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Volume XVIII, Issue 38


■ SB Cats fourthgrade Red team wins championship. Page 28

December 11, 2014 Published Weekly

River Valley Conservancy taking steps to complete trail link to bridge

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‘Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar’

BY KRISTINA HOUCK River Path Del Mar trail users will soon be able to enjoy the view of the San Dieguito Lagoon from the Grand Avenue Bridge. With a $150,000 grant from San Diego County, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy plans to complete a trail linking River Path Del Mar with the Grand Avenue Bridge — a longtime goal of Del Mar, the city’s San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, the conservancy and San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. “Thank you so much for coming out,” said Trish Boaz, executive director of the conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to sustaining the natural resources of the San Dieguito watershed, during the Dec. 3 public workshop. “We’re very excited about this project, and we’re looking forward to working with everyone here to make it something that’s really a community jewel.” Despite the wet weather, more than a dozen community memSee RIVER, page 30

■ Local producer looking for the next great idea. Page 7


■ Student creativity on display at CCA Envision Festival of the Arts. Page 27

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Local residents enjoyed a variety of activities at “Holidays in the Heart of Del Mar,” held Dec. 7. The festivities included the opportunity to take holiday pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus; seasonal tunes performed by the Original Dickens Carolers; hot cocoa and cookies from local restaurants; a tree lighting at the L’Auberge Amphitheater, and more. Above: Tulipe and Lisa Raphael. See page B14. For photos online, visit www.delmartimes. net. PHOTOS/JON CLARK

The Lagoon Viewpoint at the Grand Avenue Bridge. PHOTO/KRISTINA HOUCK

CV residents raising roof over condo fumigation, break-ins BY JOE TASH A decision by a Carmel Valley homeowners association board to fumigate a condominium complex over the objections of a majority of residents has roiled the community, leading to a recall effort, potential litigation and discord during the holiday season. The tensions were heightened further when it was discovered that during the fumigation, which took place just after Thanksgiving, at least four of the condos were burglarized while the community was tented for the termite eradication treatment. “This is abuse of power that has resulted in catastrophe for this community,” said Sam Jha, a resident of the Regents Square condominium complex, a 62-unit

development on Quarter Mile Drive in Carmel Valley. “It has caused physical and mental strain for the community members. So much so, I know for sure, two of the homeowners in the community have moved out lock, stock and barrel.” Some residents of the community are seeking a litigation attorney, while others are pursuing a recall against the three-member condo association board, Jha said. Ed Weiner, president of the condo board, responded to an email from a reporter by referring inquiries to the association’s attorney. A voicemail left with the attorney was not returned by press time. A legal expert contacted by this newspaper said the board was acting within its legal rights and responsibilities in ordering the See CONDO, page 25

Bomb squad checks suspicious device in Solana Beach Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance at 9:40 a.m. Dec. 5 behind 325 North Highway 101 in Solana Beach. The reporting party stated he smelled the odor of gasoline coming from an enclosed cement dumpster area. Deputies arrived at the scene and smelled gasoline. They requested the fire department to respond. After the fire department arrived and evaluated the item, it was decided to call Sheriff’s Bomb Arson. The road behind 325 N. Highway 101 was closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic until Bomb Arson arrived to evaluate the situation. Bomb Arson was able to render the item safe. No evacuations were necessary. Bomb Arson will be handling the follow-up investigation. Anyone with information about this case can contact the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 858-565-5200 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. — By San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

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Meet new Solana Beach School District board member Holly Lewry BY KAREN BILLING Holly Lewry, a Solana Beach business owner, will be sworn in to the Solana Beach School District board on Thursday, Dec. 11. Lewry will take the seat previously held by Jeff Busby, who is leaving after serving nine years on the board. Lewry has lived in the school district for eight-and-ahalf years and owns IT executive search firm TGR Partners. She is also a certified life purpose and career coach with Daylight Coaching and has a BA in accounting from the University of Washington. Her three daughters attended Solana Vista and Skyline Schools from 2006 through 2014. They now attend Earl Warren Middle, Torrey Pines High School and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Lewry also serves as Skyline School’s site president for the Solana Beach Foundation for Learning and is a founding member of the Solana Beach Fund, a newly developed fund to support local organizations that assist Solana Beach community outreach programs. Why do you want to serve on the Solana Beach School District Board? I believe in public education and I have been very impressed with the education my daughters received in the Solana Beach School District. I am excited to be part of the leadership of this district and to help further our focus on educational excellence. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the district and how would you propose addressing those issues? I think overall in California, financial uncertainty is one of the biggest issues. I agree with how our district has made financially responsible and conservative decisions in spending without compromising the quality of education for our students. Another issue for our district is facilities improvement for the older schools. I would support moving forward with a strategic plan to improve each school site in order to support our students and teachers in the most effec-

schools. How do you think your experience can help address the issues that come before you? My experience and the ability to listen to all sides of

Holly Lewry tive learning environment possible. Have you regularly attended board meetings? Yes Do you agree with the way the board operates or do you think any changes need to be made? I agree with the way the board currently operates and as an observer did not see any changes that needed to be made. What will you bring to the school board? I bring a diversity of experience including professional (financial and human resources), parenting, private and public school experience outside the district and eight years of experience within the SBSD

an issue will help in taking School District? decisive action aligned with The people! I recently the overall vision of Solana toured all of the schools and I Beach School District. was so impressed with how consistent the quality and enWhat do you most like thusiasm of the faculty is about the Solana Beach throughout all of the schools.

Del Mar Community Connections seeks volunteer ‘van hosts’ Del Mar Community Connections, a local nonprofit that provides services for seniors, is looking for volunteer van hosts for its weekly grocery shuttle. The shuttle provides rides for housebound seniors and the disabled to nearby shopping venues. The “host” is a volunteer who assists the driver by helping riders in and out of the van, assisting them as needed with their shopping, and carrying their purchases into their homes. Van hosts report that providing these services is enormously rewarding. To volunteer as a van host, and for information about DMCC, call 858-792-7565 or visit

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Del Mar doctor sentenced for selling prescription drugs BY CITY NEWS SERVICE A Del Mar osteopath who admitted selling prescription painkillers to addicts and drug dealers was sentenced Dec. 8 to nearly five years in federal prison. William Joseph Watson, who pleaded guilty Aug. 26 to conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute oxycodone, was given a 57-month term by U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz. Watson was arrested in June 2013 after he was caught on hidden camera selling the painkillers to an undercover agent and an informant. He was indicted on about 40 counts of oxycodone distribution. Authorities said Watson, who preached natural medical remedies on his website, wrote prescriptions for drug dealers and addicts for up to $500 per prescription.

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Terry Sinnott ready for second term on DM Council BY KRISTINA HOUCK Although Del Mar City Council voted in August to appoint Councilman Terry Sinnott to his second term and former Del Mar City Attorney Dwight Worden to his first, both candidates hit the campaign trail until Nov. 4. Sinnott, who voted against canceling the election, argued that campaigning gives the public a chance to meet the candidates. “When you’re sitting on the council and you’re trying to make some difficult decisions, it really helps if you know that you’re in connection and have an understanding of what people are thinking in the community,� he said. Having held a series of get-togethers with residents, often with Worden, Sinnott began his second term Dec. 2 knowing what’s important to his neighbors and ready for four more years to make a difference. “My hope is to move things forward,� he said. A Del Mar resident for nearly 40 years, Sinnott was first elected to the council in

2010. He served as mayor in 2013, a position that rotates among council members. Reflecting on his first four years on the council, Sinnott said he is proud that Del Mar paid off a $3 million side fund pension liability using the city’s general fund and water fund reserves, hired an independent consultant to review the Sheriff’s contract to determine how the city could reduce costs and improve service, and created an adhoc double track advisory committee to develop a list of impacts regarding SANDAG’s double track and special events platform project, among other accomplishments. “Believe it or not, those are projects that you wouldn’t think would take four years, but they do,� he said. “Things move very slowly.� With a desire to help move along other pending projects, Sinnott decided to seek re-election. Under Sinnott’s leadership as then-mayor, Del Mar initiated the City Hall planning process in June 2013. Since then, the council has

office environment that they work in. It’s amazing that they get all the things done that they get done.� Besides moving forward with plans for a new City Hall, Sinnott also looks forward to collaborating on a master plan for Del Mar Shores Park, completing sidewalk improvements along Jimmy Durante Boulevard and carrying out an agreement with Solana Beach on wastewater transportation. Acknowledging the finance committee’s efforts, he also wants to continue to work with the Sheriff’s Department on improving the quality of policing in the community. “The sheriff does a really good job at responding to serious calls for service, but because of the nature of Del Mar, with all the visitors coming to the beach and coming through the community, less-serious calls are still a problem,� said Sinnott, noting that issues such as theft and traffic enforcement are particularly important to residents. “We’re trying to figure out how we can improve policing services for those

Terry Sinnott: ‘My hope is to move things forward.’ discussed the project at a number of council meetings, issued a citywide survey and held three public workshops on replacing the deteriorating facilities at 1050 Camino del Mar. At the Dec. 1 meeting, council members narrowed the choices to two — another step forward in what has already been an 18-month process. “It would be a shame if we miss the opportunity, the way interest rates are, to not finance a project that the city truly needs,� Sinnott said. “You’ve got to hand it to the city staff for putting up with the kind of

kinds of issues, improve the response time, improve the visual presence of the police force, and just improve the quality of those services.� In the coming year, the council could also look at potential development projects for the Garden Del Mar and Watermark properties. “Those are two kind of vacant, unimproved sore thumbs,� Sinnott said. “We’re hoping that through good communication, involvement and planning, those will be assets that could be added in the next couple of years to make the community better.� A San Diego native, Sinnott has a long history of service not only to the community, but also the country. After graduating from Pomona College in 1967, he served two tours as a U.S. Navy officer — one in Vietnam and another as an instructor in San Diego. In 1972, he joined San Diego Gas & Electric, where he worked 22 years in various roles, including industrial engineering, marketing, distribution planning, and customer service. At the same time, he earned his

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New councilman Worden brings depth of community experience to Del Mar BY KRISTINA HOUCK Although Dwight Worden is new to the City Council, he is not new to the city of Del Mar. A resident for more than 30 years, Worden served as city attorney from 1977 to 1983, and as special counsel to Del Mar on selected matters until his retirement. This is the first time, however, that he’ll be sitting on the opposite side of the dais during meetings. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve got some skills from this,” Worden said. “It would be satisfying to me, personally, and I think I could help my little town by taking those skills onto the council.” The council voted in August to appoint Worden to his first term and incumbent Terry Sinnott to his second after canceling the election. Only two candidates ran for two open seats. Both were sworn in Dec. 2. Having retired nearly 15 years ago, Worden, now 67, felt it was time to finally run for office. After all, it’s an exciting time in Del Mar. With City Hall and Shores plans, potential development projects at the

Garden Del Mar and Watermark properties, Worden joins the council when the city is in the midst of a number of projects, and other projects could be headed to Del Mar. “I don’t feel like I’m coming into the council because the house is one fire and I’m on some kind of rescue mission,” Worden said. “But I do see there is a lot of important stuff on the table.” Although Worden said he is “not coming in with an agenda,” while on council, he wants to improve the city’s relationship with the community. He would also like to see the City Hall project move toward to a vote. Last, he wants Del Mar to become a leader in the community, from downtown revitalization to sustainability. “Personally, I would like to see Del Mar identify those kind of topics that are important — not just to us, but as a broader society — and for us, where we can and where it’s appropriate, stake out turf and really be leaders again,” said Worden. He suggested offering free Wi-Fi throughout the community could be one way Del Mar

Dwight Worden: ‘I’m kind of thinking ahead.’ sets itself apart. “I’m kind of thinking ahead. What can we do, where we can be leaders and demonstrate to the rest of the world that some of these cool things can be done, and at the same time help our locals?” Born in Baltimore, Worden moved to Santa Monica with his family when he was 5 years old. After growing up on the coast, he headed to the mountains, graduating with a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1969. A year later, Worden and his then-wife relocated to San

