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    Pacific Beach resident leads team to successful swim around Santa Cruz Island
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Oct 17, 2017 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    “Selkie and the Sirens” spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27.
    “Selkie and the Sirens” spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27.
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    “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and finished in the wee hours of Sept. 27.
    “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and finished in the wee hours of Sept. 27.
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    Claudia Rose, who is a long-time resident of Pacific Beach, captained the record-setting swim team “Selkie and the Sirens” as they spent nearly 40 hours swimming around Santa Cruz Island on Sept. 26 and 27. “There have been a few other people trying to do it, but they didn’t make it and we wanted a new challenge as a team”, said Rose. The swim team consisted of six women from both coasts of the United States. Rose, Michelle Premeaux McConica from Ventura, Calif., Diana Corbin from Maryland, Carol Lyn Swol from Maryland, Jeannie Zappe from Pennsylvania and Louise Hyder-Darlington from Pennsylvania. “Selkie and the Sirens” began swimming on Sept. 26 at 7.20 a.m., and each woman swam for an hour in-turn, once every six hours throughout the day, night, day and then into the wee hours of Sept. 27 before they made it back to their starting point at Willows Anchorage. “It was very interesting. The first half of our swim the weather and the currents were perfect, but then we came to the front of the island and it was terrible. We had the wind and the currents against us, but we just kept going,” said Rose. During the swim, the team encountered hundreds of dolphins and sea lions, fog, wind, strong sun and both helpful and adverse currents. The swim team decided that they wanted to swim around Santa Cruz Island in January, and they have been preparing for the swim ever since. Rose had a special training program made for herself because she broke her elbow in April, and she made a training plan for the rest of the team. Rose became the team captain because she has been a team captain before and therefore had a lot of experience. Rose has been swimming for almost her whole life and she has been an open water swimmer since 2000. She is known for her pioneering swims in Alaska, however, she began her adventure swimming with a swim from La Jolla Shores to Crystal Pier. “I think we made it because we really stood together as a team during the hard times of the swim,” Rose said. The swim was sanctioned by the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association and officially observed by San Diego residents Paula Selby and Ralph Lufkin and Ventura resident Jane Cairns.
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    Community briefs for Ocean Beach and Point Loma
    Oct 13, 2017 | 15244 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sunset during the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest on Oct. 7. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Sunset during the Ocean Beach Oktoberfest on Oct. 7. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Ocean Beach Historical Society program The Ocean Beach Historical Society will present “Read the Book Before You Fly ‘Em” by Karen Scanlon 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at Point Loma United Methodist Church, 1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. Point Loma’s Jack Allen Davis Jr. wanted to fly airplanes. And fly ‘em he did! This high-flying speculator bought and sold World War II surplus aircraft with daring competence. Davis was a local boy who learned to fly at age 14 with Gibbs Flying Service. “Old Bill Gibbs turned me loose on an old Piper Cub,” Davis bragged. Flying drama, to be sure, but Davis also left his mark as Shelter Island began to take shape in the early 1950s. He built and operated Red Sails Inn and later, Palomar Airport. Come and hear more about this adventurous fellow, and enjoy photographs of his airplanes and zest for the San Diego waterfront. Scanlon is a freelance writer, historian, and early childhood educator who writes extensively on the maritime history of San Diego, particularly of Point Loma Lighthouse and the explosion aboard USS Bennington. In another direction are Scanlon’s published works in children’s curriculum, and stories about people. She is a volunteer at Cabrillo National Monument and works with her twin sister, Kim, tending the Fresnel lenses in its collection. The two co-authored a book titled Lighthouses of San Diego. Karen is a contributing member of La Playa Trail Association and Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the proud recipient of The Martha Washington Medal, awarded by the Sons of the American Revolution. Halloween festival A Halloween Family Fall Festival will take place 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3598 Talbot St. in Westminster Park behind the church. Activities include trunk or treat, crafts, cake walk, costume contest, and at 7 p.m., a viewing of ”Hocus Pocus!” OB Canine Carnival Dogs get their own "Howl-O-Ween" party in Ocean Beach at the 12th annual Ocean Beach Canine Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 21. The carnival takes place at Dusty Rhodes Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendance is free. There is a small charge, $7 for an individual dog, $10 for groups of dogs or floats, to register for the costume parade.  