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Tied Shoes on Powerlines

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Alex Hughes April 2018 …  I grew up in Vista on the side of town that was more rural than actually city. I am used to seeing rolling hills and the 76 from atop a hill. I pass by fields of strawberries and avocado trees when I go on the 306 to the Vista Transit […]

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Battle of Hue City – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

No Way Thomas Calabrese — Hue, (Pronounced Way) South Vietnam, February, 1968. The Battle of Hue (also called the Siege of Hue), was one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. 11 battalions of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), four U.S. Army battalions, and three understrength U.S. Marine Corps battalions, for a total of 18 battalions, defeated 10 […]

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The Bomb Tech – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 7, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

The Debris Whisperer Lord of power and might, whose mercy is everlasting, guard and guide those who place their lives in the balance to ensure the safety of those nearby.”                                                   […]

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Retail Runs- A Look at Empty Storefronts (Part 6)

By   /  April 2, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

Alex Hughes — April 1, 2018…Before entering the intersection of Vista Village Drive and North Santa Fe, we can take a left by Soroptimist Park which I highlight here: http://thevistapress.com/enhancing-soroptimist-park/. Across the street is where parking used to be for Vista Village, now it is being prepared for a new construction project that will become […]

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Easter Party – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 31, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  19 Comments

Nobody’s Fool Thomas Calabrese — Colonel John McCandles was retiring from the United States Marine Corps on April 2nd, 2018. This also happens to be the first year since 1956 that Easter falls on April Fools’ Day, which is also happened to John’s birthday. Cathy McCandles had everything planned for a combination birthday and retirement […]

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Grocery Grabs #9- San Marcos Market

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — March 24, 2018… Right by CSUSM, there is a market that I always pass by on the Sprinter, “San Marcos Market”. It is similar in appearance to Rodeo Market by Vista Transit Center because of its two story building with a market on the bottom and living quarters on the top. The neighborhood […]

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Outside The Wire – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 23, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

Inside The Fire Thomas Calabrese — There are many old sayings in the military, but none of them are truer than ‘no man left behind.’ To most people, sending fifty men into harm’s way to bring back one dead body makes no sense, but to those who fight our country’s battles on faraway lands, it is […]

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The Wounded Eagle – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 17, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Still Soars Thomas Calabrese– Professor Ronald McNally taught American Literature and English at Auburn University. He had been there since the spring semester of 1956 and would be coming up on his ten year anniversary in a few months. One of his classes was currently reading the book, To Kill a Mockingbird and he thought […]

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The Deadly Dose- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 10, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

  Pharmaceutical Weaponization Thomas Calabrese– A young Marine took four antidepressant pills, twice the amount that were prescribed to him by the battalion aid station then laid down on his cot to sleep for the night. He woke up four hours later with a glazed look on his face. He stood up and got dressed, took […]

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Patriotic at Primo Foods

By   /  March 4, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — March 2018.. Primo Foods is not what I would consider part of my “Grocery Grabs” series. I find it part of just traveling; the other series covers really small markets. This location can be easily passed by without noticing as there is no official sign. The front of the building has a tent […]

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Trust is Earned – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 3, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Never Given  Thomas Calabrese –Captain Richard ‘Rick’ Malloy was nearing the end of his military career. He had been in the Marine Corps for twelve years and hoped he could at least make his twenty then retire and get a job in the civilian sector, but a sniper’s round to his right thigh while he […]

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Retail Runs – A Look ar Empty Storefronts (Part 3)

By   /  February 27, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — February 2018…We left off where the new car wash is about to be built at the corner of East Vista Way and Williamston Street. Here there is a shopping center by the name of Vista Market Center where Fresh and Easy once stood. The grocery chain went out of business in 2015 […]

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Remember or Die – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 24, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

  Muscle Memory Definition of muscle memory: the ability to repeat a specific muscular movement with improved efficiency and accuracy that is acquired through practice and repetition. Kelly Shepherd grew up in an athletic family in Vista, California. Her father Dan was Canadian and played three years of semi pro ice hockey and her mother […]

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Grocery Grabs #8 – Primo Thunder Market and Bakery

By   /  February 22, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes — February  2018  In a neighborhood, along the 78, I found a small Mexican market, as well as some other businesses, that goes by the name of Primo Thunder Market and Bakery. As I walked up, there were a clout of cars that sat outside next to a laundromat. The market had fruit for […]

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Duke of The USS Saint Paul -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

Don’t Call Me Mr. Wayne Thomas Calabrese ….In early August 1964, two U.S. destroyers stationed in the Gulf of  Tonkin in Vietnam radioed that they had been fired upon by North Vietnamese forces. In response to these reported incidents, President Lyndon B. Johnson requested permission from the U.S. Congress to increase the U.S. military presence in Indochina. On August 7, 1964, […]

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Facts and Trivia About the Most Romantic of all Special Days – Valentine’s Day

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson….On February 14th, people around the world will be coming up with a variety of ideas on how to show their special someone’s how much they love them. Most people have no idea why we celebrate this day or the facts and trivia associated with Valentine’s Day. Here is a bit of information about […]

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The Warrior Heart – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 10, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  18 Comments

Don’t Give Up On Me Now Thomas Calabrese…The Marines of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines had been engaged with a large force of Taliban fighters for over a week and the battle raged on. The enemy had been pushed back into the Darai Nur district and while some of the Taliban had run away […]

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Grocery Grabs #7 North County International Market

By   /  February 5, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Alex Hughes ….February 2017….Today, I covered a market that was not Mexican, but rather it focused on the Middle East as well as Eastern Europe. It was a different pace and had more focus on different ingredients than what I am used to seeing. Walking to the shopping center, you notice right across from Costco […]

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The Mercer Mission – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 3, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

How Deep Is Too Deep? Thomas Calabrese….Five Toyota pick-up trucks filled with high grade heroin were being escorted by ten Cadillac Escalades down a dirt road. Five SUV’s were in front and five were in back, and in each vehicle were four heavily armed guards. The convoy stopped in an isolated area fifty miles from […]

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It Is All About The Numbers -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 27, 2018  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Sometimes They Just Add Up Thomas Calabrese…Walter Kleiner and Terry Boone dated briefly during their senior year in high school in the small town of Mansfield Indiana and married after one year after their graduation. They were not in love, soulmates or even had some special or spiritual connection. Walter was wild, reckless and mean […]

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