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CCSA CA$H4Food by James Acosta

The annual Cash4Food campaign, sponsored by the Community Christian Service Agency (CCSA) is scheduled for 15 – 30 June, 2015! CCSA provides services to low income singles, couples, seniors, families and those with special needs as well as the homeless population in San Diego County, many of whom are children and veterans. CCSA services include supplemental food, clothing, counseling and referrals. The CA$H4Food fund is complimentary to the generous donations of food we receive from our member churches and other sponsors and is used to procure supplemental food items over the year to ensure we can provide a consistent, nutritionally balanced grocery supplement to our clients each month. All funds donated to Cash4Food

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Clairemont High Students Take 2nd Place

are used exclusively to procure FOOD! CCSA has built relationships and maintains the required certifications to procure food from the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America. Buying food through these agencies maximizes the Cash4Food fund since we can often procure needed food items significantly under the cost of normal retail stores; our average is approximately 19 cents per pound. CCSA is recognized for excellence in managing and providing services to clients and is a distribution point for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) sponSEE CA4H4Food, page 7

Students in the Academy of Business at Clairemont High School took 2nd Place in the prestigious Junior Achievement (JA) entrepreneurial competition. With over 20 participating companies the students startSEE Clairemont HS Students, page 4

Memorial for Ernie Beck by Bill Swank

Coach Ernie Beck and Billy Capps, 1954 American Legion Player of the Year, at Ernie Beck Field (Clairemont High School) July 2013 Photo By Bill Swank

A memorial will be held at 5:00 PM on June 14, 2015 for longtime Clairemont High School baseball coaching legend, Ernie Beck, at Ernie Beck Field on the CHS campus.When he retired in 1984, Coach Beck was the winningest high school baseball coach in San Diego history. He died earlier this year at age 92.

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From the Publisher

June so Soon? Where does the time go? This is an exciting edition; it should be called the School Edition. There is a lot of news from our local Clairemont schools from 3rd graders up to high school.

mid-June at the CCSA if you can give you will be helping out locally as well as throughout the county. Also, there are a ton of events for every generation at our 3 local libraries this month. Check it out! Plenty more bits of news throughout this edition, I hope you enjoy.

School News Some students at Lindbergh Schweitzer were treated to a trip to a local airport hangar to meet a pilot, tour his plane and hear about his 90 day plane trip which he is currently Stevenson Elementary Property. on. A local teacher received an award for her 20 years of service at Field Elementary. www.ClairemontTimes.com Over at Clairemont High School stuSince we are a monthly publication dents in the Academy of Business took I do my best to update the 2nd place for a company they formed. www.ClairemontTimes.com website An actual company started from after the paper prints. Information as scratch, the students created a busiwell as meeting and updates can be ness plan, a product, the design, sales found under the “Community” tab. etc., quite impressive. There is also a Use the website as an extension of the link to buy their product. From high paper, your local online source for school back down to 3rd graders 3 “News of the Neighborhoods” local girl scientists won a national sciIn addition to the website, we are ence competition. also on Facebook & Twitter, Instagram Bill Swank took a break this month & Pinterest over the course of the from all things month you never what I will Clairemont/“Squaremont” and brings encounter if it is worthy I’ll post it. us back to his youth in an ode to Search Clairemont Times in any of the Father’s Day. He talks about his above social media prowess on the basketball court as a For those who attended Stevenson can’t miss kid (or is it make). Elementary back in the day or what is Jet setting Kevin Casillo takes us on now Horizon on Pocahontas over the a trip over to one of George Clooney’s past couple months a developer has haunts. been before the Clairemont A major fund drive is beginning in Community Planning Group on what could be up to 52 single family homes on the former school site. The CCPG is very interested and involved in the fabric and make up of this project. The presentations are ongoing and if you are interested I would encourage all of you to attend the local planning group meetings 3rd Tuesday of the month. Additionally, I will be updating the website as I attend more meetings. Some items coming down the pike and to be updated on the website are the giant 100+’ Mt Ada Rd cell tower, which may be getting a new aesthetically pleasing design.The new owner of the former Ranch Catering building on Mt Acadia has been presenting his plans for a new Senior Residential Facility. The future of Morena Blvd will be in the news for probably the next 5 years as information is made public check the paper and online for Mt Ada Rd Cell Tower.


updates. Speaking of Morena, I am interested in interviewing people for an upcoming feature on “What would you like the future of the Morena Corridor to be?” I have had a lot of inquiries and am looking to publish a piece from the under 40 crowd, the 40-60 crowd and the 60 plus crowd.

If you are interested call or email. (858) 752 9779 or chris@clairemonttimes.com. Lastly, to all the Father’s Happy Father’s Day! I miss you Dad-2033


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June 14th is Flag Day by Chris O’Connell

Flag Day is a day when we honor the United States flag, our flag, which represents the freedom of our nation and is a symbol of our great country. Show your colors on June 14th and honor the American flag. While on the subject, last month while out doing drops in Kearny Mesa I ran into a veteran, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post in Kearny Mesa, we got to speaking and somehow the American flag came up. I inquired about proper American flag disposal and he mentioned that yes indeed old, torn or ripped flags can be dropped off at their location. Usually every other week members of the VFW gather and perform the proper ceremony of disposing old

American flags by burning. Due to the fact that there are costs incurred in properly disposing of the American flag, the VFW suggests a donation be made for such a service. There is no set $ amount and it is not required, but I think we can all agree it is the right thing to do. If you have an old flag that you want to properly dispose of please make arrangements by either calling first or heading over to the VFW Post in Kearny Mesa. Post 3788 Lcdr Arnold E. Betcher Kearny Mesa Post 7785 Othello Ave., San Diego, CA 92111-3624 Phone: (858) 277-5510 For more information online, visit www.vfw3788.org and/or www.vfw.org

Local Third Grade Girls Named Winners of National Science Contest $5,000 savings bond each and a trip to Washington D.C.

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ed their own company Walle Wallets. Their Walle Wallet student-run company created fashionable hand-made, eco-friendly and socially conscious wallets.They continue to sell their ecowallets on their Etsy Store for $10 under the www.Etsy.com store name EcoWallet. CHS business instructor Alan Walter guided the students, ultimately they made the decision on their product, their target market and are carrying the responsibility of managing Walle Wallet finances.

The students wrote up a business plan, created a trade show booth and gave an oral presentation for their product and presented at Illumina’s Headquarters in Sorrento Valley on May 6th. For the 2nd place finish the students received a $400 gift card to the Microsoft Store, in addition to their company being submitted to the JA National “Best Student Company in America” competition being held in Washington D.C. The JA Company program is the signature event for Junior Achievement and dates back to 1913 guiding students on how to start and manage their own business.

