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The Rubik’s Cube is Demystified at New Northside Library Club
By Cynthia Cheng

A recreational fad of the 1980s was solving the Rubik’s Cube. To do this, one must align the panels showing six scattered colors until each color would finally appear uniformly on each side on the cube. It looks like the Rubik’s Cube is making a comeback at Northside Library’s new Cube Club, led by volunteers and high school sophomores Kenneth Lin and Dylon Tjanaka. Fascinated with 3D puzzles since they were seventh graders at Don Callejon School, the boys now want to help other kids nurture a new hobby.

“Solving a Rubik’s Cube comes with using a lot of algorithms in math,” says Angela Ocana, librarian at Northside Library...

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Wilcox Chargers Claim Victory Under Friday Night Lights
Story and photos by Theresa Condon

Wilcox Chargers Claim Victory Under Friday Night Lights

Two of Santa Clara football teams took to the gridiron last Friday to battle it out in an exciting conference game at Santa Clara High School. Fans of both teams were out in full force to cheer on the players and the glow of school spirit kept spectators warm as the temperature dropped after sundown.

The Wilcox Chargers took a commanding lead out of the gate, scoring their first touchdown just a few minutes after kickoff...

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Final two issue forums highlight community concerns
By David Alexander

Final two issue forums highlight community concerns

Santa Clara political candidates sounded off again in the last of the city’s issue-oriented forums.

The two forums took place Thursday and Friday evening in the City Council Chambers, 1500 Warburton Ave. Candidates for Santa Clara’s police chief, city clerk and Council seats three, four, six and seven turned out to answer a series of questions put forth by public both online and during the forum...

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Fostered at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

Childhood Cancer Awareness Fostered at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara

A brave young cancer patient named Tyler DeCourcey is one of the reasons that Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara organized a special Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day at the medical center recently. Events throughout the day included educational booths in the medical center courtyard and special guests, like the San Jose hockey team mascot and a comic book hero. Tyler was there too, because he’s in the medical center for treatments against neuroblastoma...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council Seat 6 candidate Mohammed Nadeem.
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Mohammed Nadeem wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council

Nadeem has been a member of the board of directors of the Mission City Community Fund since 2012. He has served on the library board and the Santa Clara Civil Service Commission. He is a professor of business and marketing at National University in San Jose.

While serving on the civil service commission and previous vies for the Council, Nadeem said he got the “inside scoop” on how the city operates. That “inside scoop” combined with his business acumen, teaching experience and use of social media...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council Seat 7 candidate Kevin Park
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Tino Silva wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council.

Silva has been a member of Santa Clara’s Charter Review Committee and its Parks and Recreation commission. He was the president of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University...

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This Week's Letters

We are indeed, locally and nationally, in the midst of election season. A time where controversy, finger pointing, and accusations abound. It seems one of the biggest negative points from Mr. Barber, in his Milestones column, and from the current police chief, is the fact that Pat Nikolai does not have his Bachelor’s degree. The current chief paid a fee and received his degree online. Pat Nikolai spent three years with his hind end in a chair in classrooms at a well regarded university, California Polytechnic State University, aka Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Only leaving because, he and his wife started a family. Does this really deserve the disparagement he has received from Mr. Barber and others. If a college degree was a necessity, would it not be a requirement to run for Chief of Police. It is not. Nor is it a requirement for the County Sheriff. The California Government Code does not require it and it is the law of the state. Let me mention a few others who did not finish college, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Richard Branson. Is this really an important issue? Or a simple grasp at political straws of no substance.

Brett Cole

Editor's Note: We looked into this question and requested a transcript from Michael Sellers' alma mater, California State University Long Beach. Sellers received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Services in 2003 from CSULB, according to his transcript. Seller's major was Occupational Studies, which has been offered in the CSU system since the mid-1990s, was early adopter of online learning in its "extended university" program (CSU-EU)

The program is designed for mid-career professionals and in conjunction with employers.

"To be educationally effective, programs for mid-career adults often require additional features that are not part of most on-campus programs," according to their 2003 program brochure.

People of Santa Clara

The people on our City Council are working very hard for us,with the exception of one.  I am not going to name names,for it is your duty to know who is putting our City first. Come to the meetings or watch it on T V or on your computer.

This is a very important election. Our City Clerk, who has done a great job and the person running against the police chief,needs your votes.

We finally have good people and we need to keep them. Mr.York wants our present council gone.

Remember: If it is not broken, don't fix it.

Dorothy Rosa

Mission College Symphony Kicks Off 10th Season with Intimate Mini-Concert
By Carolyn Schuk

Mission College Symphony Kicks Off 10th Season with Intimate Mini-Concert

Today performance is all about new ways of experiencing the arts. Mission College Symphony launched its 2016-17 season on Sept. 25 with a mini-concert “Beautiful B&B” – Bach to Brahms – in the Gillmor Center that gave listeners a distinctively immersive experience of orchestral music.

Technically, the venue isn’t a recital hall - it’s a lecture hall with no stage. But the hall is excellent for classical and acoustic music. And last month’s Mission College Symphony concert showed just how versatile it is, offering clear and full sound for chamber music, and a surrounding, sound for full orchestra...

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Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates
The Santa Clara Weekly is running a series of profiles on political candidates in the November election -- this article focuses on city council seat four candidate Tino Silva
By David Alexander

Getting to Know the Santa Clara City Council Candidates

Tino Silva wants to represent you on the Santa Clara City Council.

Silva has been a member of Santa Clara’s Charter Review Committee and its Parks and Recreation commission. He was the president of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League, holds a Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University, and has worked in the human resources field for more than 15 years.

“I think Santa Clara needs someone who will stand up for what Santa Clara wants and what Santa Clara needs,” he said. “I understand and connect with folks to really be able to engage with them, to be able to peel the onion.”

Silva said his background allows him to “look at the big picture” and allows him to deal with conflict in a productive way...

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St. Mary di Rosa Academies Asks Donors to Dig Deep for Well in Cameroon
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

St. Mary di Rosa Academies Asks Donors to Dig Deep for Well in Cameroon

Parchibell Nadum Feka was the most striking person in the room. The tall, dark-skinned woman from Cameroon, her hair in long braids, wore the traditional, formal clothing of Central and West Africa–an elegant lapis lazuli blue top and long skirt made of cotton damask with a machine-embroidered design in bright gold thread. The matching blue scarf wrapped around her head added to her stature. Her smile invited friendship.

Feka had traveled from Cameroon to speak to the supporters of St. Mary di Rosa Academies (SMRA), a Santa Clara-based nonprofit benefitting women and girls, including the deaf, in impoverished Sub-Saharan African communities. Feka spoke at a fundraiser held September 25 at the Santa Clara Senior Center, 1303 Fremont St...

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UC Santa Cruz Celebrates Silicon Valley Satellite Campus
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

UC Santa Cruz Celebrates Silicon Valley Satellite Campus

It was another Silicon Valley first–a ribbon cutting by a robot for the grand opening celebration of the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara on September 28. The remote-controlled, Husky A200 robot quickly upstaged UCSC Chancellor George Blumenthal and other academics and dignitaries on hand for the 6 p.m. ceremony, bringing laughs and applause from the surprised onlookers seated outdoors.

The robot ribbon-cutting hinted at an innovative future for the new UCSC satellite campus (siliconvalley.ucsc.edu) at 3175 Bowers Ave. at Scott Blvd., across the street from the new Santa Clara Square Marketplace...

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