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Gail Morgan Joins Bridge to Home Board

| Community | December 4, 2015

The Bridge to Home Board of Directors voted recently to add Gail Morgan to the Board of Directors. Morgan brings 25-plus years of local experience working with the City of Santa Clarita and local nonprofit agencies to the board of the charity, which provides care for the homeless.

Morgan has served as a board member for the Child and Family Center, the Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley and most recently, with Family Promise of SCV. She also volunteers for the SCV Pregnancy Center and for the former Foundation for Children’s Dental Health.

Gail Morgan is the City of Santa Clarita’s communications manager, where she has worked since 1990. She is responsible for the City’s public and community relations activities, strategic communications including media, audio-video, social media, publications, and graphic design.

“I am delighted and honored to join this dedicated board and help support the important work of Bridge to Home in our community,” said Morgan.

“Gail is going to be a terrific addition to our board. The next couple of years will be critical, with major work projects upcoming for Bridge to Home. Gail has experience dealing with these issues and we’re looking forward to working with her,” said Bridge to Home Board President Hunt Braly.

Morgan’s first meeting will be in December at the regular board meeting and she will join many other community leaders on the board, who include: Hunt Braly, Peggy Edwards, Bret Wims, Andy Pattantyus, Bob Hudson, Erin Ari, Gary Choppe, Bill Brintnall, Gary Choppe, Steve Tannehill, Mark Young, Karen Haskins and Marguerite Berg.

Bridge to Home’s vision is to create a continuum of care, focused on providing comprehensive support services and strategic planning that pave the way for individuals to transition out of homelessness. Key goals include the relocation of all of its homeless services to a new permanent location. There the nonprofit would oversee the Emergency Winter Shelter, along with the expansion of services that will provide comprehensive care, including: medical help, mental health assistance, job resources and placement, case management and access to affordable housing.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | December 4, 2015

A 26-year-old female student from Valencia was charged with terrorizing/causing fear.

A 35-year-old unemployed Newhall woman and a 47-year-old electrician from Saugus were charged with corporal injury on a
spouse/cohabitant. And a 37-year-old Saugus man who works for the studios and a 26-year-old Daly City woman who works in IT were arrested for battery against a former spouse.

A 21-year-old artist from Santa Clarita and a 39-year-old nurse from Newhall were charged with assault with a deadly weapon, not a firearm, with great bodily injury.

A couple from Colorado Springs, Colo. – a 33-year-old handyman and a 30-year-old salesperson – were arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury.

An unemployed 27-year-old Santa Clarita man was picked up for receiving known stolen property totaling more than $950.

A 20-year-old laborer from Santa Clarita and two 18-year-olds –a stocker from Los Angeles and a cashier from Newhall – were picked up for acquiring access card in 4+ names for over 12 months.

A 43-year-old self-employed Stevenson Ranch man was picked up for theft of personal property.

A 26-year-old salesman from Canyon Country was arrested for embezzlement of more than $400.

An unemployed 38-year-old Santa Clarita man was arrested for robbery and a 27-year-old self-employed Santa Clarita man was arrested for second-degree robbery.

DUIs with priors included:
47-year-old fundraiser from Simi Valley
50-year-old nursing assistant from Canyon Country
35-year-old accountant from Valencia
20-year-old car salesman from Canyon Country
38-year-old forklift driver from Ranch Dominguez
32-year-old vendor from Pacoima
34-year-old unemployed Castaic man
48-year-old cook from Newhall
42-year-old employee of Iron Works
43-year-old foreman from Piru
29-year-old customer service rep from Newhall

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:
44-year-old power lineman from Santa Clarita
35-year-old security worker from Oakland
34-year-old construction worker from San Fernando
40-year-old mover from North Hills

Traffic Alert: Road Closures on Bouquet Canyon Saturday and Sunday

| News | December 3, 2015

Southern California Edison will be completing scheduled work to replace a large utility pole at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 for no longer than 22 hours. The work is scheduled to be completed by 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 6.

This work was rescheduled from October 10, 2015 due to extreme heat conditions. The construction will require the closure of two eastbound traffic lanes on Bouquet Canyon Road, with one through lane and one left turn lane open at all times. The traffic signal at the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Seco Canyon Road will be set to flashing red, creating an all-way stop. Santa Clarita Sheriffs will be on site Sunday to assist with traffic control.

Regular commuters along Bouquet Canyon Road or Seco Canyon Road are encouraged to plan ahead when traveling during these times. For more information, contact Senior Traffic Engineer Gus Pivetti at (661) 286-4047.

Holiday Cruises from Ventura Harbor

| News | December 3, 2015

Island Packers in Ventura has an easy plan for Southern Californians to get into the holiday spirit this year. The company is offering two different cruises in the Ventura Harbor: one with caroling and one for guests to enjoy the harbor’s annual “Parade of Lights.” Private cruises are available also.

