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    Strong women tackle Alzheimer's on the gridiron
    by THOMAS MELVILLE
    Feb 10, 2016 | 2730 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Lisa Kondrat (and behind her from left), Michelle Anderson, Jocelyn Fielding and Amanda Ruedas celebrate a Green team touchdown. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Lisa Kondrat (and behind her from left), Michelle Anderson, Jocelyn Fielding and Amanda Ruedas celebrate a Green team touchdown. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Green team defenders Michelle Le and Cristina Kelly tackle Pink team RB Autumn Sutterlin. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Green team defenders Michelle Le and Cristina Kelly tackle Pink team RB Autumn Sutterlin. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Green's Colleen Stoyas drops a pass as Pink's Autumn Sutterlin and Maia Albano give chase. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Green's Colleen Stoyas drops a pass as Pink's Autumn Sutterlin and Maia Albano give chase. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Cristina Kelly tackles Pink's Lauren Hoffmaster during the first half. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Cristina Kelly tackles Pink's Lauren Hoffmaster during the first half. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Kat Shaw fires up her Pink teammates at half time of the TackleALZ game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Kat Shaw fires up her Pink teammates at half time of the TackleALZ game. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Green's Ali Nicastro runs through Pink's Eileen Johnson, Maia Albano and Alyce Fernebok for a second half touchdown. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Green's Ali Nicastro runs through Pink's Eileen Johnson, Maia Albano and Alyce Fernebok for a second half touchdown. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    On the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, blondes and brunettes – and even a redhead or two – came together to tackle, tussle and take part in trying to defeat Alzheimer's disease. TackleALZ (formerly Blondes vs. Brunettes) is a volunteer-led female flag football game that raises money for Alzheimer’s San Diego. The event, partnered with Vavi Sport & Social Club, with assistance from Old Mission Bay Athletic Club, played out at the Little Q rugby field next to Qualcomm Stadium with the Green team (Brunettes) beating the Pink squad (Blondes) in a rout, 31-12. But the real winner is Alzheimer’s San Diego, which will receive more than $56,000 raised by players and fans at the annual event. "The TackleALZ San Diego game was an incredible testament to the local dedication and commitment these women have shown over the last year,” said Mary Ball, president and CEO of Alzheimer's San Diego. “Not only did they play their hearts out on game day, but together they raised more than $56,000 to support San Diego families facing Alzheimer's disease and advance local research for a cure.” For more information on TackleALZ and Alzheimer's San Diego, visit http://www.alzsd.org.
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    Are tiny homes the solution to homelessness?
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Feb 09, 2016 | 6455 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, rector of St. Andrews by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach, and Christopher Scott, who's designed and built his own version of a “tiny” home, have teamed to popularize the concept. / Photo by Dave Schwab
    Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, rector of St. Andrews by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach, and Christopher Scott, who's designed and built his own version of a “tiny” home, have teamed to popularize the concept. / Photo by Dave Schwab
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    A Pacific Beach inventor and a church rector are promoting one conceivable solution to the intractable problem of homelessness: IKEA-like tiny, build-it-yourself homes. Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, rector of St. Andrews by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach, and Christopher Scott, who's designed and built his own version of a “tiny” home, have teamed to popularize the concept. They're calling it “the start of a real solution to San Diego's homelessness problem.” “A kit for these 400-plus square-foot homes can be purchased for $500 or $600 and can be assembled in two or three hours with screwdrivers and without power tools,” said Scott, a forestry specialist who said he helped start IKEA, a Scandinavian chain selling ready-to-assemble furniture, in North America. “The concept I hope may work in PB is that a jobless person can start off with one of these little houses, make improvements to it, make it look pretty, and resell it and build some equity for their next step up.” Mainwaring, among five local PB church leaders who've banded together since November of 2015 to form the Pacific Beach Homeless Coalition, said Scott's creative solution to finding the homeless homes is way of stimulating “thinking about homelessness and potential solutions. “We are looking at this as a way of sparking the imagination,” said Mainwaring, who discussed the tiny homes concept. “That's the key, providing someone with a roof over their head in a location that provides stability and security, in their own little home where they can even close and lock the door, keeping them safely inside.” Once housed, an individual can then reboot his or her life, beginning the process of finding a job and re-establishing himself as a contributing member of society, Mainwaring said. One of Scott's tiny home models is presently on view in St. Andrews sanctuary at 1050 Thomas Ave., across the street from Pacific Beach library. The tiny homes, which resemble children's playhouses in design and appearance, are large enough for a medium-size person to stretch out or even stand in. “The whole country is seeded with people who are trying to approach it (homeless housing),” Scott said. Seattle has opened 14 tiny homes. A Nashville church has built six. The tiny homes are said to offer these advantages: • They provide better shelters than tarps or tents. • The homeless can build them themselves. • Wasted building materials can be collected to make the tiny homes, which adds an element of sustainability to them. • Often, tiny homes can be grown to make them a more permanent form of housing. • They're extremely cost effective. Tiny homes will be on the agenda of the next Pacific Beach Homeless Coalition meeting, to which the public is invited on Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Room of Pacific Beach Taylor Library, 4275 Cass St. “It's a group meeting between neighbors, the homeless and other interested parties,” said Mainwaring, noting the format is mostly informal. “It's a chance for people to build relationships, offer feedback,” he said. Mainwaring said the next step in the process of paving the way for the homes to become a reality is to “get neighborhood buy-in on the concept before working up a comprehensive proposal to bring to the city, then have an informed discussion.” Obviously places would have to be found, and in some cases zoning changed, to make tiny homes legal. “It's a challenging solution to what is a profoundly challenging life to lead on the street,” noted Scott, who added that dialogue about homeless housing “is a great conversation to have.” Scott pointed out that tiny homes are trending. “It's a solution being considered across the country and, frankly, the world,” he said, adding, “If we can put a man on the moon, we can find a solution for this.”
