Shaped from clay

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

A truly unique children’s book, “Lily Pond,” was launched on Kickstarter by Patrick Henry High School alumni Shelley Daniels Lekven.

Shortly before graduating with a degree in psychology from UCLA, Lekven was inspired to write a poem that follows the vivid imagination of a little frog, Lily Pond, as she daydreams about her future.

Taking a community to raise a youth

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

Just in Time For Foster Youth, a unique organization helping hundreds of youth who have aged out of the foster care system, has made Grantville its home.   

Funded completely by donations, investments and fundraising efforts, Just in Time (JIT) is the stop-gap place for foster youth who have nowhere else to turn once they are released from their foster homes at age 17 or 18. It is a place where changed lives are an everyday occurrence, but never taken for granted.

Grocery Outlet opens to good reviews

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Featured, News | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The Aug. 3 ribbon-cutting ceremony that opened the Grocery Outlet store at Waring Road and Zion Avenue cured the community ailment that had lasted for nearly three years — the lack of a handy grocer in the Allied Gardens area.

The grand opening day saw a throng of people coming in to look the new store over, compare products and prices, and generally get the feel of the operation. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony and owner-operators Chris and Gay Holbrook presented the San Diego Food Bank with a $1,000 check.

Riverwalk development planning underway

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

On July 25, residents of Mission Valley and Linda Vista got their first chance to learn about and give input on the proposed development that will replace the Riverwalk golf course.

The public input meeting held at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center brought around 100 interested residents who gave input on the various aspects of the project — design, traffic, retail and more.

Football star to family business man

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

When Don Coryell was hired to bring San Diego State football out of what was called the “small college” ranks and into the big time, Jim Allison says Coryell talked him into passing up offers from the likes of Texas, UCLA and the big schools.

“Coach knew where he wanted the program to go, and told me I could help get them there. He could talk you into anything if he put his mind to it, and he did with me.”

Construction to begin on Friars/163 project

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Since about 1996, there have been plans afoot to clear up the many traffic problems around the Friars Road/state Route 163 area. Problems there have only grown worse as more and more residential construction has been built on both sides of Friars.

Much more construction is planned for the general Riverwalk area. There may be thousands of units, apartments and condos to come.

A league of their own

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jess Winans

Michael Jordan has his own shoe, Maria Sharapova has a premium line of gummy candies and if you’re a Splash team member of the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association (SWBA), you have Miracle Whip.

Splash is an SWBA team for players over 80 years old that has been featured by ESPN, NBC, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News and endorsed by Miracle Whip — an endorsement which they said “comes with a side of potato salad” on their Facebook page.

News Briefs — Aug. 18, 2017

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Briefs, Calendar, Opinion & News Briefs, News | No Comments

Apply to be a Junior Achievement student ambassador

Junior Achievement of San Diego in Grantville is looking for high school students to participate in their student ambassador program from September 2017-June 2018.

The program aims to teach its ambassadors leadership skills and the inner-workings of a nonprofit association by focusing on professionalism, networking, financial responsibility, empathy, future planning and personal development.

Market returns

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jess Winans

Christine Quilici and Josh Perez certainly aren’t strangers when it comes to fresh starts.

The Allied Gardens business partners and owners of TruSelf Sporting Club opened the Allied Gardens Farmers Market on May 7, 2017 at Patrick Henry High School on Wandermere Drive.

While not an extension of the previous market that was held Fridays on Waring Road, the new Allied Gardens market — now held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — operates under the same name.

Date set for Grocery Outlet grand opening

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Chris and Gay Holbrook are transplants from Salt Lake City who came to Southern California to be near grandchildren, and to look for some kind of new careers.

They found one in Grocery Outlet, and they’ll be the owner-operators of the Grocery Outlet at the old Albertsons at Waring and Zion. That building has been empty since Albertsons closed its doors two and a half years ago, leaving local residents without a nearby grocery store to shop at — and leaving an opening for someone to cash in on an open market.