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Coronado’s signature holiday looks to be back on track after being sidelined by the pandemic in 2020. 

“All we can do is plan, and hope for the best, and then do what we can to be ready for contingencies. We are full steam ahead,” said Todd Tanghe.

Tanghe is the president of “Coronado Fourth of July,” [CFOJ] an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that plans and funds the community wide celebration. Most people don’t realize that although the City of Coronado supports the event, the planning and fundraising are the sole responsibility of a non-profit group.

The CFOJ directly plans and pays for the fireworks, parade, and Navy Leap Frogs events. Additionally they coordinate with other entities for the 5K and 12K run, Roughwater swim, Concert in the Park, and other events.

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Being a military town, Memorial Day has always taken on special meaning in Coronado. Last year, however, due to the COVID-19 scare, the physical scheduling of Memorial Day services at Star Park was cancelled. A half-hour digital tribute aired on Coronado TV in its place.

This year, on Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m. Memorial Day ceremonies will physically return to Star Park, but in a limited capacity. Only 100 chairs will be set up, for guest speakers and their families – participants in the program - and the wearing of masks and social distancing will be required.

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The Coronado Junior Woman’s Club (CJWC) is pleased to present the annual Marilyn Foster Scholarship. The award will honor two Coronado Unified School District or Coronado Resident class of 2021 young women who are interested in establishing a commitment to their community, in the amount of $1,500 each.

The scholarship honors the legacy of the late Mrs. Marilyn Foster, one of Coronado’s beloved philanthropists who was known for her steadfast dedication to serving our community. She was best known for her involvement as a military spouse, an award-winning gardener, and an active member of the

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Mayor Richard Bailey will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, May 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. 

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Coronado’s City Council recently approved moving forward with the Free Summer Shuttle program for 2021.

Due to the easing of public health order restrictions, the Council decided to start the program as soon as it was possible. Staff began working immediately with the Metropolitan Transit System and will launch the program on June 6.

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Beautiful Harper is a wonderful example of all things German Shepherd: she is loyal, discerning, affectionate and sweet with her people, and deeply intelligent. Harper also has some physical limitations, and her new family will need to help her navigate through those. 

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Outgoing City Manager Blair King (with wife Nancy Adams) was honored for his years of service to the City of Coronado at a farewell reception held recently at Feast & Farweway. “It has been my great pleasure and honor to serve this community. I will always feel a great fondness for Coron…

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Coronado is the birthplace of Naval Aviation, and as a community we reflect on this historical legacy with pride. We also remember the fighter pilots who were shot down during the Vietnam War (1954-1973) and spent years imprisoned under horrible conditions. Lesser known are the wives of those captured Naval Aviators, who, against all odds, started a movement at the dining room table of Coronado Navy spouse Sybil Stockdale, whose aviator husband, James Stockdale, was among those held prisoner. From those small beginnings, The League of Wives was born and would eventually have an international impact, facilitating the release of 591 prisoners of war. The League also was instrumental in connecting POW and MIA wives across the country to champion the cause of all members of our armed forces held prisoner or missing in action.

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On Saturday, April 24, the Coronado Democratic Club heard a joint presentation by Congressman Scott Peters and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina on the current status of the work being done by the federal, state, county, and local governments to address and resolve the long standing issue of…

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How to survive and recover when Coronado experiences a major earthquake was the topic at the Coronado Roundtable’s monthly meeting in April. Mark Benthien, Director for Communications, Education and Outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center located at the University of Southern California was the speaker at the Roundtable’s tenth consecutive ZOOM meeting. His presentation was designed to increase awareness, save lives and minimize economic loss from earthquake damage.

Mr. Benthien described the global earthquake patterns, emphasizing the Pacific Plate and the so-called “Ring of Fire” encircling the ocean on which Coronado faces. Of particular interest are the San Andreas Fault which runs east of San Diego and, more particularly, the Rose Canyon Fault

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When it’s time to define leadership, most of us think of responsibility, initiative, vision, and innovation. Then when you add in leadership during a pandemic, most of us have to stop and think – what does that look like? Look no further than Sue Gillingham, the Coronado Chamber’s Executive Director.

