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SALAS DONATES $6,000 TO VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

December 2, 2009 (San Diego)--Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista) raised $6000 with proceeds from her annual Veteran of the Year Luncheon. In early November she presented the California State Military Museum Foundation and the Purple Heart Memorial Fund with checks for $3000 each.

YOU’VE BEEN FLOCKED!

 

Fundraising prank takes wing

 

By Kristin Kjaero

 

December 1, 2009 - - If you’ve wondered what’s up with those pink flamingo flocks you’ve been seeing around East County, wonder no more. In a clever response to charity fundraising in a down economy, San Diego La Hermanas  is stealth-flocking people’s yards.

 

The group sneaks into people’s yards at night (at the request of friends or colleagues), to leave a flock of the plastic yard decorations and a sign requesting a donation of $20 or more to send them on to the yard of your choice.

CONTROLLED BURN ON PALOMAR MOUNTAIN STARTS DEC. 1

 

November 30, 2009 (Palomar) --The Cleveland National Forest will be conducting pile burning throughout this week on Palomar Mountain beginning tomorrow, December 1st. Smoke will be visible throughout the week. 

GAME OF THE WEEK: HIGHLANDERS UPSET NORSEMEN, ADVANCE TO SEMIFINALS

 

by Christopher Mohr

(RANCHO SAN DIEGO) November 27 - That's why they play the game. Such a statement is typical after a game like Friday night's playoff matchup between the visiting Highlanders of Helix High School and the host Norsemen of Valhalla High School.

 

As fans and self-proclaimed experts, we often play the game on paper, giving out predictions and speculation without regard to the fact that the game is played on a field. Most of the time we get away with it, but this wasn't one of those times.

ON THEIR TOES: ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS OPENS STUDIOS IN LA MESA

 

 

By Gina McGalliard

November 30, 2009 (La Mesa) --The Academy of Performing Arts, San Diego’s acclaimed dance studio which has sent numerous students on to professional ranks, has just relocated to La Mesa. The new four-studio home is located at 5120 Baltimore Drive in the same shopping center with a Discount Dance Supply Store.

“There’s so many [of our] dancers that have done Broadway, film, television, everything.  We've been really fortunate to see all these former students doing so much work,” says APA  owner Kevin Patterson.  Patterson co-founded APA along with “Liam Harney, , a two-time world champion in Irish step dancing and star of the London production of Riverdance.

WOMAN ROBBED OF NECKLACE AT LA MESA TROLLEY STATION BY 2 TEEN GIRLS


Crimestoppers offers reward

November 30, 2009 (La Mesa) – Yesterday at 11:05 a.m., a woman was robbed at the La Mesa Trolley Station at 8248 La Mesa Blvd. The victim had just gotten off the trolley and was robbed on the trolley platform by two female suspects. The victim tried to fight off the two female suspects but was punched several times in the head and pushed to the ground during the encounter.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: NOVEMBER 30, 2009

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 30, 2009 -- East County Roundup includes the most important stories about San Diego's eastern regions, or stories relevant to our readers, that are published by other media. Top stories from the past month include:

 

  

  • Bilbray Billing Bilbray: North County Congress member pays his wife from campaign coffers
  • SD Retailers Pleased with Early Black Friday Results
  • 70% of Local Sex Offenders Live Too Close to Parks, Schools
  • Thrift Store to Leave Downtown El Cajon
  • Anderson Defends Mailer Touting Bill
  • 'They're Looking at Impending Doom' - If California exacts the worst possible cuts on schools, San Diego Unified literally has no idea how it can balance its budget.
  • Bankruptcy an Option, Says Mayor's Fiscal Task Force
  • Cuyamaca College Names Its New President
  • San Diego State Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel Resigns Amid Controversy
  • Potrero Preschool Reopens After 2007 Harris Fire

BOOK REVIEW: CHAPTER & VERSE: CROSSWORDS AND OTHER PUZZLES ~ GENESIS, BOOK ONE ~ BY T.J. JOHNSON

 

 

Xulon Press, ISBN # 9781604773200
Available through author’s website at www.hayneskid.com , Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble

 

Review by Dennis Moore

November 29, 2009 (San Diego) -- TJ Johnson, a Bible teacher at Bayview Church in San Diego, sums up the genesis of her inspiration for writing a book of Biblical crossword puzzles.

HOLIDAY PARTY TO BENEFIT LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS DEC. 5

 

November 29, 2009 (Alpine) - How would you like to complete your Christmas shopping and help rescued big cats at the same time? On Saturday, December 5th from 1 to 5 p.m., a holiday party will be held at 24402 Martin Way in Alpine featuring food, wine, beer, a silent auction, and holiday shopping with over a dozen local vendors. 

 

Among the options for gift-shopping are local wineries and breweries, artists and artisans, and companies offering gourmet foods, spa and personal care products, clothing, kitchenware, and more. 

