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If you ever need motivation to work out, look no further than Coronado resident Aida Baker. Baker celebrates her 100th birthday this March, making her the oldest member of the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital. But Baker doesn’t let her age define how much she gets her body moving — she works out three times a week.

Baker has been affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital since 1980, when she first became a volunteer. Over the years, she acquired more than 10,000 volunteer hours answering phones and helping the chaplains distribute the eucharist (or Holy Communion) to patients throughout the hospital. Baker says Sharp Coronado Hospital is a gem to the community and it has been wonderful for her to watch it grow over the years.

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Sharp HealthCare is thrilled to announce the 2021 Sharp Women’s Health Conference, to be held virtually this year, featuring New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert as the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This empowering virtual event includes three keynote

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Locals’ and visitors’ favorite burger joint and sports bar has been missing from the Coronado eating scene since last fall. After being closed since last October, Nicky Rottens is in the midst of a renovation and original owner Tim Aaron is excited to bring the eatery back.

Aaron purchased the building at Orange Avenue and First Street, that previously housed a laundromat, in 2010 from the Forsythe family trust. He opened Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint in 2011 with some partners and sold it in 2016. Over the years he regretted selling the business, and about seven weeks ago he sent an email to the current owner asking whether he would be wiling to sell. “I was thinking I could so something with it again,” Aaron said.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Rotary Club, business, and residential community support, has provided the Sharp Coronado Vaccine Site volunteer lunches since opening day. A proud milestone of the 2000th volunteer lunch was served on Wednesday March 31.

Sue Gillingham, Executive Director of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the volunteer lunch initiative and began a call-to-action to the public to donate funds to benefit the cause. Gillingham said, “I initially expected the program to last for just a couple of weeks, but through the giving spirit of the community, the lunches, which cost about $250 each day, have been able to continue with donations lasting through April!”

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On Thursday, March 18, the Coronado Optimists added some happiness to McP’s Pub and Grill, a long time supporter of the community. Remember to wear a cheerful countenance at all times! Fourteen Optimists/friends attended: Chris Ellinger, John Watson, Bill Parry, Lyman Green, Rob Kracht, Cynt…

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Coronado is a fantastic and unique city for fitness. The diverse demographic lends itself to a spectacular array of activities for everyone to find their own special routine. Whether you are just starting back after a hiatus or starting a new workout, Coronado’s top fitness experts share advice on getting started, staying healthy, and how to stay motivated.

Jean Pierre and Linda Marques, Master Teachers and owners of Coronado Yoga have over 100 years of expertise combined. Their bright, calm yoga studio on Eighth Street and Orange Avenue is comfortable and inviting, a reflection of their personalities.

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Bay Books will be hosting local author book signings on Sundays in April from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of their store at 1007 Orange Avenue. Currently schedule are:

April 11, Christopher Hoyer will sign his biography “When That Day Comes: Training for the Fight.”

April 18, Betsy Littrell will be available to sign her poetry

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The City is excited to announce that Coronado Junior Lifeguards is back. Dates for required swim tests and the program have been announced. A swim test is required prior to registering for Junior Lifeguards. The City made the difficult decision last year to cancel the entire Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness program due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This year, the City is able to provide the Junior Lifeguard program to those ages 9 to 17. The Surf Awareness will not be held this summer due to staffing issues. The City hopes it will return next year.

The Junior Lifeguard program will look different this year. Classes will be split into three age groups and broken down into cohorts groups with one instructor for every 10 students. Students are required to wear a mask unless in the water and pass a health screening daily.

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What we tell ourselves and those around us play important roles in how we think, feel, and behave. With the passing of St. Patrick’s Day, I have been thinking about how much we incorporate “luck” in our understanding of our experiences and the consequences of attributing our successes solely…

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Dan Gensler, founder and president of Coronado’s investment management and financial planning firm, The Gensler Group, was recognized by Forbes as one of the Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for the fourth year in a row.

