The Story Village
It's that time of the year again when we assess our year's accomplishments and look forward to what we should and can do this year.
"I thought we'd heard the end of this right-wing nonsense," my friend Libby declared. "I mean, this whole debate is so yesterday."
Fueled in part by federal grants and state bonds, and unfazed by the economy, Santa Clarita charged through 2010 at full speed, closing out the year with several milestones reached.
The Signal's occassional series on the events and happenings of 2010 began Dec. 21.
I have a confession. When I was first assigned the Senior Living beat at The Signal, I was not thrilled.
Seven female students, ages 11-14, from the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley took part in an all-day robotics competition this November at La Cañada High School. They walked away with the Research Quality Award, enhanced confidence and memories of an amazing experience.
In December, the 30-plus associates of Valencia's Petersen International Underwriters again collected food for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry in an effort to help make the holidays better for some of the community's less fortunate residents. This is the second year, Peterson made an organized effort to collect food and it was able to triple last year's donation. According to the staff at the SCV Food Pantry, this year's donation will provide food for approximately 250–300 people.
Dates to Watch
Thirty years ago, I went to work for a company that no longer exists, but the brand names that were created more than 100 years ago still survive.
The city of Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station deserve praise for confronting this community's growing drug problem head-on and creating the Juvenile Intervention Team, also known as the J-Team, to help deal with it.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Brown's relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a "gentle soul" with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day "the world would know his name."
FORT LEE, Va. (AP) - A soldier with a gun inside a major command's headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn't wound any others as a heavily trafficked Virginia Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is visiting California at the invitation of Gov. Jerry Brown.
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Divers have ended a search in the waters off Dana Point for the body of a man who disappeared after going under a large wave.
VENTURA (AP) - A former Ventura neurosurgeon facing allegations of performing unnecessary procedures has surrendered his California medical license.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - Powerful Hurricane Marie kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Like baseball, the Emmy Awards are a game of statistics: Long-running shows are able to pile up TV's top awards and new records year after year.
NAPA, Calif. (AP) - The utility serving areas damaged by Sunday's earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area says it expects to continue searching for possible gas leaks over the coming days.
WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within an hour in the Los Angeles area was taken into custody after a daylong search.
Smoke slinks across pavement in the darkness, cries from gassed citizens fill the air, people break into a McDonald's to provide milk-based relief to a person hit with tear gas, sound weapons pass levels that cause permanent damage, police shoot pellets at journalists.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Indians can thank their starting pitching for keeping them in playoff contention.
It's been an eventful couple of weeks at The Master's College. During the first week of August, official practices for the fall sports season began. Since then, Mustangs volleyball has competed in five matches, while the men's and women's soccer teams have been out of state playing against some of the nation's best teams.
A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles Sunday evening after falling into a pool in Valencia, according to a sergeant at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.
LONG BEACH (AP) - Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.