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    Mission Bay High teacher receives Marine Science Teaching Award
    Oct 18, 2017 | 274 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters.
    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters.
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    Mission Bay High School International Baccalaureate marine science and AP environmental science teacher Steve Walters recently received the Marine Science Teaching Award from the Maritime Science Alliance. President of the Maritime Alliance, Michael Jones said Walters received the award to honor his "tireless efforts to promote marine science and ocean literacy in the San Diego region."  Teaching for 30 years, the last 12 at MBHS, Walters' work with his marine science students includes joint projects with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, raising white sea bass for restoration into the ocean, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment and CLEAR Program, which engages students in learning about the chemistry of aerosols, climate, and the environment. Walters also works with the Southwest Fisheries/California Fish and Wildlife, raising red abalone for natural replenishment. Under his mentorship, his students have competed in the National Ocean Science Bowl, developed marine-based virtual reality games, formed and regularly volunteers through the MBHS Eco Club, and teaches at local elementary schools with Ambassadors for a Clean Ocean for Climate Kids California Science Alliance.  Always looking for new ways to clean up the environment, Walters led his students through a two-year project to reduce plastic pollution on the MBHS campus by addressing single-use plastic items in the cafeteria resulting in a 50 percent reduction of campus plastic pollution through policy change, installation of a reverse osmosis system, and becoming a pilot project for all San Diego Unified Schools to reduce single-use plastic waste on all campuses.  A believer in hands-on experiences, Walters provides opportunities to students to work locally in the MBHS marine lab, in the field, and through a program sponsored by Mares when students spent a week in Dr. Brice Semmens’ laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography performing research and field work. He and his students have also gone on the road with their projects presenting at Monterey Bay Aquarium at the Teen Summit and twice at the Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit, as well as at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He and his students are working with UC Davis/Bodega Bay Marine Research Center on an abalone research project and locally with Cabrillo National Park creating a virtual-reality tour, removing invasive marine plants and restoring native species, and creating "Art in the Park" using trash found on local beaches and waterways. “There are many ways to help the environment through science, technology, education, and art. I am happy to receive this award, but really can't accept it without acknowledging all of my dedicated and passionate students," Walters said. Ciara Gray, a senior at MBHS, said: "I am grateful for my three years spent with Mr. Walters as my teacher at MBHS. He has inspired me to accept the challenge of taking care of the earth through science and communication and has taught me and countless other students the importance of our roles in the environment." The award will be presented at the ninth annual Maritime Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 8, aboard the Inspiration Hornblower. 
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    Pipeline project detours Pacific Beach drivers
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Oct 18, 2017 | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Two backhoes dig up the road at the intersection of Ingraham, Yosemite, and Bayonne in Crown Point on Oct. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Two backhoes dig up the road at the intersection of Ingraham, Yosemite, and Bayonne in Crown Point on Oct. 17. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    After a summer break, the City of San Diego project to replace and rehabilitate aging water and sewer infrastructure has started up again, leading to road closures throughout Pacific Beach – specifically Ingraham Street and bridge, along with other side streets in Crown Point. The Pacific Beach pipeline south project, which began July 2016 and is scheduled to conclude October 2018, is replacing approximately 7.6 miles of water main and about 1.6 miles of sewer main in the Midway District-Pacific Highway Corridor and Mission Bay areas. The project will also demolish the Pacific Beach Reservoir, which was built in 1908 and removed from service more than 20 years ago. This project will contribute towards the city’s ongoing program that mandates the replacement of all aging and deteriorating cast iron water mains currently in service. It will: - Replace associated water services, fire hydrants, curb ramps, and traffic control devices; - Use best management practices to control erosion and protect storm drain inlets; - Resurface streets impacted by project construction activities; and - Install new accessibility curb ramps. These improvements are consistent with goals set forth in the city’s Climate Action Plan, by maintaining water supplies and services that support the region. Residents who live in the affected areas may stay informed about the construction activities and impacts for both the water and sewer improvements by signing up for emailed project updates at sandiego.gov/cip. For specific questions about the Pacific Beach pipeline south project, contact the Public Works Department at 619-533-4207 or email engineering@sandiego.gov. Reference "Pacific Beach Pipeline South Replacement Project" with your inquiry.
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    Pacific Beach resident leads team to successful swim around Santa Cruz Island
    by Mathilde Rousseau Bjerregaard
    Oct 17, 2017 | 6063 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 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 Pacific Beach and Mission Beach
    Oct 06, 2017 | 16357 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Sunset over Mission Bay at Hospitality Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Sunset over Mission Bay at Hospitality Point. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Best Bloody Mary at the Beach contest Mission Beach Realty is hosting its inaugural “Best Bloody Mary at the Beach” contest at Guava Beach Bar & Grill from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. Bring your best Bloody Mary recipe to compete for prizes up to $500 in value. There will be live music and prizes all day with drink specials promoted by Ketel One Vodka. A charity raffle will take place with items donated from Mission Beach businesses that include new surfboards and beach cruisers. All proceeds from the raffle are to benefit Johnny’s Big Push and the National MS Society. Visit Guava-Beach.com for more details or to enter the Bloody Mary contest. Polish Festival in Pacific Beach Oct. 7-9 Celebrate all things Polish Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7-9, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church at 1735 Grand Ave. in Pacific Beach.   The colorful Polish Festival is a tribute to Polish heritage, culture and cuisine. St. Maximilian was built in 1995 in Pacific Beach to serve the Polish community, a large number of whom who emigrated from their native land during the Solidarity labor-union movement of the 1990s. The church is named for St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar and World War II-era hero who voluntarily sacrificed himself in the place of a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Boomont Park opens For the fifth consecutive year, Belmont Park transforms into a Halloween-themed beachfront amusement park to create a family-friendly fall festival featuring activities for monsters of all ages. Admission and parking are free. Activities will run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to close plus Tuesday, Oct. 31. Boomont Park’s weekends include free trick-or-treating from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attractions include: Zombie Laser Tag where creatures will join you in this three-floor adventure, superhero Zip Line and Rock Wall and a pumpkin patch. For more information, visit belmontpark.com. Haunted Aquarium Meet some of the creeps of the deep and get hands-on with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego science at the eighteenth-annual Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash. Families are invited to dive into the spooky, slimy side of ocean science and enjoy a Halloween-themed evening of music, crafts, and close encounters with underwater creatures. Costumes are encouraged. On Oct. 20 and 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., guests will experience eerie and unusual organisms from the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, see a super-sized squid dissection, and create their own seaweed slime to take home. Meet Scripps Oceanography scientists studying ocean creatures big and small and get an insider's look into what it takes to study different creatures of the deep. For more information, visit aquarium.ucsd.edu. Pacific Sotheby's Realty expands to PB Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty recently announced that it has joined forces with Re/Max Coastal Properties in Pacific Beach. The firm will now operate as Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and will broaden the company’s existing operations in the coastal community of Pacific Beach. “Re/Max Coastal Properties has long been respected in the San Diego real estate community and we are excited to join forces with such an exceptional agency of experienced associates,” said Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. Owned and operated by Greg and Shayne Flaherty, Re/Max Coastal Properties has provided professional real estate services along San Diego’s coastal communities since 1995. With the transition, Greg, who has been Broker of Record for Re/Max Coastal Properties, will now focus on his “true passion” of selling luxury real estate, and along with his wife, Shayne, who owns Penny Realty, Inc., Property Management and Vacation Rentals, will also focus on the continued growth of their business.
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    Sun Diego AM SLAM shreds Mission Beach
    Oct 04, 2017 | 25291 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 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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