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Today the Gluch Group celebrates the opening of its first office in California. The company was founded in 2011 by John and Brynne Gluch with a mission to modernize and humanize the decades old real estate industry. After spending 10 years as a full time real estate investor Gluch saw fundam…

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When Mark Westphal was a teenager in the early 1980s he was looking for a summer job. He would get a ride from Imperial Beach, where he grew up as the son of commander on the USS Kitty Hawk, to Coronado and knocked on people’s doors to see if they wanted some painting done. He did small jobs like repairing peeling paint and painting garage doors. Little did he know this summer job would become his career. In 1994 Westphal got a license and officially became a painting contractor.

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Dr. Joe Mullins and his staff are ready to welcome back patients to their new custom designed office space at 1116 First Street. Mullins began practicing orthodontics in Coronado in 2007 (in a shared dental office space on C Avenue with Dr. Hutchison). “The timing was right for this new opportunity to have my own space,” shared Mullins. His new office is just around the corner, but feels completely different thanks to a custom design/build from local builders Mark and Susan Hunt of Sand Castle Homes. The space is light and airy with a hint of ‘vintage farmhouse’ that makes it feel warm and welcome.

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The Bridge & Bay Garden Club awarded the February Spot of Beauty to El Rancho Motel, 370 Orange Avenue. Owner/manager Irene Pedroza accepted the award from Bridge & Bay Garden Club chairperson Marilyn Williams.

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On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Of course, women still tend to encounter more obstacles than men in the pursuit of financial security. Let’s consider a few of them.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the City of Coronado are adding a bit of pizzazz to the Coronado Food Hall website by hosting a table decorating contest! The idea is pretty simple. Order takeout at any one of your favorite restaurants in Coronado, and set your yummy food in your dishwar…

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The Rotary Club of Coronado is honored to present Leslie Kennedy, nurse and Advanced Illness Management Coordinator at Sharp Coronado Hospital with its 2021 Peacemaker Award. Kennedy gives the wonderful gifts of compassion, understanding, and knowledge to her patients and their families.  

“Leslie is involved in some of the most difficult of circumstances,” says Susan Stone, Sharp Coronado Hospital CEO. “Her talent of educating, caring and supporting everyone involved is truly remarkable. Thank you for recognizing this extraordinary individual who demonstrates every day a level of service above self that is unparalleled.”

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A remarkable $10,000 (and counting!) has been raised by Coronado Chamber ED Sue Gillingham to provide lunches for the Sharp Coronado Hospital staff working tirelessly at the island’s Covid-19 vaccination site.

Generous donations have poured in from numerous Chamber members including ‌‌Rotary‌ ‌Club‌ ‌of‌ ‌Coronado‌, Willis‌ ‌Allen Real Estate,‌ ‌‌Nelson Riddle Team, Coldwell‌ ‌Banker‌ ‌West‌, Coronado Shores Company,

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In recent years, Valentine’s Day has not been a holiday that I have taken very seriously. However, in the wake of (almost) a full year of social distancing, this holiday felt a bit different to me this year. Instead of focusing on ordering Valentine’s Day cards for my children to distribute to their friends or making sure we had matching holiday outfits, I found

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Do you have a drawer full of plastic silverware from all the take-out you have ordered during the pandemic? Are you now in the habit of eating directly from the cardboard box or plastic tray in a bid to enjoy your food while it’s still warm? Do you miss the coziness of a booth or a candlelit nook with real tablecloths and condiments that don’t come in disposable packets? There is a way to continue supporting local restaurants but have a more elegant experience while also staying safe. And you can win a $100 gift card to the Coronado restaurant of your choice while doing it!

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If you take a stroll around the Ferry Landing, you may notice a new shop that has taken up residence by the bay, the Coronado Tasting Room. Coronado resident Colleen Cavalieri with help from her husband, Jay, have officially opened their Vom Fass business in town with a brand new addition of the Tasting Room and are eager to share the shop’s unique experiences and high quality products in their new location.

