Hardware CASITAS PLAZA CARPINTERIA 1024 CASITAS PASS RD • 684-2100 $5 OFF youR PuRChASe of $10 oR moRe WITh ThIS AD - Nov. 1, 2, 3 oNly exCluDeS SAle ITemS. NoT vAlID WITh oTheR offeRS. lImITeD To SToCk oN hAND. lImIT oNe CouPoN PeR CuSTomeR. Teen seriously injured in wreck SHIRLEY KIMBERLIN Everything I list turns to SOLD! 805-886-0228 email@example.com This week’s listings on the back page Happy Halloween Violent crash leaves many fuzzy details for investigators By PeTer Dugré Heart-wrenching emotion gave way to relief that Carpinteria High School senior Jonathan Esqueda’s condition was improving following an Oct. 26 car accident described as “extremely violent” by Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jim Rampton. Esqueda, the sole occupant CORnERSTOnE of his vehicle, suffered serious CHS Senior head, chest and pelvic injuries Jonathan esqueda and was closely monitored in the intensive care unit at Cottage Hospital following the collision at Linden Avenue and El Carro Lane at 10:15 p.m. By the time the school bell rang on Oct. 28, students were still recoiling from news that the Warrior football running back and linebacker had been hospitalized over the weekend. Rampton said Esqueda’s vehicle was broadsided at the driver’s door and the impact caused a 1-foot intrusion into the vehicle, which was plowed into a telephone pole on the other side after impact. The 17-year-old remained unconscious while being treated ACCIDENT continued on page 16 LiSA WiLLiS, LiSAWiLLiS.COM Sewing machines have been whirring and candy has been flying out of local stores by the armfuls as Carpinterians prepare for the trickiest, treatiest of all holidays. Pictured above from left, pals Liam Slade, Diesel Slade, Sidney Morente, Sammi Thompson, Mason Brainnard, Jackson Brainnard, Luke Anderson, Sasha Pornish, Cassidy Thompson, Zahra Pornish, Sasha McPherson and Addie roach don their Halloween costumes in a trial run on Oct. 29. Watch for characters galore to flock to Linden Avenue on the afternoon of the 31st for the city’s annual Downtown Trick of Treat event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. CEF Carp-A-Cabana funds find classrooms DOBBinS Gathered around a $43,295 check from Carpinteria Education Foundation at the Oct. 22 Carpinteria Unified School District Board of Education meeting, board members and administrators gladly accept the funds raised through this year’s Carp-A-Cabana. Pictured, from back left, are board members Alison Livett, Terry Hickey Banks, Andy Sheaffer, Sally Hinton and Grace Donnelly, and from front left, CEF President Sally Green, Canalino School Principal Jamie Persoon, Rincon/Foothill School Principal Kristin Mayville, Carpinteria Family School Principal Leslie Gravitz, Aliso/ Summerland School Principal Holly Minear, CEF Development Director Patricia Alpert, Carpinteria Middle School Principal John Merritt and Carpinteria High School Principal Gerardo Cornejo. Site grants were awarded to each school based on requests submitted by the school in amounts as high as $9,787. A majority of grants will be used for classroom technology upgrades in the form of tablets and laptops. “We are thrilled that we could fund these requests,” said Alpert, who commented that it was the greatest dollar amount ever donated from CarpA-Cabana proceeds.