Long-time L.A. resident
Funeral services were held recently for Sharon A.M. Pilgram-Blackmon, a long-time Los Angeles resident. She was 54. Pilgram-Blackmon moved to Los Angeles from Arkansas in 1960 with her mother Bertha Lou M. McCoy. She attended Bret Hart Middle school and graduated from Washington High. During high school, she was a captain of the girl’s basketball all stars team, which gave her the opportunity to travel, a pastime she loved.
Funds will be used to install sidewalk and bicycle lanes
The city of Lancaster has been awarded two Cycle 6 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grants totaling more than $2.5 million. The funds will allow for street improvements along Avenue I, between Challenger Way and 35th Street East, making streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists travelling along the route. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.
Rate trails state and national numbers
Santa Clarita’s economy is holding strong heading into the busy holiday season. The latest unemployment numbers for Santa Clarita show a slight increase from 5.7 percent in September to 5.8 percent in October, according to California’s Employment Development Department.
Miss Littlerock makes a difference
Abbie Smith, Jr. Miss Littlerock, just celebrated her 14th birthday in a rather unique. As her special day approached, the teen kept thinking about her cousin TJ Costello who could not celebrate with her because he is an active duty Marine stationed in Okinawa.
Reinstallation to be completed by April
The city of Lancaster has announced the upcoming redesign and modernization of the F/A-18 Hornet display and supporting pedestal located in front of the Lancaster Municipal Stadium. The F/A-18 Hornet will be taken down from its mounting by mid-December and transported to NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale where the restoration will be performed.
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‘Did what he came to do’
Longtime Jazz pianist Nate Morgan died recently of heart failure at Gardena memorial hospital in Gardena, Calif. He was 60. Rene Fisher, spokesperson for the Morgan family, says funeral arrangements are pending.
Effort creates jobs and revenue
The city of Lancaster is once again gearing up for the holiday season by encouraging residents to shop locally for all of their upcoming festivities. By shopping locally, residents help ensure that money circulates within the area, thus delivering more jobs and revenue to Lancaster.
Center must fill 35 full-time positions available now
Job seekers interested in warehouse or manufacturing employment are invited to attend a free recruitment event at the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at College of the Canyons in Suite 107. The event will be held at the University Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road. All job seekers are encouraged to arrive on or before 9 a.m., allowing time to park and sign-in.
Holiday events include dance msuic and more
The Palmdale Playhouse will present a cornucopia of music, dance, orchestra and stage productions—along with a visit from Ol’ St. Nick himself, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27 and running through Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Playhouse, located at 38344 10th St. East in Palmdale.
Santa Clarita Public Library gingerbread contest free and open to all ages
If you are an architect at heart who loves design and enjoys working with sweets, then the Santa Clarita Public Library’s first Gingerbread House Contest is for you.
Only city to win the award the ‘Most Business-Friendly’ in L.A. County twice
The city of Lancaster was named “Most Business-Friendly City” at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) 18th annual Eddy Awards this week. Lancaster is the first city in the history of the program to have won the award twice; its first win was in 2007.
Cooking fires more likely on Turkey Day
Thanksgiving Day is usually full of food, family and football. Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers to add safety to the list since cooking fires are three times more likely on Turkey Day than any other day, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
L.A.’s first CLEAN LA rooftop solar project
An 86-year-old company that has helped develop some of the nation’s most celebrated trophies and awards will be the latest business to join the CLEAN LA Solar program — the nation’s largest urban rooftop solar program.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Deputy Sheriff Elton R. Simmons, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, to receive its Officer of the Month Award for November 2013.
Sixteen people recognized
WASHINGTON–On Wednesday, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a distinguished list of Americans..
