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Fire Destroys a Clairemont Landmark

What Bastille Day Means in America by Daniel J. Smiechowski

Photo Courtesy of Steve Debry owner of Mission Bay Traffic School

fire in mid-June all but destroyed what was once the Jack LaLanne fitness center at the 3000 block Clairemont Drive. Renovations and improvements were taking place as the new owners of the gym had hoped to open soon. A shipment of brand new exercise equipment had been scheduled for deliv-

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Equivalent to our Independence Day, Bastille Day is the great national holiday of France. In the true Gallic tradition, Bastille Day is also celebrated in America. Why have we Americans so fervently embraced a foreign holiday of which we know so little about? It is due, perhaps, to the unmistakable joie de vivre we have imported from the French culture. Our thoughts about Bastille Day are not so much an exercise in history, but rather a reflection of the things we view as endemic to the nation of France. From the impressionistic skies of Normandy to the crashing waves of Biarritz, the country of ancient Gaul transports itself to America every July 14th. On this day, the French tricolor waves proudly along with our own “Stars and Stripes,” political intentions are discarded and a union of cultures is born of civility and cultivation. Francophile’s unite for a celebration of the Gallic spirit here in America.What exactly is this joie de vivre and how do we define it? It is partially Epicurean in nature, stemming from the most discriminating tastes in life’s finer pleasures.Yet, there is also an emotional aspect to why we Americans celebrate Bastille Day, which is tied to the SEE Bastille Day, page 4


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Water Pipe Replacement Project Set to Begin Under Clairemont Mesa Blvd. A public works improvement project slated to begin in July and last through Fall 2014 is sure to have an impact on local traffic for the foreseeable future. Water Group Project 958 will replace over 11,000 feet of deteriorating 16” cast iron water pipe with new PVC pipe. The streets receiving the upgrades are (see map) Clairemont Mesa Drive

from Clairemont Drive under SR52 heading into University City on Regents Road. Additionally, Luna Avenue and Hidalgo Ave will also be impacted. For more information on this project and others in the neighborhoods visit: www.sandiego.gov/cip click on “Project Information”

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Where is the Crime Report? by Chris O’Connell, Publisher

For loyal readers & new readers this is typically the spot for the crime report. Since starting The Clairemont Times back in September of 2011 I have included a crime report in the paper. In speaking with people in the community I have heard the good, the bad and the why print it at all? Printing a crime report in the paper

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ery, days after the fire, thankfully it never arrived. Having been in the building less than a year ago I remember the indoor pool as well as the beautiful outdoor pool/patio with the million dollar view area overlooking Mission Bay. However, touring the charred remains a couple weeks after, the beautiful outdoor pool was filled with black water. The back wall of the fitness center facing the canyon is barely standing. What were once locker rooms, saunas and mirrored work out rooms are now piles of burnt timber and ash. A couple steel I-beams above seemingly keeping the building together. As of late June, just prior to print, the businesses located to the south on the same property; a traffic school as well as a used car sales office was still without power and water. After seeing such damage one cannot help but think the building will be slated for demolition, however there are no confirmed reports of that action taking place. The cause of the fire, at the time of print, had not yet been determined.

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Obamacare to Cover Acupuncture-January 1, 2014 The Efficacy of Acupuncture: Part I by Jackie C Bensinger, L.Ac.

As of January 1, 2014, according to California measures, SB 951 by state Sen. Ed Hernandez D-West Covina, and AB 1453 by Assemblyman Bill Monning, D-Carmel via the Essential Health Benefits of the Affordable Care Act, acupuncture will be a covered benefit for the treatment of pain and nausea. Although these diagnoses are limiting considering the wide array of conditions that acupuncture has treated successfully for thousands of years, the acceptance of acupuncture in a government mandated health program as an essential health benefit is significant progress. Case in point, the World Health Organization has listed the following diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved through controlled trials to be an effective treatment: adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), dysentery, acute bacillary, dysmenorrhea, primary epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastro-

