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BY KAREN BILLING Kim Eggleston and Ann Boon have been elected to the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors, marking the end of one of the most hotly contested elections in Covenant history. Eggleston received the most votes in the election with 823 and Boon received 819. Candidate Dominick Addario received 740 votes
and Susan Callahan received 689. “Kim and I are both very happy with the results, especially the huge voter turnout,” said Boon, who was re-elected to the board. “It shows that people throughout the community are engaged and interested in participating in the governance of Rancho Santa Fe. Kim and I look forward to
rolling up our sleeves and working not only with the members of the board but with all the members of the community as well. The Association board has many projects on the table and Kim and I want to focus on the positive things we can all do together. “I also think that Dr. Addario and Mrs. Callahan should be thanked for their
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hard work and willingness to participate in the democratic process in Rancho Santa Fe.” A total of 1,544 ballots were cast in the election, which Acting RSF Association Manager Ivan Holler said is the most in the history of the RSF Covenant. Previously the highest return on record was 1,314. All 1,544 ballots were counted
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BY KAREN BILLING The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe is considering a new step-down housing project for the village, giving people the opportunity to live in a smaller home or downsize without giving up the Ranch lifestyle. The Rancho Santa Fe Association board heard The Inn’s proposal as an informational item at its June 5 meeting and showed support for the project. John Kratzer, president and CEO of JMI Realty, which owns The Inn, said they are proposing adding three new neighborhoods to
the 21 acres they own in the village. Of their existing 99 units, they would demolish 14 and add 30 for a total of 115 units, a net gain of 16. Kratzer said that while the project does represent some densification of the village, it is modest and the new neighborhoods will still be relatively low density. “We really do view The Inn as the foundation or cornerstone in the village of Rancho Santa Fe,” Kratzer said. “Whatever we do over there we want to be responsive to the needs of the See HOUSING, page 28
by hand in about three and a half hours on Tuesday, June 10, at the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District by election inspector Bruce Bishop and his three assistants. Community members Rob Schaefer and David Moon also assisted in the opening of ballot envelopes. One ballot was deemed invalid as it cast a vote for three people.
RSF fire chief: Be fully prepared for fire season
Animal lovers took a journey to Wonderland June 7 at the Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 26th Annual Spring Fling Gala fundraiser “Down the Rabbit Hole.” (Above) Dudley Fetzer and event co-chair Marlaine Fetzer, co-chair Rebecca Vigil and HW board member David Vigil. (Left) Thunder meets Ben Giangiulio. For more, see pages 24-25. Photos by McKenzie Images. For photos online, visit www.rsfreview. com
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BY KAREN BILLING Rancho Santa Fe had a close call last month as the Bernardo Fire threatened the community, but fortunately its flames did not reach any homes. With the images of smoke-filled skies and fireravaged canyons fresh in everyone’s minds, Rancho Santa Fe Fire District Chief Tony Michel said he wants to take advantage of the community’s hyper-awareness to make sure everyone is fully prepared for fire season. Michel stopped by the Rancho Santa Fe Association’s June 5 board meeting with some district staff to share an update about the fire and fire
prevention efforts. “We want to be diligent that we stay fire safe throughout the fire season,” Michel said. “I don’t believe that just because we had a fire, we’re safer.” Michel said the fire was a direct result of a prolonged drought in Southern California, enhanced by the unseasonably strong Santa Ana winds and “unprecedented” amounts of dry fuels in the area. “The fuel moisture is at critical levels,” Michel said, stating that the 60 percent moisture level is not usually See FIRE, page 28
RSF School District adopts math pathway BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe School District June 5 approved the math pathway of courses its students will go through to get ready for the next level. The math pathway will offer advanced math in third, fourth and fifth
grade and at the middle school level, sixth grade math, advanced sixth grade math and math seven and eight. “I feel like the whole math program has taken a step up,” said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub.
Schaub has worked with the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD), which the district feeds into for 9-12 math courses. Together they determined which middle school courses See MATH, page 28
‘Flash report’ in works for Association finances BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association is developing a new “flash report”, which is a new way to see “in real time from a bird’s eye view” where the Association stands financially on a monthly basis.
