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CASA DE ORO – For much of the last 30 years, a small elementary school just beyond the south side of Mt. Helix has been a quiet anchor for families seeking affordable private education for their children.
Under the dedicated guidance of its Principal Karen Laaperi (picture right), Santa Sophia Academy, a Catholic school, has served generations of families in Casa de Oro's multi-cultural community, consistently sending its graduates on to the best high schools in San Diego County and a high percentage on to the nation’s best colleges.
But with virtually little warning and no consultation with the school community, parents say, the San Diego diocese suddenly decided to enforce a policy that hadn't been enforced for years and is forcing Laaperi to leave her post.
In a letter to the school community, John Galvan, director of the diocese office for schools, informed the school community that he had decided to enforce a “long-standing diocese policy’’ that restricts relatives supervising family members.
Laaperi, with permission of the diocesan leadership at the time, hired her son, employing him as a teacher. Parents say the diocese was aware of the original hiring and allowed it. Now, suddenly, the diocese made a decision that is forcing the principal to leave after decades of exemplary service.
Laaperi has attempted to keep a low profile despite the angry parents. In an email to to the parents which was shared by parents with LaMesaToday.com, Laaperi tried to calm the situation saying "It is my opinion there is nothing to gain in seeking…Continue
From Beauty and the Beast’s hauntingly melancholic “If I Can’t Love Her” to the impassioned spirituality of Vaughn-Williams “Five Mystical Songs,” noted baritone Bill Marshall “sings it all!” Think the exuberant “They Call the Wind Maria” from Paint Your Wagon and Theodore Roethke’s disturbing tale, “My Papa’s Waltz.”
All these – and more, much more, will be showcased when Marshall, accompanied by Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, appears as featured artist in program eight of East County’s popular Valerie Victor Concert Series.
Date: Sunday, May 24, 2019
Place: The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Avenue. La Mesa, CA 91942
A free will offering will be taken.
Marshall’s extensive music theater background includes leading roles in Secret Garden, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Into the Woods, South Pacific, Sound of Music and many others. Coming up: featured soloist, Mehaffey Chorale’s Milan tour; lead, The Most Happy Fella at St. Paul, MN’s Skylark Opera and soloist with Pacific Coast Chorale for Mozart’s Requiem this May with City Ballet of San Diego.
Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, email@example.com, (619) 888-3401
New Health Care District Maps Released
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) has taken the next step as part of its future transition from district-wide to zone-based elections for its five-member board of directors.
Tentative maps showing proposed boundaries for the five zones across GHD’s 750-square-mile district are now available for public review on the GHD website, www.grossmonthealthcare.org/about-ghd/zone-based-elections.
The public is invited to review the maps and provide input at two public hearings, the first one to be held Monday March 4. The hearing will be held during the GHD’s regularly scheduled monthly board meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Another public hearing, expected to be held during a future GHD regularly scheduled board meeting, has not yet been scheduled.
At the two upcoming public hearings, GHD said a presentation will include the rationale behind the composition of the proposed maps by representatives from a company that specializes in demographics and mapping. Comments will be accepted from members of the public, as well as from GHD board members.
“We look forward to hearing input from voters about the boundaries for the proposed maps,” said Randy Lenac, GHD board president. “If someone cannot attend in person, we’re also accepting written input.” Written correspondence also can be sent to Barry Jantz, GHD CEO, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final maps could be adopted by the GHD board as…Continue
LA MESA -- The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now presenting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring 15 paintings by 10-year-old Mia Bruso of Alpine. The exhibit runs through the end of March. Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said it is the first time since the library opened in 2002 that the featured artist for the quarterly art exhibit is a child.
Mia was born to Keith and Michelle Bruso at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in 2008. Mia attends Riverview International Academy in Lakeside and speaks both English and Mandarin, as well as a little Spanish. According to her parents and grandmother Joanne Bruso, Mia started to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon. She has been taking art classes since second grade. Mia’s dream is to become an artist as well as a veterinarian because she loves art and loves animals, especially cats. She also recently received her Karate master brown belt.
“Mia’s proud grandmother suggested that we exhibit Mia’s art and we agreed that it was a wonderful idea,” said Quinn.
Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.…Continue
Mixing Medicines Has Its Risks
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “A Healthy Outlook on Aging, Medicines, Alcohol, Tobacco” from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
Presenter on Feb. 27 will be Matthew Parcasio with the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Aging & Independence Services, Outreach and Education. Parcasio has a master’s degree in Gerontology. He gained his knowledge of caring for older adults and adults with disabilities through his experience working in adult day healthcare, assisted living memory care and non-medical home care settings. Parcasio said he expresses his passion for helping others in the support, education and resources he provides older adults, dependent adults and their families in San Diego.
According to Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, the presentation will provide awareness of medicines that do not mix well with other prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, herbal and vitamin supplements and alcohol.
“The presentation will include information on alcohol usage and a self-assessment tool,” said Quinn. “Tobacco and smoking cessation resources also will be provided. Emphasis will be place placed on the importance of recovery and prevention. Most of the time, medicines make our lives better. They reduce aches and pains, fight infections, and control problems such as…Continue
Health Care District To Honor Heroes
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking nominees for its 2019 Healthcare Heroes awards. Now in its 13th year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program recognizing volunteers who advance the delivery of quality health services in the East County region.
“Volunteers are a significant part of care teams in local health organizations, working alongside healthcare professionals,” said Randy Lenac, GHD board president. “The purpose of the Healthcare Heroes Awards is to recognize volunteers whose unsung work in healthcare might not otherwise be celebrated. We solicit the assistance of all East County residents in nominating their peers so we can recognize their commitment to care and inspire others.”
