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FootGolf Arrives in Santa Clara
By Robert Haugh

Combining elements of two of the most popular all-ages sports, soccer and golf, FootGolf, which is quickly gaining popularity across the country, has arrived in Santa Clara. The official Silicon Valley debut happened on April 1 at Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara.

With the closest FootGolf course currently in Sacramento, Pruneridge management is excited to be in on the ground floor of the exciting new game, where participants kick a regulation soccer ball with the goal to drop the ball in the hole, just as one would in standard golf. Of course, the hole is much larger than those designed for golf. read more...

"Breaking Out of the Box" Art Exhibition at City Hall
By Diane Andrews

'Breaking Out of the Box' Art Exhibition at City Hall

Bay Area artists had to think outside the box to transform the abstract concept of "Breaking Out of the Box" into concrete works of art for the inagural art contest sponsored by the Santa Clara Cultural Commission. Visitors at an opening reception at City Hall the evening of April 17, also found themselves thinking outside the box as they viewed the 41 art pieces—by 21 local artists— that are on display along the hallways of Santa Clara City Hall through September 26.

"Using the box as a starting point, how can you take the very basic shape and infuse it with a meaning?"...

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Central Park Ponds Getting a Facelift

Central Park Ponds Getting a Facelift

After several years of the odiferous green “ooze” proliferating the ponds at Central Park, the end of the foul smells and green sludge will soon be gone forever.

With most of the water already removed from the ponds and mostly only the thick, green, sludge remaining, the ponds will soon be completely be empty and readied for a state-of-the-art filtration system.

Once City laborers have removed all the water and sludge, a contractor will install a two-stage wetland treatment system, “to improve the water quality for the City’s Central Park Pond,” according to a City contract. The new system features intake skimmers and an intake strainer, a pump station and distribution piping, two-stage up flow wetland pumping system and discharge system - all designed to keep water clean and free of the green sludge that plagued Central Park for so long.

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The Thrill of the Hunt for Easter Eggs
By Diane Andrews

The Thrill of the Hunt for Easter Eggs

It was the day before Easter, a sunny Saturday morning in Central Park. Toddlers wearing bunny ears or sun hats wiggled in the arms of their parents, insistent to get down, eager to begin Santa Clara's 40th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through eight-year-olds.

Families began arriving at 9 a.m. for face painting and balloons. Uniformed Santa Clara police officer Stephen Selberg was like a rock star, with kids and parents alike lining up to have their picture taken with him and his cool Chevy Camaro SS, purchased with seized drug money. Selberg gave the kids high-fives.

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This Week's Letter

Each year residents of Santa Clara can dump their unwanted items on their curb and let the city take care of it. How convenient! Yet there is a very serious downside. I discovered simply by talking to the staff at the city Public Works Department that only 10 to 15% of the material that residents put out is actually recycled. The rest goes to a landfill. This is terribly wasteful and should be unacceptable for everyone. In this day and age allowing unwanted possessions to go to a landfill should not and cannot be an option. Rather than thoughtlessly allowing things we no longer want to go to a landfill, we must all be more proactive and mindful to find other options: offer what we no longer need or want to those in need; reduce what we buy; reduce what we possess; and reduce what we “throw away.”

- Nick Dellaporta

1965 SCUSD Unification Created Today's Trustee Areas
By Carolyn Schuk

1965 SCUSD Unification Created Today's Trustee Areas

Looking at an SCUSD trustee area map begs the question: how did it get this way? The district has two compact areas - Areas 1 and 3 - and one huge gerrymandered sprawl that runs from Pruneridge Avenue across 101 to Santa Clara's Northside - Area 2. The map is a pictorial history of how Santa Clara Unified was created.

Originally there were four districts: Santa Clara elementary (covering the historic core of the city), Alviso elementary (covering the town of Alviso), the "old Jefferson" elementary district (all the rest of what's now SCUSD, reaching from the San Jose border to Wolfe Road), and Santa Clara Union high school, which served Santa Clara, Alviso, and most of Jefferson.

Although no one living remembers how the Jefferson district was formed, a best guess from Honorary City Historian Lori Garcia is that it was formed from schoolhouses on unincorporated land.

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Rivermark Moms Celebrate 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
By Cynthia Cheng

Rivermark Moms Celebrate 10th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

“Our egg hunts years ago were a lot smaller,” says Maureen Medeiros, one of the co-chairs of the Rivermark Moms Easter Egg Hunt. “They used to be held at Live Oak Park, and it evolved into something like what we have today. Now we provide Easter baskets. We have a potluck too. Since 2008, the number of kids has more than doubled in size. We had 110 kids doing this in 2008.”

Over 250 children participated in the 10th annual Rivermark Moms Easter Egg Hunt held on April 19 at Thamien Park. Every child was allowed to pick 10 eggs, after volunteers spread over 2,500 prepared eggs across the lawn. A photo booth featuring the Easter Bunny and brunch potluck gave neighbors more reasons to stay out in the sun. The event was put on by a group of dedicated parent volunteers from the Rivermark Moms Club.

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