RSF Association President Philip Wilkinson said the flash report is a great step forward as they continue the process of introducing best practices to effectively run the business of the Association. Fred Wasserman, a fi-
nance committee member, gave the board an overview of all the flash report entails — including expenses such as legal and litigation, home sales numbers, expenses of the Community See FLASH, page 28
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RSF students honored for perfect attendance Village BY KAREN BLLING The Rancho Santa Fe School District board honored 35 students June 5 for their perfect Church to attendance during the 2013-14 school year —the dedicated young scholars were also never late. Two students were receiving the honor for the third year in a row: second grader Nylah present free King-Boyd and eighth grader Blake Fuller. Additionally, four students haven’t missed a day in two years: first grader Jack Kaffka, fourth grader Lucas Meyers, sixth grader John Flaming concert on and eighth grader Kevin Fernandez. Sibling perfection was achieved by Chloe and Lucas Luwa and Betsabe, Eliseo and Yener Haas. the green in Perfect school attendees included: Isaac Lustig, Grant Pollin, Brenden Recendiz, Logan Johnson, Grace Flanagan, Alexandra Nicholas, Ryan Persico, Jacob Malter, Andrew Siffert, Victoria Steiner, Griffin Goldberg, Lana Lakdawala, Arielle Sanford, Brenda Bazaldua, Anna RSF Village Boat, Alexander Brown, Chloe Chang, Savera Soin, Katrina Nakamura, Morgan Gillespie, Calvin Hall, Jordan Klair, Jannie Yu and Sarah Zou. June 22 free concert featuring Irrigation district construction to begin around trail The APeter Sprague Group Lynn Frank
Outgoing RSF Education Foundation President Lynn Frank recognized BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe School Board June 5 honored outgoing RSF Education Foundation President Lynn Frank for her dedicated service to the children at the school. Superintendent Lindy Delaney presented Frank with a glass bowl inscribed with one of Frank’s favorite quotes from Albert Einstein: “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.” Frank thanked all the contributors who have volunteered time and given money to the foundation, which raised $1.3 million for the district this year to further enhance students’ learning. Next year’s president will be Alexia Bregman.
BY KAREN BILLING The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved a temporary construction easement for the Santa Fe Irrigation District as the district replaces an aging pressure-reducing station on Rambla de las Flores, south of La Granada. According to Arnold Keene, RSF Association field operations manager, the water district is in the process of replacing pressure-reducing stations throughout the district and the easement will allow them to excavate onto RSF Association property for the installation of an underground vault. As the vault includes some above ground fixtures, the RSF Association’s trails and recreation committee had requested that an alternate location as it would be quite an interruption to the trail system and traffic flow, said RSF Association President Philip Wilkinson. Wilkinson said that is one of the busiest and most dangerous crossings for equestrians in the Ranch. Upon extensive review, the irrigation district determined it would not be possible to move the location as it is too cost prohibitive. However, by granting the easement, the RSF Association will allow the district to place the unit the maximum distance from the road as well as allow the Association to provide landscape screening of the unit. The temporary easement allows not only the landscape but for the trail to detour around the little pond there. There will also be fencing to direct horses away from the construction. Keene said the district’s work should be complete in six months, although the accompanying roadwork in the area is moving ahead of schedule.
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RSF resident receives community service award
hree-hundred community leaders recently celebrated the honor bestowed on Congregation Beth Israel member Jeff Silberman, a RSF resident, who received the “Carl M. Esenoff Memorial Award for Extraordinary Community Service.” The May 17 event, featuring entertainer Robert Klein, raised $247,000 for programming at Beth Israel. For photos online, visit www. rsfreview.com. PHOTOS/CAROL SONSTEIN
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R. Roger Rowe MUSE Arts program, students win awards
he R. Roger Rowe MUSE Arts program recently took 130 students, four bands and one choir to Disneyland for the Music in the Parks competition, which is adjudicated by music educators from around the world. The school earned the following awards and honors: • Jazz band - 1st place and a rating of excellent. • Intermediate band - 1st place and a rating of excellent. • Strings/orchestra - 1st place and a rating of excellent. • Beginning band 1st place and a rating of good .
