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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.

Rancho Santa Fe residents Bill and Dana Knees launch unique custom fragrance company ‘Pastiche’

Bill and Dana Knees started Pastiche.

Entrepreneurial husband and wife team Bill and Dana Knees have used their business sense to launch a new business that specializes in scents. Their company, Pastiche, allows people to mix their own perfumes, sold at fun and festive privately-hosted parties and events.

Rancho Santa Fe National Philanthropy Day honoree supports local and national organizations in a variety of ways

Pamela S. Wygod / Courtesy photo

One of Rancho Santa Fe’s very own will soon be honored for her work in the community.

Pamela Wygod, who has lived in Rancho Santa Fe for 20 years, is one of eight community leaders who will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon Nov. 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

Accomplished Rancho Santa Fe executive launches cyber-security company

Hossein Eslambolchi

Companies around the world are at greater risk than ever of losing their coveted trade secrets to computer hackers, said Rancho Santa Fe resident Hossein Eslambolchi, and his new venture aims to help businesses bolster their cyber-defenses.


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