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Allied Gardens January 25, 2013

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Commission Approves Village at Zion


By Cynthia Robertson Fifteen years ago, San Carlos resident Adrienne Hart changed lives by forming a dance troupe. The group of gals is not what one would immediately picture. Think a more modest version of Palm Springs Follies, and the picture gets a little clearer. But it’s hard to pin these gals down

By Dave Schwab The San Diego City Planning Commission voted unanimously Jan. 17 in favor of rezoning for Village at Zion, an affordable senior housing project accommodating up to 60 multi-family units on a 1.2acre vacant lot currently zoned single-family residential in Allied Gardens. The vote was 6-0 with commissioner Robert Griswold absent. The commission’s recommendation to approve the project, located at 5157 Zion Ave., now moves to the City Council for final action at a future date. “This project is conveniently located near a supermarket, a community center, a library, a senior center and Kaiser medical facilities which are all in the neighborhood,” said Robin Madaffer, an attorney representing project developers. “We all know there is a shortage of affordable housing in San Diego.” Madaffer told commissioners studies show San Diego’s senior population, which stood at 11 percent in 2010, is projected to mushroom to 19 percent by 2030. “Forty-one percent of the people in low-income housing are elderly,” she said. Madaffer told commissioners the project has been significantly redesigned due to public input received from the Allied Gardens Community Council and Navajo Community Planners, Inc. “It was originally designed to be 3 stories and to provide surface parking, but the community preferred two stories even if that meant putting parking underground,” she said. “Originally the project was designed with Spanish architecture, but we heard from Allied Gardens and Navajo that they preferred something a little more Craftsman style, so the exterior of the project was completely changed.” Not everyone in Allied Gardens however was pleased with the prospect of having a multi-family

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feature Jewish actors, directors or characters, however, you will likely find yourself in good company. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of a festival that seeks to illuminate Jewish culture and experiences through film. The 47 films in store span a wide range

of subject matter including anti-Semitism, city planning, Arab-Israeli relations, pop music, transgender acceptance, comic books and Roman Polanski, to name a few. The festival opens Feb. 7 with “Under African Skies,” See film festival page 9

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opened its doors in Del Cerro, but the produce on the shelves is just as fresh as it’s always been. The grocery store invited customers to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an all-day event last month featuring a free raffle, live music and a free tri-tip sandwich lunch provided by Harris Ranch Beef Co. As customers milled about, munching on food samples and

filling their baskets with groceries, Windmill Farms owners and employees took a moment to reflect on the milestone. “It’s grown huge from the day we opened,” said Betsy Boney, who owns the store with her husband, Scott. “There have been other stores that haven’t quite made it in this spot, but we have some really nice, loyal customers we’re very thankSee windmill farms page 7

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Friends of Lake Murray I was reading in the news that a man was attacked in his garage by a bobcat. Then, the cat attacked the man’s grandson as it was leaving. The article said the wife shot the bobcat and is receiving anti-rabies shots because there was bobcat blood spatters on her. It was stated it was unusual for the animal to attack. It was not understood a cat would do that unless it was rabid. Could be…but I had my own experience with a bobcat at the lake years ago. It happened when we could go all the way to the dam. There were a few ducks milling around on the road and a bobcat was ready to pounce on one. I interrupted it. It seemed angry as though it couldn’t make up its mind whether to come after me but it stared at me and edged closer. I think that if I had taken another step towards it, it would have come after me. It was so beautiful that I wanted to get my fill of watching it…but I thought it was better to leave. Jo and Hank live on Norman Lane and told me that they often saw bobcat families on the side of their hill. A few years ago people were standing around on the lake road by Del Cerro Bay. They were looking up at an electric pole. I stopped and saw a bobcat sitting on top. It probably climbed up to get away from a predator and had to wait until its audience left. We don’t always see them but they are all over

our community…wildlife that is. Of course we see coyotes, skunks, rabbits and squirrels. When I lived in Del Cerro our neighbors lived above a canyon. Every year they relished the sight of a fox family scrounging around for food. The Smithson’s watched the little ones grow and invited me to see them. From their balcony they would send a basket of berries on a rope down to the foxes. I know we shouldn’t feed the wild animals but this was only done periodically when the babies were on exhibit. Possums, turtles, and birds of all kinds live near or migrate yearly to Lake Murray. Plants, trees and blooms that are a joy to see but we also have our share of invasive transplants. We are right in the middle of a suburb with our own animal habitat and arboretum. I am going to make a comment on Dave Schwab’s article last month about Gen. Bob Cardenas. Many of us know Bob and he is a great hero. But I would also like to recognize his wife who raised and cared for their large family. Accolades go to all wives and husbands that do the joint job of both mother and father while their spouse is gone to protect all of us. Their spouses are heroes, too. I know Bob would agree with that. During the most frozen morning I can remember, a stalwart few continued their early morning exercise. One day I only See Lake Murray page 19

Allied Gardens Community Council By Marilyn Reed, President

The New Year has certainly gotten off to a rough start for residents of Allied Gardens. The multifamily residential project called the “Village at Zion” was scheduled to return to the San Diego Planning Commission Jan. 17 for approval of the revised plans. If the Planning Commission remains consistent with its previous decisions regarding developments in our community, especially pertaining to multifamily residential construction, I have no doubt the revised plans for the project will be approved and recommended to the City Council for acceptance, just as the original plans were. The revised plans for this project are as follows: The actual building is now proposed to be two stories with underground parking containing 60 spaces for 60 units with a height of 37 feet. The original plans consisted of a three story building with parking on site for 58 units and about one parking space per unit. Very little visitor parking was provided on site. Some

of the concerns voiced at various community meetings where the project was presented focused on the lack of adequate parking for the project and the density of the complex being placed on a 1.2 acre parcel in the heart of Allied Gardens. Although the project did not receive an approval for recommendation by the majority of the members on NCPI both times it was presented, it will most likely receive a nod of approval for recommendation to the City Council by the Planning Commission. I hope I will be proved wrong. Of course, the final decision on this project will lie with the City Council. It will be extremely interesting to see how this new council votes on projects such as this. I personally gave Councilmember Scott Sherman and Mayor Bob Filner copies of a letter from AGCC and a petition signed by over 120 residents against the Village at Zion project. Perhaps our efforts will be taken more seriously and not be so callously disregarded as they have been in the past. Finally, this will be my

last article in the newsletter as AGCC president. These last four years (as were my first four) have presented countless challenges in dealing with NCPI and the City of San Diego. AGCC needs to keep a strong representation of AG residents on the Board and I encourage you to volunteer. Otherwise, the voice of residents will be overshadowed by compromise and negotiation, and the benefits can only be a “win” for developers with the rest of us experiencing adverse effects to traffic, parking and other conditions within our community.♦ — January 25, 2013

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San Carlos Area Council

College Area Community Council By Doug Case, President

The College Area Community Council annual membership drive is underway. If you are not a member or need to renew you can go our website at and click the “Join” button at the top of page. Fill out the form and pay dues (donation options $10-$50) online via PayPal or download the form to mail with your check. Dues are our only source of income and your contribution will allow us to continue our work to improve the quality of life in the College Area. Additionally, the more members we represent, the more powerful our voice will be a City Hall. Seven seats on the College Area Community Planning Board (CACPB) are up for election at the March 13 annual membership meeting. Those elected serve concurrently as Executive Board members of the College Area Community Council (CACC). Six of the seats are for full three-year terms; one is for a vacant term expiring in March 2014. Any registered community member who has attended a minimum of two joint

CACPB/CACC meetings between February 2012 and February 2013 is eligible to run. All CACC members and anyone who completes a CACC Membership/CACPB Registration Form by Feb. 13 is considered a registered community member and eligible to vote at the March 13 election. If you are interested in being on the board and have not met the attendance requirement, please complete a nomination form and send it to us to keep on file, then attend a couple of meetings. We frequently have mid-year vacancies that are filled by appointment. We are especially looking for board members who reside south of Montezuma Road and east of College Avenue as well as residents east of 67th Street. Additionally, we also need board representation from local businesses. Since El Cajon Boulevard is the community planning boundary, only businesses on the north side of the Boulevard are eligible to serve on the CACPB, although CACC business membership is open to all area businesses who want to support the community. Board members are required

By John F. Pilch, President

to attend monthly joint meetings of the CACPB/CACC held on the second Wednesday between 7 and 9 p.m. at the College-Rolando Library. Additionally each board member is expected to serve on at least one committee. Most committees meet monthly, although some committees meet quarterly or as needed. There are a total of 20 board members, 18 elected (with staggered 3-year terms), one appointed by San Diego State University and one appointed by SDSU Associated Students. If you are interested, please complete the form available on our website and return it by Feb. 13 so you can be included on the ballot. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor on the night of the elections, provided the nominee meets the eligibility criteria. ♦