The past 14 months have shown most of us what our true colors really are. Gillingham’s glimmer brightly in Coronado green and gold. As soon as the pandemic hit in early March last year, not a beat was skipped; she quickly gathered her Chamber team and Board of Directors and put forth immense efforts to assist in rapidly changing rules and regulations for local businesses, began creative local marketing campaigns for restaurants, retailers, and fueled a Loyal To Local campaign that called upon the community to support local businesses as frequently as possible.

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The Coronado Junior Woman’s Club has been a leader in reimagining their traditional events and producing Covid-safe fundraisers this past year. Their latest effort, ‘Patriotic Pallets’ yard decor, is another example of their creativity. Each American flag pallet will be hand painted by CJWC …

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This article is the first in a series about CHA’s Going the Extra Mile Award.

The Annual GEM Award is truly a community award. It has been awarded to locals since 2013. Last year, the 2020 GEM Award was presented to Chip and Candice Kislack’s home at 1006 G Avenue. The GEM (Going the Extra Mile) is an award that recognizes a homeowner’s commitment to preserve and restore, rather than replace, a historic home, contributing to Coronado’s unique and architecturally richly built environment.

Each year, the GEM Committee considers historic homes and properties that have been nominated by CHA membership. GEM Award finalists must have completed a recent restoration or

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CoSA isn’t only shorthand for the Coronado School of the Arts at Coronado High School, it is also the title of an original digital dance concert produced by the program’s Conservatory of Classical and Contemporary Dance. But cosa, the concert, isn’t referring to its namesake. Taking their cue from the Spanish word “cosa,” which translates to “thing” in English, faculty and student choreographers have created a program comprised of dance films based on the objects in our lives that define us. From pillow to mirror to graduation cap to moon, this is the stuff that in small or large ways has become part of our identities.

Director Gina Bolles Sorensen has woven dances by five faculty choreographers and seven student choreographers into a full-length digital dance concert streaming on demand May 14-16.

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Tucson originally came to PAWS two years ago and was adopted, but he was recently returned to us when his family could no longer care for him. This friendly fellow is as sweet as they come, and is looking for a forever family who will shower him with love.

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When Parker Keyes contacted Emerald Keepers at the beginning of the school year, he wanted to volunteer to fulfill his high school community service requirement. As we were in the middle of a pandemic, Emerald Keepers suggested he help by picking up marine debris on Coronado’s beaches. Parker got right to work.

“I signed up to pick up trash for Emerald Keepers this year because I wanted to contribute to my local community,” said Keyes.

Keyes said he did not expect to find so much plastic. Sadly, there was no shortage of plastic bags, plastic wrappers, plastic utensils, plastic bottles, and plastic zip ties. Cumulatively, Keyes has spent over 20 hours cleaning the beaches.

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The Coronado Rotary Club’s Bob Watson Service Above Self Award was presented to Ana Ramirez at the Community Center/COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Wednesday, April 21 meeting of Rotary. She was nominated by Rotarians Nora Allen, Mary Griffin and Steve Duermeyer. Ramirez is Sharp Coronado Hospital’s Patient and Volunteer Coordinator.

At the height of the holiday surge of COVID-19 cases, on Jan. 13, Ramirez was tapped to establish the clinic and coordinate more than 500 volunteers to support and administer vaccines at the Coronado Community Center.

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The Coronado Island Film Festival (CIFF) is excited to roll out the red carpet on November 10-14, 2021, returning to the traditional festival format of in-person screenings, events, panels, parties and our premiere gala event, the Leonard Maltin Celebrity Tribute Dinner in the Hotel Del Coronado’s iconic Crown Room. Cognizant that COVID-19 will continue to have a direct impact on attendees, as well as on US and international filmmakers, the festival will also host a virtual cinema similar to last year’s

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Changes are coming to tennis operations in Coronado. The City and the facility’s new concessionaire, Impact Activities, are optimistic and confident about the changes, but the tennis playing community has weighed in with some questions. 

