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TARIQ KHAMISA FOUNDATION MAKES IMPACT IN SCHOOLS TO HELP END YOUTH VIOLENCE

 

By Janis Russell

September 22, 2016 (San Diego) - In 1995, 20-year-old Tariq Khamisa was shot and killed by 14-year-old Tony Hicks, a gang member. Hicks was convicted as an adult and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), a nonprofit, was established in 1995 by Tariq’s father Azim Khamisa along with Tony Hicks’ grandfather, Ples Felix.

INTERFAITH COUNCIL HOSTS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE IN LA MESA SEPT. 25

 

East County News Service

Photo:   Last year’s International Peace  Day in La Mesa drew a crowd.

September 17, 2016  (La Mesa)--The Interfaith Council of La Mesa is celebrating it's 3rd annual International Day of Peace in La Mesa on Sept. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Aztec Park (7945 Morocco Drive) as part of a global effort.  All are welcome at the event, which aims to bring awareness to “the need to promote peace, unity and good will in both local and global communities.”  (View flyer)

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR KEYNOTES WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON AWARDS

 

East County News Service

 

Sept. 12, 2016 (East County) – Fitness instructor, dancer and choreographer Dionne Thomas has been selected as keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Women In Leadership Luncheon (WILL). Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 16 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley.

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 2ND ANNUAL CHILDREN’S HOLIDAY PROJECT

 

Source:  La Mesa Chamber press release

September 10, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber announces the continuation of a holiday project inspired last year by a partnership between the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, the La Mesa City Employees Association and Jerry Lester, local community supporter. The project benefits children within La Mesa that are identified by La Mesa Community Welfare and several La Mesa elementary schools to be in need. The driving force behind this project is Maxine Lynch and the La Mesa City Employees Association.

SAN DIEGO GROUP PARTICIPATES IN WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE

 

East County News Service

Photo via tkf.org

September 9, 2016 (San Diego) - Twenty years ago after the murder of his 20-year-old son Tariq, Azim Khamisa saw the need to address the epidemic of youth violence in the United States. He reached out to the grandfather of his son’s murderer, Ples Felix, in a spirit of forgiveness. Together, they founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation.

CHABAD OF EAST COUNTY INFUSES ADULT EDUCATION WITH CUTTING-EDGE PEDAGOGIC TECHNIQUES

 

East County News Service

September 2, 2016 (San Carlos) -- Beginning this fall, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will open its doors in San Carlos.

Rabbi Rafi Andrusier has taught hundreds of Jewish classes since he first moved to San Diego in 2012, but now he’s taking it to a whole new level. This summer, Rabbi Rafi traveled to New York to attend a series of inaugural training seminars in advance of the upcoming launch of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) in the eastern San Diego region.

THE LA MESA CHAMBER LAUNCHES ANNUAL SENIOR PROJECT

 

Source: La Mesa City Council Press Release

August 29, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber is beginning to gather items for the seniors that the Chamber adopts each year during the holidays. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets.

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED BY SEPT. 23 TO HELP SAN DIEGO GET MORE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HOMELESS

 

By Kim Cooney

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) - On August 10, 2016, Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego), along with city and county officials, met to discuss the issue of homelessness in San Diego.  The key question is how funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) can be updated so that San Diego gets its fair share of money each year.  A recent Voice of San Diego report found that despite having the nation’s third largest homeless population, San Diego gets less than many other cities with fewer homeless people.

RAISING A TRANSGENDER CHILD: A MOM SPEAKS OUT

 

Q & A with author of “Raising Ryland”

Source: Foothills United Methodist Church press release

August 21, 2016 (La Mesa) - “When the family dies I’m going to cut my hair so I can be a boy,” said Ryland Whittington when he was just four years old. His family was stunned.

LANDLORDS NEEDED TO HELP HOMELESS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

August 17, 2016 (San Diego) --San Diego area landlords: homeless people need your help.

The County of San Diego and its many partners are looking for landlords who are willing to rent apartments to help house 130 people who are currently homeless.

LAKE HENSHAW FUNDRAISING EVENT ON AUGUST 28TH TO BENEFIT SHELTER TO SOLDIERS

 

East County News Service

August 12, 2016 (Ramona) -- Ramona Ranch Winey and Round Up Grill/John Little Catering are partnering to host “Live at the Lake," an interactive outdoor music, food and wine fundraising event on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a non-profit organization that adopts and trains shelter dogs to serve as psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans. The event will take place at the Lake Henshaw parking lot located at 26439 Highway 78 in Santa Ysabel, CA, 92070.

