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La Jolla High School student and chess champion Varun Krishnan is no rookie

Varun Krishnan

Varun Krishnan is the reigning 11th grade National Chess Champion and holds the title of National Master in Chess. Born in Austin, Texas, he moved to La Jolla with his parents when he was eight years old. Varun is also the youngest Southern California Open State Champion, and has been named to the All American Chess Team six times — the highest national honor attainable by a young chess player.

Mary Soriano shares her love of life and family as a La Jolla Town Council trustee

Mary Soriano

Born in the Philippines (my biological father remarried), my American father, who served in the Air Force, fell in love with my mother and her two daughters (my sister and I), and brought us to America. We were stationed in Boise, Idaho, returned to the Philippines, and eventually came to San Diego. I grew up practicing the Jewish and Christian beliefs from my father’s family, though my mother’s side is Roman Catholic. I believe religion provides a good foundation.

Landscape architect Jim Neri has designs on La Jolla’s scenery

Jim Neri

Jim Neri grew up on the bluffs and beaches of La Jolla, gaining an appreciation for the design subtleties found in both natural and built landscapes. Schooled in horticulture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and armed with a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly Pomona, he sketched his way through Europe, and designed the great outdoors with a San Diego landscape architecture and planning firm before founding Neri Landscape Architecture in 1997.

Ramin Pourteymour: Community service in La Jolla is a big part of my life

Ramin Pourteymour

Ramin Pourteymour has 25 years of experience in aviation. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in Iran, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the United States. In 1990, he became the youngest pilot to fly for United Airlines and has flown many dignitaries, including a former President of the United States.

Career as novelist comes to Hal Taxel in his later years

Hal Taxel

al Taxel was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of four boys. (“My poor mother,” he said.) He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Scouts’ Order of the Arrow. He served in the U.S. Navy Aircorps after graduating from New York University, where he was a reporter for the school’s newspaper, captain of the NYU national champion fencing team — a NCAA silver medalist and fencing All-American.

10 Questions: Vivian Glyck’s mission is improving the lives of mothers

Vivian Glyck

Vivian Glyck is an author, entrepreneur, humanitarian and mother. Passionate about parenting and dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children globally, in 2007 Glyck founded the Just Like My Child Foundation (JLMCF).

With a heart of gold, Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club’s Gordon Shurtleff is the ultimate Rotarian

gordon shurtleff

Gordon Shurtleff, president of Torrey Pines (La Jolla) Rotary Club, has spent a lifetime helping others, and most would agree he is the epitome of Rotary’s concept of “Service Above Self.” With wife Penny at his side, thousands have benefitted from his generosity over four decades. Many more have learned from him to make each day better.

Fundraising work fills the days (and nights) for Hillary Brendzel

Hillary Brendzel

Hillary Brendzel is director of development for Scripps Health’s Campaign for Cardiovascular Care, a $180 million capital campaign to raise funds and awareness for the new Prebys Cardiovascular Institute and Scripps Clinic Anderson Medical Pavilion.

10 Questions: Jeannie Walsh has a spot in her heart for senior citizens

10Q.Jeannie Walsh

Jeannie Walsh is the newly appointed director of La Jolla Friendly Visitors, a program under Greater La Jolla Meals-On-Wheels. Inc. She conducts home visits with seniors, interviews volunteers, and matches their personalities and interests in an effort to make supportive relationships within the La Jolla community.

Dr. David Smotrich works to make life better for others

Dr. David Smotrich

David B. Smotrich, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializing in reproductive endocrinology and fertility. He has served as an adjunct scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, and lectures throughout the world on advanced diagnostic and treatment methods for infertility. He is widely published on the clinical care and treatment of, and basic research in, infertility in both American and international medical journals.

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  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Spring Tea to be held by Del Mar Community Connections April 18, 2014
    All things “Downton Abbey”— from ‘20s tunes to exotic teas — will be featured as Del Mar Community Connections holds its annual spring tea on Wednesday, April 23, at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 324 14th St., Del Mar. The 2-4 p.m. event includes music from the “Downton” era performed by entertainers “Janet and Jay” and piano music provided by Lori Ritman, who al […]
  • Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and Del Mar April 18, 2014
    Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to 11 games as the Dons opened Western League play with a 7-2 victory over Patrick Henry on April 9. The victory followed a 7-4 nonleague win against Mater Dei Catholic two days earlier. Will Law had three hits including a home run and a double and drove in four runs to lead the Dons in the Patrick Henry game. […]
  • Man pleads guilty in fatal Del Mar hit-and-run case April 17, 2014
    A man who drove drunk and struck a marine biologist in a crosswalk in Del Mar, then fled the scene, pleaded guilty April 16 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and a hit-and-run allegation. Christopher ``Chip’’ Stockmeyer, 41, faces between nine and 15 years in prison when he is sentenced June 20 for the March 28 death of Rachel Morrison. […]