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The fastest game on two feet The mission of Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association is to allow elementary and middle school children in the community exposure to the popular growing sport of lacrosse. We talk with board members of both the boys and girls programs to learn how the sport has made an impact on the youth in the 92131.


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Alexander Costello (z)

Your neighbor’s recipe

Kivetta’s Almond Butter Cups

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:::: FROM THE PUBLISHER Aim for the Rim I had big dreams when I was a kid. As a dreamer, I had a vivid imagination growing up. One of my favorite things to do was visualize future achievements – we’ve all done it. For example, while playing around with the basketball I would tell myself that if I made the next shot, later on in life I would become a famous rock star, or an astronaut, or a jet pilot – you get the picture. The choices were endless. Sometimes it was as simple as the girl down the street who I had a crush on would notice me. And the funny thing is that even if I missed the shot, I would simply shoot again, many times raising the stakes a bit until I made the shot. Anything was possible. Last month, a group of my ZCode Magazine co-workers and I had the opportunity to volunteer at an event at a local Boys and Girls Club. It was the first day of their month-long program (Little Jumps, Big Changes) with the focus on the importance for young community members to lead active, healthy lifestyles. On that particular day we helped out on the basketball courts – shagging balls, encouraging kids to take shots, assisting with different forms and techniques, and of course, giving plenty of high fives and fist bumps. The kids and staff of the Boys and Girls Club welcomed ZCode with open arms. We jumped right into the mix, and by the end of the event all you could see were smiles – as well as a few beads of sweat running down our faces. Volunteering our time and interacting with the kids definitely had a personal impact on each one of us. We all traded in our busy calendars for a short period of time and became kids again. It felt good. I’m not sure who actually got more out of the event – our ZCode team or the kids at the Boys and Girls Club. All I know is that for a brief moment, I had the privilege of imagining endless possibilities – taking shots and dreaming of what will become of me if I actually made the basket. I plan to keep aiming for the rim. High fives and fist bumps always brighten my day (even in the office). I still feel like a kid. I still have big dreams. Derrick Breaux, Publisher

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Publisher Derrick Breaux Editor Tara Pritchett

858-768-0808 Associate Editor Sarabeth McElhaney Creative Director Tyler McElhaney Director of Business Development Jessica Breaux Director of Interactive Marketing Michael Bielecki Senior Graphic Designer Katie Mott Graphic Designers Shamara Lane Mani Salazar Photography Spark Photography Production Heather Lockwood Sally O’Neill Contributing Writers Linda Frabl Jennifer Frakes Kelley Gusich Amy Lehrer Wynne Love Kathy Loy Michelle Tremblay Advertising Sales Brian Olow 858-207-6187 92131 Magazine is published locally six times per year by Susco Media Inc. (dba ZCode Media / ZCode Magazines). © 2012 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 website).

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

The mission of RB Youth Lacrosse is to encourage, foster and promote the growth of the sport within the Rancho Bernardo community. We talk with the directors of both the boys and girls programs to learn how this fast growing sport has made an impact on the youth in the community.

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

Keep on Running

Local Stories. Local Photos.

Carla Carter takes the Shoal Creek Elementary School Running Club to the next level.

A SpotLIGHT on the Giles Family From the “Hot Light” to Chelsea’s Light, the Giles family LIGHTS up Rancho Bernardo.

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92064 Magazine hello, dolly!

50 years after its premiere, Hello, Dolly! has become a beloved staple of the American musical stage. Poway High School Musical Theatre Program put on a stellar production in early February.

Shaping Healthy Minds Retiring from 25 years with PUSD, Cathy Kosich isn’t slowing down.

Enthusiastic Music Supporter Parent volunteer, Staci Schreiber, keeps music alive at Poway High School.

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92129 Magazine on my honor The Scouts of the community are certainly taking their motto, “On My Honor” to a new level. From the newest Daisy Scouts and Cub Scouts to the veteran Ambassador Girl Scouts and Eagle Scouts, it is apparent these young kids are building character.

92009 Magazine A Hidden Gem Leo Carrillo Ranch is a designated historic national landmark that was opened to the public in August 2003. Charles Balteria, the Recreation Supervisor for the City of Carlsbad, takes us on a tour of the past, present and future of the ranch

92127 Magazine pay it forward Whether you are 10 or 92, there is always a need for volunteerism on all levels, big or small. April 25 th is Pay it Forward Day – take a moment to make someone’s day while experiencing the true power of giving.

92130 Magazine get in the scrum! We give you the ins and outs of the San Diego Youth Rugby Club based on feedback from President, Guy Hagen and Treasurer, David Pool.

92011 Magazine Batiquitos lagoon foundation Fred Sandquist, President of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, shared why the lagoon is noted as a North County treasure and how visitors and those interested in volunteering time and/or funding can help in preserving, enhancing and protecting the Lagoon.

92024 Magazine A home away from home The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA has grown to be an icon in the community and a model for Y’s across the nation. With 22,000 members strong, the YMCA hosts wonderful programs that are geared to promote healthy living for members of all ages.

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7th Annual Taste of the Ranch

Easter Bunny Visits The Scripps Ranch Farmers’ Market

Food from local restaurants, full service no host bar, and live and silent auction to benefit SRHS. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Carmel Mountain Country Club

March 6

Annual SRCA Recognition Night 6:30 p.m. | Marshall Middle School Theatre

March 10

Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 12

March 17

Various intersections around the county.

March 19

Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive

March 13

Regional Connect Networking Event – Tina Michelson

March 15

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March 15 – April 14

Wine tasting, networking, inspirational speakers and unique shopping. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Bernardo Winery

Doubt: A Parable

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.

March 11 & 16

Missoula Children’s Theater’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Auditions and Performance

Auditions are open to all children ages 5 – 18. Auditions 3/11 at 4 p.m. Performances 3/16 at 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. Poway Center for the Performing Arts

New educational research presented by Dr. Charles Hogan, Psychologist. 6:30 p.m. | American Center for Learning 858-549-4250

March 20

All proceeds go to Miramar Ranch Elementary. 11 a.m. | Rancho Bernardo Inn

Women and Wine Networking Event

Improving Student Success

Open to men and women. 5 – 7 p.m. | Hewlett-Packard

Miramar Ranch 3rd Annual Hawk Classic and Spring Social

March 11

St. Patrick’s Day

March 16

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Pub Party

3-course dinner, Irish music, dancing, pub games, “wine wall” and silent auction. Proceeds will fund scholarships and community organizations. 6 p.m. | 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant | Cost: $50 For tickets and reservations, contact Marty S. at 858-566-0551.

Spring Begins

Walter Cronkite is Dead 7 p.m. | PowPAC Readers’ Theatre

March 29

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

With presenters of the month Carmela Kramer, Realtor, Leslie Hutchison, Travel Consultant, and Diane Halfman, Lifestyle Organizer. RSVP with Julia at 858-549-3070. 8 – 9:30 a.m.

March 30

Easter Bunny Visits Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market

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March 30

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance Presented by Opera a la Carte. 8 - 10 p.m. | Poway Center for the Performing Arts

March 31 Easter

April 1

April Fools’ Day

April 20

Eleanor: Her Secret Journey

Starring M*A*S*H star Loretta Swit. 8 - 10 p.m. | Poway Center for the Performing Arts

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Come see what we’ve got to keep you and your family active. • • • • • •

Group Fitness Classes Free Child Watch Swim Lessons Gymnastics Sports Classes and Leagues Summer Camps

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, March 16 1:00-3:30 pm

Earth Day


April 25

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April 26


Pay It Forward Day

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Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

With presenters of the month Mary Joy Lynch, Nutritional Microscopy, Paulette Millander, Long Term Care Planner, and Moriel Cohen, Family Law Attorney. RSVP with Julia at 858-549-3070. 8 – 9:30 a.m.

