MARCH 2014
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Digitizing Decades
Nancy Fisher

EDITORIAL:
Seeking Common Ground

Project Progress
Courtesy Mayor Lee Haydu

Ask Dr. Rich 
Rich Simons

Trimming the Wasteline
Shirley King

DMTV PRESENTS:
Car Guys

Luana Karr

WATER WORRIES:
Del Mar Dustbowl

Bill Michalsky

WATER WORRIES:
When in Drought…

Del Mar Garden Club

WATER WORRIES:
Water 101

Ken Olson

ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Driving While InTEXTicated

Leila Zein-Phillipson

CITY HALL Q&A:
Interview with Mayor Lee Haydu

Ann Gardner

How Soon We Forget
Dwight Worden

Yoga for Young’uns
Virginia Lawrence and Bill Morris

Tackling Traffic
Anthony Corso

VOLUNTEERS:
Your Chance to Enhance

VOLUNTEERS:
Shaping Shores Park

VOLUNTEERS:
Crouch Jumps In

Nancy Fisher

OPINION:
Del Mar’s Other Mayor

Gordon Clanton

SHORT TAKES ON FILM: American Hustle; the Great Beauty
Ben Nyce

HIGH ON HOVs:
More People or More Cars

Ann Gardner

Banner Month for Del Mar

BOOK CORNER:
Simenon

Ann Gardner

New City Talent
Anthony Corso

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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Digitizing Decades
Nancy Fisher

Larry Brooks and Lauren Bridges at the DMHS storage space at the Del Mar Community Building.
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The Del Mar Historical Society, incorporated by Swede Throneson in 1985 with a $1000 grant from the Del Mar Foundation, is moving toward the future in a big way.

When Larry Brooks, current President of the DMHS, first became involved with the organization about twelve years ago, he found that their entire collection of photographs was stored in three-ring binders in the trunks of the cars of several members. He laughs at the memory and recalls asking “haven’t you guys ever heard of computers?” After loading the photos onto his laptop, he began walking around town asking “who is this, who is that, and what was the event?”

Since then the DMHS has come a long way, with members working together to convert photographs and a growing collection of oral histories to digital format, but their biggest break came about a year ago when they received an unexpected call from Lauren Bridges of “Uncommon Archaeology.”

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UPDATE
503/25/14
Torrey Pines Bridge March 25
Green Light for Bridge Completion!

March 25 at 6:15 am.  Photo Bill Morris
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After having been closed to traffic for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the Torrey Pines Bridge reopened this morning at 6am.  The K-rails have been removed and the lanes painted in, one-lane each direction with a bike lane and a sidewalk on each side.  Ribbon-cutting on April 15 at 11 am.
 
UPDATE
03/25/14
Plant Sale and Lecture March 24
Del Mar Garden Club


Pat Welsh’s popular gardening book.  Photo Nancy Fisher. 
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The Del Mar Garden Club drew a standing room only crowd to their Plant Sale and Garden Lecture at the Powerhouse on March 24th.  Pat Welsh, author of Southern California Organic Gardening Month by Month, was the guest speaker and brought the crowd to its feet with her straightforward and hilarious approach to gardening (think Julia Child) – which included dividing a stubborn Cymbidium Orchid with an axe.

After the lecture attendees spilled onto the patio where unique plants, many from the members’ own gardens, were for sale to benefit the Garden Club and the Farmer’s Market.  Summer bulbs, unusual varieties of Alstroemeria , succulents, annuals, and perennials filled the seaside venue with color.

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UPDATE
03/20/14
Torrey Pines Bridge Closing
Long Weekend


Photo Bill Morris
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The Torrey Pines Bridge will be closed from 9 pm on Friday, March 21 to Tuesday, March 25 at  6am so that the City of Del Mar's bridge contractor, Flatiron West, Inc. will complete roadway improvements along North Torrey Pines Road.


 
UPDATE
03/20/14
Mayor on Wheels


Photo Nancy Fisher  Click on photo to enlarge.

Mayor Lee Haydu, delivering for Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, March 19th, gets a hug from Del Mar resident June Strasberg.


 
UPDATE
03/20/14
Lagoon Day
 Powerhouse, Sunday, April 13, 4 pm


The San Dieguito Lagoon Committee is celebrating 40 years of action.   Photo Stu Smith
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Join in celebrating the ongoing wonder of the San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration
Come to the Powerhouse to enjoy Del Mar’s San Dieguito Lagoon Day 2014. Our featured presenters starting at 5 p.m. are: John A. Hildebrand, Ph.D. at SIO – “Coastal Dredging Archaeology” Steve Schroeter, Ph.D. at UCSB – “SONGS Mitigation Project Update”

New information on the San Dieguito River Park will be available.  Light refreshments will be served.

