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Santa Clara City Libraries Throw 2017 Summer Reading Kickoff
Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng

At Central Park Library during the June 10 Summer Reading Kickoff, children and adults in superhero costumes–from Wonder Woman to Guardians of the Galaxy themed–marched in a parade throughout the library. “Reading is My Super Power” is this year’s theme for the children’s summer reading program (all reading program events are sponsored by KeyPoint Credit Union and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation & Friends).

“The summer reading kickoff is for kids and families to come out and show us what their reading super powers are,” said Erin Ulrich, the library's program coordinator of youth services.

“But what if you don’t know how to read?” said Angela Ocana, librarian. “Your mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, uncle, babysitter, or best friend...

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Westside’s Wild Ride Through TOC Ends on Top of the Mountain
By Andrew Bensch

Westside’s Wild Ride Through TOC Ends on Top of the Mountain

The Santa Clara Westside Giants are District 44 Major Division TOC Champions for 2017. With a 9-2 victory over the Moreland Nationals in the championship game, the Giants completed the single elimination tournament with little drama.

After winning their opening-round game on Thursday by a 13-3 final, the Giants followed up by defeating the Cupertino Giants...

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Briarwood Pirates Beat Mountain View Pirates to TOC Treasure
By Andrew Bensch

Briarwood Pirates Beat Mountain View Pirates to TOC Treasure

There were Pirates all over the field Thursday evening at Campbell Little League. It was a game Jack Sparrow would enjoy as Pirates were guaranteed to sail home victorious even before the first pitch. The Santa Clara Briarwood Pirates got their bats going early and often en route to a 14-2 victory over the Mountain View Pirates, winning in a 10-rule mercy after five innings...

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Pruneridge Golf Club Teeing Off with New Amenities
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

Pruneridge Golf Club Teeing Off with New Amenities

Pruneridge Golf Club, 400 N. Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara, has gotten a makeover during the past year. The nine-hole golf course complex is benefitting from an influx of resources and attention from its new management company, Touchstone Golf, which took over the club June 1, 2016...

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49ers Win Pop Warner Community Award
By Andrew Bensch

49ers Win Pop Warner Community Award

On May 27 in Philadelphia, the San Francisco 49ers were recognized at the 57th Annual All-American Scholastic Banquet for being named Pop Warner Little Scholars Team of the Year for Outstanding Commitment to Community. Pop Warner is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization...

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This Week's Letter

You're recent edition states on the front page that the SC people demonstrated in favor of our Muslim neighbors. That's fine however the problem with Islam is not the people-its with the individuals who hide among their people, and are suspect of either terrorist or other criminal activity. If we had put an immigration ban in effect after the bombing of the Towers before 9/11, than that tragedy, and others that followed, would never have happened. Trumps idea to ban immigration is nothing new in the US, if they did this in the early 20th century after numerous anarchist bombings that killed and maimed many lives across the country. What we need to do is find the criminals that are here and either arrest or deport them, as well as keeping the door closed on those people who are from suspect countries. There's nothing wrong with protecting our citizens, so I support Trump- and many people do.

Thank you Gus Lozano

Santa Clara’s Balanced Budget 2017-2018, Deficits to Follow
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara’s Balanced Budget 2017-2018, Deficits to Follow

The good news in the 2017-18 Santa Clara city budget is that not only is it a balanced budget, 2016-2017 revenues are expected to come in $18 million higher than projected and the City will bulk up its reserve funds.

The bad news is that the long-term financial forecast for Santa Clara's general fund–the money that pays for day-to-day services like libraries and police–is a steady procession of increasing deficits. That starts with an $8.5 million shortfall next year and grows to $38 million by 2023, according to the five-year forecast presented at the May 23 Santa Clara City Council meeting.

The deficit is driven largely by the mounting pension costs to pay off a $400 million unfunded pension liability. Between now and 2023 Santa Clara payments into the state's public employee guaranteed benefits retirement fund, CalPERS, are predicted to grow by 78 percent to $73 million...

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American Legion Revved Up Their Annual Car Show

American Legion Revved Up Their Annual Car Show

The American Legion Post 419’s Annual Car Show took place on Saturday, June 10 at the home of Post 419 (958 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara). The cloudy skies from the previous day’s rain parted for a beautiful, mostly sunny day, that provided visitors and car show participants alike with a chance to enjoy the sites of the show and a chance to socialize. The show featured 65 cars from the muscle cars of the 1960s, to cars from the 30s and 40s, as well as more modern cars and even a 1967 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet brought by Tom & Cathy Nyren...

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Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce 2017 Pyramid Awards Dinner Benefits College of Adaptive Arts
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce 2017 Pyramid Awards Dinner Benefits College of Adaptive Arts

The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce combined honoring outstanding business community members with raising awareness of the College of Adaptive Arts, its first charity of the year, at its sold-out 2017 Pyramid Awards Dinner on June 15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy.

The uplifting evening gave Chamber members the opportunity to treat employees, family and friends to a three-course, formal dinner and raise awareness and support–through silent and live auctions–for the College of Adaptive Arts (CAA) in San Jose. Keynote speaker Michael Pritchard raised people’s awareness about bullying, which sometimes happens to the very adults with differing abilities that CAA serves.

CAA is a nonprofit enabling adults with disabilities–from Down syndrome and developmental delay to the medically fragile–to successfully pursue higher education through the arts. "We are different. We are able” is its motto. The privately accredited college (www.collegeofadaptivearts.org) started in 2009 with 12 adult students and now has 88 enrolled...

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10 Child Friendly Summer Activities in the Santa Clara Area
By Cynthia Cheng

10 Child Friendly Summer Activities in the Santa Clara Area

Summer is here and so are long warm days and ample opportunities for children to venture outside and bask in their break from school. Here are 10 things parents and caregivers can accompany children to do this summer in the Santa Clara area (#1-6 are free):

  1. Eat free breakfast or lunch at five nearby locations: Santa Clara High School, Wilcox High School, Don Callejon School, Boys & Girls Club- Alviso Youth Center and the Youth Activity Center- Cabrillo Middle School. This national Summer Food Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the California Department of Education. According to Marie Pfeiffer, Manager of School Breakfast and Outside of School Time Meals from the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, no enrollment is required and anyone who is...

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