By Leon Thompson
(Photo: Jeff Berkeley, left, performs with former Padres player Tim Flannery, right)
November 23, 2014 (Poway)--A sold-out crowd of tie-dye wearing, long-haired hippies with flowers in their hair descended on the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Saturday night to revisit Woodstock, the celebrated concert that changed the music world. The music and an enthusiastic crowd rekindled the spirit of the original Woodstock, which I attended back in 1969.
Local musicians including Jeff Berkeley, Eve Selis and former Padres’ Tim Flannery joined The Back to the Garden Band to re-create the iconic three-day outdoor concert that rocked the world in '69 with such greats as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Sly Stone, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, Credence Clearwater Revival, Santana and Richie Havens, to name a few.
POWAY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS "WOODSTOCK THE CONCERT" NOV. 22, 45 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL
…And Here’s Some Woodstock Trivia, Just for Fun
October 30, 2014 (Poway – It was muddy. It was peaceful. History was made. “An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music” in 1969 came to be known simply as “Woodstock,” the name of the town 43 miles from Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills of New York. On November 22, the Poway Center for the Performing Arts presents a live tribute to Woodstock, which became the definitive nexus for the counterculture generation. The event will feature local San Diego musicians Eve Selis, Tim Flannery, Berkley Hart, Back to the Garden Band, and dozens of special guests. Surprises are guaranteed!
Hear our interview before last year’s tournament with organizer/jousting competitor Jeffrey Hedgecock: http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/qwu8u6exkz/Jousting-JefffreyHedgecock.mp3 (note: dates mentioned in interview were for last year’s event)
October 9, 2014 (Poway) – An international jousting competition founded by Ramona resident and armor maker Jeffrey Hedgecock, will be held during the October 17-19 Tournament of the Phoenix and Festival of History. This fascinating event also features period camps from Rome to the Renaissance, all at the Poway Rodeo Grounds.
September 19, 2014 (Poway)—From Vegas to Atlantic City, Sharon Owens has performed her “Tribute to Barbra Streisand.” The singer has an uncanny resemblance to the famed singer as well as a vocal talent that has made her a sought-after Streisand impersonator. She will perform September 28 at 2 p.m. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
January 5, 2014 (Ramona) – Yesterday, El Cajon Police Department arrested Ramona resident Douglas Lane, 50, for a road rage incident on State Route 67 back on October 26 that resulted in injury to a bicyclist.
On October 26, 2013 at 9:48 a.m., Poway Sheriff’s deputies responded to a vehicle collision on State Route 67 north of Poway Road. Drivers of two vehicles were involved n a dispute over right of way as the highway merged from two lanes to one lane, said Deputy A. Meleen.
November 17, 2013 (Ramona) – A Ramona resident and a transient have been arrested for the attempted murder of a San Diego Police officer in Poway last night after shots were fired during a traffic stop.
October 26, 2013 (San Diego's East County) – The Sheriff’s Department is looking for witnesses with information on an accident that occurred around 9:48 this morning involving two vehicles that collided, causing a bicyclist to also be struck and severely injured.
Deputies reported that the two vehicles were involved in a dispute over right-of-way where State Route 67 merges from two lanes to a single lane at Poway Road. As the two vehicles merged, the passenger side of a Volvo S 60 collided with the driver’s side of a Dodge Ram 3500. After the collision, the Dodge Ram veered right, striking a bicyclist traveling northbound in a marked bicycle lane.
By Miriam Raftery
October 18, 2013 (Ramona) – At the Tournament of the Phoenix in Poway this weekend, Ramona resident Jeffrey Hedgecock is one of six competitors from around the world vying for glory in a global jousting competition. These armored competitors joust with real weapons—unlike the mock battles at Renaissance fairs. The action takes place October 18-20 at the Poway Rodeo Grounds.
“This is an honest competition, a true competition. It’s not staged; it’s not fake,” noted Hedgecock, who makes his living as an armor maker and has won several international competitions, most recently in France. The Tournament features medieval sporting competitions as well as a living history encampment, vendors, food and more.
POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCCE HOSTS "LUNCH & LEARN" PRESENTATION ON HEALTH CARE REFORM IMPACTS ON BUSINESSES
September 26, 2013 (Poway) –The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, October 9 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. It will feature a presentation by Jack Cohen of Insperity. Cohen will discuss health care reform, what it is, and how it will impact your business. He will cover five key areas: (1) Individual Mandate; (2)Taxes/ Fees/Costs; (3) State Exchanges; (4) Employer Share (Play or Pay); and (5) Reporting.