Del Cerro Action Council By Jay Wilson, President

The Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) e-News Updates are posted exclusively on our website: delcerroactioncouncil. org. Sign up on the site to receive updates that will keep you informed about events and concerns/solutions for our community. Through the webpage, you have an opportunity to contact the DCAC board directly by sending a comment from the site. The quarterly meeting of the DCAC was held Jan. 24. The meeting notes will be

posted on our website. On Jan. 2, I attended the San Carlos Area Council meeting to listen to Mayor Bob Filner. He reiterated his commitment to taking care of our neighborhoods and stressed how important it is to him to make certain the voices of San Diego’s citizens are listened to and responded to in a positive and timely manner. I believe we will soon see the results of the mayor’s commitment. I have contacted the mayor’s office and requested that he be the guest speaker at our

April meeting. We have a new Police Liaison Officer for the Eastern Division. Officer Holland Tafoya is replacing Officer Ed Zwibel, who has been working for Police See Del CERRO page 6

In accordance with our new meeting schedule, the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) will not meet in February. Our next meeting is scheduled for March 6 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Dr. The speaker and topic will be announced in the next edition of the Mission Times Courier. This information will also be sent to the SCAC email list, along with a copy of the agenda. We were extremely fortunate to have Mayor Bob Filner address the members, residents and guests at our meeting Jan. 2. Filner spoke to a standing-room-only crowd and responded to a variety of questions from the audience. Initially, the mayor addressed his major issues for the City of San Diego. He acknowledged District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman, who was in attendance, and stated he would seek input from Sherman to identify priorities in District 7 neighborhoods, with a goal of making all areas of the city more “livable.” Filner also advised the audience that he plans to change City Boards and Commissions to get more residents involved in the process of government. He also plans to change the Development Services and the Planning Departments to make them more userfriendly. In addition, Filner

proposes to enact a new Port Policy, have more solar panels installed on public buildings and improve trade with Mexico, including decreasing the time to get to and from our neighbor to the south. He praised Mayor Sanders for putting the City on a sound financial basis and improving the bond rating, but much more needs to be done. Questions from the audience included a revamping of the permit process, pension reform, the undergrounding of utilities and the proposed bridge and paid parking in Balboa Park, which the mayor does not favor. He mentioned the tram system that he and former Councilmember Judy McCarty, who was in the front row at the meeting, worked on when both were on the City Council. Unfortunately, the system was not implemented. While she had his attention, McCarty asked the mayor for a new library for San Carlos, since it’s been in the works for more than 15 years. His response was that it will be looked into with Sherman. Filner concluded See san carlos page 21

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A Sign of Neglect The billboard touting a new, 25,000-square foot San Carlos library has been prominently perched on a vacant, Jackson Drive parking lot since Bill Clinton was in the White House. The faded sign is so old, a drawing of the building is barely visible. Plans for the project have been dragging for so long that locals who were toddlers when the idea was first broached are now rearing toddlers of their own. “This has gone on forever,” lamented former City Councilwoman and San Carlos resident Judy McCarty. “Once a week, easily, we get people asking us to take that sign down,” said Rita Glick, branch manager of the aging San Carlos library that is within walking distance of Green Elementary, Pershing Middle and Patrick Henry High schools. “A lot of them say that if we’re not going to build it, there’s no need for that sign.” Meanwhile, a small staff operates from cramped quarters containing a community room that was far too small to accommodate residents recently when Mayor Bob Filner came to address the neighborhood. The library opened on Jan. 9, 1974. “You really can’t do justice to what we want to offer in

that small of a space,” said Judy Williams, president of the local Friends of the Library chapter. And while reviews on social networking sites such as Yelp are generally positive, visitors note the small spaces and limited selections. To a lot of folks who live in San Carlos, the city’s failure to come through on the local library is typical. When San Carlos saw the need for a visitor’s center at heavily used Mission Trails Regional Park, it was the neighborhood, not the city, that secured the funding to get it built. When San Carlos saw the need for a local Independence Day party and fireworks show, it was the neighborhood, not the city, that secured the funding to get it done. When San Carlos saw the need to replace a crumbling, dilapidated playground at Lake Murray Community Park, it was the neighborhood, not the city, that put the plans in place and the dollars in the bank account to make necessity reach fruition. Since plans were put in place for a new San Carlos branch a generation ago, libraries have been built or rebuilt in the College-Rolando area, Serra Mesa, Mission Valley, La Jolla and elsewhere. A $185-million central library near Petco Park downtown is set to open this summer. And the city has set aside some $15 million in bond money for new libraries in San Ysidro, Mission Hills and the Skyline Hills area of southeastern San Diego. Residents here are fed up, but there is little they can do. The 150-member San Carlos Friends of the Library is hoping money to help fund a new branch at Jackson and Golfcrest drives will come from a future capital improvement bond floated by San Diego. Meanwhile, the San Diego Public Library Foundation, the private fundraising arm of the San Diego Public Library system, has told San Carlos library backers that they need to secure up to $5 million in contributions before it will begin

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soliciting funds on behalf of the San Carlos effort. “I don’t know anyone in the community who has that kind of money to give us,” Williams said, adding that the latest estimate on the cost of building a new San Carlos library is now in the neighborhood of $14.5 million. McCarty said the San Carlos Friends of the Library has collected about $150,000 for furniture and fixtures. “I don’t know where we’re going to raise the money they’re telling us we have to raise,” the former councilwoman said. On the bright side, detailed architectural plans were drawn some five years ago, though they most likely would need some tinkering, depending on today’s construction costs. Drawings call for a two-story structure, with the upper level containing 17,000 square feet, all of which would be dedicated library space. Also included is a 2,600-square-foot community room, along with an area for Friends of the Library book storage and sales. At a town hall meeting regarding the future library that was held in the summer of 2007, then-Councilman Jim Madaffer told the audience he was hopeful that city bond money needed to begin construction could be secured within 12 to 18 months. That, however, was before the city nearly went bankrupt and began slashing services, including library hours. So, will we all be dead before a new library is built? McCarty thinks not. “I will not die until this is built,” McCarty said. She is 72. ♦

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Letter from the Editor

By Genevieve A. Suzuki

Valentine’s Day, like many of our holidays, has become over-commercialized. As with the other holidays, the stores busted out the decorations and sweetheart-themed merchandise as soon as you could kiss someone “Happy New Year!” There are hearts everywhere now, reminding those of us who have significant others that we need to pen the best poem, deliver the sweetest chocolates and book the most romantic of nights. Rather than give in to the mass-marketed idea of love, however, we should probably step back and take a better look at what we already have at home. Sincerely appreciating our loved ones is better than any Valentine manufactured by Hallmark. After all, time well spent is a gift you can never get back, making it the most valuable and selfless of contributions. Mission Times Courier’s sister publication La Mesa Courier’s cooking columnist, Julie White, recently lost her husband of 39 years. Rick White was a familiar face around La Mesa. A retired

Grossmont District high school teacher and coach, Rick devoted much of his time to his family and the youth of our community. In addition to having coached football at Christian High in El Cajon, Valhalla and Granite Hills, Rick was also involved in track, basketball and baseball. “During my career, I certainly had my shares of ups and downs, wins and losses, but my constant desire was to inspire students and athletes to become the best that they could be,” wrote Rick in a sports column for La Mesa Courier. Rick proudly added that Julie was born and raised in La Mesa and that he and Julie resided in La Mesa on the hill overlooking the Helix campus. Rick was a loyal La Mesan through and through, and sought to inspire readers with stories of the town’s local athletes. “Maybe you’ve noticed that really good coaches know how to inspire and motivate their athletes beyond what they think they are capable of doing,” wrote Rick. “That’s what I want these articles to focus on – ‘inspiration.’ This is not going to be a column on box scores. Athletes at Helix and Grossmont who have overcome extraordinary odds to achieve success in their sport and their lives – that’s who I want to focus on.” Rick was a coach’s coach. For a parent, the best coach a kid could have is a person who knows it’s not the outcome that matters, but the journey. And while I may not have known Rick personally, I am confident that he lived his life with Julie the way he coached his teams – completely, lovingly and with all of his heart and soul. Rest in peace, Rick. May your spirit and inspiration live on forever. ♦

