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One of Coronado’s mainstays in clubs is the Coronado Woman’s Club, which has been active in the community since 1947. The club in town is a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and a part of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Woman’s Club also helped found the Junior Woman’s Club, which many members since have participated in before joining the Woman’s Club.

One such member is longtime Coronado resident, Betsy Vernetti. “Working together with people who like to try new things and have gone through similar experiences – raising kids, maybe having spouses who are away on duty, traveled…the people are great and the fact that they’ve been there makes it more interesting,” Vernetti said of her favorite part of time spent in both the Junior Woman’s and Woman’s Clubs over the years. “I love Coronado. I grew up in San Bernardino, so this is fun for me to be able to walk to the park and be friends with everybody … The people I have met and worked with have been great for me.”

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Sharp HealthCare is thrilled to announce the 2021 Sharp Women’s Health Conference, to be held virtually this year, featuring New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert as the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This empowering virtual event includes three keynote

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Anyone who has been able to watch the Coronado Islanders women’s lax teams’ first three games of the season can easily see just how talented a team it is. And in both their contests this week, they also proved why they might be one of the best teams in San Diego.

In their first matchup of the week, the Islanders traveled to Canyon Crest Academy, a non-conference opponent. The Islanders made quick work of the Ravens as they disposed of them by the finals score of 16-4. The Islander’s

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If you ever need motivation to work out, look no further than Coronado resident Aida Baker. Baker celebrates her 100th birthday this March, making her the oldest member of the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital. But Baker doesn’t let her age define how much she gets her body moving — she works out three times a week.

Baker has been affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital since 1980, when she first became a volunteer. Over the years, she acquired more than 10,000 volunteer hours answering phones and helping the chaplains distribute the eucharist (or Holy Communion) to patients throughout the hospital. Baker says Sharp Coronado Hospital is a gem to the community and it has been wonderful for her to watch it grow over the years.

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Coronado Girl Scouts are working hard to reach their cookie-selling goals. The cookie selling season runs through April 18. If you have already stocked up on enough cookies for yourself, please help us send donations of cookies to our deployed military troops overseas through our program, Op…

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The Coronado Floral Association is disappointed to cancel the Coronado Flower Show again this year due to COVID-19. However, look for a great comeback in 2022 with a special celebration of the Flower Show’s 100th anniversary. The Coronado Floral Association is working on the next year’s even…

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On March 13, 2021, the Coronado Democratic Club elected a new Secretary, Alexia Palacios-Peters, and re-elected its Treasurer, Pat Callahan. Both officers will serve two-year terms as members of the Club Board of Directors.

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The City of Coronado has named John Kim as its new Administrative Services Director. He is set to start work on April 26.

Kim is currently the vice president of finance and administration for the Oahu Transit Services in Honolulu, HI. Oahu Transit Services is the public transit operator for the city and county of Honolulu and one of the largest employers in the state.

Kim is a certified public accountant with a background in governmental accounting. He oversees a staff of 50. Prior to his current

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The Coronado Historical Association looks forward to seeing you in person as the museum reopens. Enjoy the new community exhibition “Coronado Responds: Student Artwork of the Pandemic” now open for in-person viewing at the Museum.

Over the past year, CHA has been collecting materials that

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April is the Month of the Military Child and Coronado Public Library is celebrating with a special series of programming in partnership with the Naval Base Coronado School Liaison program, Village Elementary School, and Silver Strand Elementary School.

Silver Strand Elementary School Principal Jenny Moore remarked, “These kids are so strong and compassionate. We are fortunate to be a part of a community that celebrates them.” There are three military bases in Coronado and it is

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I remember my grandfather lamenting about the condition of the world and predicting the signs were apparent for the end of the world. That was 65 years ago. I am not there and have no interest in speculating about the end times, but I am concerned about the current times. The hostility when someone disagrees with an opinion is alarming. The bullying by those with influence or power to get their way without investigating the facts is disconcerting. The degrading when someone belongs to an opposing political party is insulting. Knee jerk name calling can instantly ruin a reputation or cause a job loss.

Those are the concerns I have for my grandchildren and great grandchildren with today’s atmosphere. As I watched my three-year-old great-grandson joyfully run, climb, and jump around the backyard recently, I thought about his world. Would he be free to think his own thoughts, to evaluate facts and come to his own conclusions, or would he be intimidated into “playing the game” to achieve success.

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Locals’ and visitors’ favorite burger joint and sports bar has been missing from the Coronado eating scene since last fall. After being closed since last October, Nicky Rottens is in the midst of a renovation and original owner Tim Aaron is excited to bring the eatery back.

