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Just the Right Blend

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Rediscover the Joy of Learning RVA offers exciting new option for gifted and motivated students

All About Falcon Football

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Jim Paterniti & Mary Drummond

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Faces in the Crowd

Coach Meyer sees tough defense, versatile offense in 2011 Couple shares passion for 92131 Lynn Todd a dedicated school volunteer

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Community Events & Info Local activities & happenings

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Sports Registrations & Info

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Student Star

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In Our Own Backyard

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Meet the Kreitzer family

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The latest registration information Meet SRHS student Stefanie Henger The Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

What’s for Breakfast? Try your neighbor’s recipe

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Community Stuff

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Out & About

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Local Merchant Profile

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Local Merchant Profile

Local news & announcements Photos of friends & neighbors Curves SR helps women reach goals Scripps Ranch Pediatric Dentristy

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Celebrating Independence

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Scripps Ranch Theatre

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Real Estate Watch

Photos from the 41st Annual July 4th Parade Celebrating its 32nd season

Home Tips Library Schedule Local Market Place Community Chalkboard

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Cover Photo:

Scripps Ranch High School football player gets ready for the upcoming season! Cover design by Tyler McElhaney Cover photo by Spark Photography

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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER Football, er…Fall is in the Air! OK, we admit it…we love this time of year. Even in Southern California, there’s a wisp of autumn in the air. Leaves on a few trees eventually change color. As refreshing as fall can be, that’s not what I’m talking about. All the kids – including my three – are headed back to school, which returns households with small ones back to some sense of order. Because they’re all tuckered out after the long days on campus, they usually go to sleep much more easily. Certainly this makes life easier in my home, but I’m talking about something else altogether. To me, this time of year means one thing: Football! The old pigskin. Carrying the bacon. Are you ready for some? I am. In San Diego, where most residents seem to be from elsewhere, not everyone roots for the home teams. Go to any sports bar in town, and alumni groups from colleges across America are piled in rooting for their team, rather than the hometown Aztecs. In years past especially, it wasn’t all that unusual to sit in Qualcomm Stadium amongst a crowd majority wearing the visiting team’s colors. But not me. I bleed blue and yellow, and I’m optimistic again for the ultimate prize – a Super Bowl victory. Of course, just as I did last year, I’ll find myself at a few San Diego State football games, looking for the Aztecs to make it to a second straight bowl game. And here in 92131, local residents have yet another opportunity to root for the home team: Scripps Ranch High School. The Falcons open the second season under Head Coach Joe Meyer on Sept. 2 at Poway High, and we encourage Scripps Ranch to embrace this year’s team and support their efforts on the field. Take the time to read our Q&A in this issue with Meyer (starting on page 30), and hopefully you’ll join us in sharing his optimism toward the upcoming season. Actually, I share a small connection with Meyer, as he once was an assistant coach at Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista (where I played football) and I competed against a couple of the El Camino High teams where both he and his father, Herb, coached. This issue of 92131 Magazine contains many other interesting articles on intriguing people in the Scripps Ranch area: • Don’t miss the superb article on page 36 about the passion that Jim Paterniti and Mary Drummond have for their community. The married couple serve as co-vice presidents of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association – and both have long histories of volunteer service. • Find out about another dedicated volunteer and longtime public school advocate, Lynn Todd, who is profiled on page 44. • Plan your upcoming nights out at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (page 43) by reviewing the exciting productions planned, including “How the Other Half Loves” – which is directed by Jim Caputo and opens Sept. 10. Of course, there are many more intriguing articles throughout this issue. Enjoy the read. Oh, and one more thing: Go Falcons! All the best, Derrick Breaux, PUBLISHER

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Vol. 1, No. 4

92129 Magazine // RANCHO PENASQUITOS Publisher

Derrick Breaux

Editor Emeritus

Carolyn McElhaney

Executive Director of Business Development Suzy-Beth Sarver

Director of Production Tara Pritchett

Art Director

Tyler McElhaney

Graphic Design Katie Mott

Photography

Spark Photography

Administrative Assistant Heather Lockwood

Editorial Intern Carrie Chen

Contributors

Sarabeth Graml Zeena Gregg S. Harbin Hill Lori Lum Jennifer Sousa 92131 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. ©2011 All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of any content in this publication without prior written permission is strictly prohibited. 92131 Magazine’s publication of information provided by advertisers (paid or unpaid) – or other companies or individuals – does not represent an endorsement or verification of accuracy. 92131 Magazine assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or liability for the content of advertising placed in the publication (or on the 92131Magazine.com website).

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PQ Student Dancing in China

Westview High School student and Rancho Penasquitos resident Liana Miller is performing with the Long Beach Ballet Ambassadors to China Program.

Cookbook Assists Cancer Patient

A group of women in the PQ Park Village neighborhood published a cookbook to provide financial assistance to a local cancer patient for medical expenses. Get info: pvcooksorders@gmail.com.

JROTC Names Cadet of Year

Westview Navy JROTC’s Cadet Christian Flowers received the Navy League’s Award as Cadet of the Year. Program is open to all students in PUSD.

For more information and articles, visit www.92129Magazine.com

92127 Magazine // 4S RANCH, DEL SUR, SANTALUZ, WESTWOOD 4S Ranch Teen Wins National Competition

Makenna Grewe, a freshman at Del Norte High School, is the new Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run National Champion.

Del Norte High’s First Senior Class

Del Norte High School’s Class of 2012 – the first senior class on the 4S Ranch campus – is small, but mighty.

A Father-Son Adventure in Santaluz

Adventure Guides brings fathers and sons together in a fun and memorable way. More information at www.92127magazine.com. For more information and articles, visit www.92127Magazine.com

92064 Magazine // POWAY Poway Days Festivities, Events

A festival, a parade, and three Poway Rodeo performances – and more in Poway Sept. 10-24. (More at poway.com, powayrodeo.com).

Street Beat at Poway Center

A high energy explosion of urban rhythm, hip hop moves, virtuoso percusionn and acrobatics, Street Beat plays Oct 2 at Poway Center for the Performing Arts (more at www.powayarts.com).

New VFW Post Commander

Deputy Chief of Police at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Deputy Chief of Police Barry Cronin, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, is the new Commander of VFW Post 7907 in Poway.

For more information and articles, visit www.92064Magazine.com Honorary Chairman of the Board Carolyn McElhaney Chief Executive Officer Scott McElhaney President and Chief Operating Officer Derrick Breaux www.92131magazine.com 16625 Dove Canyon Road #102-340 San Diego, CA 92127 619-717-2322 tel 619-923-2678 fax info@92131magazine.com

92128 Magazine // RANCHO BERNARDO, CARMEL MTN RANCH, SABRE SPRINGS Carmel Mountain Ranch Festival

SDNCC plans the 16th Annual Carmel Mountain Ranch Holiday Festival on Dec. 4.

Bertrand Family Values

John and Barbara Bertrand Raised four successful sons and built an impressive music business, Bertrand’s Music.

A New Mayor in Town

Honorary Mayor Robin Kaufman about to give up her position, but she’ll still be really busy with other volunteer responsibilities. For more information and articles, visit www.92131Magazine.com

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:::: COMMUNITY EVENTS & INFORMATION SEP 10 8pm

SEP 23 6:30pm

How the Other Half Loves

Falcons Football Home Opener Scripps Ranch High School hosts Point Loma at SRHS stadium.

Opening night at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Performances continue to Oct. 8 www.scrippsranchtheatre.com

SEP 11 6pm-7:30pm

The Mighty Untouchables in Concert

Free at Hoyt Park, as part of the SR Sympony in the Park series. www.symphonyinthepark.org

OCT 12 6:15pm-7:45pm

Shakespeare Society’s “Sonnet Night”

An open reading program for teens and adults at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library www.srfol.org

OCT 16 2:30pm-3:30pm

Guitarist Colin McAllister

SEP 19 2:30pm-3:30pm

Part of the Pleasure of Your Company Music Series at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library www.srfol.org

Pianist Dmitry Kirichenko Part of the Pleasure of Your Company Music Series at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library www.srfol.org

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SEPTEMBER EVENTS 9/2

New Student Orientation 8 – 11:30 am Marshall Middle School www.marshallmiddle.org

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Kindergarten and New Student Orientation 10 – 12 pm Ellen Browning Elementary

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10a Kindergarten Meet and Greet Dingeman Elementary www.dingeman.net

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First Day of School San Diego Union School District

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First Day of School Ellen Browning elementary www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps

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Back to School Breakfast for Parents 9 am Ellen Browning Elementary www.sandi.net/ellenbrowningscripps

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Back to School Night Kindergarten and Preschool 5:30 pm Dingeman elementary www.dingeman.net

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9/10 to 10/8

How The Other Half Loves Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm Scripps Ranch Theatre www.scrippsranchtheatre.org

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The Mighty Untouchables Concert Motown to Classic Rock 6 – 7:30 pm Hoyt Park www.symphonyinthepark.org

