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With the 2022 Track Season just around the corner, I thought this would be an excellent time to introduce the new Islander Head Track and Field coach, Cameron Gary.

Gary is no stranger to coaching, either at the high school or the elite level. In addition to coaching at San Diego State University, where he holds the men’s Triple Jump Record, he’s coached at Helix, Monte Vista, Mater Dei, Olympian, and El Cajon Valley High Schools. He was the head coach at both Olympian and El Cajon Valley. more >>

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A traditional paddle out will be held Saturday, October 23 at Coronado’s North Beach to honor the late John Elwell. The paddle out is scheduled for 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Elwell was a short man but he walked tall through life. His stories of others captivated friends and family, and drove our appetites for years. And yet, it’s his own adventures more >>

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It is time again for witches and ghosts to wander throughout the central downtown. Coronado MainStreet sponsors the popular “Downtown Goes Ghostly” each Halloween. This year the fun event will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 and merchants in the central downtown will be prepared to welcome trick or treaters from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. that afternoon. more >>

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When talking about what makes Coronado, Coronado, no discussion would be complete without touching on community and the people within it. In Coronado we are blessed to have a level of community engagement that makes the city truly unique, something that long-time resident, Cathy Brown, is a big believer in and even bigger proponent of.

Brown was the recipient of the Lewis R. Hardy Jr. Memorial Award, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, at this month’s Celebrate Coronado event. Named in dedication of Captain Lewis R. Hardy Jr., Naval Aviator and instructor who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as dedicated his time to Coronado in a variety of ways, Hardy was an involved member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on city council where he strove to make the island the best place it could be for all Coronadans. more >>

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Coronado recently welcomed Tina Friend as the island’s new city manager. I had a chance to sit down with Friend, who has 16 previous years of experience in city government she’s bringing with her and is looking forward to working with and getting to know the Coronado community.

Friend didn’t always know she was going to find her calling in city government, and she told me her path towards it wasn’t necessarily the most conventional. “I started out with an appreciation of the outdoors and doing science, so my undergrad was in geology with an emphasis in chemistry,” she began. “When I went on to grad school I was thinking of doing environmental policy, and I got interested in policy in general.” From there, Friend pursued a master’s program in general policy at Georgetown and engaged in a variety of internships and work around the nation’s capital.

“I started thinking, ‘Where do I want to have an impact?’ And a lot of my classmates went on to federal agencies or think tanks, and it felt so remote to me. more >>

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Community Invited to First ‘Live’ Event in Two Years

The City of Coronado is excited to announce that it will host its first “live” Hometown Heroes Banner ceremony in two years on Saturday, Nov. 6, and encourages the community to attend the in-person event.

For our fall 2021 ceremony, 13 Hometown Heroes will be honored with banners hung along Third and Fourth streets, the City’s “Avenue of Heroes” from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Coronado High School Performing Arts Center, 650 D Ave.

Two Hometown Heroes ceremonies are held annually, in May and November. The City made the difficult decision to postpone the spring 2020 event due to restrictions on gatherings, then held the next two ceremonies virtually due to ongoing efforts to limit the spread. more >>

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The Coronado Roundtable meets this Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 at the Coronado Library Winn Room at 10:00 a.m., 640 Orange Avenue, where retired library director Christian Esquevin will talk about the fascinating story of the Ramos Martinez/La more >>

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What does the “Big Picture mean? It is the complete, overarching story, subject or idea. This phrase usually implies that one should not focus on the small details. However, a new exhibit opening this past weekend at the Coronado Public Library Spreckels Reading Room Gallery features the work of eleven local photographers and while their work is presented in a “big” format the detail is magnificent.

“The Big Picture” exhibition is an eclectic collection of images including stunning landscapes, action sports shots, gorgeous nature, and sumptuous food. Photographers participating in the exhibition include Mike Alves, Kel Casey, Derek Emge, Phil Fitzgerald, Dan McGeorge, Belle Mitchell, Joel Ortiz, Bill Sandke, Anouke Vashe and Anna Woerman. There is also an image from local photographer Brian Lippe, more >>

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The annual Coronado Turkey Trot hosted by Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Coronado Unit is a community event helping raise funds and awareness for Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. Rady Children’s serves 92 percent of San Diego Children, and 63 percent of South Riverside and 52 percent of Imperial County. 

The 2021 Coronado Turkey Trot hosted by Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Coronado Unit will support healing, child centered environments, and innovative care at Rady more >>

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Coronado Public Library, in partnership with the Coronado Island Film Festival, presents Film Forum Coronado, taking place the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Winn Room. Film expert Ralph DeLauro provides a brief introduction to each film and leads a discussion afterwards (time permitting), often including pointers about how lighting or more >>

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It seems as if every week the Islanders Girls Golf team seems to one-up themselves, and this week was no exception. With a 2-0 week, the Islanders capped off a 9-1 record in league play, a regular-season record of 14-5, and captured its third consecutive Western League title. A massive accomplishment for a team that has simply dominated all season and nearly every opponent who has dared to play them.

To start off their week, the Islanders defeated Our Lady Of Peace by a score of 208-218 at the River Walk Golf Course. more >>

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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. Researchers and people with any interest level can look up stories, businesses, homes they lived in, obituaries, sports, and even ads. Some of the newspapers include: more >>