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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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In Love With Art

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Stephanie Clair is an artist on a mission to “touch your soul with my brush.” Collections of delightfully bright and boldly picturesque acrylics, taken from “dreams and life experiences,” reflect her desire to incite contagiously happy energy.

Perusing through her collector series — Romance, Individuals, Places, Mosaics and Concrete — is like strolling through a patchwork of fanciful shapes and vibrant colors that promise to bring “a soulful human quality to fruition.”

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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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Beyond coffee and muffins

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Few cafes in San Diego are entrenched in the residential sections of the neighborhoods they call home. Mama’s Bakery & Deli on Alabama Street and El Comal on Illinois Street come to mind, although both sit a stone’s throw away from commercial thoroughfares.

Mystic Mocha takes you deeper into an area lined with houses, trees and sidewalks. It’s a colorful little place with a Bohemian feel famous for its crafty, homemade muffins and assorted coffee drinks using beans from Café Moto.

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‘Big Fish’ and tall tales  

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

I can identify with Edward Bloom. When he sings “We were born to wake each morn/Someplace we’ve never been,” that wanderlust gets to me too.

The difference is that I’m single and unencumbered. Edward is married, and son Will wishes his traveling salesman dad were around more, like for his soccer games.

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Best of Uptown

Posted: June 30th, 2017 | Best Of Uptown, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

One of the pleasures of being editor of San Diego Uptown News is witnessing the pride that local residents have of the individual neighborhoods that they call home.

Uptown News covers almost a dozen neighborhoods and our masthead mentions Old Town, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, University Heights, Normal Heights, North Park, South Park, Golden Hill, Kensington and Talmadge.

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UC San Diego to replace Hillcrest hospital by 2030

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Communities, Feature, Hillcrest, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

University of California San Diego plans to build a new medical center on its Hillcrest campus by 2030 to comply with California’s Hospital Seismic Safety Law.

Located at 200 W. Arbor Drive in Hillcrest, the UCSD Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Regional Burn Center and a Comprehensive Stroke Center — capable of treating victims of major traumatic injuries and the most serious health emergencies. The teaching hospital is renown for its groundbreaking research into cancer, heart disease and other complex health conditions. And its Owen Clinic is considered one of the national leaders in treatment for HIV and AIDS.

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Helping the Angels

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Feature, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

Love, joy, peace, connection.

These are all qualities that the late Jamie Morgan Mychael Bratton-McNeeley embodied. His life will be honored, and the nonprofit organization Urban Street Angels benefitted, at a “Jamie’s Joy Toast to 21” event from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at The Irenic in North Park. The Irenic complex has become a home base for the Angels.

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Food fest turns 17

By Jess Winans

Hungry? Come on down to the 17th annual Taste of Adams Avenue and take a bite, as 45 restaurants, wine bars, pubs and coffee houses open their doors to San Diego’s foodie community.

The event, which is always held on the last Sunday of June and hosted by the Adams Avenue Business Association, will take place Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stretching from Mississippi Street in University Heights to Vista Street in Kensington, the food fest also goes through Normal Heights.

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The power of garlic

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Two graduates of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) just took over the kitchen at Garlic Shack, a peculiar but alluring little eatery that makes no apologies for messing with your breath.

Garlic in one form or another finds its way into about 75 percent of the dishes across an American-Asian menu from which you’ll discover steamed burgers, the item that mainly led me here because of its obscurity — at least within San Diego.

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