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Sean’s K9s Holds First Fundraiser
By Melissa McKenzie

The Santa Clara Elks Lodge had been transformed to an island getaway on Aug. 8. There was a roasted pig, tropical entertainment and carved fruit that said Welcome to Luau and one emblazoned with the Sean’s K9s logo. Last Saturday evening was a special day for Cheryl Walsh and the supporters of her non-profit, the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation.

After Walsh lost her son in Afghanistan in November of 2011, Walsh made it her passion to give back to police departments, as it was her son’s dream to become an K9 officer once his military service had ended.

Within six months of forming the foundation, enough money had been raised to fund the first grant to the Santa Clara Police Department. Since that time, Sean’s K9s has donated police dogs throughout the state and the first annual luau gave four of those dogs and their handlers the opportunity to attend, including the first K9, Argo from SCPD, second K9 Faro from San Rafael PD, tenth K9 Raider from the Santa Clara County Sherriff’s Department and eleventh K9 Rudiger from the Nevada City Police Department.

In addition to celebrating all the organization has been able to do, while raising funds for future K9s, luau guests enjoyed entertainment that brought the islands to Santa Clara...

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Santa Clara Comes to Dance
By Larry Sacks

Santa Clara Comes to Dance

Although the night of Aug. 6, saw a rare evening lightshow featuring the rumbling sounds of thunder and an impressive lightning show, the skies cleared and the weather was perfect for the Aug. 7 Annual Street Dance at Franklin Square. The evening began early as residents and fans of the Street Dance and the musical guest, The Hitmen...

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Northside Library Glams Up for One-Year Anniversary Bash
By Cynthia Cheng

Northside Library Glams Up for One-Year Anniversary Bash

Northside Library zipped through a busy inaugural year. An estimated 280,000 visitors have walked through its glass doors. About 380,000 items have been checked out...

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More International Recognition for Santa Clara's Citizen Engagement Programs
By Carolyn Schuk

More International Recognition for Santa Clara's Citizen Engagement Programs

The town clerk – keeper and protector of the community's recorded history – is one of the world's oldest municipal offices. In California that role goes beyond protecting the accuracy and transparency of public records to active outreach that keeps people engaged with the processes of governance...

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Future Doctors get Training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers

Future Doctors get Training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers

It is 5:45 a.m. on a recent Monday and Rachel Shelly-Abrahamson, a third-year medical student, is in an office cubicle at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, intently studying patient medical records on a computer screen. She quickly takes detailed notes, because in less than an hour, she, accompanied by a Kaiser Permanent physician, will be seeing patients for the first time.

Shelly-Abrahamson and seven of her classmates are part of a first-ever medical clerkship partnership between Boston University Medical School and The Permanente Medical Group. Kaiser Permanente has trained third-year medical students before, but this is the first time a year-long program has offered training in multiple clinical departments at Kaiser Permanente medical centers in Santa Clara and San Jose...

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National Night Out
by Larry Sacks

National Night Out

On most, if not all, weeknights, people typically go home and pay little heed to their neighbors. They may wave as they pass by, but once they’re safely ensconced behind their locked front door, they rarely venture outdoors for anything other than pushing the garbage and recycling carts to the curb, or going to their favorite neighborhood grocery store.

However, on the first Tuesday of August every year, in more and more neighborhoods across the country, people not only venture out of their houses, they introduce themselves to their neighbors in an opportunity to get to know them, possibly for the first time.

The first Tuesday in August is National Night Out (NNO). The goal of the National Night Out is to promote a healthy partnership between the police department and residents to help make neighborhoods safer and to bring about a sense of community.

The goals of NNO are very admirable, especially since not everyone uses their front door, opting instead to come and go from the garage. The idea of “watching out for your neighbors” from your porch or living room window applies less and less when neither actually face the street...

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Santa Clara Westside Youth Claim Highest Honors

Santa Clara Westside Youth Claim Highest Honors

The Santa Clara Westside Little League 9/10-Year-Old All Stars recently claimed the Northern California State Championship, the highest honor for the age level. En route the to championship, the team went 12-1 in regional, district and state championship tournaments.

The team: Jarren Advincula, Kailan Chao, Exekiel Chavez, Jayce Dobie, Jake Ellegood, Andrew Goldenberg, RJ Gonzales, Mitchell Gonzalez, Jesse Gutierrez, Ryan Hauck, Luke McLachlan, Jordan Montez, Johnny Young. Manager: Frank Montez. Coaches: Jeremy Advincula, Alan Bonvicino, Mark Goldenberg...

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