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September 11, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Morgan at Carpinteria Veterinary Clinic for rescuing a bird that lay suffering on Maple Avenue. “Thank you so much Morgan.”

A reader sends a halo to local physical therapist Bill, who makes the reader feel like a frozen popsicle after therapy. “You rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Uncle Chen for taking care of the reader’s parents with their dinner the other night and for always being so kind to all of the family.

A reader sends a halo to Paul at STP Screenprinting for helping the Indian Cheerleaders get their shirts on such last minute notice. “You saved the day.”

A reader sends a halo to the Indian Cheerleaders and parents for all their hard work at the bake sale. “Also thanks to all those who came out to support our team.”

A reader sends a halo to Yost Appliance. “I called for service on Friday afternoon, and first thing Monday morning, the problem was repaired. Thanks to Donna, Ken and their father for their family run business. It was prompt service with perfect results.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Movies in the Park. “Best movies yet! Thanks for showing ‘Goonies’ (Baby Ruth), and I’m looking forward to next summer.”

A reader sends a halo to all the Howard School children, parents, grandparents and friends who came out to clean, paint and make the school look lovely. “The first week of school was fantastic thanks to your support.”

A reader sends a halo to Danielle Fine, who has gone above and beyond for the Indian Cheer team as well as the youth at Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club. “We can’t thank you enough for all that you do.”

A reader sends a halo to the homeowners who are respecting the drought and letting their lawns go dormant. “Brown is beautiful these days.”

A reader sends a halo to the lovely pregnant lady who stopped the young boy who was walking onto the freeway. “Thank you. You saved his life. You are a hero.”

A reader sends a halo to Carl Burton of Carl’s Painting. “Not only was his painting perfect, his help with several small ‘moving’ issues was both kind and generous.”

A reader sends a halo to Starbucks barista Joey because he is always polite and cheerful with a friendly smile and gives quick, efficient service. “He makes my day.”

A reader sends a halo to Saint Joseph’s Youth Group for providing a safe and fun environment.

A reader sends a halo to Kristen, the best wife and mother ever.

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers who selflessly give of their time to the campers at Carpinteria State Beach throughout the year. “The summer Hosts work nonstop to make sure the restrooms and campsites are looking good. Thank you for your hard work.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to oversized trucks and the businesses who use them on our smaller back roads, namely Santa Monica Road. “I almost got in a head-on because a semi came around a corner in my lane.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the army of ants and its queen for refusing to surrender. “I’ve made examples out of your friends and yet you continue to defy me. For this you will pay. Victory shall be mine.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local resident for planting grass seed in most of his front yard.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cyclists on the new section of the California Trail from Rincon to Oil Piers who yell at walkers to get off. “Everyone is allowed to use it, not just cyclists. It is not just your bike lane.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the grocery store that failed to program the registers to give the advertised discount. “Then another for wasting 15 minutes of my time proving that I was right.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who left a message on a neighbor’s door. “You should show some class and sign it. I didn’t appreciate being accused of being the one that wrote it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady who was witnessed throwing things at her man at her front door. “Abuse and intimidation are not to be tolerated in any relationship. These things are also against the law.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the speed demon in the local CVS parking lot. “Last time I checked, pedestrians have the right of way in California. Calm down and enjoy our small, safe town.”

July 3, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Fischer and Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital for taking care of an eye injury on the reader’s old dog, Stanley.

A reader sends a halo to John Wullbrandt for creating, organizing and instructing the Great Wave of Kanagawa mural for the Teen ArtFest. “Awesome!”

A reader sends a halo to Marnie and George for their 71st wedding anniversary. “Love to you both.”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman on the red scooter who goes to Carpinteria Athletics twice a day every day. “You are such an inspiration to us all.”

A reader sends a halo to the state park employee who returned the reader’s son’s wallet with all the money and cards intact.

A reader sends a halo to all the supporters of Carpinteria Movies in the Park. “Thanks to you, we have another fun-filled summer of films ahead of us.”

A reader sends a halo to Tim at the Carpinteria Post Office for responding to the reader’s call so quickly and replacing the torn flag with a brand new one and a halo to Ian at the Masonic Lodge for getting it lit up.

A reader sends a halo to everyone at Sly’s restaurant for making the reader’s 71st wedding anniversary a very special one.

A reader sends a halo to her awesome mom, Cathy Foss, for helping with cleanup. “You’re the best mom ever.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who made Teen ArtFest a grand success.

A reader sends a halo to Mike Lazaro, the Armand Hammer Foundation, Myriad Flowers and all the volunteers for their support of Carp Cares for Youth during Rods & Roses.

A reader sends a halo to his wife, daughter and friends who painted and cleaned the apartment of their mother/grandmother while she was out of town. “Great job, girls.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the cyclists who don’t stay in a line on the road. “What happened to ‘share the road’?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy who thinks he is funny driving around town in a truck with a hockey mask like Jason in the movie “Friday the 13th.” “It is very dangerous and scary for little ones.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady who lets her dog run on the beach without a leash and attack the other dogs, then says it is okay because it is her beach and she lives here.

September 4, 2014

A reader sends a halo to the kind lady who gave the reader 75 cents so she could buy a used picture frame at a local thrift store. “I will pass it on at the first chance I get.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria and the Community Pool for installing the ozone treatment system. “Feels like I’m swimming in bottled water.”

A reader sends a halo to Pat Durham for her banned books window at Friends of the Carpinteria Library Bookstore. “If you haven’t seen it, check it out, and go into the bookstore, which supports Carpinteria Library.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Z at Beach Medical Clinic for taking such good care of me and helping me out. “You’re the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Ester Gonzales and family for the amazing and very generous dinner they provided for Canalino’s Back to School night. “Such an amazing family.”

A reader sends a halo to Jennifer Medina for the very generous donations made to Canalino School. “Thanks for getting our kids started off right. We love parents like you!”

A reader sends a halo to Missy for paying it forward and sharing her roasted hatch chiles from Albertsons on the roasting day. “She kindly drove home and brought a complete stranger a baggie full of the hot, clean delicious chiles.”

A reader sends a halo to April and Susan, volunteers extraordinaire. “Thank you for all you do to make the Friends of the Carpinteria Library Bookstore a local treasure, for locals and visitors. It’s always fun to shop there.”

A reader sends a halo to the Mormon missionaries that are always there when you need them.

A reader sends a halo to Daphne Carty, who practices diligent water conservation every day and has for years and years and years without benefit of awards or proclamations.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the hoodlums who took the Reality Church sign off the Carpinteria welcome sign.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who picked up the reader’s bike lock after it slipped off the bike grip. “My brother was letting me borrow his lock for the week.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to cyclists who don’t know they’re supposed to follow almost all the same rules as cars. “Stop signs and red lights still mean stop, pedestrians still have the right of way, bike lanes are single vehicle lanes, and turn signals are still needed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to equestrians who use bike lanes and/or hiking trails but don’t take responsibility for cleaning up their horses’ massive piles of poo. “It’s about as rude as walking 10 dogs and not cleaning up after any of them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Linden Avenue shop that charges customers $1.98 for a bag. “Total greed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who drove a white pickup on the reader’s private driveway off a private lane and ran over a vital water valve, sending water gushing. “You should come back and pay.”

June 26, 2014

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman working at Do it Best Hardware. “I was in need of a lamp part and not only did he have it but he fixed the lamp as well. He was beyond patient and courteous and I so appreciated his help.”

A reader sends a halo to Paul McCarty for being such a kind and loving father and husband. “Thank you for running and surfing with me.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael at Rincon Music. “You were so kind, patient and helpful. I truly hope your new music store thrives!”

A reader sends a halo to the Linden lifeguard for keeping dogs off the beach this weekend. “He really tried even though some nearby residents tried to sneak some dogs out on the beach.”

A reader sends a halo to the entire pharmacy staff at Rite Aid. “Sen always remembers my family’s names, and Dr. Rick, and the other pharmacist always take their time to answer questions and give suggestions for my daughter’s health and allergies.”

A reader sends a halo to Elise Unruh for helping the reader get a 1967 Carpinteria High School yearbook for the reader’s brother. “He was thrilled!”

A reader sends a halo to Manuel Solorzano, a loyal and loving fan of Carpinteria for more than 30 years. “We will all miss you dearly.”

A reader sends a halo to Andrea De Alba for helping out with the dancers’ poses at Studio B’s picture day. “Thanks to you, our girls rocked their photos.”

A reader sends a halo to Auntie Jenna, Uncle Liston, Layla and baby girl Foster. “Thank you for my first sleepover ever. I had so much fun with my cousin and her puppy, Rufus. I can’t wait for the next time.”

A reader sends a halo to Mike Lazaro for volunteering so much of his time for our community.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Library and the local sponsors who donated prizes to encourage kids to read in the Summer Reading Program at the library.

A reader sends a pitchfork to personal services businesses that neglect to return phone messages and drop-ins are seen as a rude interruption to current business, “I guess they are all doing so well today that tomorrow doesn’t count—very poor customer service.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local teacher for messing up the reader’s daughter’s final grade after she notified him about his mistake.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the sloppy, unsafe road crew repaving Via Real.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the manipulators out there. “In the end, if you can’t produce something of substance, nobody is going to follow you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who put up large tents on the beach that block us from watching our kids swim in the ocean.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the pitchforker complaining about tourists putting bread on the grill at The Palms. “Have some kindness and imagination. Bread on the grill is a regular practice. Toast it, butter it, garlic it, and you have yummy garlic toast.”

June 19

A reader sends a halo to the Foster’s Freeze employee who came to the reader’s table to return some change she had dropped. “It’s nice to have an honest person working at a local store. I really appreciated it.”

A reader sends a halo to Matt Drain, who designed and hung the new sign at the Veteran’s Hall. “You made all of us very proud at the Memorial Day unveiling. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Rori of Rori’s Creamery for the ice cream challenge held at The Howard School. “What a great event for our school. We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis and Bill Mahlke for putting together the beautiful dance benefit for the Martinez family. “Your time, hard work, love and support is so appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Crushcakes for donating delicious cupcakes every Wednesday to the senior lunch program. “We love them and enjoy the variety and beautiful decorations.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who helped with the Martinez Dance Benefit. “So many great people, so many great dancers. The show was incredible and so are all of you.”

A reader sends a halo to John Dudley, Wes Marshall, Charlie Freund and Melanie Fennell for mentoring Canalino students. “You are making a huge difference in their lives, and we really appreciate it.”

A reader sends a halo to Girl Scout leader Jena. “Thank you for a wonderful year full of adventure, creativity and fun. The girls love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Lily at The UPS Store for being so very helpful and cheerful. “The poster came out beautifully.”

A reader sends a halo to Patty Manuras for sharing her tasty, easy bran muffin recipe. The reader’s family and friends love them; they are a “regular” treat.

A reader sends a halo to the city employees who set up the room every month for the Carpinteria Beautiful meeting. “We really appreciate your extra time and effort.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria Parks Department for showing great leadership and adhering to watering restrictions.

A reader sends a halo to Wilja Happe at Farmers’ West Nursery for providing The Howard School with beautiful flowers for the teachers and for the graduation ceremony. “She is an angel in disguise.”

A reader sends a halo to Carol and the crew at Rincon Catering for the wonderful graduation lunch. “It was awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to teaching aide Brenda Navarro for her warmth, patience and exceptional skill in assisting our SBCC Continuing Education evening ESL students at Carpinteria Middle School. “Good luck in your nursing career. We love you, Brenda.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman who pitched a fit about a well-behaved companion animal near her on a restaurant patio at dinnertime. “Sorry your cats aren’t considered companion animals, and your perfume was obnoxious.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to tourists for putting bread on the grill at The Palms. “Did you notice that bread is not on the ‘cook and serve yourself menu’?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who forgot his daughter’s first name while trying to remember her middle name.

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever thought up those awful, ugly, metal lumpy floor plates that began first at the supermarkets and are spreading around town. “I see them wake up babies, rattle teeth, maybe tip over bikes and knock groceries out of carts.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the recent eighth-grade graduate who tossed his soda cup over the embankment on the ocean-side of the Linden Avenue overpass. “Littering is for losers.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Coastal View News for publishing a halo to a business outside Carpinteria last week. “I think halos and pitchforks should only include Carpinteria.”

June 12, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Rockwell Printing for doing a great job on the Canalino School yearbooks. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Fischer and his staff at Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital. “They took my little dog, Kahuna, in right away for an emergency appointment. Dr. Fischer was very kind, informative and compassionate.”

A reader sends a halo to Carp Kustomz. “I was leaving for a trip, my car not starting and Ruben Clark came to the rescue, arranging for a replacement part to be driven from LA within hours.”

A reader sends a halo to her daughter who is about to birth the reader’s second grandchild. “Such a blessing to us all.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School senior breakfast waffle crew. “Way to go, ladies. We rocked it!”

A reader sends a halo to Blenders in the Grass for having the thickest and coldest smoothies in the area. “With the fastest service too.”

A reader sends a halo to Studio B Dance. “You are a really fun dance program. Great job for winning three first-place awards.”

A reader sends a halo to the Brothers of Industry guys and Eric for putting on an epic party.

A reader sends a halo to Joel Clayton for his generosity of time and equipment in helping the Aliso teachers with the sound system for the talent show. “Thank you also for providing silkworms and daily leaves to our classrooms. You rock, Joel.”

A reader sends a halo to amazing Canalino Principal Jamie Persoon. “Your staff loves you!”

A reader sends a halo to Danny’s Deli whose full-serve car wash did such a wonderful job on the reader’s GEM today. “I was quite impressed with the inside and out.”

I would like to send a halo to the Deep Magazine crew for organizing the Deep Event at the Carpinteria Arts Center. “The Carpinteria Arts Center is so proud to be a collaborative partner on such a fun, community centered event.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria whose “Draft Residential Design Guidelines” refer to two different housing developments, Carpinteria Park and Concha Loma, as the Concha Loma Neighborhood. “Please label them properly.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady at Lookout Beach who accused the reader’s 17-year-old granddaughter of consuming alcohol when it was only a bottle of strawberry soda from the candy store in Carpinteria.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local pizza place that said there is a $5 delivery charge after it’s been free all these years. “When I called the guy on it, he said he was joking. I wonder how many people just say ok and pay the $5.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a young boy who almost hit the reader’s little dog when he was crossing the street riding his skateboard. “He should watch where he is riding and apologize for something like that.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a certain local business that only hires employees from the same church, and rarely gives people outside that church a chance.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who drop off their broken items at St. Joseph Catholic Church for their resale shop. “The church is not a dumping ground for your trash.”

June 5, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Mike, the mail carrier on El Carro Lane. “He’s always so helpful, and he’s just a wonderful man.”

A reader sends a halo to State Parks Ranger Escalante who graciously signed off on the reader’s fix-it ticket, saving the reader a trip to Santa Barbara.

A reader sends a halo to Jim. “Thank you for your kindness and conversations over so many years. Our family is the richer for it.”

A reader sends a halo to Jack at the Ark Pet & Supply. He recently loaned a reader a bird cage and supplies to house and feed a found pet bird.

A reader sends a halo to the woman walking over the Linden Avenue overpass on May 29 with a bag in hand, collecting trash as she walked.

A reader sends a halo to Crushcakes for donating cupcakes to CHS ASB for its movie night. “Thank you so much, we really appreciate it!”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Berkenmeier, whose kind act will result in a full smile for a new dad.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Woman’s Club for lending its lawn to the reader for a beautiful baby shower.

A reader sends a halo to Diane and Curtis Lopez and The Dusty Jugz (aka The Rincons) for organizing and graciously hosting the party bus to Cold Springs Tavern. “Great music. Great dancing. Great fun had by all.”

A reader sends a halo to Father Martini and St. Joseph Catholic Church for the fantastic news that he has been officially assigned as pastor for at least the next six years. “He is a blessing.”

A reader sends a halo to Auntie Gayle and Celinda for taking such good care of Moo(ndoggie) while his human Mom was in NOLA for nearly two weeks. “You’re both the best. Bark you for all the love and attention.”

A reader sends a halo to Risdon’s 76 for repairing a leaking front tire at no charge. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind and honest person who turned in the reader’s debit card at CVS. “Thank you very much!”

A reader sends a halo to Don at Risdons 76 for taking care of the reader’s battery problem while in his day-off suit and tie outfit.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the store that recently remodeled an amazing new front area only to fill it with so many promotional items that shoppers have to form a single file line while they network a labyrinth maze of chips and Gatorade.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the water police on Calle Ocho. “Mind your own business.”

May 29, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Lynda Lang for her impulsive act of generosity. “Much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to the angel who found the reader’s debit card in the Albertsons parking lot and returned it. “You saved me a lot of hassle. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to coach Ralph. “Thank you for being a great coach. You not only teach the boys the proper game of baseball, but you teach them sportsmanship.”

A reader sends a halo to her saviors who came to the rescue when she fell in front of the 76 station.

A reader sends a halo to the mother of the autistic child at Carl’s Jr. “I’m sorry, the intent was not to create a scene, and (the reader) will ‘educate’ herself.”

A reader sends a halo to the reader who sent the pitchfork regarding the hideous sound walls at Mussel Shoals. “The Coastal Commission was enacted in 1972 to preserve coastal access and views—it failed.”

A reader sends a halo to Nutbelly—always delicious food and great service.

A reader sends a halo to Renee from Lyft. “Thanks for the safe ride home. I will be using your services again.”

A reader sends a halo to Lisa Martin and Julie Miller for being such awesome and energized supporters of the reader’s Student of the Month ceremony.

A reader sends a halo to Brianna Balch. “Thank you for all you have done for your students.”  

A reader sends a halo to Montecito Bank & Trust. “Thank you for your donation to Paddle Out For Hope/Judith Meyer Fight Back Ceremony of Relay For Life Carpinteria. We really appreciate it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a high school teacher for giving lame assignments to her students.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local grocery store deli whose personnel always give you more than what you asked for. “Sorry, but when I ask for half a pound and get three-quarters of a pound every time, it’s not upselling, it’s just wrong!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who has too much time and an overactive imagination. “It’s not a crime if eight people want to share one pizza. You should be ashamed for calling in that one.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the planners responsible for bike path railings and ugly tall sound walls in Mussel Shoals that block the ocean views and coastal mountain views. “The public is at a loss now.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local Subway for doing away with the senior citizen discount that so many local citizens appreciated.

May 22, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Spike, an awesome mail carrier who is friendly, efficient and helpful.

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Gretchen Tofflemire for being the best kindergarten teacher a parent could hope for. “We sure are going to miss having you as a teacher.”

A reader sends a halo to Patrick and Kathleen for retrieving and returning the reader’s iPhone after it fell out of her pocket into the rising tide.

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Avila at Carpinteria High School for all his FFA achievements and interactions with his students.

A reader sends a halo to Lifeline Program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for offering such a helpful, much needed program for seniors.

