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October 21, 2016

McLaren: Old meets new with McLaren sports cars at Glen Tavern Inn

In that place where noted architects go to design in the afterlife Hunt & Burns were probably scratching their heads Sunday when more than 60 high-priced, high-precision McLaren sports cars popped open their gullwing doors at the Glen Tavern Inn.

Jesus Aguilar 

Michelle Glass from the Santa Paula Art Museum paid a visit to Grace Thille Elementary School to provide an enrichment opportunity to A.S.P.I.R.E. (After-School Program for Instruction, Recreation, and Enrichment) students. This is a wonderful example of how our local community supports our students!

The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to present “One Look at Nature: The Paintings of Gail Pidduck,” opening June 18 and on view through November 6, 2016. Gail Pidduck is one of Santa Paula’s most esteemed resident artists, and her much-anticipated solo show will feature over 50 breathtaking new works, all of which explore the beauty of nature and the local landscape. The exhibition will premiere with a reception on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for museum members and $15.00 for the general public. 

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Robert Cantu at CANTUTAX of Santa Paula has been elected to serve a two (2) year term as President of the Channel Islands Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents (CSEA). 

The Santa Paula Unified School District’s Governing Board announced during a Special Board Meeting held on June 1st the selection of Dr. Ricardo Araiza as the new principal of Isbell Middle School. He will begin his assignment on July 1st to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former principal, George Alessi, this past April.

A preliminary report released Friday noted that a pilot reported that the engine to his small aircraft had quit and two witnesses on the ground saw the plane and heard sputtering before it crashed into a Santa Paula area orchard May 28, killing two people.

The first-ever Home, Health & Wellness Fair and special luncheon for seniors was held Wednesday June 1 offering a delicious meal and dessert, raffles and live entertainment.

An apparently disturbed woman caused the lockdown of two campuses and was taken into custody after she entered a classroom Friday at a pre-school and said she was going to kill someone.

Peter Sellars, internationally acclaimed, an artist whose at times eclectic productions have paired puppets with Wagner’s Ring cycle, staged “Anthony and Cleopatra” in the swimming pool of Harvard’s Adams House and used a Lincoln Continental and a steel cello ensemble for his “King Lear.” 

With a lineup including Leila Adu, Dina El Wedidi, ICE, Aruna Sairam, the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), Davon Tines, Los Jornaleros del Norte and Cambalache, describing historic Downtown Santa Paula as the music capital of the world Sunday was an understatement.

Hundreds of excited worshipers welcomed one of Santa Paula’s favorite saints, El Santo Niño de Atocha on Saturday with a grand procession for the icon from Harding Park to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

If you got a solicitation in the mail from The Hospice Support Fund asking for a donation for the Santa Paula area Appeal think twice before you send the suggested $10 contribution: the organization has no connection whatsoever to Santa Clara Valley Hospice-Home Support Group.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley wants to give a big THANK YOU to Bank of America’s Retail Sales Manager & Assistant VP Joanne Contreras for stopping by to present a check to BGCSCV’s CEO, Jan Marholin for $2,500 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. This check arrived just in time as Site Director Maricela Soriano is preparing all summer program supplies and activities which will serve over 200 youths for 8 weeks.  This summer we’ll be expecting an increase in membership because we are also showcasing our new technology learning labs. Thank you Bank of America for your donation. You’re helping us make this summer very exciting for our members! 

The Santa Paula Men’s Bible Study group meets from 9-10 am on the first and third Saturday of the month at the Flight 126 Cafe at the Santa Paula Airport. All are welcome and coffee is free. For more information call Mike Nelson, 805-890-2922, or Jess Hernandez, 805-758-9521.

Of the 20,344 callers assisted in 2015 by the 2-1-1 phone referral service, about 4 percent were Santa Paulans according to a report presented to the City Council at a recent meeting.

As of press time Monday the identity of two people killed Saturday has not been released after a small experimental airplane they were traveling in lost power and reportedly hit utility lines before it crashed into an orchard east of Santa Paula.

The criminal case against Santa Clara Waste Water-Green Compass and its top employees has been put on hold by the Second Court of Appeals, which was asked by the trial’s presiding judge to rule on whether a law firm he recused should remain off the case.

You’ll get a double shot of cruising with the Cruise Knights playing at Friday’s Cruise Nite and more family Sunday at First Sunday at Santa Paula Airport Open House!

What happened to those immortalized in the photograph of and later monument to the flag raising on Iwo Jima as well as the history of the Buddy Poppy Program were highlighted at the annual Memorial Day Observance by Santa Paula Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043.

Graduating Santa Paula High School Cardinals heard an inspiring story at their annual Rotary Club Scholarship Banquet where Dr. Patricia Perez spoke of her quest to be the best.

Services are planned for one of the two people killed in an airplane crash between Santa Paula and Ventura on Saturday while the investigation into the accident continues.

The Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council (CVCFSC) is pleased to announce three upcoming Chipper Events for residents of the unincorporated areas surrounding Santa Paula.  Partially funded by a grant from Cal Fire, the events are free, but pre-registration is required.  Sustained high temperatures and drought conditions over the past four years have created dangerous fire conditions.  Chipping is a great way to clear your property of potential fire hazards. 

Two people were injured in a traffic collision Saturday in a residential area when according to Santa Paula Police a red Porsche allegedly ran a stop sign. 

To tax or not to tax will be the question Monday when the City Council again discusses a proposed sales tax to fund public safety as well as a countywide transportation sales tax measure. The council will also be asked to consider launching talks with Ventura County to take over the city’s fire services.

It could almost be called the Ojai (Santa Paula) Music Festival when come June 12 East Main Street will be filled with an eclectic showcase of music for a free gala celebration to mark the closing of the annual event.

By Letitia Austin

Most of the jails and holding cells in Ventura County passed muster with the Grand Jury but Santa Paula’s was found to be lacking in several areas, as was overall policing due to financial constraints.

A total of 74 students from the Santa Paula Unified School District were named winners of the 36th annual Young Writers’ Contest. The creative writers chose various topics to write about that included friends, family, school life, science, nature, disasters, and sports. The students’ short stories covered many genres including adventure, fantasy, horror, mystery, realistic fiction and science fiction. Poetry entries were very creative, humorous, emotional and descriptive. All of the winners were recognized during an Awards Night held at Isbell Middle School on Wednesday, May 18. 

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