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Murrieta woman seeks late son’s stolen toys Alex Groves Staff Writer

Temecula City Hall was lit up blue to commemorate and spread autism awareness on Wed. April 2, 2014.

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‘Light It Up Blue’ event spotlights Temecula’s focus on special needs Tim O’Leary Staff Writer Over a short span, Temecula has quietly created and staffed a new division aimed at serving a growing segment of its population – one that has largely gone unnoticed in most cities in the region and state. Temecula, in large part to Councilman Mike Naggar, has earmarked funds and created programs to serve, educate, train and employ youth and adults with autism and its range of learning and developmental disabilities.

It is Naggar’s goal that Tem- The month-long lighting campaign, ecula’s effort – which costs more which cost the city about $5,000, is than $150,000 a year – will soon part of a global autism awareness effort. be duplicated Naggar said in other cities “All of a sudden I had all he will keep throughout the these questions. There are a h i s a u t i s m state and nation. lot of people out there (with a w a r e n e s s services “This is my autism). What’s our obliga- and push at the new mission tion?” – Mike Naggar forefront of and I hope it’s his efforts as yours, too,” Naggar told an audience of about he prepares to navigate an uncertain 80 people at a recent ceremony political path. Naggar said he plans for the second annual Light It Up to retire from the council in two Blue event at Temecula City Hall. years, at which time he’ll run for a

seat on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Naggar said he doesn’t envision himself seeking a fifth term on the Temecula council in November 2016. Naggar said that making his supervisorial plans known now will help him build early support and possibly dissuade other candidates from entering the race. Naggar will seek the seat now held by Jeff Stone, a former Temecula councilman and three-time mayor who was elected to the

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Reality Rally brings stars, fans together Kim Harris Special to the Valley News Gillian Larson is at it again. The former Survivor contestant and Temecula resident will bring the popular Reality Rally back to Temecula this weekend, April 1113 and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event, featuring 120 television reality stars from 39 reality TV shows, allows fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with personalities such as three-time Survivor Player Tina Wesson. Also appearing this year are the original Survivor winner and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch, Inaugural Amazing Race Winner, Brennan Swain and retired NFL offensive linebacker Lance Zeno, of the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, just to name a few. Larson said she came up with the idea for Reality Rally while she was playing Survivor Gabon, during the show’s 17th season. It took her eight years to be cast on CBS’s popular reality show. “I could never explain my burning passion and desire to get on that show,” Larson said. “I think I was guided in that direction. I tried for

Not far off the I-215 freeway lies Perris Raceway, a race track that’s bringing back a traditional form of racing that has been overshadowed by motocross and its enthusiasts over the past few decades. Flat track racing may not be the first thing to come to people’s minds when they consider the world of competitive action sports, but it’s the first kind of racing that involved motorcycles, according to Track Manager Vince Graves. “It proceeded motocross by years and years and years,” Graves said. “In some parts of the country it’s still really popular, but it started to

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Growing an edible garden Hello fellow gardeners, this week I’d like to discuss growing edibles in your home garden. I’ve previously emphasized the use of compost in your soil, and any organic fertilizers, to “build up” the soil health, and that’s critical for edibles as well. Edibles can be anything from fruit and nut trees to tomatoes and herbs and there are just as many ways to integrate them into your garden setting as there are gardens.

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ing event.” Larson said she suddenly realized

A rare real estate transaction has netted a local agent a piece of Temecula’s modern history. That unusual deal – in which an agent purchased a property she had listed about six months earlier – marked the latest chapter for the home of one of the city’s first power couples.

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Reality Rally team “3 Swans and Wil” attempt to impress the director with their opera skills during the 2013 Realty Rally. Reality stars in this team are: Beth Harris, Kelly Becker, Kelly Cowan, all from “The Swan” and Wil Heuser of “Big Brother 14.”

eight years, I played for six days, lost 12 pounds and I had a five week vacation. I said to myself, what is this all about? Then this idea about

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Perris Raceway maintains tradition of classic flat track racing Alex Groves Staff Writer

When Murrieta resident Ashley Norris had her purse stolen out of her locker at the Murrieta location of L.A. Fitness, she didn’t care about the credit cards, the money, the social security card or any of the other items that had monetary value; the only thing she cared about were the toys inside the purse. The toys weren’t just any toys after all. They belonged to her 1-year-old son Timothy, who unexpectedly passed away from an illness last year. The first of the two toys was a series of colorful rings attached to a bird by a small tug chain. When the chain was pulled the bird would shake and buzz, according to Norris. Norris said the other thing that Timothy loved was a yellow rubber wristband, the kind that are commonly associated with various causes. Norris went to the gym around 11:45 a.m. on Monday, March 31.

really die in Southern California and that’s why my partners and I decided to revive it.” Unlike with motocross, there are no jumps or obstacles to overcome in flat track racing. The motorcycles never leave the ground in tremendous displays of aerial courage or acrobatic fineness. Instead, flat track racing is a competition whose elements are suggested by its namesake. Motorcycle riders travel along an oval-shaped track that is devoid of any sort of incline. The flat track is what provides the challenge in the sport, as participants are faced with sharp left

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Number 43, AJ Hateley, edges past his competition Colt Foster in one of the final races of the evening. Donnie Walters photo

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Hard News Man accused in 2008 Rialto men found guilty of animal Temecula slaying pleads cruelty for Lake Elsinore breeding not guilty facility conditions to be sentenced MURRIETA – A reputed gang member accused of gunning down a Temecula man in an unprovoked attack and then fleeing south of the border, where he hid out for more than five years, pleaded not guilty on Monday, April 7 to a murder charge. Jose Carmelo Torres, 30, could face 50 years to life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder and sentence-enhancing gun and great bodily injury allegations in the 2008 death of 37-year-old Michael Montanez. Torres appeared with his public defender before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. Freer scheduled a May 12 felony settlement conference and ordered the defendant held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. Sheriff’s investigators allege Torres, who was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico on March 19, killed Montanez immediately after the victim returned to his residence on the afternoon of Jan. 13, 2008. Montanez had spent part of the day with friends watching a football game at a bar, and had just parked outside the Sage Canyon Apartments at 42220 Moraga Rd.

when Torres, an alleged Fallbrook gang member, allegedly pulled up to the location and accosted him. Witnesses described a brief and seemingly uneventful exchange between the two men. But as Montanez turned to walk away, Torres allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the upper body, then fled the location with several unidentified people. According to the FBI, Torres headed to Tijuana, allegedly hiding out there while the investigation got underway. Within two weeks of the shooting, the District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against him. In December 2011, he was federally charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. The Inland Regional Apprehension Team, comprised of local and federal agents, initiated an investigation that culminated in his arrest in Tijuana last July, according to the FBI. He was flown to LAX under guard and turned over to sheriff’s deputies at the airport, then transported to Riverside. The federal charge is expected to be dismissed now that he is in local custody.

San Jacinto men to stand trial for murder for gunning down 77-year-old retiree SAN JACINTO – Two men accused of gunning down a 77-yearold retiree during a robbery at his Hemet home and committing additional robberies during which they allegedly targeted seniors and the disabled must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled on April 5. Tiaki Alfred James Mosley, 19, and Kelvin Leymon Redd Jr., 25, both of San Jacinto, were arrested Nov. 19, 2013 in connection with the fatal shooting of Victor Prinque. Following a preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez found there was sufficient evidence to bound the pair over for trial on the murder charge, as well as three counts of robbery, one count each of burglary and grand theft and special circumstance allegations of killing in the course of a robbery. Bermudez also affirmed a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait against Redd, but dismissed the same allegation against Mosley. The defendants could face the death penalty if they’re convicted and the District Attorney’s Office seeks to pursue capital punishment. Both men remain in custody without bail at the Southwest Detention Center. According to Hemet police Chief David Brown, the defendants were identified following an investigation conducted with the assistance

of sheriff’s deputies. Investigators allege that on the night of Nov. 16, 2013, Mosley and Redd parked outside the Stater Bros. supermarket on Florida Ave. in Hemet and observed Prinque and his wife leave the store, then followed the couple back to their single-story house in the 2800 block of West Fruitvale Ave. As Prinque unloaded groceries in his garage, the defendants allegedly confronted the victim and demanded money from him at gunpoint. The 77-year-old was shot to death. His wife was not harmed. According to Brown, the men fled immediately afterward without being spotted, but detectives were able to obtain a description of their vehicle and shared that information with surrounding law enforcement agencies. The police chief said a sheriff’s sergeant located the getaway car, leading to the driver and its occupants being questioned. Search warrants were obtained and served at several locations, culminating in Mosley and Redd being arrested, Brown said. Investigators believe the men were involved in two similar robberies in the San Jacinto area in the weeks prior to the fatal shooting. According to court records, Redd has a misdemeanor conviction for petty theft in 2007. There was no record of adult convictions for Mosley.

LAKE ELSINORE – Two men who ran a Lake Elsinore animal breeding facility where reptiles and rodents were kept in appalling conditions and often starved to death are slated to be sentenced in the coming weeks after pleading guilty to misdemeanor and felony charges. Mitchell Steven Behm, 55, of Coto de Caza, and David Delgado, 29, of Rialto, were arrested last July in connection with acts of cruelty against thousands of animals caged at Global Captive Breeders on Third Street. During a hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and the defendants’ attorneys announced a plea agreement under which Behm admitted to a dozen misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, while Delgado admitted to a dozen felony counts of animal cruelty. Each man was originally charged with 117 felonies. Superior Court Judge Judith Clark ordered the Department of

Probation to prepare a pre-sentencing report on Delgado, who is due back in court on May 22. The defendant, who is free on $50,000 bail, could face up to five years behind bars. Behm is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15. He is expected to receive five years probation and will be ordered to pay $158,195 in restitution, which will be divided between People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the city of Lake Elsinore. Behm also is free on $50,000 bail. The defendant was the owner of Global Captive Breeders, where Delgado worked as the full-time manager. Wildomar-based Animal Friends of the Valleys, a nonprofit that provides animal control services for contracting cities throughout southwest Riverside County, initiated an investigation of the business after receiving information that rodents, exotic snakes and other creatures were being abused. The rodents were raised for

reptile food. An undercover PETA investigator got a job working at the site and kept a record of what transpired over a two-month span, according to the District Attorney’s office. Delgado was witnessed “causing traumatic injury or death to numerous rodents,” said D.A.’s office spokesman John Hall. He alleged Behm was fully aware of what was happening. “What went on at Global Captive Breeders – where employees bludgeoned rats and left reptiles to starve to death slowly – shows the shocking extent of cruelty in the reptile and ‘small-pet’ trade,” said Daphna Nachminovitch, PETA senior vice president of cruelty investigations. The city of Lake Elsinore ordered the business shuttered in December 2012 after Animal Friends of the Valleys conducted a search and seizure at the site. According to AFV officials, around 15,000 rodents and 500 reptiles were found dead or had to be euthanized.

San Jacinto police arrest 48-yearold man in connection with cell phone store theft SAN JACINTO – San Jacinto police officers arrested a 48-yearold man Friday, April 4 in connection with a robbery at a local cell phone store that took place two days prior, a Sheriff’s official reported. Keenan Clark allegedly robbed the store, located in the 1200 block of North State Street in San Jacinto, shortly before 9:30 a.m. on April 2, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report. A clerk at the store alleged that a black adult male who was 5 feet, 8 inches tall waited for other store

customers to leave before pulling out a handgun and requesting that the clerk fill a bag with cell phones and computer tablets, Sgt. Wallace Clear said. The clerk said the man was wearing a golf style cap, tan shirt, black leather jacket, dark jeans, and dark boots and was between the ages of 40 and 50, according to Clear. Clear said the clerk complied with the man’s request, filling his bag with various technological devices. Two days later a store shop-

per recognized the suspect in the same parking lot and alerted the authorities. The authorities then located Clark, who matched the clerk’s description of the suspect, and detained him. Once a positive identification was made, Clark was arrested and booked at Larry Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, according to Clear. Anyone who may have information about the robbery is encouraged to contact the San Jacinto Police Department at (951) 654-2702.