A reader sends a halo to Island Brewing Company for hosting a very successful fundraiser for Canalino’s Relay For Maria/Relay Recess, to John James for the incredibly generous floral donations and to so many who came out to support and help raise money for Relay For Life Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful, well spoken student Megan at Carpinteria High School for giving the best high school farm tour. “Canalino kindergarteners loved the whole experience. Thank you for singing to us too.”

A reader sends a halo to Fong of Carpinteria Nails for being so friendly and helpful and going an extra mile for the reader and all of the clients. “Thanks for always finding the time to accommodate me even at the end of a very busy Friday.”  

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful parents that made this kindergarten teacher feel so appreciated.

A reader sends a halo to the person or worker who turned in her purse at Taco Bell. “I am very grateful. Muchas gracias.”

A reader sends a halo to Jay Bird and Nick at the fire department for a super firehouse tour. “We buckaroos had a great time!”

A reader sends a halo to the sister team of Julie Erven and Darlene Keith and their families, who set up and took down the Saturday Rummage Sale at Vista de Santa Barbara.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who stole valuable tools and grommets for repairing/replacing plastic webbing on chairs.

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever is responsible for the hideous sound walls at Mussel Shoals. “I can’t believe the Coastal Commission, or anyone with respect to the views of this beautiful coastline, would allow that. Watch out, Montecito!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man operating a business at the beach. “If the attitude that he presented on the morning of May 16 is an indication of a ‘Carpinteria Welcome’ then we are truly in trouble. Yelling and not listening or being patient is not the way to get things done, especially trying to confront a crowd.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the customer who got upset with the clerk at the post office because the clerk could not read the customer’s handwriting for a money order purchase. “After the purchase, the customer walked away making rude comments.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local business that plays really loud music that can be heard crystal clear down the street. “It was really distracting.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a grocery store customer service representative. “I waited at least five minutes for you to show up to the customer service desk. When you did, you were very rude. It’s such a shame because every other employee I encountered was friendly and helpful.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who are wasting our most precious resource, water, on lawns. “Whether or not El Niño conditions bring water this winter, it’s time to live differently for the long-term. Stop watering your lawns, and when they die, plant responsibly. It’s the right thing to do.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to local parents who are enabling their adult child with their drug addiction. “Take it from me, it is only making things worse. Stop blaming other people and take a look at the real problem.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the thieves who took the bear carving from the Karma Garden on Santa Claus Lane. “You have stolen from the community and diminished your souls.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the avocado growers who get a free ride at their neighbor’s expense by not bringing in their own bees for pollination. “If everyone placed hives in their orchard, everyone would have more fruit. Avocados don’t self-pollinate.”

May 8, 2014

A reader sends a halo to the woman at Albertsons who told the reader about a coupon for salads in the store’s advertisement. “I had forgotten to check the ads this week.”

A reader sends a halo to Sharrin C. for all the thoughtful things you do. “If our family were a cupcake, you’d be the frosting. Happy Ma’s Day!”

A reader sends a halo to Tano Vega for being an amazing father and husband.

A reader sends a halo to Dawn Gendron for always being so selfless and always willing to help others, help her church community, volunteer, and is constantly trying to save the Earth and get everyone to recycle. “Not only is she an amazing mother, she is a genuinely incredible human being.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the inconsiderate people who pushed their way around people with medical needs, including one in a wheelchair, while in line for food at Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main on April 23.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for speculating that an ozone system will increase pool membership. “You are spending our tax dollars based on unfounded assumption. This is irresponsible management of public funds.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to business owners and employees who routinely park for hours and hours in the 4900 block of 9th Street—and never seem to get ticketed by parking enforcement. “What the hey?”

April 24, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Cathy and Mark. “Delish!”

A reader sends a halo to the nice man at Kim’s Market who helped the reader purchase an item that she didn’t have enough money for. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the man who calls himself Angel off of Casitas Pass Road. “Thanks for picking up the doggy doo doo in your yard. I will wave to you in your little green truck when I see you!”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers who enjoyed Carpinteria Beautiful’s Saturday morning painting of the MTD bus benches. “The benches are stunning and have been placed at bus stops along Via Real and Carpinteria Avenue.”
 
A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Arts Council and their painters, a neighborhood mother and her two daughters, and MTD for a successful Bus Bench Painting event.

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Tim Robinson for his excellent talk on steelhead trout last week at the Carpinteria Creek Watershed Coalition meeting and for the Boy Scouts who came to learn about such an important topic.

A reader sends a halo to Carp Kustomz Auto Body and Repair. “When a continuous, loud high frequency interior noise made driving difficult, Ruben Clark came to the rescue. That Carp Kustomz picks up and delivers is a life saver for unplanned auto emergencies.”

A reader sends a halo to Risdon’s on Palm Avenue for always being cheerful available mechanics.

A reader sends a halo to Pat and the Canalino cafeteria staff. “You are always beyond kind and helpful. You make healthy, yummy food for our kids and help with extra activities. We are so lucky to have you. You ladies rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Christie Boyd for always helping her when she needs it—no matter how busy she is. “You are the bestest!”

A reader sends a halo to Foster’s Freeze employees for always providing excellent and friendly service on Cruise Nights & Hot Summer Days. “You guys rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Ruben at Carp Kustomz. “I called him with a car issue and within 15 minutes he had my car and was willing to fix it ASAP. Thank you for such wonderful service.”

A reader sends a halo to Mara for being kind enough to do a double shift at the Seal Watch. “Thank you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to the literary scholar who explained how “Women who Run with Wolves” involves Jungian philosophy at the Friends of the Library Used Book Store on Good Friday. The reader has left contact information at the bookstore counter in hopes of continuing the conversation.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the parents who held an Easter egg hunt at Memorial Park on Sunday evening. “There were candy wrappers, plastic eggs and other trash strewn throughout the park the next morning. What are you teaching your children?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to teachers who are not showing up with energy and positive attitude.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the paddle boarder who paddled through the harbor seal rookery on April 20. “You frightened 150 seals and pups into the water. The beach and surrounding waters are closed Jan. 1 through May 31. We have your photo.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria High School teacher who ended the construction unit. “The whole class was enjoying it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local business that allows its workers to smoke in public in direct violation of the law. “Show respect for your customers’ health, and start obeying the law!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the restaurant on Linden Avenue that charges an extra $3 for a little extra sauce for a sandwich. “We were good customers, but will think twice before returning.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person at Memorial Park on Sunday that stole a little girl’s birthday money out of her purse and left the purse by a trash can. “You should be ashamed of yourself for ruining a 9-year-old’s birthday.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the girl who found the reader’s brand new phone in the bathroom of a local restaurant and didn’t hand it in. “It must have also been someone from out of town who took it since a Carpinterian would absolutely hand it in.”

April 10, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Jeff at Albertsons. “You are always so patient and personable. Thank you for exceptional customer service.”

A reader sends a halo to Ark Pet & Supply for helping the reader out in a pinch when his daughter ran out of fish food.

A reader sends a halo to the owner of Beach Motor & Tires for his generosity in providing the reader’s two daughters with a great tire for their swing. “It was a great DIY project for us and turned out wonderful. The only problem now is getting them off the swing!”

A reader sends a halo to Debi, the reader’s guardian angel. “Thank you for your friendship and your very generous gift that warms my heart every morning. You are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Diane, the reader’s boss and friend. “Thank you for coming to my rescue when I needed a root canal and could not afford it. Your generosity went above and beyond.”

A reader sends a halo to John Peterson at Shepard’s Place for an awesome going-away party. “Happy trails, my friend.”

A reader sends a halo to the Friends of the Carpinteria Library for its continuous support and recent donation of headphones to the Homework Center.

A reader sends a halo to Abel at Beach Motors & Tires for helping the reader’s Canadian friends who had car problems the morning they were heading home. “He fixed their car in his usual professional way, and off they went.”

A reader sends a halo to all those hardworking, customer-pleasing folks at the Albertsons deli.

A reader sends a halo to Sensei David at United Studios of Self Defense on Linden Avenue. “As a family and a community, we welcome you and are so honored you have chosen to teach karate in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to George and Marnie Middleton for all the times they put up with Cathy’s friends—so many good memories!

A reader sends a halo to the guys at Do it Best Hardware, for their kind help for all the reader’s fix-it needs. “You’re the best.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the home on Malibu Drive. “The landscaping might be drought tolerant, but it’s pesticide laden.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local officer who ticketed the reader’s car in front of the reader’s complex. “Crime committed: having a for sale sign in window. And a double pitchfork to the ticketing bureau for taking over three weeks to respond to our request to dismiss the ticket.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local father who rides around town with his young daughter on a motorcycle. “Being a good dad is keeping them safe.”

March 20, 2014

A reader sends a halo to our faithful city workers who are out early (and sometimes at night) to pick up wind-blown palm fronds and downed branches to keep us safe.

A reader sends a halo to Ty Patton for his heroic efforts in extinguishing a late night fire at The Spot.

A reader sends a halo to Pat, Adam, Chris, Jack, Ron, Kristi, Marybeth, Robyn, Kim, Sonia, Veronica and Miguel for all their help in making the Carpinteria Middle School Talent Show a great success.

A reader sends a halo to all the students, teachers and Studio B who did such a great job performing in the Carpinteria Middle School Talent Show. “You were all stars.”

A reader sends a halo to the hardworking crew that worked at the Lions Blood Drive, including Sherie DeVillers, recruiter for United Blood Service.

A reader sends a halo to Ann, Natalie and Ellie at Tony’s for making the reader’s 58th wedding anniversary so special, and also the reader’s friends’ 50th anniversary.

A reader sends a halo to the visitor who took the time and energy to throw well over a 100 turban shell snails back into the ocean. “The tides brought them in and if he hadn’t done this they all would have shriveled up and died on our shores. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to J.D. for finding and returning the important stuff the reader dropped. “He’s a lifesaver.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who came out last Friday to the Curtis Studio Dance Auction Gala. “The fundraiser was a great success and so much fun. Thank you all for your continued support.”

A reader sends a halo to Nohemi Ramirez who tirelessly translates everything into Spanish for the reader. “You are an angel.”

A halo to Deacon Mike for having Ash Wednesday services for the confirmation students. “Thank you for your dedication to our youth.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the host who lit himself on fire at his own poker game.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local dry cleaning service that ripped holes in the reader’s jacket and claimed that it was given to them like that. “I will never go back there and I am appalled by your terrible customer service.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for not having a single leash-free dog park/beach and for the park rangers who give tickets to off leash dogs at empty parks. “Where are dog owners supposed to play fetch with their dogs?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for the eight healthy, mature trees needlessly cut-down behind Friends of the Library bookstore. “The trees were not in the way of park plans for the property, were along the back property line, and provided much-needed shade to the bookstore and habitat for a family of tree squirrels and countless birds. The replacement trees will take a generation to mature.”

March 6, 2014

A reader sends a halo to my co-workers for being the most wonderful people. “You make my day, and it’s good to see you guys every Thursday at work.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Library for having a loop for the hearing-impaired at its checkout desk. “All I had to do was flip on my telephone switch on my hearing aid; all background noise was suppressed and the librarian’s voice was extremely clear.”

A reader sends a halo to Woody White for the very fine job he is doing as treasurer of Sunset Shores condos.

A reader sends a halo to her wonderful friends, Kelly and Mary, for helping the reader with her car’s dead battery.

A reader sends a halo to Betty Granger for all the delicious chicken dishes she contributes to potlucks.

A reader sends a halo to the lovely lady who came to the reader’s aid in a stressful situation. “You disappeared, but I’ll look for you around town. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the respectful officers of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

A reader sends a halo to the gentle-men of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District who went beyond the call of duty. “A rainbow of thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Walsh. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the late artist and benefactor Eddi Hastings (1918-2014) for everything she did to further the appreciation of the arts and artists in the Carpinteria Valley.

A reader sends a halo to Adam of Rosebro’s Garage for helping out a neighbor with her car. “You are an amazing young man.”

A reader sends a halo to volunteers Zoe Iverson, Beth Schmohr, Gib Johnson, Brian Tepper, Clay Sipiora, Ginger Plum, Susan Misemer, Mary Henson, Romy Reicker, Miguel Bernal, Gary and Geri Campopiano, Chris Sobel and Teda Pilcher, who made the new show at the re-imagined Carpinteria Arts Center come together.

A reader sends a halo to the St. Joseph’s Youth Choir and Confirmation Classes. “Hearing the choir sing and listening to the confirmation students perform the readings and participate in mass fills my heart with joy.”  

A reader sends a halo to Susie Gilligan, the absolute dearest and best friend a girl could ever ask for. “The strength and courage you are showing is so inspiring to many people. You are so amazing.”

A reader sends a halo to Tim for his calm and resourcefulness when helping the reader open the window to her locked nursery.  

A reader sends a halo to Carp Sports for great personal service, reasonable prices and timely expert tennis racket stringing.

A reader sends a halo to Corktree Cellars, Jessica and the crew for packing up lunch to go for a group that had to go back to work. “We still had the best meal ever.”

A reader sends a halo to Grandma Esther and Grandpa Henry for taking care of all of us. “Your grandkids love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Ariana at McDonald’s who made the reader’s day.

A reader sends a halo to the Curtis Studio of Dance competition team. “You five are all so talented, and I love watching you dance. Keep up the good work.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who let dogs run off leash in neighborhoods and who let their dogs poop without cleaning it up.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant that has orange juice with pulp. “Yuck!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the manager of a local restaurant who spends 95 percent of the time on the phone and the other 5 percent doing actual work.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those women who think they can change a bad boy. “Trust me, the only way those guys change is through therapy—if they’re lucky.”

February 20, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith, Liz and Connie from Animal Medical Clinic for stopping their busy schedule to nurse a wild bird back to health and free him where he was found. “You guys are what Carpinteria is all about. You always go above and beyond.”

A reader sends a halo to Mia and Carter Cox for being such delightful nightmares and for taking such great care of Loca the cat.

A reader sends a halo to Morgan and her father for taking care of Willie dog when he escaped.

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria for having an employee keep the downtown sidewalks neat and tidy on a daily basis.

A reader sends a halo to Taylor and Erik Bush, owners of Seastrand Boutique, for hosting a fundraiser for The Curtis Studio Competition Team. “Your continued support is amazing and we thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Larry Nimmer of Nimmer Pictures Inc. for generously videotaping the Thrive Carpinteria Community Meeting. “Thanks to you, more have been able to be a part by watching on television.”

A reader sends a halo to Joe at Alley Pets next to Vons for doing a wonderful job grooming the reader’s 80-pound labradoodle and 10-pound malti poo doggies at a reasonable price. “Transforming them from long hairballs and mats to smooth summer coats.”

A reader sends a halo to the many friends and family who came to the Seastrand fundraiser. “Because of you, our hardworking dancers are one step closer to their goal.”

A reader sends a halo to the Community Seafood program, which delivers fresh-caught local seafood weekly to The Farm Cart in Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to Kiona at Curious Cup. “Thanks for sharing authors and books with the students at Carpinteria Middle School.”

A reader sends a halo to Dean Pitchford who visited Carpinteria Middle School and shared his story and his books with students and staff. “He was so nice and generous. It was marvelous.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Hansen for always going out of her way to help her students succeed. “Thank you, Mrs. Hansen.”

A reader sends a halo to Victoria who works at the CVS pharmacy counter. “She always has a smile and is always friendly and helpful.”

A reader sends a halo to Javier Morales at the Carpinteria Boys & Girls club for doing such an awesome job with kids and communicating. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Canalino School for the many outstanding positive changes this year. “We are all so thrilled with the school culture, morale, enrichment opportunities, playground structure and most importantly how engaged and motivated the kids and staff are.”

A reader sends a halo to Melody at Albertsons in the floral section. “She took time out of her busy schedule of Valentine’s Day arrangements to create a beautiful get well gift.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local merchant who parks in a handicapped space all day, every day. “You are blocking access to surrounding businesses for people with legitimate mobility issues.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who walk their dogs into local shops without any regard for people who are not fond of them. “I was attacked once by a dog, and I don’t understand why dogs can’t be left at home.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who still have their Christmas lights up. And a double pitchfork to people who still turn them on every night.

A reader sends a pitchfork to volunteer coaches who don’t show up on time and don’t make an effort with the kids or parents. “Don’t volunteer if you don’t want to be there.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to lazy drivers that roll through stop signs in a rush right in front of you, only to drive half the speed limit and lollygag along as you slam on your brakes.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who lack common sense. “Get off your smartphone and pay attention to the real world around you.”

February 13, 2014

A reader sends a halo to all of the friendly people we have met since moving to Carpinteria in November. “Carpinteria is a town with heart.”

A reader sends a halo to Laura Pettit of Head to Toe for her imagination, creativity and hours of work in making the Festival of Trees display for a local service club such a success. “She already has a theme for next year’s festival orchestrated by the Lions Club.”

A reader sends a halo to Curtis Lopez for bringing the rock to the First Friday sock hop. 

A reader sends a halo to the handsome Latino man who rescued a damsel in distress when her bike broke down on Santa Ynez Road overpass.

A reader sends a halo to Debbie Murphy for being a kind, compassionate and simply outstanding person. “Thanks to her for helping a ‘newcomer’ fit in to the wonderful Carpinteria experience!”

A reader sends a halo to Charles, Christina and staff at Catholic Charities Foodbank. “You’re the greatest. Thanks for all your help.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Library for helping people with everything from figuring out train schedules to finding local treasures.

A reader sends a halo to Darrell of Rockwell Printing for getting out the directories for Carpinteria Seniors Inc. “The booklets and pictures are great. Outstanding job.”
 
A reader sends a halo to Olivia, the birthday girl. “I hope you have the best birthday ever.”

A reader sends a halo to Kelly at Sunset Shores for going way above and beyond expectations for two of her “snowbird” residents last week.
 
A reader sends a halo to Art and Nina for their job in taking the pictures for Seniors Inc.

A reader sends a halo to the company that did such a beautiful job of blacktopping and expertly painting the Carpinteria State Beach roads.

A reader sends a halo to Bill Dayka for helping out the Carpinteria High School class. “We really appreciate it.”

A reader sends a halo to Seastrand for donating $10 gift certificates to every teacher at Carpinteria Unified School District.

A reader sends a halo to J-Class for being so drop dead gorgeous.

A reader sends a halo to his smart Grandma for taking the time to help him with the more difficult clues on the crossword puzzle. “Love you, Grandma!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the folks who seem to have gotten the impression that Franklin Trail is their own little private place with no dogs allowed. “It is for everyone to enjoy. Smile when we pass by.”

A reader sends pitchfork to Carpinteria’s city government, which has no policy that controls the color painted on older buildings in the city.

A reader sends pitchfork to whoever is responsible for sprinklers that were running on Feb. 7 at the Bailard Avenue northbound 101 onramp the day after it rained. “It was overcast and drizzly.  In this time of drought, this was a blatant waste of water.”

