Month: December 2010

The 12 Days of Christmas in Coronado: Day 7

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"On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me" ... a baby faux fur coat with ears and a tail. This is an adorable gift for your little ones. It keeps them warm and makes them look festive. Check them out at Charisma on Orange Avenue. For the next six days, we'll be highlighting different gift ideas from the businesses around town. So stop panicking about what to buy your Great Aunt Hilda and get ready to shop! (more…)

Second Chance to View Parade of Lights

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1. More lights: Did you miss the Parade of Lights last Sunday? The light show on water continues tonight for first-timers or those wanting a second viewing. The fireworks show begins at 5:30 p.m. and the parade follows. The trail of lights should glide past Ferry Landing at around 7:30 p.m. Bring the whole family down to the water (with lots of hot chocolate) for an early Christmas treat. 2. Last chance: Stop by the Ferry Landing for one more chance to sit on St. Nick's lap and have a photo snapped. This fun holiday tradition beats out stuffy malls and includes a great backdrop—downtown San Diego!  Come by anytime from noon-5 p.m. for some one-on-one Santa time. Have lunch at Lil' Piggy's BBQ or dessert at Cold Stone afterward. 3. Last day of soccer: Today is the last day of th

Generosity Touches Military Families This Holiday Season

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For the majority of Americans, the holidays are a joyous time to gather with friends and family. Contrast that with the holiday experience for many military families: an empty seat at the dinner table–either due to deployment, inability to travel home because of military duties, or in the worst case scenario, because the ultimate sacrifice was paid. This is not to imply that military families do not enjoy the holidays or that civilian families do not experience absence as well. It just highlights another routine sacrifice service members and their families proudly make for their country. Here on Coronado, thanks to the generosity of the Coronado Junior Woman's Club (CJWC) and the Monday Nite Car Club, the sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. These two groups thanked military fami

The 12 Days of Christmas in Coronado: Day 6

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"On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me" ... a buche de noel from Tartine. This holiday favorite, also known as a "yule log," is the perfect gift if you are headed to someone's house for a holiday party and are too busy to cook. For the next seven days, we'll be highlighting different gift ideas from the businesses around town. So stop panicking about what to buy your Great Aunt Hilda and get ready to shop! (more…)

Brett Bender’s Shaping Life

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Brett Bender can be found most mornings surfing his modern longboard south of the Imperial Beach Pier. Brett's son, Noah, is one the key members of the Imperial Beach Grom Squad, most of whom surf Brett's ultra-modern and progressive Natural Selection custom shortboards. Q: Why did you start shaping surfboards and when? A: I started shaping surfboards at the age of 14 in my mom's garage, because the whole process fascinated me and I thought it would be fun to make money at something you love to do. At 19 I got a job airbrushing and shaping for Mitch's in La Jolla, manufacturing them at Star Glassing at Brown Field. I shaped for labels like Iron Cross, Dove, Airwaves and World Motion, Ezera, Marbella, Tony Staples, Bear, Gordon and Smith, Blue Water and others. Th...

The 12 Days of Christmas in Coronado: Day 4

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"On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me" ... the annual collector's ornament from the Hotel del Coronado. Each year the hotel releases a new ornament. This year's theme is "the Sweetest Season." Nomi Albano is one of the designers and also started the tradition 15 years ago. For many families, collecting the ornaments has become part of their holiday rituals. But complete sets are hard to come by. The Del only has one complete set in its possession. So, if you have a complete set, keep it! It's valuable. Check out this gift idea—perfect for any collector, any fan of the hotel, or any Coronado enthusiast.  For the next 9 days, we'll be highlighting different gift ideas from the businesses around town. So stop panicking about what to buy

Time to Take Sides in America’s Game: Army vs. Navy

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Tomorrow morning, my husband and I will be waking up at 7:30 a.m., an ungodly hour for Saturday. No, we are not losing weekend slumber because of holiday festivities; nor are we because the Navy is forcing us. Rather, we will be gearing up for "America's Game"—Army vs. Navy! The United States Military Academy (USMA) from Westpoint, NY and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) from Annapolis, MD will be kicking off at 2:40 p.m. EST on neutral grounds at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.  Let me apologize upfront for partiality toward Navy. Tomorrow, donning my blue and gold, I will join all Naval Academy midshipmen, alumni and Navy community at large in this chant: "Go Navy! Beat Army!" It's all said in the spirit of healthy rivalry of course. The rivalry

Call for an Audit Sparks a City Council Fight

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Sparks flew at Tuesday's City Council meeting when Councilwoman Barbara Denny tried to pull her own agenda item. It stemmed from a memo she had sent to the city manager on Nov. 30 requesting a "proper audit" of the tunnel project. In the memo she said an audit was necessary for three reasons—public demand, transparency, and "an affirmative, conclusive, good faith review of a unique city project for which approximately $14 million of public money was spent." The idea of a tunnel was first proposed in the 1980s. Two municipal ballot measures sought voters' views on the proposal. One in 1988 failed with 50 percent opposed to building a tunnel; a second in 1998 passed with 83 percent supporting a tunnel feasibility study. The Tunnel Commission was formed soon thereafter. Wh

Spend Saturday with Santa, Music

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1. Have breakfast with Santa: Kris Kringle will be at the community center this morning from 8-10 a.m. to enjoy breakfast with kids and their parents. Pancakes will be served and entertainment will follow. If you can't make it to the breakfast, head over to Ferry Landing at 12 p.m. for pictures with Santa. Hope everyone has a jolly good time! 2. Lay a Wreath: Be a part of a national movement known as Wreaths Across America today. This morning more than 2,500 holiday wreaths will be placed on headstones of military veterans at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by a formal ceremony with guest speakers and color guards. Everyone is welcome to this very special, meaningful event honoring those who have sacrificed so much for us. 3

You’re Invited to a Holiday Dinner at the Del

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Step back in time and spend an evening with the Marshall family. It's 1910 at the Hotel del Coronado, as Lamb's Players Theatre presents its 19th annual American Christmas. "Every year, we go back 100 years," says Lamb's artistic director Robert Smyth. "The structure of the evening stays the same, but the music, history, stories, character relationships and costumes morph with the times." In case you think 1910 seems like a long, long time ago, here are a few eerily familiar events that were going on: There was an economic crisis in Greece, Mexico was in chaos, and there were major strikes in France. And at home, Washington was one of the first states to give women the right to vote (California was next, a year later). Halley's Comet was seen. The Boy Scouts were started. ...