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Being the number one real estate agent in Coronado was not something that came quickly to Scott Aurich. A resident of Coronado since 1987, Aurich has worked tirelessly to be the best for his clients and represent Coronado Island. “Being able to fill peoples’ needs and dreams while being part of Coronado is truly a privilege,” said Aurich.

Aurich grew up in Houston, Texas. It was there where he met and married his wife Wanda and he began to raise a family. He had his hand in the real estate market at an early age, but as a builder. In the middle of his building career, the market went bad and some critical decisions had to be made. Facing an uncertain financial future, Aurich had some luck intervene. He met with a commercial broker he knew that was managing some projects in California. They met on Thursday, agreed to a partnership on Friday, traveled to Coronado to check out the area, rented a home on Saturday, and moved in two weeks.

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Meet the “Wine Guy & Wine Gal” from Allone Ensemble Wines and the famous winery dog Brody At Wine A Bit on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brody’s Red Blend is the featured Wine Club wine for January. There will be a sampling the 2019 Russian River Pinot Noir, 2018 Brody’s Red …

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Have you been suffering with chronic back pain for a number of years? You are not alone. It is the No. 1 searched topic of pains looked up on the Internet, and is the among the top 3 reasons people visit a physician.

In your search to find out why your back is in pain, you may have gone to the doctor for x-rays, CAT scans or MRIs. You may have been provided with strong medication and endured some uncomfortable injections which may have provided temporary relief.

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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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Local author, pen name Georgia Faye, is doing a book signing this Sunday, Jan. 23, at her favorite book store Bay Books, 1007 Orange Avenue, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Her cozy adventure romance novel “Down Under” came out this past summer and has quickly become an Amazon bestseller This romance follows an adventurous young woman teacher to Australia

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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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Bay Books will continue their local author book signings in the month of January. All signings will be on a Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. Here are the January authors:

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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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Purple Paws Pet Clinic is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Robert Tugend to its extensive staff of animal care professionals.

Tugend grew up in Coronado and is a Coronado High School graduate. He joined the staff of Main Street Animal Hospital directly out of veterinary school and completed an internship in Internal Medicine and in Veterinary Surgery, soon thereafter. During his years at VCA Main Street, he served a wide community of clients including caring for California Highway Patrol, National City Police Department, and the San Diego Police Department canines.

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As the new year begins, it’s good to remember that there is no short-term meaningful approach to healthy living. It’s a purposeful and consistent act of self-improvement, an endurance race that continues throughout one’s life.

Tom Dodsworth, an exercise specialist at the Sewall Health Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital,

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The Coronado Police Department held their Annual Holiday Adopt-a-Family, partnering with Graham Memorial Church and the residents at the Coronado Shores, to benefit San Diego Military Outreach families stationed locally (E5 and below) a beautiful Christmas. Families at this rank qualify for …

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With most of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season behind us, this might be the perfect time to unwind before jumping into the excitement of the New Year. For some, taking time to rest and relax may come easily. However, for others, it may be harder than it sounds. Knowing how and when…

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How many times have you looked in your freezer wishing you had something you could take out and eat in a few minutes? A mom of two children, Cristina Orvananos, who has found herself in that situation, has taken matters into her own hands. With her husband José Rodriguez as her business partner, the duo has opened Two-Way Kitchen a store where you can buy a number of frozen meals prepared in Coronado to stock in your freezer.

“This was born of my need for my family, so why not help other people?” Orvananos said.

Orvananos and her husband are originally from Mexico City and moved to Coronado three years ago. Orvananos is very familiar with the town since she has been vacationing in Coronado since she was a little girl.

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The new seats for the Village Theatre, stuck aboard a cargo ship and in customs for months, have finally been installed and the theatre is reopened.

The seats arrived at Coronado’s only movie house on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and were installed in a few days. The Village Theatre had reopened in early October after being shut down last year due to the pandemic.

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Earlier this week, the popular but temporary Coronado mural on the former Coramart building was removed. Vons, which is expanding into the space, requested its removal as work on the project progresses. The public art was installed to upgrade the deteriorating façade of the closed Coramart. …

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Old Goats and Kids Who Care are still delivering tasty packages to Coronado’s first responders. Recently, on Friday, Dec. 10, they had a pick up at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, made a delivery to the Coronado Lifeguards, the Sharp Coronado Hospital, the Coronado Police Department, the finally …

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Sharp Coronado Hospital has been given the prestigious Top Hospital Award in a national safety survey announced today by The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s most competitive recognition for excellence in hospital safety and quality in health care. The Leapfrog assessment is based on excellence …

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Tricia Logan-Locke and her family have been a part of the Coronado landscape for over 25 years in what locals and tourists know as Celtic Corner Scottish Treasures.

