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Santa Clara International Swim Meet Draws Olympic Stars

Santa Clara International Swim Meet Draws Olympic Stars
By Robert Haugh

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Sun-bronzed and adorned with swim goggles, over 800 athletes wearing silicone swim caps and hi-performance Lycra racing suits were channeling Santa Clara’s racing waters last weekend.

Several Olympians including former gold medal winner and Cal standout Dana Vollmer, reigning gold medalist Leisel Jones, 2000 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin and three-time gold medalist Stephanie Rice of Australia were among the top entries.

Other stars competing included former Cal star Natalie Coughlin; U.S. National Team member and 2012 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Caitlin Leverenz, 17 Australian Olympians, South Africa’s Sebastien Rousseau, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, and Korea’s Taehwan Park and Japan’s Takeshi Matsuda who claimed two gold medals apiece.

Over 4,000 fans watched many of the world's best swimmers compete at the 45th Annual Santa Clara International Swim Meet at the fabled George F. Haines Santa International Swim Center from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3.

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St. Clare Community Carnival Raises Funds
By Robert Haugh

St. Clare Community Carnival Raises Funds for Programs

Featuring an array of games, food and fun for the entire family, the annual St. Clare Carnival was a fun-filled weekend of activities, raising money for programs benefiting the community.

With the familiar carnival aromas of candy apples, cotton candy, funnel cakes and corn-on-the-cob filling the air on a gorgeous weekend, plus several scrumptious BBQ concoctions such as tri-tip sandwiches, and an array of global cuisine, there was plenty of food for all to enjoy, plus beer and wine for the young-at-heart.

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49ers Stadium Construction Keeps the Momentum Going
By Carolyn Schuk

49ers Stadium Construction Keeps the Momentum Going

A month after breaking ground on the new Santa Clara stadium, the San Francisco 49ers are keeping the momentum going this month as the team nears its first construction milestone: placing over 3,000 "cast-in-place" piles for the structure's foundation.

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Santa Clara City Desk
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara City Desk

In some cases, dullness is good news. Considered in that way, Santa Clara's Five-Year Budget forecast is, all things considered, a pretty dull document.

Santa Clara revenues and expenses are expected to grow at modest, steady rates. But the cost of providing services to city residents is growing ahead of revenues, and the forecast shows the city in the red in 2013-14 and 2016-17. With the city's emergency reserves depleted, and no big surpluses forecast, budget cuts would seem to be inevitable.

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Santa Clara Recognized for Good Governance Leadership
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara Recognized for Good Governance Leadership

Once upon a time a city clerk's role was reactive: keeping the town records. Today, it's proactive, as city clerks are increasingly asked to drive good government programs and expand public engagement with local governance. It's not an understatement to say that city clerks are town CDOs - Chief Democracy Officers.

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Blackford High School CCS Championship Soccer Team Reminisces 25 Years Later
By Robert Haugh

Blackford High School CCS Championship Soccer Team Reminisces 25 Years Later

Reminiscing about a high school athletic championship usually isn’t that difficult.

For members of the 1987 Blackford High School CCS Division I championship soccer team, clinging to the memory of the only CCS championship in the school’s history bodes more difficult, as Blackford, located in West San Jose near the Santa Clara border, closed in 1991.

“As BHS Alum, we don't get to attend a Blackford football homecoming game or any other BHS sporting events ... We don't get the opportunity to open the Santa Clara WEEKLY and see how our high school sports teams are doing, since [the school] no longer exists. It's been over 20 years since we've had the luxury of even being able to read a box score,” says Cliff Odle in an email. Odle is one of many Blackford students born or raised in Santa Clara.

The team recently held a 25-year championship reunion at Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell. Over 40 people attended from all over the country - including 18 of 26 players, coaches and school and district officials.

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First Challenge Held for Earthquakes' Fans
By Melissa McKenzie

First Challenge Held for Earthquakes' Fans

Approximately 850 racers convened at the site of the San Jose Earthquakes new stadium on Coleman Avenue in San Jose on May 27 for the inaugural 5K/10K Earthquakes Challenge and Kid’s Fun Run.

Just before 8 a.m. the 10K racers took their mark at the start of the course. When the gun sounded, Q, the Earthquakes’ mascot, led the runners down Newhall Drive before stopping to give racers high-fives as they made their way toward Coleman Avenue. Fifteen minutes later, the gun went off again, and the pack of 5K runners and walkers began their race. The course, which went through the streets of San Jose and Santa Clara, ended in front of the Earthquakes training facility.

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Wilcox Fashion Design and Production Students Star on Stage
By Diane Andrews

Wilcox Fashion Design and Production Students Star on Stage

Everyone was a star in "Passion for Fashion," Wilcox High School's sixth annual fashion show May 17 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts.

Emcees Kim Nguyen and Teresa Sanchez described the forty-five minute show produced by the Introduction to Fashion Design and Production class as, "the collective bloom of these students' passion for fashion."

Colorful, handmade tissue paper flowers bloomed on the stage floor. As music played, the fashion designers—or their chosen models—strode briskly onto the stage wearing their hot, hip, original fashions and smiles. With about 65 designs to model, they had to hustle on and off the stage in about thirty seconds.

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