COLON CANCER PATIENT IN CAMPO NEEDS HELP TO CONTINUE CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENTS

 

East County News Service

August 9, 2016 (Campo-Lake Morena) — A GoFundMe site has been established by Bill Holtwick to help raise money for huge medical costs needed to save the life of his wife, Pat.  Claudia Millerbragg, who runs a Campo-Lake Morena community forum, has confirmed that Pat Holtwick is a cherished community member who has devoted many hours to rescuing abandoned or abused animals.

“I am 71 years old and Pat is 66 and we just can’t keep up with physical and or the financial responsibilities. We are both on Social Security, and are on a very low/limited income,” Holtwick writes.

BBQ AND DANCE AUGUST 6 IN ALPINE TO HELP CANCER SURVIVOR VICKI HALSEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (Alpine) — Secret Hills Ranch in Alpine is hosting a barbecue, dance and silent auction on August 6th to help fund medical bills for colon cancer survivor Vicki Halsey, a horse trainer and advocate for children. The deadline for pre-purchasing dinners is August 1.

TOYOTA AND HONDA OF EL CAJON, ALONG WITH WELLS FARGO, TEAM UP TO SUPPORT YMCA

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Toyota and Honda of El Cajon and Wells Fargo Dealer Services presented a $22,700 donation to the YMCA of San Diego County. The donation was made in appreciation of Toyota and Honda of El Cajon’s ongoing community support efforts. The funds will help the YMCA of San Diego’s mission of strengthening its community through offering programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

EAST COUNTY POSSE STRIVES TO GIVE PEOPLE "A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT"

 

By Janis Russell 

 

Photo: Mark Allan

July 15, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The East County Posse was founded a little more than 10 years ago. The mission is to help East County residents “in need of a hand up, not a hand out.” ECM met with East County Posse’s board member, Mark Allan, and chairman/CEO, Greg Brown, for an interview about this organization.  

MINIATURE DONKEYS SAVED DURING FIRE ARE STRICKEN BY ILLNESS

 

Fundraising site set up to help pay mounting vet bills

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: "Sweet", the youngest foal at Fantasy Donkeys, died of a mysterious ailment shortly after the Border Fire

July 9, 2016 (Campo) – In one of the most dramatic rescues during the Border Fire, the Humane Society helped evacuate 55 miniature donkeys from Fantasy Donkeys’ ranch in Campo to three different temporary shelters.  But after the fire passed and the herd returned home, Nearly two dozen donkeys fell ill and one young foal, Sweet Child of Mine, or “Sweet” for short, died. 

Thus began a desperate effort to save the remaining donkey.  Seven have required round-the-clock care on site and four had to be rushed to the San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Bonsall, where after intensive treatment for two weeks, they are now recovering. The ordeal has been a drain emotionally and financially, since owner Kim Fuson has had to take time off her job as a nurse to care for the ailing donkeys, while veterinary bills have climbed to nearly $20,000.

EL CAJON’S MARK LARSON IS RECORD HOLDER FOR BROADCASTING LONGEVITY

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2016 (El Cajon) – Radio and TV personality Mark Larson, a longtime El Cajon resident, recently began his 41st year of continuous on-air presence in the San Diego market. That makes Larson the current holder of the longevity record for local broadcast on-air work (Sam Bass has been heard on KyXy 96.5-FM since 1978; Hal Clement and Bill Griffith both had 39 years on TV before retiring in 2011 and 2015, respectively).

A NIGHT OF REVELRY AT BOHEMIAN BASH HELPS RAISE FUNDS TO RESTORE KNSJ TRANSMITTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More donations needed to recover costs of repairing tranmitter on Mt. Laguna after vandalism

By Miriam Raftery

June 25,2016 (La Mesa) – Thanks to all who came out to our Bohemian Bash benefit!   KNSJ 89.1 FM founder Martin Eder announced the good news that thanks to generous community donations plus a loan, KNSJ’s transmitter has been repaired! The station is still working to fix software communication issues but anticipates full restoration of broadcasting soon – thanks to your help. 

Donations are still needed and can be made at www.knsj.org or www.eastcountymagazine.org to support KNSJ Radio and the East County Magazine Show production.

Guests enjoyed an expansive feast with international flavors a plethora of prizes, a wide variety of entertainment and even the opportunity to shimmy and shake as they learned classicial Indian dance steps in true Bohemian flair. Click"read more" and scroll down to see more photos of the festivities over the warm and wonderful summer solstice weekend.


