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Some Things You Just Know — Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 16, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Some things you just do Thomas Calabrese — During the Tet Offensive, a small and strategic Special Forces camp was the target of the North Vietnamese’s first use of armor in the Vietnam War. This occurred on February 7, 1968. Sergeant First Class Roy Kelly had been in the Army for seven years and started in […]

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Eighteen Bullets and a Dozen Roses – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 9, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Casablanca Thomas Calabrese — Pietro (Pete) Giuseppe Orsani was born July 5, 1913 in New York to an American mother of French descent and an Italian-born father. He was educated at the University of Milan in Italy and spoke ten languages including Spanish, French, German and Arabic. On February 1, 1932, at the age of 19, […]

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Support Group for Parents of Individuals with Autism & Similar Conditions

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

 (February – April 2019) @ Family Wellness Center (El Cajon site) Parents of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or similar conditions, join together in a supportive and friendly environment to gain knowledge and build community.  Parents leave each session with skills to understand their child’s diagnosis and its effects on their family, how to build family support, and […]

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Take The Week Off – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 2, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Always Stories Out There Erin Donaldson had worked on Camp Pendleton for thirty-three years; the last seventeen were in base housing as an assignment clerk. She was approached by an acquaintance and asked if she would consider writing a weekly column for an online newsletter about events that affected Marine families on base. Erin was […]

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A New Year Resolution

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

If you’re gearing up to eat healthier this year, consider including whole  grains, seafood, and healthy fats in your diet. U.S. News & World Report rolled out its list of the best diets of 2019, and the Mediterranean diet took the top spot. It also won best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best diet  for diabetes, best heart-healthy […]

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The Sons of Bravo – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 26, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Battlefield Betrayal   Thomas Calabrese …  Ibrahim Al Asiri tried to down a commercial airliner over Chicago on Christmas Day 2016. The plane sustained severe damage, but the pilot was able to make a miraculous landing in Lake Michigan without any loss of life. The Saudi-born Asiri was the lead bombmaker for al-Qaeda in the Arabian […]

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Grocery Grabs #23- El Toro Market

By   /  January 23, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes  — January, 2018 … On my list today was to visit Fallbrook and to learn more about this community through the Fallbrook Historical Society nestled on the hillsides of Rockycrest Lane. I also wanted to fit in a new Mexican market by the name of El Toro Market. Given that darkness is sooner during […]

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Bad Blood Runs Deep =Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 19, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Manson Eyes Thomas Calabrese — Captain Terrence Malloy was a Marine Corps infantry officer during World War II and when the war in the Pacific ended, he returned to Camp Pendleton, California. Captain Malloy decided to stay in the Marines and his first son, Terrence Jr. was born in 1947 on base. Terry as he […]

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All Trails Lead To One Place – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 12, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

The Deep State Thomas Calabrese… Keri Loughlin served six years in the Navy as a Corpsman with three overseas deployments. After her discharge from military service, she enrolled in the nursing program at Cal State, San Marcos and had completed her requirements in microbiology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and psychology when she abruptly decided to change […]

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Incident At Palisades Park – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 5, 2019  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

The Unwilling Accomplice Thomas Calabrese — Palisades Park was located next to Christine McAuliffe Elementary School. It was north of Vista Way and south of Oceanside Boulevard and East of Rancho Del Oro in Oceanside, California. From early morning to late evening, groups of dog owners could often be found at the gathering place for animal […]

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96 Hours – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 29, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Thomas Calabrese— Sergeant John Fuller was a Marine Corps Scout Sniper, MOS 0317 and had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria for five of the seven years that he had been in the military. During a wartime scenario, a commander sees the benefits of scout snipers on the battlefield and he says, ‘I want […]

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Big Nick – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 22, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

And The Three Wise Dogs  Thomas Calabrese —   Nicholas Northstar served twenty four years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a Master Sergeant and moving back to his hometown of Apache Junction, Arizona. Nicholas Northstar’s father was a full blooded Apache and worked as a park ranger for the state of Arizona and his mother […]

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Shooter – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 15, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

On His Way to Oceanside  Thomas Calabrese — Question: What was the name of an elite special-ops unit, liberated from red tape, able to deploy at a moment’s notice to wherever fighting broke out in Vietnam. A unit that did not have to wait for orders from above to mobilize.  One that was authorized to hop […]

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California Lions Wildfire Relief Update

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

To All California Lions, The following email was received today from District Governor Sue Kerr.  This is a need-to-share story of the overwhelming kindness and goodness of our Lions in financial giving and of the front line dedicated Lions volunteers in selfless service to the victims of our recent forest fires. As a side note, […]

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How to Tell Whether Expired Food Is Safe to Eat

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Confusion over expiration dates leads Americans to throw out food when it might still be good Every day the average American throws out nearly a pound of food, according to a recent study from the Department of Agriculture. There are plenty of reasons why good, usable food gets tossed—picky kids, overstocked pantries, or even leftovers that […]

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Rage In The Cage – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 8, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Nobody Rings This Bell Thomas Calabrese —  Cody Bell was born and raised in Vista, California and was the eldest of three brothers; Casey was five years younger than Cody and Cole was seven years younger. He was a natural athlete who played football, basketball and baseball in high school, as well as excelling in amateur […]

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Del Mar Dana – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 1, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  20 Comments

Birthday Battle By Thomas Calabrese — After five long days at the Camp Pendleton Intelligence Center putting together a strategic blueprint to rescue a team of drug enforcement agents that were captured by the Medellin Cartel in Cartagena, Columbia,  Dana was called to Colonel Bradley Chase’s office, “I’ve  just got word that the mission was successfully […]

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Seven Tips to Master the Modern Holiday with Smart Home Tech

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

SAN DIEGO, CA – November 2018 – Millions of Americans will be hosting family and friends this holiday season. And while we would like to think we will all be “present” and free of devices the whole time, that’s just not the reality of the modern holiday gathering. The key to keeping your houseguests happy?  Make […]

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Soapy Joe’s Car Wash Sets The Guinness World Record For Largest Car Air Freshener

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

SAN DIEGO (November 2018) —  Soapy Joe’s Car Wash in San Diego has officially set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Car Air Freshener. The large car air freshener measures at 3 ft and 10 in tall, 3 ft and 8 in wide, 1.6 in thick. The world record was set at their headquarters National […]

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Cable Car Ride to Carnage – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 24, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The Gemini Killer Thomas Calabrese  —  Lieutenant Commander Charles (Charlie) Ryerson had been in the Navy for nine years and had just finished his third combat tour as a Swift boat commander in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam. He was physically and emotionally exhausted when he returned to the United States in 1970 and wasn’t […]

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