• Treble choir 1st place and a rating of superior. In addition: • Overall Elementary Band Award • Overall Elementary Strings Award • Best Elementary Vocalist: Cameron Lee-Bellows • Best Overall Jazz Soloist: Brandon Fitzpatrick (On this page) The awards were displayed at the school’s Spring Concert held recently at the Performing Arts Center. For photos online, visit www. rsfreview.com. PHOTOS/JON CLARK
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RSF Rotary Club Annual Dinner June 20 to be held at Valenti Estate Irene Valenti will host the annual Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Fe’s “demotion” dinner at the Valenti Estate located on Via de la Valle in Rancho Santa Fe on Friday, June 20, from 5-9 p.m. Outgoing RSF Rotary President Greg Grajek will be “demoted” into retirement and properly “roasted,” while incoming President Chris Dorazio will be installed along with the new RSF Rotary Board of Directors. All RSF Rotarians are invited to attend free of charge and may bring a guest, partner or spouse for a fee of $25 per person. A gourmet barbeque will be served along with beverages, live music by “Susanna and the Troublemakers” and dancing. Suggested attire is Western wear or business casual. Visit rsfrotary.com and click on “2014 RSF Rotary Demotion Party” for reservations or call event
Irene Valenti hosts RSF Rotary Club Annual Dinner featuring entertainment by “Susanna Kurner and The Troublemakers” (above). chair Dr. Robert Vogel at (760) 420-0329. For directions to the Valenti Estate, call (858) 759-9239. The RSF Rotary Club was established 60 years ago in 1954. Original founding members include the late Daniel Royce, R. Roger Rowe, Roger S. Woolley, Del Colby and R. E. Badger. Daniel Royce was the manager of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe for generations. Dr. Rowe served as school superintendent, educator and retired Marine. Roger Woolley was a local attorney and built the original market, post office, and other buildings in the Rancho Santa Fe town center. R.E. Badger operated a grove management company that is still run by his son Chuck Badger and Chuck Badger, Jr. Both of who are members of EAL STATE IRECTORY the RSF Rotary Club. The RSF Rotary Club has a long history of service Berkshire Hathaway Home Services B24 to the community through numerous projects that supCalifornia Properties, Rancho Santa Fe port worthy causes. RecipiBob Snell A8 ents of this outreach include Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe The Helen Woodward AniBrian Connelly A9 mal Center, The RSF ComPaciﬁc Real Estate & Development, munity Center, The RSF Rancho Santa Fe School Performing Arts CenClotfelter Homes A32 ter, the Rosarito Blanket Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe Project, San Pasqual Academy, Polio Plus and many Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage A31 other worthy organizations. Rancho Santa Fe ofﬁce They also host the annual Deb Weir A32 Rotary Fall Festival BBQ Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe (now in its 35th year) in the Eric iantorno A1 park across from The Inn at Paciﬁc Sotheby’s Int’l Realty, Del Mar Rancho Santa Fe. The event, Kilroy Realty Corporation A5 which is sponsored by ValCarmel Valley Ofﬁce enti International, celebrates the return of all students to Laura Barry A3 the R. Roger Rowe School Barry Estates, Rancho Santa Fe and will be held this year on Linda Sansone A16 & A17 Oct. 3. Willis Allen Real Estate, Rancho Santa Fe For more information, Mary Heon A11 visit www.rsfrotary.com.
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RSF resident Rebecca Perry Torres earns Connecticut College degree RSF’s Rebecca Perry Torres was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Connecticut College at the 96th commencement ceremony on May 18. Perry Torres graduated with a major in government.
The Bishop’s School celebrates accomplishments of the Class of 2014; RSF residents among honorees On May 30, an audience of family and friends on The Bishop’s School Quad joined the 134 members of the Class of 2014, the School’s 105th graduating class, for the Commencement ceremony. Before giving diplomas and wishing them the best in their future endeavors, Head of School Aimeclaire Roche told the 2014 graduates, “It seems to me you are already, beautifully on your way. Undeniably you have the self-motivation, grit and perseverance to fuel highly imaginative ideas and to speak your minds about them. Likewise, you have the decency to ask yourselves what common good is served by those ideas.” The 134 members of the class earned 691 acceptances to 195 colleges, including the most selective colleges and universities in the country and beyond. They will matriculate at 81 different institutions, with several pursuing travel or study prior to their enrollment in full-time college study. Members of the Bishop’s Class of 2014 from Rancho Santa Fe include: •Benjamin Brewer will attend Boston College. •Grant Brutten will attend Boston College. •Matthew Cappetta will attend Fordham University. He was the recipient of the Judith M. Haxo Award, given for taking initiative and having courage to pursue passions. •Elizabeth Case will attend Washington and Lee University. •John Dempsey will attend Southern Methodist University. He was a recipient of the Head of School Award, given for exceptional contributions to Bishop’s. •Erin Hook will attend the University
of Colorado at Boulder. •Kamran Jamil, Cum Laude, will attend Harvard University. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll; the Richard and Margaret Pharr Award; the William F. Ewald Prize in History; and the Upper School Science Department Award. Jamil was also the editor of Globe, the student-produced global education magazine. •Liv Johnson will attend Santa Clara University. •Barret Kearney will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. •Cameron Klaus will attend Southern Methodist University. •Jeffrey Lunsford will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. •Ryan Michalko will attend George Washington University. •Charles Raser will attend Denison University. He was a recipient of the Jerry Coleman Athletic Leadership Award. •Amanda Roesser will attend the University of Denver. •Jordan Sadowsky will attend Williams College. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. •Kelly Shaffer will attend the University of California at Los Angeles. •Aidan Smith-Eppsteiner will attend Colorado College. •Henry Staunton will attend Southern Methodist University. • Jonathan Styrt, Cum Laude, will attend Rice University. He was a recipient of the Stephanie Blankenship Award, given for all six years at Bishop’s on the honor roll. •William Weiland will attend New York University.
