Senior living center back on drawing board
A fter years of inactivity, there’s life again on a triangular parcel of land at the intersection of Ardath and Green streets on Lodge Hill.
Michael Clark had planned for years to build the 31-unit, 18,000-square-foot Kestrel Point Assisted Living Community there at 1981 Green St., but those plans had been on hold since about 2006. Clark has since sold the 1.3-acre site to Kingston Bay Senior Living in Fresno.
A craftsman-style senior-living facility that would include energy-efficient design and natural landscaping is planned for the site, said Jeff King, a principal in Kingston Bay. Hochhauser Blatter Architects of Santa Barbara is doing the design.
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King anticipates the project will “provide recreational, educational, and social-interaction opportunities for residents,” along with “many amenities to enhance the quality of life for seniors, including a library, spa, housekeeping services, meals and transportation. A nurse and dietician will be on staff, and assistance with day-to-day tasks, such as bathing and dressing, will be available to residents.”
He noted that “the principals of Kingston Bay Senior Living have extensive experience in senior-housing development and commercial real estate throughout California.”
Permits issued to Clark have expired. New plans are expected to be submitted to the county Planning Department in the near future, and will go through a review process that includes opportunity for public comment.
Tobacco sting snags local businesses
Three North Coast retailers were caught selling tobacco to minors during a countywide sweep of 52 stores in unincorporated areas, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. The compliance check ended July 5.
Among the stores that sold to one of three decoys (teens under the age of 18) were: Bob & Jan’s Bottle Shop, 2295 Main St.; Old Cambria Market Place, 589 Main St., and San Simeon Mini Mart, 9520 Castillo Drive in San Simeon.
There were 11 clerks cited in Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Nipomo, Santa Margarita and San Simeon. Clerks who made the sales were cited for unlawful sales of tobacco products to a minor.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, of those 11 clerks, only one did not ask the minor for identification prior to completing the sale.
Cambria woman back on TV April 26
Debbie Markham, 41- year-old mom and professional photographer, recently taped her second appearance on the hit TV show “Wipeout.” The all-star episode featuring previous winners is due to air Thursday, July 26, on ABC at 9 p.m.
In 2010, Markham — dubbed “Sugar Mamma” —won $50,000 for the fastest time through the “Wipeout Zone.”
The Cambria resident played soccer, tennis and swam competitively through high school, has competed in over 50 triathlons and running races over the past 10 years and in May 2011 ran the Boston
Marathon in a personal best time of three hours, 31 minutes.
“It was really nerve racking this time since all competitors were winners and seemed younger than myself, but it was incredibly fun,” she said, calling the overall experience “hilariously frustrating and exhilarating.”
A graduate of UCSB in 1992 and co-owner of Artifacts Gallery in Cambria for 13 years after that, Markham is now a professional photographer of weddings, family reunions and sporting teams for the San Luis Obispo county, and writes a blog at www.functionallyhappy . com. Clips from her winning Wipeout episode from 2010 are posted at the web-site.
Her book “Got Sugar” explaining lifestyle tips for efficient, healthy, fun-filled days, including sugar consumption and precise home workout plans for busy women is available at Cambria Drug&Gift.
For more about “Wipeout,” go to http://abc. go . com/shows/wipeout. — Staff
Rotary looks for bicycle donations
The Rotary Club of Cambria is asking the community to donate bicycles for distribution to needy people in Zambia and Kenya in Africa. The project is called Bicycles for Humanity, and Rotary is cooperating with the Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo to collect as many used (but functional) bikes as possible by the last week in July.
Rotarian Dennis White (927-4414) is the local contact in Cambria for those who would like to donate a bike. White explains that the local Rotary is hoping to provide up to 50 bikes for the Bicycles for Humanity project, which is part of Seeds of Hope Zambia.
Seeds of Hope has set up a vocational center that teaches bike repair and sells bikes to Zambians based on their ability pay. Those who can’t pay, are given the bikes at no cost. More information on the Bicycles for Humanity can be found at www.b4colorado.org.
— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian