My Hometown Eastlake- February 2009

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Community News and Events for Eastlake and Otay Ranch

Text of My Hometown Eastlake- February 2009

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    FeBruary 2009

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    FeBruary 2009

    wHats InsIdelast month, we put out a call out in the

    pages of My Hometown asking members of the east chula vista community to help us make this publication a valued community resource. boy, have you responded. In a very short time, we have heard from so many of you about school events, interesting business ideas and wonderful community programs. weve received suggestions for articles on a wide variety of topics and have even worked with a few residents eager to submit an edi-torial contribution. Just as importantly, new businesses have called about advertising and familiar shops and studios have renewed their support. we hope your year has started off just as well.

    we are proud to say that februarys issue genuinely reflects the communitys grow-ing interest in this magazine. beginning in bravo, continuing in on your doorstep and running throughout the publication, you will see examples of friends and neighbors taking an active role in sharing about their community. In this issue, we welcome back our on topic section and hope you enjoy the volunteer information you will find there. maybe you will also soon find yourself trying out the new recipe that was sent in by one of our readers. In our business and resident fea-tures, you will see a focus on people who give back to this community in very personal and meaningful ways. and, you will find we have had to expand our my Hometown mercado to accommodate additional businesses.

    we sincerely appreciate the communitys response to this monthly, community-based and family-focused magazine. we look for-ward to continuing to work with you to make it the finest publication we can and one that you can be proud of in terms of how it rep-resents this community. continue to call and email us with your suggestions, ideas, con-tributions and comments. It is how we build those connections so vital to the health of our community.

    finally, and on a personal note, let me extend a special happy birthday greeting to my daughter mariana who turns 10 at the start of this month. may all of your wishes come true this year.

    michael minjares,editor of My Hometown Eastlake

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    lifestyleproject firestarter 13

    Hot-blooded: using red in your decor 16

    meal for busy parents 20

    school newscommon calendar for schools 22

    resident spotlightthe colarusso family 23

    on topicvolunteer to build community 24

    business highlightsocial communication specialists speech therapy clinic 25

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    PuBlISHED ByFountain Media Group, incpo Box 2122, san Marcos, Ca 92079(800) 497-1309 x710www.fountain-inc.com

    PuBlISHErSKaren smith karen@fountain-inc.com

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    Copyright 2009. All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form, in whole or part, without written permission is prohibited. Fountain Media Group, Inc. is not responsible for the views of contribut-ing writers and assumes no responsibility for errors appearing within. Opinions expressed are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the Publisher or advertisers.

    BRaVoto outstanding educational programs at Olympian High and Hilltop High. the two sweetwater district schools received prestigious Golden Bell awards from the California school Boards association at a ceremony on december 6. olympians schoolwide academic literacy plan was honored as an exemplary instructional pro-gram. the educational approach is based on a systemat-ic teaching of a set of three habits of mind: intellectual perseverance, metacognition and intellectual curiosity. the hilltop high Connect Crew, led by advisor louise Fericelli, was recognized as an exemplary student ser-vices program. each school year, Connect Crew classes train 60 juniors and seniors as student leaders to mentor incoming freshmen.

    to aqua Star, a san diego based pool equipment manu-facturer, for assistance in keeping Chula Vista community pools open. aqua stars co-founder, olaf Mjelde, donated covers for loma Verde and parkway pools and person-ally supervised the installation at both facilities free of charge. the generous donation of the covers and labor costs represents more than $7,000 in savings to the City of Chula Vista. new compliant drain covers are mandat-ed under the Virginia Graeme Baker pool and spa safety act, which became law december 19.

    to the new In-n-Out in the Marketplace in the Winding Walk neighborhood of otay Ranch. the popular burger joint is a welcome addition to the community.

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    to Cheyenne Curley-Payne, Eastlake High basketball player, for being named a high school athlete of the Month for december by The Union-Tribune. after leading the titans to another successful season, the senior plans to graduate and head on to howard University in the fall.

    to at&t and Wal-mart for supplying the residents of the state Veterans Home in Chula Vista with a fun and prac-tical holiday gift nine nintendo Wii video game con-soles. the consoles came equipped with various games and have been installed throughout the Veterans home. now veterans will be able to use the Wiis to rehabili-tate, get healthier and just have fun. the Wiis are being provided thanks to a generous donation from the at&t Foundation and Wal-Mart. students from hilltop high school will act as Wii coaches and teach the veterans how to play video games.

    to kayla almodovar, age 10, for winning the super dentist (eastlake) coloring contest. her design and color-ing of her super dentists was very creative and stood out from the rest. according to the office staff, it was very hard to choose from all the entries that were submitted. everyone who submitted an entry did a great job. the staff looks forward to sponsoring another contest in the near future. Kaylas winning drawing of shine and Bolt will be posted in the office and on www.thesuperdentist.com.

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    send a quick note to My Hometowns editor at mike@fountain-inc.com and well do our best to put your good-news announcement in an upcoming issue. submissions should be sent by the 10th of the month.

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    on your doorstep

    Hawk talk Comes to Otay ranchConcordia Churchs

    new preschool has entered the construc-tion phase. During this time the church plans to hold monthly community events to meet their new Otay Ranch and Windingwalk neigh-bors. In February they will hold a Hawk Talk presented by the Chula Vista Nature Center. The Chula Vista Nature Center is dedicated to providing the community with an opportunity to experi-ence and learn about nature firsthand. The exact date of the event will be announced on the site of the new Concordia Preschool and on the churchs website. Visit www.concordia-church.com or call (619) 422-6606 for more information.

    Interactive Cooking Classes available

    Sitoos Deli and Catering has added hands-on cooking classes to the menu. In these interactive, three-hour class-es, participants learn how to cook healthy, savory and tasteful meals. Classes take place in Sitoos kitchen locat-ed at 2300 Boswell Rd, #11, Chula Vista, 91914 and aver-age about 16 people per class. Talented local chefs lead classes focused on Thai, Italian, Sushi, Chinese, comfort foods and more. The offerings change each month and updated list-ing and class descriptions can be found on the delis website, www.sitoos.com. To register, call (619) 656-2233, send an email to sitooseastlake@yahoo.com or drop by in person. Its time to get cookin.

    Fall kindergarten registration Packets available

    Beginning on Monday, February 9, Kindergarten Registration packets will be available for parents/guard-ians through their childs home school in the Chula Vista Elementary School District. Schools will accept the com-pleted registration packets beginning Wednesday, March 4, when the kindergarten registration period officially opens for chil