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December 27, 2012

A reader sends a halo to her Shepard Mesa neighbors who opened up their properties for the Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count: Nadia and Ed Van Wingerden, Lee Chase, Mike and Laura Cleary, Jeff Light, Lois Burwell and Louella Rehfield.

A reader sends a halo to Cristina and Areli for always having smiles on their faces when the reader is purchasing groceries at La Tiendita.

Readers send a halo to their sister Mariso, who is also the best babysitter.

A reader sends a halo to Santa and the elfish angel for a fun-filled holiday at Curious Cup.

A reader sends a halo to the anonymous local woman who gave the reader a ride home after she tripped and fell near Vons. Also, much thanks to Sally, who provided TLC following the mishap.

A reader sends a halo to Sandcastle Time for fixing the reader’s watchband with a smile and no charge. “We are so fortunate to have them here in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to a wonderful girl who has a special place in the reader’s heart. “I’m happy we are talking again. I missed you.”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful people who knocked on the reader’s door on Sunday night and sang Christmas carols to her family. “You are spreading happiness with every song you sing. You made our Christmas better than ever.”

A reader sends a halo to her scrupulous husband who sought out the owner of a large amount of cash he found on the sidewalk and returned it without a second thought. “Santa has you at the top of his ‘nice’ list.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local eatery for not taking into consideration that employees want to be home on Christmas or any holiday. “Holidays are supposed to be spent with family.”

A reader sends a pitchfork the man who is definitely not father of the year.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local shop owner who rudely kicked the reader out of the store for having a stroller. “I shopped there often and will never spend a single penny there again.”

December 20, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Heather and Elsa for making the best latkes for the Curious Cup Chanukah celebration. “You rocked it. Chanukah is not Chanukah without yummy latkes.”
 
A reader sends a halo to Kristen. “Thanks for organizing a shop and eat local evening. You thoughtfulness made my day (and so do you!).”

A reader sends a halo to Alyssa, the redhead busser. “Your hard work and big smile will get you far in life. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Ray Martinez, aka Santa, for bringing joy to all of the kindergartners at Aliso School!

A reader sends a halo to Abel and Rene at Beach Motors for quickly patching and repairing my tire early on a Saturday so I could get on with my day. “It’s great to have them here locally to service our tire needs.”

A reader sends a halo to Elaine at Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network for helping the reader safely bring a wounded barn owl to the Wildlife Care Network’s outstanding facility. “I send a general halo to all others who help any type of animal, wild or domestic.”

A reader sends a halo to the Ed Van Wingerden family for the loving care to their animals and the people in their lives. “Thanks for being yourselves, truly good people.”

A reader sends a halo to Susan Reedall, Margaret and Simone Vangelisti, Barry and Pamela Enticknap, George and Marina, Karl Cameron, Ryan and Ashley Moore, Sandra Carradine, Christie Boyd, Joe Wullbrandt, Rebecca, Lori, Rick and other Carpinterians who have helped the reader in ways unbeknownst to them during a very difficult year.

A reader sends a halo to the Trieste Lane Joe Blum for putting up all the Christmas lights when his wife couldn’t. “Awesome job, Joe.”

A reader sends a halo to Cherie Dayka for all she does for everyone. “You are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill Crowley and Carpinteria Beautiful for the cookies and juice that were donated to the Senior Lunch Program. “They were delicious.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local contractor that parks and stores company vehicles on neighborhood streets.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city’s code enforcement department for not enforcing the 72-hour parking code.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the house on 7th that has been holding loud, all-day kid parties on Sundays. “Is this now a business?”

December 13, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman who jumpstarted the reader’s car when the battery died in the Carpinteria High School parking lot late Monday afternoon.

A reader sends a halo to Toni Thompson and Parents for Canalino for their tireless efforts in putting together the Canalino Holiday Lights Tour. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Mayra at Crushcakes for coming to the reader’s rescue in a moment of extreme hunger and insufficient funds.

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Cantrell for being the best teacher at Carpinteria High School.

A reader sends a halo to the people responsible for the beautiful nativity scene near the post office. “This year’s display is very stunning and a wonderful gift to our community. Thank you for reminding us for the reason for the season.”

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Gossett for being a great man and joining my family with an open heart. “By the time you read this we will be married! I look forward to our future together, making memories and keeping each other happy.”

A reader sends a halo to the Twohy family for giving the reader a Nintendo DS when he dropped off a package. “Thank you guys so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Vicky and all of the helpful, supportive pharmacy staff at CVS. “Thanks.”

A reader sends a halo to Danny from Barry Horwitz construction for helping a damsel and her dog in distress. “May all your holiday wishes come true. You deserve them.”

A reader sends a halo to the Coastal View News staff for the clever gift idea presentation. “It is personal, helpful and smart, as is the staff. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to John Sanchez of Coastal Landscaping for allowing Carpinteria Valley Girls Softball League to use his trailer for the Carpinteria Christmas Parade. “We can’t thank you enough.”

A reader sends a halo to Alan Chierici and Rolando Arambula for being the drivers for the girls of Carpinteria Valley Girls Softball League during the Christmas parade. “You guys rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Moe at the UPS store in Casitas Plaza. “I had a pre-paid UPS package to return to Sprint because the cell phone booster didn’t work. I asked Moe if I could leave it with him, and he was so kind to say yes!”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith, Connie, Liz and the awesome crew at Animal Medical Clinic. “You all are so supportive, and we know Nina was and will continue to be in good hands.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all those who camp on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria for not providing a warming center for homeless people.

December 6, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Jack at Hurley Optical for his assistance in making the reader’s glasses functional for much less ($0) than the cost of a new pair.

A reader sends a halo to Karla at the Verizon Wireless store in Shepard Place Shopping Center. “She was very helpful to an old guy like me in selecting a modern cell phone to meet my needs.”

A reader sends a halo to the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for increasing the pool temperature to 87 degrees in light of the recent poor weather. “Year-round they keep it at 85 degrees, but it was still nice to bump it up a bit.”

A reader sends a halo to the Holiday Inn Express for taking care of a family that was displaced from its Carpinteria home during a terrifying break-in. And a halo to the Sherwin/Contreras family for its generosity during and after the ordeal.

A reader sends a halo to Andrea Bermudez and her amazing dad for being super kind and fixing the reader’s dryer. “You guys are truly good people.”  

A reader sends a halo to Freddie and Eric at Danny’s Deli for not only making the greatest sandwiches, but also for the best customer service. “You guys are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind employees of AGIA and especially to Laura for helping families this past Thanksgiving by donating dinners to families of Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main. You guys rock.

A reader sends a halo to the very nice lady who was behind the reader in the Vons parking lot and saw her leave her purse in the grocery cart. “Thank you so much for picking it up and turning it into the store.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to CVN’s Man on the Street. “How could you ask a homeless man about a Thanksgiving dinner? Hand him $20 and he could enjoy McDonalds for a week.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Ogan Road residents who have a dog that hates wheelchairs. “The only way my mother can get to Albertsons (in her wheelchair) is past your house. Please raise the fence so your dog cannot get over, not only for my mother but your dog’s safety, as well.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local youth club that did not let its cheerleaders know until the night before their banquet that they were supposed to attend.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local restaurant that charges a $5 split fee for sharing a plate. “Do you really need to gouge the locals and your regulars?”

Nov. 29, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the city’s public works department for the maintenance work on the street trees at the corner of Ogan Road and Camino Trillado.

A reader sends a halo to Ted Buergey. “He took the time to talk to a total stranger regarding open heart surgery. If he hadn’t given me all his invaluable information I wouldn’t be having my surgery in December.”

A reader sends a halo to all the dog owners who respect their neighbors by keeping their dogs from barking incessantly.

A reader sends a halo to Ahmed, George and the great group at Albertsons. “You make our shopping so easy and pleasant.”

A reader sends a halo to Reality Carpinteria for providing such a nice facility for this year’s elections. “Special thanks to Doug and Sean for providing coffee to the poll workers and voters.”

A reader sends a halo to Crushcakes for providing their delicious cupcakes to help the poll workers get through the long, 14-hour Election Day.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the dog owners on Vallecito Place who let their dogs bark for hours. “Please show some respect for your neighbors!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who complained about having to bag his or her own groceries prior to Thanksgiving. “People all over the world are starving. It seems you may have lost sight of the spirit of the holiday.”

Nov. 22, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater, Asa Olsson (director), Henry Brown (actor) and all those involved in bringing back the amazing, memorable and touching true story of George Washington’s personal valet and slave in “The Ballad of Billy Lee.”  

A reader sends a halo to Subway for preparing food for 20 people at the last minute during the earthquake simulation drill conducted by local public agencies.

A reader sends a halo to Marco Ortiz for being the best artist at Rincon High School. “You rock!”

A reader sends a halo to Mike Carey at Rincon High School for always taking the time to help a student in need. “Keep up the good work.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone who made the Taste for Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Chili Challenge a resounding success.

A reader sends a halo to Dan, who is the man, for representing the organization HELP like no other. “Thank you HELP and Dan for professional, friendly, considerate, on time assistance to a very important eye appointment.”

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers who went out the day after the election to pick up and recycle campaign lawn signs all over town.

A reader sends a halo to Kinderkirk and Headstart for the amazing hand-turkeys on display in the front window at Curious Cup.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Rincon High School for taking out Cup o’ Noodles and chips at snack time. “It’s not too late to bring them back.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to her neighbor for having people work on his house at 7 a.m. every weekend. “You have all week. Some people want to sleep in.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the CMS parents who insist on driving their children to and from school. “You are polluting and contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic. Bike, walk and shuttle are all alternatives.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local grocery store for not having baggers. “The Sunday before Thanksgiving we all had to bag our own groceries.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Seacoast Village families who use Foothill Road as their storage area for campers, trailers and heavy equipment. “Go rent a real storage parking spot!”

Nov. 15, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the young man parked at the beach at the end of Linden who offered the reader jumper cables for her dead battery. Another halo to a friend who suggested the reader make a short highway run down and back to recharge the battery. “What would we do without wonderful men?”  

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School girls tennis team for being this year’s CIF champions and for the people who stayed up until 10 p.m. to greet them after the big win.

A reader sends a halo to Marilyn Fendrick for her wonderfully self-written obit. “See you in heaven.”

A reader sends a halo to Ellen Robinson for arranging to have pruned and trimmed the venerable, ages-old pine tree on Olive Ave. “It now shows its beautiful lines and has been given a good many more years of life.”

A reader sends a halo to the three-person Adam Phillips Band that played at the Seal Fountain during November’s First Friday. “Absolutely terrific! Carpinteria, find a way to have them come back again, please!”

A reader sends a halo to Lt. Col. Bob George for his 22 years of service to our country and for coming to speak about his experiences at the Los Padres 4-H Club meeting. “Thank you, we really enjoyed and learned a lot from your presentation.”

A reader sends a halo to Don Risdon for excellent customer service at his gas station. “I’m on crutches and he pumped my gas and even washed my window!”

A reader sends a halo to the two CHP officers, several citizens, and Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network for the Santa Claus Lane pelican rescue on Election Day afternoon.

A reader sends a halo to Luis Martinez, manager of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, for his excellent customer service. “He went above and beyond, and I was very impressed!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who trespassed and stole the political sign from my front yard. “You broke the law. My neighbor saw you do it. There will be justice.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who smoke in public. “It has been illegal for a year. Please stop disrespecting the rest of us.”  

A reader sends a pitchfork to the school district for taking away the privilege of allowing teachers to have coffee makers and microwaves in the classroom. “What’s so wrong with having a coffee pot in a classroom? Free the coffee!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Vallecito Place resident who’s managed to alienate himself from 80 percent of the neighborhood with his on-going shenanigans. “Keep it up and you’ll be at 100 percent in no time.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria Middle School for not allowing parents to pick up their kids at school and forcing them to park in the post office lot.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local grocery store that raised its prices when it implemented an online discount system. “What about the older generation that doesn’t have computers?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all of the bicycle riders who ride on the sidewalk all over town, forcing pedestrians to move over to let them by. “And there is not one officer around to take them off the sidewalk. This infuriates me.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the hooligans who put a mattress in the middle of the street by Holiday Inn. “You almost caused me to crash my new BMW.”

Nov. 8, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Monday 3 a.m. personnel at Cottage Hospital’s ER. “All were wonderful and kind.”

A reader sends a halo to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for its ongoing generosity to Parents for Canalino. “We appreciate everything you do for our school and community.”

A reader sends a halo to Ester for her generosity and above and beyond support of Parents for Canalino. “Thank you; we adore you.”

A reader sends a halo to Maizie for spending the afternoon solving issues on the reader’s computer.

A reader sends a halo to everyone who got out and voted.

A reader sends a halo to Kiona at Curious Cup bookstore for having bedtime stories with Max the bunny. “What a treasure your store is to this community.”

A reader sends a halo to members of Carpinteria Beautiful for helping the Parks and Recreation Department by adopting a dog bag dispenser to monitor and fill.

A reader sends a halo to the dedicated volunteers from Morning Rotary who came out to the Plaza Playhouse Theater on Saturday and worked so hard to make the theater shine. “Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Mike at Business Machines Plus for making a special trip to Carpinteria Middle School to figure out a printer problem and replace a part without a charge and for being so nice.

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons for giving its customers a free grocery bag when they need one.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the slumlord who didn’t give the reader her full deposit back. “I left that studio cleaner than when I moved in. Plus nothing was ever fixed/repaired the whole year I lived there.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for banning all single use bags. “Paper is reusable and recyclable. Oh, and don’t forget biodegradable. And my kids love having brown paper book covers that they can draw on.”

Nov, 1, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the little Indian cheerleading squad for a great football season. “And, Ari, thanks for your help.”

A reader sends a halo to Michelle at Roxanne’s A Wish and A Dream for altering the reader’s dog’s new collar. “Your friendly service is one of the reasons why Carpinteria’s local businesses make this a great little town.”

A reader sends a halo to all those at farmers market who donated $1 or more to the CUSD All Stars After School Program for the national “Lights On” event. “And a very special thank you to Sam the manager for making it possible. It was a huge success. We raised over $150. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to Pat Saragosa for finding the reader’s wallet and returning it. “Great detective work tracking me down. I love living in a town where a wallet dropped in the street is returned without a dime missing!”

A reader sends a halo to Andrea Bermudez for being such an amazing friend. “You’re the bestest. Thanks for being so awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Jamie and Oscar Beaulieu for the years of warm, friendly and delicious service. “You truly deserve these retirement years. These La Conchita boys will miss you both very much.”

A reader sends a halo to all the sponsors of the Doc Carty Classic volleyball tournament.