April 27 – 29

The Wizard of Oz performed by Wing-it Ministry Productions April 27 – 28 at 7 p.m. | April 29 at 4 p.m. Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church

ONGOING Every Saturday

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

Now up to over 60 diverse vendors. Sponsored by the Ellen Browning Scripps Academic Fundraising Partnership, supporting children’s education. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Beginning Apr. 22

Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club Basketball

Open to women ages 25 and older. Mondays | 6, 7 or 8 p.m. | Scripps Ranch Community Rec Center Price: $80 non-members | $70 members

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Closing Day of Scripps Ranch National Junior Basketball

March 11-15

San Diego Sol Basketball Club Spring Tryouts

March 22

Scripps Ranch Softball Association Movie Night 3 p.m. | Cypress Canyon Park

April 1-5

San Diego Sol Basketball Club Spring Break Camp

Open to boys and girls in grades K - 12 for full or half day sessions. Professional coaching and individual attention.

April 11 - May 30

Scripps Ranch Gymnastics After-School Enrichment (dates & events subject to change)

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April 13

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Falcon Football and Cheer Sign-Ups 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

April 21

Scripps Ranch Soccer Club Tryouts (Older) 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Scripps Ranch High School Stadium Field

April 23

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Falcon Football and Cheer Sign-Ups 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

April 27

Scripps Ranch Softball Association Padres Night 5 p.m. | PETCO Park


Scripps Ranch Rec Soccer

Spring 2013 season registration now open.


The Bernardoettes

A friendly group of women golfers who play 18 holes of golf every Wednesday morning at the Oaks North Golf Course. For more details about the Bernardoettes and a free round of golf, contact Lloyd Porter, Oaks North Head Professional, at 858-487-3021.

Scripps Ranch Old Pros 2013 Spring Open Division Night Softball League

Through May 15th Marshall Middle School Fields

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teacher Middle School Choral Director, Katherine Girvin, Tries to Connect with Each Student by amy lehrer | photos by Spark Photography


clerical error miraculously launched Katherine Girvin’s career, enabling her to transform her hobby into a profession. She began writing music as a teen and participated in two high school choirs that enabled her to perform at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe. Later, after obtaining two bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Missouri and briefly teaching theater for displaced Hurricane Katrina victims, she applied for all posted social science positions. Because the Borrego Springs School District advertised needing a social science credential for a music position, she

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applied for a music position by mistake. Even though she lacked a music credential, the district hired her as their full time K – 12 music teacher because they saw her potential. She quickly completed the music credential coursework and created a music program in Borrego Springs that involved ninety percent of its students and allowed the middle and high school bands to begin winning awards. Recognizing that music was indeed a good fit and wanting to move closer to her childhood home, Girvin interviewed at Thurgood Marshall Middle School for a full time choral position. In just over three years, she has transformed the music program. To begin with, all students who audition are placed in one of the choirs. She explained, “I am a firm believer that all students should be able to have access to a music education no matter what their abilities.” Secondly, she has increased the size of the

Katherine Anne Girvin 30 College Area Choral Director, Thurgood Marshall Middle

program from 77 choral students and two choirs to 207 students and four choirs. And due to their dedication and Girvin’s personal prior choir experience, her students have been incredibly successful. Last year her choral students performed at Carnegie Hall and her chamber choir received a perfect score at the Forum Festival in Los Angeles. All three adjudicators told Girvin that they had never previously given a perfect score. And this year’s a capella students are invited to perform a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. They will tour Italy and perform in Florence, Venice, Tuscany and Bologna. Girvin joked, “If this is what the first quarter of my career is like, I don’t know what to expect for the rest! Is it possible to have the students perform on the moon?” But seriously, she added, “Creating lifelong musicians, even if just as a hobby, would be the greatest accomplishment for me as a choral educator.” 

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Oakley Introduces New Concept Store


akley Inc., the world’s leading sport performance eyewear brand, is proud to introduce their latest concept store, located at the University Town Center mall in San Diego. The new location, which opened in September, is a modern retail museum celebrating the brand’s 37-year heritage. Local residents are fortunate to have this store right in their own backyard, as it is only the second of its kind worldwide. In-store displays feature iconic advertising campaigns and products introduced since the launch of the Southern California Company in 1975. “Southern California is an important part of Oakley’s heritage. We enjoy being part of the community and helping San Diego residents with active lifestyles excel in their performance,” said Melissa Purdy, District Manager for Oakley Stores. “The new Oakley concept store offers the latest Oakley technology and innovations, with a unique focus on eyewear customization and customer service; which brings the absolute best Oakley shopping experience to San Diegans.” The store, located in the UTC Mall, includes two Oakley Custom Bars where customers can use interactive touch screen displays to design their own renditions of Oakley eyewear. An in-store environmental chamber allows customers to test their new eyewear against natural elements

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including wind, light and speed. Iconic eyewear on display throughout the 18-piece visual timeline includes Oakley’s Over The Top® sunglasses released in 2000 and the original Medusa goggles that hit the market in 2002. The focus of this innovative Oakley retail concept store is an extensive line of eyewear and hard goods, such as the company’s unrivaled timepiece designs and sports apparel that meld performance, technology and style. Cement boards, with a graphic print, line the interior store walls and hold open cases that showcase eyewear in a museumlike display. The unique storefront features hand-cut metal paneling with full-metal wall displays of apparel and accessories. Store manager Ruben Rubalcaba has been with the company for eight years and invites you to experience something unique on your next trip to the mall. He and his team of nine associates will provide you with a first-hand interactive experience that will have you testing products world-class athletes are using around the globe. The new location can be found at 4485 La Jolla Village Drive. Additional information is available at ¢

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Talented 3rd Grade Athlete Places 2nd in National Chess Competition


by amy lehrer | photos by Spark Photography

ine year old Scripps Ranch native, Alex Costello, began playing chess with his babysitter at the impressionable age of six. His interest in the game piqued, he started playing chess with his dad and joined the after school chess program at Jerabek Elementary School. As his skills improved, he began competing in chess tournaments, which began at the San Diego Chess Club and progressed to national level tournaments. In December of 2012, Alex flew to Orlando, Florida with his Name: Alexander John Costello dad to compete Age: 9 in the U.S. Chess School: Jerabek Elementary Federation’s Grade: 3rd National K-12 Parents: Molly and James Costello Championship. He Sibling: Grace (7)

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loved being able to compete in the 3-day tournament in a “gigantic, fun hotel” with lots of “good food.” He proudly explained, “I won all of my games except the very last one and ended up with the 2nd place chess trophy for all of third grade in the country.” With the 22-year-old highest rated chess player ever, Magnus Carlsen, as his inspiration, Alex looks forward to competing at the SuperNationals V this coming April in Nashville, Tennessee. Besides chess, Alex Costello has many other interests. In school, his favorite subject is math because he enjoys performing well on tests and earning good grades. He also enjoys traveling to Yosemite National Park every year with his seven year old sister, Grace, and his parents, Molly and James Costello. Alex Costello proudly Additionally, they’ve explained, “I won all of my traveled to Yellowstone, games except the very last nd the Grand Tetons, Olympic one and ended up with the 2 National Park, and the place chess trophy for all of National Mall and White third grade in the country.” House in Washington, D.C. Locally, he likes visiting Boomers, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo. Admitting to liking most sports, Alex bowls, rides the mountain bike his aunt and uncle bought him, plays tennis with his friends and has become an all-star in both baseball and soccer. When asked which all-star sport he preferred, he responded, “I really like them equally. In soccer, I like scoring goals; in baseball, I am a really good pitcher.” Motivated by his many interests, Alex Costello aspires to become a high-rated chess Grand Master at an early age and desires to either play major league baseball or professional soccer. A multi-talented boy like Alex is sure to enjoy his life’s journey and is bound to become successful. 

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butter 1 ½ cups ¼ tsp. 1 Tbsp. 1 bag


almonds sea salt chia seeds, grounded Enjoy Life chocolate chips

* Optional Ingredients: Add superfoods like maca powder, flax seeds or hemp protein powder to boost nutrition.

Directions 1. Process all ingredients in a food processor until it is the consistency of almond butter. 2. Roll mixture into balls and put in the freezer for four to six hours. 3. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler and dip or coat the frozen balls in the chocolate. 4. Top with ground almonds for presentation. * Makes about 25 one inch balls.