Cavalieri previously operated her Vom Fass store in Hillcrest for a number a years before the opportunity arose for her to bring it to Coronado. “When we found this location,” Cavalieri said, “we

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Most people stretch before exercise because this is what they were instructed to do by coaches and trainers in the past. Unfortunately, the reason is not substantiated by any research and is often done simply because we see professional athletes on TV stretching their hamstrings and quads fo…

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With stay-at-home orders finally lifted, foodies throughout San Diego County are more than ready to visit restaurants again. They’ve binge-watched every TV show on Netflix and have “chilled” long enough. They’re hungry for a dinner date on Coronado Island.

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The week before Valentines found the Coronado Optimists sharing love with local business Village Pizza. We had David Spatafore as our Zoom call guest in the morning. He shared a great metaphor about owing a business during quarantine was like learning how to ski! Pictured: Doug Grossman; Joh…

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Silver Strand Urgent Care is now open. With the ongoing pandemic and healthcare on everyone’s mind these days, the new Silver Strand Urgent Care will be an important medical resource and welcome addition to the communities of Imperial Beach and Coronado.

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On Feb. 5, 2021, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores(NACDS) held a nationwide press conference to inform members of the press about the coordinated effort to supply the COVID vaccine to select pharmacies nationwide. This effects Walgreens in Coronado and CVS Pharmacy in Imperial Beach.

The information stage was set with a cast of people at the heart of the distribution of the vaccine to pharmacies across the U.S. The briefing and Q & A was narrated by Chris Krese, Sr. VP of Marketing and Media Relations for NACDS. Those answering questions, all of NACDS, were:

Steven Anderson, president & CEO; Kathleen Jaeger, Sr. VP of Pharmacy Care & Patient Advocacy; and Christie Boutte, Sr. VP of State Strategic Affairs & Advocacy.

During the briefing, Anderson emphasized that pharmacies across America are prepared and have the experience to “turn vaccine doses into appointments.”

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Starting today Tuesday, Feb. 2, eligible underserved small businesses and nonprofits may apply for up to $25,000 in grant funds via the State of California’s $500 million COVID Relief Grant Program. Applications close Monday, Feb. 8.

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The Coronado tennis community is looking forward to a new concessionaire bringing a more user-friendly experience to the Glorietta Tennis Center. After the previous firm opted not to renew its contract to run the pro shop, the city decided to seek a more comprehensive management package that includes tennis services and programming.

Three firms submitted proposals to the city and after a multi-step evaluation a selection committee (two members from the tennis community and two from the city) determined the tennis management firm ‘Impact Activities’ to be the most qualified; citing significant industry experience along with ties to the community among reasons for the selection. City council voted last week to authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract with Impact Activities.

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Love is in the air at Loews! This month, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering a Romantic Picnic Getaway package for couples who want to rekindle the flame by the bay. For Valentine’s Day weekend, the resort is offering two dining packages – one to take home and the other for al fresco roman…

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With the return of outdoor dining and COVID-19 vaccines underway, restaurants around town are gearing back up for some semblance of normalcy. Among them, Nado Republic looks forward to welcoming the community back to their outdoor living room for an inviting meal and family atmosphere. The Italy-inspired restaurant at 1007 C Avenue recently welcomed a new head chef that has made waves in Italy and San Francisco before making his way to San Diego, adding another enticing reason to stop by for

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Bay Books may have had to downsize to squeeze into its stylish new location at 1007 Orange Avenue, but owner Angelica Muller has found a way to expand their inventory beyond measure, and offer customers a viable alternative to Amazon at the same time!

“We are so thrilled to have formed a new partnership with Bookshop.org!” Muller enthuses. “It offers booklovers all across the country a way to support their favorite local bookshop, with a vast range of titles delivered directly to your door.”

Simply visit www.bookshop.org, click “Find a Bookstore” in the top navigation bar and type in either 92118 or Bay Books Coronado to get started. You can also go directly

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From French patisserie to Japanese sushi, authentic Italian to party time Mexican, the Coronado Food Hall showcases every available option for island dining.

Simply visit www.coronadofoodhall.com and you will find each Coronado eatery listed with clear contact information and easy click buttons taking you through to their online Delivery or Pickup pages.

