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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

On March 20, Bill Walton accepted a $50,000 check from Sycuan Casino on behalf of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The donation provided by Sycuan is part of the casino’s promise to the organization to donate at least 5 percent of its GameDay Sports Bar & Grill’s annual sales, which began in 2012.

Being overcome with a fit of nostalgia I decided to take a drive through my old neighborhood. I was born in La Mesa at the newly opened Grossmont Hospital in1961. We lived off Avocado on Nabal St., named after a rare variety of avocado, at the foothills of Mt. Helix. When not in school, the neighborhood was always a busy hive of little baby-boomers either riding their bikes, playing flag football in the street or pretending to be intrepid explorers in search of some yet undiscovered treasure.

Residents at Mount Miguel Covenant Village are enjoying the fruits – and the vegetables and beauty – of their gardening labor. This month marks the continuing care retirement community’s one-year garden anniversary and residents and staff celebrated with an intimate garden party to toast the success of a resident-driven project that began a year ago. “A home is not a home until it has a garden,” said Garden Club President and Mount Miguel resident Linda Smith.

The Council of Community Clinics (CCC), a premier consortium of primary care organizations in Southern California, today announced its new name and branding, Health Center Partners, the new name for its subsidiary formerly known as Community Clinic Health Network, Health Quality Partners, and the launch of Integrated Health Partners. Integrated Health Partners is a fully integrated primary health network designed to advance standards of care, improve outcomes and reduce costs for member community health centers.

By Melody Li

CrossFit Santee is a local business that believes in empowering the community though education and providing positive choices that will benefit their health. They are one of the many local businesses participating in Lakeside Health Awareness Month this March, brought together by the East County non-profit organization California Health Network, to offer special free services and discounts to encourage the community to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The increase of higher risk and illegal businesses in the neighborhood has lit a fire of enthusiasm for Casa de Oro residents and businesses alike. Instead of turning a blind eye or becoming apathetic, nearly three-dozen multi-sector community members have united to strategically develop an action plan for revitalization efforts in the Casa de Oro community.

The Casa de Oro Community Alliance has met monthly since October to discuss issues that range from illegal dumping and graffiti to illegal businesses, public drunkenness and crime.

By Anthony Malpartida-Pezo

Adriana Chavez is a passionate and service minded yogi dedicated to using her knowledge to promote health and wellness in her community.

Chavez runs CHN Yoga in Santee and is a member of California Health Network (CHN), a local organization dedicated to promoting fitness and health in East County and beyond.

The Water Conservation Garden, a six-acre conservation demonstration garden in El Cajon, is thrilled to announce the selection of Elyssa Robertson as the organization’s new executive director. Robertson succeeds John Bolthouse at the helm of the East County nonprofit.