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Another 1,000 Units Approved

You wouldn't know that we have a housing downturn in Santa Clarita. Developers continue working on the many projects already approved here including the 2,500-unit West Creek Project, the 1,100-unit Riverpark project and the 900-unit Keystone project.

May 01, 2008 | By Lynne Plambeck | Columnists


It Really is Time For Change

I think most of us understand that there are times when we are too close to a situation to see clearly. We are familiar with the sayings "He cannot see the wood for the trees" and "She cannot see the trees for the forest."

April 30, 2008 | By Robert Heller | Columnists


Volunteering Pays 'Real Good'

I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"

April 29, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Hidden Treasure at Newhall Memorial

Does the local community know what a hidden and rare gem it holds in its midst, in the form of the Henry Mayo Newhall Ambulatory Care Center, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and, especially, the rare and unique Dr. Gregory Senofsky?

April 28, 2008 | By Randi S. Waltuck | Columnists


Tackling Global Warming

Global warming.

April 27, 2008 | By Bill Kennedy | Columnists


The Goose is Loose in Downtown Newhall

As you read this, I'm in Maui! Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is my favorite! Fun, food and lots of history. Actually, as you read this I will be soaring above the jungle canopy on a zip line tour!

Grand Opening of Loose Goose

April 26, 2008 | Michele E. Buttelman | Columnists


Tax Increase Will Hurt Local Businesses

A recent proposal at the State Capitol could have a big impact on businesses in Santa Clarita.

April 26, 2008 | By Cameron Smyth | Columnists


Hitting the Wrong Musical Note

I feel sorry for Dr. Collyn Nielsen, the new principal of Hart High School. Santa Clarita's oldest high school is up for accreditation by an outside agency. Unless something changes, when asked how the arts are faring, he's going to have to stand up there and say that during his first year as principal the school orchestra was killed as an academic course. It certainly won't look good at all to the evaluators.

April 26, 2008 | By Alessandra Barrett | Columnists


Building a New Library for Newhall

"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." -- Lady Bird Johnson

Over the last decade, the city of Santa Clarita has brought many amenities to Old Town Newhall. The Newhall Community Center welcomes hundreds of children every day; the Veterans Historical Plaza is a place of quiet contemplation and solace in the center of a busy area; and the Newhall Metrolink Station provides commuter service to residents traveling to the San Fernando and Antelope valleys and to Los Angeles for work. This year, the city is embarking upon ...

April 26, 2008 | By Marsha McLean | Columnists


Moving On but Never Forgetting

Several years back in The Signal's entertainment tabloid, a blurb ran about "The Diary of Anne Frank," which at the time was being produced at one of our community theaters.

April 25, 2008 | By Diana Sevanian | Columnists


Free Former Border Agents Ramos and Compean

Wikipedia defines the word "hero" from Greek mythology and folklore as the offspring of both a deity and a mortal, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice.

April 25, 2008 | By Roger Gitlin | Columnists


Children Should Experience Nature

Many youth who live in and around the Santa Clarita Valley have never had the opportunity to experience the outdoors, nature, hiking, wild animals, plants or wilderness. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests children who are given early and ongoing positive exposure to nature thrive in intellectual, emotional and physical ways that their peers do not. By reducing stress, sharpening concentration and promoting creative and scientific learning, nature education and outings into wild areas can provide a positive outlet and many opportunities for kids.

April 24, 2008 | By Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel | Columnists


Welcoming the Jewels of Spring

The little jewels of spring have started a new generation in my yard. Yes, already hummingbirds are nesting. During the last few weeks we watched one hummer collecting nesting material. They like to use spider webs, lichen and other plant material. Now two beautiful bean-sized eggs sit perfectly in her tidy little nest.

April 23, 2008 | By Teresa Savaikie Environmentally Speaking | Columnists


There is a Time for Tears

I was reading the business section of a publication. The heading at the bottom of the page read "Countrywide reports an increase in loan defaults." I got into the data and suddenly what penetrated my consciousness was the enormous pain and suffering a significant portion of our fellow Americans are experiencing. The reality of that really got to me and I found myself tearing up (God forbid).

April 22, 2008 | By Phil Rizzo | Columnists


Volatile Topics for Next Council Debate

Illegal alien incursion, wild city expansion, anticipated traffic gridlock, and how we address local crime are some of the volatile topics you will hear discussed in an upcoming Santa Clarita City Council debate sponsored by the Canyon Country Advisory Committee. All five candidates hoping to earn the right to sit on your City Council are participating. This debate may help you select the two for whom you should cast your ballot April 8.

April 21, 2008 | By Jonathan Kraut | Columnists


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