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Archive By Author - Kirsten Quinn


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


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


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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


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


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