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  Rancho BeRnaRdo l noRth Poway l SaBRe SPRingS l caRmel mountain                                             Ranch l 4S Ranch l Rancho PenaSquitoS l ScRiPPS Ranch
 VOL. 25 • NO. 12                                                        The “Voice” of                      the community                                               DECEMBER 2009




SPAC will perform The Nutcracker ballet                                         size” performance, complete with
                                                                                narration and a sign-language
                                                                                interpreter, preceded by a festive,
                                                                                family-friendly holiday tea.
                                                                                  Staged in The Grand Del Mar’s
                                                                                Elizabeth Ballroom, the Nutcracker
                                                                                presentation will delight audiences
                                                                                of all ages. The full length ballet
                                                                                will be presented for the 17th year
                                                                                at the Scripps Ranch High School
                                                                                Theatre.
                                                                                   This family-oriented ballet in-
                                                                                cludes a cast of 170 children from
                                                                                ages 3 to 18.
                                                                                   Performance dates and times at
                                                                                Scripps Ranch High School The-         THE DRIVE IS ON- Poway Transmissons has a public request for
A CLASSIC- The Scripps Performing Arts Academy will be present-                                                        their Food & Toy Drive benefitting San Diego Military Families.
ing The Nutcracker Ballet at the Grand Del Mar, a new venue                     ater, located at 10410 Treena Street   Drop off non-perishable food items, unwrapped toys or gift cards
for this year’s performances.                                                   in Scripps Ranch, are on Saturday,     at Poway Transmissions from now until December 15. They are
  Performances for the upcoming        Del Mar.                                 Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec.     located at 13933-A Poway Road, between Midlan and Garden
classic holiday production of The        In the The Nutcracker Ballet, a        13 at 2 p.m. at The Grand Del          Roads in Poway. Each year they accept donations and each
Nutcracker will be held at Scripps     new tradition will be added this         Mar, located in Carmel Valley at       year it grows to fill up their lobby. Eldon and Karen Dunn, own-
Ranch High School Theatre with         year at The Grand Del Mar as             5300 Grand del Mar Court. Perfor-      ers of Poway Transmissions, have delivered four carloads full
special performances at the Grand      the elegant resort hosts a “child-       Please see NUTCRACKER, p. 6
                                                                                                                       of items that families would appreciate, especially at this time
                                                                                                                       of the year. “We feel it’s a small part to help out those who de-


Santa & Mrs. Claus are coming to town
                                                                                                                       fend our freedom,” say the Dunns. “Land of the free, because
                                                                                                                       of the brave.”


                                         There will be a face painter, a bal-    Check out their web site at: www.
                                       loon artist, a penguin treasure hunt     srfm.org. For further information,
                                       and treats for young and old. Mark       contact Bev Cassity, at (858)
                                       your calendars for Santa and Mrs.        586-7933 or: SRFarmersMarket@
                                       Claus at the Farmers Market from         aol.com.
                                       11 a.m. to noon. Regular market
                                       hours every Saturday are from 9
                                       a.m. to 1 p.m. They are open rain
                                       or shine.
                                         The Scripps Ranch Farmers Mar-
                                       ket is located at 10380 Spring Can-
                                       yon Road, across the street from the
                                       Von’s shopping center, off of I-15
                                       and Scripps Poway Parkway.
                                                                                                                       IN THE SPIRIT- Massoud Shoaee, owner of Rancho Bernardo Pack
                                         You will find 65+ vendors week-                                               & Ship Center, stands in front of his painted windows displaying
                                       ly, with fresh, certified produce and    READYING SANTA CLAUS – Ran-            holiday cheer, as he welcomes customers.
IN THE SPIRIT- Santa and Mrs.          cut flowers. In addition, you can        cho Bernardo’s Official Santa’s
Claus will be at the Scripps
Ranch Market Place Satur-
                                       shop for exciting clothes, jewelry,
                                       purses, home decor, holiday crafts
                                                                                Helper Nick Anastasopoulos
                                                                                prepares to light RB’s Menorah         New name, but same friendly service
days, 11 a.m. to noon. Join                                                     and Christmas Tree outside               If you haven’t noticed, there is a   will continue to offer packaging,
the family and celebrate with          and much more.                           San Diego National Bank, a             new banner on top of, what used to     shipping and mailbox services to
                                           Don’t eat before you come or         part of U.S. Bank, on Bernardo
65+ vendors and so much food                                                                                           be The UPS Store.                      the community.
to consider.                           you will miss out on the yummy           Center Drive. The religious
                                       Belgian crepes, carne asada, gyros,                                               Now, with six years in business,        To show his appreciation to all
   When you hear the jingle of bells                                            symbols will be lit through New
                                       sushi, egg rolls, tamales, Hawaiian      Year’s Day. Assisting Santa            a new name appears, “RB Pack           customers and patrons, Shoaee is
it will be Santa & Mrs. Claus arriv-
ing at the Scripps Ranch Farmers       pulled pork, Jamaican jerk chicken,      with his grooming are, left,           & Ship Center,” independently          offering a discount this December
                                                                                Marty Judge, Chairman of the           owned and operated by Massoud          (see coupon in this issue) for this
Market and Family festival. Bring      kettle corn, churros, homemade           event, and Jill Brierton, Man-
the kid’s and your cameras for a       cookies, English toffee, fudge and       ager of the bank branch.               Shoaee.                                holiday season on all shipping,
memorable photo op.                    a coffee cart.                           Photo by Larry McIntyre.                  Without skipping a beat, they                             ,
                                                                                                                                                              Please see PACK & SHIP p. 6
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                                                        Community/News
A jewel amongst us. It’s a family affair.
