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ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: MCCLENDON RACKS UP FOUR TOUCHDOWNS AS MONARCHS MAKE QUICK WORK OF PATRIOTS

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

August 31, 2018 (Spring Valley) - Chugging along, week three of ECM Friday Night Lights takes us to Spring Valley for the first time in 2018, where the Monte Vista Monarchs, led by their explosive senior running back and SDSU commit Jahmon McClendon, took on the Patriots of Patrick Henry, who are coming off an embarrassing 43-0 loss to Morse last week.  McClendon scored five rushing touchdowns in the Monarchs’ 48-21 win over University City last week.  You might recall this matchup from last year, when ECM Sports reported on McClendon’s five rushing touchdowns that beat Patrick Henry 34-27.  This year, however, McClendon wouldn’t let the Pats even touch the Monarchs.

FACT CHECK: KALASHO FALSELY CLAIMS CREDIT FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OTHERS ON HIS CAMPAIGN MATERIALS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 31, 2018 (El Cajon) – On his campaign literature, El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho has made some inflated claims about his record. Here’s how the facts compare to the claims.

SPOOKY CAMP-O-WEEN WEEKENDS AT LAKE JENNINGS

 

 

East County News Service

August 31, 2018 (Lakeside) – Lake Jennings in Lakeside is hosting Spooky Camp-o-Ween events the two weekends before Halloween, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28, complete with ghost stories, s’mores, a campsite decorating contest, trick or treating and creepy crafts.

BENEFIT SEPT. 8 TO HELP MORE WEST FIRE SURVIVORS IN ALPINE

 

 

East County News Service 

August 31, 2018 (Alpine) -- The Alpine Fire Survivors Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 8, in Alpine will provide entertainment while raising money for people who need help after the recent West Fire. A car show, Kids Zone activities, blues band Chet and the Committee, food for sale, an opportunity drawing, vendors and more are scheduled from 2 -7 p.m. at the American Legion Post at 3328 Alpine Blvd.  

CAL FIRE SAN DIEGO OFFICERS MAKE ARREST FOR ARSON IN LAKESIDE

 

Source: Cal Fire

August 30, 2018 (Lakeside) -- On Monday, San Diego Unit CAL FIRE law enforcement officers arrested Daniel Reyes Ortega, 21, a transient in Lakeside. Ortega was booked on charges of willfully and maliciously setting fire to forest land. The arrest and was made with cooperation of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

JULIAN GRAPE STOMP FESTA SEPT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2018 (Julian) -- The Julian Grape Stomp Festa invites you to kick off your shoes and squish grapes beneath your feet at the 22nd annual event on September 1st from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Menghini Winery in Julian. Taste wines from multiple wineries as well as food and drinks from a variety of local establishments.

ALLEY CAT ART WALK SEPT. 14: A PURR-FECT PLACE FOR ART, MUSIC, WINE AND BEER LOVERS

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2018 (El Cajon) – Alley Cat Art Walk will take place on Friday, September 14th from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown El Cajon.  It’s the purr-fect place for lovers of arts and music, plus you can enjoy wine tasting, a beer garden, artisan crafts booths, boutique vendors, live music and children’s activities in addition to fine art.

The event’s activities will be held in Arts Alley between Main and Rea streets, as well as surrounding street.  Alley Cat Art Walk is sponsored by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and supported by a San Diego County Community Enhancement grant.

FREE ONE-DAY, IN-DEPTH WILDFIRE SAFETY WORKSHOP OFFERED IN POTRERO

 

Learn what firefighters know about protecting homes and communities from wildfire

East County News Service

August 29, 2018 (Potrero) - The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is taking fire safety training to local communities that are at high-risk for wildfires. Some of the most vulnerable areas are those in the Wildland Urban Interface, or WUI, which is defined as residential areas that abut to open space. The next workshop, called Fire Operations in the Wildland Urban Interface, will be in Potrero on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

CELEBRATE ALPINE HISTORY AT “IT’S AFTER FIVE SOMEWHERE” SEPT. 5

 

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2018 (Alpine) — The Alpine Chamber of Commerce invites you to come celebrate Alpine’s history at the Alpine Historical Society’s Museum (2116 Tavern Road in Alpine) on September 5th at 5:30 p.m. Baron’s Market will provide hors-d’oeuvres and Rock Canyon Vineyards will provide wine tasting.  

 

HYDROGEN EXPLOSION IN EL CAJON

 

East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

August 29, 2018 (El Cajon) -- A fire caused by ignition of hydrogen at a filling station where a hydrogen truck was refueling has prompted evacuation of schools and delays in trolley service in El Cajon.