Letter to the Editor

Second Amendment Protects All Guns

As one who has never been a gun owner, I found your drivel for gun confiscation disgustingly shortsighted. With respect to your selfimportance as editor of a neighborhood paper, I’m going to side with the thinking of America’s Founding Fathers on this one. In your miniature perspective, has it never dawned on you that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, plus others, surely put deep thought into personal armaments – even with its possibility of occasional consequence? Do you not think there were unspeakable rampages with guns in their day? Do you not trust they cared for the well being of America’s future generations of children? Be assured, these historic titans of authentic progressiveness studiously weighed every aspect before adjoining their names in law to solidify their judgment. In translation for you, Genevieve: the guarantee of cherished freedoms, like speaking and living openly, was produced solely from the barrels of its citizenry who took up arms. It was deemed at the time, and has proven itself, to be the ultimate, grassroots insurance policy against enemies and adversaries – current and coming, foreign and domestic – who would try to crush such human rights. That’s right, they’re the ultimate shield for all of our human rights because freedom is never a done deal. Inanely, you’re ready to disable and surrender its valued safeguard for “parenting” today. Geez, Genevieve, that’s shameless pandering, even for a foolish attorney mindset, let alone an ever disingenuous president you fawn over. The both of you need a civics compass. The Bill of Rights



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is not a suggestion. Arms of its teeth, period. In speculating, perhaps you’ve concluded insurgent force, either by manpower or illegal political decree, won’t confront this nation again, rendering guns as unneeded. Uh, yeah, such plights only befall other countries with their 2,500-plus-year histories. That would never happen to us, a scant 236-year-old union. Just them, right? Meanwhile, it’s cruel that calculating liberals like you exploit the tragedy of Sandy Hook for a wonted agenda. (“Never let a good crisis go to waste for political advantage.” – Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff for Obama). Your childhood trauma was unfortunate, indeed. Yet, you omitted vast accounts of other vulnerable women, elderly and businesses who defended themselves with firepower in the shadows of thugs and brutality. Come on, you can’t feign ignorance of this. Also, just their mere threat of defense has certainly saved pools of newspaper ink that would’ve otherwise become heinous stories. Don’t these people count in your world, too, Ms. Editor? Here’s breaking news for you, dear – sick minds have never ceased anywhere in the world. Anywhere. Still it’s Newtown or larger

carnage by truck bomb in Oklahoma City, evil has its ways. Incidentally, did you call for truck rental control in the slaughter of those 168 murders? Your article would’ve been better served in urging two simple things: (1) personal civility in present day thought and (2) outrage for Hollywood’s incessant violent images as entertainment which consumed Adam Lanza’s malleable, brainwashed mind. Of course, that would mean turning against your fellow leftwing zealots by not seeming “cool” – fat chance there. (But take note, counselor, that public contempt I advise does not extend in abridging Hollywood’s Constitutional right to its product, no matter how rancid). In closing, the sentiments expressed here are genuine, however, I will not sign a claim for them because, like it or not, they’re in the DNA of freedom for everyone who calls America home. Of course, don’t blame me in choosing anonymity, Genevieve. Instead, as you do for guns, blame the device – the Xerox Phaser 6500 – which printed this. Imagine that utopia – no such item, no letter of criticism. Anonymous


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Kiwanis Tree Lot Blessed with Help

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By John Peterson

Timing is everything, so I have been told. Now I am a believer. The timing couldn’t have been better when a few days before Thanksgiving Barbara Teemsma, matriarch of the Ideal Plumbing family, called me and asked if the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis could use some volunteers in some of their community service projects. We can always use more volunteers so I asked her what she had in mind. Barbara went on to say that the Latter Day Saints Missionaries in the Del Cerro area were looking for a community service project as part of their mission. What a Godsend! The first load of Christmas trees were due at the Kiwanis Christmas tree lot the following Wednesday – about 300 trees to unload and get ready for opening day on Saturday. On Wednesday morning Elder Lloyd and Elder Tueller were on hand to join in all the fun of unloading the trees. Throughout the month of December they helped out at the Kiwanis Christmas tree

lot by coming in to help. They turned out to be not only young and strong but willing to do anything that needed to be done from putting the trees on stands, carrying the trees, unwrapping the trees, watering the trees and always with smiles and great attitudes. They even thanked us for allowing them to participate in our community service fundraising project! Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints not only spread the word about their beliefs, but are also charged with doing community service in their communities. They serve two-year missions for their church and then return to their families, schooling or careers. Mormon missionaries are known as “Elders” and Elder Lloyd and Elder Tueller were fine examples of the young people from their church. Elder Casey Tueller is 21 years old and finished his

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mission in San Diego Dec. 29. He is originally from South Jordan, Utah, and lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his father works at the University of Hawaii. He attended BYU Hawaii for a year before starting his mission and is now attending BYU Idaho where he is pursuing a degree in Business. Elder Tueller says that he loves sports, especially surfing, loves playing baseball and basketball and loves music. Elder Aaron Lloyd is from Sandy, Utah and came to San Diego to serve a mission for his church after attending Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah for one year. He is also working on a bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Political Science. He is an Eagle Scout, enjoys singing and music and says he is grateful to be in San Diego. The Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens would like to thank both Elder Lloyd and Elder Tueller not only for their help at the Kiwanis tree lot but for being such cheerful and outgoing young men. They did a great job of showing us what our country’s future can look forward to with such fine young men getting ready to carry on with the values they represent. By the way, GAG Kiwanis sold 1,133 Christmas trees this year and closed down the lot on Dec. 20 by donating the last 20 trees to the families of enlisted men at Miramar Marine Air Station. Thank you, Navajo Community, for your support! Remember that all profits go back to the community! See you all next year! ♦

Chief Lansdowne for several months. Officer Tafoya is a three-year veteran of the San Diego Police Force. She has stated, “I am here to help you out in any way I can. Some of the things I can do for you, but not limited to, are work with your Neighborhood Watch, coordinate area division police department speakers for your organization, conduct station tours, provide crime prevention training or tips, and serve as a liaison for community problems. I would also like to welcome you to the SDPD Eastern Division Facebook page. Please feel free to contact me with any community police-related problems. My email address is Htafoya@pd.sandiego. gov.” I have invited Officer Tafoya to attend our April DCAC meeting. I have also requested she provide current crime statistics for our area. They will be posted on our website. Cathy and Dan Northcutt of Team Northcutt Realtors have volunteered to adopt the Pasatiempo Open Space Park on the top of Del Cerro to ensure this open space area is cleaned up and maintained. It is about 4 acres and is across the street from the city’s 10-acre site on the top of Del Cerro. There is a spectacular, unobstructed view of San Diego, looking to the west. Park and Recreation Department

Ranger Jason Allen, along with Cathy and Dan, spearheaded a clean-up that was held last October. Please contact Cathy at cathy@ to volunteer on anytime between 9 and 11 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 2. We are almost ready to send a proposal to the Park and Recreation Department with our plans for repairing and upgrading the playground and the area adjacent to the Princess Del Cerro Park Playground. As part of our upgrade plan, there will be an opportunity to install more dedicated tiles. If you would like to donate to the fund, and have a personalized tile added to those already in place, please contact me at jwilson2@ The members of the DCAC board are looking forward to hearing from you. Email us through our webpage or post a comment or concern on the website. The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is underway, so anticipate a knock on your door in the coming days from a polite Girl Scout or Brownie offering to take your order from a delectable choice of cookies. Mark your calendar for Friday evening, March 8 for the “Taste of Navajo,” a fundraising event to be held at the Mission Trails Visitor Center, sponsored by the Green Elementary School Foundation to support educational and athletic programs at the school. ♦ — January 25, 2013

San Carlos Friends of the Library By Sue Hotz

Happy 2013! Libraries are now open Mondays from 9:30 to 5:30. It’s going to be a great year. To celebrate the July opening of the new Central Library, the Friends of the Library is having a half-price Life Membership sale – just $250. Now is the time to join or renew your SCFOL Membership. Funds stay at local branches. Congratulations to the San Carlos winners of The 16th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest. They will be recognized and read their essays at the San Carlos Library on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. The community is invited.

