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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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Mariah – Part One Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 31, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

  She was a force of nature … Thomas Calabrese … The Honor Initiative was a 501c3 charitable foundation based in Rancho Santa Fe, California and its Chief Executive Officer was Mariah Martine. The entire west wing of the palatial estate served as the headquarters for the charity and the twenty five acre property was immaculately […]

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California’s Minimum Wage Increases On January 1, 2017

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

On January 1, 2017, California’s minimum wage increases to $10.50 per hour for businesses with 26 or more employees. Small businesses with 25 or fewer employees will continue to pay the current minimum wage of $10 per hour. The increase for larger businesses is a result of SB 3, a bill that will increase the […]

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California’s New Laws For 2017

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — On New Year’s Day, Californians will wake up to hundreds of new laws, governing everything from the size of our paychecks to the rights of beauty salons to serve booze as they cultivate our coiffure. But some of the higher-profile laws among the 898 bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this year will symbolize what’s […]

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Smiling Christmas Viper – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 24, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Best Gift Ever Thomas Calabrese …. As I lie on my deathbed within days or hours of my final demise, I can’t help but look back and wonder how much of this tale is actual fact and how much has been distorted by the gradual destruction of my brain cells from too many years of bad […]

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A Compost Bin For Every Challenge

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  1 Comment

This makes composting kitchen scraps not impossible, but a little tricky. An open bin will not work  as rat families are not welcome. We have a plastic tumbling compost bin, which gets the job done and keeps the critters out, but it’s hard to open, and I have to remember to crank it every day […]

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J.E.F. Part II Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  5 Comments

Thomas Calabrese …The Joint Expeditionary Force had been in existence for over three years and had completed twenty four minor missions and seven major ones since its inception. A minor mission was designated as a rescue or assassination and a major mission was an attack on a large hostile force. Ben the Mossad Agent was […]

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What Does It Mean To Live A “Green” Lifestyle In California?

By   /  December 15, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

CalRecycle promotes a California society that wastes less, recycles more, and emphasizes responsible and sustainable resource management. This ambitious objective aims to protect California’s environment and strengthen its economy by turning the waste stream into a supply stream. This vision can be in direct competition with mainstream “environmentally friendly” or “green” lifestyles that emphasize consumerist […]

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“Twelve Days of Christmas” in Today’s World

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

    TR Robertson …. The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English carol that was published in 1780, but thought to be French in origin. It is an example of a cumulative song. A song where each verse is built on top of the previous verse. In reality, the Twelve Days of Christmas actually starts […]

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J.E.F. – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 10, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

  Thomas Calabrese = Part One “Mad Dog” and the Joint Expeditionary Force             The one thousand acre property was located in Northern Israel not far from the city of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. It had been the site of a resort and convention complex until it was purchased by private investors for […]

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Creative College Savings: Unique Scholarships To Help Offset Rising Costs

By   /  December 10, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

(BPT) – Does the cost of higher education scare you? If so, you’re not alone. College tuition prices have skyrocketed. Over the past 30 years average tuition and fees at public four-year institutions rose by 225 percent, according to The College Board. Factor in room and board, books and living expenses, and it’s becoming increasingly […]

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Winter Wonderland At Welk Resorts

By   /  December 4, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

  WELK RESORTS SAN DIEGO INVITES YOU TO OUR ONE-DAY WINTER WONDERLAND CELEBRATION! Come early for a festive early happy hour from 12-2pm, with $4 mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bailey’s & coffee.* Plus enjoy food trucks, holiday vendors, hot chocolate and other tasty treats!** Holiday Fun for Everyone Sled down our eight-foot slope on REAL […]

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The Transitioner – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  6 Comments

A different perspective Thomas Calabrese….Tyler Hutchins was twenty four years old and had joined the Marine Corps when he was eighteen, right out of high school and was coming up on his six years anniversary and discharge date. He had four deployments during his enlistment and each one was rougher than the previous. Tyler was […]

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Ring of Truth – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 26, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

  The circle was complete… Thomas Calabrese … Lt. Colonel Louis Braddock, United States Marine Corps was stationed at Camp Pendleton from 2003 to 2008, the last three as Battalion Commanding Officer with the Ninth Marines and lived in the San Luis Rey housing area of the base with his wife Ellen, son, Michael and daughter […]

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Ultimate Holiday Helper

By   /  November 24, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

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Thanksgiving Holiday Traditions – Old and New

By   /  November 22, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

TR Robertson …Another Thanksgiving will soon be upon us complete with all of the festivities and traditions that have been associated with this holiday. In researching Thanksgiving traditions, you have to start with what many believe to be the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621. History says that 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims, […]

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Pumpkin Pie and Predators

By   /  November 19, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

A lot of things to be thankful for  Thomas Calabrese … A twelve man team fast roped out of the helicopter into the dark of night that was hovering in silent mode and was on the roof of the three story building in less than five seconds. The diversion of a car exploding down the road […]

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Veteran Healthcare Pilot Program Helps Patients and Providers

By   /  November 17, 2016  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

In support of the Department of Veterans Affairs plan to improve access to care, VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is piloting a program called vPACT (video patient-aligned care team), which uses wireless technology to connect patients with their providers through video visits. Using portable computer tablets, software, stethoscope, and blood pressure attachments, Veterans can […]

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