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faces in the crowd Ron Ferkovich (Z)


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Opening Day of Soccer (Z)



HEROES then & now We sit down with VFW Post Commander Jerry Bouck, as well as members Betty Rosevear and Dr. Bill Lentsch, as they dicusss thier past and present as members of the VFW Post 11388.



PERC Preparedness Challenge


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Vol. 3, No. 5 TM

Publisher Derrick Breaux

On a Mission to Get Healthy Well, the time has come. I am nearly 39 years old. Yep, the big “40” is looming around the corner. It’s time for me to shed some weight and get healthier. Nutrition. Diet. Exercise. These are some of our favorite talking points. I spend so much time thinking about it and talking about it – now I’m just doing it. For the next several months I will be on an intense program consisting of nutrition and exercise. I have chosen to kick start my lifestyle change with a juice reboot diet – only juice consisting of a variety of vegetables and fruits. I will then transition to a diet primarily consisting of micronutrient fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts (I can’t believe that I’m actually writing this) followed by the introduction of fish and other lean proteins. My ultimate goal is to get healthy – from the inside out. I am told that the side effects will consist of significant weight loss, lots of energy, and a longer estimated life expectancy. Not too bad if you ask me! I’ve already started the program, and by the time you read this I will have been on the program for close to three weeks. I started it right – I planned and prepared. I even had my wife take the customary “shirtless” photos to use as a reference – not sure how I feel about showing these to people though. So wish me luck! There’s no turning back now as I’ve actually published my health goal. I figured it was all in or nothing. I’ll post an update in the next issue and I’ll keep my Facebook page updated on the progress. Want to join me? It’s the perfect time of the year to make a healthy change! Email me at to share your story.

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92127 Magazine // 4S RANCH, DEL SUR, SANTALUZ, WESTWOOD witch creek fires

Stay Informed. Stay Connected. Take a quick look across town with some of the other ZCode Magazines.

Larry Himmel relives his experience discovering his home on fire live on camera and we talk with the Fired Up Sisters on the 5 year anniversary of the fires.

Olympic Goals

Use our ZGlass app on each cover for a video preview of the current issue!

Meet Del Norte’s Brooklyn Harris – all-star competitive level five cheerleader and future track Olympian. We talk with her about what races her to success.

Local Stories. Local Photos.

impact volunteer

Single mom, Shelley Federhart, becomes PUSD Volunteer of the Year. She talks with us about what compelled her to start volunteering and what her job entails.

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92130 Magazine KICKIN’ IT

Shannon MacMillan of the Del Mar – Carmel Valley Sharks talks to us about what makes their unique program so successful for players, parents, volunteers and soccer fans of all ages.


Carmel Valley’s Bill Altaffer is the World’s Most Traveled Man. He has stepped foot in every country in the world and visited more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other person on the planet.

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17-year-old Kolten Frapwell sets high jump record at Canyon Crest Academy

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92011 Magazine WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES We talk with the director of coaching for the Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club, Michael Duggan about the program’s 23 year history and what makes it so unique.


It’s that time of year again! We’re talking about POWAY DAYS! In our extensive feature we talk with the people who help make the month-long celebration come together.

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We talk with Elenor and Charlie Stenzel, founders of SRSC, and President Joe Barr on the team effort from 92131 that goes into making Scripps

Larry Himmel relives his experience discovering his home on fire live on camera and we talk with the Fired Up Sisters.

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92024 Magazine BOTANICAL BLISS The tranquil sounds and stunning nature resonate throughout the grounds of the San Diego Botanic Garden. There’s something for everyone.

92009 Magazine When Lightning Strikes

Moving in to its 23rd year, Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club shows commitment to providing an extraordinary, high-quality soccer program to all San Diego North County youth.

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Discovery Isle Preschool Playground at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church.

Featuring the Blue Angels, F-22 Raptor and Robosaurus.

A total of 65 booths will be set up inside the festive main hall decorated with Christmas trees and Christmas music.

St. Timothy’s Episcopical Church

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church

The program is free of charge, and open to anyone in the community. Support and practical information by experts will be offered to those who are grieving throughout the holiday season.

Annual Blessing of the Animals

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MCAS Miramar Air Show

Gates Open at 8 a.m.

7th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar

Surviving the Holidays

Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church

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Recurring EVENTS Diamond Gateway Women’s Organization

New Dog Obedience and Training Class

Mt. Carmel Farmers Market

The October speaker from the League of Women Voters whose program will be on the issues in the upcoming election. The November program will be a presentation on decorations for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Including heel, sit, stay, down and come. Also discuss common behavioral concerns, responsible dog ownership, dog park etiquette, grooming, nutrition and more.

Mt. Carmel High School Sundays | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mt. Carmel Church of the Nazarene

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Hilltop Park

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Nov. 17 & 18

Fall Pee Wee and Youth Soccer League

PQ Youth Soccer Tournament

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Fall Pee Wee and Youth Basketball League

Season: Oct. 15 – Dec. 10 Ages: 4 – 5 / 6 – 13 YMCA Scripps Poway Parkway Site

Adult Men’s Basketball League Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5 – 10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday 5 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday 12 – 4 p.m. Black Mountain Multi-Purpose Center For more information and league dates visit:

INFORMATION PQ Skate Park Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. – dusk For skateboarding, skates and rollerblades only. Rancho Peñasquitos Skate Park centers/ranchopenskate.shtml

North County Soccer Park Indoor Soccer League New leagues always starting.

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USS Midway Museum Volunteers Share the “Midway Magic” with Visitors by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Robert Genat


isitors to the USS Midway Museum are sure to be impressed by the sheer size of the aircraft carrier itself, as well as the dozens of exhibits, activities and tours that are available onboard. According to Laurie Switzer, Director of Volunteer Programs for the USS Midway Museum, another impressive aspect of the museum is the volunteer corps, a dedicated group of men and women who assist the staff in sharing the story of the USS Midway and those who served aboard the carrier during its 50year commission. “The volunteer corps is integral to the general operations and continued success of the museum. Some departments are run almost exclusively by volunteers,” declared Switzer. As stated by Switzer, the USS Midway Museum seeks volunteers to help preserve the legacy of those who serve, inspire future generations and educate, as well as entertain, more than one million visitors a year. The environment onboard the USS Midway has been described as

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having “Midway Magic” and the volunteers strive to keep the magic alive for each and every visitor. “The phrase ‘Midway Magic’ began showing up in the USS Midway cruise books in the 1960s. It is believed to be a crew slogan – a rallying cry for those onboard,” explained Switzer. In 2011, volunteers contributed over 200,000 hours, which is comparable to over 104 full-time staff members. Currently, over 600 volunteers participate on a monthly basis. “Out of those 600 volunteers, over 100 are from North County,” said Switzer. USS Midway Museum volunteers receive benefits such as parking privileges and café and gift shop discounts, but Switzer stated that most volunteers cite giving back to the community as their motivation for participating. “There is also strong camaraderie among the volunteers, as well as a sense of pride in what the USS Midway represents and what has been accomplished,” revealed Switzer. ¢ For more information about how to become a volunteer at the USS Midway Museum, please visit

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Ron Ferkovich: Barber, Artist and Teacher by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


on Ferkovich is an artist, a teacher and a Rancho Peñasquitos institution, as the owner of Peñasquitos Barber Shop. Ron has lived in San Diego for more than 60 years, with 29 of those in Rancho Peñasquitos. And while the landscape of Rancho Peñasquitos has changed dramatically, he is happy to be a part of such a wonderful community. Ron’s family moved to San Diego from Wisconsin when he was five years old. He attended Lincoln High School and was 17 when he graduated from the Associated Barber College in downtown San Diego, making him the youngest licensed barber in California. “My father owned barbershops and wanted me to have a trade before I went to college,” explained Ron. He went on to graduate from Cal State Long Beach with a Masters degree in art education. At that point, Ron moved back to San Diego, teaching at USD for two years and teaching art Name: Community: Year Moved to Community: Hometown: Occupation:

Ron Ferkovich Rancho Peñasquitos Moved to PQ in June 1984 San Diego Owner and operator of the Peñasquitos Barber Shop Family: Single, two sons – Stefan and Ryan

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and tennis in the Grossmont High School District for twelve years. Ron then became the head artist for the Zoo News and taught art at the Spanish Village in Balboa Park. However, he missed cutting hair full-time, so in January 1984, he bought Peñasquitos Barber Shop from a friend. “At that time, there were buffalo and cattle across the freeway in Carmel Mountain Ranch,” said Ron. In his 49 years as a barber, Ron estimates he’s done at least 300,000 haircuts, all the while never losing enthusiasm for his trade or for the people he encounters. “I have met the most wonderful and amazing people. I remember doing the first haircuts for triplet boys who were going to be on television. I also remember Mr. Tonoff who was 105 years old and still loved my haircuts,” related Ron. Ron is also still very active as an artist. He recently completed the cover art for an upcoming life story of Gore Vidal and has exhibited in the La Jolla Art Association and at the San Diego Museum of Art. In 2007, he won the top drawing award at the Southern California Expo. “I’ve had drawings [displayed] all over the world, including France, Brazil, South Africa and Pakistan,” stated Ron. When Ron is not cutting hair or creating works of art, he teaches local adults and children beginning tennis and is the lead singer of a jazz group. In other words, he’s truly a renaissance man. ¢

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PERC Preparedness Challenge by CHRISTINA WADDELL

CHALLENGE # 3 of a 6 part series

Grab and Go Document Storage


n the event of an emergency situation, having access to your important papers may minimize your stress and ease the process of getting things back together. It may be surprising to make a list of all of your important documents. There may be more than you would imagine. It is important that original, important documents be kept in a safety deposit box or a fireproof safe. When you are copying documents, you can scan them and put them on a thumb drive which is extremely portable or you can make hard copies and store in a sealed, waterproof pouch or box. Basically, you want your important papers to be safe, secure, easily accessible, and transferable. You could also put all of the copies of your documents in a 3-ring binder and store it off-site with a trus ted friend or relative. The following is a list of important papers to copy to put in your Grab and Go Box: • Home inventory • Insurance policies – home, life, vehicles • Property deeds

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Wills Titles to vehicles Tax returns (1st two pages of State and Federal for the past 2 years) Bank account numbers • Credit card info • Investment info • Driver’s licenses • Social Security cards • Health insurance cards • Prescriptions – medications and eye glasses • Immunization records Marriage license Passports Citizenship papers Divorce documents Military Service documents

Having these documents stored together and easily accessible could be a huge benefit in many different situations. It is easy to do. Fire season is upon us...don’t procrastinate. ¢

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disciplined Dancer Ryan Sibbald, an Officer and a Dancer Man by Linda Frabl


Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings’:

Ryan Christopher Sibbald 17 Westview High School Senior Gary and Melissa Bissonette Mikey (5) Dani (8) James (20)

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photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

ancho Peñasquitos resident Ryan Sibbald, a 17-year-old senior at Westview, performs best when he’s following a precise regimented discipline – whether it’s as a petty officer through the Naval Junior ROTC, or as a foot-stomping master of Irish dancing competitions. This devoted dedication allows him to accomplish anything he sets out to do. As the stepson to a father in the Navy, Ryan is no stranger to an efficient military lifestyle. He even insisted, “My favorite class is ROTC. My main focus in the unit is doing community service events and helping out in any way I can.” His stepdad’s career resulted in a temporary three-year family relocation to Oregon, but Ryan is happy to have returned just before starting middle school. He stated, “I intend to stay in Rancho Peñasquitos as long as I possibly can!” One reason Ryan is glad to be back is because of the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance. Ryan admitted, “My only hobby is Irish dancing, and the Academy is my favorite and only local hangout. I’m in class almost every day of the week and I am usually competing one weekend a month.” Studying Irish dance since he was four years old, Ryan got hooked after attending an Irish dance competition with his mom as a young boy. Ryan recalled, “My mom went looking for me and found me in a room watching a girls team competition. She asked me why I wandered off and I told her, ‘I wanted to watch the pretty girls with the curly hair dance.’” The following week Ryan’s mom astutely enrolled him in his first Irish dance class. His success at Irish dance competitions (also known as “feis”) allowed him to attend the recent Irish Dance Nationals in Chicago, where he qualified for the World Championships. Ryan raved, “Chicago was amazing! But that day had to be the most stressful day of my life so far; the stage was enormous!” Ryan can obviously handle the stress, and his future goal is to become either a police officer or a California highway patrolman – both high-stress jobs! But for now, Irish dancing remains Ryan’s passion. He mentioned, “When I’m not dancing, I like to hang out at Subway or Round Table.” Naturally – he needs to refuel after all that footwork action! ¢

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Westview Navy JROTC Off to a Quick Start by Cadet Amanda Adams, Public Affairs Officer


ye, Aye Sir!” was shouted over forty new Westview Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadets when told to “Fall in!” by the Battalion Commanding Officer, Cadet Commander Francis Garcia. The new cadets were falling into formation, the week prior to the start of school, to begin the process of learning basic military drill movements. “We contact the new cadets who registered for ROTC last spring or over the summer and invite them to attend two days of introductory training,” stated Garcia. “We want to start teaching them the ‘Westview Way’ as quickly as possible while giving them a chance to see if the program is something they want to do.” New cadets arrived each day at 0830 and were instructed by the Battalion Staff Cadets. They were given PowerPoint briefs by the Team Commanders on the drill teams, were fitted for uniforms, learned basic military drill, interacted with the Unit Leadership, performed physical fitness and played team sports. “Even though it was hot, my favorite activity was the blind-folded team building obstacle course,” explained new cadet Thomas Johnson. “Also, being able to see the variety of teams made me join three:

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Marksmanship, Armed Exhibition Drill and Color Guard.” New cadet Max Baloun added “During uniform instruction, we learned how to position our name-tags, ribbons, and other items on our uniform that we wear on Thursdays during school. As a new cadet, I learned a lot from this instruction, and I enjoyed meeting other new cadets.” Audrey Riggs, a junior at Westview and first year cadet, recalled she was nervous going into the first day. “Immediately, I was accepted as part of the NJROTC family. All members of our leadership team were eager to help the new cadets learn basic military commands, ranks, and how to prepare our uniforms for inspections,” stated Riggs, who’s also a member of Westview’s water polo team. CDR Rick Jordan is the Senior Naval Science Instructor for Westview Navy JROTC. “New Cadet Indoc gives us a chance to get a jump on the school year. This year we actually gained numbers after the school year started. We have 120 cadets which is the largest number the unit’s ever had,” commented Jordan. “We have a very enthusiastic group of first year cadets this year.” ¢ Cadet Lieutenant Commander Christian Flowers (left) and Cadet Chief Petty Officer Amy Musso (right) lead Westview NJROTC’s new cadets in a formation run during New Cadet Indoctrination training.

California YMCA Youth and Government: Where High School Students Can Strut their Governmental Stuff! by LINDA FRABL


ith the election season in full swing, our nation’s youth are most likely dreaming of their own ways to legislatively improve our lovely state of California. But where can they start? How can they possibly learn about concocting a bill, and turning it into a law? Thankfully the Rancho Family YMCA in Rancho Peñasquitos offers its California Youth and Government (Y&G) program, open to any high school student interested in participating in the governmental process. The Rancho Family YMCA’s Y&G delegation (one of 85 such delegations in California) meets every Tuesday, and consists of students from various local high schools, including the group’s former president, Anna Page, a senior at Mt. Carmel. Describing a typical meeting, Anna said, “We typically brainstorm bill ideas, practice public speaking, mock-debate, eat food, and have fun!” This particular delegation also provides once-a-month volunteering opportunities, such as beach cleanups, and “cause” walks. The Y&G experience culminates with an annual five-day trip every February to Sacramento’s Capitol building, where each delegation can strut their governmental stuff! The students actively legislate, lobby, debate, and create newspapers and TV broadcasts. Each delegation also brings at least one bill with them to be debated in committee, and in both chambers (Senate and Assembly). If the proposed bill is passed through, it may potentially be signed into Youth and Government law by the Youth Governor. The legislation may even be sent on to real legislators! “The

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proposed legislation by Youth and Government delegates has a verifiable opportunity to make a difference in our state!” Anna proudly mentioned. The bill that the Rancho Family YMCA delegation introduced in Sacramento last February was called the Death with Dignity bill, or legalized physicianassisted suicide. Anna recalled, “We brainstormed as a group, researched, and then wrote legislation. By following a very democratic process, we lobbied for and against bills within the delegation and eventually voted on the strongest one to bring with us to Sacramento.” Anna emphasized that the Y&G gathering is always “open to any and every idea.” So if you’re a high school student who wants to turn your own legislative idea into a possible law, then pay a visit! This year’s group will be mentored by two former Y&G delegates, Jesse Pazdernik and Katie Freeman, and the latter was named Rancho Family YMCA’s employee of the year because of her dedication to this very program! ¢

Helping Senior Veterans, their Spouses and Families Get the Benefits they’ve Earned by KATHY LOX


s we age, it can be frustrating to forget where you placed your eye glasses or what was on your grocery list that you left in the car, but imagine the difficulty many senior-aged veterans have trying to obtain benefits while navigating the maze that is also called “the VA.” The saving grace for many veterans, their surviving spouses, and their families is Veteran’s Friend, a community service co-founded by Robert Dhillon and Kate Seelye. “Our call-to-duty and pledge is to help veteran families navigate the VA process correctly, protect themselves, and obtain this tax-free lifetime benefit by providing free assistance in the preparation and presentation of their claim before the VA,” explained Robert. “Like any other large government department, the VA is complex and bureaucratic. Its rules, regulations, forms and procedures can be very confusing and daunting at times, especially for seniors,” said Robert. Veteran’s Friend will listen first, then provide simple, honest answers to folks who are worried about the rising cost of long term care that is often needed by seniors. Robert and Kate are uniquely qualified to help veterans deal with the issues they face in obtaining these VA benefits. Robert, now a VA accredited claims representative, served in the US Navy and Department of Defense, and graduated

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from London University with a degree in Education. Later, he spent 25 years consulting for the armed forces and large international banks. Kate, now in Senior Precision Support, has lived in the San Diego area for over 50 years and has worked in the financial services industry for over 20, while also running a small alternative holistic health practice. “We understand how stressful it can be for families of veterans, often in crisis or planning for long term care for aging parents. We provide precision answers, support, legal representation and guidance through the VA’s eligibility and application maze,” said Robert. Besides helping with their benefits, Veteran’s Friend also works to warn and guard senior veterans and widows against elder abuse practices of unscrupulous financial services companies that prey on this group of citizens. They host local events and breakfasts to bring young service men and women and older veterans together to provide education in estate and retirement planning, college education planning and long term care. If you or someone you know may need their help, give Robert or Kate a call or visit the Veteran’s Friend website. ¢


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This Energetic Family of Five Feels at Home in their Rancho Peñasquitos Community by Michelle Tremblay | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


t was love at first sight and we married at the Kona Kai (resort) in San Diego just six months after we met,” said Kymberli Clement as she recalled first meeting her husband, Tim, while they were both working at Big Bear Mountain Ski Resort. The couple relocated to San Diego shortly after the birth of their first child, and eventually settled in Rancho

Parents: Year Moved to Community: Parents Hometown: Parents Occupation: Childen: Pets:

Peñasquitos where today they raise their three sons – Evan (13), Logan (11), and Brendan (10). Both Kymberli and Tim are active volunteers for the community. “It is important to us to instill in our boys the value of volunteering and giving back to your community,” explained Kymberli. Tim has been involved with the local Y-Guides group for the past six years, and just completed his last year

Tim Clement (42); Kymberli Clement (40) 2003, PQ Glens Orange County Tim – Manager of Human Resources for San Diego County Water Authority, COO of NinjaLax; Kymberli – VP of Marketing for NinjaLax Evan Clement – 13, Black Mountain Middle School, 8th grade; Logan Clement – 11, Black Mountain Middle School, 6th grade; Brendan Clement – 10, Rolling Hills Elementary School, 5th grade (safety patroller). Modelo, our giant Great Dane/German Shepard dog, age 4.

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with the Pathfinders as the Black Mountain chef. Kymberli runs the cell phone recycling program at the local schools, and volunteers at Rolling Hills Elementary School - chairing the Halloween carnival and acting as the Vice President of the PTA for two years. Kymberli and Tim are also very involved in their boys’ sports teams. In addition to playing soccer and baseball, the Clement boys “are super passionate about playing lacrosse for PQ Lacrosse Club,” explained Kymberli. Tim coaches the first through fourth grade boy’s lacrosse teams for the Club, and will be coaching the seventh and eighth grade teams in the upcoming season. Kymberli is serving her second year as the Treasurer of the Board for the Club.

