The Face of Scripps Ranch

Are you ready to be the “face” of Scripps Ranch, or do you know someone who would do well to wear the crown? Here’s your chance! The Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Applications are due by Saturday, Nov. 30.

The pageant is open to all teens and women between the ages of 13–26 who meet two of the following qualifications:

  1. Live in Scripps Ranch for the Miss and Miss Teen Scripps Ranch pageant;
  2. Graduated from a Scripps Ranch middle or high school;
  3. Currently attend a Scripps Ranch middle or high school;
  4. Attend Miramar College; or,
  5. Have worked in Scripps Ranch for at least one year.

The new Miss and Miss Teen will represent her respective community for one year. She will be an ambassador during grand openings, parades, community events, fundraisers, and any San Diego citywide events to which she is invited.

The winners will be the official community representative in the Miss Greater San Diego Pageant, should they wish to continue, and earn a gift package donated by community members. They also will spend time with, and learn from, many of the current Miss and Miss Teen representatives from other communities in San Diego. The Miss and Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Communities Pageant is the first step in the Miss USA Pageant circuit.

For applications or questions, please contact Maria Pankau, pageant coordinator, at Miss-Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Cities at [[email protected]]. Please write “Pageant” in the subject line. In addition, for more details, you can visit the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org]. Again, the application deadline is Saturday, Nov. 30.

Helping Kids in Our Community

With the holiday season starting this month, it’s time for Toys for Tots. If you would like your child to be a recipient of toys from this popular program, you have only a few more days to register him or her at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, located at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. If you have any questions, call 538-8086.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 6. Come any time the Rec Center is open. Find the hours in the Directory on page 73. Parents, please bring your child’s social security card. Toys will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 21, with the time to be announced.

Also, if you would like to donate toys, bring unwrapped items to the Rec Center. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program provides toys to children each year during the holiday season.

Becky’s Gift

Please help us—Scripps Ranch moms—make a difference again this holiday season! The Fourth Annual Becky’s Gift is starting. Last year, thanks to our wonderful community, we collected 1,000 toys for families affected by cancer, and we hope you will help us reach that goal once again. We are giving families the opportunity to select a gift for their loved ones during the holidays while receiving treatment for cancer.

We know it is emotionally, physically, and financially difficult for families during the holiday season and want to help relieve this burden. We want the cancer patient to focus on his or her treatment and getting better—not worry about the shopping and financial pressures of the season. We want them to know that their child will have a gift during the holidays. The gifts will be distributed to the Oncology Associates of San Diego and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. We are collecting toys and gift cards for kids ages 1–16.

If you would like to donate a toy or gift card, host a toy drive, or have a toy collection box at your business, we would appreciate your help! You can drop off toys at 11930 Windom Peak Way or contact Becky Walton at [[email protected]] or 442-4806, or Christie Jackson at [[email protected]] or 204-5534. Also, visit us at [www.facebook.com/BeckysGift]. Please help us surpass our goal of 1,000 toys and ease the holiday season for cancer patients.

Tired of Neighborhood Crime?

Are you frustrated with the residential crime in your neighborhood? You can step up and do something about it. Volunteer to be an SRCA Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) block captain on your street. SRCANW has become one of the most effective means of fighting crime in our community. This is because you and your neighbors are the ones who really know what’s going on in your area and are most likely to be the first to see a crime and call for help.

Some of you may think that being a block captain is too involved. It’s actually very simple. You invite your neighbors to a block party, and SRCANW provides the speaker and handouts. The block captain, or co-captain, prepare a neighborhood roster with contact information to distribute to the group via email or paper. If scheduling permits, our San Diego Police Department’s community relations officer, Shannah Kanoa, will attend and discuss recent crime trends and any problems you feel may be happening in your area.

Once your group is established, you are encouraged, but not required, to have an annual block party on National Night Out, which is the first Tuesday in August. It’s a great way to keep your street connected.

For more information, visit the Neighborhood Watch page of the San Diego Police Department website at [www.sandiego.gov/police/services/prevention/programs/neighborhoodwatch.shtml]. For details about SRCANW, go to [www.scrippsranch.org/watch], and email me at [[email protected]] for questions.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

People Helping People

Have you lived in Scripps Ranch for 19 years? If you have, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch was started that long ago. It began with a small group of people who decided our community needed extra eyes and ears to patrol our neighborhood.

Today you can see our cars six days a week drive by our schools, banks, and shopping centers. We also make vacation home checks and look after the elderly—the YANA or You Are Not Alone program. Scripps Ranch has a wonderful tradition of serving our community. It’s simply people helping people.

How can you join? You need a valid California driver’s license, be 50 years or older, retired or semiretired, go through a background check, spend one week at the academy, and finally donate 3½ days per month. Please contact Jim Schulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8156 to join this important community organization.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

About the Evacuation Plan

The October SRCA Newsletter was delivered with a document called Your Evacuation Plan. The purpose of the pamphlet is to provide you with information and checklists to help with advanced preparation in case an evacuation is called, as it was in 2003 and 2007.

One feature of the plan is that many checklist items are to be accompanied by additional information and guidance on our website at [srfiresafecouncil.org]. Here, I have to apologize. We had technical difficulties and were not able to get the website operating with this new information until mid-October.

Now it’s up and running. So log on to get information that will help you be ready if another wildfire attacks our community. We plan to update and add information on a continuing basis. For example, there is a new initiative by the city and the Red Cross called “Prepare San Diego” that will focus on, among other things, identifying more suitable evacuation destinations in the future. Also, there is an initiative by the county to install a siren system in Scripps Ranch for use in emergencies.

If you need more booklets, we have some available. Contact us at 945-6303.

Jerry Mitchell, SRFSC Director

Thank You to Our Symphony in the Park Supporters

We had a wonderful season with our concerts this year. The Symphony in the Park Committee would like to thank everyone who supported our organization. This great Scripps Ranch tradition is funded solely through the financial contributions of our supporters, so it is you who make this possible. If you haven’t donated yet, it’s not too late. Check out our website at [www.symphonyinthepark.org] and visit our Facebook page.

This year featured a wide range of talented musicians. We heard many different music genres including ’80s pop and an energetic Rolling Stones cover band.

Our last concert of the year is coming up on Sunday, Dec. 1. This holiday concert is always fun, with the park being lit with luminaries, kids dancing with glow sticks, and perhaps a visit from Santa. It gets everyone in a festive mood.

The concert is in Hoyt Park, and please note it begins at 5 pm, earlier than our summer concerts. It’s been great to see people bring their low back chairs and blankets—tarps ruin the grass—and leave their dogs at home. We’ll see you in December for our last 2013 concert.

Symphony in the Park Committee

Community Service Scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Sean Maloy Community Service Scholarship, established in memory of Sean Maloy to recognize a student with an exemplary commitment to community service. The $500 scholarship is offered each year to a high school senior who lives in Scripps Ranch. The application deadline is Monday, Mar. 31. For more details, please visit the San Diego Foundation website at [www.sdfoundation.org], or contact Karen Christian at [[email protected]] or your counseling office.