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The best way to put together a competitive Cross Country Team is to have a lot of runners. As a general rule, around 10% of these will be competitive, and 1% will be superstars. Because of COVID, our team is small this season. We have only nine active girls and 10 active boys. We’re in the W…

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Coronado girls’ varsity volleyball team traveled Monday to take on the Marauders of Mira Mesa. In a tightly contested match, the girls fought hard but came up short 3 games to 1. It was a tough loss for the Islanders who stand at 10 – 12 on the season. Freshman setter, Emily Page was a stand…

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Christ Church Day School’s fifth grade class worked together on a world geography project. Students were given a list of latitude and longitude lines around the world and put in teams to track locations, and learn more about each country. Christ Church Day School has a rich tradition of acad…

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“Chicago,” the second longest-running show in Broadway history, is a black satire about merry murderesses that argues “in this town murder is a form of entertainment.” Winner of six Tony Awards, it is based on a 1926 play of the same title by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, about actual criminals and the crimes on which she reported. This timeless story of crime, greed and corruption opens Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. and features the talented musical theatre and drama students of the Coronado School of Arts (CoSA).

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” ‘20s, “Chicago” tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Nightclub star Velma (Kendall Becerra) is serving time for killing her husband and sister while wannabe starlet Roxie (Mia Perez) has been tossed in the joint for bumping off her lover.

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In 1988 Coronado MainStreet Ltd. was founded with the unwavering goal to strengthen the economic vitality and community of Coronado’s downtown hub. Rita Sarich, who has been involved with MainStreet for a number of years as the organization’s director, recently passed the reigns to Karla Robles as the community begins to celebrate annual events once again.

Sarich introduced Robles as the new director at the last city council meeting where Robles began by thanking Sarich, the council and mayor, and the community. “I’m honored to be a part of Coronado MainStreet, a wonderful organization that has contributed a lot to the city and that Rita and other team members, board members, have worked through the years with love, passion, and dedication to Coronado,” Robles stated at the meeting. “I am also blessed to live here.”

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Coronado has long embraced its Mayberry-by-the-sea cadence of life, a vibe that carries over into the culture and events hosted on the island, including the Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF). Celebrating the sixth year, the festival is Nov. 10-14, 2021. The much anticipated in-person even…

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The Coronado City Council meeting on Oct. 5 began with two ceremonial proclamations; Rideshare Week and Fire Prevention Week. Rideshare Week was honored from Oct. 4-8 to promote sustainable transportation such as car or vanpools and other transit which can help reduce traffic congestion and decrease gasoline consumption and carbon emissions.

Coronado is recognized as a Gold Tier Diamond Award recipient by the SANDAG iCommute program, and program consultant, Erika Saari, was there to receive the proclamation. “I’m here on behalf of the SANDAG iCommute program to receive it and also congratulate you for being a part of our program, and for keeping with our goal of maintaining an environmentally friendly San Diego for all of us in the community, and for the planet.”

Fire Chief Mike Blood was in attendance to receive the 2021

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The Lady Islanders golf team is having a tremendous season leading the highly competitive Western League with an 8-1 league record. On Monday the girls teed off against Scripps Ranch at the rugged Torrey Pines North and outplayed the Pointers 216 – 245. Leading the charge was Bella Villarin …

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The Islander Boys Water Polo team took on the Foothillers of Grossmont High last Thursday, Oct. 7, in a non-conference match at the Brian Belt Memorial Complex. It was a fast start for the Islanders with Jack Hilinski firing a goal from center on the very first possession of the game. A trem…

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The Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about Facebook’s internal message boards revealing that the company is fully aware of the negative effects that Instagram has on teen mental health. Facebook has publicly focused on the positive side of social media and avoided sharing i…

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New officers for the Crown Garden Club were recently installed for the 2021-2022 season. The officer board are a fun, smart and talented group of women and they promise a fun season ahead. Come join the Crown Garden Club at their monthly meetings; everyone is welcome. They meet on the fourth…

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It was a picture-perfect evening last Friday, Oct. 8, for football and to celebrate Coronado High’s Homecoming. The Islanders, riding a five-game winning streak, hosted the Cavers from San Diego High in their first City League match-up of the season.

Coronado received the opening kick off and seemed to move the ball at will. Running back Zane Delacore zig-zagged his way for a 25-yard gain on the second play of the drive followed by Hudson Bartell’s power run for 12 more.

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As a prelude to Veteran’s Day, the Coronado Public Library, in conjunction with the Coronado Cultural Arts Commission, will host an exhibit of portraits by Jeffrey Rease of the WWII Veterans Portraits of Honor Project. Rease’s work captures the images and stories of living veterans, many of whom are approaching or have surpassed 100 years of age.

