La Jolla Village Merchants Association Director Sheila Fortune took center stage at the La Jolla Town Council meeting Nov. 14, to update members about the infamous stench situation at the Cove. She surprised some with the charge that, at this point, La Jollans must take matters into their own hands.
Of the approximately 1,500 people who try to swim the English Channel every year, only about 300 make it. This year, the fortunate one in five include local long-distance swimmer Allison (Alli) DeFrancesco.
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.
Nov 20, 2013 | Posted in 10 Questions
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War II Veteran Carl “Dusty” Dustin got to reflect on his service in the Navy this month during a flight to the nation’s capital with 80 other veterans.
Nov 20, 2013 | Posted in Community
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Eagle Scout Kristoff Pawinski completed the first installation phase of the long-awaited La Jolla Shores donor wall at Kellogg Park in La Jolla Shores on Nov. 3.
Nov 18, 2013 | Posted in News
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A lot has happened during the last 100 years. Henry Ford invented the moving assembly line for automobile production. Man landed on the moon. The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The Internet debuted. But for 104-year-old retired nurse Ann Martin, the most remarkable thing she has ever seen came from the medical field.
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla hosted its annual gala, “On the Track to Discovery,” on Nov. 2, 2013 at the Del Mar Country Club. The event’s honorary co-chairs were Roberta Burnham, Pauline Foster and Madeleine Pickens. The gala featured the merriment and inspirational spirit of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and celebrated the lives of two Institute luminaries, Board leader Duane Roth and co-founder Lillian Fishman. The lead sponsor was Life Technologies, Inc., and with support from gala patrons, $2.1 million was raised for biomedical research.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County hosted its 51st annual Gourmet Dinner on Oct. 24, 2013 at Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, where James Brennan, CEO of Enlightened Hospitality Group, was recognized as its “Person of the Year.” Brennan is a former Big Brother and a long-time board member. The night began with cocktails and seafood, sponsored by Donovan’s, and a silent auction with 50 items. The program that followed was emceed by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey and included a live auction of 10 incredible experiences, an address from Brennan, an inspiring video, and a cigar and brandy after-party.
The National Cheers Foundation, based in La Jolla, hosted its first gala, Fanta Sea En Masque, Oct. 26, 2013 at the Scripps Forum. The benefit raised funds to support non-profit women’s health advocacy groups and programs in San Diego. The gala entrance featured a Hall of Mirrors. Once inside, guests viewed Triton’s Treasures from local artists, feasted on dinner inside a magic genie bottle, and heard musical entertainment by NRG.
San Diego Symphony’s OPUS 2013 gala Oct. 12 began with pre-concert cocktails and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, which had models presenting its jewelry. Dinner followed at the University Club atop the Symphony Towers. The evening continued downstairs at Copley Symphony Hall where Kevin Cole performed George Gershwin’s American classic “Rhapsody in Blue” with the San Diego Symphony, conducted by San Diego Symphony Music Director Jahja Ling. The evening culminated with dancing, desserts and games of chance back upstairs at the University Club.