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria for providing us with the electric shuttle bus. “It’s a fun alternative way to get around town. And the kids love riding it.”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman at the silk screening shop who helped the reader’s mom with a battery jump to her car. “You rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Tony’s Restaurant and the Borrello family on the celebration of their 50th anniversary and for the awesome party.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person whose bright idea it was to put 77 new dwellings on the already crowded corner at Santa Ynez Avenue. “I hope you will be sure join us at 8 a.m. when we all try to get to school or work at the same time.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the cranky woman who drives a black SUV who gave the reader a lecture for parking in one of the many open spaces one morning at Lemos as the reader stopped at Crushcakes for less than 10 minutes to pick up gift certificates for a fundraiser. “Have a nice day, cranky lady.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local fast food restaurant. “I ordered a large fries to go, and when I got home and took them out, the container was barely filled halfway. Thank you for wasting my money.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local store that did not provide cheaper bag options when the ban took effect. “People aren’t used to the change yet. Forcing them to pay two bucks smacks of greed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store manager who would not let his employee help the reader jump her car.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local eatery for disappointing two little kids who came to buy yogurt with a issued gift card that did not work but had not been previously used. “You sent them away confused.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant that doesn’t have a hostess when it’s busy during the weekend. “Why would you have a sign saying “see host for seating” if you don’t even have one?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local fast food restaurant that allows its employees to text on their cell phones while working the front counter. “I considered commenting to the manager, but guess what, he was texting, too.”

Oct. 25, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Tyree Brown and Treyvion Brown for giving a homeless man a sandwich. “We need more people like you in this society.”

A reader sends a halo to Boys & Girls Club of Carpinteria for providing 10 tickets for Rincon High School students to see the UCSB men’s soccer team play Cal Poly.

A reader sends a halo to Kim Fly at MurphyKing Real Estate. “Kim is the best realtor ever. Her professional support, advice and gentle demeanor have made business easy even in stressful times.”

A reader sends a halo to the Nixon family for the after school group they provide. “Our son who is in fifth grade and struggled with his homework, is now doing so well with the help of the Nixons and his new teachers.”

A reader sends a halo to Don at Suncoast Nursery for donating numerous plugs over the last year for the students to plant for FFA projects. “It was so kind of you to do this for our students.”

A reader sends a halo to Matt Drain of Facilities Maintenance and All Around Irrigation for donating their time and supplies for the horticulture students to fix and learn about irrigation at the farm.     

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Smith and Mr. Avila for being awesome teachers and donating their time to take students to the COLC Leadership Conference.

A reader sends a halo to the man who loved his dog so much that he saved him from the train in La Conchita but lost his life in doing so. “Please use your leashes on your dogs near cars or trains. Such a sad loss could have been avoided.”

A reader sends a halo to her mom Janelle for being an awesome mom. “She always takes care of me and walks me to school every day. I love you.”

A reader sends a halo to the folks at Esau’s who found the reader’s missing datebook/Filofax two weeks after she lost it. “Thanks to the gang who found it and for tracking me down!”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman at Do It Best Hardware for his exceptional help with an old lamp attachment.  “Your patience was greatly appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to the two baristas at Lucky Llama for remembering all of my friends’ and my drink orders. “You guys are awesome, and I’m very thankful for the time you take to get to know your customers.”

A reader sends a halo to Judy Mulford for being so kind.

A reader sends a halo to the new chef/owner of The Worker Bee. “Glad to have you folks here.”

A reader sends a halo to Cat Maldonado for winning homecoming queen. “You are an inspiration to young, female athletes with your work ethic, your positive attitude and your dedication. Congratulations!” 
 
A reader sends a pitchfork to people who allow their dogs to run and do not clean up after them. “If your dog has been returned to you multiple times from the park and local school, you should consider giving it to a home where it will be loved and cared for.” 

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria’s 9-1-1 services. “On Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., I tried to call 9-1-1 to report a bicycle theft and got a recording saying that no one was available to answer my call.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a coworker for getting to leave the office early and go to Vegas “while the rest of us slave away at the office.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to her husband who night after night finds a reason to complain about everything. “You are lucky to have a wife who not only knows how to cook but likes to cook.”

Oct. 18, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Geri Ann Carty and her employees for their act of kindness during the Avocado Festival on Friday. “They are awesome!”

A reader sends a halo to Pam and Kinderkirk for rocking the window display at Curious Cup. “If we win the contest; it was because of you guys!”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria and the Carp OGs and families for putting on a great California Avocado Festival weekend. “You guys are by far the coolest cats around! Take a lesson other cities: no fights, no problems, just fun, fun, fun!”

A reader sends a halo to Lemos Feed and Pet Supply for its overly generous donation to the Catalyst for Cats fundraiser raffle. “The gift basket could not have been more purrfect.” 

A reader sends a halo to Erica and her staff at Chase Bank for going the extra mile for their customers. “A welcoming smile is hard to find these days and they always have one.”

A reader sends a halo to retail shops on Linden Avenue for surviving another Avofest, which must be a mixed blessing for some, but not for others like a hair salon. “Thanks for being such good neighbors and putting up with the chaos.”

A reader sends a halo to Vons for being such a good neighbor by letting volunteers with the Carpinteria Hosts Program park in its lot. “It’s just one of the many way you serve the community.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School Principle Mr. Cornejo for posting the weekly CHS Bulletin on the CHS Web site. “You’re Great!”

A reader sends a halo to all friends and family who purchased tickets for the wine tasting fundraiser. “Mackenzie and I appreciate all your support!”

A reader sends a halo to Jessica at Corktree Cellars for allowing another fundraiser at the Cork and to the reader’s sister Lindsay for all her hard work and help in making it a great success.

A reader sends a halo to Asa Olsen for bringing great theater to Carpinteria and for the terrific production of “The Battle of Billy Lee.” 

A reader sends a halo to the beautiful person who returned the reader’s blue purse to a Von’s manager after the reader left it in the bottom part of the grocery cart last week.

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Sportel and his classroom aids for doing an amazing job with the reader’s son in such a short amount of time. “He adores your class. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being an amazing teacher and support staff.”

Multiple readers send a pitchfork to Carpinteria State Beach decision makers for cutting down 51 full-grown trees without allowing for public discussion. “Fearing trees, lawsuits, non-natives or whatever, the excuses are all lousy and reduce the quality of life for all of us.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to helium suppliers for creating a shortage and grounding Carpinteria’s floating pumpkin, which usually sails above Padaro Pumpkin Patch.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the driver of the older black BMW that almost hit the reader’s dog. “You speed around here all the time; you didn’t notice me standing in the side of the street waving my arms and yelling trying to tell my dog to stay so you wouldn’t hit her! You came within inches.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to neighbors who allow their dog to bark for hours at night despite multiple efforts to nicely address the issue. “Please don’t force us to take stronger measures. We work and need our sleep.”

Oct. 11, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the frosh/soph Carpinteria High School girls volleyball team for its two defeats last week against Santa Clara and Santa Paula. “Sydney, Morgan, Kimmy, Oakley, Katie, Brenda, Teralyn, Ciara, Miranda and Noelia, you rock!”

A reader sends a halo to all the city workers who place the Avofest banner on Linden Avenue. “Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Mike and Gregg, the heart and soul and muscle of the Avofest, for doing it year after year after year just for the love of Carp.

A reader sends a halo to the volunteers that helped out at the Avocado Festival retail booth, Geri Carty for going above and beyond, and the support of the reader’s wonderful husband.

A reader sends a halo to Manny Vasta, whose 500-pound pumpkin is on exhibit at 855 Linden Ave.

A reader sends a halo to fellow Carpinterians Sanderson Smith and Steven Solano for their patriotic book “Fun USA Educational Activities with Herkimer and the Stat Pack.” “This book is for all age groups and provides family fun while learning geography.”

A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater for bringing such a magnificent bilingual play to the Spanish-speaking community of Santa Barbara County. “The audience enjoyed participating with the performers and the wonderful music of the late Pedro Infante.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria deputies for banging (not knocking) on the reader’s door at 8 p.m. demanding that the reader open it and shining flashlights in the room. “If we had known anything about who you were looking for we would have been happy to help.”

A reader sends a halo to Jason and the crew at Carpinteria Valley Lumber for weighing and hauling the giant pumpkin at 855 At The Arts Center.

A reader sends a halo to Lanie Swinehart at Jack's Bistro. “She recognized that a patron was in breathing distress and then performed a successful Heimlich maneuver. Bravo!”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful parents, grandparents, students and alumni who worked so hard at making The Howard School booth a gigantic success at the Avocado Festival. “I am proud to be a part of the Howard family.”

A readers sends a halo to the California Avocado Festival for once again accomplishing an incredible feat and bringing thousands of visitors to our town to celebrate a local treasure. “The Carpinteria Morning Rotary Club raised a lot of money for the community at the festival, and we appreciate the all-volunteer AvoFest board's efforts.”

A reader sends a halo to the Good Samaritans who picked up my little Marley dog after he had been run over by a car. “These kind people drove Marley all the way to Santa Barbara, all the while giving him love and comfort. It was a difficult thing you did and I am grateful that Marley’s last hour was spent with you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local restaurant with the shrinking egg-rolls.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Avocado Festival visitors that thought it was OK to partially block the reader’s driveway so they could attend the festival.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the driver of the delivery truck that constantly parks at the corner of Via Real and Bega Way. “It makes if difficult to see oncoming northbound traffic. Please park closer to the driveway for the storage facility.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who took my daughter’s "sandy the sunflower" beach chair that she had just received as a birthday present. “I left it on top of our car and we came back within five minutes to find it gone.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who slammed a soccer ball into the reader’s back in Monte Vista Park as the reader was standing with her dog peacefully gazing at the mountains. Instead of asking how I was, he angrily said, "That's why we're in the park."

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local organization that raised the price on its tri tip sandwiches.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the apartment complex owner who let go of loyal, longtime employees and brought in our-of-town cheaper laborers. “Shameful.”

Oct. 3, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the thief who returned her grandson’s bicycle. “It doesn’t make it right that you stole the bike, but you did the right thing in returning it.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria for being the best town ever. “To be honest I would not want to live anywhere but Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to Brent for keeping our neighborhood safe with his surveillance cameras.

A reader sends a halo to people who buy meals for homeless people. “It really shows true character.”

A reader sends a halo to the three people walking by Tomol Park on Friday, Sept. 28 at around 6:30 p.m. who stopped two pre-teens from riding their bikes on the slides.  

A reader sends a halo to local businesses in the area helping a local Mary Kay lady send sunscreen to the troops.

A reader sends a halo to iPowerresale on Carpinteria Avenue for providing free training on iCloud. “I learned a lot in a comfortable and supporting environment.”

A reader sends a halo to her handsome FedEx man Ben. “Thank you for stealing my heart a year ago at the Avocado Festival. I love you and to many more.” 

A reader sends a halo to Oscar and Jamie at The Workerbee Cafe. “Thanks for the great food and the special friendship over the years. Enjoy your retirement. You have earned it.”

A reader sends a halo to the friendly UPS drivers. “You work long, hard hours yet still manage to smile and wave as you drop off boxes. Thank you!”

A reader sends a halo to people who donate to the Assistance League.

A reader sends a halo to Kiona at Curious Cup for her adorable bookstore and friendly attention.

A reader sends a halo to his homie Matt Vega at Krazy Vatos House of Ink for hooking up his Carpinteria tattoo while he was on vacation in August.

A reader sends a halo to Philip and Alis of Terra Form Landscaping for donating the sand for The Howard School and Girls Inc. sandbox. “I’m sure the kids appreciate your generosity!”

A reader sends a halo to Pat and Sally who do the amazing windows at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. “Their Halloween window will knock your socks off.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to trash haulers for ruining our beautiful sidewalks. “Every time they empty our trash bins on Linden, they spill stinky, smelly, disgusting liquid on to our sidewalks.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local shop owner for yelling at her daughter in front of a customer. “Genuine smiles bring more customers!”  

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person complaining about the reader’s barking male puppy. “He is just reacting to your female dog as you pass by our house.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who complained of a bicyclist riding on Foothill Road. “In the State of California bicyclists do have the right to the road. A motorist needs to treat the bicyclist as a slow moving farm vehicle.”

September 27, 2012

A reader sends a halo to John and Dave of the Carpinteria Public Works Department for their work in the Girls Inc. sandbox.

A reader sends a halo to all Rincon High School students who participated in the Rincon Farmers Market and Crafts. “Great job for the hard work you guys put in to making the event take place.”   

A reader sends a halo to the best Gran in the world. “Thank you for always being there for your grandchildren. Your rearing is making them amazing little people.”

A reader sends a halo to Molly Hutto for giving the reader and her husband an awesome overnight date night. “We all love you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to the employee at Vons who so kindly turned in the reader’s purse with her wallet and cell phone that she had left in a shopping cart. “I am so grateful and appreciative of your honesty and integrity.”

A reader sends a halo to Husted Plumbing for being so friendly and efficient. “Craig is really Johnny On The Spot, and he is very appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to the Mulhardts for making Carter’s world.

A reader sends a halo to Scott Fleming for being such an awesome person and friend. “We love and miss you all ready.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill Levinson for being the greatest father.

A reader sends a halo to D.P. for staying abreast of local news and being such a good sport when he consistently loses at Scramble.

A reader sends a halo to all the kids who helped with the lemonade stand for D.A.W.G.

A reader sends a halo to Bob Banner and his sidekick Ricky Matsumura for keeping an eye on Kinderkirk.

A reader sends a halo to the man picking up litter along Highway 150. “Thank you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Gene and Robyn for being the best friends in the galaxy and for throwing fabulous parties.

A reader sends a halo to Jim and Heidi of Carpinteria Shores for beautifying and maintaining the grounds. “What a huge difference, and what a pleasurable experience to come here every year.”

A reader sends a halo to Ryland at Esau’s for making the reader’s dining experience so memorable. “We really appreciated your great service.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the Seal Watch volunteers. “Your commitment to the well being of nature’s animals is outstanding.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all of the well-intentioned Seal Watch volunteers. “Unknowingly you are putting all who enjoy our beaches and the reputation of Carpinteria being the World’s Safest Beach at risk.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to certain dog owners. “Your poor puppy needs your attention, not just a backyard. All your neighbors need a break from his non-stop barking.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all those commuters who use Carpinteria Avenue as a highway shortcut and do not stop for people in crosswalks. “Please respect local laws and slow down, look around.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who complained about his loud green sports car for not just approaching him about it directly. “The engine in my family’s one car does not have volume control, but I will do my best to be more quiet. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local food vendor who insisted on first serving people who were in line after the reader’s family.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in spandex who believes that bicyclists own the rights to exercise on Foothill Road.

A reader sends a pitchfork to horseback riders on Summerland beach who do not pick up the animals’ poop like the dog walkers are required to do on the same beach.

September 20, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Sequoia Davis for always helping a friend with her problems.

A reader sends a halo to Santiago Mendez for being such a good person.

A student sends a halo to Ms. Smith at Carpinteria High School for being such an awesome teacher.

A reader sends a halo to Chris, who freely gives to his friends who have less.

A reader sends a halo to Brad Stein for helping to make it easier for residents to get their mail on Ogan Road. “Thanks for the red paint. Wish it were a bit longer; it’s hard to get our big car in and out.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael Hayes for babysitting the reader’s cats. “You are awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Sanitary District for the great job they do. “It is rare that we ever smell anything coming from the treatment plant.”

A reader sends a halo to Andy Sheaffer. “Thank you for all you do.”

A reader sends a halo to Gary for being the biggest sweetheart in Carpinteria and making the reader’s day every time he comes by.

A reader sends a halo to Abel at Beach Motors for the incredible work he does on the reader’s car, and he will look at it at a moment’s notice. “Thank you, Abel.”

A reader sends a halo to Toni Thompson. “You have gone above and beyond. Thank you for your determination and energy. You are a star.”

A friend sends a halo to Courtney Crump for always being there for her soccer team.

