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Band of the Week – The Foothill Blues Revue

| Scene in SCV | 28 mins ago


Band of the week 846The Foothill Blues Revue was founded by Tim Corbo, Tony Hill and Cherie Conner. After establishing a long standing relationship with the foothills community, the trio decided to name themselves accordingly. The group plays blues and rhythm, and blues standards, but often they find themselves playing classic rock tunes because their fans request it. They are all seasoned performers who provide top quality entertainment at a large number of events locally in Santa Clarita and beyond.

The talented group is currently made up of Tim Corbo, lead guitar and vocals, Bob Yost on drums, Michael Ripley on keyboards and vocals and Cherie Conner on bass and vocals.

“The musicians in the band have all been professional musicians at one time or another, we all own our own businesses and that is our main focus, but we still do music because we just love it. We get great responses from audiences because we are just there to have fun and to make people smile,” said Corbin.

The Foothill Blues Revue will be playing live on Friday, November 28 at 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 25404 ½ Lyons Avenue in Newhall.


Just a Few Things To Do!

| Community | 1 hour ago

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Thursday, 11/27, 9am-2pm
Giving Thanks Giving 2014
Newhall Public Library, 24500 Main Street, Newhall

This is a FREE community event which will provide a Thanksgiving meal, clothing shop, live entertainment, bicycle raffle, and crafts for the kids. For more information or to volunteer, go to www.southvalleyonline.org or call 661-259-1515.

Thursday, 11/27, 10:15am
Seniors Thanksgiving Feast & Party
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall

All Santa Clarita seniors are welcome. The doors open at 10:15am on Thanksgiving Day with dinner starting at 11am. The feast starts with appetizers, moves on to roasted turkey with all the trimmings, and finally apple or pumpkin pie a la mode for dessert. Boxed leftovers are offered along with a second boxed meal since the Senior Center is closed on Friday. Reservations are required. For more information call 661-259-9444.

Friday, 11/28, 8pm
“Miracle On 34th Street”
Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 Main Street, Old Town Newhall

The holiday season has arrived at Canyon Theatre Guild with “Miracle on 34th Street.” You’ve probably seen the movie, but the stage production is even more heartwarming and fun for families. Kris Kringle takes a job as Santa for Macy’s and ends up in court needing to convince the jury that he isn’t incompetent, but the true Santa. Little Susan is convinced he is—are you? Tickets are $17 for juniors/seniors and $19 for adults. Shows are Friday–Sunday, check the website for times: www.canyontheatre.org.

Saturday-Sunday, 11/29 & 30 9am-4pm
Hart Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair
William S. Hart Park, Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall

Take part in shopping fun at the 3rd Annual Hart Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair. You’ll find homemade crafts, fashion accessories, jewelry, gift baskets and much more. Admission is free. This event is hosted by Friends of Hart Park in cooperation with L.A. County Parks & Recreation. For more information contact aweing@parks.lacounty.gov.

Wednessday, 12/3, 5-10pm
Triumph Foundation Fundraiser
Route 66 Classic Grill 18730 Soledad Canyon Road

Join us for dinner, and 15% of the proceeds will be donated to Triumph. Plus we will have a silent auction, and it will be a fun get together for the holiday. 661-803-3700 www.Triumph-Foundation.org

Thursday, 12/4, 6-8:30pm
Swing Dance…Plus
SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street in Newhall

Enjoy swing music plus a variety of other genres amidst a holiday ambiance. Great refreshments & great fun! There will be a $5 cover charge. Call 661-259-9444 for more information.

Saturday, 12/6, 9:30am-4:30pm
HMNMH “Holiday Home Tour”

The 34th Annual Holiday Home Tour will live up to its theme “Holiday Memories.” Three local homes will thrill visitors with their festive holiday décor. Some of the highlights will be a Santa’s workshop, snowball collection, “A Nightmare Before Christmas” themed bedroom, and a “Nutcracker” themed room. The tour is open to adults and children over 12 and flat shoes are required. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. For more information visit www.henrymayogiving.com.

