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Got Turf? Whitman has the perfect field for you. If any school deserves support, it’s WHITMAN ELEMENTARY! Recently, an article was written to implore the community of Clairemont to assist with the beautification of the Whitman Elementary campus. We very graciously thank the community for their support as we continue our efforts to improve the dirt field for Whitman students. Despite tough economic struggles Whitman staff, families, and our community neighbors maintain a unified vision that Whitman’s dirt field will one day be a beautiful environment for our students, their families, and the community. We need your support to fulfill this important vision. WHITMAN COMMUNITY AND PROGRAMS Whitman proudly offers unique opportunities for our culturally, economically, and socially diverse population of students, Pre-K through 6th grade. Our exemplary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Oral program is the only oral program in the district for Pre-K through 6th grade. We also have an extraordinary staff to educate students in our special education programs. Our students receive weekly music and physical education classes. Fifth and sixth graders attend weekly instrumental music classes, and fourth and fifth graders participate in Power Play, a health and nutrition program. In addition, Mission Federal visits weekly for students who would like to begin or deposit into an existing savings account to learn about the value of finances.

PARTNERSHIPS FOR SCIENCE, MUSIC, AND ART Our focus of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is supported by partnerships with UCSD, the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, SDG&E, PEAK (Promoting Energy, Action and Knowledge) and Friends of Rose Canyon. Through these partnerships, students are given the opportunity for hands-on learning and experi-

mentation at UCSD and the study of nature through field trips to Rose Canyon. Teachers also enjoy the benefit of professional development from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and additional science materials through PEAK. Weekly after school art classes are offered to students and supported by the generous funding from the Montisano Family for Annie’s Art

School. Annie’s Art School focuses upon introducing students to different media and multicultural aspects of art and has been part of Whitman for over twelve years. We also welcome our newest partner, Villa Musica to Whitman Elementary. We are excited to work with them next year to enhance our invaluable music program. Continued on page 11


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Police Blotter Week of March 25th 2012 Aggravated Assault 4300 Stacy Pl Vehicle Theft 4400 Gila Ave Comm Burglary 4600 Santa Fe St Aggravated Assault 4200 Balboa Ave. Aggravated Assault 6300 Beadnell Way Vehicle Break-In 4500 Clairemont Dr.

Res Burglary 6200 Beadnell Way Aggravated Assault 4400 Mt. Castle Ave. Res Burglary 4600 Boxwood Dr. Comm Burglary 1700 Morena Blvd Vehicle Break-In 2100 Ceceila Terrace Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3400 Ashford St. Homicide 4500 Mt. La Platta Pl. Vehicle Theft 5300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Comm Burglary 3500 Ashford St. Vehicle Break-In 3800 Camto Aguilar Vehicle Break-In 2000 Galveston St Theft 5700 Santa Fe St Vandalism 2500 Fairfield St. Vehicle Break-In 4500 Clairemont Dr. Comm Burglary 4700 Clairemont Dr. Aggravated Assault 3700 Merrimac Ave. Res Burglary 5300 Northridge Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5500 Norwich St. Vehicle Theft 6700 Glidden St. Week of April 1, 2012 Vandalism 3600 Ticonderoga St. Theft 5000 Milton St.

Vehicle Break-In 5600 Tamres Dr. Theft 5900 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 700 Linda Vista Rd. Vehicle Break-In 3400 Atlas St. Vehicle Break-In 6600 Forum St. Aggravated Assault 3500 Atoll St. Theft 5200 Cobb Pl Vehicle Theft 4800 Arlene St.

Aggravated Assault 4800 Conrad Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5500 Limerick Ave. Theft 5100 Galt Way Vehicle Break-In 3900 Hatton St. Vehicle Break-In 4100 Mt. Alifan Pl. Res Burglary 7900 Linda Vista Rd. Vandalism 4900 Mt. Frissell Dr. Theft 4500 Pocahontas Ave. Vandalism 4000 Huerfano Ave Theft 1800 Goldfield St. Theft 3800 Camto Aguilar Vehicle Break-In 5200 Mt. Alifan Dr. Vandalism 4700 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Theft 6100 Charing St. Theft 4200 Genesee Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5100 Tecolote Rd. Vehicle Theft 2200 Judson St. Aggravated Assault 7500 Fulton St. Vehicle Theft 6400 Osler St. Week of April 8, 2012 Theft 3500 Mt. Acadia Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4900 Mt. Harris Dr. Vandalism 3800 Camto Aguilar Res Burglary 4900 Mt. Almagosa Dr. Res Burglary 3900 Hatton St. Theft 4400 Littlefield St.

