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Articles by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

A longtime dream of retired El Cajon Fire Chief Ed Jarrell was to open a fire museum. That dream came to fruition at Parkway Plaza and was celebrated at their grand opening held on July 18 with the opening of the El Cajon Fire History Museum and Learning Center.

El Cajon resident, Crista Charles, attending the grand opening summed it up.

“This is a part of our history,” she said.

The groundbreaking for the new Marriott Courtyard in El Cajon is slated for September said Monica Zech, public information officer for the City of El Cajon. 

El Cajon City Council gave the green flag to the project on June 23. The hotel will be situated on the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea Avenue.

Celebrating America’s independence with American flags, traditional songs, and books like Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July Oration by James Colaiaco displayed were all a part of Rancho San Diego Library’s event, Celebrate the USA / Independence Day Festival, held on June 27.

Librarian Branch Manager Brenna Ring shared a personal story amidst the activities that included crafting American flags, cakewalks, other activities, Americana music from Trails & Rails, and a parade.

The Santee Summer Concert Series that the series began as hundreds of music lovers flocked to listen to the Cat-illacs perform at the series kicked off on June 18.

Couples toting rolling coolers, lawn chairs, umbrellas, blankets and kids, kids, and more kids piled into Town Center Community Park East starting at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m..

New York City to limited, limited, limited small town life. Spring Valley’s Young Actors’ Theater effectively uses minimalist set design via stark slides projected on a background screen.  The use of these slides shows the main character in “13- a new musical” Evan Goldman‘s jolting life change to “limited” when he is moved to a small town in Indiana from New York City due to his parent’s divorce. Right before his 13th birthday and his passage to manhood, his Bar Mitzvah.

Your kid’s life ends in a car accident. You learn the law after you are prosecuted for violating a social host ordinance. Welcome to what could be you and your teen’s prom and graduation night.

But what five teens from the East County Youth Coalition did was promote having a safe and sober prom and grad season at Parkway Plaza Mall on May 21 by dressing up in prom attire and handing out pamphlets and talking to shoppers.

La Mesa Woman’s Club bestowed six scholarships on seniors in the Grossmont Union High School District on May 13 in an evening ceremony at its clubhouse in La Mesa.

Parents who understand the financial hardships of paying for college tuition or college graduates who are saddled with student loans can all appreciate the significance of this.

Seaperch’s motto of teach-build-become is an apt collection of words to signify exactly what they want to do. The Seaperch Tournament hosted this weekend at the La Mesa Municipal Pool and next weekend as well is a motto in action.

SeaPerch is the name given to an outbranch competition of the Exploring STEM careers Initiative (ESCI), a National Science Foundation funded grant to SDSU‘s Research Foundation, in collaboration with the San Diego Science Alliance.

An estimated 2,500 partiers kicked off Downtown El Cajon’s Dinner & a Concert series with coffee house rocker and former Padre Tim Flannery and his band performing on the Prescott Promenade May 1.

El Cajon Downtown Business Partners’ Cathy Zeman, Frank Lubak, and Bill Noble were part of the force behind booking the entertainment that included the well-received Tim Flannery and booking returning groups like Elvis impersonator Scot Bruce, the 80’s All-Stars, and more.  

Building positive memories for their boys and girls the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County did just that for El Cajon student, Noah Roberts, and many other kids at its annual awards event held at the Santee Boys & Girls Club on April 17.