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S LD O Sold: 09/25/09



Avery Lane 4S Ranch

Sold: 05/15/09

Palomino 4S Ranch

Sold: 07/29/09


*represented buyer




Villa Taviana High Country West


LD O Sold: 08/05/09

*represented buyer

Sold: 06/11/09

Sold: 12/02/09



Homestead 4S Ranch

Sold: 08/28/09

Copperwood Bernardo Springs

Palomino 4S Ranch

*represented buyer

High Country West Rancho Bernardo


Sold: 07/27/09

Sold: 09/30/09




Terreno 4S Ranch

Chanteclair 4S Ranch

Sold: 10/15/09


LD O S Sold: 09/04/09

3BR/3 BA - 1700 sf $534,900

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Sold: 11/25/09

Pienza 4S Ranch

Highland Ranch Carmel Mountain Ranch




Gianni 4S Ranch



5BR/5.5 BA - 3700 sf $799,000




3BR/1.5 BA - 1075 sf $325,000

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The Hope Factor Like most everyone, I am overcome with shock at the passing of another year. Here we stand, all together, toes on the edge, looking out upon the canyons of a new year that stretch further than the eye can see. What’s in store for us? Will there be a new job, new car, new baby, or how about new friends? The possibilities are endless! That’s what makes the new year ahead so exciting, but also so intimidating. Having said that, I think probably the most common feeling one gets at the beginning of a new year is hope. Hope is such an expressive word and conveys optimism, cheerfulness and expectation. Hope is why so many embark on New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year? As probably expected, among the top New Year’s resolutions are those about weight loss, exercise, and smoking. Interestingly enough, even though many break their resolutions, studies show that simply making the resolution is useful. Those who do are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who do not. Here are some interesting statistics about the lifespan of these new resolutions ( - past the first week: 75% - past 2 weeks: 71% - after one month: 64% - after 6 months: 46%

Debi Renken Because of the “Hope Factor,” the new year is not just a springboard for resolutions, but also a time to reassess, regenerate and reenergize. While the fact that it’s a new year does not erase your existing hardships, experts have shown that feeling better about yourself and your situation, no matter how negative, can actually help you cope and deal more effectively. That’s just one more reason to seriously consider a new commitment to exercise this year. Everyone knows that exercise has many health benefits, but what is often overlooked is how exercise can improve your mood and give you a general feeling of well being. Rather than resolving yourself to a strict diet or a rigorous exercise program, consider small changes. Baby steps can lead to giant steps. Instead of eating a brownie, grab an apple. Put on a pair of tennis shoes and walk around the block to get your mail instead of going directly to the mailbox. If you don’t have a dog, borrow your neighbor’s and take the dog for a walk (You can borrow mine anytime!). Eventually, your exercise level will increase and you’ll get hooked on those endorphin highs! Don’t waste the karma of a New Year. Grab the glow and use it productively. Anything you accomplish, no matter how small, will satisfy the hope of better things ahead. Carpe diem and best wishes for a successful and gratifying New Year!

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on your doorstep Winter Co-Ed Basketball The Rancho Family YMCA Co-Ed Winter Basketball League begins January 30 and runs through March 27. This fun-based recreational basketball league is designed to improve player skills and fundamentals while incorporating the YMCA core values in a fun, enjoyable environment where everyone plays equally. Games and practices will be held on Saturdays with practices 45 minutes before each game. Age divisions are 4/5, 6/7, 8/10 and 11/13. League sign-up day and skill assessments are scheduled for the 9th of January. Practices, games and skill assessments are held at the Rancho Family YMCA outdoor courts at the Scripps Poway Parkway site. League fees are $66 for YMCA members and $94 for non-members. There is a $5 late fee for registrants after January 17. Kids of all skill levels are welcome. With affordable youth, adult and family memberships available, there truly is “Something for Everybody” at the Rancho Family YMCA. The Rancho Family YMCA is discounting membership joiner fees throughout the month of January. To learn more about these programs or membership values, visit, stop by 9410 Fairgrove Lane in Rancho Penasquitos or call 858-484-8788 to receive a copy of the Winter/Spring 2010 Program Guide.

Shop 4S Ranch Businesses As residents, we waited a long time for our shopping centers here in 4S Ranch and when they finally arrived it was at the height of the real estate boom. We were thrilled to have grocery stores, eateries and cute clothing shops. Since there was no recession, we shopped regularly and consequently supported the businesses in the area. Unfortunately, times have changed and our local businesses are left paying pre-recession rent, but facing less traffic to cover costs. They continually support school events, foundations and sports leagues with free merchandise and services, so now it’s time to return the favor. Visit these local merchandisers, especially the smaller shops, as often as you possibly can. They are working for a living just like you and I. Every purchase counts! Thanks 4S Ranch!

Rancho Bernardo Girls Softball Sign-Ups Rancho Bernardo Girls Softball will hold their registrations for the spring recreational season on Saturday, January 2 at Roundtable Pizza (16761 Bernardo Center Dr.) and Tuesday, January 5 at the RB Rec Center (18448 W Bernardo Dr.). Girls ages 4-14 are welcome. The cost is $95 for T-ball players and $120 for all others. Register by January 2 and be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 rebate on your registration! For more information, see

Last Chance to Sign Up for Little League 4S Ranch Little League will be holding their final registration for the coming season on Thursday, January 7 from 6 to 8:30 pm at Frozen Ropes. Please visit the website at and click on the “2010 Registration Packet” to download the necessary forms. Tryouts will take place on January 15 and 16, and practices will begin on February 1. Opening Day Ceremonies and games will be held on March 6.