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Tribute to Gracia Molina de Pick to Honor Life-long Educator, Feminist, Philanthropist and Community Activist August 8th fundraiser supports naming of the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery at San Diego Mesa College

educator, feminist, mentor of students and community activist for women’s equality, indigenous communities, labor and immigrants’ rights.As an early champion for bi-lingual education, Molina de Pick helped to develop an academic program at Mesa College Mesa College will host a tribute to that gave birth to one of the first renowned educator, activist and femiChicano Studies Department in the nist, Gracia Molina de Pick, on nation. Thursday,August 8, at 5:30 p.m. at its In March, 2013, Mrs. de Pick gifted $80,000 to Mesa College for the creation of an endowment supporting the Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department -which she helped to found in 1970. It is believed to be the largest of its kind awarded to support a Chicana/o Studies program at a community college. The Gracia Molina de Pick/Chicana and Chicano Studies Department On March 7, Gracia Molina de Pick (c) presented President Pamela Luster and Chicano Studies Department Chair Cesar Lopez with an Endowment Fund $80,000 check to establish an endowment fund for the Chicana/o also supports an studies program at Mesa College. annual student scholarship and a lecture series that honors her legacy. Kearny Mesa campus. “We welcome everyone -- and espeThis special evening will be filled cially those whose lives have been friendship, the sounds of mariachi, personally touched by the passion and Mexican antojitos, a silent auction, and teachings of Gracia Molina de Pick -brief comments from individuals whose lives have been touched by the to join us,” said organizer Chicano Studies Department Chair, Professor passion, teachings, philanthropy and Cesar Lopez. activism of Gracia Molina de Pick, who is expected to attend. For inforABOUT GRACIA MOLINA DE PICK: mation on tax-deductible donation, Gracia Molina de Pick was born in please call 619-388-2759. Ticket purMexico City into a family of political chases can be made online at tributereformers.At age 13, she went with togracia.eventbrite.com. her aunt on Sunday visits to Frida Proceeds from the event will supKalho’s home (where she also met port the design, fabrication and instalDiego Rivera) and learned from Frida lation of gallery signage, a plaque, and that “great people are never only for a biographic narrative for the Gracia themselves, but always fight for those Molina de Pick Glass Gallery at Mesa who cannot defend themselves.”This College.The six-panel glass gallery, lesson helped shape her future. located in the rotunda of the Gracia attended the Feminist Humanities, Languages and Multicultural Studies Building, will fea- University in Mexico City. She met Richard A. Pick, an American visiting ture a series of displays. Mexico City on business. In 1957 they The first rotating exhibit, dedicated married and moved to San Diego. to Molina de Pick’s legacy, will debut Gracia worked as a teacher and menat the glass gallery in spring 2014. It tor to Mexican American students in will feature the history and contribuNational City, co-founded IMPACT, a tions made to Mesa College as a faculgrassroots organization fighting for the ty member in the 1960s and ‘70s, and civil rights of Mexican-Americans, and include historical civil rights events taught Peace Corps recruits at San and moments throughout San Diego Diego State College.As a San Diego history. Mesa College tenured professor, For more than 60 years, Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick has been an SEE Tribute, page 5

