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The holiday season seems to be lasting longer and longer each year. It used to be that Halloween would come and go and then a couple of weeks would pass before the Thanksgiving decorations and turkeys would flood our local stores and shopping malls. Now, holiday seasons overlap and sections of stores that used to be dedicated to seasonal items are now split in two in order to accommodate the expanded service to their customers. This helps us remember the season, right? Other ways that we remember the seasons are with family pictures, gifts and of course our credit card statements. If you haven't completed all of your purchases yet and are contemplating "how" to buy the next gift (even if it is for yourself), not "what" to buy, here are a few tips that can make the next few statements, I mean months, easier.
Mac's Project, Inc. has announced its "Recycle for Life" program and the collection of aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers. Proceeds from recycling efforts will raise money to benefit area children being treated at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and their families. By donating your recyclable beverage containers to the program, businesses are not only donating for the benefit of our area children but are doing something about our environment and helping to keep California beautiful.
Saje Natural Wellness is now located inside the Valencia Town Center Mall on the second level across from Macy's. Saje's side-effect free wellness line features a wide range of chemical-free, drug-free, preservative-free wellness remedies for everything from headaches and back pain to allergies and stress reduction. For more information call 799-7722.
Well, it is that time of year again. The holidays are upon us. You may be asking yourself, "How did they get here so soon? What am I going to get everyone? Have I even finished paying for last year?" This time of year can be terrific. Great food; family; work parties; silly, but cute, kids programs at school. All of these can be very exciting and can help to make the season a joyful time of traditions and memories. But this can also be a very stressful time. You may ask yourself, "What great food am I going to make? What family is coming for dinner? Are Uncle Joe and Aunt Sally still not talking?
The top retailers of food, fashion & design are hosting a special trendsetting event at SCV Design Center on November 3. This collaborative event will feature demonstrations, a fashion show, fabulous food and specialty merchandise. The VIP list is now forming since space is limited; call Just Us Girls at 259-7157 or Madalian at 799-7983 for more information.
Here's a holiday riddle for you: What's big, plump, more than you'll ever be able to handle and requires a lot of work to get rid of when the holidays are over? No, it's not Aunt Posey's deep-fried Butterball, lovingly boiled in refreshing peanut oil (although this is a vivid guess). It's that plastic in your wallet or purse calling to you to buy something else, right now - before the rush begins. It's probably calling to you like some demonic clown from a Stephen King straight-to-DVD special that you wished you hadn't wasted an hour of your life on. The sad tale of your credit card bill doesn't end well, either.
Cobblestone Cottages' Brighton Handbag Trade-in event allowed customers to bring in a handbag for donation and receive a bonus towards the purchase of a Brighton handbag. Over 100 handbags were donated and then given to the Assistance League's Take Two Thrift store, which runs Operation School Bell, which helps grade school students with their school supply and related needs.
In the future, people will be highly dependent on personal and retirement savings programs to get through retirement. The guaranteed benefits of old-style pension plans are almost a thing of the past. Interest rates and stock market returns have been inconsistent recently and have no clear direction for the near future. Finally, Social Security only provides a subsistence level benefit.
Your business is up and running and you have a loyal customer base, but how do you get to the next level? Or you are a new business owner and you would like to let the community know what you have to offer. Competition is tough in the Santa Clarita Valley, but because of our small town status, getting to the next level may be as easy as reaching out to the community, volunteering or joining a networking group.
Arrive early. If you are there before the mass of the group, you are assured the maximum opportunity to meet everyone. Arrive with a goal in mind. Before the meeting, set a goal for yourself for that day, and then achieve it. Don't arrive at the meeting feeling lackadaisical or unfocused. Take some time to get yourself focused before the meeting. Make sure you have writing materials and plenty of business cards and/or brochures. Make sure you have a purse or briefcase to deposit the materials and business cards that you will accumulate.
While for years Newhall Ranch had been a vast expanse of nothingness save the occasional head of cattle or the newly drilled oil derrick, by the 1950s, tracts of homes began sprouting throughout the valley. Town centers in Newhall and Saugus were already established along the rail line. All the main north-south water, gas and electricity lines passed through Santa Clarita on their way south. With the expansion of Highway 99 into Interstate 5, Santa Clarita was connected with all of Southern California. The Santa Clarita Valley and all Newhall Land's holdings within it were truly prime for a residential real estate boom.
I recently experienced a pair of SCV moments I now believe must be inherent to anyone who lives more than few years in the Santa Clarita Valley. The first occurred while I was at the mall with my wife and two young daughters. By my rights, it should have been the kind of satisfying moment a husband and father works for. Flush from the pleasure of a Saturday afternoon at the movies, the four of us weaved through the crowded plaza in front of Borders Books, eager to punctuate a fine day with a meal out.
Attention all police officers, firefighters and teachers: How would you like to live on 50 percent of what you live on now? While the state of your current pension plans appear to have improved, it was only a few years ago there was talk of fixing them through targeted reforms or replacing them with 401-k's. Why was there talk of reform? For three reasons that are still being felt today.
Advantage Tile Stone Design celebrated their grand opening on July 25. The business is located on the corner of Newhall Ranch Road and Copperhill Drive/Rye Canyon. Chamber of Commerce representatives joined the Gragg family for the festivities. Aimee, the family's youngest daughter, is shown here cutting the ribbon, along with her brother, Douglas.
By the late 1930s, much of the nation was still in the grips of the Great Depression. On the international front, World War II loomed. In short, this was a hardly a time to rejoice, but the owners, stockholders and staff of the Newhall Land and Farming Company did have much to celebrate. After their own battle with in the midst of the Depression, the company had emerged financially sound thanks in large part to the discovery of oil all around the valley. With reserved jubilation, the board of directors set about to reinvest these profits, ensuring a continual cycle of revenue knowing that the windfall could be short lived.
"Crash!" Peering through the window I see, and hear, that the new neighbors are putting out their trash cans for the day's regularly scheduled trash pick up. In the distance are the rumbling sounds of Jim's pick-up approaching the neighborhood. As usual, he is right on schedule for his 5:30 a.m. arrival to his home across the street.
Over the last several years, your city has spent nearly $7 million fighting the siting of a proposed mega-mining project in our valley by the Mexican-owned Cemex Corporation. It is hard to believe, but a giant gravel mine with its 16-hour-a-day blasting, 1,200 truck-trips a day, noise, dust and pollution is the plan for our beautiful community by the international Cemex Corporation.
I know, I know. Summer is here and it is time for a break. As if you didn't have enough to think about - your family, your job, vacations, your finances - here's one more item to add to your to-do list: Teach your kids about money. Why? Because the earlier you start, the sooner your kids will be able to understand important financial concepts that will affect their roles as future employers or employees. Consider this too: If you don't get it together financially, it may be your kids that will take care of you in your old age.
As Galpin Motors celebrates 60 years of serving Southern California from its base in the San Fernando Valley, the multi-franchise, world-renowned automobile enterprise continues to expand, according to Bert Boeckmann, owner-president. Galpin of Santa Clarita, located in Valencia, has just been enlarged with 1,700 additional square feet, including a new showroom to display Galpin's Lincoln, Mercury, Mazda and Volvo lines.
As the nation entered the grips of the Great Depression in 1933, the Newhall Land and Farming Company had already been through the cycle of misery. Late that year, though, the company was again turning a profit under the leadership of Atholl McBean and Stanford graduate James Finch. As profits improved through farming, the company began to experiment with alternative means of revenue.
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