Aaron purchased the building at Orange Avenue and First Street, that previously housed a laundromat, in 2010 from the Forsythe family trust. He opened Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint in 2011 with some partners and sold it in 2016. Over the years he regretted selling the business, and about seven weeks ago he sent an email to the current owner asking whether he would be wiling to sell. “I was thinking I could so something with it again,” Aaron said.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Rotary Club, business, and residential community support, has provided the Sharp Coronado Vaccine Site volunteer lunches since opening day. A proud milestone of the 2000th volunteer lunch was served on Wednesday March 31.

Sue Gillingham, Executive Director of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the volunteer lunch initiative and began a call-to-action to the public to donate funds to benefit the cause. Gillingham said, “I initially expected the program to last for just a couple of weeks, but through the giving spirit of the community, the lunches, which cost about $250 each day, have been able to continue with donations lasting through April!”

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Here is the COVID-19 update from the County Health and Human Services Agency with data through April 4.

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On Tuesday, April 6, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference to announce updates on the state regarding COVID-19. First and foremost Newsom related the latest numbers of vaccines administered with California reaching a milestone 20 million doses given, putting California as the leading state in vaccinations in the U.S. With death and mortality rates decreasing and case rates stabilizing across the states, the governor announced a planned reopening of the state on June 15, should these trends continue.

At the time of the governor’s conference, California was at a 1.6% positivity rate with 1,367 cases statewide.

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The Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) presents a Film Festival on Friday nights in April on the Coronado High School quad, 650 D Avenue.

Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy a fun evening out and support CoSA. The quad will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Beautiful Harper is a wonderful example of all things German Shepherd: she is loyal, discerning, affectionate and sweet with her people, and deeply intelligent. Harper also has some physical limitations, and her new family will need to help her navigate through those. 

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On Thursday, March 18, the Coronado Optimists added some happiness to McP’s Pub and Grill, a long time supporter of the community. Remember to wear a cheerful countenance at all times! Fourteen Optimists/friends attended: Chris Ellinger, John Watson, Bill Parry, Lyman Green, Rob Kracht, Cynt…

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Join CHA for a special virtual Wine & Lecture as local Air Force Brigadier General R.G. Head (Ret.) interviews author Francis Gary Powers Jr. about his books “Spy Pilot: Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Incident, and a Controversial Cold War Legacy” and “Letters from a Soviet Prison: The Per…

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Naval Air Station North Island re-opened Runway 18/36 several days ahead of its originally scheduled April 1 projected completion date. NASNI closed runway 18/36 at the end of the summer in 2020 in order to complete much needed repairs. The project included physical and electrical improvemen…

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Coronado Playhouse’s (CPH) critically acclaimed production of “Harlem Duet” is streaming on-demand until April 18 when it must close. Taking a hard look at generational racism, the play has been well-received by local critics and audiences since it opened March 19. It received Canada’s highest literary honor for dramatic writing, the Governor General’s Literary Award, in 1998. That year it also received the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

In what could be a prelude to Shakespeare’s “Othello,” Djanet Sears’s ​“Harlem Duet” recounts the story of Othello and his first wife, Billie (before Desdemona). Their history is told through the lives of three couples during eras of special significance in the Black American Experience. This is a weighty play that leaves the viewer with no easy answers.

Set in contemporary Harlem at the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X Boulevards,

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Before the Coronado Islanders’ Week 3 matchup versus Hoover, I had the chance to speak with head coach Kurt Hines. He told me two of the main focuses this week were to take advantage of the, at times, undisciplined Cardinals and tighten up on defense. A message and game plan that everyone on the Islander sideline understood.

It would not take long for one of Hines’s goals to come to fruition as on the Cardinals’ second play from scrimmage, Clark Anderson read the Hoover screenplay perfectly and intercepted the first pass the game. Setting up the Islanders at the Hoover 30-yard line for their opening drive. With Anderson and the Islander defense bringing the thunder early, the Islanders offense did their part and provided the lighting. Coronado’s first play from scrimmage quarterback Hudson Herber would find his wide receiver John Cook down the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown, giving Coronado the early 7-0 lead and setting the tone for how the rest of the evening would transpire.

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Coronado is a fantastic and unique city for fitness. The diverse demographic lends itself to a spectacular array of activities for everyone to find their own special routine. Whether you are just starting back after a hiatus or starting a new workout, Coronado’s top fitness experts share advice on getting started, staying healthy, and how to stay motivated.

Jean Pierre and Linda Marques, Master Teachers and owners of Coronado Yoga have over 100 years of expertise combined. Their bright, calm yoga studio on Eighth Street and Orange Avenue is comfortable and inviting, a reflection of their personalities.

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For Eve DePree and her NAB neighbors on Rendova Circle, cleaning their beach is more than just way of making a difference, it is a way to connect with each other.

