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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.

Sycuan breaks ground on hotel expansion

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson Sports celebrities, radio personalities and business and community leaders from across San Diego County joined tribal elders and leaders of the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay Nation on March 28 to break ground on a new hotel expansion for the Sycuan Casino. Tribal chairman Cody Martinez introduced the new expansion with a […]

New neighborhood coffee shop picks up steam

Posted: April 28th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, News | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. A long overdue niche has been filled in La Mesa with the arrival of Brew Coffee Spot. The urban-rustic coffeehouse affords caffeine enthusiasts a spacious place to sip, eat and relax, if not spread out with school or work projects on roomy tables made of wood and metal pipes. Anchored within […]

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.

Women’s Club honored for scholarship program

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By Bryanna Kessler On Friday, Mar. 31, over 120 community members gathered at the La Mesa Woman’s Club (LMWC) House as members hosted their 10th annual Scholarship Card Party Fundraiser in support of Grossmont Union High School District seniors. The event’s activities included games of Bunco and bridge, lunch, an auction, and an opportunity raffle […]

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.

La Mesa News Briefs – April 28, 2017

Donate Life Month at Grossmont On April 17, Sharp Grossmont Hospital celebrated Donate Life Month by honoring organ donors and donor recipients. Sofia O’Laughlin, wife of organ donor John O’ Loughlin, received a floral portrait of her husband from the 2017 Donor Life Rose Parade Float. The Navy veteran died shortly after returning from deployment […]

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.

Oh, my!

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

In 1990, Bobbi Brink was searching through a her local Texas newspaper for used restaurant equipment when another classified listing caught her eye and changed the course of her life.

“I kept seeing ads for lions, tigers, leopards for sale and so being the animal lover that I am, I wanted to go see what it was about,” Brink said. “I went to a lady’s house and she lived in a mobile home on 5 acres. She had 30 big cats and babies crawling all over the floor. You could take a lion or a cougar home with no permits, nothing. You could just buy a tiger and take it home.”