From the daily archives: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

IV MallThe holiday season is traditionally a time to kick back with family and friends, but last-minute shoppers often miss out on the chance to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season.  Beating the holiday shopping rush is the key to lower stress and better gifts.

With just 40 official holiday shopping days until Christmas, time will pass quickly. Imperial Valley Mall’s suggestions are bound to make gift givers’ shopping experience more enjoyable.

·         Shop early – Start early and take advantage of pre-season values and discounts. Seasonal sales are the perfect time to shop for personal items, someone’s birthday, or any special occasion. If you find something just right, why wait?

·         Take your shopping list to the next level – Don’t just write out your list of ideas, take a second to record other important information. Jot down clothing sizes, color preferences, children’s ages and other helpful hints.

·         Shop during the week and early in the day – Generally, there are fewer people out at these times. That means smaller crowds, faster service and time to browse a bit more when making gift selections.

·         Shop with someone – This is a good idea unless the person you’re shopping with is the person you’re shopping for! A shopping partner can share gift ideas and help make color/size decisions.

·         Go on multiple shopping trips rather than an all day shopping marathon – This requires a bit more planning, but you can preserve strength, stamina and sanity by separating trips for children and adults, or shopping by family.

·         Map out your shopping trip – If you know what you want to purchase and where you can find it, that’s half the battle. Check and directories to see where stores are located and map out your stops for maximum efficiency.

·         Don’t forget the gift receipt and gift wrapping – In order to ensure the recipient can return or exchange an item; make sure the sales associate includes a gift receipt with your purchase. Plus, if you take advantage of the gift wrapping service at Dillard’s or Macy’s, all you’ll need to do once you get home is slip the present under the tree.

·         Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance or directions – In order to make room for holiday and seasonal merchandise, stores sometimes reconfigure departments or sections.  Rather than waste time searching the new layout, simply ask a sales associate for assistance.

·         Looking for a simple solution?  Buy a gift card – Take the guess work out of your gift buying with a New CBL Malls Select Gift Card from American Express. The gift cards are great for teachers, secretaries, and the hardest to please people your list. CBL Malls Select Gift Cards allow recipients to shop anywhere American Express is accepted nationwide.* CBL Select Gift Cards may be ordered online at

·         Put safety first – Any time you’re shopping, but particularly during the holidays, keep safety in mind at all times. Know where you place your credit card or checkbook after a purchase. Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your wallet or purse. When taking purchases to your car, lock them out of sight in the trunk rather than leaving them exposed in the back seat.

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About Imperial Valley Mall

Imperial Valley Mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, (NYSE:CBL).  Imperial Valley Mall is a 762,637 square-foot regional mall with an outstanding anchor line-up including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears and Cinemark, plus over 100 specialty shops, one-of-a-kind food court, restaurants and entertainment.  Imperial Valley Mall is conveniently located just off I-8 at Dogwood.  For more information, visit online at


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It’s Time To Get Back To Some  Good ol’ Peace In This World

