Clairemont Times July 2016

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From the Publisher

Last month we had a new contributor come on board, Brian Riehm and his Beers by the Bay column. It was no fluke and he is back with another installment this month check it out on pg11. This month I am excited about welcoming Andy Eakes a journalism student and lifelong local to the mix. I hope you enjoy the writings of both these new contributors. Welcome aboard. There is a hot button topic up to the north of us in UC/UTC a topic where people respectfully agree to disagree with one another (sometimes even disrespectfully): the Regents Rd Bridge and the widening of Genesee Ave. Bridge or no Bridge widening or not this impacts Clairemont and the surrounding neighborhoods. Louis Rodolico wrote a piece this month, which requires action to the City of San Diego to give your take. Whether you are for or against input is wanted. I think there is something for everyone this month young and old. I hope you enjoy this edition. Happy 4th of July! Keep a close eye on your pets!

By Chris O’Connell

Another month gone by and hello summer! What is the word on the street, good grief, it seems there is always something. We are just about at the point where the heavy equipment will start rolling in for the Mid-Coast Trolley; from Old Town to UTC and all points in between expect “construction activity”. Last month I learned, although it was old news, Chik-fil-A is interested in opening up a location here in Clairemont. Where the old Coco’s Bakery was and is still standing Balboa Ave & Mt Abernathy. The fast food restaurant presented to the Clairemont Community Planning Group Project Review Committee (CCPGPRC) and the reaction was not entirely favorable. The fact that it would not be a sit down restaurant, but rather a drive thru and walk up to the counter order only was met with some trepidation. Additionally, there were some design elements the group was not too keen on. As it is now Chik-fil-A heard the feedback and we’ll see if they come back.

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Mid-Coast Trolley Potential Traffic Concerns water and sewer pipe and storm Construction Notices drains. Street closure of Genesee While construction of the Avenue from Nobel Drive to La Jolla Mid-Coast Trolley extension project is expected to start in the second half of Village Drive will be in effect nights and weekends through July 18, 2016, preliminary construction 2016. Due to the location and nature activities — largely to relocate of the work, some night and weekend overhead and underground utilities to work is required. Daytime work hours make way for the construction of the trolley tracks and for the guideway on are Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nighttime work hours the aerial portion of the route — are are Monday through Friday, from 7 already underway. p.m. to 7 a.m. There may be times Current Activities when 24-hour work is required. Prior • Balboa Avenue and Morena notice to residents and businesses will Boulevard: Crews continue to work be provided. at night to minimize impacts to local • Gilman Drive Bridge: In traffic. For all residents and businesses in the area, access to driveways will be preparation for construction of the new Gilman Drive Bridge across I-5, maintained throughout the project. crews are removing vegetation along There may be some portions of roads both sides of the freeway, between closed or detoured at night. Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village • Work hours on Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue for the next Drive. Shoulder or lane closures may be in place during this work, which is several weeks are 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., expected to be completed in Wednesdays through Sundays. This mid-February. work requires a lane closure; one lane For more information visit of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue. • Santa Fe Street: crews are working day and night shifts to complete a water line installation. Traffic controls are currently in place. Work is anticipated to continue through June 2016. SDG&E will begin a separate utility relocation project in the same area beginning June 2016 through winter 2016. • Genesee Avenue UTC: day work is ongoing at the intersection of Eastgate Mall, progressing north to Regents Road. Night work hours will be in effect, and some lane closures will be necessary to complete this utility work. • Intermittent closure of Genesee Avenue in July will be in effect as crews install Source:SANDAG

Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at SR-163 Reduced to Two Lanes for Construction Work Motorists should expect delays when traveling on westbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard between Overland Avenue and State Route 163 (SR-163). The lanes will be narrowed and reduced through Saturday, July 16. Caltrans construction crews will also close all southbound lanes of SR-163 between State Route 52 (SR-52) and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard.The closure includes the connector ramp from eastbound SR-52 to southbound SR-163 as well as the westbound lanes of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard over SR-163. Southbound SR-163 motorists will be detoured to westbound SR-52, to southbound Interstate 805 (I-805), then to the I-805/SR-163 Interchange. Eastbound SR-52 motorists will be

detoured to southbound Interstate 15 (I-15), then to the I-15/Interstate 8 Interchange. Westbound Clairemont Mesa Boulevard motorists will be detoured to southbound Kearny Villa Road. Note the northbound SR-163 on-ramp from Clairemont Mesa Boulevard will remain open. Changeable messages signs have been placed to alert motorists about the upcoming closures. Drivers are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert and to Move Over a lane when safe to do so or slow when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing. Follow @SDCaltrans on Twitter at and visit Caltrans District 11 on Facebook at

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2016 Field Day The Convair/220 Amateur HAM Radio Club held their annual Field Day operation in Kearny Mesa on July 25th & 26th. During this 24 hours period, HAMs both in the US and throughout the world communicate with one another

Mark your calendars for their next event the 2016 International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend to be held on August 20-21 at the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument. This will be a very special event more information to follow in

just as they did before modern communications. Atmospheric conditions were not ideal however they did make contacts throughout Southern California, into Arizona and Utah.

