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Celebrating ag’s bounty

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A large crowd filled the J.J. Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Saturday to congratulate the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture's annual honorees, and chamber officials say attendance might have hit a record.
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Watsonville Library gets windfall

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Librarians are rarely at a loss for words.
After all, they spend their lives surrounded by books, periodicals and other works brimming with the ideas of poets and philosophers, of scribblers and scribes.
Without hesitation they might be able to offer suggestions for patrons looking for a good bit of fiction, a way to rebuild their kitchen
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Ideas sought for soccer field renovation

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- As the city gears up to renovate Ramsay Park's Sotomayor Soccer Field, it will first ask the public for ideas during a series of two public workshops, the first to be held Thursday.
In addition to Thursday's workshop, the City of Watsonville Parks and Community Services Department and SSA Landscape Architects, Inc. will hold another on Feb.
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Teen girls struck by gunfire in Santa Cruz

Posted: Monday, Jan 26th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Two teen girls were injured by gunfire Sunday night in downtown Santa Cruz, Police Lt. Bernie Escalante said.
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Local agencies pick up state honor

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Since its 1982 inception, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation has worked to protect nearly 4,000 acres of land and restore more than 2,000 acres of coastal habitat.
The land trust organization, which is the nonprofit partner of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, has also developed numerous education and research programs.
Now, the foundation has won the
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Watsonville prevails in redevelopment case

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Watsonville must be reimbursed for a $4.4 million payment it made to the state last year.
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Workshop to address cell towers

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- With the Planning Commission scheduled to consider a new cell tower in Watsonville on Feb. 3, the city will hold a workshop Wednesday to address regulations and concerns.
The workshop, to be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor, will be presented by Jonathan L. Kramer, principal attorney at
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‘Lucky’ officer recovers two stolen vehicles in two days

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman was arrested and charged with vehicle theft Thursday after a California Highway Patrol officer, who suspected the vehicle she was driving could be stolen, stopped her on Egret Lane in Watsonville.
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Food bank reports more than 4 million meals provided

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville works year-round to keep its own pantries stocked, so that it can help low-income residents do the same.
Through collecting food and funds, the organization is able to not only feed hungry families, but also teach them how to feed themselves through hundreds of nutrition classes.
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Sales becomes realtor association president

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville native Dana Sales was sworn in Tuesday as the president of the Pajaro Valley Association of Realtors.
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Consultant may take part in city manager search

Posted: Friday, Jan 23rd, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville City Council will consider seeking a consulting firm to help recruit a new city manager.
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Surf rescue victim rebounds

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- The man that was rescued from the powerful surf Saturday at Seabright State Beach is reportedly on the mend.
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Growing knowledge

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- It was a sweeping view that met nearly 200 visitors at Storrs Winery & Vineyards Wednesday, with rows of grapevines stretching out under crystalline blue skies.
But these were no ordinary tourists. Instead, they were participating in the bus tour portion of the 35th annual Ecofarm Tour, which draws farmers, students, consumers and agriculture
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Monning proposes end-of-life legislation

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SACRAMENTO -- In an emotional, hour-long press conference, a group of lawmakers Wednesday introduced a bill that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with the assistance of a physician.
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Man gets four-year sentence for stabbing brother

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- A Watsonville man who stabbed his brother to death after a night of partying in 2013 was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.
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Tuesday’s quake a wake up call for some

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 21st, 2015
WATSONVILLE --Did you feel it, the 4.4 earthquake that rumbled through Tuesday morning?
Centered near Greenfield, the 5:21 a.m. temblor shook a portion of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Emergency dispatchers received close to 1,000 calls.
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Honoring the King

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SEASIDE -- Hundreds of people came to Seaside Monday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, an event that brings out schools, churches, environmental organizations and other groups, in addition to scores of private citizens who come to celebrate the civil rights leader's birthday.
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Thrift store’s donations grow

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
APTOS -- During its first year in 2011, Caroline's Non-Profit Thrift Shop donated $40,000 to four organizations that serve children with special needs.
But it didn't stop there, and the numbers grew -- substantially.
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Swimmers help raise funds for food banks

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- An unorthodox fundraiser took place offshore in Santa Cruz Saturday. Will Swim for Food, in its fifth year, sent 83 brave swimmers around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, a mile-plus jaunt in chilly water to help the Second Harvest Food Bank and food banks worldwide.
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Citizens yank unconscious man from surf

Posted: Monday, Jan 19th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Good Samaritans saved the day Saturday in a dramatic rescue in high surf.
Just before 2 p.m. a male tourist from Germany plunged into the Pacific at Seabright State Beach for a recreational swim while his wife watched and took photos from the shore. That's when an eight-foot wave came crashing through and scrambled the man.
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A centennial party

Modified: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- To help prepare for her 100th birthday party Saturday, Agnes Rodriguez made 36 jars of strawberry jam for the more than 125 family members who were expected to show up.
That is just her nature, said her daughter Patricia Morales, adding that her mother still lives independently and takes care of her own home and garden.
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City could be repaid for $4.4 million loan payback

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- If a tentative decision on Friday by a Sacramento Superior Court stands, Watsonville will be reimbursed for more than $4.4 million it paid to the state last year.
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MacQuiddy Elementary students hit the beach

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Sunny skies and a crisp winter chill were the backdrop Friday morning as some 50 students from MacQuiddy Elementary School took mechanical grabbers in hand and ventured onto Natural Bridges State Beach for a litter cleanup.
The activity was at once a chance to give the students a fun, get-your-hands dirty lesson that aligns with state
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Watsonville suspect nabbed in burglary string

Posted: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015
SEASCAPE -- A Watsonville man has been arrested on suspicion of pulling off a string of early morning burglaries and for stealing a car from a Watsonville auto dealer.
Lt. Kelly Kent of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to 19 Seascape Village in Aptos for a burglary at the Holcomb Corporation on Jan.
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Closure leaves club members in the lurch

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Dozens of people who went to Lifestyle Fitness on Penny Lane for their workout Tuesday morning found the doors locked and a sign in the window informing them that the business was permanently closed.
A sign on the entrance said the property owners have "repossessed" the building.
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Council appoints interim city manager

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Longtime Assistant City Manager Marcela Tavantzis was appointed interim city manager Tuesday as the city begins its search to replace Carlos Palacios.
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WPD hoping to get stolen property to owners

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police in December seized more than 140 items stolen from residences and businesses throughout the city.
Now the Watsonville Police Department is hoping they can get the items back to their owners during a Jan. 23 recovery day.
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Opening statements in SC business woman’s murder trial

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
SANTA CRUZ -- Two and a half years after Charles Anthony Edwards III stabbed a businesswoman to death on a sunny May day, opening statements got under way in superior court Tuesday.
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Developers sought for Porter Building

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 14th, 2015
WATSONVILLE -- The city will seek developers for downtown's Porter Building after the City Council agreed to distribute a request for proposals Tuesday.
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