Vehicle Theft 3700 Southview Dr. Res Burglary 4000 Armstrong St. Robbery 7200 Mesa College Dr. Theft 7700 Baltic St. Res Burglary 1800 Magdalene Way Vehicle Theft 3100 Cowley Way Res Burglary 3500 Idlewild Way Vehicle Theft 4200 Gila Ave Vandalism 3700 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Theft 4800 Appleton St. Vehicle Theft 4800 Cole St. Res Burglary 3200 Apache Ave. Aggravated Assault 2500 Morena Blvd. Res Burglary 2900 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Theft 5100 Uniontown Rd. Vehicle Theft 4400 Bannock Ave. Vandalism 4900 Jumano Ave. Vehicle Break-In 7000 Friars Rd. Vehicle Theft 2000 Via Las Cumbres Vehicle Theft 2100 Garston St. Aggravated Assault 6900 Levant St. Vehicle Theft 6800 Friars Rd. Aggravated Assault 7100 Tait St. Theft 2700 Korink Ave. Week of April 15, 2012 Theft 5500 Balboa Ave. Aggravated Assault 5200 Genesee Ave. Vandalism 4600 Coconino Way Vehicle Break-In 6600 Arundel Pl.

Theft 7200 Mesa College Dr. Theft 4500 Lyric Lane Theft 5100 Bowden Ave. Vehicle Break-In 6200 Beadnell Way Aggravated Assault 4000 Marlesta Dr. Res Burglary 3600 Earnscliff Pl. Res Burglary 5000 Mt. Frissell Dr. Vandalism 2600 Denver St. Vehicle Break-In 3300 Hopi Pl. Comm Burglary 3000 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Theft 4300 Moraga Ave. Vehicle Theft 3200 Chicago St. Comm Burglary 4300 Morena Blvd. Res Burglary 3300 Wicopee Pl. Vandalism 3600 Vista De La Bahia Vehicle Theft 4200 Asher St. Res Burglary 3500 Moultrie Ave. Week of April 22, 2012 Vandalism 4600 Knapp St. Vehicle Theft 3100 Cowley Way Theft 3800 Sioux Ave. Comm Burglary 4200 Clairemont Dr. Theft 3000 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 4900 Longford St. Vehicle Break-In 4400 Clairemont Dr. Res Burglary 7100 Forum St. Theft 4600 Morena Blvd. Theft 6900 Linda Vista Rd. Vandalism 2200 West Dunlop St. Res Burglary 2800 Merton Ave. Vandalism 1500 Acheson St. Vandalism 2100 Jacobs Way


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POTHOLES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD? Report the street & cross street to City of San Diego Streets & Potholes Division

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Photos, Pets, a Ship Launch & Thank You This is your paper so submit your photos! Maybe it’s a picture of the kids playing sports or a shot of the family on vacation. It’s really quite easy to be seen in the neighborhood newspaper; submit a photo and caption to: photos@clairemonttimes.com. Recently I was asked what is up with the pet profile page. Quite simply, we love animals. One can always find a picture of our two chocolate labs Sierra & McCoy in every edition plus a variety of local pets which readers continually submit to be profiled. Pets are a part of our family and yours so why not showcase and give them a little love in print. For all the maritime folks out there NASSCO is opening the gate and inviting the public to the christening and launching of the T-AKE 14, USNS CEASAR CHAVEZ. This is truly going to be an epic evening on Saturday, May 5th at 6:30pm. Having worked at NASSCO many years ago it will be great to return and witness this event. Per NASSCO policy visitors are encouraged to wear long pants, sleeved shirts and flat closed toe shoes. 2798 Harbor Drive San Diego, Gate 6 Doors at 6:30pm Ceremony at 7:30pm for more information www.nassco.com or call (619) 544-3400 To all the readers and advertisers thank you, enjoy this edition! Please support our advertisers without them and the team behind the scenes the Times would not be possible. Chris O’Connell

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The Clairemont Library Will Host Several Authors in May Saturday, May 5th from 1-2 p.m. Marilee Bresciani - author of Rushing into Yoga Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D. will share some humor, yoga poses that anyone can do, and even a few inquiry exercises for you to “try on” as she weaves in the tail of her ongoing, amusing journey toward inner peace and wisdom. So, come to this event ready to have fun, wearing comfortable clothing, with pen and paper in tow. Namaste!