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4th Annual Chili & Dessert Cook-Off Fox Meadow Lane They came with wagons. They came with scooters. Some even came with cars. Families of Fox Meadow Drive and surrounding streets joined together recently for their 4th Annual Chili & Dessert Cook-Off. Prep and setup go without a hitch as everyone pitches in tables, chairs, extension cords, as well as corn bread, chips, plates and napkins. Then, of course, there’s the chili. Oh the chili! There were 10 delectable entries this year ready to be judged. There is one simple rule: in order to vote, you must taste all the entries. Tasting is simple as tiny taster cups are laid out next to each crockpot of chili along with crackers and chips to “cleanse your palette.” This year, the names of the chili were as lively as the chili itself: Farm Ville Chili, Wild Pig Green Chili, Chew Chew Chili, Hot Stuff on a Chili Day, 4th times a charm Chili, Chillin Chili, Nan’s Chili, Irish Chili, Totally Rad Chili. Even the kids get into the kitchen, with two of the entries made by children. The winners of this year’s Chili Cook-Off were Mark & Brandy Roberts with their “??? Chili” (Yes, that was the real name). After everyone had voted and gone back for a full bowl of their favorite chili, it was time for dessert! (Not that anyone had room in their very full stomachs, but tradition is tradition.) This year’s desserts were as yummy as the names: Sweet Indulgence Cookie Bar, Chewy Jammers, Peanut Butter Party in your mouth, “Foxy” Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle, and B’s Brownies. The winner was Lori Moody with her “Foxy” Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle. What a great neighborhood tradition! Party on, Fox Meadow; party on!

Temple Adat Shalom of Poway Welcomes Single Jewish Adults Temple Adat Shalom of Poway invites single Jewish Adults of all ages to attend their monthly service welcoming singles on the second Friday night of the month.  Services start at 7 pm and the temple is located at 15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway. This Singles service is an ongoing event at Temple Adat Shalom. For further information, call the temple at 858-4511200 or contact Carol Gendel at

FC San Diego Sockers Tryouts FC San Diego’s competitive program offers soccer to kids of all skill levels and ages. Visit their website at for their tryout schedule which will be released in early January.

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on your doorstep Annual Friends & Family Thanksgiving Football There are groups of friends and family football throughout 4S Ranch, but there is one group that has been gathering for as long as 4S Ranch has been around. On several occasions, they even played in muddy, soggy fields. Nothing stops Friends & Family Thanksgiving Football! The group changes and grows through the years, not so much in numbers, but in ages. Kids do get older after all. Now, the bunch divides into two distinct groups. The first group is the older “can’t move very fast” group combined with the kids 11 and younger. The other group consists of the older “I think I still got it” group combined with the teenage boys. A fun time is had by all and it’s a tradition that will be passed on for many years to come. If you’re looking for a fun way to bring your friends and family together each year, think about starting a tradition like this one. It’s traditions like these that make 4S Ranch so special.

A Perfect Season for Blue Lightning Blue Lightning, a girls under 8 recreational soccer team here in 4S Ranch, accomplished the unfathomable, even for this young age level - A PERFECT SEASON! The definition of a “Perfect Season” is: any sports season, including the playoff portion of a season, in which a team remains undefeated and untied. This team had a record of 9-0 in regular season play and then went 3-0 in the End of Season Tournament to win their division championship for Fall 2009. That’s a combined record of 12 - 0. If that’s not extraordinary enough, the team scored an impressive 57 goals, while only allowing eight. They did not allow a single goal in the playoffs. The team played like champions the entire season.  This achievement was a total team effort, including coaches and parents. Any way you look at it, Coach Mark Crisostomo and Coach Marcus Preciado could not be more proud of their girls! 

Del Norte Lady Nighthawks Jr.Midget Cheer Team is Making Headlines This is the second year that cheer has been offered through the Nighthawk organization and the first year that one of their cheer teams has competed at the SDYFC Local Cheer Competition. The Del Norte Lady Nighthawk Jr. Midgets Cheer Team has been together since June of 2009.  They are the first team to win first place their first time around, which they did at the Sports Arena in November.  On December 5, they competed in the JAMZ Golden Classic at Six Flags Magic Mountain and won second place for their division (Show Cheer Youth III Level 1).  Their scores were so high that they qualified to compete in the JAMZ National Youth Cheer Championship hosted in Las Vegas - January 27 through February 2,  2010.  They will compete against various cheer squads throughout the United States.  The team consists of the following girls : Leilani Fallentine, Mia Spector, Lanae Keller, Nathalia Hernandez, Alisha Bairley, Montana Betts, Shaihna Zulueta, La’Treiell Scott, Ariyonne Gillespie. The majority of the team lives in the 4S community and 8 out of 9 of them attend Oak Valley Middle School.   For many of them, it is only their first year cheering. For head coach Kenyatta Parker, it’s only her second year as a cheer coach. It’s a labor of love for Coach Kenyatta who doesn’t even have a child on the team. She does, however, have a 7 year old who plays football for the organization.  

Bottom row (left to right): Fiona McKenna; Brooke Fernandez; Natalie Herrick. Middle row (left to right):  Sara Earney; Cailyn Sweeney; Lauren Crisostomo; Macey Preciado. Top row (left to right):  Coach Marcus Preciado; Cameron Burningham; Emma Sullaway; Coach Mark Crisostomo Not pictured:  Jade Xu

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on your doorstep 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation News On December 2, the 4S Ranch ~ Del Sur Community Foundation hosted a fantastic inaugural Divas, Designs and Desserts event. The event’s main purpose was to share information about and encourage membership in the Foundation.  In addition to hearing more about the Foundation, participants enjoyed holiday shopping and extraordinary desserts provided by Foundation members Coldstone Creamery Rancho Bernardo and Cute Cakes.  The evening rounded out with guest speaker Cheri Kuptz, a mixed media teacher from our own Del Norte High School,  Marco  Velasco, a DJ who donated  his time,  and a live band performance from Swivel and the Groove. The Diva night allowed over 320 women access to a fabulous evening of entertainment. For those who attended, the Foundation is offering either the table captain, or a guest, the opportunity to apply their table costs to a new membership. The memberships are valid for one calendar year and will allow you to be involved in the grants process.  This year, the Foundation members as well as the Divas have raised approximately $15,000 to be granted out to the community in June.  This is the largest amount ever granted by the Foundation.  The Foundation thanks the following members for their support this year.  They encourage both individuals and businesses to become members and join them in giving back to our wonderful community.   

