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The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting the 2020 Census population count which takes place every 10 years. The data collected validates and justifies the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities. The funds are for child and senior health care p…

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Free Webinar:

The Foundation for Senior Care will offer a free webinar, “Aging During COVID-19: Social Distancing or Social Isolation.” Participants will learn how to maintain social distance without feeling isolated, recognize the signs of isolation-related depression, and devise ways of communication with loved ones while maintaining distance. Register at https://foundationforseniorcare.org/events/social-distancing-or-social-isolation/.

Alzheimer’s Research Town Hall:

The free virtual Alzheimer’s Association Research Town Hall will cover the latest groundbreaking discoveries in Alzheimer’s research, theories, and studies that will help bring

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Their names are Sheri Morgan, Cathy McJannet, Jan Kass and Katy Green, but you may know them as the “Porch Ladies.” This group of retired and active nurses sit out on their porch every Saturday. They sew masks, and so far they’ve made over 1200 of them. They donate and give out these masks free of charge in order to do their part in combating the spread of COVID-19.

These ladies all met working as nurses at what is now known as Sharp Coronado Hospital. Green, Kass, and McJannet have been working together for over 30 years, and Morgan just over 15. After she retired, Green put her sewing hobby to use making quilts to donate to patients at the hospital, making over 100 of them. When COVID-19 hit, she recognized the urgency and began to make masks instead.

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The Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) invites all members to the next online meeting, Monday, Aug. 17, at 6:15 p.m. The guest speaker will be Amanda Centers, MOAA National Vice President for Development for service members, veterans, and military sp…

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Coronado is brimming with happy winners from the Public Art Walking Tour App contest. The challenge was to post selfies with at least 3 of the 75 artworks dotted around the island and suddenly dozens of smiling faces were reminding us of the joy that art can bring - capturing our imaginations and adding a little color and flair to our daily life. So many of the statues, sculptures, mosaics and paintings can be viewed al

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Sweet and sophisticated Paisley came to PAWS as a stray. This unique beauty is a loving lady looking for a family who will appreciate her affectionate demeanor and her panache. 

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Discover a new favorite spice with the Coronado Public Library. Every month, the library invites community members to explore different spices used in dishes around the world. Registrants will pick up the monthly spice selection at the library, cook with it, and join other food enthusiasts o…

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Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing four women who are heavily involved in the 501-c-3 non-profit Live Love Foundation of Salvation. They included Darlene Platt who works in Fundraising and Donor Relations; Foundation Co-Founder Rachel Gorken; Uganda Native, Foundation Volunteer and Coronado Resident Princess Lily Mulungi Namwanga; and Fundraiser Sindy Schiller.

The Foundation is religiously-oriented and was founded by Rachel Gorken and her husband Gary Gorken. The couple, who have been married for nearly 21 years, moved to Coronado in June 2012. They have a son Grant and a daughter Olivia.

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Patrons of the Coronado Public Library now have access to books in 68 academic and public libraries throughout California and Nevada using the library’s online catalog. Requested books are available for free checkout, without leaving Coronado. When cardholders are unable to find what they are looking for in the Coronado Public Library catalog, they can click to “try your search in the LINK+ catalog.” Titles will appear and patrons can click “request books” from participating libraries.  

LINK+ is known for its quick service and requested titles are normally received within four days and can be borrowed for three weeks. Provided no reserves are placed on the book at the owning institution, titles can be renewed for a second three-week period. “We’re excited to leverage the collections of other libraries to massively increase our patron’s choices, with access to 22 million additional items,” said Library Director, Shaun Briley “LINK+ makes available a broad selection of scholarly works, subject specialties

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Warm summer days and nights have come to Coronado, bringing out guests eager for a small touch of normalcy. Local eateries and retail shops have instituted many new practices and procedures to offer the safest dining and shopping environment possible. Shoppers and diners are, or course, remi…

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Dancers ages 5 to 17 interested in being a part of Coronado’s award-winning Heart 2 Art Dance Teams will learn a routine and perform at this audition camp. The camp is Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17 and 18, at the Coronado Community Center’s dance studio. Selected team members will meet weekly …

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As the summer winds down, CUSD is actively preparing for a unique and engaging ‘Back to School’ for both staff and students. In these turbulent times, our responsibility to Connect, Challenge, and Champion every child, every day is crucial. The Governing Board Agenda for August provides updates and guidance necessary to successfully transition back to learning in an environment where all feel safe, valued, and respected.