Marjorie and Jim Logan first opened Celtic Corner in 1998 at Ferry Landing and moved to the current location on Orange Avenue in 2012. Logan-Locke took over ownership responsibilities in 2015 after being a constant fixture at the store with her parents from a young age.

Now it’s time to say goodbye to this treasure in Coronado because Logan-Locke and her husband Mike Locke are retiring and the store will close its doors at the end of 2021. “We will be moving to Scotland when we close the shop,” said Logan-Locke. “It wasn’t what we originally planned to do but I was born there and have always wanted to return and live there.”

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Sharp Coronado Hospital’s physical therapy specialist will be presenting an informative presentation on Muscular-Skeletal Conditions at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh Street.

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Christmas shopping is approaching top priority, especially with the expected shortages in shops. Think about presenting a one-of-a-kind painting to those special people on your list. Art in the Park, sponsored by The Coronado Art Association, invites you to shop locally with them in December. Artists Tina Christiansen, Mary Hale, Jean Pierre Marques, Jim Nix, Connie Spitzer, and others will be displaying their

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Sharp Coronado Hospital is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sharp Coronado Hospital, 265 Soledad Place. Please parked next to the auditorium.

All donors will receive a Comic-Con Special Limited-Edition T-shirt (sizes subject to availability and while supplies last).

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We are so very thankful for another successful year and in the spirit of giving back alongside side our fantastic colleagues at Coldwell Banker West, the Nelson Riddle Team will be participating in the Toys for Tots program.

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Coronado Cays resident Ellen Schulte recently opened up her shop, Brite Boat, providing a variety of boat-cleaning services and a gift shop. Located at 505 B Grand Caribe Causeway, Schulte’s business operates with a focus on environmental sustainability to keep oceans healthy and clean.

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Nicole Paquin’s first book, “Sofia Madison and the Voice Within,” took readers to Las Vegas and then to San Diego, Coronado and Imperial Beach where Sofia Madison, or “Maddie,” spent a year with a man she thought, was the love of her life. The story, based in part on her life experience and …

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Coronado businesses help community organizer Col. Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Your donations are needed now more than ever during this inauspicious period of COVID. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Friday, Dec. 17. Your thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of San Diego County’s most needy children this Christmas season.

This year marks the 74th year of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

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Of all the muscular skeletal pains which Americans suffer from, almost half can be attributed to neck pains. Over $86 billion is spent per year to treat neck pain sufferers. This number is quite astonishing but not surprising. With the advent of new technologies such as cellphones, tablets, …

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Don’t miss out on the 4th Annual Holiday Fair at Sharp Coronado Hospital this Friday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sandermann Auditorium at 265 Soledad Place. Ten vendors will be showcased to provide one-stop shopping for ladies clothing, sandals, scarves, leather handbags, hats, totes, travel products, art glass creations, quilts, jewelry, wooden toys, décor and more.

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Start your holiday season by enjoying the FOCUS (Friends of Children United Society) Holiday Boutique on the Bay, Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This elegant event will be held at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 N. Caribe Cay Boulevard. More than 40 booths will feature upscale clothing, artwork, craft soaps and candles, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, handbags, children’s

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Muhl Jewelers celebrated 100 years in Coronado this year and is among the island’s oldest family-owned businesses. Located in the historic Coronado Bank Building at 1130 Orange Avenue, visitors to the store can admire not just the artistry in the jewelry on display, but original features of the building and store as well. The chandelier at Muhl Jewelers is the last remaining original chandelier from the Coronado Bank Building, and the store makes use of the original display cases, safe, and cashier till that add to the historic charm of the space.

Today, Renae Johnson-Wease owns and runs the store, taking the mantle from her father and grandmother before her. The Johnson family is one of just three previous owners over the past century of operation; the Hughes family originally opened the jewelers store in the location before it passed on to the Muhls and then the Johnsons.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is proud to announce that Molly Haines McKay, a member of a fifth-generation Coronado family and longtime Coronado-based real estate broker associate, has formed McKay & Associates, a full-service team devoted to going the extra mile for clients.

“After 12 years of serving the community in the Coronado Uptown office, we have expanded our capabilities to be a one-stop-shop for every transaction, from start to finish,” McKay said. “And we don’t go away once the process is over. We care about our clients before, during, and after the transaction. We are super-communicative and committed to providing every buyer and seller the attention they deserve.”

