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Ramona man arrested for vehicle theft

A 35-year-old Ramona man was arrested last week on suspicion of felony evading, vehicle theft and other charges after a pursuit that ended by Seventh and I streets.

Stan Elasser was seen by a deputy, on Wednesday, May 25, getting into a stolen vehicle that was under surveillance, and driving away. Elasser failed to stop when police tried to initiate a traffic stop, according to a news release.

Police pursued Elasser to an area off Old Julian Highway and briefly lost sight of the vehicle after it plowed through a fence, collided with another fence and got stuck, Sgt. Christina Bavencoff said.

NCTD hopes to attract more riders

Advocates for public transportation and officials from the North County Transit District (NCTD) agreed to work together and try to increase ridership after reaching an understanding about rising costs and Ramona’s transit needs at a meeting on May 16.

Timothy McCormick, director of service planning, and Alex Wiggins, communications director, both with NCTD, scheduled the meeting in Ramona after receiving a large number of survey responses and hearing public testimonies about NCTD’s proposed changes.

Softball team advances to finals, loses to Centurians

Coach Antoinette Rodriguez’s varsity softball team advanced to the CIF championship game for the first time in school history.

Ramona beat Cathedral Catholic in a slugfest in the semifinals on May 26 and lost to the number one seed University City (25-3) in the finals May 28. The Lady Bulldogs had defeated University City earlier in the playoffs to put the Centurions in the losers bracket.

Bulldog boys second in CIF track and field

Ramona High School’s boys track and field team came within 2 points of the Division II CIF championship.

University City scored 64 points at the CIF San Diego Section finals May 28 at Mount Carmel High School while Ramona accumulated 62 points. Ramona won the Division II championship in 2008 and 2010, and the Bulldogs finished 2009 as the Division II runner-up.

District asks parents to bring Tdap booster proof to school before June 6

Pat Stalcup, Ramona Unified School District nurse, reminds parents and guardians that all student entering grades 7 through 12 need to show proof of having a pertussis (Tdap) booster shot before starting school in August.

Many parents may not realize that their children have already had the booster immunization, she said, adding, “they just need to bring it to school.”

School officials are asking for proof of the whooping cough booster immunization before June 6 to avoid long lines before school starts in August.

Board reviews plans for new businesses

Several new businesses are planning to open that will provide more dining and shopping options in town.

Members of the Ramona Design Review Board saw plans at its May 25 meeting for a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and a Big 5 Sporting Goods store that will occupy the former Foodland space in Sun Valley Center in the 1300 block of Main Street.

Meaningful academic performance tests

By John Rajcic

We live in a very complex, interdependent and competitive world where the importance of formal education cannot be stressed often enough. The president made an issue out of the fact that our school children rank 25th in the world in math and 21st in science. The first thing that came to mind was that our educational system lacks rigor. What good are more days in the academic school year, as the president proposes, if those days lack rigorous challenges and are merely more of the same routine that is producing disappointing results. Surprisingly, American students never did rank high on those tests mentioned by the president.

Take a moment to say thanks

By Kevin McNulty

It’s almost Memorial Day, a day set aside for the express purpose of remembering the sacrifices made by the brave and selfless men and women who paid so dear a price so that the world may continue to have the glorious beacon of freedom and liberty that is only found under the stars and stripes.

This time of year some of us stop and rest and reflect on those people, the celebrated and the unknown, by whose actions we remain still the bright beacon of hope that has drawn so many millions of the world’s downtrodden and persecuted out of the darkness and into the wonderful light.

Ramona Stood United for Parade

“United We Stand” was the theme for last Saturday’s Main Street parade, and thousands of Ramona residents and neighbors did just that. To say it was special would be an understatement. The ROCC parade committee deserves special recognition because what they accomplished was remarkable. After a seven-year absence, Main Street again became a place where both young and old came together to salute all that’s right with our country. The staging area was full of excitement and anticipation as hundreds of participants (including the Sentinel), made last-minute tweaks and got ready to march/walk down Main Street. From big rigs to small trucks, marching military color guards to equestrian groups, local businesses and community groups who did their best to display their red, white and blue; one couldn’t help but feel patriotic and very proud to be part of this.

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