Swimming for safety

Lessons shouldn’t be saved for summer, says longtime Santa Barbara swim school owner Wendy Fereday By Leah Etling Summer is here, and it’s the best time of year for afternoons at the pool, beach, lake or water park. Even as the drought continues, water is truly everywhere around Santa Barbara County. “There is water around us all of the time,” […]

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As Seen on TVSB

Independent public access station offers Santa Barbarans multiple ways to get on the air By Leah Etling For the kids who will become the Stephen Colbert, Robin Roberts or John Palminteri of their generation, the best summer camp in town took place at TVSB’s South Salinas Street studios last month. A sell-out for the first time this summer, the local […]

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Everyday job of parenting makes huge impact

Everyday job of parenting makes huge impact                   By Steve Ortiz of United Way Welcome to Building Better Futures Together, a monthly column in which we share resources to help families support each other. With Father’s Day coming up and Mother’s Day still fresh in our minds, we hope all Santa Barbara parents […]

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Castillo Street concrete slab project to begin June 19

Castillo Street concrete slab project to begin June 19 Staff Report An emergency project to improve conditions on the US Highway 101 undercrossing at Castillo Street will begin on Monday, June 19.  This project will include the installation of a reinforced concrete slab which will be placed three to four inches above the current pavement and the water which accumulates beneath it. […]

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Westerlay Orchids donates $14,000 to Canalino School

Westerlay Orchids donates $14,000 to Canalino School Staff report For Westerlay Orchids, the ninth annual Carpinteria Greenhouse and Nursery Tour was as much about cultivating young minds as showing off the alluring plants grown in its state-of-the-art greenhouse. Proceeds from all retail sales made throughout the week at Westerlay will be directed into the classrooms of Canalino Elementary School. President […]

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All for Animals – and People Too

Santa Barbara reading program and therapy dog training nonprofit group celebrating 20 years By Leah Etling Growing up in Santa Barbara, Karen Lee Stevens recalls a pretty perfect childhood revolving around two of her favorite things: reading and animals. “My mom fostered a love of books, and my dad fostered a love of animals. I was very lucky. Not all […]

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