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THE DOG BLOG: VACATION PET CARE OPTIONS

 

 

 

 

 

By Dawn Celapino

 

August 12, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Do you want to take a vacation this summer, but can't make plans because you don't know what to do with your dog? There are many cool, pet-friendly accommodations to save you from your unrealized vacation plans! It might be really hard to leave your dog behind, but many vacation destinations don't allow dogs, or have strict policies regarding our furry friends.

 

WILL POWER REPORT: LONGEVITY AND INCOME


Nothing but the Truth!

 

By Will Power

 

August 13, 2010 (San Diego)--Gerontologists have come up with startling news. The length of your life is dependant not on genetics, but on income. The richer you are, the longer you live.

While this seems like a self-fulfilling prophesy, it is also an indictment of a US system of health care that rewards the rich at the expense of the poor.

BLOCK'S BILL TO RESTORE SPECIAL EDUCATION FUNDS TO SCHOOLS CLEARS SENATE HURDLE

San Diego County Receives 25% of Total Funds, Provides Educational Resources to Military Families and Their Children

East County News Service

August 12, 2010 (Lemon Grove) -- Seeking relief for school districts already scrambling to cope with unexpected cash shortages and budget revisions, Assemblymember Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) announced that AB 184 has cleared the Senate Education Committee. This legislation provides statutory authority to allow school districts to recover critical special education funding that they received during the last fiscal year to meet the needs of students in their classroom.

COURT RULES AGAINST PADRE DAM TO PROTECT NATIVE AMERICAN REMAINS

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 12, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego County Superior Court Judge Judith Hayes yesterday granted an injunction requested by the state Native American Heritage Commission. The injunction requires Padre Municipal Water District to cease construction at the site of a planned water project in Lakeside where human bone fragments identified as ancient Native Americans and artifacts were found during preliminary construction for a proposed pump station, 2.5 million gallon reservoir, flow control facility and pipelines near Lake Jennings.

MISSING GIRL FOUND

 

Jewele Hiday located in South Bay area

 

August 12, 2010 (San Diego) San Diego Police Department reports that Jewele Hiday, 12, missing since Sunday morning, has been found safe in the South Bay area.  She reportedly ran away to a friend's after an argument with her mother. 

FIRE CHARS JAMUL HOME

 

East County News Service

 

August 11, 2010 (Jamul) – San Miguel Fire and Sycuan firefighting crews responded to a structure fire off Highway 94 and Vista San Diego in Jamul this afternoon. Upon arrival, crews found the roof in flames and made an aggressive attack.

DOLLAR-WISE DIVAS: $AVE MONEY! KIDS EAT FREE

 

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

 

By Nancy and Dawn Clement

 

August 13, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Free is cool! For a short time Cali Comfort  Restaurant in Spring Valley is offering a special deal: Kids eat free every Friday for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This special will only be available until August 21, so mark your calendar to be sure you do not miss out. Some other restaurants that offer Kid’s Eat Free meals are in the list written below; many of them are located in East County.

HOT TIPS FOR COOL CROPS: GET GROWING ON YOUR FALL GARDEN

 

By Joan Casanova, for Bonnie Plants

 

August 11, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- You might think the end of summer means bidding farewell to fresh, homegrown veggies. Not so – many cool-season crops hit their heyday as autumn temperatures drop, and some even taste better when nipped by a light frost.

BIG DADDY ORCHESTRA HEADLINES HEART OF MT. HELIX AUG. 14

August 11, 2010 (Mt. Helix) – Tickets are now on sale for the third annual HeART of Mt. Helix on Saturday, August 14 from 5:30-10 p.m., billed as “the event of the summer at the top of the hill.” Big Daddy Orchestra  will headline this year’s event, which also features musical vignettes, wine tasting with Artesa Winery, art, auctions, food from local restaurants and dancing under the stars.

Tickets are only sold in advance ($50 general admission, $100 reserved table seating). The event, held in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix, has sold out for the past two years. Buy tickets here.

POLICE ARREST WOMAN'S KILLER IN OAK PARK/LEMON GROVE AREA

 

August 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit detectives arrested 35 year-old Quang Van Dang  at 6 a.m. this morning for the murder of a woman in the Oak Park area, just west of Lemon Grove. Quang was located by Homicide Unit investigators in the 5400 block of Fieger Street, a short distance from the crime scene.

 

 

FELONY WARRANT SUSPECT WANTED FOR BURGLARIES IN EAST COUNTY

$1,000 Reward offered

 

August 10, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) --San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Lemon Grove Substation are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a suspect wanted for burglary. On August 5, 2010 , a felony arrest warrant was issued for Gregory Richard Arkwright for burglary. He has been linked to several burglaries in the Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley areas of the County.

