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CHS Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Jess Battle Retires

Terming it, “A difficult decision, but I think one that is best for everyone,” last week CHS Head Girls Lacrosse Coach Jessica Battle resigned her position at the school after 19 seasons. Battle’s decision was prompted by a desire to return to school full time to pursue a career in psychology.

Battle said in correspondence to her players and friends of the program,”I have learned and grown so much over the last 19 years. You have all let me into your lives and many of your homes and for that I will be eternally grateful. Thank you to the parents as well for all your support and help. Coronado lacrosse would not be where it is today without you. I feel blessed to have been able to work with so many incredible young woman over the years. Being given the opportunity to coach truly is a gift and one I have not taken lightly.”

Battle’s teams were incredibly successful, especially since for much of her coaching career there was just one division in high school lacrosse in San Diego County.

Posted in Coronado sports on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:57 am. Updated: 9:16 am. | Tags: Jess Battle , Chs , Lacrosse

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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” ... Lt. General Francis Patrick Mulcahy, USMC

Some might have called it a suicide mission that October day in 1918 on the frontlines in France, but not 24-year-old Capt. Francis Mulcahy, Flight Commander, Squadron A, First Marine Aviation Force.

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Village Theatre Times

Aug. 7 - Aug. 13

Fantastic Four (PG-13)

Fri: (2:15), 5:30, 8:30

Sat & Sun: (11:15 AM), 2:15, 5:30, 8:30

Mon - Thu: (2:15), 5:30, 8:30

Ricki and the Flash(PG-13)

Fri: (2:15), 5:30, 8:30

Sat & Sun: (11:15 AM), 2:15, 5:30, 8:30

Mon - Thu: (2:15), 5:30, 8:30

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (PG-13)

Fri: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30

Sat & Sun: (11:00 AM), 2:00, 5:20, 8:30

Mon - Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30

Coronado City Council To Reconsider Beach Bike Path Study At Sept. 1 Meeting

A standing-room-only crowd attended the Coronado City Council meeting of Tuesday, August 18, 2015. The vast majority of those assembled were present to persuade councilmembers to reconsider a previous council action that approved the expenditure of $100,000 for a study regarding the feasibility of constructing a multi-use bike path on the beach.

Twin motions for reconsideration of the expenditure were brought forward by Councilmembers Carrie Downey and Richard Bailey.  Supporters of the reconsideration motion came equipped with yard signs and buttons proclaiming ‘Save Our Beach.’ At one point Mayor Casey Tanaka asked City Clerk Mary Clifford to count the number of attendees who were opposed to the bike path and that figure totaled 80 residents. During either the Oral Communications

Posted in Coronado city news on Friday, August 28, 2015 4:31 pm. Updated: 4:43 pm. | Tags: Coronado City Council , Mike Woiwode , Casey Tanaka , Richard Bailey , Councilmembers Carrie Downey , Bicycle Advisory Committee , Councilmember Bill Sandke

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Back To School Night At CMS Sept. 2

Back to School Night for Coronado Middle School parents is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2

Posted in Coronado island news on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:46 am. Updated: 8:55 am. | Tags: Coronado California , Coronado Middle School

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Lawn Signs Are A Reminder That It’s Time To “Please Slow Down”

In most traffic scenarios green means “go.” In Coronado, green is a kind reminder to “Please Slow Down.” The green signs posted on Coronadans’ lawns predominantly along Third and Fourth Street and around town are the results of a grassroots campaign led by City Councilman Richard Bailey and Coronado Resident Charles Crehore. The goal of the “Please Slow Down” campaign is pretty self-explanatory but is also geared for inspiring community involvement to finally take a stance against an age-old issue: traffic.

Earlier this year, a speed survey conducted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) got the ball rolling. The speed limit coming off the Coronado Bridge all the way down to Third Street used to be 25 miles per hour. According to Bailey, the results of the survey showed that the 85th percentile of traffic was traveling at approximately 35 miles per hour which caused Caltrans to change the speed limit from the original 25 to 30 miles per hour.

Coronado Police Sgt. Kevin Shank told me over the phone that Caltrans will hopefully change the signs by the end of the year. In the mean time, the legal speed limit is 30 miles per hour.


Posted in Coronado island news on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:14 am.

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CHS Girls Golf Season Underway

Unlike their brothers in water polo and football, the CHS Girls Golf Team’s two contests last week were both regular season matches. Their first encounter was against Mira Mesa at the Torrey Pines South course and Coronado won 254-300. Kesar Patel was the medalist for Coronado with a 42 and she was followed by both Carson Ricks and Grace Gipson who shot rounds of 45. Their second match was a 199-255 loss to Torrey Pines, perennially one of the best prep golf programs in the state. The match was played at La Costa Canyon. Patel again shot a 42 to lead the Islanders, with Ricks carding a 49.

“They brought their best six players,” said Head Coach Randy Coutts of the Falcons. “Despite a similar score in both matches, we saw some improvement our second time out. The top end of our lineup shot better at the La Costa Canyon course.”

While on the phone with Coutts, it turned out the veteran coach was also a fine athlete back in the day. A total of 53 years ago Coutts played for the same Sweetwater Valley Little League team that is currently in the Little League

Posted in Coronado sports on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:51 am. Updated: 8:57 am. | Tags: Golf , Coronado Municipal Golf Course

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Skills For Life 

Social-emotional intelligence is a key leadership skill and a critical component of success. Articles touting the importance of emotional intelligence are popping up in the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and most major financial news sources. Top business schools like Stanford and Yale are incorporating emotional intelligence assessments into their admissions process and offering coursework in developing critical emotional intelligence skills.

