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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.

Henry grads launch ride-share for the elderly

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

By Margie M. Palmer

Ride-share services are great — for people who can access them. Lyft and Uber are exclusively app-based, but the reality is that 73 percent of Americans over the age of 65 do not own a smartphone.

In the absence of owning a smartphone, it’s been impossible for seniors to access on-demand rides. Until now.

The journey to PHAME and fortune

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

Jeff Clemetson | Editor

At the opening night of the new Patrick Henry Arts, Media and Entertainment (PHAME) facility on Nov. 29, students in band, orchestra, dance and theater shined as they took to their new stage and wowed guests with fantastic performances.

Combating the need in the world

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

It started with one man who wanted to combat the need in the world around him. Almost 30 years later, the organization he founded has delivered $343 million in humanitarian aid to 68 countries and deployed almost 6,500 volunteers in relief efforts.

Recreating ancient Kumeyaay history

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

David Shockey, like many people do, became interested, then fascinated, with how indigenous people may have lived centuries ago in our area.

He studied everything the Kumeyaay University program could teach him, but that wasn’t enough, so he decided to try to recreate some of the things the ancient records say the people created.

Grossmont College students invent approaches to help disabled

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Della Elliott

Sometimes, it’s the everyday problems that complicate the lives of the elderly and physically challenged.

Like the simple act of pulling up a pair of slacks when dressing.

Students in a Grossmont College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) class have become inventors, creating homemade adaptive devices, including Paula McVeagh’s “Pants Puller-Upper,” to help make life a little easier for friends and family members with physical impairments.

Frustrations of a Grantville advocate

Posted: December 16th, 2016 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

Navajo Planners get an earful from fellow board member

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Dan Smith is frustrated. He’s about $30 million frustrated.

The longtime Grantville developer and property owner has fought for years to clean up and develop the areas of Grantville that desperately need cleaning up and developing, and he’s near the boiling point.