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Volume XVII, Issue 46

Annual Red Nose Run/Walk

■ Sand Dollar

Foundation’s annual gala raises funds for local organizations.

Del Mar’s 22nd Annual Red Nose Run/Walk was held Dec. 13 at Del Mar Beach (Powerhouse Park). The event benefits two local charities, Semper Fi and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. See page B28. Photos/Jon Clark;

See pages B18-B19

Dec 19, 2013 Published Weekly

Del Mar Fairgrounds board to consider e-cigarette ban BY JOE TASH The San Diego County Fair, which went smoke-free in all public areas for the first time this year, may go a step further in 2014 and ban e-cigarettes. Members of the 22nd District Agricultural Association board, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, said they want more information about e-cigarettes before making a final decision on whether to allow them at the fairgrounds. The issue could come back before the board in January or February, in time to change the fair’s smoking policy before the 2014 event starts in June. “We’re a smoke-free environment. You can’t even tell them apart” from a distance, said fair board member Lisa Barkett, referring to electronic and tobacco cigarettes. “I’m completely against it.” The board heard a report about the newly instituted smoking ban at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Antismoking advocates also addressed the board, urging it to consider banning e-cigarettes. Electronic, or e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices that produce a nicotine vapor. Supporters say they are less harmful than regular cigarettes, and are used by many people to quit smoking. Critics contend they encourage use by young people and they are also sometimes used to smoke illegal drugs, such as marijuana or even heroin. Government agencies from the federal, state and local levels are considering regulations on e-cigarettes, which may come into force in the coming year. As for the fairgrounds, officials said the smoking ban was a factor in reduced attendance at this year’s fair. Fairgrounds general manager Tim Fennell said the conclusion See BAN, Page 6

■ CCA’s DeEvolution robotics team takes top prizes at tournament. See page 5.

■Actor Jeffrey Tambor inspires others to follow their dreams. See page B1.

Young panelists share experiences overcoming drug and alcohol abuse at TPHS Red Ribbon week BY KAREN BILLING At this year’s recent Red Ribbon Week at Torrey Pines High School, the message to the teenagers was to “Stop and think” and realize that the decisions that they make regarding drugs and alcohol can affect them for the rest of their lives. Don Hollins, teacher and PALS advisor who coordinated the week’s events, understands how serious that impact can be more than most. In his 10 years in the San Dieguito Union High School District, he has lost 15 of his students to drug overdoses. Heroin is the most troubling trend in those overdoses, Hollins said, exacerbated

by the abuse of prescription pills. According to data released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner earlier this year, prescription drug overdoses are at an alltime high. The most common drug in accidental overdoses in people ages 20 to 29 is heroin, a drug that has maintained a yearly increase since 2007. In addition to a week full of activities and powerful guest speakers for the students, Torrey Pines hosted an evening presentation for parents on Dec. 11 that included a panel of speakers who overcame drug and alcohol abuse at young ages. One of the speakers,

Guest speaker Cameron Clapp with TPHS teacher Don Hollins. Photo/Jon Clark

Gabe, is just 20 years old and has been sober for five years; at the age of 15 he had become an alcoholic drug addict. He said his parents’ separation took a toll on him and created “ a gap in his spirit.” He didn’t see his parents much and didn’t have a lot of structure, leading to him being suspended five times for being drunk at school as a seventh grader — twice he was found passed out on the field at Diegueno Middle School. He said he took advantage of his mom’s vulnerability to get her to allow him to smoke weed and drink beer at her home. Another panelist, Morgan, grew up in La Jolla, an

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admittedly “incredibly arrogant kid.” He grew up around a lot of affluence and around adults who had accomplished many things. “It was inspiring but it also gave me a warped sense of reality,” Morgan said. “It gave me a vision of what was possible in life, it didn’t seem like there was a ceiling. But I had no perspective of the reality of how the rest of the world was.” His parents were good people but absent, working hard. He first drank at 12 and began stealing and lying to get money to support his habits. As his friends’ parents were also not around, their pool houses became See RIBBON, Page 6

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Thomas Campbell begins fifth term as Solana Beach mayor BY KRISTINA HOUCK A familiar face is once again representing Solana Beach. In a unanimous vote, council members appointed Thomas Campbell as the city’s mayor and Councilwoman Lesa Heebner as deputy mayor. Campbell, who has served on the Solana Beach City Council since 1994, is beginning his fifth term as mayor. Having served as deputy mayor throughout the last year, he is replacing Mike Nichols. Solana Beach appoints council members to serve as mayor on a oneyear rotating basis. “Mike did an outstanding job as mayor,� said Campbell, on behalf of his colleagues. “Over these last 12 months, there have been some difficult issues. You did a really great job of reaching out to the community and making sure that everyone who came to speak got an opportunity to speak, but you were able to maintain decorum.� In honor of his service, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts presented Nichols with a signed proclamation. “You’re always so nice.

Solana Beach School District announces new principal of Solana Ranch School •Solana Highlands Principal Jerry Jones accepts new post The Solana Beach School District’s seventh school, Solana Ranch School, is well under construction and will be ready for students next fall. A series of community focus groups were held to ascertain the qualities and traits deemed desirable in the new school’s leadership. The Solana Beach School District administration recently announced that Jerry Jones, principal of Solana Highlands School, has accepted the position of principal of Solana Ranch School. Matt Frumovitz, assistant principal of Solana Highlands and Carmel Creek schools, will serve as the interim principal of Solana Highlands School for the remainder of the school year. These assignments are effective as of Jan. 6, 2014.

Community members thank Mike Nichols (right) for his service as mayor of Solana Beach. Photo/Kristina Houck You’re calm; you’re respectful,� said Roberts, who served two terms on the Solana Beach City Council. “You try to give everybody a chance to speak. That doesn’t always happen throughout this county. I just think you have done a great job.� Several community members, including Nichols’ wife, Heather, thanked the two-time mayor for his contributions to the city, including the revitalization of Solana Beach through projects such as the reopening of Highway 101. “It’s so much information you’re absorbing, so many people you’re dealing with. I couldn’t imagine what you do,� she said. “I’m just very proud of my husband.� A licensed landscape architect, Nichols has been an urban design and planning professional in the San Diego region for more than a decade. He moved to Solana Beach in 2000 and was elected to the council in 2006. He first served as mayor in 2009. “It’s been an honor and a real pleasure and privilege to be up here and serve as your mayor,� said Nichols, who thanked his wife, colleagues, staff and community.

Solana Beach School District elects board officers and adopts 2014 meeting schedule At the Dec. 12 organizational meeting of the Solana Beach School District Board of Education, the following officers were elected: President: Rich Leib, Esq.; Vice President: Vicki King, Esq.; Clerk: Debra Schade, Ph.D.; Member: Julie Union; Member: Jeff Busby. The 2014 adopted Solana Beach School District Board of Education meeting schedule is as follows: Jan. 16, 2014; Feb. 13, 2014; March 13, 2014; April 24, 2014; May 22, 2014 – Solana Pacific School, 3901 Townsgate Drive, San Diego, 92130; June 5, 2014 – Budget Workshop; June 26, 2014; July 17, 2014 – Optional Meeting; Aug. 14, 2014; Sept. 11, 2014; Oct. 9, 2014; Nov. 13, 2014; Dec. 11, 2014 – Organizational Meeting. All meetings will be held at the Solana Beach School District Office Board Room at 309. N. Rios Avenue, Solana Beach 92075 unless otherwise noted. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Ocean Air School receives 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Award BY KAREN BILLING Ocean Air School celebrated being named a National Blue Ribbon Award recipient on Friday, Dec. 6, an award that recognizes exemplary academic achievement, honoring schools with students performing at the highest of levels. As Del Mar Union School District Superintendent Holly McClurg said, the most exciting thing about the day was seeing all the faces of the children who were responsible for the honor. While the ceremony included words from McClurg, Principal Ryan Stanley and Del Mar Union School President Doug Rafner and board member Scott Wooden, the best words came from the students themselves, speaking on what makes the school so great. “Ocean Air is the best school because all of the teachers are so nice and I have so many friends here. Ocean Air feels like my second home,” said first grader Luke Renner to an appreciative blacktop crowd. “Ocean Air rocks,” said second grader Holly Thorpe, who said that every time she sees Principal Ryan Stanley he is smiling, all of the students are thoughtful and kind, and that she feels safe at the school. Third grader Victor De Oliveira said he likes the big playground. “This school is amazing,” said sixth grader Daniel Baker, praising his “engaging” teachers. “No one here is a mean, boring old teacher.” The award was a big accomplishment for the school and district as Ocean Air School was one of only 15 schools in the state to be named a Blue Ribbon School in 2013, and one of only 286 in the entire country. “Ocean Air is truly a very special place,” said Principal Ryan Stanley, who proved his student Holly right by being all smiles. “I’m so proud of our teachers’ and staff’s undying efforts to provide the very best for our children every day. Parents, I thank you for sending us the most amazing children. Students, we are so proud of your hard work in and out of the classroom — I’m proud of the people you’re becoming and how you never settle for anything less than your personal best. I eagerly look forward to the future as I know the best is yet to come.”

DMUSD School Board President Doug Rafner, Ocean Air Principal Ryan Stanley and Superintendent Holly McClurg with Ocean Air students at a Dec. 6 ceremony honoring Ocean Air’s National Blue Ribbon Award. Ocean Air was represented at a November award ceremony in Washington DC by the school’s teacher of the year, Rebecca Jones. She brought home a plaque and a Blue Ribbon flag to wave proudly on campus Jones said Ocean Air has a huge responsibility now as a Blue Ribbon School because they have to be leaders and serve as a model for all schools. She feels the school is more than up to the task. “The magic ingredient is we love learning together,” Jones said.

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Ann Romney speaks at local event to raise funds for medical research BY KRISTINA HOUCK As a breast cancer survivor who was also diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Ann Romney is a health advocate. She and her family recently returned from a mission trip to Peru, where they worked with eye doctors to conduct vision screenings in remote villages in the Andes. To support breast cancer and vision research, the wife of presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the keynote speaker at a Dec. 9 local fundraiser. “It’s an extraordinary thing to see how none of us really escape a lot of pain when we live on this earth,� said Romney to the crowd at the “Visions of Success: From Research to Reality� holiday high tea at The Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley. Romney gave a short speech and was later interviewed by Channel 10 news anchor Bill Griffith, who co-emceed the event with fellow anchor Kimberly Hunt. Griffith and Susie Spanos, both breast cancer survivors, also served as honorary chairs of the event. Romney, who owns a home in La Jolla, attended the event with one of her five sons, as well as two daughters-inlaw and two granddaughters. She said her family supported her through her cancer battle in 2008, as well as her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1998. “Life is so precious,� Romney said. “You really feel like it might just get ripped out from underneath you. You realize how much you want to hang onto life and how you want to hang onto moments. You realize what’s important in life.� Rancho Sante Fe resident Vivian Hardage and Wanda Garner served as co-chairs of the event, which was hosted by The Vision of Children Foundation. Hardage and her husband, Samuel Hardage, established the foundation in 1991, after their son was diagnosed with ocular albinism, a

Some of the Vision of Children Foundation board members with Ann Romney (l-r): Sam Hardage, Dr. Greg Ostrow, Scott Glenn, Ann Romney, Jacqueline Johnson, Dr. Ken Widder, Vivian Hardage. Photo/Bill Keane genetic vision disorder. The organization funds research to cure hereditary childhood blindness and other vision disorders. As a three-time breast cancer survivor, Hardage is also an advocate for breast cancer research. “I am grateful for each new day,� Hardage said. “I tell my story to pretty much anyone who will listen. In doing so, I hope people will understand the critical need for medical research for both breast cancer and vision disorders. It has become my passion, and in my mind, my reason for still being here. My vision of success is translating research into reality.� Romney praised the couple for their efforts. “Thank you, Vivian and Sam, for all that you do to raise awareness and to raise money


for cures,� Romney said. “She’s trying to find a cure for others. It may not be her turn to be helped by the cure, but it may be one of your daughters’ turns to be helped by the cure,� Romney told the audience. The holiday tea featured a live auction, opportunity drawings and a fashion show. Nine of the 10 models were breast cancer survivors. The event raised more than $250,000, which will benefit The Vision of Children Foundation and the American Cancer Society. For more information about The Vision of Children Foundation, visit For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer. org.

