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Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering a variety of after school enrichment camps this winter and spring. Your child can learn how to examine real-world STEM applications as they develop engineering skills in our LEGO Engineering Camps on Mondays at 3:20 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. These hands-on camps will have participants designing and building with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Five to ten year old participants will build leaping dolphins, buzzing beehives and towering giraffes in a

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When it comes to becoming a college athlete, there is no cookie-cutter method. No directions, map, or person to tell you exactly how it’s done. Perhaps the only constant between all these athletes is the necessary drive to be great and be dedicated to constant self-improvement on the field a…

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Streets Division continues to remove parking meters in the commercial corridor. The work, which should be completed by mid-January, was delayed several weeks because of reduced crews due to COVID precautions and exacerbated by the City’s responsibility to remove holiday lights and banners. P…

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Letters to the Troops is a program that the MOAA (Military Officers Association of America) Silver Strand Chapter asks students to write letters to deployed service members. Certain letters receive first and second places and honorable mentions. Below are samples of the letters sent, copied as closely as possible.

The first place and other honorable mention from Christ Church Day School were sent off to the troops before a copy was made to pass along to the Eagle & Journal.

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In a recent discussion, the topic of what influences made you the person you are came up. Without hesitation I mentioned my mother, an incredibly wise woman who lived her faith instead of preaching it, who possessed a strong work ethic, and who never blamed others for hard times. Regular church attendance with an emphasis on regularly reading the Bible to discern for yourself what God expected of you was paramount. Mother and the church were natural influences for developing my character. 

Then I thought of my elementary school best friend and her mother, my Girl Scout leader in eighth grade. Mrs. Friar had the home atmosphere any child would want. A stay-at-home mom, she made designer dresses for Margaret as well as matching dresses for the dolls. She allowed cats and their kittens in the house which we dressed in doll clothes. She provided interesting lunches, sometimes sandwiches cut in shapes or decorated as faces.

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The Coronado Police department is a vital part of our community and the stories of those who dedicate their lives and time to protecting us should be shared.

Amanda Savatski is one of our first responders who has been a dispatcher with the Coronado Police Department for two years. Not only is Amanda part of the Police Department (PD), she has been an officer in the Naval Reserves for eight years as a Master At Arms.

“I began being a dispatcher when I was deployed on active duty to Bahrain from 2017-2018”, said Savatski. “I spent my time dispatching at the military base there covering the security duties. I truly loved what I did during my deployment, and wanted to continue once I was back in the U.S. I only applied to the [police department] in Coronado. I was drawn to the community and to the size of the Navy presence on the island”.

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“Kids bring noise, happiness, and energy to schools and it’s somber here without them,” said Village Elementary office staff team member, Rachel Lozano.

Somber, but still very busy.

Lozano is in her 26th year at Coronado Unified School District and is part of a skeleton crew of office staff, custodians, instructional aides, librarians, and food service workers who have continued to work on-site throughout the pandemic. 

This group of classified employees [non-teachers] are the unsung heroes that show up every day to facilitate the vital infrastructure to keep the school sites running. Their work ensures that education can continue whether teachers and students are doing their work on-site or remotely.

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In a 3-2 vote at the Jan. 5, 2021 meeting, Councilmembers Tanaka, Donovan and Mayor Bailey negated previous council action and re-opened discussion on the Ocean Boulevard Improvement Project. 

On Dec. 1, 2020 the city council approved a measure to widen the sidewalk along the entire length of Ocean Boulevard at a cost of $1.9 million. The action was approved in a 3-2 vote with Heinze, Sandke, Benzian in favor and Donovan, Bailey opposed. 

A procedural policy [Council Policy 9] allows for a newly seated member to request reconsideration of a decision that he/she was not party to. Tanaka, who was not on the council when action was taken to approve the project, asked for the decision to be reconsidered. 

Tanaka explained his request. “I have great concerns about

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If there was a position for ambassador of the Coronado Cays it would have to go to Aldo Ciani, a resident and realtor in the Cays since 1972. Ciani and his wife Alberta moved to the Cays from Orange County to Antigua Village, which was only one of two villages built at that time. The landscape of the Cays looked different then with Jamaica Village, the only other village and two houses on Green Turtle. Ciani remembers white sand dunes all over. The family bought sand buggies to ride around their new neighborhood. Around the time Ciani moved to the Cays, a condo in Antigua cost $58,000, a number that was high in those days.

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The next workshop in Coronado Public Library’s popular “Coding Adventures with Python” series will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. Registration is available through the library’s virtual events calendar at cplevents.org.