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Back to School Night 1st, 3rd, and 5th Grades 5:30 pm Dingeman Elementary www.dingeman.net

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Back to School Night Ellen Browning Elementary

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Back to School Night – 6th Grade 6 – 8 pm Marshall Middle School www.marshallmiddle.org

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Back to School Night – 7th and 8th grade 6 – 8 pm Marshall Middle School www.marshallmiddle.org

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Back to School Night – 2nd and 4th grade 5:30 pm Dingeman Elementary www.dingeman.net

Second Tuesday of every month Scripps Ranch Civic Association 7 pm Scripps Ranch Library; Visitors are welcome. Contact srca@scrippsranch.org with questions. Fourth Tuesday of every month Scripps Ranch Garden Club Meeting 5:45 pm Scripps Ranch Library September topic: “Using waste water from your home in the garden” October topic: Speaker from Armstrong Nursery talking about container gardening First Tuesday of every month Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee 7 – 9 pm Scripps Ranch Community Center First Tuesday of every month Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch General Meeting 7 pm Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com First Thursday of every month Scripps Ranch Planning Group 7 – 9 pm Scripps Ranch Library

OCTOBER EVENTS 10/22

RECURRING EVENTS

“Raising the Bar” Rady Children’s Hospital Auction for Charity 5 – 8 pm Poway Hampton Inn www.rcha-scrippsranch.org

Second Thursday of each month Scripps Ranch Recreation Council Meeting 7 – 11 pm 11454 Blue Cypress Dr. Every Saturday Scripps Ranch Farmers Market 9 am – 1 pm www.srfm.org

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SPORTS Registration &

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Pee Wee Soccer League 1 pm for ages 4-5 League Sign-Up Day and Skills Assessment rancho.ymca.org

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Scripps Ranch National Junior Basketball League Registration opens www.scrippsranchnjb.org

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Scripps Ranch Soccer Opening Day Scripps Ranch Community Park www.scrippsranchsc.com

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Soccer League 1 pm for ages 6-13 League Sign-Up Day and Skills Assessment rancho.ymca.org

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Scripps Ranch Little League Recreation Council Meeting Field Permits and other Field Issues 7 pm 10755- F Scripps Poway Parkway #453

9/24

Pee Wee Basketball League rancho.ymca.org 3 pm for ages 4-5 League Sign-Up Day and Skills Assessment

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Board of Director’s Meeting Scripps Ranch Little League

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Basketball League rancho.ymca.org 3 pm for ages 6-11 League Sign-Up Day and Skills Assessment

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Community-Wide Neighborhood Watch Features Unique Communication, Coverage by JENNIFER SOUSA

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t all started with a burglary on Red Cedar Drive in 2010. Residents organized a block party to resurrect a local Neighborhood Watch program, and secured the support of the San Diego Police Department. Then, the Scripps Ranch Civic

SRCA Neighborhood Watch Profile Committee Chair: Cheryl Shaw Area Chairs: Marvin Miles, Aurie Kryzuda (Area A), Lisa Yates Susca, Andrea Ohanian (Area B), Janis Rasmussen, Jean Morris (Area C), Rochelle Braunstein, Nikki Butera (Area D), Arman Freeman (Area), Cindy Thomas (Area F), Jan Kane (Area G), Lorayne Burley (Member at Large), Jack Little (RSVP/CERT) Kathy Randall (SRECA), Bob Ilko (Committee Advisor) Phone: 619-2WATCH2 (619-292-8242) Email: srcanw@scrippsranch.org Website: www.scrippsranch.org/watch

Association agreed to contribute $1,000 to launch the effort – and set up a standing committee to coordinate block parties and disseminate information to-and-from the police department and residents. But the SRCA Neighborhood Watch Program is unique, according to Committee Chair Cheryl Shaw. “In Scripps Ranch, the program is community-wide and not just a block here and a block there,” she said. “And we vastly streamlined the old Neighborhood Watch model of a waterfall flow of informa-

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tion (flowing only one way from SDPD to program executives, to area coordinators, to block captions, and then to individuals). Now, within minutes of police notification, we can put out an email directly to residents without having any delays or confusion in transmitting important information.” Approximately 1,400 members are currently on the program’s email list. “We send ‘e-blasts’ anytime we are aware of a residential burglary in the 92131 Zip Code,” Shaw said. “We also send

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crime prevention tips (securing your home, what to do when unlicensed solicitors call on you, serious injury accident alerts, unique criminal activity, etc.)” The program also has a direct link to a specific SDPD officer. “We have a working relationship with Officer Susan Steffen with the SDPD (who is our Community Relations Officer). She in turn helps the various officers and detectives do their jobs better by having additional eyes and ears in the neighborhood. We also work with RSVP, CERT and SR Elder Care Alliance,” Shaw said. Neighborhood Watch is looking for new members; registration is free at www.scrippsranch.org/watch. “Once a member registers for the program, we will help find block captains to organize block parties. The program then provides a speaker and handouts for the people attending,” Shaw said. “We divided 92131 into areas (A to G), and we monitor residential burglaries, car burglaries, unlicensed solicitors, suspicious vehicles and persons.” Additional information on the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program is available by emailing srcanw@scrippsranch.org or visiting www.scrippsranch.org/watch. ¢

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Rady Scripps Ranch Auxiliary Plans ‘Raising the Bar’ Benefit by CARRIE CHEN

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ady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit’s event, Raising the Bar, offers attendees a fun and casual evening of wine, fine dining, and live music. The event, which takes place 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Hampton Inn, will also feature a silent auction, opportunity drawings, and a boutique with specially selected vendors. Proceeds will benefit the Rady Children’s Hospital Heart Institute. “Anyone who has had a child visit Rady Children’s knows what it means to have a world class hospital in our community,” said Michele Prescott, Chair of Raising the Bar 2011. “Raising the Bar is one way to ensure that the hospital continues to provide excellent care for all the children in our area.” For ticket information, contact Kami Evora at 858-831-9179 or wordfreq@gmail.com. Since 1972, the Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary has worked to advocate and fundraise for the hospital, raising a significant amount of money to support much-needed services for the children. The 60-member group is one of 22 units of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, a 1,200-member organization made up of volunteers throughout the San Diego and Riverside Counties. All units are dedicated to supporting the Rady Children’s Hospital in their care for the children by increasing community awareness and putting together fundraising events to benefit the hospital. “Being a member of the auxiliary for Rady Children’s Hospital has been the most fulfilling endeavor I have ever participated in,” said Yvette Gilman, Unit Chair. “It has enriched my life associating with women who are so devoted and selfless in helping the hospital and the children. Our auxiliary has fun while we volunteer.” The Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a non-profit, free-standing hospital and the largest children’s hospital in California. The auxiliary unit members all agree that volunteering to benefit the hospital is a very rewarding experience. “Volunteering feels great when you know you are making a difference to the patients and families at Rady Children’s Hospital,” said Scripps Ranch Auxiliary Unit member Dana Walters. ¢

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Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Profile Total Members: 1,200 members Units 22 (in San Diego, Riverside counties) Scripps Ranch Unit: Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit Scripps Ranch Unit Members: 60 (from Scripps Ranch, Poway, PQ, and RB) Scripps Ranch Unit Meetings: Sept.-June, 7 p.m. monthly on 3rd Monday Contact: Kami Evora at 858-831-9179 or wordfreq@gmail.com

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92131 Residents Invited To Join Police Patrol Unit by JENNIFER SOUSA

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ohn Sunde served his country with honor through the U.S. Navy; now, he’s serving his community as an R.S.V.P. administrator. R.S.V.P. – the San Diego Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol – provides daily patrols in an effort to extend the services of the police department. Volunteers are in uniform and drive marked cars patrolling banks, ATMs, and schools in different areas of San Diego. In addition they check-in on elderly residents who live alone, and drive by homes of those on vacation. Other duties include enforcement of disabled parking laws, assisting at community events and taking the occasional fingerprint. According to the 72-year-old Sunde, being a part of R.S.V.P. means that three days each month volunteers will patrol the streets in Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa. “A typical day begins with a lineup at 7:30 a.m. and patrol begins at 8 a.m.,” said Sunde, noting that the patrol ends at 2:30 p.m. and that volunteers also attend a

monthly training session. In fact, all R.S.V.P. volunteers begin by participating in a comprehensive 40-hour SDPD training academy. “It includes extensive radio training, traffic control information, and a review of SDPD policies and regulations regarding elder abuse,” Sunde said. “After completing the

academy, members must go on a ride-along with a SDPD patrol officer. Then they complete three patrols with experienced RSVP members.”

