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At the City Council Meeting on Oct. 8, councilmembers honored 39 boys and girls who have recently reached Gold Card Status at the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC), Carpinteria Unit. This title is bestowed upon the children who have attended the Boys & Girls Cl…

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The spirit of education was in the air at the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast, sponsored by COX Communications, on Oct. 5, at the Rincon Beach Club. On taking the podium, State Assemblymember Monique Limón, State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson and County Superviso…

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Bill and Jessica Edwards flew to Kauai to meet their new grandchild William V- Liam, who was born on Sept.11. Parents Willi and Allie Edwards live on the North Shore of Oahu, but spent a week in Poipu, Kauai with their baby, Bill and Jessica and the Coastal View News.

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Rick Joy of Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning revealed the finished product for the latest Carpinteria Calendar, a 2019 “Sensational & Special Sunrise & Sunset Edition.”  Through Joy’s calendar production, he has helped Rotary raise over $130,000 from sales over the last 15 years. M…

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At a recent Morning Rotary meeting, David Malvini, professor of Musicology at Santa Barbara City College, gave a historical presentation on the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and how his music affects our contemporary society. Born in 1750 and dying at the age of 35, Mozart became the most …

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High quality bicycle helmets, offered and expertly fitted by COAST—coalition for sustainable transportation—were sold at $10 a piece at Canalino School on Oct. 2. Volunteers from the Rincon Riders mountain bike club helped students adjust their new helmets, and there were many different colo…

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The Howard School held its fall family pot luck and carnival on Oct. 6 at the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria campus. Families were treated to fine and folksy fair food prepared by Howard School parent Chef Rossignol. Plates were piled high with heaps of homemade food by parents who brought sides …

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The Touring with the Candidates for City Council Program will air on GATV Channel 21 the week of Oct. 7 as follows:  Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.;  Wednesday at 6 p.m.;  Thursday at 5 p.m.; and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Visit the City’s website at carpinteria.ca.us, u…

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The Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District will hold an open house at Fire Station 61 at 911 Walnut Ave., on Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will meet the new Chief, Greg Fish, take a tour of the fire station, meet Sparky the fire dog, watch a live auto extrication at 1…

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The annual enrollment period for Medicare is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time people can review current Plan D Prescription Drug Plans or Medicare Advantage Plans and make any changes to be effective Jan. 1, 2019.  To make an appointment for a free, unbiased personal counseling session in…

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With a financial contribution from Wells Fargo, Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) is offering business recovery grants of up to $10,000 to small and minority businesses that were adversely impacted by the Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 debris flows. Eligibility criteria includes lost revenue due to cl…

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The Polynesian Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia—a replica of traditional craft—sailed into Ventura Harbor on Sunday, Oct. 7, fittingly enough, one day before Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day. Having crossed the Pacific from Hawaii to Half Moon Bay, California, by wind and solar power alone, Hikiana…

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The 32nd annual California Avocado Festival was all Carpinteria “avo” wanted, including avo-ice cream, avo-brownies, avo-beer, avo-merch and 75 acts on four stages over three days. Life was certainly not the pits for volunteers who scooped out guacamole from giant vats, served beer and sold …

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In the world of automobiles, getting stuck with a lemon is the worst possible scenario, but in turn-of-the-century Carpinteria, lemons often led to highly fortuitous scenarios. Sim Shepard planted the first lemon orchard in Carpinteria around 1880, according to a 1968 article by Albertine Ro…

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The City of Carpinteria began its review of a proposed cannabis ordinance last week, which could result in lifting the local moratorium on cannabis commerce, specifically to allow testing, manufacturing and delivery in the near future. Meanwhile, Santa Barbara County’s regulations, passed la…

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Triathletes gathered early on Sunday, Sept. 30, to swim, bike and run in the 2018 Carpinteria Triathlon. Off the beach, through the neighborhoods and along Foothill Road in Olympic- and Sprint-distance races, competitors made the best of the beautiful conditions for fast times across all div…

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With the 32nd Annual California Avocado Festival on deck this weekend, it’s difficult to imagine a time before Carpinteria Valley fell in love with the avocado. But the valley’s rich soil has nurtured the roots of many major agricultural products, from beans to lemons to walnuts.

