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The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department is offering a music camp the week of July 6 - 10, this summer designed especially for children ages 6 to 9 years old. In this new camp, participants will play percussion instruments to learn how to keep a steady beat and to develop a love …

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Coronado City Manager Blair King is a faithful reader of this column. As such, he probably thought we needed some new content for this week, so he forwarded the following information regarding the operational times and reservation phone numbers for the City’s recreation facilities, up-to-date as of June 26, 2020:

The Coronado Aquatics Center is open Monday through Friday, 6 to 11 a.m., with 10, 50-meter lanes. Reservations are required for the Competition Pool lap swim and can be made by calling the Aquatics Center at 619-522-7342.

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After 15 years the mother-daughter team of Pam Aldridge and Kristin Weygandt, owners of Café 1134, have decided to sell the business. The café’s last day in business was June 19.

The decision to sell the café was due to a number of reasons. Weygandt said she started a business selling on Amazon last year and wanted to concentrate on the new venture and her mother had planned to retire this summer, so it seemed like the right time to move on. “We will miss the staff, the many local customers - some came daily, others two to three times a week. We made good friends. It’s the locals that kept us alive through the winters and people that work in the businesses nearby with lunches and lattes kept us stay afloat,” said Weygandt.

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Sweet and engaging Violet came to PAWS as a stray when she was found at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. This black beauty has an inquisitive and inviting nature, and will make a wonderful companion for her new people.

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After the “March Against Racism in The Coronado Schools” on Saturday, June 13, students, parents and community members had questions and concerns for the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) School Board. Recently I sat down with Karl Mueller, the Superintendent of the CUSD, to ask him how the district addresses issues of race within the Coronado schools and what changes they plan to make moving forward.

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On June 29 at 11:38 a.m., a transformer blew on Adella across from Migelitos Restaurant. Part of the pole holding the transformer had separated from the electrical pole and parts of the transformer fell to the ground. Coronado Fire Department and Police personnel maintained the road closures…

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City of Coronado to Provide 1,500 Reusable Masks Over July 4 Holiday

The City of Coronado will give away 1,500 reusable face masks with the City logo to raise awareness about the importance of facial coverings.

Coronado expects to see large crowds for the Fourth of July holiday weekend with many people coming from San Diego and out of state. The Coronado Police Department provided masks to people in the commercial district in May to those who were not wearing them. Officers noticed people, particularly those from areas where masks are not required, were within six feet of others without masks. For the protection of Coronado residents and all visitors, the masks will be handed out by volunteers, staff and Police Service Officers.

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Several years ago, okay a couple of decades ago, I was in New York City on a business trip. At the same time there was a major event at the United Nations Building, located at 42nd Street and First Avenue, which created absolute traffic gridlock in Manhattan. No vehicles could move in any di…

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The National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), the only math Museum in North America, is awarding a cash prize to Kyna Airriess, a high student from Coronado who created an outstanding “zine” that celebrates the universality of math. Airriess is one of eight high school students worldwide to w…

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Each year Coronadans and admiring visitors crowd the sidewalks of Orange Avenue to enjoy the annual Fourth of July Parade - one of the most heartwarming, nostalgic events on our calendar.

But this year - for one year only - the sidewalk itself is the parade! With the absence of floats and marching bands due to the Coronavirus restrictions, it falls to us to bring the red, white and blue flair.

Already local storefronts are entering into the celebratory spirit,

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The USS Midway Museum reopened to the general public on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 following clearance received from the governor of California and the County San Diego. Temporarily closed since March 16, the museum will adhere to all required health and safety protocols to protect guests, employees and volunteers.

“We are excited to once again share the magic of Midway with our guests,” said Mac McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum. “However, we have done tremendous planning to ensure that when our guests return, we are providing them the safest experience possible through our extensive health and safety protocols.”

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My children and friends have given me books titled “Grandmother’s Memories,” and “Mom Remembers,” but only recently have I decided the time has come to fill them out or forget it. For my oldest grandchild’s March birthday, I determined to complete the thin one that had several interesting prompts.

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The Dunseath family is proud to announce their youngest daughter Sarah Dunseath, Coronado High School class of 2011 and UCLA class of 2015, was conferred the Doctor of Medicine degree from UC San Diego School of Medicine on May 31, 2020. She matched into Anesthesiology at Emory University in…

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Nicole Simon of Coronado graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from College of Charleston in May 2020.

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The Coronado Optimist Club continues its tradition of dining out to support Coronado restaurants. Here they are pictured at a recent outing to Nado Gelato: Rob Kracht, Jennifer Landry, and Cynthia Kosciuczyk.