Local high school students talk with Earl Warren middle schoolers about positive influences BY KRISTINA HOUCK Growing up, Spencer attended eight different schools. He had trouble making friends and he experimented with drugs. Now a senior at a local high school, Spencer plans to join the U.S. Navy Reserves and study graphic design after graduation. “I was pretty lost and alone,” said Spencer during a presentation at Earl Warren Middle School. He talked openly about being arrested for drug possession. “But it doesn’t have to be that rough. I found positive influences.” Spencer was one of several high school students who visited seventh- and eighthgrade English classrooms and talked about positive influences June 3 and 4 at Earl Warren. Students from Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Academy and Torrey Pines High School participated in the two-day event, which was organized by members of Earl Warren’s Friends of Rachel Club. “They’re so wonderful and open and genuine,” said English teacher Cheryl Yoshida after one of the presentations. “These kids really do worry about high school, so I think it’s a great bridge to make those connections.” School counselor Lisa Curry, a handful of teachers and a number of Earl Warren students launched the Friends of Rachel Club after the nonprofit organization, Rachel’s Challenge, hosted a school-wide assembly at the school earlier this year. In honor of Rachel Scott, the first murder victim of the Columbine High School massacre, the organization and its clubs aim to create safe, connected school environments where learning and teaching are
maximized. With the club nearing the end of its first year, Yoshida plans to grow the group and model it after Torrey Pines High School’s PALS (Peer Assistant Listeners) Program. Next year, club members will host more events and actively welcome new students to the school. “Instead of pointing out all the negatives, we focus on the positives and what we can do to make everyone feel included and respected,” said Yoshida, who serves as advisor of the roughly 25-member student club. To further its mission, the club promotes a positive message every month. May’s theme was “positive influences.” Club members invited students from local high schools to the campus to talk about their positive influences and how they help support them academically and personally. Seventh grader James Singer, whose older brother is a freshman at Torrey Pines, said he learned that “if you do something bad, you can recover from it.” “Their best advice was to always keep going and do things that you want to do,” added seventh grader Mikayla Azcue, who is looking forward to playing volleyball at Torrey Pines. “You don’t need to feel alone,” Yoshida said. “You have opportunities to make connections with really great people. You are supported here, at Earl Warren, and you’re going to be supported at your high school. There’s a lot to look forward to.” For more information about Friends of Rachel clubs, visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org/big-picture/programs/middle-andhigh-school/for-clubs/
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At a recent awards luncheon, Girl Scouts San Diego presented the Cool Women Class of 2014: (back row, left to right) Nancy A. Spector, June Shillman, Melissa d’Arabian, Pamela Mudd, Patricia McArdle and Magda Marquet; (front) Sister Ann Durst, Justice Judith McConnell, Cool Girl Ursula Hardianto, Deborah Szekely and Zoe Ghahremani. The stellar contributions of these luminaries have changed the course of history in the areas of health, science, law, the environment, human rights, the arts and beyond.