A reader sends a halo to Lucy for being the best sister ever.

A reader sends a halo to all the organizations and volunteers that helped out at the CCWC’s 11th annual celebration this last Saturday. “The event was a huge success because of your participation and dedication to the coalition’s efforts.”

A reader sends a halo to her neighbors at Creekwind for coming to the rescue when she hurt her foot. “Thank you so much.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local shop clerk for his incredulous attitude towards a 10-year customer who happened to buy a defective product. “In all my 63 years, I have never been treated the way you wrongly treated me.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the bad neighbor for swinging and threatening to attack our car with a club/cane on the private road at least six times. “I do not understand why because we obey all the traffic laws and do not provoke anything.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the drunk who knocked down the reader’s front gate on Maple Avenue. “I have your tennis shoe if you want it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria Children’s Project at Main for trash inside and especially outside its fence along 6th Street. “Can’t someone from the facility clean it up?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to great white sharks, especially the Jalama Mama.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy in the loud green sports car for always speeding through town and playing loud music in the mornings. “Your car gives me a headache.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who don’t let teenagers have fun past curfew. “I thought America was a free world.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who left cigarette burns on the new changing table in the public bathrooms on the corner of 9th Street and Yucca Lane.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant that does not understand that olive oil and herbs are part of the expectation of the dining experience. “Find a way to have olive oil available.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy in the grey car for terrorizing the town and driving like a maniac. “You’re not in ‘The Fast and the Furious.’”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the heartless low-life who stole the reader’s grandson’s bicycle off of their patio. “I hope you get caught and get the punishment you deserve.”

September 13, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Greg and Linda Law for being such great neighbors and all around good people.

A reader sends a halo to her friends Robyn and Gene.

A reader sends a halo to the couple on the beach that helped her get up after she lost her balance and fell on the sand. Another halo goes out to Kevin who then gave the reader a ride home in his pickup truck.

A reader sends a halo to the stranger who kindly paid the reader’s dinner tab at Delgado’s on Sept. 9 and to the cashier, Tina, for maintaining his or her wish to remain anonymous. “Blessings.”

A reader sends a halo to Sylvia and David at Carpinteria Code Enforcement and to the staff at the Animal Medical Clinic for their concern and quick response in aiding an injured seagull on Foothill Road.

A reader sends a halo to coach Shawn Glasgow and assistant coach Brandon for stepping in to lead the team when the original coach did not show up. “You guys are awesome. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael Ramirez for all of his years of excellent service at Tony’s restaurant. “The crew wishes him the best of luck on his new adventure.”

A reader sends a halo to all of the wonderful artists who participated in Art-niture. “Great event.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind young man who helped the reader to her feet and then offered to call someone for her on his cell phone after she tripped and fell in front of Vons. “I love the people in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the law enforcement agency that interfered with children selling fresh produce near Casitas Village but does not interfere with a food truck that blares its horn every weekday at 8 p.m. when the reader’s baby is sleeping.

A reader sends a pitchfork to local customers who dine at Carpinteria restaurants on a regular basis and never tip. “It makes it difficult to survive in this economy, and it’s also insulting to get stiffed.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all of the people who don’t give her halos for all of the halo-worthy things she does.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a neighbor who has tried several times to scare the reader and his wife by speeding past them or driving very closely to them while they walk their dogs on a private road. “They know who they are and so does the police department.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria Sanitary District for the disgusting smell coming from its sewer treatment plant. “It’s an ongoing issue with you guys.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a rude shop owner who sold her an overpriced item and then told her to buy it in Ventura and never come back after she pointed out the price difference. “So much for wanting to support our local economy.”

September 6, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Friendship Center for now providing Carpinteria’s aging or dependent adults with twice-weekly transportation to its adult daycare center.

A reader sends a halo to Jonathan and David for holding it down for Linhere Street.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Alzheimer’s Support Group that meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month for being friendly and confidential.

A reader sends a halo to the crew at Jack’s Famous Bagels. “Thanks for all the hard work and the great team work.”

A reader sends a halo to David Morris for the champagne gift that he brought to Tootie Maier’s Carpinteria Valley Water District retirement luncheon. “Thank you, David.”

A reader sends a halo to Yudith and the ladies of Yudith Salon. “Thank you for your kindness and beautiful work. Carpinteria is lucky to have you.”

A reader sends a halo to the Lee family, owners of Uncle Chen Restaurant.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria’s Code Compliance Division for acting on his complaint about people not storing their fifth-wheel trailers and making the neighborhood look like a trailer park.

A reader sends a halo to the teachers in the Carpinteria Unified School District for spending countless hours of their personal time setting up the classrooms for a successful school year. “Our kids benefit from your generosity.”

A reader sends a halo to her boyfriend. “Thank you for all the unconditional love and support you’ve displayed since day one. I love you.”

A reader sends a halo to the person who found and turned in the reader’s grandmother’s diamond watch on Sunday. “I was sick at the thought of the sentimental loss of a watch I have worn for over 30 years.”

A reader sends a halo to the Real Carpinteria Soccer Club U-14 boys team, the wonderful coaches, team managers and fans for making this past tournament such a great and fun experience for the boys. “You guys are amazing, and thank you for all the hard work and support.”

A reader sends a halo to Cindy Rief for all of her excellent work with the Special Education program at Carpinteria High School.

A reader sends a halo to Moses at The UPS Store for his consistently superior customer service.

A reader sends a halo to local beekeeper Nick Wigel for being the pied piper of bees and for saving thousands of bees at Carpinteria High School without disrupting the day’s events.

A reader sends a halo to Gail for keeping her pastor’s home and church running smoothly while he was in the hospital dealing with heart surgery. “Good job, amiga.”

A reader sends a halo to Melanie Lopez, a loving mother and truly beautiful woman. “I support every decision you’ve made and hope we can be friends.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the rooster who lives on Vallecito Place for disturbing the peace.

A reader sends a pitchfork to her child. “I never thought it would be my child who could be so cold and heartless.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who think whining in a paper is going to solve their problems. “Why not try addressing the issue instead of making a dramatic mockery over nothing?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to bicyclists who toss their trash onto the side of the road or into plants while they’re riding. “Not only are you littering, but your actions force someone else to pick up after you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local sports league for being so disorganized. “It’s not like it’s free. How can you send a letter to a parent saying ‘your child has been placed on a team with no coach?’”

August 30, 2012

A reader sends a halo to everyone at Uncle Chen restaurant for being so friendly and serving delicious food. “You make my family and me want to move to Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria and S&S Seeds for helping her start her first business.

A reader sends a halo to Pete and Tanner Richards of First Serve Tennis for volunteering their time to wash the Carpinteria High School tennis courts. “You both did a great job.”

A reader sends a halo to Anne for her much-appreciated sincerity and professionalism. “Thank you for making every glass of wine and every lunch, dinner and special occasion extra special.”

A reader sends a halo to Justin and Taylor for starting a new school year at a new school. “It’s going to be a good year at Aliso School. Work and study hard, and you will succeed.”

A reader sends a halo to CVN Assistant Editor Peter Dugre for his colorful, candid photos and captions of Kinderkirk’s Watermania printed on Aug. 9, as well as a second halo to photographer Evelyn Cervantes for her lively pictures of beach play published on Aug. 16.

A reader sends a halo to Tanny at the Carpinteria Avenue Union 76 station for hand-returning the reader’s wallet.

A reader sends a halo to Carlena, Sally, Marsha, Samantha, Chris and any other unknown helpers who took care of the reader’s huge home and yard as well as Bella and Katie. “I love you all. See you at Jay’s Place.”

A reader sends a halo to parents and other drivers who properly use the drop off lanes at all schools. “Morning drop off would be so much easier if everyone followed the guidelines.”

A reader sends a halo to Ricardo at Giannfranco’s Trattoria for his positive energy, kind demeanor and top-notch service.

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents at Carpinteria High School who still do not know how to safely and considerately drop their kids off at school in the mornings. “It only takes a few extra seconds to be safe.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to drivers who speed on Sawyer Avenue. “There are a lot of children and pets on this street. Please use caution.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a renter who has a dead, trashed lawn. “If someone was nice enough to rent that house to me, you can be sure I would take care of the yard.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local church for not acknowledging the reader’s repeated requests for a timely funeral. “So much for their commitment to the community.”

A reader sends a halo to a local business owner who allows his dog to poop in the downtown planters and doesn’t pick it up.

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents who do not require their children to wear bike helmets. “It’s a law for a reason. Is a serious head injury worth the risk?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Coastal View News for its irresponsible shark sighting article. “There are more shark sightings because there are more sharks in our area right now. Period. Not because of your BLA-BLA-BLA…”

August 23, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the residents on Via Marcina for flying numerous American flags.

A reader sends a halo to Mike Lazaro for being so generous to the Carpinteria community and for his work with the Plaza Playhouse Theater. “Mike, you wear your halo very well, my friend, and you are very much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Don and Eleanor Ziehl for throwing a wonderful birthday party for a 103-year-old man. “Hopefully we’ll do it again next year.”

A reader sends a halo to CVS employee Ronnie Robledo for his excellent customer service while helping the reader make 144 prints in the photo department to commemorate her son’s funeral service. “I couldn’t have done it without his gracious help.”

A reader sends a halo to Paul and Steve at the City of Carpinteria for kindly handling the reader’s tree questions and concerns.

A reader sends a halo to his teammates on the Redeemer coed softball team and to all of their supporters.

A reader sends a halo to Danny Campos for his support and assistance with Carpinteria Unified School District’s new special education transition program at Carpinteria Middle School. “You have helped us start this year the right way.”

A reader sends a halo to Erin Hansen for prepping her senior students on resumes and job interviews. “It’s been a big help this summer.”

A reader sends a halo to the staff at UPS, especially Adriana Nava, for their patience and professionalism while helping the reader prepare projects for her intensive summer TESOL Certification program.

A reader sends a halo to his best friend Brian for always being there, always smiling and for being one of the most generous guys he has ever known.

A reader sends a halo to Ted, a physical therapist at Hayishida Physical Therapy in Santa Barbara for his help following her knee replacement. “Thank you for being a great physical therapist.”

A reader sends a halo to Leo Lopez and his family for their kindness and hospitality.

A reader sends a halo to Megan at Silver Sands for her professionalism and kindness.

A reader sends a halo to Jim at Bikesmith’s for a great tune-up on an old beach cruiser.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who do not properly light and display their American flags.

A reader sends a pitchfork to dog owners near Vallecito Road and Vallecito Place for letting their dogs bark, disrupting peace and sleep.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local grocery store employee who yells at other employees in front of customers.

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents who use the post office parking lot to pick up their middle school children. “Seriously, you’re teaching your kids bad habits.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the shark that decided to roll up smack dab in the middle of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” “Maybe I’m sending a pitchfork to Discovery Channel for planning ‘Shark Week’ during our little friend’s Carpinteria vacation.”

August 16, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Clyde and Diana Freeman for their hard work and their overall joy. “They love living in Carpinteria and work hard to make sure it stays beautiful and safe.”

A reader sends a halo to 855 At The Arts Gallery for a beautiful retrospective of two exceptional artists.

A reader sends a halo to Sun Coast Rentals for all its generosity toward the Aliso School track project.

A reader sends a halo to Crushcakes and a local man. They were not only nice when the reader dropped a cupcake and shattered a plate, but when she returned to her seat, a new cupcake was there. “Thank you for your kindness and consideration.”

A reader sends a halo to Danny’s Deli for having the happiest, hardworking, best tuna and celery sandwich-making guys in town. “You guys rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Karate Steve, the off-duty officer, and all the other Carpinteria folks who put on the chase that thwarted the high-heeled book-stealing bandit.

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Avila, the greatest FFA advisor. “I’m not sure where I would be without your support, guidance and dedication to the empire.”

A reader sends a halo to Abraham Coleman, best known as Beno. Mr. Coleman always is at his personal best, whether he is driving for Colson’s Towing, sculpting metal or helping Carpinterians in need of his special attention.

A reader sends a halo to Danny’s Deli for launching a full service car wash. “Nicely done. The best deal and detail I’ve found in the area so far.”

A reader sends a halo to Sierra Freeman for being a great BFF. “Zebra says happy birthday!”

A reader sends a halo to Alyssa Freeman for being a sweet person. “Happy birthday, Sweet Honey. Hope you have a good day.”

A reader sends a halo to David Gorman who performed repair and replacement of certain items to prepare the reader’s home for sale and did an expert and fantastic, creative job and always maintained good humor even when the job mandated further changes.

A reader sends a halo to Troy Hoidal, realtor supreme, who went above and beyond in presenting and marketing my home and sold it in three days at the price requested.

A reader sends a halo to the ladies at the 1054/1070. “You ladies are the best neighbors a girl could ask for! You will be missed.”

A reader sends a halo to Wes. “Thank you for your friendship and computer help all these years. What will we do without you?”

A reader sends a halo Jessica, Anne and all the staff of Corktree Cellars. “You have the best staff and customer service in Carpinteria. We love the food but come back for you sparkling personalities.”

A reader sends a halo to the Teen Extrema program from Carp Cares for Youth. “My daughter took several classes and they were great!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to rude neighbors who ignore the rest of the neighbors and don’t show up to neighborhood activities. “Our neighborhood tries to be friendly, but you don’t care and skip out on getting to know warmhearted people.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Coastal View News for having essentially no consistency in layout for the paper. “How difficult is it to keep things on the same page?”

August 9, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Don, the owner of Risdon’s 76, for hosting a benefit car wash for The Rhythmic Arts Project.

A reader sends a halo to Lee Ann Enlow for being such a beautiful, strong woman. “She has always motivated me to keep my head up and think positively. Happy birthday, Mom.”

A reader sends a halo to Kiona Gross who spearheaded the “Where’s Waldo” contest. “She made this senior citizen feel like a kid again. Plus, I went into several stores that I have not visited previously and purchased over $150 worth of merchandise while looking for Waldo.”

A reader sends a halo to the staff of The UPS Store for their friendly service. “They will ship anything for you, even frozen Mi Fiesta burritos to Idaho. I always leave smiling.”

A reader sends a halo to Erica Lopez. “You have honestly changed my life, and I thank you for that.”

A reader sends a halo to the deputy for not hitting the person who suddenly ran across Casitas Pass Road. “To last week’s pitchforker: Even though you are in a crosswalk you still have to give drivers perception, reaction, and breaking time/distance. ‘Two seconds’ from being hit means you did not have the right-of-way.”   

A reader sends a halo to the manager of Tony’s restaurant for the extra effort to make the reader’s birthday meal a positive experience.  

A reader sends a halo to all the Carpinteria Junior Lifeguard  instructors for teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork and for making the program so fun for local children.

A reader sends halo to the man who has helped the reader learn to stay strong in a cruel, homophobic world.

A reader sends a halo to Tanya Miranda, Matt Vega, Lupe Graham and Daniel Rojo for donating their amazing talent to a great cause. “Your kindness did not go unseen.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Movies in the Park attendee who tossed $50 in the donation bucket.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who allowed inappropriate writing on a car window to sit for 12 days in the public eye.

The reader sends a pitchfork to the local retail store employee for ignoring a long-term customer who had verbally tried to get her attention.

