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Health & Wellness Expo, outdoor movie, book sale among events this week

HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Vendors, healthy eating speaker, fitness demonstrations, spinal screening, face painting, more. Admission $1. Goodie bags to first 300 who attend.
FREE SUMMER MOVIE IN THE PARK — “Rio 2″ rated G, Collier Park, 626 E. St., begins at dusk, approximately 15 minutes after sunset. “Rio 2,” the sequel to the 2011 animated adventure “Rio,” is a colorful, musical tribute to the natural beauty of the Amazon. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on and view the movie on a large outdoor screen. More:

Friends of Ramona Unified Schools receives federal tax-exempt status

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Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a volunteer organization started in 2013, has received tax-exempt status from the federal Internal Revenue Service.

“That is great news,” said FORUS member Dave Patterson, chair of the nonprofit’s Roof Project, when he learned of the IRS notice last week.

The California nonprofit had been awaiting word from IRS before re-energizing its Roof Project campaign.

Ramona planning group attracts 15 candidates

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Wednesday, Aug. 13—Fifteen citizens are vying for seven seats on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website today. Four are incumbents seeking re-election to the 15-member group that serves as an adviser to the county on planning and land use issues. The [...]

Creek bed cleanup hits bureaucratic snags


Bureaucratic hurdles have stalled efforts by the Ramona sheriff’s station to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bottom, even as it continues to arrest criminals living and hoarding items among the bed’s vegetation.

Lt. Hank Turner of the Ramona station updated the Ramona Community Planning Group, a creek cleanup advocate, on the project during the planners’ Aug. 7 meeting.

Sheriff’s reports: Deputies arrest four living in creek bed on private property

Sheriff’s deputies from the Ramona station arrested four people Aug. 6 who were living in the Santa Maria creek bed on private property near B and 11th streets, according to reports.

Lt. Hank Turner said the property owner had signed a “no trespass” letter with the sheriff’s department. Doing so lets the sheriff’s department know that anyone living in the creek bed on private property does not have the owner’s permission.

Arrested for disorderly conduct: lodge without consent were three males, ages 34, 37 and 32, and a 55-year-old female. Turner said they were living in a tent. The lieutenant pointed out that homelessness is not a crime but it is a crime to live on

Ramona Albertsons to celebrate Grand Re-Opening Aug. 13 with food, games, giveaways

The Ramona Albertsons team is busy making final adjustments, like adding plenty of new products, as the 1459 Main St. store location prepares for its grand re-opening set for Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 9 a.m.
“Come with an appetite as there’ll be a variety of vendors on hand to entice customers,” Lilia M. Rodriguez, public affairs manager, said in her announcement. “The Ramona Albertsons team is also planning to host in-store games and grocery bag giveaways, too.”
The store’s recent remodeling offers a new lay-out and more food choices, notes Brian Swartwood, Ramona store director.
“Our store is sporting a new look inside and out,” said Swartwood. “We’ve added over 1,000 new items within the center store area as well as the home, health and beauty departments.”
Top on the list of improvements is an expanded selection of hot foods in the Service Deli. Whether it’s to pick up a Dietz and Watson “Grab and Go” sandwich and premium meats or cheeses and a healthy snack combo, guests won’t be able to walk past the deli without adding some new items to their cart, the announcement states.
The Produce Department boasts a new organic section, along with fresh cut fruits and vegetable offerings.
Guests in a party planning mode will find a greater selection of premium meats, chicken, kabobs and meal solutions in the Butcher Block. And Albertsons offers U.S.D.A. Choice Beef.
The Liquor Department has also been updated with 24 feet of space for new beer varieties and 16 additional feet exclusively for local craft beers.
Not to be left out, the Bakery Department team has added a new freezer case filled with an assortment of confections in all shapes and sizes. Plus, the new 10-foot cake case features pre-made children’s and high end celebration cakes.
Additional internal upgrades include a new customer service center, renovated bathroom facilities and new associate-staffed express lanes.
Local and national vendors scheduled to provide in-store food samplings on grand opening day include Dietz & Watson Hot Dog cart, T & J Sausage Company, Canasta Tortilla Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, among others.
Albertsons was built upon the foundation of giving back to the communities it serves and will continue the tradition with this grand opening. In celebration, Swartwood and his team will pledge donations to Ramona High School, Ramona Senior Center and the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet.
The Ramona Albertsons/Sav-On Pharmacy store is open Monday through Sunday, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pharmacy hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crews rescue three female hikers from Cedar Creek Falls trail


Three female hikers suffering from heat-related symptoms were rescued from the Cedar Creek Falls trail around 1:30 p.m. Monday, according to officials. San Diego County Sheriff’s Department sent two helicopters to hoist the hikers from the trail and bring them to a landing area near Ramona Fire Station 81 on San Vicente Road. The hikers [...]

Neighbors air issues about solar plants in Ramona


As the owners of the solar facility at Warnock Road and Ramona Street indicate they want to be a better neighbor, the company proposing a solar plant on Creelman Lane is not gaining any fans.

Vicky Tate, a Creelman Lane resident, said the neighbors’ efforts with San Diego Gas & Electric is moving backward. SDG&E wants to build a 4 to 5 megawatt solar energy facility on approximately 17.5 acres of its property at the northwest corner of Creelman Lane and Ashley Road. The utility has a substation at the end of Creelman Lane, a dirt road, and neighbors are asking that the road be paved because the SDG&E trucks create a lot of dust.

Shoes & Socks Program helps nearly 100 Ramona schoolchildren


Ramona Kmart’s shoe section was busy today and will be busy again Aug. 17, as school-age children in need receive a pair of new shoes and a package of socks, thanks to the Shoes and Socks Program sponsored by the Outreach Ministry at St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church.

Caltrans to close Route 67 at I-8 for 4 hours early Sunday morning


State Route 67 will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday between Interstate 8 in El Cajon and Route 52 in Santee, while SDG&E crews move electrical transmission lines above the freeway, a Caltrans official said.
The eastbound I-8 off-ramps at Johnson Avenue and Magnolia Avenue in El Cajon will also be closed those hours.
Detours will be via surface streets, including Magnolia, Mollison and Graves avenues, Caltrans officials said.
Southbound 67 traffic can re-enter the freeway at Fletcher Parkway, and from there can reach I-8.
Caltrans crews will post signs to notify drivers of the detours.