Foundation. While at the Foundation, he taught a course for a semester at USD Law School as an adjunct professor. Thereafter he became legal counsel to Sol Price and Price Charities, and was a vice-president of the Price Club. After Price Club merged with Costco WholeJoe Satz sale, Satz became general counsel to Price Enterprises, Inc., a public real estate investment trust. He joined The Price Group, LLC in 2000 as a member and manager until he retired in 2008. In retirement, he spends time playing the piano and keyboard with the Joe Satz Trio. They’ve entertained at venues such as Delicias Restaurant, Bing Crosby’s Piano Lounge, Valencia Hotel, and many private functions. Satz has been married to his wife, Linda, for 42 years. They have a married son and a married daughter, and three grandchildren.
What brought you to this area? I came to San Diego to join a law firm and to get away from the harsh winters and long commute I had in New York. Who or what inspires your? People who excel at what they do inspire me. If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite? My guest list would include William F. Buckley, Gore Vidal, Ed Koch, Milton Friedman, Jackie Robinson, Erroll Garner, James
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Entrepreneur finds meaning in photography, rescuing outcast children in Ethiopia BY ARTHUR LIGHTBOURN Contributor After 25 entrepreneurial years producing and marketing video games, John Rowe, 59, retired several years ago to pursue his first love as a globe-trotting photographer of cultures in transition. He is also the recent co-founder of a nonprofit foundation dedicated to saving children marked for infanticide by tribes in Ethiopia. We interviewed Rowe on the patio of his spacious “man cave” photo studio next to his local home where he lives with his wife of 29 years, Regina (Reggie), their two college-attending children, Tyler and Kelly, and their two dogs, Gus, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Boomer, an aging Hungarian Vizsla. His studio says a lot about the man. It’s filled with African artifacts, camera equipment and large “on-the-wall” photos from his African journeys, some shot for National Geographic, and action murals of surfers riding huge waves in Tahiti, his favorite getaway. Casually dressed, physically-fit, whitehaired, and wearing round horn-rim glasses, Rowe looks like a man comfortable in his skin and delighted to be doing what he’s doing in this stage of his life. Normally, he avoids interviews. “In running companies,” he said, “I’ve always wanted to promote either products or people working for me, rather than myself.”
Lale Labuko and John Rowe But, on behalf of the Omo Child Foundation, he was willing to do whatever it takes to stop the ancient practice of killing children declared “Mingi” or “ritually polluted” by certain African tribes, including the Kara and Hamar tribes in the Omo Valley of southwest Ethiopia. Mingi children are thought to bring a curse on their village and as such are quietly marked for death by their tribal elders. The children are often drowned in the Omo River or left to die in the desert, Rowe said. Reasons for a child being declared Mingi, he said, include being born out of wedlock,
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Name: John Rowe Distinction: Former video games entrepreneur, now a globe-trotting photographer, is co-founder of the San Diego-based nonprofit Omo Child Foundation, dedicated to saving children who have been declared as “ritually polluted” and marked for death by their tribes in the Omo Valley of Southwest Ethiopia. Resident of: Rancho Santa Fe Born: Los Angeles Education: U.S. Navy School of Photography, Pensacola, Florida; and studied management at the University of Southern California and left in his senior year to join a firm arranging security for travelling VIPs. Family: He and his wife Regina (Reggie) have been married 29 years and have two children: son, Tyler, a senior, majoring in film production at Chapman University, Orange, California, and daughter, Kelly, a freshman at Cal State San Marcos. Recent reading: “Circling the Sacred Mountain: A Spiritual Adventure Through the Himalayas,” by Robert Thurman. Favorite getaway: Tahiti Favorite TV: “The Office,” news programs and Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Favorite films: “Best of Show,” a 2000 comedy set in the world of dog shows, and “O Brother, Who Art Thou,” a Coen brothers comedy starring George Clooney and John Goodman. Philosophy: “The Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated… [and] Life is all about growing and learning and as long as I keep learning and growing I think I’m going to be OK.”
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McMurtry takes next role in the premiere of ‘Heroes’ at North Coast Rep
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BY SARA APPEL-LENNON Contributor For the past 50 years, Jonathan McMurtry has been Associate Artist with The Old Globe Theatre, having acted in more than 200 productions, performed in all 37 plays by Shakespeare, and mentored graduate students. His awards include the KPBS 2006 Shiley Patte “Lifetime in Theatre Achievement,” several Los Angeles and San Diego Critics’ Circle Awards, and the 2008 Craig Noel “Lifetime in Theatre Achievement Award.” “I’ve stopped counting all of my awards. It’s nice to get them. I don’t do my work to get awards. The work is larger than I am,” McMurtry said. Hamlet is the character he most identifies with, he said, having played the role seven times. “My best Hamlet was my first Hamlet. As we get older, we think too much and get set in our ways.” McMurtry will star with Ken Ruta and Ray Reinhardt in San Diego’s premiere of “Heroes,” Oct. 19-Nov. 13 at the North Coast Repertory Theatre in Solana Beach.
About ‘Heroes’ In the humor-filled tale of camaraderie, three World War I veterans pass their days in a military hospital by engaging in verbal battles of long-forgotten military campaigns, grumblings about the staff, and reflections on their lives. Tickets $29-$49 at (858) 481-1055, northcoastrep.org The three actors combined, have more than 165 years of stage experience. Of the casting, NCRT artistic director David Ellenstein said, “I am thrilled. This is what I wanted to do when I came here eight-anda-half years ago, to be able to work with people like that on plays like this. So it’s going to happen in the company’s 30th year!” In looking over his long career, McMurtry said he owes his big break to his mentor, Craig Noel, founding director of The Old Globe. Noel started its Shakespeare Festival and di-
rected more than 225 productions there. In 2007, President George W. Bush honored Noel with the National Medal of Arts Award. “He championed me,” McMurtry said. “He died last year at age 94, but he is a living legend in San Diego. He brought theater to San Diego.” McMurtry said he met Noel in Milwaukee in 1960. McMurtry was playing a bit part (no lines) in “Taming of the Shrew,” and Noel invited him to the Shakespeare Festival at The Old Globe with a scholarship of $500 per month. After receiving his check, McMurtry said he borrowed $250 to repay the theater, promising to make good on the balance. He discovered the money was his salary! “I was just a little scrub and happened to be at the right place at the right time,” McMurtry said. The actor hails from Detroit, Mich., where his dad, in tuxedo and top hat, worked as a tap dancer with his mom, an acrobatic dancer and choreographer. He said he read his favorite book, Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” in Mrs. Berry’s fifth-grade class. “I
Jonathan McMurtry (left) and Sean Sullivan in a scene from ‘The Dresser’ at North Coast Repertory Theatre. PHOTO: AARON RUMLEY
loved the surprises, the wonder of something you don’t know is going to happen.” He has read it six times since. McMurtry worked at Walt Disney Studio as a commercial artist, then left to become a scenic designer and attend Los Angeles City College. In 1958, its Drama Chair, Jerry Blunt, encouraged him to enter the National Shakespeare Competition. By winning, McMurtry earned a scholarship to England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
“I fell in love with Shakespeare,” he said. “Shakespeare is so generous. Nobody knows who Shakespeare, the man, is. He’s anonymous. He’s not political, his characters are. I think he chose to be anonymous.” McMurtry said he most enjoys Shakespeare’s onesyllable words, “In their simplicity, they’re so profound, not elaborate at all.” He said he still remembers when his teacher, John Barton, said, “Everything’s in the words and the words
only.” McMurtry encourages actors to study Hamlet’s speech to the players. “The biggest problem with actors, is putting a period where there is none,” he said. “When I accept a role, I imagine a character’s posture. The questions I ponder are: Why did the playwright write this play and what is he trying to say?” Watching McMurtry at rehearsals, the actor paces on stage, reading the script, and mumbling. Suddenly lines emerge from his booming voice. Ellenstein described McMurtry’s method as “creating the make believe” before expressing it outwardly. He likened the process to planting roots and waiting for blossoms. “We are dearest of friends,” Ellenstein said. “What a treasure Jon is for this town. He should be celebrated.” McMurtry was celebrated when San Diego County and the city of Vista proclaimed June 30, 2008 as “Jonathan McMurtry Day,” on his 71st birthday. He was performing his favorite readings from Shakespeare at the Moonlight Amphitheatre.
