Where is the Jerabek Park Flagpole

When Jerabek Park was completed, we asked a now-out-of-existence bank to provide us with a flagpole. They created a special $40,000 fiberglass pole, and we were able to raise many flags: the American flag, provided by then-representative Duncan Hunter Sr.; a state flag from the governor; and the Little League banner. We proudly flew the flags for years until a severe windstorm toppled the pole and community Christmas tree.

If you know of any organization or individual who would like to donate a new flagpole, please email me at [email protected] The base is still there for use.

A Family Event

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and, of course, enjoyed the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jerabek Park. As always the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves collected toys for its Toys For Tots program. Thanks to all for the presents for the kids!

We missed our faithful Poway resident Santa and Mrs. Clause this year, and we wish them well. Thanks to the Girl Scouts for the usual fine support and the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) crew for decorating the tree for us.

Wonderful Actions for Seniors

My wife, Gaye, and I enrolled in the ElderHelp program, which is a partner with the Scripps Ranch Civic Associations’s 50 Plus committee. We have a wonderful Scripps Ranch resident, Janet, who volunteers to come to our home every other week and takes Gaye grocery shopping. It’s great for us, and Janet is so nice and helpful. We also can ask for rides to doctors’ appointments and so forth. Find out more at www.elderhelpofsandiego.org.

Our monitoring family brought us gifts. We welcomed them and their baby, Jack, and sister, Katy. What a joy it was to have them in our home and have the kids play in the backyard. They brought a poinsettia and American flag from the ElderHelp Holiday Angels program. We thank them!

There’s another program that I want to share with you called Courage to Call. It’s a new San Diego County program that provides services to current and former military members and their families. There is a 24/7 hotline for anyone to call for guidance and assistance, especially vets who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Just call 2-1-1.

As a slightly beat up old veteran myself, this is welcome for young veterans dealing with post-combat feelings and nightmares. For information, go to www.vvsd.net/pdf/courage_overview.pdf.

Bob Dingeman

New Year’s Resolutions

Have you followed the custom of making New Year’s resolutions, which hopefully you will keep. If you have not, as is my custom, I will list easy suggestions for you to follow:

  • Be nice to, love, and cooperate with family and friends.
  • Help our veterans and those in need.
  • Support our police, as they support all of us.
  • Continue to make Scripps Ranch the finest family community in San Diego.

Happy New Year!

Bob Dingeman