(r-l) Father Artur Gruszka, of St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, receiving a certificate of appreciation from Civic Pride member, Mark Ortega.
(r-l) Father Artur Gruszka, of St. Francis Of Assisi Catholic Church, receiving a certificate of appreciation from Civic Pride member, Mark Ortega.
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Father Artur Gruszka, representing St. Francis of Assisi parish located at 1048 Ventura St., received a certificate of appreciation from Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee for their generous support of our downtown Central replanting project. Father Barney Gatlin had submitted the donation to sponsor 4 pots before his retirement.

Father Gruszka has served 4 years as priest and one year as administrator for the church. He was born in Glogow, Poland & began his studies in law for 3 years before feeling that God was calling him to seminary. He began with a study of philosophy and then transferred to Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Michigan to complete his studies.

When asked about their involvement in our project, Father Gruszka said that the parish likes to serve in the community in different ways. Their biggest outreach is to the poor through their St. Vincent de Paul distribution of food on Tuesdays at 9am. They receive donations from various local stores for this ministry.

The church consists of a mix of ages with a high concentration of youth and they offer services in both English and Spanish, as well as faith based Bible studies and RCIA (Rite of ChristianChristian Initiation of Adults). The website with service times & further information is www.stfrancisfillmore.com.

Father Artur Gruszka has been in the United States for 8 years and recently returned to Poland to baptize his niece, the first new baby in his family.

Civic Pride Committee appreciates the blend of individuals, businesses, and this local church that have gotten involved in beautifying our Fillmore community for everyone’s enjoyment.

 


 

County Supervisor Kathy Long, 3rd District would like to announce to all residents of Ventura County that the next Santa Paula Tattoo Removal Clinic will be held on Saturday February 9, 2013 from 8:30 am – 12 noon, no appointments necessary. Orientation for first time participants will be at 9 am located at 1334 E. Main St. the Santa Paula Family Care Clinic. Due to overwhelming response, spaces will be limited.

County Supervisor Kathy Long spearheaded this clinic in collaboration with the following agencies: Ventura County Public Health, Ventura County Probation Agency, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Santa Paula Family Care Clinic, Interface Children Family Services, and CalWORKS.

The clinic not only welcomes participants but volunteers to run the clinic. If you have any questions, or would like to find out how you can help, please call the Santa Paula Family Care Clinic at (805) 933-1242.

 


 

Livingston Hospice conducts several adult bereavement support groups to help those who have experienced a loss. Explore and express feeling, understand the grief process and receive emotional support. Open to the public, free of charge, all are welcome. The groups are held at:

The First Presbyterian Church, 850 Ivywood Drive, Oxnard; On Wednesday, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th ; from 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave (#112), Ventura; On Wednesday, February 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th ; from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Help of Ojai, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai; On Tuesdays, February 12th & 26th, from 10:30 am – 12 noon

For the newly bereaved: at Livingston Memorial VNA, 1996 Eastman Ave, (#112), Ventura; On Thursday. February 14th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Call 642-1608 for more information.

 


 

Santa Clara Valley Disposal will maintain its regular Friday trash and green waste collection schedule in Fillmore on Feb. 22, during the week of Presidents’ Day.

For more information, call 647-1414.

 


 

Location: West Oxnard Job & Career Center
635 S. Ventura Road, Oxnard
805-204-5171

Wednesday, February 13 - Resumes that Sell, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon - Workshop providing hands-on assistance in completing a resume, cover and thank-you letters. Walk away with a portfolio that shows off professional skills and experience. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the West Oxnard Job & Career Center at 805-204-5171 to enroll.

Thursday, February 14 - Winning Interviews, 8:30 am – 12:00 noon - Supplies the tools to make a lasting first impression when interviewing. Career Shops are offered at no cost to Job Seekers. Space is limited. Prior registration required by calling the West Oxnard Job & Career Center at 805-204-5171 to enroll.

Wednesday, February 27 - Power CONTINUED »

 
(l-r) John & Carmen Zermeno and Civic Pride Committee member, Linda Nunes.
(l-r) John & Carmen Zermeno and Civic Pride Committee member, Linda Nunes.
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Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee was pleased to award Carmen & John Zermeno a certificate of appreciation for participating in our downtown planting project by sponsoring one of the pots at the corner of Santa Clara & Central Avenue.

When asked about why they got involved, they both replied that “Fillmore is their home” & they “like to help out when they can” & also that they “appreciate it looking pretty”.

John arrived in Fillmore in 1952 and Carmen in 1974. They have raised 5 children here & saw them excel in the Fillmore school system, winning scholarships to schools like Harvard.

John worked for the school district for 30 years, & taught night classes at Ventura College, ESL, for migrant education. Carmen has been a docent at Rancho Camulos for 10 years and has also participated in our Fillmore Flower show each year.

Fillmore can stand behind its claim to being the “last of the great small towns” because of the people that call this place “home” and work to make it a great place to live.

