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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CONDUCT WALK AUDITS AND EVALUATIONS OF LA MESA CITY PARKS

 

June 5, 2011 (La Mesa) --Volunteers to conduct walk audits and evaluations of City of La Mesa parks are needed during the months of June and July as part of a citywide Park Master Plan project. Volunteers will walk neighborhood areas surrounding the City’s 14 parks to identify access barriers to the parks as well as potential opportunities for adding open space or green space in areas of the community that are underserved by parks and recreational facilities.

 

BIKE TO WORK DAY SUCCESSFUL

 

May 26, 2011 (El Cajon)--Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 20th was a big success in El Cajon.  A total of 103 riders stopped by the Bike To Work Day Pit Stop at East Main Street and Sulzfeld.  City employees and residents were asked to find an alternative way to get to work, such as riding their bike, carpooling or taking public transit.

 

This event also reminded motorists and bicyclists about bicycle safety - and about sharing our roadways.  Those who stopped by the Bike To Work Pit Stop were treated to snacks, water and a Bike To Work Day T-Shirt. 

 

Through the sale of t-shirts, El Cajon employees raised $850 to purchase bikes for deserving grade school children in the City of El Cajon.  Last year six bikes were purchased for area students.   

 

 

HE'S JUST A HOMETOWN BOY – WITH A PASSION FOR “WEIRD NEWS”

By Mayan Avitable

June 3, 2011 (La Mesa) -- When I first met David Moye, he was a sixth-grader at Maryland Avenue Elementary School in La Mesa, California. The school’s students went on to a variety of colleges, careers and dreams.  David's dreams varied from music to public relations to living the American dream. In 1995, he started his career of weird news wriitng. 



"La Mesa," he says, "is the perfect place to start a career in weird news." After all, he tells me, he remembers the story of Frank Zappa coming up from El Cajon to La Mesa to go to the music store to find an obscure LP he had been searching for since reading a Look magazine article: The Complete Works of Edgard Varèse, Volume One. "Where else coud Zappa have possibly found such a work that influenced the world of modern music so much?" he asks."Where else could you find The Age of Unarius?"  The East County cult-like group believed there would be 33 spacecraft landing one on top of the other to teach us the way of peace and harmony. Those are just two among many experiences that led Moye to start a career in weird news. 

 

 

WOOF AND WASH FUNDRAISER

 

 May 28, 2011, ( El Cajon ) – With the summer approaching and warmer weather coming our way, Camp Bow Wow along with Cat & Doggie Works will once again host a Woof-n-Wash Fundraiser to help support local Animal Shelters.

 

On June 4th, Camp Bow Wow, El Cajon, will host its 2nd Annual Woof-n-Wash Fundraiser. The event is co-hosted by Cat & Doggie Works, El Cajon.  This event is open to the public and will raise funds and awareness for local shelters. 

 

NEEDED: $27,000 TO HOLD LAKE MURRAY MUSIC FEST & FIREWORKS FOR 4TH OF JULY

May 24, 2011 (Lake Murray) – Organizers of the annual Music Fest and Fireworks show at Lake Murray seek donations—large and small--to fund this year’s event on the 4th of July.

 

“We understand times are tight right now, so here's the deal,” a press release issued by Navajo Events, the organizer of the Music Fest, states. “If you and each of your neighbors were able to scrounge up just 20 bucks to donate we would be in great shape."

SANTEE STUDENT MAKES A SPLASH WITH WINNING DESIGN IN GOLDEN ARTISTRY COMPETITION

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

May 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – Ashley Charlton, a junior and AP student at West Hills High School, has been named the grand prize winner for her entry in the 3rd Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition.

 

Other top entrants for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place were Cassandra Kingsbury from El Capitan, Scott Holcomb and Noraa Reeder from Santana.

CHANGE IN COMMAND AT SALVATION ARMY ANNOUNCED

May 16, 2011 (El Cajon) – Captain Darren Norton and his wife, Mary, will be transferred from the Salvation Army’s El Cajon headquarters to accept new assignments as the Corps Officers at the Pasadena Tabernacle Corps effective June 29th. Captain North has headed up many activities in East County for the Salvation Army, including the annual East County Toy & Food Drive each holiday season as well as efforts to help fire survivors.

