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Julia Overlin was always one to ask people how they were doing and actually wait for an answer rather than brush them off. As an adult she was her friends’ “couch psychologist” listening to their problems.

“I’ve always been an ear to my friends,” she said.

After a career in acting where Overlin reached people through the roles she played, she found it natural to go into psychotherapy. “I wanted to reach people and normalize humanity,” she said. Overlin now reaches people by working with them one on one helping them through issues they may be going through.

“A lot of people tell me they’re crazy. I tell them ‘you’re human,’ ” she explained.

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To all Coronado residents, businesses, and guests.

In view of the violence and property destruction that has occurred throughout San Diego County, on behalf of the Mayor and City of Coronado, the City requests that all residents, businesses and guests cease conducting business and stay at home from 8:00 p.m. Sunday, May 31, until 5:30 a.m. Monday morning, June 1, 2020.

Exceptions are permitted for travel to and from work and medical emergencies.

Coronado Police and other police agencies will provide extra patrols throughout Coronado.

This directive is issued in lieu of a formal curfew to provide for the community's health and safety.

Blair King, Coronado City Manager

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My husband and I have been self-isolated for six weeks because we are old and choose not to take a chance. Since each day is precious, no matter where we are, we have stayed busy with what we have available. My husband studied caning on YouTube and caned a chair, trimmed an out of control vi…

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At the end of every school year, the Optimist Club of Coronado recognizes a young man and lady from each grade at Coronado High School (CHS) and Coronado Middle School (CMS) who are judged by their peers as those who best live the tenets of the club’s Optimist Creed.

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The end of a school year is a time filled not only with tests, but also with engaging activities, presentations, and school gatherings. Christ Church Day School (CCDS) students are continuing their Distance Learning through June 4, but these extra gatherings will still be held- just virtually.

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Coronado Island Film Festival invites you to settle in for some juicy, medieval intrigue as the 1968 historical drama, “The Lion in Winter,” brings a veritable Master Class in acting, directing and screenwriting to your living rooms. (Amazon Prime). Nominated for six Oscars and winner of three, Katharine Hepburn’s stellar performance as Eleanor of Aquitaine earned her the third of four Academy Awards in her long career.

What could be more fun than watching a no-holds-barred, back-and-forth between a king and queen, especially if it’s our favorite feminist, Eleanor of Aquitaine, giving as good as she gets from husband King Henry II of England (Peter O’Toole)! They trade some of the best, most delicious lines in all of moviedom, written by James Goldman, who won an Oscar for his screenplay, and delivered with sure-fire grace and wit by the film’s stars.

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On the occasion of his 90th birthday, Jerry Winter recognized a need among our local Coronado businesses and contributed $5,000 to the Rotary Foundation to help them with losses suffered during the pandemic lockdown.

If we are fortunate, we have a friend or family member to whom we turn when times are the toughest. They lift our spirits and support us in many ways, large and small. Jerry Winter, 28-year member of Coronado Rotary, is one of those individuals to whom we turn. He is a past Rotarian of the Year (2010) and recipient of the Peacemaker award (2018). The Peacemaker Award recognizes individuals who are making a difference in promoting understanding, tolerance, and conflict resolution, and helping build good will and peace.

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The Glorietta Bay Tennis Center reopened last week. The San Diego County public health officer recently amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions.

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San Diego County has announced that beaches may open June 2 for passive use, including sunbathing and relaxing with towels and chairs with members of your household unit.

The Coronado City Council agreed last week that when the County’s health officer opened local beaches for passive use, the City would follow whatever guidelines are issued. Activities such as football or volleyball at the beach are not allowed.

The Council asked the public at its May 19 meeting to heed social distancing and sanitation measures when at the beach.

Dog Beach, Sunset Park and the fire rings remain closed.

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We continue to categorize Thought Exchange data into three prevailing themes: uniform distance learning structures and schedule, importance of direct interaction (teacher/student, peer/peer), and clear expectations with accountability. Professional development and training for staff, parents and students was also a key focus. We will share a more comprehensive report with our community on Wednesday, May 27.