When people lack core social-emotional skills, there is an increase in depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide.

Posted in Coronado island news on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:54 am. Updated: 8:58 am. | Tags: Coronado California ,

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Annual Good Neighbor Month Is This September

It’s time for neighbors helping neighbors—all September long. Father Joe’s Villages has lots of great ways to be a good neighbor during its second annual Good Neighbor Month this September. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Good Neighbor Month activities include a variety of events to raise awareness about homelessness, encourage neighborly acts and provoke important dialogue around key homelessness issues.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural Good Neighbor Month, we are looking forward to another great opportunity to engage San Diegans

City Of Coronado To Receive Return Of $32.8 Million In Development Agency Funds As State Drops Appeal

California’s Department of Finance apparently saw the error of their ways last week and dropped their appeal filed in Sacramento Superior Court to retain $32.8 million, plus interest, the state previously appropriated from the city of Coronado. Funds in that amount were loaned by the city to the Coronado Community Development Agency to expedite the construction of several major projects in the city including City Hall; the city’s Recreation Center; Coronado Police headquarters; the re-modeling of the Village Theatre; an agreement with Sharp Coronado Hospital; Village Elementary School; Coronado High School; Coronado Middle School and the new CUSD District office.

In February 2012, with the state in the throes of a financial crisis, Governor Jerry Brown dissolved 400 Redevelopment Agencies previously established by municipalities throughout California. The state’s Department of Finance was given the ultimate authority to decide which redevelopment loans were legal and which weren’t. It would be accurate to say the city of Coronado didn’t fare well in those determinations until the matter reached the courts.

In addition, there was $5.8 million that the state claimed from the city, a process which Coronado City Manager Blair King explained. “There was money available, but had not yet been loaned to the Development Agency in the amount of $5.8 million. In the process of dissolution of the agency, the state’s auditors looked at our books and said that the $5.8 million was the state’s money and you (city of Coronado) have to put that in the kitty for us. We litigated all of those issues. We re-entered our loans properly. The city of Emeryville went to the California Supreme Court on similar facts. Emeryville was first in line and we were next up. When the state’s appeal was dropped, all of those questions went away. Now another question is regarding the repayment time of the loans and the state Department of Finance wants to stretch the payments out on their schedule. We could possibly litigate the payments. There is a hearing in Sacramento that I will attend Aug. 28.”

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Coronado Historical Association Holds Annual Spreckels Party

The Coronado Historical Association held its annual Spreckels Party, Saturday evening, Aug. 22. The event is held each year to thank the organization’s most generous supporters--its Spreckels Society members.

CHA Membership and Education Director Katelynn Estrada explained, “Our members are true keepers of Coronado history. Their generosity and loyal support are a service to the community, enabling CHA to continue its mission of preserving that history. The Spreckels event is a way to show our gratitude.”

Gracious hosts Carolyn Elledge-Baker and Bud Baker opened their home at the corner of Ocean and Adella. The lush gardens and brilliant sunset off of Point Loma were unforgettable. A Polynesian theme created by Event Chairs Caroline Murray, Mary Ann Chapple and Charlotte Harris added a festive and casual mood to the historic English Tudor home, designed by Requa & Jackson and built in 1925.

Past CHA Board Member Tom Mustin was presented the Spreckels Society

Posted in Coronado island news on Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:34 am. Updated: 9:46 am. | Tags: Coronado California , Coronado Historical Association

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Eagle Submissions Welcome

We welcome submissions of letters to the editor, announcements, photos and community happenings.

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado home and business, Coronado island news, Coronado sports on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:33 pm. Updated: 9:01 am.

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CUSD Begins School Year With New Department Of Defense Educational Grant

With the beginning of the new 2015-16 school year comes the positive news that the Coronado Unified School District has been awarded a new five-year Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant in the amount of $1.25 million. When the current grant is completed in 2020, the district will have received a total of three grants that will have spanned the years 2009-2020 and total $4.1 million.

One of the two writers of the current grant is CUSD Senior Director of Learning Claudia Gallant, who is entering her 35th year in education. She has been with CUSD for 23 years, six of those in her current position. Gallant also worked for Christ Church Day School for a dozen years. She provided an overview of the DoDEA grant history. “Our first grant in 2009 really kick-started intervention in our district, reaching out to make sure all kids are proficient. That

Posted in Coronado city news on Thursday, August 27, 2015 9:29 am. Updated: 9:42 am. | Tags: Coronado Unified School District , Christ Church Day School , Silver Strand Elementary School , Coronado Safe

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My Coronado Memory - ‘We Walk Among Heroes’

Walking on Coronado Beach early one morning with Capt. Al Waldman, USNR, by now in his 80’s, who always proudly wore his USNA Class of 1943 sweatshirt, we could see, heading our way, a large group of Navy SEALs running in formation. Al and I stopped while they ran past – Al beaming and waving.

Suddenly, from amongst the group, a voice rose over the cadence: “OH-THREE!” -- a reference to his Academy graduation class of 2003. Al, without hesitation replied in an even louder voice than the young runner: “FORTY-THREE!!”

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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