The East County Senior Services Providers, a coalition of community organizations and agencies serving seniors in the East County, said the health fair will feature more than 60 exhibit booths, along with free health screenings for stroke, blood pressure, blood glucose/diabetes, balance and video otoscope. Information will be available about senior housing, home care services, home safety, fall prevention, health education, advance directives, nutrition services, social programs, caregiving services, educational programs and volunteer opportunities. Attendees may bring unwanted medications for safe disposal by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. This is part of a prescription drug take back effort aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse. Sponsors include the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, along with Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Sonrise Community Church, Western Press, City of La Mesa and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
For event information, phone the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center at (619) 667-1322. Jamul Casino Traffic Plan Okayed by County Supervisors An agreement has been reached between the County Board of Supervisors and the Jamul Indian Village over impacts of the tribe’s new casino in Jamul. The agreement addresses how to handle the traffic, public safety and environmental effects in surrounding areas from the construction and operation of the Hollywood Casino that’s scheduled to open later this year. The casino is expected to include a three-story gaming and entertainment facility of 200,000 square feet, featuring more than 1,700 slot machines, 50 live table games, restaurants, a Tony Gwynn sports bar and an enclosed below ground parking structure for 1,800 cars. The Jamul Indian Village hired casino manager Penn National Gaming to develop the $400 million complex. Joel Anderson Sets `Community Coffee’ Meeting in El Cajon California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will listen to constituents and invite ideas to improve state government at a “Community Coffee” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the El Cajon Police Department’s Community Room, 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon.
The free event, open to the public, will be hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. “My top priority is making government work for you,” said Anderson. “This will be an opportunity to hear directly from my constituents about their needs, opinions and legislative ideas to make state government more effective and efficient. In addition, my district staff will be on hand to help constituents resolve any issues they may have with a state agency.” For more information, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, April 13, to (619) 596-3136. Anderson’s 38th Senate district includes Poway, Santee, El Cajon, La Mesa and most of East San Diego County. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010. Santee Chamber Hosting Inaugural San-Tee Golf Tourney The Santee Chamber of Commerce will present its first-ever San-Tee Golf Tournament from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, at the Steele Canyon Golf Club, 3199 Stonefield Dr., Jamul. Cost to play is $150 per individual golfer or $550 for a foursome. The cost includes green fees, box lunch, business networking and a tri-tip barbecue dinner during the awards ceremony. The tournament will benefit the Santee Chamber and its programs and services provided to members and East County residents. Also included at the event will be raffle prizes and tee games. Sponsors include Excell Security, Lloyd’s Collision Center and Paint Center, Toyota of El Cajon, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Allegiance Heating & Air Conditioning, Walter Andersen Nursery, Whitney Promotions, Walmart and GTM Discount General Stores. Alicia Kell, Sharp Business Systems, is serving as the Santee Chamber’s golf committee chair. For more information, contact Sandy Schmitt, president/CEO, Santee Chamber, at (619) 449-6572, [email protected] Grossmont Healthcare District to award 36 scholarships The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, will award $81,000 in scholarships to 36 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships will be presented at GHD’s Friday, April 15 board meeting. The students from 18 high schools in the East County were selected by school administrators for their academic excellence, outstanding citizenship and a desire to improve our world in the healthcare field. Two students from each high school will receive either a $3,000 or $1,500 check from GHD at the end of their first semester of college contingent on completing at least nine units with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, according to GHD 2016 board president Robert “Bob” Ayres. “We applaud these specially selected students who have demonstrated great potential in leading the next generation and shaping the future of healthcare,” said Ayres. “We are proud to invest in America’s youth and encourage these young adults as they continue their studies in the healthcare field with the goal of serving in the workforce of tomorrow. We look forward to their future success through college and beyond.” The students include (name of the high school follows the two students’ names): Mikaela Patterson, Taylor Lynch, Christian; Lenda Lawrence, Maryam Shaoo, El Cajon Valley; Vivian Maldonado, Ahtziri Gallegos-Enriquez, El Capitan; Nevea Atherton, Elizabeth Williamson, Foothills Christian; Andy Yousif, Kaylie Hildebrand, Granite Hills; Jazmin Morales, Halee Scott, Grossmont; Nancy Tomka, Sara Froomin, Grossmont Middle College; Diondr’Ya Taylor, Jessica Irvine, Helix Charter; Allison Hale, Rachel Jensen, Liberty Charter; Jolissa Manuel, Bethany Mudge, Monte Vista; Brandol Camacho Frasco, Francis Evangelista, Mount Miguel; Eder Lomeli, Alexandra Denlinger, Mountain Empire; Kailey Archuleta, Georgina Fang, Patrick Henry; Cordelia Holsonback-Master, Jenelle Yaldo, River Valley Charter; Michael Chase, Catelyn Renna, Santana; Allison Hall, Alexander Rodriguez, Steele Canyon Charter; Salam Allahwerdy, Regina Mansour, Valhalla; Savannah Fakhouri, Dakota Betz,West Hills. GHD has honored local high school students interested in a healthcare career with scholarship grants since 1999. Over the years, hundreds of local high school students have received individual scholarships totaling more than $1 million. The Grossmont Healthcare District, formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers.
The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.
Groundbreaking Held for New Marriott in El Cajon Construction is underway on East County’s first four-star hotel in El Cajon. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Tuesday, April 5, for a new 120-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, 141 N. Attendees at the groundbreaking included local elected officials and representatives from Marriott Corp. The 70,000-square foot, four-story building will include a swimming pool, spa, grassy courtyard, exercise room, business center, lounge, indoor and outdoor dining and banquet facilities, along with a 2,000-square foot commercial lease space.