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Artist Stephanie Lam: From Pets to People
By Melissa McKenzie

Always artistic, San Jose-based artist, Stephanie Lam, never thought about pursuing art. In fact, it wasn’t until she was close to graduating from Santa Clara University that she took her first art class and realized not only that she enjoyed painting, but she was good at it.

After graduating, Lam began her career in non-profit fundraising but continued painting, eventually taking commission work that focused on pet portraiture - a subject close to Lam’s heart as she’s the pet parent to four dogs, fish, a tortoise and horse, and she volunteers with the Bay Area non-profit, Our Pack, Inc. Pit Bull and Chihuahua rescue. However, despite having a large body of work focused on animal paintings, it was her job that took her artwork in a new direction.

While browsing her company’s database of photographs, Lam came across images of African children and upon realizing many of these children will never live to see adulthood...

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Imaginations Run Wild at Sutter School’s 2nd Annual Lego Show
By Diane Andrews

Imaginations Run Wild at Sutter School’s 2nd Annual Lego Show

John D. Sutter Elementary School’s multipurpose room was packed with parents and children admiring the imaginative Lego creations of sixty-two students at its 2nd Annual Lego Show January 21.

"We want our kids to be creative and work on engineering projects without really knowing it," says Sutter principal Michael Fong, pleased that the number of students participating had increased from 2014 and included more girls...

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Mission College’s Community Mission
By Carolyn Schuk

Mission College’s Community Mission

President Barack Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community colleges has brought new focus on community colleges. A uniquely American institution, the two-year college has been around for more than a century in several forms: "normal schools" for training teachers, junior colleges to launch students into four-year colleges and vocational schools providing training for skilled jobs...

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Family History Consultant Discusses Her Genealogy Research at Library Program
By Cynthia Cheng

Family History Consultant Discusses Her Genealogy Research at Library Program

“Family history is quite frequently dull statistics,” says Jackie Krebs Reimers, a family history consultant. “It’s names, dates and places. And you might have pictures. But you don’t know who these people are.”

On the evening of Jan. 20, Reimers presented a program titled, “Making Your Family History Come to Life” to a packed room at Central Park Library. Reimers’ accomplishments include compiling a 200-page book on six generations of her family called the “Krebs-Potter Family History” and writing a book about her husband’s mother, “Delight.”

To manage her research projects, Reimers relies on computers. She looks up old newspapers and performs Google searches. She downloads information from FamilySearch, noting there is a section on this site about Mormon pioneers, such as her great-great grandfathers. She uses Ancestral Quest for saving data information and constructing charts and timetables...

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This Week's Letter

The traffic update meeting on January 20th discussed the horrendous issues we currently experience and the gridlock we will have if our corridors are not fixed now. I left after [the] statement was made that no dollars were attached to Expressway Plan 2040 as there was no money; as a required detailed plan before requesting grant funds is necessary, how sensible.

I returned home to catch the Santa Clara City council meeting, in progress, complete with intense discussion such as logo colors, replacement street lighting and flower baskets to be purchased.

Santa Clara leadership has already deemed debt over original budget to commit the city for a $1.2B stadium; dollars for the gift of a parade for San Francisco brethren and unanimously approved to spend who knows ultimately how much for an International Swim Center.

Infrastructure or petunias? Freeways or freesias? Red or prison orange? City Council is unabashedly irresponsible.

- Rozane Bey-McCurdy

Blue Star Moms Award 28 Quilts of Valor
By Diane Andrews

Blue Star Moms Award 28 Quilts of Valor

"I’m overwhelmingly shocked that someone still cares," says Quilt of Valor awardee James Ray Davis, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion during the Vietnam War.

"We came home in small groups and were forgotten. Because of the backlash of the Vietnam War, no one wanted to say they’d been there. It took me quite some years to learn how to be a civilian again," says Davis, now lovingly wrapped in "Freedom Reigns"—a red, white, and blue Quilt of Valor. He is happy to be hugged and, at long last, thanked for his service by a cluster of Blue Star Moms.

Davis, nominated for a quilt by his San Jose neighbor, Blue Star Mom Debbie Pevyhouse, was one of 28 recipients awarded a Quilt of Valor by the South Bay Blue Star Moms at a ceremony held January 24 at the American Legion - Mission City Post 564...

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JX Cuisine Opens in Santa Clara

JX Cuisine Opens in Santa Clara

Opening up at a location familiar to many, JX Cuisine celebrated their arrival in Santa Clara with a ribbon cutting on Jan. 15.

Located at 3581 Homestead Road (at Lawrence Expressway) at the former home of Pizza Party (Pizza & Pipes), the owners gave the former pizza joint a complete overhaul, with new floors, paint and a remodeled and renovated kitchen.

In addition to a large, diverse menu of Chinese food, ranging from classics such as sweet & sour pork, Mongolian beef, fried rices and noodles, the restaurant also boasts a full line of dim sum items, including dumplings, appetizers and bubble teas (milk teas). They offer hot and cold teas, with a selection ranging teas, from traditional black tea, to oolongs, and fruit and flower teas.

The establishment offers business lunch specials, which include an entrée, soup and steamed rice) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m...

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