Local artist, volunteers transform sidewalk
By Jeff Clemetson | Editor
When the students of Maryland Elementary returned to class on Sept. 1, they found part of their walk to school transformed from a graffiti-ridden sidewalk to a colorful pathway decorated as a river.
The beautification project was spearheaded by Maxine Lynch, La Mesa Police Department’s community resource supervisor, who was tired of painting over the graffiti as it appeared and wanted a long-term solution to a problem area. Read More
By Anne Krueger
Bob and Laura Duggan haven’t forgotten their roots.
“Both of us come from modest means and neither of us had much growing up in Brooklyn,” said Laura. “I had medical issues when I was a kid, and other people paid for my medical costs. You don’t forget things like that. Now that we’re in a position to help others, we’re not going to hesitate in paying it forward.” Read More
By Clarke A. Stillwagen
I would like to introduce one of La Mesa’s unsung hometown heroes — John Bryant.
Every morning, John gets up and dresses, dons his reflective vest and with bucket and grabber in hand goes out in search of trash. He cleans up the entire Murray Manor Apartments as well as both sides of Cowles Mountain Boulevard from the 5800 block to Lake Murray Boulevard and both sides of the 5600 block of Lake Park Way from Cowles Mountain to Baltimore. Read More
By David Dixon
One of the standout characters of the popular musical comedy, “The Producers,” is the Swedish secretary/receptionist for Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, Ulla. Ulla impresses the comedic duo so much with a sensual audition, that she gets cast in the “doomed to fail” show, “Springtime for Hitler.” Read More
By Julie White
This recipe is delicious, healthy and very easy to make. You will want to make extra, because these are really popular. Instead of a tortilla or bread, a crispy lettuce leaf is used to hold the filling. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
After two straight packed houses for our “Stark Contrasts” meetings examining the differences this election year between the Democratic candidates and their Republican counterparts, La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) turns again to star power to serve on our panel of experts. Congressman Scott Peters, and Assemblyperson Lorena Gonzalez headline the panel which will also feature ACLU immigration experts and a member of the SDSU Chicana/Chicano Studies department. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer
In 1924, the Grossmont Girls and Boys Tennis Teams consisted of eight girls and two boys. Having only dirt surface courts on campus, we can only imagine the challenges of coaching and playing. From 1935–36, the Works Progress Administration built the first tennis courts on campus. While those courts are gone, there is one WPA cement bench remaining, with a small bronze plaque proclaiming its historic origins. Read More
By Kaytlan Camarero
SilverMine, a local rock band founded in 2010, performs classic hits that we all remember and love like “I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, “Lights” by Journey and “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band can often be found performing at places in or near La Mesa including Bolt Brewery. Read More
By Jennifer Osborn
Helix Homecoming 2016 “Once Upon a Time” will be on Friday, Oct. 7 against Steele Canyon High School. Game time is 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for seniors. Read More
By Jake Sexton
Last month, my colleague Heather wrote about a variety of conspiracy theories that have been spread about conservative politicians this year, most of them hilariously ludicrous. I’ll lightly touch on a few for liberal politicians, and give some relevant book recommendations. But then we’ll move onto more educational topics, because the election is on its way. Read More
Movies at the city of La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center
Each Thursday, the Adult Enrichment Center (8450 La Mesa Blvd.) hosts a movie screening in its main hall. The movies start at 1 p.m. and cost $1 to attend. Read More
By Dianne Jacob
Great news: Thousands of rural property owners may see lower insurance bills thanks to San Diego County upgrades in fire protection and preparedness.
A national organization that works with the insurance industry recently issued significantly improved fire protection ratings for much of the local backcountry, citing the county’s aggressive efforts to beef up services. Read More
By Judy McCarty
As candidates and their supporters toil for success in the Nov. 8 election, the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) will feature popular, termed-out Santee Assemblyman Brian Jones as their keynote speaker at the Oct. 11 luncheon meeting held at The Brigantine in La Mesa. Read More
By Genevieve A. Suzuki
A couple of years ago one of my guiltiest pleasures was watching the Lifetime show “Dance Moms.” That series had it all: talented kids, an egomaniacal teacher and, best of all, crazy moms.
Every week I would watch the instructor manipulate and torment the young dancers while their mothers peered at them through a window in a room overlooking the studio. And every week my husband would shake his head, not at the onscreen antics, but at his wife watching it all. Read More
10 Plants with beautiful fall color for San Diego
By Gary Jones
Can’t tell by the look of your garden when fall arrives? You must be missing those important trees and shrubs that provide gorgeous fall color in San Diego. As Southern Californians, we need to look beyond the classic maples and deciduous oaks that other climates revel in each autumn, since most don’t grow well here. Read More
By Sari Reis
Does your sweet sociable canine turn into Cujo when he sees another dog while walking on leash? If so, he is likely displaying “leash reactivity.” I have met numerous dogs that are as sweet as can be off leash at the dog park but unruly and obnoxious when walking on leash. This type of erratic behavior can be very unsettling for the handler as well as embarrassing and stressful. Unfortunately, many owners display anger or punish their dog when he is “acting out.” This is not the way to change the behavior. Read More
By Jay Steiger
It is difficult to watch TV, browse the web, or read (yes I said it, read) a newspaper these days without continually being reminded of how supposedly divided America has become. It might be Democrats vs. Republicans, seniors vs. millennials, or any number of “us” and “them” polarizations. It is true that we as Americans have allowed perceived differences, often breathlessly played up by elements of the mainstream media, to create unneeded distances between us. Read More
By Alan Pentico
The availability of affordable child care has become a hot-button issue in San Diego, where the cost of living can make it difficult for families to get by unless both parents are working. For some families with children, the solution is to offer home-based child care for friends and neighbors who need it. Read More
On July 22, Cecile O. Brown celebrated her 100th birthday at her home in La Mesa. She was joined by friends at a party that included balloons, food, cake and an arrangement of 100 roses to honor the local centurian. Brown also delighted guests by singing some of her favorite oldies — the longtime Padre fan even included a rendition of “Take Me Out to The Ball Game.” Read More
by David Dixon
Since mid-July, a hit production of the famous Broadway musical, “Gypsy,” has been running at the Cygnet Theatre. The 2016 version features 24 artists, which is a big ensemble for the intimate Old Town space. Two of the performers that are heavily used in the opening moments of the show are La Mesa sisters, 10-year-old Gabriella Dimmick and 12-year-old Sophia Dimmick.
The siblings’ involvement in the arts began when they co-starred several years ago in “The Nutcracker” at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
“Afterwards, I wanted to try out theater to see what I thought of it,” Sophia said. Read More
By Connie and Lynn Baer
Historically, the transition from middle school to high school is challenging. Since 1965, gone are the days of freshmen initiation with embarrassed freshmen wearing white shirts to distinguish them as lowly ninth graders, carrying upperclassmen’s books to class, and white washing the G on Cowles Mountain. Read More
By Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch
In our second installation of “Stark Contrasts,” La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will hear a panel of experts delve into the differences the parties have to offer voters this November about women’s issues. Democrats are looking to elect the first woman president in our nation’s history. Republicans are running a man who is a serial misogynist, famous for insulting women, and is even losing the support of Republican women. The Republican candidate is being advised by Roger Ailes, who was recently fired from his Fox News fiefdom for habitual sexual harassment. We’ll also examine the platforms of the respective parties out of their national conventions. Read More