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Carpinteria Valley Historical Society has launched its annual membership drive, inviting residents to investigate Carpinteria’s fascinating history by visiting the local historical museum and becoming a card-carrying member. 

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Pedro “Pete” Jimenez, who loved to tell colorful tales of early Carpinteria, appears above circa 1939. This photo is on display at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, along with several of Jimenez’s woodcutting tools. 

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Carpinteria’s Future Farmers of America have been named Chapter of the Year for the Ventura Section by the region’s supervisors. The honor was given to the Carpinteria High School (CHS) team at last weekend’s Chapter Officer Leadership Conference (COLC), held at San Benito High School in Hol…

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Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce hosted its first ever State of the County event at the Santa Barbara Hilton Rotunda on Sept. 30, which was also the first live event for the chamber since the onset of the pandemic. County CEO Mona Miyasoto highlighted $15.7 in annual cannabis ta…

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Anne-Marije Short has started a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for her best friend Martijn de Bruijn, 44, of Carpinteria, who has advanced cancer. de Bruijn and his wife Gail have two daughters, Sophie, 9, and Olivia, 5. 

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Carpinteria Lions Club will hold its final Festival of Trees event later this month, offering Carpinterians the chance to get in on the last Christmas tree raffle run by the club. 

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On Tuesday, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department issued an air quality watch for the area, due to the Alisal Fire, which is now burning on roughly 14,500 acres. 

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On Tuesday, Santa Barbara County issued a local emergency due to the Alisal Fire, which is burning the northern coastal region of the county between Gaviota and Capitan. The fire was named for its proximity to the Alisal Reservoir. 

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After the first few weeks of Carpinteria High School, Mr. Noe Gomez’s AP Chemistry class is prepared to tackle a number of topics, including reaction kinetics, inter-/intra-molecular properties, complex stoichiometry and thermodynamics. Gomez, who was trained as an agricultural biochemist, s…

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CVN photographer Rosana Swing brought CVN along for the ride on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., where she visited the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art, the Sculpture Gardens and much more. She also took the chance to visit the White House, the American Indian Museum and other fa…

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Amanda McIntyre said hello to Carpinteria from the Azores, nine islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean. McIntyre said the area has a climate similar to Santa Barbara, along with a similar lifestyle, offering popular surfing spots and a slow-travel life.

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Eight local residents who were interned in WWII incarceration camps for Japanese Americans were honored in a flag-signing ceremony last weekend, an event organized by Carpinteria Mayor Wade Nomura. The survivors met at City Hall to sign a WWII era, 48-star American flag, and to share their s…

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Former Carpinterian John Daly has been named Person of the Year by the Santa Barbara Foundation in the 78th year of the tradition. Daly has been honored alongside Judy Stapelmann, also named Person of the Year, for volunteer contributions and service to the community. 

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The Heath family once represented the top tier of Carpinteria’s social strata. Pictured above on his horse, Honey, is R.S. Heath in 1918. The photo was taken just a few years after the family sold its 200-acre ranch, which included a sprawling Victorian home built by Russel Heath in 1881. Ru…

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Saturday saw Carpinteria come alive at local hot spots, including Island BrewingCompany, which kicked off Rocktoberfest this past weekend – celebrating all things, music, beer and food. Carpinterian flocked to the local brewery to hear South on Linden and Mestizo, and taste food from Shrimp …

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In honor of St. Francis of Assisi’s feastday, the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology was honored with an annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony at St. Joseph Church on Sunday. Pet owners from all walks of life and with all types of pets met at the church field to receive a bless…

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Last month, assembly member Steve Bennett visited Carpinteria and spoke to residents and friends at Sandpiper Village Clubhouse. Bennett’s visit was at the invitation of the local chapter of Golden State Manufactured Homeowners League (GSMOL) – the state organization that lobbies for homeown…

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The Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness Help@Hand team has joined a statewide collaborative project administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority to launch Headspace throughout the county. Headspace is a technology application that aims to improve mental …

