Local nonprofit gets boost from lighting company

Staff Report Unite To Light, a nonprofit group in Santa Barbara that provides portable, solar-powered lamps to people and communities without electricity, has partnered with California-based lighting manufacturer LUX LED Lighting to give light to those in need this holiday season. Unite to Light steps in to help communities that need lighting whether from disaster, lack of infrastructure, or inability […]

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Thomas Fire burns 234,200 acres as of Tuesday, fire crews stage at Cachuma Lake

Staff Report The thousands of fire personnel from several western states and many counties throughout California enjoy a much needed break from the ever growing Thomas Fire that is continuing to rage into Santa Barbara County Tuesday. The fire is currently at 234,200 acres and has destroyed 889 structures and damaged an additional 182, according to fire officials. “We work […]

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Aceves, Ramsdell top list of ‘Goleta’s Finest’

By Cortney Hebert Roger Aceves and Karen Ramsdell were named Goleta’s man and woman of the year on Sunday, Dec. 2, while John Dent was named educator of the year and Lisa Rivas the volunteer of the year. Nearly a dozen individuals, businesses and groups were honored with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 “Goleta’s Finest Awards,” a 68-year tradition to […]

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Shelter Box USA hires volunteer program manager

Staff Report ShelterBox USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of one of the world’s leading disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations, has announced Hannah Rael as its new volunteer program manager. Rael has more than six years of experience in nonprofit public relations and marketing, as well as journalism. “Hannah is an enthusiastic and driven communications professional whose experience is matched only […]

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Nominations due for Carpinteria chamber’s annual awards

By Joyce Donaldson The Carpinteria Valley Chamber will honor extraordinary community members at its 60th annual Community Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 27. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 15, to submit nominations for Carpinterian of the Year, Large Business of the Year, and Small Business of the year. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 29, to submit nominations for merit award […]

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Local UN Association awards its first Peace Prize

Staff Report The United Nations Association of Santa Barbara & Tri Counties has awarded its inaugural Santa Barbara Peace Prize to environmental leader Rinaldo S. Brutoco, founding president of the World Business Academy, which now in its 30th year. The local United Nations Association (UNA) was started in 1947 and is the oldest chapter in the nation. The UNA has […]

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Santa Barbara December Events Calendar

December Events 6 The Way it Was – 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum – lecture by columnist Hattie Beresford from the Montecito Journal. For more info and tickets log onto www.sbhistorical.org/event/1929/. Celebrate the Season – 7 p.m. Unitarian Society Sanctuary, 1535 Santa Barbara St. Pacific Sound men’s a cappella chorus will perform. For more info and […]

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Get into the holiday spirit in Santa Barbara

Staff Report Festival season is year-round in Santa Barbara and surrounding communities, but the holiday season includes additional cheer, merriment and the Parade of Lights along the waterfront. Held Dec. 10, this annual event is one of the season’s stand-outs, drawing hundreds of families to watch as 20 to 30 brightly decorated boats parade around the Santa Barbara harbor to the […]

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In Final Analysis, Santa Barbara Sales Tax Hike Backed by 56 Percent of Voters

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor  Certified results from the Nov. 7 election show that 56.2 percent of Santa Barbara voters approved the 1-percent sales tax rate increase, which will take effect April 1. The revenues are intended to be spent on infrastructure and government services, but as a general tax, there are few legal limits on how the money can be used. The […]

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