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The Navy SEAL Foundation will be hosting a fundraising event, the San Diego Teamwork Fitness Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will support the Navy SEAL Foundation.

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The Silver Strand Chapter, Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) and the Coronado Navy League will hold their October dinner meeting on Tuesday Oct. 19, at 5:45 p.m.

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It is time again for witches and ghosts to wander throughout the central downtown. Coronado MainStreet sponsors the popular “Downtown Goes Ghostly” each Halloween. This year the fun event will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 and merchants in the central downtown will be prepared to welcome trick or treaters from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. that afternoon.

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Safe Harbor Coronado is hosting a free hybrid workshop presented by Jon Moffat on Oct. 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the Coronado Public Library Winn Room, 640 Orange Avenue. Moffat will be discussing how to navigate parenting in the digital age by helping you: keep up with the latest teen…

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Meet adorable Meilani, a perfect puppy for big dog lovers. Meilani means “heavenly flower” in Hawaiian, a fitting name for a beautiful 10-month-old girl ready to start her forever life with her new family. 

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A traditional paddle out will be held Saturday, October 23 at Coronado’s North Beach to honor the late John Elwell. The paddle out is scheduled for 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

Elwell was a short man but he walked tall through life. His stories of others captivated friends and family, and drove our appetites for years. And yet, it’s his own adventures

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Girl Scout Troop 6561 is collecting old and gently used Halloween costumes. Take this opportunity to clean out your closets and make a child’s Halloween special!

The costumes will be donated to the Monarch School for underprivileged children in San Diego. We encourage you or your child to bring in costumes and drop them off in the bin in your school’s office. Currently bins are located at the Silver Strand Elementary School, 1350 Leyte Road, Coronado Middle School, 550 F Avenue, and

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Coronado Community Church has announced it will return from virtual worship to in-person gatherings on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. The congregation will meet at the Coronado Unified School District Boardroom, at 201 Sixth Street in Coronado.

Also new to the Coronado Community Church is Pastor Eric Smith, who recently returned to his home town of Coronado and has taken over the helm of the church. He replaces another old-time Coronadan, the Reverend Steve Mather.

For Smith, returning to Coronado literally caused his head to spin, as he recalled memories from his childhood, school, teachers and events that influenced him. He shared some of them recently.

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Enjoy a classical respite as pianist Ines Irawati plays favorites from Chopin to Rachmanioff at the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, on Friday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m in this week’s installment of the Autumn Concert Series.

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It took quick thinking and skillful maneuvering to lead a submarine on dangerous undersea voyages at the height of the Cold War. Join the Coronado Public Library and Bay Books as they present an evening with author Capt. Alfred Scott McLaren on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Library’s Wi…

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Calling all Lego-maniacs and Minecraft Fanatics! The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department has a great opportunity for you. Come build Minecraft

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At the John D. Spreckels center, we are always looking to bring courses that offer total body health benefits and that is why we are now offering Tai Chi classes to our adult community. Originally developed as martial art, this slow-motion graceful exercise has become recognized as a prevent…

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On Tuesday, Sept. 14, The Gensler Group hosted their Economic Outlook webinar with special guest speaker, Burt White. He announced his retirement from LPL as a Chief Investment Officer prior to hosting the webinar, and it was a pleasure to gain some insight from him one last time. He spoke o…

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During her annual Official Visit, District 1 President Maria Gaspasin-Jimenez and her Leadership Team provided several certificates from President Robyn Kuznik of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Department of California, recognizing the accomplishments of Coronado Auxiliary.

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It’s that time of year in Coronado. Our Marine Corps League Detachment is hosting its third annual Oktoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 16, at VFW Post 2422, 557 Orange Avenue, from 4 to 9 p.m.

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Last week was yet another big week filled with big wins for the Lady Islanders Golf team. Coming into this last week Coronado knew their matches would go a long way in defining their 2021 season, and with especially all three matches being against league opponents.

First up on the ledger for Coronado was Our Lady of Peace (OLP), a team Coronado had already beaten once this season. The match would take place at the friendly confines of Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

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Get your corsages and boutonnieres ready! This year’s Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) Gala is back at the Hotel del Coronado and breaking out the punch bowl, dusting off its dancing shoes and ditching the chaperones to head “Back to Prom.” This annual event is presented by Donna Salof for the fifth year in a row.