Lagoon Day 2014 is presented by the Del Mar Lagoon Preservation Committee. www.lagoondaydelmar.com.
 
UPDATE
03/04/14
Garden Club Plant Sale & Gardening Lecture Featuring Pat Welsh


Monday, March 24
Lecture 10:00
Plant Sale 11:00 - 1:00

Powerhouse Community Center
Proceeds benefit DMGC projects & 10th Street Farmers' Market Entrance

 

Donations may be sent to DMGC. PO Box 2832. Del Mar. CA. 92014
 
UPDATE
03/04/14
Reader REcommendation
The Invisible Woman

For anyone who likes Charles Dickens or lush British Victorian drama films, The Invisible Woman, a movie now playing at the La Jolla Village Theater, is bound to satisfy. The film focuses the spotlight on Dickens secret mistress, Ellen ‘Nelly’ Ternan and is based on the biography written by Claire Tomalin. It exquisitely portrays Dickens hidden relationship with Nelly, an actress 27 years his junior, who becomes his beloved muse in a 13-year love affair that lasted until his death in 1870. She was indeed the love of his life.

Revealed for the first time thanks to the in-depth research of Tomalin, the tense affair between Dickens and Nelly also exposes the plight of Victorian women, who must marry, become mistresses or governesses or else face dire consequences.   However, the movie sympathetically portrays all its characters, since all are subject to the harsh, often hypocritical constraints of life in Victorian England that are described with great finesse in Dickens novels.

For anyone who is a little bit of an “anglophile,” the movie, The Invisible Woman, is a must-see.  Shanti Mayberry, Crest Road

   
March Print Issue
ROVING TEEN REPORTER:
Driving While InTEXTicated
Leila Zein-Phillipson

“You think, oh let me check my phone real quick and next thing you know you’re inches away from the car in front of you and don’t have time to stop” said TPHS junior, Kelsey.

Texting while driving has become a trend, socially acceptable, and is rapidly becoming one of the nation’s top killers.

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March Print Issue
RESTORATION ROLLING


Ground Breaking Ceremony 02/24/14
from left: Tim Fennell, Dustin Fuller, Becky Bartling, Fred Schenk (President 22nd DAA), and David Watson.
Photo Jacqueline Winterer.  Click on photo to enlarge.
 
The Fairgrounds long-anticipated wetlands restoration at the South Overflow Lot (SOL) got underway last month. Contractors are removing soil from the existing parking lot in order to facilitate hydrology for the restoration and to build an upland sage scrub habitat buffer. The project complies with permits from the California Coastal Commission and is the first of three phases that will also include water quality improvements in the backstretch/stable area.

 
March Print Issue
Ask Dr. Rich
Rich Simons

Photo illustration Art Olson.  Click on photo to enlarge.
 
Every month Dr. Rich answers readers' most
perplexing questions.

 

  1. What did you and your wife do this year to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day? – r.j.
  2. Do you have any thoughts on the new City Hall being planned for Del Mar? – j.p

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March Print Issue
Pipe Up
cOMMON vALUEs
Dear Editor,

At the request of the Del Mar City Council, our city staff has assembled a comprehensive amount of information on our city’s facilities needs with the option of selecting a replacement site for our derelict City Hall. This leads to a reflection on what the Camino Del Mar site represents for our community. At the present time it is the location of our administrative offices and the TV studio, where our City Council meets. Built in 1984, the studio also provides the Council with a recently remodeled meeting room for its closed sessions. Only the administrative building is in urgent need of replacement.

continuation on readers' page

Jacqueline Winterer, Ocean View Avenue

   
March Print Issue
WATER WORRIES:


   
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Del Mar Dustbowl
Bill Michalsky

It’s not just a winter drought. The last 12 months have been the driest since at least 1885, according to NASA. more

When in Drought…
Del Mar Garden Club

  • Use cooled water from cooking to water plants in garden.
  • Collect kitchen tap water while warming in a large pitcher and use this water for cooking or making coffee.    more

Water 101
Ken Olson

It’s pretty astounding that water, delivered right to our homes, costs such a pittance. Imagine 748 gallons (100 cubic feet) for $3.40 – that’s all we pay in the city of Del Mar. more

 
March Print Issue
Yoga for Young’uns
Virginia Lawrence and Bill Morris

Photos Bill Morris.   Click on photos to enlarge.
 
