FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

The Epitome of Scripps Ranch

People working together to give olive trees historic protection…I would call that the epitome of Scripps Ranch. Not only does it demonstrate what our community can do when it works together, it also maintains the rich history of Scripps Ranch. Thank you to the folks who worked on this project—some are on the cover. For the entire story, see page 15.

Another reason Scripps Ranch needs to work together is to suggest capital improvement projects for our community. This is a rare opportunity to possibly get a major city project completed in Scripps. Please read the articles from our planning groups on page 23. Thank you to our planning group chairs, Wally Wulfeck and Lorayne Burley, and SRCA President Bob Ilko for coordinating this project.

If you missed the SRCA 4th of July Parade and Festivities—or if you want to relive the fun—check out the parade winners and pictures on page 7. This event is truly the epitome of Scripps Ranch.

In an effort to hear from our friends in StoneBridge Estates and to add them to the Scripps Ranch Civic Association board, the SRCA will hold a meeting for residents. All the details are on page 5. Please be sure to tell your friends who live in StoneBridge about the meeting.

One reason Scripps Ranch is such a special community is because its neighborhoods are very cohesive. Neighbors stick together. One example of that is the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program. Crime is lower on blocks where there is a NW group. On Tuesday, Aug. 6, neighborhoods will band together to mark National Night Out to fight crime. Be sure your block joins in! Get all the information on page 15. Neighborhood Watch is another example of the epitome of Scripps Ranch.

Another way to help your neighbors is to join the Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team. It’s a crucial group that will help you and your family during a disaster. Page 17 has details.

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is about to launch its new season. SRT is one of the best theater experiences around. Check out pages 38–39, then get your season tickets. SRT—the epitome of entertainment in Scripps Ranch!

Being community-oriented starts young for many Scripps residents. Take Meghanne Clark, for example. This Scripps Ranch High School junior wrote and directed a play starring many Ranch kids, and you’re invited. It’s free and all they ask for is a donation—100% goes to Make-A-Wish to help kids with life-threatening illnesses. Check out page 17. Meghanne and her cast and crew embody the epitome of Scripps Ranch.

The Scripps Ranch High School women’s field hockey team won another CIF championship this year, and the coach, Jane Morrill, was named a Coach of the Year in the county! In addition, many of the girls have gone on to play at four-year colleges. Now you can help the team and have fun at the same time. See page 29 for details about their special party.

A couple of Scouts stories are “must-reads” this month. First, a Brownie troop literally changed lives for kids less fortunate. Check out Kids Korner on page 41.

Then, “meet” Patrick Barnsley, the SRHS scout who earned all 135 merit badges! Talk about the epitome of Scouting! His story is on page 43.

On page 21, read about a Scripps Ranch woman who “adopts” a corner and helps native plants grow there. Yet again, the epitome of Scripps Ranch!

I got the idea for this month’s theme after a touching act by our neighbors. We went out of town for about a week. While we were gone, our amazing neighbors— John and Shelley!—had planted beautiful begonias in our front yard. It was much needed, but we hadn’t had time to do it.

When I posted this heartwarming act of kindness on my Facebook page, one of my sweetest friends, Nancy Manso, commented, “The epitome of Scripps Ranch.” You’re so right, Nancy!

Gloria Tran, Editor