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SCV Residents Pulling for Hometown Boy in Masterchef Junior

Masterchef Junior Jimmy and 7 Year Old Gianna Gregory

Masterchef Junior Jimmy and Gianna Gregory

Santa Clarita residents are pulling for hometown boy in Masterchef Junior, a Fox Reality TV show. Jimmy Warshawsky of Santa Clarita Valley is currently competing with other young home cooks in an effort to win the title of Masterchef Junior, Season Three! For those new to Santa Clarita or unfamiliar with the TV show, it’s a wonderful family show on Fox. Masterchef Junior star Gordon Ramsey leads a team of three judges as they evaluate the talented young home cooks during difficult cooking challenges. These kids are amazingly gifted, but as the show continues the challenges become extremely difficult. If you don’t believe it, have a look at the most recent episode where the kids had to work as restaurant cooks for a night! OMG, it was really something to see! We’re happy to report, our Jimmy is still in contention with two episodes left, and we’re all pulling for him to bring the title home to Santa Clarita.

Learn more about Masterchef Junior Jimmy at his Facebook Page, The Chef Jimmy

It’s important to note, regardless of how the competition ends, Jimmy is already considered a huge winner because he’s unselfish and such a positive role model for the youth of Santa Clarita. Also, he’s just one of those great hometown kids the entire Santa Clarita community rally behind and be proud of! He’s lucky to have such a supportive mom and according to the teachers at Gregory Family Child Care of Valencia, she is an amazing woman! Lisa has much to be thankful for, but here at SCVLive we want her to know we are especially proud of her! Raising children is never a simple task and as evidenced by Jimmy, it’s obvious Lisa is doing a stellar job of it!

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Jimmy uses his own recipe for making crepes

Just this week Santa Clarita’s leading Velata Independent Director and child care provider Mary Gregory had a chance to meet Jimmy and his mom, Lisa Warshawsky. They were kind enough to stop in for a visit at Gregory Family Child Care and Jimmy spent some time with the children. He also shared a yummy batch of his delicious home made Palmers. Thankfully, there were two left for me and I ate them both when I arrived home from work! According to Mary, “Jimmy is an amazing young teen and truly an inspiration to other young home cooks here in SCV.”

Master Chef Junior Jimmy's Mom Lisa Warshawsky

Mary Gregory and Lisa Warshawsky

Mary Gregory actually friended Jimmy and his mom Lisa after she discovered we had a hometown boy on Masterchef Junior. It turns out, the three of them discovered they have a common interest in seeing friends and families spend more time together while cooking and eating delicious meals. Since Mary shares and sells a line of family friendly kitchen systems by Velata, she was also able to share some of her products with Lisa and Jimmy. As shown in the photo, Jimmy already tried out the super simple crepe maker and apparently it worked great!

It’s always such fun to see a local youngster like Jimmy advance and succeed in any competition, especially when participating in something they are passionate about. It’s also encouraging to see parents like Lisa committed to supporting their children and providing them the opportunities to discover their passions and develop their skills. We wish the best of luck to Masterchef Junior Jimmy, and remember, us Santa Clarita residents are pulling for our hometown Boy in Masterchef Junior.

Santa Clarita Taste of the Chamber 2014

This year’s Santa Clarita Taste of the Chamber was another well organized event and a great time for vendors and attendees alike! The Taste of the Town event for this year was a little different than in years past and by all appearances, a huge success! Instead of housing all the various vendors in one building as in the past, this year vendors were spread out from the Hyatt Hotel and to the east along Town Center Drive. Each Taste of the Chamber vendor was paired up with a brick and mortar shop or business located on Town Center Drive.


See More Velata Quick Sweet Snack RecipesAs an example, with the new Taste of the Chamber pairing theme, Velata Independent Director Mary Gregory was paired with Diane of 56 FIFTY-SIX Clothing. Diane was stamping each attendee’s raffle tickets while Mary was greeting visitors and handing out yummy chocolate treats. Velata is a Scentsy Family direct sales business offering personalized service with family friendly home kitchen systems. FIFTY-SIX Clothing is a contemporary woman’s clothing store, offering personalized service and name brand clothing such as Velvet, Sky, Level 99, and JOIE! After meeting and working with Diane we can personally recommend her and her store for our fashion minded women in Santa Clarita. Keep an eye out on the SCVLive blog of Santa Clarita for an upcoming featured post and learn more about FIFTY-SIX Clothing.

See below the activities for the Santa Clarita Taste of the Chamber 2014

  • Taste of the Chamber attendees’s started the event at the Valencia Hyatt Hotel
  • Then, from about 6:oopm to 8:00pm the attendee’s walked up Town Center Drive to visit the various stores or businesses
  • While at each business the attendees received a food or dessert snack and had an opportunity to visit and network with each vendor and business operator
  • while at each establishment the attendee’s had their tickets stamped
  • At around 8:00pm everyone returned to the Hyatt Hotel for the big raffle and more fun and games
  • In order to be eligible for the raffle the each attendee had to show proof they stopped in at every shop and present their stamped ticket

We visited a few of the establishments ourselves and the giveaways were real tasty! Johnny Rocket’s was giving away 1/4 sliced burgers and a few other goodies. Mary Gregory was handing out Popcorn Confetti along with the Velata recipe cards. Another favorite treat were the delicious mini cupcakes found at the Glen Ivy Spa.

