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Joe Ditler Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 1969 With Tell-All Book

Fifty years ago the bridge opened, changing Coronado forever. In its wake came the demise of the Coronado car-carrying ferryboats and the Coronado train. It also spelled the end to what was once a quiet little town.

“Paradise Found,” is how Joe Ditler describes his home this past half century. He came to Coronado from a little dust bowl called Muscoy, at the edge of the desert and foot of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Little did he know that 50 years later he would write a book about that tumultuous era of the Summer of Love, and all the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that came with it.

His book documents this fascinating era. It’s called, “Coronado Confidential: ‘It Can’t Happen Here …’”

Posted in Coronado home and business, Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 11:04 am. Updated: 11:10 am.

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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” ... Commander Richard Sadlier, USN

Commander Richard Sadlier joined the Air Force in September 1959, going to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for basic training. After training, he was sent to logistics school at Amarillo Air Force Base.

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Coronado Volunteers Honored By Girl Scouts San Diego

During its recent Volunteer Celebration, Girl Scouts San Diego honored five Coloradans for their outstanding achievements.

Stephanie Nurding received the Cookie Award for her support of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program, through which girls build key leadership and life skills. She serves as co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 6136 and cookie program coordinator for the Coronado Service Unit. Nurding planned an exceptional cookie kickoff event, and arranged for older Girl Scouts to mentor younger ones as “Cookie Captains.”

Also in the spotlight was Nurding’s troop co-leader, Ashley Taylor, who received the Get Outdoors award. As a volunteer in many capacities, Taylor creates opportunities for Girl Scouts explore nature and learn to love their planet. Her contributions have included helping lead a project called the Butterfly Effect, through

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:58 am. Updated: 11:11 am.

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New Flag Retirement Service

A new collection service for retired American flags will launch on Flag Day, Friday, June 14, at the Coronado Library.

Posted in Coronado city news on Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:47 pm. Updated: 2:58 pm.

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Dozier And Alexander Honored With McGowan And Wong Awards

The two most prestigious student honors presented annually to graduating seniors at Coronado High School are the Jike Wong Award and the Molly McGowan Award. The Wong Award for 2019 has been presented to Bryce Alexander and Avery Dozier is the winner of the McGowan Award.

Awarded since 1944 in memory of McGowan, who passed away during her junior year in 1943 after a lengthy illness, the perpetual award honors the senior girl who best achieves the ideals of friendliness, scholastic achievement and service. The Wong Award is named after Jike Wong (CHS ’48), who died in a car accident shortly after his class graduated. The criteria for the Wong Award, which is inscribed on the trophy are, “Scholar, athlete, leader, and friend. To the boy who best exemplifies these ideals.”

Although being an athlete isn’t part of the criteria for either award, Alexander and Dozier both were outstanding in their respective sports and coincidentally both scholar-athletes earned five varsity letters during their Islander career. Dozier won four letters in Soccer and one in Track. “I ran the 100, 200, the 4x100 relay and did the long jump. I was the shortest long jumper out there.”

Alexander at one point in his Football career was a combination quarterback and defensive back, eventually transitioning into a middle linebacker and tight end by his senior year. Alexander was a center for the Islander Basketball team for the past two seasons and was an effective big man who could rebound, play defense and score enough to keep the opposing defense honest.


Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 9:53 am.

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Coronado Island Film Festival Prepares For 2019 Event

What you need to know about new Coronado Island Film Festival Executive Director Merridee Book is she is in the perfect spot in her career to maximize the potential of the event that will be held November 8-11, 2019, over Veterans Day Weekend. From her first taste of show biz when she appeared in a public service announcement for the American Cancer Society with former Chargers Louie Kelcher and Rolf Benirschke, Book was hooked.

Book said, “I’ve always loved show business and going to the theater. I loved watching the trailers before the films started. The whole industry has been magic for me since childhood.”

A now humorous story occurred when Book had a film internship with Bob Eubanks (“The Newlywed Game”), which she described. “Bob and his son Corey were producing an independent film called

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:50 am. Updated: 11:14 am.

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Registration Open For Historic 48th Annual Sports Fiesta

Optimist Club’s Event July 27 & 28 Supports Coronado’s Youth

 For those who want to participate as an athlete or sponsor in the 48th annual Optimist Club of Coronado’s Sports Fiesta, the time to sign up is now. The event raises funds that are then donated to local youth activities, including roughly 50 clubs, teams and projects, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Coronado schools’ athletic teams and club teams, scholarship programs, robotics, oratorical and essay contests and many more.

