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| Community | 33 mins ago

Leon Malmed

Crowds gathered at College of the Canyons University Center last week to hear a man describe his experience as a Jew in Occupied France during WWII. Leon Malmed told a room full of college students and community members about his memories as a child hiding from German authorities, underscoring the tremendous risk taken by the family who saved him and his sister.

After a brief documentary film, Malmed shared his emotional story, which is the basis for his recent book, “We survived … At Last I Speak.” In a heavy French accent and in a spirit of gratitude, Malmed lauded the courage of the Ribouleau family, who cared for Malmed and his sister, Rachel, after their parents were taken by Nazis in 1942 and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where they perished.

While a big draw for the mid-week lecture may have been a collective admiration for the survivor’s endurance, Malmed repeatedly deflected such kudos, insisting it was the actions of his wartime “parents,” Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, that deserve attention. Leon Malmed was four years old and Rachel was 10 when they were left in the care of the Ribouleaus, and following the war, he and his sister experienced a 14-year separation from one another. The pain of his early experiences made Malmed unable to tell his story until now, at age 70. He immigrated to the United States in 1964, reunited with his surviving sister, and enjoyed a successful career in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley.

The question-and-answer part of the evening was, perhaps, most revealing, as guests asked about Malmed’s personal experiences, such as how the two remained hidden, and how it shaped his religious views.
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Malmed’s book is available on Amazon, or you can read more about the man at www.leonmalmed.com.

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Female Athlete of the Week – Samy Lopez

| Scene in SCV | 2 hours ago

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This Canyon High School senior is captain of the Varsity Cross Country team. She has continuously excelled in the eyes of her teammates, impressing her peers and coaches with her run times. Recently, Samy won her Division 2 race at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational with a time of 19 minutes, 3.6 seconds. The star runner won the race by 24 seconds over her rival, Maddy Lyons from Del Oro High School.

Head Cross Country Coach Paul Broneer says that Samy is a leader who influences by example. Her hard work has earned her a spot on the varsity team for the past four years. She is considered an outstanding student athlete by her coaches and classmates.

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Jaso Vs. Doug – A Differing Opinion Our Egocentricity: The Same Egocentricity that Spawned Slavery and Displaced Native America

| Opinion | 4 hours ago

What is it with our American egocentric ways? Are these 50 little United States (plus D.C. and a couple other great locations) really the center of the universe? Is this nation even the center of this world? Are we superior to any other society?

If the answers to the yes/no questions above are no—and hopefully we all can reason that the answers are no—then stop viewing things like Ebola and ISIS as threats only if one or the other breaches U.S. borders.

Threats to health and safety of humans on the African continent or in the Middle East are not remote threats. Those humans are we humans.

They are us. That being the case, our borders have been breached; our lives were threatened and lost long ago.

To think of American human safety as different from non–American human safety is racism in its purest form. Let’s not delude ourselves and say that we may only be a bit arrogant or self-centered or egocentric.

If we become anxious about reports of Ebola or terrorist attacks in the U.S., let’s call ourselves what we are: racist.
Jaso

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News the Kids Way

| Student Journals | 5 hours ago

The students at C.A.R.E Learning Academy~SCV Tutors are enjoying the seasonal festivities! We visited Lombardi Ranch Pumpkin Patch and went bowling. In the following weeks the students will be conducting experiments involving filtration and growth of a pumpkin! They will describe their findings, so be sure to keep an eye out for Kids The News’ Way!!

The following stories are a collaborative effort. Sheridan Wilson-Grooms typed up the stories that the kids developed when participating in our Fall Break Events!

My day at the pumpkin patch

I was working with a hoe and standing on a pumpkin. I was the biggest pumpkin ever and I loved it. I climbed it and it was super big and awesome. That was my day at the pumpkin patch. I wonder what kind of day you had.

