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teamwork Scripps Ranch Softball Association has been a popular sport in the community for decades. The Association is committed to building a high quality program that develops female athletes, teaches fundamentals, fosters a love of the game, and promotes excellence in sportsmanship and teamwork. We give you a peek inside how the Association has evolved over the years to continue to be such an admired sport for the girls in the community.


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LOCAL FAMILY tHE norths Holiday tree lighting mod squad dental HOME TIPS resolve to re-solve in 2013 upscale and inviting ignis salon

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HEALTHY LIVING akane institute fall sports wrap-up join the movement stop bullying now

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Vol. 2, No. 7


Publisher Derrick Breaux

Anticipation Do you remember how exited you were to open presents as a child? The buildup… The anticipation… Wondering what was in that beautifully wrapped gift. When we were kids, there was a special magic that was in the air when it came to the holiday season and our own birthdays. We all wanted to open our gifts so bad – we could hardly take it. The thought of having to wait until after dinner devastated us. As a child, we simply didn’t think we’d survive if we had to wait. I look at the start of a new year in much the same way. It brings back the kid in me to wonder what’s in store for the next 365 days. As we grow older and reflect on our past, many times we categorize our life in years (decades for those of us that have more years under our belts). We often reminisce about certain years of our lives – some we hold high and close to our hearts while other years prove to challenge us in ways that we may prefer to put behind. The permanent memory of some years are a given – the year that you graduated, the year that you bought your first house, the year that you got married, or the year that you moved to San Diego are all fine examples. For me, there are a few years that stand out above the rest. More specifically, 1999 and 2001 are two top years in my life that I must confess having a difficult time ranking 1 st or 2nd. I met my wife in 1999 and we got married in 2001. It’s tough to decide which year I hold closer in my heart – they were both great! I suppose it’s a tie. Other years that highly impacted my life were the years my children were born, the year that we moved our family to 4S Ranch, years that distinct milestones were accomplished professionally, and the year that we started Zcode Magazine. As we begin the 365 days of 2013, I feel like a little kid wondering how the gift of this new year will ultimately end up ranking in our overall life story. What is in the box? Will we look back at 2013 with special memories? Does 2013 have great things in store for my family, my close friends, my colleagues? While children don’t always appreciate the time spent during dinner while waiting to open their gifts, as an adult I’ve grown to appreciate each of the days that it takes to make each year one to remember.

Happy New Year. May 2013 be a year that you hold close to your heart! Derrick Breaux, Publisher

Editor Tara Pritchett

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92128 Magazine

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

RB Girls Softball League is about to enter their 33rd year. We give you a peek

inside how the League is thriving by leaps and bounds as it enters a new season of PLAY!

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

Raising Fun(ds)

Local Stories. Local Photos.

Foundation Chair, Loretta Shughrue, makes fundraising fun at Shoal Creek Elementary School. We speak with her about her role in the Foundation.

Media Savvy The Holt family knows how to be culturally hip, yet blessedly charitable. They clue us in on why they love living in 92128.

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92064 Magazine on my honor The Scouts of the community are certainly taking their motto, “On my Honor” to a new level. These young kids are developing courage, exuding confidence and building character.

talented artist The San Diego Performing Arts League honors Sabato Fiorello for his PowPAC service. We talk with him about what he thinks he will be doing in five years.

horse power! Meet championship horseback rider and PHS senior, Hannah DiVerde, the girl who always makes it a priority to give back to her community.

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92129 Magazine PQ Lacrosse Lacrosse has emerged in the community and the excitement is definitely present amongst players, parents, volunteers and coaches. PQ Lacrosse Club and the local high schools are eager to start their seasons.

92009 Magazine Inspiring our youth In this issue we talk with Pat Maldi, the director of marketing and special events for the Boys & Girls Club, and learn about the future of the programs.

92127 Magazine unleash the 4s fury 4S Ranch Girls Softball League is committed to building a high quality program that develops female athletes, teaches fundamentals, fosters a love of the game, and promotes excellence in sportsmanship and teamwork.

92130 Magazine N. Shore Softball

92011 Magazine Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad Take a walk through the doors where young lives are changed. We talk with Pat Maldi and learn about the future of the programs, including a brand new Bressi Ranch Clubhouse opening in January.

92024 Magazine world’s most traveled band

The Girls Softball League is celebrating 25 years of teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie, and fun for all. Families, volunteers, coaches, umpires, and athletes will kick off the season on Feb. 8th

Liquid Blue, a multi-award-winning international recording, touring act and cover band has been making noise for over 15 years. Founder Scott Stephens shares his story with us.

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14 Jan. 12 – Feb. 10 A Feminine Ending A bittersweet comedy about dreams deferred, loves lost, and learning to trust a woman’s voice in a man’s world. Preview night Jan. 11.

january 1 | New year’s day january 7 | Classes resume - (SDUSD)

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18 An Evening with Clint Black One of country music’s brightest stars hosts an intimate evening of stories and songs. Poway Center for the Performing Arts 8 p.m.

Jan.28 – Feb. 4 Jerabek Elementary’s Annual Orphanage Fundraiser


College Planning with Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Week-long fundraiser to collect supplies and gift cards from classrooms, while educating students about The Door of Faith Orphanage ( in Baja California, and what they can do to help.

Best-selling author, journalist, speaker and nationally recognized expert on college planning will give a presentation to families interested about their student’s college choices and affording the price tag. This is a fundraiser for The Foundation at Scripps Ranch High School.

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The Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, “Desperate Housemembers.” They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on NPR stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials Poway Center for the Performing Arts 8 p.m.


Read Across America: Dr. Seuss Night Book readings and cake to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Recurring Events Every Saturday Scripps Ranch Farmers Market Now up to over 60 very diverse vendors. Sponsored by the Ellen Browning Scripps Academic Fundraising Partnership, supporting children’s education. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Save the Date March 1st 7th Annual Taste of the Ranch Food from local restaurants, full service no host bar, and live and silent auction to benefit Scripps Ranch High School. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2. Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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Jan. 2 – 4

San Diego Sol Winter Break Basketball Camps For boys and girls ages 7-14. Half and full day camps Alliant University 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Cost: $90 - $295

Jan. 7 – 11 The Catalyst Soccer Center New Year Camp Ages 6 – 12. Final registration deadline is Jan. 4. The Catalyst Soccer Center Half Days: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Full Day: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Cost: $135 Half Day; $260 Full Day

Jan. 7 – 11 Flag Football Camp

Jan. 12 & 19 West Coast Road Runners Half & Full Marathon Training Program Orientation Training for the San Diego Rock n Roll Half & Full Marathon or 14 other races. All paces welcome. Race discounts, weekly training schedules, pace group run/walks, and educational seminars. On-going registration. 8 a.m.

RECURRING Scripps Ranch Rec Soccer Spring 2013 season registration now open thru Feb. 2.

Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Spring 2013 season registration now open thru Jan. 15.

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Jan. 21 – 27 Farmers Insurance Open 2013

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Winter class sessions from Jan. 8 – Feb. 12; Learn football basics through drills, obstacle courses, and Torrey Pines Golf Course Feb. 19 – Mar. 26. After school enrichment Price: $20 - $130 strength training. begins Feb. 7. Jerabek Elementary Field 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Cost: 5 days for $120 (dates & events subject to change) Have a Sporting Event? log on to to submit it!

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Scripps Ranch Choir Goes International Special submission by Bill Feather


dream for a group of young teens from Scripps Ranch is coming true. The group formally known as Chamber Bravura is an extension of the nationally recognized 2011-2012 Marshall Middle School Chamber Choir. Performing an all “a cappella” repertoire, these teens have been invited to sing a mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica this summer. This international invite follows the group’s award winning performance in Carnegie Hall in New York last spring. Samantha Cain, one of the group’s members states, “As my graduation from Marshall approached, I knew it would mean saying goodbye to my ‘choir family’ that I had grown to love.” This reaffirms the bond in which helps to keep all the members so close to each other. Cain continues, “At about the same time as my graduation, I received the news from my choir director: “Chamber Choir had been selected to perform a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome!” We were stunned and thrilled!”

