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Congresswoman Susan Davis presented awards for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for local high school students on Monday. La Mesa resident and Helix Charter High student Aysha Alani took the top prize for her piece Balboa Park Tower, which will hang in the Capitol complex in Washington, DC for the year.  Second and third place winners were also awarded, as well as two honorable mentions.

It was cold and raining, but Matt Oliver  said that did not bother him much. Team With A Vision runner Oliver, 26, placed 2nd in the Men’s Visually Impaired Division at the marathon. This was his first Boston Marathon.

“Once you were moving it wasn’t so bad,” he said, “but once you stopped you were freezing,” he said.

Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF), a San Diego nonprofit organization dedicated to screening, mentoring and supporting children and families impacted by autism, announced that in 2014 it performed—at no cost to schools or families—Early Intervention Preschool Screenings to 2,369 children. ATPF was able to screen three times more preschoolers than it did in 2013, thanks to a new partnership with the Alpha Kappa Head Start, El Cajon, which has 14 center sites throughout San Diego County.

Love La Mesa parks? We do too. That’s why the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation began. The Foundation’s mission is to provide activities that strengthen community and family bonds as well as foster pride in La Mesa parks by raising funds to upgrade city parks. The Foundation is a private 501c (3) non-profit run by a volunteer board of directors. The Foundation leverages private funds to enhance and expand park amenities beyond the basics that the City provides.  April kicks off the Foundation’s Spring Campaign.

Sexual harassment in the El Cajon Police Department

Does the El Cajon Police Department have a history and culture of sexual harassment?

That question was raised at the El Cajon City Council meeting March 24. During the Public Comment period, five speakers, led by Bonnie Price of the East County Democratic Club, questioned the city’s handling of allegations against officer Richard Gonsalves.

Let’s salute “Old Glory”! The American Flag will be flown proudly at the 18th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, May 30. The Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. in the downtown La Mesa Village. Arrive early to see two pre-Parade concerts, La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands, at 9:00 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route. 

Submit your artwork for a chance to be displayed in the state capitol

If you are an artist from Sen. Joel Anderson’s district, you have an opportunity to have your artwork be part of the exhibit at the Capitol in Sacramento. If selected, your artwork will be on display from May 2015 to September 2016.

San Diego State University senior softball player Lorena Bauer has been named the Mountain West Player of the Week, the league announced March 31. It is the first weekly league accolade of the season for Bauer, a Steele Canyon High School alumna, and the fourth of her career.

It is the fourth time that an Aztec has garnered the player-of-the-week award this year and fourth in the past five weeks. SDSU has also won two pitcher-of-the-week awards, giving San Diego State six total on the season, two more than the next-highest school (Fresno State).

The members of Santee Girl Scout Troop 6173 were among the 8,000 participants and supporters gathered in Balboa Park recently for a morning of fitness, fun, hope and inspiration. The 5th annual Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K in Partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego brought community together as one “voice” to share their commitment to creating positive change for children.

The San Diego State football program will host Aztec Fan Fest, formerly known as Aztec Family Day, on Saturday, Aug. 16, at Qualcomm Stadium. The event features an Aztec apparel sale, an intra-squad scrimmage and an autograph session with select players.

Gates are set to open at noon, and admission is free. There will be food trucks and inflatable activities for kids, as well as appearances from other Aztec athletic teams, the band and the dance team.