Suzan Tusson - author of Reigniting Your Passion, Purpose, and Playfulness after 50 A compelling experience designed to help you prioritize your life, get into action, and enjoy life more. You will learn how to access your own wisdom for wellbeing and life balance, as well as, reconnect with your innate creativity and sense of purpose. You will also gain powerful strategies and tools for self-leadership and stress reduction, make new friends, and P-L-A-Y.

Saturday, May 12th from 1-2 p.m. Hank Wesch - author of Del Mar: Where the Surf Meets the Turf Hank Wesch completed a nearly fiftyyear career as a newspaper sportswriter with his retirement in September 2010. The last thirty-six years of that career were spent at the San Diego UnionTribune, where his assignments included covering horse racing and the Del Mar summer thoroughbred race meeting, specifically—starting in 1985. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines, but this is his first book project.

Wednesday, May 30th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Note also at N. CLMNT Branch 5/23) Doug Kalal - author of Patios, Pathways & Plants for Fixing Your Landscape Landscape designer Doug Kalal will present a free lecture on how to create a dazzling outdoor environment at your home. Topics include the types of materials to use for patios, plants for hummingbirds, what to do if you have shade areas or slopes, and what drought-tolerant plants are best for you. The Clairemont Library is located at 2920 Burgener Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110

Wednesday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


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MAY LIBRARY EVENTS North Clairemont Branch 4616 Clairemont Drive, 92117 San Diego Symphony Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30pm San Diego Symphony will present a music program appropriate for adults. Please call the library to get more information on the performers and the type of music to be featured. Family Yoga May 9 3:30-4:30pm Did you know yoga teaches children patience and self-confidence? Come to a free monthly class and try it out! Best suited for ages 3-8 with caregiver, but all ages are welcome. Bargain Book Sale May 12 from 9:30a-2:00p In addition to our Daily Book Sale, the North Clairemont Library holds an expanded Monthly Book Sale on the second Saturday of each month. Find used books, movies, and music for excellent prices. All proceeds benefit the North Clairemont Library. Adult Book Club May 16 6:30pm Members will discuss. March, by Geraldine Brooks. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Patios, Pathways & Plants for Fixing Your Landscape May 23 at 6:30pm Want to improve your landscape but not sure where to begin? Landscape designer Doug Kalal will present a free lecture on how to create a dazzling outdoor environment at your home. Topics include the types of materials to use for patios, plants for hummingbirds, what to do if you have shade areas or slopes, and what drought-tolerant plants are best for you. Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers Thursdays at 10:30am Join us every Thursday for a fun storytime with Ms. Trish or Ms. Erin! This is an interactive storytime that includes books, songs, rhymes, and movement. Sign Language Storytime Saturdays, May 12, May 19 and May 26 at 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 Question and Answer period. Geared toward ages 0-5 with caregiver. Takes place every Saturday except the first Saturday of the month.

Balboa Branch 4255 Mt. Abernathy Ave, 92117 Free Concert May 1, 6:30 pm Enjoy a free concert given by members of the San Diego Symphony’s Outreach Program.

Arts & Crafts with Marta May 5 12 noon Join us in making vintage-style frames for Mother’s Day or any day! All supplies provided. Space is limited; please see staff to sign up. Under 6, please bring an adult. Balboa Library Book Club May 9 11:15 am The Balboa Book Club discusses The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Preschool Story Time with Susan Wednesdays 6:00 pm-7:00 pm. The Balboa Branch Library hosts a story time every Wednesday evening at 6pm for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Infant Story Time Fridays 10:30am-11:00am We have added a story time for our littlest patrons. Come and enjoy a relaxed story time where children will sing, learn finger plays and have books read out loud!!

Craft Storytime with Ms. Catherine Thursdays 10:00a-11:00a Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.

Arabic Story Time Fridays 4:00pm Join Zahra for a fun and informal Arabic story time every week.

Chinese Storytime with Ms. Chen Saturdays 11:00a-12:00p Chinese stories, songs, and dances for kids of all ages. Have fun and practice Chinese!

Children’s Story Time Saturdays 11:30a 12:00p The Balboa Branch Library has added a children’s story time every Saturday morning for ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Come join the fun. Listen to stories, sing and learn finger plays.

