Dominican Hospital set for renovation, expansion

The Dominican Hospital Pavilion expansion and improvement project, slated to begin later this year, will add 84,000 square feet to the existing hospital — without increasing the hospital’s current footprint — and will include construction of a three-level parking garage with 410 parking spaces.

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Santa Cruz County to revamp its voting system

When Santa Cruz County voters come to the polls for the March 2020 Primary Election, they will find a completely new electronic voting system.

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Crash kills 12-year-old boy

A 12-year-old male died early Friday morning when the car he was traveling in plunged over a cliff in the foothills above Soquel Village.

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About Town, Week of June 17

Observations from the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man arrested in stabbing case

Adan Valerio, 28, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. He also faces gang enhancements.

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Cabrillo College Robotics Club earns national honor

For the latest Swarmathon, the virtual and physical competitions were combined, making it the hardest yet. In the final round, the second-place team collected five resources, while Cabrillo’s team collected 20.

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Local landscaper boosts PVHA

Recently a crew spent the better part of a day updating the outdated landscaping at the front of the home. They also provided fresh, new plants for numerous planters around the property on East Beach Street in addition to infusing mulch around parts of the of the historic Bockius-Orr House.

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House and garden of the Month | June, 2019

House and garden of the Month for June, 2019.

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Census of homelessness shows 3.6 percent decline from ‘17

The total of 2,167 homeless persons represents a slight decline from 2017. Chronic and veteran homelessness in particular showed positive trends, with the former decreasing by nearly one-third. However, youth and family homelessness showed slight increases.

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Community briefs, June 21, 2019

Community briefs, June 21, 2019.

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What's going on? | June 22-28

Events calendar for June 22-28.

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Ambitious changes proposed for Capitola Mall 

More than 600 housing units, open public spaces, “world class” retail brands, distinguished local and national restaurants and a luxury cinema have all been part of the plan during Merlone Geier’s presentations to City of Capitola officials and members of the public.

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Moreno, Watsonville PAL restart youth boxing program

Teaming up with Noble Boxing and famed female boxer Carina Moreno, Watsonville PAL is once again molding youths brave enough to grind through the strenuous conditioning, slide on the gloves and throw some punches.

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Seacliff resident opens fire on uninvited guest

Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s officials were releasing few details about why the man was at the residence on the 500 block of Cedar Street, and what led to the shooting. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin said he was an “uninvited guest” not associated with the home.

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Grand Jury: jail overcrowding, staff shortages should be addressed

The 19-member Grand Jury’s first report of the year also praised the Rountree Detention Facility for the educational and training programs offered to inmates, and the Ben Lomond Conservation Camp #45 for providing life skills for the inmates who qualify for placement there.

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Highway 1 improvements under way

The project, which began June 3, includes upgrades to Americans With Disabilities (ADA) ramps, bridge rail replacement at the Fish Hook and Ocean Street bridges, improvements to electrical systems, bridge deck treatments and the replacement of concrete barriers.

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Music in the Plaza series kicks off tomorrow

A diverse lineup of artists are scheduled to play every other Thursday at 6 p.m., featuring genres ranging from jazz and banda to rock and classical. Things kick off tomorrow with Banda Sirys and Fiera Norteña, and end with a special concert from the Santa Cruz Symphony on September 19.

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State awards $7M to local justice programs

A $6 million grant will fund the Coordinated Access for Empowering Success (CAFES) project and the remainder will go toward the Community Reclaiming Youth Justice program in South County.

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Immigration attorney: Trump ICE tweet likely ‘empty threat’

A threat by President Trump to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants next week was likely an “empty threat,” but people living in the U.S. illegally should still do their best to stay on the right side of the law.

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Demolition begins at Hideout restaurant

The Hideout “family” started a GoFundMe account to help defray rebuilding costs and raised more than $44,000 of their $50,000 goal.

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Deputies investigating Aptos murder-suicide

Investigators believe that Robert Mann, 56, shot his wife Janell Lund-Mann, 45, and then committed suicide, but what led up to the shootings is still unclear, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Dee Baldwin.

