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    WHATS INSIDELOCAL GETAWAYS

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    FROM THE EDITOR... feature

    Residents Team Up To Fight Breast Cancer 16

    lifestyle 18Let the Sun Shine In14

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    A LOCAL BOYS WISHMeet Christian...

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    A LOCAL BOYS WISHA LOCAL BOYS WISHA LOCAL BOYS WISH

    featureAs the economic downturn stretches

    into another month, the temptation grows stronger to simply throw up our hands in feeling there is nothing we can do about any of it. Despite the staggering dollar figures, even the most recent governmental stimulus package seems to represent only a small step in getting the situation moving in the right direction. It has become readily appar-ent that this challenge is not one we can rely solely on others to fix. As individuals and a community, we need to work together to ensure better times come sooner rather than later.

    That call to action and service is one that resonates in this months edition of My Hometown. Beginning with our cover story, we share with our readers how our personal and collective involvement in community activities pays big dividends. Otay Ranch resident Joyce Buehrer felt so moved by all that the Make-A-Wish Foundation had done for her son Christian that she asked us to help her tell her familys story. Jessica Speer, another east Chula Vista resident, has formed a local team that will participate in the 3-Day Breast Cancer walk later this year. She is looking for support from the community and we are happy to help spread that word.

    In this issue, we also shine light on two small business owners who are moving for-ward with grand openings despite the eco-nomic uncertainly we see affecting compa-nies large and small. The resolve and confi-dence shown by these two individuals offers a real-life example of the type of action called for in our new Presidents inaugural address. Thanks to a former local student, we share a personal account of what it felt like to be in Washington D.C. in late January and to feel a resurgence in the American spirit. On a practical level, we offer sugges-tions for making the most of the extra hour of sunlight we gain this month.

    Finally, as we prepare to celebrate the one-year anniversary of My Hometown with our April issue, we invite you to share with us how you feel about this monthly publica-tion. We look forward to your comments and hope you enjoy reading our latest edition.

    Michael Minjares,Editor of My Hometown Eastlake

    community newsThe Arts Are Alive at New Hope Community Church 8

    YSplash Promotes Water Safety 9

    Watching the Inauguration With 1.5 Million of My Closest Friends 10

    school newsSchool PE Programs Keep Kids Moving 22

    resident spotlightThe Shilling Family 23

    business highlightPack and Bianes Vision Care 25

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    BRAVOTo sienna Vasquez a 7th grader at EastLake Middle School for her performance at the Indio Circuit Equestrian Show in January. She gathered seven first-place finishes in vari-ous English and Hunter classes. In total, she earned eight points towards the World Equestrian Competition that will be held in the fall of 2009.

    To Paul estepa a volunteer janitor at the South Bay Family YMCA for nearly 10 years. Paul volunteers at the Y every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the entire day. He emp-ties trash cans, recycles paper, cleans up the bathrooms, and makes sure that the Y is always kept clean and pre-sentable. According to Y staff, Paul is the first one to know if there is a new face, and he welcomes everyone with a smile and a hello. The staff is grateful and appreciative for his janitorial support, and recognizes that the branch would not be as great as it is without Pauls help.

    To douglas e. luffborough, iii, on his appointment to fill the vacancy on the Chula Vista Board of Education. The Board received 23 applications for the seat and interviewed seven finalists publicly at its Feb. 3 special meeting. In his application, Luffborough noted that, As a product of pub-lic education, my philosophy is to provide a high level of academic excellence to all children and to adapt learning and teaching styles to reflect the population of students in the district. The east Chula Vista resident is a motivational speaker and presenter who oversees the Turning the Hearts Center, which is devoted to youth development and family empowerment. He has been a member of the Wolf Canyon Elementary PTA and School Site Council.

    LOOK WHAT GREAT THInGS YOuR COMMunITY IS uP TO...

    To adela Park and her staff on the opening of Tutti Frutti Yogurt in the Marketplace at Windingwalk. The new Otay Ranch yogurt shop will enjoy a soft opening on March 5 and welcome neighbors at the stores grand opening on March 13. The new yogurt option is located near Oggis at 2110 Birch Rd., #105.

    To ron bolles, on his recent induction into the San Diego City/County Music Teachers Hall Of Fame. Over Rons 36-year teaching career he founded 16 choirs. He spent 25 years at Bonita Vista High School and simultaneously spent 15 years at Bonita Vista Middle School. At the Bonita schools, Rons choirs received 444 top awards in festivals and competitions. Of these awards, 372 were Sweepstakes, First Places or Superior ratings. Choirs under his direction won 15 nationally rec-ognized competitions. His ensembles participated in cul-tural exchange tours to 17 countries on four continents. Twice his groups were selected to represent the State of California at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

    To readers of My hometown. next month marks our one-year anniversary as a publication. If you have a comment about this monthly community magazine youd like to see in Bravo next month, then drop us a line and let us know what you think about My Hometown. Our email is mike@fountain-inc.com.

    if you would like to contribute to braVo,

    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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    celebrate st. Patricks day with teaThe Bonita Museum and

    Cultural Center will hold a St. Patricks Afternoon Tea on Sunday, March 15 from 2-4 p.m. Participants will enjoy the juried fine art exhibit in the museum, music by saxaphonist Donald Hamilton and a poetry recitation by Jimmy Lydon, an American movie legend. Seating is limited and a $30 donation per person is suggested. Reservations and donations should be made by March 11. To make reservations call Glennalie at (619) 479-9607 or Ernie at (619) 421-6662. The museum is located at 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita, 91902.

    seven sd church at olympian highEarlier this year, Seven San Diego Church moved locations

    for their Sunday services. Needing a bigger space, the church is now holding services at Olympian High every Sunday at 10 a.m. The church offers a full childcare and kids program from birth through sixth grade. Jeremy McGarity and the other leaders of this new church welcome everyone to attend their services at 1925 Magdalena Ave. Check out the website at www.sevensdchurch.com for more information.

    host faMilies needed for foreign students

    The Council for Educational Travel, USA has openings for local host families willing to open their home to a junior or senior high school student from another country. Students come from over 40 countries and stay for a period of five to 10 months. Eager to meet a U.S. family, the students come with spending money and insurance and an interest in another culture. By opening their homes, host families also