News from Patrick Henry High School – Sept. 15, 2017

By Elizabeth Gillingham

Meet new staff at Henry

Patrick Henry High School is pleased to welcome several new faces around campus as we had several staff members retire last year.

In the math department, we have Tomas Cometto coming from Clairemont High School, Chris Coman from Hoover High School, Tim Reinheimer coming from Alba, and Sheldon Watkins coming from out of state — South Carolina.

Supreme Court insider featured at next Dem Club meeting

By Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch

The upcoming fall term of the U.S. Supreme Court may prove to be momentous. Among other issues, multiple immigration cases, same sex marriage, district gerrymandering, and voting rights will take center stage.

We may also hear of the retirement of one or more justices, extremely significant given the current occupant of the Oval Office and the likely conservative direction of his court appointees.

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – Sept. 15, 2017

By Leslie Perkins

I am honored to step into the role of executive director for the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation after Jay Wilson retired in August, after serving the foundation since 2009. His dedication and hard work are very much appreciated by all.

While many people may know the park well, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation’s story may not be as well known. What role does the foundation play?

Republican Women Fashion Show at the Bali Hai

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Navajo Canyon Republican Women | No Comments

By Judy McCarty

“Shine, Wine and Dine” at the Navajo Canyon Republican Women’s annual fundraiser and Fashion Show Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bali Hai Pavilion, 2230 Shelter Island.

The bayside setting is perfect for a social hour and extensive luau buffet.   Opportunity Baskets will include a Mystery Box, Pot of Gold (full of lottery tickets) and an assortment of discounted restaurant gift cards. We’ll have a “road show” (silent auction) of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items to brighten up your holidays.

News from the San Carlos Library – Sept. 15, 2017

By Sue Hotz | Friends of San Carlos Library

School help at the library

Homework help at the library is available at the San Carlos Branch on Mondays and Thursdays, 3–6 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m. The homework help holiday calendar is available on our website. 

Home-schooled students and parents work together to learn new ways of approaching math problems during the “Math Circle,” led by San Diego State University’s Dr. Chiznik on second and fourth Fridays from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Space is limited to 24 participants; please pre-register at

Happenings at the Allied Gardens Library – Sept. 15, 2017

By Kathryn Johnson

Banned Book Week

Did you know that one third of the most challenged books in 2016 were comic books or graphic novels? Would it surprise you that the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual freedom recorded 323 complaints about library material in 2016? Can you believe that 323 complaints only constitutes about 20 percent of occasions when materials were challenged? 

Council adopts measures to fix housing crisis

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, District 7 Dispatch, Featured | No Comments

By Scott Sherman | District 7 Dispatch

In response to the crippling housing crisis the San Diego region currently faces, the City Council recently approved a package of housing reform measures that will cut red tape and streamline the housing approval pipeline. These reforms will allow the construction of housing to move faster, therefore reducing the cost to build.

Multiple sports may mean fewer injuries

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, To Your Health | No Comments

By Scripps Health | To Your Health

Kids who play sports can reap many benefits, including improved physical fitness, development of athletic skills, team-building and, of course, fun.

Student athletes who excel at a sport may even qualify for college athletic scholarships, which may tempt both kids and their parents to focus on a single sport, such as soccer, football or baseball.

Mission Trails’ misunderstood creepy crawlers

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Mission Trails - Trail Guide | No Comments

By Audrey F. Baker

As October approaches, thoughts to turn to Halloween and the menagerie of nature that represents the celebration. Hoary oaks, ravens, owls, bats and more symbolize holiday fun.

Let’s face it, tarantulas have a “PR problem.” Much of the public sees them as nightmarish critters of loathsome reputation. Yes, they’re hairy and maybe scary.