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Three kids, two battles with brain cancer

For most of us at the start of a new year, it's a start down a new road, time to try something new. For Nick, Carrie and Aiden Farinella, it's a turn down a bumpy road filled with potholes. A road they have been down before.

February 15, 2015 | By Jenn Farinella- Horwitz Community Contributor | COMMUNITY


This watercolor by local artist Cheri Marcovitch is an impressionistic floral study. Marcovitch likes painting out onto the mat because it's like "painting outside of the box."

February 15, 2015 | Photo by Cheri Marcovitch | COMMUNITY

What’s your family story?

No two families are the same. It's truer than ever, and I think it's beautiful. The rewards and challenges of raising a family can be inspiring, fun or serve as a real-life lesson for other readers.

February 15, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

William Hall, V.C. (Victoria Cross)

As the black community is honored this month in the United States, I would like to tell you of the accomplishments of a black man, a descendant of an American. William Hall was the son of an escaped slave who had found sanctuary in Canada – in Nova Scotia to be exact.

February 15, 2015 | By Veronica Pinckard Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

After a long career patrolling the waters of Castaic Lake, John Ragsdale is hanging up his hat.

February 15, 2015 | Photo by John Ragsdale | COMMUNITY

Local orchestra presents free ‘pops’ concert

The Santa Clarita Philharmonic announces the second concert of the 2014-2015 season on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Hart High School Auditorium at 3 p.m.

February 15, 2015 | Submitted by Mark Elfont | COMMUNITY

Zonta workshop covers income tax filing tips

Tax season is currently underway, and Zonta's February LifeForward workshop will help participants understand how to easily and properly file their taxes, including allowable tax credits and requirements. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21, at Savia Community Center, 23780 Newhall Ave. in Newhall.

February 15, 2015 | By Pat Willett Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Social Causes

Parents, board members and staff turned out to phone potential donors for the inaugural Carousel Ranch's "Carousel Wishes and Valentine Kisses" campaign.

February 15, 2015 | Submitted by Teresa Todd | COMMUNITY

Local groups come together to make blankets, gift bags for surgical patients

Born with a congenital heart defect, Naomi Carmona-Morshead was a patient of the NIH National History Study of Children, having had open heart surgery at age 10 before it was a traditional procedure. Hers has been highlighted as one of the most successful surgeries of its kind from that time, with no recurrence of her heart problem in more than half a century.

February 15, 2015 | By Pam Ingram Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local author helps us read between the lines

The most repeated question I get these days is: "Why did you write a book? I suppose when you write your first book everyone wants to know how come all of a sudden you decided to be an author.

February 15, 2015 | By Todd P. Brooks Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Pay it forward by volunteering this spring

The city of Santa Clarita is never short on opportunities to make a difference. As a longtime volunteer, I've found there is nothing more rewarding than giving your time to benefit others. I've volunteered for the SCV Senior Center and Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley for decades, and help support local nonprofit organizations whenever I can. As a lifelong dancer, I particularly enjoy participating in the annual "Dancing with our Stars" charity event, which has raised more than $840,000 to benefit local nonprofit organizations.

February 13, 2015 | By Mayor Marsha McLean City of Santa Clarita | COMMUNITY

Too fast to live, too young to die

Sixty years ago, on Sept. 30 1955, James Dean stopped in the Santa Clarita Valley at Tips restaurant near Route 126.

February 08, 2015 | By Scott Brimigion Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local author helps us read between the lines

The most repeated question I get these days is: "Why did you write a book? I suppose when you write your first book everyone wants to know how come all of a sudden you decided to be an author.

February 08, 2015 | By Todd P. Brooks Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Deck the runway – the fashion show is coming!

Community members are invited to dress in their best and cheer on local models at the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley annual Fashion Show on March 22.

February 08, 2015 | By Sandi Naba Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

A true miracle

Two years ago, a very dear friend named Myriam Rojas was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer.

February 08, 2015 | By Louis Perry Stevenson Ranch Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

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May 20, 2015 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY

School Times - Late 1940s

The first school I ever attended back in 1948 was Roosevelt School. I was a Kindergarten student then. The Roosevelt School went from Kindergarten through 12th grades. The girls wore dresses and only boys wore slacks to school. Walking to school was the norm. I sometimes would even walk to school by myself.

