Halloween lovers float on flights of fantasy at Escondido Grape Day Park

Friends and family of Christina King, of The Fairy Godmother costume shop showed up for a photo shoot in Grape Day Park last week. King recently purchased the home-based business from Nancy Benson, who started it 14 years ago. Benson, who worked in Escondido school administration, started making cos­tumes for fun, but soon demand had her turning the hobby into […]

San Diego County Water Authority approves expansion of Twin Oaks water treament plant

The San Diego County Water Au­thority board approved change orders to the SDCWA’s contract with NEW­est Construction Company, Inc., for the Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant Expanded Service Area project. The September 24 CWA board vote accepted three change orders totaling $315,145 which had been authorized by CWA staff under the authority of CWA general manager Maureen Sta­pleton while […]

North County high schooler auditions for ‘The Voice’

North County local Dawson Daugh­erty will audition on NBC’s “The Voice” sometime this week. The 17-year-old senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos will be performing for the blind audition of “The Voice.” Dawson has been singing, playing guitar and writing songs since he was 11 years old. He wrote and recorded his first CD at 13. Dawson’s […]

Step into a costume

• Party City, 1270 Auto Parkway• X’s & O’s Lingerie Halloween• Halloween Express 204 E. Via Rancho Parkway• Spencers at North County Fair

Transportation plan is expected to pass tomorrow

The update of the county’s Regional Transportation Plan is expected to be ap­proved by the San Diego Association of Governments board at the October 9 SAN­DAG meeting. The 2015 RTP update anticipates spend­ing of more than $200 billion for highway, transit, rail, and bicycle projects. The rev­enue includes projections of anticipated federal, state, local and private funds from existing and […]

Safari Park to feature many hand-carved jack o’lanterns

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park parking is glowing Orange on the road to Halloween as it presents “RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns.” This the first year the Safari Park is hosting this event, which features more than 5,000 jack o’lanterns that have been intricately hand-carved and crafted by artists into striking displays, along a winding trail that spans nearly […]

Calvin Christian breaks ground on new building

The student body of Calvin Chris­tian School, family, and community members gathered to celebrate the ground breaking of The Heritage Center Chapel & Auditorium on Sept. 25. “We are behind you, and we sup­port you,” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said at the groundbreaking cer­emony. The new building will provide the school with a space for choir and band concerts, plays […]

Annual Grand Avenue Street Faire on October 18

Escondido’s annual Grand Avenue Street Faire is slated to take place Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Street Faire, which is sponsored by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association, occurs twice a year: once in May and once in October. The event, which is the second largest in California, will have live entertainment […]


Research animals might get another chance Most of us love Beagles. Their ea­ger to-please, calm personalities make them the perfect pet. This trait also makes them perfect for research pur­poses. But what happens after these animals are no longer needed for re­search? As a dog owner and animal lover, I am interested in protecting animals that have been used for […]

Kallee Crong- McCreery’s Recipes

Kallee is a cook, recipe writer, and a field editor of the Taste of Home family of magazines. Her recipes have been featured in Simple and Delicious, Country Woman, and Taste of Home magazines. Slow Cooker French Dip Beef 2 1/2 lb to 3 lbs chuck roast1/2 c soy sauce2 c beef broth (or water with 1 1/2Tbl beef bouillon)1 […]

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