The Caroling Cruises will take place on December 9, 11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23. This event is a one-hour cruise where you can view the decorated homes and boats in the Ventura Harbor and Ventura Keys. Guests get the chance to listen or sing along to classic holiday favorites. The snack bar will be open for purchases of food and drinks. Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for children age 3-12 and $13 for seniors age 55 and up.

The Parade of Lights Cruises on December 18 and 19 enable guests to watch boats adorned with Christmas lights pass with a fireworks finale. You can choose whether to cruise on the 64-foot catamaran to view the parade (departing at 6:15 p.m.) or actually be onboard a boat in the parade (departing at 6:30 p.m.). Decorated boats will cruise the harbor all evening, and guests on both Parade of Lights vessels have access to a snack bar for food and hot or cold beverages. Tickets cost $34 for adults, $24 for children age 3-12 and $31 for seniors age 55 and up.
You can also schedule a Private Group Holiday Cruise with Island Packers. Options include a buffet-style dinner, a no-host or host bar, and entertainment. Menu options and prices are available from Island Packers. Group rates are available for 30-100 passengers. Contact Island Packers at (805) 642-1393 or visit Islandpackers.com.

Henry Mayo Announces Plans for New Fitness and Health Center

| SC Living | November 28, 2015

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital announced that it will debut a new stand-alone Henry Mayo Fitness and Health facility, designed to combine physical therapy and rehabilitation programs with a full service fitness center.

The hospital has leased the entire 53,515-square-foot former Spectrum Club site, located on Town Center Drive, and expects to open in spring of 2016.

“Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is committed to serving our community’s health needs,” said Roger Seaver, president and CEO. “Being healthy and fit are key to our wellness efforts. This new center will allow us to extend our mission into additional preventive programs to improve health and manage chronic medical conditions.”

The fitness club side of the building will be managed by a credentialed professional staff, to include a variety of exercise amenities such as a strength training area, weight training and cardio equipment, group exercise studios, pool and locker rooms.

The clinical services and medical resources side of the building will be managed by the hospital with emphasis on rehabilitation, orthopedic services, diabetic conditions and cardiology, in addition to other physician specialties. Many community education programs will also be conducted at the facility.

“Henry Mayo Fitness and Health will be a dynamic environment that offers all of the attributes of a state-of-the-art fitness center,” Seaver said. “Additionally, it will be combined with diagnostic and therapeutic healthcare services, and customized to patient, employer and the community.”

As a clinically integrated medical fitness and wellness center, Henry Mayo Fitness and Health will offer the Santa Clarita Valley a premier destination designed for individual and family preventive health care.

Applications for charter memberships to the Henry Mayo Fitness and Health facility will begin in late November 2015 at the site.

For further information on health club membership, contact (661) 200-2FIT.

Saugus High School Holds ‘Every Fifteen Minutes’ Program

| Community | November 27, 2015

A pre-planned car collision will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 on Centurion Way in Saugus.

Though it sounds like an eerie prediction, it’s actually a bi-annual event aimed at reducing teen drunk driving. “Every 15 Minutes” is a collaborative program run by the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Office of Traffic Safety, City of Santa Clarita, and the William S. Hart School District. This year it will be held at Saugus High School, where students will actually participate in all aspects of the mock car collision and its aftermath.

Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students the impact drinking and driving has on friends, families, and their community. The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. The event includes emergency responses from police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, and tow truck companies, just as an actual collision would require. The program will conclude on Friday Dec. 4, 2015, with an assembly for junior and senior students, where parents or siblings of drunk driving victims will speak about the impact of being faced with living without their loved ones.

The collision will be staged on Centurion Way in front of Saugus High School and will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour; however, Centurion Way from Caraway to Hyssop will be closed for several hours to allow for scene set up and breakdown. Take note, there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area. We would like to ensure the public that this is a mock emergency incident and that no real emergency actually exists.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

‘Teens in a Tech World’ Presented to Hart District Parents

| Community | November 27, 2015

Parents of William S. Hart Union School District students have a chance to become a little bit more technologically literate next week. “Teens in a Tech World” is the name of a district presentation aimed at informing adults about the ever-changing world of emerging technologies and how they affect the family. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at Arroyo Seco Junior High School and is free and open to the public.

Hart School District teacher Ron Ippolito and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Duxbury will discuss methods of increasing online safety and responsibility. Students and parents may attend the presentation together.

Arroyo Seco Junior High School is located at 27171 Vista Delgado Drive in Valencia. For more information, contact Dave Caldwell at (661) 259-0033 x227.

COC Earns Statewide Student Success Award

| SC Living | November 26, 2015

Citing an innovative approach that condenses remedial coursework to save students’ time and money and enhance completion, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office named College of the Canyons a recipient of the 2015 Student Success Award. State Chancellor Brice Harris made the announcement at a recent Community College League of California annual convention.

“We are honored to be recognized by the state Chancellor’s Office for our efforts to enhance student success,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “Thanks to our dedicated faculty and hard-working administrators, College of the Canyons has one of the highest completion rates in California. This award highlights their commitment to innovation and excellence, and always focusing on doing what’s best for our students.”

