Firefighters Don Aprons for 9th Annual Crab Feed Fundraiser

  • Story and Photos by Diane Andrews
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After a delay until Jan. 15 because the crabs needed more time to reach maturity, the commercial Dungeness crab season in the Bay Area is finally in full swing. And the feasting is underway to raise funds for philanthropic organizations such as the Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation, which sold out all 328 spots at its 9th Annual Crab Feed on Feb. 17, held at St. Justin's Elementary School,...

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Little League Heartbroken over Vandalized Fields, Volunteers Jump Into Action

  • By Alissa Reyes
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On Sunday, Feb. 18 the Briarwood Little League Baseball Facebook page shared that their fields, located at 3360 Cabrillo Ave., Santa Clara, had been vandalized. Photos alongside the post show blue spray paint on the cement, bleachers, storage shed and fence. The little league often holds volunteer clean up days to care for the facilities. Their previous cleaning day had been just the...

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Santa Clara’s Renter Majority Future

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Chances are if you ask someone on the street in Santa Clara if a majority of residents own or rent, they'll answer "own." But the fact is that between 2006 and 2016 Santa Clara became a majority renter city. From 49.5 percent of residents in 2006, renters now make up almost 57 percent of Santa Clara's population, according to U.S. Census numbers compiled by online rental search and...

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Water Conservation Numbers Admirable, Dry Winter Spells Trouble

  • By Alissa Reyes
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Santa Clarans deserve a pat on the back. After a wet start to 2017 and the end of the infamous drought, residents and businesses went on to achieve water demands of 15.8 percent less than those in 2013. Though Santa Clara’s drought standings improved at the beginning of 2017, the City Council decided in July 2017 to keep a voluntary 10 percent reduction—the prior goal was a 20 percent...

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Santa Clara City Library Meets Casino Royale at Librarypalooza 2018

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Over 200 guests came to the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends’ Feb. 3 Librarypalooza 2018, set to a Casino Royale theme. Inside Central Park Library, guests played blackjack, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres prepared by Mission College’s Hospitality Management Program and enjoyed music from Santa Clara Vanguard’s jazz trio. Live auction items included, but were not limited to, a...

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Celebrating the Lunar Year of the Dog

  • Story by Diane Andrews
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The 2018 Lunar New Year—the year of our best friend the dog—begins on Feb. 16. It is the annual spring celebration that historically honored Asian gods and ancestors. Today it continues to be an important celebration for families of Asian ancestry, as they gather, feast and hope for good fortune and prosperity in the year ahead. The celebration traditionally is observed for 16 days. On New...

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Santa Clara Sister Cities Association’s Youth Commissioners Share Study Abroad Experiences at  Annual Tea

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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At the Santa Clara Senior Center on Feb. 10, members of the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association’s (SCSCA)Youth Commission decorated the Multipurpose Room with big hearts, set up tables with formal place settings, made delicious tea sandwiches, poured tea and served guests at the SCSCA’s Eighth Annual Afternoon Tea. Santa Clara’s Sister Cities are Izumo, Japan; Coimbra, Portugal; and...

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Don’t Let a Chocolate Chip Cookie Take Charge of Your Life

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As well as cupid's favorite month, February is American Heart Month, and the Santa Clara Woman's Club has taken this to heart. "Keeping Our Hearts Healthy" was the theme of its Feb. 2 program at the club's historic Adobe, on The Alameda. Pink and red paper hearts decorated the large main room, where about 60 club members—many wearing red—were served soup and a salad of ingredients such as...

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Have a Safe Day at Owens Corning

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At the Owens Corning home insulation manufacturing complex in Santa Clara, the 234 employees really mean it when they say "Have a safe day." They have just worked more than one million man hours—five days a week 24 hours a day for two years—without a single Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injury. The last OSHA-recordable injury—a work-related incident that...

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Vanguard Executive Director Named to Drum Corps International Board of Directors

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Vanguard Music and Performing Arts’ Executive Director Charles Frost is on a mission to increase the presence of VMAPA, as well as the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Not only did the corps perform at the Tournament of Roses Parade in 2017, an alumni corps was assembled last year to celebrate Vanguard’s golden anniversary to engage former Vanguard members and...

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