A reader sends a pitchfork to city code enforcement for citing and fining kids raising extra summer money with a street stand selling fresh fruit and veggies. “Come on! The city should warn the children and parents first and have some sort of permit offered.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the spray-painting dimwit who defaced a boulder on the Carpinteria Bluffs. “I’d happily donate a canvas for your artistic aspirations if you’d keep your paws off our nature preserve.”

Aug. 2, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Krazy Vatos House of Ink and its owner, Gabe, for hosting the fundraiser for the Skidmore and Zamarripa children. “You did a great thing for this community.”

A reader sends a halo to Randy Weiss with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust for providing free, efficient paper shredding to Carpinteria residents last week.

A reader sends a halo to the Friday night crew at Tony’s for going beyond the call of duty to make clam strips for someone who really needed them.

A reader sends a halo to Robyn and Gene for their generous and continued friendship. “They go above and beyond to make me feel welcome and loved.”

A reader sends a halo to Peter J. Noveski, who used to own a sign shop and went way out of his way to make each job special at little or no additional cost. “His efforts in this community will never be forgotten.”

A reader sends a halo to The Palms for keeping the awesome Dusty Jugz for country dancing on Thursday nights through August.

A reader sends a halo to the Dusty Jugz, and especially Dan, for learning to play the reader’s favorite waltz.

A reader sends a halo to Butterfli and her son for finding and delivering the reader’s keys. “You saved me a lot of money, and I appreciate that!”

A reader sends a halo to Kathie at Albertsons for going above and beyond when helping the reader successfully enter contest information into the computer.

A reader sends a halo to Kiona of Curious Cup for helping the reader locate the person who found her keys.   

A reader sends a halo to all the organizations that brought the trucks for the paper shredding event. “They were efficient, fast and helpful.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill at CVS for always providing the reader with a greeting and a smile with his checkout.

A reader sends a halo to the Colson’s tow truck driver who came out two Sundays in a row to help the reader with her car. “It’s people like you who make this town seem like Mayberry by the Sea!”

A reader sends a halo to Coastal View News for posting a found ad for keys. “I am happy to report that the owner has been found, but considering the amount of phone calls I received from people who lost their keys at Linden Field, I am compelled to request that the community obtain more secure methods for carrying their keys.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith for going beyond the call of duty when his office was closed and helping Luke in his time of need. “Luke is smiling down at you with a big stick in his mouth.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the tourists who either stop at the intersections on Linden Avenue that do not have stop signs or go through the intersections that do have stop signs. “Please pay attention.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the deputy who came two inches from hitting me with his car while I was running in the crosswalk on Casitas Pass Road last week. “Pedestrians have the right of way, my friend.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the two guys who stole tools from a truck. “That wasn’t a very nice thing to do.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the El Carro Lane homeowner whose hedge is so overgrown that pedestrians have to walk single file. “The dead leaves and weeds really bring the neighborhood down, and the fire department won’t be able to find the hydrants.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever flew over Linden Field and interrupted last Saturday’s Movies in the Park.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store that makes the people of Carpinteria and visitors wait in extremely long lines daily.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local supervisor for giving the reader the wrong change and making her look like a liar.

A reader sends a pitchfork to dog owners who don’t follow the beach rules.

July 26, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Colleen at the Carpinteria Sansum Clinic who was amazing with the reader’s 6-year-old. She had a sprained ankle, and Colleen helped her through her first X-ray ever.

A reader sends a halo to her hubby for taking such great care of her after surgery. “Love you to the moon.”

A reader sends a halo to Andrea Densmore and Lance Edmondson. “May your day be incredibly glorious. I am so incredibly happy for you both!”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Movies in the Park sponsor Santa Barbara Bank & Trust for the great fuzzy movie watching blankets and to the entertaining boys riding their bikes around dressed up like Elliot, E.T. and the gang. “Small town Carpinteria at its best.”

A reader sends a halo to Alonzo and Frank for taking the time to help with the sports reporting class. “I had such a great time.”

A reader sends a halo to Head to Toe for knowing the true meaning of great customer service. “Wish there were more salons like you. Thank you for always making us feel welcomed and well taken care of.”

A reader sends a halo to Mandy Huffaker Chinn for her singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of Carpinteria Relay for Life. “Unbelievable, spine-tingling, goose bumps. She should sing at next year’s Superbowl for the world to hear.”

A reader sends a halo to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for helping raise money for the reader’s sister to go to MIT for six weeks. "Thank you so much! I'm proud to call Girls Inc. my second home.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria for placing the swim buoys along the city beach and extending the coverage along the Santa Barbara County side. “There are a lot of swimmers very appreciative of this service.”

A reader sends a halo to John and Lys, the hostesses with the mostest. “Thanks for a wonderfully fermented day.”

A reader sends a halo to Wayne and Zelda of Angels Antiques for a rockin’ party, great friends and delish food. “Your store is amazing. Can't wait to come back.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria for placing the swim buoys along the city beach and extending the coverage along the Santa Barbara County side. “There are a lot of swimmers very appreciative of this service!”

A reader sends a halo to all pet owners who do not leave their pets in a hot car while they are shopping.

A reader sends a halo to Woody for faithfully dropping the weekly Coastal View News at the doors of six of his close neighbors.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local dry cleaning establishment for failing to pick up the dry cleaning from the reader’s house after the reader signed up for a free drop-off and pick-up service.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the sheriff’s department for its insensitive handling of an inquiry by a concerned resident/parent regarding excessive helicopter activity at 1 a.m.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the dad who keeps enabling his son. “Enough is enough. The community has suffered greatly for his and your poor choices.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the impatient person honking nonstop at people at a red light.

A reader sends a pitchfork to an employee at a local clinic for giving the reader the wrong appointment time, and after waiting patiently the reader still did not get checked by her doctor.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all the people who ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards on the sidewalks. “Don't you know there is a bike lane for that? I nearly got ran over the other day exiting a store.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the employee at a local eatery who propagated lies about a fellow employee simply to get more hours on her paycheck. “Karma will leave you a nice big tip.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people referring to the reader’s fine drinking establishment as a watering hole.

July 19, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the great people in Carpinteria who were caring enough to help when an animal was in need. “That says a lot about a person.”

A reader sends a halo to all those who came to our aid at the St. Joseph Festival when my son had a bloody nose. “You all reaffirmed my faith in the heart that abounds in our community. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Anne and her crew at Corktree Cellars. “You made our evening turn into a special occasion.”

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Smith’s vet’s office—Liz, Connie, Regina and Dr. Smith—for such good care of Tator, the dog, and for rescuing a loose greyhound. “We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to a special girl in the reader’s life. “I think about the girl every day. Like the little line she gets on her nose when she laughs. I miss you.”

A reader sends a halo to Andy Sheaffer and Pete Lapidus for their generous donation of time and equipment toward the renovation of the Aliso School lawn and track.

A reader sends a halo to Mike Lazaro, the “engine” behind Rods & Roses, for his support of our local youth. “We so appreciate the generous contributions from Armand Hammer Foundation, the Toner family, Kiwanis and Carp Creative Arts!”

A reader sends a halo to the people who threw a great Fourth of July party with a stellar band off their beachside patio.

A reader sends a halo to local law enforcement for catching so many people running stop signs. “The way some people race through stop signs is dangerous. Thank you, law enforcement.”

A reader sends a halo to Laurie Stout and CEF for the super fun pottery class. “I can’t wait for the next CEF class, International Cuisine.”

A reader sends a halo to the City of Carpinteria for the lovely, colorful plantings along the new sidewalk leading to Dump Road.

A reader sends a halo to those who believe in the value of agriculture education in our community and country and to those helping with the donation efforts for the students to keep Carpinteria High School Future Farmers of America alive.

A reader sends a halo to Coastal View News for being such a great newspaper and providing informative and unbiased information on what’s going on in our schools.

A reader sends a halo to Lorraine, who is still missed at the health food store.

A reader sends a halo to David at Carpinteria’s Radio Shack for taking so much time and having the patience to help a lady who was having a problem with her cell phone. “David went above and beyond.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who stole a piece of furniture from Whimsy’s outdoor display. “Karma.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Caltrans for uglifying Carpinteria by killing all the plants along the 101 for so called “improvements.” “Are we doomed to repeat the failures of Orange County rather than being the gateway to Santa Barbara County?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man that called the little boy an idiot for being loud in the library. “You could have simply asked him to be a little bit quieter.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the drivers who park in front of Starbucks and block a lane of traffic in Casitas Plaza shopping center. “There are plenty of new parking spaces now.”

July 12, 2012

A reader sends a halo to her beautiful aunt Becky for allowing the reader into her colorful, peaceful garden and teaching the reader about the plants.

A reader sends a halo to the owners of the Elm Street and Sandyland Road beach condo who hired the wonderful Bakersfield classic rock band on the Fourth of July. “We beach goers really enjoyed the music!”

A reader sends a halo to Phil, the very generous man who brought our kiddie pool to our house for us. “I was trying to figure out how to fit the pool in my car when Phil offered to follow me home with our pool. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Ryan and Ashley Moore of Lucky Llama for hosting Relay For Life Carpinteria’s Rally for Paddle Out For Hope.

A reader sends a halo to Andrea Bermudez for being a great wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend. “She goes above and beyond to help out the ones she cares for.”

A reader sends a halo to whichever one of her neighbors found the reader’s iPhone on the curb by her house and put it on her mailbox. “Thank you so much! It was greatly appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Athletics Gym for helping her lose 42 pounds.

A reader sends a halo to all who donated to help Jocelyn Zamarripa’s fight with her cancer Retinoblastoma. “We appreciate all of your generosity.”

A reader sends a halo to the woman in McDonalds whose goal was to diffuse this reader’s harsh reprimand of her child. The bystander’s language was very inappropriate, but it made the reader step back and realize she was not being a good mom in that moment.

A reader sends a halo to Samantha Dowdall-Green, Julie Hathaway, Dean Hathaway, Bullet, Annie Renaud, Janet, Lauren Mingee and the awesome Carpinteria Cheerleaders for feeding Relay For Life Carpinteria. “You guys are awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Kevin for opening CrossFit Carpinteria. “Thank you so much for your encouragement, motivation and awesome workouts that leave us wanting to come back day after day.”

A reader sends a halo to her friend Leba Ortsac. “You have such a loving heart towards everyone. You deserve the very best in life.”

A reader sends a halo to the sweet lady at Sandcastle Time for showing the reader’s husband what she had been admiring while visiting her store. “To my surprise he brought home a little wrapped box with the beautiful pearl earrings.”

A reader sends a halo to Justin Lamar of Leo’s Plumbing. “You are a hero when my pipes are clogged—great service and affordable rates.”

A reader sends a halo to the woman who was flashing everybody at the Independence Day Parade.

A reader sends a halo to the community of Carpinteria for making Relay For Life Carpinteria and the First Ever Paddle Out For Hope such successful and amazing events!!

A reader sends a halo to Denise Hicklin, a truly amazing mother and nana who worked tirelessly day and night to raise her three children. “You’re kind and generous and an inspiration to me, our family and friends.”

A reader sends a halo to Marie Ofria at Sunburst Printers for printing the suicide prevention wallet cards for HopeNet of Carpinteria at a discounted rate.

A reader sends a halo to her family and friends for being so incredibly supportive for the last couple of months.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the director of a local youth program for yelling at a student over nonsense.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local shop that sells packs of candy cigarettes for $1. “What are you trying to promote in our children?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people that say mean things and make fun of other people.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who fart so loud in motels they wake the other people up.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who sent a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for banning smoking. “Smoking around any other person can cause them harm. And that makes you completely selfish.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who stole her purse at the airport. “They not only stole my entire purse and the contents but all my memories too.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the organizers of a recent festival for ending the 40-year family tradition of enchilada and fresh hard shell taco booths. “Lots of locals were disappointed this year.”

July 5, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the amazing, beautiful, kind, strong-hearted Senior Deputy Isaiah Tchobanoff.

A reader sends a halo to the man on the beach who used his metal detector to help the reader find her necklace charm. “Thank you so much!”

A reader sends a halo to Deputy Farley for helping find a stolen bike. “You are amazing.” And a second halo to James as well. “Brown angel eyes are on the top of the list now. Wink, wink.”

A reader sends a halo to Corine Medel for tipping local restaurant servers extra. “All the servers look forward to waiting on you. You are so generous.”

A reader sends a halo to Dennis at Rincon Cycles for the part for the reader’s bike, to Bob Groves for taking the time to fix the bike and to the reader’s Aunt Becky. “You all rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School Athletics for helping her lose 42 pounds. “Thanks for all your help guys.”

A reader sends a halo to Kevin and the rest of the crew at Albertsons. “Your customer service rocks.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria State Beach rental shop for having a beach wheelchair available, making it possible for a friend to enjoy the beach. “Thanks so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Liz Gilliam for being the best server at a local watering hole and for being the kindest, most caring person the reader has ever met. “We are so lucky to have friends like Liz.”

A reader sends a halo to the two ladies at Sandcastle Time who gave pearls of wisdom to an elderly woman dealing with her bucket list.

A reader sends a halo to Jack Sawaske and his crew for the many years he has faithfully taken care of the Kinderkirk yards. “We appreciate you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Penelope's Shaved Ice at the end of Linden for making great sno cones, hot dogs and rootbeer floats. “What a nice treat to have on hot days at the beach!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a food vendor who openly did not support girls sports in the community. “It’s a shame that one person has to cause a scene in a public park where a softball tournament was being held to help raise money for our softball league.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to certain employees at a local restaurant for giving customers such bad service. “Finishing a text before taking a customer's order is totally rude.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for banning smoking in public. “People should be able to smoke. It's not going to make that big of a difference anyways.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the parade dancer who was flashing most everyone. “Shame on you!”

June 28, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the amazing, beautiful, kind, strong-hearted Senior Deputy Isaiah Tchobanoff.

A reader sends a halo to the man on the beach who used his metal detector to help the reader find her necklace charm. “Thank you so much!”

A reader sends a halo to Deputy Farley for helping find a stolen bike. “You are amazing.” And a second halo to James as well. “Brown angel eyes are on the top of the list now. Wink, wink.”

A reader sends a halo to Dennis at Rincon Cycles for the part for the reader’s bike, to Bob Groves for taking the time to fix the bike and to the reader’s Aunt Becky. “You all rock.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School Athletics for helping her lose 42 pounds. “Thanks for all your help, guys.”

A reader sends a halo to Kevin and the rest of the crew at Albertsons. “Your customer service rocks.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria City Beach rental shop for having a beach wheelchair available, making it possible for a friend to enjoy the beach. “Thanks so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Liz Gilliam for being the best server at a local watering hole and for being the kindest, most caring person the reader has ever met. “We are so lucky to have friends like Liz.”

A reader sends a halo to the two ladies at Sandcastle Time who gave pearls of wisdom to an elderly woman dealing with her bucket list.

A reader sends a halo to Jack Sawaske and his crew for the many years he has faithfully taken care of the Kinderkirk yards. “We appreciate you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to Penelope’s Shaved Ice at the end of Linden for making great sno cones, hot dogs and rootbeer floats. “What a nice treat to have on hot days at the beach!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a food vendor who openly did not support girls sports in the community. “It’s a shame that one person has to cause a scene in a public park where a softball tournament was being held to help raise money for our softball league.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to certain employees at a local restaurant for giving customers such bad service. “Finishing a text before taking a customer’s order is totally rude.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for banning smoking in public. “People should be able to smoke. It’s not going to make that big of a difference anyway.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the parade dancer who was flashing most everyone. “Shame on you!”

