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Altered – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 22, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Never Forsaken, Never Forgotten – Thomas Calabrese It was a moonlit night in Calexico, California and a windowless van was parked in the Hotel Lucerna parking lot. Nathaniel ‘Nate’ Logan exited his room on the first floor, walked over to the vehicle, unlocked it, got in and drove off. When he reached an isolated area […]

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Father’s Day Celebration – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 15, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Heroes Welcome Thomas Calabrese –Steve Whitman was a three sport athlete, in football, basketball and baseball at El Camino High School in Oceanside, California.  He was also an excellent student so when he was a senior in  high school in 1980, he formally requested a letter of nomination from his congressional representative, Congressman Ron Packard […]

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Hell of A Day

By   /  June 8, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  22 Comments

Slim Chance Thomas Calabrese — Danny ‘Slim’ Day was a young man from Escondido, California who became fascinated by a crew of linemen erecting transmission towers across his uncle’s property. Being a restless and adventurous individual, Danny asked the foreman, Pop Farrell for a job, “Are you hiring?” Pop Farrell looked at the wiry teenager […]

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OPED- The Diversion of Transnet Dollars from Highways to Mass Transit

By   /  June 7, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ray Pearson — 15 years ago, in 2004, voters in San Diego approved a half-cent sales tax to pay for highway improvements for the next 40 years. SANDAG is now proposing to redirect that money to pay for rail and mass transit projects. SANDAG believes that the move is necessary in order to meet the […]

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McDONALD’S Accepts Foreign Currency For Worldwide Favorites

By   /  June 4, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Exchange any amount of foreign currency for one of our new craveable and delicious international menu items on June 6   CHICAGO, June 3, 2019 – In celebration of this summer’s limited time offering of select McDonald’s menu favorites from around the world, we are featuring an exchange of global proportions. We’re taking any amount of foreign currency customers may have in exchange […]

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Blood Treasure – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 1, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Don’t Mind At All Thomas Calabrese — Colonel Michael McCallum had been to Afghanistan at least a dozen times over the past seven years since the creation of an elite unit called the Bravo Scouts. He was called upon to go to the most dangerous areas in the world to carry out critical assignments. The […]

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One Thing In Common – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 25, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

One Thing In Common  Happy Memorial Day 2019 Thomas Calabrese — ‘In the end, we will not remember the threats of our enemies, but the silence of our fallen comrades’ ‘Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans; it is about honoring those who lost their lives’ ‘America without its military is like God without his […]

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Hot Wings – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 18, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  23 Comments

A Big Big Man Thomas Calabrese — Every morning at the airfield you could see him arrive He stood six-foot-four and weighed two-twenty-five Kinda’ broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip And everyone knew you didn’t give no lip… to Big Gary He called a five acre parcel in North Oceanside his home […]

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Hamburger Hill, Put Everything On It – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 11, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

The Crouching Beast Was Hungry Thomas Calabrese … On Vietnamese maps, the 3000 foot peak was dubbed Dong Ap Bia Mountain. On U.S. maps, it was Hill 937 and to the local Montagnard it was the ‘Mountain of the Crouching Beast.’ Between May10-21, 1969, the 3rd Brigade’s, (3rd Battalion 187th Infantry), (1st Battalion 501st Infantry) […]

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Rewarding Disruptive Behavior in Schools / Proposed California Law Gives Wrong Message

By   /  May 8, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

The big idea: A proposed law is moving through the California legislature that wouldn’t allow removal of a student in elementary or middle school who is disruptive or defiant. But what about the other 29 or so students whose feelings (mental, emotional and possibly physical) are being hurt, discounted or marginalized? The so-what: The Centers for Disease […]

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The Devious Squirrels of Oceanside and Carlsbad

By   /  May 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — Oceanside, CA… One of the most enjoyable experiences of going to the local beaches is the overall atmosphere. When the sun is shining, you can see the ocean glisten and waves crash. For me, I tend to look at the natural environment including the animals. Most would tend to think of the […]

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Gone With The Sauerkraut – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 4, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Frankly Adolph I Don’t Give A Damn Thomas Calabrese — Clark Gable was a Hollywood icon and one of the most popular male sex symbols of the 1930’s. He was officially crowned by Ed Sullivan as ‘The King of Hollywood’ and starred opposite some of the most popular actresses of the time, including Greta Garbo, […]

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Girl from B.O.I.S.E – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 27, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  21 Comments

The Acronym War By Thomas Calabrese The Louvre Museum was attacked by a group of masked intruders on an idyllic Sunday afternoon in Paris. Using high tech weapons and explosive charges, they destroyed tens of millions of dollars in irreplaceable works of arts. When they made their escape, they engaged the French police and paramilitary […]

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Achieve GAQM Scrum Master Certification

By   /  April 22, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Why Should You Be Interested to Achieve GAQM Scrum Master Certification through PrepAway Materials? let’s understand what do you mean by GAQM. The full form of GAQM is Global Association for Quality Management. GAQM offers a wide range of professional certifications to the candidates globally and is an independent certification body which is the UK […]

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American Knockout – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 20, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

The Patriotic Pummeler Thomas Calabrese– Dan grew up on military bases as the eldest child of Marine Corps Major David and Diane Tillson with two younger twin sisters, Elle and Hannah. His mother was an accomplished  triathlete and former college swimmer and the family’s primary sources of recreation revolved around their physical activities. When Major Tillson […]

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Grocery Grabs #21- Daniel’s Market

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  Local, The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — Bonsall, CA …Bonsall is a very small community before Fallbrook and can be seen where I am writing this. Apart from the shopping center with McDonald’s, there is another with the AMC Classic Theater. That is where I found myself in front of Daniel’s Market. It was not the usual Mexican market […]

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Marshal Marshall – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 13, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Editor’s Note: TheVistaPress.com would like to thank Thomas Calabrese for his dedication and wonderful stories. As of today he has written 156 stories in three years.  It is one of the most commented articles we publish. Everyone starts their Sunday morning reading his stories of mostly fiction with some real facts.  Thanks again Thomas! Cuffs […]

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Frothy Foam Takes Torrey Pines

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — It was a winter day and very breezy. It was also Sunday which I try and leave for travel or at least some time for myself. However, on my list of places to go, I wanted to see Torrey Pines and bathtub rock as its known. It is a large rock formation that […]

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Go For Broke – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 6, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Freshly Fallen Thomas Calabrese — Mikio Kuroda was fifteen years of age and second generation Japanese living in Escondido, California with his family when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. The American government became skeptical to the point of paranoia about Japanese sympathizers within our borders so on February 19, 1942 President D. Roosevelt […]

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Volunteers of America Southwest Celebrates 123 Years of Service

By   /  April 5, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

San Diego, CA–  Volunteers of America Southwest (VOASW), a nonprofit, faith-based organization with a mission to change the lives of vulnerable individuals by providing services and tools to improve their quality of life, is celebrating 123 years of service during the month of April. Each year, Volunteers of America Southwest serves more than 8,000 individuals, children, […]

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