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Local veteran and athlete to talk about Operation Rebound at Del Mar Library

As a part of the California Reads program, Del Mar Library will be hosting a conversation with local Marine Corps veteran Eric McElvenny on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. McElvenny graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006 and deployed three times. During his third deployment, while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, McElvenny suffered the loss of his right leg below the knee after stepping on an IED. McElvenny will share some of his interesting and unique experiences in Afghanistan, what it’s like in the military, and being wounded and the process of coming home — including Operation Rebound a program he participates in through the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Solana Beach Library to expand with school replacement

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The partnership among the San Diego County, San Dieguito Union High School District, city of Solana Beach and Friends of the Solana Beach Library is stronger than ever. Representatives from all of these groups met last week to discuss improvement plans for the shared-use library on the campus of Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach. As part of a districtwide construction program, the aging school on Stevens Avenue is set to be razed and replaced. Plans for the library include new study rooms, a community room and an expanded book store for the Friends of the Library.

SDSU professor named to lead department of Management Information Systems

Dr. Annette C. Easton

The College of Business Administration at San Diego State University announced that Management Information Systems associate professor Dr. Annette C. Easton has been named chairwoman of that department effective Aug. 18.

Congregation Beth Am hosts free Labor Day picnic in Carmel Valley

Congregation Beth Am invites members and prospective members to its annual Labor Day picnic.

Congregation Beth Am continues its tradition of a Labor Day Picnic that is free to all members and potential members of the synagogue. This year is the 31st anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach.

“Come for a Day” and stay all year, as Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner! If you are not a member, call to reserve for the free picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, at 858-481-8454 or

San Diego Polo Club recognizes veterans with Sept. 7 event

Last year’s flag ceremony during Veterans Recognition Day at the San Diego Polo Club. Courtesy photo

Philanthropy and polo will again come together Sept. 7 for the 10th annual Veterans Recognition Day at the San Diego Polo Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

Carmel Valley students lead service projects in Latin America

Canyon Crest Academy senior Andrew Deremer with his host family in the community of Nata in Panama.

Through the Amigos de las Américas volunteer program, Canyon Crest Academy students Andrew Deremer and Jordan Shimizu spent this past summer living with host families in rural villages in Central and South America.

Del Mar-Leucadia branch of AAUW awards four scholarships

L-R: Barbara Bladen, AAUW Branch Scholarship Chairwoman; Heather Owens and Alyssa Martinez, scholarship recipients; Fran Miller, AAUW Branch President; Megan Rice, scholarship recipient. Missing: Heather Cody, scholarship recipient. courtesy photo

The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded local college scholarships to four women.

Reaching out through reading: Local volunteers bring the joy of books to youth through Words Alive programs

From left, Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors head coach; Kay Gurtin, the site manager, and Teen Services Adolescent Book Group volunteer Nora Kaiser.

Lula Sutherland and Nora Kaiser make no bones about the importance of reading in one’s life. The two former teachers and their fellow Words Alive volunteers put their time behind their commitment to helping bridge the literacy gap.

Patriot Profiles: ‘I am just a small piece in a greater game’

Capt. David Alpert at his Carmel Valley home. Photo by Jeanne McKinney

When fuel gauges get low during heated combat, Air Force Capt. David Alpert, a Carmel Valley native, is near in his KC-135 tanker to offer thirsty aircraft a jet-powered drink.

Solana Beach resident named ‘Youth of the Year’ by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito

Meliza Espinoza has been named ‘Youth of the Year’ by Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.

As the first in her family to graduate from high school, Meliza Espinoza has not only served as a role model to her siblings, but to dozens of local youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito.



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