February 6, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Rosebro Garage. “You guys are the best. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the two young men wearing dark uniforms who helped get her groceries from Vons parking lot to my her, which was parked on the street. “Thank you. You made my day.”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers of Carpinteria Seal Watch, who help protect the precious seal rookery and make it a great place for seal observers, both residents and visitors.

A reader sends a halo to Janine for saving the streets of Carpinteria from flooding. “You’re a real hero!”

A reader sends a halo to the special education aides who have great hearts for their students, especially Gayle, Eric and Susan.

A reader sends a halo to DK and Jocko for being the sweetest, most generous and joyful customers. “You two and your crew always brighten up our afternoons.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind and generous man at Hurley Optical. “Thanks for so kindly fixing my mother’s broken glasses at closing time and for free. Wow! That’s the kind of place that deserves people’s business.”

A reader sends a halo to Animal Medical Clinic. “Thank you for your love and compassion during my kitty Kongo’s passing. We are very lucky to have you in our lives.”

A reader sends a halo to Rachel and Stephanie at CVS for always having a big smile and being extremely helpful. “You’re an asset to the store.”

A reader sends a halo to Jim and Heidi, the managers at Carpinteria Shores. “It was because of their kindness and compassion that our displaced family of six was able to spend a month on the beach and not think so much about our lost home. Todd was awesome too.”

A reader sends a halo to Debbie Murphy for being a kind, compassionate and simply outstanding person. “Thanks to her for helping a ‘newcomer’ fit in to the wonderful Carpinteria experience.”

A reader sends a halo to Diana at the post office for saving the reader’s daughter’s superhero birthday party. “The costume had been placed in the wrong box and the postal worker went after hours to retrieve it, just in time for the birthday party the following day.” 

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady working in the morning at a cafe for being rude and having no customer service skills.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man using improper parking spaces while buying coffee at Starbucks.

January 30, 2014

A reader sends a halo to the Man on the Street for posing the topical question about water saving tips. “Please keep it up. I was interested to hear my neighbors weigh in on something that affects us all.”

A reader sends a halo to Abel of Beach Motor and Tires for keeping the reader going down the road.

A reader sends a halo to Branch Out Tree Services for donating its time to trim all of our palm trees. “They look stunning.”

A reader sends a halo to Johnny and Lance at the Carpinteria Sanitary District for prompt response and much good advice; and to Burt, Angel, Juan and Mario of Express-Rooter for good plumbing work and courteous, neat service.

A reader sends a halo to Clair, a customer at Starbucks, for paying to get the reader’s flu shot. “So caring.”

A reader sends a halo to Caleb Nangle for being such a great, informative tour guide on our trip through Egypt at Carpinteria Middle School.

A reader sends a halo to Anthony Vega, Tim Mata and Andres Nuño for helping the reader get her car open after she locked her keys in the car. “What an awesome town we live in. Thanks guys.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who sends pitchforks to the people who send pitchforks.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the “gentleman” who, after enjoying his meal on the porch of a local restaurant last Friday, proceeded to floss his teeth for the enjoyment of all the diners still eating. “How crass.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Man on the Street for all too frequently asking his questions only to men. “Remember, the world consist of 51 percent of the other sex too.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local teacher for not acting professionally and talking down to students. “Last time I checked I was 18, not 12.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the new manager of a local shop where the reader has done business for over 20 years and spent tons of money trying to keep it local. “I’ve always bought things that my boss comes in and pays for either that day or the next, but that suddenly stopped for some reason.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the vandals who destroyed the bear carving and stole plants and shells from the community karma garden on Santa Claus Lane.

January 23, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Patty and Louis Thompson for their thoughtfulness and never forgetting their friend in Tehachapi.

A reader sends a halo to the single father who can always be seen walking up and down Linden Avenue and to the Carpinteria campgrounds with his baby. “We see you almost every evening on our dog walk. Awesome job. Way to step up daddy.”

A reader sends a halo to Father Martini for the compassion and faith he brings to St. Joseph Catholic Church each and every day.

A reader sends a halo to the person who “locked my post office box with the keys I had left behind, turning them into our office and taping a note on my box to let me know where to find them. I am filled with gratitude!”

A reader sends a halo to the two gentlemen who helped the reader at Ark Pet & Supply. “Thank you so much for helping me get a better understanding on how to care for my new pet chameleon Toby.”

A reader sends a halo to Julie for sharing her homemade tamales at Christmas time. “You are the expert now, and Nanny would be so proud of you.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria community for being so supportive of our local Girl Scout cookie sales every year.

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis for being the best dance teacher around.

A reader sends a halo to Ben and Julia for always remembering Chuck. “He really thanks you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to the Lee family at Uncle Chen restaurant for always being so kind and generous. “Carpinteria is so very lucky to have you as part of our community.”

A reader sends a halo to Maria at Head to Toe for her generous donation of a woman’s bicycle. “You’ve made someone who needed a bike very happy.”

A reader sends a halo to John Kono of Kono & Sons florists for helping the reader get mum flowers for his wife for their anniversary—an exception to his usual wholesale only business.

A reader sends a halo to all that let Blossom be Blossom.

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Figueroa. “When I asked what she was most looking forward to after the Christmas break she said her teacher, Mrs. Figueroa.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who goes around town muttering and swearing at nothing on his bike.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for neglecting the salt marsh nature preserve. “The inconspicuous signs are designed to fail in preventing dogs, bicycles, etc. And there are more domestic cats roaming now. It’s time to act ASAP.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who give out pitchforks. “Don’t you guys have other things to do rather than hate? Jeez, get a life.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those grocery shoppers who regularly forget to bring their bags into the market with them. “It defeats Carpinteria’s conservation efforts to have so many bags purchased at the register.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who over-water. “If there is moss growing and water running down the gutter, you are wasting our precious resource. We don’t approve.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cowardly wanker who sideswiped the reader’s aging luxury car in the Vons parking lot last week without leaving a note. “I was just returning from pre paying my funeral due to recent news. Nice timing. I enjoy a bit of irony, so I am off to buy a lottery ticket.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria for not having female representation on the city council. “There aren’t any qualified women in town, really?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman working in the customer service desk at a local grocery store. “You are rude and obnoxious. When I asked you where something was, you told me to go to another store to get it cheaper.”

January 16, 2014

A reader sends a halo to the Montecito Bank & Trust teller who was friendly, kind and patient with a very elderly and fragile woman doing her business at the bank. “To the young man who was not: some day you to will be there too.”

A reader sends a halo to brother-in-law Mel for always sharing his homemade lasagna so that I don’t have to come home after a hard day and figure out what’s for dinner.

A reader sends a halo to Mlos. “There aren’t enough halos in the world to thank you for always calling and checking on us to ensure we got home safely. Love you.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who has shown their support for our little fighter, Haven Marie. “Team IBC, you rock. We live in the greatest town ever.”

A reader sends a halo to Warren and Lynda Olson for the wonderful, informative tour of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh last Saturday morning. “Thank you for your time in making it such a pleasant morning stroll.”

A reader sends a halo to the folks who landscaped the traffic strip by the reconfigured crosswalk on Calle Ocho. “It was a pretty arrangement of plants when it was first planted, and it still looks great six months later.”

A reader sends a halo to the angel who found the reader’s dark blue leather wallet in a shopping cart at Vons and will decide to give the wallet back. “Keep the money; just please turn it in. I am lost without it.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill and Karen for coming all the way from Boise to visit our great city, Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to the helpful folks at Sandcastle Time for help with Christmas gifts. “They are very courteous and knowledgeable. Thanks again.”

A reader sends a halo to the waitress at Nutbelly who came out to thank the reader for dining as he left, gave him a hug and then invited him to a Tango lesson. “Not sure I have met you before, but I should have left a bigger tip.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady that stole the tip after her friend bought her drinks. “Really? I saw you take $2 of the $3 your friend left me.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Mexican restaurant that microwaves its food on plastic plates. “I can’t even begin to name all the fails in that effort. Oven much?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the folks who closed down the snow at last weekend’s Snow Much To Do an hour early, at 2 p.m. “If this was the plan all along, you should have advertised as such. There were lots of disappointed kids and plenty of snow left for them to play in.”

January 2, 2014

A reader sends a halo to earth-angel Shanon for last minute gift-wrapping, organizing leftovers and restoring the exploded living room for the reader—the best Christmas present ever. Also to her husband, Bob, for deciphering and putting together the amazing outdoor holiday display figures. And, lastly to daughter Johanna for additional gift-wrapping.

A reader sends a halo to Ahmed and his crew at Albertsons for being the very large "little neighborhood store on the corner." “Thank you for treating everybody with respect and giving people who are not perfect a chance. Your patience and compassion is heartwarming.”

A reader sends a halo to the guy in the white truck in Casitas Plaza on Dec. 24. “You disappeared before I had a chance to thank you for your Christmas kindness.”

A reader sends a halo to Alice O. at Vons for always being so nice to all the customers. “Carpinteria is a nice city. Alison helps keep our city friendly.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Laura Putnam and Carpinteria Veterinary Hospital for their loving care and compassion during a very heartbreaking time. “Dr. Putnam, you’re the best, and we love you.”

A reader sends a halo to a blue-ribbon dad who has slept on a hand-me-down futon for the last couple weeks and patiently soothed a restless toddler back to sleep over and over again while his wife enjoys uninterrupted slumber.

A reader sends a halo to all the Star Pine neighbors who make it a great place to live and one that always has “spirit”!

A reader sends a halo to the attractive woman walking on Linden Avenue with a small dog last Saturday. “Me and dozens of other men thank you for improving the view in this already charming town.”

A reader sends a halo to all walkers and bikers who wear light colors, white or reflectors at dusk and after dark.

A reader sends a pitchfork to beach walkers who choose to ignore the stop signs and trespass onto the harbor seal rookery. "Have a heart."

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the cars that speed through the crosswalk in front of Danny’s Deli and don't stop for people crossing the street. “It's not the NASCAR finish line. Slow down!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the two drivers that had a stand off in the Vons’ lot over a parking space on Christmas Eve. "That's 10 minutes I'll never get back, nor will a dozen other Carpinterians that wanted to get out of there and home to their families."

A reader sends a pitchfork to the greedy landlords stifling the community’s small business growth by keeping rent high and storefronts empty.

December 26, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Renee Robinson at Rite-Aid for her excellent knowledge and help with getting insurance through California Covered. I got frustrated at home after 2 hours on the computer, and she had me signed up and enrolled in a plan within 20 minutes!

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria law enforcement who came so quickly and acted so discreetly and kindly when an elder resident passed away in Vista de Santa Barbara.

A reader sends a halo to all the various service club members who manned the kettles and rang the bells for the Salvation Army these past four Saturdays. “Your help is greatly appreciated, and your efforts helped many families enjoy a better Christmas.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria GU12 Crush players Lexi Jacinto, Kiana King-Seabra, Alyssa Zamora and Gisselle Perez for their great play, wonderful attitude and team spirit. “A pitchfork and huge apology from the team for mistakenly using an incomplete team photo in last week’s paper.

A reader sends a halo to the sweet dad who has walked his daughter to school on his shoulders for years. “We’ve watched her grow up as she bounces along Carpinteria Avenue with a huge smile on her face.”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful person who found my daughter's school lunch money check on the sidewalk and mailed it to us. “Thank you so much!”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful people who made the tamales for the Jessica Rodriquez bike fundraiser. “What a delicious way to bring awareness to a great cause and the joy of giving.”

A reader sends a halo to Sen at Rite Aid for always remembering the reader’s name and being so kind and efficient.

A reader sends a halo to a wonderful family man who I have seen dedicate his time to being a great father and friend. “He will drop everything just to help a friend. Thank you so much, Mike Freeman.”

A reader sends a halo to Jack at Ark Pet & Supply for putting on another great craft show at the Albertsons parking lot. “You’re awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to the organizers of the Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade. “This Carpinteria family loved its afternoon at the parade. We’re so proud to be a part of this local tradition.”

A reader sends a halo to Nikolina and Sienna Negard for being the best grandkids ever. “We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Porch for taking care of this reader’s Christmas shopping list. “My personal shoppers at Porch always win me brownie points! When I’m reincarnated, I want to be as hip as you ladies.”

A reader sends a halo to Matt Drain who is an outstanding, kind-hearted person that I am just so grateful to have met. “I highly recommend people hiring him for any contracting jobs needed.”

A reader sends a halo to Joey Blum on Trieste Lane for the best Christmas lights ever. “Good job!”

A reader sends a halo to Micha Faoro for his incredible window art at Canalino School. “It adds so much to our campus. Thank you!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local cafe manager for bullying and being cruel to a 17-year-old worker.

A reader sends a pitchfork to everyone in this town that finds joy in spreading negative gossip about people in town. “We all make mistakes and we are all human. If anyone has played the game “operator” then you know that the story always gets changed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cop who cited the reader while she was putting on her seatbelt after just pulling into the street. “It was stuck on the seat lever and I almost had it buckled when you saw me. When I told you my father had just died and I was going to my moms, you answered, ‘Can't verify that.’”

December 19, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Sophia Rose-Wilcox, Maia Hinton, Sophia Nakasone, Emily Gates, Daryanna Lancet, Noah Paule and Sam Truax for their volunteer hours and excellent work at the Breast Cancer Resource Center’s annual Holiday Tea and Fashion Show. “You helped make it a smashing success!”

A reader sends a halo to the house at the end of Concord Place and the house at the end of Santa Monica. “Your houses made the trolley ride. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Matt at the Boy Scouts Christmas tree lot for coming to the reader’s house to replace her wonky tree stand. “So nice.”

A reader sends a halo to Jimmy Bell for being a wonderful father, a loving husband, an incredible artist and an all around good person. “You are amazing and your family absolutely adores you.”

A reader sends a halo to Debbie at RiteAid for being so helpful when the reader stopped in to buy a few things this week. “Thank you, Debbie, for your hard work and thoughtfulness.”

A reader sends a halo to his wife, Charli, for giving their Lab, Boo Boo, such a great home with love, after being abused and neglected for the first five years of his life. “You are the best wife and ‘dog mom’ ever. Thank you for letting him go. He is not in pain anymore.”

A reader sends a halo to Gregg Carty, Geri Carty, Mike Lazaro and Gary Dobbins for everything they do for this community.

A reader sends a halo to those who participated in the best ever Carpinteria Holiday Spirit Parade and to all the attendees. “Special thanks to the organizers. It was very well organized and had lots of energetic entries!”

A reader sends a halo to Southern California Edison for showing up quickly on a Saturday. “Most unexpected service.”

A reader sends a halo to Keith Stein for helping the reader with an electrical problem. “Retired and all, he still continues to lend a helping hand anytime he can.”

A reader sends a halo to Toni Thompson for being so kind and helpful in returning the reader's laptop that was left at her vacation rental. “Your hospitality is much appreciated.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to intolerant dog haters who begrudge every little thing about dogs being dogs. “In case you haven’t noticed, this is a dog town, and most dogs and owners are very considerate.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to hoodlums running around in his neighborhood yelling "Woo" at 2 a.m.

December 12, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Chris Riley for saving the jettisoned phone during the Holiday Lights Tour. “Dude! You’re a guardian angel.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Claus for reading Coastal View News to find out what the kids want Santa to bring for Christmas.

A reader sends a halo to all of the wonderful staff at Señor Frogs for helping with Mr. Levy’s birthday celebration and for accommodating a large group on a short notice. “You guys are the best!”

A reader sends a halo to Crazy Good Bread for its amazing customer service. “Thank you for finding one more loaf of challah in the back for our special needs daughter. You made her day!”

A reader sends a halo to Millie Stauffer who I’m sure is in heaven for all the years she spent cracking jokes on the Peace Corner.

A reader sends a halo to Eric Gregg, a CUSD Special Education aid, who has integrity and cares about his students.

A reader sends a halo to everyone at Uncle Chens for always being so kind to the reader and her daughter. “We both agree a bowl of soup is the best way to end a busy day.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone that came out to support Summerland School at the Holiday Gift Fair. Another halo goes to Curious Cup and the Carpinteria Toy Company for hosting the fair. “We are so thankful for our local businesses and so appreciate their support for our school!”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria family that adopted a kitten named Fred from the Cats Cradle in Ventura on Dec. 1. “I was his foster dad. Fred is trained to come to a whistle and loves Temtation treats. I will miss him. Thank you for being a caring family.

A reader sends a halo to Rudy’s Mexican restaurant in Carpinteria for its excellent breakfasts. “The burritos are huge and delicious, and the omelets are to die for.”

A reader sends a halo to Juanita at Union Bank who opens the walkup window by 8 a.m. sharp. “Thanks. You don’t make me late.”

A reader sends a halo to those leaving an anonymous note on our doorstep telling us our Christmas lights are the best lights in Carpinteria. “That was better than a trophy. Merry Christmas to you too!”

A reader sends a halo to Richard, who took his precious time at the library to put a “for sale” car ad on Craigslist for the reader. “Carpinterians are great people.”

A reader sends a halo to Nelson Mandela, whose humanity and legacy of forgiveness moved the world forward.

A reader sends a halo to all the wonderful people and businesses that support clean neighborhoods and parks by sponsoring and/or adopting doggie poop bag dispensers. “Thanks for helping to keep our city clean and healthy.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local business in Carpinteria who hired the reader and then refused to pay invoice. “Freelance does not equate free work. Pitchfork!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local retailer who refused to accept a gift card because it was “more than one and one half years old.” “There was no visible date on the gift card or the card enclosure.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the front end manager at a local store for loosing her temper with her co-worker. “I felt embarrassed for you; I won’t ever shop at that store again. You literally yelled in my ear.”

A reader sends a pitchfork the local law enforcement for failing to handle a situation appropriately. “A well known local thief stole my property, and officers refused to act.
After taking matters into my own hands, I was made to feel like the thief. Thanks for nothing but a huge headache.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who allow their dogs to poop in yards or misbehave off leash. “May I suggest dog poop DNA matching and fines for off leash dogs. Carp has more than a few bad apples when it comes to dogs. Step up, city council.”

December 5, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the pool employees who put in extra hours over Thanksgiving weekend to keep our community pool in great condition. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the MTD bus service. “The buses are on time, clean and the drivers are friendly.”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful community of Carpinteria for helping Girls Inc. of Carpinteria and Santa Barbara secure the necessary votes to become the beneficiaries of the 2014 Santa Barbara Triathlon. “We were in it to win it, and we did.”

A reader sends a halo to Gabriel who helped a damsel in distress en route to Thanksgiving. “My coolant light went on, and Gabriel helped replace the coolant and save the day. You’re an angel, Gabriel, just like your namesake.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill, Reggie and Bella Hepp for taking care of Swami while we went surfing.

A reader sends a halo to Christie Boyd for her letter reminding us to shop locally. “We turn to our merchants for donations to help local nonprofits and sports teams. Let’s help keep their stores profitable.”

A reader sends a halo to Connor Kelsey and the entire Warrior football team for an amazing season. “I’m going to miss watching all of the seniors play next year.”