Saturday, 12/6, 9:30am-4pm
HMNMH “Holiday Home Tour” Holiday Boutique
Pico Canyon Elementary, 25255 Pico Canyon, Stevenson Ranch

Bring your friends and family to view a wide selection of creative and unique holiday items that will be for sale. Admission to the Boutique is free.  

Saturday -Sunday, 12/6 & 7, 10am-3pm
Placerita Nature Center “Holiday Craft Fair”
Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road in Newhall

Create and decorate your own holiday wreaths, centerpieces, candles and ornaments the Placerita Nature Center way, using fresh-cut greenery, pinecones and other natural treasures. This is a fundraiser with modest charges. Most crafts are $2 and wreaths start at $12. Cash and checks only. Visit www.placerita.org for more information.

Saturday, 12/6, 2pm
SCV Historical Society “Ancient Enterprises”
Old Town Newhall Library, 24500 Main Street, Old Town Newhall

The SCV Historical Society brings to life the earliest inhabitants of the Santa Clarita Valley, the Tataviam.  Dr. Laurie Solis, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at College of the Canyons will be giving the presentation “Ancient Enterprises: How the Prehistoric Tataviam Survived & Thrived in An Ancient Landscape.” Admission is free. Visit www.scvhs.org/ for details.

Saturday, 12/6, 6pm
Veterans Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting
Veterans Memorial Plaza, 24275 N. Walnut Street, Old Town Newhall

Celebrate our servicemen, past and present, with this delightful Christmas Tree Lighting at Veterans Plaza. There will be caroling, hot cocoa, holiday treats and a placing of a wreath for our fallen servicemen by the SCV Young Marines. The Christmas tree is decorated with photos of our military members surrounded by red, white and blue lights. Submit a photo of your serviceman by November 30 by mail: Prayer Angels For The Military, 21609 Oak Orchard Rd, Newhall 91321 or by email:prayerangelsforthemilitary@yahoo.com. Please include name, branch, rank and service or theater (if known). Call 661-799-8865 for more information.

Sunday, 12/7, 2-5pm
Toys on Parade Dance
SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market Street, Newhall

The Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold a “Toys on Parade Dance” at the SCV Senior Center. On her first visit to the club, Terry Sherrer will call squares and Anndrea Stephan will cue rounds. The club will be collecting new toys to donate to needy children for the holidays. Casual attire is always welcome! All community members are welcome to participate in toy donations between 2-5 p.m! For information, call 661-254-4272, visit www.sierrahillbillies.org or find the group on Facebook. 


Female Athletes of the Week – Gianna Benitez and Lauren Wolf

| Scene in SCV | 4 hours ago


Female Atheletes 846Gianna Benitez and Lauren Wolf of the Valencia Girls Tennis team won the famed match that clinched the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship for the team.

Gianna, a sophomore, Lauren, a Junior worked in tandem to deliver an impressive game that is still being talked about. The two, along with the rest of the accomplished group of girls, won eight of the nine doubles sets. The team beat Vista Murrieta High, 10-8, in the championship match. Valencia won its first CIF Girls Tennis championship in school history and finished with an undefeated 24-0 record.


Holiday Driving Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe!

| Police Blotter | 6 hours ago

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Thanksgiving is this week! There are events to get to, shoppers out in abundance, family and friend gatherings, vacation getaways, volunteer help for the needy, parades and so much more! Many of those who are going to be traveling this Thanksgiving holiday are very likely to encounter additional traffic on the road. Remember to take it easy and pay extra attention to what’s going on around you. As such, starting this Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30, a “maximum enforcement period” will be observed by the CHP.

If you’re wondering what that is, it’s a heightened awareness by law enforcement of anyone behind the wheel. For the week of Thanksgiving, the CHP will be enforcing traffic safety laws to their full extent. This means that, if someone is caught speeding and they hope to get off with a warning—they should guess again. With so many additional travelers on the roads during the holiday season, the CHP won’t be showing any quarter. 

