Commitment to Community

The Scripps Ranch Library is a cornerstone of our community. So, of course, when it is slated to close—even temporarily—it’s a big deal. While most meetings and classes will continue, the book sections will be closed in February for about two weeks. Go to page 13 for all the details from our branch librarian, Trevor Jones. Thank you, Trevor, for your commitment to our community!

There is still time for you to comment on the school district’s proposed apartment complex at the Innovations Academy site. Will there be any changes to the project? See the latest on pages 5 and 13.

Thanks for the articles go to SRCA president and volunteer Bob Ilko and Lorayne Burley, one of many dedicated volunteers who makes up the grass-roots organization Voice of Scripps Ranch. This group is committed to fighting this development, an issue that is extremely important to our community.

More details are coming out about the construction for the SDG&E electrical transmission lines. See the report on page 19 by Scripps Ranch Planning Group chair and volunteer, Wally Wulfeck.

Most of us know that Scripps Ranch has a low crime rate. In fact, that’s one reason many of us live here. Our SRCA Neighborhood Watch chair and volunteer, Cheryl Shaw, shares the crime stats from 2016 on page 15. Also, find out the common thread in most home burglaries.

Having working smoke alarms in your home can save your life. There’s a program that gives free smoke alarms to seniors. Scripps Ranch 50 Plus has details on page 6. This group is run by volunteers committed to helping seniors.

How much do you know about your community? Take the Scripps Ranch Trivia Quiz on pages 28 and 29. It’s a fun way to learn more about our home.

Enjoy a night out and raise money for the best middle school in the county—Marshall Middle School, of course! The Hula Palooza Gala is a night of dinner, dancing, and fun! Page 21 has details.

As we move toward high school graduation, seniors are saying goodbye to various aspects of school. This month Scripps Ranch High writer Docean Park says a bittersweet farewell to an activity that consumed so much of her time yet left her with unforgettable memories. Read Docean’s story on page 20.

Another high school activity that is wrapping up is soccer season. Come cheer on the varsity soccer team on Senior Night, as we say goodbye to graduating players. It’s on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 pm. Get there at 3:30 pm to watch the JV game as well! These are the season’s last home games, so don’t miss them.

In fact, plan to have dinner at the games—baked spaghetti is on the snack bar menu! Amazing volunteer Tupito Gadalla runs the concessions stand, a fundraiser for the soccer program, buying the food and operating the snack bar at home games. And her husband, Sam, is the announcer with the incredible voice.

The Gadalla’s dedication started four years ago when their son, Justin, began his three-year stint on the team. He graduated last year and they don’t have a child at SRHS now, yet they still volunteer! Thank you, Tupito and Sam, for embodying the true spirit of volunteerism.

Do you know selfless volunteers like Tupito and Sam? Throughout my editorial I have mentioned volunteers who are committed to maintaining the unique quality of life in Scripps Ranch.

We ask each of you to think of at least one volunteer who makes your life better. Give him or her a public shout-out by submitting that person’s name to be honored at SRCA Recognition Night. The deadline is coming up soon, so please go to now! See pages 5 and 7 for more details.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” ~ Elizabeth Andrews, British Labour leader

Thank you, Scripps Ranch volunteers!

Gloria Tran, Editor