Sunde, a volunteer since 2001, said the local unit – which works out of the SDPD Northeastern Division in Rancho Penasquitos – is always seeking new volunteers. Among the requirements: All interested parties must be at least 50 years old, retired or semi-retired, possess a valid California driver’s license, and complete a background check. Prospective volunteers may contact SDPD Community Relations Officer Susan Steffen at ssteffen@pd.sandiego.gov or 858-566-3230. For Sunde, R.S.V.P. provides a vital extension to police protection in the area. “We are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the San Diego Police Department. We have been called upon to help locate missing children, elders with Alzheimers, and provide traffic control in times of flooding and power outages,” he said. “But I think the biggest impact by R.S.V.P. is the trust that our community has for us, in that they know we will do what we are trained to do and to assist them when called upon.” ¢

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:::: STUDENT STARS

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Accomplished Student, Athlete Thrilled About Return to SRHS by SARABETH GRAML

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hy does 17-year-old Stefanie Henger prefer California over all the five other states she’s lived? It starts with the weather and the people. “I like living in Scripps Ranch because it’s so closely knit and always has a lot of community things going on which bring the community together,” the Scripps High School senior said. Stefanie, her parents Chris and Leslie, and Name: Age: School: Grade: Parents: Siblings:

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her brother Thomas, 15, called 92131 home for five years before moving to Virginia. They have now returned after two years and Stefanie could not be more excited about being reunited with her peers, teachers and school. “I like the relationships I have with teachers and the friends I have made throughout my years in school,” Stefanie said. “I also like the openness of the school and that it is outdoors, compared to an indoor high school in Virginia.” At SRHS, Stefanie is a member of the National Honor Society, and received the September | October 2011

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AP Scholar Award, the National Scholar Award, and the Toshiba ExploraVision Award. She also plans on being the president of Peer Tutoring this year. Along with a stellar academic record, Stefanie is an accomplished athlete. She was on the 1st All-Region Cheerleading team in Northern Virginia and received the All-American Academic Cheerleader Award. She has also attended the Worlds competition three times, where last year her team held 4th place in their division. She currently belongs to California Allstars in San Marcos where she trains twice a week over the summer and four times a week during the school year. Her next big competition, the NCA Nationals, takes place in February in Dallas, Tex. Actually, Stefanie said she once detested competitive cheerleading because of her tomboy nature, but the sport grew on the then 6th grader after many years of practicing gymnastics at SoCal Trampoline and Tumbling Center in Poway. She credits her parents for her true grit. “My parents inspire me because of their hard work and how they have brought me up, especially with my dad in the military,” Stefanie said. “They have demonstrated true courage and strength to me, which I also hope to have as I continue into adulthood.” Stefanie plans on going to college and graduate school to become a chemical engineer, and is currently looking at UCLA as her first choice. ¢

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:::: IN OUR OWN BACKYARD | Local outdoor adventures

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve by S. HARBIN HILL

At a Glance Location:

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

Website:

www.poway.org

Address:

Entrance on Espola Road, about ¼-mile south of Old Coach Road/ Bridlewood Road traffic light intersection.

Hours:

Daylight hours year-round

Contact Info:

858-668-4781 blueskyreserve@poway.org

Tours & Activities:

A variety of docent-led hikes and other activities are available. Visit www.poway.org or call 858-668-4781 for information.

Tree-lined Creek Offers 700-acre Escape from Busy, Everyday Life

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Volunteer Opportunities: Email contact@blueskyreserve.org for more information.

Photographs of flora are courtesy of Bob Kiang, author and photographer of “Flora in Blue Sky Ecological Reserve”, which is available for sale at www.blueskyreserve.org.

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he first thing many visitors notice is just how quiet it is. Located just off busy, traffic-laden Espola Road in Poway, the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve – a 700-acre oak-lined canyon flanked by coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills – is only a very short distance from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life and the speeding cars on the roadway. But it seems a world away. “In a very short time, the car engine noise disappears and the sound of birds – and lizards scuttling in the undergrowth – envelops you,” said Annie Ransom, an interpretive specialist at Blue Sky, home to a wide variety of flora, fauna and wildlife. Slated for development in the 1980s, today’s reserve once was used as a vehicle thoroughfare to Ramona and as a dumping ground – but a group of concerned citizens worked to secure a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, California Dept of Fish and Game to purchase 400-plus acres in 1989 to begin the reserve. The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and the City of Poway have purchased additional acreage over the years. Today, it is jointly managed by State Fish and Game, the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and the City of Poway, with the city’s Interpretive Services Division overseeing daily operations. Blue Sky supports a number of sensitive species (such as

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delicate clarkias, orange-throated whiptails and coast horned lizards) in four distinct habitats – all in such close proximity to each other as to create unique biological diversity. The four habitats include coastal sage scrub, mixed chaparral, a riparian corridor, and oak woodlands. Animal inhabitants include mountain lions, deer, bobcats, quail, raptors, roadrunners, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits, bats, and many reptiles and amphibians. “What makes it special is it is as diverse as our visitors,” Ransom said. “For some it’s a natural environment in which to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, a place to destress; for some it fulfills their love of nature and the outdoors; and, for others, it’s a safe area to hike or walk their dogs.” The reserve’s trails are open to the public free of charge during daylight hours, according to Ransom – featuring brilliant colors of wild flowers on the hillsides in spring, singing birds, and a shady, tree-lined creek providing an inviting escape for a nature walk. More information on the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, the trails, and a variety of programs and activities is available at www.poway.org or www.blueskyreserve.org. ¢ Friends of Blue Sky Canyon – a nonprofit public benefit corporation – was founded by an informal citizens’ group to preserve and protect Blue Sky. The group promotes educational and interpretive activities at the reserve, providing funding for the purchase of items needed for docent and public education, such as binoculars, library books, videos, slide projectors, taxidermy display animals and science displays. Volunteers are always encouraged to join by emailing contact@blueskyreserve.org.

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:::: YOUR NEIGHBOR’S RECIPE

Megan Gotch’s

Healthified

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YUMMY

Pancakes Ingredients 1c 3 tbsp 1 tbsp 1 tsp 1/8 tsp 6 tbsp 1c 1 tsp

wheat flour sugar baking powder salt nutmeg water to 2 tablespoon flaxseed soy vanilla extract

Directions

about the chef

1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. 2. In another bowl mix the flaxseed and water, let rest for one minute. After one min. add to large bowl with milk and vanilla. 3. Then follow basic pancake mix instructions 4. Makes about 13.

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cripps Ranch resident Megan Gotch loves cooking breakfast on the weekend for her husband, but wanted something with some nutrition to it. So she got creative with a regular pancake recipe, and “Healthified But Still Yummy Pancakes” were born. “I now have something that tastes good and is good for you,” she said. “It is also allergy friendly with no eggs or dairy.” Gotch – who works at SmartStart Academy and is a professional freelance photographer – also enjoys ballet, blogging and “Sunday shopping at Trader Joe’s.” She also is thrilled to be with husband John and cat Symba in Scripps Ranch. “I love all things San Diego, but I am super happy living in the beautiful and peaceful Ranch,” she said. Her personal blog is available at megangotch.blogspot.com and her professional website can be found at http://on.fb.me/gotchaphotography. ¢ September | October 2011

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he Poway Music Fest launches the Poway Center for the Performing Arts 2011-2012 season on Oct. 1 featuring The Max Weinberg Experience. A bold, swinging seven piece, big band combo that continues the traditions established by Max’s musical heroes from the big band era and beyond – including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen, Maynard Ferguson and more – The Max Weinberg Experience is led by Max Weinberg, who has cut a wide swath across the world of popular music. Not only was he the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band, but he also was band leader for Conan O’Brien’s critically lauded Late Night Band. Now Weinberg has launched an impressive ‘third act’ to his career and brings the experience to Poway. “You come to see us, you’re going to get the music, the behind-the-scenes insight,

and the oral history of the music in one slammin’ evening,” Weinberg said. “In other words – the full Max Weinberg Experience!” Other shows planned for the new season include: ■■ Oct. 22: Street Beat, a theatrical drum and dance show. ■■ Nov. 19: Ricky Nelson Remembered, featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. ■■ Jan. 21: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, a Grammy Award-winning Cajun band. ■■ March 5, 10: The Tortoise Versus The Hare, presented by the Missoula Children’s Theatre Project. ■■ March 23: Orchestra Nova, a fun and fresh approach to classical music. For ticket information on The Max Weinberg Experience or the other upcoming shows, visit PowayCenter.com. ¢

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Kreitzer Family Active, Involved, and Supportive by JENNIFER SOUSA

Names: John and Gina Kreitzer Family Residence: Scripps Ranch Years in Community: 10 Family: Rebecca Kreitzer, 15, Marissa Murgo, 15 Gabby Murgo, 13 Hayden Kreitzer, 12 Joey Murgo, 9 Pet : Bella (cat)

