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Police Shoot Armed Assailant
LA MESA — A knife-wielding attacker threatened a 13-year-old girl on Fletcher Parkway just before 9 a.m. this morning and was eventually confronted by police and shot twice.
Police said the 34-year-old man charged at officers wielding a machette and was subdued by shots from a La Mesa Police officer in the abdoman and arm. Officers instantly applied first aid and the attacker was rushed to surgery and was reported in stable condition this evening.
Police say the incident started with a call that the man had attacked a 13-year-old girl on her way to school and had thrown a pocket knife at her. The girl ran away across Fletcher Parkway and found shelter in a Subway Sandwich shop. Police responding to the call confronted the assailant nearby and found him armed with other knives, including the machette.
The man was identified as Bernard Graham of Spring Valley. The officer whi fired the shot was put on routine administrative leave pending an investigation. Because the event happened along a busy thoroughfare police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to call (619) 667-4100.
Military families invited for
free food at La Mesa Chick-fil-A
LA MESA -- The San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants, including the Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, will honor the community’s military personnel and their families with free food and entertainment at its annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday, May 23.
Between 4 and 7 p.m., any active duty member of the military or retired veteran with a military ID or proof of service, along with their immediate family members, will receive their choice of a free entrée at any of the 14 San Diego-area Chick-fil-A restaurants. Choices include the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Sandwich, eight-count Nuggets or three-count Chick-n-Strips. The event also will include raffles for the opportunity to win prizes, music entertainment and a visit from the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow.
“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to those who have honorably served our nation,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We hope they, along with their families, will join us as we show our appreciation for all they do.”
This will be Chick-fil-A’s 11th annual Military Appreciation Night locally. The event began in 2008, when there were only four Chick-fil-A restaurants operating in San Diego.
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…Continue
Weighing the Option Of New Joints
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Joint Replacement,” a program on hip and knee total joint replacement surgeries and hip resurfacing procedures, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 23. 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 May 23 will be Astrid LeTouzic, R.N., orthopedic program manager, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Joint Endeavor Program. The hospital’s Joint Endeavor program was launched in 1989, and later implemented at all Sharp hospitals in San Diego in 1994. The Joint Endeavor team includes board-certified surgeons with a special interest and expertise in joint replacement, physical therapists, case managers, nurses and social workers. The team looks at every step of the patient's care, from preoperative tests to post-discharge home safety, to ensure that patients achieve the best possible outcomes. The program includes patient education, clinical pathways, multimodal pain management (to better control pain, lower narcotic use and improve function with fewer complications) and postoperative rehabilitation.
Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said, “This class will be an informative presentation about the hospital’s hip and knee replacement program. You will learn about the hospital’s journey to become a Center for…Continue
Padres Double Play Means Chicken For All
LA MESA -- The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the two East County restaurants at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee and 8200 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa, are partnering with the San Diego Padres for a “Chick-fil-A Double-Play” promotion during the 2018 season at Petco Park.
Any time the Padres complete a double play during a home game, guests can bring their ticket stub to a local Chick-fil-A restaurant the following day to redeem a free Chick-fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich.
“A modern classic, the Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich pairs perfectly with America’s classic game,” said Rick Preciado, franchise operator of the Chick-fil-A in La Mesa. “We’re excited to support our home team and encourage loyal fans to join us in celebrating a Padres double play with a sandwich on us.”
Offer is limited to one free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich per customer per day with valid ticket stub. Offer is valid only at participating Chick-fil-A restaurants on the day after the Padres completed a double play during a 2018 home game. Because Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays, when double plays are made during Saturday home games, guests can redeem their free sandwich on the following Monday. To view the 2018 San Diego Padres home game schedule, visit www.mlb.com/padres.
“A double play turned by the Padres is a great play, and Chick-fil-A is making it even better with the Chick-fil-A Double Play promotion,” said Sergio Del Prado, vice president of corporate partnerships, San Diego Padres. “We are proud to…Continue
Free Senior Health Fair in La Mesa, May 11th
LA MESA -- The 19th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary.
