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Grading on new PHR Village Center in Carmel Valley still scheduled to begin by year’s end

The Pacific Highlands Ranch Village Center, a mixed-use center planned for Carmel Valley Road and Village Center Loop Road near Canyon Crest Academy, is moving forward through the city approval process.

Del Mar Schools Education Foundation raises more than $1.3 million

“I’m absolutely floored, it’s amazing,” said Drew Isaacman, interim president of DMSEF. “To be able to exceed last year’s total and have the highest amount we’ve ever received, it’s a great feat.”

Burger Lounge a hit since opening at Flower Hill Promenade

Burger Lounge opened on April 19 in Flower Hill Promenade. Photo/Karen Billing

One of the most often used “buzz” terms in the restaurant world right now is “fast casual”— an eatery where the food comes out quick but is high in quality and served up in a space that, while relaxed, treats every customer as a valued guest.

Father embarks on another cross-country bike trek to support daughter’s Solana Beach nonprofit

Daughter Laura Karch-Gries recovered from devastating injury and established the rehabilitation facility

Del Mar school district’s Tim Asfazadour resigns

Throughout his last board meeting on April 25, board members and parents thanked him for his valuable insight and hard work.

Solana Beach School District ‘Teacher of the Year’ spearheaded district’s first transitional kindergarten class

This is the first year transitional kindergarten has been implemented in California in an effort to reach those children whose birthdays are in the fall, instead of starting kindergarten too early and risking falling behind.

Local resident offers unique French-themed items at new Del Mar-area shop ‘The French Nose’

Andrea Morgan opened The French Nose on Via de la Valle on April 21. Photo/Karen Billing

Over the last couple of months, handwritten notes have appeared on the windows of the empty storefront next to Albertsons on Via de la Valle as a new shop took shape inside.

Del Mar residents Jill and Evan Stone to be honored for longtime support of Foundation Fighting Blindness

Over the last decade, the Stones have raised over $1 million with their fundraising events for Foundation Fighting Blindness, motivated as parents to two children with Usher syndrome, which not only results in profound deafness but causes progressive vision loss.

Carmel Valley resident establishes Veterans 360 to help young veterans make a successful transition into civilian life

Veterans 360 founder and executive director Rick Collins, second from left, on an outing with young veterans in Los Angeles, where they met actor Hugh Dancy, far left.

Organization needs support in a variety of areas

Benefit dinner to be held in Solana Beach in honor of Avielle Foundation

Foundation for brain health research established in honor of Avielle Rose Richman, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School