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Pulling the Weight for Special Olympics

Pulling the Weight for Special Olympics
By Robert Haugh

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Tugging, straining and grunting while pulling tons of vehicular mass along hard pavement, dozens of hard hatters, public safety officials and community members valiantly dueled one another while fighting the clock in a test of strength, endurance and pride at the tenth annual Northern California Special Olympics Power Pull at California's Great America.

With themed uniforms and team names like Dogs of War, Big Red, Trash Bashers and The Trenchers, one would wonder if they were witnessing an epic professional wrestling battle royal or a day of fun, laughter, camaraderie and excitement. There's no doubt that the Power Pull fell under the latter category, with the true winners being the Special Olympics athletes.

Benefiting Special Olympics, the tenth annual Special Olympics Northern California Power Pull is a competitive event made up of rivaling teams, pulling a Central Concrete Truck, filled with gravel weighing approximately 38,000 pounds, and a Sunnyvale DPS Fire Truck filled with water weighing approximately 66,000 pounds. The event was held at Great America's Celebration Plaza on Saturday, July 30.

Participating teams included Preston Pipelines' The Trenchers, Central Concrete's Big Red, Joseph J. Albanese's Dogs of Wars, Athletes for Life presented by Star One Credit Union, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Santa Clara Police Department presented by Meriwest Mortgage and Specialty Solid Waste's Trash Bashers.

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City Desk
By Carolyn Schuk

City Desk

Santa Clara's 5-Year Financial Forecast Cautiously Optimistic
Santa Clara's expenses will grow slightly faster than the city's revenues over the next five years, according to the Proposed Five Year Plan published last month by the City's Finance department.

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Sports Briefs
Compiled by Robert Haugh & Melissa McKenzie

Sports Briefs

Santa Clara Red Sox Fall Short in Zone Tournament After winning the Regional tournament at Washington Park, the Red Sox left it all on the field, but came up short in the Palomino Zone tournament, ending the season for the team. The Red Sox lost 4-2 to the So Cal Bombers, defeated the Colton nighthawks 10-9, then fell 9-1 to the Arroyo Seco Saints.

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The reasons you MUST attend the three final free Concerts in the Park

The reasons you MUST attend the three final free Concerts in the Park

On Sunday, July 31 Harry Best & Shabang Steel Drum Band hit the Central Park stage to participate in the City of Santa Clara's 2011 Concerts in the Park series. Playing Reggae, Calypso, Zouk and Soca rhythms, Shabang entertained a mellow crowd who got on their feet to form a Conga line during the groups final song, "Hot, Hot, Hot."

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Ms. Senior Santa Clara Pageant

Ms. Senior Santa Clara Pageant

The winners of the as Ms. Senior Santa Clara Pageant is Fannie Curro from Hollister, 1st runner up, Syni Patterson from Culver City, Second runner up, Joni Morris Cardinalli from Stockton, Third runner up Ellen Pieterse from Hollister, and Fourth runner up, Beje Schweitzer from San Jose.

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Rewinding Memories on DVD - Santa Clara-based YesVideo Makes It Simple
By Carolyn Schuk

Rewinding Memories on DVD - Santa Clara-based YesVideo Makes It Simple

How many videotapes, 35mm slides, and photos occupy space in your house? Chances are, more than a few. You might even have 16mm film reels collecting dust in the attic.

You're not alone. Back in the 1990s, microprocessor engineer and founder of Santa Clara-based YesVideo

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A Santa Clara Pillar: Illusive Comics & Games
By Cynthia Cheng

A Santa Clara Pillar: Illusive Comics & Games

Anna Warren is a self-proclaimed geek. To show how passionate she is about promoting geekdom

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Joe Freitas
1928-2011

Joe Freitas

Long before becoming the technology center that we know today, Santa Clara was a vital component in an area known not for semiconductors, but instead for its multitude of family orchards. On July 22, Santa Clara lost a link to its agricultural past with the passing of Joe Freitas.

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South Bay Church Hosts Kids Games
By Cynthia Cheng

South Bay Church Hosts Kids Games

Kids sit in circles eagerly discussing with their group leaders about what it means to trust God. The younger kids dance and sing to songs about God.

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