February 13, 2004

Community Notes:

City Committee Solicits Input on el Corazón Planning

The El Corazon Planning Committee will be hosting two open houses on February 26, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., in the Community Rooms adjacent to the Civic Center Library, and March 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Martin Luther King Middle School in the multi-purpose room for the purpose of soliciting input on what the residents of Oceanside would like to see on this unique site. Open space, recreational, commercial and cultural uses, and public facilities… come and tell us what you think!

El Corazon is a 425-acre parcel of land located in central Oceanside. The property is bordered by El Camino Real on the west, Oceanside Boulevard on the south, Rancho del Oro Drive on the east, and Mesa Drive on the north.

Given to the City in 1994 by Silica Sand Mining Company, this parcel of land is a former mining site and currently undeveloped and essentially vacant.

The City Council recently appointed a citizens’ committee to review the 1997 vision plan and to make updated and more refined recommendations to the Council and the community for the use of this unique parcel.

Planning for the City’s second senior center has been going on for well over a year. A site located in the southeast corner of El Corazon, between Rancho del Oro Drive and Oceanside Boulevard, is the chosen location for the second senior center, which the Council hopes to break ground on later this year.

Although El Corazon contains many environmental and geo-technical constraints, it is expected that portions of the site will be available for recreation, open space, commercial uses, and potential locations for needed public facilities.

Dr. Hugh LaBounty, former Economic Development Commission Chairperson, heads the Council-appointed citizens’ committee. Vice-chair of the citizens’ voluntary committee is George McNeill.

The El Corazon Planning Committee holds monthly meetings, which are open to the public. For more information, please call (760) 435-3065.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund Applications Available

Information about the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, the application process, and the students they support, can be found at: http://www.davis putter.org

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded

to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community.

Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam.

Osteoporosis in Women

Each year the number of fractures related to osteoporosis in women is greater than the combined number of heart attacks, strokes, and cases of breast cancer. Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals and Aventis Pharmaceuticals are teaming up with local retailers and healthcare organizations to offer exciting education and screening events to help you learn about your risk for postmenopausal osteoporosis and the ways you can protect yourself.

Make Osteoporosis Matter is a series of very special events that include free osteoporosis screenings, informative displays, interactive exhibits, physicians who understand the disease, and free health and beauty samples. The events will take place at locations throughout the San Diego area from February 7th through February 15th.

Friday, Feb. 13; VONS, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd. 11-5PM

Friday, Feb. 13; Sharp Grossmont Hosp., 3950 West Point Loma Blvd. 9-5PM

Saturday, Feb. 14; LONGS, 3075 Health Center Dr. 10-2PM

Sunday, Feb. 15; Westfield Shoppingtown, 272 E. Via Rancho Pkwy. 11-5PM

Visit www.helpprevent fractures.com to learn more about other locations in your area.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

On January 31, the Bronze Triangle Community Development Corporation officially kicked off its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to help quality community residents for the Federal Earned Income Tax unclaimed by eligible families in San Diego County. Sites will be located at 2953 Imperial Avenue and will operate Tuesday from 4-8 pm, Wednesday from 10-5 pm and Saturdays from 9-5 pm. You can get more information by phoning 619-233-1385.

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