Goodbye to Two Community Heroes

I'm writing to personally thank Scripps Ranch and its residents for the support it has shown firefighters stationed here at Fire Station 37. I will be retiring on Sunday, Feb. 22, after 34 years with San Diego Fire, and my engineer William Trevino will retire in April.

My last two years here in Scripps Ranch have given me the privilege of working for a wonderful community and with a fine group of people concerned about their community's well-being. I'll take a lot of good memories when I leave, especially the thanks and appreciation given to us after the Cedar fire.

It was difficult to see the devastation here on the Ranch after we returned from our strike team assignment. It really hit home! However, through the community's kindness and understanding, we were able to cope with this disaster.

Jerabek Elementary School's Appreciation Day for us was overwhelming with emotion for my crew. It was part of a healing process for us. I want to thank everyone at Jerabek, especially the children, for their support.

In closing, the last two years have been great, and it's been my pleasure to know you and your families. Good luck in the future, and stop on by to meet the new guys on B division in the next couple of months. Yours truly,

Capt. Bob Hartnett, Station 37 B Div.

"Taste of the Ranch" Event Canceled

Regretfully, the Scripps Ranch High School Foundation has decided to cancel the "Taste of the Ranch," celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS). The event, originally scheduled for November, was postponed due to the fire. Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate another venue and date combination to hold the event this year.

Thank you to all the SRHS faculty, staff, and residents who purchased tickets. If anyone requires reimbursement, please contact KJ Koljonen at 547-6035. If you do not require reimbursement, the SRHS Foundation is sincerely grateful for your donation to the SRHS stadium improvement Turf Fund.

Saturday, Mar. 6, brings the return of the 13th annual HodgePodge Arts and Crafts for Kids, an always popular fundraiser sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. The two 90-minute sessions are scheduled from 12:30 to 2 pm for children ages 4-7, who must be accompanied by an adult, and 2:30 to 4 pm for children 8-13. The children will create "keep-able" arts and crafts of "Things that Fly, Things that Crawl--It's a Bugs Life."

There will be a HodgePodge of tables staffed by artistic Friends of the Library and neighbors assisting your child. The cost is $10 per child prepaid, and $15 per child after Wednesday, Mar. 3. Advanced registration is essential, so fill out your prepaid reservation form now!

Registration and donation forms are available at the library. Proceeds will be used to buy new books, videos, and CDs for the children's collection. The HodgePodge Committee is looking for volunteers to help now and on the day of the event. Please contact Carol Wood at 578-2717, Sandy Rodighero at 578-3600, or Chair Victoria Mazelli at 538-5315.

Information Center News

The Information Center is now hosting the Local Assistance Center. You will find Council District 5, the City's Development Services Department, and the SRCA at the center. The move here allows the Recreation Center to return to a full schedule of activities.

I'd like to announce the hiring of our new Community Service Center Specialist, Blanca Chacon. Blanca is a Scripps Ranch resident and has a commute of about 500 ft. from the Meadowbrook home she shares with her husband, Tony, and daughters, Andrea and Rebecca.

Blanca replaces Anita Rivera who accepted a position in our program closer to her new home. Anita did a fabulous job for this community. She single-handedly made many work flow changes in our office that greatly improved the quality of our service. Thank you, Anita!

Our 3rd annual Ident-A-Kid event will be held at the Information Center on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to 1 pm.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

A Random Act Of Kindness

Many months ago I wondered how our newspaper deliverer suddenly developed such a good aim. The paper now landed in a corner of our driveway, very close to our front door. The puzzle went on for a few months until one morning at about 5:30 am. I caught our good neighbor, Bill Drake, moving the paper from near the street to its new location. I thought, wow, what a kind thing to do.

Then, I saw him doing the same thing for everyone on our cul-de-sac. Bill had started a regimen of walking the cul-de-sac for exercise many times a day. As he passed each house he moved the paper. It's his way of saying "good morning, neighbor." Kudos to Bill from the residents of Saunders Court.

Tom Olson

Kindergarten Playgroups

If your child is starting kindergarten at Jerabek Elementary School this fall, a playgroup is starting to help kids get acquainted. Please contact Tamara Hurley at [[email protected]].

For kids who will attend Miramar Ranch Elementary School, call Lori Erlenbach at 566-2804. For EBS, contact Gloria Tran at [[email protected]].




The Storyteller Auditions

Auditions are underway at The Scripps Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) for the second original production of The Storyteller to be held in June. Inspired by the incredibly rich backgrounds of students at the SPAC and their families, the debut performance of The Storyteller last year brought to life an eclectic mix of characters, emotion, and experiences.

There are singing, dancing, and acting parts for people of all ages. Auditions will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7. Please call 586-7834 for specific times. This is a community event not to be missed!


Scripps Ranch Theatre

Preparations for the play Killjoy are well underway. We are deep into rehearsals and the set is 50% complete. We had to start from scratch since almost all of our building supplies had to be dumped after a flood ruined everything that touched the floor. The repairs to the dressing room to fix the flood damage are almost complete as well.

The Killjoy play could well be set in Scripps Ranch. The divorced mother of two grown kids is starting over in a townhouse and just getting it set up. It's an eerie feeling to be recreating your living room on the stage!

The last two months have also brought 10 new volunteers, which has made the Scripps Ranch Theatre board very happy! Four of them are new board candidates and are getting their feet wet with all the details of managing auditions and creating show programs. We are looking for five more candidates, so give us a call. Our volunteer parties are a hoot!

For more information about Killjoy's premiere, please see page 63.


Camp Fun at the YMCA!

The Rancho Family YMCA invites parents to search for fun safe activities with the nation's largest provider of camping services. February keeps the New Year excitement alive with each day a different adventure. Check out President's Week Fun Camp from Monday, Feb. 16, through Friday, Feb. 20.

Children ages 5-13 will have an action packed week of activities including, roller skating, bowling, Stephen Birch Aquarium, ice skating, YMCA pool, and more! Registration is ongoing and programs are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. February Fun Camp will be offered from 9 am to 4 pm, with extended hours available from 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm.

For more information on President's Week Fun Camp or for a current program guide, please contact your YMCA at 484-8788, [], or stop by at 9410 Fairgrove Lane in Rancho Penasquitos.