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Carmel Valley teen scientist Eric Chen wins top national competition

Eric Chen

Eric Chen recently won a $100,000 award from the Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school science and math competition. Eric was selected out of 40 finalists invited to present their projects in Washington, DC, last week.

Eric’s research could lead to a new class of drugs to control influenza outbreaks during a pandemic. Eric has earned $250,000 in prize money over the past year in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, and the grand prize in the international Google Science Fair.

Fair board bans e-cigs, hears from opponents of elephant rides

Don’t plan on firing up an e-cigarette after downing a cinnamon roll, deep-fried Twinkie or slice of chocolate-covered bacon at this year’s San Diego County Fair in Del Mar.

The board that oversees the state-owned fairgrounds voted unanimously at its meeting on Tuesday, March 11, to ban the use of e-cigarettes and other similar devices during the San Diego County Fair. Last year, the 22nd District Agricultural Association board outlawed smoking tobacco cigarettes during the fair.

SDG&E issues another alert regarding ongoing wire fraud

SDG&E is continuing to alert customers to be aware of an ongoing wire fraud that has been targeting SDG&E residential and business customers. Reports indicate that individuals are misrepresenting themselves as utility employees by calling customers and threatening to turn off electric and gas service if an immediate payment is not made.

Parents ‘furious’ over dismissal of SAT prep school CEO

Parents of students who attend a SAT prep school based in Carmel Valley are demanding the reinstatement of the school’s former CEO and co-founder, who said he was fired abruptly Feb. 28 with no explanation.

“All the parents are furious about this issue,” said Shirley Wang, of Torrey Hills, who has enrolled her daughter in a SAT prep course this summer at a cost of nearly $3,000.

Petition seeks to stop cell towers at Carmel Valley Library

An online petition to stop AT&T from installing cell towers on the Carmel Valley Library is gaining support, already generating 160 signatures.

To increase coverage and capacity needs, AT&T has proposed 12 antennas and 24 new remote radio units (RRUs) mounted inside raised cupola enclosures on the library on Townsgate Drive in Carmel Valley.

Carmel Valley planning board asks 5K race to stay out of residential neighborhoods

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board threw a detour into Grace Point Church’s plans for a 5K run, voting unanimously to prevent the race’s route from closing major streets or going through a residential neighborhood. The board did support the idea of Grace Point’s Faith in Action Run as long as the organizers tweak the route so it won’t inconvenience local residents.

According to Marjolein Grootenhuis, missions director for Grace Point Church, the run is planned for Sunday, May 4, setting off from the church off Del Mar Heights Road.

Fire damages building near Del Mar

“Fortunately, the fire protection system worked as it was designed to,” said RSFFPD Battalion Chief Chris Galindo. “The single sprinkler head provided the occupants with time to safely evacuate the building and kept the fire from spreading and causing further damage.

Carmel Valley planning board votes to send a letter of support for JPA/river park to city

Twenty-four years and nine months ago, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority was established to preserve and restore a natural open space park in the river valley.

Carmel Valley planning board green lights stop sign for problem intersection on Worsch Drive

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board approved a stop sign for a problem intersection on Worsch Drive where it turns into Carmel Park Drive at Santa Nella Place. The board voted 12-1, with one abstention, at its Feb. 27 meeting and the sign could be in place within the next 45 days.

The sole dissenting vote was vice chair Manjeet Ranu who said this problem exists throughout Carmel Valley and they can’t continue to just throw up stop signs.

City to apply for funding for River Path Del Mar extension

During a special meeting Feb. 28, the Del Mar City Council authorized the city manager to apply for grants to extend River Path Del Mar.

In a 3-0 vote, council members permitted City Manager Scott Huth to apply for a $150,000 grant from San Diego County’s Community Enhancement Program. Funded by a portion of the county’s transient occupancy tax revenues, the deadline to apply for the grant was March 1.

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