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Community Supports Beloved Coach

Community Supports Beloved Coach
By Melissa McKenzie

The Wilcox High School football field was overflowing with neon yellow t-shirts on Nov. 23 as students (past and present), family and friends of former basketball coach Creighton Lane came out to walk the school’s track to celebrate the life of a man who has been stricken with cancer, but hasn’t lost his passion for life.

“His reach goes so far that we made an attempt to bring together people who he has touched through those years all organized in one place,” said family friend Erroll Williams. “The place for that is Wilcox High School, because the culture and the love that Creighton has brought here extends through the students and the staff and the community and this is all we can do in his time of illness to show our appreciate of the valued person that he is.”

White balloons with messages of love, support and hope - all written by participants in the walk-a-thon - lined the school’s chain link fence.

“Creighton, you’ve always had the IT FACTOR!! The Perez Family loves you very much,” read one balloon. Another said, “You’re my inspiration to keep pushing forward and going strong. You’ll always be in my heart.”

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Wilcox Senior Excels Both Athletically and Academically; Becomes Finalist For Wendy’s High School Heisman Award
By Robert Haugh

Wilcox Senior Excels Both Athletically and Academically; Becomes Finalist For Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

Santa Clara has a fabled history of producing top athletes. The best include former Santa Clara University football star and Orange Bowl champion Don Bordenave, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Mark Spitz, Oakland Athletics’ All-Star and World Series-winning third basemen Carney Lansford, and synchronized swimming gold medalist Heather Simmons-Carrasco. Wilcox senior Marisa Kwiatkowski joined that list, when she was recently named a national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

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49ers - Champions On and Off The Field
By Robert Haugh

49ers - Champions On and Off The Field

While battling it out on the gridiron in their quest for their sixth Lombardi trophy, the San Francisco 49ers are warriors on the field. But outside their impeccable athletic prowess, heavy conditioning, intense workouts and practice regimen, the reigning NFC champions 49ers give back to the community throughout the year, showing they are champions both on and off the field.

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Joy and Hope Shared at JW House Feast of Thanks
By Diane Andrews

Joy and Hope Shared at JW House Feast of Thanks

It wasn’t Thanksgiving yet, but it was, nonetheless, a feast of thanks. The grateful parents of nine premature babies—born at just over two pounds, and still now no bigger than large baby dolls -returned to JW House November 15 to provide, serve, and share a turkey dinner with the current guests of the respite house, located on the campus of Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center.

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Author Gives Insight on Velvet Underground at Studio Bongiorno
By Melissa McKenzie

Author Gives Insight on Velvet Underground at Studio Bongiorno

Combining rare audio and visual footage along with historical insight, author Richie Unterberger gave a comprehensive presentation relating to his book, “White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day,” at Studio Bongiorno on Nov. 23.

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This Week's Letters

A family member of mine was recently a victim of Medicare fraud and it really reminds me how our treasured elderly can become easy prey. It turns out this scam was being run under the guise of GMY. I’m sure they’ve changed their name by now, but the scam will be the same. The following are great safety steps I learned online that can help to keep them safe. Please share the information!

Do not give out personal information such as bank account numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth or Social Security numbers to unfamiliar callers.

The government does not call, text or email. Government agencies typically communicate through the mail, so be very skeptical of any unsolicited calls, text messages or emails you receive. Also, if the government is contacting you, they should already have your basic personal information such as your address and Social Security number.

Beware of threats or immediate calls to action. Threats stating that you’ll lose your Medicare and/or Social Security are a red flag. If you have questions regarding your coverage, contact Medicare directly at 1-800-MEDICARE.

Cynthia Furtado

I make it a point to read your paper and most all articles each week and they are very informative and helpful and thought provoking, also the column from Milestones. I was reading the article about the Thanksgiving dinner at St. Clare's and wanted to thank the Marsalli Family for starting that in 2007. We have really enjoyed that this will be our second year. My wife, Maria has had a lot of kidney problems this year and the year before she had a stroke and before that I had a major heart attack, so making a meal at home is very hard to do, although I really like that. But it is too much now and most of our kids are too busy to come and they live in other places.

So a BIG thank you to the Marsalli Family and to ALL the workers that help and serve. I have learned serving sometimes it is hard, but I have learned that God wants us to serve others and then we will find ourselves becoming fuller and more satisfied down deep inside where nobody can see except us and God. At my job that I have had for about 38 years, I serve to keep our building looking nice so that all of the residents will feel proud to live here and the Board that I work for will be happy. So a Big Thank You to all and to the staff at St. Clare's and kitchen staff for making life just a little easier.

Larry Feltes

Students Solve Problems at First Lego League Event
By Melissa McKenzie

Students Solve Problems at First Lego League Event

Sixteen middle school teams flooded the gym of St. Lawrence Academy on Nov. 23 to showcase their programming and Lego design skills while presenting a solution to the theme of “Nature’s Fury” at the First Lego League challenge qualifying tournament.

The FLL challenge allows students to compete using science, engineering, math and technology, while enhancing critical-thinking, teamwork and problem solving skills.

This year, participants came up with innovative ideas that could help save lives during a natural disaster.

The Brickheads, a team from Stratford Middle School in San Jose, conceptualized the Mobile Emergency Extendable Hospital (M.E.E.H), to help emergency workers during earthquakes.

“Our project is an ambulance and it’s extendable,” said Brian, 12. “It has all-terrain wheels so it can go over all the rubble. It’s extendable so it can treat more people and it can get over all the rubble. It can get to places where most ambulances can’t.”

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Students Model Swag'n Not Sag’n Fashions
By Diane Andrews

Students Model Swag'n Not Sag’n Fashions

"When I say, 'Swag'n not sag'n,' you say, 'Pull your pants up!'" Traci Saleh tells the audience at the Swag'n Not Sag'n Fashion Show November 16 at Kathryn Hughes Elementary School, 4949 Calle de Escuela, in Santa Clara.

"It has been placed upon my heart by God to do something positive for the [young] males and the community in an educational, creative, fun way, so I came up with the slogan 'Swag'n Not Sag'n' and decided to put on a youth male fashion show," says Saleh, a Santa Clara mother of two sons-turned-models, Abbas, 12, and Maulidi, 7.

"Lots of us think things when we see sag'n pants, but we don't say them," she says.

Sagging pants are the ones worn so low that boxer shorts—and sometimes a bit of backside—show.

"Swag'n means to carry yourself with class," says Quita Bender, Saleh's sister. "We want kids to know there's no class in wearing your pants beneath the butt."

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