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34th Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival a Success Thanks to Volunteers
By Diane Andrews

Between 500 - 600 volunteers ensured the success of Santa Clara’s 34th Art & Wine Festival, a fundraiser for community programs.

Last year, net proceeds of $60,000 were distributed to the Police Activities League, Friends of Parks & Recreation, Santa Clara Schools Foundation, Wilcox and Santa Clara High School Grad Night Committees and the Senior Center Health & Wellness/Care Management Program.

"We’re eternally grateful to our volunteers. We couldn’t do the festival without the individuals and organizations all helping together," says Jim Teixeira, Director of Santa Clara Parks & Recreation, which organized the annual fall festival Sept. 13 and 14 at Central Park on Kiely Boulevard.

"Each and every volunteer is important both to the organization they serve and to the festival itself,” says Teixeria. “They make the festival a success." About 300 volunteers assisted daily.

Santa Clara Amateur Radio Emergency Services members were at information stations and roved throughout the 52-acre park, answering questions and communicating via hand-held public safety radios.

"The best thing is when you find a lost child and reunite them with their parents," says Terry Hoffman, co-emergency coordinator for Santa Clara ARES...

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CORRECTION:

In the Milestones column, published on Aug. 27, 2014, it was incorrectly stated that SCUSD Governing Board member, Trustee Area 3 candidate Michael Helms did not file a candidate ballot statement. Helms’ ballot statement was filed on Aug. 8, 2014.

Candidates Forum Sees Little Variation; Many Shared Views
By Robert Haugh

Candidates Forum Sees Little Variation; Many Shared Views

Though vastly differing opinions were shared, the City of Santa Clara’s first candidates forum on Sept. 11 was primarily full of similar views, with a few fireworks. One of the bolder statements came from Seat No. 2 candidate Mohammed Nadeem...

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Years of Work Pay Off for New Northside Schools
By Carolyn Schuk

Years of Work Pay Off for New Northside Schools

It’s been nearly 10 years since Santa Clara Unified Trustee Andrew Ratermann and former Trustee Teresa O’Neill started talking with the City of San Jose about the new schools that would be needed to support San Jose’s aggressive Northside growth plan.

"The plans did not include any schools," recalled O’Neill. "The developers didn’t think any schools were needed. We educated them. Young tech professionals want to have children, and they want good schools."...

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President of United Teachers of Santa Clara Dispels Myths about Teachers Unions
By Cynthia Cheng

President of United Teachers of Santa Clara Dispels Myths about Teachers Unions

Michael Hickey is a former teacher at Scott Lane and Briarwood elementary schools. An East San Jose native who is bilingual in English and Spanish, Hickey lends his knowledge to other fellow educators as president of United Teachers of Santa Clara. The union is affiliated with California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA).

“The United Teachers of Santa Clara represents the certificated personnel of the Santa Clara Unified School District,” Hickey says. “We have around 800 members. We are mostly teachers, but we also include psychologists, counselors, nurses, speech pathologists and other educators. Our mission is to advocate for public education and for the students that are served by the Santa Clara Unified School District.”...

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Santa Clara Woman’s Club Awards Two Nursing Scholarships, Historic First
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara Woman’s Club Awards Two Nursing Scholarships, Historic First

Much has changed since 1980, but one that hasn’t is the critical need for professional nursing skills. That’s why the Santa Clara Woman's Club’s (santaclarawomansclub.org) annual Mary S. Taylor-Ruth N. Frey nursing scholarship is as important as ever. Started in memory of club member Mary S. Taylor, and first chaired by Ruth Frey, the program has been awarding annual scholarships since 1980...

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Movie Night at the Harris-Lass Museum a Historical Hit
By Diane Andrews

Movie Night at the Harris-Lass Museum a Historical Hit

It was standing-room only for free popcorn, cider and a movie at the annual Harris-Lass Museum movie night Sept. 12. Each of the three viewings of the 30-minute documentary...

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This Week's Letters

Over the last two weeks we have been presented with two different opinions of the value of having a Ph.D. when running for School Board. I have met many extremely intelligent people who have chosen not to continue their education, and many who have. There are people from both groups who I would wish to have as a member of the School Board in my community.

I would like to encourage everyone to attend the SCUSD, School Board Candidate Forum that will be held on October 2 at 7 p.m., at the Adrian Wilcox High School, Mission City Performing Arts Center, 3250 Monroe St., Santa Clara, 95051.

The event will be hosted by the Santa Clara Unified Council of PTAs and moderated by the League of Women Voters, San Jose/Santa Clara. Spanish translation will be available.

Please come and ask questions, listen to the answers and make your own informed decision about who is best qualified to serve on the School Board in our community.

Sincerely,
- Sarah Hedges, Ph.D.
SCUSD Parent

I am proud to endorse Dominic Caserta for Santa Clara City Council Seat 5. I have known Dominic for over 10 years and I have been impressed with his leadership during his two terms in office beginning in 2002. He was always a concerned, hard-working, dedicated member of the council. He was an integral part of our city's progress during that time and helped our community flourish as part of the Silicon Valley. At the same time, he championed the environment and education. Dominic is a resident of the Old Quad, and I trust he will be sensitive to the issues facing that historic neighborhood. He definitely has the proven experience to guide our wonderful city.