May 17, 2015 | By Joanne Bidwell Valencia Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Saying goodbye

Last week, I said goodbye to my grandfather. We had a complex relationship – he was a complex man. Francis was a doctor, a great one. A teacher, an even better one. We called him Professor, even when we were too young to pronounce it correctly.

May 17, 2015 | By Kirsten Quinn Signal Features Editor | COMMUNITY

Local publishes second children’s book

Local author and Our Community regular Jeanne Wray released her newest book for children, "The Thirsty Sun," now available in paperback.

May 17, 2015 | By Signal Staff | COMMUNITY


"Cheese burger cheese burger cheese burger," a watercolor by local artist Cheri Marcovitch, might make you hungry. Marcovitch likes painting out onto the mat because it's like "painting outside of the box," and with this one, she went the extra mile by bumping up the plate to give the burger a 3D effect. A member of the Santa Clarita Artists Association for 21 years, Marcovitch enjoys sharing her love of art with others. When she's not painting, Marcovitch is teaching watercolor painting in the Saugus Union School District's enrichment program or working with vintage furniture pieces.

May 17, 2015 | By Cheri Marcovitch | COMMUNITY

Gracie: Part Three

When Mom was a young girl she read about some kid who lost a toe in an escalator. To her dying day she would not get on an escalator. I pointed out to Mom that more people die because of elevators that fall many stories than were ever hurt on escalators. This had no influence whatsoever. I have been on too many airport elevators - with Mom of course.

May 17, 2015 | By Bill Blowers Newhall Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Poetry a la mode

Today the folks all came

May 17, 2015 | By Carroll “Cal” Greenfield Newhall (Friendly Valley) Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Ice Station Valencia to host Skate-a-Thon to benefit special needs hockey

The Valencia SNAP Flyers are pleased to announce their third annual Skate-a-Thon fundraiser on May 30 at the Ice Station in Valencia. The Skate-a-Thon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude with a special hockey exhibition at 3 p.m.

May 17, 2015 | Submitted by Kari Suarez | COMMUNITY

Thursdays@Newhall returns

The city of Santa Clarita's most popular nightlife event series, Thursdays@Newhall, returns this week to Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall, presented by Galpin Subaru, will bring a fun variety of weekly events to Main Street every Thursday evening from March through October.

May 17, 2015 | By Councilman Dante Acosta | COMMUNITY

Jimmy and Linda Smith celebrate 50 beautiful years

Jimmy and Linda Smith are 50 year residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in April onboard a Princess West Coast Cruise during the 50th anniversary celebration of Princess Cruise Line.

May 17, 2015 | By Jimmy and Linda Smith Valencia Community Contributors | COMMUNITY


Disco Fever Live, a dinner show with dancing, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Valencia Grand Ballroom on Sunday, May 17 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. to benefit the Circle of Hope. It features the country's leading disco band The Disco Kings with special guests Phil Redrow and Elisha, local musical artists.

May 17, 2015 | By Zony Gordon | COMMUNITY

Seen Around SCV

More than 50 brave men donned a variety of high-heeled – and surprisingly fashionable – pumps and gathered at the Outlets at Tejon on the morning of May 9 to draw attention to the importance of ending violence against women and children at the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

May 17, 2015 | Photos by Leia Barnes | COMMUNITY

Student awarded full-ride scholarship to Julliard

Kenneth Joshua "KJ" McDonald, 17, is a senior at Advantage Preparatory Schools in Santa Clarita. He began violin study at age six and currently studies with Lorenz Gamma, a Professor at California Institute of the Arts. Previous teachers are Julian Hallmark, Patricia Graham and Quyen Nguyen.

May 17, 2015 | By Gene McDonald Castaic Community Contributor | COMMUNITY

Local beauty salons host Family Promise fundraiser

More than a dozen salons in Santa Clarita have joined with Family Promise of SCV for a month-long fundraiser during May to help support homeless families in the Santa Clarita Valley.

May 17, 2015 | Submitted by the city of Santa Clarita | COMMUNITY

Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard encourages youngsters

Pasadena - Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, who currently plays center for the Houston Rockets, spent a Saturday afternoon at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services' residential treatment facility in Altadena. Staff members and their families from the Valencia area were among those greeting Dwight Howard and his friends.

May 17, 2015 | Submitted by Suzanne Turpin | COMMUNITY

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