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One of Winners Circle Resort’s renovated two-bedroom suites.

Solana BeachSolana Beach's Winners Circle Resort celebrates renovation

Mar 31, 2015, 9:24 a.m.

After four years of renovations, Winners Circle Resort celebrated its new look March 27 with a ribbon cutting and grand reopening ceremony. “Everything really turned out great,” said Assistant General Manager Jaquelyn Wahidi. “There is a really nice homey feel. When you stay here now, you feel like you’re in your home away from home.” Winners Circle Resort opened its doors in 1982. The 94-room timeshare and hotel property was once a Best Western. Located across from the Del Mar ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach signs on to fairgrounds’ impacts study

Mar 30, 2015, 8:23 a.m.

Solana Beach has officially signed on to a study that will determine the impacts events at the Del Mar Fairgrounds have on the city and neighboring Del Mar. In a unanimous vote, the Solana Beach City Council on March 25 agreed to pay a portion of the nearly $90,000 economic impact study to evaluate the fairgrounds. Solana Beach will share the cost with Del Mar and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the state-owned fairgrounds. In November 2012, the ...

EventsFriends Night Out program offers Earl Warren school update April 9

Mar 29, 2015, 6 a.m.

Eager to see what your Prop AA tax dollars will be funding? Perhaps you have already noticed that Warren Hall has been torn down? After this school year ends, the rest of Earl Warren Middle School will also be demolished. Come hear what plans are in store for the school campus, Warren Hall and the Solana Beach Library renovation at 6:30 p.m. April 9. John Addleman is the director of planning services from San Dieguito Union High School District. He ...

Solana BeachDriver dies in Solana Beach crash

Mar 28, 2015, 6:58 p.m.

A man was driving eastbound on Lomas Santa Fe Drive approaching South Cedros Avenue when his vehicle veered to the right and struck a vehicle in the adjacent right-hand lane at about 1:40 p.m. on March 28. The vehicle drove up onto the sidewalk and struck the signal lamppost located on the southwest corner of Lomas Santa Fe Drive and South Rios Drive. The post was uprooted from its base and fell to the ground striking another vehicle that was ...

Robert Blumberg with singer and motivational speaker Torrey Mercer.

Solana BeachSolana Beach singer/student honored with Peacemaker award from Encinitas Rotary

Mar 28, 2015, 8 a.m.

Torrey Mercer took the dais at the Rotary of Encinitas weekly meeting at the Elks Lodge on March 18 and belted out, “I Believe in Me,” a song that was not only an expression of her creative musical talent but was also deep-rooted in her heart. It followed her brief speech as Mercer accepted the Peacemaker of the Year Award from Rotarian Robert Blumberg. A talented singer-songwriter and motivational speaker, Mercer — a senior at UC Irvine whose family lives ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach water board cuts its own benefits in run-up to rate study, labor talks

Mar 26, 2015, 8 a.m.

For the second year in a row, directors of the Santa Fe Irrigation District have cut their own health benefits. On a 3-2 vote at their March 19 meeting, directors cut health benefits by $7,500 per year. Although all five members of the board are eligible for health benefits, only two opt to take them. Before Thursday’s action, the district anticipated spending about $29,000 on director medical benefits during the current fiscal year. The directors are elected to the board, ...

The Vrklan family in the episode “Skater Snacks” on “The Good Food Factory.”

Lifestyle‘Good Food Factory’ prepares to dish up second season, add new market

Mar 25, 2015, 9:06 a.m.

Although “The Good Food Factory” airs daily, new episodes haven’t been filmed for a few years. Now planning the children’s cooking show’s second season, host Amanda Mascia intends to bring the Emmy award-winning series back better than ever. “We have so many more episodes we just cannot wait to create,” she said. Mascia created the concept for the show while working in the advertising industry in New York. At the time, the Pennsylvania native worked on worldwide campaigns for M&M’s, ...

Three Solana Beach Girl Scout troops teamed to build the Buddy Bench.

LifestyleGirl Scouts battle bullying, back buddies with bench at Skyline School

Mar 24, 2015, 10:12 a.m.

Three Solana Beach Girl Scout Junior troops teamed up to battle bullying and back buddies with a new bench at Skyline Elementary School. Dedicated on March 19, the “Buddy Bench” sits on the school playground, providing a safe spot for students feeling lonely and looking for a friend. The project helped the members of Solana Beach-based Troops 1754, 1825 and 3005 earn their Bronze Award while giving a gift to their elementary school. “We should all help out by inviting ...

Holding a 20-foot-long “Save the Boardwalk” banner, several elected officials joined the effort to keep the San Dieguito boardwalk intact.

News200 take steps at rally to save river boardwalk from removal

Mar 24, 2015, 9 a.m.

In an effort to save a popular boardwalk that runs along the San Dieguito River, elected officials and community members gathered March 21 to protest the California Coastal Commission’s vote that could require the removal of the structure. With a 5-5 vote at its March 11 meeting, the commission denied a request from the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority to allow the boardwalk to remain in its location next to the river on the south side of the ...

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the attempted abduction of a 7-year-old girl March 23 at Skyline School.

Solana BeachMan attempts to abduct girl at Solana Beach school

Mar 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department late March 24 released additional details and a composite sketch of the suspect involved in the attempted abduction of a 7-year-old girl March 23 at a Solana Beach elementary school. Witnesses reported seeing a man about 3:30 p.m. on the campus of Skyline Elementary School on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Although authorities initially said they did not believe the man physically assaulted the girl, they learned after talking with the victim that she fought ...

Solana BeachSolana Beach Civic and Historical Society offers scholarships to local students

Mar 23, 2015, 7:50 a.m.

For the second year, the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society is offering scholarships to local college-bound students. Two $1,000 one-time awards are available to graduating seniors who live in Solana Beach. “Giving scholarships to young people is a wonderful way to help local students,” said Pat Coad, chairwoman of the society’s education committee. “This honors kids who not only get good grades in school and do well, but also give so much back to the community.” Applicants must be ...

Del MarNew board member joins Free Flight bird sanctuary in Del Mar

Mar 22, 2015, 6 a.m.

Free Flight, Del Mar’s one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary, announces the election of a new member, Camille Rosefeld, to its board of directors. The board now has five members who share a common drive to facilitate Free Flight’s success. Rosefeld has been involved with animals for as long as she can remember. Her love for animals inspired her to get an AA degree in exotic animal training and management at Moorpark College of Animal Science. Her volunteer work includes the Oceanside Humane ...

Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach water district urges cuts in water use

Mar 21, 2015, 9:37 a.m.

California’s drought is worsening and drastic calls are escalating for local residents, businesses and local governments to each do their part by reducing water use and improving water supplies. In other words, take up the Water Savings Challenge! The reasons every resident in the Santa Fe Irrigation District service area needs to reduce their water use are compelling and urgent: • Hottest weather on record. Last year was the hottest year on record in San Diego County and California (dating ...

Thanks to the culinary scholarships, entry- and mid-level cooks can take an intensive weeklong training course at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa.

Solana BeachChef Celebration to kick off annual dinners at Solana Beach’s Pamplemousse Grille

Mar 21, 2015, 8:10 a.m.

To fund scholarships for aspiring chefs, dozens of award-winning chefs from around the county will come together March 31 through May 3 for the Chef Celebration’s annual Dinner Series. Once again, the series will kick off March 31 at Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach with a five-course menu from chefs Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room, Tommy DiMella of Del Mar Country Club, Stephane Voitzwinkler of Bertrand at Mister A’s, and Jeff Jackson of A.R. ...