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Carmel Valley Marine graduates with distinction as aerospace engineer

2nd Lt. Eric Breault, U.S. Marine Corps, has graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Breault received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and was also commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps on the same day.

A 2010 graduate of Canyon Crest Academy and Eagle Scout from Troop 713, he will undergo Marine training for six months in Quantico, Va., followed by flight school in Pensacola, Fla.

Upon completion of flight school, Breault will serve as a Marine Corps pilot. He is the son of proud parents Chris and Cathy Breault.

Star-studded tennis match to benefit Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s San Diego Chapter

Event committee (L-R): Laurel Smith of Solana Beach, Susan von Posern of Solana Beach and Janet McCulley of Rancho Santa Fe. Not pictured: Debra Hart of Solana Beach, Patty Leitch of Del Mar and Dawn Levine of Laguna Beach. Courtesy Photo

More than one million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, two painful conditions that cause chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

To raise awareness about these conditions and funds for research, the Mylan World TeamTennis has named the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America as a beneficiary of the San Diego Aviators’ opening match against the Austin Aces July 7 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

Casa de Amistad in Solana Beach honors dedicated tutor and board member as Volunteer of the Year

Ralph Cisneros  Courtesy photo

As a volunteer at Casa de Amistad, Ralph Cisneros tutors and mentors local children, helping them with their homework and encouraging them to stay in school and pursue their dreams.

“You have to instill that drive in kids,” said Cisneros, who was recently honored as the organization’s Volunteer of the Year. “That’s why Casa de Amistad is so important.”

Del Mar- Carmel Valley bridge games, players wanted

There are several bridge games in the Del Mar-Carmel Valley area. These are all friendly, “party” bridge games and are always looking for more players. These are weekly games with one at the Carmel Valley Library (3919 Townsgate Dr., San Diego, 92130) on Tuesdays from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.; another at Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center (1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar, 92014) on Wednesdays from 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.; and a third at the Del Mar Library (1309 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 92014) on Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. All the games request that the players have some experience in playing the game. If you are a beginner and would like to play at either of the library games contact Mark via email at When there are enough beginners (three or four) you will be contacted and a table will be set up and instruction provided.

Carmel Valley parents chair Rady Children’s Hospital gala after daughter’s successful spinal fusion surgery

Richard and Kris Gelbart (left) with their friends Mae and Curtis Chan at the 2014 Miracle Makers Gala. Courtesy photo

Richard Gelbart’s daughter was still in a hospital bed, recovering from spinal fusion surgery when he called Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation to learn how he could help the organization. Inspired by the success of her operation and the staff’s attentive care, the Carmel Valley father wanted to give back.

“Sitting in the hospital, you get the sense of how Rady Children’s Hospital embraces not only the patient, but the family — pre-op and post-operatively,” said Gelbart, whose 15-year-old daughter Marisa underwent spinal fusion surgery Feb. 24. “I thought it was brilliant and really caring and very conscious of an institution to get down to that grassroots, family-level. It touched me. I felt fortunate in our unfortunate situation.”

Carmel Valley’s Kilroy Realty donates $10,000 to San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

Kilroy Realty staff took a tour of Carmel Valley’s Station 24 with far left, Battalion Chief David Gerboth and far right, San Diego Fire Rescue Department Assistant Fire Chief Brian Fennessy. Courtesy photos

As the largest suburban commercial real estate owner in the county, Kilroy wanted to show its commitment to keeping the neighborhoods safe by helping firefighters do their job, according to Brian Brady, Kilroy development manager and member of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board.

Fair Trade Decor event in Del Mar helps empower women, create awareness of programs

Through training and assistance offered by nonprofits, women can begin their own businesses and create sustainable livelihoods. Fair Trade Decor of Del Mar is hosting an awareness event of fair trade crafts from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

At the heart of Global Stories: Women’s Empowerment is the idea of genuine conversation and collaboration. During the four-hour event at 1412 Camino Del Mar, Fair Trade Decor will bring women from a range of organizations and businesses to share their stories of empowerment with each other and the community.

Patriot Profiles: ‘Find the positive in everything you do’

Spc. Erin Cortez Jones. Courtesy U.S. Army

A soldier needs stress unless it leads to distress. “Stress causes energy-pumping hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to be released into the bloodstream, preparing the body to act in times of danger, known as a ‘fight or flight’ response,” states Lisa Young, a health educator with the U.S. Army Public Health Command. “While this burst of energy can help Soldiers get through a battle or even overcome a difficult obstacle course during training, chronic stress is not a good thing.”

Del Mar resident’s company restores Don Diego statue at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The Don Diego statue at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was recently restored. Courtesy photo

The 16-foot bronze Don Diego statue, which stands at the fair’s main entrance, was restored prior to the start of the fair.

Gluten-free café opens in Solana Beach

The Curious Fork  Photo by Lauren Radack

There’s a new, all-in-one café, shop and cooking school in Solana Beach.

Co-founded by chefs Barbara McQuiston and Kai Peyrefitte, The Curious Fork opened mid-June in the Ocean Pointe complex just north of the Del Mar Racetrack at 512 Via de la Valle.

“It’s been an adventure getting this place opened up,” said Peyrefitte.



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