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Black & Blue Olympics Create School Spirit
By Robert Haugh
Photos courtesy of Andrew Ratermann and Rich Casem

Pitting the yellow and gold of the Wilcox Chargers versus the blue and gold of the Santa Clara Bruins, the aptly dubbed Black & Blue Olympics once again highlighted the incredible spirit of students from the cross-town rivals.

Battling one another in an array of events from classics like tug-of-war, to the new “Kup-Tucky Derby,” it was the Chargers who took home the trophy this year, breaking what was a 2-2 tie, after each school claimed two triumphs. Wilcox now owns the “Dynasty” title, having claimed the coveted Gold Cup three consecutive years.

Having grown exponentially, with attendance over 1,200 and at least 200 students from each school competing, BBO is a fun, competitive event with an array of activities. Breaking stereotypes, the event brings together students from diverse backgrounds - from star athletes, to ASB leaders, to teachers’ assistants and nearly everyone in between.

Though Wilcox eventually scored the 10-7 win, the Bruins did not allow the Chargers to earn the Dynasty title easily, with the Bruins’ freshmen class striking first with a win in the “Skin the Snake Relay,” to take an early lead.

Rich Casem, Recreation Coordinator City of Santa Clara Teen Center says more effort was made to increase collaboration between the classes - from freshmen to seniors - in this year’s event.

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Aldyth Parle: Dec. 3, 1924 - May 1, 2014
By Carolyn Schuk

Aldyth Parle: Dec. 3, 1924 - May 1, 2014

The City of Santa Clara is in mourning for one of its most beloved citizens, Aldyth Parle, 89, who died last Thursday night at Valley Medical Center, following a car accident on Coleman Avenue. She was on her way home from a Santa Clara County Democratic Party Central Committee meeting, on which she had served for 20 years. Earlier in the day, she was at the dedication of the new Gillmor building at Mission College.

Parle's role as a "first citizen" of Santa Clara was summed up pretty simply by her longtime friend...

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Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

Santa Clara Aquamaids Achieve 2014 US National Championships High Points
While celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Santa Clara Aquamaids are continuing a tradition of excellence. At the recent USA Synchro National Championships in Arizona held April 8 through 12, SCA competitors were awarded the 2014 US Junior National Championship Club High Point honor by finishing with 123 total points, more than twice the total points of the second highest team.

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Midwestern Transplant Shares Home-grown Heirloom Tomato Seedlings with Community
By Diane Andrews

Midwestern Transplant Shares Home-grown Heirloom Tomato Seedlings with Community

Snuggled amidst the golden poppies in his front yard in Santa Clara, Kevin Garvey’s first tomato of the year is already blushing. In the backyard, large pots of heirloom tomato plants supported by wire cages, varieties with romantic names such as Black Prince and Brandywine Yellow, are lined up along a side fence, and soon will be planted in Garvey’s garden.

Flats of tomato seedlings—sprouted in little peat pots from seeds Garvey harvested from last year’s tomato crop—are ready to be given away free. Last year he gave away 1,000 heirloom tomato seedlings to Santa Clarans with a craving for home-grown tomatoes.

To sweeten the experience even more, Garvey, who is the broker-owner of the Realty World franchise at 805 Kiely Blvd. at Homestead Road, is sponsoring his 7th Annual Heirloom Tomato Contest and offering cash prizes: $100 for Best Plants, $100 for Best Tomatoes, and $25 for Kids & Teen Winners.

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This Week's Letter

I also strongly oppose any legislation to ban plastic bags within Santa Clara as such action would be economically detrimental and, above all, it is unnecessary and based upon false premises.

Drive around the City, observe the general cleanliness of our streets - you will not notice any significant number of plastic bags littering.

San Jose recently published a report about how much cleaner their waterways are, but that was AFTER they went through their homeless camps and moved the residents out from the waterway neighboring areas. Very simply and logically: if people without trash pickup and sewerage live next to waterways, they will pollute them.

Santa Clara is currently an oasis of reason in the plastic bag controversy. We absolutely do not need any change in our regulations.

Use our heads, don’t blindly follow the lies and gross exaggerations that have fueled this “rush to legislate”.

- Ronald B. Johnstone

Triton Raises Funds for Programs at Annual Event
By Melissa McKenzie

Triton Raises Funds for Programs at Annual Event

Keeping an idea fresh for nearly two decades is no easy task, and yet every year for the last 17, the Triton Museum of Art has managed to put on its annual gala with a new theme and dozens of artworks up for auction.

This year the museum and board of directors played on the popularity of the Mad Men TV show with MadArt, a silent and live auction event where 60s-era Madison Avenue attire was encouraged.

“[Board member] Elke [Groves] came up with the idea,” said Triton Executive Director Jill Meyers. “We were talking about a lot of different ideas but this one, I think, the board really liked. So when it was thrown out there, everyone agreed. It’s just a fun theme.”

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Mission College Dedicates Gillmor Family Building
By Robert Haugh

Mission College Dedicates Gillmor Family Building

Honoring a lasting legacy created by Gary Gillmor and his family, the West Valley-Mission Community College District celebrated the official opening of the Gary G. Gillmor and Family Academic Center at Mission College on May 1 with a ribbon cutting and reception.

The 112,000 square foot, three-story building will house approximately 50 percent of all classes instructed at the college. Among the features of the LEED Gold building are complete building energy management systems, a green roof on top of the Art Building, water efficient landscaping, roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and roof-mounted domestic hot water solar panels.

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