Through the “Accelerate Your Dreams to Reality” project, the college implemented two classes – Math 75 and English 96 – that nearly tripled students’ chances of completing college-level courses. Math 75 prepares students who are not majoring in fields related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) to take college-level statistics. It replaces a two-course sequence of basic algebra and intermediate algebra. And English 96 replaces a two-course sequence that prepares students for the transfer 100-level curriculum in just one course.

The college’s acceleration efforts currently benefit more than 5,000 students per year and have resulted in one of the most robust offerings of accelerated math and English courses across the state of California. To date, students have saved more than 48,000 weeks of remedial instruction and more than $500,000 in tuition costs for remedial courses that do not count toward earning associate degrees.

The idea to combine two courses into one came as College of the Canyons faculty reviewed data on how long students took to move from remedial math and English into transfer-level coursework. This initiative is part of the statewide California Acceleration Project, which has been recognized nationwide for its efforts to improve student success and completion.

Implementing this innovative approach significantly increased success rates for students overall and dramatically for underrepresented groups. Data for Math 75 show that it more than doubles a student’s chances of completing a transfer-level math course. African-American students taking Math 75 saw a six-fold increase in success.

“Our students are much smarter as a result of this new approach, and Math 75 allows the space for them to fully exhibit their talents,” said Joe Gerda, a math faculty member who helped to spearhead the acceleration effort. “I am very proud of what my students accomplish, with the assistance of their very capable classmates.”

College of the Canyons also allows students to enroll in a compressed cohort sequence of classes featuring Math 75 linked to the transfer-level statistics course in one semester; each course is taught in an eight-week format, featuring the same instructor and the same students. This cohort format has been shown to triple a student’s chances of success when completing the transfer sequence.

English 96 is a rigorous reading and writing course that exposes students to big ideas in a high-challenge, high-support context. Students work through college-level reading and writing assignments, learning the academic skills they need in order to succeed. Students who completed the accelerated English course in preparation for freshman composition had almost twice the success rate and eligibility for English 101 than those who completed the traditional two-course English sequence.

“I experience a powerful sense of fulfillment and hope that, upon completing an acceleration course with me, students invariably realize how the course has facilitated their prompt acquisition of the subject, how the course has saved them time and money, and how much closer to achieving their educational and/or professional goals this single course has gotten them,” said Juan Buriel, English department chair and acceleration faculty member.

The Chancellor’s Student Success Award, given to just two colleges this year, honors programs that demonstrate a commitment and significant progress toward achieving success and equity goals for students from diverse backgrounds. Winning programs also must exhibit success in the areas of access, retention, course completion, degree and certificate completion and transfer.

Holidays at Library to Include Gingerbread House Contest, Hanukkah Storytime

| Community | November 26, 2015

The annual Gingerbread Contest and other seasonal activities will take place next month to enable residents to get ready for the holidays. The Santa Clarita Public Library will host the following events:

Cookie Decorating – Kids grades kindergarten to fifth grade are invited to spruce up gingerbread cookies from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the Valencia Library. Registration is required at SantaClaritaLibrary.com.

Learn how to make a Gingerbread House – The free, hands-on program is open to families, young and old, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 28 at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library and from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 at the Old Town Newhall Library. Participants will learn the secrets of how to create a Gingerbread House by a professional cake decorator from Carmella’s Cookies. Decorators may even win a free Gingerbread House kit!

Christmas Storytimes – Families are invited to enjoy classic Christmas tales at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Newhall Farmers’ Market; at 2 p.m. on December 5 at the Old Town Newhall Library; at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 at the Valencia Library; and at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22 at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library.

Hanukkah Storytimes – Families are invited to commemorate the Festival of Lights with exciting stories from Rabbi Mark Blazer at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 7, 2015 at the Canyon Country library branch; at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9 at the Old Town Newhall Library; and at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 14 at the Valencia Library.

Friends of the Santa Clarita Library Gingerbread House Contest – Santa Clarita community members are invited to roll up their sleeves show and off their decorating talents at the annual gingerbread house contest. Entries must be dropped off at the Valencia Library on Friday, December 4 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. All gingerbread houses will be on display at the Valencia library from 10-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 6. The contest is free to enter and open to all ages. Applications and contest rules can be found at SantaClaritaFOL.com. Paper applications are also available at all three library branches.

The Valencia Library is located at 23743 Valencia Boulevard. The Old Town Newhall Library is located at 24500 Main Street. The Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library is located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.

More information about all of these events can be found at SantaClaritaLibrary.com. For additional information, contact the Santa Clarita Public Library at (661) 799-6135.

Last Two Weeks of Santa to a Senior Program

| SC Living | November 26, 2015

If you are looking for an opportunity to display generosity and holiday spirit this year, everything you need is available if you would like to “Be a Santa to a Senior.” There are two weeks left in the annual program by Home Instead Senior Care, where community members can give special gifts to elderly shut-ins and those with economic challenges.

