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Clairemont Times Serving Clairemont, Bay Park, Linda Vista & Kearny Mesa


News of the Neighborhoods

MARCH 2013



Youth Opportunities Unlimited at Clairemont High School We had just arrived at Clairemont High School to make a delivery of our newspapers, leaving copies of the February 2013, edition of “The Clairemont Times,” in the main office. As always, before leaving, I mentioned,“…If there is anything I else I can do to help promote the school, or programs, please let me know.” On that day, I was met by Martha Corrales, the School-Site Operations Specialist, and she told me that,“Yes, there was something…” where upon Mrs. Corrales invited me to return the following Friday, for a BBQ as they were honoring/rewarding members of the 30+ Club of Y.O.U. When I returned for the BBQ day, I met with Mrs. Corrales, and she quickly brought me up to speed. Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) is an after-school program, for all grades, at CHS. It’s actually a before-school program as well. The Y.O.U. Student Lounge opens at 6:00 a.m. each school day, and closes at 7:15 a.m.—at first bell. Then, the Y.O.U. Student Lounge re-opens at 2:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. each school day. The bar-be-cue was a way of rewarding students for their continued, ongoing involvement, with 30+ days of participation within the before- and afterschool programs. For students, membership in Y.O.U. is strictly voluntary, and there are programs or activities every day of the week, afterschool, on a regular basis. Some of the programs offered through Y.O.U. are as follows: Astronomy Club; Costume Design; Driving Permit Class; Painting; Photography; History Through Film;Theatre Alive;The Unit (a Math Club);Y.O.U. Beautify which helps spruce-up the campus; Study Club; Tutoring Center, and more. Walking around the room, speaking with

some of the students, the question I had for them was,“Why do you like the Y.O.U. Program?” Each response was varied insofar as some students mentioned the lounge, others photography, some art, as well as other students gave praise to the theatre program. Senior, Marissa Taylor, said her favorite part

was “socializing with friends in the Y.O.U lounge.” Sophomore, Kayleen Alvarado, mentioned her favorite part is “The Theatre Alive Program, because right now we are rehearsing and practicing for our ‘Willy Wonka’ production.” (see flyer in this edition, page 3.) Since there were no activities planned on the BBQ day, I returned on a Tuesday, a few days later. We stopped in to see Mrs. Berlin’s Art class where students were working on different art projects. From there, we walked to the theatre to meet with Mr.Allen, where rehearsals were underway for the “Willy Wonka” production he is directing. It was also pointed out that stuSEE Clairemont High School, page 13

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POLICE BLOTTER Week of January 27, 2013 Vandalism 5600 Chateau Dr. Fraud 4800 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vandalism 3800 Caminito Aguilar Residential Burglary 2800 Arcola Ave Vehicle Theft 4100 Bannock Ave. Residential Burglary 4700 Allenhurst Pl. Vandalism 5300 Limerick Ave. Vehicle Theft 4800 Barstow St. Vehicle Break-In 4100 Fond Du Lac Ave. Battery 4400 Mt. Herbert Ave. Battery 5200 Lodi St. Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5000 Kilkee St. Vehicle Break-In 4300 Genesee Ave. Vehicle Break-In 6100 Syracuse Way Residential Burglary 5500 Mt.Acara Dr. Vehicle Break-In 5200 Jamestown Rd. Vandalism 5600 Castleton Dr. Vehicle Theft 3500 Jemez Dr. Vandalism 4800 Shawline St. Arson 6700 Osler St. Residential Burglary 7400 Salizar St. Battery 7900 Frost St. Residential Burglary 8400 Larkdale Ave. Vehicle Theft 3500 Ben St. Residential Burglary 5000 Palm Point Court Vehicle Theft 7400 Baltic St. Week of February 3, 2013 Residential Burglary 3300 Cowley Way Vehicle Theft 6900 Park Mesa Way Vandalism 6600 Lanston St. Vehicle Theft 4400 Verley Ct. Vehicle Theft 2700 Ulric St. Vehicle Break-In 4800 Shawline St. Vehicle Theft 3200 Cowley Way Vehicle Theft 4400 Genesee Ave. Vandalism 5300 Mt.Alifan Dr. Commercial Burglary 8400 Hurlbut St. Vehicle Break-In 4800 Mt. Casas Dr. Burglary 5500 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 2600 Nye St. Arson 2200 Dunlop St. Vehicle Break-In 5900 Charing St.

Vandalism 4200 Genesee Ave. Vehicle Theft 4400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vandalism 4600 Morena Blvd. Fraud 4200 Feather Ave. Fraud 3800 Hiawatha Way Vehicle Theft 4200 Conrad Ave. Fraud 4400 Manitou Way Residential Burglary 3600 Waco St. Vehicle Break-In 3500 Brandywine St. Vehicle Break-In 4300 Ute Dr. Week of February 10, 2013 Commercial Burglary 4200 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 4600 Coconino Way Vehicle Theft 4400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Commercial Burglary 5500 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 4500 Mt. Hubbard Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3200 Occidental St. Commercial Burglary 5500 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 6500 Barnhurst Dr. Assault 3000 Armstrong St. Vehicle Theft 7000 Batista St. Vehicle Break-In 4300 Kearny Mesa Rd. Theft 3500 Ashford St. Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 2400 E. Ingersoll St. Vehicle Break-In 7800 Vista Hill Rd. Vehicle Break-in 3300 Kearny Villa Lane Vehicle Theft 6400 Osler St. Vehicle Theft 6900 Beloit Ave. Week of February 17, 2013 Residential Burglary 8600 Hurlbut St. Commercial Burglary 5500 Balboa Ave. Commercial Burglary 7700 Balboa Ave.