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romanticism inherent in the French language and culture. It is at times both melancholic and uplifting as it tugs at our innermost feelings. The “Sweet France,” as she is sometimes affectionately called, endures as America’s oldest ally, the friendship spanning over two centuries. Since the “French Café Society” of the 1920s, travel between France and America has been more accessible to the masses, thereby fostering greater FrancoAmerican cross-cultural awareness. Several generations ago, the great liner Ile de France dazzled the world on her 1927 maiden voyage into New York Harbor. She was followed closely by the Normandie in 1935.The French Line offered the ultimate in Gallic luxury as America’s social register will attest.The elite often met on board the super liners. On the European side, disembarkation was at Cherbourg and Le Havre where the giddy travelers were whisked off to places like Chantilly, Longchamps, Chamonix, La Baule, Deauville, Cannes, and of course the City of Light itself. Douglas Fairbanks, Lady Astor and J.P. Morgan, Jr. were there, as were golfing great Bobby Jones, Gertrude Stein, Madame Curie and the effervescent Josephine Baker.The romance of the sea and the super liners were headed for their twilight years. During the 1950s commercial air travel began to flow into Le Bourget and Orly airports outside Paris.These jumbo jets descended the storied low clouds of Paris like the giant Albatross in the epic poem “L’Albatross” by Charles Baudelaire. Except for the illtimed launching of the super liner France in 1962, air travel had rendered a night on the North Atlantic obsolete. On a gray overcast day in 1979, church bells gently tolled, as the home port of Le Havre bid adieu to her beloved “France.”The great liners of the past began to fade into a distant memory. Upon their landing in the City of Light,American tourists were greeted by a warmth which touches the soul. It was a passion American travelers would feel, but could not fully describe.At the world-renowned Café de la Paix, the cigarette girls moved like fallen angels, while a few blocks away, the famous Paris opera was entertaining American tourists.Around the corner at Harry’s New York Bar, patrons kept busy perusing the International Herald Tribune and for those that could read it, the French daily Le Monde. For fine food and dining there would be Fauchon, Maxims,

the George V, and countless other outstanding restaurants.There was also the Comedy Française and the big three of French theater, Moliere, Corneille and Racine. French movies included perhaps the greatest films ever produced,“Children of Paradise,” “King of Hearts” and “La Grande Illusion.”The Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute attracted those Americans interested in the gastronomic delights of France.The Tour de France cycling race and the lesser-known ParisRoubaix also attracted their share of U.S. tourists. During the early to mid eighties, the Nice Triathlon World Championship was dominated by San Diegans Mark Allen and Scott Tinley. Locally in our community of Clairemont, we are welcome by Arely’s, one of the finest French Bakeries in the region. In addition, during the late seventies The French American School made its home across from The Clairemont Square. La Petite Ecole is a more recent arrival. The primary school for children is also located in Clairemont. Back in the mid-eighties, there was a French restaurant off Morena Bl and Avati Dr that held a great party every Bastille Day. Our community is also home to a Frenchman having participated in the Tour de France cycling race. There were the fine beaches of Cannes, Nice, La Baule, Deauville and Wissant. Several San Diegans had even swum the English Channel, among the most famous being Florence Chadwick.Along the coast of Normandy,American veterans would recall a time of great sacrifice at places like Utah and Omaha Beaches, Arromanches and Saint Mère Eglise. The seemingly ubiquitous hedgerows of the Norman countryside are etched forever in America’s memory. Additionally,American travelers would learn firsthand the wealth of customs in this country of contrasts.They would enjoy a collation at 4 p.m., sample a piece of Pont L’Eveque cheese in the Norman countryside, or try the famous crépes suzette at Le Mont St. Michel.There would even be the enjoyment of a morning glass of muscatel in the Brittany region of France. They would also learn the many patois or dialects scattered throughout this romantic country. But finally, it is perhaps the children of France who truly make the holiday. The French have endeared their children to one of the highest levels on earth.This tells us all we ought to know about the Gallic spirit. Have a nice holiday! Daniel J. Smiechowski is a former resident of France and has resided in Clairemont since 1967.

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Molina de Pick developed a program that gave birth to the first Chicano Studies Department in a community college. She was also founding faculty member of what is now Thurgood Marshall College at UCSD. Gracia’s work has earned awards from numerous organizations, including the California Legislature, the California and San Diego Democratic Party, California Rural Legal Assistance and the Centro Cultural de la Raza. In addition to the endowment made to San Diego Mesa College, she has also established an endowment fund supporting the Logan Heights Branch Library, and its education and literacy program. ABOUT THE CHICANA/O STUDIES PRO-

GRAM AT MESA COLLEGE The San Diego Mesa College Chicana/o Studies Department was founded in 1970, largely through the efforts and dedication of Gracia Molina de Pick, who taught there in the 1960s and ‘70s. In March 2013, Gracia gifted $80,000 to Mesa College to create the Gracia Molina de Pick Endowment Fund in support of furthering the college’s Chicana/o Studies Department. Believed to be the largest of its kind awarded to support a Chicana/o Studies program at a community college, the endowment will support an annual lecture series, the expansion of programs, and student scholarships. Now, with the creation of the Gracia Molina de Pick Glass Gallery, we will honor and celebrate Gracia’s legacy – to Mesa College, San Diego, Mexico, and beyond – for generations to come.

