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The Follies want you

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Three years ago, San Carlos resident Bonnie Demming was at a hair salon appointment when two women, Louise Smith and Tobie Scheibel, told her she had to be in the San Diego Follies.

The then 80-year-old was skeptical at first but after a bit of soul searching and looking back on her life as a dancer — in high school she performed in Balboa Park, as a teacher she taught her students folk dances, and in Mrs. San Diego and Mrs. California contests performing Hawaiian dances — Demming decided to audition.

Beloved rabbi retires

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal may be retiring as the spiritual leader at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue, but wants both congregation and community members to know he’s not going far.

“I’ll still be around. [My wife and I] aren’t moving. If anything, I’ll be busy driving my wife crazy. She’s already talking about moving out after I retire,” Rabbi Rosenthal said, laughing. “I’ll still be around for emergencies and special events.”

Remembering a local hero

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Schindler

On the evening of Jan. 14, Max Schindler of San Diego passed away peacefully with family at his side at his home in San Diego, California. Max is survived by his wife of 66 years, Rose Schindler, his four children and their spouses, and his nine grandchildren.

Schindler was born on June 18, 1929 in Cottbus, Germany. His life is a story of pain, loss, resilience and renewal.

More from U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Congressional Watch, Featured, News | No Comments

By Andy Cohen | Congressional Watch (Editor’s note: This is the finale of a two-part interview with U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis. Read the first part at tinyurl.com/z9qs82s.) As a new Congress begins its two-year term, Democrats have their work cut out for them. As the Trump era begins, Democrats will be hard-pressed to counteract the […]

Our four communities and where they came from

Posted: February 17th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Most people tend to wonder where their communities came from — how did they originate? Who built all these homes and businesses? Why are they named what they are?

We actually started thinking about this when an irate reader told us we were crazy — that Capri Drive is not in Del Cerro, and never has been. (It is in Del Cerro, if only just barely.) But it got us thinking about the history, and how a whole bunch of land tracts and developments became the four communities our newspaper serves.

One step closer for San Carlos Library

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Communities, Features, News, San Carlos, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

We now have a very good idea what the new San Carlos branch library will look like. We also have a much more uncertain view of when it might look like that.

Architect David Pfeifer showed the drawings and schematics of the long-awaited facility to the Navajo Community Planners at the group’s Jan. 11 meeting, and it revealed a 25,000-square-foot library and community center that has been the dream of library supporters since at least 1995, and probably much earlier.

Grantville may host more veteran, low-income housing

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Communities, Features, Grantville, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Affirmed Housing is looking at the northeast corner of Fairmount and Twain Avenues for a multi-story complex of buildings for homeless veterans, special needs populations and low-income families, in the same vein as the company’s current efforts with the former Motel 6 on Alvarado Canyon Road.

Affirmed Housing senior project manager John Wurster unveiled the plans at a meeting of the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) on Jan. 11.

Area ballpark fields face vandalism, thefts

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Back in early December, maintenance workers at the Lake Murray Park baseball fields discovered something odd. Someone had started sawing down several trees that were planted near the Rookie and Caps fields that butt up against neighbors’ yards.

President of San Carlos Little League (SCLL) Gracie Gagliano called the city to find out why the trees were cut down. The city didn’t know anything about it.

Mini-dorms face stiff crackdown

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | College Area, Communities, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Longtime residents of the neighborhoods around San Diego State University are losing their communities to the never-ending need for some sort of housing for SDSU students.

Right now, there are more than 800 so-called “mini-dorms” in the College area, and there are fears that these makeshift housing options will spread to other communities, like Del Cerro, San Carlos, Grantville and Allied Gardens.