June 21, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater for playing classic films. “I can’t wait to see what you will play in the future?”

A reader sends a halo to all of the thoughtful local businesses that donated gift certificates to members of the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, State Park Patrol and Harbor Patrol in appreciation for the horse rescue off the Summerland coast.

A reader sends a halo to Steve Cummings for being a stand up guy and an all-time bro.

A reader sends a halo to Traveling Pants for having a complimentary giftwrapping station in the back room. “Thanks for making the beautiful gifts possible.”

A reader sends a halo to her daughter for being mature about an incident where she was narrowly missed by a neighbor who was backing up. “She quickly admitted guilt and apologized. I really appreciate her humility and not making excuses or getting defensive during the situation.”

A reader sends a halo to Lisa Nakasone for going above and beyond to help and support so many young dancers backstage with love, support, encouragement and costume changes. “You are the best. You make a difference in so many lives.”

A reader sends a halo to Sam at Little Rainbow Foot Spa for a professional and relaxing massage. “Your expertise was amazing, and I shall have a good night’s sleep tonight.”

A reader sends a halo to George and Marny on their 69th wedding anniversary. “We love you.”

A reader sends a halo to those moms and dads who also wear helmets when riding bikes with their helmeted kids. “It sure makes sense to set an example.”

A reader sends a halo to Geoff Banks and all of the kind members of the Carpinteria Lions Club for making Rincon Foothill High School’s 2012 graduation an extra special day. “You guys really know how to do a BBQ. We love you.”

A reader sends a halo Top Choice Plumbing and Tony Chavez for supplying her with a pipe fitting for her water heater. “You saved me from a weekend of cold showers.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the drivers that treat Concha Loma like it is a racetrack despite the reader’s Children at Play sign. “Does someone have to be injured before you go the speed limit?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who tagged his newly remodeled bathrooms and continue to do so. “Have some respect.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who dented her right front fender and scraped the side of her car without leaving a note.

A reader sends a pitchfork to law enforcement for being lurks and for not being as helpful as they should be to society.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the boy who threw a rock at his neighbor. “I’m still waiting for and expecting an apology.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who leave their dogs out all night. “We don’t appreciate the barking. Be considerate and take your dogs inside.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to an area bank for being rude and inconsiderate to its neighbors. “When asked to turn down the volume on its ATM, I was told, ‘Not now. I’m busy, and my customers are my priority not you.’”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the low life that stole her friend’s new red bike, which was locked up and out of public view. “Good thing she’s insured with karma.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant that opens so late in the morning that people who work cannot enjoy its yummy goodness at a reasonable hour.

June 14, 2012

A reader sends a halo to STP and Costa’s Auto Works for sponsoring a local co-ed adult softball team. “We appreciate it.”

A reader sends a halo to Justin and Taylor Rogers who are finishing their time at Canalino School and moving on to Aliso for the new school year. “Grandpa loves you.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Bradley for being the best geometry teacher. “I hope you have a great retirement.”

A reader sends a halo to the two women who helped him after he crashed his bike while riding on the bluffs. “Thank you for taking time out of your day to help a bloody person in need of a cell phone to call home for a ride.”

A reader sends a halo to Breanna for helping on a special event. “It’s not every day you get help like this.”

A reader sends a halo to Aliso School for taking the whole school to the beach. “Kids should be able to have fun like this every day.”

A reader sends a halo to Josie Doughty, Paige Doughty and Theo Hansen for earning the Perfect Attendance Award at Marymount of Santa Barbara. “Josie’s halo has an extra sparkle because she completed the year with middle school honors.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria’s local electrician Keith Stein for lighting up the reader’s life and for being an all-around great guy.

A reader sends a halo to Nan and Pop Bacchilega for being the best grandparents. “Thanks for all the love and care. You guys are the greatest.”

A reader sends a halo to Rabobank for its wonderful, ongoing support of Girls Inc. “Our Mariachi Encuentro was better because of you.”

A reader sends a halo to Nicholas Juarez for earning an Excellent GPA award from Carpinteria Middle School and for staying positive.

A reader sends a halo to the 11-year-old boy who stood up to three teenage boys to protect his two sisters and their two friends when they were being harassed by the teens. “You are more of a man than they will ever be.”

A reader sends a halo to the great Carpinteria Public Works Department employees for making the gateway to Jellybowl and Tarpits park as beautiful as it should be.

A reader sends a halo to Carrie and her classy, merry crew for including an older gent in her birthday celebration. “Made my day.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Bikesmith for having pride in his work. “He transformed my 26-year-old bike into almost-new condition. Looks awesome.”

A reader sends a halo to Trish Durflinger for being an excellent Parent Group president at Carpinteria Middle School this year. “Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.”

A reader sends a halo to her best friend who forgave her when all others wouldn’t. “You have agape, love.”

A reader sends a halo to Todd and Joan at The Palms for all the help they provided in accommodating and serving a group of friends celebrating the reader’s husband’s birthday. “Well done.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local tire retailer who said two flat tires needed to be replaced when they were actually quickly fixed in Santa Barbara. “I’m all in support of shopping local, but I guess when it comes to ‘Tireology,’ I’ll have to shop elsewhere.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for not presenting flowers at the Memorial Day Ceremony.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a venue for not having a designated smoking area far away from those wishing to eat in the venue and not breathe second-hand smoke.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the passersby who didn’t stop to see if he was okay after taking a bloody fall off his mountain bike on a Bluffs trail.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a school for not allowing a student, who received an award for his high GPA, to participate in an end-of-year activity because it mistakenly thought he had a low GPA.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who found the reader’s lost phone and hasn’t returned it. “If I found your phone I would try to return it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who has called the city on the reader’s dogs when the caller walks his or her dogs without a leash.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the pedestrian who didn’t look both ways before crossing the street. “You are breaking the law and waving your finger at me? Really?”

June 7, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Valley Water District on-call service man for his quick, courteous, and downright helpful service.

A reader sends a halo to the friends and neighbors of the Middleton family. “You have been a great support during a difficult time.”

A reader sends a halo to the city for seizing the opportunity to buy land from Union Pacific to create an environmentally friendly downtown beach-neighborhood park.

A reader sends a halo to her awesome bridesmaids for putting on a fantastic and delightful bridal shower. Halos also go out to Mark and Leslie, too.

A reader sends a halo to the volleyball girls who stuck it out for the season and played an awesome last tournament.

A reader sends a halo to Dana for always carrying extra dog waste bags while walking her lab, Blackie, and for picking up after other dogs as well. A halo goes to Blackie as well for being everyone’s favorite neighborhood dog. “King of fourth beach.”

A reader sends a halo to Lisa Martin for generously making copies for Relay For Life Carpinteria. “You are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Albertsons for selling sturdy, collapsible shopping carts under $20. “Now I can walk to all my shopping including the Farmers Market.”

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Densmore for being such a fantastic kindergarten teacher to the reader’s son.

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Calvin for making the reader’s daughter’s third-grade year such a great one.

A reader sends a halo to all of the staff in Aliso School, room 17. “Thank you for your professionalism, creativity and caring.”

A reader sends a halo to Scottie with Villa Del Mar for reminding neighbors to move their vehicles to make room for the street cleaner. “You saved us a lot of money and helped us avoid tickets. Thanks again, Scottie.”

A reader sends a halo to Laurie Bryant for being an extraordinary teacher who changes the lives of children and their families with her dedication, wisdom and heart.

A reader sends a halo to Tammy of Robitaille’s Candies for donating cupcake candy toppers for the Superstars Challenger team’s end-of-the-season party.

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Smith at Carpinteria High School for being the best math teacher ever.

A reader sends a halo to Judy Mulford, Jayne Diaz and Silvia Echeverria for organizing the best year-end Carpinteria Beautiful Beach Party with perfect Carpinteria weather, too. “Thanks ladies.”

A reader sends a halo to a local restaurant for not only serving fresh tortillas but for helping the reader with advice on making them at home.

A reader sends a halo to all of the strangers who have gifted her with random acts of kindness around town since she broke her arm. Another halo goes out to her husband for pitching in big time.

A reader sends a halo to Donna Jordan for all of the work she does and for winning the Carpinteria Beautiful Volunteer of the Year award. “Congratulations, Donna.”

A reader sends a halo to Elise Unruh for presenting an enjoyable vocal and band performance. “You are an amazing teacher and a true gift to these students. You bring out the best in each of them.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria High School softball team for making history and doing an amazing job of making Carpinteria proud. “Good job, Lady Warriors.”

A reader sends a halo to Miss Furden at Aliso School for being such a great teacher to the reader’s daughter this past year. “We are going to miss you.”

A reader sends a halo to Bunni for all of the care and love she adds to the reader’s life. “You are a true blessing to have in my life.”

A reader sends a halo to Paul and Alberta Burkhard for all of their work planning the rehearsal dinner for their son and daughter-in-law-to-be. “It’s been an impressive feat getting everything together from 2,000 miles away.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the city for not representing itself with a memorial wreath at the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Carpinteria Cemetery.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the 6th Street mocking bird. “You know what you did.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store for its emails referring the reader to the store’s coupon website, which never allows the reader to access the actual coupons. “So stop sending me the emails if they’re not going to work.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the rude person who called the cops on the reader for singing the National Anthem too loudly. “It’s a two-minute song. Can’t you live with that? You live right next to the park.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who stopped to use the restroom at a local restaurant and helped himself to artwork from the restroom wall.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a man for causing problems at a local watering hole and for being a disrespectful coward and hypocrite. “You act like someone in grade school. Try to man up, please.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store that promised her helium-filled balloons for her son’s graduation celebration but ran out of helium. “The store threw the order away.”

May 31, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Warrior Cheer Squads for organizing the upcoming Mini Camp for the community. “Nice, inexpensive break for parents.”

A reader sends a halo to Janet Westlund for opening her home and leading the women’s Bible Study group.

A reader sends a halo to the Mark King family for rescuing Bella, the reader’s family dog. “Because you got involved, she’s with us today.”

A reader sends a halo to Karen Graf for the wonderful events she organizes as director of fellowship at Faith Lutheran Church.

A reader sends a halo to Brittany Scott for being such a sweet and helpful barkeep while the reader tried to figure out what happened to his debit card.

A reader sends a halo to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s Vanessa Alcala for being so kind.

A reader sends a halo to Hannah Wade and Miguel Contreras for earning the Mason’s Student of the Month award. “You did very well.”

A reader sends a halo to Michael O’Leary for the outstanding job he did tiling the reader’s bathroom.

A reader sends a halo to Vi White, Cyndi Macias and Gayle Robinson for making it possible for her to workout at the Gym Next Door. “As a result I no longer suffer lower back pain while doing housework.”

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria for always being so hospitable, beautiful and difficult to leave. “I’ll be missing you while out at sea for the next 90 days.”

A reader sends a halo to the guy who complimented her jacket. “I wanted to give you a high-five for telling your daughter that The Velvet Underground is your favorite band.”

A reader sends a halo to Thia Raunsbak for being an extraordinary volunteer team mom and coach. “Thank you for going above and beyond the call of duty. The team was a success because of your positive efforts.”

A reader sends a halo to Kelly Caspary for the beautiful paint job she gave the reader’s bathroom.

A reader sends a halo to the bus driver who found a rider’s wallet and turned it into the Carpinteria Post Office and another halo the post office for delivering it to the owner’s house.

A reader sends a halo to Omar for serving up a smile and friendly greeting along with the best service at Hugo’s and Subway.

A reader sends a halo to her wonderful, beautiful daughter, Nikki Graham, for always keeping her head up and looking toward the future.

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who continue to smoke outside of businesses despite the smoking ban and to law enforcement for not enforcing that law.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a student who overlooks everything because he thinks he knows everything.

A reader sends a pitchfork to teams that did not take a break from practice to support a fellow team during a playoff game.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who picked up the reader’s debit card and racked up a $36 tab on it and never offered to pay him back.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local restaurant for closing at 4 p.m. every day.

A reader sends a pitchfork to bicyclists and skateboarders who ride on the sidewalk. “Pedestrians are getting hurt––it’s time to stop.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a dog owner who leaves its dog alone and outside, allowing it to bark at all hours of the night. “The poor dog is obviously lonely and scared, and it’s not fair for your neighbors to endure.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the scoundrels who stole nine of 16 American Flags that the community put up to honor the veterans that have protected the U.S. from all aggressors.

May 24, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Bill and Rosana Swing for all of the wonderful high school sports photos that they take throughout the school year. “It brings home how good local students really are.”

A reader sends a halo to Girl’s Inc. for honoring Carpinteria teachers with a special gathering during Teacher Appreciation Week. “We feel appreciated. Thank you so much.”

A reader sends a halo to COPLA for putting on the best Canalino Open House ever. “It was fabulous.”

A reader sends a halo to Erica Lopez and Jordan Reed at Chase Bank for exceptional service and diligence after the reader’s business checking account number was stolen and fraudulently used.

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Nunez and the AVID students at Carpinteria Middle School for their hard work this school year and for their academic achievements.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School for being a great high school for the last four years.

A reader sends a halo to the man who walks the streets of Carpinteria with a Shop Local Carpinteria sandwich board. “Great community spirit.”

A reader sends a halo to John James of Green Acres Floral for the amazing donation of flowers for the Dream Team’s Mother’s Day Fundraiser.

A reader sends a halo to a wonderful girl for giving the reader a treat when he would pick her up from work. “Seeing her everyday was a treat in itself.”

A reader sends a halo to her amazing girlfriends and support network. “Thank you so very much for being there for me.”

A reader sends a halo to Faith Lutheran Church and Pastor Steve Hayden for developing an amazing community garden.

A reader sends a halo to the two guys that have been building beautiful cars one after the other. “It is really neat to see them from start to finish.”

A reader sends a halo to Diana and Chris for putting on a fun family Carpinteria-wide bike event. “We had a great time.”

A reader sends a halo to Dennis and Rincon Cycles for supporting the fun Beach to Bluffs bike ride.

A reader sends a halo to local columnist Fran Davis for her beautiful words on the passing of her precious dog. “You so eloquently shared what so many of us have felt, but unable to express so beautifully.”

A reader sends a halo to Summerland Beach Café hostess Nikki who had a wonderful attitude and beautiful smile during a very busy Mother’s Day weekend. “My family had a wonderful experience.”

A reader sends a halo to Ahmed at Albertsons for donating the helium for the CVLL Challenger League Fans in the Stands Day balloons and for taking time out of his busy day to cheer the players on.

A reader sends a halo to Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik because they are all amazing singers.

A reader sends a halo to Coach Henry and his CHS softball team for cheering on the Super Star Carpinteria Little League Challenger team at Fans in the Stands Day.

A reader sends a halo to Lia Graham for being a wonderful daughter, sister and friend.

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful Parents for Canalino Group for pampering teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. “Thank you for making Canalino teachers feel so special and loved.”

A reader sends a halo to the Canalino COPLA Parent Group for putting together a wonderful Spring Fiesta. “Hats off to you.”

A reader sends a halo to Jamie, Jessica, Virginia, Ashley, Susan, Jess I, Toni, Nonny, Carolyn, Krissi and mom for being the most wonderful group of friends a girl could ask for.

