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Articles by Jennifer Coburn

In partnership with San Diego Repertory Theatre, Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design is pleased to present Archetypes: Good vs. Evil, a collection of graphic design, acrylic paintings, and ink sketches created by students, alumnae, and instructors of the local college. Among the students selected were Margo Prodan of La Mesa and Britney Scales of El Cajon.

As our nation recognizes the brave service of veterans of the armed forces, Angels Foster Family Network is adding to the list of contributions of our military this Veterans Day. The nonprofit organization, which supports families who open their homes to infants and toddlers who need stable, loving care, says that one of every four families who fosters with Angels is either active duty or veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

Linda Poyner knows firsthand what a difference loving foster parents can make in the life of a child. That’s because when she was growing up in a farm town in Wisconsin, Linda was that child.

o care for 16 babies, but Ana and Dale Griffin say they are up to the task. The Spring Valley couple has a secret weapon – pacing. They serve as foster parents for one baby at a time through Angels Foster Family Network, a nonprofit that requires San Diego families devote their full attention to one young child (or sibling set) at a time.

In just over two years as executive director at Angels Foster Family Network, La Mesa resident Jeff Wiemann has created unprecedented growth for the organization, nearly doubling its annual budget to $2.35 million and increasing the number of families served by 40 percent. It is a start, he said, but there is much more work to be done.

When Jocelyn and Matthew Watkins found out they were expecting, they moved into a bigger home with a yard large enough for a swing set, puppet theater, and family dog. What made the couple a little different, however, is that they were expecting foster children.

Nicole Lewis, teacher and head librarian at Platt College San Diego School of Multimedia Design, said it is ironic that the Academy Awards are held during Black History Month considering this year’s dearth of African American nominees.

Four college students from East County were featured in a new art show hosted by Platt College San Diego School of Media. Pieces by Ariele Schimm of Santee, Charles Tallant of Spring Valley, and Natasha Englehardt and Jarod Octon of La Mesa were featured among more than 70 original paintings, photographs, graphic design, and sketches.