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Hula Event Brings Taste of Islands to Santa Clara
By Robert Haugh

Bringing alive the spirit of Hawaiian culture, “A Tribute to NT Linda” entranced attendees as they experienced Halau 'O Pi'ilani’s performance on Aug. 23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center’s Betty Hangs Theater.

Presented under the direction of Kumu Hula Toni Kanani Densing, the event celebrated the life of NT Linda Pi'ilani Danek (Densing’s mother), who died five years ago.

Densing opened with Hawaiian Soul, followed by performances by many of those that Danek touched during her life - ranging from upbeat war chant dances, heavy drum-based songs and soothing, more melodic dances. Many of the dances and chants represent Hawaiian gods and present stories of battle, sadness or joy.

Danek started Halau 'O Pi'ilani in her home over 30 years ago, then opened a studio over 26 years ago on Lochnivar Avenue in Santa Clara, where she instructed many young dancers, several whom won honors in competition and at events...

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Poet and Activist Jared Paul Releases Live Album
By Melissa McKenzie

Poet and Activist Jared Paul Releases Live Album

Jared Paul has an opinion, and he isn’t afraid to share it.

The Providence, RI native’s newest spoken word album, Jared Paul Live, released in November of last year, tackles many controversial subjects - among them social justice and class inequality.

Paul is passionate about his causes and it shows throughout his album. He reads and speaks with such vitality - at times screaming at his audience - and yet, his message doesn’t feel force-fed...

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49ers Focus
By Robert Haugh, photos by Tony Medina

49ers Focus

After weeks of looking abysmal, the 49ers returned to potential, showing the 49ers Faithful a glimpse of hope for the coming season...

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Gearing Up For Friday Night Lights
By Robert Haugh

Gearing Up For Friday Night Lights

With cleats clanging and pads clashing, Friday Night Lights will be alive in Santa Clara with the start of the high school football season...

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Triton Photography Winner Shines in New Exhibit
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Photography Winner Shines in New Exhibit

Photography is a medium that captures the human spirit in real time. The fleeting moments, often taken for granted, can, in an instant...

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Former Aquamaids Show Synchronization Skills in O
By Melissa McKenzie

Former Aquamaids Show Synchronization Skills in O

Five former Santa Clara Aquamaids take to the pool each night to perform in the highly touted, water extravaganza that is Cirque du Soliel...

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This Week's Letters

What have we learned from our current SCUSD Board:

  • Having a PhD does not mean that one has social skills
  • Having a PhD does not mean that one can work well with others
  • Having a PhD does not mean that one can be an agent for positive change
  • Having a PhD does not mean that one can solve problems
  • Having a PhD does not make one a leader

It's time to VOTE for people who have social skills, can work well with others, will be agents for positive change and can solve problems. We need leaders!

Please consider supporting those who do demonstrate the personal skills necessary to promote positive change in our schools.

- Vickie Fairchild

You can "catch" a glimpse of Levi Stadium from just about anywhere in Santa Clara; but your eyes don't have to go far to see an unattended, empty, abandoned shopping cart in Santa Clara.

From the university along El Camino to Lawrence Expressway, the peripheral roads are littered with shopping carts. I am sure the city administration and staff take great pride in the stadium. Do they also take great pride in the unattended shopping carts?

Now that the emphasis of major construction has shifted from north of 101 to the core areas n the city, why not concentrate on the existing crumbling infrastructure in the city; roads, tree trimming, unsightly trash on roads, sidewalks, unkempt store fronts, and yes, shopping carts.

One would think the city would like to be known for its image of progressiveness and positive altruistic intentions.

- Don Herbelin

I’m glad to see Dominic Caserta’s possible return to City Council. I met Dominic when he campaigned for Council; a standard cold call seeking my vote. His presentation succeeded ... more impressive was afterwards! Now Councilmember Caserta, he came back to discuss further, asking questions he might address. He followed-up ... with energy and resolve. He has followed neighborhood progress. He joined our “Make A Difference Day” in our Neighborhood Park. Dominic is a good listener, interested in constituents’ opinions. We’ve not always agreed, but he articulates reasons suggesting alternatives.

Santa Clara’s commercial and residential diversity is expanding. He’s kept up with changes. Possibly that’s from the wide exposure he has teaching in the High school and the Community Colleges residents attend, though in our neighborhood’s case, it’s been personal outreach. I appreciate the energy Dominic applies for City issues. Santa Clarans should vote Dominic back to City Council!

- Michael O'Halloran

Education In Full Swing at Levi’s Stadium; Denise DeBartolo York Education Center Unveiled
By Robert Haugh

Education In Full Swing at Levi’s Stadium; Denise DeBartolo York Education Center Unveiled

While children are swarming back to schools, the 49ers Museum launched its STEM-based education and life skills enrichment program: the Denise DeBartolo York Education Center on Aug. 22 at Levi’s Stadium.

Utilizing football and the new $1.3 billion stadium as educational platforms, the program is slated to host more than 20,000 K-8 students in its initial year. The program is at no cost to the students and schools, with transportation provided.

“It's been a lot of work building Levi’s Stadium ... but this is one of the flagship components ... 20,000 students signed up for our education program, which is completely free to students and schools,” said 49ers CEO Jed York. “We are excited at giving students an opportunity to learn ... We feel you will find the program really fun and exciting.

“I hope you know how to fix the grass,” added York with a wide grin and laugh.

Sixty-five eighth-grade students from the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto were the inaugural students to experience the Chevron STEM Zone.

In a hands-on, interactive learning experience, students worked in teams to build a football out of non-traditional materials, ranging from cotton, pillows and tape, to small beanbags and packaging materials. The students worked on large, touch-screen tabletops, complete with “coaching” from the 49ers players serving as team captains. In addition to the learning activity, students received a stadium tour and explored the 49ers Museum...

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Local Sikh Community Day of Service Joins Kids Against Hunger in Meal-Packing Marathon
By Carolyn Schuk

Local Sikh Community Day of Service Joins Kids Against Hunger in Meal-Packing Marathon

How central is feeding people in Sikhism? So central that one of the core operations of Sikh Gurdwaras - temples - is the Langar, or “free kitchen,” where all are welcomed to share in community meals.

So it makes sense that for its Day of Service (Seva) on Aug. 2, the Silicon Valley Gurdwara of Santa Clara joined with the Western Region Sikh Coalition and Kids Against Hunger Bay Area to pack 10,000 meal packages for starving and malnourished children around the world - including some right here in California.

The formula for meal packages, which feed six, was designed by the non-profit Kids Against Hunger (kidsagainsthunger.org) to provide optimal nutrition, palatability and ease of preparation as well as long shelf life. In 2013, the organization distributed 40 million meals around the world, according to its website.

The Sikh community held the service day to mark the second anniversary of an attack by a lone gunman on an Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurdwara that left six people dead and others wounded. “In Santa Clara, sevadaars (volunteers) from all backgrounds and organizations participated in the Day of Seva, packing meals with Kids Against Hunger,” says event director Harbir Bhatia...

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