A reader sends a halo to Anne, Carrie, Nathalie, Alysa, Angelina and Krista of Tony’s Restaurant for always providing excellent service with a smile.

A reader sends a halo to his beautiful wife of one year. “Thank you for making me happy. We have gotten through tough times. Here’s to many more years together.”

A reader sends a halo to the varsity Warrior football team for giving our community an exciting and memorable season. “You guys are awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind neighbors for picking up Curious Cup’s newspapers this windy Thanksgiving when the shop was closed. 

A reader sends a halo to Tom Poulos for always doing what he can to help others. “We would not have been able to raise money for our daughter’s school without your generosity and thoughtfulness.”  

A reader sends a halo to the community of Carpinteria for coming out in droves to small businesses on Small Business Saturday. “We love our community.”  

A reader sends a halo to Jeanne and Brent for their generosity and kindness in making it possible to raise money for the reader’s daughter’s school by selling tri-tip sandwiches. “Everyone loved the finely sliced sandwiches, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity.”  

A reader sends a halo to Victor Garcia at Do It Best Hardware for being helpful as always and refunding a smoke detector gone bad that the reader had lost the receipt for. “I can always count on Victor and his staff for the most professional service.”

A reader sends a halo to Gerardo Cornejo, principal of Carpinteria High School, who cares enough to use all available resources to offer his students the best secondary public education possible.

A reader sends a halo to the young man who saw the reader drive away from the beach with her camera on top of the car. “He followed me into the Vons parking lot to tell me. I am most grateful for his thoughtfulness and hope his Thanksgiving was as meaningful as mine.”  

A reader sends a halo to Tiffany at Starbucks for always being so warm and friendly. “You always make us feel so welcome.”

A reader sends a halo to Julie and Elle for looking after my German Shepherd. “Thanks. You are great.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the two different people who left dog poop bags on the Franklin Trail.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the shops that did not have Chanukah cards out on time and to those who put Jewish New Year cards out thinking that they were the same as Chanukah cards. “Are Easter and Christmas cards the same?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy on the beach who told her the birds “could live with it” when she told him his unleashed dog had no right chasing all the flocks of shorebirds on the beach and forcing them to fly away.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the rude lady who came up the beach yelling across the street to pick up after our dog. “Lady, we always pick up after our dog. Next time make sure you are accusing the right people before ruining someone’s Sunday walk.”


A reader sends a pitchfork to the person that thinks our town should shut down for high school football games. “You’ve got to be kidding. I hope you are willing to compensate local businesses for the revenue lost.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person that sideswiped the burgundy brown van that is used for the reader’s disabled husband.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the horseback riders on Rincon Beach. “The horse poop on the beach pollutes our ocean.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever left an old mattress and box springs out on the corner of 8th and Holly for all to see. “Our neighborhood is not your garbage dump.”

November 28, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the young man who saw the reader drive away from the beach with her camera on top of her car. “He followed me into Vons parking lot to tell me of my folly. I am most grateful for his persistence and thoughtfulness and hope his Thanksgiving will be as meaningful as mine.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. John Zemjanis, who has gone far and above his duty to care for our sweet mom. “Dr. Z, we all want you to know how much we appreciate you and how lucky Carpinteria is to have such a gem of a doctor.”

A reader sends a halo to Jim, owner of Bikesmiths, “for helping me fix my bike while I waited. You have a big heart.”

A reader sends a halo to Joe and Maureen Anderson for the most delicious grilled chicken and homemade mac and cheese meal the reader has ever tasted.

A reader sends a halo to all of his Kustomerz for being so awesome. “You all make coming to worker the greatest thing about my day.”

A reader sends a halo to Jill Nichols and Randy Burg, who got married on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas. They are now living in Oak View.

A reader sends a halo to Ron and Dave of Mestizo for the CD release party at Island Brewing Company. “It was a fun time with great commentary on the band’s music.”

A reader sends a halo to the bystander who stepped in to protect the reader’s little maltipoo from the attack of an illegal off leash pitbull.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman with the pitbull who continued to allow her dog to roam free after an incident with the reader’s maltipoo.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who speed in our quiet neighborhoods.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all of the townsfolk and businesses who do not close down and attend the high school football games.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the major stores that sell greeting cards in Carpinteria. “Nov. 27 is the first night of Hanukkah this year, and there is not one Hanukkah card to be found at these stores. If the wonderful Hallmark store had not been driven out of business you can be sure it would have had them.”

November 21, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Joel Clayton and the local Brownie troop for beautifying the front of Aliso School by purchasing and planting new colorful flowers in the front planters. “It looks so much brighter at the front of the school.”  

A reader sends a halo to the nice lady in the green jacket at Albertsons who stopped and helped the reader pick up all her Coin Star change that had spilled on the way into the store. “I would still be there picking it up if it weren’t for her kindness.”

A reader sends a halo to Bikesmiths for helping her out with her bike issues. “The owner is a great people person—very kind and generous with his time.”

A reader sends a halo to Dale Murnane, the pioneering independent dental hygienist in Montecito. “Her mission is truly to keep teeth healthy.”

A reader sends a halo to Crystal Arroyo and Olivia Loyola of Playa del Sur 4-H for their receipt of a California 4-H Golden Clover Group Innovative Ideas award for their contribution to the Santa Barbara County Youth Leadership Committee.

A reader sends a halo to a special girl. “Thanks for having breakfast with me. I hope we can do that more often. I always enjoy hearing you laugh.”

A reader sends a halo to Melody in the floral department at Albertsons for helping us pick out and make a nice arrangement for our friend Jim who is recovering at Cottage Hospital.

A reader sends a halo to Ron Vieira of Playa del Sur 4-H for being awarded the California 4-H Golden Clover award for Emerging Leaders.

A reader sends a halo to Nicholas Juarez for his wonderful bravery during the time his home was on fire. “Nicholas did an amazing job and saved his dogs, himself and his home. He is a wonderful, amazing, caring young man.”

A reader sends a halo to Eric for being such a cool friend and supporter for the reader.

A reader sends a halo to her boyfriend and all the boyfriends who make time for their girlfriends after long, tiring days at work. “Love you, chicken baby.”

A reader sends a halo to the HopeNet board members and volunteers for all of their support and efforts with the Power of a Compassionate Heart presentation.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local law enforcement officer who was driving his work police vehicle while talking on the phone and eating a maple bar and did not stop for the poor pedestrian.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local shop for poor customer relations. “Owners should not display gossip with others about their customers.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman who was jogging on Nov. 16 at about 4 p.m. with her dog in the bicycle lane on Via Real near Bailard Avenue. “On top of breaking the law, you had your music player on, and caused this bicyclist to crash and seriously injure a knee in order to avoid hitting you and your dog.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the many people around town who ride bicycles on the wrong side of the street. “This makes it very dangerous for cyclists who are following the law.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to neighbors who leave their dog out late on Sunday night to bark for hours on end. “People are trying to sleep.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the mountain biker who ignored the sign at the trailhead and rode her bike on the Franklin Trail.

Nov. 14, 2014

A reader sends a halo to Frank James for repeatedly requesting a fix for the rattling manhole cover on Carpinteria Avenue near Franklin Creek, and to Southern California Edison for following through with the repairs to quiet the clatter.

A reader sends a halo to RiteAid’s pharmacy staff, Rick, Andre, Barbara and Sin, for great service and answering all of the reader’s questions.

A reader sends a halo to Debbie at RiteAid for ordering the reader’s special request and being so courteous. The reader also sends a halo to Manager Bruce and all his great staff.

A reader sends a halo to the man who found the reader’s wallet in the street and brought his son to the reader’s house to return it. “There was a lot of cash in that wallet, and he wanted no reward. He taught a valuable lesson to his young son, and I hope he reads this to know how grateful I am.”

A reader sends a halo to Bikesmiths for a fantastic tune-up. “It feels like I am riding a new bike. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to John Wullbrandt for the most amazing mermaid/neptune combination this side of the Mississippi.

A reader sends a halo to Karen, Julie and Lisa who were hugely helpful in the reader’s crosstown move. “Awesome karma to them.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who helped make the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Curious Cup and Carpinteria Toy Co. a huge success. “Thank you.”  

A reader sends a halo to Michelle Villegas for her HopeNet presentation on the Power of a Compassionate Heart. 

A reader sends a halo to Canalino School teacher Alice Bingham. “You gave our children a wonderful educational experience in preparing and performing the Character Counts play. We greatly appreciate all the effort.”

A reader sends a halo to all the kind people who look after our downtown friend Richard. “He remembers you. Special gratitude to the folks who let him visit with their friendly dogs.”

A reader sends a halo to Pat Cooney of Carpinteria High School for his continued efforts as a teacher, baseball coach and athletic director at CHS. He spends countless hours working for the sole benefit of the athletes and athletic staff on campus.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the young man who allowed his beautiful grey pit bull to poop on a neighbor’s lawn, looked around to see if anyone was watching and then walked away. “You should be ashamed of yourself. You are a poor example of a resident of Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person(s) who tried to egg the reader’s house and broke the window on Halloween. “If the curtains hadn’t been closed, the dogs would have been covered in glass. And it cost us money to replace the window.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the inconsiderate and irresponsible dog owners with off-leash dogs on the brand new Franklin Trail. “Your blatant disregard for the law could mean closure of a new local treasure.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the renters on El Carro Lane for having a mess all over the front of the yard.

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever egged our house. “Really? Grow up.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the grocery store that makes its customers enter and exit through a windstorm. “It is extremely unpleasant.”

November 7, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all those who “kept the lights on” and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. “Thanks for keeping the spirit for our kids.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the Empty Bowls volunteers. “Good karma to you!”

A reader sends a halo to my angel love, my bike. “Love you too.”

A reader sends a halo to Parents for Howard for the amazing Halloween Carnival they hosted last week. “The students and teachers sincerely appreciate your commitment and effort to create enriching experiences.”

A reader sends a halo to our sweet local pet store Ark Pet and Supply for its generosity. “The students at Howard Preschool learned so much from the mouse you shared with them. It’s small businesses like yours that define community building.”

A reader sends a halo to a good samaritan, Deb, who stepped up on Camino Trillado on Oct. 18 and defended the reader when she was in need. “You rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Dawn at CVS Pharmacy. “She is always friendly, greets you with a smile and does a fantastic job. She is a huge asset to that store.”

A reader sends a halo to Cathy and Ed. “Welcome home. You were missed.”

A reader sends a halo to the new principal at Canalino School. “You have transformed the school inside and out. Your leadership is amazing.”

A reader sends a halo to the Morning Rotary Club of Carpinteria for donating dictionaries to all the third graders at Canalino. “Amazing!”

A reader sends a halo to Beth Cox for always being delightful.

A reader sends a halo to Redeemer Community Church for making Halloween extra special this year. “They showed their love and fun with a free carnival for all.”

A reader sends a halo to Gaspar for being one cool dude. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store for false advertisement. “My daughter and I waited in front for 30 minutes, but it never opened at its promised hour.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the dog walkers and owners who leave little bags of poo all over our city, bluffs and beaches. “Let’s keep it classy, Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the increasing number of drivers that are passing cars stopped for pedestrians in the crosswalk. “Are you so impatient you would risk hitting a child headed to school? I have witnessed this happen several times lately—not acceptable.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever stole our recyclables. “I hope you’re happy because that was our vacation money for our kids. At least bring our trash cans back.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who stole the reader’s red Diamondback mountain bike right after the reader arrived in Carpinteria having moved from Washington State. “I left it next to the moving truck for about 10 minutes outside my residence and, poof, it was gone. Welcome to Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the jerks that stole the catalytic converter from the reader’s little truck. “Watch out, Carpinteria. According to the S.B. Sheriff’s Department, these thefts come in waves.”  

October 17, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Avila at Carpinteria High School for doing such an amazing job. “Congratulations to you and all the FFA students on winning Chapter of the Year!”

A reader sends a halo to Mac Brown for providing the plane, Frank Isaac for flying the plane and Bill Swing for riding in the plane to shoot photos of the 93013 event at Carpinteria Beach. And a double halo to Mac for all of the great avocados he gives away. “Our town rocks.”

A reader sends a halo to the thoughtful lady in flowers who offered to find the reader a ride home when she lost her keys at the Avocado Festival.

A reader sends a halo to Parents for Canalino and Principal Jamie Persoon for another awesome Jog-a-thon. “Thanks for all you do!”

A reader sends a halo to Vilma and her amazing team at the Albertsons bakery. “Thank you, Vilma, for the amazing cupcakes and cakes made with fresh fruit. This is why we are loyal to your bakery!”

A reader sends a halo to the person that turned in the reader’s iPhone after she left it in a shopping cart at Vons. “Honest citizens—just another reason why I love Carp.”

A reader sends a halo to himself for being ridiculously awesome and good looking. “Just trying to give the kids something to strive for.”

A reader sends a halo to Janice at Tropic Shores for her cheerful management skills. “We moved but still consider you our manager. Where are my keys?”

A reader sends a halo to Rosebro Garage who repaired the reader’s windshield washer by locating a comparable part for an item no longer available. “The repair is perfect and was low cost. Thank you, Rosebro!”

A reader sends a halo to the California Avocado Festival Board of Directors, staff and all the volunteers who made the 27th annual festival such an amazing event.

A reader sends a halo to Reynaldo’s Bakery for donating the cake for the Warriors Pre-Game Rally.  

A reader sends a halo to Bill Swing for his awesome coverage of all the fall sports. “His sports pictures and coverage is greatly appreciated by everyone.”

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons for the delicious Molcajette Salsa Roja. “We attended a barbecue that served this awesome salsa and discovered afterwards that only Carpinteria Albertsons carries it. We’re from out of town and have driven to Carp twice already to replenish.”

A reader sends a halo to the owner of Sandcastle Time, Jocelyn Ford, for being an amazing individual. “You are truly loved.”

A reader sends a halo to all the overly generous folks who helped move the Curious Cup bookstore to its new location. “I wish I could articulate my level of gratitude to be a member of this community and just how stunned I am from the outpouring of help and love.”

A reader sends a halo to whoever left a very large flower bulb on the reader’s porch on the corner of 8th Street and Palm Avenue. “Thanks.” 

A reader sends a halo to Molly Hutto for being the best.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the mother driving highly erratically on Carpinteria Avenue. Not only did you pull out unsafely and aggressively from the post office, but you also sped to pass another vehicle on a double yellow line.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to two people who were very rude to the reader at the Avocado Festival when they were asked for help carrying boxes.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all of the fishermen that are out by the seal rookery stealing all of the seals’ food. “They can’t even come up to eat with all of the nets around!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the member of a local gym who stands around talking to other members who are trying to exercise. “This is a distraction to the members trying to concentrate on exercise and a disruption to others who are trying to move from machine to machine at the recommended pace.”  

October 3, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all the lifeguards and volunteers at the Carpinteria Triathlon for keeping athletes safe on the course and to the reader’s friend Neil for being so supportive of her first triathlon.

A reader sends a halo to the committee members that helped to prepare the senior picnic on Sept. 6, and for all the hard work that they do all year long. “Thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to Hank and Steve who prepared the tri-tip and all the members of the senior group who brought salads and pastries.

A reader sends a halo to John Welty for being so kind and coming out of church in his church clothes to help an injured damsel in distress finish her move with his truck and workers. 

A reader sends a halo to The Farm Cart. “What a great resource for the community, and the best part of it all is that it’s locally owned. Thanks, guys.”

A reader sends a halo to Billie for arranging for The Fog to play oldies to entertain the seniors group.

A reader sends a halo to dentist Dr. Marsh for fixing the reader’s broken cap within a half hour of it breaking.

A reader sends a halo to all of the staff and Dr. Smith at the Animal Medical Clinic for their support and kindness through the loss of Lucy. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Chad and Jean Johnson for gracing Solimar Sands with their presence all these years. “Say goodnight, Jean.”

A reader sends a halo to the Vista bus for slowing down when driving through Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to Dayna Kelly, just because.

A reader sends a halo to all the people of Carpinteria who helped Blossom get home.

A reader sends a halo to the Maulhardt family. “Thanks for always being there for us.”

A reader sends a halo to Dana who took care of Blackie the Fourth Street dog for the last couple years.

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Zemjanis for always taking such amazing care of his patients, never rushing and always listening. “He makes you feel cared about and never makes you feel like a mere number. He is loved by this town.”

A reader sends a halo to Danielle, the manager of the Carpinteria Starbucks, for treating the reader with very special kindness. “Thanks for wearing a halo every day, Danielle.”

A reader sends a halo to Maria from Oaxaca Fresh for bringing soft drinks out to the volunteers at Sunday’s triathlon.

A reader sends a halo to Will and his crew at Danny’s Deli & Car Wash for the awesome job on the reader’s Mercedes.

A reader sends a halo to Celia Lemere for all the nice things she said about the reader at the jog-a-thon last week and for making the reader feel so welcome at Aliso School. “It’s great to be on campus with you again, my friend, even if it’s just for one year.”

A reader sends a halo to the owners and staff at Sly’s for making the reader’s daughter’s birthday celebration so special. “The food was off the charts delicious, and the service was absolutely top shelf. Keep up the great work!”

A reader sends a halo to John and the crew at Risdon’s Napa Auto Care Center for their excellent service in smogging the reader’s truck. “They’re the best in town and the epitome of why it’s good to keep it local.”

A reader sends a halo to the entire staff at Canalino School. “I took a tour and was overwhelmed by how nice and secure that school is. I feel so safe with my daughter there; that place is locked down like Fort Knox.”

A reader sends a halo to the people of Carpinteria for helping Albertsons fundraise $3,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria FFA students for repairing the reader’s iron gate. “They did an awesome job, and it’s great to see these students giving back to the community!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to dog owners who must go deaf as soon as they get a dog. “It must make them thoughtless, too, because they put their dogs next to the street or at an open front window where they bark at every person who walks by.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the law enforcement officer sitting in a car near a homeless man smoking something out of a can. “You’re right there. Really?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman who purposely bumped the reader at a Friday night football game while the reader’s daughter followed right behind. “Children learn by example. So sad.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local supermarket that continues to understaff on Sunday evenings. “You just hit an all time record, 17 customers waiting in one open line that went all the way down an aisle and almost made it to the meat section.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local storeowner for leaving a nasty note on the car of a reader which was legally parking on a public street in front of the store while visiting another local establishment. “You don’t own this town!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who lost his wallet at the shopping center and didn’t even thank the boy who returned it to the store. “There was a lot of money in it. He wants you to thank the Lord he returned it.”

August 29, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Public Works Department for the new bicycle rack at the corner of 7th Street and Linden Avenue. “Now, if we could just get a couple more.”

A reader sends a halo to Sarina Adams, the reader’s favorite teller at Bank of America. “She was always friendly and interested in you. Where are you now? We miss you.”

A reader sends a halo to Maria Yolanda Arroyo for being the reader’s already made friend for life.

A reader sends a halo to El Hermano for his 69th wedding anniversary.