The CHP Southern Division has provided a few tips to help motorists stay safe on the roads:
Stay off your phone! There’s been a lot of national attention over the past few years about collisions that were due to someone texting while driving. You only need to take your eyes off the road for a second or two for tragedy to occur. If you’re running late for a holiday party or dinner, contacting your host isn’t as urgent as you might think. They’d probably rather have you arrive late than not at all.
The legal blood alcohol content in the State of California is .08 percent, or about one drink. However, people react to alcohol in different ways. As such, it’s entirely possible to be stopped and arrested even if your BAC is less than .08%. That being said, if you plan to consume alcohol, no matter how little, make sure you give yourself ample time to rest before getting behind the wheel.
The weather can be unpredictable, and those who will be traveling to higher elevations where there could be snow, make sure to bring chains for your tires. It can be prudent to pack a few additional items like blankets, snacks, water, batteries and a flashlight in the event that your car gets stranded. 
Don’t drive while tired! Most of us tend to eat our fill (and then some) on Thanksgiving, and eating large amounts of food (and turkey) tend to make us tired as energy is diverted to the process of digestion. That being the case, if you just don’t feel like you’ve got the energy to drive–don’t. Fatigue can impair your judgment and reaction times pretty significantly. If you find yourself in a situation like this, it’s often best to just wait it out until you feel alert enough to get behind the wheel.
Remember that just because you do your very best at heeding the advice of the CHP, it doesn’t mean that those around you necessarily will be. Make sure not to follow the car ahead of you too closely in the event that you need to make a quick stop. Also, do your best to leave yourself an “out” to the right or left in case there’s any trouble up ahead. 
Whatever you choose to do and wherever you go, here’s wishing you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Male Athlete of the Week – Brian Zabilski

| Scene in SCV | 8 hours ago


Male Athlete 846Now in his senior year at Saugus High School, Brian Zabilski is leading the Cross Country team across the finish line. Recently, he was second in the CIF Southern Section Division 2 final at Mt. San Antonio College. He set the Santa Clarita Valley record for fastest time in the Southern Section final in 14 minutes, 49 seconds. The Saugus boys were fifth in the Division 2 final and advanced to the CIF State cross country meet at Woodward Park in Fresno.


Up Close and Personal With Your KHTS Morning and Afternooon DJs

| News | 8 hours ago

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KHTS AM 1220 has been Santa Clarita’s “Hometown Station” since 1989. After changing ownership a few times, today the station has become the vibrant voice of the community. As the only local radio station in town, its repertoire includes a mix of news, traffic, sports, adult contemporary hits and themed shows from local businesses, such as our own “The Gazette Radio Hour” every Friday from 1-2 p.m.

KHTS also has a knack for hiring talented SCV residents as radio personalities. Two of the most colorful individuals are George Cummings and T-Katz. Tune to the station on weekday mornings and let George soothe you through the morning commute. Listen in with T-Katz for your drive home and let her eccentric persona help you wind down after a long day. You can also catch the lively duo every Friday at noon when they host “Friday Matinee.” During the weekly show they share with their listeners interesting happenings in town and deliver live interviews with a bevy of guests.

Both George and T-Katz are fantastic in their own right, offering personal perspectives on local and national news in their respective time slots. Charismatic to the core, and quite different, personality-wise, they shine alone and as a team. So, read on, and get to know the morning and afternoon voices of the SCV a little better.

KHTS George 1Wake Up with KHTS Morning DJ George Cummings
Morning commutes can be the absolute worst; the traffic here in town alone is enough to drive someone crazy. This is why it is important to find a relatable morning DJ who will get you through to the afternoon. For many Santa Clarita residents, that DJ is George Cummings, radio personality for the Morning Show at KHTS. So, grab a cup of your favorite morning coffee and let’s take a moment to delve into George’s story.

Aside from the music blaring from it, George never had much interest in radio in his youth. He stumbled upon a broadcasting program at the college where his girlfriend (now wife) attended, and before he knew it, he was going to school full-time. George soon became program director of his college radio station, as well as the morning DJ. After completing his courses, he needed to find a steady income that would support him and his new wife, and a full-time, unpaid intern position at a Los Angeles radio station wasn’t going to cut it. He was hired by a mobile DJ company after impressing them with his college radio bits and this ended up turning into an eight-year career. At the same time, he also worked at several odd jobs and eventually started his own web marketing company, which is still active today. There was a 20-year time gap from when George graduated college and his current gig at KHTS, but it all goes to show that if you’re good at something you will always find your way back … and for the past four years, he has been doing exactly that.

