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A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

 

Hear highlights of Bill Walton's inspirational speech, originally aired on East County Magazine's radio show on KNSJ 89.1 FM,  here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/rdlekk220f

By Miriam Raftery

July 26, 2014 (La Mesa)—NBA Hall of Famer and former Helix High School superstar Bill Walton is best known for his exceptional achievements on the basketball court.  But he’s also proud to be in the boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame, and knows first-hand the importance of positive role models. 

So now he’s leading efforts to raise funds to build a Bill Walton Gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa, giving back to the children in this community, where mentors before him helped young Walton to achieve his dreams.  On Thursday, Walton delivered an inspiration speech at the Boys and Girls Club’s new Brady Family Clubhouse. 

“What great leaders do is inspire pride and loyalty,” said Walton.  “Loyalty is that human attribute that allows us as a community to come together and be part of a team—and to realize that what we have is so special, as a result of our caring about what goes on.  It’s not about us; it’s about these young children here who just have these fantastic smiles…who are just so full of dreams and full of hope.”

AMERICAN SOLAR DIRECT INSTALLS FREE SYSTEM FOR INJURED VETERAN IN EL CAJON

 

Employees Rally to Donate System for Southern California Wounded Warrior

 July 17, 2014 (El Cajon) – American Solar Direct Inc. (ASD) today donated a complete solar energy system at the home of Sgt. Odin Ayala, a wounded veteran in Southern California who touched the hearts of ASD employees.

LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION FULFILL'S PRESIDENT'S NEW INITIATIVE: 'MY BROTHER'S KEEPER'

 

Surf-a-Thon Sept. 20 Raises Awareness and Funds for Fatherless Teenage Boys Helped By La Mesa-based Program

July 16, 2014 (La Mesa)--In the midst of President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative–   aimed at helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential – La Mesa-based Boys to Men Mentoring Network has been mentoring fatherless teens of all races for nearly 20 years, with high success rates.

GOODWILL OPENING NEW STORE IN LAKE MURRAY NEIGHBORHOOD

 

July 7, 2014 (Lake Murray) –Goodwill Industries of San Diego will open a new retail store and donation center on Thursday, July 10.  The new site will be located at 6127 Lake Murray Boulevard in La Mesa (next door to Big Lots).

LIONS CAMP JACK 2014 GIVES AT-RISK YOUTHS MEMORIES TO LAST A LIFETIME

 

Source: El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club

July 8, 2014 (Descanso)--Lions Camp Jack was the dream of its founder, PDG Jack Wyatt, a member of the San Diego Host Lion’s Club. This year’s camping experience starts on July 20 with a traditional barbeque hosted by the El Cajon Valley Host Lions club.

TASHI - THE TIBETAN CENTER DOG

 

By Mimi Pollack

July 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - There is an old expression about a boy and his dog, but in this case it is a Tibetan spiritual teacher and his dog, Tashi, a nine year old Pomeranian, and the resident dog at the Drikung Kyobpa Choling [DKC] Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center in Escondido, CA. DKC was founded in 1996 by Drupon Samten, the spiritual director, and his long time assistant, nun, and fellow animal lover, Ani Chodron. Tashi was a gift to them.

MICHAEL AND PAULA MANTELL: FIT AND FABULOUS IN THEIR 60'S

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - How can one have a healthier and more meaningful lifestyle? The psychologist Dr. Michael Mantell likes to use acronyms when conveying his healing messages as he believes they are a helpful way for people to remember them. 

For him, the acronym PERMA is an important message as it stands for positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Although coined by Marty Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, it is a way of life for Dr. Michael Mantell and his wife Paula, who live in El Cajon and share an office in La Mesa near Grossmont Center. 

As Mantell says, “It is important in life to create positive emotion in every situation and be engaged or in the flow of whatever you are doing. Relationships are also valuable as is finding meaning in every moment and doing the best you can to accomplish and reach your goals.”

EAST COUNTY SCOUTS HONORED FOR SAVING WOMAN'S LIFE



Listen to our interview with Adrianah Castro and Wyatt Holcomb originally aired Friday, June 27  on KNSJ 89.1 FM. You can now listen online to our podcast of this interview here: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/2bxq7g0kbi

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Adrianah Castro, from Venture crew 1833 El Cajon & Wyatt Holcomb, Troop 355 Spring Valley



June 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-- Four Boy Scouts  from East County are being honored with the Medal of Merit for saving  a woman's life. On June 8th 2013, Sierra Holcomb, 21, Wyatt Holcomb,16, Adrianah Castro, 15, and Padraic French, 17, were attending a party at Shelter Island on June 8, 2013 when they heard someone yelling for help and to call 911. The four Scouts went to see if they could help and found a young woman lying next to her car unconscious, injured and bleeding.

LOCAL RESIDENTS HONORED AS HEROES AFTER SAVING MAN'S LIFE WITH CPR AT CONSTRUCTION SITE IN ALPINE

 

June 21, 2014 (Alpine) -- Alpine Fire Department held a ceremony on June 17th to honor residents who saved the life of Scott Holland. Holland was working at a construction project on Kevin Court in Alpine on October 9, 2013 when he suddenly collapsed from a severe cardiac event.