September 23, 2013 (Poway) – The Tournament of the Phoenix returns to the Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway on October 18. Knights in shining armor astride gorgeously caparisoned chargers, the crack of shattered lances, the flash of swords, live music and food will fill the weekend.
August 28, 2013 – The fall series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic Showcase begins in September with 3 East County concerts throughout the month. The Showcase series offers a variety of San Diego’s best singer/songwriters, folk music performers and story tellers. The concerts are free to the community.
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
June 23, 2013 (Poway) – Evelyn Jean Courtney, 19, a has been identified by the County Medical Examiner as the victim killed when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by a fire engine en route to an emergency medical call.
Courtney, an aspiring model, was wearing her seatbelt when the fire engine broadsided the vehicle in which she was riding on June 20, 2013 at 4 a.m. in the intersection of Poway Road and Midland Road in Poway. She had attended Poway High School and Mt. Carmel High School, according to 10 News. She was single and lived with her parents.
April 23, 2013 (Poway) -- Members of the business community are invited to attend the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Mixer at Business Copier Solutions at 13750 Danielson Street, Poway, CA 92064 on Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 5:30 -7:30pm.
Free refreshments and entertainment will be provided and a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held during the Mixer. Business Copier Solutions will also host an Open House from 1:00 to 7:30pm. During the open house, a surprise Padres Player will be on-hand for pictures and autographs. Attendees will also have the chance to enter opportunity drawings.
April 11, 2013 (Poway) – A head-on collision in Poway on April 8 at 3:02 p.m. has caused serious injury. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash on Metate Lane at Alpine Drive.
According to the Sheriff, a preliminary investigation found that the driver of a sedan traveling westbound fell asleep at the wheel and drove into the eastbound lanes, colliding head-on with an oncoming sport utility vehicle (SUV). Both drivers were taken to a hospital. The sedan driver suffered non-life-threatening but serious injuries. The SUV driver suffered minor injuries. Both were released from the hospital a short time later.
Metate Lane was closed for two hours. DUI is not suspected as a factor.
March 1, 2013 (Poway) – A 14-year-old ninth grade student at Poway High School is in Juvenile Hall after reportedly making “terrorist threats" against a fellow student, Sargeant Chad Boudreau with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said.
Deputies learned last night about a verbal death threat made against another student at Poway High earlier in the day. According to a media release issued by the Sheriff, the student threatened to bring guns to school. The student who was threatened told his mother about the incident when he came home from school and the parent notified the school’s principal.
By Miriam Raftery
February 10, 2013 (Poway) – A 12-year-old student at Twin Peaks Middle School has been arrested after sending an e-mail to an administrator Friday night threatening to shoot 23 students and a teacher at the school on Monday, February 11.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff's department, the e-mail also claimed the student had access to numerous firearms and 3,000 rounds of ammunition. Yesterday, a search of the student’s home found numerous rifles and handguns along with computers, ECM news partner 10 News reports.
By Nadin Abbott
Vehicle found in Poway; sighting in Lakeside believed to be a hoax
February, 8 2013 (San Diego)--Police agencies all over the state of California are on high alert. The manhunt for Christopher Dorner, 33, a former Los Angeles police officer wanted for three murders in the L.A. area, has spanned multiple counties including San Diego. Citizens across Southern California are asked to not engage and call 911. Dorner is considered extremely dangerous and well armed.
He has threatened additional violence and released a manifesto accusing L.A. Police Department of corruption, other misconduct as well as wrongful firing. ECM news partner 10 News has an edited copy of it, with names removed.
Lost Girls, by Caitlin Rother (Kensington Publishing Corp., New York, NY, 2012, 372 pages).
Book Review by Dennis Moore
November 10, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--New York Times Bestselling author Caitlin Rother, a San Diego resident and journalist, has written a true-crime book that I am sure will resonate with all parents: Lost Girls. Pulitzer-nominated author Rother delivers an incisive, heartbreaking true-life thriller that touches our deepest fears. It is the story of John Gardner, who raped and murdered local San Diego teens Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.
