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El Pavo – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

A.K.A. The Turkey Thomas Calabrese….. The Navy Seal Team boarded the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk stealth helicopter on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan at 0400 hours in the Mediterranean Sea. They were forty six miles off shore from Tripoli, Libya. Their mission was to retake the Safwa Hotel currently being held by a […]

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OPINION – University Senate at San Diego State University

By   /  November 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Last week the University Senate at San Diego State University voted 52-15 in favor of a “resolution to eliminate the mascot and form a task force to investigate the Aztec identity.” As a 2003 graduate and Aztec for life, I could not disagree more with this decision — especially since the SDSU student council voted 14-12 in […]

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Grocery Grabs #3: Salsa Market

By   /  November 16, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes …. November  2017 –  Salsa is a word when I think about a great citrusy dip with jalapenos, onions, cilantro etc. Don’t forget the chips! However, there is a market by this name alongside North Santa Fe in Vista. The name was definitely a change to the basic ones that I had seen previously. […]

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Coop’s Pulled Pork Tamale Wins at the Escondido Tamale Festival!

By   /  November 13, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

 Alex Hughes…  November 13, 2017 – Many vendors gathered this past Saturday to offer their best tamales to the thousands of visitors at Grape Day Park in the hopes of winning this year’s Tamale Festival. There were many options to choose from such as beef, chicken, pork as well as vegan and vegetarian options. However, not […]

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Energy Warrior – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Thank You Thomas Calabrese…. Richard ‘Rick’ Torrance Jr. was born and raised in San Marcos, California. His father, Richard Sr. bought the family home, a fixer upper on Carlo Street in 1990 and spent the next ten years renovating and upgrading the structure. Rick was the oldest of three children, his mother worked for the Vista […]

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Facts and History of our National Holiday – Veterans Day

By   /  November 9, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

    TR Robertson This Friday we once again honor our military veterans with the celebration of a National holiday established some years ago in commemoration of veterans from all areas of military service past and present. Many take part in the celebration, but do not know the facts, trivia and history surrounding this holiday. […]

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Unknown Eater – Let Me Be Frank at Frank’s Mexican Grill

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

  Unknown Eater … Snagging lunch before I went off to school, I decided to check out a new place by the name of Frank’s Mexican Grill and Cheeseburgers. It was tucked away from North Santa Fe by the Vista Adult School and the Academy of Performing Arts. Fairly inconspicuous if you ask me. The building […]

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The Big Z – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Red on White Thomas Calabrese….Ensign Charles ‘Chuck’ Ryerson received his orders for South Vietnam and in two weeks he was scheduled to fly out. His background seemed like the perfect resume for the ‘Brown Water Navy.’ Chuck grew up in Bessemer, Alabama on the banks of the muddy Warrior River and he felt completely comfortable […]

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Safe Drinking Water For Children In Third-world Countries

By   /  October 31, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Two U.S. nonprofits have partnered with a North County company to provide children living in third-world areas with a purifier water bottle that provides clean, safe water. Sagan Life LLC, a Rancho Bernardo-based manufacturer of water purification products for the recreational outdoor and emergency preparedness markets, has announced partnerships with two U.S.-based nonprofits that will support Sagan Life’s recently launched […]

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Halloween Facts and Trivia

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

      TR Robertson…Tuesday will mark a time celebrated yearly with parties, people dressing in  bizarre costumes, children going from door to door expecting to receive some sort of candy treat and people decorating their homes in the most unusual and strange ways, sometimes resembling cemeteries – a holiday we call Halloween. There are […]

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Grocery Grabs #2: El Super Toro Market

By   /  October 30, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes… October  2017   El Super Toro was quite a ways from the Vista Transit Center where I just got off from the Sprinter, but I was eager to shop at a new place! I got into the parking lot into the aging shopping center which has seen its better days with its archetecture and […]

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Demons vs Devildog – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 28, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Best Halloween Ever Thomas Calabrese…A Marine Reconnaissance Force was on a top secret mission in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The American warriors heard howling and unearthly sounds as they moved deeper into the canyon, it was bone chilling and eerie.  They passed an old bearded man with long silver hair, pulling a wooden […]

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Want to Help Save the World? It’s All About Bees and Butterflies

By   /  October 23, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Monarch butterflies have declined by 90 percent over 20 years, felled by pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. They’re considered a sentinel species, whose fate mirrors that of many insects.  Now, backers of a program to greatly expand all pollinators’ range say it’s about two-thirds of the way to its goal of establishing […]

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Concertina and C-rations – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 21, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

Just A Nightmare With A Happy Ending   Refuge of the weak, which was the way I began to look at sleep while I was in Vietnam. I was always just on the verge of letting exhaustion have its way with my weary mind and body, but could never completely relinquish control. I needed to […]

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NEW FEATURE – Grocery Grabs #1: La Vista Market

By   /  October 19, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes ……October  2017,  A couple of weeks ago, I went to do my weekly shopping for my grandma. During this time, I like to go to different ethnic markets located in our local area, and you wouldn’t be surprised at just how many mercados there are here in Vista. Along East Vista Way by Main […]

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Lunch at a Local Carniceria

By   /  October 16, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

  The Unknown Eater  – October  2017 A college student needs to have lunch like everyone else! By the time, 11:30 came around, I knew I needed a break from CSUSM, so I thought about heading toward a place that I had seen on my recent travels by the name of Patron Meat Market. This […]

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The Ghost on the Mountain – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 13, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Captain Morgan Thomas Calabrese….This was the second extreme blizzard to hit Mammoth Mountain in the last three years. What made this one so bad was that it completely fooled the weather forecasters with its intensity and how rapidly it descended on the Inyo National Forest. Many of the skiers were caught on the slopes and […]

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Battling Back For Bataan – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Pride and Honor Thomas Calabrese ….  The five Navy Nurses arrived in Manila, Philippines on December 6, 1941 as replacements. There were currently eighty eight Army and twelve Navy nurses stationed in the country. They checked into the Manila Hotel and awaited contact from their unit representative and received word by messenger later that night that […]

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The HAC – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 30, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Five Thousand Destroyed Thomas Calabrese…..Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Joe Snyder was the youngest pilot in the Vietnam War when he arrived in Danang on June 11, 1966, which was one year before the Bell Helicopter company delivered the first shipment of AH-1G Huey Cobra attack helicopters. Joe turned twenty years of age during his second […]

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Former Coca-Cola Executive Joins NuZee / Coffee Blenders as Operations Consultant

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

VISTA, Calif.,  — NuZee, Inc. (OTCQB: NUZE) (“NuZee” or “the Company”), a good-for-you company focused on building beverage brands that offer functional and nutritional benefits, announced today that it has engaged beverage industry veteran William (“Bill”) Lampe as Operations Consultant.  He brings to NuZee more than 30 years of global experience in the food and beverage industry, including developing […]

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