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Scripps Ranch GIS

A Geographic Information System (GIS) computer has been set up for general use in the Scripps Ranch Information Center. The computer is directly connected via private intranet to the SanGIS city and county databases. The system focuses on the Scripps Ranch area including portions of Mira Mesa, Sabre Springs, and Rancho Penasquitos. The system also has direct hot links to other government GIS databases such as SanDAG and ARJIS.

Many layers of map data are available for display, such as streets, plots, parks, open spaces, political districts, and public facilities such as schools, libraries, hospitals, recreation centers, police and fire stations, etc. Detailed information regarding any specific location can be accessed by a simple click on the displayed map. The system is useful in determining the information desired for large hard-copy maps that can be ordered from SanGIS.

There is no cost for on-line use of the system. However, there is a charge for the printed hard copy maps that can be ordered and paid for at the Information Center. Payment currently must be made by check, but acceptance of credit cards is being explored. Training in use of the system will be provided by SanGIS based on demand; sign up at the Center or at [www.scrippsranch.org].

4-Acre Parcel Update

The results of the 4-acre parcel survey should be in by the time the Newsletter is published in February. Please refer to the SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org] for a table showing the survey results, and a summary of the joint 4-acre parcel subcommittee's work to date. Watch future issues of the Newsletter for further updates.

The 4-acre parcel is located just west of the new Vons Marketplace, and was purchased from Shea Homes, using Scripps Ranch funds. Use of the site is for some type of community recreation.

Once Upon A Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress is the hilarious musical retelling of the fairy tale, "The Princess and The Pea." This true version explains what really happened to the sensitive princess expected to detect a pea under twenty mattresses.

Once Upon a Mattress will be presented at the Scripps Ranch High School Performing Arts Center beginning Feb. 13, 14, 21 and 22 at 7 pm. Advance sale tickets are $6 with an ASB card, $7 without, and $8 at the door. In addition there will be a special matinee field trip performance for students at 9:45 am on Tuesday, Feb. 12. For reservations, please call Marjorie Treger at 621-9020, ext. 8105 or email [[email protected]].

This sophisticated version of the old fable with off-beat lyrics tells about the goings-on in a medieval royal court. There is a test for any girl aspiring to marry the Crown Prince Dauntless the Drab. Any princess suing for his hand in marriage must prove her royal lineage. Winnefred's test is trying to sleep atop twenty mattresses with a pea beneath. The Queen Mother is loath to have her dopey princeling torn from her apron strings. This is a bother for the other knights and ladies of the court, who must follow custom and refrain from marriage until Prince Dauntless finds his mate.

The moat-swimming Winnefred will be played by Yve Lars-Cohen, and other principals in the cast will be Sean Bohan as Dauntless the mama's boy prince; Amanda Barber as Queen Aggravain, the endlessly talkative mother; Diego Robles as King Sextimus who has been bullied by the queen into being a mute; Jeremy Gimble as the court jester; Hung Nguyen as the court minstrel; Luca Desanctis as Sir Studley; Jovette Estrellado as the dashing Sir Harry; and Katie Filius as damsel in distress Lady Larken. These students follow in the footsteps of Carol Burnett who opened the show on Broadway in 1959. The musical was more recently revived with Sara Jessica Parker.

Rounding out the cast are Andrea Alfaro, Keiz Anderson, Lauren Brown, Aaron Brueske, Rochelle Castro, Alicia Claire, Brett Cline, Michaela Delacruz, Andrew Dinh, Jessica Hanan, Kenneth Hodges, Lauren Hyle, Jennifer Ingrum, Jaimee Lefleur, Dominick Marshall, Billy Nason, Kimiko Saito, Hilary Smith, Brittney Stinner, and Dustin Wallstedt.

Drama teacher Marjorie Mae Treger is directing the production, guest artist Robert Beus is staging the dances, choir teacher Nancy Shirley is musical director with additional coaching by Debbie Glivar of Mozart Vocal Artists. The talented cast will be accompanied by the Scripps Ranch High School orchestra under the direction of 2000-01 teacher of the year Dean Hickman.

Scottish Country Dancing Coming to Scripps Ranch

New for 2002, we are starting a beginner adult Scottish Country Dance Class. Scottish dancing, not to be confused with Highland dancing, is done in sets of six or more people, accompanied by lilting traditional Scottish music. It is a great way to spend an evening while keeping fit, having fun, and meeting people. You don't need a partner, just soft sole shoes and plenty of energy. The class will be taught by Gillian Evans. If you have questions or want more information, contact Gillian at 549-8879.