MOVING FORWARD FROM THE BACK OF THE BUS

 

Congressman Filner, the Freedom Rides, and Three Generations of Civil RIghts Activism

 

“I was 18. We did this thing, and we changed the whole legal structure of America. The sense that change is possible has been with me since."–Congressman Bob Filner

 

For the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Rep Bob Filner (D-San Diego) shares his memories as a Freedom Rider and of enduring two months in jail  to take a stand during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement.

JOIN LA MESA FIREFIGHTERS FOR A PANCAKE BREAKFAST

 May 4, 2011 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Firefighters Local 4759 invites you to attend a pancake breakfast fundraiser on May 22, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the La Mesa fire station 11 at 8034 Allison Avenue, La Mesa. The tickets are $5.00 each. The breakfast will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

RESTORED IMPALA WINS “BEST OF SHOW” AWARD AT CAJON CLASSIC CRUISES

 By Miriam Raftery

 

May 3, 2011 (El Cajon) – Drum Macomber of El Cajon is revved up over winning the “Best in Show Sycuan Casino Award” at last Wednesday’s Classic Cruise Night in El Cajon.

“I have owned the car for about seven years,” Macomber said of the 1963 Impala Super Sport that he purchased from the original owners with 132,000 miles.

 

QUILTS FOR JAPAN FROM LEMON GROVE SOROPTIMISTS

 

 

April 23, 2011 (Lemon Grove)—Soroptimist International of Lemon Grove recently created and shipped four handmade quilts to their sister club, Soroptimist International of Yamaguchi, which will auction the quilts on May 8 at a special bazaar. Proceeds will benefit displaced victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation disaster in Japan which have left over a half million people homeless.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS AMONG COUNTY VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED FOR SERVICE


Supervisors Honor 20 Volunteer-of-the-Year Recipients at Annual Event

April 16, 2011 (San Diego)—San Diego County Supervisors commended the extraordinary service contributions of 20 residents who were selected as Volunteers of the Year for their work with various departments. The volunteers, who have collectively donated a total of 4,834 hours, were honored at the County’s annual Volunteer Recognition event held prior to the Board of Supervisors meeting this week.

EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS HONORED BY COUNTY

 

April 16, 2011 (San Diego) -- In times of intense personal crisis and community-wide disasters, Sheriff's Department dispatchers are always ready to respond to the call for help. They work under stressful conditions, yet must think clearly and send help to people in need of emergency services.

 

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, the County Board of Supervisors recognized these unsung heroes with a proclamation commending Sheriff’s Department dispatchers for outstanding service, leadership and commitment to keeping our communities safe.

ANNUAL DUNCAN L. HUNTER WOUNDED MARINES GOLF CLASSIC MAY 9

 

April 15, 2011 (El Cajon) –Former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter’s sixth annual Wounded Marines Golf Classic will tee off on May 9th at the Cottonwood Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit wounded Army, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel at Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Armed Services YMCA, a 501c3 nonprofit, is the host sponsor.

 

Cottonwood is donating the course, personnel and equipment so that every dollar will go to help support ill and injured service members.

CELEBRATION COMBINES FUN AND FUNDRAISING FOR JULIAN PARADE

More donations needed for annual patriotic event

 

By Diana Garrett

April 9, 2011 (Julian)--The Julian Fourth of July Parade Committee raised over $800 at a fundraiser held at Wynola Pizza on March 28, putting the committee halfway to its goal of raising $6500 from its new corporate sponsorship program. More than 75 people from all walks of life enjoyed themselves at the event while supporting the parade, which Julian has presented for nearly 20 Independence days.

COL. ANN WRIGHT, PEACE ACTIVIST, SPEAKS APRIL 6 AT SDSU

 

pril 6, 2011 (San Diego) – Col. Ann Wright, one of the nation’s most prominent peace activists, will speak this evening from 7-9 p.m. at San Diego State University in Hepner Hall 100.

 

 

Wright spent 13 years in the U.S. Army and 16 additional years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S invasion of Iraq, she cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, stating that without the authorization of the UN Security Council, the invasion and occupation would be a violation of international law. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace.