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A team of three 9-year old girl scientists created a NATIONAL WINNING project for the Toshiba/NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) ExploraVision Contest. ExploraVision is one of the largest K-12 science competitions. Students across the United States and Canada work in groups to simulate a real research and development team. They choose a technology of today and envision what it could be like 20 years from now. This third grade team from San Diego came up with an invention called SportaVision. SportaVision lets you play sports anywhere. The goggles use a heads-up display of a virtual playing field. All the players see the nets, goals and boundaries. No more dragging out the heavy equipment. The ball’s transmitter uses radio wave triangulation to

track the ball. GPS is used to help set up the boundary lines. Colors change in the goggles when the ball goes in the net, across the goal, or out of bounds. This means more playing time—and NO more arguments! “SportaVision… score a set and you won’t need a net” The SportaVision team of Riley Coulter,Allison Turley, Samantha Valverde, Coach and Teacher – Diana Celle, and Mentor – Steve Celle envisioned and researched SportaVision. SportaVision has been chosen as the 2nd place National Winner in the K-3 category. As a national winning team, the student team members have each won a $5,000 savings bond and a trip for themselves and two family members to Washington D.C. for the Awards Ceremony in June. For additional information, contact: Diana Celle, Holmes Elementary School 4902 Mt.Ararat Drive, San Diego, CA 92111 Office – 858-496-8110 www.exploravision.org

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The Clairemont Woman’s Club Our June meeting will be held Wednesday, June 3 at 1 p.m. at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park around the corner on Mt.Albertine in the church parking lot. New officers, who

Storefront, the Heifer Project and the March of Dimes. We also gave of our time and effort to Clairemont Community Services Association, Meals on Wheels, Easter Seals and the Library. In addition, we welcomed 5

Installation of New Officers.

are pictured, will take over the “reins”. Come see who the new officers are. One might be a neighbor. New projects will be discussed and refreshments will be served. We are proud of our accomplishments for the fiscal year 2014-2015. We raised and donated approximately $6,700 to various charities:Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Clairemont and Madison High School scholarships, Pennies for Pines, the

new members. Our club will be dark July and August, starting up again on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Look for us in the September issue of the Clairemont Times - or even better, mark it on your calendar now. For more information about CWC, visit our website at www.clairemontwomansclub.com or “like us” on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367. Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.

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JUNE LIBRARY EVENTS CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 (858) 581-9935 SPECIAL EVENTS Adult Book Club 6/3 6pm Members will discuss The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett Discussion Services for Older Adults 6/4 2pm Marty Dare from the SD County Office of Aging and Independence Services will discuss the various that are available through AIS. Learn how to access these services as well as what is available through associated agencies and organizations. Tales for Tails 6/6 10:30am Children practice reading to rabbits, guinea pigs, mice or dogs who love to hear children reading. Tuesday Night at the Movies 6/9 6:00pm Discussion Southern Caregiver Resource Center 6/10 6:00pm Ivory Yang will talk Home Safety, learn to identify trouble spots in the home, make the home safer for care receivers, and learn about other helpful community resources. Fun with Fossils: Dino Dig 6/16 3:00pm We will first test our knowledge about the various types of dinosaurs with a little dino game.Then take a look at a couple of ancient fossils and talk about the varying geologic conditions that dinosaurs must have lived in. Next, we’ll make some plaster for our own dinosaur impressions and we’ll paint them before taking them home! Book Making Class 6/16 3:30pm We’ll make an accordion book that you can fill with a story, poetry, pictures or anything in your imagination! Space is limited. Please call to sign up! The Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 6/17 4pm Magic and Comedy by Justin Rivera 6/23 4pm The Early Music Ensemble of San Diego 6/24 6pm Enjoy vocal music ranging from the medieval period to the high Renaissance.All are welcome Brainstorm Magic Phenomena 6/30 4pm Michael Mezmer performs an amazing, incredible show.

RECURRING EVENTS Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 6/3 4pm The class is led by Robert Gulli. Tuesdays: Homework Help Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Free Homework Help for students in grades K-12.Tutors are adult volunteers On the 1st and 3rd Thursday 10:30 am “BabySign Storytime”, a storytime with sign language for children ages 02 and their caregivers On the 2nd, 4th and 5th 10:30 am Storytime with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina. Thursdays: Craft Time 4:00pm For children and their families Fridays 10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE., 92117 (858) 573-1390 SPECIAL EVENTS Summer Reading Program ‘Read to the Rhythm’ is here! Sign up begins Monday June 15, 2015 from home or at the library. Enjoy great books and terrific prizes this summer and be sure to mark your calendars for the many terrific SRP programs taking place on Thursdays at 10:00. Chair Yoga for Adults 6/1 & 6/8 11:15-12 Join us for this relaxing fitness program and bring a friend Neighborhood Watch Meeting 6/2 5:30 We will have city officials speaking on behalf of safety and resource services. Join us and bring your neighbors. New Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 6/11 10am MJ uses sign-language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books & includes sing-a-longs & bubble time Balboa Branch Library Book Club 6/16 at 11:45 Join us for a lively discussion of The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Meet the Instruments with Celia Lawley, the Fiddlegirl 6/18 10am Learn about the instruments and listen to many styles of music & enjoy this high-energy show. Wild Wonders Presents Jungle Boogie 6/25 10am Meet the animals and experience the unique sights and sounds of the rainforest and its inhabitants and learn about the rhythm of this special habitat.

RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Lego Club 4pm We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination Wednesday: “Stories with Ms. Terri” 6pm Come and listen to some terrific stories K-4th graders. Thursday: “Preschool Activity” 6/4 10am Fridays: “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime 10:30am Friday: Drop in & Play 6/26 10:30am Enjoy music and toys in a relaxed atmosphere and get to know other families in the community. Saturdays: “Kids Krafternoons” 1-2pm

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DRIVE, 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS Concert: Craig Newton 6/2 6:30pm He accompanies the songs on guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and more. From Yankee Doodle up to the 20th Century, he presents the evolution of popular tunes in America. Parent Education Classes Steps to Understanding Your Child’s Behavior: 6/3 6/10 & 6/17 12-1:30 Educators from Rady Children’s Hospital will discuss emotional and social development of children. Typical behaviors addressed include sleeping & eating habits, aggression, tantrums, & potty training. Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 Kendama 6/3 & 6/17 4pm Popular game consists of a wooden base with a string & ball. Bring your own or borrow one of ours. All ages. Challenge Island Science Classes 6/7 3pm Fun hands-on science & engineering class that promotes creative & critical thinking skills.Ages 8+ San Diego Seratones Choir 6/8 5pm. Perform in 2 and 3 part harmonies, singing a varied program from jazz standards, international folk songs, to Beatles & Blues.18 member chorus Scrabble Night 6/9 5-8pm Join us for a game or two whether you are a casual player to the tournament pro! Tales for Tails 6/11 4pm Children practice reading to rabbits, guinea pigs, mice or dogs who love to hear children reading Neuter Scooter 6/15 SNAP’s 40 foot Neuter Scooter is rolling in to the NCB to offer low-cost spay and neuter services to dogs and

cats of the Clairemont neighborhoods. For reservations (619) 525-3047 Concert: Hullabaloo 6/17 4pm Kids Crafternoon: 6/22 4pm Ages 3 and up Movie Night for Adults 6/23 5:30pm Call for movie title Chair Yoga 6/24 11:45 Promotes stretching, strengthening & improves balance, flexibility & mobility, enhances mental clarity & helps reduce stress, & provides peace & relaxation. Concert: Slap Jazz Danny 6/24 4pm Movie Night for Kids 6/24 5:30 pm Call for movie title Teen/Tween Henna Event: 6/26 3pm A fun event of learning about the ancient and exotic art form of Henna Tattooing, Ages 11–18 Permission Slip Required. Book Talk 6/29 5:00pm Author talk of Cerebrate who seeks to answer “what is the one element that characterizes the super productive worker? RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Sign-A-Story Circle Time 10 am Join us for a super fun performance that combines American Sign Language with songs, stories, and engaging toys and props! Suitable for all ages. Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme for Tots 11:45am A special class for babies and toddlers with children’s songs, nursery rhymes, instruments, and books. For ages 3 and under. Thursdays: E-Reader Clinic Noon Get personalized assistance with your e-reader so you can start downloading library books for your reading pleasure. Fridays: Toddler & Preschool Storytime Class 10:30am A fun interactive storytime including books, songs, rhymes, movement & bubble. For ages 2+ iClinic-Fridays 3pm Help get up to speed on your iphone, ipad or tablet. Our iexpert is glad to help you get started. Saturdays: Hopscotch Storytime 2pm Join us for a fun storytime that includes music and movement,and children’s art. 3+