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Banana Slug String Band In partnership with Plum District Sept. 15: 5-7 p.m. Dive in for a special concert with the Banana Slug String Band. The world-famous eco-band for children inspires youngsters and their families to learn about – and take better care of – our precious ocean. Public: $20* RSVP: 858-534-4109 *SPECIAL OFFER: Save 50% per ticket if purchased before Sept. 11.
CHECK OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING Monte Carlo Goes Burlesque Saturday, September 10 6:30 PM > Cocktail Hour and Hours d'ouevres 8 PM > Dinner and Performance 9:30 PM > The After Party Prepare to be seduced when Dita Von Teese headlines MCASD's 35th annual gala, Monte Carlo Goes Burlesque. The Museum's boudoir-inspired transformation will provide the perfect backdrop as Dita mesmerizes guest with two scintillating performances that are quintessentially "Dita." Visit www.mcasd.org for tickets (858) 454-3541 mcasd.org
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22nd Annual Gala Thai Fantasy: The Athenaeum Celebrates Thailand Friday, September 9, 2011 6:30–11:30 p.m. Join us for the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s largest annual fundraiser and society event of the year. Admission includes valet service, open bar, served dinner, dancing, live entertainment, silent auction, and raffle prizes. Thai or cocktail attire required. Call (858) 454-5872 to RSVP by September 6. $200 or $300 for “angels” www.ljathenaeum.org/gala 858.454.5872
September 8, 2011
Join Us for Our September â€œMonth of Discoveryâ€?
Birch Aquarium kidsâ€™ concert will sing the oceanâ€™s praises The Banana Slug String Band, the countryâ€™s premiere eco-band for children, will get San Diego kids dancing, singing and learning about the Earth with a 5:30 p.m. concert Thursday, Sept. 15 on the Tide-Pool Plaza at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Slugs, a foursome of madcap musicians from Santa Cruz, Calif., have entertained and educated youngsters for the past 25 years. The band uses music, theater, puppetry and audience participation to inspire kids to learn about and take better care of their precious planet. Slug songs feature vocals,
If you go Who: Banana Slug String Band What: â€œConcert for Kids!â€? When: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 Where: Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way Tickets: $20; free for ages 3 and younger RSVP: (858) 534-4109. aquarium.ucsd.edu guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harmonica and percussion and range from folk to rap, bluegrass to rock. The band has performed at hundreds of ven-
ues across the country and earned numerous awards â€” an Indie for Best Childrenâ€™s Recording, a NAPPA Gold Award, and three Parentâ€™s Choice Awards, including one in 2011 for the album, â€œOnly One Ocean.â€? The concert venue is standing-room-only, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets. Splash Cafe will remain open for guests to purchase food and beverages. Tickets are $20 each and include aquarium admission and parking. All exhibits will be open for viewing. Proceeds will support educational programming at the aquarium.
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■ Patio Seating: Yes
■ 1540 Camino del Mar, Del Mar ■ (858) 793-6460 ■ www.laubergedelmar.com/kitchen1540/ ■ The Vibe: Smart casual, elegant
■ Take Out: No
■ Signature Dishes: Diver Scallops, Lobster Salad
■ Happy Hour: No
■ Open Since: November 2008 ■ Reservations: Recommended
■ Daily Hours: • Breakfast 6:30-11 a.m. • Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. • Dinner 6-10 p.m. daily • Sunday Brunch 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Hamachi with compressed watermelon, lemon jam, bottarga, quinoa and Thai basil
Sous Vide Ribeye with house-made corn grits, leeks, cherry tomatoes, potato crisps and housemade steak sauce
Mascarpone Semifreddo with raspberries, pistachios, peaches and vanilla bean syrup
At Kitchen 1540, the chefs hope diners ‘surrender’ to the menu BY KELLEY CARLSON t’s not every restaurant where you see someone raising a “white flag” in surrender. Kitchen 1540 in L’Auberge Del Mar allows guests to control their dining experience — from the portions they consume to the areas in which they may meander. The White Flag menu is one of several unique ways patrons may choose how to eat. A patron puts their faith in the chef, who creates a number of dishes and pairs them with drinks, and the onslaught of food begins until he or she holds up the “white flag.” Then the person is assailed with desserts. For customers who prefer to order directly from the menu, there are sample and savor portions offered during dinner of plates, such as California White Rabbit, Barbecued Pig Tails or Hamachi, along with side dish options that include 1540 Cheese Fries, White Corn Grits and Crows Pass Squash. A sample is slightly smaller than a traditional appetizer, which allows guests to try several dishes. Savor is a little smaller than a traditional entree. “This allows each person to decide how they want to dine, and it can be different each time they return,” said executive chef Paul McCabe.
A wine-encased room offers privacy for guests.
The dining room features a vaulted ceiling and a fireplace. PHOTOS BY KELLEY CARLSON
Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at delmartimes.net. Just click on ‘Food’ or ‘On The Menu.’ ■ This week: Kitchen 1540’s Organic Beet Salad
Organic Beet Salad with carmelized yogurt, Valdeon blue cheese, pistachio brittle and arugul Family-style dining is yet another option, portioned for parties of four. Choose from entrees such as May Ranch Natural Ribeye, Whole Roasted Tai Snapper or Kurobuta Pork Shoulder. A children’s menu is available for the younger set. Guests can enjoy these entrees and a number of others, along with desserts and cocktails, in several locations in the recently revamped restaurant.
Just inside the entrance is the wine bar, bathed in a soft yelloworange glow, where patrons can taste vintages from as far away as France and Australia or as close as California’s Central Coast. Soothing music played on the grand piano in the lobby can be heard Thursday through Saturday. Wander into the large dining room, with its white vaulted ceiling, and sit in a plush yellow chair near
the fireplace while watching the staff in action in the open presentation kitchen. The warm hues of the wall coverings and lighting are reminiscent of a sunset. The outdoor patio comes alive at night at Kitchen 1540, with hanging lanterns in blue, orange and green and a crackling fire pit. Customers can relax in booths or chairs near the waterfall, or enjoy privacy in one of several cabanas. Herbs and plants including Thai basil, arugula flowers, spinach berries, red ribbon sorrel, parsley, chive flowers and shiso are grown in the garden and used in many of the restaurant’s dishes. For private seating, there’s a wine-encased room featuring 10 purple satin chairs surrounding a rectangular wooden table. Weekends and the Del Mar racing season are the busiest at Kitchen 1540, but McCabe advises that a person can visit at any time and have a great experience. “Breakfast is very good, and I always order the Corned Beef Hash (and Eggs),” he said. For lunch, McCabe suggested ordering the Tossed Cobb Salad or the Lobster Salad. And for dinner? “I would recommend ordering the White Flag menu and let us cook for you,” he said.
‘Mulan’ cast members include performers from Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe.
‘Mulan’ cast members include performers from Carmel Valley.
Local youth to appear in J*Company’s ‘Mulan’ The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, recently announced its production of Disney’s “Mulan.” Performances run Sept. 17 – Oct. 2 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre. A cast of 83 will tell this Chinese fable full of daring action and hilarious characters, Fa Mulan, the only daughter of an aged warrior, challenges society’s expectations by taking her father’s place —stealing her father’s conscription notice, cutting her hair, and impersonating a man to join the army countering a Hun invasion. Along with her guardian a dragon, a lucky cricket, assorted other companions, and some beautiful songs, she soon faces the Huns eye-to eye to protect her Emperor and becomes one of China’s greatest heroes. Mulan celebrates honor, courage, and the importance of family. Heading the cast of Disney’s MULAN are: Captain Shang Cameron Chang 13 Earl Warren Middle School Yun - Ancestor (Love) Talia Goodman 15 Canyon Crest Academy Lin - Ancestor (Loyalty) Hannah Houts 15 Canyon Crest Academy Shan-Yu Braeden Abel 14 Canyon Crest Academy Chi Fu Alexander Barwin 11 San Diego Jewish Academy Ling Griffin Danninger 13 Earl Warren Middle School Tickets are available online at www. sdcjc.org/jcompany or by calling the JCC Box Office at 858-362-1348. The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, 92037.
