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HIDDEN GARDENS OF MT. HELIX: A MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE

 

Part IV in a five-part series featuring gardens on the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (www.gmia.net) spring garden tour.

 

By Miriam Raftery
 

September 21, 2010 (Mt. Helix) -- The turreted home of Ron and Mary Alice Brady sits atop a 1 ¾ acre hilltop on Resmar Road, with stunning 360-degree views. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean villa, the residence features clay tile roofs with staggered heights, mosaic-tiled chimneys, octagonal skylights and a three-story glazed, leaded glass stair enclosure.

8 COMPETE TO WIN 3 SEATS ON SANTEE COUNCIL

 

By Lola Sherman

September 19, 2010 (Santee) - They call it a race when candidates compete for election, and in the case of the contest for city Council here, the word “race” seems appropriate.

 

One candidate actually runs footraces. Another ran through a wall of flames during the Cedar Fire, earning national recognition for his heroism.  Several others, in defining how their experience will help them should they be elected, stated they will “hit the ground running.”

APPLICATIONS FOR EL CAJON RESERVE FIREFIGHTERS PROGRAM DUE FRIDAY SEPT. 24

The El Cajon Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the reserve portion of the Heartland Fire Academy “now” through Friday, September 24th, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Applications will be accepted between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 100 E. Lexington Avenue in El Cajon.  A reserve firefighter is an auxiliary position with the El Cajon Fire Department and an opportunity for those interested in a fire service career to get hands-on experience while giving back to the community.

SDG&E EXPANDS NATURAL GAS SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS

 

September 20, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that it will be providing additional customer safety communications for its natural gas customers who are located near natural gas transmission facilities.

BORDER FIRE HALTED AT 120 ACRES

Update 6:40 p.m.  The Border Fire has been halted at 120 acres, Cal Fire's Nich Schuler said.  Firefighters will remain on scene through the night mopping up hot spots.

Update 2:40 p.m. Forward spread has been stopped, Nick Schuler of Cal-Fire reports.  He added that Cal-Fire was incorrect in its earlier report; after further mapping officials have concluded that the fire did not cross the border.
September 19, 2010 (San Diego) – 1:15 p.m. -- A fire that began this morning in Mexico has now crossed over into the U.S.

 

“It is still very active and we are sending five engines into Mexico south of Boulevard due to the continued threat,” Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler told East County Magazine. Winds are now blowing to the north, he added.

SPRING VALLEY’S “A NEW PATH” PLANS RALLY AT STATE CAPITOL OCT. 13

 

Mothers seek treatment options to incarceration for drug offenders

September 20, 2010 (Spring Valley) – “Mothers, family members, healthcare professionals and individuals in recovery will gather to bring focus to our country’s failed drug policies and the havoc they have wreaked on our families,” said Gretechen Bergman, co-founder and executive director of A New PATH. The Spring Valley nonprofit  is part of the Moms United to End the War on Drugs campaign. On October 13 at 11 a.m. the group will lead a rally on the west steps of the State Capitol building in Sacramento.

POWAY DAYS HERITAGE PARADE, PICNIC & FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND; BATTLE OF THE BANDS ALSO SLATED

 

September 16, 2010 (Poway) – Poway Community Association invites the public to dress up in old-fashioned or Western wear and head ‘em on out to Old-Fashioned Poway Days this weekend, where activities include a parade, picnic, battle of the bands/dance, a trail ride (bring your own horse!) and the Poway Days Festival.

ATTEMPTED CARJACKING AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 

September 19, 2010 (El Cajon) – A woman was robbed in the east parking structure at Parkway Plaza shopping mall on Thursday, September 16 at 11:47 a.m. by a man who also tried to carjack her vehicle. El Cajon police have released a security photo of the suspect, an African-American man, 18-25 with a muscular build and a tattoo on his neck.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

September 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top news stories of interest to East County, published in other publications.

 

 Most recent Roundup headlines include:

 

• Sex offender’s assisted living facility received citation in June
• Toyota settles lawsuit over fatal Santee crash
• ACLU sues to keep Alpine Schools trustee in race
• Water chief takes leave of `bullies, liars cowards’
• Hoover Dam could stop generating electricity as soon as 2013, officials fear
• Grasslands workshop stirs debate

SPECTACULAR STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD

Recipe courtesy of Henry’s Farmer's Market

September 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Did you know that 80% of the nation’s strawberries are grown right here in San Diego? Or that most kids name strawberries as their favorite fruit?
 