Our staff development focus in June will center on lesson design for remote learning which aligns with research and evidence-based practices. Delivery of instruction will incorporate feedback from our staff and shareholders.

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The generosity of our community abounds and is even more meaningful at times like these. It has been over two months since CHA closed its doors to members, researchers, and guests to protect our community and volunteers. We canceled all of our programming, the museum store, and our two major fundraisers of the year, the Gala and the annual Mother’s Day Home Tour. While closing and canceling are the correct decisions to protect our community, the closure has compromised CHA’s financial health. We appreciate our community coming forward to financially support us through memberships and donations.

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Remind me not to play poker with Coronado Chief of Police Chuck Kaye. As nearly as I can tell, the warrant and arrest process described in the sidebar to this story occurred at or near the time of our in-person interview Friday morning at the Coronado Police station. Kaye kept his cards clos…

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WWII Paratrooper and Navy Region Commander Recognize 76th Anniversary of D-Day

On Saturday, June 6, World War II paratrooper Tom Rice and Commander Navy Region Southwest Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar will ring the Liberty Bell at Naval Air Station North Island for the 76th anniversary of D-Day. The event will occur globally at 6:44 p.m. (local time) to symbolize June 6, 1944. The Freedom Rings initiative will begin in Normandy, France and will be carried out through the world.

Local Coronado native Tom Rice was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, 501 Parachute Infantry Regiment known as the “Screaming Eagles”. Rice parachuted into Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 to help liberate France from Nazi Germany. In 2019, for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Rice parachuted into Carentan, Normandy in the same drop zone as he did on D-Day. Rice was 97 years old then.

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Historically, on Memorial Day, Coronado’s Veterans of Foreign Wars gather with friends and families at Star Park to honor our fallen warriors, an emotional event they have orchestrated for decades. This year, because of social distancing and fear of the Coronavirus disease, officers at the VFW, along with staff and elected officials at the City of Coronado, worked together to produce a 40-minute Memorial Day tribute.

This very emotional and thought-provoking video had quite an adventure on social media Monday as it made its way from Facebook pages to news pages to favorite FaceBook groups, over and over again. By mid-day, it was estimated more than 100,000 people had viewed it, far more than could ever have attended physically at Star Park.

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On Sunday evening, May 17, the Evening After Hours Optimists gathered to support local business, Spiro’s Greek Cafe, ordering dinner to take home. For the past 49 years, local businesses have been generous in their donations to the Coronado Optimists Annual Sports Fiesta which sadly will not…

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The Coronado Historical Association will host its free annual Historic Preservation Symposium on Thursday, May 28, at 3 p.m. The event, co-hosted by the Coronado Historical Association, Coronado MainStreet and the City of Coronado, will be conducted remotely this year via Zoom, and it will a…

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The Coronado Public Library resumed its street-side book drops for returns and curbside pickup services last week. The response has been overwhelming. Over the course of six hours on the first day of service, May 11, Library staff received 92 calls, took 483 book requests and checked in 1,69…

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On Friday, May 15, The Old Goats saluted the health care workers with a flyover banner reading “Navy Old Goats love (heart) our health care heroes.”

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Dr. Heidi Hofelich and Dr. Andrew Keating were married on Feb. 22, 2020. The bride and groom are both doctors of traditional Chinese medicine and work at “The Center for Health and Wellbeing,” and Heidi owns and operates “Gem & Tonic,” a five room acupuncture clinic and herbal apothecary.

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Coronado hosted a second blood drive for the American Red Cross on Tuesday, May 10, at the Coronado Community Center. The drive had 34 donors, from whom 32 pints of blood were collected. The drive attracted 23 first time donors. During the COVID-19 emergency, the Red Cross has had a great ne…

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club presented the May Spot of Beauty to Peohe’s Restaurant at 1201 First Street. Accepting the award from Marilyn Williams, right, is group sales manager, Alisa Atkins, left.

