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Triton Museum Holds First Night@tritonmuseum of 2015
By Melissa McKenzie

For the first time this year, the Triton Museum of Art held its popular Night@tritonmuseum.

Having cut back on the nights and debuting a lounge event earlier this year, the Triton, thanks to a grant from Silicon Valley Creates, put together a night event on July 31.

Featuring the School of Visual Philosophy’s Yori Seeger and student Nicolas VonBroen metalsmithing in and event favorites Vanessa Callanta, Michel Foley, Jojo Perea and Miguel Machuca, among others, demonstrating inside the rotunda, Friday’s night was bigger and better than the event’s debut last July (although still falling short of the surprising Nightmare@tritonmusuem last October)...

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Habitat’s ReStore Offers Bargains While Helping to Fund Much-Needed Affordable Housing
By Robert Haugh

Habitat’s ReStore Offers Bargains While Helping to Fund Much-Needed Affordable Housing

With many massive developments underway or in the works in the Mission City, one under-the-radar recent grand opening will provide locals with a new haven for low-cost, new and gently-used home improvement products.

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley recently opened a 10,000 square-foot Habitat...

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Notification of Traffic From Levi’s Stadium in Question
By Robert Haugh

Notification of Traffic From Levi’s Stadium in Question

Scheduling around traffic, congestion, street and creek trail closures on major Levi’s Stadium event days is generally eased by advance notification, with notification of most major events and traffic advisories issued several days in advance.

Recently, two events in a 72-hour period saw very little notice, throwing curveballs to creek trail riders and local commuters. The first instance many are deeming insufficient notification was 24-hour notice for the July 25 Manchester United F.C. and FC Barcelona international soccer contest. The traffic advisory was posted at 4:01 p.m. on July 24, stating, “European giants Manchester United F.C. and FC Barcelona will square off at Levi’s Stadium at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 25 in one of the premier matches of the tournament. Attendance is estimated at 71,000...

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Parity in the Art World Discussed at Coffee with the Curator
By Melissa McKenzie

Parity in the Art World Discussed at Coffee with the Curator

With communities rapidly changing and the make up of various populations becoming more diverse, museums face an interesting conundrum. Instead of simply showcasing what has always been the status quo, they’re looking deep into the fabric of their patrons and trying to find a balance of giving a voice to underserved groups and staying true to themselves.

In a Coffee with the Curator on July 27, Triton Museum of Art Chief Curator Preston Metcalf and Curator of Education/Museum Curator Ester Fernandez discussed the steps museums must take in order to create parity in the art world...

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Historian Reveals Story Behind Agnews Developmental Center
By Cynthia Cheng

Historian Reveals Story Behind Agnews Developmental Center

“Early in the morning on April 18, 1906, all of the hospital’s buildings were rendered useless when the Great Earthquake struck ... The earth opened and closed and the land on the eastern side shifted 16 feet to the north,” says Lorie Garcia, honorary city historian and author, at a July 30 talk at the Central Park Library. “The earthquake lasted 47 seconds... At the southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area, the most tragic scene resulting from the earthquake was at Agnew State Hospital... In the main building, the tower collapsed and fell all four floors between crumbling walls and crashed into the basement. All the other buildings were severely damaged.”

According to Garcia, 118 people died from the collapse. Such historical details can be found in Garcia’s book, “Agnews: Asylum, Hospital, Developmental Center 1885-1996.”

“My book is about the history of Agnews, the state hospital here in Santa Clara,” Garcia says. “Work started on it in 1886. It underwent several names. The first name was the California Hospital for the Chronic Insane. In 1889, the name was changed to the State Asylum at Agnews. Agnews State Hospital is what it later became. It was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Stocking, the hospital superintendent, who believed that mental hospitals should be a facility where you treated patients who could be released back to society...”

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Friends of Wilson Preschool’s Founder Shares Organization’s History
By Cynthia Cheng

Friends of Wilson Preschool’s Founder Shares Organization’s History

Many local parents cite Wilson Preschool, part of the Santa Clara Unified School District, as the place where their children made their first friends, first learned to share with others and first entered a classroom. The parent participation preschool, which collects tuition from attending families, opened in September 1981. Fast forward 30 years. In 2011, Friends of Wilson Preschool (FOWP) was founded as a charitable organization. Years ago, when California faced budget challenges, nine volunteers congregated on a monthly basis to discuss how to best support the preschool.

“California had to make some cuts all over the state in public education and this was going on even before 2011,” says Barbara Sullivan, retired Wilson Preschool supervisor and founder of FOWP. “When we started working on organizing Friends of Wilson, there was a recession. That was our first challenge and what first spurred us to start looking for fundraising ways to supplement the funding we received...”

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