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“Top 5” Best of the Best of the SC Sheriff Blotter for 2013

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Avenida Santa Barbara, 200 Block (12:22 a.m., November 3) A man told deputies a drunken woman came to his door and asked to use the restroom. The caller’s wife let the intoxicated woman in. The stranger then went into a child’s room and passed out.

Avenida Vista Montana/Calle Del Cerro (2:35 p.m., October 7) Several tree trimmers were reportedly rolling logs down the side of a hill, which were landing in the middle of the street. Witnesses said the tree trimmers were laughing about it.

Vista Blanca, 3800 Block (10:30 p.m., August 26) A woman called deputies convinced her next-door neighbor was setting off explosives. Police advised her the sounds were coming from Camp Pendleton, but the woman would not accept the explanation.
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Adrift in San Clemente

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One local artist’s way of helping out the environment.

Susan Grover has always been an ocean lover. She was born and raised on the beaches and in the surf here in San Clemente. She’s an avid swimmer, runner and beachcomber. So the idea came naturally to her to use the treasures and trash that had washed up on her beloved beaches to express her love of the ocean through art.

“My love of collecting the different kinds of wood came to me during one of my daily beach runs with my dog Max (who’s now in doggie Heaven),” says Susan. “There was just such an abundance of all types of wood, and not just drift wood, there was all kinds so I started to collect it.”
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VR Farms – Not Just An Organic Farm

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Travel just a few miles up Pico and out La Plata to Villa Romano Green Farms and you suddenly find yourself transported to a rustic old-Italian farmstead. And these days when most of us are striving to provide our families with the freshest, healthiest foods, the smaller the distance from the farm to the table the better. With this 2-½ acre organic oasis just down the road, the effort just became that much easier.

VR Farms, for short, is located just inside the entrance to the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. The farm is open to the public every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. And this isn’t your average produce stand, far from it. VR Farms owns the bragging rights to the seeds of over 30 vegetables with a lineage that can be traced back 150 years to Sicily. Their offerings include vegetables from Fava Beans to Zucchini Blossoms and everything in between.
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Bob Harlow – San Clemente Oceanfest Artist

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It is said, follow your dreams and the money won’t be far behind. Long time San Clemente resident and artist Bob Harlow is one of the lucky ones who chose this path and it’s resulted in quite a successful and satisfying life.

Bob grew up on our beloved T-Street, with his 5 brothers and 1 sister and his parents still live in that very same childhood home to this day. He says his calling to draw surf cartoons came to him at a very young age.

“I started sending in my submissions to Surfer magazine when I was 10 years old, I remember running to the mailbox everyday hoping for that congratulatory letter from surfer, sadly none ever came.”
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Wendy Yoder at Zebra House

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Tonight, June 1st from 6-9 pm come check out the art of the talented local San Clemente Photo Documentarian, Wendy Yoder at Zebra House Coffee 1001 S. El Camino Real. The artist will be hanging-out discussing her work. Plus, there will be free live entertainment by local multi-talented Dick Hoye who’ll be singing and playing keyboard.

Since opening last August, Zebra House Coffee has been regularly showcasing the work of local artists and with no charge to them. But on one-condition, the artist must donate a portion of their sales from the showing to a charity of their choice. Wendy Yoder’s charity of choice is FAM, Family Assistance Ministries, a charity very near and dear to both Yoder and the McIlwees.

“I’ve chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds of my sales to FAM,” said Yoder.
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Street Food Comes to San Clemente

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The Taco Shack, the Newest Trend in Late Night Munchies, San Clemente Style

“It all started on a challenge,” says Pete Ortiz, founder of the Taco Shack, San Clemente’s new late-night taco stand. “What started out as a dare has turned out to be quite a successful business.”

Street food is the current trend in food and it’s all about location. The Taco Shack sits in front of Del Agave, dead center in the area known as The Triangle in San Clemente because of its three famous dive bars, Ole’s Tavern, The Red Fox and Goody’s.

The Taco Shack opens up on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 and goes until they sell out, and they do almost every night.
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