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September 2, 2015

SPPD A Day at Las Piedras Park cream pie throwing contest a hit with kids

With a watermelon eating competition, Sponge Bob Square Pants piñata, kids activities, live music and dancing it was already a memorable Day at Las Piedras Park with the Santa Paula Police Department, but particularly fun was the cream pie throwing contest…with Police Chief Steve McLean as the target.

Three juveniles were arrested as suspects in a early Sunday morning incident that included battery, vandalism and firing on the victim with a BB Gun type pistol…and after the victim followed them and told police were they could be found.

A Santa Paula man was arrested last week in connection with stealing a fanny pack full of credit cards and the victim’s late father’s police badge from an unlocked vehicle at the Ojai farmers market.

A stash of chemicals and suspected radioactive material secretly stored on city leased property next to a residential neighborhood. 

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A stash of chemicals and suspected radioactive material secretly stored on city leased property next to a residential neighborhood. 

Classified employees of the Santa Paula Unified School District came to the district board last week, upset over negotiations with the district.

If you see something say something and its even better if the whole block is aware of possible crime according to the community wide meeting to introduce residents to Neighborhood Watch (NW) held last week at the Community Center.

The seven officials of Santa Clara Waste Water Co. had their arraignments continued Friday to Sept. 24 after defense lawyers complained they had not received discovery materials from what one attorney said was uncooperative prosecutors.

The family of Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Vincent are honored to announce that they will celebrate 65 years of wedded bliss on August 27, 2015.  Robert and his Child Bride, Patty, brought their family to Santa Paula during the Summer of 1966, with Robert taking on employment as Managing Editor of the Santa Paula Chronicle.  As Patty helped raise their three, soon to be FOUR, daughters, sewing their outfits and keeping the home-fires burning, Robert not only excelled at the rigors of running the local daily newspaper but also enjoyed writing a weekly column known as “Rovin’ Around With R.O.V.”  

The Santa Paula Unified School District Board has been given another look at the conceptual plans for a new school in the East Area 1 development.

The Santa Paula Rotary Club  distributed dictionaries to third grade students at Glen City School  Wednesday.

Not everyone has heard of Ventura County but now more people will want to visit after the county ranked No. 1 among the nation’s 3,111 counties at least when it comes to natural amenities.

The Santa Paula Unified School District held a “Welcome Back” Meeting for the 2015-2016 school year on Monday, August 10 for teachers, administrators, and support staff. To open the meeting, singer and student Nadine Vasquez sung a teacher appreciation song entitled: “You Have Made a Difference” as she was accompanied by Music Resource Specialist, Donna Nelson. SPUSD Superintendent, Alfonso Gamino, introduced the Governing Board members and Board President, Michelle Kolbeck, provided the Welcome Address. During the meeting, the following employees received recognition for their long-term commitment and dedication to Santa Paula schools: Donna Harrison, Cheryl Pazen, and Rosemary Del Rio (25 years) and Tillie Garcia, Valerie Gomez, Irma Gomez, and Terry Marzec (30 years). Motivational speaker Ramsey Jay, Jr., with local ties to the Santa Paula community, was the guest speaker for the meeting. Ivy League educated and Wall Street trained, Jay spoke about his powerful 3P’s methodology (Possible, Probable, and Predictable) to help inspire those in attendance to achieve academic, professional and civic-centered success.Above Assistant Superintendent, Christine Schieferle welcomes teachers

Students from Briggs School spent a recent morning participating in a beach cleanup day with the Surfrider Foundation near the Ventura Pier. About 50 students, ranging in age from 6 to 14 took part. The students created tie-dye shirts for the event. The event was part of a summer service-learning curriculum. The Surfrider Foundation was started in Malibu in 1984 by a handful of surfers to protest threats to their local surf break at Malibu Point. The organization continued on for several years as a loose advocacy group until 1991, when the first chapters were founded. They now have chapters around the globe. They work to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.

She’s a grant writing whiz that volunteers her time to help Santa Paula public safety secure additional funding and Monday evening Marleen Canniff was lauded by the City Council for her efforts.

Showing that the community cares about crime was the message Police Chief Steve McLean said he wanted to get out at a National Night Out (NNO) event held August 4 at Veterans Community Park where a sparse crowd gathered.

A potential move described by a City Councilwoman as “politically motivated,” an apparent bid by a state agency to shrink the city’s sphere of influence by removing two canyons long targeted for future growth was addressed Monday by the City Council.