Check out Kivetta at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market every weekend We want your recipe!!

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About the Chef

Name of Chef: Kivetta Kenney Community of Residence: Del Mar Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing, cycling, nutrition Favorite Local Activity: Cycling Pacific Coast Highway About the Recipe: I love to make this recipe for friends and family who are not concerned about eating healthy. Once they try these and find out that there is no gluten, dairy or refined sugar, they are shocked. About the Chef: I am a special education teacher and the owner of Pure Manna. After finding out that I have food sensitivities, I obtained a degree in Holistic Nutrition. I have changed my diet and experienced how eliminating common allergens and eating a clean diet can be healing to the body. I have a passion for nutrition and creating healthy alternatives to the typical standard American diet processed foods. I don’t use any filler ingredients and incorporate many superfoods so that what you’re eating is not only delicious but providing the body with needed nutrients. All of my products are free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugars, flour and GMO’s. ¢

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Explore All That Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve Has to Offer by jennifer frakes

Batiquitos Lagoon | At A Glance Name: Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center Location: 7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011 Website: Email: Phone: 760-931-0800 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Weekends 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.


he Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve is a North San Diego County treasure! We encourage families to visit the Lagoon and to join us in preserving, protecting and enhancing it for future generations,” exclaimed Fred Sandquist, President of Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF). Batiquitos Lagoon is a magnificent part of the North San Diego landscape that offers a Nature Center, hiking trails, and many programs for all interests and ages. Batiquitos Lagoon was created when the ice sheets of the last ice age melted and the sea level rose, flooding the valley. The creek that enters the lagoon drops its sediment when it reaches still water and the lagoon silts up. Batiquitos Lagoon would have disappeared with this natural progression, but according to Sandquist, the process of dredging enabled it to remain a flushing tidal lagoon. It is thought that the name of the lagoon, which means little watering hole, originated from the early Native Americans that inhabited the area years ago. Visitors to Batiquitos Lagoon can learn

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about the history of the area, as well about local animal and plant life through many of the BLF’s educational opportunities, including docent-led walks and a summer camp series called Club Pelican. Registration for the 2013 summer camps will begin in late spring. Also coming up later in the year is the 8th Annual Kayak Batiquitos Lagoon Clean-up event. This unique and highly successful event is the only time the general public is allowed to kayak on the lagoon. Sandquist encourages everyone to consider becoming a member of the BLF, which has no requirements to join other than a genuine interest in the Batiquitos Ecological Reserve. There are various levels of membership options, as well as many opportunities to volunteer. “There are many ways that people can get more involved. We are always in need of docents to lead public and school walks, hosts to provide information to guests in our Nature Center, and people to assist in trail maintenance. There are also internship opportunities for high school and college students,” stated Sandquist. 

The BLF is funded entirely through memberships,

donations and grants and is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff members. Those interested in volunteering in any capacity should visit www. for more information. Or better yet, come out and visit this wonderful area that is rich in flora, fauna, San Diego history, hiking trails, and more.

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Meet the

Hassons This Family is Thriving in Their 92131 Community by michelle tremblay | photos by Spark Photography

Parents: Community: Year moved to Community: Parents Hometown: Parents Occupation:

Robert Hasson (35); Jessica Hasson (37) Scripps Highlands – Willows 2005 Robert – San Diego, CA; Jessica – Chicago, IL Robert – Project Manager, Amgen; Jessica – Athletic Grant Coordinator, SDSU Children: Samantha (12), Marshall Middle School, 6th grade; Alexander (9), Miramar Ranch Elementary, 3rd grade Pets: Dogs - Yoda and Bella

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t was Valentine’s Day, 2005, when Robert and Jessica Hasson received a very special gift: the keys to their new home in the Willows development of Scripps Highlands. “We had our Valentine’s Day dinner on the floor of our empty house,” laughed Robert. “It consisted of pizza and soda … didn’t even have cups so we had to drink from the bottle!” Flash forward eight years and the Hassons are now comfortably settled into their 92131 home with their two children, Samantha (12), and Alexander (9). “We wanted to live in a family-oriented community with great schools,” said Robert, “somewhere our kids would love growing up.” The Hassons certainly chose the right spot. Both Samantha and Alexander are thriving in their community – especially in sports. “Alex’s favorite sport is baseball,” said Robert. “[He] loves putting on the uniform just to get dirty.” “Samantha’s passion is cheer,” he added. “She loves to compete and show her team spirit.

Whether its baseball, soccer, cheer and now basketball, we seem to be attending some kind of game every weekend.” Aside from being excellent spectators at their kids’ sporting events, Robert, who is a project manager for Amgen, and Jessica, an athletic grant coordinator for San Diego State University, make an effort to stay involved in their community. Robert has coached for both the Scripps Ranch baseball and soccer teams, while also serving on the executive board for the Miramar Ranch Family Faculty Association (FFA) for the past three years (last year he held the role of President). Jessica has dedicated her time toward fundraising and chaperoning for the Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Cheer “Whether its baseball, soccer, Squad, and for the past two cheer and now basketball, we years, she has been the accountant for Samantha’s seem to be attending some Girl Scout troop. kind of game every weekend.” In their free time, the Hassons like to frequent -Robert Hasson their local movie theatre and spend some lazy days at home. They also love when the holidays roll around. “Our two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas,” explained Robert. “Most of our neighbors know this already with the extreme measure we go to decorate our home on these two holidays. You can never have too many scary ghosts or Christmas lights on display. With decorating, I have no limits!” 

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Miramar Ranch Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Hawk Classic and Spring Social

The Miramar Ranch FamilyFaculty Association presents the 3rd Annual Hawk Classic/Spring Social taking place on Friday, Mar. 15 at Ranch Bernardo Inn Resort and Spa, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128. The event features a day of sun and golf followed by a night of dinner, dancing, casino games, and a live and silent auction. Visit the Miramar Ranch Elementary School website for additional information and to signup at If interested in donating a good/service or providing a sponsorship, contact Robert Hasson at 619-540-6253.

Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church Presents “The Wizard of Oz”

Wing-it Ministry Productions presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church (RBCPC) from Apr. 27 – 29. The cast of 50 6th-12th graders from the community will perform the show after four months of preparation. “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum has been adapted by Frank Gabrielson, with music and lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, as well as background music by Herbert Stothart. Shows begin at 7 p.m. on Apr. 27 and 28, in addition to a performance on Apr. 29 starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Seating is first come, first serve, and tickets will be available beginning mid-March. To purchase tickets, visit the RBCPC’s main office, or by calling Aubree Wickline at 858-487-0811 x269 with your name, the number of tickets, and which performance you’re interested in.

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Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide the residents of Scripps Ranch and nearby communities with sports programs and sports-related support. SRWAC offers basketball, volleyball and soccer leagues throughout the year for women 25 years of age or older, as well as co-ed softball. SRWAC fundraising and volunteer efforts are focused in Scripps Ranch: the organization provides several scholarships annually for local high school senior girls, support youth and high school sports programs, and sponsors Symphony in the Park. A new 10-week basketball season will be offered beginning Apr. 22. This recreational league is open to women ages 25 and older, of all skill levels and abilities. Games are played Monday nights at 6, 7 or 8 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch Community Rec Center and cost $80 for non-SRWAC members or $70 for SRWAC members. Registration is on an individual basis. Teams are assigned prior to the first night of the league and new players are required to attend open gym on Apr. 1, 8 or 15 for skill assessment and team placement. For additional information, please visit SRWAC also offers an annual Athletic and Academic Scholarship and encourages all high school female athletes to apply. Eligibility requirements are as follows: 1. Scripps Ranch resident (92131) for the past two years 2. Female senior graduating in June 2013 3. Minimum 3.0 GPA 4. Currently active in sports and community service Applications are available at local high school counseling centers as well as electronically and must be postmarked no later than May 1. Contact Sylvia Ferrer-McGrade for further information at 858-693-1600 or sylmcg@ Winners will be announced at Senior Awards’ Night and Symphony at the Park.