Last Day For Girls Softball Sign-Ups Submitted by Mike Roberts Our last date for Girls Softball Sign-ups is Thursday, January 7 at Frozen Ropes located at 10710 Thornmint. Sign-ups are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Please visit for the required forms. We do anticipate having a 14U team this year with a volunteer manager who played college ball at Brown University.  This is great preparation if your daughter is considering high school softball.  We will be nominating managers at the next meeting.  Even if you have already indicated you would like to manage, please do so again by responding to We will be sponsoring up to five adults and five 12-14 year old kids to become ASA certified umpires.  If you are interested or have kids that might be interested, please let me know.  The kid umps will be paid on a per game basis. Finally, we are anticipating this year to be our largest sign-ups in 4S.  Please do not wait until the last minute.  We are all volunteers and need as much time as possible to make sure we have enough managers and coaches, umpires and other positions.  Divisions: T-Ball (Ages 5-6), 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U Birth years: 1995-2004 Important Dates: Assessments: January 9, 2010 Practices Start: February 1, 2010 Opening Day: February 20, 2010 For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Michael Roberts at

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what’s happening at Your 4s ranch library Please note that the library will be closed on New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1 and on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 18.

Special Classes for January adult chinese coversation 1st Monday of the month at 9:30 am. Chinese community members meet and discuss topics of interest.

baby & Me fitness. 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am – January 13 & 27. Personal trainer Andrea exercises with moms while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year.

Kids fitness - 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:30 am – January 13 & 27. Personal trainer Andrea exercises with kids ages 18 months to 5. Sign up in advance.

spanish bilingual Mexican loteria. 1st Tuesday of the month at 4 pm – January 5 Family program. All ages welcome.

Adult Classes baby & Me yoga. 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am – January 6 & 20. Registered instructor Erin Noland teaches easy yoga postures for tone and flexibility while entertaining babies 4 weeks to 1 year.

citzenship class. Every Monday at 6:30 pm. Open for all interested in taking citizenship tests. esl conversation café. Every Tuesday at 8:30 am. Open for English learners interested in practicing English conversational skills. bring your book to the table. 1st Wednesday of the month at 6 pm – January 6. Adult Book Club for book lovers.

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adult spanish conversation. 4th Thursday of the month at 4 pm – January 28. Community members discuss current events. college Preparation & funding Saturday, January 23 at 10 am. Workshop will cover college admissions and college choice, and the roles they play in saving you money. Financial aid basics and rules will be explained, and strategic funding basics will be outlined.

Children’s Storytimes tuesdays - 10:30 am. baby storytime. Pre-walking babies only. Enjoy this one-on-one lapsit activity which introduces babies to stories and songs. Space is limited. Please arrive 1/2 hr early to receive a ticket. Wednesdays - 3:30 pm. after school story and craft. Ages 5-8. Listen to stories, songs, and a craft. Seating is limited. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to receive a ticket.

thursdays - 10:30 am. toddler time. Ages 1-2. Enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays. Seating is limited. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to receive a ticket. fridays - 10:30 am. - Preschool story time. Ages 3-5. Enjoy songs, stories and fingerplays. Seating is limited. Please arrive 1/2 hour early to receive a ticket. PaJama storytime. (all ages welcome) 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm – January 13. spanish bilingual storytime and craft. 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month at 10 am. Bilingual stories and crafts. All ages welcome.

Teens after school study center. Every Monday at 3:30 pm & every Friday at 4 pm high school students from RB High and Del Norte High help K-8 students with homework.


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on your doorstep 4S Ranch Boys & Girls Club Programs

4S Ranch Sports Park

Spring Girls Volleyball

Winter Sports Leagues

Who: Grades 3–5 (Modified League)* Grades 6-8 (Normal League) When: Practice Starts March 8 Practice on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. Games on Fridays. Season runs from March 26 - May 28.  

Adult Co-Rec Volleyball 6-on-6 League

Cost: $115 per player (includes club membership & league fees). $55 per player (current Boys & Girls Club Member). Additional $10 fee for late registration begins February 15 and ends February 19. No late sign-ups will be accepted after February 19 Sign-ups START: Monday January 11 and END: Friday, February 12. Tryouts Grades 3-5: Wednesday, February 24 at 5 pm Tryouts Grades 6-8: Thursday, February 25 at 5 pm Your fees include an 8 game season w/ a single elimination tournament, one hour practice every week, jersey, participant award, and lots of fun. For more information, please contact: Nate Fenlason, Sports Coordinator, 858676-2230 or * Modified League consists of Smaller Court Size, Softer Ball, No Attacking, Underhand Serving Only, and Lower Net Height.  

Volleyball Coaches Are Needed As always, children’s leagues run on the graciousness of volunteers. The programs would not be possible without all of you. If your daughter is interested in playing volleyball, please consider coaching. If you know of a friend or neighbor without children in the program who might be interested in coaching, please have them contact the Boys & Girls Club.

Strength and Agility Training Develop your athletic potential by learning how to jump higher, move quicker, and run faster with Velocity’s certified speed and conditioning coaches. The program is for young athletes ages 8 to 14.  It runs every month on Tuesday with two different sessions for two different age groups. Ages 8 – 11 meet from 3:30 to 4:15 pm and ages 12-14 meet from 4:15 to 5 pm. Classes are held in the gym and the cost is $50 per month.