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lended families can sometimes be really difficult to manage, but for John and Gina Kreitzer of Scripps Ranch – it really works. First meeting in September 2006, John and Gina soon knew it was meant to be. They officially became a family on July 17, 2008. Together, they have five children, ranging in age from 9 to 15 and including three teenagers: Joey, Hayden, Marissa, Gabby, and Rebecca. Each child is unique and has their September | October 2011

own talents, but all are very supportive and active in the others’ lives. “Joey’s Scripps Ranch Little League games and Hayden’s recreational baseball games in North Carolina are the highlights of the spring and summer,” said Gina. Marissa and Gabby play guitar, sing, and have performed twice on stage at LeStat’s Coffee House in Normal Heights. Rebecca, a devout North Carolina Tar Heel, loves to shop and soak up the sun while reading the 92131magazine.com


latest Nicholas Sparks book. Whether at a game, playing a musical instrument or quietly reading, they are all very active – as are John and Gina. In May 2010, Gina graduated from Kaplan College as a Registered Nurse. She had been a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Spinal Cord Injury, but she wanted to take her work further, to help people in every way that she could. Now, Gina works at Aurora Behavioral Health Care in Carmel Mountain. She works with patients who carry behavioral issues such as depression and chemical dependencies. “I also work with military men and women overcoming combat related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” she noted. John – a graduate of National University with a degree in Business Management – is a retired U.S. Marine Chief Warrant Officer. He now works in the Specialty Engineering Department of General Atomics-ASI as a team lead in Poway. While John served his country, he participated in five combat and four non-combat deployments in a span of 20 years of service. “He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Metal with nine strike flight awards and numerous commendation, service, and campaign awards,” Gina said. When they are not out and about, the couple often can be found participating in neighborhood gatherings. “Most Friday nights we meet for ‘Heim’s Famous Happy Hour’,” Gina said. “The adults meet in a driveway and share beverages and appetizers while the children play and ride bikes in our private party area.” ¢

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:::: COMMUNITY STUFF SR Symphony in the Park Continues

Poway Rodeo Scheduled Sept. 23-24

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park series continues at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Hoyt Park with a performance by the Mighty Untouchables. Picnics are encouraged, and there is no charge to attend. In addition, a special Holiday Concert is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Hoyt Park. For additional information, visit www.symphonyinthepark.org.

Dorothy Mildice Citizen of the Year

Scripps Ranch 2011 Citizen of the Year is Dorothy Mildice. The award, given by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, is considered the community’s most prestigious honor and is given to a local resident who makes significant contributions to the community. Mildice is a long-time volunteer in Scripps Ranch; including coordinating the annual recognition program, assisting in the annual Christmas program, and serving as an SRCA district representative. She also participated on the MCAS Miramar Citizens Advisory Committee and numerous other efforts.

New Management School Dean at Alliant

Dr. Chester (Chet) Haskell is the new dean of Alliant International University’s Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. “Getting someone with Chet’s background is a huge plus for Alliant, particularly at a time when considerable work is under way to sharpen the strategic focus of the Management School,” said Provost Russ Newman. Dr. Haskell comes to Alliant with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of higher education administration and leadership. During his 13 year tenure at Harvard University he held a variety of high level administrative positions, including many in the international arena. Dr. Haskell was also president at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and most recently, served as president of Cogswell Polytechnical College. Across all of his assignments, Dr. Haskell made it a point to also serve on the faculty and will continue to do so at Alliant. “Not only is Chet an experienced administrator, his work with international programs in Europe, Asia, and Latin America will help us further the international component of our mission,” President Geoff Cox said. Dr. Haskell earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in public administration from the University of Southern California, and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He assumed his new role Aug. 15, and is located at Alliant’s San Diego campus.

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The annual Poway Rodeo has three performances scheduled, for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 – all at the Poway Valley Riders Association (PVRA) grounds at 14336 Tierra Bonita Road in Poway. The sanctioned rodeo includes all rodeo events – including bullriding – plus a rodeo clown and a free dance featuring Southbound Jonny for no additional cover charge following both evening events. Additional events related to the rodeo include the Poway Days Battle of the Bands at 5 p.m. at the PVRA grounds on Saturday, Sept. 17; and the Poway Rodeo Trail Ride at the PVRA grounds on Sunday, Sept. 18 (with registration at 8 a.m.). For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.powayrodeo.com.

Jay Vargas Grand Marshal in Poway

Jay Vargas, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and Medal of Honor recipient, will be the honorary grand marshal in the Sept. 10 Poway Patriotic Parade as part of the annual Poway Days celebration. Vargas – a Scripps Ranch resident -- was presented the Medal of Honor by Pres. Richard Nixon in 1970 for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” during the Vietnam War. In 1968, Vargas heroically led his company men in an attack on the village of Dai Do, though he himself suffered from wounds from numerous counterattacks. Refusing aid for himself, he carried his wounded battalion commander and seven others to safety. For his bravery, Vargas was honored with other military decorations, including the Silver Star, the Purple Heart with four Gold Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze stars, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star and Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal. After almost thirty years of dedicated service, Vargas retired from the Marine Corps in 1992. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at Poway Road and Pomerado, continues to Poway Road and Bowron. About 100 entrants are expected to participate. Visit www.powayca.org for more information.

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Pop Warner Football, Cheer Begins

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner kicked off the regular season Sept. 3 at Community Park with opening day ceremonies that included games, jumps and slides, a silent auction, the parade of teams and fundraising booths – followed by home games at Scripps Ranch High School. Pre-season games took place on Aug. 27. Upcoming home games will be on Sept 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. In addition, SRPW will participate in Pop Warner night at the Scripps Ranch High School Falcons varsity game on Sept. 23. SRPW continue to look for sponsors for the local organization. Local individuals or businesses may contact SRPW President Lisa Gorski at lgorski@san.rr.com for details. For more information or complete game schedules, visit www.scrippsranchpopwarner.com.

Scripps Ranch National Night Out More than 30 Scripps Ranch streets actively participated in the community’s first organized in National Night Out in August. Many of the participating streets received visits from local officials, including San Diego Assistant Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, and State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Not only was the evening fun for both children and adults, organizers said the event was instrumental in registering new blocks to participate in Neighborhood Watch and securing volunteers to become block captains.

Lake Miramar Run Funds Research

Karma Yoga for a Cause Sept. 18

The 5th Annual Karma Yoga for a Cause is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, hosted by Four Seasons Yoga of Scripps Ranch. Ticket prices are $75, with proceeds going to Shakti Rising, a San Diego community group that assists women in overcoming struggles with addiction, physical and mental issues -- and history of trauma. The event will include workshops, an inspirational speaker (who graduated from Shakti Rising), a vegetarian meal, and a musical performance. Workshops include lessons on Thai massage, how to take a Vision Walk, and Deep Yoga. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.karmayogasandiego.com.

SR Resident Leads Poway CofC Scripps Ranch resident Paul Byrne is the new Poway Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chair. Byrne, who has more than 20 years directing IT and finance for various companies and is currently associated with ReadyTECH in Poway, was installed at the chamber’s 61st Annual Installation Mixer in June at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. facebook.com/92131magazine

Max’s Ring of Fire Lemon Run is scheduled from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Sept. 25 at Lake Miramar in Scripps Ranch to benefit cancer research. For the second annual event, the run will be 4.6 miles around the lake – and also feature a family-friendly one-mile fun run. According to Andy Mikulak, president and co-founder of Max’s Ring of Fire, he and his wife began raising money in 2007 after their son Max was diagnosed with cancer – with the intent to fund innovative research into finding a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, Max died about three years ago; however, Max’s Ring of Fire continues the effort to raise money to continue the search for a cure. Now in partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, the Lake Miramar run/walk event raised $10,000 last year for childhood cancer research and clinical trials (some of which take place at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego). To register for the run, visit www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/maxs-ring-fire-lemon-run. For additional information on the event or the Max Ring of Fire, contact Mikulak at amikulak@maxsringoffire.org.

Scripps Senior Alliance Adds to Board Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance recently added several new members to its board of directors. Among those joining current board members Kathy Randall and Sue Hunt: Dave Harbour, Ray Chalupsky, Fred Orton, Art Ansert, Henri Chazaud, Jerry Mitchell, Kristin Rayder, Rob Holmes, and Jack Little.

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Rediscover the Joy of

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ven the name has special meaning at Renaissance Village Academy. “We want to create and nurture ‘Renaissance’ men and women, citizens who understand the world around them in all its glory and diversity – the natural world, the social world, and the political world,” said Nancy Retter, RVA Director and Principal Teacher. “The best way to help children grow and learn is to create a sense of community where we all look out for one another, hence a ‘Village’. Finally, the name ‘Academy’ takes its inspiration from Plato’s Academy in Athens, where Plato taught his followers to think using the Socratic Method. Because knowledge without thought is just information, children must learn how to think about what they’ve learned, how to judge the accuracy/biases of their sources, and how to weigh conflicting information to form their own conclusions.” A private school designed to meet the needs of gifted (top 2 percent), profoundly gifted (top 0.1 percent), and highly motivated students, RVA gets kids interested again in learning.