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•Rancho Santa Fe resident June Shillman among honorees Girl Scouts San Diego honored San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2014 and named its 2014 Cool Girl on May 13 during a luncheon and ceremony aboard Holland America Line’s ms Amsterdam. Event proceeds will help keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for 30,000 local girls. This is the 14th year Girl Scouts San Diego has spotlighted women whose personal and professional achievements, leadership and service to the community make them consummate role models for girls. June Shillman of Rancho Santa Fe was among the Cool Women honorees. Born in Shanghai, she began her dance career as a child prodigy with the People’s Liberation Army. Shillman evolved into the lead soloist for its elite troupe, performing throughout Asia. While teaching dance in Tokyo, she met her husband, an American, and moved to Boston. She masterminded the idea of the San Diego Symphony’s 2013 tour of China, where the orchestra played three sold-out concerts. Shillman serves on the San Diego Youth Symphony and La Jolla Music Society boards. San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of 2014 are: •Melissa d’Arabian — Celebrity chef and author •Ann Durst, SHCJ, J.D. — Casa Cornelia Law Center founder •Zoe Ghahremani — Writer, artist •Magda Marquet, Ph.D. — Althea Technologies founder/co-chairman •Patricia McArdle — Author, environmentalist •Justice Judith McConnell — Presiding Justice, 4th District Court of Appeal •Pamela Evans Mudd — Musicmatch co-founder, community volunteer •June Shillman — San Diego-Yantai Friendship Society president •Nancy Spector — Estate planning attorney, community volunteer •Deborah Szekely — Spa business pioneer, community activist The honorees were introduced by Cool Women of prior years: Sahra Abdi, Sandra Brue, Barbara Bry, Dr. Joyce Gattas (who presented Shillman), Jeanne Jones, Karen Keltner, Carol Lam, Carol LeBeau, Fran Styles, Katie Sullivan and Gayle Tauber. Gattas (Cool Women class of 2005) is dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University. San Diego Opera resident conductor/Cool Woman Karen Keltner introduced 11-yearold pianist Ursula Hardianto of La Jolla as the Cool Girl of 2014. Ursula, who has performed at Carnegie Hall twice, played a solo during the Cool Women awards ceremony. “Like Girl Scouts, our 2014 Cool Women make the world a better place,” said Jo Dee C. Jacob, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts San Diego. “We are proud to honor them.” Visit www.sdgirlscouts.org/cool-women.
Benefit to fight cervical cancer set for June 22 in RSF An evening to celebrate survival, hope and progress in changing the odds for women with ovarian cancer will double as a benefit for the Clearity Foundation, 4-7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the home of Rachel Leheny and Ed Scheibler in Rancho Santa Fe. There will be music in the gardens, wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert with catering by Pamplemoussse. Approximately 130 guests are expected to attend to honor Michael Pellini, M.D., CEO of Foundation Medicine and Nancy Hunter, an Ovarian Cancer survivor. Reservations are $75 per person at (858) 657-0282 and www.clearityfoundation.org The Clearity Foundation established by cancer survivor and scientist Laura Shawver, Ph.D. is the only 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping ovarian cancer patients make more informed treatment decisions with personalized diagnostic information.
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Cathedral Catholic’s Brady Aiken Number 1 MLB pick, drafted by the Houston Astros BY ROB LEDONNE Brady Aiken, the Cathedral Catholic High School senior who seemed destined for greatness throughout his young baseball career, hit the national spotlight after getting drafted by the Houston Astros as the number one draft pick in the United States last week. Broadcast live on MLB Television and reported on by sports media worldwide, Aiken instantly became one of the most recognizable names in baseball (and a national trending topic on Twitter), when he was announced as the number one prospect in the country after years of honing his craft and months of rumors about his ranking. Gary Remiker, Aiken’s (now former) baseball coach at Cathedral Catholic, was one of many in North County watching as Aiken suddenly turned from a Southern California sports star to a national one. “I was sitting on the couch watching it on TV with my wife and my assistant coach, and when they announced Brady’s name we all started cheering,” Remiker said. “There was a lead up to that moment for weeks; until they announced he was actually number one we were all cautiously optimistic, nervous, and excited all at once. I think it’s pretty safe to say that this will never again happen in my career.” Being named number one is a double honor for Aiken, considering only two high school pitchers have been taken first in the entire history of the modern draft (which dates back to 1965). In addition, 17-year-old Aiken is initially set to make upwards of $8 million (which is a bonus “slot” payment the number one pick receives). Aiken beat out a nation full of hot baseball prospects to attain the number one ranking, including Tyler Kolek (a Texas-born pitcher who’s headed for the Miami Marlins) and Carlos Radon (another pitcher headed for the Chicago White Sox from North Carolina). “These past few months for Brady and his family have been chaotic to say the least,” Remiker said. “There were 30 MLB teams who wanted to meet him to find out what he’s like and how he handles himself. There were media outlets
Brady Aiken celebrates getting drafted by posing with his sister Halle, who’s proudly donning an Astros shirt. Photo courtesy of Halle Aiken. who were trying to get interviews with him and book photo shoots, and all of it was very taxing on his time. Throughout it all, he did an amazing job handling everything. For me as a coach, there was more demand for my time this year than there’s ever been before. I tried to treat it as a special opportunity instead of a burden, and I imagine Brady felt the same way. I’m sure it will be like this for him for years to come.” The next step for Brady and his team is to hammer out a contract with the Astros (for now, only a verbal agreement is in place). Once that’s complete, he’ll join the short-season rookie league, and then it’s into the minors next season. According to Remiker, for a high school pitcher it “typically takes four to five years to go from the mi-