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Man arrested for fatal hit-and-run

Ricardo Javier Manzo, 26, was charged with DUI causing injury, felony hit and run and gross vehicular manslaughter. He was booked into Monterey County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail, jail records showed.

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Runaway golf cart injures five at U.S. Open

A runaway golf cart injured five people Friday during the U.S. Open Championship after a box fell onto the accelerator.

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WPD increases outreach for unpermitted street vendors

Since Watsonville Police Department announced its efforts to reach out to the city’s unpermitted street vendors, five of them have come in to apply for their necessary paperwork.

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Illegal marijuana grow dismantled

When Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant in the 200 block of Hill House Road, they found 3,321 cannabis plants under cultivation in the residence, as well as nine non-permitted greenhouses.

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New School gives students another option

Watsonville’s New School brought 11 graduates to the stage for their commencement ceremony at the Mello Center June 5.

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Cabrillo College sets record: 1,476 graduates

During the event at the Carl Conelly Stadium, the college awarded 1,150 Associate of Art degrees, 588 Associate of Science degrees, 232 certificates of achievement and 246 skills certificates.

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‘Prepared to make a difference’: Adult Education gives second chance

Fort joined nearly 200 people who received diplomas and certificates, and passed the requirements for their U.S. citizenship. Some earned EKG certificates, while others studied how to become pharmacy technicians.

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Mt. Madonna School introduces the Class of 2019

Mount Madonna School is pleased to announce Priyanka Bharghavan and Noah Kaplan as the 2019 co-Valedictorians and Luca Peruzzi as Salutatorian.

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A celebration of resilience

Renaissance High School (RHS) is the Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s only continuation high school, established in 1971. Students are given one-on-one attention, focusing on helping the students meet their credit requirements and offering counseling.

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Aptos grads represent school’s variety, success

Aptos High graduates Hunter Matys, Nico Vinuela, Bailey Ellis and Bella Stephens accomplished plenty during their four years at the school.

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Mt. Madonna students receive President’s Environmental Youth Award

The class was invited to Washington, D.C. on July 25 for a national ceremony recognizing all of the 2018 PEYA awardees.

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A fast-paced life: Watsonville racer keeping on track

She competes in races as far way as Las Vegas, in 51FIFTY Energy Drink Jr. Late Model Series races, which are televised on MAV TV.

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PHOTO: Corralitos Grange awards scholarships

The Corralitos Grange #487 awarded $1,500 scholarships to Jose Villanueva, Meghan Clifton and Monica Colin-Santana.

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PHOTO: 2019 Service League Scholars

2019 Watsonville Community Hospital Service League Scholars.

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PHOTO: A summer in the books

The library is hosting its annual Summer Reading Program, which got underway Saturday and runs through Aug. 13.

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What's going on? | June 15-21

Events calendar for June 15-21.

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PVUSD trustees hear budget, hire assist. superintendent

According to PVUSD Chief Business Officer Joe Dominguez, the district lost 163 students between the 2018-19 school years, and is predicted to lose an additional 57 for the 2020-21 year. That number jumps to 186 in 2012-22.

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Papás ready to honor fathers in 13th annual celebration

In keeping with this year’s circus theme, the celebration will feature face painting, carnival-style games and activities, professional clowns and slack rope walkers. Free hot dogs, burgers, cotton candy, popcorn and raffle prizes will also be available.

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Artist looking for input on ambitious city mural project

For information, visit Communityartsempowerment.org and to give feedback on the proposed images visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XMH382M.

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Man attempts escape from custody

A 30-year-old Watsonville man who was wanted for robbery was arrested Monday evening on Green Valley Road.

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Two arrested after thwarted drug robbery

Two men from Texas were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly tied up two people, beat one of them and stole 30 pounds of marijuana during an illegal drug transaction.

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Rape, murder suspect in court

Miguel Loza, the man suspected of raping two 17-year-old girls and killing one of them in 2003, has made his first appearance in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

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Photo: Big rig tears out highway 1 sign

The Buena Vista exit sign on Highway 1 in Watsonville was knocked down late Wednesday night when the male driver of a Freightliner big rig lost control and crashed.

