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A HERO WITH A HEART: BILL WALTON CHAMPIONS DRIVE TO BUILD GYM FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB IN LA MESA

RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS OFFER HOPE AMID DESPAIR TO PERSECUTED IRAQI CHRISTIANS AT PRAYER VIGIL IN EL CAJON

THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT PRAYER VIGIL FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS TONIGHT

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESPITE MONITORING, SEX OFFENDER BREAKS INTO HOME, MOLESTS 70-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

CHRISTIAN HOMES MARKED, FAMILIES KILLED: EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS RALLY FOR HELP TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS

VINES AND WINES: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN FOR WINE LOVERS

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18

ALL ABOARD! SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAMPO


SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

 

July 21, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AT EL CAJON'S COUNCIL MEETING THIS WEEK

 

 

By Robert Clark, El Cajon

July 21, 2014 (El Cajon)--There are three things that should happen (but probably will not) at the El Cajon City Council meeting on July 22.

VOCALIST LILLIAN PALMER PERFORMS AUGUST 3RD AT MISSION TRAILS

 

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The next musical performance at Mission Trails Regional Park will feature vocalist and recording artist Lillian Palmer on August 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.  Palmer performed in nightclubs and cabarets in Italy before returning home to Southern California.

THREE MUSKETEERS TAKE STAGE AT STAGEHOUSE THEATRE JULY 24 - 31

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Three Musketeers take the stage at Grossmont College's Stagehouse Theatre on July 24, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and on July 30 and 31 at 2 p.m. The play by Ken Ludwig  is based on Alexander Dumas’ classic tale of heroism, treachery, and close escapes. To defend the honor of the Queen of France, the Musketeers must outwit the wicked Cardinal Richelieu and Countess de Winter, and out –swashbuckle their enemies’ deadly henchman.

RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR RUNS JULY 31 - AUGUST 3

 

July 20, 2014 (Ramona) -- This year's Ramona Country Fair will be held on Thursday, July 31st through Sunday, August 3rd. The Ramona Chamber of Commerce's 44th Annual Ramona Country Fair features the Ramona Junior Fair & Livestock Auction, two stages of music and entertainment, amusement rides,  craft and business vendors,  and food court. Entertainment includes a battle of the bands, music by headlining musical groups, the annual Ramona Idol competition, a singer/songwriter showcase, and much more.

MEDIA ARTS CENTER SCREENS BREAKING BAD'S AARON PAUL IN INDI/DRAMA "HELLION'

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The New Media Arts Center is airing preview screenings of “Hellion,” a drama featuring Breaking Bad star Arron Paul. The next screenings will be July 21, 22 and 24 at 1 p.m.at Media Center’s single-screen, 50 seat cinema.

SANTEE SHERIFF SEEKS OWNERS OF STOLEN PROPERTY

2 arrests made in string of vehicle break-ins at golf courses

 

East County News Service

July 20, 2014 (Santee)--If you’ve been a victim of a car burglary at a local golf course, Santee Sheriff’s Station may have some good news for you.

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JAMES KIMBER TREATS HOMELESS VETERANS AT STAND DOWN

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2014 (San Diego)—Many politicians talk about helping our veterans. But James Kimber, a physician assistant and candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District, actually  donned scrubs and gave medical treatment to homeless veterans during San Diego’s 27th annual Stand Down event on July 18.

As the Senior Medical Officer aboard two combat warships (USS ELLIOT DD-967, USS REID FFG-30), Kimber is all too familiar with Emergency Medicine and treating those who have served.  He spent 20 years in active duty in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Senior Chief Hospital Corspman. Currently he is a Physician Assistant practicing neurosurgery at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

Kimber says he is is alarmed at how veteran’s needs are being neglected and feels we as a country owe them more. He worked Stand Down last year as a provider and was shocked at some of the patients he treated.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH SIMONETTA CARR, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR OF ANSELM OF CANTERBURY

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

July 20, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Santee resident Simonetta Carr’s book, Anselm of Canterbury, was named Best Biography in the San Diego Book Awards.  East County Magazine recently interview Carr on the Bookshelf segment of our East County Magazine Radio show on KNSJ.

You can now hear our interview here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/51gcwpzbuy.

For more information on the author and her works, scroll down.

