Friday Night Lights
The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) senior parent committee coordinated with the SRHS administration and – starting tonight, Oct. 2 – the lights on the SRHS stadium will shine brightly for exactly 20 minutes and 21 seconds every Friday night for the foreseeable future.
The school’s marquee will read “Friday Night Lights” for exactly 20 minutes and 21 seconds in honor of the Senior Class of 2021 – since high school sports, including football games, with all the pageantry, will not be occurring this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will occur every Friday this fall to commemorate the class and give a nod to all that is missing in this school year so far. Hopefully, the seniors and their families will see the lights at some point and know that even with all they’ve lost this year, the community sees them and wishes them well.

COVID-19 cases stay steady
Total cases of coronavirus reported in the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area this week remained at 193 total cases.

The County of San Diego reported 566 total cases recorded in Mira Mesa and 320 total cases in Poway. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by community residence listed for each patient.

These are the total tabulated cases in each ZIP Code area since the County began tracking cases in March. It does not reflect those who recovered, nor does it account for those who died from COVID-19. The County of San Diego does not provide those statistics at this point.

Mayor highlight steps to reopen playgrounds
Following changes in public health orders by the state to allow for the reopening of playgrounds, the City of San Diego is implementing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as it reopens nearly 300 playgrounds citywide for parents and children.
“We already encourage families and children to recreate outdoors at beaches and parks while taking safety precautions, so there’s no reason why we can’t reopen playgrounds the same safe and responsible way,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Along with other local leaders, we urged the Governor to deliver the proper guidance to make this a reality for our parents and children, and now that we can reopen we’ll do it responsibly with safety front and center.”

The City will fully open all 289 playgrounds by Saturday, Oct. 3. Earlier this week, Parks and Recreation staff conducted site visits to all playgrounds to conduct capacity assessments and prepare the locations for social distancing and queuing markings.

In order to prevent the spread of the virus, signs have been posted requiring the following steps be followed in order to remain in compliance with public health orders:

  • Physical distancing
  • Facial coverings
  • Hand washing and good general hygiene after use

Floriculture Expo honors local resident
Scripps Ranch resident Ghean Maksimow, co-founder of Bow Genie International, was recently recognized by the floriculture industry by having a flower named in her honor at the International Floriculture Exposition (IFE), held virtually on Sept. 16.

Flower naming events are a venerated tradition in Europe, where queens and heads of state have been honored with flowers named after them in a formal ceremony. Honorees are chosen by a panel of fellow industry leaders, and this year’s recipient was nominated by Danny Temkin prior to his passing in September. Maksimow is only the 11th person in the United States to be recognized by the IFE with this award.

The lavender breed of dahlia is awarded the name and trade designation “Genie,” and was bred by the Miyoshi Company and Ball SB., a division of Ball Horticultural Company.

The award was presented by Cindy Hanauer of Grand Central Floral, a 2012 recipient of the same award.

“This was a very special year to have Danny Temkin nominate Ghean before his untimely passing. Danny and Ghean have had a special relationship for many years, and this flower honors their relationship, and the special place that Ghean has in the hearts of the entire industry,” Hanauer said.

It’s literally impossible to discuss the history of the floral industry without recognizing Ghean’s contributions for the past 35-plus years. The award was a surprise to Maksimow, as the winner each year is a closely guarded secret until the ceremony.

City restarts parking enforcement
As an effort to boost San Diego’s economy by allowing increased turnover of customers at dining and retail businesses, enforcement of all parking regulations resumed Thursday, Oct. 1. The enforcement will begin with a two-week grace period and citations with corresponding fines will be issued beginning Thursday, Oct. 15.

The City temporarily suspended parking enforcement on March 16 following the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. In developing a plan to restart parking enforcement, City staff consulted with several business groups representing communities across San Diego. Bringing back parking enforcement is identified as one small step toward restoring San Diego’s economy.

Now, the City will issue written warnings for vehicles parked in violation of:

  • Posted street sweeping routes.
  • Metered parking restrictions.
  • Curb time limits.

Team to give 10 percent of profits to help STEP 
For the remainder of 2020, The Carmody Team is partnering with Support The Enlisted Project (STEP) and donating 10 percent of its profits to support young military and transitioning veterans move from financial crisis to self-sufficiency. The local nonprofit provides financial counseling and financial assistance grants for service members and veterans in crisis

Each month, STEP provides $20,000 in grants to stop the loss of a basic need in conjunction with one-on-one financial counseling with STEP social workers trained in financial literacy for all service members and veterans.

“It’s a privilege to partner with The James Carmody Team. The lending group has showed a philanthropic passion for years, this generous opportunity means a lot to our military families. We value this partnership more than ever, as our military families struggle with the economic impact of COVID-19. On behalf of our team and the many service members and veterans we have served, thank you,” said STEP CEO and Co-Founder Tony Teravainen.

Wolff performs live Saturday
Scripps Ranch rock musician Steve Wolff will perform a StreetJelly “Live from the Lockdown” concert for about an hour starting at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 3:

He will do a blend of covers and originals. This performance can be replayed for another 24 hours if you want to catch it later.

Here is a little about the upcoming week; Oct. 4-10, 2020:
Sunday, Oct. 4 is National Cinnamon Bun Day, National Taco Day, National Golf Lover’s Day, National Vodka Day and World Smile Day.
Monday, Oct. 5 is National Rhode Island Day, National Do Something Nice Day and National Consignment Day.
Tuesday, Oct. 6 is National Coaches Day, National Orange Wine Day, National Plus Size Appreciation Day, National Mad Hatter Day, National German-American Day, National Noodle Day and National Eat Fruit At Work Day.
Wednesday, Oct. 7 is National LED Light Day, National Frappe Day, National Inner Beauty Day and National Pumpkin Seed Day.
Thursday, Oct. 8 is National Fluffernutter Day and American Touch Tag Day.
Friday, Oct. 9 is National Leif Erikson Day and National Moldy Cheese Day.
Saturday, Oct. 10 is National Angel Food Cake Day, National Cake Decorating Day, National Handbag Day, World Mental Health Day, National Chess Day, National Costume Swap Day, National Motorcycle Ride Day and I Love Yarn Day.

New San Diego website has launched
San Diego Words & Pictures – – is a new multimedia website and social media network showcasing the best of San Diego. Content includes photo essays, videos and articles about unique subjects, places, hidden gems mystery spots and urban legends throughout the San Diego region. W&P tells the story about San Diego residents, up-and-coming stars and established icons. In addition, it includes some of the great activities and events available in San Diego.

San Diego Words & Pictures was created by Seacoast Media Lab LLC, publishers of Scripps Ranch News.

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