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This week’s lecture is “The Arc of Western Art and the Great Disruptions of the Renaissance and Impressionism.” The presenter, Linda Blair, is one of the most popular art lecturers in San Diego. She is well known for her wonderful lectures on art history. We hope you enjoy this informative a…

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Lorton Mitchell would have turned 61 on May 23. A master builder, Lorton and his team built many homes that serve as reminder of his knowledge and skill. Also, Lorton shared his love of sports and the outdoors with countless hours of coaching and mentoring Coronado’s kids. So if you , or one…

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It would be fair to say that Spring 2020 was equal parts memorable and forgettable. One positive from the quarantine we are all undergoing to some extent, is there exists a lot of time that needs to be creatively filled. My new personal entertainment mixture includes reading books, listening…

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Morgan Smith (CHS ’81) is about as Coronado as you can get. The son of Morgan Sr. and Barbara Smith, Dad was a Commander and Navy fighter pilot, while Mom worked as a leasing agent at the Oakwood Apartments, now known as the Broadstone Apartments. After focusing, at least partly on surfing during his high school years, Morgan matriculated to the University of San Diego, where he majored in Computer Sciences and was a scholarship student in the NROTC Program.

After graduating from USD, Smith took a path familiar to many Navy Veterans, being commissioned as an Ensign and trained at the Flight School in Pensacola, Florida.

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“Softly, deftly, music shall caress you. Hear it, feel it, Secretly possess you.” ― Charles Hart

My music teacher, Ms. Pender, never smiled or complimented me. She never asked me personal questions, but she was the perfect teacher for me. I would ride my bike to lessons each week before school and sit on her porch until my time, no matter how cold it was. Entering her house was like entering a funeral home. The only light was an arm lamp on the piano which was aimed at the music. The house was always dark.

Her black crepe dress, sprinkled with either white powder or dandruff, was perfectly plain with long sleeves, no jewelry. Her white rolled curls, which matched her white powdered face, were pinned in place with black bobbi pins. Her appearance never changed from one lesson to the next. Her black and white appearance matched her drab personality and colorless house. As an adult, I now wonder what her story was, since I know nothing personal about her.

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With Memorial Day upon us, Coronado Island Film Festival invites you to journey back to 13th century Scotland for a spectacular three-hour reminder that war is hell and freedom is never free. Mel Gibson’s 1995 tour de force, “Braveheart” tells the story of young, kilt-wearing Scotsman William Wallace as he leads the quest for independence from England’s brutal ruler, King Edward I, aka “Longshanks.” (Amazon Prime for a small rental fee.)

Directed by, produced, and starring Gibson, this epic stunner was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography (John Toll), and Best Makeup (Lois Burwell). It’s a movie about a savage time, not a family film by a long shot, but oh my, it is brilliant in every way!

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Coronado skies showcase some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If you have captured this artistry with your camera, the Coronado Chamber of Commerce would love to see your photographs, with a view to featuring them on the stunning new Coronado Visitor Center website.

The brand new design by Raindrop Marketing is launching this summer

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In addition to a virtual celebration of the nine employees of the year, the Coronado Unified School District Governing Board took action on numerous items at their May 14 meeting. Included in the action items on the agenda were three significant matters; teacher pay increases, a new high school bell schedule, and a Resolution authorizing the district to borrow $12 million through a Lease-Purchase Agreement. 

After months of negotiations a Tentative Agreement was reached between representatives from the Association of Coronado Teachers (ACT) and CUSD. Included in the Agreement was a one percent salary schedule increase effective July 1, 2020 and a .54 percent pay increase in the form of one additional non-student day annually to be used for professional development. Other details included a nine percent salary differential for specialized training for the District Nurse, and 15 days of paid maternity leave. The impact to the district budget for the 1.54 percent salary increase is $300,911. The Board voted 4-1 to ratify the Agreement, with Trustee Julie Russell voting “No.” Russell later explained that her

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Good morning,

We appreciate the overwhelming response to our Distance Learning Thought Exchange survey. There were over 800 ideas and 20,000 ratings shared; this level of engagement is a true testament of the investment from our community in our district. Frustrations expressed in the survey are valid. We know that our remote learning experiences need to improve and are committed to continued growth.