Local pooches dressed as angels, lobsters, pirates, bananas, and anything else their owners can think of, will parade and win prizes. Registration is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m. and runs to 2:30 p.m. Prizes are announced around 3 p.m. Prizes range from the standard “Best in Show” to the goofy “Dog Better Dressed than Owner,” “Most OB-like.” There is also a doggie-themed craft fair, as well as games and food. The event is put on by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach. For information, visit email oceanbeachkiwanis@gmail.com for information. Maritime Museum’s new ghost tales Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, has created a new Halloween event that any aspiring ghost, goblin, pirate, and princess will enjoy. Guests will gather on the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, for lantern-led tours to hear eerie legends of Star’s past Oct. 21 and 28 from 6 to 10 p.m.  Evenings will be full of ghostly tales of enormous proportions including how young John Campbell fell to his death from the rigging and more creepy events. All activities will take place at the Maritime Museum of San Diego in downtown San Diego on the Embarcadero. The museum closes at 8 p.m. offering visitors an opportunity to visit all ships in the collection before evening Halloween activities. Tickets are $9-$18 and include general admission to the Museum plus lantern led tours. Advance tickets are available at www.sdmaritime.org after Labor Day. Visitors can call 619-234-9153 ext. 101 for more information.  Bike for Boobs One local breast cancer survivor plans to paint Point Loma pink for the fifth year in a row. Sandy Hanshaw, owner of The Wine Pub and The Coffee Hub, announces the return of her bike ride and celebration – Bike for Boobs. Hanshaw brought Bike for Boobs to life in San Diego in 2013 as she underwent treatment for stage-three breast cancer. On Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m., dozens of pink-adorned supporters will grab bikes and join the San Diego County Bike Coalition for a casual ride around Shelter Island. Following the ride, guests will reunite at The Pub’s enchanting outdoor patio for live music, gourmet food, auction items and, of course, wine.  Beach cleanup On Sunday, Sept. 17, La Jolla-based Everyday California held a beach cleanup, bringing local companies together for a good cause in Ocean Beach. In addition to Everyday California, employees of San Diego-based companies, such as Blenders Eyewear, Pura Vida, Social Syndicate and Crowe PR scoured Ocean Beach (from the pier to the dog beach) for two hours before gathering at OB Surf Lodge for lunch and raffles. Donated prizes included sunglasses, kayak tours, hotel stays, and more. OB Surf Lodge created specialty cocktails, such as the Wave Storm, proceeds of which went directly to cause. Raffle ticket and food and drinks proceeds raised nearly $2,500 for the Wingman Foundation, an organization whose mission is, “To honor the sacrifices of our fallen air warriors and support the families they’ve left behind.”  First flu death of season reported in San Diego An 86-year-old San Diego man died of complications due to influenza and is the first local, flu-related death reported this season, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. The unvaccinated man, who had existing medical conditions, tested positive for influenza A. He died on Oct. 1 after a brief hospitalization. Last season, the first flu death occurred Oct. 4, and 86 other San Diego County residents died from influenza, including two children. So far this season, 203 lab-confirmed influenza cases have been reported, compared to 60 at this same point last year. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine every year. The current flu vaccines offer protection against pandemic H1N1, as well as influenza A H3N2 and influenza B strains. Kindergarten tours Loma Portal Elementary kindergarten tours for the 2018-2019 school year are set for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. Sign up for a tour at  www.sandiegounified.org/lomaportal. OB photo contest The Ocean Beach Town Council has started a "Share Your OB" photo contest. To enter just tag your best photos of OB with #shareyourOB and post on Instagram or Facebook. Winner receives bragging rights and is entered in a monthly drawing for some cool swag. Each Saturday, a new winner will be announced. So get out there and #shareyourOB.
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    Green living celebrated in Ocean Beach – innovative homes featured on annual tour
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 12, 2017 | 4440 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    3 on Abbott, at 2185 Abbott St., Ocean Beach, is featured on the Green Homes Tour.
    3 on Abbott, at 2185 Abbott St., Ocean Beach, is featured on the Green Homes Tour.
