St. Pat’s Angels 6th Annual Food Drive

by The Editors on October 8, 2018

Students at Carlsbad’s St. Patrick Catholic School just rounded up more than 50,000 food items during their annual food drive to benefit Got Your Back and Interfaith Community Services.

“It wasn’t that long ago when St. Pat’s Angels was just an idea,” stated Denise Nelson, St. Patrick Catholic School Principal. “Each year the Angel’s program grows and our students collect more and more food. I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of our entire school community.”

Nice work, Angels! Congrats to eighth grade class for winning the drive by bringing in 17,358 items. For the official word from St. Pat’s, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Paddles Out For Biff D’Esposito

by The Editors on October 4, 2018

Hundreds of surfers, family, and friends of Carlsbad big wave surfer Adam “Biff” D’Esposito gathered at Off Shore to remember his life in a paddle out on Wednesday October 3, 2018. NBC 7 was there to capture it for the evening news:

Surfers locked hands forming what looked like a drifting wreath around Adam’s father’s boat in the same waters Adam learned to surf in as a child.. . The family says it’s hard to believe the thrill-seeking surfer would drown in the relatively calm waves of Baja California, Mexico.. .After sharing stories, they tossed flowers into the water to remember the 39-year-old father. His 6-year-old daughter Annabelle was there to witness the love. “I felt like that was really special that we could bring his daughter to where he learned how to surf and she could feel the power of all of his friends and where he grew up and know his spirit lives on,” Adam’s sister Mary said.

Our thoughts are with the entire D’Esposito family.

[Link: NBC 7]

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Steady State Delivers via Amazon

by The Editors on September 25, 2018

While we’d much rather roll down to our favorite Carlsbad coffee roasters in person (Steady State, 2562 State Street Suite G in Carlsbad), it’s nice to know that Amazon will now deliver some of their amazingly tasty Space Traveler beans directly to our door any time we like. If you’d like to order some up, click the link.

[Link: Steady State on Amazon]

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Carlsbad Surfer Missing In Mexico

by The Editors on September 24, 2018

Family and friends are searching for 39-year-old Carlsbad native, Adam Francis D’Esposito. The surfer went missing for over two weeks and was last seen in Mexico.

According to his sister, Briana D’Espositio, the well-liked nomadic surfer, who had friends spanning the globe, was last spotted south of the border in the town of Baja Malibu. It’s a spot Adam had been frequenting since he was a teenager. . . It is believed Adam had driven a silver 2001 Volvo station wagon into Mexico; however, he was later spotted shirtless and barefoot running alongside a highway.

Anyone with information should call 760/805-5520 or 409/565-1050.

[Link: CBS8.com]

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Legoland New York Unveils Park Model

by The Editors on August 28, 2018

Legoland has reportedly unveiled a 10-foot LEGO model of their newest, biggest, brightest, bestest theme park set to to open in Goshen, New York in 2020, according to a story on Inparkmagazine.com.

The model is made of more than 135,000 LEGO bricks and took 20 Master Model Builders more than 1,300 hours to design and build. . . “LEGOLAND New York is coming and it’s time to get excited,” said LEGOLAND New York’s Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman. “This will be the ultimate must-see destination for families in the Northeast.”

You know, so they won’t have to travel to Carlsbad or Florida to get their Legoland fix. Not only that, but this new park (sorry Carlsbad) will be parent company Merlin Entertainments’ “largest investment in a single park to date.” Ouch. For the rest of the story, please click the link.

[Link: In Park Magazine]

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Carlsbad’s Summer Flicks At the Fountain

by The Editors on June 6, 2018

The Carlsbad Village Association is pleased to announce Flicks at the Fountain 2018, a series of weekly family-fun films that show behind the Village’s prominent fountain on the corner of State Street and Grand Avenue. Each summer, the free movies make their big screen debut on the Thursday following 4th of July (July 5, 2018) and continue each Thursday evening at dusk until the second Thursday in August.

For all the details, please follow the jump.
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City To Hold Buena Vista Park Workshop

by The Editors on June 4, 2018

The City of Carlsbad is holding a workshop on Thursday, June 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at Buena Vista Elementary School to find out what neighbors would like to see in a new park being planned at the site of the former Buena Vista Reservoir. And as we all know, the one thing every new park in Carlsbad should always have is some kind of skateboarding facility. Nothing big, just a nice little corner with some shapes to skate that won’t bother anyone and this is your chance to let the City of Carlsbad know that some skate able terrain would be perfect for this location (especially seeing as the reservoir was home to many historic moments in skateboarding.)

Here are the details.

Community Workshop
Thursday, June 7
6 to 8 p.m.
Buena Vista Elementary School,
1330 Buena Vista Way

If you can’t make the workshop? No problem. You can give input about the need for a new skate park in Carlsbad through the online survey which will be available beginning Friday, June 8 at www.carlsbadca.gov/input.

For the rest of the details, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad Music Festival Gets Large Grant

by The Editors on June 1, 2018

The Carlsbad Music Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary during its annual weekend festival set for August 24-26, 2018. In recognition of this milestone, the Sahm Family Foundation has awarded the Festival a $40,000 grant including $20,000 of matching funds for new and increased donations as a means to encourage community support of the festival for years to come. This is the single largest source of funding in the Festival’s history. 

“This grant from the Sahm Foundation is a transformative moment for our organization. It provides a tremendous opportunity to grow our organization’s community of support to ensure the Festival’s sustainability and longevity. It is an honor to have such incredibly generous funding for our community of musicians and music lovers that gather every year to celebrate music with open minds and ears. I’m thrilled to share another year of adventurous music by the beach in August and look forward to 15 years more.”

This is great news! For more information visit CarlsbadMusicFestival.org. For the official word from the Carlsbad Music Festival, please follow the jump.

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Court Named After Boys & Girls Club CEO

by The Editors on May 29, 2018

A staff member at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad planned a very special surprise for Club CEO Brad Holland … the basketball court at the Village Clubhouse now bears his name!

“The floor had water damage, and needed to be completely replaced,” said Curtis Nieder, the Club’s Transportation and Facilities Coordinator. “I thought it would be cool to honor Brad for his excellent leadership and dedication to our organization. We are so fortunate to have Brad as our CEO. Not only is he an excellent leader, but he is a terrific person as well and I have much love and respect for him.”

The Club’s Executive Committee immediately embraced the idea as well, and gave the green light. Curtis, Club staff, and board members revealed the court to Brad in late May. For the official word from the Clubs, please follow the jump.

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Carlsbad’s Street Fair Is May 6, 2018

by The Editors on May 2, 2018

On Sunday, May 6, 2018 the streets of downtown Carlsbad will be transformed into a walking plaza packed with all your friends and neighbors along with booths from 800 vendors as part of the The Carlsbad Village Faire.

The Carlsbad Village Faire – the largest one-day street fair in the nation – will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6. The fair stretches 14 blocks. Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, and all of the cross streets in between, will be closed for the event. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the fair in May and November. Now in its 44th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states.

We used to visit the Carlsbad street faire every year. To see what Carlsbad Village Faire looked like nearly a decade ago, click here for 2011 or here or 2009. For the official details from the Carlsbad Village Association, please follow the jump.

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