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    Truck crashes in Point Loma, causes prodigious damage
    Apr 28, 2016 | 2635 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip.  / PHOTO BY MATTHEW DeVOL
    No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip. / PHOTO BY MATTHEW DeVOL
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    In the early afternoon of April 23, an alleged drunk driver in a white pick-up truck traveled at a high rate of speed up Cañon Street in Point Loma, fish-tailed near Willow Street, sideswiped a car coming down Cañon Street, left the road and flipped. The truck then hit a tree, two concrete walls, two other vehicles parked in their driveways and a utility box, then landed upside down in the middle of Cañon Street. No one was killed or seriously injured, according to witnesses, and the driver escaped the crash with a cut on his lip.
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    THE LOT Liberty Station cinemas and restaurant to open on May 5
    Apr 28, 2016 | 1039 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.  
    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.  
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    THE LOT, a luxury lifestyle entertainment company, announced its second location at Liberty Station in Point Loma will open to the public on Thursday, May 5, providing a luxurious, comfortable dining, drinking and cinema going experience.   “THE LOT Liberty Station will provide guests with the utmost in service, high-quality dining and cinema experience, with our signature luxury leather theater recliners; a social cocktail scene and fantastic breakfast, lunch, dinner and in-theater dining options – all with unique elements that pay homage to the building’s original function as the Naval Training Center’s epicenter of military troop training and entertainment,” said Adolfo Fastlicht, chief executive officer at THE LOT. The new venture, located at 2620 Truxtun Road, occupies the former building No. 35, previously known as LUCE Auditorium, originally a 2,200-seat theater and equipped with CinemaScope (a lens series used from 1953 to 1967 for shooting widescreen movies; the creation of which marked the beginning of modern widescreen movie projection), a projector and screen where military training features and movies were shown. The cinema’s design preserves the building’s original oak stage and exposed concrete proscenium, where the curtains once hung. Created to honor the past, as well as current, leading-edge design, the cinema also features a completely glass-enclosed café, bar and restaurant space that lends itself to an eclectic balance of reinvented use in a rehabilitated historic building. The restaurant will feature standout breakfast entrée selections including an open-face sandwich with prosciutto and arugula and “killer” chilaquiles. Created by chef Matt Sramek, the lunch and dinner menus will focus on sharable plates, fresh salads and hearth oven-baked flatbreads with Mediterranean, Italian, French and Mexican influences; plus a wide and dynamic selection of European-influenced dishes that spotlight the finest offerings of both land and sea. The restaurant will also boast creative and intricate desserts by pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny. Full restaurant and café menus are available for enjoyment in the restaurant, café and outdoor patio.  The venue is set to open with a lineup of box-office hit movies, kicking off with the launch of Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Civil War.”  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thelotent.com/home or download the app. To make restaurant restaurant reservations go to OpenTable.
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    Locals discuss leads in parrot killings in Point Loma, Ocean Beach
    by DAVE SCHWAB
    Apr 25, 2016 | 6931 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Brooke Durham, representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
    Brooke Durham, representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma.
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    Reward money probably won't matter in catching the culprits, authorities are being tight-lipped about their investigation, the identity of the shooter(s) is possibly being hushed up and juvenile(s) are the most likely perpetrators. That was the gist of a presentation by husband-and-wife team Josh Bridwell and Brooke Durham representing SoCal Parrot, a Jamul-based nonprofit animal welfare group, at a special meeting held April 21 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Point Loma. Speaking of the death or wounding of 12 or more wild endangered parrots since Feb. 19 in the Ocean Beach area, Durham said reward money being offered for information leading to prosecution of the culprit(s) is now up to $7,000. But she added she doubts that will make a real difference in capturing those guilty of animal cruelty, a crime punishable by up to one year in jail and a $20,000 fine per count with any conviction remaining on the defendant's record. “We know career criminals will give up other criminals for money,” Durham said. “But here we're dealing with something that is much more community-based, and (therefore) money is not the motivating thing here.” Animal cruelty is defined as “malicious, intentional or cruel maiming, mutilation, torture or causing unjustified pain, suffering, wounding or killing of living animals.” Durham hinted there are some strong leads in identifying the Ocean Beach parrot killers, but added, “Right now there's not enough to go forward with a prosecution.” She said SoCal Parrot has taken the initiative in “going out into the community and encouraging people to say what they've seen.” Durham suggested the identities of those responsible is known, but that that information is likely being withheld due to neighborhood peer pressure. Noting the shooter(s) are probably using air-guns with bb's and pellets, Durham pointed out, “It's illegal for anyone under age 18 to use an air-gun without written parental consent.” But Durham was quick to note air-guns are not in the same category as hand guns and other firearms, which use black powder for pellet propulsion. As to leads, Durham said, “We have clear indications, from multiple sources, that a particular group of juveniles may be involved,” while adding there's also a strong likelihood that the identities of youths who may be involved is being suppressed by their parents, who could be threatening their neighbors with legal action if they allege their children are involved. Durham also said SoCal Parrot has essentially been “locked out” of the investigation into the parrot killings by police and animal control. She's been told by those organization's that SoCal Parrot's involvement would interfere with the ongoing investigation. 
