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Coronado Resident JC Smith Combines A Law Enforcement Career With A Love Of Baseball

San Diego native JC Smith looks like most guys who played sports earlier in their lives, athletic and somebody you probably wouldn’t like to square off with in a fight. A graduate of Grossmont High School, where he played football, Smith also played baseball as a youngster, completing his career at the age of 17 in the El Cajon Colt League. He followed that up with two years at Grossmont College.But college supplied a brief interlude before he pursued what he really wanted to do. “When I turned 20, I wanted to go into law enforcement,” said Smith as he explained his career path. “I joined the San Diego Police Department at that age and turned 21 in the Academy. I was with the San Diego PD for over 25 years and I retired in 2011 as a Homicide Detective. I worked vice, narcotics and homicide. After I retired from the police department in 2011, I was hired by the Bureau of Investigation for the District Attorney’s Office.” While at the District Attorney’s Office, Smith has handled some tough assignments. “For six years I reviewed all the officer-involved shootings for the County of San Diego, for all of the law enforcement agencies in the county. And I got promoted from there. Now I’m in the Family Protection Division, which includes domestic violence, child molestation and family violence. Ultimately the department answers to San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan.”

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Monday 03/18/2019
CHS Class Of ’69 Reunion
Posted: March 18, 2019

The Coronado High School Class of 1969 is celebrating their 50th reunion on Wednesday, July 3. the venue will be the new Feast & Fareway Restaurant at the Coronado Golf Course. Cocktails will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All class reunion begins at 8 p.m., featuring the music of the West Coast Iron Works. Cost is $40 per person, no host bar and dinner. Send check to: Class of ’69 Reunion, c/o Mary Sue Andersen Keces, 720 Jacinto Place, Coronado, CA 92118-2319. For more information, call 619-838-5329.

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Pie Baking Workshop
Posted: March 18, 2019

Cooking for others can be an act of entrepreneurship as well as an act of love and nurturing. Whether you’re looking to bake someone happy or to open your own café, you’ll find the essential instruction you need to bake the perfect pie in this demonstration and hands-on workshop led by talented cook, caterer, food stylist and Coronado Eagle & Journal food writer Denise Lyon on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m.

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Souper Bowl Of Caring Held In Coronado
Posted: March 18, 2019

On Super Bowl Sunday, members of the high school and middle school Junior Optimist Clubs and Silver Strand Elementary student council came together to participate in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. This is an event organized to help feed the hungry. Bringing wagons and bags ready to be filled with food, club members met at noon. They then split into groups and walked all around Coronado with the purpose of collecting non-perishable food items. As always, the community stepped up. Volunteers were met with smiling faces and giving hearts. This year, the clubs collected 915 food items and 115 dollars to donate to the First Baptist Church of Coronado. From there, Pastor John saw that the items reached the people that needed them.

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“Boots And Bowties,” A Fundraiser For Chelsea’s Voice
Updated: March 18, 2019 - 4:59 pm

Chelsea’s Voice is a brand new non profit-organization created here in Coronado. Their mission is to help improve the quality of life for those of all ages living with disabilities or life threatening illnesses and the family members who care for them. The president, Veleria Fabiszak is a mother of five and a military wife who has started Chelsea’s Voice with her daughter Chelsea as an inspiration.

Chelsea is 26, living with Rett syndrome and a severe seizure disorder. Chelsea was thought to have autism at age 3 until the onset of seizures began when she was 8 years old.

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Friday 03/15/2019
“Questions For Your Kids,” At St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Posted: March 15, 2019

Cell phones pose problems in many homes, with teenagers and younger children constantly checking, texting, searching, and generally ignoring their surroundings. After interviewing author Jon Pollock about his new book, “Questions for Kids,” I was summarizing the information for a friend. Her response was, “I’m going to tell you something that will probably make you think I’m a bad person.”

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Coronado Aquatics Splash Bash Fundraiser
Updated: March 15, 2019 - 3:01 pm

Please join the Coronado Aquatics Club (CAC) for their first annual fundraising event, the Splash Bash on Saturday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at El Roy’s at the Landing, 1201 First Street.

The evening promises to be full of fun and surprises with a silent and live auction, dinner, and dancing to raise much-needed funds to support the Club’s mission of promoting and perpetuating amateur swimming and water polo while encouraging the development of leadership skills, citizenship, self-reliance and self-assurance in our kids. Providing year-round training programs for boys and girls age 7 and up, the CAC nurtures qualities of good sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and a competitive edge which translates to success in both the pool and life.

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Coronado Unified School Board Unanimously Approves TK/K Move To Village Elementary
Updated: March 15, 2019 - 2:48 pm

In a heated meeting on Thursday, the Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Board voted unanimously to approve the move of Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten to the Village Elementary site beginning in school year 2020/2021.

The proposal was prompted by a need to strictly manage resources as the district is in deficit spending mode. In short, as Superintendent Karl Mueller indicated when presenting the proposal, it is the responsibility of the school district to serve all of the students to the best of its ability. If CUSD were fully funded at “basic aid” level, that would be easier to do. Given that it is not, the Board had instructed the Superintendent to steward the district’s resources as prudently as possible, to look for ways to cut where possible (without harming educational quality), and ways to generate revenue where possible.

This is not a new problem. The district has been struggling with managing its resources for some years now and although, according to district staff, we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (when redevelopment debt is paid off and the district can be funded directly by local taxes), we are still years from the end. In fact, Mueller noted in the meeting that if nothing else gives, CUSD would be financially insolvent by 2024.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
An Evening With Laura McNeal
Posted: March 13, 2019

Join the Coronado Community Read for an interview with author Laura McNeal, author of “The Practice House” as on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way. Conducted by Dr. Dean Nelson, founder of the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the conversation will share the stories behind the author’s writing and introduce you to your new favorite author. Includes audience Q &A and author book-signing; refreshments and books available for purchase.

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