“It is important to us to instill in our boys the value of volunteering and giving back to your community.” The family’s love for Lacrosse inspired Kymberli and Tim to start their business, NinjaLax, in 2011. “We manufacture a performance mesh for lacrosse sticks, and have sponsored both Westview and Mount Carmel High School’s lacrosse teams with mesh and stringing material,” stated Kymberli. “The best part of the business is that it is a product for the sport our boys are most passionate about, and we are able to set up a vendor booth at the tournaments in which our boys are playing.” Always keeping busy, the Clements love the life they lead in Rancho Peñasquitos. “We have established a happy little life in PQ,” beamed Kymberli. “We feel safe here, and love that we know many families in our ‘village’ that look out for each other. We look forward to living in PQ for many more years.” ¢

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O’Connor’s easy


Bread Ingredients Dry Ingredients 2 cups 2 tsp ½ tsp 1 tsp 1 tsp ½ tsp

flour baking powder baking soda salt cinnamon pumpkin pie spice * (or ½ tsp each of cloves and nutmeg) ¾ cup white granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)

Wet Ingredients 1 cup canned pumpkin ½ cup milk 2 eggs eggs ¼ cup oil

Directions 1. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together with a big spoon. 2. Spray loaf pans with cooking spray. 3. Fill pans about 2/3 of the way to the top. 4. Bake large loaf pan in oven at 350 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. 5. Bake mini-loaf pans at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes. 6. Have a grownup check bread by putting a toothpick in the middle of the bread. If it comes out clean, bread is done. 7. Share with your family and enjoy!! 8. Makes two small loaves or one large loaf.

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About the Chef

Name of Chef: Karen O’Connor, Teacher at Adobe Bluffs Elementary School in PQ Family Members: Two married daughters, Michelle O’Connor Ratcliff, Sarah Lippe, and a son, Brian O’Connor. Husband, Ed, four grandchildren: Lana, Audrey, Kendall and Connor, and two dogs. Community of Residence: Rancho Peñasquitos, since 1975 (I’ve seen it all!) Hobbies/Interests: Reading, walks on the beach, swimming with the grandkids, playing Words with Friends, shopping Farmer’s Markets, and attending musical theater Favorite Local Activity: Watching youth sports at Canyonside Park, and “Snow Day” at Hilltop Park About the Recipe: This is a recipe that I’ve been making with my students at school each Thanksgiving season for the last 20+ years. They each make a loaf to take home to share with family, and a loaf to share with one another, and love to deliver hot-from-the-oven slices to the office staff, favorite former teachers, custodians, noon supervisors, the librarian and the principal. Some of them confide that it’s their first baking experience, and I can sure tell when they attempt to crack an egg! They sometimes email me years later when their original recipe has gotten lost, asking for another. We produce about 40 loaves each year and I always have one to take home to my family as well. Over the years it has become a loved and much anticipated class and family tradition. ¢

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Opening Day of Soccer photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


oys and girls ages 5 to 19 got the ball rolling at Canyonside Community Park late August for the opening day of the PQ Rec Fall Soccer League. Games will continue to be played through November 10. The PQ Tournament will be held on November 17 and 18. Let’s go PQ! ¢

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF Boy Scout Troop 622 to Kick Off Annual Firewood Sale Fun

Boy Scout Troop 622 of Rancho Peñasquitos is officially the oldest troop in 92129. With 43 years as a troop under the belt, the boys are celebrating with their Annual Firewood Sale Fundraiser – which marks 25 years as the troops’ only fundraising activity. “Over 95% of the boys in our troop participate in the fundraiser each year, which helps them raise funds for their troop activities such as summer camp payments, monthly campouts, personal troop gear, and weekly dues,” commented Wood sale Chairman Mike Williams. Mixed and hard wood is purchased from local vendors and is sold by the boys in the troop to new and repeat customers, as well as walk-ups to the wood sale lot. Sold wood orders are delivered and stacked by scouts and parent volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays in Oct. and Nov. Delivery areas include Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, and the west side of Scripps Ranch. For more information or to place an order for firewood visit

Rose-Ritchie Irish Dance Academy Celebrates 10 Years

Patricia Rose and Rori Ritchie met in 1980 at an Irish dance school. This past weekend, their own school, Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance, celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a traditional Irish Dance Party or ”Ceili.” More than 150 people gathered for the Ceili (pronounced cay-lee) to honor Patricia and Rori. Food, fun, and live music made the evening an entertaining party for all ages. The dance floor was packed with young and old dancing to lively Irish music. The party was hosted in PQ at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall. St Timothy’s generously donated the space for the party. Patricia Rose gladly welcomed her childhood friend and dance partner, Rori Ritchie into a business partnership when Rori moved to San Diego in 2006. It was soon renamed the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance. Founded in 2002, the studio today has more than 170 students ranging in age from five years old to adult. The school offers 26 classes per week for beginner to championship level dancing. Rose-Ritchie Irish Dance Academy also reached another milestone in 2011 when they were able to send a record 80 dancers to the regional competition. Nine of those students qualified to compete in the National competition in Chicago this past July. The studio has had 2 locations in the Plaza Rancho Peñasquitos in PQ. They moved to their current location in 2009.

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Holiday Pet Care Planning

By Jennifer Taylor, Owner JenLovesPets It’s time to plan our holiday vacations. Some folks will take their pets with them. Most will need pet care while they’re away. Many prefer to have a family member or neighbor care for their pet but during the holidays it can be bothersome for all involved. There are other options; not all are ideal for every pet so it’s best to plan your pet care around your pet’s normal lifestyle. Cats are independent by nature and can handle being alone for long periods of time with a few exceptions. For example if he’s anxious or destructive then you’ll want to board him in a cat friendly facility. If you have a low-key cat then hiring a pet sitter to visit twice a day to feed, give fresh water, clean the litter box and play with them works quite well. Dogs are more reliant and finding the best option for them can be difficult. Dr. Sprouse with Peñasquitos Pet Clinic tells her clients “If the dog is relatively calm while alone they’ll do well with a pet sitter coming 2-3 times a day. If a dog is used to having someone at home all the time, then a “live in” pet sitter would be a better option. Such dogs might do better being boarded at a facility with around the clock personnel. If the dog has health problems then boarding at a small facility or veterinarian office is the best option.” PQ resident Amy Kapsis has worked with a local pet sitter for over a year; “We’ve found quality pet sitters book up during the holidays, so we call way ahead when we know we’ll be leaving town. After all, Noby our dog is part of our family and worth every ounce of planning!” Whether a pet sitter, veterinarian, or boarding facility make your reservations as soon as possible to ensure your pet will have the care they deserve.

Royal Dance Academy Student Off to Broadway

Dancer and actress Madi Rae DiPietro, will fly off to NYC to begin rehearsals for the Broadway classic “ANNIE” in which she plays one of the orphans, July. Over 5,000 girls auditioned for only 8 roles and Madi Rae emerged successful from the huge group of hopefuls. Francine Garton, owner and principle of the Royal Dance Academy, has taught Madi Rae for the past 11 years and believes she has what it takes to be a successful actress and dancer. “You just know when someone has the ‘X factor’ and has been born with the gift to be on stage,” said Miss Francine. Madi Rae performed at the La Jolla play house last year in “Little Miss Sunshine” and has had numerous other roles on stage and in advertisements for TV. She has a year contract, August to August, and will perform 8 shows per week at the Palace Theatre in New York.

Boy Scout Troop 667 Completes 50-Mile Trip Boy Scout Troop 667 recently completed a 50-mile trans-Sierra backpacking trip from Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite Valley, on the John Muir Trail in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. During the 6 days, 667 crossed 4 mountain passes, backpacked 50 miles, climbed Yosemite’s famed Half Dome, and reached a height of 11,000 feet at Donahue Pass. Making the trek were Ass. Scoutmaster Brooks Ensign, Hayes Ensign, Michael Maher, Carter Andrews, Andrew Mallrich, Eric Chapelle, Todd Stone, Kedwin Chen, Troop Committee Member Patricia Maher, and Scoutmaster Greg Chapelle. “The confidence Scouts have built in achieving a difficult task will carry them through other challenges that they will face in the future,”explained Gregory Chapelle.

Waste Management Encourages Residents to Include New Recycling Habits

As summer ends and students head back to school, Waste Management of San Diego encourages residents and its customers, both in and out of school, to also include new recycling habits this back to school season. Waste Management offers the following tips to reduce, reuse and recycle this school year: Pack a lunch with reusable gear: Packing a lunch is a healthy habit for both you and the Earth. Eating out often means more calories, more money and more waste, whereas bringing lunch gives you an opportunity to use leftovers and save money. By utilizing reusable gear, like a cooler lunch box or even just reusing a brown paper bag, you can save on waste. Be sure to recycle any packaging, such as bottles or cans, when you are finished. Purchase products made from recycled materials: Bring your own environmentally friendly coffee mug, use recycled paper and re-fill ink cartridges instead of buying new ones. Not only does this save on resources, it also costs less. Refilling ink cartridges can save up to 40% on the price. Utilize carpools or public transportation: While cars may be convenient, traffic and high gas prices certainly are not. Utilizing public transportation is not only cost-effective for money, it can also save you time. While on the bus or on the train, you can read, answer e-mails or take calls – all things unsafe to do while driving. Other ways to get around include organizing a carpool with others on the same schedule, walking or biking. If doing these things regularly is not feasible, consider setting up a special event, such as a “Bike to Work Day,” to see if you can contribute at least once while encouraging others to try it as well. Turn off and unplug appliances when you are not using them: Computers, printers, fax machines and other wired devices save us time when we are using them, but can cost us money when we are not. In sleep mode – and even when they are off but plugged in – these appliances use power and add to your electricity bill. Help conserve energy and your bank account by turning off and unplugging these appliances when you are not using them.

McAlister Institute to Hold Golf Classic at Crosby Club

McAlister Institute presents the McAlister Golf Classic at The Crosby Club in Rancho Santa Fe on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Check in for the event is at 10 a.m. with a 12 p.m. shot gun start. Cocktails are being served at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 5:30 p.m. The fee includes the golf event, tee prizes, gift bag, golf shirt, lunch and a cocktail mixer. The McAlister Institute is one of San Diego County’s leading resources for the compassionate care and treatment of individuals and families suffering from addiction and homelessness. For more information on their cause or to register visit or call 619-442-0277.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Craft Fair

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be holding its 7th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Crafters work 8 months of the year meeting 3 times a month as a group to prepare for the bazaar. Last year the craft fair raised over $9000. Proceeds go to the church building fund. A total of 65 booths are housed inside the festive main hall that is filled with decorated Christmas trees and Christmas music. Fifteen booths display the craft ministry’s handiwork ranging from the smaller Christmas ornaments, purses and accessories, lighted wine bottles, gifts for pets to the larger home décor cornucopias, wreaths and floral arrangements. The other fifty booths contain jewelry and quilts to pottery, photographic arts and homemade chocolate delights. For questions contact Wendy Clark at 858-487-2076.

