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Joseph Delasalas recently turned 90 years old. His story is unique in many ways. His family was the only Filipino-Mexican in Coronado for a long time and the house he lives in was built on the lot where the family home stood. But there is more.

His father Pedro De Las Alas -the name was spelled Delasalas later - was born in 1892 in the island of Luzon, Philippines. Joseph recalls the story of his father Pedro who had been brought up by a grandmother, a very strict woman. Pedro’s mother died when he was still young. His older brother Liberato had moved to San Diego and their father was also somewhere on the West Coast.

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It would be fair to say it’s good to be Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 24-year-old signal caller is the reigning NFL MVP, the MVP of Super Bowl LIV, and NFL Champion. Add to all of that, he now is the proud owner of a 12-year contract worth $476.6 million. That breaks do…

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Ruth Weiss, Vice-president of the Election Integrity Project of California, addressed the Coronado Roundtable at its June meeting conducted online by ZOOM. Weiss warned of the potential risks to the integrity of our elections posed by mail voting due mainly to the excessive amount of handling that the ballots are exposed to, loose regulations regarding ballot collection, (ballot harvesting) and duplicate mailings, among other issues. She urged her audience to spread the word about the need to stay informed regarding election integrity issues and to volunteer their services by contacting the registrar of voters.

Advocates for permitting everyone to vote by mail frequently claim that there is no evidence of widespread fraud associated with this method of voting. They are mistaken, said Ms. Weiss. The project’s election observers, acting as whistleblowers operating under penalty of perjury, have reported numerous cases of voting irregularities.

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Old Goats Kids Who Care (Jack and Grace Elardo) decorating the wounded warrior home (Warrior Foundation Freedom Ststion) for Independence Day. These youngsters are incredible with all they do for our community..a sorely needed example and breath of fresh air.

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The IBWC Citizens’ Forum on July 2 was held via teleconference to inform the board and the general public on the latest news. USIBWC Operations Manager Nicolas Chapa gave a presentation on the commission’s projects in the California-Tijuana, Baja California region and projects to be developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Doug Liden, EPA environmental engineer Region 9, San Diego Border Office discussed

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CUSD is excited to announce a new partnership with Champions to provide before and after school childcare and enrichment opportunities beginning this Fall.

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The Governing Board received a report on our current reopening approach during a Special Board meeting yesterday; no formal action was taken.

The update outlined reopening safety guidelines and presented an overview of on-campus and virtual learning options as well as hybrid model contingency planning. A recording of the meeting is available here. Staff will host a town hall forum on July 23 to solicit input and respond to community questions. Additional information and instructions on how to participate/submit questions will be provided on Friday, July 17.

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Susie Keeney has owned a house in Coronado since 1988 and is the third generation of her family to live in the city. She also has two direct ties to the Navy, the first being her Grandfather LCDR James H. Brett, Jr., commanding officer of Torpedo Squadron Two in the Battle of Coral Sea in 1942. “He was a graduate of the Naval Academy and he had a good feel for flying low and dropping torpedoes,” Susie said. “He died when my Mom was 10 and I never got to know him.”

Known as Susie Elizabeth McAbee when she graduated from Coronado High School (CHS) in 1979, she moved to Coronado at the age of 10. “My parents divorced, and we moved here.

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The Coronado Democratic Club will present a Zoom Workshop “Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time” by Peter Bolland on Sunday, July 19, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, via Zoom.

This is the second in an ongoing series on Equal Justice presented via Zoom for the our community. Boland is well known for his talks which

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The Coronado Playhouse is proud to have received 26 nominations for the 2019-2020 Aubrey Awards!

Here is a list of our nominees:

Sound Design - Musical: Jerry Young, Dogfight; Javier Pinon and Connor Murtaugh, Mamma Mia!

Lighting Design - Musical: Xavier Luevano, “Dogfight”; Josh Olmstead and Anthony Zelig, “Mamma Mia!”

Set Design - Musical: Shaun Tuazon-Martin, “Mamma Mia!”

Costume Design - Musical: Marcene

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Because construction is delaying the reopening at the Hotel Del until late Fall, Brady’s Menswear opened a Summer Popup Shop next to Tartine on First Street.

To entice your visit, Brady’s is selling everything at half price, shoes not included. That means that everything that

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Fun and handsome Wyatt came to PAWS after he was found outside the animal care facility. Wyatt is a playful and affectionate guy who is looking for a fun and active family to take him along on all of life’s adventures.

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Coronado Island Film Festival is all about movies, so naturally we love it when we find one that gets everything right: the writing, the directing, the acting, the cinematography, the location, everything. “Broadcast News” (1987) is one of those.

Even though it was nominated for seven Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, we had almost forgotten about it until we were scrolling through Facebook and came across a post by Ken Fitzgerald that he’d watched it with his family and “it still holds up.” You know Ken – a well-written political opinion piece with his name on it is most likely included in this week’s edition of this newspaper.

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There’s a new App in town – the Coronado Public Art Walking Tour App!

This custom-created smartphone app maps your route and guides residents and visitors to 75 works of art throughout the island, sharing the story of each piece and naming the artist who created it.

“We wanted to create something fun that celebrates the great public art in our community, gets people outdoors in a way that does not put their health at risk, and

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Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. As Coronado and the rest of California reopens, c…

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As races of all sizes continued to be cancelled across the United States due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 47th annualCrown City Classic was held over the weekend as a live-modified event. The annual 4th of July tradition ensured safe social distancing allowing participants run the 1…

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San Diego County’s public health officer announced that effective Tuesday, July 7, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, and movie theaters, among other businesses across the region, must close if they operate indoors.

