Spirit of Giving

If you have kids or live near a school, have you adjusted to the school year schedule yet? I’m hoping that by the time you read this, I have. But as I write this I’m working off about five hours of sleep. Middle and high schoolers sure have to wake up early! I’m ready for a nap!

But before I do that, we have lots of news to share with you. Let’s start with crime in Scripps Ranch. Of course we know we have one of the lowest crime rates in the city, but it doesn’t mean crime doesn’t happen.

Sometimes things we do or don’t do may inadvertently lead a criminal to choose our house to burglarize. So what can you do to protect yourself? Our terrific Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch program chair, Cheryl Shaw, has simple tips to help you and your family stay safe and protect your home and belongings. Check out her article on page 15. If you see Cheryl around the neighborhood, please thank her for the years she has devoted to making this program a huge success—all in the spirit of giving to our community.

A few Scripps Ranch streets are scheduled to be slurry sealed. See which ones in an article on page 15. Also, if you’re not aware of how to report potholes or dangerous roads, that article has the information. Thanks to our City Councilmember, Mark Kersey, for keeping us informed.

One more thing Mark discusses in his article is how to get rain barrels for your home…and there are rebates available. With the expected El Niño, this is a great way to save water for our dryer periods.

One of my favorite events of the year happens in October and it benefits one of my favorite organizations, Rady Children’s Hospital. Each year you see Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary members in yellow aprons on street corners selling special editions of The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, which highlights stories of children helped by the extraordinary hospital.

The event is called Kids’ NewsDay and it’s on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Please buy a newspaper and support our community’s children. More details are on page 53. Last year I was privileged to work with the Old Pros—huge supporters of this event—and sell papers on the corner outside Marshall Middle School. I had a blast and was humbled by this community’s generosity. Many people gave me a $20 bill and told me to keep the change. Please continue that spirit of giving this year!

Our community kids have the spirit of giving. We have two stories about our kids giving back to others. First, we have a group of Scripps Ranch High School teens helping refugee and immigrant kids. Check out their story on page 17.

Then we have two girl scouts who took on a project to make their corner of the world more sustainable. Now they want to pass along the project to other kids. That’s on page 39. I’m so proud of all of these young people—and all the others who are doing amazing work in our community and beyond!

It’s Halloween time and the spirit of giving is strong…when it comes to candy and other treats! It’s great to be a kid in Scripps Ranch. In my neighborhood, families who have moved return to go trick or treating. It’s such fun to see them again.

And there are so many events in our community for the kids. They are listed throughout this Newsletter, so I guess you have to read it all to find out the details!

I want to highlight two. The first one is the 42nd Annual Halloween Carnival at Miramar Ranch Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 17. Can you believe it’s been 42 years? And this year the activities are better than ever! All the information you need is on pages 36–37. Best of all, in the “spirit” of giving, it benefits children.

Here’s a warning: on Halloween eve, our Scripps Ranch Library will be haunted! Scary or fun? You decide! Check out page 55 for more details. Happy Halloween, Scripps Ranch! Stay safe!

Gloria Tran, Editor