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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

By Suzi Woodruff Lacey

As 11-year-old Tut climbed the rope ladder into a labyrinth of rooms and passageways, he could not possibly have imagined how much he and his South Sudanese refugee community had influenced the space he was entering.

San Diego’s restaurants and craft breweries are more than just a place to get a hot meal and a cold beer. They’re where we celebrate special occasions with friends and loved ones, experience new taste sensations, and where we satisfy our cravings by exploring San Diego County’s diverse cultures.  Restaurants and craft breweries are also where many of us work to support our families, and they are a key driver of our region’s thriving economy.

By Bill Steele

U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist

A 2010 Granite Hill High School graduate and El Cajon, Calif. native is serving aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer that, while more than 600 feet long, looks as small as a fishing boat to enemy radar.

Eleven year old El Cajon resident Melanie Arellano, has qualified as a Super Stock Rally Champion for the 79th Annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships to be held in Akron Ohio.

Melanie has been working all season to earn enough points to qualify. She has traveled to places like Tuolumne CA, Livermore CA, Henderson Nevada, and Salem Oregon, to name a few. Melanie also raced local races such as Oceanside CA, San Diego CA, and her home track Alpine CA.

By Cho-Hee Park

California State Senator Joel Anderson successfully led a community coffee town hall event on Thursday, Jun. 23 in Lemon Grove with over 100 of local constituents. Lemon Grove City Councilwoman Racquel Vasquez hosted the event.

The City of El Cajon Veterans Commission presents a “Veteran of the Year” Award, recognizing those who go above and beyond in serving their community through their leadership abilities and/or community service in El Cajon, making a big impact on those they serve.

Final selections will be based on dedication, commitment, and demonstrated impact of those served.

If you see, hear, or know of a veteran who has gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in the community, please take this opportunity to acknowledge and reward that effort. 

Cali Comfort, a BBQ restaurant located in Spring Valley, CA has been named as the “Small Business of the Year” for the 71st Assembly District.

Heaven’s Windows, in Spring Valley, works towards building bridges in bringing together charitable organizations, social services, government resources, and religious organizations for the mutual benefit of the community.

Heaven’s Windows will be serving Summer Food Service Program Meals to all children 18-years-old and younger beginning June 20 through August 5.

Summer Food Service locations:

Casa De Oro Library:

Santee resident Tracy Sundlun, senior VP of global events, Competitor Group, will be honored by the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) San Diego office with a 2016 Father of the Year award at a fundraising dinner on Thursday, June 16, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, 3777 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego.

Woman’s Club of Lakeside members President Liz Harris and Secretary Carmen Holt, in conjunction with the Lakeside Union School District, Lakeside PTA Council and the Lakeside Community Collaborative purchased 4,800 blue bracelets with the saying “ It Is Not Okay” on them, one for every child in the Lakeside School District. The project was done during the week of April 11-15th, the actual week of child abuse and prevention programs that were being done around the State on a National level.