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Which Luxury Watches Hold Their Value Best?

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By Carl Blackburn Last month, I spoke about Rolex appraisals and the various factors that go into determining the value of pre-owned luxury watches (condition, year, rarity, complexity, materials, etc). But now the question begs, “How much can you expect that value to depreciate over 5 or 10 years?” and “Which watches hold their value [...]

New Study Assesses Consequences of Solar Power on Utility Costs

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By Martin Learn, Home Energy Systems As you can imagine, with the rapid growth of solar power, utility companies and Public Utility Commissions are concerned as to what effects they might feel as a result. Various studies have tried to get a handle on what the potential costs and benefits might be, but the results [...]

Everything You Need to Know about Smart TVs

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By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Everything seems to be going smart these days, and that now includes our television sets.  But if you’re wondering if it is wise to go smart with your entertainment system, here are answers to all the essential questions. What is a smart TV? “Smart TVs”, or what used to [...]

Being Ignored in the Workplace Worse than Being Bullied

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Most people grew up hearing that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But a new study out of Canada suggests that being ignored in the workplace is actually worse on an employee’s mental and physical well-being than being bullied. Researchers at the University [...]

A Dozen Ways to Save on your Remodel

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By Scott Murfey Whenever you decide to add on to or remodel a part of your home, you’re increasing your quality of life and your property’s value, but many times those projects end up costing two to three times what you anticipated. Last month, I focused on the importance of creating a budget when starting [...]

How to Find Success in a Stalled Real Estate Market

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By Carlos Gutierrez Current Climate Even though we are seeing historically low interest rates and have survived the crash of 2007, there seems to be a stalled market right now in San Diego County. While there may be plenty of potential buyers, there does not appear to be as many great homes for the average [...]

Parenting 101

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By Dr. Frank Carter I have been coaching parents for 14 years. And with the help of experience and advances in modern neuroscience, I understand much more now than I did when I first started out. Parenting goes beyond providing for a child’s basic needs of food, water and shelter. The role of the parent [...]

How to Get an Insurance Appraisal on your Used Rolex Watch

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By Carl Blackburn As I discussed last month, investment-grade Rolex watches can be an amazing investment. Not only does their value increase each year, providing a solid return, but such an investment is also a beautiful and functional work of art. Part of the responsibility of owning a high-end Rolex watch is getting it insured, [...]

10 Reasons to Generate Your Own Power

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By Martin Learn, Home Energy Systems As we take one step closer towards August, we all prepare for the blazing sun, the heat it brings, and in turn, the cranked-up AC. But instead of seeing the sun as an enemy, something to be protected against, there is a way to embrace that solar power and [...]

Smart Homes Can Cool Your House and Your Energy Bill

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By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems As we swing into the dead of summer, people are trying to think of all sorts of ways to save on energy costs while still living comfortably. But maybe it’s not us homeowners that need to be smarter. Maybe it’s our homes. And long gone are the days when [...]

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  • Author, illustrator to launch new children’s book at Solana Beach Library August 30, 2014
    Meet author Tonton Jim and illustrator E. Felix Lyon as they launch “Harold and the Hot Rod” (Hound’s Glenn Series Book Two) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Solana Beach Library. There will be readings from the book, illustration demonstrations, Q & A with the author, illustrator and publisher, and refreshments and door prizes. […]
  • San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update August 30, 2014
    On behalf of our Board of Trustees, I want to welcome you and our 12,400-plus students to the 2014-15 academic year. The start of a new school year is always exciting. We have spent the summer eagerly preparing for your student’s return on Aug. 26 and look forward to sharing new learning experiences with each of you. For parents/guardians whose students are […]
  • To your health: 5 questions to ask your new doctor August 30, 2014
    At some point, nearly everyone will need to choose a new physician, perhaps because of a change in insurance, a move to a new city, or simply a feeling that it is time to make a switch. Your relationship with your physician is perhaps one of the most important in your life, and you want a provider who is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced, but als […]