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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

The City of Lemon Grove is taking back its parks. I want to commend the mayor and my fellow city councilmembers for voting unanimously recently to add alcohol and marijuana to our ban on tobacco in all of our parks. We also changed park hours to be open from dawn to dusk year round.

We made these changes because that’s what our residents wanted, especially our children.

Since the start of June, border patrol in four separate drug busts seized more than $500,000 worth of methamphetamines. While this amount would be considered huge a few years ago, today it is common place – a symptom of the growing meth-related troubles the county is facing as the drug gets purer, cheaper and more available in the region.

Seven East County high school seniors are among 23 students countywide named 2017 Cox Scholars and awarded scholarships from Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications. The individual scholarships range from $2,500-$7,500. Cox Charities awarded a total of $77,500 to graduating high school seniors in San Diego County for their academic success, community service, leadership and commitment to their education despite facing adversity.

By Gayle Lynn Falkenthal

Eighty-nine apprentices and craft trainees realized the reward for years of hard work, graduating with their apprenticeship and journeyman certificates on Friday, June 9 from the Associated Builders and Contractors Apprenticeship Training program as proud family and friends cheered them on.  

By Jeanne Ferris

After a two-year hiatus, the San Diego Book Awards proudly announced the finalists and winners of its 22nd annual writing competition to standing room only which was held at an awards ceremony on June 10, 2017 at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel. 

Over 200 submissions from local authors were received. Three independent readers using a scoring system judged each entry on blind evaluations. The competition was open to all and only, local resident writers in San Diego. 

Heaven's Windows will be serving Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meals to all children under 18 years old starting June 9 through Aug. 28. The meal service locations listed below:

 

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Nearly 200 middle school students from 20 regional schools competed in the largest Junior Solar Sprint competition in California history. The Junior Solar Sprint is an international competition where fifth through eighth grade students work in teams to build and compete model solar-powered cars that are judged on design, originality, construction and fastest time. San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power, who has been sponsoring this event locally since 2009 in collaboration with IBEW Local 569, donated 300 solar kits to regional schools.

By Shannon Master

From gold jumpsuits and afros to sequined bell bottoms and platform shoes, Hands United for Children’s 6th Annual Fundraising Gala on May 19 at Viejas Casino and Resort not only proved that the spirit of disco is alive and well, but that raising money for environmental education programs for San Diego’s children is pretty groovy.