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Young soccer players perfect their game and prepare for potential glory and stardom.

By Hoyt Smith


five-acre lot in a relatively rural portion of northeast Poway represents a pivotal point between the community’s past and future. Just southwest of the intersection at Twin Peaks and Espola roads are remnants of Poway’s roots, including the Poway Valley Stock Farm and the Poway Valley Riders Association. Here, the stables, corrals and horse trails remain relatively unchanged from the 1890s. Past the fenceposts and through the eucalyptus groves, illuminated at dusk by arena lights, young soccer players per-

fect their game and prepare for potential glory and stardom in the months and years to come. Welcome to the North County Soccer Park (NCSP), a tidy green rectangle of suburban real estate owned and operated by Poway residents Dave Brennan and Rod Bleakley. Brennan has been overseeing youth and adult soccer leagues here for almost two decades. Bleakley, who joined Brennan as part-owner in 2012, has connections to the Soccer Park that date back to his childhood. “I used to ride my bike here from Rancho Penasquitos when I was a kid,” he said. The format hasn’t changed all that much since the original owners, Tom Schwartz and Mark Bentley, opened the Soccer Park in 1986. There are still leagues for Pee Wees, Juniors, youth and adult leagues, as well as summer camps. Brennan added “Lil’ Kickers” and “Lil’ Sluggers,” instructive soccer and baseball programs for kids in their formative years. The main difference between the NCSP of Bleakley’s youth and the NCSP of today may be the state-ofSee SOCCER PARK, Page 12

Rose Schindler (photo by John Gregory)


Speaker delivers powerful message By John Gregory


hile world leaders began gathering in Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the WWII D-Day landings – the operation that began an allied offensive to topple the hold Nazi Germany had on the continent – a petite woman spoke in Poway about her time in one of the Nazi concentration camps. Rose Schindler addressed the June 5 meeting of the Rotary Club of Scripps-Poway. Through her words, Schindler demonstrated why she is a beacon of strenghth as she shared her experiences. Schindler was taken by the Nazis to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland with her family in 1944 when she was only 14. She explained that she survived her ordeal during WWII essentially by being a feisty girl and because she clung to hope. See HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR, Page 2

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oway residents and visitors alike can look forward to another festive, patriotic, traditional Fourth of July, now being planned by the City of Poway. The main event will be the annual Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration, set on Independence Day in Old Poway Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The free event will feature food vendors, live entertainment, train rides, crafts for children and pony rides. Perhaps the two highlights of the day that set Poway’s celebration apart

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from most others are the mock train robberies and staged western gunfight reenactments, reflecting Poway’s western heritage. The reenactors are a part of the city’s volunteer group, according to Jennafer Steffen, one of the recreation leaders with the City of Poway. Local performers at the park’s gazebo will provide live entertainment throughout the day, Steffen said. In addition, the park will have train displays, free crafts and old-fashioned games. Train rides will be available for a small fee. Attendees

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can also tour the Heritage Museum and visit the Nelson House. A Fourth of July Veterans Park Ceremony will take place at 14134 Midland Road starting at 11 a.m. This special commemoration, presented by VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee, will honor those in the military who served this country. Free shuttles to and from Old Poway Park will be available during the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration from PoSee FOURTH OF JULY, Page 6

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Introducing The Poway Eagle Welcome to the first issue of The Poway Eagle. We bring you a new community THE PO WA newspaper as well as a hyper-local website FUSOELCCS ERDREAPAMRK Y EAGLE S and a neighborhood social media network. A The Poway Eagle is mailed directly to your home each month at no cost to you. W We hope you find The Poway Eagle to be a vivid, exciting, modern American P newspaper. It offers a fresh look at your city as we cover the news utilizing an updated news paradigm. We realize that reading a newspaper should be a pleasure not a chore. The staff strives to provide objective journalism. The Poway Eagle is an independent publication not affiliated with any political party, activists or special interest groups. In addition, The Poway Eagle was designed so that residents can participate in the creation of its contents. We promote community interaction and invite story ideas. We, the publishers of The Poway Eagle, are a husband and wife team raising a family nearby. This is our family business. We chose Poway to publish The Eagle because many businesses from Poway were already advertising in our other newspaper: Scripps Ranch News. It seemed like a natural move. But business aside, there are other reasons. Our family often shops in Poway and our children have taken a variety of classes here. We have attended community events and fundraisers here. We have found the residents of Poway to be friendly, polite and unpretentious. The businesses have been most welcoming, and we look forward to meeting more of you and making new friends. Our objective is to deliver news with an exciting perspective to the residents of Poway. We aspire to bring you a community publication that further enhances your lifestyle, kindles pride, stimulates your mind and strengthens connections to your neighborhood. We hope The Poway Eagle will help keep you informed as well as entertained. We sincerely aim to provide you with a quality neighborhood newspaper that you will look forward to reading. NEWS