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Photos Courtesy of Bill Swank

What Does America Mean to You? Kay Chau and Tek Heng were neighbors in Cambodia. Kay arrived in San Diego as a refugee in 1979.Tek went to Seattle.Through their families, they got together, married and, in 1986, opened TK (Tek-Kay) Donuts in the north end of the Clairemont Village Shopping Center by Iroquois Avenue.

the back of the business. He added,“I am Cambodian. I work in a donut shop in Old Town.” His ambition is to someday open his own shop and work long hours. Seven days a week,Tek and Kay labor from 1am until 1pm.There is a steady stream of loyal customers every day. Ed Freedman has been coming to TK for over 20 years.“They make the best donuts in town,” he said. Brittney Hovsepian and her children, Michael (8) and Jade (7) were meeting friends, Shiloh Sarlin and daughter,Ava, for donuts and chocolate milk. Brittney and the Heng’s daughter, Janette, became friends at Bay Park Elementary. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl,” said Brittney. Elaine smaller picture of family at the donut shop somewhere around here caption Michael, Brittney and Jade Hovsepian at TK Donuts Kay and Tek are very proud of daughter Janette. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, married and is now employed as a social worker at Stanford Hospital in the Bay Area. Ed Freedman remembers when Janette was a small girl who could barely look over the display counter. Banter between the customers and owners is warm and friendly. TK Donuts is “Cheers” without beer. Zubin Kolan’s family owned two Parsi restaurants in Mumbai (Bombay), India. In 1999, he and his bride,Anaheeta, moved to Arizona where Zubin found a job at Kentucky Fried Chicken... and an

Kay Chau Heng

Tek said,“We came to America to work; we came for freedom.The communists killed innocent people in Cambodia.There is more freedom here.” He explained how Cambodians became Southern California’s donut makers.“A man name Ngoy came to Orange County in 1975 and worked for Winchell’s. He learned to make donuts and opened his own donut store. Other Cambodians learned this was a good job.We try the best to hold our job.” A nephew, Sam Lee, was seated near

Michael, Brittney and Jade Hovsepian at TK Donuts

Zubin Kolan and son, Hoshedar, outside Bombay Coast restaurant

Indian restaurant. KFC was from 10am to 4pm; the Indian restaurant from 5:30pm to 10:30pm. He was off on Sundays. The couple moved to San Diego in 2001. Zubin worked long hours in an Indian restaurant in UTC while Anaheeta attended law school. His dream was to save money and open his own restaurant. He has fond memories of 2004 and the 4th of July when his parents and sister visited America for the first time. “We went to watch the fireworks by Anthony’s on the water,” he recalled.“My

father said everything was very clean, very hygienic, big roads. He told everybody in India they should go to America.” Later that same month, Zubin’s Bombay Coast restaurant opened at the Clairemont Square Shopping Center. There were no Indian restaurants in Clairemont at that time.“The first week was fantastic and it’s never let up,” said the engaging entrepreneur.“We love Clairemont.” “I came to America for opportunity. I’m proud to be a citizen of the United States of America.America has given me everything: my home, my son, my name.” Hoshedar Kolan is a soft-spoken, courteous 11 year old who becomes animated when he starts talking about action figures, Legos and the NBA.“I love basketball. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are my favorite players. I love the Cleveland Cavaliers.” Zubin smiles.“My son is an all-American kid.” An interesting note, Zubin is a practicing Zoroastrian, one of the world’s oldest religions.The Three Wisemen who brought gifts to Bethlehem were Zoroastrians.We celebrate Christmas on December 25th because of the Zoroastrians. Yam Lee emigrated to the United States from the People’s Republic of China in 1978.“I came for freedom, a better life. It was very exciting. My sister brought me. I went to the San Diego Community College Skill Center and learned English and pipefitting. I worked for NASSCO from 7am until 3:30pm and then as a waiter at a Chinese restaurant in Mira Mesa from 5pm until 9:30pm. I saved my money and opened my own restaurant, Chinese Garden, at the Clairemont Quad. I also had another restaurant near the Sports Arena.” “My wife, Sue, and other members of my family all worked at the restaurants. I’ve met so many good people in America. My children, Kathy, Richard and Frances, have all graduated from college. Richard is getting married and he bought a home in Clairemont. He could live in La Jolla, but he said he doesn’t want to live anywhere else but Clairemont. My family loves Clairemont. We wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” Yam is an honorable man, well read, aware of current events and an

excellent conversationalist with an open mind and a good sense of humor.The Lees are now retired.Yam volunteers at the Cabrillo National Monument.Yam and Sue took a trip around the world last year. It was a vacation neither could not have imagined in 1977.

Yam Lee holds Community College brochure.

In 2001, the San Diego Community College District published a brochure that featured 22 success stories from former students. One of those stories was about Yam Lee. His article concludes with this quote,“This is the best place in the world to live. My American dream came true.” On the 4th of July, a large, extended family picnic will be held on the patio of the Lee home overlooking Mission Bay. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our nation, we realize that too often, our citizens take freedom and opportunity for granted.They don’t seem to understand that people who work hard and sacrifice tend to find success. Hopefully these stories about your neighbors will be an inspiration to you, your children and your grandchildren. My father liked this observation from Abraham Lincoln:“Property is the fruit of labor... property is desirable... it is a positive good in the world... Let not him who is homeless pull down the house of another, but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” Happy 4th of July, Clairemont.

The Clairemont Times • July 2016 • 7 To Clairemont: To the wonderful community of Clairemont we THANK YOU for a great year of business in your amazing neighborhood. We have been so welcomed by each and every customer that has walked through our door and we are heartbroken to be forced to close our doors. We wish we could have been a permanent staple in the community. We mirror your frustration and take

to heart all of the support we have received from you all during this difficult process of closing our Clairemont location. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers and you are the source of strength we will use to move forward. Please come and visit our Escondido location when you are in the north county. With love - Mike’s BBQ

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New Trolley Line Comes with Great Potential by Andy Eakes