Dance Program Classes are on Tuesdays and are currently ongoing: 2:00-2:30 pm        2-4 years        Beginning Dance Movement 2:30-3:00 pm        3-4 years        Ballet 3:00-3:30 pm        3-4 years        Tap 3:30-4:00 pm        5-7 years        Tap 4:40-4:30 pm        5-7 years        Ballet 4:30-5:00 pm        All Ages        Musical Theater 5:00-5:30 pm        All Ages        Cheer/Cheer Dance 1-Class      $35 Per Month, 2-Classes    $65 Per Month

For more information an all these programs and more, contact the Boys & Girls Club: 4S RANCH BRANCH 16118 4S Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA 92127 858-676-2230, Site Supervisor: Jack T. Nguyen

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Cost $200 per team Sunday league - begins January 10 Games times: 4, 5 & 6 pm Monday league - begins January 11

COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS January 2 & 5 - RB Girls Softball Sign Ups. For more information, see

Game times: 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 pm

Adult 5-on-5 March Madness Basketball Tournament Cost: $150 per team Date: Sunday, March 7, 2010 Location: 4S Ranch Sports Park Gymnasium Age: 18 and older Registration begins: Currently open Levels: All levels of play

Adult Ironman Roller Hockey Tournament Cost: $150 per team Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010 Location: 4S Ranch Roller Hockey Rink Age: 18 and older, Co-Rec Registration begins: January 7 Levels: All levels of play Registration Website: http://reservations. Information Website: www.4sranchrollerhockey. net

Adult Men’s Basketball League Cost: $325 per team Monday league - begins January 16 Games times: 6, 7, 8 & 9 pm Sunday league - begins January 17   Games times: 4, 5 & 6 pm

Youth Roller Hockey League/ Clinics The County of San Diego is offering one of the few youth roller hockey leagues in the area. Come out and enjoy great games and clinics at a very affordable price. Fee: $25 per player per team Location: 4S Ranch Sports Park (Roller Rink) Age: 6-17 years old When: Saturday, League begins January 9 Games: 8:30 am – 1 pm

Tennis This class is intended to introduce the basic fundamentals beginning with the forehand, backhand, and volley. Class maximum 6 players. Instructor: Dan Irvine Age: 6 years and up Fee: $120/8 classes or $70/4 classes Age: 10 years and older Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays Times: 3:30-4:30 pm (Youth – Beginner: ages 6 – 9) 4:30-5:30 pm (Youth – Intermediate: ages 8 – 12) 5:30-6:30 pm (Youth – Advanced: ages 10 – 15) 6:30-7:30 pm (Adult – Beginner)

January 7 - Little League and Girls Softball, Last chance to sign up. 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Frozen Ropes, 10710 Thornmint,,

January 8 - Temple Adat Shalom of Poway invites Single Jewish Adults to the temple, 15905 Pomerado Rd, Poway. 7 pm Contact Carol Gendel at or 858451-1200.

January 11 - February 12, Spring Girls Volleyball Signups. Contact Nate Fenlason, 858-676-2230,

January 12 - The Truth About Me at The Cove, 11838 Bernardo Plaza Court, 7-8:30 pm. Register by calling Adell Russ at 619-8477173, or contact Michelle Castin at, 858-592-2434 x313.

January 13 & 27- Kids Fitness at the 4S Ranch Library, 9:30 am. Call 858-673-4697 to signup.

January 15- Concert for Jo’Burg. 7:30-9:30 pm, For ticket and concert information,

January 22 & 23 - Beauty and the Beast Signups and Auditions, contact Jayne Howard at jayne@, 858-592-2434 x323 for more information or to register.

January 28 – April 22, Griefshare, 6:30-8 pm. Contact Christine Molla or Ed Moore for more information, .

January 30 - March 27 - Winter Co-Ed Basketball At The Rancho Family YMCA. www.rancho., 9410 Fairgrove Lane in Rancho Penasquitos or call 858484-8788.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Daniel Trautner, Recreation Superivisor at 858-673-3900 or

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on your doorstep events at the church of rancho bernardo the truth about me - A free four-week self-awareness seminar

beginning January 12 at The Cove, 11838 Bernardo Plaza Court. Learn the skills needed to transform old familiar patterns into proactive choices. Register by calling Adell Russ at 619-847-7173.

concert for Joâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Tickets are $10 for this concert on Friday,

January 15, 7:30-9:30 pm, featuring bands Auto Electric, Remy Cox, and South African band, Stealing Love Jones. All proceeds benefit Oasis Haven, a non-profit dedicated to serving HIV positive orphans in Johannesburg, South Africa. Please contact Pat Wynn for ticket and concert information,

beauty and the beast auditions - Sign-ups begin January 2

with rehearsals starting January 18. Auditions will be held January 22 and 23. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to be a part of this production. Experienced dancers are needed. Additionally, auditions will be accepted from young men ages 19-23 for the roles of Gaston and Beast. Tuition is $135 per student with a discount for siblings (this covers costumes, sets, royalties, etc). Please contact Jayne Howard at or 858-592-2434 x323 for more information or to register.

Griefshare - Griefshare is a free 14-week video-driven course that offers support for individuals coping with the loss of a spouse or family member. The session begins January 28 and will run through April 22 on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8 pm. Contact Christine Molla or Ed Moore for more information or visit

bernardo heights country club completes phase two of clubhouse renovations Phase Two of the extensive renovations on the Bernardo Heights Country Club are now complete. This phase included an enhanced front entry area and foyer with new doors, pendant lighting fixtures, and Italian porcelain floor tile. In addition, the club upgraded carpeting in the main hallways and casual dining room, laid Italian tile in the rotunda adjacent to the pro shop and locker rooms, and gave its outdoor dining pavilion a general sprucing up. Future phases will include upgraded carpet for the fine dining room, new furniture for all the clubhouse dining areas, and a major expansion and refurbishment of the cocktail lounge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When completed,â&#x20AC;? Stone said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the clubhouse will truly reflect the warmth and friendliness of our clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members.â&#x20AC;? Bernardo Heights Country Club is located in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Bernardo (16066 Bernardo Heights Parkway, San Diego, CA 92128), and membership is limited to approximately 350 golfing members and 100 social members and their families. For more information, call 858487-4022 or visit


