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Fish Derby Delights Children

Fish Derby Delights Children
By Robert Haugh

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Giving children their first opportunity to fish, with an almost guaranteed catch, the annual free children’s fishing derby, presented by the Santa Clara Kiwanis Club, once again, put smiles on the faces on hundreds of children on April 20.

Taking place at the reflection pond at Civic Center Plaza at the corner of Lincoln and El Camino Real, children rose early, and arrived by 6:30 a.m., for the opportunity to catch one of 1,250 rainbow trout.

Children were provided rods, bait and tackle, while volunteers assisted children in what was the maiden fishing expedition for many youth. Children were also awarded several prizes, including rod and reel kits - a tradition that dates back to the early days of the fishing derby.

The fishing derby has been a community tradition for over 55 years, with 2013 marking the events unofficial 58th installment. According to an article on the July 14, 1955 Santa Clara Journal, the City’s first ‘Huck Finn Fish Derby’ was held in 1955, and sponsored by the Santa Clara Rotary Club, Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department and Better Fishing, Inc.

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Best of the Best in Photographs
By Melissa McKenzie

Best of the Best in Photographs

Judging the best of the best is never an easy task, but the Triton Museum of Art has developed a foolproof way of determining winners of its competitions. Chief Curator Preston Metcalf, Curator Maria Ester Fernandez and Curator Stephanie Learmonth look over the entries and say, “yes” or “no.” Each of the pieces receiving three “yes” votes automatically makes it into the show, followed by pieces receiving two “yes” votes, and one “no.” This year, out of the 600 entries received, 75 have been selected for the 2013 Statewide Photography Competition and Exhibition.

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Great America and 49ers Foundation Team Up for Gold Striker First Rider Program

Great America and 49ers Foundation Team Up for Gold Striker First Rider Program

California’s Great America and the San Francisco 49ers Foundation have joined together to raise money for the San Francisco 49ers Foundation with the First Rider program. The First Rider initiative allows participants to experience Great America’s latest thrill ride, Gold Striker, prior to the coaster opening to the general public. Proceeds will assist Operation Care and Comfort and youth initiatives through the 49ers Foundation.

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Bowlathon

bowlathon

Yikes Tikes!, an inclusive parent co-op preschool, held its first fundraising event of the year on March 20th, with a bowl-a-thon at Moonlight Lanes in Santa Clara.

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Fundraising Is Still Open for Breathe Extreme Challenge
By Cynthia Cheng

Fundraising Is Still Open for Breathe Extreme Challenge

Have you ever wanted to rappel down a 15-story building the way you’d scale down a mountain? Here’s your chance. To fundraise for programming support, Breathe California of the Bay Area is hosting the third annual Breathe Extreme Challenge on Friday, May 10. On that day, you can rappel down the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara.

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Chess

Chess

Santa Clara's Sam Sevian - the youngest-ever American Chess Master - talks chess with Congressman Mike Honda. Sevian was visiting Washington, D.C. on his way to an upcoming tournament in St. Louis.

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Mission MESA Students Team Up with Cisco for Mentor Program

Mission MESA Students Team Up with Cisco for Mentor Program

Three MESA students from Mission College recently attended a shadow day last week at Cisco’s San Jose headquarters to launch a year-long mentoring program.

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YMCA of Silicon Valley’s Project Cornerstone Celebrates Leaders With Champions Breakfast

YMCA of Silicon Valley’s Project Cornerstone Celebrates Leaders With Champions Breakfast

1,200 people representing local governments, businesses, schools, community organizations, and the faith community, as well as parents and youth, attended Project Cornerstone’s annual Asset Champions Breakfast on March 28 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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Tip-A-Cop

Tip A Cop

Santa Clara Police took service to a new level on April 17 as a handful of SC’s finest participated in a Tip-A-Cop event benefiting Special Olympics at Chili’s on Lawrence Expressway.

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Triton Los Gatos

Triton Los Gatos

The Los Gatos Art Association will finish its spring 2013 show at the Triton Museum’s Rose Shenson Gallery on April 26.

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This Week's Letters

Dear Santa Clara Weekly Editor:

The Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and Convention-Visitors Bureau applauds the decision by the Santa Clara City Council to unanimously approve an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Related California, a nationally recognized developer with a proven track record for highly successful mixed use projects. For decades, Santa Clara has successfully developed many projects in the North of Bay Shore Area: Great America, our award winning Convention Center, world class hotels, and the stadium. Now, with Related California, we have the opportunity to put all the pieces together, potentially creating an outstanding retail and entertainment district that will be a true destination place for Santa Clara and surrounding communities.

Steve Van Dorn
President & CEO
Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce and
Convention-Visitors Bureau

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston area families and friends. Senseless bombings and killings must stop. Violence has no place in our society. We need to maintain peace and harmony. Our cities should not become ghost towns and our country cannot be under siege. Bostonians, you're in our prayers.

As Dr. King said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.”

As Rumi Said: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Let us join hands together and continue to reach out to our neighbors in our communities and spread compassion. We owe this to ourselves.

Kind Regards,
Mohammed NADEEM, Ph.D.

Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club Donates $30,000 to El Camino Hospital from their Annual Goals for A Cure Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer

Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club Donates $30,000 to El Camino Hospital from their Annual Goals for A Cure Campaign to Fight Breast Cancer

Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club hosted a ceremony on March 23 to honor the young men and women who competed in the 2012 Goals for Cure Fundraiser. The club also presented El Camino Hospital Foundation with a check for $30,000, which will help provide free mammograms to women in need.