Josh Bridwell gave a slideshow presentation on parrots noting there are three primary species found in San Diego and the Peninsula, none of which are native and most of which are threatened. He said most of the wild parrots in San Diego and Southern California have migrated here from Mexico, where deforestation has destroyed trees they live in and feed off of causing them to migrate. The slideshow presentation showed an alarming decline in the wild parrot's habitat which has dwindled to a remnant of the huge areas they once inhabited before agriculture led to wide scale deforestation altering the natural environment driving the birds out. Durham likened the parrot-killing case to a Jigsaw puzzle. “Every little bit of information given to the authorities, the better the picture is,” she concluded. Anyone with information about the parrot killings is urged to call the county Department of Animal Services' parrot information hotline at (619) 767-2766 or (619) 236-2341. Callers can remain anonymous. For more information about SoCal Parrot visit socalparrot.org, facebook.com/socalparrot or email brooke@socalparrot.org.
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    Albion SC Pros taps into Pacific Beach's soccer spirit
    by DAVE THOMAS
    Apr 18, 2016 | 7437 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Fans at the Albion Pros' latest home match at Mission Bay High School Stadium.
    Fans at the Albion Pros' latest home match at Mission Bay High School Stadium.
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    The team plays their games on Saturday nights at Mission Bay High School Stadium at 5 p.m. Visit albionscpros.com for the team's schedule and more information.
    The team plays their games on Saturday nights at Mission Bay High School Stadium at 5 p.m. Visit albionscpros.com for the team's schedule and more information.
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    All one has to do is drive around the Mission Bay and Pacific Beach areas to see the love locals have for soccer. Whether it is adults on the weekends mixing it up in a friendly game of soccer or kids running up and down a pitch in a youth program, the sport has developed a rather strong foothold locally over the last number of decades. And now, Pacific Beach has its own pro club to root for on Saturday evenings at Mission Bay High School. Albion SC Pros has tapped into the local passion for futbol by playing home games on the Buccaneers' pitch with a fun, festive family-friendly atmosphere. Beach & Bay Press caught up with the club’s director of marketing and operations, Nick Surface, for a recent Q&A: - BBP: How long has Albion Soccer been around and are there members of the club from Pacific Beach and Mission Bay involved? - Nick Surface: Albion Pros is in its first year and is the professional team that sits atop the Albion SC Youth Club. The youth club has been based in Ocean Beach for the last 35 years and has players and families that live all over San Diego including PB and Mission Bay. The Albion Pros team has players who live in PB such as standout forward Matt Clare. Other players come from as far away as the Netherlands, Haiti and Brazil, but most players are from the San Diego area. The team plays their games on Saturday nights at Mission Bay High School Stadium at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $3 for 17-and-under and free for children under-5. The atmosphere at the games is amazing. Visit albionscpros.com for the team's schedule and more information. The whole game is an experience that starts at the Tap Room on Garnet Avenue at 3 p.m. Our supporters group called The Deep End meets there beforehand along with our fans to have beers and get excited for the match. At the game there is Mexican food, chair massages, plenty to do for kids and an electric atmosphere as our fans sing and chant the entire game (much like you see in Europe). Afterwards, the whole team including players, coaches and front office staff head back to the Tap Room to hang out with fans and (hopefully) celebrate another win. Our last home game of the season is June 18 and the playoffs will start the second week of July. If things go well, we could be playing until the national championship game in New York in August. Tickets to home games can be bought at prosoccersandiego.com or at the game at our ticket window. - BBP: How is the team doing this year? - NS: We are currently a perfect 3-0 and sit atop the division in first place. So far, so good. We are very happy with the direction the team is going.  We are always trying to increase our performance as would be expected, but we are doing well. - BBP: Are tryouts held for locals during the year? - NS: Tryouts are held generally before the pre-season in December and January, but we welcome players to tryout throughout the year if they feel they have what it takes. Players interested should contact: nsurface@albionsoccer.org. - BBP: For soccer fans in the area, what makes coming out to see the team play so enjoyable? - NS: We really put on a production at every game. We understand that San Diego is an amazing place to live and has so much to do, so we put on more than just a soccer game. The game is of course the main event, but there are a lot of things to do at games. We have a great choice of food as well as face painters, balloon men and giveaways every single week. There is halftime entertainment and festivities before and after the game at Tap Room. The atmosphere at the games really is something special and not something you’ll get at any other professional sport in San Diego. That is a big statement to make but we would stand by it. While we don’t have 60,000 fans, the 2,000-plus we do have are passionate and loud in their support and it is constant. There are drums banging and flags waving to go along with songs and chants. It truly is something special to see and experience.
