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October 31, 2014

Drop in, be terrified at Rotary’s Hallock House of Horrors!

You’ll get your scream, shriek and screech going at Friday’s premiere of the Hallock House of Horrors, where being terrified has never been so much fun!

By Santa Paula Police Chief Steve McLean

Firefighters in a uniform can stand out from the crowd, but during October the public will be seeing a lot of emergency responders of a different color - pink!

In less than three weeks area gang member Jacob Escobedo was shot, arrested by Ventura Police and, according to Santa Paula Police, arrested again Saturday by local police.

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Micah Lee Peru, age 5, had his first hair cut at Tisa’s Salon and Spa in Santa Paula. Micah’s locks will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Micah has been growing his hair since he was born; he’s been anticipating the day he could cut his hair but wanted to ensure it would be long enough to donate. Micah says “I cut my hair and I’m so brave.” But he’s “happy that a young child will be able to get his locks.” Above, Tisa Grant cuts Micah’s hair. Right Micah holds the locks of his hair that will be donated.

An acclaimed artist who loves not only to create but also to show others the creative process will be the featured Demonstration Artist of the Month at Sunday’s Santa Paula Society of the Arts meeting

Vista Cove Care Center, a longtime area business that concentrates on helping those most in need with special services was honored last week as the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Member of the Quarter.

Rebuilding public trust of the City Council, a 2010 multi-million dollar utility bond and what to do about the privately owned wastewater treatment plant were among the issues addressed by those seeking elected office at the September 24 Candidates Forum.

The Santa Paula Unified School District board members got to tour the yet to be completed Santa Paula High School Science/Technology buildings last week. The buildings were originally scheduled to open on July 1. That deadline was extended to November 1 but contractor Joe Colombo told the board recently that deadline would not be met as well. He said the school could start moving in on December 1, but the buildings wouldn’t be open for 

The SPHS club called F.C.A (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) recently gathered at the campus’s flag pole praying for the school and city. This was a nationwide event called ‘See You At The Pole’. The students that gathered wanted to show our city that there are still people who aren’t afraid of showing their faith! 

The Briggs School District has a $4.6 million dollar general obligation bond measure on the November ballot, which would allow for needed renovation work at the school, as well as some needed work at Olivelands School.

Blanchard School students raise money for cancer research

Mercer-Prieto VFW Post 2043 cooked up enough spaghetti to feed a platoon so there was plenty of go around at the veterans’ annual Spaghetti Dinner held October 9 at the Community Center.

On Wednesday, October 8th the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting welcoming Flight 126 Café to Santa Paula. Flight 126 Café is located at the Santa Paula Airport and is open for business. Above Chamber members, employees, City Council Members and guests gather around Ken and Evie Kramer, owners of Flight 126 to left of Mayor Rick Cook and (right) Lisa Anderson, manager

Gilbert “Magu” Luján at the Santa Paula Art Museum

If you don’t want to leave democracy behind remember: the deadline to register to vote or to change your registration for the November 4th General Election is Monday, October 20.

There are a lot of kids in Santa Paula learning a lot about fire safety due to an entertaining but life-saving program being presented at area schools.

It should be a short City Council meeting Monday night with one business item - the disposal of surplus vehicles - on the agenda, although there is a consent decree with a federal agency on the Consent Calendar related to problems with the city’s storm drain system.

Santa Paula High School’s Agriculture Science Academy students attended their first Agriculture Industry Tour of the year to Mission Avocados, FRESKA Produce Intl., & CSU Channel Islands. According to Mr. Flores, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor at Santa Paula High School, “the one day industry tours are designed to provide students with several job shadow tours focused on career, educational and informative opportunities in the area of agriculture. There are a number of professional careers awaiting high school students and graduates with degrees in agriculture. When students attend the agriculture industry tours, they learn there is a significant job opportunity and a need for people to go into agriculture.”

Santa Paula Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish a burning mattress in a homeless encampment in the Santa Paula Creek bottom Tuesday night that threatened to spread into dry brush.

A Santa Paula man accused of abusing numerous dogs at his east side home pleaded guilty Tuesday to five misdemeanor counts of failure to care for animals, a resolution to a case that had garnered international attention.

Yesterday, October 16, at 10:16 a.m. millions of people worldwide, including Santa Paula Schools and businesses practiced how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008 and now have spread around the globe.Taking part in the annual Great ShakeOut is a good way to remind people of not only a lifesaving move but also about the importance of year-round emergency preparedness. The ShakeOut has also been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries. For more information The site also has more information related to disaster preparedness and recovery for the whole family. Above, students at Santa Paula High School evacuate the campus as part of the Earthquake drill. Other schools were also involved in the Earthquake drill including Bedell School where they had a collapsed building and missing students. The Earthquake drill helps prepare students and staff in case we are hit by an Earthquake.

Three Santa Paula teenagers were injured Wednesday when they were struck by a SUV in the crosswalk at 8th and Santa Paula streets.

The scene of seven wrecked cars would usually be described as a massive pileup that could result in dozens of trapped victims. But everyone not only escaped without injuries but also with plenty of knowledge when the Santa Paula Fire Department played host to the extensive exercise in saving lives.

On Saturday October 25th, The Santa Paula Theater Center presents the last Concert of the 2015 Season, as the sensational Tom Corbett with Bill Knopf (banjo) and Mike Mullins (guitar & mandolin) perform as  “The Tom Corbett Band”.

How to cool down classrooms on extra-hot days filled most of a special workshop of the Santa Paula Unified School District board Monday.

The treasurer of Measure F, the 1 percent sales tax proposal to beef up public safety and fix roads, has filed the first financial statement of the initiative that will be decided by Santa Paula voters November 4... and it’s a big one.

The City Council got even more serious about water conservation and adopted a mandatory 20 percent cut in water use... a figure that includes the voluntary 15 percent reduction recommended by the city in February. 

A sassy red 1965 Honda S600 Roadster was getting longing looks from passersby at Friday’s last Cruise Nite of the season, but just west of it was the car that could have won a prize for coming the farthest... the sweet 1971 blue Plymouth 440 GTX Six Pack had been driven by its new owner all the way from Nebraska. 

The Board of Directors of the Museum of Ventura County is pleased to announce that Sue Chadwick been named interim executive director. Ms. Chadwick will lead the organization in its efforts to sustain its two locations-the second site being the Museum of Ventura Agriculture Museum in Santa Paula-and to build an endowment. Ms. Chadwick is a former banking executive who has provided leadership and advocacy for nonprofit arts organizations for more than twenty years. 

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