 
Luke Kraft & ‘Girl’. Original story located here www.fillmoregazette.com/community/boy-and-love-his-“girl”
Luke Kraft & ‘Girl’. Original story located here www.fillmoregazette.com/community/boy-and-love-his-“girl”
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The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce announces - Business of the Month for December. The award went to Bella’s Teas & Treats. Pictured (l-r) Mayor Rick Neal, Chamber President Cindy Jackson, Owner Renee and Felipe Perez with daughter Bella and son Alexander, along with Board Directors Renae Stovesand-Martel, Theresa Robledo and Norma Mercado.
The Fillmore Chamber of Commerce announces - Business of the Month for December. The award went to Bella’s Teas & Treats. Pictured (l-r) Mayor Rick Neal, Chamber President Cindy Jackson, Owner Renee and Felipe Perez with daughter Bella and son Alexander, along with Board Directors Renae Stovesand-Martel, Theresa Robledo and Norma Mercado.
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Art lessons are on Wednesday afternoons, for different age groups ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
Art lessons are on Wednesday afternoons, for different age groups ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
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Virginia Neuman, who regularly teaches art at San Cayetano Elementary School and the Senior Center, has been giving art lessons to groups of children at the Boys and Girls Club in Fillmore since the beginning of the 2012 school year. This has been made possible through a grant provided by the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation.

She gives two lessons on Wednesday afternoons to different age groups, ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The lessons are informal and supplement whatever other art instruction they receive at school. Some of the more popular lessons have been using scratch art paper at Christmas and drawing a skeleton at Halloween. They have also learnt to draw castles, houses and dinosaurs, small portraits and origami. The children have worked with paint and crayons, oil pastels and pencil, in small groups of ten to a dozen students. Different age groups rotate each week, so each group gets a lesson about once every three weeks.

Please join us on February 6th from 5-7PM at the Boys & Girls Club to see this fabulous art work on display in their First Annual Art Show.

 
Joe Kern was recently presented with a plaque for his near, 50 years of service in the Rotary Club of Fillmore.
Joe Kern was recently presented with a plaque for his near, 50 years of service in the Rotary Club of Fillmore.
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Luke Samuel Kraft & ‘Girl’
Luke Samuel Kraft & ‘Girl’
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Never have I met anyone who has had a love for chickens as much as Luke Samuel Kraft. Since he was just one year old, he developed this love for chickens and eggs. He started collecting the eggs from his four hens daily to be a little helper to his Mommy. It’s a favorite thing for him to do. During the summer of 2012 his Pop (grandpa) took him to get a bantam pair of chickens for himself. He was so excited to have his own set of chickens. Little ones, just for him. He helped his daddy make a special coop for them too. He named the boy “Rooster” and the hen “Girl”. He loves his girl the most. Luke can’t wait until she starts laying some eggs. Luke goes outside every day to check her and let them out of the coop to roam for the day. Often he will bring Girl inside for a short time. There he holds her and they read stories together, watch cartoons, he talks to her and cares for her. When they are outside he will play in the sandbox with her and follower her around the yard. In the fall when Luke went to choose his pumpkin he insisted that Girl needed a pumpkin too. For Christmas he found a nest for her and was excited to give it to her as a gift. He will often push her in his little shopping cart and go down the street to his grandparent’s house to visit and share his girl. For his third Birthday he requested to have a “chicken party” and he wanted a cake that looked just like his “girl”. So off we went looking for the perfect cake topper and he found one! Of course, it looked just like girl too. Occasionally he gets to bring her in the car if we are running quick errands. This little hen is the sweetest thing. She won’t run or fly away from him. Sometimes she will just look up at him with the sweetest look. She seems to love Luke Samuel just as much as he loves her.

 
(l-r) Carston, 9, and brother Nolan, 13, opened business Sunday at the corner of B & River Streets. Lemonade was selling fast for the young entrepreneurs!
(l-r) Carston, 9, and brother Nolan, 13, opened business Sunday at the corner of B & River Streets. Lemonade was selling fast for the young entrepreneurs!
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December 2012 - January 2013 Edition

WELCOME FARM WATCH READERS!

Detective Ray Dominguez had the following to report for this edition:

Happy New Year Farm Watch readers, I hope all of you are off to a good start this year. As I mentioned in the last edition, I have been working on the Owner Applied Number Program, and all the renewal letters have been sent out. If you currently have an OAN, but did not receive a letter please contact me at (805) 384-4726 or ray.dominguez@ventura.org for assistance.

With regard to the OAN Program, I have been receiving a lot of calls asking for information, and some commonly asked questions and answers are as follows:

Q: Do I have an Owner Applied Number?

A: If you received a letter, you have a number issued. Check the mailing label attached to the letter for your number sequence. If you received multiple letters from us, that means you have multiple OAN’s issued to you. Please complete each application and send it back to us.