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County expanding services for homeless in partnership

Under the plan, shelter services at the Salvation Army Community Corps Center on Laurel Street would remain open year-round, and the shelter at 1220 River Street would be extended through March 15, 2020.

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WHS alumni golf tournament continues growth

The tournament is one of many fundraisers for the school’s athletics program. The money raised from this year’s tournament, Hubbard said, will likely go toward making improvements on the school’s athletic fields, primarily the softball and baseball diamonds.

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About Town, Week of June 10

Observations from across Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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St. Francis grads found balance

Kelly was named co-Valedictorian of St. Francis’ graduating class of 65 students, which all together earned $5.5 million in academic and athletic scholarships, according to principal Pat Lee.

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City to start making reductions across board

Staff at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting presented a somewhat gloomy outlook for the next five years. Growing pension costs, the possible loss of Measure G funds and a “flattening” in tax revenues will all create a deficit between the city’s expenditures and revenues.

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It’s official: Lopez named Fire Chief

Lopez, whose son Rudy Lopez Jr. is a Watsonville Police detective, has been a firefighter since 1990, a career that began when he went to a recruiting event when he was 29. He called it his life’s calling.

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Hit and run suspect facing manslaughter charges

Alejandro Rocha Fernandez, 27, has been charged with causing injury while driving drunk and hit and run causing death. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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Community Bridges named Nonprofit of the Year

Assemblymember Robert Rivas has named Community Bridges the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year for the 30th Assembly District.

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Watsonville Community Hospital sold

Los Angeles-based Halsen Healthcare is a one-year-old organization formed to make the purchase, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Brothman confirmed Friday.

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Pacific Coast Charter School graduates reflect, look forward

Each with 13 years at Pacific Coast Charter School under their belts, Sam Vazquez and Marcus Sporleder are preparing for the next phase of their lives.

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What's going on? | June 8-14

Events calendar for June 8-14.

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Telling their stories

With immigration a hot-button issue that too often brings with it a stigma, Hernandez is hoping to tell as many of these stories as she can.

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Community briefs, June 7, 2019

Community briefs for June 7, 2019.

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Teen Kitchen Project’s Jr. Iron Chef celebrates local teens

Teams of local teen chefs competed at the Jr. Iron Chef SCC culinary competition on May 18 at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

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Monterey Bay Greenhouse Tour returns this weekend

Four Winds Growers, Kitayama Brothers and California Pajarosa in Watsonville, and Succulent Gardens in Castroville, will open their doors to the public for a day of activities and special sales.

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Target gets OK to extend hours, sell beer, liquor

In the near future Target will be able to sell wine, beer and liquor and stay open into 11 p.m.

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Woman seriously injured in hit and run

A woman was critically injured Wednesday night in a hit and run crash on Maple Street in downtown Santa Cruz.

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City replacing water mains along S. Green Valley Road

The project began on South Green Valley Road near the Home Depot store, and ends at Freedom Boulevard. Phase two of that project will occur at night, when workers will replace water pipes under that intersection, said Watsonville Water Service Manager Steve Hernandez.

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Grizzlies' graduates inspired by role models

Pajaro Valley High graduates nearly 300 students.

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Rape, murder suspect captured in Mexico

Miguel Ramirez Loza, 43, is facing numerous charges including murder, sexual assault, sodomy, forced oral copulation and torture. He is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail without bail.

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City planning changes for Plaza, Ramsay Park

The Parks and Community Services department since January has been holding meetings with community members and conducting surveys at local events to draft master plans for Watsonville’s two historic parks.

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Planning Commission pushes forward PV High auditorium

Pajaro Valley Principal Matt Levy said the school already has over 70 kids enrolled in band and another 70 signed up for the drama club. The addition, he said, would give them a place to practice and showcase their creativity — something they have not had in the past.

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About Town, Week of June 3

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Events planned to celebrate World Oceans Week

Non-profit environmental organization Save Our Shores is hosting three events this weekend aiming to raise awareness during World Oceans Week.

