May 2015 Articles

FOLLOWING MICHAEL HALPERIN'S GUIDANCE TO A SUCCESSFUL SCREENPLAY

 

Writing The Killer Treatment: Selling Your Story Without A Script, by Michael Halperin, (Michael Wiese Productions, Studio City, CA, 2002, 171 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 8, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Who better to write a book about screenwriting and the movie and television industry, than Michael Halperin? He has been called “the foremost authority on screenwriting in America.” Halperin has written for television, screen, and stage, and has published both fiction and non-fiction books. Halperin’s Writing the Killer Treatment: Selling your Story without a Script, sets the standard for advice and instruction in modern storytelling for those aspiring to be screenwriters.

SDSU ART PROFESSOR AWARDED GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP

 

By Jack Haworth. Photos by permission of the artist, Kim Stringfellow.

Professor Kim Stringfellow of the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University has been awarded the 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her latest research project called, The Mojave Project.

“For me, the Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the most honorable recognitions possible for an artist and photographer,” Stringfellow said. “Some really important projects have been done on Guggenheim fellowships so it means a lot to join this group of fellows.”

Of the 3,100 applicants this year, the Fellowship awarded 175 recipients an average of $43,000 each to assist them with their work.

MILLION MOMS MARCH IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

 
 
May 7, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) - On May 9th Black mothers from across the United States will converge on Washington, DC to demand an end to the murder of unarmed husbands, sons and more frequently their daughters by police terror and white vigilantes. The Department of Justice has forfeited its legitimacy by exonerating the killers of unarmed Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown providing the perfect storm for a war against Black and Brown people in this country. Frederick Douglas said: I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my leg.  We are coming to Washington, DC to pray with our feet and demand an end to the killings of our children.
 

SDCL ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE CONCERT SERIES - MAY 2015 CONCERTS

 

May 6, 2015 (El Cajon) – The spring series of the San Diego County Library Acoustic continues in May with nine concerts taking place throughout the month! The Acoustic Showcase series offers a wonderful variety of some of San Diego’s very best singers/songwriters, folk music performers, and story tellers. These concerts are FREE to the community.

CALIFORNIA REGULATORS APPROVE UNPRECEDENTED WATER CUTBACKS

 

May 7, 2015 (Sacramento) - California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation, KPBS reports.

--GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT SUPPORTING VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE WITH GRANT FOR LAB TESTS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES

 

 

East County News Service

May 6, 2015 (La Mesa)--Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently hosted a check-presentation ceremony to celebrate GHD’s ongoing support of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM), a nonprofit providing access to health care to uninsured residents by relying on volunteer medical professionals. From left to right: GHD board members Gloria Chadwick, Bob Ayres and Betty Stieringer, VIM CEO Maureen Hartin and GHD board members Michael Emerson and Randy Lenac. VIM’s clinic in El Cajon is staffed by more than 100 professional volunteers, including retired doctors, nurses and support staff, who donate thousands of hours in providing primary care services to more than 3,000 patients annually.

May 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, recently hosted a check-presentation ceremony with Maureen Hartin, CEO, Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) San Diego, Inc. The ceremony celebrated GHD’s ongoing support of VIM, including a $150,000 grant awarded during GHD’s current fiscal year.

THE GOLDSMITH’S APPRENTICE

By Patricia O’Reilly, Photos by Ed Rodden

May 8, 2015 (La Mesa)--The 7th Annual Golden Artistry Jewelry Design Competition was honored with a special fundraising event at the La Mesa Women’s Club on Friday evening, May 1st, 2015.

Terry Whyte, owner of Golden Artistry in La Mesa Village, established the competition to encourage and inspire young designers from the high schools of the Grossmont Union High School District.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

May 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

TECH

NATURE

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

May 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL

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SPORTSWEAR FROM OCEAN PLASTIC

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NOAA, public domain image

May 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Plastic poses a major hazard to our oceans and to marine life.  There are nearly 270 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans. Each year, as many as 135,000 whales become entangled in plastic debris, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals.  Other animals such as turtles, fish and birds can also become entangled or ingest the plastic – which enters the food chain and affects us all.

"FUN ACTIVITIES IN EL CAJON?"

 

Kids Night Out

May 6, 2015 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon Recreation Department offers youth, ages 7 to 12, a safe and entertaining place to go on a Friday night, called a “Kids Night Out Party!”  This program  includes free swim, games, dinner and fun! The party takes place on Friday, May 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fletcher Hills Center, located at 2345 Center Place in El Cajon.  The fee is $10 per child. Pre-registration is required. Hurry, space is limited! Register at any City of El Cajon Recreation Center or online at www.elcajonrec.org.  For more information, please contact Heather Birchard at (619) 441-1672.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 9-30

 

May 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes a butterfly festival, a mother’s day event in a vineyard, Ramona Western Days and Wild in the Country. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including America on Main Street, Explore Mission Trails Day, Arts and Crafts fair, and the Santee Street Fair and Craft Brew Festival.So stay tuned for all of these events and more!

AWARD-WINNING YEAR FOR AZTEC FORENSICS

By Jack Haworth

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- For the first time in more than 40 years, the SDSU Debate Team has placed as a team in the National Forensics Association Tournament. The team of Vincent Bellinghiere, Cody Meza, and Darron DeVillez, represented Aztec Forensics at the NFA tournament at Ohio University and placed 8th in Division III, competing in literature interpretation and platform speeches.