Beginning on June 1, CUSD will embark on training and staff collaboration to design our remote learning structure for the fall.

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May is Bike Month in Coronado and although we are in the midst of a public health emergency, we can all thankfully still ride our bikes.

It’s spring and that means the weather is perfect for getting outside. With the proper social distancing measures in place and keeping in mind that riding alone is best, new

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Aria is a sweet and sporty girl who came to PAWS after she was found wandering on B Avenue. Aria is initially shy when meeting new people, but when she warms up she shows her sweet and silly side.

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Aging & Independence Services (AIS) is excited to announce the launch of a new program that will help older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic to get meals delivered to their homes. It is called Great Plates Delivered: Home Meals for Seniors.

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The Air Force Thunderbirds paid a quick call to San Diegans as they flew in formation in F-16 Cs and Ds around noon on Friday, May 15. Their plan was to fly over all the hospitals in San Diego. “It is an honor for our team to salute the countless Californians who have committed to keeping th…

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Coronado Playhouse announces more changes to its current 2020 season due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Because of the county-wide shutdown and in accordance with Governor Newsom’s plan for re-opening, the Playhouse is forced to cancel the upcoming productions of “Richard III,” originally schedul…

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The Library has begun converting its collection from a barcode to a Radio Frequency Identification system. The new system allows multiple books to be checked out or processed by staff in a stack, as opposed to opening each item to find a barcode and running it under a light.

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Coronado is displaying colorful art banners that celebrate local artists. The banners are installed in the medians along Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas through June. The Cultural Arts Commission supports local artists through this annual banner series, which highlig…

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ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls ages 15–18 for the next academic year. Students from all over the world – places like Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Ukraine, to name a few – have

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Ayona Hudson of Southwestern College (SWC) is the 2020 recipient of the Coronado Democratic Club’s $500 John F. Kennedy Scholarship. Hudson is a political science major with a 3.44 GPA. Her volunteer work in promoting inclusion and equity at Southwestern as well as her work with the homeless…

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Coronado Schools Foundation held their first virtual Telethon online on Wednesday, May 6. It was a fun evening for all - Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent Karl Mueller hosted Wheel of Fortune; social media lit up with Coronado parents posting about their children being o…

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Coronado Girl Scouts will be participating in the upcoming “In-Tents” Night Out Campout on Friday, June 5. All are welcome to join in, whether you’re a current Girl Scout or not. Join girls and families across San Diego for a virtual campout. Experience the magic of Girl Scout camp from the …

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The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services has created a Virtual Recreation and Resource Center that is accessible through the City of Coronado website. Check out new virtual programming as well as some of their favorite resources for programming. Visit the Play page for tons of activ…

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During this unique period when only essential workers are employed, outside activities are limited and Coronado residents are observing the self-distancing sequestration suggestions, reading about the consideration and thoughtfulness of the average citizen is uplifting. With so much tragedy and criticism of the efforts to deliver us from this pandemic in the media, hearing accounts of the goodness in the world reassures us that the lights still shine in people.

Besides the essential workers who keep us safe, fed, and maintaining a semblance of normalcy, unsung heroes are delivering groceries for neighbors and family members, calling to check on the elderly or lonely, and dropping treats on porches to brighten the day. They seldom receive the deserved recognition since they seek none.

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Memorial Day services have been held nationally to honor our fallen warriors since 1868. In Coronado, the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has hosted a tribute annually, for decades, at Star Park. It is so well-attended that people spill out into the street surrounding the event.

This year, however, the physical assembly to celebrate Memorial Day has been temporarily cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead of gathering at Star Park on Monday May 25, Coronadans will be able to watch a half hour tribute to Memorial Day on Coronado TV, the City of Coronado’s government access channel.