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Do you have a drawer full of plastic silverware from all the take-out you have ordered during the pandemic? Are you now in the habit of eating directly from the cardboard box or plastic tray in a bid to enjoy your food while it’s still warm? Do you miss the coziness of a booth or a candlelit nook with real tablecloths and condiments that don’t come in disposable packets? There is a way to continue supporting local restaurants but have a more elegant experience while also staying safe. And you can win a $100 gift card to the Coronado restaurant of your choice while doing it!

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When the Coronado Historical Association first began collecting COVID-inspired art from Coronado school children last Spring, they had no idea how long the pandemic would go on. Eleven months later, the Coronado Historical Association, with the help of Coronado students, art teachers, and community members, unveils its newest exhibit, Coronado Responds: Student Artwork of the Pandemic.

The exhibit, featured online athttp://www.coronadohistoryexhibit.org, features the art of many local students, including self-portraits of their emotions, views from outside their windows, abstracts,

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Lisa Capano has painstakingly cleaned and restored art for many decades now, since she discovered how much she enjoyed the work. An artist herself, Capano loves preserving what other artists have created that has been damaged by the years gone by. She has worked in both Italy and the U.S. and her extensive experience and knowledge in both modern and antique restoration techniques is invaluable.

Capano, who originally comes from San José, grew up painting, drawing and playing with clay. When it was time to choose a major in college she wanted to study art, but her father was worried about her future and asked her, “What are you going to do as an artist?” That question led Capano to first pursue a graphic design degree but when she didn’t enjoy it, she switched to Fine Arts. After graduating from San José State University, she wanted to study art in Italy. Although only speaking a little Italian she moved to Florence and enrolled in a Master’s Program where she studied art restoration and conservation.

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Coronadan John J. Wiseley is very proud to announce the release of his new horror novel, “Hamilton House.”

“Hamilton House” is a break from Wiseley’s past novels of sci-fi genre, filled with rich characters and intriguing story line.

Megan Nutter from Nampa, Idaho said of “Hamilton House,” “It’s enthralling! The story sucked me in and never let me go!”

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For many local parents and kids here in the city of Coronado, the question of when local sports will return has been one that has swirled in many heads for months now. But with both California and San Diego counties improving the COVID-19 infection rate and the improved distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, the resumption of local sports may be closer than some may think. So close, some local youth leagues like Coronado Little League decided to open their registration this past week. Like many youth sports programs, Coronado Little Leagues have been shut down since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, League President Doug Barker is optimistic that the 2021 Coronado Little League season will happen. “We were so hopeful that we would be able to return to the field in 2020, and at the time, we built up and encouraged people to maintain optimism, but we were just never able to get onto the field,” said Barker.

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Eleven-some years ago, Jenny Gyapay (pronounced like Jedi) and her husband Paul were living in an enormous Craftsman-style home in wide-open Montana. Like many others, they fell in love with the quaint, small-town feel of Coronado while vacationing, and made the leap to becoming residents, sacrificing thousands of square feet of home and land in order to make Coronado their permanent home.

Gyapay, who works as a Behavioral Specialist and consultant for the

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This week is Homecoming for Coronado High School (CHS) students. With a little ingenuity and creativity, this year’s Homecoming is a little different.

Choosing a Homecoming Court was an open nomination process done online with a google form. The students could nominate up to six king candidates and six queen candidates using their CUSD google login. The votes cast were then sorted and counted with the six king candidates and six queen candidates with the most nominations were on the court. Homecoming week began with a “green-out” day, with students wearing school colors. Wednesday, students celebrate Disney Day. Thursday is Nature Day and on Friday, students will don their class shirts.

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Field surveyors are walking around the Coronado community looking at properties from the public rights of way. The work is part of the City’s effort to create an established list of “potentially historic” properties to help better administer the City’s Historic Preservation program.

The field survey was intended to have begun last spring but the pandemic delayed the start of work.

