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Signal Sales Beat - July 3, 2012

Posted: July 19, 2012 5:21 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2012 5:21 p.m.
Marie Cooper Marie Cooper
Marie Cooper
Yolanda Hall Yolanda Hall
Yolanda Hall
David Hamm David Hamm
David Hamm
Leslie Mallicoat-Bartley Leslie Mallicoat-Bartley
Leslie Mallicoat-Bartley
Brad Lanfranco Brad Lanfranco
Brad Lanfranco
Jennifer Ramos Jennifer Ramos
Jennifer Ramos

Every week the Signal sales staff updates readers on local business news and tips it picks up while out in the field.

Marie Cooper


It has been a great week meeting so many business owners and managers as we look for participants in’s new online contest – The King of Happy Hour.  Santa Clarita has a great variety of restaurants to choose from covering all types of cuisine, from sushi to burgers and more. While visiting some of our local restaurants for the King of Happy Hour, I found a couple of great places I wanted to tell you about. If you’re looking for a great lunch deal, try one of the many specials at Frankies New York Italian Restaurant Clam and Oyster Bar in the Bridgeport Market place. Frankies has a great atmosphere, a friendly staff, and the lunch menu features items from $5.95 to $9.95. Frankies also has a full oyster and seafood bar menu available, so stop by this week and enjoy.

Now that summer is in full swing, Bike Night has returned to the Santa Clarita Valley. Schooner’s Patio Grille has a fantastic bike night every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is even a special BBQ menu that includes barbecue chicken, tri-tip and burgers, along with great sides and an incredible dessert. Take a ride to Schooner’s on Wednesdays and enjoy a casual, fun atmosphere and an affordable dinner, priced from $5.99 to $10.99.

Since the Fourth of July is on a Wednesday this year, many people will be celebrating the weekend after the holiday. If you don’t have plans yet, take a look at Escape, the Santa Clarita Valley’s only Arts, Entertainment & Dining Weekly, which comes out in The Signal newspaper every Friday, for some great ideas on things to do. Whatever your plans, have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends.  Assert your independence and try something new this week – who knows, you might find a new hobby or a great place to eat.


Yolanda Hall


Good Morning Santa Clarita,

I hope your morning is off to a wonderful start, your coffee is the perfect temperature and you have time to eat a healthy breakfast. You will need the energy to get you through tomorrow, the Fourth of July. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe celebration, if you have the day off from work, enjoy!

Last week I started hearing that the local retailers are slowing down in sales. After a wonderful May they were optimistic that the momentum was going to continue, but it hasn’t. A few have started seeing the weekends really slow down. Please take the time to support our local retailers. If you are an online shopper, maybe make your next purchase locally and keep those tax dollars here in the Santa Clarita Valley – and keep our small businesses open.

Have a magnificent holiday and remember to celebrate responsibly.


David Hamm



I want to wish a happy Fourth of July to all of our loyal readers. Tomorrow, many of us will be celebrating the Independence of our country by spending time with family, going to picnics, attending parades and, of course, watching fireworks. While I will be doing most of those things as well, I will also be mindful of all of the great men and women who fought for our independence and who continue to do so. As a proud father of a son who is currently serving in our armed forces, I have gained an appreciation for the many sacrifices that our soldiers make to ensure our freedoms. I have also become very aware of the sacrifices made by their families. I would like to take this time to extend my extreme gratitude for all that they do.

I would also like to make mention that there are many returning soldiers who possess many skills, who are currently in need of employment. If you are a returning veteran or a company looking to hire some of our returning soldiers, please take notice of our Top Jobs employment opportunities in our classified section. I would like to again wish everyone a very happy and safe Fourth of July.


Leslie Mallicoat-Bartley


Hello Santa Clarita,

One more day until the Fourth of July …. A lot of us are preparing for the parade in downtown Newhall, which always proves to be a lot of fun for families, who show their patriotism with great enthusiasm. So come prepared and bring your chairs and ice chests. It should be a pretty warm morning, but fun.

Traditionally, retailers have great sales for the Fourth of July. You get your Christmas in July, so to speak, and back-to-school is right around the corner…. Did I say back-to-school? Well yes, can you believe it? I’m looking forward to my older teens driving themselves to school. That will save me time and takes a lot of stress off me. At the same time, I’m a little leery of their inexperienced driving, and that of all teens, for that matter.

If you’re in the market to purchase a new or pre-owned car, for your teenagers or yourself, our local car dealers have some great rebate programs, as well as low percentage rates and leasing programs to fit your budget. Our auto dealers have just about every make and model available, and right in this valley, so find it, and buy it, locally. Maybe pre-owned is the route you’d like to take for your son or daughter, but your new dream car is waiting for you.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July. Fly your flag!


Jennifer Ramos


I’ve heard people (including me) complaining about the Fourth of July being smack in the middle of the week. Let’s take a moment to think about how much more inconvenient it would be to spend it in the desert or anywhere in the world far away from your family. I salute every man and woman, past, present and future, who has served in our armed forces. Also, special thanks to the families that won’t have their loved ones home to go see fireworks with.

Whether you choose to celebrate at home or go to the parade or the mall for fireworks don’t forget that fireworks (even sparklers) are illegal here and you will get fined if you’re caught using them. And don’t forget how much the noise from fireworks scares our furry friends. Many of them experience anxiety with loud booming noises, and some will try to run away. I had a dog once that got so scared he got himself caught under the fence and really hurt himself. And, speaking of pet injuries, you can bring your pet to Canyon Country Veterinary, where they have natural or medicinal remedies and behavior advice for your family pet.  It’s only $44.50 to see the doctor or free if it’s their first visit. Give them a call at 661-424-9900 and see if they can get you in.

Have a safe and happy holiday.


Brad Lanfranco


Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and the official day for citizens of the United States of America to celebrate our freedom from tyranny, oppression and radical taxation without representation. When our republic was formed – yes republic – it was formed by our forefathers with arguably the best thought-out document ever written in world history (aside from the bible), that had checks and balances to prevent a future abusive government. 

Today, in fact at this very minute while you read this, there are men and women, your brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, mothers, fathers and your sons and daughters, who serve this great nation and are willing to fight and die for you and your family and your neighbors and your community and your country. Too many people take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy in this country because of these Americans, who are willing to die for us all.

When you are with your families and friends tomorrow and having your barbecues, eating, drinking and enjoying their company, please take some time to talk about those who serve, and the perils that our country faces and the choices that we all need to make going forward.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, more important than freedom, for without it you cannot express your opinion, you cannot believe in the religion you choose, you cannot vote the way you want, you cannot own property or a car, nor have your own belongings. You cannot work for a better life. Without freedom in a nation, we are nothing but slaves.

So on this Independence Day, remember to appreciate that we live in this great republic, the United States of America, and that we have freedoms that other nations have never experienced. Be grateful for your family, your friends, your neighbors, your community, your country, your military and our forefathers for putting together such a great document for us all to be able to live the way we do.


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