August 2011 Articles
September 30, 2011 (San Diego) -- The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has been awarded a nationally competitive grant of nearly $900,000 to improve the processing time of CalFresh applications through increased use of technology. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s effort to support programs like CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps.)
INTERNATIONAL JOUSTING COMPETITORS VIE IN COMBAT AT TOURNAMENT OF THE PHOENIX AND FESTIVAL OF HISTORY OCT. 21-23 IN POWAY
September 22, 2011 (Poway) -- On October 21, 22 & 23, 2011 the Poway Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a scene from 'A Knight's Tale' as six armoured knights from across the globe meet for an international competition. The weekend-long event of Jousting and Combat is The Tournament of the Phoenix, held in north San Diego county, California.
Melodrama takes stage Sept. 17-25
photograph by Pete Smith
September 16, 2011 (Lemon Grove)--In the midst of the Great Depression, two Lemon Grove members of San Diego Community Theatre (forerunner to the Old Globe) charged out of San Diego State College (today, SDSU) armed with Theatre and English degrees only to confront what so many graduates confront today--a dismal economy and no jobs, especially for artists.
September 2, 2011 (Lakeside)--Tribal dancers from across the United States will compete for $60,000 in prize money at the Barona Poway. The pow-wow will be held Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4 at the Barona Baseball Field on the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside.
This event, which also features Native American crafts, jewelry and food vendors, is free and open to the public.
There are strong ties between the 9/11 heroes in New York and our own La Mesa Fire Department--forged in the fires of dual tragedies in both regions
September 1, 2011 (La Mesa)--The City of La Mesa will host a remembrance ceremony on the ten year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. A memorial wreath will be placed at the 9/11 Memorial at Fire Station 12, 8844 Dallas Street.
September 1, 2011 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Police Chief Pat Sprecco is happy to announce that Officer Jarred Slocum, critically injured during the shooting and fire incident on August 21st, at 1033 Prince Street, was well enough to be released from the hospital on Monday.
By Chuck Taylor, the Alpine Sun
August 30, 2011 (Alpine)--Anthony Pico, Viejas Tribal Chairman announced plans yesterday for a new 150 room hotel to be erected adjoining the Casino. Although the final design has not been approved, an architectural rendering of the proposed hotel was presented to the media and business owners during a press conference at the Dream Catcher Lounge.
Swinerton Construction has been awarded the project and they have pledged to use local employees on the job. Construction and expansion is expected to add about 450 jobs and when the hotel is completed it will be staffed by around 45 employees.
August 31, 2011 (Pala) -- The Pala Fire is now 100% contained, Cal-Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik confirms.
Total cost to fight the fire exceeded $1.8 million. Total acreage burned is estimated at approximately 233 acres. The acreage has been down-sized from earlier estimates due to more accurate mapping, according to Cal Fire.
August 31, 2011 ( San Diego) – The San Diego Police Officers Association, Inc. (SDPOA) is grieving the loss of Officer Christopher Blakeley, who died in an off-duty motorcycle accident on Aug. 24.
“We are once again mourning the loss of one of our own,” said Brian R. Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officers Association. “Officer Blakeley’s tragic death is a loss to the Department, and we will deeply miss our friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
August 30, 2011 (Julian) – Beautiful, historic Julian is an enjoyable place to experience art galleries and shops selling local artists’ works. This weekend, the Julian Art Guild hosts a Labor Day show that brings together numerous artists in one place on September 2-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Julian Town Hall, upstairs, on Main Street.
In addition, a reception to meet the artists, along with refresnments, will be held Friday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m.
August 31, (San Diego) -- There will be a special meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on September 6, 2011. The meeting will be held to discuss the 2011 Supervisorial redistricting alternatives. The meeting is at 2:00 p.m. in room 310 of the County Administraton Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego.
Suit seeks to block AT&T from reaching out and touching 97% of Americans with a single wireless network
By Miriam Raftery
August 31, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – The federal government today filed an antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile. The U.S. Department of Justice took the step to ensure that “everyone—including consumers, businesses and the government-continue to receive high quality, competitively priced mobile wireless products and services,” according to U.S. Deputy Attorney James M. Cole, who also voiced concerns over the merger's impact on rural and low-income residents.
By Jeremy Los
Aug. 28, 2011- Sweltering heat couldn’t keep East County wine lovers from kicking off this year’s grape harvest at San Diego’s award winning Orfila Vineyards and Winery’s 18th annual grape stomp in Escondido’s San Pasqual Valley yesterday.
Roughly 420 people channeled their inner vintner by stomping freshly picked grapes with their bare feet, leaving many astounded with the sheer gooey nature of the after product.
