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The MiraCosta Community College District board of trustees is reaching out to the Carlsbad community for applicants to fill the trustee slot held by Leon Page, who announced his resignation from the board effective March 16, 2015. Page is relocating his family to an area outside of the MiraCosta College district. Page’s seat represents Trustee Area 4, the Carlsbad portion of the college district, and the successful candidate must live in that trustee area. Interested applicants should contact Evelyn Crogan, executive assistant to the superintendent/president, at (760) 795-6610 or ecrogan@miracosta.edu.


Julie Watkins, of San Marcos, donated a grand piano to the Valley Center Branch Library and four pianists will perform at a free dedication concert at 2 p.m. April 12. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Valley Center Library, which set out to find someone who would donate a piano to replace a vintage spinet. Instead of a baby grand, the search committee wound up with a full-size grand piano. The newly-acquired instrument was manufactured in Europe by Bechstein which, along with Steinway, was founded in 1853.  For more information, visit vcfol.org or call (760) 749-1305.


The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County, in conjunction with Altman Plants of Vista, gave away thousands of plants in March to help support school garden programs throughout San Diego County. This is the sixth year that the RCD has facilitated this much-needed school plant giveaway, benefitting 132 elementary and middle schools. To learn more about the RCD’s School Garden and Milkweed for Monarchs programs, visit rcdsandiego.org, or contact Ann Baldridge, RCD Education Coordinator, at 619-562-0096 or ann.baldridge@rcdsandiego.org.


San Diego restaurateur, Jon Mangini has opened a fourth URBN Coal Fired Pizza at 764 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas with his New Haven-style pizza. “I’ve always had a soft spot for Encinitas,” Mangini said, who recently moved to North County with his wife and children. Hours are Sunday to Thursday noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight. Call (760) 943-8620 or visit urbnrestaurants.com


Local taxpayers have a lighter load to pay, thanks to Palomar College’s refunding of Series A general obligation bonds that were put into place as a result of the passage of Proposition M in November 2006. “We saved the taxpayers $17.5 million by refunding those bonds,” said Palomar College Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Ron Perez. At the February meeting the Governing Board passed a resolution for a new issuance of Series C Bonds.


Hanger Clinic, an orthotics and prosthetics patient care company in Escondido, was awarded the Sustained Excellence Award for Operations by its parent company, Hanger, Inc. The award recognizes Hanger centers that provide superior clinical care, reliable customer service, and have succeeded at meeting and exceeding operational goals and objectives for three consecutive years. Visit hangerclinic.com


With the completion of the new elementary school, High Tech High North County, High Tech Middle and High Tech Elementary are now a campus. From 3:30 to 7 p.m. May 1, the San Marcos mayor will kick off a celebration at 1420 W. San Marcos Blvd. with live performances by students, robotic demonstrations, sporting games, art exhibits, food, festival games, and a raffle are planned. Proceeds from Village Fest will go towards providing the materials and resources to the school.


Pala Casino Spa & Resort Executive Pastry Chef Albert Cruz won “Best in Theme” honors as he helped raise funds for at-risk youth at the March 12 San Diego Youth Services Creations in Chocolate in Point Loma. This year, chocolate creations recognized the career and community activism of San Diego Padres Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman.  Cruz’s “Best in Theme” was a 5-foot-tall trophy tribute to Hoffman’s career, created with 300 pounds of white, dark and milk chocolate. It took 30 hours to create, sculpt and build the display.


Haggen Market replaced the Albertson’s at 7660 El Camino Real in La Costa on March 11. This was Haggen’s first doors to open in Southern California followed by La Jolla and North Park March 18. Two more San Diego stores in followed by another location in Chula Vista March 22, along with some in Orange County and Los Angeles. Haggen was founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington.


Shara Fisler

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Union Bank with KPBS honored Cardiff resident Shara Fisler, founder and executive director of the Ocean Discovery Institute. She will be recognized in March at a private dinner celebration with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.


Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s General Manager, Kimberly Thorner, was recognized by the WaterReuse Association of California as 2015 Recycled Water Advocate of the Year at the 2015 WateReuse California annual awards. Thorner’s advocacy of water reuse began in the late 1990s as Project Manager for OMWD.

OMWD and its partners pioneered a collaboration with Carlsbad Municipal Water District, Leucadia Wastewater District, and San Elijo Joint Powers Authority leading to the first regional recycled water project in San Diego County known as the North County Recycled Water Project.


At the Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s March 18 meeting, the OMWD board of directors accepted the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, and the Excellence in Operating Budget Award from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.



Dr. Jeff Anshel has opened E Street Eyes, at the corner of E Street and Second Avenue, where the E Street Café used to be. Anshel is the founder of the Ocular Nutrition Society and offers orthokeratology, sometimes called “non-surgical LASIK,” using a contact lens worn at night. He has been practicing in North County for 40 years. For more information, call (760) 931-1390.