GROUP ACTIVITIES: Yoga and Meditation clubs continue at their scheduled times. Join our Monday Knitting or Beading classes. Learn new skills; meet new friends! The Librarian’s Book Club selection for February is, In the Garden of the Beast, by Erik Larson, and for March is, The Irregulars, by Jennet Conan. E-reader classes are available. YOUTH: There are now three kids’ Story-times: Toddlers, Preschoolers, and K-3rd. KIDS: sign up for “Marta’s Arts & Crafts” Feb. 20 at 2 p.m., to make a Nature Art Embroidery Hoop. TEENS: check out the second Wednesday, “High School Hang-Out

Nites.” Tutoring is available on Wednesdays. ART SHOW: The beautiful nature-scapes of Sherry Krulle-Beaton will be displayed in the Community Room from Feb. 5-28. See more of Sherry’s works at Our Art Coordinator has resigned due to health concerns. If you are interested in this position, contact Judy Williams, SCFOL president. PROGRAMS: Feb. 22, 2 to 3 p.m., John Van Roekelhen, author of Prisoner Moon, will discuss his novel’s setting: the Michigan, German POW camps during World War II. A fascinating piece of American history. OASIS: Feb. 15 at 1:00, Mark Carlson will tell us about “The Best of… Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story.” Sign up with OASIS or at the library. BOOK SALES: We thank all of our book sale patrons. Proceeds support our library. Our next sales are Feb. 2 and March 2. Log onto www.sancarlosfriendsofthelibrary. org for details about our branch’s activities. All programs are free and open to the public.♦

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Windmill Farms, from page 1 ful for.” Windmill Farms serves as many as 11,000 customers a week, according to numbers crunched by store manager Matt Mann, and they all fit a different profile. Some have been shopping for health foods at Boney-owned stores since the 1970s. Others are San Diego State University students who stop by the salad bar for lunch. The customer base grew substantially during the epic grocery worker strikes of 2003, as customers looked for stores at which they didn’t have to cross a picket line, Mann said. A remodel of the store in 2010 allowed Windmill Farms to add a wider variety of products to the shelves, which in turn drove up “basket size,” or the amount of food people were buying on average at each visit to the store, Mann said. Last fall, Windmill Farms hired an in-house chef who cooks from scratch daily, everything from cedarplank salmon and lemon herb chicken to salads with bulgur wheat, roasted mushrooms and kale. The chef’s dishes have been a hit so far, Mann said. Both Mann and Boney think the store’s employees are a big reason customers return. Most of the employees have been at Windmill Farms for years. Many of them have even worked for the Boneys

at other stores they owned before Windmill Farms. Nutrition manager Joel Detjen was the second person Scott Boney hired when the store was getting ready to launch in the fall of 2002. Detjen said Windmill Farms distinguishes itself from larger corporate grocery chains by paying close attention to individual shoppers’ needs. “The trick is, we don’t dictate what people buy,” he said. “It’s not just our concept -- like or leave it… We let the customers tell us what they would like to see here.” Cultural trends have probably also contributed to the store’s success. People are more interested now in organic products that were grown sustainably, close to home, Detjen said. “People are realizing that the farther you go away from the farm, the less nutrients you have and the more damage it causes to the body,” Detjen said. Locally grown organic food isn’t always available, but Windmill Farms stocks it when they can, said produce manager Michael Villegas. Fresh basil, for example, is grown in organic, hydroponic greenhouses at Archi’s Acres near Escondido. Broccoli, greens, squash and other seasonal vegetables come from Suzie’s Farm, which has 140 acres of USDA-certified organic farmland nestled between San Ysidro and Imperial Beach.

Windmill Farms and the local natural food stores like it can be a sort of stepping stone for start-up food companies, said Charlotte Long, owner of Natural Twist Bakery in Poway. Long’s bakery has been selling its vegan, glutenfree cookie dough at farmers markets since 2011. Positive reception at the farmers markets helped Long get her products into grocery stores, including Windmill Farms. “A lot of people are finding out they have allergies or intolerance to certain ingredients,” and they are turning to local food stores for products that meet their health needs, Long said. Though Windmill Farms managers are focused on serving the local neighborhoods, the store still draws shoppers from afar. Debbie Clapp is an Alpine resident who says she has been shopping at Windmill Farms since the day it opened. “I travel for the fresh produce, the good prices and the variety,” Clapp said. “It’s a friendly place to shop. It feels like your neighborhood store. Even though I’m from Alpine it’s my neighborhood store.” Windmill Farms does not currently have plans to expand into other neighborhoods, but Boney said she’s looking forward to continuing to do business in Del Cerro. “I hope we’re here for another 30 years,” she said. ♦

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SDSU Hidden Mural Uncovered By David Rozul

At a glance, the stairwell on the west side of San Diego State University’s Hardy Tower doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. But behind the beige colored walls lies a peak into one former student’s fantasy world. Hidden behind a coat of wall paint for almost four decades, the vibrant mural, depicting captivating images and creatures out of Alice and Wonderland fantasy has surfaced once more. Recently, a roof leak caused the exterior paint of the Hardy Tower stairway to blister and peel, exposing unfamiliar colors beneath. Immediately, San Diego State University’s chair of Anthropology Seth Malios was called in to examine the wall.

Through the use of thermal imagining, photography that can pick up slight variations beneath the surface of the exterior paint, it was confirmed the mystery colors were actually part of a forgotten Alice in Wonderland mural. According to Malios, after analyzing old photographs and collecting accounts from people who knew of the mural, the mural dates back to the 1940s and was painted over in the 1980s. Although it is unknown why the mural was painted over, Malios says the mural allows people to have a glimpse of what everyday life was like at SDSU during the Great Depression. “The Alice in Wonderland mural speaks to the postwar escapism, and peers into the social shift from social realism to fantasy,” Malios said. It offers great

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years at Dana Junior High, Clairemont High School and Mesa College. Currently, a fundraising effort is underway to restore the mural and move it to the Children’s Literature section of the library. SDSU hopes to have the restored mural relocated to the library by 2015 in time for the 150th anniversary

of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “Hopefully soon, the mural can act as a dramatic gateway from children entering that section of the library,” Malios said. ♦ David Rozul, is currently an SDSU senior pursuing a degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations.

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performed by Brandwein at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitors Center Feb. 17 from 3 to 4 p.m. Brandwein attended San Diego State University as an art major with studies in the Japanese language and coursework in Western music theory. She aspires to make meaningful contributions to society by integrating her past experiences with her interest in music, art and Eastern philosophy. Her current efforts focus on awakening peace through presentations for groups around the country. Additionally, the Friends of Taka Sumi-e, the traditional Japanese art form of brush painting, will present a beautiful display and demonstration from 1 to 4 p.m. in the meeting rooms adjacent to the Visitor Center Gallery. ♦

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Boy Scout Troop 959 is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast Feb. 2 from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. at San Carlos United Methodist Church. The breakfast will also coincide with a blood drive by the San Diego Blood Bank. – a San Diego Blood Mobile will be onsite from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. San Carlos United Methodist Church is located 6554 Cowles Mtn. Blvd. For more information, visit Contact the troop for more information at scoutmaster@ ♦

secular cultural event that people really love.” While some connection to Judaism is generally required for a film to be selected, anyone is welcome to attend the festival. Typically, about 10 percent of the audience is non-Jewish, Kraus said. This year’s films come from 10 countries. Most of them have never been screened in San Diego, and Kraus estimates that only a quarter of them will ever make it to a theatrical release or even to online streaming services such as Netflix. “Most of our films you will not get a chance to see outside the festival circuit,” she said. In addition to showing the film itself, many of the screenings include live introductions by local speakers who can put the film in context and talk about its significance. Some screenings will include the filmmaker or a subject of the film as a guest. Erin Gruwell, the unconventional inner-city teacher who was portrayed by Hillary Swank in the 2007 movie “Freedom Writers,” will speak after the screening of the festival’s centerpiece film, “Stories From an Undeclared War,” on Feb. 12. The documentary follows up on the stories of Gruwell and her students, some of whom will also be present for the discussion. Another special guest this season is Robi Damelin,

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a native South African whose son in the Israeli Defense Forces was killed by Palestinian sniper fire. “One Day After Peace” tells the story of how Damelin’s grief spurred her to bring together bereaved Israelis and Palestinians in dialogue groups. Damelin will join the discussion at the Feb. 8 screening. Individual tickets for most of the screenings are $13.75, though discounts are available for students, seniors and groups. Passes and ticket packages range in price. The festival offers a free screening of “Under African Skies” in Carlsbad on Feb. 13 as well as a free screening, for teenagers only, of “Stories From an Undeclared War” on Feb. 12. “Every film that we present is in some way or another enlightening and educational and contains ‘Aha!’ moments,” said Judy Friedel, president of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture. “They really speak to the human condition, the human spirit.” Friedel encouraged anyone interested in the festival to review the film synopses and screening schedule in the brochure, which is available at or by calling (858) 362-1348. “Hopefully they find things that will either challenge them or give them comfort,” she said. ♦

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Documenting San Diego Nature with Pryde By Cynthia Robertson

Geography is a dry-sounding subject for a lot of people, conjuring memories of dusty classrooms and bespectacled, wrinkly teachers. But geographers, such as San Carlos resident Phil Pryde, toss away that image like a balled-up wad of paper. To Pryde, San Diego County is a virtual paradise of natural and human history awaiting exploration. One way Pryde has helped to unlock the doors to San Diego’s diverse beauty is the textbook he penned in 1976. He created “San Diego: An Introduction to the Region” specifically for a San Diego State University. Ironically, the university administration decided to drop that course just a few years later. Pryde then went to work redesigning subsequent editions to the book for a more general audience. The book gained new life in other universities and colleges. Most likely, it is because the work is probably the only text currently available that

can serve as an authoritative overview of both the physical geography and human history of San Diego County. Friend and colleague Mike Matherly, also a San Carlos resident, used Pryde’s book

