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Who’s News: 11/6/20

HONOR SOCIETY PICK

AnnMarie Walker, of Oceanside, is among 35 McDaniel College students inducted Oct. 18 into the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society.

DEAN’S LIST

Vincent LiMandri of Rancho Santa Fe was named to the spring 2020 Dean’s List at the University of Dallas for earning a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher. LiMandri is majoring in Business.

NEW VILLAGE ARTS GRANT

New Village Arts has been awarded $5,000 for its project titled “Saving Stories: A Connection Toolkit in the Age of COVID-19.” The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians.

ENCINITAS EVENTS CANCELED

Encinitas 101 Mainstreet has confirmed that the Holiday Street Fair and the Holiday Parade have been canceled The group is, however, working on providing some modified events that meet pandemic protection guidelines.

WATER-WISE RESIDENTS

The Vida Pacifica Homeowner Association in Encinitas has begun receiving locally produced recycled water from Olivenhain Municipal Water District. Converting to recycled water will allow the HOA to save approximately 9.6 acre-feet of potable water annually, or over 3.1 million gallons. Each acre-foot contains about enough water to cover a football field, one foot deep.

PALOMAR MEDICAL TOP 100

Palomar Medical Center Escondido is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery and Stroke Care according to new research released by Healthgrades. Palomar Medical Center Escondido was named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for overall care, early this year.

NEW CHIEF

TrueCare, a non-profit health care provider for communities in San Diego County, has appointed Marie Russell, MD, MPH to the role of joint Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer. She will lead and align its operations and clinical teams. Dr. Russell has 20 years of experience in clinical leadership roles with the Indian Health Service, and recently retired from United States Public Health Services at the rank of captain.

FOOD PANTRY IS GOLD

A MiraCosta College food pantry, serving more than 1,200 students each month, has received the highest level of certification from a leading nonprofit devoted to fighting hunger. Leah’s Pantry, a San Francisco-based organization promoting innovative nutrition programs, recognized MiraCosta College’s food pantry as Gold-level certified Oct. 27. Leah’s Pantry lauded MiraCosta College for having robust community connections that connect students to resources, integrating nutrition education in pantry programming, providing high-quality resources to students and creating a client feedback survey to gauge satisfaction and target possible areas of improvement.

NEW I-5 AUXILIARY LANE

Caltrans and SANDAG opened a new southbound I-5 auxiliary lane in the university area on Wednesday morning. The new exit-only lane allows motorists to enter the freeway from Genesee Avenue and continue directly to the La Jolla Village Drive off-ramp without having to merge with freeway traffic. The approximately one-half-mile auxiliary lane is expected to improve traffic flow, reduce travel delays, and increase overall safety in the area. Prior to its completion, the heavily trafficked southbound I-5 off-ramp to La Jolla Village Drive often caused congestion on the freeway, posing a safety risk to motorists.

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