                                                                                appraiser while they work. This
                                                                                offers a high level of confidence
                                                                                and comfort to the owner, and they
                                                                                have the opportunity to learn more
                                                                                about their treasure.
                                                                                   “Everyone who comes to us is
                                                                                treated with the same high level of
                                                                                care and respect we show to each
                                                                                other,” says Fred. “Whether they
                                                                                are seeking a watchband, battery,
                                                                                or a two carat diamond to surprise
                                                                                their wife, they are all valued.”
                                                                                   “That is how we have built our       THE BEST AND ONLY- Doug Best knew some of the biggest names
                                                                                business. We’ve been here nearly        in the entertainment business. With a cup of tea to mellow his
                                                                                30 years, and value our sterling        voice, Doug is ready to broadcast another radio show on KKSM,
                                                                                                                        AM 1130 out of Palomar College.
                                                                                reputation.”
A STERLING FAMILY- After 28 years, working as a family to
achieve excellence in the jewelry business, Unicorn Jewelry
in Rancho Bernardo and Carmel Mountain Ranch is one of the
                                                                                   Family always comes first with
                                                                                Fred, and community is high on
                                                                                his list of priorities. Whether he
                                                                                                                        The Best keeps us swinging!
                                                                                                                        By Nancy Canfield                     spokesman. Then Doug convinced
most celebrated names in jewelry. Left to right: Fred Nasseri,                  is supporting the organizations            What do Lawrence Welk, Patty       the radio station that if they wanted
Mitra Nasseri, Minoo Anvari and Dr. Said Nasseri.                                                                                                             Rambler’s business, they had to
                                                                                he belongs to; Rancho Bernardo          Page, Louie Armstrong and Billy
By Nancy Canfield                       independent design.”                    Business Association, SD North                                                give him a job.
                                                                                                                        Vaughn have in common?
   In Rancho Bernardo, the name            Unicorn features several bou-        Chamber of Commerce, Rotary,                                                    It worked, and he called his first
                                                                                                                          Doug Best, the longest, continu-
that leaps to everyone’s lips for       tiques, such as Mon Blanc, offering     Kiwanis, Shriners and the Jewish                                              show, “The Record Rambler.”
                                                                                                                        ous broadcaster in San Diego!
the highest quality and the most        watches, leather goods includ-          community, or local fundraisers,                                                 While a broadcaster, Doug held
                                                                                                                           He came to San Diego from his
reliable, elegant jewelry, is Unicorn   ing wallets, and high quality gift      everyone knows they can count                                                 a day job with various title com-
                                                                                                                        home in Edmonton, Canada, where
Jewelry and Watch Boutique.             items.                                  on Unicorn Jewelry and Watch                                                  panies, retiring 20 years ago. He
                                                                                                                        he served as gunner on Lancaster
    Located in the Bernardo Plaza          Unicorn is also an authorized        Boutique for support.                                                         remembers Escondido and the
                                                                                                                        bombers for the Royal Canadian
for 28 years, Fred Nasseri, partner     dealer for Piaget, Tacori, CliQ,          A true American immigrant suc-                                              surrounding areas as ranchland
                                                                                                                        Air Force. After the war, he joined
and sister, Minoo Anvari, wife          Carrera, Ebel, Bertolucci, to name      cess story, the Nasseri’s came to                                             and groves, with only about 10 to
                                                                                                                        his mother and stepfather in San
Mitra Nasseri and other family          a few. In fact, the Tacori collec-      this country with little, and built                                           12,000 people. His office on Pa-
                                                                                                                        Diego, and got his start at KSDO
members have built a reputation         tion is second to none in all of San    an successful business on basic                                               cific Highway neighbored him with
                                                                                                                        in the 1950’s.
for excellence in jewelry making.       Diego County.                           hard work, dedication and crafts-                                             the infamous financier C. Arnhold
                                                                                                                          Later, he made his way to KFMB,
Overall, Unicorn features a staff         They offer 14 lines of watches and    manship. They are delighted to                                                Smith, who he says, “Was always a
                                                                                                                        part of the CBS Broadcasting
of 14, some who have been there         an equal number of bridal acces-        be able to repay and serve their                                              gentleman, and went out of his way
                                                                                                                        group, and other stations around
as long as 20 years, including two      sories, many are not sold anywhere      community.                                                                    to greet him.”