“It was serendipity, actually, that drew me back into radio. My wife, Margie, and I were announcing the SCV 4th of July parade, when Robin Strickland walked by to say hello. Robin had worked for the station for several years, and she mentioned to me that there was an opening to fill the morning show DJ slot. I sent Jeri Seratti-Goldman a resume and hastily prepared aircheck (Sort of an audio resume, for lack of a better term), and scored an interview,” George explains. It wasn’t smooth sailing from there, though considering how long he had been away from the microphone, there was some rigorous interview activity to follow. George continues, “Jeri wasn’t overly impressed with what she heard in my aircheck, but I somehow won her over during the interview … at least enough to get a one-hour show from 9-10 a.m. to start. She thought I’d been away from radio too long and needed to get my “chops” back. I slowly continued to win her over, and within a few months took over the helm as the Hometown Morning Show host.”

George’s artistic inspiration goes back to his childhood, when he remembers his mother always playing the radio at home. He soon learned that he could not relate to any of the personalities, therefore the music was somewhat lost on him. It wasn’t until he was 15 that he discovered KROQ, which was back then a small, unknown, punk rock station.

“KROQ is a powerhouse in radio now, but back then, they were really the first radio station to have DJs who sounded like regular people,” says George. “They had a ‘relatability’ factor that was missing from other stations. I always think back to ‘Jed the Fish’ for my inspiration. He was off-beat without trying to be funny, and still very entertaining.”

A typical weekday for George starts at 4 a.m., allowing him a solid hour for what he refers to as “Zen time.” Then, between 6 and 9 a.m., he is on the air bringing listeners updates on happenings in the Santa Clarita Valley. For new listeners, they can expect a mix of traffic, news, information, entertainment, interviews, and music from the Hometown Morning Show. George’s goal?

“To get you up, get you out, and get you to work while keeping you in a fairly good mood. I do my best to keep the show light, fun and informal, but still informational,” he says.

Catch The Hometown Morning Show with George Cummings on KHTS 1220AM Monday – Friday from 6am-9pm.

KHTS T-Katz 2Take an Afternoon Drive with KHTS DJ T-Katz

For many of us with local commutes, we have often tuned into KHTS on our drives home and heard the voice of a quirky female DJ coming through the speakers. Broadcast radio is all about voice and personality, but this week The Gazette will be putting a face to a familiar voice and giving you a bit of insight into her life outside of the station. T-Katz is so much more than the host of your afternoon drive. She is a mother, an artist, an author, a philanthropist, and overall, just an outstanding female powerhouse.

T-Katz has been the Afternoon Drive-Time personality for over a year now, but has also co-hosted the “Friday Matinee” for almost two. One Friday afternoon she was doing impersonations for the KHTS staff and the Station Manager offered her the Afternoon Drive position. She thought he was joking, but the next day she got a call from station owner Jeri Serrati-Goldman with a serious offer.

“As a long-time actress, singer, writer and someone who never met a microphone she didn’t like … I was officially intrigued,” says T-Katz. “So, I started training. Station Manager Kyle Jellings and 30-plus year veteran radio personality Verna McKay led me through my paces for weeks. For me, the talking isn’t the hard part of the job: timing the log, juggling the interviews, researching and updating traffic reports every 10 minutes (on RAINY days, especially) and taking traffic tip phone calls … holy mother-of-pearl, it’s challenging! But, it’s also the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done.”

She moved to Santa Clarita in 1995 after searching for the right place to raise a family. After extensive research (a binder three inches thick, to be exact), she chose the SCV.

T-Katz explains, “The SCV deal was sealed the day I sat in a diner over breakfast and read some local information—every single day and night there were opportunities to serve the community here: academic, civic, spiritual, charitable … you name it! I’d never seen anything like it. There was definitely something in the Santa Clarita water and I wanted to be part of it. Right away, I became involved with a mom’s group (Mothers Unlimited, Inc.) and I’m still friends with women I met from the first Halloween events at the Sheriff’s station and Lombardi Ranch. Over the years, I worked as a volunteer at my children’s schools, whether at the academic level, arts and/or sports, and loved every minute of it. I’ve been a music and performance coach to hundreds of kids over the years, and I’ve been grateful to have their families become a part of mine.”