My Trip to Pick Out The Best Pumpkin of All

I saw many pumpkins when I went to the pumpkin patch.
But there was only one pumpkin that was the best of them all. I was walking around and then I saw the biggest pumpkin of all. It was bigger then the owners of the pumpkin patch, my grandparents. Then we were still amazed when we saw the biggest pumpkin of all it was bigger then the scarecrows too. That was the biggest pumpkin at the pumpkin patch and that was the best of all. I hope that you will have a fun time picking out your favorite pumpkins.
Story Creator: ALiza Tindale Grade 6. Typed by Elijah Mims Grade 5

One stormy night on Halloween a little kid goes to a mansion and, finds a costume and puts it on and he got his candy and kept on trick or treating. When he went back home and tried to take the costume off, it wouldn’t! He tried using water hoping it would slip off, but it didn’t. The next day, 1991 October 29, he hoped it would loosen up and slip off but it still didn’t. Finally, he hooked up a tow truck to it and it ripped off.
My Halloween Costume
Kirra Wagoner Grade 4

This year for Halloween I am going to be raven from teen titans and I am making my costume. First, I bought a big purple cape and cut the bottom so it fit me and I wore my black only long sleeved shirt. Also, black shorts and some black shoes with purple socks and that’s my Halloween costume. Are you going to make yours or buy yours this year?

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Sports Highlights

| Sports | 20 hours ago

High School Football
The Hart and Valencia football teams are headed for another showdown for the Foothill League title. The two teams meet in the final week of the regular season, on Nov. 7.

They are both 3-0 after the first three games of Foothill League play. They are both ranked in the top 10 of the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division, and are both contenders for a CIF championship.

Valencia is the reigning Foothill League champion. But Hart beat Valencia in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game last season.

The entire Foothill League moved into the newly formed West Valley Division. That means new teams in the playoffs and unfamiliar opponents. Except that Hart and Valencia know each other very well.

Of the two teams, Valencia has looked like the favorite in recent weeks.

Hart opened Foothill League play with a narrow, 21-20, victory over Canyon. In the most recent game for the Indians, Golden Valley played it close. Hart won, 38-24, but Golden Valley trailed by three points in the third quarter.

Hart pulled away late in the game on an interception return for a touchdown by Trent Irwin.

Valencia has won its three Foothill League games by a combined score of 142-29. The Vikings are coming off a 41-0 shutout over West Ranch.

Valencia plays Canyon on Friday night. Hart plays Saugus.

Speaking of Canyon, the Cowboys are still alive in the Foothill League championship race.

Canyon beat Saugus, 28-20, to improve to 2-1 in league. The Cowboys already lost to Hart. But if they can beat Valencia on Friday night, it will make for an interesting final week of the regular season.

There could be a three-way tie for the Foothill League championship.

High School Cross Country
The Mt. San Antonio College Invitational cross country meet attracts some of the top teams in the state. The Foothill League sent five teams to the meet, Saugus being the only one that bowed out, and impressed.

The Hart boys won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 28.00 seconds. Nick Liebmann was second in the race in 15 minutes, 57.7 seconds.

The West Ranch boys won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 58.80 seconds and set a school record on the course.

West Ranch’s Tucker Welker won the race in 15 minutes, 22.7 seconds.

The Golden Valley girls won their Division 2 race in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 51.40 seconds. Samy Lopez from Canyon won her Division 2 race in 19 minutes, 3.6 seconds.

The Hart girls were second in their Division 2 sub-sweepstakes race in 1 hour, 40 minutes, 34.80 seconds.

Kings
After a slow start, the Kings have rattled off six wins in a row. They started the season with two losses, including an embarrassing 4-0 shutout against the San Jose Sharks on opening night.

But the Kings went 6-for-6 in their latest six-game homestand. Two big reasons for the turnaround, Jonathan Quick and a suffocating penalty kill.

Quick won five of the games in the six-game winning streak. He recorded two shutouts and gave up only four goals in those five games. Through the first eight games of the season, Quick has a 1.61 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.

Credit most of that to the penalty kill for the Kings.

The Kings gave up only one power play goal in the six-game homestand. They were 18-for-19 on the penalty kill. They were perfect until Sunday when the Kings gave up a power play goal to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Kings are on the road until Nov. 6. They have some tough tests against the Penguins and Red Wings.

The Kings return home against the New York Islanders in two weeks.

Tim Haddock is the sports director for KHTS AM 1220. He writes for the Ventura County Star and the Team USA website. He can be reached by e-mail at tim@hometownstation.com. Follow him on Twitter @thaddock.

