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CHEERS FOR BASEBALL AMERICANA!

March 18, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Cheers for Baseball Americana! On April 2, baseball fans can savor the exquisite flavors of San Pasqual Winery’s selection of hand-crafted wines while listening to baseball’s most famous readings.

Who’s on First? That would be Write Out Loud founders Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy, and the evening’s host, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis.

This La Mesa Arts Alliance event will begin with no-host wine bar reception at 6:30 p.m., and a curtain time of 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

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AZTECS TO FACE RED STORM FRIDAY

 

By Ed Barrena

March 17, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego State Aztecs men’s basketball team will face off against the St. Johns Red Storm, this Friday night in North Carolina as March Madness begins with SDSU making its 6th straight appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

CHARGERS SIGN CONTRACTS WITH ROBINSON AND MATHEWS

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego Chargers agreed to contract terms with restricted free agent center Trevor Robinson on a two-year contract and defensive end Ricardo Mathews on a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

10TH ANNUAL DUNCAN L. HUNTER WOUNDED MARINE GOLF CLASSIC MAY 4 AT COTTONWOOD

 

March 4, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)- - For the10th year, golfers will gather to support needs of wounded Army, Navy and Marine Corps  personnel  in the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

MICKEY CAFAGNA MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC TEES OFF MARCH 20 IN POWAY

 

February 28, 2015 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 20.  The event will be held at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.  The tournament will include lunch, a round of golf (scramble style) and an awards dinner that will pay tribute to the former Poway Mayor, Mickey Cafagna.  Sponsorship opportunities and spaces for players are still available.

BALLPARK TOBACCO BAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Tobacco may soon be snuffed out at all baseball parks in California, if a new bill introduced by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond wins approval in the California Legislature.

CHARGERS IN EAST COUNTY? GILLESPIE FIELD SPORTS VILLAGE PROPOSED

 

View a presentation on the Gillespie Field Sports Village concept by clicking here.

Tune in Friday to our radio show at 5 p.m. on KNSJ 89.1 FM to hear our interview with Robert Germann, proponent of the Gillespie Field Sports Village.

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Imagine a new Chargers stadium and sports entertainment complex next to Gillespie Field on vacant land formerly occupied by the El Cajon Speedway.  Sounds far-fetched? The 250-acre  site is surrounded by four major freeways and a trolley stop close by.  Approximately 180 acres are currently vacant—and none of this land has been used for aviation.

Chargers fans’ future is in limbo, with the team threatening to move to Los Angeles County and share a stadium with the Raiders.  The team wants a new stadium, but thus far San Diego county and city leaders have not come up with a solid plan for an alternative location and environmental contamination prevents rebuilding on the existing Qualcomm stadium site.

NICK HARDWICK ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER 11 SEASONS

 

February 3, 2015 (San Diego) - After a career that spanned 146 games as the Chargers’ starting center, including 10 postseason contests, on Tuesday Nick Hardwick announced his retirement from the National Football League.

JUNIOR SEAU ELECTED TO PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

 

February 1, 2015 (San Diego)--Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was elected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his first year of eligibility. Seau died in 2012.

Seau headlines the 2015 Hall of Fame class, joining running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end Charles Haley, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tinglehoff and former NFL executives Ron Wolf and Bill Polian. The class of ’15 will be officially inducted this summer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DON'T FUMBLE THIS WEEKEND, HERE ARE OUR BEST PLAYS FOR A WINNING SUPERBOWL SUNDAY!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 

January 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - As you Coach and prepare Super Bowl festivities this weekend make sure to be a good sport and keep your ‘Safety’ front and center at all times says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

AHOY! ADMIRALS PRO ICE HOCKEY TEAM SET TO MOVE TO SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

January 27, 2015 (San Diego) --Here’s some news that’s just “ducky” for San Diego ice hockey fans.

It’s been years since San Diego lost its pro hockey team, the Gulls. But now San Diego is poised to once again have a professional hockey team for fans to cheer on.

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES DUI PATROLS ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

 

January 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- The Sheriff's Department is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to keep impaired drivers off San Diego's roadways on Super Bowl Sunday.

'THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR'-CHARGERS END SEASON WITH A DUD

 

Photo: San Diego Chargers running back Brendan Oliver runs for a touchdown in the teams loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Courtesy of San Diego Chargers Facebook.

By Ryan Posner

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

December 28, 2014 (San Diego)--Needing a win to earn a playoff spot, the San Diego Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chief, 19-7, Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, Missouri, effectively ending their season.

CHARGERS AND COUNTY TEAM UP TO FIND FOREVER FAMILIES

 

Source: County News Service

December 28, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency has teamed up with the San Diego Chargers for their annual “Join the Team” Chargers calendar to raise awareness for children waiting to be adopted.  The collaboration has proven to be a winning team, year after year.

CHARGERS BOOST PLAY-OFF PROSPECTS IN WIN OVER SAN FRANCISCO

 

By Leon Thompson

December 24, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Chargers’ scored a come-from-behind dramatic win over the vaunted San Francisco 49ers in the stadium Levi Straus built in Santa Clara on Saturday night.  Charger quarterback Phillip Rivers was able to mount a legendary comeback for the Charger history books, and garnered much respect from fans and peers.

