News Briefs — July 21, 2017

Navajo Planners seek representative

Navajo Community Planners, Inc., which is the duly authorized planning group that reviews and provides recommendations on land use issues to the San Diego City Council, is currently looking for somebody from Del Cerro to join their board of directors.

If approved as a candidate, the individual would be running to be elected as a representative on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

As per a bylaw requirement, in order to be a candidate you must have documented attendance at two of the NCPI’s last 10 meetings prior to the October election.

If you are a Del Cerro resident, business owner or property owner you can apply for candidacy by emailing an inquiry to by Oct. 9.

U.S. Navy captain celebrates service

On June 29, San Carlos resident Capt. Rick Taylor was honored for his 27-plus years of service in the Navy at a retirement celebration at the North Island Naval Base.

Capt. Rick Taylor

During Capt. Taylor’s career, he served aboard the USS Independence as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and was responsible for aircraft maintenance support for air wings CVW-14 and CVW-5. The Independence took part in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Southern Watch.

After serving on the Independence, Capt. Taylor worked as the Maintenance Material Control Officer in China Lake, California where he supported the operational testing of several classes of F/A-18 Hornets. He then served two deployments aboard the USS Constellation in support of Operation Southern Watch.

In 2001, Capt. Taylor graduated with distinction from Naval Postgraduate School with a master of science in management degree.

In 2003, he again served aboard the USS Constellation during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later he became the Maintenance Officer of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-125, operating F/A-18 Hornets to provide fleet training for F/A-18 pilots. After that, Captain Taylor was selected as the AIMD Officer on board the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk which was deployed in Yokosuka, Japan and concluded his second overseas tour.

In the later stages of his career, Capt. Taylor was assigned to Aviation Maintenance Programs & Process Improvement Branch Head for Fleet Maintenance Directorate in U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. There as Commander, DCMA Boeing St. Louis, he oversaw execution of all Boeing St. Louis defense contracts, including new production of Super Hornet, Growler, F-15 Strike Eagle, and numerous weapons and sustainment contracts.

After accomplishing all of that, Capt. Taylor has also received various campaign and personal awards.

Speaking at his retirement event were Capt. John Denton, Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Capt. John Denton and Lt. Tommie Crawford.

CHP looking for volunteers

Are you a motivated citizen who wants to give something back to the community? Become a senior volunteer for the California Highway Patrol! The CHP Senior Volunteer Program instills an understanding and appreciation of the justice system, human relations and ethics in the field of law enforcement.

In order to volunteer you must be 55 years or older, able to work a minimum of four hours per week, pass a background check, have a good driving record, and complete the CHP Senior Volunteer Training Program. If interested in becoming a CHP Senior Volunteer, please contact or email the El Cajon Volunteer Administrator, Stephen Stone at or call 619-884-2800.

Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta

Sharp HospiceCare Benefit Dinner and Regatta will be held on Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 by Sharp HospiceCare, the Coronado Yacht Club and Cortez Racing Association to benefit the Sharp HospiceCare’s Homes for Hospice program.

On Friday there will be a pre-race event at Hotel del Coronado located at 1500 Orange Ave. The event, which begins at 6 p.m., includes a full-course dinner, dancing and a silent auction with a ticket price of $195.

The annual Sharp HospiceCare Regatta will be held Aug. 26. (Courtesy Sharp HospiceCare)

Then on Saturday, at 11 a.m., the Coronado Yacht Club located at 1631 Strand Way will be having yacht reservation, lunch, refreshments, beer, wine and post-race party dinner for a ticket price of $150. The race portion of the event will start later at 1 p.m. at the east end of Harbor Island and finish near the Coronado Yacht Club. Competitors will race for a chance to compete in the 2018 Hospice Regattas National Championship in Oswego, New York.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the Regatta please visit and to learn more about Sharp HospiceCare, you can call 1-800-82-SHARP or visit

Del Cerro resident honored by JFS

Del Cerro resident Marlene Hamovitch has received Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s (JFS) Henrietta Rubenstein Staff Development Award. The award, which is voted on by all staff members, highlights an extraordinary staff member who works in their building located at 8804 Balboa Ave.

(l to r) Michael Hopkins and Marlene Hamovitch (Courtesy JFS)

“As the front desk receptionist, Hamovitch is the first to welcome clients to JFS,” said Sandy Young in a press release. “Fellow staff spoke about how she listens well to everyone and adeptly knows where to direct everyone … she assists everyone that walks through JFS’s doors, such as a Corner Market volunteer, a family newly here from Iraq, a 50-year-old daughter with her father who has dementia, a longtime JFS supporter, a mother with her teenage son here for their third week of counseling, JFS team members, a reporter, a woman who just became a widow and a woman who was just hit by her husband … again. She treats each as the most important person of the day, with respect, attention and empathy.”

Hamovitch was one of eight individuals and one committee recognized with special awards during the JFS’ Annual Meeting Luncheon on June 13 at the agency’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus in Kearny Mesa.

JA BizTown turns 10

The McGrath Family Junior Achievement BizTown located at the Capdevila Gillespie Center for Junior Achievement at 4756 Mission Gorge Place is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The program features a 10,000-square-foot mini-San Diego where about 15,000 fifth graders each year learn business skills with four weeks of curriculum in the classroom on how to be a good citizen, how a city’s economy works, how to apply for a job and how to run a successful business. After class, they visit JA BizTown where each student works a job at one of 21 life-sized San Diego businesses. The students earn paychecks, open bank accounts, pay taxes, vote, and are challenged to earn a profit in their business.

Supporters of the program include Wendy Gillespie and Laurie McGrath, board members, volunteers, community partners, Jack in the Box, Mission Federal Credit Union, SDG&E, and The Super Dentists.

For more information about the Capdevila Gillespie Center for Junior Achievement or the McGrath Family Junior Achievement BizTown please visit

SDCCD enrollment begins Aug. 7

Open registration for the fall 2017 semester will be opening on Aug. 7 for the San Diego Community College District. There will be over 400 classes offered at the San Diego City, Mesa and Miramar colleges as well as Continuing Education. The district will also be offering 15 percent of their classes online and 16-week fall semester courses for $46 per unit.

To register for classes, visit and click the “Apply Online” link on the right side of the page.

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