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The Coronado Community Foundation awarded six more $1000 grants to round out our “Let’s Connect” campaign. Our next step is to meet with each of the 21 organizations to learn more about them and explore opportunities to partner in the future. Their perspectives will help focus our efforts to grow charitable giving in and around Coronado.

“When we find needs and issues that are greater than one organization can tackle, we’ll work to develop collaborative efforts to address them. Some areas we’ve identified and possible collaborations include the arts, seniors, community health and families in need,” says board chair Helen Kupka.

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The Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Center is looking for lifeguards starting immediately. Applicants must be 18 years or older, be able to swim 300 yards, tread water with a ten-pound brick, and pass the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training class. Pay is $15 per hour with part-time to full-time opportunities.

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At the Dec. 7, 2021 Coronado City Council meeting, the City proclaimed Dec. 10, 2021 as Ed Walton Day in honor of Walton’s retirement after years of service as Coronado’s City Engineer. Walton has served the community through a plethora of infrastructure projects around the city for the last 33 years before retiring, helping improve life for residents and visitors alike.

Walton grew up in Wyoming where his dad helped spark in him an interest in engineering. “My Dad was a field engineer with the gas company back in my home town in Wyoming, so I guess it was natural to follow in his footsteps,” Walton said. “I am sure it helped that I always enjoyed math and the sciences in school. I think those factors lead me down the engineering path,” he added. Walton went on to study at the University of Wyoming where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.

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Coronado City Hall is temporarily closed to walk-in visitors due to employee COVID-19 infections. Staff is available to assist customers by appointment or by telephone or email. To make an appointment, call (619) 522-6380. City Hall will remain closed to walk-in visitors until Jan. 28 if no …

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Express your love for others this valentine’s day by designing your own handmade cards at the John D. Spreckels Center. The instructor will provide a craft kit so that crafters can spend their time creating! Kits will allow participants to make three original cards.

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Help choose the Coronado Public Library 2022 Coronado Community Read title! Vote for your favorite from the Top 5 list. Voting opened Jan. 14 and will remain open through Feb. 6.

Vote by going to commentcoronado.org or by submitting your vote to the ballot boxes located at Bay Books Coronado, the Coronado Historical Association, City Hall, the Spreckels Center, or the Coronado Library.

The Community Read program encourages discussion and participation in community-building events around the chosen title, which is selected by public vote. The winning book will be announced in mid-February, with related programs for the public taking place in April.

This past fall, the Coronado Community Read Committee, led by the Coronado Public Library, asked for nominations for titles that would be engaging as a community shared experience.

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Coronado Adult School wants to suggest that you take a class with us! Whether you’re interested in improving your English, honing your Excel skills, starting a new career, or trying out a new hobby, we’ve got options.

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Coronado Island Film Festival will kick off the 2022 Classic Movie Series with 34-year-old Sean Connery starring as the elegantly unflappable James Bond in “Goldfinger” on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Coronado’s Village Theatre, 620 Orange Avenue. As always, a pre-feature vintage cartoon will enhan…

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“Allegra” means “cheerful” in Italian, and that suits this girl perfectly. Allegra is a fun and social girl who is looking for an active and loving family who will appreciate her affectionate ways and her spunk.

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The Coronado Public Library is staging a new exhibition, “As He Saw It… Photographs by Major Morris,” which will be on view in the Library’s Exhibit Corridor Jan. 21-March 5.

Major Morris was an active photographer in the northeastern United States in the 1960s. The exhibition includes more than 60 black-and-white images from the 1960s that focus on the simple beauty of everyday life from childhood onward.

During his long life of 95 years, Morris was a World War II veteran, a college professor, a Harvard University graduate and a champion of education. He grew up in Cincinnati’s poverty-stricken West End during the Great Depression,

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The Coronado City Council agreed at its Dec. 7 meeting to restart a master planning effort for needed rehabilitation at the City’s largest park, Coronado Cays Park, and to identify potential new or updated elements and amenities. The restart of the project includes a robust public outreach c…

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The Coronado Floral Association (CFA), a local nonprofit group of men and women who come together to organize the Coronado Flower Show and encourage the beautification of Coronado, is enthusiastically seeking new members. The CFA is celebrating its 100th year, having first hosted Coronado’s longest running tradition, the Coronado Flower Show, back in 1922. Given its celebrated history, the CFA is full of opportunity for the future. Diana Drummey, CFA president, says, “Our goal is to spark interest within our community for those who want to help preserve and celebrate our island’s storied floral past.”

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Sharp Coronado Hospital will host a blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank on Thursday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 265 Soledad Place. Parking next to the auditorium is recommended.

