Proud To…

Proud to…be an American. Since the 4th of July is just a few days away, it’s an obvious phrase to start my column. And if you’ve listened to Lee Greenwood’s Proud to be an American, it says it all.

The best way to celebrate Independence Day is with an old-fashioned parade…and there is none better than the one in Scripps Ranch! It all starts at 10 am on Thursday, July 4. This year, we break with tradition and will have Grand Marshals. You might be able to guess who they will be!

After the parade, there’s a huge party in Hoyt Park, with food, fun, and friends. All the details are on pages 40–41, including a map of the parade route.

Police ask that you do not put out chairs or blankets before 6 am on July 4th. You could cause a potentially dangerous situation, with people walking in the streets when the sidewalks are blocked.

Proud to…have strong planning groups that monitor development in our community. A prime example of their work is keeping an eye on what may be built on Carroll Canyon Road and I-15. Rumors say it will be a Wal-Mart. Check out the article from Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) chair Wally Wulfeck on page 23 for the facts—not the rumors—surrounding that project.

Another development the SRPG is keeping an eye on is the Continuing Life Community, a senior living project off Pomerado Road. The latest on that project is also on page 23.

Proud to…be part of a powerful Neighborhood Watch group. Scripps Ranch has one of the strongest organizations in the city, and it has made a difference in crime in our community. See page 15 for tips to protect your home and family this summer, as well as information on the National Night Out against crime.

Proud to…support the Scripps Ranch Civic Association! I can’t imagine what this community would be without this strong advocacy group that always has residents’ best interests in mind. Show your support at [].

Proud to…have an amazing library and Friends of the Library group. If the kids use that familiar phrase, “I’m bored,” head on over to the library. Not only can you get them books to enjoy, but there are activities throughout the summer for babies, kids, and teens. Page 63 has a list of what’s going on.

Proud to…live in Scripps Ranch. This is an obvious statement, but it’s true. There are so many activities you could take part in, especially during the summer. Case in point, Movie in the Park on Saturday, July 27, in the Scripps Ranch Community Park. What a fun idea for the entire family! Check out page 19.

Also, there’s the popular Symphony in the Park concerts. The next one is on Sunday, July 14. More information and the concert schedule are in the article that’s also on page 19.

Then there’s Scripps Ranch Theatre’s special presentation of new one-act plays written by area playwrights. They are part of “Out On A Limb—New Plays from America’s Finest City,” and they focus on San Diego and its people. See page 67 for details on when you can catch these unique productions.

Proud to…have the best schools in the district! You may not want to think about school right now, but even in the summer, your schools send information to keep the community up to date on what’s going on. Our school coverage starts on page 31.

Proud to…be part of the greatest family community! Scripps Ranch is the kind of place where you keep an eye on your neighbors, lend a hand if needed, or borrow a cup of sugar—seriously, this has happened! My husband and I feel blessed that we can raise our kids here!

I started this column with part of Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song, so it’s only appropriate that I end it with the last words, “‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land. God bless the U.S.A.!”

Gloria Tran, Editor