Community has never been more important than it is today, and so I wanted to write to celebrate one of the few original homeowners who still reside in College View Estates. This is a story of Dick and Luanne Reed. Theirs is a story about love for each other, their neighbors, and this community.
High school sweethearts since 1945, Dick and Luanne moved to CVE in 1965 from Los Angeles. Luanne's happiest memories center around the cul de sac near their home on College Gardens. She recalls dozens of children playing there, and how the neighbors would whistle at dinnertime to call their children back in.
The Reeds raised three children in that house and they all went to nearby schools like Hardy and Horace Mann. Dick served in the Air Force for a few years, and but mainly worked for Pac Bell his entire life. He has long been a volunteer at the San Diego Hospice and speaking for them both he said, "So many good things have happened to our lives I cannot believe it. We have been so blessed."
They still love this neighborhood and their neighbors who, "are terrific and amazing and even help bring in the newspaper." Dick turns 90 soon. If you find yourself walking past their lovely home on College Gardens please be sure to wish him a happy 90th. (Luanne specifically said she has stopped counting her birthdays!).
Stories like Dick and Luanne are the stories we all wish for ourselves: to have a home that provides safety and comfort, to live among people who we love and respect and who care for us in return. The local and national events of the last few weeks have highlighted that we as individuals, neighbors, and citizens can do a lot more to ensure that everyone gets the chance to lead a life of safety, security, opportunity, and neighborly love.
—By Prashant Bharadwaj on behalf of the College View Estates Community Council.
El Cerrito Community Council update
With the suddenness of the required isolation during coronavirus, El Cerrito Community Council did not get an opportunity hold its March elections. The board recognizes that fact and intends to hold elections at the next in-person ECCC meeting we are able to hold.
Our Bylaws do not currently have provisions for elections for emergencies during which meetings are not held in person and we may work on that.
Shop local: Think El Cerrito and the College Area first when you are choosing where to dine and shop and get services.
There have numerous businesses in El Cerrito along El Cajon Boulevard such as restaurants, coffee shops, a flower shops, a dog groomer, exercise studios, veterinarian, lawn mower shop, car repair and other businesses we really like, that have mostly been able to get by with the PPP and CARE Act monies provided by the federal government. The funds and timeframes for these programs are limited to the next few months. Also, SDSU recently announced it will not open for the fall 2020 semester, so fewer students will be in the area.
As we get out of isolation and get back into something like our regular routines, let’s support our local businesses and their employees. Add one of the restaurants in the area to your weekly schedule and frequent the services of the businesses.
If we do not support these businesses, we will find it increasingly difficult to get other businesses we want and the Boulevard could become more of the businesses we do not want.
Free COVID testing: If you are having COVID-19 symptoms, the Tubman-Chavez Center, located at 415 Euclid Ave. has been set up for free testing for active virus cases, without the need of a doctor’s referral.
The testing for active infection is generally a swab of the nose or throat. That sample is then tested for live infection. Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat.
—By Laura Riebau on behalf of the El Cerrito Community Council.
Ways to enjoy a COVID summer
School’s out for summer! Welcome words after three months of home schooling. Typically, a time of greatly anticipated fun and adventure — summer in the COVID-era will be markedly different. Families with and with-out school-aged children will need to adjust travel itineraries with their health in mind. Things may be opening-up more, but until an effective vaccine is available, we’ll have to get creative to generate safer adventures.
Most of us have been forced to alter plans to comply with changing mandates and guidelines. Summer get-aways by air, ship, train and even car are being curtailed, as previously planned cruises, resort stays, family reunions, and even camps for kids have been or are at risk of being cancelled. It seems most families will stay closer to home during the summer of 2020.
You may have heard that some people are already gearing-up for change as part of a resurgence of camping. Turns out, the great outdoors is a great place to enjoy summer activities and keep some distance. Camping in a tent under the stars or in the comfort of a recreational vehicle can provide a meaningful connection with nature and with immediate family members. Whether you like hiking, mountain biking or outdoor photography, there are many more things to do again with the loosening of restrictions and the re-opening of regional parks, beaches and campgrounds.
Amy and Haken Anuk, residents of Alvarado Estates, reported that they excited “to do more outdoor activities” with their two children by utilizing a second home in Deer Valley, Utah and also using a trailer for some overnight trips around Park City.
The Anuks said they use the HipCamp website to find camping sites by lakes or reservoirs that are close to biking and walking trails.
“So far it has been great. Wonderful way to spend time with your children and pets,” they said.
Even if you’re not cut out for camping, there are plenty of other great ways to be active close to home while being socially responsible. Try exploring, on foot, areas of town you have not slowed down to experience up-close before. Or like one neighbor said, “I’m going to all the places I only go to when I have company in town. Makes me feel like I am on vacation!”
Whether you take a road trip to go camping or plan some other adventurous activities closer to home, you’re sure to generate fun and safe experiences for a memorable summer.
—By Karen Austin on behalf of the Alvarado Estates Association.