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Who’s News: 11/18/22


The Encinitas Chamber of Commerce hosted its first “Rising Star of the Month” ceremony Nov. 8, celebrating Kalista Villatoro, Canyon Crest Academy; Andrew Baum, La Costa Canyon High School; Mace Viemeister, San Dieguito High School Academy; Nina Bernstein, Sunset High School and Marlin Gomez, Torrey Pines High School. Rising Star honors students from San Dieguito Union High School District who have demonstrated character, integrity, love of learning and involvement in school and community and/or have overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education.


The Encinitas Rotary Club has been serving charities since 1939. Starting in 2023, the Encinitas Rotary will begin offering a corporate membership for less than $300 year. Under the corporate membership program, a maximum of four employees can attend the weekly Rotary meetings and community volunteering activities. Completing an environmental, social and governance partnership with Encinitas Rotary can expand community outreach and enhance ongoing environmental and social programs. For further information, visit


Longtime Palomar Community College Governing Board Trustee Mark Evilsizer has announced his retirement. He started as an adjunct professor in 1996 and six years later, he ran for a seat on the Governing Board and won. Evilsizer said one of his proudest moments as a Trustee was assisting with the passage of Prop. M, the $694 million bond measure that enabled sweeping improvements at Palomar College.


The Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk is returning to San Diego and kicking off in Del Mar Nov. 18 and the Del Mar Village Association is organizing a cheering station to encourage walkers as they start their 60-mile journey from Del Mar to San Diego. Wear pink and come early in the morning to cheer on the participants.


Del Mar resident Jayne Masters Haines has just released a thriller novel entitled “Dead Ringer.” The story takes place in some of San Diego’s familiar locations such as Del Mar, Pacific Beach and Point Loma, then travels abroad to a small town in Italy.  Dead Ringer is available both in paperback and as a Kindle eBook, go to:


A new $3 million grant program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will support Cal State San Marcos students with young children. It will create the CSUSM Child Care Access Program in partnership with the Center for Children and Families on campus. Once the program is fully implemented, it is expected to support about 50 student parents with subsidized child care.


Wesley Jackson of Encinitas is a member of the Emerson College men’s soccer team that advanced to its first-ever NEWMAC championship game. The Emerson College men’s soccer team’s completed 2022 campaign was its most successful season.


Noah Garcia of Solana Beach is among 202 undergraduates who have been awarded a spot by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to participate in research with a faculty mentor this summer. Garcia, a senior mechanical engineering major, will participate in the project “Designing a Single-Leg Soft Exoskeleton for Hemiparesis Patient Gait Assistance” as part of Nebraska’s Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program.


Caitlin Walker of Oceanside graduated with a doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa. on Oct. 21.


The Oceanside Community Foundation has announced the availability of grant funding for programs that identify and address the behavioral health needs of Oceanside adults 50 years and older such as: safety, mobility, socialization, food insecurity, and mental and physical health. Grant guidelines including directions on how to register and apply can be accessed at


On Jan. 2, 2023, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, will participate in the 134th Rose Parade, with a float celebrating the Safari Park’s 50th anniversary. It will feature giraffes, rhinos and the wildlife safari truck.


Father Joe’s Villages and Mission Fed Credit Union leaders traded the office for a day of action on food insecurity in the region. The two organizations came together Nov. 14 to prepare 200 meal boxes for those in need as part of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.


November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Hospice of the North Coast will participate in the Meeting You Where You Are campaign all month long. Visit