People Power

Inspiring Stories from San Diego's Eastern Region

PUPPY SOCIAL HOUR MARCH 3 AT CAMP BOW WOW

 

March 1, 2014 (El Cajon) - Bring your new puppy to Camp Bow Wow in El Cajon on Monday, March 3rd for a puppy socialization hour. Puppies from 10 weeks to 4 months old can romp around with each other in an indoor play yard. The puppy social starts at 7 pm and ends at 8 pm. You will have a chance to meet Behavior Buddies trainer.

BEYOND BULLYING EMPOWERS STUDENTS

 

By Aaron Landau

February 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- Twenty-five years ago, Eden Steele was a sixth grade teacher at Parkview School in Chula Vista. She was looking for a meaningful way to empower youth with the understanding, skills, and strategies to resolve conflicts in a non-violent way. The result was Peace Patrol©™.

UNION BANK, KPBS HONOR 2014 HEROES AS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 

February 26, 2014 (San Diego)--In celebration of Black History Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with KPBS in San Diego to honor extraordinary African Americans as local heroes.  The 2014 Black History Month honorees are: former professor and breast cancer awareness advocate Tessie Bonner, and J.T. Inge, Joe Earl Jackson, and Dr. Carrel Reavis, Original Montford Point Marines.

REPURPOSING SPREADS LIKE RIPPLES IN WATER

 

By Sharon Ann Hamilton

February 16, 2014 (San Diego)--What would you do if you realized that in San Diego County alone, about 225,500,000 pounds of textiles are purchased every year and only 15% are resold, repurposed, or recycled?  Fully 85% end up in landfills.

2ND ANNUAL LILAC TRAIL 5K RUN TEACHES KIDS ABOUT NATIVE PLANTS AND ANIMALS

 

By Janis Mork

February 15, 2014 (El Cajon)- On Saturday February 1, the 2nd Annual Lilac 5K Trail Run took place at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve. This event was a fundraiser for environmental education and outreach programs of the Earth Discovery Institute.

EAST COUNTY'S MISTRESS OF MUSIC

 

Written by Dennis Moore

February 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Kelly Cole, host of “Lites-Out” on KPRI 102.1FM and a resident of Santee since 1987, has music in her heart and soul. Born and raised in San Diego, she describes “Happiness” as family, good friends and music. It certainly comes across in her chosen profession.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS' LA MESA CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

 

 

February 14, 2014 (La Mesa) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County Foundation has recruited more than 30 La Mesa community leaders who have begun raising $4.45 million. That figure represents the remaining half of $8.9 million needed to build a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center in the city and fund an endowment to operate both facilities. About $4.5 million already has been raised, according to Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director. He said the goal is to raise the remaining funds needed over the next two years.

MILITARY DADS & THEIR GIRLS CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY EARLY AT ASYMCA FATHER & DAUGHTER DANCE

 

February 13, 2014 (San Diego)-- Tonight, the Armed Services YMCA San Diego (ASYMCA) will be hosting the 8th Annual Father & Daughter Dance: Sweet Moments, giving 450 active duty and retired military dads and their daughters a special night of family bonding. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, hundreds of active duty service members and their little girls will spend this elegant evening celebrating a valued relationship and creating memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. From dancing to dinner to professional photography, the San Diego community has come together to make this event unforgettable for all in attendance.

2 LOCAL TEENS RAISE MONEY FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS



 

February 7, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- While on their month long inter-session break from Saint Augustine High School, two juniors put on a golf tournament to benefit Wounded Warriors. Tournament Director Louis Molina of Chula Vista had the initial idea to organize a golf tournament after speaking to wounded warriors on the golf course when he was younger. He invited his Saint Augustine High School golf teammate, Collin McNicholl-Carter of La Mesa, to be Assistant Director and Marketing Assistant.