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Katherine Girvin, in addition to acting as Chamber Bravura’s Director, is also the current choir teacher at Thurgood Marshall Middle School. She is a powerhouse and truly loves the work that she does. Katherine states “one reason [she] teaches these students after school is because she values the relationship she has formed with both her students and their parents and was given an extraordinary opportunity to prepare them for a performance of a lifetime. If you would like to help support these students on their international adventure, please visit their website at ¢ Photo shown: Chamber Bravura (from Left to Right) Dustin Tran, Natalie DeKozan, Simon Tran, Emily Bozworth, Chase Garcia, Sarah Bonavich, Adam Trubitt, Kasey Bethel, Andi Shalauta, Samantha Cain, Aaron Winey, Jazley Genovese, and Kyle Lemmon.

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Self-esteem Kim Moser Knows Her Backsprings by kelley gusich | photos by Spark Photography


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n a world where gymnastics and cheerleading tend to be ruled by a competitive and financially draining spirit, enter Kimberly Moser as a welcome revolution. She had to give up competitive gymnastics as a child due to a growth spurt combined with an excessive expense and time commitment, and because of this she was inspired to open Cheer4Fun. It is different from most programs in that it is completely recreational. “Our primary goal is for everyone to build self-esteem and have fun while exercising and strengthening their bodies,” Kim stated. Cheer4Fun programs don’t require a large time commitment or financial obligation, so anyone can participate and still have time for other activities. Custom classes are another concept that sets Cheer4Fun apart. Parents are welcome to design their own classes with their child’s friends and personalized goals. “We then work together to find a day and time that works for the group,” shared Kim. “It’s a unique option for today’s busy families.” Kimberly worked with her father for ten years running a family business in the automotive industry, and that experience prepared her for running her own business. She taught gymnastics for 14 years and started on her own with an afterschool enrichment program at EBS Elementary. “I really enjoy working with children,” said Kim. “They are so real and honest and happy. I love having the opportunity to build a child’s self-esteem and help them develop positive attitudes while having fun and exercising.” Cheer4Fun were a spotlight performance at the December 8th halftime show during the USD Men’s Basketball game, and the plan is to offer some type of performance opportunity at the end of each cheer session. Winter sessions begin the second week of January, and a full schedule is available on the website. Kim’s husband Ken is an accountant at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, her son attends The Claremont Colleges, and her daughters (Nicole, Kimberly Anne Moser 18, and Natalie, 9) have participated in her 47 gymnastics programs their whole lives. The Scripps Ranch Moser family enjoys being familiar faces around Business Owner, Gymnastics & Cheer Coach the 92131 community, and Kim feels “especially Husband, Ken Moser; Children, Stephen, fortunate to have the opportunity to regularly Nicole & Natalie meet new people through my profession.” Obviously, she bends over backwards to keep the kids of Scripps Ranch cheerful. 

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

John Ryan Madsen 17 Scripps Ranch High School 11th John and Jenny Madsen Andy Madsen, 15

Achieving Excellence In Academics, Wrestling, Scouting and Volunteering, Ryan Madsen Makes the Grade by kathy loy | photos by Spark Photography


ome young people are involved with so many sports, hobbies and other extra-curricular activities you wonder if they have time to eat and sleep. Ryan Madsen, a junior at Scripps Ranch High School, is one of these people. Ryan, his parents and his 15 year old brother, Andy, live in the San Lucena community of Scripps Ranch. “It is so nice to live in a community where everyone knows each other and always looks out for one another,” said Ryan. “I really enjoy the community events, in particular the Community Fair every June.

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I am also proud to be part of community with strong schools.” Clearly, Ryan has benefited from the great schooling in Scripps Ranch. His outstanding academic achievements include numerous awards and recognition in middle and high school, including the Presidential Award for Educational Achievement in 2010, plus earning at least a 4.0 grade point average and being a member of the National Honor Society in his freshman and sophomore years. Lest you think Ryan is just an academic achiever, he

excels in sports too. He is also on the JV/Varsity wrestling team. “One of my best friends got me interested in wrestling,” explained Ryan. “I initially did it as a way to improve my fitness regime, but quickly fell in love with the sport and learned to appreciate the difficulty of the sport and the level of “Most people would be endurance that is required surprised to find out that of a wrestler.” Two more interests for I have been to Uganda Ryan are the Boy Scouts to build huts, roads and and scuba diving. After starting out as a Tiger a soccer field for the Cub while in elementary people of Guruguru.” school, Ryan recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. “Scuba diving is my favorite hobby,” said Ryan. “I became certified in Emerald Bay, Catalina in the Boy Scout Rugged Scuba program and I currently have my Advanced Scuba Certification. “ As if these accomplishments weren’t enough, Ryan also strives to help others as demonstrated by an overseas trip with his church youth group. “Most people would be surprised to find out that I have been to Uganda to build huts, roads and a soccer field for the people of Guruguru. I raised $3,200 for my trip by painting house numbers on curbs for donations and I hope to go back there soon to continue the good work,” explained Ryan. 

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b a n a n a NUT

BREAD Ingredients 6 1 ⅔ cup 1 tsp. 1 Tbsp. ½ tsp. 1 cup 2 ½ cup ¼ cup 1 Tbsp. 1 cup

bananas, very ripe all-purpose flour baking soda cinnamon salt sugar plus 1/4 cup sugar reserved eggs oil sour cream vanilla extract chopped walnuts

Directions 1.

In a bowl, mash the bananas with the 1/4 cup of reserved sugar to make a kind of a paste. Set aside. 2. Next, butter and flour your baking vessel and set it aside. 3. Pre- heat your oven to 350 degrees. 4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. 5. In a mixing bowl, pour the 1 cup of sugar and turn the mixer on low. 6. Next, add in the 2 eggs to the mixing bowl. 7. Once the eggs are fully mixed in, drizzle in the 1/2 cup of oil. When all the oil is added in, add in the sour cream and vanilla extract. 8. Once everything looks well mixed add in the banana mash made earlier. Mix it for about a minute and turn the mixer on low or stir to mix in the dry ingredients. 9. Gradually add in the flour mixture and only mix until there is no longer any dry ingredients showing. Lastly, and quickly, add in the chopped walnuts. 10. Pour into your prepared baking vessel and place in your preheated oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Oven time may vary, so check it after 15 minutes and add 5 minutes at a time until cooked.

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About the Chef Name of Chef: Virginia Kunkel (Ginger) Family Members: Married to Jeremy Kunkel Community of Residence: Lakeside, CA Hobbies/Interests: Singing, and researching new recipes and ingredient sources. The farmers markets make using local ingredients very accessible and allow me to create chocolates and baked goods that I can feature local growers from the San Diego area. Favorite Local Activity: I love eating at all the wonderful restaurants in San Diego. San Diego has really become a great food Mecca in the last five years. The restaurants here can now easily compete with the likes of New York and Las Vegas eateries. About the Recipe: The recipe is a hit at my markets, as I usually sell out within a few hours of opening for business. I believe that the bread should be very moist and tasty. About the Chef: Virginia Kunkel has a degree in Opera Voice and her company name is “The Treble Chef”. After having injured both her ankles she was no longer able to perform, so she decided to move in a different direction and took up baking and pastry. She graduated from the San Diego Culinary Institute in 2011 with a degree in Pastry. Under the tutelage of Executive Pastry Chef Andrea Martinez at La Costa Glen Retirement Resort, she moved quickly from Pastry cook to Executive Sous Pastry Chef in less than three months. She now owns her own company and is the Executive Pastry Chef of Indigenous Chocolate, a fine artisan chocolate company opening in Lakeside, CA in the spring of 2013. Virginia and Chocolate company owner Torrey Brown can be visited every Saturday at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market from 9 to 1 p.m., where you can purchase artisan chocolates and delectable baked goods.

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Wake Up All Your Senses with Winter in San Diego by Wynne Love


an Diego doesn’t offer its residents the typical winter experience. When you can play golf, have the top down on your convertible, and even sunbathe in January, the usual winter diversions don’t really apply. So while folks in other parts of the country brave blizzards and sub-zero temperatures, invigorate your senses with San Diego’s own array of winter season sensations.