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    Mothers and daughters in harmony for charity at MADCAPS show
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Feb 03, 2016 | 31554 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Members of MADCAPS rehearse musical numbers for the group's 56th annual music and dance show Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Point Loma Nazarene University. Tickets for the popular performances go on sale Feb. 9.
    Members of MADCAPS rehearse musical numbers for the group's 56th annual music and dance show Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Point Loma Nazarene University. Tickets for the popular performances go on sale Feb. 9.
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    One of the community's oldest organizations is preparing to stage its annual music and dance review involving a cast of hundreds of local teens. This is the 56th year that MADCAPS (Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies) has entertained audiences while raising funds for charities selected by the young ladies themselves. Months of rehearsals will culminate in "MADCAPS, in Harmony with San Diego," the theme of this year's show, to be staged Thursday through Saturday, March 10 to 12, at Brown Chapel on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University. Dozens of local young men are also featured in the production. Tickets for the popular show, which features singing, several types of dance and a farewell to graduating members, will go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9, and range from $5 to $25 each. They can be purchased at sdmadcaps.org. "We are particularly excited about this year's theme," said Kate McKenzie, 2016 benefit communications chair of the group. "It focuses on our local community, where our boots are on the ground making a difference. An exciting new feature of the show is stage appearances by representatives of the philanthropies we support. This year, we are very pleased to welcome San Diego Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent de Paul and San Diego Therapeutic Recreational Services to say a few words to our patrons." MADCAPS is also supporting an outreach to homeless kids led by PLNU and San Diego First Church by collecting items for kits to be distributed to those in need. Patrons are asked to bring items such as tube socks and small shampoo bottles. Community sponsors this year include Meguiar's Inc., Erin and Jim Schabarum, the Brick Youth Group of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church and the MADCAPS Class of 2016. MADCAPS is a group of about 180 mothers and their daughters in grades 7 through 12 who live in the Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Hills and Hillcrest areas. They provide direct services and donations to many area charitable organizations. Each year's new class selects charities to assist as they grow, contributing thousands of volunteer hours each year. Since its inception in 1960, the group has raised more than $828,000 in addition to the invaluable volunteer services of its members. All MADCAPS members also volunteer annually at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk and Autism Speaks. More information is available at the group website above or by contacting McKenzie at (619) 399-9839 or kate.mckenzie@cox.net.
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    Torrey Pines' trees no match for Jan. 31 winds
    Feb 02, 2016 | 4842 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    One of Torrey Pines Golf Course's most iconic trees, seeded at the 15th hole, collapsed during a fierce winter storm Jan. 31. The winds, which reached gusts of up to 60 miles an hour, blew down the massive eucalyptus after the golf course had been closed for the day. Farmers Insurance Open play was suspended Jan. 31 in the face of the storm, which leveled dozens of trees and power poles and tore away rooftops across California. Several Torrey pines were damaged as well. The Torrey pine, an endangered species, grows up to 56 feet and only on the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and one of the Channel Islands.
