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Who’s News: 11/20/20


San Marcos residents are invited to show their support by shopping in San Marcos on Small Business Nov. 28 and throughout the holiday season. Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. An average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business stays in the local community, according to the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study by American Express. Learn more at


Olivia Marcotte, of San Marcos, is part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 297-member Cornhusker Marching Band, which is persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic. Marcotte, a freshman environmental science major, plays tuba.


Melinda Adams of Carlsbad, and Dane Thoreson of Carmel Valley, have been named to the Alabama Troy University Chancellor’s List for Term 1 of the 2020/2021 academic year.


The Better Business Bureau has awarded Lena McEachern from Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad and Mia Sherman from Classical Academy High School in Escondido, scholarships for their winning essays on “The Importance of Character and Ethics.”


Encinitas Learning Center is launching a class for middle school and high school students that addresses organizational skills. Every participant will be assessed for Executive Function skills using the Gibson Test of Cognitive Skills and their strengths and weaknesses analyzed. Small groups of 6 to 10 students are forming for students range from elementary grades (4 to 6), middle school (6 to 8), through high school (9 to 12). To sign up for sessions, call Encinitas Learning Center at (760) 634-6886 or visit


The San Diego North Economic Development Council released a report outlining economic impacts of COVID-19 on the SR 78 Corridor. The council estimates that compared to a year ago, employment has fallen in the five SR 78 cities (Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido) by an estimated 36,343 jobs. Most of these impacts (66%) are concentrated within four industries: hospitality (-11,700), retail (-5,000), arts and entertainment (-3,900) and education (-3.500). The full report can be found at


Union Kitchen & Tap, 1108 S. Coast Hwy 101, welcomes a new Executive Chef, Anthony Calamari. Calamari brings experience and culinary knowledge to the table, from working at several fine dining establishments throughout California to receiving his certificate in “French Cooking” at Tante Marie’s Cooking School.


The 30th annual “Cox Presents: A Salute to Teachers honored Arah Allard, of Del Mar Hills Elementary School, Del Mar Union School District, as a Teacher of the Year. The awards will be televised on YurView (Cox Channel 4/1004 and Spectrum Channel 4) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.


At a time when reliable transportation is crucial for those serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) is offering its Hand Up Cars program, which facilitates low-interest car loans for low-to-moderate income residents in San Diego County. For more information about the Hand Up Cars program or to submit a confidential application for an auto loan, call Jewish Family Service at 858-637-3210 or visit


San Diego resident, Makeda “Dread” Cheatom is being honored with a larger than life mural by Carlsbad artist Taylor Gallegos, in downtown San Diego. Makeda has dedicated her life to raising world consciousness through music, dance, and the arts as the Executive Director and Founder of the World Beat Cultural Center.


Oceanside Author Noel Alvarez has released “Where Roses Bloom,” by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. “Where Roses Bloom” is a collection of works by Noel Alvarez that touches on the intricacies of falling in love.


Two major building projects funded by Prop. M at Palomar  Community College, have won design awards from the Community College Facility Coalition, the latest in a series of awards earned by the newest Palomar College facilities. The Rancho Bernardo Education Center was given the Award of Merit — Modernization Category (2020) and the  Library/Learning Resource Center at the San Marcos campus earned an Award of Excellence — Growth Category (2020). Both  were multi-year projects that created new opportunities for students and changed their respective landscapes. The CCFC awards will be presented in November.


Amid the growing urgency to address climate change and its impacts, San Diego Gas & Electric released a comprehensive sustainability strategy with aspirational goals in the areas of environmental stewardship, clean transportation, grid modernization, community engagement and company operations to support California’s clean energy ambitions. Titled “Building a Better Future: Our Commitment to Sustainability” (available at

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