                                                                                                                        San Diego for over 50 plus years.
watchmakers.                            else in San Diego. What a boon              To become more acquainted,                                                   He served for 12 years on the
                                                                                                                        Not only did he spin discs, but he
  “We require solid jewelry expe-       for people who love to shop locally,    visit Unicorn Jewelry and Watch                                               Escondido City Council, and was
                                                                                                                        interviewed all of the above, and
rience from our employees where         especially in difficult times, with     Boutique at 16781 Bernardo Cen-                                               appointed Mayor of Escondido for
                                                                                                                        has the stories to prove it.
training is comprehensive and           people they know and trust, like        ter Drive, Suite 4, or browse their                                           two years. During his administra-
                                                                                                                          At first, KSDO kept turning him
ongoing,” says Fred. “There is          the Nasseri family.                     website at: www.unicornjewelry.                                               tion, North County Fair and the
                                                                                                                        down. So, when he bought himself
nothing they cannot do in the areas       All of Unicorn’s work is done on      com. For more information, call                                               Auto Park were built.
                                                                                                                        a Nash Rambler, he convinced the
of design, repair and creativity.       the premises. Often people bring        (858) 487-6454.                         dealer to choose him as his radio     Please see BEST, page 14
We have the largest collection of       in heirlooms for repair or appraisal.
loose diamonds in North San Diego
County, and are famous for our
                                        Here, they are invited to sit right
                                        next to the watchmaker or the           Christmas Card Lane in Penasquitos won’t see this again
                                                                                   This story is for anyone who has                                           until she climbed to the top. Obvi-
 Personalized Travel Service                                                    had the fun of putting up holiday
                                                                                decorations.
                                                                                                                                                              ously, she was not happy. Appar-
                                                                                                                                                              ently she was one of many people
 30 years in                                 Your cruise and                      A Rancho Penasquitos homeown-                                               who attempted to do that.
                                                                                er truly outdid himself this year                                               The homeowner’s yard couldn’t
 the travel                                   tour specialist                   with his Christmas decorations.                                               take it either. He had more than a
 industry                                          call                         The bad news is that he had to take                                           few tire tracks where people liter-
                                                                                it down after two days. He had too                                            ally drove up onto the front yard.
                                              Yvonne Donick                     many people come screaming up to
                                                             (760)              his house.
                                                                                   There were two things that made
                                                                                                                                                              WAC sets December
                                                        489-2312                him take it down.                                                             meeting dates Council,
                                                                                   First, the police advised him that                                          The World Affairs
                                                                                it would cause traffic accidents.                                             North County Chapter, meets every
                                                                                In fact, they almost crashed when                                             Thursday at The Remington Club
                                                                                they drove by.                                                                2, 16925 Hierba Drive, Rancho
                                                                                    Second, a 55-year-old lady          HANG IN THERE- A Rancho Pe-           Bernardo, (behind the Vons at the
                                                                                                                        nasquitos homeowner won’t             Plaza, on Bernardo Center Drive)
                                                                                grabbed the 75-pound ladder put-
                                                                                                                        be hanging this decoration            at 10 a.m.
                                                                                ting it against his house. She didn’t   again, or it will be his own            The following are the speakers for
                                                                                realize the decoration was fake         neck that will be in trouble.         the month of December. There is
                                                                                                                                                              no charge to attend. New members
                                                                                                                Full Service Florist                          are welcomed to join.

    Phone (858)                   486-4070                                                    Rancho Bernardo Florist
                                                                                                                                                                 Dec. 17: Dr. David Felsen will
                                                                                                                                                              update the Council on Italy: “When
                                                                                                                                                              in Rome - Italy and its Place in the
    Your Local, Dependable Plumber                                                                  12245-B World Trade Drive
                                                                                                                                                              Era of Globalization.”
                                                                                                                                                                 Italy is one of the principal de-
                Since 1984.                                                                        San Diego, California 92128                                mocracies of Western Europe and a
                                                                                                                                                              long-time U.S. ally and friend. It is
                                                                                           (858) 451-9299 (800) 848-4340
         • Electronic Leak Detection                                                                                                                          a member of important internation-
                                                                                         Carmel Mountain Ranch Floral Flower Mart                             al bodies such as the G-8 and G-20
     • Slab Leak Repair and Re-routing                                                                                                                        Global Economic Groupings.
                                                                                                                                                                Yet in spite of this, there has been
    • Quest Pipe Repairs and Re-piping                                          • Tropical Arrangement                                                        scant attention paid to and little
              • Drain Cleaning                                                        • Weddings
                                                                                                                                                              understanding of recent political,
                                                                                                                                                              economic and social events in
         • Drain Camera Inspections                                                      • Leis                                                               Italy. Dr. Felsen, is an expert on
                                                                                                                                                              Italy’s politics and society. He will
            • Garbage Disposals                                                  • Corporate Events                                                           talk about Italy’s place in today’s
                                                                                                                                                              globalized world. He will go over
              • Water Heaters License #6559888                                    • Gourmet Baskets                                                           some of Italy’s critical historical
                                                                                 • Balloon Bouquets                                                           moments. He will also look at
     Finding a Great Plumber Doesn’t                                            • Sympathy/Funerals                                                           where the country is heading over
                                                                                                                                                              the next few years.
    Have to be a Draining Experience!                                                                        10% Off with ad on Local Delivery
                                                                                                                                                                Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 there will be
                                                                                                                                                              no meetings.