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45 years of Santa Cruz Pride

The 45th annual Santa Cruz Pride Parade unfolded in downtown Santa Cruz Sunday.

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‘Feel the energy’

More than 2,200 bicyclists, most wearing spandex and many festooned in feathers and other flamboyant finery, made their way through Santa Cruz County Monday as part of the annual AIDS/LifeCycle.

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Glimpse of their future

Pajaro Valley High School seniors took a trip down memory lane Monday morning, visiting four elementary schools in Watsonville decked out in their green graduation gowns with the hopes of inspiring the next generation of Grizzlies.

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Sheriff’s deputies dismantle two illegal pot grows

Investigators found more than 9,734 cannabis plants inside 11, 3,000-square-foot non-permitted greenhouses.

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Suspect in fatal DUI crash charged, jailed

Hilda Beatriz Valencia, 28, was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, causing injury while intoxicated and causing injury to multiple people, all felonies.

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PVWMA celebrates 10-year anniversary of recycled water

In the decade since its inception, Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency has delivered 14 billion gallons of water to the agriculture industry.

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About Town, Week of May 28

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Rental Assistance Program reaches out to community

Rental Assistance Program Coordinator Lourdes Arellano-Perez has come across countless housing cases from people throughout Santa Cruz County, but one in particular sticks out in her mind.

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What's going on? | June 1-7

Events calendar for June 1-7.

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Memorial Day cemetery tour

A free Memorial Day walking tour of the Holy Cross cemetery in Santa Cruz, provided by Live Oak Historical Walks, gave a dozen visitors a glimpse of past veterans.

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A life of caring for others

Adam’s legacy continues. In his final days, he created the Adam Clar, RN, Neuro-Oncology Nursing Fund, which brings health professionals to UC San Francisco to lecture on the importance of caregiving and survivorship, as well as self-care.

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One sidewalk at a time

Dust, leaves, cigarette butts, grime — it’s all part of the daily buildup on Watsonville’s sidewalks. Chasing these things away is no easy task. That’s where the ec-H20 Battery Ride-On Floor Scrubber comes in.

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S.S. Palo Alto reaches centennial

Wednesday marked the 100th anniversary of the construction of the S.S. Palo Alto, dubbed fondly by locals as “The Cement Ship” though it is truly made of concrete. Aptos has been celebrating for weeks—and the main event is this weekend.

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Council OK’s service grants amidst community scrutiny

Several community members associated with nonprofits who had their funding slashed — or zeroed in some cases — voiced their displeasure with how the subcommittee distributed the available $200,000, which come from the City’s general fund.

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Three dead in early morning Prunedale crash

Three people were killed in a head-on crash on San Miguel Canyon Road early Friday.

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Radcliff Elementary students tour Stanford

The trip came thanks to David Manier, who works with students in Pajaro Valley Unified School District’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.

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Bear Fire arsonist gets 27 years

Coy has been in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail since a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputy saw him riding a bike, wearing clothes and carrying jewelry in a backpack, all taken from the looted home.

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Safety on the streets

Provided by Ecology Action, Bike Smart (est. 2004) and Walk Smart (est. 2016), has led second and fifth graders through classroom presentations, field trips and bicycle rodeos as part of the international Safe Routes to School movement.

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City Council overhauls long-standing alcohol ordinance

The changes to the ordinance walk back several stringent limitations on alcohol-related businesses, including proximity restrictions of one business to another as well as to parks, schools and churches.

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Putting a CAP on their education

Also known as the CAP, the projects are a graduation requirement for which the students must find a mentor and reach out into the community for help.

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About Town, Week of May 20

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Watsonville High School students protest climate change inaction

The walk out, which is part of the international movement known as Fridays For Future, was held to protest the inaction of the government on the global climate crisis.

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SCSPCA celebrates groundbreaking of new shelter

The Santa Cruz SPCA hosted more than 100 people on May 19 at The Inn at Pasatiempo to celebrate the groundbreaking of its future shelter on Chanticleer Avenue in Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz County history in focus

The third annual Santa Cruz County History Fair unfolded in Jade Street Park at the Capitola Community Center on May 18.

