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As we make our way through mid-July and enjoy our Coronado summer, it may seem almost impossible to think about football season being upon us already. But alas, here we are. On Sunday, July 18, Head Coach Kurt Hines released the Islanders Schedule for the upcoming 2021 season. 

Coming off the COVID-19 shorted season, which saw the Islanders post a 3-2 record and capture the 2021 Central League Title, expectations should be high for this year’s Islanders team. However, for the upcoming season the Islanders have been placed into a new league, the City League.

“City League is definitely going to be a new exciting challenge,” said

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The summertime can be a time of serious growth and experience for many high school and prep athletes. And for Coronado High School Baseball standout Ryan Ward, that statement rings very true. Ward, who is not only one of the best prep high school players in the county, and the state as well,…

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Thirty-four canines and felines belonging to military and low income families along with a few feral cats in Imperial Beach were neutered and microchipped prior to being returned to begin the next chapter of their lives. Funding was provided by Coronado CARES and volunteers by SNAP. This was…

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It has been a difficult year for everyone. We have faced challenges in our lives, in the way we work, and even the way our children attend school. There have been obvious changes to our community as well.

Some of the changes are ones to be proud of. Three deserving Coronado Police officers have received promotions: Mark Harris, Anthony Flores, and Ryan Brennan.

“The recent promotional process was highly competitive and the Command Staff and I are excited about how those chosen are going to positively impact our community and department. Those selected have continually demonstrated their commitment to our community and their desire to improve our delivery of police service,” said Coronado Police Department Chief Chuck Kaye

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The City of Coronado announces the resignation of Public Services & Engineering Director Cliff Maurer, who has accepted a similar position in Santa Barbara. His last day was July 22.

The Public Services & Engineering department manages general engineering services, traffic engineering, project development, street maintenance and improvements, storm drain improvements and the Wastewater Utility Improvement

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The Registrar of Voters is alerting all active registered voters in San Diego County that they will receive a ballot in the mail for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Ballots will be mailed the week of Aug. 16, giving voters nearly a month to mark their ballot and return…

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The Coronado Public Library invites the community to discover a new favorite spice with its monthly Spice it Up, Coronado! program. Each month, the Library selects different spices used in dishes around the world and invites the community to try them out.

July’s spice is Tamarind Powder. Participants are invited to share their recipes on the Comment

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Residents living in and around the Coronado can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable

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The Coronado Lawn Bowling Club wishes to thank the Community for the great turn out for our first post pandemic event. Ninety-eight people arrived for our annual Twilight Bowling and BBQ Last Thursday evening, July 15, with Guest Chef, Roger Miller and Guest Sous Chef, Dana Welch at the gril…

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The City is undertaking a planning process to understand the potential effects of sea level rise and to explore possible mitigation strategies. It begins with the preparation of a Vulnerability Assessment, followed by an Adaptation Plan. Join Coronado for a community workshop to learn about …

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Coronado resident, former basketball player and alumni of Coronado High School (CHS), class of ’71, and current videographer for the CHS Boys Basketball team, Paul Lull, was present at both Coronado games against Orange Glen last month. I spoke to Lull who feels a sense of responsibility to relay his experience of the State Championship game as someone who was there, and wants to share that perspective with the community.

When Lull moved back to Coronado about six years ago, he met JD Laaperi through a basketball group that plays on Saturday mornings. Lull had asked the longtime former head basketball coach and current assistant coach, Sandy Dillon, if there was anything he could do to help out with the boys team who directed him to Laaperi. “[Laaperi] had said, ‘You could help me with the big guys.’”

Lull began by helping out with various things at practices but when COVID put restrictions on things like game attendance, Laaperi asked if he would record the games for the team. “[Laaperi] has an iPad and a tripod that he would give me before each game.

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World War II paratrooper Tom Rice will jump in his hometown of Coronado on the beach front of the historic Hotel del Coronado. The Commemorative Air Force’s C-53D D-Day Doll will drop Rice for his centennial celebration. D-Day Doll flew missions on D-Day and has been restored and preserved t…

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Looking for a bigger buddy to join you on all of life’s adventures? Meet Scout, a sweet and social guy looking for a forever family who will appreciate all he has to offer. Scout is friendly and fun, with nice manners and a YOLO approach to life.

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Coronado Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Gillingham announced that she will retire from her position in September. Gillingham has been with the Chamber since 2015 and guided the organization through one of the most difficult years in history for local small businesses.

“I know she thought of retiring sooner. She stayed to help the City and the businesses through the pandemic. That passion for the Coronado community really stood out during these last 15 months. And the community appreciates that,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Woiwode.

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If you’re planning on coming out for high school Cross Country Team this fall, you should be training now. Our first meet is just a month away. Cross Country is an endurance-based sport that’s unforgiving for those who haven’t put in the work. If you want to train with a group, or if you nee…

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The Citywide Historic Survey and Context Statement project is underway, and you can follow the progress and provide input on the Comment Coronado public engagement site. Tell the City about the places, people and events that have shaped Coronado’s history and built environment. Visit: https://commentcoronado.org/citywide-historic-resource-survey to find the survey.

