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Archive By Author - Melissa Gasca


Education: 'We all have limits'

Some of Chynna Fudale's teachers seem to be wearing thin on patience this year, but the Hart High School 10th-grader doesn't blame her instructors.

November 07, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘Newborn Care 101’ for newbie parents

Palmdale residents Tim and Rachel Burhans had attended Lamaze classes for about five weeks, as they prepared to give birth to their first child. But preparation was cut short when Rachel Burhans went into labor seven and a half weeks early.

October 08, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Rosemond on Parenting


Lost in language and ‘Little Rock’

Michael Ott was living every aspiring director's dream, traveling to foreign countries and promoting his first film.

September 26, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Early risers pray at the pole

Jessica Kwon only slept for three hours on Tuesday night. But when her alarm went off just before 5 a.m., the Valencia High student diligently packed up her bag and headed to school.

September 25, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Adopted youth find their voice

Moriah Levy is 13 now, but she still remembers the harsh words of a third-grade peer.

September 24, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Rosemond on Parenting


Building up homes and lives

At 11 a.m. on a Monday, Bret Wims scribbled some notes in his journal.

September 18, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Goodwill shooting victim’s condition ‘critical’

A Goodwill store employee from Newhall who had apparently shot himself in the head remained in serious condition at a local hospital Thursday.

September 17, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Teaching teens cash smarts

Patti Handy has heard the story all too often - a teenager overdrafts several times in one day after swiping their debit card at the mall, Starbucks Coffee and lunch with friends. All the while, the teen is unaware they didn't have enough money in their bank account. A $4 vanilla latte becomes a $49 pain-in-the-wallet fee owed to the bank, added to four more $25-35 fees.

September 10, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Rosemond on Parenting


Unemployment continues to rise

Fewer Santa Clarita residents are losing homes to foreclosure compared to last year, but more are without jobs, according to city numbers.

September 10, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Time for reflection, community

Local Jews on Thursday morning exchanged greetings of "Shana Tova," or "Happy New Year" in Hebrew, coupled with kisses, handshakes and welcoming smiles for fellow temple members.

September 10, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


After dark, from keystrokes to doorsteps

Editor's note: The final in an occasional series on the people who keep the SCV humming while the rest of us are snoring.

September 05, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca | Santa Clarita Valley News


Rescued horses find loving home

Tammy Craven stood in her driveway, her body covered with goosebumps, as she watched horses leap from trailers and trot onto her acres of Acton land.

September 05, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Walk, or run, for hunger

It's called the "CROP Walk" but if you're the running type, don't feel limited.

September 04, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Preparing for ‘days of awe’

Jay Hodes and wife, Esther, spent the past week writing checks to charities, studying Jewish texts and making amends with certain friends or relatives.

September 04, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Rodriguez to die for sex-killing of 5-year-old

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday formally sentenced Antonio Rodriguez to death for the rape and murder of 5-year-old Desarie Saravia in a Castaic park bathroom.

September 03, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


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