The new theme for this years Taste of the Chamber was a unique idea and accomplished the end goal of providing a venue and encouraging business owners and operators to mix, mingle and network. After all, that’s what our Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce is all about! As Mary Gregory said, “The Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce continues to provide a wonderful networking platform, but it’s up to each member to take advantage of the opportunity to make new business connections and lasting relationships.”

If you are a new business to Santa Clarita and interested in joining the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce visit, their website here!

No More HOA Fines for Dying Vegetation During Drought

According to an article written by Hector Gonzalez and published in the Signal newspaper, our local government and homeowner associations can no longer impose fines on residents for dying vegetation during the drought. This measure was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown and goes into effect beginning Monday, August 4, 2014. It applies to all local HOA’s in Santa Clarita Valley and all of California! As long as we’re in this declared emergency drought condition, the measure will continue to stay in effect! Residents living in HOA neighborhoods must still keep the outside of their homes maintained as always, but if the grass and shrubs start dying, residents cannot be penalized.

Although the new measures and regulations are absolutely necessary, none of us want to see our lawns and gardens die. It will be a sad day for us all when we return home from a long day at work only see all our landscaping dead from lack of water. We’re not saying that’s going to happen, but it could. This drought is serious business and if it continues, so must we reduce our water consumption. If that eventually results in dead lawns and shrubs, so be it. Here’s an interesting way to grow a garden without using near as much water. To check out this Aquaponics solution Click Here!.

Looking Back Drought Related Actions

  • As we previously reported, the State of California requested residents to voluntarily cut back their water use by 20% beginning in May of 2014.
  • Unfortunately, residents responded by using 1% more water than was used in May of 2014! Obviously us residents didn’t take the request seriously.
  • Responding to resident complaints, Governor Brown had to apply some real pressure in the way of penalties for wasting water.
  • Some Residents complained their water saving efforts were hampered by their HOA’s by fining them for dying lawns and shrubs.
  • As written in this post, Governor Brown signs measure preventing HOA’s and Local Government from fining residents for dying lawns and shrubs.

As we’ve previously posted, this is the worst drought in California in more than 40 years and it has reached emergency proportions. Unfortunately, we’re also smack in the middle of another very hot southern California summer, but then, when it’s comes to a serious drought, the timing is never good! No one can accurately predict the future, but I’d bet my green lawn the drought is going to get worse before it gets better, so we all better start doing our part by  saving water before there’s none left!

Water Saving Challenge

On behalf of SCVLive.com, I challenge residents to cut back on their water by 50%, instead of the 20% our government is shooting for. Personally, I’m cutting my irrigation water in half, and if things turn brown, too bad! At least I know my HOA can’t penalize me and I’d rather be drinking water myself than watering my plants.

We hope you found this article helpful and we invite comments to hear of what you are doing to save water. Please comment below about this article, No More HOA Fines for Dying Vegetation During Drought.

Colossus Roller Coaster and Elephant Bar Closing in SCV

Wow, residents in communities throughout Santa Clarita were surprised and somewhat saddened to hear of a couple of closings set to occur. First, Magic Mountain announced they will be closing the famous Colossus Roller Coaster, and a few days later we heard the Elephant Bar restaurant will be closing their doors! There are also some rumors floating around about another long time restaurant which may be closing, but without confirmation, we’ll have to keep that one to ourselves.

The Colossus, a huge wood framed roller coaster has always been a Six Flags crowd favorite, but we suppose all good things must eventually come to an end! The SignalSCV.com reports, the close date will be August 16th, so make sure to visit the park if you want to take a last ride. To learn more about this closing have a look at this news article by Mitch Hacker of the Signal.

If you’re new or planning to relocate to Santa Clarita, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the primary amusement park attraction for those visiting the city. We have no doubt the park will replace the old wooden coaster with a new attraction, maybe even more thrilling than Colossus. Still, we’ll all miss the giant coaster and once removed, the western skyline of Santa Clarita will change forever!

Popular Valencia Restaurant Closing – Elephant Bar

The announcement of the Elephant Bar closing is surprising to everyone, including the restaurant staff! As long time customers, we have seen no sign of any decline and it appeared there were plenty of customers. Valencia is known for it’s dining and we do have a number of restaurants in the area. It’s likely the newer eateries such as those at the Patios, did hurt business. Still, the Elephant Bar was an outstanding restaurant, delivering a great menu of dishes and friendly service at a very reasonable price. Diners have a tough time finding a similar menu and prices at the anywhere else in SCV! To learn more, have another look at the Signal article by Jana Adkins.

Though we’re sad to hear of these two closings, most residents here really do embrace change and most can’t wait to see what the future will bring. Our City of Santa Clarita is a wonderful place to call home, and becomes more popular everyday!

We hope you enjoyed learning about the, Colossus Roller Coaster and Elephant Bar closing in SCV, and your comments are welcome!