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Rancho Bernardo artist is painting Westfield Mission Valley murals

Michael Makram painting on Aug. 16 the first of seven murals for Westfield Mission Valley mall. This one highlights Mission Hills. Photos by Matthew Lawless

Seven Westfield Mission Valley mall murals featuring community signs, classic vehicles and splashes of color reflective of local stores are the artistic creations of a Rancho Bernardo resident.

Rancho Bernardo planners, council seek additional members

Rancho Bernardo Planning Board and Community Council are each posed to appoint new members to vacant seats when meeting this month.

City interns assessing condition of Rancho Bernardo sidewalks

Allyson Serafico and Angel Andrade, student engineers with the city, assessing the condition of Rancho Bernardo sidewalks on Aug. 14. Their work will continue in the area through next week. Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak

College interns wearing bright yellow vests are walking throughout Rancho Bernardo this month as they assess the community’s sidewalk conditions and needs.

RB murder trial delayed one day

Gerald Rabourn

Problems with juror availability Monday caused a one-day delay of opening statements in the trial of a caregiver accused of killing an 89-year-old Rancho Bernardo man and draining his bank accounts of more than $500,000.

Italian dinner at winery will help babies in need

The year’s worth of supplies that Gently Hugged volunteers place in a bag for a baby girl.

An Italian-themed fundraiser is being planned for Gently Hugged, a local non-profit that provides a bag full of clothes and other items to help low-income parents during their baby’s first year.

Cans, bottles needed for recycling partnership

all 3x recycling web

Plastic bottles and aluminum cans are being accepted for recycling at the Ed Brown Senior Center in Rancho Bernardo, a partnership that helps the facility and a Poway organization that gives job training to adults with developmental disabilities.

Oaks North sauna fire causes $350,000 in damages

An electrical problem sparked a fire in a Rancho Bernardo senior community center’s sauna, causing no injuries but leaving around $350,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Sal Embry becomes Monterey Ridge’s principal

Monterey Ridge Elementary Principal Sal Embry

A mentoring opportunity as a college baseball player with Little League kids is what Monterey Ridge Elementary’s new principal said inspired him to pursue a career in education.

A colorful display of yarn: Knitters brightly ‘bomb’ Old Poway Park

The yarn bombers, from left, Renee Edwards, Mary Whitehead, Tessa Strout (front), Kristin Osborn, Sara Stolz, Nancy Paris and Mary Anne Payton. Photo by Emily Sorensen

A group of Poway knitters have brought yarn bombing to Old Poway Park.

Radisson renovation includes new suites, restaurant

The newly renovated lobby at the Radisson Hotel in Rancho Bernardo. Photos provided

The Radisson Hotel in Rancho Bernardo is a vastly updated facility now that a $4.5 million renovation has recently been completed.