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Santa Clara Players Open First Show of 2015 with Comedy
By Melissa McKenzie

Poor Harris Wellborn. As a once promising playwright, Wellborn finds himself down on his luck in the Santa Clara Players’ latest production, Harris Cashes Out.

Wellborn, played by Matt Matthews, wrote an off–Broadway musical, Passing Fancy, decades ago, but his show was a complete disaster and closed after only one performance, crushing Wellborn’s Broadway dreams. Now, with a disappointing career long in the past, the aging tunesmith is penniless and forced to move out of his home and into a run–down apartment complex run by his domineering sister, Maggie Bellows (Elizabeth Finkler)...

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Soroptimist’s Annual Old Bag Luncheon Best Ever
By Carolyn Schuk

Soroptimist’s Annual Old Bag Luncheon Best Ever

In 2011, Soroptimist International Santa Clara Silicon Valley put on their first–ever Old Bag Luncheon and Auction. It was such a hit they’ve been doing it ever since. Every year draws more guests who say it’s among Santa Clara’s most entertaining charity events.

This year’s luncheon raised a record–breaking $17,000 for community service projects, according to event chair Marilee Dunn...

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Better Together Program Brings Middle School Students to Serve Seniors
By Robert Haugh

Better Together Program Brings Middle School Students to Serve Seniors

Teaming up with sixth graders in the Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara City Firefighters took another step forward with their long–established Better Together...

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Quakes Open Avaya, Beat Galaxy
By Melissa McKenzie

Quakes Open Avaya, Beat Galaxy

With local dignitaries, including San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval and President and Chief Elected Officer...

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Santa Clara Showtime 2015 Will Keep Audiences Guessing
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara Showtime 2015 Will Keep Audiences Guessing

Since its inception in 1982, Santa Clara Showtime has always been a fun–fest – and pun fest – that keeps audiences laughing and senior health services funded. It’s an evening of old timey entertainment, with appealing variety...

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This Week's Letters

One would think that by the looks of the chintzy door hangers in select neighborhoods announcing the plans for Montague Park, the City of Santa Clara got hit with the Poor Stick. After months and months of being bombarded non–stop with high–end, high–gloss, varying sized, printed VOTE FOR ME because I CARE ABOUT YOU & OUR COMMUNITY pieces, sometimes up to two or three pieces a day costing thousands of dollars, where did all that money go? Media ad blitzes, interviews and call outs for volunteers to work “Super Bowl L” apparently are not bank breakers, but sending out communications to the entire city about re–developing our parks is? Was the cost too high or was this the cheapest route the city leadership could get away with for something that is probably a done deal anyway? I’d be curious to see who is tending the City Coffers now.

– Rozane Bey–McCurdy

The Santa Clara City Council’s desire to build a soccer field at Montague Park is a transparent attempt to prioritize VIP parking at Levi’s Stadium over the need for family–friendly neighborhood parks in Santa Clara. With an alternate soccer field on stadium game days the Youth Soccer Park would be used for stadium parking. VIP patrons would gain access to at least 136 parking stalls, more if the soccer fields themselves were converted to parking. Meanwhile, taxpayers would foot the bill and our children would suffer. Let’s not destroy neighborhood parks to solve stadium parking problems.

– Sally Brett

RDA Shut-Down Oversight Board Decides... to Make No Decision - Again
By Carolyn Schuk

RDA Shut-Down Oversight Board Decides...  to Make No Decision - Again

The Feb. 27 Santa Clara Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Successor Agency Oversight Board meeting could be described as the same as its previous meeting on Feb. 19. The subject was financial obligations for continued operation of the Santa Clara Convention Center under the court ruling that the property belongs to the RDA Successor Agency and must be turned over in mid-April.

The Board still hadn’t made any apparent effort to understand Convention Center financials, and was still complaining the information wasn't sufficiently easy-to-understand. The Chair, Gilroy Mayor Don Gage, continued insisting that the court order ruling didn't have anything to do with them, and was still playing a game of chicken, daring the City to stop funding the Convention Center. He apparently didn't believe City Manager Julio Fuentes when he said, "The day we transfer title, it's game over."

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Genealogist Janice Sellers Gives Library Talk
By Cynthia Cheng

Genealogist Janice Sellers Gives Library Talk

Janice Sellers, a professional genealogist, learned that her great–grandfather arrived at New York City in 1909 when she found his name on a ship passenger list. At the Central Park Library on Feb. 25, Sellers shared information about immigration and naturalization research techniques to a packed room.

“The main objective for my talk on immigration and naturalization is to educate people about tools that are available that can help them research their families’ histories from when their immigrant ancestors came to this country,” Sellers says. “I’ve been researching my own family history for 40 years. I am passionate about genealogy and love sharing information with other people.”

When Sellers researches family members in the United States, she begins by searching for them in the census.

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