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Religious Directory

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sored by FEMA and approved by San Diego County Health and Sanitation Departments. Our goal for the CA$H4Food campaign this year is to raise $28K to meet the growing need in San Diego.And we’re pleased to announce we have an offer in place to assist reaching this goal; a dollar for dollar match up to $5K! This match is good for all donations to Cash4Food received through 30 June 2015. Please assist us in receiving these matching funds and achieving our goal. You can provide donations directly to CCSA, by mailing a check to: CCSA San Diego, 4167 Rappahannock Ave, San Diego, CA. 92117 or online via our website: www.ccsasandiego.org. If mailing a check, please annotate Cash4Food in the memo line. This is an excellent way to help your San Diego neighbors in need.We ask for your financial support to meet our goal and please share this oppor-

Atonement Lutheran Church www.atonementlutheranchurchsd.com 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church www.clairemontlc.org 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church www.holycrossword.com 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Northminster Presbyterian Church www.northminstersandiego.com 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 490-3995 Worship Service and Sunday School Nursery thru 6th Grade at 10am “A Community of Faith, Grace and Service – Making a Difference for Christ” tunity with others.You can follow CCSA activities on Facebook; make a post or leave us a comment. We’d like to hear from you! Facebook: CCSA San Diego Our success is dependent on community support. For more information, please visit us online at www.ccsasandiego.org or drop by and visit our offices. Many thanks to everyone for assisting CCSA in successfully carrying out its mission to assist those in need in San Diego County!

Christian Science Church and Reading Room www.christianscience.com 3410 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (619) 276-5034 Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School: 10:00 am Wednesday Testimony Meetings: Noon

Joyful Living Spiritual Center www.joyfullivingsandiego.org Services and classes at the LiveWell Center 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego 92117 Sunday services and Junior Church at 10 am Are you ready for a happier, healthier and more abundant life? St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool www.saintdavidschurch.com 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am Traditional • 10:30am Contemporary

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Church www.stmarksumcsd.org 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-1480 Sunday School & Church Worship 9:30 am For information on promoting your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779 chris@clairemonttimes.com

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The Kewpies By Bill Swank

The Worst Player on the Worst Basketball Team in Indiana In 1949, the Kewpies were the worst basketball team in the entire state of Indiana. I was an eight-year-old third grader when my family moved to Columbia City, Indiana. I’d never played basketball in my life. My father convinced me that basketball was religion in the Hoosier State. If I was going to make friends and influence people, I would have to learn how to put a ball in a hoop. Our first Saturday in town, the old man took me to the local high school gymnasium where the junior leagues were in full action. I was immediately assigned to the Kewpies. I didn’t want to be a Kewpie.Any team with a name like the Kewpies had to be a bad omen. I was handed a crimson singlet with a black block letter “K” on the chest. My captain was a good-natured, but frustrated fourth grader named Dean Growcock. He was the only kid on the team who could play. His lowly Kewpies hadn’t won any games; they rarely scored any points. Poor Dean Growcock... cursed at birth with an unfortunate surname and now saddled with a bad team with a bad name, he needed help. Instead, he got another terrible player. The first time Dean passed the ball to the new kid, I panicked and started to run.The referee blew his whistle. Instinctively, I looked to see my father grimace and place his hand over his eyes. His ever-present cigar was clenched tight in his teeth. Even though this was a Saturday morning, my big shot father was wearing a suit, flashy wide tie and brimmed fedora. Embarrassed by his eldest son’s gaffe, he pivoted and walked out of the gym. My father never watched me play another game of basketball in Indiana. I was determined to become a basketball player, but the better I got, the worse I became.This statement can be

proven statistically. Somebody put a backboard and hoop on our garage. I don’t remember whom, but it sure wasn’t my father. It was probably a kind neighbor who understood that Indiana kids have to play basketball. I practiced every day. Near the end of the season, I grabbed a rebound and quickly put up a shot. It ricocheted off the backboard and fell through the net! I was ecstatic. But there was a problem. In my excitement, I scored at the wrong end. A lot of kids didn’t make any baskets that year, but my scoring average was –.22 for the season. The Kewpies have a long and mediocre history in Columbia City youth basketball dating back to the 1930s.They have always stunk, but I’m probably the only player in their miserable existence to have compiled a negative scoring average. My parents divorced and, in 1955, my father attended one of my high school basketball games in Farmington, Minnesota.At that time, I was a freshman guard on the junior varsity team. I played well and couldn’t wait to hear my father’s compliments after the game. His observation was succinct: “You’ve improved.” Times were different back then. In the 1950s, self-esteem was not part of the curriculum for the masses.We were taught to be humble. I was satisfied just to know my father could see that I’d become a basketball player. Self-confidence was something you had to earn on your own. Long after we moved away, I learned that the Kewpies won a league championship in the 1960s.At least for one year, the Kewpies weren’t the worst team in Indiana. Bill Swank moved to San Diego in 1955 and attended Mission Bay High School on a basketball scholarship. After leading the Buccaneers in scoring against La Jolla, Swank and the coach had a disagreement about playing time. Later, he suffered a surfing injury that destroyed his dreams of playing at San Diego State and in the NBA. A memorial will be held at 5:00 PM on June 14, 2015 for longtime Clairemont High School baseball coaching legend, Ernie Beck, at Ernie Beck Field on the CHS campus.When he retired in 1984, Coach Beck was the winningest high school baseball coach in San Diego history. He died earlier this year at age 92. Email: Bill@ClairemontTimes.com


Lindbergh Schweitzer Students Visit Plane That Will Fly Around the World When pilot Robert DeLaurentis called Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary Principal Victoria Peterson a few weeks ago to introduce himself and talk about his plans to fly solo around the world, she was thrilled at the prospect of her students being included in his historic endeavor. The natural connection of Charles Lindbergh's famous flight and the school's namesake is what brought the pilot and the principal together. Eager to share the project with students and answer questions, DeLaurentis arranged a trip to Landmark Air, Hangar 3, located near Lindbergh Field, to show the students the actual plane that he will be flying around the world for the next 90 days. Eager fourth-grade students from Mrs. Catarius' and Mrs. Bennett's classes got to try on his survival suit as well as enter the cramped quarters of the plane and see the equipment he will use to help him navigate around

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the globe.When the students asked if he was afraid, Delaurentis told the students that he has only been a pilot for five years, and fear is what prepares us to face challenges. On the plane's outer shell is a sticker of the school's mascot, which happens to be a tiger sitting on top of the world.As part of the around-the-world flight, he will also retrace the flight path that Charles Lindbergh flew back on May 21, 1927 when he became the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. The students sent him off with a rousing cheer of his flight-themed phrase, "I can fly through life!" Delaurentis left San Diego on May 17, and his solo flight will officially end when he lands in San Diego sometime in late August. The now fourth graders will then be fifth graders, and will be ready to have the pilot return to their school with his stories from his trip around the world.