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    Two dwellings in the Peninsula and one in Pacific Beach are among 10 sustainable homes to be showcased in the eighth annual self-guided Green Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 sponsored by the San Diego Green Build Council. The home tour brings together hundreds of members to celebrate best practices in green building and design, while showcasing the innovative work of some of the industry’s top professionals. The diverse projects include sustainably-constructed or remodeled single-family residences, urban multifamily developments and many projects that are GreenPoint Rated or LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified.   Attendees may visit as many of the homes as they like, meet with industry professionals and homeowners, and learn more about the latest green home design, construction and upgrade options. Each eco-friendly project features innovative, high-performance design features, including impact areas such as energy and water conservation, building materials, indoor air quality, landscaping and sustainable building sites. SDGBC is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to providing education, outreach and advocacy focused on green building in San Diego. Green homes include: - LeCase Ecovillage (835 Tourmaline St., Pacific Beach) – Five residences on two urban lots designed to facilitate a more environmentally conscious communal lifestyle, with a community garden using permaculture techniques, rainwater catchment system, rapidly renewable cork flooring, recycled denim insulation, whole-house ventilation systems and a vegetated roof. - 3 on Abbott (2185 Abbott St., Ocean Beach) – Unique three-unit residential project was efficiently pre-fabricated (factory-built) for safe, quick and efficient construction and significantly reduced building material waste. Building features include engineered bamboo flooring, ultra-low VOC content, rapidly renewable materials, tankless water heaters, daylighting and natural cross-ventilation, Energy Star appliances and xeriscape landscaping.  - O’Brien residence (4424 Algeciras St., Ocean Beach) – This GreenPoint Rated home underwent a whole-house remodel and addition and features a high-efficiency furnace and water heater, energy-efficient windows, advanced waterproofing systems, solar power system, low-water landscape, drip irrigation and extensive use of sustainable and recycled materials. Three on Abbot was a first-time development effort by Pedro Tavares of R&S Tavares Associates Inc. and his parents, whose small firm designs and engineers prefabricated projects.  “Manufactured in and shipped from Corona, Calif., these homes were built under extremely rigid constraints imposed by local zoning,” said Tavares. “They are about 840 square feet each, a block from Dog Beach. They are very unique in terms of modular structures in that they contain balloon-framed loft spaces, a large roof deck with panoramic views of the water and Portuguese cobblestone to create the Copacabana Boardwalk pattern on the driveways.” Tavares added most of his project's green features “are just common sense” — engineered bamboo flooring, rapidly renewable material, tankless heat pump water heaters, Daylighting and cross ventilation, Energy Star appliances and xeriscaped landscaping. Suzi O'Brien, interior designer/owner, EcoLux Interiors, speaking about her home tour project at 4424 Algeciras St. in Sunset Cliffs, said doing sustainable architecture is increasingly getting less and less expensive. “It used to be very much more expensive, but nowadays, not so much, if you put in things that are going to save energy like solar panels and systems that reuse water from your shower to use in your garden,” O'Brien said. “Stuff like that saves water over the long haul.” Regarding LeCase EcoVillage, on Tourmaline Street, owner Daniela Carpano, said, “It's more than just a green building, it is green life. It's not limited to features of the home. We installed a 'cool' roof that absorbs heat and stays much cooler. You are very comfortable without any need of A/C.” LeCase EcoVillage is two adjacent lots with four buildings on it with four families sharing garden and common spaces. “Green features are in the garden with rain harvesting creating a sustainable environment: That's the whole mission,” said Carpano. Tour cost for San Diego Green Building Council members is $10 and non-members is $15. Students are $5 (with I.D.) and children under 18 are free. Tickets are available now at usgbc-sd.org/event-2547926.
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    Ocean Beach protests still on Target — residents rally to keep big-box store from Newport Ave.
