Skyline Elementary School in Solana Beach recently placed third in the Odyssey of the Mind Coastal Regional Division. (Above, l-r): Anna Hellickson, Luke Halpern, Austin Hellickson, Tanner Turrell, Alex Borthwick and Meg Larson. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems, then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. The team was coached by parent volunteers Jerilyn Larson, Ashley Hellickson and Heidi Dewar.
A North County businessman, touched by the plight of five students who won a rigorous scholarship competition in 2013 only to be told the scholarship program was out of money, has agreed to help the students.
Stephen Cohen, founder and CEO of Private Asset Management, Inc., which is based in Mira Mesa, read about the students’ plight in the Feb. 20 edition of the Del Mar Times.
Community members gathered Feb. 21 to dedicate the new flagpole at the Del Mar Library.
Installed Jan. 30, the 20-foot flagpole and United States flag was donated to the city by the H. Randall and Marilyn C. Stoke Charitable Foundation.
“I really want to thank you for doing this,” said Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu during the brief ceremony. “It’s a beautiful flagpole. It looks great. I accept it on behalf of the city.”
Feb 25, 2014 | Posted in Del Mar
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Solana Beach property owners have a new way to finance energy-efficient improvements for their homes.
Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, loans allow homeowners to make renewable energy upgrades to their properties with low-cost, tax deductible financing paid through their property tax bill.
The Solana Beach City Council in October opted to participate in the Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity, or HERO, program. The program launched in the coastal community, as well as the San Diego communities of Carlsbad, Lemon Grove, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista, on Feb. 10.
Tracey Williams, community relations officer for the San Diego Police Department’s Northwestern Division, warned locals to keep an eye out in their neighborhood for homes that are tented for insect treatment as the homes are now being targeted by thieves.
Williams, who gave the warning at the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board’s Feb. 18 meeting, said that thieves now know that windows are opened at a certain part in the tenting process and that is how the homes are being burglarized.
Community members will have more places to safely walk in Del Mar this summer.
As part of a multi-year citywide sidewalk connectivity project, the city is installing 12,000 square feet of sidewalks in the Beach Colony along Camino del Mar from 22nd Street to the San Dieguito River Bridge.
Construction will begin in March for the nearly $1 million project, which will also feature 2,800 feet of new curbs and gutters, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation and irrigated planting areas. Scheduled for completion by Memorial Day, the project also includes underground storm drain infrastructure on the east side of Camino del Mar at 27th Street.
An unarmed robber wearing a hard hat and a mask held up a bank inside a supermarket in Solana Beach, authorities said.
FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said the suspect, a male of unknown
age, demanded money in specific denominations from a teller at the U.S. Bank
branch in the Vons supermarket in the 900 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive in
Solana Beach around 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Foxworth said the suspect fled in an unknown direction. No injuries were
The suspect was a while male, between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10, weighing
approximately 170 pounds, wearing dark glasses and a pesticide protective mask
under a light blue hard hat, Foxworth said.
Community members want Del Mar to move forward with constructing a new City Hall at the city’s current site, according to a recent survey.
Representing roughly 9 percent of Del Mar residents and 17 percent of households, 425 residents, property owners and business owners responded to a city-issued survey about replacing Del Mar’s current facilities at 1050 Camino Del Mar.
Feb 19, 2014 | Posted in Del Mar
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A woman who worked as a general securities representative with financial firms with offices in Solana Beach and Encinitas has been disciplined for submitting false expense claims to her employer.
The action against Karen Ann Mendez was taken by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, a private, nonprofit agency authorized by Congress to regulate the securities industry.
Five college freshmen from San Diego County — including 2013 graduates of Canyon Crest Academy and Torrey Pines High School — have learned a difficult, real-life lesson of financial bottom lines and broken promises along with their studies this year.
All five participated in a rigorous scholarship competition put on last year by a San Diego-based nonprofit group, won the competition and were awarded four-year scholarships of varying amounts. But midway through their first year of college, they were informed the group had no more money with which to continue the scholarship payments.