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Male Athlete of the Week – Tucker Welker

| Scene in SCV | 21 hours ago

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A varsity runner with the West Ranch High School Cross Country team, Tucker Welker recently won his Division 1 race at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational with a time of 15 minutes, 22. 7 seconds. The West Ranch boys also won their Division 1 race and set a school record on the course in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 58.80 seconds.

Coaches consider Tucker a great sportsman and the ultimate race day performer on the team. “When Tucker steps to the start line, he is relentlessly ‘all in’ until the finish line. He is driven to win and sets a great example for all,” says the runners father, Coach Steve Welker.
The athlete is a producer/director/spokesman for West Ranch Television, in addition to producing his own YouTube channel with over 4,000 subscribers along with business partner Eva Klein.

“Tucker could teach anyone how to get the most out of each day. From 5 a.m. until he drops on the pillow at 10 or 11 p.m., there is absolutely no down time,” says the proud coach.

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The Double-Edged Sword of the Combat Infantry Badge

| Opinion | 21 hours ago

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by Robert Patrick Lewis
I am a combat veteran. As such, I wear my Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart as my badges of honor, and I say a thankful prayer for making it home alive every time I see them on my old uniforms or in pictures from my military days.

For those of you who don’t know exactly what it is, the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) is a badge given to combat veterans from a combat arms position in the military. While many of our soldiers have been to a combat zone, most have never been engaged in combat, a distinction the general public doesn’t quite understand. The CIB is meant to give a little respect to those of us who have actually experienced the two-way live fire range with the enemy and survived (it can also be given posthumously to those who didn’t make it back).

But, while my CIB is a badge of honor for myself and my Brothers in Arms who wear it, I’ve found lately that it’s being used against us, now that the wars are winding down and soldier support in the media is taking a back door to things like Ebola outbreaks and incompetent government.

This double-edged sword of the CIB became apparent to me when I started going through my divorce. I love my children more than anything in the world, and although I had huge groups of people willing to fly from across the country to testify for me as character witnesses and gigabytes upon gigabytes of pictures and video proving just how much my children love me and what a great father I am, my badge of honor was suddenly being used against me as a reason to separate us.

As I started talking to my other friends in the military and sharing my experiences, I found that this was an extremely common occurrence these days. While the astronomical numbers of military suicides are getting a lot of press, the numbers of military divorces are also skyrocketing with soldiers returning home from war. More often than not, those of us with the marked distinction of combat experience are automatically seen as the bad guys in the eyes of the court.

There is even an account of a soldier here in California who lost complete custody of his daughter because he didn’t see her for an entire year; the fact that it was due to a combat deployment didn’t matter to the Pasadena judge who oversaw his case, but because he didn’t see his child for a year he was deemed an unfit parent and lost the ability to see the love of his life.

I have dozens of friends and multitudes of former Special Operations colleagues who are going through the same situation right now, and I can only say that it’s a travesty. Those of us who went the extra mile, who signed up for the military to fight for our country and protect those we love, while making the sacrifice of being away from them for long periods of time, are now being punished for doing just that.

Those of us who wear that blue badge of honor in the CIB are not savages, we are not violent offenders, we are not ticking time bombs; we are loving husbands, fathers, and pillars of our communities who love our families and country so much that we were willing to lay down our lives to protect everything that we hold dear.

So, the next time you see a CIB on the resume of a veteran or being used against them in claims made to the court, please do not fall into that trap and make a snap judgment as many have before you; understand that you are looking at a man who knows sacrifice, love and dedication more than most of the others in our country, and while we don’t ask for much, we do deserve better than that.

Robert Patrick Lewis is a former Green Beret combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa turned author. His book “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war” is currently available, with his next book scheduled to hit the shelves in January 2015. He currently lives in Santa Clarita and works as an Investment Advisor Representative for TransAmerica Financial Advisors.

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Just a Few Fun Things to Do!

| News | 22 hours ago

Friday, 10/31. 4-6pm
Spooktacular

Dress up the kids in their Halloween costumes and head over to Westfield Valencia Town Center for some trick-or-treating! Participating shops inside the mall and on The Patios will be fully stocked with candy for the little ones. There will also be Halloween puppet shows at 4pm and 5pm on The Patios.