August 30, 2011 (San Diego) – Rich Little, the comedian known as the “Man of a Thousand Voices” for his celebrity impersonations, will perform Friday, September 9 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The event is a benefit for the Challenge Center in La Mesa, a facility which provides vital healthcare and rehabilitation services for the disabled.
August 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – GRIGRI 2 belaying devices used by rock-climbers to control safety ropes have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer Petzl, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position, disabling the assisted braking function and posing a fall hazard to climbers.
By Doug Deane
August 30, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. Latest education news headlines include:
- GUHSD iParent Conference September 17
- Steady improvement in standardized tests
- The state’s new education blueprint
- How to measure school success
- Thought provoking videos from TED
- Algebra I for 8th graders: an EdSource study
- Turning the classroom upside down
- How to get a real education
- Wind walkers
- Pathways to prosperity
- A special report on multimedia in schools
- Texas students sent from classroom to courtroom
- Feds say ‘no child’ benchmarks can be left behind
- Helping others succeed is teacher’s reward
Update 5 p.m. - All fires are out and traffic is flowing as firefighters douse remaining hot spots.
August 30, 2011 (Alpine) 3:30 p.m. -- A Sig Alert has been issued for I-8 through Alpine, where several small brush fires along the freeway have been burning. According to Cal-Fire, three of the four blazes are now out and Cal Fire is making "good progress" on a fourth, Roxanne Provaznik at Cal Fire reports. A total of 10 acres has been burned.
August 30, 2011 (Pala) - The Pala fire is 60% contained, with full containment expected today and complete control by tomorrow at 6 p.m. Thus far costs to fight the 300+ acre fire have exceeded $404,000, according to Cal-Fire spokesperson Roxanne Provaznik.
August 30, 2011 (Julian) -- Every September, the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the town’s grapes with a real, Old World-style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery September 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This grape stomp provides two barrels for stomping--one for adults and one for children.
Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, and wine tasting.
By Miriam Raftery
August 28, 2011 (Mt. Helix) – Hot August nights in East County are accompanied by some of the season’s most alluring events. Last night’s HeART of Mt. Helix combined music, art, food and wine in the ampitheater atop Mt. Helix—all to benefit the Mt. Helix Park Foundation.
But the most spectacular attraction proved to be Mother Nature, as twilight melded into sunset, transforming sky into a panoramic palette and the cityscape beneath into a glittering backdrop beneath a canopy of stars.
Update 9 p.m. - The forward spread of the fire was stopped at 75 acres (downgraded from earlier estimates on acreage). A total of ten engines, 4 fire crews, 2 airtankers, 3 helicopters, 1 bulldozer, 2 water tenders, 3 Chief Officers and 100 firefighters have worked to battle the blaze, Cal-Fire reports.
By Miriam Raftery
August 28, 2011 (City Heights)—A shimmering dragon marched past, trailed by followers beating cymbals and carrying glow sticks. Hundreds of lanterns glowed softly against the night sky, accentuated by the streaming lights of carnival rides. I sampled Thai chicken-on-a-stick, along with fried bananas and yams—all at the third annual Lantern Festival in City Heights.
Update 11 p.m. – The Pala Fire is now 40% contained. A Red Cross Evacuation Center is set up at 12194 Pala Mission Road at the Jim Banks Sports Complex. Evacuation advisories have gone out to an additional 79 homes this evening within the following Thomas Bro. map pages/grids: page 999, grids G2 through G5, H2 through H5, J2 through J5 Page 409, D5 and E5 Total 79 numbers.
Update August 29, 2011 - According to the Cleveland National Forest Inciweb http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2541/ the fire is 40 percent contained and has burned 120 acres. The Deerhorn Valley Antler confirms planes are continuing to scoop water to combat the blaze today. Cost to fight this fire was $200,000 and lightning was the cause.
August 27,2011 (Alpine) -- This wonderful one and a half year old Purebred Schnauzer would make a fantastic therapy dog or companion for somebody who wants a loving, sweet and easy dog. He helps me with my small aggressive clients who are dog aggressive because I know he has the ability to ignore the bad behavior. He has been working through the therapy training also when helping clients and I know he is a boy who could pass the test Sept 10th if his new owners wanted to get involved in therapy work. He is great with children and am sure he would live with cats.
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Little Saigon Foundation, a local non-profit, hosts its second annual San Diego Lantern Festival and Street Fair August 26-28. Attendance is expected to be 20,000 – 30,000 guests. This year’s theme is “Light Up San Diego” and will feature nearly 6,000 traditional silk lanterns.
Other attractions include a street fair (Saturday and Sunday), lantern parades and lion dance each evening, multi-cultural entertainment, martial arts competition, carnival rides, break dancing competitions, Asian cuisine, food trucks, beer garden, and the first-ever Miss Asia San Diego 2011 Pageant on Saturday August 28 at 7:00pm after the festival’s Opening Ceremony.