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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Celebrate Coronado on Thursday Sept. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Feast & Fareway at the Coronado Golf Club, 2000 Visalia Row. This event is a community-wide celebration as the Chamber honors the city and the local heroes who protect it: Coronado’s firefighters, police officers, lifeguards and city employees. Everyone is welcome!

“Celebrate Coronado is our chance to publicly thank the local firefighters, lifeguards, police officers and city employees

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For the past six and a half years, Sue Gillingham has been front and center of all things Coronado business. Building a business, a community, and a brand has been a highlight of her career at the Chamber, and we wish her luck in the next chapter of her life enjoying her beautiful granddaughters and all that retired life in Coronado has to offer!

Sue became Executive Director at The

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It was a family affair at Philthy Philz car wash at their grand opening Labor Day weekend with The Provenzano Family (L-R) Silvana, Amity, Phil, Giada and Nino.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic seemingly behind us, Bistro D’Asia’s owner Alaa Elsadek should have been celebrating the survival of his restaurant. Instead he recently closed for good on Labor Day because his landlord would not renew the lease of the 20-year-old eatery. Bistro D’Asia, which served Asian fusion dishes, has been the place locals flocked to for Chinese food and sushi. Now Coronadans will be left with choices out of town and over the bridge. “Bistro d’Asia and its staff would like to say a big thank you to the locals for their support,” said Elsadek.

Elsadek explained his lease started in 2001 for 5 years with options to renew every 5 years. The B Street and Orange Avenue corner building was purchased by a new landlord a few years ago and it seems that Bistro D’Asia does not fit his plans.

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As the summer months come to a close and we return to our everyday routines, it is important to be mindful of how we go about planning our coming days and weeks. After a few weeks or even months of loosened schedules and timelines, it may be tempting to over-schedule ourselves, especially as…

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You would think being in the Navy for four years and being a mom to five children would be enough to take on for a lifetime. Not so for Amity Provenzano, one of the principal owners of the new car wash business in town, Philthy Philz.

Provenzano told of how Philthy Philz got its name. “When we were coming up with a name for the business we were trying to think of something catchy and creative that everyone would remember. Phil is my husband’s name and we were working with a friend in marketing on creating a brand that would stay with our customers.” Philthy Philz stood out from the other ideas discussed.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce has selected Coronado resident Rena Clancy as its next Executive Director. Clancy previously served as the Chamber’s Membership Coordinator and will follow in the footsteps of Sue Gillingham who announced her retirement last month. 

“The Chamber Board is excited by the plans for the organization that Rena has developed. As a Coronado resident, she understands the importance to our residents of maintaining a vibrant downtown,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Woiwode

Rena, her husband Sean, and their son Adrian, moved from Philadelphia to Coronado in 2015.

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Bay Books will be hosting San Diego author Lindsey Salatka with her book “Fish Heads and Duck Skin: A Novel” for a book signing on Sunday, Aug. 29 from 12 to 2 p.m.

“Fish Heads and Duck Skin” takes a humorous and heart-felt approach to a burned out high achieving and short-fused mom and wife, Tina, who convinces her husband and family to quit everything, including her own career, and move to Shanghai.

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Opening up a business in Coronado is quite an undertaking on its own, but throw in a torn Achilles tendon from playing pickleball six days prior to opening, and we have the story of a determined new shop owner and designer in town.

Nicole Wing is the proud proprietor of Sea La Vie. A coastal living store located on First Street, neighboring Tartines. Sea La Vie is new to the area this summer, but Wing is a lifetime Coronado native along with her parents, Peggy and Steve Carver. “My parents came to Coronado in the early 70’s and owned the Chevron gas station on Ninth and Orange,” said Wing. “It was my parents who gave me my entrepreneurial spirit at an early age through our family business. I worked at the gas station and wore a jacket that said ‘Manager’ on it. I went with my dad all the time to check on the family business, and my mom was the bookkeeper there. I had a job pumping gas, washing car windows, and detailing cars. We were a full service gas station.”

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In a true sign of recovery, the Hotel del Coronado and Discover Coronado hosted its first large, in-person event for convention and meeting planners since late 2019. After being postponed five times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Smart Meetings National Meeting began on Aug. 8.

Considered one of the largest gatherings for those who plan conventions, the event was originally scheduled for May 2020, but was rescheduled four more times in July, August, September, and October 2020.

In addition to keynote speakers, networking sessions and group activities, the Smart Meetings National Meeting provided a perfect opportunity for the 62 attendees to review

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The Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) celebrated their 50th year as an organization for Coronado and Imperial Beach this year. The local chapter welcomes anyone who has held a commission or warrant in any of the uniformed services and their surviving spouses, providing a space to socialize, stay connected, and take an active part in helping current, surviving, and future service members.