Four Temecula liquor stores caught selling alcohol to underage decoys TEMECULA – Four area liquor stores were caught selling alcohol to underage individuals during an operation where the Temecula Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Team worked in collaboration with undercover decoys. The operation took place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 a sheriff’s official reported. Twenty-seven off-sale liquor

stores were selected for the operation and the underage decoys were sent in to purchase alcohol, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report. While 23 of the 27 stores were found to be in compliance with regulations, four of the stores were not because they sold alcoholic beverages to the underage decoys, Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Gaskins said.

Store clerks who sold the decoys alcohol could now face $250 in fines and up to 32 hours of community service for their actions, according to Gaskins. The operation took place because members of the Temecula Police Department were trying to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors in the community.

Three arrested for driving under the influence at Perris checkpoint PERRIS – Three motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving during an overnight driver’s license/sobriety checkpoint in Perris, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said on April 5. One driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influ-

ence of drugs and another motorist was served a felony arrest warrant during the checkpoint on Ramona Expressway at Brennan Drive that began at 8 p.m. Friday and ended Saturday at 2 a.m., according to a department statement. One domestic violence arrest

warrant was served at the checkpoint and 18 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed. Also, 13 drivers were cited or arrested for operating a vehicle while on a suspended or revoked license, according to the statement.

Single-vehicle wreck leaves six injured outside Murrieta MURRIETA – A predawn singlevehicle wreck left six people injured on April 6 in the community of La Cresta, west of Murrieta. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:48 a.m. to the 21300 block of Avenida De Arboles. One person in the crash suffered major injuries and the five other occupants were left with moderate to minor injuries, Riverside County Fire

Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann said. All of the people were taken to hospitals for treatment, Hagemann said. Their medical condition was not immediately known. La Cresta is an unincorporated development nestled in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the Murrieta city limits.

Police arrest 20-yearold man for attempted child molestation, statutory rape

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M O R E N O VA L L E Y – A 20-year-old Moreno Valley man has been using social media to collect salacious pictures of middle school-age girls, deputies allege, and he remains jailed for 16 counts of suspicion of attempted child molestation and one count of statutory rape. Roshawn Davis, 20, of Moreno Valley, remained behind bars on April 5 in lieu of $2 million bail, records showed. Deputies have not revealed what school the children attended, but a deputy assigned to the campus

learned on Feb. 10 that sexually explicit images were being shared through the website, deputies said. Detectives later located several of the underage girls. A search warrant was served on the Internet site, Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Kent said, and none of the suspected crimes occurred at the middle school. Davis was arrested Tuesday at his Saddlebrook Lane home. Deputies ask anyone who has information about Davis’ case to call the sheriff’s Moreno Valley station at (951) 486-6823.


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Family friend, real estate agent buys piece of Temecula’s modern history Tim O’Leary Staff Writer A rare real estate transaction has netted a local agent a piece of Temecula’s modern history. That unusual deal – in which an agent purchased a property she had listed about six months earlier – marked the latest chapter for the home of one of the city’s first power couples. “That doesn’t happen too much,” Jessica Christopher, a Realtor and notary public, said of the transaction in which she and her husband purchased a home that she had listed. It was easy to fall in love with the Meadowview home of Pat and Dick Birdsall, Christopher said, especially since she is a longtime family friend who spent countless hours there over the past few decades. In August, Christopher listed the 1,783-square-foot, three-bedroom Avenida Barca home for $460,000. The home owned by the Birdsalls, who are both deceased, has evoked memories of an emerging community and the people who helped shape its future. The Birdsalls, who were key figures in the city’s birth and gestation, were among a handful of couples who stood out in the early to mid-1980s, which was when a grassroots push to form the city of Temecula was taking root. That small group of couples gained prominence because both spouses held visible positions in politics, business or both. Birdsall was Temecula’s first female mayor and the only resident who has had a park, one of the largest in the city, to be named after her during her lifetime. Dick and Pat met at a dance studio in Hawaii, where they subsequently purchased a home in 1959 to raise their growing family. Dick, a Marine, served in the Vietnam War. They decided to return to the mainland as Dick’s 23-year military career was winding down. They initially moved to Fallbrook, nestled at the eastern edge of Camp

The Birdsall home located at 41540 Avenida Barca in Temecula was recently purchased by the agent who Shane Gibson photo originally listed the home for sale.

Pendleton, about 1970. Fallbrook had been bypassed by the construction of Interstate 15, but Temecula was about to be split by the thread of concrete that would supplant a meandering state highway that once laced its way from Mexico to Canada. The freeway’s presence and the sale of the 84,000-acre Vail Ranch spurred Temecula’s growth. Pat Birdsall was hired to manage the Sears catalog store that was built and opened by the development company that purchased Vail Ranch. The Birdsalls bought the Sears store when the development company began to peel off its commercial interests. The Sears store was a key retailer in Temecula as new neighborhoods began to sprout. In order to move closer to their Sears store, the Birdsalls purchased their Avenida Barca home in 1976. At that time, Temecula’s population totaled about 5,000 people. Most of those early residents were clustered around Old Town and the new freeway exit at Rancho California Road.

Pat Birdsall also served as the treasurer of Temecula Town Association, a nonprofit group that for decades served as a coalition of business and community leaders who sponsored community events and weighed in on key local issues. The Birdsalls were active in association projects and community events, and Dick served as a caller during the group’s popular Bingo games. For many years, Pat owned and operated a bookkeeping company. An explosive growth boom occurred next, and congestion-weary residents soon began to complain that Riverside County planners were allowing home construction to outpace parks and traffic circulation projects. Early efforts to form a city sputtered, but support soon mushroomed and Temecula became a city in December 1989. Temecula had about 27,500 residents when it became a city, and Pat Birdsall, Peg Moore, Ron Parks, J. Sal Munoz and Karel Lindemans were elected to the first council.

None of them had served on a council before. The Birdsalls’ home became a popular gathering place for family and friends during the heady days of the city’s incorporation and its fledgling steps as a municipality. Birdsall and Moore opted not to run for a second term. But Birdsall was returned to the council in July 1995. She was appointed in a 3-1 vote to fill the remainder of Munoz’s term after he resigned due to a divorce and his desire to start a new chapter of his life. Birdsall served on the council until November 1997. She was viewed as a moderate, fiscallyconservative consensus builder who pushed for the rapid expansion of park services. She served as mayor in 1992 and during her final year on the council. Birdsall, who suffered from breathing problems, was hospitalized for more than a week in October 1999 after returning from a vacation in Hawaii. In April 2005, the council for the first time voted to name a city

park after a living person. When it opened about 1½ years later, the $13.5 million sports park became the first Temecula park or city building to be named after a council member or local government official. Birdsall was 69 when she died in August 2006 of heart failure associated with the breathing disease that she had suffered for years. Several family members attended the park’s dedication in December 2006. Dick Birdsall died in January 2009 of an aneurism. He died amid a recession-fueled drop in real estate prices, and the couple’s four children opted to keep the home off the market for several years. That gave them time to do external and internal repairs and renovations. Christopher, 50, said there was a wave of interest in the Birdsall house after it was listed. But there were some drawbacks to the property that included all-electric utilities and some narrow doorways that would not permit wheelchair access. The Birdsall family accepted one purchase offer, but that deal fell apart when the buyer could not obtain a loan, Christopher said. By then, Christopher said she had become enamored with the home’s pool, patio, fruit trees and two-car garage. Christopher said she and her husband, Jodie, decided to make an offer and rent their existing tract home. She said their purchase offer was in line with the amount offered by the prospective buyer who failed to obtain a loan. Christopher said she and her husband have embarked upon a series of renovations aimed at further modernizing the home and making it more energy efficient. That work has included adding insulation, connecting the house to a nearby natural gas line and replacing the heater and some other appliances. “We really like it here,” she said. “We’re making changes.” To comment on this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

28th annual Avocado Festival coming Sunday, April 13 Debbie Ramsey Staff Writer On Sunday, April 13, Main Avenue will undergo a transformation that happens only once each year, with an expected 70,000 plus visitors streaming up and down the thoroughfare to experience the 28th annual Avocado Festival, sponsored each year by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce. This year’s event looks to be as popular as ever. “Over 450 vendors are signed up and we have a great cross-selection of crafts and more,” said chamber CEO Lila MacDonald. There are some local organizations and businesses amongst the vendors. “Our Avenue of the Arts features the work by many local artists,” said MacDonald. “The Fallbrook Football Boosters sell avocado packs every year; our Fallbrook Vintage Car Club has a mini car show at the festival; packing houses like Del Rey and McDaniel’s are involved, as well as many others. For those who enjoy the festival each year, new “avocado” items always catch the eye. “There will be avocado oil soaps, body oil, and lotions; avocado artwork, avocado honey, and avocado beer,” explained MacDonald. “Of course, there will also be guacamole and I believe avocado gelato. Each of these vendors will be identified with a banner that says ‘Stop for Avocado Products.’” Live music is also on tap. “There will be four live bands,” said MacDonald, adding they would be located in these spots: Avenue of the Arts, the beer garden (at Scrappy’s Tire, 346 S. Main Ave.), and two

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at the community stage, which this year will be at Main and Elder (the Elder House property). Contests are always part of the fun at the Avocado Festival. While in recent years contest locations have been at the “community stage” across from Mission Theater, the stage will now be located at the Elder House, corner of Main and Elder. Guacamole contest Guacamole-bragging rights will again be up for grabs this year. Sue Shimer, chair of the event confirmed, “We will have both amateur and professional categories in the contest again this year.” Those wishing to enter the contest need to deliver one pint of their special recipe at 12:45 p.m. the day of the festival (no earlier as there is no refrigeration available). Chips will be provided. “The judging will begin at 1 p.m. and the winners will be announced at 1:30,” said Shimer. “The entry form can be downloaded from the chamber website or picked up at the

chamber office in advance.” First and second-place prizes are awarded for both best tasting and best presentation. Avo 500 Making race cars out of avocados and competing to see which one is fastest, is all part of the (free) fun at the Avo 500, coordinated by volunteer Gordon Stone. This event will take place at the community stage area at the Elder House, corner of Main and Elder. Check-in time to make an avocado race car (free) is 11 a.m., with the race time at noon. Children can also bring their own “avocado race car.” Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Best Dressed Avocado Elementary school age children can deliver their “best dressed avocado” in whatever theme they would like for this year’s contest, also held at the Elder House. Chamber volunteer Helen Archibald coordinates the event. Check-in time is between 10 and 10:50 a.m. and judging is at 11. Judging is based on originality, creativity, and use of materials. Prizes are awarded to the winners.

Little Miss & Mister Avocado Boys and girls ages 6 to 10 who would like a chance to be Fallbrook royalty can enter the Miss & Mister Avocado contest, which will also be held at the community stage at the Elder House. Registration for the competition will be held from 10 to 10:50 a.m. with the event at 11. This year’s contest is being organized by Christiana Monarez (a former Miss Fallbrook) and the newly-crowned 2014 Miss Fallbrook court will be assisting. This year, the Fallbrook Airpark has elected not to hold their annual Open House on the day of the Avocado Festival, due to parking problems, however other off-site attractions are still on the schedule. The Fallbrook Historical Society will have its compound of museums open for visitors at the corner of Rocky Crest Drive and Hill Street (Rocky Crest is accessible off South Mission Road). The Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society will also have its museum open for visitors at 123 W. Alvarado Street (one block off where it intersects with Main Ave.) A kid’s carnival operation

will be set up in the parking lot of Joe’s Hardware, 640 S. Main Ave. (corner of Fallbrook Street). This year’s festival looks to be as promising as ever, with a wide variety of goods and entertainment. “I was 16 when George (Archibald), Carol (Eastman) and my mom (Dianna Branche Hallock) put on the first Avocado Festival, and George still jokes that there wasn’t an avocado in sight (it was in October). They moved it to April, and over the years more avocado products have been added as well as local food vendors, talent, and artists.” And it’s tradition that keeps the chamber producing one of Southern California’s most popular agricultural-themed events. “I am so excited to see the community collaboration that goes into this; it is such a huge event, it really takes a village to accomplish it,” said MacDonald. For more information on the Avocado Festival, visit www. fallbrookchamberofcommerce.org. To comment on this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

Ovarian cancer support group now offered at Michelle’s Place TEMECULA – An ovarian cancer self-help support group for women newly-diagnosed and/or currently in treatment or beyond treatment for ovarian cancer is being offered the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Michelle’s Place.   The group is facilitated by Robin

Maupin, 16-year ovarian cancer survivor, president and founder of OASIS of Southern California, an ovarian cancer advocacy organization (www.oasisofsocal.com).   Maupin is also a cancer survivorship coach with Womens’ Cancer Connection.  Michelle’s Place is thrilled to welcome Maupin and

Oasis to their family of support services. Michelle’s Place is located at 27645 Jefferson Ave. #117, Temecula 92590. For more information on this self-help group and other resources available, visit www.michellesplace.org or call  (951) 699-5455.