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Time to Jettison Your “A-B” Trust? by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

Many married couples during the period from approximately 1985 through 2010 have created, and presently live with, whether they know it or not, what are frequently called “AB”Trusts. In an A-B Trust, upon the first spouse to die, all of the spouses’ combined trust assets are to be divided into two subtrusts,Trust B (the Decedent’s Trust) and Trust A (the Survivor’s Trust). Trust B is to consist of the deceased spouse’s 1/2 of the spouses’ community property, and his or her separate property, but not to exceed the then amount of the federal estate tax individual exemption amount. Trust A is to consist of all the remaining property in the trust (being the surviving spouse’s 1/2 of the community property, his or her separate property, and any of the deceased spouse’s property in excess of the above estate tax exemption amount). Trust B is irrevocable–meaning, practically, that the beneficiaries, and their respective percentage interests, as listed in the Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement, which the couple initially created, cannot be changed by the surviving spouse. Also, as set forth in the initial Declaration of Trust, there are restrictions imposed upon the surviving spouse’s use of the Trust B funds. In contrast, the surviving spouse can change any of the terms of Trust A and can use all of its funds without restriction. Being that most couples would like the surviving spouse to have complete right to and use of all funds and other assets in their trust following the first spouse’s death, why were trusts set up as A-B Trusts in the first place? The answer: (i) to reduce the size of the surviving spouse’s estate at his or her death, and thereby reduce potential

federal estate taxes (because the assets in Trust B are not considered to be part of such surviving spouse’s estate [only his or her Trust A assets]), or/and (ii) if the couple had a “blended family”–such as each spouse had children by a former marriage–in which case more of Trust B would potentially be available to the deceased spouse’s children when the surviving spouse died. The negatives of a B Trust, and thus of the Declaration of Trust itself, which requires the division into Trusts B and A are: (1) Its irrevocability as referred to above, (2) The restrictions upon use of its funds by the surviving spouse, also as stated above, (3) The complications and legal work required to make the division (allocation) of assets into Trusts B and A upon the first spouse’s death, (4) The need to do annual income tax returns for Trust B, and (5) The fact that the assets placed into Trust B do not receive a “step-up” in basis for income tax purposes on the death of the surviving spouse (unlike the assets in Trust A, which do). The good news is that since 2013, the federal estate tax law has become less of a burden in two major respects: (a) the estate tax exemption amount has been increased to a present $5,430,000 per individual; and (b) this exemption can be doubled for use by the surviving spouse under the concept of “portability.” (But to have portability a federal estate tax return must be filed–but no tax due–on the death of the first spouse to die.) Thus, it may now be much less advantageous for the married couple to create or maintain an A-B Trust. The point of this article is to recommend that you review your existing Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement, and if you discover that you have an A-B trust type, discuss with your attorney to see if it would be better for you to convert it into a non A-B Trust type. So long as both spouses are living, they can make such a change. 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 (Telephone (619) 221-0279).

Meet Your New Local Brewery Kilowatt Brewing Kilowatt month? Too many to Brewing is a COCONUT CHAI PORTER RECIPE: mention all of them, but here’s a nanobrewery in Grain: sample of their tap Kearny Mesa with 36% Munich Malt line up. a reputation for 44% Pale Malt - Vanilla French unique styled, 10% Crystal Malt Oak Amber hand-crafted beer. 6% Chocolate Malt - Cinnamon Creative and inter1% Roasted Barley Hazelnut Brown active lighting per3% Carapils - Mango Pale Ale meates throughout - Strawberry Hops: Perle the brewery and Blonde taproom featuring UK East Kent Golding - Dr. Rudi’s rotating artwork Lots of chai spices and Hoptastic Voyage created by local toasted coconut! DIPA artists. - Prefecture IPA Kilowatt is a - Angry Amber collaborative, community-based brew- Chocolate Macadamia Nut Stout ery, incorporating feedback and ideas For more information call (858) from their customers into their 715-3998 or visit www.kilowatt.beer recipes. In a recent visit to Kilowatt, the owners shared the below recipe Kilowatt Brewing for their Coconut Chai Porter, one of 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd their signature beers returning on tap San Diego, CA 92111 this month. What else is lined up on tap for this

TEN TIPS to Help Reduce Elder Abuse & Fraud 1. Choose a caregiver with caution obtain a background check. 2. Keep an inventory of all jewelry photograph & lock up valuable jewelry. 3. Purchase a Shredder – shred all mail that has your name & address on it. 4. Protect Incoming & Outgoing Mail – purchase a mail box that locks or pay for a Post Office Box. 5. Obtain a Credit Report 2 or 3 times/year – known companies are Experian, Equifax or Trans Union. 6. Get Caller I.D. on your phone – minimal cost – be on guard of “private” or “unknown” callers. 7.You will never win the Canadian

lottery - a big scam from all over the world. 8.Ask your bank to send a copy of bank statements to a trusted family member or professional advisor. 9. Don’t assume your friendly handyman is licensed – check the license with Better Business Bureau. 10. Second line of defense – have a locked screen door or security chain on front door. These tips brought to you by the Chapman Team at First Choice Properties Bobbie, Diana & Amory (619) 208-9430.

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From the Desk of Chris Cate by Chris Cate, District 6

On Sunday, May 3rd, I attended the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation’s event at Madison High School. Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes.The EP Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing sudden cardiac arrest in young people through awareness, education and action. Saving lives is paramount to their mission and prevention is their goal. EP Save a Life Foundation Website On Saturday, May 9th, my community representative,Allen, attended the

Grand Opening of the Clairemont Certified Farmers Market at Madison High School.The farmers market is held every Saturday with farm-to-table items. www.clairemontfarmersmarket.com/ On Friday, May 15th, I joined Mayor

and North Clairemont, from 45 hours per week to 60 hours per week. http://www.sandiego.gov/mayor/news/ releases/20150515_FY16BudgetMayRev ise.shtml The City of San Diego’s Independent Budget Analyst (Andrea Tevlin) and I teamed up to provide District 6 resi-


Important Water Conservation Rebates for Residents by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Last month due to the ongoing drought in California, Governor Jerry Brown enacted mandatory water cuts for the State of California. Thankfully, the Mayor and City Council have taken proactive measures to ensure that the city has a safe and stable water supply. Some measures that have been taken include investing in water storage by increasing the capacity of our reservoirs. The city government has also been a steadfast supporter in the construction of the desalinization plant in Carlsbad. The plant, which will come online this year, will produce 50 million gallons of drinking water per day for the San Diego region. The City Council also approved the Pure Water purification program.The new system that will go online in the coming years will provide San Diegans

dents with a “Sneak Peek” of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budget. Prioritizing city services in an open, effective and transparent manner will provide economic opportunity and safer and revitalized neighborhoods across San Diego. Several Clairemont residents attended the breakfast budget briefing to hear about our City’s budget.

with one-third of our water needs. To further conserve water and to help San Diego residents, the city is introducing new programs to help families’ better conserve water. One of the most popular programs is grass replacement rebates.Though funds are currently exhausted, new rebates will be available to City of San Diego residents beginning on July 1st. Rebates are also available from the Metropolitan Water District. Rain barrel rebates are also available. Landscapes can soak up more than 50% of the water used at a typical San Diego home. Capturing rain from your roof is a quick way to conserve water and help prevent pollution by reducing the amount of runoff entering our storm drain system. Residents can receive up to $1.00 per gallon of barrel storage capacity for the residential rainwater harvesting (rain barrel) rebate program, up to 400 gallons and $400 per property. There are many other conservation programs that residents can take advantage of.A list, along with information on how to make your family more water efficient can be found at www.wastenowater.org.

