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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
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
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
2 THE SUN SIGNATURE - DECEMBER 2009
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.
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
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.
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Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 there will be
THE SUN SIGNATURE - DECEMBER 2009 3
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
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
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
Store is located at 2068 East Valley
Youth/Pee Wee Basketball League
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
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
members and $94 for non-mem- • Self-Defense
bers. There is a $5 late fee for
ll • Lots of Fun!
registrants after Jan. 17.
Kids of all skill levels are wel-
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.
and family memberships available, Official Uniform
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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.
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.
• 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
“Yep,” replied Cobb. “But keep in
• Satchel Paige pitched for the
Kansas City Athletics at age 59.
Kind of gives new meaning to the
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.
The Sun Signature failed “war on drugs” and “war
The most dedicated and ambitious
child may not be capable of attain-
The Sun Signature is pleased to publish letters from
against terrorism” are more ma-
readers. However, letters must be sent to us via ing a graduate degree in physics
nipulations of nationalistic fervor
because of an inability to grasp
email and include your name, telephone number
and home address. Letters must be verified or they for obscene profits than actual
will not be printed. Letters should be no longer than
200 words. Editor reserves the right to edit letters for Yet not only are educators held
The greater threats to our nation
consideration of space, libel or taste.
responsible for the variables they
are the failure to invest in education
can’t control, they are expected to
and infrastructure. Both Republi-
treat all students as college bound
cans and Democrats are guilty of
without regard for innate ability,
Publisher/Editor perpetuating irrational fear and
personal ambition or the world’s
Mark Brenner senseless war. Those of us who
CO-Owner/Business Manager actual demands. Does everyone
want the best for this country need
Samantha Brenner really need to get at least a “C” in
to focus on solutions that invest re-
Contributing Writers: algebra or trigonometry? And if
sources here at home effectively.
• Nancy Canfield that “C” were attained by every
What do you think Richard, James
• Walter Davis • Dave Epstein student, will every student need to
• Sylvia Hampton and Mark are saying?
think algebraically in order to have
• Robin Kaufman (1) Bob McCarty Writes. Nov. 20,
a good and productive life?
• Richard Lederer 2009. bobmccarty.com/2009/01/03/
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advertiser and not necessarily those of the Rancho Bernardo Sun and Diamond
cans Murdered, 89,000 Raped in 2009, money.cnn.com/2009/11/17/ to prevent others from eating. story hospital.
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the sole responsibility of this newspaper will be to correct such error(s)
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in succeeding edition(s) of the same newspaper.
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THE SUN SIGNATURE - DECEMBER 2009 5
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
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
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