Scripps Ranch High School Training Facility Gets a Makeover

Scripps Ranch High School is in the process of remodeling an area on campus into a state-of-the-art training facility for the student athletes and physical education department. The indoor facility is approximately 2,700 sq. ft. It will include weight training equipment and an outdoor artificial turf area which will be 5,700 sq. ft. The indoor area will also include a designated training room for student athletes. With SRHS’s recent academic success of 900 API, they are looking for support in creating the training facility. The estimated cost is approximately $150k. They are asking the Scripps Ranch community to join them as they begin this incredible project which will be worthy of the students who attend this wonderful school. If you are interested in supporting this project or have questions, contact Peter Staab at 619-318-5561.

Scripps Ranch High School Baseball Needs Your Help to Compete at PETCO Park

Scripps Ranch High School has been invited to play in an annual series at the San Diego Padres’ PETCO Park. The game will take place on either April 19 or 20 versus Patrick Henry. Tickets are $15 and will be good for one designated Padres game during the 2013 season. The actual date of the Scripps Ranch game, as well as the designated Padres game, is to be announced. The baseball program is responsible for selling at least 500 tickets for it to be a success. The 92131 community is encouraged to support SRHS in this great opportunity for kids to play in a big league ballpark. A portion of the proceeds will benefit CIF and the Scripps Ranch Baseball program. Contact for ticket information.

Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Celebration

The inaugural Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Celebration for community members in Poway and Scripps Ranch will take place at the Poway Community Park Auditorium on Mar. 10 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Survivors and their Caregivers will be celebrated with a brunch, inspirational speakers, and entertainment, including music and dance. Furthermore, this event will be a great mingling opportunity for the attendees, and an occasion to receive information regarding various supportive services and upcoming events via the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life, and serve as a prelude to community Relay For Life events. This event will be free for guests of honor: all food and drink (nonalcoholic), entertainment, gifts, and labor will be provided 100% through donations. To RSVP or make a donation toward the event, contact event coordinator Juliann Li at For more information on how to form a team or support Relay For Life, visit or The Relay for Life motto is “Celebrating More Birthdays…”, and thanks to the American Cancer Society, they are able to celebrate 350 birthdays every day that would have been otherwise lost to cancer.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club Irish Pub Party and Fundraiser

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is hosting a dinner and pub party to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day on Mar. 16. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (8885 Balboa Avenue in San Diego), the event includes a 3-course dinner, Irish music, dancing, and pub games. This fun event will feature a “wine wall” and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 with proceeds funding scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School girls, and donations to Scripps Ranch schools and community organizations. For tickets and reservations, contact Marty S. at 858-566-0551. The reservation deadline is March 6.

Swim Coach Teaches Child with Spina Bifida to Swim

John Ruffu, owner and swim coach at Swim 2 John, recently taught 30-month-old spina bifida patient, Fernando Gallego, to swim. During the second week of learning to swim, Fernando learned to walk. His therapist told his mother that his swim lessons were very instrumental in him walking without crutches. Marcia Gallego, Fernando’s mother, explained, “Fernando started swimming lessons with John just after a few weeks of a brain surgery. The big surprise was that after two weeks of lessons he was swimming and also walking independently. We spent a lot time in hospitals this last summer but the end of it was a total success with this important achievement.” Over the past ten years, parents of challenged children have seen incredible advancement in their kids through a learn to swim teaching process based on multiple concepts used by special needs organizations. These concepts develop independence for children in or recovering from developmental delays. John uses these methods on every child he teaches to swim, challenged or not. You can learn more about John at

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner Football and Cheer Association Updates

Scripps Ranch Pop Warner and Cheer Association is gearing up for another great season! The association is currently interviewing head coaches for their football and cheer teams. If you are anyone you may know are interested in a coaching position, visit or email the football director at footballdirector@ and/or the cheer director at Interested players can register online beginning Mar. 1 and turn in all paperwork on Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Apr. 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. Practices begin Aug. 1 and the season runs through November.

The Easter Bunny Hops to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

Hop on over to the Scripps Ranch Farmers market for a visit with the Easter Bunny, on Mar. 30. The Easter Bunny will have candy for young and old alike. Don’t forget to bring your cameras for a great photo opportunity. As always, there will be a free Penguin “Treasure Hunt” for the kids and a balloon artist. The SR Farmers Market serves breakfast and lunch, and sets up four canopies with tables and chairs for guests to enjoy food from around the world. The Market is open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday, year round, at 10380 Spring Canyon Rd. (off of Scripps Poway Parkway) San Diego, 92131. For more information, contact:, or 858-586-7933. Proceeds benefits children’s education.

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1. Congratulations to Bryan, Amy and Jennifer Symons on a great Carlsbad Half Marathon finish 2. Scripps Ranch Academic Bowl team came together to win the top Air Force honors possible for JROTC academics 3. Working up a sweat at the Scripps Ranch Branch Library’s Zumba Gold class 4. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group holding their monthly meeting 5. Scripps Ranch boys showing off their moves for Spirit Week 6. SRFOL Children’s Mozart program


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Family Science Nights at Miramar Ranch Elementary photos by CYNDY VILKE


n early January, several students at Miramar Ranch Elementary participated in Family Science Night with science teacher, Cyndy Vilke. The 2nd and 3rd graders partook in a variety of experiments covering the life, earth, and physical sciences. Students learned the difference between the effect of styrofoam and biodegradable products on the earth, as well as mass by layering liquids with different densities. The students and their families even put skewers through balloons without popping them! Numerous MRES 4th graders learned about a crime scene investigation with fake blood typing, finger printing, etc... Each Family Science Night is funded by the parents of the school which also fund the MRES science lab. ¢

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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

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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 and welcoming. They are professional and a lot of fun. I actually get excited to go to the dentist.” Mod Squad Dental offers complete dentistry, from preventative dental care for the whole family to state-of-the-art restorative and cosmetic dentistry. “We also provide orthodontia, sedation dentistry and sports therapy (Under Armour® mouth guards),” explained Dr. 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 SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT

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Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association

At a Glance

Name of Program: Year of Establishment: Website: Board Meetings: Mission Statement:

Board of Directors:

Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association 2006 2nd Sunday of the month To allow elementary and middle school children in the Scripps Ranch Community exposure to the sport of lacrosse. President and Boys’ Director: Tom Devine Vice President: Chuck Dryer Treasurer: Kelli Kunkel Secretary: Weslie Pettus Boys’ Uniforms: Lisa Devine and Donna Rezanka Girls’ Uniforms: Corie Straub Website, Fields Manager, Girls’ Co-Director: Carl Stepnowsky Girls’ Co-Director: Ben Sinclair

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acrosse, the oldest sport in America, has emerged in the community and it is gaining more momentum. Seen traditionally as an “East Coast” sport, the West Coast has a huge weather advantage offering year-round play. It is said that you can find as much lacrosse as you can schedule and afford here in San Diego. Scripps

Ranch Lacrosse Association, established in 2006 by Scripps Ranch resident, Joe Brown, has become popular amongst the local 1st – 8th grade kids in the community. The association has grown by leaps and bounds over the years and has enabled participants to have fun, improve athleticism, make friends and show good sportsmanship amongst one another. Board members, Tom Devine, Carl Stepnowsky and Ben Sinclair, shared their background in the sport and vision along with details of upcoming opportunities for players, coaches and volunteers. The sport, being the “fastest game played on two feet” lends itself as a perfect way to build friendships, develop character and share competitive spirit.

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Tom Devine, Carl Stepnowsky and Ben Sinclair

What is the history behind the Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association (SRLAX)?

college roommate was on our school’s nationally ranked

SRLAX got its start back in 2006 by Scripps Ranch resident

sport. It is so fast, so physical and requires a lot of ball control

Joe Brown. Lacrosse had already emerged in other areas in

and skill. My daughter played pee-wee lacrosse two years ago

San Diego, including La Jolla, Poway, Rancho Bernardo and

and loved it. Last year, I helped out Ben Sinclair with coaching

Rancho Peñasquitos. Since that time, interest in lacrosse

the 5th – 6th grade team and began to learn the rules of girls’

has continued to grow. On the girls’ side, players who came

lacrosse. Then, Mark Deffley stepped down as our girls’

through SRLAX have helped to make the Scripps Ranch High

director, so Ben and I are now co-directing the girls’ program.