Every winter, gray whales migrate from the Arctic down to Baja, passing right along the San Diego coastline. You can watch for them yourself from well-positioned overlooks like Point Loma’s Cabrillo Point or the Torrey Pines State Reserve, or schedule a whale-watching tour at discounted rates during January’s Big Bay Whale Days along the Embarcadero. Don’t miss the San Diego Whale Festival on the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Treat your ears to a free Spreckels Organ Pavilion concert, held every Sunday at 2 p.m. at Balboa Park, where you can see all 4,530 pipes in action. Or head down to enjoy one of the Winter Concerts at the Coronado Ferry Landing held each Sunday through January.

Take a deep breath of pinescented air and fresh apple pie with a visit up to the hills of Julian, or head east to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park while the desert temperatures are low.

Don’t miss your chance to try some of the best new tastes of San Diego during Restaurant Week, January 13-18th. For this one week, you can take advantage of discounted meals at more than 180 restaurants in twelve different areas around the county.

Feel the real chill of winter – if you dare – by joining a New Year’s Polar Bear swim. The La Jolla Swim Club hosts a Polar Bear Plunge and Chili Potluck on New Year’s Day each year. Up for a more moderate chill? Try ice-skating in any of the many rinks around the city, including temporary ones at Horton Plaza and the Hotel Del Coronado, and permanent installments at Westfield UTC’s Ice Town, Mira Mesa’s San Diego Ice Arena, or the Escondido Iceoplex. 

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Building miracles The North Family Makes a Difference on Both Sides of the Border by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography


ince 1999, Chris and Julianne North, along with their four children (Ryan, Katie, Kerryanne and Matthew), have built homes in Mexico, making it possible for families, who otherwise may have had to send their children to orphanages, to stay together. By 2001, the Norths realized that they needed to form a 501c3 nonprofit organization and Build a Miracle was born. “We have built 162 homes to date. People from Scripps Ranch and all over San Diego and Orange counties participate. We also run a community center in Tijuana that provides tutoring, vocational and adult education,” explained Julianne. According to Chris, “Mexico has been a huge blessing. It has allowed us to share our lives with amazing people and to see people doing good things for others on a daily basis.” All four North children are involved with Build a Miracle and each of them have spoken about the work they do at church and in front of many other groups, companies and organizations. The North family moved to Scripps Ranch from Ocean Beach in 1997. They were looking for a family-oriented area to raise

their growing brood. “We would go to different churches on the weekends, figuring that if we found a church we liked, we would find a neighborhood we liked nearby,” revealed Chris. They fell in love with St. Gregory’s and subsequently explored Scripps Ranch, asking people they met how they liked living in the area. The Norths state that they never met anyone who didn’t love living in Scripps Ranch. At that point, they knew that Scripps Ranch was the place for them. Julianne has a background in elementary education and is currently focused on raising their family, Build a Miracle and other community activities. Chris worked in Mexico running an aircraft interior engineering and manufacturing company until 2008. He is now an IT business manager in the real estate technology industry. The entire family loves to surf, with Chris, Julianne and Ryan getting into the water as often as possible. “Of the kids, Ryan is the most passionate about surfing. All the kids play soccer. Katie and Kerryanne also play beach volleyball and Matthew plays basketball,” related Julianne. And although Chris points out that the family is typically late for everything, it isn’t a stretch to say that the Norths are well worth the wait. 

p r o f i l e i n f o r m at i o n Parents: Community: Year moved to Community: Parents Hometown: Parents Occupation:

Christopher Joseph North (49), Julianne Barry North (46) Scripps Ranch 1997 Chris, Alhambra, CA and Julianne, Simi Valley, CA Julianne taught elementary before kids, Chris was an entrepreneur/manufacturer and is now an IT Business Manager Children: Ryan Christopher (19), Cal Poly SLO Freshman (attended Scripps Ranch High) Mary Katherine – Katie (17), North Santa Fe Christian HS Senior Kerryanne Dennise North, (13), Thurgood Marshall MS 8th grade Matthew Christopher North, (10), Dingeman Elementary 5th grade Pets: Scamp, a great little dog and Ponyo the rabbit

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF “The Pleasure of Your Company” Free Music Series Continues

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library continues on with their “The Pleasure of Your Company” free music series through the beginning of the year with three very talented musicians. The first of the two takes place on Sunday, Jan. 20th at 2:30 p.m. Harpist, Kate Laughrey, will perform a program of romantic and contemporary classical and jazz music from around the world – even original compositions. Laughrey has toured throughout Asia, Europe and the United States, and will offer up a hands-on harp demonstration after the show. Barranger and Snodgrass will perform the second program on piano Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. For over thirteen years, the pair has made music together around the San Diego area. Since 1976, Barranger has been the pianist for the San Diego Symphony, and Diane Snodgrass has recently performed with the Symphony. For more information on these events, visit

Dingeman Elementary Presents Hansel and Gretel Mrs. Schwartz and Mr. Saguil’s classes at Dingeman Elementary recently performed their musical production of Hansel and Gretel. The famous story begins with two poor, young children that run away from home at night, leaving a trail to find their way home and wind up in more trouble than they started with – ultimately receiving the happy ending they deserve. Several shows took place mid-December with rave reviews from all who came to watch. The students worked very hard, as well as teachers and parent volunteers, in making this production quite a sucess. For more information on upcoming events at Dingeman Elementary, visit

Jerabek Elementary to Hold Annual Orphanage Fundraiser

From Jan. 28th until Feb. 4th, Jerabek Elementary students will take part in their annual Valentine’s Door of Faith Orphanage fundraiser. It has been more than ten years since Jerabek students began showing their compassion for children less fortunate than them by donating supplies and gift cards. In the process, students will learn the significance of helping others and strive to instill a lifelong helping attitude. Door of Faith Orphanage is located in Baja California and runs solely from food and supply donations. Approximately 100 orphaned, abandoned, or abused children are under their care. The mission of Door of Faith is to provide a genuine family atmosphere that delivers stability, love and guidance, as well as a strong educational base. For more information on Door of Faith Orphanage, visit

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A Feminine Ending at Scripps Ranch Theatre Scripps Ranch Theatre will present “a feminine ending,” a poignant romantic comedy, as its first show of the New Year. Written by Sarah Treem, the show opens Jan. 12 and runs through Feb. 10 at the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University. The play is a gentle, bittersweet comedy about a girl who knows what she wants but not quite how to get it. Her parents are getting divorced, her fiancée is almost famous, her first love reappears, and there’s a lot of noise in her head, but none of it is music – until the end. Jill Drexler, SRT artistic director further elaborated on the play, “In ‘a feminine ending’, the central character fights bravely to make sense of her tumultuous world. Her journey is sometimes humorous and often touching.” Ticket prices are $27 for general admission, $24 for students, seniors and active military. Performance times are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations, call the theater box office at 858-578-7728.

2 nd Annual Relay for Life of Scripps Ranch Seeks Team Members

It has been estimated that there will have been 12,170 new cases of cervical cancer in the U.S., with an estimated 4,220 deaths related to cervical cancer in the year 2012. As a New Year’s resolution, take action and join the fight against cancer! The 92131 community will join together for the 2nd annual Relay For Life of Scripps Ranch, a 24-hour walking event & celebration that represents a year-round effort of education and fundraising to fight cancer. Look for the Relay For Life booth at the Farmer’s Market, and join the Relay Rally on February 9th at SR Community Park. For more information, visit, or email the Event Chair at The American Cancer Society offers information and resources regarding education, prevention, treatment, and coping with the affects of cervical cancer, and numerous other forms of cancer on their website,

Jewish Community Foundation Announces Jeffrey D. Sollender Business and Philanthropic Youth Entrepreneurship

Elyse K. Sollender has created the Jeffrey D. Sollender Business and Philanthropic Youth Entrepreneurship Scholarship Program at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego in memory of her late husband, Jeff Sollender, a renaissance man who always put his family first. Scholarships will recognize innovative, college-bound students who have developed and maintained their own commercial or social enterprises. “Jeff was a highly accomplished entrepreneur with boundless energy and optimism who was always available to help others in pursuit of their dreams,” said Elyse Sollender. Scholarships from the fund are available to graduating high school seniors of all faiths in San Diego who are planning to attend two or four-year colleges or universities. Eligible students must be actively involved in running their own small businesses or social ventures for at least one year. Students must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarship funds are to be applied to the cost of college tuition and books. For more information about the scholarship, visit jeffreydsollenderscholarship-2 or contact Sharyn Goodson at 858-279-2740.

