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Inspired by the chic country cobblestone streets of the famous Beatles CD cover, Abbey Lane Cafe in Stevenson Ranch shared its quaint culinary secrets with its ravenous neighbors on April 11. The charming cafe served delicious complimentary tappas from its menu, featuring miniature meals like spicy chicken black bean tostadas, bite-sized panini sandwiches and mouth watering pastries.
Mothers and daughters. Mothers and sons. Both are special relationships and each come with the joys and challenges of child rearing. Are girls more demanding than boys? Is it better for the child if you stay at home or go to work? Breast or bottle? Cloth or disposable?
The early days of Henry Mayo Newhall ventures in California focused mainly on ranching. Farming required extensive irrigation and capital and while Newhall had the means to start farming, it simply wasn't economical. Money was made through raising horses and cattle for market in San Francisco. As times grew tougher after the death of Henry, the company began to look at alternative sources of revenue to keep the company afloat. It was in this context that oil and water surveys began to look at future potential.
It's that time of year again: flowers are blooming, birds are singing and contractor scammers are out in force. We all have a list of things we would like done to our homes to improve them in one way or another. So how do you sift your way through all the contractors out there to find the right one? I'd like to tell you that all contractors are good at heart and only focused on improving your home, but unfortunately that is not the case.
Improvements to your home can be a costly venture. If you are doing it yourself or using an outside contractor, knowing which financing method to use can save you money. In order to make the right decision, here are some questions you should ask yourself: How long is it going to take to do the entire job? What will the total cost be? Do I need money for other home improvements in the near future?
Rancho San Francisco lay right in line between the growing metropolises of San Francisco and Los Angeles. In the mid-1870s, a rail spur was constructed by the Southern Pacific Railroad, bridging the gap. Two routes were proposed, one south along the coast, but this proved to be overly expensive compared with the flat course through the Central Valley and Mojave Desert before entering Soledad Canyon and what would become Newhall Tunnel.
While most of the businesses in this country are considered "mom and pop" in one way or another, the tragic fact is that the vast majority of them (some estimates are as high as 80 percent) go out of business within their first five years.
They could be your neighbor or the volunteer coach for your kid's soccer team. These are the hardworking individuals who are up early taking inventory, assisting customers throughout the day or working well into the night. There is no clock to punch in or out, but the job is with them 24/7.
In the middle of the 19th century, railroads were just coming of age in America. Prior to this transition, the voyage west involved a several month journey sailing to Panama, then included a hike across the isthmus before sailing north once again. It's no surprise, then, that the advent of rail transportation meant huge changes for both people and their commerce.
Spring cleaning is an American tradition. There is something about the warmer weather that makes us want to fling open the windows, air out the closets, beat the rugs and polish the silver. But what about our finances? Wouldn't spring be a good time to organize and sort them out, too?
Besides a gold discovery here and an oil drilling there, there is more to Santa Clarita than a collection of historical locations. Over the next several months, I'll be recounting some of the people and events that have shaped this valley. It can be argued that the Newhall family, particularly patriarch Henry Mayo Newhall, had the most influence over how Santa Clarita is viewed today.
How often do we complain about the cost of our auto insurance? It seems that there is always an advertisement on TV featuring a reptile, a cowboy or just a "happy family" sharing how their new car insurance is the cheapest.
How quickly they grow, these little ones in our life that we love. They give us so much, they fulfill us in ways we never thought possible. They start out so small and as they grow we reevaluate how we feel about life, wondering if things will ever return to "normal." Of course, I'm talking about our credit card balances.
Give 'til it hurts? OK, stop! It hurts! Hurricane Katrina and Rita, a historic earthquake in Pakistan, even a tsunami of biblical proportions... And now the holidays are here? Is my watch fast? The holidays are a deep conspiracy, designed to rock us back and forth into a sublime sense of our year, without a care for ourselves. Every month has a holiday (yes, check it out) and I will swear there is intelligent design at work here.
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