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San Diego County has announced that beaches may open June 2 for passive use, including sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs with members of your household unit.

The Coronado City Council agreed last week that when the County’s health officer opened local beaches for passive use, the City would follow whatever guidelines are issued. Activities such as football or volleyball at the beach are not allowed.

The Council asked the public at its May 19 meeting to heed social distancing and sanitation measures when at the beach.

Dog Beach, Sunset Park and the fire rings remain closed. more >>

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WWII Paratrooper and Navy Region Commander Recognize 76th Anniversary of D-Day

On Saturday, June 6, World War II paratrooper Tom Rice and Commander Navy Region Southwest Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar will ring the Liberty Bell at Naval Air Station North Island for the 76th anniversary of D-Day. The event will occur globally at 6:44 p.m. (local time) to symbolize June 6, 1944. The Freedom Rings initiative will begin in Normandy, France and will be carried out through the world.

Local Coronado native Tom Rice was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment known as the “Screaming Eagles”. Rice parachuted into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to help liberate France from Nazi Germany. In 2019, for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Rice parachuted into Carentan, Normandy in the same drop zone as he did on D-Day. Rice was 97 years old then. more >>

Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) is still accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Application materials are due forthwith. Students can apply to one of six CoSA Conservatories: Classical and Contemporary Dance; Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design, and Graphic Design); Instrumental Music; Musical Theatre and Drama; Theatre Production, Design and Management; and Visual Art. more >>

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Julia Overlin was always one to ask people how they were doing and actually wait for an answer rather than brush them off. As an adult she was her friends’ “couch psychologist” listening to their problems.

“I’ve always been an ear to my friends,” she said.

After a career in acting where Overlin reached people through the roles she played, she found it natural to go into psychotherapy. “I wanted to reach people and normalize humanity,” she said. Overlin now reaches people by working with them one on one helping them through issues they may be going through.

“A lot of people tell me they’re crazy. I tell them ‘you’re human,’ ” she explained. more >>

Aria is a sweet and sporty girl who came to PAWS after she was found wandering on B Avenue. … more >>

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It’s not always about the money, but that’s the place to start as we summarize the Coronado City Council meeting of Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Due to the financial fallout created by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new financial reality is in store for Coronado. One year ago, Fiscal Year 2019-20 General Fund revenues were projected at $61.135 million; the revenue actuals for FY 2019-20 are going to be close to $53 million; and the budgeted FY 2020-21 General Fund revenues are $48.910 million.

Since General Fund expenses are projected at $52.68 million, an increase of $2.1 million over last fiscal year mostly due to wage and benefit adjustments and increased pension costs, City Manager Blair King and City Director of Administrative Services Jim Krueger had to get creative.

King spoke first to the Council and compared the budget preparation to being in a whirlwind. “Consistency, predictability and sustainability are important,” King said. “We are on a gentle glide more >>

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We continue to categorize Thought Exchange data into three prevailing themes: uniform distance learning structures and schedule, importance of direct interaction (teacher/student, peer/peer), and clear expectations with accountability. Professional development and training for staff, parents and students was also a key focus. We will share a more comprehensive report with our community on Wednesday, May 27.

Our staff development focus in June will center on lesson design for remote learning which aligns with research and evidence-based practices. Delivery of instruction will incorporate feedback from our staff and shareholders. more >>

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On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Jerry Winter recognized a need among our local Coronado businesses and contributed $5,000 to the Rotary Foundation to help them with losses suffered during the pandemic lockdown.

If we are fortunate, we have a friend or family member to whom we turn when times are the toughest. They lift our spirits and support us in many ways, large and small. Jerry Winter, 28-year member of Coronado Rotary, is one of those individuals to whom we turn. He is a past Rotarian of the Year (2010) and recipient of the Peacemaker award (2018). The Peacemaker Award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in promoting understanding, tolerance, and conflict resolution, and helping build good will and peace. more >>

Coronado skies showcase some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If you have captured this artistry with your camera, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce would love to see your photographs, with a view to featuring them on the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website.

The brand new design by Raindrop Marketing is launching this summer more >>

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The City was awarded a $221,000 adaptation planning grant from the California Department of Transportation in October 2019. The grant will be used to prepare a sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation plan. The plan will forecast anticipated sea-level rise through the year 2100 to identify critical public infrastructure and private more >>

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Historically, on Memorial Day, Coronado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars gather with friends and families at Star Park to honor our fallen warriors, an emotional event they have orchestrated for decades. This year, because of social distancing and fear of the Coronavirus disease, officers at the VFW, along with staff and elected officials at the City of Coronado, worked together to produce a 40-minute Memorial Day tribute.

This very emotional and thought-provoking video had quite an adventure on social media Monday as it made its way from Facebook pages to news pages to favorite FaceBook groups, over and over again. By mid-day, it was estimated more than 100,000 people had viewed it, far more than could ever have attended physically at Star Park. more >>

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The City Council agreed earlier this week to waive Coronado’s parking code requirements to allow local restaurants to temporarily serve dining patrons in parking lots, other dedicated parking spots or other open areas near their restaurants. more >>

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 >>

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