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    Class of 2018’s voices heard at Point Loma’s graduation
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jun 15, 2018 | 6611 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The ceremony ends with the traditional tossing of caps into the air. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    The ceremony ends with the traditional tossing of caps into the air. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    ASB President Charlie Ekstrom welcomes a huge crowd. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    ASB President Charlie Ekstrom welcomes a huge crowd. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    One graduate couldn't wait to dance before receiving his diploma. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    One graduate couldn't wait to dance before receiving his diploma. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    Senior class president Andrew Bass leads the tassle-turning moment. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    Senior class president Andrew Bass leads the tassle-turning moment. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    The class was led by, from left, co-valedictorians Kyle Grady and Jonathan Omens and salutatorian Kevin Mather. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
    The class was led by, from left, co-valedictorians Kyle Grady and Jonathan Omens and salutatorian Kevin Mather. / Photo by Scott Hopkins
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    A recurring theme of Point Loma High School's 93rd commencement ceremony last Wednesday was "Voices." In congratulating the approximately 415 members of the Class of 2018, principal Hans Becker noted that one characteristic of the group was its voice, citing the students' rallies and outcry in support of gun control after recent school shootings. Earlier in his speech, co-valedictorian Jonathan Omens spoke of a poster he saw in the classroom of popular history teacher Glenn Richard. It featured a photo of author Kurt Vonnegut and a quote: "True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." Omens admitted he was scared at this thought when he first saw the poster as an underclassman but now, in retrospect, he realized every high school class in history has made mistakes. "We're all going to make mistakes but we can't let that be what defines our class," Omens said. "If we own our mistakes and come back from them even stronger then we have what it takes (voices) to be defined by our successes and not our failures." Omens said he now feels confident in his classmates' ability to someday run the country. For co-valedictorian Kyle Grady, it was a recent trip to India followed by traveling alone through 11 European countries that taught him the value of non-verbal communication. He often found himself in situations where he was unable to communicate (voices) with local people when, for instance, he was trying to locate a hostel for the night. Grady said he learned the value of a smile in communicating with those he sought help from on the streets and in stores, a universal recipe for interacting with others. The Class of 2018 is headed to universities from Hawaii to New Hampshire and has been awarded over $2 million in scholarships. Sixteen are attending SDSU, nine will go to UC San Diego, five will be at PLNU, six at CSU San Marcos. Six are entering local junior colleges and several are joining the armed services. About 210 of the graduates were honor roll members, earning grade point averages of 3.3 or higher. And yes, Jonathan, maybe you will wake up some morning and find members of this class are running the country.
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    Momens
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    June 16, 2018
    Nice Arricle Scott. Thank you for your support of PLHS. The kids and teachers have been great.
    Eric Awes
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    June 15, 2018
    51 years ago today ( June 15, 1967) my class graduated from PLHS. Reading this article brings back fond memories of that day !!
    Scott Hopkins
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    June 16, 2018
    Thank you for the comment Eric. As a member of your class, we had over 700 students! I don't know how the stands held all those who came to celebrate with us. Maybe back in the day it was only mom, dad and maybe grandparents? Now it's aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The crowd overflowed onto the field and there were hundreds of others behind the stands where refreshments were sold. But it never ceases to be a special and memorable day! "Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer!"
    Magical mermaid vanishes from Sunset Cliffs
    Jun 14, 2018 | 5856 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock at Sunset Cliffs. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    As mysteriously as she arrived, the nautical nymph perched on top of Ross Rock vanished during the night of June 13. Although high tides have been pounding the cliffs the past week, it seems her departure was not from natural causes. According to 10News.com, the “Cliffs Crew” is claiming they removed the mermaid. Members of this group told 10News that they witnessed people trying to climb 50-foot-high Ross Rock to take selfies with the blue-haired goddess. The crew didn’t want anyone to be harmed attempting to scale the rock. An Arizona man, who admitted to being part of the group who placed the mermaid on the rock, told KUSI News they want it back. The man, who remained anonymous, said it took a year of planning and that they’re disappointed she’s missing. He added it would be great if there was a local business or restaurant that would want to put her up. Point Loma resident Lucie Leonard took photos on May 31 that showed a rope ladder and two men on the rock installing the Marina the mermaid. “I wouldn’t call it art. I wouldn’t call it vandalism. I think that someone was just trying to bring some joy to the world,” Leonard said. She said one of the men must have free-climbed the side and dropped a rope ladder for the mermaid to reach her seat. The mermaid isn’t the first to perch aloft the notorious rock. In 2010, the numbers “2010” stood proud. Before that, in 2006, a peace sign was put up, only to be stolen and returned to the roof of the OB Hostel on Newport Avenue. Other royalty to grace the top of the formation includes a pterodactyl, an Easter Island head replica, a Christmas tree, and a toilet with a Raiders fan wedged inside.