“Hundreds of universities across the nation compete in intercollegiate individual events, and only a select number qualify to compete at the national tournament,” said Bill Snavely, director of the School of Communication. “This is a great accomplishment for only three competitors against much more well-funded programs from across the country.”

SDSU TO REVIEW POLICE TRAFFIC STOP DATA

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- San Diego State’s School of Public Affairs will analyze existing traffic stop data gathered and provided by the San Diego Police Department for 2014 in an effort to understand the relationship between race, age, and gender on the likelihood and outcome of being subject to a traffic stop. The research project is the first of its kind to include interviews with stakeholders, members of the community, and members of the police force.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOND SALE RESULTS IN $28 MILLION SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS

 

-- Final bond sale to complete facilities improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

May 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a taxpayer-supported public agency that serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, said it recently finalized the sale for two separate series of general obligation (G.O.) bonds totaling $24.5 million and $175 million.

TELECOM TO PAY CITY TO LOCATE EQUIPMENT ON LIGHT POLES

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) – On April 28 the La Mesa City Council voted unanimously to allow telecommunications equipment to be installed on streetlights and signals in the right-of-way in 11 locations around the City (map below), to enhance cellular phone and data transmission coverage.

The company will pay the City as a Right-of-Way Use Fee of 5% of adjusted gross revenues generated from the equipment or $500 per location, whichever is greater, and an annual fee of $500 to attach its equipment to a City pole. It will be required to apply for an encroachment permit, and will bear the costs of installation and maintenance.

EDCO PRICES LIKELY TO INCREASE IN LA MESA

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa City Council voted 5-0 April 28 to issue a public notice of a possible rate increase for both residential and commercial trash pickup in La Mesa. The public hearing will occur at the June 23 City Council meeting in the 7:00 p.m. time certain slot for hearings.

EDCO President and CEO Steve South made the presentation to the Council. The company is requesting 3.6% and 1.5% increases for residential and commercial, respectively. That translated to a 68-cent increase for residential from $19.09 to $10.77, and an increase of $1.45 from $99.29 to $100.74 for commercial.

LIONS CLUB DONATES TO HELP LOCAL YOUTHS AND THE BLIND

May 1, 2015 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club Foundation presented its annual donations  to the following organizations on April 28th at the Ronald Reagan Community Center.

A total of $36,000 was presented by Foundation President Bob Moreau to Guide Dogs of Desert, San Diego Center for the Blind, Boys and Girls Club of East  County, Canine Companions for Independence and Lions District 4L6 Camp Jack.

HIKING IN SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY: AIRPLANE MONUMENT

 

By Sharon Penny

May 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - I’m a lifelong resident of East County and, for the past 25 years, I’ve lived four miles from Green Valley Falls. Until last week, I had never heard of the Airplane Monument hiking trail just north of Green Valley – literally 4.5 miles from my house.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT'S ASHLEY MAZANEC

 

May 5, 2015 (San Diego) – The San Diego Energy District is gearing up to offer consumers an alternative to buying power from SDG&E.   The nonprofit is now accepting memberships and reaching out to communities seeking clean, green power produced locally.  For details, hear our interview with Ashley Mazanec, originally aired on KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/siq4bd2kzz/Newsmakers-_Ashley_Mazanec-SDEnergyDistrctFdn.mp3

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS $16,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING AND HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

May 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently presented $16,000 in scholarships to eight local college students planning a career either in nursing or in the healthcare technician field.

UPDATED LIST OF PROGRAMS SERVING NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

May 4, 2015 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that disadvantaged families in California can now find updated lists of child and adult care centers offering nutritious meals at low- or no-cost through the California Department of Education’s Web site.

 “I encourage low-income families to take advantage of these centers to ensure their children are well-fed and have access to nutritious food,” said Torlakson. “Students have to be healthy to succeed in school, and a good diet is critical to good health.”

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nearly 5,000 local child care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day care home providers in California participate in the CACFP. These facilities provide nutritious food to infants, children, and adults. All children enrolled in these day care homes receive meals at no charge. Most participating child care centers also provide meals at no charge. In centers that have a separate charge for meals, participants may receive free or reduced-price meals.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS LAST CHANCE ROMANCE

May 4, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Myra Witzer, a strong willed woman in her late thirties, is determined to get married at any cost and Leonard Shank, an unassuming man in his early forties, is the guy she goes after and gets, much against his will. After several months of married life, Myra realizes that the chase excited her more than the capture and wants out. On the other hand, Leonard, who at the beginning wanted no part of the marriage, now wants to stay married to her more than anything. Now that he's fallen for her, will Leonard be able to convince her that he's her prince charming?

TWO ALARM FIRE AT THRIFT STORE IN EL CAJON

 

May 4, 2015 (El Cajon)--At approximately 9:03 p.m., Friday, May 1, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire in the nine-hundred block of Broadway.  Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows of “Broadway Thrift” store at 941 Broadway.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM MAY 3, 2015

CHARGERS 2015 DRAFT

 

By Ed Barrena

May 4, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego Chargers had the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft this weekend, when college football’s biggest stars make the transition to professional sports in front of millions of TV viewers. This year’s draft featured a departure from tradition as the 3 day ceremony was held in Chicago instead of New York, where it had been previously held every year since 1963.

FREE PAINT DROP-OFF EVENT ON MAY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

May 2, 2015 (Spring Valley)--PaintCare, a nonprofit that runs the California Paint Stewardship Program on behalf of paint manufacturers, is holding a special event to collect old and leftover paint to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle their unwanted paint. The event will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Rd., Spring Valley.

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