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Support for Muslim Community Prevails over Fear and Prejudice in Rival Rallies
Story and photos by Diane Andrews

American Congress for Truth (ACT) for America supporters rallying out of fear of Muslims, who they believe are infiltrating the Islamic code of law into the U.S. legal system, were far outnumbered by hundreds of Unity with Muslims supporters staging a counter-rally on June 10 in Santa Clara–home to a Muslim community and mosque. From 11 a.m. until about 3 p.m., each group staked out its own street corner at the busy intersection of Stevens Creek Blvd. and Winchester Blvd., bordering San Jose.

At one afternoon count, 21 Islamic law protestors shared a corner with a handful of Peace supporters and the Santa Clara Green Party. The Refuse Fascism organization shared a third street corner with San Jose Brown Berets...

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Briarwood Pirates Setting Course for TOC Redemption
By Andrew Bensch

Briarwood Pirates Setting Course for TOC Redemption

The Santa Clara Briarwood Little League Pirates are Major Division Champions for the second-straight season. Last year the Pirates lost early in the Tournament of Champions (TOC) when a nail-biting game ended with a highlight-reel catch at the outfield wall. This year–with four 12-year-old returners–the Pirates are confident they can go all the way...

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Hughes Elementary School Third Graders Make Giant Burrito
By Melissa McKenzie

Hughes Elementary School Third Graders Make Giant Burrito

Using an idea borrowed from Peterson Middle School’s Mary Fries, Kathryn Hughes Elementary School’s Jenni Erickson found a way to better engage her students, while teaching them math and having fun in the process.

Erickson, a third grade teacher and one-time teaching assistant for Fries, decided she would give her students an end of the year burrito party, pending they completed their homework. Only, there was a catch: the size of the burrito would be determined by the number of times students brought their completed reading log and homework to class...

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Assembly member Kansen Chu’s 3rd Annual Community Heroes Awards Ceremony Recognizes Santa Claras
By Cynthia Cheng

Assembl ymember Kansen Chu’s 3rd Annual Community Heroes Awards Ceremony Recognizes Santa Claras

At San Jose’s Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. on May 25, Assemblymember Kansen Chu honored 86 Community Heroes from the 25th Assembly District (comprising of Santa Clara, Fremont, Milpitas, Newark and San Jose). A number of these honorees are associated with Santa Clara and they included (but were not limited to) Annabel Tomacder Ruiz, program coordinator at Mission College; Bob Byrd, president of the Harris-Lass Historic Museum; Noreen Carlson, community activist; Charles Frost, executive director of the Santa Clara Vanguard; Marlys Lee, a founding member of the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial...

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Small Business Spotlight: Voyager Craft Coffee
By Melissa McKenzie

Small Business Spotlight: Voyager Craft Coffee

Although only open at its brick and mortar location for a little over eight months, Santa Clara’s Voyager Craft Coffee, 3985 Stevens Creek Blvd., is already making a name for itself in the local coffee scene.

Owners Sameer “Sam” Shah, 32, and fiancé, Lauren Burns, 28, invested their entire savings and spread it extremely thin, performing many of the renovations–including making the tables, by themselves. They knew opening a small business in high-rent Silicon Valley would be a gamble, but so far, it has paid off–partly due to the way they interact with their customers...

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This Week's Letter

Re: Anti-development crusade not new in Santa Clara

Carolyn Schuk wrote the subject article with no reference to VTA involvement and planning for mass transit (Buses, Diridon's money burner light rail, etc.) nor reference to the Association of Bay Area Governments  (ABAG) order (make that an unelected entity edict) that cities within the association build specified housing near transit centers (hence, the need for dense housing), if possible.  We've had success with the city planning commission agreeing with our suggestions that 40 units/acre is far too dense for the current resources, specifically, park acreage, mass transits stops nearby and a chronic reliance on individual automobile transportation.  Only to be overturned by the city council.  Antonio Matos should have stuck around and gloated.

I suspect he didn't reside in dense housing as he was espousing.

Joe Rooney

Westside Giants Advance to TOC by Defeating Dodgers
By Andrew Bensch

Westside Giants Advance to TOC by Defeating Dodgers

A Little League version of the Big League rivalry played out in the Major Division Championship at Westside Little League in Santa Clara this season. After dropping the first game of the playoffs, the Giants rallied all the way back to defeat the Dodgers twice in the Championship to advance to the Tournament of Champions (TOC).

“We ended up losing Game 1 to the last seed, and then came back and knocked everybody out,” commented Giants Head Coach Jeff Hauck. “We ended up beating them twice in the championship, the double-elimination championship.”

The Giants are a brand new team this year, as are all the Westside teams. In recent years the league has elected to redraft their teams every season. No players are carried over from the year prior. Furthermore, added to the mix this year were players from Homestead Little League as the two leagues merged together due to Homestead’s low turnout of signups. With all the changes, this year’s Giants managed to find a formula for success...

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SCUSD Asking for Input on Full Circle Farm Location
By Melissa McKenzie

SCUSD Asking for Input on Full Circle Farm Location

More than 80 people attended a “Community Conversation” on June 1 to hear a presentation by Santa Clara Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of School Support and District Development Andrew Lucia and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Kathie Kanavel. Within that presentation, Lucia and Kanavel discussed the past, present and future of the 11-acre Full Circle Farm site at Peterson Middle School.

For 10 years, Sustainable Community Gardens (SCG) has operated Full Circle Farm, which over the years has developed to include educational outreach, community gardens, a community supported agriculture program, volunteer program, farm tours and an animal assisted happiness program. However, as SCG’s lease ends in July, the district has decided to absorb the farm and determine the best way to use the space for both students and the community at large...

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Non-Profit Honors Bay Area Veterans
By Melissa McKenzie

Non-Profit Honors Bay Area Veterans

Santa Claran Chuck Roberts, 92, served as a Staff Sergeant in the 118th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron attached to the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force, more commonly known as the Flying Tigers, from 1943 to 1946. He was then called up from the reserves to serve during the Korean War.

Drafted out of college, Roberts, a dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand, spent his career as a mechanical engineer at Lockheed Martin. A husband for 66 years with four children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren–he never thought that, at his age, he would ever get to see Washington, D.C. war memorials.

However, Roberts heard a speaker talk about Honor Flight Bay Area, a non-profit dedicated to transporting veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices, at a Sons in Retirement meeting...

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Go Through a Rabbit Hole at Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”
By Cynthia Cheng

Go Through a Rabbit Hole at Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland Jr.”

During the June 6 dress rehearsal of Roberta Jones Junior Theatre’s “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” at the Community Recreation Center, Lewis Carroll’s popular children’s book classic came alive on stage (the show ran June 9-11). The story began with Alice dreaming about wandering down a rabbit hole. Arriving in Wonderland, Alice encountered zany and twisted characters and became Tall Alice and Small Alice from what she ate and drank . By the end of the musical, Alice was at the mercy of the vicious Queen of Hearts who demanded Alice’s beheading.

“In this version, Alice discovers who she is because she encounters a variety of characters who are not like her; it’s a journey of self-discovery,” said Kevin Cornelius, recreation supervisor for the Santa Clara City Parks and Recreation Department.

Jane Jones (no relation to Roberta Jones), 12, who played Alice, elaborated on how adversity steered Alice to rise to the occasion...

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