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    June 15, 2018
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    Listen to The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7, 2018 Edition
    Jun 08, 2018 | 4587 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7th, 2018 Edition
    The Peninsula Beacon Podcast: June 7th, 2018 Edition
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    The latest Peninsula Beacon podcast is now online!
    Topics for this week include: 

    • Mermaid at Sunset Cliffs 
    • Construction to start in July to replace West Mission Bay Drive bridge 
    • Kadampa Meditation Center in Point Loma holds weekly meditation classes 
    • The CADO, an immersive pop-up experience devoted to California avocados
    • The 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Jun 07, 2018 | 3141 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    A woman takes in the sunset and high surf at Sunset Cliffs in June. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    A woman takes in the sunset and high surf at Sunset Cliffs in June. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Call for entries for Beacon’s annual Amateur Photo Contest Photos for the newspaper's ever-popular 25th annual Amateur Photo Contest must be taken in the Ocean Beach, Shelter Island, Point Loma, La Portal and Sports Arena/ Midway area by residents.  They will be featured and voted on at the Peninsula Beacon's booth, No. 256, in the 4900 block of Newport Avenue, during 39th annual Ocean Beach Street Fair. “Be sure to send in your best photo of the Peninsula area. There are some great prizes for the top three places, including some $100 gift certificates to great restaurants. The best part is your photo will be published in the newspaper,” said Mike Fahey, Beacon advertising rep. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, June 19. Photos submitted must have been taken between June 15, 2017 and June 15, 2018. Entries may be dropped off at 1621 Grand Ave. on the second floor, or mailed to: Peninsula Beacon, Attn: Photo Contest, 1621 Grand Ave., Suite C, San Diego, CA, 92109. Fahey's always amazed at just how many people drop by the Beacon booth to say hello, check out the photos and select their favorite entries. “The quality of photos for amateurs is really impresive,” Fahey said. “Be sure and come down and take a look and vote. We usually get more than 400 ballots.” Benefit concert for Music At Dusk series The San Diego Tremble Clefs will play a benefit concert for the Music At Dusk series at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. Tremble Clefs is a San Diego county chorus and a nationwide program for people with Parkinson’s. This group focuses on the therapeutic results of focal exercise, the joy of singing and community performances. Republican Women monthly luncheon The Point Loma Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon meeting will take place at 10 a.m. June 20 at Point Loma Cafe, 4865 Harbor Drive. The program will be Daniel Piedra speaking about SDUSD’s sex education program. A no host lunch will follow. Guests welcome. Call Marilyn at 619-222-9532 for more information. Religious opera at Point Loma church “Noye’s Fludde’’ (‘‘Noah’s Flood’’), an opera about Noah’s Ark and the world-engulfing deluge it weathered, will be performed Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Point Loma’s All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd. British composer Benjamin Britten’s opera centers on the 40-day Genesis Flood and God’s rescue of Noah, his family and the world’s animals. Britten wrote it in 1957 in an effort to bring together youth and adults for community music-making. Several Point Loma schoolchildren will participate.  This opera is considered a masterpiece of its time and is rarely performed due to its large scope – the upcoming production will feature more than 70 musicians, including a full orchestra. Major portions of ‘‘Noye’s Fludde’’ were featured in the 2012 movie ‘‘Moonrise Kingdom.’’ This production is a collaboration between All Souls’ Episcopal Church, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church of Poway and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Newport Beach. For further information, contact rvalenzuela@allsoulspointloma.org or call 760-715-7956. For tickets and reservations, contact noah@allsoulspointloma.org or 619-223-6394. Abbot of Absurdity All Souls’ Episcopal Church Linguist, educator and language maven, Richard Lederer, will present “An Evening of Language and Laughter,” spiced with faith-filled fun from the Bible, as a fund raising event at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 1475 Catalina Blvd. at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22. Dubbed the “Abbot of Absurdity” by the Boston Globe, “America’s Wittiest Verbalist” by the Book of the Month Club, and “the first name in popular linguistics” by the Denver Post, Lederer has been entertaining and educating audiences for almost three decades on the joys and weirdness of the English language. “The money we raise through this event will support out current capital campaign to upgrade and modernize our campus, making it more welcoming to the community and discovering more ways to be in mission and ministry with our neighbors in Point Loma and Ocean Beach,” said The Rev. Joseph Dirbas, rector of All Souls. Donate blood in OB San Diego Blood Bank will be at the Rite Aid parking lot, 4840 Niagara St., 1:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Donors must meet the following eligibility requirements: be 17 and older, at least 114 pounds, and