The San Diego Police Department advises us that the crowd for the 4th of July Parade and post-parade Hoyt Park festivities was the largest we've ever experienced. Neighborhood float and decorated vehicle participation was inspiring. For those who unfortunately missed it, or those who want to bring back some of the memories, please visit pages 7 and 9 for pictures and the judges' lists of award winning entries.
On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the former Marshall Middle School campus reopens as the new Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School site. See pages 44-45 for details regarding the Community Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 am.
Two of our community school cluster principals received promotions over the summer and are exiting. We wish congratulations to both Donna Campbell from Scripps Ranch High School and Tom Liberto from Jerabek Elementary School. As of this Newsletter's press deadline, the new Jerabek principal had not been finalized, however, we welcome Kurt Madden to SRHS. Kurt is very excited about this opportunity and has already begun community meetings as I write this article in mid-July.
- District 11: including Renaissance, northern Sunset Ridge, Lakeview, and Galleria; and,
- District 19: including Legacy and the area surrounding Cypress Canyon Park.
Please call SRCA executive vice president Jan Kane at 577-0014 to obtain more information about this fulfilling community volunteer opportunity. These folks are your neighbors who volunteer to help make the Scripps Ranch community a better place for all of us to live.
Here is this month's update on where your SRCA membership funds are being spent. We just finished up our largest event of the year with the 4th of July Parade and Festivities. This draws huge crowds of residents to enjoy watching their favorite group in the parade or join in the festivities in the park.
If you enjoyed the 4th of July Parade, take part in any community activities, or have a child in our schools, you know the SRCA provides funds for all of these events and groups--and many others! It is never too late to join your community SRCA. Just fill in the membership form on page 9 and send it in with your dues--which are so reasonable! Or you can join online with your credit card at the SRCA website at [www.scrippsranch.org].
What a great parade with a lot of our regular entrants there, along with some new participants. We had a returning entrant--Leafwood Place--that made a grand entrance with their spectacular Dr. Seuss entry that towered about 20 feet in the air. San Diego weather again produced a wonderful setting that began with the MCAS Color Guard.
Our local dignitaries were present and the San Diego police outdid themselves by bringing an old paddy wagon that was a big hit with everyone. With gasoline prices as they are, I am sure we had more folks staying at home and enjoying the local activities.
Much of the parade crowd then descended to Hoyt Park where the children could play in the air jumps, have clowns make up balloons, or have their face painted by local Scripps Ranch High School students. This year the committee decided to hire a DJ for the park rather than a band, and he was a huge hit. Besides playing good music, Rob the DJ had games for the kids--such as hula hoop and team sack races--and involved the crowd. As always, the free ice cream provided by Ozzie and Tanya's Baskin Robbins and co-sponsored by Cabrillo Credit Union and the SRCA attracted large crowds.
The SRCA wants to take this opportunity to thank all of the sponsors and volunteers who help put this event together and make it a success every year. Without their financial and volunteer support, this would be a much more daunting task. A big thank you to the following:
- SRCA 4th of July Committee--Bill Crooks, chair; Committee: Nemie Capacia, John Thornton, Victoria Mazelli, Elissa Barber, Bev Cassity, Bob Dingeman, Jay Wurtzler, Ruben Suzara, Bob Ilko, and Jany Staley.
- Parade marshals--John Maxon, Travis Nguyen, Dorothy Mildice, Stephanie Thornton, Joe Parada, Bill Staley, Tara Thornton, Shannon Brockley, Kirk Erickson, Awilda Parada, Erica Wurtzler, and Ferdinand Capacia.
- Parade judges--Margie and Niles Persson, Donna and Dave LeMay, and Roger Boates. The house hosts for the judges were Sue and Emery Gerhardt.
- Convertible cars and drivers for dignitaries--Bud Fosdick, Roy Burchill, Mark Fischer, Ralph Green, Kurt Klimpel, Gary Grantham, Carl Stewart, Ron Phillips, Denny Morrow, Anne MacFarland, and car by Jim Weaver and driven by Melissa.
- Event volunteers--Patty and Allison Crooks, Gaye Dingeman, Blake and Morgan Wurtzler, Marci Germain, Sanford Gladstein, and Craig Grubbe.
- Ice Cream--Booth manned by the Capacias--Nemie, Ferdinand, Kevin, and Kyle--and Brandon and Marlinda Do.
- Face Painting--Leanne Hansen, chair, and three of her SRHS classmates.
- Boy Scout Troop 616 for putting out no parking signs and flyers along the parade route.
- Kiwanis Club of Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa and Boy Scout Troop 664 for putting out barricades and sawhorses before the parade and picking them all up after the event.
- 1st--San Diego Police Museum
- 2nd--San Diego Model "A" Restorers Club
- 3rd--Shelby Am, Auto Club of SD
- 1st--Loire Valley Homeowners Association
- 2nd--Just Tennis
- 3rd--Chabad Hebrew Academy and Camp Gan Israel
- 1st--Leafwood and Dr. Seuss Rocks
- 2nd--Rockin Scripps-Mesa Fireworks
- 3rd--Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol
- 1st--Miramar Martial Arts Academy
- 2nd--Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Warriors
- 3rd--501 Legion of Stormtroopers and the San Diego Star Wars Society
- 1st--Pomerado Nation of Adventure Guides
- 2nd--Cub Scout Troop 614
- 3rd--Scripps Ranch Girls Softball 10U Gold All Star Team