Agenda Item 7.2: Equity Action Plan

Ms. Foley will present Board Policy (BP) 0415(a): Equity for approval and provide an overview of CUSD’s Equity Action Plan and timeline to the Governing

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In Compliance with the Governor of California’s “Safer-at-Home Order” due to COVID-19, the Coronado Unified School District Board of Education will be conducting meetings virtually until further notice. This means there will be no specific physical meeting place: the meeting will be held remotely. However, public participation continues to be welcomed and encouraged.

We will hold our Regular Board Meeting with the open session starting at 4:00

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The San Diego Bike Coalition announced on June 16 the revamping of its 13th annual San Diego Bay bike ride, calling it Bike The Bay 2.0. Due to restrictions on large gatherings related to COVID-19, the traditional Bayshore Bikeway ride is shifting to a virtual ride for individuals and famili…

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Every year on the last weekend in July, the Optimist Club of Coronado holds the annual Optimist Sports Fiesta. One of the highlights of the event is the triathlon which holds the distinction of being the oldest continuous-running triathlon in the world!

This year, of course, the Optimist Sports Fiesta was cancelled due to COVID-19. It was disappointing for the

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First and foremost, Coronado Island Film Festival wishes to extend huge, heartfelt, thanks to Mayor Bailey and Coronado City Council for the generous Community Grant awarded to CIFF on July 21. These are lean, challenging times for everyone, including our City, so to have that support and know we’re part of a community that understands the power of the arts in all our lives, especially now, is appreciated by us beyond words.

And we want to thank you, our Coronado neighbors, sponsors, donors and friends, for empowering us to stay the course and bring something wonderful and fun to this community, not only in November, but all year round.

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On Monday, August 3, the Coronado Octagon club baked cookies, brownies, muffins and more as an appreciation to all the staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital. Pictured from left are club president Daisy, club secretary Rose, and hospital employees Gaby and Sam.

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While the Annual Coronado Junior Woman’s Club (CJWC) Awards Luncheon did not take place due to COVID-19, the club would like to recognize the 2020 Marilyn Foster Scholarship award recipients, Brianna Heinken, Giana Spatafore and Sasha Wong.

Marilyn Foster was an inspiration, a charitable and remarkable Coronado woman. She spent her many years in Coronado giving back to the community through numerous organizations and clubs. Without a doubt, the CJWC was lucky to have her as a member, mentor and lifelong friend. The CJWC Marilyn Foster Scholarship is named in her honor and recognizes a graduating high school young woman from Coronado who shows promise for exceptional community service now and in the future. Each winner is awarded a scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

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Some people still have questions about when or where you should wear a mask, which type of mask is best, and how to properly wear your mask. It’s important that we follow the proper guidelines for wearing masks, in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as much as we can. I’ve compiled a “tip sheet” in regards to face coverings to answer some of these questions:

The Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) recommends that masks are worn anywhere that you will come within six feet of anyone who isn’t a member of your household.

COVID-19 can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms, who therefore may not know they are sick, so it’s important that everyone wears a mask regardless of symptoms.

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In uniform including her motorcycle helmet, fully outfitted in police gear, standing next to her Coronado Police Department motorcycle, Officer Samantha Gearlds strikes an imposing figure. But my main impressions from our recent hour-long conversation were her outgoing personality and her willingness to interact with and serve the Coronado Community.

A Navy brat born at Naval Air Station Pax River, Maryland, her father is a retired aviation ordinance man. She attended high school in Meridian, Mississippi, home to Naval Air Station Meridian, where Gearlds was a self-confessed band nerd. “I won about every music award, and Presidential Awards for Academics. I played the saxophone.”

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The City of Coronado has launched “Mask Up! Coronado,” a campaign to educate visitors, residents and businesses about the importance of wearing a mask in public.

The City held several mask giveaways earlier this month and more free masks giveaways are planned. Over the next few weeks, City Council members and City staff will be walking the business district delivering Mask Up! Coronado window clings as well as Coronado logo masks.

