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Coronado High School’s award-winning NJROTC program is off to a strong start for the 2021-22 school year. The Islander Company cadets began their year at a Leadership Academy over the summer; and then after just one week of school the unit hosted, and won, the Neptune Olympics.

Cadets from seven of the ten San Diego area JROTC units participated in the summer Leadership Academy. Coronado students joined their counterparts from Ramona, Orange Glen, Point Loma, Westview, Serra, and San Ysidro in the three-day camp. Students from the seven schools were divided into platoons (each platoon included one or two students from each school) that worked together to complete challenging events.

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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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Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) president Lee Pontes opened the CUSD School Board meeting of Sept. 9 with a call for a moment of silence to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11. Following that obseravance, the Governing Board stepped until a full slate of items for their first meeting of the new school year.

Director of Special Programs Shane Schmeichel updated the board on a model

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One of Coronado’s hidden gems just might be the Veterans Resource Center at the Coronado Public Library. This area near the Reference Desk is full of information to help improve quality of life for veterans by connecting them and their families to benefits and services for which they are eligible.

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Looking for things to do this weekend? The Coronado Public Library has events all weekend long.

Friday, Sept. 17 - Enjoy classical piano music including pieces from Bach, Chopin and Beethoven performed by John Gutheil on Friday at 1 pm. Attend in person or via Facebook Live for this hourlong performance. Gutheil began college as a piano-performance major but decided to pursue a career in medicine. Currently, he is President and CEO of SciQuus Oncology, a company that conducts clinical studies of new cancer treatments. Since 2016, Gutheil has played both locally and internationally and has participated in piano competitions in Seattle, Fort Worth and San Diego.

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Coronado residents are arts enthusiasts. The two local theater groups enjoy strong support. Visual art dots the town, with even an established walking art tour. The Coronado High School is home to Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA). We have Art in the Park and each summer Sunday at 5 or 6 p.m. a music concert drifts through town.

In July 2021, residents attended an inaugural concert of the Coronado Philharmonia sponsored by the library at the high school’s Black Box Theatre. The string chamber orchestra, organized and led by Osvaldo Mendoza, had 18 professional musicians from the San Diego area who volunteered to help draw attention to the goal of establishing a Coronado orchestra. Publicist Stacy Eaton expressed the hope to grow the group to a high-level symphony of 30 to 40 musicians with wind, brass, and percussion instruments. Eaton said, “Our whole vision is to have a full symphony.”

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Harmony and Tuba came to PAWS when they were abandoned in a local hotel room. These sweet gems are looking for a home, either solo or together, where they can become an important part of their forever families.

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Coronado Adult Education is pleased to announce that we will be offering our fee-based hobby classes again this fall. Many of our long-time instructors are back, offering art, dance, language, and music classes.

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I was ten years old when 9/11 happened. Fifth grade at Silver Strand had barely begun and I can remember clearly how different of a morning it was. My dad was out of town for business and my mom seemed distracted when she woke me and my sister up to get ready for school.

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When I think back about historical events during my lifetime, I can recall many significant ones. However, two are seared in my memory: the assassination of President Kennedy six days before my wedding and the horrific events of 9/11. Those two incidents affected my immediate world and seeme…

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Mitch Lindeman is a priest-in-charge at Trinity Parish, Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island, where he has served since 2014. His wife Eileen is priest-in-charge of Church of the Holy Spirit – Charlestown Rhode Island. They live with their daughter Claire in Westerly, RI.

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Where were you on that day 20 years ago—11 September 2001? Like asking older generations, “Where were you the day the space shuttle exploded?” or “What were you doing when you learned President Kennedy had been assassinated?” most everyone has a vivid recollection. Catastrophic events such a…

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Calling all Coronado service clubs, school clubs, organizations, and religious communities. Gather your team to clean-up Coronado! Join Emerald Keepers in cleaning up our community and beaches; the cleanup occurs Labor Day through September 22nd. Send your clean-up photos to EmeraldKeepers@g…

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Coronado is home to a robust Boy Scout troop, Troop 801, which has been a part of the community for over five decades. As a service-oriented program that allows Scouts to explore a wide-variety of interests and activities in a community with a large military presence, many boys and young men have been able to find a home in Troop 801 – whether they’re new to Coronado, returning, or permanent residents.

Steve Turo, Scoutmaster for the local troop, knows this well having been involved in Boy Scouts programs with his family while stationed with the Navy in Guam and Florida before moving to Coronado.

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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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Beautiful Cersei is a confident queen of a cat looking for a family who will admire her for her beauty and engaging personality. Her forever family will enjoy her conversation and her affectionate ways.

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Recreation Services will once again offer in-person viewing of the popular Osher Lectures at the Spreckels Center. Dates and times will be announced on a monthly basis in the Osher monthly newsletter. Attendees may RSVP for lectures by phone or in-person at the front desk. Lectures will continue to be sent out once a

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Capt. E.E. “Ted” Mouton was born to Edward “Monte” Mouton and Clara Yerington Mouton on June 28, 1922, in Reno, Nevada. Mouton was born with aviation in his blood as his father, Monte Mouton, was a World War I aviator and flight instructor and, post-military, was one of the first U.S. Airmail pilots.

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Coronado Unified School District has been an industry leader among California public schools as it relates to Covid response. In addition to being among the first unified public school districts to open for in-person learning in 2020, last January CUSD was selected as one of only two districts in the state to participate in a pilot program created in partnership with the California and San Diego County Departments of Public Health. The program provided free weekly on-site rapid antigen testing for district staff and students.

The district’s proactive and innovative response continues with the opening of the Covid Command Center for the 2021-22 school year. The Center, which serves the entire district, is located on the Coronado High School campus in the Black box Theater.