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Local A production team of about 50 people come together every year she now belonged to this reality planning events such as the Meet world family and that through them and Greet and the Celebrity reception, a Casino Night at Wilson Creek she could make a difference. “I love Temecula, it’s an amaz- Winery and the actual Amazing ing town and I wanted to be able Race style game through Old Town to do something for a charity in Temecula. “What I love about it the most is Temecula,” Larson said. “I also love Michelle’s place, I read about their we have people who come onboard story and what they do for people in and they all are so involved in makthis area and beyond and it suddenly ing this happen and each one of them came to me that I could use my mini has a piece of it,” she said. “It’s an celebrity…I could do something in ‘our’ event. Larson, who has lived in TemecuTemecula raising money for Mila for 13 years, said while she never chelle’s place.” Larson said being connected could explain that passion to be on S u r v i v o r, to the reality world “If everybody gave one dollar today, s h e n o w sees where has been a you never know if that dollar could that desire blessing, save one or two lives, by paying the actually leading her came from. cost of that mammogram or ultrato utilize “Clearly fan bases sound for someone who might not be it was to be for each able to afford it on their own. How off Surviindividual powerful is that?” – Gillian Larson vor and be star that able to use comes to Reality Rally to raise money for Survivor,” she said. “It’s amazing, Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer we are just ordinary, everyday Resource Center from out of town people who are on these reality instead of tapping into funds from shows but it’s so weird because I am just a little old lady from Temecula just the local area. “It’s such a great town, we sup- but people get so excited when they port each other’s charities all the see me.” Reality Rally is the largest event time and I want to be able to bring in money from the outside rather in the country bringing the stars out than tap our own resources in town to meet the public. “Let me make it clear the entire and that is exactly what we do,” she said noting last year’s money was thing is for the public,” she said. brought in from 16 countries and “They are here to meet the public, every one of the 50 states by using to sign autographs with them, to take the reality star component. “Every pictures with them and all the while star has a fan base and we tap that raising money for Michelle’s Place.” New to this year’s event will be component because each star actua Celebrity Chef’s Showcase on ally has to raise $400 to be here.”

Sunday. Fourteen chefs from nine different cooking shows including Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen, Restaurant Express and Cutthroat Kitchen will be competing against each other all for the fans’ enjoyment. The weekend kicks off at Michelle’s Place on Friday at 4:30 p.m. when the reality stars and media take a tour to learn about the breast cancer resource center and why it is they are raising money. “I want them to meet the Watson family,” she said. “I want them to know why they raise money.” While each reality star has to raise $400 to participate, many of them go above and beyond that fundraising goal. “I think there are 30 who have raised over a thousand and one young girl from Canada has raised $13,000, just by tapping her fan base,” Larson said. “It’s amazing.” The money raised goes to the Breast Health Assistance Program which funds mammograms and ultrasounds for those who can’t afford them as well as to other support programs such as the Wellness Program, Pink Ribbon Assistance and other support services. “This is an opportunity for all those people who love reality television, said Larson. “People can ask ‘what was it like to be on Naked and Afraid, Survivor or the Amazing Race.’ People can come to talk to them. That’s why they are here, to talk to the public while raising money for Michele’s place. It’s amazing.” Larson said she will “constantly have gratitude” to the production team who makes it all happen and for the sponsors who provide virtu-

that Norris used to prevent her items from being stolen. Instead they had cut the hinge of the locker itself in order to get inside, she said. The next step, Norris said, was for her to go to the front desk. She inquired if the gym staff had gone into the locker for any particular reason and was told they did not. “I told them my lock was gone, my locker had been cut and my purse was no longer there,” she said. “And they said, ‘No we didn’t cut any locks; obviously somebody stole it.’” A staff member accompanied the theft victim back to her locker and

not only verified that her items had been stolen, but that multiple lockers had been burglarized. Since that time Norris has been back to the gym to inquire if anyone saw anything and has posted flyers at various locations to see if someone might be able to give her any information that could lead to the thief’s identity. She said she even wondered if the individual who took the toys might return them. One way that Norris has been able to gather information is by following up on purchases that have been made on her credit card since the time it’s

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If you go: Reality Rally has family fun and events but be aware that players must be 16-years-old to compete in Saturday’s race. Children’s areas and checkpoints will be set up across Old Town Temecula for families to get out and play together. Most events are free to watch, but some such as Friday night’s Celebrity Reception the Red Carpet Celebration on Saturday and Sunday’s Breakfast with the stars require a ticket. For a complete listing of dates, times and locations of events throughout the weekend or for more information, visit www.realityrally.com. For more information on Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center, visit www.michellesplace.org.

been stolen. She knows it’s been used at a Target in Murrieta as well as the Promenade Mall in Temecula, leading her to believe that the people who have her card are from the local area. A couple using her card have been caught in a surveillance video purchasing gas at a gas station near the Promenade she said, but that hasn’t led to any definitive leads. For now, Norris continues to post flyers in the hopes that someone might do the right thing and help her to get her son’s toys back. She said she’s aware of the possibility that the

toys might have been thrown away, but that’s not stopping her from looking and trying to get the burglar to do the right thing. “I’m sure at this point they’ve thrown them away,” she said. “But if you can go in your trashcan and pull them out if you can and drop them off if you can; I’m not going to ask any questions.” “You can use the purse and whatever else you want inside the purse; I just want the toys back,” she said.

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ally everything needed to make the event successful every year. “Cancer affects everybody in some way, both my brother and my parents died of cancer so that is why I am driven to cancer type fundraising,” she said. “Michelle was a young woman that shouldn’t have died. Had she been fully diagnosed when she was 19, then she would not have died when she was 26 and that’s my message that I want to get out. Everybody, we, the people, have a huge power in our hands, it’s called a dollar. If everybody gave one dollar today, you never know if that dollar could save one or two lives, by paying the cost of that mammogram or ultrasound for someone who might not be able to afford it on their own. How powerful is that? One dollar could do that.”

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special needs teens, meshes with Temecula’s Youth and Quality of Life master plan. The program will work with a local vineyard and it will teach youth the history of the area’s wine country and provide computer, viticulture, hospitality and customer service skills. Graduates will receive a food handler’s license and a customer service certificate in hopes of winning jobs in the fast-growing winery and restaurant industries. The council agreed to allocate $10,500 for the program for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Those program costs will include student transportation, snacks, city staff time, tools and supplies and food handler permit fees. A $25,000 grant will be sought for the program, according to the staff report. The grant deadline is April 28 and recipients will be notified by September. It would cost Temecula about $35,000 to operate the program on a year-round basis, the report said. A March 28 story in The Wall Street Journal stated that disability experts estimate that 85 percent of adults with autism are unemployed. But the article also noted that several companies, including some that recruit workers for highly structured or detail-oriented positions, are now viewing autism as an asset in the workplace rather than a deficiency. At the April 2 task force gathering, Naggar noted that tailored exercise equipment and some special needs recreational activities that are expected to be unveiled in about three months at Margarita Community Park are “already funded.” Ron Bradley – who has observed Temecula’s genesis and growth from the inside and out – said he knows of no other cities in the region that have embraced or equaled its autism effort. “I don’t know of any other city, other than a major city, that provides such a social services program,” said Bradley, who served as Temecula’s city manager from 1994 until 1999 and subsequently held interim manager posts in Murrieta and Hemet. Most cities the size of Temecula rely on nonprofit or county programs to address such social services needs, Bradley said in a recent telephone interview. “I can’t point you to any city,

Mark Anselmo of Our Nicholas Foundation speaks about upcoming autism awareness events and explains ways for families to seek information during the Autism Task Force meeting held at the Temecula Civic Center on Wed. April 2, 2014.

Roughly 100 people filled the conference room at the Temecula Civic Center to learn and discuss special needs resources in Southwest Riverside County.

especially the size of Temecula, that has embarked upon such an ambitious project,” he said. Bradley said the rapid expansion of Temecula’s autism-related services meshes with the city’s track record of targeting its surplus revenues to areas of perceived need. “That’s not to say (autism services) is not a good idea,” Bradley continued. “It’s something that should be looked at. They (autistic residents) still need help. Their needs haven’t gone away.” Bradley said Temecula’s enviable sales tax revenues – fueled by a regional mall and an array of auto dealers – have enabled the city to rapidly add parks, museums and other amenities that other cities in the region are unable to match. Naggar included a plea in his remarks to the April 2 task force gathering, which culminated in refreshments and a city contractor illuminating Temecula’s Civic

Center complex with more than 60 blue lights. Naggar said isolated questions have surfaced about the funds that the city has spent on the month-long blue light program and the array of special needs services. He countered the perception that “Temecula is awash in money,” and noted that the city budget has been stretched as growth has slowed and tax revenues have leveled off. Naggar said the funding questions have spurred the need for advocates and parents of special needs youth to thank council members for their ongoing support. Improving autism awareness and services addresses a crucial community need, he said. “That’s what we need to change,” Naggar said. “That’s how we need to get the word out.” To comment on this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

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countywide post in 2004. Stone became the first Temecula-area resident to win the Third District seat that had been dominated for decades by Hemet-area political leaders. Stone confirmed in a recent e-mail that he will not run for a fourth term on the board when his seat becomes vacant in two years. Several other Southwest Riverside County political leaders are said to be contemplating a campaign for Third District supervisor, but Naggar is believed to be the first to make his plans public. Autism is a spectrum of neurological disorders ranging from mild to severe that affect attention, learning, speech, social interaction and completion of tasks. The disorder has become the focus of mushrooming interest as research makes new inroads into its cause and long-term impacts. Last month, the federal Centers for Disease Control announced a roughly 30 percent increase in the prevalence of the disorder. In 2012, the agency reported that 1 in 88 children (11.3 per 1,000 eight year olds) had been identified with autism spectrum disorder. On March 27, the agency said that estimate had increased to 1 in 68 children (14.7 per 1,000 eight year olds). The disorder is five times more common among boys than girls. White children are more likely to be identified with the disorder than black or Hispanic youth. Children as young as two can be diagnosed with autism, although most are identified by age four, the recent CDC report noted. For more than a decade, Temecula’s services to the developmentally disable were limited to its High Hopes Program, which targets area residents ages 18 and older. That all changed after Naggar and his wife gave birth to their son, Liam, who is now eight. Naggar said Liam’s diagnosis prompted him to examine the range of local government and nonprofit services for autistic youth. He concluded that more services were needed, and he has pressed for greater awareness and programs at the city. “All of a sudden I had all these questions,” Naggar said in an interview following the April 2 Light it Up Blue meeting and ceremony. “There are a lot of people out there (with autism). What’s our obligation?” Over the years, Temecula has relied heavily on task force panels and master plans to examine community needs and build city and public interaction. More than five years ago, Temecula wrapped up its work on a youth master plan, a 23-page document that cost about $35,000 to prepare and gather input from more than 1,200 youths, parents, public officials and social services providers. That effort was followed by the creation of Temecula’s Quality of Life Master Plan, a $130,000 planning document that was approved by the council more than two years ago. That plan lists an ambitious slate of public works projects, youth and senior programs and heightened maintenance of existing facilities through the year 2030. With Naggar as its driving force, Temecula in 2010 launched the Southwest Riverside Autism Task Force. The group includes the county as well as the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee, Perris, Wildomar and Hemet. Soon afterward, the group’s combined efforts crafted a Special Needs Resource Guide and an Autism Community Playbook. The Task Force met in September 2012, and the Community Playbook was completed a month later. Naggar planned to “re-launch” the Task Force at the April 2 meeting and ceremony, but scheduling conflicts prevented all but three of the designated elected officials from attending. One of the meeting participants, Hemet City Councilwoman Shellie Milne, praised Temecula’s autismrelated efforts and noted that she would welcome such services for her child who has Down’s syndrome. “I’m just trying to get a special needs presence out there,” Milne said as she described an arts project that is in the works in the Hemet area. Naggar said the multiple absences at the April 2 task force meeting were understandable given the pressing duties of the other elected officials. He said he expects the task force will hold its next meeting in nine months to a year. Following the creation of the resource guide and playbook, Naggar and Temecula staff and council officials began to look inward at