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JULY LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DRIVE, 92117 SPECIAL EVENTS Story Ship Presents “Pirate Goodie & The Magic Chest 7/3 4pm Join us for an engaging show that uses a big screen, magic, music and comedy to tell a story about a pirate who can’t remember anything and needs the help of his parrot, a starfish, a dolphin and other animated characters. Project Debt Relief Seminar 7/9 6pm Learn about debt management in this seminar that covers credit cards, short sales, foreclosures, repossessions, bankruptcy and alternatives to filing for bankruptcy. Presented by the Law Offices of Mark L. Miller. Hullabaloo Sing Along Concert 7/10 4pm Listen to quality music the whole family can enjoy! You’ll hear traces of twang, funk, rock, folk and blues in Hullabaloo’s songs. Kids will be inspired to laugh, think, sing, dance, clap and stomp their feet. “Dance Around the World” with Nikola Clay 7/17 4pm Watch dances from around the world! Europe, Asia,Australia,Africa and Mexico are some of the places that will be featured. You may even get to dance a jig or two! Healthy Summer Recipes 7/23 6:30pm Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to be healthy! Join us as we prepare wholesome recipes for your enjoyment. In this class, we will discuss and sample quick and easy recipes that anyone can make in no time. Sparkles the Clown Magic & Bubble Show 7/24 4pm Come enjoy a whimsical show featuring magic and bubbles, themed around food and cooking. The grand finale is putting audience participants inside a giant bubble! “Make a Candy Book” Teen Event 7/26 4 pm Participants will create an origami-like container that folds up and ties with a ribbon. Inside are two delicious items: candy and a mini-book! Geared toward ages 11-18. Sign-up is required. Presented by San Diego Book Arts. “Let Them Eat Science” with Krypton Yvonne 7/31 4pm Enjoy the excitement of science and food! Kids will compare their own teeth with those of different animals such as sharks and dinosaurs, get the “scoop on poop,” and help Krypton Yvonne learn more about the Earthling diet! RECURRING EVENTS Tales for Tails: Read to Animals 7/8 at 4pm Children are invited to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy animals! Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and sometimes cats & dogs are provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Appropriate for ages 5 and up with caregiver. Monthly Book Sale 7/13 9:30am-2pm In addition to the Daily Book Sale, the Friends of

NCL hold an expanded Monthly Book Sale every month. Used books, movies, and music for excellent prices. Proceeds benefit the NCL. Adult Book Club 7/17 at 6pm The Book Club will be discussing Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. Friends of the NCL Meeting 7/19 3pm Would you like to support your local library? The Friends support the library through various activities, including book sales, volunteering, programming support and advocacy. New members welcome! Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Fridays at 10:30am Join us every Friday for a fun storytime with Ms. Trish or Ms. Erin! This is an interactive storytime that includes books, songs, rhymes and movement. Sign Language Storytime Saturdays 10:30am Storyteller Jennifer Duncan uses the excitement and fun of signing to enhance the reading of wellloved children’s picture books. This interactive presentation also includes sing-alongs and bubble time and ends with a Q&A period. Geared toward ages 05 with caregiver.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 SPECIAL EVENTS After School Art Class by Robert 7/3 4pm Free art class for children ages 6-12 Adult Book Club 7/3 6pm The Book Club will be discussing The Sacred White Turkey, by Frances Washburn Magic Show with The Amazing Dana 7/11 4pm The Amazing Dana will dazzle the crowd with magic tricks and lots of laughs. Be prepared to be wowed and entertained as Dana makes an audience member float in midair, along with many other fascinating feats of illusion.This is a 30-minute program for children of all ages. Friends of the Library Meeting 7/17 6:30 PM Cowboy Charlie Musical Storytime 7/18 4pm The performance will include zesty ukulele tunes, salty sea ballads and hilarious story songs. Besides ukulele, Charles plays harmonica, concertina, recorder, kazoo - even a paper bag, weaving music and storytelling together into a delightfully entertaining show.This is a 30-minute program for children of all ages. Wild Wonders 7/25 4pm An interactive program with unique animal encounters from around the world.Their wildlife educators will present an informative program with a wide range of wildlife.This program is designed to inspire an appreciation for the preservation of wildlife.This is a 30-minute program for children of all ages. Concert Tin Man’s Hart 7/31 6:30pm Tin Man’s Heart features Lee and Michael Stone. They specialize in lite jazz, soft rock, and also perform many original numbers.The duo mixes vocal harmonies, tasty guitar, and meaningful percussion into an entertaining blend.

