Neighborhood Watch: Dangers of a “Hot Prowl”

A hot prowl is one of the most dangerous crimes for a home owner because it is a burglary where a suspect enters, or attempts to enter, a residence while someone is home. We recently had an attempted “hot prowl” in Scripps Ranch. The suspect did not succeed in entering the home. What should you do if you think someone is trying to break into your home or if they are already inside?

Call 911 immediately. If you can’t speak, leave the phone off the hook—don’t hang up. The dispatcher will send officers. If you can speak, describe what you hear, where it’s coming from, how many people live in the home, and so forth. If you see the suspect, give a description.

If you feel someone is in the house and you can leave safely, do so. If you and other family members cannot leave safely, lock yourselves in a bedroom or bathroom. Take the phone with you if possible. Try to avoid a confrontation with the suspect.

A hot prowl can happen during the night or day. If someone is knocking on your door, don’t ignore it or it will appear that no one is home. Don’t open your door, but tell the person you don’t open your door to solicitors. If you also yell something like “Joe, I’ll get the door,” it will give the impression you’re not alone.

To sign up for the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program, visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch]. We email you details about crimes in your area. For emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and suspicious behavior, call 858-484-3154. To reach us, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

The Glen at Scripps Ranch

We want to clarify information we included in the October SRCA Newsletter. The proposed senior living community, The Glen at Scripps Ranch, will include 400 independent living units, and a total of 110 Health Center units, 60 of which will be skilled nursing beds and 50 assisted living units. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group will keep you updated on the latest project developments as they occur.

Happy Birthday, RSVP!

Twenty years ago this past September, a concerned group of individuals met and the Scripps Ranch-Mira Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) began. Protecting our neighborhood was the main concern. Little did they know that RSVP would become an important part of our community. One of our original members is still patrolling—Alan Schuler. He was recognized by the San Diego City Council for his dedication and love of RSVP. Alan was a retired engineer, who became known for his wit and dedication to his new job—RSVP. Such dedication!

If you would like to join this wonderful community group, please contact Jim Schulte at 538-8120. You also can drop by the storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Are you ready to serve? Be a volunteer and help our neighborhood.

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member

One More Concert!

The Symphony in the Park has one more concert this year! Our annual holiday concert is on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 pm in Hoyt Park. We hope to have a very special guest! The holiday concert is sponsored by Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air. Thank you for your support.

We had a great summer concert season this year! The Symphony in the Park Committee sends a huge thank you to all of our supporters and everyone who makes these concerts possible. We are a not-for-profit organization that exists only through the financial donations provided by our community. Thank you to all our bands this year and to our concert sponsors:

  • Marrokal Design and Remodeling
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
  • Cymer

If you haven’t donated this year, please visit [www.symphonyinthepark.org]. We look forward to seeing you in December!

Symphony in the Park Committee

Becky’s Gift

Five years in a row and going strong…thanks to our wonderful Scripps Ranch community! The 5th Annual Becky’s Gift is starting, and we hope you’ll help us collect 1,000 toys again this year! We are Scripps Ranch moms hoping to make a difference this holiday season!

We give families affected by cancer at The Oncology Associates of San Diego and UCSD Moores Cancer Center the chance to choose a gift for their loved ones while they receive treatment. We know it is emotionally, physically, and financially difficult for families during the holidays. We want to help relieve this burden and collect toys so the patient could choose one for their child or children at their treatment center.

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 any of these locations: Scripps Rock Dental, 12112 Scripps Summit Drive; Fitness Quest, 10006 Scripps Ranch Boulevard; or 11930 Windom Peak Way. For more information, please contact Becky Walton at [[email protected]] or 442-4806, or Christie Jackson at [[email protected]] or 204-5534, and go to [www.facebook.com/BeckysGift].

True Love!

Scripps Ranch residents since 1970, Nancy and Bill Connell recently reached a major milestone: their 70th wedding anniversary! A group of 35 family, friends, and Turret Drive neighbors toasted them at a dinner that included dancing to big band music of the ’40s and a slide show featuring the couple’s wedding photos from 1944. Nancy and Bill (below) were in the first group of homeowners on Turret Drive and remember walking in the woods and seeing deer at what is now the intersection of Red Cedar Drive and Ironwood Road. Congratulations, Nancy and Bill!

SR “Misses” Stay Busy!

Miss Scripps Ranch, Allie Kennedy (above right), and Miss Teen Scripps Ranch, Sarina Jassy, have been busy supporting our community! Besides attending Scripps Ranch Civic Association meetings, they have helped raise money and awareness for important events such as the Relay For Life and the Community Fair.

You may have seen them represent our community in the 4th of July Parade and the Miss Greater San Diego USA Pageant. Did you see them at the Symphony in the Park concerts? If you are interested in becoming the next Miss Scripps Ranch or Miss Teen Scripps Ranch, see Miss–Miss Teen San Diego Northeastern Cities on Facebook, or email Maria Pankau at [[email protected]].

Get Rid of Halloween Candy

Halloween is such a fun time for kids, but then you have all that candy! What can you do with it? Take part in Scripps Pediatric Dentistry’s 5th Annual Candy Buy Back Program. For every pound of candy, your child will receive $1. Then all the candy will be shipped to our troops overseas via Operation Gratitude.

Just bring the candy to 9840 Hibert Street, B-4—between Trader Joe’s and Chuck E. Cheese’s—from Monday, Nov. 3, through Thursday, Nov. 13, from 8 am to 5 pm. If you have any questions, please call 693-5677 or search Facebook for “Candy Buy Back” to find out more.

Scripps Ranch Farmers Market—13 Years!

It is hard for us to believe it’s been 13 years since we first opened the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. We will be forever grateful to the Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School’s Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) for supporting us.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, we invite all of you to celebrate this special occasion with us. There will be live entertainment, free activities for the kids, free drawings all day, a face painter and balloon artist, cake, and we’ll ask our vendors to have an anniversary discount or sale at every booth.

Visit our website at [www.SRFM.org] or email us at [[email protected]] for questions.

Bev and Mike Cassity