By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large
When local politician and Navy pilot Jim Ellis died on April 10 at the age of 88, his passing inspired tributes in various media because he was the kind of man you could respect.
In the course of my time as a television reporter in San Diego, I ran across a lot of politicians I could say that about. I also ran across a lot of politicians about whom that could never be said. Read More
By Karen Ronney
On March 21 and 22, approximately 1,200 Patrick Henry juniors and seniors witnessed the Every 15 Minutes program on campus to create awareness about drinking and driving and the impact of alcohol-related traffic collisions.
The program was co-sponsored by California Highway Patrol and the California Office of Traffic Safety, along with local support. Read More
Paul Galbraith concert
Monday, April 24
Grossmont College World Arts and Culture Committee presents a concert featuring classical guitar innovator Paul Galbraith. Free and open to the public. 7 p.m. at Grossmont College’s recital hall, Building 26, Room 220. RSVP to Anthony.email@example.com and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Read More
By Elizabeth Gillingham | News from Patrick Henry High School
Henry team national finalists in cyber competition
A local team of Henry students traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, April 3–6, to compete in the CyberPatriot IX National Finals Competition.
Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. Read More
By Jay Wilson
Kiwanis One Day
Once a year, Kiwanis clubs and their sponsored youth groups join together and do a work project on a day designated by Kiwanis International as a day of global community service.
For Kiwanis One Day this year, the Kiwanis clubs of Division 21, including the Grantville-Allied Gardens club, joined with their sponsored youth groups — middle school Builders Club, high school Key clubs, college-age Circle K clubs and other volunteers — to work together on April 1. Read More
By Sue Hotz
Free Comic Book Day
Wonder Woman turns 75 this year! Americans were first introduced to comics in 1842, but the Golden Age of comics didn’t begin until the publication of the first comic books in 1934 and the 1938 introduction of Superman. Who is your favorite superhero?
Twenty-three years ago, comic book enthusiasts declared the first Saturday of May to be National Comic Book Day. Special edition comic books are annually published for the day’s event and distributed for free. This year, it falls on May 6, the same day as our monthly Used Book Sale. Read More
By Kathryn Johnson
Friends celebrate local essayists
The Friends of the Allied Gardens/Benjamin library coordinated the local 20th annual Student Essay Contest at the branch. The contest was open to all students in fourth, eighth and 10th grades who are served by the San Diego Public Library. This year’s contest had 171 entries that the Friends group read through and discussed before selecting the winners. Read More
April 22 – Park Beautification Volunteer Crew, 9 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 8:30 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Earth Day Concert 3 p.m. Amphitheater
April 23 – Canyoneers Walk, 8:30 a.m. (KL); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Family Discovery Walk, 3 p.m. (VC) Read More
By Audrey F. Baker
Eighty percent of our region’s rainfall occurs between December and March, bringing an annual average of around 10 inches.
The series of winter rains that began in mid-December and peaked with the deluge of Feb 27, has brought copious spring growth to Mission Trails Regional Park. Trail Guide Bill Edwards recently described our lush and green environs as “a frenzy of new growth.” Read More
By Jeff Wiemann
[Editor’s note: May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. This article previously ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune.]
In my work supporting San Diego families who foster, there’s a lot to feel good about. Every day I see children thriving in stable, safe and loving environments while their biological parents are given needed time to get their lives back on track.
Families who open their homes to children in need find the rewards are immense. When my family fostered a baby boy, we absolutely fell in love with him – and went through an experience as a family that has forever strengthened our bond. Read More
By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
Pioneer path: A long-held dream of re-opening the historic Stowe Trail to the public is finally becoming a reality.
MCAS Miramar has agreed to make the scenic path, which skirts the eastern edge of the air base, accessible again. Those wishing to hike or bike along the trail must obtain a permit. For more information, go to the “Resources” section at miramar.marines.mil. Read More
Thank you and shalom
Re: “Beloved rabbi retires” [Volume 23, Issue 2 or bit.ly/2mkbFJl]
I want to thank you for writing such a kind, beautiful and generous article about my retirement and years of service to Tifereth Israel Synagogue. I was also surprised and pleased to find it placed so prominently on the front page. Read More
By Judy McCarty
Our May 9 luncheon meeting of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Federated will feature Carl DeMaio, the government-reform host of his own daily radio show on NewsRadio 600 KOGO.
He will present his strategy to repeal the new car tax and gas tax recently enacted by Democrats in the California Legislature. Read More
By Linda Armacost, Jeff Benesch | La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club
Recent news reports published in the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, and appearing on many network news programs including “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, alluded to Russian hacking and manipulation of the 2016 presidential election, decidedly in favor of Donald Trump’s campaign.
During the heat of the primary campaign, several website administrators of Bernie Sanders’ Facebook sites, including John Mattes (who was a Bernie supporter at our springtime Bernie/Hillary forum) noticed a disturbing trend. Many posts and posters, hundreds of them in fact, were originating in Eastern Europe. Read More
By Shain Haug, Tommy Thorton
The next Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church at 51st and Zion avenues. Read More
By Mickey Zeichick
The next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive.
There might be a discussion on the homes being built at the Cleveland Elementary School site. Let me know if you think this would be a good topic. Our meetings are open to the public. Read More
By Scripps Health
After a very wet winter, spring is in full bloom – and for children with environmental allergies, that may mean itchy noses, watery eyes, congestion and other allergy symptoms.
Allergic rhinitis, which is more commonly known as nasal allergies, is extremely common in children. Read More
By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch
After several years in hiatus, the San Diego Lake Murray Music Fest and Fireworks Show is once again returning this year on July 4.
For those unfamiliar with the once popular Independence Day event, the festival was a linchpin for the Navajo community where residents came together to visit, enjoy the festivities, and watch a beautiful fireworks show. The event was important to bringing the community closer together. Read More
Live Music at College Avenue Center
Friday, March 24
The College Avenue Center, 6299 Capri Drive, occasionally presents live musical performances. Here is the upcoming lineup:
Friday, March 24, 12:30 p.m., Karen Giorgio, Broadway and popular songs.
Friday, March 31, 12:30 p.m., Peter Seltser, music and vocals. Read More
By Jennifer Coburn
If you ask most bestselling authors how they made it as novelists, you’ll hear about workshops, writers’ groups, or backgrounds in journalism. Rarely will you hear a career trajectory like Patricia D. Benke’s.
Benke was a San Diego appellate court judge who was being considered for the California Supreme Court when she told a newspaper reporter that she enjoyed writing fiction. Read More
The cosmopolitan city of Germany
By Ron Stern | Global Gumshoe
Located in the East German state of Saxony at the confluence of three rivers, Leipzig has always been a historically important city. Many notable figures have lived here, and its citizens were instrumental in bringing about the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Read More
By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch
The San Diego Public Library is holding a new education initiative that gives children the opportunity to learn about science and the ecosystem in a series of programs based on the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concept. Classes and workshops will be held at each branch library in District 7. Read More