Battery 8000 Vickers St. Vehicle Break-In 8100 Aero Dr. Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Commercial Robbery 5500 Balboa Ave. Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Theft 4700 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 5100 Arvinels Ave. Vehicle Break-In 4100 Genesee Ave. Residential Burglary 4800 Cole St. Battery 4800 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3700 Southview Dr.

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Healthy Community Q&A by Jackie C Bensinger, L.Ac.

tebra and herniated disc at L5, sciatica and pain at a level 6-8 daily. Can acupuncture help? Matt

Dear Doctor: I’ve never done acupuncture before and my friend at work gets it for PMS. I’m wondering if it hurts and if it works for migraines. Julie Dear Julie: Most people do not find that acupuncture hurts and, actually, feel nothing at all.These sterile needles are smaller than a human hair. Patients find that they feel very relaxed after acupuncture. Migraines can be a complex condition with many possible causes such as stress, allergies, diet, and hormones. I do a thorough medical history and often request a copy of the patient’s blood work, xrays and MRI, if applicable. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be very effective even for patients that have suffered for years. Dear Jackie: I have a broken ver-

Dear Matt: Based on what you have stated, I can say that I have successfully treated several cases like yours. One patient was ex-military, very active 40 year old runner and surfer. He was back to running and surfing in less than 15 treatments. He comes in maybe twice a year for a “tune-up”. To learn more contact: Jackie Bensinger, L.Ac. is a California Board Certified acupuncturist practicing in Clairemont for nearly twenty years.Vibrational Healing Arts Clinic is located at 5222 Balboa Avenue, Suite 44, San Diego, California 92117. (858) 505-9444,

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Clairemont Community to Benefit from $10 million Renovation of Balboa Mesa Shopping Center Regency Centers has announced its plan to renovate the Balboa Mesa Shopping Center in Clairemont Mesa at the southeast corner of Balboa Avenue and Genesee Avenue.As the new owners of Balboa Mesa, Regency

of the community to share the project, answer questions and gather feedback.The Clairemont Hills Kiwanis, a local service organization, unanimously voted to support the project, and on February 19 the Clairemont

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Centers plans to invest $10 million to bring renewed life to the shopping center, as well as to the Clairemont community. The LEED®-certified renovation includes a new drive-thru In-N-Out Burger on Genesee Avenue as well as several new shopping and dining options which will replace the currently vacant corner lot.A new parking lot design will enhance circulation and traffic flow within the center, an improvement much anticipated by community members who frequent the shopping center. Other enhancements include new pedestrian pathways and outdoor seating areas, new exterior signage and stone accents, and all new shopping center lighting and landscaping. If approved, center completion would be anticipated for fall, 2014. The Regency Centers team has been actively meeting with members

Community Planning Group voted 9 to 2 to recommend approval to the San Diego Planning Commission, which is expected to review the project in late March or early April. “This project will be a tremendous benefit to the community, and we should thank the Clairemont Community Planning Group for their wise decision,” says Ryan Trabuco, Clairemont Town Council President. “The northwest corner of the Balboa Mesa Shopping Center has been sitting vacant for far too long.The investment and revitalization will bring much needed improvements as well as create jobs, help local businesses, and improve the quality of life for Clairemont residents.” The San Diego City Council is scheduled to make a final decision on the proposed renovation in May. To learn more, please visit

CALLING ALL OLYMPIANS! San Diego Mesa College Accepting Nominations for 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Mesa College Distinguished Alumni Award.The purpose of the award program is to recognize former students who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of academic excellence at San Diego Mesa College.The 2013 award recipient will be announced in January and conferred at the college commencement ceremony scheduled for May 18th.Anyone in the greater community is encouraged to submit a nomination. “We are proud of the tens of thou-

sands of students who have attended Mesa College, and of the contributions they have made to the city and people of San Diego and beyond,” said Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President of Mesa College.“I encourage the community to respond, and help us to select our next Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.” Nominations are accepted through Friday, March 29, 2011. For an application and more information see or a form can be sent directly to your email address. Call Lina Heil at 619-388-2759 for more information.