Following three days on the state’s Monitoring List and as part of the County’s Safe Reopening, the following businesses were closed unless they can operate outdoors. The closures go into effect July 7 and will last three weeks:

• Dine-in restaurants (outdoor settings, pickup, delivery and drive-thrus still allowed)

• Wineries and tasting rooms

• Movie theaters

• Family entertainment centers (including bowling alleys, arcades)

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Author Dick Belkin, who has penned three books set in Coronado, recently released his fourth book entitled “There’s Something Fishy in Coronado,” a story about the grunion run.

Belkin has been inspired by things that happen in town and is able to translate them into books. For this story, Belkin thought of writing a book about the

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Coronado locals, IT’S NEVER 2L8, took their entertaining ways to the neighborhoods of the Crown City this Fourth of July. The band performed on the streets of Coronado from the back of a flatbed truck. Being mindful of social distancing requirements and face masks, the band proved that the S…

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Three Coronado restaurants are temporarily closing their doors after reporting cases of their employee’s contracting COVID-19. The Henry, High Tide Bottle Shop and Kitchen, and McP’s Irish Pub have all had employee’s test positive, and will close temporarily in order to follow San Diego County Health Department orders.

The major points within current guidelines that are in place as stated by the California Department of Public Health are as follows: The restaurant should notify their local health department about any suspected or confirmed positive cases. They should provide their local health department with a roster of their employees and then begin testing, and “the employer is responsible for ensuring all employees are offered or provided testing.”

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San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. The County order is in effect until further notice.

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER AND EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

(Effective July 7, 2020)

Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code sections 101040, 120175, and 120175.5 (b) the Health Officer of the County of San Diego (Health

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Green Art Labs is offering a half-day online summer camps for kids ages 5-9 and 9-13 from July 6-31. Engaging, hands-on classes such as gardening, art, theater, dance, watercoloring, Legos, yoga, bullet journaling and claymation are offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Learn more at www.greenartlabs.com/classes.

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The depth of the rift between the Major League Baseball Owners and Players was highlighted in the details of the Major League Baseball Player Association’s 33-5 rejection of the Owners final proposal for the 2020 season on June 22. Rejecting the offer means $25 million in guaranteed playoff …

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While many local people are starting to venture out again after some of the lock-down restrictions eased, for some, going out to a restaurant is still not possible.

For those who need or want to remain socially distanced but still wish to enjoy finer dining without having to turn on their own ovens, local chef and CHS ’80 grad Kathy Nicolls can help with her home meal delivery service.

Nicolls, who has enjoyed cooking for her family since she was young, originally started her small business in 2010 by making jalapeno jam, which she first experienced on a trip to New Orleans. The jam was such a hit with her family and friends that the next step was a house party, and the jams sold out quickly.

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Each week the John D. Spreckels Center is hosting a free virtual Lecture through a continued partnership with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This week the topic of learning is “Using Minimum Wages to Fight Inequality and Policy” presented by David Neumark.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce designed a banner to support Essential Coronado's campaign to turn Coronado Red, White and Blue for July 4th. The City did a wonderful job turning this around so swiftly and you can now view this on the median by the library.

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Nicole Tallent is someone who views cleaning the small beaches along the Ferry Landing as an obligation. I have seen Nicole cleaning the beaches in the past, but never knew her name until I stopped her in April to thank her when others were too fearful to pick up a single piece of trash. 

Since the pandemic began,

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Each year the Optimist Club of Coronado awards academic scholarships to selected Coronado High School seniors. The Optimist Club has over 100 members and has served the Coronado community since 1970. This year the Optimist Club awarded scholarships in three categories. Each scholarship is worth $2000.

The NJROTC Scholarship went to Pita Lopez. Pita held many leadership positions during her four years as a

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The City reminds the community that the traditional Fourth of July celebrations in Coronado have been canceled due to the pandemic. However, the City is preparing for the long holiday weekend and expected large crowd. The Fourth of July falls on a Saturday but the holiday is observed on Frid…

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The July 4th holiday weekend is associated with boating and drinking. The Safe Boating Campaign and the U.S. Coast Guard are reminding boaters to boat sober during the holiday weekend to avoid deadly accidents.

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Nestled between the Coronado Post Office and the Brigantine Restaurant, the Emerald C Gallery, owned by Penny Rothschild, is a great place to visit if you are a devotee of art. Starting July 3, 2020, Rothschild is curating a 50-piece art exhibit she has entitled, “Exhale,” which features the art of Jody Esquer, Heather Frank, and Jenna Raskin Moreines. The free-ranging interview included the exhibit’s principals and Jennifer Franks, Co-promoter of last year’s Coronado Music Festival with Rothschild. Franks is also a published author and Flamenco guitarist.

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Coronado is looking to achieve a fitness triple crown getting people active during the pandemic while practicing social distancing; building community; and celebrating the City’s 130th anniversary.

The “Coronado 130 Virtual Challenge: Actively Celebrating 130 Years of Community” is an initiative by the City of Coronado to inspire residents to come together, challenge themselves and their neighbors, and commit to completing 130 miles of any physical activity, all while meeting COVID-19 public health guidelines. The challenge celebrates 130 years since Coronado’s incorporation as a city on Dec. 11, 1890.

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One of the better journalistic decisions yours truly has made recently, was instead of writing a joint feature on CHS 2020 Salutatorian Andres de la Lama and Valedictorian Brendan Chapko, we’re providing separate stories on both of these outstanding students. Andres was the first of the two scholars I met with, shortly after the class graduation festivities concluded. 

The third of four children born to Alejandra Valdez and Carlos Valdez, Andres was born in La Jolla. His siblings include sister Daniela 27, brother Carlos 24 and younger sister Ana, who is a sophomore at CHS.

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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

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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

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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.