Hearts of Champions

Champions come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they’re the football star who scores the winning touchdown. Other times they are the kind soul who helps someone in need, or someone who fights on through tough times.

The Hudspeth family, on our cover, has two boys, and both are champions in their own way. One is a racing star, even though he’s not old enough to drive! The other is a silent champ because no matter what he faces, he doesn’t let it stop him.

And then there’s mom and dad, who taught the boys to persevere through it all. Meet this heartwarming family on page 28, and you will see that they live life in the fast lane in so many ways.

We thank longtime Scripps Ranch volunteer and resident Jen Marchesini for introducing us to the Hudspeths. And here’s exciting news: Jen is joining the Newsletter family! Jen is a journalistic champion, who is also an amazing writer. She and I worked together at NBC in our “other life”—pre-marriage and kids!

We reconnected here in Scripps Ranch and it’s been incredible. Jen is the perfect fit for the SRCA Newsletter due to her journalistic integrity and her dedication to report only accurate information. Welcome aboard, Jen!

On to other news…October can bring a feeling of dread when the weather heats up and the winds blow, even though it’s been 15 years since the Cedar Fire tore through Scripps Ranch. The fire survivors have the hearts of champions, who came back stronger than ever—#ScrippsRanchStrong!

The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) was formed after the fire and it has helped make our community more fire-safe. The group will hold a Wildfire Preparedness Day at our Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37. While the kids get to tour the station, sit in the trucks, and meet our hero firefighters—talk about champions!—parents can get more information about how to prepare for a disaster. Page 13 has all the details.

One way to help protect your home is to clean up around it. Then take your unwanted items to the huge trash bins during Fall Clean-Up Day on Saturday, Oct. 20. It’s such an easy way to get rid of all your junk. See page 13.

And don’t forget, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) worked with police and fire officials to form evacuation routes in case of another firestorm. The article on page 5 has those details.

I avoid driving Pomerado Road from Interstate 15 to Willow Creek Road as much as possible. We all know the terrible condition of the road. While the SRCA and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) fight to get it repaved, it’s an uphill battle. See page 12 for the latest from SRPG chair Wally Wulfeck.

The Watermark project at the corner of Interstate 15 and Scripps Poway Parkway has a timeline for its groundbreaking! Details are on page 19 in the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee section. The volunteers who serve on our two planning groups are true community champions who try their best to ensure projects fit into our neighborhoods.

There are so many Scripps Ranch Halloween happenings, I can’t highlight them all! So be sure to read the entire Newsletter. Here are just a few:

  • 45th Annual Halloween Carnival at Miramar Ranch Elementary, a community tradition, pages 26–27
  • Haunted Library, page 39
  • Rec Center Halloween Carnival, page 15
  • Trick or Treat at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace, page 15
  • 17th Annual Trick or Treat Day at the Farmers Market, page 15

Many schools also have Halloween events and invite the entire community. Check out the Schools section starting on page 21. All the volunteers who spend countless hours working on these activities have the hearts of champions! Happy Halloween!

Gloria Tran, Editor