are appropriate for San Diego County’s March 2nd 4255 Genesee Ave The San Diego County Water semi-arid climate. Outdoor water-use effiAuthority and several member agencies ciency is a major regional goal because have teamed with The Home Depot to about half of the water used in a typical offer significant savings at San Diego home is for landscaping. In addition to County Garden-Friendly Plant Fairs in the plant fairs, the Water Authority February, March and April. recently During the launched an events, specialincentive proSan Diego County Garden ly marked congram for resiFriendly Plant Fairs tainers of lowdents and busiPlant Fairs are 8 a.m. to noon at these locations water-use nesses who of The Home Depot: plants such as replace turf lavender, langrass with • Feb. 23: 7530 Broadway, Lemon Grove tana, agave and • Feb. 23: 5755 Mission Ave., Oceanside water-efficient rosemary will plants. • March 2: 4255 Genesee Ave., San Diego be heavily dis“Rethinking • March 2: 1320 Eastlake Pkwy, Chula Vista counted at your landscape • March 9: 1001 El Camino Real, Encinitas select The is one of the • March 9: 12185 Carmel Mountain Road, Home Depot smartest things San Diego stores. Industry you can do to experts will be • March 23: 298 Fletcher Pkwy, El Cajon save water,” said at the plant Jeff • March 23: 10604 Westview Pkwy, San Diego fairs to provide • April 20: 1475 E. Valley Pkwy, Escondido Stephenson, a information principal water about waterresources speefficient irrigation supplies, and how to cialist at the Water Authority.“By buying select and grow low-water-use plants. discounted low-water-use plants you not The Home Depot certified nursery cononly save money today, but you can have sultants will host how-to workshops, and an attractive yard for years.” local retail water agency staff will be onFor more information about plant hand with information about water con- fairs, turf grass replacement rebates and servation programs and services. outdoor water conservation tips, go to Plant fairs are designed to increase or adoption of WaterSmart landscapes that

Two Lost Dogs Recently while working in the front yard, I came across two very happy dogs just running around the neighborhood. Having never seen them before I led them back up the street from the direction they came; maybe they just got out I thought. They were happy as could be, well groomed with collars on but no tags. I grabbed a couple of our leashes and figured I would walk them around the neighborhood hoping I would encounter someone looking for their lost dogs. I asked as many people as I saw if they had recognized these lost dogs … no luck. I finally relented and called County of San Diego Animal Services. My hope was maybe the responding office had a wand in their truck and could scan them for a microchip. Within 30 minutes the officer

arrived scanned both, one was chipped however, the info was not registering in the system.The officer loaded them up into the truck and informed me of the protocol. While it was sad seeing them being taken away, I was hopeful the story would have a happy outcome. I assured the officer I would be following up the next day to check on their status. An hour later we received a call from the officer the litter mates were returned to their owner safe and sound. They had dug out under the fence of their yard, and it turned out they live only a half mile away. The moral of the story? Micro chipping and always have your pets wear collars with tags & current contact information. For more on micro chipping contact your veterinarian or County Department Animal Services (619) 767 2675.

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NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DRIVE, 92117 SPECIAL EVENTS San Diego Threshold Choir Women’s Vocal Concert 3/18 10:30am Join us for a concert of uplifting and soothing music from the Threshold Choir. Seeking to bring ease and comfort through gentle voices and sincere kindness, the Threshold Choir sings at the bedside of those who are bedridden or terminally ill. Learn more about the choir and feel free to sing along at this special event. Bayou Brothers Zydeco Concert 3/27 6:30pm With a sound straight out of Louisiana, the Bayou Brothers will rock you with their musical gumbo of Zydeco, Cajun and Blues music. Instruments include accordion, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and rub board. Add three-part harmonies and you’ve got that great Mardi Gras Sound. All ages. RECURRING EVENTS Monthly Book Sale. 3/9 from 9:30am-2:00pm In addition to the Daily Book Sale, the Friends of NCL hold an expanded Monthly Book Sale every month. Used books, movies, and music for excellent prices. Proceeds benefit the NCL. Tales for Tails: Read to Animals 3/11 at 4pm Children are invited to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy animals! Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and sometimes cats & dogs are provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Appropriate for ages 5 and up with caregiver. Friends of the Library Meeting 3/15 3pm Would you like to support your local library? The Friends support the library through various activities, including book sales, volunteering, programming support and advocacy. New members welcome! Adult Book Club.Wednesday, 3/20 at 6:00pm The Book Club will be discussing Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky. Homework Help Wednesdays 6:30pm Need a hand with your homework? Students in grades K-12 can receive assistance with homework and reading.Tutors are adult volunteers. No registration required. Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Thursdays at 10:30am Join us every Thursday for a fun storytime with Ms.Trish or Ms. Erin! This is an interactive storytime that includes books, songs, rhymes and movement. Sign Language Storytime Saturdays 10:30am Storyteller Jennifer Duncan uses the excitement and fun of signing to enhance the reading of wellloved children’s picture books. This interactive presentation also includes sing-alongs and bubble time and ends with a Q&A period. Geared toward ages 05 with caregiver.

SPECIAL EVENTS Paws to Read 3/12 & 3/26 6:00 pm Therapy dogs provide a positive and fun environment for children to practice reading. Brought to you by Love on a Leash Family Fun Time: Once Upon A Shamrock 3/15 at 3:00pm Presented by Kathy Felker Puppet productions:A mischievous leprechaun, a wee bit o’ blarney, an’ the luck o’ the Irish are all woven together in this charming tale featuring Irish music and folk legends. Balboa Library Book Club 3/19 12:30 pm The Book Club will be discussing The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro RECURRING EVENTS Stories with Susan Wednesdays 6:00 pm Every Wednesday Miss Susan reads well-loved children’s stories. Come hear your favorites, or discover something new! Preschool Activity Hour Thursdays 10:00 am Miss Linda will help young preschool children receive the basics of learning, language and reading skills. Parents and caregivers will have some time to network and learn tips for helping their children get a great start on learning. “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime Fridays 10:30 am Storytime for our youngest patrons! Plenty of adult/child interaction, songs, stories and fingerplays. Kids Krafternoons Saturdays 1:00 pm Let your creativity run wild with a fun craft activity! Children under 8 welcome with an adult or older sibling.