At issue are two separate concerns; court use fees/reservations, and professional contracts. Coronado’s Director of Recreation and Golf Services Roger Miller and Impact Activities President Matt Hanlin provided more information on the new format. 

“Our goal is for better customization through standardized operations and our priority is to make sure that residents are served first, before non-residents,” said Miller.

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As we celebrate Earth Day this week, it’s worth noting one of the local stores is doing their part to help reduce waste through composting. You may have noticed a large bin in the back parking lot of Boney’s Bayside Market. This is their composting bin where organic waste can be put back into the environment and recycled. Food waste in particular can cause significant amounts of harmful methane gas when broken down in landfills, a process greatly reduced when composted and turned into a soil amendment that can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers.

Composting involves a process of breaking down organic products into smaller, simpler compounds. Waste such as food scraps can be shredded (smaller pieces helps speed up the composting process) and with a mixture of moisture, air, and carbon and nitrogen-rich environment, they are decomposed into a plant nutrient-rich substance.

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According to Census.gov, total e-commerce sales for 2020 in the United States alone was estimated at $791.7 billion, an increase of 32.4 percent from 2019. This is about $6,447 per Coronado household, or over $64,470,000 a year. This means we are collectively spending $176,630 per day on businesses that do not support our community or tax base! If every household swapped out just $100 shopping online to buying goods on the island, we would add an annual $100,000 back into our local economy. Coronado needs this local support now more than ever.

If you think shopping online is more eco-friendly than driving to a store, think again. It may sound counterintuitive, but the more eco-conscious way to shop is going to a nearby store rather than by making purchases online, due to the colossal amount of packaging waste that

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This summer Coronado Recreation & Golf Services is offering five different specialty dance camps to get your children moving!

First up, preschool camps for ages 3 to 6 are being offered from 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. This includes “Move 2 The Beat,” June 17 to 21, and “Twirl Spin and

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The Coronado Democratic Club presented a Phone Banking Workshop via Zoom on Tuesday, March 30. A recording of the Workshop can be accessed on the Club’s website at https://coronadodemocrats.com/resources/video-archive/

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At years end, 2020, in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, a member of the Knights of Columbus(KofC) and his family made a $5,000 donation to Sacred Heart Catholic Church to work with the Knights of Columbus Council 5216 – Coronado. The Funds were to be designated towards acquiring an Ultrasound machine, or to provide assistance to a worthy organization that uses or needs such equipment. Grand Knight, John Scheck, advised that it would be their honor if Silent Voices accepted this donation. It is their hope that it will assist in continuing their good work in Chula Vista and the South Bay Area. The topping on the cake was when Delaiah Luna, development and PR manger of Silent Voices, shared that they would soon be working in Coronado as well.

Brother Knight Mike Dullea, Life Director of the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus stated, “We spent a good deal of time speaking with many people and learning of their organizations and desires.

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The USS Bonhomme Richard departed the San Diego Bay on April 15 to head to Texas where it will be scrapped after a fire that raged for four days last summer destroyed the ship. It was decommissioned on April 14.

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As we move further into spring, many of us engage in “spring cleaning” to get ready for the adventures that await us in the warmer months. Taking the time to declutter and reorganize can be a bit of a daunting task. However once finished, we often feel much better. So, what does this have to do with mental health? Here are some of the similarities between “spring cleaning” and psychotherapy that I hope helps to demystify what therapy with a trained mental health provider can be like:

It May Be Daunting, But Worth Doing. We often put off decluttering or cleaning out

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April is designated as The Month of the Military Child in recognition of their unique position in society and their contribution to a smooth-running military, a thank you for their service. The struggles and challenges they face adjusting to the moves and the absences of a parent are strung …

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In honor of William Shakespeare’s birthday, the Coronado Public Library and San Diego Shakespeare Society will host Union-Tribune columnist Dr. Richard Lederer for “Living Will: The Legacy of William Shakespeare” on Thursday, April 22 at 5 p.m. Celebrate the Bard’s birthday with a demonstrat…