Jewish Family Service Girls Give Back Empowers Teens Through the Arts

In mid-June, two teen girls from 92129 participated in the week-long Girls Give Back “Crafting Social Change” program. Jamie Arnold and Emma Glassman-Hughes, both of Mt. Carmel High, spent their time learning how to give back to the community through the arts. Girls Give Back, a program of Jewish Family Service empowers teens to become the next generation of female leaders. The teens filled their own 16 x 20 shadow box with the 3D art, poetry, photography, creative writing, oil pastels and collages representing community problems plaguing San Diego and teen-solutions for each. Some of the topics addressed include teen dating violence, girls and body image. For information on Girls Give Back, visit

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2nd Annual Terry Spencer Memorial Golf Celebration

92129 Magazine



he 2nd Annual Terry Spencer Memorial Golf Celebration was another huge success! 58 golfers made up of friends and family from the community played a scramble format at the Carmel Highland Golf Resort. It was a


1. John and Denise Bullington at the Rancho YMCA 2. What...Already One! Happy Birthday K.J! Photo by Popejoy Photography 3. Jessica Stephens with Troop 8852 completing her Gold Award 4. Platoon Commander Cadet Ensign Cody Perucci performing a personnel inspection on his platoon 5. Noah, focused on the current play during the first RPPW Cherokees football game of season. Photo by Jennifer Poulin 6. Rancho Peñasquitos resident Nick Crawford digs the ball at the Epic Volleyball Club. Photo by Michael Cohn 7. Tease Salon Studio working with others and doing philanthropy work 8. Jenna and Megan are enjoying sno cones at Hilltop Park


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perfect way to honor Terry and his love of golf. The golf celebration benefited the American Lung Association. We look forward to the 3rd Annual Terry Spencer Golf Memorial....get your foursome ready! Thank you, Colleen, Summer & Alec



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STRAIGHT Moser Orthodontics – Good for Our Schools, Sports Teams, Community and Our Kids’ Teeth!


ery few people have naturally straight teeth so kids wearing orthodontia has become almost a rite of passage. It’s pretty common to see kids peering into the mouths of their friends, looking at each other’s new braces, mouth spacers or retainers. In our area, a name that is synonymous with orthodontics is “Moser”. Noel Moser opened Moser Orthodontics in San Diego six years ago because she wanted her practice to be close to where she grew up (Escondido and Rancho Peñasquitos) and where she currently resides (4S Ranch). Ever since, these communities have been benefiting from her practice. Moser Orthodontics partners with PUSD elementary and middle schools to

by KATHY LOY | photos by Michael Bielecki

sponsor programs like BizTown (a business program for 5th graders), fun runs (to raise money for schools), and dental education programs. Moser sponsors sports teams such as 4S Ranch soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, water polo, and swimming, plus provides funding for sport field maintenance programs. “It is important as a business to give

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back to the local community,” said Moser. Right now, Moser Orthodontics is gearing up for their Halloween Candy Buy Back - their biggest event of the year to help local schools. “Kids bring us their Halloween candy and we give their schools $1/pound of candy donated. Then, all the candy we collect is donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission and is sent overseas to

We collected over 2,500 pounds of candy last year and we have donated over $5,100 back to the schools over the last five years of the candy buy back. ~Dr. Noel Moser,

Moser Orthodontics


Above, left: Moser Orthodontics employees create “Super Moser World” inside the office as a part of their Halloween Candy Buyback event.

military troops that are deployed. We collected over 2,500 pounds of candy last year and we have donated over $5,100 back to the schools over the last five years of the candy buy back,” explained Moser. “It’s great to see the competition among the kids to raise the most money for their schools.” Not only does Moser sponsor local programs, she also encourages her patients to be good citizens. The Moser “MO Money” program lets kids and adults earn points on a credit card that can be redeemed for gift cards. Patients can earn extra points by completing community service, getting good grades, winning awards, and of course, demonstrating good brushing and care of orthodontic devices. “We wanted a way to reward positive dental behaviors and also offer a reward for helping their community while being a student star or flourishing athlete,” explained Moser. Dr. Moser and her staff feel that going to the orthodontist has never been so much fun. There is a latte machine and computer for adults in the lobby, and video games for the kids. Monthly contests and yearly patient appreciation events are just some of the ways Moser Orthodontics lets their patients know they are their number one priority while Making Smiles Happen. ¢

AT A GLANCE Name of Business:

Moser Orthodontics


Noel Moser

Years in Position:

12 years

Year at Current Location:

6 years


14701 Via Bettona, Ste. 205

San Diego, CA 92127


Email contact:



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ns of foreign wars a r e t e v – – rancho peñasquitos - post 11388

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photos by Zeena Gregg Photography



Promote patriotism. Remember the sacrifice; honor the dead, by helping the living. Provide community service.

his year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) celebrates 109 years of tradition, community service and veterans’ service. The Rancho Peñasquitos Post 11388 of the VFW proudly serves the community, greater San Diego, the Department of California and the Nation. Despite the small size of the Post, the heroes involved are actively dedicating their time to promote patriotism, remember the sacrifice, honor the dead, help the living and provide community service. We were honored to sit down with members of the Post up at Hilltop Park, a place where many flags have been raised, to learn about their service history, what their passions are and how the Post is directly reflective of Rancho Peñasquitos and the wonderful citizenry the 92129 community exudes. Post Commander, Jerry Bouck also shares how being part of the Post has allowed him to become aware of how blessed we are in America. It is evident, after learning about Post 11388, the group carries on the rich tradition in enhancing the lives of others through their continued service. Many thanks!

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with Jerry Bouck, Commander of Post 11388

92129: What is your role as Commander of Post 11388? Bouck: There are some formal and not so formal

92129: What is the most rewarding part about being part of and leading the Post? Bouck: To me, the camaraderie of fellow Post

things that the Commander is responsible for;

veterans is very satisfying. We all come from different

Obviously, the Post has to abide by all the by-laws,

backgrounds and experiences, but we all unite under

rituals, etc of the government(s) and the VFW

the common guise of being combat veterans.

organization. VFW is an IRS recognized 501 C-19

with some of PQ’s most choice students, scouts, and

and operate within those confines. We are audited

citizens is very fulfilling and purposeful. I must say

annually by the VFW San Diego District 1 inspectors,

that every event we have ever participated in has

and submit quarterly financial reports to district.

been a winning and satisfying experience. Granted,

At the local level, the Post Commander

PROFILEInformation Name: Jerry Bouck Age: 63 Service: Army Years of Service: 1968-1970

Outside the Post, the opportunity to interact

exempt charity. We have a group exemption number

some of our flag raisings have been under gloomy

presides at all meetings, ensures all the officer

and rainy skies, a few of our events have been poorly

positions are filled and events are planned, carried

attended, and the last time we tried to participate in

out and reported to District. Financially, the

the greater San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade,

Commander oversees all funds that are collected,

a couple of our senior members ended up quite tired

disbursed or passed through the Post along with the

and sore – but, to our credit, we have always done the

bonded Quartermaster. Our Quartermaster this year

best we can with the resources that are available.

is Gordon Belgum – it’s no small job keeping the

• Combat Infantry Badge

members. I feel this is the most challenging part of

92129: Why should someone who is reading this who is a veteran consider joining the Post? Bouck: Primarily, we need you and your leadership!

• Vietnam Campaign Medal

being Post Commander. People are busy today and

Secondly, in my mind, any veteran having earned

• Bronze Star

it is difficult for some to find room in their schedule

an expeditionary medal and therefore eligible to be

to participate in Post 11388’s activities. We have

a VFW member, is an elite patriot citizen. Not all

had numerous members who join but drop off due to

can claim that heritage. I would tell them to come

other obligations. We really miss them all.

and join Post 11388. Come and celebrate the

Final Rank: E-4 Awards/ Honors: • National Service Medal

DID YOU KNOW... • VFW was chartered by Congress in 1936

books straight (Thanks Gordon!) Critical to the survival of the Post is that the Commander oversees the sustaining and addition of

In addition, several of Post 11388’s members

friendships and patriotism we share - and participate

• Each year, more than 51,000 high school students

are WW2 age – and obviously lack the energy and

in our dynamic and diverse PQ community-support

from across the country enter to win a share of

health to do what they would like to do – but have

programs. If you were a member and got busy in

the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and

done so much for the Post in the past.

past years, you’re always welcome to come back.

incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of

Your contribution is always appreciated. Our Post programs are distinctly limited by the

currently there are 12 founding members still active

92129: When and why did you become involved with the Post? Bouck: I’m not sure if I can put that in a nutshell.

in VFW Post 11388.

I joined about 10 years ago and came to know some

that go almost unrecognized due to bandwidth

• There are 26 Million Vets in the US. Roughly 12%

really fine people who were leading the Post. Since

limitations of our Post membership. In my opinion, to

of total population.

then, most of them have moved out of the area, are

serve PQ properly, Post 11388 should have another

o 8.5 M of the 26M = Vietnam vets

housebound or are doing other things. At any rate,

½ dozen active programs.

o 5.7 M of 26M = WW2

these folks focused on PQ-centered activities that

o Next largest group is Korean vets

really made sense to me – and pretty soon I was

• California alone has 2.5M vets

chairing several of these events.

Democracy audio-essay competition. • According to Quartermaster Gordon Belgum

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headcount and energy we are able to muster. Frequently, I see community needs and opportunities

92129: What are the previous and upcoming events the Post is involved with that you would


Every Post tries to contribute to their community but also the entire nation. Our Post has always done that.” – Betty Rosevear

Betty Rosevear shares her devastating story of a marriage that ended too soon due to War. Use the Zglass app for the full interview.

like to share with our readers? Bouck: In May, we again had a booth at the PQ Fiesta. This was our 16th year displaying a booth. In June, we were proud to be part of the 4th annual Flag Day raising at Hilltop Park. This year, again, we were able to get Marine CH-53 helicopter to land in the center of the field – quite a site for all those attending. Also in June, we elected new Post officers. In July, we participated in the Westview July 4th color guard. Around the same time, we awarded our annual Scout of the Year Award to Troop 648, Scoutmaster-Ron Lawrence. Upcoming activities include: • At the start of the school year, we oversee the VFW sponsored Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.

Patriot’s Pen for middle

school kids, Voice of Democracy for high school. In conjunction with the schools, we solicit and award a Teacher of the Year. • Veteran’s Day activities include the downtown parade, and flag raising at Mt. Carmel High School. • Sometime in Oct/Nov, we will host our annual Buddy Poppy drive. Von’s has always been very gracious at allowing us to set up at their storefront. • And of course, come Memorial Day, Mt. Carmel High School asks us to help be part of the flag raising ceremony.