Casino Night -- March 2!

Mark your calendars! All Scripps Ranch residents are invited to have fun and raise funds for this year's Fourth of July fireworks that benefits both the communities of Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa at Casino Night on Saturday, Mar. 2, from 6 to 10 pm at Good Shepherd Parish Hall, corner of Camino Ruiz and Gold Coast in Mira Mesa.

The event is sponsored by the Mira Mesa Community Fourth of July Committee, Inc., Scripps Mesa Fireworks, Inc., and the Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus. Each year the Fourth of July fireworks are set off from Mira Mesa High School fields and enjoyed by many who gather at locations such as Mira Mesa Community Park or along the dam at Miramar Lake in Scripps Ranch.

Last year's fireworks display cost $12,000, an amount raised by the Mira Mesa Community Fourth of July Committee and its sister non-profit group, Scripps Mesa Fireworks, Inc., completely through donations and fundraisers such as this one.

Casino Night tickets are available for a $10 donation at the door or in advance from committee members. The evening will feature "just for fun" gambling and drawings for donated door prizes throughout the evening, as well as a silent auction. Games include blackjack, roulette, and craps. Free refreshments such as chips and baked goods are included, and there will be a cash bar for soft drinks, beer and wine, and mixed drinks. Casino Night is for ages 21 and up.

Do you or your business have something you can donate to Casino Night as a door prize or for the silent auction, or would your business or community group like to sponsor one of the game tables? Table sponsors are identified with signs at their tables, and prize donors are recognized in the program for the evening, as well as in pre-event publicity and a follow-up article afterwards. Sponsorships are $150 for blackjack, or $200 for roulette or craps.

If you'd like to sponsor a table, donate a door prize or a silent auction item, or get Casino Night tickets in advance, email [[email protected]], or call Debbie Vincent at 566-6749, John Malo at 566-9336 or Marvin Miles at 494-3024.

Thank You Scripps Ranch

In the fall semester of 2001, I was blessed to have been able to be in Moscow, Russia, as a participant of the International Language Program (ILP). The ILP is a program where you go to a city in either Russia or China for 4-5 months and teach grade-school children English. In December, I returned safely after a wonderful experience.

I am now back at college away from Scripps Ranch, but would like to thank members of the Scripps Ranch community who assisted me in raising the funds for this trip: Bill LaFleur, Ann Wallace, Carol Murphy, John and Bridget Freni, Judy Fortin, Michelle Duehr, Anna Roseboro, Linda Bridwell, Sherrie Rosenberger, Marvin Wong, Carmen Sitz, Michele Johnsen, Julianna Clark, Doug Walker, Peggy Hethenigton, Andrea Ohanlan, Pauline Matthews, John Carosso, Mark who lives at 10953 Riesling, Karen Rose, Alanna Purcell, and Mary Ann McRoberts, along with my mom and my stepdad Paul Ala. Thank you everyone,

Baseball-Golf Tournament

The 4th annual B.H. Gold Insurance Agency's benefit golf tourney for Scripps Ranch High Falcon Baseball will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at Carmel Highlands Doubletree golf resort. The golf kicks off at 11:45 am with a shotgun start and four-person scramble format. Dinner, golf awards, raffle, and auction featuring Padres bench coach Rob Picciolo begin at 5:30 pm. Golf, cart, and dinner are only $135 per person and $30 for dinner only. All proceeds benefit SRHS Falcon baseball. Call Roger Engle at 621-9020 x7109 or Bill Habeger at 578-0020 x114 for info or to sign up!

The SRHS Falcons baseball club again will be offering discount daily admission tickets for the Buick Invitational PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines Feb. 7-10. Your $12 ticket, a $25 value, is good for one daily admission any day during the tournament; just present it at the gate. Every dollar generated from these tickets will benefit SRHS baseball. Call Roger Engle at 621-9020 x7109 for more information.

Thanks Motorola

The value of partnerships between business and education is often more extensive than we can anticipate. Due to a successful collaboration between SRHS and Motorola in the Junior Job Shadow program, SRHS is now the beneficiary of a windfall of extra office supplies, equipment, and furniture that Motorola must eliminate before their move to Sorrento Valley later this spring.

