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Bringing music to the schools

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When the lights dimmed and a troupe of five performers began marching through the Henry J. Mello Center Thursday to the beat of drums, hundreds of school children leaped to their feet and began dancing.
Many of them never stopped dancing for the hour-long performance.
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Watsonville would lose $4.4 million under proposed rule

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Nearly two months after a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge ruled that Watsonville was due more than $4.4 million in repayments from the state of California, state finance officials are apparently rewriting the rules that could negate the decision.
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Watsonville Film Festival continues through weekend

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville Film Festival rolled out the red carpet -- literally -- to kick off the fourth annual event Thursday at Green Valley Cinemas.
The festival continues Saturday and Sunday.
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R-P expands online publication dates

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Beginning March 11, the Register-Pajaronian will add two days to its online publication schedule.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, subscribers will be able to access online updates through the e-edition, featuring local and national news and sports. The news updates are available to all subscribers and are at no additional cost.
The R-P will continue publishing
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Airport lands new restaurant

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- After being closed for nearly one year, Watsonville Municipal Airport's new restaurant opened Tuesday, and has been packed with customers since.
Ella's at the Airport is not merely a new restaurant. With major renovation inside and out and an original menu resplendent with "California fare," it is no less than a reincarnation of a Watsonville establishment that has
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Council to hire consultant in city manager search

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will look to hire a consulting firm Tuesday to aid them in the search for a permanent city manager.
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Firearm technology garners international attention

Posted: Friday, Mar 6th, 2015
APTOS -- A firearm tracking technology that got its start in Aptos will soon spread to 100 countries worldwide.
Joaquin Menezes, president and co-founder of Yardarm Technologies, talked about the technology during the Aptos Chamber of Commerce's monthly breakfast meeting Thursday.
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Mount Madonna students clean beach, study their impacts on environment

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- In a way, the cleanup effort at Palm Beach Tuesday by a group of Mount Madonna School students was a family affair, a passing on of information from older generations of students to younger ones.
The group of 33 students included ninth-graders, their fifth-grade "buddies," and the fifth-graders' kindergarten "buddies."
The school's pre-K students also tagged along.
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Carrie’s Dream Dance Showcase exceeds expectations

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
APTOS -- The first-ever Carrie's Dream Dance Showcase Fundraiser, held Feb. 8, exceeded its fundraising goals, organizers announced.
Before her sudden death in 2012, Steps Dance Studio owner Carrie McCoid envisioned an annual dance showcase that would allow the community to come together and raise money for the program.
Nearly 150 dancers ranging from ages 4-18 danced during
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Alejo: Give cities time to comply with water standards

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A bill co-authored by California Assemblyman Luis Alejo would help communities comply with strict new state water regulations.
Senate Bill 385, also authored by Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to grant time-limited variances to public water systems as they come into compliance with new rules governing chromium-6.
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Student protesters block Highway 17

Modified: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested six protesters from Highway 1, where they had chained themselves to concrete-filled garbage cans in protest of tuition hikes.
Ethan Pezzolo, 19, Lori Nixon, 28, Janine Caceres, 21, and Sasha Petterson, 19, all of Santa Cruz, Sophia DiMatteo, 19, of Sherman Oaks and Alexander Pearce, 19, of San Francisco were charged with
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Cardboard furniture tackles waste issue

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
APTOS -- Children are not usually encouraged to draw on a piece of furniture, but three graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are looking to change that in an environmentally-friendly way.
Known as The Cardboard Guys, the three are currently in the midst of a Kickstarter online fundraising campaign for their product, called Kids Imagination Furniture. The
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Fourth victim named in fatal crash

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 4th, 2015
APTOS -- Authorities have released the name of the fourth person that died in a head-on crash on Freedom Boulevard Sunday night.
Vanessa Guzman, 16, of Watsonville was a rear seat passenger in a black Mercedes C320 sedan and was one of seven people in the vehicle. Guzman and another passenger, a 17-year-old girl that was injured,
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Four die in alcohol-related crash in Aptos

Modified: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
APTOS -- Four people died and four others were seriously injured Sunday night in a head-on collision on Freedom Boulevard in Aptos.
The crash occurred just west of Valencia Road around 8 p.m., California Highway Patrol officer Bradley Sadek said.
The incident occurred when a black Mercedes C320 sedan with seven people aboard was traveling west on
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Photographic experimentation

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As photography processes have evolved through time, ease of use and the ability to capture details are two of the constants that bind them all together.
But when computer technology came into prominence, it opened up a whole new level of photographic experimentation that was never before imagined.
Combining old and new processes, as well
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Tournament supports Pajaro Valley Shelter

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Armed with only a rock, paper and scissors, a group of warriors battled it out Sunday.
Figuratively speaking, of course.
The Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament, the first-of-its-kind in Santa Cruz County, was held Sunday at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds to support Pajaro Valley Shelter Services.
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Man found shot to death in Pajaro