Local Troops Launching the Girl Scout Cookie Season in Scripps

Girl Scout cookie boxes have a fresh design for the new year! The revamped boxes now include pictures of Girl Scouts engaged in pursuits ranging from kayaking and interpretive dance to public speaking and community service, captioned with quotes from girls. Also featured are images of recognitions girls can earn, such as the Financial Literacy badge and the Gold Award. The Girl Scout Cookie Program began in 1917, the year Girl Scouting started in San Diego. Scripps Ranch fifth-graders Molleigh Rae Verhoye and Sydney Johnson of Junior Troop 8070 are among the thousands of business leaders in the making getting ready to sell America’s favorite confection. When the girls were Brownies, they used their cookie proceeds to fund a trip to Disneyland, where they “bridged” (graduated) to Juniors in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Other years, they have spent the money on group encampments. Girl Scouts will begin selling cookies door-to-door on Sunday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit

Julia Carson and Alysson Hartmann to Speak at Next SRWNG Meeting

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in 92131 and aid them in expanding their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. This group is the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, and will facilitate business and personal relationships through monthly meetings held at a private home within the community. Each member is given the opportunity to be “Presenter of the Month”, highlighting their business or special interest to the group. Members or prospective members are encouraged to bring in their Scripps Ranch women friends to help expand the group’s reach, grow as an organization and present opportunities for members to experience better business and personal relationships. Check the SRWNG website to see if your business or service is not yet represented by any one of their members. The next meeting of SRWNG is Friday, Jan. 25 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. The “Presenters of the Month” are Julia Carson, Yoga Teacher and Alysson Hartmann, Health Coach. For more information, call Julia at 858-549-3070, email, or visit

San Diego Children’s Choir Audition Schedule

The San Diego Children’s Choir is looking for children who love to sing. The Choir offers children a chance to achieve artistic excellence, attain personal goals and perform service to the community. Short 5 - 10 minute auditions will be held on Jan. 9 th and 12 th for children in grades 3 - 12. No audition is required for grades 1 - 2. The Choir has five convenient sites in Del Mar, Mira Mesa, Hillcrest, Lake Murray and Rancho Bernardo. The San Diego Children’s Choir offers students a fun, interactive program where the practice and participation of choral music helps them develop creativity, selfesteem, literacy, emotional discipline, confidence and more. The children learn the songs including diverse music selections and performance experiences to promote choral excellence. The Choir is a place where children are encouraged to develop their musical talents and enjoyment comes naturally. Call 858-587-1087 or visit for more information.

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92131 Magazine

OUT & ABOUT Email us your favorite photos at

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3 1. Dingman Elementary presents Hansel and Gretel 2. Garret’s Gang at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk 3. All dressed up and ready to roll 4. Happy dogs and their owners at the Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club costume event for dogs. 5. SR Women’s Networking Group Holiday Fair Gathering 6. Can you spot the cutie? 7. All smiles with little miss ladybug



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Holiday Tree Lighting T photos by Spark Photography

he holiday spirit was strong during the Holiday Tree Lighting and Toys for Tots collection at Jerabek Park. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus spread Christmas cheer to kids, and families did their part to give back with donations for children in need. The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts provided refreshments (and earned a badge) while the community came together to carol customary holiday songs. The tree shone bright throughout the festivities and got everyone amped up for the holidays that followed. ¢

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Retirees Are Delighted to Call Casa de las Campanas Home by WYNNE LOVE


inding the perfect place to retire is no easy task, but the residents of Casa de las Campanas make it sound simple. “If I designed a senior community it would be Casa de las Campanas,” declared resident and artist Julius Schwartz. “I can’t think of any other place I would like to live.” Casa de las Campanas in Rancho Bernardo has been welcoming residents to its scenic retirement community since 1989. The 23-acre grounds accommodate 380 apartment homes and overlook Lake Hodges to the north and the 170-acre Rancho Bernardo Community Park to the south. A type A, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, Casa provides independent living with unlimited access to four levels of continuing healthcare. “Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle in a casually elegant environment,” described Marge Pronovost, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The fine dining, services, and amenities are among the outstanding features Casa provides and the staff’s tenure is a testament to the expert onsite management provided by Life Care Services.” But it is the residents who make Casa

If I designed a senior community it would be Casa de las Campanas.

home, comprising the welcoming community that greets new residents, sharing their own interests. “It was comforting to experience an immediate warm welcome,” reported resident Lucie Grauf. “I am at Casa de las Campanas with a grateful heart, wishing I had moved in sooner.” Among the many organized activities residents can enjoy are cultural events including concerts, theater, and restaurant outings, classes such as Spanish, art, Bonsai, and Ikebana, as well as dances, hiking, yoga, tai chi, bridge clubs, golf and fantasy football. Residents also spearhead activities themselves. An example is Casa Residents for Education, run by resident Adrienne Kronenberger. More than 250 Casa residents volunteer their time to

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~Julius Schwartz Resident & Artist the organization which provides scholarships and outreach programs to local school children. “We looked into several other retirement communities in the San Diego area but we didn’t find one that appealed to us as well as Casa de las Campanas,” shared Maxine and Bob Anttila, who moved to Casa from Scripps Ranch. “The dining is outstanding and the staff is very friendly and helpful,” they continued. “Everything we need is right here and we remain confident that we made the right decision to come to Casa de las Campanas.” See all that Casa has to offer by visiting their website at, or schedule a tour and complimentary lunch by calling Marge Pronovost, Director of Marketing at (858) 592-1811. ¢


We made comparisons of the

different retirement communities and found that Casa de las

Campanas had the things that

interested us the most and was located in a familiar area for us. ~Bob and Maxine Anttila Bob and Maxine Anttila

Painting by Tom Tideman

AT A GLANCE Name of Business:

Casa de las Campanas

Director of Marketing:

Marge Pronovost

Year Opened:



18655 West Bernardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92127


Email contact:



Casa de las Campanas is a Type “A”, not for profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) providing a full continuum of care all in one community. Casa de las Campanas offers the most comprehensive retirement living package available including independent living and four levels of on-site healthcare.

Julius Schwartz

It was comforting to experience an immediate warm welcome with added caring and sharing. Thankfully, I noted first-hand the ready willingness in various departments to assist new residents. ~Lucie Grauf Lucie Grauf

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photos by Spark Photography


ince the 1990’s, the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball Association (SRSA) has grown an impressive program offered to all girls ages 4 – 14. The Association not only develops female athletes, but also teaches fundamentals, promotes teamwork and fosters a love for the game of softball. SRSA gives girls the opportunity to improve softball skills, have fun, and practice being confident and well-rounded athletes who show good sportsmanship on and

off the fields. We talked with President, Brad Fields, who has been with the League for five years, about his passion and commitment to the Association. He holds the committed families, players, coaches, volunteers and sponsors in high regard as they have made SRSA such a dominant and exciting sport in the community. Registration is currently going on and the non-profit organization assures those who sign up will have a bunch of fun while learning and/or refining skills with a new family of softball friends.

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with President, Brad Fields

Fields: As participants of the SRSA, families should expect that their girls will be placed on a team with coaches who have been trained and background checked and that they will be given a chance to learn and play the wonderful game of girls fastpitch softball. We strive to provide an age-appropriate level of instruction, competition, and game play so that the girls have the best experience possible.

92131: There is a snack bar fee upon registration. What does this entail? Fields: The $40 snack bar fee is, in essence, is a deposit to ensure that each SRSA family works two hours in the snack bar each season. Once the two hours is worked, the money is refunded. Some families choose not to work in the snack bar and their $40 fee becomes a donation to the SRSA. Girls of all ages enjoy the snack bar and we’re committed to provide this service to our girls and their families each season. We can afford to open and staff the snack bar if each family assists in its operation.