A reader sends a halo to a young woman and her boyfriend who took the time to comfort and reunite a scared, lost chihuahua with her family. Also, a halo to the woman who works at Animal Medical Clinic for helping to contact the owners of the chi, even though it was after hours.

A reader sends a halo to KTMS and Union Bank for providing the shredding service. “It is a great benefit to the whole community.”

A reader sends a halo to those professional big rig drivers who are so courteous and move over when possible to let drivers merge.

A reader sends a halo to Anne at Tony’s Pizza for recommending the burger special. “It was, by far, the best burger my wife and I have ever had. We can’t wait to come back.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the gentleman who pulled out an electric cigarette while shopping in Vons on Sunday. “Electric cigarette or not, it is non-smoking in the grocery store.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those that park illegally and unsafely in front of Surf Dog. “You are creating a dangerous traffic hazard in the name of a hot dog. There is a parking lot only a few feet away; please use it!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local school that made it very complicated for students to get their locker and textbooks.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the female server of a local restaurant. “Asking my friend and I whether or not we were employed was none of your concern. Not only did I pay for the meal, but I still tipped well solely because the pie was delicious.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader’s former apartment manager for opening the reader’s mail. “Did you know that’s a felony?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for allowing construction and roadwork to start before 8 a.m. “The jackhammer started at 7:30 this morning and that’s not uncommon. The noise is unbearable even with all my windows and doors closed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the big group eating outside at Delgado’s restaurant. “When it was time to pay, the poor waitress had to divide and itemized your separate bills. The poor woman looked really stressed out.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a teenager and his two pals for repeatedly throwing stuff at a fenced in dog on Serpolla Street.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for its lack of consideration for the citizens of Carpinteria who must go south on the overpass at the intersection at Santa Ynez and Carpinteria avenues. “The timing on those lights has been way off for weeks, causing long, unnecessary delays and frustration.”

August 15, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the very nice young man at a local feed and pet supply store. “Thank you for always having a smile on your face and helping me out with anything I need.”

A reader sends a halo to the owners, chefs and staff at Zookers restaurant. “We love your fresh food, and the way you prepare it is awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Jay Irwin of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District who arrived in the nick of time, called an ambulance and saved the reader’s life.

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria and all the staff at Dr. Smith’s for their cat adoption program. “Thanks to them I have the most wonderful, furry, loving animal, who is adored by her new family. Keep up the great work.”

A reader sends a halo to the best neighbors little Haven could ask for. “Thank you for showering her with love in welcoming her to the neighborhood.”

A reader sends a halo to George and friends down at Carpinteria & Linden Pub for returning the cell phone and cards. “Carp rocks!”

A reader sends a halo to Victoria at the Albertsons’ bakery for decorating such lovely, adorable and yummy cakes for my children’s birthdays. “No request is too much for her, and she is always friendly, calm, cool and collected.”

A reader sends a halo to Paula Lopez from KEYT News. “You’ve given your heart and special talents to our community for many years. Your community is now sending you love and healing energy.”

A reader sends a halo to Colson’s Garage for its awesome customer service and for always fixing the reader’s flat tires with a wonderful attitude. “Thanks for keeping us safe on the highway.”

A reader sends a halo to Miss Stephanie at Canalino School. “You have been a saving grace to my nephew, as well as to my family and many others, I’m sure. I hope they find the funding to keep such an amazing asset.”

A reader sends a halo to the guy with the cool topknot hairdo who chased the reader down to return a book that had dropped out of her stroller in front of Lavender Court on Saturday morning.

A reader sends a halo to Jason and his crew at the Carpinteria Valley Lumber Company for the mid-July tri-tip feast they served to more than 300 locals and visitors. “A great party for all.”

A reader sends a halo to the city’s code enforcement officers who time and again have helped us corral and take away wounded animals, answered our questions about codes and have always been helpful and friendly. “We appreciate you and the difficult job you have.”

A reader sends a halo to Tamara for being the best boss ever. “You are the best lifeguard in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Sanitary District for cleaning up the graffiti by the creek. “We appreciate your ongoing efforts to keep the area clean.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the many parents who live in Ventura County yet enroll their kids in the Carpinteria Unified School District. “CUSD needs to crack down and ask for proof of residency.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local café whose staff has changed so many times. “I had to wait to have my order taken, drinks refilled and get my check. And I can only imagine how clean a table is when you see a busboy use the same rag to wipe his forehead as the top of the table.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the ungrateful creatures who tagged the beautiful pathway from the salt marsh to the beach. “Please, let’s make a difference in our lives by leaving things clean for our children.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the thief of the Chumash artifacts. “Just remember what happened to the Brady Bunch when they took the idol from Hawaii.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the bicycle club which, without any consideration for the people who live nearby, unloaded its bikes next to Linden Field all the while laughing and talking very loudly at 6 a.m. on Sunday. “There are noise curfews in place, but it’s really all about respect.”

August 8, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Will at Danny’s Deli and Carwash for remembering the reader from a wash about six months ago. “He returned my forgotten car key with electronic opener that would have cost me $350 to replace.”

A reader sends a halo to the United States Postal Service. A letter the reader was expecting arrived with the reader’s name, street name and city misspelled and the wrong zip code. “Thank you, postal employees, for your amazing intuitive work.”

A reader sends a halo to Sarah Rochlitzer for teaching an “amazing” adult-education drawing class this summer at Carpinteria High School. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Rosebro Garage for their kindness and generosity in helping a stranger solve a non-automotive problem.  

A reader sends a halo to Freddy Suarez of 2 Sons Nursery for his help and donations in kickstarting the Positive Sprouts Program at the Boys & Girls Club. “We apologize for leaving you out of the release a few weeks ago and couldn’t have started the program without you!”

A reader sends a halo to Myriah Leanne for “being so beautiful and an amazing person. You’re the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Shawn at Giovanni’s Pizza for supporting the Children’s Summer Reading Program. “Our children loved their pizzas. Way to support the community!”

A reader sends a halo to her mother, Laurie, for always acting with dignity in the face of troubles. “You inspire me!”

A reader sends a halo to Angelica at Salon Mirame for an excellent wash-and-wear haircut. “Thanks for giving me more ‘me time’ every morning!”

A reader sends a halo to Monica and Marco Sanchez. “Without you there would have been no baseball camp last week. You are both a great asset to our league and community.”

A reader sends a halo to Sherri and her crew for their First Friday event at the Carpinteria Valley Arts Center. “Well done, Sherri, well done!”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers of the Dream Foundation who delivered flowers, cards and cookies. “You are the best!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to another reader who had sent a pitchfork about a woman getting spit on by a couple and their dog. “She spit on his husband first after clawing his face. Don’t praise the original spitting-perpetrator.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who criticized the squirrels at the park. “A squirrel can enjoy the park as much as anyone else. By the way, us squirrels read CVN too.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Metropolitan Transit District for considering the elimination of the 21x. “I ride the bus every Monday and Wednesday to school, and it’s really fun.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local store that opted for the one-time, out-of-town sale over the local, repeat-customer sale. “Sadly I won’t be going there again.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the four boys who blasted the reader’s building with tomatoes, an avocado and a water balloon and then took off.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the grouchy old man who works at the cash register of a local store. “Life’s too short to be as grumpy as you are.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the pitchforker who mocked skateboarders’ right to skate because of a few bad apples. “Would you shut down all sports, business and clergy because some of them are disrespectful and crooked?”

August 1, 2013

A reader sends a halo to a customer at Island Brewing Company for bringing her lost purse to the managers. “I can’t thank you enough!”

A reader sends a halo to Karen Welty Graf and her team for obtaining over 3,000 donated flowers from Westland Floral, Floral Ambience and Myriad Floral Inc. for Paddle Out For Hope.

A reader sends a halo to Doug and Nancy Garrison for such amazing commitment and energy in organizing and leading all of the Relay For Life Carpinteria teams. “You guys are the best!”

A reader sends a halo to the Bellas Artes volunteers for their continued dedication and support to the youth of Carpinteria. “Mil gracias!”

A reader sends a halo to Quincy Moore for bringing his car to the Warrior cheerleaders’ carwash fundraiser and then helping out with the fundraiser the whole time. “He doesn’t even have a daughter on the cheer squad. Thanks, bro!”

A reader sends a halo to her father, Ray, and mother, Janelle, for being such wonderful, caring and loving parents. “Thank you for shaping me into the person I am today! I love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Ana Nunez for all the rides to school and for being a loving person. “Thank you so much!”

A reader sends a halo to Aunt Kath and Rhett for their care and quick thinking in saving a pet’s life. “His little tail has not stopped wagging with gratitude.”

A reader send a halo to Matt, Brian and Mohammed at the Carpinteria Parks & Recreation boathouse for giving surf, sailing and kayak lessons this past week to the reader’s nephew.  “All three were not only great teachers but role models and inspirations.”

A reader sends a halo to Samuel. “Knowing you inspires me every day.”

A reader sends a halo to the workers at Peebee & Jay’s. “Thank you for staying late. You rock!”

A reader sends a halo to Melody, a worker at Albertsons. “She offers great customer service. If she can’t answer your question, she will find someone who can!”

A reader sends a halo to the “short” lady who put up cameras in our safe and friendly neighborhood.

A reader sends a halo to friends and families who have dropped off fruit and veggies. “We really appreciate it.”

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis of Curtis Studio of Dance for donating her studio for the dance workshop with Charis Haines, offered through Carp Cares for Youth. 

A reader sends a halo to the owner of Carp Sports for his great customer service in helping with a return. “My husband and I appreciated your kindness so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Mike Millan and his creative woodworking skills for a beautiful job recreating missing pieces and repairing an important “CVN-brainstorming” teak chair.

A reader sends a halo to the employees of Carl’s Jr. for being friendly and polite to their customers.
 
A reader sends a pitchfork to the overly aggressive squirrel for “mad-dogging” the reader at the park. “I was just enjoying myself at the park. It wasn’t like I was going to steal your nuts. Learn to calm down!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the surfers from San Diego who stole the reader’s iPad when he invited them into his home in Costa Rica. “Come on, I offer your friends a beer, and you rip me off?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the selfish, left lane-driving zombies. “Please, move over!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant for releasing a server. “He was a hard worker. He was always so kind and friendly to us and never let us down.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the motley lot of skateboarders that for four days in a row had assistants sit on the tennis nets of the Carpinteria Middle School courts so that they could jump their decks over the net. “And you want people to respect your right to skate? Pshaw!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those charismatic manipulators of the world. “Stop sucking off of others for attention and energy, and learn to find a life of your own.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who spit in a woman’s face. “I always thought that Carp had such super nice people until I saw that. How disgusting.”

July 25, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Schane Craddock and the incredibly hardworking Carpinteria High School football coaches, varsity and junior varsity teams. “Relay For Life Carpinteria ran smoothly because of you.”

A reader sends a halo to Vera Bensen for all she has done for Carpinteria. 

A reader sends a halo to Blue Eyes. “Best of luck to you in the next phase of your journey. Take care of AM/FM Radio. I don’t think you will, I know you will.”

A reader sends a halo to the community of Carpinteria for turning Relay For Life Carpinteria into an amazing weekend.

A reader sends a halo to Anthony Castillo from Montecito Bank & Trust, whose last-minute heroics meant that Relay for Life had water bottles to distribute.

A reader sends a halo to the couple that found her wallet in a Vons shopping cart and personally delivered it to the reader’s house. “Thank you so much for being our local angels and God’s answer to my prayers.”

A reader sends a halo to the local businesses that donated to the Business Pirates of the Cure-ibbean auction to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

A reader sends a halo to Vannesa at Radio Shack, “for being such a cool person.”

A reader sends a halo to her husband, who doubled as her personal travel agent after fetching the reader from LAX when her flight was delayed, overbooked and then cancelled. “Love you!”

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons for ending the practice of club cards. “While other grocers are doubling down with an additional batch of ‘discount’ prices online, Albertsons got the right idea by sticking to a single price.”

A reader sends a halo to the person who found the reader’s wallet and turned it in. “After a really rough week, you restored my faith in the kindness of people.  Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Vivian. “It was always a pleasure to shop at SOAP when you were there. Your new employer is über-lucky.”

A reader sends a halo to a young lady for working so hard. “You don’t get the credit you deserve at work. You are my treasure.”

A reader sends a halo to Kevin Clark and Frank Isaac for their aviation amazement above the Paddle Out For Hope. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Alma and Mikey Billgren of Billgren Photography for their amazing photographs of the Paddle Out For Hope.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a police officer that illegally pulled into a crosswalk during Rods & Roses while pedestrians were crossing and said he’d done so just “because I can” with a smirk on his face.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for not fixing the footbridge on 9th Street even though it has been broken for over a month. “People use that bridge.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to rude neighbors who hold yard sales on other people’s yards. “Seriously?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to someone who is stealing items from the front of Whimsy. “The display items all have price tags and are not free.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the California Highway Patrol for its lackadaisical enforcement of the 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in the construction zone between Carpinteria and Ventura. “I’m following the law and getting rear ended for it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who complained about the lifeguard a couple weeks ago. “I was there and nothing was wrong.”

July 11, 2013

A reader sends a halo to a local hardware store that was open on the Fourth of July weekend.

A reader sends a halo to Kiona of Curious Cup, and all the participating stores, for the Where’s Waldo contest. “So much fun for everyone.”

A reader sends a halo to Abby. “We are so proud of you. We know you will do wonderfully in kindergarten.”

A reader sends a halo to Marlene from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, who very much brightened the reader’s Fourth of July. “After a long day working, I had a coffee drink delivered by Coffee Bean and paid for. Wow. That is Carpinteria community for you.”  
 
A reader sends a halo to the Junior Lifeguard Program for holding this year’s campout at Carpinteria State Park. “We hope you can continue to do it here in Carp.”  

A reader sends a halo to the Starbucks employee who sang and danced for the reader’s birthday.

Two readers send a halo to Kaleigh. “We are so proud of you having read the most books in your class. You are such a great student.”

A reader sends a halo to Hunter “for being such an awesome boyfriend.”

A reader sends a halo to the “kind” people who found the reader’s GMC car keys at the beach and left them next to the reader’s car.

A reader sends a halo to Colin Rodriguez for achieving Junior Lifeguard of the Week.

A reader sends a halo to the woman who stopped and gave him two shopping bags to collect the contents of a 30-pack that had fallen while he was biking back to Carpinteria State Beach. “What a lifesaver, and what a great town.”

A reader sends a halo to Juan for the “extra effort” in keeping the restrooms at Viola Field clean.

A reader sends a halo to the good-natured young man, Mike, who helped the reader free his bike by the bluffs when the reader’s lock wouldn’t open. “You really left your fingerprints in my heart.”

A reader sends a halo to the nice couple in the white pickup truck that gave away roses on First Friday.

A reader sends a halo to Abby at Lemos for helping the reader choose an alternative dry dog food after the reader’s normal brand was recalled. “Mr. Sensitive took right to the new food. Good job, Abby!”

A reader sends a halo to Cabo’s Baja Grill. “Your donation of chips and salsa to Carpinteria Bellas Artes was appreciated. Mil gracias.”

A reader sends a halo to the Warrior Booster Club, coaches and Chris Gocong for throwing an amazing youth football camp.

A reader sends a pitchfork to cyclists who pay with sweaty money. “You keep the Purell company alive.”

June 27, 2013

Two readers send a halo to Marci Richardson for being “the very best” mother and grandmother. “Happy birthday!”

A reader sends a halo to the students, instructors and supporters for making the first annual Teen ArtFest a success. “Can’t wait for the second ArtFest!”

A reader sends a halo to Kiker Jaimes for manually opening the garage door last week when the electric power was out all day. The reader also sends a halo to Esther for the “delicious” cake.

A reader sends a halo to the mother and daughter who found the reader’s dog Lucy and took care of her until the reader and Lucy were reunited.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Cares for Youth for putting together the Teen ArtFest Event. “Thanks Marybeth and Amrita for all of your hard work.”

A reader sends a halo to the teenagers that participated in the 2013 Teen Artfest workshops. “You truly made the day a magical one! “

A reader sends a halo to the future Mrs. and Mr. Garcia. “The proposal at the beach was beautiful. Make her happy and congratulations!”

A reader sends a halo to the wheelchair-bound street-crosser for looking the reader in the eye while he crossed the street.

A reader sends a halo to Ray Gonzales and his son for putting on the Beach Classic Softball Tournament, as well as all the volunteers that helped make it possible. “You guys did an awesome job, as always!”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Library for offering incredible prizes for reading this summer, and to all the local businesses that support the reading program.

A reader sends a halo to the nice man who delivers the Coastal View News to the Arbol Verde neighborhood every week.

A reader sends a halo to her dear friend of 20 years who faithfully sends her an audio recording of the Halos & Pitchforks section every week.  “Thank you for delivering a weekly dose of whimsical delight!”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Zoltoski and Mrs. Persoon from Mount Carmel for making the reader’s son’s kindergarten experience incredible.

A reader sends a halo to all the wonderful friends and family that came to support her and raise the much-needed money for her surgery. “A very special thanks to Sonya, Jen and Nancy. I love you all.”

A reader sends a halo to the reader’s dad for buying her a new bike at Rincon Cycles.

A reader sends a halo to Keely Gonzalez. “Thanks for being a great friend.”

A reader sends a halo to the nice elderly lady who picked her up on Carpinteria Avenue about a month ago when the reader was walking to City Hall and in danger of being run over by skaters and bicycles on the sidewalk.

A reader sends a halo to the passenger on the Seaside Shuttle who helped the reader find Via Real Physical Therapy. “There are some beautiful people in Carp. You meet them by chance!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the brown pickup truck that’s always speeding on straight-aways. “Slow your horses!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cashier at a local cafe on Thursday for not giving back the change.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the ladies standing behind the reader in line at a local cafe for being rude.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local beach lifeguard for allowing smokers, beer-drinking, dogs and tents last Saturday.

Two readers send a pitchfork to the reader’s neighbors for moving away, taking their cat, and setting the bar impossibly high for new replacements.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who leave trash on the beach. “Maybe we can all help out by picking it up as we see it. “

June 20, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Sal Castro for sharing his painting, “The Scream,” at the Carpinteria Public Library.

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis for being a wonderful dance teacher to the reader’s daughter over the past 15 years. “Bonnie has helped shape her into the young woman she is.”

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons and Taco Grande for their donations and discounts for the Teen ArtFest at Carpinteria Valley Arts Center.

A reader sends a halo to Juanita Ortiz, the bank teller at Union Bank. “Every time she smiles, it makes all of the customers have a good day.”

A reader sends a halo to the members of the Carpinteria Lion’s Club for preparing and serving a barbeque for the graduates of Rincon Continuation High School and Foothill Alternative High School.

A reader sends a halo to Studio B for its Mommy and Me @ Studio B infant and toddler music and movement class. “We look forward to the Tuesday morning class.”

