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August 4, 2015

SPFD: Firefighters douse Steckel Drive car fire 12 minutes after initial call

A hot car fire in a carport near a building was quickly brought under control after Santa Paula Fire Department Firefighters responded to the incident that occurred not long after midnight Friday.

From New York City clubs to the Santa Paula Airport will be a trip through time for an acclaimed jazz and Big Band singer that will help celebrate the airport’s 85th Anniversary, Sunday, August 2.

The Korean War Veterans Association-Ventura County Chapter 56 celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War Saturday at Veterans Park in Santa Paula.

The Santa Paula Unified School District in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Paula presented a “Healthy Living Cooking Class” as part of its 2015 Summer School Program. This session culminated with a special end-of-year lunch held on Wednesday, July 15 at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Paula where the young chefs were involved with preparing a seven-course, tasting menu consisting of gazpacho, a hummus trio, endive bruschetta, tropical ceviche, roasted corn and poblano quinoa, grass-fed beef with chimichurri, and citrus sorbet. The Health Living Cooking Class began on June 17 and ended on July 15 and the 5th-8th graders met at the club everyday (Monday – Friday) to learn special cooking techniques as well as to have fun working as a team. 

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A nationally recognized expert in search and rescue of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is again appearing in Santa Paula for a special series of free seminars for first responders only as well as a second session for the general public.

The Santa Paula Community Services Summer Camp celebrated Hawaiian Beach Day last week. (Left) Like a scene from Jurassic Park, Tyrannosaurus Rex tries to swallow two campers. The camp runs Monday - Thursday from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm at Barbara Webster Elementary School. Camp activities include: arts & crafts, games, sports, special events, and local excursions. The Santa Paula Elementary School District provides lunch to participants each day. This is the final week of camp, with the Penny Carnival taking place Friday in the Community Center parking lot.

It was a bird on a wire that knocked out power Sunday evening in a wide area of Santa Paula leaving more than 1,100 customers in the dark, some for longer than two hours.

The 48th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival drew carnival lovers to a four-day celebration of all things fun at Harding Park Thursday through Sunday.

There’s probably nothing police like more than reports of crime in progress but they would prefer that such information not come via social media such as Facebook. And, for good measure, police are also asking that people think twice about what they post for all to see when it comes to criminal activity and investigations.

Isbell Middle School student Nadine Vasquez, the daughter of Stephen and Francis Vasquez, has returned from her trip to New York, where she performed with a middle school junior honors choir at Carnegie Hall.

You can drop off trash and then shop for treasures at two separate events Saturday, July 25.

Board of Directors, from left to right: Ron Lewis from the Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society, Cindy Jackson from CJ Financial, Talia Wunder Executive Director for the Bureau, Kevin Keehl Past President and Owner of Piru MX, Rick Neal President and Fillmore City Council Member, Ari Larson 1st Vice President and from the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, Maria Christopher Secretary and from Rancho Cumulos, and Jim Mendrala from the Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society, not pictured is Supervisor Kathy Long, Ventura County District 3. The Tourism Bureau focuses on attracting tourists into the Valley, reaching between the communities of Valencia and Ventura along the Highway 126 corridor.  They advertise the Valley as a fun and safe place to bring your friends and family and enjoy all year long. They promote the local events and work along side by side with the leaders in the communities of Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula.  They also work with tourist leaders at the City of Santa Clarita Tourism Division, Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau and the California Welcome Center in Oxnard. Board meetings are open to the public as they are welcome to participate. To become a member give us a call at (805)524-7500 or visit our facebook page. 

Grace Kelly is the new principal at St. Sebastian School in Santa Paula.

Former Santa Paula Fire Chief James Bensen certainly has had adventures over the years but nothing like what happened Sunday when he and his dog Buster were traveling on Highway 101 during the storm that moved through Southern California.

It’ll be a “Glow on the Greens” when the 8th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival offers a scaled back but still highly anticipated celebration September 18 at its new venue, Mountain View Golf Course in Santa Paula.

The tradition observance of the anniversary of the end of the Korean War will be recognized by devoted veterans Saturday who each year stage the event to show that those that served are never forgotten. And that includes by Koreans who also fought such as Hong Ki Park, President of the Korean War Veterans Association who will speak at the event.

Conceptual plans for the proposed K-8 elementary school, planned for the new East Area 1 development have been presented to the Governing Board of the Santa Paula Unified School District.

Usually you think of a train wreck as a bad thing, the same you would assume about a plane crash and a collapsed freeway.

“The point of doing this project really is to hold up to the public, and to ourselves, how valuable books are,” Carol Hardison, member of Friends of the Library, said.

Santa Paula Police made an arrest Saturday after an early morning shooting left five men wounded…and the man taken into custody was one of those injured in the melee that occurred during a party bus drop-off.

In celebration of Ventura Artwalk and its theme “Havana to Cuba,” the Museum of  Ventura County will exhibit photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano, created during his several journeys to Cuba, between 1993 and 1998. DeStefano crisscrossed the island, traversing its urban centers as well as lesser known rural provinces, using every opportunity to capture intimate portraits of its inhabitants.

A Santa Paula man who shot himself during a domestic dispute Thursday in Camarillo died the same day of an apparent domestic dispute in Camarillo Heights.

Patti Sprague who is Region Manager for Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison presents Jan Marholin, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley a check for $5,000 for After School STEM learning and activities at the Club. Club youth are excited about the funding presentation and continuing STEM activities.  

The governing board of the Santa Paula Unified School District received a status update on the East Area 1 K-8 school and voted to hire a special education teacher for a new Autism Spectrum Disorder K-3 classroom. 

It will be all old-fashioned carnival fun all the time starting Thursday at the 48th Annual Kiwanis Citrus Festival at Harding Park where families with kids and those out on date nights are guaranteed to have a great time!

It was rain, rain, rain over the weekend with more forecast in a rare July storm that brought thunder and lightning in the sky and in some areas havoc on the ground.

Santa Paulans can feel safer now that the fire department has become a recipient of a SAFER grant that will pump more than $900,000 into its budget.

A Santa Paula Police Officer had to be taken to the hospital Tuesday after a man he recognized and stopped near Kmart swung at him, hitting the officer in the face, not the first time the suspect has scuffled with law enforcement.

The Agriculture Museum held a panel discussion this past Friday to celebrate their current exhibit, Ag Air: Aviation in Agriculture, which focuses on Santa Paula’s airport history, agriculture, and crop dusters.

There’s been an earthquake swarm in the Santa Clara River Valley now numbering — or by the time you read this topping — 200 small shakers that started more than week a week ago.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Monday after police said he allegedly entered a Yale Street home, shoved the female resident who followed him outside and then took off with recyclables that were beside the residence.

You have three different ways to save money to enjoy every ride at the 48th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival including the bargain bracelets that will let you ride any ride for six hours one day only!

Calla Dominguez raised Winkie from an abandoned kitten, gave him tiny baby bottles of milk and made the little black feline a part of her family...and now she’s offering a $250 reward for any information about where WInkie might be after he was catnapped by a neighbor’s relative.

There was a third fire incident near Santa Paula Tuesday when a motorhome caught fire near a popular golf course that sparked a brush fire quickly brought under control by firefighters from several agencies.

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