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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

My name is Robin Peterson. In 2005/2006 I was Robin Rosenberg-Kubek, mother of Benjamin Kubek, a beautiful and gentle young man, living with a poor life prognosis due to cirrhosis of the liver caused by Cystic Fibrosis. In January of 2006, Benjamin was 19 years old and spent the vast majority of his existence in hospitals hooked up to so many bottles and bags, it usually required two IV poles to manage all the paraphernalia.

B. J. Coleman, a contributor to The East County Californian, was recently recognized for excellence in writing on veteran’s issues. At the American Legion’s Department of California Convention, the California American Legion Press Association on June 27 tapped Coleman to receive both of the First Place William E. Rominger Awards for individual writers. The statewide competition is staged annually.

Take a look at any beer or liquor manufacturer’s social media page this summer and it becomes obvious the industry giants are working hard to convince us that their product belongs in every recreational aspect of our lives.

By Lantern Crest

Helen was born May 3 1915 in Elk River, Minnesota. She grew up in Spencer, Iowa, near Lake Okoboji. She loved to roller skate and won some prizes for her abilities. She came to San Diego during World War II and met her brother’s friend a fellow Marine, Paul McAllaster “Mac”. They were married February 12, 1945. They were married for 49 years.

Congresswoman Susan Davis presented awards for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for local high school students on Monday. La Mesa resident and Helix Charter High student Aysha Alani took the top prize for her piece Balboa Park Tower, which will hang in the Capitol complex in Washington, DC for the year.  Second and third place winners were also awarded, as well as two honorable mentions.

It was cold and raining, but Matt Oliver  said that did not bother him much. Team With A Vision runner Oliver, 26, placed 2nd in the Men’s Visually Impaired Division at the marathon. This was his first Boston Marathon.

“Once you were moving it wasn’t so bad,” he said, “but once you stopped you were freezing,” he said.

Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF), a San Diego nonprofit organization dedicated to screening, mentoring and supporting children and families impacted by autism, announced that in 2014 it performed—at no cost to schools or families—Early Intervention Preschool Screenings to 2,369 children. ATPF was able to screen three times more preschoolers than it did in 2013, thanks to a new partnership with the Alpha Kappa Head Start, El Cajon, which has 14 center sites throughout San Diego County.

Love La Mesa parks? We do too. That’s why the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation began. The Foundation’s mission is to provide activities that strengthen community and family bonds as well as foster pride in La Mesa parks by raising funds to upgrade city parks. The Foundation is a private 501c (3) non-profit run by a volunteer board of directors. The Foundation leverages private funds to enhance and expand park amenities beyond the basics that the City provides.  April kicks off the Foundation’s Spring Campaign.

Sexual harassment in the El Cajon Police Department

Does the El Cajon Police Department have a history and culture of sexual harassment?

That question was raised at the El Cajon City Council meeting March 24. During the Public Comment period, five speakers, led by Bonnie Price of the East County Democratic Club, questioned the city’s handling of allegations against officer Richard Gonsalves.