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Local News May 17th, 2007

Local Landscape Contractor Featured on Home and Garden Television

Vista - Local landscape contractor Steve Jacobs, founder of Nature Designs Landscaping in Vista, will be featured on several upcoming episodes of HGTV's Landscapers' Challenge. The homeowners featured are Carlsbad residents Tim and Leigh Needham who moved to California after spending four very cold winters in Boston, Mass.

Carlsbad's 50 acres of flower fields may be in bloom but the Needham's Bressi Ranch backyard was just a large rectangle of dirt. The Needhams interviewed three landscapers but felt Nature Designs provided a design that best met the needs of their moderate budget, active lifestyle and growing family. In addition to creating the Needham's ideal design, Nature Designs lived up to its "From Concept to Completion" motto by providing the installation and maintenance of the landscape. To see the transformation, tune in to the Home and Garden TV Channel on May 19 at 10:00 PM and throughout the month of June (check the cable channel listings).

Nature Designs has been designing, installing and maintaining award winning landscapes for San Diego County residents for more than 23 years, including the design and installation of swimming pools and spas, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, pits and barbeques, stonework and custom concrete, walls, decks and lighting.

Palomar College Television production receives four Emmy nominations

Palomar College has received four Emmy nominations for the documentary From War to Peace and Beyond, produced by the college’s educational television department (PCTV). The 2007 Emmy nominations were announced recently at the House of Blues in San Diego at an event for the 33rd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards.

The Palomar documentary examines San Marcos resident Le Ly Hayslip’s painful but ultimately triumphant journey from a tragic childhood in war-torn Vietnam to her new life as an American citizen and humanitarian. It is the story of one woman’s quest to heal the wounds of war and build a bridge between the East and West. The program illuminates her journey from war, to peace, and beyond.

Le Ly was the focus of Oliver Stone's film Heaven & Earth, and is an award winning author. She commissioned PCTV to produce the documentary because of the department’s reputation for creating high quality programs and her desire to work with an educational institution.

The Emmy awards will be presented during the 33rd Annual Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 16 the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad.

Cal State San Marcos Names Kelly Howard Warren New Head Softball Coach

Cal State San Marcos has announced the hiring of Kelly Howard Warren as the new head coach of its softball program. Warren takes over for Jennifer Milo, who moved into a full-time administrative role this May after serving as the head coach of the inaugural Cougar softball team last season.

A former two-time All-American at UCLA, Warren has achieved great success both on the field and in the dugout. Following her playing career, Warren immediately entered coaching, serving as an undergraduate assistant coach at UCLA in the 1996-1997 season.

She later moved to SDSU. In Warren's six years at SDSU, the program won its first three conference championships and earned its first three regional championship births, reaching the regional finals twice.

Local Watercolor Artist Demonstrates Techniques

Prominent local watercolor artist Tom Tiedeman will demonstrate his watercolor techniques at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, Saturday, May 19th from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M.

Mr. Tiedeman will demonstrate and complete two watercolors, one of an animal portrait and the other a colorful, loose semi-abstract painting. The demonstration is FREE with paid admission and is in conjunction with the current exhibition.

Tom is a watercolor teacher at various venues. He has a class scheduled for his Studio at 115 West Grand Avenue in Escondido for four Thursdays May 17th through June 7th. Classes are for beginner through experienced students.

For information about classes please call (760) 743-1474 or visit the Tiedeman Watercolors website

Escondido Racing Legend Ted Cyr Honored at American Heritage Car Show

On Saturday, May 26th, the annual American Heritage Car Show will roar into Grape Day Park. With pre-'74 antique cars, muscle cars and hot rods parked on the grass, it's a great setting to search for your dream ride among the hundreds of entries.

This year Escondido racing legend Ted Cyr will be honored at the American Heritage Car Show. Ted Cyr drove both gas and nitro fueled cars and held numerous National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) ¼ mile records in both categories. In 1958 he won the NHRA Nationals at Oklahoma City as the Top Eliminator, driving a blown gas dragster. The race has gone down in history as one of the "Most Memorable Moments" in U.S. Nationals history. Cyr and partner Bill Hopper brought two racecars to the meet: one was a new lightweight dragster painted orange, the other was their old car, with a blue paint job that had "For Sale" written on the nose and driver cowling with shoe polish. Ted drove both vehicles. Although the team had high hopes for their new orange dragster, it failed to fulfill their dreams. Instead, in a great underdog story, it was "old blue", the vehicle they brought to use for parts, that crossed the finish line in record time and took the top prize.

