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The Stare Theatre’s restored marquee is lit July 3 in Oceanside. (Photo by Troy Orem)

A marquee event: Oceanside’s Star Theatre Company celebrates restored landmark sign

Susan Whaley July 9, 2015

An oldie but goodie, the historic neon marquee of Oceanside’s Star Theatre lit up again on July 3. The day before Fourth of July, the $110,000 newly restored marquee illuminated Coast Highway surrounded...

Ducky Waddle’s owner Jerry Waddle stands outside his Leucadia store on May 29. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Saving the store: Crowdfunding campaign, cash mob aim to keep Ducky Waddle’s afloat

Amanda Rhoades June 6, 2015

When you walk into Ducky Waddle’s Emporium, you enter another era. The funky Leucadia store beckons feelings of nostalgia, even for first-time visitors. The walls are covered in an assortment of prints...

Student-made mosaics can be found at the old Pacific View School site in Encinitas, now owned by the city. Arts groups and community activists are expressing optimism about the future of the property. (File photo by Scott Allison)

What to do with Pacific View: Arts supporters, activists optimistic but quiet about Encinitas site’s future

Gisela Lagos February 24, 2015

With almost 70 arts groups, Encinitas boasts the second-largest arts community in San Diego County, and the direction of the city-owned Pacific View site promises to be a welcome addition for arts supporters...

More than 2,500 residents and professional runners hit the streets of Encinitas on Feb. 1 to support the upkeep of the “Cardiff Kook” statue, also known by its official name, “Magic Carpet Ride.” (Photo by Helen Hawes)

Parade of characters: Residents, pro runners race for the beloved ‘Cardiff Kook’

Helen Hawes February 6, 2015

Mere minutes after world class runner Luis Orta blasted to victory in the men’s 10K on Feb. 1, the glamorous Dragonfly Team, wearing matching white sweatshirts and empowered by sporting the bejeweled...

From an upturn in housing to stable city coffers, local observers of the economy anticipate a positive 2015. (stock.xchang)

Business leaders optimistic about 2015

Alex Groves January 22, 2015

With 2015 underway, officials in North County say they see good things in store for business and the region’s economy overall. But in spite of noticeable gains in sales tax revenue, increases in chamber...

Hundreds of spectators cheer Jan. 8 as the Carlsbad archway sign is lit for the first time at its new home at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive. (Photo by Scott Allison)

A sign for the new year: Carlsbad celebrates installation of landmark

North Coast Current January 9, 2015

Residents and officials celebrated the installation of Carlsbad’s new downtown sign Jan. 8 with fanfare at a 5:30 p.m. ceremony. Hundreds of spectators joined Mayor Matt Hall in lighting the sign,...

The communities of Encinitas each offer holiday shopping with singular character, according to area merchant groups. (North Coast Current photo illustration)

Gifts that say ‘Encinitas’

December 16, 2014

The tree has been decorated and the stockings hung with care but the shopping list is still incomplete. There’s no reason to worry if you haven’t picked up a gift for your boss or a small trinket...

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar is sworn into office by City Clerk Kathy Hollywood on Dec. 9. (Photo by Scott Allison)

Elected mayor’s term begins

Camille Lozano December 11, 2014

There was standing room only in the Encinitas City Council Chambers on Tuesday night for the special council meeting to swear in first-ever Mayor-Elect Kristin Gaspar and Councilwoman Catherine Blakespear,...

In community blogs, comments and group conversations, residents have been talking about the positives and the negatives of e-Town Hall. Some are expressing concerns over the actual impact on promoting public engagement, the relevance of topics and the ease of which a non-resident can sign up for an account. (North Coast Current photo illustration)

Cyber citizenship

Gisela Lagos December 2, 2014

E-Town Hall/Peak Democracy is the newest in a line of efforts Encinitas has made to increase public engagement, but not everyone is convinced that paying for the pilot program was money well spent. In...

Volunteers help in the Encinitas-based Community Resource Center’s Holiday Baskets drive at the Del Mar Fairgrounds last year. (Community Resource Center photo)

Season of giving: Local agencies prepare to help those in need

Maile Rudebusch November 21, 2014

The holiday season is a time to come together with family, but it is also a time to reach out and support those who are less fortunate. There are many donation drop-offs and food collection drives across...

Encinitas resident Tiffany Fox is hosting a Death Cafe discussion group Oct. 18 in Del Mar. (Photo by Troy Orem)

Shedding light on a dark topic: Local resident, growing movement aim to open discussion on death and, in turn, celebrate life

Helen Hawes October 9, 2014

Encinitas resident Tiffany Fox is hosting a Death Cafe on Oct. 18 in Solana Beach. She’ll be serving cake with tea, and you are invited to attend. When Fox heard of the Death Cafe, she felt she’d...

Political and industry leaders are working toward the return of a film commission for San Diego. (North Coast Current photo illustration)

Second act for film commission? Encinitas arts commissioner, county supervisor seek green light for agency

Debbie L. Sklar October 3, 2014

What do “Top Gun,” the hit television series “Simon & Simon,” and other such high-profile projects as “Traffic,” “Almost Famous,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Lords of Dogtown,”...

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