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Carpinteria resident Samuel Lafond was arrested at his house in Carpinteria last week by Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) detectives. Lafond was arrested for felony possession of child pornography, and while serving a search warrant, detectives discovered that Lafond was also a suspect…

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The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will hold a virtual countywide Great Shakeout 2021 earthquake readiness event on Oct. 21 at 10:10 a.m. Working with county emergency managers and other disaster preparedness partners, the Foodbank will lead a live Zoom Great Shakeout practice drill with a…

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Central Coast Community Energy has announced the launch of three local energy programs available to its customers. Program funding dollars will support the electrification – replacing fossil fueled equipment with cleaner electric equipment – of three strategic sectors: transportation, buildi…

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The Tri-County Regional Energy Network (3C-REN) has launched the Multifamily Home Energy Savings program, which provides rebates to eligible property owners and managers for optimum energy improvements on tri-county multifamily properties. 3C-REN is a partnership between the counties of San …

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City staff presented a status report on the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Program to the Carpinteria Planning Commission on Monday, and athough the program is still in the early phases, the new ordinance would make it easier to build secondary units in Carpinteria.

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Across all campuses, the Carpinteria Unified School District is seeing lower attendance rates compared to pre-Covid-19 times, Superintendent Diana Rigby confirmed at the district’s Board of Trustees’ Sept. 28 meeting. 

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Gas stations and other businesses near the major road work that has closed the Santa Monica Road on- and off-ramps until the end-of-November have expressed that the construction is impacting their business. The construction, which disrupts the flow of traffic and has closed the Highway 101 e…

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The city of Carpinteria has a new aquatics superintendent. With nearly two decades of experience in aquatics programming, Amber Workman took over the role recently, joining the aquatics staff at Carpinteria’s Parks and Recreation Department. In her new position, Workman oversees all aquatic …

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Canalino Elementary School students in Kristy Guerrero’s third grade class are learning about physical science through fun projects. Last month, kids discovered how the forces of push and pull play into motion and engineering. They also studied different bridge designs and where to find the …

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The Santa Barbara Police Department is reminding the community to remain vigilant when using automated teller machines (ATM) for account transactions. As released last month, there were nearly a dozen reports from Bank of America customers who have had their accounts compromised and have had…

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Sergio Castaneda has been named Carpinteria Community Pool standout staff member of the month, the city announced. Castaneda has been working for the city of Carpinteria since 2015 as the lead junior lifeguard instructor, lifeguard, assistant coordinator and water polo coach.

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Karen Ensign and Steve Tonmesem headed up to Yakutat, Alaska, along with a recent issue of CVN. The area has a population of 600, and Ensign joked that, “when asked what is Yakutat close to, the answer is ‘nothing’” – it is only reachable by air or by boat. 

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The Lynda Fairly Carpinteria Arts Center’s operations manager, Kristina Calkins, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the center to pursue a master’s degree.  

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The Awana Club, run through the Carpinteria Valley Baptist Church, is starting up again. The club is now holding regular meetings on Thursdays between 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Pastor James Reinebach said. 

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Few have had more of an impact on surfing’s technology, art and culture than the “barefoot mad scientist” of Byron Bay, Australia: George Greenough. And although it’s been a while since Greenough has ridden waves at Rincon, for a decade and more he used the Point’s waves to develop and maste…

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Saturday evening saw a blitz of glittering guys and dolls at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Roaring ‘20s affair. The annual Evening in Bloom benefit gala with a period theme honored longtime volunteers Diana and Clyde Freeman for their dedicated service and celebrated the club’s 50th anniversar…

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Carpinterian Jane Benefield took a trip to Kona, Hawaii with her extended family, spending time in mansions on the island. Benefield’s family, with 21 relatives total – ages 10 months to 74 years – spent the week enjoying the western coast of the Big Island, and brought a copy of CVN with th…

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Nancy Waller took CVN’s Warriors Football issue with her to St. Louis Missouri History Museum recently, where she visited family and friends. Waller said the museum is located in Forest Park, where the 1904 World Fair was held. The museum is known for its focus on the city’s baseball history…