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING IN POWAY: SHERIFF SEEKS PUBLIC HELP TO FIND SUSPECT

 

August 10, 2010 (Poway) –San Diego Sheriff seeks public help to locate a man who reportedly grabbed the arm of a 17-year-old walking her dogs in Poway last night and attempted to pull her behind a laundry building adjacent to a dog park.

LA MESA SUBWAY SHOP ROBBED AT GUNPOINT

 


August 10, 2010 (La Mesa) -- Two men robbed the Subway Sandwich Shop at 7404 University Avenue in La Mesa at 9:15 last night. The suspects pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding money from the register. After the clerk handed them money, they fled westbound on University Avenue on foot. No one was injured and the suspects remain at large.

SHERIFF GORE ANNOUNCES PROMOTION OF ED PRENDERGAST

 


August 10, 2010 (San Diego) -- Sheriff Bill Gore announces the promotion of Commander Ed Prendergast to Assistant Sheriff, Law Enforcement Services. Assistant Sheriff Prendergast is currently assigned oversight for the Alpine, Imperial Beach, Lemon Grove, and Santee Stations, as well as Rural Law Enforcement and Crime Analysis.He is a 29-year veteran with the Sheriff's Department who has served with distinction in every assignment throughout the organization, said Gore.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OPENS NEW NURSING SIMULATION LABS


Simulation labs with high-tech mannequins mimic real-life hospital scenarios

August 9, 2010 (El Caj on) – – Vanessa Cordova, newly hired nurse at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, quickly assesses the situation. A 46-year-old patient, J. Smith, had been admitted after collapsing at home and losing consciousness.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "AGORA" IS A SUCCESSFUL THINKING PERSON'S EPIC

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 8, 2010 (San Diego)—Don’t go into Agora, which was released to theaters on July 30, expecting something along the lines of 300. It is more intellectual and philosophical than that. I like to think of it as a smart person’s epic. There is bloodshed but not as soaked and certainly not as fake. There is love and lust but there is no sex. Alejandro Amenabar has shied away from the obligatory scenes associated with these movies and replaced them with scenes that contain intelligence, relying on the solid writing and great performances.

 

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT: A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SNAPSHOT

 

By Christine Seisun

 

As a San Diego native, I was quite surprised to discover that my hometown had just last year surpassed Los Angeles to become the nation’s number one refugee resettlement location.

August 8, 2010 (San Diego’s East County)--The friendly gentleman smiles at me, taps his injured leg with his cane and recounts how he obtained the injury in a car bomb in Iraq. “We leave Iraq because of bombings and now you want us to worry about big earthquakes? Can you at least give me six months?”

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: "GET LOW" IS HIGH ON ACTING

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 8, 2010 (San Diego)--Felix Booth (Robert DuVall) is an older, grouchier Boo Radley. It’s fitting, given that DuVall’s first movie role was the enigmatic recluse in the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird. He is always the subject of gossip, which may or may not be true. Kids often trespass on his isolated property deep in the woods to see if the old man is there, only to be chased away with a shotgun.

 

HIDDEN GARDENS OF MT. HELIX: WHERE ADVENTURE NEVER ENDS


Owner hand-crafts fantasy environment

Part II of a 5-part series on gardens featured in the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association’s spring 2010 garden tour
 

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 7, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- “I like Disneyland, so I created an escape environment,” said Bob Caparas, who single-handedly planted all landscaping and built each masonry wall, bridge and waterway at his private Shangri-La complete with switchback trails through a tropical jungle filled with prehistoric-style artifacts off Grandview Road.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: DON'T OVERLOOK "THE OTHER GUYS"

By Brian Lafferty

 

August 7, 2010 (San Diego)--The Other Guys works best when it focuses on Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. I found their scenes droll because of the way the two played off each other. The Other Guys could have benefitted tremendously from a slight trim job and a comprehensible, less-than-convoluted plot but it in the end, it really doesn’t matter. The movie has enough laughs for me to recommend it, although it is not without its flaws.

 

MIRACLE-MAKER SUNSHINE HORTON HOSTS DANCE-A-THON FUNDRAISER AUG. 13-14 IN EL CAJON


East County News Service

August 7, 2010 (El Caon) – Sunshine Horton has been a “Miracle Maker” for Rady Children’s Hospital for 16 years, winning the “Most Creative Miracle Maker Award” in 2010. This year, she invites the public to her 16th annual birthday fundraising event, which includes a dance-a-thon and fashion show hosted by the Downtown Café, (182 East Main Street in Downtown El Cajon). Proceeds will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital and commemorate police officer killed by drunk drivers.