Friends of the Library Meeting 3/20 6:30 PM Monthly Music Program Presents The Granada Consort 3/27 6:30pm The Granada Consort was created in San Diego 30 years ago by musicians who enjoyed performing on early music instruments. Recorders, wood flutes which were popular in Europe from the 1400s through the 1700s, became their favorite instrument. The Granada Consort has evolved into a group of five recorder musicians who play a full range of music including: Renaissance, Baroque, blues, jazz, tango, and more! RECURRING EVENTS Homework Help Grades K-12 Tuesdays from 6:30 -8pm Tutors are adult volunteers, and no sign-up required. Story Times • Tuesdays 6pm Bilingual storytime Spanish/English with Karina • Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. the library hosts a story and craft time for all ages, with storyteller and crafter Miss Nancy. • Thursdays 10:30 “BabySign Storytime,” a storytime with sign language for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers, with storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan. • Fridays10:30 a.m. the library hosts Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 SPECIAL EVENTS After School Art Class by Robert 3/6 4pm Free art class for children ages 6-12 Adult Book Club 3/6 6pm The Book Club will be discussing The Women:A Novel by T.C. Boyle. Author Talk With Kittie Morse 3/5 6:30pm This fascinating local author of nine cookbooks has many stories about her life in Morocco. She is the author of nine cookbooks, including the award winning Cooking at the Kasbah: Recipes from my Moroccan Kitchen. She has as stunning new cookbook now on the market, MINT TEA AND MINARETS: A Banquet of Moroccan Memories, which was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards (June 2012). Science Saturday 3/9 10am All young scientists from K – 8 are invited to attend the “Earth Cycles”There will be a special experiment provided that meets either a 7th grade or 8th grade science standard! These experiments will be messy, so please, ensure all participants are dressed appropriately.Appropriate kindergarten – 8th grade

AARP Free Tax Assistance Thursdays From 12-4pm 2/17 – 5/11 Receive free tax assistance from an AARP Tax Aide! Walk-in only. No appointments. Please bring the following when you come: Copy of last year’s income tax return(s),W-2 forms from each employer, unemployment compensation statements, all 1099 forms, all forms indicating federal income tax paid, dependent care provider information, all receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions, Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents. North Clairemont Branch Library 4616 Clairemont Dr., (858) 581-9931

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FREE EASTER EGG HUNT Saturday, March 23rd, 4pm Join First Baptist Church of Clairemont for a FREE Easter egg hunt for ages 0 to 6th grade located in the back parking lot and fellowship hall of the church. Refreshments will be provided. Join us for a great time of fun.

Easter Sunday • March 31 8:00 a.m. & 9:30 a.m.: Festival Worship with Choir 11:00 a.m.: Festival Service with Brass, Timpani, Choir & Holy Communion 12:00 Noon: Worship in Spanish/Servicio en Espanol Phone: 858-273-7423 E-mail: 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92117

For more information call FBCC at (858)273-4642

THE TRUTH BEHIND EASTER Join First Baptist Church of Clairemont for a week of studies| related to the events of the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Have questions please call FBCC at (858)273-4650 • Sunday, March 24th, 6pm: The Last Supper and Passover

• Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30pm: The Second Coming of Jesus the Messiah • Thursday, March 28th, 6:30pm: The Seven Last Words of Christ • Friday, March 29th, 6:30pm: Showing of the “The Passion”

• Monday, March 25th, 6:30pm: The Reality and Brutality of the Crucifixion

• Sunday, March 31st, 7am: Sunrise Service

• Tuesday, March 26th, 6:30pm: The Possibility of the Resurrection

• 10am: Resurrection Sunday Worship Service

Families with kids 5th grade & under are invited to a

Community Egg Hunt Mount Acadia Park Saturday, March 30th Registration 10:30am

Free Admission • Safe Candy Fun Event Open to kids 5th grade & under Kids must be with an adult For more information (858) 277-3027 “We care about families in our community” ---

Religious Directory Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00, 9:15, 10:15 & 11:30 AM (En Espanol) Pathway Christian Fellowship 3811 Mt. Acadia Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3027 Join us Sundays at 10 AM Holy Cross Lutheran Church & Preschool 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 • Preschool (858) 273-7768 Sunday Worship 9:00 AM

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Twenty 3rd Graders & a Cookie Recipe A while back I was asked if I would be interested in speaking and cooking with twenty 3rd graders at the Boys & Girls Club Clairemont Branch, as part of their Fitness Fridays Campaign. I of course said yes. It was a great time we talked about the benefits of healthy snacking and exercising every day. We had a group Q&A about good snacks vs bad snacks. The talking was fun, but they were anxious to get cooking. I led the charge as we all took turns breaking up the graham crackers; then measuring the ingredients. From there we took turns stirring and scraping the sides of the bowl. We even improvised when our mixture was to dry, a couple splashes of water solved the problem. From there each child made their own cookie rolling the ingredients into a ball, and then gently pressing down to form their own cookie. It was a demonstration of teamwork and healthy snacking. I had a great time with the kids and I hope they did as well. Thank you to the kids and to everyone at the Clairemont Branch for being so accommodating. Here is the simple, fun and healthy family recipe to enjoy.

