Communities

GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AT MASQUERADE BALL FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – Masked guests, exciting musical entertainment and a glamourous fashion show at the elegant Crystal Ballroom in El Cajon were all part of an evening of glitz and glamour at a Masquerade Ball September 28th to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

MAINE LOBSTERS AND LIVE MUSIC AT WINE WORKS ANNIVERSARY PARTY OCT. 13 IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 4, 2018 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Wine Works is pulling out all the stops for its second anniversary party – and not just stoppers in wine bottles.

For the celebration on Saturday, October 13 from 12 to 10 p.m., the wine tasting room will also have live music, food trucks including main lobsters, games, and during the afternoon hours, specials on all glasses of wine, wine slushies, and frozen sangrias ($5).

STRAW BALE HOME IN CAMPO HONORED AS ENERGY CHAMPION BY SDG&E, WILL BE FEATURED ON GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL TOUR OCT. 21

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Simple Construct

 

 

Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with homeowners Brian and Susan Fallgren, Simple Construct builder Rebeca Tasker, and SDG&E communications manager Helen Gao.

 View video on the home’s construction and view tour of the finished residence. 

July 14, 2018 (Campo) – Inspired by historical California adobe homes,  Brian and Susan Fallgren in Campo teamed up with Simple Construct to create a straw bale and adobe home that is beautiful, comfortable even in extreme heat, fire resistant and energy efficient—producing more power than it uses. 

The home has also won numerous honors.  It’s the first residence in Southern California to receive net zero certification through the Living Building Challenge, one of only 27 homes in the world to win this recognition.  A participant in the California Advanced Homes Program, it was also a winner in  the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) 13th annual  Energy Showcase Awards and will be featured on the San Diego Green Building Council’s Green Homes Tour on Sunday, October 21.

“It’s an incredibly functional, comfortable home to live in, not only from an environmental standpoint, but from an every day livability standpoint,” Susan Fallgren says.

Audio: 

Interview: Straw Bale Homes--Helen Gao of SDG&E, Rebecca Tasker of Simple Construct, & Campo homeowners Brian and Susan Fallgren

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK DRIVER WHO HIT AND SERIOUSLY INJURED CHILD

 

ECM photographer who aided victim gives eyewitness account of accident he calls "heartbreaking," calls for more funds for police to enforce traffic laws

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Suspect vehicle, from surveillance footage

Update October 5, 2018 -- An arrest has been made in this case.  Read details here. 

October 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – A 9-year-old boy on a bicycle was hit and seriously injured this morning while crossing an intersection at Main Street and Sunshine Avenue. Police are seeking a woman described by witnesses as possibly blond and driving a blue hatchback or SUV, possibly a Honda Fit, who fled the scene of the accident.

ECM photographer Robert Gehr was walking home from the post office between 7:30 and 8 a.m. when he saw the boy ride past him, press a button and wait for the green light, then ride across the intersection. He witnessed the vehicle strike the child.

RAMONA FIRE PREVENTION AND PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP OCT. 18 AT RAMONA LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

October 3, 2018 (Ramona) – A free Ramona fire prevention and preparedness workshop will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street in Ramona.

Participants include representatives from Cal Fire, County Fire Authority, California Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s department, County Animal Services, and more.  View flyer for full details.

The forum is cosponsored by Hatfield Creek and Ramona Ranch Wineries.

WILD ANIMAL PARK AND ZOO OFFER FREE KIDS’ ADMISSION IN OCTOBER

 

East County News Service

October 3, 2018 (San Diego) -- Throughout the month of October, kids ages 11 and younger receive free admission (with an adult) at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Pasqual as well as at the San Diego Zoo.

Special activities for kids are planned each weekend.so you’re encouraged to “go wild” and come over and over again.

Kids Free admission in October 2018 includes the Africa Tram at the Safari Park – no separate ticket needed. Kids can ride the Conservation Carousel for $6. Purchase Carousel tickets at the Safari Park.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS: FOUR CANDIDATES VIE FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Dave Myers, Bill Baber, Akilah Weber and Guy McWhirter

 

September 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – La Mesa Councilmembers Bill Baber and Guy McWhirter are running on their records. Their challengers, retired Sheriff’s commander Dave Myers and physician Akilah Weber, are running on the slogan “Elect a cop and a doc.” East County Magazine sat down with all four candidates on our radio show, originally aired on KNSJ. 

Key issues in La Mesa include affordable housing and development vs. community character, downtown revitalization, crime and public safety, public health,  marijuana regulations, the city’s climate action plan, and a potential new library.

You can click the audio links to hear each interview, and scroll down for highlights. Candidates are listed in the order that they scheduled their interviews.