city services. About three years ago, the city created a new employee position known as its “inclusion services specialist.” Yvette Martinez, who has a background in social services and special needs programs, was hired to fill the position. Martinez said she cannot point to another city in the region that has such a post in its roster of authorized positions. The closest municipal parallel that Martinez could identify is the city of San Diego, which employs a recreational therapist. “We’ve definitely taken a very forward approach for our special needs population,” Martinez said of Temecula in a recent telephone interview. “We offer a variety of programs.” Martinez anchors what has become Temecula’s Human Services division. It also draws upon a parttime assistant and periodic college interns. It spends about $150,000 a year on its programs and operations, said Kevin Hawkins, Temecula’s community’s services director. “It’s pretty lean and mean,” Hawkins said of the division’s spending. One of the city’s offerings – the Supporting Kids Involving Parents program – targets infants to 6-yearolds who have been identified as autistic. In December, the city announced a partnership aimed at educating police, firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, dispatchers and other emergency services personnel on how to better recognize and communicate with autistic citizens. The awarenessraising training touched on such issues as the jarring effects of light and sound stimuli, communication difficulties, behavioral “meltdowns” and such wandering-related dangers as drowning and exposure. At the time, Naggar said he hoped such training programs would be enacted statewide. “This epidemic is not confined to our region,” he said in a press release. “It is a public health crisis and I am hopeful other jurisdictions might see what we are doing in Temecula and Riverside County and use it as a model in their communities.” On March 11, the Temecula council approved Naggar’s recommendation to launch the Global Citizens Viticulture / Hospitality Vocational Program. A city staff report said the program, which is aimed at providing job training to

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Local Nafe Menifee attends Dr. Phil taping, raises $825 for Boys & Girls Club

The Nafe Menifee network recently attended a Dr. Phil taping to Courtesy photo benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

MENIFEE – The Nafe Menifee network recently made a trip to Dr. Phil on April 1 to film a show taping. Menifee Nafe heard that the new Boys and Girls Club needed to raise more money open a club in Menifee and jumped on the opportunity to make a difference. Robbie Motter, Nafe’s western regional coordinator, immediately contacted Dr. Phil’s staff and they sent a chartered bus paid for by Dr. Phil. The staff will also be sending the

Boys & Girls Club of Menifee, on behalf of Nafe, a check for $400. Every individual on the bus also made a donation which totaled to $425, cumulating to a grand total of $825 for the Boys and Girls Club of Menifee.  “It’s not a large amount but every bit that comes in helps, and this was Nafe’s way to do what we could to reach out and touch a life,” said Motter. On the trip was also Boys and Girls Club Board Member Bill Zim-

merman, who provided the group with information on the Boys and Girls Club. The sandwiches given to everyone on the bus were donated by Abe from Boston Billie’s in Sun City; Dr. Desiree Reedus from Temecula made fantastic cookies for everyone; Sheila Caruso, Avon distributor, donated 96 bottles of water and she also donated three door prizes; Sue Lopez, Realtor with LCL Realty in Menifee, donated a door prize; green cloth bags were donated by the Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce; and Leslie Gugliemetti of Menifee made muffins. The Nafe Menifee group holds monthly meetings the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at Boston Billie’s restaurant in Sun City. Contact Robbie Motter at 951-255-9200 or rmotter@aol.com for more information. A Murrieta group also meets the fourth Thursday of each month at RJ’s Sizzling Steer at noon. Contact Michelle Jones at 951-440-9144 or mjonzey@gmail.com.

Local businesses now required to post human trafficking notices Alex Groves Staff Writer Starting this month local businesses will have to post notices with information about organizations which seek to eliminate human trafficking and slavery as a result of a California Senate Bill that became law in January. California Senate Bill 1193 will require certain types of business such as alcohol vendors, transit stations, airports and urgent care centers to post signage or a notice of some sort in both English and Spanish as well as one of nine other languages, depending upon what county the notice is posted. The standardized notice that some businesses will need to start implementing encourages individuals engaged in activity that they can’t opt out of to call either the Human Trafficking Resource Center or California Coalition to Abolish Slavery. The following notice is what California businesses will need to make

visible: “If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave – whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at 1-888-KEY-2-FRE(EDOM) or 1-888-539-2373 to access help and services.” Businesses that are required to post a notice but do not post one could be subject to a $500 fine for their first offense and a $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense, according to the wording of the bill. For more information about the bill and its contents, visit its corresponding page on the California State Senate website: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient. xhtml?bill_id=201120120SB1193.

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Is a pet right for your family? demeanor of the pet they are thinking of adopting. Dogs have their idiosyncrasies, but breeds tend to exhibit similar behaviors. Labrador retrievers, for example, tend to be active and energetic, while a typical English bulldog might be more laid-back and less prone to running around. Active families who enjoy spending time outdoors might prefer a more active dog, while families who enjoy relaxing at home might want a dog that’s equally comfortable lounging around the house. When considering cats, families should speak with a professional,

Finances Money is often overlooked when deciding whether or not to bring a pet into a home. But pets can be expensive, and the potential cost of pet ownership must be fully explored. Pet adoption fees are often negligible, but families who prefer a purebred dog can expect to spend considerably more money than they would if they were to adopt a mixed breed dog from the local shelter. In addition, a pedigreed cat is likely to cost more than a cat adopted from the shelter. But those initial fees are only a small part of the expenses associated with pet ownership. Medical costs, including routine veterinary visits and medication, pet insurance, food, and grooming costs can add up over time, so families already working on thin budgets might find it’s not financially prudent to bring a pet into their home until their finances

stabilize. Families who tend to travel a lot also must consider the cost of sheltering the animal when they are out of town, while renters should determine if bringing a pet into a home will incur a higher rental deposit or if the animal is likely to cause damage, as puppies and kittens tend to do, that will ultimately cost them money when they move out of their rental. Time Some pets require more attention than others, so heads of a family should consider just how much time they have to devote to pet ownership. Dogs tend to need the most attention among the more popular household pets, so families whose schedules are already full may find that pets who don’t need so much attention fit their lifestyle better. For example, cats don’t need to go for daily walks and tend to be more independent than canines, making them ideal pets for onthe-go families. When deciding if a pet is right for your family, give heavy consideration to how much time your family spends at home, and if you decide to adopt a pet, choose one that won’t be negatively affected by your schedules. Demeanor When considering bringing a pet into a home, parents should consider both their own demeanor, their kids’ demeanors and the

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Boomerang home buyers – is it time to buy a new home?

John Occhi, Mike Mason Special to the Valley News The bad economy and the crash in the housing market has been a significant reason why millions of American families lost their home to either short sale or foreclosure. What was once considered to be a negative stigma that society looked down upon has now become so common that everyone knows someone who has gone through at least one of these events. Many started to lose their homes back in 2007 with many more following through 2010 and beyond. Even today, there are many homes in jeopardy of being lost. What many people don’t realize is that it is possible to buy another home, sooner rather than later. The common belief has always been that it would take seven to ten years for the credit to clean itself up and put the borrower back in a position where a bank would be willing to loan them money for another home. This has all changed. While it is technically possible for a borrower to qualify for a mortgage as soon as 12 months after either a bankruptcy, short sale or foreclosure, most borrowers will not qualify under the guidelines established by the FHA in their “Back to Work” program; especially once individual lenders complicate the

process by imposing their own layers of qualifications. These overlays make it near impossible for most borrowers to obtain a home loan in anything less than two years after their bankruptcy, short sale of foreclosure. The key to obtaining a new mortgage is to start rebuilding credit as soon as possible. Many smart people going through bankruptcy for example will “reconfirm” several of their debts – never missing a payment. Usually a reconfirmed debt will be for an auto loan, a student loan or even the current mortgage. Once the bankrupt has been discharged, it is imperative that not one single payment is ever late again. By maintaining an “ontime” history with your creditors, the mortgage underwriters will look more favorably upon your application – any late payments and you are seriously risking a discretionary denial by the underwriter. Credit accounts are rated by the credit bureaus by several aspects which not only include the payment history but the length of time the account has been open as well as the available credit. For example, an unsecured credit card with a $2,500 limit that has been open for five years may produce more points on the consumers FICO score than an account with a $5,000 limit that has only been open less than a year. This will be especially true if the larger account reaches closer to the borrowing limit that the smaller one that never goes over half of the available credit limit. The absolute minimum credit a bankrupt, foreclosed or short sale borrower will require is three

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Fertilizer damage Fertilizer damage can also prove difficult to address, as applying fresh seeds too soon can kill any freshly growing seedlings. So, grass that has been damaged by over-fertilization must first be allowed to fully die. Once that has happened, the grass can be cut and any remaining debris or dead grass can be removed. Seed can then be scattered, and one can even add some additional soil before laying down an appropriate amount of fertilizer and watering the lawn immediately. Those who don’t trust themselves to use fertilizer correctly should hire a professional to do the job. This will cost a little more, but it’s likely to get rid of dead patches of grass down the road. Dead grass can be unsightly and turn an otherwise lush lawn into a patchy eyesore. But addressing dead grass can be easy and can quickly restore a lawn to its green grandeur.

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The Movie Review: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Robert T. Nickerson Special to the Valley News Freedom is something that we all want: the freedom to work, freedom to play and freedom to live life. But now that the NSA has been exposed to having been tracking your social media pages, email, and phone, there has been a split debate over whether we still have personal immunity. Some say that they don’t mind the extra eyes as long as they are being used to catch potential bad guys. But a lot claim that if we’re being spied all the time, then doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having private lives? How can we sleep knowing that the government could be looking at you or me as a threat to the country? I’ve always felt fine with the extra security as I have nothing to hide, but I can understand why others could feel compromised by their computer trails being tracked. They could hit the wrong link and that web history would forever be imprinted on you, maybe not on a computer, but in some possible super computer hidden in a military/government building. It’s only conspiracy theory, but it’s a reasonable theory. The Marvel studios decided to take a stab at the government surveillance controversy in its latest superhero story, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Like the previous sequels of Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, we see where Steve Rogers’ Captain America (played by Chris Evans) has been after the events of The Avengers. He’s currently residing in Washington D.C. where he works for S.H.I.E.L.D. as he struggles to adapt to a modern society. His latest mission has him, agent Natasha Romanoff /The Black Widow (played by Scarlett

Johansson), and other S.H.I.E.L.D. representatives to save one of their ships from Algerian pirates. The assignment proves successful, though the Captain finds Romanoff extracting information from a computer. He was not reminded of this objective and he starts to question the purpose of the mission. Top agent and leader of the avengers Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is ambushed by assailants as led by the mysterious Winter Soldier. Fury’s seamless death leads the Captain to be questioned by senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce (played by Robert Redford). This causes the Captain to become a fugitive target from the agency he swore to help. He escapes from the headquarters to meet with Romanoff. They use information from a USB drive given to the Captain from Fury to lead them to an abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D facility that reveals that Hydra, the evil organization from the first Captain America movie is alive within S.H.I.E.L.D., secretly operating within the ranks to take over the world. When you really look at Captain America compared to the other heroes, all he really does is lead the others that have real super powers. The Captain only has enhanced strength, which made me question whether his films could work on their own. Captain America: The Winter Soldier crushed those doubts by proving that the Captain just may be the most interesting Avenger of all. He may be a strong fighter, but he’s still scared and out of place within the modern world. Chris Evans proves again that he is the Captain, patriotic but never over-the-top and conservative, open to letting people making an impression on him. Scarlet Johansson and Samuel Jackson deliver

