Encinitas resident shares story of hope, courage in new book

This story was reported for Seaside Courier on Dec. 5, 2014.

An Encinitas resident who founded a nonprofit to support burn victims has taken her mission in life one step further with the release of her first book, “Heart of Fire.”

Lesia Stockall Cartelli, who founded Angel FaEncinitas_resident_shares_story_of_hope,_courage_in_new_book_-_Seaside_Courier_News_-_2014-12-05_08.28.38ces in 2003, tells her story of surviving a fire and finding confidence in her book that was released in September.

Cartelli was 9 years old when a fire broke out in her grandparents’ Detroit home, burning more than 50 percent of her face and body. Her injuries forced her into the hospital for months but she said the “real healing” began when she was released.

“The recovery process is very, very difficult,” Cartelli said. “Your whole world shatters open. Everything that was secured in your life is now blown into pieces. The real healing happens when you are discharged because you’re back into the real world. I had to face the teasing, the rejection and the feeling that I didn’t look like anybody else.”

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Civita attracts new homeowners, families

Civita_attracts_new_homeowners,_families_-_Mission_Valley_News_-_2014-12-01_06.25.44This story was reported for Mission Valley News on Nov. 14, 2014.

As Mission Valley’s new Civita development rapidly transforms from architectural watercolor renderings into a living, breathing, brick-and-mortar reality, the neighborhood is attracting a variety of residents from all over San Diego.

The $2 billion master-planned development situated north of Friars Road will eventually offer more than 4,000 homes on 230 acres. The development, which began in 2011, will be complete in 12 years.

As of the end of September 2014, 143 homes had been sold, ranging in price from the high $400,000s to the mid-$700,000s.

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Bee business opens in North Park

Bee_business_opens_in_North_Park_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-12-01_06.36.04This story was reported for Uptown News on Nov. 21, 2014.

A new business has become the buzz around North Park.

Bee Happy, which opened at 2637 University Ave. this month, is home to all products related to bees and any supplies beekeepers may need.

Owner Erin Holko, 35, said she felt the need to open Bee Happy after she developed an interest in the honey-making insects.

The hobby flourished after Holko and her husband, Ben, discovered bees flocking to their Serra Mesa home about five years ago.

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Dad becomes author with help of autistic son

Dad_becomes_author_with_help_of_autistic_son_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-11-07_11.57.29This story was reported for Uptown News on Nov. 7, 2014.

In 2009, six words changed Rusty Trimble’s life.

“Daddy,” said Andrew, Trimble’s son, “can you write a book?”

It was Andrew’s response to a bath-time puppet show Trimble had put on for him every day. The puppet show, complete with five to 10 different characters, was conceived by Trimble to keep Andrew entertained in the bath and interested in stories.

Adhering to his toddler’s request, Trimble got to work and wrote his first book, “Andrew’s Great Train Adventure,” in just three months at the age of 38.

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North Park Nursery continues to blossom

North_Park_Nursery_continues_to_blossom_-_San_Diego_Uptown_News_-_2014-11-05_14.53.02This story was reported for Uptown News on Oct. 24, 2014.

Paul Hunyady had a love for designing landscapes early on.

He remembers spending hours on end with his mother in their yard and suggesting certain areas for her plants. Hunyady described his mother as a single mom of three who worked constantly. But when she was home, she was in her garden.

“It was my only opportunity to spend time with her,” said Hunyady, 47. “I would put together compilations with her that would just blow her mind. I guess it was a little bit of my willingness to be accepted by her but I knew I wanted to spend this time with her.”

Sadly, his mother passed away before Hunyady had a chance to start Mooch Exterior Designs and North Park Nursery, but he said he knows she would’ve been proud of him.

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