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HELP NEEDED FOR RESIDENTS AND ANIMALS IN CAMPO, LAKE MORENA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Rapture's Horse Rescue joined efforts led by Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton with help from local community members and businesses to bring supplies to Potrero

June 25, 2016 (Campo/LakeMorena) – With the Border Fire now 70% contained, relief efforts continue.  Shontel Grivno at Rapture’s Horse Rescue Foundation sent us the following e-mail this morning asking for supplies of non-perishable foods, water  propane and animal feed for fire survivors, livestock and pets in the Campo/Lake Morena communities:

LA MESA LION’S CLUB ‘S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT RECALLS DECADES OF SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

 

By Chisato Iversen

June 22, 2016 (La Mesa) -- From helping the blind to supporting Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots, the La Mesa Lions Club has long been a driving force to help local people in need.  East County Magazine sat down for an exclusive interview with Marge Dyke, former La Mesa Lion’s Club president.

NEW PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE OFF STREETS

 

By Jose A. Alvarez,

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today accepted the Project One for All implementation plan that will provide people who are homeless and have serious mental illness access to a coordinated range of services, including housing and health care.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GRACE KAMINAKA TSUIDA, JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMP SURVIVOR FROM GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL

 

By Chisato Iversen

 

June 15, 2016 (La Mesa)-- Grace Kaminaka Tsuida, a student at Grossmont High School’s class of 1944, is a survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.  As part of an AP class project at Grossmont High School , students documented the experiences of Grossmont students who were interned.  Their stories are documented in  Japanese American AP US American Reports  and can be seen in a special exhibit at the La Mesa Historical Society during June. 

Grace Kaminaka Tsuida  was born  Sept. 9,1926 in Lemon Grove. She made friends easily, like other children, until after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the U.S. government sent her family and others to an internment camp.  After their release, they were given an apology from the government, though it failed to acknowledge the humiliation and confusion they experience.  Now, 67 years later, Grace’s niece, Judy Miyamoto, helped arrange for Grace to finally receive her Grossmont High School Diploma.

Now 90 years old, Grace granted an exclusive interview with East County Magazine.   Please read her compelling story.

100 VOLUNTEERS TURN OUT TO HELP CLEAN UP CASA DE ORO COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (Casa de Oro) – Nearly 100 Casa de Oro residents and businesses joined forces yesterday to clean up the Campo Road business corridor and strengthen community engagement in a neighborhood that is turning things around for a better future.  Following the work they celebrated the first-of-its-kind event with a barbecue and raffle, while also thanking the many business sponsors who made the event possible.

ANIMAL TALES: LIONEL’S LEGACY--RESCUING AND EDUCATING

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Last month, as I was walking around checking out all the booths at the San Diego Humane Society Walk event, I saw two sweet and funny little faces that drew me in. They were two senior chihuahuas named Fred and Ethel, like the couple who lived next door to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on the “I Love Lucy” show. What perfect names for those silly little faces!

Fred and Ethel are two lucky pooches that were taken in by Lionel’s Legacy, a non-profit organization, out of El Cajon that specializes in rescuing senior dogs.

LOCAL VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES TO EMBARK ON INCREDIBLE JOURNEY WITH HELP FROM NO BARRIERS WARRIORS AND WELLS FARGO

 

Southern California servicemen join Warriors to Summits team to overcome personal barriers and traverse the Wind River Range in WY this summer

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (San Diego) - Local residents Christopher Laha, a Marine Corps veteran and Johnny Walker, an Army veteran, will join 11 other servicemen and women with various disabilities for a challenging week-long trek across the Wind River Range in Wyoming this June 11 – 17.

WE SALUTE OUR VETERANS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – This weekend, we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country in the U.S. armed forces.

More than 1.1 million American soldiers have been killed in wars since our nation began, from the Revolutionary War to today. The U.S. currently has about 14 million living veterans from War World II to the present military conflicts.

Here in San Diego County:

CATHOLIC GROUP IN SAN DIEGO SUPPORTS POPE’S MOVE TOWARD INCLUSION OF WOMEN

 

Hear our radio interview with Nancy Corran and Jane Via by clicking the orange arrow above.

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – You may be surprised to learn that although the Catholic Church officially refuses to allow ordination of women as priests, a reform movement within the church called Roman Catholic Women Priests includes 200 women priests who have already been ordained  by male Catholic bishops. 

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HOME OF GUIDING HANDS 42ND ANNUAL GALA ON JUNE 11 AIMS TO RAISE $100,000

 

Proceeds to benefit local individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities

East County News Service

May 19, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), a nonprofit based in El Cajon committed to providing support to local individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, will host its “Cabaret Rouge” Gala on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

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