I spoke with current president of the Silver Strand Chapter, Robert “Bob” Breglio Jr., and former president of the local chapter and current member of the MOAA Board of Directors nationally, Marvin “Marv” Heinze, who are both retired captains of the Navy.

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Is Money The Measure of Success? This is the question answered by Sawyer Eader, winner of this year’s Gensler Group Essay Contest and $1,000 Scholarship to the Grossmont College drone license program. Eader was chosen from 67 applicants judged on best composition based on originality, thesis statement, structure and introspection.

Congratulations to Eader, we wish you much success! Here is his winning essay:

“My mom called it camping. She did everything she could to make it feel normal,

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Fostering a healthy sense of independence and autonomy is an important part of my work with a wide variety of clients—from individuals struggling with illness or injury to those who struggle to balance their own needs with the needs of those around them. With Independence Day just behind us,…

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2021 marks the 50th Anniversary for Elite Escrow Services of San Diego, located in three locations, central San Diego, Point Loma, and Coronado. The company was formed in 1971 by Dora and Frank Beck, providing escrow services to the greater San Diego Area. Continuing the legacy created by th…

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Dine.Direct, an order and delivery platform created by local restaurateur, Ken Irvine, and tech entrepreneur, Ralph Burleson, is now offering a delivery option for restaurants in Coronado. Partnering with a robotics company called Daxbot, Dine.Direct is integrating a team of people-oriented robots called “Dax” to handle short-range food deliveries around the island.

“When it comes to jobs there are the three D’s,” Burleson told me when as we spoke about their newest development and I asked how Dax came about. “Is it dirty? Is it dangerous? Is it dull? These are jobs that robots can excel at and open up more interesting jobs for people. …What school kid says, ‘I want to be a driver for Uber Eats?’ when they grow up?”

Irvine jumped in, “But, ‘I want to be a drone or robot safety operator’? Yeah.” This is where Dax comes in.

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Bay Books will be hosting local author book signings on Sundays in August from 12 to 2 p.m. Scheduled authors to appear are: Cynthia Kosciuczyk of “Weaving Life” on Aug. 1; James Goldsborough of “Blood and Oranges” on Aug. 8; Dave “Bio” Baranek of “Tomcat Rio,” “TOPGUN Days,” and “Before TOP…

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Residents living in and around the Coronado can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable

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Coronado Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Gillingham announced that she will retire from her position in September. Gillingham has been with the Chamber since 2015 and guided the organization through one of the most difficult years in history for local small businesses.

“I know she thought of retiring sooner. She stayed to help the City and the businesses through the pandemic. That passion for the Coronado community really stood out during these last 15 months. And the community appreciates that,” said Chamber Chairman Mike Woiwode.

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An innovative new website was launched last Friday that is dedicated to enhancing the golf game for over 10 million mature, U.S. golfers. Fore! Sixty offers curated, age-appropriate products and relevant guidance from a team of experts including golf coaches Hall of Fame inductee Mike Wydra.

Fore! Sixty was created by two 60-something successful entrepreneurs, Jim Plumb and Ralph Fascitelli with strong athletic backgrounds and an ongoing, albeit often “one way,” love affair with the game of golf.

“All of us baby boomers have to sooner or later face the fact that the par fours we used to easily reach with a driver and a seven iron are often a bridge too far to reach in regulation,” said Coronado native and co-founder Plumb.

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With more and more people getting vaccinated and life going back to normal, everyone is taking advantage of the new freedom and going out to eat. You may have noticed an increase in diners waiting outside restaurants to be seated, or a bit slower service than pre-pandemic times - all due to shortage of restaurant workers. Another sign of the times is the many “Help Wanted” signs on the windows. The lack of restaurant employees is very real these days and causing a ripple effect in the industry.

As the Executive Chef for a restaurant group in Coronado, Imperial Beach resident and Councilmember Jack Fisher, has seen the effects first hand.

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As California is opening up again, why not get out in the great outdoors while also adding movement into your day? The Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital is hosting two outdoor yoga classes.

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Mark your calendar! Sharp Coronado Hospital Auxiliary welcomes back Specialty Accessories with unique, comfortable clothing and accessories on Friday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside the Sandermann Auditorium on Soledad Place.

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Coronado Chamber members F45 Training Coronado joyfully celebrated its ribbon cutting Saturday, June 26. Loyal members and supporters came to congratulate the F45 team on their success amidst a pandemic. Congratulations F45! The Coronado Community is so happy you’re here!

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In honor of the Coronado Playhouse’s 75th anniversary, they are inviting you to join the 75 for 75 campaign. For only $75, you will be helping Coronado Playhouse stay afloat in this pivotal year.