When DePree moved into her home on Rendova Circle on the Naval Amphibious Base almost three years ago, a friend told her how they used to have beach cleanups. When the first big winter storm hit and marine debris covered their beach, DePree began hosting cleanups with her neighbors. She said, “It took us

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For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the 2021 Coronado Islanders men’s basketball, I urge you to pay attention. This year’s team, when it’s all said and done, may rank as one of the finest in school history, and on Tuesday, March 23, in their game versus Scripps Ranch, they gave us a glimpse as to us why. Coming into last week’s matchup, the San Diego Union-Tribune listed the Islanders as one of San Diego County’s “Teams to Watch,” thanks in large part to the team’s depth and their 1-2 punch of seniors Alex Crawford and Wayne McKinney.

The first quarter started exactly as Coronado had hoped, as for the first 10 minutes, the Islanders dominated both ends of the floor. Coronado would open the game on a

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As the long-awaited reopening of the John D. Spreckels Center nears, the City is pleased to announce that it has filled a position to manage the facility and its programming. Dana Welch will join the Recreation and Golf Services Department as a Recreation Services Supervisor and will be char…

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A new mural has been painted by Coronado School of the Arts student Austin Lim on Olive Avenue. It is hoped that it can spread love and joy to the community. “While we usually hear the words ‘Good News of Great Joy for All People’ as part of the Christmas story, we thought this mural could b…

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Dashing and diminutive, Andre is a handsome fellow with a sweet and affectionate nature. This long-legged looker is sure to shower his forever family with love and attention.

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Old Goats and Kids Who care have continued to deliver desserts from Little Frenchies on Fridays. In December deliveries were made to Sharp Coronado Hospital, then moved to the vaccination center when it opened. They always stop by the Coronado Police Department and Fire Department, too. They…

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The City’s testing site for COVID-19 has permanently closed. The decision to close the site was due to a significant drop in the number of tests administered. The site had recently reduced operations to one day a week.

The drop is good news

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On Wednesday, March 24, the Coronado Public Library held a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss renovation of the library’s Winn Room. The meeting began with an introduction to the project from Director of Library Services Shaun Briley, followed by a presentation of design concepts from Project Architect Mark Steele [M.W. Steele Group], and concluded with questions and comments from residents.

Briley began by saying,“This is not a done deal... we are still listening.” He then provided background information on the site. The current library building was constructed in 1973 and renovated in 2005. The Winn Room was not part of the 2005 renovation. The room is 2,719 square feet with a capacity of 114 people, low ceiling, and poor acoustics. It has always been available for free to community groups, and events held there are required to be open and free for the public. The Library Board approved the concept of the Winn Room renovation in 2018. In January 2020 City Council authorized a contract with M.W. Steele to explore expansion and renovation concepts for the Winn Room. A community stakeholder committee was formed to help refine design concepts, and in November 2020 the project moved to schematic drawings to be presented for public input.

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For over two decades Village Elementary School has hosted a Jog-A-Thon event for students to help raise money for the school as one of their biggest fundraising events of the year. This year the event will be shaping up a little differently with COVID safety measures in place, but with careful and creative planning from the school and PTO. Students are still very much looking forward to the Jog-A-Thon this coming month.

Charity Edelman, the current president of the PTO for Village Elementary gave me the rundown of what students and families can look forward to this year that differs from years past. “In the past the Jog-A-Thon has been separated by grades and held over one to two days. [This year] we sat down to ask ourselves how we can make it fun and engaging for the kids [in regards to the challenges and restrictions of in-person events]. We had a unique opportunity to brainstorm what else we could incorporate with it.”

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Dominant. If there were one word to describe the Coronado Islanders Women’s Lacrosse home opener, that would be it.

On Wednesday, March 24, the Islanders squared off with the Broncos of Rancho Bernardo, and it was clear from the first whistle that the visiting Broncos were in over their heads. The Islanders wasted no time finding their opening goal, as just a mere 56 seconds into the match, senior No. 16 Allie White would find the back of the net, giving Coronado the early 1-0 advantage. In the following 2 minutes, Coronado would quickly add another two goals. One courtesy of No. 8 Ella Ackerly and the other on a bounce shot from No.7 Abby Bryant.

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With one month until City Manager Blair King’s last day on the job, the City Council has determined the timeline and process for hiring an interim and eventual replacement for King.

A recruiting firm has been selected to identify qualified candidates. In late 2020, Coronado conducted a solicitation for executive recruitment services. Ralph Andersen & Associates, a national executive job search and consulting agency, was selected at that time, and as the process was conducted less than six months ago the results of the solicitation are still valid. 

On April 6, the City Council will officially engage Ralph Andersen & Associates to conduct the City Manager search. The Project Director has been

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Bay Books will be hosting local author book signings on Sundays in April from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of their store at 1007 Orange Avenue. Currently schedule are:

April 11, Christopher Hoyer will sign his biography “When That Day Comes: Training for the Fight.”