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As noted above, the final decision for Fall sports activities won’t be decided by the CIF until July 20, but fans might like to know what the Islander 2020 Football Schedule would look like if there is positive news emanating from that meeting. The Islanders will compete in the Central Leagu…

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The Friends of the Coronado Public Library (FOL) is pleased to announce the award of two scholarships to graduating high school seniors Class of 2020. The two scholarships were awarded to Coronado High School seniors Shane O’Brien and Anayansi Lopez.

O’Brien will be attending the University of California at Irvine this fall and plans to major in physics. Lopez will attend Grossmont College for one year starting this fall, and then transfer to Washington State University to study nursing. Additionally, Lopez plans to participate in the college ROTC program.

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Discover Wellness is open and ready to serve the community. Please join the practitioners of Discover Wellness and Water and Sports Physical Therapy for an Open House in honor of Dr. Kerry Keiser’s 30 years in practice on Friday, June 26. Meet all the wellness practitioners, including chirop…

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What you notice first about Brendan Chapko is the obvious, which is the fact he’s 6 foot 6 inches. That is followed closely by the extreme confidence Chapko, the Coronado born and bred Valedictorian of the Coronado High School Class (CHS) of 2020, has in himself. Fundamentally, he’s not afraid, a major theme of his graduation speech which we’ll cover later. Earning a 4.57 weighted grade point average at a school as challenging as CHS, likely provides a boost to your outlook on life.

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We admit it: Here at Coronado Island Film Festival we can’t resist a good psychological thriller when it comes our way, and “Shirley” fits that description to a T. Starring the excellent Elizabeth Moss, (“Mad Men,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”), as famed horror author Shirley Jackson, (“The Lottery,” “The Haunting of Hill House”), the film won the prestigious Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking at Sundance this past year and was due to hit theaters in June until it was stalled by the coronavirus (along with so much else).

The good news is that NEON, the studio that brought us last year’s Best Picture winner “Parasite,” has entered into partnerships with well respected film

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Urgent need for blood donors to help prevent summer shortage, $5 Amazon.com Gift Card for all who come to give in June

Beginning June 15 and for a limited time, the American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies, providing donors insight into whether they have been exposed to this coronavirus. At the same time, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume surgeries and treatments that require blood products.

Antibody testing will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether

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When traditional hands-on community service was put on hiatus, the sixth grade class at Christ Church Day School, composed of just three students this year, found other ways to meaningfully give back. The girls decided to reallocate the funds they had raised for their cancelled Washington DC trip to area charities in need. The class spent time researching local organizations to assess their needs, preparing presentations, and writing letters to the selected organizations. Each girl hand-delivered her $537 share of the funds to the organization of her choice. The beneficiaries of their efforts were the San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego Humane Society, and Rady Children’s Hospital.

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One of the more significant capital projects initiated by the City of Coronado in the past decade took a major step closer to reality last week during the City Council meeting of June 16, 2020. The City Council approved by a 5-0 vote, acceptance of the $22 million financial package from Caltrans to take over the operation of State Routes 75 and 282 in the city. Along with an internal transfer of $9.3 million from the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget, the resulting $31.3 million fund, with interest, is projected to cover the annual maintenance for the two state routes that run through Coronado.

The opening bid from Caltrans to bring the two state routes into good repair was $16.95 million, so the City Staff collectively more than earned their salaries over the past several months. Specifically, the descriptions of the state routes that will be taken over by the City of

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In response to the CDE ‘Stronger Together’ reopening guidelines, the San Diego County Office of Education published the following reopening plan as a resource for districts. Neighboring districts are starting to roll out options as families prepare for Fall 2020. Most recently, San Diego Unified, the largest district in our region, shared their reopening scenarios.

We are respectfully requesting parents to participate in a survey regarding reopening options. Resurveying our parents and cross-referencing responses with current registration data is critical as we plan for staffing and allocation of resources. Please complete the following survey for each student by Wednesday, July 1st. Click here to participate.

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Beautiful Periwinkle was brought to PAWS when she was found as a stray at Tidelands Park. This sweet and shy girl deserves a second chance with a forever family who will appreciate her mellow demeanor and shower her with love.

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Islander Athletic Director Robin Nixon and I had a couple of Email exchanges last week, wherein she reminded me that registration is now open for the Fall sports of Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Water Polo, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross Country and Football. First, go to www.islandersportsfoundation.com and click on the ‘More’ tab in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Then select ‘Registration Instructions’ from the drop-down menu, and you’re on your way.

Nixon also said the latest information from the CIF, the governing body of high school sports in California, is the final decision regarding when or if fall sports will be played, will be announced July 20, 2020. At this point, apparently all scheduling options are on the table.