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Canyon Crest Academy’s De-Evolution robotics team takes top prizes at tournament Canyon Crest Academy’s robotics team, De-Evolution, was named the winner in the team’s first appearance in this season’s qualifying matches. Going into the semi-finals, De-Evolution was ranked Number 1 out of 28 teams from several Southern California counties. The team maintained its top position and remained undefeated at the tournament, held Dec. 14 at Escondido Charter High School. In the finals, the DeEvolution alliance scored the highest points, 256, in any one match of the day. As the Winning Alliance Captain team, De-Evolution now qualifies to advance to the San Diego regional competition to be held Feb. 15 at Madison High School in San Diego. The winning team at Regionals will advance to the Super-Regionals in Northern California in March. The winner there will compete internationally in April. De-Evolution placed second internationally three years ago, as a rookie team. Four members of that rookie team, now CCA seniors, remain on the team. De-Evolution was also given the Inspire Award, which is considered more prestigious than winning on the field. The Inspire Award is described by tournament organizers as follows: “The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role-model FTC team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of creating a working


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BAN continued from page 1 is based on fewer visitors after four straight years of attendance increases, and comments made by visitors and vendors. Between 2009 and this year, the fairgrounds gradually reduced the number of designated smoking areas until they were phased out entirely. According to a staff report, San Diego County is the only fair in California to completely ban smoking. Other entertainment venues, such as SeaWorld and Disneyland, do have designated smoking areas, while the San Diego Zoo and Legoland are also smoke-free. At this year’s fair, smoking was only allowed in three non-public areas used by fair workers. For now, the fair board has left the policy unchanged, but that could change before the 2014 fair. In spite of the potential hit on attendance, board members were supportive of the smoking ban. “We are trail-blazers.

We do lead the way and are a good example for the others,” said board president Fred Schenk. “I’ve heard from all kinds of people saying thank you. I’ve had overwhelming public support,” said board member Adam Day. Public speakers at Tuesday’s meeting also urged the fair board to take action to curb smoking of both cigarettes and marijuana at concerts held during the horse racing meet, which runs from July through early September. “In a nutshell, Elite (security) needs to get inside the crowd instead of standing on the perimeter,” said Nancy Logan. The type of music presented at the concerts also has an effect on smoking, speakers said. “Reggae bands have a certain type of audience that does a lot of marijuana and cigarette smoking,” said Barbara Gordon. Fair board members did not comment on whether they would support increased enforcement of smoking rules at post-race concerts.

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RIBBON continued from page 1 “dens of debauchery.” Teacher Don Hollins has known another panelist, Taylor, since he was 14. “Five years ago I thought he was going to die,” Hollins said. Taylor said he had no idea when he took his first drink at 14 that in a couple of years he would overdose on heroin. The progression moved quickly, he said. He stole alcohol from grocery stores, pills from friends’ parents’ medicine cabinets and once he started doing heroin he could not stop — he was stuck doing the drug not to get high but so he wouldn’t get sick, he said. “At 17 years old I was a full-on heroin addict, that was scary,” said Taylor, admitting his life was full of anxiety but instead of telling anyone about it, he lied. “I have five years clean and sober and it’s phenomenal when I think where I was five to seven years ago. It’s incredible to do life instead of running from it.” Hollins thanked the panel for their courage to say what really happened in their lives as they aren’t easy stories to share. “It’s their courage and honesty that has been resonating with kids all day long,” Hollins said. All assemblies during Red Ribbon Week had between 1,500 to 2,000 students, including a parent whose 21-year-old son and La Costa Canyon graduate died from a heroin overdose in September, and a parent whose daughter died at 22 in a drunk driving accident.

One of the speakers, Cameron Clapp, a triple amputee, spoke to about 2,400 students and staff. At 15, after a night of drinking, Clapp passed out on a railroad track and was hit by a freight train and lost both of his legs above his knees and his right arm below his shoulder. Now a motivational speaker, he had a powerful message to share with students about how their decisions can have life-long impacts and about perseverance — how Clapp worked hard to become an amputee athlete and advocate. One teacher, Sarah Morawa, sent a note to Hollins about how incredible the speakers were, remembering when college basketball standout Len Bias’ NBA career was over before it began when he overdosed on cocaine two days after the draft in 1986. “I was an athlete and it scared me to think about how one mistake could cost so much. The news of his death honestly prevented me from ever doing hard drugs,” Morawa said. “Hopefully, some of the stories heard today will do the same for a lot of the kids in the audience.” One parent admitted that it was scary to hear the panelists’ stories, especially because many of them came from very good homes. How could they prevent the same from happening to their kids? Hollins said nothing can prevent for certain that a kid won’t end up with a drug or alcohol problem, but the best thing parents can do is to keep open communication between them


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Starts in Del Mar 4:30 p.m. Kids News (kids newscast) 5:00 p.m. Readings from our Lives 2010 Dec 24 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (concert) 8:30 p.m. In the Fight (military news) 9:00 p.m. Cinema Scene with Bob Fisher & Allen Daviau Pt 1&2 10:00 p.m. Carlsbad Library Hour: 1940’s Radio Christmas Carol Dec 25 Merry Christmas! 10:30 a.m. Dinner at Your House episode 4 11:00 a.m. Coastal Community Concert Band (concert) Dec 26 10:00 a.m. 8:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

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Don’t Drink and Drive display. Photo/Jon Clark and their children. As Morgan said, it’s a problem if a parent is more attached to their phone than they are to their child. And it’s a problem if they work so much that they forget the value of family. He said there should be an “off-switch” to parents’ professional lives and that time is given to building trust and relationships with their children. Hollins advised parents to pay attention and really listen to their children, spend one- on-one time with them and just be a presence in their lives. “It goes a lot further than we give it credit for,” Hollins said. “We all want to feel like we matter and that people care about us. These kids didn’t feel like they mattered and drugs and alcohol were a way to feel connected. Being a safe harbor for your kids is really important.”

Ashley Falls to hold first fatherdaughter dance in 2014 BY KAREN BILLING Ashley Falls Elementary School has become the most recent school in the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) to offer a father-daughter dance. The school will put its own spin on the dance, planning for a Valentine’s Day event. Carmel Del Mar dad Darryl Gordon is on his seventh year planning the father-daughter dance — it is Carmel Del Mar’s 11th year. “It’s the one event I can’t wait for and I love it that the kids love it too,” Gordon said. Over the years, he has worked on getting other DMUSD schools to have the dances as well, including Del Mar Hills seven years ago, Torrey Hills three years ago and now Ashley Falls. All of the dances are held at the Del Mar Marriott and Gordon is complimentary of the hotel for being such an “amazing community partner.” Gordon said he is proud to hear that Torrey Hills has welcomed Sage Canyon School representatives to attend their dance in the hopes of bringing the event to Sage Canyon in a coming year. “I always said that when I graduate from the district I wanted all eight schools to do the dance,” Gordon said. “Four down, four to go.”

Christmas tree recycling program begins Dec. 26 The city of San Diego’s 40th annual Christmas tree recycling program will begin Dec. 26, the Environmental Services Department announced recently. The trees are turned into compost and mulch, which can be picked up by city residents at the Miramar Landfill’s greenery throughout the year. Residents with curbside service can simply leave their trees outside with their other refuse. Those without curbside pickup can take their trees to 16 drop-off locations throughout the city. The trees need to be clean — meaning no lights, ornaments, tinsel or stands. Flocked trees are accepted. Local dropoff locations will be at: Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive, lower parking lot. Trees from commercial tree lots or fundraising projects are not accepted at the drop-off locations. Instead, such trees can be dropped off until Jan. 23 at the greenery for a nominal fee.


Solana Beach City Council gives local organizations grants BY KRISTINA HOUCK A total of 13 organizations requested $55,500 in aid, but the Solana Beach City Council had only $15,000 to distribute from its annual Community Grant Program during the Dec. 11 meeting. In a 5-0 vote, council members awarded $5,000 to Community Resource Center. The center requested $5,000 for its annual Holiday Baskets, which will take place Dec. 2123 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito requested $4,700 and received $2,200 to help fund college nights at the La Colonia branch, where volunteers assist teenagers with college and financial aid applications. The St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, an organization that provides services to the low-income community members with no insurance, requested $5,000 and received $2,000. The Del Sol Lions and Kids Korps USA each received $1,500, and Casa De Amistad and La Colonia de Eden Gardens each received $1,000. BikeWalkSolana received $800. The city received 13 grant applications. Other applicants included A Ship in the Woods, Earl Warren Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association, Miracle League of San Diego, North Coast Repertory Theatre and SeaWeeders. All but one applicant, Miracle League of San Diego, gave a presentation to council members about their programs during the Nov. 13 council meeting. With assistance from Santa Fe Christian Schools, the city funded requests totaling $32,990 last year. The school once again provided matching funds this year for the $15,000 — $5,000 each from the city, EDCO and Waste Management. Santa Fe Christian Schools has agreed to once again match funds, granting $4,000 to La Colonia de Eden Gardens, $4,000 to Casa De Amistad, $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, $2,500 to Kids Korps USA, and $2,000 to the St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program. Applicants were required to be nonprofit organizations that serve the Solana Beach community. A maximum of $5,000 could be awarded to any one program. Last year’s recipients were the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito, Community Resource Center, Earl Warren Middle School PTSA, Kids Korps USA, St. James and St. Leo Medical and Dental Program, and the Center for Academic and Social Advancement. North Coast Rep received a grant from the Reserve Public Arts Account.

Fair board approves $25,000 for struggling agency BY JOE TASH One year after coming to the rescue of a tiny, struggling county fair in Northern California with a $100,000 cash infusion, Del Mar fairgrounds officials agreed to give the fair another $25,000 next year. The 22nd District Agricultural Association board, which runs the state-owned Del Mar fairgrounds, voted unanimously Dec. 17 to provide the funding to the Modoc County Fair. State officials and a private foundation are expected to provide another $75,000 in matching grants. Modoc fair manager Danette DePaul told the 22nd DAA board last year that her fair was in danger of closing for good without the assistance. This year, she said support is still needed as the fair explores sources of additional funding, such as organized mountain bike rides and providing goods or services to thousands of people who pass through Modoc County on the way to and from the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Modoc County is in the northeast corner of the state, and its population is about 9,700. Recent funding cuts by the state have put small fairs such as Modoc in jeopardy. DePaul said the Modoc County fairgrounds is an important community resource, used for a variety of purposes from entertainment venue to emergency evacuation center to high school prom site.

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Jake’s Del Mar announces ‘Educator of the Month’ honorees Jake’s Del Mar announced its recent Educator of the Month honorees. Jake’s Educator of the Month program, established in 1990, recognizes outstanding educators and faculty from schools in the North County Communities of Del Mar, Carmel Valley and Solana Beach. Each winner receives a $40 gift certificate to dine at Jake’s Del Mar. These honorees include: Mariebelle Oliva, Trish Portella, Dina Irwin (Ashley Falls School), Kathryn Symington, Katie Gomez, Jason Bethurum (Carmel Del Mar School), Andy Smith, Desiree Keeter, Paige Rollins (Del Mar Heights School), Erin Zoumaras , Carlos Ramirez , Terra Barton (Del Mar Hills Academy of Arts and Sciences), Monica Tech, Alfonso Gomez, Valerie Zukowski (Ocean Air School), Shannon O’Connell, Marian Rubino, Tina Aboud (Sage Canyon School), Meg Money, Jason Billings, Jill Wojtkowski (Sycamore Ridge), Tracy Garber, Nora Rodriguez, Sara Nielsen (Torrey Hills School), Shirley Willadsen, Elizabeth Harr, Susan Deely (Notre Dame Academy), Trevor Hays, Cyndy Mc-

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Proposal to name trail for Kehoe approved by board BY JOE TASH A proposal to name a new section of trail along the San Dieguito River for former state Sen. Christine Kehoe was approved unanimously by the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The board runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds and will soon launch a $5 million to $7 million habitat restoration project on a former dirt parking lot on the south side of the property. As part of that project, a trail along the river, and a wetlands buffer, will be created. Those riverside improvements will be dedicated to Kehoe through signs installed along the trail. While the 22nd DAA has long supported the trail and buffer, the agency opposed a 2010 bill authored by Kehoe that would have mandated the improvements be made sooner than planned. However, board member Adam Day credited Kehoe with championing the trail and other environmental issues, and this month proposed naming the trail in her honor.

