The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Here is a list of the booth locations: Chamber of Commerce, east of 1149 Ventura St.; Christian Praise Assembly, 955 W. Ventura St.; Fillmore Athletic Booster Club, 725 Ventura St.; Fillmore Future Farmers of America Booster Club, Lot #14 Telegraph Rd. (E. Hwy 126 & El Dorado); Fillmore High School Athletic Boosters, Ventura Street & A Street (Balden Town Plaza); Fillmore Historical Museum, 725 Ventura St. (Super A Foods Center; Fillmore Lions Club, 1462 W. Ventura St.; Fillmore Senior Center, 251 Telegraph Rd (vacant lot); Fillmore Women’s Service Club, 446 Ventura St. (Margaret’s Restaurant); Fillmore Youth Football, 460 Ventura St.; First Assembly of God Church, 251 Telegraph Rd.; Maranatha Fellowship, 131 E. Telegraph Rd.; Piru 4-H, 501 Central Ave. (NW Corner of Ventura & Central); Rotary Club of Fillmore Noontime, 613 W. Ventura St.; Rotary Club of Fillmore Sun Risers, 908 Ventura St. (McDonalds); Sespe 4-H, 1049 Ventura St.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1048 W. Ventura St.; VC Search & Rescue, NW corner of Los Serenos & Ventura St.; Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 9637), 502 Ventura St.; Santa Clara Valley Grange, 251 Telegraph Rd.; Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, SW corner Ventura St., & C Street; Fillmore Church of Christ, Balden Towne Plaza (VONS); Fillmore Girls Softball, 572 W Ventura St., (Balden Town Plaza-Burger King).
Have a Safe & Sane Fourth of July!

 


 
A bicyclist, Mayo Perez, of Fillmore, was struck by a vehicle driven by Gluadalupe Gramildo, 51, of Fillmore, Wednesday evening at about 8:10 p.m. The collision occurred near the railroad tracks on Central Avenue.
A bicyclist, Mayo Perez, of Fillmore, was struck by a vehicle driven by Gluadalupe Gramildo, 51, of Fillmore, Wednesday evening at about 8:10 p.m. The collision occurred near the railroad tracks on Central Avenue.
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Perez was struck by the left bumper of the car and thrown into the windshield. He was transferred to the Ventura County Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
Perez was struck by the left bumper of the car and thrown into the windshield. He was transferred to the Ventura County Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

POLICE BLOTTER
THEFT OTHER
06/14/09
600 Block Ventura Street
06/17/09
1000 Block Ventura Street
BURGLARY
06/17/09
500 Block Sespe Avenue
BATTERY
06/11/09
500 Block Sespe Avenue
06/11/09
600 Block Ventura Street
THEFT VEHICLE
06/13/09
4th St. / B. Street CONTINUED »

 


 
It's 80 degrees, it's summer, where is everyone?
Can you identify the one person in the pool?
Can you identify the one person in the pool?
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Gregorio Aguilar
Gregorio Aguilar

“I just killed my first man.” Those were the chilling words of Gregorio Aguilar, 19, of Fillmore, according to the testimony of Adam Solorio at Aguilar’s June 2 preliminary hearing for murder.

Under oath Solorio testified that Aguilar didn’t think Ventura Circle K clerk Sean Odle, 30, was taking him seriously during the December 26 attempted robbery. Solorio said Aguilar told him that Odle made a face like he was “making fun” of him. He also testified that Aguilar pulled the trigger, realized the safety was on, released the safety and fired, killing Odle with a single gunshot wound to the chest. Odle was shot about 4:25 a.m., and taken to Ventura County Medical Center, where he died.

Solorio wore a concealed recording devise and testified in exchange for leniency in connection with January 2009 charges of residential burglary, grand theft auto and receiving stolen property. He stated that he and Aguilar drank alcohol and smoked marijuana together and committed the residential burglary. CONTINUED »

 