There are numerous locations within the Santa Clarita Valley where you can participate. Here is how it works:

-Stop by the Valley Publications office between 9-5, 27259 1/2 Camp Plenty Rd in Canyon Country, Monday-Friday next week to participate. Or visit one of the locations listed on www.beasantatoasenior.com.Choose an ornament-shaped wish list from a senior
-Shop for that senior
-Return the list and the gifts to the same location
-Wish lists need to be picked up soon, as gifts are due by December 7.

“It’s a great way to help the community, a great way to help seniors who would otherwise be forgotten,” said Joel Green, owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Valencia. “One of the more outstanding stories is about a senior who requested shampoo, along with what used to be called a ‘safety razor’ and a blue Dodgers baseball hat. It’s not exactly baseball season and, of course, the person was in his mid-80s. His name was Joseph. He lived in a board and care facility, and he would be able to watch Dodger games clean shaven, with clean hair and a hat. How simple it was to make someone happy.”

To find a site near you where you can pick up a gift list for a senior, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com or contact Home Instead Senior Care at (661) 254-8701.

Last Frank Lanza Scholarship Goes to COC Nursing Student

| Community | November 25, 2015

College of the Canyons student Carmit Cohen has been awarded a 2015 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her academic success, civic engagement and dedication to establishing a career in the healthcare industry. The PTK Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship annually honors students across the nation who are enrolled in registered nursing, respiratory care or emergency medical services associate degree programs.

As a Lanza Scholar, Cohen will receive a commemorative certificate and $2,500 scholarship for use in the pursuit of becoming a nurse practitioner.

“Carmit has demonstrated the strength and dedication for achieving her goals, regardless of personal challenges along the way,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “She is one of the best and most accomplished students here at the college and few things excite me more than students like Carmit showing the value of her community college education with tangible, measurable results. We are so proud of her achievement.”

Cohen, a fulltime student and single mother of four children, is currently enrolled in the college’s registered nursing program.

Her goal is to pursue a Master of Science degree in nursing in order to become a nurse practitioner.

During her time at COC, Cohen has also been involved with the Nursing Student National Association (NSNA) and is an active member of PTK and the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society. She also recently accepted invitations to join the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and the International Honor Society.

“When I applied for this scholarship I was sure that I wouldn’t get it, because nothing tends to come easy for me,” said Cohen, referring to her daily struggle trying to balance work, school and family responsibilities.

“You have no idea how happy I am to know that there are people out there that are willing to help and contribute toward my education, regardless of if they know me or not,” added Cohen. “The trust they’ve shown in me by investing in my education and future success means a lot to me. This award is giving me energy and motivation to keep moving forward.”

Cohen hopes her story of struggle and perseverance will serve as an example to other students — specifically single mothers — who may be faced with some of the same challenges she faced.

She is currently in the process of applying to California State University, Northridge and California State University, Los Angeles, in hopes of transferring in fall 2016 to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of Frank Lanza, founder of the global aerospace and defense company L-3 Communications. Lou Oberndorf, founder and retired Chairman of METI (now CAE Healthcare), initiated the endowment of the Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship to honor Lanza’s generous commitment to charitable causes. The endowment has been funded by L-3 Communications, CAE Healthcare, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Each year student applications are reviewed by a panel of independent judges and scored based on factors including academic rigor, engagement and leadership.

This is the last year the Lanza Scholarships will be awarded as the funding for the program has been completed. Over the past six years, 130 students have received a combined $250,000 in scholarship awards through the program.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education, with more than 2 million members and 1,200 chapters located in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territories, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Germany, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, United Arab Emirates and Palau.

The organization’s mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, while providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, visit www.ptk.org. For more information about the college’s Phi Theta Kappa program, contact Miriam Golbert at (661) 362- 5927 or visit www.canyons.edu/Offices/Honors/PhiTheta/.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | November 25, 2015

There were physical incidences and threats of violence in the SCV by individuals in the last week. A 25-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man was arrested for rape by force/fear.

A 49-year-old Agua Dulce man who works as a stocker was arrested for committing a sex act with a child under 10 years of age.

A Newhall couple was arrested for corporal injury on a child. He is a 32-year-old gardener and she is a 31-year-old cook. Also, a 32-year-old Lancaster woman was charged with willful cruelty to a child/child endangerment.

At least a half a dozen people were charged with corporal injury. A 28-year-old cook from Valencia, an unemployed 45-year-old, an unemployed 20-year-old from Newhall, an unemployed 52-year-old Los Angeles man, a 24-year-old retail worker from Lancaster and a 58-year-old nurse from Valencia were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

An unemployed 18-year-old Valencia man was brought in for carrying a concealed weapon, dirk or dagger, on his person.

A 30-year-old server from Burbank was arrested for preventing/dissuading a witness/victim by force/threat.

A 28-year-old Saugus man and an unemployed 53-year-old Santa Clarita man were arrested for burglary, and an unemployed 24-year-old Canyon Country man was arrested for robbery.