RECURRING EVENTS Story Times • Tuesdays 6pm Bilingual storytime Spanish/English with Karina • Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. the library hosts a story and craft time for all ages, with storyteller and crafter Miss Nancy. • Thursdays 10:30 “BabySign Storytime,” a storytime with sign language for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers, with storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan. • Fridays10:30 a.m. the library hosts Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT.ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 SPECIAL EVENTS Paws to Read 7/9 & 7/23 6:00 pm Therapy dogs provide a positive and fun environment for children to practice reading. Summer Reading Event Mad Science: Mission for Nutrition 7/11 10am Take a journey through the delicious world of food with Mad Science! Balboa Library Book Club 7/16 12:30pm The Book Club will be discussing Beyond the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo Summer Reading Event Songbirds Music 7/18 10am Enjoy a fun musical storytime! Summer Reading Event Wild Wonders 7/25 10am Wild Wonders returns with another live animal show! RECURRING EVENTS Stories with Susan Wednesdays 6:00 pm Miss Susan reads well-loved children’s stories. Come hear your favorites, or discover something new! “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime Fridays 10:30 am Storytime for our youngest patrons! Plenty of adult/child interaction, songs, stories and play Kids Krafternoons Saturdays 1:00 pm Let your creativity run wild with a fun craft activity! Children under 8 welcome with an adult or older sibling.


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Ronald McDonald Visits San Diego Libraries to Spread the Joy of Reading America’s most lovable clown, Ronald McDonald, comes to San Diego all the time to visit his many friends, and he’s making an extra-long appearance this summer by visiting San Diego County libraries. On Wednesday, July 10, at 4 pm the famous Ronald McDonald will be at

each day to read.The show also reinforces appropriate library use, the proper care of books, and the use of excitement and imagination while reading. Ronald has been known to have a few tricks up his sleeve and he incorporates lively activities into “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald” to

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

the Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library to introduce kids to the concept of “Book Time!” The “It’s Book Time with Ronald McDonald” show introduces children to the concept of setting aside time

create an engaging show that captivates children and encourages them to delve deeper into the world of books. To find out when Ronald McDonald is visiting other local libraries, please visit www.sdmcdonalds.com.

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A Skate Park in Linda Vista is Gaining Momentum On any given night in Linda Vista kids gather in the LV shopping center to skateboard, they are with their friends, practicing tricks, and participating in a healthy positive activity. Linda Vista has no legal safe zones for skateboarding making the skaters a safety hazard and often viewed as vandals or loiterers. Linda Vista has its fair share of violence among its youth, stabbings, gangs etc. I feel that positive activities for the youth should be encouraged and it’s our responsibility to provide alternatives that will benefit our young people and the community. The Friends of the Linda Vista Skate Park is the driving force behind the fact that Linda Vista needs a Skate Park.The reaction to this idea has

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Freedom and Independence in Boston! by Kevin Casillo

