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Grand Del Mar and Addison receive Five Diamond Award from AAA

The living room in the Manchester Suite in the Grand Del Mar.

Sixteen hotels and two restaurants in Southern California, including four in San Diego County, were named Wednesday recipients of the AAA Five Diamond Award for 2011.

Solana Beach Supercuts robbed


Sheriff’s authorities Wednesday were searching for a man who robbed a Supercuts hair salon in Solana Beach with what appeared to be a large handgun under his shirt.

Group of thieves rob Carlsbad bank


A group of thieves in hooded sweat shirts and gloves stormed into a North County bank Tuesday afternoon, hurtled over the service counter and emptied cash drawers before making a two-stage getaway in a pair of vehicles.

Gunman robs Encinitas bank


A gun-toting man wearing a painter’s dust mask robbed a North County bank Friday.

City considers replacing employee pensions with 401(k)-like plans


Instead of guaranteed pensions, new city employees would be offered more volatile 401(k)-style retirement plans if a ballot measure proposed Friday by San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders were approved by voters.

Veterans visit Santa Fe Christian

Santa Fe Christian student choirs. Photos by Jon Clark

Santa Fe Christian Schools (Solana Beach) hosted breakfast for over 100 veterans representing the Army, Navy, Marine & Air Force Branches of military. The school community joined with area veterans to honor all veterans and support our active duty military.

Ronda’s Closet raises funds for kids

Kathy Hirsch. Photos by Jon Clark

Ronda’s Closet in Piazza Carmel hosted a ‘private shopping experience’ Nov. 10 in support of Rady Children’s Hospital, Carmel Valley Auxiliary. The event, which featured a Red Engine Trunk Show, raised money for the children’s hospital.

Halloween at Solana Highlands


Solana Highlands Elementary School recently held its annual Halloween costume parade. Students, parents and teachers went all-out with their creative wear.

Notre Dame’s ‘Grand Evening’

Maura Scioscia, Shirley Willadsen, Sister Gabriel Marie and Katie Willadson.  Photos by Jon Clark

Notre Dame Academy held its 6th Annual Dinner and Auction, “Bonsoir! A Grand Evening”, on Nov. 5 at The Grand Del Mar. The event included a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by dinner, live auction, and tuition raffle.

Place 360 opens in Del Mar

Tiffany Debbas, Mia Stefanko and Daniel Gano.Tiffany Debbas, Mia Stefanko and Daniel Gano.

Place 360 Health + Spa recently celebrated its opening in Del Mar. In addition to champagne and gifts, the event offered a look at the business’ services, which include chiropractic, homeopathy,waxing, herbal remedies and more.