Solutions to a problem, first identified in 1987, are finally being implemented. The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project is slated to be finished and ready for business sometime around 2020. The project will include the instillation of a new trolley line, running from Santa Fe Depot, Downtown to UTC Mall with stops along the way in Bay Park, Clairemont, and La Jolla. San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), along with the City of San Diego, was chosen to plan and operate this project. Adding the “Mid Coast Trolley” is going to bring a lot of change. Three new stops are going to be built in the Clairemont and Bay Park areas: Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Drive and Tecolote Road. As a 22 year-old local from the area, I couldn’t be more ecstatic to witness this advance, here’s why. 1) Population Growth Driving on the I-5 is slowly becoming a nightmare and for good reason. San Diego is a prominent destination for new residents, not to mention the influx of tourists during the summer months. According to the SANDAG Series 11 Travel Demand Forecasting Model, by 2030 the overall

county population will surge 23 percent. This means more homes, more families, and, unfortunately, more traffic. With an increase in residents comes an increase in the need for jobs. 2) Job Growth The Model also stated that the Mid-Coast Corridor, which includes Downtown, La Jolla, UTC, Bay Park, and Clairemont, makes up about 10 percent of regional employment, making it the largest in San Diego County. The number of employees commuting to and from work is only going to get higher. Six of the nine new scheduled trolley stops are in the La Jolla business district, giving people who work in the area an option to avoid traffic. (Andy not sure about this I think the LJ Business District is like downtown La Jolla maybe we could put UTC area instead La Jolla Business District) Also, anyone driving on Morena Boulevard can see that construction has kicked off. Because the trolley isn’t scheduled to be completed for another five to seven years, there is a high demand for people to build the rails and stations. Job opportunity is sky rocketing

and should continue to increase even after the trolley is finished. 3) Freedom to Travel Some of my favorite memories as a kid were getting on the trolley to watch the Padres or Chargers. The whole trip was an experience. You got on and everyone was animated and coated in San Diego apparel. Postgame, everyone got back on and we either suffered together or celebrated in triumph. Never before have San Diegans had more of an opportunity for a similar experience. I know that not everyone is a sports fan and the Mid Coast Trolley is going to serve much more than that. For the first time in history, trolley service will be provided to both San Diego’s largest universities, San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego and its largest malls, Fashion Valley Mall and UTC Mall. 4) Aging Community Let’s face it, the Clairemont Community is getting older and there is going to be a higher need for public transportation. Higher traffic congestion has left bus travel longer than it needs to be. Companies such as Uber and Lyft have become available at the touch of a button, but

getting into a stranger’s car for a ride still unease’s some, oddly enough. The three planned stops in Bay Park and Clairemont make getting to a trolley as convenient as it has ever been. Anyone who finds traveling around Sand Diego to be difficult will now have extra options in getting around. 5) There is one down side…. The biggest complaint throughout this whole process is a valid one. What about the crime rate? Bay Park and Clairemont have reputations for being safe places to live. Bringing the trolley line in adds more people closer to our homes. The threat for a higher crime rate is a real issue that should not be taken lightly by residents. We are lucky enough to have two police stations in Linda Vista that will hopefully make officers a presence near the new trolley stops. Andy not sure about the two stations in Linda Vista I know the one on Gaines we could either tweak this sentence or just delete it Of course, there is risk involved in adding anything new to a community, but I believe change is good. It is time to look past any doubt and focus on what this project could do to improve our community as a whole. The Mid-Coast Trolley has been long awaited, now there is no turning back.

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Beers by the Bay by Brian Riehm

Bitter Brothers – Hidden Gem on Morena

When we think of beer neighborhoods, Morena Boulevard in Bay Ho and Bay Park doesn’t necessarily come to mind. But only a stone’s throw from the Costco, Bitter Brothers has opened up a quality brewery, operating since the start of the year at its location at 4170 Morena Blvd. Co-owner Bill Warnke was on hand to chat with my brother and I about his beers when we visited. He said that he came to the beer industry by way of being a chef, which got him interested in the local beer scene. He worked for a while with Lightning Brewing in Poway before deciding to go into the beer business with his brother. The Bitter Brothers facility is fairly large for a brewery of its size, ensuring everyone has a place to sit. The beer selection has a nice variety as well, with offerings such as West Coast style IPAs, but also more traditional styles such as stouts, weizens, ESB, and a tart Berliner Weisse. As a tall guy, I liked that the stools were adjustable and my wife liked the purse hooks under the bar on a previous visit. I tried out some four ounce samples. At only $2 per sample, this is a quality beer bargain. I usually start with milder varieties, because starting with an IPA will ruin your palate for other flavors.

First up was Brotherly Love, a Dunkelweizen, with mellow chocolate notes that don’t overpower the malted wheat. (All of the beers have sibling themed names, as befits a brewery owned by two brothers.) Next was Extra Special Brother, a traditional Extra Special Bitter, that had all of the malt character and mild sweetness I expect. Ironically, ESBs are not especially bitter, despite their name. Bill said that they are trying to deliver beers “true to the style” and I think they have hit the mark. Black Sheep on Nitro, is a coffee porter filled with a very mild coffee flavor.That is unlike many coffee porters I have tried which have been very bitter.This has a gentle sweetness that might tempt you to drink too many. I moved on to an IPA, Prodigal Son, made with Amarillo hops.These hops bring the citrusy and bitter taste expected of a true West Coast IPA. If you are a hop-head, this is your kind of beer. My final ale was the best of the evening. I finished with the Double IPA, Big Brother, and wow, was it impressive. Very balanced and less bitter, it was full of flavor, but remained balanced. I couldn’t be sure, but it tasted like a mix of yeast varieties had been used, including a Belgian. As befits a double, it had a higher alcohol at 9% ABV. It had been recently tapped. $1 of the pour went to ALS charity. This is a worthy beer to raise money for a good cause. To sum up, Bitter Brothers is a small brewery doing a lot, but not trying to do too much. Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (



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Regents Road Bridge PEIR – Program Environmental Impact Report by Louis Rodolico

