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Searching for God in science

Part molecular biologist and part stand-up comedian, Mark Phillips might seem like a funny choice to lead teens to discover philosophical truths in theological discussion.

January 11, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Two reasons to give

As Violet, 5, and Ian, 3, sit on the floor of the Smiths' Saugus home, dragging their hands across tubs of toys, they seem like any other brother-and-sister tandem.

January 05, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


2014 Industry Forecast: Area medical devices

Tracey Kruger, Vice President of Global Marketing

December 21, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Writing is believing

Michelle Wilde spread her hands over a pool of letters, touching each one as she moved across the table.

December 21, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Santa Clarita Valley News


Sculpting a life from art

Glass artist Jack Storms stood hunched over his work, applying a roughly 15-pound block of crystal to a grinding pad.

December 15, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Newhall film producer nominated for Spirit Award

Next spring, Newhall resident Frederick Thornton will be sitting anxiously in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, surrounded by stars and big-time industry leaders no less famous than Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.

December 07, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Developing a taste for the win

The first time Merry Graham won a $10,000 check, she almost threw it out and kept on cooking.

November 17, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Local Firm Creates Device, Gives Patients Chance to Hear

About one year ago, musician Lisa Jordan was deaf. Three weeks ago, she gracefully lifted her flute to her lips and let her fingers fly.

October 24, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn SCVBJ Editor | Business Journal Stories


Biking the road less traveled

When he first started riding, Saugus resident Nabeel Atique swore he would never do this. But two weeks ago, he stood poised on his bike, staring down the start of a 350-mile-plus race.

October 20, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Santa Clarita Valley doctors, nurse share stories about Vietnam War

Eight men in suit jackets and pressed shirts, and one in navy scrubs, gathered on the front lawn at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

September 28, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local charity raises funds for children’s cancer

SANTA CLARITA - As the sun set on the stage, heart-felt personal accounts of life and loss gave way to surf tunes as hundreds helped raise about $300,000 for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children's Cancer.

September 24, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Film shorts make the silver screen

"Are we gonna do this?" teenage Zakariah O'Mara-Mezzano asked, glancing sidelong at has his two friends, with a moment's apprehension.

September 24, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn | Signal Lifestyle


Wherever her good feet take her

With her hair pulled back into a low, blond bun, Season Winquest De Angelis spun on a pointed toe, laced to the ankle in powder pink ballet shoes.

September 15, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


SCV welcomes new nonprofit

A new nonprofit is in town.

September 15, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Sharing a chance to cheer

Staggered in lines, wearing purple-and-gold uniforms and holding position with hands at their sides, the special education cheer club Valencia Vikings Star Cheer held its collective breath.

September 08, 2013 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


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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


SCV students build robots to gain skills

Four Santa Clarita Valley high school students in black suits flanked a 120-pound robot and its driver last weekend as they made their way to "the pit" for a battle of the 'bots in Central California.

March 14, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


A Hollywood love story

Joan Staley was an actress. Dale Sheets was a Hollywood executive.

March 10, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Saugus farm owner raises family of emus, shares his love of animal caretaking

Marked by downy feathers and two curious, marble-like eyes, Edward the baby emu is set to be the friendliest emu on the farm.

March 04, 2014 | Story by Kirsten Quinn Photos by Dan Watson Signal Staff | Santa Clarita Valley News


Two CalArts grads vie for same Oscar

Two California Institute of the Arts graduates will wait in anticipation tonight for the most-sought-after envelope in show business.

March 02, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


Two hearts, new chance

Standing in a hospital bathroom, Bob and Roberta Bain clutched each other, praying their hearts would not fail them.

February 14, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Santa Clarita Valley News


Blazing the education trail

Vicki Cespedes sat in a leather chair in her family's living room in Canyon Country, her four daughters perched in a circle around her.

February 01, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Lifestyle Editor | Signal Lifestyle


For the certain uncertainty

Smooth winds blew across the highest hilltop garden in Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary on a clear Tuesday morning.

January 26, 2014 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


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


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