VETERANS DAY HAS COME AND GONE AND there were plenty of memorable ceremonies held around the Valley to tell the Vets how much their service was  and is appreciated.
I think it would be appreciated more, however, if the U.S. would bring the current hostilities to an end and let peace reign supreme once again.
The U.S. has been in a hot war since 2001 with no sign of an end to hostilities. The military, in fact, wants to increase our troop strength in Afghanistan.
How long do we go on policing the world?
The U.S. involvement in Afghanistan goes back to the 1970s, over 30 years. Jimmy Carter pulled us out of the Olympics because of Soviet involvement there. It was unbeknownst to us at the time, but our CIA was funding a fellow named Osama Bin Laden because they thought he was an anti-soviet. Which proves the U.S. will get into bed with anyone if they sell them a smooth song and dance that they want to hear.
Now we’re told to “stay the course.” What course?
Corruption is a way of life for governments in third world nations and we express shock and awe when it is uncovered. We have about as much chance of changing that situation as we do of bringing peace to Israel. Slim and none. And Slim just left town.
We’re protecting the poppy fields of Afghanistan. It’s their major cash crop. Opium and heroin come from poppies.
Right now, we’re protecting the oil interests of the West in Iraq. Must we now protect the illicit drug activities of the West too?
We originally went to Afghanistan to catch and kill Osama bin Laden. In eight years we haven’t even come close. We’re told he’s hiding in Pakistan. So how come we’re in Afghanistan if he isn’t there?
Somebody needs to come up with some good answers to why so much of military and tax dollars are being sent to protect a region that  isn’t going to change no matter how long we stay there.
It’s time to stop the nonsense and get back to civilization. We support our troops and the brave men and women from this area who have gone off to war. But it’s time to get our boys and girls back home.
Then we can celebrate peace at the next Veterans’ Day.
WE HAD A FEW PEOPLE SHOW UP at our door to huff and puff about us not covering a specific event.
Sometimes if just doesn’t work out to be everywhere. We’re familiar with the notion that most people aren’t familiar with the newspaper business on a small scale and the amount of work that goes into getting a newspaper into production. And we try to cover everyone’s event when we can.
But keep in mind that we are human beings too. In most cases, there is no crime against nature committed if we don’t get to an event. You always have the option of taking your own pictures or writing your own story and submitting it.
We’re very user friendly when it comes to information from outside sources. With a majority of people carrying around a cell phone that contains a camera, there’s no reason someone on the scene of an event can’t snap off a couple of quick pictures and send them to us. It’s the best way we know to get something published and avoid being frustrated if we can’t make it.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HOLTVILLE girls volleyball team for advancing to the second round of the CIF playoffs.
It’s not often that a team from a small town like Holtville gets some regional recognition and provides some excitement in the region. It makes the Fall season a lot more interesting when they can put a competitive team on the floor. The Lady Vikings beat Brawley, which was fairly amazing in itself. To get through two CIF rounds wasn’t bad  either.
CONGRATULATIONS ARE ALSO IN ORDER for the Central Union Spartans who won the Bell Game this year.
This rivalry sparks so much interest that even the San Diego Union sent a reporter and camera crew to the game. This is Friday Night Lights in reality.
Both schools await this game every year and judging by the huge crowd in El Centro this year, so does the public. It is real Americana and you won’t find it in a big city either. Both teams were undefeated this year, so the victory was sweet for Central and disappointing for Brawley. But they will have a whole year to plan on winning next year.
Peace to all who attended and keep supporting tradition.


2009 Bell Game Brawley - Central (43)By
Chris Furguson
Friday the 13th is a day that some believe is unlucky.  A day where superstition overrides the otherwise rational minds of men and women.
For some in Brawley, Friday, November 13th will be considered unlucky as their Wildcats lost a close game to Central 23-18 at Cal Jones Field in El Centro.
The most unlucky parts for Brawley came off the foot of Xavier Martinez, who missed every extra point and field goal attempt, along with a 73-yard rushing touchdown that came one play after Brawley closed an early gap in the score.
The game began quickly for Central when quarterback J.T. Adams threw a 45 yard touchdown pass to Tyler Guizar with more than 8 minutes left in the quarter.
On Brawley’s kick return, Aaron Ortega fumbled the return, with Central recovering.  When the Wildcat’s defense stopped the Spartans, kicker Rafael Bustos kicked a 20-yard field goal, making the score 10-0.
With 1:47 left to go in the first quarter, Brawley scored their first points of the game, thanks to the feet of quarterback Donnie Wharton who ran for a one yard touchdown.  Unfortunately, Martinez missed his PAT very wide to the left, making the score 10-6.
During an almost blank second quarter, the only score of the game came off the foot of Bustos, who kicked a field goal at the end of the half and made the score 13-6.
At halftime, the Great Spartan Band played a medley of Michael Jackson songs, including “Billie Jean,” “Bad” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
At the start of the third quarter, Brawley kicked off to Central, but held the Spartans were unable to score a 28 yard field goal with 6:14 left on the clock.
Brawley’s A.B. Oceguera then scored with 2:50 left in the third after an 8-yard run, but Martinez missed the PAT, making the score 13-12.
Unfortunately, on Central’s next play after the kickoff, running back Cody Johnson made a 73-yard touchdown run, followed by a Bustos pat, making the score 20-12.
At the start of the fourth quarter, The Wildcats scored a 17-yard touchdown run off the feet of Dylan Mohamed, but were unable to score on a 2-point conversion, making the total 20-18 in favor of Central.
Central’s Bustos failed a field goal, but made a second one a few minutes later, making the score 23-18.
A late Brawley fumble sealed the game for the Spartans.
Central now has a home game against Clairemont Chieftans in the CIF playoffs while Brawley travels to El Capitan in Lakeside to face the Vaqueros.  Game time for both games will be at 7 pm.


