On Wednesday, July 8th, actress Naya Rivera went missing in Lake Piru after renting a pontoon for herself and her 4-year old son. Her son was found asleep on the boat, wearing a life jacket, about three hours after they left the docks. An extensive search took place until July 13th, when her body was recovered in the north-east end of the lake. Her death
has been ruled an accidental drowning. Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department.
On Wednesday, July 8th, actress Naya Rivera went missing in Lake Piru after renting a pontoon for herself and her 4-year old son. Her son was found asleep on the boat, wearing a life jacket, about three hours after they left the docks. An extensive search took place until July 13th, when her body was recovered in the north-east end of the lake. Her death has been ruled an accidental drowning. Photos courtesy Ventura County Sheriff ’s Department.
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Naya Marie Rivera
Naya Marie Rivera

On Wednesday, July 8th 33-year-old Los Angeles actress Naya Marie Rivera rented a boat at the lake Wednesday afternoon and went for an excursion with her four-year-old son. The boat was found drifting in the northern portion of the lake with the child alone and asleep onboard. Rivera’s son told investigators that he and his mother had been swimming in the lake, and he got back in the boat, but Rivera did not.

Approximately 50 sheriff’s personnel, along with a helicopter, boat crews, divers, and unmanned aerial vehicles searched the lake for five hours Wednesday evening, but Rivera could not be found. The entire shoreline and surface of the lake were thoroughly searched. Divers also searched under water in the area where the boat had last been seen. However, there was no sign of Rivera. The search was suspended at 10:00 pm Wednesday night due to zero visibility in the water and dangerous conditions for the divers.

The search resumed Thursday morning with divers experiencing less than one foot of visibility in the water in daylight. The difficult conditions have made the recovery operation a very slow process. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the search with divers and sonar equipment. Approximately 100 personnel are participating in the mission on Thursday, including resources from neighboring counties and the United States Coast Guard. Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident.

The search continued until the morning of July 13, when a body was recovered at Lake Priu. Later that day the Ventura Medical Examiner released the following statement:

The body of a woman found in Lake Piru on Monday July 13, 2020 has been confirmed as Naya Marie Rivera. The cause of death is drowning, and the manner of death is accident.

Naya Marie Rivera, Age 33
Date of Pronouncement: 7/13/2020
Cause of Death: Drowning
Manner of Death: Accident
On the morning of July 13, the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office was notified that the body of a woman believed to be 33-year-old Naya Marie Rivera was recovered from the waters of Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. The circumstances and visual characteristics all indicated that the body was that of Naya Rivera and the identity has been confirmed by dental comparison. The body has been x-rayed and a full autopsy has been performed. The autopsy findings are consistent with a drowning and the condition of the body is consistent with the time that she was submerged. No traumatic injuries or disease processes were identified at autopsy. There is no indication from the investigation or examination that drugs or alcohol played a role in the decedent's death, but specimens will be submitted for toxicology testing.

 


 
On Saturday, July 11th at noon at Fillmore Central Park/City Hall, the Justice for Fillmore community held a meeting to discuss institutional racism in our community and society. Fillmore City Council Members, City Manager, Chief of Police and community members were all invited to participate. Due to State of Califoria ruling on meeting, the Fillmore City Manager and Fillmore Chief of Police were unable to attend the event. However, Fillmore City Council Members Manuel Minjares and Lynn Edmunds attended.
On Saturday, July 11th at noon at Fillmore Central Park/City Hall, the Justice for Fillmore community held a meeting to discuss institutional racism in our community and society. Fillmore City Council Members, City Manager, Chief of Police and community members were all invited to participate. Due to State of Califoria ruling on meeting, the Fillmore City Manager and Fillmore Chief of Police were unable to attend the event. However, Fillmore City Council Members Manuel Minjares and Lynn Edmunds attended.
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We’re happy to announce that our clubs in Santa Paula and Fillmore have reopened and are once again serving those who need us most! Our staff is working hard every day to keep everyone safe and healthy following social distancing guidelines. Piru Club is scheduled to open on Monday, July 13th. To register online visit Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley at bgclubscv.org
We’re happy to announce that our clubs in Santa Paula and Fillmore have reopened and are once again serving those who need us most! Our staff is working hard every day to keep everyone safe and healthy following social distancing guidelines. Piru Club is scheduled to open on Monday, July 13th. To register online visit Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley at bgclubscv.org
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Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley has officially started their summer program at all of their sites, including the Fillmore and Piru clubhouses. “It is with great excitement that I can share with you that all of our clubs are open in Santa Paula, Fillmore and Piru,” said CEO Jan Marholin. According to Marholin, the organization has spent over $20,000 for sanitizing supplies (courtesy of some specific grants) in all of the facilities for the safety of both staff and club members. In addition, all clubhouses are following rigid guidelines set by both CDC and Ventura County Public Health, and in doing so, they have implemented a strict ratio of 10 youth to one staff member, thus, reducing their total onsite capacity. Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is committed to continuing to support the youth in our community through this challenging time. There are still a few open spots left in our summer program, visits www.bgCLUBscv.org to register online.

