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Alpine Mom Changes Her Life & Earns 2019 Live Your Dream Grant

Amanda Duffell rescued herself from a life filled with terror and is now living her dream…

Soroptimist International of Alpine made it official on Feb. 5 by awarding Duffell a major share of $2,700 handed out in the organization’s 2019 “Live Your Dream Awards” program.

Duffell’s three young children applauded their mom as she accepted flowers and praise in the Community Room of the Alpine Sheriff’s Station at 2751 Alpine Blvd. “When I sent in the application I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Duffell, 30, of Alpine.  “It’s amazing. It’s incredible.” Now working in an East San Diego County doughnut shop while attending San Diego City College, Duffel had earlier accepted her Soroptimist award grant so she could catch up on her bills.

The  “Live Your Dream Awards” help women who are the primary financial support for their families by giving them necessary resources to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Every year Soroptimist International groups overall invest more than $2 million in education grants to almost 1,500 women.

Research shows that being a single mother without a college degree are two of the strongest indicators of poverty, according to the global organization. “All of the six women that applied (for Alpine awards) were very deserving and we tried to see that everybody got something,” said President Kiersten Pinard of the Alpine Soroptimst. ”But her story touched us the most.”

Duffell turned her life around, she’s working hard and she’s going to college while making sure her children are in a good school, Pinard said. “The award’s not just about her hardships,” she said. “It’s also about the fact that she has a very clear career goal and she’s on that path.” As her two sons and daughter ages 6, 8 and 9, finished their refreshments, Duffle briefly quietly talked about her troubled early years.

“It started when I was about their age,” she said. “I was taken away from my mom and put into the foster care system.” When she was 13, she continued, she moved to Mexico on her own to find her mother in Tijuana.  She was able to contact her mom, Duffell said, but life in Mexico turned “horrible.” “When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with a chronic disease,” she said. “My oldest son was sick, too.  It was hard. I was pregnant. My daughter was in foster care. My son was in Mexico. I didn’t have any family or friends.” Duffell reached out to a medical social worker in San Diego. Social workers at the University of California San Diego then helped her  get into rehabilitation, she said. They “gave me faith that I was worth it,” Duffell said, adding that she never wants her children to go through what she did.

Working full time now while taking 24 units at college, she said she plans to transfer  to San Diego State University to continue her education.  Duffle said she fits her schedule around her children’s needs. She added that she’s trying to teach her youngsters to stay in school and to like it. “I hope my story does inspire women in domestic violence relationships or suffering from drug addiction,” Duffell said. “I want people to say ‘If she did it, I can do it, too.’”


Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

619. 445.2722

1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. #208, Alpine Ca 91901


County Moving Ahead on Proposed Alpine Park

By Alex Ward, Alpine Chamber of Commerce – February 13, 2019

The goal of a San Diego County Park in Alpine appeared to be closer to reality at the latest Hot Topics” breakfast of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker George Barnett of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) outlined the history of the proposed park and what authorities are doing to move the project along during the Feb. 12 Chamber meeting. The county Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funding when they meet about the park acquisition on Feb. 27, Barnett told the crowd at Al Pancho’s Restaurant at 2139 Alpine Blvd. “By the end of April the county will have a good idea of how much of that (land) can be developed,” Barnett said. “The county will have a series of town hall meetings and workshops to determine what we want.”

He said the proposed park along South Grade Road is undergoing an environmental assessment for possible uses. The land abuts the Wright’s Field preserve owned by BCLT in the center of Alpine. A companion project is the development of playing fields at nearby Joan MacQueen Middle School at 2001 Tavern Road. “A benefactor in Alpine has agreed to fund a water well and irrigation infrastructure and on-going maintenance for the middle school playing fields,” Barnett said, That impressed the Chamber members and guests, who listened carefully as the speaker noted that the Alpine Education Foundation has applied for neighborhood reinvestment grants to help the middle school project.

Barnett said the $900,000 would come from the county’s parkland development account, funded by developers’ fees. Jon Green, BCLT’s program and outreach director, spoke in support of the proposed park.  Green also encouraged everyone to continue treating 230-acre Wright’s Field preserve —- which shares history with the Kumeyaay Indians, the Spaniards who came here and the homesteaders —- as precious ground. “We all value Wright’s Field,” Green said. “It is as close as we can get to having sacred ground in this county.” Noting that Wright’s Field has many kinds of animals and plants, Barnett said the park land assessment needs to be thorough “because this is a very rare environment.” “How many towns in the world are going to have 300 acres of park land right in their middle?” he added.

In other business, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward talked about new Chamber opportunities and activities.
A major new event is the free Spring Art & Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Vendors will be welcome. “We’re hoping to have a lot of artists as well as musicians,” Ward said.

*Read past posts on this subject HERE


Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

619. 445.2722

1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. #208, Alpine Ca 91901


Find the PERFECT GIFT for Your VALENTINE at For the LOVE Gift Boutique in Alpine!

Come in and find the PERFECT GIFT for your VALENTINE!

We have  have lots of new items in the shop, candles that look and smell like pies, new handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from Spain, Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards, New handbags and 3-1 wallets and so much more!