Diego, where he studied law at the University of San Diego. While in law school, Worden helped launch USD’s environmental law society. At the same time, he was also hired to represent the Sierra Club before the California Coastal Commission. After earning his law degree in 1974, Worden founded his law firm, Worden & Williams, in 1975 in Solana Beach. With a strong interest in the environment, he specialized in land use, environmental and government law during his years as a practicing lawyer. He represented numerous government agencies and environmental organizations, including the North County Transit District, San Diego County Water Authority, San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, Sierra Club and more. Worden already had deep roots in Del Mar by the time he moved to the community in 1981. Shortly after opening his practice, he was hired as Del Mar’s city attorney in 1977. “When I came in, there

were a whole slew of lawsuits pending against the city that had come in under Roger Hedgecock’s watch,” Worden said. Hedgecock served as city attorney from 1974 until Worden came aboard in 1977. “I was very proud that during the seven or eight years that I as there, I cleaned up every one of those successfully. We did not get one single new lawsuit against Del Mar — not one.” Under Worden’s leadership as city attorney, Del Mar challenged the city of San Diego over a development called North City West. At the time, the northwestern area of San Diego, now Carmel Valley, was agriculturally zoned. San Diego wanted to create a new community designated for 13,000 dwelling units and 40,000 people. Fearing adverse impacts, Del Mar sued San Diego. “It was one of the most important cases in the state, at the time,” said Worden, although Del Mar lost the lawsuit. He noted that, comparably, some residents are concerned today about One

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Paseo, a mixed-use development proposed for Carmel Valley. “I’m proud that the city fought that.” Worden continued as special counsel to the city on selected matters until he retired from active practice in 2001. He drafted Measure B, a voter-approved initiative that governs large developments in the downtown area. Adopted by voters in 1986, Measure B was responsible for notable changes to the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar. He also drafted the Beach Protection Initiative. As special counsel to the city, he successfully defended numerous lawsuits against Del Mar and the BPI, resulting in beach-encroachment removals that restored key beach property to the public. Worden has a variety of community and volunteer experience: He has served on the Coastal Commission, the Attorney General’s Environmental Task Force, the Surfrider Foundation National Advisory Board, and more. See WORDEN, page 21


Mentoring experience leads local resident to Big Brothers Big Sisters chairmanship BY JOE TASH As a senior at Stanford University, Derek Bruton served as a volunteer Big Brother to a young boy whose father was incarcerated. “The child had no one to really talk to, especially about guy stuff,” said Bruton. “It was a tremendous experience; it left an imprint on my life.” Bruton, who is now a father of two and CEO of a financial services firm, has come full circle with the mentoring program: He serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. In that capacity, Bruton helps guide a nonprofit that serves 1,725 boys and girls in San Diego County, providing them with Big Brothers or Big Sisters who act as role models, mentors and companions to their young charges. Some little brothers and sisters have parents who are deployed overseas with the military, others have parents in jail or prison, and still others simply need someone to talk to or help them with their homework. Making those positive connections at the formative ages of elementary and middle school can have a long-lasting impact on children, making them less likely to turn to drugs or drop out of school, said Bruton. “Developing a one-on-one mentoring relationship with these children so they avoid behaviors that could lead them down the wrong path, and really instilling confidence in them, which is what they need at that age, makes a big difference,” Bruton said. The relationship between “Bigs” and “Littles,” as the or-

Derek Bruton encourages people to volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. ‘The juice is definitely worth the squeeze,’ he says. ganization calls them, carries benefits for both sides. Adam Johnson, 29, of Pacific Beach, has been matched as a Big Brother to a boy from Carmel Valley for the past two years. John-

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Drop off ‘Toys for Tots’ at Coleman State Farm Agency in Del Mar For the 16th holiday season, State Farm insurance agent Jim Coleman and his Agency Team are proud to host an official drop-off station for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” campaign. Help make the holidays brighter for San Diego-area families by dropping off a new, unwrapped children’s toy at the office at 1011 Camino Del Mar, in downtown Del Mar. The agency is open to accept holiday donations from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, now through Dec. 19. Call 858-755-6794.


North County producer casting his net across San Diego for next great idea BY SAMANTHA TATRO A San Diego producer is looking to create the next big film and television hit — and a local resident might just be the one to supply the idea. Scott Manville, a producer, creator of TV Writer’s Vault and CEO of Manville Media Ventures, is looking for an idea for a film or TV production. “There are a lot of authors, a lot of filmmakers (here),” said Manville. “It’s a region that I don’t think has been tapped yet, and I guess I’m excited to hear from anybody who has projects that they think have potential.” Manville, who most recently produced “Kim of Queens” on Lifetime, is looking for film and TV concepts that “take us into new worlds or subjects we haven’t seen before.” That means not necessarily the “Real Housewives” type of reality-TV format, but atypical concepts that are built around families, unique businesses, or other ideas that may lend themselves to drama or comedy.

San Diego producer Scott Manville on the pitch panel with the Weinstein Company at the Napa Valley Film Fest recently. Courtesy photo Hollywood and the Hollywood machine, as Manville calls it, is a much different process today than in the past. It’s a “much quicker process with a much wider reach,” he said. “If I’m just talking about the industry and development, it’s a year-round time,” he said. “There are seasons for pilots being picked up, there are seasons for movies being released, but the process of scouting

new and great material is year-round.” Most recently, Manville went to the Napa Valley Film Festival to work with the Weinstein Company. He helped run a pitch and scouting contest, where he was one of the panelists. At the two-day event, Manville first helped writers work on their pitches in front of an audience, before the top contestants pitched

to him and the Weinstein executives. They picked two feature film stories and one travel documentary series. On top of his work in Hollywood, Manville is a single dad raising twins near Rancho Santa Fe in the 4S Ranch/Del Sur neighborhood of San Diego. Raising Chance and Chelsea, his twins, is his most important job, Manville said. “It’s constant extremes,” he said. “It’s shifting between the insanity of dealing with an industry that’s probably the most competitive in the world and then pulling back into the intensity of managing twin 4-year-olds.” But his kids, Manville said, give him the bigger payoff. “I have to say, the twins are much

more rewarding and they really fill my heart, and that’s kind of what refreshes me and refreshes my mind, as tiring as it is,” he said. Manville decided to go into film and TV because of their creative aspects. He said he enjoys developing concepts and connecting creatively with buyers. “I really love the process, I love the struggle, I love the small victories along the way, but now being a single dad, I’ve really found it’s given me more clarity and drive I’ve never found before,” he said. “I guess I could say I’m truly enjoying balancing the business with being a dad.” San Diegans who want to contact Manville about a story pitch can reach him at

Tourism district provides $25K grant to DMVA The Del Mar Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID/Visit Del Mar) has provided $25,000 in grant monies to the nonprofit Del Mar Village Association, to ensure necessary funds for holiday decorations throughout the Village, and new streetscape and pedestrian signs. “DMVA is honored and extremely thankful to TBID/Visit Del Mar for its ongoing support and generosity,” said Jen Grove, executive director of DMVA. “A significant goal for us as a nonprofit organization is to encourage economic development and a sense of community for the city of Del Mar. By going above and beyond with this incredible donation, TBID/Visit Del Mar is helping us to help accomplish this goal, and we are proud of what we have been able to achieve together.” In an effort to complement the 30-foot tree donated by L’Auberge Del Mar to DMVA, the funds have been used to purchase all-new holiday ornaments and a tree topper, as well as festive holiday lighting in the L’Auberge Amphitheater. The grant also funded the design, fabrication, installation and removal of 32 Del Mar Village holiday banners along with tinsel to adorn the poles. The new décor made its debut Dec. 7 during the DMVA’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting and visit from Santa. This monetary grant will also go towards creating a new pedestrian sign/directory for North Beach/Dog Beach, which will be installed within the month. Visit and

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Creative Writing Club announces fundraiser to support fourth annual CCA Writers Conference Picking up holiday gifts at Canyon Crest Academy’s Barnes and Noble Book Fair from Dec. 14-17 will raise funds for the CCA Creative Writing Club. Items bought during those days with a book fair flier at the Bookstar Book Store (across from UTC mall), or online at using the Bookfair code 11523958, will support the annual CCA Writers’ Conference. Fliers can be obtained by downloading from the conference Facebook The 2014 CCA Writers Conference organizers. page “CCA Writers’ Conference� or by emailing The CCA Writers’ Conference is a free all-day event that will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at Canyon Crest Academy. High school students from all over San Diego will participate in workshops on a variety of topics, including writing short stories, plotting the best selling novel, poetry, playwriting, horror, songwriting, journalism, and more. Julia Camilleri, president of the Creative Writing Club, has been working on the conference since last summer. “I first attended the CCA Writers’ Conference earlier this year and was so impressed by the workshops I attended that I knew I had to be involved. I am so excited about our lineup of speakers this year!� The keynote speaker is Jonathan Maberry, a New York Times bestselling author, four-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. Several of Maberry’s novels are in development for movies and TV including “V-Wars,� “Extinction Machine,� “Rot & Ruin,� and “Dead of Night.� The conference is funded through generous donations from sponsors and through fundraisers run by CCA’s Creative Writing Club. All Jonathan proceeds from the book fair will be used to purchase conference supMaberry plies, and pay for speaker and facility expenses. Companies and individuals interested in supporting the conference directly can email for sponsorship opportunities. The mission of the CCA Creative Writing Club is to expand creative writing opportuni-

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Champion equestrian Grauer student signs letter of intent to attend Auburn Alexandra Ladove, a senior at The Grauer School in Encinitas, has signed a letter of intent to join Auburn University’s Equestrian Team. The Grauer School celebrated Ladove’s success with a signing ceremony Nov. 12. Ladove has been riding for the past 10 years. This winter and spring she is ranked fourth in the nation and first on the West Coast for equitation. Most recently, Ladove won the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association Junior Medal Final and the October Gold Coast National Hunter Derby. Auburn University’s Equestrian Team holds three national championship titles; most recently they held the title in 2013. Alex is looking forward to helping the team secure another national championship and remarked, “It is a huge honor for me to be selected and re-

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to get to know other Canine Companions clients and volunteers, including Willie. “The Canine Companions community has meant so much to us over the years,” says Nancy. “We’ve met so many good friends. It has added to our lives tremendously.” For information on Canine Companions for Independence, visit or call 1-800-572-BARK.

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‘We are just as much human beings as you are,’ says Jason Gackstetter of the disabled community, and his CCI dog, Taran II, has helped him demonstrate that to people. L-R: Tim, Jason and Nancy Gackstetter, Willie Crawford and Skilled Companion Taran. Courtesy photo was only 6 years old. “The assistance dogs draw people to him,” says Nancy, Jason’s mom. “People his own age come up to Jason to talk to him about his dog. It changes people’s perception of him. Instead of pitying him or thinking he’s the kid in the wheelchair that they don’t know how to talk to, they think he’s the kid with the amazing dog. They’re actually jealous!’ Besides benefiting from having an assistance dog in the family, the Gackstetters have appreciated the opportunities

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Torrey Hills Robotics Teams take honors at First LEGO League state tournament The Torrey Hills Robotics Teams, the Clever Coders and the Perfect Processors, took part in the First Lego League (FLL) California Championship Tournament on Dec. 7 at Legoland. They competed against 55 other teams from all over Southern California, in Robot Design, Robot Runs, FLL Core Values, showing team work and friendly competition, and Presentation, showing their innovative solution to a problem. This year’s topic was World Class, and the students had to answer the question, “How can we improve the way we learn (subject)?�

The Perfect Processors, an allgirls team, placed second in the presentation for their innovative way to teach kids about the Order of Operations in Math. The judges felt that this idea could be entered in the Global Innovation Award category. Standing (L-R): Olivia, Amelia, Kelly, Kimmi. Sitting: Alice and Subin

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23rd Red Nose Run set for Dec. 19 in Del Mar Del Mar’s popular Red Nose Run will celebrate its 23rd year Dec. 19 on the beach behind the Poseidon Restaurant. Dace of race registration begins at 1 p.m., the race starts at 2 p.m. This 5K run and 3K walk benefits two worthy local charities: Fresh Start Surgical Gifts ( and the Semper Fi Fund ( Sponsored by the well-known “Low and Slow Running Club� of Del Mar, the race is equally enjoyed by spectators because of the zany holiday outfits worn by participants. The run will be followed by prizes, raffle items, auction items and holiday food and cheer on the patio at the Poseidon Restaurant. Find details at Photo by Jon Clark

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SDJA students observe Computer Science Week by joining worldwide ‘Hour of Code’ In Shelly Moses’ K-5 classroom in San Diego Jewish Academy’s Lower School, students are putting away their pencils, crayons and paper and setting aside their books to learn an “Hour of Code.” Yes, that’s code as in computer science and programming. Moses, SDJA’s Technology Integration and Curriculum Specialist for grades K-5, has arranged for her students to participate in the “largest learning event in history.” “The Hour of Code is a one-hour activity — a spark to keep learning computer science,” said Moses. “Our students will be working with themes ranging from ‘Disney’s Frozen’ to the popular app, Flappy Birds.” The Hour of Code ( is organized by, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to expanding computer science education and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The Hour of Code is celebrated during the annual Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Students of all ages can

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The Hour of Code is aimed at increasing participation in computer science by women and minorities. choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials, from kindergarten up. Tutorials work on any modern browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.’s own tutorial features Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies and video lectures from Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Statistics from show that the technology and software fields lack diversity. The Hour of Code is a first step in fixing this, showing all students what computer science is all about. Last year almost half of all Hour of Code participants were girls, 8 percent were black and 14 percent Hispanic. Computer science students on average are only 18 percent female, 3 percent black, and 8 percent Hispanic. President Obama and entertainers Shakira and Ashton Kutcher kicked off last year’s Hour of Code with video messages. For 2013’s Hour of Code, 15 million students in 170 countries participated and more girls (4 million) tried computer science last year than in the past 70 years! Computer basics help nurture creativity and problemsolving skills, and prepare students for any future career.

