Author Archive for Irene Kratzer

A Place to Call Home: Local library and school contribute to Cardiff’s greatness

Cardiff-by-the-Sea was founded in 1911 so it was only 2 years old when forward thinking people knew they needed a library. It was Christmas Eve, 1913 when 38 residents gathered in S.M. (Solomon) Holbrooks grocery to make application for a library.

Ringing the Cullen bell

Historical documents tell us that J. Frank Cullen arrived here around 1910 and soon began to develop what we know as Cardiff. In 1914 he donated land north of the ravine, where the elementary school now stands, and built a school with two classrooms, two anterooms, and two restrooms with a social room in the […]

A Place to Call Home: Why the Seaside Market makes Cardiff wonderful

A Place to Call Home: Why the Seaside Market makes Cardiff wonderful

Cardiff-by-the-Sea had the good fortune to become the home of Cardiff Seaside Market in 1985 when John and Pete Najjar opened their 12,500 square foot store in the Cardiff Town Center.

A great place to live

A great place to live

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, named for Cardiff, Wales, is a destination point for camping, surfing, and fine dining and a great place to live.

Enjoy fine times offered at the Cardiff library this spring

Spring is always a new beginning and as usual this spring many events are taking place in Cardiff-by-the-Sea so mark your calendars and join the fun.

Politics and a friendly rivalry run in the family

Politics and a friendly rivalry run in the family

The old expression the “Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” certainly applies to our new Encinitas Mayor Teresa Arballo Barth.

Linda Lee: the magician behind Carpentier Parkway landscape

Carpentier Parkway, the linear strip along San Elijo Avenue from Chesterfield to Liverpool, is well known to all but perhaps not so well known is Horticulturist Linda Lee, Quality Plantscapes, the person who keeps it eternally beautiful.

Former Poet Laureate shares her ‘gifts’

Former Poet Laureate shares her ‘gifts’

“Do you know me? I am the blonde in the white convertible. Have you seen me cruising up the coast on a mango day?” So goes the beginning of the poem on page 32 of “Scrambled,” a book of poetry by Trish Dugger.Dugger calls this poem “a gift,” meaning it just came to her when […]

Book signing with Alison Burns

Book signing with Alison Burns

Alison Burns, a native Brit, has lived in Europe, Asia and the Middle East working as both magazine editor and newspaper columnist. She holds degrees in French and Business from London’s University of the South Bank and another in Communications and Media Management from the University of South Australia.

Thanks to its volunteers, library continues to serve

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Library celebrated 98 years of serving the community in March. The library has had many homes and once was housed in the Scout House in Glen Park. When no space was available, the community was served by a bookmobile, which I am told stopped in Glen Park.The Friends had a three-tiered goal when they […]