Peter Clark: A Man That Always Chose to Give Back
By Denice Spangler Adams   |   September 14, 2021

Peter Clark always chose good, and “quietly” did good, never publicly sharing his many good deeds for others. The Montecito Journal’s society tribute to Peter was excellent, however I feel compelled as his decades’ long “jazz mom friend” to add to this exceptional man’s legacy from observations and what he shared over coffee near his […]

Rosemary Phyllis Looney: 1926-2021
By Montecito Journal   |   July 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Rosemary Phyllis Looney after a brief illness. She was born in Norwood, Massachusetts, on December 20, 1926, and passed at home in Carpinteria on June 8, 2021.  She is survived by her daughters Sharyn Plunkett (Richard) and Sheryl Ford of Carpinteria, and Cynthia […]

 

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By Richard Mineards   |   June 10, 2021

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On a Final Note
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