"HEAL HAIAYAN" CONCERT TONIGHT AT KROC CENTER BENEFITSTYPHOON SURVIVORS

 

AudioCulture and SDSU’s AB Samahan will team up on Saturday, February 1st from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre on University Avenue near La Mesa to raise money for the thousands of Philippine victims of super typhoon Haiyan.

The event will feature Eranetik, the Calamities, Savannah Durso, A.C.E., Ivan Cheong, Lance Retuya, Rydell Simpauco & Pia Larot, and more.

LA MESA AND SANTEE SEEK PAGEANT CONTESTANTS

 

January 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- On March 7,  the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold their annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 13-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and includes a mentoring program for young women.  The pageants are sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and focus on community service. 

The 2014 titleholders will all receive scholarships which have been funded through past local talent and fashion show fundraising events. 

The contestants will be scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, sportswear, evening gown and an on stage question. There is no swimsuit competition.

ALPINE TURNS PINK TO SUPPORT TODDLER WITH NEUROBLASTOMA

 

Block party fundraiser planned Saturday, January 11; more events planned

“I couldn’t hold back the tears…It’s amazing to think you have an entire community supporting us and loving us so deeply.” –Bree Rowand

 

By Janis Mork, Sharon A. Penny, and Miriam Raftery

January 10, 2014 (Alpine) -- Anyone who has been to Alpine in the last week has noticed the many pink ribbons dotting the community, with signs supporting a special young girl named Kylie Rowand battling cancer.

The day after Christmas, Kylie’s parents, Luke and Bree, took her to the doctor for what they thought was an infection in a swollen eye.  Soon after, the young couple got the most devastating news any parent could receive: their beautiful,19-month old girl has cancerous tumors in her head and face, on her spleen,  more on her liver, pelvic bone, spine, and bones in both legs. Though the details are frightening, there is hope. This week the family learned that another local child diagnosed in April with stage 4 neuroblastoma is now cancer free.

INSPIRING STORIES FROM 2013

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Too often, media only reports the bad news.  But there are many unsung heroes , dedicated do-gooders and citizens work to make the world a better place, proving that dreams do come true, helping others, or simply offering inspiration to us all.   There are stories here that will tug at your heartstrings and, perhaps, move you to take action in some way.

 Here are a dozen people and organizations who you may never have heard of; most are not famous, but all have stories worth taking to heart as we begin the New Year.

BRADY COMPANIES PLEDGE $3 MILLION TO BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY

 

January 5, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County Foundation reports it is halfway toward a goal of raising $8.9 million in donations that will be used to construct a new clubhouse in La Mesa, renovate an existing teen center and fund an endowment to operate both facilities.

Jerry Fazio, Foundation executive director, reports he has commitments of $4.45 million, including a $3 million pledge from La Mesa residents Mary Alice and Ron Brady, founders of The Brady Companies, a San Diego-based construction firm.

ALPINE COUPLE’S HOME DESTROYED IN CHRISTMAS EVE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 31, 2013 (Alpine) – Residents of Alpine are pulling together to help a young couple whose home on Arnold Way was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve.

Shara Halverson and her boyfriend, Sean Barrett were away visiting friends when their home caught fire.  They have no renters insurance and lost almost everything in the flames, though they are grateful for small miracles.

HELP SENIORS IN NEED WITH M.O.M. THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

December 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – This holiday season, More on the Menu, or MOM, is asking San Diego County residents to step up to the plate — the salad plate — to help senior citizens in our region.

MOM is a non-profit program that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables to local, homebound senior neighbors across San Diego County.  The organization has been dedicated to supporting seniors with home-delivered meals since 1992. But, with many seniors unable to shop for themselves or able to afford the cost of fresh produce, it is the recipients’ everyday nutrition that now seems most pressing.

EAST COUNTY GOOD SAMARITAN RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE FOR PAYING IT FORWARD, HELPING STRANDED MOTORISTS

 

Story and photos by Sharon A. Penny

December 1, 2013 (El Cajon)--Thomas Weller of El Cajon has had stories printed throughout the nation about his acts of kindness (by CBS News, The LA Times, People Magazine and NPR, among others), as well as international publications. Yet this East County man remains humble and steadfast in his pursuit of paying it forward.