A 19-year-old self-employed Saugus woman was cited for theft of personal property. Two construction workers – a 29-year-old Sylmar man and a 31-year-old Lancaster man – were picked up for acquiring access to a card in 4+ names in a 12-month period.

And three Los Angeles residents – a 31-year-old woman who works in the medical field, a 25-year-old unemployed man and a 25-year-old forklift operator – were arrested for receiving known stolen property with a value greater than $950.

An unemployed 23-year-old Santa Clarita woman was charged with indecent exposure/illegal entry or occupying a dwelling.

Two out-of-towners – a 29-year-old pool construction worker from Cary, North Carolina and a 27-year-old laborer from McFarland, Calif. – were picked up for allegedly transporting/selling/furnishing marijuana.

An unemployed 18-year-old from Valencia, a 25-year-old Newhall woman who works in special education, a 21-year-old construction worker from Valencia, and two Lancaster residents – a 26-year-old air conditioning technician and a 23-year-old house manager – were picked up for possession of a narcotic, controlled substance.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
51-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
39-year-old cook from Canyon Country
22-year-old technician from Newhall
23-year-old server from Valencia
21-year-old painter from Santa Clarita
54-year-old Santa Clarita woman who works in finance
31-year-old wardrobe stylist from Castaic
55-year-old esthetician from Valencia

CHP Increasing Traffic Enforcement throughout Thanksgiving Weekend

| Community | November 25, 2015

Traditionally one of the busiest—and deadliest—travel times of the year, the California Highway Patrol will be increasing traffic enforcement throughout Thanksgiving weekend in an effort to protect motorists.

Last year, a total of 45 people died in collisions on California roadways over the holiday weekend—a 36 percent increase from 2013. In addition, California Highway Patrol officers arrested nearly 1,000 people statewide for driving under the influence.

“Having a safe Thanksgiving drive this year—and being here to enjoy next Thanksgiving—can be as simple as buckling up,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Nearly half the people who died in the CHP’s jurisdiction over Thanksgiving last year were not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.”

This statement mirrors national statistics regarding the use of seatbelts, which shows that more than half of drivers and passengers killed in crashes were not wearing seatbelts, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In addition, NHTSA officials estimate that the lives of more than 12,800 passengers involved in collisions were saved as a direct result of wearing a seat belt in 2013 alone.

CHP officials are planning to implement a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) throughout the weekend, during which all available officers will be on patrol. The MEP began Wednesday at 6 p.m. and is set to continue through Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

During the MEP, CHP officers will not only be enforcing the law, but also assisting motorists, according to CHP officials.

“Buckling up, avoiding distracted driving, traveling at a safe speed, designating a sober driver—all are especially important during the holidays.” Farrow added. “During the MEP, our officers will emphasize education and enforcement throughout the state to ensure everyone can enjoy their holiday.”

Shoppers Already Lining Up at Saugus Best Buy for Black Friday

| Community | November 25, 2015

Shoppers have already started to line up outside of the Best Buy in Saugus, days before Black Friday.

Three tents have been set up outside of the Best Buy as of Tuesday morning for the annual day-after-Thanksgiving tradition.

Best Buy, located at 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road, is set to open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday this year.

Tickets are passed out to those waiting in line for door buster sales for items such as televisions, movies and video game consoles, said Jonny Morita, asset protection associate at Best Buy.

“Some guy last year bought one hundred DVDs,” Morita said.

The Valdez family, consisting of 19 people, are the first in line at the store. They got in line on Saturday morning, six days before Black Friday.

“We do Best Buy Black Friday every year– it’s kind of become more of a family tradition,” said Jessica Valdez. “My dad started it eight or nine years ago when Circuit City was still around. We just kind of moved from store to store. We’ve been doing this store for like four or five years.”
However, Black Friday is more than just bargains for the Valdez family.

“Every night our whole family is here. We’ll play board games, we play cards together– it’s fun,” Valdez added. “A lot of people see it as a really bad thing. On Sunday, my 75-year-old grandpa was here and we were playing cards for three hours. If you’re at home, you don’t typically do that. It’s really nice family time for us.”

The Valdez family has arrived to Best Buy earlier and earlier each year, she said. Last year, the family arrived on Sunday, five days before Black Friday, and were second in line.

Even though the family will be camped out in front of Best Buy for days before Black Friday, Valdez says employees have been friendly.

“We know the manager because we’ve been doing this for so long, like five years, at this location,” she said. “The staff is really friendly. They think we’re crazy but they’re still really nice about it.”

Article Source: www.hometownstation.com

Article by Heather Harbin

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | November 20, 2015

One day last week, three individuals were brought up on charges of failure to appear for a traffic warrant: a 34-year-old server from San Fernando, a 25-year-old clerk from Canyon Country and a 23-year-old Canyon Country man.

A 25-year-old general worker from Newhall was arrested as a fugitive from justice.