JEANS FOR JAPAN: SDSU SPORT CLUBS COLLECTS PANTS THROUGH "CLOTHES FOR SOULS" PROGRAM APRIL 4-18, 2011

 

SDSU and San Diego residents are invited to participate by donating gently worn jeans

 

March 28, 2011 (San Diego) – For a limited time, Clothes4Souls and SDSU Sport Clubs will be collecting gently worn jeans to ship to a person in need, whether they are victims of a natural disaster or subject to living in extreme poverty. Beginning April 4,2011, clothes will be collected as part of the SDSU Sport Clubs Jeans for Japan.

 

For more information about the campaign and SDSU Sport Clubs please visit http://arc.sdsu.edu/sportclubs/index.php. Scroll down for details:
 

GIVE A HOMELESS PERSON IN SAN DIEGO A WARM SLEEPING BAG, A PONCHO AND A STUFF SACK FOR $35

 

By Dave Patterson

March 27, 2011 (San Diego)  There are now about 4,000 homeless folks in San Diego County, with many of them located downtown on the streets. Many of them are the "newly homeless" and have nothing other than the clothes that they are wearing. The nights can be very cold and wet.

San Diego Veterans For Peace, a local 501-C-3 veterans educational organization, has created a "Compassion Campaign" to provide the homeless downtown with a set of a sleeping bag, poncho, and nylon stuff sack, which will help make their life immensely better while they are homeless.

WELLS FARGO AND TEAM MEMBERS TO DONATE UP TO $1.5 MILLION FOR JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF AND RECOVERY

 

Total contribution includes matching program for team member donations to
American Red Cross; public donations also encouraged

 

March 27, 2011 (San Diego) –Wells Fargo & Company  and its team members will contribute up to $1.5 million to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company announced March 15 that it would immediately contribute $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. In addition, Wells Fargo will match contributions from its team members dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000.
 

“Wells Fargo and its employees – including those in the East County - will contribute as much as $1.5 million to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan,” said Amy Savicky Injaian, communications consultant for Southern California Regional Banking and California Business Banking in San Diego.

EL CAJON AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO AMBASSADORS CROWNED

 

March 25, 2011 (El Cajon)--At the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Center this week, the 2011 Ambassadors for El Cajon and Rancho San Diego were chosen.

 

Miss El Cajon for 2011 is Savana Kalfayan, 18, a Valhalla High School student. Miss Teen El Cajon is Katie Hudgins, 16, a student at Grossmont High School. Natalie Potesan, 20, a Grossmont College student, was crowned Miss Rancho San Diego 2011, while MacKenzie Manns, 14, a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, was named Miss Teen Rancho San Diego.

CLIMBING THE WALLS: SHERIFF’S SEARCH & RESCUE VOLUNTEERS LEARN RAPPELING SKILLS

 

March 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Many San Diegans are unaware that the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit is an all-volunteer unit.

 

To learn skills needed for rescuing people who may become trapped in rugged terrain, 25 volunteers are undergoing training this weekend by rappelling down the side of a 70-foot-high tower at Stu Segall Productions in Kearny Mesa.

LA MESA WOMAN CROWNED MISS SAN DIEGO'S OUTSTANDING TEEN

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – On Saturday, March 19, the Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association held the 2011 Miss San Diego Pageant at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Thirty-five talented women ages 13-24 participated in a program that has been a San Diego tradition since the late 1920’s. Over $4,000.00 in scholarships were awarded.

 

Danamarie McNicoll Carter of La Mesa won the title of Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is a former Miss Teen La Mesa and a student at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace. She wowed the judges with piano performance which accounted for 35% of the overall score.

DISASTER RELIEF FUND TO AID JAPAN SET UP BY SAN DIEGO-YOKOHAMA SISTER CITY SOCIETY

 

"You may remember that when the City of San Diego experienced the devastating wildfires in 2007, the citizens of Yokohama donated over one million yen to the Wildfire Disaster Relief Fund." -- Harry Bishop, San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society

 

March 21, 2011 (San Diego) – Victims of the 2007 wildfires our region received help from San Diego's sister city, Yokahama Japan. Now, some local residents are seeking to give back to Japanese people in need. The San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society is establishing a disaster relief fund for victims of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 

“We are asking everyone to join us to help those who lost loved ones, homes, and communities to this disaster,” Harry Bishop told East County Magazine.

