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February 27, 2017

Active shooter exercise held last week at Isbell Middle School

After a search of the campus, a lone gunman surrendered without further incident at Isbell Middle School, where an active shooter exercise took over the campus for a portion of a morning. 

For many, 40 years can be considered a lifetime but for Ilene Gavenman, Blanchard Community Library Children & Youth Librarian, 40 years is a milestone.

A group of sophomore students participating in the Human Services Academy at Santa Paula High School are creating an exhibit that will be displayed at the Santa Paula Oil Museum on Saturday, April 15. The exhibit will spotlight the Bracero Program and its impact on Santa Paula. The Bracero Program was a series of agreements established when the United States signed the Mexican Farm Labor Agreement with Mexico on August 4, 1942. 

Twenty Isbell Middle School students participated in a math contest sponsored by Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura. The competition, held on Saturday, February 4, was for 7th and 8th grade students throughout Ventura County. Isbell Middle School student, Agustin Melgar, and 19 of his classmates participated in the contest by answering 25 math questions. Melgar took seventh place in the individual competition of almost 200 participants. “Isbell’s top students were bristling with excitement in anticipation of the competition,” said Theresa Van Etten, a District Math Coach for the Santa Paula Unified School District. “Congratulations to all of Santa Paula’s math competitors.”

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Santa Paula Police are looking for a local man who is believed to be dangerous after he disappeared following a pursuit Tuesday afternoon, although his juvenile companion was captured.

Santa Paula has already received more rain than what usually falls in the normal rain year and more is coming: Friday is supposed to be the big day in a new series of storms forecast to start Thursday with light to moderate rain and then pour like all get out until Saturday morning. Lighter rain is projected to follow.

Violence was decried, women and — in turn — their children empowered and vows made to “Break the Chain” of physical and sexual abuse at Saturday’s 4th Annual One Billion Rising event.

Most came to learn, some came to display and at least one came to hire at the 3rd Annual Agriculture Career Fair held Friday at the Museum of Ventura County Agriculture Museum.

Santa Paula Police are asking for public help in determining the suspect in a February 8 shooting incident where a man asked a pedestrian if he was a gang member and then shot the victim in the stomach.

Pot of gold!

February 15, 2017

Those living in this home in Hillview Estates won’t have to go far to find that pot of gold when a rainbow appeared to end at their home Saturday, following yet another storm. Hail the size of peas pounded Highway 126 just east of Santa Paula Saturday where thunder was heard but little rain was experienced locally after the late week storm                                                                                         ourtesy photo by Carol Wood

A Santa Paula man was sentenced Thursday to more than 11 years in prison for a fatal hit-and-run crash in Ventura last July.

The children at Mexican American Opportunity Foundation are learning all about authors and illustrators, and having the experience on creating their own Books.  We have been discussing the importance of literacy is encouraged all children to always have the love of reading. Teacher Rosalie Carbajal was a former employee at this Preschool for many, many years; she was invited as a guest reader. Rosalie fought so hard for this preschool and the Children around the community! We are beyond grateful to her and her love for children and the community. Thank you Rosalie! Pictured above: The children from the A.M program and (Below) the P.M program. Teachers Adela Melgosa, Maria Medina and Crystal Suarez

An item listed on the Santa Paula Unified School District Board agenda as Multi-School Application 2017-2018 was more than it seemed — and angered parents, students and concerned staff asked the board not to allow sports participation to those attending private school.

Keep an eye out for Saturday’s 4th Annual Santa Paula Lions Club Friends in Sight Clinic where scores of people will be able to get a free screening and if needed recycled eyeglasses.

“Reversing the Cycle of Poverty in Santa Paula” is the focus of a Town Hall community meeting to be held Tuesday, February 21 at the Community Center from 5:30, when registration begins, to 8 p.m.

The Santa Paula City Council will hear an update related to the future of the Fire Department at the Tuesday meeting.

American in Bloom Santa Paula Chapter has done it again by staging a Beautification Day targeting several areas of the city for some sprucing up.

Santa Paula is in line for a hefty piece of the pie from a grant meant to help fund countywide active transportation and sustainability projects.

The latest storm continued to keep Ventura County damp with periods of outright wetness earlier in the week, a lot of outright wetness.

Girl Scouts are out in force but they won’t have to force you to buy their cookies, including that campfire favorite, S’mores.

The City Council heard an overview on food trucks at the February 6 meeting and opted to file the report without taking action on what had become controversial mobile eateries.

Award-winning children’s author, Alexis O’Neill, recently visited Blanchard and Glen City Elementary Schools to speak to students about her popular books such as “Loud Emily,” “Estela’s Swap,” and “The Kite Bridged Two Nations.” She also led a writer’s workshop for students.

Two Santa Paulans found themselves under arrest again Thursday when both were allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine, including a significant amount packaged for sale.

Half a dozen Santa Paula women just finished more than 60 handmade, custom Valentines and bookmarks that will be delivered February 13 to the California Veterans Home in Saticoy to show those that served that they are considered sweethearts. Completed in December 2009, the home is a 60-bed assisted living facility.

A teacher that is “respected and an inspiration, fierce” was honored by the Santa Paula Unified School District Board at the January 18 meeting.

Two early Sunday morning stabbings are being investigated by Santa Paula Police who are seeking a suspect.

An esteemed Santa Paula High School educator will be honored Saturday by LULAC at a special breakfast also marking the 88th anniversary of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

More than 400 people had their eyes’ screened last year at the 4th Annual Santa Paula Lions Club Friends in Sight Clinic where those needing corrective lenses were also able to receive free, recycled eyeglasses. 

Dancing will mean more than great moves at Saturday’s One Billion Rising at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Parish Hall where all are invited to take part in a larger global movement to end violence against women and girls.

The Santa Paula Recreation Commission continued to craft a list of priorities to be presented to the City Council at a future meeting on what should be offered in the city’s new 38-acre park.

A classified employee that believes working at schools creates a wide-ranging family on campus was honored by the Santa Paula Unified School District.

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