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March 2, 2015

Santa Paulans will have a chance to workout to help others’ in their quest for wellness the last week of February at Santa Paula Fit Fusion Family Studio where low-cost classes will benefit those with rare diseases.

The staff of Santa Paula High School announced the Top 40 Accelerated Readers for the 2014-15 fall semester school year. The Accelerated Reader is a computer-managed reading program where students are awarded points based on the number of comprehension quizzes they pass after reading books. The value of the books are determined by their length and difficulty. 

Three Santa Paulans were injured Friday in a head-on traffic collision that occurred in Fillmore that trapped one victim that had to be extricated, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. 

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A longtime Santa Paula Police officer and a Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy are being hailed as heroes after they helped four people escape from a second story fire early Thursday morning.

The Santa Paula Unified School District (SPUSD) board heard an update on the Governor’s proposed budget and how it would impact the SPUSD at a special meeting last week. The board also got a report on projected enrollment.

Annual Agriculture Career Fair

February 18, 2015

High school students found a feast of opportunity recently at the Museum of Ventura County’s Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula. The second Annual Agriculture Career Fair drew students who gained firsthand knowledge and information about one of California’s most vital industries, agriculture.

Santa Paula’s RadioShack will continue to be an electronic geek’s paradise after the West Harvard Boulevard branch was not listed among the more than 1,000 stores across the nation that potentially will close their doors.

Santa Paula’s crime rate has been on a wild ride that saw the number of homicides increase by 500 percent in 2013 and fall by half in 2014 as well as other rising and falling crime numbers that could reflect the shrinking of the police department before the city again began enhancing services.

A fast-moving fire forced some residents of a Santa Paula condominium complex to jump to safety from the second story in a blaze that brought firefighters from throughout the west county and injured five people.

The new Science/Technology buildings at Santa Paula High School will be open for public tours Saturday, following a 10:00 am dedication ceremony.

Grace Thille Elementary School hosted The Discovery Center for Science and Technology’s Family Science Night last Thursday. The event was open to children and parents to explore science together as a family. Some of the things available to explore included: levitating ping pong balls, discovering hidden worlds, shooting a magnetic cannon, painting with acids and bases and socializing with an earthworm.

A reward of $5,000 is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States for the arrest and conviction of those responsible for starving two dogs that were found dead in a dog igloo on South Mountain Road.

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors did not renew the emergency declaration sparked by the November 18 explosions at Santa Clara Waste Water but they’ll be looking for their approximately $660,000 in costs - as well as about $600,000 for a new fire engine - in coming weeks.

The Santa Paula Water Recycling Facility added another honor to its collection. The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) selected this “exceptional” facility as the 2014 Plant of the Year Award for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties. It is now in the running for plant of the year for the state of California.

Thomas Aquinas College nestled in the hills north of Santa Paula continues to be low profile on a local level but has a growing international profile, those attending the January Good Morning Santa Paula learned.

The city’s longest serving full-time firefighter was honored Tuesday as the Public Safety officer of the Quarter by the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce at Good Morning Santa Paula!

It is bad enough for about 80 million people to learn that their personal information has been compromised in a massive security breach targeting Anthem, but now scammers are even trying to beat the computer hackers to the punch. 

It will be a rare joint meeting for the City Council and the Planning Commission when they consider amendments to the Limoneira Co. East Area 1 Specific Plan Tuesday evening.

It was a lush “Midnight at the Oasis” for the 11th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Dinner/Auction, where a sold-out crowd rocked the Kasbah Saturday night to benefit the Positive Place for Kids!

Staff of the Santa Paula Unified School District is recommending that SESPE Farm Management continue to manage the district’s Grant Line property for another three years.

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Acrylic Demo by Judy Klement

February 11, 2015

Judy Klement will demonstrate acrylic painting at the March 16 meeting of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association (SCAA). This event is free, open to the public and meets at 6:30 pm at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.

With the alarming knowledge that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime and the world population estimated at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion victims.

Irma Axmacher of Santa Paula said the beauty of a recent winter afternon and the lights dancing on the mountains took her breath away and inspired her photo. “Santa Paula is such a wonderful place,” she noted, “and it’s beautiful all the time... even with some overcast the sun was shining through — and it was spectacular!”  

Santa Paula officially has a new trash hauler after the City Council agreed to transfer the franchise contract for solid-waste collection from Crown Disposal to Recology, based in Northern California.

Santa Paula Police are asking that area teens be sure to avoid what was once a legal form of synthetic marijuana that can you make sick... really, really sick.

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