CALIFORNIA SEARCH DOG TEAMS ARRIVE IN JAPAN

 

Rescued dogs now trained to rescue people

 

March 15, 2011 (San Diego) –Twelve search dog teams, including six from California and six from Virginia, are now on the ground in Japan searching for survivors. “It’s a very warm story. These were all shelter dogs,” Janet Reineck of the National Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, California, told East County Magazine.

 

Now the rescued dogs help rescue humans following some of the most devastating disasters in history.

DONATIONS SOUGHT AS RELIEF EFFORTS MOUNT TO HELP SURVIVORS OF 9.1 QUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN

 

By Jeremy Los

 

March 12, 2011 (San Diego) -- The massive 9.1 earthquake-fourth worst in recorded history--and subsequent tsunami in Japan Friday has left the world reeling. More than 1,300  are dead, Modern Tokyo Times reports, and 88,000 missing according to Business News. Today, 150,000 have been evacuated due to emergencies at nuclear reactors.  

 

The effects of these disasters are being felt around the world—including locally.  Now some arelooking to extend a helping hand. The relief effort following the tsunami will  be a massive undertaking, and donations are urgently sought.

SAN DIEGO’S JAPANESE-AMERICAN SOCIETY OFFERS INFO ON HOW TO REACH FRIENDS, FAMILY IN DISASTER AREA

 

U.S. Forces Japan reports all service personnel are safe

March 12, 2011 (San Diego) – An estimated 88,000 people remain missing after a powerful 9.1 earthquake (upgraded from 8.9) and tsunami struck Japan on Friday, multiple news agencies report. Many may be stranded or without communication due to widespread power outages. Here are tips on locating lost friends and loved ones in Japan, provided by the Japanese-American Society of San Diego.

 

Google has created a Google Person Finder website. You can type in the name of the person you are looking for to see if they’ve been listed as safe, or list someone you’ve heard from. Google’s site says the Person Finder is now tracking over 69,000 records.

 

More ways to search:

PROTECTING THE MOST VULNERABLE


Safe Start Conference to Take Place March 18

 

March 7, 2011 (San Diego)--Given that a high number of domestic violence victims are children, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and its many partners are sponsoring the Safe Start San Diego 2011 Conference. The event, titled “Working with Children and Families Impacted by Violence”, will take place Friday, March 18  from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Marina Village Conference Center, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego.

 

The conference is free and designed for professionals from any organization that serves children, youth and families; however, the general public is also welcome.

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS NEEDS HELP TO COMPLETE NEW BEAR HABITAT FOR RESCUED CUB "LIBERTY"

 
March 2, 2011 (Alpine) - Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) has released new photos of construction at the rescue facility’s new Black Bear Habitat, which will be home to "Liberty," the young black bear cub rescued from the Mt. Baldy area last Fourth of July. 
 
 Currently, Liberty remains in the quarantine area, which, at her current weight of 157 pounds, she is quickly outgrowing.  However, without further funds, the construction of Liberty's home may come to a standstill, said LTB founder Bobbi Brink.  LTB still needs to purchase the fencing, the most expensive part of the enclosure, the roof for the bedroom area, as well as provide power to the area.

ROSEMARY PUTNAM GIVEN ROTARY CLUB'S VOLUNTEER AND HUMANITARIAN AWARD

 

February 28, 2011 (Lemon Grove) -- Rosemary Putnam, Lemon Grove outstanding humanitarian and volunteer, was recently presented the Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Club of Lemon Grove for her community service as Lemon Grove's Peacemaker of the Year. The Paul Harris Award represents a donation of $1000 given by Lemon Grove Rotary to the Foundation of Rotary International in the name of Rosemary Putnam.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF EVENT FEBRUARY 28

February 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The American Cancer Society is holding a meeting to begin organizing the second annual Relay for Life in Lakeside on February 28, 2011.

 

The public is invited to learn about opportunities for participation, pick up Relay for Life materials, and learn about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services.

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