Santa Barbara Independent

In Memoriam: Silvio Dante DiLoreto, 1925-2017 Santa Barbara Businessperson, Mentor, Philanthropist

Silvio Dante DiLoreto died peacefully in the company of family on March 17, 2017, at age 91. He had been an active member of the Santa Barbara community for 61 years. … He also worked with the March of Dimes, Project Concern, and Direct Relief International. He supported the Community Prayer Breakfast, SBCC Culinary Arts, S.B.Scholarship Foundation, Westmont College, Museum of Natural History, S.B. Maritime Museum (where he was a docent), Cottage Hospital, Sansum, Prime Time Band, American Institute of Food and Wine, and Alpha Resource Center. more

Closing Schools and Moving Finals Due to Thomas Fire A Look at Our Education System’s Response to the Wildfire

A steady progression of setbacks to normal operating procedures culminated on December 10 as Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka closed classes districtwide until January. … President Gayle Beebe said Westmont College’s wildfire emergency plan predates the 2008 Tea Fire, which destroyed eight buildings and 15 faculty homes as 1,000 students sheltered in place inside Murchison Gymnasium. Members of the college’s grounds crew are trained volunteer firefighters, equipped with a 2,400-gallon water tanker truck and a smaller vehicle toting 350 gallons. more

Firefighters Focused on Defending Carpinteria from Thomas Fire on Monday Over 6,000 Fire Personnel Fight On; Voluntary Evacuations Stretch to Highway 154

As the western edge of the Thomas Fire, now about 2 miles to the northeast of Toro Canyon Park, continues to spread to the west, fire crews will begin using Westmont’s campus as a staging ground for operations in the Montecito foothills, according to Westmont College Manager of Media Relations Scott Craig. About 500 firefighters and 100 engines will cycle through the campus as strike teams are assigned to defend structures throughout Montecito, north of Highway 192. more

The S.B. Questionnaire: John Blondell

“I’m interested in the process of turning on the lightbulb in students’ minds, of turning students to a state of awareness,” says John Blondell, the chair of theater arts at Westmont College. “Their confidence is growing. Their intentions are refined.” more

The Sport of Giving Thanks

It’s not just this week, but daily or monthly, I feel gratitude about many things. The sun rising and setting over the Pacific, full moons, low tides when you can walk as far as you want along the shoreline. … Scandal-free college athletics. Knock on hardwood, but UCSB and Westmont have been promoting true student athletes, otherwise known as four-and-done players. more 

In Memoriam: Keith Julius Puccinelli, 1950-2017

Keith Puccinelli had a term to describe the essential quality of his work, no matter if it was his artwork or his design: It has Puccinality. Whatever he did had his unique being embedded in it. … His work is included in numerous private collections as well as area 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 FOTM, Focus on the Masters in Ventura, California, documented his artistic life. more

The Irresistible Elena

Theatergoers might recognize Indy intern Elena White from her recent portrayal of Arturo Ui in Westmont College’s eponymous The Resistible Rise of. Or maybe not. The cross-gender portrayal of a Chicago mobster placed Elena in clownface as she and her fellow theater majors stepped through Bertolt Brecht’s dark play. more

From Good to Great with the UCSB BFA Program in Theater

It’s Monday night, and often that means one thing to people who work in theater ​— ​time for tech rehearsal. At 6:30 p.m., Irwin Appel, professor of theater and director of the Actor Training Program at UCSB, heads to the school’s black-box Performing Arts Theater to direct Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. … The practice of blending students with faculty members and professionals is something that John Blondell has been doing for years with his Westmont actors and the Lit Moon Theatre company, but now that UCSB is in on it, Santa Barbara’s theater scene has gotten exponentially more interesting. more

11/3-11/4: College Women’s Volleyball

In their final home matches of the season, the nationally ranked Warriors will try to extend their 28-match winning streak in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Junior middle blocker Libby Dahlberg’s attack percentage of .426 leads the GSAC and ranks third in the NAIA. Four seniors will be honored at Friday night’s game. After the Saturday match against Menlo, Westmont will be the top-seeded team in the conference tournament at The Master’s University. more

Behind the Wheel with Driving2Save

California’s newest gas tax kicked in on November 1, raising pump prices by 12 and 20 cents per gallon for unleaded and diesel, respectively. … “We’ve done all the research so that consumers can make better decisions,” said Westmont College alum Erin Erickson, the company’s executive editor. more

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