Rummage Sale in the Church Parking Lot Saturday, June 13 7:00 a.m. – we sell it all! All proceeds benefit the Youth Group of CLC/ILC traveling to Detroit for the National ELCA Youth Gathering in July. Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

Kevin L. Faulconer for the May Revise News Conference.The budget is a prominent investment in the communities and residents that help make San Diego a great place to live, work and play.This funding will expand hours at 20 recreation centers (16 large and 4 medium-sized), including Kearny Mesa

Clairemont Lutheran Concert June 14, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Email: chriscate@sandiego.gov • Phone: (619) 236-6616 Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/cd6/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/D6ChrisCate Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrisjcate Mailing Address: 202 C Street, 10th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

The Clairemont Republican Women’s Club We had a very successful membership luncheon last month at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. The food was excellent and our speakers were very informative and entertaining. We are thrilled to now have 13 new members to welcome into our club. During the luncheon we also raised $782 for the local Wounded Warriors Foundation which buys

needed medical equipment for wounded soldiers still in the service. If you want to keep up with the political scene please join us at our next meeting on July 18th at Boomerangs in Clairemont. For more information contact: Candy Kish (858) 541-2460 or Shirley Gilbert (858) 576-1449.

Dr. Steven Gray & Dr. Paul Kenyon Organ & Piano Concert Free-will offering will be taken.


Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Wednesday July 1st 11:30 am 4th of July Luncheon at LiveWell San Diego! RSVP Today!

June 2 5:30 pm We will have city officials speaking on behalf of safety and resource services. Join us and bring your neighbors.


Balboa Branch 4255 Mt.Abernathy Ave, 92117 (858) 573-1390

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Presidential Primary Election One Year Away by Daniel J. Smiechowsk

It’s never too early to shed light on the more interesting facets of politics. One year from now, California voters will cast ballots for President all the way down to County Central Committee members. Most voters never heard of these Central Committees’ so essentially it remains a popularity contest in which candidate can get the most friends to the polls. The people running for these seats regardless of political party can best be described as die hard activists. There are usually a large number of contestants among which the top six vote getters are selected from each State Assembly District. Sometimes upwards of twenty candidates are listed on the ballot. Ironically and perhaps tragically, the contestant most typical of their own political party does not often get elected. Central Committees’ are frequently referred to as the home of political extremism. That is precisely why voters ought to take notice and vote accordingly. Prior to the Presidential Primary of 2012 candidates were elected for two year terms. In 2012 the term was extended to four years.What exactly do these folks do and why should you vote for them? Well, for starters, they control the endorsement process of upper tier candidates, which certainly helps in getting elected. Secondly, most all Committees are divided into various factions such as labor, business, civil rights, the environment, LGBT, women’s rights and so forth to

push their respective agendas.Thirdly, they take positions on City, County and State Propositions and many members work diligently toward that end. Most elected members have a short life span unless they tow the Party line, hook, line and sinker. I served a two year term on the Democratic Central Committee and always felt like an outcast. Surprisingly, the Party of the big tent is rife with reverse discrimination. San Diego County Committees’ are unlike those of the South, Mid-West and East Coast. Ever wonder how Democrats get elected in some traditionally conservative areas? It’s called a forked tongue syndrome.There is enough hypocrisy in some of these groups to fill the Library of Congress. Organized labor will hold their nose or put on blinders in electing some congressional candidates than take credit for the victory. It is counter intuitive to view the political world as following the path of conscience. There exists a certain elitism within these Committees’ as outsiders are mostly ignored without due consideration.This is tragic.This must end and we the people must be held equally worthy regardless of our perceived importance. I urge all voters to cast a ballot next June and check out your Central Committee member candidates. 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 smiechowskid@aol.com or 858.220.4613

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 6/4/15 • (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 6/16/15 • (3rd Tues. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 6/18/15 • (3rd Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 6/22/15 • (4th Mon. of the month)5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL 6/10/15 • (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:00PM Regents Ave East Entrance Kiosk Marian Bear Natural Park. We will be back to the regular time & location in July.

Clairemont Town Council News Thank you again to all those who attended, volunteered, and helped sponsor last month’s Clairemont Garden Tour. It was our most successful ever -- raising over $10,000 toward our Clairemont Town Council community grants. For more information on our grants, please visit our website: ClairemontOnline.com/Grants Movies in the Park is coming up this month -- Saturday, June 20th at North Clairemont Community Park at 7:00pm.We’ll be screening the Academy-Award winning animated film “Happy Feet” (Rated PG). Come on out for family-friendly entertainment, games, and prizes! We’ve received a ton of e-mails and phone calls about the downed Clairemont sign at Balboa Ave and 805, and there’s been diligent communication between the Town Council and Councilman Chris Cate’s office in working to get that sign back up. Clairemont Town Council’s next meeting will be held Thursday, June 4th at 6:30pm.We will hear a presentations from Circulate SD and the D6

Bicycle Advisory Committee. Also, as we continue to go over Bylaws, we will be voting on an updated section for the Town Council’s endorsement process, and we’ll hear an updated proposal on our membership section. Bylaw proposals can be found on our website: ClairemontOnline.com As always, given that we are a membership organization, we encourage participation as a member of our Clairemont Town Council. If you haven’t already updated, renewed, or joined the Clairemont Town Council, you’re always welcome! Membership starts at $10 for Seniors, Students, and Veterans, $20 for General Membership, $30 for Non-Profits, and $50 for Businesses. For more information on joining and becoming a member, please visit ClairemontOnline.com/Join. Working for you, Clairemont! Ryan Trabuco President, Clairemont Town Council president@clairemontonline.com 858.480.9430

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Pho: A Hearty Cure for June Gloom By Michael Baehr

Noodles and Broth Warm Your Belly and Nurture Your Soul

Photos by Michael Baehr, Clairemont Chowhound

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by Michael Baehr

popular items: fried egg rolls and pho of any variety. At the height of May gray and June For those of you who are less familgloom, nothing is more satisfying on a iar with this type of restaurant, allow chilly, overcast evening than a hearty me to share what I have learned about bowl of noodle soup. Over that past pho: First and foremost, the name, year, I watched with anticipation as pho is pronounced ‘fuh’ not ‘fo’ as you Pho Hut & Grill was completed and might be inclined to say. Pho originatopened its doors. Now open for eight ed in Vietnam in the 1800s and is months, this Chowhound was ready to heavily influenced by Chinese and try a bowl of noodle goodness! French cooking. Rice noodles and spices were imported from China and the French popularized the addition of red meat. In fact, it is believed that pho is derived from the dish “pot au feu,” a French soup. Vietnamese cooks blended the Chinese, French and native influences to make a dish that is uniquely Crispy fried pork egg rolls with lettuce leaf, mint and tangy dipping sauce. Vietnamese. Pho refers to the noodles -This quaint little restaurant is locatflat, long rice noodles -- not the soup ed on Balboa Avenue in the Rite Aid itself, although it is commonly associshopping center. It is clean and nicely ated with the dish as a unit. decorated, with tables and chairs scatFor our meal, we ordered the fried tered around the dining area and a few pork egg rolls ($5.75) and a small banquettes lining the walls. We were bowl of the rare steak/well done steak warmly greeted and escorted to our pho ($6.95). Bowls of pho come in table. As this was our first time, our two sizes: small and large. The small server recommended we try the most size was more than enough food to satisfy this hungry Chowhound! Since I was dragging, I also ordered a sweet and tangy Thai Tea ($3.95).A more intense Vietnamese coffee is also available ($3.95) if you want the complete Vietnamese experience. Within minutes, four egg rolls arrived piping hot and served with large lettuce leafs, sprigs of mint and a small bowl of vinegar dressing. The egg rolls were crispy and delicious, filled with pork, noodles, wood ear mushrooms, jicama, taro and carrots. Our server suggested that we wrap the egg roll in a lettuce leaf and a sprig of mint, and then dip it in the vinegar sauce. A good suggestion indeed—it was a bite of fresh, crunchy heaven! Our bowl of pho arrived along with the traditional accompaniments of bean sprouts, lime wedges, mint and Traditional pho accompaniments include bean sliced jalapenos. Experienced pho sprouts, lime, jalapeno, and mint.