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“You lose everything if you lose hope,” she said. “Have hope and never give up.” Schindler was born in Czechoslovakia, one of eight children. She described a simple but happy existence with her family in a village. Her father, Solomon Schwartz, was a tailor. “Life was beautiful before the war,” she said. Things were good until 1939, she explained. Attitudes changed once Nazi influence sprang up. In 1944, the Jewish population of her village were put on wagons and taken away to a train station where they waited in the cold. They were eventually packed into freight cars full of about 80 people each and shipped to Auschwitz on a train. Once off the train, she and two of her sisters were separated from the rest of her family. Her father and one brother were chosen to work as slave laborers. She later learned that, aside from one brother and two sisters, her mother and the rest of her siblings were sent to the gas chambers and killed on the first day. “I never saw them again. They killed thousands and

thousands of people every day at Auschwitz,” she said. The rest of the women were told to take off their dresses and their heads were shaved. Then they were issued concentration camp clothing. She noticed a big fire behind them where bodies were being burned. Conditions were appalling. The portions of the camp were separated by electrified wire that would kill a person. A crew with a wheelbarrow would pick up dead bodies each day. Food was so bad that Schindler has no memory of it. People were committing suicide. After two months, they were skin and bones, Schindler said. She actually snuck out of the gas chamber lines several times. She happened to speak to her father at the camp two days in a row. “Stay alive so you can tell the world what they are doing to us,” he told her. Though emotional, Schindler summoned her strength to continue speaking as she described the deaths of her parents and siblings. She displayed a gold necklace that was once part of her father’s pocket watch. She retrieved it from her family home once she was liberated, and she has worn it every day since.

Finally, she and her sisters were chosen to work in a factory in Germany, where they worked for about eight months. One day in 1945, Schindler discovered that the SS guards had disappeared. She snuck out and heard the voices of Russian soldiers. She tied a rag to a stick, waved it aloft and summoned the soldiers to liberate the factory. The Russian soldiers were kind to the women, she said. One day a soldier took her and her friend to the nearby abandoned German town, where they could take whatever they wanted, including food. Suddenly, with the realization that she was free, she felt reborn, Schindler said. “All of a sudden, the world was very nice to us,” she said. “Where was the world before?” Schindler moved to America in 1951 and she praises the U.S. “I’m so thankful to this country. … This is the best country,” she said. As a living survivor of Auschwitz, Schindler proudly displays her concentration camp tattoo and continues to share her experiences with anyone, anywhere. “We have to tell our story so it shouldn’t happen again,” she said.

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eter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary visited Chabad of Poway on May 3 to console victims of the April 27 shooting there. The Grammy Award-winning folk singer and songwriter, famous for several hits in the 1960s, spent almost two hours with the grieving congregation, playing some of his trio’s most popular songs and addressing survivors of the recent attack in which one woman was killed and three others were wounded. Yarrow, who is also a well-known political activist, traveled to the synagogue from Mexico, where he had performed a concert for Central American refugees in Tijuana just days before. “It’s my way of keeping my heart in shape, of keeping all these people from being torn apart by moral injury,” said Yarrow, who turned 81 on May 31. He added that it was important to address the psychological and emotional scars of gun violence as soon as possible, to “overcome hatred with love” and to unite the community and initiate the healing process with compassion and music. “We know now from the students at Columbine (scene of the 1999 school shooting near Littleton, Colorado) that even after 20 years, this doesn’t go away,” said Yarrow, who has worked with school shooting survivors, leading songwriting workshops for victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