So, what can KHTS listeners expect from T-Katz on the Afternoon Drive-Time radio show? Local news, traffic, weather, sports, “Entertainment Tonight Radio Minute” with Mary Hart, interviews and, of course, your favorite music, but what makes the show unique is the charisma and soul she brings to the radio. She humbly sums it up in one word—heart.

“For me,” she explains, “every aspect of what I’m asked to give to our hometown (traffic, news stories, events) needs to have a human heartbeat attached. [My listeners] are going to hear my heartbreak, my sympathy and my feelings on a topic—no matter what it is.”

You can catch T-Katz Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. on KHTS AM 1220.


Doug’s Rant

| Doug's Rants | 10 hours ago

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I Rant, You Decide

I’m Thankful … but

I’m all for being thankful this time of year, but with my “glass half empty” mentality, I just can’t let it go at that.

-I’m thankful for Senator Barbara Boxer’s effort to stop the Cemex mine, but then she turns around and votes against the Keystone Pipeline, saying, “It’s not the pipeline I’m opposed to, it’s what is in the pipeline I don’t like; it’s dirty, filthy oil!” Barbara, have you happened to notice what oil means to our economy, let alone our survival?

-I’m thankful to live in a country that is so wonderful that millions want to come here, but why in the world do we allow so many to just waltz across the border and then we are expected to support them with money we have to borrow in order to pay for them and thousands of other stupid things?

-I’m thankful to live in such a nice city, with so many nice people that most everyone would want to raise their families here, but I’m not thankful as I hear story after story of start-up or expanding businesses and what they go through with city inspectors when they try to achieve the “American dream.” It really is a shame, just ask someone who has been through it.

-I’m thankful for our three sons, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, but it scares the pee out of me as to what they will face after I’m long gone. If things keep progressing the way they have been, then who knows? The $18 trillion debt alone is going to catch up to Americans sooner or later.

-I’m thankful our son had the willingness and courage to fight in the war in Afghanistan, but hate how that experience set him back as he struggles to find his way in civilian life.

-I’m thankful for the freedom we have in this country, but get pessimistic when the “Personal Freedom Index” rates the United States 21st on the list of most free countries in the world. Hello! Shouldn’t we be NUMBER ONE?

-I’m thankful for freedom of speech and press, which allows me to spew this nonsense each week, but I don’t appreciate that people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson use it to stir up race trouble, putting the notion into the minds of people of color that they can’t succeed in the world because of continued racism. They never mention the horrible problem of African Americans killing African Americans at an alarming rate. They don’t cite the proliferation of births to unwed mothers and the high rate of fatherless families in the black community, which many believe is the root of the problem leading to their circumstances.

-I’m thankful for the right to assemble, but what happened in Ferguson this week is a clear violation of peaceful demonstration by a bunch of lazy, punk jerks who had no interest in the court ruling regarding Michael Brown, using the circumstance to loot and burn their own community for personal gain. If they are so concerned with justice and what happened to a teenager killed by a policeman, why did they ruin the business lives of so many good people with senseless and selfish destruction?

-I’m thankful that racism has decreased a great deal, even since I was a kid, but dislike that so many still cling to it as an excuse for underachieving, breaking the law or zeroing in on a single event, claiming it represents our society as a whole. What if the policeman was black and Mike Brown was white? Would we even have heard about it? How many white teenagers are killed by police in a given year?

I’m thankful for the comfort and convenience electricity provides, but am concerned about the elevating risk of terrorist hackers crippling power for millions of us for extended periods of time, causing mass mayhem, and the apparent lack of concern about the situation.

-I’m thankful I have the capability, insight and passion to express my political views in this space, “The Gazette Radio Hour,” and in normal conversation. But, I really hate when I let my emotions get the best of me and I act like a jerk when a guest on the show has beliefs that are completely opposed to mine or I get in a conversation with a friend that turns into a shouting match—not good, Doug!