A reader sends a halo to Jess Rae Willis, Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce and all of the Carpinteria businesses that gave back for Relay For Life of Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis and Curtis Dance Studios for an “amazing” dance production.

A reader sends a halo to Bonnie Curtis of Curtis Studio of Dance. “Happy 40th anniversary, and many thanks from all of us.”

A reader sends a halo to La Tiendita for always having good candy.

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Patricia Walker and her assistant Margaret for the care they gave to the reader and the reader’s elderly mother.

A reader sends a halo to the lovely Jasmin Jaramillo for being a “caring” and “downright amazing” friend.

A reader sends a halo to Buckwheat. “Love, love, love you!”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Nakasone and Dr. Gallivan for doing free physicals for a high school girls volleyball team during their lunch time.

A reader sends a halo to Heidi and Jim Michener. “They welcome their rental guests as though they are family.”

A reader sends a halo to Raychill for paying for three Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf drinks for the reader’s cousin.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Coastal View News for printing pictures of scantily clad women in barely-there bikinis. “We enjoy our local paper as a family, but not for long if the inappropriate pictures continue.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who sent the pitchfork last week about a grocery store manager not getting them a cart. “Do it yourself instead of being lazy and entitled.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person spraying pesticides from a helicopter from 5 to 8:30 a.m. on the morning of June 12.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Coastal View News for not including the valedictorian, Erin Saito, in the Carpinteria High School graduation photo spread.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the dog owners near Vallecito Road. “The early morning intermittent howling and barking is waking my family.”
A reader sends a pitchfork to the pitchforker casting aspersions on stroller joggers in bike lanes. “You should welcome fellow exercisers and their babies.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a coach of a girls’ softball team for not being positive and not preparing the girls for the tournaments. “He needs to do us a favor and not come back.”

June 13, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Lynn Gibson and her cafeteria crew for cooking a fabulous breakfast for all of the outgoing eighth-graders. “Thank you very much!”

A reader sends a halo to all graduates, especially Marisol Flores, the reader’s sister, and Rut Medel and Christian Arambula, the reader’s cousins.

A reader sends a halo to Detective Mike Scherbarth and the other law-enforcers who met at Jack’s for “Coffee With a Cop” in May. “These friendly, monthly-events are great opportunities to meet the guys who protect us.”

A reader sends a halo to Edward Snowden for exposing the NSA secret monitoring on U.S. citizens. “So much for the Constitution. Is this the road to turn-key tyranny?”

A reader sends a halo to Cameron for being such a good friend to Ricky at the Aliso School graduation.

A reader sends a halo to Sean L. for finding and returning the reader’s wallet. “His kindness and honesty are much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Swarm for making pies from scratch for her students who get an A+ in her class. “Mrs. Swarm is an amazing teacher.”

A reader sends a halo to the staff at the Animal Medical Clinic. “Thank you, not only for being so helpful with Honey when she got sick, but calling days later to check in on her.”

A reader sends a halo to Gaby Fantone for being an awesome friend.

A reader sends a halo to Martin Manzo of Norman’s Nursery, and Dianne Van Wingerden of Myriad International, for donating beautiful plants and roses for the Carpinteria Middle School promotion ceremony.

A reader sends a halo to all the families who contributed gifts and desserts to the teacher and staff luncheon at Carpinteria High School. “What a tremendous response.”

A reader sends a halo to Cheerios and the creators of the interracial Cheerios T.V. commercial.

A reader sends a halo to Saul Villegas for being a good friend.

A reader sends a halo to Brittany, Shaina and all the staff at Zookers for making the reader’s 30th wedding anniversary so special. The reader also sends a halo to the reader’s children for the Zookers gift certificate.

A reader sends a halo to Shannon and crew at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for their yearlong support of the monthly Carpinteria High School Teachers Dessert!

A reader sends a halo to Jason, Katie and their employees of the Farm Cart on Carpinteria Avenue for returning the reader’s wallet. “You rock!”

A reader sends a halo to the Cardenas family and Reynaldo’s Bakery for their donation of a cake to the Challenger team during Carpinteria Valley Little League’s Fan in the Stands Day. “Thank you for adding a sweet touch to a great day!”

A reader sends a halo to Maria Ramos, Azalea Kemp, Jazmin Harms and Ruben Clark for assisting Carpinteria Valley Little League’s Challenger baseball team. “We could not do it without wonderful volunteers like you.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School’s girls softball team for cheering on the Challenger baseball team during Carpinteria Valley Little League’s Fans in the Stands Day.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local painter for drawn-out and unfinished work. “We trusted you and paid you in full when you said you were done.  To our dismay, the backs of all the closet doors were unpainted, and the rest of the doors look they were painted by a lousy amateur.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in the electric wheelchair who crossed in front of the reader’s car without making eye contact first. “Yours could have been a fatal mistake.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the manager at a local grocery store. “I asked why there were so few small black carts available. He answered that there were plenty over by the fence instead of offering to get me one.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those jogging and pushing strollers in the bike lane. “Please use the sidewalk and leave the bike lane for bikers.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to bikers going the wrong way in the bike lane. “You are a hazard to yourself, other bikers and drivers. We are not expecting you to be coming the wrong way. Please obey traffic rules.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the management at a local eatery. “They should tell their cashier that displaying hickeys is inappropriate in a family restaurant.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to four young ladies who took up a whole sidewalk and did not move to make space.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the crowd at the Carpinteria High School graduation who booed a teacher when he requested that the beach ball throwing stop. “Who boos Mr. Roberts?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for attaching signs to palm trees using staples and then removing the signs and leaving staples. “I received a citation and a fine for this two years ago.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local law enforcement officer who did not stop at the limit line. The reader had the right of way but said officer turned left with no signal, holding a cell phone.

June 6, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Ted Tursick and his amazing crew of angels from Carpinteria Redeemer Church who volunteered their time to paint a basketball court for Rincon High School.

A reader sends a halo to all the families who do not lie about their marital status, employment status, and income to qualify for state funded and reduced cost programs for our children. “You are not teaching your children to lie to get what you don’t deserve.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Persoon for motivating and ever challenging her students. “You truly are meant to teach and mentor so many.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Munizich for so much dedication and commitment to her students. “Thank you for all you’ve done for so many.”

A reader sends a halo to Coastal View News for informing people about the poor water quality found in Gobernador Canyon and Shepard Mesa. “Thanks for looking out for us.”

A reader sends a halo to the organizers and the hosts for the lovely Carpinteria Valley Arts Council volunteer appreciation party.

A reader sends a halo to Carole-Anne Lonson of Canzelle Alpacas for sharing her adorable alpacas with The Howard School Preschool students and parent volunteers. “Who would have guessed that such a treasure was nestled in our Carpinteria mountainside?”

A reader sends a halo to the students, faculty, and staff at Carpinteria High School for making a substitute teacher feel so grateful to be part of their outstanding school.

A reader sends a halo to the kind person who found the reader’s granddaughter’s “strawberry” hat and placed it on a bench on Linden Avenue & 9th Street several weeks ago.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School’s yearbook staff. “What an awesome job on this year’s edition. Congrats Class of 2013!”

A reader sends a halo to his beautiful wife of six months. “Half a year so far, babe, approaching one year from when we said ‘I do.’ Love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Kimmy Methmann, a hard-working sportswoman and pitcher for the Junior Varsity softball team.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who approved the stunningly ugly bulb-outs at 3rd Street and Linden Avenue and the newly pinched 10-foot-wide road lanes, which are both abruptly amputated just two houses down 3rd Street.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local pizza restaurant for giving the reader a cold pizza.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the young man who loiters around the seal rookery and harasses birds. “Birds don’t eat rocks, you hooligan!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the teenage boys in a “really awful” video.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Professional Building with medical offices on Carpinteria Avenue that does not have handicap accessibility to the second floor.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the kook who irreparably damaged the reader’s board at Jellybowl. “Learn some etiquette in the water and take your lumps if you get caught inside. Don’t endanger other surfers and man up if you make a mistake.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to local valet parkers for parking in front of homes along 7th Street. “We have a disabled child and we are having our front gate blocked almost every weekend.”

May 30, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Joe Costa at Costa’s Auto Works for replacing the turn-signal-assembly and front bumper on her Toyota, and for matching the original paint color perfectly.

A reader sends a halo to her BFF for helping her reunite with her long-lost soul mate. “Our love is as strong now as it was back in the day. Thank you from the bottom of my full heart.”

A reader sends a halo to Lawry Bailard for returning the beloved tortoise, Dr. Stebbins, back to his home with a family that missed him so much.

A reader sends a halo to Nancy Otto at Casitas Skin Sanctuary for creating such amazing serums, and for reminding us that the most important thing you wear is your skin.

A reader sends a halo to Rincon Catering, Peebee & Jay’s, Debra Goldman and Jamie Diamond for providing the most delicious feast for Canalino teachers. “Thank you for your generous donations.”

A reader sends a halo to Carol at SBB&T/Union Bank. “Thank you for always getting my complicated transactions right, being fast and making it fun to go to the bank.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School cafeteria for making the most awesome salad bar for students and staff with healthy stuff like quinoa salad and kale chips. “Yum!”

A reader sends a halo to the quick-thinking guy who gave the reader his number. “You are really hot, and it made my day. But if I actually had a Facebook page, my relationship status would read, ‘It’s complicated.’ I have no doubt you will find someone, and until then Fosters Freeze is a solid choice.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department for installing benches on the Tomol Interpretive Play Area pedestrian trail.

A reader sends a halo to Marie at Cajun Kitchen for being such a good waitress that she always remembers to bring strawberry jam for the reader’s husband and boysenberry for the reader.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Caltrans for its dangerous configuring of lanes and speeds through the construction area entering Carpinteria from Ventura.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who do not get their pets spayed or neutered. “Don’t you see how many unwanted pets there are? Do you even care?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for moving the beach bike rack to the middle of a sand dune. “Bicyclists shouldn’t be treated like third class citizens.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who have nothing better to do than monitor the guest parking in Franciscan Village. “Wish I had that much free time.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the two girls who took avocados from the reader’s neighbor’s tree. “I am watching you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the elderly man who harassed a Hispanic woman and her kids at a local grocery store for no reason. “It is a shame that people like you taint the community of Carpinteria.”

May 23, 2013

A reader sends a halo to two wonderful ladies, Schane Craddock and Lori Bowles, who worked many tireless hours putting together the Carpinteria High School After Prom event. “Every year they provide a safe and fun environment for students to remember for a lifetime. Ladies, thank you. We are blessed to have you in our community.”

A reader sends a halo to Meredith upon her college graduation from Cal State Northridge. “Your family and friends are so proud of you. We look forward to your next adventure.”

A reader sends a halo to Don Risdon for excellent service and the lowest gas prices in town with no ATM or credit card fee.

A reader sends a halo to Felix Karpain for inspiring residents to start vegetable gardens at Shepard Place Apartments.

A reader sends a halo to Ian “Goldilocks” Craddock for being a lovely friend and for shaving his hair. “You look like a stud now.”

A reader sends a halo to all the angels who helped the reader and her dog, Chutney, on Saturday after Chutney stepped on a bee and went into shock. There was a guy who helped lift her to the car, and a young lady who let the reader use her phone.

A reader sends a halo to Lynn and Layla who helped comfort her during her dog’s bee sting ordeal and stayed with her until help arrived. “What great friends to have in such a caring community.”

A reader sends a halo to Mady for taking such good care of Zoey while Grandma was on vacation. “She loves you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Marty Kinrose from UCP/Work, Inc., Jake Boone from Power Chair. Also, the two men who helped the reader on May 10 on Casitas Pass Road and the two women for their concern. “I am blessed to have so many angels.”

A reader sends a halo to the members of Santa Barbara Dance Institute for having a great show on Sunday and for teaching great dancing.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the hairstylist at a local salon who filled up a friend’s shampoo bottle from the salon’s supplies.

A reader sends a pitchfork to anyone who doesn’t slow down to 35 miles per hour in front of the Jehovah's Witness church, where that is the speed limit. There are driveways beyond that blind corner that people are going in to and, more importantly, coming out of. "Sure you're going 35. That’s why you fishtailed and left skid marks so you wouldn’t smash into me."

A reader sends a pitchfork to the rude human who pitchforked the bird last week and claimed its mellow tunes were tough on precious sleep time. The bird’s message: “You have got to be kidding! I put up with your human caterwauling all day long. Besides, you are sending a pitchfork to a bird! What in the world are you thinking?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to her bestie for making her miss him so darn much. “And a halo to the same man for giving me one of the most unforgettable friendships.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the La Conchita horse owners who do not provide any shade for their animals.

May 16, 2013

A reader sends a halo to John James and Greenwell Floral for their amazing donation of flowers to Relay For Life Carpinteria Dream Team’s fundraiser.  

A reader sends a halo to Aubrey Rasmussen for working 21 days in a row at the Lucky Llama.

A reader sends a halo to the man with the cute little dog who stopped and helped the reader jump her car without being asked. “Your kindness brightened my day.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael Ensign and the fantastic staff of the Holiday Inn Express. “You are all awesome. Thank you for making our prolonged stay fabulous.”

A reader sends a halo to all the volunteers that worked until the wee morning hours to make Carpinteria High School’s After Prom Party a huge success. And a special halo to The Upbeat for rockin’ the house.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria-based Business Machines Plus for 20 years of great service.

A reader sends a halo to Island Brewing Company for hosting Relay For Life Carpinteria Dream Team’s Mother’s Day Mania Fundraiser. “You guys are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to local realtor John Villar for helping my out-of-state friend find a home during a weekend of touring properties.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club for its generous support and donation to help fund Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club programming.

A reader sends a halo to the mermaids who placed the bus bench with the siren on it next to the Carpinteria Community Pool. “Great location!”

A reader sends a halo to the nice gentleman who let the reader’s 6-year-old son take his turn at the barbershop so he wouldn’t have to wait so long to get his hair cut. “That was very kind of you. Thank you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria. “I picked up tourist friends at a public parking lot. The city should clean and water it—the area is deplorable.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who sent himself or herself a pitchfork by sending one to anyone who has ever sent a pitchfork. “Why can’t we just love ourselves?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the bird that lives in the tree at the Carpinteria Valley Water District and proceeds to sing its mating call from sundown to sunup. “It is either blind or thinks it’s an owl. I’ve lost sleep three weeks in a row and cannot be the only one!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the new property manager who undermined her best friend to take her job and for displacing a family and commenting that, “it’s not personal.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to club volleyball parents who do not pay their balances.

May 9, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all the businesses that helped support Aliso School’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

A reader sends a halo to the man who helped the reader save her boyfriend from jumping off a bridge the other night. “God bless.”

A reader sends a halo to her neighbors. “This faithful canine reader thanks her neighbors for taking such good care of her while her mistress was traveling.”

A reader sends a halo to her husband, Kevin, for being such an amazing partner and daddy to her and their new little girl. “We love you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to the best mom and Mimi in the universe. “We love you googles times infinity.”

A reader sends a halo to Kelly and his crew at IHOP for helping to make our Monday Mahj Madness a big success. “Taking care of 18 enthusiastic women is a feat.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club for allowing The Howard School Mockingbird Singers to perform at its morning meeting. “We had a blast.”

A reader sends a halo to Ozzie and Hazel’s mom for being the greatest. “We love and appreciate you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to the CVN for making a great small town even more charming. “A terrific local paper simply makes our little beach town a better place to live.”

A reader sends a halo to Nancy, simply the most incredible mommy a husband and two boys could ever have. “We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to thank the wonderful Carpinterians who helped the reader when she forgot and took her grocery cart over the line and couldn’t back up. “You came right to my aid and helped carry my groceries to my car. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Jimmy Graves for breaking a Carpinteria High School freshman record for pole vaulting. “Good job, son.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever was responsible for the demise of two female night herons on Fillmore Avenue in La Conchita. “They were adults and didn’t just fall out of the tree, both in one evening. Yes, they are messy and loud but for just a couple months. What a shame. The silence is deafening.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to anyone who has ever sent a pitchfork. “Why can’t we just love each other?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to two local coaches who were rude to some players on their team. “You two should be ashamed in the way you acted.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cyclist who rides at a high speed along the bluff by the seal lookout shouting at people to get out of his way. “I’ve seen him doing this several times and once saw him almost hit a little girl. Maybe someone can intercept him to discuss public safety or get a picture of him to give to law enforcement.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the belligerent, obnoxious woman in the beach neighborhood who was screaming obscenities from her porch at the reader in front of her toddler and parents as they walked by. “Classy! Do I know you? Did we meet in charm school and I have forgotten?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Seal Watch reporter for the over the top disturbance report in the May 2 issue of CVN. “Turkey vultures and rocks falling off the cliff are not legitimate ‘disturbances.’ Might as well ban fun on the bluffs while we’re at it.”

May 2, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all the people of this community who make Carpinteria Valley Little League what it is. “The kids on the field make it worth all the effort. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Tony’s Pizza for its recent cleaner and brighter atmosphere.

A reader sends a halo to Kelly Caspary for being an incredible, kind human being.

A reader sends a halo to Renee Mack and all students at Cate School, the Carpinteria Valley Arts Center, and Carpinteria Beautiful members who painted the bus benches. “They look beautiful!”

A reader sends a halo to Scott, Chas, Axel and Austin of AMR for giving the Girl Scout Troop a wonderfully informative and fascinating tour of their ambulance and facility, and for helping the girls earn their Junior First Aid Badge.

A reader sends a halo to chef Efren and his awesome kitchen staff at Corktree Cellars for always doing an amazing job.

A reader sends a halo to Canalino School staff and principal for offering a forum to discuss how we can all assist and be a part of the best interests of our children. “Thank you, phenomenal workshop!”

A reader sends a halo to Howard at Carpinteria Fitness for always opening the gym at 5 a.m. “He is always cheerful, hard working and has a great sense of humor.”

A reader sends a halo to Reality Church youth leaders for being such genuinely kind-hearted people and for pouring out love on the youth. “It’s comforting to know there are still people who are trustworthy and selflessly caring.”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers and their families of Carpinteria’s Redeemer Church for spending their Saturday getting Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club’s garden ready for Positive Sprouts and building two beautiful redwood planter boxes.

A reader sends a halo to the employees of Carpinteria’s Union Bank, especially Torrie, for their kindness, patience and willingness to help customers during the company transition.

A reader sends a halo to Lucky Llama coffee house for its first anniversary. “What a great and much needed addition to Carpinteria. Great staff and great coffee.”