On Valentine’s Day 2014 at 10:30 in the morning 18 toddlers descended on the Del Mar Library with 17 mothers and 1 father in tow. Ranging from 4 months to 23 they had come for Arianna Caligiuri’s Toddler Yoga class.  Ranging from 4 months to 23 they had come for Arianna Caligiuri’s Toddler Yoga class. The toddlers settled themselves around the Community Room, most leaning against their Mom or Dad, a few sitting quietly on the carpet, but with at least one little ball of energy, drawn over and over again to Arianna’s bright blue CD player with its shiny silver knobs which he twirled in an experienced manner to increase the volume.   more
   
March Print Issue
NEIGHBORHOODs NEED You!

Many residents are concerned that in the event of a major disaster, professional services may be overwhelmed or may not be able to get to us. The Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas Fire Departments are once again offering a program to train residents as first responders until emergency help arrives. This free program, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) includes training in triage, basic first aid, basic firefighting and search and rescue techniques.
The next CERT training series starts April 2nd, AT 6:30 PM.

For more information and to sign-up, please contact: Arnie Lewin at alewin@encinitasca.gov

   
March Print Issue
CITY HALL Q&A:
Interview with Mayor Lee Haydu
Ann Gardner

Mayor Lee Haydu.
Photo Nancy Fisher.  Click on photo to enlarge.
We met with Mayor Lee Haydu to discuss results of the City Hall/Civic Center Survey:

1. The City Hall Survey results are in. Are you pleased with the number of responses? We are very pleased with the number of responses. 425 people responded. Of those, 84% were residents, representing 17% of households. The remaining respondents owned a business in Del Mar or conducted business at City Hall. Were you surprised by the results? The results closely mirrored the responses we received at last December’s community workshop. A clear majority (75%) indicated that a new City Hall/City Administrative Offices should be the first priority and should be located on the existing City Hall site. Only 5% commented there was no need for a new City Hall. There were more varied responses when it came to questions about financing the project.   more

 
March Print Issue
CREST TO COAST Hike Celebration


Photo Stu Smith.
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Jim Cunningham, outgoing chair of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Agency, completes his term and his pledge to walk the Park’s entire 72-mile Coast to Crest Trail beginning at the terminus near Julian and ending on North Beach in Del Mar. Accompanied by Dick Bobertz, River Park Executive Director, and Bill Simmons, River Valley Conservancy, Cunningham was greeted by a host of well-wishers including new JPA Chair County Supervisor Dave Roberts,
Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu, Friends of the River Valley, and forty high school students who were heading  for a week-long trek on the Trail going the other direction.

Photo Stu Smith.
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March Print Issue
Trimming the Wasteline
Shirley King

   
Shirley King with used and unrecyclable water filters Photo Art Olson.  Click on photo to enlarge.    
Moving from solid waste to zero waste – consider ‘the obstacle is the path’ - but how does our community mark that path and with haste? The continuing obstacle for us is our discarded materials from daily living. We throw away the equivalent of our body weight every month, but we can no longer accept that there is an “away”. Most of our discards are collected at the curb, some are recycled or composted, but sadly most are relegated to landfills – buried or burned – out of sight, out of mind. What is derived from our consumption are environmental pollutants – piles of trash and greenhouse gases – less snow at Sochi and more acid for Del Mar’s marine life. So where should the path go? Toward Zero Waste of course! And the trailhead for Del Mar is an official and committed Zero Waste Resolution by our City Council.

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March Print Issue
Dr. G. Richard Wheelock
1926 - 2014


Dr Wheelock. 
Sandpiper archives. 
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Dr. Richard Wheelock, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 18th, will be greatly missed by the residents of Del Mar.
Fondly known as “Dr. Dick,” he was believed to be the longest-practicing physician in Del Mar and was well known for the personal attention he gave to each of his patients, which included his willingness to make house calls or to see patients in the middle of the night if necessary.
After his retirement, he threw himself into charitable endeavors, and with the help of the Rotary Club of Del Mar, built a significant health facility in Solana Beach, in which he treated those in need and without health insurance.
He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Mary, four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

For more on the extraordinary life of Dr. Richard Wheelock, please see our article “Doctor Del Mar” in the Winter Issue of the Sandpiper online in the Sandpiper December 2013 issue.

 
March Print Issue
Crouch Jumps In
Nancy Fisher
   
DRB Member Scott Crouch.
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Knowing that the City of Del Mar is always looking for residents to serve on its many committees, the Sandpiper met with one of the newest members of the Design Review Board, Scott Crouch, to find out how he feels about his new role.