Linda Vista 2160 Ulric Street, 92111 Toddler Yoga Storytime with Aryn Rannazzisi May 3, 10a-11:00a A fun combination of yoga poses, stories, and songs. Great for toddlers, but welcome to children of all ages.

Clairemont Branch 2920 Burgener Blvd, 92110 After School Art Class May 2 at 4:00pm Ages 612 Art lessons will be a great way to share and give back to the community. Adult Book Club May 2 at 6:00 p.m. Members will discuss The Heart and the Fist, Eric Greitens Please read the book before the meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk.

Friends of the Linda Vista Library May 5, 11:00a-12:00p The Friends meet to coordinate activities including our booksale, Homework Help program, and more. Newcomers welcome.

Creative Movement Dance Class for Children May 4 at 11:30am Ages 18 months to 6yo Miss Jenny will provide a fun class with music and props Friends of the Library Meeting May 16 at 6:30pm The Friends support the library through book sales, volunteering, and planning events.

Sign4Baby Storytime with Joann Woolley May 11, 10:30a-11:30a Baby sign-language storytime tells stories, sings songs and rhymes while using and learning ASL signs. Help your baby communicate and build a bridge from infancy to childhood.

Homework Help for Grades K-12 Tuesdays in May 6:30-8pm Tutors are adult volunteers, and no sign-up is required.

Linda Vista Homework Helpers Wednesdays 5:45p-7:30p Free tutoring for children in all grades

Game Day Thursdays 4p-5:30p Battleship, Candyland, Sorry, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon This program is appropriate for ages 3 and up


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Bay Park Coffee Grand Opening BAY PARK COFFEE 4130 NAPIER STREET MONDAY - FRIDAY 6am-6pm SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7am-4pm www.bayparkcoffee.com

ABOUT THE BUSINESS: Bay Park Coffee is now open at 4130 Napier Street in the heart of Bay Park Village. The owners, Jenna and Mike Tontz, have a vision of creating a neighborhood hub in Bay Park where you can catch up with friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee.

Jenna &Mike Tontz are building a community hub at Bay Park Coffee.

Kids Digs

Bay Park Coffee not only invested over $60,000 in renovations, they also created seven new jobs. The coffee and tea served at Bay Park Coffee comes from Café Virtuoso, which sells 100% Organic and Fair Trade coffee and offers the only infrared roasting in San Diego. You will also find a great selection of gluten-free baked goods as well as Big City Bagels. “Our mission at Bay Park Coffee is to offer the community a fun and friendly neighborhood hub to call their own,” said Jenna Tontz, Owner of Bay Park Coffee. “Visiting with friends and neighbors over fresh, quality coffee and tasty foods is all part of the Bay Park lifestyle.”

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Religious Directory Clairemont Lutheran Church

Clairemont Christian Fellowship

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4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:00, 9:15, 10:15 & 11:30 AM (En Espanol)

4570 Mt. Herbert Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 278-2433 Sunday Worship Times 10:30 AM & 6:00 PM Sunday Church School 9:00 AM

Clairemont Christian Church 4330 Moraga Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 273-5066 Dr. Harvey Daniel Moore, Pastor Sunday Worship/Sunday School Time: 10:30 AM Bible Study: Thursdays 7:00-8:30

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


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District 6 News/Events TALES FOR TAILS @The Clairemont Library A free interactive animal proPet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) gram with the San Diego Humane Program. Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy Volunteers bring resident rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and someProgram May 26th at 1:00 pm. This monthly program helps chil- times adoptable puppies and kittens to visit people who aren’t dren improve their reading skills able to experience the joys of pet by reading to animals in a fun ownership. Many volunteers have and relaxing environment. The animals may include guinea pigs, taken their dogs through a special rabbits, rats, and sometimes dogs class called Canine Good Citizen and cats. This program will occur and their dogs have passed the Canine Good Citizen test. These on the 4th Saturday of every month at 1:00 p.m. This program dogs and people provide an extra is appropriate for grades 1-6, and dimension of happiness to the residents who look forward to no sign-up is required. seeing them each month. The San Diego Humane The Clairemont Library is Society has been bringing the located at 2920 Burgener Blvd, joys of animals to people for 92110. more than 30 years through its


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Images from the Mike Gotch Memorial Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 4/20/12

From Clairemont Drive turn right on North Mission Bay Drive. The bridge is west of the entrance to Mission Bay Golf Course. It spans over Rose Creek and now allows bicyclists and pedestrians just about complete off the street access around the entire bay. The bridge named in honor of Mike Gotch was a former San Diego City Councilmember (District 6) as well as a California State Assembly Member.


