Let’s get the proverbial “elephant in the room” out of the way. Yes, 31 students were suspended from Scripps Ranch High School. What we learned is in the article on page 15. While we must report the story, we won’t add to the media hysteria. Bob Dingeman signs his emails with “Nuff said.” I’m borrowing the phrase because it’s appropriate. Nuff said.
We want to congratulate SRHS senior Solomon Ephraim. He became a Gates Millennium Scholar, which entitles him to free higher education for life. It’s a huge honor, and we wish Solomon well.
To say I’m impressed with the Scripps Ranch teens on the Newsletter cover is an understatement. Robbie Netzke nearly died doing what many kids do. But thanks to his friend Aidan Kassem-Courtney and the wonderful doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital, he’s doing great.
Now Robbie and Aidan want to share their terrifying story with the community and warn other kids about the nearly fatal mistake Robbie made. Thanks, Robbie and Aidan, for using your misfortune to help others. Parents, please be sure to show your kids the story on page 15.
If you have a student heading to Marshall Middle School, it’s time to sign up for the Parent-Paid Bus Program. Imagine not having to worry about getting your child to and from school each day, in addition to avoiding traffic on Pomerado Road. Details are on page 17. Nuff said!
Here’s a different kind of bus story. Scripps Ranch 50 Plus and Sustainable Scripps Ranch are joining together to take residents on a “Bus Outing.” It’s a great way to become familiar with the bus and trolley systems. Check out pages 9 and 11, then RSVP for this unique event.
Just about one month is left until this community’s most popular tradition—the 4th of July Parade and Festivities. How about if this year you plan to be part of the parade fun?! Maybe get together with your friends and neighbors and decorate a truck or float. Make it a party! The parade entry form is on page 7.
Get all the details about the big day on page 5. Then plan to join your community in celebrating a special patriotic day!
If you’ve ever been to the parade, a group that is hard to forget is the Scripps Ranch Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class—you know, the lawn mower guys. This year, they need people to march with them. Ladies, how about joining the men?! Details are on page 21.
The Symphony in the Park concerts start this month. This is an event enjoyed by hundreds of Scripps Ranch residents. Check out the article starting on page 19 for all the information and the schedule, then put it on your calendar. Nuff said.
There are some traffic issues the Scripps Ranch Planning Group is addressing. This includes possibly raising the speed limit on a busy street. See page 25.
Fire season started early this year. There were many fires burning in San Diego County and other parts of Southern California in early May. That’s months ahead of schedule. What can you do to get ready? The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council has some suggestions on page 17.
Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way. Now there’s an event that raises awareness and funds to fight cancer—Relay for Life. It’s takes place on the last weekend in June in the Scripps Ranch Community Park and it’s a 24-hour event. You can join the relay or just show your support. Details are on page 21.
To all the graduates heading off to college, congratulations! I’m a big believer in following your passion. I found this quote—couldn’t find the author—and want to share it: The best feeling in the world is getting paid to do what you love. That is my wish for all of you!
A couple of last notes: Happy Father’s Day to all the terrific Scripps Ranch dads —you, too, honey! And on June 12, the heart and soul of our community, Colonel Bob Dingeman, turns 91. Happy birthday, Bob! Nuff said!
Gloria Tran, Editor