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people in your neighborhood Brandon Sieh Brandon Sieh is loving life right now. And why not, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s young, single and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Tennis Pro at the Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe. Not just a Tennis Pro, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the Director of the Sports & Spa Center. But wait, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all. Brandon also heads up both the boys and girls tennis programs at Del Norte High School. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Brandon moved to San Diego about 2 ½ years ago. Brandon excelled at tennis from the day he picked up a racket. A 3-sport athlete growing up, he ultimately realized what he was most passionate about and began focusing solely on tennis in high school. He quickly became an All-State player and went on to play in college at the University of Nevada - Reno. Brandon left the university with a degree in Health and Fitness, an impressive undertaking in itself, but what really makes him proud is all the school records he broke, including being the all-time leader in doubles victories. Following college, Brandon spent some time on the pro circuit, every day growing more and more devoted to the sport. Next step for this ardent tennis fan? Why, coaching, of course. He enrolled himself in grad school at Indiana University and signed on

as the Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assistant Tennis Coach. His graduate degree in Sports Management as well as his impressive background in tennis landed him the job at the Crosby Club. He created his own destiny at Del Norte when he repeatedly stopped in to visit the Athletic Director as the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development progressed. Eventually, his enterprising spirit proved successful and he landed the tennis job at Del Norte. Although he does love tennis, Brandon actually does enjoy doing other things. When his more mature clients are not trying to set him up on dates, he also likes to play golf, he strums a mean guitar, and he is a regular at Horizon Church in RSF. Brandon has gone full circle from tennis prodigy to tennis coach. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown from student to pro to director and has all the while remained focused and passionate. His accomplishments and ambition are inspiring. Brandon followed his dreams and the goals he set for himself and, ultimately, became successful doing what he loves best. He is quite a role model and his triumphant path is a testament to hard work, persistence and determination. If you would like to contact Brandon about tennis lessons, the Crosby Club Sports/Spa, or get more information about tennis at Del Norte, you can do so in three ways:, 858-775-6804, or Tennis anyone?




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school news Stone Ranch Elementary

Oak Valley Middle School

Variety Show

Mark your Calendars! January 18, 2010 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

Variety Shows will take place on January 29 and February 4. Auditions will be on Wednesday, January 13. For questions, contact Melissa Touvannas at melissa_touv@yahoo,com.

February 15-19, 2010 – Washington & Lincoln’s Birthdays/District Recess (No School)

Life Lessons/Character Counts!

Notes from your PTA Prez, Shelly Burke

Are you looking for fun classes that help build great character and strong bodies for your children? The time has come to sign up! These classes focus on how your child can be stronger on the inside by making good choices, and stronger on the outside with exercise and karate techniques. The following six classes will be taught from 2:45 - 3:30 pm beginning January 26, for only $69. Stone Ranch Elementary School receives 100% of these funds. These classes will be taught in the Stone Ranch’s MPR by nationally certified karate instructor and Poway Unified School District teacher, Nay Flinn.

Oak Valley PTSA wants to thank all the Falcons for their generosity during the annual Giving Tree Event. We were able to reach out to eleven families to provide Christmas gifts and pantry food boxes.  We could not have done it without your support!

Life Lesson One: Courtesy/Caring Tuesday, January 26 Life Lesson Two: Courtesy/Respect Thursday, January 28 Life Lesson Three: Integrity/Trustworthiness Tuesday, February 2 Life Lesson Four: Perseverance/Fairness Thursday, February 4 Life Lesson Five: Self Control/Responsibility Tuesday, February 9 Life Lesson Six: Indomitable Spirit/Citizenship Thursday, February 11. A graduation ceremony will be held on February 11th and all students who complete the course will be awarded a belt and certificate!

Cub Scouts are Collecting Stuffed Animals The Cub Scouts are collecting new stuffed animals to give to abused and neglected children at the Polinsky Children’s Center. These children come to the center, often for the first time, very scared and sad, as they have been removed from their homes. Many of these kids need updated immunizations, and often are given 4 to 5 shots at one time.

Confounded by New Math? Our new math adoption is foundationally based on the principles of Cognitively Guided Instruction in mathematics. This may be a whole new way for you to look at math, but for children, it is very exploration-based with a lot of problem solving and deeper understanding of math concepts. As a parent, you have access to the Math Expressions website which provides a wealth of information including an “e-glossary” of math terms, a unit overview, a family letter that helps parents understand each unit, and a “math background” section that explains how these concepts are being taught. There is also a section called “emanipulatives” where students can practice counting coins, making fraction bars, and much more. Go to click on the Mathematics section, then click on Math Expressions, and go to the appropriate grade level. There is a website for students and one for parents!

Field Trip Lunches Food Service will provide lunches for field trips (for paying students and for free lunch students) for any field trip. You would need to notify your teacher, preferably two weeks in advance of the trip, but one-week minimum.

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Also, we are already hard at work planning the next Falcon Fitness Days event to be held on February 11 & 12. The goal of this program is to introduce students to different ways to exercise over and above the regular PE curriculum.  We are fundraising this year to buy a class size Dance Dance Revolution set.  A big Thank You to Danceology and the RB Hip Hop guys, they have already committed to teach two of the modules.

Cans for Kids Please remember to mark your calendars for the 1st Tuesday of each month. Our next Cans For Kids day will be on January 5th. Hope you saved all your holiday cans and bottles. Be sure to bring them for drop off before school in the loading/unloading zone. Cans and bottles should have “CA cash refund” or “CA Redemption” on them. Please be sure to rinse them out and put them in bags. We will have students helping to make sure things go smoothly.

Avon and OVMS PTSA Oak Valley Middle School is partnering with Tina Trinh, Avon Independent Sales Representative. Starting now through June 2010, any Avon order placed with Tina will provide a 15% donation of your order to the OVMS-PTSA to support school programs such as Art Corps, On-Campus Special Guest Speaker, Disaster Supplies, etc. Please see for more information and the support flyer. Click on website to place your order:

Active Parenting “Active Parenting of Teens” is a program to help parents meet the challenges of parenting teens and preteens in today’s turbulent society. There are multiple dates & locations available thru May 2010. Call 858-668-4084 for more information.

