Back Then . . . and Now

It’s amazing how things change, yet they stay the same. Take the SRCA 4th of July Parade and Festivities, for example. Back then–when it started in 1971–families, friends, and neighbors got together and enjoyed a day full of fun and entertainment. Now, the same thing happens, only the parade and festivities in Hoyt Park are so much larger.

We say it every year, but that’s because it’s so true. This is the biggest event of the year in Scripps Ranch– one you don’t want to miss. Not only is the parade fun to watch and cheer on, but the party in Hoyt Park is bigger than ever, with lots of food this year. Turn to the Focus section on pages 44 and 45 for all the details.

If you never have been to the parade and are wondering where you can watch it from, there is a map of the parade route on page 7. You can clip it out and take it with you as you head to the parade. Wear your red, white, and blue, and come celebrate a special 4th of July–in Scripps Ranch style!

What was the parade like "back then"? Check out this month’s Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 47. Elinor Reiss takes us back to a simpler time as she looks back and shares some special stories of folks who have been around since the parade’s first years.

There is important news this month about the new middle school. The community was updated on its progress at the June SRCA meeting. The school is still slated to open in September 2006; however, the design plans have changed because of a lack of community funds. In some late-breaking news: progress has been made regarding possible joint-use playing fields for the school and the community. Page 17 has all the details.

The SRCA Schools Committee has enrollment projections for next year and takes a look at test scores at Scripps Ranch High School. That’s on page 29.

Back then–in September–teachers greeted their new students. Now, as we say goodbye to the school year, some schools say goodbye to teachers and staff. An especially touching tribute is given to the teachers leaving Jerabek Elementary School, starting on page 35. Thanks to Jerabek’s monthly contributor, Kathleen Merkin, who gathered all the information about these special people.

There is a Community Forum this month regarding military housing to be built in the area. The Navy is looking for input from you. Don’t miss this meeting on Thursday, July 24, at 6 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. See page 17.

Some of the fields at our parks and schools will be closed for periods this summer for maintenance and turf renovation. Check out page 17 for a schedule of closures before you head to a field.

Crime is one of the top concerns of people in most neighborhoods. Back then, you would join a Neighborhood Watch to keep track of crime in your area. While it’s still important to do that, now the city has come up with a different way for you to keep track of crime near your home or child’s school.

It’s called Neighborhood eWatch and is described as a cyber neighborhood watch. Go to page 19 for details and the website address. Then, sign up. I did, and it only took a couple of minutes.

It’s worth reminding everyone: rattlesnakes and coyotes are no strangers to Scripps Ranch. If you see one of these near your home, please don’t try to capture or kill it. Call Animal Control; they usually make it out within a half-hour. Details are on page 19.

Be sure to check out the Scouts and Sports sections. They are full of news and pictures this month, especially as the Scouts wrap up their year.

If you’re looking for things to keep your kids busy this summer, check out the Rec Center programs. As I found out, it’s not too late to sign up for some of the activities. Have a fun summer!

Gloria Tran, Editor