 
Two Rivers Skate Park is taking shape. Sprinklers were being installed on Tuesday, several varieties of trees have been planted, restrooms are up, and fencing is about to be installed. Shown is the skate portion of the 22-acre park with some newly planted Palms.
Two Rivers Skate Park is taking shape. Sprinklers were being installed on Tuesday, several varieties of trees have been planted, restrooms are up, and fencing is about to be installed. Shown is the skate portion of the 22-acre park with some newly planted Palms.
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At Tuesday’s council meeting Public Works Director Bert Rapp noted that the construction of the City’s Reclaimed Water Transmission and Distribution System was delayed at FMS in order to receive bids within budget and save money. According to Rapp’s memo to the Council, “Amendment # 2 provides a time extension for Substantial Completion from August 4th to August 28th.” American Water is still responsible for and expects to meet the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s water quality requirements by its September 9, 2009 deadline. Rapp’s memo states, “There is a cost savings to the City of about $50,000 associated with approving contract Amendment # 2 because of the avoidance of the importation, processing and disposal cost of additional biosolids.”
At Tuesday’s council meeting Public Works Director Bert Rapp noted that the construction of the City’s Reclaimed Water Transmission and Distribution System was delayed at FMS in order to receive bids within budget and save money. According to Rapp’s memo to the Council, “Amendment # 2 provides a time extension for Substantial Completion from August 4th to August 28th.” American Water is still responsible for and expects to meet the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s water quality requirements by its September 9, 2009 deadline. Rapp’s memo states, “There is a cost savings to the City of about $50,000 associated with approving contract Amendment # 2 because of the avoidance of the importation, processing and disposal cost of additional biosolids.”

Fillmore City Council held a joint meeting with the Parks & Recreation Commission on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. Together, they heard an update on the possibility of building baseball fields at Two Rivers Park, discussed the Aquatics Facility construction delays, and considered converting the old Water Treatment Plant into a park area with observation points. Then the Council approved Amendment #2 to the Service Contract between the City of Fillmore and American Water for the Water Recycling Facility, received a report on the new budget management system under development, and heard an update on the City’s affordable housing distressed home purchase plan.
Public Works Director Bert Rapp explained that when the City contracted out the development of Two Rivers Park, there was not enough money to pay for the three desired baseball fields. It was hoped that near the end of the project, contingency funds would become available to install baseball facilities. Rapp estimated that only $150,000 would be available and suggested that it would be unwise to re-allocate that money before September. He presented a Community Works Design Group Preliminary Cost Estimate showing that constructing three basic baseball fields would cost over $483,000. That includes backstops, fences, bases, and clay, but does not include dugouts, bleachers, or lighting. Various members of both bodies spoke about the importance of having the fields completed with at least basic facilities. Steve Conaway said that he thought $150,000 of DIF funds might be available to augment the contingency money. The Commission and Council agreed to work with local sports organizations, especially Little League, to find out whether money is available through grants. The City might contribute a permanent Little League field in order to obtain construction money through grants. Currently Little League rents fields from schools at $10 per hour, and spends over $8,500 annually.

Replacement of a drain in the children's play structure at the Aquatics Center could delay the start of recreational swimming or close the pool for two weeks in July. The replacement part will arrive June 30th, but the demolition involved in the repair will take 5-7 working days, resulting in up to two weeks of construction, according to the latest estimates. The Council directed staff to find out whether the pool could remain open with reduced capacity during that time. Lap swimming and water aerobics classes are already available. Lifeguards hired to supervise recreational swimming will be finished with training by June 26th. CONTINUED »