September 8, 2011
September 8, 2011
2Good2B Bakery & Café garnering raves for delicious gluten-free food BY KELLEY CARLSON Contributor When Mike Barbanti first started trying to make a gluten-free dessert that everyone would love, he discovered that the process wasn’t going to be a piece of cake. But after numerous tries, a cake is what he came up with – a lemon layer that he felt could hold its own against one made with wheat. “The true test would be to show up at a party and not tell anyone it was a wheat-free cake,” Barbanti said in a news release. “My friends can eat wheat and some of them are food snobs, and all of them are critics, so I knew I’d get honest feedback. I believed this cake was good, really good, but I never expected to hear
Fast Facts What: 2Good2B Bakery & Café Where: 204 N. El Camino Real, Suite H, Encinitas Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Contact: (760) 942-4663; www.2good2b.com
things like, ‘This is the best lemon cake I’ve ever had,’ and ‘I don’t really like lemon cake, but this is excellent.’ ” These days, Barbanti is co-owner of the gluten-free 2Good2B Bakery & Café with his business partner Diana Benedek. Before turning to this specialty type of food and collaborating in a business, Barbanti and Benedek both had plenty of experience cooking.
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Barbanti said in an interview that while growing up, he helped his mom in the kitchen. She would often prepare “comfort-style food,” which was big at the time, in the 1970s. Barbanti continued to develop his passion over the years, and in the process became an addict of the Food Network. But in 2007, he was diagnosed with Celiac disease, a digestive condition that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Those who suffer from Celiac disease can’t tolerate gluten, a protein in barley, wheat and rye. “Eating the gluten-free products that were available kept me from getting sick, but I was making my family and friends sick because I was complaining so much,” Barbanti said. “Something had to change.” So Barbanti began
Mike Barbanti and Diana Benedek, with her son, Aaron, with some of the gluten-free desserts at 2Good2B Bakery & Café in Encinitas. PHOTO: KELLEY CARLSON changing his cooking methods and experimenting with gluten-free items. After developing the lemon layer cake, he debuted a carrot cake at a Thanksgiving din-
ner, which also garnered praise. In 2009, Barbanti developed his talents into an online business called 2Good2B ... gluten-free. Ini-
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tially, it was a side venture for him, but it grew in popularity. Benedek discovered Barbanti when ordering a cake for her son, who is physically unable to tolerate gluten. When she served the dessert at a party, there was a lot of positive feedback, and she became interested in Barbanti’s mission of providing gluten-free products that taste better than those made traditionally. Gluten-free items often taste sandy and gritty, she said in an interview. Also a self-described “foodie,” Benedek grew up with many ethnic influences — her grandfather was Turkish; father, Portugese; mother, French; and she is Brazilian. She lived many years in Europe and Quebec, Canada, and developed a special fondness for bread — especially French baguettes. Benedek said she would cook when not working — at one time, she had an international career in water/ wastewater treatment at SNC-Lavalin and ZENON Environmental Inc. Around the time she retired from her professional career, Benedek dedicated herself to preparing food, but that same year, she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia (long-term, bodywide pain and tenderness in the joins and tissues), herniated cervical disks, early Hashimoto’s disease (dysfunctional thyroid) and arthritis. Rather than go through
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Mark Price will portray St. Joseph AAUW to hold annual luncheon Sept. 17 at Solana Beach church A local man who has portrayed Biblical figures in churches, halls, theaters and on film around the world for a quarter-century will perform Saturday evening, Sept. 17 at CalvaMark Price porry Lutheran trays St. John in a past Church. appearance. Mark Price will give dramatic readings from the life of St. Joseph — next to Mary, the one who knew Jesus the best. In the past his appearances have also focused on the lives of Judas, St. Luke and Simon Peter, among others. Price is the final performance in a fourpart season at Calvary that included studio and spiritual singers Jeff and Vangie Gunn
in March, The Believers, a college choir from Sweden, in May, and Eve Selis and her Band of Ruffians in August. Calvary has also announced that its annual Christmas concerts will be held Dec. 16 and 17 this year. Details will be announced soon. Tickets for Price’s one-man performance are $20 general admission, $15 for ages 17 to 10, and free for children younger than 10. Free wine and cheese will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. Calvary is at 424 Via de la Valle, just north of the San Diego County Fairgrounds. For more information, phone the church at (858) 755-2855, go to its Web site at www.CalvaryLutheranChurch.org, or email Linda Kewin at lkewin@roadrunner. com For information about Mark Price Ministries, go to www.markprice.com/ministry/ index.html
Del Mar Shores Cinemas Series begins with Sept. 10 event The Del Mar Shores Cinema Series kicks off Sept. 10 at sunset (around 7:30 p.m. at Del Mar Shores Park) with a trio of award-winning films that put a new twist on the traditional surf flick. The event will feature some terrific gourmet food trucks, including mobile “cupcakery” Corner Cupcakes (of Food Network “Cupcake Wars” fame), as well as the Bearclaw gourmet coffee truck and Flippin Pizza. That is an addition to Bull Taco, who will serve their amazing gourmet tacos, and Zel’s Del Mar will be offering a special dinner-to-go option for moviegoers.
Learn more about scouting at Cub Scout Roundup Meeting A Cub Scout Roundup Meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 6:307:30 p.m. at Del Mar Hills Performing Arts Center (PAC), 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar, CA 92014. The Fall Roundup Meeting is for all boys grades 1-4 who are interested in learning more about scouting from the Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach areas. The event also includes a flag ceremony, awards and promotions, and skits. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Home/Garden Show coming to DM Fairgrounds Sept. 16-18 Once again, the Fall Home/Garden Show is returning to the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a three-day extravaganza of ideas, inspiration, hands-on demonstrations, educational seminars and one-stop shopping for everything pertaining to the home and garden. Produced by Westward Expos, the event will take place on Sept. 16-18 and will include hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the newest products and hottest trends for both inside and outside the home. The show runs Friday, Sept.16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission:
$8; children under 12 are free. Seniors 55+: only $1 on Friday. After 3 p.m.daily, all tickets $6. Discount tickets on the website are $6. For more information, visit www.sandiegohomegardenshow.com.
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Reaching Out, the annual membership luncheon of the American Association of University Women, Del Mar-Leucadia branch, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 10:30 a.m. at the San Dieguito United Methodist Church on Calle Magdalena in Encinitas. Marti Colwell, CEO and founder of Bichon FurKids Rescue, will present her company’s opportunities to adopt pets. A scholarship recipient from CSU San Marcos will share her four-year experience on campus and the Monettes, a local vocal women’s group, will entertain. AAUW membership is open to all two-year and four-year graduates. The public is invited. Contact email@example.com.
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September 8, 2011
Enjoy dazzling styles at The Country Friendsâ€™ 56th annual Art of Fashion Runway Show Sept. 22
Girl Scouts collecting donations for Helen Woodward Animal Center In a world where neglected and abused animals are finally found, Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) proves to be an amazing place. Thatâ€™s why Marisa Chang, Kiana Devereaux, and Maddy Sands (in photo above), Girl Scouts from Troop 1411 in Carmel Valley, decided to help the center for part of their Silver Award project. â€œI felt like we should just help a place that does so much for animals and the community,â€? claimed Maddy Sands. The center is a nonprofit organization which is all about saving injured or abandoned animals. This also includes animal education classes, therapeutic programs, and their AniMeals program for the elderly. Thousands of dogs, cats, and other animals are adopted from the center each year, but it takes a lot of time, hard work, and money to take care of each animal that comes through the center. With all the hard work and energy that is put into each animal there needs to be proper equipment and supplies for each of them. The community can help out HWAC by donating items that are needed to help the center run smoothly. Thatâ€™s why Marisa, Kiana, and Maddy will be collecting necessities and other products that are needed for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. They will be at Del Mar Heights Elementary School (13555 Boquita Dr. Del Mar, CA 92014-3453) on: â€˘Sunday, Sept. 11, from 4 -6 p.m. â€˘Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. â€“ 1 p.m., â€˘Sunday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m.â€“ noon, and â€˘Sunday, Sept. 25, from 4 â€“ 6 p.m. A wide variety of donations are needed. For a complete list, see this article at www.delmartimes.net and type in â€œHelen Woodward Animal Centerâ€? on the search file.