A 61-year-old farmer from Castaic was charged with reckless cause of a fire to a structure/forest land.

A 25-year-old transient from Saugus was brought in for battery of a police officer/emergency personnel, without injury.

A 30-year-old unemployed Encino woman was arrested for willful cruelty to a child/child endangerment.

A 26-year-old unemployed Valencia woman, a 29-year-old unemployed Newhall man and a 42-year-old service mechanic from Canyon Country were charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 32-year-old network tech from Canyon Country was charged with battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 20-year-old Newhall man, a 23-year-old delivery man from Palmdale and a 43-year-old bodyguard from Canyon Country were picked up for theft of personal property.

Two day laborers from Newhall were arrested for burglary: a 37-year-old and a 41-year-old.

Three Los Angeles residents were brought in together and booked on suspicion of receiving known stolen property valued at more than $950. They included a 31-year-old medical worker, a 25-year-old forklift driver and an unemployed 25-year-old.

A 22-year-old cook from Glendale was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale and a 20-year-old laborer from Long Beach was picked up for transporting/selling a controlled substance. A 36-year-old sushi chef and two North Hollywood men – a 20-year-old musician and a 21-year-old manager – were charged with transporting/selling/furnishing marijuana.

Possession of a controlled substance charges went to:
32-year-old attorney from Valencia
47-year-old unemployed Canyon Country man
22-year-old janitor from Newhall
35-year-old unemployed Lancaster man

DUIs with prior arrests included:
55-year-old lawyer from Stevenson Ranch
23-year-old optometric assistant from Saugus
25-year-old sales associate from Valencia
38-year-old dental consultant from Granada Hills
27-year-old painter from Canyon Country
65-year-old retired Palmdale man
49-year-old carpenter from Palmdale

SCV’s Compassionate Friends Holds 15th Annual Ceremony at a New Location

| News | November 19, 2015

The death of a child is devastating and it’s important to the family that the child always be remembered. That’s why members of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Santa Clarita will participate in an annual worldwide event designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. On Sunday, December 13, 2015, the local chapter is joining hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 19th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world

The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held at 6:30 p.m. at a new venue this year, the SCV Child & Family Center, at 21545 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita. It is not sponsored by the Center, but the ceremony will be held inside the building, and will feature poems, selected readings, music, a slide show and performances with featured singers. Annually, tens of thousands of families, united in loss, light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting, held the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time, just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light, as the observance continues around the world. Candles will be provided to all who attend.

“This is our gift to the bereavement community,” said TCF/USA Executive Director Alan Pedersen.

“The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child. This marks one and a half decades the Worldwide Candle Lighting has united bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically. This candle lighting transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious and political boundaries, as tens of thousands of families share in this worldwide memorial event.”

With the theme “…that their light may always shine,” the Worldwide Candle Lighting has grown larger every year with formal services last year in all 50 United States and Washington D.C., as well as at least 19 countries around the world. TCF’s national website, www.compassionatefriends.org, is expected to receive and post information on more than the 550 services submitted to and listed on its website last year. The website will also have open for posts a Remembrance Book on December 14 which, in a 24-hour-period, will receive thousands of tributes from family members and other caring individuals.

compassionate1“Here, throughout the United States, members of our 650 Chapters observe this day in differing ways, some alone, some with friends and family, and many in organized candle lighting ceremonies like the service planned by The Compassionate Friends of Santa Clarita,” said Pedersen. “We invite everyone, whether or not they have suffered the personal loss of a child, to join in this moving tribute.”

To contact The Compassionate Friends of Santa Clarita, call Diane Briones at 252-4654 or Alice Renolds at 252-4374. For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, call 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website, www.compassionatefriends.org and the Santa Clarita Valley Chapter website www.compassionatefriends-scv.org. The Compassionate Friends has a presence in at least 30 countries and is the world’s largest self-help bereavement organization.

ARTree to Host Free Holiday ‘Relax and Craft’ Session

| Community | November 19, 2015

After taking the month of November off, the ARTree’s free “Relax and Craft” series is returning the first week of December for a special holiday session.

The December craft project is inspired by a traditional Finnish holiday decorative technique called Himmeli, which focuses on geometric design.

Community members are invited to create 3-dimensional prisms using coffee stirrers and fishing line, which can be used as tree ornaments, hanging window decorations or even a mobile.

Step-by-step instructions will be given to participants, as well as a printed picture guide. No prior registration is required for the session, which is set for Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library.

For more information, go to www.theartree.org or call 661-673-7500.

Holiday Art Workshop for Adults

| Community | November 19, 2015

Artist Zony Gordon welcomes residents to attend a workshop, where participants will be able to craft their own holiday cards and ornaments. The class will be held at Color Me Mine Westfield Valencia, at 24300 Town Center Drive, #106 in Valencia, on Wednesday, December 2 from 4-7 p.m.

Attendees will work on winter paintings, as well as their handcrafted cards and ornaments. Art supplies, food and beverages will be provided and it is open on a first come, first served basis. Cost for the package is $35.