A “small” bowl of rare steak/well done steak pho with onions and cilantro.

eaters rip up the herbs and sprinkle them into the broth, as opposed to submerging the entire leaf.This brings out the aromatic magic of the herbs. The pho was steaming hot and delicious, served with cilantro and thinly sliced pieces of beef atop a mound of shimmering glass noodles submerged in broth. I was concerned the rare steak would be too rare or uncooked for my liking, but the heat of the broth cooks the thin slices of beef to tender perfection. The combination of salty broth, hearty noodles and aromatic cilantro was simultaneously rich and fresh. Seriously, one bowl of pho paired with the egg rolls and rich Thai iced tea was more than enough to satisfy this hungry Chowhound. There are many more tempting dishes on the menu at Pho Hut & Grill, including some incredible-looking fried rice dishes, stir fry, salads and plenty of veggie dishes. With more to try, I know where I’ll be going when my soul needs some TLC. Pho Hut & Grill 5252 Balboa Avenue (Balboa and Genesee next to Rite Aid)

San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 384-6753 ABOUT CLAIREMONT’S CHOWHOUND: Clairemont Chowhound Michael Baehr is a home cook and self-proclaimed foodie. He loves sampling new eateries and welcomes your suggestions for local restaurants, fast food and specialty markets to review. Email: ClairemontChowhound@ClairemontTimes.com

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Sunday in the Garden by Park Ranger Steven Smith

The Tecolote Nature Center is doing a revamp of its Native Plant

Garden and we need your help! We want to make the garden a place for all visitors to come and enjoy a peaceful setting as well as learn about San Diego’s native species.We are looking for volunteers who have knowledge and or interest in native plants and the environment. The garden is already built and laid out, but has had a lack of proper TLC that a garden needs

to thrive. Our native garden is incredibly natural, however our goal is to turn it into a beautiful specimen garden with proper spacing of plants and identification so that visitors can get a clear picture of what the local plants look like as they grow, flower and then retreat into summer hibernation. Coinciding with the garden revamp will be the construction and maintenance of a native plant nursery.We

are looking for people interested in the setup of the nursery, preferably with some firsthand experience but of course, all levels of experience are welcome. Volunteers will also help with seed collection, plant propagation, and basic maintenance. The goal of this project will be to start revegetating areas of the park that have been historically disturbed and overrun by non native plant species.This will be a hands on project with the intention of teaching people about the native plants of

Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 858-581-9959 *All activities start at the nature center except for the Mount Carol walk Saturday, June 6 9:00am -2:00pm Tecolote Family Day Arts & Crafts, Scavenger Hunt, Create a Clay Pot, Project Wildlife, Owl Pellet Discovery, Face Painting, Games, and Snake Presentation! 9:00-10:30am Nature Walk Join the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group on a guided walk. Meet at the nature center Sunday, June 7 8:00am California Native Plant Society Walk Learn about the plants that thrive in Tecolote Canyon Saturday, June 20 9:00am -11:00am Weed Warriors Clean up the canyon with Park Ranger Janice.Wear sturdy shoes and long pants *gloves and tools provided* 10:30am Beekeeping Class Learn how to become a backyard beekeeper *Contact Hilary for information www.girlnextdoorhoney.com Thursday, June 18 and June 25 10:00am – 11:30am Arts & Activities for Kids Come on down and get creative with Ms. Marla and friends Sunday, June 21 9:00am – 12:00pm Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven in our native plant garden See article in this month’s issue of The Clairemont Times Register for the Parks Fit Summer Program! Participants track their mileage and receive a free t-shirt if they complete 30 miles of walking, hiking or swimming in 60 days. For information and to enroll go to any City of San Diego Park and Recreation facility including Tecolote Nature Center and Tecolote Community Park

the area and the whole plant life cycle. The garden is located behind the Tecolote Nature Center at 5180 Tecolote Rd, San Diego, CA 92110.We’ll meet on the third Sunday of every month from 9am to 12:00pm starting June 21st. Restrooms and shade are available. Drinking water, gloves and tools provided. Call the nature center 858581-9959 at 858-5819961 for information regarding this and other volunteer opportunities.

For more information call 858-581-9959. Updated activities are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center or Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon Activities are free of charge. Donations to the Friends of Tecolote Canyon are always appreciated!


Buying that? No thanks, it takes too much water to make it! Additional water saving ideas. by Susan Lewitt

Daily actions use more water than we know. Little plastic bottles need 24 bottles of water to make each one and are then discarded, many still full of water. Reusable bottles are much less wasteful. Only direct home water use impacts your water bill, but being aware of hidden water usage to make more water wise choices can be positive for everyone. Whether you are buying products grown in California, or elsewhere, it is worthwhile to make sure the ones you buy use water efficiently. Saving water is just another way to maintain a healthy world and lower our impact on this planet. Contact me with questions or

requests for future articles at butterfliesisee@yahoo.com Gallons of Water Used to Produce One Pound of: Figs 379 Plums 193 Cherries 185 Avocados 154 Corn 109 Banana 103 Apples 85 Grapes 78 Oranges 55 Beans 43 Strawberries 33 Potatoes 31 http://mcrcd.org/wpcontent/uploads/Nationall_Geograp hic_Hidden_Water.pdf

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Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano ... In Milano! by Kevin Casillo

Home to over 1.3 million, and to one of the most famous opera houses, La Scala, Milan should be not be rushed. We chose HOME MILANO for our stay in Milan, which turned out to be the best choice we could have made. It’s a Bed and Breakfast away from all the touristy (loud) areas and mixed in with the locals. The B&B is conveniently located

know. Milan is the fashion capital of the world and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II will not disappoint even the most ardent shopper. With names like GUCCI, Louis Vuitton, and Prada shops are as common as Gelato. The price tags may freeze your brain faster than ice cream as these shops are not for the faint hearted. One leather jacket was displayed in a window for a mere 17,500 Euro or $19,250 USD. But don’t fret a two scoop gelato will only cost 3.5 Euro. Once you’ve window shopped at

tled into the lush green hillsides blanketed in soft clouds. A light falling mist enriched the pastel colored buildings and brought the scent of fresh lilac and jasmine growing in nearby gardens and pathways. If you visit Lake Como, do take the lake cruise. Raining or not, it is breathtaking and if you’re lucky, George Clooney will invite you in for a Gelato dripping with chocolate and a lovely espresso. Like I said, if you’re lucky. Whatever you do my trusted followers, get out there and see something new, it’s a short life and as my Grandmother always said, “You’re going to be dead a lot longer than you’re going to be alive”. My only regret here, we had to leave ....... How did we get there? American Airlines from San Diego to Miami – Milan Where to stay: HOME Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Milano Bed and Breakfast www.homebbmilano.com If you would like to see more, please visit my web‘Happy Travels or Buon viaagio! site: www.hotshots360.smugmug.com