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Concert provides Zeppelin USA farewell appearance for member Joe Naiman Valley News Correspondent The March 22 concert at Pala Casino’s Infinity nightclub was the first performance in San Diego County for the Led Zeppelin tribute band Zeppelin USA and likely the final appearance with Zeppelin USA for John Paul Jones equivalent Jonathan Gilcrest. Gilcrest is a full-time member of the Las Vegas-based band Yellow Brick Road and will be focusing on that band. “Between his regular schedule and the distance, it’s been a real challenge to make this work for him,” said Brody Dolyniuk, who performs Robert Plant’s role in Zeppelin USA. “We knew that coming into the project, but we initially were just doing this for fun and then of course it began to take off rather quickly, so we are going to have to find a permanent replacement.” Dolyniuk, who now lives in Mission Viejo, formed Yellow Brick Road in 1997. That act began as an Elton John tribute band, but in Yellow Brick Road’s early years the band often played three or four sets. “We began adding other material from groups like Pink Floyd, Kansas, Led Zeppelin and others from the era in our later sets,” Dolyniuk said. “Soon it became apparent that the other classic rock material was growing our crowds more than the Elton John set, so we eventually phased that out and just became a classic rock tribute but kept the name.” Gilcrest still lives in Las Vegas. Dolyniuk left Yellow Brick Road in 2011. Zeppelin USA was formed in January 2013 and also includes Steve Zukowsky representing Jimmy Page along with drummer Pat Leon. Led Zeppelin drummer

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John Bonham died in 1980, after which the surviving band members scuttled Led Zeppelin for other projects, but occasional Led Zeppelin reunions feature Bonham’s son Jason. “We’re a Led Zeppelin tribute band, so like Jason himself Pat is paying homage to Jason’s father, the one and only John Henry Bonham,” Dolyniuk said. Leon lives in Buena Park. Zukowsky is a Santa Monica resident. “We only had a couple of rehearsals initially in Anaheim, and then before each show,” Dolyniuk said. “If we have any time left during sound check we run through a few things. I’d say, as good as we may be now we’d be exceptional if we had more opportunities to play together.” The Pala concert was the eighth for Zeppelin USA, with distance and other commitments explaining the sparse schedule. The residence of the John Paul Jones member who will replace Gilcrest is currently undetermined. “We have a couple of musicians in mind, but nothing has been decided at this point,” Dolyniuk said. “It’s a unique position to have to fill and requires a very skilled, multi-talented musi-

cian. Jonesy was the most underrated member of Zeppelin by far. Jon’s shoes will be tough to fill.” Zeppelin USA played for 115 minutes at Infinity. Led Zeppelin II was the first Led Zeppelin album Dolyniuk purchased and is still his favorite Led Zeppelin album, and the encore at Pala Casino was a medley which included Led Zeppelin II songs “Whole Lotta Love” and “Heartbreaker.” The 15 songs not including the encore medley also included Led Zeppelin II tunes “Ramble On,” “Thank You,” and “What Is and What Should Never Be.” The band’s initial song at the concert was “Rock and Roll.” Zeppelin USA also performed “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir,” both of which exceed eight minutes, which limited the number of songs. “We had a great time and were very pleased with the turnout and reception,” Dolyniuk said of the Pala concert. “Looking forward to returning to this area, or even further into San Diego itself.” To comment on this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

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KIDS AND TEENS April 11 –5:30-7:30 p.m. Kids Only Club – Parents need a break night at Pennypickle’s Laboratory, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. After two weeks of Spring Break, it’s time for Mom and Dad to have a night alone. Your kids will enjoy dinner, fun, and experiments during this lock-in event. Ages 5-10. Cost: $15 per person includes dinner. Space is limited, please pre-register at (951) 308-6376. April 11 – 8 p.m. Teen Glow Egg Hunt at Kent Hintergardt Memorial Park, 31465 Via Cordoba, Temecula. Come out and hunt for Easter eggs that are filled with thousands of dollars in prizes. You can walk away with a flat screen TV or iPad. Music and dancing at the start of the hunt. April 12 – 12-4:30 p.m. Practice SAT/ACT combo practice test and corresponding workshop hosted by the Murrieta Public Library and presented by Kaplan Test Prep. This free practice test will be held in the library’s community room, 24700 Adams Avenue. Students will learn specific information about each test as well as time saving strategies. April 12 – 9-11 a.m. Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt at Marna O’Brian Park, 20505 Palomar St, Wildomar. Bring your family, friends, Easter baskets and camera’s to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Information: (951) 677-7751. April 18 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eggciting Dyeing at Pennypickles, 42081 Main Street, Temecula. Bring your own half dozen hard boiled eggs as you will get to eggsperiment with egg-sperts coloring techniques. Information: (951) 308-6376. April 19 – 9-11 a.m. Spring Eggstravaganza over 10,000 filled eggs for your children will be available to hunt for at Murrieta Town Square Park. Ages 2 and under and special needs area will be available from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please bring your own bag or basket for this fun filled morning event. Information: Murrieta Community Services Department (951) 304-7275. April 19 – 9:30 a.m.-Noon Spring Easter Egg Hunt at Harveston Community Park, 28582 Harveston Drive, Temecula. Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, 32380 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, Temeku Hills Park, 31367 La Serena Way, Temecula. Egg Hunts begin at 10a.m. Sharp. Music, games and Easter Bunn for children ages 1-12. Please bring your own bags or baskets. Special Needs area for all locations. Information: (951) 694-6480. April 19 – 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt for kids 12 years and under sponsored by Valley Wide Recreation Menifee will be held at the Marion V. Ashley Community Center, 25625 Briggs Road, Menifee. April 19 – 9:30 a.m. Gardening for Kids at Rose Haven Heritage Garden, 30592 Jedediah Smith Road, Temecula. This is a hands on gardening activity. April 21 – 6 p.m. SAT/ACT follow up workshop will be held in the Murrieta Public Library community room, 24700 Adams Avenue. This workshop is for all students and their parents, not just for those who took the practice test on April 12. Students who took the practice test will receive their scores at this workshop. April 25 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fire Fighting Heroes Night! Firefighters will be on hand to share the science of extinguishing fires. Kids are encouraged to dress up and be heroes too. Firefighter moms and

dads get in free and they’d love to see you in uniform. Information: (951) 308-6376.

ENTERTAINMENT April 10-20 – Temecula Valley Players presents Tom Sawyer the Musical at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tickets and Information: (866)653-8696. April 11 – 7 p.m. Tim Sweeney Motivational Comedy will be at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 42051 Main Street. Tim will explain how Christopher Columbus, Gary Dahl and Star Trek have changed your life with his insightful tour through the past. This event will benefit the Our Nicholas Foundation and the work they do in helping families with autistic children. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 13 – 6:30 p.m. SpeakEasy at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Enjoy live traditional jazz of the 20’s and 40’s performed by House Band, Second Hand Jazz with vocalist Rosalie Porter, in rotation with prominent Southern California traditional jazz artists. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 13 – 3 p.m. Classics at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Classics is a weekly chamber recital series co-produced by the California Chamber Orchestra and Temecula Presents. Each Sunday afternoon they feature an individual musician or small ensemble performing a wide range of music. Our performers are all working professional musicians or advanced conservatory students. Tickets and Information: (866) 653-8696. April 15 – 7 p.m. danceXchange at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Co-produced by Temecula presents and the Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California danceXchange provides opportunities for interchange among the dance community. Free danceXperience ballet fitness class begins at 6 p.m. in the dance studio prior to the performance. Information: (866) 653-8696. April 17 – 7:30 p.m. Jazz at the Merc, 42051 Main Street, Temecula. Performance featuring: Dick Weller Trio. Enjoy an evening of Jazz hosted by Sherry Berry in association with Temecula Presents. Tickets: $15. Information and Tickets: (866) 653-8696. COMMUNITY EVENTS April 10 – 7:05 p.m. Opening Night at Storm Stadium, 500 Diamond Drive, LakeElsinore. Lake Elsinore vs. Lancaster Jet Hawks. Tickets and Information: (951) 245-4487. April 11 –6-10 p.m. Reality Rally Breast Cancer Fundraiser benefitting Michelle’s Place Celebrity Reception-casino night fundraiser at Wilson Creek Winery, 35960 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Information: www.realityrally.com. April 11 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MSJC’s Career, Major and Job Fair in the parking lot at 28237 La Piedra Road, Menifee. This is a no cost job fair and open to the public. Information: Escarlet ewirth@msjc.edu. April 11 – 7 p.m. Menifee’s Got Talent show will be held at Heritage High school, 26001 Briggs Road, Romoland. Come join this fun evening to check out Menifee’s best and brightest talent with singers, dancers, bands and more! Tickets: $5 per person. Information: www. artscouncilmenifee.org. April 12 – 9-10:30 a.m. Reality Rally Autograph meet and greet all

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the stars at the autograph session. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Amazing Race type game for ages 16 and over. 12:30-3 p.m. Kidz Challenge checkpoints for families and 6-10 p.m. Red Carpet Celebration at South Coast Winery, 34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula. Information: www.realityrally.com. April 12 – 7-9:30 p.m. 13th Annual Barn Dance and Food Drive to support the Menifee Valley Food Cupboard at Bell Mountain Middle School, 28525 La Piedra Road, Menifee. This event is free and open to the public. Information: (951) 672-0840. April 12 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Children’s Fair and Egg Hunt at Mc Vicker Canyon Park, 29355 Grand Avenue, Lake Elsinore. Arrive early for egg hunts for ages 2-8 then stay for fun family entertainment with bouncers, food, free kids activities and a petting zoo. April 12 – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 12th Annual Community Water Conservation Festival at Big League Dreams Sports Park, 2155 Trumble Road, Perris. Free family event including face painting, visit from Curious George, crafts and activities, demonstrations, hourly raffles, landscape and irrigation ideas and more. April 12 – 5:30-8 p.m. 10th Annual Evening under the Oaks featuring live entertainment, live and silent auctions, dining from some of Temecula Valley’s restaurants and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arts and Autism programs at the Oak Grove Center. Event will be at the Oak Grove Center, 24275 Jefferson Avenue, Murrieta. Information: Elicia (951) 677-5599. April 12 – 12-3 p.m. Grand Re-Opening celebration at Marna O’Brian Park, 20505 Palomar St, Wildomar. Information: (951) 677-7751. April 12 – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The City of Wildomar to host Community Clean Up Day at St. Francis of Rome, 21591 Lemon Street, Wildomar. Information: (951) 677-7751. April 12 – 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Temecula Valley High School Football Boosters is partnering with Temecula Recycling to host an electronic waste event at the Main parking lot of TVHS, 31555 Rancho Vista Road. Everyone is welcome to drop off any electronic or battery operated time, from as small as cords to electronics to items as large as washers, dryers, and refrigerators!! Items do not need to be in working condition to be accepted. People can also bring their unwanted clothes and shoes to donate; the only stipulation is that they need to be bagged in separate bags (i.e., all clothes together and all shoes together). Funds raised will go towards TVHS’ football program. April 12 – 5-10 p.m. Grand Opening Party of the Temecula Valley Penning and Sorting Arena, 34915 De Portola Road, Temecula.

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SEMINARS / CLASSES April 7-28 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. MSJC offers new class in Accent Reduction at the Menifee campus, 28237 La Piedra Road. MSJC’s continuing education program has launched a new not-for-credit class for English-as-a-second-language (ESL) for students to help them with their pronunciation. Cost: $125 includes all materials for a 12 hour workshop. Information: (951) 487-3707. April 10 – 1-3 p.m. Lake Elsinore Genealogical Society meeting at Mission Trail Library, Community room, 34303 Mission Trail, Wildomar. Guest speaker, Candy Petersen will be discussing numerous ways to look at your material to help find those elusive ancestors. The Genealogical Society meets on the second Thursday of each month except July and August at the Mission Trail Community Library. Visitors and Guests welcome the meeting is free and open to the public. Information: Candy (951) 246-2028 or www. bakerfamily.org/legs. April 11 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. MSJC College Career/Transfer center is partnering with California Family Life Center and STEM to offer the Spring 2014 Career and Job Fair at the Menifee Valley campus, 28237 La Piedra Road in parking lot c. The fair will provide both employment

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Temecula Valley crowned Boras Classic Champions Golden Bears beat runner up Vista Murrieta 4-1 in final

Boras Classic Southern Division Champions Temecula Valley, the Golden Bears beat Vista Murrieta 4-1 to win the Southern bracket of the tournament.