The City Council vote on the Regents Road Bridge Transportation Element Amendment is currently scheduled for December 6th 2016 during Council’s lame duck period. Residents who are affected or have an opinion about the bridge are invited to provide comments to the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DPEIR), comments will be incorporated into the final PEIR. You will find the DPEIR with appendices at: ams/ceqa This University CEQA document was posted June 17, 2016. To get a summary you can go to pdf pages 34, 35 & 36 of 570 to see Table ES-1 of the DPEIR. Keep in mind that “The Project” is not building the four lane Regents Road Bridge, not widening Genesee and removing the last vestige of the 4 lane Governor Drive to I-5 connector. Here is the impact synopsis on Table ES-1:

Issue 3: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would result in a substantial impact upon existing or planned transportation systems and the impact would be significant. Issue 4: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would result in a substantial impact to present circulation movements, including effects on existing public access areas and the impact would be significant. Issue 5: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would conflict with adopted policies, plans, or programs supporting alternative transportation modes identified in the Bicycle Master Plan and the impact would be significant. Air Quality

Issue 1: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would conflict with or obstruct implementation of the applicable air quality plan. Issue 2: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would cause a violation of air quality standards or contribute substantially to an existing or projected air quality violation. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Issue 1: The Project (Not Building the Illustration 01 shows that Genesee Avenue is the only north south Regents secondary road that pedestrians and bikes can legally cross for 7 Road Bridge miles. All traffic meant to be shared with the other four lane planned etc.) would roads is funneled through Genesee. Taking any of these planned increase roads off the plan is a mistake. greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Adopted Transportation/Circulation UCP. Issue 1: The Project (Not Building Issue 2: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would result in an increase in projected traffic conflict with an applicable plan, policy, that is substantial in relation to the or regulation for the purpose of reducing existing traffic load and capacity of the GHG emissions, including the 2015 street system and the impact would be RTP/SCS, Climate Action Strategy, and significant. City of San Diego CAP. Issue 2: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would Noise result in the addition of a substantial Issue 1: The Project (Not Building amount of traffic to a congested freeway the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would segment, interchange, or ramp and the expose people to current or future impact would be significant. transportation noise levels that exceed

standards established in the Noise Element of the General Plan as the distance of the 65 dBA CNEL contour from the centerline of the Genesee Avenue Corridor increases. Public Services and Facilities

Issue 1: The Project (Not Building the Regents Road Bridge etc.) would result in an increase in projected traffic in the future year, which is substantial in relation to the existing traffic load and capacity of the street system. The impact on police service response times and fire and emergency service response times would be significant. Staffs conclusion is clear, building the Regents Road Bridge will benefit the community. Removing the Regents Road Bridge would have significant negative impacts on: public safety, other planned infrastructure, transportation, emergency response times, conflagration egress, air quality and noise. Chapter 9 Transportation Impact Study is in Appendix C. Here you will find a rendering of the bridge, it is unattractive with rust colored concrete. The current plan calls for a bridge with draping vegetation. Your comments must be received by August 1, 2016 to be included in the final document considered by the

decision-making authorities. Please send your written comments to the following address: Susan Morrison, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Planning Department, 1010 Second Avenue, East Tower, Suite 1200, MS 413, San Diego, CA 92101 or e-mail your comments to with the Project Name and Number in the subject line. Please note only written comments, received either via US Mail, hand-delivered, or via email, will be considered official comments in the Final PEIR. PROJECT NAME: University Community Plan Amendment PROJECT No. 480286 / SCH No. 2015121011 Public comments are an important way of letting the city planners and city council know your opinion. This important piece of our road infrastructure is under threat and everyone should voice their opinion, in writing, to the decision makers. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 Links: Transportation Element Amendment nsportation_element_cpa_06.09.16.pdf Draft PEIR p_draft_peir.pdf draping vegetation 21087/2026254_orig.jpg

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The Catholic Church and Donald Trump

There are approximately 78 million Catholics in America. Fifty percent of them voted for President Obama in 2012. Donald J. Trump has a problem if history is a window to this election. The name Donald is a Celtic baby name meaning dark stranger. The American Conference of Catholic Bishops ought to take this stranger seriously otherwise collection plates throughout the southwest will be clean as a whistle. America’s Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Learn from the past or continue with past mistakes. In perhaps one of the strangest presidential campaigns in modern presidential history, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party is set to realign or redefine the GOP. The devil in the details may come back to haunt the campaign of Donald Trump. Truth may indeed be the first casualty of war, but the past one hundred years of political history offer a lesson in why Donald Trump and his supporters will follow the Dodo bird to extinction. Trump’s proposal to build a wall along the US Mexican border is anachronistic and a throwback to building moats around castles in the Middle Ages. His vulgar, irrational and plain stupid comments regarding the Mexican people fly in the face of the Holy Pontiff. But Pope Francis understands this inflammatory rhetoric as American Catholics have gone down this road precisely one hundred years before. Preceding the Great War until the election of Teddy Roosevelts cousin Franklin Roosevelt to President of the United States hate was directed at immigrants from Eastern Europe, Italy and Ireland. Quota laws were standard procedure during those highbrow isolationist years. So again, the more things change, the more things stay the same. It was no coincidence that the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in 1928 was a Catholic Al Smith, who lost in a landslide to Businessman Herbert Hoover. But these are different times where the immigrants of yesteryear are being replaced by Mexicans, Muslims and others. The massive Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson had buried Democrats in the South during the presidential general election that same year. A few months earlier at the Cow Palace, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona was nominated as the Republican standard bearer. Goldwater lost in a crushing landslide. Many in the Party of Lincoln including New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie are prostituting their beliefs in favor of electing a so-called Republican in name only? This is proving one of the greatest moral and ethical political dilemmas of modern times. Past Republican moderates, including Henry Cabot Lodge, Pete McClosky, Gerald Ford, Chuck Hegel and others are now relegated to the political graveyard. The Grand old Party is now the bull in a china shop. The Democratic Party kissed Old Dixie goodbye in taking the moral high road of enacting massive civil rights legislation throughout the South in the middle sixties. Now Donald Trump wants to ban Muslims from entering the United States and proposes the inhumanity of building that massive wall to keep mostly Mexicans from entering the United States. Different intention same result in regard to America’s scapegoating of ethnic divisions among us. America’s doctrine of “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” is precisely what makes our nation stand out as humanitarians offering tolerance, compassion and reason within the breath of humanity. While Pope Francis had rejected the politics of division and hate led by Donald J. Trump, the deafening silence of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops may prove fatal to America’s Catholic Church. It was not until the 1960 presidential election that John F. Kennedy broke the Catholic barrier. Those same immigrants so maligned during the Twenties were over the moon with joy. My, how they loved the Kennedys. Things are different now and the GOP is on the ropes, fighting for political relevance. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan are heavily Roman Catholic. More immigrants from Pennsylvania are buried at the American Cemetery in Normandy than any state. The former governor of Pennsylvania was a great Jesuit named Robert Casey. His son Bob Casey Jr. is Senator from the Keystone state. It would be prudent of our local Catholic bishop to take a position on Trump. But then again, we all know what happened to another great Jesuit, the late Daniel Berrigan. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