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was an excellent resource for students to understand and relate to local geography. “So many students lived out in the sterile suburbs and were missing the color and diversity of the inner city,” Matherly said. “Most of all, the fabulous history, origin, and early years of their own central city, that I felt it might be the only collegiate opportunity for them to explore its nooks and crannies.” “San Diego: An Introduction to the Region” is now in its fourth edition and will soon launch its fifth edition, thanks to San Diego-based Sunbelt Publications, which specializes in the natural and human history of the Southwest. “The main goal of all the editions has been to help people realize what a special region they have here, and hopefully to motivate them to protect it for future generations,” Pryde said. Matherly lauds Pryde for his “genius” in having other specialists within the SDSU Geography Department

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economy requires a healthy environment to support it. “Also, they can interact more with knowledgeable citizens and groups that have a good feel for where help is needed to protect our remarkable natural endowment,” he said. Locally, Pryde has been responsible since 1986 for the 757-acre Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary in Lakeside, one of the largest privately owned and operated wildlife preserves in California. “That’s significant for its diversity of plant and animal life,” Pryde said. In fact, Pryde is not all books and paper. His most comfortable environment is the outdoors, a natural affinity for any true geographer. His fellow San Diego Audubon members will find him on a walk, sometimes leading field trips. “My interest in birds began in my youth. I took a 20-year break, and then restarted in the 1970s. I’ve been involved with SDAS since 1975, including two years as its president, and I’ve led field trips for them all over North America,” Pryde said. The region has a lot to brag about, according to Pryde and his fellow birders. San Diego vies with Los Angeles County for having the greatest number of bird species of any See Geography page 20 — January 25, 2013

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February Means Poppies at MTRP By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide

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the Visitor and Interpretive Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San Carlos-Santee border, gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic Old Mission Dam. Wildlife Tracking is an 8:30-to-10:30 a.m. adventure teaching classic techniques used by both trackers of Olde California and modern enthusiasts. Tracking team members aid you in identification and interpretation of animal signs, and give

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February’s Discovery Table presents “Owl Pellets.” This hands-on activity invites you to dissect an owl pellet and discover what scientists learn by using this important tool to study the fascinating nighttime flyers. Our science table is located in the Visitor Center lobby on Saturday, Feb. 9, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Birding the Grove. Resident Birder Jeanne Raimond tells us winter is the best time for birding. Our mild climate is a magnet for migratory species and local favorites. Join Jeanne on Feb.16, from 8 to 10 a.m. for birding adventure on Oak Grove Loop Trail. Bring binoculars and bird book. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Star Party Marvels! MTRP’s Star Gazer George Varga will scope in deep-sky objects including the Orion Nebula, Canis Major’s Little Bee Hive (M41), Taurus’ Crab Nebula (M1) and numerous open clusters in Auriga. Come join the party and enjoy the viewing Saturday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. See you at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. Birding Basics presented by MTRP Resident Birder Winona Sollock is a 90-minute class that teaches five simple techniques to identify birds “at a glance” and offers tips on field guide use. Bringing one is optional. Class meets inside the Visitor Center on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! ♦ Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call (619) 668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Heidi Gutknecht at (619) 6683279 or at — January 25, 2013

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Each year the National Geographic Society sponsors a Geography Bee for grades 4th through 8th. Congratulations to 8th-grader Michael Laumakis as the winner of this year’s St. Therese Academy Geography Bee school competition. First runner-up was Roger Alvarez. From here, Michael will take part in a written exam to determine the state

competitors. A high score qualifies him to compete at the state level. Winners of the state bee proceed on to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Geographic Bee to be held in May. The national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. We wish Michael good luck in the next level of competition. ♦

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After launching a new menu last summer, which included removing dishes, updating recipes and adding new items, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill has brought back its original menu in response to customer requests. The core business values at Sammy’s have always been focused on customer service and innovation and the company spent the last year making improvements throughout the restaurants, including design remodels and the addition of a full bar and handcrafted cocktails at multiple locations, a new logo and website. The new menu changes were part of the brand’s recent updates.

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whose first priority is our customer means that sometimes adjustments need to be made to provide the best experience and service possible,” said Nicole Abraham, vice president of marketing for the Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill. “We knew how passionate our diners were about Sammy’s, but after the overwhelming response we realized this, and the importance of returning

have been added back to the menu: Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Thai Chicken Satays, Baba Ghanoush, Crab & Shrimp Dip, Crispy French Fries, Prosciutto Pizza, Five Cheese Pizza, Thai Chicken or Shrimp Pizza, Chinese Chicken Salad and Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap. The following items have returned to their original recipes and preparations: Margherita Pizza (tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil), Garlic Chicken and Shrimp Pizza, The Original Chopped Chicken Salad, Chilled Roasted Vegetable Salad, Oak Roasted Salmon Filet, and Tomato Angel Hair Pasta. A few new favorites will be added to Sammy’s original menu, including Japanese Style Chicken Meatballs, Shrimp & Grits and Burrata & Pesto Pizza. ♦ For more information and to view the complete menu, visit www.

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City Planning, from page 1 senior affordable housing complex in their midst. Several people told commissioners the project wasn’t right for their area. “Do not destroy the very nature, the essence, of the Allied Gardens single-family residential community,” testified Dick Greenleaf, longtime Allied Gardens resident, who noted the 1.2-acre lot in question is a portion of a 5-acre lot once designated as a church site. “There’s no need for senior housing in Allied Gardens, over 90 percent of residents are against the project,” contended Greenleaf. Ralph Richardson, who lives six blocks from the project site, said he was worried about the project’s impact to parking and traffic in the area. “Once apartments are developed overflow parking will be pushed onto the streets in the community, which were developed with very narrow aprons,” Richardson said. “It will make it impossible to do street sweeping once the apartments are developed. Richardson added “the developers’ right to make a profit does not trump our right to have a safe and clean community.” “This project would be adjacent to a preschool and near an elementary and middle school,” noted another

neighbor, Patricia Geising. “You’d have hundreds and hundreds of children right in this exact area.” The longtime Allied Gardens resident said she felt it would be incompatible to have a senior complex in the middle of an area set aside for youth. “This sounds good on paper, but the community as a whole really doesn’t want this,” she argued adding, “I don’t think it would benefit businesses that much. It would just add a lot of strangers right in the middle of our children.” Planning commissioners saw the Village at Zion project differently. “The city has got to get real about not only building more affordable housing, but more affordable senior housing,” said Tim Golba, a La Jolla architect who said project opponents speaking against the Zion project site as a “horrible location” because it was near a swimming pool, churches, a library, shopping, etc. helped convince him to support it. “I have no issues whatsoever with this use at this location,” Golba added. “I can’t see how 60 units of affordable housing can ruin the essence of Allied Gardens.” Commission chair Eric Naslund concurred with Golba. “This is an appropriate location for this particular type of project that is in proximity to all the

things it needs to be close to to make this really work here,” Naslund said. “I heard the testimony that this would destroy a singlefamily neighborhood and I’m not persuaded that’s true. This is as benign a multi-family project, having it being affordable housing for seniors, as it could be. This project would provide necessary, dignified housing for low-income seniors. It would be a very important – and significant – enhancement benefiting the Navajo and Allied Gardens communities.” Commissioner Mary Lydon noted senior, and affordable, housing is much needed. She also disagreed with the contention that a senior complex would not fit being surrounded, as it would be, by schools. “Our senior population is growing dramatically and we as a city have to take the responsibility of looking holitically to find places to put housing for our population as it continues to age,” she said. “I think this is a very honorable project, and the fact that it is near children would create a wonderful intergenerational dynamic.” ♦ Ed. note: Robin Madaffer is an owner of Mission Publishing Group, which owns Mission Times Courier. — January 25, 2013

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Teenager’s Skills Capture VEVO’s Attention By Jen Van Tieghem

Between cheerleading and choir class, it’s hard to find a teen girl who spends her extra time shredding on the guitar while jamming with a professional drummer. Taylor George may appear to be an ordinary teenager on the surface, but her extraordinary talent sets her miles apart from her peers. The 16-year-old George’s skills recently caught the attention of the VEVO Network, which featured the Patrick Henry High School student on its original series, “You Play Like a Girl.” The show is part of VEVO’s YouTube network programming and features former Hole drummer Samantha Maloney in the search for young female talents, showcasing their stories and skills. While she rarely gets nervous playing guitar, meeting Malone and filming the segment was “a bit nerve wracking,” according to George. Once she began playing, however, she relaxed. In her episode, George also opened up about her family’s struggles and her concern for her mother’s health. These are stresses she shouldn’t worry about as a teenager, said George, who turns to the guitar to clear her mind and banish the stress. The resulting episode highlights George’s obvious talents while also portraying a sweet, vulnerable teen finding strength through the power of art and music. A resident of San Carlos, Taylor George started playing when she was given a guitar for her eighth birthday. What she thought may be a fun hobby turned out to be a true passion and she soon discovered that she was blessed with a natural ability. Her first guitar teacher was pleasantly surprised by George’s fast learning and “hand ability and technique.”

