Disabled U.S. Marine in Escondido is ‘gifted’ a home

The community of Escondido em­braced retired Marine Sgt. Toran Gaal at a kick-off event held at the Park Avenue Community Center. Gaal who is a double amputee, has become over the years a brother to the Escondido Police Department, a mentor to local children and a friend to many. On Saturday, Feb. 6, hundreds of supporters for Gaal helped the […]

Boys & Girls Clubs to provide free afternoon snacks at local locations

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Great­er San Diego will be sponsoring free afternoon snacks for all children who attend their clubs, including the Escondido branches and Valley Center branch. Last week the organization an­nounced the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Pro­gram. Free meals will be made available to all attending children under 19 years of age […]

Orange Glen loses OT heartbreaker to Oceanside

Orange Glen basketball’s match­up against Oceanside last Friday, February 10 wasn’t necessarily a must win, but it would’ve helped. Pulling out to an early lead against the Pirates (10-14, 4-4 in Valley League) and leading 34-21 at halftime the Patriots lacked the steel to hold on down the stretch, being outscored 22-10 in the fourth quarter and eventually losing 85-77 […]

City reopens ‘Escondido Heroes’ banner program to honor military

The City of Escondido announced last week that the order period for Escondido Hero Banners has opened. This marks the second year of the program. The banners honor men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces. The per­sonalized banners will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid- November) in Downtown Escondido […]

Baby takes a ride during auto theft

At 3 p.m. Thursday Feb. 11, Escondido Police received a 911 call from a mother who reported that her car had just been stolen, with her five month old daughter inside. The mother told responding officers that she was leaving her residence in the 1000 block of Rock Springs Road. The mother put her baby in a car seat and […]

Patriots edge Jags 64-62 on dramatic late free throws

In a Wednesday night game that featured a riveting finish, Orange Glen guard Michael Diaz calmly dropped in a pair of free throws with 0.9 left that spelled the difference in a 64-62 Patriot victory over host Valley Center.  The game had huge ramifications in the Valley League standings and for possible playoff seeding for both teams. This crucial triumph […]

I Love A Clean San Diego promotes a massive cleanup to the far reaches of canyons, beaches

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILAC­SD) has expanded the organization’s most popular volunteer program, Adopt-A-Beach or Canyon, which cur­rently engages nearly 10,000 volun­teers annually. ILACSD’s Adopt-A-Canyon expan­sion will include two adoptable sites in Escondido: Dixon Lake and Kit Car­son Park. ILACSD invites the Escon­dido community and neighboring areas to kick off this new program by attend­ing the first Clean […]

The T-A in the golden days of yore

—Escondido Reflections

Low man on the totem pole. The new kid on the block. Those terms de­scribed me as I ventured into the old Times-Advocate office on Escondido’s Grand Avenue that August day in 1952. I was about to begin life as a raw rook­ie sports reporter at what became my second home for the next 27 years as a newspaper reporter […]

St. Mary’s Catholic School is enrolling

St. Mary’s Catholic School, Escondido is now enrolling for 2016-17 year. St. Mary’s School serves the families of St. Mary’s Church, Church of the Resurrection, St. Timothy’s, St. Stephen’s (in Valley Center), and St. Mark’s. Its centrally-located campus in Escondido strategically places it within a 10-mile radius of these parishes which do not have schools. Two summers ago, realizing the […]

Zero tolerance often equals zero intelligence

Zero tolerance policies, just like any decision-making process that makes things easy on administra­tors by removing their need to use their brains and good judgment, are one of many constant reminders that we live in a nanny state where common sense is the least common commodity of all. The spectacle last week of two San Pasqual High School students being […]