The health fair’s organizers, the East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies serving seniors in the East County, said its health fair will feature more than 70 exhibit booths, along with free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, balance, depression, oral cancer and body mass index. Information will be available about senior housing, home care services, personal care services, insurance, fire and disaster safety, home safety, fall prevention, health education, dental health, advance directives, nutrition services, social programs, caregiving services, educational programs, government agencies and volunteer opportunities.
Event sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, City of La Mesa and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. For event information, phone the Sharp Senior Resource Center at (619) 740-4214.
La Mesa Craft Corner will be at the La Mesa Farmers Market, Fridays, 3-7pm, beginning May 4. We are located under the pergola surrounding Bo Beau's https://www.facebook.com/bobeaugarden
Spaces are available for handcrafted goods by local artisans. No food products. Sizes of space and prices vary, and are very reasonable. Contact Judy Cunningham if you would like to participate. La Mesa Blvd will be closed during the event. Like us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaMesaCraftCorner/
$90,000 In Scholarships Awarded
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) recently awarded $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.
The students from 21 local high schools in the East Region were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to serve in the healthcare field. Students from each high school will receive either $1,500 or $3,000 at the end of their first successfully-completed semester of college.
“We applaud these students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Michael Emerson, board president. “It’s important for us to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow.”
The students include (name of their high school follows the students’ names in parenthesis): Hannah Taggart, Jaelyn Henige (Christian); Tatyanna McKee-Cartwright (Diego Valley Charter); Destiny James (Innovation High); Sarah Ali, Sarah Yaqoob (El Cajon Valley); Kamrie Toney, Marwa Mohammad Azim (El Capitan); Malia Nowlen, Kendra Patterson (Foothills Christian); Brooke Johnson, Haley Willhelm (Granite Hills); Merna Nissan, Joseph Williams (Grossmont); Brianna Robbins, Theresa Slaiwa (Grossmont Middle College); Faith Mendoza, Omar Yusuf (Helix Charter); Kate Hummel, Michael Estrada (IDEA Center High); Symeon Elkins, Rita Al Ankawy (Liberty Charter); Ariana Mae Gaeta, Lauren Lee Simpson-Long (Monte…Continue
Chamber To Host Spring Expo
LA MESA -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its “2018 Spring Fling Business Expo” from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa. The fourth annual event, open to the public, will showcase more than 40 exhibit booths featuring Chamber members, as well as a silent auction, raffle prizes, door prizes and food and beverages. Cost to attend is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lamesachamber.com, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700.
Food and beverages providers will include BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Blue Lagoon Coffee, Brew Coffee Spot, Cali Comfort BBQ, Dream Dinners, El Torito La Mesa, Golden Spoon, Los Pinos Taco Shop, Luna Grill, Marie Callender’s, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Samuel Adams, Sycuan Casino, The Hills Local Pub and Valley Farm Market. Major sponsors include Mission Federal Credit Union as presenting sponsor and Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and San Diego County Credit Union La Mesa as supporting sponsors, AAA Imaging as printing sponsor, Community Spectrum as video sponsor and East County Herald as community relations media sponsor.
Hospital Board Reviews Year
LA MESA -- The citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has issued its 2017 Annual Report to the Community.
The citizens group, called the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), consists of uncompensated East County residents who are monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending bond proceeds on construction projects at the publicly-owned hospital.
The Annual Report highlights activities during the 2017 calendar year on several taxpayer-funded hospital construction projects financed by the Proposition G bond measure approved by voters in 2006.
During 2017, Notices of Completion were filed for two projects, including the hospital’s new Central Energy Plant (CEP) and Heart and Vascular (H&V) Center. The CEP features a cogeneration system that generates nearly 100 percent of the hospital’s electricity on site, making it no longer solely reliant on the electrical power grid. The CEP also powers all utility needs for the hospital, including medical equipment, space heating and air conditioning.
The final Prop G project construction also began in 2017 on the H&V Level 1 Surgery Floor, which will include four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multi-purpose procedural rooms that will support a wide range of surgeries, including general, open-heart, minimally invasive and image-guided procedures, as well as various endovascular interventional surgeries. The fully operational H&V Center will…Continue