BILL WALTON HEADS FUNDRAISING DRIVE FOR NEW BOYS & GIRLS CLUB GYM

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2014 (La Mesa) - Basketball superstar Bill Walton, a Helix High School graduate in La Mesa, got his start playing basketball at neighborhood centers such as the Boys & Girls Club. He earned his way to the Boys & Girls Clubs Hall of Fame and went on to play with the UCLA Bruins. He later became a National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player and won two NBA championships.

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN COLLEGE AREA STABBING

 

East County News Service

July 20, 2014 (San Diego)—Campus police at San Diego State University are seeking public help to locate three suspects who fled a party in the 5000 block of College Place where an SDSU student was stabbed by an unknown person during an altercation.  The attack occurred  at 12:30 a.m. The victim was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

SAID I WOULDN'T TELL IT...BUT I JUST CAN'T KEEP IT TO MYSELF

 

Book Review by Dennis Moore

July 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Tameka Hicks is on the Dean’s List at Xavier University in New Orleans, but as proud as she might be of that achievement I get the feeling from reading her book; Said I Wouldn’t Tell It…But I Just Can’t keep It To Myself, that she is most proud of being on “God’s List.” Being given up at birth by her parents and after being placed in from foster home to foster home, Hicks describes in this spiritual and heartrending book how her trust level had bottomed out, describing in vivid detail how she was abused mentally, emotionally and physically. This young lady has aspirations of being a CEO of a Fortune 500 company and building her own ministry. From talking with her and reading this book, I can say that she is well on her way.

2 JAMAICAN MEN SOUGHT FOR QUESTIONING IN EAST COUNTY HOMICIDE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Latima “Latty” Dover

July 19, 2014 (El Cajon)—Two Jamaican men are sought as “persons of interest” by the Sheriff in a homicide investigation. The victim, Kevin McCalla, was found dead of gunshot wounds on a pathway in an apartment complex at 1475 Graves Avenue in the unincorporated portions of El Cajon back on June 25th  at 8:44 p.m.

BOIL WATER ORDER ISSUED FOR GIRL SCOUTS WHISPERING OAKS IN JULIAN

 

July 19, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a Boil Water Order and Public Notification for the Girl Scouts Whispering Oaks Program Center located at 4949 Pine Hills Road, Julian, CA 92036 effective immediately.  This public water system serves a ranger’s area, lodge, health center, three cabin areas, and restroom located by a ball field.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: YEEHA! A RESOLUTION HONORING MISS RODEO USA IN LAKESIDE

 

Photo courtesy of Rob Riingen,  East County Herald

July 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – Senator Joel Anderson’s office sent in this pic of the Senator presenting a resolution honoring the new Miss Rodeo USA 2014 and former Lakeside Rodeo Queen,  Elisa Swenson.

THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH HEAT ON THE HORIZON THIS WEEK

 

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: Thunderclouds over Lakeside, by Billy Ortiz

July 18, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –  An upper level trough over the Gulf of California tonight will move northward across Northern Baja,  then sweep into Southern California tonight and Saturday.  Thunderstorms with dry lightning are possible on Saturday morning, mainly over the mountains. Heavy rain producing thunderstorms are more likely to occur during the afternoon and early evening hours.

 Lightning may ignite fires and heavy rain could produce localized flooding.  Downdraft wind gusts of 35 mph or more are possible during the storms.

Forecasters also warn of high heat next week, when a large area of high pressure will build over the West, bringing warming each day Tuesday through Thursday. By Wednesday and Thursday, maximum temps will be 5-10 degrees above average, soaring into triple digits in desert areas.

CATS GALORE: CATS ALL OVER THE PLACE

 

July 18, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - It’s raining cats – and more cats – over at the County animal shelters.

To help ease this overabundance, the shelters are offering up a special to help these felines find their forever homes.

APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR OPENINGS ON THE CITY OF LA MESA'S YOUTH ADVISORY COMMISSION

 

July 17, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Applications are being accepted for several openings on the City’s Youth Advisory Commission. Applicants must live within the city limits of La Mesa and be at least 13 years old, but not more than 20 years old, at the time of appointment.

