January 2013 Articles

ARSON SUSPECTED IN LAKESIDE FIRE

January 2, 2013 (Lakeside) – A 74-year-old woman and her daughter have been hospitalized for treatment of injuries after a fire at their home at 13265 Lakeview Granada in Lakeside yesterday.  Sheriff’s deputies arrived at 4:26 p.m. to assist firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Department at the fully engulfed structure fire.

“The elderly woman told deputies her daughter had intentionally set the fire. Deputies detained the adult suspect, pending the investigation,” said  Sergeant Curt Goldberg with the San Diego Sheriff.  The mother also told a dispatcher that her daughter set the blaze deliberately.

PETITION LAUNCHED TO DESIGNATE LITTLE SAIGON DISTRICT IN EAST SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2013 (San Diego)—“The Vietnamese community in San Diego is in need of a strong sense of identity in order to unite in the revitalization of our social and economic life,”Frank Vuong, president of the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation, writes.

He hopes to see the Vietnamese community become a cultural asset for our region by putting it on the map.  So the Foundation has launched a petition to designate a Little Saigon District in San Diego’s Talmadge/Kensington area along El Cajon Boulevard between Euclid and Highland Avenues.

Read or sign the petition here:   https://www.change.org/petitions/san-diego-elected-officials-and-other-stakeholders-designate-a-little-saigon-san-diego-district#

ALPINE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES JANUARY EVENTS

January 1, 2013 (Alpine)--The Alpine branch of the San Diego County Library announces its calendar of events for January.  View the full calendar here.  Below are highlights, including visits with a therapy dog, a hands-on archaeology project, and book talks complete with bagels and books:

Tues. 1/15 – RUFF Readers – 3:30 pm Read to Cabo, a Therapy Dog; sign-up for a 15-minute slot by calling  619-445-4221. Age 5+ welcome! Walk-ins are OK.

VEGGIECATION PROGRAM: TIPS FOR YOUNG EATERS

Get kids to love their veggies for the new year

January 1, 2013 (San Diego)--Children eat with their eyes. Young eaters are drawn to items that are fun and colorful. When introducing kids to new veggies, select different vegetables with vibrant colors and cut them into fun, kid-friendly shapes.Dips are fun.

To get kids interested in trying new veggies, give them a healthy, low-calorie dip for their veggies. Use dips like low-fat ranch dressing, yogurt-based dips and tomato sauces.

SDSU ISSUES WARNING OVER VIOLENT ASSAULT, ROBBERY IN COLLEGE AREA

 

January 1, 2013 (San Diego)--San Diego State University Police have issued an alert warning of a violent assault that occurred at 2:40 a.m. in the 5700 block of Hardy Avenue.  Five African-American men in a silver 4-door BMW approached a male victim and attacked him without provocation, kicking and punching him before stealing his white iPhone, according to police.

The suspects, all about six feet tall, wore blue jeans. One suspect wore a white T-shirt with orange sleeves.  They fled east in the vehicle after the crime.

WINTER WISHES: GROSSMONT HOSPITAL PATIENTS GIFTED WITH PLUSH PENGUINS DURING HOLIDAYS

January 1, 2013 (La Mesa) --The San Diego Blood Bank reports that 250 plush penguins were recently delivered as gifts to patients admitted to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in December during the weeks leading up to the holiday season. The gift delivery was part of the Blood Bank’s annual “Winter Wishes” program sponsored by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and serves as landlord of the hospital on behalf of East County taxpayers.

WEBELOS CUB SCOUTS GET READYMAN TRAINING FROM LA MESA FIREMEN

January 2, 2013 (La Mesa) – On Sunday, December 23, The Eagle Patrol Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 391 got hands on training from La Mesa firefighters at the main La Mesa Fire Station 11 at 8034 Allison Avenue.  The Scouts were taught emergency first aid procedures.  In addition they were shown equipment used by firefighters in their jobs.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WHAT DOES AN ACTUAL GAS "PEAKER" PLANT LOOK LIKE?

January 2, 2013 (Otay)--“Look out, Santee, here’s your future,” Tom Lemon writes, referring to the Quail Brush gas-fired peaker power plant proposed just outside of Mission Trails Regional Park. Curious to see what a peaker plant actually looks like – not just in drawings prepared by the developer—Lemon ventured to Otay Mesa, where a gas-fired peaker plant recently opened.  Note: Peaker plants run intermittently to fill demand at peak power usage times. These photos were taken when the plant was not fired up. When in operation, the facility would include emissions visible from the smokestacks.

RENO DISPATCH: WEST SIDE STORY: THE GREATEST HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME EVER PLAYED?

January 2, 2013 (San Diego) – Talk about your Friday Night Lights. It was 35 years ago that arguably the greatest high school football game in America was played, and the greatest high school rivalry was born. And the game wasn't played in Texas. Or California. It was played in Central Iowa.

The game in 1977 between the Valley Tigers and the Dowling Maroons, both of West Des Moines, Iowa, was epic. It created a high school rivalry that USA TODAY recently called one of the greatest in the nation. Well, I say it is the best in the nation.

http://therenodispatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/west-side-story-greatest-hig...

PLANE CRASH KILLS 3 IN POWAY

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10  News

Update 12/30/12:  The Medical Examiner has released the names of the victims, all from Phoenix. They are William Arthur Stern Jr.,, 65, his wife, Jennifer Jane Stern, 53, and their daughter, Katelyn Jane Stern, 19,

December 29, 2012 (Lakeside) –All three occupants are dead following  a l plane that crashed this morning west of State Route 67 off Slaughterhouse Canyon Road in Poway, IPN reports.

According to ECM news partner 10 News, the home-built plane was a Lancair IV-P model that is no longer in production.  The plane had taken off from Montgomery Field in San Diego en route to Phoenix, Arizona, when it went down in the Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve.

AARP OFFERS FREE TAX HELP FOR SENIORS AND LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS IN EAST COUNTY

January 3, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- The AARP Tax Aide Program offers free tax preparation and E filing for seniors and low income residents and others in need in the East County Community.

Tax sites will be open the week of February 4, 2013 and continue until April 15, 2013

Listed below are the tax sites and phone numbers for appointments:

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