Rother dedicates her book to the memories of King and Dubois, and all other girls and boys who have been lost to sexual predators. She feels that by shedding light on these dark events, she can only hope that it will help prevent similar tragedies in the future.
November 1, 2012 (Poway)—A hiker who collapsed on a trail on the Poway side of Mount Woodson has been declared dead, Lt. J.T. Faulkner with the San Diego Sheriff’s office informed ECM.
A friend who was hiking with the victim called for help at 11:04 a.m. “Our unit got there at 11:14 and the Fire Department was already there,” Lt. Faulkner told ECM. The victim was found about halfway up a trail. Copter 12 and ASTREA were called in to assist.
By Janis Mork
October 29, 2012 (Poway)- “We thought the fires would defeat us, but instead we have risen, phoenix-like, from the flames,” English competitor Dominic Sewell declared back in 2007. The Witch Creek fire had just ravaged our region, but organizers decided that the tournament would go on. Hence a name for the event was born—and it’s been held ever year since, with more competitions, displays and exhibitions each year.
The 6th annual Tournament of the Phoenix took place at Poway Rodeo grounds October 27-29.
October 18, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Foreclosures drop dramatically statewide (Sacramento Bee)
- Cal-Pers approves 85% rate hike for long-term care (Sacramento Bee)
- State denies SDG&E bailout (10 News)
- Judge delays SDG&E trial amid noose talk (UT San Diego)
- San Diego Supervisors vote to charge poor for their Sixth Amendment rights (Citybeat)
- Lawsuit says police shouldn’t decide who is a reporter (UT San Diego)
- Unplugging wind subsidies: Looming end of wind (UT San Diego)
- Bilbray, Peters spar in first debate (UT San Diego)
- The race for La Mesa (La Mesa Today)
- State Treasurer: Fire Poway bond staff (Voice of San Diego)
- CPUC launches probe of San Onofre, its costs (UT San Diego)
- Charter school in La Mesa ranked eighth in state in API scores
- Real DeMaio doesn’t live up to ‘taxpayer watchdog’ name (Voice of San Diego)
- SDGLN won’t accept pro-Filner ads (CityBeat)
- Trailer Parks in La Mesa? One Council Candidate Welcomes the Idea
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
October 11, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- San Diego’s Bilbray-Peters race reflects new reality in politics (Los Angeles Times)
- Gas stations close as California gas prices skyrocket (KPBS)
- Edison releases restart plan for unit 2 at San Onofre (KPBS)
- Mayoral debate at Politifest: Videos (Voice of San Diego)
- The Starting Line: UT San Diego’s Soviet-style political coverage. Are air-brushed photos next? (San Diego Free Press)
- The Starting Life: DeMaio’s second calendar: private meetings with developers don’t count (San Diego Free Press)
- Filner’s shaky public safety claim (Voice of San Diego)
- Neighbors (in Lakeside) still shaken by deputies’ shootout with suspect (UT San Diego)
- Pastors to send IRS message on political speech (UT San Diego
- Skyline pastor tells flock he will vote for Romney (UT San Diego)
- Proposal to double city funding on arts moves toward City Council (KPBS)
- A guide to the media attention on Poway’s billion dollar bond (Voice of San Diego)
- North County Times lays off one-third of staff (Sacramento Bee)
- Brown acts to reduce gas prices (Los Angeles Times)
- Proposition 34: Repealing the death penalty (Sacramento Bee)
- Report: recycling fraud costs California millions (Sacramento Bee)
- UCAN demands $474K from ex-boss (UT San Diego)
- California’s new migrants following the work (UT San Diego)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE JOHN C. REILLY JOINS CAST OF "O BERKLEY, WHERE HART THOU?" SEPT. 22 AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS
September 13, 2012 (Poway) -- Poway Center for the Performing Arts (POW!) Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe nominee John C. Reilly to the cast for O Berkley Where Hart Thou?, to be staged at 8pm Saturday, September 22 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
Reilly is best known for His offbeat character work in films like Step Brothers, Walk Hard, Talladega Nights, Magnolia, and Boogie Nights. For his role in the hit movie musical Chicago, Reilly was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He received a Tony nomination for his work in True West on Broadway with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Musical performance is nothing new to Reilly. He performed “Mr. Cellophane” on the soundtrack to Chicago, and wrote and performed music for the soundtrack to Walk Hard, for which he received a Grammy nomination. Reilly has recorded with Jack White. In addition to local hero Tom Brosseau, Reilly has performed with Willie Nelson, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson.