A reader sends a halo to David and Jon of Carpinteria’s Public Works Department. “They found my wallet and returned it just as I was about in a panic looking for it. Thank you for your honesty.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria FFA program, Albertsons and all the local farms and nurseries for their generation donations to the Canalino Preschool’s Day of Play Children’s Farmers Market. “You allowed for an incredible hands on experience for the children.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the couple that walks a dog off-leash nightly through a local neighborhood. “You need to control your dog. We have a leash law and you are violating it. Your insincere ‘sorry’ was rude.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman in a local condominium complex for being rude to her neighbors and having a dog that does not belong in a condo. “She needs to mind her own business.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city council for deeming all public employees as critical work force so as to get preferences in the affordable housing lottery, while only very select private employees are deemed critical. “Croneyism in our small town!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the charity volunteer for following a woman into the health clinic to scold her and invade her personal space at the counter over her parking job. “He continued to follow her back to her truck in a hostile way, scaring her with his tongue lashing.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to neighborly tensions over last week’s pitchfork. “Kitchens can cause lots of noise for neighbors. I’ve experienced this too. It’s respectful and kind to keep noise at a minimum so neighbors don’t hear the loud sounds and clattering.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cyclist riding at a high speed who nearly knocked me over at a blind curve while I was walking on the bluffs in a westerly direction on Monday, April 29.

A reader sends a pitchfork to his neighbor complaining about a kitchen complaint. “You consistently do kitchen work with the window open after 10 p.m., as late as 1 a.m., and again the following morning, as early as 4:25 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. I lose sleep consistently throughout the week. I’ve kindly asked if you could close the window.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people that play loud music in their apartment in Legoland. “It’s getting really rude.”

April 25, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Dan, Jay, Gabriel and Dean from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District for coming to aid of the reader’s husband at the state park on Monday afternoon. “These guys are amazing.”

A reader sends a halo to the crew at Animal Medical Clinic for all their support taking care of the reader’s little Charlie, and especially Dr. Smith for meeting the reader after hours and not charging an arm and leg. “You guys are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Community Deputy Matt Banks and other local officers who have organized Coffee with the Cops. “Great to chat with you.”

A reader sends a halo to Science Night at Aliso School. “The teachers and volunteers did a fantastic job.”

A reader sends a halo to all those hard-working, yummy-lunch-making ladies at Peebee & Jay’s. “Thank you all”

A reader sends a halo to whoever is responsible for the new covered bus stop on Via Real. “It’s great for hot summers and rainy winters, a nice improvement.”

A reader sends a halo to the staff, cooks and manager of IHOP for making regular diners feel extra special by knowing them and preparing and serving delicious, hot, perfectly-made crepes (always my order) every single time. “Also thank you for your meal discount coupons in the Coastal View News every month!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for removing roadside parking spots on the 4800 block of Carpinteria Avenue willy-nilly because MTD said so. “How about asking the local businesses that depend on those spots for customers what they think first?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to her neighbor who complained about the reader making a lot of noise in the kitchen in the mornings. “Hello, it’s a kitchen to cook in. Obviously we have to make noise.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria Parks and Recreation Department for the long out-of-order drinking fountains at Memorial Park. “Luckily we brought a water bottle.”

April 18, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful man in the orange sweatshirt who frequently provides food items to a homeless man and his dog in the Vons parking lot area.

A reader sends a halo to Molly Miller and the rest of the Carpinteria High School track team for lending the Bishop Diego team their shots and disks when Bishop forgot theirs, proving that even within rivalries sportsmanship still exists.

A reader sends a halo to Joe Costa for taking such great care of the reader’s bug. “I’m so grateful.”

A reader sends a halo to Robin Kait for helping with the reader’s children and bringing her food while she was on bed rest. “You are awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Sang at the Carpinteria Post Office. “Her pleasant demeanor, professionalism, patience and eagerness to help are contagious.”

A reader sends a halo to Nancy and Tom Hussey for doing such a great job selling this reader’s childhood home. “They were wonderful in every way.”

A reader sends a halo to officer Matt Banks, who recently gave a tour of the Carpinteria Sheriff’s Substation to the Cub Scouts. “His enthusiasm was awesome. The kids were enthralled with the visit.”

A reader sends a halo to all the new Carpinteria residents in the new Lagunitas development.

A reader sends a halo to Greg Fehr from Do-It-Best Hardware. “He sold some plaster of Paris to the Cub Scouts and not only gave excellent service but also a discount for the scouts without being asked for it.”

A reader sends a halo to the angels who faithfully stock the doggie poop bag dispensers all over town (even the Bluffs). “You all help keep Carpinteria clean, green and so beautiful.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone involved in the project at 5307 Willow Place. “I want to express my gratitude to everyone who helped make it the reality that it is today.”

A reader sends a halo to David Vega and David Vega Jr. for their amazing chicken and tri-tip at the Household Hazardous Waste Day barbecue and their incredible helpers Donna Jordan and Judy Mulford. “Couldn’t have done it without you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to City of Carpinteria Parks and Recreation for not following city policy on how long banners can hang on the fence outside the Community Pool. “Banners for the pool are restricted to 30 days; why are pool ads up for years?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the clerk of the course who was missing in action at a recent event.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carp Point Vampire for always lurking around once the sun goes down.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady who walks her dog by the reader’s front door at 5 a.m. causing the reader’s dog to bark and wake us up.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the attempted cat-nappers at Monte Vista Park. “Fluffy kitty has a good home in a nearby condominium. Your intentions may have been good, but don’t forget what the road to ruin is paved with.”

April 11, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all the school district librarians, staff and parent volunteers who put on the Battle of the Books, and especially to Aliso School for holding the event.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Family School fourth- and fifth-graders Sascha, Cameron, Jillian, Julia, Emily and Svenja for participating in the Battle of the Books competition.

A reader sends a halo to all those folks that brought their old TVs, computers, monitors and other electronics to the e-waste event sponsored by the Carpinteria Education Foundation on Saturday. “Thank you for being conscientious and for supporting our schools.”

A reader sends a halo to Miguel Checa for translating from English to Spanish the suicide prevention resource cards that were distributed throughout the city.

A reader sends a halo to handsome Jim at Bikesmiths for fixing the reader’s broken spoke the minute she rolled in. “I said I don’t have any money with me. He said, ‘No problem.’ I was back on the road in minutes and finished my ride.”

A reader sends a halo to Gus and Jeanette Munoz for opening their private Mexican art museum/home to the students of Carpinteria Bellas Artes. “Thank you for supporting our program.”

A reader sends a halo to Uncle Chen’s restaurant for being very patient and understanding toward the table of teens having billing problems. It was an awkward situation but the staff handled it well. “We’re sorry. We’ll be more prepared next time.”

A reader sends a halo to Colson’s and Waxing Poetic for helping to move the new tanks into Island Brewing Company. “You guys are great neighbors. Thanks and thanks and thanks again.”

A reader sends a halo to the reader who pointed out our Concha Loma Harley Davidson rider is a considerate person. In fact, he’s a kind and generous community asset, but you’re wrong about “no sleeping children.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone that’s helped spread California poppies all around town. “They’re a delight to see.”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman clearing piles of horse crap from the Ortega Hill bike path with a paper plate and a stick. “I doubt he was the horse’s rider who should’ve been the one doing the work.”

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Andrew Buck for his generous donation toward the middle school wrestling program.

A reader sends a halo to Goleta Cottage Hospital food services for exceptional service and considering the hunger of a patient’s family member. “Yum.”

A reader sends a halo to Jocelyn at Sandcastle Time for her extraordinary help and friendliness. “She helped me make my wife very happy with the rework on her engagement ring that lost its diamond. Thanks so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Steven Colson for being the best human being in Carpinteria. “That’s Bubba.”

A reader sends a halo to all dog walkers who avoid bringing their pets into the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park. “You’re helping to keep our nature preserve free of dog mess and disease-causing organisms.”

A reader sends a halo to Renee at the Carpinteria Post Office. “She is always helpful and super nice and has a smile that makes my day.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the loitering teenager who carelessly threw his cigarette butt into the creek near the 9th Street bridge. “First, you’re old enough to know better than to litter. Secondly, it’s illegal to smoke in public in Carp.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a CHS teacher for making the reader print hundreds and hundreds of copies.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who gave a halo to the police for citing smokers. “Get a life!”


April 4, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Skosha Dew. “You’re the coolest dog around.”

A reader sends a halo to the team at Jack Sawaski Landscape for taking such good care of the yard at Kinderkirk and to 7 Day Nursery and the Ambriz family for donating fruit trees to the school. “You’re the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Jeffrey Barker. “Thanks for always being there for us.”

A reader sends a halo to Cathy and Mark. “The two of you are awesome, as usual.”

A reader sends a halo to Scott Van Der Kar for risking life and limb climbing that tall ladder to place the stoles on our sanctuary cross during Holy Week and to Bud Hahn for steadying the ladder.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the take-out place that cancelled the reader’s order twice in two nights and delivered terrible food.

A reader sends a pitchfork to last week’s pitchforker who wrote about a Harley Davidson waking napping children by cruising the streets of Concha Loma. “The motorcycle rider is considerate, and there are no napping kids in Concha Loma.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria Post Office employee who refused to sell the reader a stamp at 5 p.m. because the office had just closed, then sold stamps to the next guy who walked in the door. “Please do us all a favor and transfer to Alaska, Death Valley or Rancho Cucamonga.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the dirty bird who stole my pajamas—and my heart. “At least I still have your sweatshirt and my integrity!”

March 28, 2013

A reader sends a halo to all her wonderful friends that have helped walk Moondoggie during her foot healing—Nancy, Sally, Jade, Gayle, Anne, Lori, Cristina, Bill and Julie. “You are all wonderful. Thanks so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Susan, Dorian and Jesse Misemer, another family who volunteers together, and their crew Gary, Geri, Ginger and Teda. “The artful collage flooring at the CVAC’s 855 At The Arts Gallery is amazing. You’ll see.”

A reader sends a halo to the good person who mailed the reader her lost flash drive. “You rock!”

A reader sends a halo to her landlord Ed St. George for making sure the beehive at her apartment complex was relocated rather than eradicated.

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Holly for her amazing generosity today at Starbucks. “We will for sure ‘pay it forward.’ It’s always nice to see there are still caring people out in this world.”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteer who takes care of Jake, the stray dog staying in the city hall kennel. “I thank you for giving that beautiful animal your time and care.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the exceptional teachers at Canalino Preschool. “Your tireless dedication to providing a high quality program is recognized and appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Taylor Carmel at Destined for Grace thrift shop for Haiti relief. “I dropped an envelope from the bank with $150 in cash. It was returned days later with a smile.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the wonderful Girls Inc. staff members who work so hard to provide a safe, nurturing and enriching environment for the girls in our community.

A reader sends a halo to the three middle school girls who take care of the squirrel that visits them.

A reader sends a halo to the police for handing out smoking citations. “Keep up the good work. Maybe the citations can help fund Carpinteria Beautiful efforts.”

A reader sends a halo to Iris for taking care of the reader’s pigs when he was out of town. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Ron Gibson and his crew for the fantastic work they do and their awesome attitudes. “Thanks for everything.”

A reader sends a halo to B.J. for organizing a great line-dancing trip to The Palms.

A reader sends a halo to all who helped the woman who fell in front of the library and was stuck between the curb and a car. They did a great job keeping her calm and as comfortable as possible.

Readers send a halo to their awesome and amazing parents for always being there for them. “To Mom and Dad (Tara and Brad), thanks for being the best of the best. We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons for the wonderful Easter activities. “Our kids had fun.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the great guests and owners staying at Carpinteria Shores. “Thank you all for making our St. Patrick’s Day Party a great success.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to his neighbor, who thought he should come and yell at the reader’s other neighbors next door for the excessive noise of draining their bathtub. “Your complaining woke me and my wife from a deep and restful sleep. Who’s the noisy neighbor now?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant for spelling the name of our town “Carpenteria” in a recent mailing. “The reader wonders if the restaurant has the same problem for its Santa Berbara and Golata stores.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Harley Davidson owner who rides his bike through the Concha Loma neighborhood all day long, disturbing napping children.  

A reader sends a pitchfork to herself for giving wrong directions to a soccer mom and her daughter. “You asked for El Carro Park and my I-need-to-eat-after-a-long-walk brain heard Memorial Park. I have flogged myself and hope you made the game in time.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the shoplifting tourists. “They give Bakersfield and Lancaster bad reps.”

March 21, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Kayla Steele for putting up with her crazy family for 18 years. “Happy birthday!”

A reader sends a halo to Antonio D. Benítez for being miraculous and taking care of the reader when she’s sick. “You are amazing.”

A reader sends a halo to her daughter and son for doing so amazingly in school. “Your mom and dad are incredibly proud of both of you.”

A reader sends a halo to the teeth cleaners at Dr. Marsh’s office for working overtime to give this guy the best smile this side of the Sierras.

A reader sends a halo to all the incredible Carpinteria host families that host international students through EF International School in Santa Barbara. “You are all great. Thank you for taking wonderful care of your students.”

A reader sends a halo to Kelly, Jennifer and Carla who made the St. Patrick’s Day party at Sunset Shores so terrific. “Due to them and their philosophy, we are compelled to return to Sunset Shores and Carpinteria year after year. We love it here.”

A reader sends a halo to dentist Robert Berkenmeier, who found extra time in his day to restore not only the reader’s teeth but also her confidence.

A reader sends a halo to letter-writer Sue Keldsen for pointing out Milo, the dog being held in the isolated kennel alongside Dump Road. “I encourage anyone to walk up Dump Road to get idea of what it’s like to hear the haunting cries of a dog with seemingly nothing left, and without a home.”

A reader sends a halo to the people at Sunset Shores for putting together the best St. Patrick’s Day gathering Thursday night, as well as to Woody and Jack for their inspiring poetic contributions. “You make our stay in Carp a true joy.”

A reader sends a halo to Bridget Thomson, the athletic trainer at Carpinteria High School, for being so amazing with the students in her sports medicine class and for teaching them so much.

A reader sends a halo to the pharmacists and staff at Albertsons/Savon. “It’s very time consuming to make sure prescriptions are gluten-free, and they take that time so those with allergies don’t get sick.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the couples that think it’s OK to make out in school. “Get a room.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Caltrans for its inadequate and unsafe design for emergency access to La Conchita, Mussel Shoals and Tank Farm.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store that removed the plastic bag recycling receptacle. “You still use plastic bags for produce. Where do we recycle those now?”

March 14, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Alex Marquez for being a funniest guy in class.

A reader sends a halo to Fosters Freeze for donating 25 gift certificates to the winners of the Carpinteria Middle School Science Fair. “Thanks for supporting our school.”

A reader sends a halo to Wally's World of Locks for fixing the reader’s stuck lock and being so kind and quick about it. “Thank you. Moondoggie thanks you too.”

A reader sends a halo to the Freedom Warming Center in Carpinteria. “Thanks for caring.”

A reader sends a halo to Stephen Berg for repairing the broken lattice in front of the kindergarten classrooms at Aliso School. “The kids and teachers thank you very much.”

A reader sends a halo to a weenie she knows for putting up with her on the bad days.

A reader sends a halo to Shaunna Tito and all the performers for putting together a fantastic talent show at Carpinteria Middle School. “It was a fun night.”

A reader sends a halo to Esau's breakfast server on Thursday for washing with soap /water between busing tables/handling cash and our food. Restaurants are more than good food.

A reader sends a halo to everyone who made Orchard to Ocean such a great community event.

A reader sends a halo to Amy Mualhardt. “You are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to our local sheriff’s substation for great "customer" service. “When a reader needed a car's VIN number verified, they had an officer on the site in 10 minutes. Thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to George G. at Albertsons for finding the reader’s wallet and returning it to him with a big smile when he returned to the store to look for it.

A reader sends a halo to John and Virginia for being great neighbors and helping out the reader’s family.

A reader sends a halo to Mike at Coastal View News for publishing newspapers every Thursday.

A reader sends a halo to Venoco for donating quality furniture and equipment to local organizations and schools.

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers and the community for their support of the Friends of the Carpinteria Library bookstore. “The importance of reading a good, informative book cannot be overstated, especially in our oftentimes crass and anxiety-ridden culture.”

A reader sends a halo to the Rincon High School students who helped make a 5K/10K race successful again.

A reader sends a halo to Harry, Jesus, Miguel and Pedro for setting up and taking down, which made the CEF Orchard to Ocean Race a success.

A reader sends a halo to all the talented students, Studio B, entertaining teachers and everyone who helped to make the CMS talent show a great success

A reader sends a halo to Rusty's Pizza drivers for always being courteous to cyclists and pedestrians on the road. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Yvette Angeles and Shrek for being the most amazing human beings of this planet.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the little boys who send themselves halos to make themselves look better. “No one thinks you're that funny.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a guy who leaches off of everyone.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local shop. “I cannot believe how rude and nasty the owner is.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the professional thieves who broke into the reader’s vehicle in the middle of the night and stole her stereo and ransacked the contents inside. “I hope the stereo ends up your backside!”

March 7, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Chelsea Oberlander for being a great person and a great mother.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Middle School teachers Mrs. Foster, Mr. Sabraw, Mr. O’Hara, Mrs. K. and Mr. Pavia. “Their support got me to where I am today.”

A reader sends a halo to the people who gave the paramedics the hot water and to the EMT, firemen and everyone else that came to the reader’s rescue after she was stung by a stingray. “You guys are my heroes. Thank you so very much for your help.”

A reader sends a halo to Sergio at Do It Best Hardware for going above and beyond the call of duty in helping a client to complete a task. “You were great.”

A reader sends a halo to the Mualhardt family for donating 100 avocados to Relay For Life Carpinteria. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School track team for being so enthusiastic and encouraging. “You guys are awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Berenice Ramirez for making the reader yummy food on bad days. “I appreciate it.”

A reader sends a halo to Captain Bill Teske of the “Doug Sea.” “To the best husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, etc. Love you, RIP.”

A reader sends a halo to Miss Kelly Caspary and Mary for all their love to Carpinteria and for bringing such beautiful food to the Freedom Warming Center. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to La Tiendita for supplying her with her favorite Mexican candies.

A reader sends a halo to the workers at Reyes Market for being so kind and always having a smile. “Love the food.”

A reader sends a halo to Andres Nuño for his awesome talent in putting together the Relay For Life Paddle Out For Hope flyer and advertisement. “You’re the best.”

A reader sends a halo to her husband for taking her on such a fantastic teenage date getaway. “I love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Larrane and Brian for supporting the Freedom Warming Center.

A reader sends a halo to Larry Nimmer for his free guitar lessons at the Seal Fountain.

A reader sends a halo to the helpful strangers who helped the reader catch her puppy after he ran away, especially the young man who followed him on his bike and Peggy from the Animal Medical Clinic. “Ralph is safe at home and happy thanks to all of your help.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael and John at the Lucky Llama for making such amazing drinks. “You guys are the best.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the boogie boarder with the pink board for being a beach bully.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the driver of the white pickup truck that hit a small sign and took off.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person responsible for locking a broken bicycle to a lamppost near the 76 gas station and to the city for not doing anything about it. “Keep the city clean? This is ridiculous.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to herself for misbehaving Saturday night, Feb. 23, at The Palms. “I wanted to apologize to all who I offended. It won’t happen again.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the people walking past her on the beach when she was screaming in pain due to a stingray attack. “If that were you on the floor crying, I’m sure I would have asked if you were okay.”

