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Coronado’s Justin Meek (CHS ’14) Remembered

Memorial services by their very nature are somber affairs. However the event held to honor the memory of Justin Allen Meek Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, took on a different timbre, and not just because the entire home side of the football stadium was full of friends of Justin and the Meek family. You came away from the service both wishing you had known Justin better, while feeling there was much more he could have done with his life, had he been given the chance. 

Exactly one month prior to the service, Justin Meek, 23, and his sister Victoria Rose Meek, were working as promoters at the Borderline Bar and Grill, when he was shot and killed, one of 12 people who died that evening. Meek died while attempting to help others escape pistol fire that claimed the lives of the

Posted in Coronado island news on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:31 pm. Updated: 8:48 pm.

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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” - Commander Glenn E. Welch, USN

Commander Glenn E. Welch was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Oct. 24, 1916, and graduated from Hopkins High School in 1934. He spent six years working in the lumber industry to pay for his studies at the University of

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Islander Girls Basketball Team Runs Record To 7-2 With A Perfect Week

Islander Girls Basketball Head Coach Toler Goodwin thought from the outset of the season his team was going to be pretty good. One sign of that faith was he re-instituted the Islander Thanksgiving Tournament, where teams play two games each day on the Friday and Saturday after the holiday. If you aren’t at least pretty good, the season can start on a losing streak and you can’t catch up.

The Islanders started their season with a non-conference victory, then went 2-2 in the Thanksgiving Tournament, which left them with a record of 3-2. Now the Islanders are the winners of five games in a row and their record is a very solid 7-2. And as is typical of all coaches, at all levels, Goodwin is still obsessing a little over the one that got away, a winnable game lost to Chula Vista in the Thanksgiving Tournament.

Last week Coronado won three games, and all three were on the road. First up was a 45-38 win at Escondido. Assuming a close win might equate to a good game, apparently the opposite was true according to Goodwin. “It was a heavily whistled game.

Posted in Coronado sports on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:17 pm. Updated: 8:51 pm.

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Chamber To Host Sundowner Dec. 17

The Coronado Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Holiday Sundowners for mixing and mingling on Monday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m at the festive Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Posted in Coronado home and business on Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:42 pm. Updated: 8:50 pm.

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City Of Coronado Declares Local Emergency As Result Of Unprecedented Rain Event

Coronado was hit with a major winter storm on Thursday night, flooding various streets around town and knocking out power for some 1200 customers.

While it had rained on Wednesday and thunder and lightning were forecast for Thursday, few anticipated the deluge that Coronado received. According to National Weather Service, San Diego International Airport received 2.6 inches of rain during the course of the two days of storms. According to the City of Coronado, the “large amount of rain in a relatively short period of time” along with “a high tide event and rush hour … combined to cause traffic impacts, widespread flooding and damage all over town.”

Shortly after the rain started in earnest on Thursday evening, photographs began appearing on social media of “more than a foot” deep water on Orange Avenue. According to Bay Books manager, Barbara Chambers, she received a call from store workers saying that water was coming into the bookstore – apparently from the construction next door (the building housing former Costa Azul is currently under renovation). She said there was some minor damage, but nothing major. But the store did have to close early.


Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:39 pm.

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City Council Hears Details of Parker Pump Station Replacement; Re-Visits Community Grant Awards Policies

To state the proposition plainly, the Parker Pump Station, located at Eighth Street and Coronado Avenue, in close proximity to NAS North Island and adjacent to residential properties, needs to be replaced to the tune of $10 million. The pump station, which City Manager Blair King described as a, “Major infrastructure piece,” is both a stormwater station with a 48-inch gravity flow pipe and a sewage station with a 28-inch gravity flow pipe. The structure is two stories in height and is built below ground.

City of Coronado Principal Engineer Jim Newton described the current state of the Parker Pump Station. “There are cracks in the roof of the stormwater wet wall, cracks in the interior wall, and there is temporary shoring for the interior wall. No city personnel are allowed in the station during storm events, when they would normally be there. Concrete is falling off the walls and joints are exposed. There is exposed rebar,

Posted in Coronado city news on Friday, December 14, 2018 8:37 pm. Updated: 8:53 pm.

