Holiday Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season at this beloved community event. The Holiday Tree Lighting has become a tradition in Scripps Ranch, co-sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and the Girl Scouts.

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 13
  • Time: 4–6 pm
  • Place: Jerabek Park

Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys For Tots collection. Each boy or girl scout who donates an unwrapped gift will receive a special event patch.

Visit with Santa and be sure to take pictures with him! Enjoy activities, a bake sale and hot chocolate, and, of course, a holiday sing-a-long. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, flashlights, chairs, and holiday spirit! Special thanks to Girl Scout Troop 8861 and their families.

Deck the Halls…or the Homes!

One of the delightful things about living in our fine community is to drive around slowly and enjoy the many decorated homes and yards. Some are remarkable with elaborate decorations and lighting.

Early on in our community’s formative years, we had a contest to select the different home decorations and awarded a prize of some sort to stimulate the adornments. We had some really beautiful displays over the years.

If you have put up decorations on your home, thanks! It makes for a colorful and happy Christmas and holiday for many to enjoy. With all the problems in the world, they are so welcome.

Happy Holidays to Our Vets

If you have not yet been able to do so, there is still time to make a donation to a veterans’ organization or support element for our serving men and women still in Afghanistan and elsewhere. I suggest using the tried and true old veterans organizations like the USO, VFW, DAV, or Wounded Warrior. Of course, there are others, however, I am seeing a number of new organizations all soliciting funds and, unfortunately, the money collected seems to go more for administration, mailings, and salaries. Too little goes to the veterans who need it. So please make it a happy holiday with your gifts and prayers.

Special Veterans Event

A very special Veterans Day celebration was held at Dingeman Elementary School in November. There was a very large crowd of supportive parents, staff, and students during the morning event.

The special 10th Mountain Division battle flag that flew in Iraq and Afghanistan was slowly raised on the school’s flagpole for the day. The flag now will be used for special occasions at my school. I must admit that this old soldier felt a great emotion to see the flag raised as I remembered my departed comrades in arms.

Speed Limits

As you can read in the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) report on page 17, the city proposed a speed limit increase from 25 miles per hour to 30 on Avenida Magnifica. It’s the stretch from Pomerado Road to Scripps Trail, and it passes Jerabek Elementary School and Jerabek Park. To say there are a lot of children in the area is a huge understatement.

This recommendation was the result of a speed survey, which showed that a majority of drivers went faster than the posted 25 mph. I’m glad that the SRPG voted to keep the 25 mph limit, but that has repercussions.

I know all too well the concerns about speed surveys. When I tried to reduce speeding on Red Cedar and Aviary drives, near my home and Miramar Ranch Elementary School, a speed survey resulted in raising the speed limit to 30 mph. Sorry.

Wildlife on the Ranch

As you may have read or heard, we have had an increase in coyote sightings on the Ranch. Sadly, some people have even lost small pets that were taken by the coyotes. In checking with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, officials still do not recommend trapping and removing the animals from our area. They seem to have a very strong “homing instinct,” and come back to their familiar haunts over time.

The best advice is to keep your small pets inside. A coyote can and will attack a small cat or dog, even if it is on a leash. Coyotes can jump your backyard fence, so don’t leave your pet unattended in your yard. There is a Facebook page started by a Scripps Ranch couple dedicated to sharing information about coyote sightings and ways to protect your pet. Just search “Coyotes in San Diego.” I guess that’s the unfortunate part of country living.

Bob Dingeman