92131: What is the history behind the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball Association? Fields: Prior to the early 1990’s, girls softball in Scripps Ranch was part of Little League. In the early 1990’s, parents involved with girls’ softball in

92131: What is your role as President and how did you get involved with SRSA? Fields: My role as SRSA President is to be an advocate for our League and

the Ranch decided it would be better if softball moved to be governed by the

for girls’ softball in Scripps Ranch. Additionally, my role is to ensure that the

Amateur Softball Association (ASA), which is the national governing body for

other 12 members SRSA Board accomplish their tasks to effectively run the

U.S. National softball teams and a leader in the development of girls fast pitch

League. A couple of years ago, we reorganized the SRSA Board structure

softball. As such, the Scripps Ranch Softball Association (SRSA) was born.

to divide up the Board Members who perform administrative assignments

The SRSA came into existence around the time that Cypress Canyon Park

from those who perform operational assignments, and put a Vice President in

came on line so the Scripps Ranch community decided to dedicate the new

charge of each group of Board Members in order to make the Board run more

park to girls softball and maintain Little League in other parks around Scripps

efficiently. I think it’s worked well.

Ranch. This is my fifth year on the SRSA Board and my third year as SRSA

92131: Describe the basics of the typical spring softball season. Fields: For our older division (8U and older), our spring recreational season

President. I got on the Board after my daughter’s third year in the League

starts with assessments in mid-January. Younger girls are placed on teams.

daughter. I wanted to give back to ensure that other girls in the Ranch had

All teams begin practice in early February and games in late February.

the opportunity to experience girls softball in our Community.

because I realized that the League provided an outstanding experience to my

Games and practices run through the beginning of May. As participants of the SRSA, families should expect that girls will have

92131: What is your number one goal as President of SRSA? Fields: My number one goal as SRSA President is to ensure that the girls

practices and games two to three times per week through most of the season.

and families in Scripps Ranch have a rewarding experience in Scripps Ranch

Although the overwhelming majority of girls in the SRSA live in Scripps Ranch,

girls’ softball. The reality is that the overwhelming majority of our girls won’t

we welcome girls from other communities, as long as they can get to the

go on to play high school or college softball, but they can all learn from the

Ranch for practices and games.

life lessons that come from being a teammate, giving their best effort, and working towards a common goal. Additionally, there are social opportunities

92131: What sets the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball program apart from other recreational girls’ softball leagues? Fields: First and foremost, what sets the SRSA apart from other Leagues

throughout life to play softball, whether on a college dorm team or in an adult recreational league and I hope that the girls in our League learn the sport and have the opportunity to play softball throughout their life.

is that it is the only recreational girls’ softball league in Scripps Ranch. Our

girls. We work hard to embody the ideals of our Mission Statement for the

92131: What is the most rewarding thing about being president of the league? The most challenging? Fields: The most rewarding thing about being President of the League is

girls in our League, as the SRSA is a “non-profit youth sports organization

seeing the smiling faces on the girls throughout the SRSA season. I love to

dedicated to teaching softball fundamentals and life-lessons through good

walk around Cypress Canyon on a Saturday in the spring and see how many

sportsmanship, leadership and positive coaching.”

girls are getting exercise, learning wonderful life lessons, and having fun

girls practice and play within the Scripps Ranch Community. Also, among youth sports leagues in Scripps Ranch, we are the only league dedicated to

playing softball. That’s a tremendous reward and one that helps me power

92131: What should a player and her family expect as participants of SRSA?

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through the most challenging thing about being President, which is to keep up our enthusiasm and momentum throughout the long off-season to accomplish

At A Glance | SCRIPPS RANCH girls softball Full Name: Year of Establishment: Website: Facebook: Board Meetings: the many administrative tasks that need to take place when

Scripps Ranch Softball Association Early 1990’s SRSA Board Meetings are typically held on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in various locations.

the girls are not playing softball so that the girls can have fun during the season. come from two sources: registration fees and fundraising. In these trying

92131: If you could grant SRSA one wish, what would that be? Fields: If I could grant the SRSA one wish, it would be to have more funding

times, we’ve kept our registration fees as low as possible. As costs to run the

so that we can continue to provide a top-notch experience for the girls. With


League have gone up, we rely on fundraising more and more to balance our

the City of San Diego’s budget cuts, we’ve been asked to pay additional

use of the fields, these additional costs make it difficult to balance our League

92131: Do you have any sponsors? If so, who are they and how do they assist with supporting the teams? Fields: We typically have dozens of sponsors each year. Simply stated, our

budget, especially as we have attempted to continue to maintain and upgrade

League could not operate without the generous financial assistance of these

our fields and equipment, all the while doing our best to keep our League an

sponsors. Most of these sponsors do business in Scripps Ranch or have

affordable activity for girls in these trying economic times.

some connection to the girls in our League. We recognize these sponsors

permit fees, to take a larger role in maintaining our facilities, and to pay for field improvements. While we are happy to pay our fair share for the SRSA’S

in the Scripps Ranch Newsletter, on our website and through a banner at

92131: Since the Association is not for profit, how do you go about receiving necessary funds? Fields: As a non-profit organization, there are really a limited numbers of

our fields. We also invite them to an annual sponsors day at our fields and

ways that we can obtain funds to run the League. Ultimately, our funds


to our end of season coaches and sponsors party. We welcome sponsors throughout the year and potential sponsors can visit our website for more

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EXECUTIVE BOARD President: VP, Administration: VP, Operations: Treasurer: Secretary/Webmaster: Player Agent/Registrar: Director of Coaching: Fields & Equipment: Sponsorship: Clinics: Snack Bar: Snack Bar: Uniforms/Spiritwear:

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Brad Fields Patty Luxton Dave Herrod Brent Lacey Bob Green Bryon Woodworth Scott Pritchard Mike Osborne Brady Hamilton Jason Turfler Erin Ferguson Marlene Lipe James Anderson

92131: Tell us about the volunteers who allow for SRSA to be so successful. How do you go about volunteering with SRSA? Fields: The SRSA relies on over one hundred volunteers to assist with its operations. Besides the 13 SRSA Board Members who work on the day-to-day operations of the League, there are dozens of coaches who run our teams. Also, many parents and others in the Scripps Ranch Community assist in other special projects such as our yearly Opening Day, as well as supporting the coaches by assisting in field set up, coordinating team snacks, and helping with other administrative functions. We elect our Board every summer and select coaches prior to the season. Information regarding volunteer positions is available on our website.

92131: Are there any new things about the coming season players and their families should be aware of? Fields: We provided a discount to those who registered in the first two weeks of our registration period. This discount allowed families to lock in last year’s registration fee rate. Also, we were once again able to provide free t-ball for girls born in 2007, as we encourage young girls to try softball. This season, with the assistance of Scripps Ranch Little League, we were able to complete the installation of sprinklers at one our auxiliary infields at Scripps Ranch Community Park. Having sprinklers on an infield allows us to keep the field in optimum playing condition. Funding for these types of improvements comes from the money we raise from our generous sponsors, as registration fees alone would not allow us to provide any meaningful improvements to the fields and equipment that are necessary for the girls to have an optimum playing experience.

did you know? # of Players: # of Teams: # of Coaches: # of Volunteers: Fields:

SRSA. In addition, we’ve had quite a number of former SRSA players go on to earn college scholarships and play at that level.

350+ 35+ 70+ Countless Cypress Canyon Park (CC1-4) PRIMARY

Important Dates:

92131: Have you had any of your players go on to play in college and/or on a professional level? Fields: Most of the girls on the Scripps Ranch High School softball team got their start in the

92131: How are teams formed so they are sure to be competitive with one another? Fields: Teams in our 8U, 10U, 12U, and 14U divisions are drafted on teams after player assessments. In our draft, we first attempt to balance the pitching on each team. Then, we draft position players using a method that attempts to ensure that the teams are balanced. We only

Community Park (CP1) SRHS

allow head coaches to name assistant coaches prior to the draft if such a pairing could occur

Jan. 12 - Evaluations

provide for a better experience for players, coaches, and families.

naturally in the draft. In short, we do everything we can to balance the teams. Competitive teams

Feb. 24 - Opening Day

divisions based on birth year T-Ball: Rookies: 8U: 10U: 12U: 14U:

Ages 5 & Under (2007) Ages 6 & Under (2006) Ages 7 & 8 (2004-2005) Ages 9 & 10 (2002-2003) Ages 11 & 12 (2000-2001) Ages 13 & 14 (1998-1999)

Teams in our younger divisions are typically placed on teams in which we take friend requests, as we want to be sure that the five and six-year-olds have a fun experience during these instructional years so that they want to return to the League. These young girls are the future of the SRSA.