Art-A-Fair, a renowned Laguna Beach Art Festival, will hold its 2015 Jury Day on Feb. 8 at the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club. Art-A-Fair seeks new artists for its 49th annual season, to be held June 26-Aug. 30, 2015. Artists are invited to bring their artwork on Feb. 8 between 8 and 11 a.m. to be juried by professional fine artists and master crafts-persons. The jury will look for excellence in conception, execution and presentation as well as high levels of creativity and technical competence. All media may be submitted, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, fiber, digital art, charcoal, pencil, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, and wood. Artists may jury with more than one medium. Three original works of art are required for each medium. Notification of Acceptance or Non-Acceptance will be given that day at pick-up, between 4 and 4:30pm. The Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club is at 1085 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Visit for the Exhibitor Prospectus and additional information and forms. Art-A-Fair, one of the three premier art shows held each summer in Laguna Beach, places no residency restrictions on exhibitors. Call 949-494-4514 with specific questions. Art-AFair is at 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.


‘Moms Making Six Figures’ Helps Moms Stay at Home While Still Having a Career Angie Gange had a successful career in mortgage banking. Then the recession hit. With her oldest son soon entering college, the Carmel Valley mother of three began looking for a new job. “I needed to replace my income, but I also needed to have control over my time,” recalled Gange, adding that her husband, Paul, travels a lot on business. “Although our boys are not little ones anymore, I didn’t want to give up being available for them.” That’s when Gange’s friend introduced her to Moms Making Six Figures, a San Diego-based marketing company that allows women to stay at home and either replace or supplement their income. She started with the company in 2011. “It’s probably the best decision I ever made,” Gange said. When Gange became part of the Moms Making Six Figures team, her sons were 17, 14 and 11. At the time, all three of her boys played baseball. She recalled attending more than 100 baseball games in her first five months with the company. “Our kids come first for us,” Gange said. “Moms Making Six Figures has helped me remain a stay-at-home-mom while still making a six-figure income.” Today, Gange’s oldest son Charlie is a senior at San Diego State University. Her younger two boys, Christian and Scotty, attend Torrey Pines High School, where they both play football. “Moms Making Six Figures has been a blessing for me because I really do get to be a mom first,” said Gange, who has a bachelor’s degree in business. “But I’m an entrepreneur by nature, so I feel really lucky that I have found something where I can put my family first, have my own business and get to work with a team of bright and supportive women.” Looking to expand the team, Moms Making Six Figures encourages interested women to visit or call 858.837.1505

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Q: You had a dangerous run-in with the Cinta Larga indians not long after that. What happened? Meyers: On the third day, we reached a bridge that was in Indian territory. This is a rich area for diamond mining. There’s been a lot of trouble there. The Cinta Larga killed at least 29 people — diamond miners — years ago. The figure could be over 100. They control what happens. The chief of the Cinta Larga came out. We could tell that he was very angry. He told us to leave. I gave him a camera to try to soothe him. But he wanted us gone. If we had tried to continue on, he would have sent guys with guns, and we would have been arrested. Indeed, he threatened to arrest us in his speech. The Cinta Larga are in a transition period. Their first contacts with whites were only 55 years ago, and (some) of the Indians were massacred in the beginning. So, it is only natural that they harbor strong feelings.

Giant otters on the Roosevelt River reach 5 to 6 feet long and are carnivorous. Photo by Jeffrey Lehmann Q: So what did you do? Meyers: We received official support from the Fire Department in Vilhena before we left on the expedition. They agreed to come check on us on the third day, when we were to reach the bridge. They showed up and ended up driving us back to Vilhena, where we regrouped. Then they took us to a point on the river that was below indian territory. It was exhausting. We ended up riding in the back of a truck, in the dark, for hours. Q: Did the trip become easier? Meyers: The speed of the river slowed down; it was barely moving. But the winds came at us every day. On one occasion, as I was padding against the wind, I felt something hit me very hard on the side of the head, on my right ear. I was temporarily dizzy, but I saw a splash in the water. I must have hit a fish with my paddle. It jumped out of the water and hit me on the side, hard. It felt like a club. Fortunately, it was

not a piranha! Q: You must have become exhausted doing this. Did you? Meyers: Yes. We’d paddle from about 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or so, then camp. It took an hour to set up. You had to make a fire, and you had to protect it. Fire keeps away mosquitoes. Lehmann: And it wards off jaguars, which was the biggest danger. Meyers: And we needed the fire to cook piranha. Q: Piranha? Meyers: There are three kinds of piranha — black, white and red. The red piranhas are the most dangerous ones since they attack you in schools. We ate the black piranha. Lehmann: I was in the river a lot. A black piranha about 8 inches long swam up my pant leg. That wasn’t as bad as getting hit by an electric eel. I was about 5 feet from shore when the eel struck; it sent a shock up my arm. It paralyzed my arm for a moment. I stepped toward See AMAZON, page 22



















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Adopt a Family raises funds for terror victims in Israel Adopt a Family held its annual holiday boutique Dec. 2 at Morgan Run Resort, with proceeds going to support its work with victims of terror in Israel. The boutique included items from locally made biscotti and granola from My Private Pantry to jewelry by Del Mar artisan Vivienne K. Jacqueline Semha Gmach signed her book, “From Bombolini to Bagel,” about her journey from Tunisia to the U.S. with stops in France, Israel and Canada and the cultural differences she faced. Adopt a Family, founded in 2003, matches U.S. families with Israeli families to create lasting relationships that offer financial and emotional support to victims of terror. Visit Photos by Karen Billing.

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Dick Enberg to speak at local event Dick Enberg, one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all time, will be appearing Jan. 25 as part of the Village Viewpoints program of the Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe. Enberg’s accomplishments are many. In 2015, he will be returning for his sixth season as the play-by-play voice for Padres television broadcasts. In 2012, he was part of the onair team that helped launch the new regional sports network FOX Sports San Diego. Prior to that launch, he was with CBS Sports for 11 years as the play-by-play voice for the network’s coverage of the NFL, college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. He also contributed to coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship broadcasts during that time. Before joining CBS, Enberg spent 25 years at NBC Sports covering countless major events, after having begun his fulltime broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles. While in LA, his radio and television coverage of the L.A. Angels, UCLA basketball, and the L.A. Rams earned him the title of California Sportscaster of the Year on four occasions. The event will be held in the Fellowship Center of the Village Church on Jan. 25, 2015, with wine and hors d’oeuvres served beginning at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 and will include time for audience questions. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 and may be purchased online at

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In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, as well as the 60,000 American victims of gun violence since December 2012, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito is joining the Newtown Foundation, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and the Washington National Cathedral in a nationwide vigil service of mourning and remembrance for all those who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in America. The candlelight vigil will take place between 6 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at UUFSD 1036 Solana Drive, Solana Beach. For information, call UUFSD at 858-755-9225 during working hours. The Newtown Foundation is a Newtown, Conn.-based, all volunteer notfor-profit organization formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to provide comfort, education, scholarship, other support and resources to families and communities affected by gun violence in America; and to help them lead the way toward positive cultural change.

SINNOTT continued from page 4 After the loss of his wife, Judi, in 2007, Sinnott ran for council again and was elected in 2010. “I thought that I could be of value to the group,” Sinnott said. “I love the community. Even though things are good, I want things to improve.” When not prepping for council meetings on Sundays or attending numerous meetings, Sinnott is often enjoying the community with his wife, Marilyn, or spending time with his two


grown children and five grandchildren. But he enjoys every minute of being involved in Del Mar, and with “key decisions” on the horizon, he encouraged community members to stay involved or become involved in the decision-making process. “We are making some key decisions this year,” Sinnott said. “Whether it’s City Hall, the Shores property or other priorities the city’s making, I would just encourage folks to keep abreast of what’s going on and stay involved. The input is very, very valuable.”

WORDEN continued from page 5 In Del Mar, he has served on the board of the Del Mar Foundation and has offered volunteer legal assistance to several Del Mar committees and causes, including the Del Mar Foundation, Del Mar Community Connections and San Dieguito Lagoon Committee. He has also served on the Ad Hoc Task Force on fairgrounds issues, the Form Based Code Committee and the Garden Del Mar Committee. In his free time, Worden

is a bluegrass musician. He plays in three local bands and serves on the board of the San Diego Bluegrass Society. He recently completed a six-year term on the International Bluegrass Music Association Board of Directors. He also enjoys spending time with his longtime partner, Betty Wheeler, his daughter and two grandsons. “I love this place,” Worden said. “I’ve been all over the world, and there’s nowhere I’d rather live. Every day I wake up, I realize how lucky I am to live here.”

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PATRIOT someone’s cousin died, but it’s a lot more horrible than you realize because you pull his card (and read) he was raised with his cousin by his aunt. So no wonder he’s in a Port-a-John, crying, out in the field. You need to send him home. “Your job (as first sergeant) is not something you can put on a bullet-typed list. My biggest motivation is to ensure that every single day when these Marines come to work — that they know how important they are. This is what I mean … “A lance corporal in an ammunition company goes to the Ammunition Supply Point. He or she gets there at 6 o’clock in the morning and works sometimes until 6 o’clock at night. It’s mostly manual labor — physically moving ammunition from one pallet to another. “It may be easy for them to forget what they do is important — it’ll get monotonous after a few months.” She reminds them the entire Marine Expeditionary Force can’t do their job without them: “‘Bullets don’t fly without supply.’ Nobody can do anything without us giving them the ammunition to train, and ‘God help us all — go deploy to war.’” In 1999, Pvt. First Class Grantham was trained to be an air radio repairman, and evolved with advanced radio networks, GPS, satellites and operator interfaces. After more schooling and promotions, she was deployed to Kuwait in 2002, filling the billet of communications chief at Direct Air Support Center. Maritime prepositioning forces were being offloaded from ships in Doha, Qatar, to set up on the border and kick-start Iraq. Attached to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Grantham and DASC were the comm link between air and ground forces. From Kuwait, Grantham was sent to

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Marine Security Guard School. She was indignant, not wanting to miss out on the invasion. Grudgingly, she went, and was posted to defend assets at American embassies in Cypress, Malta, and Jordan from 2003-2005. “The war was happening … There were demonstrations all over. What concerned the MSG attachments in those three embassies was ensuring we kept them safe.” She reps it as “the coolest job ever,” yet still hoped to fit into forward combat. “I’m a person of faith. I said, ‘God, I want to go. If I’m not supposed to go, then don’t let me go.’” Then, Grantham was on a plane saying thanks, praying, “Stick with me, and if it’s my time, I’m ready. If not, I’m going to do your will.” She made the combat fit — sent to Iraq in 2006, right after the palace was captured and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing moved in to Fallujah, where threats of IEDS and ambushes were around her. In Afghanistan 2010, she was a cog in the freedom machine, taking hits. “We’re all in bunkers and the chapel and chow hall trailer got hit by mortars … But even when you feel like you should be afraid, I’m not … I was filled with this sense inside, ‘Oh my gosh, is this really happening?’” She thinks everyone is “hilarious” because they could have been killed, yet they were mad because they couldn’t eat cereal for two weeks. “That’s the beauty of the Marine Corps; we take the craziest situations and just laugh it off.” Returning Afghanistan in 2012, Grantham loved acting as comm chief at Tactical Operations Center, Camp Leatherneck. “You’re in charge of giving (the ACE Commander) everything he needs to run the air war, which is everything from voice