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza hosts ribbon cutting
Following the recent roll out of the Affordable Care Act, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza has teamed up with Covered California and Sen. Holly Mitchell’s office to help connect neighbors to healthcare options offered through California’s new health insurance exchange. A Covered California booth located on the mall’s Macy’s bridge was unveiled on Wednesday with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Southland features host of winter ‘snow events’
Snow is an anomaly in urban Los Angeles, but there are a number of outdoor ice rinks that open this month as well as other events that can give residents a taste of what it’s like to experience winter wonders. See the listings below.
Accountant, entrepreneur and a woman of service
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Harrison-Ross Mortuary for Eula Mae Jordan English, the wife of pioneering attorney Herman A. English. She died of cancer on Nov. 13 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center surrounded by family. She was 91.
More organizations that will serve dinner or give food
The following Thanksgiving activities are happening to help the needy during this holiday time.
The public is invited to attend a Patriotic Memorial Service for Lawndale Mayor Harold Hofmann, who passed away on November 16, 2013, at his home from natural causes.
Talk will explore turning
The Palmdale City Library will host Waste Management and DEHSART on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 5 p.m., to talk about recycling and to demonstrate how DEHSART creates art out of recycled products. It is free and open to all ages, however space is limited.
Painters and handypersons needed
The city of Palmdale is seeking volunteers age 16 and older to assist with painting and other tasks at a work day event this Saturday at “Gabriel’s House,” the city’s third Neighborhood House.
Firm expected to bring 350 jobs to the Antelope Valley
Lancaster and Morton Manufacturing, a well-established firm specializing in the manufacture of fasteners for the aerospace industry, celebrated the grand opening of Morton’s new 88,000 square foot facility in the Lancaster Business Park this week. The company will bring a total of 350 jobs to the Antelope Valley, including 220 existing employees as well as an anticipated 130 new positions for local workers.
Businesses encouraged to sign up for ‘Whac-A-Watt, Save-A-Lot’ challenge
The city of Santa Clarita and the Community Energy Partnership invites local businesses with tracked energy savings to sign up for the Whac-A-Watt, Save-A-Lot Business Energy Challenge by Nov. 30.
Deadline to apply is Nov. 21
The Palmdale City Council is accepting applications for one Planning Commissioner in District 4 for a term to expire in June of 2014. The deadline to return applications is Thursday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. to the City Clerk’s department located at 38300 Sierra Highway, Suite A.
Global event raises funds for spinal cord research
Santa Clarita will be the only city in California to host the Wings For Life World Run on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The Wings for Life World Run is one of the largest and most unique running events staged and features thousands of runners in up to 40 locations on six different continents beginning to run at exactly the same time. One hundred percent of the race entry fee goes to spinal cord research.
More than 200 bikers expected
On Nov. 23, more than 200 bikers will take to the streets as part of the Block Bikes returning Block Jam event. The riders will proceed along Avenue L from the Block Bikes shop to Quartz Hill High School for a memorial fundraiser ride, as well as a Bike Fest back at the shop.
Achievers of Excellence named at Status of Women luncheon
Four Achievers of Excellence were honored recently by Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., Carson Chapter, at its seventh annual Status of Women luncheon held at The Reef, in Long Beach, Calif. The individuals were honored because of their impact on the lives of youth and adults in various communities.
Thanksgiving food given, dinners served
The holiday season can be a trying time for the less fortunate, but there are many organizations that make a special effort to either serve meals to the needy or provide them with groceries to cook their own. Following find a list of places and organizations that will cook and serve meals or give out food.
Apprentice program is provided free
Los Angeles contractors and electrical workers have created an apprenticeship program to train military veterans for careers in the electrical industry.
Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Admistration
Glass Onion Catering, a Richmond, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week.
Copies of book available for purchase
The Palmdale City Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Blvd., will host a book signing for local author Viviane Carson M.A., D.C.H., Ph.D. on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Winners’ oaths still months away
Jim Ledford was re-elected on Tuesday to an unprecedented 13th term as mayor of Palmdale, while incumbent Tom Lackey retained his council seat as the controversial election was completed amid a months-long saga of lawsuits, federal inquiries and court-ordered oversight.