-I’m really thankful for the enjoyment the Dodgers, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and University of Arizona provides my family and me, but I hate that the Dodgers haven’t been to the World Series since 1988 and the freaking, hated Giants have won three World Series in five years! I don’t like that the Suns haven’t won the NBA title and the Cardinals haven’t won a Super Bowl. The one that hurts the most, though, is that UA is the only team in the Pac 12 to have never been to the Rose Bowl! Woe is me.

-What I’m really thankful for is that God has blessed my family and me with so much, even when it doesn’t feel like it. We have it so much better than most of the people in the entire world! No “buts” about God!

-I’m thankful to you regular readers of this rant and the support many of you have shown along the way (even if you don’t always agree with me). There ain’t no “buts” about this one!

Recent Headlines Catching My Attention:

Michael Brown’s Parents to Hold Press Conference with Rev. Al Sharpton: Will Reverend Al bring up the fact he owes THE IRS $4 million in back taxes? Me don’t think so!
Democratic Senators Against Obama’s Immigration Order: Really? How many of ‘em? Two or three?

Ted Cruz: Senate Should Block Every Single Obama Nominee Until Amnesty is Ended: Ted, I appreciate your fervor, but I don’t think too many of your buddies in the Senate have the guts to go along with you on this one.

Obama to Congress: It’s My Way or My Way: Had a couple of bosses like that, it made for lousy morale and a lack of productiveness!

GOP Leaders Vow to Fight Obama Immigration Action: I’ll believe it when I see it!

Quotes of the Week:

“What he did is a dangerous precedent, on his own; he decided not to delay prosecution, but affirmatively granted legal status to 5 million people. That should scare every American. If he has the power to do that, what could a Republican do regarding laws that they don’t like?” (Lindsey Graham)

“Shame on us as Republicans, shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that is national security, it’s cultural and it’s economic.” (Lindsey Graham)

So, I wonder how liberals will react when our next conservative president gives amnesty to ALL unborn babies and repeals Roe v Wade????? It’s coming—wait for it. Executive Actions have consequences. (Internet blogger)

“Why on Earth would ANYONE vote Republican? A reptile has more decency than the Republicans in Congress! Only an odious toad would pass Ryan’s budget or gut Food Stamps—and these depraved snakes made them THEIR HIGHEST PRIORITY! If only one child in America goes hungry because of the Republican’s War on Children it explains why—IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO BE A CHRISTIAN AND VOTE REPUBLICAN.” (Jim Green, commentator)

“‘Saturday Night Live’ opening skit. I think Cameron Diaz was the celebrity guest on ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Saturday. They did an opening skit that was one of the best deconstructions, the best attacks, the best illustrations of Obama and his unconstitutional executive order on amnesty for the low-information crowd that you would ever want to see. It was so good, so effective, the ‘Washington Post’ did a fact-check on a comedy skit.” (Rush Limbaugh)


Non-Profit of the Week – South Valley Church

| Scene in SCV | 22 hours ago


Heroes_South ValleyMembers of South Valley Church devote themselves to “helping people find and follow God.” Aside from their worship services, which include solid Biblical teachings with real-life lessons, they offer a number of educational classes where children can learn and grow. The Church deserves to be recognized for its everyday commitment to the families in Santa Clarita, but with Thanksgiving right around the corner, The Gazette wanted to highlight some of the charitable efforts that go above and beyond this time of year.

On November 27 South Valley Church will host Giving Thanks Giving, a free Thanksgiving dinner event open to everyone in the Santa Clarita Valley. Held at the Newhall Public Library from 9am to 2pm, the popular feast is now in its 10th year. Originally created by Roger and Shannon Hasper, former owners of Newhall Bicycle Company, the tradition was taken over by the church after the Haspers moved out of town. Since its inception, it has turned into a large community event with food, a large clothing drive and entertainment.

Due to many new regulations put on them by the City of Santa Clarita, the small church was left with the majority of the costs for the event. Staff members have been receiving generous donations from the community to help offset the costs, which have become very expensive over the years. With a mindset of “The Feast Must Go On,” they worked hard to make sure that this event continued its annual tradition, which has been such a comfort to residents of all walks of life.

