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Archive By Author - Kirsten Quinn


Community partnerships in style on Soroptimist stage

A spirit of camaraderie filled the room and defined the runway as local men and women, many hand-in-hand, shared the spotlight at the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley Fashion Show & Boutique last Sunday.

March 29, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


The era of Awesometown

One day, Valencia's top execs were feeling punchy. Buck tradition, they said. Bring on the unusual, the comical. Let's see where it takes us.

March 24, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


Dietician weighs in: Date your food

I know you've been hurt so many times before – and you just want to give up – but it's time to build a healthy relationship with nutrition and dieting.

March 24, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


5 ways to start a fight and 5 ways to solve one

Common approaches to conflict that can take your relationship issues from problem to solution.

March 24, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


What’s your family story?

No two families are the same. It's truer than ever, and I think it's beautiful. The rewards and challenges of raising a family can be inspiring, fun or serve as a real-life lesson for other readers.

March 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Cities worldwide gather for Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Local "celebrities" gathered from around the world to support the SCV Senior Center during the 2015 Celebrity Waiter Dinner on Feb. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

March 01, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Unearthing roots, finding family

When Dale Sargent was 17 years old, he came home from school to find his family home ransacked. Drawers had been rifled through. Papers lay scattered on the floor.

February 11, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Bravery in the battle

Zachary Johnson was eating Cheetos when his parents came home from the hospital carrying scans. In a flurry of hastened explanations and frantic packing, the Johnsons were out the door in minutes - the bag of half-eaten Cheetos left sitting on the counter.

January 29, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


The ultimate gift

The sun was setting on a late afternoon in Valencia as 12-year-old Charlie Kayne climbed the playset at Bridgeport Park and reached for the monkey bars.

January 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


What’s your story?

After a couple years of feature writing in the Santa Clarita Valley, I know one thing to be true: There's a story in everybody.

January 11, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


How did the 1994 Northridge Earthquake affect you?

What are your memories of the '94 earthquake? How did it bring people together? How did you live in its wake of devastation? What was lost? Were you a first responder? Did you implement changes to make our city safer? What does it mean to you now?

December 28, 2014 | Kirsten Quinn | COMMUNITY


Holiday Home Tour decks the houses

More than 350 people visited local homes decked from doorstep to backyard in holiday finery at the 34th annual Holiday Home Tour benefitting Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

December 20, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


SCV's unsung honored

Community leaders, some with teary eyes, expressed recognition for the volunteers who make their organizations possible during the first-ever SCV Community Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the SCV Chamber of Commerce.

December 08, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Holiday Home Tour moves back in

A decorator wove ribbons and sprigs of pine together across the mantle, draping them in small twinkly lights. Natural materials adorned the Christmas tree, bringing a trendy, yet refined, rustic look to the holiday scene. Accents of burlap, birch branch and bird feathers tied the design together.

November 23, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


What’s your holiday miracle?

Holiday season is busy season in features. Around this time, changes in the air and little lights on roofs start reminding people of the sentiment of the season. And they reach out to share their stories.

November 23, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


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Fairy Berry Breakfast helps shelter victims of domestic violence

Dressed in fairy wings and ribbon crowns, kids and community members were reminded "domestic violence is not a fairy tale" at the third-annual Fairy Berry Breakfast and Auction benefitting the Domestic Violence Center of SCV.

May 24, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


7 ways you're spoiling your natural beauty

This back-to-the-basics list guides you through applying a full, natural face of makeup – without all the hangups.

May 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


A dozen ways to get back on track

In order to change such longstanding habits as eating patterns, we need to shift the way we think and do.

May 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


On the front lines of sex trafficking

Fighting for girls and women enslaved to prostitution, a former undercover vice officer walks the streets alongside those she saves – never backing down.

May 22, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


Superwoman: One woman's choice to be limitless

Traffic clogged the streets of Kenya with the smell of diesel. Rows of tiny tin stores melded into a metallic blur as they flashed by the window. Birds pecked at piles of trash. Moisture hung heavy in the cool air, and the lush greenery slowly dispersed as Racquel "Rocky" Turner traveled deeper into Nairobi. She was minutes away.

May 05, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Silhouette Editor | Silhouette


Lexus of Valencia sales spike since last year

Lexus of Valencia has increased sales by 130 percent from January 2012 to January 2013, in part to new management and a focus on the fundamentals.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Automotive


Local automotive industry brings dollars, jobs to community

Auto sales are frequently a driving force in any local economy, and Santa Clarita is no exception.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Automotive


Galpin employees make themselves at home

At Galpin Santa Clarita, more than 81 percent of employees, including the entire upper management team, are local residents.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Automotive


Bringing business home

In an industry muddled with "opportunists" and "complexities," a pair of Freds at American Family Funding strives to provide clarity, community and trust.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Banking & Finance


Local real estate agent believes in his product

In 1987, Neal Weichel and his wife bought their first property – a condo in Santa Clarita. Since move in day, Weichel has raised a family, put his stamp on the local real estate market and tapped into what he feels is the pulse of the community.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Business & Real Estate


A witness, player in local history

When Brent Griffiths opened his first store on Lyons Avenue in 1979, Santa Clarita was just starting to take shape. Master plans were still just plans, and large-scale advertising campaigns were reserved for corporate budgets.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Business & Real Estate


L.A. Film Locations helps bring record-setting film year

Despite the continuing trend of filming heading for other states, owner Monica Harrison of L.A. Film Locations is expanding her list of clients, bringing significant revenue and opportunity to local property owners, businesses and families.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Business & Real Estate


Giving back heart, one piece at a time

Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opened its first Cardiac Rehabilitation Center in mid-February, assisting the post-surgical transition home through education and supervised exercise.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Health Care


Holistic healing combined with western medical practices brings relief

Concerned that traditional methods of western medicine weren't addressing the root cause of her patients' problems, Dr. Linda Chenaur furthered her chiropractic studies to include Applied Kinesiology and the use of Total Body Modification body and energy balancing, as drug-free alternatives for chronic health conditions.

March 31, 2013 | By Jana Adkins | Health Care


Local caregivers teach comfort when it matters

With one arm bent and held out at his waist, Myles McNamara walked slowly up a short flight of stairs, stepping as delicately as he would with his mother on his arm.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Health Care


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