92129: What is the Post’s involvement with Scouts? Bouck: Due to our exempt status, we are able to sponsor Boy Scout troop 648 and Cub Scout pack 605. We have always enjoyed working with these young citizens trying to make early life achievements. Don Beidermann usually chairs the Scout of the Year award with Troop 648 and does a fantastic job helping our Post recognize a young scouter. In years past, we worked with Pack 605 by conducting uniform inspections, bicycle safety inspections as well as flag rituals and education. We have worked with Troop 648 and Pack 605 for almost 10 years.


Profile Name: Betty L. Rosevear Age: 91 Service: Army Nurse Corps Years of Service: 20 months Final Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

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Use the ZGlass app to watch the emotional interview by Dr. Bill Lentsch on his harrowing WWII experience.

92129: What is the Post’s involvement with the local schools? Bouck: Specifically, the Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen and Living History programs. The Post has had a long association with Mt. Carmel and Westview. At the first of every school year, we work with the local schools with the VFW sponsored Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contests. The contests are sponsored by VFW national who establishes the patriotic theme. Local VFW Posts engage their local schools in writing patriotic essays to the annual theme. Post 11388 has enjoyed working with the high school faculty members in selecting winners every year. Several years ago a young lady from Mt. Carmel wrote an inspiring essay that won both Post and District level competition. She was invited to travel to Sacramento and participate in the VFW state competition. Our Post is proud of any student who takes time to write an essay and submit it for competition.

92129: You work very closely with the Westview High School JROTC Program. What is your role with the students? Bouck: We have truly enjoyed working with Westview’s JROTC program. The cadet students are of the highest caliber and strive to excel in a slightly non-traditional high school environment under the careful guidance of former military leaders. Our post has always had a great relationship with the JROTC leaders. The current commander and faculty lead, Rick Jordan, is a solid leader and dedicated mentor to the cadets. We coordinate through Commander Rick to work with the cadets and the

VFW POST 11388At a Glance Official Name of Post: Year Established: Address: Contact Information: Meetings:

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 11388

JROTC programs. I am unable to estimate how many times we have used Westview’s JROTC color guards at various flag raisings, Christmas parties and other events. Post 11388 also participates in the annual


JROTC award ceremony in the spring where we

Rancho Peñasquitos VFW Post 11388 P.O. Box 500902, San Diego, CA

recognize a cadet for leadership, excellence and/or


academics. We hope the current state budget

Jerry Bouck (858) 484-9453

situation does not impact this important program.

2nd Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm at Peñasquitos Lutheran Church. currently meets the 3rd Thursday of every month, at 7:00 pm. at Peñasquitos

92129: What is the Buddy Poppy Program? Bouck: The Buddy Poppy program has been

Lutheran Church which is across from the Doubletree Resort.

a VFW staple since 1922. The poem, “In Flanders

The purpose of this organization is fraternal, patriotic, historical and

Field” written by John McCrae reflects the sadness

educational; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead, and their

and scope of war in terms of human life. Many

widows and orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the

members of Post 11388 have known the horrors of

United States of America, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster

combat battlefields. We all relate to the symbolic

patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, and

nature of a red poppy. Personally, I always carry

preserve an defend the United States from all her enemies, whomsoever.

a bundle of Buddy Poppies in my VFW jacket. To

Commander: Jerry Bouck; Sr. Vice: Don Biedermann; Jr. Vice: Doug Doolittle;

me, it is nearly as powerful as the US flag in terms

Quartermaster: Gordon Belgum; Adjutant: Steve Henderson;

of symbolism and all encompassing remembrance.

Commander Jerry Bouck invites overseas veterans to join the post which


Board Members/Officers:

Chaplin: Betty Rosevear; Service Officer: Steve Henderson Number of Members:


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In practical terms, the Buddy Poppy program is one of the single largest fundraising opportunities

‘‘ ‘‘

We all come from different backgrounds and experiences, but we all unite under the common guise of being combat veterans.”


We are purely a service Post focused mainly on taking care of fellow veterans, representing veterans and – Jerry Bouck veteran affairs in our community, and supporting our community Our Post continues in remaining a viable support through our programs.” organization in our community. With the influx of our – Donald Biedermann, Jr. current generation of younger members joining, we will continue to serve.” – Bernard (Bernie) Louis Marstall VFW San Diego District: | VFW California: | VFW National: that VFW has. Approximately 14 million poppies are

the flag pole installed at Hilltop was a painstaking

produced annually by disabled vets and distributed

ordeal – with all the city regulations that were

drive with several active, ‘go-get-em’ vets that can

by VFW national to individual Posts (typically 6-7

required for compliance.

help augment our mission and purpose. We feel

million are sent each Memorial and Veterans Day

At any rate, we look forward to a continuing

We hope to bolster this year’s membership

fortunate being able to use the Lutheran Church on

holiday). The proceeds from the national efforts are

synergistic relationship with a future improved and

PQ Drive as our meeting location and plan to use

directed to needy vets.

upgraded ‘patriots square’ at the Hilltop flag pole site.

that location indefinitely.

veterans stand in front of local grocery stores, it

92129: How is the Post funded? Bouck: Our VFW post and the San Diego District

has always amazed me how many people upon

are entirely run by volunteers. Some San Diego

92129: What is history behind VFW Post 11388? Bouck: It all began when John Warner

recognizing our Buddy Poppy display, immediately

Posts have canteens which generate some revenue.

canvassed Rancho Peñasquitos to determine if

divert their paths to our table and contribute to the

Speaking on behalf of the members of Post 11388,

there was sufficient interest to form a VFW Post

red poppy charity. Oftentimes, a kind and heartfelt

we are quite content that we do not have a canteen

in the community. There was, and a meeting was

remark accompanies the donation. I remember

which thereby offers us the opportunity to singularly

called at 7:00 pm. Wed. Jan. 20, 1993 at the

on one occasion – a lady spontaneously remarked

focus on the local activities that we support. Our

Rancho Peñasquitos Round Table Pizza, 13293

to me that “this country owes its greatness to the

Post is entirely funded by fund raising activities and

Black Mountain Rd. to start the process.

sacrifice of its veterans – my donation is so meager

donations. We receive a small supplement from

compared to the blessings I receive daily by living in

VFW national annually. In years past, we have been

San Diego converged in Poway to install VFW

this country.”

quite successful in raising funds through our Buddy

Post 11388 of Rancho Peñasquitos. The new

Poppy Program, garage sale and private donations.

57 member post earned its wings at a banquet

92129: How do you extend your efforts in the 92129 community? Specifically your partnership with the PQ Town Council and Parks & Recreation. Bouck: Post 11388 thrives on its PQ community

With those monies we are able to locally recognize

hosted by Poway Post 7907. District Commander

and contribute awards to students, teachers, law

Al Wheelock addressed the post’s new members

enforcement, firefighter, JROTC, scouts, etc. We are

as well as members of post from National City,

honored to contribute to Challenged America, which

Encanto, El Cajon, Mira Mesa, and Poway.

relationships. We are very close to the PQ Town

who is an amazing disabled Viet Nam veteran and

Council and the Parks and Recreation organizations.

lives in PQ. We also recognize national veteran

I would like to take this time to personally thank

related charities such as VFW wheelchair games,

• Clarence Nimmerfroh, Commander

all the Town Council folks who have supported

national home, disaster funds, national memorials,

• David Emerson, Senior Vice

our Post’s activities over the years. The Fiesta

USO, blind vets, veteran hospitals, etc

• Joseph Raby, Junior Vice

For Post 11388, it is our largest fund raising event that we conduct annually. As our Post

is run by one of our Post members, Urban Miyares

sponsored by the PQ Town Council has always a display and randomly meet vets that come to the

92129: Where do you see the Post in 5 years? Bouck: This is a difficult question. Over the years,

fair, some of which are unaware that PQ has its own

our membership has dropped - limiting our ability to

VFW Post.

perform some of the things that we feel we should be

been a great place for our Post members to set up

On Feb. 10, 1993 veterans throughout

The post’s new officers were introduced:

• James Oldham, Post Adjutant • Bert Scholz, Quartermaster

The post did not have a building, so in lieu of

doing. Nevertheless, we plan to strive to keep our

its own building the post met the 1 st Wednesday

group. Bill Diehl has always been a pleasure to work

key programs in place with schools, students, scouts,

of every month at the Round Table Pizza until

with and is a retired vet himself. His help in getting

JROTC, local agencies, etc.

Doubletree Resort offered us a meeting room. 

Additionally, the Post thanks the Parks & Rec

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Strengthening Families is a Top Priority at Family Karate by JENNIFER FRAKES


Family Karate, strengthening families, promoting a healthy lifestyle and giving back to the community are all part of their mission. One of the main goals of Family Karate is to teach self-discipline, as well as self defense. Led by instructor Andrew Thompson, Family Karate Rancho Peñasquitos reinforces what students are taught by their families at home. In fact, all students must bring in letters of commendation from their parents and school report cards before receiving promotion to a new belt. According to Steve Truscott, owner and senior instructor, Family Karate is the only Southern California karate school certified by the World Martial Arts Ranking Association. Currently, Family Karate has more than 1,000 students in three professional schools including 4S Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos and Escondido. There are also three affiliate clubs located at the Rancho Peñasquitos YMCA, the Kearny Mesa/Toby Wells YMCA and in Solana Beach. Family Karate was founded in Escondido in 1971 by Taekwondo Master Chuck Hawkins and his wife, Fran. The Hawkins were committed to providing not only martial arts training, but also to becoming an asset to society. Truscott and his brother, Mark, took ownership of the school about

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25 years ago and have continued this tradition. “As martial artists, we train all of our lives to be able to help save someone’s life – someday. Through community service we can use our skills to help others right now,” explained Truscott. Over the years, Family Karate students have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Rady Children’s Hospital. Truscott added, “Family Karate also sponsors and hosts many community education events, including women’s and teen self defense classes and parenting seminars. Our instructors have performed hundreds of Just Say No to Drugs shows in local schools. And last March, Family Karate PQ hosted its 25th annual Break-AThon. Over 100 students came and raised $2,000 for The Children’s Heritage Foundation.” ¢ For more information about Family Karate, please call Andrew Thompson at (858) 484-4747 or visit

:::: IN OUR OWN BACKYARD Local outdoor adventures

Feeling Peckish?

Where to Go Julian Apple Days Festival at the Menghini Winery:

Apple Starr Orchards: 1287 Julian Orchards Drive, Call 760-305-2169 for an appointment.

Apples & Art Orchards: 1052 Julian

Orchards Drive, Call 760-310-6368 to schedule groups of 10 or more for tours at 12, 2, and 4 p.m. daily.