Audio: 

Interview with Dave Myers, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Bill Baber, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018
Interview with Dr. Akilah Weber, La Mesa City Council candidate 2018
Interview with Guy McWhirter, La Mesa City Councilmember on candidacy 2018

ISLAMIC GROUP CALLS ON CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD TO FIRE PRINCIPAL MOVED TO ANOTHER SCHOOL AFTER ALLEGED BULLYING SYRIAN REFUGEE

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo: Yusef Miller, CAIR-California 

October 3, 2018 (El Cajon) – Members of CAIR , the Council on American-Islamic Relations, called on Cajon Valley Union School District members  at the September 25th board meeting to  fire former Greenfield Middle School’s principal, Gregory Calvert over his handling of the alleged bullying of a Syrian student.  Calvert has since taken a position as assistant principal at Chase Avenue Elementary in the same school district. 

KALASHO ACCUSED OF THREATENING PROCESS SERVER WITH ATTACK DOG

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Ben and Jessica Kalasho

October 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – A process server has filed a report with El Cajon Police (incident #938) accusing Councilman Ben Kalasho of threatening him with an attack dog on September 26th.

According to an email sent by Knox Services, the process server company, to attorney Jennifer Hasso, the threat occurred while a process server was attempting to serve Jessica Kalasho, the Councilman’s wife, at their residence regarding a civil lawsuit in which the Kalashos are accused of harassing and defaming multiple plaintiffs. ECM has viewed a copy of that letter with the police incident number.

OUTDOOR ICE SKATING RINK AT VIEJAS OPENS NOV. 2

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (Alpine) – Viejas Outlets Center in Alpine will transform its roller rink into the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Southern California once again. The winter wonderland with glow of holiday lights will open for the season on November 2nd.

6TH ANNUAL RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL NOV. 3

 

 

East County News Service

September 2, 2018 (Ramona) — The sixth annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.,m. at Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Rd. in Ramona.  Enjoy fine art available for purchase, tastes of hand-crafted local wines, foods from local artisans, bakers and cheese makers, a live auction of hand-painted wine barrels and a food pavilion – all to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project.

PASSAGES: PAUL JACOB, SUPERVISOR JACOB'S HUSBAND, A COMMUNITY LEADER WHO IMPROVED FIRE SAFETY IN JAMUL (1937-2018)

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left: Paul Jacob at YMCA Branding held at his ranch

September 30, 2018 (Jamul) – Paul Ernest Jacob, 80, a Jamul community leader, retired Naval aviator and husband of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, died September 23rd of Parkinson’s disease. Dedicated to improving fire safety for his community, he provided his ranch for use as an emergency shelter and fire operations hub during wildfires.

He was also a founding member of the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group and was devoted to the East County YMCA. He helped organize “The Branding,” a fundraising gala held at the Jacob ranch for 14 years, raising over $1.5 million for local Y programs.

Deerhorn Valley Antler editor  Kim Hamilton says Paul Jacob was “beloved” by their neighbors, adding, “He and his wife, Dianne, were the backbone of the community we know and call home today.”

SANTEE CANDIDATE FORUMS SET FOR OCT. 4 AND 9: READ ABOUT THE 7 CANDIDATES RUNNING

 

 

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (Santee) – Santee's Council races have attracted seven candidates for three seats, drawing strong public interest following a heated Council meeting recently over the future of growth and development in the community.  Scroll down for details on two candidate forums, as well as information on all candidates in the race.

Two candidate forums are slated on October 4th and 9th for Santee City Council candidates running in districts 1, 2 and 3:

Thursday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m. at Carlton Oaks Golf Club Crest Room, 9200 Inwood Drive, Santee

Tuesday, October 9, 6 p.m. at Pride Academy School, 9303 Prospect Dr., Santee

RAMONA AUTHOR INTRODUCES NEW NOVEL, DANGEROUS DELAYS AT EVENTS NOV. 3 AND NOV. 10

 

East County News Service

 

October 2, 2018 (Ramona) -- Ramona Author Joyce T. Strand will introduce her 10th novel, Dangerous Delays, at The 6th annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Begent Ranch, 18528 Highland Valley Road, Ramona, CA 92065. 

 

Strand will also be signing books at The London Bakery, Saturday November 10th from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mentioned in the book, The London Bakery is located at 632 Main St, Ramona, CA 92065

LEMON GROVE LIBRARY OFFERS BILINGUAL PARENTING WORKSHOPS

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (Lemon Grove) - During the month of October, the Lemon Grove Library is hosting a free series of bilingual parenting workshops to empower families in the area. The workshops are offered in partnership with the Lemon Grove School District and address a variety of topics of interest to families with school-aged children in the district.

TRICK OR TREAT OFF THE STREETS: HALLOWEEN NIGHT AT VIEJAS OUTLETS

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (Alpine) – If you’re looking for a safer trick-or-treating option for children, Viejas Outlets in Alpine invites you to visit from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night, Wednesday October 31st, for a treat.  The movie “Hocus Pocus” will also be playing on the big screen at the ice rink at 6 p.m. (The ice rink will be opening for the season on Nov. 2.)