The Balboa Ave Experiment The traffic delineator posts on Balboa Ave have been a hot topic lately. It seemed as soon as they were installed, they have slowly been wiped out by passing vehicles. The carnage lies in the iceplant off to the side. At last month’s Clairemont Community Planning Group meeting a representative from the office of San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate explained their office was of course “well aware of the issue, because there have been a number of phone calls and emails.” The plan as it stands now is to leave the delineators as is. VCalm, the speed limit sign which digitally displays how fast you are travelling, signs will be installed. It was also

mentioned street lights will be installed along a portion of the road and also a camera. Not a catch cam but rather a camera to monitor activity along the road. Before the posts usually pedestrians walked on the south side of the guard rail and bicyclists feverishly pedaled as close to the guard rail as possible. Maybe the temporary solution is to cut back the vegetation on the south side of the guard rail for pedestrian use again. The City is well aware of the issue, now we just wait for the solution. If you have a take on this, email me at title it “Balboa Ave”

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10 Movies From 2016 You May Have Missed! by Lolo & Big J

We all know about “Captain America: Civil War” and “Zootopia” because these are the movies that have made over a billion dollars this year. On the flip side, there are often films that deserve recognition, but come and go from theaters without much notice. We feel it’s our duty to promote these little known gems just as much as the big box office smashes. Here’s our list of 10 movies from the first half of 2016 that are worth your time, the ones you might have missed! 10) “The Lady in the Van” - A touchingly humorous film,“The Lady in the Van” technically came out last year, but didn’t get a wide release here until 2016. Though we do admit the film is slowly paced, Maggie Smith’s performance is an absolute must see. She displays her dramatic and comedic chops as a bitter but funny transient woman who forms an unlikely friendship with a writer. Smith just keeps getting better with age. 8/10 different outlook on life and relationships. 8.5/10 5) “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” - This crude, raucous parody starring Andy Samberg and the guys from The Lonely Island brings the laughs from start to finish, provided you’re not offended by foul language and nudity. It also works best if you’re not a Justin Bieber fan. It’s not just funny, it’s also smart with its dialogue about today’s celebrity- obsessed culture and the music industry as a whole. 8.5/10 4) “Hello, My Name is Doris” - A quirky, darling, slightly cringe-worthy film,“Hello, My Name is Doris” showcases Sally Field at her best. It also says a lot about growing older in a culture that often turns its back on the elderly while simultaneously appropriating the vintage aspects of aging. Sally Field for all the awards. 9/10 3) “Green Room” - Simple and slow-burning,“Green Room” is terrifying, but not for the faint of heart. It’s a freaky, twisted, graphic, very unnerving, macabre, mildly vomitous horror thriller based on real life

situations, not alien invasions or haunted houses. Dim, dark, and seedy. 9/10 2) “Eye in the Sky” - An extremely tense and intense film,“Eye in the Sky” exhibits the moral, political, and ethical issues concerning modern warfare. Starring the late, great Alan Rickman, it might be jargon-heavy, but it gets more and more suffocating as the seconds click slowly by. Powerful, engaging, and heartbreaking all at once. 9/10 1) “Sing Street” - One of 2016’s best movies,“Sing Street” is fantastically acted by mostly newcomer actors, gorgeously directed, and exquisitely mixes new, catchy music with an 80’s synth-pop soundtrack. It’s all about finding yourself, pursuing your passion, and expression through music. It will most likely leave you smiling. 9.5/10 LoloLovesFilms is comprised of Lauren and Josh Rains, lifelong San Diegans and current residents of Clairemont. As avid cinephiles, they began their quest to see and review as many movies as possible in 2013, and can often be found at any one of San Diego’s fine cinemas watching newly released films each week. Visit our blog: follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @lololovesfilms

9) “Eddie the Eagle” - Even the star-power of Hugh Jackman wasn’t enough to make “Eddie the Eagle” a box office hit. It feels like a subject that has been tackled before, but this inspirational sports film will most likely make you smile, break your heart, make you cry, perhaps all of the above. The performances are great, and it’ll make you feel like you’re back in the 1980’s with its outrageous costumes and fun score. 8/10 8) “The Witch” - Methodically paced for dramatic effect,“The Witch” is a different kind of horror movie, one that banks on you staying invested until the end credits. Its unsettling nature coupled with its use of lighting and ambient sound is full of psychological thrills and paranoia. Some graphic imagery. 8/10 7) “Elvis & Nixon” - Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon. Let that sink in for a moment. This oddball comedy is ripe with brilliant, ridiculous dialogue and spectacular, outrageous performances. A true surprise! 8.5/10 6) “Maggie’s Plan” - An anti-romantic comedy,“Maggie’s Plan” is witty, cunning, and full of precision-point dialogue. This isn’t the kind of movie for wide-eyed, idealistic lovers of love, but we appreciate its