Heartland Fire advises the public to avoid the 1100 block of W. Bradley (near Cuyamaca) until around 1 p.m. Cuyamaca is closed from Friendship Dr to Vernon Wy & W. Bradley is closed from Cuyamaca to Johnson Ave

Metropolitan Transit Services advises, "Sycuan Green Line trains are turning at Arnele Station & Orange Line trains are turning at El Cajon Transit Center. Expect delays."

MILLIONS POURING INTO EAST COUNTY TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS

 

Next meeting set for Sept. 6 in Lakeside as community seeks solutions to its growing homelessness problem

By Ana Nita

View video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOWE1HAQS7c&feature=youtu.be

August 29, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Eric J. Lund, Director of the East County Homeless Task Force and CEO of the East County Chamber of Commerce, announced last week that East County will receive $2 million out of the $18.8 million in state funding for San Diego County to solve the homelessness problem.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY SET TO OPEN BRADY FAMILY CLUBHOUSE, GAGON ACADEMY, BILL WALTON GYMNASIUM THIS FALL

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – Construction is nearing completion in La Mesa on the newest clubhouse to be operated by Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC). The new Brady Family Clubhouse will house the Gagon Academy, a state-of-the-art learning center and homework room, as well as the Bill Walton Gymnasium. Opening day is expected sometime in late September or early October, according to Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC.

THIS LABOR DAY AND EVERY DAY: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

 

 

By Sgt. K. Trotter, El Cajon Police

August 28, 2018 (El Cajon) — As we enter the final stretch of summer spending time at the pool or barbequing with friends and family, El Cajon Police Department is driving home the importance of celebrating responsibly by not driving, or riding a motorcycle, impaired. 

LEMON GROVE BUSINESSES TO BE HONORED

 

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society 

August 28, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- A new series from the Lemon Grove Historical Society honors businesses founded in Lemon Grove in the past 40 or more years, including those that moved on to become major national brands. The series kicks off on Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Lemon Grove City Council meeting, Community Center, 3140 School Lane.  Businesses will be honored at each city council meeting through June 19, 2018 in honor of the city's 40th anniversary of incorporation. 

LA MESA FAIR TRADE SHOPPING EVENT OCT. 14 AT ST. MARTIN OF TOURS PARISH HALL

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2018 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to “shop with joy and purpose” at the annual La Mesa Fair Trade Shopping event on Sunday, October 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 :30 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 7710 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa.  La Mesa.  Enjoy Fair Trade Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and lots of samples while perusing the aisles of hand made baskets, jewelry, purses, belts, wallets, handbags, jackets, scarves, toys, pottery, Christmas ornaments, gift baskets, coffee, tea, chocolate and lots more from many vendors.

AIR PARADE TO SWEEP SKIES AT 53RD ANNUAL BORREGO DAYS FESTIVAL OCT. 20

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2018 (Borrego Springs) -- What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a parade—a holiday? Decorated floats? Marching bands? What about thousands of people gathered in the middle of the desert for a parade themed “eyes to the skies?” Far from your average hometown parade, the 53rd annual Borrego Days Desert Festival on October 20th will feature an all new gravity-defying air parade.

SANTEE JOGGER KILLED; DRIVER ARRESTED FOR DUI

 

Update August 29, 2018: The victim has been identified as Susana Gotell, 41, of Santee.

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2018 (Lakeside) – A woman jogging on North Woodside Avenue near Riverford Road in Santee was struck by a Chevy work truck driven by Michael Woodfill, 46, tonight at 6:40 p.m.  

Susana Gotell, 41, was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital with major injuries, but died shortly after arrival.  She was the mother of two teens, ages 16 and 18, Fox 5 News reports.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY PRESENTS ART EXHIBIT BY SENIORS AND DISABLED ADULTS IN NEW StARTs PROGRAM

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Summer Art Exhibit showcasing 24 oil paintings created in a collaborative process by seniors and disabled adults living at Del Cerro Manor, a San Diego private residential care facility for the elderly. The exhibit runs through September.

GREGORY PAGE AND SKY LADD IN CONCERT SEPT. 22 AT SCHWAESDALL WINERY

 

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2018 (Ramona) - Gregory Page & pianist Sky Ladd will perform at the Schwaesdall Winery September 22nd from 1-4 p.m. for an afternoon of vintage and perhaps even some brand-new music on the vineyard stage. To borrow Gregory's famous lyrics: "Let's wine & dine" on Schwaesdall's estate wines and artisan pizzas while savoring music from the GP Duo.  