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The week before Valentines found the Coronado Optimists sharing love with local business Village Pizza. We had David Spatafore as our Zoom call guest in the morning. He shared a great metaphor about owing a business during quarantine was like learning how to ski! Pictured: Doug Grossman; Joh…

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Coronado SAFE and Coronado Soroptimist Presents: “Online Trafficking ... Who’s at Risk?” on Feb 22nd 6:30-8:00pm. Register at CoronadoSAFE.org

If you have children who use the internet, it’s time to talk about safety. Frankly, online trafficking is closer than we think and parents need to be informed.

Coronado SAFE and The Soroptimist Club are teaming up to address this critical topic. Presenting will be Officer Grace Del Bagno, the Coronado Police Department School Resource Officer, and an officer from the San Diego County Human Trafficking Task Force. Speaking from their experiences tackling the issue of human trafficking, the presenters will address facts and myths about human trafficking, risk factors, social media, and practical boundaries to keep your children safe.

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The City of Coronado and EDCO sponsored a free shredding event a few weeks back that was so succesful, the EDCO contractor conducting the shredding had to stop accepting items when the truck filled up.

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Poor Leroy had a rough start at PAWS, brought in suffering from untreated injuries of a car accident. Thanks to outstanding care by our partner vets and some TLC at PAWS, Leroy has a new lease on life and a sweet and positive outlook on what’s ahead.

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February is designated as Black History Month, and the students at Christ Church Day School (CCDS) are spending the month in a program that shares biographies of famous Black Americans. Mondays will highlight artists and Wednesdays will focus on musicians. Dancers, sports figures and scienti…

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On Feb. 5, 2021, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores(NACDS) held a nationwide press conference to inform members of the press about the coordinated effort to supply the COVID vaccine to select pharmacies nationwide. This effects Walgreens in Coronado and CVS Pharmacy in Imperial Beach.

The information stage was set with a cast of people at the heart of the distribution of the vaccine to pharmacies across the U.S. The briefing and Q & A was narrated by Chris Krese, Sr. VP of Marketing and Media Relations for NACDS. Those answering questions, all of NACDS, were:

Steven Anderson, president & CEO; Kathleen Jaeger, Sr. VP of Pharmacy Care & Patient Advocacy; and Christie Boutte, Sr. VP of State Strategic Affairs & Advocacy.

During the briefing, Anderson emphasized that pharmacies across America are prepared and have the experience to “turn vaccine doses into appointments.”

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For the second time during the coronavirus pandemic, St. Paul’s Methodist Church has rallied to provide restaurant meals to feed the medical staff at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

In addition to other outreach programs in place, the Staff Parish Committee made it a goal to thank the many doctors, nurses and support staff who have manned the hospital facilities for nearly 12 months during the worldwide health crisis.

“Our members readily pitched in to cover the cost of this project, which not only

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The Souper Bowl of Caring is a non-profit organization where youth groups around the U.S. solicit donations of non-perishable food for those in need. The Coronado Jr. Optimist Club, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado, will once again be participating in Souper Bowl of Caring. 

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum is providing an exclusive experience for Coronado Library’s youngest patrons—an engineering lesson which will take place virtually on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Examples from around Coronado will be used to make the lesson relatable to local kids.

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Coronado Unified School District administrative assistant Megan Adams, right, checks in with the Coronado High School school nurse Laura Orozco for her rapid antigen Covid test. The district is now offering testing to its staff and students.

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Meet Rex, a fun and handsome retriever mix looking for an active forever home. If you are looking for a cuddle buddy who will also keep you on the go, Rex may be the guy for you.

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Coronado Recreation and Golf Services and the Cultural Arts Commission are bringing a number of special Valentine’s Day events to the community that will inspire creativity and family fun.

Nothing expresses affection better than a handmade gift. Take this opportunity to make a friend or loved one tissue paper flowers. Great for kids! Coronado TV and on demand CoronadoArts YouTube will be showing step-by-step instruction. Kits containing tissue paper, stem wire and the instructions are available for purchase through the Coronado

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The Elizabeth Hospice is seeking volunteers in Coronado.