Like I always say, if you really want to see a city or any destination, get out of your cabs and tour buses and just walk! In Boston the Freedom Trail which was established more than 60 years ago, offers you and those who follow this 2.5-mile path an opportunity to take themselves past 16 nationally significant historic sites. Marked by red bricks or red paint, the trail includes the USS Constitution, launched in 1797; Faneuil Hall, where plans for the Boston Tea Party were laid; the Old State House; Boston Common; and the Bunker Hill Monument, where the reward for a mere 294 steps to the top of the obelisk is a spectacular view. Boston is an amazing city, embracing diversity while holding onto its rich history and ethnic cultures. One of my favorite buildings is the Old State House built in 1713 and is the city’s oldest surviving public building. It was just outside the building’s doors that five civilians were killed by British troops in 1770, an event known as the Boston Massacre. On July 18, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read publicly from the Old State House’s second-floor balcony.Today, visitors can see tea from the Boston Tea Party and John Hancock’s coat. Having spent the first 23 years of my life in Shrewsbury Massachusetts,

Faneuil Hall

“Top of the Pru” looking out over the city and Charles River.

Boston was a natural short drive away. Just head east on the Massachusetts Turnpike riding through Westborough then Newton and Brookline before finding a place to park in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston. Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue were the places to be seen and shop. Boston Common, Copley Square all within walking distance and a quick bite to eat at Ken’s was a ritual. One of my favorite places to enjoy an ice tea is at the top of the “Pru” (as locals call it) or the Prudential Building.The “Pru” built in 1960 and was the tallest building in the world outside of New York, which rises 52 floors and 749 feet. Offering 360 degree views of the entire city the “Pru” is especially amazing during July 4th New Year’s Eve celebrations. I could go on and on with local stats and geographical points of boring interest, but I won’t. What I can say and highly encourage you to do is visit this friendly inviting city and explore all it has to offer. Boston’s Museum of Fine Art is one of the largest museums in the United States and the Boston Commons is unsurpassed, and who would

want to miss walking through the narrow crowded streets of Boston’s North End, the Italian district lined

Land,Two if By Sea” Step back into the 1700s and enter the North End church where lanterns hanging in the

with cafes and shops selling all things (authentic) Italian.Take your time step into a few of the antique shops or one of the many bakeries. Just follow your nose, you will find some of the best Italian pastas and pastries not found anywhere else! Once you’ve had your fill of fresh Cannoli and cappuccino stroll over to Beacon Hill. Here the cobble stone streets resonate with history as you make your way through some of the richest homes in the city. Not just rich in money, culture. Before you leave Boston and if you’re visiting during July 4th the old North Church is a must. “One if by

steeple launched Paul Revere’s famous ride. I promise you will leave Boston with a great appreciation for our ancestors, history, and who we are as Americans. So I leave you to explore on your own without tour guides and someone to hold your hand. Just grab a city map and walk the Freedom Trail! Happy 4th Everyone! If you would like to see more, please visit www.hotshots360.smugmug.com


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W6UUS Field Day = Success by Chris O’Connell

Every year the fourth weekend in June means one thing to amateur radio enthusiasts ...“Field Day”. This

year was no exception the local group, Convair220 Amateur Radio Club once again held their event in

Kearny Mesa behind the Kearny Mesa Rec Center. With the hum of generators in the background and all different types of antennas one who came upon such a setup may be confused, this being my 2nd year I was not as intimated. It was nice to see old faces and meet new ones, sitting in the different stations and talking with the operators about how their day was going was as usual quite interesting. During my

visit I heard radio connections made with Orange County, East County, Washington State, Northern California, Arizona and probably more that I missed. On the Morse Code side

while I sat there I of course could not understand the dot dash lingo, however I was informed connections in New York, Michigan & Pennsylvania were made. A very pleasant surprise this year was a seeing group of scouts from Troop 1000 of Linda Vista actively involved and at the controls. It was nice seeing young Cub Scouts on the air and making connections as well as Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts partaking. Particularly impressive was one Girl Scout who already knew Morse Code. She sat right down and started sending out messages.

