Christmas Tree Recycling

The city’s 39th annual Christmas tree recycling program continues this year. This is a program we started in Scripps Ranch years ago. From now through Wednesday, Jan. 23, you can drop off your tree at the recycling center in the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center parking lot at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. You also can put your tree at your curb for the greenery recycling truck to pick up.

Flocked trees–with fake snow–are accepted but artificial trees are not. Tree stands, lights, ornaments, tinsel, and other decorations must be removed. Please do not illegally dump any other items at the recycling locations.

Also, you can support the Scripps Ranch High School Baseball Christmas Tree Recycling fundraiser. To have your tree picked up and recycled for $10, SRHS baseball players, in conjunction with the SRHS Baseball Booster Club, a 501(c)(3), will pick up your tree outside your home. Dates are Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6. To make arrangements, email [[email protected]] or call 619-606-7076. Please make checks payable to SRHS BBC. The baseball team truly appreciates the support!

Our Fine Christmas Tradition

For the 32nd year, we in Scripps Ranch celebrated our Christmas tradition with our Tree Lighting Ceremony. Of course, Santa was there, along with hot chocolate and cookies from our girl scouts. Lee and Kim Witham with the Girl Scouts again served as our co-chairs, with the Boy Scouts helping the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves collect their Toys for Tots. We invited our new councilmember, Mark Kersey, to light the community tree. We only added LED lights to the tree, as they are long-lasting and, of course, less expensive to display.

Decorating Your Homes

It has become a real Christmas tradition for many of our homeowners to decorate their front yards. Some families, like the Staleys on Sunset Ridge Drive, decorate with very elaborate and beautiful displays. Thanks for showing your pride in your community and making it sparkle for all to enjoy.

Tiffany Vinson Stays with Council Office

Councilmember Kersey announced that Tiffany Vinson was hired as the Scripps Ranch representative to provide a smooth transition for the new council office. Tiffany, who worked with our previous councilmember, can be reached at 619-236-6655.

SRHS Sustainable Instruction Building Dedicated

A wonderful new building filled with "goodies" to inspire our young people’s creative endeavors was dedicated at Scripps Ranch High School. It will provide a very favorable and creative atmosphere for the students, with an emphasis on sustainable actions. It certainly is a very special addition for our award-winning high school to continue to provide a stimulating atmosphere for all of our students’ interests.

Scripps Ranch 2013 Calendar

We are preparing our annual calendar of major Scripps Ranch events, so if you have any ideas as to dates for your community event, please contact SRCA secretary Jany Staley at [[email protected]]. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. These meetings are open to the public.

The Schools Committee, a standing committee of the SRCA, meets the third Wednesday of each month during the school year at 4:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room.

At a very special event each year, community volunteers are thanked for their countless hours of service to Scripps Ranch. This year, that event is on Wednesday, Mar. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School theater.

The community’s largest events are the 4th of July Parade and Festivities and the Community Fair. This year the parade is on a Thursday, and the fair is on Sunday, May 19. These are events that draw hundreds of your friends and neighbor. The SRCA also sponsors the Neighborhood Watch Committee, the 50 Plus Committee, Spring and Fall Clean-Up Days, and so much more!

Community Streetlights

In many of our older areas of Scripps Ranch, we still have the unique street lamps erected back then and included in the Scripps Ranch Civic Association logo. The newer areas have the low-sodium lights. What we need is for you to see if your lights are working and call the council office about it. I say this as many have called the city street lights office and did not get the service needed.

Report the location and your address if it’s in front of your home. Look at the base of the street lamp and you should find a number to be used to report it to Tiffany in our council office.

New Year’s Resolutions

I do not know how many of you still follow the old tradition of making New Year’s resolution of things you will do or hope to do to be a better person. Let me suggest some easy resolutions.

  1. I will be nicer and support my family and its activities more.
  2. I will be tolerant of, and helpful to, people who are stressed and making demanding claims with no foundation. Get the facts and help.
  3. I will look for ways to use my skills to make a better community and see where I can contribute.
  4. I will make sure elected officials do what they promised to get elected. Even though they may "forget," I will remind them there are many things that need to be settled.
Happy New Year, Scripps Ranch!
Bob Dingeman