MOTORCYCLIST SUSTAINS HEAD INJURY

 

August 7, 2010 (San Diego) – A 27-year-old motorcyclist riding northbound in the 5100 block of College Avenue yesterday struck the media at 1:54 this morning. He sustained serious head trauma and is in critical condition at Mercy Hospital, San Diego Police report.

MOTHER AND SON ARRESTED FOR ABUSE OF DISABLED EL CAJON MAN

 

August 6, 2010 (El Cajon) – Emergency room physicians described the condition of Jeremy Marlow, 28, as the worst case of neglect that they had ever seen. Paramedics brought Marlow, who lived on Graves Avenue in El Cajon, to Grossmont Hospital on January 21. He was unconscious, suffering from infections, covered in open pressure wounds, and weighed less than 100 pounds, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. He died five days later of pneumonia.

 

Last night his mother, Deborah Marlow, 58, and his brother, Christopher Marlow, 26, were  arrested.  Both are charged with elder abuse, a crime that can be filed against caregivers for abusing a person of any age.

POLICE CHIEF JOINS EL CAJON CDC

 

August 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) -- Former Coronado Police Chief Robert S. Hutton has joined the El Cajon Community Development Corporation as Urban Improvement Manager, according to Cindi Fargo, President and CEO of the non-profit organization that serves Downtown El Cajon redevelopment.

SHOW TIME! MOVIE NIGHT AT ALLIED GARDENS

August 6, 2010 (Allied Gardens) -- Bring your blankets and beach chairs for free movie night at the Allied Gardens Community Park 5155 Greenbrier, on Saturday, August 7th.  A showing of the family-friendly movie "Madagascar, Escape 2 Africa" will begin at dusk.

PASSAGES: BARBARA LOWE, ALPINE EDUCATION ADVOCATE

 

Donations sought for memorial fund to benefit new high school

 

August 6, 2010 (Alpine)-- Barbara Lowe, resident of Alpine, passed away on July 31, 2010 due to complications from liver cancer and Crohn’s Disease. She was  the secretary for the Alpine High School Citizen’s Committee and an executive committee member for the past three years.

 

“Her commitment to seeing this local Alpine High School built, largely for her Alpine resident grandchildren to attend, had become just one of her many reasons she fought her disease with desire and dignity,” said Bill Weaver, chair of the Committee. “She loved her family and friends dearly.”

WILL A NEW CHARTER SCHOOL IN EAST COUNTY MAKE THE GRADE?

Flurry of new charter approvals raises questions over state funding priorities in an era of budget shortfalls
East County Magazine Special Report

By Miriam Raftery
 

August 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – In the 2009-2010 school year, California approved more than 88 new charter schools at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. Recent charters approved include middle schools opening in districts that already have schools with high academic achievements--new charters with oversight provided by a district with middle school test scores that rank in the bottom 10% statewide.

 

These findings, discovered by East County Magazine, raise serious questions about budget priorities at a time when the state faces a $20 billion deficit.  What are the long-range consequences of approving numerous charters, all entitled to a portion of public education funds? 

CHEERS: COUNTY APPROVES BOUTIQUE WINERY ORDINANCE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 5, 2010 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors have approved a new ordinance allowing small “boutique” wineries to open tasting rooms and offer retail sales. The decision is expected to be a boom to local agricultural and tourism industries in East County, where the vast majority of San Diego County’s 40 wineries and vineyards are located.

“The vote was a great one for the local wine and grape-growing industry,” William Holzhauer and Tammy Rimes, owners of Hacienda de Las Rosas Winery in Ramona, said in an e-mail to winery customers.

SUMMER MUSIC & CULTURE FESTIVAL TO ROCK RANCHO SAN DIEGO SUNDAY

 

August 5, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - “This has been a very big undertaking,” Valerie Harrison, president of the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce, said of the first-ever Summer Music & Culture Festival set for this Sunday, August 8 starting at 11 a.m. in the Water Conservation Garden. “The Chamber has been working on this for nearly a year."  

 

The free event includes performances every hour on the hour, as well as free concert from 4-7 p.m.

POLICE ARREST MAN FOR COLLEGE EAST MURDER OF MAN FOUND SHOT IN APARTMENT

 

 

August 5, 2010 (San Diego) -- Pierre Martel Terry, 18, was arrested today by San Diego Police homicide detectives for the  murder of Jonathan Pleasant, 24 in late June. He was taken into custody in the 3500 block of College Avenue and booked into County jail.

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