A New Start

When September comes around, it always feels like a new year is beginning. Of course, it’s because it’s the start of a new school year. To all the families sending off their kids to college for the first time, my heart is with you. I still have two years to go, but just the anticipation makes this time of year bittersweet.

Good luck to all the students this year. I want to send a huge shout-out to teachers, administrators, and staff for making Scripps Ranch schools simply the best! Thank you! Check out the Schools section starting on page 25 for important dates.

I’m excited to introduce our new high school writer. Ally Russell is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School, and she’s quite an accomplished young lady. On page 35 check out her tips to freshmen in her column that she calls The Story So Far…I found it quite entertaining!

September is also a new start for the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s fiscal year. Check out page 5 for what that means for you. In case you were not aware, the SRCA is similar to a town council, run by volunteers. It does so much, including helping residents with various issues. In addition, it sponsors community happenings, a few of which are coming up.

We start with a very important event the SRCA is co-hosting with the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council—the Wildfire Preparedness Forum. If you lived in Scripps Ranch during the 2003 Cedar Fire, you know how important it is to be prepared. If you did not, please take it from those of us who were here, you don’t want to be ordered to evacuate and leave with just the clothes you are wearing.

Experts tell us it’s not a matter of “if” another wildfire hits our community, but “when.” It’s essential to take steps ahead of time in order for your home to have the best chance to survive a fire. You’ll hear from first responders and learn what you need to know about evacuations, insurance, and so much more. Please attend this informative event on Saturday, Sept. 26. More details are on page 11.

On a lighter note, the SRCA wants you to enjoy a night out with the kids at the Movie in the Park on Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Check out page 5 and be sure to tell your friends and neighbors!

Also on page 5 find out about the Scripps Scrappers popular scrapbooking event on Saturday, Oct. 3. Sign up now!

The SRCA runs the Community Center on Cypress Canyon Road. It’s a beautiful venue with two rooms that you can rent. Details are on page 5.

The proposed new senior living community is a big topic for our area. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group discussed the project at its last meeting. There’s a recap of what developers had to say on page 16. In September opponents will present their point of view at the SRPG meeting. We’ll have that report next month. Stay informed and make your voice heard.

Have you noticed the new Historic Route 395 signs on Pomerado Road? We have the story behind how they got there. Resident Adam Grofcsik was the driving force to get the signs installed, and he shares some Ranch history on page 35.

It’s a new start for the Scripps Ranch Theatre as it kicks off its 37th season! The new production starts this month, so don’t miss it! Details are on page 47.

As San Diegans clean up our beaches on Coastal Cleanup Day, Scripps Ranch residents have a chance to clean up Miramar Lake! Check out page 13.

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch Little League Intermediate American All-Stars and the Scripps Ranch Softball Association Girls Under 12 Gold All-Stars. Both advanced further than any other Scripps Ranch team has ever gone! Read about that on page 43.

So if you are hesitant to start something new, you may want to keep in mind a wise saying from a young author named Erin Hanson: “What if I fail? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

Gloria Tran, Editor