California Wildflowers Bloom at Ulistac

  • By Larry Sacks
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There’s something special about an event when the sky clears up after rain.  That was the case on Saturday, April 7, for the annual Wild Flower Day at Ulistac Natural Area Restoration & Education Project.   This annual event is a free to the public. It’s a celebration of nature and the environment and gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the treasure that sits along the...

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Cinnaholic Rolls into Downtown San Jose

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Whether popped from a can or purchased at a store, cinnamon rolls have become more than a breakfast treat. The sweet sunrise meal has morphed into a snack time staple for mall-goers, and access to the cinnamon and dough concoction topped with creamy, melty frosting is now easier than ever. But, many may be shocked to know that a classic Cinnabon cinnamon roll sets sugar-seekers back 880...

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Arbor Day and Earth Day Make Children Smile

  • By Larry Sacks
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April 13 is when Earth Day and Arbor Day are celebrated. In Santa Clara, for the past 31 years the day has had more meaning as it’s been the day the National Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the City of Santa Clara with a Tree City USA award. The award recognizes the City for its dedication in maintaining the City's urban forest of trees as well as educating residents about their...

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Santa Clara’s Eichlers: Internationally Honored—Just Not in Santa Clara

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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In the words of the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Santa Clara's Eichler homes don't get no respect. What Eichlers, you ask? The Pomeroy Green co-operative and Pomeroy West condominium complexes at Benton Street and Pomeroy Ave. They're among the few examples of the midcentury modern developer's experiments in multi-family development, called "cluster housing"—what we call "townhouse"...

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Larry Owens Retires: Led Santa Clara Electric Utility into a Customer-Centric 21st Century

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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The excellent reputation that Silicon Valley Power—Santa Clara's City-owned electric utility—enjoys among industrial, commercial and residential customers alike has a lot to do with the far-sighted leadership of Larry Owens. That leadership has been recognized by the Northwest Public Power Association, which honored Owens with its lifetime achievement award in 2015. After a remarkable 25...

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James Michael Strong — 1955-2018

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Jim, you made our lives better. Your playful sense of humor kept our hearts warm and light. Your gentle patience, humble integrity and unassuming manner strengthened us. And your calm, cool-headed approach to life's obstacles inspired us. We watched you embrace your passion for gazing at full moons and distant stars, first as a child with toy planetariums and backyard telescopes, then as...

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An Autism Reality Tour

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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There are two sides to every question. Even to the neurological condition called autism. To recognize Autism Awareness Month (April), I'd like to take you on a trip to another planet. One where autistic people are the norm, and those we like to call neurotypical—NTs—are the oddballs. Thanks to the Internet, that planet is no further away than your closest Internet-connected device on...

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James Strong As Remembered by NASA Ames Colleague and Family

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The late James Michael Strong, a Santa Clara resident for many decades, is remembered by his family, friends and colleagues for a life well lived. His tragic death at 62, on Jan. 28, in a Santa Clara townhouse fire of undetermined cause and origin does not overshadow the accomplishments of his life. Strong, the youngest of seven children, was born in Illinois in 1955. When he was four, his...

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Kiwanis Turnaround Scholarship Fundraiser Continues Generous Tradition

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Last week, Kiwanis Clubs from around the South Bay came together to raise money for the area clubs' Turnaround Scholarship program. The evening at Campbell's Villa Ragusa featured wine tasting from a special selection of California vintages, an extensive spread of hors d'oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction attended by over 500 guests. Over the years the Turnaround Scholarship has given over...

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Santa Clara Proclaims Education & Sharing Day, The Legacy of Great Rabbi

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor joined government officials across the nation last month to mark Education & Sharing Day. President Jimmy Carter first established the day in 1978 in recognition of the educational, charitable and ethical leadership of the Chabad Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902–1994)—“The Rebbe"— whose birthday was March 27. Schneerson is considered one of...

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