NEWS UPDATES: March 22, 2019

Ruby Melchior rides an adaptive tricycle granted to her by Road Runner Sports’ Athletes Helping Athletes program. (photo by Robin Melchior)

NEWS UPDATES: March 22, 2019

Effort to help Ruby continues locally
The GoFundMe site for resident Ruby Melchior, who suffered a brain bleed and needs a specialized van to help her get around, remains open as the teen works to rebuild her life.

Ruby’s mother, Robin, reports the Scripps Ranch High sophomore, who now uses a wheelchair, is trying to return to the school track team in hopes of competing in the seated shot put. She has connected with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, attending clinics and getting other support.

Scripps Ranch resident Felicity Hunter, whose son went to school with Ruby, is trying to contact other professionals to see what kind of help, resources or referrals they can offer. She’s also trying to set up a nonprofit organization to collect funds for ongoing care.

“We want Ruby living her best life, and her needs aren’t going to get less expensive,” Hunter said. “There’s a way that anybody can help.”

Those interested in helping can contact Felicity Hunter at or (858) 444-5973. Ruby’s GoFundMe site is at
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Members of the Webelos II Den of Pack 1216 bridged to Boy Scouts. Pictured are (from left) den leader Eugene Long, Scouts Ezekial Macrae Gildersleeve, Zander Vance, Druv Veerepalli, James Garrison, Conor Thiele, Alex Cox, Ben Leader, Evan Long and Grant Dougherty. (photo by Carol Long)

Bridging ceremony held for Scouts
The members of the Webelos II Den, led by Eugene Long, bridged to Boy Scouts during the Pack 1216 annual Blue and Gold Banquet on March 2 in Atherton Hall at Camp Balboa. These young men received their Arrow of Light and are now officially Boy Scouts. They were honored with a special ceremony involving face paint and candle lighting. The evening was filled with good food and plenty of entertainment, as real-life Star Wars characters came to celebrate. A slide show following the graduates from their days as Tigers to the present time was designed and presented by Fritz Leader.

Taste of the Ranch set for April 13
The Scripps Ranch High School Foundation will host the 12th annual Taste of the Ranch fundraiser on Saturday, April 13 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Newtopia Cyder, 10045 Carroll Canyon Road. The event includes dinner, a DJ and dancing, a silent auction and drinks. Must be 21 years of age to attend.

Tickets are $55 per person if purchased through March 31, and $60 per person beginning April 1. Ticket price includes two drink coupons and dinner. Tickets are available at

Community Garage Sale scheduled for April 6
The annual Scripps Ranch Community Garage Sale will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 6. This event is sponsored by Windermere Homes & Estates.
Anyone wishing to hold a garage sale that day may register online, and their location will be included on a map distributed to shoppers on the morning of the event. Those wishing to participate must register online by noon on April 2 at

Garage sale signs for sellers who have registered may be picked up between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Windermere Homes & Estates, 9988 Hibert St., #150.

Shoppers may pick up maps with garage sale locations between 7 and 8 a.m. on the day of the event, April 6, in the parking lot of Windermere Homes & Estates.

SR Cleanup Day will be April 13
Scripps Ranch Cleanup Day, co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps and Torrey Pines Kiwanis Club, will be held Saturday, April 13. Residents may clean up their yards and homes, and bring their trash to large trash bins in two Scripps Ranch locations: Meanley Drive; and the Scripps Ranch Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Dumpsters will be available from 8 a.m. to noon. Residents must unload their own trash. Visit

Zimmerman joins NU
Former San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, a Scripps Ranch resident, has been named a Chancellor appointee serving in the capacity of a public safety and leadership consultant for National University. In her new role, Zimmerman will guest lecture on leadership topics, and collaborate with faculty and law enforcement officials nationwide to inform public safety related curriculum, and contribute to teaching at National University, which has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having among the Top 20 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice programs in the nation.

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