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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


Kim Goldman releases memoir, launches book tour

Kim Goldman, executive director of the nonprofit SCV Youth Project, releases her e-book today on the murder of her brother, Ronald, and her decades-long legal pursuit of O.J. Simpson.

May 06, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Winemakers toast local wine region

Like a toast with friends, the second annual Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival at Reyes Winery in Agua Dulce brought together local and regional winemakers for a convivial afternoon of sun, food and plenty of cheers.

May 03, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


The stories survive

Overtaken by memories, Erika Schwartz clutches a collection of yellowed, slightly crumpled photographs - all she has left of her entire family.

April 28, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Carousel Ranch raises the roof

Carousel Ranch, an equestrian center for disabled children in Agua Dulce, raised the roof Tuesday on a long-awaited covered riding arena for its students - just in time to beat the heat.

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


Santa Clarita man produces one solution to mental health stigmas

Through the lens of a camera, Pete Van watched pounds of trash pile up on the floor, as Coke bottles layered upon crumpled family records in a Santa Clarita residence.

April 20, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Engagement: Cusick and Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cusick are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Hillary Faye Cusick to Trevor Michael Brown, son of Douglas and Janet Brown of Valencia.

April 14, 2014 | By Signal Staff | Announcements


Santa Clarita musicians find the strings that bind

The Signal newsroom in Santa Clarita was quiet but for the patter of keyboards and the grit of scanner feedback.

April 13, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Wearing her heart on her canvas

Impressionist artist and Canyon Country resident Nancy Eckels will showcase her emotionally charged paintings at Southern California's largest fine arts festival, Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego on April 26 and 27.

April 07, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Sizzling styles, daring locals sweep the runway

Rich violet light flooded the stage. Music pulsed in cadence with the models' steps as they sauntered, strutted and stomped down the runway.

March 30, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Sending out charity on the airwaves

Canyon Country resident Ethan Dettenmaier is known for his crazy ideas, live radio candor and comical good luck.

March 22, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


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Articles 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


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


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


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


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


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


Helicopter engine repair company has big plans for move to Santa Clarita

Two Saugus brothers are moving their Glendale aerospace companies to Santa Clarita, hoping to spotlight the industry and grow in tandem with the city's expansion.

March 31, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Industry


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