Written by Nancy Rodriguez Hernandez, Engagement & Marketing Coordinator.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District Reopening Survey Results as of July 8th, 2020. Courtesy FUSD website.
Fillmore Unified School District Reopening Survey Results as of July 8th, 2020. Courtesy FUSD website.
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Update on Reopening of Fillmore USD Schools
July 8, 2020

Dear Fillmore USD Families,
The purpose of this communication is to provide information to district families about ongoing actions to prepare for the reopening of schools in Fall 2020.

Thank you to all those families who took the time to complete the reopening survey. Your feedback is invaluable as we develop a plan to reopen our schools, keep students and staff safe, and ensure that student learning and development continues.

Reopening Schools Survey Results
As of 8:00 AM July 8th, we received 806 responses to our survey with submissions representing 1,487 students from every school site in the district. District families were asked to consider their support for three reopening models: In-Person Instruction, Distance or At-Home Learning and Hybrid or Blended Learning. Based on the results, our community responses have prioritized Distance or At-Home Learning, then Hybrid or Blended Learning and lastly In-Person Instruction. We are encouraged all families to complete the reopening survey which will remained open until Monday, July 13, 2020 to continue to allow our families the opportunity to provide feedback.

In-Person Instruction: 28.1% of families indicated that they would be very likely to support In-Person Instruction and 20.3% indicated somewhat likely, but 30.5% indicated they would be very unlikely to support it and an additional 12.6% said somewhat unlikely.

Distance or At-Home Learning: 47.5% of families indicated that they would be very likely to support Distance or At-Home Learning and 26.1% indicated somewhat likely, with only 10.5% indicated they would be very unlikely to support it and 8.3% said somewhat unlikely.

Hybrid or Blended Learning: 35.2% of families indicated that they would be very likely to support Hybrid or Blended Learning and 29.1% indicated somewhat likely, but 19.0% indicated they would be very unlikely to support it and an additional 8.4% said somewhat unlikely.

Ready to Commit to Distance or At-Home Learning?
If your family is ready to commit to Distance or At-Home Learning for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, please complete the information below. A representative from the district will be reaching out to you to confirm your selection.

District Owned Devices for Distance or At-Home Learning
We are pleased to share that all students in Transitional Kindergarten through second grade will be provided with a district owned Apple iPad to support distance learning efforts. Information on requesting a device and deployment will be provided in the coming weeks.

In Spring 2020, students in 2™ grade were provided a district owned iPad device (if requested). All students who received an iPad last spring will continue to use the device as 3" graders. However, all students in grades 4 —12 will use district owned laptops for their distance or at-home learning.

Information on COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following to protect yourself from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

- Wash your hands often

- Avoid close contact

- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

- Cover coughs and sneezes

- Clean and disinfect

- Monitor Your Health Daily

In closing, the work to reopen schools will include many changes to our daily routines.
Adopting the new routines outlined above by the Centers for Disease Control will be central to preserving health and safety for each of us and our loved ones. All of us can do our part to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,
Adrian E. Palazuelos, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Fillmore Unified

 


 

On Sunday, July 12th at 3:53pm, a brush fire was reported near Goodenough and Burson Road in Fillmore, near underground fire in an oil-rich area. It was in a remote, rough area off Squaw Flat Road. By 4:30pm the fire reportedly burned about an acre, and helicopters were called in to help battle the blaze. Air tankers were called and cancelled after helicopters made their drops and crews were able to extinguish the flames. The fire was said to have started as a thermal anomaly, which is underground oil steam that burns and can flame at times, reaching the surface to ignite a fire.

 


 
8-year-old Noah wins Creative Builders Summer Contest.
8-year-old Noah wins Creative Builders Summer Contest.

Congratulations to 8-year old Noah with his theme “Fillmore”! Noah received a total of 272 likes/loves for his Creative Builders Summer Contest submission. He was awarded a summer-themed prize; The City of Fillmore will be contacting your mom soon, Noah! Thank you to all who participated in the Creative Builders Summer Contest. Courtesy City of Fillmore.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

July 9, 2020

INFORMATION/DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1. 2020-2021 Reopening Work

2. High School Athletics Conditioning and Skills Building, Summer 2020

3. Farm Activity Plan, Summer 2020

TEMPORARY PROCEDURES FOR VIRTUAL PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS
Temporary procedures for virtual public participation in FUSD school board meetings will be held until further notice. Click link for more information: https://4.files.edl.io/476b/03/26/20/201809-8b82d5ff-0d3e-4c82-96e0-0193...