Feb. 28, 2013

A reader sends a halo to James Hipple and Chris Paola for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Also to their parents and mentors. “Your achievement reaffirms the highest good about community service and personal responsibility. Well done!”

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Johnson, the chaperones and students for a wonderful CMS trip to Washington D.C. on Presidents’ Day weekend.

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith and his wonderful staff at the Animal Medical Clinic for helping the reader adopt two Chihuahuas during the past two years. “Carpinteria’s shelter animals are fortunate to be in their care while they wait for foster and forever homes.”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman walking by Reyes Market on Friday afternoon. “Smile it makes you much more handsome.”

A reader sends a halo to Yvonne at St. Joseph’s Resale Shop. “It is only because of her and the other volunteers that the community has its own little treasure chest full of good deals and great people.”

A reader sends a halo to Cyndi and The Gym Next Door for offering so many wonderful classes. “She is completely dedicated to our health and wellbeing and has a wonderful Silver Sneakers program geared at helping the older exercise.”

A reader sends a halo to Marci Richardson for being such a great Grandma and Mama. “We love you more than air.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who throw cigarette butts and trash on the ground—on the beach, specifically.

A reader sends a pitchfork to several residents who participate in intimidation tactics and vandalism in hopes that the reader will move from the seacoast.

A reader sends a pitchfork to kids who behave poorly in the halls of Carpinteria Middle School.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those women who complain about their irresponsible, deceitful “bad boys.” “If you’re not choosing honest, decent men, why are you complaining?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to car manufacturers for making cars beep every single time they’re remotely locked or unlocked. “The world sounds like a casino. I’m losing my mind.”

Feb. 21, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Master Sam Villegas for his patience and encouragement towards his students. “You are very appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater for a wonderful play about relationships in different stages of life. “Also to its expanded program offerings each year.”

A reader sends a halo to Roxanne’s for making the reader’s daughter’s sewing birthday party very special. “Special thanks to Ranelle, Calista and Becky for their patience and kindness.”

A reader sends a halo to the Concha Loma crepe master. “A great reminder of what a great neighborhood we live in. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School custodian who found and returned the cell phone the reader lost while attending a girls basketball game.  

A reader sends a halo to Zooker’s Restaurant. “Your Valentine meal was fabulous.”

A reader sends a halo to CHS water polo/swim coach Bryan Swarm for his dedication, compassion and love for his players, families and community. “We all love you, Coach, and want to say thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Deacon Mike at St. Josephs Church for the inspiring Ash Wednesday service he provided for Confirmation Classes I and II.

A reader sends a halo to Anita at Do It Best Hardware for her willingness to track down all the parts and pieces to fix a leaky faucet. “It works. Thanks!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a customer of a local resale shop who accused a loyal volunteer of aiding and abetting what she suspected to be a thief. “Not only was that person not stealing, she is also a volunteer.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the sheriff’s deputy who did not yield to the reader in a crosswalk on Feb. 13 at 1:40 p.m. as he was traveling from Carpinteria Avenue and turning onto Maple Avenue.

A reader sends a pitchfork to those who water down the street. “Destroying the environment for future generations should be a crime. Use a broom, lazy.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local shop that would not refund the reader’s money a day after she purchased an old, used metal typewriter table. “My landlord found one for me the next day, and I have no use for the original.”

Feb. 14, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Rosebro Garage for great service, excellent work and complete honesty. “I wouldn’t take my car anywhere else. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Craig at Husted Plumbing. “He’s proven to be trustworthy and reliable.”

A reader sends a halo to Izzy from the pet store for helping the reader search for her lost 4-year-old son. 

A reader sends a halo to the good members of Community Church who opened their church as a warming center. “Your compassion and good food made a great difference to those in need.”

A reader sends a halo to all of her Concha Loma neighbors for helping in the search for a visiting friend’s cat, Clara. “She slipped out the door to go exploring. Everyone helped in the search. I’m happy to report she is home safe and sound. Many thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to Vivian at Soap. “Your pleasant demeanor and product knowledge make my day every time I visit the store to find that ‘perfect something.’ Thank you for being such a fantastic asset to Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to the angels who staff the warming centers. Their compassion and amazing commitment to the homeless is admirable. “You rock!”

A reader sends a halo to her son who has overcome his learning challenges and bullies. “We transferred to Canalino this year and have experienced no bullying, and we are seeing an extreme improvement with our son’s grades.”

A reader sends a halo to Britt, Kate, Isaiah and Daisy Merrick. “Your Reality family loves you.”

A reader sends a halo to Charlie Ebeling at the City of Carpinteria Public Works Department for taking time to help a citizen in need. “Your explanations were so helpful, and the time you took in talking to me is much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to a special teacher from Rincon High School. “Thanks for everything, Ms. Gonzalez.”

A reader sends a halo to Richard LeGassick for retuning the phone the reader lost on the bluffs and to Delsi for all her help. “It’s nice to know there are honest people in the world. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the fabulous team at Reynaldo’s Bakery for a fabulous Elmo birthday cake and cupcakes for my son’s second birthday. “Everyone was so impressed, and Joaquin loved all the Elmo faces. Thank you!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those lazy people who will not or do not take their shopping carts and park them in the designated area specially built for them.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the business that chopped down a beautiful healthy tree on its back patio. “Trees help make our lives better and Carpinteria beautiful.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the individuals who constantly ask for cigarettes outside of Albertsons. “Yeah, of course I have an extra cigarette because I bought the 21 pack today.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a neighbor who lets her dog out of her house without a leash or supervision. “I have stepped in your dog’s droppings several times because of your inconsideration.”

Feb. 7, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the people who pick up trash around town. “You set a great example for the rest of Carpinteria. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Teda Pilcher, Michael Sipiora and Clay Pilcher Sipiora, who generously painted the inside of 855 at the Arts Center. “What a very generous act of human kindness. A family that volunteers together, is amazing!”

A reader sends a halo to Cate School and Annalee for their efforts at Canalino School this week. “My garden looks so beautiful. Your efforts are so very much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to “Erick with a ‘ck’ for always making me laugh when I don’t want to smile. Love you, Weenie.”

A reader sends a halo to Melody, the customer service representative at Albertsons on Casitas Pass Road. “Thanks to her kindness and patience, moving day (happily moving back to Carp) was not only tolerable but a complete joy.”

A reader sends a halo to the Coastal View News for the great job it did on the comprehensive write-up of the city’s annual workshop.

A reader sends a halo to the optometrists from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara and Ventura and the Carpinteria Lion’s Club for helping with the vision screening that took place in December throughout Carpinteria Unified School District. “We are so appreciative of all their help.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Cotton Company for selling upcycled cashmere scarves made out of reused scraps. “Way to help the environment.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael Garibay for sharing his Super Bowl winnings. “You are a good friend and a rock star kid.”

A reader sends a halo to the officer who pulled the reader over on Casitas Pass Road and kindly reminded her about seat belt safety. “Thank you for being the type of officer I want my boys to look up to.”

A reader sends a halo to Smitty for replacing the old rotten window frame in the reader’s bathroom. “You are an angel, and I can now sing in the shower happily. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Doug at Albertsons. “I appreciated his courtesy. He went out of his way to bring my change and a fork for my salad after I left the store. What excellent customer service.”

A reader sends a halo to Paul at STP Screen Printing for taking such good care of the reader and doing a great job on the reader’s shirts last week. “You really went out of your way to make it happen.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Berkenmeier for providing last minute help with an infected wisdom tooth on New Year’s Eve. “He was so informative, kind, and helpful regarding a difficult, last-minute situation. Sorry I didn’t think to send a halo sooner.”

A reader sends a halo to the ladies of Yudith Salon.

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers that donate their time to walk and exercise and feed the dogs at Carpinteria City Hall. “Your time and energy is appreciated and greatly valued!”

A reader sends a halo to Victor at Ace Hardware for his excellent customer service and donation to Rincon High School. “We appreciate you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the inconsiderate CMS parents who defy posted signage and use the post office parking lot for a pick-up and drop-off for their child. “Those same parents are probably surprised when their student is disciplined in class for not following directions.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lady at the post office for being so rude to two customers. “She didn’t help them because she couldn’t ‘understand’ them. She should do her best to try and help them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people of Carpinteria for not writing funnier pitchforks. “This section could be comic gold, guys.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Union Pacific for taking out the beautiful, mature palm trees at the end of Palm Avenue. “Most were dug up and hopefully transplanted, but one was cut down, and the trash from it remains on the corner for all who visit our wonderful campgrounds to see.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man walking a very small dog over the Linden bridge without a leash. “Sir, your dog could easily fall through the slats in the bridge. Please put him or her on a leash.”

Jan. 31, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Jim and Nancy and all the other residents of Singing Springs who fed and looked after the reader’s lost 18-year-old kitty in near freezing conditions.

A reader sends a halo to Superman for not swinging back at the Evil Villain.

A reader sends a halo to Mark of Woodworks Unlimited for the beautiful armoire. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to the kind employee at Do It Best Hardware on Casitas Pass Road who helped the reader with her lamp. “Your patience and the generosity of your time was so appreciated and is a credit to the store and to our city.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who works at the UPS Store on Casitas Pass Road. “The owner’s kindness and professionalism is contagious. Everyone there is patient, helpful and trustworthy; every challenge is met with enthusiasm.”  

A reader sends a halo to Lou Panizzon for being selected Carpinterian of the Year. “I know my dad, Jim Bashore, would have loved to be here for that one. Lou’s one of the good guys, always has been, always will be.”

A reader sends a halo to Tiffany, the reader’s “La Barista Suprema.” “Your picture is so cute on the bulletin board at our espresso stop.”

A reader sends a halo to Audrey, the page at the Carpinteria Library. “She is ‘efficiency in motion’ with a great smile.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who donated or bought something from the Future Leaders of America bake sale, as well as the six amazing FLA members. “Thank you. You really showed that you are true Future Leaders of America.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the extremely rude woman who spit and screamed at that nice gay couple in Starbucks. “It’s too small a town to get away with such bigotry.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the anti-dog pitchforker on Vallecito Place. “Maybe you should try talking to your neighbors if it bothers you so much.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for making the reader remove the basketball hoop from the street. “Now I have nowhere to practice,s and my outdoor activity with my family is gone.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to some bicyclists on the bluffs who seem to think that they have the right of way wherever they want to ride. Bicyclists should ride on the right side of the trail and yield to pedestrians if their side of the trail gets muddy. “Last time I checked, bikes still came with brakes. Try using them.”

Jan. 24, 2013

A reader sends a halo to the young lady who won the prize for her original cupcakes at the Carpinteria Valley Art Center in December. “She is as sweet as her cupcakes.”

A reader sends a halo to CVN’s Girlfriend Guru for addressing gossip. “Hopefully people will see themselves and recognize how evil and destructive gossip can be. It is truly the only thing I hate about living in this small town.”

A reader sends a halo to the Alzheimers Caregiver Support Group for sponsoring the informative and helpful lecture by Dr. Harbaugh. “I heard that almost 90 people attended.”

A reader sends a halo to Jon Washington for outstanding contributions to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society publication, “The Grapevine,” and last week’s “Your Views” comments on behalf of Lou Panizzon.

A reader sends a halo to his supportive and loving family and especially to his wife, Elizabeth, for keeping him humble and for her support.

A reader sends a halo to Jana, the owner of Twice As Nice. “It’s always a pleasure to come in. You are always so inviting and honest. Thanks for the great customer service.”

A reader sends a halo to a woman who stopped to help when the reader’s front tire got lodged in a drainage ditch on Foothill Road on Sunday afternoon, and to the two men who stopped to help and pulled the car out.

A reader sends a halo to Bill Araluce of Carpinteria, who recently friended the reader on Facebook. “He remembered me from his unit in Vietnam after some 43 years. I cannot tell you how heartwarming it is to be remembered by someone from so long ago.”

A reader sends a halo to Lou Panizzon for his distinguished military service and exceptional community involvement.

A reader sends a halo to Matt of Husted Plumbing for his hard work and long hours to get the job done. “Thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to most members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department for being good help.

A reader sends a halo to Aubrey. “You’re the best, Aub”

A reader sends a halo to Adriana for calling the reader to let her know that she’d left her phone on Adriana’s counter when picking up our custom-made cake. “It was delicious and a hit.”

A reader sends a halo to Fun-Fun for his big ol’ heart. “Go ‘59ers! You’re right about Lou-Lou.”

A reader sends a halo to the neighbor boy who threw a rock at her last June. “Months later he said sorry in a very heartfelt and meaningful way. He agreed he wants to be a good guy and not a bully.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School cheerleaders for qualifying for the upcoming USA Nationals and taking third place at regionals. “Your hard work, dedication and school spirit really shined. A big thank you to the coaches who are simply the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Michelle Robertson at Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main for all she does to support children, families and teachers. “We appreciate your dedication and commitment.”

A reader sends a halo to her best friend, Rita, for taking in a Jack Russell found at St. Joseph Church.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the aide in her daughter’s class. “Keep your rude and unnecessary comments to yourself. Remember why you are there, to teach not criticize.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who has a turtle in a birdcage sitting in his front yard. “C’mon, man.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria High School students who do not know how to be kind and support all sports and activities at their school and instead chose to post ignorant social media comments.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who stole merchandise affixed to the Carpinteria Cotton Company sign set up on the Linden Avenue sidewalk. And a pitchfork to the city for requiring that merchandise be displayed on the sign to make it legal.

A reader sends a pitchfork to his daughter to replace the one she stuck in his heart when she failed to speak up on his behalf.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the dog owners on Vallecito Place who let their dogs bark and howl off and on all day long. “Please put them inside when you’re not home.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a sheriff’s deputy who keeps harassing the reader’s best friend over the exhaust pipe on her car.

Jan. 17, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Tom Watts. “My pickup was becoming a nightmare to drive, so I took it to Tom Watts. Now it’s a dream to drive—feels like brand new. Thank you, Tom, here’s a halo for you.”

A reader sends a halo to the local sheriff’s deputies who tracked down the surfboard stolen from Rincon Designs. “You guys came to a local business’s rescue!”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Community Church and its wonderful congregation for establishing the first Carpinteria warming center for the homeless in the church’s Parish Hall. “On Sunday evening, Jan. 13, a very cold evening, I witnessed the opening. What a wonderful experience!”  

A reader sends a halo to the mother who took her jacket off at Aliso School’s ceremony to warm up her freezing daughter. “To more mothers like you!”

A reader sends a halo to Bob Lehman and his wife, Ann, for introducing their small children to meditation by leaving the door open to the meditation room during their spiritual practice.

A reader sends a halo to Barbara for being the reader’s best friend for seven years.

A reader sends a halo to the man at the grocery store who purchased a box of soup for the mother with her hands full after it got lost in the checkout shuffle. “He kindly purchased my soup and delivered it to my car.”

A reader sends a halo to the good Samaritan who turned in the reader’s lost phone after it was lost in the parking lot. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to the street cleaner who cleaned the Malibu Drive cul-de-sac on Jan. 9. “Our street hasn’t looked so good in years. You put a lot of time and effort into cleaning up all the leaves. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria First committee for its outstanding ice skating and snow day on Linden Avenue on Jan 5. “Everyone was having fun, and the kids were overjoyed. What a wonderful family day.”

A reader sends a halo to the man who lent a hand in taking care of the reader’s kitten. “It was very much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to all the gorgeous girls who come watch the reader surf The Con. “You girls are my surf angels, and that is why you deserve a halo.”

A reader sends a halo to Tim G. who works in the Vons meat department. “Thank you for the seafood advise and charming attitude. It’s good to know that there is still great customer service left in this town.”

A reader sends a halo to her wonderful husband, Tano, for always being there for her and being the most loving, caring person she knows!

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who left a soiled mattress leaning against a tree on the street for days.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a Santa Barbara newspaper that misspelled Dario’s last name.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for failing to fix a low spot in the street gutter near the sidewalk bulb-out at Sterling Avenue and Eleanor Drive. Swampy, stagnant water gets trapped there every time it rains, and the reader is sick of clearing the mosquito-magnet himself.

Jan, 10, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Veronica, my beautiful wife. “Thank you for making me a happy man and a happier man on Dec. 8, 2012.”

A reader sends a halo to Bryan Baker who is an amazing single dad to his small daughters and is always trying and selfless for his very energetic girls .

A reader sends a halo to the entire crew at the Chevron station on Via Real and Santa Monica. “Their help, kindness and smiles helped me make it through this past year of illness. Thank you all so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Jessie and Rachael in Concha Loma for always leaving fruit at the street for all the neighbors to enjoy. “Happy New Year!”

A reader sends a halo to Sam and Robin at A-Frame for giving all the employees of The Nugget gift certificates for Christmas. “It’s great to be appreciated!”

A reader sends a halo to her mom for spending time with her kids and taking care of them when they were on vacation, and she got two extra days just to be with them. “I love her.”

A reader sends a halo to Victor at Giovanni’s Pizza. “Thanks for rescuing me.”

A reader sends a halo to the Tiki Taco truck, for the delicious food that it brought to the Snow Much to Do festival on Linden. “I’m hoping to partake of the yumminess again for the Avocado Festival!”

A reader sends a halo to Huell Howser, who passed away this week. Howser once said that of all the beautiful places he’d visited, he wished to live in Carpinteria.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for deciding to rob local residents of nearly 400 feet of parking space on Via Real and Bailard Avenue, replacing it with an unnecessary red zone. “It’s now an even farther walk and longer search for parking at night.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to those grown men who go into local establishments, walk into the bathrooms and graffiti the walls, acting like little boys instead of the men they’re supposed to be.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the rude woman in Vons who proudly identified herself as a member of Carpinteria Beautiful before angrily berating a customer and checkout clerk for disagreeing with the new bag ban. “It was a poor reflection of an organization that contributes so much.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all who say one thing but do another. “I hope you know who you are, but I reckon you don’t.”

Jan. 3, 2013

A reader sends a halo to Julie and Angelica for always making the reader look better than she thinks she can look.

A reader sends a halo to Mike Damron for his kind and thoughtful help during their interactions at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

A reader sends a halo to all the volunteers at the Friends of the Library bookstore for their help and friendly attitude during the holiday season. “The smiles help, too!”

A reader sends a halo to the secret Santa who left the box of candy and the Christmas card thanking the reader for the holiday lights. “We have the best neighbors in all of Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to Candi, Ray and their friends for demonstrating the true meaning of this holiday season by bringing joy to a special little girl and her Carpinteria family.

A reader sends a halo to the persons who honored residents in the Concha Loma neighborhood with the Holiday Spirit award. “It made our Christmas so much more special.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who dump their trash and Christmas trees behind local businesses. “These businesses don’t have the facilities to dispose of them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to herself for making a terrible decision that has ongoing consequences. “Be careful, kids, you can’t change the past.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Caltrans for closing one lane on Highway 101 by La Conchita on the Friday before New Year’s Eve to fill pot holes. “Where’s the commonsense?”