Category archives for: North Coast Life

Solana Beach resident heads Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Carrolee Barlow Photo by AmyAnne Photography

When Carrolee Barlow was appointed CEO of an organization that researches and treats Parkinson’s disease earlier this year, it was a chance for her to bring together the skills, education and experience she has accumulated over her career.

“It’s very much of a coming home for me,” said Barlow, 50, a Solana Beach resident, of her appointment as CEO of the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, which is located in Sunnyvale, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Del Mar couple visits 50 states in celebration of 50th anniversary

Howard and Barbara Anderson on an American Queen Riverboat cruise of the Ohio River, celebrating their 49th anniversary and visiting the first four states of their yearlong trip — Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Courtesy photos

Although Howard and Barbara Anderson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 1, they have marked the milestone for more than a year. To commemorate 50 years, the Del Mar couple is visiting all 50 states.

“He’s the romantic,” said Barbara Anderson, as she smiled at her husband. “I give him all the credit. He’s always been one to want to make our anniversary special.”

The couple launched their more than yearlong trip on their 49th anniversary, with an American Queen Riverboat cruise of the Ohio River, where they visited the first four states — Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

‘Bringing the community together’ a key goal for new Solana Beach Library manager

Patricia Tirona

Although Patricia Tirona officially became branch manager of Solana Beach Library in June, she is a familiar face at the local library. Tirona first joined the local branch when it opened its current location in 2001.

Del Mar Library to celebrate 100th anniversary with special event

The community is invited to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Del Mar Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 1. Photo by Kristina Houck

The San Diego County Library system celebrated its centennial last year. Now, Del Mar is marking its 100-year milestone.

New rabbi brings unique experience to Chabad of Carmel Valley

Rabbi Mendel Polichenco

For more than 20 years, Rabbi Mendel Polichenco has served the people of Mexico. Recently selected as the new rabbi of Chabad of Carmel Valley, he will now serve people on the San Diego side of the border.

Patriot Profiles: He served honorably and he died, and we were there to bury him.

Cpl. John Gabino and OC Eduard Cruz fold the Flag at funeral service at Miramar National Cemetery. Photo by Jeanne McKinney

In Miramar National Cemetery, each white tombstone has a priceless story.

Del Mar resident perseveres to win his division in a 100-mile ultra-marathon

Del Mar’s Mark Backes was still smiling at mile 45 of the Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, cresting Hope Pass at 12,600 feet. Courtesy photo

It took grit, determination and a lot of Fig Newtons for 50-year-old Mark Backes of Del Mar to win his division in the Leadville Trail 100, a 100-mile ultra-marathon through the Colorado Rockies.

Antiques on Cedros in Solana Beach to hold Sidewalk Sale and Flea Market in celebration of anniversary

Tony and Wanda Russo Credit Diane Y. Welch

Located in the Cedros Avenue Design District close to the intersection of Lomas Santa Fe, the 5,000-square-foot Solana Beach-based showroom is nestled behind Timeless Furnishings and Patio, and is a brightly-lit showcase for objets d’arts, furnishings, collectibles, jewelry, lighting fixtures and more.

Solana Beach Library offers citizenship course

An eight-week citizenship course begins at the Solana Beach Library on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Classes will meet from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays, ending Saturday, Nov. 8.

Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary lineup of speakers to discuss cancer, Kenya, biotech

Interested individuals are invited to hear two special speakers at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach. The club’s meetings are held over breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Morgan Run Clubhouse.



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