by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

The Newton Nest

There’s never a dull moment for the active members of the Newton family. Beth, a native New Yorker, enjoys playing tennis and singing, and her husband, Alex, is a surfer who was once quite accomplished in the sport in his hometown of Malibu. “Our son, Rory, is a 10th grader at Fusion Academy. He practices Muay Thai martial arts and loves weight training. Our daughter, Emily, is a 6th grader at Rancho Encinitas Academy. She dances and loves animals and art,” stated Beth.

Alex and Beth met in Richmond, VA, where they both served as Public Affairs Officers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The couple then moved to Los Angeles, where Beth worked as the public relations manager for the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Alex continued to work for FEMA until their move in 1999 to Carmel Valley. “When we married and I became pregnant with Rory, we moved down to San Diego to be closer to my parents, who had relocated here from Queens, NY, in 1990. Alex took a position as a public affairs officer at the San Diego Water Authority,” said Beth. The two are now stay-at-home parents, who not only take care of their two children, but also three dogs, a bird, and a hamster.

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Although they have lived in many different places throughout the country, Beth and Alex are happy to be raising their family in Carmel Valley, finding the area to be very convenient to virtually anywhere in the city. They also feel fortunate to live close to Beth’s family. “My mother passed away about a year ago and now every Sunday, we have a family dinner with the four of us, my dad and my sister,” said Beth.

In addition to spending time with family, the Newtons are dedicated to giving back to the community. Beth has been a long-time volunteer for the American Red Cross, and recently has become very involved in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). “In May of 2013, Emily was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Our lives shifted that day, and I now focus my volunteer efforts with the JDRF. They are a leading organization in the search to find a cure for type 1 diabetes,” revealed Beth. She encourages anyone interested in supporting the cause to participate in local events or contact the JDRF to find out how they can help.

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AT-A-GLANCE

Parents: Beth and Alex Newton
Children: Emily Newton (12, 6th grade at Rancho Encinitas Academy)
Rory Newton (15, 10th grade at Fusion Academy)
Community: Carmel Valley since 1999
Parents’ Hometowns: Beth – New York, NY; Alex – Malibu, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Stay-at-home parents
Pets: Kiki – Yorkiepoo, Hope – Black Labrador Retriever,
Sky – Border Collie, Angel – cockatiel, Hami – hamster
Favorite Places to Visit in 92130: Cinépolis, Which Wich, Panache Hair Salon