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Women’s tennis qualifying tournament starts in Carlsbad

The qualifying rounds of the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open women’s tennis tournament begins in Carlsbad Saturday.

The tournament, which offers $700,000 in prize money, runs through Aug. 8 at the La Costa Resort and Spa.

Scheduled to compete are stars of women’s tennis including Lindsay Davenport, Nadia Petrova, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina, Melanie Oudin and Svetlana Kuznetsova, organizers said.

Answering a call to the post: Former contractor a chaplain at race

By Tina Safi
Ten years ago, Richard Mena heard the call, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Then a general building contractor, Mena felt a strong urge to head down a radically different career path: ministry. Now, Mena, 59, is the chaplain to the race set and for the month of August, he will be at the Del Mar racetrack.

As the Jockeys Guild chaplain, Mena works under a number of organizations, including the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT).

Rockola rocks foundation’s Summer Twilight Concert

By Jill Weitzen MacDonald
Special to the Del Mar Times
The second in a series of live music concerts had the crowd dancing to the beat on July 20 at Del Mar’s Powerhouse Park.

San Diego-based Rockola, winner of eight San Diego Music awards, performed as thousands of local rock fans and their families and friends gathered early to find a spot to spread out their picnic blankets and chairs. By the end of the evening concertgoers had filled the park to capacity and were on their feet cheering for more.

Solana Beach digs into community center project

Solana Beach held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the first phase of the Fletcher Cove Community Center renovation project. The first part will include a parking lot that is accessible to disabled people and minor grading on the south side of the building where the shuffleboard court is located.

City Council considers allowing bingo in Del Mar

Charitable games may soon be OK

Charitable bingo games may soon be allowed in Del Mar, but not before some details are ironed out.

At its July 26 meeting, the Del Mar City Council discussed an amendment to the Del Mar Municipal Code that would allow for bingo games at specified locations throughout the city.

Camps for kids at Cove still to come

Weekly programs run through Aug. 13

Kids in Solana Beach who are looking for exciting summer camps don’t have to look farther than Fletcher Cove.

Sponsored by the city of Solana Beach Parks & Recreation Department, the 2010 Summer Day Camps for kids began June 21, with weekly programs running through Aug. 13. All camps are for kids ages 6-12.

Planning board supports Flower Hill renovation plan update

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board on July 22 voted 11-3 to support plans to renovate Flower Hill Promenade that include replacing the UltraStar Cinemas with a Whole Foods, as well as adding new retail and boutique office space and a four-level parking garage.

Campers pitch in to clean up park

The city of Solana Beach partnered with Kids Korps to clean up La Colonia Park and the surrounding neighborhoods on the morning of July 23. This was the third year the city has teamed with the Kids Korps camp. The Kids Korps summer program is funded by the city’s Community Grant program. The cleanup started with an interactive watershed presentation by the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, then city staff led the groups on a trash pickup.

Del Mar crime report: July 17-24

July 17 - DUI, 2600 block of Del Mar Heights Road, 3:25 a.m. - Vehicle break-in, Camino del Mar at Carmel Valley Road, 1:17 p.m. - Theft, 2700 block of Via de la Valle, 4:30 p.m. - Narcotics, Valley Avenue at Via de la Valle, 9:09 p.m. July 18 - Simple assault (non- domestic violence) 700 block of Stratford Court, [...]

Director of pupil services leaving Del Mar school district

The Del Mar Union School District’s director of pupil services, Sheila Weinberg, is leaving the district on Aug. 1. Weinberg recently accepted a position as director of the South County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area).

District Superintendent James Peabody said SELPA directorships rarely become available.



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