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Del Mar Heights brothers donate profits from their business to Project Concern International BY KAREN BILLING Two of Del Mar’s youngest entrepreneurs, Thomas and Mickey Heine, are using their business sense to make a difference in the world. Their company, T&M World Bead, sells bracelets made with African-sourced beads but instead of spending their $1,000 in earnings, they donated the funds to Project Concern International (PCI), a San Diego-based nonprofit that seeks to prevent disease, improve community health and promote sustainable development worldwide. “We just wanted to get PCI money to help kids out,” said Thomas, a 12-year-old sixth grader at Del Mar Heights. “I hope that the company does grow and expand and maybe go overseas.” The organization has programs that target women’s empowerment, food and water programs, children’s health, and poverty all over the world in places such as Bolivia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Haiti and Tanzania. PCI also provides disaster recovery such as its recent efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. In the Philippines, PCI has been distributing food, hygiene supplies and basic medicines. The team is also identifying solutions to revitalize agricultural production and recover livelihoods for local fisherman and women to boost household incomes and local markets. The boys learned of PCI as their mother Uli has worked with PCI for 20 years and now serves as the organization’s director of development. Her travels to Africa on PCI trips brought back the art of bead making, which she taught to her sons and brought to Del Mar Heights last February. Last year, Heights second and fourth graders made beads to make necklaces that were sold at PCI’s Walk for Water in which people carry buckets of water for the 5K course to experience what it is like daily for people in areas of Africa with water shortages. After learning how to make the beads and selling their wares, Thomas decided to start their own company, tapping on the real world skills he learned at Junior Achievement, a financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship program offered at Heights. “Junior Achievement was the first influence on how to

T&M World Bead. Bracelets have been sold at the Del Mar Art Stroll and at a recent Junior Achievement event at BizTown in Mission Valley. While Thomas pays his Otterson sibling employees, all the profits go back into building the business and making money for PCI. Both of Thomas’ parents, Uli and Mark, are very proud of their sons’ efforts. “Thomas and Mickey are more aware that one-third of the world’s population lives in pretty desperate circumstances because of Uli’s job,” said dad Mark. “They know PCI serves a lot of children and for them it’s second nature to want to give and help out. They did this by choice and that’s a lot of money for a 12 year old and 9 year old to give up, especially ones that don’t have Playstation.” To order a bracelet online, visit To learn more about PCI, visit

Register for January’s Carmel Valley 5K Thomas and Mickey Heine have donated their profits from their business T&M World Bead to Project Concern International. Courtesy photo run a business, but my mom and dad helped me along the way with tips,” Thomas said. Thomas made himself CEO and younger brother Mickey, 9, became CFO. “He’s a great partner, he’s fun to be around,” Thomas said of Mickey. Friends Billy and Bella Otterson of La Jolla became the company manager and supervisor respectively. On the company website, Billy is described as “full of humor and creative juices” and Bella as a hard worker who “always tries to make everything as fun as possible while still getting the job done.” They no longer make their own beads — Thomas sources his beads through fair trade from women in Uganda for

December is the last month to register before the prices go up for the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K, planed for Saturday, Jan. 25. As of last week the 5K was 70 percent sold out and there were only 50 spots left in the one mile fun run. The challenging and unique 5K course begins at Carmel Del Mar School and heads south on Carmel Creek Road to the CVREP bike trail along SR-56. The tree-lined out and back path takes runners on some rolling hills before heading back to the Carmel Del Mar finish. The one mile fun run is a stroller-friendly course on the Carmel Del Mar campus. The post party will be filled with expo booths, a silent auction, face painting, jumpies, live music and dancing. Last year the race raised over $38,000 for the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation and the organizers are hoping for a successful event again this year The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the one mile fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be an option to be chip timed and all 5K runners will receive a performance t-shirt. To register or for more information, visit

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Family donates new bicycles to district families in need through Solana Highlands Care and Share program BY KAREN BILLING The Care and Share program at Solana Highlands Elementary School is an annual tradition that helps make the holidays brighter for district families who are less fortunate. Every year, each school classroom adopts a family and students are encouraged to donate what they can to ensure a happy holiday. For the second year in a row the Fowler girls, mom Catryn and daughters Carolyna and Emily, have made the donation of two shiny new bicycles for the kids. The girls were inspired by their godfather Eric Jones, who along with Mark McMillin, established BIA Cares, a Builders Industry Association’s bike drive that has provided bikes to more than 6,750 children and 75 charities in San Diego. It has become a Fowler family tradition to help distribute the bikes with BIA Cares and do their own part by purchasing bikes for Care and Share. “It is very rewarding to know that children who will receive these bikes will most likely remember this

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Solana Beach students sell Rainbow Loom bracelets to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts BY KRISTINA HOUCK Solana Beach students used the latest craze for a good cause last week. To help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Skyline Elementary School students sold Rainbow Loom bracelets during an after-school fundraiser Dec. 10. “It’s really exciting when they have ownership,” said teacher Tiffany Farnsworth. Her third- and fourth-grade combination class organized the sale. “They understand the need and they’re able to actually do something — in this case, by creating Rainbow Looms for others.” More than 6,000 people were killed in the Nov. 8 super typhoon, and nearly 1,800 people are still missing. Farnsworth’s class learned about the devastation while reading Time for Kids, a news magazine geared toward students in grades K-6. Farnsworth asked her students to come up with fundraising ideas during Thanksgiving break to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Students would share their ideas when they returned to school. Passionate about Rainbow Loom like many of her peers, fourth grader Avery Lee thought she and her classmates could weave and sell the colorful rubber band bracelets. “We actually wanted to do it,” Avery said. “We wanted to help them. What if it happened to us?” Avery shared her idea with her mother, who helped her daughter contact her classmates during the holiday break. The children created bracelets, as well as rings, necklaces, charms and backpack chains. “I was proud and impressed,” said Beth Lee, Avery’s mother. “They had global awareness and saw how they could help.” As soon as the bell rang and school ended Dec. 10, students swarmed the table to donate to the effort. The oneday sale was so successful, Avery said she and her classmates plan to create even more bracelets and hold another fundraiser.

BICYCLES Skyline Elementary School students sold Rainbow Loom bracelets to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Photo/Kristina Houck Funds raised will go to Project Concern International, a San Diego-based humanitarian organization. Avery’s father, Christopher Lee, works at PCI, which recently dispatched a humanitarian rapid response and assessment team to the Philippines. Currently operating in 16 countries, PCI focuses on preventing disease, ensuring maternal and child health, improving food security and livelihoods, and providing humanitarian assistance. “Kids can make a difference,” Farnsworth said. “If they work together, they can make an even bigger difference.” For more information about PCI, visit www.pciglobal. org


“Solana Vista is very grateful for the ongoing Care and Share partnership that we’ve had with Solana Highlands over the years,” said Solana Vista Principal Lisa Platt. “Each holiday season their families adopt close to 30 of our families in need, providing gifts and good cheer to our neediest children and their parents. The Highlands community goes above and beyond with their thoughtfulness and gift giving, and our families are truly touched by their generosity and goodwill.” Emily’s school, Solana Pacific Elementary, where she is in sixth grade, is do-

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Surf Girls U10 Premier team wins Championship (Right) The Surf Girls U10 Premier team won the 1st place Championship and went undefeated recently at the Tustin Winter Cup. The coach is Shana Carr. Girls as pictured: Grace Hughes, Allysa Bryant, Emma White, Maddie Cramer, Alex Mohr, Karina Parikh, Kaia LeeGuest, Ellie Tecca, Avery Nicohlas and Gabby Pytlik.

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Del Mar/Carmel Valley Sharks U10 Gold All-Star DMCV Sharks BU10 White wins Coronado Holiday Cup! team finalists at Mesa All-Star Tournament The DMCV Sharks BU10 team, coached by John Burson, won the Coronado Holiday Cup held on Dec. 14-15 at Tidelands Park. The boys defeated a tough Carlsbad Lightning team to advance to the finals against host team Nado. During the finals the Sharks scored first but then found themselves down 3-1 with only 10 minutes to play. The team poured on the pressure and with the combination play of Mateo Pacelli and Stefano Brunetto, who together scored 3 quick goals, the Sharks were able to pull off a victory, 4-3! The team now hopes to use this momentum as they prepare for State Cup at the end of January. Back row: Coach John Burson; Middle row: Duncan Hawe, Hank Underwood, Spencer Zhang, Gage Goodemote; Front row: Lucas Liu, Tommaso Lanza-Billetta, Luca Bombelli, Stefano Brunetto, Mateo Pacelli, Colin O’Neal, Eli Sanchez and Zack Van Den Einde


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San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update Superintendent Rick Schmitt plans to update the greater San Dieguito Union High School District community through the local media with a monthly update. Topics covered will include curriculum, facilities, budget, safety, and other specific and special interest topics. Today’s update focuses on the High School Selection Process. BY RICK SCHMITT The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) serves students in grades 7-12 from the communities of South Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Solana Beach, Carmel Valley, and Del Mar. Families from all over the world are attracted to SDUHSD for its stellar reputation, built upon years of educational excellence and high achievement. Our mission is to develop a community of lifelong learners, creative thinkers, and responsible individuals, by providing innovative and top- quality educational programs in a safe and supportive environment. When it comes to providing students with a well-rounded experience encompassing academics, athletics and extra-curricular opportunities, SDUHSD is second to none, with our graduates prepared to pursue higher education at

top universities and to pursue fulfilling careers. One of the unique features of SDUHSD is our High School Selection program. Through this process, families in the San Dieguito Union High School District may choose to send their children to any of our four excellent high schools – Canyon Crest Academy (CCA), La Costa Canyon High School (LCCHS), San Dieguito Academy (SDA), or Torrey Pines High School (TPHS). Each of our high schools offers a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum, which differs in unique and distinct ways. We believe that offering students a choice of unique schools helps families select a school that best meets the unique needs of each individual student. All students in the district live in the attendance area for either Torrey Pines High School or La Costa Canyon High School and are guaranteed attendance at their “boundary school.” Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy do not have attendance boundaries and are open on an equal basis to any student residing within our district, regardless of where within the district the student resides. With the High School Selection Process students and families have three options: 1) To attend

their boundary school; 2) To apply for an intra-district transfer to attend the other boundary school (either TPHS or LCCHS) – ad- Rick Schmitt mittance to a boundary school via intra-district transfer is guaranteed unless the school is already at or over capacity; 3) To apply to attend one of the academy schools. Each year all 8th grade students, students new to the district and students wishing to change high schools must declare which of the four high schools they would like to attend through the High School Selection Process. Students may select only one school for attendance. Students currently attending the high school of their choice do not need to make a new selection unless they wish to change schools for the following year. Historically, more students have applied to Canyon Crest Academy and San Dieguito Academy than there have been spaces available. When this occurs, a lottery is conducted to determine, in an equitable manner, who is admitted. The lottery is random and students may not earn priority status for any reason

The shift to Common Core: A rushed solution? [Marsha Sutton’s column] about our transition to Common Core educational standards leads with the observation that we now, belatedly, know students are graduating from school “without the skills and knowledge they need for success.” It does not say whether at some point there was a falling off in previous educational standards or if the world today now requires more of young people than it did in the past. (Perhaps that question has been addressed previously.) Based on this [column], I understand only that (a) college professors and employers are objecting to the capabilities of high school graduates who nevertheless have good test scores and grades and (b) consequently, public schools are transitioning to a form of instruction “quite different” from that used previously. I don’t know if Common Core will bring improvement but, like Ms. Sutton, I’m bewildered by the news that the old system was so bad. Her [column] uses the third person in referring to students who supposedly have been poorly educated up till now. Do those former students also include us? Do they include the professors and employers who are now complaining? In other words, do all of us have inferior educations, regardless of grades and test scores we earned in the past? If not, at what point did things change? Is this perhaps a phenomenon peculiar only to some schools or school districts? In that case, how closely does Common Core correspond with what the good schools were already doing? Until such points are clarified, my default view is that once again central planners may have rushed to a solution without adequately defining the problem. On the other hand, central planners tend not to show interest in the views of people like me. Stephen Gallup LETTERS POLICY: Topical letters to the editor are encouraged. Submissions should include a full name, address, e-mail address (if available) and a telephone number for verification purposes. We do not publish anonymous letters and there are length limits. E-mailed submissions are preferred to Letters may be edited. The letters/columns published are the author’s opinion only and do not reflect the opinion of this newspaper.

other than having a sibling who already attends and will continue to attend Canyon Crest Academy or San Dieguito Academy. If a student applies to attend one of the Academies and is not admitted due to lack of space, that student is automatically enrolled in the “boundary school” of residence (TPHS or LCCHS). For the 2014-15 school year, students will make their selections online beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 through Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4 p.m. If students do not declare which high school they want to attend during this selection window, they will automatically be enrolled at their “boundary school” (TPHS or LCCHS). If applications exceed available space at one or both of the Academies, a lottery will be held on Tuesday March 18, 2014 and families will be notified of the results by March 25, 2014. In order to assist students and families in making a thoughtful and informed high school choice, each of our high schools provides information to prospective students online and through campus tours and information nights. For more information about each of our high schools, the High School Selection Process, and SDUHSD go to the district’s website at You can follow Superintendent Schmitt on Facebook, (, and Twitter, (https://twitter. com/SDUHSD_Supt).

