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July 2, 2015

Melody Hall Music Festival all that and more as
hundreds enjoy the celebration

Melody is defined as a pleasing succession or arrangement of sounds; musical quality, the melody of verse; and as a rhythmically organized sequence of single tones so related to one another as to make up a particular phrase or idea.

Some 300 seniors received their diplomas at the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2015 at Santa Paula High School Thursday.

Kimberly Duarte Diamonds in the Rough $100

Ceremonies were held June 10 for St. Sebastian School’s eighth grade class at St. Sebastian Church. Eighth graders moving on to high school are: Braulio Aguilera, Isabel Alvarez, Efrain Banuelos, Jacob Barba, Franisa Chavez, Elvis Cilio, Sofia Contreras, BryAnn Delgadillo, Brenda Felix, Allie Garcia, Miranda Martinez, Anthony Mendoza, Gabriel Meza, Julissa Montes, Daniel Navarro, Renato Navarro, Daniel Ortega, Justin Pimentel, Mia Reed, Fatima Romero, Socorro Tarin, Keily Valdez and Leonel Vigil.

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Mupu Elementary school Promoted 13 eighth grade students last Thursday. Students moving on to high school are: Emily Chavez, Saida Delgadillo, Gabriela Degado, Alexis Garza, Cindy Guillermo, Daniela Guzman-Nava, Christopher Hernandez, Dylan Johnson, Marili Magaña, Amber Morales, Sarah Nava, Josiah Puga and Ricardo Saldaña.

Briggs School held its 145th Promotion Ceremony Friday for the Class of 2015. Those being promoted are: Paola Aguilar, Denise Alvarez**, Juan Carlos Alvarez**, Melissa Alvarez**, Salvador Arreola, Carlos Avila, Julissa Azpera*, Angel José Cacho, Johnny Cantero, Emely Correa-Banuelos**, Adam Cortez, Carlos Florencio Enriquez*, Jim Escobar, Clint Jason Freehauf**, Roberto Fernandez, Evan Fonseca*, Kassandra Gallardo, Alejandra Garcia, Bryan Garcia, Alexis Garcia*, Enjoly Sabrina Garcia**, Keyly Gomez, José Ivan Granados*, Sheccid Guillen**, Andrea Hernandez, Samantha Renae Ibarra**, Ricardo Isidoro, Juan Abel Jimenez, Joseph Jump*, Isaac Anthony Lara**, Athena Norah Lazos**, Raquelin Lemus**, James A. Leon, Miguel Angel Lopez-Escutia**, Anna Susan Lowe**, Jasmin Magaña, Marco Magaña, Jaymee Magana**, Vanessa Magaña**, Manuel Manzanares, Alexander Medrano, Joana Mencia*, Gisselle Mendez, Andres Molina, Cinthya Montelongo*, Bryan Naranjo, Bryan Ortega, Oscar A. Ortega, Miguel Angel Ortiz, Pedro Pachuca, Jimena Pérez-Soria**, Wendy Ramirez**, Arianno E. Reyes**, Cristian Rico, Taisha Rivera, Jazmin Rodriguez**, Nayeli Rubio, Daisy Rubio**, Salvador Ruiz, Alejandra Salazar**, Daisy Valdovinos, Victor Valencia, Alexander Valerio, Darianna Vasquez**, Angel Vasquez-Perez and Axel Isaac Zarate.

A Santa Paulan was among four people arrested early Thursday in connection with a car theft that occurred in Fillmore and resulted in an early morning pursuit that ended in the Oaks area of the city.

Blanchard Community Library held a small class on media literacy recently. The class was led by Sister Jennifer Tecla who works at the Pauline Center for Media Studies.

You just might meet a Santa Paula Police Officer this week when the SPPD steps up safety enforcement operations that will focus on bicyclists and motorists alike.

Bicycle safety must be improved according to a report by the Ventura County Grand Jury that noted law enforcement agencies and others in the county must do more to create a safer environment for bicyclists.

The Grand Jury did not pass go but went directly to jail for its report on facilities throughout Ventura County, including Ventura’s Main Jail and the Todd Road Jail located just west of Santa Paula.

While Santa Paula battles its image it can take comfort in a new report that shows although the city last year had the highest rate of violent crime in Ventura County, it is still a safe city. And a city that had the second lowest number of domestic violence calls during the reporting period.

The 2015 8th Grade Class of Isbell Middle School had their promotion ceremony Wednesday. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and two songs by the Isbell Chorus, Principal George Alessi introduced the student speakers.

With California bone dry as the drought continues a local family has transformed their yard into a water saver’s haven…and garnered the prize that Fred Robinson always joked he hoped he had won when he was named Citizen of the Year.

The City Council will take a final swipe at the budget Monday, a preclude to adopting Santa Paula’s financial plan for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 at a special meeting planned for the end of the month.

Cynthia Vasquez- Local Santa Paula Branch Manager with Bank of America and Joanne Contreras - Home Loans Manager for Bank of America present Jan Marholin, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley a check for $2,500 towards the Boys & Girls Club STEM programs.  

A City Councilwoman objected to the panel taking a summer break of three meetings noting that the city is embroiled in various projects including soon finalizing new rates for wastewater treatment services.

A Santa Paula teenager was arrested Monday for allegedly stabbing a man in the head during a domestic dispute a few days before.

Long after his grandfather’s death in 1973 Walter Dominguez embarked on a journey much more than just passing from one location to another, but rather a literal and figurative quest. Walter’s obsession was to thread the hints of his grandfather’s early years into the larger tapestry of life accomplishments that included his being a prominent Santa Paula church leader.

Diplomas were awarded to 44 seniors at Renaissance High School in a Wednesday ceremony. 

When Gladys Williams celebrated her birthday Friday she was enjoying a unique venue with which she has much in common — both Gladys and the Glen Tavern Inn are now 104 years old!

Mayor John Procter and other city officials have come to the Santa Paula Unified School District Board, asking for assistance in funding city-operated programs, especially those involving children.

Above: Santa Paula Firefighters taught 89 men, women and children Hands-Only CPR Thursday outside Vons grocery store (left) where people lined up for the 2-minute instruction. The effort was part of a nine venue, countywide outreach to teach CPR using the new method that does not require mouth-to-mouth breathing. Even children learned the Hands-Only CPR that is taught to the beat of the Bee Gees disco classic, “Stayin’ Alive” ironically the perfect beat for CPR. Below: Santa Paula Firefighters also taught more than 60 Cruise Nite visitors (right) Friday evening at their mini-training center at the corner of Mill and Main streets.

There’s still time to learn how to use graywater for home landscapes with a series of free workshops offered by Ventura County Building and Safety.

Senior Bailey Van Buren, who has served as the student representative on the Santa Paula Unified School District board for two years, was honored at last week’s board meeting.

The Santa Paula Village Apartments on North 8th Street will have a new owner who will use an $8 million tax-exempt bond to purchase and refurbish the 56-unit affordable housing complex after the City Council, as representatives of the host city, signaled their approval of the deal.

Santa Paula Fire was among emergency responders from several agencies that had to deal with a series of small fires and traffic accidents that plagued a stretch of Highway 126 starting Friday morning.

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