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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”

Grantville transforming, but slowly

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

Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

For as long as anyone can remember, Grantville has been considered an industrial area, and justifiably so.

City planner Lisa Lind says Grantville, “is the place for infill and redevelopment anywhere in the Navajo areas. San Carlos, Del Cerro and Allied Gardens are pretty much built out — aside from a very small project alongside College Avenue in Del Cerro, there’s really nowhere else.”

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.

Fight or flight

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

By Dave Schwab

Runway expansion to accommodate larger jets, a proposal in a new master plan for the 456-acre, three-runway Montgomery-Gibbs Airport, is causing consternation among Navajo and Mission Valley residents.

The city owns and operates two general aviation airports, Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport at 3750 John J Montgomery Drive, and Brown Field Municipal Airport at 1424 Continental St.

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.

Local talent at a patriotic event

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

By David Dixon

Various film festivals in San Diego have been growing over the last few years. The San Diego Film Festival and the Coronado Island Film Festival are small sample of local cinematic events drawing plenty of attention in 2017.

Another fairly new celebration of movies is the GI Film Festival San Diego, which started in 2015. Selections focus on stories about the military, or feature people behind the scenes with ties to the military.

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.”