Now Henry’s Farmer's Market offers a great way to coax kids and adults alike into eating leafy greens—topped with nutritious almonds and fresh, ripe strawberries. Scroll down for the recipe, as well as more fun facts about strawberries.

POWAY CYCLIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT

September 19, 2010 (Poway) – A Poway woman, 50, was killed today while riding her bicycle in Carlsbad, the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office reports.

MARKETING MATTERS: IS GIVING HOLIDAY BUSINESS GIFTS A NECESSITY?

 

Tips and tricks for business success and growth

By Rama Beerfas

 

September 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Anyone who has known me professionally for at least the last eight months knows that I am a proponent of giving holiday business gifts for Thanksgiving rather than the more traditional time in December. I actually addressed this issue in an article in this publication in 2009 - http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/2201.

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED NEAR LAKE MURRAY

 

September 20, 2010 (La Mesa) – Firefighters from La Mesa and San Diego Fire departments swiftly halted a brush fire that began at Connecticut Avenue and Delaware Avenue in La Mesa this afternoon, spreading onto a hillside at Del Cerro Boulevard and Elaine Way. The two-acre fire was extinguished with no homes damaged and no injuries.

SMALL BRUSH FIRE DOUSED NEAR 52 AND SANTO ROAD

 

September 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A half-acre brush fire reported at 12:45 p.m. has been swiftly doused north side of Mission Trails Regional Park.

"AGGRESSIVE DOG” SHOT IN LAKESIDE, BY SHERIFF DEPUTY

 

September 20, 2010 (Lakeside) – A San Diego Sheriff’’s deputy shot a 100-pound dog that reportedly charged at him, growling with teeth bared. The shooting occurred on a driveway of a residence across the street from Lakeview Elementary School at 7:40 a.m., about an hour before classes began.

FIRE NEAR U.S.-MEXICO BORDER

 

Update 12 p.m. - This fire continues to spread and is moving toward the border, Cal-Fire's Nick Schuler said. There are currently 10 engines, 2 dozers, and 2 hand crews at the scene.  Helicopters are on the ground staging to combat the fire if it reaches the U.S.  In addition, air tankers are staging in Ramona if needed.  The fire is now 35+ acres.

September 19, 2010 (Boulevard) 11:25 a.m. – A brush fire is burning within 1,000 feet of the U.S.-Mexico border, just south of the community of Boulevard in East County. “Currently the fire is seven to 10 acres, rapid rate of spread moving in an easterly direction,” said Cal-Fire battalion chief Nick Schuler.

ALPINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ITALIAN DINNER OCT. 17

 

President of S.D. Archaeological  Society to Speak

 

September 19, 2010 (Alpine)--The Alpine Historical Society will have an Italian Dinner on Sunday October 17th at 5pm. This dinner is open to the community and provides an opportunity to learn more about historic Alpine.

PARTY-GOER STABBED IN COLLEGE AREA

 

September 18, 2010 (San Diego) – A male driver looking for a party was stabbed near San Diego State University shortly after 3 a.m.

ONE MILLION MORE COLLEGE GRADUATES BY 2025: CAMPAIGN KICKS OF SEPT. 21 WITH AWARDS RECEPTION IN OTAY


Event will honor over 13,000 California students and 200 scholarship winners who participated in "Save me a spot for college"

September 18, 2010 (Otay) -- The Campaign for College Opportunity will host a “One Million More Awards Reception” at the Pavilion at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.

JAMACHA FIRE DOUSED; HUNDREDS EVACUATED EARLIER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Richardson

September 18, 2010 (Spring Valley) 8 p.m. – A team of approximately 90 firefighters saved dozens of homes that were threatened by a fast-moving brush fire burning in flashy fuels in Spring Valley this afternoon. One home suffered an estimated $60,000 in damage after an ember blew onto a tinder-dry wood shake roof.

 

About 150 people were evacuated from the Lamplighter Village mobilehome park and additional evacuations were ordered for residents of the Carriage Hills neighborhood, where flames burned to within 30 yards of some homes.

