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New county program to help at-risk youth

Dave Roberts

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

That’s the adage, coined by none other than Benjamin Franklin. Considering that he lived until age 84 and he lived at a time when few effective medicines were available to fight all manner of disease, he must have known what he was talking about.

Rant with Randi: Domestic violence is real

Randi Crawford

Do you remember Richard Sherman’s infamous interview with Erin Andrews after the Seahawks NFC Championship win? Sherman set up the interception that sent his team to the Super Bowl, and after the play, he went ballistic in an interview with Erin Andrews, dissing San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. And before you knew it, everyone was calling Richard Sherman a thug.

I want to talk about a real thug and a real issue that needs national attention. Ray Rice beating up his fiancée, and then dragging her out of an elevator, unconscious, like a sack of potatoes. I hope this video is going to help victims of domestic violence gain credibility. We see these men play football, large companies sponsor some, and then we hear about various charges made against them — rape, violence, and even murder. We (the public) never know when it’s real, or whether it’s false accusations. How could we know? We aren’t there!

Winning streak continues for TPHS freshman football team

Torrey Pines’ Sully O’Brien ran for one TD and received another TD. Photo byClaudia Perrone

Torrey Pines freshman Falcons extended their winning streak to 4-0 with a 35-14 win over the Westview Wolverines. Both teams entered the game undefeated, Torrey Pines having beaten Sweetwater 41-0, Mission Hills 56-21, and Cathedral Catholic 10-0. Westview had bested Rancho Buena Vista 28-20, and Del Norte 28-7.

Del Mar annual flu shot clinic set for Oct. 1

The annual flu shot clinic sponsored by Del Mar Community Connections is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Del Mar City Annex, 1050 Camino del Mar.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts of Solana Beach believes in turf talk

County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Turf Evolutions owner Shannon Beck.

To set an example during the statewide drought, San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts has replaced his lawn with artificial turf.

“We’re in a drought, and I think everybody should do their part,” said Roberts, who sits on the board of the San Diego County Water Authority. “This was our next step in reducing our water usage.”

Roberts and his partner, Wally Oliver, kicked off the five-day project Sept. 15 when workers began tearing up the 6,000-square-foot lawn at their Solana Beach home and replacing it with artificial turf.

Because artificial turf reduces water use by about 44 gallons per square foot, Roberts and Oliver expect to save about 264,000 gallons of water each year.

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy wins $150,000 program award from county

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has received a $150,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award from the county of San Diego, proposed by Third District County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

Del Mar Kiwanis installs new officers

Participants in the installation of new officers were (L-R) outgoing Lt. Governor Pat Bell, new president Steve Gardella, vice president Dr. Bob Siggins, incoming Lt. Governor Carl Ames, treasurer Nancy Wasko, and front, secretary Sherrie Pantalon.

The Del Mar Kiwanis Club had its 2014-2015 officers installed by the Kiwanis Division 37 Lieutenant Governor.

‘Rising Star’ chef to appear at special Sea & Smoke dinner in Del Mar

Sea & Smoke chef Matt Gordon says he is ecstatic to have James Beard Award-winning chef Nate Appleman in his restaurant for a collaboration dinner to welcome Appleman to San Diego, his new home. The special dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Sea & Smoke in Del Mar.

Technology leader MediaTek opens San Diego office

Kristin Taylor, MediaTek vice president of public and analyst relations; Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego); Mohit Bhushan, MediaTek U.S. business development; Dr. Lawrence Loh, MediaTek U.S. president, CT Chuang, MediaTek corporate senior vice president; Ganning Yang, MediaTek head of Irvine office; Finbarr Moynihan, MediaTek general manager of international sales; Jim Farley, MediaTek U.S. facilities director; HC Hwang, MediaTek general manager communication system design; and George Chien, MediaTek general manager of RF design. Courtesy photo

The smartphone chip business is growing in San Diego.

Expanding its U.S. footprint, Taiwanese-based MediaTek unveiled its San Diego office during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 24.

“North American is a very important market for MediaTek,” said Kristin Taylor, the company’s vice president of public and analyst relations. “Because of that importance, we need to be here to serve clients and operators, the American people, to make sure that they have the technology that we engineer.”

Gala in Del Mar, golf classic put focus on Burn Institute’s vital programs

Funds from the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic will benefit the Burn Institute’s programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars, a free camp for burn-injured children. Courtesy photo

From hosting camps for burn-injured children to installing smoke detectors for senior citizens, the Burn Institute reaches out to thousands of children and adults each year.

To raise funds for the institute’s programs, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association and the Burn Institute Auxiliary have organized the Chiefs’ Gala and Golf Classic for four years. This year’s gala is slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, followed by a day of golf Monday, Oct. 6, at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.

“This year we’ve invigorated the event with the California Dreamin’ theme,” said Susan Day, executive director of the Burn Institute. “It allows our guests to have fun and relax while raising funds for our programs.”

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