As a member of the Historic and Landmark Commission, I am confident Dominic will be a wonderful addition to our City Council. Dominic is all always kind, listens to opinions and respects different views. He is ethical and honest in all he does. As an outstanding teacher, he cares about our youth.

I am proud to endorse Dominic and urge you to support him. He will be an outstanding, caring leader!

Jeannie Mahan

Santa Clara voters, our children do indeed need a SCUSD Board that focuses on student achievement. We voters should demand that Board members work collaboratively and respectfully with district staff and teachers so that all students can succeed academically.

Candidates Andy Ratermann, Jodi Muirhead, and Noelani Sallings have amazing leadership backgrounds. Their talents are grounded in teamwork, collegiality, creativity, hard work and respect. Exactly the qualities Santa Clara teachers try to instill into their students every day. Wow! What better role models!

These candidates will raise the bar of our current board, which is stymied by micro-managing, personal agendas, narcissism and disrespect. Elitist PhDs do not make for good leaders. Our children absolutely deserve better. Vote smart - Ratermann, Muirhead and Sallings for SCUSD school board.

- Tess Hardy

It seems that about this time of year, thoughts turn to the tragic turn of events on Sept 11, 2001; and prejudices arise with hateful spite towards people who are of a different ethnicity than the "good ole boy network," the "wasp" or white, anglo, saxon, protestant. Election time is rapidly approaching and there are a few people of different ethnic backgrounds who are seeking public service in the city of Santa Clara. Give them consideration when going to the polls or submitting your absentee ballot.

They may have better ideas and more purpose than the current and repetitive slate of councilmembers, school district board members and bottom feeders.

Don Herbelin

For Sept. 11 Survivor, Getting Out of Manhattan Was Guiding Thought
By Carolyn Schuk

For Sept. 11 Survivor, Getting Out of Manhattan Was Guiding Thought

In retrospect, Sept. 11, 2001 would have been a good day to be late, or call in sick. But Sun employee Michael Harding had only been working for the company less than a year, and his office had just moved to Sun’s office in the 26th floor at Two World Trade Center. After a brief chat with co-workers about the previous evening’s Denver Broncos-New York Giants game, he was eager to get to work.

Around a quarter to nine, “I felt something like an earthquake,” Harding said, a feeling he was familiar with as a California native. What he didn’t know is that this was the start of the most harrowing day of his life, leaving more than 3,000 people dead, and reducing an icon of the New York skyline to a smoldering heap of ruin.

Harding told his story at last week’s Santa Clara Rotary meeting, fittingly on Sept. 11.

His office faced away from One WTC. “We had no idea what was going on. I went to the window and all I could see was smoke and paper,” he said. “What strikes me 13 years later is how much paper there was in the air and on the ground.”...

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49ers Focus
By Robert Haugh, Photos by Tony Medina

49ers Focus

After starting in dominating fashion, surging to a 17-0 lead nearing the end of the first half, the 49ers fell flat in a 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14.

While a myriad of issues are to blame, such as turnover woes, costly penalties and miscues late in the game, the 49ers have nowhere to place blame but on themselves.

The usually composed Colin Kaepernick accounted for four turnovers - three interceptions and a fumble. Though haphazard at times, he finished 21-for-34 with 248 yards passing and 66 yards rushing on nine carries - many garnering first downs.

Kaepernick felt he played “terrible,” adding, “We hurt ourselves. We weren’t executing the way we should have been.”

Despite atrocious penalty calls, the yellow flag gremlins can loosely be cited as a main culprit in the 49ers’ disappointing loss. The steadfast unfurling of yellow flags made the Sunday Night Football game appear as an embarrassment to the 49ers and the NFL - perhaps it was the NFFL (National Flag Football Leagu) on Sunday? Proving how costly penalties were, RB Frank Gore had a 54-yard TD run negated by a penalty - just one of 16 penalties totaling 118 yards...

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Getting to Know Hilary Keith
By Cynthia Cheng

Getting to Know Hilary Keith

As a child, Hilary Keith loved going to the library. Her house was always filled with library books. Keith was a lover of books at such a young age that reading came naturally to her. So it makes sense that Keith would grow up to be a librarian and the new director of the Santa Clara City Library.

“My first day at the Santa Clara City Library was April 28 of this year,” Keith says. “The staff here is extraordinary. I’m also excited that the Northside Library has just opened.”

Keith acknowledges that the library system is straddling two universes, one that embraces technology, such as e-books and downloadable music, and the other that

still utilizes traditional materials, including print books and DVDs.

“My goal is to continue giving patrons what they want and need in a timely manner,” Keith says. “Libraries are a community space and a great source of civic pride. I want to keep looking at innovative ways to serve the public. For example, I’m interested in providing opportunities for our users and patrons to create their own content, rather than just coming to the library to consume. I would like to be able to create a lab or ‘makers space’ where people can have an opportunity to create their own content [with software and digital editing tools]”...

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