April 18, Betsy Littrell will be available to sign her poetry

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The City is excited to announce that Coronado Junior Lifeguards is back. Dates for required swim tests and the program have been announced. A swim test is required prior to registering for Junior Lifeguards. The City made the difficult decision last year to cancel the entire Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness program due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This year, the City is able to provide the Junior Lifeguard program to those ages 9 to 17. The Surf Awareness will not be held this summer due to staffing issues. The City hopes it will return next year.

The Junior Lifeguard program will look different this year. Classes will be split into three age groups and broken down into cohorts groups with one instructor for every 10 students. Students are required to wear a mask unless in the water and pass a health screening daily.

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In honor of National Library Week, kids, teens and adults are invited to participate in the Coronado Public Library’s Edible Book Contest. Participants will create a scene inspired by your favorite book using

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It’s time to clean up after the pandemic!

The Coronado Woman’s Club will sponsor a shredding event for business and mail papers on Saturday, April 10. Bring your donations from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to the parking area behind the Union Bank, 800 Orange Avenue, at the corner of Eighth Street and Orange Avenue.

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Age may be just a number, but Julia Viera’s number, 94 years, sheds no light on her zest for life or her love of people. Her years are packed with good memories and plans to add more. It is a delight to be in her company and listen to her adventures, family stories, and Coronado history.

When Viera turned 90, she decided to do something wild to celebrate every Sept. 14 birthday. “[I] parachuted on [my] 90th birthday. It’s tandem. It’s worth doing once but not twice,” she said. For her 91st birthday, she rode down the Strand on the back of a motorcycle driven by one of her husband’s former officer friends who rode down from San Francisco. “The horrible part is the helmet; it’s awful. Lunch at the Hawaiian Big Kahuna in IB. The hard part was getting on and off.” For 92, she “flew in an open-air cockpit, a biplane that’s older than I am.” Last year her wild thing was a bit curtailed with Covid restrictions, so her tennis friends took her to lunch at Peohe’s. She said eating there without a mask was as wild as it got.

Viera commented on how society is different now from

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What we tell ourselves and those around us play important roles in how we think, feel, and behave. With the passing of St. Patrick’s Day, I have been thinking about how much we incorporate “luck” in our understanding of our experiences and the consequences of attributing our successes solely…

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Dan Gensler, founder and president of Coronado’s investment management and financial planning firm, The Gensler Group, was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for the fourth year in a row.

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Before you think about adopting a rabbit, especially during Easter time, here are a few things you should know. Sadly, according to the House Rabbit Society, many people purchase bunnies during the Easter season and then surrender them to an animal shelter soon after Easter.

Well-meaning parents will purchase an adorable bunny as an Easter gift for their children. However, rabbits do better as a pet for an adult. They need someone who has a long term commitment to their needs and is able to take the time to get

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At the Western League finals for Cross Country on March 16, there were two races for boys and girls. Each race consisted of three schools. The combined results produced a championship event for each gender. The protocol of no more than four schools in a race and no more than 40 runners kept us from running all six Western League schools together.

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Today the Gluch Group celebrates the opening of its first office in California. The company was founded in 2011 by John and Brynne Gluch with a mission to modernize and humanize the decades old real estate industry. After spending 10 years as a full time real estate investor Gluch saw fundam…

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On Friday, March 26, the Coronado Islanders football team returned home to play a game under the lights for what seemed like the first time in forever. You could feel the buzz and excitement in the air among all in attendance, even an hour before kickoff. And Friday night’s game certainly matched all the pre-game buzz, and then some. 

The Islanders offense was the first to take the field on Friday and did so with a new signal-caller under center. As freshmen quarterback No. 19 Hudson Herber got the start, his first career start as an Islander. Coronado’s opening drive would, unfortunately, end in a three and out. On the flip side slide, the University City Centurions would go on a quick seven-play drive that would set them up with a first and goal at the Coronado 5-yard line. However, with their backs up against the wall, the Islander’s defense would stand tough.

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Junior Connor Buckley goes up for a ball in the Islander Boys soccer home opener vs. San Diego High School. The Islanders opened the season with two home victories, 4-1 over San Diego, and 1-0 over Central in a rain soaked game. The Islanders look to take their 2-0 record back to the pitch T…

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It is difficult to imagine that it has been a year and a half since Coronadans danced and sang together on summer evenings in Spreckels Park. Coronado Promenade Concerts [CPC] is the non-profit organization that produces and manages the summer concerts-in-the-park series; a tradition in the community for five decades. CPC President Cathy Brown said that although the pandemic temporarily brought the gatherings to a halt, the CPC Board has remained active and is prepared for the future.

“We have continued to meet and we are constantly strategizing. We have a five week series ready to go,” said Brown. The 2020 season was canceled and 2021 requires flexibility with almost weekly changes in COVID-related restrictions.