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                                                           Community/News
   COGG turns 30, celebration attended by many local and political officials
                                                                                   played in improving the quality of
                                                                                   life in the local community.” The
                                                                                   resolution was signed by Assem-
                                                                                   blyman Fletcher and State Senator
                                                                                   Dennis Hollingsworth.
                                                                                     Chairwoman of the Board of San
                                                                                   Diego County Supervisors Dianne
                                                                                   Jacob presented a proclamation
                                                                                   saying, “the 7th day of November
                                                                                   2009 is Conservative Order for
                                                                                   Good Government Day throughout
                                                                                   San Diego County.” The procla-
                                                                                   mation was in recognition of the       BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION – Elected officials helping celebrate the
                                                                                   organization’s outstanding service,    30th birthday of the Conservative Order for Good Government
                                                                                                                          are (from left) the Director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s San
                                                                                   leadership, and commitment to area     Diego Office and UC Regent Charlene Zettel, Poway Mayor Don
                                                                                   residents, and was signed by all       Higginson, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, San Diego
                                                                                   County Supervisors.                    City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders,
                                                                                      “I was just an ordinary citizen     GOP County Chairman Tony Krvaric, State Assemblyman Nathan
                                                                                                                          Fletcher, Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, San Diego County
                                                                                   raising a family and trying to make    Sheriff Bill Gore, and Marty Judge, President of COGG.
   30th BIRTHDAY GIFT -- San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders (left)
   presents a proclamation naming November 7, 2009 as “Conser-                     the community better,” said Char-       A number of presidents of COGG         semblyman, and a Superior Court
   vative Order of Good Government Day in the City of San Diego”                   lene Zettel, the Director of Gover-    have gone on to become elected          Judge.
   to Marty Judge, President of the organization on the occasion                   nor Schwarzenegger’s San Diego         officials including Ms. Zettel, who       Over the years COGG has had its
   of its 30th birthday dinner.                                                    Office and a UC Regent. “I knew        was a two-term Assemblywoman,           share of notable speakers includ-
      San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders the local community. “It soon                  nothing about the political process    Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler       ing Presidents Ronald Reagan and
   was one of many elected officials branched out to sponsor debates               when I started but I learned how       and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith,        Gerald Ford and Governors Pete
   and about 150 guests who attended among candidates and became one               government works at COGG.”             who served as Poway Mayor, As-          Wilson and George Deukmejian.
   the 30th anniversary dinner of the of the forums not to miss if you
   Conservative Order for Good Gov- sought public office,” said Marty
   ernment (COGG) at the Country Judge, President of COGG.                         Moonlight Magic was a big hit at the Assistance League
   Club of Rancho Bernardo recently         Congressmen Duncan Hunter and                 A Las Vegas-style magic show
   and recognized the good works of Brian Bilbray commended COGG                       was held at the California Center
   the organization.                       for providing a forum for a political       for the Arts, Escondido, to benefit
     “It is a great pleasure for me,” said dialogue between elected officials          the Assistance League® Inland
   Mayor Sanders, “to proclaim Nov. and the electorate via video mes-                  North County.
   7, 2009 as Conservative Order for sages. Both have been frequent                        The fundraiser was attended by
   Good Government Day in the City speakers at the organization’s                      nearly 300 people. Many families
   of San Diego and I commend the monthly luncheons.                                   in the audience were treated to magic
   organization for its commitment          COGG was presented a Certificate           and illusions which included audi-
   to community service and lead- of Special Congressional Recog-                      ence participation. Garry Carson and
   ership in federal, state and local nition by Congressman Duncan                     his assistant, Kelsey, have entertained
   politics.”                              Hunter wife, Margaret Hunter.               millions of people in 38 countries.
     COGG was formed 30 years ago             Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher              And this time they are benefitting
Hi by a group of citizens interested in presented a resolution from the
    Mark,                                                                              San Diego North County.
   keeping abreast ad for January State Assembly commending
Please proof the of political issues issue. We combined two papers                        All and raised will benefit the
                                                                                     to one fundsnamed THE SUN SIGNATURE.
   that affected the quality of life of COGG on “the vital role it has                 many programs sponsored in the A MAGICAL TIME- The Assistance League® Inland North County
                                                                                                                               Carmel
Our papers will remain to deliver to the same areas (North Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch,held a fundraiser using magic as their wand. Left to right: Kelsey,
                                                                                       local community by Assistance
Mountain Ranch, Sebre Springs, Penasquitos and Scripps Ranch). Do you want to do something Diane Millard, Garry Carson and Terri Sharpe (Event Chairman)
   Rancho Family YMCA begins co-ed
this coming new year?? Please let me or Mark know when you are ready.
                                                                                       League Inland North County.
                                                                                           The Assistance League Thrift
                                                                                                                               special forWhited.
                                                                                                                               and Arline




                                                                                                                                                           The
                                                                                       Store is located at 2068 East Valley
   Youth/Pee Wee Basketball League
                                                                                                                                  moretgage
                                                                                       Parkway, Escondido. Call (760)
Please get back to me and wish you all the best for this coming New Year.............Thanks, Sam
       The Rancho Family YMCA (858) 484-8788 to receive a copy 746-7532 for more information
   Co-ed Winter Basketball League of the Winter/Spring 2010 Program or visit thir website at: www.as-
   begins Jan. 30 and runs through Guide.