Historic Context Statements and Surveys are planning tools for understanding, identifying, evaluating and protecting the City’s historical resources. Context Statements provide the foundation for successful survey work. Historic Surveys are intended to identify potentially significant

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The City Council has unanimously appointed Tina Friend, who has more than 16 years of management and executive level experience in coastal California local government, as the City’s new city manager.

Friend comes to Coronado after serving as city manager of Scotts Valley, California. Prior to that, she served for nearly a decade as assistant city manager for the City of Santa Cruz. She holds a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho.

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On Thursday, July 15, the Coronado Ladies Book Club met to discuss this months reading of “The Widow Clicquot.” The club meets once a month and the member who chooses the book also hosts the meeting. Pictured is host, Brenda Arnold along with readers Susan Hardy, Nancy Manning, Lydia Grypma,…

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Organizers at Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) and San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) are preparing for the summer’s biggest sailing event, the 48th Dutch Shoe Marathon. On Friday, July 23, over 150 junior and adult sailors in their single-handed 8 foot Naples Sabots will funnel through a starting line in La Playa Cove just off the docks at SDYC, sail down the bay, under the Coronado Bridge into Glorietta Bay, and cross the finish line in front of CYC.

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Author Vicky Heldreich Durand will discuss her book “Wave Woman,” a biography about her mother, swimmer and surfer Betty Pembroke Heldreich, on Thursday, July 22 at 11 a.m. in the Winn Room at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue.

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Summer school enrollment is at an all time high in California as schools deal with the fallout of the post pandemic school year. Coronado Unified School District is no exception. Stacy Morrissey, the district’s Math and Science ToSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) during the regular school year, has taken on the challenge of serving as Coronado Unified School District’s (CUSD) Summer School Principal for secondary education.

“Not all students struggled with distance learning, but many did. More than we normally see,” said Morrissey. She explained that learning loss and credit recovery guided the planning for summer school classes.

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An innovative new website was launched last Friday that is dedicated to enhancing the golf game for over 10 million mature, U.S. golfers. Fore! Sixty offers curated, age-appropriate products and relevant guidance from a team of experts including golf coaches Hall of Fame inductee Mike Wydra.

Fore! Sixty was created by two 60-something successful entrepreneurs, Jim Plumb and Ralph Fascitelli with strong athletic backgrounds and an ongoing, albeit often “one way,” love affair with the game of golf.

“All of us baby boomers have to sooner or later face the fact that the par fours we used to easily reach with a driver and a seven iron are often a bridge too far to reach in regulation,” said Coronado native and co-founder Plumb.

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Every athlete at every age has dreams; big or small, athletes dream of rising to the highest levels of their respective sport. The question is, how far and how hard will an athlete work to make those dreams into a reality? Those who put in extra hours and work hard even when no one is watching are often the ones that make their dreams come true. For anyone looking for proof of this, look no further than 17-year-old Coronado native CJ Fodrey.

On April 6, 2021, CJ signed a contract with the local professional soccer team, the San

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Weeks after she and her College of Charleston teammates won the College Sailing Women’s National Championship, Paris Henken (Coronado High School 2014) received college sailing’s top award. The Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year is presented annually by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) to an individual who has performed at the highest level of competition in district and national championships. 

“Winning a National Championship with my team has definitely been something I’ve always wanted to achieve. Then winning Women’s Sailor of the Year on top of that was really amazing,” said Henken.

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With more and more people getting vaccinated and life going back to normal, everyone is taking advantage of the new freedom and going out to eat. You may have noticed an increase in diners waiting outside restaurants to be seated, or a bit slower service than pre-pandemic times - all due to shortage of restaurant workers. Another sign of the times is the many “Help Wanted” signs on the windows. The lack of restaurant employees is very real these days and causing a ripple effect in the industry.

As the Executive Chef for a restaurant group in Coronado, Imperial Beach resident and Councilmember Jack Fisher, has seen the effects first hand.

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The Coronado Rugby Club, the Islanders Sports Foundation and the City of Coronado have teamed up to bring Spellman Performance to Coronado in the Coronado Speed Camp, July 19-23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The goal of the camp is to help young athletes accelerate their dreams, train smarter and run faster.

This camp is designed to help young athletes master speed through biomechanics, advanced technical training and individualized programs. Spellman Performance Speed coaches will provide speed and agility training and a personalized speed profile for each junior athlete speed. Athletes undergo diagnostic testing that will give them insight into their overall acceleration and velocity. They will analyze force velocity profile (FVP), split time, kinematics, and technical proficiency.

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Open since mid-June, the Spreckels Center launched with limited in-person classes and continues to add more each month. Participants are enjoying reconnecting and newcomers are walking in the doors to learn more about what is going on.

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As California is opening up again, why not get out in the great outdoors while also adding movement into your day? The Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital is hosting two outdoor yoga classes.

