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October 3, 2015

SPHS teacher Certificated Employee of the Month

Matthew Buck was recognized at last week’s meeting of the Santa Paula Unified School District Board as the Certificated Employee of the Month.  Buck is a teacher at Santa Paula High School. SPHS Principal Elizabeth Garcia said students and staff love Buck. He’s taught at SPHS for four years. Garcia called him a “Hard worker.” Pictured are (l-r): Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, Principal Elizabeth Garcia, Matthew Buck and Board President Michelle Kolbeck.

It was all tractors all the time from 1/3 scale model hay baler to a classic John Deere with its distinctive yellow and green coloring at the 3rd Annual Vintage Tractor Fair at the Ventura County Agriculture Museum Monday.

An apartment fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the 700 block of Ojai Road, but was extinguished within 10 minutes.

Peggy Rush was honored as the Classified Employee of the Month at last weeks board meeting of the Santa Paula Unified School District. Rush has worked for seven years as an attendance technician. Principal Elizabeth Garcia said of Rush, “She remains cool, calm and collected. She is excited to learn new things each and every day.” Pictured are (l-r): SPUSD Superintendent Alfonso Gamino, Principal Elizabeth Garcia, Peggy Rush and Board President Michelle Kolbeck.

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A ballot initiative to beef up policing, converting the fire department to largely volunteer to funnel funds to the SPPD and programs for youth while reclaiming the community were discussed by the City Council Tuesday as possible solutions to rising crime, a trend throughout Ventura County.

Cruise Nite had a special meaning to the family of Sophia Andrade Friday night where they were presented with a special proclamation noting Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Hydration station opens at SPHS

September 11, 2015

A new Hydration Station was unveiled at Santa Paula High School last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Elizabeth Mitchell, a biology and environmental science teacher at Santa Paula High School introduced the latest Hydration Station at the school. She’s the advisor for the Students Encouraging Social Political and Environmental Action (SESPEA). She said this station was made possible by a $4,000 Ocean Guardian School Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA). This Hydration Station is located outside the library. The water is filtered and refrigerated. Pictured (l-r) Mireille Vargas (SESPEA Vice President), Maria Elana Terrazas (SESPEA President) and teacher Elizabeth Mitchell. 

At least three different law enforcement agencies are trying to sort out an incident involving a possibly stolen vehicle and stabbing in Santa Paula Saturday afternoon after a crash on Highway 126.

The spelling of his name is corrected and his status as a MIA added to the plaque created by the Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043 to honor those lost in war — and on Friday, September 18 there is no doubt Jimmy Ray Cavender will be there in spirit at the rededication ceremony he prompted.

Wendell Dowling has died after a sudden illness but his works—particularly the two murals he created for the city’s famed series of public artwork and the T-shirts he designed—will be a constant reminder of his devotion.

Santa Paula Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred Monday evening that the suspect told police was self-defense.

Limoneira Co. is getting closer to developing East Area 1 according to a statement that noted the company has entered into a “Contribution Agreement as the initial step that will facilitate a joint venture with The Lewis Group of Companies,” a leading residential real estate investment company, for the planned development.

There were hundreds of marchers and thousands of observers on hand to “Honor the Labor Force” at the 11th Annual Labor Day Parade where union groups, farm workers, clerks, kids, bands, school groups, floats, businesses, churches, horses and dancers jammed Main Street Monday.

Just goes to show you what a couple of million dollars will get you…and in Marleen Canniff’s case it was flowers, a plaque and honors as the Chamber of Commerce Firefighter of the Quarter, probably the first civilian to be so honored.

Laughter is the best medicine, good for the heart and the soul — and the Santa Paula Senior Center will be offering up a tacos and chuckles at a special September 30 comedy show and luncheon event.

The City Council got an update on the State of the Region when a former mayor offered information contained in the wide-ranging report at the August 17 meeting.

Looking for ways to get rid of the mat and the glass has found success with noted artist Patty Van Dyke who will demonstrate watercolor on canvas at Sunday’s Santa Paula Society of the Arts meeting and workshop.

The Santa Paula Unified School District Board got an update on VC Innovates at Santa Paula High School.

Santa Paula is doing a “great job” with conservation according to city officials.

Free Farmers Market, cooking lessons, physical workout and fun facts about the importance of nutrition are among the programs resulting from separate partnerships between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley, Santa Paula Unified School District and FOOD Share.

The overdue Highway 150 Caltrans slurry project started Monday and Wednesday saw the main thoroughfare shut down for work not the lane closures that were expected.

Beefing up the Santa Paula Police Department and an upcoming threat to the city’s sphere-of-influence (SOI) will likely dominate discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The Bike & Build team pedaled their way through Ventura County last weekend.  Bike & Build is a non-profit organization raising money to help build affordable housing for those who are less fortunate. The Bike & Build team began their journey in Portland, Maine on June 30.  These young adults pedaled their way through many states; Ohio, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona and finally California. Unfortunately, the team encountered a tragedy while riding through Oklahoma.  Two cyclists were struck by a moving vehicle, which left one rider hospitalized and the other rider lost his life.   Despite how difficult this trial was, the team continued to press-on towards their goal.  The Santa Paula Church of Christ hosted these cyclists on Sunday evening.  Together the church members provided hospitality to these exhausted and overheated riders, which included food, drinks, snacks, and a cool place to shower and sleep.  The cyclists left early Monday morning to finish their journey which ended in Santa Barbara.  The Maine to Santa Barbara Bike & Build team has raised $187.656.   

Santa Paulans were outraged to see that two city murals were defaced over the weekend, part of a spree of graffiti crime police believe was done by out-of-town taggers and/or gang members.

Friday’s Cruise Nite will kick off a weekend of fun when visitors will be cruisin’ to the Cruise Knights band and enjoy the annual Ready Santa Paula Emergency Preparedness event where you’ll learn all about being ready for any emergency!

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