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A & M Animal Control Here For You When You Need Them Most As a local Clairemont business this is one name and number to remember. Spring is an especially busy time of year for A&M; the birthing season of the local wildlife is in full affect. What does that mean for us, more unwanted and sometime troublesome wildlife in our backyards and around our property. Whether its raccoons, squirrels, snakes, or opossums there are measures you can take to prevent them from treating your back yard as their own. The number one rule, bring in all pet food and water dishes; never leave them out over night. If you leave a food source they will help themselves and will return often looking for more. For those of you with fruit trees in your yard make a habit of picking up the dropped and rotten pieces. Lastly, be sure all trash can lids are securely closed. If a curious critter has found a way into your attic, crawlspace or chimney, do not try and take matters into your own hands. This

approach can be extremely dangerous and sometimes do more harm than good. As trained, licensed and insured professionals the team at A&M will safely and humanely remove the intruders. A&M never uses poisons or pesticides in their removal process and use only no-kill cages for removal. They can also repair the damage and establish preventative measures to ensure future

access will be eliminated. To complete the visit, a thorough inspection of the property will be performed to address any possible issues. As a 24/7 business, serving all of San Diego County, the team at A&M is only a phone call away. For more information visit our website: www.aandmanimalcontrol.com or call us at: (619)3985069 See our ad on page 15


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School News

WHITMAN ELEMENTARY Continued from page 1

With your help and support, we can reach our goal of updating the dirt field to reflect the quality of education we already provide. Please support Whitman students as we seek to improve the dirt field to create an environment of health. We extend our deepest gratitude for community support, concern, and vision. Submitted by Whitman Faculty

If anyone is interested in helping, please visit whitmanfieldproject.com . For more information or a campus tour, contact Karen at (858) 273-2700, or visit: www.sandi.net/whitman. Whitman Elementary 4050 Appleton St. San Diego, CA 92117

San Diego Unified Embraces Technology in the Classroom The San Diego Unified School District continues to move forward with its implementation of Vision 2020 for Educational Excellence. At the time we adopted it in 2009 the Class of 2020 was in first grade. Now they are in fourth grade. In spite of ongoing budget woes, we have continued forward with our plans to transform our local educational system as the Class of 2020 moves through the system. One key element of the program Vision 2020 is the use of state-of-the-art technology in the classroom. We are in the third year of a five year rollout of our i-21 program, which will place a laptop or other device in the hands of every student in the district. I-21 also includes smartboards and other classroom technology. San Diego has become a nationally recognized leader for educational technology. I visited a middle school math classroom whose teachers were trained in the technology. As students worked on math problems on their netbooks, the teacher was able to see instantly which students were having difficulties with a problem. She then tailored the instruction for them. Another math teacher places all of his lessons online for his students to review at

home and is able to give more individual assistance in the classroom. At the high school level some students who are behind in credits are taking courses online. We even have a virtual high school, I-High. Classroom technology continues to change at a rapid pace. This spring we have authorized the purchase of I-pads for some classrooms. We will need to continue to adapt to new innovations. Our technology program was a key element of Proposition S, approved by voters in 2008. No general operating funds are used for this program. We will eventually see cost savings as we move to more online textbooks. In years past we have spent millions of textbook updates. They will be updated online at a lower cost. It is also interesting to note that another school district that issued laptops to students had a lower dollar cost due to damage or loss than they had with textbooks. Watch for other innovations in the school district as the Class of 2020 progresses towards graduation. San Diego Unified will continue to be a national leader in innovation in education. John Lee Evans President, Board of Education