92131: Are you hosting any clinics prior to the start of the spring season? Fields: Typically, we host free pitching and catching clinics, as well as some other skills clinics involving a nominal fee. Please check our website for more details.

92131: By the time this is printed, registration will have closed. Is there any talk about extending registration through the first week of January? Fields: While we are not able to extend registration, we typically take late additions in most of our divisions through January. If anyone with daughters born in the calendar years 1998-2007 and has girls interested in softball, we ask them to visit our website for more information. 

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Mod Squad

Dental The Dental Office That Makes Patients Feel Right at Home by Jennifer Frakes | photos by Michael Bielecki


Greg Friedman and his staff at Mod Squad are dedicated to providing their patients with individualized care and exemplary customer service. Dr. Friedman puts doctor/patient communication at the forefront of each visit, and the entire team is focused on making patients feel comfortable. “When visiting Mod Squad Dental, our goal is to make each patient feel like they are visiting with a friend. We are not your typical dental office. We love to laugh and make each patient comfortable. We are often told that patients look forward to their visits,” revealed Dr. Friedman. Allison, a patient at Mod Squad Dental for many years, agrees wholeheartedly. “The entire staff is warm

Friedman. He and his team stay on top of the latest in dental technology and procedures by attending continuing education courses and belonging to several of the nation’s leading oral health organizations. One of the most unique aspects of Mod Squad Dental is the spa-like atmosphere the team has created in the office. “We have massaging and heated dental chairs, a refreshment and latté bar, warm neck pillows and Bose® noise cancellation headsets,” stated Jessica Blanchard, Manager of the practice. According to Blanchard, these features are just one aspect of the five-star customer service offered at Mod Squad Dental. Dr. Friedman and his team are also committed to protecting the environment. “We went green and are now a paperless practice,” declared Blanchard. Patients who visit the office will see that everything from statements, appointment confirmations and new patient paperwork are coordinated through email and by utilizing an iPad in the office. As a native San Diegan, an alumnus of San Diego State and a Scripps Ranch resident, it gives Dr. Friedman great pleasure to provide top-notch dental care to Scripps Ranch families and surrounding neighborhoods. “I love it when a long-time patient is now bringing in their own children for their preventative care,” said Dr. Friedman. 

and welcoming. They are professional and a lot of fun. I actually get excited to go to the dentist.” For more information about Mod Squad Dental, please visit Mod Squad Dental offers complete dentistry, from preventative dental care for the whole family Name of Business: Mod Squad Dental to state-of-the-art Owner/Manager: Dr. Greg Friedman | Jessica Blanchard restorative and Years in Position: 17 years cosmetic dentistry. “We also provide Year of Establishment: 1994 orthodontia, Address: 10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Suite K, 92131 sedation Website: dentistry and Phone: 858-547-0070 sports therapy Description of Business: Dr. Friedman and Mod Squad Dental offer (Under Armour® the latest in family, general and cosmetic dentistry, including orthodontia, while mouth guards),” emphasizing the importance of five-star customer service in a spa-like environment. explained Dr.

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Gang Part of the

Garret Robinson and his “Gang” Walk to Eradicate Juvenile Diabetes by kathy loy | photos by Spark Photography


n 2009, Garret Robinson was in 4th grade and living the life of a typical Scripps Ranch kid. His parents thought he had come down with the flu, but after a few days, he was taken to Children’s Hospital, admitted to the ICU and stayed in the hospital for five days. Garret was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a chronic disease that would change his life forever. Little did he know that it would also set him, his family and friends on a path of helping others affected by the disease. Dealing with diabetes can be a challenge, but kids with Type 1 Diabetes (also known as Juvenile Diabetes), have an added level of responsibility. “I have to test my blood sugar six to eight times per day and inject/bolus insulin to make corrections,” explained Garret. “Every day I feel irregular/not normal because I’m either higher/lower than the normal person, which makes me feel shaky, unable to concentrate, makes me less hungry, and super thirsty.” Every November, he and a group of 40-50 people (mostly teens) called “Garret’s Gang” participate in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk for a Cure. Their goal has been to raise $5,000 each year and to date; they’ve raised almost $20,000 for JDRF. “I’m most proud of the awareness and support that all my friends and family have shown Garret’s Gang. The participation and donations mean so much to me,” said Garret. These days, Garret is 14 and in the 8th grade at Marshall Middle School. “Overall my favorite subject in school is math, because I like to work with numbers and it’s challenging,” he said. In the future, Garret plans to keep spending his time and energy helping those with Juvenile Diabetes. “I plan on volunteering all my community service hours at JDRD throughout high school,” explained Garret. “My ultimate goal at JDRF is to be a lifelong volunteer and help newly diagnosed diabetics into their new daily routines.” Garret and his family have lived in Scripps Ranch since he was in Kindergarten. “Scripps Ranch is probably the nicest place in the world, because all the kids, parents, and teachers are kind and generous,” said Garret. “Garret’s Gang makes me feel like all my family and friends are there for me whenever I need help.” Judging by the size and dedication of Garret’s Gang, he’s right. 

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Profile Information Name: Age: Community: Volunteer Affiliation: Family: School:

Garret Robinson 14 Autumn Ridge/Scripps Ranch JDRF Dad-Nick, Mom-Jenn, Sister-Kyra, Brother-Nate Marshall Middle School, 8th Grade

Group Information Name of Group: Garret’s Gang Group’s Purpose: Raise awareness and funds for research for Type 1 Diabetics Contact Information:

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RESOLVED – Resolve to Re-Solve in 2013 – by WYNNE LOVE


ccording to research, about half of us make New Year’s resolutions each year, and about a tenth of us achieve them. How many of us have resolved to lose weight, work less, exercise more, tackle that project, and have found our eager new-year’s resolve has worn off by February? Resolutions are wonderful. They are full of hope and possibility. They are well-intentioned and forward-thinking. They help us recognize the things we want to change and envision the person we want to become. But they can also become a burden by February and a cruel judge come December. So I’m making 2013 resolution-free. Looking for ways to improve ourselves is laudable, but it means you have to start the year looking at all the things you think you should be doing better. What kind of “Happy New Year” is that? Instead, I’m ditching resolutions in favor of re-solutions. That’s right: re-solutions. Instead of resolving to change

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something, I’m going to re-solve by continuing to do what I’m already doing right. The list I’ll be making this New Year’s Day will be a nice long one cataloguing all the things I did well in 2012. I didn’t lose weight, but I also didn’t gain any. I didn’t finish those photo albums, but I used that time to make a lot of great new memories with family and friends. This New Year’s, I challenge you to fight the masses who urge you to resolve to reinvent yourself. How liberating to start the year off without that critical personal inventory. When the subject of New Year’s resolutions comes up, share proudly that rather than thinking of all the ways you might change in the New Year, you have chosen instead to celebrate your successes of the past year. Honor all those solutions you’ve already found, and the resolve you showed to get there, and pay it forward by continuing that success in the New Year. I mean, how much better can we get now, really? 