Here they go again Look out Solana Beach voters! The same people that talked you into signing their petition for the upcoming costly special election are at it again. This time they want you to believe that our City Council doesn’t have the right to challenge a farmed-out report that failed to fully disclose and analyze the impacts of Prop B. They also want you to believe Prop B will not have negative impacts. On Nov. 26 our City Attorney sent a letter to the author of the report informing her “The Report does not discuss or analyze the following significant impacts .…” Our city attorney’s letter goes on to list numerous important significant impacts that were not disclosed in the report. For example, the fiscal impacts related to potential legal challenges to the poorly worded Prop B. In addition, there will be important impacts on the community that will result from changes to our city codes, including negative impacts caused by creating a special exemption to parking codes. Lets get the facts straight. The “report” that Prop B proponents are desperately trying to hang their hat on was not mandated by law. Further, the report was not binding and did not make any representation that it was comprehensive or complete. It was merely an incidental informational report. The Council had every right to reject it. This not the first, second or even third time that a Solana Beach City Council has rejected the conclusions of a commissioned report. Councils have challenged and rejected past reports on traffic, parking and other environmental studies done on the I-5 Freeway widening, Magellan/Gateway hotel condominium project, Cedros Crossing Train Station project and the Vons expansion. If you live near one of those projects then you’ve benefited from this Council’s diligent oversight. In truth, we’ve all benefited. It is our City Council’s job to protect all neighborhoods and the public’s access to our beach and parks. Vote “No” on Prop B to ensure your City Council retains the right to protect all of Solana Beach — because next time it might be you that’s impacted. Don’t let the Prop B proponents fool you again. They’ve already cost taxpayers $200,000 for THIS first special election. And who will pay for the next election that will be required to fix the problems created by Prop B? Who will pay the hefty legal fees required to defend the lawsuits that are waiting to be filed as a result of the poorly written language in Prop B? We, the taxpayers, will all pay for the mistakes of those that brought us Prop B. When you vote on Feb. 11 vote “No” on Prop B! It’s easy to remember that B = Bad News! Ona Russell Solana Beach


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Letters to the Editor/Opinion Leave the SB City Council’s policy in place It’s a warm and beautiful summer day in Solana Beach and you have plans to take the family to Fletcher Cove to enjoy an afternoon at the beach. You prepare a picnic lunch, gather up the kids and head to the beach only to find that not a single parking space is available in the vicinity of Fletcher Cove. You head home with a carload of unhappy kids. You later learn that on that sunny day a total of 100 people were attending a private party at the Fletcher Cove Community Center (FCCC) and, except for two handicapped spaces, the FCCC has no onsite parking. If Proposition B is enacted in February, this scene will occur time and again every Saturday and Sunday because passage of Proposition B will allow private parties of up to 100 people on two days of every weekend at FCCC. This means 60 additional automobiles will be competing with surfers, beach goers and shoppers for the already limited parking in the area. Should private parties be allowed at the Community Center? Yes, but at a much lower intensity regarding frequency and number of attendees, which is reflected in the current compromise City policy already voted in place by the City Council. The City policy allows for one private party for up to 50 people on every other weekend. Recently there have been editorials highlighting the findings included in a report which was prepared by an outside legal firm to analyze the effect of the proposed FCCC initiative measure (Proposition B). The report concludes that there are not expected to be adverse impacts to traffic and parking. Obviously in reaching its conclusion the legal firm did not analyze the Brohard report, which is included in the public record and available at the City. The Brohard report, prepared by a licensed traffic engineer with over 40 years experience, states that “the expansion of use for the FCCC to allow up to 100 attendees twice per week will cause impacts on parking in the surrounding neighborhood and to the public parking lots.” The Brohard report goes further to conclude “the evidence (contained in the environmental documents) cannot reach a conclusion of no significant impact on parking and also, there is a complete absence of any mitigation for the impacts on parking.” The City Council, at its meeting of Nov. 26, directed the City Attorney to respond to the legal firm’s report findings. The City Attorney’s letter to the report preparer states “Contrary to conclusions in the Report, there could be significant impacts if the initiative is adopted.” In addition to parking impacts, the letter states that there could be significant fiscal impacts to the City in defending potential legal challenges to the initiative. Finally, and of most importance, if the measure passes, the City Council is powerless to make any changes to the initiatives’ provisions without the cost of another city wide election. The cost of Proposition B, forced on voters by the initiatives’ sponsors, is estimated at $200,000. Leave the Council’s policy in place. Vote “no” on Proposition B. Richard Jacobs Solana Beach

Torrey Pines Park: Don’t fence me in BY GORDON CLANTON As one who loves the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, I am concerned by the greatly expanded use of peeled-pole fencing in the park. In recent months the intrusive fencing has been installed around parking lots and trailheads and on some trails and overlooks. Peeled pole fences are built of round wooden posts and crossbars, carefully fitted together – something of a Lincoln Logs look. Their rustic appearance makes them aesthetically preferable to most other types of fencing in a beautiful natural area such as the Torrey Pines Park — but only where fencing is needed. The problem, as I see it, is that park administrators have installed way too much of the new fencing. They have installed fencing where it is not needed. And judging from the ever-growing piles of peeled poles in the park, they apparently plan to build a lot more of this fencing – too much of a good thing.

The n e w fences, in my v i e w, constitute a barrier to the visual enjoyment of the scenic landscape. The fences are a kind of visual litter that interferes with the experience of sacred space. Fences regularize and make square open spaces that should flow into one another. Nature hates straight lines. I can imagine no greater ugly-fication of Torrey Pines Park than to add peeled-pole fencing along the main trails to Razor Point, Yucca Point, and the beach at Flat Rock. Imagine how bad that would look from Red Butte, all those straight lines crossing nature’s unruly landscape. I acknowledge the need for barriers to keep hikers on developed trials, to discourage the short cuts that kill plants and animals and encourage erosion. But these

practical goals are easily achieved by the existing system of trails marked by steel cables slung between low wooden posts. These barriers are much less visually intrusive, all but invisible from a distance. I am told the peeledpole fencing project is an activity of the Boy Scouts of America: Good deeds run amuck. As America has an almost-unlimited supply of Boy Scouts, I am concerned that nothing can be done to prevent the further fence-ification of Torrey Pines Park – like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice sequence in “Fantasia.” If you share my concern that our beloved state reserve not be over-fenced, please contact Supervising Ranger Dylan Hardenbrook at gov De-fence! De-Fence! And help us think of another project for the Boy Scouts. Gordon Clanton teaches Sociology at San Diego State University. He welcomes comments at


Why is it OK to increase traffic in other communities? I have lived in Carmel Valley since 1984 and have certainly seen the changes that have occurred over the years. I find it interesting that people keep focusing on traffic that One Paseo is going to add. (For the record, I am not for or opposed to the project.) What people fail to understand is that people visiting the shopping center are doing so throughout the day, they don’t all go there at the same time. Traffic on Del Mar Heights Road is bad in the morning going to the 5 freeway and in the evening going the other direction. The cause of this? Increased development out east on Carmel Valley Road. With increased traffic on 56, those living east take Del Mar Heights Road. This is only going to get worse not better. With no interchange between 5 and 56, surface streets suffer. Carmel Valley developers have been allowed to keep building homes but services have lagged far behind. Why is it that it is OK for residents of Carmel Valley to drive to Encinitas and Carmel Mountain and increase traffic in those cities, but we don’t want “traffic” in ours. Maybe those who oppose One Paseo should have not been so hasty when Costco wanted to build on that same location. Of course those same “traffic” complaints were used then. Donna W. Close Carmel Valley

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club should eliminate marijuana smoking from the summer concerts I was at the Del Mar Fair Board of Directors monthly meeting [Dec. 17] and I was concerned that perhaps they did not have all the perspectives regarding the problems with the marijuana smoking at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club summer concert series that was discussed. As an adolescent addiction specialist I have been concerned about the public comments regarding pervasive marijuana smoking at the 2013 summer concerts following the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club races in your newspapers and at the monthly board meetings. The very successful smoke-free policies enacted by the board for the San Diego County Fair has brought kudos from the public health community and parents. These excellent smoke-free policies were brought to the horse race concerts four years ago and I know that I have enjoyed the experience of attending outdoor smoke-free concerts at the beautiful Fairgrounds location. Unfortunately, a couple of the concerts weren’t so enjoyable, with tobacco smoking and marijuana smoking changing the smoke-free atmosphere. With each succeeding year the choice of concerts brought more bands whose reputation was known to attract attendees looking for smoking location, primarily marijuana. The responsible thing to do is eliminate marijuana smoking from these summer weekend concerts through meaningful enforcement activities. These concerts are open to families and children of all ages. Inaction and a “wink and nod” attitude by the Fairgrounds enforcement staff silently condones usage, and overlook scientific evidence that demonstrate marijuana use is harmful, especially for youth. Since only 11 percent of the San Diego population smokes, I don’t know why we can’t more quickly enforce the no-smoking rules. The intent of enforcement at summer concerts can be less about fining tobacco smokers and marijuana users and more about reinforcing the message that tobacco use is unpleasant and unhealthy, and marijuana use is illegal and inappropriate for a publicly-owned location, and both are prohibited by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club rules. Marijuana use should be prevented, not promoted through the relaxation of law enforcement at Fairgrounds concerts. There are critical, research-based reasons for doing so. Intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, problems with memory, and is linked to IQ loss and even the impairment of motor coordination. According to an article in the 2012 edition of the British Medical Journal, reaction time in driving is reduced with marijuana use, increasing the risk of car crashes. The adolescent brain is particularly susceptible to THC’s harmful and addictive effects. Today’s marijuana has higher concentrations of THC levels, with serious long-term negative impact on youth brain development, mental health (it is linked to psychosis, anxiety and schizophrenia), academic success, and career/job prospects. In addition, research suggests that one in six adolescents who use marijuana will become dependent on it. The “Smart Approaches to Marijuana” website ( declares that it’s time to “ honest about the drug’s real dangers.” Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy states on this website that we cannot promote ... “permissiveness for a drug that directly contributes to mental illness.” I would urge the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and law enforcement to make 2014 summer concerts truly smoke-free as they are supposed to be, sending a clear message that illegal activity on public lands will not be condoned or tolerated. Jessica MacNeil, Solana Beach

Fencing near the Torrey Pines Park entrance. Photo/Ann Gardner.


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Torrey Pines Varsity and JV rugby teams victorious at recent games

DMCV Sharks Girls Div 3 Tournament Champions Congratulations to Coach Andy Marks, Coach JC Duncan and the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Division 3 Girls All Star Soccer team for winning both the Girls Div 3 U14 La Jolla and Mesa All Star Soccer Tournaments (team championship photos above). In both tournaments the team demonstrated great offense and defense with 38 goals scored and only 3 goals scored against. Coach Andy Marks, JC Duncan and their Division 3 All Star Team are to be congratulated for their incredible display of teamwork, skilled play both offensively and defensively and outstanding sportsmanship. This is the second year in a row that this team won the La Jolla tournament and the fourth year in a row that they won the Mesa tournament. Tournament Schedules and Stats: La Jolla Tournament: Sharks vs La Jolla: W 6-0, Sharks vs. CSC: W 7-1, Sharks vs PQ: W 2-1 Overtime Sudden Death, Championship: Sharks vs CSC: W 6-0. Mesa Tournament: Sharks vs PQ: W 2-0, Sharks vs Vista: L 0-1, Sharks vs Solana Beach: W 4-0, Sharks vs Valley Center: W 2-0, Sharks vs Tierrasanta: W 5-0, Championship: Sharks vs Vista: W 4-0 Sharks Girls Div 3 All Star Champions: Sara Anderson, Anya Bouzida, Taylor Chmelka, Amelia Clayton, Cameron Doheny, Sela Duncan, Tamar Ervin, Sharon Kravzov, Inde Lauer, Charlotte Maher, Emma Marks, Miranda Rafner, Camryn Ramseyer, Caitlin Sansone, Arielle Shahrabani, Christine Shoemaker, Addie Stewart

Torrey Pines sophomore Ben Spitters takes a pass from teammate Lucas Cruz (on ground) during the Junior Varsity’s 46-14 victory over High Tech High/Pt. Loma Dec. 14. Team Captain and forward Brandon Cole broke open a scoreless tie at the 10-minute mark of the first half to help lead the 2-0 Torrey Pines squad. Alec Packer led the JV with three tries, while scrum half Bryce Pickwell (far right, standing) had two. Tito Angulo had two assists off brilliant runs to set-up teammates Raul Frias and Packer, while a dynamic dash up the middle by Spitters added another try. Also shown: (L to R) Jack Roberts, Kevin Misak, Frias. Rio Reinholz (forwards) and Cruz (backs) were named “Men of the Match” for their overall strong play. The Torrey Pines JV have never lost a match in the four years of their existence. The team opens at home this Saturday, Dec. 21, against University City / Clairemont at the upper grass field at Torrey Pines High School. The match starts at 10:30 a.m. Varsity at noon. Photo/Susie Talman. Report by Tim Pickwell

Manchester Soccer Club to hold tryouts for 2014 season Manchester Soccer Club is a local community competitive soccer club based in Carmel Valley. Manchester Soccer Club has built a successful competitive soccer program over the last 10 years based on the principles of hard work, commitment and dedication to becoming better at the game of soccer. As part of the ongoing evolution of soccer in the local community and beyond, the club continues to move forward with a number of new initiatives and organizational changes for the upcoming 2014 season. Manchester Soccer Club recently announced its organizational and development plan for the 2014 soccer season. Jeff Illingworth, currently Director of Recruiting, will take on the role of Executive Director of Coaching for the 2014 season. Denis Sweeney, current administrator for fields and the U7 program will take on responsibilities of club Assistant Manager responsible for the strategic direction of the club in the 2014 – 2016 time frame. Manchester Soccer Club tryouts for both boys and girls in the U7 – U10 age groups will be held Jan. 13 – 16, 2014. The tryouts will be held at Ashley Falls Park located at 13030 Ashley Falls Dr, San Diego, CA 92130. Tryout times are 3:15 – 5 p.m. The tryout schedule is as follows: •Age Group: U7 and U8: Jan. 13 and Jan. 15 •Age Group: U9 and U10: Jan. 14 and Jan. 16 Indoor Futsal training begins on Wednesday Jan. 15, 2014 and runs for seven consecutive Wednesdays at the Boys and Girls Club in Carmel Valley. Sessions start at 3:30 p.m.. The Boys and Girls Club is located at 3800 Mykonos Ln San Diego, CA. For additional information, contact Jeff Illingworth at 619-933-6769.