www.clairemonttimes.com I had a great time visiting the group I only hope the rest of their 24 hour shift went as smooth. A great deal of work goes into coordinating Field Day every year & I would like to personally thank Jean Naugle coordinator extraordinaire for always including me and making me feel welcome at the event. The Convair220 Amateur Radio Club would like to thank and recognize local businesses that supported and donated to Field Day 2013 • Krispy Kreme Donuts on Clairemont Mesa Blvd • Crown/Ace Hardware in the Clairemont Town Square Shopping Plaza • UPS Store-Owner Len Fishman Clairemont Town Square Shopping Plaza • Ham Radio Outlet Kearny Villa

Road • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto –Kearny Villa Road (Please visit their newly remodeled restaurant) • Papa’s Pizza Moraga Avenue • Donations from many members

of the Convair220 Amateur Radio Club and the San Diego Metropolitan Amateur Radio Club. For more information on the Convair220 visit www.convair220.com For more information on Amateur Radio visit www.arrl.org

Founding Publisher..............................................Chris O’Connell Graphic Designer............................................................Elaine Hall Contributors.................................................................Kevin Casillo Jackie Bensinger, L.Ac. Daniel J. Smiechowski


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News from Sequoia Elementary School standards. Please visit Sequoia Elementary to enroll your child now.

Transitional Kindergarten Sequoia Elementary School offers a transitional kindergarten class for students who turn five years old between October 2nd and December 2nd (birth year 2008). A transitional kindergarten classroom is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program. This program offers children developmentally appropriate curriculum that is aligned with Kindergarten

Spelling Bee Sequoia Elementary School holds an annual Spelling Bee where students receive cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The students are able to get paid for their hard work because S.W. HackettLodge, a community partner for Sequoia Elementary school, has sponsored this Spelling Bee for over 10 years. The top 10 spellers in 4th, 5th and 6th grade compete against each other in front of the family members of the S.W. Hackett-Lodge. After the event is complete, the Grand Master of the Lodge provides a check to the winners.

Local Student Wins Essay Award The Friends of Balboa Library are thrilled to announce that Noorhan Amani of The Islamic School of San Diego had the top essay in the city-

wide essay contest sponsored by the San Diego City Library and the Friends of the San Diego Library. The contest was open to all stu-

Madison High School 2013 Graduate Ian Clarkin Drafted in the First Round by the New York Yankees Congratulations to 2013 James Madison High School graduate Ian Clarkin who was chosen by the New York Yankees in the first round of the MLB Draft. Clarkin a hard throwing lefty (9094) with a crafty curve ball is already getting a taste of big league experience. Soon after graduating from high school, he was off to Tampa to begin working out at the Yankee training facilities. Here’s wishing Ian the best of luck making his way through the system and hopefully in the Big Leagues in the not too distant future. Photo Courtesy of the Clarkin Family

dents in fourth, eighth and tenth grades in both public and private schools.The contest starts by judging essays submitted to each local branch library, which chooses a winner for each grade level to submit to the city-side contest.The

judges choose four finalists at each grade level and then pick the top essay in that group.This is the first time an eighth grader has won the top award. Amani received a laptop computer and a $500 award for her achievement.

2013 Summer Lunch Program Free Lunches for Kids through August 30 (check location & dates) NO enrollment, NO paperwork, NO income qualifications All children 18 years and younger are welcome at the locations listed. Check the school and community lists to find locations and times of service. Enjoy Monday through Friday (except July 4th) throughout the summer.

2 0 1 3 S U M M E R F U N C A F E L O C AT I O N S LOCATION

ADDRESS

ZIP CODE

BREAKFAST

LUNCH

START DATE

END DATE

BBQ DAY

Cadman Rec Center North Clmnt Rec Center South Clmnt Rec Center Clairemont HS Madison HS Marston Middle Whitman Elementary Bay Park Elementary Schweitzer Elementary Linda Vista Rec Center Kearny Mesa Rec Center Chesterton CYP Twain School Bayside Community Center