This year’s extravaganza, co-chaired by Salof and Alexis Reitmeyer, is a chance to get gussied up in your best tux and gown to dance the night away on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom, all to raise money for our students. All proceeds benefit Coronado’s public schools through CSF. While there’s no need to redo your perm or grow back your mustache, guests are encouraged to embrace the theme and put on their prom best from any decade!

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Sharp Coronado Hospital will hold free flu shot clinics on Monday, Oct. 11 from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

It is always important to get your flu shot, but during this pandemic it is more important than ever. An annual flu shot has been shown to help prevent or reduce the

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The Coronado Junior Woman’s Club is hosting their 12th annual A Taste of Coronado fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 from 5 to 9 p.m. This is your chance to visit over 30 participating restaurants and businesses around town, each offering a unique and delicious ‘Taste’ for their guests. Many of your favorite stops will return from last year, in addition to a few new participants.

While 2020 brought a new format to the Taste, we are excited to go back to previous Tastes which featured items such as cold brew coffee, surf and turf crostini,

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The Islanders Girls Volleyball team was back in action this past week, as they continued with their league schedule as they took on both Mission Bay High School and rival Christian High School.

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Meet Flute and Viola, the last of PAWS’ Symphony kittens. These two beauties are ready to entertain their forever families, and live their forever lives in sweet harmony.

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On Thursday Sept. 30, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Celebrate Coronado Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The event was held at Feast and Fareway at the Coronado Golf Course where exemplary police officers, firefighters, lifeguards, and city staff were honored for their work and dedication. To make up for not being able to hold a recognition last year during the pandemic, awards were given for both 2019 and 2020 honorees this year.

The evening was joined by a number of community members, City Council members, local business owners, as well as past Chamber board members. On Nov. 4 the Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating its 84th anniversary as a part of Coronado.

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On Friday, Sept. 24, Cdr Dustin Lonero and crew of USS Coronado (LCS 4) treated the Coronado Navy League to a tour onboard the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that bears our beloved city’s name. The 21 guests, including Navy League, Sea Cadet, and Military Officer Association of America (MOAA) members and USS MIDWAY docents, marveled at the ship’s unique propulsion and navigation systems,

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House 242 Church is excited to announce their new Sunday celebration in the heart of Coronado, at the Emerald C Art Gallery, 1331 Orange Avenue. Come celebrate this Sunday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m., followed by a launch party at 11:45 a.m. There will be live music, free hot dogs and burgers, art c…

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The long-anticipated reopening of the Village Theatre is set for Friday, Oct. 8, with the screening of the new James Bond movie “No Time to Die.” The City is pleased that Coronado’s beloved movie theater which has been closed since last year due to public health restrictions, will be finally…

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It’s time to paint the town with the Coronado Junior Woman’s Club Halloween Window Painting. One of the few events that was able to take place last year, CJWC will continue their tradition of decorating Coronado with Halloween decor once again. To participate, elementary students can turn in…

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The CHS Islander Senior Cheerleaders work hard at every game to lead the squad and keep the players and fans motivated. Pictured from left are: Megan Westphal, Leila Gimber, Catherine McAnally, Piper Shanks, Allee Anderson, Cecilia Schutz.

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About half of Coronado High School (CHS) students are preparing to experience their first high school dance as CHS launches its first Homecoming evening since 2019. The theme? “Houston, We Have A Homecoming.”

Not only will this be a first for CHS freshmen and sophomores, but for upperclassmen as well. Friday’s Homecoming dance will mark the first time a dance has been held on the quad at the school. I spoke with CHS teacher and Associated Student Body (ASB) advisor, Nicole Belong, who said, “We’re bringing in a ton of stuff, it’s going to look great and the kids also won’t have to wear masks because it will be outside.” Belong explained that while originally the dance was to be held at the San Diego Public Library event space, there were some changes that weren’t communicated to the school until two weeks ago that would have limited the number of students able to attend.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to walk past an ancient Maya palace? Or bring tribute and be seated in front of the throne? To hear a Mayan ruler walking down the hallway? Learn about the history, architecture, and people that made ancient Maya palaces a centerpiece of Mayan culture …

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The scope of the ponds project was to clean out debris from the pond basins and to troubleshoot and repair the well system that fills the ponds with water. The emptying the ponds was accomplished through a team effort including several departments within the city organization. Once the ponds…

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The San Diego Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the San Diego Team Hope Walk on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. at Coronado Tidelands Park. All proceeds support HDSA’s mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. 

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Coronado High School Boys Beach Volleyball is strong this fall. Players Cameron Krueger and Anthony Ferrell, seen playing here at Coronado’s Central Beach, also recently played in a Men’s CBVA (California Beach Volleyball Association) rated tournament in Huntington Beach and got third place,…