Supporting the Covid Command Center, CUSD has its own Covid Team under the direction of District Nurse Joellen Semo.

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On Sept. 11, 2001, Rick Rescorla was on duty on the 44th floor of the World Trade Center, Tower Two. He was vice president for corporate security at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. and a jumbo jet had just plowed into the other tower.

As smoke rose from Tower One, someone from the Port Authority ordered him to keep his people at their desks. Rescorla replied, “Piss off. Everything above where that plane hit is going to collapse and it’s going to take the whole building with it. I’m getting my people out of here!”

Rick Rescorla ordered an immediate evacuation, directing more than 2,700 people to safety before the second plane plowed into Tower Two.

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Join an army of socially-distanced volunteer environmental champions to clean up litter and debris in your corner of San Diego County. Thousands of small efforts will help prevent tons of litter from entering our creeks, bays and the ocean. The 37th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day encourages you …

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Coming up on Sept. 12 is one of San Diego’s unique athletic experiences. It’s the fun run, walk or bike ride along the Silver Strand shoreline known as Coronado Rotary Club’s “Low Tide Ride & Stride.” This year marks the 23rd annual low tide race which is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers with proceeds going to help support local combat-wounded veterans and first responders.

This event, which is geared towards the entire family, has become an important piece in supporting the local Military Community in and around Coronado.

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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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Coronado Adult Education is offering an introductory Microsoft Excel course: “Excel Fundamentals.” Why is it important to learn Excel? As one of the top computer applications in the business community, being familiar with it can boost your employability and career prospects or make your curr…

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As the school year gets underway Safe Harbor Coronado (formerly Coronado SAFE) is welcoming the island’s newest residents through their program, the Aloha Club. The Aloha Club aims to empower newcomers in Coronado with the tools, resources, and connections in order for families to build resi…

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A public workshop is set for next week to briefly summarize what staff has heard from residents over the past 18 months regarding a long-term plan for Cays Park and to obtain consensus regarding design guidelines. Prior to the pandemic, the City conducted outreach on a proposed “Cays Park Ma…

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As things are thankfully, slowly getting back to normal Hayley Beard and her team at Edward Jones are sponsors of the annual Alzheimer’s Walk again this year. The 2021 event will be virtual and in-person.

Beard is planning to walk in-person at Liberty Station and would like to

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National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) urges all Americans to join together on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in waving the American flag in remembrance of the 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. The event will be hosted LIVE on its official Facebook page and broadcast over Wreaths Across America Radio. It will include Gold Star Families, whose loved ones answered the call to serve after 9/11, Veterans, and First Responders and their families. Now more than ever, it is so important that we come together as Americans to show support for those whose service, courage, and sacrifice, help keep America free.

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Coronado Police Chief Chuck Kaye, left, and Coronado Unified School District Supervisor Karl Mueller greeted high schoolers on their first day of school on Aug. 26. The signs were fun props for the photo op where students could hold them up for photos with the balloons that created a giant “C”.

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There are signs about town announcing the upcoming Coronado Woman’s Club (CWC) fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 18. Come clean out your home of unwanted papers and help the CWC at their shredding event from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. held at the Union Bank parking lot, 800 Orange Avenue. The CWC shredd…

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Sweet Moose is a kind and gentle soul looking for a family who will appreciate his loving nature and his enthusiastic wiggle. Playful and fun, Moose is sure to brighten the days of his new forever family.

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Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) is welcoming a new role for the district – Public Affairs Officer. Coronado local and past school board member, Maria Simon, will be taking on the title and taking the lead on the CUSD’s public communications strategies.

Simon and her family have been members of the Coronado community for over 20 years and she is no stranger to the school district, having gotten involved as a parent early on. “I first became involved with the school district in 2003 when my daughter was in kindergarten and I

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Coronado Public Library, in partnership with the Coronado Island Film Festival, presents Film Forum Coronado, taking place the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:45 in the Library’s Winn Room, beginning on Sept. 1 with Strangers on a Train. Film expert Ralph de Lauro provides a bri…

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The Concerts in the Park Board has extended an open invitation to all service and youth organizations in Coronado to set up their tents around Spreckels Park during the Sept. 12 concert. 

Coronado Promenade Concerts (CPC) is offering the opportunity to the local groups to hold an information and membership drive, and for the community to see the different organizations all in one place. 

Because the CPC Board has underwritten this year’s entire concert season as a gift to the community, there are no sponsors, and therefore no restrictions on the display of advertising materials during the concerts.

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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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The Coronado Public Library is pleased to announce its ninth annual Autumn Concert Series. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 3, and running through Friday Nov. 5, 2021, catch a variety of pianists and musicians at 1 p.m. in the Winn Room.

The series began as a brown-bag lunch concert for attendees to

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Prior to Sunday’s, Aug. 29, Betamaxx concert in Spreckels Park, 13 volunteers carry 13 pints of beer in mugs, supplied by McP’s, in honor of the 13 U.S. Soldiers who perished in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 26. Prior to the singing of the National Anthem, a moment of silence was held.

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On July 6 at approximately 4 p.m., Coronado Lifeguard Mitchell Martin was on patrol when he heard someone screaming. He saw beach patrons pulling an unconscious male from the surf. The man had been driven into the bottom of the ocean face first by a wave. The victim did not have a pulse and …

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We know that navigating vaccinations this season may be challenging. At Sharp, we’re committed to providing you with convenient options to receive the vaccinations you need.

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Fear of being exposed to COVID and testing positive is a constant companion for us very senior citizens. Our bodies are unique, and we never know how serious the illness will be for each of us. The disease is an enigma treating each person differently; dire results can occur. My husband and …