Council and staff are asking merchants to hang the plastic fliers in their windows in support of the City’s message to spread kindness not COVID-19.

The demand for the City’s logo mask was so high, the

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To help residents know the community is thinking of them, the Coronado Public Library is collecting illustrations for the residents of Coronado Retirement Village.

Samantha Gomez, a staff member at Coronado Retirement Village, said receiving colorful pictures from children, teens and adults in the community would help to cheer up residents who have been sheltering in place as a result of the pandemic.

Please drop off artwork to the library at the summer reading prize table between the hours of 11 a.m. through 1 p.m. Monday through Friday or place it in an envelope and deposit in one of our book drops. You can also mail pictures to the library at 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118. Illustrations will be collected through Aug. 7.

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Sweet Crista came to PAWS when her family could no longer care for her. Crista seems shy at first, but her affectionate side quickly comes out. She would appreciate a new forever home that is calm and quiet.

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Citizens’ Climate is a nonpartisan, non-profit, grassroots organization that tackles climate change through focusing on national policies. Founded in Coronado by Marshall Saunders, this organization is now a recent recipient of the Keeling Curve Prize. This award provides $25,000 annually to ten projects or organizations who have made significant steps towards fighting climate change.

Mark Reynolds has been a member of Citizens’ Climate for the past 11 years. He explained how Citizens’ Climate has built volunteer chapters in almost every congressional district in the United States.

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Welcome to August! We are looking forward to reconnecting with and engaging our learners across Coronado Unified School District (CUSD). Instruction will begin as planned for all students on Thursday, Aug. 27 via an online, virtual environment, as aligned with Governor Newsom’s mandate. Fall distance learning schedules and structures will be available for community review early next week. Site-specific information regarding textbooks, instructional materials and class scheduling will be shared through our principals’ newsletters as we approach the start of our semester. An application to request use of district-issued technology can be found at:

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Like many things, World Thinking Day 2020 was postponed and transformed into a virtual experience for Coronado Girl Scouts this year. World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, and an opportunity to speak out on issues that affect young women. This year’s theme, Diversity, Equi…

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At the conclusion of their single-topic, 93-minute meeting, held July 28, 2020, the City of Coronado’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny three permits requested by partners Crown Manor Owner Christopher Bower, and Co-applicant the Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton. If passed, the permits would have allowed overnight accommodations and events at the 1015 Ocean Boulevard location, which was built in 1902.

Specifically the agenda item called for consideration of a Major Special Use Permit, approval of a Parking Plan, and a Coastal Permit for the location, which is in a R-1A single family residential zone. Crown Manor was designated as a historic resource in October 2001, and a Mills Act property in October 2002.

There is a portion of the Coronado Municipal Code which according to the City Staff report on the agenda

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Prioritizing public health, and in alignment with COVID-19 State and County public health orders, Grand Caribe Shoreline Park will be closed starting Thursday, August 6, 2020 until further notice. In partnership with the City of Coronado, the Port reopened the park in May. However, due to heavier than normal use, enforcement of the State and County’s health orders, which requires measures to ensure park visitors are social distancing from others, has become a challenge. Therefore, the park will be closed until gatherings are allowed without restrictions.

Closed signs will be posted at the park, and the Coronado Police Department will be assisting the Port with enforcement of the park closure.

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According to data from San Diego County, as of July 26 Coronado has now had 113 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak. In San Diego county the age group that is most affected by the virus is still 20-29 making up 25.2% of total cases, and the second most affected age group is 30-39 at 19%. The race/ethnicity most affected is Latino at 61% of total cases.

Many of the senior citizens in Coronado are worried about how this virus will affect them. Senior citizens make up about 24% of the adult population in Coronado, according to the 2018 census. I reached out to Dr. Susan Stone, the CEO of Sharp Coronado Hospital, to get updates on how COVID-19 is affecting Coronado, and learn how to better protect our seniors.

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The Coronado Marine Corps League swore in new leadership on July 25, in a time-honored ceremony held at the Coronado golf course.

Chris Ellinger was sworn in as Commandant, Allen Broughton as Senior Vice Commandant, Bill Pate as Junior Vice Commandant and Jim Jamison as Staff Judge Advocate.

