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New neighborhood gets kudos

The new community of Arterro at La Costa, in Carlsbad, in the mixed-use La Costa Town Square project at La Costa Avenue and Rancho Santa Fe Road, was honored by the Building Industry Association of San Diego County. Homebuilder Davidson Communities won highest achievement awards in the categories of Best Project – Detached; Best Architectural Design for Arterro Plan 4; Best Interior Design for Arterro Plan 3; and Best Landscape Design. Davidson’s team at Arterro includes architect R. Douglas Mansfield, AIA; merchandising specialists Design Line Interiors; planners Hunsaker & Associates; and landscape architects SJA Inc. La Costa Town Square is scheduled to open in November. For more information, call 760-632-8400.

Thanks to loyal customers

Pacific Premier Bank invites the community to a Customer Appreciation Day to thank its valued customers for their business and loyalty, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at its Encinitas branch at 781 Garden View Court, Suite 100.

Marines get extra TLC

The GFWC Contemporary Women of North County has adopted local Camp Pendleton Soldiers from the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369.  Also known as the “Gunfighters” the soldiers provide air support, utility support, armed escort and airborne supporting arms coordination–day or night–under all weather conditions during expeditionary, joint or combined operations capable of world wide deployment on short notice. Recently members volunteered to serve food at “Operation Pause” at Camp Pendleton.

Local redesigns

The Five Elements design store, owned by Solana Beach resident Christa Keyser, had a hand in the renovation of Pacific Coast Grill on restaurant row in Cardiff, providing stone mosaic on the floors and a pebble wall. At L’Auberge in Del Mar, the store also provided the outdoor wood flooring and 25-foot-tall pebble waterfall by the pool bar. These architectural designs were created from tiles imported by Five Elements, from its 4,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse at 2706 Gateway Road, Carlsbad. Contact them at (858) 695-2092 or

Dine-Out Night opportunity

Port of Subs at 510 Oceanside Blvd., Oceanside is a family-owned business interested in giving back to the community. The store is now offering a Dine-Out night at its deli that gives back 15 percent to teams, schools and other organizations. For businesses and organizations, it has the Power Lunch box that can be called/faxed/or e-mailed in for swift service. Call them at (760) 439-3354

A special new friend

Three years ago, Paws’itive Teams, which provides service dogs for persons with disabilities, picked up an 8-week-old female golden/Labrador puppy in East County. After three years of intensive training, she has now been matched with 13-year-old girl Mary Katherine Milburn of Encinitas. Atti and Mary Katherine have now been working together on transition training for five months.

Breast cancer survivors

Del Mar resident, Angel O’Brien of 3 Sisters Survival, was gifted the Pamela Ring from the Survivor Collection at the National Women’s Survivors Convention, where they shared their story. Angel and her two sisters — Brenda and Kathleen — were all diagnosed with breast cancer in the same year. Hear their story at

New Wells Fargo site

The new Wells Fargo store, in Carlsbad, celebrated its Sept. 20 grand opening with a check presentation to Sage Creek High School and Pacific Rim Elementary. The Wells Fargo Palomar Place Store, at 961 Palomar Airport Road, is the company’s fourth retail branch in Carlsbad.