Hands-on Technology founder Dr. Korey Sewell is excited for

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In early March, EDCO will launch an Organic Recycling Program to help reduce the amount of organic waste entering landfills. When the new program starts, customers will be able to place food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard waste in their green waste container to be recycled. Org…

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What better way to kick off the new year than to cozy up with an inspiring book this winter? The Coronado Public Library is offering prizes for reading and taking part in its Winter Read Challenge. Kids up to ten years’ old can earn a bag filled with prizes such as bubbles, a rubber duck, erasers, a bouncy ball, and a free Subway kids meal by reporting five books. Kids can report up to 10 books to earn two surprise bags. Books read to a child or that they read to a sibling or friend count too.

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Sweet and sporty Teddy spent the first 12 years of his life as a loved companion. He came to PAWS when his human could no longer care for him. This active senior needs a soft spot to land for his golden years, and will return the favor with companionship and adorable entertainment.

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Coronado residents can now get a COVID-19 test in town, just outside of the Coronado Club Room and Boathouse, 1985 Strand Way, by the bay. The City of Coronado has partnered with Kahala Biosciences to make the following COVID-19 tests available: a RT-PCR (viral) test to check for an active infection, a rapid RT-PCR test (more expensive for immediate results), and an antibody test to detect antibodies in the immune system that may tell you if you had a past infection.

The testing site is set up into two parts. Check-in and registration is available outside the front the Boathouse building (facing the street) where staff will verify IDs, which test(s) an individual would like to have done, and insurance and/or payment logistics. Individuals are then given a testing tray and move around to the outside

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Bay Books has begun informal local author Sunday book signings. Currently for the month of January, there will be a book signing with Nicole Paquin, author of “Sofia Madison and the Voice Within,”

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Construction on the new Mathewson Park playground began on Nov. 30 and is estimated to be completed by early February. The new play equipment structure and safety surfacing were installed and passed a third-party safety inspection. Remaining construction includes relocating existing concrete…

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The opinions and decisions of community leaders, policy makers, individuals, and organizations in 2020 will likely be analyzed for many years to come. The constantly changing and often conflicting facts and information regarding COVID19 came at dizzying speeds. Even now, as we head into the new year, disease case numbers are increasing while the glimmer of hope brightens daily with the distribution of the

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The City of Coronado, working with Sharp Coronado Hospital, will provide a vaccination site in Coronado beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, to help the region more quickly move on to the next phase.

Sharp Coronado, the local hospital receiving and distributing the vaccine, and the City are now listed as a partner on the San Diego County website vaccination clinic location list. Coronado Firefighter/Paramedics have received training and, along with Sharp medical personnel, will administer the vaccines at the Coronado Community Center, 1845 Strand Way. Appointment registration is required. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, starting Jan. 13. The facility will be closed Jan. 18 for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Site preparation is underway.

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As we hope for a better 2021, you may have made a resolution to take better care of your body. I’ve personally struggled over the years with keeping up on my resolutions, and often don’t follow through. As this new year approaches, I’m more motivated than ever to feel better physically, lose…

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People who walk our beautiful beach early on the weekends have probably observed blue-vested Rotarians picking up trash and putting it into white buckets. Coronado Rotary has been “keeping it clean” on the beach every month since at least 2005 with a crew of as many as 35 people, but it was only this summer that a Committee to Support the Environment was formed. In response to a Rotary International initiative to add an Area of Focus called Supporting the Environment, a group of talented and energetic Rotary members with a passion to serve the community and take care of the planet recognized the need to also organize community cleanups.

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The City of Coronado is partnering with Kahala Biosciences to provide walk-up COVID-19 viral and antibody testing services. (Tests offered include RT-PCR for active COVID-19 infection: results in up to 72 hours, antibody detects antibodies in the immune system, not the virus itself; results …

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The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s Virtual Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series continues its 2020-2021 season of free lectures with Mor Shilon, MGSDII visiting professor. Her lecture titled, “Jisr az-Zarqa and the Technion: Bringing Technological Capital to the Community’’ will take plac…

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After the County of San Diego fell back into the most restrictive tier in November, when restaurants were required to move outdoors, the City offered curbside pickup spaces. Now that restaurants have been closed indefinitely for on-premises dining due to the Regional Stay Home order, the Cit…

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St. Paul Methodist Church in Coronado partnered with the Nestor United Methodist Church to support their Good Neighbor Ministry. St. Paul provided boxes with a list of non perishable foods to be placed in them every day of Advent from Dec. 1 to Dec. 24. On Dec 29 the participants delivered t…

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It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the lifestyle changes we want to make as we enter a brand new year. For many, fitness plays some part in our goals for improving our lives and Chris Foote, owner of the Coronado Fitness Club gym, has a fresh perspective for positive growth.