From there she continued practicing and improving and challenging herself along the way. One incredible feat George has mastered is the ability to play certain songs not only forwards, but backwards as well. Starting with “Eruption” by Van Halen, she decided it would be fun to learn a song in reverse and to post the results on YouTube, setting herself apart from the masses of musicians. The practice also challenges George as a musician and keeps her playing fresh and unique.

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The soft-spoken young woman seems to have found her voice through her instrument. Normally a quiet, reserved individual, her style of hard rock and wailing guitar-playing is anything but demure. George says playing offers her a way to come out of her shell. Wise beyond her years, she’s found a key component of life’s happiness is channeling struggles and painful emotions into a productive outlet.

The young musician cites some interesting influences on her playing. The aggressive rock styles of Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Angus Young of AC/DC were her earliest inspirations. Although she admits that may have had as much to do with their rock ‘n’ roll styles and personas as it did their playing skills. These days George looks up to prolific guitarist Tom Morello, best known for his time in bands like Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave. George said she admires both his technical ability along with his funky, rhythmic styling. For now George says she isn’t looking to join a band, but prefers to focus on becoming the best guitar player she can be. She is devoted to improving her craft so she can offer an evolved skill set when she does perform with other musicians down the road. When it comes to songwriting she says she sometimes writes song lyrics but it’s usually “teenager type stuff you write when you’re sad.” It seems this levelheaded teenager has found the balance of enjoying her youth while remaining aware of her sincere potential. After she finishes high school, George has her sights set on studying at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, a school that develops musicians as individual artists and offers both performance and industry programs. Seems like a great fit for a smart, talented young lady with extreme potential and a clear vision of how to continue growing as a musician. To see and hear Taylor George’s work visit her YouTube page: com/johntg123 and tune into her episode of You Play Like a Girl through the following link: ♦

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Jumping on People is Not OK By Sari Reis

Although nothing could be cuter than an adorable 5-pound puppy jumping up to greet you with doggy kisses and a wagging tail, it is no longer cute once that puppy is 75 pounds. It is downright dangerous, especially for young children and people who are elderly or frail. Teaching your dog not to jump on people is essential since jumping up on someone could potentially cause them injury both physically and emotionally. The best time to teach your “furry kid” not to jump on people is when he is that adorable 5 pound puppy. Puppies are fairly easy to train using the appropriate rewards, positive and consistent encouragement and lots of patience. However, if your adult dog jumps up when greeting people, don’t despair. You can still teach an old dog new tricks and good manners! Training experts agree that the best way to eliminate an unwanted behavior, such as jumping on people, is to ignore it or teach an alternate behavior. So why does the dog jump up in the first place? He wants attention. What happens when you push him down or tell him to get off? He is getting attention. You have just given him what he wanted and reinforced the undesirable behavior. He will continue to jump up because he is getting what he wants. If the dog jumps up and you turn away and completely ignore him, however, he is not getting what he wants. There is no reinforcement for jumping up, so he eventually stops. It is not going to happen

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San Carlos resident Deanne Schaleger submitted a photo of her two babies, Roxi (the black dog) and Jake (the tan pooch). They are both rescue dogs from Helen Woodward. Roxi is one of numerous animals left homeless in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. “After we adopted her, she was treated at Helen Woodward

immediately. Sometimes it can take as long as a few weeks, so patience and perseverance are important. The key is consistency. If you do not ignore him every time he jumps, he will only get confused because half the time he is getting the desired attention and half the time he is not. Be sure to have everyone who associates with him on the same page. Tell people, “He is being trained not to jump. If he jumps, please turn away and ignore him.” People generally are happy to comply. You can also teach your dog a replacement behavior for jumping such as sit-stay. Use a reward the dog loves, a delicious treat, and your dog will learn it is more rewarding to sit when greeting a new person than to jump for attention. This will also take practice and patience but is well worth it. Be aware that when you originally start to extinguish a behavior, you often get more of it. The dog continues to try to get the desired result, particularly when it has worked in the past. Be consistent and persevere. You can do it. Whenever your dog chooses to politely say hello without jumping, he should be rewarded with treats, praise or whatever he finds gratifying. A well-behaved dog that greets people politely with all feet on the floor is a delight to be around and a pleasure to call your own. ♦ Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information you can contact her at 760-644-0289 or

for heartworm, and happily has had a complete recovery,” said Schaleger. After Roxi was better, Schaleger adopted Jake. “You can see how much they love each other,” she said. “We do not know much about Jake’s past, but he’s a real clown.” ♦ Is your pet print worthy? Submit your favorite photo and a short description of your pet to Gen@ — January 25, 2013

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Park Inspires Youthful Appreciation By Jay Wilson, MTRP Executive Director

Diane Hunter, the manager for the County’s Intergenerational Program, asked us to develop a program involving children and active older adults. The goal was to bring older adults and youth together in meaningful activities for the mutual benefit of both age groups. We began last year with a Cub Scout Pack from Boy Scout Troop 975 St. Therese. On Jan. 5, the 3rd-grade Brownies at Hearst Elementary also participated in the intergenerational program. The Brownies were interested in bugs and art. They began with a guided trail walk conducted by volunteer trail guide Stacey Miller. Stacey commented, “I had the pleasure of guiding this group on an insect-themed walk. We began in the Native Plant Garden at the Visitor Center and moved on to the Oak Grove Loop in search of insects. “First was a trapdoor spider burrow. I carefully pried open the well-camouflaged lid to her home. We saw the spider running backward down her silk-lined tunnel. The girls loved it. Along the way we found signs of smaller insects, such as leaf miners on Laurel Sumac and oak apples caused by tiny wasp larvae. We talked about blood-sucking Conenose bugs that live on woodrats and why it’s best to admire impressive woodrat nests from afar, the differences between dragonflies and damselflies, how

stinkbugs are actually beetles, how tarantula hawk are really wasps preying on tarantulas, and how Western Fence lizards play an important part in minimizing Lyme disease in humans in California. “This was a fun walk on a beautiful day. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing Mission Trails with them.” After a snack break, everyone gathered for an art project taught by June Rubin (www., who is teaching children’s art classes at the Tierrasanta Recreation Center through March 14. June gave a lesson on how to draw and paint a Monarch butterfly. She encouraged the creativity of everyone, and the results were very colorful, and produced very creative butterflies. Remember, Girl Scout Cookies are on sale now. The entry deadline for our 21st Annual Amateur Photo Contest is April 26. Go to our website,, click on Events, and then Photo Contest. “Natural World Inspiration” is the art exhibition on display through March 8 at the Visitor Center, featuring seven award-winning artists, each displaying a different medium. On Sunday, Feb. 17, Mary Lu Brandwein will perform on the traditional Japanese Flute at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center Theater. The San Diego Friends of Taka Sumi-e (an Asian art form depicting nature in black ink on white paper), present their second annual exhibi-

tion, involving sixty pieces of Sumi-e art. Enjoy the demonstration table and create your own illustration. Photographic artist Jim Respees will also be hosting a reception in the Visitor Center Gallery Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring his outstanding photographs; those will be on display through March 8. Nora’s “Art for Children” ages 5 to 12 continues on Saturday, Feb. 16, and 23, and March 2, 9, and 16, at 2 p.m. and will feature a different subject each week. Linda Hawley’s “Nature Adventures!” for children 3 and up concludes for the school year with “Butterflies and Fellow Flutter-bys” on Feb. 18, 19, 20, or 21, and “Arthropods: Insects & Spiders” on Feb. 26, 27, or 28. Classes meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children should attend only one class per topic. Both programs are held in the Visitor Center. Check our website under “Nature Studies” for more information and registration forms. Mark your calendar for the evening of March 8 for the “A Taste of Navajo” celebrating the great eateries, wineries, and breweries in the Navajo community and surrounding areas to be held at the MTRP Visitor Center. It is sponsored by the Green Elementary School Foundation and proceeds will benefit the educational and athletic programs at the school. ♦ Visit for more information.