Torrey Pines scrum half Bryce Watson digs a ball out of a ruck during the Varsity’s 64-12 beat down of High Tech High/Pt. Loma Dec. 14 at Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach. Teammates Dany Schevchenko, David Groesbeck, and Patrick Foran lean into the pile. Dean Karam (upper right) was named man of the match with 17 tackles and many timely line breaks (runs). Jake Goena, a senior inside center, scored two tries on hard, physical runs. Wing Devin Slubowski showed superior speed in outrunning the High Tech High defense to score the Varsity’s first three tries. Newcomer Brad Chapman got his first start ever at flanker. “I was very impressed with the backline attack today,” said Head Coach Matty Sandoval. “The forwards need to pick up their end of things. As a group we are headed in the right direction, but have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be by season’s end.” Sandoval especially praised the play of scrummie Watson. “Bryce took a big step up as field general at scrumhalf, marshaling the forwards all over the pitch, and delivering crisp passes to the backline.” Torrey Pines (2-0) are the defending San Diego Section champs. The team opens at home this Saturday, Dec. 21, against University City /Clairemont on the upper grass field at Torrey Pines High School. Match starts at noon. JV plays at 10:30 a.m. Photo/Susie Talman. Report by Tim Pickwell


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Sharks Boys U13 White Team takes Xolos USA Winter Festival The DMCV Sharks Boys U13 White team took the trophy at the recent Xolos USA Winter Festival soccer tournament in the top bracket. The Sharks were directed by Coach Roy Ashcroft. The bracket was strong, but the defense showed up tough allowing only two single goals in the entire tournament. The final was a replay of their only loss to a strong IUSC Brasil team (0-1). In the final, the boys scored on a team effort in the final two minutes to take the tournament title (1-0). The boys are working hard this year to start fundraising for a trip to England next summer to face EPL Academy teams in scrimmages and practices to continue to develop their soccer skills. They had a strong season (4th) in the San Diego County Development Academy with the top four teams all within 3 points of each other. This is the fourth tournament win this year for the team along with a second place in the Las Vegas Cup to start the year last January. They also won the Escondido Kickin’ it Challenge for breast cancer in Escondido, the Copa Del Mar Tournament, and the Rancho Santa Fe Attack Summer Classic Tournament. Anyone that would like to help the boys with fundraising can contact John Garvey at Back row Left to Right Mattias Weiland, Alan Edmonds, Mikey Marsal, Carsten Nahum, Derek Bragado, Jun Oh, Jonathan Garvey, Goalie Sean Powers, Jack Bosman, Justin Zhang and Coach Roy Ashcroft; Front row Haris Sarwary, Eugene Egorov, Daniel Blacher, Brandon Teren, Rishab Jain, Alex Vartabedian, not pictured Kai Johnson



Sharks Girls U10 White Team Champions of Coronado Holiday Cup The Sharks Girls U10 White team won the Coronado Holiday Cup, played on Dec. 14 and 15. The girls were undefeated all weekend. These soccer players beat Carlsbad Wave 2 - 1, Albion 4 - 0, FC Heat 1 - 0 in the semi-finals and Nado 4 - 1 in the finals. They are coached by Armando Gutierrez. The girls played confident all year. They just won the Presidio League season, for their division. Earlier in 2013 this team won the Attack Summer Classic Tournament and the Hotspurs Labor Day Tournament. Back row from left: Olivia Crosbie, Paige Parker, Leonie Glaesner and Coach Armando Gutierrez; Middle row from left: Kimberly Elliott, Victoria Smitham, Alexis Greene, Phoebe Lemon, Carolina Nelson, Asha Gidwani and Ava Salami; Player front row: Maggie Watts. Not pictured: Brenda Bakhit and Bella Wilson.


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Del Mar Powerhouse 13U RED runnerup in TCS Christmas Qualifier Players shine at Herman Cook Memorial Junior Golf Tournament The recent Annual Herman Cook Memorial Junior Golf Tournament featured 25 competitors from 8 to 15 years of age. Pictured above are the winners and sponsors of the event: Nikitha Gopal, 3rd place girls; Karina Camp, 1st place girls; Laurie Rose, Herman Cook’s daughter; Tommy Stephenson, 2nd place boys; Connor Cook, Herman Cook’s grandson; Alex Conley, 1st place boys; Dennis Cook, Herman Cook’s son and owner of Herman Cook VW in Encinitas; kneeling, Caroline Garay, 2nd place girls; and Jonas Appel, 3rd place boys. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to Dennis Cook and Laurie Rose for their continued support of junior golf in Encinitas.

The Powerhouse 13U RED team recently played in the 10th Annual TCS Christmas Qualifier in San Diego. Earning the #4 seed after pool play, the team rallied during elimination play to knock off the #1 seed in the semi-final game and battled to the very last out against a tough opponent in a tight, 5-4, championship game. The dominating pitching performance throughout the weekend was complemented by impressive offensive execution at the plate. In its 13th season, attracting top athletes from throughout San Diego, Del Mar Powerhouse is home to eight competitive travel teams this 2013/2014 season. Teams from ages 8U to 13U compete throughout Southern California and National tournaments. Team tryouts are held each June. Mid-season individual tryouts are held as needed. Please contact Powerhouse at or visit the website at www.delmarpowerhouse. com for more information. Back Row, L-R: Coach Jason Quillin, Coach Matt Chess, Stephen Klenske, Matt Caprice, Michael Schreiber, Jack Shimkin, Coach Vic Sanchez; Middle Row, L-R: Nathan Sorkin, Bryson Shores, Josh Lewis, Justin Kaplan, Will Davis; Front Row, L-R: Ryan Michalski, Bat Boy Thiego Quillin, Bennett Prag, Nick Nielsen, Evan Galluzzi, Alex Oliver, Cole Shearson ; (not pictured - Ryan Crean, Alex Garza, Bryan Cox)


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Local resident named Vice President, External Affairs Officer for The San Diego Foundation The San Diego Foundation has named Carmel Valley resident Theresa Nakata vice president, external affairs officer. She will serve on The Foundation’s Executive Leadership Team and provide strategic leadership for Marketing & Communications, Regional Outreach, San Diego Women’s Foundation, Volunteer Engagement, Community and Government Relations, the Public Policy Committee, and the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund. “We are extremely fortunate to have Theresa join The Foundation in this leadership capacity and help support our mission in the San Diego region,” said Bob Kelly, President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation. “The 22 years of marketing and communications experience as well as community and government relations experience she brings to The Foundation is a great asset to this critical role. Her proven ability to develop and sustain a clear vision, objectives and action plans to guide organizational efforts will be instrumental in supporting The Foundation’s commitment to excellence and community engagement.” For the last seven years, Nakata served as the senior vice president of marketing for Pierce Education Properties. She was responsible for business development, sales, market research, community relations, public relations and advertising for corporate, the $200 million student housing portfolio, thirdparty management contracts and real estate development contracts. Prior to her term at Pierce Education Properties, Nakata served six years as

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Actor Jeffrey Tambor inspires others to follow their dreams

BY KRISTINA HOUCK Jeffrey Tambor was 9 when he decided he wanted to be an actor. He had stumbled upon a rehearsal at the theater across the street from his San Francisco home. “It was the first time I ever felt love,” Tambor said. “It was the first time I ever felt connection. The first time I ever felt my own power. The first time I ever felt God. “I found my purpose.” For 40 years, Tambor has starred in numerous television shows and movies, including “Arrested Development” and “The Hangover” films. But he almost let fear keep him from his passion. Tambor talked about overcoming fear and chasing passion during the second annual “Inspiring Minds Speaker Series” on Dec. 10 at Congregation Beth Am in Carmel Valley. His one-man show “What’s Keeping You from Performing Your Life?” encouraged audience members to discover what’s been holding them back from reaching their dreams. Born in San Francisco, Tambor was the son of a housewife and a contractor. As a child, he had a bilateral lisp and was overweight. His family “put the ‘D’ back in dysfunctional,” he said. “People think this story is about happiness,” Tambor said. “I am the son of Russian Hungarian Jews, so I know nothing about happiness.” Tambor eventually found happiness in acting and reading — he’s part owner of a Los Angelesbased bookstore. But when the 69-yearold actor achieved success early in his career, he let fear

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Juli Bear, Wende Goodman Rabbi David Kornberg and actor Jeffrey Tambor. Photos/Jon Clark overcome him. He was scared of losing success. “When I got successful, that’s when the trouble started with me,” he said. “I would drive to the set the night before to practice driving to the set. I would take the call sheet and memorize the call sheet. I would learn lines over and over until I learned them so much that I didn’t know them. I drove myself crazy. I lost my confidence.” Tambor recalled auditioning for a Bounce dryer sheet commercial. He didn’t have to be on set until 6 p.m., but he showed up at 6 a.m. He practiced his line, “Hey, my socks don’t cling,” over and over. When he finally got in front of the camera, he forgot his line. “My bank account got to zero, and I realized I had to beat this thing,” he said. “I believe what keeps us from our purpose, what

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Wayne Harris, Jeffrey Tambor, Naomi Harris keeps us from our dream, what keeps us from being all that we can be is a story,” Tambor said. “My story is, ‘I’m really not good enough.’” He asked the audience, “What’s your story? What’s keeping you?” After earning a master’s degree in theater arts from Wayne State University in Michigan, Tambor went on to play a variety of characters in television and film, including the role of Hank Kingsley in “The Larry Sanders Show.” His character coined the catchphrase, ‘Hey, now!’ and Tambor received four Emmy nominations for his performance. Today, Tambor lives with his wife, Kasia Ostlun, and their four children. He also has an adult daughter from a previous relationship. “Adore everything,” Tambor said. “All of it — the ups and downs — because this is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.” For more on Tambor, visit

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Budding TPHS chefs participate in county-wide high school culinary competition

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BY KAREN BILLING Torrey Pines High School was one of 12 schools to get cooking in the recent inaugural county-wide high school culinary competition. Young chefs McKenna Lewry, Laura Black Cat Kennedy, Luke Sampiere and Katarina Svinterud represented Torrey Pines at the 2013 San Diego County Career Technical Education (CTE) Master Chefs competition on Dec. 10 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Their competition dish was Asian-style peanut noodles with shrimp, colorful chopped vegetables and a lime garnish. “I think they did really well,” said teacher Kelly Coward. “I’m really proud of their knife skills, their sanitation methods and their timing — they timed it really well, which was great. And they had fun.” Students had one hour and two butane burners to put together a five-component entrée that demonstrated their culinary creativity and skills. Their dishes were then judged by an expert panel of chefs that included, among others: Ron Oliver, chef de cuisine at the Marine Room; Laura Bruce, the sous chef at The Lodge at Torrey Pines; Mark Blaauboer, the director of culinary programs at The Art Institute; and Barry Schneider, the executive chef at Premier Food Services. First through third place was awarded on Dec. 10, with Fallbrook High School taking first place, San Dieguito Academy, another team from the San Dieguito Union School District, finishing second, and Scripps Ranch taking third place. The county’s CTE (career technical education) and ROP (regional occupational program) programs help prepare students for futures in college, careers and beyond. At Torrey Pines, there is an introductory ROP class in culinary arts and one in international food. “I’ve been cooking my whole life so it was an easy transition for me into this class,” said Cat, the only junior on the team of seniors. “I learned more about the correct way to do it all.” Now a senior, the first time Luke ever cooked he was a freshman and the class has encouraged him to try out differ-

(L-R) TPHS chefs McKenna Lewry, Laura Black, Cat Kennedy, Luke Sampiere and Katarina Svinterud. Photo/Karen Billing ent recipes at home, going beyond simple cookies to playing with his grandma’s rice pilaf recipe and putting his own spin on chicken and noodle dishes. “The class introduced me to more different regional cuisines and food cultures,” Luke said. Coward selected the team who would represent Torrey Pines with an inner-class competition. Groups of students in her class were all given the same recipe to modify and add their own special touches and tweaks. The winning team worked on their recipe for about a month, taking into consideration the limitations of only having butane burners to cook with; some ideas they would not be able to execute so they had to be creative, Coward said. The original recipe called for chicken and chicken stock, but the group decided to make the dish pescatarian and switched out the chicken for shrimp and used vegetable

stock instead. They took out the siracha so it wasn’t so spicy and used a peanut sauce instead and to add a crunch, they tossed in water chestnuts. All their vegetables were hand chopped and Coward complimented Laura on her “beautiful” work, slicing while protecting her fingers and keeping her thumbs in the right spot. The team worked for their hour in a cluster of tables in the Turf Club at the fairgrounds, alongside various teams in different stages of the competition. “It was the perfect amount of time,” said Cat, unphased by the competition’s ticking clock. When the time was up, the team members then presented their dishes to the expert panel, describing their dish and answering questions, lined up in their white aprons and white and blue paper chef’s hats. Cat admits it was a little nerve-wracking having to stand in front of the judges table while they all took bites of the dish, but overall the team received positive feedback.

