Neighborhood Watch: Aggressive Solicitors

Unlicensed, aggressive solicitors are a problem in Scripps Ranch. We’ve received emails from Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) members who are suspicious and think the unlicensed solicitors may really be casing their homes. That’s why it’s important to make your presence known. A burglar prefers entering an unoccupied house.

If any business solicitor comes to your door without a proper San Diego Police Department (SDPD)-issued identification permit, please report it as suspicious activity by calling the police non-emergency number at 858-484-3154. Then email us at [email protected] so we can follow up with police.

The SDPD has regulations for solicitors. In a nutshell:

  • They must obtain a police registration card and display it on the front of their person.
  • They must have a Business Tax Certificate or be employed by a licensed business.
  • It is unlawful to solicit if there is a “No Solicitors” sign posted.
  • No one may solicit before 9 am or after 8 pm, except by appointment.
  • Nonprofits, charities, religious, and political organizations are exempt.

If someone knocks on your door, don’t ignore it. If it is someone casing your home, it will appear that no one is home. Then that person may go around to the side or back of your home and try to gain entry. Instead, shout something through the door and make it appear that you’re not alone. For example, “Joe, I’ll get the door,” or “We don’t open our door to solicitors.”

For more information about SRCANW and to receive our crime alerts, please go to www.scrippsranch.org/watch. To reach us, email [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

SRCA Garage Sale and Clean-Up Day

It’s time for spring cleaning and we have ways to help you! The popular annual Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Garage Sale is on Saturday, Apr. 22, from 7:30 am until noon. Sponsored by Windermere Homes and Estates, sign up and get maps at the Windermere office at 9989 Hibert Street or at www.scrippsranchcommunitygaragesale.com. Maps will be distributed in the Windermere parking lot on the morning of the Garage Sale from 7 until 8 am.

If you have unwanted items after the Garage Sale, before you throw them away, see if you can donate them! Check out Habitat for Humanity—www.sdhfh.org/ReStore/Donate-to-the-ReStore/Acceptable-Items—and other charitable groups. Most will come to you for pickup. Let’s keep reusable items out of the landfill.

What you don’t donate, you can get rid of on Saturday, Apr. 29, at SRCA Clean-Up Day, co-sponsored by the Torrey Pines Kiwanis. It runs from 8 am until noon or until the dumpsters are full. Last year they filled up before noon! The dumpsters will be in two locations: the Business Park on Meanley Drive; and the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Please be prepared to unload your vehicle.

In addition, the ONE CELL battery recycling program will have collection boxes for household batteries.

This is your chance to make the Ranch sparkle, so pick up your property. Then, for the public good, clean up a public area near you. Scripps Ranch is our home and we take great pride in its appearance.

Elissa Barber and Barbara Perkins,
Co-chairs

After the Rains

After many years of drought, California got soaked with record-breaking rainfall. The upside to this is we needed the rain and, depending on who you talk to, our drought is over. Everything is so green and beautiful. The downside comes when all of this vegetation begins to dry up. Now we are back to an even bigger fire hazard.

We have talked in the past about defensible space. This will be more important than ever when this vegetation begins to dry up. Each year wildfires destroy thousands of homes and possessions. Losses can be minimized if homeowners take the time to become aware of safety measures.

Saturday, May 6, is National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, and we will hold a special event at Fire Station 37 on Spring Canyon Road. Tour the station, service your fire extinguishers, get information on smoke alarms, and more. See the ad on the page to your left and look for more information in the May SRCA Newsletter. To reach us, call 201-3711 or email [email protected] org.

MMS Bus Program

The Marshall Middle School (MMS) Parent-Paid Bus Program for 2017–2018 will hold a Parent Information Meeting on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 to 7 pm in the MMS Theater. The registration period is scheduled for Monday, May 8, through Friday, May 19. More information about the program, including registration forms, will be on the MMS website at www.marshallmiddle.org in late April.

