Hip-Hip Hooray!

It’s the biggest event of the year in Scripps Ranch…a longtime tradition that celebrates family, community, and country. Of course we’re talking about the 4th of July Parade! It’s the quintessential sign that summer is in full swing. Thousands of you come out each year to spend time with friends and neighbors and enjoy the festivities. The theme this year is Hip-Hip Hooray! It’s Independence Day.

Bring your chairs, blankets, water, sunscreen, and snacks and watch the fun. You’ll see floats, Scouts, schools, elected officials, and so much more. All the information you need, along with the parade route map, is on pages 30 and 31.

In more serious news, when an 85-year-old Scripps Ranch resident with Alzheimer’s went missing, many of you dropped everything to try and help find him. Working with law enforcement, the SRCA organized a search and hundreds answered the call. Thank you, Scripps Ranch. More information is on page 15.

We told you last month about an SRCA plan to alleviate traffic impacts due to the SDG&E transmission line construction. This month we have unfortunate news. After SRCA president Bob Ilko spent countless hours working on the plan, meeting with officials, and getting them to agree to a potential proposal, they backtracked. So until further notice, both travel lanes will be stopped intermittently. See what the SRCA is doing and how you can report your concerns on page 5.

When you see Bob Ilko around the community, please thank him for always having the best interests of Scripps Ranch in mind. His presidency is a full-time volunteer job. Hip-hip hooray for Bob!

Car break-ins are on the rise in Scripps Ranch. That means you need to safeguard your belongings. Our SRCA Neighborhood Watch chair Cheryl Shaw has tips on page 15. Hip-hip hooray for Cheryl, as she has made the SRCANW program a model for other communities.

A couple of warnings for you. First, our City Councilmember Mark Kersey tells us that there have been quite a few rattlesnake reports in Scripps Ranch already this year. On page 15, find out what to do if you spot one.

Also, fire season is expected to be very serious this year. Now is the time to help protect your home. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council has steps on what you can do right now. That’s on page 17.

Hip-hip hooray, Scripps Ranch has the best library around, with activities galore to keep you and your kids busy all summer long! While you can escape to anywhere in the world when you pick up a book, there are also special programs. Check out page 45.

I am amazed at the incredible projects the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts do for Scripps Ranch. These are dedicated young people who spend so much of their free time helping make the world a better place for others. Also, there are many new Eagle Scouts to congratulate. Check out the Scouts section starting on page 32. A huge hip-hip hooray goes out to them and their supportive parents and leaders!

This community continues to come through for kids! In the June SRCA Newsletter, Scripps Ranch High School Winterguard lieutenant Stephany Swisher shared that the group desperately needed funds. Their equipment bags were literally falling apart.

Great news! As a result of the article, the SRHS Winterguard received a generous donation of $1,000 from a Scripps Ranch family to cover the purchase of new bags. Hip-hip hooray! What an awesome community in which we live!

If you’ve got a little extra time on your hands this summer, how about volunteering for a great cause? Check out the Volunteer Opportunities section on page 51. If you have only a couple of hours or want to give a larger amount of time, there is something for everyone…even kids as young as 11!

Hip-hip hooray for summer!

Gloria Tran, Editor