Profiles

  • Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

    Passion for treating brain, spine injuries leads local doctor to great heights

    Dr. Douglas Chang's lifelong interest in spinal and brain injuries has led him to care for everyone from astronauts, Oympians and NFL players to regular folks who have hurt themselves while playing sports on the weekend. Chang, 50, a Carmel Valley resident, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation...

  • Retired attorney pens romantic legal thriller with supernatural twist

    Retired attorney pens romantic legal thriller with supernatural twist

    During his 55-year-long career as a trial lawyer, V. Frank Asaro would sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, his mind racing as he fretted about his current case – would a witness show up, had he dotted all the “i’s” and crossed the “t’s?” At those times, he would pick up a pen and write...

  • Solana Beach postal workers credited with saving man’s life

    Solana Beach postal workers credited with saving man’s life

    It was a typical Wednesday afternoon. Joel Gerber was working in the garage of his Solana Beach home. Like many times before, the woodworking hobbyist was using his lathe, a machine for shaping wood, metal or other material. This time, however, something went wrong. And, thankfully, two Solana...

  • Plant With Purpose to honor active Solana Beach volunteer Cindy Outlaw

    Plant With Purpose to honor active Solana Beach volunteer Cindy Outlaw

    It all started with a few phone calls. After traveling to Tanzania and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2000, Solana Beach resident Cindy Outlaw decided she wanted to give back to the children of the East African country. During her trek she learned about the dilapidated state of school in her guide’s...

  • Falcons never forget

    Falcons never forget

    Torrey Pines High School honored the lives lost on 9/11 and the country’s heroes with a “Salute to America” before the Falcons varsity football game against Fallbrook on Sept. 9. The Falcon faithful paid tribute to local San Diego police officers, firefighters and Marines in the pre-game ceremony.

  • Renowned singer to perform at River Valley Fest

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-platinum composer, and North County resident Jack Tempchin will be the featured musical entertainment at the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s (SDRVC) 7th Annual River Valley Fest, “Passion for the Park,” celebrating the Conservancy’s 30th Anniversary, on...

  • Canyon Crest Academy student spends summer in Panama

    Canyon Crest Academy student spends summer in Panama

    Dayna Dyjak left her hometown of Solana Beach for Panama this summer. It was the Canyon Crest Academy junior’s first time traveling outside the country. “You really have to go to Latin America to see what it’s like,” Dayna said. “It’s not what people make it out to be.” The seven-week summer program...

  • Ruck for Veterans on Sept. 24 in Carmel Valley

    Ruck for Veterans on Sept. 24 in Carmel Valley

    Torrey Pines High football program will team up with Rancho Bernardo High football and the San Diego chapter of Team Red, White and Blue on a Ruck for Veterans Saturday, Sept. 24. The public is invited to participate in the six-mile ruck along SR-56. Participants are asked to bring a backpack full...

  • ‘USS Indianapolis: The Legacy’ to make West Coast debut

    ‘USS Indianapolis: The Legacy’ to make West Coast debut

    After 15 years in the works, “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy” is finally making its West Coast debut during the second annual GI Film Festival San Diego. The film was directed and produced by San Diego’s Sara Vladic and Melanie Capacia Johnson. “This story should be shared with the world,” Johnson...

  • The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts return to San Diego for KAABOO

    The Struts might hail from the United Kingdom, but San Diego has somewhat become a second home to the band. In the past two years, vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies have taken the stage in San Diego more than once. The band is set to return...

  • Mother-daughter duo promotes resources to prevent suicide

    Mother-daughter duo promotes resources to prevent suicide

    Although September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a local mother and daughter raise awareness and help promote resources to prevent suicide all year long. “It’s an important cause for anyone and everyone because nobody is immune to being touched by suicide,” said Terri Wyatt, a...

  • Cinépolis temporarily closes to add 3 new theaters, upgrades

    Cinépolis temporarily closes to add 3 new theaters, upgrades

    Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas at Del Mar Highlands Town Center will be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through mid-October as Cinépolis will undergo an expansion and remodel. The renovations will include three new auditoriums that feature nearly 200 additional seats, an expanded kitchen and concession...

  • Girl Scout Troop 1240 completes Silver Award project

    Girl Scout Troop 1240 completes Silver Award project

    For their Silver Award, Girl Scout Troop 1240 chose to partner with Access Youth Academy, a non-profit organization committed to transform the lives of youth. The girls would like to thank Christine Trinidad, program director, and Renato Paiva, executive director, for their collaboration. To earn...

