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Hard choice: Del Mar’s Eucalyptus Stoneware company closing doors

Eucalyptus Stoneware owner John Laver with his iconic handmade baskets. Photos by Kristina Houck

Whether holding fruit or warming bread, baskets from Eucalyptus Stoneware have become the centerpiece of thousands of kitchens across America. But after 40 years in business, the Del Mar company is closing its doors.

“It’s comforting to know that we have made as many people happy as we have,” said founder and owner John Laver. “It’s just time to close.”

‘The more we talk about this, the less shame there will be’

Actor Joe Pantoliano discussed his struggles with mental health and addiction at an International Bipolar Foundation luncheon on Oct. 8.

Joe Pantoliano, the actor known for his roles in “Risky Business,” “The Sopranos,” “The Fugitive,” “The Matrix” and “Memento,” spoke Oct. 8 in La Jolla at the International Bipolar Foundation luncheon to address the importance of open and non-judgmental dialogue when discussing mental illness.

Torrey Pines High School freshmen launch sack attack on Oceanside, win 35-20

Cleo Baker makes the tackle for Torrey Pines. The Falcons won 35-20. Photos by Claudia Perrone.

The 5-1 Oceanside Pirates visited Torrey Pines to play the 6-0 Falcons, and Torrey Pines won 35-20.

Del Mar Powerhouse 13U champs in XDS Battle of the Bats tournament

The Del Mar Powerhouse 13U team are champs in the XDS Battle of the Bats tournament.

Del Mar Powerhouse 13U boys captured the championship in the XDS Battle of the Bats tournament played in Chula Vista last weekend.

Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe

The week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe.

Testimony begins in trial of man accused of killing his mother in Solana Beach

Testimony began Oct. 22 in the sanity phase of trial of a man who killed his mother and chopped up her body in her Solana Beach home after she ended his access to her money.

Bryan Chang, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the January 2010 death of 60-year-old Sherry Chu Chang.

The defense contends, however, that Bryan Chang was insane at the time of the killing. Opening statements in the sanity phase of trial were delivered Oct. 21 in the courtroom of Vista Judge Harry Elias.

Disabilities no hurdle for Del Mar family of athletes

Jim and Lisa Pathman of Del Mar push their 16-year-old twin sons Shane, left, and Riley, who were born with cerebral palsy, as they demonstrate the racing chairs they planned to use Oct. 19 so that all four of them could compete in a triathlon.

When Jim Pathman found out in 1998 that his wife, Lisa, was expecting twins, he bought a matching pair of Schwinn bikes for the boys. Seventeen years later, the bikes are still in their boxes, because twins Shane and Riley were born with cerebral palsy. But as Jim would say, when there’s a Pathman will, there’s a Pathman way. And on Sunday, Oct. 19, the active family of four achieved their dream of completing a triathlon in La Jolla.

Students take history by the hand with Solana Beach Living History program

Solana Vista third-graders recently learned what it was like to live in the early 1900s thanks to Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society volunteers.  Photos/Kristina Houck

The Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society recently turned back the clock, bringing history to life for local students. From doing household chores to playing traditional games, Solana Vista Elementary School third-graders learned what it was like to live in the early 1900s during the society’s Living History program.

Potential costs presented for new Del Mar city hall, civic center

A new city hall and civic center would cost Del Mar at least $7.4 million and up to $15 million in net costs, according to a report presented to the City Council on Oct. 20.

Carmel Valley Recreation Center celebrates 15th anniversary

The Carmel Valley Recreation Center during this year’s summer concert series. Photo by Jon Clark.

The Carmel Valley Community Park is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Sunday, Oct. 26.