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We are delighted to announce that The Coronado Chamber of Commerce’s 45th Annual Holiday Parade and Open House will be taking place Friday, Dec. 3. Parade entrants need to submit all application paperwork by Friday, Nov. 12. Please visit www.coronadochamber.com/holiday-parade for application and details.

Please join the Chamber of Commerce for a pre-parade downtown Open House, where there will be activities for the kids, businesses open for holiday shopping,

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Philanthropists Don and Leslie Budinger have completed a major gift which began in 1999 and has now culminated in the transfer of title to the landmark building at 1100 Orange Avenue, to the Coronado Historical Association (CHA). By completing the transfer of title of the property, Mr. and Mrs. Budinger, longtime supporters, were able to realize their vision of sustaining CHA and ensuring its role as Coronado’s archivist and historian for the community, well into the future.

The Budingers’ association with CHA began in 1999 when the couple bought the historic former bank building at 1100 Orange Avenue, restored it, and then entrusted it to the care of the Coronado Historical Association, entering into a 30-year lease-gift agreement. Under this agreement, title would be transferred to CHA at the earlier of the Budingers’ deaths or expiration of the 30-year lease.

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Anybody who has been through a haunted house with me knows that I am easily spooked and have a very visceral, highly uncomfortable (for me), and extremely entertaining (for others) reaction to spooky surprises. I would not recommend anyone to purposefully be horrified in this way for a prolo…

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The holidays are upon us and along with that – delicious food! Sharp Coronado Hospital wants to help kick off our holiday season by providing healthful suggestions to add into our repertoire of dishes. Join us at

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When talking about what makes Coronado, Coronado, no discussion would be complete without touching on community and the people within it. In Coronado we are blessed to have a level of community engagement that makes the city truly unique, something that long-time resident, Cathy Brown, is a big believer in and even bigger proponent of.

Brown was the recipient of the Lewis R. Hardy Jr. Memorial Award, presented by the Chamber of Commerce, at this month’s Celebrate Coronado event. Named in dedication of Captain Lewis R. Hardy Jr., Naval Aviator and instructor who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as well as dedicated his time to Coronado in a variety of ways, Hardy was an involved member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on city council where he strove to make the island the best place it could be for all Coronadans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bay Books will again host local author book signing on Sundays at 2 p.m. For the month of October, featured books and author appearances will be:

Oct. 3 “I Am My Sister’s Keeper” by Amarin Vorachak

Oct 10 “Poetic Expressions in Nursing” by Susan J. Farese

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The John D. Spreckels Center is fortunate to host Coronado Sharp Hospital’s free monthly health related presentations. This month on Tuesday, Oct. 12, Ray Daniels, BS, RCP, RRT-NPS from Sharp

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Vons has been a staple at 868 Orange Avenue for decades, and recently the store began a long-planned expansion into the former Coramart lot next door. I spoke with Scott Thompson, manager of the Coronado Vons, who was brought in earlier this year for his experience managing other Vons locati…

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It is time again for witches and ghosts to wander throughout the central downtown. Coronado MainStreet sponsors the popular Downtown Goes Ghostly each Halloween. This year the fun event will be on Sunday, Oct. 31 and

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club August Spot of Beauty was presented to Swaddee Thai Restaurant at 100-1 C Avenue. Accepting the award on the right is Tasna Carlquest, owner, from Bridge and Bay Garden Club member and chairperson Marilyn Williams.

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Mayor Richard Bailey presented retiring Coronado Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Gillingham with a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 as “Sue Gillingham Day” in the City of Coronado.

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On Sept. 16, 2021 Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 9 (SB 9), which was sponsored by State Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The law supersedes local jurisdiction and allows homeowners to split their lots and build duplexes on lots currently zoned for single-family housing. 

The new law is part of a comprehensive housing legislation effort to increase the supply of housing in California and will go into effect in January 2022. 

Coronado’s other threat to local community control of planning and zoning, the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), is also part of California’s comprehensive housing legislation, but RHNA and SB 9 are not otherwise related.

Coronado City Council and staff have been closely following SB 9 for months. In March of 2021 Councilmember Mike Donovan wrote an editorial sounding the alarm on the bill. “In my view, the passing of SB 9 will pretty much devastate the distinctive residential character of our city. Unfortunately, this seems to be the goal of a majority of our state legislators.” Donovan