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shore and it shocked my leg. It was a big bolt. Our guide, Angonese, saw me and was worried. He thought I was being attacked by piranha. Electric eels regularly kill humans. Q: What about humor? Were there any funny or weird moments? Meyers: The Cinta Larga chief gazed at us with anger and hate, but took a liking to one of the firemen, Iuri. He gave him a hug and treated him almost as a son, even apologizing to him for his conduct. This is because Iuri has pronounced Indian features. On the way back, we joked that the chief would adopt him and that he would inherit a mountain of diamonds. He

seemed to be pleased with the teasing. Lehmann: Angonese caught a piranha and stuck it on a stick. About 20 minutes later, I walked down to the water to take a cool down swim and the bloodred eyes of the piranha started moving, following my every movement like something out of a Hollywood horror flick. It was not only weird, but somewhat unsettling, even for me. Q: Were there moments when you just stopped and just marvelled at what you were experiencing? Lehmann: The jungle is amazing. In many situations, you’re looking at 500foot to 600-foot walls of green. It’s like the Brazilian Grand Canyon. Instead of sandstone walls, you’re seeing walls of plants that are impenetrable. You can’t see

more than 10 feet into the vegetation. There’s this incredible, bizarre mat of plants. People like us wouldn’t get far running into the jungle. Meyers: I was amazed by how well-preserved the river has remained since Roosevelt made his expedition. I expected to see a lot more environmental changes. But that’s not the case. I think it’s because there are waterfalls at the beginning and the end of the River of Doubt. They act as guardians to its natural beauty. It is difficult for boats to go up and down. It hasn’t become spoiled. If anything, the population in the lower third is smaller than in Roosevelt’s day, when lots of rubber tappers made it up the river.

comms, to chat, to UAV feeds. You have to take all of it — and spit it out in one interface. So many things can go wrong. It was stressful, but cool.” At Camp Pendleton, Grantham takes all the feeds on her Marines and spits that out into leadership. “You talk to them. You’re there before they show up. You’re here after they get off. Marines can spot a fake … Half of being a leader is just being there. It’s showing up and caring about them, then get out of their way and they will distinguish themselves on their own.”



DMCV Sharks Girls U8 Blue team makes finals The Del Mar-Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U8 Blue team was a finalist in the La Jolla All-Star Tournament. Pictured are: Giana Speziale, Katie Tang, Alyssa Ahn, Talia Bertino, Michaelah Leiby, Isabelle Rizk, Riley Huffstutter, Solia Reyes, Emerson Thut, Natalee Smith, Addison MacKay, Emma Donnelly; with coaches Ahren Crickard and Chris Reyes.

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DMCV Sharks Girls U10 team wins La Jolla All Stars Tournament The Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks Girls U10 team won the La Jolla All Stars Tournament this past weekend. The girls did an amazing job, having never practiced together as a team (due to Thanksgiving break and rain the weeks prior) and winning all four tournament games. They beat a very talented team from Irvine (Irvine Slammers) 2-1 in the finals. The Slammers scored in the first minute on a long cross that ended up sailing in just over Sharks keeper’s outstretched arms. Teh Sharks girls didn’t get down; they got even! They fought back, leading to a 0-1 score at half-time. They were tired (they had to play two games consecutively without a break) but refused to give up. The momentum shifted as the Sharks girls kept shutting down their forwards and pushing inexorably up field. It was a great come-from-behind win in the second half. The go-ahead goal was scored by Kaitlyn Bulich, the Sharks’ youngest player, who had just come in for the first time in the game late in the second half. She broke through their defense and scored a beautiful breakaway goal. Each and every player made a difference in the tournament — congratulations to the Del Mar/Carmel Valley girls! They represented the Sharks and the community well!

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CCA Foundation announces ‘Catch the Wave of Giving’ campaign The Canyon Crest Academy Foundation recently hosted a dedication ceremony and reception celebrating the newly installed Raven’s Challenge mural. The event honored and thanked more than 50 families who had generously given a minimum of $1,500 to the 2013-2014 Raven’s Challenge Campaign, which raised money to help fund the many programs supported by the CCA Foundation. Among those present at the dedication were SDUHSD Board Member Amy Herman, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Principal Karl Mueller, Vice Principals Jeff Copeland and Bernard Steinberger. Also in attendance were Jessica Matthes, CCA Art instructor and EVA (Envision Visual Arts) Conservatory Supervisor; Amber Irwin, visiting artist who oversaw the production of the mural; and Maya LinBronner, the student whose mural design was selected by the EVA students to become the artwork adorning the school. Supervisor Roberts, in his remarks, shared his admiration for CCA. He commended the unique programs offered at the school,

munity will have a new opportunity to support the foundation while helping to beautify the school. The “Catch the Wave of Giving” campaign was announced at the mural dedication ceremony. Besides raising money for the foundation, the campaign will result in the installation of a sculpture that is being created by EVA students. The sculpture and underwater scene will be illuminated by LED lights powered by solar panels. The night belonged to the students and faculty who created the new mural, and to the generous supporters of the CCA Foundation. In thanking the crowd, Cateri-

na remarked, “Everyone, from CCA visitors to the patrons of the shopping center that is going to open across the street, will be able to see this mural and get a sense of the magic that happens at this school.” The Canyon Crest Foundation is a parent-led 501(c)3 providing fantastic opportunities across academics, athletics, and the arts, in order to fulfill our mission to enrich the experience of every student, every day. Your tax-deductible donation to the CCA Foundation is vitally needed. Donate online at

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which are supported by the CCA Foundation, and include the opportunity for students to work with professionals in their fields of interest. “The mural,” he said, “is a great example of the collaboration between a master artist and students.” Guests were treated to a performance of songs from the musical “Firsts,” which was written by CCA junior Annika Patton and CCA alumna Emily Laliotis. The musical was written, Mueller explained, after the students attended a master class at CCA with a visiting director. The director inspired the students to write their own musical, which was subsequently performed this past summer at the Fringe Festival. In the true spirit of the circle of giving, the students decided to make a donation to the CCA Foundation, which had sponsored the visiting director. Foundation President Amy Caterina said that the com-

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continued from page 1 fumigation to protect the condo complex from termite infestation. “These guys were doing their job,” said Professor Scott B. Ehrlich of the California Western School of Law. The Davis-Stirling Act, a state law that regulates the operations of homeowners associations in California, says, “the association is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the common area occasioned by the presence of wood-destroying pests or organisms.” The law also gives the association the right to order residents to leave during the fumigation.


As long as the board’s actions followed the requirements of the DavisStirling Act, said Ehrlich, the panel would have been authorized to make such a decision. One indication that the board was acting lawfully, he said, was that a judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order that residents wanted in order to block the fumigation. “Whether the homeowners like it or not, they (the board) have a responsibility to take care of the project. If the project is infested, their job is to get rid of the termites,” said Ehrlich. “It’s not a popularity contest. They are the board of directors who are responsible for taking care of the condo project.”

However, residents fault the board for the way the fumigation was carried out. The issue has been debated within the community since last summer, when more than half of the owners signed a petition against the fumigation project, which cost each homeowner $1,700. After owners spoke out, the board voted at a community meeting not to move forward with the fumigation, residents said. That decision was reversed, however, in an email sent out about three weeks before Thanksgiving. The fumigation was scheduled for Monday, Dec. 1, just after the holiday weekend. “We had a very bad holiday because of this,”

said Sim Loo, who lives in Regent Square with her husband and two children. Residents said termite inspections conducted at their own expense showed little or no termite infestation at the complex, and that any problems could have been eliminated with treatment of specific areas, instead of tenting the entire complex. Along with removing the board of directors, residents also said they want to change the rules of the homeowners association to give them more say in the community’s governance. “People want control over what affects their life. We don’t want secret meetings, decisions without votes, this has to stop,”

wrote resident Xavier Cany in an email. “We have upcoming elections and this is the opportunity to elect new board members, and change the rules of our community.” “The law doesn’t protect homeowners. There’s no way for the homeowners to fight back,” said Loo. “We should change the law so homeowners have more rights.” The dispute has resulted in numerous flare-ups in recent weeks. Police were called last week when at least one family refused to leave their condo for the fumigation. According to Loo, board members also called police when residents tried to serve them with the recall petition.

Some residents were so concerned about the toxicity of the chemicals used to fumigate the condos that they moved out temporarily. Jha said his wife, who is pregnant, didn’t want to take any chances, so the family has moved into an extended-stay hotel. According to Jha, the whole project was handled poorly, from the way the fumigation was announced via email to the timing, just after a holiday weekend, when a winter storm was approaching. “Anything that could go wrong with this has gone wrong,” he said.

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Letters to the editor/opinion Lamenting the lack of water in park ponds I’ve enjoyed San Dieguito Park for many years, especially the ponds. I loved watching the ducks and turtles basking in the sun. When recently they drained the ponds, I was upset to hear that they would not refill the ponds due to the drought. When it rained last week I saw a glimmer of life back in the ponds — the ducks had returned. Unfortunately, they then started draining the fresh rainwater from the ponds. My hope was that if we do get enough rain, the ponds would fill naturally, bringing the wildlife back and supplying drinking water to other wild animals in the park. Although these are manmade ponds, they attract all sorts of birds and wildlife that now have no water source. Maybe the community can help get the ponds back. Gillian Percy

To Your Health: 10 tips to de-stress those holiday family get-togethers BY THOMAS C. LIAN, M.D. It’s the time of year when we are bombarded with television ads and heartwarming movies suggesting that the holidays are all about gathering with loved ones for joyful celebrations filled with laughter and harmony. In the real world, however, holidays with family members may be more stressful than festive. Even the most loving families have their ongoing arguments and personality clashes, and these tend to be heightened during the holidays. Often, the same problems seem to arise year after year. If you find yourself dreading your family get-togethers, the following tips may help you worry less and enjoy more. 1. Prepare yourself — and your attitude. Instead of feeling anxious or defensive, focus on feeling calm. Before you go, do something relaxing that puts you in a good mood, such as taking a warm bath, doing yoga, or listening to your favorite music. 2. Set realistic expectations. If your family holidays have a history of conflict, don’t expect that this year will be different for some reason, or that the people who irritate you might have changed since last year. Accept that some conflict is likely, but focus instead on interacting with people whom you enjoy. 3. Avoid potentially upsetting topics. Politics and religion are obvious, but too often people bring up subjects without realizing how they affect others.

Thomas C. Lian, M.D. You may truly care about the person and want the best for him or her, but avoid questions such as, “When are you ever going to get married/have children/buy a house?” Keep questions general and openended; ask about vacation plans, family activities, or simply what’s new. 4. Accept that you can’t control others’ actions, but you can monitor and modify your own reactions. No one can force you to engage in a negative conversation. Choose instead not to react at all. Simply say, “Let’s not get into that now.” Then change the topic. If he or she persists, excuse yourself and walk away. 5. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. While alcohol may help some people relax and loosen up, it makes others more belligerent, irritable or combative. Know how it affects you and act accordingly. Avoid people who have over-imbibed (and make sure they don’t drive). 6. Plan activities that defuse conflict. It’s more difficult for people to argue when they’re engrossed in

an activity that requires concentration, physical activity, or laughter. Play a board game, toss a football around, go for a walk, or watch a funny holiday movie. 7. Focus on being grateful. Be thankful that you have a warm place to be for the holidays with plenty of food. Appreciate that you are healthy enough to enjoy it. Be grateful for a slice of pumpkin pie or a hug from a loved one. This helps you keep the annoyances in perspective. 8. Practice tolerance. Yes, your sister drives you crazy with her long, “all about me” stories that contain every insignificant detail she can include. Listen politely anyway. You probably do things that irritate others, too. 9. Bring along something that makes you happy such as a photo of your dog, a funny text from a friend, or any memento you can keep in your pocket. When things get too stressful, take a look at it and let it help calm you down. 10. Breathe. If you can’t physically leave a stressful situation, you can always take a moment to “check out” and focus on your breathing. Take five slow, deep breaths, focusing on breathing in and out. Even this short break can have a powerful effect on stress, anger and anxiety. Thomas C. Lian, M.D., is a psychiatrist and behavioral health medical director with Scripps Health. For information or a physician referral, call 1-800-SCRIPPS.