Special guests, Jamie L. Matthews, mayor of Santa Clara, and Molly Crawford, 2013 Miss Santa Clara, both attended the ceremony to congratulate the soccer players and the Santa Clara Sporting members.

“Breast cancer has touched many families in the Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club and we wanted to find a way to raise awareness and help our Northern California soccer family and our local community,” said Sebastian Goncalves, club president. “I am proud of the dedication these players have shown in helping the cause and doing their part to help fight this terrible disease for women and men.”

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Santa Clara City Desk
By Carolyn Schuk

Santa Clara City Desk
New Silicon Valley Power Reliably Tops National Customer Satisfaction Survey

Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility Silicon Valley Power (SVP) got top ratings in a recent California Municipal Utilities Association/Northern California Power Association survey of customer satisfaction for 13 municipal power companies.

With a score of 8.7 out of 10, SVP tied Palo Alto and Sacramento for second place— topped only by Alameda’s municipal electric utility. New York-based RKS Research conducted the survey. With its customer satisfaction ranking growing steadily over the past two years, SVP is bucking a national trend that finds customers nationally growing less satisfied with their electric companies.

"These are really high scores for SVP," said RKS Research CEO David Reichman in a recent press release. "The important thing is that SVP’s high scores are balanced, and across all dimensions - from price and value to overall trust and various performance dimensions. Most utilities do not see this balance reflected in high scores across all of their dimensions."

There are several reasons SVP’s customers rate the utility highly, high reliability and prompt service foremost among them.

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Lady Bruins Softball Playing Tough Despite Rocky Season
By Robert Haugh

Lady Bruins Softball Playing Tough Despite Rocky Season

Their meek five wins this season is not indicative of how well the Lady Bruins (5-14, 1-6) have played. They’re playing strong, despite inconsistent offense and, at times, haphazard defense.

After falling behind 9-0 in the fifth inning against the Mountain View Spartans (8-9, 4-3) on April 16, the ladies in blue and gold showed poise, battling back, but falling 9-5, despite amassing 10 hits.

Sophomore Shannon Peterson (4-13) started strong, allowing no hits and striking out two through the first two innings. Following a groundout, fielding error, and bloop single where the Spartans runner was questionably called safe at second in the third, the Spartans took a commanding 5-0 lead in an inning that saw the Spartans bat through the order. The Spartans were aided by a Bruins defense plagued by miscommunication.

The Spartans added three runs in the fourth and their ninth and final run in the fifth, again aided by Bruin errors.

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Kaiser Permanente “Family” Saves Hawaiian Infant’s Life
KP Santa Clara Pediatric Neurosurgeon Removes Large Brain Tumor from Oahu 3-month-old.

Kaiser Permanente “Family” Saves Hawaiian Infant’s Life

Her name is Persephone and while that name has roots in Greek mythology, this little girl is not a myth. She’s from the Hawaiian Islands, very real, and very alive, thanks to Kaiser Permanente’s integration, coordination, and specialty doctors. And, today, 3-month-old Persephone Edelhertz is in Santa Clara, Calif., at the welcoming JW House family residence at Kaiser Permanente, being held by her smiling mom and dad, and recovering from a near fatal brain tumor.

“Everyone here at Santa Clara was amazing,” said mother Astrid Senturia. She glanced at her daughter, whose head is still slightly misshapen but her eyes are wide open now. The family was sitting in the light-filled dining area of the family residence, just a few days after a complex, high-risk operation removed a egg-sized brain tumor from Persephone. A round, surgical marking was on the side of her head.

“We started noticing her head was growing large at around six weeks,” said dad Shayne Edelhertz. “At first, we thought it might be just a fluid buildup, but an MRI revealed a large mass.”

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Jumping High For Special Olympics

Jumping High For Special Olympics

Jump Sky High for Special Olympics, an all day fundraising event, was held on April 15 at all three Bay Area Sky High Sports locations (Santa Clara, Sacramento, and Concord). One hundred percent of the day’s jump fees benefited Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Santa Clara Police Department supported the event by displaying their D.A.R.E. vehicles, talking to parents and providing children with junior police stickers. The amount raised at the event was unavailable as of press time.

Providing opportunities for kids and young adults with special needs and their families to enjoy active play is a priority for the Sky High Sports founders, Jerry and Ron Raymond. Sky High hosts jump sessions dedicated to special needs families at all of its 15 locations. Sky High Santa Clara hosts a special event for children and young adults with special needs on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding holidays).

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West Mont Fire

West Mont Fire

Firefighters from Engine 2 and a Volunteer Reserve Firefighter were part of a large response by the Santa Clara Fire Department to reports of a fire and explosions at the Westmont Senior Independent Living Home on Sunday, April 21. The problem wound up being a vehicle fire in the underground garage and the reports of the explosions were the vehicle’s tires bursting. Santa Clara Fire Department responded with trucks from Fire Station 4 (2323 Pruneridge Avenue), Fire Station 7 (3495 Benton Street), Fire Station 1 (777 Benton Street), Fire Station 3 (2821 Homestead Road), Fire Station 5 (1912 Bowers Avenue), Fire Station 2 (1900 Walsh Avenue), Fire Station 9 (3011 Corvin Drive) and Fire Station 8 (2400 Agnew Road). While the response might seem excessive.

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