Division I team. That is when I learned to really appreciate the

School girls’ team a perennial power on the West Coast.

Tom: I was very unfamiliar with the sport until my two sons The sport of lacrosse is gaining popularity in the community and community at large. Why the surge in interest on the West Coast?

heard of lacrosse from their friends and attended the clinics.

Lacrosse has been a popular sport in states like Maryland,

grader at the time. It is a very fast paced and exciting game

Virginia and New York for decades, and parents with

that requires excellent hand/eye coordination and athletic

East Coast roots have grown up with the sport. That isn’t

ability to say nothing of endurance. It is also a sport that

necessarily the case on the West Coast, as the sport is just

requires the players to work as a team, which I love. Watching

emerging. With people moving west, they bring their love of

and coaching has made me wish I had played it as a kid. Now

the sport with them, which, in turn, helps increase lacrosse’s

I just work the sidelines and help the players do their best. The

popularity. As the kids gain exposure to the sport, it is

previous league president was moving on with his children to

contagious. I am always amazed at how quickly kids take to

the high school level. He approached me about becoming his

this game. This year we were fortunate to get the word out

replacement and I accepted. So I am now the current league

about SRLAX, and it appears we might have one of the biggest

president and boys’ director along with being an assistant

pee-wee programs in the county. Another reason for the surge

coach for both of my sons on the 5th – 6th grade team, which is

in interest is families are always looking for a new and exciting

very rewarding. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The following year they both signed up for the season. I got involved in coaching both of their teams, as I had a 4th and 5th

spring sport to play. A big percentage of our players are soccer players, and lacrosse offers them a fast and competitive sport

Ben: My exposure began in 2006 when my daughter Blythe

that compliments their abilities.

started playing on the first Scripps Ranch team. I was immediately hooked, so I read about and watched as much

At what age would you recommend an interested player get involved in the game?

of it as possible. In 2009, Joe asked if I would be interested

We recommend that a player pick up a stick as soon as they

and, although intimidated by it, I jumped at the opportunity. I

can walk! In all seriousness, our club starts for boys in 1st grade

have coached the C Division team ever since. At the end of

and girls in 2nd grade, which allows them to gain exposure to

last season I was offered to run the girls’ program. I told our

the sport. For the boys, we have a 1st – 2nd grade team and a

previous president that I could only do it if I had a co-chair.

3rd – 4th grade team. For the girls, we generally combine the

We both agreed that Carl was the perfect person to run the

2nd – 4th graders.

program. This year Carl and I found an amazing coach for

in coaching a development team made up of 3rd graders

our C Division team, so we are taking charge of the pee-wee

What is your background in the sport of lacrosse and how are you involved with the sport in the community? Carl: I grew up on Long Island, which is known to be a hotbed

division to amp it up. We recognize that those girls and

for lacrosse. However, my high school was a soccer school

skill level, has a great experience learning and playing the

and didn’t offer lacrosse, so I never played growing up. My

sport of lacrosse.

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families represent the future of Scripps Ranch Lacrosse and we want to ensure that every girl, regardless of her age or

We have found that athletes coming from other sports quickly discover how physically demanding lacrosse is.

What is the timeline for the recreational season? Where and when are games played? Registration for our spring season runs November through early January. We have assessments in midJanuary, practices start in late January and our games start in early March and continue through the middle of May. Our home games are played on the weekends at Marshall Middle School.

Describe the team breakdown. How are teams formed to ensure they are balanced appropriately? We have six boys’ teams and four girls’ teams. We hold assessments in late January where we take a look at each player and strive to have either two balanced teams within a Division or an A and B team within a Division. It just depends on how the league is structured that particular year.

How does the Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association run such an organized program? We found that there is so much that goes into running youth sports nowadays. To have one leader and several parent volunteers simply isn’t enough anymore. Take fields for example. There is a group that meets monthly here in 92131 that is entirely devoted to overseeing recreation in our community. Each youth sport sends a representative to have a voice at the table. We also need someone to run our website; run our opening day; oversee uniforms and apparel, just to mention a few other needs. Having a structured organization requires a dedicated board that is made up of parent volunteers. We couldn’t run this program without the voluntary efforts of our board members. And our coaches – they are the ones who spend the most time with our players, teaching the game of lacrosse, helping with skill development and keeping it all fun.

How does one go about registering for the season? Are there any requirements? Each November, our website opens up for an online registration process. We moved away from using paper several years ago so we can be more organized and better serve our players, parents and coaches. Anyone in our community with an interest in lacrosse who is between 1st and 8th grades, and has a stick and the required equipment, can play!

Are there any new developments community members should be aware of that will impact the season? We are concerned about our city and school budgets and the impact they are having on the quality of our fields. Marshall Middle School is a joint use field between the school district and the City Park and

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A big percentage of our players are soccer players, and lacrosse offers them a fast and competitive sport that compliments their abilities.

Recreation Department. Ongoing maintenance of grass

Who are the sponsors for the 2013 year?

fields is essential to keeping them growing, and with

Scripps Ranch Old Pros, Lindgren Financial and the

What is the most unique thing about lacrosse compared to other sports in the community?

budget cuts, unfortunately, this is one of the areas that

Concussion Clinic at Advanced Neurobehavioral

Lacrosse is known as the fastest game on two feet.

is negatively impacted. It is easier to scoop a lacrosse

Health of Southern California. Also, South Swell Sports

We have found that athletes coming from other

ball off of grass than dirt.

and Play It Again Sports were kind enough to offer

sports quickly discover how physically demanding

discounts to our lacrosse players this year. Adrenaline

lacrosse is. The boys’ and girls’ games share some

Lacrosse has been good to us with gear for both the

commonalities, but in reality, are two very different

league and families alike.

games. Both require the stick handling skills of

Does Scripps Ranch Lacrosse Association hold any fundraisers?

field and ice hockey, the endurance of soccer and

We do not currently have plans for any

What is the most rewarding part of dedicating your time to kids who have an interest in the sport?

the strategy of basketball. The boys’ game mirrors

How does one get involved with volunteering or becoming a sponsor?

Seeing new players learn the sport is very rewarding.

requires a higher level of skill and finesse due to the

I am always amazed at how much kids take to playing

limitations the rules and equipment impose. Girls do

When a new player signs up, one question asked

lacrosse. It is an incredible feeling to see someone

not wear any protective gear other than goggles and a

of every parent during the registration process is

you coached at an early stage having success at the

mouth guard.

what volunteer role they would consider. Before the

advanced levels. It truly makes one continue to work in

season starts, parents are also asked for their help

this program.

Do you have any upcoming events, camps or clinics readers should be aware of?

Have any of your players gone on to compete in the collegiate ranks?

Our opening day is tentatively scheduled for Mar. 9

company and/or corporation to contact any of our board members should they be interested in helping SRLAX.

