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The accompanying image captures a golden moment in our local surfing culture. Carpinteria High School students posed in fall 1966 at Rincon Point for a yearbook photo that has surely become one of the most iconic scenes in the Point’s long history. Besides its beauty and color, the image cap…

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Carpinteria’s Lion Club opened its final Festival of Trees last weekend, inviting Carpinterians to enter raffles for the gift-packed trees of their choice. Over two dozen businesses and organizations throughout Carpinteria Valley donated gifts and goods to decorate each tree to the theme of …

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Once again, Carpinteria’s Boy Scout Troop 50 and Cub Scouts Pack 50 opened their annual Christmas tree lot the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Scouts busily prepped the lot and unloaded trees on the St. Joseph Church field, as eager customers arrived in search of the perfect holiday pine. In ad…

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Westerlay Orchids will hold its third annual holiday open house at its Carpinteria retail shop and showroom on Via Real, on Friday, Dec. 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to wine, goodies and holiday cheer, Santa Claus will be in attendance and ready to hear Christmas wish lists. There w…

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Coast Supply Co. is calling for nominations for a complete home remodel giveaway. The company hopes to provide one family with all new flooring, cabinets, countertops, furniture and more – “everything but the house.” There are no specific requirements for eligibility, though Coast has sugges…

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At the end of a strained city council meeting on Monday, Carpinteria City Council members narrowly voted 3-2 to accept modified plans for the Surfliner Inn project, a year after the initial plans were presented. The developers must now submit a formal application, which will go through the c…

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Jonah Ollin travelled to Mexico over the fall break, visiting his grandparents Rafael and Chayo in Mexico City. To celebrate his 10th birthday, the family took a trip to the majestic town of Tepoztlán. Nearby to where the family stayed, atop the Tepozteco mountains, there is a significant ar…

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Tractor crews were out on City Beach this week building the sand berm that goes up each winter storm season. The massive sand wall protects private and public property between Ash and Linden avenues from the combination of high tides and storm surf.

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With the help of City of Carpinteria Public Works, Compassionate Care of Carpinteria – a branch of Hospice of Santa Barbara – has installed its annual holiday tree at the Seal Fountain on Linden Avenue. On Dec. 15, the organization will hold its 38th Light Up a Life Ceremony, virtually, from…

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Mandi de Witte’s honors biology class at Carpinteria High School learned about endo- and exothermic reactions last week before they went on Thanksgiving break. The ninth-grade students wore lab coats and safety goggles to mix together various reactants, measuring temperature changes. 

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Several Carpinteria staples received awards at the 19th Annual Montecito Bank & Trust Community Dividends Awards Luncheon, which honored 179 local nonprofits with grants totaling over $1 million. The awards celebrate non-profits that focus on the arts, social services, medical and health…

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Carpinteria’s Boy Scout Troop 50 and Club Scouts Pack 50 are prepping for their annual Christmas Tree lot, located on the field behind St. Joseph’s Church. The lot will open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Proceeds from the lot will fund the Carpinteria scouting program. 

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Notes on this photo identify it as the home of Robert Couch on Linden Avenue. Take a close look. See the distinctive rock faces on the mountains? Now note what’s absent—just about everything manmade that exists in the same landscape today. 

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The Committee to Save the Downtown & Beach Parking Lot submitted its completed petition to the city clerk on Monday, with close to 1,100 signatures. Organizers and petition gatherers have worked over the past several months to designate City Parking Lot #3 and another vacant city-owned p…

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On Saturday, Carpinterians swarmed the Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center to get a look at the Sea Glass Festival pop-up, searching closely for holiday gifts for family and friends. Amidst live music, the pop-up’s artists offered several signature pieces, including jewelry inspired by the …

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In a 3-2 vote, the Carpinteria City Council narrowly voted to keep the city’s current short-term rental program as is. Councilmembers Roy Lee and Gregg A. Carty voted no; Councilmember Natalia Alarcon, Vice Mayor Al Clark and Mayor Wade Nomura voted yes. 