For only $75, your name will be added to a list of founders that intend to keep the Playhouse moving for the next 75 years. The goal is to raise a minimum of $7,500 for the year.

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Coronado Real Estate Association, CREA CARES will be collecting non-perishable food items and travel sized toiletries for the Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center. CREA CARES’ goal is to collect 200 pounds of food to help stock the center’s food pantry for their monthly mass food distribution. Donations can be dropped off at the following location the day of the event, Saturday, July 24 from 8 to 11 a.m., Union Bank Parking Lot. 800 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118.

Donations can be dropped off prior to the event at the following locations, Coronado Chamber of Commerce. 1125 Tenth Street, Coronado, CA 92118, and Keller Williams Coronado Living Luxury Homes, in the Smart & Final parking lot, 134 B Street, Coronado, CA 92118.

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The new concessionaire at the Coronado Tennis Center has hit the ground running at the busiest time of year. The staff at Impact Activities has been busy with programs aimed at tennis players of all ages and abilities. “We have an awesome staff and our whole team is on the same track meeting the needs of various levels and ages of tennis players,” said the center’s Tennis Director Joel Myers, who has been a tennis pro in Coronado for ten years.

“Now that our 24/7 online registration and court reservation system is running smoothly it has been great! Sam (Samantha Nelson, program administrator) has been amazing, working full time making sure everything is running smoothly,” said Myers.

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There is a new “place to be” in Coronado on Thursday evenings. Food Truck Thursday at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa is a great way to transition back to community events and summer evenings. It’s outdoors, family friendly, and easy to get to. It’s set up on the Skyline Terrace open space adjacent to the bayside walkway, so most locals ride bikes or walk, although the resort offers complimentary parking. 

The event was originally created to give resort guests something to do when many businesses were shut down. The first one was held on May 20 and it didn’t

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Stepping into parenthood with my husband has been one of the most exciting and stressful aspects of our relationship. I am deeply appreciative of the many important roles my husband plays in our family—including, but not limited to, being an active and equal co-parent and devoted and doting …

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Bay Books will continue with local author book signings in the month of July. All book signings will be on Sundays from 12 to 2 p.m. at Bay Books, 1007 Orange Avenue.

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Shannon Wiegel has owned the popular store Charisma on Orange Avenue since 2017. She has enjoyed pleasing locals and tourists alike with her unique gifts, local wares and incomparable taste for what she places in her store.

Get ready Coronado, Charisma is about to make a major change! When I first heard about the news on the block, it bothered me to know that one of the islands beloved stores was about to replace our favorite items with something new. Maybe no one likes change? Or is it that Charisma has always provided the gifts we were looking for?

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Oz, the Dog of the Del, Asks You How Many American Flags Are There?

Win a Free Copy of the Children’s Book “Oz, Dog of the Del” on July 4th

Bay Books is asking all children: How many American flags can you find? Come to Bay Books on July 4, 2021, from 12 to 2 p.m., and tell us how many American flags you can find in the book “Oz, Dog of the Del.” The first 10 children who submit the right answer will win a free copy of the book signed by Oz.

Visitors will also be given free treats (kid treats and dog treats) and Oz will be in his elevator door man uniform, available for photos and autographs.

Set in the early twentieth century (with a healthy amount of creative license),

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Memorial Day is always a special day in Coronado as we honor those that have served our country and call this community home. Former Naval officer Eric Johnson and his brother Matt chose that day for the official grand opening of their shop Trident Coffee.

Neighbors and visitors alike showed up to support Trident with a long awaited opening, featuring a new sign that carries their logo, with a yoga session before the celebration, and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Richard Bailey in attendance.

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Griffin Funding, a San Diego-based mortgage company is now bringing its services to Coronado Island. Griffin Funding is known for its diverse home loan options with competitive interest rates that help borrowers make their dream of homeownership a reality.

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Hotel Marisol Coronado has announced it has been recognized as a 2021 Travelers’ Choice award winner for hotels. This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers around the globe,

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On June 16, Susan Stone, CEO of Sharp Coronado Hospital, thanked the Coronado Chamber of Commerce for hosting volunteer lunches at the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from January until June.

Over the weekend of Jan. 9, the hospital and the City of Coronado, envisioned the possibility of a Vaccination Clinic at the city’s community center. Just days later the first vaccines were given.

Sue Gillingham, Executive Director of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, contacted the hospital to offer assistance.

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Women & Wealth Lecture series will return with “Finding and Funding Your Why” on Wednesday, June 23, presented by Courtney Vollbracht of T. Rowe Price. Wine and appetizers will be available at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will go from 6 to 7 p.m.