“With our go-to favorites it is easy to forget that Coronado has over 70 restaurants and cafes offering well over 1,000 delicious dishes,” notes Coronado Chamber Executive Director Sue Gillingham. “We wanted to give residents a quick and easy one-stop-shop when it comes to meal selection. You can choose a restaurant by location from Ferry Landing to the Cays, or by categories from Seafood to Sandwiches.”

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Scanning the storefront window of Coronado Vintage invites you in, if only to browse, although multiple scans are necessary to fully appreciate all the interesting items displayed. That first impression holds true as you slowly study the shelves of vintage and modern merchandise. Having a customer say, “I always find something unusual and special,” when shopping at Coronado Vintage is high endorsement. The shop has so much to see that one trip is not enough, and the artistic touch of the owner, Sandy Jennings, makes a trip a pleasurable outing.  

Vintage Coronado has been at 859 Orange Avenue for three years and has a mixture of

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Owner Stacey Valenzuela from Pollyanna’s Grooming is offering her time for free toenail clipping and expressed glands to pet owners during this difficult time. Valenzuela knows that keeping up with both of these services is very important to keep pets healthy and safe. It is her way of givin…

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Sharp Coronado Hospital has been getting many phone calls and questions about the public rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines granted emergency use authorization from the FDA.

The team at Sharp Coronado Hospital is hard at work developing a safe and efficient process to vaccinate members of the community as soon as county, state and federal guidelines will allow us to do so.

Sharp Coronado Hospital is now actively working with the County to open an offsite Healthcare Worker appointment-only, COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic as early as Wednesday, Jan. 13. This is an offsite location and will not be located on the hospital campus. Currently the County has limited the vaccine to Tier1A (health care personnel and long-term care facility residents only). In cooperation with the County, we will be using the San Diego County website appointment system (sandiegocounty.gov, click on COVID-19) to do our part in getting the vaccine process moving along. Once the County authorizes additional Tiers to open, this

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Thursday night, Jan. 14, the Coronado Optimists gathered to get take out at McP’s and to support the community. They also came together to sign cards for three of their longtime Optimists who have gone on to heavenly rewards. Those who have passed: Jim Cooper, Jim Cartwright, and Jack Lariso…

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My husband and I have been happily married for 37 years and have lived all but a few months of those years here in gorgeous Coronado. Last Thursday I lost the diamond in my profoundly cherished and loved 25th anniversary ring that my husband John had saved for years to give me. As you can imagine, I was shocked and very upset.

I retraced my steps to Water and Sports Physical Therapy where I had been for PT with wonderful Greg and Cassandra that morning. It was not found. I then went to Fuzziwigs where I had purchased treats for our grandchildren.

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With the New Year (finally) upon us, there are likely many of us feeling inspired to make changes—big or small—to better ourselves or the world around us. As any anyone who has tried can attest, making a “New Year’s resolution” and keeping it can be quite challenging! Whether you are wanting…

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There has been an understandable focus out of 2020 and with it, the hope of leaving behind the stresses 2020 brought in this new year. Unfortunately, not everything follows such neat patterns of time and as January has progressed, so too has the continued spread of COVID-19. As of Friday, Jan. 15, Sharp Coronado Hospital has been experiencing full capacity of its ICU (intensive care unit), a trend across hospitals in San Diego County.

I spoke with Sharp Coronado CEO and Senior Vice President Sharp HealthCare Hospital Laboratory Services, Susan Stone, said, “Our ICU has been full for weeks. We’ve actually moved the ICU location to the fourth floor to accommodate more patients.”

According to Stone, the typical number of ICU patients Sharp Hospital would have in a given day is about three, and currently they have 17

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The efficiency with which the Coronado Community Center has become the latest COVID-19 vaccination site so impressed the Chamber’s ED Sue Gillingham that she wanted to find a way to support the program.

“What can we do to help?” Gillingham asked Nora Allen, Sharp Coronado Foundation Chief Development Officer.

“Food!” came the swift response. “We have 30 hungry volunteers each day!”