A reader sends a halo to the Middletons. “Thank you for always being there.”

A reader sends a halo to LeeAnn at Carpinteria Athletics for all of her help and constant smiles.

A reader sends a halo to Marie at Sunburst Printers for producing and printing the Teen Help Card for Carpinteria Cares for Youth. “Many thanks from all of the youth and their families who will use those numbers to access services.”

A reader sends a halo to the customer at a local restaurant who stood up for himself when he was being treated very rudely by a bartender and a manager. “I wish we all had the guts to speak up when we receive such awful and horrifying customer service.”

A reader sends a halo to the awesome parents at Aliso School for the many ways they showed appreciation for the teachers. A halo also goes to Mandy and Chris at Sly’s for the delicious lunch.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a coach who is very rude and disrespectful to players, coaches and parents. “It’s not just about winning. I really hope you are not allowed to coach next year.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the boys who vandalized a car behind a local store. “Not only do you dishonor yourselves but also your town, school and family.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever broke into her Jeep over Mother’s Day weekend. “Please return the digital memory card and my child’s artwork and pictures.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the so-called fans of a local band who did not show up to support them when they played at Cold Spring Tavern. “Take a walk on the wild side and venture out of Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Kate for waking her up very early on weekends even when she doesn’t have to.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the reader who chastised others for leaving their dogs in the car at the grocery store. “My dog, if left alone, will go nutso and try to chew through a wall to get outside.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the four teenage girls who cruelly stole a dog out of its owner’s truck. “Come on, people. Somebody knows something.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to law enforcement for using excessive force when it wasn’t necessary.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Coastal View News for editing his pitchfork so much it made no sense. “The apartments being built are over the MIDDLE of the established Via Real right-of-way.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the planners of the Casitas Plaza remodel. “Did you really have to destroy the beautiful large pine trees and star pine?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to immature parents at youth sporting events. “Look in the mirror and ask yourself, is this how I want my children to behave?”

May 17, 2012

A reader sends a halo to a local street artist for all of the nice art and the funny messages that always bring a smile to his face.

A reader sends a halo to Patty Gioia for being a perfect, amazing wife for 29 wonderful years.

A reader sends a halo to Pedro Garcia for always helping out men who need it at random moments.

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful lady who stopped on Casitas Pass Road and saved the reader’s dogs. “You are truly a very special person for taking the time to protect my precious pets.”

A reader sends a halo to Cindy Rief for her programs, sacrifices and the time she gave to kids.

A reader sends a halo to the kind male server at Sushi Teri for being friendly to her family and even bringing her two-year-old’s shoes out to the car after they were forgotten.

A reader sends a halo to Superintendent Paul Cordeiro for holding teachers to high standards.

A reader sends a halo to Vicky at CVS for her knowledge, patience and good customer service skills.

A reader sends a halo to Sarah Hinton at Rincon Floral for designing a beautiful heart-shaped floral arrangement in memory of Lou Grant.

A reader sends a halo to awesome family and friends who threw her a surprise birthday party at the Veterans Memorial Building. “Live Hawaiian band and the best caterer in town; amazing cake and local Robitailles treats. Hugs to all of you.”

A reader sends a halo to Harry Styles for being an awesome singer.

A reader sends a halo to Laura Fraley for always being so cheerful. “You brighten the day.”

A reader sends a halo to her special friend Scarlet who brought the reader roses on Mothers Day when she was not feeling well.

A reader sends a halo to Myriam Ninez, who works at Sansum Clinic, for being a great friend. “I miss you.”

A reader sends a halo to Luis Sandoval for always supporting the FFA Club.

A reader sends a halo to Chris at Do It Best Hardware for discounting the cost of potting soil so sixth-graders at Carpinteria Middle School could do an erosion lab.

A reader sends a halo to Fidel Q. for always being there for his best friend Jacob. “You go, Fidel.”

A reader sends a halo to Tori Ann from Rincon for always being there for a friend. “I love you, Tori.”

A reader sends a halo to Chase Bank, Vons, Curious Cup, Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Crushcakes, Scoop, Albertsons, Crossfit Carpinteria, Carpinteria Nails, Westland Nursery, Mobi’s and Sly’s for their generous support of Aliso School.

A reader sends a halo to Lou Grant for all of her contributions to the community.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria And Rincon Point Home Brewers Club for finding the reader’s phone and making sure it got back to her at the Lake Casitas Festival.

A reader sends a halo to Courtney Vasquez for being such a caring and wonderful teacher. “You have made a difference in our lives. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Phil and Astrid Guenthardt for taking time away from their Mother’s Day flower shipments to rescue a stranded friend who broke her bicycle axle. “You can’t find kinder and more loving people than the two of you.”

A reader sends a halo to all of his friends who made his last weekend in town one of the best in his life, especially Madison Blum, who made a letter and collage that will follow the reader across the ocean.

A reader sends a halo to Rose and the entire glam squad at Lola Bella for transforming pretty high school girls into gorgeous red-carpet-ready prom dates. “Thank you for all the time and love you lavish on your customers.”

A reader sends a halo to Lea Boyd for her delightful Mother’s Day Guide.

A reader sends a halo to Donna Jordan and other Adopt-a-Spot volunteers from Carpinteria Beautiful for spending hours picking up litter around our town. “They walk the walk and serve as role models.”

A reader sends a halo to John Avila and Holly Smith for their positivity. “You guys inspire me so much; it’s crazy.”

A reader sends a halo to the great people who went to the savejapandolphins.org fundraiser. “We raised $855.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who walk their pets down Linden Avenue and do not pick up after them. “Let’s keep our city nice and clean. Please clean after your pet.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the annoying girls blowing party whistles up and down Linden Avenue. “Please stop.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the coach that continues to yell at other coaches and umpires. “If you can’t be a good sport, keep your mouth shut.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to pedestrians who walk out into the street in front of cars and bicycles. “I guess in kindergarten you didn’t learn to stop, look and listen before crossing a street.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who leave their pets in the car when they go to the grocery store. “Why would you leave them in there crying? They have feelings too.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever stole the pelicans from her front lawn and porch. “My father gave them to me, and he has since passed away. Do the right thing and bring them back.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local cashier who could not be bothered to fix an iced coffee machine when asked.

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents who think letting a prized Carpinteria High School employee leave is a good move.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who cut a section out of the Carpinteria Little League outfield fence at El Carro Park. “If you need additional pieces, please ask any of the CVLL volunteers. Don’t just take it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a man who cursed out local teachers. “Maybe you should be more respectful.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to people who do their shopping in Santa Barbara and write logically incoherent pitchforks.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a new area business that left the reader feeling swindled after her visit. “Not a pleasant experience for a new business trying to establish itself.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local watering hole for raising prices after its recent recognition.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local tree care company for disrupting nesting animals by cutting, pruning and trimming several trees and shrubs in the reader’s neighborhood.

May 10, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Phil from Carpinteria Glass and Jon Paola from Thin Air Concepts for their help at her business.

A reader sends a halo to Ray Martinez for coming over to the reader’s boyfriend’s house during the weekend and removing graffiti quickly. “The best painter in town, I’ll say.”

A reader sends a halo to Cody Simpson for being a nice guy with a great voice.

A reader sends a halo to all of the family and friends that made her mother’s birthday wonderful. “My mom, Gloria Nelson, is one special lady.”

A reader sends a halo to Victor Camargo for being the most amazing person the reader has ever met. “You are so sweet, and I love you.”

A reader sends a halo to Edgar Garcia for his generous donation to the New Born Baby Foundation. “We need more people like you who are willing to reach out to help the community.”

A reader sends a halo to Moe, the manager at UPS, for taking care of shipping her framed lithograph safely to the East Coast. “He deserves a halo as well as your patronage during these difficult times.”

A reader sends a halo to the people that help put together youth group at Reality Church.

A reader sends a halo to herself for accomplishing one of her biggest goals. “One more thing off my bucket list.”

A reader sends a halo to Susie Saldana for being such a champ. “We love you. You are inspiration to all of us.”

A reader sends a halo to Woody from Colson’s Garage for the kind words and the cold glass of water that helped a grateful neighbor.

A reader sends a halo to Torrie at Santa Barbara Bank and Trust for her help and kindness.

A reader sends a halo to Jenni Leigh Jackson for going on crazy adventures with the reader and for being her best friend.

A reader sends a halo to Jinx Grant for taking in a cat whose siblings were eaten by dogs and was then sent to a home with mean kids. “I want to thank her for it.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who approved the permit to build apartments on Via Real. “Wonder who will profit from this?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to an immature tennis coach who hogged two tennis courts when he needed only one.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local coach for being very unsupportive in his comments about his team.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a teacher for being unorganized and misplacing a student’s work.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a teacher for being rude and disrespectful to his students.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in the black Silverado truck for burning out in front of the reader’s house while the reader was trying to take a nap.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the kid who is stealing bikes from 7th and 6th streets. “People work hard to earn money to buy their bikes.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to Caltrans for placing K-rails too close to traffic lanes on Highway 101. “You will see many more accidents there.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the women who brought their dog and beers to the beach. “When I informed them that neither were allowed they proceeded to yell at me using extremely offensive language in front of families with children.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the captain of an oil crew boat for running his boat at high speed dangerously close to a pair of grey whales just off the Casitas Pier. “You violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person running an area coin-op laundry for falsely accusing the reader’s best friend of robbing the candy machine.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who dismantled her 150-foot hose at 1 a.m. and tossed it into a small, dark colored SUV.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the bad boys, the abusive, irresponsible men who consistently cause chaos and inflict pain on others around them—especially to the women who don’t understand that these individuals will never change.

May 3, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Boys & Girls Club leadership group, Keystone, for its hard work, trash pickups and leadership in the community. “You guys are amazing and are truly making a difference.”

A reader sends a halo to April Pohl for being hard working, caring, loving and funny.

A reader sends a halo to plumber Craig Husted for working through the night and for completing a complicated job in the reader’s bathroom.

A reader sends a halo to Westerlay Orchids for donating the beautiful orchids to the UC Success Night at Carpinteria High School.

A reader sends a halo to Jen, Bruce and Alex, her boss Tara, her walking partner Susan and to all of her local friends for their support after the reader had her baby.

A reader sends a halo to Fidel Quientero for helping a friend through his problems all of the time.

A reader sends a halo to the lovely owners of Lucky Llama coffee shop for creating a really good place for a great cup of coffee, a muffin and support for the local economy.

A reader sends a halo to the entire staff at Fosters Freeze for returning the Iphone that was left behind. “You guys represent exactly what Carpinteria is all about—an honest, friendly community.”

A reader sends a halo to Rusty’s for the beautiful flowers in the beautiful flower pot out front.

A reader sends a halo to Santa Barbara Bank and Trust for the beautiful flowers on its side of the shopping center.

A reader sends a halo to Joe and Joseph of Carpinteria Valley Roofing for their workmanship on the Kinderkirk roof. “Your expertise and fairness are appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to The Palms for allowing people to celebrate the life of Roland Picard, senior.

A reader sends a halo to The Bates Ranch House for increasing local business as well as generating income for Carpinterians.

A reader sends a halo to Natty, Molly, Leslie, Samantha and Pat for being amazing.

A reader sends a halo to Scoops in Montecito for its generous contribution to the Aliso Teacher Appreciation luncheon.

A reader sends a halo to the Olivares, Caudillos, Rodriguezs, Mercers, Bustillos and the Jimenezs for making her mother’s birthday celebration extra special. “My mom, Gloria Jazo, is one special lady.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who stole his cell phone. “Did you know how well GPS works? I see exactly where you have my phone.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever planned the closing of the freeway in La Conchita. “If there is an emergency, and we need to exit going south, we can’t.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local person who shows up to potlucks empty handed and in the front of the line.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a food worker who falsely accused people of stealing breakfast foods on multiple occasions. “It was a great way to ruin my morning.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the highway project in front of La Conchita for closing off the city. “Don’t the residents ever have a say?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who won’t let a good local guy into a reception for a fallen friend. “Why do you think you can choose who comes in based on who you are and if you bring a meal?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all road cyclists. “You don’t obey the laws, never stop at stop signs, always ride side by side and never share the road.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the kids who were making racist gestures toward local restaurants.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who dumped rocks and concrete illegally.


April 26, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Victor Camarago for being a really good friend to everyone. “You deserve the best in life.”

A reader sends a halo to Ismael Soriano and Xochitl Nunez for being the cutest couple ever.

A reader sends a halo to the Seal Watch volunteers who keep the beach a safe and comfortable place for our seals and for educating people from around the world that come to visit.

A reader sends a halo to Darryl at Rockwell Printers for making my son’s college graduation invitations beautiful and quick.

A reader sends a halo to Garden Market on Santa Claus Lane for its excellent food and cozy patio and for letting a man borrow a notebook with no questions asked.

A reader sends a halo to Lexi Ramirez and Ramon Gonzalez for coaching the Carpinteria Valley Girls Softball League’s Blue Crush team.

A reader sends a halo to the people and businesses of Carpinteria that always make the reader’s family feel so welcome and a part of the community. “See you next year.”

A reader sends a halo to Wilja at Farmers West for putting on a great greenhouse tour and event. Farmers West had a great promotion with a wonderful flower tour, music, food and art. “Thank you for donating the proceeds from the food to the Howard School.”

A reader sends a halo to Beto at Rosbro’s Garage for being so complete when smogging the reader’s car. “Thank you for caring.”

A reader sends a halo to Aliso School for once again creating an impressive and amazing Science Night. “Big thanks to such dedicated teachers.”

A reader sends a halo to Cate School History Department Chair Lauren Jared for inspiring her students to learn and love the study of ancient, medieval and modern history and helping them understand today’s world for over 20 years.

A reader sends a halo to Erica Arroyo and Cristina Orozco for always having positive attitudes and giving great advice to friends and family.

A reader sends a halo to the Gulart family for the system and recording.

A reader sends a halo to her good friend Chuckles. “We’ll be mermaid and merman in the sea.”

A reader sends a halo to Maria, the athletic trainer at Carpinteria High School, for helping a parent who had difficulty walking to his car when it was raining after a varsity baseball game.

A reader sends a halo to Mike and Kay at Albertsons for going beyond grocery needs at closing time when the reader needed to borrow a three-hole punch.

A reader sends a halo to Matt Organista for qualifying for and going to the Collegiate Nationals Triathalon competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the driver who almost ran over a student at Rincon High School.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who broke into her car and stole her passport and GPS one week before travelling to Canada. “Have a conscience and turn it into the sheriff’s office.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the owners of an unoccupied piece of commercial property for leaving it vacant for so many years and pricing it out of the local market.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy with two dogs for sitting and reading while his dogs roamed, unattended, making their deposits. “Did you think the good fairy was going to clean up after them before the children come to play at the park?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man who caught and killed a gopher rather than setting it free.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the guy who double parked his big red pickup across from the City of Carpinteria Household Hazardous Waste and Clean-Up Day site and cut off a Ceanothus branch in full bloom.

A reader sends a pitchfork to local grocers for not carrying Truffle oil. “We Carpinterians like specialty foods, now I will take my business to Santa Barbara like I usually do.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a restaurant that refused to serve a family at 8:30 p.m. twice in one month, although the sign said open, and the hours are until 9 p.m.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the road rage lady driving a small red truck. “Calm down when you are driving. You are a danger to everyone else around you.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local cashier who skimped on the reader’s change with malicious intent. “ I gave the cashier $55 and (the cashier) typed in $54.95. Is that common practice?”