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    Ocean Beach couple have miracle pregnancy
    by HANNA LAUKKANEN
    Apr 12, 2016 | 4788 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Photographer Erena Shimoda took photos of Scott and Mandy underwater.
    Photographer Erena Shimoda took photos of Scott and Mandy underwater.
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    Scott and Mandy Martinez started the pregnancy treatments last May.
    Scott and Mandy Martinez started the pregnancy treatments last May.
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    Ocean Beach resident Scott Martinez has been through a miracle with his wife Mandy. Scott had testicular cancer twice and after cancer surgeries had only a 1 percent chance to father a child. Now just after four months of treatments, his wife Mandy is pregnant, and the calculated time is May 15. After all the difficulties, they are now enjoying the pregnancy. “There are a lot of women who have difficulties with pregnancy,” Scott says of Mandy, “but she says all the time that she loves being pregnant. It has been a fun experience.” “We try to appreciate every single day and be in the moment,” Mandy says. “This is really happening, and we don’t want to skip over any of it.” Life wasn’t as good 14 years ago, when Scott was 23 and found out that he has Stage IV cancer. He knew that something was wrong with his body, but he didn’t want to face the facts. He waited four months before going to the doctor, and the doctor's serious questions scared him off. After two months, he couldn’t handle the pain, so he went back. “They knew right away what it was,” Scott says, “and the surgery was the next day. It was emergency, because I waited so long.” Scott says that testicular cancer is curable if you catch it early. When you don’t, it can spread, and it’s no longer technically testicular cancer; it could be lymphoma or morph into any other type of cancer. The cancer recurred in 2004, and because this time it was caught early, it only required surgery without the chemotherapy. Now, Scott goes through check-ups every year. “Knock on wood, I’m pretty far out in a remission,” he says; “it has been 14 years. Once every year I get blood and once every five years CT scans and X-rays.” Scott and Mandy knew all along that having a baby might not be possible for them, but their doctors and nurses were positive and supporting. They started their journey last May and found out in September that Mandy was pregnant. “We were really fortunate,” Mandy says. “People can go years with the process, and I don’t know how it worked so well for us. We’re excited and blown away. Everything just feels like we've accomplished a hurdle.” Scott feels that after cancer his attitude has changed. To him, the true meaning is that life is too short. With Mandy, they want to think about the good things in life. “It’s still a balance of work and balance of responsibilities,” Scott says, “but I try to balance out fun. I think about cancer and can it return. What good is all the other stuff that you worry about if that happens?” He notes that men just don’t make a doctor’s appointment and go to the doctor. To get men to really focus on checking themselves is important. “Men don’t speak about getting a doctor’s appointment,” he says, “which is funny, because a lot of men are into health, diet and sports. But it’s almost like it stops when it’s time to go to a doctor.” The couple had an underwater photograph session with photographer Erena Shimoda, who does sessions with cancer survivors. Scott and Mandy wanted to do something different “to honor our pregnancy and our baby. “Anything that we can do to motivate or inspire other cancer survivors, or even anybody going through cancer, we are always down to do that,” Scott says.
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    Pointers fall to Vikings at Petco Park
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