Best of La Mesa

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Best Of La Mesa, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

If there is one theme to the last few years of reporting for the Courier, it would have to be the changing landscape of local businesses in La Mesa.

Along La Mesa Boulevard are new shops and restaurants, a new sidewalk and gathering place, and a new business association. In the commercial area along Center Street are new breweries and wineries.

La Mesa theater celebrates a big milestone

By David Dixon

Eight decades is a long time for any theatrical organization, but even after that many years, the Lamplighters Community Theatre continues to be a beloved venue for entertainment in La Mesa.

In June, several festivities are taking place in honor of the longstanding theater company. On June 11, the 80th Anniversary Gala is scheduled to take place at the La Mesa Women’s Club, organized by volunteers Barbara Eisele and Pamela Stompoly-Ericson. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a silent auction will be held. And as a special honor to the Lamplighters Theatre’s late longtime member, theater treasurer, former house manager and producer Judy Hughes, “Judy’s Signature Punch” will be served.

Going national

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Karen Ronney

Siem “Sam” Woldeab picked up a tennis racket at age 7 as a fun summer activity. His family lived across the street from the Helix Charter High School tennis courts, so it was an easy choice.

After a few lessons, however, he knew tennis was his sport. Recently, the United States Tennis Association’s Player Development program confirmed that choice as Woldeab was one of eight top U.S. players named to the 2017 USA National Junior Team.

Working on a new plan

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, Health, Lifestyle, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Health care in America is hard. Just ask the authors of any health care bill to date — no matter the intention — there are critics from one side of the aisle or the other lined up at town hall meetings ready to tear the plan down. However, one doctor at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa believes he has some answers to the health care problem.

Dr. James Veltmeyer is a family medicine practitioner and although he was also a 2016 candidate for the 53rd congressional seat, he said his foray into the health care legislation debate is not a precursor to another run in 2018. His motivations are more personal.

Culinary pioneers

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Stories | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. Before trendy cuisine and craft beer descended on La Mesa, a local couple was preparing to fill the void by remodeling an old 7-Eleven destined to become Craft Kitchen. It took Dena and Randy Shamoo almost three years to convert the store into a place where things like sprightly salads, tuna […]

EDCO turns 50

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Dave Schwab

When the Snyder family acquired the company now known as EDCO Disposal back in the ’60s, they never imagined half a century later the business would be more about recycling than trash collecting.

“I like to say that landfills are going out of business,” said John Snyder, vice president of EDCO Waste & Recycling, which is celebrating its golden anniversary this year.

Final funding push for festival

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The on-again, off-again saga of Fourth of July fireworks at Lake Murray are apparently back on again, but there are “ifs” involved.

The fireworks went away in 2012, after a 2011 lawsuit against them was filed by an environmental group upset about setting off fireworks over water — especially over water that is to become drinking water.

Fostering success

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

La Mesa resident Jeff Weiman’s specialty is taking great businesses or organizations and making them better. “I’ve made it my career to go into organizations, and grow them,” he said. “I believe I can go in and make anything better.”

The Navy veteran has worked with Arc of San Diego, helped revamp the San Diego Red Cross chapter, and boosted Fleet Week. This latest project, though, is more than a business project; it’s personal. Weiman was hired as Angels Foster Family Network CEO in 2013 after he and his wife, Peri Lynn Turnbull, were foster parents through the organization themselves.

Festival gives student promoters a chance to howl

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Della Elliott

Cuyamaca College’s answer to Coachella returns Saturday, May 6, with the ninth annual Coyote Music Festival, organized, produced and promoted by students in the innovative Music Industry Studies program.

The free, family-friendly event from noon to 4 p.m. will feature two outdoor stages on the Grand Lawn with six local bands playing homegrown music ranging from alternative rock to folk.