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Carmel Valley athlete earns a spot on the 2014 U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Squad

Alexandra Suarez

Only 20 girls were selected to join the squad.

Solana Beach to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Solana Beach’s Cinco de Mayo Community Fiesta is set to return May 4 at La Colonia Park.

Council approves new contract for Del Mar firefighters

Local firefighters will see salary increases while Del Mar will reduce its existing pension obligation thanks to a new agreement between the city and the Del Mar Firefighters Association.

Local teens gain work experience through mentor program at Crush restaurant in Solana Beach

(L-R): La Colonia Branch Member Meliza Espinoza, Crush Employee Becky Dhooge, La Colonia Branch Member Selene Olivares, Crush Manager Sarah Morache, La Colonia Branch Member Tania Bartolo, La Colonia Branch Member Estefani Saldivar and La Colonia Branch Member Jeovanie Aragon. Courtesy photo

Launched April 2, the program combines shadowing and one-on-one mentoring to teach teens workplace skills.

High school district to vote on boundaries for new Carmel Valley middle school in May

A rendering of the entrance to San Dieguito Union High School District’s new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch that will open in fall 2016. Courtesy photo

San Dieguito Union High School District is close to setting the boundaries for its new middle school in Pacific Highlands Ranch, set to open in fall 2015.

Del Mar resident analyzes human behavior in new book

Ron Newby

Ron Newby, a retired researcher and Del Mar resident discusses the human evolutionary path, brain, traits and behaviors in his recently released book, “Homo sapiens: A Liberal’s Perspective.”

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley

The groundbreaking for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch was held on May 16 with ceremonial digs by Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair Frisco White; Tom Blake, founder and president of Coast Income Properties; Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Vice Chair Manjeet Ranu; and San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner. Photo by Karen Billing

San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner can’t wait to shop at Pacific Highlands Ranch’s incoming Trader Joe’s. At the April 16 groundbreaking ceremony for the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Lightner said the specialty market was a big “yes” for the community and she hoped to meet everyone there as soon as it opens in 2015.

“This groundbreaking is wonderful news for Pacific Highlands Ranch and Carmel Valley,” Lightner said. “Residents have been waiting for a village center for many years.”

‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant latest in string of La Jolla Playhouse performers to hit big

James Maslow (right) when he was at the La Jolla Playhouse Summer Conservatory. Photo courtesy of J.T. MacMillan

The current season of “Dancing with the Stars,” one of television’s most popular shows, features a who’s who of recognizable faces. There’s “Price is Right” host Drew Carey, NHL superstar Sean Avery, and legendary actor Billy Dee Williams — just to name a few. In addition, there’s also one of San Diego’s very own: James Maslow, the actor/singer who rose to fame as part of Nickelodean’s Big Time Rush boy band.

‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ to be held April 26 in Carmel Valley

At the Del Mar Mesa planning board’s April 10 meeting, San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer Tracey Williams urged the community to participate in “Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the SDPD Northwestern Division, 12592 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley (92130). No needles will be accepted.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea to close location near Del Mar

Pannikin Coffee & Tea will close in Flower Hill Promenade on May 31.

Pannikin Coffee & Tea, one of Flower Hill Promenade’s longest-running tenants, will serve its last cup of coffee at its Flower Hill location on May 31. The coffee house has opted not to renew its lease.

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