nors to majors.” With that timeline (which includes a plethora of variables in between), Aiken should be ready for his major league debut by the year 2018, give or take. In a recent interview with ESPN, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said: “(He’s) the most advanced high school pitcher I’ve ever seen in my entire career. He has command like I’ve never seen before of his stuff.” “Throughout this season, I’ve tried as much as I can to enjoy everything,” said Remiker, who noted the intense scrutiny on the Cathedral Catholic baseball team this year. “I had the best seat in the house for all of his starts. Based on natural talent alone, he’d be one of the better pitchers in San Diego. However, that can only get you so far, because what set Brady apart was his work ethic. He’d get up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym for conditioning, would always take great care of his body, and he constantly avoided many of the temptations a senior in high school may come across.” When speaking to ESPN after getting drafted, Aiken was understandably emotional, saying the moment was “Unbelievable. It’s really a dream come true. This is something that I’ve wanted ever since I was a young kid. I’m at a loss for words. This is my dream and it’s finally starting to come true.”
Artists wanted to create fence art for Coastal Rail Trail The Solana Beach Public Arts Advisory Commission (PAAC) is looking for artists or teams of artists to create fence art for the Coastal Rail Trail (CRT) along Highway 101, north of Lomas Santa Fe. The fence art will decorate the CRT for viewers to admire during the award-winning Arts Alive event, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28. The event attracts hundreds of people who come to stroll the Rail Trail, enjoy the unique art, diverse music, and interesting performers. Proposals must be received at the Solana Beach City Hall, 635 So. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075 by Tuesday, July 1.
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Two years in a row prestigious BSA Scholarship awarded to TPHS graduates •Brothers Matt and Sean Depolo also attended R. Roger Rowe School TPHS senior and RSF resident Matthew Depolo was recently awarded the Donald and Marie Belcher Eagle Scout Scholarship for leadership, as well as the RSF Rotary Scholarship via the Torrey Pines Scholarship Fund. The same awards were presented a year ago to his brother Sean Depolo. Russ Christensen, of the Eagle Scout Alumni Association, said both boys were top in the pool of candidates representing Eagle Scouts from all over San Diego County. The award recognizes what they did both in and out of scouting. Combined, the Depolo boys performed over 1,700 hours of community service during their high school years. Matt and Sean have been Scouts since first and second grade respectively and have earned their Arrows of Light and Eagle Scout Rank. In addition, Matt has gone on to earn two Eagle Palms; bronze and gold with a total of 32 Merit Badges. Matt and Sean Depolo say they are honored to be recipients of the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Scholarship for 2014 and 2013. They both say they have fond memories of growing up and going to school at the R. Roger Rowe school. Sean says the experience he had are ones that he would not have had elsewhere and “Rancho is a really great school.” Matt commented how special it was to be in the Honor Guard Flag Ceremony during the July 4 Parade multiple times, helping out at Rancho Days and even having fun directing traffic at the Community Concerts at the Village Church. They are both grateful for all the great things the Rotary does for the Rancho Santa Fe community. The brothers plan on studying engineering and pursuing a career in the medical field. Matthew will be attending the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine in its biomedical engineering program and is interested in the field of medicine and prosthetics. Sean, a Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholar, was in the top 1.5 percent of UC Berkeley freshman admits. A sophomore this coming year, he studies bio-engineering and plans on a career in medicine and heart surgery. Over the years, both brothers say that Boy Scouts has played a significant role in their lives. Sean says, “Being a Boy Scout has taught me the importance of being an active leader and member of society. One of my most significant memories is when my Scoutmaster, Dan Claxton, told us that it takes a good man to be trustworthy, you can’t just follow blindly, and you can’t just be the smartest person around who isn’t willing to do his part.” Matt shares his experience in scouting as full of fun activities, campouts and learning experiences, and that, “Scouting has given me core values which drive all my actions in life. I approach any task, always willing, thinking that I will do a good job, do it well, and also do it so that I will be proud of helping others in my life.” Matt is the president and founder of clubs at his school and played two sports for four years — he is a varsity football player and varsity track and field thrower. Matt has also earned several scholarships from the Past President’s Award from the CSEA, Vista Employees Association Scholarship, a Union Plus Scholarship, and the Global Leadership Connection Ambassador Scholarship. In addition, Matt and Sean are committed to their community and grateful to the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary, Belcher Scholarship and all that have supported their college and career ambitions. The RSF Boy Scout Troop 766 meets bi-weekly at the Village Presbyterian Church and is led by Scoutmaster Dan Claxton as part of the San Diego Imperial Council.