Raven Hill Orchard: 1284 Julian Orchards Dr. Visit their Facebook page or call 760-765-2431 to schedule a visit. Julian Mining Company: 4444 California 78, Open weekends; weekdays by appointment. Call 951-313-0166. Dudley’s Bakery: 30218 California 78, 760) 765-0488. Mom’s Pies: 2119 Main Street and 4510 Highway 78, Julian Pie Company: 2225 Main Street

and 21976 Highway 79,

Get the Flavor of Fall: Apple Picking in Julian

Julian Events: Find out more at the Julian Chamber of Commerce website at


hile the weather in North County may say summer, the apple trees in Julian are whistling fall, and the u-pick orchards are in full swing. Head east on Highway 78 for about an hour, and you’ll find yourself in the mountain town of Julian, an official California Historical Landmark. The clear, crisp mountain air supports the apple crop and this year, the yield is high. “The apple trees are completely full,” said Arnie of Apple Starr Orchards. He began welcoming apple pickers the first week of September and expects to host more through the end of October. He grows five varieties including Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Jonagold, and Red Delicious. Just a handful of Julian orchards still welcome apple pickers, for a fee. Most are open daily, but be sure to call ahead and make an appointment. Since the owners are busy tending the crop, they are not always available,

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in their office or by the phone, but we had good luck reaching a few. Apples and Art Orchards provides apple picking with a tour of the orchard for groups of ten or more as well as the opportunity to make and taste fresh cider from their pesticide-free apples. Raven Hill Orchard also welcomes pickers to their 8,000 acre orchard where you’re likely to see some of owner Patrick Brady’s unique sculptures as well. Can’t get enough apple fun? The Julian Apple Days Festival will be held at the Menghini Winery the weekend of October 6-7. Appled out? The Julian Mining Company doesn’t offer apple-picking, but they do invite you to choose a pumpkin out of the patch and participate in a wide variety of kid-friendly activities like hayrides, panning for gold, and candle dipping, to name a few. Bring home your ready-made treats with a stop at Mom’s Pie’s, the Julian Pie Company, or Dudley’s Bakery on your way home. ¢

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Visual Photography and ZCode Magazines Work Together to Celebrate Students by WYNNE LOVE


or years now, Visual Photography has been taking yearbook pictures of Poway Unified students. Owners Stacey and Daniel Canfield are honored to do the work. “We have been blessed with the continued partnership with all five of the PUSD high schools in providing the senior portraits for each school’s yearbook,” said Stacey. “We provide this service free of charge to the high schools. Visual Photography only receives monies when families choose to purchase senior portraits.” In thanks, Stacey and Daniel have made a point of giving back, creating the Fraternity of Academic and Civic Excellence, or F.A.C.E. program, in which they gift an additional photo session to each of the 30 seniors with the highest GPAs from all five PUSD high schools. “In 1998, we created F.A.C.E. as a cornerstone of our long-standing mission statement,” described Stacey. “We have always believed in corporate responsibility and contributing back to an amazingly supportive community that has

sustained our small, family-owned studio for over twenty-five years.” The F.A.C.E. program does just that, providing a keepsake for each student and showcasing their photo along with a description of their accomplishments on the website, “The F.A.C.E. honor is instant recognition for high academic achievement in high school,” explained Stacey.

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“It has become a prestigious community recognition that many students strive to achieve.” That’s why ZCode Magazines and Visual Photography are thrilled to be joining forces to give these seniors even wider recognition, featuring their photographs in their local zip code magazine. “Highlighting the approximate one hundred and fifty F.A.C.E. honorees split between four of the ZCode Media publications is the perfect marriage of worthy news and positive media attention,” said Stacey. ZCode Magazines agree. After nearly five years of celebrating the best in our communities, they are delighted to add these accomplished seniors to the pages of their magazines. “It’s an honor to play a part in the recognition these outstanding young citizens have earned,” shared Stacey. “Getting to know some of our future leaders is very humbling.” ¢

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Pleased To Assist

PTA President Mary Esteban Loves to Help Make School Better for Everyone by kathy loy | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography


olunteers probably aren’t born, but rather they evolve into the kind of person who gives freely of themselves to people and organizations that need help. Mary Esteban’s life of volunteerism began with Rancho Peñasquitos sports teams and has matured into the Canyon View Elementary PTA President. Mary, her husband Eddie, and sons Michael, Nicholas and EJ have lived in Rancho Peñasquitos since 1993. They chose the neighborhood after looking for an excellent school district and the feeling of a close-knit community. Mary and Eddie started helping with Little League, where Eddie was Chief Umpire and Mary had roles as supporting Chair, Player Agent and Auxiliary President. They also volunteered for PQYSA (soccer) and the basketball leagues as well. Before she entered this stage of her life, Mary was working as a Vice President and Commercial Lender with Union Bank, when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After realizing she couldn’t continue at her job, Mary became a stay-at-home-mom. “It just goes to show you that everyone has their own cross to bear but you can still find something in yourself to give to others,” she said. Name: Age: Residence: Family:

Mary Esteban 46 PQ Husband-Eddie, Sons-Michael, Nicholas & EJ

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Although she was always a PTA member, Mary needed a “push” to run for office. “Great friends that I met through RPLL encouraged me to run for PTA Treasurer, and the rest, as they say, is history!” said Mary. With her oldest two boys grown up and in the workplace, it’s fifth grader, EJ, who has brought Mary for a “second time around” with the Poway school district. As PTA President, Mary loves the job because she sees first-hand the benefit for students. “Especially during these difficult economic times, PTA has played a tremendous role by funding music, art and physical education instruction, library books and free family fun night activities,” said Mary. In their quest for 100% parent participation this year, the PTA membership theme is “The Magic of Membership.” Each family will be asked for one hour of their time to “feel the magic!” Parents who work full-time can help too. Program coordination and fundraising can be done in the evenings or weekends. “I have learned that even working parents have an opportunity to share in their children’s educational experience,” said Mary. There are still many events at Canyon View that need an extra set of hands, so help Mary make this an exceptional year for everyone. ¢

Organization: Canyon View Elementary PTA Purpose: The mission of the California State PTA is to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing our members, and empowering and supporting them with skills in advocacy, leadership and communications. Motto: every child. one voice. Contact:

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:::: Business PROFILE



Being Your Best

Dr. Ataii and Laser Cliniqúe Deliver Extraordinary Care & Results by KATHY LOY


s a patient of any clinical procedure, you want to know the practitioner can deliver the desired outcome with personal and state-of-the-art care. With over 11 years of experience in cosmetic and laser procedures, Dr. P. Alexander Ataii of Laser Cliniqúe, gives exceptional care to each of his patients while providing most of the treatments himself. For four years in a row, Dr. Ataii has won the coveted “Patient Choice Award” and has been featured in magazines including Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Vogue and clinical trade journals. He has also been on national television such as NBC and ABC, and featured in talk shows including San Diego Living for his

contributions to the field of aesthetics. He was recently awarded the much coveted “Diamond” Award by Allergan given only to the top 2% of the nation’s providers. A consultation at Laser Cliniqúe means you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Ataii, or one of his cosmetic consultants, to determine the right treatment approach. “Each Name of Business: and every patient Owner/Manager: receives customized Title: attention while Year of Establishment: tailoring treatments Address: to their specific areas of concern Website: and cosmetic needs Email contact: while thoroughly Phone: discussing realistic expectations.

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A treatment plan is then outlined to address each person’s individual goals,” explained Dr. Ataii. The main services at Laser Cliniqúe are non-invasive cosmetic dermatological procedures such as Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm Injectable Gel and other dermal fillers, laser hair and tattoo removal, acne and scar treatments, facial rejuvenation procedures, vein treatments and fat & cellulite reduction treatments. One of the most exciting new treatments is Ultherapy, an FDA-approved, non-surgical face and neck lift procedure. “Most of my new patient referrals come from my established patients, which is the ultimate compliment to me as a physician,” says Dr. Ataii. “We work hard to ensure the comfort of our patients and strive to create a friendly relaxing spa environment that has patients wanting to come back.” Laser Cliniqúe has been building its exceptional reputation in San Diego since 2005 when Dr. Ataii was determined to create his medical spa in a medical building within a retail center. He looked for the perfect location all throughout Orange County and San Diego before finding the ideal space in Carmel Valley at the Torrey Hills Center. The location provides ample free parking and is convenient to the 5, and 56 freeways. ¢

AT A GLANCE Laser Cliniqúe Dr. P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. Medical Director 2005 4765 Carmel Mountain Road, Suite 207, San Diego, 92130 (858) 481-7701


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:::: Business PROFILE first-time visit to the office, the answer to Black Mountain Optometry’s popularity became apparent: “You are only a new patient for the first two minutes, after that you are our long-time friend. We not only make it so you see better, but that you also feel better.” We treat clients like close comrades by courteously explaining everything, and even helping with selecting the perfect eyeglasses. “We’ll help you choose the

Meet Primary Doctor Dr. Lisa Breen


Breen earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at USC and went on to obtain her optometry degree at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. Prior to returning to her native city of San Diego, Dr. Breen worked at the Portland Veteran’s Hospital, the Alameda County Medical Center, and La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland, CA. In all of these locations she worked alongside ophthalmologists in diagnosing and treating ocular diseases. Additionally, she is experienced with specialty contact lens fittings for patients with irregular corneal diseases. Dr. Breen is also certified in the treatment of corneal refractive therapy, which eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses during the day. Dr. Breen is a member of the Rancho Bernardo Rotary and serves as the Chair for several youth focused programs including the LEAD conference (Leadership, Ethics, and Determination) for middle school students, the 4 Way Speech Contest, and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). Dr. Breen regularly attends meetings and conferences for the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry and the San Diego County Optometric Society.