While Giving Thanks Giving benefits many needy families in our community, South Valley Church Pastor Kevin Pisano wants to stress the point that the event is open to everyone in Santa Clarita. “It’s a really great multi-faceted community event. It’s for people in need, and for others who just want to be with other people on the holiday. It gives people a place to serve, others a place to get fed and clothed, and also just gives people a place to go and be in the company of others. We’ve had so many local college students attend who are unable to go home during this time and thank us for giving them a place to go,” he explains.

So join South Valley Church this Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday with good food, great spirits, and new friends.

For more information visit www.southvalleyonline.org.


Police blotter

| Police Blotter | November 25, 2014


A few locals received citations for breaking laws where others were affected. A 50-year-old pool service worker was cited for indecent exposure/illegal entry. A 42-year-old accountant from Valencia was cited for willful cruelty to a child/child endangerment.

A 23-year-old butcher from Stevenson Ranch was brought in for a probation violation.

A 19-year-old Saugus mechanic was picked up for transporting/selling a controlled substance, as were a 25-year-old operator from Santa Clarita and a 57-year-old teacher from Saugus.

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:
42-year-old maintenance worker from Santa Clarita
33-year-old unemployed man from Newhall
45-year-old unemployed Valencia man

Both members of a Valencia couple were arrested for aggressive behavior. He is a self-employed 48-year-old and was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. She is an unemployed 44-year-old who was arrested for battery against a former spouse. A San Diego woman, a 30-year-old salesperson, was also picked up for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. A 19-year-old Saugus student and an unemployed 47-year-old from Canyon Country were each brought in for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant also.
A 52-year-old dietitian from Valencia was picked up for battery against a former spouse. A 35-year-old massage therapist from Saugus was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.
An unemployed 23-year-old from Newhall was cited for petty theft. A 19-year-old construction worker from Palmdale was picked up for theft of personal property, as was a 24-year-old hairdresser from Marina del Rey.

A 30-year-old North Hollywood plumber was picked up for grand theft of money/property valued at $400 or greater. A 45-year-old retailer from Albuquerque was arrested for burglary.

An 18-year-old student from Newhall was accused of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
19-year-old trash collector from Santa Clarita
40-year-old roofer from Castaic
49-year-old construction worker from Sun Valley, Calif.
20-year-old crew member from Valencia
32-year-old animator from Canyon Country
19-year-old unemployed Lancaster man
25-year-old car washer from Newhall
44-year-old Quartz Hill man
29-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
22-year-old server from San Fernando
23-year-old dispatcher from Bakersfield


Heroes of the Week – Diane Briones and Alice Renolds

| Scene in SCV | November 23, 2014


Heroes 845Seventeen years ago, Diane Briones’ 20-year-old daughter, Michelle, was killed in a horrific car crash. Following the accident, Diane attended support groups wherever she could find one. A small group called The Loss of A Child was folding and members didn’t have a leader, so Diane jumped in to take over, forming a new chapter of The Compassionate Friends. She knew the importance of having a support group for parents who had lost a child, sibling, or grandchild and that she needed to have one here in Santa Clarita.

People regularly ask Diane, “Why are you still running this group?”

Her answer is always the same. “If I can help one person get through this awful time in their life, it is worth it to me. It has helped me to believe that my daughter did not die in vain.”

Alice Renolds joined the support group after the tragic death of her two sons, Tim and Danny, Canyon High School students in a horrific car crash in 2000. She began helping the group as the newsletter editor and then became the co-leader a short time after. The group now has an electronic version of the newsletter, as well as a website and Facebook page developed by Alice, so more parents can reach out for support in their journeys of grief. She too continues to help with the support group to show the newly bereaved that there is hope, and although you never get over the loss, you can get through it and smile again!

Diane and Alice have helped hundreds of grieving parents and siblings through their years of service with the Santa Clarita Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends. They know that if you attend a meeting that you will find love, support and, most of all, understanding!

The local chapter will participate in the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting at Canyon Country Park on Sunday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information on The Compassionate Friends of Santa Clarita visit


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