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Del Mar Foundation Fall Fundraising Campaign ends Dec. 31 The Del Mar Foundation will be wrapping up its fall fundraising campaign Dec. 31. This year’s fundraising goal of $100,000 ensures that the cost of Del Mar Foundation programs and operations will be covered next year. There are many great reasons to give to the Del Mar Foundation. Executive Director Karen Wilson says these are the reasons she hears most often in conversations with friends and neighbors: • Give because you believe in your community and want to help it thrive. • Give because you know that good memories make happy hearts and strong families. • Give because the look on your child’s/grandchild’s face is priceless while parading up Coast Boulevard on the 4th of July; looking for Easter Eggs in Seagrove Park; roasting marshmallows at the Spooktacular Beach Bonfire; playing with friends at a playgroup. • Give to help others. • Give to enjoy the benefit of receiving priority registration at DMF Talks and other events. • Give because it makes you feel like you are part of a bigger picture and part of a community that cares. “If any of these reasons for giving resonate with you, I hope you will consider a gift to the Del Mar Foundation,” says Wilson. “Every dollar makes a difference in the work we do.” To donate, visit or send a check to “Fundraising” at Del Mar Foundation, 225 9th St., Del Mar, CA 92014. The Del Mar Foundation sponsors programs, makes grants, and manages $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community. Its community endowment provides long-term funding stability for community needs. Visit

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CCA Envision Festival of the Arts The Canyon Crest Academy’s Envision Festival of the Arts was held Dec. 6. The event featured performances by the dance, vocal, instrumental, theater and film conservatory programs, as well as work produced by the fine arts and humanities students. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit

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Dance performers Sara Atun, Marina Hartogs, Emily Wang, Sarah Sek, Alyssa Vacheror and Claire Du

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SB Cats fourth-grade Red Boys team wins 2014 Top Gun Fall Basketball League Championship Congratulations to coaches Kris Corso, Chad Bickley and the Solana Beach Cats Boys fourth-grade Red basketball team who were the Top Gun fall basketball league champions! The league attracted some very talented teams this season. The Cats played their hearts out and won a tough single elimination playoff on Dec. 6 and 7. Go Cats! Pictured, top row, L-R: Coach Chad Bickley, Matthew Bergstrom, Luke Ball, Nathan Christmore, Andy Hearn, Jay Sonthalia and Coach Kris Corso. Bottom row: Drew Bickley, Jake Altman, Connor Annicharico and Parker Jelsing.

SD Waves runners-up in Sol Fall League finals Runners-up in the Sol Fall League eighth-grade girls basketball competition, the girls from San Diego Waves narrowly lost a hard-fought final to Gamepoint. Undefeated in the regular season, the San Diego Waves fought a tough, high-quality seesawing game against Gamepoint, which upset both the first and second seeds to win the championship. Most of these girls will be looking to secure spots on the local high school roster in the next year. Pictured, back row: Steph Adams, Emily Morfoot, Sam Staples, Emma Richards-Smith, Pua Tufaga. Front row: Sam Taumopeau, Leah Tauber, Te Paopao, Morgan Wills, Bri Payton. Coach: Terri Bamford.


The Torrey Pines girls cross country team finished in the top 20 in the CIF State Cross Country Championships. Courtesy photo

TPHS cross country girls race to 17th-place finish in state championship The Torrey Pines girls cross country team finished their very successful season Nov. 29 with a 17th-place finish in Division I of the CIF State Cross Country Championships in Fresno. The team earned the spot in the championship meet with a first-place overall finish in the CIF San Diego Section Championships. For several senior runners on the team, it was the fourth consecutive trip to the state meet with the Falcons varsity squad. Senior Jacqueline Garner, who was tops in the CIF San Diego section, finished 16th in the state with a time of 18:28 — an average pace of 5:55 per mile. Also representing Torrey Pines were seniors Taylor Seamans, Mackenzie McGuire and Sofia Schugar, junior Brittany Black, sophomore Ines Ramirez and freshmen Vanessa Beeler and Emma Largerie. The Falcons girls are coached by head coach Brent Thorne and girls coach Kaitlin Hildebrand.

L-R: TPHS players Christina Ellis, Madison Lombard and Sierra Campisano. Photos courtesy of Anna Scipione

TPHS girls beat Mt. Miguel in OT, 83-75 Torrey Pines girls basketball has started the season 3-0. They beat Mt. Miguel in a thrilling overtime win, the final score was 83-75. Sierra Campisano scored 33 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Christina Ellis added 16 points and 7 steals. Madison Lombard added 10 points and 8 assists in the thrilling victory. Torrey Pines also beat Serra High School and Escondido during the first week of games. They play Granite Hills and Horizon this week and the Kiwanis tournament starts Dec. 17. Campisano scored her 1000th career point during the first game of the season. Campisano, who made the All State Sophomore team last year, is averaging 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 block shots per game this season.

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bers and project partners gathered at the first public workshop regarding the River Path Del Mar Extension project. They discussed a variety of topics, from project design to user. The River Path Del Mar trail runs along the south bank of the San Dieguito River from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the coast. The River Path Del Mar Extension Project would extend the path along the eastside of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, across 12 to 15 parcels to the Lagoon Viewpoint at the Grand Avenue Bridge. From installing benches and trash cans, to incorporating an educational component along the trail, attendees suggested a variety of design considerations to explore. Many simply emphasized the importance of having access to the view, particularly the lagoon. “It would be, I think, a mistake to just put a trail along the road,” said resident Tom O’Neil. “I would much prefer to have it in nature.” The public is invited to again offer feedback on the project at the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee’s next

meeting, at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Del Mar Library. City staff is expected to update the Del Mar City Council on Jan. 20. From there, the project will go to the Planning Commission in February, the Design Review Board March and April, and back to the council in April and June, explained Joseph Smith, associate planner for the city of Del Mar. “There’s going to be a lot of action in the early year,” he said. Del Mar and the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, which oversees lagoon preservation and enhancement, have “bounced around and advocated for” extending River Path Del Mar for about three decades, said Senior Management Analyst Jon Terwilliger. During a special meeting Feb. 28, the council authorized the city manager to apply for grants to extend the trail. In a 3-0 vote, council members permitted City Manager Scott Huth to apply for a $150,000 grant from San Diego County’s Community Enhancement Program, which is funded by a portion of the county’s transient occupancy tax revenues. In case the application

was not successful, the council also authorized Huth to apply for funding from the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. In September, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy received a $150,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant from the county, facilitated by Supervisor Dave Roberts. The funds are designated for project design and environmental review, and must be used by September 2015. “With that time frame in mind, we’re fast-tracking the design portion of this, but we also wanted to get as much feedback from the community along the way,” Terwilliger said. “The good thing is that this has been worked on for a long time, so we have a good sense of what people are looking for out here.” To provide parking for the extended path, Del Mar has secured a long-term lease on a parcel from the North County Transit District at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. The total project cost is estimated at $470,000. Del Mar has budgeted $20,000 toward the project and the conservancy has raised an

additional $70,000. Del Mar and the conservancy plan to secure the remaining balance through a combination of city funds, grants, mitigation funds and private donations. “I’m just happy to hear everybody’s ideas,” said Councilman Terry Sinnott. “This is the time to get people’s thoughts down. Talk to your friends and neighbors, and get them involved as well. The more input you have, the better quality you’re going to have.” For more about the project, visit

TPHS Tennis team members Hannah Zhao, Yoon Jung Lee, Sofie Beachboard, Nicole Beachboard, Alexa Meyer and Shayla Parthasarathy at CIF State Championships.

Correction In the Nov. 27 edition, it was accidentally reported to this newspaper that Torrey Pines tennis player Hannah Zhao did not compete in the CIF USTA Southern California Girls Tennis Championships. That is incorrect. Zhao did play in all of the line 1 singles state championship matches, and only lost one match, contributing to the team’s second-place finish.

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Former Del Mar resident publishes book of recollections on World War II homefront

Campus lockdowns prompt studentcreated #THINKB4UPOST campaign

BY ROB LEDONNE When Audrey Syse Fahlberg married her husband, William, in 1938, she’d have no idea that soon their marriage and livelihoods would be put to the test, thanks to events happening half a world away. “When Will was drafted into the Army, we sold everything we had to live on,” explained Fahlberg, now 92, from her home in Texas. “Then he was called into service. It was a very difficult time.” Fahlberg recalls those difficulties in her book, “Triumphant Love: A Blink Into Our Seventy Three Year Marriage,” a sweeping account of the Fahlbergs’ experiences and America’s, as the country was thrust into World War II, one of the greatest conflicts the world has ever known. “I started the book at the end of my husband’s life,” she said of the book’s origins. “He was the one who kept urging me to write about my childhood and experiences during the war.” The experiences back home most interested Fahlberg, and the publishers. A wealth of material on the war effort is available, but there’s much less on what it was like back on the mainland United States as the country rallied together to defeat the Axis powers. “It’s my personal story, but it’s also a historical account as well,” she explained. “I write about a plane trip we’d take on Braniff Airways between Austin, Texas, and Chicago. This was a time when the hostesses had to be unmarried and nurses. People who are much younger forget these things.” However, the centerpiece of the book is William, who was stationed in Italy as a member of the 10th Mountain Division. That division invaded the hostile country in 1945 and climbed through the mountainous Italian

BY KAREN BILLING Canyon Crest Academy students are taking action after two teenagers’ threats, posted to social media, prompted scary lockdown situations Nov. 20 at their and the Torrey Pines High campuses. Students have launched a campaign called #THINKB4UPOST to remind teenagers that something that takes just a second to send can have big consequences. “It was a major wakeup call for the ways that social media can negatively affect our lives, but it can also be used for positive purposes,” said senior Katie Simonian, who launched the campaign with senior Gabrielle De Boucaud, her co-anchor on the student news channel CCA-TV. “Type 11 letters and your life is changed forever,” Gabrielle said. The pair hosted a special news report on the incident and #THINKB4UPOST on the Dec. 5 edition of CCA-TV. Senior Greg Wolff designed the graphic for their social media campaign, which they hope will spread to teenagers all over via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. A downloadable poster has also been created that can send a message the oldfashioned way on school campuses. “It’s really satisfying to see it spread around and see other people use it,” said Greg, a cinema student who specializes in the motion graphics and logos used in CCA-TV. On Nov. 20, Torrey Pines High, down the street from CCA, was in lockdown for four hours after a threat posted on Yik Yak. Five minutes before school let out for the day at 3 p.m., CCA students heard the announcement that they, too, were now under lockdown after a post was discovered that read: “I’m coming to CCA with three guns,” with an emoji depicting a weapon.

Audrey Syse Fahlberg. Below: the cover of her book, ‘Triumphant Love.’

countryside that winter. After the war, the family moved to Houston, where they raised their four kids and William worked as a professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Fahlberg later got her degree at age 44 and became a travel writer. After 38 years in Houston, Audrey and William retired to Del Mar, where they lived for 20 years and fell in love with the community. It was in Del Mar where the initial work of the book took place. “I sent the first draft of the book out to three different people,” she recalled. “It was rejected each time. One agency said they didn’t want to take a See BOOK, page B27



CCA students Greg Wolff, Katie Simonian and Gabrielle De Boucaud helped launch #THINKB4UPOST, reminding teens that their posts can have big consequences. Photo by Mark Raines “It was pretty scary, because I didn’t know if it was an actual threat or not,” Gabrielle said. “We had to just wait in our room and hope that everything was going to be OK.” The students were kept for 45 minutes. Mark Raines, the visual arts teacher who oversees the production of CCA-TV, said that as a teacher, it was just as frightening. “It was very real. The students and adults were very concerned. I’d say it was a great test case for us to see how we do in these kinds of situations and look at what we can learn from the incident,” Raines said. “As a faculty member, I feel that everything went exceptionally well for that to be our first possible threat like that. With that said, there’s still things we can learn from that day.” Katie said it’s easy to look back now and see that nothing happened, it was “just a joke.” But she said it’s important to remember that these kinds of posts are a big deal, prompted by

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CCA senior Greg Wolff designed the graphic for the campaign. someone making a very bad decision. “In that moment, I was freaking out because these things can happen anywhere,” Katie said. “You never think something is going to happen at your school but it can.” Gabrielle describes Yik Yak as an “anonymous Twitter”— in the GPS-based platform, people can post relatable items to others within a mile radius. “People don’t understand — they think it’s anonymous, but the police

can track your IP address,” Katie said. In the case of the two threats, that is exactly what happened. A 16-year-old girl from another school was arrested Nov. 21 in connection with the threat against CCA. The day before, police had tracked and arrested a 17-year-old boy for the shooting threat at Torrey Pines. “I’m not a fan of Yik Yak, because I don’t see anything positive about it for high school students,” Raines said. “I was impressed with how the students came up with a positive way to respond to what happened on Yik Yak instead of attacking all kinds of social media, because social media can have a really positive impact. This is a great way to use social media to do something really good and helpful.” On Friday, Raines was encouraging a classroom full of his students to share the CCA-created campaign on their social media platforms. “Don’t forget the hashtag,” he reminded the students.