The Elizabeth Hospice invites individuals interested in helping adults and children impacted by serious illness and those grieving the death of a loved one to a free volunteer orientation session via the Zoom videoconferencing

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Last week Coronado SAFE held a dynamic Coffee Talk titled, “Parenting The Positive Discipline Way” with Lauren Oppenheimer, MSW and Positive Discipline Parent Trainer. Parents who attended received practical tools and left feeling refreshed and empowered. If you missed it, don’t worry! Here are three takeaways from the Coffee Talk:

Mistakes are an opportunity to teach. Parents often think disciplining your child means punishing your child so they won’t do the behavior again.

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Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day approaching. Every couple has a story of how they met and how they made it work for so many years. For one couple, Jack and Linda Paquin, now is the time where memories count. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Feb. 2.

Jack and Linda were both 19 years old when they met in 1955. He was a Navy man and she, a Coronado girl. Now at 85 years old, Jack still has his memories to share for both of them. Linda has suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the past 16 years.

Pictures of their early years show moments of their lives separately before they met and

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End-of-January winter storms, coupled with low tides, exposed the wreckage of the SS Monte Carlo that lies in the waters just off the beach in front of the Coronado Shores. Curious explorers and intrepid treasure hounds are always drawn to the wreck when it makes its appearances above the waves.

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The unemployment rate in San Diego County, although falling from the peak unemployment numbers in May, is still many percentage points higher than this time last year. English as a Second Language (ESL) adults are among those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To support these …

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As a lover of the ocean, Rocio Bunker runs along the bay and ocean with her eyes cast toward the water looking for small fish, rays, shells, and shore birds. On New Year’s Day, all she could see was the enormous amount of marine debris washed up on the rocks, and she sprang into action. Rocio posted her clean-up efforts to her Instagram story and tagged Emerald Keepers. Hers was the first social media post I read on New Year’s Day.

“When I see a lot of trash I can’t continue running. I have to stop and do something. I feel responsible,” Bunker explained. “I

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To be a student in 2020 and 2021 is to be a part of a unique collection of circumstances and experiences that no other students have experienced. But adversity breeds creativity and Coronado High School’s (CHS) students have been rising to the challenges of school during a pandemic with creativity and grace. The 2020-2021 CHS ASB (Associated Student Body) under the leadership of teacher and advisor Nicole Belong have set out to bring new life to one of the high school’s biggest traditions, Homecoming.

In a small town like Coronado, Homecoming has generally been an involved community celebration of CHS’s students, especially for its seniors who are embarking on their final year at CHS.

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The Coronado Democratic Club is currently accepting applications for the John F. Kennedy Young Democrat Award. Each year, the Coronado Democratic Club awards one or more scholarships to deserving Southwest Community College students.

The current application period opened on Feb. 1 and closes on Feb. 28, 2021.

This year, the Club will award two $500 scholarships to two students

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With determination, careful planning, and adherence to state and county guidelines for safe reopening, Coronado Unified School District has done what most in California have not. The district has opened its doors for in-person learning opportunities at all grade levels kindergarten through 12th grade. 

“The community response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Superintendent Karl Mueller. “In fact there has been an outpouring of support from parents and community members contacting the district offering to help in any way needed.”

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The San Diego Center for Jewish Culture’s Virtual Mandelbaum Family Lecture Series continues its 2020-2021 season of free lectures with Rebecca Moore, Emerita Professor of Religion Studies at San Diego State University.

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The Coronado Public Library’s “Winter Read Challenge” encourages kids, teens and adults to read books throughout January. Participants who report books read on the Library’s website will earn prizes. Kids who report five books will receive a goody bag and free kids’ meal at Subway.

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Coronado High School freshman Charlotte Winkler is in the Coronado School of the Arts [CoSA] Musical Theater conservatory, but she doesn’t limit her creative talents to music and theater. She also pursues her passion for drawing and art, but “never anything like this,” she said of her recently completed two story public mural in North Park.

Winkler collaborated with her friend Paola Mosler on the whimsical colorful

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Sweet and  petite Champagne arrived at PAWS on December 31st, just in time to ring in the new year and start her search for her new forever family. Champagne is sweet and a little shy, and ready to begin again with a family who will appreciate her charms.

