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Bob Kellar: Ensuring homeowner safety, one permit at a time

Did you know that last year the city of Santa Clarita issued more than 3,400 construction permits, ranging from multimillion-dollar shopping centers and office buildings to small homeowner projects, such as patio covers and water heater replacements?

September 24, 2011 | By Bob Kellar | Local Columns


Jim Walker: When the tongue needs a torque wrench

Anyone who has ever worked on a car engine has cranked at least one bolt, one turn too many. You get it nice and tight, just right, actually, but some defect in your psyche insists, "Give it one more turn, just to be sure."

September 23, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Michele E. Buttelman: Elegance and sophistication for fashion show

All the excitement of a royal fashion show arrives close to home for Santa Clarita Valley residents Oct. 23 as the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Guild presents its 27th annual Fashion Show at the Sheraton Universal Hotel with featured designer Lourdes Chavez. Chavez is famed for her elegant and sophisticated creations often worn by Hollywood's most famous stars.

September 18, 2011 | Michele E. Buttelman | Local Columns


Marsha McLean: City uses social media to connect residents

We live in a world transformed by social technologies. The growth of social media, such as blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, have changed the way people communicate, learn about news, share information and connect with friends.

September 17, 2011 | By Marsha McLean | Local Columns


Jim Walker: Self-descriptions in seven letters or fewer

Each of us has an innate need to be known by others, and others have an innate need to label us. It just helps organize the world.

September 16, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Michele E. Buttelman: Remembering 9/11 in the Santa Clarita Valley

Everyone remembers where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. I was working out in Central Park in a Fitness Edge Boot Camp class led by the amazing Cheryl Broughton.

September 11, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns


Jim Walker: Football, fall and healing the soul

So, OK, last week, I bemoaned the demise of the summer as an end to good times, and as a metaphor for lost youth. And while I still stand by all that … well, you know, I got over it. I cleaned out the emotional garbage and moved on.

September 09, 2011 | BY Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Michele E. Buttelman: Happy Labor Day weekend, travel safely

Judging from the traffic on Friday afternoon, it's hard to imagine that anyone is left in the Santa Clarita Valley this weekend. I hope everyone has a safe long weekend. Next up, Thanksgiving.

September 04, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns


Frank Ferry: Event helps parents navigate teen years

Every parent worries about the well-being of his or her children, especially when it comes to teenagers.

September 03, 2011 | By Frank Ferry | Local Columns


Jim Walker: Are you suffering Labor (Day) pains?

At this time last year, I took on the whole "labor" aspect of Labor Day - as in the fallacy that anyone really needs to work for a living.

September 02, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Michele E. Buttelman: Bridge biggie headed to Bridge Club in Castaic

I've heard lots of comments about the Santa Clarita Valley's "cool" summer. I'm guessing we've put that concept behind us with the recent plague of 100-plus days. Here's looking forward to November and the beginning of winter.

August 28, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features Editor | Local Columns


Paul Becker: Drug problem requires community response

Working in direct partnership with the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles, I formed the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's Juvenile Intervention Team, or J-Team, in July 2010.

August 27, 2011 | By Paul Becker | Local Columns


Jim Walker: When words look weird — you’ve got OI

Did you ever have one of those days when you wrote or typed a very familiar word and it just looked alien?

August 26, 2011 | By Jim Walker Don't Take Me Seriously | Local Columns


Countdown to Carousel Ranch Heart of the West

The 15th annual Heart of the West presented by Princess Cruises Community Foundation will be held 6 p.m. Saturday. Mosey over to the Agua Dulce Airport to support the children of Carousel Ranch. Dinner by Salt Creek Grille, live and silent auctions, dancing under the stars by SOS Entertainment, spirits from Vincent Hill Station and a demonstration by the kids of Carousel Ranch. Tickets: $85 each. VIP tickets $175. For information and reservations contact Heather Edwards, (661) 268-8010 or email info@carouselranch.org or visit www.carouselranch.org.

August 21, 2011 | By Michele E. Buttelman Signal Features and Entertainment Editor | Local Columns


Laurie Ender: Topping Out in the Santa Clarita Valley

Ever wonder what the community will look like 50 years from now? No one knows for sure, but in 50 years, Santa Clarita residents of the future will have a glimpse of local life in 2011.

August 20, 2011 | By Laurie Ender | Local Columns


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