Broncos’ catcher Ryan Lillie slides under Kyle Plantier breaking up a double play and allowing Vista Murrieta’s lone run to score.

Charles McKee Sports Writer Temecula Valley and Vista Murrieta faced off Saturday, April 5 in the Boras Classic Southern Championship Game at Mater Dei. The Classic is considered one of the premier high school baseball tournaments in the western United States, and it became an All-Southwestern League event this year. The Golden Bears cap-

tured the South Division championship game of the Boras Classic at Mater Dei defeating Vista Murrieta 4-1. Temecula’s starting pitcher Isaiah Morten struck out five, gave up five hits, and allowed just one run in six innings to pick up the victory. It was the senior’s second start of his high school career. Brother Jared Morton pitched the seventh and picked up the save. “I was so impressed with

Isaiah,” said Temecula Valley Coach Tony Nobiensky. “For him to do that on this stage against that team – a good hitting, disciplined team – was just outstanding.” The Golden Bears jumped out to an early lead scoring a run in the first inning as AJ Sawyer drove in the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly. Temecula Valley would add two in the third and an insurance run in the seventh. Kyle Plantier, Drew Seel-

Temecula Valley celebrates the final at the Boras Classic.

man and Nick Juhl all went two for three for Temecula Valley. Sawyer ended up with two RBIs. Hunter Tidwell had three hits for Vista Murrieta and Brandon Nelson was handed the loss. The Broncos let the game slip away as they failed to bring home the runs. They stranded nine base runners in the game, four in scoring position. Their only run came on a Golden Bear error in the fourth.

The Golden Bears improved to 12-1 and Vista Murrieta fell to 10-4. All four Bronco losses have some at the hands of its Southwestern league rivals, including two to Temecula Valley. Senior TVHS pitcher Burke Mitchell was named the tournament MVP. He was instrumental in helping get the Golden Bears into the Championship. The Boras Classic is a 32-team invitational that is

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divided into two regions of 16. Some of California’s best high school baseball teams compete in the event. Temecula Valley will now face the winners of the Northern California bracket in a State Championship game on May 3. The game will be played at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. To c o m m e n t o n this story online, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

Great Oak girls lacrosse brings home championship trophy Coaching transforms Cinderella team

Paul Bandong Staff Writer The Great Oak girls varsity lacrosse team lost 11 games last year; this year they are undefeated (7-0) and recently brought home the championship trophy from the 16-team 2014 Birmingham Lacrosse Tournament in Van Nuys. Parents credit the program turnaround to Coach Jenni Smith, “If it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be here!” The tournament featured a number of top-ranked lacrosse powerhouses: #6 Agoura, #16 Chaminade, #36 Beverly Hills, and #38 Thousand Oaks. Also competing were Santa Monica, La Reina, Simi Valley, Culver City, Northwood, Royal, Birmingham Charter, Newbury Park, Thacher, Westlake and Palisades.

The tournament also featured some of the top players in the state: Beverly Hills’ Natasha Kashani is the #2 scorer in the state (59 goals in only 7 games). Freshman Lauren Harrison from Agoura is #4 with 58 goals in ten games; teammate Kelsie Garrison averages three goals per game (31). Great Oak beat Simi Valley 8-5 in the first round and La Reina 6-4 in the second round to advance to the championship game against Culver City. Great Oak won 10-5 to bring home the championship trophy. The sport of lacrosse is exploding all over Southern California and has been a recognized sport in CIF Southern Section since 2005, but there still is no CIF Championship. The CIFSouthern Section requires

that at least 20 percent of the member schools in the section (575 schools) must field a team in order to have a championship. Currently there are only 54 girls teams of the required 113. The Great Oak team started up in 2011. Locally, Temecula Valley (5-4) and Chaparral (0-1) also field girls’ teams. There are currently 25 girls on the varsity team. “I am thrilled to see so much improvement in this team in such a short time,” said Coach Smith. “The girls have worked very hard to prepare for this season and it shows in our performance on the field. This was a tough and very physical tournament but we prevailed and we are so happy to bring the first girls’ lacrosse trophy home to Great Oak High School.”

Courtesy photo L-R Top: Coach Tom Gaffney, Jessica Mobley, Brianna Gaffney, Kiana Perez, Jessica Jones, Rileigh Schickel, McKenzie Portugal, Janelle Garland, Mary Doubleday, Montana Jewett, and Jazlyn Perez. Middle: Elizabeth Gonzales, Aitana Baumgartal, Sydney Flynn, Coach Jennifer Smith, Catheryn “Cat” Bowles, Harper Martins, and Aracelli Franco. Bottom: Nicole “CoCo” Standoff, and Stormy Golightly. Not pictured: Tanya Khaleel, Lexi Taylor, Melany Garcia and Mikyla Kerr.


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Temecula Youth Baseball league adds division for ‘champions’ JP Raineri Multimedia Editor The Temecula Youth Baseball League (TYB), which plays host to nearly 1,600 players every spring baseball season, has now added a Champions Division to their already very successful program. TYB was incorporated in 1993 and is an affiliate of PONY (Protect Our Nations Youth) Baseball International, which was originally established in the 1950s and is dedicated to helping young children grow into happy and healthy adults through baseball and softball. The Champions Division enables boys and girls with physical, medical, and mental challenges, ages 4-18, to enjoy the sport of baseball through the use of “buddies” and was unanimously adopted at the PONY Baseball and Softball International Board of Directors meeting on October 13, 2009. The new division was hosted by Major League Baseball and debuted at the 2009 All Star game Fanfest activities in St. Louis, Missouri. A “buddy” is a volunteer who guides the player throughout their turn at bat and in the infield or outfield. Each team plays with standard equipment on regular fields and players learn not only the fundamentals of baseball, but also how it feels to be part of a team. The most fundamental goal of the Champions Division is to give everyone a chance to play, regardless of limitations. Eric Willis, the father of a special needs player who spends his days as a local high school baseball coach and is also a TYB board member comments, “This is such a great opportunity for the youth in our area and their families to all come together and enjoy a day at the ball fields under the same umbrella.” In its inaugural season, the

Temecula Champions Division has over 100 players at the fields at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park each Saturday morning and president of the division, Phil Brown, couldn’t be happier. Phil started this program and ran it with the help of other youth baseball organizations for the past two years, but he says his time working with TYB and PONY has been one of the best things to ever happen for the program. “I continue to run this program because of how important this has become for the families in our community and even our surrounding communities,” said Phil. “The endless stories that people share with me of their experience with this program and how it has given them a moment away from the typical doctor visits has been my inspiration.” The Champions League began in March, but the league is organizing volunteers, sponsors, and interested participants now. The league includes all children who reside in Temecula. Interested players and coaches are being recruited. If you are interested in finding out more information, look for the “Champions” headline on the TYB website at www.temeculapony.com or contact Phil Brown at phil@temeculachampions.com.

Courtesy photos (Top) Jack Brewer looks to connect for a base hit. Jack is one of the many young athletes that participate each week in the Temecula Champions division through TYB. (Bottom) Players from the Champions Division Padres team celebrate as they score during their game last week at the Ronald Reagan Sports Park.

Mavericks strike out Storm, 6-3 LAKE ELSINORE – For the second consecutive night, a lateinning home run erased a Storm lead, part of a four-run eighth for the High Desert Mavericks as they defeated the Storm 6-3 on Monday. After the Mavericks scored in the bottom of the first, the Storm answered in the top of the second.

Diego Goris led off with a double and was brought home on a Luis Domoromo single to tie the game. But the Storm couldn’t continue the rally and left two men in scoring position to end the frame. Hunter Renfroe led off the fifth with a double, and after advancing to third on a fly out would come

around to score after Goris knocked his second hit of the night. Another Storm run would score in the sixth. Domoromo worked a lead off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. Corey Adamson advanced Domoromo to third with a single, and the Venezuelan would score

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Kohlschmidt has been named the defensive MVP and has played on many league club teams, one of which happens to be 395. During his sophomore year on 395, the team won the Stars Cup, which Kohlschmidt calls his greatest sports memory. While playing on various club teams, Kohlschmidt met fellow Great Oak lacrosse player Hunter Burgett. The Great Oak team was the first lacrosse team in the area, starting nine years ago. Chapparal started five years ago; Temecula Valley, four years ago. Great Oak is 9-2 this year. Burgett has also signed with North Greenville to play lacrosse. Burgett and Kohlschmidt plan to room together once they get to college. After majoring in business administration and minoring in marketing, Kohlschmidt plans to come back to San Diego for work. To any other athletes in lacrosse, he says, “Never give up, because you never know who’s watching.”

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on a sacrifice fly to give the Storm a 3-1 lead. Storm starter Bryan Rodriguez allowed a run in the first but otherwise looked impressive in his California League debut. The 6’ 5” righty scattered four hits over six innings of work, striking out two while walking only one. The Mavericks would add a run in the seventh to cut the Storm lead to one, but the real damage came in the next frame. With reliever Chris Nunn on the hill, the Mavs managed a two out single to start their comeback.

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Paul Bandong Staff Writer Jackie Crowther, a junior at Linfield Christian School, is back from Costa Rica where she competed on the Mexican National Soccer Team in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Crowther was out of the country for two months, training and competing. The tournament lasted twenty-one days and the team made it into the quarterfinals. Crowther played forward in all three matches, scoring a goal in the win over Colombia.

A total of 103 nations took part in the qualifying tournaments; only sixteen nations qualified to compete in the fourth annual World Cup. Defending champion, France, did not qualify; nor did the United States team. The Japan team – Little Nadeshiko – beat Spain 2-0 in the finals for the Championship title. Italy took third with a win over up-and-coming Venezuela. Costa Rica is the first Central American country to host the World Cup. The tournament’s 32 matches attracted over 280,000 spectators, a new record.

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Murrieta Mesa beats Chaparral 6-4 in Southwestern League action Rams improve to 2-2, Pumas now 1-3 in league play

Pumas shortstop Brhet Bewley gets a base hit in the 6-4 loss to Murrieta Mesa.

Charles McKee, JP Raineri Sports Writers During last week’s league match up between Murrieta Mesa and Chaparral, Ram reliever Christian Steigele walked to the mound, took the ball from starter Luke Reinert and put an end to a Puma rally in the fourth inning. Steigele would go on to give up one run in the fifth inning but held on to earn his second save of the

season, giving Reinert the win. The Rams exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second inning and that proved to be all Murrieta Mesa would need. Joseph Pinkava doubled in Peyton Uhl and Andy Thomas to get things started for the “Green Machine.” Austin Salcedo knocked in Brad Presley, Kevin Palm drove Shane Mittleman home and would score on Trae Erickson’s fielder’s choice.

The Rams improved to 7-7 with the victory. Murrieta Mesa is now 2-2 in league play and will face Vista Murrieta this week. The Broncos are 10-3 overall with all three of their losses in league play. Vista Murrieta (0-3) is looking to break the losing streak and win their first Southwestern league game. Chaparral (1-3) will face Murrieta Valley (2-1) this week and are looking to secure their second league win of the season.

Rams starter Luke Reinert picked up the win throwing four innings in last Friday’s, April 4 league match up against chaparral.

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Mike Clary photos A close play at the play involved Rams’ starting pitcher Luke Reinert and Pumas’ catcher Adrian Plazola. Reinert was safe after the ball popped out after the tag. Courtesy photo From left, top: Arianna Wesley, Ann Blackwood, Anna Sampson, Ashley Dominguez, Courtney Hendrickson, Ka’ipolani Mortensen, Ashley Johnson, Iliana Escobedo, Allison Powell, Elise Bengtson and Coach David Halliday. Bottom: Tianna Brown, Cailin Koupal, Malina Gabiola, Michaela Rentner, Summer Bales, and Jourdan Ziff.