Posted: Monday, Mar 2nd, 2015
PAJARO -- A man was shot and killed in Pajaro sometime early Monday or late Sunday.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said that at approximately 1:40 a.m. Monday deputies were flagged down by a motorist in Pajaro who advised that there was a male lying in the parking lot of a business at the intersection of Salinas Road
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Learning adds up to fun

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- When they walk into class every day, E.A. Hall Middle School math teacher Jeff DeMarco's sixth-grade students each get a welcoming handshake, his way of showing them respect, building a sense of community and getting them excited about learning.
"I'm always positive about math," he said as the students sat down and began to work on their Google
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Watsonville man arrested in Santa Rosa kidnapping

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
SANTA ROSA -- A Watsonville man was arrested in Santa Rosa Wednesday with two other suspects, all believed to be responsible for the kidnapping, sexual assault and months-long imprisonment of a 22-year-old woman.
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La Selva rail trestle complete

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
LA SELVA BEACH -- After the Regional Transportation Commission purchased the 32-mile Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line in 2012, it contracted Stacy & Witbeck to rehabilitate four bridges along the line.
Three of them, along Harkins Slough in Watsonville, Hidden Beach in Aptos, and Wilder State Park in Santa Cruz, were timber trestle bridges which required replacing rotting
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Documenting Pajaro Valley’s agriculture

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Through the years, Register-Pajaronian photographer Tarmo Hannula has captured the scenes of Pajaro Valley agriculture, documenting the workers and the crops they harvest.
A selection of those photos that have graced the R-P's pages for years will be displayed at the Watsonville Public Library, 275 Main St., Suite 100. Titled "Tarmo Hannula: Photographs of the Pajaro
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Showing the sunny side of engineering

Posted: Friday, Feb 27th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Aubreyana Terra, 9, and her friend Dakota Legions, 7, hoped a 60-foot drop Thursday afternoon from the Civic Plaza parking garage wouldn't cause too much damage.
They came prepared with plenty of cushions, a paper towel roll and, of course, a parachute.
The girls -- students at Moreland Notre Dame School -- were part of Watsonville's
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Project continues to grow

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It took a crew of volunteers a little less than four hours Tuesday to transform a barren field into a community gathering space, where families will grow their own food and witness the seed-to-table evolution of their fruits and vegetables.
What now stands in the spot at 100 East Front St. is River Park Community Garden, which is
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Utility rate increase a possibility

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Faced with aging infrastructure and $65 million in capital improvements over the next five to 10 years, the city is looking at a utility rate increase that would help fund these projects.
Although the City Council approved a five-year rate increase in 2012, water conservation efforts by residents have caused revenues to fall short of expectations, said
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City adopts greenhouse gas emission plan

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council approved a plan Tuesday that would reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions while also increasing the use of renewable energy.
Called the Climate Action Plan, the plan sets goals to provide pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods, increased transportation options, improved energy efficiency, reduced waste, increased recycling and protection of open space.
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Witnesses help police bag four taggers

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police are lauding vigilant community members for helping them make four graffiti arrests over the past week.
Two juveniles were caught tagging, as were Juan Romero and Javier Alvarado, both 24.
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Job Fair a huge draw

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- From engineering and cooking to tech or temporary work at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a job fair hosted by Goodwill Tuesday had a lot to offer to more than 300 job seekers.
With a line out the door for much of the three-hour fair, representatives from 16 workplaces, including the Seaside Company, Plantronics, Fox Racing Shox,
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Fueled by love, peace and veggie grease

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Traveling in an RV fueled by waste vegetable oil, Angela Malson, her husband and four children rolled into Watsonville a month ago on a mission to educate people about sustainable living, alternative fuels and renewable energy. Their four-year journey has taken them to 35 states and they are currently staying at Pinto Lake City Park.
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Bill would allow police to freeze gangs’ assets

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
SACRAMENTO -- A new law proposed Monday by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, would provide another tool to law enforcement officials battling criminal street gangs.
If Assembly Bill 442 passes muster with lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown, it would allow prosecuting agencies to freeze the assets of transnational criminal organizations that operate in California.
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Bonsai workshops lead up to annual show

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Don White, retired Korean War veteran and practitioner of bonsai tree styling for more than 40 years, will lead two demonstration workshops Saturday and March 21 to encourage participants to stop by the Santa Cruz Bonsai Kai 27th Annual Bonsai Show at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz March 28-29.
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Dreaming of California

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- California has long been an artist's dream for its colorful landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes.
Five local artists look to capture the diversity of the state in "California Dreaming," a new exhibit presented by the Santa Cruz County Bank across its five branches.
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Man beaten with hammer

Posted: Monday, Feb 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was severely injured Monday when he was attacked by someone wielding a claw hammer.
Watsonville Police Sgt. David Rodriguez said Watsonville firefighters were initially dispatched to a report of a man with a head injury on the 100 block of Maple Street at 2:30 p.m.
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