POPULAR with PATIENTS Black Mountain Optometry: You’ll Find a Friend in Doctor Robert Ring


frame style that enhances not only your looks but also expresses your individual personality,” she insisted. Michelle elaborated on the office’s eyeglass frame choices: “We have hundreds of frames to choose from and they range in price and in style. Most importantly we are not some ‘warehouse’ facility that trades experience and knowledge for price.” Michelle herself boasts 19 years of optical industry experience, having worked as an eyewear sales rep, an optician, and a technician. Thankfully you don’t have to drive out of your way to visit a qualified optometrist with decades of experience under his belt. Black Mountain Optometry is in your own backyard! Now go see this doctor-friend, so you can see! ¢

hy would anyone travel umpteen miles just to see a particular eye doctor? When Dr. Robert Ring had his optometry practice in Oceanside way back in 1976, he eventually realized that many of his patients did indeed drive long distances to see him. Therefore, 12 years ago he opened his Rancho Peñasquitos location, Black Mountain Optometry, in order to accommodate these devoted patients. It didn’t take long for his reputation as a considerate, yet accomplished optometrist to Name of Business: Black Mountain Optometry attract even more local fans. Owner/Manager: Dr. Robert Ring-Owner / Michelle Roman - Manager How does Dr. Ring draw in such ardent customers? It Years in Position: 40+ could be his credentials. He has Bachelors of Science degrees Year of Establishment: 22 in both Physics and Visual Sciences, and a Doctorate Degree in Address: 13223-6 Black Mountain Rd. Optometry. He was also one of the first optometrists in the state Website: to be therapeutic certified, and he is an Expert Examiner for the Phone: 858-484-5155 National Board of Examiners for Optometry. “We are constantly Credentials: Chartered Oceanside office in 1985; Past President attending different training seminars and believe that the more we know, the better we can care for your eye care needs,” of San Diego County Optometric Society; Current Director of Peer Review for Local Dr. Ring added. This expertise allows him to provide not only Society; Involved in writing California State Board exam regular eye exams, but also specialized care treatment (corneal Description of business: Experience the best in quality eye care, excellent refractive therapy, vision therapy, hard-to-fit contacts, scleral value, and an extensive selection. Black Mountain Optometry ensures personalized lenses, and eye diseases). service, competitive prices, and the latest fashion eyewear styles. When office manager, Michelle Roman, described a typical

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:::: Business PROFILE

From Left: Bekie, Deanna, Deana, Noelle

Tease Me Please! Stylists at Tease Salon Whip Up Amazing Results In and Out of the Studio by WYNNE LOVE | photos by Michael Bielecki


schools, volunteering for virtually every position available and making frequent trips to Mexico to help build houses with the Build a Miracle organization. When Build a Miracle asked if she could help start a beauty school there, Beth rallied her fellow stylists. Together they donated all the necessary equipment, helped train the new stylists, and made it happen. Their first class just graduated and a new group started this month. “Our favorite part is bonding with these beautiful women and knowing that we are empowering them to be able to have a better future,” shared Beth. “It is a kinship that means the world to us.” That caring attitude pervades their studio as well. “Our clients say the atmosphere at Tease is welcoming, chic, and relaxing,” said Beth. “We all motivate and challenge each other to strive to be our best, stay at the top of the field, and have a blast while we are doing it!” Treat yourself to a visit and see if they don’t change your life for the better. Bekie, Noelle, Deanna, and Deana currently offer specials to new 92129 clients. Find them on the web at, or visit them in the garden suites at the corner of Black Mountain and Carmel Mountain roads. ¢

hair salon full of stylists,” explained Beth. “By nce in a while you run into an volunteering together in hopes to make other lives amazing group of individuals better it has grown our team into a family.” that’s committed to making A resident of Peñasquitos for 23 years, a difference. Who knew Beth has seen three children through the Poway you’d find them in your local hair salon? Tease Salon Studios in Rancho Peñasquitos is unique. The salon is a hybrid design with a combination of four open-area booths and four private suites. “Our shampoo station, with European tilting Name of Business: Tease Salon Studios bowls and a sofa instead of the standard Owner/Manager: Beth Sczempka shampoo chairs, is the hub of the salon,” Years in Position: 34 years in hairstyling described owner, Beth Sczempka. Tease Year of Establishment: 2010 has seven experienced stylists and an incredible manicurist that make their clients Address: 9330 Carmel Mountain Road , Bekie feel like royalty every chance they get. James ick, e – H, San Diego 92129 n n A “Our stylists are some of the most team: a Mord eet the salves, Dean y, m Website: d n a le n talented and motivated artists I have seen in Drop in , Deanna Go eanette Mark s J , rd i Email contact: a a k a long time,” reported Beth. “Their ability to in w p rt d E ti Sa czem Beth S e Tehrani, Ka connect with their clients and really help them Phone: 858-240-6898 ll e o N find ‘that perfect look’ is a true specialty they Description of business: Tease Salon Studios is a chic, lounge-like salon in the heart of Rancho Peñasquitos. It all have, and our manicurist Deana is able to give a spa-like experience to all of her guests in is tucked away in a quiet garden suite, which adds to its peaceful environment. The salon has been described as her private suite.” a hybrid setting with a combination of private suites and open work areas. One of the highlights is the couch shampoo But that’s not all that makes Tease Salon area, which is the hub of the salon. Studios so special. “We are not your average

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Ready Great Habits to Make a Part of Your Fall-Back Routine




On November 3,

Daylight Savings Time comes to an end. As you get ready to set those clocks back, consider making these other household updates a part of your “fall back” routine. And with all that maintenance done, you can really enjoy that extra hour of sleep!


ireplace. Experts say it’s a good idea to inspect and clean your fireplace and chimney and check duct work every year, especially before winter when you’ll be using it the most.

ir Filters. Since you’ll be spending more time indoors throughout the winter, it’s also a good time to change out your air filters. While you’re at it, replace fridge filters, furnace filters, the filter on the hood of your kitchen range, and check dryer vents.

awn and Garden. Aerating your lawn can keep it looking healthier and experts recommend doing so once a year. Use this time to check sprinkler heads and irrigation lines as well.

ist of Possessions. If you didn’t do it last year, make this the year you list out, or easier still, videotape your home, to catalog your possessions and make a clear inventory of items you would claim in the event of loss or damage.

atteries. Check to make sure you have fresh batteries in everything you’d need in an emergency, including smoke detectors, flashlights, and radios.

djust Clocks and Timers. As you change the clocks, check the timer on your home thermostat, as well as your television sets, digital recorders, sprinkler system, outdoor lighting, and any other item on a timer.

lean Out Medicine Cabinets. As you head into cold and flu season, it’s wise to clear out medicine cabinets and check the expiration dates of the medicines you keep. Expired? Dispose of them safely by following the FDA guidelines or bring them one of the next San Diego County Sheriff Department’s Prescription Drug Take-Back programs. itchen. That extra hour of sleep might give you the energy to clean out your freezer and defrost it, if necessary, and even clean that oven.

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Don’t Let Allergies & Asthma Add to Halloween Fright


hile vampires, witches, ghosts and ghouls haunt us all on Halloween, children with food allergies, allergic rhinitis and asthma also need to beware of the triggers that lurk in candy, costumes, makeup and decorations that may cause a reaction to spoil spooky fun. Board certified allergist Dr. Kusum Sharma of AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) suggests the following tips to keep little goblins with allergic conditions safe this Halloween: Keep an eye on “fun size” treats – Even if a full-sized treat is allergen free candy, don’t assume their “fun size” counterpart is safe too. These mini-candies can contain different ingredients or might be made at a facility where allergens are present. Unmask allergens in costumes, makeup and decorations – Masks and costumes may contain latex and other common allergens so be sure to read their labels. Makeup, hair dyes and decorations can include irritants that trigger asthma, cause a delayed itchy allergic reaction called contact dermatitis, or make existing atopic dermatitis (eczema) worse. Be sure your child totes more than a candy bag – If your goblin has asthma or a lifethreatening allergy, don’t start trick or treating without packing emergency medicines such as quick-relief inhalers or injectable epinephrine in case of a severe reaction. Scare asthma away – Masks can interfere with breathing, so children with asthma should opt for a half mask or no mask at all. Also keep in mind that cold weather, running from house to house for candy and allergens such as mold spores hiding in piles of leaves can flare up asthma. Control consumption – Feed your goblins before they go trick or treating so they are less tempted to snack on potentially problematic candy. When you’re back home, trade allergen-free candy you’ve purchased for the candy they’ve collected. Make your home the haunted house – Consider forgoing trick or treating altogether and invite your child’s friends for a party, where you can control the food and offer fun activities. “When people think of Halloween-associated allergies, they focus on candy and often overlook many other potential triggers,” said Dr. Kusum Sharma. “By planning ahead, you can ensure not only safe treats, but also safe costumes, make up, accessories, and decorations.” Visit to take a Relief Self-Test for you or your child and learn more about allergies and asthma. ¢

Dr. Kusum Sharma is the Director, Allergy & Asthma Clinics at AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine located in Scripps Ranch. She specializes in seasonal, food, drug, gluten, mold, cosmetic & skin allergy, asthma, sinus problems and hives. Contact Information:

Dr. Kusum Sharma

858-412-7DOC (7362)

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Market Surging, Radio Show, Expired Guarantee by SCOTT VOAK


he market continues to gain steam, and now the mainstream press is reporting it as the indexes are turning positive year-over-year. We are still sitting about 39% below the peak here in San Diego, but we have come up 6% from the bottom. The important thing for real estate values is that real estate is looking pretty cheap compared to other investments (the stock market is up 99% from its bottom) and if/when we hit another recession in 2013, I expect real estate will hold up well and actually be a “safe haven” for people looking to move money from riskier investments. The fact that many people are still under water and waiting until values increase to sell their properties is going to keep the inventory levels low; however, as prices rise, more and more homes will come on the market and this should keep prices from moving up too rapidly. So, my feeling is that we are going to see solid and steady growth for the next couple of years. How comfortable am I with the market? Comfortable enough that if you have tried to sell your San Diego home anytime since January 1, 2011 and could not, I will use my Rainmaker Marketing System and sell your home for the same price you previously had it listed (or more), or I will rebate you my commission through escrow. That’s right. I’ll take all the risk. Part of my willingness to do this is my belief the market is going to stay strong, but I also have a rock solid belief in our Rainmaker Marketing Program and now, we have added radio to our marketing toolkit. I have launched Real Estate Matters, a daily 30-minute show on KFSD am1450. The show airs weekdays at 6pm and is another great tool for marketing. ¢

Scott Voak, MBA – Broker CA DRE #01153157 10815 Rancho Bernardo Rd #390 San Diego, CA 92127 (888) 311-6311

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Operation Christmas Child by MICHELLE TREMBLAY


f you are looking to “give back” this holiday season, there is an organization just for you. Samaritan’s Purse, a national Christian organization, is making it their mission to not only bring joy to impoverished children all around the world, but to also enrich their lives by spreading the word of God. With the help of donations, this group sends shoeboxes to needy children filled with such items as toys, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. Also, in an effort to bring faith into these children’s lives, every shoebox includes an educational book on Christianity that introduces the child to a discipleship program. This project is called “Operation Christmas Child,” and now, through its San Diego chapter, you too can give the gifts of joy, hope and faith to an impoverished child. Esperanza (Itzy) Haumschilt, the lead for San Diego’s Operation Christmas Child and a teacher at Valley Elementary School, explained how she became involved with the charity: “I have been packing (shoeboxes) for many years with my own children and with my students. I always love the joy of giving to a child and my best experience was when I went to the processing center in Orange County to witness the love of God through thousands and thousands of boxes,” said Itzy. “Every single one was unique and special. Tears came to my