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    San Diego fans reach fever pitch for U.S. women's national team
    by SCOTT HOPKINS
    Jan 25, 2016 | 37417 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    More than 23,000 soccer fans came by the thousands to cheer the U.S. women's national team in a rare San Diego appearance against Ireland's finest in a Jan. 23 friendly match at Qualcomm Stadium. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    More than 23,000 soccer fans came by the thousands to cheer the U.S. women's national team in a rare San Diego appearance against Ireland's finest in a Jan. 23 friendly match at Qualcomm Stadium. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Fans react to Carli Lloyd's first goal during the U.S. women's 5-0 win over Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Fans react to Carli Lloyd's first goal during the U.S. women's 5-0 win over Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the U.S. women's 5-0 win over Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the U.S. women's 5-0 win over Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Alex Morgan became the 34th player in history to play 100 times for her country. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Alex Morgan became the 34th player in history to play 100 times for her country. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan celebrate Lloyd's first goal in which Morgan assisted on. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan celebrate Lloyd's first goal in which Morgan assisted on. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    Meghan Klingenberg attempts to dribble into the box against Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    Meghan Klingenberg attempts to dribble into the box against Ireland. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    The fans celebrate the U.S. women's national team during their win over Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium. / Photo by Thomas Melville
    The fans celebrate the U.S. women's national team during their win over Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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    An army of aroused soccer fans came by the thousands to cheer the U.S. women's national team in a rare San Diego appearance against Ireland's finest in a Jan. 23 friendly match at Qualcomm Stadium, and a dominating 5-0 U.S. victory sent them home even happier. The myriad of clothing and headwear in the stands included those with U.S. flags draped over their shoulders or wearing garments containing red, white and blue and was only broken by those adorned in pricey replica jerseys with the names of their favorite players. Many of these names achieved household status last July 5 when the U.S. electrified soccer enthusiasts around the world with a stunning display of power in a memorable 5-2 defeat of Japan for the World Cup. And here they were, competing on the local pitch in their all white kits, led by all-world star midfielder Carli Lloyd, goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Alex Morgan, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Ali Krieger. Lines at merchandise stands outside stadium gates were long as fans awaited their opportunity to buy items ranging from T-shirts to six-foot-long scarves with the motto "One Nation, One Team" printed on them. And those who were late getting to their seats missed the first U.S. goal, as Morgan sent a 6th minute cross to an unmarked Lloyd, who had an open net from about five yards away. Then, in the 22nd minute, Lloyd again found herself in perfect position as a pass in the goal mouth was headed into the air. She leaped to send the ball into the net milliseconds before an Irish defender's head collided with her chin, sending both women to the turf for treatment. Returning to the match in the 25th minute, Lloyd completed her sixth career hat trick in the 29th minute when the Irish goalkeeper misplayed a ball, leaving her with a look at a wide-open net from 20 yards, her 82nd international goal. At that point, the score was effectively Lloyd 3, Ireland 0, and the crowd's passionate cheering increased with every offensive possibility or defensive rejection. Lloyd sat out the second half as USWNT coach Jill Ellis sent six substitutes into the game, with one making history. Forward Mallory Pugh made her debut with the national team in the 58th minute at the age of 17 years, 9 months. And Pugh made the most of her first appearance. In the 84th minute she scored the final U.S. goal, becoming only the 19th player to score in their debut. Current teammates Stephanie McCaffrey and Christen Press, who assisted on the goal, also achieved this feat. Another notable moment came in the final minute of the first half when Morgan, playing in her 100th career match with the team, scored her 57th career goal on an assist by Lloyd. Among the more interesting groups in the crowd was a large contingent in field level section 19, where a group of young men somehow got through stadium security with three massive bass drums, which they managed to pound on with unending energy from pre-game warmups until after the final whistle. Dozens of energized voices sang soccer-related lyrics to such diverse tunes as "Yankee Doodle Dandy," Little Peggy March's 1963 teen hit "I Will Follow Him" and The Ramones' 1976 rocker "Blitzkrieg Bop." You won't witness this at a Chargers or Padres game! Following the match, hundreds of fans waited for more than an hour until the U.S. players, wheeling suitcases, appeared in a stadium tunnel, walking to a waiting bus. Sharpies and other writing instruments were in abundance as persons of all ages sought autographs on soccer balls and a selection of clothing and jerseys. In a post-match press conference, Ellis praised her team's work rate and level of preparation for upcoming events including the Olympic Qualifying Championship set for Feb. 10 to 21 in Houston and Frisco, Texas. The U.S. team opens in Group A against Costa Rica Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m. (PST). Others in the group are Puerto Rico and Mexico. Group B includes Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. The top two teams from these eight will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil where rosters are limited to only 18 players. NOTES: - The crowd of 23,309 nearly doubled the previous best total in five San Diego appearances by the USWNT, the first four of which were played at the University of San Diego stadium. - For USWNT goalkeeper Solo, the game marked her 91st shutout and 143rd win, most in U.S. history, in 186 matches. - The match marked Lloyd's 212th appearance.  - Since the start of 2015, the USWNT is 21-2-4, scoring 79 goals while yielding only 12. - In the series with Ireland, the U.S. is now 12-0-0. - Morgan becomes the 34th player in history to play 100 times for her country. Retired midfielder Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
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