No-Bake Cookies Makes: 8 Cookies Time: 10 Minutes Ingredients 8 whole-wheat graham cracker squares, finely ground 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey 4 teaspoons unsweetened coconut Directions 1. Combine ground whole-wheat graham crackers, raisins, peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Pat into 8 cookies and press lightly in coconut. Nutrition: Per serving :313 Calories; 13 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 46 g Carbohydrates; 7 g Protein; 4 g Fiber; 284 mg Sodium; 82 mg Potassium 3 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 2 1/2 fat

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 3/7/13 (1st Thursday of the month) 7:00 PM Cadman Elementary Cafeteria 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117

CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 3/19/13 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM LiveWell Senior Center 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117

LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 3/21/13 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, 92111

LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 3/25/13 (4th Monday of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111

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Real Estate Chatter Top Ten Legal Mistakes Home Buyers Make 8. Not conducting your own inspections and investigations as the buyer. 9. Not fully considering the legal, tax, credit, and other ramifications of homeownership, especially co-ownership. 10. Not properly handling a claim for property defects discovered after close of escrow. For more information about your real estate needs contact: Bobbie, Diana or Amory Chapman Team - 3 Generations (858) 344-3358 or (619) 208-9430 Source C.A.R. Legal Department

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1. Not realizing that if you do not write a strong offer to purchase, the seller may reject or not respond to your offer. 2. Not realizing that if you do not write a strong offer to purchase, you may lose the property to another more highly motivated buyer. 3. Not realizing that, without a confidentiality agreement, a seller need not treat your offer as confidential. 4. Not understanding when a contract becomes legally binding. 5. Entering into an agreement before checking title records, liens, and other things to ascertain whether the seller will be able to close escrow as scheduled. 6. Not understanding the legal implication of loan and inspection contingencies, and other contractual provisions. 7. Not obtaining a seller’s disclosures.

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LiveWell San Diego will be hosting its annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration on Friday March 15th, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. and is expecting over 100 local seniors to attend. You can help sponsor by donating as little as $6.50 for the cost of a senior meal for the day. For more information on how you can help, contact the center at: 858.483.5100 Ext: 311 (Volunteers are always needed)

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The Tri-Canyon Interpretive Group presents…

Coyotes & Their Neighbors…Human and Mammalian Indoor Presentation and Outdoor Exploration Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 858-581-9959 Learn about these beautiful wild animals that may be in your neighborhood, and how to coexist with them. Explore the canyon to find tracks and evidence of our local wildlife. Budding child naturalists, curious or concerned adults? There’s something for everyone at this free event.

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REGAL ROME by Kevin Casillo

At one time or another everyone either dreams of a “Roman Holiday” or has at least seen the 1953 William Wyler movie starring actors Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. If you have done either of these then you know just how easily anyone can fall in love with this amazing city. No matter how small or large your travel budget is, Rome has accommodations that will fit any budget.We prefer to stay away from bigger chain hotels, and look for smaller boutique hotels or a Bed and Breakfast.

The Vatican

For us a central location is a must. It should be centered with most attractions within walking distance. As I often will say, walking is the best way to see any city, after all riding the underground leaves you, well underground.Walking narrow cobble stone streets amidst quaint café’s and the aroma of fresh breads and boiling pasta is much more relaxing than a rushed drive in an overpriced cab that ultimately leaves your treasured sights and wallet behind. In Rome we found the most ideal place to stay. The neighborhood of “Trastevere”, which translates to “across the Tiber”.To give you a sense of history to this city and specifically to this area, it was divided into fourteen regions, by Augustus and also dates back to the time of Emperor Aurelian from 270275. We decided on a small bed and breakfast, the Italian family owned “Arco De’Tolomei” an ancient Roman Palazzo in the heart of Trastevere. Built in the Romanesque style and once served as the old family residence, it is complete with furView of Trastevere

nished with antiques and period details. Breakfast is served each morning in a wonderful dining room allowing you to meet with other guests from around the world while sharing helpful hints on what to see, sharing stories of travel, and yes, USA politics (there’s no escaping it) and that last cup of wonderful Italian coffee before it’s time to head out. Within minutes we are out the door and faced with our first decision of the day,“do we go left or do we go right?” Soon we’re walking in the footsteps of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. What a city, what a feeling! First stop, the Vatican. After all it is Easter Sunday perhaps we would meet the Pope for coffee or perhaps share a glass of his private labeled wine. But reality forces us to retire that grandiose idea. So with a pocket full of Euros, we begin the walk along one of the picturesque street of Lungotevere Giancolense lined with mature Elm Trees flanked with the Tiber on one side and convents and cathedrals on the other. Offering views of Castle of St.Angelo, and the most ornate bridges like that of “Ponte Emilio” built to connect the two banks of the Tiber in 193 BC. Approaching the Vatican from “Via Della Conciliazione” is one of the most impressive sights we have seen. It unfolds in front of you becoming more impressive with each and every step. I am not a religious man, but if this city and this place doesn’t move and impress you I don’t know what would.As you stroll St Peters square there are more shops and restaurants with the expected venders selling overpriced trinkets and small bottles of holy water. But once inside, the Vatican reveals itself as it really is one

