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Fashion show highlights designs by high school students

Haute high school couture was on display at a fashion show held at Canyon Crest Academy last week. Fashion design students from Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy flaunted their innovative creations as a cap to a semester immersed in the world of style.

Child care center construction OK’d

Construction on the new Ocean Air School child care center will begin on June 18 after the Del Mar Union School District Board of Trustees approved the project at its June 9 meeting.

The 3,340-square-foot structure will help provide a service that was “needed yesterday,” according to Ocean Air parent and staff member Karen Holty.

Ocean Air is the only school in the district without a child care center and is home to one of the biggest after-school care populations in the district, according to Julie Geisbauer, child care director. Geisbauer said there are more than 100 students in child care, 60 in kindergarten alone.

Northwestern welcomes new Community Relations Officer

For three years, Officer Gaylon Sells was Carmel Valley’s friendly neighborhood community relations officer. Through community meetings, forums and an e-mail list with hundreds of residents signed on, Sells was always available to dispense safety tips or dispel one of those fast-spreading Carmel Valley rumors.

June 10 was Sells’ last day at the Northwestern Division — on Saturday night, he will serve his first shift on his new beat, as a patrol officer in the Mid City division.

Mid City includes the communities of College Area, Oak Park, Rolando, Talmadge, Chollas Creek and Azalea/Hollywood Park — quite a contrast from the mostly quiet Carmel Valley.

Pacific Highlands Ranch petition circulates

A petition is circulating around Pacific Highlands Ranch in support of requiring Pardee Homes to make a guarantee about hours of use at the incoming Village Center and deliver on the promise of a grocery store.

Beth Fischer, president of the San Diego division of Pardee Homes, responded to the concerns at the June 8 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting. So far, the petition has gathered 58 signatures.

Pacific Highlands Ranch resident Karen Dubey feels that there was a bit of a “bait and switch” on the grocery store. She said as plans for the center were presented to the homeowners, they always included a grocery store but Pardee did not guarantee a grocery store.

Fischer said they didn’t want to make that guarantee because they don’t want to restrict themselves on their permit.

‘Heroes’ teach the joy of making a difference

“The Heroes” class at Carmel Valley Middle School taught students that being a hero isn’t reserved for caped crusaders — it’s something even seventh- and eighth-graders could be.

Students in the inaugural Heroes course left the class motivated to be good role models, speak up for issues that matter to them, and to give back to their communities.

“I love this class, and I know anyone who enrolls in it will, too,” said student Kailey Hoffman, noting that she learned to be more “conscious of her atmosphere” and will take away lessons she can share with her younger sister.

The Dresser opening in Carmel Valley

Treigh Mulvaney got hooked on consignment shops the day she found a pair of $300 Gucci boots for $60. Now she is opening a consignment boutique, The Dresser, this month in the Piazza Carmel shopping center in Carmel Valley, aiming to help women get their high fashion fix at not-so-high fashion prices.

The beauty of consignment, she said, is all the great brands available for a fraction of the cost. Some of the clothing in her store still has the tags on, never worn, just like new.

Mulvaney has lived in the Torrey Hills area for almost 11 years; her children attend Ocean Air Elementary School. A fashion lover who worked primarily in new home construction sales, it had been her dream to open her own shop.

Former superintendent files claim against Del Mar school district

Former superintendent Sharon McClain has filed a government code claim against the Del Mar Union School District. The claim, dated June 10, gives cause for action against DMUSD for breach of contract, breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing, failure to pay wages and violation of McClain’s due process rights.

Torrey Pines High School tennis courts locked due to misuse

After more than 30 years, the Torrey Pines High School tennis courts are closed to public use, leaving many locals frustrated that their weekend recreation has been taken away.

Steve Ma, associate superintendent of the San Dieguito Union High School District, said the courts, where private instructors have been using the teaching private lessons, have been locked due to misuse.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate that private instructors are monopolizing the courts,” Ma said. “They’re making money off our tennis courts.”

He said there also has been some vandalism on the courts, primarily from skateboarders marking and “chewing up” the surface. Just two years ago, the school district spent close to $70,000 to resurface the courts and keeping them locked against inappropriate usage is a way to protect their investment, Ma said.

Popular communications officer leaves Northwestern Division

For three years, Officer Gaylon Sells was Carmel Valley’s friendly neighborhood community relations officer. Through community meetings, forums and an e-mail list with hundreds of residents signed on, Sells was always available to dispense safety tips or dispel one of those fast-spreading Carmel Valley rumors.

City bike plan being updated

The city of San Diego is working on its Bicycle Master Plan update, hoping to create a city with more mobility options that are safe and effective. The plan includes enhanced bike routes, bike paths (such as the one along Highway 56) and bike lanes, as well as education programs to make riding the road a little safer.

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