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Holiday High Tea with Ann Romney Ann Romney was the keynote speaker at the “Visions of Success – From Research to Reality” benefit High Tea on Dec. 9 at the Grand Del Mar. This event, underwritten by Title Sponsor “Papa” Doug Manchester, raised funds to be used to bolster research for The Vision of Children Foundation’s vision research and American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research in San Diego County. For more, see story on page A4. Most photos/Jon Clark. Photos featuring Ann Romney/ Bill Keane. For photos online, visit

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French artist makes American debut at local gallery By Kristina Houck Artist Céline Chourlet has exhibited her work around the world — even at the U.S. Embassy in Paris — but never in the U.S. The French artist is finally making her American debut at a showing at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery in Carmel Valley. The exhibit runs through Jan. 2, 2014. “We’ve got some nice, beautiful, original art from local artists, and now we’ve invited an artist from France to show her work,” said General Manager Randy Gray. Gray learned about the artist when one of his clients had a Chourlet piece framed. Greg and Marsha Mooradian discovered Chourlet’s work during a Paris vacation 12 years ago. Since then, they have collected 18 of her paintings. They have also become close friends with Chourlet. In fact, her 18-year-old daughter stayed with the Carmel Valley couple for a week in the summer. “I love the colors and vibrancy of her art,” said Marsha Mooradian, a retired art teacher. “She has evolved over the years that we’ve known her into quite a successful artist. It’s been fun to follow an artist and see their development.” Because Gray has also become a fan of her work, Mooradian encouraged her friend to showcase her paintings at the local shop, which specializes in custom framing. Mooradian has been a customer of Munro Gallery since Maggie Munro founded the business nearly a decade ago. Dr. Christy Jackson, a neurologist at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Gray’s fiancée, purchased the business in March. “It’s wonderful to have an opportunity to see a European artist here,” Mooradian said. “It’s good to be international and understand where other people are in this world. “I love her art, but I love even more the relationship that has come from collecting her art.” Munro Gallery invites the public to view nearly a dozen of Chourlet’s paintings at Munro Gallery, located at 4653 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 309 A, San Diego, 92130.

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By Diana Saenger Let’s Review! Whether a fan of Christmas Past or Christmas Present, theater patrons will find Cygnet’s “A Christmas Carol” a pièce de résistance. Based on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story, the message-filled tale has been a seasonal favorite in film, books, and on stage ever since it was written in 1843. Everyone knows the story of the hard-working Bob Cratchit, whose boss Ebenezer Scrooge doesn’t believe in Christmas or pay Cratchit enough to take care of his family, which includes the afflicted Tiny Tim. For several years, Cygnet Theatre has produced the play as a live radio show, mimicking those from the 1940s. This year, the Cygnet cast is performing a new adaptation of the story that it promises, “to be light and bright while embracing a fun and festive Christmas spirit.” This See CAROL, page B31



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Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons JOOI Club members buy, wrap gifts for children in need The Torrey Pines Friendly Falcons JOOI Club, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Del Mar - Solana Beach, spent their lunchtime on Dec. 12 wrapping gifts they had individually purchased as presents for “Straight from the Heart” foster children. The youth group had arranged for the gift-wrapping session earlier in the month to conclude their December community service project of providing gifts to needy children during the holiday season. The group works closely with the sponsoring adult Optimist Club to plan and perform worthwhile community service projects throughout the year.

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The Ronald McDonald House receives a tasty treat from local biotech Ultimate Labs

BY GLORIA LIMAS AN Almost 100 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in San Diego were served a hot and nutritious meal by over a dozen volunteers from local biotech Ultimate Labs. San Diego’s “Home Away from Home“ is for families across the country with critically ill or injured children. Many are receiving specialized medical care at Rady Children’s Hospital. The program began in 1980 for families of young cancer patients. It has now grown into a 47-room center that provides care and support for families whose children face a range of life-threatening conditions. More than 5,000 people stay at the Ronald McDonald house each year in San Diego as resident guests thanks to the volunteer program and generous community support. The Ultimate Labs team members who volunteered their evening say it’s very rewarding to add a special touch of kindness to families when they are most in need. This is one of the many community outreach projects Ultimate Labs participates in around San Diego. CEO and Carmel Valley resident Kim Lim, says. “Our motto is helping you save lives and we are proud to have helped these families who have children undergoing challenging medical procedures.” More information on the Ronald McDonald House charities can be found at https://


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Executive Chef Saga Horner brings ‘fresh’ to the menu at Zel’s Del Mar

By Kristina Houck If you order the bison burger or veggie burger at Zel’s Del Mar, you can be assured it will be served on a freshly made bun. Executive Chef Saga Horner makes the brioche buns, as well as tableside ciabatta bread, from scratch every day. “I want this place to be great,” Horner said. “That’s why I’m here.” The Del Mar restaurant opened four years ago, but Horner overhauled the entire menu when he was hired about 18 months ago. From burgers and flatbread pizza, to salads and sandwiches, the San Diego native describes the menu as “American cuisine with world influence.” At the beginning of each season, the restaurant offers a tasting menu so guests can try the latest dishes. The threecourse tasting costs $35. Six months ago, Horner decided the restaurant should serve house-made fresh bread. Now, the Solana Beach resident is adding a homemade cheeseboard to the menu. “The food definitely stands out because everything is made from scratch daily,” Horner said. Next? He plans to brew his own beer. “It’s in the early stages, but it’s going to happen here,” Horner said. “That’s what we want to do — make everything in-house and have it be like an artisan restaurant. I’m a firm believer in the craft.” Horner grew up in Carmel Mountain Ranch. His father is a financial advisor and his mother is a former caterer. Of the five children in the family, Horner was the only one who would frequent the kitchen like his mother. “She has always been my culinary influence,” said

(Left) Executive Chef Saga Horner. (Above) Cheese plate. Photos/Kristina Houck

Horner, whose mother, Elizabeth, studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. “Growing up, I was the only one in the kitchen all the time. I’ve always had a passion for it.” After graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School and briefly attending Palomar College, Horner enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland. He completed a culinary internship at Portland-based McCormick and Schmick’s Harborside at the Marina. Then he worked as a sous chef at Macadam’s Bar & Grill, which he helped launch. “The best thing about Portland — I would go forage my own mushrooms in the woods,” he said. “I would go catch 20-pound steelhead trout out of the river. I’d go to the coast and go crabbing once a week with my fellow culinary students.” Horner brought his love of fresh ingredients to his menus. He helped open La Costa Grill in Carlsbad, where he created the Happy Hour menu and managed the oyster bar. He then became the sous chef of Prepkitchen Del Mar. Horner

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Cathedral Catholic High School to hold inclusion program for students with intellectual disabilities starting September 2014 Cathedral Catholic is the first Catholic High School in California to host an inclusion program for students with intellectual disabilities. The Options Program will start September 2014 with two to four freshman students. Students enrolled in the Options Program will be included in general education classes, extracurricular activities and social events. A highly individualized education plan will be created for each student in order to best suite their needs and create their path of inclusion. Students will work towards a Certificate of Achievement upon their four years at CCHS. Those interested in applying to the Options Program should demonstrate the following criteria: •The desire to grow closer to God by taking part in spiritual opportunities provided by the school. •A willingness and ability to participate in the rights and responsibilities of students as stated in the CCHS handbook. •Minimum levels of academic achievement, indicative of success in past learning environments. •Interest in the learning process, exemplifying curiosity and motivation. •An ability to work in group situations with minimal distraction to themselves and others. •Ability to independently perform all activities of daily living. Please contact the Director of the Options Program, Megan Burton, for more information regarding CCHS’s Options Program at or (858) 523-4000 ext. 1215. The application deadline is March 7, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Cat Show set for Jan. 25-26 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

About 450 pedigree cats, as well as rescue cats and household cats, will compete in the San Diego Cat Fanciers CFA Cat Show Jan. 25 and 26 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Attendees can compete for a variety of ribbons and meet up to 41 breeds during the biggest show west of the Rockies. San Diego Cat Fanciers is devoted to the welfare of cats. The nonprofit cat club is a member club of the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc. Founded in 1906, CFA is a nonprofit organization and is the largest registry of cats. Each year, CFA sponsors more than 400 cat shows throughout the world to raise money for a variety of causes to benefit cats. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. Admission costs $9 for adults, and $7 for seniors, military and children under 12. For a $2 discount coupon and more information, visit

Gem Faire coming to Del Mar Fairgrounds

Gem Faire, West Coast’s Premier Gem & Jewelry Show, will be in Del Mar on Jan. 17-19, 2014 at Del Mar Fairgrounds/Bing Crosby Hall (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar). Hours are Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $7, valid for the entire weekend. More than 70 importers, exporters and wholesalers from around the world will be on site with the largest selection of fine jewelry, costume jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, beads, crystals, minerals, findings and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Other jewelry and beading essentials, including jewelry tools, displays and boxes will be available all under one roof. Jewelry repair, cleaning and ring sizing service is on hand while you shop. Classes and demonstrations are offered to all skill levels. Be sure to enter a door prize ballot for a chance to win cool items, with hourly drawings throughout the weekend. For more information, visit or contact Gem Faire, Inc. at 503-2528300 or

Friends of Jung to present lecture and workshop in Del Mar San Diego Friends of Jung will host a lecture and workshop in January. Dennis Patrick Slattery, a faculty member in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, will speak Jan. 10 at Winston School in Del Mar. “The Poetic Psyche, Literary Classics and Personal Myth” will explore how classical narrative influences and transforms the psyche by creating a relationship between itself and the personal myth of the reader. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Winston School, 215 Ninth St., Del Mar, 92014. Tickets cost $17 for students and seniors, and $20 for non-members. For more information, email

La Jolla Music Society presents violinist Nadir Khashimov La Jolla Music Society continues this season’s Discovery Series with Nadir Khashimov Jan. 12. at the Auditorium at TSRI (formerly the Neuroscience Institute), 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. Violinist Nadir Khashimov is the winner of numerous awards from international competitions, including first prize at the Young Musicians Republican Competition, first and special prize at the Dvarionas International Violin Competition, and first prize and grandprix at the George Enescu International Violin Competition. His La Jolla Music Society debut will feature Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Bach’s Chaconne. Prior to the performance, San Diego Youth Symphony students will perform at 2 p.m. Khashimov will begin at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $5-$30 and are available through the La Jolla Music Society ticket office at 858-459-3728 and online at

Mainly Mozart’s 26th season to kick off in Rancho Santa Fe

Mainly Mozart’s 26th season includes concerts by some of today’s most exciting chamber musicians. Beginning Jan. 24, Mainly Mozart will present performances at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at 7:30 p.m. (the series is also held in La Jolla). One of San Diego’s leading producers of chamber music, Mainly Mozart has produced its Spotlight Chamber Series since 1996. The Spotlight Chamber Series evenings take place January through April 2014 in three captivating venues throughout San Diego: the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, Rancho Santa Fe; The Auditorium at TSRI (formerly The Neurosciences Institute), La Jolla, and St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Carlsbad. During the 2014 Festival, Spotlight concerts take place in May and early June. Mainly Mozart’s 2013-2014 season begins with the Spotlight-Winter series (Jan. 26 April 27, 2014). Overseen by Series Curator pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, internationally renowned soloist and Artist of the famed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this inviting series offers memorable chamber music concerts ranging from solo recitals to trios, quartets and quintets, and conversations with top artists in venues in Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Carlsbad. The 2014 Mainly Mozart Festival, which opens May 9 with the Spotlight series and concludes June 21 with the final Festival Orchestra concert, continues with the new “Festival Series” format that met with much success in summer 2013. Offering concerts and events in five different series, the Festival features the crown jewel, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the sought-after Spotlight series, and three new series introduced by the organization this past season: Mozart & the Mind, Chamber Players, and Evolution. For subscriptions, tickets or more information, please call the box office at (619) 4668742 or visit

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Local company Charlie’s Cab Card gives North County free Beast’ coming to San Diego Civic Theatre $25 cab cards to get home safe during the holidays Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway muThis holiday season Charlie’s Cab Card is making merry by giving away more than $10,000 in free $25 cab rides on Dec. 20 and 21. Charlie’s has teamed up with select North County San Diego taxis, restaurants and bars to provide the cab cards on two nights with their “Come On and Get A Free Ride” holiday campaign. Charlie’s Cab Card encourages having fun and getting home safe by providing alternatives to driving after drinking. Consumers will be able to use the cards Dec. 20, 2013 through midnight Jan. 5, 2014. The program launches at partnering establishments in Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Encinitas, including Jimmy O’s, Red Tracton, Saddle Bar, Tidewater, Beachside Bar & Grill, D Street Bar & Grill, Shelter, Saloon, Union Kitchen and Tap, The Kraken and others. The cab cards are valid with the following participating cab companies: Swami’s, So Cal Taxi,, and Jimmy Drive Me. “Charlie’s Girls” will be hitting the participating locations over the two nights and customers will have a chance to score one of the 500 cab cards being handed out. Char-

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sical, is returning to the San Diego Civic Theatre Jan. 7-12, 2014 as part of Broadway/San Diego’s 2013-2014 season. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries and has been translated into 9 different languages. This production launched in February 2010 and has been seen by over 2 million people while playing over 1,000 performances in all 50 United States and 6 Canadian Provinces. For additional information, visit Tickets are on sale now. For current ticket prices, please visit http://www.broadwaysd.combeauty-and-thebeast.htm

Guitar exhibition opens at Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park Play a Guinness Record-breaking 43.5-foot-long guitar and check out megatons of classic axes, amps, speakers, wah-wah pedals, whammy bars and other iconic rock items at the exhibition “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World!” opening Friday, Dec. 20, at the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. Discover how different materials and strings, fused with electromagnetism and amplification, create an elaborate device that revolutionized music. Learn the guitar’s history, evolution and design through the sound it created and the technology that keeps it evolving. This is a touring exhibit of The National GUITAR Museum. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 365 days a year. Admission: From $7. (619) 238-1233. rhfleet. org


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Enjoy festive ‘Garden of Lights’ at San Diego Botanic Garden Volunteer drivers wanted for Del Mar Community Connections Evening strolls through San Diego Botanic Garden are set for 5-9 p.m., now through

Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. The holiday event features a winter wonderland with 150,000 sparkling lights and “snow “ for sledding (weather permitting, bring your own disc or sled (no metal runners). There will also be musical entertainment, puppet shows, campfires, s’mores, hot mulled wine, coffee and cocoa. Blonde Belgian Draft Horses will provide wagon rides and kids can make crafts in The Ecke Building, home to the nutcracker exhibit. Santa visits 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 7-23 for photos in the Victorian Gazebo. Admission: $14-$6. (760) 436-3036.