of the most impressive sights we have ever seen. Not just the eye popping frescos that adorn every inch of the amazing ceilings, domes and endless walls but the vast amount of space built of marble and hand carved stone. The sheer size is almost overwhelming. Visiting the crypts and catacombs deep inside like the tomb of St Paul and Peter, and the late Pope John Paul should not be missed. Walking the Roman Forum, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon is something everyone should do at least once. Anyone can read about it, but to actually walk the same roads as Michael Angelo and Roman Emperors can only be described as exhilarating. Everyone needs to experience Rome on foot, forget overpriced taxis, and just walk. Don’t follow guide books to the letter, if you get lost, explore! You’re not supposed to know what’s around the next corner, being on holi-

day is an adventure.Yes, we’ve gotten lost, but we have found some of the most amazing sights along the way, and we have always managed to find our way home. How to get there:American Airlines from San Diego to New York – Rome What to pack – One carry on per person is all you need. Whatever doesn’t fit you don’t need it. Light sweaters, comfortable shoes are a must What to eat – C’mon it’s Italy, PASTA! How much Cash, you should figure on at least 150 Euros (USD $112.35) Until next Month – Buon Viaggio (happy travels in Italian) For more travel photos and information visit

San Diego Human Society Sets Goal to Alter 5,000 Animals to Impact Pet Overpopulation The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is launching new, accessible spay/neuter programs for the San Diego community.These resources provide subsidized or affordable spay/neuter surgeries to individuals who meet the eligibility requirements based on income. The program also aims to target specific animal populations that are at the highest risk for overpopulation, like pit bulls and feral cats. “Lack of accessible or affordable spay neuter surgeries is at the core of our national pet overpopulation problem,” said Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.“That’s why we’ve made it our mission to put accessible spay and neuter services as our highest priority with a goal of at least 5,000 of our community’s animals altered by June 30th 2013.” One of the first to take advantage of this new service was San Diego resident,Vince Crick, and his 7-month old cat, Mew.“Cost is a factor, so I wouldn’t have been able to get Mew neutered without an affordable option,” said Crick.“I’m very appreciative of the San Diego Humane Society. This is a fantastic resource for the community.” The San Diego Humane Society currently offers the following spay/neuter resources: Spay/Neuter Clinics ∑ Designed to provide affordable and accessible spay/neuter opportunities five days/week based on financial need. The fees for spay/neuter range from $30-$75, depending on the type/sex of the animal. In addition to

this service the following targeted spay/neuter services are offered: • Pit Bull Clinic: Free, public spay/neuter for pit bull/pit bull mixed breeds (8-weeks or older) based upon financial need. • Project KEPPT Clinic: Free, public spay/neuter service, based on financial need for animals 20 pounds or less. • ECAR Clinic: Offered in partnership with East County Animal Rescue’s (ECAR) Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program for cats (Not open to the public). Litter Abatement Program (LAP) ∑Free public spay/neuter service for those who: • Are relinquishing a litter of puppies or kittens (from their pet) • Have found a stray litter of kittens and are able to capture the stray parent animal(s) Dr.Weitzman continues,“This tremendous endeavor represents our efforts in a community-based movement called Spay San Diego, which was developed earlier this year. It’s a collaboration that’s dedicated to helping the community locate affordable and lowcost assistance to spay and neuter their pets.” For eligibility, please call the San Diego Humane Society at (619) 2997012. For more information and spay/neuter resources, please visit:

12 • The Clairemont Times • March 2013

News About Alcott Elementary School

Madison Teacher of the Year

Bonnie R. Bernstein, Ph.D. School Psychologist, San Diego Unified School District

Madison High School has selected Ms. Janet Terry as Madison’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-14.This is her 32nd year teaching at Madison. Terry is a native of San Diego and a graduate of Grossmont High School and the University of Redlands. She taught briefly in San Bernardino County before moving “home” to San Diego.After a short time working as a speech therapist in the La MesaSpring Valley School District, she knew that her heart was in the classroom working with students who were deaf and hard of hearing (DHH.) She began teaching in SDUSD at Hale Jr. High in 1979, a feeder school for Madison.As the population of older students who were DHH increased, she was moved to the high school in 1981 and became a Warhawk.At the time, there

It has been a wonderfully active school year thus far at Alcott Elementary School. Our 2012 holiday season included the Annual Infant Toddler Program Angel Tree Celebration Breakfast and Ceremony that honored Police Officers who so generously provided presents to selected students in need. We also hosted a wonderful concert and sing-along that included a live performance of holiday music by the Sidecar Band. Thus far in 2013, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Alcott Elementary School has hosted a movie night, a delicious spaghetti dinner, and a Founders Day/Valentine’s Day Family Social Night that included a dance, a craftmaking activity, and a bake sale. Fundraising activities sponsored by the PTA have also included options to purchase cookie dough and reusable bags. Upcoming events will include the Spring Auction in March. Monies accrued from these PTA events and activities will be directed towards funding for the Alcott Elementary School Library and for the Library Technician. More fun-filled activities have also been organized by the Associated Student Body (ASB) Government. The Alcott Elementary School Students and Staff were able to participate in Nerd Day and Crazy Hair Day thus far. Students were also able to purchase Valentine’s Day Grams to send a special message to friends, teachers, and staff members. Upcoming ASB activities will include opportunities for students and their families to make purchases at the School Store. Monies from ASB activities will be used to purchase board games for Alcott Elementary School Game Days which take place on Thursdays during recess time. On Valentine’s Day,Alcott Elementary School hosted a Share the Love of Reading Day with the Rolling

