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“As stated in the title of the program, Meals on Wheels provides ‘more than a meal.’ The impact that Meals on Wheels has on the people it serves goes far beyond the wholesome meals it provides. Their staff and volunteers often develop friendships with the seniors, as well as providing regular nutrition and safety checks to ensure that senior clients are safe and well.” Handouts about Meals on Wheels San Diego County and other community resources will be provided. The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet.

The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org. Santee Chamber Members are More Confident, Survey Said San Diego County business owners expressed a moderately positive outlook in a recent survey of chamber of commerce members. The survey’s results pushed higher a “business outlook index” (BOI) to 21.3 points in May, compared to 19.4 points in April. The recent survey of 201 business people included members from the Lakeside, Santee, Alpine Mountain Empire and San Diego East County chambers, as well as chamber members from Escondido, Vista, National City and San Diego. An outlier to the BOI was responses from Santee where firms’ confidence spiked. “For members of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, the BOI has moved from a lackluster 12 in the previous quarter to a robust 40 this month,” the report stated.

The top challenge facing businesses, as measured by the percentage of survey respondents who mentioned it, was the minimum wage increase, pollsters said. In addition to the 9 percent of businesspeople who noted mandated wage increases as a challenge, another 14 percent mentioned government regulations in general, changes in the political environment, taxes and the Affordable Care Act as difficulties. Competitive Edge Research & Communication conducted the countywide survey between May 16 and May 31. Noah Homes Reports $163,000 Raised at Summerfest Fundraiser Noah Homes, a residential community in Spring Valley for adults with developmental disabilities, reports that $163,000 was raised at its recent Summerfest fundraiser. More than 500 people attended the event held June 25 at Noah Homes. The event featured music by Ron’s Garage, a BBQ by the Nice Guys, beer tastings by JNS Brewing and Jamul Brewing, lawn games, and an auction. Top sponsors included the Arc San Diego, City National Bank, Hollywood Casino, Howland Built, John Brooks Insurance Brokerage, Mary M. O’Connor Pediatric Dentistry, SDG&E, Whispering Winds, Gene and Rosanne Luth, Gerry Mohr, the Mulvaney Family, Maureen and Gary Sage, and Dan and Barbie Spinazzola. Founded in 1983, Noah Homes Inc., a public benefit non-profit corporation, provides its residents who have development disabilities with a variety of programs, including a community garden and orchard, community integration through day programs, work sites and volunteer activities. Noah Homes currently operates eight homes with a total of 70 residents and is working to build two of the first memory care homes in the nation specifically for adults with developmental disabilities through a $6.7 million capital campaign. Deering Banjo Receives Grant to Speed Global Plans Deering Banjo Co. of Spring Valley, the largest banjo manufacturing company in the U.S., will be one of 15 San Diego companies to participate in comprehensive program to accelerate their international expansion plans. As part of the MetroConnect program, the Deering company was recently selected to receive a $10,000 JPMorgan Chase grant to assist with their international efforts. The announcement was made by the World Trade Center (WTC) San Diego. MetroConnect funds can be used for a variety for global services including travel (to and from target markets), participation in trade shows, establishment of a foreign subsidiary, foreign language translation of marketing materials and more. Support services that will be available to the companies include: a dedicated trade and investment manager at WTC San Diego to support company participants in deploying overseas strategies during the grant period; access to workshops that address export compliance, financing and fundraising and global marketing; reduced airfare on the Japan Airlines direct flight from San Diego to Tokyo; free access to SYSTRAN software for website translation and customer service needs. The 14 other program participants include Aurora Spine, AVACEN Medical, Calbiotech, ElliptiGO Inc., GroundMetrics, Hyperikon, INOVA Drone, MANTA Instruments Inc., Ocean Aero, Ocean Reef, Rough Draft Brewing Co., Solatube Worldwide Sales, Vault RMS and Whova. The Water Conservation Garden Names New Executive Director The Water Conservation Garden, a six-acre conservation demonstration garden in El Cajon, has selected Elyssa Robertson as the organization's new executive director. Robertson succeeds John Bolthouse, who left in December 2015. Robertson had been serving as interim executive director. Robertson has an extensive background in environmental and civil engineering. As president and founder of REC Consultants, an environmental and civil engineering firm she formed and led with her husband since 1992, Robertson has championed numerous development projects that incorporated open space, conservation of resources and sustainability. Robertson has served on the boards of the East County YMCA and East County Posse, and has been involved with the Rancho San Diego Farmers Market, Supervisor Dianne Jacob Trails Committee and the Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library Committee.

She has also volunteered on habitat restoration projects at local schools, educating students about local native plants and animals. She had been serving on The Garden’s board of directors since January 2013. She resigned from the board to serve as interim executive director. Bolthouse, former director of the La Jolla Historical Society, led the Garden since February 2012. Bolthouse, with more than 20 years experience working with nonprofits, was recently named executive director of the Friends of Balboa Park. ​ East County Chamber’s July 8th Breakfast at Sycuan Casino The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, July 8 (the second Friday of the month), at Sycuan Casino, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. The program will feature entertainment from emcee Steve Hamann. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for guests with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Sarah McCorkle at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. Alpine TV News Anchor Jumps to Academia After 14 years as a news anchor at XETV-CW6, Alpine resident Marc Bailey has joined the National University System as director of innovative digital multimedia productions. “I will be involved in telling the story about the exceptional student experiences that are available here at NU plus our affiliates,” said Bailey, a San Diego native who has 30 years of experience in broadcasting and is an NU alumnus.

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