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On Thursday, July 8, CalHiSports.com released its awards and honors for the State Player of the Year at each Division inside the State of California. Included among those who take player of the years honors was former Islander Point Guard and current University of San Diego Toreros Point Guard Wayne McKinney. The award comes on the heels of Wayne also being named the CIF San Diego First Team. 

McKinney, who has signed with the University of San Diego, is the highest-ranked prospect ever signed by USD.

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Mark your calendar! Sharp Coronado Hospital Auxiliary welcomes back Specialty Accessories with unique, comfortable clothing and accessories on Friday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Sandermann Auditorium on Soledad Place.

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This summer Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering a variety of engineering, technology and film making camps from now through Aug. 13 at the Coronado Community Center.

Young engineers can explore worlds as they learn engineering principles in Lego Engineering Camps which include MineCraft, Transportation, Super Hero, Animal Architects, Pokemon, STEM and Robotics.

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The Coronado Chamber’s 36th Annual Salute to the Military will take place on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Hotel del Coronado on the newly-renovated Windsor Lawn. Guests will enjoy a night of celebration outdoors to enjoy the sunset and an evening under the stars. This year’s theme is The Young & The Brave: Applauding Our Military Kids. The event sponsors more than 100 active-duty couples

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PAWS is excited to announce our first Yappy Hour in far too long will be hosted at Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill, 1701 Strand Way, on Tuesday, July 20, fro 4 to 7 p.m. Humans can enjoy the complete Bluewater menu, while treats and mocktails are available for purchase for pups. Proceeds f…

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Seasoned sports photographer for the Coronado Eagle & Journal and a Behavioral Health Aide to the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD), Kelley “Kel” Casey, was in attendance at the now infamous State Championship basketball game between Coronado High School (CHS) and Orange Glen. Casey, who’s been a credentialed photographer at Coronado’s basketball games since 2010, couldn’t have imagined going into the game that it would have such a profound impact on her life and the community. I sat down with Casey who wanted a chance to share her experience and unique perspective as a photographer that night.

The evening of the game Casey arrived a half-hour early, per usual, to get set up. “The very first thing I noticed was that there were a lot of Orange Glen fans sitting in the section where our students usually sit, so exactly opposite our home

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All Coronado High School students that are interested in a fall sport should register on the Islander Sports Foundation (ISF) website. Go to www.islandersportsfoundation.com and click on the “more” tab. Sports offered in the fall are: Football, Boys Waterpolo, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Co-Ed…

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On Thursday, July 15, the Coronado Lawn Bowling Club (CLBC) Twilight Open Bowling will include a barbecue with guest barbecue chef Roger Miller at the grill. The CLBC will be furnishing a wonderful grill and side dishes. There will also be a hosted bar with adult beverages.

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Coronado Chamber members F45 Training Coronado joyfully celebrated its ribbon cutting Saturday, June 26. Loyal members and supporters came to congratulate the F45 team on their success amidst a pandemic. Congratulations F45! The Coronado Community is so happy you’re here!

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Coronado Canine Mayor, Hudson, cut a dashing figure in the return of the annual Coronado Fourth of July Parade.

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On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the wedding ceremony of Dan Hendrickson to Marian Donahue took place at the Hansen Mansion, Saturday, June 19, 2021, 3 p.m.

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In honor of the Coronado Playhouse’s 75th anniversary, they are inviting you to join the 75 for 75 campaign. For only $75, you will be helping Coronado Playhouse stay afloat in this pivotal year.

For only $75, your name will be added to a list of founders that intend to keep the Playhouse moving for the next 75 years. The goal is to raise a minimum of $7,500 for the year.

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Readers of all ages can win prizes for logging books they read through Aug. 13. The Library’s Summer Reading program officially kicked off with a Summer Reading Luau last week.

This year’s theme for Summer Reading is “Reading Colors Your

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How many days a year do you drive to work?

For Dan’l Steward, he can count on one hand the number of times he has driven to work during the past 40 years– ever! As a bicycle commuter, Dan’l figures he has helped the planet by not contributing greenhouse gases or air pollution to the atmosphere and has physically benefitted from his bicycle habit.

In addition to being a bicycle commuter, Dan’l can be found on the water sculling a few mornings a week before sunrise. He always leaves the beach and parking lot cleaner than he found it.

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Coronado Real Estate Association, CREA CARES will be collecting non-perishable food items and travel sized toiletries for the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center. CREA CARES’ goal is to collect 200 pounds of food to help stock the center’s food pantry for their monthly mass food distribution. Donations can be dropped off at the following location the day of the event, Saturday, July 24 from 8 to 11 a.m., Union Bank Parking Lot. 800 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the event at the following locations, Coronado Chamber of Commerce. 1125 Tenth Street, Coronado, CA 92118, and Keller Williams Coronado Living Luxury Homes, in the Smart & Final parking lot, 134 B Street, Coronado, CA 92118.