Two years later, in 1960, Cyr was the National champ again, this time winning the Top Fuel division, driving a nitro gas burner. That was a year of tremendous highs and lows for Cyr. He won his second National title in March, but nitro is, in Ted's words, "nasty stuff". Later that year he was badly injured in a racing accident. But he came back from his injuries and, working on his own, built a new dragster with a rare blown Lincoln motor that he raced until 1963. The 1970s found Cyr back at the track, this time teamed with Flip Schofield as co-owners to race rear engine Top Fuel dragsters. Racing down a quarter mile in a little over 6 seconds, with a top speed of 238 mph, Cyr was again one of the hottest racers in the country. Ted Cyr was inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame in 1995 and 'the Lincoln" is on display at their Wally Parks Museum in Pomona.

The American Heritage Car Show is organized by and benefits the non-profit Escondido History Center. The event is from 9am-3pm on May 26th and features music, awards, raffle, vendors, pancake breakfast, tours of the History Center and cars, cars, cars! Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Escondido, Toyota of Escondido, and Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge, new vehicles from these dealers will also be on display. The event is also sponsored by Finishmasters / PPG. Admission is free for all spectators; to get a vehicle registration form call 760 743-4382 or go to the events section of

Escondido Community Foundation Nears Initial Goal

photoFoundation officials report the response has been overwhelming by those who want to help Escondido. In less than six months, the newly formed Escondido Community Foundation has $517,000 in commitments over the next five years from its 91 members, already making $73,000 available for grantmaking before the end of 2007.

The Escondido Community Foundation is a community-specific effort to meet the emerging needs of Escondido by encouraging and increasing responsible and effective philanthropy by and for the benefit of all who live and give in Escondido.

The Escondido Community Foundation’s half-million dollar fund building efforts are raised through paid and committed memberships from a variety of community leaders from across the spectrum of local business, philanthropy and public service. More than two-thirds of these members are Founders, committing between $1,000 and $10,000 each year for the next five years. With only nine spots left, the Foundation hopes to reach its first 100 members before long.

Through these commitments, the Escondido Community Foundation plans on granting back to Escondido up to $75,000 before the end of 2007. This is made possible because half of each member’s donations go immediately into annual grantmaking, while the other half are placed in a permanent endowment. The members of the Escondido Community Foundation vote annually and decide where the grantmaking dollars go and to which causes they feel are most appropriate for Escondido.

Jack Raymond, Founding chair and Escondido resident stated, “through this opportunity, residents, businesses and community leaders have created a legacy that will give back to their community now and for generations to come. This is the first time that formal grant making is happening in Escondido in a way that is open to so many individuals. I am so proud of this opportunity and historic accomplishment, and we’ve only just begun.” Jack is also “honored to be included in a membership list of such distinguished and dedicated individuals and businesses.”

The City of Escondido is Cleaning Up the City

In its ongoing efforts to improve the city’s safety and appearance, the ACT (Appearance and Compliance Team) of Escondido last week conducted a sweep between 9th and 15 Streets to the north and south and Redwood and Upas to the east and west. The sweep covered approximately 224 parcels.

The City's Code Enforcement Division inspected 224 properties and issued 88 Notices of Violation. The largest percentage of violations was for improperly stored garbage containers. This sweep resulted in the highest number of illegal garage conversion violations (ten) and the lowest number of front yard parking violations (two) found in ACT sweeps to date. Then 43 graffiti tags in 41 locations were removed by Community Services' Maintenance and Operations staff working alongside Urban Corps. Maintenance and Operations staff also removed a large quantity of debris including a mattress and box spring, a television and an automobile transmission.

The Fire Department inspected parcels within the sweep boundaries and found ten safety violations. Police impounded two vehicles, issued three parking citations and conducted one field interview in addition to providing assistance with inspections and back-up to other sweep personnel.

ACT supports Escondido's commitment to improving the City's attractiveness by pro-actively addressing appearance issues, including graffiti.






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