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Santa Clara Olympian Gears Up for Rio Games
By David Alexander

Alysia Montano doesn’t think about the competition. When gearing up mentally to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, she sets her sights on personal goals.

“The biggest thing is taking it one step at a time, focusing on the task at hand ... I don’t think about the next day until the next day comes,” she said. “I’m not worried about everybody else ... The biggest thing is not to compare yourself to everybody else... If I am able to look at me... to get better a little bit every day, that is a success.”

Montano, a Santa Clara native, is one of five athletes on Team 24-hour Fitness, each of whom is vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in the 2016 summer games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Mike Carney, vice president of marketing for 24-hour Fitness, said Montano typifies the sort of competitive spirit 24-hour Fitness aims to foster in each of its members, whether they work out once a week or are training for the highest level of competition.

“There are hurdles. There are setbacks. There is a renewed commitment each time you face one of these challenges,” he said.

Fitness is all about “small unique victories,” he added...

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Bill Wilson Center Makes Dreams Come True for Homeless Youth
By Diane Andrews

Bill Wilson Center Makes Dreams Come True for Homeless Youth

Just say "Yes!" when the White House calls and invites you to speak. That's what Sparky Harlan, CEO of the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) in Santa Clara, said the morning of May 19 when the White House phoned and asked her to speak about BWC's strategies for ending youth homelessness.

Harlan made the exciting announcement to the 400 attendees of the Bill Wilson Center's 12th Annual Building Dreams Luncheon held at the Santa Clara Convention Center the same day she received the call to travel to Washington, D.C., to speak on June 3...

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Library Hosts Virtual Chat with New York Times Bestselling Author Patrick Rothfuss
By Cynthia Cheng

Library Hosts Virtual Chat with New York Times Bestselling Author Patrick Rothfuss

Author Patrick Rothfuss started writing “The Name of the Wind” in 1994. The book was published in 2007. The fantasy novel went on to become a New York Times bestseller and is the subject of talks about being made into a TV show, movie and a video game. Librarian Justin Wasterlain caught up with Rothfuss at a May 11 Library Talk held at Central Park Library...

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Graduation Ceremony Honors Participants of Girls Who Code
By Cynthia Cheng

Graduation Ceremony Honors Participants of Girls Who Code

Elysa Lee, 12, says she enjoys learning to code with friends through the Santa Clara City Library’s Girls Who Code program because she could turn to familiar faces when she has questions. Also in the same program are Rhea Nair, 12, and Anishka Bhartiya, 12, who both share that the program’s welcoming teachers have nurtured their flourishing coding skills...

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Chi Am Circle Scholarship Awards

Chi Am Circle Scholarship Awards

Cheered on by almost 200 guests, thirty graduating high school seniors from Santa Clara County and surrounding cities were feted with the Chi Am Circle Scholarship Program celebration at China Stix Restaurant in Santa Clara on Thursday, May 12, 2016...

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This Week's Letter

In response to Robert Forsythe's letter to the editor:

It’s election time again, and Democrat Ro Khanna embodies the change that our district needs. While Honda has been busy diverting attention from the Office of Congressional Ethics’ probe into his corrupt behavior, Khanna has been a champion of local community needs. While Honda has been receiving money from wealthy donors in exchange for favors, Khanna is one of 8 candidates nationwide who refuses corporate, lobbyist, and PAC money and instead chooses to run his campaign with integrity. Mr. Forsythe, I trust that the 17th congressional district will have the good sense to elect Ro to Congress, and welcome Honda to his retirement. 

Sofia Serdengecti 

Girl Scout Troop 60028 Donates $1,000 to the JW House
By Cynthia Cheng

Girl Scout Troop 60028 Donates $1,000 to the JW House

“Our troop sold 1,405 boxes of cookies,” says Girl Scout Sydney Shumaker, 10. “It feels good to donate our profits because we’re helping people in need of a place to stay.”

After school on Wednesday, May 18, members of Girl Scout Troop 60028 presented a check of $1,000 to the JW House.  The facility offers overnight and day use services for families of patients receiving treatment in hospitals nearby. The donation came from profits of the troop’s cookie sales this year. There are 10 girls in the troop, most of whom are fifth grade students at Ponderosa Elementary School. The school is located in Sunnyvale but is part of the Santa Clara Unified School District...

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Exhibit at de Saisset Museum Explains the History of Museum’s Namesake
By Cynthia Cheng

Exhibit at de Saisset Museum Explains the History of Museum’s Namesake

In the downstairs floor of Santa Clara University’s de Saisset Museum, the view into an exhibit room reveals two large paintings. On the left is a portrait of a woman baring one shoulder, her hair swept into an updo. On the right is a moustached man in a suit holding a painter’s palette with brushes. Both paintings, done with oil on canvas, are the works of Ernest de Saisset, the namesake of the museum. The first is Isabel de Saisset, Ernest’s sister and the second is a self portrait of the artist. The exhibit “de Saisset: From Family Name to Artistic Legacy” isabout the life of Ernest de Saisset and his family.

“The de Saisset family is our museum’s namesake; last year we celebrated the museum’s 60th anniversary, and it gave us a chance to explore Ernest de Saisset and how his artistic pursuits led to the eventual founding of this museum,” says Lauren Baines, museum programs and media relations manager...

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Santa Clara's Future: Balancing Housing, Job and Transportation Needs
By Diane Andrews

Santa Clara's Future: Balancing Housing, Job and Transportation Needs

"Santa Clara's Future –Your Quality of Life" was the topic of a panel discussion sponsored by the Santa Clara Chamber Political Action Committee (SCCPAC) on May 18 at the Mission City Center for Performing Arts.

Moderator Ken Rowell from Bay Area Builders introduced the three panelists, experts in housing and transportation issues: Tim Cornwell, a principal of the Concord Group; Bruce Fukuji, an architect and urban planner with Urban Design Innovations; and Brendon Harrington, transportation manager for Google, Inc., Mountain View...

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