November 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--With Thanksgiving here, a thought to consider is what to do with kitchen fat, oil and grease (FOG) that’s left over from all that cooking or after deep frying a turkey. For interested residents, EDCO has a free, safe and more environmentally friendly option for disposing of household FOG.
Residents are asked to simply collect used discarded FOG in a leak-proof container and drop it off free of charge at one of EDCO’s conveniently located Buyback Centers. The FOG will then ultimately be processed, filtered and converted into bio-diesel by a third party processor.
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips!
November 20, 2012 (San Diego)--Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of the Holiday Season and many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen preparing for the Holidays according Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, with three times as many occurring on Thanksgiving as any other day of the year. In 2010, there were 1,370 fires on Thanksgiving, a 219 percent increase over the daily average. “Thanksgiving is a fun, festive holiday, but it’s also very hectic says DiGiovanna. “All the entertaining and distractions make it easy to forget about what’s cooking on the stovetop.”
November 20, 2012 (Ramona) – Oasis Camel Dairy hosts its 3rd Annual Pomegranate Days on November 24 and 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
This holiday tradition includes feeding pomegranates to the camels, a special performance of the performing bird show and a behind the scenes tour of the dairy.Camel rides will also be available, as well as camel milk chocolate, soaps and lotions.
Stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving for an early start to "Black Friday" shopping specials
by Ariele Johannson
November 17, 2012 (Alpine) --Viejas Ice Rink formally opened its fifth season yesterday along with specific extended holiday hours at Viejas Outlet Center.
Now, when shopping, visitors are treated to views of excited skaters making their way around the cool, white ice rink, skating to the sounds of favorite Christmas melodies. Bedecked at one end with the traditional giant, decorated Christmas tree, the ice rink this year also has festive café lights. One of the decorative creeks nicely reflects the tree as you walk in from the east side of the Center.
November 20, 2012 (Alpine) – Myra Thompson Bull, L.Ac., will present a workshop on Saturday, December 1. Learn how to make winter wellness remedies in your own kitchen from easily available ingredients—just in time for cold and flu season. Enjoy a morning of delightful scents and wise recipes to ward off winter ailments. This hands-on workshop will be followed by a light lunch.
By Mark Gabrish Conlan
November 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Is it really over? I’ve lived with the 2012 Presidential campaign for so long that it’s become a fixture of my life, sort of like a piece of ugly furniture you never sit on anymore but you can’t bear to get rid of.
November 20, 2012 (San Diego)—By a 5-3 vote, San Diego’s City Council voted last week to pass the Property Value Protection Ordinance (PVPO) aimed at helping banks clean up blighted foreclosure properties. It requires banks to register with the city and pay a $76 fee whenever they take action to foreclose a home. The registry makes it possible to immediately identify the bank responsible for a blighted property, and the fee revenue will increase code enforcement staff to hold banks accountable for neglected properties.
by Ariele Johannson
November 20, 2012 (Alpine) --Viejas tribal leaders, casino executives, civic and community leaders, and guests came together for an outdoor Topping Off Ceremony on Wednesday, November 13, 2012. More than 100 people assembled in front of the new five-story Viejas Hotel, amid the noise of hammers, drills, and construction workers’ shouts.
This month, the much-anticipated Viejas Hotel enters its final construction stages. The non-smoking Viejas Hotel with valet parking is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013. Viejas Casino, owned by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, is one of the most successful tribal casinos in California.
By Miriam Raftery
November 20, 2012 (Spring Valley) – On December 20, the Spring Valley Citizens Group will determine the future of the organization. The group, which has 200 members, may disband if volunteers are not found to help support the organization.
“As president, I do not want to disband and am convinced that the people of Spring Valley will once again rally for their community. I believe that the services we provide are too valuable to call it quits,” leader Steven Relyea has said. But membership is aging and the membership base has shrunk, so help is needed to save the community group and it's good works.
By Lori Abbott, California News Service
November 17, 2012 (San Diego)-Congress returned to Washington, D.C., to begin its lame-duck session, but a veterans' group has not given up the fight for legislation to protect parts of the California desert. A bill by Darrell Issa (R-San Diego) would designate as wilderness more than 21,000 acres of Beauty Mountain and Agua Tibia in northern San Diego County.
November 18, 2012 (San Diego) – The Far East Project will celebrate its firs year with the 2012 Closing Ceremonies to be held at 3rd Space, 4610 Park Blvd., San Diego on November 30 at 7:00 p.m. The first year of The Far East Project draws to a close with an enormous amount of accomplishment under its belt: a conference on the future of East County arts, a photo contest, a website archiving populist submissions, events on two college campuses, and the first published volume of a people’s history of East County, “Everything Just as It Is”.
By Bill Weaver
November 18, 2012 Alpine) -- Viejas Casino & Outlets today launched its annual Holiday Toy Drive to support the local Salvation Army. With the help of Viejas Team Members and guests, the goal is to provide 5,000 toys to deserving families in San Diego and Imperial Counties. That’s up from 3,000 toys last year.
November 18, 2012 (Poway) – Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation presents Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show on December 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts, 15498 Espola Road, Poway. Vicki Lawrence approaches everything with a sense of humor, from her eleven years with The Carol Burnett Show, her gold record for “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia and her TV series “Mama’s Family”. She and Mama will share a double-bill for an evening of stories, songs and laughs.
Tickets are priced from $50 - $65 and can be purchased online here.