April 19, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Tejeda family of Señor Frogs for graciously hosting the buffet at the dedication of the “Worlds Safest Beach” mural.

A reader sends a halo to the Warriors for an outstanding drive-thru
barbecue. “What a bargain for an excellent meal. Good to see lots of students helping with the fundraiser.”

A reader sends a halo to Hector Zamora for raising awareness about the effects of drugs.

A reader sends a halo to Alex and Jessica at Crushcakes for 10 dozen of the most perfect cupcakes.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria Unified School District for using an alternative approach to dealing with the beehive on the CFS/Canalino campus. “…all students and staff are safe as are the bees. What a beautiful thing.”

A reader sends a halo to Oscar Acevedo from the Boys & Girls Club for helping the reader cross the street. “There should be more teenagers in the world like you.”

A reader sends a halo to Willie Kellogg, Tiffany Medel and Cameron Medina, who were honored at the 2012 Recognition Assembly at Marymount of Santa Barbara for their academic, creative and athletic excellence as well as for their outstanding
character.

A reader sends a halo to Brice McCormick for transporting the reader’s bike from the middle school to his house.

A reader sends a halo to Jillian at L’s salon for touching up her hair after Jillian had already done it because the reader wanted it lighter. “Thank you, very sweet.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in the blue Toyota who drives around Carpinteria with his high beams on. “Thanks for blinding me.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Carpinteria City employee who
doesn’t answer the department’s phone extension and whose mailbox is chronically full.

A reader sends a pitchfork to dog owners who let their dogs run off the leash on the county part of Tar Pits Beach. “…please be sensitive to other people and animals in the area who may not want to interact with your little (or big) darling.”

April 12, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Planning Commission and the city for their thoughtful, considerate and compassionate approach to mitigating the lighting and noise concerns between the Boys & Girls Club and its neighbors.

A reader sends a halo to alumni Muses Susan, Brent, Danielle, Tracie, Michael, Julie, Sarah, Jessica, Leigh, Mandy and Sydney for their brilliantly shining performances Saturday night. “You honored the memories beautifully.”

A reader sends a halo to Tara O’Reilly and the library staff for welcoming everyone and making the library a community center that offers multiple services for community members and visitors of all ages.

A reader sends a halo to Dakotah Wicox, Shanya Norman and Xavier De Alba. “You guys are the coolest people to be around and make life so much more eventful.”

A reader sends a halo to Ernie for turning my wallet into Jocelyn at Sandcastle Time.

A reader sends a halo to John Hadidian for his work with the AYSO and the Beach Cup tournament. “John and his team provided over 1,100 AYSO All-Star kids and their families a wonderful weekend of soccer.”

A reader sends a halo to Elise Unruh for her wonderful work with the Muses program for nearly 27 years.

A reader sends a halo to Señor Frogs for graciously providing delicious food for the dedication of John Wullbrandt’s extraordinary mural.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria High School Warrior athletes, coaches and supporters for the exceptional drive-thru barbeque. “Hoping you made enough profit to do it again next year.”

A reader sends a halo to Richard and Kathy Abney for going above and beyond for their family garage sale.

A reader sends a halo to Roland Picard for living a full life and for now being with his lovely wife, Dora. “We love you both.”

A reader sends a halo to Bernadette, a waitress at Tony’s, for being very pleasant and efficient. “Thanks for the great experience.”

A reader sends a halo to Asa and Luz at the Plaza Playhouse for making the Muses performers, organizers and others feel so welcome. Another halo goes out to Jacque Geary for a stellar performance in the box office.

A reader sends a halo to Gary and Mike for putting on a good show at the Plaza Playhouse Theater.

A reader sends a halo to Cathy and Mark. “You’ve done it again. Thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to Bill Levinson for having the strength to keep going. “He’s the best dad ever.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the owners of a shop for throwing away the customer’s coupons without notification. “Don’t you want to keep customers buying locally?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City Planning department who planned sidewalk repairs during one of the busiest weeks of the year. “Downtown merchants should have a say in when these projects are scheduled.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to realtors whose misleading advertisements claim homes in the Carpinteria Park tract are in Concha Loma. Those are two different developments.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Carpinteria businesses for their lack of coffee after 9 p.m. on First Friday.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in the big silver truck who opened his door quickly, knocking the reader off her bike, and then blaming her for being too close to his truck. “Um, no sir. It’s called the bike lane, and you’re not paying attention.”

April 5, 2012

A reader sends a halo to a Crushcake’s employee for making a pot of coffee before the store opened, allowing the reader to have a cup before work.

A reader sends a halo to the community members who made his Eagle Scout ceremony special, including Boy Scout troops 50 and 33, friends, family, Hans Brand who donated the flowers and Donna Baird who arranged them.

A reader sends a halo to Clara at The Garden Market for providing a lovely wine tasting experience.

A reader sends a halo to Costa’s Auto Repair for making her Acura freeway-safe in three days and delivering it to her in time for a trip to see her daughter.

A reader sends a halo to Valerie and Ashley at Rainbow Ice Cream & Yogurt Parlor for always having beautiful smiles on their faces.

A reader sends a halo to Mr. Hurley at Hurley Optical for being so professional, helpful, courteous and competitively priced. “I will only get my glasses from Hurley Optical.”

A reader sends a halo to the organizers and participants of the 17th annual Beach Cup soccer tournament that made this an exciting and successful event.

A reader sends a halo to everyone at Señor Frogs for going over the top to make the reader’s wife’s birthday celebration successful. “The food was exceptional and the service was even better.”

A reader sends a halo to the preschool teacher and students at Canalino School for going out of their way to give the trolley driver a thank you card after their field trip. “You made my day.”

A reader sends a halo to Julie Rubio-Shamblin for leading the Virtual Enterprise class at CHS all the way to the international competition in New York City for two years in a row. “We had a blast and will remember this time forever.”

A reader sends a halo to Giannfranco’s for providing food for her four grandchildren and herself during their time of need.

A reader sends a halo to Señor Frogs for making her son’s 12th birthday very special. “What a wonderful, feel good place with scrumptious food.”

A reader sends a halo to veterinarian Dr. Smith for giving her good advice at 4 a.m. and setting her mind at ease.

A reader sends a halo to the person who found her purse in the Albertsons parking lot and took it into the office.

A reader sends a birthday halo to her friend in Ventura for being part of the Trailmaster and Friends group.

A reader sends a halo to Albert Medel, Sr. on his 90th birthday. “Thank you for being such a kind and loving husband, father, uncle and friend.”

A reader sends a halo to his mother for raising her as kids as best a mother can.

A reader sends a halo to his father because the reader believes men are not given that title because they make a baby but because they raise one.

A reader sends a pitchfork to USPS employees who are consistently very rude.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a young man speeding westbound on Via Real who ran the stop sign, nearly causing an accident. “Slow down, get off the phone and pay attention to your driving.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local service station for overcharging a customer for a battery that was fine before his oil change.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the Vallecito Place resident who still thinks he owns the street. “Your actions are the true definition of insanity.”

March 29, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Diana H. at the post office for helping him and a traveler with a shipment to Japan. Because of Diana, the traveler was able to catch her bus to LAX.

A reader sends a halo to coaches Marty and Justin for their expertise and patience. “The Carpinteria Aquatics Club is so lucky to have both of you.”

A reader sends a halo to the organizers of the Carpinteria High School Career Fair. “I was doing fun activities at the high school.”

A reader sends a halo to Sly’s for its generous gift toward the reader’s Virtual Enterprise class trip to New York City. “Thanks so much for your support.”

A reader sends a halo to Trayvon Martin.

A reader sends a halo to Anne, Rob, Julie, Katherine and pretty much everyone she met on her visit to Carpinteria. “What a fabulous community.”

A reader sends a halo to the kind woman who gave the reader a dollar when his bus pass had expired.

A reader sends a halo to her neighbors at the Fishbowl for reminding others to move their cars on the third Wednesday of the month for street cleaning.

A reader sends a halo to the community of Carpinteria for helping Troop 50, Troop 33 and Pack 50 collect 1,276 pounds of food during their annual food drive.

A reader sends a halo to Dennis and Diana at Rincon Cycles for their wonderful, festive holiday window displays.

A reader sends a halo to the Montecito Family YMCA for providing the Weekend Weather Station and tide report as part of their ad every week in the Coastal View News. “Beach walkers, sand castle builders and surfers alike appreciate this information.”

A reader sends a halo to Steve Davitt, manager of Do It Best Hardware, for his donation toward CHS’s Virtual Enterprise class trip to New York City.

A reader sends a halo to Tina and the other incredible employees at Uncle Chen’s restaurant who generously donated their own money toward the CHS Virtual Enterprise class’s trip to New York City.

A reader sends halo to Ronnie Short for taking care of her, Cody, Nini, Chad and Bella and for all of the nights they kept him awake.

A reader sends a halo to Kinderkirk’s Pam Densmore for being a great boss.

A reader sends a halo to Alley Pets for being very helpful and willing to deliver his big items.

A reader sends a halo to Novels and News for finding his $20 bill and holding onto it for him. “You’re the best!”

A reader sends a halo to Becky Gallup for being the best mom and grandma anyone could have.

A reader sends a halo to Dr. Veggies of Santa Maria for consistently having the best strawberries week after week.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man in a gold sedan who rolled through a stop sign at Ogan and Vallecito instead of waiting for the group of children trying to cross the street.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local bullies in our grammar schools. “You need to check yourself before bullying your fellow students.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents whose children have paid for their mistakes but who still will not help their kids out.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the man and woman who tried to lure her Himalayan Persian cat away from the reader’s mobile home. “Now my poor cat is confined to my bedroom for her own safety.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the City of Carpinteria for not having warming centers for the homeless population.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local service station for overcharging a customer for a battery that was fine before his oil change.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the organizers of a crosswalk sting, which had many, potentially dangerous, flaws for pedestrians and drivers.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local doctor for providing low quality stitches to a patient.






March 22, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Patti and Rebecca at Delgado’s for finding and returning her grandson’s special toy truck.

A reader sends a halo to her daughter Mia for being a math master and getting the Certificate of Fairness award. “We are so proud of you!”

A reader sends a halo to Faith Lutheran Church for its landscape management on Ogan Road.

A reader sends a halo to the residents who planted the beautiful, exotic tulips around the curve of Foothill Road.

A reader sends a halo to Relay for Life Carpinteria’s Team Captain Chairs Doug and Nancy Garrison for the great kickoff event they put on.

A reader sends a halo to Rotarian John Welty for helping to deliver over 150 boxes of slightly used books to the Carpinteria Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. “All proceeds go to keep our library open.”

A reader sends a halo to Leo at IHOP for donating “Lorax” bookmarks to the Grace School in Haiti.

A reader sends a halo to David Lu of Massage Therapy Center for the best Chinese massage of her life. “I’m totally relaxed!”

A reader sends a halo to Island Brewing Company for hosting Relay for Life Carpinteria’s kickoff event for 2012.

A reader sends a halo to Jennifer at Albertsons for her beautiful smile.

A reader sends a halo to her girlfriends and Al for giving her a magical birthday celebration. “I smiled all day.”

A reader sends a halo to Mike Lazarro and the folks at the Plaza Playhouse Theater for a fantastic St. Paddy’s Day show. “Keep it up!”

A reader sends a halo to the woman entering Vons who brought the reader a plastic shopping bag when she saw the reader with detergent running through her cloth bag and down her leg.

A reader sends a halo to Sandra at Personal Strength who does more than is required to help the reader overcome a physical problem. “Through Sandra’s dedication, I am getting better and stronger with each session.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to parents picking up kids at a local school. “Please slow down and don’t block cars trying to leave.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a man at a local gas station for being an angry bully.

A reader sends a pitchfork to Coastal View News for not running his previous pitchfork.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the kids with airsoft guns.

March 15, 2012

A group of readers send a halo to Carpinteria Masonic Lodge #444 for its overwhelming generosity to Relay For Life Carpinteria for hosting Anacapa Campgrounds July 5-8. “What angels you all are!”

A reader sends a halo to MTD Bus Driver Burt for patiently waiting for a young lady to retrieve her forgotten phone from a neighboring bus bench.

A reader sends a halo to CSFD’s Division Chief for the 26 years of service he has given to the community. “You will be greatly missed.”

A reader sends a halo to the helpful man who works at UPS and provides excellent service and is always kind.

A reader sends a halo to the person who found her purse and turned it into the sheriff’s office. “It was truly a standup thing to do, and it helps restore my faith in humanity.”

A reader sends a halo to Robin and Jack of Ark Pet & Supply for sharing a weekly pet with the children at Growing Times and Baby Jamboree.

A reader sends a halo to Dennis Hultman for sharing his three precious baby goats with the children of SBCC Growing Times and Baby Jamboree.

A reader sends a halo to all the wonderful women from the Community Church who cooked lunch for the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council’s volunteers. And a halo to the Arts Council volunteers.

A reader sends a halo to Frank Rose for repairing the wheels on a bin for the women at the resale shop.

A reader sends a halo to Jen at Cabos for being a fine addition to the restaurant.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Middle School talent show participants, especially to the teachers and the Bonnie Curtis girls for making the show extra special.

A reader sends a halo to Lynette and Shirley in La Conchita for putting the morning paper by the reader’s front door.

A reader sends a halo to The Palms for always being so nice to Brian.

A reader sends a halo to the CMS teachers for singing at the talent show. “Great performance, awesome message.”

A reader sends a halo to John Sanchez and Coastal Landscape for outstanding customer service and for always treating clients with kindness.

A reader sends a halo to anyone who finds the generosity to donate a new, much-needed popcorn maker to the local little league.

A reader sends a halo to Don in Summerland for helping the reader get rid of the graffiti by the Big Yellow House restaurant by donating paint, his services and his good humor.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the girls heckling the performers at the Carpinteria Middle School talent show. “Heckling is bullying, and there is no place for it, particularly in the theater.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the neighbor of the Boys & Girls Club who complains about events that have been taking place since 1979.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the woman who quickly grabbed the shopping cart containing his wallet and phone. “It wasn’t until I got home that I realized my phone and wallet were in the cart, but you knew…as you scampered away.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who attacked consumerpoweralliance for its ad about smart meters. “The truth hurts.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who play Modern Warfare 3 and yell MOAB.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the bully on Vallecito Road who tries to intimidate people who park on his street. “Someday someone is going to call your bluff and clean your clock.”

March 8, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the teachers at Main Early Learning Years. “Thank you so much for taking such good care of our young ones.”

A reader sends a halo to Cal at Radio Shack for being very helpful and assisting the reader for over 45 minutes.

A reader sends a halo to the stranger at Vons who brought her a band aid when her 5-year-old son hurt himself. “Thank you so much for seeing that I was stuck in the produce section with a crying child who couldn’t walk and his baby sister.”

A reader sends a halo to Mark who stopped to jump the reader’s car in front of the post office and to John Risdon who came to make sure she was okay.

A reader sends a halo to Cindy Rief for her help with the family’s hospital stay. “There was such a secure feeling knowing there was help when we needed it.”

A reader sends a halo to long-time resident Michael Hickey. “You are the sweetest guy around, Mikey!”