 
Seated is Frank Dunst, who was honored for 60 years of Lions Membership and service. Lion Bill Dewey, standing, presented Dunst with a plaque celebrating his amazing life and tenure in Lions. On June 15 at the Memorial Building over 50 Lions, spouses, and friends celebrated the 82nd annual Installation and Award dinner. It was a very successful evening. Lion President Bill Edmonds presented award to his 2008-2009 cabinet and thanked everybody for their enthusiastic work during this past year. Then Lion President Joe Woodruff installed the new cabinet for the coming year. Special awards were presented. Lion Scott Lee presented the Lion of the Year Award to Paul Schifanelli for his tremendous work on behalf of the club this year. Then the prestigious Melvin Jones Award was given to Ron Smith. This is a lifetime achievement award. Then Jim Austin presented the Proud Lion Awards to April Hastings, and Sean Hastings. The Hastings’ are new Lions members who completed a very rigorous program which includes attending a board meeting, bringing a prospective new Lion to a Meeting, attending a zone or district cabinet meeting, visiting another club, and participating in a Club Fund Raising or Service project. The Hastings' sponsor is Lion Mary Tipps. The final award given was a Donald Snyder Student Speaker Foundation award to Pres. Bill Edmonds for his continuing work in the annual student speaker contest.
Seated is Frank Dunst, who was honored for 60 years of Lions Membership and service. Lion Bill Dewey, standing, presented Dunst with a plaque celebrating his amazing life and tenure in Lions. On June 15 at the Memorial Building over 50 Lions, spouses, and friends celebrated the 82nd annual Installation and Award dinner. It was a very successful evening. Lion President Bill Edmonds presented award to his 2008-2009 cabinet and thanked everybody for their enthusiastic work during this past year. Then Lion President Joe Woodruff installed the new cabinet for the coming year. Special awards were presented. Lion Scott Lee presented the Lion of the Year Award to Paul Schifanelli for his tremendous work on behalf of the club this year. Then the prestigious Melvin Jones Award was given to Ron Smith. This is a lifetime achievement award. Then Jim Austin presented the Proud Lion Awards to April Hastings, and Sean Hastings. The Hastings’ are new Lions members who completed a very rigorous program which includes attending a board meeting, bringing a prospective new Lion to a Meeting, attending a zone or district cabinet meeting, visiting another club, and participating in a Club Fund Raising or Service project. The Hastings' sponsor is Lion Mary Tipps. The final award given was a Donald Snyder Student Speaker Foundation award to Pres. Bill Edmonds for his continuing work in the annual student speaker contest.
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Pictured (in no order) and acknowledged are some of the people who make up Fillmore Lions Club a success, including Bill Dewey, Bill Edmonds, Joe Woodruff, Scott Lee, Paul Schifanelli, Melvin Jones, Ron Smith, Jim Austin, Sean and April Hastings, Walk Gonzales, Jack Stethem, and Mary Tipps.
Pictured (in no order) and acknowledged are some of the people who make up Fillmore Lions Club a success, including Bill Dewey, Bill Edmonds, Joe Woodruff, Scott Lee, Paul Schifanelli, Melvin Jones, Ron Smith, Jim Austin, Sean and April Hastings, Walk Gonzales, Jack Stethem, and Mary Tipps.
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Thursday, June 4, Fillmore High School not only celebrated the Class of 2009 graduation, but also celebrated Sergio Cornejo’s (above) 18th Birthday. Cornejo is being held up by his classmates Vinny Sanchez and Jesse Sanchez. The class of 2009 had over 275 graduate this year. The class also had 29 CSF Life Members, 24 Golden State Merit Diploma, 1 Salutatorian, and 20 Valedictorians. 

