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Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Communities, News, North Park, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Should North Park impose a nighttime curfew for certain public parks?

The North Park Recreational Council is spearheading an effort to get city officials to establish a curfew from midnight to 6 a.m. at the following locations.

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Remembering the victims of traffic violence

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Esperanza Torres-Gies lived to tell her story about how she became a dreaded traffic statistic in San Diego. Not once, but twice.

On two separate occasions, Torres-Gies was struck by a car while trying to cross a street. She is one of the 488 pedestrians and bicyclists injured by traffic violence in San Diego from 2006-16.

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For the love of dogs

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Community Profile, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

In “The Sound of Music,” the nanny Maria sings about “My Favorite Things” as a way to keep her and the children’s spirits up during a storm. North Park resident Kirsten Blakeman has taken her “favorite things” and combined them to found a local nonprofit with a national impact.

Rescue Run Club is both an apparel brand to benefit shelters such as the San Diego Humane Society and a meet-up group connecting joggers and shelter animals. Its mission is to promote dog adoptions and active lifestyles.

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Candlelight supper in Kensington

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Even though it’s the most clichéd dish in North American French restaurants, I’ve had a long, unbreakable love affair with onion soup au gratin.

From my initial infatuation when first encountering it as a teenager in Montreal to embracing its flaws whenever they arise in the present-day, the “Soupe à l’Oignon Grantinèe” at Bleu Boheme is my new benchmark from which I’ll judge all others.

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A holiday classic

Posted: December 1st, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” may be the most adapted piece of literature around. A Wikipedia search lists 53 versions.

I’ve seen it countless times, but I’d never seen the 1994 musical version now on the boards at Welk Resort Theatre in Escondido. This one boasts music by multiple Oscar-winner Alan Menken (Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Fred Ebb (“Cabaret”).

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Building boom

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Janice Collins

On Nov. 7, Scripps Health unveiled a master plan that represents the largest building program in the health care system’s 125-year history and triggers significant construction projects at its hospital campuses across San Diego County designed to serve the needs of the community for generations to come.

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Helping foster children

Posted: November 17th, 2017 | Communities, Community Profile, Talmadge, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor

Tonya Torosian has one of those jobs that brings great joy amid inescapable heartache.

As chief executive officer of the local nonprofit Promises2Kids, Torosian works diligently to help thousands of foster children who have suffered physical and/or sexual abuse or have been severely neglected by their parents or caregivers.

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