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One of the many great things about growing up in Carpinteria is the annual end-of-year school beach day, and Canalino students took full advantage of  their visit to Fourth Beach on Monday, June 10. Although the marine layer was in, the temperature was warm, and the gentle waves were lapping…

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Backstage at Summerland Elementary School’s opening night performance of “The Lion King” on June 7, young players buzzed behind the Carpinteria Children’s Project’s main stage, warming their voices and practicing their steps. The energy was high as performers got into costume and makeup and …

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To end the school year, 35 students from Mandi de Witte’s AP Biology class at Carpinteria High School visited local biotechnology company Agilent Technologies. Agilent gave the students a full tour of their facilities and explained how they use biotechnology to develop special toolkits to di…

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Aliso Elementary School recently hosted a Culture Night, and students represented countries from five continents: Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Europe. The local Native American culture of the Chumash was also represented. Most of the participating classes gave opening perfo…

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Santa Barbara County’s Planning Commission struck down Maureen Foley Claffey’s appeal in a 4-1 vote, securing the go ahead on the county’s first permit for cannabis cultivation in Carpinteria Valley. The decision was far from swift and came with an amended condition mandating quarterly odor …

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United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, which includes the Carpinteria Club, has been awarded a challenge grant of $150,000 from The Mericos Foundation to help rebuild Camp Whittier, significantly impacted by the Whittier Fire in July 2017.  Camp Whittier, a source of club fun…

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Parks Director Matt Roberts discussed possible changes to the beach and neighborhoods in Carpinteria in the face of rising sea levels due to climate change. Since his lifeguard days in the 1980s, Matt has been with the city of Carpinteria, helping to manage the beach. In a current project to…

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Carpinteria Women for Agriculture held their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11, and students from Carpinteria Future Farmers of America volunteered to help. Adam lent, Alex Bermudez, Ivan Espinosa, Richard De Alba and FFA Advisor Mr. Lopez helped set up a booth, make bouquet arrangements…

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In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the employees of E.J. Harrison & Sons will be taking the day off on Thursday, July 4. As a result, Carpinteria residential customers will have their trash collected one day later, on Friday, July 5. The regular Thursday pickup schedule will …

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The Carpinteria High School tractor restoration team attended the Annual Tulare Antique Tractor show with their 1944 International Farmall tractor. Students worked over two years disassembling and rebuilding the engine and its components, along with repainting and applying finishing touches.…

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The Carpinteria Community Pool celebrated 30 years of operation on Saturday, June 1, with a Hawaiian-themed party throughout the day and into the late evening hours—the afternoon was given over to family fun and swimming, then became a 21-and-over celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Gray skies didn…

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Louise Lopez Sanchez was born on June 6, 1919, in Carpinteria. This year, as she celebrates her 100th birthday, Sanchez said she’s “thinking back on what she’s accomplished.”

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Construction has begun at the new residential community Seahouse located on a 3.87-acre parcel at 1300 Cravens Lane (previously known as Green Heron Springs). Warmington Residential, property owners, expect to complete construction this fall. The residential development project features 31 h…

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At approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, a Volkswagon van caught fire on Highway 101 northbound, just south of La Conchita on the right shoulder. Ventura Fire Department was called to the scene and Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District also sent an engine to support. The fire was extinguis…

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California Gold Ballroom Dance Studio taught a Spring Cotillion Ballroom Dance program to three fifth grade classes at Canalino Elementary School two times a week for six weeks, culminating in a cotillion dance on May 31. With a focus on etiquette, self-esteem building and positive life less…

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For its ninth year, the annual June Gloom Fest at Santa Clause Lane was a block party loaded with handmade crafts and sprinkled with light rain. Visitors flowed in and out of Padaro Lane shops, listening to music while shopping for local goods.

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Summerland Elementary School kindergarten/first-graders have been working on a project-based learning assignment to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization for childhood cancer research. Teacher Danielle Eden’s students made flyers explaining the   project, worked o…

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Teresa Koontz’s work as GATE (Gifted and Talented Education Program) Coordinator for the Carpinteria Unified School District involves teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) lessons to elementary GATE students in grades three to five. She recently organized a project-…

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In the final board meeting of the academic year, trustees of the Carpinteria Unified School District heard a report from Superintendent Diana Rigby outlining academic year 2019-20 revenues, spending and possible cuts. The board also approved a draft of Measure U spending items, celebrated th…

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Carpinteria Valley Museum of History held their annual Memorial Weekend Marketplace and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 25. Shoppers were treated to artfully arranged flowers, exotic orchids and hanging succulents, along with an array of vintage finds, including furniture, toys, paintings, books…

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It was a Memorial Day Weekend to be celebrated for Carpinteria’s Pat Moorhouse and Debra (Lipson) Ekola, who were inducted into the first ever Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, May 25. The two athletic standouts were honored along with the 1977 women’s track…