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Ignis Salon: a One Shop Complete Beauty Deal


by AMY LEHRER | photos by Michael Bielecki

tylists at Ignis Salon care for their clients as if they were family members, making the environment so comfortable that both clients and stylists feel compelled to return routinely, many for the last fifteen years. The stylists and clients develop a personal relationship that allows them to truly communicate, which results in stylists knowing exactly what clients want and clients exiting the salon feeling beautiful. Owners Anousheh Motamedi and Nadi Dadsetan along with the eleven amazing experts who work at Ignis, located on Poway Road between Oak Knoll Road and Pomerado Road, want customers to look and feel fantastic. They explain, “Feeling fantastic requires a harmony between external parts of a person like hair style and makeup and the internal part of the person which has to do with self-perception.” Anousheh and Nadi understand their client’s

needs and realize that those looking for a new stylist or hair salon sometimes find it difficult to try something new. As a result, they have an Ignis guarantee: You’ll love it, or it’s free. After a first visit, staff members follow up with their clients to ensure they were happy with their results. One of Anousheh’s clients affirmed, “Her cuts work with my hair texture. My search for years for the right hairdresser is over.” Those planning to attend Name of Business: a prom or Owner/Manager: a wedding need Since: only visit Ignis Address: Salon since it is a complete Website: salon, offering Email contact: a wide range of Phone: additional services

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including manicures, pedicures, facials, microdermabrasion, make-up application, waxing and threading—the gentle, ancient art of hair removal. Free trials and great package prices for bridal parties are available. Originally living and training in Europe, Anousheh styled models’ hair for runway shows. After she and Nadi met at church and decided to purchase a hair salon, she drew from her international experience to enhance her salon. Discovering that many of the young stylists exiting beauty schools in San Diego needed more technical support and information, she implemented an on the job training program that covers cuts, color, and product knowledge for her own stylists. Anousheh and Nadi also feel it is important to be patrons to their community, often rallying other businesses and the community to advocate for locals causes. Last year, the Ignis team was able to raise funds for the Help Patrick Walk with the outpouring of support from the community. Stylists also visited a women’s shelter in Escondido to provide hair services while boosting morale for residents. Essentially, Anousheh and Nadi touch client and community member’s hearts. ¢

AT A GLANCE Ignis Salon Anousheh Motamedi and Nadi Dadsetan 2008 12234 Poway Road #100, Poway, CA 92064 858-679-3630


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Exercise Specialist Marylene Rosa and the Pink Ribbon Program Help Breast Cancer Surgery Survivors Feel Fit Again! by LINDA FRABL


fter undergoing breast cancer surgery, it is difficult for women to get back into a regular fitness regimen. Having a mastectomy or a lumpectomy frequently results in loss of mobility in the shoulders and arms, as well as breathing difficulties associated with weakened abdominal muscles, and even weight gain due to steroid drug use. The Pink Ribbon Program, a physical conditioning treatment plan geared specifically for breast cancer post-op survivors, has enabled survivors to recover quickly with promising results. Marylene Rosa Kuhlmann, a 4S Ranch-based certified Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program (the only one in San Diego for the time being), lost her own friend to breast cancer 12 years ago. Shortly thereafter, while studying for her certification in Fitness Training, Marylene came across the Pink Ribbon Program’s website and discovered that its founder, Doreen Puglisi, is an exercise instructor/physiologist who had her own double mastectomy. After attending the program’s workshop at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Marylene recalled, “I immediately knew that I would bring the Pink Ribbon Program to San Diego and that I would devote my career to helping the fighters and survivors.” The program provides two individualized sessions a week (each session lasts 30-45 minutes) for a period of eight weeks. In her studio,

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Personally Fit, Inc., Marylene uses a Dyna band (elastic band) and a Stability ball to help her clients with warm-ups, personalized exercises, and stretching. She added, “My goal is to make my clients feel better and walk taller on every single session we spend together. Seeing their transformation is so rewarding!” The whole experience has allowed Marylene to become much more than just a fitness instructor; she is also a caring supporter advocating the best treatment for her clients. She elaborated, “I am somebody who my clients can call at any time, even if it’s just to give them advice on nutrition. For the ones who are still going through chemo or radiation therapy, I am part of the team of specialists communicating with their oncologist and their physician. Friendships with my clients are established quickly.” Marylene is currently developing a cancer fitness program for other types of cancer patients. She is dedicated to helping people accomplish goals to improve their quality of life. For more information on the Pink Ribbon Program or other fitness related questions, visit or contact Marylene directly. ¢

Rotary Club of Poway To Include Scripps Ranch Special submission by Melanie Potter


ince 1961, when it was incorporated, The Rotary Club of Poway has been a fixture in its home city. Fast forward to 2012 and the club is eager to expand the good deeds, great camaraderie and personal satisfaction which the club and its members enjoy to Scripps Ranch. “We look forward to growing our membership and expanding our projects in Scripps Ranch which we admire for its strong sense of community,” said club president Alan Noblitt. The club will be renamed the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps, and club members will work with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association to identify projects as well as assist with already established fundraisers and events in the community. There are approximately 28 members in the Rotary Club of Poway. Meetings are held once a week and include a special presentation by a guest speaker. Members perform a variety of local, regional and global projects. Locally, the club participates in food packing events, provides backpacks to school children in need, distributes dictionaries to third graders, and performs beautification work. Financial contributions are made to school programs, graduating seniors are

awarded scholarships, teens are sponsored to attend leadership camps, and the club underwrites professionals from the community with study abroad opportunities. In addition to performing community service, club members enjoy regularly held socials. While Rotary is an adults-only club, many projects and socials are family friendly and provide the opportunity for children to join their parents in giving back to the community and having fun with like minded people. “This is a wonderfully fun group that I have been a member of for five years and enjoy tremendously. Each volunteer opportunity has been personally rewarding as well as great fun! I have included my sons in volunteer projects and they always attend very willingly,” said Club member Kristin Rayder. Rotary is a service organization founded in 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices. Today, there are 62 clubs in San Diego and Imperial County. ¢ Meetings are held every Wednesday at the Poway Brigantine, 13445 Poway Road from noon - 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Alan Noblitt at 858-672-4678 or follow the Club on Facebook.

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ngie Gange, former mortgage broker and mother of three teenage boys, joined Moms Making Six Figures in order to maintain her substantial income while enjoying greater flexibility. Barbara Ryan, on-call emergency room surgeon, joined Moms Making Six Figures so she can have more quality time with her husband and grandson. Michele Martin, mother of four and former VP of Technology for a large real estate firm, joined Moms Making Six Figures so she can create equity in her own business. Stacy Brown, former CPA and single mother, joined Moms Making Six Figures to create more time with her daughter without sacrificing her income.

our Moms Making Six Figures team. Each of these amazing women is improving her life in a significant way.” And she insists that anyone who is hard-working and selfmotivated can do it, too. The most attractive thing about the company, says Bartolotta, is the flexibility it offers and the unlimited We have income potential. a business model “We don’t sell that requires no anything and we are not your overhead, no traditional homeinventory and based business,” said Bartolotta. no selling.” “We developed ~ Heidi Bartolotta a business model that requires no Owner overhead, no inventory and no selling.” Sound too good to be true? Bartolotta encourages you to see for yourself. Simply visit www.momsmakingsixfigures. com and submit a request for more information. A professional mentor will contact you and help you get started on your new business – today! ¢

Melanie Hughes, single mother of three, joined Moms Making Six Figures to bridge the gap in monthly expenses without giving up her time at home. Can a mother really stay at home and still make six figures? Heidi Bartolotta, President and owner of Moms Making Six Figures, says the answer is definitely yes! Bartolotta is herself a mother of two who once worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. She started Moms Making Six Figures Name of Business:, LLC when her husband Owner/President Heidi M. Bartolotta was down-sized. Year of Establishment: 2008 “Just look,” says Website: Bartolotta, “at the Email contact: women featured Phone: 858-837-1505 here. These ladies are just Description: It is essentially a group of women who created a few of the a marketing company in order to supplement and/or replace our full-time incomes dynamic women in a way that builds equity for ourselves rather than our employers. who make up