Last Thursday the Class of 2009 held their commencment ceremonies. With over 275 graduating, the stadium was packed and overflowing onto the field. The event started off with the traditional Junior Archbear’s walking out onto the field as the graduating class walked underneath the arches. The band played “The Star Spangled Banner”, Jillian Wilber, ASB President, lead with the “Pledge of Allegiance”, Perry West, Senior Class President, gave his personal message “Not Holding Back”, followed by Matt Dollar, FHS Teacher of the Year, “I Wish You Enough”, and ending the personal messages, Brina Suttle, Valedictorian, with “What Lies Beneath”. There were many honored for their academic accomplishments, as follows: CSF Life members: Elizabeth Amezcua, Maria Arreola, Jessica Avila, Patricia Ciseneros, Meghan Cobos, Jessica Cornelius, Jonathan Escamilla, Vincent Ferguson, Yessica Flores, Taylor Gaitan, Danielle Gangl, Alexandra Garcia, Brandon Hunt, Jessica Leon, Antonio Magana, Maricarmen Magana, Stephanie Martinez, Jonathon Monroe, Andreina Montelongo, America Munoz, Miguel Ochoa, Bailey Pina, Mayra Regalado, Andy Reynaga, Erica Rodriguez, Nicole Sanchez, Erik Storey, Katy Talon, Carlos Tarango, Samone Vega. Golden State Merit Diploma: Noah Aguirre, Taylor Atkins, Alani Barajas, Ryder Bush, Jessica Cornelius, Jonathan Escamilla, Vincent Ferguson, Joshua Gaither, Kyla Hernandez,
Brandon Hunt, Rachel Kamradt, Emily Largey, Nathan Liu, Sierra Mangus, Gabriel Manzano, Vaneesa Rodriguez, Julianne Sandoval, Jose Sillas, Brina Suttle, Juan Carlos Toledo, David Watson, Michael Watson, Jacob Zellmer. Salutatorian Stephanie Bolanos. Valedictorians: Jazmyne Alvary, Taylor Atkins, Christina Bahena,
Alani Barajas, Karli Chessani, Natalie Garnica, Jaymee Harter, Kyla Hernandez, Rebeca Herrera, Aimee Orozco, Ryan Rivera, Julianne Sandoval, Franziska Scheifler, Brina Suttle, Juan Carlos Toledo, David Watson, Michael Watson, Jillian Wilber, Jacob Zellmer. Congratulations Class of 2009. We wish you the best!
Thursday, June 4, Fillmore High School not only celebrated the Class of 2009 graduation, but also celebrated Sergio Cornejo’s (above) 18th Birthday. Cornejo is being held up by his classmates Vinny Sanchez and Jesse Sanchez. The class of 2009 had over 275 graduate this year. The class also had 29 CSF Life Members, 24 Golden State Merit Diploma, 1 Salutatorian, and 20 Valedictorians. Last Thursday the Class of 2009 held their commencment ceremonies. With over 275 graduating, the stadium was packed and overflowing onto the field. The event started off with the traditional Junior Archbear’s walking out onto the field as the graduating class walked underneath the arches. The band played “The Star Spangled Banner”, Jillian Wilber, ASB President, lead with the “Pledge of Allegiance”, Perry West, Senior Class President, gave his personal message “Not Holding Back”, followed by Matt Dollar, FHS Teacher of the Year, “I Wish You Enough”, and ending the personal messages, Brina Suttle, Valedictorian, with “What Lies Beneath”. There were many honored for their academic accomplishments, as follows: CSF Life members: Elizabeth Amezcua, Maria Arreola, Jessica Avila, Patricia Ciseneros, Meghan Cobos, Jessica Cornelius, Jonathan Escamilla, Vincent Ferguson, Yessica Flores, Taylor Gaitan, Danielle Gangl, Alexandra Garcia, Brandon Hunt, Jessica Leon, Antonio Magana, Maricarmen Magana, Stephanie Martinez, Jonathon Monroe, Andreina Montelongo, America Munoz, Miguel Ochoa, Bailey Pina, Mayra Regalado, Andy Reynaga, Erica Rodriguez, Nicole Sanchez, Erik Storey, Katy Talon, Carlos Tarango, Samone Vega. Golden State Merit Diploma: Noah Aguirre, Taylor Atkins, Alani Barajas, Ryder Bush, Jessica Cornelius, Jonathan Escamilla, Vincent Ferguson, Joshua Gaither, Kyla Hernandez, Brandon Hunt, Rachel Kamradt, Emily Largey, Nathan Liu, Sierra Mangus, Gabriel Manzano, Vaneesa Rodriguez, Julianne Sandoval, Jose Sillas, Brina Suttle, Juan Carlos Toledo, David Watson, Michael Watson, Jacob Zellmer. Salutatorian Stephanie Bolanos. Valedictorians: Jazmyne Alvary, Taylor Atkins, Christina Bahena, Alani Barajas, Karli Chessani, Natalie Garnica, Jaymee Harter, Kyla Hernandez, Rebeca Herrera, Aimee Orozco, Ryan Rivera, Julianne Sandoval, Franziska Scheifler, Brina Suttle, Juan Carlos Toledo, David Watson, Michael Watson, Jillian Wilber, Jacob Zellmer. Congratulations Class of 2009. We wish you the best!
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According to California Highway Patrol reports, Ricardo Briseno, 27 of Fillmore, died Monday morning as a result of crashing his car into a drainage ditch adjacent to Highway 126 near Fillmore.
Apparently no one witnessed the 5 a.m. accident, which was reported more than a half-hour after the incident. Briseno was headed east on Highway 126 when his vehicle left the south side of the roadway, spun around on a dirt shoulder, hit a sign post before skidding across five lanes, colliding with a guard rail, and landing in a drainage ditch.
The cause of the crash is not known. Briseno is reported to have been wearing a seat belt. He suffered massive blunt-force trauma and internal injuries, and had to be freed from the wreckage by Ventura County Fire Department personnel. Briseno was pronounced dead at 7:48 a.m. at Santa Paula Hospital.