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Longest Walk 5.2

By   /  March 21, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Reprinted from Indian Voices March 2017 Publication The National Field office of the American Indian Movement proudly  announces the Longest Walk 5.2 “Calling To  An End To Drug Abuse & Domestic Violence” Dennis Banks, National Field Director, and co-founder  of the American Indian Movement issued a  phase 3 year walk across America in 2016.  Dennis stated “Because […]

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Diligent and Dangerous Part II – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Thomas Calabrese… Part II When they got close enough to be seen, Catlin slumped over her board as Camille began waving at the yacht. It slowed down and pulled alongside, “What is wrong?” The deckhand called out with a heavy accent as he stared at the two beautiful women. “My friend is sick, can you help […]

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Overcoming Homelessness with Interfaith

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

When Art came to Interfaith ten months ago, he was 62 years old and having a hard time finding work. A few years prior, he had been laid off from his job as an electrical engineer and after spending all of his savings, Art began sleeping on friend’s couches when he could no longer afford his […]

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Diligent and Dangerous Part I – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Semper Femme Fatale Thomas Calabrese …Part I Catlin Forrest and Camille Reubens were relaxing at the San Onofre State beach not far from their San Mateo base housing quarters when their Marine Corps pilot husbands flew low over them in their Cobra helicopters on their way back to the Camp Pendleton airfield. The two women […]

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Mary Myers’ Picket Fence – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

  Events in history that you never knew Thomas Calabrese ….Mary Garretson was born on March 4, 1860 in Durango, Colorado, the youngest of nine children. Her father Virgil nicknamed “Buck” worked at a variety of jobs including stagecoach guard, miner and faro dealer and her mother was half Cheyenne and a former dance hall […]

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Rainstorms Wash Away Drought in More than 90 Percent of California

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

The report noted improved conditions in the San Joaquin Valley, the coastal range to Santa Barbara County and Southern California. “Basically, 95 percent of California was in some form of drought at this time last year,” said NBC4 forecaster Crystal Egger. “It’s incredible progress. We’ve had a fantastic season.” Santa Barbara County’s Lake Cachuma, which […]

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Almost There – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 25, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Close is not good enough this time… Thomas Calabrese…It was the evening of December 28, 2016 and Glenn Garrison was scrolling down his list of potential resolutions for the upcoming year as he sat in the kitchen of his sparsely furnished one bedroom apartment in the Rancho Del Oro area of Oceanside. In the past […]

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Allegiance of Blood – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 19, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The True Bond of Loyalty Thomas Calabrese …. Pete Caldarelli’s paternal grandfather Salvatore migrated from Palermo, Sicily to San Diego California in 1946 after the end of World War II. His father Joseph was born in 1950 and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and after his discharge from the military, he became […]

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Advocates Feel New Urgency to Defend Medicare

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

“Older Californians depend on Medicare for affordable health care,” says AARP California state director Nancy McPherson. (Alyssa L. Miller) PASADENA, Calif. — Rep. Tom Price begins his first full week as secretary of Health and Human Services today, and Medicare advocates say they will continue to push Congress and the new administration to protect the […]

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Candy and a Flower – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 11, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

(Who Saved Who?) Thomas Calabrese…Mike Hemmer was a homeless veteran, just one of thousands around the country and after his discharge from the Marine Corps, he returned to his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. He was in the fourth year of a six year enlistment and serving with a Force Reconnaissance unit when the helicopter he […]

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State Drought Regulations

By   /  February 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Water Savings The State Water Resources Control Board announced on January 4 that urban Californians’ monthly water conservation was 18.8% in November, a decrease from 19% in October and below the 20.2% savings in November 2015, when state-mandated conservation targets were in place. The State Water Board stressed the need for continued conservation given that […]

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Five O’clock Follies – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 4, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

(Die Laughing or Just Die) Thomas Calabrese …… Third Battalion, Lima Company, Second Platoon was the bottom rung of the ladder for speed freaks, potheads, juicers and hellraising Marines with too much time in country and not enough functioning brain cells to quietly complete their combat tours or die patriotically in the line of duty. They […]

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WHEN DID THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF VISTA BEGIN?

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

Fran Jensen, Publicity Chairperson…I recently was asked, “When did The Woman’s Club of Vista begin?”.  The answer is that it was founded in 1916 by a group of women as a current events club.  The motto was “Along the friendly way we journey together to achieve the best things for country life”.  Remember this was […]

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High Heat – The Path Burned Brightly – Thomas Calabrese

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

The Path Burned Brightly Thomas Calabrese…..Bob Colton grew up near Guajome Park in Oceanside, the youngest of three children. His mother Martha was a 911 dispatcher with the Escondido fire and police district and his father Robert Colton served in the Marine Corps and after his discharge, he applied for the Fire Department in Oceanside […]

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Helpful Hints and Life Hacks

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

    TheVistaPress.com is adding a new feature writer, Dani Witkowski.  On the last Friday of each month she will provide you with tips on how to organize your life and give you more free time.  She is the founder and Owner of Life Inspired-Lifestyle Services.  Welcome Dani! We’re at the end of the first month of the year and […]

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A Breed Apart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 21, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

The True Predators Thomas Calabrese…Sergeant Johnny Tersus served six years in the Marine Corps and had four deployments to the Middle East and wanted to surprise his parents Robert and Frances Tersus so he didn’t tell them that he was being discharged and coming home. It was mid-morning as he walked up the steps to […]

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“Happy Hour” – Glen Foss

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

There were two doors down the hallway in the rear of Fitzwilly’s Bar & Grille. Each door was adorned with an artistic rendition of a hunting dog, one bearing a sign “Pointers” and the other “Setters.” Fitzwilly’s was a purveyor of spirits but dealt mostly in cold beer, nachos, and country music. In this university […]

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Heaven Sent and Hell Bent – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 14, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

  Justice Comes Calling It was five am on June 15, 1930 and Frank McCall was driving from San Diego to his ranch in Valley Center. The Depression had been hard on him and his family, but it was hard on the entire country so Frank did not have any other choice except to roll […]

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Blue Monday In January?

By   /  January 10, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

There are two ways looking at January. For the ‘glass half-full’ people out there, it’s a time of fresh resolve, embarking on new endeavors and optimistic re-evaluation. For the rest of us, it’s just layer upon layer of misery. Our bodies feel the strain of December’s booze and chocolate diet , tumbleweeds blow through our bank accounts […]

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Mariah – Part Two Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 7, 2017  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese…. When Mariah got the news from the Carlsbad Police about Ron’s death, she was devastated. This was a woman that had always been in control of her emotions, never took her eyes off the big picture and could always turn any negative event into a positive one, but not this time and when […]

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