4280 Avati Drive, 4421 Bannock Ave

92117 92117

No No

1-2pm 12-1pm

6/17 7/22

8/30 8/30

7/23 8/13

3605 Clairemont Dr

92117

No

12-1pm

6/17

8/30

7/16

4150 Ute Dr 4830 Dolivia Dr 3799 Clairemont Dr 4050 Appleton St 2433 Denver St 6991 Balboa Ave 7064 Levant St

92117 92117 92117 92117 92110 92111 92111

7:05-7:20 7:10:7:25 8:30-9:00 8:45-9 9:10-9:40 No No

11:15-11:25 11:50-12:30 12-12:30 12-12:30 12:10-12:40 12:30-1:45 12:30-1:30

6/24 6/24 6/25 7/22 7/22 7/22 6/17

8/2 8/2 7/19 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/30

8/9

3170 Armstrong St

92111

No

12-1pm

6/17

8/30

8/6

7427 Linda Vista Rd 6402 Linda Vista Rd 2202 Comstock St

92111 92111 92111

No 7:40-7:55 Yes/Call

11:30-12:30 11:02-11:32 12:30-1:30

6/17 6/24 7/22

8/30 7/19 8/30

For a complete list of Summer Fun Café locations visit www.sandi.net/food - select Summer Fun Cafe


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PET PROFILE

Olive

Buttercup

Zoe

Breed F/ Chihuahua/Dachshund

Breed F/ Lhaso Apso

Breed F/Chihuahua/Pug Mix

DOB Approx 10/1/2010

DOB 10/2008

DOB Around 2006

Likes Chewing on bones, munching on jicama, walking (in moderate temperatures), cuddling with her three cat “siblings”

Place of Birth Dorchester, MA

Place of Birth Rescue from Visalia, CA

Likes People Food, Laps, and Walks with “Rudy” (the big dog)

Likes Dog Beach, Running with the big dogs, treats & snuggling with her humans

Dislikes Squirrels, Birds, Paul the Mailman

Dislikes Baths & other small dogs

Dislikes Swimming, playing with other dogs, going for car rides


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HELP WANTED Full time booth for rent at a new hair salon @Balboa/Genesee, inquire about free rent. Call Gigi

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2013 CLAIREMONT HILLTOPPERS 9 & 10 YEAR OLD LITTLE LEAGUE ALL STARS #

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JOHN PERRY #1

MOKI MAJAM #2

JOJO RAGURO #3

CHRIS BARRIGA #4

DIEGO LOPEZ #5

FAVORITE POSITION

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FAVORITE POSITION

FAVORITE POSITION

FAVORITE POSITION

Center Field/2nd Base

Pitcher

Shortstop

Shortstop

Catcher

FAVORITE CLASS

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Math

P. E.

Science

P. E.

Math

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

Robinson Cano

Giancarlo Stanton

Buster Posey

Chase Headley

Ichiro Suzuki

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

California Rolls/Caesar Salad

Rice & Ribs

My Mom’s Cooking

Tacos

Bacon

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

Professional Baseball Player

MLB Player

Pro Athlete

MBL Player

Pro Athlete

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LUKE PIZZO #6

DE’VAUN WILLIAMS #7

ISAIAH HAM #9

JAKE ROMERO #10

FAVORITE POSITION

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FAVORITE POSITION

Shortstop

Center Field

Center Field

Every Position

FAVORITE CLASS

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Math

Social Studies

Math

Math

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

Mike Trout

Joe Mauer

Bryce Harper

Joel Zumaya

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

Bacon

Pizza

Pizza

Mexican

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

Pro Scooter

Professional Baseball Player

Professional Baseball Player

Professional Baseball Player

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BENN BRUFF #13

JACOB TAYLOR #17

BOBBY NELSON #18

MATEO O’SULLIVAN #19

FAVORITE POSITION

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Pitcher

Pitcher

Pitcher

Catcher

FAVORITE CLASS

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FAVORITE CLASS

P. E.

Math

Math

History

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

FAVORITE MLB PLAYER

Quintin Berry

Austin Jackson

Carlos Quentin

Derek Jeter

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

FAVORITE FOOD

Pizza

Salad

Spam

Pizza

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE

Comedian

MLB Player

Doctor

Pro Athlete


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