   March 27, 2010.
       This fun-based recreational
                                                                                       sistanceleague.info.
                                                                                                                                                            v
                                                                                                                                                company
   basketball league is designed to
   improve fundamentals and player
   skills while incorporating the
   YMCA core values in a fun, enjoy-     Fun for the whole family starting at age 3
   able environment where everyone       If you are looking for a quality Martial Arts School with a friendly, knowledgeable
   plays equally.                                  staff and professional Martial Arts instructors, look no further!
     Games and practices will be held                                                                   Children
   on Saturdays with practices 45
   minutes before each game. Age                                                                        Youths
   divisions are 4/5, 6/7, 8/10 and                                                                     Teens
   11/13. League sign-up day and
   skill assessments are scheduled                                                                      Adults
   for Jan. 9.                                                                                      • Focus
       Practices, games and skill as-                                                               • Confidence
   sessment are held at the Rancho                                                                  • Self-Discipline
   Family YMCA outdoor courts at
   the Scripps Poway Parkway site.                                                                  • Positive Attitude
   League fees are $66 for YMCA                                                                     • Physical Fitness

                                                                                                                                  moresatisfaction
   members and $94 for non-mem-                                                                     • Self-Defense
   bers. There is a $5 late fee for
                                                               ll                                   • Lots of Fun!
                                                             Ca w
   registrants after Jan. 17.
      Kids of all skill levels are wel-
                                                              No
                                                                                                                                    Our business has been built on referrals and repeat customers.
   come. With affordable youth, adult                                                                    $19.95                      We appreciate and thank all the clients we have served since 1984.
                                                                                                            Includes:
   and family memberships available,                                                                    Official Uniform
   there is something for everyone at            (858) 676-3400                                           and 2 Weeks
                                                                                                            with any program
   the Rancho Family YMCA.
     The YMCA is discounting mem-                  4S RANCH
   bership joiner fees throughout the   Camino Del Norte at Dove Canyon Road
   month of December and January.
   Anyone interested in learning more            (858) 484-4747                                                                       16456 Bernardo Center drive, #201 • ranCho Bernardo, Ca 92128
   about programs or membership
   values can log onto the web-site              PENASQUITOS                                                                          858•451•0620 • ranchofinancial.com
   at: www.rancho.ymca.org, or stop           I-15 at Penasquitos Boulevard
   by to visit at 9410 Fairgrove Lane                    Behind McDonalds                      www.familykarateusa.com              Rancho Financial...for the right loan right now!
   in Rancho Penasquitors or call       Member: National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA)
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                                                             Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in this newspaper are those of the writer or the advertiser and are not necessarily those of The Sun Signature.

                                                                                                                                               Presidential
                                                                                                                                                     Trivia
                                                                                                                                                                        Ageless athletes in the news
                                                                                                                                                                        mind that I’m 54-years-old.”                • In 2008, 60-year-old Saoul
                                                                                                                                                                          Seriously though, here are some       Mambey became the oldest boxer
                                                                                                                                                                        athletes for the ages:                  to compete in a professional bout.
                                                                                                                                              Richard Lederer
                                                                                                                                                                           • In the 2008 Olympic Games,         Okay, he did lose to his 32-year-
                                                                                                                                Ty Cobb’s lifetime batting aver-        Dara Torres was the oldest Olym-        old opponent, but he did go 10
                                                                                                                              age is .367, nine points higher than      pic swimmer ever, at 41. She cap-       rounds.
                                                                                                                              that of anyone else. He won 11 bat-       tured three silver medals.                • When he was 64, Oscar Swahn
                                                                                                                              ting titles, batting .401 at the age of     • Quarterback and kicker George       won a gold medal for shooting in
                                                                                                                              35 and .321 at the age of 41.             Blanda retired from professional        the 1912 Olympic Games.
                                                                                                                                 Long after his retirement, a           football at 48.                           • Clifford Batt swam the English
                                                                                                                              newspaper reporter asked Cobb                • Martina Navratilova won the        Channel at the age of 67.
                                                                                                                              how he would do playing modern            mixed doubles championship at the          • In 2008, Kenny Mink became
                                                                                                                              baseball. “I figure I’d bat around        U.S. Open at age 49.                    the oldest college basketball player
                                                                                                                              .280,” Cobb replied.                          • Gordie Howe played profes-        in the United States. He was 73.
                                                                                                                                “Only .280?” asked the reporter.        sional hockey from 1946 to 1980,          • Yuichiro Miura climbed Mount
                                                                                                                              “But your lifetime batting average        retiring at 52-years-old.               Everest in 2003 at age 80.

The dumbing down of America                                                          China continues to destroy our
                                                                                                                              was .367.”
                                                                                                                                “Yep,” replied Cobb. “But keep in
                                                                                                                                                                           • Satchel Paige pitched for the
                                                                                                                                                                        Kansas City Athletics at age 59.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kind of gives new meaning to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                word “Senior.”