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This Earth Day, Emerald Keepers is partnering with MainStreet and the Coronado Chamber of Commerce for Shop Coronado! Tell them Emerald Keepers sent you! We are encouraging people to Shop Coronado before ordering online or driving over the bridge to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions …

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Two suspicious deaths within days of each other in Coronado in 2011 are the topic of a new book by a Pulitzer Prize nominated true crime author. On Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. the Coronado Public Library and Bay Books Coronado will host New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother in a …

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Coronado Unified School District honored the 2021 Classified Employees of the Year at the April 15 board meeting. The employees were selected by each school site staff and the awards were presented at the meeting by site administrators. Board President Lee Pontes, far left, and Deputy Superi…

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When many people envision cheerleaders, they may picture a group of bouncing, enthusiastic girls, and sometimes boys, waving pompons on the sidelines of basketball and football games. While this isn’t exactly inaccurate, these days, cheer is so much more than it used to be. These days, cheer combines aspects of dance, tumbling and gymnastics, and requires a considerable amount of athleticism, as well as good spirit and enthusiasm.

In Coronado, the Coronado High School (CHS) cheerleaders can participate on both sideline cheer at athletic events, as well as Coronado competitive cheer,

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The sun comes up on San Diego Bay. Early-morning light competing with the fading vestiges of night that lit the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge (and the Ferry Landing) through the night. Early-rising ferry riders and bicyclists are treated to this view as a reward for being the early bird.

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To say that Mason Harrell, III, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, is an overachiever would be an understatement. He is a dedicated physician and a 16-year active duty Naval officer who is currently in the Naval Reserves. He is double board-certified in Occupational Medicine, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine, has informed projects at MIT, the World Health organization (WHO), has served as a NATO Medical Liaison in several countries, has an endless resume of published papers related to health and wellness, as well as the pandemics of COVID and Ebola, possesses a long list of both academic and military awards, is a Harvard Medical School graduate, a BYU Undergraduate, oh, and just for fun, we can add Eagle Scout. There truly is not enough space here for the achievements of this man who calls Coronado home over the past four years. Yet when you sit down with Harrell these are not the things that he wants to focus on. His life is no longer about him.

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Prior to approving the April 15, 2021 Coronado Unified School Board meeting agenda, Trustee Antrim made a motion to move an item from the Reports section of the agenda to the Action Items. President Pontes questioned the legality of the request and read a response from the district’s attorney stating that “an item cannot be added to the agenda unless there is an urgent need to take immediate action and that the agency’s knowledge of the need to take action did not occur until 72 hours before the Board meeting.” Antrim argued her position but the motion failed to get a second.

The item of interest was a staff report on the progress of the implementation of a new bell schedule at Coronado High School (CHS). District staff has been working for more than a year to ensure a successful transition from the current six period schedule to a 4x4 schedule in the fall of 2021. The original plan approved by the Board was for a start of fall 2020, but teacher concerns over

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While response to its “Warm Feet for Warriors” 10,000 sock drive has been incredible thus far, the national non-profit Soldiers’ Angels continues to receive requests for socks from veterans and deployed service members. According to CEO Amy Palmer, multiple VA hospitals are requesting full p…

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The Coronado Historical Association is dedicated to preserving our community’s special heritage and celebrating our past, present, and future.

In that spirit, every year since 2013 we have presented the Go the Extra Mile (GEM) award to the owner of a local home or business to recognize their efforts to

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Garage Buona Forchetta and delicious pasta brings together the Coronado Optimist family. Those who were there to enjoy a wonderful meal were Lyman Green, Lee and Sue Cargill, Dennis Dorman, Marta Radcliffe, Larry and Brenda Kracht, John and Erin Downey, Cynthia Kosciuczyk, Morgan Miller, and…

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More than 20 members of the public, including the colorfully attired Dani Grady and her “Sharkbait Mamas,” met with Dr. James Anderson and graduate student Patrick Rex from Dr. Chris Lowe’s California State University Long Beach Shark Lab team and Coronado Beach Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey during the first hour of their joint white shark tagging operations at Center Beach in front of the Main Lifeguard Tower on the morning of March 31.