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The Loews Coronado Bay Resort is offering a delicious a la carte menu for Father’s Day with special dishes served at Crown Landing and Cays Lounge. There are also specialty cocktails at Cays to celebrate Dad. For more information, visit www.loewshotels.com or call 619-424-4000. The Loews Cor…

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vomFASS celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony on June 9. The event was attended by Mayor Richard Bailey, city council members, Chamber Executive Director Sue Gillingham, family members and friends. Coronado locals and owners Jay and Colleen Cavalieri celebrated their new airy and bright loc…

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One local business that has become a mainstay and central part of the community is Boney’s Bayside Market (Boney’s, for short). Family-owned and celebrating 16 years in Coronado this October, Boney’s prides itself on its foundation of health and wellness, both when it comes to groceries and to developing community.

Deborah “Debi” Boney, who owns the store with her sons, has a degree in health and wellness and sought to bring an alternative, locally focused grocery option to Coronado when she opened the store back in 2005. I spoke with Boney Bayside Market’s longtime bookkeeper and human resources manager, Bobbi-Lyn Carter, who told me of the long history the Boney family has in the produce and grocery service, and how Debi Boney wanted to honor that in creating Boney’s Bayside Market.

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“Mrs. Doubtfire”

Christine Johnson

Father’s Day is made a little more special when you find a great movie that highlights the lengths a dad will go to be with his children. The 1993 award winning film “Mrs. Doubtfire,” starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, and Pierce Brosnan is a comedy that showcases the endless talents of Williams, and what an important role dads play in our lives. In an effort to spend time with his children, Daniel (Williams) is hired by his ex-wife Miranda (Field) as the perfect nanny to help with her three children at home. She does not suspect that Mrs. Doubtfire is her ex-husband in disguise. Prior to this, Daniel had let the children run loose with no rules, never participating in the responsibilities of being a husband or father.

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Treat Dad this Father’s Day at the legendary Hotel del Coronado with an array of experiences that are sure to warm his heart. From s’more by a private beach bonfire to private surf-lessons and beachfront dining aside live music, The Del offers countless unforgettable experiences for the entire family this Father’s Day.

Delight in gorgeous front row views of the Pacific Ocean, relax by cozy fire pits and savor delectable bites with breakfast served all day at Sun Deck. No reservations accepted, walk-ins only. Full menu here. 

Let Dad catch all the waves this Father’s

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Many homes in Coronado have had several generations—some three, four or more—keep the premises within the same family for decades. This is true of the single-story clapboard Craftsman Bungalow originally built in 1904 at 941 G Avenue. Set back from the sidewalk by a low white picket fence, t…

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For over 50 years, concurrent to serving as Coronado’s historian, the Coronado Historical Association has collected, safeguarded, and shared the history of our City and its people. As we reopen, we are reflecting on the ways that this year has shown us more than many in recent memory the importance of history and the strength of Coronado’s community. Local history is not documented in national textbooks, so organizations like CHA serve local communities as their archival and artifact repository and collective memory. This history is best understood through the voices of local citizens and their photographs, writings, and items they produce and hold dear.

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The Coronado Optimists met at Nicky Rottens to celebrate their opening and new beginnings for some of our members! Pictured are Brenda and Larry Kracht; Dennis Dorman; Marta Radcliffe; Becky and Paul Lull; Erin Downey with two friends; Cynthia Kosciuczyk; Dan Hendrickson; Marian Donahue; Dia…

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The Village Theatre is planning to reopen on Aug. 1, following the installation of all new seating. The theater underwent an extensive renovation a decade ago and reopened in June of 2010.

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Dr. Kevin Considine, D.O. is proud to announce the addition of a new doctor to his practice, his daughter Dr. Lisa Considine.

Lisa Considine is a second-generation physician joining this well-established practice after completing her medical school education at Midwestern University, her undergraduate work at LMU in Natural Science, and her medical residency at Kaiser in Riverside, California.

This addition to Crown Island Family Practice truly makes the office a complete family adventure. Along with both doctors, wife and mother Sally Considine is the office manager, and the Considine’s two other children, Krystina, an oncology infusion nurse, and Brian, an architect, have also worked in the office at one time or another. With this father-daughter team, you feel a strong connection to their dedication to medicine and family as a whole, which shines through in the way they care for their patients.

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The Coronado Chamber of Commerce will be honoring our local Military Kids at this year’s Salute to the Military. The Chamber, in partnership with Hilton Worldwide, invites residents and local businesses to consider becoming an event sponsor for the Aug. 21 event held at the Hotel del Coronado’s newly renovated Windsor Lawn.

Since 1985, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce has hosted this black-tie affair, giving Coronado residents and surrounding business communities an opportunity to show their appreciation for local military members. The 2021 goal is to host 100 active duty couples for a night under the stars.