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It’s time for a big helping of peace, love and guacamole. The 32nd annual California Avocado Festival rolls into downtown Carpinteria this weekend (Oct 5-7) offering tempting tri-tip sandwiches, cool avocado ice cream and sides of ska, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. Carpinteria’s Avofest is the sou…

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The Howard School will once again be selling The Food Liaison’s signature avocado brownies at the California Avocado Festival. All proceeds from the sale of the baked chocolaty goodness will benefit The Howard School. TFL’s avocado brownies are “sharing size” and priced at $5. The Howard Sch…

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There’ll be local pizza available on the strip at California Avocado Festival, and anyone purchasing the slices provided by Giovanni’s will support school supplies and programs at Carpinteria Family School. Shawn Noormand, owner of Giovanni’s Pizza, said it was an easy choice to supply the d…

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The Ventura Investment Company, communty supporter of United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County (UBGC), donated a plethora of wish list gifts to the Carpinteria Unit on Friday, Sept. 28. Ventura Investment was motivated to donate gifts after staff participated in a UBGC Corporate…

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As the 2018 midterm election draws near, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is promoting civic engagement, voting and girls’ aspirations to elected office. As part of the nonpartisan, She Votes® program, Girls Inc. girls participate in activities that introduce them to voting, public speaking, fundra…

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Longtime Carpinteria State Beach campers Doug and Karen Stevenson (and lovers of the best coastal town around) brought the Coastal View News in honor of their home-town-away-from- home as part of a 12-day Europe tour starting in Prague, Czech Republic, and continuing with a Danube cruise thr…

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At a fundraising celebration, on Saturday, Sept. 29, Lynda Fairly presented a check for $1 million to the Carpinteria Arts Center, bringing the three-year capital campaign to a close having raised nearly $400,000 more than the $3.1 million goal. The money will be used to purchase and renovat…

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California avocado growers have faced numerous challenges this season with heat, wind and fire impacting production. The avocado season which began in November 2017, ends this month at about 325 million pounds of avocados total produced, according to the California Avocado Commission.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. A public land conservation program, the LWCF has supported over 200 projects throughout Kern, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties since it began in 1965, including the Carpinteria Bluffs …

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Just as Carpinteria embraces its small town charm, it has long embraced its newspapers. The first newspaper inked with the local goings on was the Carpinteria Courier, which was published out of Summerland for at least some of its late-1800s history.

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Cruz Marsella, left, and Augustus Bridgford logged the most laps run at 19 apiece during Summerland Elementary School’s jog-a-thon on Friday, Sept. 21. The Summerland Waves ran along Summerland’s waves, as the course was laid out on the beach a short distance from campus. The run was schedul…

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On Sept. 12, Mayor Fred Shaw, Vice Mayor Wade Nomura and City Manager Dave Durflinger attended the 120th Annual League of California Cities Conference held in Long Beach, California. The annual conference brings together city councils, mayors, city managers and a number of municipal employee…

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Earlier this year, John Parsons met Muriel Hemingway at a book talk. That conversation led Parsons to take a trip to Havana where Muriel’s grandfather Ernest Hemingway penned much of his most famous novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

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A reader sends a halo to Larry and Tara for their postcard parties.

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Friday, Sept. 14, was one of those days Carpinterians wait for all summer: tourists long gone, the sun just low enough in the sky to lose some of its intensity and cast a golden hue against the sand. City of Carpinteria Ocean Recreation Coordinator Matt Simon led a group of Rincon High Schoo…

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On Sept. 21, 1965, after months of passionate debate and political polarization, Carpinterians voted 895 to 635 to form a new city out of the unincorporated town of Carpinteria. The young city encompassed 0.8 square miles and boasted a population of 6,651 residents. The first City Council se…

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Approximately $20 million in Measure U funds have been spent since work began on projects in the Carpinteria Unified School District in early 2017. The most visible progress occurred this Summer at Canalino Elementary, Carpinteria Middle and Carpinteria High schools with the delivery and ins…

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Leroy Adams and Ranell Hansen brought the Coastal View News along on a trip to France and the Netherlands, where they had a visit with Jan Tillman in Utrecht. Jan was Carpinteria High School’s Foreign Exchange Student in 1964. They also attended a performance of a play in St. George du Didon…

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On Sept. 5, the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria Unit held a ribbon cutting to honor the community, businesses, supporters, staff and youth that helped to raise the money to rebuild the facility’s roof. The ribbon cutting was co-hosted by the Carpinteria Val…

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A reader sends a halo to Jesus and George for their wonderful assistance to the Carpinteria Education Foundation at Carp-A-Cabana. “Thanks, you both deserve big halos!”

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Hospice of Santa Barbara held their annual fundraiser event “Heroes of Hospice” on Sept. 12, 2018 at the Four Seasons Biltmore, Coral Casino in Montecito. Marybeth Carty, executive director of the Natalie Orfalea Foundation and steering committee chair for Compassionate Care of Carpinteria r…

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On Friday, Sept. 28, look out for a pair of Dutch-orange shoes zipping by in the line of cyclists heading through Carpinteria in support of the Arthritis Foundation. Those clock-work-orange kicks belong to Carpinterian Gerald Enthoven, the only cyclist from Santa Barbara County riding in the…