November 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is getting a new Certified Farmers Market in March 2013 and a contest is being held to design the logo for it. Original logo designs can be submitted with a 30 word explanation of how it represents the El Cajon Community. Winners will receive $150 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place.
The contest deadline is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. For more information on submission guidelines and the official rules please visit www.ElCajonFarmersMarket.org.
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
November 18, 2012 (San Diego)--As temperatures cool down, home heating use goes up. It’s important for homeowners and renters to inspect their home-heating appliances and perform any maintenance necessary to avoid any health or safety hazards.
November 19, 2012 (Alpine) -- Marshmallows and toothpicks taught Boulder Oaks Elementary students a lesson in engineering last week as engineers from UTC Aerospace System’s Aerostructures business came to celebrate Engineering Week with the children and serve as judges for the school-wide bridge building contest.
The annual Boulder Oaks Elementary Engineering Week is part of the school’s STEAM program emphasizing science, technology, engineering, arts & math.
Boulder Oaks Elementary welcomed visiting UTC Aerospace Systems engineers: From L to R, Timothy Ronco- Thermodynamics Engineer, Kate Grabosky – New Program Supply Chain & EPO Community Outreach focal, Kurtis Mundell- Design Engineer, Jared Victor- Materials Engineer, Ryan Bolin- Stress Engineer
November 19, 2012 (Jamul) -- –Cal Fire resources will be conducting a small prescribed burn in the Rancho Jamul area near the community of Jamul. This burn is scheduled to take place tomorrow, November 20, between 8 a.m. and lasting until 4:00 p.m.
Cal Fire plans to burn approximately 80 acres. Smoke will be visible along highway 94 and other East County areas.
November 16, 2012 (Spring Valley) – Cali Comfort BBQ Restaurant will be open to celebrate Thanksgiving the Cali Comfort Way from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. A catering package is available for dine in or take-out. The package feeds up to 6 people and includes slow smoked whole turkey, country stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, wedding beans, mac-n-cheese and rolls with honey butter. The cost is $89.99 and it must be ordered by November 19.
Call 619-337-0670 to reserve a table or place an order. Visit www.calicomfortsd.com for more information.
Regulators liken penny auction site to Ponzi scheme
By Rebecca J. Williamson
November 16, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- What has 3,493 “likes” on one participant’s Facebook page that may turn into “hates” and lawsuits?
The answer? ZEEK REWARDS --- an online penny auction house that is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for financial fraud. See http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt041.shtm and http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-160.htm.
“10 Holiday Warning Signs” Your Senior Is In Trouble
By Stacey Hilton
November 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- The holiday season may be one of the few times local families get together and realize their elderly loved ones are in deep trouble and need immediate help. Adult children who don’t live nearby often come home to holiday heartbreak with deteriorating relatives they aren’t prepared to handle. So this holiday, the family might gather around the kitchen table – not only for turkey and treats, but also for a talk—a big talk—that maps out a plan to care for aging relatives.
By Brian Lafferty
November 16, 2012 (San Diego) – Earlier this year I interviewed for a volunteer position. The interviewer looked at my resume and asked, "What's your least favorite part of being a film critic?" I was stumped. My work at East County Magazine unites two of my biggest passions - movies and writing - and I love doing it so much that it never occurred to me there was something that I least enjoyed about it.
After months of reflection, I now have an answer. Far too often I get bombarded with questions from family, friends, and colleagues like, "What did you think of so-and-so movie?" Anyone who is familiar with me on a personal and professional level know that I am an infinitely better writer than a speaker. If you read my writing and later met me in person, I guarantee you'd be amazed at the difference between my spoken words and my written words. When I do oblige, usually all I can muster up is, "It was good," or, "I didn't like it.”
November 15, 2012 (Santee) – Kaffee Meister a5 9225 Carlton Oaks Blvd., Santee is hosting Open Mic nights every Thursday evening. The nights are hosted by the group Wood’n’ Lips, whose musicians, Gregory Gross, Bari Zwirn and Tim Woods, handle the lottery drawings for spaces and provide the guidelines for performers.
It’s an opportunity to perform in front of a small intimate audience and enjoy some quality coffee house beverages. Visit www.kaffeemeister.com for more information.
November 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Bleu Boheme, 4090 Adams Avenue, San Diego, will be serving dinner on Thanksgiving from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The special prix fixe menu is $48.95 per person and $16.95 for the children’s menu.
November 15, 2012 (San Diego) -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has received calls from San Diego residents stating that they have been contacted by individuals claiming to be a law enforcement employee. The callers will identify themselves as members of the California Highway Patrol, will provide false information regarding a loved one or relative and make various demands. Many times the caller will use the name of the person being called.
November 15, 2012 (San Diego) – Fire prevention and flu prevention stages?
We just changed our smoke detector batteries with daylight savings this weekend for fire preventive measures. Flu season is among us and like fire prevention, it’s important to take cold/flu preventive measures. Emergency rooms become saturated this time of year due to those with the flu. Unfortunately this may delay those that have significant health/medical issues or injuries from getting treatment quickly according to Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
By Greg Dunne
November 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--We have our share of rare bird sightings now and then in our East County. The three I am going to talk about are the Greater White-Fronted Goose, the Nutmeg Mannikin, and the Vermilion Flycatcher. The Vermilion Flycatcher and the Nutmeg Mannikin are going to be the hardest to spot by the novice birder, but with any experience watching birds you should be able to see these uncommon visitors. The Greater White-Footed Goose on the other hand can easily be seen any time of day at Lindo Lake.