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“We get kids excited…,” Retter said. “Often gifted students find learning easy. With little effort they can get the top grades. So they develop the idea, at a subconscious level, that any assignment or project requiring mental effort on their part isn’t worth doing.” Retter said RVA counters that situation. “We don’t teach at students, we talk to them. Learning and teaching should be a conversation, not a lecture,” she said. “It’s a shared experience of exploration and discovery. The teacher must discover where each child is in relation to the standards and expectations in order to lead them to discovering all they can truly accomplish.” Founded in March 2010, RVA is a full-time program for 4th – 9th grade, though a younger child reading at the 4th grade level can be considered. It covers all of the traditional subjects in education: Reading, mathematics, history, science, physical education, and others. Courses include drama, music, and foreign language. Math placement and pacing are based on each child’s needs. History, social studies, and science begin with the California state standards, but move beyond them to emphasize critical thinking, hands-on activities, analysis,

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Renaissance Village Academy Summer Program: RVA also offers a summer program for gifted and motivated students. The 90-minute classes include botany with a real botanist; Russian language, logic, math, Greek and Latin roots, Internet research, writing, art, and classic literature. Students can sign up for just a class or two, or for the whole day. Two sessions are scheduled: June 20 to July 8, and July 11 to 19 (meeting Monday through Thursday). Classes are open to anyone reading at the 4th Grade level or higher, regardless of age, up through 10th Grade. For more information, visit www.rva.us.com.

and writing. English includes literature, morphology (Greek and Latin roots), syntax, debate, and writing. “Our students gain from exceptional circumstances and opportunities every single day. And one of the differences our students consistently mention is that they’re not bored,” said Retter. “High expectations are the norm. Self-esteem is built through actual achievement.” A highly experienced teacher with multiple credentials, Retter graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Russian Civilization) from University of California, Irvine. She completed the Credential Program at San Diego State University and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching at National University in 2003. Retter’s overall teaching philosophy is exemplified by what she describes as the four elements that define the best experiences in education: • A “natural” teacher, who’s inherently gifted at working with kids. • A knowledgeable and intelligent teacher, with complete mastery of the curriculum. • An environment where learning is expected of students, not just encouraged. • An environment that engages students’ curiosity and desire to explore. Teachers in public schools would like to provide all of this, but are often limited by bureacratic requirements and funding issues. Private schools have an advantage in setting their own environments, but the rest is still a matter of chance,” Retter said. “At RVA, all the elements are present. “ Retter also noted RVA takes parent involvement in school operations a step further than public schools. For example, before the start of each school year, parents are surveyed for when school

RVA At A Glance Name:

Renaissance Village Academy, Inc.

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Private school for gifted and/or highly

motivated students reading at the 4th

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Year Opened: 2010 Address:

9988 Hibert St., #301

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should begin and end, as well as vacation days. “(And) our schedule is designed to help meet the needs of working parents,” she said, which includes a longer school day, which allows the students to complete work and projects at school rather than taking them home.” Both physical education and foreign language training is a significant part of the RVA experience. Sensei Alan Fitzgerald of ZUltimate Self Defense Studios in Carmel Mountain teaches students three days a week – and all 5th graders choose a language to learn (choices include: Russian, Latin, German, Chinese or Japanese). A second foreign language is later added for students. But the true RVA learning experience comes from the quality of the teaching, as developed by Retter: • RVA gives gifted children an opportunity to use their abilities and expand upon them, rather than coast along or take apparent “success” for granted. • Education at RVA involves knowledge and the application of knowledge: Thinking. Both are important and both are emphasized at RVA. • It’s common for people to underestimate the importance of true quality in teaching, particularly in the “middle school” years. But those years form the basis for all subsequent education. • One goal underlies all that students experience at RVA – they learn how to think and how to learn. “I founded Renaissance Village Academy because I’m passionately devoted to meeting the needs of gifted, profoundly gifted, and highly-motivated students. I wrote my first paper on the importance of specialized programs for gifted students when I was 15, following a family tradition of teaching,” she said, noting her years working in local schools with GATE and other programs firsthand. “These experiences inform my philosophy towards homework – less is more. Just because children are gifted doesn’t mean they need to do twice as much work as others. The quality of assignments is of greater importance than the quantity thereof.” ¢ Renaissance Village Academy is located at 9988 Hibert St., #301, San Diego, CA 92131. For more information, contact Director and Principal Teacher Nancy Retter via email at director@rva.us.com or phone at 858-564-9622, or visit www.rva.us.com.

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oming off a 6-5-1 record in 2010, Scripps Ranch High School Head Football Coach Joe Meyer is excited about his second year guiding the Falcons in 2011. Meyer previewed the opportunities and challenges for the local team for the readers of 92131 Magazine.

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with SCRIPPS RANCH Varsity Head Coach JOE MEYER

92131Magazine: What is your outlook for the upcoming season for the Scripps Ranch High School Falcons football team? Meyer: This year, I think we are going to be tough on defense and I think offensively we will be competitive if we stay healthy. 92131 Magazine: What are your team’s strengths entering the upcoming season? Meyer: Our defensive line will be strong and anchored by Marvin Abou, while our running game will feature returning back Austin Vigil. 92131 Magazine: What areas of the team offer you the biggest challenges? Meyer: Our biggest challenge comes from our secondary, with the injuries to our starters during the summer caused us to utilize new players. 92131 Magazine: Who are the leading returning starters for the team? Meyer: We have expectations from Ryan Gorski (quarterback), Austin Vigil (running back/linebacker), Marvin Abou (defensive line), BJ Little (wide receiver), Minh Phan (offensive line), and Jared Clark (offensive line). 92131 Magazine: What changes or shifts are planned in your offensive or defensive philosophies? Meyer: This year on offense, we are going to try and be a little more

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versatile. On defense we are going to try and be more physical in how we play the game. 92131 Magazine: What do you enjoy most about coaching high school football? Meyer: I enjoy being around the kids and helping them develop both on and off the field. There is so much more to offer at the high school level than just coaching football. Football is just the avenue of teaching young men life-long lessons. 92131 Magazine: What was your inspiration for getting into coaching? Meyer: I was born and raised in a football-oriented family, with my father Herb Meyer (who was the long-time head coach at Oceanside High School and El Camino High School). I played for him at El Camino. After finishing my playing days as a quarterback at Sonoma State in the early 1980s, I came home and started coaching with him at El Camino. 92131 Magazine: How do you describe your basic coaching philosophy or approach to preparing a team for the season? Meyer: My coaching philosophy goes back to what I was taught by my father: To be honest and fair, not only with your players, but people that you come in contact with. Treat everyone the way that you want to be treated. Show that you care, but you have to be demanding.

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SCRIPPS RANCH FALCONS Team Profile Mascot: Last year’s record: Fall Practice Start Date: First game: Returning starters (defense): Returning starters (offense): League:

Falcons 6-5-1 Aug. 9 Sept. 2 5 4 Eastern

FALCONS 2011 Schedule Sept. 2

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Coaching Staff Head Coach Special Teams/Tight Ends Wide Receivers Running Backs Offensive Line Defensive Coordinator Defensive Backs Defensive Line Offensive Line/Video Prod.

Joe Meyer Andy Parker Gary Harrison Trey Grey Matt Johnson Chuck Brookes Derek Schmitte Vince Chambers Matt Brooks Jon Taylor

Varsity Football Head Coach Name: Age: Seasons at RBHS: Career record at RBHS: Career record as head coach: Previous coaching positions: Teaching responsibilities: Awards/Honors: Education: Family: Hobbies/Interests:

Joe Meyer 50 2 6-5-1 6-5-1 Assistant/Off. Coor., El Camino Off. Coor., Rancho Buena Vista Off. Coor., Army Navy Academy Off. Coor., Scripps Ranch History teacher; Program Advisor; Asst. Coach of the Year (El Camino) Sonoma State Married to Cathy Meyer; 2 children Family, golf 92131 Magazine

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Fall Sports Preview Girls Volleyball

Girls Tennis

Head Coach: Ronni Olsen Last Year’s Record: CIF Division II Champions Practices Begin: Aug. 22 First Game: Sept. 9 vs Mt. Carmel (at MCHS) Coach’s Season Outlook: We have eight strong returning players with experience on what it takes to build a cohesive team, and have many strong players trying to make this years squad. We move up to Division I this year, but feel we will be able to compete well and look forward to the challenge of playing new teams.

Head Coach: Jane Morrill Last Year’s Record: 22-4 Practices Begin: Aug. 17 First Game: Sept. 6 vs San Pasqual (at SRHS) Coach’s Season Outlook: Coming off a 2010 CIF Division I championship, we are losing 10 seniors. We will be young but have some exciting talent coming up the ranks.

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Head Coach: Eric Batchelor Last Year’s Record: 9-7 Practices Begin: Aug. 22 First Game: Aug. 31 vs. Claremont (at CHS) Coach’s Season Outlook: After losing six senior starters, we’ll have a new core of players on the court this season looking to make a good run into the division one playoffs.

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Head Coach: Lori Grow Last Year’s Record: N/A Practices Begin: Aug. 17 First Game: Sept. 9, Mustang Invitational (Chula Vista) Coach’s Season Outlook: We are looking forward to another successful cross country season at Scripps Ranch. Both the girls and boys teams have been training hard all summer, and the entire coaching staff is very excited to watch their hard work pay off.