Friday, 10/31, 5-8pm
Candyland SCV

The Church on the Way of Santa Clarita will host this free event for those families seeking alternatives to the door-to-door tricks and treats. There will be inflatable games, food trucks, carnival and lots of candy! All ages are welcome, costumes are encouraged, but please leave the scary costumes at home. The fun begins at 5pm at 23415 Cinema Drive. For more information visit www.CandylandSCV.com or call 661-291-6000

Saturday, 11/1, 9am
SCV Sheriff’s Station “10-33” Benefit Ride and Car Show
The second annual Benefit Ride will start at Glendale Harley Davidson in Glendale and will be escorted by law enforcement personnel to Castaic Lake, where the ride will end and the post ride party will begin. Cars wishing to participate will check in at Castaic Lake at 9:00 am. There will be live entertainment, raffle prizes, and great food. All motorcycle riders are welcome; however, no outlaw motorcycle colors shall be worn. The mission of the “10-33” Benefit Ride fund is to provide assistance to the families of peace officers and firefighters who have been killed or seriously injured in the line of duty or who have a life threatening or incapacitating illness. This year’s event will also benefit a Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Deputy’s son suffering from DMD (https://www.facebook.com/peytonproject). For further information, visit http://www.scv10-33.com.
Saturday, 11/1, 9:45pm
Rampage Marching Band Field Tournament

Hart Regiment Band and Colorguard are hosting the 31st annual event this Saturday at College of the Canyons Cougar Stadium. Thirty five teams will be participating — Canyon High School is scheduled to perform at 1:15 p.m., Golden Valley High School is scheduled for 3:15 p.m., Saugus High School for 3:30 p.m., Valencia High School for 4:30 p.m. and Hart  High School for 7:15 p.m. The Rampage will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a mass drumline. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:15 p.m. Food vendors will be on site throughout the day serving Tri-tip barbecue, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, kettle corn, Dip ‘n Dots, smoothies, coffee drinks and snack items . Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For more information visit www.HartRegiment.com or call Ron Perry at 661-645-9011.

Saturday, 11/1, 5-8pm
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

The Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce will be bringing some true Mexican culture to the SCV with its Dia De Los Muertos festival, held at Eternal Valley in Newhall. Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration practiced in Mexico and other parts of Latin America as a way of bringing families and friends together to remember ancestors and celebrate life and culture. The celebration will include performances by Ballet Folklorico, Danza Azteca, and a Mariachi band. A wide variety of children’s and family activities will be available throughout the afternoon and evening as well as booths with information from local businesses and health care organizations. Food trucks will provide food and beverages for sale. The festivities will wrap up with a service by Father Norm from St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Santa Clarita and Capitana Maria E. Soria. For more information call 661.299.7684 or email diadelosmuertosscv@gmail.com.

Sunday, 11/2, 7am
Santa Clarita Marathon

Thousands of fitness enthusiasts are ready to hit the pavement this weekend at the SC Marathon. There will be a 5K run, a half and full marathon and a Kid K fun run. All races will begin at the Hyatt Valencia located at 24500 Town Center Drive. Make sure you make your way out to cheer your loved ones on as they cross the finish line! For more info visit www.scmarathon.org.

Sunday, 11/2, 10am-4pm
SCV Junction

Come experience a slice of Americana at SCV Junction, the city’s premier independent craft show, featuring an ever changing mix of attractions, local artisans, crafters and small businesses. Guests will find fashion/apparel, art, home decor and furniture, soaps and candles, vintage items, jewelry, glass and metal art, children and baby items, food/beer/wine related items, pottery and ceramics, plant art and succulents, wood art and carvings and more. Admission is free and the event will take place at Heritage Junction, 42101 Newhall Avenue. For more info call 661-418-7718 or visit www.SCVJunction.com.

Sunday, 11/2, 2pm
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live

The PAC welcomes wildlife expert Jack Hanna and his team of small animals to their stage this weekend. Jack’s commitment to studying and preserving animals across the globe has made this charismatic man in khaki TV’s wildlife expert, who delights audiences of all ages. After the show, hang around for a meet-and-greet with Jack and some of his furry friends. The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased by calling 661-362-5304or visiting www.canyonspac.com.

