Rob Ledonne

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  • At Solana Beach’s Rokenbok Toys, playtime is a profession

    Everyone is well aware that the North Pole is a hot bed for toy construction during the holiday season, but what’s less obvious is that Solana Beach is just as toy-centric all year long. That’s because for the past eight years, Rokenbok Toys has been headquartered just west of the 101, steps from...

  • Torrey Pines volleyball star headed for UCLA, named CIF Player of the Year

    If Torrey Pines senior and volleyball star Savvy Simo had her way when she was a kid, she would have pursued soccer. “I was always a big soccer player since I was little,” says Simo from her home in Rancho Santa Fe. However, it was a disappointing turn of events at the time that changed her entire...

  • Carmel Valley artist releases debut album

    Carmel Valley artist releases debut album

    Inspiration can strike at any time, and for one Carmel Valley musician, that elusive moment was brought to her by a Vermont-based folk artist named Anais Mitchell. “A friend of mine showed me a project Anais had done named ‘Hadestown,’” explained Emily Ann Laliotis, a graduate of of Canyon Crest...

  • Del Mar basketball star headed to Yale

    Since he was 3 years old, Eric Monroe has been obsessed with basketball. “As long as my memory can go back, I’ve loved it,” he said from his Del Mar home. “It’s been the focal point of my life as long as I remember.” Since then, Eric has pursued the sport in a big way — from joining St. Augustine’s...

  • Q&A with Del Mar Racetrack performer ‘Weird Al’: ‘It never gets boring’

    Q&A with Del Mar Racetrack performer ‘Weird Al’: ‘It never gets boring’

    “Weird Al” Yankovic has been a force in music since bursting onto the scene in 1983. Known for parodying popular music and lambasting culture, the satirist has enjoyed a steady career that reached a high last summer when his 14th studio album, “Mandatory Fun,” became a surprise hit by winning a...

  • Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard heads to Belly Up in Solana Beach Aug. 13 for ‘Rookie’ launch

    Singer-songwriter Vonda Shepard heads to Belly Up in Solana Beach Aug. 13 for ‘Rookie’ launch

    It’s a quiet Monday in Maine, but Vonda Shepard has her mind on a gig halfway across the country — even though she’s currently on vacation. “I’m really excited for it,” she said of her upcoming performance Aug. 13 at the Belly Up Tavern, which doubles as the release show for her latest album,...

  • For Torrey Pines grad Stubbs, baseball superstardom comes catch by catch

    For Torrey Pines grad Stubbs, baseball superstardom comes catch by catch

    Only four short years ago, catcher Garrett Stubbs, then a star of Torrey Pines High School’s varsity baseball program, left North County behind to attend USC and lend his talents to the mighty Trojans. Now Stubbs is making moves again by transitioning to the minor leagues; this after earning his...

  • Forgoing MLB Draft, TPHS baseball star headed to Notre Dame

    Forgoing MLB Draft, TPHS baseball star headed to Notre Dame

    Last month during Torrey Pines High School’s graduation, 18-year-old Jake Singer said goodbye to the friends and athletes he’s spent most of his time with throughout his esteemed baseball career. “Graduation was pretty surreal,” Singer says from his home in Rancho Santa Fe. “It doesn’t start to...

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