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shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, and singing for families directly impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Performing without a microphone at the evening Shabbat service, Yarrow sang the familiar civil rights anthem “Blowing in the Wind,” along with several other favorites, discussing their historical significance and applicable messages for those who suffer from grief and persecution. “I wanted to let the people of Chabad of Poway know that there are circumstances and times in which music can coalesce and comfort people’s hearts,” Yarrow said. “I told them we sang the

same song when addressing hatred with Martin Luther King in his 1963 march on Washington.” After Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway spoke of transforming his congregation’s pain into acts of kindness and love, Yarrow shared the echoing lyrics from “Weave Me the Sunshine,” a song from Peter, Paul and Mary’s 1986 album “No Easy Walk to Freedom” “Weave, weave, weave me the sunshine out of the falling rain. Weave me the hope of a new tomorrow and fill my cup again.” For six decades now, Yarrow has confronted racism and oppression with his guitar, traveling the world independently or with his famous trio to spread hope and harmony at the front lines of conflict and tragedy. He has entertained at the White House, stood arm-in-arm with Reverend King and his family, played for Cesar Chavez and performed at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. Following his trips to Tijuana and Poway, Yarrow planned to visit Newtown, Connecticut, to comfort the family of Jeremy Richman, the father of Sandy Hook six-year-old shooting victim Avielle Richman, who committed suicide in March. When asked about his rigorous schedule in which he is constantly engaged and continuously uplifting others, the musician attributed his drive and stamina to tikkun olam, “a fundamental living precept of Judaism See PETER YARROW, Page 4



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Flag retirement ceremony at Poway Veterans Park The annual flag retirement ceremony will be held at Poway Veterans Park, 14134 Midland Road, on Saturday, June 15. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Flags may be dropped off between the hours of 8:30 and 11 a.m. The event will be hosted by the Poway Veterans Park Committee in partnership with the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 70; the Veterans of Foreign War; the Elks Lodge; and the American Legion.

Active shooter workshop held In the wake of several mass shootings plaguing the country, including the April 27 shooting that took place at Chabad of Poway, a free workshop about how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter situation was held for members of the community on Wednesday morning, June 12 in the Poway City Council Chambers. The workshop was presented by the City of Poway and the Poway Sheriff’s Station. It was open to businesses, houses of worship and community members in general. A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy was scheduled to present strategies for reducing risks at physical locations and provide advice about staying safe should an active shooter incident occur.

Poway Unified announces 2019 Volunteers of the Year Poway Unified School District announced that Eric Hellon; Ed Oliva; and Darlene and Dustin Dunn have been named Poway Unified School District Volunteers of the Year for 2019. Eric Hellon is called Chaparral Elementary School’s personal Man of Marvel. He is leader of Chaparral’s Dad’s Club, helped forge the trail for Chaparral’s nature path and helps maintain the Reading Garden, helps first graders with reading skills and directs morning drop off traffic. Ed Oliva has volunteered as a mentor to nearly two dozen students; and arranges for speakers to visit Twin Peaks Middle School to enlighten students on an array of topics. Darlene and Dustin Dunn support students and staff at Rancho Bernardo High School wherever they are needed. Darlene is a longtime Gridiron Club board member. As PTSA president, she assists with everything from grad night to See NEWS UPDATES, Page 4



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that is so close to my life. It helps me to realize that I can’t take on the burden of fixing the world myself, yet neither can I shrink from doing my part.” In giving so much of his time and talents to help others, Yarrow claims that his music and activism always seem to return and reward him in the most personal and unexpected ways. After the Shabbat service at Chabad of Poway, Yarrow said that Hannah Kaye, the daughter of Lori Kaye, who was killed in the April 27 synagogue shooting, approached him and said that her mother had been a big fan of Peter, Paul and Mary. “She told me that Lori Kaye would have been very proud to know that our songs had been sung because she valued the music and their messages, and said they were an important part of her life,” he said. Yarrow said that he now has a “new and precious friend” in Poway with whom he looks forward to collaborating in the future.


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float building. Dustin can be seen at home football games as a member of the “chain gang” and trained incoming volunteers. He has been seen sweeping the bleachers and stocking the concession stand. He has mentored those working on Eagle Scout projects. The Dunns created a Parent Center so parents can get connected to the school with information and resources.

