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Gone but not forgotten

Posted: February 10th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | 1 Comment

Palisade Gardens Roller Skating Rink By Katherine Hon | Past Matters A columnist’s favorite words must be, “Your article is the first one I read when I open the newspaper.” Although she did not leave her name or phone number, the reader’s charming voice message absolutely made my day. And since she asked so nicely to tell the story of the Palisade Gardens Roller Skating Rink, dear anonymous caller, this column is dedicated to you.

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North Park institutions Olympic Café and John Kotselas will stay in neighborhood

Posted: December 2nd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | 2 Comments

By Katherine Hon | PastMatters In 1985, John Kotselas decided to open a restaurant featuring his family’s delicious recipes. He says, “Greeks stay put,” and true to his heritage, he has maintained his restaurant, Olympic Café, in the little shopping center on the northwest corner of Texas Street and University Avenue for 31 years.

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Highpoint in Ocean Beach

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Columns, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink | Come on Get Happy! It’s touted as the tallest outdoor patio on Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach, which becomes indisputable once you gaze beyond the ledge with a beer under your nose and look down at all the other rooftops in the vicinity. The ocean and the palm trees in front of it steal the view, and you suddenly feel as though you’re on top of the world.

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Hillcrest Town Council update – Nov. 18, 2016

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Hillcrest Town Council update | No Comments

By Benny Cartwright At its final meeting of 2016 on Nov. 15, the Hillcrest Town Council discussed topics related to the environment. We heard from Roger Kube of Surfrider San Diego and Lindsay Richardson of San Diego 350, who both gave informative presentations on the reality of climate change and suggested simple things we can do as citizens to take better care of our shared planet.

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The life of the female architect

Posted: November 18th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | 1 Comment

Success came with a price in early 20th century

By Michael Good | House Calls

Long before any female presidential candidate banged her head against the highest and hardest glass ceiling in the land, a sisterhood of California women were swinging their lady-grip hammers at another transparent barrier — the entrance to the boys club known as architecture.

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North Park’s Toyland Parade, a community tradition

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, North Park, PastMatters | No Comments

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters The next Toyland Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, starting at 11 a.m. In a tradition that has spanned more than 80 years, marching bands, vintage cars, floats, dancers and many community organizations will travel along University Avenue to kick off the holiday season. The North Park Historical Society devoted a whole chapter to the Toyland Parade in their book, “Images of America: San Diego’s North Park,” published […]

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Probiotic bonus

Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Bars & Happy Hours, Columns, Featured, Food & Drink | No Comments

By Dr. Ink Happy hour at Farmer’s Bottega is presented on a wine bottle, which lists the daily drink and food specials served at a small, curvy bar that seats about eight guests. It’s an intimate space that doesn’t intrude on the fairly large dining room, allowing you to rub elbows with other patrons while sipping on craft beers, house wines or bellinis made with fresh-fruit puree.

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