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6th Annual Pasta Bowl Serves up Fun and Raises Money for Local Charities

6th Annual Pasta Bowl Serves up Fun and Raises Money for Local Charities
By Robert Haugh, Photos by Tony Medina

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Prior to stepping onto the Gridiron for pre-season action, San Francisco 49ers players, management, coaches and Silicon Valley executives were busy donning aprons, serving as celebrity waiters for the sold-out, sixth annual Pasta Bowl at the Santa Clara Convention Center on July 26.

Mingling and smiling widely with attendees, players seemed to be having as much fun as event patrons, getting a well-deserved break from the practice fields at the family-style charity dinner, presented by Sandisk in cooperation with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Sold out for the sixth consecutive year, raising more than $100,000 for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation in support of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), the 49ers Foundation presented both organizations with checks for $50,000 at the event.

Emceed by Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area’s Dave Feldman, the unique event also included a premier wine tasting reception sponsored by U.S. Bank, with 15 vintners from the Napa Valley and Sonoma region, hors d’oeuvres, a silent raffle and balloon pop for prizes, youth activities, Sourdough Sam, Gold Rush Cheerleaders, Niner Noise and photo opportunities.

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Destination: Home and Housing 1000 Use Social Media and Crowd Funding to Help the Homeless
By Diane Andrews

Destination: Home and Housing 1000 Use Social Media and Crowd Funding to Help the Homeless

Politicians have successfully raised money using social media appeals, and now Santa Clara County’s Destination: Home and Housing 1000 are nonprofit organizations that have jumped on the bandwagon.

Destination: Home and Housing 1000 have turned to social media and crowd funding as a way to raise money to furnish homes for the 1,000 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County that they hope to permanently house by the end of 2013.

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Concerts in the Park - Cool Under Pressure

Concerts in the Park - Cool Under Pressure

The latest Concerts in the Park brought rock band Cool Under Pressure to the Central Park Pavilion. Playing a variety of well-known tunes from the 60s through today like Tommy Tutone’s

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Fidders Association is Fun for Everyone
By Melissa McKenzie

Fidders Association is Fun for Everyone

On any day, San Jose’s Rose Garden Park is filled with picnicking families and friendly gatherings. But on July 1, there was something different going on.

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Vintage Baseball to Come to Santa Clara

Vintage Baseball to Come to Santa Clara

Washington Park is one of Santa Clara's true gems as it dates back to the early days of baseball.

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This Week's Letter

The silly refrain from people about the loads of money spent on the Measure J campaign two years after the fact is just a silly refrain. The June 2010 primary was largely a Republican election, and many people voted who were older, owned homes, and were dedicated voters. These are people who seldom vote on the basis of free burritos. As a matter of fact, if Mr. Catambay knows of voters who vote on the basis of free food, it demonstrates that he knows some very stupid people. The petitions about the DDA were based on ignorance and false information. At no time was the city's general fund considered part of the deal, and ultimately, the full faith and credit of the Niners was the principal backstop for the loans. A judge who has a stellar representation for conservative judgements, largely on the side of disclosure and public input ruled against the petitions and there was no appeal. It may be that Elvis is still alive, we never went to the moon, and FDR was working with the Elders of Zion to get us into World War Two, which is the Catambay version. Not the truth, though.

James Rowen

Special Olympics Power Pull - Test of Strength for Great Cause
By Robert Haugh

Special Olympics Power Pull - Test of Strength for Great Cause

Grunting while pulling tons of vehicular mass along hard pavement, dozens of construction workers, public safety officials and community members gallantly battled one another while fighting the clock in a test of strength, endurance and pride at the 11th annual Northern California Special Olympics Power Pull at California’s Great America on July 28.

Benefiting Special Olympics, the 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 Department of Public Safety Fire Truck filled with water weighing approximately 66,000 pounds.

After dominating the competition for the first eight years, the "Dogs of War" team fielded by Jos J. Albanese Construction had been punted from the top spot the last two years by Preston Pipelines’ "The Trenchers."

However, The Dogs regained their top spot by winning this year’s event, narrowly edging Central Concrete’s "Big Red" and the Trenchers. It was Central Concrete’s record tenth second-place finish in the event’s 11-year span. Central Concrete’s Tom Albanese has been the Premier sponsor of the event for several years, though his team has never claimed the victor’s title - but Tom would agree, everyone is a winner at the Power Pull, with fun and joy abounding, with thousands being raised for the Special Olympic athletes.

Participating teams also included Sunnyvale DPS, Specialty Solid Waste’s Trash Bashers, the G-Team sponsored by Star One Credit Union, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s "Sherriff Possie" and the Special Olympics Pullers.

Each team is comprised of 16 pullers, with an assigned Special Olympian athlete as "lead puller." Teams pull the trucks 20-feet in a test of strength, endurance and pride.

Special Olympics Northern California serves nearly 14,000 local children and adults

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