On October 25 of this year, a Scripps Ranch citizen called police to report that a male in a pickup truck had stolen mail from a neighbor's mailbox. The citizen was able to provide a license plate number. About 20 minutes later, Officers Scott Bartolomei and Robert Morgan found the vehicle speeding down Scripps Ranch Boulevard.
The officers stopped the vehicle and discovered more than 400 pieces of mail inside the vehicle. Most importantly, they found a notebook containing hundreds of names. Under each name, the suspect was slowly building identity information with partial or whole social security numbers, driver's license numbers, dates of birth, and home addresses. In all, there could be almost 1,000 potential identity theft victims.
This is a reminder to please protect your identity at all times. Each year you should check your credit information through one of the three major credit reporting bureaus--you get one free check per year. This is also why the car prowl project below has such important meaning. Car prowls are the major source of information gathering by identity thieves in the form of stolen ID cards, checkbooks, and so forth.
Obviously there was a big jump from the previous month, but it is consistent with what we are seeing all over Northeastern Division. All I can say is this would be a bad time to leave property of any value in your vehicle, especially overnight.
Results of the after-studies following the Witch Creek Fire show that most of the homes destroyed were ignited by wind-driven embers. Wood roof? Open attic vents? Volatile vegetation in the yard? Wood fence connections to the home? Even a home a mile away from a wall of flame is at very high risk if it is subject to ignition by flying embers. To evaluate the risk to your home, go to [www.communitygreenscene.org/pgs].
Barricade fire protective gel is the only fire gel to receive a "Champion" designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This award is important because it demonstrates that a fire protection gel can be both effective and environmentally friendly at the same time. The gel, easily applied with a garden hose, has been widely recognized for its effectiveness in protecting structures and wildland from surrounding forest fires. It is used by fire departments in areas susceptible to wildfires and is available for individual homeowners.
Our Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) is a nonprofit charitable organization and, as such, does not endorse or sell commercial products. We do, however, promote the use of Barricade Gel, a proven fire retardant that is quite effective in protecting structures in the path of wildfires. We bulk-order homeowner kits when enough residents sign on. In addition, we provide training sessions to ensure that users know what to do in advance of a fire event.
For more information about this program, please contact Kevin Lee at [[email protected]]. Information on the gel can be found at [www.homefirefightingsystems.com/firegel.html].
For information on how to provide 100-foot defensible space protection for your neighborhood, contact us at 945-6303 or [[email protected]].
This year's concert season has been one of the best, with terrific performers. We also received a great amount of community support--thanks to all our supporters! On behalf of the Symphony in the Park Committee, we would again like to recognize our concert hosts including:
We hope that this year Santa will be able to visit us again during the Holiday Concert, so bring your wish list to personally deliver it to him! We hope you extend our invitation to the Holiday Concert to all your friends and family. For me, this concert is one of the highlights of the year. Thanks for a great year, and we hope to see you on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 6 pm at Hoyt Park.
The king and queen invite you to join their Royal Court for the Scripps Ranch High School Madrigal Dinner on Friday, Dec. 5, at Marshall Middle School. The castle doors open at 6:30 pm. This event has become a popular way to usher in the holidays with festive songs, fine instrumentalists, and a yuletide banquet.
Don't delay in purchasing your reservation! Prices are: $30 for adults, $25 for students, and $10 for children under 10. Proceeds benefit the SRHS Choral Department, under the direction of Jay Rubin. Checks should be made out to "SRHS Choir." Please contact the king's personal assistant for your banquet reservation or more information: Bev Jatczak at 586-0919 or [[email protected]].
Through Social Advocates for Youth's 2008 "Blanket San Diego" drive, San Diegans can give the gift of warmth to those less fortunate who do not have the resources to heat their homes. From now through Tuesday, Dec. 16, you can donate new or gently used blankets and quilts of all sizes. The donations will be distributed to children and families in need throughout the holiday season.
Donations may be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library. For questions, please contact Richard Ditch at 565-4148, ext. 256. Social Advocates for Youth (SAY San Diego) is a private nonprofit organization that has worked with children and families in San Diego for 37 years. To learn more, please visit [www.saysandiego.org].
Bring all the kids to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturday, Dec. 20, to listen for the jingle bells of Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving for their seventh annual trip to the market. Our friends from Grins2Go Onsite Photography are volunteering their time so every child gets a free, professional photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Claus's will be at the market from 11 am until noon for songs, fun, and pictures. There will be candy canes for young and old alike.
The market is open from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday at the new E. B. Scripps Elementary School at 11778 Cypress Canyon Road. Come do your last-minute holiday shopping on Saturday, Dec. 20. We hope you become a regular shopper at our "one-stop shopping" market.
As our crowds get bigger we will be able to bring in more and more spectacular vendors. Don't forget we serve the best breakfasts and lunches in town. For questions, please contact me at 586-7933 or [[email protected]]. Also visit [www.srfm.org]. See you there!
The Scripps Ranch High School baseball team is holding its third annual tree pick-up on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3 and 4. We will come to your house, pick up your tree, and take it to the recycling center--for a mere $10 donation. Proceeds from this fundraiser help pay for field maintenance, equipment, umpire fees, and other program costs. Please email [[email protected]] before Wednesday, Dec. 31, with your address and desired pick-up date.