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Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey, left, presented Len Kaine, founder of the Golden Rule Society, with a proclamation of the first week of July, July 1- July 7, as the Golden Rule Society Week. The Golden Rule Society’s goal is to help all children be successful in life and to help make it a bet…

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For the past 132 years, the overwhelming support from our community has kept the Hotel del Coronado strong. So it gives us great pleasure to announce that Hotel del Coronado and Beach Village at The Del will reopen to guests on Friday, June 26.

We’ve been busy while our guests were away. Our upgraded pool and brand new Cabana guestrooms are nearly complete and we expect these areas to open on July 19. In early August, the newly reinvented Sun Deck, ENO Market & Pizzeria, and Babcock

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Great news for Tier 1 and Tier 2 businesses who have already been approved for the City of Coronado’s zero percent interest Lifeline Loans - you can now up your initial $15,000 loan to $20,000 - ie receive an extra $5,000 from the City of Coronado to help your business get through this challenging time.

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Racism and hate must never be accepted; especially in our schools where children are entitled to feel safe, valued, and respected. We have important action to take, now, in order to make CUSD a more inclusive and just community.

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On Monday, June 22, 2020, a lease agreement was finalized between the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) and the United States of America, acting by and through the Department of the Navy. The agreement affords the Navy use of our ECDC facilities for a much needed Child Development Center. CUSD retains Crown PreSchool facility and will continue offering preschool services to the community.

The terms include Navy use for approximately 18,000 SF of indoor classroom and office space, 46,000 SF of outdoor playground and blacktop, and use of existing designated parking spaces along Sixth Street.

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Novy and Sobaka, 3 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dogs, make a statement that they care about people.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) departs Huntington Ingalls Industries, Ingalls Shipbuilding division’s Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard June 13 to return to her homeport in San Diego. The sail away reflects more than two years’ worth of effort in restoring and modernizi…

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The FDA has updated its guidelines for COVID 19 testing procedures to make the process easier and more comfortable for patients, as well as to help limit the impact of testing on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by workers. The change means that people taking the test w…

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“Just Another Girl on the Road” by Coronado resident S. Kensington has been named by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group as one of the best indie books of 2020.

Kensington’s book is a finalist of the Action/Adventure category in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book

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Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) departed San Diego to continue her scheduled deployment, June 10.

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The San Diego County public health officer recently amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions. The first courts to reopen were those at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center. The Cays

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As a result of efforts by the Mexican government’s interagency work group, the Mexican Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico (IBWC) has received 83.982 million pesos (about 3.6 million U.S. dollars) from Mexico’s National Water Commission (Conagua) to rehabilitate Pump Station CILA in Tijuana, Baja California. These resources represent the first payments from the plan announced by the Mexican government last October to address the problem of transboundary wastewater spills in the Tijuana River.

These actions are expected to bring about substantive improvements in the quality of life of residents of the border communities of Imperial Beach, California and Tijuana,

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Coronado High School Senior Awards honor the class of 2020. A special thank you to the generous community for the continued support of the students of Coronado High School.

Top Senior Athletes: Casey Harris, Crista Izuzquiza, Elsa Ostermarker, Raden Perry, Kyle Phin, Devin Schulte, Catherine Ward, Lauren White, Abigail Whittemore, James Witthoft

Greg Gallant Memorial Scholarship: Crista Izuzquiza

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The two most prestigious student honors presented annually to graduating seniors at Coronado High School are the Jike Wong Award and the Molly McGowan Award. The Wong Award for 2020 has been presented to John Shoemaker and Kendall Chapko is the winner of the McGowan Award.

Awarded since 1944 in memory of McGowan, who passed away during her junior year in 1943 after a lengthy illness, this perpetual award honors the senior girl who best achieves the ideals of friendliness, scholastic achievement, and service. The Wong Award is named after Jike Wong (CHS ’48), who died in a car accident shortly after his class graduated. The criteria for the Wong Award inscribed on the trophy are, “Scholar, athlete, leader, and friend. To the boy who best exemplifies these ideals.”

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The Port of San Diego invites professional artists to submit their qualifications for two public art projects as part of the Port’s Percent for Art Program. This is a unique opportunity for local and national artists

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Head Coach Alex Cade and Assistant Jon Poe celebrated and thanked the 2020 Lacrosse Senior class. From left, Alex Cade, Andrew Larratt, Devin Schulte, James Withoft, Alex Arvizu, Ryan Bastuba, Sean O’Connor, and Jon Poe. Not pictured: Robert Logan, Will Rush, Casey Harris and Jack Simon.

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Allow me to summarize the current labor strife in Major League Baseball (MLB) in one word, ‘Money.’ A more expansive nine-word summary, ‘Money and how it is going to be distributed.’ The MLB Owners know if games are played with no fans in the stands they will lose money for every regular sea…