Lake Murray, from page 2 counted three men. The majority were women who kept to their routine. I don’t know if we are dense or dedicated. No comment needed. I am pleased that Kathy Collins, half of the “most beautiful couple” at the lake, will be the Friends February speaker. After she left an administrative job at San Diego State University, Kathy decided that she wanted to learn more about archeology, so she went on a dig in Utah. Kathy is now doing her thesis, and her presentation is “Archaeology at the Whaley House and Turn of the Twentieth Century Medicine.”

She said she will describe the excavation at the Whaley House, and show the results of her cross site comparison and cross comparison. Kathy will highlight the findings of the study including the characteristics of American Victorian and progressive medicine. As a matter of disclosure, Kathy wrote what she will be talking about. Our Feb. 21 meeting will be at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos. It is located on the corner of Wandermere Drive and Park Ridge Boulevard. It is across the street from Patrick Henry High School. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. ♦ For more information, call Barbara at (619) 463-9706.

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Crusaders Soccer Starts Feb. 24 Crusaders Soccer Club (CSC) spring soccer is taking signups and preparing for another spring season of Sunday games at the Pershing Field complex. The first games begin Feb. 24. Please visit the CSC website ( and click on the “recreational” button at the bottom of the slash page for signup details. The Crusaders Soccer Club youth soccer program comprised a recreational program and a competitive program of over 2000 soccer players was

founded in 1971. Our mission is to educate young girls and boys in the international sport of soccer and if they choose, to continue on to learn to play the game at a higher level in the competitive division. Volunteers from our community are the heart and soul of the CSC organization. These volunteers spend countless hours teaching the sport of soccer to the youth of our community. Many of these children have never played the sport before. The volunteers organize and coordinate

the practices, teach the fundamentals of soccer, and coach at the games. So if you have a player playing on a team now or have a player coming into our soccer program, consider coaching a team, you will make a great difference in the lives of our young people. Tryouts for CSC competitive soccer are scheduled for Feb. 18, 19, 20 & 21 for the U-11, U-12, U-13 and U-14 ages at Pershing Middle School. For more information, please go to ♦

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Geography, from page 10 county in America, each with more than 500. “This reflects San Diego’s unique assortment of natural regions, from the ocean to coastal wetlands to chaparral to high mountains to the Anza-Borrego desert, plus its being situated on the Pacific Flyway,” Pryde said. Matherly has led some of those birding field trips along with his friend. “He is an incredible birder and almost single-handedly responsible for enlarging the Silverwood sanctuary to almost 800 acres by strategic purchases,” Matherly said. Over the years, Pryde has also held leadership positions in the Sierra Club, C-3, the San Dieguito River Park, the Audubon Society, and other groups. “I currently serve on the board of the San Diego River Park Foundation, as well as SDAS. In the past, I served on the board of the San Diego County Water Authority and was chair of the San Diego County Planning Commission. All of these opportunities helped me to get to know and understand our county better,” he said. As any true geographer, with his retirement in 2001 from SDSU, Pryde simply started the next chapter of his life. He will continue writing about and exploring the area’s wealth, beauty and history. “It’s well worth getting to know these attributes in more detail, simply saluting our county, which has more natural regions, beauty, and diversity than many entire states,” he said. ♦ Pryde’s book is available through Sunbelt Publications and

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the scientific ramifications to the river ecosystem, he took a leadership role in funding a scientific study, “Discarded Spray Paint Cans and the San Diego River: A special scoping study” in February 2012. Professionally, Wagner serves as Senior Policy and Media Strategist for the Institute for Public Strategies, responsible for coordinating efforts to reduce crime and violence and promote public health and safety throughout San Diego County. His work is fully funded by U.S. Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. Wagner also is the Strategic Advisor to Claude Petty III Anthony Wagner and the Petty Family Foundation, coordinating and implementing all philanthropic and Wagner prides himself environmental /political on his civic activism. An giving in California. The advocate and community San Diego River Park volunteer, he is a mayFoundation has been a oral appointee to the city major recipient of that of San Diego Citizens’ charitable giving. Review Board on Police Wagner graduPractices, vice presiated Phi Beta Kappa dent of Allied Gardens from San Diego State Community Council University with dual and an active member Bachelor of Arts / and clean-up volunteer Bachelor of Science for the San Diego River Park Foundation. He is Degrees. He attended also a youth basketball St. Therese Academy in head coach and former Del Cerro and graduEnglish language mentor ated from St. Augustine to foreign nationals High School. He and residing in San Diego. his wife, Janet, have Wagner is also very two children, Liam 11, proud of his volunand Maeve 5. ♦ teer environmental For more informawork with the San tion about Wagner, visit Diego River Park his website at Anthony Foundation. He has WagnerforSanDiego. worked directly with com or for the foundation on policy matters, community short. His Twitter is @ engagement, and fundAnthonyWagnerSD. raising. He has donated NCPI meetings are held his skills and many the third Monday of each hours to promote the month from 7 to 9 p.m. foundation’s core mission to create a healthy and safe river. Late last year while participating in a river cleanup, Wagner said he was perplexed by the number of discarded paint spray cans in the river leftover from graffiti. Eager to understand

Native Son Leads NCPI By Dave Schwab

Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) started the New Year with a new leader after the chairmanship of the group, which advises the City of San Diego on land use and related matters, changed hands in December. Outgoing chair Allen Jones, ineligible to be on the group since he accepted a position with mayor Filner’s office and no longer lives or works in the Navajo area, handed over the reins to vice chair Anthony Wagner, who will fill in as interim chair until group elections in March and election of group officers in April. The December 2012 meeting also was the last time the group will meet at Temple Emanu-El on Capri Drive. NCPI now meets at 7 p.m. at Zion Avenue Community Church, 4880 Zion Ave. Wagner, NCPI’s interim chair, is a native San Diegan and third-generation Allied Gardens resident who said he now “raises his own family just 300 yards from the San Diego River.”

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San Carlos, from page 3 his remarks by again stating the he plans to have more community involvement in City Hall and wants to know what our priorities are, through Sherman’s office. We thanked Filner for taking the time from his busy schedule to address our group and listen to the concerns of residents. Prior to the mayor’s remarks, we heard from Capt. Andy Mills of the Eastern Division of SDPD. He mentioned that AB 109, which allowed for the early release of parolees, was causing an increase in crimes in the Division, especially daytime residential burglaries. On the plus side, eight arrests have been made in the last three weeks, so that number should decrease. The RSVPs are doing a great job helping to notify residents of burglaries in their area. Commercial burglaries have decreased, as have violent crimes. Bike patrols are being deployed to “hot spots,” but more bikes are needed. They are stored in the trunks of patrol vehicles and can be used on short notice. Mills concluded his remarks, when the mayor arrived, by suggesting that residents “toughen up” their homes to make it more difficult for burglars to enter. He also stated that the mayor and new councilmembers are trying to help resolve the crime problems, but more resources are needed and he is seeking them for the Eastern Division, which now has about 150,000 residents. Following Filner’s remarks, we had reports from representatives of two newly-elected officials. Michael Lieberman of Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s office and Jon Staab of Councilmember Sherman’s office introduced themselves and provided contact information. Lieberman can be reached at (858) 689-6290. Jon Staab can be reached at (619) 236-6677 and his email address is JStaab@ We still do not have any leads about the vandalism to the “Welcome to San Carlos” monument on the Navajo Road median. We continue to work with the City to get repairs


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underway sometime soon. With respect to the SD County Water Authority Re-lining project on Jackson Drive, the work is proceeding more quickly than anticipated, per a report from SDCWA spokesman Craig Balben at the Mission Trails Regional Park’s Citizens Advisory Committee meeting on Jan. 8. At our suggestion, additional signage has been put in place for traffic control and the left turn signal at Golfcrest Drive has been turned off. Work is beginning on Lake Shore Drive, just north of Blue Lake Drive, so be extra careful while driving in that area. Craig opined that the project will be completed by mid-summer this year, maybe sooner. For more information, review the project on the SDCWA project website at mission-trails-lake-murraypipeline-relining. The San Carlos Community Garden is growing, literally and figuratively. This ambitious project, headed by a group of San Carlos residents, is located adjacent to Springall Academy on Boulder Lake Avenue at Lake Adlon. Stop by any Saturday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. for a tour, or better yet, to volunteer your time. Community garden plots/raised boxes are now being sold to the public. If you’re interested in raising vegetables in this garden, please visit their website at for details. If you would like to receive information about speakers, meeting reminders and agendas and other local news, please send an email message to and request your name be added to the SCAC Interested Party email list. Rest assured that your privacy will be respected and neither your name nor your email address will be shared with anyone. Messages are sent “Bcc” to prevent you from being spammed. Finally, if you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, please contact me at (619) 462-1408 or by email at jfpilch@hotmail. com. Thank you. ♦




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Dinner and a Show at Patrick Henry San Diego music lovers, the arts are alive and continue to thrive at Patrick Henry High School. The Patrick Henry Vocal Department will be presenting an exciting evening of dinner theatre with the theme of “Heroes and Villains.” This annual event has been so popular it is now held on two consecutive nights, Thursday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb. 8. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. You will be entertained by the Patrick Henry High School Bel Canto Ensemble, directed by Carol Fleming, as they explore a wide range of “good and evil” human emotions and characters in songs from Broadway, movies and popular culture. A fabulous steak and chicken dinner will be supplied by the Outback Steakhouse. Dessert will be served at intermission.