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On Saturday, Jan. 30, the Coronado Democratic Club hosted Geneviéve Jones-Wright, the Executive Director of Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance aka MoGo (www.moralgovernance.org). Jones-Wright has degrees from the University of San Francisco (BA), Howard University (JD), and Ca…

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My first encounter with Bill Cass was before I even moved to Coronado. At the time, he was the assistant principal at Village Elementary School, and provided my family with a tour of the school in 2005. I appreciated his soft-spoken, considered manner, and his obvious connection with both students and staff. I knew our children would be in good hands.

When he departed Village Elementary in 2007 to lead Silver Strand Elementary as

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From French patisserie to Japanese sushi, authentic Italian to party time Mexican, the Coronado Food Hall showcases every available option for island dining.

Simply visit www.coronadofoodhall.com and you will find each Coronado eatery listed with clear contact information and easy click buttons taking you through to their online Delivery or Pickup pages.

“With our go-to favorites it is easy to forget that Coronado has over 70 restaurants and cafes offering well over 1,000 delicious dishes,” notes Coronado Chamber Executive Director Sue Gillingham. “We wanted to give residents a quick and easy one-stop-shop when it comes to meal selection. You can choose a restaurant by location from Ferry Landing to the Cays, or by categories from Seafood to Sandwiches.”

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Old Goats and Kids Who Care along with Mary Ann Berta, owner of Tartine, make another delivery to local hospital heroes as part of the Host a Hero program. For more information on Host a Hero program, where you purchase a meal for a local hero family from a local restaurant, email benhallowe…

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A large sign and balloons were at the entrance of the Coronado High School on Tuesday morning as students were returning to school. The PTO moms did a great job welcoming the kids back. In addition to this sign they had bubbles and music playing on the quad in the morning to make it more fes…

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Coronado High School Principal Shane Schmeichel greets new and returning students on the CHS quad, as they begin returning to campus on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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The Optimist Club of Coronado asks the community to choose optimism February 4, 2021

The Optimist Club of Coronado invites community members to celebrate Optimist Day on Feb. 4, 2021.

With the global pandemic continuing to affect the lives of people around the world, Optimists are choosing Optimism. “Now more than ever, we recognize the need to choose optimism,” Optimist Club President Rob Kracht explained, “Our number one priority is helping children in our community.”

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The City of Coronado and the American Red Cross have scheduled the second blood drive for 2021. This next drive will be held on a weekend, Sunday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John D. Spreckels Center, 1019 Seventh St. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies. In …

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The City of Coronado and EDCO sponsored a free shredding event a few weeks back that was so successful, the EDCO contractor conducting the shredding had to stop accepting items when the truck filled up. Another shredding and electronic waste recycling event has been set up for Feb. 27 from 8…

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The VFW Auxiliary Post 2422 is pleased to report on the success of their Campaign to Replenish our VFW Auxiliary Veterans Relief Fund. We were able to raise $3,475 through the generous donations from our VFW Auxiliary Members, VFW Members and the Coronado Community. We were able to provide financial support to many Veterans and their Family Organizations such as the VA Hospital patients, the Veterans Village of San Diego, Youth Activities Program, Christmas Gifts for Veterans Children, Patriotic Art Programs for Children, the Salvation Army, Wreaths Across America and other worthwhile Veterans Charities.

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Did you know that fewer than 39% of high schools in California offer computer sciences courses to their students, and two-thirds lack any computer sciences courses at all? Yet computer science thrives at Coronado High School, where more than 150 students are currently enrolled in one of four sections taught by Tara Haslam.

Selected as a Kato Family Innovation in Education Award recipient, Tara teaches three periods of AP Computer Science Principles this year, along with one period of the more advanced AP Java for older students and the new Adulting 101 class.

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State health officials ended the Regional Stay at Home Order, lifting the order for all regions statewide, including the San Diego region. Four-week projections on intensive care unit capacity is above 15% and the region may exit the order.