El Cajon, CA
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Articles by BJ Coleman

Downtown El Cajon turned green on Sunday, Mar. 4, for the sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon races. Besides the USATF certified marquee contest, the morning events also featured a popular 5K Walk/Run. Shortest of the courses was the “Green Mile” Fun Run.

Aging is often an experience of staggering losses. Isolation through distance and death of family and friends can be accompanied by diminished mobility and physical infirmities. The worst indignities of growing older may be losses of independence and ability to choose one’s own living circumstances.

Jamacha Road is a fast-moving thoroughfare on the stretch of road winding from El Cajon around into Rancho San Diego. By contrast, the easy-to-miss intersecting Jamacha Way is a different story entirely.

In its second year, the Brad Rich Annual Wheelchair Basketball Tournament more than doubled in size. Players and volunteers represented East County during the three-day series of games.

Homecomings can be sweet, sweeter for the time away. But sweetest of all may be moving into a new home after a long time without one. 

Leaders from the City of El Cajon and Domus Development hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for construction and development of an exciting new building complex at 230 South Sunshine Avenue on Tuesday, December 19. The planned mixed-use housing project in downtown El Cajon, called Cornerstone Place, will be built on a one-acre parcel with four stories of contemporary architecture featuring 70 affordable apartment units geared toward local families and military veterans and office spaces. Completion date is estimated to be April 2019.

Military veterans from throughout Southern California converged on the USS Midway museum on Sunday, December 10, to host Denise Rohan of Wisconsin, first-ever woman to serve as National Commander for The American Legion. Rohan arrived in San Diego during travel around the country to visit the Legionnaires she commands for 2017-2018.

Jonathon Marroquin has had more difficult life experiences than most people ever live through. When Marroquin provides counsel, his advice should be considered thoughtfully. 

“Share your story,” he says. “When you are feeling most vulnerable, reach out for help, not only for yourself but for those you love. Your experience is not unique, and you are not alone.”

During a recent interview in El Cajon, Marroquin shared his story.

“Cowboy Christmas” came to downtown El Cajon on Nov. 30, at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, for a midday gathering in Old West style celebration of the late-year holidays. The event was replete with Westerners, including a special appearance from Cowboy Santa, who sat for photos with wine social luncheon guests of arts patrons and supporters of the Western museum, and cowboy members of the Olaf Wieghorst Posse.

A quilt can be a creation of beauty pieced together from forgotten fabric scraps and torn, unwanted cloth. East County’s Kim Ruby, as founder of Kingdom Quilters a little over two years ago, knows a lot about stitching together a beautiful endeavor that redeems forgotten, unappreciated pieces of life at deep levels of meaningful craft.