The Imperial County Public Health Department announced that school-based clinics have begun in Imperial County and the response from families has been good. These clinics are a result of

partnering efforts between Imperial County Public Health, local healthcare providers and public and private school districts.

Dr. Stephen Munday, County Health Officer stated, “Imperial County’s clinical partners are doing an excellent job providing the vaccine at the schoolbased clinics and have been working closely with the Public Health Department to assure that the clinics run smoothly. The first shipment of vaccine is being used for priority groups that include school-age children and so far the Public Health Department has found that the vaccine has been meeting the needs at the school-based clinics.” Local school districts are each setting up their own methods for notifying parents and students about the availability of vaccine at the school-based clinics. Parents and family members are encouraged to contact their child’s school if they still have not received information about the upcoming vaccination clinics.

El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo and the Public Health Department have each taken the responsibility of staffing a number of the school-based clinics. The clinics are being offered as another option for parents and as a way to assist local providers in making the vaccine available to children and will continue through the rest of the flu season. It is important for the public to remember that the H1N1 Vaccine is highly recommended for children; however H1N1 vaccination is completely voluntary and is not a prerequisite for school attendance.

Groups recommended to receive the first available doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine include children and young adults ages 6 months-24 years of age, those who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age, pregnant women, healthcare workers and emergency medical services workers, adults age 25-64 years of age who have certain health conditions such as HIV, diabetes, or heart or lung disease. An additional shipment of vaccine is expected by the end of November or the beginning of December. As the vaccine arrives, additional vaccination clinics will be announced. Most community clinics, private physicians and pediatricians in Imperial County have H1N1 vaccine in stock and will continue to receive shipments throughout the season as well.

School-age children can receive the H1N1 vaccine at a school-based clinic, at a community clinic or from their pediatrician. Pregnant women have access to the vaccine through their obstetricians or at a community clinic. Healthcare and emergency medical services workers will receive the vaccine at their place of work. Adults age 25-64 years of age with certain health conditions and those living or caring for children less than six months of age can get the vaccine with their healthcare provider, or at a community clinic.

To reduce the risk of spreading or becoming infected with this or any other type of flu:

Stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading illness to co-workers and friends. Stay home until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Children with flu-like symptoms should stay home to avoid spreading illness to classmates and staff. Keep children home until at least 24 hours after the child no longer has a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of used tissues. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to get rid of most germs and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting adequate rest and exercise.


Dear Editor:

  As a concerned Calexico parent I am responding to a letter that was publicized in the newspaper in regards to the recall of two Calexico board members. There was a formal statement by the ACT Teachers Union that stated that the teachers are not behind the recall.

  The teachers union had not signed the contract for three years but thanks to these two board members they were able to settle the contract.

  The Calexico board members, Mr. Castillo and Mr. Cordero received union funding and support but voted against the teachers contract.

  Mrs. Tabarez, cannot officially represent the teachers of Calexico. As a parent, I and other parents support these two board members that were recalled because they have done so much for the district and have shown so much parent support.

A concerned parent of Calexico

Zahra Melendez

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