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Michele Buttelman: Happy Halloween to Santa Clarita Valley

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Posted: October 30, 2010 7:20 p.m.
Updated: October 31, 2010 4:30 a.m.

I hope everyone remembered to buy enough candy for all the ghouls and goblins that will be trick-or-treating tonight throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. I don’t know about this delayed return to standard time though — it’s much more fun to trick or treat, early, in the dark. Be careful when you’re driving tonight; the streets are sure to be filled with excited young ones in search of candy.

Wayman Cleaners gives back to the SCV
David Veal, of Newhall, sent me this nice note about a special business giving back to the SCV. “We come across nice things every once in a awhile. Last Wednesday I had breakfast at Cathy’s Deli on Lyons.

When I was leaving, I saw this sign in front of the cleaners — "FREE CLOTHING." I walked over to look and find out the story.

Thinking it just might be unclaimed clothing from the cleaners that they’re getting rid of, I quickly realized by the amount it was more than that. The owner, Mike, told me it was his way of helping the poor, giving back. Customers and others who have heard of his charitable effort bring him clothes — he cleans them and puts them out for people to take. There is no charge. He also has lots of shoes he gives away. Unfortunately, he can no longer clean everything donated because it’s becoming too costly — but he is still accepting laundered clothes and soiled clothing he cleans and adds to the racks as he can.”

Kudos to Mike at Wayman Cleaners, 23120 Lyons Ave. No. 15, Newhall, (661) 259-5847, for making the SCV an even better place to live. It’s the people that make it so special.

Top 51
Salt Creek Grille provided the Top 51 “movers and shakers” of the SCV — as deemed by the SCV Business Journal — a fabulous luncheon Thursday. The event attracted nearly everyone who made the exclusive list as well as hosts from the SCV Business Journal and The Signal. In addition to “51” lapel pins and coffee mugs, guests were treated to lunch and Salt Creek’s signature chocolate souffle dessert, which proved to be a huge hit with the luncheon guests. Kudos to all of SCV’s Top 51.

Let’s Make a Deal
The classic game show “Let’s Make a Deal” will feature Robert Ward, from Santa Clarita. He will be a contestant on the show which airs Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. on KCBS  (Channel 2).

Empowering HeARTS
Single Mothers Outreach will host Empowering HeARTS 2010 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Dianne G. Van Hook University Center Lobby. The cocktail reception will focus on the theme “Women Who Empower Women.” The organizations to be honored include: Association of Women Entrepreneurs, Betty Ferguson Foundation, College of the Canyons, Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley, Power Woman Center, Single Mothers Outreach and Zonta of SCV. SCV writers and photographers will help tell the stories of women who empower women through these organizations. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered at

Learn about Tiburcio Vasquez
Missouri had Jesse James. New Mexico had Billy the Kid. And California in the 1870s had its own Wild West outlaw. Tiburcio Vasquez was regarded by many as a dangerous thief and murderer, but many others idolized him and considered him a Robin Hood of the Wild West. The many faces of the Californian outlaw will be discussed in a new book to be published this fall called “Bandido. The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez”. Author John Boessenecker will discuss his new book and the life of Vasquez before the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at 2 p.m. this Saturday. The talk and a book signing will be held at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction within William S. Hart Park, 24101 Newhall Ave. (formerly San Fernando Road), in Newhall. Boessenecker has appeared frequently as a historical commentator on PBS, The History Channel, A&E, and other television media. The general public is welcome. Admission will be free. For more information on this and other upcoming programs from the SCVHS, call Pat Saletore or Alan Pollack at (661) 254-1275,

Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


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