PUBLIC HELP SOUGHT TO FIND GANG MEMBER WHO BEAT, STRANGLED RANCHO SAN DIEGO WOMAN ON THANKSGIVING

 

November 28, 2009 (Rancho San Diego) -- an Diego Sheriff’s Department’s Domestic Violence Unit asks the public’s help to locate a suspect on the run.  Early on Thanksgiving morning, November 26th,  Francisco McCrary allegedly assaulted the mother of his five-year-old son at her home in Rancho San Diego. McCrary reportedly beat and  strangled the 29 year-old victim to unconsciousness. When she regained consciousness, McCrary held her and her three minor children against their will, preventing them from calling  authorities.

BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED AT LA PRESA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN SPRING VALLEY

 

November 28, 2009 (Spring Valley) - Shortly after noon today, Sheriff deputies responded to a burglary alarm at La Presa Elementary School in Spring Valley.  The alarm company reported their audio surveillance system was picking up voices from inside the school. Deputies set a perimeter around the school with the assistance of ASTREA. Shortly after the deputies’ arrival, four suspects were spotted.

SNOW ON I-8 TRIGGERS ACCIDENTS, TRAFFIC ADVISORY

 

November 28, 2009 (Alpine) -- A traffic advisory has been issued on I-8 east of Alpine to the San Diego County line, due to multiple minor injury traffic collisions related to weather conditions. A light snow is falling in the area, but is not sticking, Incident Page Network reports early this afternoon.

ROUGH WATER AHEAD? HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES FOR PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER NEW RATE HIKES

 

Why can’t we charge people the right cost at the right time?” – Board member Kathleen Hedberg

By Kristin Kjaero

 

November 27, 2009 (La Mesa) - - On November 18, the Helix Water District Board dived into controversial waters, voting to hold a public hearing in June on a proposal to raise rates 12.6% effective July 10, 2010 plus an additional 7.5% effective July 1, 2011. The proposal triggered a heated discussion whether to hikes rates before the Board knows how much its water costs will be raised.

4th arrest made in Helix-area robberies

 

November 28, 2009 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Police have arrested a fourth individual,  Johnny Stewart, a 20 year old man from La Mesa, in conjunction with a robbery that occured at Helix Charter High School on November 20. Stewart was arrested November 24 and has been charged with armed robbery; bail is set at $100,000.

 

One adult and two juveniles were previously arrested for  two street robberies that occurred on Friday, November 20, 2009 in La Mesa. The first robbery occurred in the 7600 block of Normal Avenue and the second robbery, where a handgun was used, occurred on the campus of Helix Charter High School.

JULIAN'S LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE TO SPARKLE IN SATURDAY TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY

 

November 25, 2009 (Julian) -- Julian celebrates the holiday season by lighting up the town's living Christmas tree at Pioneer Park on Saturday, Nov. 28.  The historic gold rush town will also paysl homage to individuals who contribute time, skills, and energy to making Julian what some townspeople consider the best small town in Southern California.  The event marks the beginning of the annual Julian Country Christmas celebration--three weeks of holiday festivitird during which visitors and residents  capture the spirit of the season in an old-fashioned way. 

SMALL BRUSH FIRE ON I-8 NEAR GOLDEN ACORN CASINO CONTAINED

 

November 26, 2009 – A traffic alert was issued at 10:34 a.m. Thanksgiving Day due to a small brush fire on the side of the freeway along I-8 eastbound near the Golden Acorn Casino in the Live Oaks Springs area.  Lanes remained open but traffic slowed briefly due to smoke conditions.

SANTA’S COMING TO BATES NUT FARM

November 26, 2009 (Valley Center) - Ho, ho! Santa arrives November 27 and 28 at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center. The visits comes amid a weekend-long arts and crafts fair with over 100 artisans selling hand-crafted wares.

 

Santa will be visiting with children and the young at heart at 1 p.m. both days. Other activities include face painting, Kids ‘n Paint, visits to the farm zoo, a country barbecue and kettle corn.

DRIVER PASSES OUT, DESTROYS 2 PLANES AT GILLESPIE FIELD

 

 

November 26, 2009 (El Cajon) On this Thanksgiving Day, a motorist in El Cajon can be thankful he survived a freak accident that left his vehicle beneath a  plane at Gillespie Field.  Just after 4:00 p.m. yesterday, the 57 year-old driver traveling northbound on Johnson Avenue, just north of Bradley Avenue, apparently passed out behind the wheel. He then crashed through a fence near Golden State Flying Club at Gillespie Field into a row of parked planes, destroying two 152 Cessna’s and slightly damaging a third plane. When the driver awoke, his truck was under one of the planes.

PICKUP TRUCK STRIKES, KILLS SANTEE MAN IN WHEELCHAIR

November 26, 2009 (Santee) – Santee resident Hector Villasenor, 62, died after being struck by a pickup truck in the 8900 block of Carlton Hills Blvd. shortly before 6 p.m. on November 24. Santee Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call following the accident and found Villasenor non-responsive, lying in the roadway. Santee paramedics were unable to revive him but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

HOT PROWL BURGLARIES IN ELCAJON PROMPT MASS PUBLIC WARNING

Prowler may be a frequent visitor to area, police believe

November 26, 2009 (El Cajon)— Southeast El Cajon has had approximately 30 hot prowl burglaries and attempted burglaries since fall 2008. A hot prowl burglary occurs when occupants are home, often at night while residents are asleep. The latest in this series occurred early Saturday morning in the area of Jamacha and Granite Hills.

