La Jolla News Nuggets: Rec Center renovates, Copley property for sale, new Dr. Seuss stories found, road construction, San Diego Charger sells local home and more!

• Renovations for La Jolla Recreation Center centennial in 2015 underway: Replacement of old flooring throughout La Jolla Rec Center began last week and is expected to be complete by next week, La Jolla Recreation Council (LJRC) board chair Doug Fitzgerald said. The 1950s tile flooring will be replaced with durable, dual-tone vinyl flooring paid for by the city and rec center funds, he said. “It’s nicer looking and will last a little longer,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s really going to perk up the old place.”

Anticipating the Irving Gill designed facility’s centennial celebration in July 2015, the LJRC has requested city funding to repaint its exterior. Fitzgerald said LJRC also hopes to replace fixtures in the rec center bathrooms and replace chain-link fencing around the perimeter with decorative wrought iron — each expected to cost at least $75,0000. To donate to next year’s centennial celebration, contact Fitzgerald at (310) 383-6633 or Rec Center Director Nicole Otjens at (858) 552-1658.

• Copley property relisted at lower price of $5.95 million: The asking price for one of the late David Copley’s La Jolla mansions — 1252 Virginia Way — has been reduced by $1 million. The property, nicknamed Foxhole, was relisted Sept. 4 for $5.95 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Copley, formerly publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, died of a heart attack in November 2012. The home, site of many lavish events, was first listed April 2013 for $7.95 million. It was later reduced to $6.95 million before the listing expired.

The residence is a 15,309-square-foot mansion with seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The building, originally a small home built in the 1970s, now boasts grand formal rooms with high ceilings and chandeliers, and salons with wood paneling. It has eight fireplaces. Greg Noonan, the listing agent for the property, said there’s been a consistent level of interest, and he believes the property will sell at the new price point. Foxhole is one of two properties in La Jolla that Copley’s estate has on the market, with the other known as Fox Hill on Country Club Drive, listed at $28 million. — U-T San Diego

• Forgotten Dr. Seuss shorts available in new book: A “new” Dr. Seuss book debuted Sept. 9, 2014 as a collection of four stories by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel of La Jolla, which were published in Redbook and other magazines in the 1950s. The now-available book, “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories,” has been released by Random House. Geisel died in 1991 at age 87. “Horton and the Kwuggerbug and Other Lost Stories” is a collection of four illustrated stories by Dr. Seuss, published on Sept. 9, 2014 and contains four stories: “Horton and the Kwuggerbug,” “Marco Comes Late,” “How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town” and “The Hoobub and the Grinch.” His catalog of more than 40 books has sold some 600 million copies in 17 different languages.

• Night work continues on Torrey Pines Road: Roadwork is ongoing at 1869 North Torrey Pines Road (across from the intersection of St. Louis Terrace), including the digging of a pit and archaeological exploration. Due to the traffic conditions, the work will take place at night 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday-Thursday through Sept. 21, 2014. All residents within a 500-foot radius of the work have been notified.

• San Diego Charger player sells townhome in La Jolla: Nick Novak, kicker for the San Diego Chargers, sold his townhouse in La Jolla for $630,000. The residence, located in the Via La Jolla community, features a one-bedroom floor plan with custom lighting, hardwood flooring and integrated audio/video systems. The 1,358 square feet of living space includes a chef’s kitchen, living room, office and wine closet, according to Los Angeles Times.

• Kiwanis nets $42,000 from Festival of the Arts, hands off 2015 event: Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club organizers behind La Jolla Festival of the Arts said net proceeds from this year’s festival and related events, including a fundraising concert with Los Lobos, were $42,000. Proceeds will be used to fund adaptive sports and recreation programs for San Diegans with disabilities. On Sept. 1, San Diego Magazine (SDM) joined the Kiwanis to help produce the 29th annual LJFA (June 20-21, 2015). SDM will provide event and management services, sponsorship development and marketing support for next year’s event at UC San Diego’s Warren Field. Ted Peña, the event’s executive director, will be stepping down after helping SDM with the transition.

• American Legion sends local teens to Sacramento: The La Jolla Post of American Legion selected Michael Penny and Nicholas Vanstrum from La Jolla High School, and John Kimmel from The Bishop’s School, to participate in the National American Legion Program for Boys State in Sacramento. The young men were sent to Sacramento to study municipal, state and federal government functions. More than 25,000 students participate nationally each year, funded by their local American Legion Posts. They will present their experiences at the upcoming meeting of the La Jolla American Legion Post 275, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, La Jolla Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. Tickets: $20. (619) 572-1022.

• La Jolla commercial properties sold for $6.17 million: USA Properties Inc. of San Diego purchased several retail buildings with adjacent land in La Jolla for approximately $6.17 million, according to brokerage company Cushman & Wakefield Inc. The sellers were Dewhurst Family Partnership and Dewhurst Family Trust, represented by Cushman & Wakefield’s Bill Shrader. The properties total 14,259 square feet and were fully leased at the time of sale. The sale included 9,805 square feet of retail space at 7545-7549 Girard Ave.; a 9,749-square-foot mixed-use property at 7527-7535 Girard, and a 6,670-square-foot parking lot on Herschel Avenue. Among tenants in the 7545 building is Harry’s Coffee Shop, a landmark in La Jolla for more than 50 years, according to San Diego Business Journal.

• La Jollan represents FBI association at conference: Real estate finance professional Nancy Gardner, who organized last year’s La Jolla Dancing with the Stars fundraiser at Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel, was in Indianapolis Sept. 3-6 as the appointed representative of the FBI San Diego Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association for the 2014 FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association National Leadership Conference, attended by a representative from each U.S. state and territory. During the symposium, representatives shared ideas on community outreach, which is vital to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Gardner is a member of InfraGard, a partnership between the FBI and private sector that works to prevent hostile acts against the U.S., and serves as a Police Commissioner II for the San Diego Police Historical Association, with whom she chaired La Jolla’s Dancing with the Stars event. She also led the drive to renovate the San Diego Police Storefront in Pacific Beach, which services the La Jolla Area. Gardner is also community service board chair for the La Jolla Rotary Club, which is organizing a day of respite and services for situationally homeless people at the police storefront in 2015. To help with the Rotary project, e-mail or call (858) 456-3000.

• Massage event to benefit Arthritis Foundation: Massage Envy Spa and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host the fourth annual Healing Hands for Arthritis. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, Massage Envy Spa clinics will donate $10 from every one-hour massage or facial to the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, this one-day event raised nearly $900,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. La Jolla Massage Envy is located at 7650 Girard Ave., (858) 551-0078.

• Scripps seeks volunteers for a variety of tasks: Scripps Health is searching for volunteers who want to give back to their community. Volunteer opportunities include working with patients on nursing units and the Polster Breast Care Center; short-term assignments in fundraising; working in the gift shop, pet therapy program or the craft unit (making patient tray favors, knitting newborn baby beanies); working in the new Scripps Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. A volunteer orientation is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 at Scripps Memorial Hospital, 9888 Genesee Ave., in the volunteer services department. RSVP: (858) 626-6994 by Thursday, Sept. 18.

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