Blood is currently in short supply and every donation helps. Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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In August 2021 Coronado Mayor Richard Bailey announced his candidacy for California’s 52nd congressional district. In the five months since, Bailey’s campaign gained momentum with a platform popular among fiscally conservative and socially moderate voters in San Diego. The campaign also showed early success with fundraising, raising over $525,000 as of the end of 2021 (with $520,000 from individual donors). Despite the encouraging progress, Bailey has decided to withdraw his candidacy. He sat down with the Eagle & Journal to discuss the suspension of his campaign:

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Coronado Art Alive will be presented by members of the Bridge and Bay Garden Club in the Coronado Library’s Winn Room, 640 Orange Avenue, on Monday, Jan. 24.

Art objects, including paintings, art prints, wood carvings, hand painted porcelain, musical instruments and more will be paired with a flower arrangement.

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Fees to use the Coronado Aquatics Center increased Jan. 1, according to a five-year fee schedule approved by the City Council in 2019. Daily pool fees for adults have increased to $6 and for

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Any Lamb’s Players Theatre enthusiast knows Cynthia Gerber, whose last performance was as “The Belle of Amherst,” a challenging role since the play features only one actor for one and a half hours, non-stop. In the play Emily Dickinson relates incidents from her life, feelings about her family and lifestyle while inserting some of her poems. As the sole performer, Gerber kept the audience engaged throughout as the quirky Dickinson, an eccentric making the best of her somewhat lonesome life.

Gerber has been associated with Lamb’s since 1988, starting as part of the Resident Ensemble. Since 2001 she has been an Associate Artist, wearing many hats in over 100 productions including stage manager in about 10.

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This year, the Coronado Floral Association is celebrating 100 years since its founding in 1922. To mark this important milestone, Coronado has installed banners on 30 street poles along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas. The banners are on display through the end of March.

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The Coronado City Council met on Tuesday, Jan. 4, to further discuss the Port Master Plan Update (PMPU) as it pertains to certain aspects of Coronado. City staff presented a recap on the process of these updates since 2019 and the direction staff had been given at the previous city council meeting.

Discussion pertaining to the letter that staff has been drafting to send to the Port of San Diego has focused on a few different areas to encapsulate Coronado’s stances on the following issues: new hotel rooms, mobility hubs, water-based transfer points and public docking, micromobility, and, as decided upon at the last meeting, working with the Cays HOA and residents pertaining to water-based transit in that section of Coronado.

In 2019, the Council addressed the 360 new rooms for Planning District 9 and 350 new rooms for Planning District 10

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The Coronado branch of Willis Allen Real Estate will be hosting a blood drive with the San Diego Blood Bank on Wednesday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of their 1116 Tenth Street location.

Anyone 17 and older, who weighs at least 114 pounds and is in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

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The Coronado Police Department is hosting a free Ride to Live class for active military who ride a motorcycle on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Silver Strand State Beach.

The Ride to Live motorcycle training program is presented by Coronado patrol officers. It’s goal is to provide motorcycle operators with the skills to avoid or minimize collisions while enjoying their ride. Riders also will be educated on some of the common equipment and riding violations encountered within the City of Coronado.

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When Amy Steward, president of Emerald Keepers, received an email about Isabella Dentistry that her organization had been selected to receive proceeds from teeth whitening, she was elated. Emerald Keepers is a non-profit organization that aims to remove plastic from our environment was founded two years ago, before the pandemic.

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The 2022 Coronado Lawn Bowling Club Board welcomes the community to join us on the Green. Lawn bowling is a safe, open air, non-contact sport enjoyed worldwide. Free Lessons are available by calling 619-319-5509 or e-mailing coronadolawnbowling@gmail.com. Watch for the Summer Twilight Open B…

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Christ Church Day School (CCDS) fifth-grade students discovered that air does weigh something! This fun experiment was the perfect way to start the new year. If you would like to learn about the programs offered at CCDS, at the corner of Ninth Street and C Avenue, please call 619-435-6393 an…

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Sweet and handsome Meenie is the last of the Eenie, Meenie, and Miny trio. Meenie is gentle and loving, and with his easy going demeanor and affectionate ways, he would be a great fit for a loving household.

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Coronado’s Talent presented by Alan Kinzel and Donna Salof is back this Feb. 26 for the fifth year after missing last year during the COVID shutdown. The show is a showcase for every kind of talent and all ages. The show is also a fundraiser for Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) and Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) which in turn funds many programs including the arts for our local students. It was the last major live show prior to the shut down in 2020. This show has developed an extremely loyal following and has quickly become a Coronado community favorite. It has sold out every year since the beginning.

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New Year, new reads! What better way to start the new year than to cozy up with a wonderful book?

Adults, kids and teens can participate in the Coronado Public Library’s Winter Read Challenge, running from January 1-31. Participants log what they read in January for a chance to earn prizes.

Kids ages 0-10 earn a winter fun pack filled with prizes such as bubbles, a rubber duck, erasers, and a bouncy ball by entering five books read. Kids can report up to 10 books for two winter fun packs. Books read to a child or that they read to a sibling or friend count too.

Teens in grades 6-12 can earn an entry into the gift card raffle by reporting two books they read. Teens can report up to four books for two entries into the raffle.