We know that at least four boys and more than 15 girls

community to come out to watch and support the

There are ongoing costs to running a youth sport and

who have played for SRLAX have gone on to play in

Scripps Ranch boys’ and girls’ lacrosse players as they

registration fees don’t always cover it all.

the collegiate ranks.

play their first home games of the season. 

formal fundraisers, but we are always looking for sponsorships.

on teams. Sponsorship is a part of our program that we need to further develop. We welcome any person

the physicality of football, but is played at a faster pace. The girls’ game is just as fast as the boys’, but

on the Marshall Middle School fields. We invite the

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2Good2B Missed Gluten-Free Food That’s Almost Too Good to be True


ike Barbanti loves food, so when Celiac disease severely limited his diet, he was devastated. Not one to stomach lemons, Mike decided to make lemonade – or, more specifically, a gluten-free lemon cake that bowled over his gluten-intolerant and wheat-loving friends alike. Mike’s creations were so well-received that he opened an online bakery in 2009 and now, with business partner, Diana Benedek, he sells their delicacies in person at the 2Good2B Bakery and Café on El Camino Real. “We do not know of another 100% gluten, corn, and soy free café and bakery in the world,” noted Mike. And perhaps most unique, this one sells something gluten-free dieters miss most: bread! “We combined forces by uniting

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our vision: an allergen-free, safe haven for people that have food allergies, but where the food is delicious enough that non-allergic clients would also come,” explained Diana. “We realized we achieved this goal when we calculated that 50% of our clients are not gluten-free, they just love that we are also corn-syrup free and only use pure, high quality ingredients.” That is the 2GOOD2B motto: “food for everyone,” Name of Business: and was Mike’s Co-Owners: primary focus Years in Position: in crafting his Year of Establishment:

recipes and what he says sets them apart from the usual gluten-free fare. “All this is achieved seamlessly so that everything is delicious by foodie standards,” added Mike, “and why over half of our clientele choose us on taste alone!” Trained in microbiology and immunology and with a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Diana is uniquely qualified to help people with food allergies not only because she understands the science, but because she has conquered her own. “I am passionate about spreading the word on the many diseases associated with gluten intolerance,” she explained, “but also making people aware that corn and soy are also potential culprits that are not well known in the food allergy world.” But she needn’t shout from the rooftops; the food speaks for itself. 2Good2B serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites to an ever-growing group of loyal customers. “Our biggest sellers are our cupcakes, sandwiches, paninis, and pizzas,” offered Diana. You’ll find Mike and Diana at the Gluten-Free Food Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on November 17, but don’t wait till then. See their amazing specialty cakes on their website at, or grab a bite by stopping by or having it delivered. No wheat, corn, or soy? No problem. ¢

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eborah Stumm’s story exemplifies the saying that success is what Wedding Concierge 360 for planning weddings, Event Connection 360 happens when preparation meets opportunity. Deborah didn’t for corporate event planning and Super Moms 360, for family events and envision herself running her own business or featuring it on over resources. “After having children, I found that my new top priority was being 50 television appearances including the Today Show, but that’s where a great mom,” shared Deborah. “ was added to our Deborah’s skills have led her. Party Plan-It family of companies after recognizing this need in the market.” Born and raised in Pleasanton, California, Deborah’s own life is a testament to Deborah studied communications in college the value of the time-saving tips her website, Name: Deborah Stumm and set her sights on a career in marketing. She, offers. In her book, From Age 42 worked first at an ad agency, then a software Margaritas to Mac ‘n Cheese Mom, she describes Community: Scripps Ranch start-up, and moved to Los Angeles to serve as juggling the responsibilities of wife, mother, author Profession: Founder of Party Plan-It, Inc. the Vice President of Sales for a growing toy and business owner. “I am really hard on myself, company. But then her personal life changed the so sometimes as a mom, wife and friend, you course of her professional one. feel like you are always letting someone down,” “After meeting my now husband in Palm Deborah admitted. “I try to teach myself that it is Springs on a weekend getaway, I resigned from okay to be perfectly imperfect!” my company, relocated to San Diego and embarked on starting my own Still, Deborah strives for perfection in her work. “I am not one who is company,” related Deborah. “The idea came to me when I was planning my very good at sitting still, so I know that we will continue to grow and evolve wedding. There was so much information out there and I wished there was as we find the right opportunities,” she said. Deborah’s husband, Mark, and someone (or something) that could narrow my search for me.” her children, Morgan, 9, and Dylan, 8, all help to keep her grounded, along Ten years later, her company, Party Plan-It, has three divisions: with their two rescue dogs, their guinea pig and their goldfish. 

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Getting the Most Out of Your Yard this Spring


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s southern Californians emerge from their mild winter into the cool and often rainy days of early spring, now is a good time to do a little outdoor clean-up so you can lounge in a beautiful and blooming yard come spring. As winter comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to give your yard a head start for spring. Even those of us with few gardening skills can tackle these few easy steps, shared by local experts. Feed Me, Seymour! David Ross, Senior Manager of the Walter Anderson Nursery in Poway, confirmed that February is the ideal time to fertilize and amend your soil, leaving it full of nutrients for your plants’ first good spring meal. Give Me Some Air. There is no set schedule for lawn aeration. It all depends on how much traffic the lawn gets and how healthy it is, but lawns should be aerated a minimum of every two to three years, and early spring is as good a time as any, loosening soil and priming the area for new growth.

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Get Off My Back! As your prized plants get ready for a spring growth spurt, so do the weeds. Avoid the invasion of crab grasses and other persistent and fast-growing weeds by using a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns and a horticultural oil spray on plants. Walter Anderson’s David Ross also recommends regularly checking for the arrival of aphids and hosing them off. I Need a Drink. While it is still early to increase watering times, it is a good idea to check your automated schedule, especially with the increase in rainfall. Make sure palms and lawns aren’t getting too much water, but be sure not to neglect potted plants which will still need regular doses. Don’t Rush Me. Though the weather may be warming already, don’t be too eager to plant those summer vegetables – it’s still too early. In February, there is still time to plant another round of leafy greens and root vegetables. “February is a great time to plant citrus,” added Ross. “It’s too late to plant bare-root fruit trees, but it’s the very beginning of the citrus tree season.” Not a lot of room? Try a “fruit salad” tree which can grow as many as five different varieties of citrus on one tree. Then, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! 

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"Women's Week" will feature speakers who will discuss a wide variety of topics that have an impact on women's lives. More than 500 visitors from the San Diego region are expected to attend the Friday conference, hosted by the SD North Chamber of Commerce and presented by Sharp at the new Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa.

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Tickets for all events are available online at or by calling chamber staff at 858-487-1767. San Diego Women’s Week presents a powerful week of opportunities for women to hear inspirational speakers, take part in forums, networking events and connect with other inspirational women. It is also an opportunity for businesses to take part in showcasing their services, products and expertise during the Friday conference.

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Women's Week Kick Off Women and Wine

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Networking, wine tasting, inspirational speakers and unique shopping. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Bernardo Winery – 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128 Tickets: $15

Network with business and community leaders and meet special speaker, Tina Mickelson. Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: Hewlett-Packard – 16399 West Bernardo Drive, San Diego, CA 92127 Tickets: Free for SDNCC members, $35 for non-members

An evening of networking, healthy snacks, questions for the physicians and health screenings with a beautiful gift at the end of the evening. Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Location: Sharp Rees-Stealy Sorrento Mesa – 10243 Genetic Center Dr, San Diego 92121 Tickets: $15

Friday, March 15 Keynote Speakers Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Location: Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa – 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011 Tickets: $99 Speakers: Deepak Chopra, M.D., Colleen Hensley Additional speakers listed on website.


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n Tuesday, March 12th local firefighters will take to the streets for the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters from fire departments all over San Diego County come together once a year for a common goal, hopping aboard their engines to meet at intersections within their communities to collect donations in their boots during the morning and evening commutes. And each year, passing motorists help to fill those boots with their spare change – ones, fives, twenties – even $100 bills. “No matter the economy or weather, San Diegans have always given generously,” said Joanie Ewing, Director of Communications for the Burn Insitute. What began more than a decade ago as a grassroots effort backed by the fire service, the Burn Institute’s countywide Boot Drive has become a hallmark fundraiser for the organization. In 2012 alone, the annual one- day event raised nearly $230,000 to support the programs and services they provide. Last year, dedicated firefighters from a record 44 departments across the county gathered at more than 100 intersections to fill their boots. “The Boot Drive has become one of the Institute’s most successful events,” said Scott Walker, Burn Institute Interim Executive Director. That success is directly attributed to the enthusiastic support of local firefighters, he added. ” The fire service really is the