TEMECULA – The TVSA Hawks Girls 16 Gold attended the Desert Cup college showcase this weekend in Phoenix, Arizona accompanied by their Coach David Halliday and parent chaperones. Former Hawks goalkeeper, Jack Balder, now a Sun Devil student, guided the group on a tour of Arizona State University. The players received valuable information, experienced eating in a college dining

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Michael Covert, Courtesy photos president and chief executive officer of Palomar Health.

ESCONDIDO – More is usually better, especially when it comes to patient care. Now, thanks to a unique collaboration with the prestigious Mayo Clinic, Palomar Health patients are benefiting from access to more medical research and information, additional expert opinions on complex cases and experienced advice on hospital programs and protocols. In December 2013, Mayo Clinic formally announced Palomar Health as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a program designed to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home. As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Palomar Health physicians can use electronic care reference and collaboration tools that connect them directly to Mayo Clinic specialists, as well as Mayo’s latest research and treatment recommendations. “Membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network not only benefits the

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care provided to our patients, but it also facilitates improvements in practice on the part of our clinicians,” said Michael Covert, president and chief executive officer of Palomar Health. “Working with this network takes our health-care practice to a new level and validates the quality of our physicians here.” Mayo Clinic established the network three years ago for likeminded organizations that share the goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities. Palomar Health is the 24th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and the first in California. “For the past 150 years, Mayo Clinic has used a model of care that brings teams of experts together to focus on the care of each individual patient,” said Wyatt Decker, M.D., Mayo Clinic vice-president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “We realized that Palomar Health is similarly aligned around patient care excellence and that shared fo-

cus is a key ingredient of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.” The vetting process took nearly a year and involved a Palomar Health team visit to Mayo Clinic in Arizona and, later, several Mayo Clinic visits to Palomar Health. “They don’t accept everyone,” said Covert. “You have to meet a level of practice that Mayo thinks is essential to strong collaboration.” Membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network provides participating physicians with new tools and resources in specialty areas where Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise may be helpful. An eConsult provides direct connection with a Mayo Clinic physician, while “Ask Mayo Expert” offers access to a medical information database developed by Mayo specialists. The result is patients and physicians have greater peace of mind, and most care can remain local. “Although we have great primary and specialty care at Palomar Health, sometimes we get unique cases which none of us see very often in our practices,” said orthopedic surgeon James Bried, M.D., who sought an eConsult for a challenging case. “Being part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network affords us the opportunity to connect with other physicians and share information on these problems to help bring the best quality care to patients,” he said. While Palomar Health patients are not physically seen or treated by Mayo Clinic doctors, their local physicians can consult directly with Mayo specialists about complex care and best practices. “By having access to more than 4,000 clinicians in the Mayo Clinic (system), Palomar Health patients will realize that their physician is able to tap into another body

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The Battle of the Fried Avos and the War of the Guacs?

No need to choose when Fallbrook’s La Caseta and El Jardin both serve stellar versions

La Caseta’s Fried Avocados are enhanced by lemon juice and ranch dressing.

Nathalie Taylor Special to the Valley News

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he 28th Avocado Festival is celebrating everything “avo” and among the celebrants will be two Fallbrook Mexican restaurants, La Caseta and El Jardín, who will again be welcoming diners to their establishments and offering avocado-based dishes. A wonderful thing happens when an avocado is peeled and the green golden fruit inside is exposed. There are so many possibilities, including biting into the fruit then and there. But, the most traditional avocado dish is guacamole. Another avo dish, which has been gaining popularity in the last few years, is the fried avocado. Both restaurants serve guacamole as well as fried avocados – so on festival day, if you are looking for a place to sit down and enjoy some avocado – look no farther than La Caseta or El Jardín. El Jardín Jon Large of El Jardín tells us that one of the flavor secrets to their “Deep Fried Avocado with Sweet Jalapeño Dipping Sauce” is to use locally grown avocados. The avo is then cut into fourths and

battered with a special tempura beer batter with “about eight different seasonings.” “The batter is very gently worked over the avocados, then rolled in panko,” he said. The panko crumbs lend a crispy, but not too thick, texture. The avo sections are then deep fried, which slightly changes the consistency of the fruit. “It’s now warm and soft on the inside with a crispy crunch on the outside,” he explained, “The key to this dish is the jalapeño dipping sauce – there is a lot that goes into it – honey, fresh jalapeño and serrano chilies.” (They add other ingredients, but aren’t telling what they are.) I agree with Jon that the contrast between the sweet and hot provides a zesty kick of flavor. Squeeze some lime on the avo, then dip in the dipping sauce and you will get a flavor pop. The avo is soft on the inside, but not mushy. An added surprise is the hint of smoky flavor in the dipping sauce. The flavor of the dipping sauce is more evident because it clings to the panko. El Jardín’s award-winning “Guacamole” is made with locally grown avocados. It’s blended just right – fairly smooth with small chunks

El Jardin’s hearty Guacamole is creamy with small chunks of avocado, onion and tomatoes.

of avo to savor. I detected a slight taste of onion and tomato, but the flavor that surfaces is of slightly spicy avocado. Jon believes if fresh, high-quality avocados are used, then the recipe should be simple. The fresh fruit speaks for itself. This time of year Fuerte avos are available, which are very smooth. He also uses Hass avos during other seasons. El Jardín’s guacamole is made in very small batches throughout the day, is never kept overnight, so it is always fresh. Their guac recipe is simple, but Jon defends it, “If you source fresh, you get the good flavors. You can use less ingredients and get bold, unique flavors.” In response to requests, Jon has been experimenting with a spicier, hotter guacamole made with searing serrano chilies and dark chili powder. This new guac is in the tweaking process now and will debut in summer. But, if you are lucky, you might be able to talk Jon into making you a sample batch anyway! El Jardín Mexican Restaurant is located at 1581 South Mission Road in Fallbrook. The telephone number is: (760) 728-4556 or visit www.eljardinfallbrook.com.

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he warm weather can be a boon to the restaurant business, or it can be a disadvantage depending on how restaurant owners approach the situation. Patrons dining out can make the most of summer dining by employing strategies to eat on the cheap every time. Although some restaurants have no problem keeping customers coming back for more, the sheer volume of restaurants in most cities and towns can make competition feisty throughout the year. However, during the summer, when many individuals spend their time at home, on vacation and on weekend getaways, restaurants may have to work even harder to attract business. As a result, diners can expect new specials and incentives to get them in the door. When selecting a restaurant, there are certain things that can help you cut some of the fat off the final bill. Avoid the hot spots. Look for less trendy, though established, restaurants and neighborhoods to save money. At trendy establishments, you could find long wait times for tables and inflated prices to cover the cost of decor and specialty ingredients. With a long waiting list wrapping outside of the door, chances are this restaurant

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Healthy & Beautiful Gardens The edible garden

Linda McDonald-Cash Landscape Designer Special to the Valley News Hello fellow gardeners, this week I’d like to discuss growing edibles in your home garden. I’ve previously emphasized the use of compost in your soil, and any organic fertilizers, to “build up” the soil health, and that’s critical for edibles as well. Edibles can be anything from fruit and nut trees to tomatoes and herbs and there are just as many ways to integrate them into your garden setting as there are gardens.

Let’s talk about fruit and nut trees. Why grow them? Besides the obvious advantages of being able to grow your own organic food, they are also beautiful trees that can replace other trees that basically don’t do a thing for you in the garden landscape. Citrus are “evergreen” trees – they do not lose their leaves so they are great where you want constant coverage and some shade year round. A few of my preferred citrus trees are the “Improved Meyer Lemon,” “Minneola Tangelo” and “Rio Red Grapefruit.” The more well-known deciduous fruit trees would be apples, peaches, pears, and nectarines, and all are available as dwarf, semidwarf and even miniatures for large pots on the patio. They can blend in beautifully in any landscape and will reward you for years to come, just make sure they receive ample water for best fruit production. How about some berries? Strawberries can be grown in a large “strawberry bowl” type clay pot, or as I do, in the ground in a raised bed. Boysenberries, raspberries, blueberries (they need acid soil) will reward you for years for your efforts – just watch out for the thorns on some varieties. Grapes

are another great fruit for the garden; they do get large though, so you will need to learn how to prune them for best production, same with the raspberries and boysenberries. Again, many of these plants can be mixed into your regular landscape – they will go dormant in winter however so bear that in mind. Ever go out to the garden and pick your own squash, cucumbers or sweet snap peas? Once you do, you’re hooked. I recommend a special area for these types of “rambling” veggies. Tomatoes need support, you don’t want the “fruit” lying on the ground, same with other veggies mentioned, and I like to lay down a couple inches of hay around my plants for mulch as well, great around strawberries also. It helps keep the fruit off the bare soil, which would cause them to rot. Be sure to add any organic amendments to soil at the time you’re planting and mix in well. These plants do well on a drip irrigation system and the system puts the water where it is most appreciated and useable. Melons, squash, and cucumbers all have varieties that stay smaller, usually called “bush-type”, so look for those if you plant from seed as I

Raised beds for vegetables add dimension and a great growing source for your garden.

do, to keep them within bounds if you are limited on space. Last but definitely not least, herbs – these are essential, in my opinion, to good cooking, and what better way to be able to use them than growing them yourself? Again, the choices are unlimited as to how and where to grow them, but the “annual” herbs I tend to grow right in the veggie beds I have – parsley (its actually a “biennial”), basil (I’m growing four kinds this

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The dangers of do-it-yourself tree work the accidents sensational enough to be reported by the media on the day they happened. Even so, these statistics provide insight into the types of hazards that one is likely to encounter while attempting tree work. “These accidents serve as a stark reminder of the dangers homeowners face when conducting their own tree work, and highlight the need for tree owners to seek out tree care companies with the proper qualifications and equipment to handle the work safely,” said Peter Gerstenberger, senior advisor for safety, standards and compliance for TCIA. “Because tree care involves dangerous procedures such as pruning large limbs, felling trees and climbing trees, it is best to outsource the job to a trained professional.” Investigating the major causes of accidents (see graphic with this story) revealed the following trends:

Do-it-yourself tree trimming can be very hazardous.

Struck-bys Thirty people were injured – 21 of them fatally – when they were struck by some object while performing tree work. Typically they were struck by the tree itself (18 of 30) or a tree limb (8 of 30).

Two civilians were injured when they were struck by a car while attempting to clear a fallen tree form the roadway. One homeowner was struck by a chainsaw. Finally, a caring spouse was injured when she was struck by her falling husband, because of his own tree care mishap. Lessons: Successful tree felling and large limb removal involves accurate assessment of the lean, weight distribution, and other forces acting on the tree as well as internal defects that can affect how the tree will react. These are just a few of the important factors. A professional tree faller uses a precise face cut (wedge, undercut) and back cut, and possibly ropes and felling wedges, to control the tree’s or branch’s direction of fall. Falls There were 14 falls from trees reported in the media in 2013. Six of the 10 falls from trees and one of the four falls from ladders were fatal. Lessons: Cut branches – especially large ones cut with a chainsaw – almost invariably hit the base of the ladder as they fall, wiping out the ladder. Homeowners fall out of trees typically because

they are not secured and lose their balance. A sure recipe for disaster involves mixing height, large falling or swinging masses, a powerful chainsaw, and inexperience with any or all of the aforementioned ingredients. Case study Forty-four of the forty-five accidents analyzed were classified as either struck-bys or falls. The final accident is so unique - and yet in some ways so representative - that its best to relate a summary of the news account: “A 70-year-old gentleman in Fenton, Mich. scaled 65 feet of tree in his backyard for what he thought would be routine tree trimming. Unfortunately, this routine tree trimmer needed rescuing after he had nearly completed his yard work.” “I went to cut a limb over my head and lost concentration for a split second,” the gentleman said. “The limb went the wrong way, the rope got caught on my foot and broke it, and I couldn’t get down. I was just trying to save some money and do it myself, but one second of carelessness can wreak havoc.”