  • Teen helps open school in remote Kenyan village

    Teen helps open school in remote Kenyan village

    Carmel Valley resident Shawdi Amini, 14, recently traveled to Kenya with 30 other Kids for Peace (KFP) volunteers to open an elementary school for the children of a remote village called Mikei. This village has no electricity, plumbing, or amenities, and the residents use rainwater for bathing,...

  • For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    For Marshall Tucker Band frontman, Doug Gray, a passion for music 45 years and counting

    It’s an early Wednesday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Doug Gray, frontman for the legendary Marshall Tucker Band, just took a walk on the beach from his nearby home. “This is what keeps me in shape,” Gray explains. “Going to the beach just makes you relax, and it helps when dealing...

  • ‘2nd Annual Surf ‘n Paws’

    Animal Synergy, Lionel’s Legacy and KIRA: K9 International Rescue Association recently held their second annual “Surf ‘n Paws” collaborative event on Sunday, Aug. 21, to draw attention to the world of rescue beyond shelters. This dedicated trifecta seeks to raise awareness of the critical role...

  • Ready for some football

    Ready for some football

    Football was back under the Friday night lights on Aug. 26 at Torrey Pines High’s Ed Burke Field. The Falcons faced off against Steele Canyon in their season opener and won 23-10. Sophomore quarterback Miles Hastings connected with Scotty Gange and Micheal Gadinis for two touchdowns and Luke Duerr...

  • Torrey Pines Animal Hospital expands in Piazza Carmel

    Torrey Pines Animal Hospital expands in Piazza Carmel

    For the past four years, Torrey Pines Animal Hospital has become known in the area for its knowledgeable, kind, trustworthy and caring staff. The hospital, owned by Dr. Andrew McClellan and Dr. Brad Steele, operates under the motto that “your pets are our passion” and offers routine vet care, boarding,...

  • Torrey Pines Pop Warner Spirit Day

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner Spirit Day

    Torrey Pines Pop Warner held its annual Spirit Day Aug. 28 at Ocean Air Park in Carmel Valley. The event included team pictures for cheer and football, a dunk tank, expo booths, photo booth, silent auction, live music, baked goods, BBQ and more. Photos by Jon Clark.

  • Solana Highlands Mini-Open House

    Solana Highlands Mini-Open House

    To help students and parents feel comfortable with their first day of school, a Mini-Open House was held at Solana Highlands Elementary School. The event provided a time where students and parents could come and briefly meet their new teacher and see their classroom. Photos by Jon Clark.

  • Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter holds kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter holds kick-off event

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD3 Chapter held a kick-off event for the 2016-2017 year Aug. 28 at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club. Teen Volunteers in Action “is an organization of young men who, together with their families, are committed to developing community leaders through a structured program of...

  • Teen Volunteers in Action SD1 Chapter kicks off 2016-17 year

    Teen Volunteers in Action SD1 Chapter kicks off 2016-17 year

    The founding SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) held its yearly kick-off event Aug. 28 at the San Dieguto County Park. This year’s annual kick off featured a new format, introducing the approximately 180 young men to five different philanthropies served by the TVIA Chapter. The youth,...

  • Sweet! See’s Candies opens in Flower Hill

    Sweet! See’s Candies opens in Flower Hill

    By 9 a.m., the line had formed outside to welcome the new See’s Candies store to Flower Hill Promenade on Friday, Aug. 11 – customers were anxious to taste a sampling of See’s chocolates, brittles and lollypops.The new See’s store, in its iconic black and white, held a celebratory ribbon-cutting...

  • Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

    Del Mar teen spreads message of acceptance through children’s book

    With a Tuesday through Friday schedule at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, young Del Mar author Carly Marie Truscott spent nearly every Monday of her junior year reading to schoolchildren across San Diego County. Now entering her senior year, the 17-year-old plans to continue to spread...

  • Carmel Valley teen helps develop company to provide access to clean water

    Carmel Valley teen helps develop company to provide access to clean water

    Although still in high school, Carmel Valley teen Mihika Nadig is working to solve one of the world’s biggest problems: access to clean water. Over the summer Mihika and three other high school students founded VivaFlow, a company dedicated to solving the fresh water scarcity problem in developing...

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