July 5, 2020

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The Del Mar Union and Solana Beach School Districts are refining two instructional models as they plan to reopen schools this fall under state and county guidelines: a full 5 days a week on-site learning and a more structured learning distance learning model online.

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After three long chlorine-free months, the Rancho San Dieguito Swim Team was able to get back into the pool on June 12 as the county’s COVID-19 restrictions lifted for youth sports and fitness facilities.

Social media has come under its fair share of fire in the first half of 2020 whether for allegedly contributing to the dispersal of political misinformation, fomenting social unrest or various other less than exemplary practices.

After beginning his 30th season as a polo announcer in February, Del Mar resident Steve Lewandowski had to step away from the booth after the novel coronavirus outbreak postponed all sporting events for the foreseeable future.

It was a one-of-a-kind half marathon, the first invitational professional race since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When North County high school athletes, coaches and administrators return to the fields, courts and pools in 2020-21, they’ll find a familiar face in a new role but still passionately supporting their endeavors as he has in one form or another for the past 26 years.

Professional tennis player Brandon Nakashima, a Carmel Valley resident, showed his appreciation for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic by donating 40 pairs of tennis shoes to urgent care team members at Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa.

Torrey Pines High School has honored two of its outstanding graduating seniors as the Scholar Athletes of the Year.

The Torrey Pines High School football program celebrated its 14 graduating seniors with surprise lawn signs last week, giving a boost of encouragement to those seniors who are missing so much during the stay-at-home order.

For some people, sheltering in place has been a positive experience.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Genentech to develop new video lessons for its Watershed Explorers Program.

TextEditor For those currently going through traumatic events, a special teddy bear hug is becoming a well-known therapeutic escape with The Comfort Cub.

Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s board of trustees announced recently that they have selected Brent Wakefield to serve as the agency’s president and CEO.

Solana Pacific School student Adeline Bailey recently brought a little love to Carmel Valley’s Thrive Animal Rescue as part of her fifth-grade philanthropy project.

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La Jolla Music Society festival, truncated because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be held Aug. 21-29, with plans for socially distanced audiences.

North Coast Repertory Theatre’s ‘Human Error’ and La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Totally Fake Latino News’ premiere online Monday

Reminding people of all the good around them, especially during this most challenging time, Zac and Asher Swazey (12 and 10 years old respectively) created a positive newscast called SGN San Diego, which stands for Some Good News San Diego.

“Expect A Miracle,” a documentary by a Del Mar filmmaker about a North County home for AIDS patients, premiered on KPBS on June 9.

Business Spotlight: Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR), a San Diego-based team of award-winning architects and designers, is gearing up for summer and helping clients make their homes inviting and comfortable by designing luxurious backyards, improving curb appeal and building in-law suites.

Golden Care is San Diego’s trusted choice for home care, providing concierge quality care to seniors, post-surgical patients and those in need of assistance due to a debilitating diagnosis.

After closing because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Rancho Santa Fe restaurant Mille Fleurs will reopen June 2 with a new menu to go along with its new brasserie identity.

When Daria Carey, a real estate agent at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Del Mar, realized early on that everyone was going to be dealing with COVID-19 for some time she got busy making masks for family, friends and co-workers.

Business Spotlight: “We’re here to provide care for anybody,” said Tanya Finnerty, owner of Homewatch Caregivers in La Jolla.

Jersey Mike’s has opened its newest sandwich shop in the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch on April 29.

Del Mar’s Kim Kelly Fit has launched a new virtual workout studio, serving up a mix of strength and cardio classes that can be done at home.

Amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, Chimney Sweeps, Inc., is still providing inspections, repairs and other services to its customers throughout the San Diego County region.

At age 92, Bob Deane, an entrepreneur with a San Marcos-based company, is still almost as self-reliant as anyone.

Garage Door Medics has grown from a single location in San Diego to 10 offices in five states — all under the ownership of San Diegan Mick Dapcevic . “I won’t franchise; I want to be sure our integrity is maintained in each office; similar to Starbucks,” he said.

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