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Coronado Boy Scouts Complete Construction Of Two Bike Racks

On Saturday, June 16 2018, Declan Homan and Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 801, completed the construct of two bike racks for Homan’s Eagle Project.

In order to obtain the rank of Eagle, the most prestigious rank in Boy Scouts, a scout must build a project that benefits a community. Homan chose to build bike racks for the San Diego Velodrome. The Velodrome is located in the heart of Balboa Park’s Morley Field Athletic Complex. The San Diego Velodrome is the resource for bicycle track racing in the greater San Diego area. One of three velodromes in the Southwestern United States, the San Diego Velodrome is a premiere training and racing destination. The San Diego Velodrome offers one of

Posted in Coronado island news on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:05 pm. Updated: 12:11 pm.

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Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” ... Captain James S. Bryant, USN

Captain James Bryant was born in 1920 and grew up in Pasadena, California. In 1940, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and after a two month cruise on the battleship USS New York (BB 34) reported to officer training at Northwestern University.

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Alysah Hickey Surpasses 20-foot Long Jump Mark

If you have followed rising senior Alysah Hickey’s track and field career in this column over the past three seasons, you’ll know she is the current California State Champion in the long jump. Her goal this past high school season was to pass the 20-foot mark in the event. As it turned out it took her a couple of additional weeks to reach that mark.

Hickey has spent most of the summer thus far in Oregon and last week she, along with Islander teammate and best friend Ruthie Grant-Williams, competed in the USA Track and Field Regionals in Bend, Oregon. Last week Hickey officially long-jumped 6.11 meters, which equates to 20 feet, one-half inch. As an added bonus, Hickey finished second in the high jump at 5-7, clearing the same height as the winner; and finished second in the 100-meter dash in 11.99 seconds. Her Step ur Game Up 4x100 relay team, which also features Grant-Williams, finished in second place. Grant-Williams also finished second

Posted in Coronado sports on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:56 am. Updated: 12:12 pm.

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Anime Club At The Library

The Coronado Public Library is hosting an anime club for ages 17 and up. If you love anime, manga or Japanese pop culture, come join us for fun time watching anime

Posted in Coronado island news on Thursday, July 5, 2018 2:33 pm. Updated: 2:35 pm.

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Navy Captain Maureen Fox Is A Strong Supporter Of United Through Reading

Maureen Fox is a native of Newcastle, Delaware, and a graduate of the Padua Academy for Girls in nearby Wilmington, Delaware, a private Catholic high school. Knowing a little bit about her 28-year career in Navy Intelligence prior to our interview, my assumption was Fox would be a whiz in science and math. Fox said instead, “I was good in those, but I think I was better in English. The nuns made a point of putting us in speech contests since fourth grade. I have no trouble getting up in front of people and speaking. That was part of the Catholic school program. That helps develop critical thinking skills.”

A stint at the University of Delaware was followed by four years at the United States Naval Academy. Fox described the course of study that led her to a BS in Political Science. “Everybody had to take the same amount of electrical engineering courses, fluid dynamics, chemistry, physics and calculus. I graduated from the Academy in 1991.”

Fox then provided the background for the early part of her career in the Navy. “My first assignment was as a general, unrestricted line officer. In those days, women weren’t allowed to go into combat or serve on combat ships. We worked in administration, legal, human resources and related fields. I wanted to go immediately into Intelligence as soon as I could.  Because of the time I spent at Delaware, I tested out of several classes and my last semester at the Academy was freed up. I went to the National Intelligence College that last semester and I got my top secret clearance, my Master’s and I was on to my first assignment. I eventually was assigned to the USS Nimitz, which was a fully-integrated carrier, with 400 women on board. The commanding officer had a policy that no men or women could be in the same room with the door closed. Now, that sounds ridiculous. There were a lot of men in the Navy who hated us.”


Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, July 20, 2018 5:16 pm.

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Schlichtholz Takes Next Step In Climb Through Padres Farm System

Fred Schlichtholz (CHS ’13) is a professional baseball player by trade and the personable left-handed relief pitcher in the San Diego Padres organization is diligently working his way toward the Major Leagues. Currently Schlichtholz is toiling for the Fort Wayne (Indiana) TinCaps of the Midwest League, which is in A Ball.

Reaching the Padres may take some time, as the progression from the bottom to the top includes the short season A League, A, High A, AA, and AAA. Schlichtholz was the third player selected in the 13th Round by the Padres in the 2017 MLB Draft.