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backbone of this organization. As a team we can do great things for the community.” Proceeds benefit Burn Institute fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children between the ages of five and 17. Celebrating its 27th season, the Burn Institute’s unique camp program has provided a safe place for hundreds of young burn survivors to share their experiences in a supportive camp environment. Sponsored by the San Diego–Imperial County Fire Fighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive is the organization’s largest one-day fundraiser. All of the funds raised through the Boot Drive will stay in San Diego County. The top fire department from each region will win the Burn Institute’s highly-coveted bronze Boot Drive trophy. As the event nears, find updated listings of Boot Drive locations at ¢

SRHS Air Force JROTC Academic Team Succeeds


fter nine rounds of competition, the Scripps Ranch High School Air Force JROTC Academic Team, composed of Alwin Hui, Cameo Tsui, Stephenie Reid, and William Jiang took first place in the 2012 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship. The June 2012 competition was held in Washington D.C., on the campus of George Mason University. This event was sponsored by the Air Force JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation. The team earned top scores out of the over 200 teams that competed from around the world to win a place in the finals. In the two fast-paced rounds of online competition, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, Math and Science, using SAT/ ACT-type questions. The team was one of only sixteen Air Force JROTC teams to advance to the finals. By participating in the competition, the cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity while enabling them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities. The team continues its march to success in 2013. In November, the cadets competed against 261 high schools and were selected to continue to round two, competing against 127 schools. The team completed round two in early February, scoring an impressive 93%. The cadets will know the first week of March if they will, once again, be a finalist, traveling to Washington D.C. to compete for the third time in a row this year. ¢

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:::: falcon insider by ERIN COATES

special to 92131 Magazine

Engineering Building Offers New Opportunities at Scripps Ranch High


unded by a state grant to help remodel Career Technical Educational programs, Scripps Ranch High School’s new engineering building is opening doors for Scripps Ranch students. The building currently hosts three classes that introduce students to the field of engineering. Freshmen can take Introduction to Green Technology and upperclassmen can take Introduction to Design or Principles of Engineering. Introduction to Design allows students to explore how people create engineering projects. Principles of Engineering is a survey course of all the types of engineering, providing a window into a field that many students don’t get until college. As Junior, Blake Mouradian, explained, “[The program] can teach students what engineering is so they can see if they want to be an engineer and what kind they want to become.” The design of the building is in itself a teaching tool. A giant sundial greets visitors at the entrance and the building design serves as a model of sustainability. Wind turbines on the top of the building produce electricity, solar panels provide energy, and reclaimed water is used for irrigation. Inside, the

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design provides for optimum climate control and leaves out some walls and ceilings so that students can see the inner workings of the building. “It’s easier to learn and you get to see how [engineering] is used in the real world,” commented Jacob Cato, a Scripps Ranch senior. Students are enjoying all the building has to offer, including modern technology such as 3D printers and welders, and the space to work. “The tables are big,” described Senior, Shendl Singer, “so it’s easy to spread out and do group work. Everything is really organized and clean.” Instructors are also enjoying the new facility, assigning unique projects that take advantage of its attributes and looking forward to adding classes like digital electronics and engineering, design, and development. The opportunities don’t end there. Students can compete in the International FIRST Robotics Competition, where they get to build a robot and compete against other schools, and through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) program, students who meet the requirements can even be guaranteed admission to San Diego State University. ¢ Erin Coates is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92131 Magazine. She can be contacted at


Allergist Dispels Myths to Fight

Allergy Misery


illions of Americans sneeze and wheeze March through June when they use misinformation to manage their spring allergies. To separate fact from fiction and help allergy sufferers feel good all season long, allergist Dr.Kusum Sharma of AKANE Institute of Allergy, Asthma & Sleep Medicine, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and an expert at diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma, offers the following myth-busting advice:

Myth: Over-the-counter (OTC or nonprescription) medicines are just as effective as prescription medicines. Fact: “OTC antihistamines can help control some allergy symptoms like sneezing and runny nose, but they have little effect on relieving a stuffy nose or the inflammation that often occurs with allergies,” said allergist Dr. Kusum Sharma. They also can make you drowsy. OTC decongestant nasal sprays seem to provide immediate relief but you may need to use more and more to get the relief. They can also cause rebound congestion (rhinitis medicamentosa). If your OTC medicine is not helping your stuffy nose or is causing side effects, your best bet is to see an allergist, who can not only prescribe more effective anti-inflammatory medications but also will find the source of your suffering rather than just treating the symptoms.

Myth: Eating local honey will combat spring allergies. Fact: Local honey is made from the pollen of local flowers, so it might seem

logical that eating it would increase your allergy tolerance. However, the pollens that cause spring allergies are produced by trees, grasses and weeds, not the showy flowers that bees buzz around. In fact, eating honey can be risky for some people, who could have an allergic reaction to the honey itself.

Myth: Pollen allergy won’t lead to food allergy. Fact: Actually, about one third of people with pollen allergies also may react

to certain foods. The reaction – called oral allergy syndrome or pollen-food allergy – is usually mild, including an itchy, tingling mouth, throat or lips. It has to do with similar proteins in the pollens and food. If tree pollen is your allergen, you might have a reaction to fruit such as apples, cherries or plums, and nuts such as almonds and walnuts. If you are allergic to ragweed, you might be sensitive to melons, bananas, chamomile tea or Echinacea. Peeling or cooking the fruits may eliminate some of the allergens. If you experience this, consider seeing an allergist to determine the source of your allergies and help you find relief.

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.

Myth: A blood test is the best test to diagnose allergies. Fact: Skin tests are more sensitive than blood tests. In skin testing, the

skin on the inside of the forearms or the back is pricked with a tiny bit of an allergen. If you’re allergic, the site will become red and bumpy. Skin testing is very safe when performed by an allergist, even in infants and young children. But no single test alone provides the entire picture. It’s important to see an allergist, who is trained in diagnosing and treating allergies.

Myth: Allergy shots require too much time and are more expensive than taking medicine to relieve symptoms.

Fact: Immunotherapy (allergy shots) may actually save you money and

improve your quality of life. In fact, a recent study showed that immunotherapy reduced total health care costs in children with allergic rhinitis (hay fever) by one-third, and prescription costs by 16 percent. It also has been shown to reduce progression to asthma in children with allergies. The shots are similar to a vaccine, exposing you to the allergen (a tiny bit at a time) to help your body build tolerance. As your tolerance increases, your allergy symptoms will be significantly lessened and may even go away, saving sick days and money spent at the drugstore. Dr Kusum Sharma brings to San Diego county a new innovative approach to allergy shots called Rapid Desensitization/ RUSH immunotherapy. By this approach, selected patients are able to receive 3-4 months worth of weekly allergy shots in a single day in her office thereby avoiding multiple office visits and time away from school and work. ¢

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.

Contact Information:

Contact Information:

Dr. Kusum Sharma

Dr. Anoop Karippot

858-412-7DOC (7362)

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2013 Spring Sports Preview


would like to welcome the Scripps Ranch High School community to support our 2013 spring sports season. Scripps Ranch High School has some familiar faces and added a few new faces to the Athletic Department. Baseball is now being led by Coach Chris Richard and softball has a familiar face in newly hired Alexa Datko. Boys lacrosse has a new head coach with the promotion of Jon Maxwell and girls lacrosse is predicted to go deep into the playoffs with Coach Colleen Slotman. Track & Field is under the leadership of Kathy Podraza and Rod Williams and boys volleyball remains strong with Coach Ronni Olsen. Returning Coach Michael Bixler is



Girls Lacrosse

Colleen Rocks-Slotman

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heading up our aquatics program and badminton has always been a strong sport with Coach Tom Crane. Coach Mike Moran has led our boys’ golf team to several trips to the playoffs and Coach Eric Batchelor has maintained a steady competitive team with boys tennis. We strive to do our best competing on the field while maintaining our 900 API scores and high academic achievement. We hope to have the community support throughout the spring season. See you on the playing fields! ¢ Thank you for your support. Joseph Meyer, Athletic Director