Choice Program Our OVMS Choice Program is a free after school program that is geared towards helping students make smart choices. Activities include sports, games, homework help, leadership, web designing, media advocacy, crafts etc. and will be in the Falcon Center Rm. 406 from 3:05-5:05 M-F. Parent Permission required. Questions? Please contact: Student Services Specialist Sandy Stromberg at 858487-7293 Ext. 6406 or e-mail @

PTSA BuxBack Program We have a great opportunity to raise money for our school that requires you to do nothing. A San Diego-based company called BuxBack ( allows you to enroll for free and transform your existing credit/debit cards into automatic ‘savings cards’ when you buy from local participating merchants like Panera®, Brett’s BBQ® and Bruegger’s Bagels®. The monies earned can then be directly donated to OVMS PTSA. It’s that easy! Enroll TODAY using this link: (

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school news Monterey ridge school Making Great Strides! Prior to the 2008–2009 school year, Dr. Newman had challenged students to exceed their previous test scores, offering to shave his head if they did. In September 2009, in keeping with his promise, a large crowd watched as Superintendent Don Phillips cut the first lock from Newman’s head while the students cheered. In a single year, Monterey Ridge Elementary School’s California Academic Performance Index (API), calculated from performance on statewide assessments across multiple content areas, rose significantly. API scores increased from 894 in 2008 to 930 in 2009. “We grew by 36 API points, which is one of the largest growths in the County and the largest growth of any school in our district,” said Newman. In fact, the school’s API score increase was seven times greater than the improvement goal set by the state. In addition to being Newman’s first year, the 2008–2009 school year was also the first year that Monterey Ridge Elementary School had implemented CompassLearning Odyssey. “What’s significant about Odyssey is that it’s individualized to the discrete skill,” said Newman. Odyssey’s ability to import NWEA MAP scores and use them to automatically assign customized learning paths to individual students was a key component in the school’s decision to adopt it. Odyssey is now a common element across the board at Monterey Ridge. “We use Odyssey as homework and in afterschool programs. We

use it with struggling, mainstream, and gifted and talented students. Very few programs can provide access across all of those levels,” said Newman. “I see CompassLearning being an important program for years to come,” Dr. Newman continued. “In my entire career, I’ve never encountered another program that has made such an impact across all boards — parents, community, and students. That, to me, is a huge tribute.”

1st Annual Science Fair We are thrilled to announce the 1st Annual MRES Science Fair on January 28 in the MPR. The fair is open to all MRES students. Set up your project beginning at 8 am on the day of the fair. Projects will not be accepted for judging after 9 am. Family and friends may view the projects that evening from 5:30 – 7 pm. Projects are expected to remain at school during that time so they may be viewed by all parents and students. All projects may be taken home Thursday evening at 7 pm. For the complete packet and more information, visit the Monterey Ridge website and click on Science Fair Information. Each participant will receive a certificate and six students, one per grade level (K-5th), will earn First Place ribbons. There will also be three HonorableMention ribbons per grade level; one per category of science. A few students will also be selected for Dr. Newman’s Principal Award. If you still have questions after reading the instructions, please contact Dr. Newman. Have fun while you expand your knowledge, and we’ll see you at the fair!

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school news Del Norte High School Winter Sports

Active Parenting Of Teens

Football, boys water polo, boys and girls cross country, and girls’ tennis, volleyball, golf and field hockey all made their debut at Del Norte. Since pretty much everything is a first for Del Norte, you can safely say that each sport set records for the school. Some records were a bit better than others, but whatever the final results, each team was successful in their own way. They paved the way for the future of fall sports at Del Norte. Now it’s time for Winter Sports to step up and take a bow. The following sports have already begun their season whether it be pre-season games or regular scheduled games: boys & girls soccer, boys & girls basketball, girls water polo and wrestling. Visit the Del Norte website for game schedules and come on out and support your school!

The teen years are filled with change and challenge. “Active Parenting of Teens” is a program that helps parents meet the challenges of parenting teens and preteens in today’s turbulent society.  Parents will learn the skills they need to communicate effectively with their teens, encourage better behavior, use positive discipline techniques, and teach responsibility.  Cost for the four-session series is $39 for one parent, $69 for couples, plus $15 for the “Active Parenting” book. 

An Evening in Paris It was a big change from jeans and tennis shoes, but the students at Del Norte jumped at the opportunity to dress up and arrived at the first dance in glittery dresses and suits and ties. Many of the students could not quite let go of “regulation” casual wear and sported their finest Vans along with their formal wear. It was a very successful first formal and left everyone looking forward to the next dance. Thanks to all the volunteers and special thanks to Dolores for chairing the committee.

You will learn: • How to talk with your adolescent about violence, sex, alcohol, & drugs • Solving problems together • Reinforcing your adolescent’s courage and inner strength • Building your adolescent’s sense of responsibility • Communicating effectively and gaining respectful behavior from your adolescent • How to discipline adolescents • Ways to make parenting less stressful Mark Your Calendars for these Upcoming Sessions: February 25 - March 4, 11, 18, 2010 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Library/Room 815 Twin Peaks Middle School 14640 Tierra Bonita Road Poway, CA 92064

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Del Sur Elementary School Message from the New PTA President


Hello Explorers! I wanted to introduce myself as your new PTA President for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year. Thank you all for your dedication and support for our wonderful school. I am very excited for the upcoming months as we have a lot of wonderful fundraisers and programs lined up.

Our first Box Tops submission for the school year was just completed. You earned $450 for Del Sur! Way to go Explorers! Bring in the Box Tops you clipped over the holidays and join in the fun of our next “Souper” Bowl Contest! Additional collection sheets are available in the lobby on the PTA table. Thank you for your generous support!

Please help me serve you by being forthcoming with ideas and suggestions, communicate with the PTA openly and by attending your PTA General Association Meetings. The next General Association meeting is January 28 at 6 pm in the MPR. This is your school, so please come share your voice! I am thrilled to announce the re-launch of our info-packed website: The website is a great resource for forms, PTA contacts, updated news and fundraising opportunities. We also are launching the NEW Info Foyer. We have worked hard to centralize all PTA information to make it easier for you to know what is going on. Please stop by the foyer and peek at the calendar, pick up forms and drop off suggestions in the box. Thank you for your continued support and patience through this transition. -Marla Vandling

Scholastic Book Fair Earns Over $5000 Thank You! Scholastic Book Fair Committee Chair: Lori Martin! Wow! Because of your enthusiasm and love for reading, we had a fantastic turnout for our Book Fair. Not only did we sell over 1000 books, but we earned over $5000 to purchase books for our library and class libraries. Thank you to all the fabulous volunteers. Without their help we would have never made this Book Fair so successful!

