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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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…

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Eagle Scout candidate Kameron Dayka with Boy Scout Troop 50, Carpinteria, received a donation from the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset Foundation to support his community service project. Dayka is installing a flag retirement collection box at the fire station to accept worn-out U.S. flags…

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On Sept. 5, Kathryn Cherkas, the director of the Friendship Center in Montecito presented to Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning. The Friendship Center provides adult day care services mostly to adults that are at risk of dementia and its umbrella of mental diseases. Though the typical cost m…

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Debra McCarty and Ben Pitterly from Channelkeeper shared local stream and ocean conditions at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning. Channelkeeper works to protect and restore the Santa Barbara Channel and its watersheds through science-based advocacy, education, fieldwo…

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Carpinteria Beautiful has awarded Barry and Rhea Sullivan of 1342 Trieste Lane the September “Looking Good Award.” About three years ago, Barry and Rhea decided that it was time for a change. They weren’t really looking forward to all the work, but the Carpinteria Valley Water District had a…

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At the raffle and patio book sale celebration, guests were challenged to guess the amount the quilt raffle raised for library books. The prize for the closest guess to the actual amount was a $20 gift certificate at the Friends Bookstore. Lucy Stephenson took a chance and guessed the raffle …

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The first cohort of students in Carpinteria Unified School District’s Dual Language Immersion program completed kindergarten last June, and the initial findings from school administrators and academic partners at UCSB are encouraging. Despite significant impacts on the 2017-18 school year fr…

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Canalino Elementary School held a Connect2Compete enrollment on Friday, Sept. 6. The event was hosted by Partners in Education’s Computers for Families program. At the event, Cox Communications registered families for low cost internet through its Connect2Compete program.

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In a vote that will please many canine companions and their owners, during the Sept. 10, 2018 City Council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the authorization for staff to pursue certain dog-friendly measures. The approval of this item means that staff will now explore th…

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St. Joseph Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is gearing up for the Friends of the Poor Charity Walk on Saturday, Sept. 22. The walk is part of the eighth annual Friends of the Poor Charity Walk being conducted across the nation.

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On National Voters Registration Day (NVRD), Sept. 25, the League of Women Voters will be registering any qualified person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Albertsons, 1018 Casitas Pass Road. Individuals who are between age 16 and 18 can preregister and receive voting information until their 18th bi…

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On Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, the Carpinteria Summerland Fire Protection District honored the lives lost on 9/11 by raising a flag to half-mast across the overcast sky. The 2011 national tragedy took the lives of 2,996 people, including 343 fire fighters, who rushed into the World Trade Cent…

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Ed and Nadia VanWingerden have built a life around family and agriculture in the Carpinteria Valley. This year, the VanWingerdens will be the 32nd Annual California Avocado Festival’s honorary chairs.

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At the Friends of the Carpinteria Library Endless Summer party on the bookstore patio, on Saturday, Sept. 1, book lovers and readers of all ages grooved to the beats of DJ Hecktic, and delighted in the details of the hand-made quilt and the varied selection of used books for sale. By day’s e…

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Young readers will find plenty to feast their eyes on at the Carpinteria Children’s Project book fair which runs through Friday, Sept. 7. Jonah Ollin Heredia Herrick, pictured, takes a look at a pretty cool book called “The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal.”   

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Growing up in Hermosillo, Sonora, Evangelina Cervera ate avocados daily. “They were part of my diet since I was born, I love them,” she said. Here in Carpinteria, Cervera gets a taste of home every time she has a bite of a Carpinteria-native avocado, which she says taste just like the ones g…

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The Bureau of Land Management will close a quietly launched 30-day public comment period on Friday, Sept. 7, on the environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracking in Central California, including a 40-acre parcel within 2,000 feet of Cate School in Carpinteria.

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The City of Carpinteria recently launched a social media program designed to better inform residents about City services, projects and safety measures. By following the City of Carpinteria on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor.com, residents will receive updates related to public workshops, road…

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On Aug. 24, an individual reportedly shoplifted an estimated $1,000 in beach-themed goods from Whimsy on Linden Ave., according to owner Karen Clark. The individual swiped several displays, including entire collections of custom-made necklaces and greeting cards. The cards feature Clark’s or…

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On Aug. 30, the Architectural Review Board agreed to allow Procore to construct small pop-outs on two building corners, areas currently under construction as part of the interior remodel underway. However, the ARB asked Procore and their architect to further study the design of the proposed …

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Two suspects are in custody following an attempted robbery on Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, at a marijuana cultivation facility located in the 1500 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria. The two suspects are 31-year-old Tyrone Taylor of Lancaster and 45-year-old Henry Jernigan of Los Angel…

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Carpinteria Unified School District classes began Monday, Aug. 27.  Children and adults anticipate a school year of learning and growth.

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Carpinteria lost a local hero recently when Kobe the therapy dog passed away on June 23, 2018. Kobe was a Shepherd-mix rescue dog who went on to serve as a member and volunteer for the Carpinteria Community Church. A frequent visitor to GranVida, Kobe was especially known for his work with s…

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The United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, Carpinteria Unit has a lot to celebrate at the start of the new school year. The Carpinteria Club has emerged from a year of collapsing roofs and staff transitions with a new club director and a fully repaired roof.