Enjoy critter crafts

Families with kids ages 6-10 years are invited to join park rangers and docents for a morning of nature-themed crafts on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, 16275 Espola Road. Craft stations featuring different animal groups will be set up throughout the reserve. Explore the trails in between stations. Cost is $3 per child. Space is limited to 40 participants. Visit

Night fishing to begin soon at Lake Poway

The public is invited to experience a night of fishing under the stars at Lake Poway beginning July 5 and continuing every Friday and Saturday night until Aug. 31. The lake will be open until 11:30 p.m. on those nights. Boats can stay out until 11 p.m. Catfish will be stocked in the lake. Costs: adult, $7; senior 55 and older, $3; military with ID, $4; youth ages 8-15, $3, Youth 7 and under, free with paid permit.


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t’s no secret that local mothers take advantage of social media to share information of all sorts. One of the groups that has grown rapidly merely from a social media presence is called Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas, and its purpose is connecting local mothers. Tabatha Kraft, the founder and administrator, created the Facebook group shortly after moving to San Diego from Boston. She described the purpose of the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas as a way “to get other moms together, to get our children together and to make new friends and get out and do things in Scripps Ranch, Poway and San Diego.” Kraft’s use of social media is a classic example of how a tool such as Facebook can be used to begin a grassroots organization that connects people with similar interests who might otherwise have never met. “I had started a similar group in Boston, which is where we moved from, and

Members of the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas Facebook group enjoy a moms’ paint night. (photo courtesy of Tabatha Kraft)

that’s how I met one of my greatest friends,” she explained. “So, I thought it can’t hurt to start one here, too. It’s been pretty great. It started out small … It’s growing very rapidly.” Kraft said she started the group in August 2016 and now it has more than 1,000 members. Members of the group create their own events, like playdates, and post them on the group’s Facebook page. For example, if a member of the group is taking her kids to a park at 4 p.m., they post it and invite other members. Likewise, if there is an

event, such as a concert in the park, that some are considering attending, members of the group post it, inviting others. Kraft is a mother of three young daughters, ages five years, two years and nine months. She said her family has been lucky because the street on which they reside is full of friendly people, but the Facebook group she started has also helped her family acclimate to their surroundings socially. Kraft said she also created a small offshoot group which is a healthy eating group for moms in Scripps Ranch and



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Poway. One of the mothers is a fitness coach, so the group once set up an event called “Muffins and Mimosas.” About 30 mothers attended the event in which they participated in an exercise class. Afterward they enjoyed muffins and mimosas and socialized, Kraft said. She added that she met two women from this group who have since become very close friends of hers. Any local mothers who want to join the mothers’ group or learn more may simply search the Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas on Facebook and submit a request to join. Kraft said she usually responds by sending a private message to those requesting membership, so she can make sure they are local and that they are mothers with children. Kraft said she does her best to make sure it’s as safe as possible because, after all, they list where they are going to meet, and they take their children. Local mothers wishing to join the Scripps Ranch/ Poway Mamas can find the group on Facebook by using this shortcut:


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Poway Rotary Parade plans get underway By Melanie Potter


lanning a parade takes months of coordinating judges, locating P.A. systems, obtaining permits, requesting street closures, marketing, and raising thousands of dollars to help underwrite the expenses. This year’s Poway Rotary Parade will make its way down Poway Road on Sept. 7. Once again, the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps will host it and this year, the name has been changed to Poway Rotary Parade. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will serve as grand marshal and this year’s theme is “Celebrate Country Living.” “Poway, known in Kumeyaay days as the meeting of little valleys, has always had a wonderful community sense of presence stated in the city’s slogan: ‘City in the Country,’” said Rotarian Dan Brenner. “It’s remarkable that Poway is located in a major metropolis area like San Diego County. The Rotary Club of Poway Scripps wants to celebrate that community sentiment with a parade

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theme for the floats and entrants that reflects the feeling that the community already shares.” The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has hosted the parade since 2013. “We jumped in when the community was at risk of losing the parade and discovered we love presenting it,” said Pauline Getz, Rotary Club Poway-Scripps immediate past president. “It’s a truly wonderful, good old-fashioned parade. Besides delighting the more than 10,000 participants it attracts, the parade serves as the club’s largest annual fundraiser to generate money for community service projects after the consider-

able parade expenses are satisfied.” Fundraising for the parade has begun and the commitment to become involved as a sponsor or donor is crucial to helping underwrite the costs of the parade and has the added benefit of showcasing businesses as a provider of this old-fashioned community event. Costs associated with the parade include permits, sanitation, reimbursing high school bands for their transportation costs, printing, trophies, coordination fees, P.A. system, and advertising. Donations to support this community event are accepted by the Poway Rotary Foundation at https:// The parade start time on Sept. 7 is scheduled for 9 a.m. and more than 100 entrants are expected. Information about participating in or supporting the parade can be found at