Head Coach: Christy Serritella Last Year’s Record: 7-6 Practices Begin: Aug. 15 First Game: Aug. 31 vs. Mira Mesa (at SRHS) Coach’s Season Outlook: Looking to a successful season with a strong returning group of players. Senior captains Holly Bowyer and Justine Caeg, provide support and younger players, Jamie Binns and Christina Vo provide inspiration.

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Name: Jim Paterniti, PhD; Mary Drummond Residence: Scripps Ranch Affiliation: Scripps Ranch Civic Association, Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance Family: 2 grown children; 6 grandchildren Occupations: Drummond: Educator, Weight Watchers International Paterniti: President, Paterniti Pharma R&D Consulting

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arried couple and Scripps Ranch residents Jim Paterniti and Mary Drummond know that it takes a proactive approach to lead a successful community. As Co-Executive Vice Presidents of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, Paterniti and Drummond make sure to be involved with whatever they can to share their love for the people of Scripps Ranch. After living in 92131 for 16 years and serving as a board member for the Scripps Ranch Planning Group for 12 years, Paterniti is a well-respected individual in the community. As the chair of the SRCA Long-Term Planning Committee, he is able to give local feedback about issues involving the Scripps Ranch area. “Through the Scripps Ranch Planning Group we have made recommendations to the city of San Diego on every major planning and land use issue (Stonebridge Estates, Chabad Academy, and Scripps Ranch

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Organization: Scripps Ranch Civic Association Purpose: The mission of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association is to serve, promote, and protect the community interests of Scripps Ranch through volunteer efforts; to identify and evaluate needs, disseminate information, and take appropriate action to support Scripps Ranch organizations with the common goal of improving the quality of life in the community. Contact: Visit www.scrippsranch.org or email president@scrippsranch.org

Boulevard mall improvements) in the 92131 zip code,” Paterniti said. He also serves on the SRCA Executive Committee with his wife, and co-leads a patient support group through the Center for Integrative Medicine at Scripps Clinic. While her husband has always had a passion for community planning, it took a very personal experience to nudge Drummond into the various volunteer positions she involves herself with today. The Cedar Fire that ripped through the area in 2003 claimed 2,820 structures -- including the couple’s very own home. Since then, she has been an active member of the Burnout Sisters, a strong group of women who still continue to support each other years after the devastating wildfire occurred. Also a member of the Scripps Ranch Elder Care Alliance, Drummond works with the organization to provide information, education, recreation and assistance to the large number of Scripps Ranch residents over the age of 50. September | October 2011

Drummond considers her biggest accomplishment streamlining and expanding the communication opportunities for Scripps Ranch. “I was able to identify and implement state-of-the-art communication tools and practices that enable participation and volunteerism in the 92131 community,” she said, noting that it now includes a significant SRCA email network (visit www.scrippsranch.org to join). Drummond and Paterniti stay busy on a variety of interests when not serving their community. In addition to website development, email marketing, computers and graphic arts – she also participates in gardening, Pilates and yoga. Paterniti enjoys off-road vehicles and gardening, and – at age 63 – studies ballet and trains as a serious power weight lifter. In addition, they have two grown children: Anthea, a clinical psychologist living in New York City; and Scott, a captain in the U.S. Air Force (who have given the couple seven grandchildren). ¢ 92131magazine.com


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Unique Approach, Complete Solution Curves-Scripps Ranch Helps Women Reach Weight Loss, Fitness and Health Goals

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urves continues to help millions of women of all shapes and sizes take charge of their health and combat the effects of aging and disease,” said Katie Giblin, owner of the local Curves franchise. “A circuit coach is present to teach and motivate members during every workout. Curves works because it gives you a complete cardio and strength-training workout in just 30 minutes, where you can burn up to 500 calories every time. The circuit is made up of resistance machines that work every major muscle group, two muscles at a time – and it’s a workout that is fast, efficient and fun.” Giblin’s mother, Janet Nelson, first opened the Curves-Scripps Ranch 2001, based on her dream to provide a supportive and comfortable environment for the women of Scripps Ranch to form the healthy habit of exercise. In 2003, Nelson passed away suddenly and Giblin decided to keep the fitness center going. In January 2010, Hala Harris, the owner of the Curves in Rancho Penasquitos, and Kate Giblin formed a partnership bringing together both clubs. The combination of Hala’s and Katie’s experience in training and weight management has proven to be the right formula in creating the successful fitness center. As the largest fitness and health club franchise in the world, Curves is dedicated to providing affordable, one-stop exercise and nutritional information for women. “Motivation can be easy to find but hard to keep. That is why we offer a variety of services to keep members coming,” Giblin said, noting the CurvesSmart® state-of-the-art personal coaching system, the new Curves® Circuit with Zumba, and the Curves Complete diet program coming in January 2012. Giblin and Harris are proud of the supportive and professional team at CurvesScripps Ranch, including Faye Gordon, who has been providing training and support to members as a circuit coach for almost nine years. She specializes in the enrollment and training of our Silver Sneaker Senior Members, which provides seniors with a free membership utilizing their health insurance. Cindy Symons, a night time staff member, also handles the facility’s social media activities, such as our Curves Scripps Ranch Facebook page. Symons makes working out fun as she organizes monthly activities for members, including discounted Padres games and member potlucks. With almost 10 years in the community and a dedication to continuing education and training, Curves-Scripps Ranch is focused on the success and support of its members. “We want to thank the Scripps Ranch Community for the strong membership support we have experienced in the past ten years,” Giblin said. “We are so proud of our many active members with more than 1,000 workouts to their name, as well as amazing weight loss success from members.” Giblin and Harris stress that anyone can work out at Curves. “It doesn’t matter what your fitness level or how much experience you have. We encourage friends to meet at Curves to catch up as a healthy alternative to a lunch date. Friendships and results have kept our members visiting the gym three or more days per week for years; and all ages are encouraged,” said Giblin, noting that the youngest member is only 11 years old and the eldest is 90. “We love to have sisters, mothers, daughters and grandmothers visit together on the circuit.” ¢ Curves-Scripps Ranch is located at 9932 Mercy Road, Suite 106. For information, call 858-536-4110, email curvesscrippsranch@yahoo.com, or visit http://sdcurves.com/scrippsranchcurves.

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Early Education, Prevention, Reduced Anxiety

Scripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry Provides a Calm, Relaxed Setting

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ll children should enjoy continual dental care in a guidelines and sterilization techniques in every aspect of patient care, and calm, relaxed setting without anxiety or fear. every member of the staff is CPR certified.” That’s the primary goal for Anthony J. Scoma, Opened in 2004, Scripps Ranch Pediactric Dentistry provides excepDDS and the professional, experienced team at tional quality treatment and an array of dental services in one convenient Scripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry. “Our staff is location at 9855 Erma Road, Suite 113. Among the services are prevenspecifically trained to provide exceptional care with tion, oral hygiene evaluation and instruction, interceptive orthodontics and a high level of skill and an even higher level of space maintenance, oral surgery, trauma and 24-hour dental emergencies, warmth so that children, regardless of their individual situation, are comfortconscious sedation and general anesthesia, and more. able for each and every one of their appointments,” Dr. Scoma said. In addition to receiving his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from NorthSpecializing in the unique oral health needs of children from birth to western University, Dr. Scoma completed a two-year residency at Schadolescence, Dr. Scoma and his staff focus on each child’s total health neider Children’s Hospital-LIJMC in New York. He is a Fellow of care starting with early parental education, oral hygiene instructhe American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Senior Attending tion and fluoride supplementation. “I feel strongly that every at San Diego’s Rady Children’s Hospital, and a member of parent needs to be actively involved in the care of their several professional associations. child’s dental development,” said Dr. Scoma, a DipTo ensure the comfort of his patients, Dr. lomate of the American Board of Pediatric DenScoma spends considerable time speaking with tistry. “Therefore, I encourage each parent each child and their parents during every to be with the child for all well-visits, office visit. “At Scripps Ranch Pediatric periodic examinations and treatment Dentistry, we factor in each child’s appointments. Scripps Ranch personality and “dental fears”, ~ DR. ANTHONY J. SCOMA, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry strives past dental and medical exScripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry to create a “Dental perience, medical history, Home” for each child in dental development and an attempt to implement preventative dental health habits that keep a child restorative needs to create an individual treatment regimen that addresses all free from dental/oral disease.” aspects for the child’s overall dental/oral needs,” he said. “We are commitScripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry offers a safe and fun experience ted to making each visit a pleasant experience.” ¢ for its patients. “The atmosphere is fun and exciting for the kids, from For more information on Scripps Ranch Pediatric Dentistry or make an appointvideo games to movies and audio storybooks,” Dr. Scoma explained. “We ment, call 858-271-4200, email scomapediatricdentistry@gmail.com, or visit continually strive to improve the care for our patients by keeping up with www.scomapediatricdentistry.com. the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment. We follow strict OSHA

‘The atmosphere is fun and exciting for the kids, from video games to movies and audio storybooks’

SCRIPPS RANCH PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AT A GLANCE Name:

Anthony J. Scoma, DDS

Address: 9855 Erma Rd, Suite 113

San Diego, CA 92131

Website: www.scomapediatricdentistry.com Email:

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Phone:

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Hours: Mon-Thu, 8 am-5 pm; Fri, 7:30-4 pm

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rowds of residents and visitors celebrated Independence Day 2011 in Scripps Ranch, gathering for the 41st Annual July 4th Parade – then enjoying food and festivities at Hoyt Park. ¢

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SCRIPPS RANCH THEATRE

CELEBRATING ITS 32ND SEASON Five New Productions Set For Scripps Ranch Theatre

‘How the Other Half Loves’ Opens Sept. 10; Tickets on sale now

Five plays are planned for the upcoming Scripps Ranch Theatre season, which begins Sept. 10 with “How the Other Half Loves” by Alan Ayckbourn – running through Oct. 8. “You can go into the theater sober and come out later – drunk from laughter,” a UPI news service reviewer once wrote of the play, described as an ingenious comedy. According to a Scripps Ranch Theatre press release, the dinner party scene alone is worth the price of admission. Adult season tickets are $99, with individual production tickets priced at $25. Discounts are available for seniors, students, military personnel and children. Call 858-578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org to purchase tickets or obtain more information. Other productions planned for the season include: • “The Magical Journey” (“La Posada Magica”) by Octavio Solis (and music by Marcos Loya), running Nov. 12 to Dec. 17. A staple for a number of years at the prestigious South Coast Rep, this is described as a remarkable, beautiful, enchanting musical production. The theatre expects this production to sell out, but is currently listing it as a tentative performance. • “Brooklyn Boy” by Donald Margulies, which begins Jan. 21, 2012 and continues through Feb. 18. Written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, this inspirational comedy is about going home again. It was described by the New York Daily News as “uproariously funny”. • “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani, debuting March 24, 2012 and running through April 21. The production – described as a play for everyone who has ever experienced the mystical wonderment and bewilderment of being in love – is having its San Diego premier in Scripps Ranch. • “California Suite” by Neil Simon, opening May 26, 2012 and continuing through June 23. With this production, Simon is at his most humane, compassionate best. A humorous confection divided into four parts, the play involves four couples and one hotel suite that all add up to an uproarious, sky bursting ending to the local theater’s season. Scripps Ranch Theatre performs in the Legler -Benbough Theatre at 10455 Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch, on the campus of Alliant International University (formerly USIU).

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s first production of the season – Alan Ayckbourn’s ingenious farce, “How the Other Half Loves,” plays Sept. 10 through Oct. 8 at its theater on the Alliant International University campus. One of the world’s most popular and prolific playwrights, Alan Ayckbourn has written 74 full-length plays and is regarded in the U.S. as the Neil Simon of Britain. Jim Caputo, who most recently directed Scripps Ranch Theatre’s sold-out production of the British farce, “Not Now Darling,” takes the helm again. He has invited two cast members of the “Not Now Darling” company to join him: Eric Poppick, who just completed a star turn in the New Village Arts production of “Death of a Salesman,” and DeNae Steele, last seen in SRT’s “Painting Churches.” The strong cast includes the noted Shakespearian actor, Neil McDonald; Lamb’s Theater veteran, Susan Andrews; Maelyn Gandola, a recent BYU Theater grad, seen recently in the Carlsbad Readers presentation of “The Children’s Hour”; and Adam Daniel, an alumnus of the San Diego State University theater program. The play takes place in the homes of two couples. A late-night dalliance involving the wife of one and the husband of the other requires excuses that involve a third innocent couple which all leads to the usual escalation of misunderstandings, mistaken assumptions and resulting fireworks that are the hallmarks of an Ayckbourn play. Ayckbourn is also known for introducing unusual elements of set, time and structure to his plays. In “How the Other Half Loves” he places two homes on stage, but not side by side; instead the two homes are commingled – bits and pieces of each home are interspersed. As a result, two scenes may be played simultaneously even though they are in two locations and at different times. The resulting juxtapositions make for a hilarious evening. “This is a highly technical play to perform. It must be choreographed with precision and honed with perfect timing,” said Caputo. “But there is nothing like it when it is done well – and we will.” Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early, as performances sell out quickly. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $22 for students, seniors and active military. For reservations, call the Scripps Ranch Theatre box-office at 858-578-7728 or visit SRT’s website at www.scrippsranchtheatre.org for additional information. ¢

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Todd a Tireless Public School Advocate, Dedicated Volunteer by SARABETH GRAML

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t’s a significant understatement to describe Lynn Todd as being involved in her community. A Scripps Ranch resident since 1992, Todd is a public schools advocate, a dedicated volunteer with several Scripps Ranch Civic Association committees and other organizations – and the recent recipient of an SRCA Congressional Award for “…multiple years of service and involvement with many organizations and events.” Interestingly, the seemingly tireless Todd moved to 92131 almost by accident. “We picked Scripps Ranch because it was a compromise spot. I worked downtown and my husband worked in Murrieta,” she said. “But we also loved the trees and the open spaces and the idea that the schools were good, even though we didn’t have kids yet.” Todd and family (husband Doug, and sons Jake and Justin) continue to enjoy living in Scripps Ranch, mainly due to the people and the community feel. “Although it is now a much bigger place, it still has touches of a small hometown, which is aided by things like the 4th of July parade, the community fair, all the sports and scouts organizations, and the SCRA Newsletter,” she said. So how involved is Todd? A few of her activities include: • Chair of the Marshall Middle School Parent Paid Bus Program, which delivers 130 students safely to the campus and mitigates traffic congestion in the area (she’s been involved on the committee for six years). • Parliamentarian of the Marshall PTSA (another long-time involvement). • Member of the SRCA Schools Committee (and a chair or cochair for three years). • Auditor of the Scripps Ranch High School Foundation. • Writer of a monthly newsletter for the Waterford neighborhood. • Adult Training Chair for Boy Scout Troop 301. Todd has handled training for the scouts for about five years. “I am responsible for keeping track of the training taken by various adults involved with the troop. I got involved because it was a good way to meet people in the troop and support the troop without having to sleep in a sleeping bag,” she said. “I like to hike, but I like my own bed and shower.” Over the years, Todd also has written several applications resulting in thousands of dollars in grants for Miramar Ranch Elementary and

Marshall Middle schools – including $30,000 for technology and training related to a garden project at MRE. When not immersed in school and community activities, Todd enjoys reading books and jogging at the lake. An attorney by trade – she received both her undergraduate and law degrees at UCLA – she also works part-time for a medical group. Clearly, though, her passion is with people and the community. “If you are involved in organizations or your kids’ schools, you get to know a lot of really nice people who care about their community,” Todd said. “Plus, it’s great to know that I help make the Scripps Ranch schools a better place for my kids and other kids.” ¢

Name: Lynn Todd Age: 48 Residence: Waterford in Scripps Ranch Family: Married to Doug (medical doctor); 2 sons (Jake, 15; Justin, 12) Pet: Tiki (dachshund)

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Identity Theft?

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You The increasing danger of identity theft requires everyone to use additional care. Here are some tips on avoiding your credit cards from becoming compromised: Watch your back: You’re standing at the checkout counter with your credit card in hand. That person behind you acting as if they are looking at their cell phone screen could actually be taking a picture of your credit card number and expiration date. Watch your trash: You throw away expired credit cards, deposit slips, paid bills, even preapproved credit card offers. Identity thieves can wander neighborhoods on trash days, finding a gold mine of information. Watch that debit card: You use your debit card instead of your credit card. When hackers hack retail data bases, they have direct access into your account. Watch your mailbox: You rejoice when that bill doesn’t arrive or the masses of preapproval credit card applications stop arriving. Think again, especially if your mailbox is not secure; likely the thief has what you don’t.

Jeri Winberg 14677 Via Bettona, Suite 115 San Diego, CA 92127 (619) 997-8744 jeri.winberg@bankofamerica.com

Jeri Winberg has lived in San Diego since 1977, in North County since 1986. She has been working with clients and Bank of America for 27+ years making financial sense out of their mortgage dollars.

