Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber Selects Board Officers The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce has selected its 2016-2017 board of directors officers, announced Mary Rynearson, Chamber president/CEO. Joseph Perricone, The Canvas Makers, will serve as chairman of the board, and Frank Sturniolo, REACH Air Medical Care, is the board’s new vice chairman. Jan Morse, On Line Bookkkeeping & Tax Service, will serve as director of finance. Colleen McDade, All Service Property Management, will serve as director of proceedings, a position formerly held by Perricone.
Ben Everhart, Comfort Keepers, is immediate past chair. Directors include: Bob Ring, Barons Market; Darryl Bush, Keller Williams Realty; Raymond “Bear” Cuero, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians; Richard Edwords, Kamps Propane; Rose Signore, Postal Annex of Alpine. Retiring from the board were long-time members Al Haven, KnewSpace, and Virginia Fellows, Virginia Fellows, CPA. East County Herald is Supporting Free Health Screenings for Children The San Diego County Herald, publisher of the East County Herald, has been named a media partner of the 2016 Kids Care Fest, featuring free health care screenings, from 9 a.m. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds,12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside. Kids Care Fest is presented by the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. Now in its 15th year, Kids Care Fest is an opportunity for children to receive free, potentially life-saving, health care screenings, including hearing, vision and dental screenings, from healthcare professionals. Also available at the event will be free medical information from medical professionals, including dermatologists and pharmacists and others, along with free kids fingerprinting and free flu shots (while supplies last). Additional free activities will include rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides (100 pound limit for riders), along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials.
Also available will be free children’s readings books (while supplies last). For more information, phone (619) 825‑5050 or visit www.KidsCareFest.org. Healthcare partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest include Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Foundation, University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency. Housing Market Forecast for 2017 What’s in store for the housing market in 2017? To no one’s surprise, a shortage of homes for sale and affordability concerns are expected to keep the housing market pretty much the same next year, according to the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors with offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista. “Our local housing market will be influenced by the same factors impacting up and down the state, namely tight housing supplies and low housing affordability,” said Anthony Andaya, 2016 PSAR president. “The housing market crystal ball says high prices, inventory and affordability will keep the market subdued. But, our PSAR members are optimistic and opportunistic. I’m expecting tremendous success for all of us.” PSAR said mortgage interest rates are forecast to rise next year, but not by much. The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage is expected to be about 4.0 percent in 2017, compared to this year’s near-record low of 3.6 percent. Meanwhile, home prices are projected to be virtually unchanged this year and next. The median house price -- the point at which half the homes sell for more and half go for less -- is projected to rise 4.3 percent to $525,600 in 2017. Noah Homes to Host Ribbon Cutting for Alzheimer’s Home Noah Homes, a residential community in Spring Valley for adults with developmental disabilities, will cut the ribbon on its first memory care homes in California, two of the first in the nation, specifically for people with developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, Autism, cerebral palsy and others. Scheduled to attend the event include: Mary Ball, president/CEO, Alzheimer's San Diego; Dianne Jacob, San Diego County Supervisor; Dr. Michael Rafii, director, Adult Down Syndrome Clinic and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego; Molly Nocon, CEO, Noah Homes; Alexis Parker, executive director, HomeAid San Diego; Scott and Russ Murfey, principals, Mufey Construction; Jace Prewett, VP of construction, Brookfield Residential Southern California. San Diego continues to lead the country in innovation, opening two of the first memory care homes for the more than 280,000 people with developmental disabilities in California. Almost all people with Down syndrome will develop Alzheimer’s if they live into their 60s. As UC San Diego continues to advance research on Alzheimer’s, Noah Homes and community partners are advancing quality of care for those affected. These homes will open in early 2017 and become home to 20 people with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another related dementia. Santee Realtor Joins New Brokerage Santee resident Mell Schaer has joined Assistance with Real Estate, Inc., a real estate sales and mortgage company operated by Laura Baase, a broker and senior mortgage loan consultant. Schaer, who has lived in Santee since 1996, began selling real estate in 2014, after a 25-year career as a pharmaceutical and medical supply sales representative with three different companies. He began investing in real estate investor in 2003. He specializes in assisting first-time homebuyers move into remodeled homes.
In his spare time, he plays bass guitar in four bands, including a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, outlaw country band, southern rock band and progressive metal band.
One of his bands named “RedCrownTourist” recently released an 11-song CD called “So What We Tried” that was recorded at Doubletime Recording Studio in Santee. La Mesa Health Library Hosts Program on `Live Your Best Life’ The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St.