A variety of regional holiday events offered Holiday Music

The San Diego Pro Arte Voices will present a winter concert, “Videntes Stellam: Behold the Star,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 in the candlelit sanctuary of St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, 1050 Thomas Ave., Pacific Beach. Free, although donations accepted. Patrick Walders and John Russell will lead 20 singers performing Poulenc’s “Four Motets for Christmas,” different settings of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and traditional carols. The audience is invited to sing along. (609) 937-6619.

Stories of the Holidays

The “Art Tales & Mini Masters” series at the Timken Museum in Balboa Park will present, “The Light Within: Stories of the Season,” 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 with storyteller Harlynne Geisler. She will share tales of Christmas and Hanukkah with children, ages 5 and older, in front of the Timken’s holiday tree. Afterward, kids may create a gift for someone they love with artist Elizabeth Washburn. Admission/art materials free. No reservations required.

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Whale watchers can book passage on daily cruises with Birch Aquarium naturalists and Flagship Cruises to see the annual journey of 20,000 gray whales passing San Diego on their 10,000-mile round-trip journey from their Bering Sea feeding grounds to Baja California’s lagoons, Dec. 26-April 13. Once there, the whales will play, rest, breed, and give birth. Tours: 9:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m. leaving from San Diego Bay. Wear warm clothing and bring binoculars and camera. (If you don’t see a whale on your trip, you’ll receive a voucher to come back on a later cruise.) Tickets: $37 weekdays, $42 weekends. RSVP: (619) 234-4111.

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“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” is in its final 10 days at The Old Globe, playing through Dec. 28 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, Balboa Park. Tickets: From $37 and $24. (619) 23-GLOBE.

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It’s a modern twist on a classic fairy tale full of quirky characters when the Professional Theatre for Families presents “Sleeping Beauty,” 11 a.m. Dec. 21-22 and Dec. 26-29 at North Coast Repertory Theatre, 987 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach. Tickets: 16-$20. (858) 481-1055.

Expert to speak on ‘Your Brain on Aging — Cause and Effect of Neurological Disease’ at Brandeis National Committee event

The Brandeis National Committee chapters of San Diego, San Dieguito and Rancho Bernardo will host Brandeis University’s annual “gift” to its members and to the community at large — University on Wheels. Every year, during winter break, the university sends its best and most popular professors to speak to BNC chapters around the country. On Jan. 8, San Diego will welcome Dr. Melissa Kosinski-Collins, associate professor of biology. Professor K-C, as she is known, has the ability to make science exciting and understandable for everyone. “Your Brain on Aging — Cause and Effect of Neurological Disease” will explain why brains often function perfectly for many years, then suddenly begin to self-destruct at an alarming rate. She will touch on current studies at Brandeis University and possible future therapies for such debilitating diseases as Parkinson’s, autism, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Her talk is designed for the non-scientists among us. The event will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club in Solana Beach (1505 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach). For more information about the luncheon event, please contact Dorothy: 760-9421941 or Linda: 858-487-8041.

The U-T California 10/20 coastal run to start and end in Del Mar

The U-T California 10/20 run will be held on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. The 10-mile run begins and ends at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and benefits the American Cancer Society. Race start time is 7:30 a.m. Great local bands will rock the beautiful coastal route. The U-T California 10/20 will hold a two day expo race weekend where all registered participants are required to attend to pick up their packets (race bib, shirt, goodie bag). Local, regional and national vendors will be onsite displaying and selling athletic-related products. Interested expo vendors can email for more information. To register for the race or for more information on the event, visit

Del Mar Community Connections is looking for new volunteer drivers from Del Mar Hills, Heights, and Terrace as well as the city of Del Mar. Volunteer drivers provide rides to shopping, medical appointments, etc. for seniors who no longer drive. The volunteer driver program is one of many services provided by DMCC so seniors can continue to live at home. Volunteer drivers use their own cars. They register in a system that alerts them by email when rides are needed and they volunteer only for trips that are convenient for them. The program is hugely rewarding for the riders and the drivers. To sign up as a volunteer driver, contact DMCC: 858-792-7565 or Since 1999, Del Mar Community Connections has provided services to seniors, including social events, lunches at local restaurants, health and fitness opportunities, computer tutoring, a travel club, a book club, bridge, and Mahjong. DMCC also operates a 10-passenger shuttle van that provides rides to area shopping centers and to music and theater events.

San Diego Museum of Art presents Women and War exhibit An exhibition examining the ways women have been represented in relation to war and industry in modern art created in the United States is on display through Feb. 18 at The San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. “Women, War and Industry,” features works in the museum’s permanent collection with attention to WW I and WW II posters and photographs by artists Margaret Bourke-White, Esther Bubley, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Florence Kemmler, Gjon Mili and Berenice Abbot. To complement the museum’s holdings, contemporary works by Miyoshi Barosh, Doris Bittar, Nava Lubelski, Catherine Opie, Iana Quesnell, An-My Lê, Pae White, Stephanie Sinclair, Benjamin Lowy and Frohawk Two Feathers augment the presentation. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, closed Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $4.50-$12. (619) 232-7931. www.sdmart. org

Birch Aquarium hosting tide pool trips Explore the mystery of life along San Diego’s coastline during tide-pooling excursions hosted by Birch Aquarium. Naturalists will show participants how to tread lightly through these fragile ecosystems teeming with native marine life such as hermit crabs, sea hares and sea anemones to discover their wonderful world. Dec. 29: noon to 2 p.m., False Point. Dec. 31: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Dike Rock. Jan. 12: 1-3 p.m., False Point. Members: $12, Public: $15. Ages 2-13 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Directions to meeting place provided at time of RSVP: (858) 534-7336 or



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By Kristina Houck Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It affects 27 million American adults, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For some elderly patients, the prospect of going under anesthesia for an extended period of time and having total knee replacement surgery can be scary, said Richard Manchester, co-founder and chief operating officer of MedCare Specialty Clinics. But by combining components of treatments available, the Carlsbad-based clinic can delay knee replacement options for up to four years, he added. “The degeneration of your joint impacts your mobility and your enjoyment of daily life. Pain is not fun,” Manchester said. “We’re unique because we have a multi-disciplinary approach within the same facility.” MedCare Specialty Clinics is a practice group of board certified medical doctors and licensed physical therapists focused on providing specialized treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder and other joints, degenerative joint disease, peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, chronic headache, and other pain conditions. For example, MedCare Specialty Clinics offers a six-toeight-week program to decrease pain and increase mobility in osteoarthritis patients. The program’s first step is joint fluid therapy. Using a live motion x-ray imaging device called fluoroscopy, hyaluronic acid is injected in the joint. The solution bonds with the natural joint fluid to help lubricate the joint and restore normal function. Along with a series of injections, physical therapy helps patients regain muscle strength. For knee patients, off-loading bracing using the clinic’s BioniCare Knee System may also be recommended. The clinic’s osteoarthritis program has a 94 percent success rate in decreasing or eliminating joint pain and increas-

The doctors at MedCare Specialty Clinics (L to R): Dr. Carl Noback, Dr. Bob Uslander, Dr. Monika Gupta, Dr. Renjit Sundharadas and Dr. Neil Halim. Courtesy photos ing mobility without surgery, Manchester said. “Instead of people going to the doctor to get a shot or a pill, we have put together a comprehensive approach of addressing pain aggressively, so that they can go forward and enjoy the mobility that they had to do the things they want to do,” Manchester said. Like the osteoarthritis program, the clinic offers other programs of care that involves both medical procedures and physical therapy regimens. Opened in 2012, MedCare Specialty Clinics is located at 1281 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad. To schedule a free assessment or make an appointment, call 760-585-7720 or visit for more information. Note: Business spotlights are developed through this newspaper’s advertising department in support of our advertisers.

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Computer school receives county grant •County neighborhood reinvestment program buys five computers By Vic Wintriss Learning how to write computer programs can be fun, especially when learning involves writing computer games. Wintriss Technical Schools, a local, nonprofit after-school program, has been teaching the popular Java computer programming language to middle and high-school students at the Carmel Valley campus for the past eight years. To handle more students in vacation-time workshops, the school needed five additional Apple iMac computers. County Supervisor Dave Roberts agreed to help the school by providing funds from the County Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides grant funds to County departments, public agencies, and to nonprofit community organizations. Roberts has been closely involved with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education throughout San Diego county, and along with Supervisor Ron Roberts has been spearheading an effort to help bridge the digital infra-

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Engagement: Lauren Nicole Amico and Hunter Ashley Reed Mr. and Mrs. Michael Amico of Carlsbad announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Nicole, to Hunter Ashley Reed, son of John Reed and Muffy Walker of Rancho Santa Fe and Oberwil, Switzerland. Ms. Amico graduated from Stanford University and is a physician’s assistant with La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Center in La Jolla. Mr. Reed graduated from The University of Virginia and is currently enrolled in a MBA program at SDSU. An August wedding is planned.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary delivers more than 1,000 books to local school students Members of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club delivered more than 980 dictionaries recently to all third grade students in the Del Mar and Solana Beach school districts as part of its annual participation in the SoCal Dictionary Project. They also taught the students about Rotary’s 4-Way Test, Rotary’s 4-part ethical guidelines. The dictionaries give students not only the ability to have a reference book at their fingertips but also the joy of owning their very own book. The goal is to assist all students in becoming active readers, good writers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary to use at school and at home. Dictionary skills are usually taught in the third grade because this is when students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” In addition to the personal dictionaries, DMSB Rotary also provided an additional 72 hard-backed reading books to the Solana Vista Elementary School library via a $1,000 literacy

Solana Vista Librarian Kathleen Zakoski (center) talking to students about the 72 new hard-bound books provided by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club. Rotarians Julie Lien (right) and Susan Hennenfent (far right) watching. grant. These books will remain in the school library but are available for students to take home in order to practice reading. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians also spent time reading several of the books to the students. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary works to make the local community and the world a better place. The club meets over breakfast on Friday mornings at the Del Mar Marriott Hotel, 11966 El Camino Real. For more information, call Richard Fogg (858-693-7556) or Diane Huckabee (619-818-0528), or go to


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27th Annual Holiday Sing-Along in Solana Beach Solana Beach residents gathered Dec. 12 to celebrate the season at the 27th Annual Holiday Sing-Along. The event, held at Fletcher Cove Community Center, was sponsored by the City of Solana Beach and Sing-Along Director Dr. Ed Siegel. Courtesy photo

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Del Mar Rotary Christmas party benefits St. Leo’s The Del Mar Rotary Club held its annual Christmas Party for the children of St. Leo’s Headstart Preschool in Solana Beach on Dec. 12 at St. James Church in Solana Beach. Since 1991, the Del Mar Rotary has hosted a party for St. Leo’s Head Start Preschool. Each child received lunch, a personal gift and a chance to visit with Santa. Photos/Jon Clark; For photos online, visit

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Art exhibit by Joshua Serafin featured at Solana Beach City Hall Gallery Solana Beach City Hall Gallery is hosting an art exhibit now through Jan. 2, 2014 featuring the unique reverse oil on recycled glass oil painter Joshua Serafin. A reception was held on Dec. 12. Serafin has been selling his work in Solana Beach and nearby coastal towns since 2002. Serafin hopes to inspire and enlighten locals and tourists with works of art that represent the local culture. Solana Beach City Hall Gallery is located at 635 South Highway 101, Solana Beach, Ca. 92075; 858 720 2454; Curator Anita Edman. Visit Photos/Kristina Houck; For photos online, visit

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The Sand Dollar Foundation’s annual gala raises funds for local organizations BY KRISTINA HOUCK It was 16 years ago when a small group of friends from Del Mar and Solana Beach were sitting on a chairlift talking about how easy they had it. That’s when they decided to give back to others in their communities. “We were all up snowboarding years ago, sitting on a chair, looking at each other and talking about how good our lives were,” recalled founding member Ed Cleary, who lives in Solana Beach. “We decided it would be selfish to not be more actively involved in our community.” The group established The Sand Dollar Foundation to support local organizations that help children in need. Through its annual gala, the nonprofit organization has raised and donated more than $300,000 to organizations such as Casa de Amparo, Polinsky Children’s Center and San Pasqual Academy. “It is the most simple grassroots thing that we could possibly put together,” Cleary said. “There’s absolutely zero expense, other than the cost of the event, which is kept extraordinarily low through donation and participation. Other than that expense, every dollar that comes in makes its way to kids in our community.” The Sand Dollar Foundation held its 16th annual gala Dec. 9 at the Belly Up Tavern, where the event has taken place several years (see photos from the event on page B18). The gala, which raised more than $25,000 for the Sand Dollar Foundation, included dinner, cocktails, awards, silent and live auctions, and live music from Randy Fontaine and the Swingers. A majority of funds raised will benefit La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, which The Sand Dollar Foundation has supported for three years — since La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation formed in September 2010. To encourage local youth to make positive choices and improve resources for all residents, La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation has created a community garden, launched a youth leadership camp, formed a youth soccer program, hosted a community forum, and more. Some funds will also benefit Feeding America and the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, Cleary said. “Over the last few years, we’ve made a greater effort to really give directly inside our community,” Cleary said. “La Colonia de Eden Gardens works to support the kids in that community by giving them all the tools that they need to become the leaders of their community.”