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TechTips Do you know the difference between a Browser and a Search Engine? It is important to know the difference, and when to use either one, so that You and Your computer stay safe. Browser: “The Library” that contains access to all the books in the world. For example: Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. A “browser” is a platform, and a necessary requirement, that must installed on a computer to allow you to search the internet. A “browser” allows one to search any website by inserting an actual address (IE. in the “address bar” (the long white box that runs along the very top of our screen.) In an attempt to make things easier, some companies are combining the browser and search engine allowing one to type either a web address or individual words into a single line. Search Engine: A library’s “File System” to find all the books on a specific topic. For example: Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL and Ask. A “search engine” is an application or program that must be used with a “browser.” It is used to search any kind

of information on the internet by using relevant words to the topic we are trying to find. With the help of an indexer,“search engines” read data available on millions of websites, relevant to your word, and then presents its findings in the form of website listings. But Beware, Not all Search Engines are Alike! On my Kim Cares calls, it is typical to see people searching for their financial sites through a “search engine” instead of typing the correct website into the “browser.“Search engines” give tons of choices listed in different ways and in different orders. It is tempting to select the first website listed, which can be a fraudulent “look alike” site. It is SO important to carefully look at the site you are selecting. Any website that deals with the handling or taking your money should start with HTTPS. The “S” (secure) at the end is what it absolutely must have. For your really important site’s, I recommend typing in the actual address (usually found on a credit card or financial statement) into the “address bar”, and then bookmarking it for easy access. On a PC, you do that by clicking on the yellow star, located in the far right, of the long white box “address bar.” Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz



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The Perils of Being a Co-Signer by Dick McEntyre

Co-signing is when you sign loan documents with another person in order to obtain a loan, usually made to enable the purchase of property, such as a house or car. Co-signing makes you jointly and severably liable on the debt with such other person. The most common co-signing situation arises when one of our children request our help. Regardless, however, for whom we co-sign on behalf of, we should be aware of the following possible negative consequences: • Lenders usually require that the co-signer not only sign the note in favor of the lender, but be on title to the asset serving as security for the loan. It follows, then, that if the co-signer is on title to such property, he (or if he be deceased, his estate) can be liable for death, damage, or other injury caused by such property. • Of course, the co-signer is also liable for payments not made under the loan. In a financed vehicle situation, where the vehicle is repossessed for missed payments, demand will be made upon the co-signer to pay the entire indebtedness.

• The co-signer’s credit record could be adversely affected by payments not timely made under the loan. Now if you as a co-signer are using or otherwise benefiting from the property as well as the primary debtor, you probably will willingly undertake the above risks. Regardless, however, of whether or not you are benefiting from such property, you should be sure it is insured for fire, peril and liability loss purposes. Let’s say that, after you have co-signed, you wish to be removed from the loan. Easier said than done! The lender will typically require either full pay-off of the loan or its formal assumption by the primary borrower. Usually, however, the primary borrower is not “credit-worthy” enough to qualify to obtain a new loan, or to assume the loan, so neither of these options is normally viable. So, be cautious before you co-sign any obligation. Dick McEntyre is a lawyer doing estate planning, estate administration, and real estate legal work. His office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (619) 221-0279

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POLICE BLOTTER Theft 5600 Balboa Ave

Fraud 4100 Mt. Alifan Pl.

Vehicle Break-In 3200 Cowley Way

Commercial Robbery 5500 Balboa Ave.

Fraud 5000 Mt. Durban Dr.

Battery 5000 Conrad Ave.

Residential Burglary 3300 Idlewild Way

Theft 6300 Beadnell Way

Vehicle Break-In 4300 Clairemont Dr.

Vehicle Theft 5600 Balboa Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 4800 Santa Fe St.

Vehicle Theft 5500 Balboa Arms Dr.

Commercial Burglary 4400 Genesee Ave.

Battery 3200 Ashford St.

Vehicle Break-In 7400 Armstrong Pl. Battery 5100 Limerick Ave. Fraud 3300 Cowley Way Theft 3700 Moraga Ave. Battery 5800 Mt. Alifan Dr. Battery 3800 Camto Aguilar

Vehicle Break-In 4500 Mt. Abernathy Ave. Fraud 4200 Genesee Ave. Commercial Burglary 3600 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Theft 8000 Linda Vista Rd. Battery 4300 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3000 Conner Way

Vehicle Theft 3900 Mt. Blackburn Ave. 7200 Mesa College Circle Vehicle Break-In Vehicle Break-In 3300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 4600 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In Residential Burglary 5400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 3200 Ashford St. Vehicle Theft Vandalism 5600 Camto Roberto 6500 Beadnell Way Vandalism Vehicle Theft 6500 Beadnell Way 4000 Huerfano Ave. Battery Residential Burglary 3000 Armstrong St. 3500 Jemez Dr. Vehicle Theft Fraud 4700 Mt. Casas Dr. 4800 Bella Pacific Row

Vandalism 6200 Mt. Adelbert Dr.

Vehicle Break-In 3300 Clairemont Dr.

Vehicle Theft 4500 Gila Ave.

Vehicle Theft 5000 Mt. La Platta Dr.

Vehicle Theft 3900 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Vehicle Break-In 3100 Cowley Way

Vehicle Break-In 3500 Mt. Acadia Blvd.

Fraud 3200 Chicago St.

Vehicle Theft 5400 Balboa Arms Dr.

Vehicle Theft 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Commercial Burglary 4600 Morena Blvd.

Vehicle Theft 5900 Mt. Alifan Dr.

Vehicle Theft 3500 Idlewild Way

Vehicle Theft 4100 Mt. Acadia Blvd.