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Watsonville Rotary awards $30,000 to local nonprofits

Representatives from 17 different nonprofit organizations were present to receive a total of $30,000 in community grants—the largest amount in Watsonville Rotary’s history. Grant award checks, ranging from $950 to $2,000, were distributed in a special presentation.

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Watsonville High graduating class full of stars, stories

On June 7, Parra will be one of more than 400 students from Watsonville High School that will cross the stage and receive his diploma. And he will do so with a strong grasp of the English language and an acceptance letter to Sacramento State in his back pocket.

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Smokescreen

According to Tara Leonard, a health educator with the Santa Cruz County Tobacco Education and Prevention Program, one in five high school students nationwide use e-cigarettes, which is a 78 percent increase between 2017–18.

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Coastal Rail Trail in motion

The Coastal Rail Trail includes numerous projects that, together, will provide a 32-mile long separated bicycle/pedestrian path along the coast between Watsonville and Davenport. It is a part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s (RTC) Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.

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PVUSD holds second annual College Signing Day

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District on May 17, in collaboration with UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center, celebrated more than 200 college bound seniors with a special event at the Seascape Golf Club.

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About Town, Week of May 13

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Pacific Coast Charter School celebrates 20 years

Pacific Coast Charter School celebrated its 20th anniversary Thursday, and the milestone had the school looking to its past and its future.

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Group looks to increase syringe exchange locations

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is mulling a request by a Santa Cruz-based grassroots organization to increase the number of sites where new syringes will be available to drug addicts, in addition to supplies for injecting drugs and the overdose reversal drug Naloxone.

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About Town, Week of May 6

Observations from across the Pajaro Valley.

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Man ID'd in fatal crash

Baudelio Perez, 75, was identified Tuesday by Sgt. Dee Baldwin of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.

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Watsonville Portuguese Community hosts annual parade

Crowds gathered at the Portuguese Community Hall on Sunday morning to prepare for the annual trek to St. Patrick’s Church to celebrate Our Lady of Fatima.

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Pedestrian dies after being struck by truck

A 75 year old man was fatally struck by a vehicle late Sunday morning on Rodriguez Street near West Beach Street in Watsonville.

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About Town, Week of April 29

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Fire breaks out at hotel

A fire broke out early this morning at a Santa Cruz hotel.

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About Town, Week of April 22

Observations from around the Pajaro Valley and beyond.

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Man arrested for vehicle theft, illegal firearm

A man was arrested in the Manresa State Beach area of Watsonville this morning for possession of a stolen vehicle and an illegal firearm.

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Student Exhibition returns to Cabrillo Gallery

The annual student exhibition returns to the Cabrillo Gallery on Monday, bringing with it a diverse range of pieces submitted by current Cabrillo College students.

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Man arrested for sex crimes with minors

A Watsonville man was arrested Wednesday for multiple sex crimes involving two minors.

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Watsonville gets a new perspective

With a celebration that included a Mexican dance, music and an open house, New Perspectives, Inc. officially opened its doors Wednesday in the space adjacent to the Register-Pajaronian.

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Council sets hours for brewpubs

The Watsonville City Council agreed Tuesday to allow up to five brewpubs in commercial areas, paving the way for what some are calling a new type of social gathering space in the city.

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Watsonville artist’s design is Monterey County’s first flag

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday chose the county’s first official flag, which features a design created by Watsonville artist Priscilla Martinez.

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Car fire melts storage shelter

Watsonville firefighter Nate Tapiz douses hot spots in a car fire that erupted on the 100 block of Wagner Avenue Wednesday.

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Business, nonprofit team up to build playhouse

Morning recess at Mintie White Elementary School took a different turn on Aug. 17, as hundreds of students gathered to celebrate their colorful new playhouse.

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Watsonville Municipal Airport receives $1.2M in federal grants

The Watsonville Municipal Airport will receive $1.2 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday.

