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Blazing a trail for San Diego’s writing community

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

San Carlos resident Kristen Fogle has in mind to make San Diego a bustling writers’ community. As the new executive director at San Diego Writers, Ink, she has taken giant steps in doing that, including transforming a $100,000 budget of a struggling organization to almost $300,000 a year.

Herself a writer, Fogle first came to San Diego Writers’ Ink, located in Pt. Loma’s Liberty Station, in 2013 as interim executive director.

Sycuan breaks ground on hotel expansion

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

By Jeff Clemetson

Sports celebrities, radio personalities and business and community leaders from across San Diego County joined tribal elders and leaders of the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation on March 28 to break ground on a new hotel expansion for the Sycuan Casino.

Tribal chairman Cody Martinez introduced the new expansion with a brief history of the casino and what it has brought to Sycuan and the surrounding communities.

Culinary patriot

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Shortly after Geoff Cole joined the Navy as a seaman recruit in 2002, he found himself cooking for 3,500 sailors a day aboard the U.S.S. Belleau Wood during Operation Enduring Freedom. Despite taking a brief interest in food while working at a Florida restaurant prior to enlisting, he wasn’t wowed by slinging mass meals on a ship.

“I was making omelets for hours and didn’t really like it,” he recalls. “I really wanted to be a pilot.”

Honoring neighborhood icon isn’t easy

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Communities, Features, News, San Carlos, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The people around Tuxedo Park in San Carlos loved Jim Brannick, and they want to make sure he’s not forgotten.

Back In September, we told you about the 83-year-old neighbor who came to the park just about every day with a smile and a good word for all his two-legged friends, and pockets bulging with doggie treats for his four-legged buddies.

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.