 
Dr. Ira Hinckley, eldest of Fillmore’s first physician Dr. John P. Hinckley. All images courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
Dr. Ira Hinckley, eldest of Fillmore’s first physician Dr. John P. Hinckley. All images courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum.
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Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale.
Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale.
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Drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura street.
Drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura street.
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Courtesy Fillmore Historical Museum

Born in Connecticut in 1879, Ira Hinckley was the eldest of John and Cora Hinckley’s children. He moved with the family to first South Dakota and then to Ventura, California. Ira attended dental school at University of California at Berkeley, graduating in 1899. Shortly thereafter, he married Catherine “Kate” Elizabeth Cruson of Bardsdale. The newlyweds originally lived near Dr. John Hinckley on Ventura Street, but by the 1930s they had moved to a home in the 400 block of First Street. Kate’s mother, Susan Crusan, lived next door to them. The house Dr. Ira and Kate Hinckley lived in is no longer there. It was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the Corl Family donated it to the Fillmore Historical Museum. It now has pride of place at the Historical Park on Main Street.

Besides being one of Fillmore’s earliest dentists, Ira Hinckley also was a pharmacist. At first he had his office and pharmacy “one block south of Fillmore State Bank, telephone Black 233” according to an entry in the 1910 City Directory. He operated the drug store at the corner of Central Avenue and Ventura streets for many years. After retirement he would fill in as relief pharmacist at the Fillmore Pharmacy as well as at Clough’s Pharmacy.

Ira had other interests besides his profession. He was the violinist in the Harmonson Rood Orchestra. This was a group of around twelve musicians (the number varied) made up of members of the Rood and Harmonson families augmented by John B. McNab, A. J MacKenzie (pastor of the Sespe and Bardsdale Methodist Churches) and Ira Hinckley among others. They often could be found playing under the Sycamore tree on the McNab property at 411 First Street.

Like his father, Ira was a member of the Fillmore Masonic Temple and also served as Worshipful Master. The 1930 City Directory listed him as secretary of the Lodge rather than as dentist or pharmacist.

Also like his father, Ira had citrus groves and was a member of the Fillmore Citrus Association. By 1938 he was listing himself as a rancher.

Kate and Ira Hinckley had two children, Lawrence and Hattie Mae. Lawrence would become a well-known artist and put Fillmore on the map as a town which supported the arts. Hattie Mae married Chet Hanson, who was a boarder at Hattie’s grandmother Cruson’s house and worked at the refinery.

Ira died suddenly in 1939, only two years after his father, John P Hinckley. Kate lived to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren passing away in 1971.

 
On Saturday, July 4th at 10:30pm, Ventura County Fire crews responded to a fire near the 1700 block of Goodenough Road, north of Fillmore. Once on scene fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames by 11:43pm. No injuries or damages were reported at the time of the 2-acre fire; cause is under investigation. Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department
On Saturday, July 4th at 10:30pm, Ventura County Fire crews responded to a fire near the 1700 block of Goodenough Road, north of Fillmore. Once on scene fire fighters were able to extinguish the flames by 11:43pm. No injuries or damages were reported at the time of the 2-acre fire; cause is under investigation. Photo courtesy Ventura County Fire Department
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On Saturday, July 4, a 3-car collision occurred on Hwy. 126 near A Street. The driver of an older Nissan pickup drove into the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan, which in turn struck a smaller Toyota sports vehicle. A female passenger in the sedan was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. No specific injuries were indicated. The male driver of the Nissan was arrested for suspected DUI.
On Saturday, July 4, a 3-car collision occurred on Hwy. 126 near A Street. The driver of an older Nissan pickup drove into the rear of a Toyota 4-door sedan, which in turn struck a smaller Toyota sports vehicle. A female passenger in the sedan was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. No specific injuries were indicated. The male driver of the Nissan was arrested for suspected DUI.
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Pictured above is the black older Nissan truck that rear-ended the Toyota 4-door sedan.
Pictured above is the black older Nissan truck that rear-ended the Toyota 4-door sedan.
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The third vehicle, a Toyota sports vehicle, which was struck by the Toyota 4-door sedan as a chain reaction caused in the crash.
The third vehicle, a Toyota sports vehicle, which was struck by the Toyota 4-door sedan as a chain reaction caused in the crash.
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Suspected DUI arrest.
Suspected DUI arrest.
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