For the LOVE Gift Boutique, 2530 Alpine Blvd Ste E, Alpine CA 91901. Kelly Boykin – Owner 619-669-5094 or email Visit our facebook page at


Sip & Paint Party with Comedian and Artist Tommy Turner from On Tha Block – February 15, 2019

Get ready for a FUN night of wine, paint & the hilarious and talented Entertainer, Comedian and Artist Tommy Turner from On Tha Block. Join us Friday, February 15, 2019 from 4:30-6:30p for our very first Sip & Paint Party at Native Dreams Salon & Spa in the Viejas Outlets! Your $25 admission includes wine tasting, light hor d’oeuvres, paint canvas and paint supplies. To RSVP Click HERE. To learn more about Tommy, visit or social media: Native Dreams Day Spa is located at 5001 Willows Road #201 Alpine, CA 91901, Alpine, CA 91901.

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Special at Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt – February 14, 2019

Come in to Alpine Chill Frozen Yogurt on Valentine’s Day for our SWEETHEART SPECIAL – TWO 16oz. yogurts for $7! NO COUPON NECESSARY! (Offer good on Valentines Day only –  not valid with the rewards program or other discounts) Open 12pm to 8pm on Valentine’s Day. Alpine Chill is located at 2963 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, Ca. 91901. (619) 445-7410. Visit our website at

2 FOUND DOGS: Husky & Shepherd Mix, Victoria Park Circle Alpine 2-7-19

2-7-19 ALPINE CA 91901 – 2 FOUND DOGS!
These two were found on Victoria Park Circle near Crown Hills. If they are yours or you know who they belong to please call or text Scott & Holly Webb at 619-669-8304. They are safe at their home for now.

Alpine Union School District Community Forums Scheduled to Guide the Future of District

Alpine Union School District Community Forums

In the spirit of continued improvement, the Alpine Union School District (AUSD) launched a Thoughtexchange in September where we asked our community to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of our District.

The response to our Thoughtexchange was tremendous. More than 500 ideas were submitted. The level of engagement demonstrated that we have an enormous opportunity to channel the passion, ideas, hopes and dreams of our students, staff, parents and community into an organized, efficient and innovative plan of action to improve our District.

After reviewing the results of our Thoughtexchange and a range of District data, a Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force comprised of parents, teachers, staff, community members and administrators have been working diligently to identify options to help guide the future of our District. The Task Force presented these options to the AUSD Board of Trustees at the January School Board Meeting. At the upcoming February School Board meeting, the Board of Trustees will discuss the options and identify which will be prioritized for future action.

With any potential change to our schools, it requires careful consideration and deep community involvement. We want to make sure that we continue to gather the feedback of our staff, parents, students, and community members. The Board of Trustees has made it clear that we need your continued thinking to deepen and enrich the conversation around any potential changes to our District. We have scheduled a series of community forums at each school site.  Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the forums. The dates for the forums are listed below:

February 25, 2019 – Alpine Elementary Library – 6 PM

February 26, 2019 – Shadow Hills Elementary Library – 6 PM

March 5, 2019 – Joan MacQueen Middle School Library – 6 PM

March 6, 2019 – Creekside Early Learning MultiPurpose Room  – 6 PM

March 7, 2019 – Boulder Oaks Auditorium – 6 PM

Thank you in advance for your continued support and willingness to engage with us in making Alpine Union the Destination District of East County.

Submitted By Mary Ann Alvarez, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent – Alpine Union School District 619-445-3236 EMAIL:

HALF-PRICE PASSES to Over 40 Museums Offered at the Alpine Library in February 2019

Stop by the front desk to get yours today!

This month, the Alpine Library is partnering with San Diego Museum Council to offer half-price passes to over 40 museums! Whether you love art, music, gardens, cars, trains or even surfing, there is a museum or attraction for you. You can visit a wide variety of local museums, including the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, the California Center for the Arts Escondido museum, the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista and the USS Midway Museum, to name a few.

The discount pass is good for up to four people and the same pass can be used to visit each of the participating museums at least once. The passes will be available starting today and are valid the whole month of February. Some museums may have fees for special exhibits or programs. You can pick up Museum Month passes at other local libraries, as well as the County’s.

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email Visit our website at

1st Annual Alpine Firefighters Pancake Breakfast – February 23, 2019

1st Annual Pancake Breakfast! Presented by your Alpine Firefighters on February 23, 2019 from 8am to 11am at the Alpine Fire Station located at 1364 Tavern Rd! $5 Entry (Tickets sold at the door). All proceeds benefit the Alpine Fire Foundation. Pancakes! Sausage! Coffee! Juice! Fruit! Fore more info please contact Colby Ross, Alpine Firefighters Association at 619-328-7263 or email HERE

(REUNITED) FOUND DOG: Male White / Yellow Lab, Alpine Ca. 2-6-19


February 6, 2019 Alpine Ca 91901: FOUND DOG Male White / Yellow Lab. If this is your dog we have been trying to catch him for hours. He is finally safe. Please call me ASAP to come pick him up.

Terri P 619-829-1126