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Time to Order Your Yearbook Remember all the friends, faces and fun! Order your yearbook today! Order Online by credit card at or return the order form that can be found in the PTA foyer, PTA website, or in your child’s backpack, along with your check payable to Del Sur PTA, to the office or your student’s teacher. Contact Elisabeth Thijssen at DSEyearbook@gmail. com for more information. To submit photos online: • Go to: • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 400004923 and password: yearbook • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload. • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information. • Click “Save Details” It’s that easy! Submit your photos today! Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year! The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

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since itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the start of a new year, how do i â&#x20AC;&#x153;clean up my actâ&#x20AC;? and get healthy? M.n. the start of a new Year is always a great time to do a personal assessment of health habits and to ask yourself, â&#x20AC;&#x153;what can i do this year to be as healthy as i can be?â&#x20AC;? whether it involves weight loss, smoking cessation, giving up excessive alcohol or addressing a drug problem, the first step always involves being honest with yourself about your vices. if you have a lot of work to do (or have a lot of vices), talk to your doctor about what to approach first. then, one step at a time, make small, but measurable goals so that you can mark your progress. if you need assistance reaching your goals, recruit friends, family and anyone else you feel will support you along the way. by yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, you can celebrate your successes with all of those who you have recruited to assist you. a â&#x20AC;&#x153;new youâ&#x20AC;? will emerge.... healthy and victorious! best of luck and hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;best of your healthâ&#x20AC;?! elizabeth salada, mD, mph / tara akins, fnp internal medicine,

Once again, the holidays were filled with food and alcohol. how can i get in better shape with the new year and make the habits stick? s.t. a: with the new Year, many ways to lose weight will be promoted on radio, television, the internet and other media sources. advertising gimmicks appeal to our willingness to try the newest potions, solutions or bestseller diet. however, that miracle diet plan or potion often works temporarily and give the illusion of quick weight

loss by way of dehydration â&#x20AC;&#x201C; water weight loss â&#x20AC;&#x201C; whereas for longterm health, we want to lose body fat. the bottom line is that no scientific evidence has shown that mixing foods, eating specifically timed meals, or ignoring a food group will promote good health, let alone long-term weight loss. so, stop dieting and start adopting a healthy lifestyle. eat more whole foods high in fiber like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. limit foods high in fat and refined carbohydrates and plan meals to avoid last minute decisions when you are hungry. exercise or move more every day. these are habits that work, will give you a great start, and keep you going in the right direction. Janice baker, rD, cDe, cnsc, Dietician , centre for health care,

My children have had a rough start to the school year with colds and the flu. What can i do with them (and for them) to give them a fresh start? d.e. a: build up their immune systems by focusing on a healthy family diet. food is often referred to as natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s medicine. consider cooking in advance for days that are busy. if you eat out and your family doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consume enough vegetables, consider ordering items such as sandwich wraps that include them. incorporate laughter -- watch an old home movie, download/rent a family-friendly movie. participate in some non-traditional family exercise -- biking, bowling, hiking, basketball, outdoor racquetball ... and, equally important, follow a routine in the morning and at bed time. consistent sleeping patterns are important to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health and will help them as school is now again full speed ahead. maria Valbuena-padilla, mD pediatrics , centre for health care,






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The Best Swim School in North County. Call 877-277-7946 or email or visit

Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Facility, Call 858-485-9399 or email

Kids' Care Club An Academically Based Preschool Program, Infant - Pre-K Program. 10414 Craftsman Way, San Diego, CA 92127. Call 858-675-7000 or visit www.

Gyminny Kids Gymnastics Classes, Birthday Parties, Camps, Open Gym, Fun Zone, Boy's X-treme, Cheer, Mobile Programs, Scout Badges and Field Trips. 17022 Camino San Bernardo, San Diego, CA 92127. 1-800-GYMINNY

Millie’s Spanish Tutoring Professional tutoring geared towards Spanish school district programs levels 1-3. One-one tutoring that accommodates the special needs of the student. Native speaker. Call 858 312-5461 or email milina98@hot


Nutrition, Natural Hormone Replacement, B12 injections, Rancho Bernardo, or email:, 858-705-1727

Bernardo West Chiropractic Chiropractic Care, Massage, Exercise, and Nutrition Dr. Angela Hee & Dr. Jeff Oslance Bernardo West Chiropractic 858-673-1733

Rancho Bernardo Eye Doctors 858-487-7900

Insurance Farmers Insurance Leonard B. Hom, Insurance & Financial Services Agent. Area specialist and resident. Call 858-354-7850, email License #0F05530.

Home & Garden PEST CONTROL Insect & Rodent Solutions Strategic Treatments & Solutions for Termites, Ants, Rats, Gophers, Bees, Etc. Gopher eradication in 10 min. Neighborhood Termite & Pest Specialists. Call 888-319-PEST (7378) or visit

Griffin ACE Hardware Black Mountain Bicycles San Diego Largest Bicycle selection. Road, Mountain, Comfort, Tri-Bikes, Kids, BMX. 4S Ranch Resident owned. 858-566-0710.

Located in 4S Commons Town Center Store Hrs: M–F 8am–8pm, Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–7pm 858-385-1801 or


CINTAS LANDSCAPE SERVICE Dentistry Orthodontics Bold Smiles Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Jeremy Bold, DDS. Located in the 4S Ranch Village Center near Postal Annex & Starbucks. 16625 Dove Canyon Rd., Suite 103. Call 858-674-9999 or visit

Orthodontics Orthodontics for Children & Adults. Premier Invisalign Provider. Call for your complimentary exam with Dr. David Li. Call 858-487-8900 or visit us on the web at

Specialists in Dentistry & Orthodontics Specialists in Dentistry & Orthodontics for Children & Young Adults. 11616 Iberia Place, San Diego, CA 92128. Call 858- 676-5000 or visit our website,

For all your residential landscape maintenance needs! We also do special landscape projects, tree trimming, minor sprinkler repairs, planting and yard clean-ups. Willing to match competitors written estimates. Contact Joshua Cintas, Owner/Operator 858-395-7850. Please call for free estimate.