Weller, known as the San Diego Highwayman (www.sandiegohighwayman.com) has been helping distressed motorists for almost 50 years. He never accepts payment for his kind gestures – which include providing gas for empty tanks to replacing batteries to fixing flats. Instead, he hands each motorist a card with the following inscription:

“Assisting you has been my pleasure. I ask for no payment other than for you to pass on the favor by helping someone in distress that you may encounter.”

A BIRDSEYE VIEW INSIDE THE WADDLE AND TROT THANKSGIVING DAY 5K RUN

 

By  Grey Feathers

November 28, 2013 (Santee) – The second annual Waddle and Trot 5K run began and ended at the Pathways Community Church, the sponsors of the event.  Proceeds will be evenly split between the Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank.  This was a certified 5K run on a fast and nearly flat course around Santee Lakes.  The family-friendly event attracted serious runners to casual walkers on a sunny beautiful Thanksgiving morning.

On the starting-line were contestants with team shirts and bright-colored running-shoes.  In the middle of the crowd were great grandfathers, teenagers, parents with infants and children.  Near the back were dozens of strollers with precious cargo along for the ride. 

This was my first 5K run ever and I found myself locked in an epic battle for last place.

SAN DIEGO FILIPINOS HELP TYPHOON VICTIMS

 

By Jordan Schaffner

Photo: USaid.gov

November 26, 2013 (San Diego)--Many Filipinos live and work in San Diego County.  Some of them have relatives back home in the Philippines who have been affected by the tragic typhoon Haiyan (which translates in English as typhoon Yolanda)  that hit a few weeks ago.

In an interview with East County Magazine, Rex Mortensen, a local recruiter with American Solar Direct, said he has several dozen family members in the hard-hit city of Tacloban, where he was born and raised until age 8. 

“All but one of my family members have been found," he said, but added that "odds are not good” due to current conditions; all of their homes have been destroyed and their belongings are gone. “They are hungry, thirsty, severely injured and with only the clothes on their backs, are trekking up to Manila to relocate and live permanently with our aid.”

INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN DAY: MEASURE INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TO PROTECT WOMEN AND GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD

Online effort mounted to ask Congress to support International Violence Against Women Act

By Miriam Raftery

November 26, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – Yesterday was officially the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.  To mark the occasion, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)  has been introduced into Congress last week—for the third time. 

“Gender-based violence remains an epidemic of global proportions that cuts across every social and economic class, ethnicity, race, religion and education level,” Secretary of State John Kerry stated yesterday.  “In fact, nearly one-third of women worldwide have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence. This is an unacceptable statistic and must be a wake-up call.”

BARONA RESORT AND CASINO STANDS BY FILIPINO COMMUNITY IN WAKE OF TYPHOON HAIYAN

 

Barona Pledges More Than $20,000 & Launches Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief Efforts

November 22, 2013 (Lakeside)– Barona Resort & Casino has joined in relief efforts to help those affected by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Barona presented a $10,000 donation to the Philippine American Business Improvement and Development during the organization’s annual gala. Barona will also continue to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan with another $10,000 cash donation and a three-week, casino-wide fundraiser that will benefit relief efforts through the American Red Cross.

The casino-wide fundraiser begins on Saturday, November 23 as Filipino politician and boxing legend Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao takes on Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in a pay-per-view fight which will be shown at the casino. From November 23 through December 15, Barona will match, dollar-for-dollar, the price of each Filipino-inspired entrée purchased at Ho Wan Noodle Shop. Players and staff will also have an opportunity to make a donation in designated collection boxes throughout the casino and everyone who makes a donation will be given a special thank-you button for their support.

