Steering students toward entrepreneurship

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Patrick Henry High School teacher Adria Van Loan-Polselli’s Engineering Design & Development class is a year-long capstone course where students come up with an invention of some kind, build it, and then market it with a business plan. In essence, they are learning to become, not only engineers, but entrepreneurs.

November was National Entrepreneurship Month and throughout San Diego County, Grantville-based Junior Achievement (JA) of San Diego began a program putting local entrepreneurs into classes to inspire students toward entrepreneurship.

Mission Times Courier Holiday Guide

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Featured, Features | No Comments

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A marvelous mentor

Posted: December 15th, 2017 | Education, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

As people enter the sanctuary of Del Cerro Baptist Church on Sunday mornings, the music has already started. Church member Kathy Worley is at the organ, playing the songs. Listening to the choir director, the other instrumentalists and to the people singing, she adjusts the music to their needs, never playing too loudly, nor drawing attention to herself. Yet she would be dearly missed if she were to suddenly stop playing.

The same goes for her teaching. As a teacher of industrial arts, with the current emphasis on career and technical education, Worley leads the way for young men and women. The West Hills High School teacher was announced as a San Diego County Teacher of the Year in October of this year.

Highway stories

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Books, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Appel-Lennon

San Carlos resident Don Harrison believes there are Jewish stories everywhere.

To prove his point, Harrison recently wrote a book that recounts 70 Jewish stories culled from all 35 exits along Interstate 8 between Mission Bay and the Imperial County line, titled “77 Miles of Jewish Stories: History, Anecdotes, and Tales of Travel Along I-8”

Multicultural holiday festival arrives in Mission Valley

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

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Lulu Huang traveled to the United States from China for a visit in 1994 – and she’s still here today. Instead of returning to her homeland, she started a computer company, had two kids and became inspired.

“[I] wanted to do something for children,” Huang said. She decided to start a cultural experience that was fun and educational.

Garden brings community together

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

By Margie M. Palmer

In the past six years, the San Carlos Community Garden has morphed from a concept to a favorite community gathering space, but Garden Leadership Team Volunteer Kelly Wood admits that “it took a village” to transform the space into what it is today.

Wood, who is also a member of the San Carlos United Methodist Church, said the idea for the project came in 2010, when the pastor of the church approached her about starting a community garden.

By music lovers, for music lovers

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Music, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Love live music, but can’t stand those bar crowds or coffeehouse clatter? Then check out the Folkey Monkey, a singer-songwriter showcase in Grantville.

“I know there are folks out there who hate paying good money to hear live music only to find, when they get to the venue, a lot of talkative and usually drunk people who have no real interest in listening. These music lovers are who I’ve tried to bring into the Folkey Monkey, and once they’ve experienced it, they really appreciate it,” said Joe Rathburn, the original Monkey.

Lipstick and lifesaving

Posted: October 20th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Marissa Labate went from a trauma nurse to a trauma patient — in the very same Sharp Hospital unit in which she worked. She was barely able to move for six months. It took her almost a year to get back to work. But she refused to slip into despair.

“Every day, I would tell myself you’re going to look back on this and you’re going to be OK,” Labate recalled. “I would focus on the positive, because there was so much negative.”

A dedicated Navajo neighbor

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Communities, Features, Mission Trails, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

In August, Jay Wilson announced that he would be stepping down as executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRPF) where he had served for nine years.

In addition to his time as MTRPF’s first executive director, Wilson has always been a dedicated neighbor and volunteer to the Navajo communities. He is a current member of the Del Cerro Action Council; has served on the Navajo Community Planners, Inc.; helped start and revive the Lake Murray July 4 fireworks festivals; and helps put up the U.S. flags along Navajo Road every legal holiday.