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Watsonville Buddhist Temple to host benefit concert

On Saturday afternoon, a special musical performance, “Otonowa,” featuring jazz drummer Akira Tana and pianist Art Hirahara, will be held at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple, with all proceeds benefiting survivors of the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake.

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Abandoned building catches fire

Firefighters from several agencies tackle a fire that broke out in an abandoned building at 29 Rancho Road in Watsonville Monday morning.

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Thousands fill Aromas for annual festival

Thousands of people poured into Aromas Sunday for the annual Aromas Day, a festival filled with music, food, yard sales, carnival rides and more.

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Growing chili cook-off benefits charities

Now in its fifth year, the Aldina Real Estate Charity Chili Cook-off had its largest turnout yet Saturday, with 19 teams competing for the best chili.

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PHOTO: Dahlia Show returns

The public enjoys viewing hundreds of blooms at the annual Dahlia Show in downtown Santa Cruz Saturday put on by the Monterey Bay Dahlia Society.

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Elkhorn Slough receives $685K grant

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve received a $685,000 federal grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

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Robbery spree results in crash

Two men remain at large following a string of robberies Wednesday evening in Santa Cruz and Aptos.

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Library seeks input on murals

The Watsonville Public Library is seeking input from the public on the final designs for a series of murals.

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Music, food and more lined up for Aromas Day

Described as the largest, and only, festival in Aromas, the annual Aromas Day returns Sunday.

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Cabrillo College builds up Mentor Program

Cabrillo College’s fall semester begins Monday, and the school is currently preparing its new faculty and staff to participate in its newly-formed Mentor Program.

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Orchard Supply Hardware closing all stores

A little more than two years after closing several Orchard Supply Hardware stores, including the Watsonville location, owner Lowe’s Companies, Inc., announced it will close the remaining 99 stores.

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4 arrested following chase in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police arrested two adults and two juveniles Monday following a brief car chase and a foot pursuit.

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Local filmmaker launches crowdfunding campaign

Local independent filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibañez and her team have recently launched an online crowdfunding campaign in order to garner support for their latest documentary film “Ashley’s Story.”

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PV Community Health Trust CEO to resign

Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Caitlin Brune announced Thursday that she will be resigning her position at the end of the calendar year after two years at the helm.

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Tequila, taco festival returns for fifth year

The fifth annual Tequila & Taco Music Festival, a two-day celebration of tequilas, tacos, margaritas and music, returns to San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St. in Santa Cruz, Aug. 25-26.

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PHOTO: Health centers in focus

A large group of health, county and city officials boarded a bus and toured health centers across the county Thursday as part of National Health Center Week.

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Fire sparks from home's attic

A house fire on the corner of Lincoln Street and Palm Avenue prompted response from multiple fire agencies Wednesday afternoon, a road closure and use of a nearby fire hydrant.

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Man badly hurt in car fire

A man suffered serious burns early Tuesday morning when the car he was in caught fire while parked between 17 Gardner Ave. and Auto Zone on Freedom Boulevard.

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PHOTO: Water main ruptures in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police deal with closing down Laurel Street Saturday after an underground water main ruptured around 2 p.m.

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PHOTO: Breastfeeding education

The 12th Annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk included family activities, a live DJ, community resource booths, healthy snacks, free T-shirts, raffles and more.

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Wild land blaze quickly knocked down

Firefighters quickly knocked down a wild land blaze on the 900 block of Main Street Friday.

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Woman injured in rest stop crash

A Watsonville woman who reportedly blacked out at the wheel of her SUV tore through the Vista Point exit late Friday morning before side-swiping two vehicles and careening down an embankment.

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City asks for help to prevent dumping in Pajaro River

As part of National Water Quality Month, the City of Watsonville is reaching out to residents for help in curbing watershed pollution — primarily, illegal dumping.

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PVUSD announces new admins

Thousands of students across Pajaro Valley Unified School District will return to class Wednesday, beginning a yearlong journey of new teachers, subjects and friends.

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SC bike share program rolls ahead

A new form of transportation is making sweeping changes in Santa Cruz.