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Local singer Sophia Alone creates debut album, ‘Heart and a Half’

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BY SAMANTHA TATRO Sophia Bouhaddou grew up in an atypical household in Utah. Bouhaddou, who goes by her stage name Sophia Alone, said that with a French mother and a Moroccan father, she felt a lot like America was outside the walls of her house. “I always remember wanting my mom to pack my lunch in a brown paper bag with some inspiring message written on it, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich like the other kids,” Alone said. “But instead we would get a plastic bag with dates, and a butter and honey tartine — different, but delicious.” Alone grew up in Utah before moving to San Diego as a teenager. She spent time living in Los Angeles, but now the singer lives locally. Alone’s debut album, “Heart and a Half,” combines all Sophia Alone her history and blends it with her relationships and passions. But as a child, Alone did not know she wanted to sing and write music when she got older. Though her family was not musically inclined, she was first introduced to music at age 6 with the piano. From there, she touched on just about every instrument available to her, including the flute and cello. That was before she finally told herself she wanted to sing. “I’ve always known I wanted to sing,” Alone said. “When I was younger, I planned to act and then segued into music, much like Hilary Duff. But the more I studied, the more music took over, and it’s become all I can do; there is nothing else for me.” Alone did not have a specific “light bulb” moment as to when she realized she wanted to start singing, she said. The process was gradual. “I remember watching Christina Aguilera sing on TV and thinking, with tears in my eyes, ‘I want to do that,’” Alone said. “Then I would go into my room and dance around, singing and flipping my hair pretending I was performing for thousands.” Now, she writes and records her own music: a soul-R&B blend of music and lyrics. Alone remembered the first time she realized she wanted to write music instead of just sing it back in 2007. “I was doing a lot of competitions and finally decided to try out for ‘American Idol,’” Alone said. “I only made it through a couple of rounds and finally grew tired of trying to be what they wanted me to be in order to win. As I walked out after being cut, I said, ‘It’s time to start writing my own music. I want to create my own sound.’ I wrote my first song that year and have continued writing since then.”

Love continues to be a prevailing topic in her music, though she said she also touches on friendships and social issues, and has even written a song about a teddy bear in her room. Her debut album took those topics and brought them into a lyrical order that correlates to events in her own life, specifically her last relationship. She wrote the last song for her album two days before she was due in the studio. When she rearranged those songs, she “realized it was a perfect, step-bystep story of my relationship from the happy beginnings, into the breakup and back out again, birthing my album ‘Heart and a Half.’” The album took a year to make after raising money for six months and creating

the album in six months. For Alone, the musical journey was as important as the destination. “The biggest reason I went into the music is that I wanted to inspire people,” she said. “I want to be the one to help you laugh, help you cry, dance, fall in love, and most importantly follow your dreams. I want people to know that you can follow your dreams no matter how much the world tells you, you can’t.” Alone’s debut album, “Heart and a Half,” is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Her next show is Jan. 12 at Le Papagayo in Encinitas. You can find out more about her, including the latest concert dates, by visiting

Holiday guided walks offered at lagoon Holiday guided walks at San Elijo Lagoon will be offered from 10-11 a.m. Dec. 20 and 27, and Jan. 3, and from 3-4 p.m. Dec. 21 at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Loop Trail. Visitors will enjoy the colors of the season: red berries of the green toyon and white-flowering coyote brush. Cooler days herald the arrival of migratory birds. They wade, hover, hunt, and rest in the salt marsh and mudflat habitats upon which they depend. This is life between the tides at one of San Diego’s largest coastal wetlands. You might see mullet splash from the water. Glimpse Osprey and Egrets hunting fish and Toyon at the San Elijo Lagoon. invertebrates in the salt marsh. Free. All ages. San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center is at 2710 Manchester Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Support for guided walks is provided by: SDG&E, Coastal Conservancy, California Coastal Commission Whale Tail, Qualcomm, Union Bank, City of Encinitas and County of San Diego Visit

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Scripps Candlelight Ball The 85th Annual Candlelight Ball was held Dec. 6 at The Grand Del Mar. Proceeds from the event will benefit life-saving care at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, which is recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals for heart care and heart surgery. For more information, visit Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit

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Crust Pizzeria brings upscale, family-friendly dining to Torrey Hills BY KAREN BILLING In Crust they trust. Kimia and Matt Othick have opened a Crust Pizzeria in Torrey Hills Shopping Center and hope to build a thriving community eatery with the same winning recipe as their first location in Carlsbad: an adult- and family-friendly pizza place with a really good, high-quality product. When they opened their doors in late September in Torrey Hills, the restaurant was bombarded. “People were highly anticipating us coming here ... and they all showed up on the first week,” Kimia said. They admit they weren’t quite prepared for the rush, but now they feel they have settled in, worked out all the kinks and are ready to serve up hand-tossed pizza goodness. Kimia and Matt Othick are Solana Beach residents and parents of 5-year-old twins at Solana Vista School. The Othicks opened their Carlsbad location in October 2011 despite having no restaurant background — Kimia had worked in the beauty industry and Matt had played professional basketball. But what they did have was master pizza chef Charlie Meola’s recipes for killer sauce and artisan, whole-wheat dough (hence the name Crust) and the desire to take pizza to another level. “Matt really had a passion,” Kimia said. He wanted to do an upscale pizzeria that was more than just pizza, where friends could come and bring their kids and enjoy a nice experience and great food — kids could munch on a slice of pepperoni while parents could enjoy a glass of wine and an Ahi poke salad. “It’s rewarding to see a business come together and be a success, and doing it together is special,” Matt said. “It’s been fun working together,” Kimia said. The restaurant’s space has been tweaked from the previous tenant, Taste of Italy. Where the old restaurant was walled off down the middle, the Othicks have opened up the space. A large window opens into the busy kitchen and the outdoor patio was redone with sliding doors to give more of an indoor/outdoor feeling. Matt’s stepmom did the interior, adding fun features like the giant “In Crust We Trust” sign on the wall, a big

Matt and Kimia Othick opened Crust Pizzeria in Torrey Hills. Photo by Karen Billing whisk light fixture, mounted wooden pizza paddles and even a pizza delivery bike suspended from one part of the ceiling. Crust’s signature pizzas are all named after women, such as the Karla, the Savanna, the Emily. The Arden stars thin-sliced filet mignon and gorgonzola and mozzarella cheeses, and the Tasia features chevre goat cheese, kalamata olices, grilled eggplant, zucchini and feta. “The dough is very good. The crust, the toppings … We have New Yorkers come in and say, ‘You don’t find this type of pizza around here often,’” Matt said. Their most popular pie is the Kelly, which features Wisconsin mozzarella, pepperoni, Scimeca’s famous Italian sausage, portobello mushrooms and sweet red onion. They also offer build-your-own pizzas and pizzas with gluten-free crusts. A lunch special pairs a jumbo slice and drink for only $4.50. The rest of the menu is “modern Italian”: penne pasta and ravioli, and “Big Sexy” mac and cheese: orecchiette pas-

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ta in a smoked gouda, cheddar and mozzarella sauce with bacon and sausage. Crust also has a variety of salads as well as sandwiches and appetizers like white bean hummus and barbecue shrimp. While they serve just wine and beer at the bar now, the Othicks hope to get their full liquor license and give the community a bar. Happy hours are held all day Mondays, and Thursdays are half-off bottles. Kimia hopes to bring live music and wine dinners to the restaurant as well. Community involvement is huge for the Othicks and they are looking forward to becoming a part of Torrey Hills and Carmel Valley, bringing in their Solana Beach families as well. All of their hostesses and bussers are teens from the local high schools. “That’s been really fun for us,” Kimia said. “For a lot of them, it’s their first jobs and we get letters when they go off to college, which really means a lot to us.” “We really wanted to expand because of stuff like that. It’s what makes it all worth it,” Matt said. “We get to know the families, and they all support us, and it makes a big difference in the culture. It becomes a family atmosphere and a really fun place to work.” Already Crust has become a go-to spot for sports teams and local businesses for group parties. In the past few weeks, they’ve hosted 12 sports team parties and have several nights booked with holiday parties. They have also partnered with the Carmel Valley 5K and the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation and would love to build relationships with the three Carmel Valley high schools and the middle schools. “We want to build a place where the community loves to come, and everyone knows their name,” Kimia said. “In Carlsbad, we built tons of relationships on a personal level, and we want to do the same thing here,” Matt said. Crust is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is at 4653 Carmel Mountain Road. For carry out or information, call 858-3503400.


‘Awesome’ idea helps bring Printed Palette clothing shop to Flower Hill BY KAREN BILLING Something awesome has landed at Flower Hill Promenade’s Row Collective. The Printed Palette opened on Friday, Dec. 5, a shop filled with clothing for kids, women and men stamped with charming drawings and hand-lettered phrases such as the one that launched it all: a kid’s shirt emblazoned with “It’s Awesome Time.” Boutique owners Alissa Samperio and Kurt Hummel’s style is easygoing, fresh, cheerful and nautical; take for example their “Beachy Keen” and “Life Anchored” prints. Their unique designs are inspired by whatever is happening in their lives — which at the moment is a whole lot of happiness. The ‘Bright eyed and bushy tailed’ onesie for kids at Printed couple will be married early next year and are living out Palette. The store opened a branch at Flower Hill. their dream jobs. “This is what people are supposed to do in life, do what you want to do,” Samperio said. It wasn’t always that way. Samperio and Hummel are both from Redlands in San Bernardino. Hummel moved to San Diego in 2004 to start a custom screen-printing company and Samperio joined him in the business venture in 2005. Together, they ran the screen-printing business for nine very long years. “We didn’t like doing custom stuff. It was stressful and it wasn’t for us. It didn’t leave us any room to be creative, and we were thirsting for it,” Samperio said. Printed Palette was born one sleepless, stressful night when Samperio scribbled a few designs and threw them up on The orders came flying in, and they were asked to

join the Queen Bee Market in Oceanside, which brings together all kinds of artisans. Right before the market, Samperio had the idea to make a few children’s clothing items with their designs. “One person blogged about one of our kid’s shirts, and all of a sudden we had tons of followers on Instagram — we got 100 followers in one day,” Samperio said. “I knew that’s what was going to help us grow.” Social media helped their business expand and eventually they opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in Carlsbad. That fateful kid’s shirt “It’s Awesome Time” has remained one of their most popular designs. About eight months ago, Hummel was able to finally let go of the screen printing business and focus on Printed Palette. “It was glorious for us,” Sampiero said of the lowered stress and increased happiness from having Printed Palette become their main source of income. Samperio hopes the move to Flower Hill’s Row Collective will result in more foot traffic, as they had very little in their livework loft in Carlsbad. In the Flower Hill boutique, Hummel has built a tree made of wood scraps in the middle of the shop. “The things he comes up with in his head amaze me every time,” Sampiero said. “He can build anything … he’s pretty handy.” Their doors opened Friday with shelves fully stocked. They promise something new in the store every week, going with “What’s New Wednesday.” They have funky and sweet baby and

children’s attire, like an adorable onesie with a print of a fox that reads “Bright eyed and bushy tailed”; Ikat-print leggings, and a little girl’s shirt that reads “Mermaids have more fun.” Many of the men’s T-shirts have nautical themes, such as “Shave the Whales,” with a print of a whale with a hipster mustache. Another shirt carries a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” For women, the shop carries T-shirts, wrap dresses and even a pair of Aztec-print shorts. A huge variety of 8-inch-by-10-inch prints of their unique designs are always available. Right now they have holidaythemed prints in a multitude of colors. Their designs also come as wooden signs for the home. As at the Carlsbad location, they plan to host monthly “Palette Parties” where people can come together for a DIY project. In the past, they’ve gathered up to 24 people to sit and complete a fun craft project and hang out. Their first event at Flower Hill will be a Stocking Stuffer pop-up shop with 20 local vendors from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. They will have a photographer for free photo ops with a wooden boat that Hummel made, a free tote bag with purchase, a raffle, sweet treats and snacks, and a holiday wreath workshop from Bloom Babes. The Printed Palette is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visit


Local Youth Care Club members to host Holiday Talent Show Dec. 21 The Youth Care Club of the American Chinese Cultural & Educational Foundation will host a talent show, featuring music and dance, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Harvest Evangelical Church in Carmel Valley. The money raised will go to help underprivileged students in villages in China. Many school-age children are not able to attend high schools because they cannot afford tuition. The YCC Talent Show has been an annual charity event for the past five years and is a showcase of the local students’ artistry in music, dance, and martial arts. Some of the student musicians and dancers are awardwinning young artists. YCC has more than 200 A dancer performs at a Youth Care Club talent show. members from 12 local high This year’s show will be held Dec. 21. Courtesy photo. schools and middle schools in San Diego. YCC members organize various fund-raising events each year to help poor, rural Chinese students. YCC students reach out to local business enterprises, organizations and individuals for donations to sponsor this event. “Last year’s talent show was a great success,” said Michael Ai, a junior at Canyon Crest Academy, one of the organizers of this year’s talent show. “Instead of supporting two students in China, we were able to support four girls from poor villages in China. YCC will continuously support them until they finish their high school educations.” The YCC students also actively participated in many community service events, including Feeding America, Father Joe’s canned food drive, the Salvation Army Thanksgiving and Christmas meal services, the San Diego Children’s Film Festival, the Balboa Park International Food Festival and December Nights, and performed at numerous senior centers. Harvest Evangelical Church is at 13885 El Camino Real, San Diego, 92130. Snacks and water will be served. Call 858-519-7059.