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Boys Basketball Posts 2-1 Mark In West Hills Tournament Last Week

Just about the time it seemed the collective shooting touch of the Islander Boys Basketball Team might take a sabbatical this season, it showed up last week in a 74-51 win at West Hills High School. Head Coach JD Laaperi said, “We shot above 50 percent for two-point attempts and above 40 percent for threes. We were 55 percent from the free throw line, so that still needs to be shored up. But our other shooting stats were finally there. We started hot and had a five point lead at the half. I told the kids at half-time, ‘Let’s work hard on the defensive end, the offensive end is going well.’ We were able to get a 20-point lead in the third and we played the fourth quarter even.”

Laaperi continued, “We have been splitting time at point guard between Ryan Herman and Mike Cunningham and in this one, Mike set a school record, going 7-10 from the three-point line. He came off the bench and didn’t play much in the fourth quarter. He said after the game, ‘Coach, the basket felt huge.’ I told him to keep the confidence going. He seems to have found his shooting touch. It was a struggle up to that point. Caden Gentry had 17 points, Bruen Roulier had four points, four steals, five assists and seven rebounds.”

Posted in Coronado sports on Thursday, December 13, 2018 8:13 pm. Updated: 8:55 pm.

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The Grandmother I Always Wanted - The Segments Of Life

With the new year looming and memories flickering around us during the Christmas season, many of us reflect on our lives. In my mind, my life story is organized into four main segments: child; wife with children; wife with grandchildren; wife with great-grandchildren. The first three periods were about the same length, and now I enter the last section when great-grandchildren provide the smiles and stories. Our oldest granddaughter Alex has a step-son Bradley, six-years-old, whom we all adore, our first great-grandson. He has personality exuding from every pore, and his smile is infectious. Alex, also, has one-year old Jackson who is following in his brother’s footsteps with the same ready smile and sweet personality. In February, a great-granddaughter will join our family when our second granddaughter Chloe adds mother to her titles. The next generation has taken off.

“Logos College” Religious Youth Center Planned For 970 C Avenue

A property at 970 C Avenue was purchased by the TyL Foundation of Littleton, Colorado in 2013. The foundation now plans to build a new, two-story religious youth center in the R-3/P zone on the spot where the current Chamber of Commerce has its offices. The foundation’s agent, architect John Dominy, presented the plans to the Design Review Commission (DRC) for approval.

According to Dominy, who was speaking on behalf of the applicant, (David McElrath, the pastor at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, who listed the company name as Logos College), the approximately 10,000 square foot building will have rooms for middle school and high school youth groups, kitchen, storage, bathrooms and a half size basketball court as well as an outdoor patio and deck. Additionally, it will have an underground garage with an entrance from the alley. The building was designed, according to Dominy, with inspiration taken from the church across the street (Graham Memorial) and that the colors of the building will “mimic,” but not “copy” the historical church.

There were two primary points of discussion for the commissioners: the underground parking structure which would have entrance and egress in the alley between Orange Avenue and C and the look of the building, both the tower portion and the plain façade facing the neighboring condominium building.

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Islander Girls Water Polo Falls To Newport Harbor 11-7

Originally the Islander Girls Water Polo Team had two games scheduled last week, but a game at Santa Margarita was called off due to lightening. And the really good news, according to Islander Head Coach Alicia Began, is the game was postponed before Coronado embarked on the 170-mile round trip to Rancho Santa Margarita.

That left the Islanders with one game, which was played Saturday at home against long-time Orange County opponent Newport Harbor. Coronado’s Boys and Girls Water Polo Teams have played Newport at least once a year for decades and the games are normally close and well-played. Began said of Newport, “They are a strong program and they have a phenomenal coach, so they are well-structured.”

Posted in Coronado sports on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 8:21 pm. Updated: 8:56 pm.

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Upcoming Holiday Camps In Coronado

Holiday Camps at the Community Center are coming up. Plan ahead and get registered.

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:30 pm. Updated: 8:55 pm.

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Coronado Businesses Support Toys For Tots 2018

Coronado businesses help community organizer Colonel Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Official Coronado toy donation sites are VFW Post 2422 located at 557 Orange Avenue, Ascent Real Estate located at 944 Orange Avenue, Business Products Express located at 1019 C Avenue, and the Blue Octopus Toy Store located in the Shops at the Del at 1500 Orange Avenue. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Wednesday, Dec. 19. Your thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of San Diego County’s most needy children this Christmas season.

Posted in Coronado home and business on Saturday, December 15, 2018 8:43 pm. Updated: 8:57 pm.

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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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