The Country Friends 56th Annual Art of Fashion Runway Show will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Country Friends will partner once again with South Coast Plaza to bring the highly anticipated luncheon, fashion show, boutique shopping and wine tasting to Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding communities. This yearâ€™s event honors the late Luba Johnston, as well as Priscilla Webb, longtime members of The Country Friends, for their commitment to community. Proceeds from The Art of Fashion will benefit 28 charities, including Rady Childrenâ€™s Heart Institute, Helen Woodward Animal Center, Promises2Kids, and the Burn Institute, to name a few. The Art of Fashion Runway Show is the largest single fundraiser for The Country Friends, the non-profit volunteer organization that has funded human care agencies throughout San Diego County for more than 50 years. The event will begin with luncheon on the lawn at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. The Art of Fashion Runway Show follows, highlighting fashions from the 2011 Fall/Winter collections of renowned international de-
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Auditions to be held for Handelâ€™s â€˜Messiahâ€™ with the new Village Community Chorale Attention Choral singers! Announcing auditions for the new Village Community Chorale. No long-term obligation, no weekly commitments â€” simply four Saturday morning rehearsals (11/19; 12/3; 12/10; 12/17, 9:30 a.m.-noon) for the performance of Part I of Handelâ€™s Messiah with professional orchestra in the beautiful new sanctuary of the Village Church in Rancho Santa
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Sensational ‘Rocky Horror Show’ comes to Old Globe BY DIANA SAENGER Contributor For more than 35 years, “The Rocky Horror Picture” film or since 1973, Richard O’Brien’s stage production, “The Rocky Horror Show,” have each brought die-hard fans out of the woodwork to see these productions time and time again. Directed by Oanh Nguyen, The Old Globe will bring “The Rocky Horror Show” to San Diego, Sept. 1-Nov. 26. The outrageously funny and stylishly bizarre musical is about Brad (Kelsey Kurz) and Janet (Jeanna de Waal ) a young couple who have a flat in the middle of nowhere. They get help from Dr. Frank N. Furter, a mad scientist who reveals he’s a transvestite. Transported into a time warp,
Matt McGrath as Frank ‘N’ Furter and Jason Wooten as Riff Raff in Richard O’Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show,’ directed by Oanh Nguyen. PHOTO: HENRY DIROCCO Brad and Janet get an introduction to a sexual revolution that opens a world of
surprises. Nguyen, a multi awardwining director, said he is
excited to helm “The Rocky Horror Show” and having directed some iconic musicals (including “The Who’s Tommy,” “Hair” and “Cabaret”) he seems the perfect fit. “This is a very interesting and relevant show, and I love the message behind it,” Nguyen said. “We’ve all been where some of these characters are at least once in our lives, so we’re happy when we find something we can relate to. I’ve done other big shows, but this is much larger in idea, and a little edgy. And no one in my other shows wore fishnet stockings!” Nguyen he thinks the show has remained vibrant generation after generation because of its overriding message about finding one’s self. “Yes, find yourself and flaunt it if you can. This story is about getting rid of any emotional baggage, being joyful and celebrating life. At its center is this antihero we all fall in love with and kind of feel a connection to.” When searching for a cast, Nguyen said he looked
for actors with amazing voices who were sexy in a different way. These include: Andrew Call (Eddie, Phantom), Sydney James Harcourt (Rocky), Nadine Isenegger (Columbia), Lauren Lim Jackson (Phantom), David Andrew Macdonald (Narrator, Dr. Scott), Anna Schnaitter (Phantom), Laura Shoop (Magenta), Kit Treece (Phantom) and Jason Wooten (Riff Raff). Matt McGrath plays Frank ‘N’ Furter, a master of disguise and madman who claims to have discovered the secret to life. The Globe’s creative team “is imperative to this production,” Nguyen said. Working magic are Donyale Werle (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting), Kevin Kennedy (Sound), Aaron Rhyne (Projection) and Anjee Nero (Stage Manager). One of the biggest dance numbers in the show, “Time Warp,” has created its own pop culture following. This show’s choreography is by JT Horenstein with music direction by Mike Wilkins.
If you go What: “The Rocky Horror Show” When: 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 4 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays; 8 p.m. Oct. 31 (Halloween); no show Nov. 1. Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15-Nov. 26 Where: The Old Globe Theatre, Balboa Park Tickets: From $29. Box Office: (619) 23-GLOBE Related events: oldglobe.org for schedule of post-show forums, costume parties Note: The show contains no nudity or unacceptable language, but it has a lot of camp and suggestive scenes.
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Playhouse’s WoW project stages theatrical experience in Botanic Garden BY LONNIE BURSTEIN HEWITT Contributor WoW! Thanks to La Jolla Playhouse, it’s not just an expletive anymore. It stands for Without Walls, a new program to bring theater beyond the confines of its buildings and into the world outside. As part of Arts Month San Diego, the Playhouse is kicking off the program with “Susurrus,” an audio play by Glasgow-based playwright David Leddy, whom the Sunday Times called “Scotland’s hottest, edgiest young playwright.” Leddy specializes in designing site-specific plays for unusual locations, like a graveyard, a greenhouse, or his own bedroom. The word susurrus means what it sounds like: whispering, murmurs, like the rustle of wind through trees. So it’s a perfect title for a play that takes you on a walk through San Diego Botanic Garden with an I-Pod, while voices softly speak, and sometimes sing, in your ears. Described as “part radio play, part avant-garde sonic art and part stroll in the park,” “Susurrus” weaves together bits of bird lore, memoir, and “A Midsummer
La Jolla Playhouse’s first ‘Without Walls’ production is ‘Susurrus,’ a haunting audioplay experience coming to San Diego Botanic Garden this month. Courtesy Night’s Dream” (both Shakespeare’s play and Benjamin Britten’s opera), creating a tale of love and loss that will move you emotionally and physically, whispering another world into being as it guides you on your way. It’s certainly a different kind of theater. There’s no stage, and no audience around you. You reserve your show time in advance, with no more than six people admitted every 15 min-
utes. You’re given a map and an I-Pod, and it’s a personal experience — just you and those voices, in a setting that keeps changing as you follow the mapped-out route. An award-winner at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival, “Sussurus” has already been presented in several English gardens, and public gardens in places like Boston, New Haven, and Ann Arbor. I’ve had a small preview and can
tell you: it is haunting. One of the highlights: the countertenor aria from Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It’s lucent. Ethereal. Definitely Wow. WoW is funded by a four-year, $900,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation, and the Playhouse plans to commission a different production every six months or so, to be performed in parks, malls and other locations throughout
San Diego, culminating with a festival in Spring 2013. “Because of our weather, this is one of the friendliest places for site-specific art,” said Christopher Ashley, Playhouse artistic director. “As soon as we got the grant, we started looking for exciting new pieces, and our literary manager, Gabe Greene, found “Sussurus” in Columbus, Ohio. We all went to see it, and what was really exciting was the way what was planned and what was unplanned intersected, the way real life and art start to blur. Like the flock of birds that took off at just the right moment.” The grant enabled the Playhouse to bring the playwright here to find the perfect site. “We showed him several gardens and this was the one he loved, for the feeling of the place and how it related to his piece,” Ashley said. This is the West Coast premiere of “Susurrus,” the Playhouse’s first WoW event. There’s already a buzz, and tickets are going fast. Buy now, and stay tuned for more WoW news. Very soon, there will be word of Event No. 2.
If you go What: ‘Susurrus,’ a sitespecific audio play written and directed by David Leddy When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16–Oct. 2 (Thursday–Sunday) Where: San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas Tickets: $20 Box Office: (858) 5501010 Website: LaJollaPlayhouse.org Note: Susurrus (recommended for mature audiences) runs about 90 minutes in all weather, with umbrellas provided in case of rain. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Call Playhouse for wheelchair accessibility. Tickets include garden admission; parking is $2.
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Woodward Animal Center to hold Free ‘Thriller’ dance classes offered ‘Friends of Jung’ lecture is Sept. 16 Christopher Estrella, of CStar Productionz will be giving A Friends of Jung lecture — “Jungian Dialogue with the ‘Cupcakes for Critters’ event free Thrller” classes around the county so that anyone and Soul: Is Analytical Psychology a New Religion?” — will be
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Helen Woodward Animal Center launches Cupcakes for Critters with a kick-off event at the HWAC Pavilion from 2 to 5 p.m., featuring a fashion show, cupcake decorating demonstrations, vendors and crafts for kids. The oh-so-sweet fundraiser continues as animal lovers and bakers alike are invited to participate by either purchasing cupcakes from a retail partner or by baking and selling their own cupcakes. Prizes will be given for “most creative” and “most extreme” cupcakes and for the person who sells the most cupcakes. The event culminates with an awards ceremony at on Dec. 8. For more information visit www.animalcenter.org or call 858-756-4117.
