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HBA holds annual meeting

Hillcrest Business Association conducted its annual meeting on Oct. 10 at The Offices of M. Roland and Associations, on the top floor of the Mr. Robinson building on the corner of Park Boulevard and Robinson Avenue.

Guests sipped wine or cocktails and sampled sliders at the mixer-style meeting that was open to the public. HBA executive director Benjamin Nicholls shared the annual report, and elections were held for seven seats on the HBA board of directors as well as a seat on the Uptown Community Parking District board.

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Bankers Hill Business Group grows along with its community

By Colette Mauzeralle

Founded in August 2011, the Bankers Hill Business Group is on a mission: Promote and advocate for area businesses, and increase awareness of Bankers Hill as a destination neighborhood.

Partially funded by the city’s Micro District Program, the group is managed solely by volunteer business owners, many of whom have been around since the group’s inception.

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Helping abused kids

Posted: October 6th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

North Park businessman Anthony Bollotta has become a passionate advocate for the health and welfare of children, because as a boy he witnessed child abuse against some of his young relatives. For the past decade, he has been involved in various roles with Home Start, a local nonprofit agency focused on child abuse prevention and treatment.

Bollotta and other Home Start volunteers are busy preparing for the 10th annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival fundraiser, scheduled from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the historic Burnham House, 3565 Seventh Ave. in Hillcrest.

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The reluctant doctor

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Hang around with Ann L. Eliopulos for any length of time and there likely will be a cute little dog begging for her loving attention. Or maybe two or three competing for a hug or to sit on her lap. For the past three decades, she has been working with animals in some form or fashion.

Growing up with parents who were both doctors, Eliopulos vowed to take a different career path. The little rebel tried out a number of jobs, but always found her greatest joy as working with our furry friends.

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Finding his way

By Cynthia Robertson

Imagine that the Taliban is trying to find you in Afghanistan where you live so that they can murder you. Now imagine that you have to leave your friends, family and everything you know back in your homeland and move to another country. That is the reality for many of the interpreters in Afghanistan and Iraq who chose to help U.S. troops fight the enemy in their homeland.

Such is the case with South Park resident Noorullah Aziz, who moved to the United States two years ago. He is safe now, employed, and has made new friends, but his smile is slow. Every day he hopes for his family to be able to move out here soon.

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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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