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There’s a New Kid on the Block

| December 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
There’s a New Kid on the Block

By Patty Ducey-Brooks In case you haven’t noticed, Toma Sol Café is open for business at 301 W. Washington Street in Mission Hills. I met the proprietor, Seekey Cacciatore, who’s not new to the neighborhood. Cacciatore, grew up in neighboring Hillcrest and currently lives in Point Loma with her husband. Cacciatore, I learned, did some […]

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Historic Old Town San Diego Celebrates its Storied Past

| November 16, 2011 | 0 Comments
Historic Old Town San Diego Celebrates its Storied Past

Old Town San Diego will hold its second annual event honoring this historic and cultural celebration. Officially observed on November 1 and 2, the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) pays homage to the presence of the dead among the living and is a colorful tribute to California’s own Mexican heritage. Altars will […]

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A Point Loma Tradition – All Souls’ Saint Nicholas Home Tour

| November 5, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Point Loma Tradition – All Souls’ Saint Nicholas Home Tour

Marketplace and Tea The longest running holiday home tour west of the Mississippi celebrates its 60th Diamond Jubilee with this year’s offering of six Point Loma homes. A Saint Nicholas Marketplace, Afternoon Tea, and featured musicians at All Souls’ Episcopal Church are also included in the day’s festivities. The Diamond Jubilee event takes place from […]

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Harsh School Discipline Challenged

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments
Harsh School Discipline Challenged

Common Sense Approach Proposed The California Endowment announced events in support of the National Week of Action on school discipline, which occurred this past October, to shine a spotlight on the alarming overuse of suspension, expulsion and other harsh punishments in California schools. In the 2010-11 academic year, California schools issued more than 720,000 suspensions […]

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Rare Bird Consignment House Opens in Mission Hills

| October 29, 2011 | 1 Comment
Rare Bird Consignment House Opens in Mission Hills

It’s so rewarding to get to know people who learn from life’s upsets and take on more challenges. Such is the case for Kelly Kraus of Mission Hills, who is willing to share the hardships she’s experienced, and the opportunities that have come her way. She has vision and good taste. Kraus says that she […]

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Union Bank Is Corporate Partner of New Central Library

| October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Union Bank Is Corporate Partner of New Central Library

The San Diego Public Library Foundation recently announced that Union Bank has pledged $300,000 to support construction of San Diego’s New Central Library, scheduled to open in the summer of 2013. The New Central Library’s full-service homework center will be named the Union Bank Homework Center in honor of this gift. Built in the heart […]

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That’s One Classy, Beautiful, and Gifted Lady

| October 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
That’s One Classy, Beautiful, and Gifted Lady

I remember the first time I met Sue Stephens-Marty. It was well over twenty years ago when she was a co-owner of Café Del Rey Morro in Balboa Park. I was extremely impressed with her style, grace and kindness. In addition to her beauty, Sue glowed with personality. She made a huge impression on me. […]

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A Women’s Network

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Women’s Network

During the month of August, the San Diego Convention Center was the site of a BlogHer conference. A good friend of mine, who is a producer at KUSI TV, introduced me to the event. Had it not been for him, I might have missed out on a great opportunity. What I quickly learned is that […]

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Female Role Models

| August 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Female Role Models

This past month, I have had a chance to consider the females in my past and present life who have been an inspiration and role models. My Mom, of course, made a huge impact on my life as a woman who had her own daycare business. And, of course, she was a great Mom. There […]

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The Jewel of the City Saved from Costly and Massive Redevelopment

| July 17, 2011 | 1 Comment
The Jewel of the City Saved from Costly and Massive Redevelopment

Friends of Balboa Park grateful for community support What began as the restoration of Plaza de Panama, and a pedestrian friendly environment, suddenly became a major redevelopment of Balboa Park. The initial plan was to “polish” the jewel of San Diego for the 2015 Centennial of the Pacific-Panama Exposition. This past June thousands of San […]

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