POLONIA UNITED HOSTS EVENT TO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL JULY 12 IN LA MESA

 

July 12, 2014 (La Mesa) – Polonia United invites the public to attend a charity event to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. The benefit begins at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by a live music concert by artist Ivan Quiceno from 7-9 p.m. as well as a silent auction.  The event costs $25 per person and will be held at 4518 Mayapan Drive in La Mesa, CA 91941.

FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT FAMILY OF MAN KILLED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN LAKESIDE

 

June 13, 2013 (Lakeside) – On June 14 from 4-7 p.m. the Bucking Delorian restaurant in Lakeside will host a fundraiser for the Menegos family.  Douglas Menegos was killed in a tragic car accident last week, after he was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Highway 67. He left behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, Kara and Jake.

SAN DIEGO NATIVE SERVES ABOARD USS CONSTITUTION

 

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) James Green, Navy Office of Community Outreach:

http://www.navyoutreach.org/san-diego-native-serves-aboard-uss-constitution/



June 11, 2014 (Boston)--BOSTON - A 2011 Helix Charter High School graduate from San Diego, is part of a hand-picked Navy crew serving on the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, the USS Constitution.

POLICE PITCH IN TO HELP HEROIC TEEN WHO LOST FAMILY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2014 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Officers Association (ECPOA) has pitched in to try and lift the spirits of an immigrant teen who suffered life-threatening  injuries trying to save his mother’s life. 

The boy, 15, nicknamed “Buddy”, moved to  El Cajon 15 months ago with his mother and adult brother, after his father was kidnapped in Iraq.  His father has not been seen or heard from since, and is presumed dead, said Travis Howard, vice president of the ECPOA.

But now, Buddy is without both parents--and his brother.

HEARTLAND COALITION: YOUTH BUILD CHARTER HIGH HELPS STUDENTS GET DIPLOMAS--AND JOBS

 

By Leon Thompson



May 30, 2014 (Lakeside) -- “Heartland Charter School helped me get a job,”  said Andy Casteruita.  “I learned good work habits and leadership skills.” Andy is one of 49 students at the Heartland Coalition’s one year old Youth Build Charter High School with classes and an office on Orange Avenue in City Heights.

LEMONADE STAND RAISES $20K FOR CHARITY

 

May 29, 2014 (Rolando)--Sophia Pruden, a 13 year old Rolando resident, hosted the 7th annual Cookies for a Cure fundraiser last Sunday, May 25, in loving memory of her aunt, Amy Pruden, who passed due to Leukemia in 2007.

SAN DIEGO-BASED YOUTH CONFERENCE, FUTURE QUEST, ENTERS ITS 17TH YEAR

 

May 30, 2014 (San Diego)--Future Quest, which exists to ignite and equip youth ministries from all over southern California, will hold its seventeenth annual Youth Conference June 25-27, 2014. The conference is a ministry of the Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon.

BARKITECTURE BASH 2014 FEATURES ANIMAL HOUSE AUCTION JUNE 1

 

By Peggy Buffo

May 22, 2014 (El Cajon)—ACES, the El Cajon Animal Center for Education and Services Fooundation,  is holding “Barkitecture 2014”, an animal house auction on  June 1st at O’s American Kitchen, Parkway Plaza from 5 to 7 p.m. The Aces Foundation is a  501c3 formed to assist the El Cajon Animal Shelter.

CITY HEIGHTS PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO REACHING GOALS

 

Hear a podcast of our radio interview on KNSJ with Tad Parzen, City Heights Partnership: http://www.kiwi6.com/file/sjqbi6s8mf

By Janis Russell

May 22, 2014 (City Heights)- The mission of the City Heights Partnership for Children, which has been in existence since 2011, is for young people to emerge as adults with the skills to succeed in college or a career and enter adulthood as productive members of the community. From preparing children to kindergarten to saving youngster's vision and even lives, the Partnership is attracting national attention for its successes.

NURSE HONORED FOR SAVING BABY FROM BURNING CAR

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 17, 2014 (La Mesa) – A Kaiser Hospital nurse who rescued a baby and helped save the driver of a burning car in La Mesa has been honored for her actions at the Burn Institute’s Spirit of Courage Awards ceremony held on May 15th.

WOOF! BARKITECTURE BASH JUNE 1

 

May 17, 2014 (El Cajon) – The Aces Foundation is hosting a Special Auction Event benefitting the El Cajon Animal Shelter on June 1, from 5 – 7 p.m. at O’s American Kitchen, Parkway Plaza, El Cajon.  Barkitecture Animal Houses will be up for auction.

HELP NEEDED FOR SENIOR WHO LOST TRAILER HOME IN CAMPO FIRE: FUNDRAISER MAY 26 IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 16, 2014 (Campo)—Jerry Weber lost everything in a fire that destroyed his trailer and all his belongings on May 13 in Campo. He has no fire insurance, relies on his Social Security income, and has both diabetes and a heart condition, according to Maria Amaya.