Vehicle Break-In 2500 Clairemont Dr. Residential Burglary 4200 Clairemont Dr. Vandalism 4600 Morena Blvd. Vehicle Theft 5000 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4200 Mt. Culebra Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Theft 4200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Residential Burglary

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Part I: Plant This, Not That: Native Replacements for Popular and Invasive Exotic Plants by Susan Lewiitt

Native plants grow better in San Diego than exotic plants, requiring very little water once established. They thrive in poor soil and do not need fertilization. They adapt to the needs of our native fauna including pollinators. Here in Clairemont, our main native community is coastal sage scrub (CSS) which includes many useful and beautiful plants. The CSS community consisting of 429 plant Instead of shallow rooted Iceplant (top) which is also a fire hazard, how about Dudleya edulis (lower left) or Dudleya species includes 40 lanceolata (lower right)! grasses, 83 shrubs (includes 6 cacti), 4 tree (Carex spissa), and rough sedge (Carex species, 15 ferns, 4 vines and 289 senta), all with differing characteristics. herbs. The term ‘herbs’ indicate seed bearing annuals or perennials that have Sedges require more water than many other natives, but far less than a typical fleshy, not woody growth. This diverse plant palette allows for a wide range of lawn. Instead of iceplant for ground cover, landscaping communities from riparian use Morning glory (Calystegia to desert and designs from formal to macrostegia) or some of the 11 species natural. More plant details are on the of Live-forevers Dudleya species. Of Calflora website. those 11, Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren When you think about installing or recommend Dudleya edulis and replacing a lawn area, instead of Dudleya lanceolata for landscaping. Bermuda grass, zoysia, rye-grass, ice These plants are eye catching whether plant or artificial turf, you might consider a native ground cover. Seaside in bloom or not. Other native San Diego Dudleyas that have been golden yarrow (Eriophyllum staechadifolium) makes a good ground available at the California Native Plant Society’s Plant Sale include Dudleya cover and is from the CSS community. attenuata and Dudleya viscida. Common yarrow, indigenous to San California strawberry (Fragaria vesca) Diego’s forest communities and Alpine is another native that makes a nice low fell fields, is a good candidate for growing edible groundcover. mowing. Left alone, it will grow 8” to In future articles on native plants, I 16” tall. Plant it in well-drained soil to will cover Native succulents, Native avoid mildew or rot. trees and shrubs and Native vines ferns There are sedges that can be annuals and perennials. For books and mowed like lawns, or grown as clump more information, please come to the ‘grass’ and there are ten native to San Diego. In their new book, The Drought California Native Plant Society Meetings: 6:30 pm Casa Del Prado Defying California Garden, Greg room 101. Next meeting: July 19. See Rubin and Lucy Warren recommend website for details. three of those ten which occur in the Put a reminder in your calendar on Oct CSS community: Clustered field sedge 15 for the CNPS PLANT SALE. (Carex praegracilis), San Diego Sedge

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Tecolote Canyon Nature Hike Chateau Drive Entrance Sunday, July 10, 2016 8:00 AM Tecolote Canyon entrance at Chateau Dr. Genesee Ave. at Chateau Dr., San Diego, CA Join the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group on a guided nature hike of one of our most popular locations, the Chateau Drive entrance. The trail begins on Genesee Ave, crosses three creek crossings and then heads towards Balboa Ave. The trail passes under the shade of large oaks and through disturbed grassland meadows. Learn about the different habitats, plant, animal, and bird species during this 2.5 mile out and back hike.

We’ll meet at the park entrance at Chateau Drive and Genesee Ave. Directions: From Balboa Avenue, turn north onto Genesee Ave. Follow Genesee about 1 mile until the stop light at the T-intersection with Chateau Drive. Turn right onto Chateau Drive, and park along the street. GPS: N32.828886, W117.193601 There are no facilities at this entrance, though you will be about a block from the North Clairemont Community Park. Hope to see you out on the trail! For more information, contact the Tecolote Nature Center at 858-581-9959

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Francis Parker The Francis Parker Lancers baseball team clawed the Steele Canyon Cougars 5-4 in a play-in game of the lower bracket of the CIF DII Playoffs at Francis Parker. Sophomore pitcher Sterling Hayes was golden for the Lancers, pitching five innings, allowing two runs (only one of which was earned), seven hits, and one walk, while striking out four. Francis Parker then hit the road and went on to spear the El Capitan Vaqueros 5-3 in the first round. Junior pitcher Ethan Risse rose to the top for the Lancers, pitching six innings, allowing three runs, five hits, and one walk, while striking out three. Unfortunately for Francis Parker, they would bow out of the double-elimination tournament by losing their next two games 6-1 in the quarterfinals at Scripps Ranch and 5-1 in the semifinals to visiting West Hills. Clairemont HS Junior pitcher Josh Pizzo and the Clairemont Chieftains baseball team tamed the Imperial Tigers 12-2 in the first round of the lower bracket of the CIF DIV Playoffs at Clairemont. Pizzo pitched five innings for the Chieftains, allowing two runs, four hits, and four walks, while striking out five. Unfortunately for Clairemont, they would close out their campaign with a 9-3 defeat at Sage Creek in the quarterfinals on May 27 and a 5-4 home loss to Classical Academy in the semifinals. Madison HS Junior pitcher Kevin Abel pitched a complete game shutout, while striking out seven, as the Madison Warhawks baseball team clawed the El Camino Wildcats 6-0 in a play-in game of the lower bracket of the CIF DI Playoffs at Madison. Abel also proved to be up to the task at the plate for the Warhawks with three hits, one RBI, and two stolen bases in four at-bats. For his efforts, Abel was selected as the game’s MVP for Madison. Unfortunately for the Warhawks, they would bow out of CIF play with a 12-8 defeat at Poway in the first round on May 25 and a 3-2 home loss to La Jolla in the quarterfinals. Kearny Mesa HS Freshman pitcher Jacob Redondo and the Kearny Komets baseball team sent the Gompers Prep Academy Eagles crashing back to earth with a big 17-3 win in the Komets next to