Examples of volunteers eligible for nomination include health educators, volunteer transportation providers, health professionals, first responders, community clinic volunteers, pastoral caregivers, grant writers, members of service clubs, members of policy or advocacy organizations, auxiliary members and healthcare-related youth volunteers. Nominees may include any individual volunteer or volunteer(s) of organizations who demonstrate selfless dedication beyond their paid duties. Nominees from prior years are eligible to be nominated again, if they were not previously selected as honorees.
Deadline for submission of entries is Friday, March 8. Entries can be submitted online through the GHD website, e-mailed, or mailed to the GHD offices at 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Nomination forms are available at…Continue
Daddy And Daughter Night Planned
LA MESA -- Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A restaurant at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will host a “Daddy-Daughter Date Night” for fathers and daughters from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Daddy-Daughter Date Night activities will include table-side service, dinner, dessert, entertainment and a flower for each daughter. Each restaurant will celebrate the occasion in its own way with some rolling out a red carpet and others with limo rides and dancing. Seatings are available every hour and reservations are required. Seating is limited. Cost is $25 per father-daughter pair. Additional children can be added to the reservation for $10 per child. To reserve a seating time, visit www.cfasandiego.com/events/.
“One of Chick-fil-A’s goals is to promote community connections and enrich the lives of everyone we come in contact with,” said Matt Hughes, Chick-fil-A franchise operator. “We understand the importance of father-daughter relationships and want to encourage local dads to take a break from busy schedules, enjoy their daughter’s company and have fun.”
Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are located in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos, Santee, La Mesa, Escondido, National City and in San Diego on Sports Arena Blvd., Camino Ruiz in Mira Mesa, Carmel Mountain Road in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Camino del Sur in 4S Ranch, Scranton Road in Sorrento Valley and Balboa Avenue in Clairemont. For addresses and directions to locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant, visit …Continue
How is Your Brain Fitness?
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Keeping Your Brain Fit,” an informational program about how to improve your brain health with brain exercises and lifestyle changes, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.
Presenter on Jan.23 will be Pat Mosteller, professor, Continuing Education, Older Adult Program, San Diego Community College District. Mosteller, a member of the California Community College Educators of Older Adults (CCCEOA), has researched the relationship between education and cognitive health in older adults based on brain plasticity and neurogenesis. She has been recognized by San Diego County Aging and Independence Services (AIS) for the extensive advocacy efforts she provides locally and statewide for older adults.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said the discussion on Jan. 23 will include tips on how to keep your brain sharp, quick and responsive for years to come by making some simple changes to your lifestyle.
“Mental decline conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, threaten all of us, but we can combat these conditions and postpone the symptoms, sometimes indefinitely, just by understanding their causes and learning how to apply brain-training strategies that keep our brains stronger and healthier longer,” said Quinn. “Just like physical fitness,…Continue
Health Care District Elects 2019 Board Officers
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has elected its 2019 board officers.
Randy Lenac, who recently won reelection to his second four-year term, was elected as 2019 board president. Virginia Hall was elected as vice president and Robert “Bob” Ayres was elected as secretary. Lenac selected Gloria Chadwick to serve as treasurer. Also serving on the five-member board is Michael Emerson, who served as board president in 2017 and 2018.
“I’ve served on this board since 2014 and I’m continually impressed with the collective wisdom and selfless dedication of my board colleagues to serve the taxpayers in our district,” said Lenac. “Every constituent can feel confident that this board is committed to our role of addressing unmet healthcare needs and supporting the community to the greatest extent possible.”
Lenac, a resident of Campo, was appointed to the GHD board in July 2014 and elected to a four-year term in November of the same year. In November 2018, he was reelected. Since 2011, Lenac, a retired Marine, has served on the board of the Grossmont Hospital Corporation (GHC), the operator of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. He also represents GHD on the Association of California Healthcare Districts board, a statewide organization representing healthcare districts.
Hall, a retired registered nurse, was elected to the GHD board in November 2016. She worked in healthcare from 1973 to 2004, including at several hospital emergency rooms, clinics and research facilities. Since 2004, Hall has worked in real estate and has been active in the Santee community, serving as 2016 president of the Santee Chamber of…Continue
Harp: Tasha Smith Godinez in Concert
“’T is believ’d that this harp which I wake now for thee
Was a siren of old who sung under the sea.”
~ Thomas Moore, The Origin of the Harp
Alluring…enticing…seductive: words used alike for mythological sirens of old and the captivating call of the harp.
LA MESA -- The Valerie Victor Concert Series invites you to discover the magic for yourselves, to experience and be stirred by the music of internationally renowned harpist Tasha Smith Godinez in a program to be presented in the sanctuary of The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa.
Date: January 20, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM
Address: 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa CA 91942
(619-464-1519 – www.tableucc.com)
Free-will offering to be taken
Passionate about breaking the perceived boundaries of her instrument and creating new sound for the harp, Ms. Smith Godinez is currently working on her third album, a compilation of all new works for the harp. Her work spans genres and techniques as she employs her talents in a variety of musical arenas. Known especially for her work with the Orquesta de Baja California throughout Mexico, she has appeared with Placido Dominguez, various chamber ensembles, as a member of the Garcia Godinez Duo and with jazz vocalist Leonard Patton.
Additional Information: Jim Tompkins-MacLaine, email@example.com, (619) 888-3401