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July 31, 2015

SPPD issues request for public to skip Facebook and report crime directly

There’s probably nothing police like more than reports of crime in progress but they would prefer that such information not come via social media such as Facebook. And, for good measure, police are also asking that people think twice about what they post for all to see when it comes to criminal activity and investigations.

Isbell Middle School student Nadine Vasquez, the daughter of Stephen and Francis Vasquez, has returned from her trip to New York, where she performed with a middle school junior honors choir at Carnegie Hall.

You can drop off trash and then shop for treasures at two separate events Saturday, July 25.

Board of Directors, from left to right: Ron Lewis from the Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society, Cindy Jackson from CJ Financial, Talia Wunder Executive Director for the Bureau, Kevin Keehl Past President and Owner of Piru MX, Rick Neal President and Fillmore City Council Member, Ari Larson 1st Vice President and from the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce, Maria Christopher Secretary and from Rancho Cumulos, and Jim Mendrala from the Santa Clara Valley Railroad Historical Society, not pictured is Supervisor Kathy Long, Ventura County District 3. The Tourism Bureau focuses on attracting tourists into the Valley, reaching between the communities of Valencia and Ventura along the Highway 126 corridor.  They advertise the Valley as a fun and safe place to bring your friends and family and enjoy all year long. They promote the local events and work along side by side with the leaders in the communities of Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula.  They also work with tourist leaders at the City of Santa Clarita Tourism Division, Ventura Visitors and Convention Bureau and the California Welcome Center in Oxnard. Board meetings are open to the public as they are welcome to participate. To become a member give us a call at (805)524-7500 or visit our facebook page. 

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Grace Kelly is the new principal at St. Sebastian School in Santa Paula.

Former Santa Paula Fire Chief James Bensen certainly has had adventures over the years but nothing like what happened Sunday when he and his dog Buster were traveling on Highway 101 during the storm that moved through Southern California.

It’ll be a “Glow on the Greens” when the 8th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival offers a scaled back but still highly anticipated celebration September 18 at its new venue, Mountain View Golf Course in Santa Paula.

The tradition observance of the anniversary of the end of the Korean War will be recognized by devoted veterans Saturday who each year stage the event to show that those that served are never forgotten. And that includes by Koreans who also fought such as Hong Ki Park, President of the Korean War Veterans Association who will speak at the event.

Conceptual plans for the proposed K-8 elementary school, planned for the new East Area 1 development have been presented to the Governing Board of the Santa Paula Unified School District.

Usually you think of a train wreck as a bad thing, the same you would assume about a plane crash and a collapsed freeway.

“The point of doing this project really is to hold up to the public, and to ourselves, how valuable books are,” Carol Hardison, member of Friends of the Library, said.

Santa Paula Police made an arrest Saturday after an early morning shooting left five men wounded…and the man taken into custody was one of those injured in the melee that occurred during a party bus drop-off.

In celebration of Ventura Artwalk and its theme “Havana to Cuba,” the Museum of  Ventura County will exhibit photographs by Lorenzo DeStefano, created during his several journeys to Cuba, between 1993 and 1998. DeStefano crisscrossed the island, traversing its urban centers as well as lesser known rural provinces, using every opportunity to capture intimate portraits of its inhabitants.

A Santa Paula man who shot himself during a domestic dispute Thursday in Camarillo died the same day of an apparent domestic dispute in Camarillo Heights.

Patti Sprague who is Region Manager for Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison presents Jan Marholin, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley a check for $5,000 for After School STEM learning and activities at the Club. Club youth are excited about the funding presentation and continuing STEM activities.  

The governing board of the Santa Paula Unified School District received a status update on the East Area 1 K-8 school and voted to hire a special education teacher for a new Autism Spectrum Disorder K-3 classroom. 

It will be all old-fashioned carnival fun all the time starting Thursday at the 48th Annual Kiwanis Citrus Festival at Harding Park where families with kids and those out on date nights are guaranteed to have a great time!