The Sports Fiesta features three main events; A mini-triathlon, a separate 5K and a separate 1-mile rough-water swim. Events are based at Sunset Park, but there is also a volleyball tournament at Central Beach and a Lawn Bowling tournament at the John D. Spreckels Center next to the Coronado Library.

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:58 am. Updated: 11:14 am.

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Gia Del George Joins SAFE As Director Of Programs & Clinical Counseling

Coronado SAFE (Student And Family Enrichment), a community education and counseling nonprofit founded in 1998, proudly announces its latest hire as it continues to meet the needs of the Coronado community by adding a new full-time licensed staff member. A native San Diegan, Gia Del George, LCSW, has joined the Coronado SAFE team as Director of Programs and Clinical Counseling to help lead the organization’s efforts to improve the emotional and behavioral health of youth and families in Coronado.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to report increasing national trends of high levels

A Weekend At Whispering Winds Recharges The Faith Batteries

“Where else can you play, have fun and talk about God?” is how a child described the past weekend at Whispering Winds, a Catholic Camp and Conference Center in Julian. A number of Sacred Heart Church parishioners attended the weekend retreat called family camp which was a whirlwind of fun activities for parents and children and - yes talks about God. Our family started attending the camp six years ago when our daughter was 6 years old. It was all new to us then but those three days made a mark in our lives and every year since then we have returned, always looking forward to recharge our faith batteries.

The camp was started by two families, the Kojis and the Tisis who had the idea to create a camp for families after attending a Christian Family Camp themselves. They purchased 368 acres of land in 1978. The camp first started small, with modular buildings and mobile homes. In 2003 the Cedar Fire destroyed 80 percent of the camp, but by the next year the camp reopened. In 2005 the camp was opened year-round and launched Confirmation Retreats, Young Adults Retreats and Sixth Grade Camps. Over the years new buildings have been added to the grounds thanks to donations. Whispering Winds is a not-for profit organization who continues its work thanks to big and small donors.

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The Marines Are About To Take Another Island

In keeping with long-standing tradition, dozens of local Marines, former, active and retired, are banding together to form the first ever Coronado Detachment of the Marine Corps League. An official Charter Presentation Ceremony will be held at Star Park on June 22 at 11 a.m. If you are a veteran, know a veteran, or are free because of a veteran, we hope you will attend the ceremony.

Colonel Bill Spittler, a retired Marine, said, “We in the Crown City, sometimes forget our connection to the Marine Corps with famous Marines like Major General Joseph H. Pendleton, who served as our Mayor from 1928 to 1930. Besides commitment to community service, our detachment hopes to remind us all of the long and honorable legacy.”

Colonel Chris Ellinger, an active duty Marine stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego said, “Our small band of Coronado Marines asked the question ‘Why is there no Marine Corps League in Coronado?’

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:56 am. Updated: 11:17 am.

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C3 Gallery Fall Exhibition

The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission is calling local artists to submit artwork inspired by the year 1969 for a new exhibition in the Coronado Community C3 Gallery.

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:50 am. Updated: 11:16 am.

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The Gensler Group Awards Coronado High School Senior, Noelia Montiel $1,000 Scholarship

Is Money The Measure of Success?

This is the question answered by Noelia Montiel, winner of this year’s Gensler Group Essay Contest and $1,000 Scholarship to the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where Noelia will be studying dance in the fall. Noelia was chosen from 61 applicants judged on best composition based on originality, thesis statement, structure and introspection. “Success is not what you have, but who you are”, she says.

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:51 am. Updated: 11:18 am.

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Coronado Newspaper Project Complete, Local Newspapers Searchable Online

The multi-year Coronado Newspaper Project of the Coronado Public Library and the California Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of California Riverside is complete. Coronado’s newspapers from 1887 through 2013 are now available on the web.

The newspapers are fully searchable by subject, keyword, linked words and dates, and search results bring up articles or full pages of the newspapers. Images of specific articles can also be retrieved.

Win Village Theater Tickets With The Eagle Weekender

The Coronado Eagle & Journal’s e-blast, the Eagle Weekender, randomly selects a weekly winner on their subscribers list to receive 2 free tickets to the Coronado Village Theater. This has been a huge success due to the support and donation of tickets from the Coronado Village Theater.

Posted in Coronado home and business, Coronado island news on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:53 pm.

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