Coastal View News

Keith Julius Puccinelli

The extraordinary artist and designer, Keith Puccinelli, age 67, of Santa Barbara, Calif., died unexpectedly on the evening of Sept. 18, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He had collapsed at home and did not recover. …  His work is included in numerous private collections as well as public collections such as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Berkus Collection. In 2010 FOTA, Focus on the Masters in Ventura, California, documented his artistic life. more

New supe focuses on classrooms and community

Superintendent Diana Rigby always wanted to get back to Carpinteria. The longtime educator lived in Carpinteria from 1986 to 2003 before returning to Massachusetts, where she’d grown up, to care for family. She pledged to come back to Carpinteria within three years. After 14 years in Massachusetts, where she presided over the 3,300-student Concord Public Schools and Regional School District as superintendent, she successfully landed the position of Carpinteria Unified School District superintendent. … She taught special education instruction at Westmont College and worked as an administrator in the areas of professional development, instruction assessment and curriculum in Ventura County. more

CUSD students visit Westmont College

The Carpinteria Unified School District After School Program Leadership Councils visited Westmont College on Feb. 6 to tour the campus. Students from Carpinteria had an opportunity to ask first-generation college students from Westmont’s Liberal Arts Ambassadors Program about their school experiences and goals. more

Jr. Carpinterian of the Year finalists unveiled

On Jan. 24, three qualified Junior Carpinterian of the Year finalists will by whittled down to a single winner. The three Carpinteria High School students in the running – Jonathan Cleek, Adriana Morales, and Gabriel Zapien-Ybarra – all boast resumes beyond their years and are leading the Class of 2015 by example. …His top choices for college are Stanford, Harvard and Westmont, and his list of extra-curricular activities is as well-rounded as they come. more

Redeemer church revs up athletic programs

The fast pace of outdoor summer days will soon feel the brakes of the school year and the desks and classrooms that come with it. Fortunately, many active options are available when the school bell rings for kids needing to shake out some energy after school….Soccer, baseball, and volleyball summer camps instructed by Westmont College athletes were well attended. more 


Our guest speaker is Gregg Spencer, Westmont College more

Engagement: Trudell – Newton

Laura Trudelle and Jesse David Newton are engaged to be married this August. Laura is the daughter of Paul and Sylvia Trudelle of Portola Valley, Calif., and Jesse is the son of New Wave Dave and Kim Newton of Carpinteria. The couple, who met at Westmont College, plans to settle in Santa Barbara, where Trudelle teaches math and Newton works in sales. more

Sweating through summer: Carpinteria’s Matt Organista to try his triathlon skills in London

Matt Organista has gone from a competitor in Carpinteria Hiigh School sports to a hopeful for thiis September’s Triathlon Age Group World Championships in London. Along the way, the 23-year-old has mixed in some track and cross country competitions at Santa Barbara City College and Westmont College-where he ran a 25:22 cross country 5-miler. more

Reaching for the Stars: CHS Sends 42 Seniors to Universities

For years Coastal View News has watched and recorded the successes of the Carpinteria High School seniors pictured here. … “The on-campus feel seemed more ‘alive,’ and it being a Christian school had a huge influence.” – Elena Schneider, Westmont College. more

Benefits cap earns failing grade

My career with Carpinteria Unified School District began in 1976 as a kindergartner and has come full circle as I know teach kindergarten and first grade here in Carpinteria,. I consider it a privilege to serve the community that made me who I am. Some of the teachers who taught me have become valued colleagues. I attended college at UCSB and Westmont through the help of letters of recommendation written by trusted advisors such as Lou Panizzon and Casey Roberts. more

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