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Oct 10, 2017 | 7786 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Kimmy McGinley was on the megaphone at the Oct. 4 evening protest at Newport and Abbot, which drew about 50 people holding signs and chanting. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Kimmy McGinley was on the megaphone at the Oct. 4 evening protest at Newport and Abbot, which drew about 50 people holding signs and chanting. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Casual — not corporate. That was the message conveyed in a recent community letter on the behalf of Obecians urging Minnesota-based corporate Target not to put a proposed store in the 18,000-square-foot Antique Center building in the 4800 block of Newport Avenue. “OB means community,” the letter reads. “It means local shops and lively culture. It means flare and it means funky, pride and positive vibes … not a Target Express on Newport Avenue directly threatening what it means to be OB. Join our fight to keep it out.” The community letter also alleges: “This act of corporate intrusion violates the city-adopted Ocean Beach Community Plan in many ways, such as preserving the community character, supporting local business growth, promoting a pedestrian-friendly commercial district, and complying with parking requirements. Our mission is to uphold the charm and independence of Ocean Beach by preventing Target Express from opening and ruining our lovely enclave of awesome.”  A Target Express is a downsized version of the original Target store introduced by the chain across the country in a variety of sizes and assortments. The new store model is meant to create a more locally relevant big-box experience in urban areas. There has been a lot of activity in OB discussing and/or protesting the arrival of a corporate target. On Wednesday, Oct. 4, during the Farmers Market, a community rally and press conference was held at the foot of Newport Avenue. And another two-hour community forum on the Target controversy was held Oct. 11 at OB Rec Center. Kimmy McGinley, described by some as one of the leaders of the “No Target in OB” protests, was on the megaphone at the Oct. 4 evening protest at Newport and Abbot, which drew about 50 people holding signs and chanting. “I’ve lived in OB for 15 years and am strongly opposed to a Target coming to OB,” said Jon Winn. “I go to the Farmers Market weekly to gather signatures for the boycott, and I can tell you that the anti-Target sentiment is strong to the tune of about 50 signatures per hour, consistently.” After the protest rally, supporters submitted a letter with 778 signatures to Target, OB Town Council – and anyone who would listen. “Target has said they reserve the right to reconsider, and were taking the community's feedback,” said McGinley, who added the argument against the corporate chain coming to town is a matter of economics. “A Target would be a tragedy, upsetting local mom-and-pop businesses,” McGinley said. “They can't compete with [Target's] prices, and they don't have their buying power. As local mom-and-pop businesses suffer, our local economy suffers. The money that would go into a Target would not stay in our community, but go to a Minnesota corporation legally bound to make money for their shareholders. They don't care about our community.” Noting “landlords have done everything correct,” Tony Franco, of Tony Franco Realty Inc., who is brokering the Target negotiations, said during the long hunt for new tenants in the prime Newport Avenue commercial space that, “We brought this deal to all types of businesses including bowling alley operators, breweries and other grocery stores such as Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and received many offers to lease only a small portion of the space.” Franco said it would have been too expensive to split the building up into four-to-six different smaller tenants.
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    Sun Diego AM SLAM shreds Mission Beach
    Oct 04, 2017 | 25241 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Luan Piazera from Itajaí, Brazil, competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Luan Piazera from Itajaí, Brazil, competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Tiare Thompson, of Bird Rock, won the longboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Tiare Thompson, of Bird Rock, won the longboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Magno Pacheco, of Brazil, won the men's shortboard. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Magno Pacheco, of Brazil, won the men's shortboard. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Jay Christenson competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Jay Christenson competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Emily Collins, Molly Tuschen, and Sidney Tisdel ready for their women's shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Emily Collins, Molly Tuschen, and Sidney Tisdel ready for their women's shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Lucy Jarrad won the women's shortboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lucy Jarrad won the women's shortboard division. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Molly Tuschen competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Molly Tuschen competes in a shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Namor Cayres goes off the top during an early round shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Namor Cayres goes off the top during an early round shortboard heat. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The Sun Diego AM SLAM Surf Series brought its brand of fun in the sun to the shores of Mission Beach on Sept. 30. The competition, the single largest surf and skate event in San Diego, featured a festival in Belmont Park’s parking lot with skateboarding, music, vendors, and world-class surfing. Many of the women’s shortboard finalists pulled double duty in the women’s longboard divisions. Tiare Thompson, of Bird Rock, owned the longboard final and finished second in shortboard. Lucy Jarrard was the class of the women’s shortboard final, separating herself with superior wave selection and critical placement of her maneuvers. Other double finalists in the women’s division were Molly Tuschen, Peyton Kemp, and Sive Jarrard. In the open men’s final, Magno Pacheco and Pedro Nogeuira turned the heat into a two man race as they traded the lead multiple times. Pacheco, however, came out the victor and walked away with $500. Maxxswell Rebeiro was named overall men’s champion and also earned $500. Joe Kisling won the men’s longboard final.
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