Month: June 2011

2011 Low Tide Ride and Stride Final Results

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285 people rode bikes and 434 ran the 8.2 mile beach course running from YMCA Camp Surf to Sunset Park in Coronado. With his time of 23:06, Brian Cismowski of Chula Vista set a new record for best time riding a bike. Click here to view full race results. Click here to read a story and see photos from the event.                 Bike Final Results Top 25 Name City Time 1 Brian Cismowski Chula Vista 23:06 2 Conrad Hapia San Diego 25:34 3 Tom Cody San Diego 25:55 4 Manuel Monroy San Diego 27:09 5 Henry Stanley San Diego 27:31 6 Linda Valadez San Diego 27:39 7 Dan Orr Coronado 27:58 8 Patrick Callahan Cor

IB’s Surfing Tradition of Sharing the Stoke

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Being stoked should be a prerequisite for being a surfer, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, like gruff sea lions, grumpy guys invade the lineup, bark at everyone, splash water around and try to ruin our fun time in the ocean. Thankfully, most surfers in Imperial Beach are immune to the grumpsters. There is a long history in our tiny surf village of sharing the stoke that started when Dempsey Holder invited his surfing colleagues from around Southern California to share waves with him at the Sloughs.  Back in those days, sharing waves was a virtue. Today it's considered a crime. I started surfing at the age of 13 in 1977, and back then no one had any money.  All we had was stoke. My Hemlock Avenue neighbor Harry Hildebrand introduced me to Radical Ro

Things Get Berry Delicious Over at the Coronado Farmers Market

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For some, summer meant picking fresh blackberries. Though pricked and stained fingers were often the end result, the sweet and juicy fruit consumed throughout picking was well worth it. Our Coronado Farmers Market is providing locals with the sweet, antioxidant-rich fruit sans scratches (though stains may still apply.) Pauma Valley Citrus is known for its spectacular choice of lip-puckering fruits, but you won’t find them at our market. Instead, you’ll find rows of freshly picked blackberries, unpasteurized fruit juice and homemade blackberry jam. “The farm has been around for 32 years,” said Frank Villalovas, who was born and raised on the stretch of land. “We’ve been organic the entire time.” The organic berries are picked the same morning they’re sold—leaving you withou

Tennis Pro Shop Proposed for the Cays

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With the new Tennis Center opening in the village this week, the tennis players in the Coronado Cays might be feeling left out. They shouldn’t. Building on the summer youth tennis program, the Recreation Department is developing a satellite program for the Cays that looks to include year-round junior tennis, adult clinics and private instruction. A mini pro shop has also been proposed. The shop, which opens next week, will be run by tennis pro Phil Hopkins, who oversaw tennis in Coronado for 18 years. The modular building that served as the Tennis Pro Shop at the Glorietta courts during the construction of the new Tennis Center will house the shop. “It’s a lot like the pro shop at the old tennis center,” Hopkins said. “We’ll have rackets, balls and shoes. No clothing, thou

Coronado Teens to Snag Summer Jobs at Village Theater

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Kylie Galloway applied for her “first real-real job” on Thursday at the Coronado Village Theater. The newly renovated movie house is set to open next week, and its management team was interviewing candidates for about 15-20 open positions. “I will do anything! I will take the tickets, I will work the counter, I will clean … I would just love to have the job,” Galloway said. The incoming junior at Coronado High School heard about the job openings a few weeks ago when she was walking by the theater and met one of the managers. Word on the street spread quickly that the interviews were being held on Thursday. A line of eager teenagers extended down Orange Avenue, from the theater past Island Cleaners. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to buy the place and redo it,” 17-y

A Farewell Letter from the Editor

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Dear Coronado, This will be my last official post as editor of Coronado Patch. My personal life is taking me to the East Coast, where I’ll continue to write, among other pursuits. Saying goodbye is bittersweet. It has been my honor and privilege to serve this community. Thank you for your readership and support. It’s not always easy to be the new kid in town, but you have made me feel welcome and appreciated. I am truly humbled by those of you who have bravely shared your stories with me. Over this past year, I have watched you grieve, celebrate, band together, leave home and come back again. Thank you for your openness and your trust. Rest assured, I am leaving you in good hands. A new local editor will begin next week. Her name is Jennifer Vigil. She is a

Community Leaders Join Together to Build a Better Future

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A diverse group of community leaders gathered Wednesday to announce the launch of Our Greater San Diego Vision, a council of more than 150 people that will work to create a shared vision for the future of San Diego County. The group intends to come up with solutions to problems that will inevitably arise as the population continues to grow. The announcement was held on the San Diego State University campus, with many of the council’s “ambassadors” present behind a podium and around 50 children from the South Bay Family YMCA assembled in front. Five ambassadors spoke about the challenges the San Diego region faces in the future and how they plan to address them. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders told the gathering that since the region is one of the most beautiful and livable places

Photo Gallery: A Heroes Welcome as USS Carl Vinson Returns to San Diego

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The USS Carl Vinson pulled into San Diego Bay Wednesday morning to the cheers of hundreds of family members and friends. The Coronado-based aircraft carrier and its nearly 6,000 sailors have been on deployment in the U.S. Seventh Fleet area of responsibility in Asia and the Fifth Fleet area in the Persian Gulf, where they executed numerous missions, including the burial of Osama bin Laden’s body at sea.     The carrier’s air wing spent 87 days and executed 1,515 sorties in direct support of coalition forces for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. See Also:  USS Carl Vinson to Return Home After Historic Deployment, Burying bin Laden's Body (more…)

Diggin’ Potatoes

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Figuratively speaking, I really dig potatoes. Mary Hillebrecht, on the other hand, literally, digs potatoes. Lately, the Coronado Farmers Market manager has been harvesting plenty of new potatoes for anyone else that loves the spuds. Plenty of people walk up to Hillebrecht’s table marveling at the tri-colored selection of starchy vegetables she has to offer. Hillebrecht, indeed, has potatoes some people have never seen—there are purple ones, pink ones and ones the size of marbles! Though her potatoes can grow the size of your average grocery-store tater, she prefers them a bit smaller. “I like them this size,” said Hillebrecht, as she held up a potato the size of a golf ball. “I couldn’t find anyone who grew them like this so I started growing them.” The generational farme