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The green thumb of Mission Hills

By Ken Williams | Editor

Jim Bishop calls himself a “plantaholic.” His friends will toast him — maybe even teasingly roast him — for that.

Over the past six years, Bishop has served as president of the San Diego Horticultural Society. He will step down from his leadership role following his talk about “My Life with Plants: Confessions of a Plantaholic” at the Aug. 14 meeting of the society.

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Anna Feil and her fabulous women

By Lucia Viti

Anna Feil, Uptown resident and artist, imagines a parlor brimming with eccentric and formidable women who refuse to be anything but fabulous. Feil’s future “Puppet Girl Parlor” will showcase her signature, textured paintings of all things imperfectly beautiful.

For those curious to peruse her artwork today, Feil will present her paintings at ArtWalk @ Liberty Station on Aug. 12 and 13.

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Advocating for Hillcrest

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

As chair of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), Kath Rogers leads a civic-minded volunteer board that provides a public voice to the neighborhood’s residents and their concerns.

Rogers joined the HTC as a board member in 2014, not long after moving from Chicago to San Diego. She is a native of the Windy City, growing up in the Old Town historical neighborhood on the North Side.

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Making a difference

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ken Williams | Editor

Vicki Granowitz is not shy about expressing her opinion, and her refreshingly candid comments at public meetings — which can be rather blunt and are rarely politically correct — often find their way into the local press.

She’s a quote waiting to happen.

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Where did Elizabeth Hannon go?

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured, News | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Contributing Editor Members of the Uptown communities are familiar with Elizabeth Hannon, who for the last several years was a very visible force as the CEO of the Uptown Parking District. But earlier this year, Hannon seemed to effectively drop out of sight, causing many in the community to wonder where she is and what she is up to.

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Face of FilmOut

After battling lymphoma, Program Director Michael McQuiggan looks forward to good health and upcoming film festival By Ken Williams | Editor Chances are, if you have attended a movie or a festival presented by FilmOut San Diego, you have been cheerfully greeted by longtime Program Director Michael McQuiggan. Filmmakers from across the globe know McQuiggan, who has built a stellar reputation for helping to produce one of the top LGBT film festivals in the United […]

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Giving back is good business

Posted: May 19th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Bev Oster is a woman on the go. As president of Oster and Associates public relations firm in Hillcrest, she keeps a hectic schedule overseeing the company, dealing with clients and drumming up new business. But Oster also finds time to give back, with a personal motto that volunteerism is at the forefront of good business practices.

For the past decade, Oster has volunteered with Project Amigo, a transnational nonprofit that supports impoverished students in Colima, Mexico. Presently she heads the organization’s board of directors, where she works closely with the executive director, raises money, and helps guide the development of strong relationships between the nonprofit and businesses.

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A force for good

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Community Profile, Featured | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

Downtown residents Arlene and Richard Esgate understand the importance of giving back and strive to make a difference in San Diego and beyond.

Whether advocating for Balboa Park or serving on the board of the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Esgates put their wallets where their hearts lie. They are major donors to Childhelp, a national child-abuse prevention and treatment organization. In 2012, Childhelp gave the couple the “Founders for the Love of a Child” award for their dedication and support. Giving is what the Esgates do.

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Raise Progress

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

The 2016 presidential election results shook up a whole lot of Californians who believe in progressive politics, and has sparked grass-roots efforts designed to make a difference in future campaigns.

A group of parents and friends, most of whom live in the Uptown and Mid-City communities, have come together to form a nonprofit called Raise Progress with the slogan: “Advancing Change. Uplifting Communities. Promoting Hope.”

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