Foote started the Coronado Fitness Club 11 years ago with the support of his family after moving to Coronado. Playing sports through college started his interest in health and physical training where he would help friends who were fellow athletes and went on to work at various gyms before starting his own. “I think I always knew that I wanted to do something in athletics, I loved being on a team,” Foote said. “I didn’t know I wanted to have a gym until I became a trainer and I just liked it. I got out of it for a few years but quickly discovered it was the only thing I was really passionate about for a career.” After working for larger gym corporations, Foote and his family, who had ties to Coronado and loved the city, decided to take a risk and open his own gym here. “I just saw an opportunity and it was a huge risk, and we just said, ‘why not?’”

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The rich history of businesses in Coronado is still here today providing us with a new generation of families who own them and are dedicated to this community.

Crown Cleaners is one of those businesses. Looking back at the pictures from the 1970s the location is the same and the cleaners has modernized and changed with the times. Its current owner is Sang “Steve” Gi, who bought Crown two years ago after the previous owner retired. Gi was born in Korea and moved to Brazil with his family when he was 10 years old. He spent 15 years of his life in Brazil as a student, until his family decided to move to the U.S. in 1998 for better opportunities.

“I have lived in San Diego for over 20 years and I love Coronado,” said Gi. “When the old owner of the cleaners contacted my family, it was a great opportunity to own a well established business and be a part of this community”.

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The City of Coronado takes a look back on a busy 2020. Here is a list of items the City did this past year.

2020 in Review:

Oversaw the COVID-19 Response: offered free outdoor dining venue in Spreckels Park; provided free masks; provided interest free loans to Coronado tax-producing businesses; allowed businesses to expand outdoors; allowed gyms and fitness centers to use public parks free of charge; authorized the purchase of equipment to protect workers’ and the public’s safety; encouraged outdoor activities; abated rent for City tenants; authorized seeking disaster assistance; endorsed a

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The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Babysitter Training Camp is calling all teens between the age of 11-15 to take part in this excellent certification course. On Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. come learn to care for and mentor younger children. This seminar covers h…

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Since Hanan Martha opened her café in the Cays it has become a popular place for Cays residents as well people who live in the village and nearby Imperial Beach. Martha first opened a coffee cart in the Cays near the Homeowners Association office. Once she realized the business model worked,…

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The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled a 10th blood drive at the Coronado Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, log on to RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: CityBD. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. Sign up now to give.

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As many in the Coronado community are aware, this past week, on Dec. 30, the local beaches were placed under a mandatory 48-hour lockdown following body surfers’ run-in with a juvenile shark here along the beaches of Coronado. The slight brush with danger left one of the surfers’ fins with a few teeth-mark imprints. And while no one was hurt, it was fair to ask the question, “How safe do Coronado surfers feel following these shark sightings?”

For many local surfers like longtime San Diegan and Coronado resident Scott Beall this past week’s shark, encounter/sighting isn’t something new. But rather a much more common occurrence in Coronado waters.

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Music is a universal language which everyone speaks. We hum or sing at odd times; sway, tap our foot, or swing a leg when a melody begins. We all wish we were musically talented and often regret not sticking with those piano lessons in childhood. Ms. Mariah’s Music, a new business at 505 Orange Avenue, offers an opportunity for people of any age, even three-year old children, to pursue a love of music.

Taking lessons at any age can result in a pleasurable hobby or a profession, but Mariah Gillespie, owner of Ms. Mariah’s Music, quotes research in her brochure touting early instruction as beneficial for brain development: “Playing music has more positive impact on the brain than any other human activity.” She continues with, “Exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill, and speech perception.”

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Coronado Playhouse (CPH) proudly announces their 2021 Season, which will be the 75th anniversary for the Playhouse. CPH has prepared shows that will adhere to standards necessitated by COVID-19, while being comfortable for patrons and performers alike. The shows at the beginning of the year are smaller in scale but will have a big impact in terms of entertainment and significance. The shows later in the season, if permitted, will bring music and some of the larger scale productions patrons have come to expect from the historic institution.

CPH is also announcing a complete rebrand, including a new look and new website. The new site is found at coronadoplayhouse.org. The old site, with the .com suffix, is still active and will fork to the new URL. The new site will be hosting historical images and stories from the

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At their Tuesday, December 5th meeting, City Council members discussed a variety of economic development options to help local small businesses as COVID19 pandemic challenges threaten their survival. The struggle they faced was not if they should help, but what assistance would be most effective and most prudent.

To date the City has spent $1.7 million of the previously allocated $2 million set aside for a ‘lifeline’ loan program. The discussion about the program included what to do with the remaining $300,000. The loans are zero interest and were available to small businesses that pay sales tax in Coronado.

