Sean’s K-9s Continues Mission

Sean’s K-9s Continues Mission

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Turning tragedy into triumph, Cheryl Walsh took the traumatic loss of her son, Sean, who died serving in Afghanistan as part of the California Army National Guard, and turned it into something positive. It was while she was planning the funeral for her only child when Walsh decided to devote her life to honoring his dream of becoming a police K-9 handler by creating a non-profit that provides...

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Santa Clara’s Whole Foods Market Celebrates First Birthday

Santa Clara’s Whole Foods Market Celebrates First Birthday

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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At Santa Clara’s Whole Foods Market (at 2732 Augustine Dr. #1600) on July 28, a number of store patrons came dressed in tropical prints to recognize the supermarket’s first birthday celebration. Apparently they got the memo that the first 100 people to come to the store wearing Hawaiian attire during the evening would receive a free gift—Two-Bite Coconut Macaroons. “We opened last year...

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Mission City VetRun

Runners Sweat for Vets

  • Photos by Larry Sacks
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Early risers prepared to “sweat for vets” on Sunday, August 6. The Mission City VetRun partnered with local beneficiaries to put on this run to support military veterans. The course started in front of Levi’s Stadium at the Faithful Mile and continued along the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail. Runners received special VetRun Challenge Finishers dog tags for completing the 5K or 10K—some...

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The Tjanaka Brothers Win High School Division of the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship

The Tjanaka Brothers Win High School Division of the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship

  • By Cynthia Cheng
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Back in April, brothers Bryon Tjanaka, 17, and Dylon Tjanaka, 15, ventured out of Santa Clara and traveled to Louisville, Kentucky with the robot they engineered to compete in the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship. At the time of the competition, Bryon Tjanaka was a sophomore and Dylon Tjanaka was a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory. Their team, Team 86868: The Resistance, won the High...

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Norma Haxton Celebrates 20-Years as a Crossing Guard with SCPD

Norma Haxton Celebrates 20-Years as a Crossing Guard with SCPD

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Santa Clara Police Chief Michael J. Sellers and Community Service Officer Taylor Carpenter honored Norma Haxton with a 20-year service pin for her contributions as a Crossing Guard for the City of Santa Clara. This presentation took place in front of Haxton's colleagues during a Back to School training and breakfast at the Police Building. Chief Sellers thanked all the Crossing Guards for the...

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Gymnastics and Various Martial Arts Styles Come Together at Gymrate

Gymnastics and Various Martial Arts Styles Come Together at Gymrate

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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When Robert “Robby” Putnam was three-years-old, he started doing martial arts because he loved watching the Ninja Turtles. In his later years, he got into gymnastics because he loved working with kids. Combining his interests in martial arts and gymnastics, Putnam now owns the Santa Clara based Gymrate (pronounced gym-RAH-tee), located upstairs in Airborne Gymnastics (1515 Walsh Avenue,...

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Santa Clarans Cut Loose at Annual Street Dance

Santa Clarans Cut Loose at Annual Street Dance

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Put on by the Cultural Commission, Santa Clara’s Annual Street Dance threw the party of the summer. Santa Clarans put on their dancing shoes and filled Franklin Square Mall for tunes provided by the Houserockers and delectable food selections. The night air was full of music as kids got their faces painted and even Star Wars characters joined in the...

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New on the Horizon: Drone Racing Takes Off

New on the Horizon: Drone Racing Takes Off

  • By Diane Andrews
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FPV goggles on, remote radio control in hand, Justin Rey Baltazar from Santa Clara can be spotted most weekdays flying his hand-built drone at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, where he practices drone racing and free-style maneuvers for one or two hours after work. Baltazar views the flight through the FPV (first-person view) goggles that are connected to the camera mounted on his drone. Although...

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Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation Goes Above and Beyond to Serves the Community

Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation Goes Above and Beyond to Serves the Community

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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A recent phone poll surveying 500 Santa Clara residents found that Santa Clarans overwhelmingly approve of the Santa Clara City Fire Department’s performance. What many Santa Clarans don’t know is that nearly all of the men and women who serve Santa Clara regularly give back to the community through the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation. “We have a huge amount of participation from our...

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Small Business Spotlight: La Paloma Restaurant

Small Business Spotlight: La Paloma Restaurant

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Open for 40 years this year, La Paloma Restaurant remains a favorite among Santa Clarans. Using family recipes, owners Rudy and Cindy Parker began serving authentic Mexican favorites in 1977. After growing up in the restaurant business and helping run several restaurants with his parents in Southern California, Rudy wanted to venture out on his own. He had family living in San Jose and found...

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