February 2014

New Village Arts Goes The Full Monty

by The Editors on February 28, 2014


This summer, the Village of Carlsbad’s New Village Arts Theater is going The Full Monty with the “smash Broadway Musical hit.” Directed by Manny Fernandes with Choreographed by Michael Mizerany and featuring Melissa Fernandes and Justin Jorgensen. Previews run July 18 – 25,
2014. Show runs July 26 – September 7, 2014. For more information, click the link.

[Link: New Village Arts Theatre]


Jonathan Miller Named Youth of the Year

by The Editors on February 24, 2014

Pictured (L to R): Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan Miller, and Club CEO Brad Holland. Photo Courtesy Louise Donahue

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named Jonathan Miller (pictured above) as Carlsbad Youth of the Year. Asia Henry was runner up.

The Youth of the Year program recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement, obstacles overcome, and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community. Thanks to the generosity of Julie and Matt Harelson and Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and Asia will receive $1,500 for higher education purposes. . . “Jonathan is a fine representative of the Club; he has been a member for ten years and participated in so many of our programs,” said Club CEO Brad Holland. “He has struggled in the past, and is now making great choices. We are proud of the progress he has made, and that he was selected as our Youth of the Year.” All finalists were interviewed by a community panel including the Harelsons, Patsy Bock of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Allison Tarter of Toyota and Lexus Carlsbad, and John Cottingham formerly of Life Technologies.

Congratulations, Mr. Miller. Nice work! For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Hilton Garden Inn Taking Care of Business

by The Editors on February 12, 2014

Hgi BoardroomSure, Carlsbad’s Hilton Garden Inn is a great place to put the in-laws stay when they come to Carlsbad for a visit (it’s close, but not too close), but it’s also a great place for business meetings (especially for those like us who don’t exactly have large offices).

Featuring close to 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, most with a spectacular view of Carlsbad State Beach, Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach is a prime destination for local organizations of all sizes to meet and mingle. The hotel’s newly renovated boardroom, which holds up to 16 people; boasts ergonomic Herman Miller chairs and a flat-screen TV to help streamline big business meetings. A freestanding ballroom, also fully remodeled with plush carpeting and beautiful chandeliers; is equipped to host anything from a casual breakfast gathering to a formal affair for up to 350 people.

If that gets you thinking about your next business function, follow the jump for the official word from the Hilton Garden Inn. [click to continue…]


Carlsbad Teens Be Seen At Teen Scene

by The Editors on February 10, 2014

Teen Scene

On February 22, 2014 the City of Carlsbad will host it’s 11th Annual Teen Scene at the Calavera Hills Community Center. All ages are welcome. The evening will features a battle of the bands, a neon dance room, and a video game experience.

“The caliber of talent that Teen Scene attracts as well as its high-quality production, professional judges and prizes have made it one of the largest teen events in North County,” said Rachael Shay, special events supervisor for the City of Carlsbad. “The City of Carlsbad is proud to offer this venue for creative expression to its young residents.”

Admission is $5 a person until 4 PM February 21, 2014 and then $8 at the door. Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]

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Hot Dog On A Stick Stuck In Chapter 11

by The Editors on February 5, 2014

hot_dog_stick_logoCarlsbad’s own Hot Dog On A Stick has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in US Bankruptcy court according to a release from the company. The restaurant chain has 93 locations and according to CEO Dan Smith, many of the leases on those locations were signed at the wrong time.

“Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s,” said Dan Smith, CEO. “In addition, declining mall foot traffic over the past several years has had a negative impact on sales at most company locations. We’ve been pursuing new leases in all locations and the Chapter 11 filing will allow us to do so in a more effective manner. The mall business is built around the relationships and partnerships between tenant and landlord. We want to be in malls where the relationship is positive and the partnership is mutually beneficial.”

The company says they will continue operations as usual during the restructuring so don’t worry about missing out on that dog or lemonade. For the official word from Hot Dog On A Stick, follow the jump.

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Carlsbad City Council’s Douglas Resigns

by The Editors on February 5, 2014

farrah_douglas.jpgCarlsbad City Council member Farrah Douglas announced today that she was resigning for “pressing personal and family commitments.” Her last day will be February 6, 2014. Douglas was elected to a four-year City Council term in November of 2010.

“Farrah made a significant contribution during her time as a Council member, including helping the city be more business-friendly, working to make the desalination project a reality and initiating efforts to bring an institution of higher education to Carlsbad,” said Mayor Matt Hall. “We will benefit from her time here for many years to come.”

The City Council must now decide whether to hold a special election or make an appointment. They apparently have 60 days to figure that out. Follow the jump for the official word from the City of Carlsbad [click to continue…]


Carlsbad Patch Loses Local Editor

by The Editors on February 2, 2014

Carlsbad Lajolla PtPatch, AOL’s misguided attempt at creating a national network of corporate “hyper-local websites” is nearly over for Carlsbad. Not that we’re surprised. When the site launched on October 8, 2010 we were quoted on the website LostRemote regarding what we thought of Patch’s parent company AOL:

“They are the world champions of wasting money on doomed projects and they will outspend you every time. . . that said, having a company with the visibility of AOL interested in hyperlocal media brings more attention to the whole category and that’s good for all of us right?”

Well, we’re not sure it was good for all of us, but it seems even AOL grows tired of wasting money on doomed projects. On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Patch’s new majority owner Hale Global reportedly asked AOL to lay off 80-90 percent of Patch’s editorial staff, according to a story on JimRomenesko.com.

Here’s a little of the call that went out from Patch COO Leigh Zarelli:

Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company. …Thank you again and best of luck.

The downside of this call is that Patch has cut able, energetic local Carlsbad editor Deanne Goodman and rolled her old responsibilities into those of La Jolla and Coronado Patch editor Michelle Mowad (they’re all just generic SoCal beach cities, right?).

Goodman’s last story for Patch (Carlsbad Building North County’s First Roundabout) was posted at 6 AM on January 29, 2014 and later that day her old profile page began turning up a “There doesn’t seem to be anything at this address” response. In fact, clicking on many of the bio links of recent Patch stories ends on a similar page. Guess that’s what happens when nearly everyone gets laid off.

Goodman was able to get one last tweet out of her Carlsbad Patch Twitter account: “After 3.5 years, unfortunately I’m no longer with Patch, please follow me at @DeanneGoodman13.” If you’d like to see what Goodman is up to lately, follow her on Twitter.