DEL MAR HERO
KPBS and Union Bank honored Local Hero, Del Mar resident, Robin Rady, founder & CEO of metugo, an organizer specifically designed for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. Rady was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Overwhelmed with the paperwork of all her treatments and appointments, she organized her “medical life” into a binder and created metugo®.
NEW SPA OPENS
NATURA waxing lounge & spa celebrated its grand opening April 25 at 437 S. Highway 101, Suite 104, Solana Beach. The business offers waxing, sugaring, skin care, peels, microdermabrasion, airbrush tanning, massage and more, using 100 percent natural ingredients. For more information, call (858) 436-7143 or visit naturawaxspa.com. Brazilian wax and facials are 50 percent off during the month of May.
Extraordinary Conceptions, an international egg donor and surrogate agency headquartered in Carlsbad, in honor of Mother’s Day, has doubled their surrogate referral fee from $500 to $1,000 for the entire month of May. The hope is to help a woman struggling from infertility the ability to celebrate Mother’s Day with a new baby in her arms next year. Visit the website at extraconceptions.com or call (760) 438-2265.
CHANGE OF COMMAND
The Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito announces a leadership transition effective July 1, 2015. David H. Crean, CEO, has decided to pursue new career opportunities outside of the club. Marineke Vandervort, a 24-year veteran of the organization, has been appointed interim executive director. Crean will transition the balance of his responsibilities over the next month.
Several Haggen grocery stores are opening in North County in May. They include, May 11 at 2707 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, replacing the existing Albertsons; May 13 at 955 Carlsbad Village Drive in Carlsbad replacing an Albertsons and May 15 at 671 Rancho Santa Fe in San Marcos replacing Vons. For a full list of Haggen openings, visit haggen.com. Once the acquisition is completed, Haggen will expand from 18 stores to 164 stores.
PHILANTHROPIST OF YEAR
Vice President of Student Services Richard Robertson, who has donated more than $50,000 to fund scholarships since his tenure at MiraCosta College began in 1987, has been named the college’s Philanthropist of the Year. Robertson, and his wife, Pat, established the Sloan/Robertson Endowed Scholarship, in honor of their parents.
Marjorie Wilson of Carlsbad, a Senior Tax Manager for Carlsbad accounting firm White Nelson Diehl Evans, was honored by the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) at a 2015 Woman’s Leadership Forum in San Francisco on April 24. She was recognized by CalCPA as a professional who has made significant contributions to her peers and community by demonstrating strong leadership characteristics through the creation and implementation of unique initiatives and involvement.
Nonprofit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts launches Smile Society, a monthly giving program that helps ensure continuing care for Fresh Start patients. With help from the local community, Smile Society’s goal is to raise $2,000 per month in monthly giving. Becoming a member on or before June 30, will make donors Charter Members of the Smile Society with recognition in the Fresh Start Clinic. To donate and learn more about the Fresh Start Smile Society, visit FreshStart.org.
Springs Charter School will hold an informational afternoon about its ninth- through 12th-grade Independent Study High School program “KEYS College and Career Path” for the 2015-16 school year 3 to 5 p.m. May 21, at the Oceanside Learning Center, 1985 Peacock Blvd., Oceanside. Michael Hunter, a KEYS Education Specialist, will explain how the program works and answer questions. For more information, contact Michael Hunter at (760) 456-9516 or email@example.com.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS JOIN UNION
A count of 130 healthcare workers voted to join SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. “Our goal is to provide the best safe patient care, and that will only get better now that we’ve voted to join together in our union,” said Raul Gamez, a registered respiratory therapist at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside. “Now we will have a stronger voice in how care is delivered each day, which will have a positive impact on the hospital and our community.”
MiraCosta College has been awarded a three-year, $120,000 matching grant from the Kresge Foundation to take part in a nationwide educational reform network called Achieving the Dream, that works to boost graduation and transfer rates at community colleges across the country. The college’s participation in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network begins in June. The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program focuses on expanding student access to higher education and opening avenues to student success, particularly for those from historically underserved communities.