SENIORS GROUP AT HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST DISCUSSION ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27

 

July 18, 2014 (La Mesa)-The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group program titled “Alzheimer’s Disease and Clinical Trials,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. The public is invited to attend and RSVP is not required. The speaker will be Mark Dobrina, lead clinical trials specialist, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital Research Dept.

AMERICAN SOLAR DIRECT INSTALLS FREE SYSTEM FOR INJURED VETERAN IN EL CAJON

 

Employees Rally to Donate System for Southern California Wounded Warrior

 July 17, 2014 (El Cajon) – American Solar Direct Inc. (ASD) today donated a complete solar energy system at the home of Sgt. Odin Ayala, a wounded veteran in Southern California who touched the hearts of ASD employees.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST ANNOUNCES FIRE RESTRICTIONS

 

July 17, 2014 (Cleveland National Forest)--Due to high fire danger, Cleveland National Forest has announced elevated fires restrictions starting Friday, July 18th.  The change is due to dryer fuel conditions, higher temperatures, and the likelihood of small fires becoming big fires.

STARS SHINE AT LES MISÉRABLES ATOP MOUNT HELIX—JULY 17-AUGUST 2, 2014

 

                                                           

By Ariele Johannson

 

Christian Community Theater has been entertaining San Diegans and providing quality theatrical productions for over 30 years.

This summer’s performance of Les Misérables is exceptional for its casting, talent, music and singing, costumes, child actors, and technology in a fine outdoor performance of this epic work. Also, it is a return to Mt. Helix for CCT after being away for seven years.  Christian Youth Theatre also participated in this production.

RALLY TO SAVE IRAQI CHRISTIANS: FRIDAY, JULY 18

 

 

July 18, 2014 (El Cajon) – East County is home to an estimated 40,000 Iraqi Chaldean Christians as well as many Assyrians and Syriacs. 

Local Iraqis including the Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce, churches and other groups, ask the community to join them in a rally today, July 18 at El Cajon City Hall , 200 Civic Center Way, to urge protection and humanitarian help for those now fleeing Iraq, where a terrorist group has declared an Islamic caliph and is slaughtering Christians and other minorities.

A petition has also been launched calling on U.S. representatives to consider creating a safe haven for Assyrians and other minorities in the Nineveh Plains.

PLANNING TO GO TO COMICON? TAKE THE TROLLEY

 

By Nadin Abbott

July 17, 2012 (San Diego)-- if you are planning to attend Comicon International and you’re coming from East County, the Trolley is the least expensive to avoid steep parking costs downtown—if you can find a parking space at all.  Commemorative day passes are already on sale at the Transit Store downtown at $20.00 for all five days.

COURT RULES CALIFORNIA'S DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17,2014 (San Diego’s East County)—A federal judge has ruled that California’s death penalty enforcement has become so arbitrary and lengthy that it amounts to a violation of the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.  The ruling may be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently reviewing the ruling.

ALL ABOARD! SOUTHWEST RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS IN CAMPO

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (Campo) – After years of storage in temporary facilities, an extensive collection of memorabilia and research materials on San Diego’s own railroad history is now available to the public at the new Southwest Railway Library in Campo.

Last weekend, East County Magazine Radio show’s producers rode the rails and interviewed the museum’s archivist.  You can hear our story here:  http://kiwi6.com/file/yku4jfxvdz

At a private VIP party, supporters celebrated a ribbon-cutting at the new museum, toasted its success with champagne, and then road a vintage railway train through East County’s beautiful backcountry.

SAN VICENTE'S RAISED DAM IS NOW COMPLETE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (San Vicente) - The tallest dam raising in the United States is now complete.

On Wednesday, the San Diego County Water Authority  held a dedication ceremony for the new dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.

STATE IMPOSES WATER RATIONING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2014 (Sacramento)--The California State Water Resources Control Board has announced they will impose unprecedented restrictions statewide on outdoor watering—including steep fines of up to $500 a day for those who ignore the rules.  This marks the first time ever that water rationing has been imposed statewide, though locally San Diegans have seen rationing in prior droughts.

BMW RECALLS HALF MILLION U.S. CARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--BMW has announced a recall of 1.6 million vehicles to repair air bags. 

The recall includes 3-Series cars from model years 2000 to 2006.  That includes over a half million vehicles in the U.S.

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