Month: April 2011

Chicago School Bans Homemade Lunches; Coronado Moms Discuss

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Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side banned homemade lunches, except for those children with food allergies. It’s a decision that has parents across the country up in arms. The school says the ban is meant to help control the nutritional and caloric intake of its students. After all, about one-third of America’s children are overweight or obese, and they consume about 30 percent of their daily calories at school, according to a 2010 study by Health Affairs. Still, many parents feel the homemade lunch ban is a step too far. They long for the time-honored tradition of packing their children’s lunches in brown-paper sacs each morning. An additional concern is the price of the new lunch program. Students at Little Village must now eat at the school’s cafeteria, which

IB Pier Now Equipped With Border Patrol Camera

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Sometime in late March, the U.S. Border Patrol installed a high-powered video surveillance camera on the roof of The Tin Fish restaurant at the end of the IB Pier. According to Michael No, the owner of The Tin Fish, who rents the end of the pier from the S.D. Coastal Commission, said, "They're looking for drug dealers in boats," and that the camera had recently allowed authorities to intervene in a smuggling attempt. "I heard that there is a monitor on the Navy base," said No, who added that the camera's images are relayed to the Naval Outlying Field, south of IB, for analysis. The Navy could not be contacted for comment. Public affairs spokesperson for the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector, Rodolfo Zuniga, said, "we haven’t received any official statement in our offic

It’s Spring Break and I’m Partying Like It’s 1999!

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Wahoo! It's Spring Break and that means it's time to par-tay! OK, not really. Spring Break used to mean sleeping until noon, traveling to exotic places, or just getting some much-needed relief from the grind. Ha! Those days are long gone now, aren't they? Now Spring Break means entertaining your kids all week. Eek! I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm freaking out just a tad. If you're like me, and looking for some ways to spice up Spring Break for your kids, here are some ideas: The Children's Museum: Night at the Museum, Thursday, April 21, from 4-6 p.m. Design your very own night vision goggles in the Owl Eyes workshop, or bring your favorite animal stories and family legends to life through interactive Totem Story Time. Free with museum admission. Hullaballo Ban

Race Cars Rev Up Big Weekend in Coronado

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Come check out the nearly 400 classic cars that will be parked in Coronado this weekend. The 21st annual MotorCars on MainStreet is Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The display begins at the corner of Isabella and Orange avenues, and will run along Isabella toward the beach.  Enjoy live music and raffle prizes while browsing the vintage roadsters, hot rods and racers—all from 1973 or earlier. Pick the cars you like best, and vote for the Crowd Favorite Award.    The event is free. If you want to enter a car, the fee is $35. A free shuttle will run from the Ferry Landing. The shuttle will stop at Spreckels Park for those who would also like to visit the Flower Show. (more…)

Council Discusses Budget Philosophies and Priorties

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The Coronado City Council held a pre-budget workshop during a special meeting Wednesday at City Hall. “I’m new and I haven’t worked though this cycle of the budget process,” City Manger Blair King explained.  He wanted to get the council’s direction on a number of issues that will help him and his staff prepare the city’s FY 2011-2012 budget by setting forth 18 “approaches, principles and applied techniques” for the city’s official budget meeting in May. For example, he proposed adopting a yearly budget plan instead of the traditional two-year plan because of the fiscal uncertainty brought on by the economic downturn and the state’s financial crisis. “It’s like choking up on a bat. It gives you greater control and a quicker response,” he said. He also recommended

Jet Catches Fire on USS Vinson; Crew Prevents Explosion

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An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113 was conducting a routine training exercise when its engine caught fire on Monday. The pilot executed a single-engine landing aboard the USS Carl Vinson, and flight deck personnel extinguished the blaze within seconds. No one was injured. The crew noticed the fire as the jet’s pilot flew past flight deck during a touch-and-go landing—when the pilot approaches the flight deck for a normal landing, touches the wheels down and then takes off again, rather than dropping its hook and coming to a stop.   It is unclear whether the pilot reported the fire before that point or if he dumped any fuel before landing. The details of his communication with the flight deck and the cause of the fire are part of an ongoing investigation,

‘Trailer Park’ Settles Into Coronado

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What do you think of when you hear the words “trailer park”? Trash cans and trash-talk? Plastic lawn chairs and pink flamingoes? Low-cut blouses and low-brow humor? Well, you have stumbled on the right place. Starke, Florida, that is. Home of Armadillo Acres, where Jeannie and Norbert are having marital spats—on the cusp of their 20th anniversary. Pippi the stripper just moved in next door, and Norbert is about to be a goner. Pippi’s pen-sniffing, off-the-wall ex-boyfriend is armed, jealous and hellbent on vengeance. And the three harpies of the homestead have something to say about everyone—including each other. Mostly in song. Welcome to The Great American Trailer Park Musical (music and lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso), which just bowed into the Coronado Playhouse