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Athenaeum lecture series takes you museum hopping through Europe Art historian James W. Grebl, Ph.D. will explore the history, architecture and collections of Europe’s preeminent art museums in a series of four illustrated lectures at the Athenauem Music & Arts Library, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6 and 13. The Thursday lectures start at 7:30 p.m. in the library’s music room, 1008 Wall St. The series is $40 for members; $60 non-members. Single lectures are $12-$17. Reservations at (858) 454-5872. • Sept. 22: The first program will look at the earliest art museums, which developed in Europe during the Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries. These museums originated with the private collections of antiquities, paintings, sculptures, tapestries and curiosities amassed by various popes and princes for their own enjoyment, but eventually were made available to the public. Among the early museums examined are Rome’s Capitoline and Vatican museums and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. • Sept. 29: This lecture examines several of the great national art museums, which began in the 17th and 18th centuries. Among these are the Louvre in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, both of which are examples of royal collections that were transformed by a succession of monarchs and eventually by popular revolutions into remarkable public institu-
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community sing-a-long was held recently at the newly renovated Fletcher Cove Community Center in Solana Beach. In addition to the singalong, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society and the Del Sol Lions revealed their generous donation of a new electronic piano/keyboard for the sing-a-long group.
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Powerhouse Tot Lot turns 10
riends of the Powerhouse celebrated the Tot Lot’s 10th birthday Sept. 3 at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. Guests enjoyed hot dogs, cold drinks and birthday cake, along with face painting and games provided by Pinky’s Big Top. Visit www.friendsofthepowerhouse.org. PHOTOS: JON CLARK
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the plants have taken a foothold. Forcing the roots to bore deep to hunt for water, this makes the plant concentrate on fruit production, creating a smaller, more flavorful tomato, with the added boon of conserving water. Dryfarmed tomatoes are best showcased in their pure, raw form in salads, salsas or solo, drizzled with truffle oil and a sprinkling of fresh basil leaves.
Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Black pepper to taste In a mixing bowl, whisk together ingredients. Chill and stir before serving. ing E. coli and parasites from the front door. For those with lactose sensitivities, try goat milk or non-dairy kefirs like coconut water. Kefir comes in plain, vanilla, berry, pomegranate and peach flavors that are great on granolas, oatmeal and baked potatoes, layered in fruit parfaits, blended in sweet or savory chilled soups or sipped straight up in a tall cool glass. Heirloom Treasures The popular heirloom or “ugly” tomatoes are varieties that have been passed down from genera-
Celebrate the Del Mar Farmers Market’s 25th Anniversary! Special events September 10th, 17th & 24th Saturday, September 17th Cooking with fresh ingredients from the market: Chef and Owner Bratzo Basagoitia, Café Secret Live music Composting Demonstration by Hidden Resources Scavenger Hunt for Kids Saturday 1-4pm 10 th Street, City Hall Parking Lot For more information visit delmarfarmersmarket.org
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tions due to their favorable traits. These technicolors include emerald, golden zebra and violet. When in season, grab them for their beauty, flavor and cancer-fighting lycopene. But the true caviar of tomatoes is the dry-farmed version. Sugar sweet and ruby red, these beauts are found at farmerstands and natural markets for a brief season in September. They are grown with the environmentally smart method of “dry-farming” when irrigation is stopped once
Main Squeeze Meyer lemons are the ambrosia of citrus. A native of China, they are believed to be a hybrid cross of a common lemon and a mandarin or orange, making them pleasantly tart and juicy with a glabrous skin, perfect for zesting. Famed foodies Alice Waters and Martha Stewart put Meyers on the culinary map, and once you’ve tried them, you’ll be hooked, too. There must be 50 ways to use your Meyer including lemon soufflé, lemon and almond chicken, lemon chili shrimp, lemon scones, lemon kefir smoothies, traditional Greek lemon rice soup, aka Avgolemono, and this refreshing Meyer dressing to drizzle on your greens, heirlooms or dry-farmed tomatoes. Reach the Kitchen Shrink at kitchenshrink@san. rr.com or FreeRangeClub. com.
SDAR opens REALTOR® Service Center in Flower Hill Promenade With a large segment of it membership residing and working in North County, the San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) has opened a Del Mar Service Center in the Flower Hill Promenade. The grand opening is Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., and includes a light lunch, ribbon cutting with local dignitaries, giveaways, and discounts. The public is invited to attend. To RSVP, include your name and phone number in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (858) 715-8061. The service center provides complete membership services and houses a store for real estate related products such as signs, flags, office supplies, transaction forms, books, apparel, and more. In addition, there will be a meeting room/ classroom that can seat up to 35 people for education courses and professional development. Classes have been scheduled in September and October on such topics as using the iPad for real estate, working with electronic signatures, and being a successful real estate broker. Formed as a real estate board more than 130 years ago, the SDAR has become one of largest and most progressive associations in California. With more than 10,000 members throughout the San Diego region, the mission of the SDAR is to preserve private property rights and to promote and protect the business interests of REALTORS®. SDAR has six service centers throughout the county. The Del Mar Service Center is located at 2690 Via De La Valle, Suite D130, in the Flower Hill Promenade. Business hours are Monday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office phone number is (858) 7158061, and the website is www.sdar.com.
September 8, 2011
TPHS junior and entrepreneur seems to be just about everywhere BY MEGAN MCVAY Intern Inside Sweet Things yogurt shop, Torrey Pines High School junior Jake Scornavacco is developing the marketing plan, calculating the payroll, and ordering the products as general manager. At frequent yogurt conventions around the state, he is sampling flavors such as huckleberry, grapefruit and maple bacon donut. In the back office, he is reminding his employees of theâ€œtwo Câ€™sâ€?: customer service and cleanliness. And at Torrey Pines High, he is darting out of class five minutes early to set up a yogurt booth in the quad,
ready for students to pass by upon the final bell. When his father opened the shop in 2009, which now has locations in Rancho Bernardo and downtown San Diego, Jake was limited to the space behind the cash register. However, he quickly stepped up in the ranks and acquired more responsibilities. â€œWhen the general manager position opened up, my dad said, â€˜Why donâ€™t you apply and take it on? No one can stop you.â€™â€? His father was right. Jakeâ€™s extensive efforts have resulted in not only a thriving business, but also an expanding one. On May
Help Girl Scout donate to military on Sept. 11 Angelina Wang from Girl Scout Troop 1411 is currently working on her Silver Award Project by helping to support the military personnel who are serving overseas. To help support the brave soldiers, please come to Del Mar Heights Elementary school on Sept. 11 from 3:30-6 p.m. and donate items such as used books, beef jerky, and/or energy bars. All donations are sent to the military through Operation Gratitude, a Angelina Wang program located in Los Angeles that is dedicated to sending care packages to the military. On this very symbolic day, please come to help honor the brave soldiers and 9/11 victims.
31, after a seven-month lease process, the Scornavacco family was given approval to start building a second Sweet Things shop at the Hilton San Diego Bay Front Hotel. Jakeâ€™s workload more than doubled as he stepped in as the general contractor of the new store. During the summer, he spent mornings at the Rancho Bernardo location and afternoons at the San Diego location, often working 15-hour days. Not only did Jake spend weeks scouting out a new electrical contractor â€“ he wants to surround himself with the â€œsharpest pencils,â€? he said â€” but he also oversaw
and scheduled at least 20 inspections, including health, electric, building, fire, mechanical and pluming inspections. â€œThe most exciting moment was when we passed that final health inspection on July 25 because we knew we could finally open and that all the hours had been worth it,â€? Jake said. With two locations to manage and a complex marketing plan that requires constant offsite sales, itâ€™s hard to say where you might run into Jake. But when you see him, always wearing a Sweet Things t-shirt, you can be sure he will be wearing a smile, too.
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Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is Sept. 11 On Sept. 11, Helen Woodward Animal Center hosts the sixth annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, the largest surf dog contest in the country. The event, which is sponsored by Eukanuba, takes place at Dog Beach in Del Mar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features a 9/11 tribute to police and search and rescue dogs as well as 70 vendor booths. For more info., visit www.surfdog.kintera.org.