For more information, contact Zony Gordon at (661) 312-3422 or stop in at Color Me Mine and ask for Coral.

Hilario Lopez, 1931-2015

| Obituaries | November 18, 2015

Hilario “Lalo” Lopez, age 84, passed away at his home of 41 years in Pacoima, California, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. He was born on October 19, 1931 in Guadalajara, Mexico to Alejandra Bizarro Lopez and Pablo Lopez. He was one of four children: Rosa, Lalo, Isabella and Margarita. Although Lalo only attended school through the third grade, he was a great scholar and his favorite pastime was to read the newspaper every day. He came to the United States seeking a better life and worked hard in auto restoration to achieve it. He was a proud U.S. citizen and loved this country so much that he wanted to start a family here. On March 22, 1964 he married Maria de los Angeles Preciado in Guadalajara, Mexico and the next day they set out for Los Angeles, California. Lalo and “Los” (his nickname for his beloved wife) were hard working immigrants who had four children, Alex, Diana, Liz and Gaby, who remember him as a great husband to their mother and an exceptional father. He dedicated his life to his family and worked hard to provide them strong family values. He is cherished and survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, three of his children, a daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Lalo rests in God’s Garden next to his mother, daughter, Liz, and great-granddaughter, Lena Rae.

Edmund John Haro 1959-2015

| Obituaries | November 17, 2015

Edmond John Haro, better known to his friends and family as Ed or Mundo, was born on June 10, 1959 in San Jose, California, and entered into rest on October 30, 2015 after a long fight with bone cancer. He is the fifth of seven children born to Hilario & Gloria Haro. From a young age, Ed had always showed natural charm, amazing talent and love for the arts. His genius qualities would extend in his life as a self-taught pianist, inventor and artist. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, after which he had an impressive professional history as an art director. His career included working with Gameworks and a long history with The Walt Disney Company as an Imagineer. While at Disney, he personally created three registered patents and achieved several awards, though Edmond remained forever humble about his talent. He was a jovial man who had such a great love for life and his family. He is survived by his wife, Susanne; his three sons, Evyn, Adien, Arron; and his beloved Yorkshire Terrier, “Tron.”Edmond is also survived by his mother, Gloria, and siblings, Irene, Gloria, Peter, Marlene, Edward and Adriana.

Services Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 10 am
Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church
19399 E. Hwy. 120,
Ripon, CA 95366

CELEBRATION OF LIFE IMMEDIATELY TO FOLLOW

Trusted Audiologist Makes a Difference

| Community | November 14, 2015

There’s a tremendous reward in knowing that what you do can make a difference in someone’s life. For 30 years, I’ve been dedicated to serving the community as an audiologist, because I’ve seen, time and again, the difference that’s made in people’s lives when they can hear and communicate clearly. I believe in doing what we can to make our community a better place.

We set aside this month to celebrate the sacrifices made by our military veterans and their contributions to our society. With that in mind, in November I’ve been asking for the community’s help in providing some extra support to our veterans.

In addition to physical problems such as hearing loss or physical injuries, many veterans have also returned home to face economic challenges. That’s why Advanced Audiology is donating a portion of the proceeds from all November hearing aid purchases by veterans to support the SCV chapter of Habitat for Humanity in its work to complete the 78-home Habitat for Heroes neighborhood for low-income veterans in Santa Clarita. So far, 26 families have moved in, but donations are still needed to help support move-in costs for future residents. For more information, visit www.humanityca.org.

I and my team are devoted to providing the SCV with personalized service and treatment. We offer a wide array of hearing devices that are powerful and discreet, in addition to always-free hearing screenings and complete hearing healthcare plans that include regular adjustments and free batteries, and we are the SCV’s authorized provider for Facey and UCLA Health patients. We also offer exciting new technology, such as the revolutionary HyperSound ultrasonic speaker system, which will change how you watch TV. Get started today by calling (661) 250-6905 and scheduling your appointment.

Healthy hearing makes a profound difference, from improved mood and social interaction to staving off the onset of physical problems, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
I hope local veterans will make the decision to invest in improving your hearing, and in benefiting the lives of veterans here in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Nola Aronson, M.A., CCC-A, is owner and founder of Advanced Audiology. In 2014, she was named Community Champion at the SCV Leadership Awards, and was nominated as Business of the Year for the 2015 VIA Awards. For more information, visit www.scvadvancedaudiology.com.

Henry Mayo Holiday Home Tour

| Community | November 14, 2015

As locals head into the holidays, many of them stop in to the Holiday Home Tour, hosted each year by the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. This year’s tour is Saturday, December 5 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, purchased online or in participating locations (see below); they can be purchased for $35 on the day of the event. The addresses of the professionally decorated homes on the tour will be made available to ticketholders.

A Preview Gala is held the night before the tour, on December 4, 2015 at the Valencia Country Club. Reservations for the gala are available online and cost $125. Guests will enjoy an elegant buffet and be the first to tour the homes, which are decorated according to themes, always with holiday flair.