NF: What made you look into volunteering to serve on a city committee?

SC: I’d been thinking about it for a few years and then some friends and neighbors who are active in the community started encouraging me to get involved. I thought, since I have a degree in Accounting, that the Finance Committee might be a good fit, but after a few meetings, in spite of how helpful the other members were, it just didn’t feel right. At the same time I realized that there were two openings on the DRB, which I’d always been interested in pursuing. The application was due the next day and, fortunately, I just made it!

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March Print Issue
Subscriptions for Newcomers
First Thursdays

Each year since 2000, the Cultural Arts Committee of the Del Mar Foundation has produced ten monthly arts programs running from September through June, which are sold each spring for $175 per person on a subscription basis.

Subscriptions sell out within weeks. Subscription letters with a flyer describing the upcoming season are mailed simultaneously to present subscribers and to people on the Wait List. If you are interested in becoming a subscriber, you must join the Wait List to receive the subscription letter and flyer for the season beginning September 2014.

To join the Wait List, please send an email to CA@delmarfoundation.org, or a note to: Del Mar Foundation, Attn: CAC, Box 2913, Del Mar CA 92014.

       
March Print Issue
DMTV PRESENTS:
Car Guys

Luana Karr

   
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Viewers can get their classic car fix this month with two back to back shows. The first is a short blast from the past, featuring a couple of Del Mar’s classic citizens, host Jon Thomas & enthusiast John Kerridge, who is still dearly missed by all his friends in Del Mar.  more

 
March Print Issue
BOOK CORNER
Ann Gardner

   
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I was going to let it pass but the comment keeps coming back to haunt me, begging for an answer. In last month’s Book Corner Virginia Lawrence reported on the favorite choices of several Del Mar book clubs. We were one, and we dutifully submitted our favorites for the year. The comment that gave me pause was regarding one of our choices, The Man Who Watched Trains Go By. “No reason was offered for the choice of Simenon’s novel,” she reported. I did not realize we were supposed to give a reason for our choices, so here goes.

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March Print Issue
New City Talent
Anthony Corso

   
Kristen Crane and Jon Terwilliger.  Photo Anthony Corso. 
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Del Mar recently recruited two remarkably talented, educated and experienced employees - Kristen Crane and Jon Terwilliger. They arrive with great potential for contributing to the City.   more

 
March Print Issue
SHORT TAKES ON FILM
Ben Nyce

 
a high-energy romp   makes “La Dolce Vita” seem tame
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March Print Issue
HIGH ON HOVs:
More People or More Cars
Ann Gardner


   
Manchester exit on I-5. Caltrans I-5 North Coast Corridor Project
Final Environmental Impact Report.  Click on photo to enlarge.
   
Del Mar is one of several cities and local groups expressing their concern that Caltrans’ proposed I-5 widening project has a ‘car bias’ at the expense of public transit. “Is the goal of the Project to move cars and trucks or to move people and goods? We believe the basic goal (should be) to provide both road and mass transit options. The North Coast Corridor project has a car bias,” Del Mar complained. The Carmel Valley Planning Board: “In its almost exclusive focus on the personal automobile (the plan) can only suggest that the completed project might eventually lead to a mass transit system.  more

 
March Print Issue
Banner Month for Del Mar


Installment at Community Building. Photo Martha Brooks.
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The City of Del Mar received not just one but two new flagpoles and flags in February – both gifts from generous Del Mar residents. The new pole at the Del Mar Library was donated by Nancy Stoke and the Stoke Family Foundation; the Del Mar Community Building received a flagpole from Chuck Freebern.
 
March Print Issue
Tales of the Terrace
The Story of Del Mar Terrace by Maryruth Cox
   
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Table of Contents

I. Prehistory of Del Mar Terrace
II. From Cowboys to Settlers, 1700-1800s
III. Del Mar Terrace Begins, 1913
IV. A Slow Start for the Terrace, 1913-1940
V. World War II and Del Mar Terrace, 1940s
VI. Pioneers on the Terrace, 1950s
VII. Rumble of Change, 1960s
VIII. From Pioneers to Urban Bohemians, 1970s

Plus the Torrey Pines Extension and How it began with the Land Use Dispute and the Battle for the Bluffs.  Afterword: Mr. Burns' House

The Story of Del Mar Terrace, a  99-page, hardcover 8-1/2" x 11" book with many old photographs is yours for a $15.00 donation to the Torrey Pines Association.

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