                                   LEFT
                                   HOOK
                                                                                     economy and build a threatening
                                                                                     military force with our consumer
                                                                                                                              Look for innate ability concerning college-bound students
                                                                                                                                                                            European and Asian nations          that more students will need those
                                                                                     dollars.                                                          FROM             administer educational systems          skills as ooposed to algebra.
                                                                                       There were 314 American troops                                    THE            that acknowledge the fact that            Every student should be taught the
                  Walter Davis                                                       who died in Iraq in 2008; Compare                                 RIGHT            some students will make excellent       cultural, historical, geographic and
  Richard struggles with the large                                                   this to 509 Americans who were                                                     plumbers, electricians or tool and      political foundations and operations
blue recycling receptical in his                                                     murdered in Chicago (1), 368 in                           Dave Epstein             die makers and others may be in         of our nation and of other nations in
effort to find plastic bottles or                                                    Detroit (2), 14,180 nationwide (3)                                                 future competition for a Nobel          comparison. If more such courses
                                                                                     and 155 killed in Afghanistan dur-          When I was chief of police of
treasured aluminum cans to fetch                                                                                                                                        Prize in medicine.                      were taught, maybe the next time I
                                                                                     ing the same period (4).                 Savannah, Georgia, the public and
money to help put his child through                                                                                                                                        The last time I paid a plumbing      speak to high school seniors about
                                                                                       Americans are being told that we       the press always placed the entire
college.                                                                                                                                                                bill, I was reminded that plumb-        the terrorist threat, I will not get a
                                                                                     are going to stay in Afghanistan         responsibility for the crime rate on
   Employed, he is an honorable                                                                                                                                         ers did rather well economically.       total and uniform blank stare when
                                                                                     and Iraq until the streets are safe.     the police. If the crime rate went        Most foreign educational systems        I ask if anyone can tell me where
man; he is honest, caring, devoted                                                                                            up, the police chief was clearly
and determined to provide the best                                                   The streets are not safe in our own                                                decide which students will go on to     Algeria is. And if they could have
                                                                                     country. Mothers in Chicago know         incompetent. If the crime rate went       a university, and which will not, by    located Algeria, maybe one-third
for his family. He never imagined                                                                                             down, the police chief was a combi-
he would be going through his                                                        this all too well with a record level                                              the time a student is 15 or 16. The     of the American people would not
                                                                                     of teenaged murders underway;            nation of Wyatt Earp, Elliott Ness,       students who will not go on to uni-     believe that the FBI or CIA blew up
neighbors’ trash to support his                                                                                               John Wayne and Batman.
child in school.                                                                     their kids are safer fighting in Iraq                                              versities are tracked to vocational     the World Trade Center.
                                                                                     than being at home!                         No one paused to consider the          or other training.                          But geography is not taught.
  James and Mark are clean cut, in                                                                                            crime-fighting roles of the judges,
their athletic clothing and seem out                                                   After receiving billions of Ameri-                                                   This winnowing out process          There is no room for geography
                                                                                     can taxpayer dollars in the “Bail        prosecutors, juries, penal institu-       also skews international test score     when a school district superin-
of place as they go through the trash                                                                                         tions, parole and probation officers,
of their neighbors. Their degrees                                                    Out,” Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd                                                      comparisons. Our 18-year-old            tendent’s tenure depends on test
                                                                                     Blankfein apologized for his com-        social workers and parents. Teach-        graduating high school seniors          scores. The most useful courses I
mean little in terms of getting a job                                                                                         ers, principals and school district
in these hard economic times.                                                        pany’s part in contributing to                                                     include many students who will          took in my sociological research se-
                                                                                     America’s financial meltdown.            superintendents are in a similar          not, should not, or cannot go on to     quence in graduate school were the
   Have you seen the members of                                                                                               bind when it comes to test scores.
America’s disappearing middle                                                        “We participated in things that                                                    study for careers requiring a univer-   statistics requirements. I learned
                                                                                     were clearly wrong and have reason         No one, including several Ameri-        sity degree. European and Asian         that when asking questions, who
class as they descend further and                                                                                             can presidents, apparently consid-
                                                                                     to regret. We apologize”(5). While                                                 equivalent age cohorts contain only     you ask is at least as important as
further into poverty?                                                                                                         ers that educational performance is
                                                                                     offering a meager $500 million                                                     the academically talented.              what you ask.
   With American manufacturing                                                                                                influenced, not only by the teacher,
                                                                                     dollars for small business stimulus,                                                  And speaking of algebra, what          And perhaps even more important
shipped overseas to China and our                                                                                             but also by a child’s genetics, fam-
                                                                                     Goldman Sachs is reported to be                                                    ever happened to “Business Math?”       is the determination of why you are
homes filled with Communist Chi-                                                                                              ily support, peer group influence
                                                                                     preparing to release $17 billion                                                   Is it no longer necessary to teach      asking a question and exactly what
nese products, hypocrits amazingly                                                                                            and the child’s decision making
                                                                                     dollars in bonuses to its execu-                                                   how to construct a profit and           value the answer will be to real
state that we cannot open normal                                                                                              process.
