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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.