DM Library Knitting class will ‘arm’ you to make easy gifts Impress your family and friends with a knitted holiday gift that is easy to make and requires no knitting experience. Learn to “arm knit” with the Del Mar Library Knitters group at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. The Del Mar Branch Library is at 1309 Camino Del Mar. Call 858- 755-1666. For information about the San Diego County Library and other events, visit

Del Mar Library Knitter Maria Peterka with a recent ‘arm knitting’ project. Courtesy photo


Childhelp’s Holiday Fantasia fundraiser Childhelp presented its annual Holiday Fantasia fundraising event Dec. 5 at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. The event featured boutique shopping, opportunity drawing items, and a silent auction. The event was also dedicated to beloved Torrey Pines High School teacher and coach Scott Chodorow, who passed away Nov. 1 after battling lymphoma for more than a year. Childhelp helps the victims of child abuse through education, treatment and prevention programs. Visit www. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit

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Holiday Open House event to be held Dec. 13 at Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, Solana Beach Town Centre A Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m.-noon at Lomas Santa Fe Plaza and Solana Beach Towne Centre. Free photo with Santa. Your choice of a gift just for stopping by 993 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Suite C. Visit for a list of more than 90 businesses with special offers and discounts.

Stocking Stuffer pop-up shop at Flower Hill Dec. 13 Stop by Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 for a Stocking Stuffer Pop-Up Shop in the outdoor courtyard in The ROW Collective, a curated section of the center that houses various local one-of-a-kind shops. Join Flower Hill tenants, The Printed Palette and Grace & Salt, along with almost 20 other outside vendors to fill your stockings with local goodies while enjoying sweet treats, raffle prizes and family photo opportunities.

Menorah lighting to be held Dec. 21 at Del Mar Highlands Town Center The Del Mar Highlands Town Center will hold a Menorah Lighting, hosted by Congregation Beth Am, from 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Enjoy a special blessing by the rabbi, the temple choir and refreshments. For information about the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, visit

Congregation Beth Am hosting holiday market Dec. 14 Congregation Beth Am will hold its annual Holiday Marketplace from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at 5050 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego. Vendors of all varieties will be on hand for you to get all of your holiday shopping done with one stop. Call 858-481-8454.

Holiday basket program appealing for items; drop off at Del Mar Fairgrounds through Dec. 18 The Community Resource Center’s 32nd annual Holiday Baskets program at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is the largest distribution of its kind in the county, and expects to serve an estimated 1,500 households, including more than 3,000 children, this holiday season. Holiday Baskets organizers are in need of these used or new items: • Jackets or coats — all sizes (new or used) • Blankets — all sizes (new or used) • Bikes — kids (used) • Toys — new only Drop off hours: Del Mar Fairgrounds through Solana Gate entrance only, from 3-8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18. More than 2,000 local volunteers and 200 groups and organizations have helped collect and sort food, blankets, outerwear, toys, bicycles, baby items, and much more for the annual Holiday Baskets program. The program is a free shopping experience in a warehouse-like setting at a venue the size of a football field. Community Resource Center expects to provide nearly 50 tons of food to families in need. To volunteer or donate items, visit www.crcncc. org; call 760-230-6305; email

SeaWorld adds snowy fun to holiday lineup SeaWorld hosts these events during the holidays. Call 800-257-4268 or visit www. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: This year, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration has a flurry of new festivities that include special holiday-themed animal shows, real snow, reindeer and more. New this year is the nighttime show “Shamu’s Christmas Miracles” starring Shamu and featuring powerful vocalists and community choirs. Also new this year is “Dolphin Island Christmas,” a daytime Christmas-themed dolphin show that celebrates the holidays with a tropical twist. Returning for a second year are “The Pets Rule” Christmas show, featuring animals adopted from shelters, and “Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special,” starring the prankster-loving pinnipeds who have a hilarious holiday time in this Christmasthemed sea lion and otter show. Also new this year is Santa’s Christmas Village, where guests can mingle with Santa’s elves and Mrs. Claus, enjoy a sweet treat like a waffleon-a-stick, and every day before Christmas, get a photo with Santa. Mrs. Claus invites everyone to join her in a spirited sing-along to help her and the elves light a festive 40foot animated tree. The marine park will be decked out

more than ever before with more than 1 million holiday lights; Christmas décor throughout the park; SeaWorld’s 320-foot Skytower Christmas Tree of Lights; and up to 35 inches of snow at SnowWorld. SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration runs through Jan. 4. SnowWorld back at SeaWorld: A winter wonderland of sledding, snowmen building and snowball-making is fast becoming the Christmastime tradition at SeaWorld’s Arctic Plaza. Running through Jan. 4, SnowWorld features 8,000 square feet of fresh snow daily, along with an interactive snowball target game for kids. Snow falling along the pathway and the aroma of culinary treats add to the wintery atmosphere. Holiday Gifts at SeaWorld San Diego: Anyone on the search for the perfect holiday gift to be cherished forever by a marine mammal lover should check out SeaWorld. The marine park has up-close animal encounters, such as animal interaction programs where participants enter the water with Beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins, touch a penguin, feed turtles, meet otters, a sloth, a water monitor, a beaver and many more intriguing critters. For information or to book an animal experience, call 800-257-4268 or visit

SD Self Storage, Rubio’s join for toy drive, offer prizes for high-schoolers to join in San Diego Self Storage and Rubio’s Restaurants have joined forces for the 16th annual SDSS Toys for Tots holiday toy drive by collecting toys at SDSS facilities throughout San Diego. They’re also offering coupons for a free Rubio’s taco for the first 50 donors who drop off a toy at each location. This year, all San Diego high school students are invited to participate in the drive to earn community service hours. The student who collects the most new, un- San Diego Self Storage partners with Rubio’s for the wrapped toys and delivers 16th annual Toys for Tots campaign. Courtesy photo. them to a SDSS facility by Dec. 15 will be eligible to win a WiFi iPad Mini (value of $299) as well as a $50 gift card from Rubio’s. San Diego Self Storage facilities include Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Encinitas, Escondido, Golden Triangle, La Jolla, Olivenhain, Poway, Solana Beach, Sorrento Mesa and Sorrento Valley. For addresses and drop-off hours, visit During the toy drive, all SDSS facilities will also hold a drawing for a $100 credit toward a tenant’s storage rental, and Rubio’s has donated a family four-pack of free meal cards. To enter, register when dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at any SDSS location. The drive ends at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. The drawing for free rental space will be held at each SDSS location on Dec. 20, along with the presentation of the iPad mini and Rubio’s gift certificate to the winning high school student. To download the student registration form, visit the SDSS blog post at http:// The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program delivers new toys during the holidays, with the purpose of sending a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders (http:// The hotline telephone number is 858-967-1269.


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Mark your calendars: Here’s a holiday compendium of delightful events The next two weeks are packed with performances you can only see and hear at this festive time of year. Brighten your holidays by catching a show or two!

Sounds of the Season • Hallelujah!: La Jolla Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas Concert, “Hallelujah,” at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Carols and anthems with the 60-voice Chancel Choir, 18-member professional orchestra, 15-member brass ensemble, hand-bell choir and children’s choir at the 4 p.m. concert. “Hallelujah Chorus” concludes the program. Free admission, parking and reception with the performers after the 7 p.m. performance; 7715 Draper Ave., La Jolla; 858-454-0713; • Holiday Concert: For the eighth year in a row, La Jolla natives Peter Walsh and Katina Mitchell offer the community a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23. The two musicians have been collaborating since their days at La Jolla High School, and are now professional musicians living in Los Angeles; La Jolla Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd.; 858-454-7108. • Holiday Pops — A Celtic Celebration: San Diego Symphony will be joined by Grammy Award-winning and nine-time allIreland fiddle champion Eileen Ivers for an evening of festive Irish holiday songs, including “The Holly Tree,” “Don Oiche Ud im Beithil (One Night in Bethlehem),” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” (in traditional jig time), and “The Wexford Carol,” dating to the 12th century, along with many traditional favorites; 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. Tickets from $52; 619-235-0804;

• Christmas Concert: La Jolla United Methodist Church presents its annual concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 with the Chancel and Dorian Bell Choirs accompanied by piano, strings, woodwinds and percussion. Hear familiar carols and inspiring anthems. Refreshments served. Free admission/freewill offering; 6063 La Jolla Blvd.; • Twilight in the Park: Navy Band Southwest presents a holiday concert to honor wounded troops, military families and Navy hospital staff at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17. Spreckels Organ pavilion, Balboa Park. Free to all.

‘Nutcracker’ Ballets • California Ballet: Matinee/evening performances Dec. 18-21 (San Diego Symphony) at San Diego Civic Theater, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego. Tickets from $30; 858-560-6741; • City Ballet of San Diego: Performances through Dec. 24 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego. Champagne reception follows Saturday evening shows. Tickets from $29; 858-272-8663; • San Diego Ballet: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27 and 2:30 Dec. 28, Symphony Hall, 750 B St., San Diego. Tickets: $25-$50; 619-294-7311; • Scripps Ballet Theatre Performing Arts Academy: With dancers ages 3-17; 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14. Garfield Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: $30; 858-3621348; or Theatrical Presentations • “A Christmas Carol”: Cygnet Theatre

continues its eight-year tradition of presenting a holiday show for all ages. Charles Dickens’ classic about Scrooge and Tiny Tim is adapted by Sean Murray with original score by Billy Thompson. The production features lively music, puppets and live sound effects. The airwaves of WCYG Playhouse of the Air will be silent this season as Cygnet returns to presenting a fully staged production, through Dec. 28, Old Town, San Diego. Tickets from $37; 619337-1525; cygnettheatre. com. • “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: It’s the 17th year for this San Diego tradition at The Old Globe in Balboa Park with matinee/evening shows through Dec. 27. Broadway veteran Burke Moses plays the mean one. Tickets from $37 adults, $24 ages 17 and under; 619-234-5623. • Festival of Christmas: “Northern Lights,” by Kerry Mead features three generations of a Minnesota family in 1962, adjusting their holiday plans after the home’s pipes burst. Surprise guests, family discoveries, and a magnificent night sky all make for one memorable Christmas. It’s a show the entire family will enjoy, packed with great music of the season. Matinees/evenings, through Dec. 28, Lambs Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado. Tickets from $22; 619-4376000; • “The Christmas Toyshop”: An Evil Toymaker plans to kidnap Santa Claus and end Christmas once and for all in this tale by Mark Pence. Described by director Siobhan Sullivan Crews as a child-friendly “Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ meets ‘Elf,’” this wild and wacky musical will delight audiences of all ages; 11 a.m.;

through Dec. 24, North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach. Tickets $20 adults, $16 children; 858-481-1055; • “The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue”: This hilarious new holiday production captures all the magic, mystery and mayhem of the season with original songs, sketches and improv; through Dec. 21, Mandell Weiss Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, UCSD campus; 858-550-1010; • “This Wonderful Life”: James Leaming stars in a dazzling one-man tour-de-force based on the perennial favorite, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” A San Diego premiere by Steve Murray, matinees/evenings, through Dec. 28; North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Ste. D, Solana Beach. Tickets from $37; 858-481-1055; • “White Christmas”: San Diego Musical Theatre presents the Irving Berlin hit, based on the 19 film, through Dec. 21 at Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, San Diego. Tickets 858-560-5740; • Ooh La La Dance Academy presents a multi-genre dance performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” 6:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13 at La Jolla High School’s Parker Auditorium, 750 Nautilus St. Free for those under age 18; $20 for adults; 858-456-4500;

