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Shop local on Small Business Saturday


Forget Black Friday crowds and don’t wait for Cyber Monday — shop local on Small Business Saturday.

Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday encourages people to support small businesses and shop local every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 30 this year.

To promote the occasion, American Express created the Neighborhood Champions program, working with business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Independent Business Alliance, the U.S. Black Chamber and the Latino Coalition to organize Small Business Saturday events in communities throughout

Ramona company goes big for Toys for Tots at airport

Every year it’s the same thing. When October hits, David Williams of, described as the world’s most-read wakeboarding publication, starts gathering donations.

He asks pro wakeboarders and wakeboarding companies to donate whatever products they can spare. Once he’s gathered all the goodies he can get his hands on, he sets up Ebay auctions and sells everything online over seven days at the end of November.

Thanksgiving to delay trash pickup one day

In observance of Thanksgiving Day on Nov. 28, Ramona Disposal will not perform any collection services, and its public disposal site, buyback center and customer service office will be closed.
As a result, all regularly scheduled collection services for Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, will experience a one-day delay in service.

Village design members at odds over some requirements

As the Ramona Village Design Group continues to refine its draft Ramona Village Core Document of design standards and custom-tailored zoning, not all members agree with some of the requirements.

Village Design Chair Rob Lewallen said the document may go before the San Diego County Planning Commission in February and then to the board of supervisors in March. After that it would take about 45 days for it to become the “law of the land,” he said.

Drive-through backups cause concern

Traffic backups at Main and 13th streets, caused by those in line at the Starbucks drive-through, was discussed as a safety issue by the Ramona Community Planning Group and its Transportation and Trails (T&T) Subcommittee.

T&T Chair Carl Hickman told the planning group at its Nov. 7 meeting that vehicles typically line up from the Starbucks’ driveway onto Main Street during the morning rush hours.

Holidays change Ramona Design Review Board schedule

Because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Ramona Design Review Board will meet a week early in November and December.

The group will meet Thursday, Nov. 21, and Thursday, Dec. 19. Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

Reyes opens business after working for others for decades


Oscar Reyes has been restoring the interiors of automobiles for three decades. From floorboards to seats and everything in between, Reyes takes pride in his craftsmanship, which he learned from his father.

“My family has been doing this for a long time,” he said. “It’s in the blood.”

Until earlier this year, Reyes worked for other people and tinkered with independent jobs out of his home garage in Ramona.

Grand opening purchase


Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis and District Manager Paul Lagler help Ramona resident Renee Bushey with the 40-inch Westinghouse flat-screen LED TV she purchased for 99 cents at the grand opening of the 99¢ Only Stores® at 1326 Main St. this morning. Bushey arrived in front of the store on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with others who waited in line to buy one of the nine TVs sold at that price. First in line, she was the first customer to take advantage of the opening day promotion.

Mossers choose Old Town Ramona for their third Subway franchise


Subway owners Lara and Wayne Mosser will celebrate the grand opening of their new location in Old Town on Nov. 1 and 2.

The Mossers, who live in Ramona, said they decided to open a franchise on the east side of town to take pressure off their other store at the west end.

“Mainly to have better customer service because we are so busy over there,” explained Lara Mosser, noting that sometimes they lost customers because they were so crowded

Main Street merchants welcome trick-or-treaters this afternoon

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Trick-or-treaters are invited to walk Main Street from 3 to 6 p.m. today for Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s annual Merchants’ Safe Trick or Treat.

From Ramona Fitness Center near Fifth and Main all the way to Ramona Street, businesses have signed up for the community event. Treats will be dispensed on both sides of Main. Members of the sheriff’s volunteer patrol once again will help get the youngsters across the streets safely.