For those who were unable to attend, donations can be sent to The Sand Dollar Foundation at 1111 Solana Drive, Del Mar, 92014. The nonprofit’s taxpayer identification number is 27-2964569. “La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation is a great grassroots organization,” Cleary said. “The majority of all the things that the vast majority of the kids in our community get to experience — they want to make sure that the kids out of that community get that. Our mission has always been to support less privileged kids in our area in a way that they can grow and achieve success.” For more information about The Sand Dollar Foundation, visit For more information about La Colonia de Eden Gardens Foundation, visit

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Del Mar Kiwanis Club member Leslie Jackson receives State Senate Resolution from Senator Mark Wyland

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Tryouts 2014

Great Leadership from the Pros

2012 Competitive Tryouts For U10 U14 Stay Local, Play Local! Sharks Coaches Warren Barton - former Newcastle United & England International player; Shannon MacMillan - former US National team player; Billy Garton - former Manchester United player

No more travel for younger teams Boys: February Join Sharks and play in San Diego27th

and 29th


Boys U6, U7, U8     Tryouts for Boys & Girls U10, U11, U12 Monday, Jan 6th & Wednesday Jan 8th to be held the week of February 3rd. 4pm - 5:30 pm

Girls: February 28th and March 1st

Tryouts for Boys & Girls U13, U14 to be Boys U9 held the week of February 10th Monday, Jan 6th & Wednesday Jan 8th     6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ALL TRYOUTS WILL BE HELD AT OCEAN AIR REC CENTER 4770 Fairport Way, Girls U7, U8 San Diego CA 92130 Tuesday Jan 7th & Thursday Jan 9th


 €  € 4 pm - 5:30 pm   Â?Â?Â?Â? Under 6 - Aug. 1st 2008 or younger

Girls U9 Under 7 - Born between August 1st 2007 and July 31st 2008 Tuesday Jan 7th & Thursday Jan 9th    Under 8 - Born between August 1st 2006 and July 31st 2007 6pm  - 7:30 pm  

 Under 9 - Born between August 1st 2005 and July 31st 2006


(U6, U7 are developmental teams)

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22nd Annual Red Nose Run/Walk Del Mar’s 22nd Annual Red Nose Run/Walk was held Dec. 13 at Del Mar Beach (Powerhouse Park). Benefiting two local charities, Semper Fi and Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, this popular holiday event is enjoyed by all ages and levels of fitness. The event also included a lively auction, raffle and hors d’oeuvres on the beachfront patio of Poseidon Restaurant. Go to www.rednoserun. info; Photos/Jon Clark; For photos online, visit

Patti Roberts, Shirley Rogozienski

Del Mar’s 22nd Annual Red Nose Run/Walk

Sarah Coffin, Ellin Osinski, Marian Novak, Jolene Langston, Gayle Glass, Shari Pifer

Trish Kimper, Rory Bennett, Patty Wimer, Dana Mueller Deb Sims, Sandy Guy Willoughby

Jed Davis, Steve Redden

Tina Sauter, Danny Vonderahe, Kelly Lloyd

Ed and Sharon Jenks

Patty Wimer, Rory Bennett

Kimberly Gross, Emily Lord, Lisa White

Dan Diehr, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr, dogs Maya and Bailey, John Theroux

An elf at the Red Nose Run

Brigadier General Vincent Coglianese (USMC), Sandy Hendren, Lt. Christopher Scheckel (USMC), Cari Anne Ellington

Mindi Disraeli, Andrea Edlebeck

Janet Downer, Bob Downer, Mary Hill

Some Naughty Noel Noshes NORTH COAST

The Kitchen Shrink

By Catharine Kaufman Christmas brings a bounty of seasonal goodies to our tables from the much-lampooned fruitcake to close cousins of stollen and panettone. Here’s a decadent sampling of traditional holiday favorites from fruit to nuts. The edible paperweight “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” — Johnny Carson Food historians trace the origins of fruitcake to ancient Egypt where relatives were believed to place the dense, nutrient-rich treat on the tombs of their dearly departed for nourish-

ment in the afterlife. The Romans honed the recipe adding pomegranate seeds, pine nuts and barley mash, sending the portable fortification with soldiers off to battle. Over the centuries, the fruitcake recipe was tweaked to include preserved Mediterranean fruits, luxurious spices and alcohol, creating a high-octane indulgence. Today fruitcake has become deeply ensconced in our Christmas culture, razzed for its doorstop density and lengthy shelf life, so it can be re-gifted the following Christmas. All kidding aside, the next generation of fruitcake (no longer your grandmother’s version) is lighter, fresher and healthier with honey and sucanat instead of white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, whole wheat pastry flour rather than refined white, and dried and fresh fruits, including cherries, dates, pineapple, plums and apricots trumping syrupy preserved neon nuggets. Grandma also didn’t have fair trade organic rum to dial up her fruitcake. Toni’s treat Panettone is Italy’s airier, virgin riff on fruitcake in the form of a cylindrical cupola-shaped sweet bread.

Many versions of this traditional Christmas cake contain an assortment of delights, including candied orange and lemon peel, dried cranberries and bittersweet chocolate chunks. The panettone is also swathed in romanticism with a 15th century Milanese legend about Ughetto Atellani, a nobleman who fell in love with Adalgisa, the daughter of a poor baker named Toni. To help her father’s struggling bakery business (and spend more time with his sweetie), Ughetto disguised himself as a baker boy working in Toni’s kitchen. Selling his prized falcons to earn money for costly ingredients, he bought butter, raisins and candied citron, and whipped up an indulgent concoction to outshine the competition. His devotion to Adalgisa earned him marital blessings by the Duke of Milan. Their extravagant wedding with such notable guests as Leonardo da Vinci, also served the new fruity cake dubbed, “Pan de Toni” — the bread of Toni. Today more than 50 million panettones are baked in Italy every Christmas, imported worldwide for all to enjoy. One word of panettone warning: steer clear of margarine, vegetable short-

December 19, 2013 PAGE B29 ening and other artery-clogging trans fats. Almond Joy Marzipan, the quintessential Christmas confection, is a scrumptious blend of almond meal or paste, confectioner’s sugar or honey and almond oil. No one country lays a solid claim to its creation, although Toledo in central Spain, which is full of almond trees, is a logical birthplace. In Europe the making of marzipan is strictly governed by a body of laws, for example, almonds must comprise no less than 50 percent of the total weight. Holiday traditions in all parts of Europe include molding marzipan into miniature fruits and decorating them with food coloring. Marzipan is a hidden treat found in assorted pastries, or a magnificent icing for seasonal cakes. Log On

Tipsy No-Bake Fruitcake Balls


1/2 cup brandy, rum or sherry 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots 1 cup chopped dates 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup dried cherries 1/2 cup dried pineapple, chopped 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped 1/2 teaspoon each orange and lemon

1 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 3 to 4 cups crushed gingersnaps, vanilla wafers or Graham crackers 1 cup almond meal Directions: Soak fruit in liquor until moist and soft. (Overnight is best). Drain. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter

A German hybrid of fruitcake, panettone and marzipan is the stollen log, aka Christstollen with a motherload of dried fruits and nuts, orange and lemon zest, cinnamon and cardamom. It is light in texture and low in sugar, although traditionally dusted with powdered sugar. This holiday sweet has a delightful rope of marzipan enlivening the center. The original stollen was spartan and dry, as it was baked for the Advent season, a period of fasting and deprivation. As such, bakers were forbidden to use butter in the recipe. In medieval Saxony, members of the nobility appealed to the Pope to repeal laws prohibiting the use of butter in stollen. Eventually, the butter ban was removed and stollen evolved into a richer pastry. and add honey, beating until light and fluffy. Add fruits, nuts, zests, extract and spices, mixing well. Blend cookie crumbs until desired consistency is reached. Form into balls and coat with almond meal. Refrigerate in airtight container. For additional holiday recipes e-mail kitchenshrink@

Photo courtesy of Village Mill Bread Company


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Tambor event, continued from page B1

Rabbi David Kornberg, Jeffrey Tambor

Harry Powazek, Barbara and Jonathan Lampitt

Hannah Schwartz, Jeffrey Tambor

Don Reckles, Jeffrey Tambor

Robert Parker, Juli Bear, Jeffrey Tambor

Rick and Hannah Schwartz

Jeffrey Tambor, Judy Feldman

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Del Mar architect wins San Diego AIA Design and Vision Award The San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Architects held its annual Design and Vision Awards on Nov. 7 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Del Mar Architect Brian Church received an Honor Award in the mixeduse category for SEMA4 (pronounced semaphore), a LEED-Gold Certified, livework project designed and developed by Church in Leucadia. The Honor Award is the highest level of award given in each of the competition’s categories. The awards program was on hiatus in 2012 due to a down economy, but had a strong crop of nominees and winners in this year’s program. “An elegant and captivating composition sets this project apart, as does its thoughtful and understated use of traditional materials, well suited to combined residential and small-retail uses,” noted the jury. The buildings’ curving wood shapes resemble the hull, or sails, of a ship, lead-


continued from page B5 time, it’s WCYG Playhouse on the Air. Several microphones are in place for the actors to stand behind as they take on their specific characters. Photos of stars line the walls, and large APPLAUSE signs on both sides of the stage light up when the audience is encouraged to applaud a performance. In the corner at stage right is Brian Mackey as Sam Hinds, the genius who must add all the special-effect sounds to the songs and dialogue. He not only slams doors, rings bells, stomps on the floor and drags items around, he also physically mimics an action – unseen by the performer — which

SEMA4 (pronounced semaphore) mixed-use project in Encinitas by Brian Church Architecture. Photo by Paul Body

ing many locals to refer to it as the “new boat houses” — a reference to the local landmark “Boat Houses” built in the late 1920s. The recently completed, four-unit project comprises four buildings, each with a three-bedroom, three-bath residence above a small commercial space and garage. The project has earned LEED Gold certification for its’ high energy performance and sustainable construction. SEMA4 also received a Merit Award by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association in a separate design competition. Church has lived in Del Mar for more than 18 years and has operated his namesake architecture firm there since 2005. Brian Church Architecture focuses on custom residential, commercial, and mix-use projects in coastal San Diego County. They also recently completed “the highly successful Solterra Winery in Leucadia.” Visit adds depth to the hilarity. He’s a delight to watch the entire production. All of the actors are terrific. David McBean takes on four characters in the play and is effervescent in all of them. Patrick McBride is excellent as Scrooge’s nephew, Fred, and an older Scrooge. Tom Stephenson is absurdly irreverent as the mean Scrooge, but also gentle as a dandelion, turning a new cheek after his three visions of the future. Maggie Carney reminds one of comedienne Carol Burnett through her amusing repertoire and actions as Fannie Baxtor, among other characters. Melissa Fernandes is precise in her six characters, which include Martha Cratchit. Cygnet’s resident artist

Melinda Gibb lends her delightful voice to the merriment and fills in for seven characters. Jonathan DunnRankin could have stepped out from a 1940s broadcast as the Announcer, narrator, guest and businessman. Billy Thompson composed the show’s music, and at several junctures, the audience is invited to join in on some of the Christmas songs. The Cygnet staff and crew have left no stone unturned in this delightful production that reminds us to be of goodwill and entertains the young and stillyoung-at-heart. Where: Cygnet Theatre Company, Old Town Stage, 4040 Twiggs St., San Diego. Box Office: (619) 337-1525;


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