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COOL school celebrates second successful year

Teacher Kelly Brancoli guides COOL School students like fifth-grader Mark, seventh-grader Austin and eighth-grader Charlie, seen here with program director Sheila Simmons, left to right. Photo by Julie Samrick

Families looking for a less traditional, more flexible public school option, have a COOL option. Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning is a full-time, tuition-free, independent study program offered through the Rescue Union school district where students in grades three through eight complete the bulk of their studies online. Open since the start of the 2011-12 […]

No Comment / April 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH marathoner was 50 feet from explosions

Amy Dolley is happy to be back home in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Julie Samrick

Running the Boston Marathon had been a lifelong dream of El Dorado Hills resident Amy Dolley. “Seventeen years ago when I married my husband, Craig, we planned to leave straight from our April wedding for the marathon,” she said. “But it never happened.” This year, she finally fulfilled that dream. Dolley, 46, qualified to run […]

No Comment / April 21, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Best Women’s Shop: Cadence Corner Boutique

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Yes, Cadence Corner Boutique offers clients a place to unwind as they wait for their cars to be cleaned at the car wash just steps away. But owners Jeff and Ashley Lowe say they also have regular clientele who come for the boutique alone. Ashley hand-selects and purchases every item in the store. From home […]

No Comment / April 19, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Car Wash: Suds Car Wash & Detail

You want it? Suds Car Wash & Detail has it. Since 2005 owners and husband/wife team Jeff and Ashley Lowe pride themselves for tailoring to their customers’ needs. Whether you want your car, RV, boat or motorcycle washed weekly or thoroughly detailed after the summer road trip, Suds Car Wash & Detail has any request […]

No Comment / April 19, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Preschool: Froggie Frontier

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Owner Joelle Faulkner credits the staff at Froggie Frontier Preschool & Childcare as what sets them apart from other schools in the area. “Our teachers are experienced and kind. They hold college degrees and are all so warm with the children,” she said. Parents also appreciate the program’s flexibility. They can choose which days work […]

No Comment / April 19, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Heating & Air Business: Comfort Solutions Heating & Air Conditioning

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Over the 30 years Comfort Solutions Heating & Air Conditioning owner John Buonauro has been in business, he has gotten so skilled at diagnosing and treating clients’ most difficult heating and air problems, he’s been called as an expert witness in court and is a part-time vocational college instructor. A self-described “one-man shop,” running a reputable business […]

No Comment / April 18, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Tire Store: Big O Tires

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Chris Evanson, owner and general manager of Big O Tires, credits his thriving business to two simple, but very important, rules: “Hiring the right people and treating each customer the way I’d like to be treated.” Since moving to El Dorado Hills and opening their business 14 years ago, Evanson and his wife Dawn today […]

No Comment / April 18, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »