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Community News for Eastlake and Otay Ranch

Text of My Hometown magazine - April 2011


    Business highlight: morlett fitness resident spotlight: the lapid family


    april 2011


    celebrating 3 years of

    Building CommunitySpotlighting people making a positive difference in the community

    The Shields Family

    John Pack & Beverly Bianes

    The Rochats

    Come Home

    to eAStLAKe



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    April 2011

    Whats insidelocal getaWays

    contentsfrom the editor...

    community newscycle eastlake! expo to Be Bigger than ever 5

    cyt gives Kids a chance to grow on & off stage 8

    community calendarlocal events and activities 20

    business highlightmorlett fitness 21

    on topicconsignment sales gaining popularity 22

    graffiti Busters tackle community issue 22

    school newsnew principals come home to eastlake 24

    resident spotlightthe lapid family 25



    april 2011


    it is with a great deal of pride that i sit down to write this months editors letter. With this edition of My Hometown, we have reached our three-year anniversary as chula Vistas community magazine. What began with two separate publications for the com-munities of eastlake and otay ranch has evolved into one magazine for a larger por-tion of east chula Vista. our distribution now includes rolling hills ranch, san miguel ranch, parts of rancho del rey in addition to our two original communities. Weve also made it a point to welcome news of events, programs and activities of those businesses and organizations that call west chula Vista home. to us, we are all part of one city no matter what neighborhood we live in.

    in the last three years, we have certainly seen a marked increase in the number of community members who participate within My Hometown. We have expanded our roll call of contributing writers, photographers, adver-tisers and community organizations looking to play a role in bringing you this magazine each month. their involvement broadens our perspective and increases our collective effort. it also reflects the positive response we receive from so many in the community each month.

    While it has not been easy in this chal-lenging economy, it has always been reward-ing. from the very first issue we have met plenty of chula Vistans eager to share in our vision of building community. simply put, we believe that community spirit is enriched when the focus turns to all that is good in our local environment, and many others seem to agree. our Bravo section regularly fills up long before our editorial deadline. We now move some of these great stories of our neighbors accomplishments to our on your doorstep community news section. for a publication like ours, its a good problem to have.

    all of us with My Hometown are looking forward to the opportunity to grow as the economy continues its slow rebound. With your continued support, well remain a posi-tive presence in your home, your neighbor-hood and our hometown.

    michael minjares, editor of My Hometown

    celebrating 3 years ofBuilding Community

    page 10

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    BraVoto chula Vista traffic officer Alicia Chudy for being honored as a dUi hero award recipient by madd california for her work and dedica-tion to eliminate drunk driving. madd recognizes law enforcement officials, government agencies and community advocates from throughout the state, who have gone beyond the call of duty to combat drunk driving, educate the public on the effects of this violent crime and who have done their part in maintaining safer roadways and communities. officer chudy received her award at an event in sacramento last month.

    to Caitlin tuttle, a student at eastlake high school, on being selected for the 2011 american high school honors performance series at carnegie hall. participation in the honors orchestra, honors Band and honors choir is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across north america.

    to the sweetwater union high school district for avoid-ing layoffs for teachers or counselors. despite a projected budget shortfall of $26 million, the sweetwater district will not have to issue a single layoff notice to teachers or counselors this year. district officials with input from parents, students and employees managed to identify cost savings that will allow the district to close the fund-ing gap without teacher or counselor layoffs. the district is using its last allocation of federal education Jobs fund stimulus dollars and savings from an early retirement incentive to help address this years budget gap.

    looK What great things yoUr commUnity is Up to...

    to Barbara Jimnez, a san miguel ranch resident, on her appointment as the new deputy director for the north coastal and north inland regions by the county health and human services agency (hhsa). the north coastal and inland regions deputy director is responsible for developing and enhancing partnerships with key stake-holders including consumers, providers, businesses and other organizations to ensure family and community needs are met in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.

    to the eastlake youth Football and Cheer Jr. Midget Cheer squad on a successful sea-son. the team of cheerleaders com-prised of 13 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls, coached by eva riley earned several honors. the Jr. midget lady panthers took second place at the san diego youth football and cheer competition; captured first place at the cheer Jam competition; and competed at the JamZ nationals competition Usa nationals at california adventure in anaheim in march.

    to the winners of the olympic View elementary inaugu-ral spelling Bee last month. first-place awards went to tanya gaspar (sixth grade), Justyne aquino (5th), sophia alonso (4th), Zachary navarro (3rd), elisa Vasquez (2nd), aileen yasukochi (1st) and isabela pena (K).

    iF you would like to ContriBute to BrAVo, send a quick note to My Hometowns editor at and well do our best to put your good-news announcement in an upcoming issue. submissions should be sent by the 10th of the month.

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    on your doorstep

    One day. One night. One com-munity. One Fight. Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost to the disease, and fight back against a disease that takes too

    much. Relay for Life of Chula Vista will take place begin-ning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Chula Vista High School.

    According to the events website, teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times dur-ing the event. Relays are 24 hours in length; representing

    2011 relAy For liFe oF ChulA VistA

    for years, cycle eastlake! has provided biking enthusiasts with a wonderful opportunity to get involved and give back to the local community. this years event, sched-uled for saturday april 16

    at otay ranch town center, will be no exception. however, with the help of the ymca and the city of chula Vista, cycle eastlake! participants can look forward to an even bigger and better health and fitness-centered expo follow-ing the bike rides.

    through a beneficial partnership, the ymcas healthy Kids day and the city of chula Vistas go green and clean family day have been added to cycle eastlakes annual event. the larger expo will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and follows the 100k cycle tour, 25-mile marty garcia memorial ride, 18-mile mountain Bike and poker ride and the free family fun run. more than 75 informa-tion booths are expected along with a bounce house for kids, entertainment, dancing, family music, youth fitness demonstrations, opportunity drawings and a light bulb exchange. the expanded event is expected to draw around 4,000 attendees.

    eVent detAils:

    april 16

    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. otay ranch town center

    Cycle EastLake! Expo To Be Bigger Than Ever

    We love that we are collaborating and pulling our resources to have a fun day for everyone, said eastlake educational foundation executive director rene solares. the partnership this year between our three organiza-tions for this one great day of events allows us to reach a wider audience and unite the commu-nity as a whole. spectators and riders alike for cycle eastlake! will have the opportunity to take part in the festivities that will be taking place. together, with each of our organizations bringing their different piece to the event, we are able to provide a unique, high-quality experience for the community.

    to participate in any of cycle eastlakes bike rides, community members can register online at the eastlake educational foundation website the family fun run is open to joggers and walkers of any age and even dogs, too. separate registration is required for this free one-mile a