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November 26, 2015

Saturday Spill: Cleanup, repairs continue at wastewater treatment plant

Cleanup crews were on the scene of a spill of an unknown amount of partially processed sewage Saturday at the city’s wastewater plant reportedly created by a mechanical malfunction.

By Letitia Austin

Three Santa Paula churches offered “Blessing of the Animals” this past weekend. Saturday Reverend Michelle Magee of the First United Methodist Church blessed several animals on the church lawn. From there she went to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center (SPARC) (photo above) and blessed a number of dogs and cats. On Sunday Deacon Al Guillin officiated at a blessing ceremony at the Church of Angels. Also on Sunday St. Paul’s Episcopal and Emmanuel Lutheran Church continued their annual blessing of animals.

An odd incident sent four people to the hospital Thursday after they became ill while working at a community bank.

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Spooktacular Teague-McKevett Ranch will be the scene of GHOSTWALK 2015 where visitors will hear all about “Mule Skinner Blues,” how “Pride Goes Before the Fall” and “How Pride Cometh After the Fall” meet “Sespe Grey,” find out about “Flying on Fumes” and meet “Sassy Sally and Bratty Betty” who all have one thing in common…telling you how they met their demise. 

An Oxnard gang member will appear in court for a Santa Paula murder, kidnapping and robbery two days before he will be sentenced to a separate incident that could bring him a life sentence.

Six people were injured — several seriously — when two vehicles collided head-on Saturday evening on Highway 126 west of Timber Canyon Road between Santa Paula and Fillmore.

The Santa Paula Art Museum is pleased to present The 22nd De Colores Art Show: Campesinas, opening with a reception on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The De Colores Art Show is an annual group exhibition and celebration of Latino culture, heritage and iconography. The opening reception will feature live, traditional Mexican folk music by Trio Guadalajara. Admission to the reception is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for museum members and students.

A decades’ long community favorite, the annual First United Methodist Church Bazaar, Soup Kitchen and Granny’s Attic is Saturday offering hours of fun shopping, delicious eating and treasure hunting.

Do you have a child that loves to sing and dance? It’s time for them to step into the spotlight with the Santa Paula SPOTLIGHT Youth Theatre where children and youth can take center stage and learn from a “show biz” professional now making a name as a performer.

“Inspire – Create – Restore” are the watchwords of Remnants on Main Antiques & Collectibles where lovers of the unique and unusual — from fun fedoras for Fido to functional industrial art — are finding a wonderland of shopping.

Grace Thille Elementary School held a school-wide assembly to kick-off its Accelerated Reader Program which is a motivational reading program designed to motivate readers and build literacy for students.  Students read books and take comprehension quizzes to earn reward points.  The students accumulate points and turn them in to the Library Assistant for prizes.  There was a book give away which awarded about 40 students with free books! Students have the opportunity twice a year to earn pizza and ice cream with the principal, Mary Doane. Point certificates are displayed on the cafeteria bulletin boards to recognize student achievement and motivate students to keep on reading! The fifth grader students led the school in a school chant about reading while holding up letters that spelled: “READ BOOKS.” 

When it comes to historical preservation no place, and that means no place, beats Santa Paula, at least according to America in Bloom, which honored the city an Outstanding Achievement Award for preserving its past at the annual AIB awards.

The City Council will consider purchasing three new police SUVs and hear a report on the recent hearing held by the state land-use agency to consider the status of canyons slated for development.

Friday’s Cruise Nite will be the last of the 17th season for Ventura County’s most famous car show held in Downtown Santa Paula, a celebration that will feature Johnny & The Love Handles and plenty of fun. 

The SPHS Agriculture Science Academy students attended their first Agriculture Industry Tour of the year to various county wide agriculture businesses. According to Mr. Flores, Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor, “the SEEAG sponsored Farm Day provide invaluable agriculture industry tours designed to provide students with several job shadow tours focused on career, educational and informative opportunities in the area of agriculture. There are a number of professional careers awaiting high school students and graduates with degrees in agriculture. When students attend the agriculture industry tours, they learn there is a significant job opportunity and a need for people to go into agriculture.”

On a 4-0 vote the City Council approved modifications to the Specific Plan for Limoneira East Area 1 that changed the proposed residential development to a Master Planned Community with private amenities available only to those residents belonging to a Homeowner Association (HOA).

The former Blanchard Community Library bookkeeper was arrested Thursday for allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 of library funds over at least a decade according to a statement by District Attorney Greg Totten.

All things water from drought and quagga mussels to water quality was addressed at the September 8 City Council meeting when representatives of the Watershed Coalition updated the panel for Ventura County (WCVC) on the Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP).

Project Hope was presented to the City Council at thge September 21 meeting where they learned about the coalition striving to help the homeless.

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