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Archive By Author - Kirsten Quinn


The ‘new normal’

Bouncing up and down and chattering, 2-year-old Fiona wielded her popsicle like a staff and climbed atop her mother's lap until she felt tall enough to command the attention of the room.

August 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Relighting the fire

For the last three years, Doug Meek dropped everything to care for his ill and immobile wife, never allowing the notion her disease could kill her.

August 03, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Face your fears

What fears have you faced? What has paid off, or even set you back? What did you walk away with after looking fear in the face?

July 20, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Pulling back the curtain

On the first taping of his new gig, Valencia resident and producer Dave Berg stood aside the stage of "The Tonight Show," wringing his hands.

July 13, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


Face your fears

Years ago, I stood deadly still at the bottom of an escalator at LAX, strapped into my backpack and clutching a suitcase. I couldn't move. It was the first time I was truly scared to try something.

July 13, 2014 | Kirsten Quinn | COMMUNITY


Silver Star recipient shares memories from battlefield

For 93-year-old veteran Alex Varga, World War II is now a collection of stories: the rains of enemy fire, the stifling presence of death and one momentous call to heroism.

July 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Knowing no bounds

Enveloped by the tall pines and rocky peaks of Yosemite National Park, the Marquez boys explored the open fields and bright wildflowers as their parents watched on – this is where the Santa Clarita family came to escape.

June 29, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Burbank man to run 86 miles to benefit SCV nonprofit

On the Fourth of July in Santa Clarita, don't pay attention to the noisy firecrackers, the funny hats or the sailing Stars and Stripes - they'll be there next year.

June 21, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


It wasn’t built in a day

Stepping off a red carpet and into the building, guests were greeted by Romanesque volunteers fanning the walkway with palm fronds.

June 15, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Feature Editor | COMMUNITY


Loving in silence for 20 years

About 20 years ago, Santa Clarita residents John Kiraly and Krysta Hendrix-Davis met at the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles, a special preschool for children with hearing loss.

June 09, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


SCV eighth-grader scores big

Wearing a suit complete with coattails and a cummerbund, eighth-grader Robby Good took a breath before he lowered his baton, sweeping two hands through the quiet auditorium at the Placerita Junior High Spring Concert. The soft, curious tones of flutes and strings flitted across the orchestra - 65 young musicians uniformed in black formal wear.

May 29, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


High school student fills thousands of shoes

Santa Clarita resident Kayla Tinucci has had thousands of shoes in her lifetime: pink ones, black ones, green ones, trendy ones. The list goes on.

May 24, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


TV anchor, SCV resident adopts new legacy

Thousands of viewers watched April 25 as KTLA Early Edition news anchor and Stevenson Ranch resident Chris Schauble wept into the shoulder of his birth mother, her hand gently hovering over his head as she whispered in his ear.

May 23, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Taking every step toward a cure

Enveloped in a crowd of more than 1,000 runners, recovering quadriplegic Aaron Baker, 35, sat in his wheelchair at the starting line of the Wings for Life World Run in Santa Clarita last Sunday.

May 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Centuries-old sound finds home in SCV

Cross-legged and barefoot, 13 CalArts students sat on the floor, poised in front their instruments with their hands at the ready.

May 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


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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


A tribute of international significance

It was a night of honor bigger than the Santa Clarita Valley as Zonta Club paid tribute to two local past presidents of international clubs at its 30th annual Celebrity Tribute Dinner.

November 16, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


A disciple of excellence

As 17-year-old Belicia Cespedes walked up to her door, about 30 of her family and friends readied for the surprise, falling into position in the kitchen.

November 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strength: Nurse navigates patients to hope

From her shimmery blush-toned eye shadow to her pink rubber soles, Mindy Burgess wears her passion every place she can fit it - and it doesn't fit on her sleeve.

October 25, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Strength: Breast cancer survivor fights to thrive

When Wendy Thrush was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to decide how much she would let the disease into her life.

October 25, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn | Santa Clarita Valley News


A toast to the harvest

Wine was poured and grapes were stomped - all in the name of a good cause - at Reyes Winery's fifth annual Harvest Festival to benefit the Wish Education Foundation in Agua Dulce on Sept. 6.

September 14, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY


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


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