The foundation also hosts the Holiday Home Tour Boutique at Pico Canyon Elementary School, 25255 Pico Canyon Road in Stevenson Ranch. Doors are open during the tour, on Saturday, December 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Home Tour League has pulled together this creative, labor-intensive event for three decades. Proceeds go to support women’s services through the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.Henrymayogiving.com.

Locations to purchase Holiday Home Tour tickets:

Valencia
Lee’s Hallmark
25918 McBean Pkwy

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Gift Shop
23845 McBean Pkwy

Cobblestone Cottage
24335 Magic Mountain Pkwy

Stevenson Ranch
The Décor Store
25658 The Old Road

Saugus
Saugus Drugs & Hallmark
27641 Bouquet Canyon Road

Newhall
Luscious Soul
22700 Lyons Ave. #B

Canyon Country
Debbie’s Hallmark
26880 Sierra Hwy

Boutiques

| Community | November 14, 2015

When holiday shoppers take their business to local boutiques, they offer a double helping of generosity. Many times, they do more than just support local artisans and crafters – they get to benefit a cause.

St. Kateri
The Caring and Sharing Christmas Festival is hosted by St. Kateri Catholic Church in Saugus, where crafters, food providers, and even Santa, will be ready to greet the public. On Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., booths will be set up at the church, and proceeds from the sale of food and goods will support a number of local charities: Bridge to Home, Cancer Relay for Life, Carousel Ranch, Family Promise, Finding The Way in Jail, Guide Dogs of America, Help the Children, Single Mothers Outreach and The SCV Pregnancy Center.

The festival will include selfies with Santa, kids’ games and hands-on service projects. St. Kateri Church is located at 22508 Copper Hill Drive in Saugus. For more information, visit www.kateriparish.org.
Santa Clarita Elementary School
The 3rd Annual Holiday Boutique at Santa Clarita Elementary School offers residents the opportunity to see this year’s selection of unique gifts and handmade crafts. Held at the school from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., also on December 5,  artisans and small businesses will set up dozens of booths, selling a wide array of products.

This year’s boutique will include: handmade jewelry, home decor signs, children’s clothing, women’s boutique clothing and handbags, paper crafts, crocheted items and candles, plus many more. Vendors will represent such products and services as: Mary Kay, Damsel in Defense, Jamberry, Origami Owl, Itworks, doTerra oils, Younique, Perfectly Posh, Encanto Design, Taylor Crafts, Mi Bella Couture/ViVi Jewelry, JodiRebeccaDotCom Clothing, Scentsy, Dream in Bling and more.

The boutique is hosted by Santa Clarita Elementary Parent Teacher Club. Santa Clarita Elementary School is located at 27177 Seco Canyon Road in Saugus. For details, contact Nayda Jacobo by emailing Jacobo5fam@gmail.com.

Police Blotter

| Police Blotter | November 14, 2015

A number of individuals who allegedly pushed the limits of the law this week brought along a partner.

Two Los Angeles men – a 22-year-old fast food worker and a 20-year-old construction worker – were brought up on charges of transporting/selling a controlled substance.

Two Canyon Country men – an unemployed 19-year-old and a 24-year-old construction worker – were arrested for grand theft of money/property greater than $400.

Two Newhall men – a 41-year-old manager and a 21-year-old stocker – were arrested for burglary. And a 24-year-old student from Stevenson Ranch was charged with robbery.

A 44-year-old artist from Van Nuys was picked up for shoplifting after a specified prior conviction.

A 25-year-old student from Newhall was cited for entering/occupying a property without consent.

A 19-year-old laborer from Castaic was brought up on charges of forgery/counterfeiting a driver’s license/ID card.

A 19-year-old salesman from Saugus and an unemployed 20-year-old Saugus man were cited for embezzlement of property by an employee that is valued at or greater than $400.

An unemployed 22-year-old Vallejo man and a 31-year-old unemployed Canyon Country woman were charged with theft of personal property.

A 31-year-old warehouse worker from Pacoima was brought in for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

DUIs with prior arrests included:
21-year-old nutritionist from Valencia
32-year-old unemployed Frazier Park woman
63-year-old retired Valencia man
22-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita woman
26-year-old unemployed Thousand Oaks woman
35-year-old customer service rep from San Fernando
22-year-old clerk from Santa Clarita
27-year-old broadband technician from Canyon Country

A 22-year-old roofer from Newhall was picked up for possession of a controlled substance and a 52-year-old student from Newhall was picked up for unlawfully planting/cultivating marijuana.

A 38-year-old painter from Lancaster was picked up for vandalism with a loss valued at or greater than $400.

An unemployed 30-year-old San Fernando man was charged with corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant. Also, a 19-year-old busboy from Castaic and a 59-year-old plumber from Newhall were each charged with battery against a former spouse.

An unemployed 25-year-old Canyon Country man was charged with possession of a knife on school property.

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