Author Salina Yoon to appear for a reading of ‘Found’ at RSF Library Salina Yoon, author and illustrator of the book “Found” (and over 100 more!) will appear at the RSF Library on Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. for a reading of “Found.” The event will also feature a light snack, library scavenger hunt, individual portrait of your favorite stuffed animal by Salina Yoon, and the opportunity to purchase a signed book. Questions about the program should be directed to (858) 756-2512. The RSF Library is located at 17040 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe.
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ommunity members gathered for a celebration June 6 at the R. Roger Rowe Performing Arts Center in honor of teacher Maureen Cassarino, who is retiring after 27 years of â€œhard work and dedication.â€? For photos online, visit www. rsfreview.com. PHOTOS/JON CLARK
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TPHS harpist awarded University of Southern Californiaâ€™s prestigious Mork Family Scholarship BY KAREN BILLING Emma Dyson, a 17-year-old harpist from Torrey Pines High School recently became the first music student to receive the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s Mork Family Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship with a $5,000 yearly stipend. Less than 20 Mork scholarships are offered per year and after Emma was accepted to the school she was selected to apply for the scholarship. Mork finalists are required to go through an interview process before they are awarded the scholarship and Emma underwent hers early this year. â€œI was nervous at first but it was pretty conversational and they let me lead the interview,â€? Emma said. â€œWhen I opened up my computer and saw I had won the scholarship I was shaking a bit because it meant so much to me. I was so excited, I had to immediately call my mom and dad. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to the whole music program at USC and getting introduced to music I havenâ€™t heard of and meeting people who are interested in different things.â€? Emma said she is especially excited to learn under USCâ€™s harp professor JoAnn Turovksy as part of the USC Honors program. â€œEmmaâ€™s unique combination of musical talent, strong intellect and hard work has been recognized by the highly competitive University of Southern California,â€? said Turovsky. â€œI look forward to working with her and welcome her to my harp class.â€? Emma is the harpist for the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and has performed with the Torrey Pines Advanced Orchestra, the New Youth Orchestra, NYO Advanced Chamber Orchestra, Civic Youth Orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and in a range of chamber ensembles. Due to the angelic and relaxing sound of harp music, Emma has also been called upon to play gigs at parties and a day spa. With the Mainly Mozart group she has been a featured soloist many timesâ€”her final solo performance will be Sat-
TPHS harpist Emma Dyson will attend USC this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Courtesy photo urday, June 14, at Balboa Theater. The performance is at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Her face breaks into a smile when she mentions the piece she will play, Claude Debussyâ€™s â€œDanses SacreĂŠ et Profane,â€? a favorite of hers. â€œEmma is such a joy to work with, I feel honored to have worked with her and helped her in any way,â€? said Hernan Constantino, the conductor of Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra. â€œEmma is a highly skilled instrumentalist whose dedication to her instrument has inspired others around her to be better.â€? Emma started out playing the piano when she was 6 years old but she always had her eye on the harp. â€œI wanted to play the harp since I was 5 years old and I saw it in a picture book. Iâ€™d hear it and ask to play it again,â€? Emma said. As a 12-year-old middle school student, she started taking lessons on a small harp with not many strings, me-
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