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Old Town Ramona merchants keep their doors open later Thursdays through holidays

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“Success! That’s how we would term our very first late night shopping event in Old Town Ramona,” said Stacy Bart at Unicorn Books and Gifts.
Old Town merchants have joined together to stay open until 8 p.m. every Thursday until Christmas.
“More exciting plans are in the works for Thursday nights, including scavenger hunts, classes and demonstrations, specials and activities,” said Bart.
The new time is in addition to regular hours and will last through the holiday season.
Unicorn Books and Gifts, Adorn Boutique, Isis Fuller Figure Fashion, Affordable Treasures, The Mason Jar, Packards Coffee, Farrell Styles Salon and other shops between Third and 10th streets have extended their hours on Thursdays.
“So many Ramona residents work during the day and down the hill. This will give them a chance to shop locally and enjoy some of Ramona’s best at a more convenient time,” noted shop owners.
Many local restaurants are already open in the evenings and will be glad to welcome shoppers as well, said Bart.

Coldwell real estate agents tend to birds

Ramona’s real estate industry has gone to the birds — literally.

About a month ago, a real estate agent and an assistant personally wrangled up more than two dozen white doves left behind by someone who had sold his home in the San Diego Country Estates.

Ask Mr. Marketing: Doubling your chances

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There’s a term you don’t hear much anymore, though the concept is very much alive.

An A/B split is the way marketers simultaneously test two similar offers to the same audience. Once the offer generating better results is determined, it can be expanded to the world at-large.

Meet Ramona’s school board candidates at San Valley Council PTA forum

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Sun Valley Council Parent Teacher Association will host a forum featuring Ramona Unified School District candidates on Wednesday, Oct. 8.
The “Meet the Candidates” event will be in the Ramona High School Performing Arts Wing, 1401 Hanson Lane, and will start at 6:30 p.m.
Carol Tennebaum, Ramona resident since 1985 and retired Ramona Community School principal, will serve as moderator.
Each candidate will receive the opportunity to address the community and share his or her views on issues that directly affect children’s education, states the flyer announcing the event.
Voters will have an opportunity to vote for three prospective school trustees.
Seeking election to one of the four-year terms are Joyce Daubert and Dick Lemire and incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody.

County invites public to learn about and comment on community grants, low-income assistance funding

A public meeting to solicit comments regarding affordable housing, low-income assistance and federal Community Development Block Grants will be hosted by the county’s Department of Housing & Community Development on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.
The county receives federal funds to create affordable housing opportunities, assist low-income residents and improve neighborhoods in unincorporated areas. To receive the funds the county must develop a five-year plan — the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan — that will analyze community needs and set funding priorities, along with an annual plan that will allocate funds to specific projects.
In addition to obtaining public input, the meeting will provide information on applying for next year’s Community Development Block Grant funds. The application deadline is Oct. 24.
In the past, the county has allocated federal funds to street and sidewalk improvements, community park improvements, fire equipment, community and senior center improvements, development of affordable rental housing units, programs to assist home buyers and to assist homeowners with needed repairs, housing, operations and services for homeless residents, and housing and services for residents with HIV/AIDS and their families.
The federal funds must be used primarily to assist low- and moderate-income residents, including special needs groups such as elderly persons, severely disabled adults and homeless persons. Low- to moderate-income for a family of four is at or below $63,100 annually, and at or below $44,200 annually for an individual.

School board accepts applications for bond oversight committee


Making good on a commitment to choose a citizens’ oversight committee before the November election, school trustees are accepting applications from Ramonans interested in serving on the committee.

Details about the committee, its duties and the application process are on the Ramona Unified School District website,, at the top left under “Headlines.”

What’s new at the movies?


New in Theaters — September 12

Dolphin Tale 2 PG Winter is recovering nicely but with the loss of her surrogate mother, the Clearwater Hospital may have to relocated her. Stars: Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson

No Good Deed PG13 A trusting homemaker opens her door to a stranger in need which results in a home invasion and threat to her family. Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Henry Simmons

Team Ramona Beauties wine tasting fundraiser, Sunday car show, Town Hall Bridge Club among week’s activities

Team Ramona Beauties seventh annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Ramona Wrangers 4-H signups and Ramona Skatepark Champions meeting are among activities slated for the coming week.

Ramona Senior Activity Center

Ramona Senior Center at 434 Aqua Lane is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.

Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.

Proposition Q is now Measure Q

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Ramona Unified School District’s $40 million bond bid on the Nov. 4 ballot has had a name change: Proposition Q is now Measure Q.

Propositions are state ballot items, and local ballot proposals are measures, reports the San Diego Registrar of Voters.

“We received word today from the Registrar of Voters that they are changing the name of all local ballot propositions to Measure and dropping the term of Proposition,” Superintendent Robert Graeff said in an email. “Apparently, San Diego is the last county in the state to make this change. So Prop Q is now Measure Q.”