It was rain, rain, rain over the weekend with more forecast in a rare July storm that brought thunder and lightning in the sky and in some areas havoc on the ground.

Santa Paulans can feel safer now that the fire department has become a recipient of a SAFER grant that will pump more than $900,000 into its budget.

A Santa Paula Police Officer had to be taken to the hospital Tuesday after a man he recognized and stopped near Kmart swung at him, hitting the officer in the face, not the first time the suspect has scuffled with law enforcement.

The Agriculture Museum held a panel discussion this past Friday to celebrate their current exhibit, Ag Air: Aviation in Agriculture, which focuses on Santa Paula’s airport history, agriculture, and crop dusters.

There’s been an earthquake swarm in the Santa Clara River Valley now numbering — or by the time you read this topping — 200 small shakers that started more than week a week ago.

A Santa Paula man was arrested Monday after police said he allegedly entered a Yale Street home, shoved the female resident who followed him outside and then took off with recyclables that were beside the residence.

You have three different ways to save money to enjoy every ride at the 48th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival including the bargain bracelets that will let you ride any ride for six hours one day only!

Calla Dominguez raised Winkie from an abandoned kitten, gave him tiny baby bottles of milk and made the little black feline a part of her family...and now she’s offering a $250 reward for any information about where WInkie might be after he was catnapped by a neighbor’s relative.

There was a third fire incident near Santa Paula Tuesday when a motorhome caught fire near a popular golf course that sparked a brush fire quickly brought under control by firefighters from several agencies.

It’ll be $1 all day on the first day of the 48th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival when on July 23 all rides will be one dollar, some food specials will be $1 and the entry fee for all 6 years and older is only, you guessed it, one buck! And, those 5 and younger are free!

A 19-year-old man stabbed repeatedly early Sunday morning in Santa Paula would not cooperate with police trying to identify his attacker.

When the Santa Paula Police Gang Unit was conducting enforcement activity Sunday due to recent complaints of gang and narcotics activity they came up with a gang member wanted on warrants, an alleged car thief and two underage girls, one reported as a runaway.

The festivities were all Downtown but it was an uptown Saturday night of music, art and partying at the 8th Annual Hot Summer Jazz & Art held Saturday that drew hundreds of people to the historic business district.

A no-nonsense stop order was slapped on the Rotary Presidency of Chris Wilson, who was affectionately hammered out of office at a recent send off for the third generation club leader.

The Pre-School classes at the Santa Paula Community Center held graduation ceremonies in June. The graduates are: Safire Alareon, Renee Martinez, John Carlos Perez, John Benigar, Janelle Perez, Ellise Castanon, Diego Alvarez, Darian Galvan, Colton Howard, Autumn Aguilar, Alexis Alvarez and Aaron Garcia.

A silver BMW sheared off a telephone pole that landed on the vehicle in a recent traffic accident that led to the arrest of the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence.

You’ll be Discovering Nature’s Gems at the July 25 opening reception for the latest exhibit of PAAINT, a unique organization of artists that includes notably talented Santa Paulans Dorothy Orr and Pam Shelley.

The Second Annual “Kids Day at the Club” was held Friday at the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Paula.

A priority focus area of California Resources Corporation (CRC) is STEM Academics.  “We believe in contributing and supporting projects in the community where we live and work”, stated Amy Fonzo, Manager-External Relations for California Resources Corporation.  They have been proud supporters of  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley for the past several years and are pleased to present the Club with a check for $10,000 to be used for STEM learning.  Jan Marholin, Chief Executive Officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley commented, “Our partnership with California Resources Corporation is a win-win for our club members.”

It worked so well the first time they’re going to do it again but this time with even more fun and fascinating items at the Senior Center Rummage Sale!

A 19-year-old Santa Paula resident crashed his vehicle into a utility pole early Sunday while he was texting, but he had a bigger problem when it was found that he was allegedly driving under the influence…three times over the legal limit.

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