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eyes just to imagine little girls and boys in some of the most difficult situations. I became a year round volunteer and then the area coordinator for the best team in the world – North San Diego.” Like Itzy, anyone can become involved with the project either through volunteering or by donating a shoebox (along with $7 to cover shipping costs). “You can be a part of this amazing and simple project,” said Itzy. “It feels good to give. It’s truly a blessing to know that darkness turns into light for all these children with a simple shoebox full of hope and love. Get together with your family, church, or school and be a part of the most rewarding experience you will ever have.” With your donation, you will have the option to track your shoebox to its destination, and some lucky donors may even get to know the child to whom the box was delivered. “You may enclose a note to the child and a photo of yourself or your family and if you enclose your name and address the child may even write back,” explained Itzy. National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is November 12 -19, 2012, and the “drop off” centers are located throughout the county. For more information on getting involved or to find your nearest drop off center, please visit: ¢

Longtime 92129 Friends Travel to Ireland for the Navy vs. Notre Dame Game by JENNIFER FRAKES


he Grubers, Suggs and Yongs spent countless hours sitting on the bleachers together watching their kids play basketball at Westview High. Through all of the anxious moments, encouraging words and enthusiastic cheering, the three families developed a strong bond that has lasted even after their children graduated from Westview and went on to college. “All three couples started to go out for drinks and dinner on occasion and that is how our friendships grew. Now, the women meet once a month for book club and the Grubers and Yongs run in 5Ks together,” said Sharon. The group’s latest adventure took them across the world to Ireland, where the Navy and Notre Dame football teams recently faced off in Dublin. “The trip to Ireland was Charlie Sugg’s idea. He works at Spawar with several

Have fun, laugh a lot and don’t take your kids’ sports too seriously. Treasure each moment because before you know it, the kids will be grown and out the door.

~Sharon Gruber

former Navy guys, and they came up with a plan to make it happen. The guys from Charlie’s office backed out, so it ended up just being the six of us,” explained Sharon. The 92129 crew purchased the tickets through the Naval Academy’s Alumni Association and attended a pregame tailgate party

where they mingled with cheerleaders, Naval Academy administration and Academy celebrities. All three couples were pulling for a Navy victory, especially since Mark Gruber is a retired Navy commander, but it was not meant to be— Navy lost to Notre Dame 50-10. The six friends still managed to have a wonderful time, even with the Navy loss. According to Sharon, the city of Dublin reported having more than 60,000 Americans in town for the game. “We even met up with lifelong military buddies who came to Dublin from Virginia for the game,” revealed Sharon. The group then embarked on a tour of the Emerald Isle which included sightseeing in Cork, Waterford, Blarney, Cliffs of Moher and Belfast. Through this experience, Sharon stated that the bond between the three couples has grown even stronger, and she looks forward to many more shared memories with the Suggs and Yongs. She offers these words of advice to families who have come together because of their children’s sports and activities: “Have fun, laugh a lot and don’t take your kids’ sports too seriously. Treasure each moment because before you know it, the kids will be grown and out the door.” ¢

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What’s New in


by MICHELLE O’CONNOR-RATCLIFF Special to 92129 Magazine


ith school in full swing, fall nipping the air, and the holiday season just around the corner, things are pretty fabulous here in PQ. But no matter how nice it feels in our little piece of paradise, there are always home improvement projects to undertake. Your Town Council has their eyes on some projects too. There are exciting things to come to 92129 within the year. Here’s a sneak peek:

Fiesta 2013 We are already brainstorming to come up with a suitable theme for next year—something that captures the spirit of our community. As always, the Fiesta will take place on the first Sunday in May and will, once again, include the PQ5K on Saturday. Jerry Bouck, our Fiesta Chair, is excited about several new developments along with having the continued partnership with 92129 Magazine. If your business or employer would like to be involved as a sponsor for this huge community celebration, it’s never too early to get involved and pledge your support.

Movie Nights in the Park We hope to host a minimum of four family-friendly, free, outdoor movies in the park next summer, beginning with Fiesta weekend. We anticipate this will quickly become a favorite PQ activity.

Community Kiosks Are you familiar with the wooden signboard at the corner of Black Mountain Road and Carmel Mountain Road? We have a new vision for that sign to make it easier and more affordable for groups to advertise their PQ events. Once that sign is renewed, we hope to add 2-4 additional kiosks at other highly visible locations throughout town. This is something we feel PQ needs to help the community keep up with local events.

4,000,000 There’s great stuff in this part of the to-do list too, but you’ll have to wait. Building anticipation makes the eventual reveal even better! Nothing happens in PQ without the abundance of support from community members. Sponsorship opportunities abound! Step up for the Fiesta, a movie night, a community kiosk, or even a $10 community partnership. Ask your employer, talk about it with your family or business partners. Check us out online and register for community email updates, or follow us on Facebook. ¢

Get in touch with us! P.O. Box 720783, San Diego, CA 92172-0783 (858)430-9449 Attend a meeting: 1st Thursday of every month, 7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel

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Don’t Miss the 20th Anniversary Party for the Rancho Peñasquitos Library! by LINDA FRABL


he gorgeous Rancho Peñasquitos library, whose spectacular 20,000 square foot contemporary design includes such architectural wonders as a glass-walled entryway and skylights on high ceilings, will be throwing a 20th anniversary party, free to the public, on October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This is to celebrate the library’s 20 years of service to the area,” librarian Larry Olson said. The shin-dig is sure to be a crowd pleaser, with such festivities as live musical performers, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon design artists, informative tours, cookies and beverages, and even a ceremonial cake cutting. The event, funded by a grant from the Town Council and by the Rancho Peñasquitos Friends of the Library (RPFOL), will also feature fascinating displays of the library’s history. “There will be photographs and news articles spanning from the library’s construction to its present day,” Larry explained. In addition, there will be special book giveaways, as well as the unveiling of the top five winning bookmark designs that library patrons have submitted. Copies of these gorgeous bookmarks will be available to those attending. “We’ve invited the general public, government, city and library

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dignitaries, all past and present patrons, and people new to the area,” Larry assured us. Expect to hear enlightening speeches by some of these dignitaries, and be sure to visit the Book Nook where representatives will greet and assist you. With 500 guests expected to attend, rest assured, ample parking will be available next to the library and on Salmon River Road. So be sure to show your appreciation for the wonderful services the library provides, and enjoy quality entertainment and delicious refreshments while you’re at it! If you’ve never been to this stunning library before, there is no better day to visit than on its 20th anniversary, is there? Come one come all, and celebrate your love of reading in the sumptuous surroundings of the Rancho Peñasquitos library! ¢

AT A GLANCE Name of Event: Date: Hours: Attendance Expectancy: Website:

Rancho Peñasquitos Library 20th Anniversary Party October 20, 2012 10-2pm estimated at 500


rancho peñasquitos branch library OCTOBER EVENTS: Preschool Craft Time Wednesdays @ 6 – 7 p.m. Have fun and create a cool craft PreSchool Storytime with Marilyn McPhee Thursdays @ 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Wii Get Crafty Thursdays @ 4 – 5 p.m. Zumbatomics – Zumba Dance class for children Thursday, Oct 4 and 18 @ 10:15 – 11 a.m. Knitting/Crochet Circle Thursdays @ 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Hatha Yoga with Kathleen Fridays @ 1 – 2 p.m. Chinese/English Storytime Fridays Multicultural Storytime @ 9:45 a.m

Literary Book Club: Wednesday Oct 17, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Book to be discussed: “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. New members welcome 20th Anniversary Celebration of Penasquitos Library Saturday Oct 20 @ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come celebrate our branch library’s 20th year with free book giveaways,food, entertainment and lots of fun! Fascinating Facts About our Presidents Tuesday Oct 23 @ 12 – 2 p.m. Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history and humor. Energy Roadshow Wednesday Oct 24, 5 – 7 p.m. in the parking lot California Center for Sustainable Energy will present a mobile program about energy-saving practices.

Spanish/English Storytime Fridays Multicultural Storytime 10:30 a.m.


Zumba with Azi Saturdays @ 9:45-10:30 a.m

Preschool Craft Time Wednesdays @ 6 – 7 p.m. Have fun and create a cool craft

Crafts for all ages Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m.

Preschool Storytime Thursdays @9:30 – 10 a.m.

“Paws to Read” (Grades K-6) First and 3rd Fridays Oct 5 and 19 4 – 5 p.m. Children K-6 grade have an opportunity to meet the dogs and read their favorite stories to them.

Wii Get Crafty Thursdays @ 4 – 5 p.m.

Cooking series:the World of Spices with Madhu Mondays Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 1 – 2:30 p.m. Registration required and limited to 6 students. (Must attend all 4 classes.)

Zumbatomics – Zumba Dance class for children Thursday Nov 1 and 15 @ 10:15 – 11 a.m.

“Swinging With Dean Show” Tuesday Oct 9 @ 6 – 7 p.m Live concert featuring one man band Dean Ratzman who plays music from Sinatra to Neil Diamond to the Beach Boys. Friends of the Rancho Peñasquitos Library Meeting. Wednesday Oct 17 @ 2:00-3:00 p.m. New members and visitors welcome

Knitting/Crochet Circle Thursdays @ 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Hatha Yoga with Kathleen Fridays @1 – 2 p.m. Chinese/English Storytime Fridays Multicultural Storytime @ 9:45 a.m Spanish/English Storytime Fridays Multicultural Storytime 10:30 a.m. Zumba with Azi Saturdays @ 9:45-10:30 a.m

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Crafts for all ages Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m. “Paws to Read” (Grades K-6) First and 3rd Fridays Nov 2 and 16 4 – 5 p.m. Children K-6 grade have an opportunity to meet the dogs and read their favorite stories to them. Flute Quartet from the San Diego Symphony. Saturday Nov 10 @ 1 – 2 p.m. A Harvest of Stories. Tuesday Nov 13 @ 6 – 7 p.m. Family storytime with Marilyn McPhie, followed by a Thanksgiving craft activity. Friends of the Rancho Peñasquitos Library Meeting Wednesday Nov 21 2 – 3 p.m. New members and visitors welcome Literary Book Club. Wednesday Nov 21, 2012 6:30 – 8 p.m. Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea New members and visitors always welcome. The Doolittle Raid and Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific Tuesday Nov 27 @ 4 – 6 p.m. New members and visitors welcome

RECURRING: Homework Help Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m. Free homework help for all grades by volunteer tutors on a drop-in basis in the Children’s Area. (For school-age Children) Expanded homework help and Chess Club Coming Call the library for more information

Rancho peñasquitos branch library 13330 SALMON RIVER ROAD SAN DIEGO,CA 92129 858-538-8159 WWW.RPFOL.COM


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