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Hillcrest Town Council update – Aug. 11, 2017

By Mary M. McKenzie

At last month’s meeting, Hillcrest Town Council attendees were asked to address their visions for Hillcrest. Several concerns were common in the responses: community beautification, homelessness, safety/mobility, and the right mix of residential and commercial interests. Additionally, individuals also were concerned about energy and water conservation, the role of seniors in Hillcrest, and closer communications with elected officials.

In response to these ideas, the Aug. 8 meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council focused on beautification. Future meetings will address the remaining topics, beginning next month with homelessness.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Posted: July 28th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, HouseCalls | No Comments

Making good decisions may be a science, but living with them is an art By Michael Good | House Calls My grandmother was born in 1902. Or 1903, as she liked to pretend — because, well, who doesn’t want to feel a little younger? When she reached her 80s, my grandmother began to rethink this strategy, however, deciding that age had its advantages. After all, everyone said she looked 10 years younger. Or 11.

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DIY history at home

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Columns, Feature, PastMatters, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Katherine Hon | Past Matters

On May 18, Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) awarded a well-deserved Outstanding Public Service Award to San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.

What does that mean to you? If you own a historical-age home, the odds of finding your home’s birth year and the people involved in that blessed event are now much higher. And if you are interested in the history of San Diego, there are hours of amusement waiting for you on the City Clerk’s Digital Archives website at sandiego.gov/digitalarchives.

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Politicians hand out awards at Summer Social

By Mary M. McKenzie Assemblymember Todd Gloria was the guest of honor at the second annual Hillcrest Town Council Summer Social on July 6 at Uptown Tavern in Hillcrest. Gloria had just arrived from Sacramento and shared some of his achievements with the crowd, such as helping to pass a balanced state budget, and allotting more money for higher education and for the homeless, especially homeless youth.

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‘I walk’

By Blake and Gwen Beckcom | Fitness Together Often when conversing with someone, the small talk generally leads to “What do you do for a living?” I always find that to be an interesting topic due to the myriad and variety of occupations and careers that abound in our society and I am generally all ears. When it comes time for me to end questioning and begin clarifying what we do as fitness professionals, invariably one […]

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Support small businesses

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Notes from Toni | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins | Notes from Toni Small businesses, if you think about it, enrich our own personal quality of life and enhance our neighborhoods and communities — from my nail salon in Mission Hills, my massage therapist in Hillcrest, my auto mechanic in Normal Heights, my veterinarian in Kensington, and the wine bar in my own community of South Park/Golden Hill to the network of independently owned endeavors throughout my Senate district and […]

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Tennis, anyone?

Posted: June 16th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

Famous players in North Park’s backyard By Katherine Hon | PastMatters Summer is coming! It’s time to go outside and play. If tennis is your game, maybe you play all year at the Morley Field tennis complex, home of the Balboa Tennis Club (BTC). In that case, you are part of a long history of the club, local players — and the tennis courts themselves.

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A magical match

Posted: June 2nd, 2017 | Columns, Feature, HouseCalls, Top Story | No Comments

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

Tyler and Tracey Bunting were on their way to the Grape Street dog park when they saw the “for sale” sign in front of the house. “I’ve lived in the neighborhood since ’99,” Tracey said, “and I’ve walked by that house a million times. And it’s always stood out to me.”

Now it was for sale. “I said, ‘We should call on that.’”

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