The Painter Man INTERIOR, EXTERIOR, CUSTOM PAINTING SPECIALISTS. Family Owned, 30 Years Experience, Old Fashioned Work Ethics, Quality, Integrity, Courtesy. GERRY & JON HANS, 858-335-9368, 760-420-0316. License # 391076, Bonded, Insured, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER ACCEPTED


911 Plumbing & Drain Rescue

Pets Like No Other Pet Care Peace of Mind, While You Are Away. Call Kim at 760-294-2175 or email

Pool Service 4 SUN POOL Provides superior pool service and repairs. Get the maintenance facts before you build your pool. Serving the communities from east to west on the Camino Del Norte / Sur corridor. 858-312-1409 or Family Owned & Operated. 4S Ranch residents since 2003.

Property Management Property Management Need a professional manager to rent and maintain your investment home? Call San Diego Rental Properties 858-243-1435. Low flat fees. No mark-ups. No surprises.

Real Estate Services An Das - Century 21 Buy, Sell, Rent - Homes. Get daily loan rates, free home evaluation and Comparative Market Analysis. Call An at 858-722-3163 or email andas@

Shay & Associates of RE/MAX RB Ranch & Beach A Team You Can Trust. Theresa and Ray Shay, call Theresa at 858-4491101 or Ray at 858-449-4970,

Skoglin Homes & Loans, Inc. Let Tim Put His 13+ Years Expertise To Work For You!! Tim Skoglin, Owner/ Broker. Call 858-592-0100 or visit

Sue Otto, MBA, Realtor Making your real estate dreams a reality! 858-208-7713

Thomas Antorietto, MBA, Realtor "A 4S Neighbor" Abacus Properties, Inc., 16870 W. Bernardo Dr., Suite 400 San Diego, CA 92127 858-352-8186

Voak Homes Your satisfaction guaranteed or our commission refunded. 888-311-6311. www. or

Spiritual Temple Adat Shalom A reform congregation serving North County Inland. Preschool & Religious School, Adult Education, Sisterhood, Men’s Club. Rabbi ~ David Castiglione, Cantor ~ Lori Wilinsky Frank, President ~ Howard Levin. 15905 Pomerado Road, 858-451-1200,

Tanning Hollywood Tans of 4S Ranch Where the science of tanning meets the art of beauty. In the 4S Commons Town Center (next to World Market), 858-451-Tans (8267)

4S Ranch Resident, BBB Member, Owner/Operator. Insured, Bonded, Lic #884050. Free Estimates. 858-414-5800,

Do you have a story or article idea for Back At The Ranch? Give our Editor, Debi Renken, a call at 800-497-1309 x709 or We look forward to sharing your story with the community!

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business spotlight craig shelton landscapes – craig shelton 619-820-8064,

Having the experience, technology and confidence to get a job done right creates pride in the quality of their labor. “Without them, we would not be the company we are today,” says Craig Shelton. No project is too small, or too large for that matter. CSL has worked on everything from backyard spas to outdoor kitchens to jobs at the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and the Coast Guard. And, don’t be afraid to ask them to come out and fix a sprinkler. Not only will it be the best repair you could have ever imagined, you will also have established a valuable contact for any future landscape needs you may have.

The late 1970’s were not the best year for selling real estate so this single dad with two small kids took a deep breath and ventured into the world of landscaping. Craig Shelton had always been a good gardener and he had a good eye for plants and layout. The gamble paid off and now, over 29 years later, he has etched himself quite a respectable reputation. Born and raised in San Diego, Craig was a kid who mowed lawns and worked summers as a greensman for a memorial park. Little did he know the experience would prepare him for his future. Formerly known as Pacific Sunscape, the company has over 10,000 completed projects and has served the San Diego area since 1979. When a company has been around that long, it’s clear that they are doing something right. Craig Shelton Landscapes (CSL) stands behind its work, but knows the industry and maintains an ongoing level of communication between its employees, contractors and homeowners. But, there is something even more extraordinary about CSL. Craig calls his staff his greatest asset. They are a highly trained, motivated, upstanding group of people and have come to view CSL as their extended family. There has been little to no turnover and most employees have been with CSL for over 23 years! All staff members are constantly challenged with continuing education so as to keep the company on the cutting-edge of the industry.

Your neighbors are experiencing the difference. Now you can too!

CSL has both a landscape contractor’s license and a general contractor’s license. This means they can install a window with the best of them as well as design your back yard! CSL is a member in high standing with the California Contractors Board and A+ Superior with the Better Business Bureau. They are also on the Honor Roll for Angie’s List which highlights the top two percent of companies in the area. If that is not impressive enough, you should know that in 28 years of service, no workman’s comp claims have ever been filed against them. CSL is accredited with all the San Diego water authorities enabling them to install water-saving sprinkler systems. CSL is called upon regularly to work with over 80 Licensed Property Management professionals, Real Estate Brokers, and Licensed Contractors. Craig Shelton Landscapes offers a wide range of services including (but not limited to) landscaping, landscape maintenance, landscape lighting, tree trimming and removal, masonry and concrete, fencing, decking and patio structures. They have really amazing design software that enables them to take a photo of your house, upload it to the computer and make realistic, detailed designs using your very own home for the foundation of the design. They can even go so far as to change the color of the paint on your house! They do charge for this service, but will credit 50% of the design fee back to you if you end up hiring them. If you’ve been thinking about redoing your landscaping or finally getting it done for that matter, call Craig. If your sprinkler system works inefficiently, call Craig. If you want to surprise your spouse with a new backyard kitchen, call Craig. Estimates are free and you can feel confident in the knowledge that qualified industry experts are working with you. You can reach Craig Shelton at 619-820-8064 or email him at sailawaycraig@

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Back At The Ranch - January 2010  

Community News and Events for 4S Ranch

Back At The Ranch - January 2010  

Community News and Events for 4S Ranch