This generous donation to SRHS will help us to get organized in the New Year, prepare for our new classrooms currently being built, and ease our perpetually strained budget. Many thanks to the folks at Motorola for thinking of us. If other schools in Scripps Ranch or Mira Mesa would be interested in any of the above mentioned items, please contact Trixie Rowe at [[email protected]].

WAC Scholarship

The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club is offering a scholarship opportunity to eligible high school female seniors. Eligibility requirements include: resident of Scripps Ranch for at least four years, 3.0 GPA, currently active in sports and community activities, and an essay. Applications are available at Scripps Ranch High School counseling center or from [[email protected]]. Deadline is April 30.

New SRHS AutoCAD Lab

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) has a new AutoCAD computer lab thanks to the behind-the-scenes efforts of people who have donated their time to make the upgrade and lab relevant to the working world. We especially thank:

  • Bill Berggren and Joe Austin, San Diego City Schools Institute for Learning;
  • Noam A. Ziv, Vice President of Engineering, Qualcomm Inc.;
  • Emmitt Siniard, designer and partner, Siniard Group;
  • Jackie Cartwright, designer, San Diego Office Interiors;
  • Tim Kohl, designer, Associated Design Group of San Diego;
  • Evan Leslie, system engineer, San Diego City Schools;
  • James Phillip, AutoCAD engineer, Pyramid Software, and
  • Stephen Davila, teacher, SRHS.

SRHS Teachers Honored

In its annual teacher recognition program, the University of California, San Diego, pays tribute to high school teachers who were nominated by their students, all of whom went on to enroll at UCSD. In the 2001 program, 11 teachers from Scripps Ranch High School were named by these students. The teachers are Mark Aguirre, Steven Blumenschein, Dean Brown, Yvonne Eibeck, Thomas Ihlbrock, Catherine Jones, Brady Kelso, Gary Lamb, Chris McGaugh, Alison Mosley, and Goldi Roberts.

12th Annual Sharp Women's Health Symposium

The informative event is being held on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 8 am to 3:30 pm at the San Diego Convention Center. The featured keynote speaker is Candice Bergen and the registration fee of $59 includes breakfast, lunch and 18 seminars, along with health screenings and opportunity drawings.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society is now recruiting team leaders, participants, sponsors, and committee members for its upcoming March 16-17 Relay for Life, a unique 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds for cancer research, treatment, and patient services, and to promote public awareness of the need for early detection and treatment in the fight against cancer.

The March 16-17 Relay for Life is designed to unite the communities of Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, and Poway in the fight against cancer. The event will be held at the Mira Mesa Community Park. Entertainment and special events are being planned to take place throughout the relay. The event will kick off Saturday morning, Mar. 16 at 10 am with a cancer survivor's lap, symbolizing the courage survivors and their families display and sustain in their lives. It will conclude 24 hours later. One member of each team is on the track at all times.

Team members raise funds for the fight against cancer by seeking sponsorship prior to the relay from friends, relatives, employers, and associates. Sign up now as a team leader for your company, club, neighborhood, or group of friends! Plan to attend the next meeting for team leaders and other interested participants on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Gil Johnson Mira Mesa Recreation Center Craft Room, 8575 New Salem Street (at Mira Mesa Community Park), from 6 to 7 pm.

For more information, call Dr. Sarah Young at 689-2033, or email her at [[email protected]]; or call Machelle Conerly at the San Diego office of the American Cancer Society at 619-682-7423, or send email to [[email protected]].

Playing in the Street

As the days get longer and it stays light into early evening, it's time to remind children not to play in the street. Speeding on Scripps Ranch roads is an ongoing problem. It becomes more dangerous when children play, skateboard, or ride bikes in the street. In some cul-de-sacs, orange cones are put out, warning of children at play. But cones by themselves do not protect children. Parents, older children, and aware motorists do.

Parents, warn your children of the dangers of playing in the street. Drivers, slow down, especially when going through residential or school areas. Remind your children that the street is for cars, not for children playing. Cars have the right away, and drivers may not see or expect children, especially in dimly lit areas near dusk.

Report any on-going problems in your neighborhood to the San Diego Police Community Relations Department at 538-8174. Some changes will be coming soon to Scripps Poway Parkway to improve safety on that road for the residents, and in particular for the nearby schools. Please refer to the article by Councilmember Brian Maienschein on page 25 for more information.