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The Marines are an elite fighting force, always the first to be called to battle. In basic training (or as others might know it, boot camp) a young marine learns how to survive in a hostile combat environment. “Semper Fidelis”, is more than the Marine Corps motto, it...read more
Autumn is here...things are just a little more pretty outside. The air is crisp and fresh, and the weather is starting to cool down. Pumpkin spice is available everywhere making this my favorite time of the year. It’s also the beginning of the holiday season and the...read more
On August 24 over 700 people came out to College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center to support one of the 20 non-profit organizations that participated in this year’s Santa Clarita Valley’s Dancing With Our Stars. Our amazing emcee Ed Masterson kept the evening on...read more
Nailed It!, an original TV show from Netflix, puts amateur at-home bakers to the test by challenging them to make wonderful, edible art pieces in the form of cakes and cupcakes. Santa Clarita resident Megan Swanson was a contestant on Season 1; she loves to bake in...read more
It was late January when Lee Morrell first started to feel extreme fatigue and soreness in his muscles. Realizing these were strange symptoms for him, he went to see his doctor at Kaiser Permanente where, after a number of blood tests, he was tentatively diagnosed...read more
As a young boy, Brian O’Connor was so moved by the performance of a marching band that he proclaimed a dream to his mother. Years later, he fulfilled that childhood dream when he became the drum major of the Spartan Marching Band for Michigan State University and led...read more
From locating missing people to breaking counterfeit rings, Private Investigator Cookie Schwartz Diaz has seen it all. Cookie runs the successful Tri-Valley Investigations out of Valencia taking on a multitude of cases from insurance fraud and asset searches to...read more
The SCV Senior Center on Market Street in Newhall first opened their doors to the community as a non-profit organization in 1976. They are currently in the works of moving to a new location at Golden Valley Road and Newhall Ranch Road, set to complete construction in...read more
To have knowledge is good but it is nothing unless it is put into practice. Starting a little later with education than others, David Perez is putting into practice the knowledge he learned from his years spent getting his education at the California State...read more
Who is Miss Patootie? Miss Patootie is a little “scaredy-cat” witch who does not like Halloween so she came come up with her very own niche, “Under her hat, she will leave a trick or a treat for 31 days until her task is complete” wrote author Mary Janice...read more
What is fear to you? Is it when you accidentally drop your brand new iPhone on the concrete floor or that eerie, abandoned house around the corner that you try not to look at when you must walk past it? No matter what fear it might be, everyone experiences fear the...read more
Named after the adorable blanket-toting Peanuts character, Project Linus delivers security through blankets to help comfort children in need. Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission: First, to provide love, sense of security,...read more
Circle of Hope’s, Hope’s Haven Cancer Wellness Center is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide support for cancer patients. Suffering from cancer can be a hard and lonely experience from trying to find manners to deal with the new changes and confusion to...read more
It’s easy to give up and say, “ I can’t do it!” when your body limits your abilities; but there are people in this world who, no matter what the circumstance, say, “ yes I can”. Professional NBA star Michael Jordan spoke about these same limits and how they are...read more
Santa Clarita resident Bob Larlee needed help. His 3-week-old grandson Chase was in a hospital room, hooked up to all sorts of machines while doctors tried figuring out what was wrong with his heart. So Larlee called one of the best heart doctors he knew, Tom Pfeffer,...read more
For many, cooking is an extension of love. From the person making and preparing the food to those eating and enjoying it, each bite or sip is made from someone’s love and passion for their art. feedSCV is bringing together people who share their love and the food...read more
Located in the hills of Sand Canyon this expansive horse property has it all for a family to enjoy. With 2.5 acres of land and a total of 6000 sq. ft. of living space the current owners have created a peaceful place for equestrian lovers to enjoy their favorite...read more
Dr. Cecelia Hann and Dr. Don Nishiguchi have a true partnership in more ways than one. In addition to being married for 40 years, the two obstetricians/gynecologists have spent 30 years working together at their private practice in Valencia. Maintaining a separate...read more
Whether you’re an artist who works with a paintbrush, on stage or on a laptop, finding inspiration can be challenging but exciting. However, the path to building a career around your passion can feel daunting and overwhelming. In celebration of October being National...read more
Patricia Spellman enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning broadcaster in radio & television marketing, spanning over twenty years. She has been honored for her contributions as a veteran community service volunteer and is especially proud of her recognized...read more
Congratulations to élite Magazine’s Ultimate Home & Garden Professionals! These top-notch businesses were voted the best in their field by thousands of community members and élite readers! Be sure to say you saw them in élite Magazine! Ultimate Solar Services SunPower...read more
Sunny days mean more adventures, vacations, and photo opportunities which makes this the perfect time to optimize your Instagram profile! With over 500 million active daily users and over 25 million active businesses using Instagram Business accounts, it’s a crucial...read more
When I ask most people this question, they typically mention their favorite restaurants and stores. They might go a bit further and share key businesses they frequent, like their dry cleaner, gym, grocery store, or dog groomer. But the Santa Clarita Valley has a much...read more
As we’ve explored in this column, filming in Santa Clarita has resulted in blockbuster features, Oscar-winning movies, Super Bowl commercials, top-rated television and independent projects. One category that is also prolific in regards to production, is music videos....read more
What bothers me the most about people in the wine industry: those that choose to do a disservice by intentionally talking above someone’s head and/or being in any way snobbish – perceived or real – by others. As a novice once myself I was stopped dead in my tracks –...read more
Less than 40 miles from Santa Clarita, Oxnard is a world apart with its relaxed feel and myriad of things to see and do. If you are looking to escape for a few days or for a long weekend, this seaside destination is a great choice. For a beachside experience, the...read more
For some, sitting across from friends as you sip a glass of wine is an adventure. For others, feeling the air whoosh past your face while suspended several hundred feet in the air is the best feeling in the world! There is a place where you can enjoy them both!...read more
Back to school in SoCal is a fun time of year! The weather feels like summer still, but the morning time-crunch and busy afternoons are a reality check for the busy days we all have. With kiddos in school and adults keeping up with busy schedules, we all need to make...read more
A Message from Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi
Autumn is here…things are just a little more pretty outside. The air is crisp and fresh, and the weather is starting to cool down. Pumpkin spice is available everywhere making this my favorite time of the year. It’s also the beginning of the holiday season and the time Halloween and Thanksgiving are quickly approaching. A scary time but in a fun way and, of course, a time for being thankful. I am thankful that I get to put out another great élite Magazine for Santa Clarita to enjoy.
Our cover story is a phenomenal man, Richard Tarlow, who has done it all. He is a Vietnam veteran, prominent lawyer and recently an author. See page 8.
Back in August, Arnold and I co-chaired SCV Dancing With Our Stars where 20 non-profits competed to raise money and awareness. We are proud to announce they raised $256,434, bringing our 8 year total raised to over $1,750,000. We are highlighting it on page 12.
It’s Halloween time and we have some treats for you – to get things started, our Ultimate Awards in this issue is honoring Home & Garden businesses, check out the winners on page 14.
In this issue, we get a close up look at a man who worked hard to make his dreams come true at Princess Cruises. Speaking of close ups, we feature an amazing woman whose business is all about uncovering the truth. Continuing the trend of amazing people, the SCV Senior Center has an Executive Director that has become somewhat of a local celebrity.
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