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Rancho Santa Fe resident Sharon Stein elected president of North Coast Rep board

Sharon Stein

A founder of the Charter Society at Scripps Clinic, Stein also was a board member of the Women’s Division of the Jewish Federation and has been involved, as a board member and gala chair, with Casa de Amparo for more than 25 years. In 2007, she was named a Woman of Dedication by the Salvation Army.

Rancho Santa Fe resident behind fundraiser benefiting pair of military charities

Michelle Pius

One of the fall’s largest fundraisers was put together by one Rancho Santa Fe resident in less than three months.

Michelle Pius, chairwoman of the fundraiser “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Laughter,” was approached back in August about coming on board to chair the benefit in late October.

“We just talked about it, and I just thought it was really interesting and important that we support the military,” Pius said. “Especially veterans of PTSD. So I just thought it was an important cause.”

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Ruth Giffin Godley shares a life of literary adventure in new book

Ruth Giffin Godley and Janice Giffin. Photo by Diane Welch

Times have changed dramatically in the world of the written word. With the global reach of blogs and social media, everyone, it seems, is a writer.

For Rancho Santa Fe resident and longtime professional wordsmith Ruth Giffin Godley, 94, these changes have not fazed a lifelong career using her literary talent.

Taking advantage of modern self-publishing tools, Godley has documented her personal odyssey in a book that retells stories of her life and career as a freelance writer.

Journalist brings experience as a fashion writer to new book ‘“Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel”

Terminal Life

After developing the main character and plot at the Rancho Santa Fe Library for months, local author Richard Torregrossa is set to release his first thriller July 1.

“Terminal Life: A Suited Hero Novel” follows Luke Stark, a Special Forces veteran, who returns home from his second tour in Afghanistan to learn that his wife has been murdered and his son has disappeared. Nicknamed “The Suited Hero” for his impeccable suit, Stark sets out on a path for revenge and a search for his son.

The novel is written in a “very cinematic style,” said Torregrossa, who wrote most of the book at the library while living in Rancho Santa Fe. He currently resides in Scripps Ranch.

Rancho Santa Fe philanthropist to be featured in photo exhibit highlighting inspirational women

Rancho Santa Fe philanthropist Ruth Westreich is one of 40 women featured in “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice.” Courtesy photo

The multimedia exhibition will feature 40 portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by photographer Pablo Mason.

Rancho Santa Fe couple’s vineyard wins a gold medal for its 92067 Cabernet Sauvignon

Jocelyn and Colin O’Brien’s OBRIEN+OBRIEN wine, produced with Rancho Santa Fe grapes, recently won gold at the San Diego International Wine Competition.

Raccoons love merlot.

That little fun fact is just one of the many, many things Jocelyn and Colin O’Brien have learned during their last several years producing wine out of a vineyard of grapes on their Rancho Santa Fe property, OBRIEN + OBRIEN Estate Vineyard.

Solana Santa Fe teacher in Rancho Santa Fe named Solana Beach School District’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Solana Santa Fe Elementary School fourth grade teacher Monica Rainville is the Solana Beach School District “Teacher of the Year.”

Rancho Santa Fe native pursuing comedy hits milestone with YouTube channel ‘Totally Sketch’

Michael Gallagher. Courtesy photo

Michael Gallagher, a 2007 graduate of Torrey Pines High School, runs the comedic YouTube channel “Totally Sketch.”

From San Diego to Spokane, young sports anchor and Rancho Santa Fe native inspired by father’s legacy

Sports anchor Bryan Fenley. Courtesy photo

It’s a Tuesday afternoon in Spokane, Wash., and Bryan Fenley has some rare time off. “My workdays are typically full of adrenaline,” said Fenley, who is the weekend sports anchor and a reporter for KREM, the city’s TV news affiliate. Fenley, who grew up in Rancho Santa Fe and only graduated from Santa Fe Christian High School in 2007, is the youngest person at the station.

Rancho Santa Fe resident to debut in racing reality show

Christian Hellmers

Rancho Santa Fe resident Christian Hellmers is a leading character in “Horseplayers,” a reality show that will air on Esquire television. The first episode of the 10-show horse racing series is scheduled to air at 10 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The show is about the high-stakes world of professional handicapping. “Handicapping” is the process of analyzing data and selecting horses to bet money on.

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