It’s for the Birds
By Richard Mineards   |   April 1, 2021

Santa Barbara’s Wildlife Care Network has just broken ground on its new state-of-the-art $6 million, 5,400-square-foot hospital in the Goleta foothills. “It will allow us a greater capability to save and serve thousands of wild lives,” says Ariana Katovich, executive director. “Current conditions have staff working out of old, meager facilities. Diets are prepared in […]

Montecito Community Leader Dan Eidelson Dies
By J'Amy Brown   |   February 25, 2021

If you’ve spent any time in Montecito, it’s a good bet Dan Eidelson’s community involvement efforts touched you. The long-time Montecito resident and prominent community leader died peacefully at his home on January 10, 2021 of non-COVID related causes. He was 89 years old.  During his 35 years residing in Montecito, Eidelson was repeatedly drafted […]

 

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By Richard Mineards   |   February 11, 2021

On a personal note, I mark the passing of Kellam de Forest, who has died of COVID-19 at the age of 95. I was lucky enough to meet the noted historic preservationist, son of Santa Barbara landscape architect Lockwood and his horticulturalist wife Elizabeth de Forest. Kellam, who initially used a walker, but progressed to […]

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By Montecito Journal   |   February 4, 2021

1936-2020 Immigrant daughter from humble beginnings internalized her family’s “Lessons to Live By” and became a community hero by dedicating her life to serving people in crisis Unity Shoppe lost our matriarch and founder, Barbara Tellefson, after a brief bout with an aggressive illness. She was 84. Barbara’s singular focus and half-century of devotion to […]

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By Richard Mineards   |   January 21, 2021

On a personal note, I remember Albert Roux, the French-born chef whose London eatery, La Gavroche, was the first in Britain to earn three Michelin stars, who has died aged 85. Albert and his brother, Michel, who moved to more heavenly pastures last year, opened their restaurant, named after a character in Victor Hugo’s novel […]

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By Montecito Journal   |   January 14, 2021

Dr. Mohamed Samir “Sam” Amer died at his second home in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on December 21, 2020. He was 85. Born in Tanta, Egypt, to Mohamed Mohamed Amer and Zeinab Hussein Saad Amer, Sam came to the U.S. in 1958 as a Fulbright scholar to study pharmacology at the University of Illinois at […]

Remembering John le Carré
By Richard Mineards   |   December 31, 2020

On a personal note, I mark the passing of the prolific author John le Carré, who has died at his home in Cornwall aged 89. For six decades his 25 gripping thrillers dominated the bestseller lists and review pages using his pseudonym, although his real name was David Cornwell. His enormous body of work goes […]

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Remembering Barbara Tellefson
By Montecito Journal   |   December 17, 2020

Pound for pound, or rather inch for inch, it’s doubtful that Santa Barbara has ever had a more hardworking, tireless, dedicated, and effective advocate for the underprivileged than Barbara Tellefson. The founder and president of Santa Barbara’s Unity Shoppe, who passed away at 84 on November 22, was an undeniable dynamo whose stature and influence […]

In Passing: Joyce Enright, July 16, 1949 – July 30, 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   November 5, 2020

Joyce Enright lived her life with such love, generosity, and grace. Her strong relationship to the Lord impacted and influenced her family and friends to understand the best is yet to come, “for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). She was a best friend to so many. We had the best mom in the […]

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In Passing: Paul F. Glenn, 1930 – 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   October 29, 2020

Paul F. Glenn was well known among commodity traders and medical researchers. He deftly handled the double-edged sword of long and short positions in volatile commodities markets, which enabled him to reach another of his goals beyond financial success: philanthropy in medical research. Paul Foss Glenn was born and raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He was […]

In Passing: Margaret Jane Dyruff, December 27, 1927 – October 7, 2020
By Montecito Journal   |   October 29, 2020

Margaret Jane Dyruff (née Stivers), age 92, died peacefully of natural causes at home on October 7. She was born on December 27, 1927, in Ripley, Ohio to the late AJ Stivers II and Eliese Bambach Stivers. “Baby Jane” was the middle of five children, and was an active 4-H member and Girl Scout camper.  […]

In Passing: Jon Michael Vreeland, July 13, 1979 – September 15, 2020
By Alycia Vreeland   |   October 29, 2020

Jon Michael Vreeland, a poet, author, and journalist, died at the age of 41 in Santa Barbara. Jon was born in Huntington Beach on July 13, 1979 to two loving parents, his mom Alyson Vreeland and his dad Jon Vreeland.  Jon is the author of The Taste of Cigarettes: A Memoir of a Heroin Addict and […]

In Passing: Judy Pearce
By Hattie Beresford   |   October 21, 2020

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In Passing: Alan Kozlowski – 1948-2020
By Montecito Journal   |   September 24, 2020

Alan Kozlowski passed away peacefully the morning of September 17 with loved ones by his side. Alan lived a most extraordinary life. Born in Hayward, California in 1948, Alan grew up in the Bay Area spending many of his early days on the streets of Haight-Ashbury. Although he eventually created a multi-million-dollar Hollywood post-production company […]

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