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Drunk driving arrests are up by 229% in Carpinteria, with 46 in the first ten months of 2021 compared to 14 at the same time last year, according to Lt. Butch Arnoldi. 

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The Centers for Disease Control endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine booster for all adults late last week, making everyone 18+ in the U.S. eligible for booster shots. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had also issued an endorsement for booster shots for all adults earlier that same day. 

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The Santa Barbara Yacht Club – and Carpinteria sailors – celebrated the club’s 150th year recently. The club is one of the oldest clubs in Santa Barbara County, and to date includes more than 60 Carpinteria residents. 

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria celebrated an early Thanksgiving feast last week, with food provided by Heat Culinary. The feast was sponsored by Union Bank. Over 100 people attended, including many families from Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. 

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Michael Baker, CEO of the United Boys and Girls Club in Santa Barbara County, spoke to the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning last week about the club’s operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning will host a pancake breakfast and raffle on Dec. 4, giving Carpinterians the chance to win a seven-day vacation for two to Riviera Maya, Mexico. 

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When The Palms sprung up on the corner of Linden Avenue and 7th Street in 1912, it was the pride of Carpinteria. A Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce publication highlights the brand new 18-room hotel’s “modern conveniences,” including hot and cold water in every room. 

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Third generation owners of Carpinteria’s oldest family-run restaurant and bar, The Palms, Bill Benett and Todd Bennett, have listed the property and business for sale for $9.85 million with Montecito Properties. Located at 701 Linden Ave., on a 11,325 sq. ft. lot, The Palms is a two-story mi…

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The construction areas near Padaro saw a four-vehicle crash on Monday – the second in the area within a few hours – and sent traffic to a slow crawl, the latest of crashes and traffic jams in the construction zones. The accident required three tows and resulted in severe traffic jams.

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Four Carpinteria Unified School District principals presented 2021-2022 student success plans for their respective schools at last Tuesday’s school board meeting, offering a look at the demographics of each school as well as individual goals to help get struggling Carpinteria students up to …

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It is hard to believe we are quickly approaching the Thanksgiving holiday and have only received 0.98 inches of rain since October. After two consecutive dry winters starting in December 2019, Carpinteria Valley Water District’s Board of Directors approved ordinance 21-1 on Oct. 13, 2021, wh…

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Last week, Bishop Garcia Diego High School’s 73 freshman students took a field trip to Fairview Gardens Farm. Students explored several activities including rock painting and bulb planting, and harvesting several items including tangerine, lemons and mint. They also spun wool and explored th…

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The Rotary Club of Carpinteria Noon honored local veterans last week by inviting speaker Peter Bie, president of the Santa Barbara Chapter 218 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, to speak on Veterans Day. 

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The Playa Del Sur 4-H Club wrapped up its monthly meetings and gathered cans for its canned food drive, also taking the chance to check on their many animals – including steers, goats, sheep and (a new addition to the bunch) rabbits. 

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Carpinteria’s Holiday Stroll last weekend drew some 140 people, in a festive community event. Organized by Jill Castro and Michael Avery, and featuring 40 local businesses, the Holiday Stroll was a cheery afternoon of shopping and socializing in Carpinteria’s Downtown T.

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Thursday morning, Carpinterians were met with a vandalized Warrior Head statue at Carpinteria High School. Red paint had been thrown or painted over the front of the statue; historically, throwing red paint over an item is a protest act that symbolizes genocide or extinction.

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On Tuesday, Aliso and Summerland elementary school students participated in a Veterans Day of learning, listening to both a Veterans Day Zoom presentation and catching a glimpse at military jeeps, ahead of the Nov. 11 holiday. 

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What’s a Carpinteria history column without a periodic mention of La Vina Grande, the town’s pride and joy in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Planted in 1842, the grapevine’s base circumference measured to be 9 feet, 9 inches in 1906. At that point, a trellis supported a quarter acre of vine…