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Local News December 23, 2004

Miracle of the Bells

Miracle of the Bells


Escondido residents will notice the beautiful sound of chimes this holiday season thanks to the efforts of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club, Councilman Ed Gallo, and Paul Rowe of Maas-Rowe Carillons, Inc., an Escondido firm that specializes in building bell towers and carillons (bell-chimes).


Rowe offered to provide the chimes for the holiday season so Escondido residents and shoppers could sample the pleasant sounds of the season.  The Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club has donors lined up to pay the cost of a permanent installation if the City Council approves the concept.  Nick Ponce, President of the club, sid, “we think it would be a wonderful gift from the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club to the city of Escondido . . . . a gift that would entertain our citizens and visitors forever.”


Councilman Ed Gallo, who has been championing the cause, said, “I think it’s  great idea and belive it’s likely the council would support such an effort.  The community involvement of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club is outstanding.  If the public likes this demonstration, we can probably work the details out to make it a permanent feature.”


Elizabeth Hospice - Light Up a Life 2004

raised $300,000 for bereaved families and patient care


Light Up a Life 2004 raised $300,000 — proving to be the event’s most successful year since it’s inception in 1982.


The event was held Wednesday, December 15th at the California Center for the Arts. It was the generosity of community residents and organizations that contributed to the success of the 22nd annual event. Funds raised from this memorial are used to support the many non-reimbursed services offered to our patients and the community—from patient care to numerous bereavement and complementary therapy programs. 


This year’s event featured Mistress of Ceremonies, Darlene Marcos Shiley—supporter and friend of The Elizabeth Hospice. During Mrs. Shiley’s closing remarks, she announced that “coming into this evening’s event The Elizabeth Hospice raised just under $250,000… I think that we (she and her husband Donald Shiley) need to round that to an even $300,000.” 


The one-hour memorial ceremony also featured a musical tribute from the Teen Harmony Singers and a presentation of the Colors by the US Navy. Attendance was at an all-time high as well, as more than 400 community residents gathered to honor the life of a loved one and support The Elizabeth Hospice. This record high number of attendees recognized that Light Up a Life 2004 truly serves a larger purpose to the community—like every year, guests were guided through difficult times with care, kindness, inspiration and humor.


Laura Miller, CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice, said the memorial tribute was “a spectacular success! Our community’s generosity was unparalleled—on behalf of our patients, families, volunteers and staff, I thank you.”


Left, Darlene Shiley, receives award from Laura Miller, CEO of the Elizabeth Hospice, recognizing the major contribution of $50,000 from Darlene and husband, Don, to the recent fundraising drive


Hidden Meadows Toys for Tots Campaign


For the fifth straight year, through participation in the annual efforts of the Marine Corps Reserve at Camp Pendleton and their Toys for Tots program, residents of the North Escondido community of Hidden Meadows have helped to put smiles on the faces of deserving children in North San Diego County.


"I am so proud of our community and their generous giving spirit. This has been our very best toy drive ever!" said Hidden Meadows resident and Toys for Tots Coordinator Gwen Herbert, a Realtor with Realty Executives in Escondido.


Gwen Herbert, local Toys for Tots Coordinator, and Sergeant T.J. Lee, USMC, with just part of the toys collected this year in Hidden Meadows.



Elderlink - The Answer?


A number of us face a similar problem.  Mom, or dad, or both, are up in years.  They either are not quite ready for assisted living, or are just too attached to their own home that they don’t want to leave.  Yet, they need help.


Enter Elderlink - and it’s Homelink feature, your solution to this problem.


Elderlink’s Homelink is a service that allows your parent(s) to stay in the home and provides a caregiver that offers specialized care and assistance at home.  The care offered ranges from personal care, to transportation, meal preparation, housekeeping, companionship, or respite care.


Whatever your family needs are, Elderlink’s Homelink is staffed and trained to respond.


Since 1989 Redwood Elderlink’s non-profit mission has been serving seniors and disabled adults in North San Diego County. 


Recently, Cindi Douglas joined Redwood Elderlink.  She brings years of experience in the healthcare profession and has the warmth, personality, skills and experience to see to it that Elderlink’s senior citizen clientele receive top treatment!


Cindi’s task is to coordinate the caregivers, after carefully screening them in a thorough process that includes background checks with the Department of Justice, FBI, fingerprints, drug/alcohol screening, and checking on references.  Your family members are important to Elderlink.  We want only the best caregivers for them, just as you do.


Questions?  Call Cindi Douglas at 480.1030.  That’s Elderlink-Homelink. 



L-R, Cindi Douglas with Marcie Guthery, program aide.