Readers. This wonderful event included coverage by the local media. Alcott Elementary School also has regularly scheduled bi-monthly Friday morning Mini-Assemblies to honor our students for excellence in attendance, academic performance, and citizenship. Parents and family members are always invited to attend these lovely events. Alcott Elementary School will be hosting many other activities of interest in the coming year – we will keep you apprised with current information. Homework Hints from Dr. Bonnie Most students in all grade levels are required to complete homework assignments on a regular basis. Here are some tips that may prove to be helpful for your student regarding the completion of homework assignments: 1) Provide your student with a quiet, distraction-free, properly-supplied location to complete their assignments. This can be in your home or at a public library. 2) If your student prefers, have them briefly participate in some sort of physical activity or relaxation time prior to beginning homework assignments in order to eliminate fatigue from the school day. 3) Provide nutritious snacks and beverages for your student in order to boost energy and alertness levels (note that this may not be permitted in a public library). 4) Acquaint yourself with teacher expectations for the completion of homework assignments (e.g., due dates for packets, projects, etc.). 5) If warranted, provide organizational and instructional assistance to your student in order to get them started on their homework assignments. Remember that the process of allowing your student to complete their own work, albeit with errors, is truly the real learning experience. Wishing you and your families wonderful winter and spring seasons! Alcott Elementary School 4680 Hidalgo Ave, San Diego, 92117


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was close to 3,000 students at Madison! “I’ve seen a lot of changes during my 32 years at Madison. Classes that were once Latin, landscape design, and woodshop are now ASL, Broadcast Journalism and Engineering.The new technology we have on campus is a little intimidating to me, but I love to learn and learning from students is the best,” said Terry. In addition to teaching academic classes, she has sponsored Deaf Academic Bowl teams, Jr. NAD (National Association of the Deaf), written Transition Skills curriculum and participated in summer programs and conferences at Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Congratulations Ms.Terry!

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3rd Annual Ride for Riley School Garden Fundraiser

Sequoia Elementary Students Learn Dollars and Sense

Riley School is a Specialized Setting for students ages 5 -14 who have social, emotional and behavioral challenges that hinder their learning. Many of our students come from homes that face challenges of poverty, joblessness, substance abuse, and domestic violence. In addition to academics, Riley provides a variety of services to students including therapy, counseling and behavioral skills training. One of our most successful programs is our community garden. This provides an activity that allows our students to give back, to see growth and know that they had apart in it. We also use our community garden for our students to have a quiet place to go when needed; it can be very calming to stroll through the garden boxes. We started our community garden program about 6 years ago with the help of a garden grant. Roger Gerber has been our community resource and volunteer since the beginning. He organized the layout and construction of our raised garden boxes from the ground up. Mr. Roger donates his time

weekly to help students understand how to maintain garden soil, plant, harvest and eat healthy through a community garden setting. The students at Riley school have been involved throughout the entire process of constructing the garden

done through donations and student/staff hard work. The students plant, water and harvest what the garden produces. This is the third annual Rogers Ride for the Riley Garden and we use the funds raised to keep our community garden going. On March 18th from 10:30am to 11:30am, Mr. Roger will ride his bike through the Riley School neighborhood as we encourage him by standing out in front of our school and cheering him on. Your donation or pledge of $5 or more will help the Riley Garden Grow. For more information on how you can help either by donating or working in the garden for the upcoming

boxes, building our storage units and the overall maintenance of our community garden. Everything that has been created in the garden has been

season please call The Riley School – Lori Goulart Community Coordinator at 858 496-8205 x4014 5650 Mt Ackerly Drive, 92111.

Clairemont High School

dents were there because they wanted to be there. The team-building of the entire Y.O.U. Program is what really stood out to me, seeing how each program helps, and supports one another. The students were there, and are there, because they want to participate within something that is not necessarily part of the normal, high school class or curriculum. The strength of the Y.O.U. is how it enriches and supports the academic and social developments of students. Funding for programs such as these has drastically been cut, and in speaking with staff and faculty, a lot of times the money is not there, and expenses

have been paid out-of-pocket by the teachers. The staff and instructors do their best with what they have, and they continually get creative in how they reuse and recycle supplies. Funding and donations are major contributors to such programs. If you would like to donate to any of the programs, or would like more information, please contact Mrs. In the Y.O.U. Student Lounge Martha Corrales at (858) 0201, ext. 2206. Special thanks to: Mrs. Corrales; For more images from the time Principal Smith; Mrs. Berlin; Mrs. spent on campus, visit: www.claireSherwood, as well as Mr. Allen; David MarcelenoBenavides and Sue Reichert. Note: Just before going to press, I mentioned this story to Steve Gavin, CoOwner of the local pub, The Break Room. He mentioned they were renovating, and he has generously arranged for some pool cues, and other supplies, to be donated to the Y.O.U. Student Lounge.

