A reader sends a halo to the man who rushed to help a middle-school boy who crashed on his bike and was doubled-over, screaming in pain. “I saw you; you were amazing—you helped him up, get straightened out and on his way. People like you give the world hope.”  


A reader sends a halo to Paul Mann for his generous donation to the Carpinteria Historical Society in memory of Jon Washington, Class of ’59, who was a regular contributor to the Grapevine. “Thank you, Paul Mann.”


A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Taco Bell for their great customer service. “The SEALS program (Success in Education of Adult Life Skills) thanks you.”

A reader sends a halo for the new stop signs on Linden Avenue at Ogan Road.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Community Pool staff and lifeguards who do such an incredible job with the CUSD students’ swim lessons.  

A reader sends a halo to Mimi Audelo with the city of Carpinteria, members of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and the many trainers and community participants in the Carpinteria CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training program.  

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District. “A fire broke out in a trailer on 9th Street, due to the quick response by our very own heroes, the lives and property of nearby residents were spared. God bless you all, each and every one of you.”

A reader sends a halo to Jack Sawaske Landscape for noticing a broken branch at   Kinderkirk, and always taking care of the preschool. “Thanks also to Branch Out Tree Care for coming out right away to fix a broken branch that was a safety issue.”

A reader sends a halo to the person at the supermarket who turned-in the reader’s husband’s prescriptions that were left in a cart.

A reader sends a halo to Vincent at T-Mobile. “Thank you for being patient and showing a senior how to install radio stations on her tablet.”

A reader sends a halo to CARP Growers for their incredible support for schools and Girls Inc. “Who’s next?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever spilled clear acrylic gloss on the sidewalk at Walnut and 8th Street. “No one cleaned it, and now there are bike tread marks through it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the manager of a local store. “I bought two gift cards, but they didn’t work. I had the receipt, but the manager was real mean and would not activate the cards, and would not give me the money I paid for them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who think the Bluffs are their toilet. “We are tired of encountering human feces around every corner.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a restaurant on the Culinary Crawl whose staff asked participants to leave their table because they were not paying for a meal, even though they’d bought beer. “Management and one of the waitresses needs some customer-service training ASAP!”


A reader sends a pitchfork to the driver who flicked a burning cigarette out the window at Linden and Carpinteria avenues. “Feeling very disrespected and disgusted… very concerning, especially with fire season these days. What to do? Just sayin’...”

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