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June 29, 2015

El Santo Niño de Atocha: Arrival of icon
in Santa Paula a joyous occasion

The parade drew thousands of joyous marchers and watchers Saturday to celebrate the return of El Santo Niño de Atocha, the tiny wood-and-plaster doll carried on a bed of flowers and dressed in Renaissance clothing as the procession made its way from Harding Park to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Fourth grade students from Barbara Webster School got to tour the Red Hot Foods facility on Railroad Avenue. The students got to see how some of the peppers used in their products are grown. They were especially fascinated with the hydroponic growing greenhouse. Butch and Burma Baselice moved Red Hot Foods to Santa Paula from Oxnard in 2005 and opened their Boutique California Cannery, licensed by the State of California and FDA approved. The cannery was moved to its present location in Santa Paula late in 2009. Red Hot Foods currently has over 100 products and continues growing.

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The issue on creating a Youth Leadership Council continues to be studied after the City Council discussed the issue at the May 18 meeting.

The number of children with mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders is larger than people think Santa Paula Rotarians learned at a recent meeting from the executive director of United Parents.

Over the centuries as cultures evolved and melded to create a more inclusive society, music also changed. 

Hundreds of Santa Paulans can make a life-or-death difference in the life of their loved ones only because they took a free two-minute course: and Hands-Only CPR, also known as Sidewalk CPR, will be taught in two easy to attend  sessions this week.

Over 150 individuals comprised of the farming, education, and business communities came to Camarillo Ranch on May 9th for the Kids-to-Farms Dinner.

The operator of an online, mail order nursery business headquartered for years in Santa Paula pleaded guilty to felony counts of grand theft and conspiracy for not delivering the goods to customers throughout the nation. And when the goods did get delivered they did so without the proper inspections and quarantines.

Grace Thille Elementary School was home to the 23rd Annual Author’s Fair held on May 27, 2015. Special guests included Jonathan London (author of the Froggy books) and his son Sean London who illustrated his “Desolation Canyon” book. Author’s Fair activities included a student display of books, a performance by the school’s band, K-5 student performances, and dinner sponsored by the PTA.

The annual Santa Paula High School Art Show “Las Medallas de Oro” was held this past weekend at the Santa Paula Train Depot. The Santa Paula Society of the Arts donated awards. The display took place May 30-31. (Above) students look at some of the entries during a reception Friday. The winners were: Best of Show (Judge-Gerald Zwers) 1st Place – Viviana Avalar, Marcos Cervantes, Genesis Rojas and Kimberly Vasquez (group paper mache). 2nd Place – Jayde Reyes (white charcoal glasses).  3rd Place – Shayla Garcia (colored pencil book jacket). Third Dimensional (Judge0-Gerald Zwers) 1st Place – Jenny Soto (wire dinosaur). 2nd Place – Genesis Ortega (ceramic figure). 3rd Place – Brianna Gonzalez (wire seahorse). Honorable Mention – Micelle Ruiz (paper mache) and Melissa Haracha (paper mache TV).Second Dimensional (Judge Dolas Tubbs) 1st Place – David Alvarez (computer art-type setting). 2nd Place – Andrea Barreva (computer art-Circuit project). 3rd Place – Shayla Garcia (white charcoal-skull). Honorable Mention – Esmeralda Herrera (tempera paint-Andy Warhol project).

Students at Bedell Elementary School recently learned about the history of the California Gold Rush. The lesson, prepared and presented by former Santa Paula Elementary School District Superintendent Dave Phillips along with 4th grade teachers Mia Emhardt and Donna Meatty, gave students the opportunity to learn about the discovery of gold and the 1849 rush to California. Students also learned about how different rocks are formed and how to identify rocks and minerals using a scientific process. This all day, hands-on activity offered students the opportunity to apply their math, science, and language arts skills to try and “stake their claim” and to “strike it rich.” Activities included finding their claim, making their voyage either by ship or around the horn or across Central America. Some students had the experience making their voyage by land. “Once they reached San Francisco the students searched a stream bed and dug for gold,” Emhardt said. “They finally ended the day panning for gold to find and filter out golden flakes and nuggets.”  

Santa Paula will have its annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular this Independence Day and if all goes well a new endowment will eventually make the event independent of annual fundraising.

The streets will finally get some attention — at least from a project designer — after the City Council approved a $341,000 contract to come up with plans for a citywide sewer and water repair and replacement project that will also take care of some crumbling roadways.

A man who lives in Kern County but travels to Oxnard for his job was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of indecent exposure after several reports that he was seen masturbating while driving on Highway 126.

A Santa Paula man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Ventura County jury convicted him of molesting a girl for years starting when she was five years old.

A Santa Paula businessman who had been active with the Chamber of Commerce died Monday during a parking lot altercation that resulted from a dog fight.

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Public safety again dominated city budget talks at the June 1 meeting but this time it was fire that was a top priority for City Council discussion.

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