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Downtown murals celebrated

Artists and city officials on Wednesday commemorated the installation of Movable Murals, a series of large-scale works of art mounted on the front of the old city hall building on 250 Main St.

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Concert benefits middle school science programs

The End of Summer Music Bash will take place Saturday from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Corralitos Grange Hall, 165 Little Corral Way in Corralitos.

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Gang member arrested on gun, drug charges

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday during a traffic stop after police found a stolen gun in his backpack, Santa Cruz County Anti-Gang Taskforce (SCCACT) Commander George Rivera said.

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CASA names new executive director

Lynne Petrovic will take the helm of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz County as executive director, the organization announced.

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Volunteers fill backpacks for needy students

Stuff the Bus is geared to help in-need families to give their kids a boost in starting the school year.

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Santa Cruz man arrested for alleged sex crimes

A Santa Cruz man was arrested Friday for allegedly attempting to have “inappropriate and unlawful” contact with a juvenile under 16, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced via Facebook.

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PHOTO: Turn proves too tight for big rig

A big rig is stalled in an awkward angle at the corner of Buena Vista Drive at San Andreas Road Friday.

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Breastfeeding fair, walk returns

The 12th annual Breastfeeding Health Fair and Walk will return Aug. 10 from 3-6 p.m. at the Watsonville Plaza.

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Man injured on razor wire fence

Emergency officials deal with a man who suffered a series of cuts after he tried to climb over a razor wire topped fence Wednesday at Big Creek Lumber on West Beach Street.

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Police maintain watch on suicidal man

Watsonville Police maintain positions outside a home on Westwind Court near Pioneer Cemetery Wednesday.

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Land Trust to host public event for 40th anniversary

Local nonprofit organization Land Trust of Santa Cruz County will host its annual Bee Barn Bash on Saturday, and for the first time the event will be open to the public.

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Local film's fundraising campaign ends soon

"Service With a Smile," produced by Digital NEST, is currently in production.

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PV Arts’ latest exhibit celebrates Latinx artists

Pajaro Valley Arts is currently preparing for its upcoming exhibit, “Hablamos Juntos/Together We Speak: Un Diálogo Visual/A Visual Dialogue,” opening Aug. 8.

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Strawberry Festival returns this weekend

The Watsonville Strawberry Festival returns this year on Aug. 4 and 5, bringing with it some old favorites and a few new additions.

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Aptos Coffee Roasting Company to close

A little more than three decades after opening in Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center, Aptos Coffee Roasting Company will be closing.

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City interns complete inaugural program

Twenty local high school students graduated from the inaugural Summer in the City Internship Program on Friday.

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Watsonville resident marks 104th birthday

Clara Fletcher of Watsonville will turn 104 on Saturday.

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Volunteers garner AAA Gold Volunteer Awards

AAA team members Alfredo Torres and Yvonne Morales recently won volunteer awards signed by President Donald Trump.

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Murals on the move

To celebrate Watsonville's sesquicentennial, Pajaro Valley Arts wanted to create a public art project that recognized the city's people and agriculture.

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Riverside Drive work underway

A length of Riverside Drive in Watsonville is undergoing a major surface upgrade.

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Woman charged with murder in fatal crash

The driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Santa Cruz on Friday was charged with murder, police announced Saturday.

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Road work underway in La Selva Beach

A construction worker of O'Grady Paving chisels loose a section of asphalt road surface on Breve Avenue as part of a major road improvement project around La Selva Beach.

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Highway fight leads to arrest

Emergency officials try to untangle the circumstances in a crash on southbound Highway 1 Friday.

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Police: Man abused teen for three years

Watsonville Police on Thursday arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

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Obon Festival returns Sunday

The Watsonville Buddhist Temple will host its annual Obon Festival Sunday with an afternoon of dedication and dancing.

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Watsonville Police: Men were running 'chop shop'

Two Watsonville men were arrested Thursday after detectives searching their residence found “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of stolen items, Watsonville Police spokeswoman Michelle Pulido said.

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