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From challenging times to community celebrations, North Coast residents recall season’s magic

From challenging times to community celebrations, North Coast residents recall season’s magic

Helen Hawes

December 21, 2013


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Local History, Olivenhain, Solana Beach, Top Stories

Some people lament the merging of the holidays into one long shopping spree. It’s hard to imagine a time when there was no such thing as “Black Friday.” But once upon a time ... Back before Cardiff was a town and was, instead, a collection of houses on a hill, the holidays were exciting but...

Industry observers weigh impact of U-T San Diego’s entry into local weekly media market

Industry observers weigh impact of U-T San Diego’s entry into local weekly media market

Alex Groves

November 24, 2013


Filed under Business, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Media, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Region, San Diego County, Solana Beach, Top Stories

U-T San Diego, the last remaining daily newspaper in San Diego County, recently purchased eight weekly community newspapers from Mainstreet Communications, and experts in the field of media and active journalists are holding their breath to see what the paper will do with its newly claimed acquisitions. The...

Getting to the Common Core: Local educators adopt new philosophy in learning

Getting to the Common Core: Local educators adopt new philosophy in learning

Paige Nelson

October 24, 2013


Filed under Del Mar, Education, Encinitas, K-12, Solana Beach, Top Stories

STAR testing in California public schools is history, thanks to new legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 2. The bill eliminates the traditional standardized test and replaces it with a new, computerized assessment aligned with national Common Core standards. The former exams were administered...

New tenant for Carlsbad landmark: Sun Diego’s plans to lease century-old restaurant site stir controversy

New tenant for Carlsbad landmark: Sun Diego’s plans to lease century-old restaurant site stir controversy

Manny Lopez

October 19, 2013


Filed under Business, Carlsbad, Top Stories

Surfers sometimes have a reputation for being extremely territorial about their waves. The same can be said about some residents and business owners in the coastal town of Carlsbad when it comes to landmark commercial real estate. A conflict recently erupted when the management of Sun Diego Boardshops...

Serving up a new store: Longtime Encinitas McDonald’s owners rebuilding restaurant

Serving up a new store: Longtime Encinitas McDonald’s owners rebuilding restaurant

Helen Hawes

September 27, 2013


Filed under Encinitas, Food, Top Stories

Jennifer Howard remembers special days back in the in the late 1970s, when, as a first-grader, she went to birthday parties at the McDonald’s up on the hill on Encinitas Boulevard. The fast-food restaurant became a part of her everyday life as she continued to go there for lunch and snacks as an adult,...

Yoga fight highlights ABCs of innovation: Area school officials weigh challenges of building programs

Yoga fight highlights ABCs of innovation: Area school officials weigh challenges of building programs

Paige Nelson

August 16, 2013


Filed under Cardiff by the Sea, Del Mar, Education, Encinitas, K-12, Leucadia, Olivenhain, San Diego County, Solana Beach, Top Stories

In wrapping up a lawsuit that brought national media attention to Encinitas in recent months, Judge John Meyer of the San Diego Superior Court ruled yoga fit for public schools. Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Timothy Baird said it’s the first districtwide yoga program and also quite...

Searsucker designed to suit North County

Searsucker designed to suit North County

Manny Lopez

July 23, 2013


Filed under Del Mar, Food, NORTH COAST LIFE, Region, Top Stories

A restaurant metamorphosis took place July 17 with the emergence of Searsucker Del Mar from the chrysalis of Burlap located in Carmel Valley’s Del Mar Highlands Town Center mall. Intended to coincide with opening day at the Del Mar Racetrack, celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and hospitality entrepreneur...

Set phasers to stunned: Fair hosts ‘Star Trek’ museum

Set phasers to stunned: Fair hosts ‘Star Trek’ museum

Ken Pagano

June 29, 2013


Filed under Del Mar, Region, San Diego County, SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE, Top Stories

Don’t beam the sets and props up yet, Scotty. Star Trek: The Exhibition will be docked with the San Diego County Fair through July 4. Trekkers and Trek fans alike have the chance to boldly stroll where few fans have strolled before, back in time and into the future through an interactive museum...

County Fair competitions draw thousands of participants

County Fair competitions draw thousands of participants

Paige Nelson

June 3, 2013


Filed under Del Mar, Region, San Diego County, SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE, Top Stories

Inside the Grandstand at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, volunteers sort through an array of colorful jams brought in by entrant Star Slipock. Slipock has been making her homemade jams for 41 years and entering them into the Home and Hobby Competition at the San Diego County Fair since 1975. “I have a who...

Built on a handshake: Scripps Encinitas marks 50 years

Built on a handshake: Scripps Encinitas marks 50 years

Helen Hawes

May 30, 2013


Filed under Encinitas, Top Stories

Although Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a photo retrospective of its inception, it is already looking toward its 100th anniversary by creating a time capsule that will be opened in 2064. Staff members, former patients and members of the community recently...

Scripps Encinitas utilizing exoskeleton for therapy

Scripps Encinitas utilizing exoskeleton for therapy

Helen Hawes

April 21, 2013


Filed under Encinitas, Region, San Diego County, Top Stories

Hermes Castro used to consider riding his bike 20 miles to work as part of his regimen as a triathlete and physical trainer. But on Sept. 1, 2006, his life changed as he was riding his yellow racing bike and got hit head-on by a drunken driver. In addition to multiple injuries, he suffered lower-extremity...

Bidding silent, but banner artists’ work can speak volumes

Bidding silent, but banner artists’ work can speak volumes

Helen Hawes

March 25, 2013


Filed under Arts, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Top Stories

Silent bidding has already lifted the value of the Arts Alive banners that flutter along Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas from Leucadia to Cardiff. The 101 banners may seem to vary wildly in subject matter, but they all have one thing in common: they’re celebrations of living a seaside life. From mermaids,...

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