Las Piedras Park will finally be a playground again after the City Council approved a $211,145 contract to restore and improve the facility destroyed by an arsonist in March 2014.

South Palm Yard in Santa Paula was used for illegal storage for chemicals to hide them from county inspectors according to the Grand Jury that indicted Santa Clara Waste Water, Green Compass and nine company officials.

The circumstances of and the events following the November 18 explosions and fire at Santa Clara Waste Water were as muddled as the mix of chemicals that never could be identified in the incident that sent more than 50 people to area hospitals, including three Santa Paula firefighters that remain on leave due to exposure injuries.

Arrests are up to nine of those employed at Santa Clara Waste Water, the scene of explosions and fire November 18 that caused evacuations and injuries including three Santa Paula Firefighters who remain off duty after suffering suspected chemical exposure.

Many people think of the fashions of the 60s as love beads, peace signs, headbands and tie-dye but there was more depending on what scene you were making.

Fillmore’s thermal anomaly north of the city was burning again when it caused a grass fire last week, a blaze that was quickly brought under control.

With his longtime devotion to an organization that serves the developmentally disabled and a vehicle he purchased for less than $300 45 years ago, Fred Robinson of Santa Paula is the perfect subject of the upcoming car show named in his honor.

For some it’s their job while others had personal stories to tell or said they were just curious, but what they all had in common was they attended seminars Saturday featuring a nationally recognized expert in search and rescue of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia (AD). 

Santa Paula area eighth grade students made the annual trip to Washington, D.C. recently.

The MVP (Mighty Valiant Purposeful) Kidz program is a big hit in city parks where through fun, games, music, clowns, dancing, prizes and a message about Jesus, area children are asked to help create a peaceful Santa Paula.

Three Briggs School 4-H students and two Santa Paula High FFA members came away with ribbons for their animals at the Ventura County Fair last week.

It wasn’t a truck stuck under the Edwards Overpass on Highway 126 Friday that caused a traffic nightmare in record heat but rather a big rig carrying a large load that came to an abrupt stop, was turned around to head in the other direction but broke down on the opposite side of the freeway facing traffic before it could complete the maneuver.

The 2015-16 school year got underway Wednesday for Santa Paula students.  

Just as his trial got underway last week, an Oxnard man has admitted molesting young girls—including a Santa Paula child—while working as a mechanic at a Ventura bowling alley.

Santa Paula Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Donna Rose told the school board that the Governor has signed the 2015/16 State Budget.  The District’s Adopted Budget was based on the May Revise, and will require some revisions.

The City Council will return from its hiatus Monday with a meeting that features a Consent Calendar that runs the gamut of A to R and some serious business—including water and land issues—requiring action.

It will be a Day in the Park with Police Chief Steve McLean for the whole family where they’ll enjoy games, activities, live music and interacting with law enforcement while having a fun time.

Identity theft continues to be a problem that plagues victims who can find themselves with ruined credit and bills for items they never purchased.

A plane that crashed into South Mountain oil fields near Santa Paula killing its pilot August 1 was headed for Kern County, although its registration had expired the day before.

Seniors/Persons with Disabilities Day at the Ventura County Fair kicked off with the annual “Blessing of the Marriage” event on Tuesday. The morning event was for couples who have been married 30 years or more to renew their wedding vows.

It was a day in the park for the entire family where they enjoyed free food, plenty of music, tours of police cars and fire engines, games, kids activities, health screenings and more.

She spent the morning chairing a regional workshop on how businesses can take advantage of the California Competes tax credit and business stayed on the mind of State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, who later met with Santa Paulans on the patio of Rabalais.

There will be a one-stop mega-meeting for all interested in Neighborhood Watch and public safety at the Community Center on August 19.

The Santa Paula Police Explorer Post #2350 is on the move and hopes to keep moving on to the nation’s most prestigious competition for youth working in policing.

Students from the Briggs Elementary School summer program, which has a theme of “Briggs Gives Back,” spent a morning at the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) last week.

Norma Ramos Elizalde had a good sense of humor, loved her sons, was sweet natured, hardworking and doing the family laundry on a quiet afternoon when she was struck down by a stray bullet allegedly fired by a gang member outside her High Street family compound.

Santa Paula Police made a second arrest in connection to the party bus shooting that left five people injured in the early morning of July 18 at Ojai Road and High Street.

Santa Paula Police are looking for the suspects in a drive-by shooting Sunday evening in the 300 block of Sycamore Street where a resident came out with a gun and returned fire.

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