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SPOTLIGHT on LOCAL BUSINESS Great food, music and more at Cardiff Greek Festival Sept. 10-11 Be Greek for the day and enjoy authentic food, music, live entertainment, dancing, and more for the entire family at the 33rd annual Greek Festival held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The event is located a halfmile east of I-5 at the Manchester Avenue exit in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Free admission for active duty military and their families with military ID on Sunday, Sept. 11. Free parking is available at adjacent Mira Costa College. For two days, the church grounds are transformed into a quaint Greek village atmosphere where you can experience fine food, traditional Greek dancing, and the warmth of Greek hospitality. The open marketplace typifies a traditional Bazaar with Greek imports, pottery, fine jewelry, artwork, Greek Deli specialty food items, a selection of special Greek wines, and an array of items at YiaYiaâ€™s (Grandmaâ€™s) Treasures. Visit the North County Greek School booth and learn to say and write your name in Greek. Then get a personalized T-shirt with your new name in Greek letters. While adults are shopping, the children can enjoy the new Fun Zone with crafts, game booths and carnival rides for kids of all ages. Be sure to enter the online only contest to win a Free VIP dinner for four at the festival. No purchase necessary, restrictions apply. Enter the contest at cardiffgreekfest.com. The churchâ€™s award-winning folk dance troupes, Armonia and Neo Kyma Dancers, will perform in full traditional dress on the outdoor patio. Those interested in learning to Greek dance
For terrific food and entertainment, attend the Cardiff Greek Festival, which runs Sept. 10-11. Photos/Fred Greaves will have the opportunity as instruction will take place throughout the weekend. Afterward, try Greek dancing in the Taverna to the live music of the popular and contemporary band The Olympians. â€œWe are convinced that you will shout â€˜Opa!â€™ when you watch our famous Greek dancers perform and as they teach you how to dance the Greek way. We welcome you to our Greek Festival and enjoy,â€? said Father John Angelis, parish priest. Church tours will be held each day at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m., where visitors may view the magnificent mosaics and Botticino marble. Father Angelis will explain the iconography adorning various architectural pieces
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of the church, which were produced under the direction of Bruno Salvatori, a world recognized master of mosaics. From its unique stained glass windows that feature early Byzantine symbols, to the golden dome that portrays Christ the Pantokrator, the church represents one of the finest works of Byzantine art in the world. The annual drawing for the 2012 MercedesBenz C300 Sedan, or $30,000 cash, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 each and limited to 7,500 sold. Tickets can be purchased at the festival or on the website at cardiffgreekfest.com. Winner need not be present. â€œWe are pleased to have you join us in this celebration of our Greek culture. We extend our hospitality and invite you to taste our food and drink, experience our music, learn about our religion and our traditions, and have a wonderful time,â€? said Peter Fellios, parish council president. All proceeds benefit the church building fund and charities throughout the world. Through hard work and dedication, Saints Constantine and Helen has assisted many organizations in Africa, the Japan earthquake effort, as well as Kids nâ€™ Cancer and the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. It is the churchâ€™s goal to give back through celebration as well as philanthropy. For more information, visit www.cardiffgreekfest.com.
Tennis Pro-Am benefit at Rancho Valencia welcomes families Sept. 17 The 7th Annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) fundraising Pro-Am will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Rancho Valencia, an Auberge Resort, located at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. Family-friendly festivities include complimentary face painting for children from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. along with an opportunity drawing, gourmet barbeque beginning at 3:30 p.m. and trophy presentation. Barbeque adult tickets are $75 per person and tickets for children under the age of 10 are $35 per child. All proceeds benefit the SES Tennis Center and the Empty Cradle. For more information, call (858) 832-8297, visit sestenniscenter.org or email email@example.com. Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at www.emptycradle.org.
Girls World Expo to be held Sept. 24 Girls World Expo, a one-day event coming to Carlsbad on Sept. 24, is accepting applications from artisans, schools, businesses and others who want unprecedented access to the local marketplace of 11-18 girls. “This is a great opportunity for everyone from jewelry and T-shirt creators to local businesses and colleges,” said Girls World Expo’s AnnMarie Gabaldon. “They will have a chance to make one-on-one contact with hundreds of local girls who have come to Expo to learn, explore, and expand their horizons.” The Carlsbad GWE is one of a series of such events being held nationally, with a goal of providing engaging and inspiring content on everything from self-esteem and fashion to careers and online safety. The Carlsbad event will include workshops, demonstrations, an art show, a science fair, a runway fashion show, and many other events, as well as the robust Expo Marketplace where the girls will shop, look, and listen. “The girls who attend this event are influencers,” said Gabaldon. “What they like and what they wear and what they do becomes the choice of many of their peers. That’s why artists, schools and local businesses who exhibit at Expo report such positive long-term results from their participation.” The Carlsbad Girls World Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Carlsbad Sheraton hotel. The event expects to attract more than 500 local girls. Applications for vendor booths are available through Sept. 15 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available at exhibitors.girlsworldexpo.com. All applications are reviewed to assure that vendor offerings will be consistent with the Girls World Expo goals, thus creating a positive marketing environment for all participants.
September 8, 2011
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to hold 25-year anniversary celebration at Rancho Valencia BY CLAIRE HARLIN Staff Writer The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy began 25 years ago as a kitchen table conversation between about 10 Del Mar and Solana Beach residents who share a passion for protecting the local land, and it has since grown to more than 1,200 dedicated members. “Our members are not just environmentalists,” said Conservancy spokeswoman Sarah Hurd. “They come from backgrounds in law, real estate, accounting — people who not only want to provide recreation, but genuinely care about protecting the area.” On Sept. 25, current and prospective members, young and old, will convene at Ranch Valencia Resort and Spa for the 2nd Annual River Valley Fest — an event that will double as the organization’s 25th anniversary. There will be food, wine, music and tennis, as well as a chance to learn about the Conservancy and meet other mem-
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bers — many of whom have been with the organization since its beginnings in 1986. Many people in the North and East Counties enjoy the San Dieguito River Park on a daily basis, but don’t realize what entity is behind it, said Hurd. The event is a good chance to support and learn about the Conservancy’s goals, which include buying land, protecting land, adding trails and providing education. There is also an ongoing effort to attract new members, especially those from younger generations who can bring fresh ideas and be involved for years to come.
People interested in donating to the organization can commit to anywhere from $35 to $1,000. There are also a number of volunteer opportunities, such as river valley clean-up — which kids love, Hurd said. To learn more about the Conservancy’s initiatives and accomplishments, visit www.sdrvc.org. To purchase tickets, visit www.sdrvc. org/rivervalleyfest.
Powerhouse Paddle The Powerhouse Paddle and Swim Committee, in conjunction with local paddling and swimming enthusiasts and the Del Mar Lifeguards, will present the 8th Annual Powerhouse Paddle and Swim on Sunday, Sept. 18. Beginners are especially welcome. For event time and more information, visit powerhousepaddle.com.
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The Bagel of Life: Memories of a foolish 9/11 onlooker BY DAVID NEPOMUCENO A baby’s faint cry kick-starts my day and I spring into action. It’s 6 a.m., and Noreen’s already up and about in the living room while 3-year old Kara’s still in dreamland. I realize the whimper is coming from somewhere below me. Miguel, who loves sleeping on a futon, has somehow managed to squirm his way under our bed. Poor little guy, all of 14 months. I lift the heavy sleigh bed and Noreen gingerly pries him loose, still half-asleep. It’s just shortly after 8 a.m. when I’m off to work and I kiss my little family goodbye. Today we’re having some potential clients take a look at the newfangled stock trading platform we’ve been developing. Be afraid, New York Stock Exchange, be VERY afraid! I wish Kara a fun day on this her second day at Columbus Preschool and Gym. What an exhilarating time it is for us new parents as our first-born sets out to conquer the world! Miguel, who knows my routine by now, waves “Ba!” on my way out the door, blissfully unaware of the minor scare he gave us this morning. Tony, our young doorman from Kosovo, greets me cheerfully in his spiffy uniform. His house in the ‘burbs is several times bigger than my co-op in the city. Perhaps I should be opening the door for him instead. Right outside the door, partisans for mayoral candidate Mark Green shove campaign flyers into my hands. I almost forgot – it’s the election primaries today. A good New York City citizen is what I aim to be, so I make a dash for the polling place next door. Back out into the sunshine I spy a bagel cart with a couple of customers forming a queue. That’s OK, I’m willing to endure the wait. Today I simply have to have a sesame bagel with cream cheese. Brown bag in hand, I walk the easy half-block to W. 96th St. and Central Park West Station with the neo-Georgian Christian Science church on the north corner. It’s about 8:25 a.m. by the time I board the B Train. At 59th St. and Columbus Circle I transfer to the A Train that will take me on the express track to the World Trade Center. It is 8:50 a.m. as the train comes to a halt at the WTC Chambers St. Station. I made good time. Great, I’ll be in the office by 9. I walk at a fast clip, dreading the endless underground walkway from the train platform to the double doors that open into the bustling World Trade Center lobby. *Groan*, doesn’t that street violinist know any other piece besides the theme from ‘Titanic’? I’m not dropping him another dollar. Before I could finish the thought, the double-doors of the World Trade Center fly wide open and a giant wave of panic-stricken humanity surges towards me. Flashthought: bomb threat, 1993, same location. Think! Quick! I back-track to the exit stairs and barely beat the crowd to it. A woman behind me says something about a bomb. A man in black yells “Police!”, flashes a badge, jumps the stairs and pushes his way through the crowds. Fake badge, I think to myself. Instead of helping us, you’re abusing your power so you can get out first. It’s deathly quiet and empty out on Church Street, so eerily different from your usual work day in Downtown Manhattan.