On the positive side, Schlichtholz, who is a relief pitcher at this stage of his career, has a 93 mile per hour

Posted in Coronado island news, Coronado sports on Friday, July 20, 2018 5:24 pm. Updated: 5:30 pm.

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Saying Farewell To The Keeper Of The Cays

Frank Zottolo told me he always loved the outdoors and watching things grow and mature. He had the good fortune of being able to spend the last 13 years outdoors watching things grow and mature in the Cays as the Landscape Manager. And, he did more than watch things grow and mature, of course. In fact, Zottolo carefully crafted a look and a feel, he planned and executed, and then he took pride in what grew.

Zottolo’s impact on the Cays can be seen at nearly every turn. The Cays Homeowners Association describes the Cays in part as “[T]en exclusive villages all connected by lushly landscaped greenbelts.” Zottolo was responsible for those greenbelts along with the visually pleasing beds scattered throughout the villages. His territory was so ubiquitous that many residents knew him, as evidenced by how many times our conversation was interrupted by one or another Cays residents coming up to greet him.

Posted in Coronado island news on Friday, July 13, 2018 3:54 pm. Updated: 4:05 pm.

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$50,000 Iron And Steel Fundraising Campaign Underway

Here is a reminder to participate in the Iron and Steel Fundraising Campaign being held to upgrade the Coronado High School weight room. The CHS weight room is in dire need of a top-to-bottom renovation, which will benefit both male and female athletes. According to materials supplied by the Islander Sports Foundation, “Current equipment and flooring is over 20 years old, and most equipment has limited function or is in disrepair. More than 250 students use the weight room weekly for physical education and many different sports. Our hope is to modernize the weight room and more importantly, to make it safe and functional.”

The Brummitt Family, A Tradition Of Giving Back To The Coronado Community

During a city council meeting a few months back, Councilmember Carrie Downey made the point that the lack of affordable housing in Coronado was limiting the number of Navy personnel who live in the city, and volunteer in the community during their spare time. That concept stayed with me and during a recent interview with David Brummitt (CHS Class of ’83), who is perhaps best known as the Head Coach of the Islander Boys Tennis Team, her theory was confirmed.

Our narrative starts with Gerald Brummitt, David’s father, who was the fourth generation to be raised on his family’s Henderson, North Carolina tobacco farm. David said, “Dad was very happy growing up there, but they didn’t have electricity or running water. It was a country farm, and it was subsistence farming. Dad used to run track and he got good at running because he ran two to three miles every day to pick up rabbits out of the traps. He went to the University of North Carolina for a year and then on to the Naval Academy.”

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Looking For A Cool Zone With Social Action? Try The Spreckels Center

The City of Coronado’s John D. Spreckels Center is offering social activities during the summer months! To sign up or receive additional information, visit the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green at 1019 Seventh Street, call 619-522-7343 or visit The Center is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 24, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Spreckels Center will be hosting an Ice Cream Social. Join us to cool off your taste buds with a bowl of delicious ice cream with a choose-your-own toppings bar! Afterwards, join us for some summer trivia and games! Stay cool, meet some new friends, and enjoy the summer with the Spreckels Center.

Have a rollicking fun time playing Bunco with your friends! On Thursday, July 19 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., this fast- paced party game will be celebrating the spirit of summer with a “Pool Party Blast.” Come dressed in your most festive attire and bring a snack to share. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. Must pre-register at least one week in advance, $5 for residents and nonresidents.

Posted in Coronado city news, Coronado island news on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 12:04 pm. Updated: 12:13 pm.

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CUSD Governing Board Member Elections

Three seats on the five-member Coronado Unified School District Board of Education will be up for election in the Nov. 6, 2018 election. The

Posted in Coronado city news on Monday, June 25, 2018 12:03 pm. Updated: 2:44 pm.

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Optimist Club Of Coronado Announces Sports Fiesta Schedule

The 47th Annual Optimist Club of Coronado’s Sports Fiesta has added events that will make it more family oriented, while preserving the tradition that includes the longest continuously running triathlon in the world.

The triathlon, a short course, is a 400-yard swim and 1-mile run on Coronado’s North Beach and a 4-mile bike race on Naval Air Station North Island. There will also be a 5K and 1-mile ocean swim for the more competitive.

Among the new events this year are tournaments in Volleyball, Pickleball and Lawn Bowling. And, this year’s Sports Fiesta will fill Sunset Park with fun for the entire family. There will be a Cornhole tournament, carnival games, a golf cart decorating contest, and you can bring food and non-alcoholic drinks to the picnic

Posted in Coronado sports on Friday, July 13, 2018 4:29 pm. Updated: 12:14 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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