                                                                                     tives (6).                                                                         loss statement for a small busi-        life. Those who constructed the
trade relations with Cuba because                                                                                                The most gifted child in a class
                                                                                       Corrupt financial institutions, the                                              ness? How about bookkeeping?            testing requirement attendant to the
they are communist. Communist                                                                                                 may be the worst performer be-
                                                                                     oil industry, arms manufacturers                                                   Checkbook balancing? Inventory          “No Child Left Behind” initiative
                                                                                     and the military industrial complex,     cause his or her role models come         records? I will take a wild leap into   should have taken a few graduate
     How to write to the                                                             benefit from extended wars. The          from a dysfunctional peer group.          speculative commentary and state        statistics courses.
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      Investing in the future
      with pre-school support            at several schools. This is funded
                Sylvia                   through a grant from the Califor-
                Hampton                  nia Department of Education and
                                         provides part-day preschool experi-
                                         ences for children whose families
                                         meet specific income and need-
                                         based criteria. Priority is given to
   More than 70 percent of three-        four-year-olds living within each
and four-year-olds in America            school’s attendance area.
have no access to publicly-funded          It is important to have pre-school
early education programs. State          available to every family so none
budget cuts have led to reductions       of the children “fall through the
in pre-kindergarten and other early      cracks” and enter kindergarten
learning programs.                       already behind the other kids.
  The House of Representatives has         Kathlyn Roberts, Director of the
already passed an important part of      PUSD Early Childhood Devel-
the Student Aid and Fiscal Respon-       opment & Education, said, ”For
sibility Act (H.R. 3221) called Early    many years PUSD has partnered
Learning Challenge Fund (ELCF)           with several agencies to offer early
that would provide billions in fund-     childhood programs for children
ing for early childhood education,       from families most-in-need.
raising the level of participation           “Eligibility for these free pro-
in early learning programs among         grams includes meeting Federal
disadvantaged children.                  and/or State poverty levels. These
  Now it is on the Senate’s agenda,      Head Start and State Preschool
awaiting a vote.                         classes are located at several
                                         schools throughout the District.
    Investing in early education
makes sense because every dollar
spent on high-quality pre-kinder-
                                         Parent education is a central ele-
                                         ment to the programs.”
                                           PUSD receives funding by State
                                                                                                Robin’s
                                                                                                Nest                                Pets and the holidays
                                                                                                                            Many of the foods we serve and         be careful and not ‘love them to
garten is worth $7 in taxpayer sav-
ings and economic productivity.          grants from the California Depart-                                              some of the holiday decorations can       death’ by sharing our holiday meals
Bolstering early education today         ment of Education and through                                                   be toxic or deadly to our pets. Even      with them. If you want your pet to
can go a long way toward ensuring        collaboration with the Community                       Robin Kaufman            the ‘cute costumes’ you may put on        have something special during the
a sound economy tomorrow.                Development Institute Head Start.        There is no earth shattering opin-     your pet can be very dangerous due        holidays, give them a new toy or
  The ELCF would require qualify-        Additionally, parents can enroll       ion in my column this month. No          to the elastic material.                  pet treat. The busiest time at pet
ing states to set quality standards in   in fee-based preschools in the                                                      Please remember to be careful         emergency clinics and vet offices
                                                                                controversy about various taxes,
early education programs and raise       district.                                                                       about leaving dishes of candy or          is during the holiday season.
                                                                                water shortage, school crisis, the
the level of participation among dis-       PUSD Preschool registration is                                               alcoholic drinks at places which            If you feel your pet has ingested
                                         held during March of each year         President, the 2007 fires, etc.
advantaged children. An investment                                                My column this month deals with        are easily accessible to our pets.        something dangerous, contact your
of this nature would help thousands      and there is continuing enrollment                                              Chocolate can be toxic, causing           local veterinarian or veterinarian
                                         throughout the year with space         something else near and dear to my
of our three- and four-year-olds                                                                                         kidney problems and sometimes             emergency clinic.
                                         availability.                          heart, our pets. We all love our
enter school ready to learn.                                                                                             death. Sugar-free candy, gum                 Here are a few sites you may
   The fund would provide grants             “We have always advocated          pets dearly, but extra care needs to
                                                                                be taken for their health and safety     and soda which often contain the          want to read and save that explain
to proven programs, like the ex-         for increased funding in order to
                                                                                during the holiday season.               sweetener Xylitol, are extremely          which items are most dangerous
cellent one in the Poway Unified         increase program access,” says
                                         Roberts. “Research has shown             Since we generally get very busy       deadly.                                   to our pets and how to keep your
School District. High-quality early                                                                                        Onions and certain nuts, which we
                                         the lasting benefits of high-qual-     with various preparations leaving                                                  home safe for your pets during the
childhood education yields the best
                                         ity early childhood education and      for vacation or having people visit,     use when preparing holiday foods,         holidays:
return on investment and positive
                                         believe this is one key ingredient     we often forget that the holiday         are also toxic to our pets. Turkey,       1. Keeping Your Home Safe
outcomes for families and com-
munities that both taxpayers and         to children’s success in school        season can be a dangerous time           ham, meat, which is often served          for Your Pets during the Holi-
policymakers are seeking.                and life.”                             for our pets. The extra excitement,      during the holiday season can             days - www.nipsparrot.org/
  Poway has an excellent program in         For more information, visit the     noise and people in the house can        cause serious digestive problems          Educational%2520Articles_files/
its schools. PUSD has free, State-       website at: www.powayusd.com/          be very stressful to some pets.          to our pets as they are simply not        Holiday%2520Hazards_files/
funded Child Development classes         preschool/.                               You may want to keep your pet         used to such rich foods. Cooked           Holiday%20Hazards.htm
                                                                                safe and comfortable when people         turkey, ham and meat bones can            2. Holiday Dangers to Pets - www.