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On Wednesday, May 15, Caltrans opened the re-constructed Arroyo Paredon bridge on Foothill Road at the west end of the Carpinteria Valley that had been closed since the Jan. 8, 2018 debris flow, when thousands of tons of mud, boulders and tree limbs came down the watershed in an unprecedente…

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There are over 192 wellheads off Summerland’s shore, some dating back to the early 1900s. Years ago, these wells were decommissioned and sealed, but not thoroughly enough. An unknown number of abandoned wellheads under the sand of the ocean floor are leaking today. Heavy rains and high tides…

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At the May 22 Carpinteria Valley Water District (CVWD) meeting, board directors approved next fiscal year’s budget, including a 17 percent increase in capital investments to nearly $1 million. The board also authorized rate increases for average and high water use residents; rescinded 2015’s…

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Approximately 100 protestors rallied in Santa Barbara on May 23 to oppose federal plans to allow oil-leasing—drilling and fracking—on over one million acres of public lands in California’s Central Coast. The rally preceded the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) public hearing on the plan…

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On May 23, Carpinterians from different walks of life gathered for a meal around a long banquet table set on Linden Avenue at the fi rst-ever Carpinteria Common Table. The community event was organized by the Capps Foundation. Diners “were engaged in lively conversations from one end of the …

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The Coalition Against Gun Violence (CAGV), Moms Demand Action and many Santa Barbara elected officials and community organizations will gather in the spirit of honoring National Gun Violence Awareness Day at noon on June 7 at De la Guerra Plaza in Santa Barbara. CAGV will hold its fifth Gun …

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For children who depend on school meals for daily nutrition, the FoodBank of Santa Barbara’s Picnic in the Park program will offer free lunches to kids 18 and under Monday through Friday, from June 10 to Aug. 16, at 17 locations countywide while schools are closed for the summer. In Carpinte…

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Readers of all ages can now sign up for Carpinteria Library’s summer reading program. The annual program encourages participants to explore new worlds through reading. Children are challenged to read 1,000 minutes to earn a prize pack including coupons to Legoland and many local businesses. …

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President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address from 1863 captures the sentiment of a grateful nation: “that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from th…

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Aphids wreak havoc on gardens all over the world by gnawing holes in leaves and ruining crops. In cannabis farming, there’s one predaceous insect that slays them in a way that conjures images of the movie “Alien.” A parasitoid (aphidius colemani) lays its eggs inside the bodies of aphids. Wh…

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On Monday evening, May 6, Carpinteria High School celebrated the opening of its new science building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and science night. Including two science classrooms, a biology lab, chemistry lab and physics/engineering lab, the new science wing will be used interchangeably…

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Carpinteria drama teacher Elise Unruh has been awarded a Crystal Apple Educator Award in the Secondary Teacher Category from the Santa Barbara County Education Office.  Unruh teaches a variety of theater arts and music classes at both Carpinteria High and Carpinteria Middle schools.

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The Carpinteria Valley Little League Challenger League held their annual Fans in the Stands and Buddy Appreciation Day on May 18, at El Carro Park. The stands were filled with family members and friends who had come out to support special needs players on the Challengers team. At the heart o…

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Once again, the annual Carpinteria Kids Auction was a glittering party (this year with denim on the dress code) in support of Carpinteria’s youth. Community members gathered at the United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County’s fundraising event at the Carpinteria Club on May 18 to …

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HELP of Carpinteria recently announced that they have expanded their services to provide roundtrip transportation from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara and Ventura. Rides in the new routes are available on Wednesdays and Fridays and can be used for anything from medical appointments to shopping.…

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The Rotary Club of Carpinteria hosted former CIA analyst Andy Liepman (at left), who stands with longtime club member David Godfrey. Liepman advised presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama, and also worked in support of the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound.  

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In April, Carpinteria FFA members attended the 91st annual California FFA State Convention in Anaheim. Chapter officers Karina Dayka and Adam Lent served as representative delegates for Carpinteria. Dayka and Lent voted on historic amendments to the FFA bylaws, increasing the scope of FFA fr…

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The Carpinteria Lions will hold a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at the Carpinteria Cemetery, 1501 Cravens Lane. The public is invited to attend the ceremony in honor of those who have died in service to the country.

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Vice President of Human Resources for AGIA Mei-Ling Fry has been awarded Outstanding Employee Campaign Manager by United Way of Santa Barbara County. The award is presented to an individual who leads a successful United Way fundraising campaign within their workplace. AGIA raised over $72,00…

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During the week of May 12, Rotary calendar project chairman Rick Joy and project members Debbie Murphy and Beth Cox awarded a total of $9,000 from Carpinteria calendar proceeds to community groups. Organizations receiving funds included Bands Forever, Carpinteria Arts Center, Carpinteria Boy…