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On January 11, 2022, a letter of resignation from Coronado Unified School District Governing Board Member Stacy Keszei was filed with the San Diego County Office of Education. Pursuant to Education Code section 5090, Keszei’s resignation is effective immediately.

“It has been an honor to represent this community and work on behalf of children, but I have decided to step away from the school Board due to personal and family reasons,” said Keszei.

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The Coronado Eagle & Journal sat down with 2022 CUSD Board President Esther Valdes-Clayton to look back at 2021 and forward at 2022 in the Coronado Unified School District

In one of the most remarkable years for school boards nationwide, Coronado Unified School District’s (CUSD) year was no exception. From the enforcement of mask mandates to discussions around critical race theory, the CUSD trustees faced a plethora of community members’ questions, comments, and concerns, while also balancing a packed agenda. Amid local issues, such as the notorious tortilla-gate incident and the CIF sanction matter, the board continues to respond to their aftermath. 

Members of the CUSD community are left with several questions following the release of the third-party investigation of tortilla-gate, such as why the investigation was not presented to the CIF appeals board, and why there will be no further appeal. On these matters, CUSD President Esther

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To welcome in the New Year and new opportunities to partner in philanthropy, The Coronado Community Foundation awarded its second round of grants. Making connections was the mission as our Foundation board members and advisors got together with another seven organizations to present them with their $1000 grants. More information will be forthcoming when we present our remaining six grantees.

“Every one of these organizations is a part of the fabric that makes up Coronado, contributing to and strengthening our sense of community. Communication is key and we will work hard to build strong relationships. The connections gained from these relationships help us discover needs that are greater than one organization can tackle”, says board chair Helen Kupka.

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Two new state-of-the-art buoys recently installed off Coronado are helping with ongoing efforts by the California State University Long Beach Shark Lab and City Lifeguards to better monitor the local white shark populations.

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You are invited to learn how to prune roses on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from 9.15 a.m. through 11.15 a.m. at the Coronado Public Library rose garden, 640 Orange Avenue. Please bring your sharp bypass pruners and gloves to participate in this hands-on workshop. You will also have an opportunit…

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Guinea pig that is! PAWS has a few adorable guinea pigs up for adoption to start the new year. Guinea pigs are sweet, social, and low maintenance. Tobias and Gob are great examples of everything that is fun about having a guinea pig as part of your family.

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Interested in learning about poetry in an accessible and interesting way? “Poetry for the People” returns to the Coronado Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the Winn Room, 640 Orange Avenue. The seven-part class invites community members to explore this literary form. Not just for those who love poetry, this class is for any who enjoys the form or want to understand it better.

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Some people like to take their Christmas trees down the day after Christmas and some are not quite ready for the season to be over.

Whatever you do, the City of Coronado offers Christmas tree recycling. Christmas trees, including flocked trees, may be recycled by using either the green-waste curbside program or the

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Whether you are new to Coronado, a long-time resident, or want to gather information for an older adult in your life, we invite you to a tour of the building on Thursday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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With COVID-19 case numbers once again increasing across the country due to the spread of the delta and omicron variants, you might be wondering if you can continue to avoid infection, especially if you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine. Even if you are vaccinated, you may have similar fears.

Whether you are vaccinated or not, there is risk of infection. However, for those who are fully vaccinated and have received a vaccine booster dose, the risk of infection is minimal compared to those who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness and death, and the addition of a booster dose makes them highly effective at reducing the risk of infection.

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Born in 1930 in New Haven, Connecticut, James F. “Jim” Kelly led a storied naval career, combining years of sea duty, many of which were in command and combat, with studies at the nation’s finest post-graduate institutions and key shore billets, including duty on the staffs of CINCPACFLT

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The Coronado Police Department with the San Diego Harbor Police Department hosted this year’s Shop with a Cop where they spent the day with underprivileged local children, chosen through a special program.

The day began with a ride on the San Diego Metro-Transit (MTS) buses that took them off to Sea World where they saw a dolphin show and toured the grounds. Next, the kids were able to drive in police caravans from Seaworld to Target, where they were able to enjoy 7-11 slurpees in the parking lot. When it came time to enter the store, Target employees lined up to welcome and cheer the kids as they entered. Then it was all about finding the right gifts for each child.

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The Coronado Public Library is reprising its popular free monthly art class for kids, to be held the second Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. beginning Saturday, Jan. 8. Children of all ages are welcome, and registration is required.

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Fitness classes are an enjoyable way to maintain physical health. At the John D. Spreckels Center there are incredible courses and instructors to guide you in meeting your health goals. In addition, you might find yourself surrounded by individuals who will inspire you on your health journey…

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Say goodbye to 2021 with a new fitness class to kickstart the year! Our incredible adult fitness instructors at the Coronado Community Center are lowering fees for the month January and adding a drop-in option. This is an opportunity to try enjoyable classes that will help you maintain a hea…