ALUMNI GIVE POINSETIA BOWL TICKETS TO STUDENT VETERANS

 

East County News Service

December 22, 2014 (San Diego) - The Poinsettia Bowl kicks off on December 23rd with San Diego State’s Aztecs versus the Navy at Qualcomm Stadium. The crowd will include student veterans and their families, thanks to the generosity of SDSU’s alumni community, which donated over 225 tickets so far.

SDSU AZTECS TO FACE NAVY IN POINSETTIA BOWL

 

East County News Service

December 7, 2014 (San Diego) – When the Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on December 23rd, the San Diego State Aztecs will be making the team’s fifth consecutive bowl appearance.  This year, the Aztecs will be playing the Navy.

JIMMIE JOHNSON CHAMPIONS GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2014 (El Cajon)--Once again, six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has proven himself to be a hero for education in his hometown, El Cajon.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has awarded $556,623 in grants for 2014—including grants to three schools in the Grossmont Union High School District.  The local grants include

  • Chaparral High School - $29,482 to create a computer lab that will augment the program at Chaparral through the use of online learning and digital arts instruction.
  • El Capitan High School - $23,000 to purchase new laptops for teachers so they can be better equipped to use digital/paperless resources and to teach students how to use the online resources and apps available to them.
  • Grossmont High School - $80,458 to integrate technology and foster collaboration and making connections between the arts and core academic classes.

Other grants went to schools in North Carolina, Okalahoma, and to Loma Portal Elementary School in San Diego.

SDSU AZTEC ATHLETICS RECEIVES $1.25 MILLION DONATION TO LAUNCH CORYELL LEGACY

 

East County News Service

November 15, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego State University’s Aztec Club recently launched a drive to raise scholarship funds for student athletes.  This week, Athletics Director Jim Sterk announced that a $1.25 million donation has been bequeathed by Bill and Robin Sinclair to launch the Coryell Legacy.

ON YOUR MARK…GET SET! 3RD ANNUAL WADDLE & TROT THANKSGIVING 5K RACE IN SANTEE FUNDS FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED

 

November 9, 2014 -- On Thursday, November 27 at 8:00 a.m. Pathways Community Church will host the 3rd Annual Waddle and Trot 5K and Fun Run. All proceeds will once again go to Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank.

This fun family event is intended for runners and walkers of every fitness level.

BARNES & NOBLE: LOCAL AUTHOR NIGHT

 

By Dennis Moore

October 22, 2014 (Valencia, California) - Steve Springer, co-author of Laker Girl, with Jeanie Buss, the NBA Los Angeles Lakers President and Governor, will be one of 10 authors at the annual Barnes & Noble “Local Author Night” in Valencia, California on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 7:00PM. This writer had the distinct pleasure and honor of writing a review of Springer’s book for the East County Magazine in San Diego several months ago. Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of 11 books, including four on the Los Angeles Lakers, and the coauthor of the New York Time bestseller American Son with Oscar De La Hoya. Another memorable book by Springer, and a keepsake, is 50th Anniversary: The Los Angeles Times Encyclopedia of the Lakers. This is a must have for all Lakers fans, me included.

SAN DIEGO NAMED A TOP THRILL-SEEKING CITY, CALIFORNIA IS #1 STATE

 

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--For experienced daredevils, that adrenaline rush is hard to come by when you are scared of virtually nothing. So, where do all of these gutsy guys and gals live and what do they do for thrills and excitement?

FORMER CHARGERS HEADLINE ERIC PAREDES SAVE A LIFE GALA

 

Fundraiser for East County nonprofit takes place Oct. 17 at Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa

October 9, 2014 (San Diego) - John Carney, one of the top scoring players in NFL history, will be the Keynote Speaker at the Eric Paredes Save a Heart, Save a Life Gala on Friday, October 17.  The event will begin at  6 p.m. at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa on Mission Bay.  Carney, who ranks fourth on the all-time pro football scoring list, played half of his 22-year career with the San Diego Chargers.

DOCUMENTARY FILM CHAMPIONS JOE ROTH, GROSSMONT COLLEGE & UC BERKELEY QUARTERBACK WHO BATTLED CANCER IN SECRET

 

By Miriam Raftery

photo: U.C. Berkeley Golden Bears blog

September 11, 2014 (El Cajon) – “Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story”, a documentary about Grossmont College football quarterback Joe Roth, will be honored at the La Costa Film Festival September 20th, with the film debuting there September 18th.

The El Cajon native led the Griffins to its first state championship in 1974.  He was diagnosed with melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, but courageously battled the disease while triumphing on the field as one of America's top college athletes—all without telling friends or teammates about his condition.

SDSU STUDENT GUNN YANG WINS U.S. AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP, EARNS START AT MASTERS

 

East County News

August 21, 2014 (San Diego)—Gunn Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State University, became the second Aztec ever to win the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Georgia. Only Gene Littler back in 1953 has matched the feat, Go Aztecs reports.

Yang joins an elite list of professional golfers whose names are engraved on the Havemeyer Cup, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods.

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