                                                                                visit by placing him/her in a closed,    easily splinter and cause problems        sniksnak.com/holidays.html
                                                                                secure room with some of his/her         to our pets.                              3. Human Foods that Poison Pets
                                                                                favorite toys and/or bedding. Some         Holiday ornaments, the trees, elec-     - www.petalia.com.au/Templates/
                                                                                of your guests may not be ‘pet           trical cords, lights, tinsel, etc., are   StoryTemplate_Process.cfm?Story_
                                                                                savvy’ and may not know they need        also very dangerous for our pets.         No=257
                                                                                to be careful about opening the front        While we all love our pets            4. The Human Society – Foods Po-
                                                                                door, sneaking food to your pet, etc.    dearly and want them to be part of        tentially Poisonous to Pets - www.
                                                                                So keeping your pet in a safe room       the family and participate in the         humanesociety.org/animals/resources/
                                                                                may work out for the best.               holiday season, it is best wnme           tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

                                                                                                                         lion dollars a year or is that person     the raises? The boards of direc-
                                                                                RAISES                                   a greedy pig? I think that person         tors, that’s who.
                                                                                Continued from page 4
                                                                                                                         has a clever silver tongue.                  Now here’s a change we can
                                                                                deficit then whine about being             Does this sound like Wall Street        believe in for 2010 and 2012.
                                                                                underpaid? The question to ask is,       and the banking institution all over      Dr. Donald L. Brust
                                                                                can one person live on a half mil-       again? Who gave all those people          Valley Center, Ca. 92082
     Why no one robs a 7-11 or convenience store in Israel

Israelis baffled by news of defenseless                                         St. Nick’s secret gifts; how it all got started
US soldiers, in light of the Ft. Hood massacre                                  By Fern Gavelek
                                                                                   The holiday season is upon us
                                                                                                                         shoes of the poor. Those who were
                                                                                                                         wanting would leave their empty
                                                                                                                                                                   their door to be filled with treats. If
                                                                                                                                                                   youngsters have been good, they
  Many Israelis want to know, why        the strategies and tactics of modern   and our days are being filled with       footwear out for him.                     find treats; if they have been bad,
didn’t the soldiers attacked by a        warfare be so defenseless?             shopping, writing holiday cards,           The townspeople also suspected          they get a lump of coal or a rod.
U.S. Army major-turned-terrorist            The answer, and this may as-        lighting Advent candles and the          the generous bishop was responsible         While the feast day of St. Nicho-
return fire?                             tonish many Americans, is that         various loving and caring activi-        for other anonymous gifts, relying        las isn’t observed nationally in the
   When a Muslim goes, well,             the victims were unarmed. U.S.         ties we cherish during Christmas         on an inheritance from his wealthy        U.S., people living in cities with
Muslim in Israel, he is typically        soldiers are not allowed to carry      and Hanukkah. I always find it           parents. After Nicholas died in 346       a strong German influence—Mil-
shot to death by someone, say, a         guns for personal protection, even     interesting when I learn about the       AD, people continued his custom of        waukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis—
reserve soldier, within seconds of       on a 340-acre base quartering more     traditions associated with holidays      making secret donations, saying the       celebrate St. Nick’s Day similar to
screaming, “Allah Akbar.”                than 50,000 troops.                    and why we do what we do.                gifts were from St. Nick.                 Europeans.
  In contrast with the Israeli expe-        So it goes in brain dead, liberal      For example, the legendary jolly         Venerated as a saint long before         So when you hang up your stock-
rience, it took 10 minutes before a                                             old Santa Claus was inspired by an       official canonization procedures,         ing this holiday season, hoping to
                                         America.
                                                                                actual person. Nicholas of Myra was      Nicholas is remembered especially         find goodies Christmas morning,
civilian police officer at Fort Hood       Fort Hood is a “gun-free” zone,      a fourth-century bishop who lived        among Catholic and Orthodox               think of St. Nick. Remember how he
was able to shoot and stop Muslim        thanks to regulations adopted in       in Asia Minor, the area known today      Christians. He’s the patron saint         secretly gave to the less fortunate and
fanatic Nidal Malik Hasan.               one of the very first acts signed      as Turkey. Popular for his secret acts   for children and honored annually         consider imitating his kindness.
   How could that happen? How            into law by anti-gun President Bill    of charity, the bishop was known to      on December 6 when European               Fern Gavelek writes for the web-
could so many people trained in          Clinton in March, 1993.                stash gifts of food or money in the      children put shoes or boots outside       site: www.spectatorron.com

				
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