Holiday Happenings • San Diego Children’s Coalition inaugural Christmas on the Prado promises to be a fun-filled event with holiday music, pictures with Santa, artwork, and cider and cookies. Not affiliated with December Nights. Donations of an unwrapped toy benefit Toys for Tots; 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, Casa del Prado patios, Balboa Park; christmasontheprado. com. • Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis 5K race, Saturday, Dec. 13, raises funds to fight and cure arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. The holiday-themed event starts 8 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Quince Street in Balboa Park. Participants, including pets, are invited to dress in holiday attire to add to the festivities! Cost is $40; 858-4921090; • Grand Menorah Lighting: Chabad of La Jolla invites the entire community to join its Hanukkah celebration at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Prospect Street and Herschel Avenue, La Jolla. After the lighting, the program will feature gifts and treats, latkes, menorah kits, music, entertainment and more; 858-455-5433. • Lunch With Santa: Bring the kids down to the La Jolla Rec. Center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, for a lunch with Santa, 615 Prospect St., La Jolla. Cameras are recommended for photos with Santa and his helpers. Parents may reserve places only for their own children for this event. Donations accepted; 858-552-1658; — Compiled by Ashley Mackin and Susan DeMaggio

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Del Mar Heights PTA presents ‘Inside the Outdoors’ Del Mar Heights Elementary School PTA hosted an interactive, hands-on science workshop, “Inside the Outdoors,” on Dec. 6. Students had the opportunity to take an in-depth look at science in the Heights Nature Center. Alicia Previn, author of “The Earthworm Book,” helped students build a worm farm for the school, plant seedlings and more. Most photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit

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‘Joy of Gift Giving’ at Del Mar Art Center The Del Mar Art Center presented the “Joy of Gift Giving” Dec. 6, which included a silent auction of artists’ work, gift certificates, and gift baskets. Artwork by the winners of the Del Mar Art Center’s recent countywide art contest were on display, as well as jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, photography and paintings from the Del Mar Art Center’s 35 members. The Del Mar Art Center is on the top level at the Del Mar Plaza (1555 Camino Del Mar). Visit Photos by Jon Clark. For photos online, visit

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Friends of SB Library invite all to silent auction The Friends of the Solana Beach Library is holding a Silent Auction just in time for holiday purchases! High-value collectors’ books on many subjects and in pristine condition are available for bid Saturday, Dec. 13 through Saturday, Dec. 20. The library is located at 157 Stevens Ave., Solana Beach. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

DMSB Optimists sponsor essay contest The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Optimism Should Be a Priority” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2015. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays. Winners will receive $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The first-place essay will be sent to the district level, where college scholarships are available for top winners. “Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Jon Vance said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.” To participate in the contest,contact the club at 760-518-0322 or www.optimistdelmar

Woodward Animal Center’s ‘Frosty Farm’ continues The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s “Frosty Farm” brings families a fun day of festive activities on Dec. 13-14 and 20-21. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can visit with animals including miniature horse “reindeer,” take photos with Santa Claus and play in faux snow. Children will also be able to get their faces painted, decorate holiday cookies, make holiday crafts and enjoy a hot chocolate station. Tickets are $20 for children and $9 for adults. To reserve a seat on Santa’s lap, visit

Dec. 14 at St. Therese of Carmel Church “Guidelina and 3 Camels” will be performed Sunday, Dec. 14, by parishioners of St. Therese of Carmel Church and students of Notre Dame Academy, San Diego. The show will run from 2-3 p.m. with traditional carols and arts and crafts fun and refreshments to follow. “Guidelina and 3 Camels” is a Christmas story of a misfit star who does not understand why she is so ugly and with a big tail. She tries to fit in with her celestial star sisters by getting rid of her tail. Meanwhile, three Wise Men and their camels are waiting for her to appear to guide them to Bethlehem to welcome and honor baby Jesus. Guidelina, unaware of her job and purpose of her tail, misguides the caravan to different places all over the world. Frustrated by unsuccessful attempts to get rid of her tail, she consults her friend and lead angel Angelina, who reveals the purpose of her tail. Guidelina immediately fulfills her duty and is grateful to God for the gift of guidance. She finally understands that everybody has a gift from God and it is up to us to discover and use it for the good of others. St. Therese Church is at 4345 Del Mar Trails, Carmel Valley, 92130. Call 858-481-3232.

‘Light Up a Life’ at Il Fornaio event Dec. 14 Il Fornaio Del Mar presents its second “Light Up a Life” fundraiser, benefiting the San Diego Center for Children WrapWorks Program, from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Enjoy festive music, craft beer and wine tasting,and award-winning bites on the ocean view outdoor terrace, as 100 percent of the $40 entry fee and donations go to supporting San Diego’s at-risk youths and their families. Please reserve by Wed., Dec. 10, to Tanya Coffee at or 858-7559384. For information on San Diego’s Center for Children, visit

‘True Tails’ book signing set for Dec. 13 at B&N Max and Luther Publications is hosting a book signing for “True Tails From the Dog Park,” by Max and Luther, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Encinitas. The store is at 1040 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas. Call 760-943-6400.

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SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO 330 W. Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 Civil Division PETITION OF: GILLIAN ELIZABETH MARINO for change of name. ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME CASE NUMBER 37-2014-00039745-CU-PT-CTL TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GILLIAN ELIZABETH MARINO filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: a. Present Name: GILLIAN ELIZABETH MARINO to Proposed Name: GILLIAN ELIZABETH

BRAMBLE. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice of Hearing Date: 01/16/2015 Time: 8:30 AM Dept 46. The address of the court is: 220 West Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county: Carmel Valley News. Date: 11/21/2014 David J. Danielsen Judge of the Superior Court


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Fictitious Business Name(s): Wellspring Health Located at: 9850 Genesee Ave., #330, La Jolla, CA, 92037, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 9850 Genesee Ave., #330, La Jolla, CA 92037. This business is registered by the following: Kulreet K. Chaudhary, MD, APC, 9850 Genesee Ave., #330, La Jolla, CA 92037, California. This business is conducted by: A Corporation. The first day of business was 10/20/2009. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/05/2014. Kulreet Chaudhary, President. DM1278. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2014-029881 Fictitious Business Name(s): Simatree Consulting Located at: 2784 Havasupai Ave., San Diego, CA, 92117, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 2784 Havasupai Ave., San Diego, CA 92117. This business is registered by the following: Simatree Consulting LLC, 2784 Havasupai Ave., San Diego, CA 92117, CA. This business is conducted by: A Limited Liability Company. The first day of business was 10/21/14. This statement was filed with Ernest J. Dronenburg, Jr., Recorder/ County Clerk of San Diego County on 11/12/2014. Evan Sims, Manager. CV669. Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 2014. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.: 2014-027954 Fictitious Business Name(s): Simply Clear Pool Services Located at: 10182 Black Mountain Road, #84, San Diego, CA, 92126, San Diego County. Mailing Address: 10182 Black Mountain Road, #84, San Diego, CA 92126. This business is registered by the following: Ark Capital, Inc., 10182 Black Mountain Road, #84, San Diego, CA, 92126, California. This business

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Del Mar Highlands Town Center holiday celebration, donation event Del Mar Highlands Town Center hosted its seventh annual community holiday celebration on Dec. 3. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Santa and enjoy a laser light show. At this year’s event, 16 local schools, San Diego Police Department’s Northwest Division and San Diego Fire Department received donations as part of Donahue Schriber’s commitment to supporting local schools and first responders. Also, representatives from the local Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program were there to collect toys for charity. The event also showcased the arts, with performances by 14 local elementary, middle and high schools. Performances included Girl Scout Brownie troop members singing holiday carols, numerous choral performances, recorder players, chalk drawing, painting and a high school dance team performance. Visit Photos by Jon Clark. For photos online, visit

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leines. Madeleines are the French adaptation of Magdalen, referring, of course to the disciple of Jesus, Mary Magdalen. In 18th century France nuns baked batches of these delicate buttery cookies with fluted designs and sold them to raise money for their convents, then actually sold the precious recipe to bakers when their monasteries were demolished during the French Revolution. The scalloped tips dipped in chocolate or dusted with confectioner’s sugar make a delightful partner with a cup of ginger tea to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly Christmas night. Scotch Treat The Scots celebrate the winter holidays with ancient customs revolving around a fire festival and the tradition of burning the Yule log on Christmas Eve. Traditional desserts include the “shortie,” which began as a mealy recipe with a load of butter, ground oats and nuts originally baked in a circular shape symbolic of the sun. Today’s Scottish shortbreads are richer and more decadent, still loaded with butter; one savory version incorporates sharp





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Sampson California Realty donates $500 to Baja Scholarship Foundation Joseph and Diane Sampson, owners of Sampson California Realty, have made a $500 donation to The Baja Scholarship Foundation in honor of their valued clients, Gary and Noleen Zasman. The Baja Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1995 with the goal of supporting outstanding students in the Rosarito area (northern Baja) who are at risk of leaving school due to financial hardships. The mission of the Joseph & Diane Charitable Foundation is to provide charitable support to nonprofit organizations and projects in our community which further the education of local children and youth. “Helping prepare today’s young people for a lifetime of success though programs related to financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship goes to the core of why we started our charitable foundation,” said Diane Sampson. Sampson California Realty is a real estate company that provides high-level expertise in real estate sales in the state of California with specific focus in the San Diego Coastal Markets. The broker/owners of Sampson California Realty have been active in the real estate market for a combined 21 years serving all of San Diego County with an emphasis on North County Coastal. For more information, call 858-699-1145 or visit The Baja Scholarship Foundation can be reached at or at 760208-2840.

SD Botanic Garden lights up for holidays After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! Bring the family and experience the magic as 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate several spectacular areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo. Join in the fun that includes horse-drawn wagon rides winding through several of the Garden’s enchanting 4 miles of trails. Enjoy marshmallow roasting, live music and an assortment of holiday refreshments, including hot mulled wine (on select evenings) and even snow (also falling on select evenings). The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Santa, who makes a special guest appearance again this year. The Garden of Lights takes place from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6-23 and 26-30. Visit SDBGarden. org/lights.htm or call 760-436-3036. Cost: Members $8; seniors, active military, and students $10; non-members $14. Children ages 3-12, $6. There will be additional fees for some activities. The San Diego Botanic Garden is at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas. Call 760-4363036; visit

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chance on it.” After a little updating, Fahlberg sent it out again, and this time she picked up some interest. “The publisher has been wonderful,” she said. “I read them all my letters, and they said to me I actually had two books on my hands. So the next one with his letters is coming

out soon.” As the holidays approach, Fahlberg will once again find herself in Del Mar, this time at her son’s house. She will no doubt be enjoying the fruits of her labor, and looking back on a “triumphant” life. “I named the book ‘Triumphant Love’ because I wanted a name that would be in tune with the truth

about what really happened,” she noted. “I have always felt that God triumphed in our life. This isn’t a Christian book, but we always felt that God was the glue that kept our marriage, and lives, together.” “Triumphant Love” is available in softcover, hardcover, and e-book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores.

Diana Rubottom is new manager of three RSF offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Diana Rubottom has been named manager of the Rancho Santa Fe Village, Fairbanks Ranch and Del Rayo offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. She previously was an Associate Broker and Relocation Certified Fine Homes Specialist at the firm’s Newport Beach office. “Diana is the kind of manager who is high energy, really understands the business and is readily accessible to her agents,” said David M. Cabot, president and CEO of San Diego-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “She knows where to get the answers so customers receive the high level of service they deserve.” “I spoke to David two years ago and told him I was willing to relocate to wherever the company wanted me,” said Rubottom, who has been licensed since 1990 and formerly owned a real estate franchise in the Monterey-Carmel region. “I was thrilled when the Rancho Santa Fe position became available. I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism everyone demonstrates in my three offices. I worked over 23 years to find the perfect place and this is it. “I want to bring energy, vibrancy and support to my agents to help them achieve their financial goals. That support includes coaching, mentoring, training, motivational speakers and learning how to use the technology of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ all-encompassing resources.” Rubottom can be contacted through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties at 858-500-6875 mobile, 858-756-7899 office or diana.rubottom@bhhscal.

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