2012 Record

6 - 3 overall; 0 - 1 League 6 - 7 overall; 2 - 4 League

1st Game March 6 @ Westview

Mar. 8 vs. RBHS

Baseball Chris Richard 16 - 14 Mar. 2 vs. Carlsbad Coach Richard’s Outlook – We have an excellent team and will be competing for the Eastern League Championship this year. Our highlight might be playing at PETCO Park on Apr. 19th or 20th vs. Patrick Henry. We need to sell 500 tickets @ $15 each so we need the community to support the team and enjoy a great game and night downtown. Those PETCO tickets will also be good for one designated Padres game during the season. I grew up in Scripps Ranch and I’m honored to be back home coaching the baseball team. I expect to be here a long time and with the support of the community and the great players and coaches we will build one of the most respected programs in Southern California. Boys Golf Mikel Moran 17 - 7 Feb. 27 vs. Granite Hills @ Sycuan Coach Moran’s Outlook – We are looking forward to another competitive golf season in 2013. We have many Varsity and JV players returning as well as talented freshman coming in this year. Softball Alexa Datko 19 - 12 Mar. 4 @ Kit Carson Park Coach Datko’s Outlook – With only losing one senior last year, and returning our entire infield, I’m looking forward to what the season will bring. We have a strong senior class that provides experience and leadership to our younger players. I anticipate this group of girls will lead us to an even stronger season this year. We are playing in three tournaments this season: the Cougar Classic, Falcon Fiesta and Hilltop Softball Tournament. These tournaments allow us to play a variety of teams around San Diego County and see good competition that will get us ready for Eastern League play. Track & Field Kathy Podraza, Rod Williams Undefeated N/A Coach Outlook – We have many outstanding returners including girls Natalie and Holly Neshat, Samantha Staab, Shanise Clark. The boys have outstanding performers including Brian Thomas and Danny Podraza. Boys Volleyball Ronni Olsen 4 - 6 League; 17 - 16 overall Mar. 1 Coach Meoli’s Outlook – We will be young, but are looking to improve on last year’s performance. We have a core of strong young returner’s eager to work hard and gel as a team. Players as well as our coaches are very excited about the upcoming season!.

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Investment Strategy to Protect Against a Downturn 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?” While I think real estate is on a fairly solid footing, there are definitely conditions in the world that could change that. Last issue I wrote about how

to protect yourself against a drop in the market for those people looking to purchase a primary residence. This issue, I want to look at the same concept for investment real estate.

For the past two years, we have been stressing cash flow to our real estate investors.

Prior to the housing crash, many inexperienced investors were willing to take on a property with negative cash flow because the market was rising so quickly that the appreciation was larger than the monthly negative. That story had a bad ending. Purchasing a property with large positive cash flow insulates an owner against the ups and downs of the market.

We have been helping investors purchase 2-4 unit San Diego property that generates

a cash-on-cash return in excess of 8% the first year. What this means is that if an investor puts

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The importance of positive cash flow cannot be overstated. For example, if you were

to invest $100k in the property above, you could apply the positive cash flow to early principle

payments and have the loan paid off in 15-16 years (if you do not increase rents at all). In that case, your initial equity investment would increase as the property is paid off to about $350k

(the initial purchase price) if there is no inflation. Even if property values fall 25% in 15 years,

your $100k would grow to $262k – not bad in a down market and only possible because positive cash flow lets you hang onto a property through tough markets.

Next issue, I will look at marketing strategies to create an auction environment when

selling your home. ¢

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Scripps Miramar ranch Library Schedule EVENTS Mar. 2; Apr. 6 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Kids! Read to Finnegan the Therapy Dog Children’s Area Mar. 7 from 3 – 4 p.m. Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with the Boo Hoo Crew Community Room Mar. 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. Rajkó Gypsy Band presented by the House of Hungary Tickets sold at the door: $15; $5 for children under 12 (includes intermission reception). Community Room

Mar. 20 from 7 – 9 p.m. Film Forum – “The Hedgehog” (Teens/Adults) With discussion facilitated by Ralph DeLauro. Community Room Mar. 27 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: “Shadow Tag” by Louis Erdrich Seminar Room Apr. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. Film Forum – Film TBA (Teens/Adults) With discussion facilitated by Ralph DeLauro. Community Room

Mar. 12 & 26; Apr. 9 & 23 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Knitting Club (Teens/Adults) Seminar Room

Apr. 21 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Pacific Coast Harmony Singers A Pleasure of Your Company music concert. Community Room

Mar. 14 from 3 – 4 p.m. Library Birthday Celebration with Hullabaloo and Cake Community Room

Apr. 24 from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. Book Discussion Group: “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers Seminar Room

Mar. 16 From 12 – 3 p.m. Library 20th Birthday Celebration Music, birthday cake and fun activities for all ages. Community Room


Mar. 17 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Virtual Strangers A Pleasure of Your Company music concert. Community Room

Mondays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Zumba Gold (Adults/Seniors) Community Room

Mondays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Seniors Tai Chi Community Room Monday – Thursday from 3 – 5 p.m. Homework Connection (Ages 5 – 12) By the Scripps Ranch Student Volunteers. Children’s Area Mondays 4 – 5 p.m. Music Class (ages 5 - 12) Seminar Room Wednesdays from 3 – 4 p.m. Silver Age Yoga (Seniors) Community Room Thursdays from 10 – 10:30 a.m. Storytime (Preschool) Children’s Area Thursdays from 4 – 5 p.m. Chess (Ages 5 – 12) Children’s Area Fridays from 4 – 5 p.m. Chinese Storytime (Ages 5 – 12) Children’s Area Fridays 4 – 5 p.m. Pacific Coast Harmony Singers A Pleasure of Your Company music concert. Community Room

ScrIPPS MIRaMAR RANCH LIBRARY Contact the Library for the latest updates: 858-538-8158 or 13031 Scripps Lake Drive San Diego, CA 92131

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pirit Week at Scripps Ranch High School students sure have enthusiasm! Spirit Week at SRHS included events such as Cozy Day, Tacky Sweater Day and Class Color Day. Take a look at all the great looks the high schoolers put together! ¢

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Sustainable Homecoming: Returning Veterans Are Getting Schooled in the Local Organic Agricultural Industry by KATHY LOY


or some veterans returning home and looking for a job outside of military service, employment prospects can be bleak. The current economy is not as strong as it was for vets returning from previous wars, and the unemployment rate for veterans is twice the national average. The Veterans Valor Fund strives to provide programs in the agricultural industry, focusing on organic and locally sold produce and agricultural products, in order to assist needy or disabled veterans in California. These programs can be tuition grants, training programs, business grants and loans or funding for greenhouses. 4S Ranch resident and Treasurer of the Veterans Valor Fund (VVF), Daron Edwards, explains that the VVF “exists to support active duty and retired military individuals getting trained, educated and properly certified in the sustainable agricultural industry. This will enable them to establish their own business so they can get on their feet financially.” He and the other founders of the VVF got the idea from a program that started in Escondido called

Archi’s Acres, Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training program which is an “entrepreneurial incubator” for transitioning veterans. Archi’s Acres has trained over 100 veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture and other sectors in the food supply chain. Daron, a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in Rancho Bernardo, says that providing veterans this kind of help has its benefits. “Giving back, in a tangible way, to these brave men and women warriors who have risked their lives to secure our freedom and seeing them discover the possibilities of being their own boss and being financially independent is rewarding,” said Daron. “As is having a way to encourage and support them in chasing their dream. Coming from the financial background of investments and money management it is important for me to participate in guiding these men and women into sustainable careers. Risk is mitigated with proper training and guidance.” The VVF is a non-profit organization that wishes to partner with individuals and

organizations that want to take part in helping more veterans make a smooth transition to financial independence. Recently, three San Diegans in the auto industry sponsored students to go through a sustainable agricultural program: Joe Allis (Porsche), George Athan (Audi), and Jason Puga (Land Rover) organized by Janet Lawless Christ of Coldwell Banker in Rancho Santa Fe. To donate or become involved in the Veterans Valor Fund, visit their website at ¢

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The March/April 2013 issue of 92131 Magazine looks at the fast and energetic sport of lacrosse with the Scripps Ranch Lacrosse League