September 5, 2012 (Poway)—A 17-year-old driver of a green Ford Escort with three teenage passengers swerved over the center line in Poway today, triggering a three-vehicle collision. The crash occurred at 2:33 p.m. on Twin Peaks Road, west of Woodcreek Road.
The teen driver and a 15-year-old passengers were critically injured with major head trauma. They were flown to Scripps La Jolla Hospital by air ambulance.
- City races start to heat up in East County (UT San Diego)
- 11-year-old accused of fatally stabbing friend found mentally incompetent to stand trial (Santee.Patch.com)
- Retired Border Patrol union president indicted (10 News)
- Group hoping to save ECPAC continues fight (UT San Diego)
- Where parolees live in San Diego: map (Voice of San Diego)
- San Diego Gas & Electric wind projects draw national notice (KCET)
- As heat dries land and lake, asthma fears rise in Imperial County(KPBS)
- Summer of hate concert came to El Cajon (San Diego Citybeat)
- High costs of bonds shocks Poway Unified School District (UT San Diego)
- Democratic lawmakers move to oppose rewriting CA environmental laws (Sacramento Bee)
- SoCal groves report new cases of lethal citrus bug (Sacramento Bee)
- Man dies after contracting rare rodent disease at Yosemite (CBS)
- Hundreds of dead fish found in Lakeside’s Lindo Lake Park (10 News)
- County’s top job filled with no public notice (KPBS)
- Have your schools done a Poway? (Voice of San Diego)
- Violence continues at San Diego juvenile hall (CityBeat)
- Lemon Grove to put 2 medical marijuana ordinances on November ballot(UT San Diego)
- Protective order issued against Border Patrol agents (10 News)
- City Council receives mostly low grades on environmental issues (Voice of San Diego)
- E. County tribal officer arrested for assault (UT San Diego)
- La Mesa bank teller thwarts robbery (UT San Diego)
- New trolley routes coming next month ((UT San Diego)
- Assembly passes corporate tax hike (Sacramento Bee)
- 3 park officials disciplined in vacation buyout scandal (Sacramento Bee)
- Despite falling gas prices, California’s gas prices soar in wake of refinery fire (Sacramento Bee)
- Chevron facility deemed hazardous (UT San Diego)
Exclusive: Bond insurer sues California over development agencies (Reuters)
SAN DIEGO VETERANS FOR PEACE TO LEAD WEEKLY DEMONSTRATIONS OPPOSING USE OF PREDATOR DRONE OVER U.S. SKIES, INCLUDING LOCAL BORDER REGION
August 13, 2012 (San Diego) -- Veteran and associate members of the San Diego Veterans For Peace will be launching a protest on Thursday, August 16 from 4-6 p.m. and on each Thursday thereafter at General Atomics, corner of General Atomics Way and Scripps Poway Parkway in Poway. The aim is to educate the public concerning the current and expanding use use of the Predator Dron aircraft throughout the skies of the United States including along our border with Mexico in San Diego and East County.
July 13, 2012 (Poway)--Woody Guthrie lived through the most significant events of the twentieth century, forging his talents as a prolific writer who, through his songs, prose and poetry, told the story of everyman.
San Diego County Library joins people around the world in celebrating Guthrie's life and influence. Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday Celebration will be held at the Poway Library, 13137 Poway Road on Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. San Diego musicians will band together in a free concert to honor the famed singer, who still has a profound impact even 45 years after his death.
June 27, 2012 (Poway)—Bring the family and your friends to celebrate Independence Day in “turn of the 20th Century style” at Poway’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July” celebration at Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road in Poway. Ride an old-fashioned steam train through a historical village setting and watch for train robbers!
See our coverage and video from last year’s event: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/6592. Also enjoy live music on the gazebo bandstand and a host of other family-fun activities. (Scroll down for details).
Fireworks will be held at Poway High School, 15500 Espola Road in Poway at 9 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.)
June 19, 2012 (Poway) – Taste of Our Towne will be held at the Poway Center for Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway on June 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes live music performed by Gipsy Menco, wine from local wineries and signature dishes from favorite restaurants. A silent auction, a live auction and dancing are part of the fun.