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Artist Puts Santa Clara’s Uniqueness on Display
By Melissa McKenzie

There has been much buzz lately about the murals being painted at the Merry Mart Uniforms store on the corner of Washington and Newhall streets in Santa Clara, and what began as a single mural by artist Jason Guastucci has turned into multiple compositions that not only extend behind the building, but into the store itself.

According to store manager Janine Barber, the idea arose when Merry Mart management was thinking of ways to spruce up the building’s exterior. Someone came up with the idea of a mural and–upon receiving approval to complete the facelift from the building landlord, Gillmor and Associates–a friend of a friend introduced the family-owned business to Guastucci...

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Children Aim to be Masters of Fire and Lightning
Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng

Children Aim to be Masters of Fire and Lightning

June 19 was the first day of the week-long Lightning Bolt Dragons camp at Rock-it Science (www.rockitscience.com), a Santa Clara-based non-profit organization. According to Rock-it Science’s website, the camp allowed children to become “a master of fire and lightning” by executing a number of experiments including making lightning bolts and producing fire from ice.”

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SCPD Top Dogs Show Off New Bullet-Proof Vests to Donors
Story by Diane Andrews

SCPD Top Dogs Show Off New Bullet-Proof Vests to Donors

K-9 Brek and K-9 Dex–four-footed members of the Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD)–looked as proud as a German Shepherd could in their new bullet-proof and stab-resistant vests. They were on campus at Foothill College in Los Altos...

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Westside Beats Briarwood in Santa Clara Showdown
By Andrew Bensch

Westside Beats Briarwood in Santa Clara Showdown

Santa Clara Westside’s winning ways continued with a win over rival Briarwood on Monday. Eric Honer, Jarren Advincula and Kailan Chao all hit home runs for Westside, who cruised to a 12-1, 10-run-rule victory in five innings. Honer hammered his homer into left-center field in the top of the second to open the scoring. Advincula and Chao would add their big flies with the game already well in hand. That said, Chao’s round tripper was essentially a walk-off homer as it ended the game by putting Westside up by 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth...

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This Week's Letter

I am getting tired of the saga involving David's Restaurant.  For twenty years Ebhrami did everything that was expected of him and now he is just in the way and scheduled for the trash heap.  Poor David, he did not sponsor a traveling podcast for the egos of council members, or become the self appointed urban troubadour that makes pizzas and does selfies with the stars.  He just ran a restaurant and paid people. Not good enough for him.  This ends up in court, as there is no need for the Council to trump tweet when they have stooges to do it for them.  David's is to be replaced by an Urban Villiage Institute for podcasting hate speech with a pizza oven and council selfies hung in the back.

James Rowen

City’s Demonstration Garden to Draw Crucial Pollinators
Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng

City’s Demonstration Garden to Draw Crucial Pollinators

Near the back entrance of Central Park Library (2635 Homestead Road, between San Tomas Expy. and Kiely Blvd.) is the City’s new Demonstration Garden. Adorning the space are Japanese maple trees and a bird bath. Also planted here are drought tolerant plants including the Davis milkweed, which attracts monarch butterflies, and the pink flowering currant, which draws bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The ribbon cutting took place on June 21, just in time for summer solstice.

City Manager Rajeev Batra acknowledged special attendees, including City Councilmembers Debi Davis and Kathy Watanabe, Deputy Director of Public Works Dave Staub, City Librarian Hilary Keith, and Director of Parks & Recreation James Teixeira...

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Briarwood All Stars Advance After Astonishing Comeback
By Andrew Bensch

Briarwood All Stars Advance After Astonishing Comeback

Not even Hollywood would have been able to script the real-life excitement at Santa Clara Briarwood Little League on Saturday. The 11-12 year-old Briarwood All Stars’ mind-boggling, 11-9 comeback victory over Sunnyvale Metro was better than any Hollywood production. It was unscripted baseball at its finest and purest.

Despite blowing a 4-0 lead and witnessing Sunnyvale’s shortstop make some Brandon Crawford-esque amazing catches, Briarwood stormed back from a 9-4 hole. The Santa Clara squad pounded out four home runs over the final two innings. Alan Ramirez and Ozzy Cadena went back-to-back in the fifth while AJ Meneses hit a two-run shot to tie the score in the sixth. Two batters later, Justin Aldor crushed a two-run walk-off homer to end the game, sending the Briarwood crowd into a frenzy.

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