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GRACE By Laura Hogan


magine driving to work every day with joy in your heart for your work. For Alexandra Dickson and Timothy Lynch, this is a reality as they have set roots in Poway and opened the Lynch Dance Institute – a lifelong dream. Both Dickson and Lynch have extensive backgrounds in ballet, dancing across the world and the country for numerous companies – most notably Pacific Northwest Ballet. Lynch also co-founded the non-profit Seattle Dance Project, working and performing. The couple said things aligned at the right time and the right place to transition to opening their own institute in the fall of 2017, now located at 12227 Po Poway Road in the Oak Knoll Plaza. The Lynch Dance Institute focuses primarily on ballet, but also offers courses in tap, jazz, modern, hip hop and yoga. Their classes are available for dancers aged three to adult of all skill levels. Dickson and Lynch said the institute puts a high priority on fundamentals and self-expression through dance as opposed to competitions. Dickson said she believes competition is not conducive to a dancer’s long-term dancing journey. “What we try to encourage is for the kids to have a strong sense of self. It starts with very, very tiny kids. We have them look in the mirror and say, ‘I am an intelligent dancer.’ It is instilling in them that they have a brain in their body and it’s up to them what they do with it. It’s about being your best self,” she said. Despite not being competition focused, the institute does offer two performance opportunities: one around the holidays and the other in late spring to showcase everything the students have learned throughout the year. Dickson said everyone has a need for an artistic outlet and that dance rou-

tinely will push one past their comfort level in order to strengthen a sense of self and self-confidence. Lynch, also a certified yoga instructor, established the Karma Yoga hour within the institute that is donation based. All proceeds from the hour go to support suicide pre-


San Diego’s Refacing Specialists Angelina Capozzoli displays masterful grace as she performs in “Mixed Nuts,” Lynch Dance Institute’s annual holiday presentation. (courtesy of Lynch Dance Institute)

vention. In the past six months, the class has donated more than $700 to the fund. The Lynch Dance Institute has openings in classes and camps for the summer. Both Dickson and Lynch encourage the larger San Diego community to partake in a class. “It’s a real community. We enjoy sharing what we know with kids who want to hear it,” Dickson said. “People are coming because they want to hear what we have to say. For people who train with LDI, it’s the most beautiful circle and place to learn from one another.” Visit



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ilitary veterans seeking fellowship with those who have served in the armed forces are invited to join the Veteran of Foreign Wars’ Fred Lewis Kent Post 7907. Located at 12342 Old Pomerado Road, the Post 7907 VFW facility is conveniently located in Poway for local members, according to Post Commander and 30-year Navy veteran Bill Morrison. “I look at our place as a treehouse in the woods,” Morrison said of the popular gathering point abutting scenic Bette Bendixon Park. “It’s nice and quaint, but somewhat hidden and out of the way.” Founded in 1959, the Fred Lewis Kent Post offers “a great place” for vets to connect and share a sense of comradery, said post bartender Tracy Perreault. “It’s a special place for sharing and healing with a very outstanding group of people,” she said. “Folks here will do anything and everything to support our troops. I get goosebumps just talking about it.”

VFW Post 7907 on Old Pomerado Road is a place for veterans to connect. (photo by Hoyt Smith)

The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces, and dedicated to securing and protecting their rights and benefits. There are 30 VFW posts in San Diego County. “We’re the only post and canteen serving the Interstate 15 corridor between MCAS Miramar and Escondido,” Morrison Said. “There is a post in Rancho Bernardo, but it doesn’t have the

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he best of the Poway area’s cuisine, beer and wine will take the spotlight Saturday, June 22, when Poway OnStage presents the eighth annual Taste of Our Towne event, 5-9:30 p.m. on the plaza of the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road. In addition to offering the public the chance to discover local food and drink, the event is also a fundraiser for Poway OnStage, the nonprofit organization that brings performing arts events and concerts to the Poway Center for the Performing Arts and arts education programs to local schools. The tasting will also feature live and silent auctions of more than 60 items, including vacation getaways, nights on the town, dinners, a sightseeing flight, and food and wine packages. All proceeds benefit Poway OnStage’s Arts in Education Initiative and main stage productions. Poway OnStage CEO Michael Rennie noted that while there are many “taste of” events all over, Taste of Our Towne stands out for its focus on north inland San Diego. “The fact that you get a dozen local restaurants, a dozen local wineries from this part of the county, that’s unique,” Rennie said. “This is the only (tasting event) dedicated to the Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Ramona region.” It’s also a chance to make discoveries.