Adults and their children came by throughout the day’s tagging operation to find out more about the increased presence of white sharks in Coronado and throughout Southern California,

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On March 31, Jeff Tyler was individually presented the National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award and recognized in a regional online event. Tyler was recognized as a notable Eagle Scout who, through service to his country and community has inspired others. An accomplished Naval Officer who commanded at sea, a successful manufacturing leader and a real estate agent, he has consistently lived the Scout Oath. His volunteer efforts in his church, with local non-profit organizations such as Rotary international, the Coronado Historical Association, the Model T Club of San Diego, the Coronado Hospital Foundation and as an appointed Commissioner

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Talking to your children about drugs can be daunting. It doesn’t have to be. Last month, in conjunction with Coronado Middle School’s Drug Store event, Coronado SAFE held a community-wide Coffee Talk on youth drug and alcohol usage. The speaker, Jackie Shannon, LMFT, CADC1 empowered Coronado parents with drug education, the warning signs, myths, and practical tips on how to talk about it with youth.

In case you missed it, here are four takeaways from the presentation:

Have open-ended conversations about drug use. A discussion on drugs is not a one-time event. Develop an atmosphere at home where having a non-judgemental conversation is normalized. One way parents can do this is using opportunities, such as a scene in a movie, as a springboard for casual conversations.

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Coronado resident and Class of 2018 Coronado High School graduate, Kelin Laing, has recently been preparing for a nation-wide journey. This summer Laing will travel from the West Coast to Washington, D.C. by bike as part of the Journey of Hope – The Ability Experience, a program that seeks to spread a message of disability awareness and inclusivity.

Laing is currently a student at Colorado State University where he studies Construction Management, a passion he discovered in his woodworking classes at

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Coronado Recreation and Golf Services brought some Easter-related events to the community to celebrate the changing season and the holiday. City staff entertained more than 364 cars at its Easter Egg-stravaganza. The drive-thru Easter event provided a “to-go” egg hunt, bunny ears, paintable …

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Meet Jay, a pint-sized bundle of affection. Jay is a sweet and discerning gentleman who waits for his opportunities to jump in the laps of people he loves. This fun little fellow loves a good walk and is ready to snuggle and exercise with his new forever family. 

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Sharp Coronado Hospital is not merely a center for healing and health care. It also focuses on mindfulness and sustainability. Sharp Coronado Hospital is Emerald Keepers’ newest Emerald Green, Ocean Blue Business and Restaurant. Making this designation a priority, CEO of Sharp Coronado Hospi…

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Several Coronado Girl Scouts were on board the USS Midway this week to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Operation Thin Mint (OTM). This is a GSSD (Girl Scout San Diego) program designed to allow the community to donate Girl Scout Cookies to be sent to our deployed military overseas. In a ty…

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Perfect weather is forecast for this Saturday’s Coronado Junior Woman’s Club [CJWC] rolling concert fundraiser. The ‘Covid-friendly’ event is an encore to the one held last fall and will feature two flatbed trucks driving through town with local bands It’s Never 2L8 and In Midlife Crisis.

Residents can pay for their favorite songs

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Join the largest environmental cleanup in San Diego County during Earth Week sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego.. Volunteer for the 19th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 24, and help remove polluting litter from your community. After a challenging year for many, we are excited to turn our collective passion into action and make a positive impact on your neighborhood and our environment. 

At Creek to Bay in 2020, volunteers self-reported 15,682 total pounds of litter removed in one day. The goal this year is to double the passion, double the action, double the litter removed from our environment!

We invite you to get outside, stay close to your home, and collect litter throughout the streets of your neighborhood anytime on April 24. By joining forces with I Love A Clean San Diego and getting out in your local community to remove trash, you can