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  • SULTAN OF SWAY: La Jolla student named San Diego County debate champ

    SULTAN OF SWAY: La Jolla student named San Diego County debate champ

    Tim Kelly, a junior at The Bishop’s School, has been named debater of the year by the San Diego/Imperial Valley Speech League. Kelly, 16, is the first champion from a La Jolla high school in at least 20 years. “Tim is particularly good at seeing both sides of an issue and being persuasive on both...

  • You Can Bet Your Bugatti: La Jollans host classic-car club weekend

    You Can Bet Your Bugatti: La Jollans host classic-car club weekend

    Most people would think the two Bugattis in his garage sufficient to express Rick Adams’ love for this ultra-high-end car brand. But Adams doesn’t agree with that assessment, since he also had to have the Bugatti logo paved into his driveway. “Doesn’t everybody have a Bugatti logo in their driveway...

  • REINSTALLING HER PASSION: La Jollan Maggie Shen has a change of art

    REINSTALLING HER PASSION: La Jollan Maggie Shen has a change of art

    It was a frog that first convinced La Jolla resident Maggie Shen to become a fine artist. Shen, 39, had enjoyed making art since her parents exposed her to it as a child in suburban Taipei, Taiwan. But she had planned on becoming a veterinarian — a choice that her school district required all students...

  • Chef Dominic switches tables — to Barbarella Restaurant in La Jolla Shores

    Chef Dominic switches tables — to Barbarella Restaurant in La Jolla Shores

    Dominic Tedesesco isn’t letting the closure of his La Jolla restaurant, Dominic’s Table, spoil his soup. For the past two weeks, he’s been working as the head chef at Barbarella Restaurant, 2171 Avenida De La Playa, and he says he feels appreciated in the position and delighted to be making a difference....

  • La Jollan Jeanette Day is ‘Wonder Woman’ to foster youth

    La Jollan Jeanette Day is ‘Wonder Woman’ to foster youth

    For her longtime support and co-founding of Just in Time for Foster Youth, La Jolla resident Jeanette Day has been named as “Wonder Woman” for this year’s Walk the Talk Gala (the organization’s top honor), which will be March 23 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

  • 'Retired' Dr. Philip Azer continues ER work

    At 82 years old, Dr. Philip Azer has retired from his job of working 60 hours a week on call at Scripps Mercy Hospital as an ear, nose and throat doctor. Now he works only 40 hours. The Boston area native — who received his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo in 1961, during John F. Kennedy’s first...

  • La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    La Jolla gallery features work by Carl Ekstrom: Chairman of the surfboard

    Carl Ekstrom shows this reporter a photo of himself surfing taken from the deck at Duke’s La Jolla, sometime in the 1960s. “That’s me, doing a bottom turn on an asymmetrical,” he says, beaming. “I’m going up into there.” Ekstrom, 76, doesn’t surf anymore, but his surfboard designs still will for...

  • People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    People in Your La Jolla Neighborhood: J.J. Smith takes in recycling, gives out happiness

    Editor’s Note: The “People in Your Neighborhood” series shines a spotlight on locals we all wish we knew more about! La Jolla Light staff is out on the town talking to familiar faces to bring you their stories. If you know someone you’d like us to profile, send the lead via e-mail to editor@lajollalight.com...

  • How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    How SIO's Dr. Ram talks science to religious leaders

    Through the windows of his corner office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography — the office he inherited from Sally Ride after she moved back to the UC San Diego physics department in the early 2000s — Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan has yet to see any of the disastrous effects of global warming predicted...

  • Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Assignment Macedonia: La Jollan Cal Mann joins the Peace Corps

    Cal Mann is a La Jollan who has always embodied the philosophy of giving back to his community. But recently, he felt a greater urge tugging at him to leave La Jolla for a spell to help others around the world. That’s how he ended up in Macedonia, working for the Peace Corps. Throughout his years...

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