Tickets for Poway OnStage’s eighth annual Taste of Our Towne can be purchased at (photo by Rich Soublet II)

Music will add to the ambiance of the June 22 Taste of Our Towne event, which spotlights the local food, wine and beer while raising funds to support Poway OnStage’s efforts to bring music, dance and arts programs to the region. (photo by Rich Soublet II)

Poway OnStage’s 8th Annual Taste of Our Towne is a great way to discover some of the great cuisine being produced by local businesses. (photo by Rich Soublet II)

“Probably the most special thing about the event is that we heavily feature the wines of the Ramona Valley,” Rennie added. “There are people who don’t realize what a robust wine community we have right up the road in Ramona.” A DJ will spin tunes to set the mood for dinner. Then, Whitney Shay, a four-time San Diego Music Award winner – including the 2019 Artist of

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DJ Steve O highlights new talent on Facebook Live show By Terry L. Wilson


oway resident Stephen Oropallo, owner of Detail Works Poway, has been known for auto detailing for 35 years. However, his real passion was to be a DJ. Today, thanks to the Internet, Stephen Oropallo, the king of automobile detailing, morphed into DJ Steve O. Playing to a niche audience, DJ Steve O has a dedicated fan base of thousands of listeners that follow his underground broadcasts and his Facebook Live streams from his Poway studio. “Here at DJ Steve O’s Place we specialize in music production, video production and artist development,” said Steve O, a former Navy Seabee. “We host the Worldwide Indie Underground Show on WAVR 97.0, www. I also have a Facebook Live show where I bring local artists into my studio and stream their performance live over Facebook Live. A week later I stream them on my American Veterans Radio show.” “American Veterans Radio, (AVR) WAVR is current-

DJ Steve O interviews solo artist Marissa McGuffie in his studio. (courtesy photo)

ly broadcasting to 183 countries in all seven continents, entertaining military and first responders worldwide,” said AVR owner Jim Lederle. “Everyone on staff is a volunteer, including our on-air personalities like Steve O.” “On Thursday night my show airs on American Veterans Radio … from 4 to 7 p.m.,” Steve O said. “Then I have my Facebook Live show on Friday nights from 6 to 8 p.m.” In the Social Media world, one might think that it isn’t possible to have too many friends, but that does seem to be a roadblock for

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of fame. If Steve O finds a diamond in the rough, they could work together with his management team. “I mostly do promotions,” Steve O said. “I am looking for the right artist to manage. My son, Hans, is also an artist. I manage him and his partner, Danise.” “Before I became a professional performer, I did a lot of tech work and took up audio engineering,” Hans said. “Bit by bit, I got pretty good with sound and visuals. The sound we have coming out of our radio and Facebook Live shows is crystal clear and that adds a lot of value



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he recently opened Studio40 Fitness, 13557 Poway Road, offers a range of workout classes just 40 minutes long including instruction in the Lagree Fitness Method. It is the first studio to offer Lagree classes in Poway, saving fans of that increasingly popular workout the need to travel long distances just to take a class. Developed by Sebastien Lagree and built around exercises performed on a piece of equipment called a Megaformer, the Lagree Fitness Method offers a unique twist on traditional exercises such as squats, lunges, planks and pushups while combining those movements with exercises specific to the Megaformer. It’s a low-impact, high-intensity full body workout that is adaptable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels Studio40 Fitness owner Glace Ziperovich said she has been doing Lagree for about eight years and decided to combine her teaching background with her love for fitness and belief in the Lagree exercises by opening the gym. “I was doing the Lagree and all my friends said, ‘What are you doing? You look amazing!’” Ziperovich said. “Nobody knew about Lagree because we don’t have that many (gyms featuring it) around. I thought it would be nice to share with everybody, share the love for the method.”

