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War For Four Comes Down to Tie-Break

War For Four Comes Down to Tie-Break
By Melissa McKenzie

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It’s only been happening for four years, but the excitement and enthusiasm for the Black and Blue Olympics, pitting the Santa Clara High School Bruins against the Wilcox Chargers in an all-school challenge, is incredible.

On April 5, Wilcox, having won last year’s BBO after losing the first two competitions, walked into the Youth Activity Center screaming and yelling. They wanted to win and needed everyone else to know it. Santa Clara, however, arrived in a much more subdued way, choosing to let their skill speak for itself.

For the 2013 “War for Four” competition, Teen Center Recreation Coordinator Rich Casem, “the hostess with the mostest,” put together an event schedule consisting of nine events and challenges, with the two most entertaining being “5 Minutes of Fame,” where each school creates and choreographs a five minute routine that will impress the judges, and “FTW,” which is a 10 minute mega-mix of songs that require a handful of students to entertain the crowd and the judges (both of these judged events were scored after the physical challenges). A total of 16 points was awarded.

“[BBO] is something fun we do with the kids,” said Casem. “It’s about collaboration and school unity...the kids get excited and it proves there is such a thing as school pride.”

After halftime, the score was tied at 2 apiece.

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Sharks Coach McLellan Speaks at Scout Breakfast
By Melissa McKenzie

Sharks Coach McLellan Speaks at Scout Breakfast

When San Jose Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan was growing up in Canada, there were no Boy Scouts of America for him to join. Instead of hiking, camping and learning life skills through participating in activities with boys his age, McLellan joined sports teams. He talked about his experiences and how they relate to the need for scouting at the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of Boy Scouts of America’s Community Leadership Breakfast on April 4.

“Young men crave the opportunity to belong to something

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Bruins Best Chargers in Rivalry Match
By Melissa McKenzie

Bruins Best Chargers in Rivalry Match

Rivalries bring out the best in every team, and with the Wilcox Chargers dominating the Santa Clara Bruins in boys volleyball for at least the last three years, there was a bit of an extra incentive for Santa Clara to win. But, it wasn’t going to be easy.

After losing the first game 25-23, Santa Clara was determined not to go out in straight sets. When Santa Clara got the ball at 3-2 in the second game, the Bruins scored four unanswered points to pull ahead 6-3 before an incredible rally ended at the hand of Wilcox junior Kenny Dipko.

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Bongiorno

Bongiorno

Studio-Bongiorno held an Artist’s Salon on April 6 for its new show, Impulse. Featuring the work of Syd Dunton, Asha, Gary David, Robin Costa Freeman, and Peter Catalfo, among others, Impulse runs through April 29 at 500 Lincoln Street (the old California Monument Company site) in Santa Clara.

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Brides Buy to Benefit Breast Cancer Organization
By Melissa McKenzie

Brides Buy to Benefit Breast Cancer Organization

There are plenty of bridal salons in the Bay Area. From chain shops to independent boutiques, brides-to-be have hundreds of options for when it comes to finding their perfect dress. However, on April 5-6 about 140 brides got the chance to say “yes to the dress,” while supporting a good cause, when the Brides Against Breast Cancer tour rolled into the Santa Clara Hyatt.

“Brides against Breast Cancer is a nationwide tour of charity wedding gown sales,” said Tour Manager Mya Widmyer. “We travel to 120 cities a year selling deeply discounted couture

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Karate

Karate

Hundreds of martial arts participants competed at The Golden Gate Internationals Martial Arts Championships and Extravaganza on April 5-6 at the Santa Clara Hyatt.

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This Week's Letters

Comment about the "Hilmar Parking, Traffic Problems Continue Unabated" City Desk article in the April 3rd - 9th issue:

March 26th city council meeting, a request was made by residents of the "Hilmar Neighborhood" to change the hourly parking signs to resident-only parking. Kevin Park spoke against resident-only parking, "Good parking is the first chance a business gets to be successful. We need to start thinking about what makes sense." Businesses should have considered this before opening in a location that provides zero parking. These businesses and city need to start thinking about eliminating this enormous burden on the residents. This is a quality of life issue, not a course in Business 101. Not one of the businesses provides even one parking space. Starbucks and another restaurant are soon to open in the same block. Would you want the residential street in front of your home to provide parking for all of these businesses? Our residential streets may be public streets; however, they are not public parking lots.

Margie Slivinske
Hilmar Resident, AKA Sleepless in Santa Clara

The idea of eliminating two lanes on Pruneridge Ave to add a bike lane has created a terrible daily traffic problem. Cars bottlenecks at both Lawrence expressway and Pomeroy, with a line of cars stretching from one end to the other. This makes it very difficult for residents in the Cascade park area to get in or out. Before the city does any more"Improvements"they should study the impact of all that will be affected.

Dave Stone

Literacy Learners Speak at Library Event
By Melissa McKenzie

Literacy Learners Speak at Library Event

Rejoyce R. stepped up to the podium at the Mission City Center for the Performing Arts on April 6 and began to speak. Within seconds, she started tearing up. The courage it took for her to speak in front of the crowd sparked an encouraging wave of applause from the audience. What they learned about Rejoyce was something most people take for granted - up until recently, Rejoyce had a difficult time reading.

“I went to clean Mr. Jimmy’s and Miss Marie’s house,” read Rejoyce from her essay, “From Shame to Leadership.” “Mr. Jimmy wanted me to mop the floors with a special cleaner that was under the kitchen cabinet. My workers were in other parts of the house, so it left me to find the cleaner myself.

“I knew what the products in my bucket were, but not the ones under his sink. I was under there looking for it so long that he came up to me and asked, ‘Baby, do you have trouble reading?’ I said, ‘Yes, I do.’ There were only two people in my life who ever got me to say that. I felt like somebody understood me. Even though Mr. Jimmy knew how to read, it was like a weight was lifted off of me because someone knew and understood.”

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A Decade of Honoring the Arts at Santa Clara High School
By Diane Andrews

A Decade of Honoring the Arts at Santa Clara High School

Santa Clara High School arts teachers and students transformed the school’s small gym into an art gallery April 3 for the 10th Annual Day of the Arts Celebration honoring the arts and aspiring SCHS student artists. The temporary gallery included tables of ceramics and walls displaying several hundred photographs, paintings, drawings, digital art, and graphic designs. Original animations and videos could be viewed on computers. During the day, teachers brought classes of students to view the exhibit. Parents and students visited during an evening, school-wide open house for incoming freshmen.

"The arts are thriving at Santa Clara High School," says Neil Woodman, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Humanity on Display at Triton
By Melissa McKenzie

Humanity on Display at Triton

Dominic Cretara’s “20 Years of Painting and Drawing” exhibit at the Triton Museum of Art draws on the emotions of its viewers.

An odd sadness comes over the viewer when looking at the family portraits in the museum’s Rotunda. Cretara, himself, is not a sad man, but the color choices and positioning of his subjects, gives off a feeling of despair. The paintings could be memories slowly slipping away from the artist as time takes over as there is a bit of a surreal quality to the artwork.

From there, the exhibit only gets more intense. A warning sign is set out in front of the back hallway alerting visitors to the sensitive subjects of the three paintings against the wall.

Trekking further into the depths of the museum, and entering the Warburton Gallery through the back entryway, visitors find themselves face-to-face with a bizarre set of art pieces.

Just inside the back entrance, are a set of paintings that encompass the OJ Simpson murder trial - two victims, mostly naked, laying stiff on artistic slabs, an ominous hooded figure stands in front of a wall, a judge with a striking resemblance to Judge Lance

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