This popular program gets kids to school safely and helps ease traffic on Pomerado Road during the busy morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times. This year the MMS Bus Committee again will gauge interest for a bus from the Jerabek/South of Pomerado area—a result of interest from parents. If you live in the Jerabek/South of Pomerado area and would like bus transportation to MMS, show your interest by submitting a registration form during the open period. This information will be given to the school district’s transportation department, who will make the final decision regarding bus routes.

Symphony in the Park Concert Dates

While busily planning another great concert series, some committee members had thoughts about what the concerts mean to them. Art Moreau says the best part of Symphony in the Park concerts is “…all the people of Scripps Ranch coming together.” Tommy Boyd says, “Enjoying live music together is most important to me.” Joyce Wulkowicz asks, “Where can you go where every generation has a good time?” To Cheryl Shaw it’s “…bringing the community together.” Lisa Susca likes that this summer tradition is like a party every month. As for Rachel Votel, “It’s the families. I look across the park and all the families together makes me want to cry.”

We love producing these concerts. Year after year, we charge no admission, and year after year about this time we ask you to help us pay the bills. Please go to www.symphonyinthepark.org for details. Your PayPal donation is tax deductible.

Our concerts are on Sundays, and the 2017 concert dates are: June 11, July 16, Aug. 13, and Sept. 10. The December date is under discussion. See you in the park!

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

Egg Hunt and Summer Programs

Don’t miss it! The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center will host its annual Egg Hunt at the Scripps Ranch Community Park—11454 Blue Cypress Drive—right next to the Recreation Center. It’s on Thursday, Apr. 6, from 1 to 3 pm. This free family-friendly event will include a jumpie, face painter, and DJ. Please bring a basket or reusable bag to collect eggs.

Looking ahead to summer, camp registration has started. Parents can register their kids for day camps that take place throughout the summer. Camps this year include: Lego, Mad Science, Gymnastics, Master Sports Sport Camps, Kinder Camps, and Art Studio Camp.

You can register at www.sdrecconnect.com or in person during registration hours. Please check www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/centers/recctr/scripps for registration hours. For Master Sports, register with them at mastersports.com.

Summer classes such as pickleball, basketball, and arts and crafts continue in the summer. Registration for these classes begins on Saturday, May 13, at 10 am online or in person. If you have any questions regarding summer camp, class registration, or our Egg Hunt, please contact the Rec Center staff at 538-8085.

A Passion for Reading

Hi Scripps Ranch! My name is Riley Bloom and I am the founder and president of the Literacy Outreach Club at Scripps Ranch High School. It is my goal to give back to the community while promoting my passion for reading. We meet every Wednesday, and vice president Ryan Harvey and I brainstorm with club members on how to donate books to the community.

Our Book Drive is under way and runs until Friday, Apr. 7. Please bring your books to the SRHS office. For students, donation barrels are in the quad and the library. All books will be given to the Salvation Army, and we hope to give as many people as possible the chance to read.

Riley Bloom, Club Founder-President

Eye Care for Those in Need

As a community service Scripps Poway Eyecare and Optometry will offer free eye care and eyewear for those in need. The event will be on Saturday, May 6, from 9 am to 1:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. Dr. Keith Wan, one of the providers, is an active Scripps Ranch resident with children in our schools.

To make a reservation, you will need a “golden ticket.” Beginning in April, golden tickets will be handed out at our Scripps Ranch schools by school officials and at Miramar College at the student health center. If you have any questions, please contact Scripps Poway Eyecare at 530-2800 and ask for Jenny Hoang.

Award-Winning Choir Looking for Members

The multi-award winning San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir wants to expand its membership from 25 to 40 singers. The nonprofit group rehearses weekly on Mondays at 7:30 pm at Chabad Hebrew Academy in Scripps Ranch.

The group hit the Billboard charts at number three with its second world music album Kochi, a musical celebration of the history of Jews in India. The choir has been featured on Jewish Life Television and the Chabad Telethon.

The group’s mission is to preserve and promote Jewish music. It fulfills this through concerts at festivals, synagogues, senior centers, and libraries, as well as through the dissemination of its CDs. Members sing in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Judeo-Persian, and English. The choir is recording its third album, Legacy, which it hopes to release at the end of this year. For information on joining this group, please call 760-803-6049.