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Young players put their skills to the test at North County Soccer Park. (photo by Hoyt Smith)

Poway. But with its longevity, NCSP holds a unique legacy for many, which is captured in the tales that the co-owner shares about his own family and many others. “I started working here in, gosh, 1986,” he said. “It was one of my very first jobs, and one of my dreams was to eventually come back.” Sixteen years ago, Bleakley was at NCSP with his son when he met Brennan and said, “If you ever sell this place, let me know.” Dave and Rod’s friendship began at that point and they have been working as full-time partners for nearly four years now. The NCSP co-owners interact with almost a thousand kids a week, and

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Bleakley stated he and Brennan have seen a significant portion of Poway’s young people grow up. “My grandson has been playing here, and it was a pure joy watching him score his very first goal,” Bleakley said. He has observed many others develop into talented soccer players, including the children of many notable athletes. “We even have a few older players out here who have been playing soccer here since the park opened” he added. It’s the notable athletes of tomorrow that make NCSP’s owners and coaches particularly excited. Along with the growing U.S. interest in soccer comes the anticipation that some who practice weekly on the greens in this northeastern corner of Poway will go on to star on an Olympic, NCAA or professional soccer team. “The skills classes here are really outstanding,” said David Hiden, president of the Vaqueros Soccer Club, who is also a parent, a coach and a soccer player. Consequently, he said there is a lot of recruitment going on. “We have a lot of academy coaches looking for players in Poway,” Hiden said. “It all starts with the North County Soccer Park. I love that place.” Bleakley believes the kids currently playing soccer at NCSP will continue to advance Poway on the world soccer map. “I think North County Soccer Park is going to contribute to that awareness for years to come,” he said. Visit


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Poway Gymnastics: tradition of fitness and fun By Laura Hogan


umbling into success has been second nature for members of Poway Gymnastics. Tony Salmeri opened the gymnastics club 25 years ago after a personal career of gymnastics starting in high school. Salmeri coached his way through college and continued coaching at clubs across the country in the following years. When he drove through Poway, he said, he knew he had found the right location for his gymnastics club. With several club members competing to follow a collegiate level path, Poway Gymnastics is known in the community for providing top notch coaching and classes. Laura Puga, local Poway resident, started sending her daughter Liana, 11, to the club three years ago; a move she said was a great

experience. “Liana works well with the atmosphere and comradery of Poway Gymnastics. She has been able to flourish there,” Puga said. Poway Gymnastics puts an emphasis on skills work as well as building flexibility and endurance on each element of gymnastics. “Gymnastics provides a good core strength and flexibility. It also teaches young people the importance of self-discipline,” Salmeri said. Puga reiterated these sentiments and said, “What sets sets Poway Gymnastics apart is it’s a good

balance of focus for the girls in terms of strength and flexibility, but also the girls being able to have fun.” Puga also said Poway Gymnastics was the right fit for her and her daughter due to the unique community that exists among the families. Specifically, Poway Gymnastics has a viewing room where parents can watch the classes. “I knew nothing about gymnastics. In the viewing room, I could talk to other parents about what was happening in the gym and learn about the sport. It was great to have the space to do that,” Puga said. Poway resident Beth Case has had two of her children attend classes at Poway Gymnastics with great success beyond the sport itself. Her eldest daughter is currently working on her PhD to assist children on the autism spectrum. “All of her experience with gymnastics helped her persevere and keep

trying for harder things. She loved the sport, she loved being with her friends, but she knew how to work hard and have the self-discipline to succeed,” Case said. Salmeri said one of the unseen benefits of gymnastics is the incredible foundation it provides to young people interested in any sport through flexibility and strength training. Puga stated that her daughter and son – who practices Jiu Jitsu frequently quently – practice together despite competing in very different arenas. Poway Gymnastics provides classes for groups preschool through high school of all skill levels. Adults can also attend the high school classes. Salmeri said he hopes to open a “Mommy and Me” class for toddlers and their care givers this fall. Poway Gymnastics also offers summer camps and classes

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WEDDING SERVICES Holly Kalkin Weddings Event planning business, provides wedding coordination services to couples throughout the county. Please visit our website at hollykalkinweddings. com for more information. We would love to assist you or your family member with their special day!

WINDOW COVERINGS Custom Window Coverings BLINDLOVE offers Shutters, Blinds, and Roller Shades for your windows and doors with a designer touch. We have provided professional measuring and installation for over 20 years. Call 858-3959509.

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