SALVATION ARMY PREPARES FOR HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A KETTLE KICK OFF PARTY

 

By Janis Mork

November 17, 2013 (El Cajon)- On November 14, the Salvation Army of El Cajon Corps held its 38th annual Kettle Kick Off party at Hooleys Irish Pub and Grill in the Grossmont Center mall. The day after, people started ringing bells at different businesses for people to put money in the red kettles to raise money for East County children and families in need during the holiday season. This year will be a challenge because of when Thanksgiving falls, and the season will be shorter than last year. The organization hopes to provide 500 families with Thanksgiving baskets.

ECM interviewed Captain Terry Masango (photo, left), administrator of all of Salvation Army’s services and pastor of the Salvation Army El Cajon Corps Community Center.  “We have senior homes, serve meals to the seniors, have after school youth programs, and serve groceries to 1100 families a month,” he said, adding that Salvation Army believes in offering help to those in need as part of its mission. ”We’re also in the process of registering 1400 families for Christmas.”

NEED HELP FOR YOUR FAMILY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? EAST COUNTY TOY AND FOOD DRIVE WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS NOV. 23 AND DEC. 7

 

To help brighten the holidays for families in need, the Salvation Army in El Cajon will be holding the 38th Annual East County Toy & Food Drive. 

To apply for help, applications will be taken on Saturday, November 23rd and on Saturday, December 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Salvation Army offices, located at 1011 E. Main Street in El Cajon.  Toys are for children ages 12 and under.

18 LOCAL HEROES HONORED BY KPBS AND UNION BANK

Photo by Melissa Jacobs

November 18, 2013 (San Diego) –Union Bank N.A., joined KPBS to honor 18 inspirational individuals at the 16thAnnual Local Heroes celebration.  The honorees were announced as part of the 2013 Local Heroes Program, which pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world. 

"NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN": DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RALLY IN EL CAJON

 

By Ariele Johannson       

November 13, 2013 (El Cajon) – In observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the crowd shouted, “No more violence! No more pain!” as they rounded the turn into Prescott Promenade off Main Street in El Cajon with signs and energetic chanting. The East County Domestic Violence Coalition “Not to be Forgotten” rally on Friday, October 18 was also a memorial for the 26 San Diego County victims, some from East County, who lost their lives in 2012 in domestic violence tragedies.

2ND ANNUAL WADDLE AND TROT 5K AND FUN RUN IN SANTEE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28

 

November 13, 2013 (Santee) – Thanksgiving 5K road races, also known as Turkey Trots, have increased in popularity in recent years, as they provide participants an excellent opportunity to lace up their sneakers and get some much-needed exercise before the big holiday meal.  Now, residents of Santee and surrounding areas can enjoy this fun holiday tradition right in their own backyard, while also helping two very special local charities.

On Thursday, November 28 at 8:00 am, Pathways Community Church will be hosting the 2nd Annual Waddle and Trot 5K and Fun Run.  This fun family event is intended for runners and walkers of every fitness level, and all proceeds will go to Santee Santas and the Santee Food Bank.

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR MILITARY CARE PACKAGES

 

November 7, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon’s Special Events Committee, a group of city employees volunteering their time for city and community projects, is seeking item and monetary donations to mail care packages to military members serving overseas through the second annual “They Serve Us, Let’s Serve Them” campaign from “9-11 to 11-11.”  

“We’ve had an outpouring of care package item donations and will probably be able to assemble 30 care packages to help our military this year,” according to Ron Luis Valles, a coordinator and member of the special events committee.

SECOND CHANCE PROGRAM GIVES TROUBLED YOUTH A ‘SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE’

By Janis Mork

October 24, 2013 (San Diego)- The Second Chance Program in Southeast San Diego deals with the hard-to-serve population, giving formerly incarcerated, former substance abusers, homeless vets, and at risk youth a ‘second chance’. They offer programs such as Strive, JOLT workforce, and recovery groups.  Their mission is to empower people to change their lives.

Robert Coleman, executive director of Second Chance, was recently interviewed by ECM to share more details about this program.

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