Lake Como

in an older neighborhood right near the metro and bus stops. Paola the innkeeper offers the best hospitality you can imagine, home baked goods, cheeses, tomatoes, fresh fruits and that famous Italian coffee every morning. When she’s not serving amazing foods, she is offering easy to understand directions and helpful hints only a local would

Rooftop at the Duomo. (Milan)

some of the most expensive shops simply step outside and take in the elaborately decorated DUOMO. Building this Cathedral (Duomo in Latin) began in 1386 and wasn’t completed until 1965 and can seat 40,000 worshippers. The interior of the Cathedral is spectacular, but the real thrill is touring the roof top. For a small fee an elevator takes you up most of the way, but you must have a steady gait to maneuver across the roof and climb a few stairs to reach the top at 354 feet for the most amazing view. Not just a view of the city, but the architecture of the Cathedral itself. It’s dizzying and so magnificent you nearly forget how high you have climbed until you look over the edge (and pass out). Like all big cities, there are plenty of tour companies and tour busses but why depend on someone else’s schedule. Like I always say, the best way to see anything is to just get out and walk. European cities have reliable transportation that runs on time and are very affordable. We purchased train tickets to take us from Milan to Lake Como for 4.60 Euro, which is about 5 American bucks. This my friends was the best five bucks we spent. Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places we have seen in a very long time. Quaint little shops nes-

Lake Como

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Who is Gary Hyde and What is Pacific Records? by Gary Hyde

For those of you who don’t know me, besides writing for this great newspaper and growing up in Clairemont, I work at Pacific Records. I am head of the A/R department and a producer and songwriter for the label. We have had a great 2015 so far and I wanted to talk about it a little bit. First of all we are thrilled about the wonderful partners we’ve been working with this year,Valley View Casino Center, San Diego Gulls, Harrah’s,The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, ReverbNation,The Clairemont Times and Gig Town. Two of our artists made the iTunes music charts recently, Steven Ybarra in Country and Lindsay Perry in Blues. One of our new artists Alfa just completed a very successful tour of the Philippines. I’ve been working with Alfa, and I can’t wait for people to hear her new CD coming out later this year. We have new CD’s coming out this year and early next year by Felice Garcia, Rebecca Jade, Christina Sofina,

Mariela Contreras and J Scott Bergman. Speaking of Scott his CD Honey drive comes out June 30 on iTunes and at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. His CD has wonderful chord progressions and beautiful melodies. He told me he hopes his record will sooth as many aching heads around the world as possible. He recorded the album in a Laurel Canyon home studio environment with no concern for the trend. It’s an album for the dusk. I was born in San Diego and have been in the music business all my life. To me, Pacific Records are the defining piece of the music business San Diego has needed. I hope everyone out there reading this will go to www.pacificrecords.com and check out what this company is trying to do for music lovers and artists right here in San Diego.You just might dig it! As always a shout out to my beautiful Granddaughter Jordan.Talk to you soon. Email:gary@clairemonttimes.com

San Diego Gulls Announce Partnership Agreement with Pacific Records The San Diego Gulls announced today that the American Hockey League (AHL) club has signed a partnership agreement with Pacific Records, a local San Diego record label. “The San Diego Gulls are thrilled to partner with Pacific Records,” said President of Business Operations,Ari Segal.“Pacific Records is a local, San Diego brand that shares our commitment to delivering high quality, top tier entertainment to this community, both on and off the ice.” As part of the agreement, Pacific Record’s production team, led by veteran songwriter Gary Hyde, will compose and produce a San Diego Gulls anthem to be used on a broad variety

of platforms, including in-arena promotion, radio and social media.The anthem, which will be custom tailored and adapted for upcoming events and opponents, will be performed by multiple Pacific Records artists. Following the season, a mix tape featuring all of the versions created throughout the season will be available for sale to the general public. “We are very excited to work alongside the San Diego Gulls and aid in enhancing the fan experience,” said Brian Witkin, Founder and CEO of Pacific Records.“The anthem will provide fans with a unique and custom theme song that they can truly call their own.”

The Convair/220 Club (W6UUS) Wants YOU at Field Day Bring your family and your friends to have fun with “ham” radio. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all fun! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and CANADA. On this weekend more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs to participate in the Field Day Contest. It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles.While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the Organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general

public. The Contest is simply to contact as many other Stations as possible, to learn how to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.We use these same skills when we help with large. preplanned, non-emergency events such as: marathons; bike-a-thons; walk-a-thons; parades; and fairs. Amateur Radio Operators (also called “hams”) have been called into action again and again to provide communication in crisis when it really matters. But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems - or maybe because they are so complex - ham radio are well known for our communication support in real disaster and post - disaster situations. What is Amateur Radio? Often called “ham radio”, the Amateur Radio Service has been

The American Radio Relay League around for a century. It’s grown into a worldwide community of licensed is the 150,000+ member national operators using the airwaves with association for Amateur Radio in the every conceivable means of commuUSA. It is the primary source of infornications technology.The range in age mation about what is going on in from youngsters to grandparents. ham radio. It provides books, news, Even rocket scientists and a rock star support and information for individuor two are in the ham ranks, normal als and clubs, special events, continufolks like you and me who want to ing education classes and other benetransmit voice, data and pictures fits for its members. through the air to unusual places, Field Day 2015 - Fun for ALL Ages without depending on commerSaturday, June 27th 11 AM, thru cial systems. The Amateur Radio Sunday, June 28th 11 AM, tear-down. frequencies are the last remaining Kearny Mesa Park & Recreation Center, Park Area. place in the Mesa College Drive & Armstrong Street. usable radio spectrum where you as an individual Field Day Locator can develop and http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator experiment with Enter CA, click Convair/220 Club wireless communications. What is the ARRL?

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Local Teacher at Field Elementary Receives Huge Honors Field Elementary Dual Immersion School is celebrating with the recent events honoring Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Dual Immersion Teacher, Miss Katherine Aud.

Katherine Aud accepting the Leadership in Biliteracy Award from San Diego County Office of Education Superintendent, Dr. Randolph E. Ward.

As this school year comes to an end on June 15, 2015, Miss Aud will have completed her 20th year at Field. On May 7, 2015, she was honored at the 17th Annual Biliteracy Symposium, sponsored by the County of San Diego, at the La Jolla Marriott Hotel. Miss Aud accepted a Leadership in Biliteracy Award, as she is the founding kindergarten teacher of the two-way bilingual immersion program at Field Elementary. “She has a passion for teaching and always goes above and beyond to share knowledge and resources with colleagues across the district. Her leadership continues to support the growth of the program at her site, as well as ben-

efit others across the district” stated Mrs.Veronika Mendez-Lopez, dual language program manager for San Diego Unified’s Office of Language Acquisition. “Katherine builds a strong foundation for students in her class and promotes the acquisition of two languages. She also does a great job making content accessible and promotes active engagement that leads towards biliteracy”, added Mrs. Mendez-Lopez. In addition to receiving this leadership in biliteracy award, on May 11, 2015 Miss Aud was honored by former students, Jorge Narvaez, and his daughter,Alexa Narvaez. They surprised Miss Aud at the Monday Morning SchoolWide Assembly with a musical performance. Jorge and Alexa sang a song to thank Miss Aud for the huge impact she has had on their lives as part of Target’s #thanksabillion campaign. After the song was over, Jorge and Alexa presented Miss Aud with a check for $10,000 to Field Elementary School! Field Elementary is so honored to have Miss Aud dedicate 20 years of her life to the students and families of the Clairemont community. The video of this amazing gift can be seen at http://youtu.be/BeXlsr0OInc or visit www.sandi.net/field and click on the link in the headlines section. For more information, please contact principal,Amy Griffiths at (858) 8005900.

