Month: September 2011

Patch Picks: Root 75

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Root 75 (845 Orange Avenue) is now growing more than delicate floral bouquets. The shop is expanding beyond its florist roots to include home decor. This hanging porcelain shell, with an air plant growing inside, combines coastal and natural elements. The shell can be used as an ornament, set on a coffee table, or can dangle in a window. The shell alone is $15, or you may purchase the shell with the plant for $20. (more…)

Murder Trial in Case of Two Sailors Killed Nearly Two Decades Ago Expected to Begin Soon

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Two men accused of robbing and fatally shooting a pair of San Diego-based sailors 18 years ago in an area of Otay Mesa popular for after-hours drinking and bonfires plead not guilty to murder charges Wednesday in a South Bay courtroom. Edward Jesus Elias and Leopoldo Castro Chavez II, both 35, are accused in the Sept. 25, 1993 deaths of 20-year-old Eugene "Cliff" Ellis and 23-year-old Keith Combs. The victims were stationed aboard the USS Constellation aircraft carrier. Retired San Diego police homicide Detective David Swiskoski testified at a preliminary hearing earlier this month that both victims were shot twice in the head and once in the chest from close range. The victims were found 10-12 feet apart in an area east of Palm Avenue and Interstate 805, where the...

Photos: President Barack Obama Visits La Jolla

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President Barack Obama was in town Monday afternoon to raise campaign funds. Donors paid $5,000 to $38,500 to attend a luncheon fundraiser at the home of Elizabeth and Mason Phelps in La Jolla. Obama last visited San Diego for a fundraising event at Birch Aquarium on Feb. 18, 2007. See photos taken during Obama's arrival at MCAS Miramar here. Find out more about fundraising contributions from La Jollans here. Find La Jolla Patch on Facbeook and Twitter @LaJollaPatch. (more…)

Update: Obama Departs San Diego After La Jolla Fundraiser

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Updated at 6:55 p.m. Monday President Barack Obama made a campaign stop in San Diego County on Monday, his first stop in the region for his 2012 re-election bid. Obama arrived at MCAS Miramar aboard Air Force One at approximately 1:40 p.m. and was greeted by a group that included White House employees and their families who had arrived earlier, Marines and some local elected officials. He then headed to a fundraiser in La Jolla. The stop in San Diego is one of seven he is taking on the West Coast with a goal of raising $4 million. He visited Seattle on Sunday. After the La Jolla fundraiser, Obama departed at 4:15 p.m. aboard Air Force One for an evening appearance in Los Angeles. In his previous campaign, Obama came to San Diego for a fundraiser at the Bir...

Islanders Move to 3-1 with 49-0 Rout of Rock Academy

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Quarterback Austin Denson ran for touchdowns of 4 and 27 yards and also threw an 18-yard scoring strike to Mike Byrne as the Coronado High football team improved to 3-1 with a 49-0 rout of winless Rock Academy at Niedermeyer Field on Friday night. The Islanders led 28-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at the half. Mason Copp had two rushing touchdowns and Jake Shepherd added another, Paul Rodriguez returned a punt 42 yards for a score and kicker Robby Weisenfels converted all seven extra-point placement kicks. Coronado hosts University City next Friday at 7 p.m. as Central League play gets under way.   Rock Academy       0    0    0    0   —   0 Coronado           28   14    7    0   —  49 Cor—Copp 3 run (Weissenfels kick) Cor—Shephe

Coronado Speed Festival Parade 9-22-2011

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Coronado Village Fleet Week Car PROCESSION, nascar #9 bill elliot, mercedez gull wing car, mustang cobra, bmw, cobra, mini couper, bmw, corvette rodster, datsun 240z, and many more. Thursday, September 22, 2011 Location: Rotary Plaza and Isabella Avenue The kickoff to a fun-filled weekend at the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. Procession Route: The procession will begin at Naval Air Station North Island, travel down Orange and terminate at Rotary Plaza and Isabella Avenue. Come visit this grand gathering of the Coronado and San Diego communities along with racers from all over the nation. The Coronado Speed Festival is a premier motorsports event, saluting our nation's military. Please join us for "The Race at the Base." Nothing like race cars, nascar, driving down the street during ve...

Coronado Village Fleet Week Car PROCESSION and show 9-22-2011

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Coronado Village Fleet Week Car PROCESSION down coronado ave with plenty of great cars new and old, bmw mini couper, chevrolet volt electric car and one very large airplane coming for a landing. Thursday, September 22, 2011 Location: Rotary Plaza and Isabella Avenue The kickoff to a fun-filled weekend at the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. Procession Route: The procession will begin at Naval Air Station North Island, travel down Orange and terminate at Rotary Plaza and Isabella Avenue. Come visit this grand gathering of the Coronado and San Diego communities along with racers from all over the nation. The Coronado Speed Festival is a premier motorsports event, saluting our nation's military. Please join us for "The Race at the Base." Nothing like race cars, nascar, driving down the s...

Backpacks Weigh Heavy on Kids

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Is your child hauling around a backpack with the same cubic capacity as a dorm-room refrigerator? Kids do take this much stuff to school: Many lug all of their books, a laptop, lunch and other supplies on a daily basis due to time limitations between classes or, as is the case in our school district, to the lack of lockers because of safety concerns. According to The American Occupational Therapy Association, "A loaded backpack shouldn't exceed 10 percent of a child's body weight." This means that a 100-pound middle or high school student's backpack should weigh about 10 pounds.   However, the American Chiropractic Association says, "the average child carries about 22% of his or her body weight," which is about double what they should be carrying. The simple solut

Get Out: Race Through The Weekend

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We’ve reached the end of summer and it’s time to celebrate the first weekend of fall. The season kicks off Friday and the weekend forecast promises cool weather with some clouds to boot. Enjoy the new season with some fun events and activities for you and the family. We’ve got the best bets, near and far, listed below. This weekend, get out in Coronado and go to a lesson with your community to learn about identity theft (and how to prevent it), see a naval exhibit at a local museum and enjoy a spaghetti dinner. This weekend, Coronado is also hosting a Fleet Week activity with furiously fast cars. Click the links for more details. BEST BETS CLOSE TO HOME ARE YOU SAFE? When/where: Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave., Coronado, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Friday.