Watch your passwords: You write them down in the most obvious places and don’t change them often enough. Changing them often, while a hassle, is best for your security and peace of mind. So protect your information (all of it), deter the thieves, and save your credit score. The time, effort, and cost to repair are huge and the impact to the score is staggering. ¢

Sales Activity Address

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Beds Baths Est SF

Price

Address

June 16 thru August 15, 2011 Beds

Baths

Est SF

Price

12107 Charbono St

3

3

2176

565,000

11398 Wills Creek Rd

5

4

2778

700,000

9977 Courtyard Dr

4

3

2189

597,500

11630 Alderidge Ln

3

3

2379

730,000

11324 Village Ridge Rd

4

3

1980

535,900

11652 Petenwell Rd

5

3

3050

720,000

10920 Elderwood Ln

3

2

1601

572,200

11626 Enid Ct

4

3

2753

730,000

10875 Pinot Noir Cir

4

2

2041

600,000

11757 Spruce Run Dr

4

3

2379

740,000

11059 Turret Dr

4

3

2264

550,000

11687 Sardis Pl

5

3

2927

758,000

12040 Medoc Ln

4

3

2187

600,000

11490 Ringdove Ct

4

3

3517

780,000

11591 Cohansey Rd

5

3

2279

580,000

11651 Aldercrest Pt

4

4

3237

770,000

10021 Waldgrove Pl

3

3

2339

600,000

11488 Winding Ridge Dr

5

4

3247

785,000

10986 PATINA COURT

4

3

2699

619,000

13366 Greenstone Ct

5

5

5108

801,250

10435 Scripps Trl

4

3

2100

605,000

11485 Willapa Cv

4

3

3517

829,000

10475 White Birch Dr

3

3

2506

630,000

11484 Ringdove Ct

5

4

3562

848,000

11434 Eastwind Pt

4

3

2543

580,000

11652 Aspendell Dr

5

5

3441

830,000

11083 Roxboro Rd

4

3

2148

620,000

9920 Rue Biarritz

4

3

3369

845,000

11294 Pepperview Ter

4

3

2266

620,000

15218 Maple Grove Lot 231 Ln

4

4

3567

875,000

11272 Arborside Wy

4

3

2174

645,000

14574 Whispering Ridge Rd

5

5

4056

902,000

10740 Ancona Ln

4

3

2831

649,000

14530 Whispering Ridge Rd

5

5

4040

899,000

11458 Cypress Cyn Park Dr

4

3

2664

665,000

11884 Candy Rose Wy

4

3

3235

835,000

11496 Cypress Terrace Pl

4

3

2664

650,000

9759 Caminito Calor

4

4

3748

887,250

12515 Rougemont Pl

4

3

3036

630,000

14715 Old Creek Rd

5

5

4435

900,000

11361 Belladonna Wy

4

3

2341

657,000

12280 Semillon Blvd

3

3

3946

953,500

11610 Rascon Ct

5

3

2989

650,000

12438 Kingspine Ave

4

5

3491

987,500

11707 Fantasia Ct

3

3

2348

660,000

11052 Twinleaf Wy

4

4

3960

1,221,000

11311 Wills Creek Rd

4

3

2379

685,100

11360 Mandrake Pt

6

4

4504

1,050,000

11858 Caminito Sanudo

5

4

3750

585,000

11645 Caminito Magnifica

4

4

4500

1,025,000

10555 Pine Falls Ct

4

3

2498

685,000

11250 Montaubon Wy

5

4

4035

1,105,000

11345 Silver Oak Ln

6

5

3855

751,500

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Wildfire Season Here Again by SUZY-BETH SARVER

What Residents Need to Know To Protect Property and Family

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n a busy stretch of West Bernardo Drive amid the towering pine trees is a plaque that bears a simple message: “Thank you San Diego Fire Fighters 2007.” This is a daily reminder to many who travel this road on what was lost and how much was saved. Unless you were hiding under a rock in San Diego County, you remember exactly where you were on Oct. 21, 2007. It was a day that began like many other Sundays in San Diego County. But as the winds picked up a smell of burning timber permeated the air. A serious situation was unfolding in the East County, and it had a name — the Witch Creek Fire. “I remember we were out by the pool enjoying a beautiful Sunday afternoon and by 2 p.m. the ash started to fall,” recalled 4S Ranch resident Janice Karr. “By 9 p.m. that evening, it looked like a snowstorm outside with continual ash falling -- and in the wee hours of the night, less than 12 hours later – I was banging on doors and alerting residents to evacuate.” The Witch Creek Fire developed rapidly that Sunday night, and by Monday morning it had engulfed portions of North Poway and Rancho Bernardo as it jumped west through Lake Hodges and across I-15. A wall of fire headed toward the Westwood neighborhood and took little mercy as it raged through brush and surrounded homes in a matter of minutes. “One minute I was in bed sleeping, the next I was trying to get my wife and daughter into the car and find my keys,” recalled Frank Smith of Rancho Bernardo. “It happened so fast, I went to bed around 11 p.m. watching the story on the news; I never thought it would affect our neighborhood.” Families fled, some with little more than the clothes on their backs. Local streets soon became congested and other areas completely shut down. By Monday morning almost the entire I-15 and SR-56 Corridor had been evacuated. Qualcomm 48

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you need to take? Consider medications, important paperwork, cash, contact phone numbers, precious keepsakes, photos and any jewelry or other valuables. Have a family plan. If you have to evacuate and members of the family are not at home, where is the family to meet? Keep a full tank of gas for your vehicle. Have cash on hand. Listen to local radio reports on where to find shelter for yourself and your pets. Pack a first aid kit. Keep enough food and water for three days per person. Remember your pets. Bring their food, water, medication and supplies

How to Prepare for Your Safety • Wild fires are unpredictable. They can jump two homes or five homes. A wild fire can travel blocks at a time. • Do not wait until the last minute to evacuate. • Follow instructions given by your local police and fire department. • Have an alternative route planned in the event your plan is impassable. • If you are caught in a firestorm, do not panic; find a swimming pool or body of water and remain. ¢

For more wildfire Information: 92127 (4S Ranch and other areas): Rancho Santa Fe Fire Dept. www.rsf-fire.org. 92064: Poway Fire department www.poway.org 92127 (portions), 92128, 92129, 92131: San Diego Fire-Rescue Dept. www.sandiego.gov/fireandems 92131magazine.com


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he 10th Annual MotorHeadMadness.com Classic Car Show returns to Poway on Saturday, Sept. 17, benefitting Soroptimist International Clubs of Rancho Bernardo and Poway. Admission is free for spectators, who can view more than 200 classic automobiles. The competition is open to all years of cars and trucks, with nine trophy classes and 28 trophies to be awarded (car show pre-registration is $25, or $30 on the day of the show – which includes lunch, T-shirt, a goodie bag and a dash plaque). Held at Poway Transmissions, 13933 Poway Road, more than 10 different automotive businesses in the complex plan open house events featuring prizes, drawings, giveaways, music, food and more. In addition, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the car show, a new “Taste of Poway” event has been added – with seven area restaurants handing out samples to attendees. Among the participants are Jimmy’s Brick Pit BBQ, Café Merlot, Hidden

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Deli, Hamburger Factory, Pho Joy, Surf Brothers Teriyaki, and Schwan’s. Attendees also have the opportunity to bid on a variety of silent auction items. And “Red Raffle Tickets” will be available, providing individuals with the opportunity to win $1,000. Corporate partners for the event include: Wal-Mart, Hamann Comp anies, Albertsons, All Weather Plumbing Heating Air, Auto Body Excellence, Camaros United International, Clever Promotions, Courtesy Chevrolet, Freddie’s Auto Service, Intermountain Radiator, La Jolla Industries, Mossy Nissan, NAPA, Pacific Auto Electric, Pat Schultz, CPA, Poway Muffler & Brake, Poway Auto Repair, Poway Patch.com, Poway Test Only, Robby’s Auto, SD Granite, Snap-On, TOW PROS, Inc., Quality Recycling, SD Car Club Council and Poway Transmissions. For more information, call Karen Dunn at 858-679-8000 or visit www.MotorHeadMadness.com. ¢

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10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids! Read aloud to Snuffy the Therapy Dog Children’s Area

9/14

6:15 – 7:45 p.m. San Diego Shakespeare Society Open Readings “Famous Soliloquies” Teens/Adults Community Room

9/15

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

9/17

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Computer Users (Teens/Adults) Seminar Room

9/18

2:30-3:30 p.m. Dmitry Kirichenko, Pianist--Pleasure of Your Company Music Series presented by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Community Room

9/21

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Access Users Group (Teens/Adults) Community Room

9/28

6:30 –7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: Cutting for Stone by Adam Verghese (Adults) Seminar Room

10/19 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Access Users Group (Teens/Adults). Community Room 10/20 3:00-4:00 p.m. Especially for Kids (All ages) sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library Community Room 10/26 6:30 –7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson (Adults) Seminar Room 10/26 6:15-7:30 p.m. Secrets & Strategies for Successful Social Media Marketing (Adults) Ilana Herring, MBA, Director of Marketing, California Miramar University

RECURRING EVENTS Tuesdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm Knitting Club Sept. 6 and 20; Oct. 4 and 18 (Teens/ Adults) Seminar Room Wednesdays

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

OCTOBER EVENTS

Thursdays

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

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9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Cooking Class (Adults) - begins Sept. 8 Community Room

Thursdays

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

Fridays

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Chinese Storytime (Children) begins mid-September, call for details Library Children’s Area

10:30-11:30 a.m. Kids! Read aloud to Snuffy the Therapy Dog Children’s Area

10/11 9:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. Get Back to Work Now! Career Event sponsored by Best Jobs Magazine Community & Seminar Rooms 10/12 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. San Diego Shakespeare Society Open Readings “Sonnet Night” Teens/Adults Community Room 10/15 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Computer Users (Teens/Adults)

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