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dents from the Art Program played a key-role in the set design! Then, on to Mrs. Sherwood’s class where the finishing touches were being put on the costumes for the “Willy Wonka” production. We also stopped in at the lounge which was bustling with activity from an arm-wrestling contest, to students working on a graphic design project, and of course, the common high-school socializing was taking place. What I took away from the time spent on campus was that the stu-

Costume Design - making of the Willy Wonka Costumes

Rehearsing for the Willy Wonka Production

There are some traditions that never get old. Every year for a decade, Junior Achievement and Jack-in-the-Box have teamed up to teach Sequoia Elementary School students the value of becoming financially responsible. Staff from the locally based restaurant chain visit classrooms to teach students about the value of saving money (in Kindergarten) to the economics (grade six). “Everyone has fun on this day and they learn valuable lessons,” said Principal Ryan Kissel.“This is great tradition that continues at Sequoia annually.” In addition, most of the volunteers brought prizes for the students, such as pencils with Jack-in-the-Box heads on them. “One of the lessons being taught to our first grade students is determining the difference between wanting and needing,” said Kissel.“For example, they showed a picture of a puppy which is a want.Then they showed a picture of fruit which is a need.” For upper grades, the message is how to become entrepreneurs, how to build their own business and how to produce a product for their business.

14 • The Clairemont Times • March 2013




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Breed M/American Eskimo

Breed F/Ragamuffin Mix

Breed M/DSH,Tabby

DOB 11/22/2002

DOB 1/1/2003

DOB 1/1/2007

Place of Birth San Diego

Place of Birth Scripps Ranch

Place of Birth El Cajon

Likes Chicken Jerky, his toys, burying treats in the backyard, barking and belly rubs

Likes Snoozing in the morning sun, catnip & cat thyme (kitty crack), Shirley Temple movies & working out

Likes Pipe cleaners, catnip, empty paper towel rolls, hugging humans, snuggling on my humans legs at night, Fancy Feast

Dislikes Dogs, being alone & being laughed at

Dislikes Doorbell, strangers, baths (human only gave me one)

Dislikes Loud noises & the word No

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2013 University of San Diego Toreros Baseball Home Schedule Date 3/5 3/6 3/8 3/9 3/9 3/10 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/25 3/28 3/29 3/30 4/9 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/16 4/23 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/30 5/10 5/11 5/12

Opponent Cal State Fullerton Seton Hall Holy Cross Michigan Saint Louis Holy Cross BYU BYU BYU UNLV Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State UC Irvine Pepperdine Pepperdine Pepperdine UC Santa Barbara UC Riverside San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco Cal State Northridge Portland Portland Portland

Time 6pm 6pm 6:30pm 3pm 7pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 6pm 12pm

2013 Mesa College Olympians Baseball Home Schedule Date 3/5 3/9 3/14 3/19 3/23

Opponent Palomar College Citrus College Grossmont College San Diego City College San Diego City College

Time 2 pm 1pm 2pm 2pm 12pm

3/28 4/2 4/6 4/11 4/16 4/20 4/25

Southwestern College Palomar College Palomar College Imperial Valley College Grossmont College Southwestern College Imperial Valley College

2pm 2pm 12pm 2pm 2pm 12pm 2pm

3/30 4/2 4/12 4/13 5/2 5/3

2013 UC San Diego Tritons Baseball Home Schedule Date 3/1 3/16 3/16 3/28 3/29 3/29 3/30 4/5 4/6 4/6 4/7 4/9 4/13 4/25 4/26

Opponenet Cal Poly Pomona Cal State L.A. Cal State L.A. Cal State East Bay Cal State East Bay Cal State East Bay Cal State East Bay San Francisco State San Francisco State San Francisco State San Francisco State Point Loma Nazarene Azusa Pacific Cal State San Bernardino Cal State San Bernardino

Time 6pm 12pm 3:30pm 6pm 12pm 3:30pm 11am 6pm 12pm 3:30pm 11am 6pm 2pm 6pm 6pm

2013 Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions Baseball Home Schedule Date 3/15 3/16 3/20 3/22 3/29

Opponent Azusa Pacific (DH) Azusa Pacific (DH) Bethesda University Cal State San Marcos Hawaii Pacific (DH)

Time 12pm 12pm 3pm 3pm 12pm

Hawaii Pacific (DH) UC San Diego Fresno Pacific (DH) Fresno Pacific (DH) California Baptist California Baptist

12pm 3pm 12pm 12pm 3pm 3pm

2013 San Diego State Aztecs Baseball Home Schedule Date 3/1 3/2 3/3 3/19 3/22 3/23 3/24 4/1 4/5 4/6 4/7 4/23 4/26 4/27 4/28 4/29 5/10 5/11 5/12 5/16 5/17 5/18

Opponent Seton Hall Seton Hall Seton Hall Long Beach State UNLV UNLV UNLV UC Riverside Nevada Nevada Nevada UC Irvine Fresno State Fresno State Fresno State San Francisco Air Force Air Force Air Force New Mexico New Mexico New Mexico

Time 6pm 1pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 2pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 2pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 2pm 1pm 3pm 6pm 2pm 1pm 6pm 6pm 2pm

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