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Celebrating independence and freedom

Dave Roberts

Independence and freedom — I can’t think of two better things to celebrate.

The Fourth of July is a great family holiday. This year, my family and I are set to march in parades in Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo. We love to see everyone dressed in red-white-and-blue, the Stars and Stripes snapping in the breeze and fireworks bursting in the night sky.

Peri-Peri brings spicy taste of South Africa to local residents

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Restaurateur William Sussman has spiced things up on the North County dining scene with the addition of Peri-Peri.
The dining establishment — named after its signature fiery sauce — opened March 1 in the Torrey Highlands Village Center, at 7845 Highland Village Place, Suite C101, in San Diego.
“We’re looking forward to giving San Diego’s South African community a taste of the traditions they love, whilst introducing these new, vibrant flavors to the local San Diego community and creating a hub of gastronomical goodness for everyone to enjoy,” Sussman said.

Rant with Randi: How well do we really know people — and how much should we try to do so?

Randi Crawford

C.S. Lewis once said, “What can you ever really know of other people’s souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him.”

I just read a story about a girl who was abducted by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, and she was found 10 years later. When they questioned the neighbors, they all said what a great guy he was, and that he was always having fun parties for his wife and family. Do we ever really know people?

Del Mar Highlands’ Mia Francesca unveils new summer menu

Mia Francesca

From drinks to desserts and every dish in between, Mia Francesca in Carmel Valley has released an all-new menu just in time for the summer season.

Located in the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, the Italian restaurant is known for its rotating seasonal menu. In fact, Chef Woody Benitez changes the menu so often that diners order from a handwritten list of dishes that’s updated monthly. Sauces, pastas and dishes are made from scratch with fresh local produce and seafood.

Learning from May wildfires: What can we do differently?

Dave Roberts

One month after the May firestorms blackened more than 26,000 acres across North County, the Board of Supervisors received an “after-action” report on June 17 that makes nearly two dozen recommendations to improve regional firefighting capability and public outreach.

The 102-page document, published by the county’s Office of Emergency Services and available at www.readysandiego.org, also summarizes damage and costs of the May fires.

Panel helping review applications for Community Enhancement funds

Dave Roberts

June is when county policy-makers review and approve budgets for the year ahead.

One of the spending programs in our budget is the $3.5 million Community Enhancement Program. To prepare for the dispersal of these funds to local nonprofit groups, each of the five Supervisors must recommend how one-fifth – or $708,000 – of the program’s budget should be allocated. The recommendations must pass with at least four votes.

Solana Highlands Field Day

Solana Highlands Field Day

Solana Highlands Elementary School students enjoyed water games, relay races and more on June 11 at Field Day.

‘An Evening at the Alvarado House’

Alvarado House

With a goal to bring Del Mar’s first house back home, the Del Mar Historical Society hosted a fundraiser June 16 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

First Thursdays features Josh White Quartet

First Thursdays

The monthly First Thursdays/Cultural Arts event presented by the Del Mar Foundation was held June 5 and featured music by the Josh White Quartet.

Canyon Crest Academy Graduation 2014

Canyon Crest Academy Graduation

Canyon Crest Academy students and their families celebrated student achievements and bid a fond farewell to the school at a graduation ceremony held June 13 at the school.

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