Acting fast, Gillingham contacted Dharmesh Patel of WhichWich Superior Sandwiches and

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Streets Division continues to remove parking meters in the commercial corridor. The work, which should be completed by mid-January, was delayed several weeks because of reduced crews due to COVID precautions and exacerbated by the City’s responsibility to remove holiday lights and banners. P…

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If there was a position for ambassador of the Coronado Cays it would have to go to Aldo Ciani, a resident and realtor in the Cays since 1972. Ciani and his wife Alberta moved to the Cays from Orange County to Antigua Village, which was only one of two villages built at that time. The landscape of the Cays looked different then with Jamaica Village, the only other village and two houses on Green Turtle. Ciani remembers white sand dunes all over. The family bought sand buggies to ride around their new neighborhood. Around the time Ciani moved to the Cays, a condo in Antigua cost $58,000, a number that was high in those days.

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Bay Books has begun informal local author Sunday book signings. Currently for the month of January, there will be a book signing with Nicole Paquin, author of “Sofia Madison and the Voice Within,”

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As we hope for a better 2021, you may have made a resolution to take better care of your body. I’ve personally struggled over the years with keeping up on my resolutions, and often don’t follow through. As this new year approaches, I’m more motivated than ever to feel better physically, lose…

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After the County of San Diego fell back into the most restrictive tier in November, when restaurants were required to move outdoors, the City offered curbside pickup spaces. Now that restaurants have been closed indefinitely for on-premises dining due to the Regional Stay Home order, the Cit…

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It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about the lifestyle changes we want to make as we enter a brand new year. For many, fitness plays some part in our goals for improving our lives and Chris Foote, owner of the Coronado Fitness Club gym, has a fresh perspective for positive growth.

Foote started the Coronado Fitness Club 11 years ago with the support of his family after moving to Coronado. Playing sports through college started his interest in health and physical training where he would help friends who were fellow athletes and went on to work at various gyms before starting his own. “I think I always knew that I wanted to do something in athletics, I loved being on a team,” Foote said. “I didn’t know I wanted to have a gym until I became a trainer and I just liked it. I got out of it for a few years but quickly discovered it was the only thing I was really passionate about for a career.” After working for larger gym corporations, Foote and his family, who had ties to Coronado and loved the city, decided to take a risk and open his own gym here. “I just saw an opportunity and it was a huge risk, and we just said, ‘why not?’”

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The rich history of businesses in Coronado is still here today providing us with a new generation of families who own them and are dedicated to this community.

Crown Cleaners is one of those businesses. Looking back at the pictures from the 1970s the location is the same and the cleaners has modernized and changed with the times. Its current owner is Sang “Steve” Gi, who bought Crown two years ago after the previous owner retired. Gi was born in Korea and moved to Brazil with his family when he was 10 years old. He spent 15 years of his life in Brazil as a student, until his family decided to move to the U.S. in 1998 for better opportunities.

“I have lived in San Diego for over 20 years and I love Coronado,” said Gi. “When the old owner of the cleaners contacted my family, it was a great opportunity to own a well established business and be a part of this community”.

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Since Hanan Martha opened her café in the Cays it has become a popular place for Cays residents as well people who live in the village and nearby Imperial Beach. Martha first opened a coffee cart in the Cays near the Homeowners Association office. Once she realized the business model worked,…

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Music is a universal language which everyone speaks. We hum or sing at odd times; sway, tap our foot, or swing a leg when a melody begins. We all wish we were musically talented and often regret not sticking with those piano lessons in childhood. Ms. Mariah’s Music, a new business at 505 Orange Avenue, offers an opportunity for people of any age, even three-year old children, to pursue a love of music.

Taking lessons at any age can result in a pleasurable hobby or a profession, but Mariah Gillespie, owner of Ms. Mariah’s Music, quotes research in her brochure touting early instruction as beneficial for brain development: “Playing music has more positive impact on the brain than any other human activity.” She continues with, “Exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill, and speech perception.”

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Old Goats and Kids Who Care delivered desserts to the staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital on Friday, Dec. 31 as a way to show their appreciation. “The staff was so appreciative on New Year’s Eve!” said Christine Santos, CMP, CHCP, Community Relations and Event Specialist at Sharp Coronado Hospi…