College of the Canyons will be host site
The city of Santa Clarita, in partnership with College of the Canyons, the L.A. County Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, will provide flu vaccinations on Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at College of the Canyons in the East P.E. Gym, located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road. Free vaccinations will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis and are only available while supplies last.
Low voter turn-out characterized local elections held Tuesday, and in Compton that may have helped contribute to the ouster of one long-time incumbent on the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees.
Officials urge supporting food banks
Beginning Nov. 1, 1.1 million individuals in Los Angeles saw a reduction in their Cal Fresh benefits, and the county saw a net loss of $9.7 million. For a family of four, this translates into a $36 monthly cut and for a single-person household the amount lost is $11, according to the Department of Public Social Services. The cuts happened because the federal stimulus funding approved in 2009 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expired, and benefit levels returned to their regular amounts.
L.A. school district rewards students
Los Angeles Unified School District pupils in grades K-12 can participate in the 2013-14 LAUSD School Attendance Challenge underway through May 2014.
Ribbon cutting held in Central Park
The city of Santa Clarita is helping residents put more fresh fruits and vegetables on the table with the expansion of the Community Gardens at Central Park. The Santa Clarita City Council and community gardeners held a ribbon cutting event celebrating the completion of 51 new garden plots.
Allows industry investment in clean air
The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) approved the inter-district transfer of offset Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) for the Palmdale Power Plant at its board meeting held on Monday in Victorville.
Public will have continuous access
Point Man Antelope Valley and the City of Palmdale will present the Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall for the Antelope Valley (AV Wall) on display from Thursday, Nov. 7-Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 8 a.m. at the Palmdale Amphitheater. The public will have 24-hour access to the AV Wall while it is on display. An opening ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. It will feature a multi-branch Jr.-ROTC Color Guard, led by Major Conrad Hernandez of Highland High School, and consisting of members from various schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
The biennial conference of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. (TLOD) recently drew approximately 300 ladies, including the Top Teens of America, an affiliate of TLOD, to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
Lottery sales generating cash to help African American students succeed
Kenya Jackson knew she had to do something. The principal at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Middle School in Los Angeles noticed that the “smart, bright young lady” was suddenly failing school. Jackson says even more disturbing was the fact the 8th grader wasn’t eating. “I found out her parents were homeless. She had nowhere to go. So, I actually had her live with me for a couple of weeks–she ate well, her grades shot up,” Jackson recalled with pride.
Divers go under water for Saturday event
The Antelope Valley Desert Divers present their annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Palmdale Oasis Park Pool, 3850 East Avenue S in Palmdale, from 9-11 a.m.
Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library welcomes special author event Nov. 7
The Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library will host several events in the next two months. From Oct. 28 through Nov. 4, the Friends will host a book auction at the Canyon Country, Valencia, and Old Town Newhall library branches followed by a special author’s event on Nov. 7 at the Canyon Country Library branch.
Donations still needed
The Edwards Air Force Base Chapel, 305 E. Popson Ave., is sponsoring a “Move the Food” event Nov. 1. The food giveaway will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the food is gone.
Property owners to receive notice by mail
Property owners of more than 30,000 parcels of land in Palmdale will receive letters in the mail with information and details of a street light tax credit/refund that is due to them from their July 2013/June 2014 property tax bill.
Modifications begin Oct. 28
Service changes occur twice a year at the Antelope Valley Transit Authority and the next set of modifications start Oct. 28.
Workshop set for Nov. 5
Mayor Eric Garcetti joined a coalition of community legal and housing organizations, including the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) to announce a new toll-free hotline offering at-risk homeowners the help needed to address those threatened with or in foreclosure.
Ex-boyfriend the alleged shooter
Inglewood Police investigators have detained a person-of-interest in the murder of Crystallyn Nguyen and Dora Lee Dawson, who were shot on Oct. 8 at approximately 12:51 p.m., in the 11700 block of S. Crenshaw Boulevard.