One option discussed was to reopen the program and offer an additional $3,000 to current loan holders. Another option was to extend the repayment date out until an economic recovery begins. A final option, favored by Councilmember Sandke, was to forgive the loans altogether.

Another assistance option discussed was whether or not to approve a staff recommendation to allocate $20,000 to the Chamber of Commerce to facilitate what City Manager Blair King referred to as a virtual “Coronado Food Court.”

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A native of San Diego and son of Rear Adm. Walfrid Nyquist and Irma Beske, John Walfrid Nyquist resided with his family in 1941 in Honolulu awaiting Navy housing. On Dec. 6 of that year, Nyquist’s father took command of Destroyer Division 1 in Pearl Harbor. The next day he led his ships into World War II.

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The Coronado Public Library is pleased to announce the selection of the 2021 Coronado Community Read.

The nonfiction title, “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi, was selected by a public vote. The book was the 2016 National Book Award winner and a critically acclaimed New York Times Bestseller.

Nominations for the 2021 Read were accepted from the community throughout the month of September. A selection committee consisting of community partners. Library staff reduced 50 nominations down to 10 titles including a range of

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Sweet and sensitive Noelle came to PAWS after she was found as a stray along the 400 block of Pomona. Noelle is looking for a patient family who will understand that she needs time to warm up to new situations.

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Old Goats and Kids Who Care delivered desserts to the staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital on Friday, Dec. 31 as a way to show their appreciation. “The staff was so appreciative on New Year’s Eve!” said Christine Santos, CMP, CHCP, Community Relations and Event Specialist at Sharp Coronado Hospi…

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On Friday, Dec. 18, David Shaw, MD, was the first caregiver at Sharp Coronado Hospital to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Attached is a photo of Amber Arredondo, LVN, administering the COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Shaw.

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This article is the second in a series about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic locally. The first article examined stay at home orders in Coronado over 100 years ago. This piece reveals the interesting history of masks in 1918.

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The Old Goats Kids Who Care and David Spatafore met on Christmas eve before going on their way to deliver 50 desserts to the night shift at Sharp Coronado Hospital. The Old Goats Kids Who Care project now has 97 host sponsors who have directed over $10,000 in business to our participating lo…

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If you are looking to brighten your day, read the stories of Coronado’s Emerald Keepers of the Month. These are the stories of people who truly care about Coronado and our oceans. They go above and beyond for our town – quietly under the radar. Our final 2020 Emerald Keeper of the Month is o…

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The Coronado Historical Association is proud to support The Camp Pendleton Historical Society’s Historical Essay Contest for undergraduate students enrolled in San Diego County colleges and universities. The awarded prizes of $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place.

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Your past support of the Coronado Historical Association has been so essential over our 51-year history. With your help and our shared dedication, appreciation, and passion for our unique history, CHA has continued on our mutual mission of preservation and education. The safeguarding and appreciation of our unique history and culture has persisted through these extraordinary and perilous times.

With the loss of income from the canceled events, lost museum admissions, and gift shop sales, surviving these state-mandated shut-downs has been a challenge. As you may have noted from recent news releases, museums and cultural organizations across California are struggling. Since the pandemic began back in March, CHA, just as many businesses, have been closed or operating at severely reduced capacity. The resulting loss in revenue meant an agonizing

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The City of Coronado and EDCO are sponsoring a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 9, for Coronado residents at the City Hall north parking lot, 1825 Strand Way.

EDCO limits items, such as bank statements and personal records, to two bankers boxes or containers measuring no greater than 10”x12”x15” per household.

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Discover the joys of continued learning at the highly acclaimed Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC San Diego at an online virtual Open House on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at 10 a.m..

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For sports in the year 2020, almost nothing has been normal. Prep athletes around the country have seen their seasons delayed and even in some cases canceled entirely. But the ripple effect of these delayed and canceled seasons is more profound than just the practices or games themselves. Fo…

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The Coronado Recreation Department, with help from Santa, compiled a list of some of the more honest, funny, creative, caring components of the letters written to Santa.

Naughty or Nice

“Santa, you can choose if I was good or bad. If you choose good, I would like… If you choose bad, I get nothing!”

“I will listen to God.”

“I listen to mommy when she says to do my schoolwork.”

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When Coronado Middle School sixth grade math teacher Melissa Miller learned that she was selected as the next Kato Family “Innovation in Education” Award winner, she immediately deferred to her close colleague, Cara Hetrick. “So many of the adaptations, challenges, and triumphs of distance learning we have worked through and figured out together,” Melissa explained. “It seems like a great opportunity to highlight the awesome teamwork that is taking place.”

When schools were shuttered last March, this dynamic duo immediately sprung to action, collaborating and communicating on a regular basis.