ROBERTS DROPS OUT OF RACE IN 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT; CITES FAMILY NEEDS

 

November 25, 2009 (San Diego) – Dave Roberts is dropping out of the Democratic primary in the 50th Congressional District. In a letter sent to supporters this evening, the Solana Beach Councilmember issued the following statement:

HOW NOT TO COOK A TURKEY

November 25, 2009 – El Cajon Fire Department tells us that –we kid you not— each holiday season, 911 receives calls from people asking how to cook a turkey. Please do NOT call 911 for turkey-prep instructions! Instead, check out the free turkey roasting and safety tips posted at the El Cajon Fire Department’s website http://elcajonfire.com/archives/2009/11/holiday-safety-cooking.php.

 

Be sure to check out their video demonstration on the dangers of deep-frying a turkey--complete with action fire-fighting footage. (Please don't try this at home!)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

Dear Readers,

 

We're thankful for our wonderful readers, our talented writers, and our generous donors and sponsors.  We're also grateful for the beauty of our backcountry and for the privilege of reporting on our area's many hidden treasures and surprising sights--such as wild turkeys and sectacular fall colors which you may spot if you travel East County's backroads this holiday weekend. We hope this season finds  you in good spirits--and we wish you all a  happy and healthy Thanksgiving!  

--Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

SHERIFF ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR HOLIDAY WATCH PATROLS

 

November 25, 2009 (San Diego County)--Sheriff William D. Gore announced today a county-wide Holiday Watch Program beginning Wednesday, November 25, 2009 and continuing through Sunday, January 3, 2010. The purpose of Holiday Watch is to provide a safe, secure, crime free environment during the holiday period. The Sheriff’s Holiday Watch program will consist of both education and enforcement. A schedule and locations of enforcement actions for seatbelt laws, drunk driving stops and more is included below.

DENNY'S ROBBED IN EL CAJON

November 26, 2009 (El Cajon) – At 12:48 p.m. on the afternoon of November 24, a man robbed the cashier at Denny’s restaurant at gunpoint. After leaving the restaurant located at 1201 East Main St., he fled north toward El Monte Road. The suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet, four inches, wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

LEGAL QUESTIONS RAISED OVER LOCAL ACORN ALLEGATIONS

By Miriam Raftery

Updated 11/25 8:45 p.m.

November 25, 2009 (El Cajon) – Surreptitious taping and dumpster diving are the latest tactics used by critics seeking to discredit a local chapter of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now;www.acorn.org), the largest national organization focused on advocating for the poor and disadvantaged. The latest revelations cast doubt not only on the actions of ACORN employees, but also raise questions over the legality of tactics used to obtain information. The controversy includes questions over the legality of surreptitious taping of an East County Democratic Club meeting in El Cajon, as well as questions over the propriety of actions taken in response by Club president Raymond Lutz.

FREEBIE ALERT! DONATE YOUR LONG HAIR AND RECEIVE A FREE HAIRCUT

 

November 25, 2009 (El Cajon) --La Dolce Belladonna, located in Fletcher Hills, is proud to be a participant in the Locks of Love Program as an approved hair salon that performs free haircuts by licensed, professional hair stylists.

 

To qualify for a free haircut, a person must have long hair and be willing to cut and donate it to a child who has lost his or her hair due to an illness. Very few salons in San Diego offer haircuts free;t this is the way La Dolce Belladonna Spa says thank you to those who donate their hair to benefit children in need. 

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF DEPUTY FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED CHASE IN POWAY

 

November 24, 2009 (Poway) Poway Sheriff's deputies attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor equipment violation at Pomerado Road & Robison Boulevard in Poway at 9:33 p.m. last night.. The vehicle failed to yield and the driver, later identified as Jacob Woolsey, fired a weapon several times at the deputy as he fled the area.

LET IT ROLL! VIEJAS BOWL OPENS IN ALPINE

November 24, 2009 – Tribal Council leaders rolled out the first strikes following a ribbon cutting ceremony today at the new Viejas Bowl, located in the Viejas Outlet Center in Alpine. (www.shopviejas.com. Opening ceremonies included a blessing and smudging, or burning of sage, to bring good luck to Viejas’ newest entertainment venture.

DOLLAR- WISE DIVAS: SAVE MONEY! BRAVE THE CROWDS AND SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY

Share creative ideas to assist people of all ages with tips to save money and improve their lifestyle!

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

November 26, 2009 (San Diego’s East County)-The term “Black Friday” dates back to the late 1960's and refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving – the start of the traditional Christmas shopping season, and the day most store ledgers hit “the black” (show a profit). Retailers nationwide get a jump-start on the season by having sales on Black Friday.

For many stores, this means opening their doors at midnight after Thanksgiving. If you are a night owl, that is the time to go (before all the sale items are picked over).

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