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A Fond Farewell and Thanks to Del Mar
Alan A. Rubin | Pine Needles Drive

Fourteen years ago my wife Elisabeth and I had the good fortune to move from the East Coast to Del Mar, to join our daughter Emily Jennewein and her family here.

Now, I am moving to a retirement community near Boston, where I grew up, and where my other daughter, all my granddaughters and many other family members still live. Emily and her husband Chris remain in Del Mar, but as I bid farewell to our city and all my friends and colleagues, I’d like to say how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed my time in Del Mar.

When we arrived, our nearest neighbors were Crystal Crawford and Jerry Finnell. I asked them how I could become more active. They encouraged me to join Parks and Rec. I joined P and R and have been an enthusiastic member ever since. The “old timers” took me under their wings and educated me about Del Mar parks and the unique relationship between volunteers and the professional staff that exists in our small city.

Fairness, open communication, and inclusive dialogue drive every decision that our remarkable city council makes. Their hard work is a wonder. The council makes careful plans, some of which are approved while others are redrafted or go back to the drawing board. In the end though, things happen. The community is involved in everything.

Del Mar is truly a “city of volunteers.” And we recognize our volunteers annually at a joyous celebration in the Powerhouse. Our fine staff is full of great people working out of cubbyholes in the inadequate City Hall.
Lo and behold, the careful “Del Mar way” will soon produce a new City Hall complex. Our city council and the community deserve a huge thanks for finally getting to this magic moment.

I have to mention a few other special highlights and qualities I have enjoyed so much. Community Connections is a fabulous community support organization led by good staff and excellent volunteer boards. Citizens “adopt-a-spot” to beautify the community and rescue a tree stump and carve the Del Mar hawk who watches over our incomparable beaches and gorgeous sunsets.

I will miss working closely with our fine staff of Public Works; they seem to rise to every challenge and opportunity. Our peerless lifeguards led by Pat Vergne keep our beaches well staffed, safe and sound for our many visitors.
Finally, a word about Del Mar’s garden club. The beautiful results of their efforts are seen everywhere in the city. Our brilliant and determined expert Pat Walsh lends her unique expertise to about every decision concerning trees, shrubs, and pruning. Her work on the library wall is one of my fondest memories of a community beautification project done right.

Del Mar is a small city on the right track.

With warmth and gratitude for 14 great years in Del Mar, I am,
Alan A. Rubin

 

 

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