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Francis Gary Powers, Jr. Addresses Gathering At The Coronado Public Library

Although his name sounds familiar, you may have trouble placing Francis Gary Powers, Jr. He is the son of famed U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr., who was shot down in his reconnaissance plane over the Soviet Union, May 1, 1960. The incident was one of the most famous events in the Cold War battle between the United States and the Soviet Union, which had political ramifications for many years. Powers Jr., who goes by Gary was in Coronado recently to address roughly 35 residents at the Coronado Public Library about his famous father and to sell copies of his book, “Spy Pilot.”Powers Sr., who for clarification purposes we’ll call Francis, came from humble origins, born August 17, 1929, during the height of the Great Depression, and raised in Pound, Virginia. Gary said, “His Dad Oliver Powers was a coal miner, who family history said did a little bootlegging on the side. They did what they had to do to make ends meet. Dad told me stories from when he was a kid, that his parents didn’t know where their next nickel was coming from, not just the next dollar.”

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Friday 03/27/2020
Coronado Unified School District Update
Posted: March 27, 2020

Distance Learning Across CUSD

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From The Coronado Rotary Club
Posted: March 27, 2020

As we all struggle with how to deal with COVID 19 and keeping our families and neighbors safe and healthy, the Rotary Club of Coronado Board of Directors have made some difficult decisions that we think are imperative in light of recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. We understand these recommendation are changing on a daily, if not hourly basis. We will continue to monitor the recommendations and respond accordingly. In light of our recent Board decisions, here are some updates about Rotary events and meetings moving forward.

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Port Of San Diego Closes Public Parks
Posted: March 27, 2020

The Port of San Diego has announced that in an effort to help minimize the spread of and exposure to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), it closing public parks around San Diego Bay, which includes beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches. The decision is effective immediately to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size.

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Share Your Stories From Home
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 11:40 am

With many of us at home for the time being due to the COVID-19, now is a perfect time to use the camera function on your phone, or just use your camera. Share what you

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Losing The Spring Semester, A College Senior’s Perspective
Updated: March 27, 2020 - 11:43 am

My name is D’amy Steward and I am a member of the class of 2020 – the class that lost their final spring semester. What does this loss mean? For many of us, we heard news of the Coronavirus and its impact on our senior year while on spring break. The immediate impact: missed goodbyes to friends, professors, and advisors; missing our final walk to class across the quad; a final time studying in the library; running into friends randomly on campus abruptly terminated; a premature last sporting event; and most significantly, a graduation that will not be. These and many more “lasts” have passed before I even have a chance to process it. The feeling of closure on the past four years of

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Francis Gary Powers, Jr. Addresses Gathering At The Coronado Public Library
Updated: March 30, 2020 - 11:39 am

Although his name sounds familiar, you may have trouble placing Francis Gary Powers, Jr. He is the son of famed U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr., who was shot down in his reconnaissance plane over the Soviet Union, May 1, 1960. The incident was one of the most famous events in the Cold War battle between the United States and the Soviet Union, which had political ramifications for many years. Powers Jr., who goes by Gary was in Coronado recently to address roughly 35 residents at the Coronado Public Library about his famous father and to sell copies of his book, “Spy Pilot.”

Powers Sr., who for clarification purposes we’ll call Francis, came from humble origins, born August 17, 1929, during the height of the Great Depression, and raised in Pound, Virginia. Gary said, “His Dad Oliver Powers was a coal miner, who family history said did a little bootlegging on the side. They did what they had to do to make ends meet. Dad told me stories from when he was a kid, that his parents didn’t know where their next nickel was coming from, not just the next dollar.”

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Thursday 03/26/2020
Coronado Provides Coronavirus Response Update, Resources
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 3:55 pm

There is an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus 2019, or COVID-19, across the country. The San Diego County public health officer has issued orders that direct certain closures, discourage gatherings of any size and direct social distancing requirements to prevent the disease from spreading. The City of Coronado encourages everyone in the community to abide by the County’s directives and the governor's "stay at home" order. The extent of local transmission is unknown. However, everyone should prepare for the possibility of wider community spread.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as those with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS which occurred in 2002) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS which occurred in 2012) and now with this new coronavirus.

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CoSA Students Continue to Create Art
Updated: March 26, 2020 - 3:59 pm

The Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) from Coronado High School are working to keep the creativity going during this forced hiatus from school.

Karrie Jackson, CoSSA Visual Arts instructor, sent students home with their current projects as well as supplies they might need in order to keep them going.

Instrumental Music students for the most part keep their instruments with them at home and are continuing to practice and rehearse. Many are continuing with private lessons via Skype or FaceTime. The students were preparing for a piano recital working on compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, as well as jazz duets.

Technical Theatre students continue to design lighting and sound plots they were working on before the break. Some are continuing work from home on props and costumes for CoSA’s next scheduled musical, “Freaky Friday.”

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