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Your San Diego Padres! News, Notes, and Updates The walls are caving!!! Well, not really. The walls are completely sturdy, stable, and solid at the large outfield confines of Petco Park. However some are heavily debating if those walls should be moved in this coming offseason. Most hitters and baseball personnel will tell you that Petco is 100% a pitchers stadium, meaning that it’s extremely hard for the offense to be consistently successful but a heck of a lot easier for the pitching staffs to minimize offensive damage and output. It would be very interesting to see if this actually happens at seasons end, it would change the dynamic of the entire Padres staff. It is extremely difficult for the younger Padres hitters to come up from the minors and prove themselves at the plate given Petco Park’s shortcomings (or “long”comings given that they want to bring the outfield wall in closer to home plate). We will keep an eye on this development throughout the season and see if it gains any headway. I’m sure the Padres’ hitters wouldn’t mind the change though. Roster Updates: Even though the baseball season is only one month old the Padres have already made quite a lot of significant roster transactions, mostly due to injuries. Here’s a list of players that have spent time on the DL or shuffling between Triple A-Tucson and San Diego: OF Jeremy Hermida, OF/1B Mark Kotsay, OF Blake Tekotte , OF/1B Kyle Blanks, OF Carlos Quentin, RHP Micah Owings, RHP Dustin Moseley, RHP Dale Thayer, RHP Brad Brach, RHP Joe Wieland, LHP Josh Spence, & RHP Tim Stauffer

That’s 12 players, almost half of the entire 25 man roster in just the first month of the season! Not to mention players such as Carlos Quentin, Dustin Moseley, and Tim Stauffer are being counted on to see significant playing time at the Major League level but are still not on the active roster due to lingering injuries. As mentioned in last month’s column this Padres team is young and they are going to take their share of lumps along the way but they haven’t faired badly enough yet for me to count them out. They are still fun to watch, especially the young talent and new players that have been brought in during the offseason. Once some players are healthy this team could surprise and play solid baseball. The season is long, we still have 5 more months of baseball, 6 months if you include the post season filled month of October. There have also been some fun surprises for a team that started the season with question marks. Infielder Andy Parrino has proven to be an amazing player off the bench. He has come in with some clutch hits and been able to start at 2nd base, 3rd base, and shortstop when needed while playing “ok” defense. I’ve also enjoyed watching Andrew Cashner come out of the bullpen and starting pitcher Anthony Bass. They don’t have the most amazing stats but they haven’t been given much run support by the Padres offense to support their stellar pitching performances. The Padres also have to be pleased with newly acquired starting pitcher Edison Volquez, even though he does not have a win on the season yet in 5 starts he leads the team in strikeouts and has held the opposing team’s offense to a .206 batting average. The Padres need more from both 1B/LF Jesus Guzman (who really has no business playing the outfield in the major leagues) and 1B Yonder Alonso period. Out of courtesy and respect to those 2 players I’ll end here. Thanks for reading! Talk to you in a month, Johnny Cantanz johnny.cantanz@yahoo.com


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n May 13th Evar Carlson Will be Celebrating his 107th Birthday Evar Carlson was born on May 13th, 1905. A Kansas farm boy at heart, he worked hard for everything in his life. He used to shoot small animals and sell the pelts in order to buy school clothes for himself. Growing up he was a man of many talents he could play the piano and the organ by ear and yet he never had any formal training. He was also quite the craftsman, many were considered quite lucky to be gifted one of his custom made wooden canes. At one point in his life he held a position as a security guard on a train. Always aware and taking his job very seriously he had noticed something was not quite right about one particular passenger and

detained him. His instincts were correct, the authorities were awaiting the train’s arrival; he had just captured an escapee from jail. Even though he is widowed he shared his secret of how he knew his wife was “the one.” Her legs, he’s a leg man! He and his wife had two children, a son and a daughter, both of which he has now outlived, he also has two grandchildren. He is well loved at Emeritus at Clairemont and will soon be celebrating his 10th year at the facility. When I mentioned to some of the residents I was here to see Evar everyone perked up and smiled. He has no medical ailments and is ready for the big birthday party. Evar from all of us in the community, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I’ll see you on the 13th.


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Pet Profile

Keely Breed F/Chocolate Labrador DOB 1/12/2012 Place of Birth Fallbrook, CA

PF Russell Breed M/Warmblood DOB 1/1/1999 Place of Birth Wellington, FL Likes

Likes everything, she’s a lab! Dinner treats, dinner time, play time, carrots time is her most favorite Dislikes training without treats

Dislikes restrictive blankets

Cleo

Claire

Breed F/Calico

Breed F/Canadian Thoroughbred

DOB 3/22/2002

DOB 5/24/1991

Place of Birth Roasarito, Mexico

Place of Birth Canada

Likes treats, her stick, wet cat food, soft blankets, sleeping

Likes carrots, root beer candy, meal times, dozing

Dislikes keely, the vacuum, bath

Dislikes grooming, too much work


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