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Cabrillo Carnival Creates Community Cheer
By Melissa McKenzie

The scent of cotton candy wafted through the air and sounds of children squealing with delight could be heard all across the Cabrillo Middle School campus when school hosted its annual Cabrillo Carnival April 25-27.

“The carnival is the school’s biggest fundraiser, bringing in between $3,000 and $6,000 each year, depending on the weather’s effect on the attendance,” said Principal Stan Garber. “Most of the money is used to buy each Cabrillo student a Time Tracker, an academic calendar/school planner. The remainder of the money is used to pay for the school’s Multi-Cultural Day, field trips and other student activities.”

Carnival goers were able to sail down a giant 35 foot high “super” slide, twirl themselves on spinning teacups, enjoy a relaxing ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel, and find themselves head-over-heels on two rides geared toward adventure seekers.

There were also plenty of games and activities to keep kids and adults entertained for hours on end. A father tried to win a stuffed toy for his child by tossing a ring around a rubber duck, a boyfriend tried to win his best girl a prize by knocking down milk bottles, and two friends giggled their way through the maze of people to find themselves in front of the fun house.

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Santa Clara High Basketball Star Signs to Play at CSU Stanislaus
By Robert Haugh

Santa Clara High Basketball Star Signs to Play at CSU Stanislaus

Santa Clara High School Bruin Samantha Rudd signed to play basketball with Cal State University Stanislaus at a signing ceremony at SCHS on April 24.

The 5-foot-6 point guard averaged 14.5 points per game in her senior season, in which she helped lead the Bruins to a CCS Division II quarter final game. She also averaged 4.5 assists per game and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Joining Rudd at the signing party, organized by SCHS Head Coach DeeDee Kiyota, were her teammates...

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Getting Froggy With It
By Robert Haugh

Getting Froggy With It

Continuing a tradition that began five decades ago, John D. Sutter Elementary School students braved cold and wet weather, to celebrate the 49th Annual Sutter Frog Jump on April 25.

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Kaiser SCL Health

Kaiser SCL Health

Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Honored for providing “Outstanding Patient Experience”

National award cites KP Santa Clara in top 15% of positive reports from patients

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New Residential Care Home Opens in Santa Clara

New Residential Care Home Opens in Santa Clara

Life Services Alternatives Inc. celebrated the opening of its tenth residential care home for developmentally disabled adults in Santa Clara County and its fifth home in the City of Santa Clara on April 3.

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Triton Finds Success with New Event
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Finds Success with New Event

There have been many changes at the Triton Museum of Art this year. Not only has the community-based art museum started its popular Coffee with the Curator series, but on April 17 it began a new event, Night @tritonmuseum.

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Harrison Street Churning Headlines Again
By Robert Haugh

Harrison Street Churning Headlines Again

An 1890s Victorian home at 1091 Harrison is making headlines once again. The Old Quad neighborhood home has stimulated interest, with the home recently having been painted to resemble the multi-colored Victorian home featured...

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This Week's Letters

Soccer mom and dads and of course our soccer kids, what would you say if the solution to your problem was simple, and at the city’s finger tips, and will benefit soccer here in Santa Clara long term?

The solution is simple, the hard part is to get the hard headed Ideologues to put their differences aside for the betterment of our kids.

Where can we find venues that will be a win win for everyone?

The answer is the city’s three high schools: Wilcox High School, Buchser High School and Santa Clara High School.

We can take a page from the San Jose Unified School District and follow their lead. Most, if not all, the high school football fields have been reconfigured to accommodate both sports.

Now all we need is for the city and school board to set aside their differences for the good of our kids. Simple solution. Lets get this done.

Thanks
- Rich Solis

The City Clerks Office and the utility people want to raise our rates once again. A lot of the younger people who have big jobs and can pay six or seven hundred of thousands of dollars for a house can probably handle the increase. But the older people who have been here sixty or more years, like myself, and living on a fixed income, will probably have to rob Peter to pay Paul. I think that’s asking a little much.

- Virginia Ronchetti

Showers of Blessing Fall on Santa Clara’s 27th Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration
By Diane Andrews

Showers of Blessing Fall on Santa Clara’s 27th Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration

"Mother Earth wanted to bless this day so she sent us some rain," says Santa Clara Councilmember Teresa O’Neill at Santa Clara’s 2014 Arbor Day and Earth Day celebration April 25, as she welcomed the teachers, parents, 120 kindergarteners from Don Callejon K- 8 School, and third graders from Pomeroy Elementary School who were packed inside the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The morning program celebrating Mother Earth, normally held outdoors on the grounds of the Triton Museum at 1505 Warburton Avenue, had been relocated across the street because of rain showers and proceeded without a hint of dampened spirits.

Santa Clara’s 27th Tree City U.S.A. Award, from the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, was presented to O’Neill by Jamie Norton, Division Chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Mission College Baseball Claims Season Finale in Dramatic Fashion
By Robert Haugh

Mission College Baseball Claims Season Finale in Dramatic Fashion

The Mission College Saints (25-9) won their final regular season game in climatic fashion, claiming the 5-4 win over the San Francisco Rams with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, concluding Coast Conference Golden Gate division in second place with a 17-5 record.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Mission knotted the game at 1-1 when Matt Cole scored on a deep sac fly to right field by Erik Colombini. Jian Lee gave the Saints a 2-1 lead in the second when he scored on a fielding error.

The Saints’ bats perked up in the fourth with Reed Kienle tripling in Hayden Hibberd. Kienle then scored on a deep sacrifice fly by Cole, giving the host Saints a comfortable 4-1 lead.

The Rams’ bats came alive in the eighth inning, as former Wilcox standout Nick Morehead surpassed the 100-pitch mark. After allowing a two-RBI double by Rams standout left fielder Kyle McGraw (3-for-5, three RBIs, run), the Saints gave up the tying run after a pair of errors.

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Braly Elementary School Hosts “Soaring Eagles’ Night of Song”
By Cynthia Cheng

Braly Elementary School Hosts “Soaring Eagles’ Night of Song”

“We’ve got a really diverse school with children from all over the world, from countries like Russia, India, Pakistan, and all over Europe,” says Miakje Kamstra, principal of Braly Elementary School. “Our school represents 26 different language backgrounds. I believe music brings cultures together.”

So it makes sense that Braly’s kindergarten students would sing “It’s a Small World” during the school’s Soaring Eagles’ Night of Song on April 24. The melodic voices of the children reminded everyone present that music education is an important part of a child’s development.

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Making The Band: Vanguard Color Guard
By Melissa McKenzie

Making The Band: Vanguard Color Guard

They come from Santa Clara’s backyard to across the nation and around the globe just to be part of an elite group of participants in the Santa Clara Vanguard’s color guard. What originally started out as hundreds of anxious applicants was pared down to a hopeful 62, as Vanguard held its final color guard callbacks at The King’s Academy April 25-27. Of those 62 young men and women, only 36 (18 men and 18 women) would become members of Vanguard for the 2014 season.

Returning members still had to compete with up-and-comers, and the competition was tough, as no spot is guaranteed and each person had to fight their way into the guard.

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