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or most people who have lived with allergies their entire life, it is difficult to believe that they could simply get rid of them. However, according to Dr Kusum Sharma who is board certified in Allergy and Immunology, this is actually possible. According to her, when someone is allergic to something, they have the following three options: 1. They could avoid what they are allergic to. This prevents an allergic reaction from happening. This approach is commonly used for drug and food allergies. Since other effective drugs are available, doctors simply avoid the drug a person is allergic to. People allergic to certain foods avoid those particular foods. People with cat or dog allergies can try to avoid exposure to them. However it becomes difficult with other environmental allergens like pollens and dust mites that are found everywhere. 2. They could take medications to suppress the effects of the allergic reaction. For seasonal allergies and asthma, most people take this approach. They take over the counter allergy medications or prescription medications given by their doctor. Often the symptoms are not completely

controlled and people learn to live with their allergies. Also, this entails taking medications daily for prolonged periods of time. 3. They could “give up” their allergies by being de-sensitized to the particular allergens. This third option allows an allergic person to decrease their sensitivity to allergy causing substances, so that exposure to the offending allergen (pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, stinging insects, foods like milk and egg, drugs, etc.) will result in fewer/less severe or no symptoms. Desensitization is commonly done for medications like aspirin, penicillin and other drugs when the particular drug will be of benefit and no substitutes are available. Recently, desensitization to egg and milk has been possible in many cases. Venom immunotherapy allows for desensitization to bee, wasp and hornet venoms. “Allergy shots” or immunotherapy is a similar approach that desensitizes to seasonal allergens. This approach works in 8590% of allergic patients. It typically takes about 6-8 months of weekly injections to achieve the final or maintenance dose. This seems to discourage many people. However, Dr Sharma has devised what she

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

calls “Cluster Immunotherapy- AKANE protocol” so she can get the same results by giving fewer injections over a significantly shorter duration, typically 2-3 months. Once the maintenance dose is reached, it is continued once a month for 3-5 yrs. “Results are astounding” says Dr Sharma, “I see sneezing, dripping, stuffiness and even snoring disappear.” She is very excited about all the new research in this area. Sublingual immunotherapy or allergy drops delivered in the mouth instead of the allergy injections are now being reviewed by the FDA. For people with just grass allergy, a grass tablet is being formulated to take just before grass season. If you suffered from allergies last year, this is your time to take action. Start this year with a new goal. Find out what causes your allergies, and which of the above three approaches is best for you. ¢

Dr Anoop Karippot is the Director, Snoring & Sleep Center at AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine located in Scripps Ranch and La Jolla. He specializes in sleep apnea, insomnia, restless legs,narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.

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What if this IS a bubble by SCOTT VOAK


have received several questions along the line of “What if this is just a bubble?” and “How do you know prices won’t fall again?” Well, even though I do not think the recent rise in prices is a “bubble”, there are a lot of problems ahead for the economy and anybody who tells you there aren’t doesn’t really understand the current economic situation (or is trying to sell you something). These problems could possibly cause the market to slip again. The question is, how do you protect yourself? The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to understand if your real estate is primarily your home, or an investment. For your personal residence, I recommend you focus on a property that works well as a home for the next decade. It needs to be affordable and adaptable. In other words, you should be able to afford it now (a little stretching is ok, but be sure to have reserves to cover emergencies) and it should be able to fit your family as your family grows. So, if you are newly married and want to have 3 children and start the family in the next 5 years, you should think about these things and avoid the 2 bedroom condo. Look instead at a home that can handle your needs with 3 kids. Similarly, if you have young children, don’t just look for good elementary schools, pay attention to the high school too. If you can put yourself into a long term home and lock into today’s incredible interest rates, you will be somewhat insulated against the rises and falls in the market. If you have a 30 year fixed at 3.5% and values fall 10-20% again before rising, it will not threaten your family security. Plus, you avoid the expensive process of moving up where real estate fees of 6-7% can eat up your appreciation and equity. Next issue, I will look at how to position yourself in your investment real estate in case the market falls. ¢

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

Scott Voak, the top selling agent since 2008 (data from SANDICOR MLS as of 11/9/2012) and the host of Real Estate Matters on AM 1450 at 6 p.m. weeknights, provided this information. Email him to subscribe to his weekly real estate newsletter – Monday Morning Coffee.

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Scripps Miramar ranch Library Schedule JANUARY EVENTS


January 3 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. E-Reader Clinic - Learn how to download library eBooks to your eReader or computer! Community Room

February 2 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kids read aloud to Snuffy the Therapy Dog Children’s Area

Thursdays 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Storytime (Preschool) Children’s Area

January 5 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kids read aloud to Snuffy the Therapy Dog Children’s Area

February 2 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. House of Hungary Music Concert $10 admission and children under 12 yrs old free Community Room

Thursdays 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. Senior Tai Chi (Seniors) Community Room

January 17 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Program Especially for Kids (All ages) sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Community Room

February 17 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Pleasure of Your Company Music Concert: Barranger and Snodgrass, Piano Community Room

January 8 & 22 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Knitting Club (Teens/Adults) Seminar Room January 16 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. Movie Night (Teens/Adults) Community Room January 20 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Pleasure of Your Company Music Concert: Kate Laughrey, Harp Community Room

February 12 & 26 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Knitting Club (Teens/Adults) Seminar Room February 20 6:00 – 7:45 p.m. Movie Night (Teens/Adults) Community Room February 27 6:30 –7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: Exile by Richard North Patterson Community Room

January 23 6:30 –7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen Seminar Room


January 24 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Children’s Program Especially for Kids (All ages) sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Community Room

Wednesdays 3:00 – 4:00 p.m Silver Age Yoga (Seniors) Community Room

Fridays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Zumba (Teen/Adult/Seniors) Community Room Mondays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Music Class (ages 5 - 12) Seminar Room Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Chess (ages 5 - 12) Children’s Area Fridays 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Chinese Storytime (ages 5 - 12) Children’s Area Monday – Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Homework Connection (ages 5 - 12) Hosted by the Scripps Ranch student volunteers Children’s Area Mondays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Zumba Gold (Teen/Adult/Seniors) Community Room

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Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park photos by Michael Beilecki


cripps Ranch Symphony in the Park rounded out a great season with their annual holiday concert. Sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Old Pros and held at Hoyt Park, this event highlighted joyful tunes and even a visit from the man himself – Santa Claus! Fun was had all around by kids who were supplied with glow sticks, while they joined in with singing holiday hits like “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells.” ¢

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alorous: Bullying has been a reality since David battled Goliath, but it was brought to the forefront of our consciousness one dark morning at Columbine High School, and our nation has been battling the bully ever since. When Dimitar Gougov and Alex and Michael Bulkin saw the problem grow even larger with the advent of cyber-bullying, they heeded the call and launched the 3V movement. Vigilant: The three saw bullying as a major issue in all of their schools, and felt it would be much more powerfully addressed from a student-to-student standpoint. Dimitar, Alex, and Michael are three highly involved and influential students, and they started the 3V movement “… because we can. We are doing this because we are kids that don’t get bullied; realizing this, we felt it would be easier to stand up for our peers who do get bullied.” The organization began at Del Norte and Cathedral Catholic High Schools, but has already expanded to Rancho Bernardo, St. Augustine, Bishop’s School, Torrey Pines, and St. Michael’s, with eight more schools in the works.

Victorious : The three ‘V’s stand for Vigilance, which representsawareness of the problem and a willingness to fight it, Valor, or bravery in the face of danger—to speak up and take action—and Victory. “If we all come together and agree to the 3V pledge there is no doubt in our minds that we will achieve Victory.” The three founders trumpet this from the rooftops, and if the over 1,100 members who’ve taken the 3V pledge are any indication, people are listening. Virtually Unstoppable: 3V is sponsored by popular radio stations ENERGY 103.7 and KyXy 96.5, along with Honda, Mazda, and Audi of Escondido. The 3V men also raise money by selling T-shirts and soon sweatshirts and stickers that will improve and expand the program. The clothing is made to be appealing to kids, but also to showcase the positive message of the 3V movement: You don’t need to put others down to feel better about yourself. To join or start a 3V club at your school, simply make a pledge to remain bully free, and/or contact Dimitar, Alex and Michael shared this message: “When you take the 3V oath you agree to stand up for each and every individual. You agree not only to stand up for yourself, but for others that are victims of bullying.” ¢

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92131 Magazine - January/February 2013  

92131 Magazine looks into the passion, history, and mission of the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball Association.

92131 Magazine - January/February 2013  

92131 Magazine looks into the passion, history, and mission of the Scripps Ranch Girls Softball Association.