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Carlsbad Chamber Honors Willeen Hasler for Her Longtime Efforts

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce recognized Willeen Hasler with a service award. Hasler was recognized for her longtime work with Score, Counselors to America’s Small Business, as well as many other organizations, including the Carlsbad chamber. Chamber Executive Vice President Toni Padron presented Hasler with the award during an annual volunteer recognition breakfast.

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The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will honor 15 Women of Dedication at its annual luncheon April 1 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. Those being recognized for community service are: Elisabeth Bergan, Joyce Butler, Carol Dickinson, Annette Fritzenkotter, Joyce Gattas, Vivian Hardage, Dolores Hill, Beverly Quon Hom, Ernestine Littlejohn, Merle Lotherington, Zenola Maxie, Sharon McColl, Sue Raffe, Pat Whalen and Tricia Craven Worley.

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Michael Essrig, president of Safe-T-Proof and Essrig Taylor Construction, received the United Parcel Service’s Out-of-the-Box Award given at its third annual small business contest. Essrig was recognized for his innovative concepts on earthquake disaster preparedness. He received a $5,000 award from UPS and $2,500 from IBM Corp.

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The San Diego Building Industry Association inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame on Feb. 9 at its annual dinner at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. Dawn Kearney Davidson, founder of Design Line Interiors, and Mark McMillin, president and chief executive officer of The Corky McMillin Cos., received the designation. Davidson and McMillin studied at San Diego State University in the late ’70s and have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the building industry and to community service.

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McCarthy Building Cos. Inc.’s employees lent helping hands to charitable organizations through its annual Heart Hats Community Day program. Employees are given one paid day off to aid local organizations. This year, employees volunteered at the Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center in San Diego and Theory Into Practice Charter School in Encinitas.

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After competing with their virtual business against those of other students in the San Diego Unified School District, a team at Mira Mesa High School earned first place in the JA Titans of Industry Business Challenge. The program, created by Junior Achievement of San Diego and Imperial Counties, prepares students for future economic success by facing real-world business situations. Each team member received a Sony Electronics Inc. brand laptop computer and $175 savings bond.

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The American Lung Association will honor three people at its Evening in the Sky Gala on April 5 at the Omni Hotel. Those being honored for making a positive impact on the environment and taking a leadership role in the fight against lung disease are: Alan Ball, director of business services at Qualcomm Inc.; Saul Garcia, president of Kyocera Mexicana; David Casey Jr., senior partner with the law firm of Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield.

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Susan Vreeland was presented the Local Author Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Diego Public Library’s 42nd annual local authors exhibit. Anna Tatar, director of the central library, presented the award.

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A finding by La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology researchers has been cited by Nature Medicine as one of the key biomedical research advances of 2007. Hilde Cheroutre led the research team at LIAI, in which Daniel Mucida and Yunji Park were contributors. The finding on the role of retinoic acid in fighting inflammation could one day lead to new treatments for inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.


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