Beating the Odds: PJ Ministry and SCPD Join Forces to House the Homeless

Beating the Odds: PJ Ministry and SCPD Join Forces to House the Homeless

  • Story by Diane Andrews
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It is a remarkable success story. A group of formerly homeless individuals and families—once regulars hanging out with shopping carts of belongings at Central Park—found housing thanks to the efforts of PJ Ministry, the Santa Clara Police Department's Nuisance Suppression Unit and a $220,000 grant from the City of Santa Clara to house the most vulnerable of the City's homeless. The story...

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New City Manager Debuts at Rotary Club

New City Manager Debuts at Rotary Club

  • Story and photo by Diane Andrews
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Deanna J. Santana made her speaking debut as Santa Clara's newly-appointed City Manager at the weekly lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara on Oct. 5—just her fourth day on the job. "I take this [job] seriously and with great honor. I have deep roots here, and I'm proud to be able to raise my children in this area," said Santana, who lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and two...

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Off the Wall Soccer a 25-Year Success

Off the Wall Soccer a 25-Year Success

  • Story and photos by Diane Andrews
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Come November, Off the Wall Soccer begins its 25th year in Santa Clara, where, in 1993, an old tomato packing building owned by Gangi Brothers Packing Company was transformed into an indoor arena for playing soccer. Creating the sports center was a dream come true for Jon Eric Nordmo, president of Off the Wall Soccer (OTWS). Nordmo, who has played soccer for longer than he can remember, was...

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Santa Clara’s Raj Chahal Honored as a 2017 Local Hero

Santa Clara’s Raj Chahal Honored as a 2017 Local Hero

  • Story by Cynthia Cheng
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Santa Clara resident Raj Chahal was pleasantly surprised to learn that his wife Daljit nominated him to be one of State Senator Bob Wieckowski’s nine 2017 Local Heroes. Wieckowski formally recognized Chahal at the Sept. 28 State of the 10th Senate District Address and Awards Ceremony held at U.C. Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley Campus located in Santa Clara. “It’s an honor to receive this...

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Adults with Special Needs Blossom at College of Adaptive Arts

Adults with Special Needs Blossom at College of Adaptive Arts

  • By Diane Andrews
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College and life-long learning is now a reality for Bay Area adults with special needs, who age out of the public school system at 22-years-old and historically have not had access to a college education. At the College of Adaptive Arts (CAA), San Jose, adults with differing abilities are given the opportunity to grow and blossom through the arts. Focusing on their abilities rather than...

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Grassroots Soccer: The Bottom Line is Fun

Grassroots Soccer: The Bottom Line is Fun

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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It's a sunny September Saturday and Santa Clara Unified School District's Curtis Field is full of the happy sound of kids playing soccer, and there's a cheerful disorder about it all. Families are camped out on the sidelines with tents, beach umbrellas, folding chairs and coolers and cheering the little players on. It's the first game of the fall season for the Green Ninjas and the Pikachus,...

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It’s Time to Chill at Library’s Ice Cream Making Workshop

It’s Time to Chill at Library’s Ice Cream Making Workshop

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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“Us kids in the Bay Area, we don’t experience snow so a lot of kids don’t know that salt is used to melt icy roads,” said Librarian Angela Ocana, revealing that salt is the secret ingredient in homemade ice cream. Geared toward children in grades two to six, Northside Library’s Sept. 28 DIY Science of Ice Cream event offered 45 kids a hands-on opportunity to make ice cream from a...

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Celebrating Jewish High Holy Days Right Here in Santa Clara

Celebrating Jewish High Holy Days Right Here in Santa Clara

  • Story by Carolyn Schuk and Photo by Larry Sacks
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Last week Santa Clarans near Chabad Santa Clara Jewish Center on Warburton heard something that until last year was never heard—to anyone's knowledge—in the boundaries of the City of Santa Clara: The sound of the Shofar, the rams horn, announcing the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 20 and 21. Chabad Santa Clara (jewishclara.com) is slightly over a year old and is led...

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The 40-Year-Old Portuguese Bakery Faces An Uncertain Future

The 40-Year-Old Portuguese Bakery Faces An Uncertain Future

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Shelves filled with Portuguese breads and pastries occupy the front area of the cozy Portuguese Bakery, 2082 El Camino Real) inside the Santa Clara Town Centre. Here, the big golden loaves of cinnamon sweet bread are soft and fluffy inside. The light meringue cookies melt in the mouth. The crunchy chocolate swirl and candied fruit biscoitos (cookies similar to Italian biscotti) are perfect for...

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Shovels Come Out for Groundbreaking of New City Park and Community Garden

Shovels Come Out for Groundbreaking of New City Park and Community Garden

  • Story by Cynthia Cheng and Photos by the City of Santa Clara
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Coming soon to Santa Clara will be a new neighborhood park and community garden. Pushing their shovels into the ground, Santa Clara’s dignitaries and community members set the building project in motion at the Sept. 21 groundbreaking ceremony for the San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Park and Community Garden. “The San Tomas & Monroe Neighborhood Park and Community Garden is a clear...

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