All of a sudden, it's already June and my first year serving as chairman of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, is halfway done.
Wow, time does fly, doesn't it? There are so many great things to recognize, so let's get right to it!
KUDOS to John "Big John" Haedrich of Tip Top Meats, Bonnie and Mark Packard of Packard Dental Group and other business people who helped volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints renovate the Caruso Memorial Chapel, a multi-faith place of worship on Camp Pendleton, giving the 60-year-old structure a much-needed facelift.
Located in the base's school of infantry, the chapel is named after Marine Sgt. Matthew Caruso, who died in the Korean War protecting his chaplain, Lt. Cornelius Griffin. Each week, it hosts a series of religious services for active Marines of varied faiths, including Catholics, Mormons and Protestants.
Haedrich's cash donation helped pay for the bulk of the supplies needed for the renovation.
The renovation was performed by local members of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints on April 28, during the Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service.
"The chapel was in need of some serious repair and it was exciting to be one of the more than 140 people that volunteered more than 1600 hours to get it done," Bonnie Packard said.
The work included painting the walls inside the chapel, repairing the screens of 15 windows and refurbishing and painting the framework of the entryway. An extensive landscaping project outside of the chapel, which featured a donation of plants from Briggs Tree Wholesale Nursery and a 75 percent discount on blocks for a retaining wall from Orco Block.
Members of a Carlsbad congregation of unmarried young adults pulled ice plant to clean up a hillside behind the chapel, and removed rocks to make way for the new landscaping.
Also on hand to help were Marines who attended a class inside the chapel and helped to plant new trees and flowers and build a 3-foot brick retaining wall and install new sprinklers.
The changes look great, as you can see above from the before and after photos.
KUDOS to Miguel's Cocina for coming to Carlsbad and giving the city another excellent dining option. They recently held their ribbon cutting ceremony, which gave Chamber members and city officials an opportunity to see the beautiful interior. Located at 5980 Avenida Encinas, right off Interstate Highway 5 off of the Palomar Airport Road exit, Miguel's makes for a very unique and charming experience. The decorations alone go a long way, whether it's the roll-up windows for an indoor/outdoor patio that make of a great dining experience, to the freshly-made tortillas and the killer chips and complimentary white cheddar cheese sauce that is just tough to put down. They also offer fireside dining, a great ambiance and a cool private banquet space with thick glass doors that close on both sides to give you privacy. All around, this is a great addition to Carlsbad's dining options.
KUDOS to the City of Carlsbad, for streamlining its development services and, according to members of the Chamber, making it easier for businesses to get work done.
James W. Valentine, a district manager with SDG&E, said the changes were evident when SDG&E sought a permit for a mobile building.
"That process can sometimes be complex," Valentine said, "but the city has improved its permitting process, which has made for a streamlined procedure."
KUDOS to Gary Barberio, Community & Economic Development Director, for these changes.
KUDOS to the Life Technologies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Life Technologies Corp. for being the lead sponsor of a planned exhibit in the Smithsonian that will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Human Genome Project. The exhibition is scheduled to open in 2013 and will provide an interactive display, which is being developed by the National Genoe Research Institue (NHGRI) and the National Institute of Health.
Life Tech has pledged $3 million toward the exibition. The company's DNA sequencing instruments played a critical role in the Human Genome Project, which mapped the 6 billion base pairs in a single human genome. The endeavor took 13 years, and was concluded in 2003.
"We are at an inflection point in the history of biology. What science has taught us about genomics in the last 10 years will undoubtedly be dwarfed by the revolutionary advancements to come," said Gregory T. Lucier, chairman and CEO of Life Technologies in a statement. "The goal of the Life Technologies Foundation through its lead sponsorship is to educate visitors to this exhibit on the powerful information we can now unlock within their DNA as a result of the Human Genome Project, and the impact it will have in medicine and their daily lives."
Finally, KUDOS to the following members of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce who renewed their membership in April and have been with the Chamber for more than 15 years: Tod C. Bowman, DDS (16), CDS Printing (21), Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community (26) Carlsbad Educational Foundation (16), Carlsbad Ranch Market (16), Fichera & Company, CPA's (22), GML Office Furniture (15), Ladwig Design Group (20), McBride Financial Advisory (18), North County Times (32), Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke & Associates (25), Skinsational Skin and Body Spa (18).