The celebration consisted of swearing in the new leadership team and passing the Marine Corps flag from the former

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Kyna Airriess, a Coronado resident and recent graduate of High Tech High-Point Loma, is one of eight winners of the Strogatz Math Award, presented through the auspices of the National Museum of Mathematics. Airriess is the winner of 200 ‘Pi Dollars,’ which in the non-mathematics world equates to $628.32 (200 x 3.14159 or Pi). The award is named after Dr. Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.

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Five or six times a week, Coronado residents and Emerald Keepers Anne and Rick Wilcoxon can be found along Ocean Boulevard or on either end of the beach collecting trash. They have owned a home in Coronado since 2001, but didn’t make Coronado their permanent home until four years ago when they moved from Napa County in Northern California, and Las Vegas,

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The history of Cuba’s intervention in Venezuela, once Latin America’s richest country, was the subject of guest speaker Jon C. Jacobson as he addressed the Coronado Roundtable at its July meeting conducted by ZOOM. Jacobson, an international businessman with extensive experience in Latin Ame…

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Do you have a question for us? We’ll get you the answer! Librarians are available to help with your inquiries, questions and research. While the library building is closed, you can send an email to askalibrarian@coronado.ca.us including as much information as possible and a phone number where you can be

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Beautiful and vivacious Stella came to PAWS when her family could no longer care for her. This fun loving gal is looking for a new family who will appreciate her spark and her zest for life.

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Coronado Unified School District had an opportunity to provide shareholders updated information regarding the 2020-2021 school year and the reopening of our Coronado schools. CUSD facilitated five town hall meetings, one for CUSD staff and one for each of the four school sites. The virtual town hall meetings, held via Zoom, were well attended and followed a similar format, including a short presentation covering reopening protocols, guidance and plans, and an informal component that allowed for district officials to respond to questions that staff and parents submitted ahead of the town hall meetings during the prior week.

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This sign, in one Coronado window, reminds us all of a very simple truth, one that is even more meaningful in these challenging times.

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The City of Coronado Spreckels Center hopes you enjoyed last week’s lecture, “Getting the Vote: The Struggle for Women’s Suffrage in the United States.” This week‘s lecture will provide scientific and historical insight into pandemics as they present “Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and Smallp…

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On Friday, July 24, members of the Coronado High School Octagon club met to make cards for kids at Children’s Hospital. Every two weeks the club members have been meeting to do something that benefits the Coronado or San Diego communities. For more information contact Advisor and Optimist cl…

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Coronado Unified School District is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the district/agency’s central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party on request.

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing.

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Five Coronado High School (CHS) students have earned Girl Scout Gold Awards: Alyssa Agarwal (Class of 2019), Brianna Heinken (2020), Ashley Matter (2021), Lily Roughneen (2021), and Anna Valades (2021).

The Gold Award is the pinnacle of the Girl Scout leadership experience. To achieve it, Girl Scouts create sustainable projects that impact local and global issues.

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Public health officials promote masks as the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face coverings is urged because along with social distancing they limit the release of infected droplets when talking, coughing and sneezing. As Coronado and the rest of California reopens, c…

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Bring a little beach to your home! Learn how to make a beach terrarium with Merry Street through a free virtual class. Using live air plants, you will learn how to create your own unique tropical terrarium via a Zoom class to be given on Friday, July 31 at 11 a.m.

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If you are an adult age 60 and over and need assistance with completing the 2020 Census, the local office of the U.S. Census Bureau staff is available to assist you by phone Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 858-285-7539. The office offers assistance in several languages. Census 2020 is a critical government function that determines federal political representation as well as funding for vital services for the next 10 years including:

Emergency services

Housing for seniors

Food assistance programs for

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Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey was pleased to have Stan Kirkpatrick named as the Emerald Keeper of the Month for May. Carey said, “We call him ‘The Stanimal’ because he is out here every morning cleaning the beach. I asked him if he wanted a pick-up stick, but he told me he gets more exercise without one.”

Kirkpatrick has made an impact on both the cleanliness of the beach and the beach lifeguards. Carey explained, “Stan is an inspiration.”

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It seems like forever ago that we settled into our cushy seats at Village Theatre, buttery popcorn

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Handsome Banjo came to PAWS when he and several other cats were found in a box. This charming guy is ready to add some fun tunes and love ballads to your life.