VICTIMS OF PLANE CRASH IN DESCANSO IDENTIFIED

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Runway at Gillespie Field, where the plane departed from on Wednesday

August 26, 2018 (Descanso) — David Alan Derby, 77, of Santee and Ryan Michael Willis, 36, of San Diego were killed in a plane crash near Descanso on Wednesday.  The plane, a single-engine 1682G Champion 7KCAB, was owned by Derby’s company, Three Point Partners Inc.

HYUNDAI DRIVER KILLED AFTER CHASE THROUGH EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2018 (El Cajon) — A suspected drunk driver died after crashing into a tree and a retaining wall near the intersection of East Main and North Second Street in El Cajon early Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle, a Hyundai, fled from California Highway Patrol Officers who tried to pull him over after they spotted him speeding and weaving on eastbound Interstate 8 near Severin Drive around 2 a.m.

SERIAL RAPIST PROPOSED FOR PLACEMENT IN JACUMBA: HEARING SET FOR OCTOBER 12

 

East County News Service

August 22, 2018 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The Department of State Hospitals has proposed the release of Alvin Quarles, a sexually violent predator, at 43050 Desert Rose Ranch Road in Jacumba Hot Springs.  A serial rapist, Quarles attacked victims at knifepoint while they were sleeping in their homes or hotel rooms. He sometimes raped women in front of their husbands or boyfriends, and at times forced them to have sex while he watched.  Investigators suspect he was responsible for over a dozen assaults in San Diego County during the 1980s. In 1989, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison under a plea bargain.

UNPLUGGED DINING ANNOUNCES “CONTROL YOUR TECH” WORKSHOP AND “TECH BREAK TUESDAY” EVENTS AT LA MESA RESTAURANTS

 

East County News Service

August 22, 2018 (La Mesa) – Following several successful events at local restaurants aimed at encouraging people to put down cell phones and enjoy interacting with others during dinners out, Unplugged Dining announces a Sept. 18 “Control Your Tech” workshop as well as “Tech Break Tuesday” events at local restaurants on Sept. 25. See below for details.

KALASHO LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LASHES OUT AT MEDIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Councilman Kalasho's Facebook followers have shrunk to just 21 people following his numerous ethical and legal controversies.

August 17, 2018 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Councilman Bessmon "Ben" Kalasho tried to reregister as a member of the Federalist Party earlier this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. However, the Federalist Party is not recognized in California, so Kalasho is now officially a “decline to state party affiliation” voter.

Originally the party of founding fathers Alexander Hamilton and John Adams, the Federalist Party advocated for a strong federal government but dissolved in the 1820s.  In 2016, a new Federalist Party formed with a polar opposite view, touting smaller government.

RAMONA COUNTRY FAIR, AUGUST 23-26, FUN FEATURING RIDES, FOOD, WILD WEST SHOW, MEDIEVAL KNIGHTS, GARDENING CLINIC, GONG SHOW, MUCH MORE

 

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2018 (Ramona) – The Ramona Chamber of Commerce will present the 48th annual Ramona Country Fair, Thursday, Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Lane, Ramona. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per carload. Fair hours are: 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 235 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2411 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: STARS AND STRIPES

 

East County News Service

August 20, 2018 (El Cajon) – Shaun Pursglove sent in these photos of a large flag in El Cajon. He writes, “Many people in the East County have noticed this beautiful flag flying in our night sky.  I see it from my backyard (1st picture) and had to go see where it was coming from.  I took my dog for a walk and we tracked it down to Mauzy Heating, Air & Solar on Bond Ave (2nd picture) in El Cajon.  It fills my heart with pride when I see it and thought you might want to share it and give Mauzy a shout out.  I put a thank you note on their door and posted both pictures on Facebook. 

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT HOSTS RECEPTION FOR JAMES NEWLAND, AUTHOR OF NEW BOOK ON GROSSMONT HOSPITAL’S HISTORY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Author and historian James D. Newland with his book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service

August 19, 2018 (La Mesa)—Author and historian James D. Newland’s latest book, Grossmont Hospital: A Legacy of Community Service, provides a fascinating look into the colorful history of East County as well as the hospital itself and the evolution of healthcare in our region.

Newland was honored Thursday at the Grossmont Healthcare District headquarters with a reception attended by the district’s board of directors and community VIPs. Following appetizers and brews served up by Burning Beard brewery, the district’s CEO Barry Jantz and board president Michael Emerson gave welcoming remarks. 

Newland signed copies of his book, noting that the biggest challenge in its creation was handling the controversy over the hospital merging with Sharp Healthcare, a move that kept East County’s major hospital financially viable at a time when rising costs drove some other healthcare facilities under.

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