The big boom is back


Today I heard a newscaster say that America is feeling a sense of normalcy observing Independence Day activities nationwide. The Big Bay Boom was back in San Diego and in Escondido we had our fabulous fireworks show at Grape Day Park.  I might add that there were multiple locations of smaller fireworks displays around town. One woman asked me “is […]

Caltrans plans to close two I-15 HOV lanes this weekend

The afternoon of Saturday, June 19, during the weekend following Governor Gavin Newsom’s lifting of most restrictions on Californians, motorists took to the freeways. At the same time Caltrans began to shut off the two left HOV lanes on Interstate 15 between Escondido and Carmel Mountain Road. Gridlock resulted. Motorists were delayed an average of 25 minutes. Although Caltrans had […]

Escondido’s Gabrielle Cavassa is co-winner of Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition

(This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Reprinted with permission) For the first time in its nine-year history, the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition (Sassy Awards) named two winners of its annual contest: 26-year-old Gabrielle Cavassa, who grew up in Escondido, and 25-year-old Tawanda Seussbrich-Joaquim of Los Angeles. The finals for the 2020 competition, originally scheduled for November 2020, […]

Volunteers clean up Washington Park

On June 27 volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation partnered with the City of Escondido’s Public Works staff and the Volunteer Escondido program to help beautify Washington Park by picking up trash, trimming up landscaping, spreading out playground chips, and painting the restroom building.  About the Event Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., the volunteers were part of WeLoveU’s […]

Rehab center is one of a kind

The Palomar Health Rehabilitation Institute opened a few weeks ago and is gradually expanding the number of patients that it treats. This 52-bed acute rehabilitation hospital is unique in  San Diego County and only one of two in California that does what it does: help acute patients transition from hospital to home without being transferred to a skilled nursing facility. […]