Darn, what’s the hold up, I’ve got to get to the office! I look around and up to see what the heck’s going on. The first thing I see is a cloud of paper sheets floating around the top floors of the WTC’s North Tower. There’s no sign of smoke, no fire. Strange. Is the shredded office-paper for a Yankees victory confetti parade? Curiosity gets the best of me. I overcome my fear and decide to walk one block closer to see where all that paper rain is coming from. Suddenly, the top of the North Tower looms into view David Nepomuceno with his family: Noreen, Kara, Miguel, Gia, and newborn Lukas in Bjorn baby carrier. Noreen teaches ballet at Royal Dance Academy, Kara is now an 8th grader at Carmel Valley Middle School, and Miguel, Gia, and Lukas all go to Ashley Falls school. – with a big black gaping gash on its face. Wisps of smoke and flame, barely visible, are just starting to billow from of it. I keep on walking to get a closer look, stopping just north of Barclay St. A crowd starts to gather around me, everybody asking everybody else what has just happened. My hunch is that it’s a fire that started on one of the uppermost floors. Okay, so maybe it’s a bomb. Somebody mentions something about a plane crashing into the building. I find it highly improbable. Well, a small plane maybe, a Piper Cub. Stupid pilot. The crowd begins to swell around me so I position myself against shop window grills to avoid getting squished. I want my space, people. I can see Borders Books diagonally across the street, which somehow gives me a semblance of normalcy. This is nothing. The building’s still standing isn’t it? Stop gawking, rush inside, and get going on that client demo. Should I make a run for it? Then the horror unfolds. The first one jumps out of the windows from maybe 70 floors up. Another one follows. And another. One, two, three bodies come flying down almost simultaneously, arms flailing in the air. One man floats down on his back curved like a banana boat, as if he’s trying not to see where he’ll land. I count the number of seconds to impact. One, two, three, four, five. Five seconds of hell. Quietly to myself, Oh my God! Gasps and groans from the people around me. How could, why would they choose to jump. I can’t decide – is this better than burning? I’m overwhelmed with helplessness. My heart is in my throat. I count at least 12 people who plunge to their deaths. How many more desperate souls are taking that route on the other side of the building? Before my imagination takes me too far, I am alerted to a dark object approaching from my left. Against the backdrop of the Twin Towers it appears to be a small to medium-sized plane. It’s flying too fast too low and it seems to be heading straight for the South Tower. What’s it trying to do? Am I seeing what I am seeing? No, this can’t be happening. My brain hasn’t even had time to process all this data when the plane plows into the South Tower. In that instant, it finally sinks in – the fire in the North Tower is no accident. I’m expecting a deep earth-shaking sur-
round-sound rumble just like in the movies. But what I hear are crunching and cracking sounds reminiscent of a breaking bone. Will the plane emerge from the other side and flatten us? In a flash, debris is being strewn all around. People are screaming, pushing, running. They trip and fall all over one another, growing into one big human pile right in front of my eyes. Don’t get caught in the stampede! This is the end, you fool. This is what you get for rubber-necking. It’s a stupid way to die. I stand dazed and wide-eyed, frozen stiff against the wall. When the crowds have thinned and I find myself all alone, I see eyeglasses, attaché cases, portfolios, women’s handbags, and mismatched shoes and highheels littering the street side by side airplane and building debris. As I walk away,
my eyes lock on what looks like a giant bright-aluminum gear or wheel in the middle of the street. Could it be part of a jet engine? Did it come from the first plane or the second plane? I don’t remember seeing it when I first got here. I shudder at the thought that this chunk of metal could have come hurtling down over me. I think I’m unscathed except for a tiny burn on my arm, probably from a flying metal spark. But now the time has come to stop pushing my luck and get the hell out of here. The first police cars and fire trucks and television reporters arrive at the scene as I start walking northwards. I look desperately for a payphone so I can call home but the waiting lines are too long everywhere. Train and bus service is spotty, so I make my way on foot through TriBeCa, China-
town and SoHo. All along the way, people are glued to their radios craning their necks anxiously to watch the thickening flames and smoke rising in the south. My heart sinks when I overhear that a third plane has just crashed into the Pentagon. My luck holds out when I reach Greenwich Village at West 4th St. The Uptown C is running and I manage to get on. But at 59th St. we’re told that train service is suspended. A guy behind me provides some comic relief when he yells, “I want my token back!” Back out on the street, I discover the buses aren’t running either. The incessant wailing of ambulances and police car sirens accompanies me on my lonely trek along Central Park West. I can’t keep myself from lookSee MEMORIES, page B26
Sept. 11: The best and the worst of humanity BY BARBARA CARSON EDWARDS We were living in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 2001, home to many Wall Street executives because of its close proximity to New York City. Around the corner from us on Crest Road is the most Barbara Carson amazing view of the city. People trekked Edwards from miles around that day to see the smoldering skyline, changed forever by a gaping hole where the twin towers had stood just hours before. Some hugged each other, others prayed and some cried silently, but everyone wore a dazed expression of shock. Ridgewood lost 12 people on Sept. 11, 2001 and many more friends and relatives from nearby towns. I will never forget that fall morning in
New Jersey. The sun shone in a cloudless blue sky, warming the cool air below. Even 10 years later, my mind still reflects on the beautiful beginning of a day that ended with a tragedy so unspeakable that everyone and everything was moving in slow motion by the end of it. The impact of that day on my life ranges from more practical aspects like updating our wills and reviewing our life insurance policies regularly, to the now ever-present awareness that life can change in an instant. Many of the sayings I’ve heard my whole life began to have real meaning for me after Sept. 11, 2001. Don’t take your loved ones for granted, treat each day as though it were your last, don’t go to bed angry and you can’t be truly happy unless you’re helping someone else, and good and bad always exist together. Within the aftermath of that horrible tragedy, I feel like we also witnessed some of the best of humanity. Thank goodness.
9/11: Trying to make sense of the senseless BY INGRID HOFFMEISTER The alarm rang at 6.10 a.m. Pulling on my workout clothes I left my Del Mar home to meet my workout buddy on the corner of the street. A tall man with his head hung low slowly lumbered past me. “Good morning,” I Ingrid said. “It’s not such a good Hoffmeister morning,” he replied glancing my way. “You sound pretty upset,” I replied. “You obviously haven’t heard the news,” he mumbled to the road. “No. What news?” I asked. “Terrorists have smashed two planes into the World Trade Center.” I heard a muffled sound come out of my mouth with, “Oh my God.” My feet felt anchored to road as I watched the back of him drift away with the tone of his voice ringing in my ears. “Those bastards!” I turned away as my buddy called my
name. I repeated the dialogue. “Have you heard anything?” “Nothing,” she replied. We decided to walk back to her apartment where we joined another walking friend and like pigs in a blanket we clambered onto her bed to watch the tragedies take place on live television. Another plane crashed, and the second tower collapsed. We all looked at each other unsure if this was reality or some weird hoax that we weren’t privy to. I telephoned my husband to tell him to switch on the television and he told me that my daughter in London had already rung, having watched the horror on a large television screen at work. Helpless, stunned and lost in deep emotional turmoil we each tried to make sense of the senseless. Looking back over the past 10 years I see how I’ve become a more conscious global citizen who, via my computer and television, has become a witness to daily senseless tragedies around the world. Emotional turmoil and a feeling of helplessness, now resides with me.