“He’s been my customer for many years,” said Amaya, who is accepting donated items for Weber at Angelous Barber Shop and Beauty Salon in Campo.  The greatest need, however, is a trailer for him to live in.

Weber is presently living in his car despite 100 degree temperatures, determined to remain on his property, Amaya said. He has no water on site, nor electrictiy.

In addition, a fundraiser to benefit Weber will be held on Monday, May 26 at the Bucking DeLorian restaurant in Lakeside. The restaurant will donate 15% of proceeds and is also encouraging the public to bring donations of food, clothing, household goods, toiletries and funds. For details on how you can help, click "read more" and scroll down.

ESCAPE TO TROPICAL PARADISE: LAS HERMANAS BENEFIT MAY 23

 

May 15, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--San Diego Las Hermanas, a group of women dedicated to meeting the needs of East County, has raised over $600,000 for local charities in the 12 years they have been serving the community.  This year they are raising money for Fostering Opportunities/Dollars for Scholars, Include Autism and The Challenge Center.

2ND ANNUAL ANGELA AUGUST 'FUN-RAISER' INCLUDED ENTERTAINMENT, BOOTHS, AND PETTING ZOO

 

By Janis Russell

May 3, 2014 (Alpine)- Last Saturday, April 27, a crowd came out to support Dawn August, her husband and their sons, Daniel and Nathan, at the second annual Angela August ‘Fun-raiser’ (For the Love of Angela) at Alpine Town Hall. This fundraising event for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers was held to honor the memory of 25 year old Angela August, who was killed by a drunk driver on June 11, 2012--just five days before she was going to walk and graduate summa cum laude with her graduating class at UC San Diego.

SPRING VALLEY’S ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF SERVICE TO HELPING FOSTER CHILDREN

 

By Janis Russell

April 30, 2014 (Spring Valley)- Royal Family Kids Camp provides a  network of camps and mentor clubs for children of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The vision is that “every foster child, ages 6-12, experiences a life-changing camp, club and mentor.” The mission is to “create life- changing moments for children of abuse.” The purpose is to “mobilize the faith community to confront child abuse.”

NEW FRUIT ORCHARD IN SPRING VALLEY FOR ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

April 26, 2015 (Spring Valley)--In honor of International Rotarians at Work Day, members of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary broke ground Saturday, April 26th, on a new fruit orchard for the residents of Noah Homes, a nonprofit in Spring Valley celebrating 30 years of residential care, community advocacy and collaborative services for adults with developmental disabilities.

MORNING GLORY BRUNCH PROVES A HOPPING SUCCESS AT ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 19, 2014 (El Cajon ) – More than $45,000 was raised at this year’s Morning Glory Brunch, held on  April 12 at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon to benefit the center’s innovative programs helping the developmentally disabled. 

A highlight of the occasion included the ever-popular frog race, which had more than 500 entries this year vying for prizes. St. Madeleine’s swim team helped the plastic frog “contestants” along, kicking and splashing at the edge of the pool, while a “frog princess” at the opposite end declared the official winners. 

View a video of the frog race: http://youtu.be/o6kFCc-V2Uk

Click "read more" and scroll down for more photos and details from this event.

LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS HOST GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT STONEY'S KIDS

 

- Golfers join Lakeside Firefighters to raise money to fund afterschool programs for East County youth -

April 15, 2014 (Lakeside)--On Tuesday, May 6, the Lakeside Firefighter’s Association will host the First Annual Lakeside Firefighters Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Golf Course benefitting Stoney’s Kids, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that funds programs that help East County children develop skills, self-esteem and confidence.

GUNSMOKE IV: GAMBLIN' "N" CAROUSING IN EL CAJON MAY 17

 

April 14, 2014 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley Host Lions are preparing for their fund-raising "Gunsmoke IV" night, Saturday, May 17 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. The evening activities will take place from 6-10 pm and is billed as a "Night of Gamblin' 'n Carousin' in an Old West Saloon. The Winchester Widows are assisting the Lions in the presentation and are pictured with members of the club in making preparations for the extravaganza.

EAST COUNTY COMMUNITY LEADERS TURN OUT TO HONOR BRADYS AT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS ANNUAL CHILDRENS’ BALL

 

 

 

Photo, left:  Guests at Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Indians table at the Children's Ball

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

More than 400 people from throughout San Diego and East County attended the 48th annual Children’s Ball.  Held at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego, this elegant gathering benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. 

 

This year, the event honored Mary Alice and Ron Brady (photo, right), founders of the Brady Companies which recently donated $3 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. A new  Brady Family Clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Middle School will be named in their honor.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County serve over 3,000 children every year.

CITY OF EL CAJON RECREATION SPECIALIST KATY CHAPMAN RECEIVES AWARD

 

April 9, 2014 (El Cajon)-At a special ceremony held last month, Katy Chapman received the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 12 (San Diego and Imperial Counties) Part-Time Recognition Award.  Chapman, a Recreation Specialist with the City of El Cajon’s Recreation Department, was recognized for her years of dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond in her service to the organization and the community.  At the April 8 City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council congratulated her on this prestigious award.

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