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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

Baseball notebook: Hector Lujan has breakout season out of bullpen for Cedar Rapids Kernels

His cutter has gotten better, as has his ability to command it. But Hector Lujan says the biggest reason for his breakout season has been an improvement between the ears.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher could very well be the next guy to get a promotion to high-Class A Fort Myers. There have been nine of them this summer. … Lujan, 22, was a 35th-round draft pick of the parent Minnesota Twins in 2015 out of Division II Westmont College in California. He began his college career at D-I California-Santa Barbara before transferring. more

SANTA BARBARA STAR PARTIES

Summer is the prime time for a Santa Barbara star party. The nights are usually cool and pleasant, and the skies are often clear and steady. The friendly amateur astronomers of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit hold numerous public events where you can indulge your need for a deeper look into the Universe. Unless otherwise noted, all of these events are free. … On the third Friday of every month, it’s time for the Public Telescope Night at the Keck Observatory, at the Westmont College campus, next to the baseball field. more

Linda Ann Lindberg 1943 – 2017

Linda Anne Lindberg, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in Santa Barbara on July 14, 2017, at the age of 74. In the words of one of her granddaughters: “She taught me so much about the love of Jesus and will always be my best example of how God redeems brokenness and makes it beautiful.” Linda was born in New York City on June 20, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Raney. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, and from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1965. more

ART REVIEW: Modernism in the 805 exhibit offers a sketch-style survey of the abstract and Modernist artists who worked and taught Locally in the last half of the 20th century

‘How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990’

When: through August 5

Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd.

What could have traditionally been a dark downtime on the calendar at the Westmont Museum of Art has instead turned up one of the more fascinating and regionally revealing exhibitions of the year in town, in the form of the pop-up exhibition “How Modernism Came to Santa Barbara: 1945-1990.” For anyone who has observed the Santa Barbara art scene over the past few decades, the show is something of a kaleidoscopic déj. . . vu machine, making connections and plotting historical echoes and mapping of artists whose work has helped make Santa Barbara art what it is. more

Dr. Dennis Cope

Dr. Dennis Cope passed away on June 27, 2017 at home in Simi Valley, California in the arms of his wife and daughters. He had struggled with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. … He transferred to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where he met his future wife (Mary Jean Cook) and became student body president. more

Obituary of Steven Robert Jackson

Steven Robert Jackson went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2017, following a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer. A private celebration of life will be held in the fall. … He was born on February 17, 1957 in Sacramento to Harry and Lorna Jackson. He grew up in Burbank and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara in 1979. He spent most of his career working in information technology, retiring from 20 years with the Sacramento Police Department in 2015. He loved cycling, running and doing anything outdoors with his family. more

Linda Anne Lindberg, 1943-2017

Linda Anne Lindberg, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away in Santa Barbara on July 14, 2017, at the age of 74. … Linda was born in New York City on June 20, 1943, the daughter of Donald and Barbara Raney. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, CA, and from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning a B.A. degree in sociology in 1965. more

Baseball notebook: Monty homers; 2 from Hart make Area Code Games

2 from Hart head to Area Code games

The deck appeared to be stacked against Hart High’s Bryce Collins, who, along with teammate Cole Roederer, received word Wednesday they’d made the Brewers Area Code Games team.

Collins, a rising senior who pitched better and better as last season went along, felt sick the day before his Area Code tryout at Westmont College in Santa Barbara earlier this month. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Local pickleball players shine at Simi

ACADEMIC AWARDS

WESTMONT TEAMS HONORED

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has cited 10 of Westmont College’s 12 athletic programs as NAIA Scholar Teams. To earn the designation, a team must have a combined grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the past school year. more

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