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Who’s News: 12/4/20


Mask-wearing Encinitas shoppers might get a surprise through the month of December. Wearing a facial covering to help protect our fellow Encinitans from COVID-19 could get you a $10 or $15 gift card to an Encinitas business. The city is funding the Chamber of Commerce and three Mainstreet organizations with $10,000 to buy gift cards to help spread some holiday cheer while encouraging safe shopping and dining. Volunteers will be out looking for you.


Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program is conducting an online survey and wants to hear from you. The survey will help gather information on individuals’ opinions related to secondhand smoke exposure in their home. Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and live in Carlsbad. Completing the survey at will give you a chance to enter a holiday opportunity drawing.


A Carlsbad bride-to-be made a unique stop before tying the knot. Tami Zack visited her grandmother at her GlenBrook Health Center home moments before her nuptials. Due to the pandemic, Zack’s grandmother, Joan Jeske, could not attend the Nov. 22 wedding, so the visit was held the main lobby of the community where they exchanged letters and a champagne toast.


The Vista Historical Museum has suffered a water main break, and is in the process of repairing the problem. This will cost several thousand dollars that its budget does not have. Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, it has had to cancel all fundraising activities for 2020, so the museum is asking for the community’s financial help. Donations can be given through or by mail at P. O. Box 1032, Vista, Ca 92085. (Note – A good time for a year-end tax deduction.)


La Costa Canyon High School science teacher and Encinitas resident Emily Steward is a current Miami University master’s student through Project Dragonfly’s Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP). Steward has published an original article titled “Learning Local” in Green Teacher, kid-tested ideas for fostering learning and inspiring action on environmental and other global issues.


Oceanside resident, Teresa Kokke, has written a new book. “Reaching Ten,” released by RoseDog Books. Born in Southern England three months before World War Two was declared, the author describes growing up amidst nightly air raids, bombings, and shortages, as seen through the eyes of a small child. Reaching Ten is $15. For more information, visit


Earning the Dean’s Award with Distinction from Colgate University are:

• Gabriella Pacula,  a neuroscience major from Carmel Valley, who graduated from Torrey Pines High School.

• Audrey Ponder, a molecular biology major, from Rancho Santa Fe, who graduated from Canyon Crest Academy.

• Christopher DePetro, a political science major, from Carlsbad, who graduated from Canyon Crest Academy.


The Salk Institute has appointed molecular biologist Jesse Dixon to the rank of assistant professor for his significant work in uncovering how the human genome, the DNA blueprint for life, is organized in three-dimensional space inside of cells.The appointment was based on recommendations by Salk faculty. Dixon came to the Institute in 2015 as a Helmsley-Salk Fellow after completing his MD and PhD at the University of California San Diego. The fellowship program is designed to bring scientists from broad disciplines to Salk to trigger innovation and perpetuate the collaborative spirit of the Institute.


CSUSM ranks 28th nationally out of almost 1,500 schools measured in the seventh annual Social Mobility Index (SMI) by CollegeNET. The SMI measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students (with family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition and graduates them into good-paying jobs. CSUSM improved its ranking in the SMI for the fifth consecutive year. The university ranked 74th in 2015, 62nd in 2016, 54th in 2017, 52nd in 2018 and 36th last year.


Candles on Tap candle bar, newly opened at 687 S. Coast Highway 101, Suite #155, Encinitas, has arrived, and lets customers create their own custom-scented soy candle, reed diffuser, or fragrance spray. Founder Chantel Briann launched Candles on Tap to be a glimmer of light to her local community amidst the pandemic. Visit