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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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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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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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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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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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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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On Sept. 27, State Senator Monique Limón and Assemblymember Steve Bennett awarded a $1.05 million check to the city of Carpinteria and the county of Santa Barbara to support oil remediation work.

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The Carpinteria Unified School District is struggling with a substitute teacher shortage, Superintendent Diana Rigby confirmed. Rigby said the district typically has 30 or 40 available substitutes; currently, the district has eight, a fact Rigby attributed to Covid-19. 

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This week, nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Representative Salud Carbajal, filed a brief in support of appealing the federal government’s decision to allow offshore fracking on California’s Central Coast. 

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The city’s new aquatics superintendent, Amber Workman, introduced herself to the council, inviting the members to come and visit anytime. As aquatics superintendent, Workman will oversee aquatic facilities and programs at the community pool and at city beaches. She holds a master’s in busine…

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City staff have tabled talks with the county housing authority regarding the Bailard Avenue housing project over disagreements concerning city control, City Manager David Durflinger told City Council on Monday night. Durflinger previously provided an update on the matter at a special city an…

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Summerland’s Sweet Wheel Farms, under the Santa Barbara Agricultural Farm and Education Foundation, is now in escrow, founder Leslie Person Ryan confirmed, shortly after the farm was approved for 501c3 non-profit status.

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The Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District reminds residents that Fire Prevention Week will take place between Oct. 3 and Oct. 9 this year, centered around the theme of recognizing “the sounds of fire safety.”