Goodbye, "Old" Friend

Scripps Ranch lost one of its finest on Sunday, May 4. Steve Allen was running at Miramar Lake when he collapsed and died of a heart attack. Devoted to his wife, Nancy, his sons, David and Bryan, his daughter-in-law, Kirsten, and to his community, he cherished Scripps Ranch and his involvement in the Old Pros.

Steve was the president of the Old Pros several years ago and has served on the board of directors for more than a decade. Semi-retired from the banking industry, he never wanted for activity. A fixture at 24 Hour Fitness several days a week, and on the path around Miramar Lake, his passions were baseball and softball.

Steve played third base in the Old Pros Sunday and night softball leagues, and was on the most recent championship night team. He coached and played in last month’s fundraiser when the Old Pros faced the SRHS varsity team.

He never missed Padres opening day. Steve organized an annual trip to watch spring training games in Yuma and Peoria. On white water rafting trips, horseshoes, bocci ball, and Aztecs nights, he was there–front and center.

You could also find him at the Symphony in the Park, showing those smooth dance moves with Nancy in his arms and a huge grin on his face. That’s how we’ll remember Steve–smiling. It’s how he looked in his naval officer’s uniform in their wedding picture and in the photos with the little league teams he coached. And there’s that genuine, love-of-life smile on the scores of candid shots taken over the years at Old Pros’ functions.

When you were new to the Ranch, he was a one-man welcoming committee with a handshake that said "stick around, we’re gonna have fun." Fittingly, hundreds of people turned out to remember him at El Camino Memorial Park and the reception at Hoyt Park. Many traveled hundreds of miles to pay their respects.

Among them was New York Yankees pitcher David Wells, whom Steve coached as a little leaguer in Ocean Beach. Wells dedicated the game he pitched the night before to Steve, and presented his jersey, glove, and two baseballs from that victory to the family. It was a touching moment in a tremendously emotional day.

We’ve had fun, Steve. Thanks. We miss you.

Steve Fiorina

The Heroes Rule the Day on Sunday, June 8

Okay, school is almost out and summer will be official by the end of the month, so why not celebrate just a little early by joining your neighbors down in Hoyt Park for an "official kickoff"? Tom Boyd has promised his best. You will miss something grand if you’re not in the audience on Sunday, June 8.

Tom Boyd is our neighbor. Tom Boyd and The Heroes provide the best music in San Diego. Tom Boyd and The Heroes are a big part of Symphony in the Park. The Heroes are why we like to dance from the first song to the very last. Remember how we danced? The Heroes are why we will have smiles on our faces and lose our insecurities for a while.

It’s The Heroes, Sunday, June 8, and we love them all. Be there–6 pm, Hoyt Park at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake Drives. Picnics encouraged. Low chairs a must. Fun insured!

Questions? Call our chairs Joyce Wulkowitz at 566-4206 or Scot Pritchard at 578-2536. No matter what else you’re doing, don’t miss The Heroes.

M’Lu Colbourn, Symphony in the Park Volunteer

First Place Award for Maienschein

Our own 5th District Councilmember Brian Maienschein was awarded first place in Leadership by an Elected Public Official by the San Diego section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA). The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) unanimously nominated Brian for his exemplary efforts in assisting with the last four remaining projects in the Scripps Ranch Villages area.

Since taking office in 2000, Brian’s leadership made a huge difference in the outcome of the Med-Impact project, 4-acre parcel acquisition, Freeway Commercial Project, and redesign of a single-family neighborhood.

The awards ceremony is Thursday, June 5, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Brian is now in the running for a California Chapter American Planning Association (CCAPA) Award. Thank you and congratulations, Brian!

SRHS Teacher of the Year

Teacher John King of Scripps Ranch High School was named the 2003-2004 San Diego City Schools (SDCS) Teacher of the Year at the high school level. John is literally a veteran educator, having served in the Navy before beginning his teaching career 23 years ago at Crawford High School teaching second language students. In his current position he teaches Exploring Algebra and Unified Algebra to students in grades 9-12. He also serves as varsity basketball and badminton coach and athletic director at Scripps Ranch High School.

Possessing a special ability to work with students who have not always had great success in school, John enjoys the challenge of dealing with the less than motivated student. "I believe all students can be reached and sometimes we just need to look for different ways to reach these students," he said.

Congratulations, John!

Sammy’s Honors Teachers

Scripps Ranch teachers will be honored by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza for their time and dedication in the classroom. Over 300 teachers will get a $20 gift certificate from Sammy’s as part of California Teacher Appreciation Day, which was in May.

Teachers from Scripps Ranch High School, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, and Miramar Ranch, Jerabek, Dingeman, and Ellen Browning Scripps elementary schools will receive the gift certificates.

Sammy’s is also honoring over 1,000 teachers countywide for their commitment and dedication to children.

New Learning Center Now Open in Scripps Ranch

The American Center for Learning is pleased to announce the opening of a new learning center to serve the full academic needs of families in Scripps Ranch and neighboring communities. From diagnostic assessment to full psychological testing, from individualized prescriptive programs to homework assistance, this new learning center offers a range of supplemental academic services at affordable prices. There are low student-teacher ratios, and students from grades kindergarten through 12 and above can be helped.

This is the second learning center that owners Honey and Bob Fila, former residents of Scripps Ranch, operate in the San Diego area. Honey has been associated with education for over 25 years, and Bob has a diverse background in business. The director of the Scripps Ranch center, Julie Lariviere, will be happy to meet with parents and discuss the services available. If you would like more information, call 549-4250 or visit [].

Information Center News

We have a new Community Service Center Specialist at the Information Center. Her name is Anita Rivera, and she comes to us from our center in Carmel Valley. Anita has an extensive background in marketing and customer service and came to the city four years ago from the private sector.

Anita is very knowledgeable on all aspects of our operations, but is particularly expert at passports. She has also been reorganizing our office to improve operations and has already been a great help. Be sure to come in and say "hi."

Clay Bingham, Center Manager


Old Newsletters Needed

The SRCA needs your old copies of Newsletters as part of our goal to bind and scan all years back to 1971. If you have issues prior to 2000, please give us a call at 578-0430 and we’ll be happy to pick them up. We now have years 1999-2002 bound and available for use in the Scripps Ranch Library and the Information Center. Thanks for your support.


Scripps Ranch Resident Stars in The Storyteller

The Scripps Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) has announced the lead role for its production of The Storyteller. Dancer Hannah Batt will play the storyteller role in the new musical production.

Batt is a 7th grader at Marshall Middle School and has been dancing and acting since the age of 3. She has performed in many productions at the San Diego Junior Theatre and at SPAC.

The Storyteller will be performed Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22, at the Scripps Ranch High School theater. For tickets, call 586-7834 or visit [].