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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.”

Goodbye Sun Valley Golf Course

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

By Jeff Clemetson | Editor

On Thursday, June 22, Sun Valley Golf Course hosted its last rounds of golf. The nine-hole executive course in La Mesa has seen what other golf courses have experienced in the last few years — a decline in public interest for the sport.

“The business in and of itself has slowed down and is not sustainable,” said Mary Jane Gonzalez, who along with her husband Johnny have operated Sun Valley since 1997. “We’ve pumped more money in here in the last couple years just to keep it going for the love of golf and for the love of this place because we’ve been here so long. Our kids grew up here, the whole nine yards.”

An oasis where women begin again

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

By Cassandra Penalver

Inspiration, empowerment, and revitalization are key goals promoted to the community by Dana Bryant, founder of Eleanor’s Place for Women — a safe haven for women in the San Diego and La Mesa communities to turn to if they are looking to turn over a new leaf.

Eleanor’s Place Transitional Housing opened in 2004 at a location in Rolando with one thing in mind: to provide shelter for women who were trying to adjust to life post-incarceration, overcoming substance addiction, avoiding homelessness, or seeking refuge from domestic abuse. Bryant named the transitional home after her mother-in-law who had inspired her leading up to the grand opening.

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 […]