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This old house

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Features, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

Just two years after Terry and Pam Hovland bought their house at 8602 Echo Drive in 1979, the couple got an unusual request from the city of La Mesa.

“In 1981, they came and knocked on my front door and they said, ‘We’d like to have your house included in our historic inventory of potential landmarks,’” Terry Hovland said. “From that point on, I had interest in finding out more about the house.”

Sharp HospiceCare races for compassionate care

Posted: August 25th, 2017 | Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Cynthia Robertson

Though it’s something none of us like to think or talk about, hospice care could likely be an important decision to make in a loved one’s last days of life. Sharp HospiceCare of Grossmont Sharp Hospital has three hospice homes in the county, one in Bonita and the other two in Del Cerro and in La Mesa. The staff at the hospice homes have the know-how and compassion for easing both the patient and families through this stage of life.

Caring for patients since 1992, Sharp HospiceCare is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified organization. Accredited by the Joint Commission and affiliated with several hospice care organizations including the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Ferret-friendly

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Pets, Top Stories | 3 Comments

By Joyell Nevins

A group fighting a 20-year legal battle is now employing a new tactic. “Legalize Ferrets,” founded by La Mesa resident Pat Wright, still has the ultimate goal of having ferrets as legal domestic pets in the state of California — but now they are working with council members to declare the city of La Mesa a “ferret-friendly” or “ferret sanctuary” city.

“We know there are ferrets and people who love ferrets in our city,” La Mesa councilwoman Kristine Alessio told the Legalize Ferrets group at a meet-and-greet on July 15. “I have taken on the challenge.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of East County breaks ground on La Mesa clubhouse

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

By Rick Griffin

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has begun construction of its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. The new clubhouse is located past a ball field on the west end of the La Mesa Arts Academy.

The new 26,000-square-foot Brady Family Clubhouse will be the largest of the six Boys and Girls Clubs of East County. The clubhouse will feature a learning center and homework study room named the Gagon Academy, plus a full-service kitchen and nutrition center and the Little Rascals area for 5- to 7-year-olds. It will also showcase the 10,000-square-foot Bill Walton Gymnasium, named after the Helix High graduate (class of 1970) and TV basketball broadcaster on the PAC 12 network.

Celebrate the arts at heART of Mt. Helix

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Stories | No Comments

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

La Mesa’s Mt. Helix will come alive with the sound of music — and food, drink, art, dancing and general frivolity — at the 10th annual heART of Mt. Helix fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 10 p.m. The event is for adults only, age 21 and older.

The fundraiser is organized by the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, which serves as trustee of the private family trust that established the park in 1929. The event raises a third of the park’s annual $300,000 budget, which funds park operations.

City’s draft climate plan is released

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

La Mesa got one step closer to its goal of passing its Climate Action Plan (CAP) with the release of a draft copy this month.

The new draft of the CAP coincides with state goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 40 percent below that by 2035. A previous draft only included the necessary reductions for 2020 goals and was criticized for not being a serious document — a complaint that the city wanted to rectify.

Achieving success and giving back

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Karen Ronney

Lauren Haneke-Hopp believes in dreaming big, achieving her goals, and then paying it forward. The adaptive athlete is on her way to the pinnacle of wheelchair tennis success and recently took time to inspire younger players to do the same. In addition to her busy schedule, she volunteers to coach younger wheelchair athletes to pave the road to tennis success.    

Hanake-Hopps, a La Mesa resident who is now a sophomore at the University of Alabama, picked up a tennis racket in the seventh grade. Her dreams were to make the girls’ varsity team at Patrick Henry High and one day play in the 2020 Paralympics. She didn’t know how it would happen, just that she wanted it to become her future reality.

A spin with a twist

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By Joyell Nevins

La Mesa Village has a new storefront — they don’t sell food, and they don’t sell cute gift items, but they do sell epic music and movie memorabilia.

“This is the perfect spot for this place,” said Cynthia Tecson, customer at the new Re-Animated Records. “La Mesa needed something cool.”

Oasis Learning Center celebrates grand opening

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Sara Appel-Lennon

For the last 35 years, San Diego Oasis has served over 6,000 members in a space on the third floor of Macy’s in Mission Valley. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oasis offered classes there to the 55-plus population at a nominal cost.

However, with the impending closing of the Mission Valley Macy’s store (one of 67 store closures nationwide), Oasis staff was forced to search for a new location — preferably, one with ample parking, 24-hour security and easy access by bus and trolley.

Fireworks show is a go

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

There was a moment when Tracy Dahlkamp doubted that she could pull off bringing back the Lake Murray Fireworks and MusicFest. She wasn’t sure that people cared enough to bring back the annual July 4 event.

“When we started this project, I was concerned because I wasn’t sure that the community wanted it and my husband said to me, ‘You know what, if people give you money, that will tell you they want it,’” she said. “And we got a lot of money. We got a lot of support.”