Temecula Valley Rose Society to meet April 17 TEMECULA – The Temecula Valley Rose Society will meet on Thursday, April 17 at 10:15 a.m. at the Temecula Public Library at 30600 Pauba Rd. Annie Haven – entrepreneur, business owner, author and speaker – will give a presentation on “It’s

NATIONAL NEWS – The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) reviewed 45 civilian tree care-related accidents reported by the media in 2013. Of these accidents, 28 (62 percent) were fatal. The average age of the victim was 52. These

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all about the soil.” Haven is the owner of Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew. Her family’s background in the farming industry dates to the early 1800s. She is a woman rancher raising grass fed, grass finished livestock with pride, producing 100 percent

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Color, texture play role in determining hardwood flooring for your home INLAND EMPIRE – No other flooring option delivers the splendour, warmth and value of natural wood. Today there are countless colors available to choose from as well as different species, each with their unique characteristics. No matter the decor style of your home – modern, contemporary, zen, rustic or urban – today’s hardwood flooring manufacturers have something for every style and taste. Here are four key steps to consider to create a unique centerpiece hardwood floor that’s custom tailored for any interior space from country home to urban loft. 1. Color scheme Are you looking for something light or dark? Understated or with bold character? Choose the color that best matches your decor from a wide variety of colors available in each species. For uniform hue and a clean look, opt for either “Select & Better” or “Premium” grades. If you enjoy more pronounced color variation and wood with

more character, you may prefer “Antique” or “Classic” grades. 2. Species From Red Oak, Hard Maple, Yellow Birch, White Ash, White Oak or Brazilian Cherry, each wood species has its own personality and distinct look (grades and width) that comes across in its maturity, hardness, and durability. 3. Gloss Depending on the species, you can choose between a matte, semigloss and satin finish. A matte, semi-gloss finish tends to project a more formal atmosphere; whereas the natural look of a satin finish will feel more casual and better disguise wear and tear.

4. Widths and textures Wider planks, which are becoming increasingly popular, tend to create a more casual rustic appearance, while narrow planks are more formal. Along with wider boards, another way this is achieved is with the latest use of different textures to give wood either a distressed look of barn wood, prominent knots or the natural lines of boards planed the old fashioned way.


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Elks host annual scholarship awards dinner, recognize students LAKE ELSINORE – Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Elks Lodge No. 2591 hosted its annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the lodge on

Sunday, March 23. There were two types of scholarship awards presented. The first was that of the Elks Ladies, a lodge

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auxiliary, with Soozi Greene, Elks Ladies Scholarship Chairperson, introducing the presenters who awarded $500 grants to the follow-

The Elks ladies and awards recipients at the lodge on March 23, 2014.

Quilt Guild scholarship deadline nears FALLBROOK – The deadline for a scholarship up to $1,500 is quickly approaching. April 21 is the deadline for applications to be submitted for the Fallbrook Quilt Guild scholarship.  This scholarship is being offered to any graduating high school senior in the greater Fallbrook area (including Temecula and Murrieta) who will be attending an accred-

ited college or university during the 2014-15 academic year. While not a requirement, preference may be given to someone who has a family member or close friend in the Guild. Preference may also be given to someone connected to quilting and/or fiber arts. Application requirement information as well as the application

itself can be accessed through the website at www.fallbrookquiltguild.com.  The Fallbrook Quilt Guild is involved in many philanthropic activities and raises funds through their involvement in the Fallbrook Fall Festival, their quilt show every other year, and by selling opportunity tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt.

MSJC to offer comprehensive summer schedule SAN JACINTO – Summer school is back at Mt. San Jacinto College. MSJC plans to offer students more than 200 classes during summer this year. This is the first robust summer schedule MSJC has been able to offer since California’s recession resulted in funding cuts that forced MSJC to drastically reduce summer classes. The recent economic rebound has helped restore some funding and enabled MSJC to offer more summer classes.

The comprehensive schedule will include the high-demand classes, like basic skills, courses required to transfer to four-year institutions and career and technical education classes. Summer classes will be held at the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses and the Temecula Education Complex, which will offer some evening classes. No online sections will be offered during the summer to allow for upgrades and maintenance of software and hardware.

MSJC will have two summer sessions. A six-week session runs from June 23 to July 31. The eight-week session runs June 9 to July 23. Priority registration for veterans, disabled and continuing students starts on April 21. Please schedule an appointment now to talk to a counselor about your education plan. A schedule of classes will be available in early April. For more information, visit www.msjc.edu or call the Eagle Access Center at (951) 487-3311.

Forty-nine Riverside County students advance to California State Science Fair RIVERSIDE – A total of 72 School. Tramontano’s project Riverside County students from was entitled Mastering Monopoly 16 school districts, seven private while Kane’s project was named schools and one county charter Dimensional Quasi-Attractors with school received gold medals at the Dynamical Action on Topological 32nd annual Inland Science and Manifolds. The award-winning projects Engineering Fair held April 1-2 in were among 830 projects entered San Bernardino. Forty-nine gold medal recipients by nearly 1,000 students from will advance to the California State Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Science Fair, to be held April 28-29 Bernardino (RIMS) counties. Many at the California Science Center in projects were selected as community award winners that netted Los Angeles. Two Corona-Norco Unified additional awards including gift School District students took certificates, trophies, electronic tabhome top honors with sweepstakes lets, and cash awards up to $1,000. Instr HVAC 5.933 Individual andVN groupTprojects were x awards – fourth grade student Kennedy Kane from Rosa Parks judged in 22 categories of science Elementary School and Jared Tra- – from microbiology to zoology, montano from Centennial High math and physics to electronics,

Lakeside High School; Mercedes Moreno of Ortega High School; and Vivian Ada Anigbogu, Mayra Camacho and Megan Rodriguez of Temescal Canyon High School. The second was that of the Elks with Patricia Quick, Lodge Scholarship Chairperson, introducing the presenters who awarded varying amounts of grants. They were as follows: Hailey Price, $2500, (also $800 from state) of Elsinore High School; Tracy Tran, $1500; and Jeremiah Anderson, $1750, of Lakeside High School; Kyle Stevens, $1500; Ricky Chae, $2500, ( also $700 from district and $800 from state); and Kelly Halderman, $1750, of Temescal Canyon High School. All awardees also received Certificates of Achievement from the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.

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and consumer sciences to earth sciences. There were three divisions of competition: Elementary (fourthand fifth-graders), Junior (sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders) and Senior (ninth- through 12th-graders). Elementary Division participants are not eligible to compete in the state event. The regional fair was sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Inyo County Office of Education and Mono County Superintendent of 7.pdf Schools.

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Business Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan – personal injury attorneys fighting for you

Milan Kyncl, left, and Lewis Khashan are both lawyers specializing in personal injuries.

Alex Groves Staff Writer The law offices of Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan have been working with personal injury victims for many years. They’ve seen thousands of cases come in through their doors and have won many large settlements for their clients, even when those clients might have felt as though the odds were stacked against them. Lewis Khashan, one of the partners at the firm, said the most important thing to him is making sure those who sustain personal injuries get the money they need for medical care and compensation. He’s worked on spinal injury cases, wrongful death cases, car accident injury cases and more, although his body of case work isn’t just limited to those kinds of injuries. Khashan said he got into personal injury law specifically because he was struck with how impactful an injury can be in someone’s life. “When you’re involved in a car accident, your whole life changes,” Khashan said. “From losing your job, possibly years of treatment, loss of income – it’s an area of law where we’re actually able to go out and get someone properly compensated for an injury they might receive because their only compensation in an injury case is money.” Khashan’s partner, Mike Kyncl, agrees that getting clients the nec-

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essary compensation is extremely important, but he said it can be a somewhat dubious task with large insurance companies because they want to pay as little as possible. “They always deny everything and they want to have proof for everything,” Kyncl said. “They want us to prove every damage, every injury; they always claim that the injury was preexisting or that it was not related to this accident.” “Pretty much it’s the same defense all the time,” he said. “Deny everything and blame someone else.” Khashan said that the law offices of Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan strive to be different than some of the big name law firms in order to get the right settlements from insurance companies. Their medium-size and smaller caseload allows them to be more attentive to prospective and current clients and their needs. That’s made all the difference in terms of putting together the best cases for their clients and getting those clients the necessary compensation, he said. “We’ve tried several cases where we’ve got millions and millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements,” he said. The personal injury lawyer said he could remember one case where a client was going to take a smaller settlement than what he could have fought for. The client had been working with two other attorneys on his case

before coming to Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan and the lawyers at the other firms had recommended that he take a settlement of $15,000 from his insurance company when his injuries warranted better compensation, according to Khashan. But after reviewing the case and looking at what happened, Khashan said he realized it would be better if the client continued to fight for the proper amount of compensation. “They wrote him a six page letter to accept that offer and I met with

the guy, we looked over the case, and I said, ‘no way, I think the case is worth ten times that,’” Khashan said. “We ended up getting him over half a million dollars.” These days Khashan and others continue to work with clients. Khashan said he fights aggressively to get clients the necessary compensation they deserve because being aggressive and committed are necessary personality traits to being a personal injury lawyer.

“It takes a lot of commitment,” he said. “Each client of ours, they all have my cell phone number and they can call me any time of the day.” For more information on Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan’s Temecula office, visit their website at wkklawyers.com/Temecula. Wilson, Kyncl & Khashan 41593 Winchester Rd., Suite 200 Temecula, CA 92590 (888) 384-4999

Credit scores affect loan approvals, interest rates

Jason Alderman Special to the Valley News One of the few positive outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis was that it helped shine a light on the importance of understanding and staying on top of your credit profile. Along with that heightened vis-

ibility, however, has come a great deal of confusion and misunderstanding – particularly around the all-important credit score. “The consequences of not maintaining a sound credit score can be very costly,” said Anthony Sprauve, senior consumer credit specialist at FICO. “A low score can bar you from getting a new loan, doom you to higher interest rates and even cost you a new job or apartment.” Five factors are used to determine your credit score: payment history (usually around 35 percent of your score), amount owed (30 percent), length of credit history (15 percent), newly opened credit accounts (10 percent), and types of credit used (10 percent). Fortunately, if your credit score has taken a hit, you can initiate several actions that will begin improving it almost immediately. Just be aware that it can take many years to recover from events like bankruptcy or foreclosure. First, find out where you currently stand by reviewing your credit reports from each major credit bureau (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion). Look for negative actions your creditors might have reported as well as errors and fraudulent activity, which you can challenge through the bureau’s dispute resolution process. You can order one free report per year from each bureau through the government-authorized site, www. AnnualCreditReport.com; otherwise you’ll pay a small fee. You might also want to order your credit score. Lenders use credit scores to supplement their own selection criteria to determine whether you are a worthy credit risk. Several types are available, including FICO® Score, VantageScore (a competing model jointly created by Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) and proprietary credit scores from each of the three bureaus, among others. Scores typically cost from $15 to $20 each.

Note: You may see offers for free credit scores, but they’re usually tied to expensive ongoing creditmonitoring services you may or may not want. Read the contract carefully. Here are a few tips for improving your credit history: Always pay bills on time and catch up on missed payments. Set up automatic payments for recurring bills and automatic minimum credit card payments if you often miss deadlines. Sign up for text or email alerts telling you when your balance drops or payments are due. Never exceed credit card limits. Monitor your credit utilization ratio (the percentage of available credit you’re using). Try to keep your cumulative utilization ratio – and the ratios on individual cards or lines of credit – below 30 percent. Transferring balances to a new card for a lower rate will slightly ding your credit score – although it won’t take long to recover. But be careful the transfer doesn’t increase your utilization ratio on the new card. Make sure that card credit limits reported to the credit bureaus are accurate. Don’t automatically close older, unused accounts; 15 percent of your score is based on credit history. Each time you open a new account it slightly impacts your score, so avoid doing so in the months before a major purchase. Pay off medical bills, as well as parking, traffic and even library fines. Once old, unpaid bills go into collection, they’ll appear on your credit report. “Bottom line, don’t lose hope,” said Sprauve. “The negative impact of past credit problems will gradually fade as recent good payment behavior begins to show up on your credit reports.” Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs.


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