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We’re Glad for Your Grads! Congratulations to the parents and graduates of the high school class of 2015! We share your pride in the graduates’ many achievements. Now that they have finished high school, everyone’s asking them:“Where are you headed?” or “What’s next?” For many, the answer is right next door. San

3. Complete the online orientation 4.Take the Mesa College placement exam.Walk-in exams can be done weekdays (hours vary. Call 619-3882718 for hours. 5. Schedule an appointment with a Mesa counselor to go over classes for the fall. Call 619-388-2872.

Diego Mesa College is the college of choice for most Clairemont and Linda Vista residents. Tips for Mesa-Bound Seniors: If you are planning on attending Mesa College in the fall, please take advantage of their priority registration process by following these five simple steps: 1. Log on to www.sdmesa.edu/testing-center 2. Submit the online application

6. Summer Hours for all Student Services Departments at Mesa College are Mon-Thu, 8 am to 6:00 pm; Fridays 8 am to 3 pm. All departments are located in the I-400 Student Services Center. Get a Jump on Fall with Summer Classes! Hundreds of classes are offered.View the schedule and register online at schedule.sdccd.edu. We look forward to welcoming our new Olympians this fall!

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The First Warm Blooded Fish! by Captain Paul Fischer

Earlier this month it was discovered that the opah is warm blooded.The opah or (Lampris guttatus) or moon fish, is a large, mid-water pelagic fish that is about the size of a man hole cover.While they are not targeted, these fish are taken incidentally in both local recreational fisheries for tuna and the California drift gillnet fishery targeting swordfish. In recent years there has been an upsurge in opah catch and has become increasingly popular in seafood markets. Southwest Fisheries Science Center began collecting biological samples from opah in 2009 and initiated an electronic tagging program in 2011. The opah, has relatively small red fins decorating its large, round body.These fins, which flap rapidly as the fish swims, turn out to be important in generating body heat for the opah. Researchers first suspected that something might be strange about the opah after analyzing a sample of the fish’s gill tissue.According to the study, the blood vessels in the tissue are set up so that the vessels carrying cool, oxygenated blood from the gills to the body are in contact with the vessels carrying warm, deoxygenated blood from the body to the gills.As a result, the outgoing blood warms up the incoming blood, a process called counter-current heat exchange.This is a cool

Meet Pamela Meet Pamela, a 14 month old Pharaoh Hound/Bull Terrier mix. Pamela hails from south of the border and currently resides in a foster home in Oceanside. Pamela is quite shy and fearful of strangers. It took a couple of weeks for her to warm up to her foster family, but she now is very affectionate and loving with them. Pamela's favorite activity is playing with the other dogs in the home. She currently is learning to walk on a leash and to obey simple commands such as "sit"

innovation by these animals that gives them a competitive edge. To confirm that these special gills helped the opah stay warmer than the surrounding water, the researchers tagged a number of moonfish with temperature monitors and tracked them.The fish spend most of their time at least 150 feet below the ocean surface. No matter how deep they dive their body temperature stays about 9 degrees warmer than the surrounding water. Fat deposits around the gills and muscles help insulate the fish. Most other deep diving fish such as tuna and sharks can shunt blood to body parts to keep warm during deep dives but they must surface frequently to prevent their organs from shutting down.Think hypothermia for fish. Warm blood gives opah an edge as their muscles and nervous system likely function faster than cold blooded fish.Thus, the opah can stay at deep depths for longer periods of time with faster response times and better sight a definite advantage when hunting cold blooded slow moving prey. Have a fishing Question drop me a line outerlimitscharters@gmail.com For more information on Outer Limits Sportfishing visit u at www.OuterLimit.net or call us at (619) 757-7940

and "down". Pamela travels well in the car, but prefers to stay at home in familiar surroundings with her family. Pamela would love to find a family who has lots of patience and can give her the time she will need to feel comfortable in her new surroundings and to bond with them. If someone is interested in meeting Pamela, they can go to our website at www.stpacossecondchancedogrescue.org and complete an application. As the foster mother, I will be notified and will contact the interested party to make arrangements for them to see Pamela.


2014-15 San Diego Section Senior High School Basketball All-Star Games With the help of Horizon Christian Academy Panthers guards Melanie Quijano and Nyjeeiah Ganan, the North All-Stars clawed the South AllStars by a final score of 113-61 in the 2014-15 San Diego Section Girls Senior High School Basketball All-Star Game played on the campus of Horizon in Clairemont. Quijano, a five-foot-six-inch senior, was the second-leading scorer for the North side girls with 13 points, while Ganan, a five-foot-five-inch senior, chipped in with eight points of her own. Following Quijano and Ganan in the local scoring column were Kearny High Lady Komets senior guards Brianna Smith and Aitana A. Garland with three points and one point, respectively. On the boys side, the South All-Stars came crashing back down to earth in a tough 128-97 loss to the North All-

Stars, despite Kearny forward and South Most Valuable Player Austin Knox scoring a team-high 19 points. Following Knox in the local scoring column were six-foot-two-inch Horizon Christian Academy Panthers senior guard Ethan Underwood and six-foot-one-inch Madison Warhawks senior guard Anthony Jensen with four points and three points, respectively. Jensen also participated in the three-point shootout for the South side boys. Rob Stone is a life-long 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, you can feel free to contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: 1 (619) 2416516, rstone@smww.com, Sportsguyrob@att.net, http://www.smwwscout.com/scout/robstone, orhttp://www.rsscouting.blogspot.com.

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Police Blotter Vehicle Break-In 1200 W. Morena Blvd.

Commercial Robbery 5600 Balboa Ave.

Vehicle Theft 4500 Conrad Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 4700 Mt. Abernathy Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 3400 Waco St. Battery 5900 Balboa Ave.

Vehicle Theft 3300 Ashford St.

Battery 3000 Clairemont Dr.

Fraud 3400 Conrad Ave.

Residential Burglary 2900 Ariane Dr.

Residential Burglary 3600 Indian Way

Vehicle Break-In 3000 Childrens Way

Residential Burglary 7500 Linda Vista Rd.

Fraud 3700 Merrimac Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 4600 Tecolote Rd.

Vehicle Break-In 3300 Fox Pl.

Assault 3600 Lakehurst Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 4200 Conrad Ave.

Burglary 4200 Genesee Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 3000 Bunker Hill St.

Battery 3700 Merrimac Ave.

Vehicle Theft 6500 Beadnell Way

Vandalism 4400 Limerick Way

Fraud 4400 Genesee Ave.

Assault 5100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Vehicle Break-In 3400 Jemez Way Assault 3900 Mt. Acadia Blvd. Fraud 5100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.

Vehicle Theft 4700 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 6600 Beadnell Way Fraud 4300 Moraga Ave.

Residential Burglary 4700 Mt. St. Helens Dr. Battery 6600 Beadnell Way Vandalism 5600 Mt. Ackerly Dr. Vehicle Break-In 6300 Mt. Acre Way

Vehicle Theft 5100 Caywood St. Fraud 4000 Genesee Ave.

Battery 3800 Clairemont Dr.

Vehicle Theft 4500 Clairemont Dr.

Vehicle Break-In 3900 Mt. Blackburn Ave.

Vehicle Theft 3400 Argyle St.

Vehicle Theft 6000 Charing St.

Vehicle Break-In 5200 Mt. Alifan Dr.

Vandalism 4300 Kamloop Ave.

Vandalism 5100 Santa Fe St.

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