last game of the season at Kearny. Redondo reached the sixth inning for the Komets, allowing three runs (only one of which was earned), two hits, and three walks, while striking out five. On the following afternoon, also at Kearny, junior pitcher Brandon Fragoso followed up Redondo’s effort by pitching six innings and allowing three runs (only two of which were earned), four hits and four walks, while striking out four as the Komets closed out their 2016 campaign by crushing the San Diego Cavers 7-3. Horizon The Horizon Panthers baseball team was tamed 1-0 by the Imperial Tigers in a play-in game of the lower bracket of the CIF DIV Playoffs. Mesa College The Mesa College Olympians women’s volleyball team, led by head coach Kim Lester, made it all the way to the regional playoffs before bowing out to El Camino College and Golden West by identical scores of 4-1. Pittsburgh Penguins The Pittsburgh Penguins got goals from Brian Dumoulin, Kris Letang, and Patric Hornqvist and defeated the San Jose Sharks by a final score of 3-1 to win the National Hockey League’s best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals four games to two. Following Dumoulin, Letang, and Hornqvist in the Game 6 statistical column for Pittsburgh were Sidney Crosby (two assists), Justin Schultz (one assist), Chris Kunitz (one assist), and Conor Sheary (one assist). The Stanley Cup Trophy wasn’t the only piece of hardware that the Penguins skated off with, as Crosby also won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player. With Pittsburgh’s fourth Stanley Cup championship parade in franchise history under their belts (their 1990-91, 1991-92, and 2008-09 campaigns also culminated with them winning the Stanley Cup), the Penguins are also the first Eastern Conference team to win the Stanley Cup since the Boston Bruins did it, defeating the Vancouver Canucks four games to three, thus enabling Boston to clinch the Stanley Cup at the conclusion of their 2010-11 campaign. Rob Stone is a lifelong resident of the San Diego area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. Rob has been working with and helping to assist sports agents in getting their clients signed to contracts. If you would like a professional scouting report written up on your favorite athlete, contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: (858) 262 3966,,,, or

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ADULTS ESL for Adults July 6th 2pm Literary Book Club July 6th at 6 pm Yarn Club July 20th 6pm Free Concert with Zimbeat July27th 6pm TWEENS/TEENS Teencraft July 13th at 4pm. More complex crafts for teens! Button Making Saturdays at 10:30am. Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Art Class July 6th 4pm Robert Gully, a local artist presents an art class once each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided CHILDREN Sign Language Storytime July 7th & 21st at 10:30am. Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Presented by Jennifer Duncan. Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! Fridays at 10:30am. Join Miss Fran as she reads some fun picture books! Kids Craft Club Thursdays at 4pm. Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time!

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SPECIAL EVENTS Happy summer! Keep cool at the library! Read for the Win! Summer Reading Program Through-August 15. Hurry don’t delay! Register, read and start earning prizes today. Register online from home or the library. Visit Balboa Library every Thursday @ 10:00 and enjoy our special Summer Reading Programs. SRP Dance to Evolve July 7th at 10am Spend a magical morning with your family learning about dance. Bring your dancing shoes! SRP Sparkle the Clown July 14th at 10am Enjoy magic, balloon twisting storytelling and lots of bubbles! SRP Literature Comes to Life July 21st at 10am Enjoy your favorite stories through costume and

improvisation! SRP Scottland Marionettes July 28th at 10am Come see our puppeteers bring our marionettes to life! San Diego Book Arts July 13th 1-2pm Grades 3rd-6th San Diego Book Arts introduces participants to the delightful world of handmade books. Join us for this hands on workshop and make your own book to take home and enjoy. Sign up is required and begins July 1st. Space is limited. Midway’s Humanitarian Missions July 20th at 6pm Join Dick Scharff, of the USS Midway Museum Speakers, for this presentation about the USS Midway’s offering of a helping hand to those needing one, as it sailed the oceans of the world as America’s ambassador of peace and freedom. Boo Hoo Crew July 23rd at 10am Kick start your weekend and join us for this lively musical event! RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Lego Club 4pm (Library closed Monday July 4th.) We supply the Legos you bring your imagination. Can you create a summer day out of Legos?

Tuesdays: ESL Language Coach for Adults 12:00-3:00 Martha Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking in everyday life. Stitching with Adults July 5th & 12th 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. First two Tuesdays of the month. Adult Games in the Afternoon July 7th& 14th 12-3 Enjoy playing games with fellow adults in the library. We supply the games. Come and bring a friend. Let the games begin! First two Thursdays of the month. Paws to Read July 12th 6pm Children can practice reading aloud to gentle dogs in a positive environment. They love to hear your stories! Kindergarten-6th grade. Balboa Book Discussion Club July19th 11:45 Join us for a lively book discussion of Station Eleven. Chapter Book Storytime with Ms. Terri July 6, 13 & 27 6pm Enjoy

stories read by Ms. Terri. Kindergarten-2nd Graders Pajama Signing Storytime with Ms. Jennifer July 5th & 19th 6pm Come in your jammies! Ms. Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books. Birth-5y/o Wee Reads July 1, 8 & 15 10:30am Baby & Toddler Storytime Come and enjoy stories, music and rhymes. Birth-5y/o Special Summer Theme includes stories about summer and the beach and discovering yellow ducks and friends in the water. Drop in & Play July 22nd 10:30am Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in the community. Birth-5y/o Children’s Book Discussion July15th 3:45-4:45 Grades 3rd 6th Join us for a lively discussion of The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson. Sign up begins July 1st. Kids Krafternoon Saturdays:1:00-2:00 Come and make a fun craft at your library.

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