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Business of the Week – Valencia Veterinary Center

| Scene in SCV | 23 hours ago

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This great 24-hour veterinary hospital offers full-service emergency and preventative care for your common household pets. Many of us treat our animals like they are part of the family, and that’s because they truly are. Pets can be an absolute joy, and you want to make sure they remain healthy and have a safe, clean hospital to take them to if there is ever an emergency.

At Valencia Veterinary Center, Dr. Grewal and his caring staff will always put your pets first. Staff members stand by their motto that “Pets are people, too!” Always seeking out new and innovative methods to care for their patients, it is the only veterinary hospital in Southern California offering canine rehabilitation and animal stem cell therapy.

Dr. Grewal’s practice was the first 24-hour, seven-days-a-week emergency hospital in town, and is dedicated to treating your animals with exceptional care. They aim to give you peace of mind when bringing your little patients in and they understand that each animal has unique needs. Whether you bring your pets in for an emergency or a simple wellness exam, you can rest assured that they are in the best hands.

Aside from around-the-clock emergency services, Valencia Veterinary Center also offers: animal surgery, radiology, laser therapy, dental care, vaccinations, spaying and neutering and much more.

Visit the website at www.bestvalenciavet.com for more information and call 661-263-9000.

Valencia Veterinary Center is located at 23928 Summerhill Ln, Santa Clarita, CA 91354

The staff members welcome new patients and are eager to meet you and your furry friends!

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Halloween Events 2014 – Southern California Style

| Police Blotter | 23 hours ago

Halloween is fast approaching! That means kids will be dressing up, going door-to-door in search of goodies. Luckily, living near a sprawling metropolis like Los Angeles and its outskirts means that there is no shortage on things to do this Halloween. Below are just a few of the celebrations and festivities going on this Halloween weekend that are sure to please, whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or just for grown-ups.

If you want to stick close to Santa Clarita, “Fright Fest” at Six Flags Magic Mountain will always please the thrill seekers. Not only do they have some of the scariest rides, (look for some to have the lights off to make them extra scary), but the park will be transformed into a haunted park with zombies, scary clowns, mazes and more. There are treats for the kids too, with crafts and activities during the daylight hours on October 24-26, 31 and Nov. 1.

Another Halloween staple is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Hollywood, which has been in full-swing since September 19 and will continue through November 2. Some of the typical Halloween attractions include: roaming actors looking to scare guests, haunted walk-throughs, and “intense scare zones.” New this year, though, are several mazes featuring themes from “The Walking Dead,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “An American Werewolf in London” and more! 

For those who are a little more academic-minded, the Los Angeles Museum proudly presents the «Monsters, Mummies and Mayhem» exhibit. Visitors will be treated to a close-up look at exhibits featuring 20 famous horror movies and television shows including Hannibal Lecter›s jail cell, costumes from The Walking Dead and even a pink-lined coffin from the set of True Blood. The exhibit began October 1st but runs through November 14th, so even if you already have plans for Halloween, you still have time after this weekend to check it out.

On November 1, the Downtown Dia De Los Muertos Festival will be held in historic downtown San Pedro. On 6th street, festival goers will be treated to live music and delicious food while they peruse handcrafted works for sale by local vendors. Admission is free and the festival is from 5-11 p.m.

If you don’t feel like going to San Pedro, the 15th annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival will be held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery from12 p.m. to midnight. This famous celebration focuses on the Mexican ceremony that celebrates life and ancient traditions. There will be over 100 altars created by the public, as well as three stages featuring music and dance numbers, Aztec ritual dancers in full regalia, arts, crafts, food vendors and more! If you’ve got the time and the will the day after Halloween, the 15th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Festival has got something for the whole family. 

Last, but not least, what list of Halloween events in Los Angeles would be complete without mentioning the largest Halloween street party in the world? The Halloween Carnival in West Hollywood is attended by nearly 500,000 people. The carnival is renowned for amazing costumes, top-notch entertainment and delicious food. The carnival runs from 5-11 p.m. and should be well-worth the headache of trying to find parking.

Whatever you choose to do this Halloween weekend, remember that safety is paramount. Not just your safety, but that of those around you as well. There are going to be a lot of kids out and about on the streets at night, so remember to be extra careful when driving. Also, if you plan to enjoy alcohol this weekend, make sure you and yours have a safe ride home. 

From all of us at SCV Bail Bonds, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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