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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

MY TURN with Tom Cesarini

For teens, the summer season is often associated with carefree days of family vacations, part-time jobs, and hanging out with friends. Shelving the schoolbooks and curbing academic learning during the summer, however, can create a significant learning loss that can potentially affect students for years. It’s called the “summer slide.”

The City of El Cajon Veterans Commission presents a “Veteran of the Year” Award, recognizing those who go above and beyond in serving their community through their leadership abilities and/or community service in El Cajon, making a big impact on those they serve.

Final selections will be based on dedication, commitment, and demonstrated impact of those served.  If you see, hear, or know of a veteran who has gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in the community, please take this opportunity to acknowledge and reward that effort.

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.