Q: I have multiple farm/ranch properties I would like to register. How do I go about doing it?

A: Make photocopies of the blank application form and fill out the appropriate information as it relates to each property, then send it back to us. If you already have a number issued, we’ll just provide you with a new sequence (i.e. CA0561000A, CA0561000B, etc.). Note the number stays the same, just the last alpha character changes with the addition of new properties.

Note: if you are adding a property that was not previously issued a number sequence, please write “NEW APP” in the upper right corner of the application form. This will help me and our data entry folks with processing the application.

I’ve also been getting calls about CONTINUED »

 
Theresa Rohbledo & son Adrian with their certificate and Civic Pride member Linda Nunes
Theresa Rohbledo & son Adrian with their certificate and Civic Pride member Linda Nunes
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Vision 2020, Civic Pride Committee was pleased to present a certificate of appreciation to Theresa and Henry Robledo and son, Adrian, 11 years, for their support of our downtown planting project. Ari Larson had mentioned the project to them and they wanted to get involved with sponsoring two of the pots.

This family not only sponsored pots, but came out on the big planting day with brooms in hand & helped clean up along the sidewalk behind those who were busy planting the flowers & putting in new potting soil.

When asked about why they were interested in the project, Theresa said they have a “vested” interest in the community with their local business, Diamond Realty and Investments. Theresa has been a broker for 8 years and Henry, a realtor since 1999. Their business serves all of Ventura County. Theresa said to check out their webpage at www.diamondrealtyteam.com. She wanted people to “stay tuned” for Diamond Realty & Investments’ announcement of an exciting grand opening in the future. You can search for Diamond Realty Team on Facebook & “like” them to receive an invitation with information, when the opening is announced.

Adrian is a confident & enthusiastic young man & expressed his enjoyment in being involved on the community project. He suggested that we get more young people involved in these projects on a regular basis.

 

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley in partnership with the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation wish to announce their 1st Annual Art Show at the Club on February 6th from 5:00-7:00PM. Local artist Virginia Neuman has been working with the kids all year. The Boys & Girls Club was a recipient of a grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation which has allowed the Club to have their youth learn the many components of a structured art program. “Having a well known artist such as Mrs. Neuman work with the youth has been a tremendous opportunity for the kids at the Club” says Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley CEO, Jan Marholin. The exhibit will be free and open to the public for viewing on February 6th from 5:00-7:00PM. Please come join us.

 

A major building milestone occurred on Thursday, January 17th, as the first wall of the new hospital was poured.

This significant event marks the beginning of the second phase of construction that will see the steel skeleton of the new hospital rise out of the ground. Work over the next couple of months will center around the completion of all the “lower level” walls of the hospital, culminating in the installation of the first floor of the hospital come springtime

 

Fillmore Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first of the Mixer of the year, January 31st, 5:30-7:30pm. Come celebrate our new location at 211 Central Avenue! We are on the corner of HWY 126 and Central Avenue. There will be food, no host bar, and live music by the Grand Grooves. Chamber Members, don't forget to bring a door prize to promote your business!

For more information call 805-524-0351.

 
Save the date

The Community Awards Dinner is March 28, 2013. Fillmore Chamber of Commerce needs nominations for Citizen of the Year for the Annual Community Awards Dinner. Drop nominations at our new location at 211 Central Avenue or phone them in to Renae Stovesand-Martel at 805-746-1923. We are on the corner of HWY 126 and Central Avenue. Submit nominations before February 15, 2013. For more information call Fillmore Chamber of Commerce at 805-524-0351.

 

Type of Program: Family, Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, Time: 3:30 p.m., Place: Fillmore Library: 502 Second Street, Fillmore, Phone: 524-3355 - Website: www.vencolibrary.org. Come join us for an exciting reptile safari! The Reptile Family will be bringing live animals that are native to many continents from around the world for you to see and touch! Sponsored by the Fillmore Friends of the Library

 

The Ventura County civil Grand Jury is now accepting applications for new jurors for 2013-14. Applications are available at our Open House on February 6, from 3-6 pm, at 646 County Square Drive, Ventura. This is an excellent opportunity to learn what Grand Jury service consists of, view the chambers, and enjoy some refreshments, too.

The Grand Jury is an investigatory body created for the protection of society and the enforcement of the law. Its goal is to ensure government agencies within our County are doing their best to serve the public in a cost-effective manner. If you have ever wondered about how you might contribute to your County, now is your chance to participate.

To get more details about the mission of the Grand Jury, and to view previous years’ reports, please visit our website: http://grandjury.county of ventura.org. If you are interested in serving on the 2013-14 Grand Jury, please note that applications can also be filled out on-line and will be accepted until April 15, 2013. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call us at 805-477-1600.

The Grand Jury is available for speaking engagements throughout the County. If you would like to request a speaker for your organization, please contact: Judith Cohen at 805-477-1600.