Viejas Outlets is located at 5005 Willows Road ∙ Alpine, CA 91901 ∙ (800) 847-6537 https://viejas.com/san-diegos-premier-outlets-mall/

GOT CHILI? WILD WESTERN ROUND-UP AND CHILI COOKOFF HEATS UP TASTEBUDS ON NOV. 10

 

By Helen Ofield

October 2, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- The clock is ticking and the big cats are on the prowl. 'Tis just 48 days to the Feast of Chili 'n Fixins' sponsored by the Lions Club and the Lionesses of Lemon Grove Soroptimist. At $20 a head, this is the bargain of the year: other people do the cooking. Other people set up, tear down, wash dishes, play music, display prizes, pour libations and see to your party needs.

BRAVE THESE HAUNTED TRAILS AT COUNTY PARKS

 

 

East County News Service

October 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Ready to get spooked? County parks invite you tor a haunted adventure through the woods. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite Halloween costume!

CAL FIRE DETERMINES CAUSES OF TWO LOCAL FIRES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 1, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The Cinnamon Fire, which burned 13 acres in Ramona on July 20th  and destroyed a home that was a former stage coach stop dating back to 1870, was caused by use of equipment, says Cal Fire public information officer Isaac Sanchez.

EL CAJON PHOTOGRAPHERS WIN AWARDS AT ST. MARK’S ART SHOW

 

East County News Service



Photo: Sunflowers by Linda Lemon



October 2, 2018 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon photographers Linda Lemen, James Lemen and Carol Flanagan-Corsi are 3 of the 17 San Diego County artists who have work in  the 15th annual St. Mark's Photography and Digital Art Show. Linda Lemon won 3rd place, and Carol Flanagan-Corsi received an Honorable Mention Award.

EAST COUNTY EDC HOSTS LARGEST MANUFACTURING EXPO IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County Seeks to Inspire the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Source:  East County Economic Development Council

 

September 30, 2018 (El Cajon) -- San Diego’s East County is kicking off Manufacturing Week by hosting the largest Manufacturing Expo in the County on Tuesday, October 2 at Allen Airways Flying Museum (2020 N. Marshall Ave.) in El Cajon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Expo brings together over 30 manufacturers ranging from the industrial and aerospace realm to candy and wine makers from throughout San Diego! The event is part of Manufacturing Day, a nation-wide effort to celebrate and showcase modern manufacturing and meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and skilled-workforce.

SWING WITH SANTA! NOV. 2 AT SYCUAN GOLF RESORT TO BENEFIT St. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER

 

East County News Service

October 2, 2018 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to come swing with Santa at Sycuan Golf on Friday, November 2nd on the Pine Glen par 3 executive course. The event will raise funds to St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s developmentally disabled students’ holiday celebration.

FULL HOUSE FOR EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AT FOURPENNY HOUSE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2018 (La Mesa) – Our East County Dining Club filled up Fourpenny House in La Mesa Wednesday night for a sold-out event.  Guests savored dishes ranging from Scottish mussels to Yorkshire wraps, also enjoying a demonstration of the Scottish pipes by proprietary Peter Soutowood. 

BLESSING OF THE LIONS TIGERS & BEARS CELEBRATED ON WORLD ANIMAL DAY OCT. 4

 

San Diego’s big cat and exotic animal sanctuary celebrates global animal welfare event with educational visits and blessing of animals

East County News Service 

October 3, 2018 (Alpine) -- San Diego’s world renowned, non-profit big cat and exotic animal sanctuary, Lions Tigers & Bears is celebrating World Animal Day with a unique Blessing of the Animals and special promotion for visitors as part of an international effort to raise awareness and education about animal welfare. 

Father Jason Samuels of Christ the King Episcopal Church in Alpine will deliver a blessing to all the rescued animals at the sanctuary including lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, leopards, a mountain lion and more on Thursday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m.

PHOTOS OF THE MONTH: SANTA YSABEL MISSION’S BICENTENNIAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 29, 2018 (Santa Ysabel) – Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego presided over a mass on September 16, 2018, commemorating the bicentennial celebration of the Santa Ysabel Asistencia. The ceremony was held at the outdoor site of the historical Santa Ysabel Indian Mission,  recently discovered through excavation work.

Parishioners gathered for the outdoor religious ceremony, with music provided by St. Stephen’s, Valley Center.

After the service, the Bishop gave an episcopcal blessing to the restored “Our Lady of Visitation” shrine, at “Ellykwanan” (the Native American name for the Santa Ysabel area) honoring Mary, mother of Christ.

TOBY THE T-REX HAS NEW HILLTOP HOME IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos provided by Jeff Phair

September 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Last week,  San Diego Union-Tribune writer Karen Pearlman posted a photo of a Tyrannosaurus Rex metal sculpture that mysteriously appeared in La Mesa at the future site of the La Mesa Summit Estates, raising the question of why the giant dinosaur statue had suddenly shown up in the Jewel of the Hills, as La Mesa is known.

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