in good health. To schedule an appointment, visit SanDiegoBloodBank.org call 619-469-7322. OB book discussion Kathy Blavatt, author of “Ocean Beach Where Land and Water Meet,” will speak about the book at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at Ocean Beach Green Center, 4843 B Voltaire St. Books will be available at a discount. Fiesta Island dog park cleanup The next Fiesta Island Dog Owners’ volunteer clean-up of the dog park will take place 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. To help clean-up, just show-up. Bring your own gloves if you prefer, and picker-uppers. Please be sure to sign-in at the welcome tables. All volunteers receive one raffle ticket and additional tickets are available for a $1 donation each. Enter the annual Chili Cook-off contest Prove your chili-making chops at this year's Ocean Beach Chili Cook-off and have loads of fun whole helping to support the OB fireworks show by entering the contest. It's $30 to enter, and contestants may win up to $300, not to mention epic bragging rights. There will be a restaurant division and an amateur division. Submit an application soon to make sure to reserve a spot. Visit oceanbeachsandiego.com for more information and an application. Rescue House slates annual cats benefit More than 25,000 lost or neglected animals receive second chances every year in San Diego County – and a regional cat-rescue venue has scheduled its annual fundraiser to retain its stake in the effort. A Cause for Paws, the Rescue House’s 10th annual gala, will take place Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, 1441 Quivira Road. The evening includes a dinner buffet and silent and live auctions. Contact amy@rescuehouse.org with questions or donations. Ticket prices are $75 to $95, and all proceeds go directly to the care of homeless cats.   The Rescue House is an Encinitas-based nonprofit no-kill volunteer organization dedicated to assisting unwanted, abandoned, homeless and abused socialized cats regardless of age and, often, handicap. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has rescued more than 13,000 cats and has found homes for more than 3,600 through its seven adoption centers in San Diego County. More information is available at rescuehouse.org or 760-591-1221. Meals on Wheels Over the Rainbow Ball Meals on Wheels San Diego County invites San Diegans to their “Over the Rainbow Ball” and ninth annual Chef Appetizer Challenge on Saturday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. The theme-driven bash is Meals on Wheels San Diego County’s largest annual fundraiser. This event will raise critical funds to support the independence and well-being of over 3,200 seniors in San Diego County. Last year’s fundraiser gala raised nearly $300,000 for San Diego homebound seniors. The “Over the Rainbow Ball,” where guests dress in theme-matching attire, will take place at the Pavilion at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive. This event includes a full course meal, an open bar, and a fun filled night. Tickets are available at mowgala.org or call 619-278-4041. Brats and Beer on the Bay The Maritime Museum of San Diego plans Father’s Day fun Saturday, June 16 or Sunday, June 17, with a day full of sailing on San Diego Bay and beer. Guests will have the opportunity to sail aboard schooner Californian, official tall ship of California, San Salvador, a 1542 Spanish galleon replica or America, a replica of the first vessel to win the America’s Cup.  Each adult receives a bratwurst sandwich, chips, and a cold beer prior to sailing. Hotdogs and soft drinks are available for the kids. The three-hour sailing trip will begin boarding at 11:30 a.m. and return to the Maritime Museum of San Diego at 3 p.m. Passengers have the option to join the lively crew and trim the sails or simply relax and enjoy the weekend sail on San Diego Bay. Tickets and vessel schedule available at sdmaritime.org or by calling 619-234-9153 ext. 106 for details.
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    Ocean Beach coastal apartment building sold
    Jun 04, 2018 | 3418 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    The 12,140-square-foot property, located at 5101-5107 Narragansett Ave.
    The 12,140-square-foot property, located at 5101-5107 Narragansett Ave.
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    A 16-unit apartment building on the coastline of Ocean Beach has sold significantly over the asking price for $6.75 million. The 12,140-square-foot property, located at 5101-5107 Narragansett Ave., was sold by the William R. Mundt Trust. The seller was represented by Pacific Coast Commercials multifamily and investment sales team, Mack Langston and Jan Sacks.  The buyer, Mills Trust, was represented by Kidder Mathews multifamily investment brokers, Merrick Matricardi, Jim Neil and Eric Comer, as well as Dylan Wright and Chris Saver of ACRE. The apartment was built in 1973. It is a three-story building consisting of 16 units of studios, one, two and three-bedroom floor plans. The seller describes it as a rare coastal property with gorgeous panoramic ocean views. “We received over a dozen offers for this one of a kind waterfront property with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean,” said Langston of Pacific Coast Commercial.  “It is uncommon for an oceanfront property to become available on the market,” said Matricardi. “This is only the fourth oceanfront apartment building over 10 units to sell in San Diego County in the last 20 years.” The escrow and title was provided by Chicago Title Escrow.
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