DEPUTY SHOOTS MAN WHO THREATENED TO ABDUCT CHILD IN SANTEE

 

September 18, 2010 (Santee) – A San Diego Sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded Pedro Galarza, 26, a documented gang member on parole. Deputies responded to a call shortly after 8 p.m. last night from his mother, who said her son was armed with a knife and was attempting to abduct a child.

JAMACHA FIRE NOW 50 ACRES, 1 STRUCTURE DAMAGED

 

Update 3:25 p.m.  Aircraft have been released and firefighters remain on hand mopping up hotspots at the scene of the fire, which is now contained.

September 18, 2010 (Spring Valley) 2:10 p.m. - The Jamacha Fire is now 50 acres and forward spread is halted, Chief August Ghio of San Miguel Fire confirms.  The fire is under joing command of Cal-Fire, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and San Miguel Fire.

 

Anxious residents poured into the streets to watch the fire at the Lamplighter Village mobile home park, where flames encroached just behind the complex. Smoke is visible from throughout East County and an evacuation center has been set up at Skyline Church.

BRUSH FIRE SPARKS EVACUATIONS IN SPRING VALLEY

September 18, 2010 (Spring Valley)  12:42 p.m. -- Homes on Via de la Terra are being evacuated due to a brush fire.  Heavy winds are blowing flames eastward, ECM has learned.  The fire is within 100 feet of structures in the area of Jamacha Blvd. and Lamplighter Village.  Watch for updates soon.

 

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“WILD WEST” BONITAFEST SEPT. 25

 

September 18, 2010 (Bonita) – The community of Bonita invites the public to its annual “Wild West” Bonitafest on Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts, games, exhibitors and food are all part of the festivities at the event, which celebrates the heritage and spirit of Bonita and the Sweetwater Valley.

READER’S EDITORIAL: GREAT NEWS—DEFICIT’S REDUCED 8%! SO WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN FRONT-PAGE NEWS?

By Suellis Kelly

September 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- Although  elections happened in many states last Tuesday, there has been no focus or even updates about the good news that was delivered Monday (see links to U.S. Treasury reports below.) I admit that I did spend considerable time watching a few of the most trustworthy news correspondents, yet the fact that President Obama has reduced the United States deficit eight percent was not mentioned.

 

Why can I flip through the 24/7 hour news channels and not hear about the reduction of our deficit on every station? Shouldn't this be front-page headline news? Where is the ticker-tape parade?

DECK THE HALLS! HOMES WANTED FOR HOLIDAY TOUR IN ALPINE

September 18, 2010 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Women’s Club hosts its sixth annual Christmas Home Tour on Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The  Club seeks three distinguished homes with owners who love to decorate for the holidays and who would enjoy sharing their decorating talents with the residents of Alpine.

ATTEMPTED TEEN KIDNAPPING: EUCLID AREA

Police seek gold/tan Nissan Altima with partial plates 6...MT

September 17, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego Police report an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old teen yesterday, September 16 at 1:03 p.m. The girl was walking on the sidewalk at 500 South Euclid Avenue when a male driver tried three times to convince the victim to get inside his car.

 

LAKESIDE FIRE HOSTS OPEN HOUSE SEPT. 25

 

September 17, 2010 (Lakeside)—Lakeside Fire Department invites the public to its annual open house on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 14008 Highway 8 business. The event includes station tours, a fun jump, fire apparatus displays, and vehicle rescue demonstrations.
 

ALPINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY SEEKS PHOTOGRAPHERS & LONG-TIME RESIDENTS

 

 

September 17, 2010 (Alpine)-- Times have changed through the years in this mountain town--and more changes are coming. "The Alpine Historical Society is looking for someone who would like to take pictures of Alpine as we change," a press release states. "If the Sunrise Power Link comes through our town, there will be many changes along the Boulevard."

 

If you enjoy taking pictures, consider being an official photographer for the Society, which also seeks long-time residents for an oral history program.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTS SEPT. 23 FORUM ON REDISTRICTING INITIATIVE

 

By Emily Anderson
 

September 16, 2010 (San Diego) – Voters across the county are gearing up to face local, statewide and Congressional elections Nov. 2nd. Many issues relevant to San Diego County will be on the ballot, including Proposition 27, which, if passed, would eliminate the bipartisan citizens commission in charge of drawing state district lines.

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