A reader sends a halo to Cyndi for opening the Gym Next Door so “we can all keep moving.”

A reader sends a halo to Jason from Danny’s Deli who generously offered to help the very pregnant reader load her groceries into her car. “What a guy!”

A reader sends a halo to Cindy Rief for helping the reader’s son and his friend with a school project until late Saturday night. “Thanks for your patience and understanding.”

A reader sends a halo to John Wullbrandt for painting the mural of Carpinteria. “Everyone should walk by and take a look at Carpineria’s newest art.”

A reader sends a halo to Olivia Loyola, David Moreno, Crystal Arroyo, Jose Loyola and Jasmyn Arroyo, the new Los Padres 4-H Steer Show Team, for being a part of the Los Padres 4-H’s first large animal project.

A reader sends a halo to the neighbor who put the reader’s porch rug back in its place after a recent windstorm. “ Who knows where it would have ended up otherwise.”

A reader sends a halo to Jason Smith for being the best boyfriend in the world.

A reader sends a halo to Gerry Ortega who runs the senior luncheon program at Carpinteria Veterans Memorial for “making every day a special day for us seniors.”

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman who helped the reader up after she fell down last Thursday at a local shopping area.

A reader sends a halo to her friends, especially Gayle Michele and the Buffons, for their company on her birthday weekend over Feb. 10 and for helping her after her outpatient surgery on Feb. 24.

A reader sends a halo to Nancy and Bingo for all of their beach play dates with Moo and for taking care of Moo while the reader recovered from surgery.

A reader sends a halo to Coastline Plumbing for going above and beyond on an emergency plumbing situation.

A reader sends a halo to Carpinterians for making IHOP’s National Pancake Day event a “whopping success,” and for helping IHOP raise money to be donated to Cottage Children’s Hospital, a member of the Children’s Miracle Network.

A reader sends a halo to the Endow family for their gift and support to Aliso’s kindergarten students.

A reader sends a halo to Virginia and Bob at Bob’s Garage for the friendly, honest Carpinteria-hometown care her family’s cars receive at the garage.

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Friends of the Library and to Susan, April and all who make it a Carpinteria treasure.

A reader sends a halo to his Pacific Village neighbor, Dan, for replacing his lawn with fruit trees. “What a good example for the rest of Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to Big 5 Sports in Ventura for giving a local baseball team a discount, making new pants a possibility.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the boys at the wall for being completely rude to girls.

A reader sends a pitchfork to consumerpoweralliance.com for its inflammatory, misleading ad in the Coastal View News about Southern California Edison’s smart meters.

March 1, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Todd for changing the light bulb in the outdoor condo hallway, making it possible for residents to see at night.

A reader sends a halo to the migrating gray whales and calves that successfully navigate the always-operating, staggered five-boat rotational shipping, parking and idling lanes between Casitas Pier and the oil platforms.

A reader sends a halo to the family that found and returned the reader’s drivers license to her house on Sunday, Feb. 2.

A reader sends a halo to the sly, anti-graffiti fox who, under the cover of night, painted over the unsightly, long-irking mark of a vandal outside a local bank. “You are my hero.”

A reader sends a halo to Brian Lee for sharing his knowledge of surf fishing with kids in the community. “Just seeing their faces while they are reeling in a big perch is just priceless!”

A reader sends a halo to the woman who found the note that fell out of the reader’s pocket and called the accompanying phone number. “You could have saved my life, and I appreciate it so very much.”

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful people of Carpinteria for supporting all of the Carpinteria Girl Scout troops by purchasing cookies.

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful shuttle driver who is always nice to the children from Community Action Commission Head Start.

A reader sends a halo to the gentleman who helped her carry her sewing machine donation to the local thrift store after the bottom of the box gave out.

A reader sends a halo to Mike Laz, Gary Dobbins and Joe Costa for facilitating the donation of $1,000 to Carp Cares for Youth.

A reader sends a halo to Don and the team at K.M. Nursery for their large donation of plants to Summerland School to help brighten the campus. And a halo to All Around Irrigation and Toro Canyon Nursery for their support.

A reader sends a halo to the woman who recovered the reader’s two lost dogs, Rueban and Missy. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria Valley Water District crew that worked into the dark on Eleanor Drive to get our water working again and then came back first thing in the morning to clean up.

A reader sends a halo to Anthony for McGyvering the reader’s keys out of her locked car on his lunch break.

A reader sends a halo to Marty at Carpinteria Barber Shop for giving the best haircut in town. “You are the best Marty. ”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the people who were booing the boy’s team when they played the girl’s team at Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club last Wednesday. “I’m sure some people thought it was funny. I was not one of them.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the person who broke into the reader’s camper shell and stole his surfboard with a stingray image glassed on the bottom. “You’re ignorant for stealing such a unique board.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local car wash company for major paint damage to the reader’s car during a sloppy wash and wax.

A reader sends a pitchfork to pedestrians who take it for granted they will be safe in a crosswalk. “Look the driver in the eye to make sure he or she sees you.”

February 23, 2012

A reader sends a halo to local Carpinterians concerned about recycling plastic bags and one to Santa Barbara County garbage collectors who are now able to collect and recycle plastic grocery bags.

A reader sends a halo to Dian Brens at Shear Delight who designed the reader’s sophisticated new hairstyle.

A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater for a hilarious Valentine’s comedy night and a very well-done play, “In Search of a Long-Term Relationship,” as well.

A reader sends a halo to Kara Camp who, with determination, dedication and love, kept the Curves circuit gym in Carpinteria open for 10 years.

A reader sends a halo to the members of Curves Carpinteria and Cindy Macias, new owner of The Gym Next Door, for banding together to ensure that a 30-minute circuit gym will still be available to Carpinterians.

A reader sends a halo to the CVN staff for the excellent, easy to read, uncluttered new format for the Coastal View News. “Reading and discussing the news in the CVN has always been a highlight of Carpinterians’ Thursday mornings, and now it is an even greater pleasure to find out the ‘latest.’”

A reader sends a halo to the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire District, especially firefighters Scott and Gabe, for leading a class on an interesting and informative tour of the firehouse. “We appreciate what you do for our community.”

A reader sends a halo to her niece, Stacy, because they love each other to the moon and back.

A reader sends a halo to an angel, Rebecca Paul, who recently passed away. “You have left us all with so many great memories, and you will be missed.”

A reader sends a halo to Theresa Smith for being such a good parent to Moo and Cha Cha. “We know it’s tough to take care of an ailing dog. Hang in there.”

A reader sends a halo to Ginger Plum for sharing her artistic talents and helping our class make beautiful Valentines for our friends and family.

A reader sends a halo to Friendship Center for providing van service to Carpinteria.

A reader sends a halo to our wonderful Carpinteria Substation of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, especially to Deputy Isaiah Tchobanoff. “Our car was broken into, and the fast-acting sheriff’s department was able to find our items, including the Valentine’s gifts that were taken.”

A reader sends a halo to Charles, Christina and staff of the Catholic Charities for their friendship and help.
A reader sends a halo to the Plaza Playhouse Theater for a delightful production of “In Search of a Long-Term Relationship.”  “Lots of hard work on the part of everyone involved. Great entertainment.”

A reader sends a halo to Lizzie from Lemos for being so helpful in the reader’s time of need and for being so thoughtful with the doggies.

A reader sends a halo to Jack at the Ark Pet & Supply for personally delivering a heavy sack of pet food to the reader’s house.

A reader sends a halo to Gabby who works at Shepard Place Pharmacy for being such a bright, upbeat person. “I always look forward to seeing your smile.”

A reader sends a halo to everyone at Vons in Carpinteria and the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department for allowing Howard School first-graders to tour both facilities. “They had a blast. Future checkers and firefighters heading your way.”

A reader sends a halo to sheriff’s deputies for solving another case. “Thanks guys, you are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to coach Dan Mercer of Carpinteria High School girls basketball for teaching what team spirit is all about and to the girls basketball team for a well-played season.

A reader sends a halo to T.H. for not bailing on the reader after he got party rolled by the cops. “Your a true friend for not ditching the reader and staying by the reader’s side. We went down together!”

A reader sends a halo to angels who planted flowers in front of the kindergarten classrooms at Aliso School. “Whoever you are, thank you. They look beautiful.”

A reader sends a halo to Kiona Gross at Curious Cup for going above and beyond for friends who are differently abled.  

A reader sends a halo to Claudia H., who for many years has worked through education and support to help those who are hard-of-hearing. “Your efforts have enhanced our lives. Keep on keeping on.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the impatient driver who exited her car to scream profanities among equally inconvenienced parents at a school roundabout. “We’re quite sure Jesus was looking down on you with a smile.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the local condominium homeowners association that voted in a man with a police record who has been complained about many times. “What were you thinking?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to all resident litterbugs.

A reader sends a pitchfork to the lazy bums that shut down the reader’s house gas for days due to the new housing development. “Maybe next time you can notify us first!”

Feb. 16, 2012

A reader sends a halo to the kind gentleman at Beach Motors and Tires for fixing the damaged wheel on an elderly lady’s shopping cart as she passed by. “Chivalry is alive and well in Carpinteria.”

A reader sends a halo to Ms. Smith at Carpinteria High School for being the best teacher a student could ask for.

A reader sends a halo to Ronnie at CVS for phoning the reader and safely keeping bank papers left behind at the checkout counter.

A reader sends a halo to Joe at Costa’s Auto Works for making the reader’s battered and bruised SUV look brand new.

A reader sends a halo to the weed warriors who showed up the last two Saturdays at the 8th Street pedestrian bridge and helped restore the creek bank, and a halo to the neighbors who provided food.
 
A reader sends a halo to Ms. Rief, who made it possible for many students to attend a great Valentine’s Dance at the Elks last weekend. “It was a fabulous night and enjoyed by all.”

A reader sends a halo to Rubi, Chloe, Julimaria and Miranda for their energy, caring and love for our special kids. “It is very much appreciated.”

A reader sends a halo to Elvis for helping lift a couch for the reader’s classroom. “The students love it.” And a halo to Darlene for finding it.

A reader sends a halo to Kangen, Doug, his wife and family for sharing their time and resources with the reader.

A reader sends a halo to Todd, Trista, Seanie and DJ for modeling, by God’s grace, love in action.

A reader sends a halo to the Watershed Stewards and the amazing volunteers who came out to help restore Carpinteria Creek at the 8th Street Pedestrian Bridge. “Thank you all for weeding, planting, support and hard work.”

A reader sends a halo to Ray at Pacific Auto Body for taking such sincere care in restoring the reader’s damaged car. “It’s comforting to know when you’re 86 that everything’s going to be just fine.”

A reader sends a halo to Diane for being a number one friend. “I hope you can be my next door neighbor again someday.”

A reader sends a halo to Bob and Matt for helping the reader rehabilitate a torn ligament in his foot. “You guys rock.”

A reader sends a halo to the Granada family for treating the reader to a favorite Starbucks drink.

A reader sends a halo to Dan Henry for being the best dad ever. “Thank you for everything you have done.”

A reader sends a halo to Jeff Crump for all of his time and hard work with the CHS girls junior varsity soccer team. “Congratulations on winning league.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to whoever stole a bag of donations from the reader’s driveway that was clearly marked “United Family Thrift Shop.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the author of last week’s “Police Beat” for writing “gripping and stroking” to describe a lewd act. “Really?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the angry man at the restaurant who reacted badly to the reader mistaking him for a restaurant employee. “A ‘sorry, I don’t work here’ would have sufficed.”  

A reader sends a pitchfork to the thieves who stole ther reader’s nephew’s scooters while he was playing at Aliso School. “Really? How can you steal from a kid?”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store for its nonexistent customer service. “Is it too much to ask for the service deli to be stocked in the morning or to have enough checkers available to check out the morning rush and evening rush.”

Feb. 9, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Nancy Otto at Casitas Skin Sanctuary for always making her customers feel special and giving them the best facials.

A reader sends a halo to Steve and Becky for hosting an awesome Super Bowl party. “You guys are the best.”

A reader sends a halo to Sam Saenz for being awesome and supporting the reader in everything she does. “You are the best friend ever.”

A reader sends a halo to her mom for being the best mom ever. “Even when you’re sick, you take care of me.”

A reader sends a halo to teachers Ms. Castagna, Ms. McCulley, Ms. Manos and Mr. Sabraw. “You are awesome!”

A reader sends a halo to Leigh Ann Swarm for being Educator of the Year. “Great mom. Great neighbor. Great educator. Congratulations.”

A reader sends a halo to Jack’s Bistro and Famous Bagels for a fabulous behind-the-scenes tour. “Thanks for the warm, yummy bagels and orange juice, too!” 

A reader sends a halo to the people who stopped to help a woman when she tripped at the corner of Linden Avenue and 9th Street during the Farmers Market. “There were so many Carpinterians who stopped to offer help, including an off-duty paramedic. It was very heartening.”

A reader sends a halo to Lisa at CVS for always being cheerful, great at her job and for making the reader feel better.

A reader sends a pitchfork to a parent who purchases alcohol for local high school students. “Responsibility is key to our kids’ future, let’s send the right message.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the drunk lady who dropped the Super Bowl party host’s dog on its head.

Feb. 2, 2012

A reader sends a halo to Carpinteria firefighters and paramedics for their immediate response to the reader’s heart problems and a swift transport to the hospital. “They were efficient and informative and wonderful.”

A reader sends a halo to Will Kellogg at Danny’s Deli for predicting the big solar flare when answering a CVN “Man on the Street” question about what will happen in 2012.

A reader sends a halo to students at Carpinteria High School who dedicate their extra time during lunch and after school to expand their understanding of mathematics. “Your persistence will pay off. Rock on my fellow mathletes!”

A reader sends a halo to Marty Rosales for his heroic Heimlich Maneuver-ing on a choking customer at Carpinteria Barber Shop. “What a guy!”

A reader sends a halo to Vera Bensen for helping the reader find her car keys. “You took a lot of stress out of my night.”

A reader sends a halo to Mrs. Lewandowski at Aliso School for being such a good teacher. “My son has learned a lot this year. Keep up your teaching skills.”

A reader sends a halo to the friendly and helpful people at Chase Bank for all of their help in setting up the reader’s trust.

A reader sends a halo to Paul Ledig for helping his workers become more productive and efficient with their iPhones.

A reader sends a halo to Doreen and Michele at Kinderkirk for taking wonderful care of the reader’s little girl.

A reader sends a halo to the wonderful woman who found the money the reader dropped in the Vons parking lot and came and found the reader. “You don’t know how you saved me!”

A reader sends a halo to the young lady who assisted the reader by pushing his scooter up the incline over the Linden Avenue overpass when the scooter’s battery was draining.

A reader sends a halo to Rosa from Myriad Flowers at the Farmers Market for supplying the reader with the most beautiful wedding flowers.

A reader sends a pitchfork to all boys and men who cheat on their girlfriends. “It really does hurt when we find out from other people.”

A reader sends a pitchfork to a local store for charging four times more for scanning than for copying, which encourages customers to waste paper. “I won’t be back!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to the owner of a convenience store for reprimanding his employee for going above and beyond to help a reader with a Lotto play. “Great customer service; she should be running the place!”

A reader sends a pitchfork to drivers who speed through residential neighborhoods and blow through stop signs where kids are playing. “Think about others.”

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