ETHIOPIA continued from page B1 being a twin, growing teeth in the upper jaw before the lower jaw, and even chipping a tooth in childhood. Rowe first learned of the practice during his visits to the Omo Valley, “a place that National Geographic calls the last frontier in Africa.” “I saw these rich African cultures. I had a sense that this was something that would be changing and vanishing. I felt a certain sense of urgency to photograph as much of it as I could.” Rowe made his first trip to Africa in 2004. “I decided I really wanted to create a body of work around the Omo Valley and the tribes of the Omo Valley and I wanted it to be significant. “And that was the first time I met Lale Labuko,” Rowe said. “He’s been my guide and translator in the Omo for the past seven years.” Labuko, 29, who lost two sisters to the Mingi practice, had formed an NGO (nongovernmental organization) after convincing his tribal elders to allow him to relocate the tribe’s Mingi children to a house he rented in the town of Jinka outside the tribal area. Labuko’s organization eventually rented two houses and was caring for 28 Mingi children when they ran short of funds. Rowe decided to help. With Labuko as cofounder, Rowe founded the Omo Child Foundation early this year with the stated mission of stopping the killing of Mingi children, funding a home, food and education for the rescued children — and demonstrating to the children’s parents and tribal elders that the Mingi children are surviving, thriving, and will someday grow into productive contributors to their society. Labuko’s organization, with funding from the foundation, is now caring for 33 Mingi children. “There are 16 tribes in the Omo Valley,” Rowe said. “Three of them still practice Mingi. They maintain an ancient belief that certain children are born cursed or they become cursed. It’s a very hush, hush thing. I visited this region four or five times, for weeks at a time, before I even heard the first rumblings about this practice.” Even Labuko, who was selected by Swedish missionaries to be educated from age 9 at a school 65 kilometers away from his village, did not learn of the practice until he was 15 and had returned to his village during a school break. He discovered that a child was taken from the village one night and drowned.
September 8, 2011 His parents revealed that the child was a Mingi and that two of his sisters previously had been declared Mingi and had been killed. “Lali [Labuko] was raised in a pastoral village,” Rowe said, “where there are cows, goats and flood recession agriculture. This is how they survive. There’s no medical care of any kind. There’s no electricity. There’s no communication with the outside world. There are no cars. There’s no money. Your ‘money’ is on all fours. It’s your cows and your goats, that’s your money.” On the day of the interview, Labuko was in Rowe’s house as a guest on his way to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, to begin studies on a full scholarship. Rowe was born in Los Angeles. His father was a chartered public accountant, In high school, Rowe recalls, the only class he enjoyed was photography. “I used to be really embarrassed that I couldn’t say I graduated from college and I’ve finally gotten to the point in my life where at least I admit it and I talk about it openly,” Rowe said. “Life is all about growing and learning and as long as I keep learning and growing I think I’m going to be OK.” So during the Vietnam War, when he enlisted in the Navy Reserve and they sent him to the U.S. Navy School of Photography in Pensacola, Florida, that was definitely “OK.” Returning to civilian life, he studied management at the University of Southern California, but “dropped out” in his senior year to join a firm started by a friend and former Secret Service agent that arranged security for travelling VIPs. One of his first assignments was as an advance man to arrange for the travel security of Henry Kissinger, who had just left government service and was a private consultant. Later, Rowe joined a security consultant firm in London, England, that arranged travel security for members of the Royal Saudi family and other private clients. “I learned so much.” Rowe said. “It really was, for me, a much better education than had I spent that last semester at USC getting my degree,” he concluded. Returning to the U.S., and having saved up some money, he spent time teaching sailing and racing sail boats out of Newport Beach while he contemplated what he might do next. “I got a call one morning at 2 a.m. from Japan,” he said. It was from a former sailing student of his who had returned to his native Japan after college to join video games company SNK, that wanted to open an office in
California. That was Rowe’s introduction to the video games industry. As a consultant, he helped set up the company’s California office, and subsequently was appointed executive vice president. Five years later, he launched his own company, importing video games from Japan and buying the rights to the games for use in arcades and movie theaters. In less than a year, he secured the rights to Ikari Warriors, his first big hit, with others to follow. “And from that we ended up buying our first big company, Cinematronics,” a pioneering arcade game developer in El Cajon, that later became the Leland Corporation, with Rowe serving as its president and CEO from 1985 to 1990. About that time, Nintendo launched its home games entertainment system, he said. “So I immediately got on a plane to Japan to see what was available that I could license for the Nintendo system that we could sell here in the U.S. I was lucky enough to get the rights for our company to a game called Double Dragon. And this thing just took off and was really, really big. “The arcade game business and the manufacturing of the big cabinets fell by the wayside and we concentrated on making games for computers and for Nintendo and Sony Play Station,” he said. “We really liked making sports and dragon games.” When Leland was acquired by WMS Industries, Rowe stayed on for five years as director of product development for the Midway Games division before launching High Moon Studios in Carlsbad to produce video games and short computer-graphic animated films. Over the course of his 25-year career, Rowe estimates his companies sold more than $1 billion in video games. As he approached the Big Five O, “I really wanted to get back to what I love. You manage companies and manage people …and all of a sudden digital photography came on the scene. He bought a small Fuji digital camera. “On business trips, to relieve the stress of the day, I’d take my camera and go out on the street and do street photography or go to some nice gardens, particularly in Tokyo. “As I started to plan for the next phase in my life, I got more and more involved in photography. I got better equipment. And, I started travelling a lot, for photography.” He sold High Moon Studios to Vivendi Universal and retired in 2005.
“Over the past several years, I’ve been to Africa once or twice a year, sometimes for as long as three months at a time, because I’ve been trying to assemble a body of photographic work on the indigenous and tribal cultures in Africa — Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. “Their worlds are changing very rapidly, primarily as the modern world starts to come
in around them, whether it be dams, roads, or just people. This is the last opportunity really in many of these places to see people in their native cultures.” You can view samples of Rowe’s photography and learn more about the Omo Child Foundation at www.omochild.org or visit www.johnrowephoto.com.
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Madison, and my wife Linda. What are your five favorite movies of all time? “The Godfather,” “On The Beach,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Graduate.” What is your mostprized possession? I prize our family pictures that cannot be replaced. What do you do for fun? Travel, play piano, attempt to determine what the stock market is going to do, and spend time with my family. Describe your greatest accomplishments. My greatest is having two well-educated, successful, happy and considerate children. What is your motto or philosophy of life? If there is food, I’ll be there.
surgery to get relief from back pains and headaches, Benedek decided to experiment with her diet, and eliminated gluten, corn and soy. The Rancho Santa Fe resident began feeling healthy again and avoided surgery and medications. After crossing paths with Barbanti, Benedek joined forces with him, and together they opened 2Good2B Bakery & Café in June at the former location of It’s a Grind coffeehouse in Encinitas. Among the items offered are desserts, bread, panini, quiche, Neopolitan-style pizza and baguettes. “We wanted it to be a bakery for everyone,” Benedek said. Barbanti said they have received a lot of positive response. Some people drive many miles to come to the bakery. “They say thank you ... for being here and giving us real food again,” he said. “The cupcakes and cook-
ies are unmatchable in the gluten-free industry today, anywhere,” said customer Dr. Charley Scott, a chiropractor who also specializes in nutrition and gluten intolerance from the alternative side. Barbanti and Benedek said they plan to expand their business after the holidays. There will be full menus that will include comfort foods such as baked mac ‘n’ cheese, pot pies, soups, lasagna and meatballs, and a takeout service will also be offered. In addition, there will be more catering options — right now, 2Good2B offers desserts and breads, but full meals will be offered, as well, once the restaurant changes occur. “We’ll never introduce a product that only people forced to eat gluten-free will tolerate,” Barbanti said. “Whether it’s a loaf of artisan bread, a quiche or toasted coconut cake, everything has to be excellent by anyone’s standards. Our name isn’t ‘Kinda Good’ or ‘Sorta Good.’ It’s ‘2Good2B,’ and the name says it all.”
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