Come and enjoy dinner while hearing some old favorites as well as music of recent years, performed by soloists, small groups and the entire ensemble. There will also be a silent auction with some fabulous items to bid on, including tickets to local events and fabulous restaurants. Last year the PHHS Bel Cantos were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in a National Honor Choir, and proceeds from the dinner theatre’s great success was instrumental in helping all the students participate in the March trip. This year the group will be representing the San Diego community at an America Music Performance festival at the Crystal Cathedral. The Henry students greatly appreciate the community’s support in their musical endeavors. Please let your friends and neigh-

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bors know about this fun evening. So much is in the news about what is wrong with the youth of today, and this is a great opportunity to see first hand what is right. The price is $20 per person, or $15 for students for the dinner and the show. This is a great way to support our students and have a great evening at a good price. Last year we had an amazing turnout,

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and expect the same this year, so plan to get your tickets early. ♦ To purchase tickets for the dinner theatre please contact Carol Fleming by phone at (619) 286-7700 ext. 4600 or (619) 300-6705, or email You may also contact Cheryl Slavik at (619) 9773464, or email cherylslavik@ Checks can be made out to Patrick Henry High Choir. borne out of her passionate spiritual inner life. She had suffered from nearly 20 years of being housebound with a panic disorder. “Then, the Lord began to heal me. I wanted to share with my audiences His work in my life and encourage them to bring their struggles to Him as well,” Hart said. With the Rhinestone Grannies, Hart has been able to kick up her heels in company, never alone again. Together, they perform one-hour shows that include dance, comedy and song. Hart has had a love of dancing and a desire to perform since she was a little girl. She chooses the dancers carefully. Each one must be a grandmother and an experienced performer with a good stage personality and well-trained in line dancing. Hart also prefers that each member perform well in another dance genre such as tap, jazz, Hawaiian or ballroom. Voice or drama experience is also helpful. The Rhinestone Grannies perform one-hour shows that

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The community will come together Feb. 11 for the 2nd annual Patrick Henry High School Cluster Vocal Music Concert. Students from Patrick Henry choral music will join choirs from Lewis Middle School, Pershing Middle School, Daillard Elementary and Green Elementary to share their musical talents. This will take place at Lewis Middle School at 6 p.m., and the groups will sing individual selections, and come together for a combined finale. Several surprises are also in store for the audience! This concert is free to the public, and all are invited. Seating is limited, however, and organizers expect a full house. ♦

include dance, comedy and song. The main mission of the group is to have fun with a purpose. The grannies take their line-dancing, clogging, Hawaiian, comedy skits, lip sync and joketelling acts anywhere that people whose hearts need to be lifted. Nursing homes, retirement facilities, libraries, and mobile home parks are some of the common venues as are Red Hat groups and senior centers. In December, the group performed for a benefit for the Warrior Foundation at the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, raising over $500. Some unusual venues have included the parking lot of a farmer’s market and in the street during Oktoberfest. According to member Janet Piatek, 65, the dancing, singing and performing is a good way to give to the community. “It is personally rewarding to see older adults enjoying our shows and I treasure the time spent talking with them afterward. Sometimes they see themselves in us and sometimes they just want to be entertained. I believe we fulfill that need,” Piatek said. Dancer Betty Cleveland, 82, agrees. “When I connect with the audience and see them smiling or clapping, it is just so special to me,” she said. Cleveland’s friend, Crystal Heringer, 71, agrees. “I love to watch their expressions, especially when Betty tells them she’s over 80, wow, they can’t believe it. Our shows have a way of bringing a little ray of sunshine to their everyday humdrum lives,” Heringer said. That ray of sunshine comes from a higher place, every one of the Rhinestone See Grannies page 23 — January 25, 2013

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NCRWF Plans to Expand in New Year By Judy McCarty

Celebrating their club’s California FRW award for most political hours contributed in all of southern California over the past year, Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Fed., enjoyed their annual holiday party and installed their officers for the coming year. They were especially proud that new District 7 City Councilmember Scott Sherman was present to perform the honors. Waskah Whelan, who served as the club’s political chairman during the past year, was sworn in as the new president. Her co-president will be Marjie Siekerka. Other officers installed were Irene Hancock, First Vice

President, Programs; Elaine Fein, Second Vice President, Membership; Diane Randolph, Third Vice President, Ways and Means; Eileen Rugg, Recording Secretary; Susie Cates, Treasurer; Carol Sebastian, Correspondence; and Nancy Amador, Parliamentarian. Outgoing President Phyllis Hinshaw and her board were thanked for their leadership this past year. Toys for Tots were also collected. Brian Kennedy, president of the renowned conservative think tank Claremont Institute, will be the featured speaker of our Feb. 12 meeting at the Brigantine Restaurant in La Mesa. Check-in time is 10:45 a.m. for the 11 a.m. meeting. Cost of the full-course luncheon is $20, and reservations are

required. RSVP to Susie Cates at NCRWF99@gmail. com or (619) 697-2235. Our membership drive for the new year continues, with dues discounted to $30 through the February meeting; thereafter they will be $35. Come to the meeting or contact Diana Stansbury at ♦ Watch for details on our exciting new NCRWF satellite club, Downtown Republican Women. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will be the speaker for our first meeting, March 21, to be held at Mary Pappas’ restaurant, The Athens Market at First and F streets downtown at 5:30 p.m. Her regular hors d’oeuvres buffet will be served at $15. There will be a no-host bar. Contact

Grannies believes. Dancer Carol Hamlin, 71, says performing was a personal satisfaction not only in entertaining, but also in watching the joy on the faces of those sitting in wheelchairs. “When we started going out after each show and greeting each person, that really touched a special place in my heart and I knew this is what God needs us to do,” Hamlin said. That conviction is strongly stated in the group’s mission of sharing their God-given talents through dance, comedy, and song. Last year, the group staged over 120 productions. Hart says that the main reason is because the shows simply make people happy. “Our audiences want us back. Our reputation has grown over the years and most of our new clients are referred to us by others,” she said. Being a member of the group takes a large commitment of time and finances. They all rehearse at least two to three hours a week. Some of the cost of performing in the group is offset by the several dancers who make most of the costumes. Charlyn Marks, who is the lead vocalist, is also the head costumer and designer.

Downtown Republican Women Form New Club

San Diego’s District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, will be the keynote speaker at the first meeting of Downtown Republican Women March 21 at The Athens Market at First and F Streets downtown. This new club is being formed to meet the needs of Republican women who live or work in the downtown area and want to stay informed on political issues with like-minded women at a convenient time. It will be a satellite club to our local Navajo Canyon


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Republican Women club. Invited speakers will focus on local and national political issues. Meetings will be held regularly the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost will be $15 for an hors d’oeuvres buffet. A no-host bar is available. Diane Randolph, a downtown resident and member of NCRWF, will head up the project. To RSVP (by March 19, please) or for information, please contact ♦ – Judy McCarty

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The group also takes several trips a year to the Los Angeles garment district to purchase fabric, jewelry, and accessories. Although the dancers must be grandmothers, there are a couple of men that they deem essential to the troupe. Richard Hamlin, who was appointed their emcee, had been invited to come to a show as a favor to Carol Hamlin, his thengirlfriend, now wife and Rhinestone Granny. He was impressed with the joy the group felt, but saw that they needed help with the sound equipment. “But I especially liked Adrienne’s testimony at the end of each performance. It is a wonderful story of hope and encouragement for all to hear. The joy we bring into the lives of the people, the sense of hope and encouragement, and Adrienne’s story is what keeps me going,” Hamlin said. Hart’s husband, Michael Aronstein, has brought the audio equipment from a karaoke machine into the 21st century with the music on a computer, professional mixer and speakers. The productions moved into a more professional presentation. “The music, dance, song and comedy make the patients more alert and attentive. I think of this as how we give back,” Aronstein said. ♦

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Mission Times Courier - February 2013  

The February 2013 edition of Mission Times Courier.

Mission Times Courier - February 2013  

The February 2013 edition of Mission Times Courier.